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TRAVEL makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the WORLD QUOTE: GUSTAVE FLAUBERT. LOCATION: VERNAZZA, ITALY


“FROM THE POLAR BEARS OF SPITSBERGEN TO THE SUNNY SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, OUR BIGGEST-EVER EUROPE PROGRAMME LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED.”


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

CONTENTS 04 We Know Because We Go! 05 Save With STA Travel 06 Flying High 08 Kickstart Your Trip 10 Sleep With Us 12 Go Smart or Go Home

111 ACTIVE HOLIDAYS 118 LOCAL LIVING 120 UK & IRELAND 121 Regional Tours

13 Stay Connected

132 MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

14 Making it Count

133 Spain

16 Discover Europe

134 Croatia

18 20 22 31

138 Greece

WORKING HOLIDAYS LEARN A LANGUAGE FESTIVALS & EVENTS ON THE ROAD

31 Car Rental 32 Campervan Rental 33 Rail Passes 36 Coach Travel 38 Busabout 43 Bamba Experience

46 EUROPEAN TOURING 47 Multi-Country & Regional Tours for 18-35s

142 Turkey

147 CITIES 148 London 153 Edinburgh, Dublin 155 Paris 158 Amsterdam 161 Rome 164 Venice, Florence 166 Barcelona 169 Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna 172 Berlin, Munich, Prague 176 Reykjavik, Athens 179 Greek Islands, Istanbul 182 Ones to Watch

86 SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES 184 TERMS & CONDITIONS 87 Regional Tours 186 TRAVEL INSURANCE 105 BUDGET ADVENTURES 3


WE KNOW BECAUSE WE GO TOP 6 REASONS to travel with STA Travel 1.

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WE ARE THE EXPERTS

We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve been there, done that! No matter what your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to create your ultimate trip.

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WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERS

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WE ARE RESPONSIBLE

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PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

IN-STORE. ONLINE. MOBILE.

With hundreds of stores all over the world, you’re never far from one of our Travel Experts. Alternatively, give us a call, browse our website or book accommodation and day tours on our STA Travel app. Wherever you are, our Global Travel Help is there for you 24/7.

FLEXIBLE AND COMPETITIVE AIRFARES

Our unique airline partnerships offer the lowest fares and allow you to change your plans without breaking the bank. You can secure the cheapest fares with our flight deposit scheme, which means nothing more to pay until just before you travel.

We only work with the most reputable tour operators and accommodation providers across the globe so you can book with confidence. We’re continually working with our suppliers to maintain and improve standards of health, safety and hygiene, but please note that these can be lower than what you’re used to at home.

We offer travel experiences that are not only authentic but also sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the communities we visit through the STA Travel Foundation (see page 15). We’ll beat any round the world price you find elsewhere* *For full terms and conditions on our RTW price beat guarantee please visit www.statravel.co.nz/rtw


SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL

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

Mates rates

EARLY BOOKING

Free Nights

ISI C discount

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

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

Flex

STA Travel’s unique range of flexible products aim to make travelling easier and cheaper. Check out our Multiflex pass on page 6.

Multi-trip deals

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

No single supplements

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

Repeat traveller

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

Students, teachers and anyone under 31 can grab an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card to qualify for 1000s of discounts at home and abroad. Bag an exclusive deal with STA Travel on flights, tours and more (see page 12).

Free ISIC discount card

If you are eligible for an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card, you can get yours absolutely free when you book one of the tours operated by our partners, G Adventures. Look for this symbol throughout this brochure.

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

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

The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 31 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure!

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

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

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

GET THE BEST PRICE

We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 35 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 31, and teacher fares. We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.com or ask in store for details. Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.com to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes! *Age restrictions may vary, please speak to your STA Travel Expert

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ROUND THE WORLD

We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible as we know once on the road, plans sometimes change!

STOPOVERS

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

MULTIFLEX PASS

We love the free-spirited independence of travel and we want to give you as much flexibility as possible to chase your dreams and stretch your horizons. On our exclusive tickets you can buy your date changes up front, saving you $$$s and giving you the freedom to change your mind without worrying about the cost while you’re travelling. Our Multiflex passes start from just $99; ask us for more information.


FLY EMIRATES Twenty eight years ago Emirates was born, launching flights from its home base in Dubai, with just two leased aircraft. Growing up alongside you, today they fly to over 140 destinations in 81 countries with a modern fleet of 217 passenger aircraft and counting. Their network and passenger fleet continues to grow rapidly, providing you with even more options to explore. Emirates have Europe covered with over 35 destinations to choose from including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Paris, Geneva, Rome and Barcelona. If those cities aren’t exciting enough, most recently they have added Brussels, Oslo and Budapest… fly into one and out of another! With their home in Dubai, one of the world’s most exciting and thriving cities, you’d be crazy not to make the most of a stopover on your way to Europe. Fly Emirates, look at the inclusions! • Generous baggage allowance – 30kgs in Economy Class and even more if you’re at the pointy end or find yourself upstairs on their A380! • Award winning meals and complimentary beverages

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Up to 1800 channels of movies, TV shows, video games, music and more.. Modern fleet offering a superior in-flight experience OnAir Wi-fi available on all Emirates A380s Join Emirates’ award winning frequent flyer programme – Skywards. It is free to join and opens up a world of exclusive benefits and privileges to make your travel more rewarding and enjoyable

It’s an easy decision – fly with Emirates for the best Economy Class in the business! And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, if you’re under 26 or a student under 31, you can also save even more on your Emirates flight with STA Travel thanks to our special discounted airfares! Quality and great prices, what more could you ask for? So, if you’re looking for a great deal and amazing service for your trip to Europe, with the opportunity to discover Dubai on the way, choose Emirates for an exceptional journey from start to finish.


KICKSTART YOUR TRIP

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

As above, but exclusively for younger travellers looking to experience the best of Europe with a bunch of fun and friendly travel mates.

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

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For the ultimate flexibility, consider one of our self-drive tours which include your accommodation and a handy self-drive kit packed with maps and directions. Car rental is bought separately so you can choose your own vehicle.

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

If you are looking for private arrangements for you and your travel buddy(ies), check out our range of itineraries that usually come complete with a private driver/guide.

EUROPE

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

Independent travel in Europe is easy with Busabout and Bamba Experience, whose hop-on, hop-off bus networks allow you to explore at your own pace and according to your own itinerary.

STA TRAVEL

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

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask your STA Travel Expert to tailor make the perfect itinerary just for you.


STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation of true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit. All trip styles / service levels have these in common: NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS You can be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or, if you prefer your own space, look for the ‘My Own Room’ prices. LIFETIME DEPOSITS If you need to cancel or postpone, your money’s protected for use against a future trip. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you book, you’re going! FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD If you are eligible for an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card, you can get yours for free when you book any of the tours showing this logo.

Trip Styles

Service Levels

Physical Grading

YOLO – exclusively for 1839 year olds, Yolo trips are for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way.

Camping – great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport.

1. Easy – you can walk unaided, climb a few stairs and carry your own bag.

Basic – simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities.

2. Light – some gentle walks or hikes, but still suitable for all fitness levels.

Classic – for travellers of all ages seeking extraordinary landscapes and wildlife, and real interaction with local cultures. Comfort – unforgettable trips with upgraded accommodation and transport, plus more meals and included activities.

Standard – comfortable and central mid-range accommodation; public and private transport; top highlights included.

Active - geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors who are hungry to hike, trek, bike, raft and more.

Upgraded – well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport, more included meals, activities and transfers.

3. Average – includes moderate activities such as hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. 4. Demanding – some hikes at higher altitudes or other strenuous activities. 5. Challenging – serious high-altitude treks, climbing, cycling and heavy exercise.

You’ll have nothing but choice when you travel with Contiki, on travel experiences designed exclusively for 18-35s. More departures, more destinations and more ‘ME Time’, and with more included in the overall trip price. You can’t see and do as much any other way! You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and groups of friends, and you won’t be charged a single supplement if you choose to travel alone (you’ll be matched with a same-sex roommate). You’ll have constant access to valuable insider knowledge and, best of all, on every date listed for Contiki tours in this brochure you can be sure that your departure is 100% guaranteed!

unique travel Styles

ways to stay

High Energy – for anyone who lives for late nights, bright lights, epic sights and generally having a great time.

1. Hotels – love a bit of luxe? Rest your head in superior accommodation where it’s all about comfort, facilities and a location you’ll love.

Discovery Plus – if you love to see and do it all, make great mates for life, enjoy great places to stay and fantastic inclusions. Easypace – later starts, local meals and spending two or three nights in each place, this is the more relaxed way to travel.

2. Hostels – some of the newest and best hostels in great location, with fantastic facilities and friendly staff.

In-Depth Explorer – live like a local on these insider access trips. Get under the skin with multi-night stays and unique experiences.

3. Special Stopvers & Cabins – stay in a mix of hotels, hostels, Swiss chalets, resort villages with exclusive pools and nightclubs, and even a French château.

Freestyle Camping – lovers of the great outdoors and adventure will be right at home on these budget-friendly camping trips.

4. Camping – enjoy the great outdoors with easy-to-use tents, comfy mattresses and awesome campsite facilities.

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SLEEP WITH US Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the enviable, the luxe and the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of hostels, hotels, campsites and apartments, all chosen especially for you.

Shoestring

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

GlamPacker

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

Rock Solid

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

A-LiST

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

APARTMENT

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

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smart city hostel, edinburgh


Hand-picked

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

Vetted

We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety. We are continually working with our suppliers to maintain and improve standards. We actively seek good practice in health and safety to ensure your travels are safe and trouble free.

Best Price Guaranteed hotel REVIEWS

No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.

We’ve chosen our favourite hotels and hostels for this brochure but you don’t just have to take our word for it. We also partner with TripAdvisor, and you’ll find their ratings on our website and on our mobile app. We have highlighted their Travellers Choice destinations honouring top travel spots on the relevant pages. Look out for their logo.

why sleep with us?

+BONUS

There are loads of very good reasons to book your accommodation with us. Here are some of our favourites.

Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save money and make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates, terms and conditions.

Free Wi-Fi Want to stay connected? Look for the free Wi-Fi symbol on our hostels and hotels.

Book your hostels and hotels as you travel at amazing prices, all from the STA Travel app. Download now before you hit the road.


GO SMART OR GO HOME.. Travel insurance

OK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it could be the most important purchase you make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once you have left your home country. Make sure you ask us to organise the cover that’s right for you. Check out page 186 for full details of all our insurance options.

VisaS

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

GLOBAL SIM CARD

Make sure you always stay in contact with friends and family back home. We offer global low cost prepaid SIMs with low international roaming rates for calls, text and data in more than 190 countries. There’s no contracts, no terrifying roaming bills and no special handsets - just top up, slip the SIM into your mobile phone and start chatting.

