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E X PLOR E T H E WOR LD START THE ADVENTURE


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 07 Travel essentials 08 Airfares 10 Travel styles 12 Who we work with 14 Get a room 16 VOLUNTEER, WORK & LEARN 18 Learn a language 20 Internships in the UK & Ireland 22 Volunteering 30 EUROPE 32 UK & Europe festivals & events 36 Eurail 38 Europe touring

66 London 68 Paris & Amsterdam 70 Berlin 71 Barcelona & Madrid 72 Italy 77 Athens & Greek Islands 78 Scandinavia, Russia & Iceland 80 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST 89 Trek Kilimanjaro 91 Egypt & Jordan 94 Israel 95 Morocco 98 ASIA 103 Singapore 104 Thailand 109 Myanmar

110 Indochina 113 Bali & Indonesia 116 Taiwan 117 Hong Kong & China 120 South Korea 121 Japan 126 India & Nepal 128 Sri Lanka 130 AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 138 Sydney & Melbourne 140 Queensland 142 New Zealand 146 LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN 151 Peru 160 Galรกpagos Islands & Ecuador 164 Colombia


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THAI ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

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EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

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MOROCCO KASBAHS & DESERT

123 JAPAN EXPRESS

166 Brazil & Argentina 170 Patagonia 172 Antarctica 174 Costa Rica & Panama 177 Mexico 180 Dominican Republic 181 Bahamas 182 NORTH AMERICA 184 USA Touring 190 Hawaii & Alaska 191 New York 192 Miami 193 Las Vegas & California 196 Canada 200 TERMS & CONDITIONS

HELLO KIND HUMAN. PLEASE RECYCLE ME! I'M HOPING TO COME BACK NEXT TIME AS A POP-UP UNICORN BOOK.

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PEFC Certified This product is from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources PEFC/16-33-254

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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 bold claims about their Round the World prices. Here's ours. Whatever your age or adventure, if you find a lower price on a Round the World fare we'll beat it, we promise!*

Freaking out about international flight prices getting too high? Lock in that bargain fare with our exclusive Book Now Pay Later program, with some BlueTicket deposits from $49 and $299.**

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 BlueTickets have been flying the young and the studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible airfares since 1979.***

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/price-guarantee.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert. ***Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old.

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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

RESPONSIBLE

Animal Cruelty

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

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.

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them.

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.

From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support more than 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.

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER In the USA, eight young people are diagnosed with cancer every hour. We've joined forces with nine teen cancer charities around the world to help raise awareness and vital funds.

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You can help make a world of difference by adding just $2 to your booking. 100% of your donation will go to Teen Cancer America.


Travel ESSENTIALS

How to survive, stay safe and save on your trip. Don't forget to tick these essentials off your travel list.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your doctor at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.  ISA REQUIREMENTS V For many places you'll need to secure a visa before you fly. If you're unsure of the requirements, we can point you in the right direction. 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. 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.

T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With four levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 100 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to suit any budget and adventure. S TA TRAVEL APP Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, read traveller reviews, and get recommendations every time you travel.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS

$20

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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 up to 42,000 discounts worldwide.

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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Airfares It was love at first flight!

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.

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 $49, then pay the balance 30 days before you fly.**

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 GrayTickets that's all, out of respect.

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.

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.

*Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **Not all tickets are available for our deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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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 12.

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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.


Who We WORK WITH

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

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 when you book a tour with this logo.

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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. THAILAND GREEN EXCELLENCE AWARD Winners for their sustainability efforts in Thailand's hilltribe communities.


Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. WHY WE LOVE THEM

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. A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family.

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.

FLEX DEPOSIT Need to cancel or postpone? Your $200 deposit can be put towards any Contiki trip you take in the future. And once you turn 35, it'll be transferred to their sister brands - so you'll never lose it! RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

CONTIKI CARES 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, based on two people sharing, 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

MILHOUSE CUZCO - CUZCO, page 158

Glampacker

CLINK NOORD - AMSTERDAM, page 69

Rock Solid

MAMA SHELTER - HOLLYWOOD, page 194

Class Act

REMBRANDT SUITES BANGKOK- BANGKOK, page 104

OUR OWN RATINGS

VIBE HOTEL GOLD COAST - GOLD COAST, page 140

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

DORSETT WANCHAI HONG KONG - HONG KONG, page 117

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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CANADA

IRELAND

UNITED KINGDOM GERMANY FRANCE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

ITALY

GREECE NEPAL ISRAEL INDIA

MEXICO CUBA GUATEMALA

SRI LANKA

COSTA RICA GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

MALDIVES

COLOMBIA KENYA

ECUADOR

TANZANIA SEYCHELLES

BRAZIL

PERU

BOLIVIA

ZIMBABWE MADAGASCAR

SOUTH AFRICA CHILE

ARGENTINA

MAURITIUS


WE LOVE >>>>> WORKING HOLIDAYS

Spend up to six months interning in Ireland and give your resume the edge over your future competition! Plus, get totally immersed in Irish life. See more of Working Holidays on pages 20-21. JAPAN

LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE

CHINA

Join our standard and intensive language courses in Europe and South America to increase your employability, make lifelong friends and travel the world. MYANMAR

LAOS

THAILAND

See more of Learn a Language on pages 18-19.

VIETNAM

CAMBODIA

PHILIPPINES

VOLUNTEER TEACHING

MALAYSIA

Teach kids English, Maths and Science in Cuzco, Peru to help them to improve their job prospects and contribute to the local community. And on weekends, explore.

BORNEO

INDONESIA FIJI

See more of Volunteer Teaching on page 26.

AUSTRALIA

LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS

Care for friendly ellies in sunny Thailand, live and work on a Big 5 Reserve in South Africa and journey down rainforest canals in Costa Rica to research bird species. See more of Looking After Animals on pages 26-28. NEW ZEALAND

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Volunteer to help endangered baby turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, wander Cloud Forests, and head to the Arava Desert in Israel to help out on a wildlife reserve. See more on wildlife conservation on pages 25 & 26.

VOLUNTEER, WORK & LEARN


A n r a Le

LEARN A LANGUAGE

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

What can you expect?

Where can you stay?

HOw LONG ARE COURSES?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VISIT STATRAVEL.COM

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


BARCELONA

LEARN SPANISH $533 IN SOUTH AMERICA

FR

7+ DAYS

$533

FR

Located close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, this bohemian language school offers standard courses teaching 20 lessons per week. Stay in a homestay (half board) or shared apartment (self-catering) with other students. In your spare time, hit Barcelona's huge food market, opt to row a boat in the gorgeous Ciutadella park, wander the Gothic Quarter and eat yo' heart out.

MADRID

7+ DAYS

$533

ROME

$569

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Learn Spanish in the heart of Argentina's lively capital, Buenos Aires, on this awesome adventure. As a student here, you'll be based in small classes of 6-10 students; ideal for more one-onone time with tutors. Bed down in a homestay (minimum age 16 years old) or in an apartment (minimum age 18 years old) and enjoy plenty of practice time in both. Opt to pick up the pace with a Spanish and Tango combination course.

CUZCO

$617 LEARN FRENCH IN EUROPE $617

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7+ DAYS

$424

FR

Practise your Español in Peru’s oldest city, filled with colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and surrounded by Andean peaks. Choose from standard or private courses, or opt for a combination course for the best of both worlds! You'll also get plenty of time out throughout - a chance to hike to Machu Picchu, perhaps?!

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7+ DAYS

7+ DAYS

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Located in the Salamanca district, this school has 11 modern classrooms, a media centre and a library. Standard (25 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) are available and you will stay in a selfcatering shared apartment. Spain's capital is a culture vulture's dream, with its rich history and host of museums and galleries explore. You won't get bored, that's for sure guys.

LEARN ITALIAN IN EUROPE

BUENOS AIRES

$424

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PARIS

$593

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7+ DAYS

$750

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

Ah Paris, with its world-class galleries and iconic monuments. Centrally-located, this school is recognised by two French universities. Pick from holiday (20 lessons), standard (26 lessons) and intensive (38 lessons and stay in a homestay (breakfast) or student residence (breakfast). During time off, practice your skills exploring the 'City of Light' and see if you can order a bottle of 'vin' or two. Très bien!

FLORENCE

NICE

7+ DAYS

$666

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

7+ DAYS

$593

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You'll find plenty of sunshine, swanky bars and tree-lined promenades in the so-called 'Pearl of the Riviera'. The internationally-renowned language school is located in a villa just 600 metres from the beach and close to Nice University. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. Choose from standard (20 lessons) or intensive (30 lessons) courses and stay in homestay (half board) or a shared self-catered apartment.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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LEARN A LANGUAGE

LEARN SPANISH IN EUROPE


WORKING ABROAD

Ireland WORK

Work for up to a year in the land of unspoiled scenery, cultural festivals and glorious Guinness (Barack Obama certified), and enjoy step-by-step assistance along the way. We'll help you sort out your Irish visa and travel insurance, as well as chucking in three nights accommodation in Dublin, Cork or Galway to settle you right in.

What is it? Friendly locals, epic scenery and famously good craic; it’s hard not to love Ireland. Now you can work and travel to the Emerald Isle for up to a year on our Work Ireland program! Whether you choose to work in a cafe in Galway, an office in Dublin, a retail store in Cork, or anywhere in between, you’ll have the flexibility to explore everything Ireland has to offer. You’ll get assistance in obtaining the 12 month Irish Working Holiday Authorisation, pre-departure advice from our staff, as well as pre-arranged arrival accommodation. You’ll also get support throughout your time in Ireland. Win.

Who can apply? You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of 15 months remaining on it. You also must be aged 18-30 years old.

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WHAT YOU GET $360

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IN THE USA

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 BUNAC for your working holiday

HOW TO APPLY - STEP ONE Register with your Travel Expert - STEP TWO Initial phone interview with BUNAC within two working days - STEP THREE Work with BUNAC on application and arrange visa - STEP FOUR Organise flights and travel insurance with travel expert

IN IRELAND

3 nights accommodation in Dublin, Cork or Galway Arrival orientation including information on finding employment and accommodation, resume format, tax and employment laws, mobile phones, SIM card and more Access to exclusive listings of jobs and employment contacts Postal Service - mail forwarding Monthly social events, access to social media groups, meal deals and tour discounts Recruitment assistance

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Internships WORKING ABROAD

Global internships are often regarded as the best way to maximise your employability and to bridge the gap between studying and the working world. These awesome programmes give you the chance to set yourself apart in today’s job market by gaining work experience to show employers you are driven, cultured and can work effectively in an overseas environment.

What is it? These programmes give you the opportunity to boost your resume 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.

Who can apply? All nationalities can apply, but you must be a student or have your starting date within 12 months of graduation. BUNAC will sponsor you on a Government-authorised exchange Tier 5 visa for UK placements. Ireland visa requirements may differ, please ask your Travel Expert for more details.

Why intern abroad? As well as having a great time on an internship abroad, you’ll also:

 Receive invaluable, hands-on experience and get started on a career path Network and build contacts abroad

WHAT YOU GET $1,570

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Professional resume advice to maximise your potential to employers Pre-arranged professional internship to suit your skills and interests

Gain independence

Dedicated support staff throughout the internship

Boost your resume for future employers

Welcome orientation in London or Dublin

Get immersed into a new culture

Monthly social events

Which city is for me? London and Dublin are both leading cities for international digital, creative and financial businesses. But which one is right for you?

24/7 support, including an emergency hotline Assistance with sourcing accommodation, insurance and flights via BUNAC

LONDON History, red buses, royal palaces, fabulous theatre productions and a huge diversity of culture. You can’t argue with that. DUBLIN It’s true that Guinness tastes best here. Also taking centre stage are Trinity College, Dublin Castle, great innovative theatres and a wildly diverse dining scene.

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Volunteering ABOUT

WITH STA TRAVEL

MAKING IT

Clear DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS?

OUR RESPONSIBILITY We know how important it is that our voluteering projects help rather than hinder. Our partners’ programmes work hard to achieve economic, social and environmental development goals. Whether it’s mapping mangroves in Madagascar or training teachers in Thailand, our projects are built to be responsible and sustainable.

Why Volunteer WITH STA TRAVEL?

IT'S EDUCATIONAL

It's not all about how you can help a particular project, it's also about how the project can benefit you. You’ll learn shed-loads from working alongside a community. You might also pick up a few unusual skills, like mimicking jungle calls and catching the family chicken. Hey, everyone needs a party trick. IT'S ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY

WHAT FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROJECTS ARE AVAILABLE?

If you are one or more adults with children under 18, education and community-based volunteer projects are available in Thailand and South Africa. Ask your Travel Expert for details. HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE?

You’ll need to be at least 18 years old to take part in most volunteer projects. However, we do run some that cater to 15 to 17-year-olds, and others that are suitable for families. Parental consent is needed for anyone under 18. WHAT EXTRAS DO I NEED

Just like David Attenborough and reusable straws, we care about the environment. Our projects are founded on principles of responsibility and sustainability. This means, wherever we go, we'll not only pick up after ourselves, we'll try to leave it in a better state than we found it. See page 6 for full details. IT'S INCLUSIVE

Anyone can volunteer. We have projects for students, families, under 18s, not-sostudents and people of all physical abilities. Check out our exciting partnership with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which offers fantastic inclusive tall ship adventures on various routes worldwide.

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Other than a can-do attitude and a willingness to muck in, most projects don’t require any specific skills. Some may require a basic level of Spanish or a diving qualification but it’s best to check the notes on each individual project.

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TO THINK ABOUT?

Visa, visa, visa! Please check these requirements fully before you book. Some projects may demand background checks if working with children, so please allow 4-6 weeks for this. You also need to think about flights, travel insurance and onward travel plans. Your Travel Expert can help with all this.


WE SUPPORT 50 PROJECTS IN OVER 30 COUNTRIES...

So where do you start? TRY RIGHT HERE! HERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS YOU’LL NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THE BALL ROLLING.

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How

DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Commit to one project for an extended amount of time, or opt for a voluntour trip where you’ll combine a shorter volunteering stint with a group tour.

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F ocus on one project for a short or extended time

 ombine a volunteering C experience with a group tour

 Stay locally and immerse yourself in the community

Gain a local perspective on the road

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Meet and travel with like-minded people

Travel more independently

What kind

Now what?

OF WORK DO YOU WANT TO DO?

Check out some of our best-selling projects in this brochure for inspiration, then speak to your Travel Expert about finding the right project for you.

Work with vulnerable Help at schools and Get stuck in with animals in rehabilitation day centres, teaching grassroots not-for-profit centres, sanctuaries English, developing projects to improve life or game reserves. workshops and life skills. in local communities.

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How long DO YOU WANT TO GO FOR?

Go behind-the-scenes on habitat conservation, data collecting and animal tracking.

Develop teamwork skills and boost confidence among kids and communities.

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Our projects run for anything between one week to six months. Longer stays give you more insight into the project and area you’re working in so we’d always recommend staying as long as possible.

Work with children, communities and local wildlife all in one project.

Where

DO YOU WANT TO STAY? HOTEL

ON-SITE

VOLUNTEER

HOMESTAY

CAMP

GUESTHOUSES,

ACCOMMODATION

HOUSE

ACCOMMODATION

SITES

HOTELS & LODGES

More time to get to know the community.

Share with other like-minded volunteers.

Get a real feel for the surrounding culture.

Not always glamping, but cosy and secure.

Comfy digs in great locations.

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MEXICO VOLUNTOUR 15 DAYS, Mexico City

$1,219

FR

Puerto Vallarta

highlights

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

• Sail to the turtles’ feeding grounds • Overnight stays in beachside tents • Explore the Teotihuacan Pyramids

See top Mexican sites and help sea turtles get the best start in life! Patrol the beach at Puerto Vallarta on quadbikes, help release turtles into the sea (this usually occurs Aug-Jan so plan carefully if you want to see it), search for their feeding zones by boat and learn about their fascinating biology. Non-work activities include a food and market tour of Mexico City to get your teeth into the city’s juiciest flavours, and a visit to the Teotihuacan pyramids. M E X I CO

Campamento Tortuguero

Guadalajara

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San Miguel de Allende

Project Start Date: Daily (1 Jul-8 Dec & 1 Jan-8 Feb) Project Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Getting There: Mexico City Airport pick-up, bus transfers from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara, Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta to Campamento Tortuguero Accommodation: Hostel (8 nts), 3 or 4* hotels depending on package, tents at Campamento Tortuguero (6 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners (+2 breakfasts for hostels only) Notes: This is an independent voluntour. Basic Spanish recommended Trip Code: MEXVOL

Puerto Vallarta Mexico City

WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN COSTA RICA

$3,295

FR

2-12 weeks, Tortuguero National Park, Jalova, Costa Rica

highlights

• Live in the middle of a Caribbean jungle • Conduct research on a variety of wildlife • Learn about conservation research

A conservation project in Tortuguero National Park. Get involved in carrying out research on bird species down rainforest canals and scour the beaches for signs of sea turtles or jaguars. Help to position jungle camera traps and carry out biodiversity surveys to contribute to ongoing wildlife studies. Spend weekends surfing, lounging on the beach or hit the heights with a zipline tour. You could also opt for a white water rafting excursion down the Pacuare River. Ask your Travel Expert for internship opportunities. N I C A R AG UA

inclusions Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Project Location: Tortuguero National Park Getting There: Return transfers from/ to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José included Accommodation: Shared dorms (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Notes: Background check required Trip Code: GVICOS

CO S TA R I C A

Tortuguero National Park

San José

PA N A M A

Stay Longer: Fr $820 per two weeks

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COSTA RICA VOLUNTOUR 15 DAYS, San José

$1,129

FR

San José

• • • •

highlights

Protect future generations of sea turtles Hike in the cloud forest of Santa Elena Go for a dip in Arenal’s hot springs Hit the skies in a ziplining activity

Project Start Date: Sun-Thu Project Location: Montezuma Getting There: Airport transfer from/to San José airport and Montezuma included Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (8 nts), multi-share basic lodge (6 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners Note: This is an independent voluntour and you will only have a guide during specified activities; ziplining tour included Trip Code: SJOVOL

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La Fortuna Monteverde

San José

This voluntour is the perfect way to tick off some Costa Rican hotspots while giving back to Mother Nature along the way. Unspoiled mystical cloud forests, Pacific coast surf and rugged volcanic landscapes make this Latin gem a top volunteering destination. Spend five days volunteering at a remarkable sea turtle conservation project which uses man-made nurseries called viveros to protect turtle eggs and nests. The programme assists endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings on Playa Montezuma, making sure that they are protected from predators and face the best chance of being released into the wild. After your good work is done, you’ll have a week of getting your head in the clouds (kind of) and getting face-to-face with this diverse destination.

Playa Montezuma

CO S TA R I C A

PA N A M A

Day 1 San José Arrive into San José (airport transfer included) and head to your hostel to get settled in. Before the work begins, why not head to the National Theatre, or the Precolumbian Gold Museum.

Day 2-7 Playa Montezuma / Sea Turtle Conservation Project Leave San José and make your way to the bohemian beach of Montezuma, located on the Nicoya peninsula on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in a conservation project that protects endangered or critically endangered sea turtles, such as olive ridleys, leatherbacks, hawksbill and the Pacific black subspecies. Depending on the time of year and season (midJune to November is nesting season), you’ll help with nighttime beach patrols, monitor the baby turtle viveros and assist with other maintenance.
Work between six and ten hours per day, depending on nesting intensity and commitments in the community. The majority of the work will take place at night, and daytime activities will depend on the project’s needs and the weather. Accommodation will be in bunk beds within three dorms. (6B, 5L, 6D)

Day 8-10 Playa Montezuma / La Fortuna Travel to La Fortuna, at the base of the Arenal Volcano, known for intrepid outdoor activities, birdlife and monkeys. Discover winding nature trails, swim in waterfalls and relax in tropical hot springs and natural thermal baths. Visit a viewpoint of the immense 1,670m (5,480ft) Arenal Volcano and the handicraft-canny town of Sarchí (home to the world’s largest ox cart, in case you were wondering). Opt to spend Day 10 canyoning or braving Arenal’s hanging bridges. (B, D)

Day 11-13 Monteverde Cloud Forest Head inland towards the misty mountain air of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest where a local guide will teach you about the conservation efforts to protect this precious ecosystem. This forest is home to a whopping 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. Enjoy a guided sugar cane and coffee tour, where you’ll learn about Costa Rican culture. Check out the birds of the Cloud Forest Reserve and choose to get your pulse racing on an included ziplining tour.

Day 14-15 San José Transfer back to San José for some last-minute shopping in the Central Market and your final evening. Opt to chill out with a few cervezas and some tasty Costa Rican cuisine (at your own expense) before saying your goodbyes to this incredible country on Day 15. (B)

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VOLUNTEER TEACHING IN PERU 2-22 WEEKS, Cuzco

$2,045

FR

Cuzco

highlights

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

• Get teaching experience for your resume • Make a difference to the local community • Spend your weekends exploring Peru

Work from Monday-Friday teaching English, math and science to kids from a range of age groups. Help them to improve their future prospects and make a difference to the local community where teachers are overworked and schools are understaffed. This hands-on teaching experience will give a huge boost to your resume and your confidence. Spend your weekends pottering around the colossal San Pedro Food Market or hang out at the GVI pad with fellow volunteers and interns. B R A Z I L

inclusions Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Project Location: Cuzco, Peru Getting There: Airport pick-up provided Accommodation: Single-sex shared dorms Meals: All meals while on project Notes: Your training will be undertaken in Spanish, so if you require Spanish lessons let us know, and lessons can be provided at extra cost Trip Code: GVIPER

P E R U

Cuzco B O L I V I A

Stay Longer: Fr $550 per two weeks

DESERT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

$520

FR

15-71 DAYS, Arava Desert, Israel

highlights

• Care for endangered desert wildlife • Work with leopards, ostriches and more • Enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalem

As part of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, this wildlife reserve’s mission is to protect endangered desert animal populations, preserve native wildlife and educate the public about the desert inhabitants. As a volunteer on this project you’ll be preparing food and feeding the animals, cleaning and maintaining the reserve facilities, assisting park rangers on their daily rounds and helping with construction tasks and enrichment activities. Animals resident here include leopards, ostriches, caracals and porcupines. Jerusalem

inclusions Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Arava Desert, Israel Getting There: Return transfers from/to the project, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv airport available at extra cost Accommodation: Shared, single-sex dorms in an apartment on reserve (14+ nts) Meals: Not included (self-catering facilities available) Note: Bring appropriate clothing to visit Jerusalem’s religious sites Trip Code: JRSWIL

I S R A E L

Arava Desert EG YPT J O R DA N

Stay Longer: Fr $96 per week

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS VOLUNTEERING

$742

FR

1-12 WEEKS, Gansbaai, South Africa

highlights

• Cage dive with Great White Sharks • See the Marine Big 5 • Work closely with marine biologists

N A M I B I A

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

B OT S WA N A

Take your position on a shark diving vessel to learn about shark research and conservation, assist the crew, help tourists to don their wetsuits and spread the message about marine conservation. As a volunteer, you'll also get to join in on a few cage dives yourself! Gansbaai is a hotbed of marine life, so you could also spot whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. Book on for a month and you'll be able to take part in community projects and help out at the African Penguin Sanctuary.

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Cape Town

A F R I C A

Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Gansbaai, near Cape Agulhas (165km from Cape Town) Getting There: Return transfers from Cape Town included Accommodation: Volunteer centre with kitchen, entertainment area, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool or multi-share room in cottage with shared bathroom and kitchenette (7+ nts) Meals: Breakfasts and lunches Trip Code: CPTGWS

Gansbaai

Stay Longer: Fr $509 per week

THE LION WHISPERER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

$1,400

FR

1-4 WEEKS, Welgedacht Game Reserve (near Pretoria), South Africa

highlights

• Live and work on a Big 5 reserve • Assist with feeding and game counts • Stay in an African-style farmhouse on site

High-profile conservationist Kevin Richardson runs the Lion Whisperer Wildlife Sanctuary, the first free-roaming Big 5 reserve of its kind in Gauteng province. Devoted to caring for the animals, including lions, spotted and striped hyenas and black leopards, the game keepers will expect your help with tasks like feeding, game counts and enclosure cleaning. You’ll stay on-site in an African-style farmhouse throughout your volunteering stint. Keep an ear out after dark and you should be able to hear a not-so-distant roar! Volunteers now also have the opportunity to work on a big five reserve as well.

Z I M BA B W E N A M I B I A B OT S WA N A

inclusions

Pretoria

Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Welgedacht Game Reserve (approx. 50km from Pretoria) Getting There: Transfers from/to Johannesburg International Airport included Accommodation: Multi-share African-style farmhouse (7+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Trip Code: JNBKNG

Johannesburg S O U T H

A F R I C A

Stay Longer: Fr $875 per week

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THAI ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

$540

FR

1-2 WEEKS, Mae Taeng District (Chiang Mai), Thailand

MYANMAR

L AO S

Mae Taeng

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Chiang Mai

THAIL AND

Bangkok CAM B O D I A

inclusions Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Mae Taeng District (60km north of Chiang Mai) Getting There: Make your own way to the project office in Chiang Mai by 7.30am on Day 1. Return project transfers included Accommodation: Multi-share volunteer huts (6 nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Trip Code: BKKELE

Stay Longer: Fr $540 per week

highlights

• Feed neglected Asian elephants • Help with garden conservation • Learn about elephant treatment

• Be a part of conservation efforts • On-site dog rescue project • Work alongside local volunteers

Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, this project offers a peaceful home for more than 30 neglected and previously abused elephants. Working at this internationally-renowned conservation project, you’ll play an important role in caring for endangered Asian elephants. Volunteering activities include preparing the food and feeding these majestic grey giants and assisting in the general maintenance of the park. Take the opportunity to learn about how they choose their friends and interact, as well educating yourself on the endemic problems elephants face today in Thailand. You’ll spend so much time working up close with them, you’ll eventually see them starting to recognise you - remember, elephants don’t forget!

THE LOWDOWN

Work with locals and discover Thai life away from the tourist trail Maintain the grounds, care for the organic garden, prepare elephant food Opportunity to assist with stray dogs at the on-site rescue project Each day typically starts at 8am and finishes at 5pm Share simple, comfy accommodation with up to four other volunteers In your free time, socialise with fellow volunteers

“words cannot sum up how amazing it was to form bonds with these majestic giants. i loved all of it.. even picking up elephant poop! I would vi s it again in a heartbeat.” Emma Moreton, STA TRAVEL HQ

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THAILAND VOLUNTOUR 15 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,045

FR

Bangkok

• • • •

highlights

Explore the turbo-charged Bangkok Look after elephants in Surin Learn how to cook basic Thai dishes Eat, sleep, party, repeat in Koh Phangan

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

inclusions Project Start Date: Selected Fridays Project Location: Surin Getting There: Transfer from Bangkok airport included (6am-10pm) Accommodation: Twin or triple-share with en suite in Bangkok (4 nts), multishare in Surin (1 nt), multi-share village homestay for elephant project (4 nts), twin-share private room with en suite and air con in Koh Phangan (4 nts), overnight coach (1 nt) Meals: Some meals included Note: Grand Palace entry fee not included Trip Code: THISTA Elephant Village LAOS T H A I L A N D

Surin

Bangkok C A MB ODIA

Only got two weeks to get to know Thailand? Discover cultural sites such as the Grand Palace or Bangkok’s National Museum, volunteer with elephants in Thailand’s idyllic countryside and party on the beaches of Koh Phangan the perfect mix of local-living and backpacker-tripping. Work in an elephant village assisting mahouts (elephant keepers) to help care for, feed and bathe the local grey giants. Learn all about these wonderful creatures as well as the village life of the mahouts who have lived alongside elephants for hundreds of years. Finish up with five days on the sun-kissed island of Koh Phangan before jetting back to Bangkok. Another whisky bucket for the road? Day 1-3 Bangkok / Surin Arrive in ballsy Bangkok and transfer straight to your guesthouse near the backpacking bar district of Khao San Road. Spend the night getting to know your group, ready for a city tour the next morning. Take to the capital’s ancient klongs (canals) and visit decadent temples, a giant reclining Buddha, and the impressive Grand Palace located in the heart of the Thai capital. It’s then back to the bars and food carts of Khao San Road in the evening. It's an early start on Day 3 to catch a scenic train or coach through the sprawling Bangkok suburbs to Surin, skirting the edges of Khao Yai National Park and the rice fields of the Isaan plateau. Overnight in Surin. (2B)

Day 4-7 Elephant Village The Elephant Village is your home for next few days. On arrival, transfer to the village leader’s home, which comes complete with Wi-Fi, a communal living area, shared bedrooms (four to six per room) and a basic kitchen. You'll also find food stalls, restaurants and shops just a few minutes' walk away. A rural Thai settlement with a twist, the Elephant Village is home to a large number of mahouts who have been caring for and living with elephants for generations. Your role is to help them with feeding the elephants, bathing them and helping the villagers plant and harvest their crops (those trunks soak up a lot of food...). You'll also learn how to make basic Thai dishes as well as get the opportunity to kayak on the river. (3B, 4L, 2D)

V I ET N AM

Koh Phangan

YOU MIGHT LIKE Thailand Voluntour Explorer 29 DAYS, Fr $1,518 This tour will see you caring and feeding friendly ellies in Surin, the home of the famous Thai elephant, as well as relaxing and partying in Thailand. Start and end with a bang in balsy Bangkok, work on two projects, and head to the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan for some much needed R&R.

Day 8-13 Bangkok / Koh Phangan Leave Surin and return to Bangkok for the night. The following day is yours to catch up on sleep, update the travel diary or grab a well-earned massage. Later, take an overnight coach to Koh Phangan and arrive on the morning of Day 10. Settle in to your beachside hotel and unpack the bathers - the next four days are yours to swim, sunbathe and generally just enjoy being warm and semi-naked. The nightlife of Koh Phangan needs no introduction. Party heads should swot up on their Full Moon Party dates before they arrive - if it's on, you really don't want to miss it. But it's not just glow in the dark tattoos here, either. Eco tourism is thriving here, and the north still has some gorgeous sleepy beaches away from the thuds of Haad Rin.

Day 14-15 Koh Phangan / Bangkok Perhaps sporting a sore head, transfer to the pier and begin your journey back to Bangkok on Day 14. Enjoy one final evening with your group before bidding farewell to the City of Angels and checking out on Day 15. Choose to continue your backpacking adventure or call it a day and fly home!

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As Samuel Johnson once said; “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. We couldn’t agree more. See more of London on pages 66-67. FINLAND

FRENCH WINE

They love their grape juice in France, and so do we! The country is rammed with wine bars and scenic vineyards, so it'll be wobbly legs all round.

HELSINKI ST. PETERSBURG BALTIC SEA TALINN

See more of France on pages 35, 3846 & 68.

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Salty Serrano ham, succulent croquettes and garlicky prawns are just some dishes that Spain just gets perfecto.

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See more of Spain on pages 41-42, 52-53 & 71.

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Travelling through Croatia is like being an extra in the epic fantasy. Dubrovnik was actually the stage for King's Landing.

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See more of Croatia on pages 33 & 58-60.

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Budapest's natural hot springs, spas and bathhouses will leave you cleaner and shinier than you've ever been in your life. See more of Hungary on pages 32, 44-46, 57 & 59.

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MUSIC FESTIVALS - UK AND EUROPE

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 Aug or 13 Aug

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 

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$1,685

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COCCSF

LOLLAPALOOZA BERLIN

7-8 Sep

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 

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$559

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READING & LEEDS

23-25 Aug

$284

FR

FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

CREAMFIELDS

22-25 Aug

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.

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. FESTIVAL TICKET & CAMPING

PRIMAVERA SOUND

$194

FR

30 May-1 Jun

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

$223

FR

$277

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TOMORROWLAND

13-16 Jun

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19-21 Jul & 26-28 Jul

ULTRA EUROPE

12-14 Jul

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

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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

17-24 Aug

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 

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3 Jul

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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

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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.

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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. $619

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Thousands of travellers flock worldwide to chuck hundreds of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in the streets Valencian town of Buñol. 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.

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.

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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. 4 DAYS 

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$279

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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. 6 OR 7 DAYS  

$735

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OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM MUNICH) 20, 23, 26, 29 Sep & 2 Oct 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 

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Christmas crackers CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

23 Dec

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 

$465

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COWPXM

CHRISTMAS IN AMSTERDAM

23 Dec

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. 4 DAYS 

$525

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Where to be for New Year EDINBURGH HOGMANAY

29 Dec

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 

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$699

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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 AMSTERDAM

29 Dec

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 

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COWANY

NEW YEAR IN PARIS

$455

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COWLNY

29 Dec

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 

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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.

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 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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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

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$193/$258

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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

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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.

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

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. 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!


EUROPEAN HORIZON 11 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

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snapshot After a little taster of Europe but strapped for time? Take this short and sweet blast through eight countries in 11 days, breaking up visits to Europe's biggest and best capitals with stays in beautiful Alpine villages.

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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 (4 nts), hostels (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Day 1-3 Amsterdam / Rhine Valley Meet your team and co-travellers in London and sail via Calais to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Famous for its free spirit and 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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• Stay in traditional Alpine villages • Wander Venice's St. Mark's Square • See the famous Notre Dame Cathedral

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

Day 4-5 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 6-7 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 7, 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 8-9 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 10-11 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 11, take a morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or transfer back to London. (2B)

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EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHTS 15 DAYS, London or Paris

$2,329

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snapshot In Europe, there's a lot you can do with 15 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.

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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 (6 nts), hostel (3 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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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

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

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 4-5 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 6-7 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 7, stop at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa on your way to the leading light of Renaissance Italy - Florence. (2B)

Day 8-11 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 10, 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 12-15 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 14, then head home or back to London on Day 15. (4B, 2D)

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EASTERN ROCKER 9 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

$1,235

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Vienna

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

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

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

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 3-4 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 4, motor down the autobahn to Berlin's bar scene. (2B, D)

Day 5 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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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 9, 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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Departures 2019/20

Trip Style: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), hotel (1nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Note: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges included Tour Code: COCCLV/COWWLV

Typically 3 departures per month Typically 6 departures per month Typically 5 departures per month (more in Dec)

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London

• Optional Vatican tour • Discover Florence • Leaning Tower of Pisa

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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 8-9 Prague / Vienna

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Dresden

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highlights

• Exclusive Paris by Night Tour • Spend time in the Swiss Alps • Visit a French perfumery

Day 1-2 Rome / Florence Welcome to Rome! Head out on an exploration of this wonderful city. Opt to visit the famous 70,000 capacity Colosseum and the intricately designed San Luigi dei Francesi church. Later on, opt to take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums in Vatican City. The Vatican's Italian Renaissance church is pretty amazing, we must admit. Spend the following morning in Rome where you can also opt for the Vatican tour before heading on to Florence. Meander along the River Arno, sample some Chianti wine and marvel at the stunning Duomo Cathedral.

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Stock up on perfume at the Fragonard Perfumery, see the breathtaking Notre Dame Cathedral, sip on endless cups of coffee and munch on a chocolatey crêpe. Check out the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and opt for a cabaret show with a glass of bubbly in hand. The night is yours! Day 8 marks your last day in this magical city, so soak up those last moments before you make your way to London where the trip ends. You'll have the chance to see the WWI Battlefields en route to your final stop.

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Feb

See major sights of Michelangelo's Florence as well as learning about the city's leather craft with a demonstration before heading onto the beautiful city of Pisa. Be sure to take an awkward picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa before shimmying off to the Swiss Alps. Admire snowcapped mountains, and set out in search of cheese, chocolate and watches. Next day, opt to hop on a cog rail to Europe's highest railway station on Jungfrau Mountain. Day 6, cross through the wine region of Burgundy before arriving in the city of love. Packed with stunning architecture, boutiques, croissants and world-class museums, Paris has something for everyone. See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the iconic shopping street of Champs-Élysées and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Head on an exclusive Paris by Night tour and enjoy a sampling of champagne and snails.

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WESTERN QUEST 9 DAYS, London

$1,199

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Barcelona

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See Paris by night on a tour • Explore Bordeaux • Eat tapas in San Sebastian

• See Zaragoza's architecture • Barcelona's Gothic quarter • Hit the beach in Barcelona

Day 1-3 London / Paris / Bordeaux

Barcelona, Spain

Day 4-6 Bordeaux / San Sebastian

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Time to say adiós to San Sebastian and head on to Zaragoza, a town home to a baroque Basilica, combining the visual wonders of Islamic and Gothic architecture. You're then on to the intoxicating city of Barcelona, with its charming Gothic quarter, astonishing Gaudí architecture, delicious tapas restaurants, and of course, the beach. And, the nightlife is pretty damn great, with its very own bar dedicated to shots and another for mojitos. On Day 8 you'll take a walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic quarter, marvel at Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. Opt to walk around the mosaicclad Parc Güell, swim at the beach, and wash down some croquettes with refreshing sangria. Day 9 marks your last day, so bid your farewells!

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On you go to the scenic city of Bordeaux, sometimes referred to as Little Paris. Here, you'll find plenty of opportunities to go wine tasting, check out a water mirror surrounded by stunning architecture, and sample French cuisine. Next day, you'll make headway for Spain, stopping first in the fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Take a refreshing dip before moving on to the tapas-loving coastal town of San Sebastian. Here, you can enjoy a spot of beach-lounging or alternatively walk to the aquarium to take a sneak peek of the Isla de Santa Clara. Spend Day 6 exploring Parte Vieja, Playa de la Concha and Centro Romántico, and hit up the coastline for a spot of surfing. Alternatively, go bar hopping and guzzle on pintxos (Basque tapas).

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

Day 1-5 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 4. 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

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Travel through Umbria and Lazio to Sorrento, a small resort town on the Amalfi Coast. Visit celeb-studded Capri, stroll through the town's piazzas and Roman ruins, and visit nearby Pompeii on the way to Rome. Enjoy a full day's sightseeing, and be sure to head to its archaeological sites before the trip ends on Day 17. (5B, 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 11, 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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Trip Style: Iconic Essentials Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Quadshare hotels and hostels (16 nts) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCQR/COWWQR

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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 7. With it's Gaudí-influenced skyline and raucous nightlife, this is one of our favourite European spots. On Day 9, travel through rustic Provence, along the Côte d'Azur to the French Riviera. (4B, 2D)

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Start strong in the UK's frenetic capital before heading to the White Cliffs of Dover and on to Calais to catch a ferry across the English Channel to make for France. Arrive in the stunning city of Paris and take an Exclusive tour of the city by night. Day 3, enjoy a spot of window shopping, see the jaw-dropping Notre Dame Cathedral and pore over amazing artworks at the Louvre. That night, opt to join in with a traditional dinner and Cabaret show with a glass of champers. C'est parfait.


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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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Day 9-13 Barcelona / Madrid

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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)

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• Wind through Venice's canals • View Lake Como and Lucerne • Enjoy a Paris by Night tour

Day 1-2 London / Amsterdam Take a ferry across the Channel, travel through Belgium and arrive into the quirky Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Tonight, venture out and see the city's canals and gable houses illuminated on an optional canal cruise. Top it off by experiencing the city's outlandish nightlife. (D)

Day 3-4 Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich

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

Day 5-6 Munich / Innsbruck / Venice

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

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

Day 10 Paris / London Take a morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or a complimentary transfer back to London. (B)

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Pass through the Burgundy wine region to the City of Light. Tonight, enjoy an illuminated Paris by Night city tour. Day 9 is yours to explore all that Paris has to offer, especially its food! (2B, D)

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EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 13 DAYS, London or Amsterdam

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snapshot Nine countries in 13 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.

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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 4, 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 (12 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 5-6 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 6-8 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 9-10 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 10, 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 11-13 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 12, 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 13, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to London. (3B, D)

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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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Check out Vienna's imperial history Sink into Budapest's thermal baths Explore Kraków's Gothic architecture Stroll across Prague's Charles Bridge Take to two wheels in Amsterdam G for Good collection

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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snapshot 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.

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

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

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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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.

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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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snapshot 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.

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Meet up with the group on the morning of Day 2 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 3, 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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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 5-6 Lake District / Edinburgh On Day 5, 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 7 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)

Great Britain and Ireland (17 days, London - London) (COBBUKA)  Fr $2,540 Extend your trip Scotland and Ireland (13 days, Edinburgh - Dublin) (COBBED)  Fr $2,070 Ireland (8 days, Dublin - Dublin) (COBBIR)  Fr $1,470

Day 8 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 9-10 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 10. Stay on or add on a train journey back to London as an additional supplement. (2B)

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SKYE HIGH 3 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$219 / $209

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Edinburgh

highlights

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

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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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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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SCOTLAND ROAD TRIP 9 DAYS, Edinburgh

$1,407

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Edinburgh

Self-Drive Tour

highlights

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

• 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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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)


HIGHLAND FLING 5 DAYS, Edinburgh

(Students)

$399 / $385

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Edinburgh

snapshot 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.

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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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HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND 9 DAYS, Dublin

$2,099

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Dublin

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

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

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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Dublin

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

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

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

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Day 1-2 Dublin / Kilkenny / Cork Arrive in Dublin and cram in as much sightseeing as you can muster before meeting up with your group. From here, head south to Cork - Ireland's second city - and stop for lunch and an optional bike ride in Kilkenny on the way. Once you've arrived, don't miss a night out in some of the city's famous bars, pubs and live music venues. The craic is mighty. (B, 2D) Cork, Ireland

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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Day 5-6 Derry (Londonderry) / Belfast

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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SOUTHERN ROCKER 3 DAYS, Dublin

(Students)

$339 / $329

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Dublin

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

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

Day 1 Dublin / Cashel / Blarney / Killarney

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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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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Day 3 Ennis / Cliffs of Moher / Galway / Dublin

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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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Day 2 Killarney / Dingle Peninsula / Ennis

(Students)

$639 / $619

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Dublin

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

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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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Galway

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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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Day 4 Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

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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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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!


BEST OF NORTHERN SPAIN 8 DAYS, Barcelona

$1,799

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Madrid

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

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

Day 1 Barcelona

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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ULTIMATE IBERIAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Barcelona

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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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Day 5 San Sebastián / Bilbao

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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)

$1,329

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Barcelona

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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)

Madrid Lisbon Seville

Barcelona

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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Day 10-15 Seville / Granada / Valencia / Barcelona

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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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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.


FIESTAS & SIESTAS 12 DAYS, Barcelona

$1,785

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Madrid Exclusively for 18-35s

snapshot 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.

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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

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

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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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HIGHLIGHTS OF ITALY 8 DAYS, Milan

$1,799

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Rome

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

Small Group Adventure

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

While you're free to arrive in Milan at any time today before your welcome meeting, we recommend getting here early to explore as much as you can. Feast like a Milanese, forget pizza and pasta, hearty meat dishes and risotto are where its at!

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

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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)

$4,349

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• Pompeii with archaeologist • Sorrento limoncello tasting • Agriturismo experience

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

Days 1-3 Venice / Cinque Terre 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)

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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)

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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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ITALIAN ADVENTURE 3 DAYS, Rome

$369

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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

Day 1 Rome / Pompeii / Sorrento

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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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Colosseum, Rome

$236

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• Boat tour of Lake Como • Happy hour in Milan

Pompeii Amalfi Coast / Ravello

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MILAN & LAKE COMO Milan

Sorrento Isle of Capri

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• Milan orientation walk • Tour of Bellagio & Varenna

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. 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

LET'S GO SOUTH Rome

$787

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7 DAYS

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• Tour the sites of Rome • Learn about Vatican City

• Entrance to Pompeii • Try Sorrento's limoncello

See the very best sights of Italy with this whirlwind seven-day trip, whisking you off to Rome, the Amalfi coast, Naples, Pompeii, Positano, the Isle of Capri, and much more. Local guides will provide you with all of the inside secrets. Highlights include a guided tour of the Vatican and Sistine chapel, a tour of the Colosseum and Roman forum, and a boat trip to the Isle of Capri. 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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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.


SIMPLY ITALY 12 DAYS, Rome

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snapshot Take things steady around Italy's favourite spots in just 13 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.

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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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• Special access Rome sightseeing tour • Included excursion to the Isle of Capri • Local wine tasting in the Chianti region

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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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EASTERN ROAD 13 DAYS, Berlin

$2,385

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Warsaw or Berlin Exclusively for 18-35s

snapshot Find out exactly why eastern Europe is one of the hottest destinations on the planet right now. From edgy Berlin, continue your journey around some more of Europe's surprising cities including Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. There's history, hot springs, palaces and plenty of afternoon drinking. Tidy.

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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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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)

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ADRIATIC UNEARTHED 15 DAYS, Rome

$2,859

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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

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with Wi-Fi and power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 dinners

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• Enjoy down time on the beaches of Corfu • Included entry to Pompeii • Coast down the glitzy Amalfi Coast

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• Explore Rome's Colosseum • Discover Renaissance art in Florence • Chill out by the tranquil Plitvice Lakes

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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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Day 10-15 Tirana / Corfu / Port of Bari / Amalfi Coast / Rome

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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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BEST OF THE BALKANS 15 DAYS, Split

$2,365

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Split Exclusively for 18-35s

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snapshot 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 16 days.

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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)

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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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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)

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• Explore culture and more in Dubrovnik • Enjoy Hvar's awesome nightlife • Be amazed by the Diocletian's Palace

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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GREEK SAILING 8 DAYS, Athens

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• Explore unspoilt Perdika • Swim in secluded bays • Eat tasty seafood

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• Kick back on sandy beaches • Step into Greek history • Get to know the locals

Day 1-2 Athens / Perdika / Hydra

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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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MYKONOS & SANTORINI ISLAND HOPPING 7 DAYS, Athens

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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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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

• Swim off volcanic beaches • Discover pretty Santorini • Amble white-washed villages

Day 1-3 Athens / Mykonos Make your own way to Athens' Piraeus Port for your ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival, settle in then get out and about exploring the island's boutiques, restaurants, bars and beaches on your own. For those up for a party, make sure you head to Paradise Beach for world famous DJs. Next day enjoy a free day to sample traditional Greek cuisine, go scuba diving or explore Delos Island. You have one more free day on Day 3, so make sure you make the most of the awesome nightlife scene!

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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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)


BEST OF TURKEY 8 DAYS, Istanbul

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Small Group Adventure

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• Marvel at Gallipoli's history • Explore the ruins of Ephesus • Grab a selfie in ancient Troy

• Sail in stunning Ayvalik • Wander fascinating Istanbul • G for Good collection

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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• A relaxing week of sailing • Eat fresh Turkish food • Explore Bodrum in-depth

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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)

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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

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• 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)

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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 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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TURKEY ON A BUDGET 15 DAYS, Istanbul

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Istanbul Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot 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!

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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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• Chill out at fab beaches • Explore frenetic Istanbul • Enjoy tasty Turkish cuisine

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• 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)

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Day 6-9 Olympos / Kekova / Fethiye

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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 $1,129

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)

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BEST OF ICELAND 7 DAYS, Reykjavík

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Reykjavík Small Group Adventure

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snapshot 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.

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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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• Enjoy delicious Icelandic cuisine • Take in the Golden Circle • G for Good collection

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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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12 DAYS, Berlin/Copenhagen

Helsinki Exclusively for 18-35s

snapshot 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.

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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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• 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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Gjøvik Voss

Helsinki

Oslo Stockholm

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Copenhagen

Berlin City Hall, Stockholm

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

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LONDON Fancy a few Britneys?

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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.

Shoestring

CLINK 78 & 261

Rock Solid

$27 $47

FR FR

$109 $80

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DORM

RUSHMORE

TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Both are located within a ten-minute walk from King's Cross Station. Pubs, restaurants and bars are all close by.

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

Vibe: Trendy, vibrant and modern hostels. One is set in a 200-year-old converted courthouse; the other in old student digs.

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

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Games room • Laundry • Luggage storage • Free walking tours • 24-hour reception

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

LONCLI/LONASH

LONRUS

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Apartment

HYDE PARK EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS

$112 $56

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

THE CAESAR

$152 $85

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Glampacker

POINT A HOTEL SHOREDITCH

$121 $61

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

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

Location: Surrounded by bars and restaurants in fashionable Shoreditch.

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

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

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

Highlights: Private apartments and suites • Oak wood flooring • Kitchenette • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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

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

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THE LONDON PASS

$96

FR

1-6 DAYS

$141

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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.

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

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

LONDON EXPLORER 3 or 5 DAYS, London

$249

FR

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

$37

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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

SQUARE ROYAL

HYDE

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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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.

WINDSOR, BATH & STONEHENGE


PARIS feel the louvre

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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.

Rock Solid

Glampacker

GENERATOR PARIS

$40 $61

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

VICTOR MASSE

$83 $47

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARGEN

A-List

SAINT DOMINIQUE

$143 $82

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE PARIS PASS

$159

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

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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

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AMSTERDAM Amster-dayummmn

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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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HANS BRINKER HOSTEL AMSTERDAM

Glampacker

$26 $35

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

CLINK NOORD

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$40 $53

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

AMSNOO

Rock Solid

NADIA HOTEL

A-List

$96 $56

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOTEL VONDEL

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$100 $58

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

10% DISCOUNT: 03JAN19-04FEB19, 09FEB19-20MAR19, 01DEC19-24DEC19 (2 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY, BLACKOUT DATES APPLY)

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BERLIN learning the BER-LINgo

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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.

Shoestring/Glampacker

GENERATOR BERLIN HOSTELS

Glampacker

$23 $79

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

PLUS BERLIN

$28 $48

FR FR

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Two hostels! One in Mitte, right at the heart of the city. The other in Prenzlauer Berg, in trendsetter East Berlin.

Location: Friedrichshain, Berlin's artsy neighbourhood. Only a few minutes walk to the East Side Gallery and Berlin's best dance clubs.

Vibe: Generator Mitte soaks up the artsy atmosphere of nearby Hackescher Markt. For Prenzlauer Berg, think edgy party hostel.

Vibe: Modern hostel-come-hotel in an historic school building. The social atmosphere makes it a great place to meet other travellers.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Common room • Outdoor terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Café • Barbecue area • ATM • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Indoor pool • Sauna • Outdoor terrace • Free yoga (Thursdays) • Games room • ATM • Bike rental

BERGEN/BERMIT

STAY 5 PAY 4: 15FEB19-15NOV19 (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY) BOOK BY 15NOV19

BERPLU

A-List

HOTEL INDIGO BERLIN FR$108 FR$54 ALEXANDERPLATZ

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

BERLIN PASS

$119

FR

2-3 DAYS

WITHLOCALS BIKE THE BERLIN WALL

$36

FR

HALF DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: The trendy Mitte district, ten minutes away from Alexanderplatz Square. Vibe: Combining excellent location with boutique-style rooms and fancy toiletries. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rain shower • Bathrobes • Restaurant • Bar • Outdoor terrace • Gym • Luggage storage

Available as a two or three-day option, this pass gives you access to the whole city without spending an extra penny. With access to over 50 attractions including the Jewish Museum, the Neue National Gallery and the Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, you can also opt to add on unlimited use of public transport between Zones A, B and C. BERPAS

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Berlin is chock-a-block full of history, and nowhere is this more evident than along the route of the famous Berlin Wall. Bike past the places that East Berliners tried to escape from and call in at the terrifying Kieler Eck command tower, the Ghost Station, the Holocaust Museum and the iconic Brandenburg Gate. BERWALL


BARCELONA & MADRID LA GENTE ESTA MUY LOCA

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In Barca, you've got the beach, the tapas, the nighlife. As Las Ramblas oozes with sangria, mojitos and mouth-watering pintxos, Gaudí's fabled architecture marks the city's skyline apart from any other. And when you've finished off all of the cocktails, Madrid will be waiting for you with a world of art. Picasso, Dalí and Miró are all gracing the walls of the capital's galleries. Once you've fed your inner artist, hit up Madrid's incredible gastronomic scene.

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ST CHRISTOPHER'S BARCELONA

Rock Solid

$16 $50

FR FR

HCC MONT BLANC, BARCELONA

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

$131 $75

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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

BCNCHR

BCNHCC

Glampacker

WITH LOCALS: BARCELONA'S FAVOURITE FOOD TOUR

$57

FR

HALF DAY

GENERATOR MADRID

$24 $55

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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! BCNFAV

Class Act

HOTEL CORTEZO, MADRID

$90 $45

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Right in the centre, a short walk from bustling squares and attractions.

Location: Two minutes' walk from Puerta del Sol and metro stations.

Vibe: A stylish backpacker's hangout with brand new rooftop hot tubs.

Vibe: Relaxed and stylish hotel with a rooftop terrace for incredible city views.

Highlights: Shared dorms • Family rooms • Lockers • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Hot tubs • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms & suites • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Fitness centre • TV lounge • Public bath

TUMAD1

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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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Your New Best Friend

Food & Dining

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.

UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION

FLEXIBLE

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Small Group Adventure

AMALFI COAST LOCAL LIVING

$1,699

FR

8 DAYS

Small Group Adventure

AMALFI COAST WINTER LOCAL LIVING

$1,599

FR

7 DAYS

Arrive in Naples and transfer by train next day to a rural agriturismo with valley views. Your host is a keen organic producer and loves showing visitors around his family's orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Peruse local markets, 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

Small Group Adventure

TUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVING

$1,429

FR

7 DAYS

Small Group Adventure

COASTAL TUSCANY LOCAL LIVING

$1,799

FR

7 DAYS

Travel by train from Rome to the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano and stay in a medieval house converted into apartments. Enjoy orientation walks in Rome, Siena and Florence, a half-day cooking class, walks through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You'll even get a 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

$1,749

FR

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

Pizza making in Sorrento

inclusions

Departs: Selected Sundays (May-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAEISO

highlights

• 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.


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.

Rock Solid

NARDIZZI ROME

Rock Solid

$63 $27

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

PALLADIUM PALACE

ROOM ONLY

$81 $47

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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

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

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

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

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

ROMNAR

STAY 3 PAY 2: ON SELECTED DATES (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY)

ROMPAL

Glampacker

GENERATOR ROME

$35 $42

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

VATICAN TOUR

$40

FR

HALF DAY

WITH LOCALS: HIGHLIGHTS & HIDDEN GEMS OF ROME

$28

FR

HALF DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Amid the old-school vibes of the Esquilino District. Vibe: Up there on the backpackers' best-of list, one of the coolest hostels about. Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms with en suite • Air con • Soundproof rooms • Bar • Lounge area • Luggage storage

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. VIROM2

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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


FLORENCE . .and the flying machine

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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.

Shoestring

PLUS FLORENCE

$27 $41

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

Rock Solid

KURSAAL & AUSONIA

ROOM ONLY

$76 $52

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

CORONA D'ITALIA

$82 $47

FR FR

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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 • Sauna

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Library • Luggage storage • Express check-in/check-out

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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 EHFLR1

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.

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VENICE gondola with the wind

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For a city held above water by wooden sticks, Venice is doing pretty well for itself. As striped gondoliers go about their day they glide past gold-covered basilicas, Guggenheims and decorated bridges. There's also high fashion, fine wine, fine dining, street performers and the biannual international arts festival, the Biennale. Aside from Piazza San Marco's evident pomp, smaller piazzas provide a respite from the crowds. Good coffee included.

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Location: Set in 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.

Location: At the heart of the Old Town, walking distance from St. Mark's Square.

Vibe: New, spacious, and clean hostel, featuring cool industrial-style interiors.

Vibe: Housed riverside in a 200-year-old Venetian Palazzo.

Vibe: A small hotel spread over three floors in a traditional Venetian building.

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

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Daily housekeeping • Express check-in/check-out

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Location: Only a short walk from Saint Mark's Square, over a cute small canal.

Location: 9 kilometres outside of Venice, a ten-minute bus ride from Piazzale Roma.

Vibe: Charming Venetian residence that once belonged to an aristocratic family.

Vibe: Easy-going campsite with space to sunbathe, swim and socialise.

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


ATHENS & GREEK ISLANDS GREEK, C'est chic

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Oh! Oh! It's the sound of the Acropolis. The Grecian capital is packed with museums, modish restaurants and a generous scattering of ancient monuments. Be sure to check out the legend at the Parthenon Temple, located on top of the Acropolis. Away from the city, get your vitamin D fix on a visit to 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.

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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: Overlooking the ancient Acropolis and two minutes from the metro.

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: This modern hotel's showpiece is its rooftop terrace. Acropolis views included.

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 • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Lounge • Dining room • Bike rental • Off-street parking (at extra cost)

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Location: Oceanview hilltop spot, just a 15-minute walk from lively Fira town, the island's capital.

Location: Situated right next to the beach in the village of Agios Stefanos, with a pristine beach and restaurants and shops nearby.

Vibe: Brightly-decorated rooms featuring a private balcony. Head down to the pool to enjoy a cocktail and yummy Greek food.

Vibe: Quaint and traditional family-run hotel featuring an outdoor breakfast and bar area with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Garden • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • Bicycle rental services • Shuttle services • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms with balcony • Air con • Satellite TV • Terrace • Coffee shop • Bar • Snack bar • Beach • Umbrellas and sun beds (extra charge) • ATM

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From frozen wastelands to urban capitals, the Scandi lands are home to Europe's most content people. Meet indigenous reindeer herders in Sweden, soak up the midnight sun in Finnish saunas and cross fortress-like fjords in Norway. Sitting to the east is the gargantuan land mass of Russia. History buffs should make Moscow their first stop, while St. Petersburg's extravagant churches, palaces and museums make it a cultural mecca.

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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: Situated in Downtown, just across the road from the Gallerian Mall. Central Station is just ten minutes' walk away.

Vibe: Fun hostel with six floors of playful interiors and a funky outdoor terrace, game of boules anyone?

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 • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Lounge • Large outdoor terrace • Petanque court • Chill-out areas • Stylish Scandinavian interiors

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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Location: Beside the Aker River, close to the main shopping street of Karl Johan.

Location: Just three minutes' walk from Komsomolskaya metro station.

Location: Central St. Petersburg, five minutes' walk from the canal embankment.

Vibe: Great value hostel with casual, unfussy accommodation and a bar.

Vibe: Upscale hotel occupying a Baroqueand Russian Orthodox–style tower.

Vibe: Clean, quiet and contemporary with uniquely-designed interiors.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Shared kitchen • Bar • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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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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 Winter 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!

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Location: Minutes from the famous Sun Voyager statue and Harpa concert hall on foot, with gorgeous views across the bay.

Location: On Faxa Bay's waterfront promenade, just a five minute walk from Laugardalslaug's heated pools, a favourite local hangout.

Vibe: Hipster, social hostel housed in an old biscuit factory (Kex is Icelandic for biscuit) with craft beer and jazz nights 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

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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.

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.

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.

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Home to over 12,000 elephants, 27,000 buffalo and 1,000 leopards, Kruger is one of the world's most-loved game reserves. See more of Kruger National Park on pages 83, 84, 86 & 87. SHOTS OF ADRENALIN, ZAMBIA MALDIVES

Zambia's Livingstone has some of the best white water rafting, bungy jumping and gorge swinging in Africa. See more of Zambia on page 83 & 84. MAASAI CULTURE, KENYA

Despite western cultural influences, the Maasai people have managed to hold on to their traditional ways of life. See more of Kenya on page 88. PENGUIN COLONY, SOUTH AFRICA

The world-famous Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a whopping 3,000 African waddlers, a short distance from seaside Simons Town. See more of South Africa on pages 82-87.

SAND DUNES, NAMIBIA

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CAPE & DUNES OVERLAND SOUTHBOUND 14 DAYS, Windhoek

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Prepare for endless swathes of desert, monumental sand dunes and ghostly lunar landscapes fleetingly populated with hardy wildlife. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Permanent camp (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt), participation camping (8 nts), multi-share guesthouse (2 nts), bush camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADNDO

• Soak up Cape Town's lively culture • Camp on a local farm near Cederberg • Visit the vast Fish River Canyon

• Tackle the world's highest sand dunes • Spot wildlife on Etosha's game drives • G for Good collection

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Day 1 Windhoek Arrive at any time into Windhoek and feel free to explore at your own leisure. Why not head to the Stellenbosch Wine Bar and Bistro for excellent food in a classy establishment? Just an idea.

Day 2-4 Etosha National Park Pay a visit to the G supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, an initiative that employs vulnerable women to provide them with employment and give disadvantaged women the life opportunities they deserve. Spend the next couple of days spotting a wide array of wildlife and enjoying the scenery in Etosha National Park. Some of the larger mammals you may see include leopard, elephant, wildebeest, cheetah, springbok and hyena. After your final morning safari ride on Day 4, head on to Damaraland through stunning desert landscapes. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 5-7 Damaraland / Spitzkoppe / Swakopmund

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It's off to the Damaraland Living Museum to educate yourself on the lost culture of the Damara people before heading on south to the granite peaks and countryside of Spitzkoppe. Journey through the coastal region to the adrenalin capital of Swakopmund where you can opt to soar the skies and skydive, or stretch those muscles and sandboard. If that doesn't float your boat then choose to participate in a living desert tour to seek out creepy crawlies. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 8-10 Swakopmund / Namib Desert / Fish River Canyon Time to head off to the edge of the Namib Desert today where you'll be camping. Choose to take a walk with a local expert who will be able to tell you about the mysteries of the desert. Spend Day 9 exploring the Sesriem Canyon before heading on to the Sossusvlei Dunes to climb the astonishing Dune 45. Sit back and enjoy the sunset at the vast Fish River Canyon the following day - the second-largest canyon worldwide. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 11-12 Fish River Canyon / Orange River / Cederberg And it's across the border and into South Africa on Day 11 where you'll set up camp at the Orange River. Choose to go on a canoe ride if that tickles your fancy. The following day, journey past large plantations of rooibos tea and absorb the views of the breathtaking Western Cape scenery. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 13-14 Cederberg / Cape Town Today you'll be visiting the G for Good supported project, the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre where you'll learn about San culture and language, as well as the fundamental work the project does. Amongst many other things, this programme aims to promote responsible tourism, stage environmental interventions and help the San community to build upon their skills and with employment opportunities. Head on to lively Cape Town, soak up incredible views of Table Mountain and choose to head on a final night out with your fellow travellers. Day 14 is your last day. (2B, L)

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DELTA & FALLS OVERLAND EASTBOUND 9 DAYS, Windhoek

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• See wildlife in the Kalahari • Meet a local San Bushman • Canoe the Okavango Delta

• Witness mighty Victoria Falls • Spot hippos in Chobe River • G for Good collection

Arrive into the modern Namibian capital Windhoek, explore, and meet your group in the evening. The next day, cross the Botswanan border at Ghanzi into the Kalahari Desert, the perfect arena for wildlife spotting! Walk with a local San Bushman and opt to learn the tribe's wilderness survival skills. (B, L, D)

Day 3-4 Maun / Okavango Delta

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Overnight in the town of Maun, where you have the opportunity to take a flight over the Okavango Delta. Venture through the world's largest inland delta to your remote bush camp. Experience traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions and fantastic game viewing on walks and safaris in this pristine wilderness area. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 5-6 Gweta / Chobe National Park

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Continue to Gweta, near the fascinating Makgadikgadi salt pans, and set up camp under the native baobab trees. The pan is an important habitat for migrating animals, including wildebeest and zebra populations. Travel onward to Chobe National Park for an optional open vehicle game drive or choose to take an afternoon boat cruise for a chance to see elephants, hippos and crocs. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 7-9 Victoria Falls Have lunch at G supported Lusumpuko Women's Club, a local cooperative that helps women with employment and skill development. Cross the Zambezi by ferry into Zimbabwe to witness the mighty Falls. Choose to go white water rafting, canoeing or take a flight over the falls. Depart any time after breakfast on Day 9. (2B, L)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), bush camp (1 nt), permanent camp (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $90-120 for meals not included Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Tour Code: GADNFO

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MOZAMBIQUE, KRUGER & SWAZI DISCOVERER 13 DAYS, Johannesburg

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• Soak up scenery in Mlilwane • Swim and snorkel in Praia • Camp overnight at the beach

• Enjoy a dhow safari • Game drives in Kruger • The Jane Goodall Collection

Day 1-3 Johannesburg / Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary / Maputo Arrive into Johannesburg any time and explore. On Day 2, cross the border into Swaziland and stop at the local markets to find authentic Swazi crafts. The next day, head off for the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland and enjoy a guided walk. Later on, head to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. (2B)

Day 4-5 Inhambane / Praia do Tofo

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

After a short drive around Inhambane, you'll head up the coast and soak up the laidback atmosphere. Swim, snorkel or beach lounge in Praia do Tofo, home to manta rays, sea turtles, and even whale sharks. (2B) M OZ A M B I Q U E

Day 6-8 Vilanculos / Bazaruto National Park Head to Vilanculos for more beach time. Enjoy a dhow (boat) safari through the picturesque Bazaruto National Park - an archipelago of six islands - before settling in at a beach camp for the night. Time for Bazaruto Island for a hike in the sand dunes. Snorkelling lovers will be in paradise at Two Mile Reef, so get involved! After a tasty island lunch it's back to mainland Vilanculos for a night out. (3B, 2L, D)

Day 9-10 Xai-Xai Settle in the lodge outside Xai-Xai (pronounced 'shy shy') for a relaxing night with a local beer around beautiful scenery. On Day 10, experience the Portuguese flavour of the charming beach town of Xai-Xai with its markets, shops and restaurants to discover. (2B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twin or multi-share chalets/bungalows (7 nts), safari huts (1 nt), camping (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, dhow Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $265-345 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 9, Avg 7 Tour Code: GADSMZ

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BOTSWANA & FALLS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Johannesburg

$1,289

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Victoria Falls

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Visit Khama Rhino Sanctuary • Optional Victoria Falls bungy • Game walk in Okavango

• See Makgadikgadi's sunset • Chobe wildlife safari • G for Good collection

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-2 Johannesburg / Khama Rhino Sanctuary Arrive into Johannesburg and meet your group that evening. On Day 2, travel into Botswana to visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative that protects rhinos, and enjoy an included rhino game drive. Tonight, camp under the African stars. (B, L, D)

Day 3-4 Maun / Okavango Delta It's off to the safari hub of Maun. Opt for a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. The next day, travel by mokoro deep into this watery wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, hippos and elephants! Stay overnight at a peaceful bush camp, A N G O L A enjoying a campfire amid the changing landscape of the Delta. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 5-6 Gweta / Chobe National Park At sunrise, sail back through the Okavango's water channels, then head to Gweta where you'll camp under the ancient baobab trees. Next up is Chobe National Park, the world-famous home to one of Southern Africa's largest herds of elephants. Take part in an optional game drive or wildlife boat cruise on the Chobe River. (2B, 2L, D)

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Day 7-8 Victoria Falls Cross into Zimbabwe for a traditional lunch, prepared by the G supported Lusumpuko Women's Club, an initiative that helps women strengthen their skills and employment opportunities. Next up, the town of Victoria Falls, located very close to the recordbreaking Falls. Get up close (and a little wet), and opt to raft the white water of the Zambezi River before your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. (B, L)

Victoria Falls Okavango Delta Maun

Chobe N.P. Z I M BA B W E

Gweta Khama Rhino Sanctuary

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My Own Room Available: Fr $89

Johannesburg

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Victoria Falls River Rafting Full day, Fr $160

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (5 nts), bush camp (1 nt), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADAJL

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KRUGER, FALLS & ZIMBABWE 8 DAYS, Victoria Falls

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Johannesburg

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Visit mighty Victoria Falls • Opt to raft the Zambezi • Track white rhinos

• Game drive around Kruger • Interact with local people • Take in historical Jo'burg

Day 1 Victoria Falls Arrive into Victoria Falls on Day 1, and spend the day exploring the world's largest waterfall. These spectacular falls bolt down a whopping 110 metres and are locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders. The more adventurous can choose to rush down the Zambezi on a white water rafting excursion or sign up for a thrilling bungy jump if you want to get your pulse racing. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 2-3 Matobo National Park Continue on to Zimbabwe's number one wildlife park, the UNESCO-listed Matobo National Park. Covering 44,500 hectares, the park is home to one of the world's largest population of white rhino, and is an Intense Protection Zone for white and black rhinos. It is also known for its unusual balancing granite formations, also known as kopjes, and its wonderful collection of rock paintings. While you're here, you'll get the unique opportunity to walk with rare white rhinos and experience an open vehicle safari game drive. Keep your eyes peeled! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Victoria Falls Z I M BA B W E

Day 4-7 Kruger National Park Travel south into South Africa: big game country! On arrival, relax and soak in the hot springs of the campsite. The world-renowned 2,000,000 hectare Kruger National Park offers wildlife experiences that rank with the best in Africa - and the world - so make the most of it. Search for lion, elephant, rhino and more on your full-day game drive in an open vehicle. Do also look out for San Rock Art (insider tip right there). On Day 7, head back to Johannesburg and opt for a night on the town. (4B, 4L, 3D)

Day 8 Johannesburg Sadly, your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8. Pick up any last-minute souvenirs, say your goodbyes and start planning your next adventure! (B)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle, 4WD Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-65 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GADZKF

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CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS ADVENTURE 18 DAYS, Cape Town

$4,099

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Victoria Falls Small Group Adventure

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• Take in the enormity of Fish River Canyon • Climb the shifting sands of Dune 45 • Safari in Etosha and Chobe national parks

• Learn survival skills from local bushmen • Embrace adventure in Victoria Falls • G for Good collection

Like that? Try this… Day 1-4 Cape Town / Lambert's Bay / Orange River / Fish River Canyon Arrive at any time and discover the colourful streets of this cosmopolitan city before meeting your group this evening. Head north to Lambert's Bay, stopping en route to the G supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, an initiative that supports the local community and trains 30 South African San (an indigenous culture) students each year for a 7-month hospitality training programme. Lambert's Bay is a picturesque coastal town from which you can opt to visit Bird Island, home to penguins and blue-eyed gannets at certain times of year. Head north and cross into Namibia and settle in by the banks of the Orange River. Transfer to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and take in the majestic scenery. (3B)

Day 5-8 Namib Desert / Swakopmund Travel north to Sossusvlei, a natural wonderland of bizarre geological formations, including the world's highest sand dunes. Opt to climb up the famous Dune 45 and stop off at the 14km-long Sesriem Canyon; invisible from even a short distance away yet home to a huge variety of birdlife. Soak up desert views as you travel onward to Swakopmund, where numerous optional activities such as sandboarding, dolphin cruises, quad biking and skydiving are on offer. (3B, 2D)

Day 9-12 Etosha National Park / Windhoek / Kalahari Desert Undoubtedly one of Africa's best places for wildlife spotting, game drives at Etosha National Park (including an optional open-vehicle safari) offer excellent opportunities to spot elephants, lions and antelope. Day 11, head through the countryside to Namibia's small, friendly capital Windhoek, and visit the G supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop. This project helps vulnerable women to secure employment opportunities, and contracts over 300 women annually for handicraft creation. Explore the Kalahari Desert on Day 12 and learn some crucial survival skills from a local San Bushman on an optional walk. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance demonstration. (B, L, D)

Customise your trip Okavango Delta Flight See the vast wilderness of Africa with a view only a select few will ever see.  Fr $120 Shorten your trip Botswana & Victoria Falls Adventure (8 days, Windhoek - Victoria Falls) (GADADF)  Fr $2,049 Cape and Namibia Adventure (12 days, Cape Town - Windhoek) (GADACD)  Fr $2,279 Reverse your trip Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer (18 days, Victoria Falls - Cape Town) (GADZDD) Fr $4,149

Day 13-16 Maun / Okavango Delta / Nata Area / Chobe National Park Arrive in Maun to prep for your overnight adventure and opt to take a flight over the delta. On Day 14, travel by mokoro into the Okavango Delta, overnighting at a remote bush camp. Enjoy game walks, birding and a sunset boat cruise. After sunrise, journey to Nata. Opt for a sunset visit to the salt pans of Makgadikgadi in dry season (MarSep), and watch elephants drinking from the waterhole at night. Continue to Chobe National Park, home to Southern Africa's largest elephant population, and opt for a sunset boat cruise or an open safari game drive. (4B, L, 2D)

Victoria Falls Etosha N.P.

Day 17-18 Victoria Falls Cross the Zambezi River by ferry to Victoria Falls, an adrenaline junkie's paradise. Optional activities include white water rafting, canoeing and a scenic flight over the falls. Your tour ends on Day 18. (2B)

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Cape Town Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), lodge/chalet (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), basic camping (1 nt), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, safari vehicle, mokoro Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADAFD


CAPE SAFARI & FALLS 11 DAYS, Cape Town

$2,365

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Victoria Falls Exclusively for 18-35s

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Calling all wildlife lovers and adventureseekers! This tour will see you venturing up Table Mountain on a cable car, scouring for wildlife in Kruger National Park, and camping in a luxury camp in Chobe National Park (it's okay, even the most intrepid traveller deserves some pampering). Opt to get your pulse racing on a zipline over the Zambezi River, and soak up the great outdoors in a classic camping extravaganza. Trip Style: In Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 26 Tour Code: COCEBBSA

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Day 1-4 Cape Town / Kruger National Park Welcome to colourful Cape Town! Meet your Trip Manager and head out with your group for dinner and drinks at a local eating haunt. It's a full day of sightseeing the following day, starting with a cable car ride up the iconic Table Mountain for incredible panoramic city views before a city tour of Cape Town. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure, and indulge in some R&R on one of its beaches. Day 3 enjoy a full-day of excursions. Opt to drive along the cliffs of Chapman's Peak down to Africa's tip, stop at the penguin-clad Boulders Beach and head on an afternoon wine tasting tour of the Cape Winelands. What better way to spend your time? Day 4, fly to Johannesburg and journey on to the wonderful Kruger National Park, home to the great Big 5. (3B, 2D)

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• Bungy jump at Victoria Falls • White water rafting on the Zambezi River • Luxury safari camping in Chobe

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• All park fees and game drives included • Ride a cable car up Table Mountain • See the Big 5 in Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Hotels and lodges (9 nts), luxury safari camping (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach, minivan, plane, pop-up safari vehicle Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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Day 5-7 Kruger National Park / Victoria Falls Set your alarm for sunrise; the perfect time to see some of Africa's elusive predators finishing their nightly hunts. Keep your eyes peeled for lurking wildlife during a picnic breakfast. At midday, enjoy lunch in one of the park's main camps before heading out on an afternoon drive - cooler temperatures means more active wildlife! The hunt continues the next day before you head back to Johannesburg on Day 7 for your flight to Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls. On arrival, opt to head on a walk along the world's largest waterfalls - and one of its natural wonders - before opting for an evening filled with adrenalin-fuelled activities. Jump, swing or zipline over the Zambezi River, flowing right next to the waterfall, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the 'smoke that thunders'. (3B, L, D)

Day 8-9 Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park Adventure time! Choose to raft down the Zambezi, one of the world's best white water rafting rivers. Alternatively, opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the crashing falls where you may also spot some of Africa's most treasured animals from above. There's also an escape room to try out - the Tribal Tap - so get your thinking cap on. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Day 9, it's on to the wildlife haven of Botswana and Chobe National Park. Driving along the Chobe River is a guaranteed wildlife hotspot, as this park is home to the world's largest elephant population. Feel at one with the African wilderness with a night under starry skies, camping in the middle of the African bush, after a delicious meal al fresco. As you're dozing off you may hear a distant whooping hyena or the sound of moaning lions. (2B, D)

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Victoria Falls

Day 10-11 Chobe National Park / Victoria Falls Wake up as the sun rises, and head on a morning safari game drive before checking into your lodge. Spend the rest of the day lounging around the pool before your final evening with your fellow travellers. Hop on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, and admire the surrounding hippos, basking crocs, and all sorts of other wildlife venturing over to their watering holes. Return to Victoria Falls on Day 11, where the tour finishes at around 1pm. (2B)

Chobe N.P.

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Victoria Falls

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• Kirstenbosch Gardens Tour • Drive the Panorama Route • Thunderous Victoria Falls

• Spot lions & elephants • Explore glittering Cape Town • Sample Zimbabwean food

Arrive at any time on Day 1 and enjoy a guided tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, waddle with the penguins of Boulders Beach and opt to pull up a chair on the V&A Waterfront. Optional activities are plentiful, from skydiving, abseiling, cage diving with great white sharks, Table Mountain hikes and wine tours. (2B)

Day 4-6 Johannesburg / Panorama Route / Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Help yourself to a South African braai (barbecue) after your flight to Johannesburg. Drive along the Panorama Route on Day 5, stopping at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window before spending the night in a safari lodge. Start with a morning wildlife safari through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle before motoring around in search of some of Kruger's 147 species. (3B, 3D)

Victoria Falls

Day 7-8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve Up next, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. A lecture from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project will tell you about their efforts to protect wildlife. For the next two days, enjoy game drives searching for wildlife including Africa's famed Big 5. Post game drive, enjoy dinner in camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 9-12 Johannesburg / Victoria Falls Fly into Zimbabwe for a guided tour of the cascading Victoria Falls. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, over 5 million cubic metres of water pours over the rapids every minute, and each sunset produces a fantastic rainbow. It's then off to a local market before helping prepare a traditional Zimbabwean dinner. The final days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area. (4B, 2D)

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Johannesburg

Karongwe Private Game Reserve Kruger N.P.

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), comfortable safari camp (2 nts), comfortable tent/chalet (2 nts) Transport: Air con touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow $245-320 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO), local guides & rangers Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GADSLNG

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Cape Town

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GARDEN ROUTE & ADDO ADVENTURE 4, 5, 6 or 7 DAYS, Cape Town

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• See penguins at Betty’s Bay • Explore the ostrich capital • Cango Caves adventure tour

$584

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Cape Town

Small Group Adventure

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• Wilderness National Park • Wine and craft beer tastings • Game viewing in Addo

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Day 1 Cape Town / Hermanus / Cape Agulhas Leave Cape Town and follow a scenic coastal route towards Hermanus. Your first stop will be Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for sightings of southern right whales during whale season (Jul-Nov). Later, drive to Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Note: if you opt for the shark cage diving activity, you'll re-join the group in the afternoon. (D)

Day 2-3 Route 62 / Oudtshoorn/ Knysna / Sedgefield Travel along Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world! Enjoy a guided adventure tour of the exciting Cango Caves in the Swartberg Mountains before sampling the sweetness of the local wine. After breakfast, it's on to the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains where you'll explore Wilderness National Park and paddle up the Touw River on your very own canoe. Take a short hike to a nearby waterfall and rock pools then hit the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-5 Tsitsikamma / Addo National Park / Wilderness Head to Tsitsikamma National Park and stop en route to see the world's highest bungy jump bridge. Next, explore the park's indigenous forest on hikes or swim along the Indian Ocean coast before leaving for Big 5 heavyweight, Addo National Park. At 28,000 hectares, this national reserve is home to more than 600 elephants. Scour the grass and shrubs for elephants, lions, rhinos and zebras. Next, drive back to the heart of the Garden Route to sip sundowners overlooking Wilderness Beach. (B, D)

Day 6 Mossel Bay / Cape Town After breakfast with the locals at George, stop in Mossel Bay to spend time on the beach then hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs. The more adventurous can opt for a 3,000m (10,000ft) skydive or head to South Africa's longest sand dune for a sandboarding session before returning to Cape Town early evening. (B)

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Cape Town Hermanus

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Oudtshoorn Wilderness Mossel Bay

Addo Elephant N.P.

Sedgefield Knysna Tsitsikamma N.P.

Cape Agulhas

inclusions Departs: Mondays Accommodation: Hostels or guesthouses, dorms with shared facilities/private rooms (5 nts) Transport: Return transfers, air con minibus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Qualified guide Group Size: Min 3, Max 14 Includes: Local wine tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour, hiking, game viewing safari, canoeing and penguin viewing Tour Code: CPTGAA (4 days)/CPTGR4 (5 days)/CPTRAA (6 days)/CPTSAF (7 days)

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KENYA CAMPING SAFARI 9 DAYS, Nairobi

$2,289

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Nairobi

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Spot birdlife in Nakuru • Visit the Maasai Mara • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Nairobi / Samburu Game Reserve Arrive into Kenya's capital Nairobi. Head north next day and pass Mt. Kenya, Africa's second-highest mountain, en route to Samburu Game Reserve. Spot oryx, ostrich, zebra and long-necked gerenuk on an afternoon game drive as well as lions, cheetah and leopards. You'll also get the chance to meet some of the Samburu tribesfolk, learning about their semi-nomadic lifestyles on a visit to their village. On Day 3, it's back on the safari truck for a full day of Big 5 tracking. Excited yet? (2B, 2L, 2D)

Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya

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Descend into the Great Rift Valley and enjoy stunning views of the escarpment as you travel. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake, renowned for its wildlife and more than 460 species of birds. On Day 5, head off on safari in search of rhino, buffalo, impala, tree-climbing lions, python and elusive leopards. Lake Nakuru is also home to critically endangered black rhinos. These shy animals are pretty hard to spot (surprising given their size); let's hope lady luck is on your side. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Nakuru N.P.

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• Relax on Zanzibar's beaches • Spot plenty of wildlife • Visit Ngorongoro Crater

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• Explore Mto wa Mbu village • Game drives aplenty • G for Good collection

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Stone Town

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My Own Room Available: Fr $199 Maasai Mara Reserve

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No visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the world-famous landscape of the Maasai Mara. Based at a permanent tented camp, your time here will be spent on daily drives, seeking out the fantastic game that lives on its vast open plains. Opt to see the savannah on a hot-air balloon safari or, for a taste of local life, visit a Maasai village. Enjoy one last morning game drive on Day 8, then continue through the Great Rift Valley to Café Ubuntu for lunch. This G for Good project empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable jobs for mothers of children with disabilities. Head back to Nairobi where your trip finishes on Day 9. (4B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 6-9 Maasai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts) Transport: 7-seater 4WD vehicle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $60-80 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified driver/guide, camp crew Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADKWA

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• See Mt. Kenya's silhouette • Find the Big 5 in Samburu • Mix with Samburu tribesfolk

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Day 1-3 Nairobi / Arusha / Serengeti National Park Touch down into East Africa's hub city, Nairobi, at any point and get yourself settled. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. The next day, cross the border into Tanzania and make a base in Arusha, the region's safari capital. Then, charge your GoPro, grab your binoculars and set out on safari - the rolling plains of the Serengeti are a-calling! (2B, L, D) Zanzibar, Tanzania

Day 4-6 Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Arusha / Dar es Salaam Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy a morning safari drive to see if you can spot another member of the famous five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino), then journey on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for epic views and plenty more wildlife! Tonight, camp on the Ngorongoro Crater's rim. On Day 5, venture into the crater for a game drive, then head back to Arusha via the a G for Good initiative Mto wa Mbu village for a cultural walk and lunch. On Day 6, hit the road and enjoy the scenery on the way to the Indian Ocean coast. (3B, 2L, 2D)

Catch the ferry to Zanzibar and enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO on arrival. Opt to continue on for a longer walking tour, or continue exploring the labyrinthine alleys of Stone Town on your own. Get the trunks/cozzie out on Day 8 as you hit the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Jambiani. Enjoy free time to tour the island, go snorkelling or just chill out on Day 9, returning to Stone Town the next morning to catch the ferry to the mainland. Not ready to leave? Check out the Zanzibar Express upgrade, which includes a flight and an extra night in Zanzibar. (4B)

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Ngorongoro Crater

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Nairobi Arusha

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), multi-share hostels (5 nts) Transport: Shuttle, 4WD, tuk tuk, ferry, minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, certified safari guides, local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 17 Tour Code: GADKSZ

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Trek Kilimanjaro

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

WHAT WILL WE EAT?

WHERE WILL WE SLEEP?

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

The air at the summit contains about half of the breathable oxygen most of us are used to at sea level. Everyone will handle the high altitude and thinner air differently, which is why your leader will try to keep the ascent slow and steady.

You’ll need energy to make that push to the top, and your camp cooks will make sure there’s plenty of healthy, quality food on hand. What's more, the equipment and supplies (including fresh produce) will be carried for you!

On all G Adventures treks, excluding the Marangu Route where you’ll stay in mountain huts, you’ll get stuck in with full-service camping. Apart from a sleeping bag and pillow (which can be rented), you won’t need to bring anything.

The main reason people fail to reach the summit is due to altitude sickness rather than a lack of strength or stamina. That said, it's easier the fitter you are. However, there’s no need to go overboard with fitness preparations.

UHURU PEAK 5,895m

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MTI MKUBWA CAMP 2,750m

SHIRA CAMP 1 3,500m

SHIRA CAMP 2 3,850m

KARANGA CAMP 4,000m

MACHAME CAMP 3,000m

MAWENZI TARN 4,310m

BARFU CAMP 4,600m

BARRANCO CAMP 3,950m

LODOROSSI GATE 2,250m

MAWENZI 5,149m

KIBO HUT & CAMP/ SCHOOL HUT 4,700m

MWEKA CAMP 3,100m

HOROMBO HUT 3,720m KIKELEWA CAVE 3,600m

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MANDARA HUT 2,720m

SIMBA CAMP 2,600m

MACHAME GATE 1,800m

RONGAI GATE 1,990m

MWEKA GATE 1,650m

MACHAME VILLAGE 1,500m

RONGAI MWEKA VILLAGE 1,480m

MARANGU GATE 1,800m

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Known as the Whiskey Route, the Machame path leads you through the forests on the slopes of Kili, up over rocky terrain and onto high alpine deserts with striking views of hanging glaciers and the mighty Kibo massif. On your way to the summit at 5,895m, catch fantastic views of the surrounding peaks, the Breach Wall and the snow-covered Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Easy as pie, right? HIGHLIGHTS • Summit success rate of 95% • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

Moshi

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Affectionately called the Coca-Cola route due to its popularity, Marangu covers forests, moorlands, rocky ravines and The Saddle, a high-altitude desert, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the most popular trail and is well maintained throughout, but due to the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as the other routes (but still 80%!). Keep an eye out for monkeys at lower altitudes. HIGHLIGHTS

• Catch views of Kibo peak • Six days on Mt. Kilimanjaro

• See forests and moorlands • Quickest route to take

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• Summit success rate of 80% • G for Good Moshi Mamas visit

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (5 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $7095 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 8 DAYS 

MARANGU ROUTE Moshi

$2,899

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GADTM8

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), mountain huts (4 nts) Transport: Minibus, trekking Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Certified mountain guide, local rep, cook, porters Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 8 DAYS 

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$2,749

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TANZANIA SAFARI EXPERIENCE 7 DAYS, Arusha

$3,999

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Arusha

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• Spot hippos in Lake Manyara • Visit Olduvai Gorge • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Arusha / Mto wa Mbu Village / Lake Manyara National Park Arrive into Tanzania's safari capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next morning, head to Mto wa Mbu village for a guided cultural walk and lunch with a local family. That afternoon, continue to your safari lodge on the outskirts of Lake Manyara National Park. Take in the views of the mighty Rift Valley Escarpment and enjoy a game drive, spotting hippos and tree-climbing lions en route. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park Travel through the famous Rift Valley and stop for a guided tour of a local Maasai village. Enjoy lunch at the G for Good Clean Cookstoves Project and listen to an exclusive presentation by one of the Maasai women to learn about the impact the project has had on the community's women. Before heading to your safari camp in the Serengeti, pay a visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum. Set up by Mary Leakey in the late 70s, the museum is a homage to her and her husband's palaeoanthropological discoveries in the area, home to the remains of probably the world's earliest human species, homo habilis. (B, L, D)

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Serengeti N.P.

Day 4-5 Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area Opt to see the Serengeti plains from up high with a sunrise balloon safari, then enjoy a full day of game drives to spot the Big 5 (and more). You'll also get to meet the researchers at the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, a centre for studying the reserve's wildlife. Continue your wildlife spotting extravaganza on your way out of the Serengeti, then head to your tented camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in time for watching the sunset with a cool drink in hand. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Olduvai Gorge Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara N.P.

Arusha

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), safari lodge (1 nt), comfortable tented camp (3 nts) Transport: 4WD Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified driver/guide Group Size: Max 6, Avg 5 Tour Code: GADTTNG

My Own Room Available: Fr $389

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Day 6-7 Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

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It's off into the famous UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive and picnic. Drive to Arusha for one final night before heading home on Day 7. (2B, L)

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CULTURE & WILDLIFE OF UGANDA & RWANDA 8 DAYS, Kampala

$3,549

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Kigali

Small Group Adventure

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• Spot rare mountain gorillas • Explore Rwanda's capital • Hike in tropical rainforests

• Chimp trek in Uganda • Spot hippos, crocs and more • Jane Goodall Collection

Day 1 Kampala Arrive into Uganda's capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. If you've got any spare time, make sure you get out and see some of the sights, including the Uganda Museum of Culture and the Kasubi Tombs, where members of the Ugandan royal family are buried. This evening, why not hit some of Kampala's nightlife?

Day 2-3 Fort Portal / Kibale National Park

Bigodi Community, Kibale

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Queen Elizabeth N.P.

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Fort Portal

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels (1 nt), furnished tents (6 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, experienced gorilla trackers, local guides Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GADURU

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Visit the equator on the way to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa's most celebrated national parks. Keep your eyes peeled for warthogs, elephants, buffalo, hippos, lions, leopards and crocodiles during two days of game drives in the park, and opt for a cruise of the Kazinga Channel. On Day 6, head south past forests, volcanoes and lakes to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is famous for its population of rare mountain gorillas, and you'll get the chance to hang out with them on Day 7; definitely a bucket-list moment! Cross the border into Rwanda on Day 8 and head to the capital Kigali. Enjoy lunch at the Nyamirambo Women's Centre, an initiative to provide education and training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment. (5B, 2L, 2D)

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Travel to Fort Portal and spend the night on a farm at the edge of Kibale National Park listening to the sounds of monkeys and birds. On Day 3, explore one of Uganda's most gorgeous tropical forests and go trekking to spot chimps in either the morning or evening. A traditional lunch will be provided for you at the Bigodi Community, located right in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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• Wildlife in the Serengeti • See the Ngorongoro Crater • Meet the Maasai Mamas

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EGYPT & JORDAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Cairo

$2,299

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Amman Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADPJA

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), desert camping (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, train, felucca, plane, 4WD Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320-420 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $489

Day 3-5 Aswan / Nile River Explore Aswan this morning and choose to browse the souks or go for a wander along the River Nile. During the afternoon, board a felucca boat to Elephantine Island for a visit to a Nubian village. Sample the local customs then tuck into a tasty home-cooked dinner with a local family and opt to visit the temples of Abu Simbel. On Day 5, you'll bed down on a traditional felucca for an overnight sailing trip down the Nile. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 6-8 Luxor / Amman Enjoy a guided visit to Kom Ombo and the Karnak Temple complexes before driving to Luxor. The next day, hop on a donkey and visit the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Visit the Luxor Museum in your free time then lunch with a local family on the Nile's west bank. On Day 8, fly to Amman, Jordan. With free time to spend in the city on your arrival, why not explore the city's Roman heritage? Among the ruins you'll find the Roman Theatre, where local bedouins are dressed as soldiers while playing drums and... bagpipes?! (3B, L)

Day 9-10 Amman / Wadi Musa This morning, go on a guided visit to the ancient Roman town of Jerash, around 50km north of capital Amman. The well-preserved ruins will give you more than a little idea of how it looked under emperor rule. Later, pay a visit to the Dead Sea whose salty banks lie more than 400m below sea level. On Day 10, it's a full day with guided visits to the Madaba mosaics, Mt. Nebo and Karak's crusader castle, before heading on to Wadi Musa for the evening. (2B)

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Arrive at any time into Egypt's capital on Day 1. Next day, soak up the splendour of the ancient Pyramids of Giza and grab a selfie at the iconic Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Board a sleeper train to Aswan. (B, D)

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• Camp under the stars with Bedouin hosts • Visit the remarkable stone city of Petra • Snorkel in the Red Sea

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Customise your trip Hot-air balloon ride over Wadi Rum For an airborne view of the sunrise over the mountains of Wadi Rum.  Fr $185 Temple of Abu Simbel See the imperial might of Ramses II at one of Egypt’s snazziest temples.  Fr $125

Day 11-12 Petra / Wadi Musa / Wadi Rum Today, you'll get to see Jordan's most precious site. Petra's architecture, carved out of the red stone, is one of the world's most unique. For amazing views of the lost city (that you won't have to share with crowds, camels and donkeys), hike up to the Monastery (insider tip right there). Why not spend the evening soaking in a Turkish bath or meandering nighttime Petra. On Day 12, choose to visit Little Petra in the morning, before heading off to the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum. Explore on a day excursion by 4WD and spend the night at a traditional Bedouin camp, complete with dinner and drumming. (2B, D)

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Head towards the Red Sea, with options including snorkelling and relaxing boat trip. Return to Amman the following day and spend some free time in the city before the tour comes to an end on Day 15. (3B, L)

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EGYPT ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, Cairo

$749

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Cairo

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Sleep on a traditional felucca • Stroll through local villages • Explore ancient temples

Day 1-2 Cairo Welcome to Cairo! Spend the next couple of days delving into this chaotic but exciting city. Go on a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and another through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, taking time to hit a shisha café along the way. Board the overnight train to Aswan on Day 2. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Aswan

Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

Take things down a notch in Aswan, located on the banks of the River Nile. The Old Market, which sells anything from peanuts to henna powder, is a great place to start. Take a wander then rejoin your group for guided tour of the city, and opt explore the Philae Temple. After an afternoon felucca cruise down the Nile, head off to a Nubian village for a home-cooked dinner with locals. On Day 4, spend your free time exploring Aswan and choose to visit the temples of Abu Simbel. (2B, D)

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Day 5 River Nile / Felucca Time to sail the mighty Nile! At 6,853km, it's widely-regarded as the longest river in the world and flows through 11 countries, primarily Egypt and Sudan. Board a traditional felucca for a day out on the water and a night under the stars. (B, L, D)

Day 6-8 Luxor / Cairo Step off the felucca and visit the Graeco-Roman Kom Ombo temple, before heading to Luxor, often referred to as the world's best open-air museum. In Luxor, check out the local bazaar, visit the Mummification Museum or opt to explore the 400-yearold Karnak Temple. Soak up those last moments in Luxor before heading to Cairo on an overnight train, where the tour ends. (3B, D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts), overnight train (2 nts), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Private air con van, train, felucca Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPGE

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BEST OF EGYPT 8 DAYS, Cairo

$1,049

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Cairo

Small Group Adventure

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• Photo op by the Sphinx • Learn about Egyptian history • Traditional village dinner

• Wander around Abu Simbel • Stay on a traditional felucca • Explore Valley of the Kings

Day 1-2 Cairo Arrive at any time on Day 1 and meet the rest of your group. The next morning, head over to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, two of Egypt's most famous landmarks and surely one of the world's top photo settings. The Sphinx itself is also widely accepted to be the oldest monumental sculpture in human history! So she's doing pretty well, considering. Enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum before jumping on an overnight sleeper train to Aswan. (B, D)

Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Day 3-5 Aswan / River Nile

inclusions Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, train, felucca, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals Group Leader: Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GADPBE

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Day 8 Cairo

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Back on dry land, head to the well-preserved temples of Karnak and Kom Ombo. Arrive at Luxor and spend the rest of the day as you fancy. The next day, travel to the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Grab lunch with a local family on the Nile's West Bank. (2B, L)

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With a free morning to explore this distinctly African city, you can take your time to enjoy Aswan's laid-back atmosphere. This afternoon, board a traditional felucca and cruise over to a Nubian village on the banks of the Nile for a home-cooked dinner. On Day 4, opt to visit the temple complex of Abu Simbel or take it easy as you wander the city. The next morning, return to your felucca and spend a day and night floating down the Nile (the longest river in the world!), taking in the vista. (3B, L, 2D)

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• See Cairo's famous sites • Barter in a maze of bazaars • Chill on the banks of the Nile

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EGYPT & THE NILE 8 DAYS, Cairo

$1,335

FR

Cairo Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: English-speaking Trip Manager Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COWTEG

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• Sail on a traditional felucca boat • Cruise comfortably down the Nile • Chill out at the beach in Hurghada

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• Explore the Cairo markets • Grab selfies at the Sphinx and Pyramids • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), cruise boat (3 nts), twin-berth sleep couchette train (1 nt) Transport: Coach, train, cruise boat, arrival transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

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Day 1 Cairo Cairo is one of the world's largest cities, so there's plenty to see on your arrival on Day 1. Wander through vibrant markets, take in the views from the 187m-high Cairo Tower, or kick back and relax with a drink by the River Nile. This evening, meet up with your group and your Trip Manager.