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multiflex pass

Change your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save $100s on date changes with our totally unique STA Travel Multiflex pass (see page 6).

health

It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice in plenty of time before you go. We suggest you visit the Safe Travel website at www.safetravel.govt.nz or www.mfa.gov.sg for up to date information. Your local GP can also give you advice on which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.

cash passport

Don’t forget your MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport, the chip and pin protected travel money card that gives you a safe and easy way to carry your spending money while on your travels, plus it can be loaded in nine different currencies. This insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) Limited Company No. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent of Allianz Global Assistance. You should consider the Policy Wording before making any decisions about this product.


STAY CONNECTED

Visit the STA Travel BLOG Get your travel fix straight from the source, with the brilliant STA Travel Blog. Get the inside track on adventure travel ideas, and stock up on knowledge from behind the scenes here at STA Travel. NZ: statravel.co.nz/blogs

SG: blogs.statravel.com.sg

Like us on Facebook Over 800,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one of them? As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration. Connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips, or find the latest deals from STA Travel. NZ: facebook.com/statravel.nz

SG: facebook.com/statravel.sg

Sign up to our Newsletter Be the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing up to our email newsletter. NZ: statravel.co.nz/mile-high

SG: statravel.com.sg/newsletter

Follow us on Twitter Get your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’re on hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about the world’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our greatest deals. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away. NZ: twitter.com/statravelnz SG: twitter.com/statravelsg

watch us on youtube Yep - we have our own YouTube channel where you can watch awesome videos on some of the best bits of this planet! NZ: youtube.com/statravel

SG: youtube.com/statravelsg

download the app Take STA Travel with you wherever you go with the new STA Travel mobile app! Book your hostels and hotels as you travel at amazing prices. Free for iPhone and Android. DOWNLOAD

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it count OUR PEOPLE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY… Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. Over the decades, we’ve helped millions of travellers to make deep connections to places they visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’re sharing this world. We believe that far from being a negative force, real sustainable travel has the power to create opportunities to develop communities and build a greater understanding between the many great cultures in the world that we share. To ensure we’re doing all we can to fulfil our responsibilities we have created a three pillar approach to social responsibility. In order to ensure that we meet our responsibilities in these areas we have created a three pillar strategy made up of Our World, Our Action and Our People. You can learn more about this at statravel.co.nz/social-responsibility.htm

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As an employer we take our responsibility very seriously. We want to make sure that we support the next generation through offering apprenticeships and working with community partners local to our offices through our staff volunteering programme.

OUR WORLD This planet is our playground. It is therefore only right that we do all we can to preserve it for future generations by reducing our environmental impact.

OUR ACTIONS We work with credible partners to secure travel experiences that are not only authentic but also responsible and sustainable as well as regularly assessing all of our operations to ensure that we can be proud of how we do our business. We also fund our very own charity, the STA Travel Foundation.


Founded in 2012, the STA Travel Foundation is our chosen method of giving something back to the people and places that we work in. By funding a number of projects we are really making a difference to local communities as well as supporting local causes in the countries where we have stores and offices. By harnessing our brand to raise money from our staff, customers, suppliers and networks we can help smaller charities access vital funds. STA Travel covers all costs of running this registered charity meaning that every penny the Foundation raises goes straight towards our chosen causes around the world. STA Travel also donates $30,000 per year to the foundation via staff donation matching. You can learn more at: statravelfoundation.com

In 2010 STA Travel embarked on a responsible travel journey with Planeterra. Planeterra exists to support local people to develop their communities and conserve their cultural heritage. STA Travel has committed $1 million over five years to Planeterra and has so far been instrumental in funding a community tourism project in Thailand, water tanks and a river ambulance in Panama, building a paediatric ward in Kenya and creating an art workshop at a drop-in centre for kids in Cuzco. Learn more at: planeterra.org/

VOLUNTEERING & THE STA TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT If you are looking to make a worthwhile contribution to the areas you visit, pick up a copy of our volunteering brochure. We only work with a select number of partners who build meaningful relationships with local communities. We have collaborated with them to develop a set of criteria that help voluntourism providers plan and manage their programmes in a responsible and sustainable manner. Ensuring that local community needs are met while at the same time satisfying the desires of travellers to make a difference and create lasting impact, requires effective planning and management and consistent monitoring. This ensures that our voluntourism projects are developed with the local communities’ needs, and not the travellers’ or STA Travel’s needs as the first priority. Please ask if you would like a copy of our Code of Conduct.

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DISCOVER EUROPE

Bavaria’s busty maids and brawny barmen have been sloshing steins at Oktoberfest for over 180 years. After days of hops, brezels (giant pretzels) and rollercoasters (always a good idea after beer) retreat to the calm of Munich’s English Gardens for a surf. For real, you can surf the river there. Sweeeeet.

It’s not all pastis and paella in France and Spain, so why not do something epic? Trek Mont Blanc, wipe out at a San Sebastian surf camp or ride waves along the French-Spanish coast on a surfsafari.

ICELAND

FINLAND SWEDEN

OSLO

BALTIC SEA

TALLINN

STOCKHOLM

ESTONIA

RIGA NORTH SEA

LATVIA

LITHUANIA

DENMARK

EDINBURGH

ST. PETERSBURG

HELSINKI

NORWAY

COPENHAGEN VILNIUS

BELFAST IRELAND

BELARUS NETHERLANDS

DUBLIN

UNITED KINGDOM

BERLIN

POLAND

WARSAW

AMSTERDAM

LONDON

BRUSSELS

GERMANY

PRAGUE

BELGIUM LUXEMBOURG

MUNICH

PARIS FRANCE

BUDAPEST

ZURICH

MOLDOVA

AUSTRIA

BERN

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

SLOVENIA

MILAN

ZAGREB CROATIA

VENICE

NICE

BILBAO

ITALY

BARCELONA

LISBON

SPAIN

SEVILLE

BULGARIA

SOFIA

MONTENEGRO

ROME

MADRID

SERBIA

FLORENCE

ANDORRA

PORTUGAL

BUCHAREST

BELGRADE

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

BIARRITZ

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UKRAINE SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

SWITZERLAND

ATLANTIC OCEAN

KRAKOW

CZECH REPUBLIC

ALBANIA MACEDONIA

ISTANBUL

TIRANA

Europe’s unsung city star, there’s not a cobbled corner of Lisbon that’s not utterly charming. Spend days snuffling custard tarts in beautiful backstreets and wild nights partying in the Bairro Alto.

GREECE

TURKEY

ATHENS

MEDITERRANEAN SEA


checklist Pick up my STA Travel Europe brochure Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning! Get my flights booked Make sure I book the travel insurance cover that best suits my trip requirements Buy my ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for amazing discounts all over the world Get my International SIM card for low cost roaming worldwide Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights Check and arrange any visas required Download the STA Travel app so I can book accommodation and day tours as I travel Get packed, it’s time to hit the road!

Been inspired? thinking about spreading Your wings a little fArther?

RUSSIARUSSIA

Then pick up one of our other brochures

VOLUNTEER, WORK & LEARN

BLACK SEA BLACK SEA GEORGIA GEORGIA

ASIA

NORTH AMERICA

LATIN AMERICA

EL doesn’t TRAVntur you beco me adve e until your self behin d E AV LE QUOTE: MARTY

Travel to the edge of Europe in search of Turkish delights! The jury may be out on this particular love-hate confectionery, but not on Turkey’s enchanted charms. Marvel as two continents collide at the bazaars, mosques and shockingly stylish nightlife of Istanbul, or sail past ancient ruins along the dazzling Turquoise Coast.

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

RUBIN. LOCATION:

SURFERS PARADISE,

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

QUEENSLAND,

AUSTRALIA


WORKING HOLIDAYS WORKING HOLIDAYS

Your parents might have done it, your friends might already be over there and it’s been top of your travel bucket list for years – a working holiday in the UK has been a classic Kiwi rite of passage for decades. Our Work Britain programme offers full support on everything from sorting out your two or five year visa, insurance and flights through to arrival accommodation and help finding a job, plus assistance from a London-based office while you’re there.

WORK BRITAIN WHAT’S INCLUDED?

$395

FR

• Visa assistance • Help opening a bank account and tax number • Access to the resource centre in London including internet, computers, printers and photocopying • Work Britain handbook and Employment Guidelines • Your “first two nights’ accommodation including breakfast • CV assistance • Access to job listings and online members lounge • Social events • Welcome orientation • UK simcard • 1 week gym membership ELIGIBILITY

OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER*: • Youth Mobility Visa fee: $426 • Ancestry Visa fee: $592 • Personal support funds: £1890 *Please note these are third party costs, they are not unique to programme participants and are subject to change.

VIFeeling SA KICindependent, KSTART but still want help with the visa?$150 Then opt FR

for the Work Britain Visa Kickstart programme. IEP will take you through the entire visa process and give you an online document so you can set yourself up in the UK with bank accounts, tax numbers, accommodation, travel and more. Ask your Travel Expert about their guaranteed visa or refund policy.

Youth Mobility Scheme (2 years) You must: • Hold a New Zealand passport • Be aged between 18-30 (inclusive)

UK VISA FEES ADDITIONAL.

Ancestry Visa (5 years): • Hold a New Zealand passport • Be aged +18 yrs. No upper age limit. • Provide proof (original birth certificates) that you have a grandparent born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man or they were born before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland.

UK programme secures you a job as an activity instructor or TESOL teacher at a summer camp in the UK all before you even leave NZ. Better yet, it is a guaranteed job or your money back!

British or European Union Passport: If you hold or are eligible to obtain a British or European Union passport you do not need to apply for a Youth Mobility or Ancestry Visa. You are still eligible for our Work Britain program.

FR $395* ADVENTURE UK Do you want a working holiday with adventure? The Adventure

You will live amongst historic buildings in the stunning English countryside and receive a salary plus discounted food and accommodation throughout the contract. Once the summer camp placement ends you will have the support of the Work Britain programme for the remainder of your working holiday in the UK to assist you in your job & accommodation searches. Jobs are limited, so apply early! UK VISA FEES ADDITIONAL. *PLUS $400 PLACEMENT FEE

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UK PUB LIFE

$850

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your pint-pulling career

ELI GIBILITY NoBritsPubloveExperi ence, No Problem Aussie & Kiwi staff and our pub • Aged 19 years or over managers are keen to employ you and will give you on-the-job training, as well as providing live-in accommodation and cheap/free meals. Save your $$$ and start earning £££ immediately. We have UK live-in jobs available for bar staff, waiters, chefs and more.

DURATION

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

Minimum 4-6 month placement (or longer)

WORKING HOLIDAYS

Don’t stress about finding work when you arrive in the UK. The key is to get a job sorted before you get there! That’s where we come in. We can find you work in over 600 pubs across the UK, including locations in and around London, the Midlands, Scotland and coastal areas. You’ll be earning the pound before you know it.

I• NCLUSI ONS Full UK nett wage of approx £160 to £200 per week plus tips • Jobs arranged before arrival • Accommodation upstairs in an English pub (and assistance with finding accommodation for non-pub positions) • Pub laundry and cooking facilities (if you’re lucky) • Meals sometimes included • Usually 2 days off each week • Friends and couples placed together

UK JOB STARTER PACKAGES

$749

FR

Our Job Starter packages give you peace of mind so that you can head off on your adventure knowing that you’ll not be wasting any precious time job hunting. Getting that all important first job can often take weeks but our Job Start Promise means that we’ll get you working within 30 days of arrival... otherwise we’ll refund you the cost of our Job Start Promise (terms and conditions apply).

WHAT IS INVOLVED Packages are available for a range of

occupations including Bar and Hospitality, Construction and Trades, Qualified Teacher, Teaching Assistant and Childcare. All packages include everything you need to hit the ground running on your working holiday.

eli gibility Please contact an STA Travel Expert for detailed eligibility criteria, as each package has different requirements based on work experience and qualifications.

i• nclusi ons UK Bank Account • • • •

UK SIM Card National Insurance Number Arrival party and social events Ongoing support

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LEARN A LANGUAGE LEARN A LANGUAGE

There are so many great reasons to learn a new language so where on earth to start?! Well, how about the fact that it not only allows you to develop new skills but it also helps boost employment opportunities, and makes travel more enjoyable and rewarding. Getting to grips with the likes of Spanish, Italian or French opens up many doors, allows you to discover more of the world and can be a lot of fun in the process! Choose from multiple accommodation options, including self-catered or shared student apartments or host family lodgings. We offer a fantastic variety of courses totally based on what interests you, your current level of knowledge and the amount of time you have up your sleeve, as well as a wide range of exciting extra activities so you are sure to have an amazing time!

$556

LEARN SPANISH BARCELONA

FR $818

FR

Located close to Las Ramblas and Playa Catalunya, this bohemian language school offers standard courses as well as the option to mix it up with a Spanish and salsa combo course. Select either a homestay (B&B) or shared apartment (self-catering).

VALENCIA

$588

FR

Buzzing Valencia is a great place to improve your language skills. The modern school offers standard and intensive courses and a rooftop terrace for relaxing afternoons. Stay in local homestays (B&B) or choose a shared self-catered apartment.

SEVILLE

$671

FR

Seville is coined as Spain’s most beautiful city and proud to have one of the leading language schools in the country. Options include standard or intensive courses and you can choose from homestay (breakfast & lunch included) or a self-catered apartment.

MALAGA BEACH

$556

FR

The language school is located in a beautiful Andalucian villa with a garden. Take your pick from a standard or a holiday course that includes a city tour and extra activities. Accommodation options comprise either homestays or self-catered shared apartments.

MADRID

$818

FR

Madrid has it all - from art galleries to its famous nightlife. Located in Salamanca district, the school has modern classrooms, a media centre and a library. Standard or combination courses are available and you can stay in a homestay or a shared apartment.

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$829

LEARN FRENCH PARIS

FR $1,028

FR

Recognised by two French universities, the language school is located in the heart of the city. Course options include holiday, standard, intensive and combination. Choose a homestay (B&B) or a shared apartment (self-catered).

MONTPELLIER

$829

FR

NICE

LEARN A LANGUAGE

With its beaches and wide choice of bars and music venues, Montpellier is undoubtedly a student mecca. Study standard or intensive courses in the 18th Century building. Choose to stay in a homestay on half board basis or a self-catered student residence.

$829

FR

The internationally-renowned language school is just 600 metres from the beach and very close to Nice University and various wine bars and shops. Choose a standard or intensive course and stay in homestay (half board) or a shared self-catered apartment.

$787

LEARN ITALIAN ROME

FR $850

FR

Situated in the old town and just a few steps from Piazza Navona, the school is located in a typical patrician’s house giving students an authentic Italian experience. The school has bright and spacious classrooms, a lounge area and a computer room with free wireless Internet. Choose from standard or intensive courses. Accommodation options include homestay (B&B) or a shared apartment (self-catering).

FLORENCE

$787

FR

Impressive architecture, plenty of piazzas and more art than you can shake a stick at; Florence is a top choice destination for learning Italian. This relaxed and friendly school is located in the city centre by the Basilica of Santa Croce and close to a variety of bars and restaurants. The school offers standard and intensive courses to suit your needs. Choose to stay in homestay on half board basis or in a self-catered apartment.

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music festivals & events FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Pack your dry shampoo, prep your kidneys and collect an armful of wristbands proving you’ve survived Europe’s epic festival circuit. Join the great unwashed in the mosh pits or party with the locals at crazy events like Kings Day, Oktoberfest and La Tomatina. Even if we can’t always source your tickets, we can sort your ride and secure your digs. Oh, and those wristbands? We know you’re cool, but showing them off all year? Kinda gross.

2-5

Snow Festival 22-26 Kiruna (Sweden)

april 5

ANZAC Day (Turkey) See page 29

29-6

Semana Santa - parades for Holy Week (Spain)

New Year’s Day Grand Parade, Paris (France)

3-6

Easter in Amsterdam or Paris See page 29

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Up Helly Aa Fire Festival (Scotland) See page 28

6-11

Snowbombing Festival music & skiing (Austria)

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King’s Day - street party (Holland) See page 28

May 1-17 12-18

Venice Carnival (Italy) Cologne Carnival - street festivals (Germany)

March

13-24

Cannes Film Festival (France)

2-9

Tulip Festival - street parades (Holland)

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White Nights -arts festival (Russia)

1-3

Hideout - electronic & house (Croatia) See page 24

9-11

Bilbao BBK Live - music festival (Spain) See page 25

9-12

Exit - electronic, rock & pop (Serbia) See page 23

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Bastille Day in Paris (France)

17-19

Ultra - music festival (Croatia) See page 25

18-21

Benicassim - music festival (Spain) See page 25

24-26

Tomorrowland electronic music festival (Belgium)

St. Patrick’s Festival (Ireland) See page 28

15-19

Las Fallas de Valencia fire fiesta (Spain)

22

Isle of Wight Festival (England)

6-10

19-4

Oktoberfest (Germany) See page 27

18-11

Rugby World Cup (UK)

october 2-12

Sitges International Film Festival (Spain)

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Hallowe’en - various cities (Europe)

november 1-30

Christmas Markets various cities (Europe)

december Eastern Festive Trek

8

Festival of Lights illuminations (France)

25

Christmas in Amsterdam or Paris See page 30

La Tomatina (Spain) See page 26

31

New Year in Amsterdam or Paris See page 30

Soundwave - sailing & dance (Croatia) See page 24

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Edinburgh Hogmanay (Scotland) See page 30

august 26

11-14

Sziget - music, culture & arts (Hungary) See page 23

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June 14-17

10-17

Roskilde - music festival (Denmark)

july

1

february

Edinburgh Festival - arts & fringe (Scotland)

september

- music 24-28 Glastonbury festival (UK)

january

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EXIT FESTIVAL (HOSTEL)

EXIT FESTIVAL

$839

FR

6 DAYS

Make your way to Belgrade and meet your fellow festival goers over dinner and a pub crawl. Travel to Novi Sad for four days of incredible music and dancing. Includes 1 night hotel & 4 nights’ hostel (shared dorm), transport from/to Belgrade and festival entrance tickets. Hardcore festival fans will love the 11-day version of this trip, which combines Exit with 3 days at Sea Dance in Montenegro. You will also spend a night in Sarajevo, tour the Sarajevo Tunnel, visit Sveti Stefan and wrap things up with a night in Dubrovnik. Departure Dates: 08 Jul 2015 - 6 days 08 Jul 2015 - 11 days

Fr $839 Fr $1,579 BU

SZIGET festival Now into its 23rd 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. 2014 headliners included Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Bastille, Lily Allen, London Grammar and Queens of the Stone Age, but Sziget isn't just about its music - make time to discover theatre, dance, cabaret and performance arts.

SZIGET FESTIVAL TOUR

$1,735

FR

10 DAYS

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

01-02

Check-in to your hostel and meet your fellow festival-goers in the über-cool German capital. An orientation tour introduces the Reichstag, Tiergarten Park, Checkpoint Charlie and what's left of the Berlin Wall. In your free time, get inspired by the city's creative scene, including its street art and cutting-edge clubs. An optional spy tour might also be on your radar. (B, D)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

03-04 05-06

Enjoy a stop in Dresden, with its beautiful rebuilt opera house, royal residences and riverside beer gardens, on your way to the Czech capital of Prague. Start with a walking tour to discover Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the Old Town with its narrow lanes and pavement cafés at your own pace. Take an optional bike ride through the city. (2B, D)

Prague / Vienna

Travel via the World Heritage-listed town of Kutna Hora towards the imperial grandeur of Austria's capital, Vienna. Tick off sights like the Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral before cosying up in an elegant café with a slice of strudel or Sachertorte. (2B, D)

Vienna / Budapest (Sziget Festival)

07-10

Cross the border into Hungary and prepare for three amazing days of festival fun at Sziget. An orientation tour introduces Buda and Pest, the two distinct cities that face each other across the River Danube, and there's time for an optional lunch cruise or a relaxing soak in the historic thermal baths. Otherwise it's all about Sziget, joining 400,000 music fans to enjoy the theatre, circus, performance art and unforgettable live bands under the summer sunshine. (4B)

Inclusions Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostel (9 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Includes festival entrance tickets Departure Date: 08 Aug 2015

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What started as a youth protest against a hated regime has fast become one of Europe’s most formidable rock, pop, hip hop and electronic music festivals. Up to 260,000 guests came last year to party in Novi Sad, at an historic 300 year-old Serbian river fortress. The setting is almost as incredible as the line up - including the likes of Rudimental, Skrillex, Damon Albarn and Disclosure.


CRuise to the beat (croatia) FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Take one week of sailing in the azure waters of Croatia and add on your choice from six awesome festivals, including the legendary Hideout and Soundwave. If life and holidays get any better than this, can somebody please tell us how! Dance the night away to top-name bands and DJs, wake to the sound of lapping waves and cure hangovers with a swim.

CRUISE TO THE BEAT SAILING HOLIDAYS If sailing the Adriatic aboard a classic cruiser wasn't temptation enough, each week you'll spend a couple of days raving to top-class music and DJs at a legendary festival. Each trip includes 7 nights standard twin cabin (shared facilities), 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, orientation walks, festival tickets, plus a captain, crew and English-speaking guide. Port taxes of EUR â‚Ź20 is payable locally on Day 1 of all trips.