Day 2 Cairo / Aswan Start the day with a guided tour of the treasures of ancient Egypt, and where better for that than the Egyptian Museum? Otherwise known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, it is home to actual royal mummies as well as the exquisite jewels that were raided from their tombs (hope the curse was worth it, guys). Next up, feast your eyes on the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza - the lone survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and stars of UNESCO's World Heritage list. Later that evening, bed down on an overnight train south to Aswan. (B, D)

Day 3 Aswan Nile Cruise Pull into Egypt's ancient southern frontier town, Aswan, with its enchanting temples and brightly Nubian coloured houses. Soak up its laid-back atmosphere, wander the colourful markets or take a walk along the Nile. Opt to take a tour of the city to see the Unfinished Obelisk - weighing in at a tremendous 1,168 tonnes - before jumping aboard a traditional felucca for your first day cruising down the Nile. In the afternoon, listen to traditional Nubian music, shop in a riverside souk or tuck into some freshly-caught fish. Overnight on a luxury cruise boat. (B, L, D)

Day 4-5 Aswan / Edfu / Luxor Kick off Day 4 with an optional visit to the temples of Abu Simbel, the most complete example of ancient Egyptian architecture. Made up of two temples, each is dedicated to royalty - one to King Ramses II and the second to his wife Queen Nefertari. In the afternoon, it's back on the water to continue your cruise down the Nile and head past the Arabian Desert. Stop at the unique riverside temple at Kom Ombo en route to friendly Edfu, and make use of your onboard pool. The next day, wander through the city to the magnificent Temple of Horus the Avenger, then jump back on the boat and head to Luxor. On arrival, make your way through the regal Avenue of Sphinxes. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 6-8 Luxor / Hurghada / Cairo Get out and about in what is often called the world's greatest open-air museum, and visit the imposing Colossus of Memnon and the beautiful Temples of Hatshepsut and Karnak. All cultured out? Fear not! Your next stop is the city of Hurghada, set right by the azure waters of the Red Sea. Chill out at the beach and get the rounds in tonight at the city's bars and clubs. Head back to Cairo on Day 7, then enjoy one last night with your group before your trip comes to a close after breakfast on Day 8. (3B, D)

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Discover treasures old and new on this short and sharp Egyptian adventure. From the Pyramids of Giza to the ancient temples of Edfu and Luxor, not to mention cruising down the Nile for three days aboard a comfy ship, this nifty trip has got it all covered!


ISRAEL EXPLORER 8 DAYS, Tel Aviv

$1,999

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Jerusalem Small Group Adventure

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Perched at the crossroads of Middle East history for centuries, Israel is the spiritual home for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. This trip is a must-do for anyone looking to understand this dynamic and multi-faceted country, encompassing everything from biblical sites to Bedouin culture. It also affords a glimpse of daily life in a refugee camp. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADOIE

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Day 3 Galilee And it's off to Akko to meander its colourful markets and UNESCO-listed old city. Travel on to Nazareth and head to the 59.5 metre-high Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Make your way to the Sea of Galilee in the evening with its scenic agricultural settlements. (B)

Day 4 Jericho Time for some exploring with a tour of the Sea of Galillee area, where you'll get the chance to see the Church of Transfiguration - a popular place for religious pilgrims - and the ruins of Capernaum to the north. You'll visit a local Kibbutz to learn about communal living in these traditional settlements before heading on to the small laid-back city of Jericho for the night. (B)

Day 5-6 Dead Sea / Jerusalem Today you'll get to visit the UNESCO-listed fortress of Masada which rises above the Dead Sea. Unwind with a welldeserved soak and float in the Dead Sea before continuing on to Jerusalem for the night. Aim for Jerusalem's Old City on Day 6 and head out on a guided tour starting at the Dome of the Rock and the Al Asqa Mosque courtyard. Take a walk along the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be where Jesus was crucified and buried. Discover winding alleyways and journey on to the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall in some cultures. It coined this name for some believe that Jewish people mourned the loss of the Temple Mount by this wall which is all that remains of the temple. It is now a sacred place of prayer and pilgrimage to Jewish people. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure and opt to brush up on your cooking skills with an evening class. (2B)

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Arrive into breezy Tel Aviv on Day 1 and spend the following day exploring this action-packed city and its sunny side over in Tel Aviv, as this city enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year. Take an orientation walk in the historic Jaffa before heading up to the coast to a Druze community for a local lunch. Head onto Haifa afterwards, set in a stunning location on the slopes of Mount Camel facing the waters of the Mediterranean. (B, L)

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Day 7-8 Bethlehem / Jerusalem Travel to Bethlehem, home to a bazaar and Old City as well as the famous religious sites such as the Mar Saba Monastery. Visit the Church of Nativity, a popular pilgrim destination as it's believed by some to be the birthplace of Christ. Be prepared to crouch as the only entrance to the church is a mere 1.2 metres high! Continue on to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees before heading back to Jerusalem for a final independent exploration. Day 8 marks the last day of your trip, but choose to stay on if you just can't get enough! (2B)

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• Meander the Old City of Jerusalem • Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea • Refugee camp community visit

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• Discover trendy and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv • Explore the Sea of Galilee area • Visit two major biblical towns

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included


MOROCCO KASBAHS & DESERT 8 DAYS, Casablanca

$879

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure

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A fast-paced tour, perfect for anyone who wants to see as much of Morocco as possible in a short period of time. On top of classic visits to Fes, Marrakech and the Todra Gorge, get a feel for local culture with a night at a Bedouin camp. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, (CEO), driver, local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCKD

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp multi-share (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camels Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included

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• Cook up a storm with tagine cooking class • Walk through village around Todra Gorge • A camel ride through the Sahara Desert

• Overnight at a desert Bedouin camp • UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou kasbah • G for Good collection

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Arrive in Casablanca at any time and get out and explore. This city is Morocco at its most modern, popular with young people and businesses alike. It also has a certain European air about it, a stark contrast to the rest of the country's larger cities. Before you meet your group this evening, head out to the medina, the beachfront or visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque.

Day 2-3 Volubilis / Fes After a free morning, visit a partner-supported lunch programme (AFER Women's Association) that provides vocational training to rural Moroccan women, so they can look after their families. Meet some of the women and tuck into a home-cooked Moroccan meal. You may even learn a few Arabic words. With your food baby safely stowed, continue on to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you'll have a guided tour. Peer into old bathhouses, marvel at mosaic floors then continue on the road to Fes. This is an intense city, but its cultural and historical prowess will soon win you over. On Day 3, take a guided walk through the vast Medina of Fes. It's the world's largest car-free urban area, so you'll see donkeys carting goods up and down the alleys like they've done for centuries. Later, take in the view from an ancient tannery. (2B, L)

Day 4 Merzouga / Sahara Desert Today will take you across the Middle Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara. For the full desert experience, jump on your camel and start making your way across the sand towards your camp for the night. Set in among the dunes, your Bedouin camp will give you an authentic taste of the region's nomadic culture. Enjoy a traditional dinner and listen to stories about life in this region. (B, D)

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Day 5-6 Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou Leave the sea of sand dunes behind and visit the stunning Todra Gorge and the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs. Walk through local village farmlands and explore the area around the gorge. End up at the fascinating sight of Aït Benhaddou on Day 6, one of the best-preserved kasbahs in the world. Lose yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Site's narrow winding passageways and opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine. (2B)

Day 7-8 Marrakech Make your way through the High Atlas Mountains and set your sight on Marrakech. On arrival, take a guided tour of the famous medina - try not to get overwhelmed! Full of spices, carpets and crafts, there's a lot going on. Afterwards, opt to visit the Djemaa el-Fna Square to watch local musicians and magicians, and indulge yourself in a feast at the famous food stalls. Depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)

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Marrakech

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Visit Kasbah Aït Benhaddou • Overnight in a Bedouin camp • Surfing in Agadir

Day 1-3 Marrakech / Todra Gorge / Merzouga Arrive into Marrakech, meet with your group and get prepped for a night out on the town. It's off to the stunning Todra Gorge on Day 2, rugged cliff-sided canyons that stretch on for miles. Head on to the desert for an camel ride into the dunes, before enjoying a scenic sunset and a night in a Berber Camp. (2B, D)

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Day 7-8 Marrakech / Agadir

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MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING 13 DAYS, Casablanca

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Marrakech

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Walk through old medinas • Ride a camel into the desert • Camp out in the Sahara

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Moroccan Desert Adventure (GADCKK) 7 days, Fr $699

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Enjoy a morning surf session and continue to coastal Essaouira in the afternoon, known for its iconic royal blue wooden boats. Get to know the city on an orientation walk before spending the next day at leisure. Return to Marrakech on Day 11. (3B)

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Day 9-11 Agadir / Essaouira / Marrakech

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt), multi-share mountain gîte (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, public bus Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Note: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included Tour Code: GADCKM

Jan

After a day of exploring the souks and charms of Marrakech at your own leisure, enjoy a night out with your group. Spend Day 8 soaking in rock pools and discovering cascading waterfalls in Paradise Valley. Choose to get your walking boots on and head on a guided hike, or explore the village of Izourki Oufella, a region famous for its refined honey (yum) and argan oil before continuing on to Agadir. (2B)

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It's time to leave the desert (sob) as you're on to the famous mud-brick kasbah of Aït Benhaddou where you'll feel like you're in a Game of Thrones episode. Make way towards the Atlas Mountains on Day 5, and take a walk around the village of Aroumd for views of the surrounding valley lined with fruit trees and vegetables. Absorb views of Mt. Toubkal before feasting up on a home-cooked dinner. Walk to the small village of Imlil on Day 6 to catch your transfer to Marrakech. (3B, D)

• Explore the local souks • Aït Benhaddou visit • Explore Todra Gorge

Day 1-4 Casablanca / Chefchaouen / Fes Arrive into Casablanca at any time and get out and explore the city's mosques, parks and port. Get snap-happy in the blue city of Chefchaouen on Day 2, stopping en route to Rabat, and enjoy a couple of days lost in winding blue passageways. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains, try a traditional hammam or visit a local weaver's cooperative in your spare time. Journey on to Fes, home to the world's oldest medieval medina and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt to visit a Berber pharmacy, or absorb all the colours in the rippling local tanneries. (3B)

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Take a walk around the small Berber village of Aroumd and soak up views of Mt. Toubkal before enjoying a tasty home-cooked meal. It's off to the mountainous Imlil village on Day 12 before heading back to Marrakech for a sensory overload in preparation for your flight home on Day 13. (3B, D)

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And it's off to the desert for a camel ride into the dunes. Watch the sunset and enjoy a night under the stars in a Berber Camp. Venture towards the famous fortified city of Aït Benhaddou on Day 10, which overlooks the Ouarzazate River before heading on to the Atlas Mountains the next day. (2B, D)

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Day 9-10 Todra Gorge / Merzouga / Aït Benhaddou / Aroumd

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt), multi-share mountain gîte (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camel Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $310405 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMX

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Enjoy a day at leisure in Fes; explore artisan quarters and opt for a traditional dinner in a riad with belly-dancing as your evening entertainment! Head to Marrakech on Day 6 and enjoy three days exploring the lively Djemaa el-Fna square and the worldfamous souks before heading on to the canyons of Todra Gorge on Day 8. (4B)

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Day 5-8 Fes / Marrakech

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

• Sand dune camel ride • Hike in Atlas Mountains • Explore waterfalls & pools

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO 15 DAYS, Casablanca

$1,449

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Marrakech Small Group Adventure

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A perennially popular trip, covering a wealth of Moroccan highlights to show you the very best of this North African gem. Soak up the sights and sounds of atmospheric medinas and discover deserts, beaches, mountains and kasbahs. And after two weeks of exploring, relax with a couple of days in the hippie hangout of Essaouira. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GADCMH

inclusions • Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis • Traverse the desert dunes by camel

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• Stroll along the beaches of Essaouira • Hike mountain trails in the High Atlas • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Casablanca / Tangier / Chefchaouen Arrive at any time, explore the medina and pay a visit to the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. The next day, stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina and kasbah before continuing on to the blue city of Chefchaouen for the evening. Opt for a hike in the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative. (2B)

Day 4-5 Volubilis / Fes

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multi-share gîte (1 nt), multi-share tented desert camp (1 nt) Transport: Air con van, camel Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included

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Lunch today is at the G for Good Meknes Community Lunch initiative. Proceeds from your visit will not only support the rural workers, but will also indirectly aid a health and education programme in the area, so it's an afternoon well spent! Take a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Volubilis and continue to Fes, home to the world's largest living medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore with a local guide and visit the city's tanneries. (2B, L)

Day 6-7 Merzouga / Sahara Desert Journey to the world's third-largest desert, the Sahara, on Day 6 and arrive into the small village of Merzouga. After breakfast on Day 7, opt to explore the sand dunes by foot or 4WD, then hop aboard your ride for the day - a camel - into the desert. Camp out on the Saharan sands in a traditional Bedouin tent, try tasty local food and listen to traditional stories and tunes. (2B, 2D)

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Day 8-9 Todra Gorge / Aït Benhaddou Travel to the Todra Gorge to explore village farmlands and indulge in local Berber cuisine. Continue along the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs to Aït Benhaddou, the trip's second UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an optional tagine cooking class to learn how to prepare one of Morocco's most famous dishes. (2B)

Climb Mt. Toubkal (7 days, Marrakech - Marrakech) (GADCCT) Fr $619

Day 10-12 High Atlas Mountains / Essaouira Approach the towering High Atlas Mountains landscape passing small villages on winding mountain roads before arriving at Toubkal National Park. Take a short hike around the village of Aroumd, then head to a simple mountain gîte (Berber guesthouse) and tuck in to a tasty local dinner. Day 11, head to the Atlantic beaches of Essaouira, known as something of a hippie hangout! Spend free time exploring the old Portuguese port and medina before enjoying local seafood and strolling the sandy beach. (3B, D)

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Day 13-15 Marrakech

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The last few days of your Moroccan adventure are spent in Marrakech. Get your bearings in the medina on a guided tour with a certified city guide. Head to the heart of the city, Djemaa el-Fna Square to see the gathering of musicians and street performers, or go hunting for spices, slippers or anything else that takes your fancy in the surrounding souks. Spend Day 14 at your own leisure, before departing at any time on Day 15. (3B)

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ASIAN ADVENTURE 16 DAYS, Bangkok

$2,375

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Siem Reap Exclusively For 18-35s

snapshot A great intro to Southeast Asia, this trip packs three unforgettable countries into 16 action-packed days. From the bright lights of Bangkok and cultural heavyweight Chiang Mai to the chilled-out waterways of the Mekong, no two days will be the same. It's diverse, it's fun and it's non-stop!

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COASAD

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Day 5-8 Chiang Mai / Pakbeng / Luang Prabang Laid-back Chiang Mai is famous for Buddhist rituals, traditional architecture and night markets. You'll spend the next couple of days here at leisure, getting the chance to explore on your own. If you're feeling adventurous on Day 6, why not act like a gibbon and join in an optional ziplining experience? There's also the chance to join in a cooking class! The next morning, hop across the border into Laos and journey to the remote yet charming town of Pakbeng. The next morning, leave Pakbeng and head to the historic town of Luang Prabang. Enjoy an included bike tour, visit the Pak Ou Caves and see gold-spired temples, monks in colourful robes and the Wat Xieng Thong Monastery. Alternatively, opt to cool off in the Kuang Si waterfalls. (4B, 2L, D)

Day 9-12 Vang Vieng / Vientiane Today, it's on to riverside Vang Vieng, a backpacker's heaven and surrounded by magnificent limestone karsts. Explore the outdoor activity capital of Laos by bike, or don your swimming gear and dive into one of its many swimming holes. At the end of a - let's face it - not too taxing day, be sure to check out the vibrant nightlife. On Day 12, continue on to Vientiane, the capital of Laos and home to cheap and cheerful spas (yes please), a gorgeous Old Quarter as well as tamarind-lined streets. There's none of your usual capital city chaos here, and the quaint Mekong town is known and cherished for its laid-back vibe. Visit the COPE support and rehab centre, the religious symbol of Pha That Luang and the impressive Patuxai war monument. (4B, L)

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Big, booming Bangkok is your gateway to Asia. Meet your crew this evening and head outside to the neon jungle. Visit the Grand Palace the following morning, explore the klongs on a longtail boat then head to Kanchanaburi. Learn all about the region's chequered past with a visit to the Death Railway Museum and Bridge on the River Kwai, then take a jungle raft to your hotel for dinner. The next day, trek to Erawan Falls, visit a nearby elephant sanctuary, then continue on to Ayutthaya, famous worldwide for its temple ruins. On Day 4, explore the town by bike then take the night train to Chiang Mai. (3B, L, D)

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Day 1-4 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai

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• Phnom Penh's Killing Fields • Visit Elephant Haven in Sai Yok • Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat

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• Visit Bangkok's Grand Palace • A bike tour around Luang Prabang • Opt for outdoor adventures in Vang Vieng

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Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), floating hotel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private coach, plane, train, boat Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

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Day 13-16 Phnom Penh / Siem Reap On Day 13, fly to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodia's dark and troubled past. Tonight, dinner is at a Tree Alliance Restaurant, a project that helps disadvantaged young people to be trained in hospitality. The following day, fly to Siem Reap to wander the markets and maybe catch a traditional Aspara dance performance. Get up for sunrise and travel by private coach to the incredible 13th-century temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the biggest religious monuments ever built. Check out the Ta Promh temple (also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple) then head back into town to enjoy your last night. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 16. (4B, D)

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DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ASIA 18 DAYS, Bangkok

$3,899

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Siem Reap

snapshot This trip gives you an intimate encounter with one of the world's most diverse and intriguing regions. Alms-giving in Luang Prabang, sticky (and delicious) street food in Chiang Mai, beaches, lively nightlife, sacred temples and stupas as far as the eye can see.

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Arrive into Thailand's frenetic capital city at any time, and ease into your new surroundings with an included arrival transfer to your meeting spot. The next day, get your first taste of the city with a boat trip along the canals. Culture vultures, look out for the murals of the Grand Palace and the sacred emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. On Day 3, explore the city and visit a food market with a local chef to pick out some tasty ingredients for an included cooking class - part of the G for Good collection. Later, climb the 300 steps to reach the summit of Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. The next day, pay a visit to a rural village and join a local family for an authentic khantoke dinner. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (3B, L, D)

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• Included night at the Phare Circus • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex • G for Good collection

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• Visit Wat Visoun with a local monk • Sail down Bangkok's scenic klongs • Overnight cruise along Halong Bay

Accommodation: Hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, first-class public bus, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat Meals: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included

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Day 5-8 Luang Prabang / Hanoi

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UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang is overflowing with cultural attractions. Arrive off the plane and find your bearings with an orientation walk of the town. Rise at dawn on Day 6 to receive a blessing from the local monks, a living tradition here. Afterwards, head to the Royal Palace museum and Wat Xiengthong before heading to the temple of Wat Visoun, where you'll be guided by a monk. Catch the boat to the Pak Ou Cave, a treasure trove of 3,000 Buddhist statues left by pilgrims over the centuries. Watch the sunset from Phousi Hill. Visit the Kuang Si Waterfall and enjoy some free time exploring the night market the following day. After a free day in Luang Prabang, take a late afternoon flight to Hanoi. (4B)

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Day 9-12 Halong Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum before travelling to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, seeing the bay one of those rub-your-eyes moments as you see the limestone islands and grottoes for the first time. On Day 10, continue along the bay before returning to Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youths, then head to the Old Quarter on a guided cyclo ride. Day 11, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and tour its main attractions before heading underground on Day 12. Take a look in the city's Cu Chi Tunnels for a glimpse at what life was like during the Vietnam War. (4B, 2L, D)

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Day 13-18 Phnom Penh / Siem Riep / Angkor Wat Take part in an NGO-supported cyclo tour around Phnom Penh, with an option of refreshing sunset drinks at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club. On Day 14, explore the dark side of Cambodia's history with visits to Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous Killing Fields, and the Tuol Sleng Prison. Day 15, drive to Siem Reap and tour its entertainment district and night markets. Then head to see the ancient capital and temple complex of Angkor, the world's largest religious monument, for the next couple of days. Take in a traditional lunch at New Hope, a G for Good-supported vocational training school for adults, then enjoy a performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Depart on Day 18. (6B, L)

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BANGKOK TO SINGAPORE ON A SHOESTRING 14 DAYS, Bangkok

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snapshot Pulsating cities, sumptuous street food and island beaches: a great insight into life in Southeast Asia.

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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 10 Tour Code: GAATRM

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotel or multi-share hostel (10 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $205270 for meals not included

Arrive at any time and head out to explore this atmospheric, colourful and deliciously noisy city. Jump aboard a longtail boat or a tuk tuk and explore Bangkok's charismatic mix of markets, klongs and temples. Gather your pennies for a trip to one of the city's mega markets, melt under the hands of a relaxing Thai massage, explore the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and feast on Thai cuisine on a street food crawl. On Day 2, take an overnight train to Surat Thani later in the evening. (B)

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• A street food tour of Bangkok • Discover Penang, the Pearl of the Orient • Stop by Penang's Chinese shop houses

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Day 3-5 Khao Sok / Koh Samui After disembarking, call by the G for Good Kap Thep Pitak Community Restaurant for lunch. Your presence here will not only contribute to investments in local infrastructure, it will also help to generate jobs and give local businesses, that once struggled to capitalise on the tourism industry, a big boost. Afterwards, travel to lush Khao Sok. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park, a diverse area of natural beauty and the perfect spot for anyone who wants to hike, get involved or just chill out in a riverside hammock watching monkeys take their afternoon bath. On Day 4, take a ferry to Koh Samui and explore the island's beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park to soak up the views and opt for a snorkelling session if the tide is right. (2B, L)

Day 6-9 George Town / Chenderoh Lake / Cameron Highlands Cross into Malaysia and take a scenic boat trip through a sheltered archipelago to arrive in Penang. The winding streets of George Town are best explored by bicycle rickshaw. Check out the fort's colonial architecture, pop into the colourful Indian Quarter and visit lively Chinatown. Indulge in a meal at the waterfront's bustling night markets with a fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian food on offer. Day 8, travel to a local island homestay in the middle of a scenic lake. Spend the evening connecting with the locals and taking in the scenery. (2B, D)

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Day 10-12 Kuala Lumpur / Malacca There's tons to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. Stare up at two of the world's tallest buildings, explore the famous Batu Caves or check out the Orang Asli Museum. Evenings are best spent sampling some of the finest cuisine in Southeast Asia and bargain-hunting in Chinatown's night market. With its historic fusion of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Portuguese influences, Malacca remains one of Malaysia's great destinations. Try a boat ride along the canals or see local historic parks on Day 12.

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Day 13-14 Singapore Cross into Singapore where you'll have a free afternoon to explore the city's many attractions. Take some time to wander the streets of Little India. Splash out on your last night with a legendary Singapore Sling cocktail at the famous Raffles Hotel. (B)

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SINGAPORE Sing For Your Sling

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Often labelled as Southeast Asia's most important financial hub, it could be easy to dismiss Singapore as soulless or dull. But this couldn't be further than the truth. The city's rich mixture of Asian (Chinese, Indian and Malay) and Western cultures results in intriguing blends and contrasts found nowhere else. Explore vibrant gardens and temples, wander along the cosmopolitan harbour-front and eat your way through hordes of hawker houses.

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Location: A handy spot in Bencoolen, a short walk from shopping and cultural sites.

Location: Centrally located, close to Boat Quay and Singapore National Museum.

Location: Singapore's art and heritage district, a short walk from National Museum.

Vibe: Cool as a cucumber and a great spot for some quiet in the city.

Vibe: Two-towered hotel with two pools and panoramic city views.

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Location: Victoria Street, right in central Singapore and between the eclectic cultural areas of Little India and Kampong Glam.

Location: Just a five-minute walk from the vibrant entertainment belt running along the river.

Vibe: Stylish contemporary hotel with a choice of 1,500 comfy rooms and a bustling vibe.

Vibe: Close to the Singapore River, Furama is a comfy retreat after a long day's shopping or sightseeing.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Sky terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Self-service laundrette • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

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BANGKOK pagodas and pad thai

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Golden palaces, giant Buddhas, floating markets and magnificent porcelain-laid spires… you've never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Aside from bar hopping and eating as much pad Thai as you possibly can on Khao San Road, there's plenty to do here. Whether it's temples, palaces, shrines or markets you want to explore, Bangkok ticks all the right boxes. No wonder many backpackers kick off their Asian adventure here!

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Location: Surrounded by 200 year old buildings of the Old Town, a block from the action of Khao San Road and near the Grand Palace.

Location: Next to Banglamphu Canal in Old Bangkok City, a ten-minute walk from Khao San Road.

Vibe: Comfy, brightly-coloured rooms and funky outdoor spaces, perfect for a short stopover or a longer stay.

Vibe: With 270 light and airy rooms and a popular rooftop pool, this modern four-star hotel offers respite from the city heat.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Café • Bakery • Terrace • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping • Movie nights • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Blackout curtains • Rooftop pool • Canalside pool • Restaurant • Spa • Sauna • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle service to shopping districts

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Location: In the Klongtoei neighbourhood, just a five-minute walk from Asoke BTS Skytrain Station for easy access to the city.

Location: Only a few minutes by foot from energetic Siam Square, MBK Mall and National Stadium BTS Skytrain station.

Vibe: Elegantly furnished rooms with sweeping city views with air con for your comfort. Ideal for couples looking for a getaway.

Vibe: Cutting edge design, futuristic style and knockout views from the floor-to-ceiling windows - this is a slick hotel.

Highlights: Private apartments and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Outdoor pool • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Sun terrace • Spa and massage services • Sauna • Gym

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Small Group Adventure

Exclusively for 18-35s

Erawan Falls, Thailand

Chiang Mai

$414

Chiang Mai

3 DAYS

highlights

• Drive your own tuk tuk • Karen jungle cooking class

• Karen hilltribe village stay • Doi Inthanon National Park

Ever dreamed of driving your very own tuk tuk? Well, you've come to the right place! In this short three-day trip, you'll navigate your way through gorgeous landscapes, trek in Doi Inthanon National Park and learn some top tuk tuk driving tips as you go. Plus, you'll spend both nights at some great locations. Enjoy the expertise of local guides all the way, participate in a Karen jungle cooking class, and experience life in a Karen hilltribe village. Departs: Typically 2 departures per month Accommodation: Camping (1 nt), rural lodge (1 nt) Meals: 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: All drivers must bring an International Driving Permit with them Tour Code: CNXTU3

THAI TRIPPER NORTH Bangkok

$1,275

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Chiang Mai

9 DAYS

highlights

• Guided visit to Wat Arun • Kanchanaburi's historic sites

• See the Erawan Falls • Elephant Nature Park entry

The North of Thailand is a haven for travellers. Venturing into this part of the world sees you explore bustling cities and picturesque highlands. Over nine days, learn to cook like a pro, bask in the majesty of Bangkok's Grand Palace, take bike tours, eat your way around Pai's night markets and overnight on a floating jungle raft. This tour hits up Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Pai. Departs: Typically 2-3 departures per month Travel Style: In-Depth Explorer Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt), floating hotel (1 nt) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: Private coach, minivan, overnight train Tour Code: COTHNO

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI EXPRESS 7 DAYS, Bangkok

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Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Bangkok's markets • Visit the reclining Buddha • Overnight on a rafthouse

• Swim near Erawan Falls • Free time in Ayutthaya • Discover Chiang Mai

Day 1 Bangkok Let the adventure begin! Arrive at any time and get your first taste of Bangkok, from backpacker pubs and lavish rooftop bars to luxury shopping malls and open-air markets. If this is your first time in the Thai capital, it may take some getting used to. So go easy! Meet your group this evening and get the lowdown on the upcoming week from your Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Day 2-3 Kanchanaburi

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Day 4-5 Ayutthaya Travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy two days at leisure to explore the city's historical sites, including the Chan Kasem National Museum - a former palace and now home to an extensive collection of artefacts - and the beautiful Wat Chaiwattanarm temple. If time allows, head along to the Chao Sam Phraya Museum and spend the rest of the day exploring the area before boarding an overnight train north to Chiang Mai on Day 5. (2B)

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Arrive in Chiang Mai, and make the most of some free time to explore the city. Venture to Doi Suthep in the afternoon, a stunning national park home to diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls, a striking temple and shopping opportunities. Day 7 marks your last day, so feel free to depart at any time. Or, if you're not quite done with the place, stay on and continue your own explorations. (B)

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Kanchanaburi

Day 6-7 Chiang Mai

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 1 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATNR

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Make the short journey from the electric streets of Bangkok to the leafy surrounds of Kanchanaburi where you'll spend the night aboard a floating rafthouse. On Day 3, enjoy a day at the spectacular Erawan Falls, with the option to hike into the jungle to spot the resident monkeys, and visit the Bridge on the River Kwai to learn about the cruel history of the Thai-Burma railway project. (2B, D)

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NORTHERN HILLTRIBES & VILLAGES 8 DAYS, Bangkok

$599

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Bargain hunt in Bangkok • Opt to visit Wat Po • Master the perfect pad Thai

• Trek through pristine jungles • Stay in hilltribe villages • Opt for a Thai massage

Arrive into Bangkok and spend two days exploring the frenetic capital. Opt to visit Wat Po (a temple believed to be the birthplace of the Thai massage), the royal grandeur of Grand Palace or the atmospheric backstreet klongs (canals). Later on Day 2, take the overnight train north to Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Arrive into Chiang Mai, possibly the most culturally significant of the northern cities. A long-term travellers' favourite, you'll soon see why visitors flock here. Opt to visit the famous Doi Suthep temple, wander through the Old City and night markets or sign up to a Thai cooking class.

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Bangkok

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Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy some time to see the attractions you missed last time, like hunting for trinkets and souvenirs at the night bazaar, exploring Chiang Mai's many temples, or indulging in a relaxing post-trek massage. Later, board the overnight train back to Bangkok. (B)

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Hilltribe Trek

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Spend three days trekking through Northern Thailand's rolling hillsides and meet the region's diverse hilltribes, each with their own culture, traditions, language and style of dress. Learn about their unique way of life and speed down the river on a bamboo raft. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share hotel or multi-share hostel (3 nts), hilltribe huts (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, songthaew, train, raft Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $65-85 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking staff Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATHV

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SOUTHERN THAILAND SOJOURN 8 DAYS, Bangkok

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Koh Tao

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Relax riverside in Khao Sok • Cocktails in Koh Phangan • Try street food in Bangkok

• Snorkelling in Koh Tao • Hiking through forests • Plenty of hammock time

Day 1-2 Bangkok Arrive into Bangkok and head out with your new tour buds for a street food crawl! On Day 2, delight in Bangkok's countless pagodas, check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, practise your haggling skills at one of the city's many markets or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before jumping on an overnight train south. Head on a street food crawl with your group today, or another day of the tour. (B)

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Full Moon Party (GAATMP) 8 days, Fr $749

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Khao Sok N.P.

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Koh Phangan

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Koh Tao

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Hop on the ferry to laid back Koh Tao. Enjoy an included full-day snorkelling trip around some of the world's best reefs. Spend the next few days lazing around or, if you're feeling adventurous, opt to try scuba diving! Depart any time after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L)

Aug

Day 6-8 Koh Tao

Jul

Sail across to the full moon mecca of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. This backpacker paradise is full of beach bars, food stalls and incredible sunset spots. Spend the day exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming secret lagoons and hiking to white sand beaches. If the timing is right you might even catch an infamous Full Moon Party! (B)

Jun

Day 4-5 Koh Phangan

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), simple bungalows (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, tuk tuk, songthaew, taxi, ferry Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATSS

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If there was ever a place to put a hammock, it would be Khao Sok National Park. Watch monkeys bathe in the river, hike through one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and paddle around freshwater lakes. A paradise for outdoorsy types. (L)

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Day 3 Khao Sok National Park

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THAI INTRO 9 DAYS, Bangkok

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snapshot This trip is perfect for first-timers, or actually anyone who wants to see Thailand without having a huge amount of time to spare. Hit Bangkok's crazy nightlife, stay in a floating bungalow in Khao Sok National Park, take a boat to the Full Moon Party of Koh Phangan and chill out in paradise. Not bad.

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Local guide Group Size: Min 4, Max 22 Tour Code: BKKINT

inclusions Accommodation: En suite guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), floating bungalow (1 nt), en suite beach bungalow (4 nts) Transport: Train, bus, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinners

Touch down in the electrified capital of Bangkok. Be greeted by your group leader and transfer to the guesthouse to rest up and meet the rest of your group. The following morning, jump aboard a river cruise to take in the city's ornate shrines and opulent temples from the water. See the enormous reclining Buddha of Wat Pho (the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok) and the Khmer-style spires of Wat Arun. Then jump back on land and take a tuk tuk around some of Bangkok's most revered sights. Hold on to your hats as you zig zag through busy market streets and traffic-filled laneways. It's then time to freshen up, grab a beer and sample the famous bucket-fuelled nightlife!

Day 3-4 Bangkok / Khao Sok National Park Learn the secrets of preparing Thai food with a traditional cooking class in the capital. You'll eat whatever you create so go easy with the spice! Later, it's all aboard the comfortable overnight train south to Khao Sok National Park. Expect to discover cascading waterfalls, colossal limestone cliffs and dense rainforest. On arrival, check in to a floating bungalow for the night and spend your time kayaking on freshwater lakes, tubing between limestone cliffs and go monkey spotting in the surrounding jungle. Home to tigers, gibbons and rare plant species, this region of dense virgin jungle is a natural wonderland, the perfect pre-cursor to a few days of beach-bumming. (2L, D)

Day 5-6 Khao Sok National Park / Koh Phangan Catch a boat to the Full Moon Party mecca of Koh Phangan. Home to countless beaches, vast areas of inland jungle and more bars than you can shake a bucket of Sangsom at, it's no surprise that this party-centric paradise is a firm favourite with backpackers from all over the world. Spend the next two days living the island lifestyle. Bed down in beachside bungalows, snorkel around in pristine waters and chill out with a well-earned Thai massage. If timed right you may even catch one of the world-renowned beach parties so prepare yourself for a full night of festivities. Bring face paint and be prepared to lose the odd flip flop. The sea is your perfect hangover cure, so be sure to get plenty of swimming done in those refreshing waters. (B)

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• Visit ancient temples • Beach time in Koh Phangan • Stay in floating bungalows

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Day 7-9 Koh Phangan Catch a longtail boat out to some of the island's most beautiful bays and beaches. Make the most of the snorkelling opportunities and splash around under the island's waterfalls. On Day 8, choose between learning the art of Muay Thai kick boxing with pro trainers or bring some peace and harmony to your busy itinerary with a private yoga class. Later, enjoy a goodbye dinner and a massive beach party - just the ticket! Your tour ends on Day 9 where you can choose to stay in your beachside bungalows and continue enjoying some R&R or return to the lively Bangkok. Want more time in paradise? Check out our longer trips in the Like That? Try This... box to the right. (B, L)

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THAILAND ISLAND HOPPING - WEST COAST 8 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,099

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Ao Nang

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit Thailand's top beaches • Swim in crystal clear waters • Plenty of free time to relax

• Discover diverse marine life • Enjoy a beach barbecue • Included snorkelling trip

Arrive in Bangkok at any time, where you're free to discover the many markets, shopping centres and temples before meeting your group this evening. Don't worry too much about adjusting to the frantic pace of Bangkok if you're not up for it; the rest of the week is going to be peachy (and beachy).

Day 2-5 Koh Ngai / Koh Lanta

Krabi, Thailand

Let the island vibes commence. Pack your swimmers and your least-crumpled sun hat and board your included flight to Trang. After landing, take a ferry to the tiny island of Koh Ngai. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and framed by dense jungle, this place really is paradise. Opt to go trekking, snorkelling or simply kick back with a drink in your hand on the beach. The next day, enjoy an included snorkelling trip to nearby Koh Chuek and discover the Emerald Cave of Koh Mook (surely one of the area's most beaut islands?). On Day 4, take a ferry to the secluded island of Koh Lanta, well off of the tourist trail. Enjoy plenty of chill out time here and tuck in to a beach barbecue with your group. The next day, opt to visit the unspoiled island of Koh Rok for some great snorkelling. (4B, D)

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Bangkok

Day 6-8 Ao Nang (Krabi)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Air con bus/minivan, longtail boat, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTW

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Hop aboard the ferry to Ao Nang today and enjoy plenty of free time to explore. This scenic region boasts plenty of high octane activities, so if you're looking for a slice of adventure you won't be disappointed. Choose from scuba diving, climbing, jungle trekking, white water rafting and quad biking, then opt to visit Railay Beach on a day trip. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea, lush jungle and imposing rock faces. It's an area not to be missed while you're in the region. Opt to go snorkelling or get the adrenalin going with some rock climbing. Your trip ends on Day 8 and you're free to depart at any time after breakfast. (3B)

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THAILAND ISLAND HOPPING - EAST COAST 8 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,099

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Koh Tao

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Relax on beautiful beaches • Included snorkelling trip • Optional Full Moon Party

• Get out and explore Bangkok • Enjoy free time in Koh Samui • Hit Koh Tao's beach bars

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Koh Samui Arrive in Thailand's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. If you've got time to spare, get out and visit the city's cultural treasures, including the ancient Buddhist temple of Wat Saket, the Grand Palace and the backpacker haunt of Khao San Road. On Day 2, catch a flight to the city of Surat Thani and board a ferry to the tropical island of Koh Samui. Kick back and relax on the beach, opt to visit the golden Buddha at Wat Phra Yai Temple or opt to go snorkelling in the picture-perfect Ang Thong Marine Park. (2B)

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Koh Tao

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Travel by ferry today to Koh Tao, otherwise known as Turtle Island. Although it's noted as the smallest of the Gulf Islands, it sure packs a punch. This is also the place to come if you're looking to get in some diving. Not only is it one of the world's cheapest places to learn how to dive, but it's also a great place if you're looking for an opportunity to spot migrating whale sharks. This is one of the few places where they can be spotted all year round, with high season thought to be Mar-May and Oct-Dec. So plan accordingly if that's high on your list. Enjoy an included snorkelling trip to Koh Nang Yuan, then grab a drink or two in some of the island's beach bars that evening. After you're sufficiently relaxed and recuperated, head off on Day 8, or stay on to milk the sunshine and hedonistic vibes. (3B, L)

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Day 6-8 Koh Tao

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Local bus, minivan/bus, boat, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $90120 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATBE

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Bangkok

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Hop aboard the ferry to the nearby island of Koh Phangan. Famous for its lively Full Moon Party, the island attracts like-minded travellers from all over the globe. Explore the island's waterfalls, go swimming in crystal clear lagoons, go hiking in the island's jungle interior or simply chill out on the beach. If it's the right time of the month, head to Haad Rin beach and let loose at the famous Full Moon Party. Up to 30,000 people show up at certain times of year, so you'll be in good company if you're down for neon paints, dancing in the sand and cocktails by the buckets. (2B)

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CLASSIC MYANMAR ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Yangon

$2,149

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Yangon Small Group Adventure

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snapshot After being closed off to much of the world for years, Myanmar is now open for business! Large parts of the country which were not accessible before are now attracting curious travellers from across the globe, and the locals are only too ready to show you the beauty of their country.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAABCB

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bike Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included

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On your arrival, explore Yangon's historic streets and revel in their colonial-style charm. Kick off Day 2 with a visit to the world-famous golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most famous and iconic pagodas. Next up, it's time for a hike up to Golden Rock, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, for an overnight stay. It's a one-hour hike to its summit, where your simple but beautifully-located hotel awaits. (B)

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Day 1-2 Yangon / Golden Rock

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• Boat trip down the Irrawaddy River • Discover the ancient ruins of Bagan • G for Good collection

Feb

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• Explore Yangon, Myanmar's largest city • Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda • Wander around Mandalay's temples

Day 3-5 Yangon / Mingun / Mandalay On Day 3 you'll journey back to Yangon, stopping in Mingaladon to see the reclining Buddha or the Htauk Kyunt War Memorial. Later, head back to Yangon for the evening. Be sure to check out the markets, and head to Chinatown for some fantastic food. On Day 4, take an early flight to Mandalay. On arrival, take a tour of some famous sights including the Golden Monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery. On Day 5, travel to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Visit the Mahagandayong Monastery, home to more than 1,000 monks, and travel by boat along the Elephant River to the village of Mingun. While you're here, you can opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge it's more than 1km long! (3B)

Day 6-10 Bagan / Kalaw Day 6, cruise down the Irrawaddy River and stumble across ancient Bagan, the first capital of the Burmese people and home to hundreds of temples and stupas. It's also known as Temple Town, for obvious reasons. Later, browse the Nyaung Oo marketplace and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Burmese locals. On Day 9, enjoy a half-day trek up Mt. Popa (Sanskrit for flower), and pass by food stalls and Burmese herbal remedies stores on the way. In Kalaw, a former British hill station, meet a local hilltribe. Enjoy the cooler air and soak up the surrounding scenery. (5B, L)

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Day 11-12 Inle Lake Enjoy a free morning to meander Kalaw before travelling on to serene Inle Lake, home to the Intha people. On Day 12, visit some of the floating villages and gardens, stopping en route to visit the Pindaya Caves, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. There were more than 8,000 Buddhas placed here during the 18th and 19th centuries, believed to be the most consistent collection of Buddhist iconography anywhere in Myanmar. (2B)

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Mandalay

On Day 13, fly Myanmar's length to head back to Yangon. Bid farewell to your travel group over a traditional dinner later this evening at the G for Good supported project LinkAge Training Restaurant. This initiative trains children and teenagers in the hospitality industry to help them secure jobs. Travellers here get to eat at and visit this training restaurant, and meet the students, who receive housing, social support, counselling and education. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 14. (2B, D)

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CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$949

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Bangkok

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore Ho Chi Minh City • Tuol Sleng Prison visit • Mekong floating markets

• See Phnom Penh by cyclo • Guided tour of Angkor Wat • G for Good collection

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Day 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City at any time and meet your group and CEO this evening. The next day, hop on a boat cruise through the villages, islands and floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Visit traditional candy factories along the way and learn a little about the industry as well as how to snack like a local. (B)

Day 3-4 Phnom Penh

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Cross into Cambodia on Day 3 and make for the capital. Learn about the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail on a guided tour. Then, enjoy a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh to get your bearings. After that, get to know the city on your own by exploring the cafés and streets, opt to visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum, or take your haggling skills to the Central or Russian markets. (2B)

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Day 5-7 Siem Reap / Angkor Wat The next three days are spent in Siem Reap and visiting Angkor Wat, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. Spend time exploring the vast ruined city with a local guide. You'll soon understand why this is one of Asia's most-visited sites! Get up to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat and enjoy a traditional Khmer-style meal either at a village home or a community charity project. Over the three days, you might also want to pay a visit to the Tonle Sap floating village. Enjoy a traditional Khmer meal either at the G Adventures supported New Hope project, or head for a meal in a local home in a village outside the city. The New Hope Project helps to train local Khmers in hospitality to strengthen their employment opportunities. (3B, D)

Bangkok

Siem Reap / Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, cyclo Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVCW

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Ho Chi Minh City V I E T N A M

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Day 8-9 Bangkok

Typically 12-29 departures per month

Arrive in bustling Bangkok with time to head out for drinks and an optional farewell meal with your group. The tour ends Day 9, but stay on if you just can't get enough of this incredibly diverse country! (2B)

LAOS ON A SHOESTRING 9 DAYS, Vientiane

$759

FR

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Sail down the Mekong River • See Laos' impressive temples • Giving of alms in north Laos

• Included street food crawls • Overnight with a local family • G for Good collection

Day 1 Vientiane Begin the tour in Laos' capital Vientiane. Opt to visit the golden stupa of That Luang or scour the local markets.

Day 2-4 Vang Vieng Next up, Vang Vieng, one of Laos' most beautiful areas, situated on the banks of the Nam Song River with a backdrop of limestone karsts and lush greenery. You have three days here to soak up the surroundings. Make the most of the region's activities including hiking, cycling, swimming and caving. Leave for Luang Prabang on Day 4 where you'll get settled in with a CEO-led orientation walk. (3B)

Vang Vieng, Laos

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Day 5 Luang Prabang / Mekong River Wake up early to witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks, visit the night market in the evening. You might want to take a cooking class, check out the ancient temples or cool off at the Kuang Si Waterfalls. (B)

Chiang Khong

Day 6-7 Mekong River / Chiang Khong

Mekong River

Vang Vieng

All aboard for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong towards the border at Chiang Khong. Pass by sleepy villages and floating markets and get a front-row seat to the beautiful scenery. Overnight at a G for Good Mekong River Homestay. (2B, L, D)

Chiang Mai

Off towards Chiang Mai! On the way, stop by the White Temple and look out for sci-fi-inspired murals on the inside. Arrive at Chiang Mai in the afternoon and enjoy some free time before departure day.

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Vientiane

T H A I L A N D

Day 8-9 Chiang Mai

Luang Prabang

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels or multi-share hostels (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, slow boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAALVC

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Jan20

Typically 11-19 departures per month


CLASSIC VIETNAM 10 DAYS, Hanoi

$1,149

FR

Ho Chi Minh City Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVCH

inclusions highlights

• Check out Hanoi's beautiful Old Quarter • Delve into the Cu Chi Tunnels • Sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay

• Explore two UNESCO-listed cities • Shop in romantic Hoi An • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $100-130 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $299

Day 1 Hanoi Arrive into the capital of Vietnam at any time and get out and explore! Make sure you check out the Old Quarter, a mish-mash of French colonial and traditional architecture, the Hoa Lo prison as well as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. In the evening, head to the city's amazing eateries and sample some traditional Vietnamese food.

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Mar20

Typically 12-26 departures per month

Day 2-3 Halong Bay / Hanoi On Day 2, it's time for an overnight cruise on the azure waters of Halong Bay, where thousands of sculpted karst limestone islands rise from the crystal blue sea. Explore illuminated caves, have a swim or take to the water in a kayak before a seafood dinner and a peaceful night under the stars. On Day 3, do some more exploring of your own (there are some unbeatable panoramic views around) before catching the overnight sleeper train to Hue. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 4 Hue On arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue, get your bearings with a stroll past lacquered red pavilions and ponds blooming with beautiful lotus flowers. Take a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel and Tien Mu Pagoda and, if you're feeling adventurous, enjoy an optional motorbike tour of the surrounding countryside. Fun fact, Hue was actually the former capital of Vietnam for 143 years (1802-1945). Sadly, many of its major historic sites were destroyed in the Battle of Hue during the Vietnam War. But today, there are many sights you can visit to understand more about its history, and Bach Ma National Park, is home to an array of hiking trails for nature fans.

Day 5-7 Hoi An Travelling over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), you'll eventually reach the graceful and historic town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the colourful colonial homes, wooden shop houses and pagodas and make out a plan for the next couple of days. Cooking classes, riverboat trips and bike rides could all be on the agenda. Hoi An is also a shopper's paradise, so make for one of the city's low-cost (but fantastic) tailors and get yourself something snazzy! While you're here, you'll also enjoy a noodle-making demonstration at G for Good's Oodles of Noodles, a project that provides training in hospitality and tourism for at-risk young people in Vietnam. This project alone is benefitting 60 people across the city. (3B, L)

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Hanoi

Halong Bay

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Day 8-10 Ho Chi Minh City A short flight takes you to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the infectious energy of Vietnam's biggest city, with its blinking neon lights and overflowing markets. Enjoy a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you can explore this underground network dug by the Vietnamese to hide and fight during the war. Other options include the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Ben Thanh Market or a cyclo tour around the colonial district. Enjoy a last night out with the group before this short but sweet tour comes to an end on Day 10. (3B)

Hue Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

C A M B O D I A

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Think about Vietnam and what do you see? Limestone karsts rising from the water? Colourful pagodas? Markets packed with spices and fresh seafood? It's pretty close to the mark. On this trip, you'll also sample quintessential Vietnam with visits to the country's most treasured destinations. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, get under the skin of its complicated history and make the most of the warm welcome.


EXPLORE VIETNAM 13 DAYS, Hanoi

$2,049

FR

Ho Chi Minh City

highlights

• Cyclo Hanoi's Old Quarter • Meet the locals in Mai Chau • Sleep on-deck in Halong Bay

• Explore Cu Chi Tunnels • Visit Hoa Lo Prison • G for Good collection

Arrive at any time and transfer to Hanoi city. The day is yours to spend exploring Vietnam's capital. Next day, travel across the lush Mai Chau Valley to your comfortable lodge, where you can opt to do a walking tour around the hilltribe villages, cycle in the countryside, rock climb, kayak or take a cooking class. (2B)

Day 4-5 Hanoi / Halong Bay

Hoi An, Vietnam

Return to Hanoi to visit Hoa Lo Prison and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with a local guide, and venture on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. On Day 5, have breakfast at Hoa Sua - a training restaurant that helps out underprivileged youth in Hanoi with employment opportunities. Next, head on to Halong Bay, world-famous for its beauty and limestone karst islands. Explore the caves, kayak or hike up one of the islands and overnight on a junk boat. Feeling active? Opt to go kayaking. (2B, L, D)

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Mai Chau

Day 6-8 Hue / Hoi An Spend a morning on the bay before heading back to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. On Day 7, check out the walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace then head to the countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors and impressive royal tombs. Drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Day 8. Here, you'll enjoy a walking tour, and learn how to put together a traditional lantern at the Lifestart Foundation, supported by G Adventures. (3B, L)

Day 9-13 Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City

V I E T N A M

Hue Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), junk boat (1 nt), lodge (2 nts) Transport: Bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVHNG

My Own Room Available: Fr $999 C A M B O D I A

Enjoy a cooking lesson at the G Adventures supported Oodles of Noodles, which offers a hospitality training programme for at-risk youth in Vietnam. Opt to see the My Son ruins or visit a local tailor shop for a keenly-priced suit. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for an optional cyclo tour then head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, famous for their part in the Vietnam War. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 13. (5B, L, D)

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Departures 2019/20 Jan-Mar20

Typically 1-4 departures per month

Ho Chi Minh City

VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS 10 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$1,479

FR

Hanoi

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Visit a tailor in Hoi An • Relax on Nha Trang Beach • Overnight Halong Bay cruise

• Explore rural Asia on a bike • Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh • Wander Hanoi's backstreets

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic and progressive city with lots to experience. Enjoy your first night trying Vietnamese specialities and exploring the wealth of bustling nightlife.