BU

HIDEOUT (SPLIT-ZADAR)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

GARDEN FESTIVAL (ZADAR-ZADAR)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

ELECTRIC ELEPHANT (ZADAR-ZADAR)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

Based on Zrce Beach, Hideout is one of the world's best electronic and house festivals, with the likes of Disclosure and Rudimental playing its three poolside venues in 2014. Sailing round the Kornati Islands and Krka Waterfalls provide the perfect complement.

One of Croatia's best-loved EDM festivals, the Garden Festival hosts DJs and bands in an atmosphere that can only be described as euphoric. As you cruise the Dalmatian Coast, you'll also discover the 140 deserted islands of Kornati N.P. - who's for a dip?

Party the nights away courtesy of top DJs such as Tom Findlay from Groove Armada (in 2014) spinning a mix of genres such as jazz, soul, house, electro and techno. Away from the festival, sail to secluded bays where you can recharge and recover.

Departure Date: 27 Jun 2015

Departure Date: 04 Jul 2015

Departure Date: 11 Jul 2015

SUNCEBEAT (ZADAR-ZADAR)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

STOP MAKING SENSE (ZADAR-ZADAR)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

SOUNDWAVE (ZADAR-SPLIT)

STUDENTS FR $1,495

$1,525

FR

8 DAYS

Beachside parties, outdoor nightclubs and warm summer vibes are on offer at Suncebeat. It's your chance to combine the masters of deep house, soul, disco and funk with a relaxing sailing trip swimming in secluded bays and under waterfalls.

Attracting international talent from the dance music world, SMS is fast becoming an icon of Croatia's festival calendar. Dance in the sunshine (and under the stars) at this refreshingly unpretentious festival that combines hedonism with summer vibes.

Leaving from Zadar, cruise via the Kornati Islands to the party island of Pag before immersing yourself in two days of cuttingedge electronica DJs and live bands. With jazz, reggae, house & hip hop, Soundwave is one of Croatia's most eclectic festivals.

Departure Date: 25 Jul 2015

Departure Date: 01 Aug 2015

Departure Date: 08 Aug 2015

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ULTRA europe ULTRA EUROPE 2015

$616

FR

6 DAYS

This is the ultimate Ultra package. Stay for 5 nights at the festival’s best site, camping next to the ocean for morning dips and barefoot sunset beach parties. A welcome BBQ, tent hire, shuttles to the festival, your 3 day festival ticket, a Split city tour and an insane boat party are also included. Departure Date: 8 Jul 2015 - 6 days SPUULT

BENICASSIM Bordering somewhere between energetic and completely mental, Spain’s biggest music festival is pure class. Over four days, the music starts at 5pm and finishes at 7am, and every day you can chill and recover on the beach under the guaranteed Valenican sunshine, before being entertained by some of the hottest acts in music. 2014 headliners included Kasabian, Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding.

BENICASSIM FESTIVAL (CAMPING)

$419

FR

5 DAYS

Four days of world-class music, orientation walk in Benicassim, afternoon beach session and an awesome party night - all sorted by your ‘up for it’ festival crew! Includes 4 nights’ tent accommodation (twin-share, bring your own sleeping bag), breakfast and festival entrance ticket. Departure Date: Jul 2015 (dates to be confirmed) BU

bilbao BBK LIVE Epic mountain acoustics, a line up of legendary hair-whipping guitar solos and three days of hilltop revelry in the heart of Spain’s Basque Country – this was never going to be your average gig. From small beginnings, BBK has been solidly built on rock - with past head-bangers including The Cure, Guns n’ Roses, REM and the Prodigy. Expect a laid back Spanish crowd, that come down later on Bilbao’s lush beaches.

BILBAO BBK LIVE 2015

$609

FR

2 DAYS

So, this couldn’t be easier. Your festival ticket, transfers to the site, hot breakfasts and BBQ dinners are all included. Plus, your twin-share tent, mat and sleeping bag are already set up when you arrive - oh hello part-time camper! Ask us about riding to Bilbao as a group or make your own way. Departure Date: 09 Jul 2015 BIOBBK

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Lasers, lights, balmy Croatian glowstick nights and the world’s greatest DJs conducting a crowd of scantily-clad neon ravers – this is Europe’s most electric dance festival. The younger sibling to Miami’s pioneering Ultra bash, sun-soaked Split officially spins the decks for three days. However, hardcore hedonists gear up on yachts for days beforehand and wind down with legendary after parties on the beaches of Croatia’s paradise islands. Past acts included David Guetta, Tiesto, Disclosure and Paul Van Dyke.


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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

An endless summer of beachfront Balearic beats, hands-in-theair hedonism and the planet’s superstar DJs spinning the rich, beautiful and adoring into ecstatic oblivion - nowhere in the world rocks like Ibiza. The Shangri-La of house music, this sleep-deprived paradise is sunwashed with pioneering super clubs, iconic sunsets dancing barefoot and boho in the sands, and wild poolsides. Amnesia, Pacha, Space, Ushuaia... whether you’re a hardcore weekender or Ibiza seasonair, everyone leaves this legendary isle an addict.

IBIZA WEEKENDER PARTY PARADISE

$331

FR

3 DAYS

Fly to Ibiza or take the group ferry from Barcelona (not included), and check into the all-inclusive resort. If you ever make it to bed, it’ll be in 3-4 bed bungalows. Although with an 11am-11pm open bar, nightly pool parties, discounted club entry and fellow scantily-clad ravers - we’re not hopeful! Departure Dates: Every Friday 01Jun-30Sep 2015 IBZWPP

la tomatina Take one small Spanish town, add truckloads of ripe tomatoes and ask 20,000 revellers to throw them at each other for a solid hour. How is this sensible behaviour from grown adults? And more importantly, who cares when it’s this much fun! You can make your own way to Valencia or build it into your hop-on hop-off coach trip with Busabout (see pages 38-42).

LA TOMATINA (CAMPING)

$389

FR

3 DAYS

LA TOMATINA (HOSTEL)

$609

FR

4 DAYS

LA TOMATINA (HOTEL)

$539

FR

3 DAYS

Get the lowdown on the Tomatina Festival before joining in the crazy food fight fun. Chill at the beach or pool, and enjoy parties at the campsite and in great local bars. Includes 2 nights’ tent accommodation (twin-share, bring your own sleeping bag), breakfast and transfers to/from Buñol.

Enjoy a guided walk of Valencia, all the fun of the world’s most famous tomato fight, a chilled-out afternoon session at the beach and a post-Tomatina big night out. There’s also an optional day trip to Peñiscola. Includes 3 nights’ hostel (multi-share), breakfasts and transfers to/from Buñol.

Take an orientation tour of Valencia and meet your fellow revellers at the welcome party. After acting like naughty children throwing tomatoes at random strangers, clean yourself up and enjoy a post-festival party. Includes 2 nights’ hotel (multi-share), breakfasts and transfers to/from Buñol.

Departure Date: 25 Aug 2015

Departure Date: 24 Aug 2015

Departure Date: 25 Aug 2015

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oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING (FROM LONDON)

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Horses and carts carry in the ceremonial beer kegs, oompah bands strike up the music and the world’s biggest beer festival kicks off with a colourful parade. An annual fixture in Munich’s calendar for over 200 years, Oktoberfest is more than an excuse to drink beer (as if you needed one). It’s an amusement park, market, entertainment extravaganza and thigh-slapping celebration of Bavarian culture.

$575

FR

5 OR 7 DAYS

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM LONDON)

$845

FR

6 OR 7DAYS

OKTOBERFEST HOTEL (FROM LONDON)

$1,075

FR

6 DAYS

Enjoy the party vibes at the Oktoberfest fairgrounds and the campsite, plus a guided city walk of Munich and day trip to Dachau. Includes 3 (or 5) nights’ twin-share tent (bring your own sleeping bag), return coach/ferry from London, and more.

Kick the party off in the Marienplatz on an orientation tour. Indulge in wurst, pretzels and too-heavy-to-lift beer steins, plus pay a sobering visit to Dachau concentration camp. Includes 5 (or 6) nights’ hostel, return coach/ferry from London, and more.

Take it up a notch with a centrally-located hotel and enjoy all the fun and frolics of Oktoberfest, a day trip to Dachau and a guided walk of Munich. Includes 5 nights’ hotel (twin- or triple-share), return coach/ ferry from London, and more.

Departure Dates: 17 Sep 2015 - 7 days (opening weekend) 24 & 29 Sep 2015 - 5 days

Departure Dates: 17 Sep 2015 - 7 days (opening weekend) 22, 26 & 30 Sep 2015 - 6 days

Departure Date: 22 Sep 2015 - 6 days

Fr $725 Fr $575

Fr $955 Fr $845 COCCOF

COCCBF

OKTOBERFEST CAMPING (FROM MUNICH)

$379

FR

4 DAYS

OKTOBERFEST HOSTEL (FROM MUNICH)

$719

FR

4 DAYS

Orientation walk of Munich (and its beer halls), followed by two days to soak up the Oktoberfest fun - or enjoy an optional day trip to fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Includes 3 nights’ twin-share tent with airbed (bring your own sleeping bag).

Stay central and sample a few steins with fellow revellers in Munich’s beer halls. Hit the main festival to enjoy countless beers and heaps of Bavarian fare. Includes 3 nights’ hostel (multi-share). Optional day trips and bike tours also available.

Departure Dates: 18 Sep 2015 - opening weekend 22, 26 & 30 Sep midweek/2nd weekend/final week

Departure Dates: 18 Sep 2015 - opening weekend 21, 24 & 30 Sep - midweek 27 Sep & 03 Oct - 2nd/final weekends

Fr $439 Fr $379 BU

COBBHF

Fr $759 Fr $719 Fr $719 BU

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up helly aa FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Never ones to let a cold winter get in the way of a hot party, the hardy Shetland Islanders in the far north of Scotland go more than a little crazy on the last Tuesday in January. This spectacular celebration of the islands’ heritage involves horny-helmeted Vikings parading the streets of Lerwick, lit by flaming torches, and culminates in the burning of a replica Norse longship and an all-night party.

UP HELLY AA VIKING FIRE FESTIVAL

$1,159

FR

5 DAYS

Travel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, then by overnight ferry to the remote Shetland Islands, to witness the breathtaking Viking Fire Festival and to party ‘til dawn with the locals. The scenery’s pretty breathtaking too! Includes ferries (quad berth), touring activities and 2 nights’ hostel (mixed dorm). Departure Dates: 25 Jan 2015 24 Jan 2016 BU

st. patrick’s day The country that taught the world how to party really shows us how it’s done with a huge street parade and festival for St. Patrick’s Day. It is, frankly, collective madness! This is Dublin’s moment in the spotlight, when the welcome’s as warm as the Guinness is chilled. Enjoy live music and dancing, soak up the buzzing atmosphere and show off your best green outfits as you celebrate all things Irish.