Day 2-3 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Today, drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a Chinese-style junk boat and enjoy a tasty seafood dinner and an evening under the stars. On Day 9, return to Hanoi and spend your last evening stocking up on some last-minute souvenirs at the local markets. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 10. (3B, 2L, D)

Nha Trang

Departures 2019/20 Aug

Hoi An

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Day 8-10 Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi

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Take a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel in Hue then visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Feeling peckish? Sign up to an optional street food tour and try out the city's specialities. On Day 7, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter and find yourself a bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bar. (2B)

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V I E T N A M

Day 6-7 Hoi An / Hue / Hanoi

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Plane, private coach, junk boat Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COVIHI

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After a short flight to Da Nang, drive to Hoi An and absorb its blend of foreign influences. Check out the Old Quarter, spy the 400-year-old Japanese bridge and peruse the Chinese temples. Visit a tailor for custom-made clothes, or try a local cooking class. (2B)

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Halong Bay

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Hanoi

Day 4-5 Nha Trang / Hoi An

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Take a morning sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City's sights before catching a flight up to the beach paradise of Nha Trang. Get out among the islands on an optional cruise or take time for yourself. (2B)

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BALI INTRO 9 DAYS, Kuta

$799

FR

Gili Trawangan Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot Discover Kuta's crazy nightlife, visit ancient temples, learn to surf, swim under amazing waterfalls, experience local culture, spot wild dolphins, see wild monkeys, snorkel with turtles... if you're looking for any of the above you've come to the right place!

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Group Leader and local guides throughout Group Size: Min 4, Max 22 Tour Code: DPSBWF

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Day 3 Canggu What better way to ease a sore head than trying to balance on a board in the sea, right? Today takes you to the volcanic sands of Canggu to learn how to surf by the local dudes in one of the world's most famous surf destinations. Shakas out!

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Touch down in Bali, be greeted by your tour leader and transfer to your guesthouse in Kuta to meet the rest of your group. The following morning, experience the hidden gems of Uluwatu with a short drive to a beautiful temple on a cliff edge. Then, head to the beach for some chill time before a sunset dinner. Later on, it's back to Kuta to get a taste of the iconic nightlife.

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Day 1-2 Kuta

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• Spot wild dolphins at sea • Snorkel with turtles in Gili T • Chill out on beautiful beaches

Jan

• Experience Bali's lively nightlife • Learn to surf on awesome breaks • Discover ancient temples

Departures 2019/20

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Jan 20

Accommodation: Twin, triple or multishare in guesthouses, hotels and a private villa (8 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Return airport transfers, all transport, activities as per itinerary

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Day 4 Lovina On Day 4, it's on to Lovina, an untouched paradise of stunning rice paddies and captivating culture. On the way, visit fascinating temples, see the lush rice paddies en route and take some time out for a swim under a gorgeous waterfall.

Day 5 Lovina Jump in a traditional outrigger boat on Day 5 and cruise the coast to swim and spot the local populations of wild dolphins. You'll then visit a local homestay, where you'll get a hands-on experience of basket weaving, coffee production and get the chance to learn about traditional Balinese life. After that, head back to your villa and make the most out of your infinity pool. (B, L, D)

Day 6-7 Gili Trawangan

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Travel by fast ferry to the stunning island of Gili T (aka Gili Trawangan) where you'll have some free time to relax, enjoy the island and top up your tan before experiencing some island nightlife. As Gili T has no motorised vehicles, you'll get the chance to explore the island by bicycle on Day 7, taking in the stunning views and relaxing on some beautiful sandy beaches. Continue the party this evening! (2B) I N D O N E S I A

Day 8-9 Gili Trawangan On Day 8, you'll travel by boat around all three beautiful Gili Islands, snorkelling in crystal clear waters. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles. You'll then head out for a delicious farewell dinner before partying the night away. On Day 9, your tour sadly comes to a close. Want to stick around? Why not join the 12-day option and continue with your group to Ubud? It's not all over yet! (2B, D)

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Gili Trawangan

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CLASSIC BALI 8 DAYS, Sanur

$849

FR

Candidasa

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill on stunning beaches • Culture and more in Ubud • Explore Hindu temples

• Marvel at active volcanoes • Snorkel kaleidoscopic reefs • Take a dip in hot springs

Arrive at any time and explore the seaside streets of Sanur. Leave the lowlands the next morning and make for the mountain lakes of Bedugal. Walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and check out Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, an ancient water temple dedicated to the river goddess. That evening you'll bed down in Munduk but not before you share a traditional meal and get a taste of true Balinese hospitality. (B, D)

Sanur Beach, Bali

Day 3-5 Kintamani / Ubud

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAESU

Kintamani BA L I

Candidasa

My Own Room Available: Fr $506

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Sanur

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Ubud

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Bedugal / Munduk

Day 6-8 Candidasa Take a short bus journey to the southeastern coast of Bali and settle into the beaches of Candidasa. Swim off secluded white-sand beaches, go fish-spotting with optional snorkelling, or just chill out and work on that tan. You may also like to pay a visit to the water temple, Tirta Gangga, take a yoga class or treat yourself to a massage on the beach. After a final night, the tour comes to an end on Day 8. (3B)

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Jan

Today you'll travel through more lush rice fields and up winding roads to the hikers' haven of Kintamani. Take a dip in the local hot springs and get an early night, as those who are up early enough the next morning will get the chance to hike to the top of Mt. Batur at sunrise. Once back from the volcano, the group heads inland to the rich cultural centre of Ubud. Along the way you'll stop for lunch at the Bali Community Lunch, a G for Good programme that supports and assists people living with disabilities to find independence and meaningful employment. In Ubud, opt to visit Monkey Forest, check out the arts and crafts, or venture out to the terraced rice paddies. In the evening you'll have the opportunity to witness a traditional Kecak dance performance. (3B, L)

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

CLASSIC LOMBOK 8 DAYS, Candidasa

$969

FR

Sanur

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore volcanic landscapes • Laze on sweeping beaches • Snorkel colourful reefs

• Trek Lombok's interior • Try your hand at surfing • Monkeys galore in Pusuk

Day 1-3 Candidasa / Kuta (Lombok) Arrive at any time into the beautiful beach resort of Candidasa. Next day, travel to Padangbai harbour for the ferry crossing to lovely Lombok. Lombok is a true island paradise with its surf beaches and excellent reefs for snokelling. Explore the area's rice paddies, tobacco fields and a small Sasak village en route to the southern town of Kuta (not to be confused with Bali's Kuta). You'll have a full day to explore the area on Day 3. Want to get the sea salt in your hair? Opt to try your hand at surfing or just simply laze on the beach with a beer. (2B)

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Day 4-6 Tetebatu / Senggigi / Gili Islands

Gili Islands

Senaru

Candidasa Senggigi

Tetebatu

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEUS

My Own Room Available: Fr $519

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Kuta

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Departures 2019

Sanur

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BA L I

Day 7-8 Sanur Beach Return to Bali by boat and transfer to the resort village of Sanur. Sanur is a seaside town, a long stretch of beach with shallow waters decorated with colourful Indonesian fishing boats called jukung. Enjoy a final evening with your group, plus an optional dinner as you admire a beautiful Balinese sunset. Your Indonesian adventure comes to an end on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)

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I N D O N E S I A

Feb

This morning, travel into the hills to the scenic destination of Tetebatu, where you'll be able to enjoy some easy trekking through rice fields, before spending the night at Senggigi. On Day 5, hike the base of Mt. Rinjani and cool off with a well-earned swim at a secluded waterfall. Suitably refreshed, make for the harbour and jump on an outrigger boat to the beautiful palm-fringed Gili Islands. These islands are truly the perfect place to relax and really get away from it all. Make sure you seek out the ocean swing for the perfect holiday pic (#nofilter)! If you're feeling energetic, you can head off of an organised snorkelling trip of the coral reefs and run into the majestic sea turtle, who come around in numbers! (3B)

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Day 1-2 Sanur Beach / Bedugal / Munduk

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Gili Meno, Gili Islands

Seminyak

Seminyak

$761

FR

10 DAYS

highlights

• Visit Lombok's waterfalls • Explore traditional villages

• Relax on sweeping beaches • Enjoy time on Gili Islands

Head to Lombok, Bali's 'quiet neighbour' on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, head to traditional villages and see two waterfalls close to Mt. Rinjani. Follow up with a day tour to the hand-weaving village of Sukerara, then chill out at Kuta Beach. On Day 5, head to the Gili Islands for bike rides, snorkelling and plenty of chill out time. On Day 8, hop aboard a boat for a final boat party, then on Day 9, head back to Seminyak in Bali for your last night. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels or guesthouses (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary included Tour Code: DPSGIH

BALI FITNESS BOOTCAMP Bali

$604

FR

Bali

1-8 WEEKS

highlights

• Learn from expert trainers • Regular beach runs

• Plenty of yoga sessions • Free time to explore

Choose from three packages, catering to three different budgets (lean, pro or deluxe) and benefit from intensive workouts and lessons from expert personal trainers. Enjoy three to five yoga classes per week, group crossfit training sessions, bodyfit, beach runs and optional excursions to temples, surf spots, water parks and beaches throughout (excluded in the lean option). Choose to extend your trip to the full eight weeks. Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Single-sex dorm or single or double rooms at training facility (7+ nts) Transport: One-way transfer from Denpasar airport included Meals: Breakfast daily Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: BALFBC

BEST OF JAVA 9 DAYS, Jakarta

$1,199

FR

Sanur

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore vibrant Jakarta • Visit awesome Mt. Bromo • See Hindu art at Prambanan

• Chill on the beach in Sanur • Rural life in Ngadas • Get a view of Mt. Bromo

Day 1-2 Jakarta / Bandung Arrive to the dynamic capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. Start Day 2 with an included guided city tour. Visit the former Batavia area, see remnants of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. Head to Bandung this afternoon and opt to see the traditional angklung orchestra performance that consists of children creating resonating melodies by the gentle shaking of bamboo instruments. (B) Prambanan Temple, Java

Day 3-5 Bandung / Yogyakarta Take a scenic train ride to the city of Yogyakarta, where you'll enjoy lunch on arrival. Opt to go on a cycling tour, or take in a Ramayana dance performance, an Indonesian ballet that incorporates acrobatics. The next day, you'll pay a visit to the world heritage site of Prambanan, an amazingly well-preserved collection of Hindu temples and the biggest complex in Java. On Day 5, visit Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. (3B, L, D)

Jakarta

Bandung

Day 6-7 Ngadas / Mt. Bromo

JAVA

Yogyakarta

Continue across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt. Bromo region. Experience the local culture with an overnight stay in a G Adventures-supported homestay with the Tengger farming community. Learn about the local culture, customs, and traditions from your hosts and enjoy a tasty dinner. Climb up the majestic Mt. Bromo the next day for the sunrise, then move on to Malang for the evening. (2B, L, D)

Day 8-9 Sanur Catch a flight to Sanur today, famous for its beaches. Here you can enjoy a bit of free time before saying goodbye on Day 9. (2B)

Ngadas I N D O N E S I A

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Mt. Bromo

BA L I

Sanur

My Own Room Available: Fr $459

Departs: Selected Saturdays (Jan-Dec) Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), multi-share homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private van, train, bike, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80-110 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEJV

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TAIWAN DISCOVERY 10 DAYS, Taipei

$2,599

FR

Taipei Small Group Adventure

snapshot Taiwan is filled with fascinating history, mesmerising natural sights and an abundance of street food to satisfy your soon-to-be literal pork bellies for years to come. Be dazzled by markets, old forts, temples, lakes and booming cities.

ASIA

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAQTT

inclusions Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, fast train, boat Meals: 9 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included

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• Boat, ride & cycle around Sun Moon Lake • Explore the ancient city of Jiufen • Discover the street-food culture of Taipei

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• Visit the Tainan Confucian Temple • Explore the magical Taroko National Park • Wander Yilan's flea & street markets

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr $999

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Day 1-3 Taipei / Jiufen / Tainan Begin your blockbuster 10 days in Taipei, a thriving metropolis filled with street vendors, skyscrapers, and lined with grand historic buildings. Make your way to Taipei and depart for Jiufen on Day 2, an ex-gold mining mountain town developed during the Japanese occupation and known for its narrow lanes, teahouses and street food. Spend the day exploring the ancient city, eat all the food you can on Jiufen Old Street, visit the Golden Waterfall, and relax in the famous A Mei Teahouse before heading back to Taipei. Take a high speed train to Tainan on Day 3. Take a city tour to Chikan Tower, Confucius Temple, and Anping Fort. Hit the famous night markets, specifically the Flower Garden Market and Da Dong to feast on grilled seafood and oyster omelette, be brave and try the stinky tofu! (2B)

Day 4-5 Tainan / Sun Moon Lake Take a walking tour through Tainan on Day 4, the country's former capital under the Qing dynasty and its oldest urban area. Set off on a walking tour through the historic district of Anping that dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch East India Company occupied the city and built Fort Zeelandia. Make your way to the majestic Sun Moon Lake in the evening. The lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan, the east side of the lake looks like the sun and the west resembles the moon, hence its name. Explore Sun Moon Lake's temples, pagodas and Tuhua Village. Enjoy a boat ride and cycle tour around the lake. (2B)

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Day 6-8 Hualien / Taroko National Park / Yilan Head to the east side of Taiwan on Day 6, crossing through the mountains into Huelien. Explore the mesmerising Taroko National Park on Day 7, the park is filled with high mountains and gorges, and many of its peaks tower past 3,000 metres in elevation. Check out the 18km marble-walled Taroko Gorge and Liwu River, the towering Qingshui Cliffs and the beautiful Golden Canyon. Catch the train to vibrant Yilan on Day 8, have the cameras ready for the stunning scenery, pumping nightlife and delicious Yilan street food. Submerge yourself in beef noodles and bubble tea, and stuff yourself with Gua bao (aka the Taiwanese burger) and pan-fried buns at Luodong Night Market. (3B)

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Opt to spend the morning touring the National Centre for Traditional Arts, or a stroll through Yilan's flea and street markets. Transfer back to Taipei in the afternoon stopping at a local tea farm. Spend your final evening in the city in Dihua Street shopping for Chinese medicine and fabrics, going up the unmissable Taipei101, and laying your eyes on the world's largest and finest collection of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum. In your spare time we think more food discovery should be on the cards. Food is such an essential part of Taiwanese culture that locals often greet each other by asking "have you eaten yet?" So we think it's fair to say that you should embark on another street food hunt. Our recommendation would be the Tonghua Night Market where you'll find the liu sha doughnut and peanut spring roll ice-cream - drool! Depart any time on Day 10. (2B)

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An enigmatic melting pot of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and tasty cuisine, Hong Kong encapsulates the Asia we all know and love. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping, hop aboard a traditional junk to explore urban beaches or take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak for panoramic views. And don't forget the markets, where hawkers flog everything from bizarre lotions & potions to counterfeit watches.

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Location: Next to Ladies' Market in vibrant Kowloon, a neighbourhood dedicated to bargain shopping and entertainment.

Vibe: No-frills, chic and non-smoking hotel offering 338 modern rooms. Morning light refreshments and 24-hour coffee and tea.

Vibe: Comfortable and convenient hotel offering a free shuttle service to the sights of Hong Kong.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Café • Lounge • Computer station • Luggage storage • Gym • Express check-in • Close to Fortress Hill metro station

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Location: Just a few steps from Whampoa MTR station and eight minutes away from downtown Tsim Sha Tsui.

Vibe: Formerly the Cosmopolitan Hotel, expect modern and playful, yet comfy design at this recently-renovated hotel.

Vibe: A private, five-star waterside retreat with spacious rooms and suites and award-winning restaurants.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Free smartphone during stay • Cocktail bar • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle service to 14 destinations

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• Walk on the Great Wall • Visit Tiananmen Square • Awe at the Terracotta Army

• Explore exotic Shanghai • See the Venice of the East • Catch a cultural performance

Arrive in China's charismatic capital and get ready for two days of sightseeing. Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world, and walk around the opulent Forbidden City, the seat of the Ming dynasty between 1420 and 1644. Take a walk on the Great Wall, then take a fast train to Xi'an on Day 3.

Day 4 Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Discover one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the Terracotta Warriors, discovered by local farmers in 1974. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local farm house. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before joining in with tai chi or ballroom dancing in the parks. Check out the Great Mosque, scour the souvenir stalls and indulge in the city's superb street food. Board an overnight train to Suzhou. (L)

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Explore dynamic Shanghai, where east meets west, and see how ancient rituals sit side by side with modern life. Go on an orientation walk along the Bund, the old colonial waterfront, or shop on the famous Nanjing Road before heading out for a final dinner with your group. Want to go out with a bang? Go see a Chinese acrobatic performance! Your tour ends on Day 8, and you're free to depart at any time.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, metro, private van Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $195255 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACCR

• Watch an acrobatics show • Trek through rice terraces • Explore Hong Kong

Day 1-3 Beijing Arrive into China's capital at any time on Day 1 and get exploring. Over the next two days, visit the historic confines of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to the Ming dynasty. Top off your three-day stay with an included trip to the Great Wall of China, surely one of the most iconic structures in the world. Take an overnight train to Xi'an on Day 3 - the first of many journeys on the Chinese railway. Forbidden City, Beijing

Day 4-7 Xi'an / Suzhou / Shanghai The Terracotta Army is made up of 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and over 600 horses, and you'll get to see this archaeological treasure on an included visit complete with lunch at a local family's home. Built to guard China's first emperor in the afterlife, it was unearthed in 1974 by a group of local farmers who were digging a well. This afternoon, opt to cycle the city walls before your overnight train to Suzhou. On Day 5, explore the Master of the Nets Garden (one of China's most beautiful) and travel to Shanghai the next day. Enjoy an orientation walk around the Bund and wrap up the day at an included Chinese acrobat show. (L)

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Today you're free to wander the city as you please, soaking in its contrast of the new and the traditional. Board a train to Guilin on Day 9 and transfer to Longji. The next day, enjoy a trek through rural villages and rice paddies, stopping and chatting with locals along the way. Afterwards, transfer to Yangshuo, a region dominated by lakes, limestone karsts and the Li River. Enjoy a free day here on Day 12, and opt to go rafting or bike riding. Board a train to Hong Kong on Day 13 for one final night on the town. Head off on Day 14.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport: Train, bus, private vehicle Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $365-475 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACSB

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BEIJING TO SHANGHAI ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Beijing

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• Trek along the Great Wall • See old and modern China • Stroll along Suzhou's canals

• Enjoy a night of karaoke • Visit Xi'an's Muslim Quarter • Shanghai orientation walk

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Beijing, China

On arrival on Day 4, enjoy an orientation walk around the Muslim Quarter. Here you'll find most of the city's seven mosques and a very active Muslim community - something of a rarity in China. Over the next two days, opt to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls or practice some tai chi. Take an overnight train to Suzhou.

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One of the world's most rapidly-expanding cities, Shanghai is China's most outwardlooking city and often a favourite with visitors to the country. Enjoy an orientation walk to get you into the swing of things, then enjoy some time at leisure. The tour ends on Day 8, and you're free to depart at any time. Though you might want to stick around!

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Often called the Venice of the East, some of Suzhou's best attractions are its canals, pagodas and humpback bridges. But it's pièce de résistance? Its beautiful gardens. Opt to visit the Master of the Nets Garden - the city's pride and joy - before a night of belting solos at a local karaoke bar. Private booth included (phew).

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• Historic Tiananmen Square • Discover the Forbidden City • Hang out with giant pandas

• See the Great Wall of China • Explore tranquil Yangshuo • Stroll along Shanghai's Bund

Day 1-4 Beijing Arrive in Beijing and meet your group. Prepare to have your mind boggled by China's capital, an epicentre of politics, education and culture. Head to the ancient tombs of the 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors, an art precinct built into decommissioned military factories, then make your way to the mighty Great Wall. On the evening of Day 4, hop aboard the sleeper train to the ancient city of Xi'an. (3B, 2L, 2D) Giant Pandas, Chengdu

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Flying into Shanghai, you'll experience the ultimate scene change, as the neon lights and urban energy become a reality. Whilst here, you'll take to the dizzying heights of Shanghai Tower, get some shopping in at Chengheng Miao and visit a silk factory. Your trip ends on Day 12. (3B, D)

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Catch a flight to Guilin and head to Yangshuo. Explore the night markets of one of the 'quietest' towns in China. On Day 9, opt to try a local cooking class or just take Yangshuo at your own pace. Here, you'll no doubt really get acquainted with China's traditional way of life, sipping Tsingtao and admiring the views of the mighty limestone karsts. (2B)

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Day 8-9 Chengdu / Yangshuo

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35 Accommodation: 3* hotels (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Plane, overnight train, private coach, high-speed train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCHNA

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Enjoy a tour of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors on Day 5, then stroll past ancient Chinese art at TangBo Museum. Continue with a bike ride along the ancient Xi'an City Wall. On Day 6, catch a high-speed train to Chengdu, a city dotted with tea houses and full of students. Your highlight here will no doubt be a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Make sure you've packed that selfie stick! (3B, L)

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After arriving in the capital, meet your group and get ready for two days of exploring. First up is an included visit to the Great Wall, with some parts being built as early as 700 BC. Back in the city, opt to visit the Forbidden City and the famous Tiananmen Square. Catch the overnight train to Xi'an in the evening of Day 3.


BEST OF SOUTH KOREA 8 DAYS, Seoul

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Seoul Small Group Adventure

snapshot Korea is coming into its own as a top travel destination, and on this eight-day trip you'll visit thriving Seoul, authentic folk villages, unique temples and sleep overnight in a temple. Learn all about the sombre history of North and South Korea and see the Demilitarised Zone separating the two.

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Day 1-2 Seoul Arrive into South Korea's buzzing capital at any time and get ready to explore the vibes of this sprawling metropolis. From night markets and temples to palaces and skyscrapers, one thing's for sure, you won't be bored! For panoramic views over this hub, head up the N Seoul Tower, fill your backpacks to the brim in one of the stylish shopping malls and visit the World Heritage Site of the precious Jongmyo, dedicated to house the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit many of the sights, including the Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of Seoul's grandest archaeological splendours. (B)

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Accommodation: Standard hotels (6 nts) multi-share temple (1 nt) Transport: Private van, train, subway Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220 - 290 for meals not included

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Day 3 Demilitarised Zone On Day 3, you'll be taken to the eye-opener of the trip, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the border of North and South Korea. The DMZ is a whopping 160 miles long, and attracts over 1.2 million travellers annually, according to the Korea Tourism Organization. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War as the world's last Cold War border. (B)

Day 4 Gyeongju Arrive to the coastal city of Gyeongju. Known as 'The Museum Without Walls', it holds countless tombs and temples which will wow any culture vultures keen to discover its historic charm. Wander the famous UNESCO sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour of the city. Tuck into a delicious steamed octopus, wander the walled, tomb-filled Tumuli Park and top up your history knowledge at the Gyeongju Museum. (B)

Day 5 Yangdon / Busan Today, you'll take a day trip to the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty. Travel onwards to Busan and visit the magnificent Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. (B)

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Day 6-7 Busan This morning, splash some cash at the fantastic Jagalchi fish market and Gujesijang market, then wander the grounds of Yongdusan Park taking in the towering Busan Tower. This evening, enjoy a unique experience overnighting in a local temple complex in comfortable single-sex lodgings known as 'ondo'. Then, board a train to Seoul on a high-speed train. (2B, D)

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TOKYO, OSAKA, KYOTO & BEYOND THEY SEE ME ROLLIN'

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From mouthwatering street food stalls selling local delights to Michelin-starred restaurants; foodies are in absolute paradise here. But it's not just about the food. Find a robot-themed restaurant, tranquil parks among busy chaos, a vampire café, clone factory and parasitological museum all in wacky Tokyo. And, Osaka is home to a seven-storey, 24-hour entertainment complex, towering skyscrapers and top shopping ops. Udon even know.

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Location: Just a 5-minute walk from JR Kinshicho Station.

Location: Just 5 minutes away from Sakaisuji Honmachi subway station.

Vibe: A sociable hostel with a lounge and full kitchen facilities, ideal for backpackers.

Vibe: Clean & modern, stylish hotel with a bohemian feel.

Vibe: Modern, chic design with sociable areas and fantastic facilities.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor terrace • Personal lockers • Laundry • Lounge

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Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Library • Gym • 24-hour reception

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See all the weird and wonderful things Tokyo has to offer. Head to Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku for cocktails surrounded by fluorescent animals and psychedelic colours. Meander this fashion district with a walk in Yoyogi Park and some zen time in the MeijiJingu Shrine, and head to a robot show in Shinjuku performed by neon-lit transformers (only in Japan). Spend free time in Shinjuku in a gaming arcade, or having a drink in the Golden Gai quarter. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared dorm in Tokyo House Inn, Single/Twin/ Double in Washington Shinjuku or Shiba Park Hotel (or similar) Meals: Not included Transport: Airport transfer on limousine bus Tour Code: TYOQRK

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JAPAN SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES KYOTO NINJAS & GEISHAS EXPERIENCE

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Get stuck right in to Japanese culture in this immersive four-day tour. Witness some of Japan's most traditional art forms, including a Maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, a bunraku (puppet theatre) and ikebana (flower arranging), and spend free time meandering this Geisha District. Walk through Kyoto in a traditional kimono, and get dressed up in Ninja attire to learn all about the art of the Ninja, including swordsmanship and blowing darts! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostel (2 nts), Palace Side Hotel (1 nt) Meals: Not included Includes: Gion corner show, Kyoto traditional dress experience, Ninja experience Tour Code: UKYKYO

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• See the neon lights of Toyko • Old breweries in Takayama • Delicious local cuisine

• Explore the temples of Kyoto • Japanese bath experience • Plenty of free time

Xxxxxxxxxxx Arrive at any time in the electric wonderland of Tokyo. On Day 2, opt to mingle with fashion forward teenagers in Harajuku, take refuge from the hum of city life in Yoyogi Park and get your temple fix at Asakusa Shrine. Choose to cross the bustling and chaotic Shibuya Crossing, known to be one of the busiest intersections worldwide (well, rumoured to be at least. It's pretty damn busy). At night be sure to make the most of the city's famed foodie culture and pull up a stool at a sushi bar, or get a wallet-friendly bowl of steaming hot noodles.

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Jump on a bullet train to Japan's imperial capital and spend the rest of the trip getting to know this historical corner of the island. You can opt to participate in a traditional tea ceremony, hang out in geisha-filled gardens, learn the ancient art of calligraphy, visit the golden temple of Kinkaku-ji, or simply chill out by the river in one of Kyoto's many bars. With over 1600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 Shinto shrines, this is the place to get spiritual. On Day 5, the day is completely yours to spend at leisure. Choose to take a calligraphy class, take part in a tea ceremony and enjoy one final night out with your newfound traveller friends. Day 6 marks your last day, but stay on if you can't get enough of magical Japan.

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Today we travel to the picturesque mountain town of Takayama. Wander the quaint streets of the Sanmachi Suji historic district, lined with wooden merchants' houses and sake breweries that date back to the Edo Period. In the evening, kick back and relax in a ryokan (an ancient form of hotel) complete with tatami floors and an onsen bath, a traditional public bathing spot.

• Temples galore in Kyoto • See stunning Osaka Castle • Wander Takayama's old lanes

Day 1-2 Tokyo Arrive to Tokyo at any time and rest up before an orientation walk the next day. Opt to check out the manicured Yoyogi Park, Asakusa Shrine, the quirky student hangout Harajuku and the electric Shibuya Crossing. Or, choose to check out this city's eclectic myriad of cafés. Tokyo is really home to the weird and wonderful. Expect vending machines on every corner selling anything from hamburgers to umbrellas. Osaka Castle, Osaka

Day 3-6 Takayama / Kyoto Leave the bright lights of the capital for traditional Takayama, a mountain town dating back to the 17th Century. Take an orientation walk of its laneways, lined with sake breweries and craft shops. That evening kick back in a traditional inn complete with tatami floors, Japanese futons and an onsen bath. Next morning you'll catch a train to Kyoto and spend the next few days discovering this ancient imperial capital. Opt to visit some of the region's spectacular temples, participate in a tea ceremony or take a calligraphy class. Spend your evenings relaxing by the riverside and checking out Kyoto's range of bars.

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Continue to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals. Opt to tour a ramen museum, check out Osaka Castle, relax in one of Nakazakicho's artsy cafés, browse Umeda's shops, and make sure you have a sake-fuelled night out with the group. Your tour comes to an end on Day 11 where you can head home or choose to stay in epic Japan. There is so much to see that you couldn't possibly be done with it!

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Travel to Hiroshima and enjoy a sobering, included visit to the Peace Park and Museum to learn about the tragic history of this city. On Day 8, take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous 'floating' Torii Gate.

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JAPAN EXPRESS 9 DAYS, Osaka

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snapshot Discover Japan's most iconic sites on this nine-day tour, from war-torn Hiroshima and buzzing Osaka to cultural Kyoto and hectic Tokyo. Plus enjoy Japan's calmer side at a serene mountain monastery and an open-air onsen... oh, and let's not forget the weird and wonderful food!

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Continue by bullet train to Hiroshima. This modern city offers a more manageable scale and pace than other Japanese urban centres, but will forever be marked for the 1945 atomic bomb explosion. Since, it's become a peace-promoting place, working towards the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished. Pause for a moment's reflection at the ruined frame of the Gembaku Dome, which stood directly under the explosion, and learn the city's story at the Peace Museum. Visit Miyajima Island, dotted with shrines, temples and home to the 'floating' Torii Gate, one of Japan's most photographed sights. (B)

Day 5-6 Kyoto Kyoto - the former Imperial capital - is an essential part of any visit to Japan, housing age-old temples, palaces and gardens. See the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the impressive Nijo Castle and its gardens. Catch a traditional tea ceremony and meditate in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden. Spend evenings in historic Gion, the traditional home of the geisha girls. If you've ever wanted to try on the full gear, this is the place!

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Arrive into Osaka, arm yourself with a map and an appetite, and head out to explore Japan's culinary capital - we recommend the takoyaki (octopus balls). Day 2, take a scenic train through the mountains towards Koyasan, an important religious centre in Japanese Buddhism. Explore temples and atmospheric cemeteries and bed down in a shukubo, a monastery lodging atop Mt. Koya and run by monks. Savour a meal of 'shojin ryori', Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and watch the monks pray in the morning. (B, D)

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• Be charmed by Kyoto's age-old customs • Stay in authentic lodgings in Hakone • Free time to take on Tokyo

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• Overnight in a mountaintop temple • Dine on traditional Buddhist cuisine • Visit the regenerated city of Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery with shared facilities (1 nt), traditional inn with shared facilities (1 nt) Transport: Bullet train, public bus, tram, ferry Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included

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Head for the hills today up on a cable car on Mt Owakudani for impressive views of Mt Fuji. Then, hop aboard a boat on Lake Ashino-ko, and take a scenic walk along the Old Tokaido Highway. Tonight you'll be bedding down in a traditional ryokan accommodation. Spend your evening guzzling on a multi-course Japanese kaiseki meal before totally unwinding with a soak in the natural hot springs. Once your skin is suitably wrinkled, turn in for your night's sleep on a traditional futon. (D)

Day 8-9 Tokyo Return to Tokyo with free time for shopping and for one final night out with the group. The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 9, but don't forget Tokyo is the biggest city on the planet, so we strongly recommend extending your stay for another two or three days. You'll need it to even scratch the surface! (B)

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THE DRAGON TRIP: TOKYO TO TOKYO 13 DAYS, Tokyo

$2,211

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Tokyo Small Group Adventure

snapshot From the new world fluorescence of Tokyo's brightly-lit high-rises to the old world charms of Kyoto's wooden houses, this trip takes you through the decades of Japanese life. You'll practise calligraphy, make sashimi with sushi masters, and sing karaoke with the world's most committed serenaders.

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: All ages Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Min 4, Max 23 Tour Code: TYODRG

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• See the geishas of Kyoto • See Hakone National Park's Mt. Fuji • Hike through bamboo forests and hills

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• Step into the world of J-Pop in Harajuku • Take a pirate ship out onto Lake Ashi • Try calligraphy and sushi-making

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Day 1-2 Tokyo After arriving in Japan's capital, gear yourself up for a frenetic two days in fashion-obsessed, technology-obsessed and karaoke-obsessed Tokyo. Everything about this city is brash, which somehow just adds to the excitement of it all. Meet your group and start out by reaching dizzying new heights in the flashy district of Shinjuku. Opt to visit a traditional bath house in Jyakotsuyu, and roll that rice with a sushi-making class in the evening (you might as well learn something while you're here). The next morning go for breakfast at the Tsukiji fish market, wander around endless rows of tuna. Lunch at a cosplay maid café (where costumed waitresses treat customers like masters) and take to the ramshackle boozers of the Golden Gai Bar district in the evening.

Day 3-5 Tokyo / Kamakura Strap on your nappies! Today you have the option to visit the sumo district to see the big guys train (at extra cost). Take a peek into the Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy a meal fit for sumos and then visit a samurai collection in the afternoon. That evening you can opt for a robot show or just head out to the neon clubs of Roppongi. In the morning, check out the Imperial Palace and quirky Harajuku before disappearing to Shibuya to see the imperial Meiji Shrine. Here you'll have the option to grab a tea in a cat café – it's a café with cats (clue's in the name) so definitely don't go if you have any feline allergies. Leave Tokyo the following day for Kamakura, a medieval capital full of shrines, karaoke boxes and sake-sipping spots. Here, there'll be a hiking activity and the option to go surfing.

Day 6-9 Hakone National Park / Kyoto Today, hope for a clear day to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway as you make your way to a local onsen. Sample eggs cooked in a volcanic spring and cap off the day on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi (where else). After a quick look around Odawara Castle, jump on the train to Kyoto, once-capital of Japan. Here you'll go geisha-spotting and enjoy old world dining in Pontocho Alley. Day 8, take a rafting trip down the Hozugawa River towards Arashiyama bamboo forest and monkey park where you'll get cracking views of Kyoto. Then to the shrine of Fushimi, pay close attention to the pen work as that evening you'll test your skills in a calligraphy class.

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Day 10-13 Kyoto / Hiroshima / Osaka / Tokyo This morning takes you to the crowning feature of Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Set on a shimmering pond and surrounded by rock and pine, it's definitely one for the shutterbugs. Then back to the hills for a slice of mindful meditation at a local temple. Next up, the historical city of Hiroshima where you can step into the region's tragic past with a visit to the Peace Museum and the Itsukushima Shrine, on an island across the bay. The final stop is Osaka where there is no shortage of shopping arcades, malls and riverfront entertainment. Spend the final night with your group, and then it's back on the bullet train to Tokyo. JA PA N

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JAPAN UNRIVALLED 13 DAYS, Tokyo

$4,525

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• Discover the Imperial Palace • View from Hakone Ropeway • Admire Kyoto's temples

• Delve into Hiroshima's past • See deer on Miyajima Island • Sleep at a typical ryokan

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Visit Kyoto's Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and the Gion district. On Day 10, check out the Fushimi Inari Shrine and its iconic torii path. Day 11, travel by train to Mt. Koya, where you will stay at a traditional guesthouse and enjoy a feast of Buddhist cuisine. Day 12, take part in a Buddhist service and a tour of Koyasan before departing to Osaka. Enjoy an optional last night out with dinner and karaoke! Your trip ends on Day 13. (5B, D)

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Matsumoto Takayama

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels (10 nts), Japanese-style ryokan guesthouse (1 nt), Buddhist guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach, bullet trains Meals:12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COJAPN

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Today, visit the historic Matsumoto Castle (also known as Crow Castle due to its dark exterior) then make for rural Takayama. Day 6, take a tour of the town and morning markets. Next day, travel up to 320km/h aboard Japan's iconic bullet train to Hiroshima where you have free time to explore at your leisure. Day 8, ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Museum. (4B)

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There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen, or bullet trains, which whizz you from the southern tip of Kyushu to the northern tip of Honshu at speeds HIROSHIMA of up to 300km/h. These wonderful trains are also super-efficient, almost silent and depart so punctually you could KAGOSHIMA set your watch to the exact second! A seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Pass can help travellers to save money on train fares. Save even more if you buy one before you even set foot in the country. You can buy a seven-day 'ordinary' pass for about the same price as a return ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto. And the even better news? These passes are valid for unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.

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Japan Rail passes are only available to foreign travellers visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing purposes, travelling under the status of 'temporary visitor'. The voucher must be exchanged in Japan for the pass within 3 months of the issue date. At present, the pass does not include travel on the Nozomi-type Shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, nor the 'Mizuho' type trains, nor on the super-deluxe 'Gran Class' on the Hayabusa train which also runs on the Shinkansen lines.

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Among one of the most iconic cities in the entire world, Tokyo demands some time (and some getting used to!), so arrive early to make the most of it. At the start of your tour, arrive at Japan's capital on Day 1 and settle into your hotel before meeting your group this evening. The following morning, take a tour to the Imperial Palace, an ancient Buddhist temple, and soak up the vibes of quirky Harajuku. Spend the rest of your time in Tokyo exploring the Tsukiji Fish Markets and crawling around sushi bars. Next up, Hakone National Park's hot springs and a night at a traditional ryokan, where you'll sleep on tatami mats and dine like the locals. (3B, D)


DELHI TO KATHMANDU ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Delhi

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Kathmandu Small Group Adventure

snapshot A 15-day trip that contrasts the kaleidoscopic colours of India with the serenity of the Himalayas. Take yourself from the ghats of the sacred Ganges to a tiger-prone 4WD safari in Chitwan National Park.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHDK

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Day 4-8 Agra / Orchha / Varanasi Day 4, travel to the Muslim city of Agra, home to India's most famous landmark, the iconic Taj Mahal. Visit this icon of Mughal architecture in the evening for the best light. Next day, travel by train and 'tempo' - a large type of auto-rickshaw - to the picturesque town of Orchha. You'll spend two days enjoying the peaceful rural charm of this riverside town, where you can opt for a cooking class and lunch with a local family. Leave by overnight train on the night of Day 6 to reach Varanasi. This quintessential Indian holy city will be your home for the next couple of nights. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, check out some of the thousands of temples and experience the rituals of bathing along the ghats. You'll also take to boats and head out onto the sacred Ganges River, both for sunrise and sunset.

Day 9-13 Lumbini / Chitwan National Park / Pokhara Day 9, cross into Nepal before continuing on to the great Buddhist pilgrimage centre and birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini. Next day, travel along the base of the Himalayas through marshy grasslands, savannahs and forests to Chitwan National Park before spending the evening in a homestay with the local indigneous Tharu community. This initiative is the first programme that has connected this Tharu village with tourism. The programme supplements community income, which comes mostly from agriculture. Proceeds have been able to support the community school, along with hygiene, sanitation and skill development training for residents. On Day 11, enjoy a 4WD safari through the park and hopefully spot tigers and rhinos (if you're lucky), then opt to take a cycling tour around town. Day 12, travel into the magnificent Himalayan mountains to Pokhara and out to Sarangkot for sunrise over the surrounding mountains. The next day, visit the G for Good Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the programme and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. (L, D)

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Day 14, drive through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal's magical capital city, stopping at the Monkey Temple of Swayambhunath en route. Finish on a high with an optional sightseeing flight to glimpse Mt. Everest, before your tour comes to an end on Day 15.

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Arrive at any time and enjoy an included transfer provided by the Women on Wheels G for Good project. This programme provides safe and reliable transport for travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for women from a resource-poor community. Take an evening visit to the India Gate and Connaught Place, where shops, restaurants and bars abound. Tonight you can opt for a welcome dinner with your group. Day 2, travel to the Pink City of Jaipur and visit the famous and ostentatious Amber Fort. Enjoy some free time to explore the local villages within the region, then that evening, you can opt to groove along to the singing and dancing action of a Bollywood film in the Art Deco film house - The Raj Mandir. The next day, visit the 953-windowed Palace of the Winds.

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• Search for tigers and more in Chitwan • Awe at the imposing Himalayas • Learn to cook traditional Nepalese food

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• Experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi • Explore the markets of Rajasthan • Enjoy a cruise on the sacred Ganges

Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), homestay (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), deluxe air con tents (1 nt) Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, private van, auto-rickshaw, cyclerickshaw, tempo, riverboat, 4WD Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $400-520 for meals not included


GOLDEN TRIANGLE 8 DAYS, Delhi

$749

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Delhi

Small Group Adventure

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• Wander Old and New Delhi • See the beautiful Taj Mahal • Admire Jaipur's architecture

• Experience local village life • Explore Fatehpur Sikri • Shop Delhi's frenetic markets

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Day 7-8 Delhi Return to Delhi and enjoy free time to explore. Bid farewell to your group as your adventure wraps up any time on Day 8.

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Depart early morning to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. See the Hawa Mahal, a spectacular site also known as the Palace of the Winds, and enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. There's an optional chance to take in a Bollywood movie at the fabulously-designed cinema at Raj Mandir.

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented camp (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, taxis, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $195255 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHGT

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Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at first light to see this iconic site in its full glory. During your time here, you will also visit the magnificent Red Fort and see the Baby Taj. Next day, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the now-deserted former capital of the Mughals. In the afternoon, arrive into Dhula Village and get a glimpse of local life on a cycling excursion. Tonight, chill out by the campfire staring at the stars.

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ETERNAL INDIA 12 DAYS, Delhi

$2,315

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Goa

• Explore Delhi • Admire the Taj Mahal • Spot tigers in the wild

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• Wind down in Udaipur • See Mumbai at dawn • Chill out on Goa's beaches

Day 1-4 Delhi / Agra / Ranthambore National Park Arrive into India's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of the city which over 25 million people call home. Take in iconic sites including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, then enjoy a free afternoon and evening to go wandering. Next day, hot foot it to one of the world's most famous monuments, the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. You'll get to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace and will also get to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Agra Fort. On Day 4, leave the cities behind you as you make for the famous forests of Ranthambore National Park. Stop on the way at the Dhonk Craft Centre cooperative. (3B, D)

Ranthambore National Park, India

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Day 5-8 Ranthambore National Park / Jaipur / Udaipur Jaipur

Today you'll get the chance to go on a jeep safari in the park, famous for its tigers and wetlands wildlife. If that sounds like something you wouldn't want to miss out on, don't leave it up to chance - make sure you pre-book it. Next up, head for the colourful and chaotic city of Jaipur and enjoy a guided tour of the City Palace and vibrant bazaars on arrival. On Day 6, enjoy a day of exploring Jaipur at your own pace. Don't miss the opulent Amber Palace and the chance to cook with a local family this evening! The next morning, make for the charming colonial city of Udaipur, where you'll get the chance to see fantastical palaces and amazing architecture with a local guide. (4B, L)

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Hop aboard a flight today to the massive city of Mumbai, home of Bollywood. Get out and about with a local guide then opt for an authentic Bollywood dance class in the evening. Next morning, why not rise at dawn like the locals for a dawn city tour, then fly to chilled out Goa for a couple of days of sun, sand and sea by the beach. Crack open a cold one, or reconnect (where better to do it) with optional yoga on the beach. (4B)

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Planes, private air con coach Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Trip Manager, Local Guides Group Size: Max 30 Note: Cooking demonstration, Amber Fort tour, safari, Bollywood dance class, Mumbai at dawn tour and beach yoga are all optional activities Tour Code: COINDI

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Arrive in Delhi and enjoy your included airport transfer from the G Adventuressupported Women on Wheels project. On Day 2, dive into the heart of India's capital to explore Old Delhi on a tour led by a young adult taking part in the G for Good New Delhi Streetkids Project. Visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb its minaret for a bird's-eye view. Head to Agra that evening, home of the Taj Mahal.


NEPAL ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Kathmandu

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• Guided tour of Kathmandu • Cook Nepalese treats • Three-day Annapurna trek

• Chitwan National Park • Optional hot springs visit • G for Good collection

Over the next few days you'll take a guided tour of UNESCO-listed Durbar Square and visit the G for Good Sisterhood of Survivors project, a grassroots organisation supporting - and run by - survivors of trafficking. Rustle up some Nepalese treats, tuck in to lunch and move on to Bhaktapur, a living gem of temples, pagodas and palaces. On the next day, drive across the mountains to Pokhara. (L)

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• Set sail in the Maldives • See elephants in Udawalawe • Climb up Little Adam's Peak

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SRI LANKA & MALDIVES ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Negombo

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Day 9-10 Kathmandu Travel back to the capital that sits 1,400 metres above sea level and where you can visit several UNESCO listed sites within a 15km radius. As you have an afternoon at leisure, we'd recommend a visit to the burning ghats at Pashupatinath. Other highlights include the enigmatic Swayambhunath temple, otherwise known as a monkey temple due to the holy monkeys that live in the north-west part, and Pashupatinath temple - dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. For something a bit quirky, head down to Freak Street where the hippies used to hang out in the 60s and 70s, and just see where the city leads you! Your tour wraps up on Day 10, when you're free to depart at any time.