ST PATRICK’S DAY DUBLIN

$629

FR

4 DAYS

Experience the real deal with this fantastic trip to Dublin. Hit the pubs of Temple Bar, take a walking tour and visit the Guinness Storehouse before soaking up the festival atmosphere, the music and ‘craic’. Includes 3 nights’ hostel (mixed dorm), breakfast and return coach/ferry from London. Departure Date: 15 Mar 2015 BU

king’s day Everybody knows the Dutch love to party, but seriously guys, we think you’re taking things a bit far with this one! The whole of Amsterdam comes alive each April to celebrate King WillemAlexander and all that’s great about Holland. Up to a million people flock to the city to hang with the locals in what is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest street parties. It’s endless fun and you don’t need to spend ages on your outfit - just wear the Dutch national colour, orange. You’ll be fine.

KING’S DAY AMSTERDAM

$629

FR

4 DAYS

Start with a welcome drink & dinner before hitting the nightlife of the ‘Dam. Work off your hangover with a countryside bike tour and get ready to celebrate all day and night at the mother of all street parties! Includes 3 nights’ hostel (multi-share), breakfast and return coach/ferry from London. Departure Date: 25 Apr 2015  BU

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easter EASTER IN PARIS

$709

FR

4 DAYS

$475

FR

EASTER IN AMSTERDAM

4 DAYS

This action-packed weekend kicks off with a welcome dinner, party and ‘Paris by Night’ tour. See the sights by bike and by boat, and head out to the Palace of Versailles for a picnic in its beautiful gardens. Includes 3 nights’ hostel (multi-share), breakfast and return coach/ferry from London.

After a welcome dinner, enjoy a nighttime tour of the Red Light District and hit the thumping pubs and clubs. Tiptoe through the (six million) tulips at Keukenhof and cycle past windmills to visit a cheese farm in Edam. Includes 3 nights’ hotel, breakfast and return coach/ferry from London.

Departure Date: 03 Apr 2015

Departure Date: 03 Apr 2015 BU

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anzac DAY One of WWI's bloodiest and most notorious battles was fought one hundred years ago at Gallipoli in Turkey. As the dawn broke on the 25th April 1915, thousands of ANZAC soldiers from Australia & New Zealand went ashore, climbed the cliffs, and were met with fierce resistance. It's time to pay your respects to where those heroes fell. NOTE: Centenary commemorations will be busier than usual in 2015. We can only accept bookings from anyone who has been awarded the right to attend in the ballot held by the Australian & NZ governments.

ANZAC CLASSIC

$615

FR

4 DAYS

$705

FR

ANZAC ODYSSEY

5 DAYS

Meet your group in Istanbul and travel to Gallipoli to sleep under the stars (like the troops did). Walk in the soldiers’ footsteps to take part in the Dawn Service and pay your respects at the memorials. Includes 2 nights’ hotel, 1 night camping, transport by coach and guided sightseeing in Istanbul.

This trip gives you everything you’d get on the ANZAC Classic, including visits to Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC Cove and, of course, the commemerative services. With an extra night in Istanbul, you’ll explore more of the city plus enjoy an (optional) farewell dinner. Includes 3 nights’ hotel, 1 night camping.

Departure Date: 23 Apr 2015

Departure Date: 23 Apr 2015 COBBAC

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eastern festive trek This legendary and much-loved trip through Poland, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic is for travellers looking for proper Christmas & New Year celebrations combined with unique cultural experiences. We can pretty much guarantee a ‘White Christmas’, indeed you’ll even go skiing on Christmas Day!

EASTERN FESTIVE TREK

STUDENTS FR $1,469

$1,529

FR

11 DAYS

Krakow, Auschwitz, a ‘White Christmas’ in the ski resorts of Poland, mulled wine and traditional dinner, ice skating in Budapest, schnapps and schnitzel in Vienna and a big New Year’s Eve party in Prague. Sorted! Includes 8 nights’ hostel & 2 nights’ hotel. Departure Dates: 22 Dec 2014 22 Dec 2015 BU

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Easter is a time for feasts, fun and eating far too many chocolate eggs (assuming, of course, you can find where the Easter Bunny hid them). Make the most of the long holiday weekend with a rocking party trip to either Paris or Amsterdam. They are two of Europe’s most beautiful cities, but there’s no better time to be here than spring, when you can also celebrate the return of some much-needed sunshine into your life. Both trips are packed with awesome sightseeing inclusions (and optional extras), and when the sun goes down, some seriously fun events will get the party started.


christmas & NEW YEAR FESTIVALS & EVENTS

If you’re looking to do Christmas or New Year differently this year, why not head over to Paris or Amsterdam to soak up their unique festive atmosphere on a sociable trip with a ready-made group of travel buddies? Enjoy great parties, festive food treats and celebrate in style. Scotland’s historic capital Edinburgh, also knows how to throw a party on New Year’s Eve. It’s so awesome, they even need their own word for it - welcome to Hogmanay!

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

$675

FR

4 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN AMSTERDAM

$555

FR

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN PARIS

$675

FR

4 DAYS

Tour the city by night, enjoy a free day to soak up all the festive atmosphere, cruise the River Seine and tuck into a delicious French feast. Includes 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, 4 meals and return coach/ ferry from London.

Start your festive break with a walking tour of the Red Light District. Enjoy a free day to explore the city and its nightlife, before tucking into a traditional feast on Christmas Day. Includes 3 nights’ hotel, 5 meals and return coach/ferry from London.

Explore the ‘City of Lights’ 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 3 nights’ hotel, 5 meals and return coach/ ferry from London.

Departure Dates: 23 Dec 2014 23 Dec 2015

Departure Dates: 23 Dec 2014 23 Dec 2015

Departure Dates: 30 Dec 2014 30 Dec 2015

COWPXM

NEW YEAR IN AMSTERDAM

$589

FR

4 DAYS

COWAXM

EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY

COWPNY

$819

FR

5 DAYS

Arrive into the Dutch capital Amsterdam and sign up for an optional canal cruise to meet new friends before hitting Amsterdam’s nightlife. Soak up awesome vibes as the Dutch welcome in the New Year. Includes 3 nights’ hotel, 4 meals and return coach/ferry from London.

Edinburgh is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve, and only this trip does it justice! Enjoy the winter festival, the party atmosphere and a full-day trip north to the Highlands to sample a wee dram at a whisky distillery. After a torchlight procession back in Edinburgh, it’s time for an authentic ceilidh party night! New Year’s Eve kicks off with celebrations on Aussie and Kiwi time zones, before the legendary street party. The insanity of the ‘Loony Dook’ awaits to cure your hangovers on New Year’s Day, where (if you’re mad enough) you can join 1,000 people for a freezing cold swim! Includes 4 nights’ hostel (mixed dorm).

Departure Dates: 30 Dec 2014 30 Dec 2015

Departure Dates: 29 Dec 2014 29 Dec 2015 

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ON THE ROAD ON THE ROAD

There are heaps of things we love about travelling through Europe - eating cheese at breakfast without being judged is certainly up there. More so that you can instantly become so darned cultured, freely changing course and whizzing across borders on trains, buses and in campervans to tick off a few iconic countries in a day. So, to make the most of your freedom, support your no-rules liberal road trip and cover your missed alarm mistakes, we have heaps of flexible and independent ways to ride around Europe. So strap on your rucksacks (one front, one back - you know it) and head on a rail spree, or take a Spaceship to an epic European festival (the Spaceship bit will make more sense later) - breakfast cheese waits for no man.

CAR HIRE The continent is criss-crossed with an endless road map of driving possibilities, so chuck your rules out of the sunroof and freestyle your way into an epic European road trip. • Take a highland fling around stern Scottish castles, skirting monster-filled lochs and riding car ferries to remote whisky-fuelled islands. • Ride your horn through red-blooded Italian cities, overtaking Vespas in the Chianti-stained Tuscan hills and coasting in massive sunnies along glam Mediterranean clifftops. • Blast along the no-limits German autobahn into the gingerbread towns and fairytale Disney castles of the chocolate box Bavarian countryside.

CAR TYPES

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

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence with photo is

why hire a car? • The perfect excuse to make some epic

required from your home country, otherwise an international licence is needed.

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

Age Restrictions

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

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

Economy FR $17* per day

Compact FR $23* per day

Intermediate FR $38* per day

Full Size FR $40* per day

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SPACESHIPS CAMPERVANS the ‘swiss army knife’ of campers

ON THE ROAD

From historic castles to golden beaches, the UK and Europe make perfect road trip territory, and a campervan gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over whenever you choose. Spaceships campervans provide custom-designed, award-winning vehicles that are compact in size, easy to drive and fuelefficient. Commonly known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of campers, Spaceships are the perfect partner for your UK/European adventure. Whether you want to take a road trip with your mates, camp in the mountains or head to a music festival (and please don’t forget to ask about our special campervan festival deals!), Spaceships are your ideal travelling companion. Pick up your Spaceship from one of five depots in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Italy, and then you’re free to travel in any European Union country, plus Norway, Croatia and Switzerland. You’ll enjoy on-theroad support from a network of ‘Space Mates’ locations, where you can meet a friendly face for travel/campground advice, discounts and insider info on all the secret spots. Your transport is also your accommodation and your kitchen, so you can make major savings!

VEHICLE TYPES

ALPHA 2-BERTH 



$40 PER DAY

FR

The original Spaceship! • Belted seating for four people • Large double bed (two sleeping options) • Dual battery system • In-built DVD player & iPod cord

Included free with all hires:

ALL Inclusive Pack

• Unlimited mileage • 24-hour roadside support • No charges for extra drivers • UK & European insurance • Fridge/chiller water supply • Cooker and cooking equipment • Full-size double bed and bedding • Maps and camping info • CD/Radio & MP3/iPod connectivity

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

$30 PER DAY Spaceships offer an all inclusive insurance option for total peace of mind. This reduces the insurance excess to zero and includes those items not covered by standard insurance (such as windscreen and tyres). The all inclusive pack also comes with a free camping table and chairs for your hire!

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

Edinburgh

V.W CAMPER CAR 2-berth 

$50 PER DAY

FR

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

Dublin London

OVER THE ALPS

Barcelona

Rome

London-London (3,250 kms / 2,010 miles) Travel by ferry/tunnel to the Continent to visit the historic cities of Bruges, Cologne and Munich. Cross the Austrian Alps to Milan and Italy’s beautiful lakes region, before tackling those high mountain passes in Switzerland on your way to Paris.

MEDITERRANEAN SHORES BETA 2-BERTH

$60 PER DAY

FR

A newer model with lower mileage, better fuel economy and improved features: • Bigger DVD screen • Fridge & dual burner cooker • Large side and improved rear awnings • Longer-lasting battery life

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Spaceships Depots Space Mates Locations One-way hires are available between all five depots.

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Barcelona-Rome (1,460 kms / 910 miles) Head north through Catalonia to the lavenderscented fields of Provence and the glamorous beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Cross into Italy to explore the Cinque Terre, Florence and the hilltop towns and vineyards of Tuscany, en route to Rome.


EUROSTAR

LONDON TO PARIS ONE-WAY FR$80 LONDON TO BRUSSELS ONE-WAY FR$80 Bremen

Berlin

Amsterdam

eurostar? no, you’re a star!

Hannover

Rotterdam

London

Antwerp

Lille Le Havre Brest Rennes Nantes

Le Mans

(Marne-la-Vallée)

Lyon

Salzburg Innsbruck

Turin

Graz

Venice

Milan

Bologna Genoa

Toulouse

Eurostar Route Point-to-Point

Vienna

Verona

Montpellier Biarritz

Munich

Zurich

Geneva

ClemontFerrand

Bordeaux

Strasbourg

Dijon Basel Bern

Tours

Dresden

Nuremberg Mannheim Stuttgart

Luxembourg

Disneyland

Leipzig

Frankfurt

Liege

Rouen

Paris

Essen Cologne

Brussels

ON THE ROAD

Operating a smooth travelling experience, with connections to over 100 destinations across the continent, Eurostar’s everexpanding high-speed network means train journeys are now faster and easier than ever. What’s more, take comfort in knowing that you’re treading lightly on the environment, with journeys emitting a tenth of the CO2 of an equivalent flight. Fast check-in and punctual trains mean you’ll arrive relaxed and on time.

Hamburg

Marseille

Nice

Florence

Rome Naples

Bari

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

point-to-point HiWhichever gh Speeddeparture Journeyspoint you choose to european Want to travel on a rail journey which isn’t

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

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

Palermo covered on the Eurostar extended network? Don’t worry, we now sell rail tickets all over Catania the world! Sit back, relax and watch the views whizz by with a cross-Germany journey from Munich to Berlin or journey down from Milan to Naples for the true taste of Italy. Ask your Travel Expert today for more details.

BRITRAIL With 18,500 trains serving around 2,400 stations each day, BritRail is the easy way to travel around Great Britain. With a wide range of passes and the flexibility to hop on and off whenever you want, you’ll be sipping pints and scoffing fish and chips in no time!

BritRail Flexi Pass

England Consecutive Pass

The BritRail Flexi Pass offers between three and 15 days of unlimited travel within two months anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. Roll around Great Britain on your terms, without breaking the bank. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old.

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

BritRail Consecutive Pass The BritRail Consecutive Pass allows unlimited travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales, for anything from three days up to a month of consecutive, day-after-day travel. Go where you want, when you want and really see the best that Great Britain has to offer. Youth prices apply if under 26 years old.

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

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

OUR MOST POPULAR PASSES BRITRAIL FLEXI PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 days travel in 2 months

$617

$423

$339

8 days travel in 2 months

$1,121

$750

$604

15 days travel in 2 months

$1,675

$1,128

$906

BRITRAIL CONSECUTIVE PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 consecutive days

$491

$334

$271

8 consecutive days

$876

$586

$473

15 consecutive days

$1,310

$876

$705

ENGLAND FLEXI PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 days travel in 2 months

$498

$339

$271

8 days travel in 2 months

$894

$604

$486

15 days travel in 2 months

$1,347

$906

$725

ENGLAND CONSECUTIVE PASS

Adult 1st class

Adult 2nd. class

Youth 2nd class

3 consecutive days

$397

$271

$213

8 consecutive days

$700

$473

$377

15 consecutive days

$1,053

$700

$566

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EURAIL PASSES OFF THE RAILS IN EUROPE!

ON THE ROAD

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

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

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

EURAI L select PASS Choose four adjoining countries, work out how many travel days you need (within a two-month period) and find the Select Pass right for you. You save heaps by only paying for the countries you want to see.

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

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Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

10 days travel in 2 months

$751

$979

15 days travel in 2 months

$982

15 continuous days of travel

EURAIL SELECT PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 1st Class

Adult 1st Class

$1,149

5 days travel in 2 months

$192

$247

$288

$1,282

$1,505

6 days travel in 2 months

$222

$285

$335

$638

$833

$976

8 days travel in 2 months

$277

$360

$420

21 continuous days of travel

$821

$1,071

$1,257

10 days travel in 2 months

$330

$430

$503

1 continuous month of travel

$1,007

$1,315

$1,545

2 continuous months of travel

$1,417

$1,849

$2,174

Youth 2nd Class

Saver 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

3 continuous months of travel

$1,748

$2,282

$2,682

Italy

$247

$258

$303

Saver 2nd Class

Adult 2nd Class

Benelux

$217

$227

$265

EURAIL REGIONAL PASS

Youth 2nd Class

Ireland

$217

$227

$265

France / Italy

$342

$358

$418

Spain

N/A

N/A

$310

France / Spain

$342

$358

$418

Austria

$217

$227

$265

Benelux / Germany

$342

$358

$418

Denmark

$182

$190

$222

Denmark / Germany

$317

$330

$388

Portugal

$135

N/A

$165

Austria / Germany

$317

$330

$388

Norway

$253

$263

$310

France / Germany

$368

$385

$450

Finland

$217

$227

$265

Scandinavia

$342

$358

$418

Sweden

$292

$305

$358

Italy / Spain

$342

$358

$418

Croatia

$135

$142

$165

France / Switzerland

$368

$385

$450

Czech Republic

$135

$142

$165

$388

For the full destination list and prices, please ask your STA Travel Expert.

EURAIL GLOBAL PASS

Spain / Portugal

N/A

$330

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

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EURAIL ONE-COUNTRY PASS

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


Turku Bergen

Helsinki

Oslo Stockholm

Gothenburg Malmö

Aarhus

Copenhagen Belfast

Gdansk Bremen

Dublin

Rotterdam Antwerp Brussels Lille Le Havre

Liege

Paris Le Mans

Rennes Nantes Tours

Lyon Bordeaux Biarritz Bilbao

Vigo Porto

Montpellier Toulouse

Marseille

Milan Genoa

Nice

Toledo Cordoba

Katowice

Verona Venice

Ljubljana

Krakow Ostrava Bratislava Budapest

Zagreb Belgrade

Bucharest

Bologna Sarajevo

Florence

Split Bar

Rome Barcelona

Madrid

Sevilla

Turin

Warsaw

Wroclaw

Dresden Prague

Zaragoza

Lisbon

Hannover Leipzig

Geneva

ClemontFerrand

Huesca Valladolid

Essen Cologne Frankfurt

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

Rouen Brest

Poznan

Berlin

Amsterdam

Cork

Hamburg

ON THE ROAD

Westport

Naples

Bari

Sofia Skopje Thessaloniki

Istanbul

Valencia Alicante

Palermo

Athinai Piraeus

Catania Cadiz Malaga

Rhodes Heraklion

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

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

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

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

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

I’M LATE, I’M LATE! Miss a no-frills flight and you’re up the River Seine without a paddle. Miss a train and you can hop on the next one. Too easy! DON’T STRUGGLE WITH BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES Trains allow you to bring as much luggage as you want, whereas budget airlines often have hefty fees for bags not much bigger than backpacks. THERE’S A EURAIL PASS FOR EVERYONE Whether you want to travel on flexible days or continuous days, within a few select countries or only one – you’ll find a Eurail pass that fits your needs and budget.

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UK & EUROPEAN COACH TRAVEL national express & eurolines

ON THE ROAD

National Express is the UK’s largest scheduled coach operator, connecting you to hundreds of towns and cities, to and from all major airports, and plugging you into essential music festivals such as Glastonbury. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and style to more than 1,000 destinations daily right across the UK, or head over to the continent with their sister company, Eurolines, your ticket to unlimited travel throughout Europe.

UK COACH TICKETS National Express can take you almost anywhere in the UK, from the bright lights of London to the farthest reaches of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can’t beat the coach for cost-effective airport transfers or for the most convenient way of travelling directly to major sporting events and music festivals. You’ll enjoy a fleet of modern coaches equipped with all the little extras you need such as air conditioning, reclining seats, power sockets on most coaches and toilets onboard. We can book any route in the UK, some of our most popular are shown opposite. Fares are correct at time of going to print and subject to change.

London – Heathrow AirportFr $12 one-way London – Gatwick Airport Fr $20 one-way London – Brighton Fr $10 one-way London – Bath  Fr $20 one-way London – Manchester Fr $24 one-way Manchester – Liverpool Fr $14 one-way London – Edinburgh Fr $54 one-way

EUROPEAN COACH TICKETS Linking more than 600 cities in 29 countries right across Europe, you’d be hard-pressed to think of anywhere you can’t travel to with Eurolines – and if you could, well, it probably wouldn’t be worth visiting anyway! Comfortable, modern and well-equipped coaches come with onboard toilets, reclining seats and air conditioning (and some also have Wi-Fi), plus you can take two pieces of medium-sized luggage with you at no extra cost. Sample fares on some of our most popular journeys are shown opposite. Fares are correct at time of going to print and subject to change.

TALE OF TWO CITIES London + Paris / Brussels / Amsterdam

Highlights

• Explore one of Europe’s iconic citybreak destinations using our special, discounted fares • Comfortable coach travel from London to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam (returning to London) • Benefit from convenient pick-up points, and take two pieces of luggage for free

Looking for a quick and easy way to hop over to the citybreak hotspots of Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam? There are up to three daily daytime services to Amsterdam (9 hrs 30 mins), four to Brussels (7 hrs 15 mins) and five to Paris (7 hrs 30 mins). All three cities are also served by two daily overnight departures which is a great way to cut down on your accommodation costs. Leaving from London’s Victoria coach station, you’ll arrive directly into the centre of your chosen city with no hassles, ready to hit the sights! Ask your Travel Expert for more details and to put together an exciting citybreak or twincentre including your choice of hotel or hostel, the must-do sightseeing adventures and your specially-discounted coach transfers from London.