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Trek through isolated villages against a backdrop of imposing mountains and continue on to Jhinu Danda for a soak in a natural hot spring. Head on to Landruk, before a final push on Day 6 with a five-hour hike to Kande. Cross icy rivers, broad plains and high mountain passes and meet the welcoming locals as they herd their yaks across the grassy pastures and stumble upon their hillside monasteries and temples. Transfer to Pokhara for the night. Next day you'll head to the UNESCOlisted Chitwan National Park, renowned the world over for its concentration of endangered Indian rhinoceros, elephants, bears, leopards and Bengal tigers (and a LOT of birds!). On Day 8, take a 4WD safari through the park before enjoying a halfday game walk in search of mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

• Watch traditional dancing • Hit Unawatuna's beach • G for Good collection

Day 1-5 Negombo / Kandy / Ella Arrive into Negombo at any time on Day 1. You won't have much time here, as you're off first thing the next day. Drive to Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital, and visit a spice plantation on the way and a visit to G for Good's Sthree Craft Shop. Later on, visit the Temple of the Tooth and enjoy a traditional folk dance performance. Day 3 is yours to spend at leisure. The Royal Botanical Gardens are a must, so make sure you check them out. Continue south on Day 4 and make your way to Ella, a charming town nestled in the hill country and where you'll spend two nights at the G for Good AMBA estate, an organic farm and guesthouse. On arrival, enjoy a tour of a tea factory, then on Day 5, climb up Little Adam's Peak and soak up the views. The rest of your time here is free to do as you choose. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Set sail on a traditional dhoni cruise through Vaadhoo canal around idyllic coral islands, including Ambara and Fenboa Finolhu. Plus, you'll get to experience daily life in the fishing villages of Djiggaru, Felidhoo and Eboodhoofinolhu. There'll be plenty of time to chill out on the beaches, as well as snorkelling and swimming sessions to explore life under the surface and away from the shore. At night, you'll moor by pristine beaches or in peaceful harbours, and the crew will prepare all your meals for you. Your tour ends back in Malé on Day 14. (6B, 5L, 5D)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), dhoni (6 nts), tented camp (1nt) Transport: Private vehicle, train, 4WD, local bus, plane, dhoni Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $90-120 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), boat crew, skipper Group Size: Max 15 (land), max 8 (boat) Tour Code: GAASSM

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Depart early in the morning on Day 6 and make your way to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its resident population of elephants and one of the best places in the country for game spotting. Enjoy a safari here, then head to the coast and base yourself in the small beach town of Unawatuna. On Day 7, travel to Galle and enjoy a tour of the iconic fort, then head back to Unawatuna for some much-deserved beach time! On Day 8, head to the capital Colombo and hop on a flight to the Maldivian capital of Malé. Time for some serious R&R! (2B, 2D)

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ONE LIFE ADVENTURES SRI LANKA 12 DAYS, Negombo

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Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide, who will take you to your hotel in Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore the canals and lagoons or get your base tan on the beach! This evening, meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner. The next day, spend the morning wandering around Negombo's market, then head off to Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. Later that evening get spiritual with a tour of the magnificent Dambulla Caves, a UNESCO heritage site. (B, D)

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Day 1-2 Negombo / Sigiriya

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• Pay a visit to a turtle sanctuary • Explore Galle's fort and local villages • Enjoy a traditional cooking class

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• Climb up the magnificent Sigiriya Rock • Spot elephants, turtles and blue whales • Visit a hill country tea plantation

Day 3-4 Sigiriya / Kandy An early wake up time today as you put on your hiking shoes, grab your camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. View the ancient wall paintings, the Sanskrit marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. Once you're at the top, soak up the incredible views of the surrounding region. Later on, escape the crowds at the Buddhist monastery of Pidurangula, then opt to spot elephants at the Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. That evening, enjoy dinner with a local family, then on Day 4, travel south to the city of Kandy, stopping at a spice garden along the way. On arrival, see the city as it was made to be seen - from the back of a tuk tuk! That evening, get your culinary hat on as you enjoy an included cooking class. (2B, L)

Day 5-6 Kandy / Ella Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth today, a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. After you've got your culture fix, hop aboard a bus into the hill country and stop for a tour of a local tea plantation. Later on, catch the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, often labelled as being one of the world's most scenic train journeys. On Day 6, enjoy a free morning and then explore Ella, the Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and hike up Little Adams Peak. (2B)

Like that? Try this… Extend your trip Maldives add-on to Maafushi Island (4 days, Colombo - Malé) (CMBLYF)  Fr $1,981

Day 7-12 Udawalawe National Park / Mirissa / Hikkaduwa / Colombo Continue south today and stop at your glamping camp, situated just 45 minutes from Udawalawe National Park. After lunch head out on safari, searching for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you're lucky, leopards. After all that excitement, it's time to chill, and you'll do exactly that in the beach town of Mirissa on Day 8. Kick back and chill, then enjoy an included whale watching tour on Day 9. This is one of the best places in the world to spot blue whales, so fingers crossed they play ball! Continue on to Hikkaduwa, where you'll spend the night. The next day, enjoy a tour of the famous Galle Fort, then enjoy a bike ride through local villages and rice paddies. Head to the capital city of Colombo on Day 11, stopping at a small turtle sanctuary and the humbling Tsunami memorial along the way. Enjoy your last night in the capital, where you'll get ample time to explore. Just make sure you enjoy one last drink with your fellow travellers! Head off on Day 12. (6B, L, D)

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Beginning in Negombo and ending in Colombo (there's a fun start to a song), this tour of beautiful Sri Lanka will take you to the top of misty mountaintops, down to palm-fringed beaches and into some awesome national parks in between to search for elephants and leopards. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Group leader, local guide and driver Group Size: Max 22, Min 4 Tour Code: CMBONE


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WE LOVE >>>>> SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

Known as The Coat Hanger to locals, this is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. What's more, you can climb it! VANUATU

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The largest living thing on earth and visible from outer space, this reef is home to over 1,500 different species of fish.

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See more of the Great Barrier Reef on page 132-134 & 140. HIPSTER HAVENS IN MELBOURNE

Cracking coffee, craft beer, top-notch bistros plus a vibrant arts and live music scene; edgy Melbourne is Oz's culture capital. See more of Melbourne on page 139. SPECIAL EFFECTS

The Weta Workshop in Wellington produced whole sets, bigatures and costumes for 'The Lord of the Rings' movies. BAY OF ISLANDS

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BEST OF AUSTRALIA 14 DAYS, Cairns

$3,799

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Sydney Small Group Adventure

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, sailboat, plane Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $720-940 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAOACS

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• Trek through beautiful Mossman Gorge • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays • Hang ten in famous Byron Bay

• Hit Sydney's buzzing bars and clubs • Chill out in Port Macquarie • G for Good collection

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Day 1-3 Cairns / Cape Tribulation Leap into Cairns at any time on Day 1. Awash with cafés, bars and nightclubs, Cairns is the perfect party town for those who want to kick off their trip in style. Leave any hangover behind as you head north to the lush, unspoiled region of Cape Tribulation. Stopping en route, explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest where you may be lucky enough to spot cassowaries! Day 3 is yours to explore so why not take an optional boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, wander Daintree National Park or cruise with the resident crocs? (2B)

Day 4-6 Cairns / Airlie Beach / Whitsunday Islands Return to Cairns and escape the heat with a lazy afternoon around the Esplanade Lagoon. Rise early on Day 5 and get your playlist ready for a full day's travel to Airlie Beach, stopping for a spot of Aboriginal painting or weaving en route at the G for Good Ingan Cultural Centre. The following day, set sail around the white-sand beaches, secluded bays and aquamarine waters of the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands. Opt for a quick dip or grab a snorkel to glimpse the kaleidoscopic corals and vibrant underwater life. Visit the Great Barrier Reef, have a refreshing swim, and buckle up for a hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach. Return back to Airlie Beach, bronzed and windswept for a night out on the town. (2B, 2L)

Customise your trip Great Barrier Reef snorkelling from Cairns Climb aboard a 25m catamaran and journey out to the Barrier Reef.  Fr $127 Jungle Surfing through the Daintree Rainforest A ziplining tour in the Rainforest with views of the Great Barrier Reef.  Fr $82 Extend your trip

Day 7-9 Byron Bay / Port Macquarie Board a flight to Brisbane today and transfer to the beachside town of Byron Bay for two nights soaking up the vibes of this hippie paradise. The time here is yours to spend at leisure. Potter your way around the town, top up your tan on the beach or dabble in the multitude of optional activities. Picnic by Minyon Falls, kayak with dolphins or, if you're feeling really brave, go for a tandem skydive! Day 9, after an included surf lesson, head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie. Enjoy a free afternoon here and choose to kayak, visit a koala hospital, or simply chill out.

Melbourne, Outback and Uluru Adventure (12 days, Melbourne - Uluru) (GAOAMU) Fr $3,199

Day 10-14 Blue Mountains / Jenolan Caves / Sydney Kick off with a visit to a koala hospital before heading on to the Blue Mountains. Here you'll want to keep your camera handy for snaps of expansive eucalyptus forests and plunging gorges. This wilderness region gets its name from the beautiful blue haze that the eucalypt forests create. On Day 11, explore the area around Leura, the art deco town of Katoomba with its many galleries, and take in panoramic views of the Three Sisters pinnacles at Echo Point. Opt to take the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest railway, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and delve deep into the extensive Jenolan Caves. Drive back to Sydney on Day 12 where you can opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) or visit the iconic Opera House. Start off with an orientation walk to get your bearings, and then enjoy a full afternoon to explore. Hit up the big ticket activities like climbing the Harbour Bridge, motoring round on a jet boat or chatting up the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. The name Bondi is of Aboriginal origin, and it is said to refer to the sound of water crashing over rocks. Choose to join your group for one final night out on the town, then depart any time the next morning.

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BEACHES & REEFS 13 DAYS, Sydney

$2,079

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Cairns Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Opt to sail the Whitsundays • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef • 4WD Fraser Island's hotspots

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• Meander around Sydney's chic streets • Learn to surf the waves like a pro • Optional sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Jan 20

Accommodation: Special stays (2 nts), Eco Camp and hostels (10 nts). Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in hostels with 2 nights on a boat Transport: Internal flights and a small private coach Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Sailing option: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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Day 1-3 Sydney / Blue Mountains / Sydney Meet your group and head out to explore the highlights of this striking city with your Trip Manager. Take a ferry to Watsons Bay and see the Sydney Opera House and Mrs Macquarie Chair; a sandstone rock carved into a bench by convicts in 1810. That afternoon, chill out on Bondi Beach. The next day, set off on a day trip to the impressive Blue Mountains, the Three Sisters rock formation and Jamison Ridge area. That evening, get a chance to discover Sydney's buzzing nightlife, hitting up rooftop bars and restaurants. Spend Day 3 as you please - go wine tasting, embark on a sunset harbour cruise, or cook your own fresh BBQ like a true Aussie. (2B)

Day 4-5 Byron Bay It's off to laid-back Byron Bay. Enjoy a sunrise lighthouse tour and opt for a morning yoga session on the beach before breakfast. See to those post-stretch hunger pangs with some avo toast, and the day ahead is free to do whatever you want. Options for the day include kayaking and beer tasting at the Stone and Wood Brewery. On Day 5 you'll have a whole other day to uncover the beach scene, and potentially get in some paddleboarding. (2B)

Day 6-7 Noosa Everglades / Fraser Island (day trip) / Noosa Everglades Journey up the coast to the Noosa Everglades, stopping at an Aussie farm and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary en route to see koalas, kangaroos and more. Bed down in Noosa Everglades Eco Camp where you'll spend the next two nights. Paradise awaits you on Day 7 as you venture out in a 4WD to discover the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. Stroll along the beach, drive through rainforests and sand dunes and take a dip in Lake McKenzie. Tonight, return to Noosa and rest up at your exclusive accommodation, where the rainforest literally meets the sea. (2B, L, D)

Day 8-9 Airlie Beach

Day 8-9 Whitsundays Sailing

Home to a man-made lagoon pool and a renowned club scene, Airlie Beach is a fine place to spend a few nights. Sip on cocktails, head to one of its spacious beer gardens, make a splash in the pool or opt for a day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach. (2B)

Pack your swimmers and hit the inviting waters on a private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays' paradise-like islands. Stroll along white sand beaches, snorkel colourful reefs and sun yourself on the deck. (2B, L, 2D)

Like that? Try this… Sailing Option Whitsundays Sailing Option On Days 8-9, swap Airlie Beach for two days on a converted racing yacht. (COBRSW) Fr $2,399 Shorten your trip The Sun Seeker (8 days, Byron - Cairns) (COSSCH)

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Day 10-13 Cairns A scenic train ride will take you to the sun-drenched paradise of Cairns, the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef. Opt to join a day trip to navigate you way around the Reef's colourful coral and marine life before enjoying a Dreamtime experience at Tjapukai the following day. Adventure junkies can opt for bungy jumping or white water rafting afterwards to continue the adventures. On Day 13 opt for a cable car day trip for fantastic views of Australia's World Heritage-listed rainforest, and visit the laid-back Kuranda village. Your trip ends in the late afternoon. (4B)

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BRISBANE TO CAIRNS EXPERIENCE 10 DAYS, Brisbane

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Cairns Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Ferry to the world's largest sand island, embark on a sailing adventure in the stunning Whitsunday Islands, and snorkel in the kaleidoscopic Great Barrier Reef. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAOABC

inclusions Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), cabin (1 nt) (all nights multi-share) Transport: Private vehicle, maxi yacht, boat, train, 4WD, ferry Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included

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• Support Aboriginal youth in Tully • Anchor off the shores of tropical islands • Sailing around the stunning Whitsundays

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• Snorkel kaleidoscopic coral reefs • Opt to canoe around the Noosa Everglades • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Brisbane / Fraser Island Arrive at any time in Queensland's booming capital and take a walk down to the river for coffee-mad cafés, gourmet restaurants and lively music venues. The next day, you'll travel by 4WD and ferry to the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. This UNESCO-listed island is incredibly rich in wildlife, and is a massive 122km long! The landscape here ranges from ever-transforming dunes to dark motionless lakes, making for eye-widening views. (B, L)

Day 3-4 Fraser Island / Noosa Everglades Spend the morning of Day 3 exploring by 4WD to see the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights. Journey on to the Noosa Everglades, a great place for waddling, paddling and wildlife spotting. Situated within the Cooloola National Park, the Noosa Everglades are home to an impressive 44 per cent of the entirety of Aussie birdlife. And, nine of their deadliest snakes! Here you can choose to go canoeing or kayaking along the calm waters before bedding down on an overnight train to Airlie Beach. But don't worry, no crocs here, as the water is too cold for them. (B)

Day 5-7 Whitsunday Islands Sailing / Airlie Beach Hopefully you got a good night's sleep as Day 5 marks the start of your maxi yacht sailing adventure! Setting off from the marina in Airlie Beach, you'll spend three days on the open water around the absolutely stunning Whitsunday Islands. The climate tends to be tropical here all year round, so you'll be able to enjoy good weather at any time! It's definitely sunny-side up in these islands which boast of 274 days of sunshine a year. Not bad? Kick back on countless white sand beaches, stretch your sea legs on various island bush walks including one to a lookout over Whitehaven Beach, and take some time to explore the underwater worlds with your flippers and snorkel. Fringing busy reefs and island bays, you're likely to spot batfish, parrotfish, clownfish and more. Each night you'll anchor just off a secluded tropical island so you can fall asleep under the stars, bliss. Enjoy a final morning of sailing before heading back to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing. (2B, L, 2D)

Like that? Try this… Customise your trip Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Take a catamaran to the world’s largest coral reef system and don your snorkel.  Fr $127 Extend your trip Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime (12 days, Brisbane - Cairns) (GAOAQE)  Fr $2,249 Most of the Coast (16 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOASC)  Fr $2,999 East Coast Encompassed (18 days, Sydney - Cairns) (GAOAEC)  Fr $3,199

Day 8-10 Tully / Cairns This morning we'll catch a train north to the tiny town of Tully. Whilst here we'll visit Café Chloe, a vocational training café for young Aboriginal people. Using the re-purposed railway station, this G for Good project offers lunches and weaving or arts workshops to travellers. By supporting the development of the café, we are providing at-risk Aboriginal youth with an opportunity to learn skills that will help them find jobs, while also connecting with and preserving their own culture. Continue on to Cairns where you'll have some free time to get active. Random fact, did you know that Cairns was home to Australia's largest moth? Probably not. The Hercules moth can be found in Tropical North Queensland, and the wings of females can span up to 27cm in length. Don your gear and go diving in the colourful Great Barrier Reef, hit the heights and get your pulse racing with bungy jumping or skydiving, or grab a paddle and go whitewater rafting. Cap it all off with a big night out in Cairns and depart at any time on Day 10. (L)

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DARWIN TO ADELAIDE SAFARI 13 DAYS, Darwin

$1,454

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Adelaide

Small Group Adventure

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• Sunsets at stunning Uluru • Leisure time at Alice Springs • Learn about Aboriginal art

• Swim in waterfalls at Kakadu • Look out for crocs and more • Tour an opal mining town

From Darwin, head to Kakadu National Park to spot crocs on an included cruise along the Mary River and visit Ubirr's Aboriginal rock art. Learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout before bedding down at your campsite. On Day 2, travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls, then continue to Litchfield National Park. The next day, explore the park's waterfalls, termite mounds and rock holes before returning to Darwin. On Day 4, travel south to Alice Springs. Spend the afternoon at Katherine Gorge. If the season's right, you may be able to canoe through the gorge. Spend the next morning soaking in the Mataranka thermal pools, call by the Daly Waters Pub then continue to Banka Banka cattle station. Next morning, pass Tennant Creek and Devil's Marbles (Karlu Karlu) en route to Alice Springs. (4B, 6L, 4D)

Day 7-10 Alice Springs / Kings Canyon / Uluru / Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Enjoy a day at leisure in Alice Springs then continue through the rugged Outback to Uluru on Day 8. Learn about the region's indigenous history at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre before taking a guided walk around the base of The Rock. Finish the day with an incredible sunset before snuggling inside your swag under the starstudded desert sky. Wake early and head for Kata Tjuta for sunrise, then hike around the Valley of the Winds and cool off in your campground's pool that evening. Day 10, go to Watarrka National Park for a walk around Kings Canyon. (2B, 3L, 3D)

Day 11-13 Uluru / Coober Pedy / Wilmington / Adelaide Next up is Coober Pedy for a glimpse at the opal capital and a night in an underground bunkhouse! En route, stop at Josephine's Kangaroo Orphanage. In the morning you'll journey into the Flinders Ranges, stopping at Pimba for a look at the salt lakes. After a night among the gum trees of Wilmington, take a walk through Alligator Gorge and try spotting wallabies. Then, head back to Adelaide. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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inclusions Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Camping (8 nts), multi-share accommodation (3 nts), multi-share in underground bunkhouse (1 nt) Transport: 4WD, minibus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Includes: Camping equipment. Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for AUD $30 Note: Trip is also available in reverse,departing on Tuesdays and selected Saturdays (ADLPAC) Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: DRWDAR/ADLPAC

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ROCK PATROL 6 DAYS, Adelaide

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Small Group Adventure

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• Awe at the Flinders Ranges • Spend a night underground • Enjoy an Uluru sunset

• Learn of Aboriginal culture • Walk the Valley of the Winds • Chill at the Garden of Eden

Day 1 Adelaide / Wilmington Start your adventure travelling through the vineyards of the Clare Valley wine region, then head into the rugged Outback through the historic town of Melrose, gateway to the Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a stroll through Alligator Gorge, then move on to the town of Wilmington. (L, D)

Day 2 Coober Pedy

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Journey on to Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world. On a tour of an underground mine and Opal Mining Museum, learn about the history of Coober Pedy. Then, get close to some cuddly kangaroos at Josephine's Kangaroo Centre. Tonight, do as the locals do and escape underground for a night's rest. (B, L, D)

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Day 3-4 Kata Tjuta / Kings Canyon Hit the road to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), then take a walk in the Valley of the Winds. Next, continue on to Kings Canyon Resort where, on Day 4, a hike along the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) awaits you along with a visit to the Garden of Eden waterhole. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 5-6 Uluru / Alice Springs Today is all about Uluru. Set up camp, learn all about the local Aboriginal history at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and enjoy a unique, and very colourful, sunset. On Day 6, spend more time at the popular monolith, walking around its base and listening to the stories of local Aboriginal people. End in Alice Springs. (2B, 2L, D)

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inclusions Accommodation: Camping, sleeping swag included (4 nts), multi-share hostel dorm (1 nt). Option to upgrade to own dome tent or private cabin for 3 of the nights Transport: Minibus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Experienced guide Group Size: Max 21 Note: Trip is also available in reverse (Alice Springs to Adelaide), departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (Dec-Mar) and Wednesdays and Sundays (Apr-Nov) Tour Code: ADLROP

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4WD OVERNIGHT DINGO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 2 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

Small Group Adventure

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• Endless Star dining experience • Explore rocky Kata Tjuta • Visit the indigenous cultural centre

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

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Uluru

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents (1 nt) Transport: Air con 4WD vehicle Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: National Park fee of AUD $25 not included (required until 31Mar19 Tour Code: AYQODD/ASPODD

• See the sunset at Uluru • Camp in the Outback • Hike the Valley of the Winds

This is the ideal way for anyone short on time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta, two of the Outback's most recognisable features. Leave Alice Springs early in the morning or join the tour at Uluru after lunch, where your tour jumps right in at the base of the sacred rock. Meet your Aboriginal guide for a cultural experience, then visit the local cultural centre to learn about Aboriginal law and religion. After a special Uluru sunset, head to your private campsite for an Endless Star dining experience then retire to your swag or permanent tent (beds included). The following day, watch the sunrise over Uluru from a nearby lookout and head for the rocky domes of Kata Tjuta for a hike through the Valley of the Winds. After lunch, return to the Yulara Ayers Rock Resort or the airport to catch your onwards flight.

COCKATOO DREAMING RED CENTRE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Alice Springs/Uluru

$329

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Alice Springs

Small Group Adventure • Watch the sunrise at Uluru • Hike to Kata Tjuta • Go off the beaten track

Uluru, Outback

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Swag camping (2 nts) Transport: Minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Day 1 lunch not included for Uluru departures) Group Leader: Tour guide Note: Bring your own sleeping bag or hire one for AUD $30. National Park fee of AUD $25 not included (required until 31Mar19) Tour Code: AYQCOC/ASPCOC

highlights

• Hike the Valley of the Winds • Camp under the open Outback sky • Visit Kings Canyon

After leaving early from Alice Springs, make your way towards the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a park owned by the indigenous Anangu people. Enjoy an informative walk at the base of Uluru, its unmistakable icon, before settling in for a dramatic sunset. After a campfire dinner and some stargazing under the clear Outback sky, bed down in a traditional swag or a pop-up tent (at extra cost). The following morning, get up in time to watch an Uluru sunrise then head to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the Valley of the Winds and continue on to your next campsite at Kings Creek Station. Start Day 3 with a guided walk to see the towering walls and plateaux of Watarrka (Kings Canyon), including rock formations such as the Amphitheatre and the Lost City, before your return to Alice Springs.

4WD DRAGONFLY DREAMING TOP END SAFARI 3 DAYS, Darwin

$670

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Darwin Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise the Kakadu wetlands • See Aboriginal rock art • Explore Litchfield National Park

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Comfort camping in permanent tents or en suite lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Modern air con 4WD vehicle Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 17 Note: Access to some falls may be seasonal. National park fee not included Tour Code: DRWDRA

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• Kakadu National Park visit • Spot mighty saltwater crocs • Explore Litchfield National Park

Kick off with a visit to the famous Litchfield National Park and discover giant termite mounds, rugged sandstone escarpments and the Florence and Wangi Falls (seasonal). After lunch, venture off-road into the mighty Kakadu National Park. Bed down for the night in a permanent tent, then start Day 2 spotting giant saltwater crocs on a Yellow Waters Cruise. Visit the Aboriginal art sites of Nourlangie and Ubirr and where you can see how the local indigenous people have lived in the area through the generations. Later on, watch the sunset over the floodplains of Kakadu. On Day 3, visit the Twin and Jim Jim Falls (seasonal and only accessible by 4WD), surrounded by imposing 150 metre high cliffs. That afternoon, head back to Darwin and arrive in time for the early evening. Note that an upgraded lodge option is also available.

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EXMOUTH EXPLORER 7 DAYS, Perth

$991

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Perth Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Experienced guide Group Size: Max 24 Tour Code: PEREXE

inclusions Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays Accommodation: Multi-share dorms (6 nts). Upgrades available Transport: Bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Note: Ensure you pack appropriately for all weather conditions

• Visit the limestone Pinnacles Desert • Explore Kalbarri National Park • Spot the dolphins at Monkey Mia

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• Snorkel your way around Ningaloo Reef • See canyons at Cape Range National Park • Spend quality time with Aussie wildlife

Day 1 Perth / Kalbarri Start the tour sandboarding the huge white dunes of Lancelin. Follow up with a guided tour through the limestone pillars and yellow sand dunes of the Pinnacles Desert, and dig into lunch by the sea. You'll then journey up the Indian Ocean Drive with great coastal views. After a quick stop at Geraldton and then it's on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for the night, known for its seaside cliffs and estuary beach and wild pelicans. (L, D)

Day 2-3 Kalbarri National Park / Shark Bay / Coral Bay Day 2 begins with a visit to Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone, you're going to want to have the batteries charged for the pics here guys. Opt to give abseiling a go and if you're here during wildflower season, you'll be spoilt with colour. Take your gram pic at Nature's Window before strolling a beach made up of tiny shells. Spot dolphins on Day 3 at Monkey Mia, chill out at the beach, coffee and dinner at nearby restaurants before hitting the road again. See the stromatolites at Shark Bay, one of only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites exist. Then rest-up and tuck in for the night at your accommodation in Coral Bay. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-5 Coral Bay / Exmouth You have Day 4 to explore Ningaloo Reef at your own pace, choose to join a boat tour or just spend your time swimming off the magnificent beaches. You can spot hundreds of exotic marine species here like whale sharks, humpback whales, and turtles. Worth a mention is that over 500 species of fish live here, so it would be best to pop the snorkel on and discover it for yourself. After all that swimming, opt to sink your teeth into the quintessential Aussie snack, the humble meat pie. Stroll along the beach and visit the shark nursery, opt to swim with the manta rays or snorkel on the reef. Take a short drive along the peninsula to Exmouth for the night. Adventure through Cape Range National Park on Day 5, here you'll find rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and only 50km of pristine beach... nothing to brag about. Relax on the beach or choose to snorkel the Turquoise Bay, visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and more before returning to your accommodation in the late arvo. (2B, L, 2D)

Day 6-7 Exmouth / Northbrook / Perth Rise and shine on Day 6 with a visit at Carnarvon and visit on the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal) staying overnight on an Australian wheat farm. Make your way back to Perth on Day 7 with a scenic drive in the countryside. You'll stop along the way at Greenough Wildlife Park where you can say g'day to wonderful Aussie wildlife and meet one of the country's national emblems, the kangaroo. Kick back and settle in on the bus for the last stretch of the drive into Perth. Drop-offs start at about 6:30pm and then you're free to go and explore Perth, Australia's most isolated capital but the country's sunniest! (2B, 2L, D)

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Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef

Nature's Window, Kalbarri National Park

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A true blue Aussie tour that takes you to some of the best natural wonders in Australia from the Pinnacles Desert to canyoning in Cape Range National Park. Mingle with dolphins, take in coastal scenery, snorkel Ningaloo Reef, sand board huge dunes and unwind and swim in secluded bays, ah the serenity!


SYDNEY & BONDI stylish suburbs and city surfin' AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

We can't blame Sydneysiders for showing off. We've lost many a good traveller to Sydney's sophisticated suburbs and urban charms. Grand plans of conquering Oz get lost in the spell of Saturday markets, surfer-strewn Sunday beaches and swanky pubs. If you're just passing through, scratch beneath the harbourfront sparkle and hostel happy hours to get disco-feverish on Oxford Street or sort through vintage in Newtown.

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SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA THE ROCKS

$41

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DORM

ARTS HOTEL

$123 $62

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Quite literally in the rocks, just up the hill from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Rocks.

Location: Based in the fashionable suburb of Paddington, surrounded by boutiques, bookstores, cafés, and art galleries.

Vibe: Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, this is the daddy of YHAs and is more grown-up than other hostels.

Vibe: Family-run. Get a more personal experience away from the big chain hotels.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Air con • In-room lockers • Rooftop terrace • Communal kitchen • Café and dining area • TV lounge • Harbour and bridge views • Daily activities

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor solar-heated pool • Garden courtyard • Free bike rental • Daily walking tours • 24-hour reception

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VIBE HOTEL SYDNEY

$223 $112

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

$33

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FULL DAY

LEARN TO SURF ON BONDI BEACH

$65

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FULL DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: City-centre spot, a few of blocks away from Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Vibe: Easy-going hotel where style and convenience reign supreme. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • iPod docking station • Rooftop pool • Restaurant • Café • Gym • Sauna STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-09AUG19, 12AUG19-30SEP19, 15DEC19-29DEC19, 02JAN20-24JAN20

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Step inside the theatres and foyers that bring over 1,800 performances to life each year. Learn how Jørn Utzon's vision came to be, and capture photographs from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public. Upgrade to the Backstage tour for a behind the scenes experience with an included showbiz breakfast. SYDOPE

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Catch your first wave at Bondi Beach and be part of this great Aussie institution. Learn surf awareness and safety, paddling techniques, tips on catching the surf and most importantly - how to stand up! And, as part of a group no bigger than five per one super-experienced instructor, you'll receive plenty of hands-on help. SYDBSE


MELBOURNE & BEYOND musos, museums & macchiatos AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Melbourne is… street art, music, sports, pop-up bars and coffee. It's edgy boutiques and thrift markets, vintage shops and al fresco restaurants. Basically, it's a big sprawl of awesome and we love it. As a rule, backpackers make for beachy Phillip Island where surfers flock alongside fairy penguins. For a taste of hipster Oz, follow the beards to trendy Fitzroy where alternative culture reigns supreme. Bring your fixie bike and wayfarers. Rock Solid

Shoestring

BASE MELBOURNE, ST. KILDA

$23 $43

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

CAUSEWAY INN ON THE MALL

$121 $61

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

ROOM ONLY

Location: Around the corner from Luna Park, close to St. Kilda and the hipster hangout of Carlisle Street.

Location: Situated right on Bourke Street Mall, surrounded by some of Melbourne's best cafés and boutique shops.

Vibe: Named as one of the world's hippest hostels by Lonely Planet, Base is ideal for those on a budget.

Vibe: Cosy hotel set within a 1920s commercial building. Choose a city view room for the best wake-up view.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Shared TV lounge • Games room • Luggage storage • Laundry • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Blackout curtains • Breakfast room • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cost)

MELBBP

FREE ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER: MIN STAY 3 NIGHTS

GREAT OCEAN ROAD EXPERIENCE

$104

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FULL DAY

Head out on one of the world's most spectacular drives heading first to Kennet River to see koalas in the wild. Enjoy lunch in Apollo Bay, home to rugged coastline and beautiful beaches. Afterwards, go for a short walk in the Otway Ranges, admiring some of the tallest trees in the world. Visit the Twelve Apostles, the extraordinary rock formations at Loch Ard Gorge and if weather permits, the fallen London Bridge - an unforgettable day trip. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Air con minibus Includes: Melbourne pick-up/drop-off, sightseeing as per itinerary, entry fees, morning tea, free Wi-Fi on journey home, experienced driver/guide Tour Code: MELGUR

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STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19–31AUG19; 01DEC19–24DEC19; 02JAN20–07JAN20

PENGUIN PARADE & KOALA HIGHLIGHTS

$108

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FULL DAY

Visit an Aussie wildlife park to meet the kangaroos and see friendly koalas. Travel on to Phillip Island, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Check out the giant surf at Woolamai Beach and stroll the Nobbies' boardwalk to view the rocky coast, home to a colony of fur seals. Enjoy dinner then on to the penguin parade to witness the world's smallest penguins emerging from the sea and waddling ashore at sunset. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Air con minibus Includes: Melbourne pick-up/drop-off, sightseeing as per itinerary, entry fees, free Wi-Fi on journey home, experienced driver/guide Tour Code: MELPPP

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QUEENSLAND HELLO PARADISE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Join the ranks in Queensland to get involved with their slow pace of life and all-round good vibes. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, juicy jungles, crashing waterfalls, white-sandy beaches and class hiking ops, outdoor adventures will be right on your doorstep. Feel the rapids white water rafting in Cairns, sail the Whitsundays, go diving & snorkelling to admire kaleidoscopic marine life and choose from over 1,000 National Parks to explore! Winning.

Shoestring

NOMADS BRISBANE

$19 $27

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Class Act

VIBE HOTEL GOLD COAST

ROOM ONLY

$133 $67

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FR

Shoestring

BASE AIRLIE BEACH RESORT

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

$22 $37

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Facing Central Station, it's only a short walk from Southbank Parklands.

Location: Overlooking the Nerang River, a short walk from Surfers Paradise Beach.

Location: Three minutes away from the harbour, in six acres of tropical gardens.

Vibe: Bubbly hostel with five floors built for social butterflies.

Vibe: Simplicity and style, offering spacious rooms in a convenient location.

Vibe: Simple, basic rooms for tight purse strings and social butterflies.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms •In-room lockers • Rooftop terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Shared kitchen

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Pool bar • Hot tub • Restaurant • Gym

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area

BNEPAL

20% DISCOUNT ON FOOD AND DRINKS

STAY 4 PAY 3: 08APR19-28JUN19, 01JUL19-30SEP19

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Glampacker

GILLIGAN'S RESORT

GZCBAB

WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL

Rock Solid

$17 $53

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

BAY VILLAGE TROPICAL RETREAT

ROOM ONLY

$141 $71

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FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated in the heart of Cairns, next door to the famous Rusty's Market and just a short walk from the marina.

Location: Just two minutes' walk from the Cairns Esplanade waterfront and a short drive from the airport.

Vibe: The ultimate poshtel experience. A fab blend of flashpacker dorms and modern hotel rooms.

Vibe: A boutique-style Cairns retreat with plenty of rejuvenating qualities. Set amid lush tropical gardens.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Poolside bar • Nightclub • DJs • Bike rental • ATM • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Balinese restaurant • Barbecue area • Luggage storage • Laundry • Free on-site parking

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FRASER ISLAND COOL DINGO TOUR 2 DAYS, Rainbow Beach

$295

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Hervey Bay

• Swim in Lake Mckenzie • Check out Pine Valley forest • See turtles at Basin Lake

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm lodge accommodation (1-4 nts) Transport: Ferry, 4WD coach Meals: All meals on tour Includes: Driver guide, national park fees, return Fraser Island ferry Tour Code: HVBO1N/RUBCOD

• Discover 75-mile beach • Meander rainbow beaches • Soak in Champagne pools

See with the sights of Fraser Island in just two days with this quick and easy cover-all-your-bases tour. This spectacular island has taken around 800,000 thousand years to develop, and it is still developing today. On your first day, start with a morning swim in the beautiful waters of Lake McKenzie, limber up for a walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek and check out the giant forest of Pile Valley. Round off your outdoorsy day checking out the resident turtles at Basin Lake. On the next day, explore the endless stretches of sand at 75 Mile beach, float down Eli Creek and visit the Maheno shipwreck. There'll also be viewpoints to discover, rainbow beaches to lounge on and Champagne Pools to soak in before returning to Hervey Bay. Don't forget your swimsuit, camera and some sturdy footwear for your walks!

WHITSUNDAYS MAXI SAILING 2 DAYS, Whitsundays

$283

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Whitsundays

• Stay on a Formula One yacht • Opt to sleep under the stars • Enjoy BYOB on the boat

Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitsundays

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared dorms in a cabin (1 nt) Group Size: Max 24 Meals: All meals including morning tea and pre-dinner snacks Tour Code: GZC2SF

PASSIONS OF PARADISE

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• Make new friends on board • Included meals aboard the yacht • Enjoy gorgeous surroundings

Ships ahoy! This Formula One of yachts is, unsurprisingly, one of the fastest out there. And that means you have more ground to cover! This is the perfect way to experience the Whitsundays without the added hassle of having to organise any excursions - it's all done for you! Bask in your gorgeous surroundings, swim to your heart's content and make the most of the BYOB policy, it's pretty great. Sit back with a beer in hand, make new-found traveller friends, and get your fill of sun, sea and R&R. Choose to sleep up on the deck for the opportunity to star gaze as you drift off - pretty magical. See if you can spot the flying saucer! Fancy extending your trip? We certainly would! Ask your Travel Expert about day sailing trips and 2-night/3-night options on a variety of different style boats from catamarans to tall ships.

$127

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FULL DAY

CAPE TRIBULATION GO WILD OVERNIGHT

$161

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2 DAYS

Travel on a brand new luxury high-speed catamaran to two Outer Reef destinations chosen from a selection of 26 exclusive locations and explore the Great Barrier Reef your way. Enjoy a snorkelling tour or try your hand at scuba diving. Get up close to a giant Maori wrasse, follow a turtle over coral gardens or swim with a reef shark. Beginners can opt for an intro scuba dive lesson, or more experienced divers can opt for a certified guided dive.

On Day 1, head to Port Douglas to the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary and cross the Daintree River and travel through Daintree National Park to your beachfront accommodation. After a tropical lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Cape Tribulation. Next day, you can enjoy free time or opt in to activities such as horse-riding or jungle surfing. The return journey includes a guided rainforest walk, the Alexandra Lookout and a Daintree River Cruise.

Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Snorkelling gear, guided snorkelling tours, tea, coffee, wetsuit hire, certified eco guides on board Bonus Offer: Pre-purchase this package to receive AUD $20 bar tab and free wetsuit hire Tour Code: CNSPAS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared room in beach house (1 nt) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Mini-coach, boat Includes: Return transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas, Wildlife Habitat entry, rainforest walk, river cruise Tour Code: PTITJS/CNSTJS

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Fraser Island

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KIWIANA PANORAMA 16 DAYS, Auckland

$2,565

FR

Christchurch Exclusively for 18-35s

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

The ideal trip for any New Zealand newcomer, Kiwiana Panorama will take you around the country's hottest spots in just 16 days. See some of the world's most picturesque valleys, get up close to fascinating Maori culture, and give your ticker a good workout with some hardcore adrenalin activities. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: CONPZA

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Day 1-2 Auckland / Rotorua

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• Taste a Maori hangi feast in Rotorua • Pass the 'Lord of the Rings' country • Cruise via the Marlborough Sounds

Jan

• Unleash your wild side in Queenstown • Take a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride • See Auckland's iconic harbour

Departures 2019/20

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Jan 20

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), lodges (7 nts) special stopover (1 nt) , Transport: Modern air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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Meet your group in Auckland, then set off for Hobbiton, the 'Shire' made for 'Lord of the Rings'. Continue to the thermal mud pools of Rotorua for a Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner. Then get the next day to explore on your own. How about a downhill race inside a transparent Ogo ball? (B, D)

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Day 3-4 Rotorua / Lake Taupo / Mount Ruapehu Leave the steaming pools of Rotorua for Lake Taupo today. En route you'll stop to see the furry flightless emblem of New Zealand, the kiwi. Then to Huka Falls and the popular resort town of Lake Taupo in time for an evening cruise. Spend the next day around Mount Ruapehu where you can take a mountain bike round the trails and sleep at a heritage lodge by the base of the mountain. Between July and September you can spend these days skiing Ruapehu's snow fields. (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Mount Ruapehu / Wellington Hit the Desert Road on Day 5 and make your way to capital Wellington. Find your feet with a guided tour and find out all about Welly's galleries, street festivals and trendy bars. And the nightlife? With a free day ahead of you tomorrow, you can go as hard as you want. (2B)

Day 7-9 Marlborough Sounds / Christchurch / Franz Josef Glacier Next up is the South Island. The ferry ride through Marlborough Sounds is among the most beautiful in the world and things get even better on dry land as you continue down the coast of Kaikoura to Christchurch. Stay the night, then head west on Day 8 through the Southern Alps to Hokitika, and later on to Franz Josef. This immense glacier is yours to explore on Day 9, with optional activities including hikes, ice climbing and even a heli-hike tour (the budget stretch is definitely worth it!). (3B, D)

Reverse your trip Kiwiana Panorama (16 days, Christchurch - Auckland) (CONPZC)  Fr $2,515 End in Queenstown Kiwiana Panorama (14 days, Auckland - Queenstown) (CONBZA)  Fr $2,225 Start in Queenstown Kiwiana Panorama (14 days, Queenstown - Auckland) (CONBZC)  Fr $2,175

Day 10-13 Wanaka / Queenstown Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife at Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls, and visit lakeside Wanaka en route to Queenstown. Take a ride on the Shotover Jet followed by a night on the tiles with your group before two whole days of adrenalin chasing. (4B, D)

Auckland Rotorua

Day 14-16 Arrowtown / Dunedin / Lake Ohau / Christchurch Leave the adventure capital this morning and make your way to studentville, Dunedin. Check out Speight's Brewery for a Kiwi beer tasting then make your way to the city's nightlife centre, The Octagon. The next day, visit the giant beach boulders at Moeraki en route to Lake Ohau. Enjoy epic views of Mt. Cook, and opt for a scenic glacier flight before returning to Christchurch, where the trip ends. (3B, D)

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Malborough Sounds Wellington Kaikoura Franz Josef / Fox Glacier Wanaka

Christchurch Lake Ohau

Queenstown Arrowtown Dunedin

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NEW ZEALAND EXPRESS 9 DAYS, Auckland

$2,699

FR

Queenstown Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Any age Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAONAQ

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included

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Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Cruise around Doubtful Sound • See the 'Adventure Capital of the World' • G for Good Collection

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• Visit the famous Waitomo Caves • Learn about Maori culture • Tuck into a barbecue at Lake Tekapo

My Own Room Available: Fr $999

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Day 1-2 Auckland / Rotorua Touch down into New Zealand's capital at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. Otherwise known as the 'City of Sails', there's plenty to keep you busy while you're here. Have some fish and chips and an ice cream by the Pacific Ocean in Mission Bay, go wine tasting on Waiheke Island or get the adrenalin going by throwing yourself off the Sky Tower; the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The next day, head south to the Waitomo Caves, a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Opt to take a trip underground to spot the famous glowworms, or go on a walk and enjoy the views. Continue to Rotorua, known for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, hot springs and fascinating Maori Culture. (B)

Day 3-4 Rotorua / Christchurch Enjoy free time in the North Island's self-proclaimed 'adrenalin capital' on Day 3. Opt to go whitewater rafting or zorbing (i.e. throwing yourself down a hill in a giant inflatable hamster ball), hit up a nearby spa for some proper R&R or journey into Middle Earth with a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Later that evening, learn more about the Maori culture with a local dinner experience. On Day 4, enjoy a free morning exploring the rest of Rotorua; a visit to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute or Rotorua Museum perhaps? That afternoon, hop aboard a flight to Christchurch, situated on the eastern coast of the South Island. On arrival, enjoy an orientation walk of the city with your Chief Experience Officer. (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Christchurch / Lake Tekapo / Queenstown Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city from a G for Good-supported local non-profit organization, focusing on history, nature, Maori culture and the future for Christchurch. The city was hit by a massive earthquake back in 2011; many buildings were completely demolished and, sadly, 185 people lost their lives. Since then, the city has tried to rebuild and remould itself, and you'll get the chance to find out all about this process from your guide. Later on, drive to the stunning Lake Tekapo and lend a hand at a traditional Kiwi barbecue. The next day, set off for Mt. Cook National Park and enjoy a morning hike. Learn about the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the visitor's centre, then stop by a vineyard for a wine tasting session on your way to Queenstown. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Doubtful Sound / Queenstown Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound of a cruise around the region. Keep a look out for some of the local wildlife and waterfalls along the way. Head back to Queenstown, the so-called 'Adventure Capital of the World', and enjoy a free day on Day 8. Opt to fling yourself off a bridge with a bungy cord attached, go skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Looking to take it a little slower? Why not catch the gondola up to the top of Bob's Peak for some great views? Toast your trip with a night out in the town's bars, restaurants and clubs, then head off on Day 9. (3B, L)

Auckland Rotorua N EW

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Christchurch Lake Tekapo

Queenstown Doubtful Sound

Auckland, North Island

Rotorua, North Island

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New Zealand has plenty to offer all kinds of travellers, but if you're running short on time, this option is a humdinger. Start in Auckland then head south to Christchurch via Rotorua. End up in the far south for adrenalin aplenty and some pretty epic scenery.


BEST OF THE NORTH ISLAND 7 DAYS, Auckland

$929

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Wellington

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Opt to go caving in Waitomo • Surf world famous waves • Party on down in Wellington

Day 1-3 Auckland / Raglan Arrive in Auckland on Day 1 and meet your group. The next morning, a scenic drive takes you to a conservation farm whose ecosystem attracts native birds and animals back to the region. Sea kayak to a nearby harbour for lunch. Soak up Raglan's laid-back way of life at a lodge overlooking the Tasman Sea, and get ready for an included surf lesson and an afternoon of optional yoga or mountain biking. (2B, L, D) Tongariro National Park, North Island

Day 4 Waitomo / Rotorua Start your day with an optional caving trip or inner-tube ride through a unique glowworm cave at Waitomo then make your way to geothermal Rotorua to check out its bubbling mud pools and geysers. Get to know the locals on an evening visit to a Marae (Maori meeting place) with a local Maori guide. You'll have a traditional feast after a welcoming ceremony and to learn the legendary Haka. (B)

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Head to the capital, Wellington, and check out Te Papa, the fascinating National Museum brimming with historical artefacts. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city or stroll along Oriental Parade and then finish with a big night out with your group. The trip wraps up on Day 7 at any time. (2B)

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Spend a night near the shores of Lake Taupo. Whilst here, opt for white water rafting, mountain biking, relax at a geothermal park with multicoloured pools, hit up a nearby spa or journey into Middle Earth on a Hobbiton Tour. (B)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts), basic lodges (2 nts). Most multi-share Transport: Private vehicle, kayak Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 20, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAONNI

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• Kayak near pretty Raglan • Conquer Tongariro in season • Gain insight into Maori life

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Day 1-3 Auckland / Paihia / Hokianga Short of actually discovering Middle Earth, this small group adventure hits every North Island highlight. Leaving Auckland for Paihia on Day 1, kick things off on Day 2 with a Hole in the Rock cruise in the Bay of Islands - eyes peeled for wild dolphins! Continue on to Hokianga Harbour and opt for a Maori-guided twilight encounter to see the God of the Forest, the world's largest kauri tree. Sandboarding is next up (weather permitting) before heading south through the Waipoua Forest to Kai Iwi Lakes. Swim or laze on the white beaches, then return to Auckland. (2B, 2D)

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Day 4-7 Auckland / Hahei (Coromandel) / Rotorua / Tongariro N.P. Drive on to coastal Hahei, where you can takea coastal walk to the iconic Cathedral Cove, followed by a classic Kiwi barbecue for dinner. The next morning, visit Hot Water Beach en route to Rotorua. Catch the tide right, and dig up your own hot tub in the sand! Later tonight, enjoy an interactive Maori culture performance, followed by a free day where you can opt to go white water rafting, mountain biking or ziplining. Alternatively, head to the famous movie set, Hobbiton. On Day 7, opt to hike on the famous Tongariro Crossing. Rated as New Zealand's best one-day walk, it's one for the bucket list! Alternatively, sign up to a shorter walk in the volcanic region and visit a Volcanic Centre Museum (at extra cost). (3B, L, 3D)

Day 8-10 Blue Duck Station / Wellington / Auckland On Day 7, head to the remote Blue Duck Station for a 4WD eco farm adventure. Then, it's on to the capital Wellington for craft beer sampling and a visit to the Te Papa National Museum. If you're a fan of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Avatar', make sure you check out the famous Weta Workshop. Your tour comes to an end in Auckland on Day 10. (3B, D)

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Departs: Sundays (Oct-Apr) Accommodation: Quad-share hostel (3 nts), lodge/cabin (6 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Transport: Minibus, ferry Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 24 Includes: Hole in the Rock boat cruise, sandboarding, Kaimoana cooking class, Interactive cultural performance and hangi dinner, 4WD eco farm tour Note: In off-peak season (May-Sep) a different 13-day tour operates on Saturdays (dorm-share in hostels/lodges) and may have a group size bigger than 24 people (AKLDFN) Tour Code: AKLFNI


'SWEET AS' SOUTH 9 DAYS, Christchurch

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Day 1-2 Christchurch / Lake Ohau / Dunedin Meet your group in Christchurch, start the journey through Mackenzie Country, and stop at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Geraldine on the way. Arrive into Lake Ohau and awe at imposing Mt. Cook and the surrounding Southern Alps. Wake up on Day 2 for the drive down to Dunedin, packed with history and Scottish heritage. En route, stop at the Benmore Dam and sneak a peek at Moeraki, where large spherical boulders are located right on the beach. Arrive in the city and check out the world's steepest street – Baldwin Street – and enjoy a tasting session at the iconic Speight's Brewery. (B, D)

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Day 3-6 Queenstown From party town to adventure town as you head to Queenstown this morning. On Day 4, you'll have the chance to take a ride through the canyons of the Shotover River on the famous Shotover Jet. Spend the afternoon finding your feet before joining the other night owls for an epic night on the town! Heavy head or not, you'll need to get up early on Day 5 to start planning the next two days of activities - you have a lot to get through! For bungy, where better than the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge, where commercial bungy was born? Been there, done that? Choose from a sky swing, an 109m high canyon swing, white water rafting, horse riding, skydiving - pause for breath - funyaks (inflatable kayak), trail hiking, or visit to Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. (4B, D)

Day 4-6 Ski Queenstown (Upgrade Option) Want to 'carve up' some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you're travelling in July or August! Opt to hit the awesome slopes either by ski or board for two full days! (3B, D)

Day 7-8 Franz Josef Glacier Leave Queenstown behind and check out the lakeside beauty of Wanaka on your way to NZ's pin-up spot, the almighty Franz Josef Glacier. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife as you head through the stunning Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls. Day 8, get out there and hit the ice! It's completely up to you how you tackle Franz Josef Glacier; choose from a variety of optional walks, hikes or heli-rides, or opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over Mt. Cook. (2B, D)

Day 9 Franz Josef Glacier / Christchurch Make tracks through the Southern Alps and check out traditional Maori greenstone carving in the gold rush town of Hokitika, and take a look at traditional Maori art. Then travel along the old trade route through Arthur's Pass, admire the scenery as you cross the Southern Alps. Your trip wraps up in the hipster capital of Christchurch, so grab a craft beer and get exploring! (B)

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Wanaka Queenstown Dunedin

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Moeraki Boulders, South Island

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Unleash your wild side as you embark on a nine-day journey through New Zealand's scenic southern region. From the base of Mt. Cook to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier, and with the adventure capital Queenstown, and student town of Dunedin thrown in the mix, you will get your teeth into all things Kiwi!