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London – Paris London – Amsterdam London – Dublin  Paris – Barcelona  Berlin – Prague  Vienna – Budapest 

Fr $38 one-way Fr $36 one-way Fr $78 one-way Fr $46 one-way Fr $14 one-way Fr $14 one-way


EUROLINES PASS & EUROLINES CARNET

ON THE ROAD

See more of Europe for less with a Eurolines Pass or a Eurolines ‘Carnet’ Pass, your ideal partners for flexible travel. The Eurolines Pass allows you to travel as much or as little as you want over 15 or 30 consecutive days, whereas the brand-new Eurolines ‘Carnet’ (look at us, showing off our French!) offers 7, 10 or 15 individual journeys within a twomonth period. The ‘Carnet’ is also exclusively aimed at youth travellers aged 25 and under, while the Eurolines Pass is open to both youth and adult travellers. On both of the passes, you can choose from more than 50 cities, and as long as each journey takes you from one country to another*, without repeating the same route, there’s no limit to how many cities you can visit. You can choose to pre-book your first journey and then plan your route as you travel either by making reservation requests online or at a Eurolines shop in the city where you’re staying. * Internal journeys between Madrid-Barcelona & LondonEdinburgh also permitted.

eurolines pass

eurolines carnet

15 DAYS

ADULT YOUTH**

7 JOURNEYS

YOUTH**

Low (05 Jan-27 Mar, 09 Nov-03 Dec)

$355

$308

Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec)

$299 $330

Mid (28 Mar-18 Jun, 31 Aug-08 Nov)

$419

$355

High (01Jul-31Aug)

High (01-04 Jan, 19 Jun-30 Aug, 04-31 Dec)

$592

$497

30 DAYS

ADULT YOUTH**

10 JOURNEYS

Low (05 Jan-27 Mar, 09 Nov-03 Dec)

$537

$419

Mid (28 Mar-18 Jun, 31 Aug-08 Nov)

$568

$466

High (01-04 Jan, 19 Jun-30 Aug, 04-31 Dec)

$773

$639

Fares correct at time of going to print, and subject to change. Further terms and conditions can be found at www.eurolines-pass.eu/en/useful-info/terms **Youth Pass (under 26 years)

YOUTH**

Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec)

$393

High (01Jul-31Aug)

$441

15 JOURNEYS

YOUTH**

Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec)

$513

High (01Jul-31Aug)

$567

SUGGESTED ITINERARY: GREAT CAPITALS OF EUROPE London

Paris

Brussels

Amsterdam

$829

FR

Berlin

Prague

Vienna

Budapest

15 DAYS

Highlights

• Get lost between the canals in Amsterdam and enjoy the buzzing nightlife in Berlin • See the iconic sights in the ‘city of love’ and wander Prague’s cobble-stoned streets • Learn about Vienna’s imperial history then explore the hills of Buda and the plains of Pest

Vltava River, Prague

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hostels, shared dorms (14 nts), Transport: Eurolines coach Notes: Includes 7 Journey Eurolines Carnet Pass (higher prices apply for travellers aged 26 and over), Dark Heart of Paris tour, Berlin Nightlife tour, Prague Grand City Tour

Get your head spinning as you explore the world-famous sights of London then grab a beer in one of the charming pubs punctuating the Thames riverside. Next day catch a bus to the glamorous city of Paris and get seduced by its arty streets, world-class museums and charming cafés. Explore the city’s streets by night on an included Dark Heart of Paris walking tour. Continue to Brussels for some fine food and Art Nouveau architecture before exploring the maze of canals in Amsterdam. Next up is Berlin and its impressive club scene. Party like a local with an included Berlin Nightlife tour. Jump on a bus to historic Prague and explore its gems on an included Grand City Tour. Spend the next two days meandering Vienna’s sights and beautiful Baroque architecture then fall in love with the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF WITH BUSABOUT guided hop-on hop-off

ON THE ROAD

Want to explore, discover new things, meet new people and have an awesome time doing it? Have the freedom and independence to make your own decisions, travel on your own terms and make heaps of new mates with Busabout’s extensive hop-on, hop-off network. Covering nine countries, with loads of stops in each, plus the flexibility to stay as long as you like in each place before deciding to move on, you just know it makes sense!

Why Hop-on Hop-off? EUROPE... SORTED! An extensive travel network that lets you explore 9 countries and 34 destinations in Europe.

Perfect for the independent traveller, part of the beauty of Busabout is that they can arrange pretty much everything you need for a great holiday - from great places to stay to fun local activities - as well as linking you up with awesome festivals and other tours: GREAT SLEEPS Budget EUR €15-30 per night for a dorm bed, treat yourself with an upgrade to a private room, or pre-book hotels and hostels before you go using Busabout’s convenient and easy-to-use online travel planning tool, ‘MyTrip’. Book the Busabout ‘pick-up point’ recommended accommodation if you’d like a door-to-door service!

CONVENIENT Door-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs at the most popular hostels chosen for their friendly staff, great facilities and handy central locations. FREQUENT Buses run every other day to and from every destination on the network. Spend 2, 4, 6 or more nights in each place before hopping on the next bus!

EXPLORE MORE Make the most of your time with a hand-picked selection of local activities such as bike tours in Amsterdam, cooking lessons or flamenco shows in Spain, horse riding in Tuscany and pub crawls in Prague. Not only are they great value for money, they’re also the best way to maximise your time.

FLEXIBLE You decide where you go and how long you stay for. Change your plans as often as you like for free and get it all sorted using the online tools.

FESTIVALS & TOURING Busabout’s coach network is designed to link with legendary festivals like Oktoberfest (Munich) and La Tomatina (Valencia). From Madrid, Rome or Prague, you can also join one of the regional tours shown on pages 105-110, allowing you to explore Spain or Italy, or head down to Croatia and Istanbul.

SOCIABLE Travel with like-minded backpackers and independent travellers and make heaps of new friends along the way. AFFORDABLE Stay where you like and control your own budget.

GETTING STARTED step 1: How Busabout works

step 3: choose your pass style

• City centre to city centre coach service with departures from each stop every second day. • Start and finish your trip wherever you like, or within the context of your chosen itinerary. • Compulsory stops are white (minimum one night stay); optional stops are black - you can either stay on the coach or break-up your journey.

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

step 2: do some research • Grab a pen and circle all the places you want to see on the map; ask other travellers for advice • Take a look at the timetable on page 42 for all the dates and times to plan your route. • Plan your budget! Go with the Busabout flow for accommodation and activities or pre-book your own favourites from our selection on pages 155-175.

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step 4: what next? • Once you’ve bought your pass we’ll give you details about ‘MyTrip’ to start planning. • Trip Mates - you can opt-in and start chatting with others who are travelling on your first departure day.


9 COUNTRIES & 34 DESTINATIONS The FLEXITRIP pass is designed to give you ultimate flexibility so go crazy drawing circles around the destinations you have always dreamed of visiting, then connect the dots and count up the stops. A Flexistop is one coach day, so if you wanted to get from Paris to Amsterdam and miss out Bruges, that would be one Flexistop. If instead you wanted to hop-off in Bruges before heading on to Amsterdam a few days later, that would take two Flexistops. Build up on your base Flexitrip pass by buying additional stops before you leave. You can also buy extra Flexistops while you’re on the road from your guide.

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7 STOPS STUDENTS

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8 STOPS STUDENTS

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9 STOPS STUDENTS

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$829 $799

ON THE ROAD

EXTRA STOPS STUDENTS

$759 $729

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$889 $859

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$929 $899

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$89 $89

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The guides & Drivers The Crew are the true spirit of Busabout.

‘...are Big Blues’ .. very sexy and we love them. Each

They are there to help you make the most of your trip. They will even assist you with your onward travel in case you need to change your plans. So, if you need the low down on what metro line in Paris takes you to the Eiffel Tower or where the best place to get gelato in Florence is, just ask the crew. They also know the best places to party.

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

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF ONE WAYS & LOOPS Busabout operates on three ‘loops’ (North, South and West), and you choose to complete one loop, any two loops or all three (or you can go from A to B with the tried and tested ‘one ways’). ON THE ROAD

Pacing It - for those with lots of time and want to do it all. Racing It - minimum recommended travel times for those who are short on time and only want to see the highlights.

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

$889

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STUDENTS FR $859

SOUTH LOOP

$889

FR

STUDENTS FR $859

Start - Finish: Anywhere 13 Destinations -5 Countries

03 Weeks - 06 Months

03 Weeks - 06 Months

15 Days - 03 Weeks

17 Days - 03 Weeks

WEST LOOP

$889

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STUDENTS FR $859

Start - Finish: Anywhere 13 Destinations - 4 Countries 04 Weeks - 06 Months 15 Days - 04 Weeks

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS) COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

NORTH & SOUTH LOOP Start - Finish: Anywhere 24 Destinations - 8 Countries 06 Weeks - 06 Months 35 Days - 06 Weeks

$1,519

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STUDENTS FR $1,469

NORTH & WEST LOOPS Start - Finish: Anywhere 24 Destinations - 9 Countries 06 Weeks - 06 Months 33 Days - 06 Weeks

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

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$1,519

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STUDENTS FR $1,469


WEST & SOUTH LOOPS

$1,519

FR

STUDENTS FR $1,469

Start - Finish: Anywhere 24 Destinations - 6 Countries

NORTH, WEST & SOUTH LOOPS

$1,809

FR

STUDENTS FR $1,739

Start - Finish: Anywhere 34 Destinations - 9 Countries

06 Weeks - 06 Months

08 Weeks - 06 Months

35 Days - 06 Weeks

44 Days - 08 Weeks

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

ON THE ROAD

ONE WAY: GO WEST

$1,049

FR

STUDENTS FR $1,009

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

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

04 Weeks - 06 Months

06 Weeks - 06 Months

20 Days - 04 Weeks

32 Days - 06 Weeks

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

ONE WAY: GO ROMAN Start: Paris - Finish: Rome 14 Destinations - 7 Countries 04 Weeks - 06 Months 21 Days - 04 Weeks

$1,549

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STUDENTS FR $1,499

$1,049

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STUDENTS FR $1,009

ONE WAY: SUN SEEKER

$1,349

FR

STUDENTS FR $1,299

Start: Berlin - Finish: Madrid 20 Destinations - 6 Countries 05 Weeks - 06 Months 28 Days - 05 Weeks

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

OPTIONAL STOP (MIN. 2 NIGHTS)

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF HOW IT WORKS.. Flexibility is what it’s all about; you’re in control of your European adventure. Busabout offers an easy-to-use travel planner to help you. Welcome to ‘MyTrip’.

ON THE ROAD

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

How do I book my coaches and accommodation?

Do i have to book in advance?

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

To guarantee your seat, book through ‘MyTrip’. If you’re not able to be flexible with your dates and are travelling during key European Festivals we’d recommend you book your travel days at least a couple of weeks in advance. A little bit closer to departure is normally OK if you’re a bit more flexible with your dates. You can turn up without a booking and if there’s space you’re welcome on board but there are no guarantees the bus won’t be full.