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Trek through mystic jungle, navigate your way through cloud forests and uncover the mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Pichu on this otherworldly trek. See more of The Inca Trail on pages 151-152, 154-155 & 157. RIO CARNIVAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Five days of samba-fuelled revelry, this is the biggest celebration of music, dance and outrageously feathery outfits in the world. See more of Rio Carnival on page 169. WILDLIFE IN COSTA RICA

Find exotic birds, sleepy sloths, ambling tortoises, poisonous snakes, tapir, cheeky monkeys, colourful frogs and much more here. See more of Costa Rica on pages 174-176.

ANCIENT SITES, MEXICO

You can't get away from them in this region of Central America. You've got Chitchén Itzá, Tikal and the Teotihuacán Pyramids! See more of Mexico on pages 177-179. RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU

Hard to find (and quite the trek), do it over a couple of hours or over six days. Either way, the rewards are plentiful. See more of Peru on pages 151-159.

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With this easy touring concept, make an entire continent your playground. Each segment of the Great South American Journey is designed to run back-to-back, so you have the flexibility to choose just one bitesized segment or mix and match your favourite chunks into a custom-fit route. If time's on your side, why not do the entire trip? Seven countries and 65 days of amazing scenery and unique experiences could equal the trip of a lifetime.

QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTURE QUITO

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$1,399

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Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, the Amazon and the Pacific Coast. From Quito, head into the Amazon Rainforest for a jungle homestay and venture off on guided nature walks to appreciate the rainforest and its staggering animal and plant biodiversity. Head on to travel through colonial cities, Inca ruins, surf towns and arid deserts en route to the Peruvian capital, Lima.

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Three weeks in Peru and Bolivia could be nothing less than frantic, inspiring and absolutely bonkers - pretty much all at the same time. Starting from Lima, visit the Nazca Lines, see soaring condors above the Colca Canyon and hang out with the locals of Lake Titicaca before hiking the famous Inca Trail. Watching dawn break over Machu Picchu is definitely one for the ages, and certainly an experience you'll never forget.

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Starting in the middle of traffic chaos and the Witch Market in La Paz, this trip then leads you through the vast expanses of Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. It's a journey of intense contrasts, with some seriously impressive scenery to boot. A highlight is the 4WD crossing of the blindingly white salt flats of Bolivia, but you'll truly see so much. Finish the tour in vibrant Buenos Aires. Steak, wine and tango all round (see page 150).

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The journey between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro is a sandwich of attractions. Cross into Uruguay and travel to the nation's capital, Montevideo, before getting your hands dirty on an authentic ranch. Then, admire the Iguassu Falls before hopping over to the tropical palm trees of Paraty and Ilha Grande to soak up the sunshine and surf. The trip comes to an epic finish in Rio, played out by the city's playful samba rhythms.

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This 15-day adventure takes you from the dizzying heights of La Paz, through the vast expanses of the Bolivian altiplano to the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. It's a journey of intense contrasts taking in some of the planet's most extraordinary scenery. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASBLB

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Arrive into La Paz, situated nearly 4,000 metres (13,120 feet) above sea level, and take it easy as you start to acclimatise. Next morning, enjoy a free day with the group in La Paz. Wander around the museums or grab some lotions and potions at the Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market). Board the overnight bus to Sucre on Day 2, Bolivia's judicial capital and former home of the Spanish Royal Court. Optional activities include hiking, mountain biking and an excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks. (2B)

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Day 1-4 La Paz / Sucre

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• Venture into the Atacama Desert • Savour steak and empanadas in Salta • G for Good collection

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• Shop at the Witches Market in La Paz • Delve inside the silver mine of Potosí • Go snap-happy at Uyuni's surreal salt flats

Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt), basic hotel/community lodge (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, plane, 4WD Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included

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Day 5-6 Potosí Travel to Potosí, a UNESCO-listed town with a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre. Once the most populated city in the world, it was also among one of the richest. Cerro Rico, the so-called Mountain of Silver, is still worked today, and looms over the town. (2B)

Day 7-9 Uyuni / Salt Flats Arrive in the isolated town of Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats. Spend the next three days on 4WD excursions among the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert. With mountains, active volcanoes, bright lagoons, geysers and moon-like territory, it's unlike anywhere else on earth. During your time here, you'll stay in Jukil Community Lodge, a G for Good initiative seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 10-11 San Pedro de Atacama Cross into Chile to arrive at the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, the gateway to one of the biggest and driest deserts on the planet; the Atacama. It offers plenty of excursion opportunities like biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding and visits to the dramatic Valley of the Moon. (B, L)

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Day 12-13 Salta La Paz

Make your way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley in northern Argentina, and famous for its delicious empanadas. On Day 13, pay an optional visit to the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas, sample the local wines from the vineyards of Cafayate or experience the celebrations at a peña folklore show. (B)

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Day 14-15 Buenos Aires Skip the long journey to the coast with a quick flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city. Take an optional city tour, explore the diverse neighbourhoods of San Telmo, colourful La Boca and stylish Recoleta to really get a flavour of the city and to meet the friendly Porteños, the vibrant residents of Buenos Aires. The tour comes to an end on Day 15.

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PERU ON A SHOESTRING 14 DAYS, Lima

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Roll up, check in, get out and explore Peru's bustling capital city. Meet your group tonight and travel to Nazca the next day, where the mysterious Nazca Lines are etched into the desert landscape, baffling onlookers for years. Fertility symbols, astronomical calendars and even spaceship landing areas are just some of the varied explanations for their existence. In the evening, tuck in to a Pachamanca meal - slow-cooked treats prepared on hot stones - and board an overnight bus to Arequipa on Day 3. (D)

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• Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa • Stay with locals in the Sacred Valley • G for Good collection

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• Discover Peru's energetic capital, Lima • View the mysterious Nazca Lines • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Simple hotels (7 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included

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Day 4-6 Arequipa / Colca Canyon Arrive with the sunshine into Arequipa, a beautifully white city surrounded by the Andes and set in the shadow of the El Misti Volcano. Wander around the baroque historic centre and go on a foodie expedition, because this city can cook! Opt to visit the Catalina Convent, a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order and founded by a rich widow in 1580. This place is equal parts fascinating as it is beautiful, and really shouldn’t be missed. Spread your wings like the Colca Canyon's resident condors and take an overnight trip to explore the canyon's depths (almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon). Take a break in the hot springs, gaze out over the patchwork of pre-Inca stepped terraces, and spot some wild alpacas, llamas and vicunas. Day 6, board an overnight bus bound for Cuzco. (2B)

Day 7-9 Cuzco / Ccaccaccollo Community / Urabamba / Ollantaytambo A medley of colonial and Inca-inspired architecture, Cuzco is truly one of a kind. Wander the cobbled streets, grab some last-minute supplies for your trek and try some local cuisine. Day 8, venture into the Sacred Valley to the community of Ccaccaccollo, where you'll visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative. Today, more than 55 women are part of the association, constantly learning new methods of production to make items that travellers find useful for their trips, while also maintaining the traditional weaving methods to produce textiles made from llama and alpaca wool. Overnight with a local family and get your tongue around some Quechua words. Next morning, head to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo via the Urubamba River Valley, where Inca ruins and inquisitive alpacas await - or opt to embark on a Sacred Valley tour instead. (2B, L, D)

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Day 10-14 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco Lace up your boots and get set. Over the next four days, you'll hike 43 kilometres along one of the most revered trails in the world. With your porters taking care of all the hard work and the heavy luggage (you'll soon lose sight of them), you can concentrate on the walk, the view, and on trying to figure out how the Incas did this with a bunch of heavy stones on their backs. Arrive at the gateway to Machu Picchu on Day 13 to greet the Inca world. If your legs will carry you any further, visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). Your Peruvian adventure is officially over after breakfast on Day 14, but you'll no doubt have plenty of memories to last forever. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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This is a trip that's packed with all the essentials; that's maximum Peru at minimum cost! Catch a glimpse of the mysterious Nazca Lines and the beautiful Colca Canyon, then soak up the delights of Cuzco before topping it all up with a unique homestay in the Sacred Valley.


AMAZON TO THE ANDES 12 DAYS, Lima

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Get an insight into Peru's treasured corners with visits to the Sacred Valley, the Amazon Rainforest, magical Machu Picchu and a local weaving co-operative. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Local representatives in Lima and Cuzco, specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPAA

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• Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • Get a taste for scandalous pisco sours • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-260 for meals not included

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• Venture into the Peruvian Amazon • Stay in an exclusive jungle eco lodge • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Land in Lima, and head out to explore the districts of the vibrant capital before joining your group this evening. Head to Miraflores or Barranco for your first sip of the classic pisco sour, Peru's famous cocktail. It's an early start the following morning with a flight over the Andes to the colonial city of Cuzco. Start steady with a cup of coca tea as you acclimatise to the altitude at a dizzying 3,400 metres. Foodies should also look into pre-booking the optional Cuzco cooking class before departure. Venture out on Day 3 to the Sacred Valley - a lush agricultural region that continues to supply Cuzco with much of its produce - and visit the Pisac ruins and the G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative as well as a pottery making community. Next, stop for lunch at the G Adventures supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco; all of whose revenue is invested straight into the community's social projects. By eating here you will be actively supporting the local community, as the ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and its employees enjoy a number of benefits. Finish the day in Ollantaytambo and get prepared for the hike. (2B, L)

Day 4-8 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco Starting at Km 82, you have four days and 43 kilometres of world-famous hiking stretching in front of you. The porters will speed on ahead to set up camp, allowing you to take it slow, carrying only your day pack and with plenty of time to check out Inca sites along the way. Refresh with delicious meals and coca tea in camp before heading on up over mountain passes to a maximum elevation of 4,198 metres through the cloud forest. On your last day, arrive at the Sun Gate to witness a magical sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. With free time to explore the intriguing (and slightly baffling) site, be sure to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. With a free day back in the city, enjoy a well-deserved rest or dig up some more energy for a thrilling rafting or biking trip. You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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*Inca Trail is closed. Trips will Hike the Lares Trail instead

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After a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin, continue by motorised boat to your exclusive eco-friendly lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest. The area is renowned for its diverse plant, animal and bird populations. And here come the stats: over 1,300 bird species (including 32 types of parrot, 10% of the world's total), 200 mammal species, 90 types of frogs,1,200 types of butterfly and 10,000 species of plants - all protected in the reserve! You won't see them all, but your local guides will be able to help you spot plenty as you make your way around by boat and on foot. You'll also learn about the extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, which are still used today in traditional techniques for building, fishing and hunting. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 11-12 Lima Leave the jungle behind as you fly back to Lima for a final night out with your group. Your trip draws to a close on Day 12 and you are free to depart any time. You can always opt to stay on if you're not ready to leave just yet! (2B)

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• The condors of Colca Canyon • The temple of Wiracocha • Cruise across Lake Titicaca

• See the floating Uros Islands • Entry to the Pisac ruins • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

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EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS, Lima

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The Sacred Valley's not all ruins and ancient civilisations. It also happens to be a cradle of adrenalin, from mountain biking to hiking and rafting. Enjoy some free time, before continuing on to Aguas Calientes, the base for your Machu Picchu visit on Day 10. Or, for a modest supplement, opt to walk part of the Inca Trail (ask your Travel Expert for more details). Return to Cuzco, where your trip ends Day 11. (3B)

Departures 2019/20 Aug

Day 9-11 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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Cuzco

Colca Canyon

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Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes

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Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley

Lima

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (10 nts) Transport: 1 local flight & transfer, private air con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners (2 lunches on trekking option) Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLICU/COLICUT

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Journey towards the magnetic city of Cuzco, the heart of the once-mighty Inca Empire. Stop off at the ancient Inca ruins of Pukara and the last remaining twostorey Inca walls in Raqchi before arriving into Cuzco. On Day 7, explore the city's cobbled streets and unique mix of colonial and Inca architecture. If time allows, head into the huge San Pedro food market, filled with fruits, vegetables (hello giant avocados), and all manner of souvenirs and essential llama keyrings. The next day, visit the alluring and spiritual Sacred Valley and take a tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru's oldest towns. (3B, D)

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Meet your group this morning and head out to explore the capital. Wander the mosaic-clad love park, watching paragliders floating above the sea, opt to muck in with a surf lesson, and try some local Peruvian cuisine. On Day 2, catch a flight to the so-called White City of Arequipa and take in the city's history on a walking tour. On Day 3, travel through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve on your way to the Colca Canyon, a magnificent trekking destination and the home of the giant Andean condor. On Day 4, try to catch a glimpse of the scavengers before travelling to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The next day, take to the water and meet the residents of the Taquile and Uros Islands. (4B, L, 2D)

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$1,899

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highlights

• Soak up the riches of Lima • See the site of Machu Picchu • Parque de Papa project

• Pachamanca-style dinner • Cuzco Planetarium visit • G for Good collection

Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time and take an included arrival transfer to your hotel. If you have enough time, stop by the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Lima, wander the colonial neighbourhoods and check out the museum of religious art.

Day 2-3 Cuzco / Sacred Valley Board an early flight to Cuzco to see the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras. The next day, head to the Sacred Valley to visit the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), a G for Good experience exclusive to National Geographic Journeys travellers. Visit the community with a local guide and learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving. Then, head to the Pisac ruins and dine at G for Good's Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, L, D)

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Rise early for your transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Pick up any llama-themed souvenirs here. Then next morning, meet your expert guide and make your way to the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu. After a tour, make the most of your free time and take an optional hike to the Inca Bridge before catching a train back to Cuzco. (2B)

Day 6-8 Cuzco / Lima Spend the day exploring the museums of Cuzco, or give yourself a good adrenalin rush with optional white water rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking trips. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive experience as you head to Cuzco Planetarium for some stargazing. Learn about the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and about the relationship of the ancient Inca with the cosmos. Return to Lima by plane on Day 7, and spend the afternoon in Peru's capital. Opt to head to the colourful Love Park, eat sumptuous Peruvian food before your trip ends on Day 8. (3B)

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My Own Room Available: Fr $599

Departs: Selected Saturdays and Sundays Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van, train, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner 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: GASPENG

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TREK PERU OTHER TRAILS For when you’ve left it too late to get a permit for the Inca Trail (or if you want to get away from the crowds and off the beaten track): Lares Trek: (3 Days) (see page 58)

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Choquequirao: (8 Days) (see page 60) Salkantay Trek: (3 Days) (see page 60)

The Inca Trail - the wishlist favourite and the most popular path to Machu Picchu. Cover 43km over four days and climb to a maximum height of 4,200m on a trail that combines jaw-dropping mountain scenery, cloud forest and jungle, bags of wildlife and Inca ruins aplenty. Oh... and quite a lot of steps. Stop dreaming and book your ticket to one of the best wonders of the world.

On all G Adventures tours that include the Inca Trail, you can also opt to stay in Cuzco and visit Machu Picchu by train if you’re not quite up for trekking!

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EXPERT LOCAL STAFF

FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

G Adventures is the single largest tour operator on the Inca Trail, helping well over 10,000 travellers per year. Look out for this logo on our Machu Picchu tours and get top class service!

All tours are led by skilled staff recruited from local communities. All guides, porters, support staff and cooks work under the region’s best employment conditions and are fairly compensated for their efforts.

All treks help to promote environmental sustainability throughout. Visit the G for Good Women’s Weaving Project pre-trek, then make use of biodegradable soap and portable toilets on the Inca Trail.

NEED TO KNOWS

WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

BOOK EARLY

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

It’s impossible to predict who will fall to altitude sickness. On all G Adventures Inca Trail tours and other treks, you’ll get at least two days to acclimatise, so you’ll be in the best shape possible.

The Peruvian government has strict regulations on trail permits, so please book early - ideally six months in advance. The trail is closed every February for repairs, so you'll walk the Lares Trail instead.

You’ll need to have a moderate level of fitness (did we mention the steps?). However, skilled porters will carry your tent and sleeping bag for you throughout the trek. All you’ll need to carry is a day pack!

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SANTA TERESA AGUAS CALIENTES MACHU PICCHU 2450m

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INTI PUNKU (SUN GATE) LUCMABAMBA SAHUAYACO LA PLAYA

Continue by train to Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu

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THE INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,149

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIT

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals not included

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Arrive in Cuzco in time for your welcome meeting. On Day 2, head out for a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that was an important food source for the Inca, and is peppered with ruins. Visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative where you can pick up some local textile souvenirs, then tuck into lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant. All the ingredients for this restaurant are bought directly from the local farmers, and all income is invested back into the community's social programmes. Later on, head to Ollantaytambo and opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses for views over the ruins. If that's not your thing, go for a wander around the ancient cobblestone streets which are lined with century-old adobe buildings, colonial houses and original Inca walls. You could even just grab a seat at one of the cafés at the main square, order a freshly-squeezed lemonade and people watch, or visit a local Chicheria (traditional corn beer bar). (B, L)

Departures 2019/20 Mar

Day 1-2 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

My Own Room Available: Fr $169

Feb

• Guided tour of the Sacred Valley • Conquer the world-famous Inca Trail • G for Good collection

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• Stroll the colonial streets of Cuzco • The best guides on the Inca Trail • All important day in Cuzco to acclimatise

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Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 3-6 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Physically challenging but supremely rewarding, the world-famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike within the abilities of most people with a reasonable level of fitness. 43 kilometres in length and with a maximum elevation of 4,198 metres, you'll hike over mountain passes, through cloud forest and past incredible Inca constructions, including an original causeway and tunnel. This trek will leave you in awe of the ancient civilisation and of the spectacular scenery all around. Start at Km 82, passing several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. The second day climbs the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trek. Crossing the next pass, at just under 4,000 metres you can enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Soon you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the Town Above the Clouds - you'll either camp here or another 90 minutes further along close to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young'), with its grandiose terraced hillside setting. Hiking boots and woolly alpaca hats may not be the height of fashion at home, but here they're standard issue - it can get quite chilly at night and you should be prepared for the odd shower along the way. A team of local porters who speed ahead will make sure you're fed and watered and camp is set up each evening. (4B, 3L, 3D)

Day 7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco The last morning brings one of the trip's most iconic moments: the final climb up the numerous steps to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here, enter the site to catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. Enveloped in myth and numerous speculations about its origins, it's a site that calls for a dramatic entrance. After getting yor bearings, there's time to explore the famous site further, and even to visit the Inca Bridge before you catch the train back to Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). Depart from Cuzco at any time on Day 7, or stick around for a few more days to explore the surrounding area. (B)

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Combine the cultural highlights of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world's best-known hiking trails. The four-day Inca Trail rewards with ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests, and leads you to breathtaking Machu Picchu which was hidden from the outside world until its discovery in 1911.


THE LARES TREK 7 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,149

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

highlights

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

• Explore the Sacred Valley • See Machu Picchu • Conquer the Lares Trek

• Day in Cuzco to acclimatise • Amazing guides and porters • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Cuzco is your arrival city, get in at any time and and explore. The next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative then stop for lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. All ingredients here are sourced from local farmers. After lunch, opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. If hiking's not on the cards for you today, no problems, because there's plenty to do in town. The cobblestones streets will lead to you the main square with many cafes and a nearby artisan market to get lost in. (B, L)

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Day 3-5 Lares Trek It's time for your trek! Depart early in the morning to Lares town where your hike will begin. Spend your first night camping in Cuncani, then the next morning, hike up to the high passes of Sicllaccasa Mountain (4,750m). Once you're at the top, take in the views of the snow-capped Chicón Mountain and surrounding lagoons, then make an offering of coca leaves to the Andean Gods. After you've enjoyed a rest, continue hiking and head downhill to your next campsite near a mountain stream. The next morning, enjoy your last few hours of hiking and keep an eye out for llamas and alpacas. Meet friendly local Quechua people and see some Inca storehouses, then in Pumahuanca, hop into a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Aguas Calientes and relax in town or the nearby hot springs. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Cuzco

Day 6-7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist CEO on Lares Trek Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPLT

My Own Room Available: Fr $149

Departures 2019

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge, then head back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and van to Cuzco. Enjoy one last night out in Cuzco with your fellow travellers, then depart at any point the next day. (2B)

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THE INCA JOURNEY 10 DAYS, Lima

$2,599

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Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Get bargaining in markets • Explore the Sacred Valley • Discover Machu Picchu

• Spot wildlife in the Amazon • Party on down in Lima's bars • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive in Lima and hop on the nearest excuse to get out and sip on your first pisco sour. Fly to Cuzco on Day 2, here you'll have free time before heading out into the Sacred Valley the next day for a full-day guided tour of the ruins, visiting the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-op along the way. Meet the women and learn all about the traditional weaving and dyeing processes. Later on, have lunch at the partner-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Afterwards, opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Wander through the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). (2B, L)

Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Jungle

Day 4-6 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Hop on board a local train and wind your way through impressive scenery to Aguas Calientes. Choose to visit some local hot springs or grab some bargains in the market. On Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and spend a moment pondering the sheer ingenuity of it all before returning to Cuzco for a free day of exploration on Day 6. Options include white water rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Or take it easy sitting at the bars near the Plaza de Armas. (3B)

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Machu Picchu

Puerto Maldonado Ollantaytambo Cuzco

Day 7-10 Amazon Jungle / Lima Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by boat into the jungle to a comfortable lodge boasting sustainable initiatives. From here, you'll explore the jungle on foot and by boat to see a whole host of species. Head out on a night walk and spot snakes, tarantulas, owls, and poison dart frogs, just to name a few. The next day, head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, rare giant river otters or black caiman. Fly back to Lima and explore its neighbourhoods, museums, markets and beaches. After one last dinner and night out with your group with no doubt plenty of pisco sours, depart at any time on Day 10. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Departs: Typically 3 departures per month Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, train, boat, canoe Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco & Lima, specialist CEO for the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIJ

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INCA DISCOVERY 8 DAYS, Lima

$1,399

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Cuzco's Inca past • Wander in Sacred Valley • Visit a local weaving co-op

• Explore Machu Picchu • Conquer the Inca Trail • G for Good collection

Arrive into Lima and get out to explore the city's colonial centre and colourful neighbourhoods. The next day, fly to the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, situated at an elevation of 3,400 metres (11,200 feet). Acclimatise with a walk around town or sip on a coca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. There are many quality restaurants to choose from for an excellent meal, and a market to pick up some souvenirs. If time allows, head out of town on a biking, riding or white water rafting trip. Next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour through the Sacred Valley and on to the Ollantaytambo ruins. You'll uncover hidden mysteries at ancient Inca sites, enjoy lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant, visit a local pottery making community, and visit the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative for more shopping! (2B, L)

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Day 4-8 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco This epic journey will cover spectacular scenery and fill your head to the brim with facts that bring the Incas to life. You'll move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest, crossing over three dizzyingly high passes with the most challenging, known as Dead Woman's Pass, standing at a height of 4,198 metres. Your local porters will race ahead to create a camp complete with coca tea and nourishing food to keep your strength up, allowing you to walk the trail with just your day pack filled with essentials. The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise over Machu Picchu. On arrival, explore the nooks and crannies of Machu Picchu and maybe visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax (you deserve it) with your group after a big day and catch your train back to Cuzco in the afternoon (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Ollantaytambo

Lima

Machu Picchu Cuzco

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Plane, train, private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco and Lima, specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPID

My Own Room Available: Fr $229

Departures 2019/20 Jan, Mar-Dec

Daily

Feb

Typically 6 departures per month*

*Inca Trail is closed, trips will hike the Lares Trail instead

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Classic Peru: Lima to Cuzco (GAPPC) 12 days, Fr $2,499

SALKANTAY TREK & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS, Cuzco

$769

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Conquer the Salkantay Trek • Visit mighty Machu Picchu • Trek with expert guides

• Day to adjust to the altitude • Explore ancient Incan ruins • Discover Cuzco's sites

Day 1 Cuzco Arrive into Cuzco at any point on Day 1 and get out and explore once you've got yourself settled in. Grab some souvenirs from the array of markets, tuck into some tasty traditional food then hit the main square's lively bars and restaurants. Make sure you take some time out to visit the city's ancient Inca sites of Sacsayhuamán, Moray and Coricancha. It's definitely worth the effort! Salkantay Trek, Peru

Day 2-4 Salkantay Trek Transfer to the start of the trail and begin the awesome Salkantay Trek, an ancient and remote footpath. Incredible views and Incan ruins fill the days as the hike passes the striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay and Ausangate among others. You'll hike up several high passes, the highest point reaching 4,600 metres. Of course, as the old saying goes, what goes up must come down. Hike down into vast valleys and take in the spectacular mountainous scenery. Pass through the town of Collpabamba and meet the friendly locals, perhaps sitting down with them for a cup of coca tea. Keep an eye out for various species of wildlife, including llamas, alpacas and even condors if you're lucky. Camp each night under the starry sky - it doesn't get much more rustic than this! At the end of the trek, catch the train to Aguas Calientes where you can kick back and relax and rest those weary feet! (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes

Soraypampa

Day 5 Aguas Calientes / Cuzco Enjoy an incredible excursion this morning to one of the wonders of the world; the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, this Incan citadel is renowned for its impressively aligned stone walls made from huge blocks, astronomical alignments and out-of-this-world views. Discover this magical place afoot with a guided tour, say hello to one of the resident llamas, or opt to visit the Inca Bridge. Return to Cuzco in the evening where the tour ends on arrival. (B)

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Cuzco

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Private van, train Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist guide on Salkantay Trek Group Size: Max 16, Avg 6 Tour Code: GASPST

My Own Room Available: Fr $159

Departures 2019 Feb-Apr, Nov-Dec

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Machu Picchu is only slightly older than the USA, but it's several worlds away from anything you'll find at home. Shrouded in speculation around its seeminglyimpossible origin, it might be the only place outside of Nevada where you'd give the alien landing theory some serious thought. Bookend your visit with stays in nearby Cuzco where the streets are charming, the massages cheap and where the guinea pigs come with a leafy side salad.

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$236 $129

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Location: Just a few minutes on foot from the main square. Conveniently close to the city's bars and restaurants.

Location: This hotel is located less than 1km from Plaza de Armas, with a prime hillside spot boasting awesome views.

Vibe: Housed in a restored monastery with a boutique-esque atmosphere and two courtyards. Get social at the rooftop bar!

Vibe: Historic on the outside (this is Cuzco after all), modern, comfy and a little snazzy on the inside.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Rooftop bar • Outdoor terrace • 2 courtyards with hammocks • Cinema • Nightclub • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • In-room safe • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Lift • Luggage storage • Laundry (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN ADVENTURE

$457

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Make an express visit from Cuzco to Machu Picchu and back in one day as you travel along the scenic Peru Railway to Aguas Calientes by executive-class train, enjoying views of the Urubamba River Valley on your way. Discover the Inca citadel with your knowledgeable, local guide and retrace the civilisation's footsteps. Spend free time exploring the quaint mountain town of Aguas Calientes before starting your return journey to Cuzco after lunch. Departs: Daily (Cuzco-Cuzco) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Bus, train, private vehicle Group Leader: English/Spanish-speaking guide during tour only Includes: Intro briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu, hotel transfers Tour Code: BECUZMPT

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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN OVERNIGHT

$523

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Enjoy a van journey from Cuzco to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo, then hop on the train to Aguas Calientes to explore the nooks and crannies of the mountain town. It's a very early start on Day 2 with a morning transfer to Machu Picchu, allowing plenty of time to visit this world-renowned and mind-boggling archaeological site on a two-hour guided tour. Explore the hidden corners of this ancient city on your own before returning to Cuzco. Departs: Daily (Cuzco-Cuzco) Accommodation: 3/4* hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, train, van Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Guide during tour only Includes: Briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu, hotel pick-up Tour Code: BECUZMAC

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MACHU PICCHU JUNGLE TREK: BIKING, ZIP-LINE & RAFTING 4 DAYS, Cuzco

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

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• Peru's highest zipline (optional) • Walking tour of Machu Picchu • Soak in hot springs (optional)

Take a fast-paced route to Machu Picchu, with exhilarating bike rides and treks through the rainforest. Cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers towards Santa Maria, visiting the Huamanmarca archaeological site on the way. After a pretty trek on Day 2, try South America's highest zipline (optional) on Day 3 before one last hike to Aguas Calientes. Arrive in Machu Picchu in the morning, then take a walking tour before returning to Cuzco on Day 4.

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (2 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Hotel pick-up, guide, most transfers, mountain biking equipment, rafting trip, zipline, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entry, snacks, return Cuzco transfers Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: BECUZMPJ

THE SACRED VALLEY TRAIN & MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS, Cuzco

$443

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Cuzco Independent Tour • Visit a sacred hillside Inca site • See Ollantaytambo town • Tour Machu Picchu

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• Peruvian cuisine in Urubamba • Train ride to Aguas Calientes • Optional Huayna Picchu trek

Visit the unforgettable Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, surely an apt teaser to the main event! Taste Peru’s cuisine in Urubamba and make your way towards Machu Picchu on the Peru Rail. Ride along the banks of the Urubamba River into the lush forest to reach Aguas Calientes at the end of Day 1, taking in the views along the way. Day 2, explore Machu Picchu with a guide on a two-hour tour, then return to Cuzco as the day draws to an end.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel/hostel (depending on trip) (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Includes: Pre-departure briefing, professional guide, Cuzco hotel pick-up, most transfers, Machu Picchu entry Tour Code: BECUZSAV

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 2 DAYS, Cuzco

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure • Kaleidoscopic mountain views • Trek thorugh local villages • Professional chef included

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• See the Ausangate Glacier en route • Spend the night camping • Transfers included from/to Cuzco

The Rainbow Mountain, one of Ancient Peru's sacred sites, certainly gives Machu Picchu a run for its money. Embark on a challenging two-day trek which takes you past red mountains, the Ausangate Glacier and Surine Mountain. Walk through villages to converse with local residentsm, and limber up for a two-hour uphill hike for marvellous views. Also known as Vinicunca Mountain, the real reason this super colourful mountain looks how it does today, is a direct result of climate change, as it was previously covered in snow and ice.

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Pre-departure briefing, English-speaking guide, chef, wranglers and horses to carry equipment Tour Code: BECUZARM

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• Cycle through lush jungle • Ride past fruit plantations • Trek through jungle & mountains


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In the absence of any natural predators, all the animals here are free to let their freak flags fly. And boy, do they! Hello swimming iguanas, flashy flamingos, veggie sharks and dancing boobies (birds, FYI). Travel in comfort on a sailing trip, with meals and beds on board, or choose a land-based tour to meet the locals and explore the towns. All our Galápagos tours include return flights from mainland Ecuador.

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Home to first-class snorkelling, the bays and unusual land formations that once gave shelter to pirates are now home to a dazzling array of birds and marine life. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: See the waved albatross of Española  ail a letter and take one home from M Post Office Bay on Floréana WEST ISLANDS - ISABELA & FERNANDINA

The largest and youngest of the islands, Isabela and Fernandina should be ports of call for anyone looking for the best wildlife. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:  ike to the caldera of Sierra Negra H (1,124m), a classic shield volcano Visit massive colonies of marine iguanas Relax in laid-back Puerto Villamil

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Flying into the main airport on Baltra, the Central Islands may well be your first taste of the Galápagos. Though relatively close to each other, these small islands have developed in isolation and are among the best spots to witness the full scope of the archipelago's incredible natural diversity. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: See tortoises in the wild in the lush, green highlands on bustling Santa Cruz Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station Explore Puerto Ayora, the main town, with its bustling fish market Views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Hidden snorkelling spots and white sand beaches on Santiago Swim with playful sea lions in the waters off North Seymour Multi-coloured Rábida offers red cliffs, pink flamingos and blue-footed boobies

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EAST ISLAND - SAN CRISTÓBAL

One of the oldest islands, San Cristóbal's eroded volcanic peaks are tailor-made for hiking and mountain biking. Divers and snorkellers will find more than enough to keep them entertained below the surface. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:  ail through the gap at Kicker Rock and S snorkel with hammerhead sharks  hill with the sea lions on the white sand C beaches of Cerro Brujo NORTH ISLAND - GENOVESA

Little more than a rock, tiny Genovesa has an amazing concentration of birds and a rich variety of aquatic life under the waves. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: L ook for sea turtles and reef sharks while snorkelling a sunken volcanic crater  eabird colonies and top-notch views on S the hiking trail to El Barranco Red-footed boobies and frigate birds

Combine any G Adventures Peru tour (excl. independent tours) with a Galápagos trip and get a one-way flight from Peru to Quito on us! Ask your Travel Expert for details.

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Voyage Galápagos Aboard the Estrella del Mar At a glance SERVICE LEVEL: Standard CAPACITY: 16 passengers CABINS: 8 double cabins with

private bathrooms and air con. All cabins feature upper and lower berths and are located on the upper or lower deck. MEALS: All meals onboard are

included, and breakfast on land. CREW: 7 crew plus a bilingual local

naturalist guide certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority, local rep in Quito. BOAT LAYOUT: Two-level wraparound

deck with outdoor bar and seating area. Interior dining room and lounge with TV/DVD player for daily briefings. AMENITIES: Snorkelling equipment

included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

Choose your trip LAND & SEA: NORTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS Highlights: Three-night cruise • Tortuga Bay hike & kayak • Santa Cruz highlands • Charles Darwin Research Station • Volcanic hike (Bartolomé) • Red-footed boobies (Genovesa)

SOUTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS Highlights: Four-night cruise • Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo and Gardner Bay snorkelling • Waved albatross (Apr-Nov, Española) • Post Office Bay (Floréana)

NORTH, CENTRAL & SOUTH ISLANDS Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Six snorkelling destinations • Post Office Bay • Frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies (North Seymour) • Volcanic hike (Bartolomé) • Red-footed boobies • Giant tortoises

WEST, CENTRAL & EAST ISLANDS

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Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Giant tortoises (Santa Cruz) • Marine iguana colony (Fernandina) • Penguins (Isabela) • Sierra Negra hike • Charles Darwin Research Station • Tortuga Bay hike

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (3 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEVL07LB

$2,999

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (4 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV07LB

$4,349

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10LB

$4,349

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10LA

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GALÁPAGOS ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Quito

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Quito Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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It's not all about cruises in the Galápagos, so why not try this camping adventure on for size? A real wilderness experience, camp out under the stars in some of the islands' most remote locations and get front row seats to one of the most spectacular nature shows on earth. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide in the Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQC

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Arrive in Quito (well, officially San Francisco de Quito if we're being pedantic guys) at any time for your welcome meeting, and get the lowdown on what lies ahead. Fun fact, Ecuador's cultural capital was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next day, you'll hop on a flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to the Interpretation Centre that afternoon to learn about the area's natural history, discover the trails surrounding the centre, and choose to go snorkelling at nearby Las Tijeretas. (B)

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Day 1-2 Quito / San Cristóbal Island

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• Hike to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano • Snorkelling with the diverse wildlife • G for Good collection

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• Camp in stunning ecological reserves • Get to know communities on Floréana • Opt to swim with manta rays and sharks

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (4 nts), camping (2 nts), hotels (2 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included

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Day 3-4 San Cristóbal Island / Isabela Island Today, San Cristóbal Island is your very own stomping ground, so opt to snorkel at Kicker Rock, visit Playa Mann, or head to La Lobería. La Lobería is totally ridden with sea lions, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot these friendly residents. The next day, board a speedboat venture on to Isabela Island, keeping your eyes wide open for wildlife en route. This seahorse-shaped Isabela Island, at 100kms long, is the largest in the Galápagos. Stop to enjoy a lunch on Floreana Island. That evening, you'll eat at a G for Good community restaurant to help local tourism before travelling on to Isabela. (L, D)

Day 5-6 Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island Five of Isabela Island's six volcanoes are still considered active, and a full-day island tour takes you to hiking the summit of Sierra Negra to inspect the world's second-largest crater. Trust us, the views are pretty spectacular up top. Set up camp in the foothills of the volcano, around a 15-minute drive from Puerto Villamil. During your stay, opt to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and the Flamingo Lagoon (where they all come to feed at dusk), relax on the beach alongside huge marine iguana colonies, and opt to swim with the manta rays and white tip Tintoreras sharks in the channels of Shark Alley. On Day 6, board a speedboat and transfer back to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The centre carries out essential scientific research in ensuring the conservation of the Galápagos archipelago. This is a non-profit organisation that runs solely on the support of generous donors. Next, you can blow off steam and enjoy a night out in the town of Puerto Ayora. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Santa Cruz Island / Quito

Quito

Transfer by speedboat to Santa Cruz and choose to visit the highlands, hike out to the spectacular Tortuga Bay, or discover the incredible Las Grietas freshwater lagoon - the choice is yours! This lagoon, set amongst rugged rock faces, is a true natural beauty. Las Grietas literally means "crevasses" - you'll find that this spot is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. That evening, enjoy a night in town to blow off some steam. You'll find many fun bars, restaurants, clubs and karaoke haunts here. Puerto Ayora is a busy hub by Galápagos standards, and you may well find yourself watching a volleyball match in the evening (a popular pastime with the locals). Check out the resident pelicans and sea lions chilling out on the seafront. Take a morning flight back to Quito on Day 8 where, after a last night out with your group, the trip comes to an end on Day 9. (2B)

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GALÁPAGOS MULTISPORT WITH QUITO 10 DAYS, Quito

$3,049

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Quito

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise the Galápagos • Snorkel with manta rays • Charles Darwin Station visit

• Swim with turtles • Observe whitetip reef sharks • G for Good collection

After a night in Quito, fly to Santa Cruz and head to Puerto Ayora, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which works to maintain conservation efforts in the Galápagos. Next, make for the highlands to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat, kayak the Itabaca Canal and explore the underwater world. (2B, 2L)

Day 4-5 Santa Cruz / Floréana Island

Floréana Island, Galapágos Islands

Enjoy a free morning in Santa Cruz before travelling by boat to Floréana Island. Get settled into your G for Good-supported community guesthouse. Then, snorkel off Black Beach and keep an eye out for the albatross. Next day, head to the highlands for tales of pirates and whalers before walking back to Lobería beach. (2B, L, 2D)

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Day 6-7 Floréana Island / Isabela Island Next up, Isabela! Head to Las Tintoreras, otherwise known as Shark Alley, for a kayak excursion and snorkel to observe white-tip reef sharks, manta rays and an array of bird life including blue-footed boobies (yes, yes) and the rare Galápagos penguin. Next day, see the world's second-largest crater at the Sierra Negra Volcano, stop at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back, and opt for a surfing lesson this evening. (2B, 2L)

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Day 8-10 Isabela Island / Santa Cruz / Quito With a free day on Isabela, opt to hike to the Wall of Tears, sunbathe alongside marine iguana, go diving or visit the flamingo lagoon. Spend the evening in Puerto Ayora, where you might catch a local volleyball game in the town square. Fly back to Quito on Day 9 for a final night on the town before leaving next morning. (3B)

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Ecuador Multisport (GASEEM) 9 days, Fr $1,099

inclusions Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), guesthouses (2 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public buses, Panga boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170225 for meals not included Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide (Galápagos), local rep (Quito) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGL

My Own Room Available: Fr $719

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INLAND & AMAZON 14 DAYS, Quito

$1,549

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Quito

Small Group Adventure

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• Authentic Quichua homestay • Bathe in volcanic hot springs • Browse Otavalo market

• Overnight in the Amazon • Find adventure in Baños • Visit Ingapirca ruins

Day 1-4 Quito / Baños / Tena Arrive in Quito at any time and journey to Baños' hot springs the next day for a host of outdoor activities. Choose to go hiking, ziplining and canyoning if you're feeling an adrenalin kick. Or, simply choose to soak in the local hot springs. Day 4, leave the mountains behind and enter the Amazon rainforest. Bed down for two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community, head on nature walks and learn about the local culture. (B, L, D)

Quito, Ecuador

Day 5-6 Tena / Amazon Jungle / Papallacta

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Otavalo

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Spend the morning in the hot springs before heading back to Quito in the afternoon to explore. Head to the largest handicraft market in South America - Otavalo completely bursting with colourful local handicrafts. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come to this market each week to sell all manner of goods. (2B)

Papallacta Cotopaxi Tena / Amazon

Baños

Day 9-14 Cotopaxi / Alausí / Cuenca / Quito

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My Own Room Available: Fr $599 Alausí

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Today takes you to Cotopaxi for mountain bike trails, lagoon visits and a night in a mountain lodge. Choose to explore the area by mountain bike, admiring views of Cotopaxi Volcano as you pedal along. The next day, continue to Alausí, stopping by Cotopaxi National Park en route. Board a train bound for Devil's Nose on Day 11, a railway built amongst mountain ranges. Enjoy the toy-like twists and turns and views before arriving in Cuenca. Tick off the last of the colonial sights on your free day in the enchanting Cuenca the next day, steeped in history. Fly back to Quito on Day 13 for a final day to explore before your tour wraps up the following day. (6B).

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Day 7-8 Papallacta / Quito / Otavalo

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), simple village cabanas (2 nts), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, taxi, canoe, private van, 4WD, truck Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320420 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12, Tour Code: GASEIA

Feb

Spend a full day in the Amazon to learn about local life in the jungle, venturing on nature walks with a local shaman. Opt to go canoeing, or to brave thundering rapids on a thrilling white water rafting trip. Then, you're on to Papallacta. Here, soak in natural mineral hot pools while also soaking up volcanic views. (B, L, D)

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COLOMBIA EXPRESS 9 DAYS, Bogotá

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Cartagena

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore beautiful Bogotá • Artistic culture in Medellín • Enjoy lively Salento

Day 1-3 Bogotá / Armenia Arrive into Bogotá at any time. Explore Colombia's bustling capital and cobbled Old Town before meeting your group this evening. Day 2, grab breakfast at Paloquemao market before flying to Armenia in Colombia's Coffee Triangle. Spend two nights at a traditional hacienda. Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá region and learn more about the coffee culture, all whilst sampling some of the good stuff. (2B, L) Bogotá, Colombia

Day 4 Armenia / Salento Day 4, take your caffeine highs and hike through the surreal green landscapes of the Cocora Valley, dotted with hundreds of cloud-hitting palms. Head to the lively market town of Salento and soak up more of the coffee vibes in the region of Quindío. Hit up one of the town's cafés, opt to go horseriding and visit the viewpoint. (B)

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COLOMBIA JOURNEY 9 DAYS, Bogotá

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Take a morning flight to fun-filled Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Explore the Old Town's laid-back colourful charms, walk the colonial city walls, dine on the beach and dance your final night away in a city renowned for popping nightlife, and an atmosphere like no other. Live music and spontaneous dancers can be found on practically every corner in Cartagena's Old Town, so you won't even have to keep your eyes peeled. Your trip sadly comes to an end on Day 9, but that doesn't mean to say that you couldn't stay on to make the most of this colourful country. (2B)

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Cartagena

Pass stunning scenery on the way to Medellín, Colombia's favourite city with a proud artistic heritage. After a neighbourhood tour, discover the regenerating city for yourself. Ride up to lush Arví Park, hang out in artists' houses and among the sculptures of Plaza Botero. There'll also a free day where you can opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, best known for its brightly-painted traditional houses and sprawling artificial lake. (3B)

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Day 5-7 Medellín / Guatapé

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), hacienda (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, public bus, 4WD Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMCQ

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• Stay on a coffee farm • Discover eclectic Medellín • Enjoy a cooking class

• Salsa around Cartagena • Sample Colombia's diversity • Take in the bustle of Bogotá

Day 1-3 Bogotá / Armenia Arrive into cultural Bogotá, and transfer to your hotel. Next day, fly to Armenia and immerse yourself in the local coffee culture with two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert then head to Salento for a hike in the verdant Corcora Valley. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-6 Medellín

Bolivar Square, Bogotá

inclusions Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts) Transport: Bus, van, jeep, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 6 Tour Code: GASMENG

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Day 8-9 Cartagena Opt to visit Playa Blanca, take a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park. Bring out your inner Shakira in a private Cali-style salsa lesson before testing out your moves in one of the city's hopping salsa bars. That evening, take part in a cooking class to learn Caribbean and Colombia specialities at Interno Training Restaurant, a social reintegration project that offers a creative space for reconciliation between female prisoners and civil populations before your trip wraps up on Day 9. (2B, D)

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Next up is tropical Cartagena. Set on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, the city's Old Town is a mix of brightly-coloured buildings, cool shaded parks, street artists and food vendors. Fly to Cartagena and spend the day getting to know the Old Town, admiring its beautiful colonial architecture and historic churches. Take a walking tour through this UNESCO-listed gem, visiting its main sites through the historical centre. Soak up the energy and atmosphere of this soporific walled town. (B)

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Catch a flight to Medellín, a city unrecognisable from its lingering reputation overseas. For a gleaming example of the city's progress in overcoming its notorious past, visit the fully-transformed Comuna 13, peppered with eye-grabbing street art, and test out the city's public cars and escalator systems, built to integrate the comunas into city life. Enjoy a free day on Day 6, where you can opt to visit the nearby colourful town of Guatapé. Be sure to check out its impressive monolith. (3B)

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• Try tasty Colombian coffee • Hike Valley of the Palms • Soak up Caribbean vibes

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CARTAGENA EXPLORER 4 DAYS, Cartagena

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Cartagena Independent Tour

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Airport pick-up Includes: Entry fees, bilingual guide during volcano tour, transfers during activities Tour Code: BECTGCEX

• Get a mud bath by a volcano • Dance the night away is salsa bars • Learn the history of Cartagena

Cartagena, the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean, is one of Colombia's prettiest cities. Take a city tour of the age-old San Felipe de Barajas fortress as well as the monastery and church of La Candelaria, both outstanding examples of religious and Spanish colonial architecture. Wander around the cobblestoned plazas of the Old Town and spend that evening in one of the incredible restaurants the walled city has to offer. The following day you'll visit the mud volcano of Totumo, famous for its therapeutic minerals. Jump in and splash around in the mud bath before washing it off in the Caribbean Sea. Eat lunch on the beach and then head back to Cartagena where you can opt to shake your hips at one of the many salsa haunts. The tour wraps up on Day 4 so make sure you've got all your souvenirs and colourful pictures before you go.

SANTA MARTA & PARQUE TAYRONA 4 DAYS, Santa Marta

$305

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

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• Catch local boats to hidden coves • Discover colonial Santa Marta • Wonderful panoramic viewpoints

Parque Tayrona, Colombia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Airport transfers Includes: Full-day Tayrona National Park tour with Spanish-speaking driver Tour Code: SMRPRT

• Walk through tropical rainforest • Swim in warm Caribbean waters • Spot monkeys and exotic birds

Discover the country's oldest-surviving city and an enchanting national park on this four-day tour in northern Colombia. Covering a vast area of rich jungle and dreamlike beaches, paradise-like Tayrona National Park isn't a bad place to spend the day. Begin with a drive through tropical rainforest to the Sea of the Seven Waves, a stunning viewpoint. Then walk down to the Bay of Gayraca and hop on a local fisherman's boat to Playa Cristal. Kick back on this secluded cove, paddle between coral reefs and soak up the Caribbean sun. Suitably sunned-out, head back to Santa Marta for a night out, or a quiet night in, no pressure! Either way, make sure you spend some time enjoying the port city's colonial centre and Caribbean vibes. The tour comes to an end on Day 4 with a transfer to Santa Marta Airport.

LOST CITY TREK 5 DAYS, Santa Marta

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• Reach the rarely-seen Lost City • Hammock camping under the stars • Cool off in jungle pools

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito nets (4 nts) Meals: All food during trek Includes: Return Santa Marta transfers, hammocks and supplies on Lost City trek (carried by porters), permits and entry fees, Spanish-speaking guide during trek Tour Code: BESMRLCT

• Meet indigenous communities • Time to chill in Santa Marta • Cross wild and wonderful lands

Talk to most backpackers in Colombia and they'll probably be raving about the Lost City trek. Day 1, leave Santa Marta for the Mamey region and warm up with a 7km hike through the jungle to your first camp. Venture deeper into the jungle on Day 2. Meet the locals in indigenous Kogi villages, traverse the Buritaca River and sleep in hammocks under the stars. Wake up, ready to hike and climb up 1,200 mossy steps to reach the Lost City. Rediscovered by treasure hunters in the 1970s, you'll be amazed by the intricate staircases, terraces and gorgeous views. Then you begin the two-day hike back towards Santa Marta. Meet more communities along the way and take every opportunity to cool off in jungle pools. Back in Santa Marta you'd be forgiven for crashing out, or head to the beach for a well-deserved swim!

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• Guided tour of the old city • Try fresh fish and coconut rice • Swim in the warm Caribbean Sea


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Rio de Janeiro Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina have to offer on this fantastic adventure! Visit the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls, chill out under palm trees and party on down in Rio's samba clubs. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAJBR

inclusions Accommodation: Simple hotels (9 nts), hostels (4 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $565-735 for meals not included

Day 1-3 Buenos Aires / Colonia del Sacramento Arrive at any time in Buenos Aires. Tour colourful La Boca, classy Recoleta and party-central Palermo. Tango all night long, order a sumptuous Argentine steak or check out the football at La Boca's famed blue and gold stadium. Day 3, cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Stroll along the riverfront and hire a golf buggy to the light house in time for a stunning Latin sunset.

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• Steak with a side of tango in Buenos Aires • Feel the warm spray of the Iguassu Falls • Lend a helping hand on a working ranch

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Day 4-5 Montevideo Travel to Montevideo, Uruguay's cool capital and renowned for hosting Buenos Aires' socialites at the weekends. There are several good museums including the Carnival Museum, showcasing a colourful array of costumes, great beaches just outside the city and heaps of tasty street food to guzzle on. (2B)

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Leave the city lights behind for the Uruguayan rural life. Get your hands dirty at a working estancia, or ranch, and explore the countryside on horseback rides or day hikes. If it all seems like too much effort, sit back with a glass of wine and indulge in a traditional barbecue. Day 8, board an overnight bus for the journey inland to the crashing Iguassu Falls. Did you know that the waterfall system is composed of 275 falls spanning 2.7km?! (3B, 2L, 2D)

Day 9-10 Iguassu Falls You'll be lost for words as you look out over at the gushing Iguassu Falls, one of South America's most spectacular sights. Hop over the border to Brazil to gain a different perspective and take the opportunity to get even closer with a speedboat ride right up to the thundering torrents! (B)

Day 11-12 Paraty Skipping a mammoth 15-hour bus ride, fly to São Paulo and head straight to the coast. Palm trees and sandy shores await at Paraty. Tour the beautiful bay and nearby beaches by boat, or, if you can tear yourself away from the ocean, visit a cachaça distillery for a taste of the strong stuff. (B) BRAZIL

Day 13-17 Ilha Grande / Rio de Janeiro Travel down the coast and board a ferry to the stunning island of Ilha Grande. There are over 100 beaches to choose from, so grab your snorkel, get your flippers on and head out into the surf. You can also opt to take a scenic hike to the Vila de Dois Rios, go diving, or hop on a boat and cruise around the island. On Day 15, journey to Rio, home to Copacabana beach, Christ the Redeemer and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. The following day, make the most of a free morning then head on a G for Good favela tour with a drumming demonstration, a Capoeira lesson and a few craft beers thrown in. Light up the night in Rio on your own terms before the tour ends on Day 17. (2B)

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ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS, Buenos Aires

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Rio de Janeiro

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Tango in classy Buenos Aires • Marvel at Iguassu Falls • Feast on Brazilian barbecues

• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Explore Rio on foot • Party in the bars of Ipanema

Experience the culture and diversity of this cosmopolitan city then learn all the tango tricks at a dance lesson and show. Gorge yourself on steak and wine (what else?), then step up the pace and experience its pulsing and colourful nightlife. On Day 2, opt to stock up on handmade leather goods at the San Telmo markets or visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Spend the next day at leisure and opt to visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a former grand theatre and now a beautiful bookstore. Try your hand at polo, or learn to make tasty traditional, sweet alfajores. (2B, D)

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• Tango around Buenos Aires • Devour juicy Argentine steak • See the Iguassu Falls

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Home to the world's largest Carnival celebration and Copacabana Beach, get ready for awesome times in Rio de Janeiro. On Day 7, take in panoramic views from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The following day is yours to explore so opt to try hang-gliding, zen out on Ipanema Beach, or put your dancing shoes and head to Pedra do Sal, which hosts improvised samba nights every Monday. Choose to walk up the famous Edcadaria Selaron steps, made of a pretty multi-coloured mosaic. Football fans can hit up the Maracanã stadium for a much needed explore - Brazil's largest football stadium, and former home to a number of the 2016 Olympic Games. Feel like a relaxing walk? The Botanical Garden is your best bet, home to more than 6,500 species of plant and various greenhouses. Your trip sadly comes to a close on Day 9, so bid farewell to your fellow travellers. (3B, D)

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (8 nts) Transport: 2 local flights, transfers, private air con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: 2 internal flights, all sightseeing tours specified Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COBARJ

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Fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the incredible 275 cascades of Iguassu Falls. Spot macaws and toucans and opt to fly over the falls via helicopter for a bird's-eye view! Day 5, cross back into Argentina and visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to the aptly-named Devil's Throat. The rest of the day is yours, so opt to try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the falls. Tonight, tuck into a tasty Brazilian barbecue with the group. Fly to Rio the following morning. (3B, D)

• Chill out in idyllic Paraty • Snorkel in thriving bays • Shake some samba in Rio

Day 1-3 Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls Arrive into Buenos Aires and step out into the electric air of the city. Join your group this evening and hit the town to the unmistakable rhythms of tango and hunt for steak and a bottle of Malbec. Next day, fly up to Iguassu Falls for two full days of exploration. See the falls from both Argentine and Brazilian sides, and walk up to the Devil's Throat for photos of Mother Nature at her most thunderous. (2B) Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Day 4-7 Paraty / Ilha Grande Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to the sandy shores of Paraty. Not only a stunning snorkelling spot, Paraty is also the perfect base for some island-hopping. There'll also be time to visit some cachaça distilleries if it tickles your fancy. Spend the following day at your own leisure - opt to take a boat trip, go kayaking, or go horse riding. You certainly won't get bored! On Day 6, continue up the coast and take a ferry over to Ilha Grande. Take a pick from over 100 beaches and relax, king prawn kebab in one hand and a coconut in the other. Optional hikes are also available, including hiking Pico Do Papagalo or Lopez Mendez. (4B)

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Rio – Brazil's sparkliest jewel. According to the Cariocas (the locals), God made the world in six days, and devoted the seventh to Rio. Bordered by the white beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and graced with sweeping views and gorgeous sunsets from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, it compares to no other city. Here, you can choose to go and admire Brazilian art at the Museum of Modern Art, discover the opulent Theatro Municipal and catch a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain. The tour ends on Day 9 so swing those hips and samba off to your next destination. (2B)

Paraty São Paulo

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Plane, van, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $420-550 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAIB

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WONDERS OF BRAZIL 15 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro Small Group Adventure

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Minimise travelling times and make the most of your time at some of Brazil's best destinations. Flying from São Paulo to Iguassu and from Campo Grande to Rio means more freedom to explore the waterfalls, beaches and wildlife on offer. Throw in some cachaça and you've got yourself a sizzler! Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide while in the Pantanal Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASZWB

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Arrive in Rio at any time on Day 1 and meet your group at the welcome meeting in the evening. The following morning, zip across the water to the car-free Ilha Grande. Spend time here hiking forest trails and exploring the island's beaches. (2B)

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• Spot wetland wildlife in the Pantanal • Chill out on Paraty's beaches • Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain

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• Party hard in Copacabana • Snorkel in Bonito's clear rivers • Explore underwater caves

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multishare tented room with hammocks (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $655-855 for meals not included

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Make the 300 kilometre journey up the coast to Paraty. Once a staging post for Brazilian gold trading, today it's a popular getaway for people just wanting to relax (and maybe sample some of its famous cachaça...). It's also home to some of the world's best Portuguese colonial architecture. Wander aimlessly for two days, relax on the beaches or opt to take a caipirinha boat excursion along the bay. You may also opt to take a day trip to Trindade and test the surf. (2B)

Day 7-8 Iguassu Falls Today, jump on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Straddling the borders of three countries, you have two days to see the falls from at least two sides. Visit the Brazilian side to get the best panoramic view, and opt for a helicopter ride to get yet another angle on them. Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring the nearby trails and catwalks. Opt to visit a bird park or get up close to the water on a power-boat ride. (B)

Day 9-11 Bonito It's all travel on Day 9 as you make your way to the eco tourism hub of Bonito. A popular holiday destination among young people from the southern cities, this is a laid-back town that dozes off a little in between the holiday seasons, but never loses its charm. Make the most of the optional activities available, and fill up your days snorkelling in the rivers or exploring nearby caves and waterfalls. (2B)

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Day 12-13 Pantanal Travel on to the Pantanal, a wetland region teeming with life and some of Brazil's most impressive wildlife. It's one of the continent's best places for catching life that's as wicked as it is wild. On a two-day guided excursion, look out for capybaras, howler monkeys, caimans, giant otters, anacondas, anteaters and Jabiru storks. If you're lucky, you might even spot one of the resident jaguars as they prowl for their dinner. Opt to try piranha fishing or horseback riding in your free time. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Transfer to Campo Grande and fly back to Rio for one last night in the samba clubs. Your trip ends on the morning of Day 15, when you're free to leave at any time. (2B)

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Rio Carnival Hosting one of the biggest outdoor parties on the planet, Rio cranks up the heat, the sass and the feather count for Carnival. A few attractions close down for the occasion, but it's still a great time to visit the city. After all, 5 million revellers can't be wrong!

Brazil Carnival Essential Experience

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Get your fill of samba, beaches and blocos (street parties) with this sizzling four-dayer. On top of your Sambadrome tickets, guides are on hand to escort you to the city's best parties, beaches and dance classes. You might as well practice! HIGHLIGHTS • Sambadrome Carnival ticket • See the parade • Party at the blocos (street parties) • Three nights' accommodation • Samba dance class • Welcome caipirinha cocktail INCLUSIONS Departs: 01Mar19 Accommodation: 3* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Welcome briefing & cocktail, samba dance class, Sunday Sambadrome Parade tickets, face paint, cocktail at Sambadrome, group escort to blocos/parties Note: 6 day bundle available, or upgrade to the full Carnival experience. Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: BEBAMCE3

CabanaCopa Hostel Carnival FR$1,208 Package & Sambadrome Tickets 7 DAYS

Transfer from the airport to Copacabana's popular CabanaCopa hostel and start as you mean to go on, with a caipirinha in your hand! For flexibility, all included activities (below) can be done on any day, so you can pace yourself or throw yourself right in. Other durations are also available. HIGHLIGHTS • Sambadrome Carnival ticket • Favela tour • Free caipirinhas

• Big Dude city tour • Costume accessories • Six nights accommodation

INCLUSIONS Departs: Daily (27Feb19–10Mar19) Accommodation: CabanaCopa hostel (6 nts). Mango Tree option also available Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Arrival airport transfer, free caipirinhas, costume accessories, Big Dude city tour, Sambadrome ticket Tour Code: RIO55C

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience

$1,899

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A real all-in-one! This package includes a ticket to one of the Sambadrome's liveliest sections (good job you have a costume organised), as well as sightseeing trips to Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban rainforest. And to really channel the Carioca spirit? An exclusive beach party with food and four drinks included. HIGHLIGHTS • • • •

Sambadrome ticket (Section 5!) Staff on hand 24 hours City Tour Sugarloaf Mountain

• Christ the Redeemer • Exclusive Copacabana beach party (4 drinks & food included) • All transfers

INCLUSIONS Departs: 01Mar19 Trip Style: Classic Accommodation: 3* hotel in Copacabana (5 nts) Service Level: Standard Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Size: Avg 80 Group Leader: A team of Chief Experience Officers Transport: Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations and to/from included activities Tour Code: GASZCE

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HIGHLIGHTS OF CHILE & ARGENTINA 10 DAYS, Santiago

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Small Group Adventure

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• Explore Buenos Aires • City tour of Santiago • Hiking in Patagonia

Day 1-3 Santiago / Valparaíso Arrive into Santiago at any time and enjoy a guided city tour the next day. The afternoon is yours to do some holiday shopping, relax streetside in a café or hike to the lookout of Cerro Santa Lucia. Day 3, leave for the colourful hillsides of Valparaíso and stop at a winery en route. Plonk yourself down on the beach or check out the town's vibrant street art before taking the overnight bus to Pucón. (2B) Valparaíso, Chile

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Leave the mountains for a flight to the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Once here you can opt to enjoy dinner and a tango show, tour the city by bike, or check out the city's many museums and neighbourhoods. If you're looking for that perfect holiday shot, head to the lively neighbourhood of La Boca and immerse yourself in colour! Depart at any point on Day 10, though if you're looking to stick around, there's plenty more to see and do! (2B)

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Today you cross the Andes into Argentina, driving through the Seven Lakes District and stopping for plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a free evening in the pretty waterfront town of Bariloche. Day 7, transfer to a gaucho ranch for a barbecue lunch and a horseback ride with the local cowboys. Return to Bariloche to explore the town or take a walk through the beautiful countryside of the Seven Lakes District. (3B, L)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Plane, public bus, van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASCCA

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Pucón, in the Chilean Lake District, is all about adventure. Opt to hike the snowcapped Villarrica volcano, soak in some nearby natural hot springs, go rafting down white water rapids, or simply explore the area on foot. The area is also famous for its skiing and snowboarding, so if you're a powder hound; time to go wild! (B)

• Stay in picturesque camps • Free time in Puerto Natales • Get completely off the map

Day 1-2 Puerto Natales / Serrano Camp Puerto Natales is the gateway to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, so it's nothing if not scenic! Enjoy a day here to acclimatise and opt to visit the vast Mylodon Cave, once inhabited by prehistoric, sloth-like mylodons. Get any last-minute shopping done in Puerto Natales, and rent all equipment needed for the hike. Make sure you get plenty of rest though; it's an active four days ahead! The following day, start the 38.5 mile (62 km) route by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below. Then, take a 90 minute transfer to the scenic Serrano campsite. (B, L, D)

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Enjoy the final day of the W Trek. Wake up to the amazing views of the Cuernos del Paine (the Horns of Paine) and continue trekking to Las Torres Campsite. Finish by snapping a photo of the mountains reflecting in the Lake Nordenskjöld before heading back to Puerto Natales for one final night. If you've got time to spare, pay a visit to the Municipal Historical Museum, showcasing exhibits from the region's indigenous population. Head off at any point on Day 6. (2B, L)

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Wake up surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, enjoy a scenic drive and a picturesque ferry ride on the waters of Lake Pehoé. Later on, hike to Grey Lake and the lookout point for Grey Glacier and admire the scale of this immense glacier. It's a pretty breathtaking place, so make sure you've packed your camera! The next day, hike first to the Italian camp, then set out to the French Valley Mirador. Take in some epic scenery on this stretch – think light blue lakes contrasting beautifully against the deep green forest. Later on, head to the spectacular Cuernos Camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, plane, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $475-620 for meals not included

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Arrive into stylish Buenos Aires and head out to explore the eclectic neighbourhoods before joining your group for the onward journey. Shake off the Malbec hangover next day and fly south to El Calafate before transferring to El Chaltén. Follow your nose around the quaint town, then enjoy a full-day's hiking to the Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres, surrounded by the striking landscape of Glacier National Park. Walk through a sea of granite pinnacles and admire the snow-capped Cerro Fitz Roy (3,441 metres) and the village of El Chaltén, as well as a host of other glistening peaks, glaciers and lakes. (B)

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Day 1-3 Buenos Aires / El Chaltén

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Day 4-5 El Chaltén / El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier Return to El Calafate then take the spectacular drive west to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only three advancing glaciers in Patagonia. During the trip you may spot condors, rheas, eagles or flamingos, but the real star of the day is the glacier itself. Enjoy a guided tour on Day 5 and opt to take a boat ride on the lake to gain a different perspective of this imposing spectacle. (2B)

Day 6-9 Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine National Park Continue south along an unpaved road to the Chilean border. Spend a relaxing evening in Puerto Natales before the trip to Torres del Paine, one of South America's most prized national parks. Get tangled up in spectacular nature with nightly camping and daily hikes in the shadow of rugged peaks and past sparkling lakes, waterfalls, electric blue glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, such as condors and flamingos. The park is also home to herds of guanaco and a growing population of puma, so keep a weather eye on the open steppes! Return to Puerto Natales on Day 9. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Punta Arenas is Chile's southernmost city, looking across the Strait of Magellan to Tierra del Fuego. Explore the charming city on Day 10 and opt to visit the penguins at Magdalena Island. Cross into Argentina by bus to travel to picturesque Ushuaia, situated on the tip of the continent and reaching towards Antarctica, your base for an optional marine wildlife cruise of the Beagle Channel. (3B)

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Fly back to Buenos Aires, and take some time to explore the parts of the city you missed first time round. If you haven't satisfied your steak quota just yet, this is the time to do it! After dinner, work out the meat sweats (they'll be worth it) with a round or two of tango - so head to a local club and find yourself a partner to throw around the dancefloor. The trip ends on Day 14. (2B)

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Navigate Argentina and Chile's bold, alien landscapes on this 14-day feast, filled to the rafters with extremes. Visit formidable national parks, towering glaciers and Antarctic wildlife, then wash it all down with a nice glass of red.


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Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light - the Antarctic is anything but a world of white desolation. Encounter huge whales, enormous colonies of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. Bring on that seventh continent!

frequently asked questions WILL THE COLD AFFECT ME?

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Colder, drier, and windier than anywhere else on the planet, Antarctica requires plenty of preparation. Highs of 15 degrees have been reported, though even in the summer temperatures are below freezing most of the time. Pack plenty of layers and a big coat!

As you'll be setting foot on land, walking, hiking and even swimming (if you're brave!), we recommend you have at least a moderate level of fitness if you're joining this tour. In order to join, you'll also need to fill out a medical form. It's a prerequisite.

Highlights • Cross the 800km Drake Passage • Explore with an expert team • Spot icebergs, whales and penguins • Learn about dramatic explorers • Informative lectures throughout • Opt to go kayaking or camping • G for Good collection

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You'll be staying aboard the G Expedition boat in twin, triple or quad-share cabins. All have their own en suite and porthole or cabin. Looking for something more fancy? Opt for your own private suite.

On-board our expedition ships you'll find a diversity of gourmet international cuisines prepared by professional chefs. There's always different meals available, and vegetarians will find plenty of options.

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Your adventure begins with an 800km (497 miles) crossing of the waters of Sir Francis Drake. As the lecture sessions begin, learn about the extraordinary human and natural history of Antarctica from your expedition team. During the excursion, you'll spend some time collecting ocean data as part of the G for Good project in partnership with the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 3-4 The Drake Passage

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Group Leader: 1 expedition team member per 10 guests Group Size: Max 134 Tour Code: GAXVCASX

Arrive in Ushuaia and enjoy the sights of the world's southernmost city, and meet your group this evening. The morning of Day 2 is left free, ideal if you need to buy any last-minute essentials or try out an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. The G Expedition sets sail in the afternoon. Enjoy your first evening on-board by watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel. (B, D)

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A trip to Antarctica can be truly life-changing. Massive, magnificent and unforgiving, it'll leave your mind searching for words to describe it. Each day presents a new discovery, whether you're cruising through ice-choked waterways, trekking through chattering penguin rookeries, or glimpsing whales breaching in the pristine waters.

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Day 5-8 The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands This is what you've been waiting for: your first glimpse of the Great White Continent! For four days, the ship will navigate southwards through the Bransfield Strait, making stops in the South Shetland Islands en route to the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to attempt two shore excursions per day, but the daily schedule will depend on the weather and ice conditions. The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are bouncing with wildlife. Penguins gather with their chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches and numerous albatross and other sea birds trail in the wake of the ship. There's plenty of time to enjoy the scenery of ice-choked waterways, icebergs, glaciers and mountains. As well as enjoying Antarctica's endless beauty, you might also get the chance to get involved with the Ocean Health Fund. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Day 9-11 The Drake Passage / Ushuaia Today, the journey back up north to Ushuaia begins. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff - being here is something most people never get the chance to do. Up on the observation deck, scour the waters one last time to get that sought-after tail shot of a passing whale. On Day 11, arrive back into Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land's awe-inspiring splendours first-hand. ANTARCTIC KAYAKING

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (1 nt), G Expedition vessel (twin, triple or quad-share cabins and suites, all with en suite) (9 nts) Transport: G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, pub, outdoor observation deck, gift shop, computer room, gym, sauna, clinic Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $25-35 for meals not included Note: Drinks and tips are not included

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Head out in kayaks on days where zodiac landings are also available.

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Ushuaia, ROUTE :

Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet's last frontier. Sail the Drake Passage, then explore the western Antarctic Peninsula. DEPARTS: Selected Thur, Fri & Sat (Dec-Feb) GAXVQCSX ANTARCTICA CLASSIC IN DEPTH 13 DAYS, Ushuaia

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Ushuaia, ROUTE :

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Experience the penguins and seals of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on this epic voyage to Antarctica. Spend three weeks following in the footsteps of Shackleton. DEPARTS: Selected Fridays (Nov-Feb) GAXVSHSX

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COSTA RICA QUEST 9 DAYS, San José

$979

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San José Small Group Adventure

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Follow the calls of the wild to Costa Rica and you could be hanging upside-down with the jungle monkeys in no time. This action-packed tour is perfect for a time-strapped traveller after a bit of adventure. Think hot springs, waterfalls, pura vida and beautiful beaches. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRQ

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private van, boat, local bus Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $385500 for meals not included

• Soak in volcanic thermal springs • Search for the elusive quetzal bird • Chill on the beaches of Quepos

My Own Room Available: Fr $529

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• Learn about local coffee production • Zipline through the canopy • G for Good collection

Day 1 San José

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Arrive at any time in Costa Rica's capital and meet your group later in the evening. If there's time, check out the colonial mansions and galleries of Barrio Amón, stroll through pretty Parque La Sabana, and go gawp at the treasures of the museums of jade, gold and art.

Day 2-3 La Fortuna / Arenal Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the G for Good Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. As the town’s main cooperative, this community initiative brings together more than 200 small farmers that produce organic coffee from the four regions of San Carlos, Sarapiquí, Heredia and Alajuela. Find out where your cup of Joe comes from, sample a fresh cup of the good stuff, and enjoy a typical lunch of plantain, beans and tilapia fish. Continue on to the Arenal region for a free afternoon of optional activities, like white water rafting or canyoning. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. There are endless nature trails and pools. Enjoy an included soak in the springs of Arenal Volcano. (L)

Day 4-5 Monteverde Cross the surrounds of Lake Arenal and inhale the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Pull on your poncho and boots and harness your inner Tarzan as you imagine swinging from giant vines through the cloud-covered forest. Enjoy a guided tour of the Santa Elena Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled along the twelve kilometres of trails for an extensive variety of wildlife. Listen for the haunting call of the bellbird and try spotting the elusive quetzal. Don't miss the chance to glide through the trees on a thrilling canopy zipline or walk through the canopy on a Sky Walk. Otherwise, opt to visit a butterfly garden or go on a night walk to spot wildlife such as poison dart frogs.

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Day 6-7 Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park Travel to the surf town of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. This is one of Costa Rica's best-known beach towns, situated just outside the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park. The tropical vegetation, abrupt headlands and well-maintained trail systems offer superb hiking and wildlife viewing, while the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, sea kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing. You can also choose to go kayaking through mangroves. At night, the friendly streets of Quepos come alive so strap on your salsa shoes and get to dancing!

Day 8-9 Quepos / San José Ease your weary salsa legs with a trip to the beach the next morning before journeying back to the city in the afternoon. The trip ends where you started, in Costa Rica's cultural capital, San José. If you can do two nights on the trot then go seek out some live music, or pick up a few last minute souvenirs at the markets. The National Theatre is a must-visit for the culture vultures among you. Your adventure ends on the morning of Day 9.

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COSTA RICA ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, San José

$649

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San José

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Explore San José's museums • Try white water rafting • Soak in soothing hot springs

• Hang in hippie Santa Teresa • Hike volcanic landscapes • Wildlife in National Parks

Montezuma, Costa Rica

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Spend the morning on the beach before heading back to the capital for one final night out with your group, reliving the unforgettable memories of the last week. On Day 8, your adventure concludes and it's time to say adiós to the pura vida lifestyle of the adventure wonderland that is Costa Rica. If 8 days weren't enough, you can always choose to stay on and extend the Central American adventures!

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San José

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• Enjoy world-class rafting • Bike along Arenal Lake • Opt to hike up a volcano

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La Fortuna Arenal Volcano

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You'll travel to Santa Teresa located on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. For the next few days you can opt to chill out on the beach, or check out Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve to spot wildlife. Those keen for some surfing are in for a treat, as the surfing opportunities are great here. And, you won't even need a wet suit with the sunny Costa Rican skies shining above you. Alternatively, if you feel like zenning out and surfing isn't your game, there are also yoga classes to get stuck into. And there's paddle boarding for those of you that want to get your abs working (it's fun though, we promise). Make sure you don't miss out on the banging nightlife!

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (4 nts) Transport: Bus, ferry, taxi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $280-365 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRBC

Day 4-6 Santa Teresa

• Relax on the scenic coast • Try a zipline over the jungle • Have a go at surfing

Day 1-6 San José / Monteverde / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive at any time in San José and meet your group. On Day 2, start early for a beautiful drive up into the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Enjoy a free day in the cloud forest so go wildlife spotting on the canopy bridges or fly like an eagle on the famous canopy zipline. On Day 4, you'll travel through rolling hills and pretty lakes to La Fortuna near the base of the Arenal Volcano. Whilst here, opt to go white water rafting, waterfall rappelling or volcano hiking. On Day 6, take to two wheels and cycle past farms and villages, taking in the area. End with an optional visit to hot springs fed by the Arenal Volcano.

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Soak up the chilled-out atmosphere on incomparable white and black sand beaches. Pull on a rash guard, grab a big board and get ready to hang ten like a local on an included surf lesson, then go snorkelling or have a go at some yoga. Do as you please on Day 11, then head back to San José on Day 12. Enjoy some free time to visit its museums, including the Gold Museum, the Museum of Costa Rican Art, or the Jade Museum. Fun fact - The Gold Museum has one of the largest collections of Pre-Columbian gold in all of the Americas. The National Theatre is also a must-visit with its colossal murals and intricate ceilings. Depart at any time on Day 13.

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Day 10-13 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / San José

Arenal / La Fortuna

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, private vehicle, bike, boat, raft Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $460-600 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRSM

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Begin a two-day rafting expedition down the Pacuare River. Stop on the way for hikes to towering waterfalls and hidden canyons, then overnight in remote rustic lodges built along the river. Next day, go and explore the jungle by foot. Your rafting excursion ends on Day 9 when you head for the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo. Think laid-back vibes in this Caribbean coastal town. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 1-3 San José / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive into San José at any time and get out exploring the lively streets, museums and markets. A fail-safe option would definitely be the National Theatre, boasting beautiful architecture and a fascinating history. After a day of adventures, meet your CEO and the group in the evening. Next day, head to La Fortuna. La Fortuna sits to the east of the Arenal Volcano, which is often cited by scientists as being in the top 20 of the world's most active. The beautiful surrounding countryside provides plenty of adrenalin sports to get involved in, such as white water rafting or waterfall rappelling. You can hike around the volcano or simply chill out with a relaxing soak in La Fortuna's hot springs while gazing at the looming volcano as it appears from beneath the misty clouds.


VIVA COSTA RICA 9 DAYS, San José

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San José Exclusively for 18-35s

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Laid-back Costa Rica is the perfect mix of beach-bumming and thrilling adventures. Opt to zipline through the canopies of lush rainforests, surf in sunny Tamarindo, explore Monteverde's enchanting Cloud Forest and search for wildlife and spectacular sunsets. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: 18-35s Exclusively Group Leader: Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COSJSJ

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• Visit Monteverde's magical Cloud Forest • Included tour of a coffee plantation • Take a guided hike in Manuel Antonio

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• Opt to rappel through a rainforest • Learn the art of chocolate making • Opt to surf in hotspot Playa Tamarindo

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Departures 2019/20

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Jan 20

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private air-con coach, mini-coach, van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

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Day 1-2 San José / Arenal Welcome to San José! Then next couple of days will be spent adventuring. Start strong with a visit to Sarapiqui, with its gorgeous surrounds an opportunity to get your pulse racing on a white water rafting excursion. Head on to the resort town of Arenal, home to a host of outdoors activities that you can get stuck into. Choose to go rappelling in a rainforest, or take an indulgent soak in some thermal hot springs. Learn the fine art of chocolate making - one of the country's most famous exports. Up until the 1930s, the Corotega people in Costa Rica even used the cacao bean as a form of currency. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Playa Tamarindo Calling all surfer dudes and beach loungers! Fancy spending a couple of days relaxing on wide-stretching sandy beaches with plenty of surfing, killer sunsets and a buzzing nightlife? Well, you're in the right place that's for sure. Choose to go surfing on some of Costa Rica's awesome beaches, hop on a catamaran cruise, or simply sip on fruity cocktails on one of the colourful beach bars. There are also some pretty cool kayaking opportunities. A collection of estuary waterways can be found just north of Tamarindo, where you can choose to kayak with a professional guide. Keep your eyes peeled for sunbathing crocs on the river bank and exotic bird species. And when you're hungry, after a full day of action of course, there's a number of little eateries to choose from. You'll be able to find anything from tasty falafel and crunchy tacos for dinner to traditional Costa Rican cuisine (they eat A LOT of rice and beans here and you'll be forever full). (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Monteverde Say adiós to the sweet beach life, as you're off to Monteverde's enchanting cloud forest. Shrouded in mist, you'll feel a bit like you're walking through a movie set here. This mountainous town is home to a host of activities that are any adrenalin-seeker's dream. Opt to shoot down canopies above rainforests on zipwire tours, head out in search of abundant wildlife, go horseback riding, wander hanging bridges or head to Taco Taco for some crunchy tacos. Dining at the tree house is a pretty cool experience (and your eight-year-old self will wholeheartedly agree). Gunning for a night out? Bar Amigos is your best bet, playing all the classic reggaeton tunes. While in Monteverde you'll enjoy an included locally-guided tour of a coffee plantation, one of the country's biggest exports. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Manuel Antonio / San José Oceanside Manuel Antonio has pretty much everything you'd want - ancient rainforest, plentiful wildlife, sandy beaches, coral reefs, catamaran cruises, ziplining, kayaking and hiking trails... Home to SO much wildlife, nature lovers come running to this awesome place. It's one of the best places to see a sloth in Costa Rica - if that's not a reason to come, we're not sure what is. Take a hike through the mountains with a local expert to spot macaws, toucans and sleepy sloths, or alternatively, choose to go horseriding to the Tacori waterfalls. Return to San José on Day 9. (2B, D)

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PANAMA EXPERIENCE 14 DAYS, San José

$1,199

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Panama City

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Opt to surf in Puerto Viejo • Explore Red Frog beach • Opt for white water rafting

• Coiba National Park • Explore Valle de Antón • Opt to visit Panama Canal

Arrive into San José at any time, and journey to the laid-back village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca the following day on Costa Rica's sunny Caribbean coast. Expect bohemian vibes here, stretches of white and black sand beaches, barefoot travellers and plenty of bike-riding. Next day, opt to surf, rent a boogie board, and dance away to reggae and calypso music. Line your stomach with an array of tasty street food try and find yucca stuffed with gooey cheese, and topped with barbecue sauce.

Panama City, Panama

Day 4-7 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Bocas del Toro / Boquete Time to cross the border into Panama! Opt to spend free time here snorkelling, scuba diving, beach bumming, or you can even choose to take a boat out and search for dolphins and sleepy sloths. Next day, you'll head to Red Frog beach to keep your eyes out for - well - red frogs. Day 7, back on the mainland, pick up some snacks for the long journey ahead to the mountain adventure town of Boquete.

San José

Puerto Viejo Bocas del Toro

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Choose to go white water rafting, hop on a tour of a coffee plantation, or hike through the Cloud Forest. Next day, travel to the Pacific Coast and make the most of a few more beach days. Home to two-black sand beaches, and plenty of fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, diving and surfing ops, you certainly won't be short of things to do. Day 10, opt to explore Coiba National Park, or take a surfing lesson.

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Day 11-14 Valle de Antón / Panama City Travel to Valle de Antón, a stunning town located in the crater of an extinct volcano, surrounded by dense cloud forest and mystic mountains. Choose to hike to a nearby waterfall, soak in local hot springs, or potter around the town's famous arts and crafts markets. Day 12, leave the mountains, and head to Panama's capital. Opt to go on a night out with your group. Enjoy some free time in the city the next day, or visit the Panama Canal. Your tour wraps up in Panama City on Day 14.

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), multi-share hostels (11 nts) Transport: Bus, private vehicle, taxi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $480625 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRSP

MEXICO: CITIES, CUISINE & RUINS 15 DAYS, Mexico City

$1,449

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Playa del Carmen

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Bargain hunt in markets • Try local life in San Cristóbal • Take a dip in a sinkhole

Panama City

Valle de Anton

Boquete

Day 8-10 Boquete / Santa Catalina

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• Visit the Chichén Itzá ruins • Chill out on the beach • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Mexico City Arrive into Mexico's capital at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, visit the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán before you head out on a street food crawl to find the perfect taco. On Day 3, enjoy a free day to disocver some more of Mexico's capital. We'd recommend checking out one of the musuems. (2B, D)

Day 4-6 Veracruz / Oaxaca Travel to the coastal city of Veracruz. This historic city is home to beautiful beaches, nearby ruins, and some of the best whitewater rafting in Mexico. Discover it on an orientation walk with your CEO, then the next day, enjoy a free day. Opt to hit the beach, go whitewater rafting or visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tlocotalpan. On Day 6, travel to colonial Oaxaca. (3B)

Río Lagartos Mérida

Mexico City

Day 7-10 Oaxaca / Mérida

Travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos and see the colourful Las Coloradas. On Day 12, continue to Tulum and visit the dramatic ruins that make the town famous. Enjoy a free day here on Day 13 and opt to go snorkelling or diving. On Day 14 travel to Playa del Carmen and visit a youth-focused arts programme. (5B, D)

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Set off for a day trip to the stunning Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall, then stop for a tipple of mezcal on the way back to Oaxaca. On Day 8, opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, take a Mole cooking class, or check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. On Day 10, set off for Mérida and take a dip in a cenote along the way. Then head back to the city and opt to see Uxmal's light show. (4B)

Day 11-15 Mérida / Rio Lagartos / Tulum / Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen

Oaxaca

inclusions Departs: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels and hostels (14 nts) Transport: Local air con bus, taxi, private vehicle, plane Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAMMC

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MAYAN TRAIL 11 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

$1,299

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Antigua

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Camp out in tropical jungle • Party on down in Antigua • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida Ditch the tourist resorts of Cancún for the ruins, jungles and colonial cities of Mexico and Guete. Arrive ready to meet your group in the evening. On Day 2, your first stop is the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. A guide will take you round the spectacular, huge stepped pyramids with elaborate stone carvings. Mérida, with its impressive colonial buildings is next. From here there's the option to visit the ruins of Uxmal or take a dip in three cenotes (underground pools) in the nearby town of Cuzamá.

Antigua, Guatemala

Day 4-7 Palenque / San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Next up is the Mayan ruins of Palenque that are surrounded by cedar, mahogany, and sapodilla trees. Take a guided tour of the temples, with fantastic comb-like decorations and sculptured wall panels, then head to the Roberto Barrios waterfall for a swim. Spend two unforgettable nights in a jungle lodge in the nearby national park, then to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Set high in a mountain valley, the city is known for its 16th century architecture. Take an optional boat ride in Sumidero Canyon and opt to visit local indigenous villages to learn about day-to-day life.

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My Own Room Available: Fr $389 San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Your first destination in Guatemala is Panajachel, on the shores of Lake Atitlán and surrounded by spectacular volcanoes. Take a boat ride to visit indigenous villages, giving you an opportunity to see life in these communities. Spend a night at the G for Good Posadas Mayas homestay with a local family in San Juan La Laguna. This partner initiative provides access to the tourism market for the small town that has traditionally lacked the opportunity to benefit from sustainable tourism. On arrival in Antigua on Day 10, you'll take an orientation walk of the cobblestone streets. Later, opt to take a cooking class, salsa dancing class or party on down with your fellow travellers! The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 11. (D)

Mérida

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, boat Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACMTM

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• Marvel at Chichén Itzá • Cool off in Mérida's sinkhole • Get to know Mayan families

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YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS 6 DAYS, Mexico City

$1,195

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Cancún

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Discover the Chichén Itzá ruins • Go clubbing in Cancún • Snorkel at Playa del Carmen

• Explore Mexico City • Explore Teotihuacán ruins • Try rappelling and canoeing

Day 1 Mexico City Arrive in Mexico City and meet your team for a guided tour of the Teotihuacán ruins. After, you're free to explore the capital. Walk around the Zocalo, the buzzy main square of the city with the unmissable Metropolitan Cathedral, built over two centuries and featuring three architectural styles. Get your history fix at the National Museum of Anthropology, even if museums aren't your thing, this place will impress! You can opt to explore the world-famous murals at Palacio de Bellas Artes before heading out for dinner and a night on the town with your group. (D)

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Day 2 Mérida Fly to the beautiful white stone city of Mérida for cheap eats and thriving markets, ideal for picking up some local souvenirs. Tour the city's gorgeous colonial buildings and Government Palace then go find yourself some Yucatan specialities to feast on. We suggest trying the local street food called Panuchos, a tortilla served with refried beans, shredded turkey, cabbage, pickled red onion, avocado and jalapeños! (B)

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Day 3 Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Cancún Head to the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá for a locally guided tour of its pyramids and temples. You may even be tempted to dip into one of the region's cenotes or underground sink holes. Then go east to Cancún for beaches, bars and bargain shopping. (B)

Day 4-6 Cancún Enjoy free time in Cancún over the next few days, lounge under the sun during the day and hit up the legendary nightlife with your squad in the evenings. Brave souls can even opt for a Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling and lunch. Thrillseekers can take a trip to hidden waters deep in the jungle or visit some ancient Mayan ruins. Explore coral reefs and caves before waving farewell to your Mexican adventure the next day. (3B, D)

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CANCÚN & BEYOND ruins, reefs & late nights LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Synonymous with the scantilyclad shenanigans of Spring Break. Even if Cancún's fun-filled resorts aren't exactly your thing, the sands are white and sunkissed and the sea turquoise. Swim by giant whale sharks, or spend a day at the Chichén Itzá ruins to fill any cultural void. For a more sophisticated vibe, head instead to the flashy former fishing village of Playa del Carmen. Or for near horizontal, ferry over to the laid-back charms of Isla Mujeres.

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$161 $81

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$133 $67

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GRAND OASIS CANCÚN

$203 $142

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Location: Overlooking the azure Caribbean sea, next to a range of bars and nightclubs.

Location: Very close to Forum Beach, Marlin Beach, and Coco Bongo nightclub.

Location: Nestled on a strip of land between the sea and Nichupte lagoon.

Vibe: A swanky place to rest your head after a night (or day) out on the town.

Vibe: Classy hotel with easy access to the beach, upscale shops, and vibrant nightlife.

Vibe: Put your wallet away, this sprawling beach resort is all inclusive.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Hot tub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Bike rental • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Outdoor pool • Private beach • 14 bars • 18 restaurants • Hot tub • Spa

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GRAND OASIS SPRING BREAK 2020

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Spend your Spring Break at the Grand Oasis Cancún, the perfect party destination with two beach clubs and more bars and restaurants than you could wish for. The resort has its own stretch of perfect white-sand beach, Cancún's biggest pool and all drinks and food are inclusive. DJs will be spinning tunes non-stop at the beachfront stage, so there won't be any need for you to hit the gym. It's gonna be one Spring Break to remember (at least vaguely). Departs: Daily (dates TBC) Accommodation: Grand Oasis Lite (5 or 3 nts) Meals: All-inclusive Note: A $30 USD non-refundable deposit is required on check-in Tour Code: CUNSBS

SPRING BREAK PARTY PASSES

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If you're going to do Spring Break, you may as well do it properly! Get yourself one of these passes and gain access to some of the hottest nightclubs in Cancún, with transfers included to and from your hotel to the club every night of your stay. With your cover fee already included, you'll also have a reserved area at the club and access to an open bar. And with options for three, four, five, six or seven-night passes, you can fit it right into your schedule. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Transport: Private vehicle Includes: Club entry, transfers, reserved area, express pass, open bar Tour Code: CUNPAR

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC magical adventures & merengue LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

The Dominican Republic is fast becoming an adventure and culture destination, with stunning mountain scenery, Spanish architecture, and a music culture to rival them all, the country’s character is one of diversity and fun. Ditch the pools and cocktails for adventuring on Isla Soana, the blue depths of Hoyo Azul, and zip lining through the jungle! Take a walk through the New World’s oldest city, Santo Domingo and dedicate your nights to merengue!

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HOTEL LA TORTUGA LAS TERRENAS, SAMANÁ

$109 $55

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Location: Located along the beaches of Las Terrenas, the hotel is only 200 metres from the beach and Fisherman's Village.

Location: Nestled in the small fishing town of Cabeza de Toro, and conveniently just 15 minutes away from the International Airport.

Vibe: Coconut trees and lush tropical garden surround 10 comfy bungalows, a peaceful hideaway from the noise of town.

Vibe: Home to 156 luxury suites surrounding a snake-like outdoor pools, perfect for lounging.

Highlights: Bungalows • Private terrace • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Tropical garden • TV lounge • Car hire • Currency exchange • Free on-site parking • Tour desk

Highlights: Private suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 3 restaurants • Spa and massage services • Hair and beauty salon • 24-hour gym • 24-hour room service

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$155 $122

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$126 $106

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GRAND PALLADIUM BAVARO SUITES RESORT & SPA

$263 $176

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Location: Beachfront location on Bavarro Beach in the beautiful Punta Cana region.

Location: Set on Atlantic Beach in Cabeza de Toro town in the Punta Cana region.

Location: Set in Punta Cana on the east coast in the Quisqueya province.

Vibe: Luxury, comfort and an endless supply of activities in this slice of paradise.

Vibe: Luxury holiday spot where you can relax but also go wild with water sports!

Vibe: Relax on the white sand beach before moving on to the swim up pool bar -bliss!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • 9 bars • 9 restaurants • Casino

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • 9 pools • Bar • Spa • Nightly shows • Casino

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Beachfront • 4 outdoor pools • 22 bars • 8 restaurants • Casino

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BAHAMAS sinkholes & swimming pigs LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 coral-fringed islands surrounded by clear ocean and pink (pink!) sand. There are even swimming pigs to match the colour scheme in Exuma, as well as the world's second-largest sinkhole, Dean’s Blue Hole. Beyond all the diving and snorkelling, you'll find plenty of grit and culture in Nassau. Hop on a local bus to see the historic town and the beautiful beaches, dotted by the characteristic palm trees.

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HOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGE

$208 $104

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PEACE & PLENTY GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA

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$182 $91

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VIVA WYNDHAM FORTUNA RESORT

$245 $148

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Location: On the beachfront of Elbow Cay in Hope Town, a popular boating spot.

Location: Located in downtown George Town, perfect for exploring Exuma.

Location: Set on a private strip of beach just 20 minutes from downtown Freeport.

Vibe: Beach cabanas and poolside cottages right on the beach for a perfect getaway.

Vibe: Relaxing seaside hotel with a brand new beach club, located on Stocking Island.

Vibe: Enjoy sophisticated and modern rooms facing the Caribbean Sea.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Satellite TV • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • TV lounge • Yoga

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pools • Restaurants • Gym • Oceanfront trapeze

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WARWICK PARADISE ISLAND BAHAMAS

$407 $204

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CAT ISLAND & ELEUTHERA

$1,392

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7 DAYS

ALL INCLUSIVE

Location: Situated on the south shore of the island, this luxurious resort is only a short distance from the iconic Cabbage Beach. Vibe: Boasting its own private harbour beach, this resort offers spacious and modern rooms with views of the Island or waterfront. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Pool • Spa • Sun loungers • Hot tub/ jacuzzi • Gym • 24-hour reception EXBAH3

Spend seven days frolicking on Cat island and Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Included in your island getaway are six nights’ accommodation, inter island flights, meet and greet in Nassau and your personalised itinerary. Both accommodations boast lush landscape and views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Without a doubt, you’ll experience incredible beaches, gorgeous sunsets, friendly Bahamian hospitality, and an abundance of juicy fresh fruit! Departs: Selected dates Accommodation: Pineapple Fields Hotel (3 nts), Rollez Villas Beach resort (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Inter-island flights Tour Code: BAHCAE

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A city that, frankly, doesn’t give the others a chance. It’s a city of Big Times and it does not apologise for it. Never change, NYC. See more of New York on page 191.

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The West Coast is home to some damn good Mexican-inspired cuisine. Try the delicious chip and guac-filled California burrito. See more of West Coast USA on pages 186-189 and 193-195.

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Canada’s national parks will make you feel like you’re on another planet. Check out the magic of Banff, Jasper and Mt. Revelstoke. See more of Canada on pages 196-199. HISTORY ON THE EAST COAST

The East Coast is peppered with historical big guns: Savannah, Plymouth, Boston and pretty much all of Washington, D.C. See more of East Coast USA on pages 184-185 and 191-192.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN US & CANADA 14 DAYS, New York

$1,999

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New York Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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The perfect tour for nature-loving city slickers, combining a whistle-stop tour of Eastern USA with the astonishing beauty of Canada. Brush up on your North American history, with visits to monuments and museums while being wowed by your beautiful surroundings. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: GANUYH

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My Own Room Available: Fr $649

Leave the city behind and get back to nature in the beautiful surrounds and clear waters of Allegheny National Forest. On Day 5, travel to Niagara Falls and take the famous 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour. Be warned – you'll get a good soaking from the misty air! You'll stay until darkness sets in to witness the falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour, then see if lady luck is on your side at the casino. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 6-10 Toronto / Ottawa / Montréal Cross the border into Canada and head to the diverse and thriving city of Toronto. An orientation walk gives you the full Toronto experience, showing off sights such as the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the iconic CN Tower. On Day 8, pass through Algonquin Provincial Park's lush maple and fire woods and sparkling lakes on your way to Ottawa, the nation's capital. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore Byward Market, visit the parliament buildings, wander around the historic Glebe neighbourhood or treat yourself to a Beaver Tail (a Canadian treat and not the actual beaver tail). On Day 9, continue on to the vibrant city of Montréal, the biggest Frenchspeaking metropolis in the world after Paris. On Day 10, opt to go cycling, jet boating, climb Mont Royal or thrill yourself at La Ronde theme park. Montréal is also famous for its nightlife, so get your dancing shoes out and hit the clubs! (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Arrive at any time and start to check out the sights of the Big Apple before meeting your travel buddies that evening. The following day, head south to Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, where America's first leaders drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and separate the facts from the myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom. Continue on to Washington, D.C. and spend a full day exploring the USA's fascinating capital city. Tour many of the national monuments, including the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, just to name a few. (B, 2D)

Day 4-5 Allegheny National Forest / Niagara Falls

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Day 1-3 New York City / Philadelphia / Washington, D.C.

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Departures 2019 Mar

• Enjoy pristine nature in Algonquin • Tour French-speaking Montréal • Sample new flavours at Ben & Jerry's

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• Gaze at Times Square's billboards • Tour the national monuments in D.C. • Get soaked by mist at Niagara Falls

Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (9 nts) Transport: Air con private vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners (5 lunches May-Jun) Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included

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Day 11-14 Boston / Cape Cod / New York City Cross back into the States and stop for some ice cream and a tour at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in the rural New England state of Vermont. On arrival in Boston, take a guided city tour including Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail to discover the history of America's Revolution. Depending on the season you might be able to catch a baseball game. Tour Harvard University before heading out to beautiful Cape Cod on Day 12. Set up camp and enjoy a sunset on the beach. On Day 13, hang out and relax on the beach or take an optional whale-watching tour. Travel back to New York the next day, where your tour ends on arrival. If you've got the time, we'd recommend sticking around. This is the Big Apple after all! Don't miss out on Times Square, Central Park and Greenwich Village! (5B, 2D)

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EASTERN DISCOVERY 14 DAYS, New Orleans

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Day 1-3 New Orleans / Panama City Beach / Orlando Your trip starts this morning. Take in the warm and soulful culture of the Big Easy. Meander through the French Quarter, listen to some jazz, feast on Southern cuisine and discover what voodoo is all about. That evening, hit the bars and jazz clubs of Bourbon Street and indulge in a whisky cocktail or two! The next day, drive through 'Sweet Home Alabama' on your way to Panama City Beach. Think white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters - pack that sunscreen! On Day 3, leave the relaxed beaches of Panama City behind you as you get set for Orlando, residence of the House of Mouse. (2B, D)

Day 4-6 Orlando / Miami Orlando is all about non-stop fun and excitement, so make sure you get out and make the most of it! While here, take full advantage of your free one-way transfers to explore the various theme parks, including Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, MGM Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Let's not forget that Magic Kingdom either! Once you're all theme-parked out, make for the glamorous city of Miami. Chill out on one of the many beaches, max out your credit card or look out for A-list celebrities in South Beach's hottest clubs. If you fancy some more adrenalin, don't miss out on the exhilarating 'Thriller' speedboat ride around the harbour. Hang on tight and keep your arms inside! (2B, D)

Day 7-9 Miami / Cocoa Beach / St. Augustine / Savannah Head north along the beautiful coast to Cocoa Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand on Florida's east coast. Spend the rest of the day chilling at the beach, then the next day, pay a visit to the Kennedy Space Center on your way to charming and historic St. Augustine. Learn all about the history of American space travel and the importance of NASA, then visit the Castillo de San Marcos National in St. Augustine. It's 340 years old! On Day 9, it's off to Savannah. See the historic city squares, homes and gardens made famous by 'Forrest Gump', then hit the waterfront's bars. (2B, D)

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (13 nts) Transport: Modern, air con coach with free Wi-Fi and power points for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners Note: Please do not book onward flights before 9pm

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If you're looking for thrills, spills and culture in spades, then look no further. This is the trip for you! Commencing in the thriving Big Easy and culminating in the juicy Big Apple, you'll get to ride Orlando's rad rollercoasters, geek out at the Kennedy Space Center and delve into Washington, D.C.'s intriguing history.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEEP SOUTH 12 DAYS, New Orleans

$2,599

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New Orleans

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore charming Charleston • History galore in Savannah • Eat delicious southern food

• Hear the blues in Memphis • Get all country in Nashville • Enjoy jazz in New Orleans

Arrive into New Orleans at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. If you're feeling up to it, make sure you check out the lively bars of Bourbon Street! The next day, drive through the Deep South to Birmingham, stopping en route at the country's largest civil rights museum. On Day 3, make for the historic city of Savannah. During free time here, shop in the City Market, visit the maritime museum or amble through the grounds of a historic plantation. Don't miss the famous moss-covered oak trees of Forsyth Park.

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• Hike to stunning waterfalls • Try your luck in the casinos • Experience the LA glamour

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Travel west to Memphis on Day 9. Enjoy an included Southern barbecue dinner, then opt to catch some live music on Beale Street, where rhythm and blues was born. Use a free day to continue exploring. Opt to tour Elvis' home, Graceland, or tour the National Civil Rights Museum. On Day 11, cross into Louisiana and end up in New Orleans. Opt to explore the French Quarter then hit those bars again! Depart on Day 12. (D)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con private vehicle Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $440-575 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUOO

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Journey to Charleston today and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Later on, visit the Charleston City Market, swim at Folly Beach or take a boat tour around Charleston Harbor. On Day 7, it's on to Atlanta, otherwise known as Hotlanta due to the sweltering temperatures. Opt to tour the famous Coca Cola factory or gorge yourself silly in a traditional diner. When in Atlanta! If you're looking for a culture fix, head to some of the famous Martin Luther King Jr. sites. The next day, get those cowboy boots on as you head to the country music capital of Nashville. Opt to tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery along the way.

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Day 1-4 New Orleans / Birmingham / Savannah

• Be in awe of Death Valley • Drive the iconic Highway 1 • Chill out at Big Sur

Day 1-2 Las Vegas / Death Valley National Park / Sierra Nevada Time to dress up for the mega-casinos. Gambling not your thing? Wander the neonlit Strip and see what takes your fancy! That evening, choose to hit up a pool party if you feel like a wild one or check out one of the many craft breweries in Henderson, just 15 minutes away from the iconic Strip. Next day, travel right into the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America, the legendary Death Valley. Bed down in the picturesque town of Bishop enjoying secluded hot springs and star gazing. (L, D)

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Take a morning trip to Mono Lake where you can walk among the tufa towers. Next, marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls and clear lakes, and walk among giant sequoias. Spend the whole day exploring and perhaps opt to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 5-6 San Francisco Great food, brilliant night life and iconic sites - welcome to San Francisco! Catch a glimpse of the stately Golden Gate Bridge, opt to take a cable car over the steep hills and sample some fresh seafood before enjoying a drink or two at one of the city's trendy bars. Day 6 is yours to spend at your own leisure. (B, L)

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Day 7-8 Santa Cruz / Morro Bay / Los Angeles Journey down California's scenic Highway 1 for an unforgettable experience. Visit studenty Santa Cruz, take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk and marvel at the stunning coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur and the famous Pacific Coast. Arrive in time for sunset at Morro Bay. On Day 8, look out for celebrities as you pass a few popular sights on the way into Los Angeles. Fun fact, did you know that the Hollywood sign originally read Hollywoodland? Make the most of California's most glamorous, kaleidoscopic city before your tour wraps later that day. (B, D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Multi-share hotels/hostels (3 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air con private touring van Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $135-175 for meals not included Group Leader: 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GANUVA

My Own Room Available: Fr $239

Departures 2019 Mar-Sep

Typically 2-5 departures per month


SAN DIEGO, GRAND CANYON & VEGAS 7 DAYS, Los Angeles

$1,099

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Las Vegas

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Celeb-spot in Beverly Hills • San Diego's historic quarter • Ancestral Puebloan history

• Drink at a cowboy bar • Red Rock Country picnic • Soak up Grand Canyon views

Day 1-2 Los Angeles / San Diego

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Day 3 Joshua Tree National Park / Lake Havasu Head inland to the bizarre cactus-dotted landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, taking in the desert scenery as you go. Take advantage of the many well-trodden hiking trails while you're here. (B, L, D)

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Day 4-5 Grand Canyon National Park

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My Own Room Available: Fr $269

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Joshua Tree N.P.

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Lake Havasu

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Grand Canyon N.P.

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Los Angeles

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On Day 6, drive along the southern rim of the canyon, then opt to discover some pretty epic scenery in Monument Valley on an optional overnight stay. The following day, stretch out, unwind and journey along the world-famous Route 66 before arriving into Vegas and getting acquainted with partying on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Your tour comes to an end on arrival but we'd forgive you for giving in to temptation and extending your stay. Check out the over-the-top casinos and opt for a VIP limousine tour, and enjoy another night out on the Strip. If you can't live it up in the City of Sin, where can you? (2B, L, D)

Monument Valley

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Day 6-7 Grand Canyon National Park / Monument Valley / Las Vegas

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Continue on to the Grand Canyon in time for a sunset at the rim. Cameras at the ready! The following day, get out there and explore the park by foot or rent a bicycle and cover more ground that way! High flyers can opt for a helicopter flight over the Canyon (at extra cost). (2B, 2L, 2D)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nts), participation camping (5 nts) Transport: Air con private touring van Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEO) Group Size: Max 22, Avg 18 Tour Code: GANUAZ

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SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS 7 DAYS, Las Vegas

$1,140

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Las Vegas

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Hike in Zion National Park • Marvel at Bryce's hoodoos • Get active on a canyoning trip

• Trek Delicate Arch • Visit Monument Valley • Gaze into the Grand Canyon

Day 1-2 Las Vegas / Zion National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park Leaving the bright lights of Sin City behind you, make for Utah's finest national park, Zion. Here, massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend towards a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what's considered the best hike in the southwest, explore pristine emerald pools or enjoy a river hike before a barbecue this evening. The next day, travel to Bryce Canyon National Park and marvel at the unique sandstone spires then chill in an outdoor hot tub to wind down.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Day 3-4 Arches National Park / Canyonlands National Park

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Grand Canyon N.P.

Monument Valley Antelope Canyon / Horseshoe Bend

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Zion N.P.

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Bryce Canyon N.P.

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Arches N.P.

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Canyonlands N.P.

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Journey to Monument Valley today, one of the US's most famous tourist attractions and the backdrop to many a western movie. Hop aboard a 4WD jeep for a Navajo Indian guided tour, getting a real insight into the culture of this region. Camp under a starry night sky and enjoy an incredible sunrise the next day. Afterwards, follow the Colorado River through the Painted Desert to the vast Grand Canyon. Opt for a helicopter ride while here, take a hike or just chill. Go on an optional tour of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, then enjoy one last night camping. Head to Vegas on Day 7.

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Trip Style: Camping Age Group: Min 7 Accommodation: Twin-share camping (6 nts). Lodging option available (except Mar and Nov) Transport: Fully customised touring vehicle Meals: Local food kitty of USD $70 per person payable locally Group Leader: Tour guide and driver Group Size: Max 14 Includes: Navajo guided jeep tour, all park entries, national park entries. Other activities are at extra cost Tour Code: LAS7DS

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Day 5-7 Monument Valley / Antelope Canyon / Horseshoe Bend / Grand Canyon National Park / Las Vegas

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Head off to Arches National Park today and get your adrenalin fix with a guided sunset Hummer tour or head up sandstone cliffs on a canyoning adventure. Hike to Delicate Arch that afternoon, then the next day, make for Canyonlands National Park where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to hide from the law in the late 1800s. Visit the local town of Moab and enjoy Utah's greatest adventure capital.

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Arrive at any time today and start your explorations of 'Tinsel Town' hang with the locals on Venice Beach and meet your group in the evening. As you roll out the next morning, keep your eyes peeled for the odd Beverly Hills-dwelling celeb. Day 2, drive south to discover San Diego. Visit Coronado Island, soak up the sun on Mission Beach and go clubbing at the beautifully-restored Gaslamp Quarter. (D)


LA TO THE BAY 11 DAYS, Los Angeles

$1,865

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San Francisco Exclusively for 18-35s

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Short on time but want to see the best the western USA has to offer? This tour hits the beaches of San Diego, drives along the iconic Route 66, parties in Las Vegas and takes in the views of Yosemite National Park. Travelling Dec-Mar? Swap Yosemite and Sierra Nevada for the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COWWAF/COWWLA

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (6 nts), twin-share lodge (2 nts), Special Stay experience (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners (6 dinners in Winter option)

• Lie back on San Diego's sunny beaches • Snap the sunset at the Grand Canyon • Drive along historic Route 66

highlights

Departures 2019

• Gamble on the Las Vegas Strip • Take in incredible views of Yosemite • Tour the eclectic City by the Bay

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Tuesdays

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Day 1-3 Los Angeles / San Diego Meet your group and cruise down the star-studded Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Strip. Shop 'til you drop or just chill with the beach bums of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Then drive south through Orange County, down the scenic Pacific Coast, to San Diego. Go drinking in the Gaslamp Quarter and check out the city from Coronado Bridge. Day 3 is yours to discover the 70 miles of beautiful beaches, jump on funfair rides, paddle alongside surfers, and go experience all the culture on offer. (B, 2D)

Day 4-6 Phoenix / Grand Canyon Day 4, leave the beach behind and drive through scenic Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert and Sonoran Desert towards the metropolitan desert oasis of Phoenix. From the 'Valley of the Sun' to the majestic Grand Canyon on Day 5, the drive will take you past vibrantly-coloured sandstone cliffs and rugged peaks to the quirky town of Sedona, nestled in Red Rock Country. Continue on to the Grand Canyon National Park and explore as you like. Hike along the South Rim or take an optional helicopter flight for a bird's-eye view. (3B, D)

Day 7-9 Las Vegas / Bass Lake Today you will drive along the famous Route 66 as you head toward the bright lights and bling of Las Vegas. Feel like a VIP as you tour the neon-lit Strip and get a glimpse of the famous hotels, casinos and European glamour. You have the whole of Day 8 to check out Sin City's flashiest hotspots, work on your tan poolside or go catch a big budget Vegas show. On Day 9, say goodbye to this 24-hour party town and drive through the Mojave Desert, past iconic Joshua trees, towards the wild adventureland of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Your picturesque accommodation is on the shores of Bass Lake. (B, 2D)

Like that? Try this… Go in Winter Winter LA to the Bay (12 Days, Los Angeles - San Francisco via Lake Tahoe) (COWWLA)  Fr $2,015 Extend your trip Wild Western (14 Days, Los Angeles - San Francisco) (COWWAW/COWWIN)  Fr $2,225

Day 10-11 Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / San Francisco From the mountain paradise of Bass Lake, enjoy the diverse beauty of Yosemite National Park. This treasured spot is brimming with mountains, meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers and world-famous rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome. Hike and bike around the valley floor or head up the hills for stunning views. Back at Bass Lake, try watersports or simply soak up some sun by the water's edge. Day 11, head to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. Ride its iconic cable cars, feast on clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf, and go check out its hippie neighbourhoods. (2B) Note that if you are travelling between Dec-Mar, Day 9-11 will be spent on the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite and Sierra Nevada). You'll head to San Fran on Day 12 and end on arrival at the hotel. See the Like That? Try This.. box for pricing. (2B, D)

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PACIFIC COAST 12 DAYS, Seattle

$1,899

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Los Angeles

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Explore cool Portland • Spot wildlife in Yosemite • See the world's tallest trees

• Drive over the Tioga Pass • Stroll through Santa Cruz • Wander through San Fran

Day 1-4 Seattle / Portland / Bend / Redwood National Park

Lake Tahoe, California

Portland O R EG O N

Bend Crater Lake N.P. Redwood N.P.

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NATIONAL PARKS OF THE NORTHWEST US 15 DAYS, Seattle

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Seattle

Small Group Adventure

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• Cross five National Parks • Spot wild elk and bears • Sleep under the stars

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Morro Bay C A L I FO R N I A

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Departures 2019 Jul

Yosemite N.P.

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Lake Tahoe

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Napa Valley San Francisco

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Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bike or set sail into the setting sun on an optional boat trip. Enjoy a free day the next day to explore, then on Day 11, visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk before travelling to Morro Bay in time for sunset. Your trip ends on arrival in Los Angeles the next day. (2B, L, D)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels, some multi-share (3 nts), participation camping (8 nts) Transport: Air con private vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $165215 meals not included Group Leader: 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: GANUSA

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Day 9-12 San Francisco / Morro Bay / Los Angeles

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Travel through California to the beautiful Napa Valley, famous for its wine. While here, don't miss out on a tipple or two with a wine tasting session! Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe and enjoy a free afternoon of hiking, watersports or just kicking back and relaxing. The next day, marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of the most scenic drives in California; the mighty Tioga Pass (weather and road conditions permitting). On Day 8, explore more of the park and hopefully spot some of the resident wildlife. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Day 5-8 Napa Valley / Lake Tahoe / Yosemite National Park

• Meet cowboys in Jackson • Marvel at Crater Lake • Craft beers in Portland

Day 1-3 Seattle / Mount Rainier National Park / Wallace Arrive in Seattle at any time and check out Pike Place Market and the blue-collar warehouse district. On day 2, drive to Mt. Rainier National Park for a day of hiking, horse-riding or biking. Continue east via Idaho's lakeside city, Coeur d'Alene, then overnight in the small town of Wallace.

Day 4-6 Glacier National Park / Bozeman

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Drive into Montana for a night of camping in Big Sky Country. Enjoy dinner with the group and sleep under the stars. The next day is yours to explore the 700 miles of glaciers, lakes and streams before heading south to the university town of Bozeman. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 7-9 Yellowstone N.P. / Grand Teton N.P. / Jackson

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Enter Yellowstone and head for a camp on the outskirts. While you're here, see the famous Old Faithful geyser, resident grizzly bears and glacial lakes. Spend Day 9 driving through the peaks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to the cowboy town of Jackson Hole. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 10-12 Boise / Bend / Crater Lake National Park / Eugene Leave Jackson for Boise and the photogenic Craters of the Moon monument. Then, it's on to the breweries of Bend and the stunning volcanic caldera of Crater Lake National Park. Continue to the college town of Eugene to explore the McKenzie River region and, if you're up for it, try a spot of sandboarding.

Day 13-15 Portland / Seattle Drive to Seattle and spend the afternoon in brew pubs, coffee houses and fine restaurants. On your final day you can leave at any time.

Glacier N.P. Wallace

Seattle

Mt. Rainier N.P.

Bozeman

Portland O R EG O N

Eugene Crater Lake N.P.

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Jackson Hole W YO M I N G

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,749

Departs: 06Jul19, 20Jul19, 03Aug19, 17Aug19, 31Aug19, 14Sep19 Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Rating: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (10 nts) (1 nt shared facilities), participation camping in or around national parks (4 nts) Transport: Air con private vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $420-550 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GANUSS

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Arrive into Seattle, Washington state's largest city, at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, drive to one of the USA's most artsy cities, Portland, and find out exactly what makes this cool city tick. Enjoy a few final hours taking in the quirkiness of Portland on Day 3, then carry on to Bend, situated close to the ski slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Explore the city that afternoon, then leave early the next morning to spend a few hours at the gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Enjoy a short hike around the area, then continue to Redwood National Park, home of the tallest trees on Earth and plenty of wildlife. (3B, 2L, D)


HIGHLIGHTS OF HAWAII - MAUI & BIG ISLAND 8 DAYS, Kahului

$2,699

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Kailua-Kona

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill out on Maui's beaches • See Volcanoes National Park • Cruise the Road to Hana

• Dinner and dancing at a luau • Free time to explore in Hilo • Visit Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Arrive in Kahului on Maui at any time on Day 1. Enjoy a free day the next day and get involved with a wide range of optional activities. Choose to travel the Road to Hana or take a sailing trip to the neighbouring island of Lana'i, or chill out on the beach. In the evening, grab a lei and get into the aloha spirit at a traditional luau. (D)

Day 4-5 Hilo

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island

inclusions Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Rating: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, plane Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $290-380 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUMB

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$2,249

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Anchorage

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Marvel at glaciers & icefields • Hike in Denali National Park • Discover quirky Talkeetna

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On Day 7, travel to the town of Kailua-Kona, stopping at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park en route. This was an important site in ancient Hawaiian society, and today the area still houses a temple that held the bones of past chiefs, and many carved wooden statues. Depart at any time on Day 8.

Departures 2019/20 Sep

Volcanoes N.P.

Aug

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,479

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Hilo

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Day 7-8 Hilo / Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Historical Park / Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona

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On Day 6, travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home of one of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea. Discover the park's lava lakes and tubes and watch as steaming lava flows into the ocean. There are many short and long hikes in the park to keep you busy, and you've also got the Jaggar Museum to check out which is devoted to volcanology (one for the geography geeks).

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Day 6 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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H AWA I I

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On Day 4 you'll catch a flight to the island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island) and transfer to Hilo. Enjoy a free day in Hilo today and get out and explore. There are plenty of activities to be found in the town of Hilo whether you want to go out and explore the nature or get into the culture. You can visit the Akaka and Rainbow Falls, or have a swim on Coconut Island. Get a taste of Hawaiian history in the Lyman Museum and Mission House, go shopping for gifts and produce at Hilo Farmers Market, and sink a few beers at Mehana Brewing Company, Hawaii's largest independently-owned craft brewery - cheers to that!

• Cruise through epic fjords • Spot orcas and bears • Fresh seafood in Anchorage

Day 1-3 Anchorage / Seward Arrive at any time in the Alaskan town of Anchorage and tuck in to a fresh seafood dinner. The following morning you'll drive into the mountains to explore the Kenai Fjords. Slip on your hiking boots and check out the crackling ice of the Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. Day 3, you're free as a seabird to further explore Seward's stunning surrounds. Opt to visit the SeaLife Centre, hike to more incredible viewpoints, or cruise the fjords and try to spot orcas. (B, L)

Denali Peak, Alaska

Day 4 Seward / Talkeetna Denali N.P. Talkeetna

Day 5-6 Talkeetna / Denali National Park Anchorage

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This morning is yours to do a bit more walking or, if you're feeling brave, get a whoosh of adrenalin with a spot of white water rafting. Then say farewell to the tundra and travel back to Anchorage. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, as there are just over 1,000 of these lovely creatures who reside here in this city. Opt to join the group for a final farewell dinner (sob) or hit the shops for some moose-themed memorabilia. The tour ends any time on Day 8 but why not stick around?

My Own Room Available: Fr $739 Seward

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Day 7-8 Denali National Park / Anchorage

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 12 Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Basic hotels/motels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts) Transport: Air con private vehicle, shuttle bus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $265-345 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 9 Tour Code: GANUKD

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Today we continue into the wilderness. Opt for a scenic flight in the morning before driving through stunning scenery to Denali National Park. Enjoy a dogsledding demo and an optional hike before taking a full day's excursion deep into the forest. Keep an eye out for bears, wolves, moose, caribou and sheep... but mainly bears. Day 6, hop on a Denali National Park bus to Eielson Visitor Centre on a full-day excursion and take in all the luscious flora, fauna and towering park mountains. (L)

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ALASK A

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Travel to playful town of Talkeetna and enjoy a free afternoon of jet boating where you can learn about the diverse flora and fauna, and perusing the plentiful gift shops or sampling the local microbrewery beer. Or, why not choose to take a scenic flight over the area? We've heard the views are pretty great from the skies. (B)

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NEW YORK THe BIG APPLE

NORTH AMERICA

New York, where to start? The cutting-edge city where trends are set, skyscrapers conquer and late nights are standard. Delve deep into the artsy district of the Lower East Side, check out SoHo's hip boutiques and get to the roots of Hell's Kitchen's devilish charm with a bar crawl. Wolf down a deli sandwich in a diner, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in West Village and take in the many personalities that modern-day New York City has to offer.

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WASHINGTON JEFFERSON, HELL'S KITCHEN

$132 $72

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE HUDSON, CENTRAL PARK

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$176 $94

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Location: Set on a tree-lined side street just west of the bustling Theater District. The subway is just two minutes' walk away.

Location: Just a four-minute walk from Columbus Circle, right by Central Park. The subway is just a couple of minutes away.

Vibe: This vintage hotel is perfect for sightseers, shopaholics and showmen alike. Grab some grub in the sushi restaurant.

Vibe: Trendy, upscale hotel designed by Phillipe Starck. Chic rooms have wood-panelled walls, designer toiletries and iPod docks.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Sushi restaurant • Lounge • 24-hour Gym • Laundry • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • iPod docks • Terrace • 3 bars • Restaurant • Rooftop lounge • Pool table • 24-hour gym • Laundry • Library

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THE JAMES NEW YORK, NOMAD

Small Group Adventure

$190 $95

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NIAGARA FALLS EXPERIENCE

$835

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2 DAYS

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Location: Close to shops and restaurants in NoMad, not far from the Empire State. The nearest subway is just two minutes away. Vibe: Elegant, boutique hotel occupying a beaux arts-style building. Grab a plate of pasta in the Italian restaurant. Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 24-hour room service • Cocktail bar • Italian restaurant • Lounge • 24-hour gym • Complimentary tea, coffee and snacks NYCNOM

See Niagara Falls from different angles, day and night on this nifty two-day tour. On Day 1 depart New York and stop at Watkins Glen Canyon for a walk (seasonal). Once at Niagara, tour the falls and see the colourful lighting of the water by night. Tour another panoramic point of the falls on Day 2 and experience the power of Niagara by boat (summer) or tour the Scenic Tunnels (winter). On the way back to New York City, stop at a mall for some shopping. Departs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Accommodation: 3* Hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast (continental) Transport: Bus/van, boat (summer) Includes: Return transfers, all tours as specified Tour Code: BENYCNFE

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MIAMI welcome to miami

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Hip, hot and happening, that's Miami. Everyone knows the white sand and wild reputation of South Beach (or SoBe, if you're cool) but what else has this sultry city got to offer? Picture sexy yachts, Cuban cuisine and clubbing until the sun joins the party. See quirky, bold street art and visit local breweries in Wynwood, explore the eclectic Art Deco district, hit up the lively South beach nightlife and wander the exotic Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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BEDS & DRINKS, SOUTH BEACH

$43

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OCEAN FIVE HOTEL, SOUTH BEACH

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$153 $77

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: In the heart of the art deco district, two blocks from the beach and close to Lincoln Road.

Location: Just a three-minute walk from the beach, on the calmer end of Ocean Drive in the historic Art Deco District of Miami.

Vibe: A fun-loving backpacker's haven with a sociable atmosphere. Make new friends with movie nights and happy hour.

Vibe: Comfortable rooms with modern decor, and right in the action with shopping and South Beach nightlife minutes away.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • In-room safe • Air con • Garden • Sun terrace • Shared kitchen • Shared lounge • Luggage storage • Lockers • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • iPod docking station • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • On-site ATM • Bike tours (at extra cost) • Lift • 24-hour reception

MIABE

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BAHAMAS CRUISE 3 DAYS, Miami

$381

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Miami Independent Tour • Discover Grand Bahama Island • Plenty of free time to relax • Free activities aboard the ship

Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Interior, ocean view or terrace cabin (2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners Includes: Return bus transfers from/to Miami, on-board entertainment, full day Bahamas stopover and unlimited water, coffee/tea and soft drinks Tour Code: BEMIACRU

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• Opt to visit underwater caves • All meals aboard the ship • Return transfers included

All aboard! Cruise from Miami to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas for some sun and fun on this three-day package. Catch the bus to West Palm Beach on Day 1 and hop aboard your cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome orientation and buffet lunch on arrival, then opt to head to a pool party or go on a tour of the ship. The rest of the day is yours to do as you choose. Don't miss the live music, themed happy hours and buffet dinner! On Day 2, drop anchor in Grand Bahama and say a big warm hello to paradise. What you do is up to you. Choose to explore, chill out on palm-fringed beaches, get stuck in with watersports or discover one of the world's largest underwater cave systems. Return to the boat for a buffet dinner and plenty of entertainment on your cruise back to West Palm Beach. Upon arrival, catch the bus back to Miami.

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LAS VEGAS WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS..

NORTH AMERICA

It's Vegas, baby! Welcome to the only place on Earth where you'll find the whole world in one place. See the Statue of Liberty, ride a gondola in Venice, climb the Eiffel Tower, and play blackjack in Monte Carlo. Join the party - days and nights roll into one here. And who'd have thought such a surreal adult playground could possibly border one of nature's equally surreal landscapes? Grand Canyon National Park lies on its doorstep, and it's not to be missed.

Rock Solid

Class Act

$85 $43

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MGM GRAND

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

$112 $56

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Right on the famous Strip in between the Monte Carlo and Excalibur, only ten minutes from McCarran Airport.

Location: Situated on the south end of the Strip across from the Tropicana and close to Planet Hollywood.

Vibe: Big Apple-themed casino hotel with skyscrapers and an adrenalin pumping rollercoaster.

Vibe: Huge casino resort identifiable by its signature bronze lion status. It's grand alright - you'll find perks galore throughout.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • 9 bars • 11 restaurants • Spa • Casino • Rollercoaster • Evening entertainment • Outdoor pool • Hot tubs • Private cabanas • Spa • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • 4 outdoor pools • Lazy river • 5 bars • 18 restaurants • Spa • Nightclubs • Casino • Gym • 4 golf courses • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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LAS VEGAS NIGHT STRIP HELICOPTER 2-4-1

$84

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GOLDEN EAGLE GRAND CANYON HELICOPTER FLIGHT

$312

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See the lights of 'Vegas, baby' on this short but sweet helicopter flight. After your VIP hotel pick-up, your journey over the famous Las Vegas Strip takes you past the historic downtown area and the supertall Stratosphere Tower to billion-dollar resorts. Plus, book with STA Travel and take a friend for free. Jackpot! LAS5S1

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Take to the skies in your luxurious helicopter with wrap around windows offering 180-degree bird's-eye views. See the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam and the stunning Lake Mead, situated on the Colorado River. Hotel transfers to and from the helipad are included and the helicopter ride will last approximately 70 minutes. LASEH1

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LA, Tinseltown, La La Land... this happily crazy city of high-earning celebs, struggling scriptwriters, uptight poodles and hang-loose surfers deserves a few aliases! For a city of billionaires and dreamers, LA is wonderfully down to earth and takes the stereotypes firmly on the chin. Just about everywhere has cult-status, so cruise the Walk of Fame, see a game at the Bowl, star-spot in the Hills, peoplewatch in Venice and surf in Malibu as the sun goes down.

Shoestring

BANANA BUNGALOW, HOLLYWOOD

Rock Solid

$44 $78

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

MAMA SHELTER, HOLLYWOOD

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$321 $161

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Amid Hollywood Boulevard's restaurants, museums and bars. It's a four-minute walk from the Hollywood/Vine subway.

Location: Set among the lights of Hollywood Boulevard, close to the Chinese Theatre, countless boutiques, bars and record shops.

Vibe: This tiki-inspired hostel is a cool, kooky and budget-friendly retreat, offering plenty of events and activities for travellers.

Vibe: Boutique hotel with designer styled rooms and comfy kingsized beds. A relaxing, stylish haven in the heart of Hollywood.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Terrace • Basketball court • Games room • Karaoke • Event nights • • Luggage storage • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • iMac with TV, radio, Airplay, Skype • Minibar • Rooftop bar • Restaurant • Nightclub • Yoga classes • Live music • Gift shop • Vending machines

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MILLENNIUM BILTMORE, DOWNTOWN

$245 $123

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

$124

FR

FULL DAY

ROOM ONLY

Location: Set in a historic building in Downtown Los Angeles, only a four-minute walk from Pershing Square Subway Station. Vibe: The epitome of Hollywood glamour, lavishly decorated with crystal chandeliers, marble fountains and embroidered tapestries. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Smart TV • Indoor pool • Bar • 4 restaurants • Coffee lounge • Sauna • Steam room • Gym • Concierge LAXMILL

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There aren't many places where you can be a film star for the day, come face to face with King Kong and have a close encounter with dinosaurs in a thrilling ride through Jurassic Park, but at Universal Studios, none of these are out of the question! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is open, too, so you'll finally get to go to Hogwarts. You'll find a real mix here, so you won't want to miss out. Avoid ticket queues by pre-booking this awesome day pass.

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Transport: Not included Tour Code: LAXUNS

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Winding streets, parades of colourful, flamboyant Franciscans, more than the odd bit of fog and the 49ers - you're in San Francisco and you need some flowers in your hair. Tuck into San Fran lobster at Fisherman's Wharf, soak up the never-ending buzz of Union Square and meander along twisting Lombard Street. And don't forget infamous Alcatraz where apparently it's possible to swim to shore if you grease yourself up with lard. Any takers?

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COVA HOTEL, LITTLE SAIGON

A-List

$172 $86

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOTEL ZEPHYR, FISHERMAN'S WHARF

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$243 $122

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Situated in downtown San Francisco, with a free shuttle service to Union Square, Moscone Centre and Fisherman's Wharf.

Location: Just 300 metres from Pier 39 Fisherman's Wharf, and 800 metres from Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square.

Vibe: A modern hotel that covers all the basics, with a sleek design, cool rooftop terrace and vegan-friendly snack bar.

Vibe: Ahoy, matey! An urban retreat overlooking the Bay, with spacious nautical-themed rooms. Better than a pirate's life for you!

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Rooftop bar • Happy hour • Luggage storage • Gym • Complimentary wine reception • On-site parking available (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Smart TVs • Bar • Food truck • Gym • Games room • Luggage storage • Outdoor creative space • 24-hour reception • On-site parking available (at extra cost)

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REDWOODS & WINE COUNTRY ESCAPE

$129

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FULL DAY

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$171

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FULL DAY

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California's famous wine country lies less than an hour away from San Fran. Pop by the redwood sequoia trees at Muir Woods before visiting three family-run Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries. Enjoy an insightful tour and a complimentary tasting session at each before ending the day at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Explore Yosemite's best bits, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View). Walk among the giant sequoia trees (weather permitting), keep your eyes peeled for black bears, deer, beavers and birds, and enjoy the sunset on your return to San Fran. Overnight option available.

Explore the infamous prison cells of Alcatraz with a self-guided audio tour. As well as return ferry trips, the package includes four San Fran sightseeing loops; Official City Tour, Sausalito Tour, Parks and Beach Tour and the San Francisco Night Tour. Alcatraz trips sell out quickly, so make sure you book a specific date in advance.

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CANADA & THE ROCKIES 11 DAYS, Vancouver

$2,249

FR

Vancouver Exclusively for 18-35s

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Get the most out of Canada's crisp open air on this trip through Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoy world-class hikes, mountain biking and canoeing in action-packed Whistler and visit three national parks before you return to the vibrant urban buzz of Vancouver. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COCRCR

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (8 nts), triple-share Rocky Mountain chalet (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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• Explore scenic Jasper National Park • Roll onto the Athabasca Glacier • Explore Vancouver's Stanley Park

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• Breathe fresh alpine air in Whistler • Drive through the Lillooet Mountains • Picnic in the spectacular Rockies

Departures 2019

highlights

Day 1-3 Vancouver / Whistler / Kamloops Meet up with your group and wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-famous resort town of Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And on Day 2, it's your very own playground with optional high-energy activities like ziplining, mountain biking and rafting to choose from. There's also shopping and canoeing opportunities as well as numerous hiking trails and an optional gondola ride to give you a view over the town. Alternatively, if you're feeling something more chilled-out, there are a number of amazing local galleries to wander if you want to get your culture fix; including the Whistler Contemporary Gallery and Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. Photo opportunities of Canada's awesome mountains and of its pretty lakes are everywhere on the way to Kamloops on Day 3. The scenic drive takes you through the Lillooet Mountain Range, with fantastic views of the picturesque Lillooet, Duffy and Kamloops Lake, with its breathtaking surrounding vistas. (B, 2D)

Day 4-7 Jasper National Park / Banff National Park The charming drive along the Yellowhead Highway takes you into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Stop for a picnic and ride the rapids on an optional rafting trip. On Day 5, visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest and longest limestone canyon in the Rockies, as well as Maligne Lake (seasonal), the largest in the Rockies. Opt for a boat tour or stay in the alpine village. On Day 6, travel on one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. See some of the 200 glaciers in the area and roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier's icy slopes in a custom-designed Ice Explorer vehicle. Walk to Athabasca Falls and see the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley and the Weeping Wall. You can also see Lake Louise overlooked by its iconic château-style hotel and see the majestic Banff Springs Hotel before arriving into your Rocky Mountain chalet, your home for the next two nights. On Day 7, choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff, including horseback riding, hiking and shopping. After hours, experience the local nightlife. (2B, L, D)

Like that? Try this… Extend your trip Include the Calgary Stampede A taste of the ten-day festival of live music, wagon racing and rodeos. Available on the 30Jun19 departure (13 days, Vancouver-Vancouver) (COCRSTR)  Fr $2,705

Day 8-11 Yoho N.P. / Glacier N.P. / Mt. Revelstoke N.P. / Vernon / Vancouver Today's travels take you through three national parks - Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke. Stop at the famous Roger's Pass and see the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley. Travel onwards to Vernon, snugly located in the heart of Canada's wine country. Vernon is home to a number of hiking and biking trails that you can opt to get stuck into. The next day, journey through the Okanagan Valley to see Lake Okanagan and its floating bridge. Arrive in Vancouver and check out the sights of this cosmopolitan city. See Gastown, Chinatown and Lion's Gate Bridge or visit the totem poles of Canada's First Nations people in Stanley Park, a beautiful wilderness rainforest area right on the edge of Downtown. Next, get a feel for the young spirit of the city while exploring its hip shops and cafés. Insider tip - for some of the best coffee in Vancouver, Aubade, Pallet Coffee Roasters and Moving Coffee are all big-hitters. Spend your last night with the group on an optional dinner cruise around the harbour before heading out for a night on the town! Your Canadian adventure ends Day 11. (2B, D)

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DISCOVER THE CANADIAN ROCKIES EASTBOUND 12 DAYS, Vancouver

$4,199

FR

Calgary

highlights

• Traverse Icefields Parkway • Take the ferry to Victoria • Explore Grizzly Bear Valley

• Opt to go whale watching • Support a cultural project • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Vancouver / Victoria

Day 4-6 Whistler / Blue River

Banff National Park, Alberta

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and hit the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. There'll also be a stop at the G for Good Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Tour project. Participate in a medicinal tea ceremony and bannock (flat bread) tasting, and support the survival of this ancient culture. Next day, enjoy a free day for gondolas, hiking and even ziplining! On Day 6, travel into the Caribou Mountains and stop at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon on the way to the Blue River community. (3B, D)

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Day 7-9 Jasper National Park / Icefields Parkway / Lake Louise Take a river safari through the Grizzly Bear Valley - the world's only inland temperate rainforest - and keep your eyes out for moose, eagles and grizzly bears (hands inside the vehicle at all times...) then head to Jasper National Park. Spend the next few days traversing the Icefields Parkway, taking in the views on Mt. Robson, Peyto Lake and opt to climb a glacier. In the evening of Day 8, you'll even be able to enjoy an indulgent soak in the Miette Hot Springs to fully relax. On Day 9, spend the evening with your fellow travellers at Lake Louise. (3B)

Day 10-12 Banff / Calgary Enjoy a morning at Lake Louise where you can choose to hike to the Tea House, then continue to Banff and explore the town with a local expert. Drive to Calgary on Day 11 for a short tour and check out the cowboy bars or the Olympic Park. End the tour on Day 12. (3B)

Blue River

Columbia Icefields Lake Louise

Banff

A L B E RTA

Vancouver Victoria

inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,999

Departs: Typically 3-4 departures per month (Jun-Sep) Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/lodges (11 nts) Transport: Private air con van, ferry, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $470-615 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANCRNG

POWDER RUSH 9 DAYS, Vancouver

$1,599

FR

Calgary

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Enjoy the snowy slopes • Stay in an authentic chalet • Explore three ski resorts

Calgary

Whistler

• Opt to go dog sledding • Relax in nearby hot springs • Discover Stanley Park

Day 1-2 Vancouver / Whistler Spend your first day as you please, limber up with a little ice hockey or have a meander around Chinatown with your new travel squad. Or, choose to head to Stanley Park, an 1,000-acre park home to totem poles, beaches, playgrounds and much more. For stunning views of Vancouver's forested North Shore and a wobbly experience, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. On Day 2, make headway towards the snowsports haven, Whistler. Make sure you hop on a snowmobile before dinner to get a real rush. (2D)

Whistler, British Columbia

Day 3-4 Whistler Time to get stuck into what you came here for - skiing! Crash down the snow, admire the scenery and get that adrenalin pumping through your veins. Just a beginner? Not to worry! There are slopes for all abilities. Still, if downhill isn't really your thing, there are also snowmobiles and ziplines to ride. Between ski sessions hit the spa for some R&R, sip on delicious, creamy hot chocolates, and head off on bar crawls to blow off steam in the evening. See for yourself why Whistler Blackcomb is so renowned as you grab your skis or your board and head for the slopes. (B, D)

Lake Louise B R I T I S H CO LU M B I A

Banff N.P.

Calgary

Whistler A L B E RTA

Vancouver

Day 5-9 Banff / Calgary Hop on a flight to Calgary and transfer to Banff, known for its incredible scenery, and home to plenty of snow. Banff is a pretty jaw-dropping mountain destination, with hassle-free access to beautiful wilderness areas, outdoor adventures, and rich in history and culture. With three resorts to choose from (Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine), Banff is the perfect place to test out your skiing or snowboarding prowess. Spend the next couple of days dog sledding, mountain hiking, soaking in hot springs... this place has it all. Day 9, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, the perfect end to an amazing trip. (5B, 2D)

inclusions Departs: Selected Sat (Dec-Mar) Trip Style: Winter & Ski Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), quad-share Rocky Mountain condos (4 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach, plane Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Note: Lift passes, airline baggage fees, ski lessons, equipment and clothing hire not included Group Size: Max 40, Avg 25 Tour Code: COSKIR

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Meet your group at Canada's culinary capital, Vancouver. On Day 2, stop at Stanley Park and Gastown then board a ferry to Victoria for an orientation walk. Next day, marvel at the British colonial architecture then opt to visit the Butchart Gardens, take high tea at a historical hotel or go on a whale-watching cruise. (2B)


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HOW IT WORKS On the East Coast of Canada, Moose offer a great range of fixed itinerary trips on set departure dates. Choose to do your selected route with or without included accommodation. Follow the fixed itinerary or jump off for longer at Banff and Vancouver. Either way, on all trips you are guaranteed:

get loose with the moose Moose Travel Network is Canada's adventure bus system for young-at-heart backpackers and students. This is your ticket to some of Canada's most breathtaking scenery, purest wilderness and wildlife - including bears, beavers and wolves. Enjoy plenty of excuses to wild swim, sit around a campfire, go rafting, watch whales breach in the ocean, experience the nightlife and much more!

 oor to door transportation - get picked up and dropped D off at the hostel or hotel of your choice.  o off the beaten track - check out some amazing places G that many bus companies wouldn't dare to go.  anadian drivers and guides - the local drivers and guides C will provide you with a unique perspective.  iscounts - take advantage of loads of discounts on D activities and attractions along the way.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Toronto, Ontario

$1,260 Accommodated

FR

BIG EAST 9 DAYS, Toronto

$945 Non-accommodated

FR

Toronto

Seeing more in nine days than most visitors will ever see, this eastern adventure goes big on wilderness adventures and iconic cities. Explore Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and practice your amateurish French in Québec City. Cruise around forest-studded Thousand Islands, bomb down the mountains on bikes or luge in Mt. Tremblant (seasonal), search out bear, deer and moose in Omega Park and opt to ride rapids down the Ottawa River.

$972 Accommodated

FR

CARIBOU 8+ DAYS, Vancouver

$705 Non-accommodated

FR

Vancouver

The Caribou hits up British Columbia and the Rockies' pristine landscapes and wild nightlife in just eight days. If you have more time to play with, use your pass to jump on and off in Banff. Paddleboard near Kelowna, opt to kayak in Revelstoke, hike down Maligne Canyon, explore the peaks and glacial lakes around Banff National Park and snuggle around a campfire in Rampart Creek. Jasper

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Québec City

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Mont Tremblant Ottawa

Rampart Creek Lake Louise

Banff

Montréal A L B E RTA

Vancouver

Toronto

Departs: Selected Weds (May-Oct) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners Includes: Thousand Islands boat cruise, Omega Park entry fee, all park fees Tour Code: YTOBIG/YTOBET

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Kelowna

Departs: Mon and Thu (Apr-Jun), Mon, Thu and Sat (Jun-Sep), Mon and Thu (SepOct) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Includes: National park entry fees, transport, guide and paddleboarding Tour Code: YVRCAR/YVRBOU

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Rocky

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Mountaineer All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for an unforgettable journey into the Canadian wilds.

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GoldLeaf SERVICE

Discover the single-level glass-dome service with stunning views of the pristine Canadian Wilderness. This service has award-winning chefs on board cooking regionally-inspired fare.

Admire panoramic views in the upper-level of the custom-designed, bi-level glass-dome coach. Enjoy hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches, morning scones and afternoon wine and cheese on board.

FIRST PASSAGE TO THE WEST 2 DAYS, Vancouver

Lake Louise/Banff

JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUDS $1,266

FR

This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from east to west. Travel from Vancouver, through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by spectacular mountains and canyons as you cross the Continental Divide. Departs: Typically 3-14 departures per month (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Train, transfers in Kamloops and Lake Louise Tour Code: CANFST

2 DAYS, Vancouver

Jasper

$1,226

FR

Witness the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of the west on this train track through the clouds. Following the route of the Fraser River through scenic valleys and mountainscapes, visit thunderous Hell's Gate, glacier-fed Pyramid Falls, Mt. Robson and Moose Lake. Departs: Typically 4-9 departures per month (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Train, transfers in Kamloops Tour Code: CANJOU

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RAINFOREST TO GOLD RUSH 3 DAYS, Vancouver

Jasper

$1,747

FR

Visit the gold pan city of Quesnel, journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, be awestruck by Mt. Robson, arrive in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper. See Howe Sound, Porteau Cove, Anderson Lake, Fraser Canyon and more! Departs: Typically 1-5 departures per month (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Train, transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper Tour Code: CANGLD

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InsuranceTravel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We may be able to arrange travel insurance to be provided to you, furnish you a quote, and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance. Travel Advice and Vaccinations U.S. Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov for all the countries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary.

USE OF OUR SERVICES AND WEBSITE You agree you will only use our website or services to make legitimate reservations or purchases and shall not make speculative, false or fraudulent reservations or reservations in anticipation of demand. You will only use our website and services in compliance with applicable law. Without our prior written permission, you may not (a) access, monitor or copy any content or information on our website using any “robot”, “spider” or other automated or manual device or program, (b) deep link to any portion of our website, or (c) “frame” or incorporate any portion of our website into any other website. Our website may contain links to third party websites that we provide only as a convenience to you. You should take precautions to ensure that whatever links you access are free of viruses, worms, trojan horses or other destructive mechanisms The existence of these links does not imply that we endorse such websites or any included content. We are not responsible for such websites or content or any data privacy practices of such websites.

INDEMNIFICATION You agree to indemnify us and our affiliates, and any of our Suppliers, and any such parties’ officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, losses, damages, or other costs, (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) brought by you or third parties as a result of (a) your breach of this Agreement, (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party, or (c) your use of our website.

PRIVACY POLICY You consent to our processing and sharing of personal information about you and other members of your party that you have provided to us in accordance with the terms of and for the purposes set forth in our privacy policy. You represent that you have read and agree to the terms of our privacy policy, which can be found at our website.

3. ADDITIONAL TERMS WARRANTIES, DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY For the avoidance of doubt, references herein to “us” “we” and “our” shall also refer to our affiliates. The information, software, products, and services provided by us or our suppliers or published on our website may include inaccuracies or errors, including pricing errors. We do not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaim all liability for any errors or other inaccuracies relating to such information that appears on our website. We expressly reserve the right to correct any pricing errors on our website and/or on pending reservations made under an incorrect price. In such event, if available, we will offer you the opportunity to keep your pending reservation at the correct price or we will cancel your reservation without penalty. Any ratings for suppliers are intended only as generalguidelines, and we do not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. We make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services. We make no representations about the suitability of the information, software, products, and services provided by us or contained on our website for any purpose. The inclusion or offering of any products or services by us does not constitute our endorsement or recommendation of such product or service. All such information, software, products, and services are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. We disclaim all warranties that our website, its servers or any email sent from us or our suppliers are free of viruses or other harmful components. We hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products, and services, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and noninfringement. Warranty disclaimers may vary from state to state.

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In no event shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, your access to, display of or use of this website or our services or with the delay or inability to access, display or use our website whether based on a theory of negligence, contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, and even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. If, despite the limitation above, we are found liable for any loss or damage which arises out of or in any way connected with any of the occurrences described above, then our liability will in no event exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (a) the service fees you paid to us in connection with such transaction(s) on this website, or (b) one-hundred dollars (US$100.00) Or the equivalent in local currency. The limitation of liability reflects the allocation of risk between the parties. The limitations specified in this section will survive and apply even if any limited remedy specified in these terms is found to have failed of its essential purpose.

GENERAL We are acting as an independent contractor and no joint venture, partnership or employment relationship exists between you and us or our Suppliers as a result of this Agreement or your use of our website. We reserve the right at any time to modify this Agreement without prior notice to you. Please refer to our website at www.statravel.com from time to time to review the most current version of the Agreement. Your continued access or use of our website or services signifies your acceptance of the modifications to the Agreement. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party. We may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason, and such termination shall not affect any right to relief to which we are entitled at law or in equity. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired.

PHOTOGRAPHY STA Travel takes every care to ensure that photography used to illustrate its tours, accommodation and other products is accurate, up-to-date and representative of the product(s) or destination(s) featured. We are committed to ensuring images are used appropriately, either by crediting the copyright owners, confirming with product or other third party suppliers images can be reproduced in our brochures or where necessary, providing financial reimbursement to the copyright owners for the use of their images. Images provided by third party suppliers are reproduced with the knowledge these may be used by STA Travel against particular product(s) only. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type you receive; if you have a preference for a particular room, please ask your Travel Expert. All accommodation or product images within this brochure may be reproduced in other STA Travel collateral in junction with that particular product(s) only.

PRICING The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, dorm or twin-share and is based on lead-in room types. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and may be subject to availability, currency fluctuation and change without notice. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures only as a guide and to ask your Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. Applicable pre-paid taxes and charges are included for flight prices, but airfares do not include taxes or charges collected by third parties or overseas airports. Current fuel surcharges have been included in the advertised airfares and are subject to change without notice. Prices advertised are based on cash payment and payment by any other means may attract a nominal administration fee. Work programmes exclude applicable visa fees. Seasonal surcharges may apply to some products depending on date of departure. Some products require you to hold an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC discount card to purchase at the cheaper price. If you do not hold any of these cards they can be purchased at the time of booking, subject to eligibility criteria. Local payments may apply for tour operators. Amendment, cancellation and administration fees apply. Note: Prices are correct at the time of print (Mar 2019) and subject to change. Photographical representation deemed accurate at the time of print.

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You are also required to carry a valid International Student I.D., and International Youth I.D. or an International Teacher I.D. card if you are traveling on a special student/youth/teacher ticket. It is your responsibility to verify this with our travel expert who is assisting you.

The carriers, hotels and other suppliers providing travel or other services on this website are independent contractors and not agents or employees of the us. We are not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting therefrom. We have no liability and will make no refund in the event of any delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or other causes beyond our control, and we have no responsibility for any additional expense, omissions, delays, rerouting or acts of any government or authority.


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