What if I change my mind? You can change coaches up to 24 hours in advance at no extra cost. If you don’t cancel a sector or don’t show up, you can still travel that sector, but only on a standby basis. FROM TO DEPARTS ARRIVE NORTHERN LOOP (1 MAY - 27 OCTOBER) Paris Bruges 8:00 13:00 Bruges Amsterdam 13:00 18:00 Amsterdam Berlin 8:00 18:00 Berlin Dresden 8:00 11:30 Dresden Prague 11:30 15:00 Prague Cesky Krumlov 8:00 11:45 Cesky Krumlov Vienna 11:45 16:30 Vienna Gruenau 8:00 12:00 Gruenau Salzburg 12:00 14:15 Salzburg Munich 14:15 17:00 Munich Stuttgart 8:00 11:15 Stuttgart Paris 11:15 21:30

FROM UNTIL 1-May 16-Oct 1-May 16-Oct 2-May 17-Oct 3-May 18-Oct 3-May 18-Oct 4-May 19-Oct 4-May 19-Oct 5-May 20-Oct 5-May 20-Oct 5-May 20-Oct 6-May 27-Oct 6-May 27-Oct

SOUTHERN LOOP (12 MAY - 26 OCTOBER) Munich Wildschönau Valley 8:00 10:00 12-May 21-Oct Wildschönau Valley Venice 10:30 17:00 12-May 21-Oct Venice Ancona 8:00 13:15 13-May 22-Oct Ancona Rome 13:15 18:30 13-May 22-Oct Rome Orvieto 8:00 11:30 14-May 23-Oct Orvieto Siena 11:30 13:30 14-May 23-Oct 14-May 23-Oct Siena Florence 13:30 15:00 Florence La Spezia 8:00 10:45 15-May 24-Oct La Spezia Nice 10:45 16:00 15-May 24-Oct Nice Lake Como 8:00 13:45 16-May 25-Oct Lake Como Swiss Alps 13:45 18:30 16-May 25-Oct Swiss Alps Lucerne 8:00 10:00 17-May 26-Oct Lucerne Munich 10:15 17:00 17-May 26-Oct WESTERN LOOP (22 MAY - 10 OCTOBER) Paris Bern 8:00 17:15 22-May 5-Oct Bern Swiss Alps 17:15 18:30 22-May 5-Oct Swiss Alps Milan 8:00 13:30 23-May 6-Oct Milan Nice 13:30 18:30 23-May 6-Oct Nice Avignon 8:00 12:15 24-May 7-Oct Avignon Barcelona 12:15 19:00 24-May 7-Oct Barcelona Valencia 8:00 13:00 25-May 8-Oct Valencia Madrid 13:00 19:00 25-May 8-Oct Madrid Pamplona 8:00 15:00 26-May 9-Oct Pamplona San Sebastian 15:00 17:00 26-May 9-Oct San Sebastian Biarritz 8:00 9:30 27-May 10-Oct Biarritz Tours 9:30 17:15 27-May 10-Oct Tours Paris 17:15 21:30 27-May 10-Oct COMPULSORY OVERNIGHT STOP

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

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HOP-ON HOP-OFF WITH BAMBA independent flexible bus travel

ON THE ROAD

Bamba Experience Passes include convenient transportation options, exciting activities along the route of your choice and the flexibility to choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go. Bamba’s dedicated team are there to assist you before, during and after your trip. Ask your Travel Expert about their road trips, overland tours and other small group adventures. Choose from guided and self-guided options to suit your individual travel style.

what’s special about bamba’s hop-on hop-off passes? Public Transportation Travel will be in safe, reliable and comfortable buses. Depending on your route, you may travel by train, boat or private shuttle vans as well.

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

Included Experiences Experience tons of included day trips encompassing a variety of adventure, historical, natural and cultural activities. All activities bundled in your passes have guaranteed daily departures too. Take a look on page 44 at the extensive list and which activities are included on Bamba’s most popular routes.

Online Trip Manager Access your trip online to make as many changes to your departure dates as you wish.

Travel Independently Explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed. Travel freely, at your own pace, to the best hot spots with no tour leader or schedule. It’s all up to you! Guaranteed Daily Departures Begin and end your journey anytime you wish, between the 1st of May and the 30th of September.

Best Value Bamba provides high quality transportation and activities with trusted and reliable local operators at the most affordable rates. Accommodation Accommodation is not included so you choose where to sleep every night with the help of Bamba’s list of recommended hostels and hotels based on your budget and needs. However if you’re feeling lazy and can’t be bothered picking where to stay each night, most of Bamba’s Hop-on Hop-off routes can also be done as accommodated tours. Ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

Independent Self-guided Adventures Travel independently on a wide range of unforgettable fixed itineraries with prebooked public transportation, activities and hostel, 3-star or 4-star accommodation. There’s no tour leader to follow around - just great sights to explore and good times to be had. Some of our favourites include Greek Island combos of Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, 7 day Classic Greek Overland, 7 day Greek island & Turkey Cruise, Delphi & Meteora (for the classically inclined) and Ephesus and Pamukkale or Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey - ask your STA Travel Expert for full details.

small group adventures These short tours are great add ons to any European trip. Accommodation, an English speaking tour manager and max 16-seater minibus transport are all included. Check out the 3 day Italy to Croatia Road Trip (or vv), 6 day Croatia to Greece Road Trip (or vv) and 5 or 7 day Bosnia Road Trip. Your STA Travel Expert can give you more information.

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BAMBA EUROPEAN PASSES Included Experiences

ON THE ROAD

1.

Berlin - Storyline of Berlin

2.

Warsaw - Communism Experience

3.

Krakow - Auschwitz - Birkenau Tour

4.

Budapest - Budapest Explorer

5.

Vienna - Vienna by Bike Adventure

6.

Prague - Prague Experience

7.

Bucharest - Bucharest by Night

8.

Brasov - Dracula’s Castle

9.

Sofia - Breakfast with Sofia

Colour of routes correspond with Bamba passes shown on this page

Belarus

Poland

Berlin Germany Ukraine

Czech Republic Slovakia

Vienna

Budapest

Moldova

Austria Hungary Slovenia

Romania

Croatia Bosnia &

Split Herzegovina Dubrovnik

Serbia

Montenegro

Italy

Bulgaria

Istanbul

Macedonia

10. Plovdiv - Plovdiv Revival

Albania

11. Split - Sea Kayaking Day Tour

Greece

Turkey

12. Istanbul - Local Home Foodie Tour Athens

13. Eceabat - Gallipoli Tour 14. Selcuk - Pamukkale Tour to Fethiye

Cyprus

15. Fethiye - Gulet Cruise 4D/3N to Olympos 16. Fethiye - 12 Islands Boat Adventure 17. Goreme - Cappadocia Discovery Adventure 18. Athens - Cape Sounion Experience 19. Corfu - Pink Palace 2D/1N Experience 20. Dubrovnik - Bosnia Mostar Adventure 21. Bay of Kotor - All About Mussels Day Trip

$1,306

EASTERN EUROPE WAYS

FR

Berlin Istanbul (via Poland & Romania) Recommended Trip Time 21 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

$880

GOULASCH WAYS

FR

Berlin Berlin Recommended trip time 17 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Berlin Dresden

Poland

Warsaw Krakow

Prague

Germany

Austria

Cluj Napoca Sighisoara Hungary Brasov Bucharest Serbia

Veliko Tarnovo Sofia Plovdiv

Istanbul

FR

Berlin Dubrovnik Recommended Trip Time 27 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 20

BALKAN ROAD TRIP WAYS

$1,641

FR

Athens (via Croatia) Vienna Recommended trip time 32 Days Included experiences: 4, 5, 11, 19, 18, 20, 21

Poland

Berlin

Warsaw

Lodz

Germany

Prague

Vienna Bratislava Budapest

$1,479

BALKAN BAMBA WAYS

Vienna Austria

Zagreb

Krakow Bratislava Budapest Hungary

Plitvice Pag Split Serbia Zadar Dubrovnik Hvar Shkoder Kotor Bay Tirana Ulcinj Vlore Dhermi Corfu Greece

Athens

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$1,320

INTO ATHENS WAYS

FR

$1,308

TURKISH GULET WAYS

FR

Istanbul Istanbul Recommended Trip Time 16 Days Included experiences: 12, 13, 14, 15, 17

ATHENS TO ISTANBUL WAYS

BAKLAVA WAYS

$1,302

FR

Istanbul (or reverse) Athens Recommended Trip Time 24 Days Included experiences: 12, 16, 17, 18

$588

FR

Istanbul Istanbul Recommended Trip Time 8 Days Included experiences: 12, 14, 17

Athens (via Romania & Turkey) Vienna Recommended Trip Time 35 Days Included experiences: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18 Czech Republic

Slovakia

Vienna Bratislava Austria

Dubrovnik Bay of Kotor Hvar Ulcinj Shkoder Tirana Vlore Dhermi Corfu Greece

Cluj Napoca Sighisoara Romania

Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eceabat

Croatia

Budapest Hungary

Istanbul

Split

$2,313

FR

Brasov Bucharest

Serbia

Veliko Tarnovo

Montenegro Turkey

Istanbul

Goreme/Cappadocia

Bulgaria

Sofia

Albania

Plovdiv

Istanbul

Pamukkale Turkey

Goreme/Cappadocia Mykonos Athens Kos Fethiye Ios Olympos Paros Santorini Bodrum Kas

Selcuk

Eceabat

Greece

Fethiye

Athens

Mykonos Ios

Olympos

FR

If you’re a tad short on time or love your driver/guide, then opt to complete your route in one go with the same crew. Alternatively, you can free-spiritedly hop on and off the bus, staying as long as you want in each place. Just jump back on a passing bus when you’re darn good and ready. You’ll ride in comfy air-conditioned non-smoking buses and be accompanied by a guide. As well as transport, your hop-on hop-off pass also includes a truckload of tours, activities and entrance fees. Now, we can’t say fairer than that. Guaranteed departures Jan-Dec: Thursday and Saturday. BlackMonday, Sea

MAGICAL TURKEY HOP EAST TURKEY HOP

Sea of Marmara

$1,516 FR $933

FR

Eceabat Troy

Ankara

Pergamon

included experiences for guided turkey: • • • • • • • • • • • •

English-speaking tour guides Istanbul City Experience Gallipoli Explorer Troy & Trojan Experience Acropolis of Pergamon Experience Ephesus Explorer Turkish Village Sirince Experience Pamukkale & Hierapolis Adventure Antalya Old City Explorer Mausoleum of Mevlana Trip Cappadocia Explorer Ataturk Mausoleum Trip

Goreme/Cappadocia Pammukale

Kusadasi

Kos Bodrum

$933

GUIDED TURKEY HOP-ON HOP-OFF

Istanbul

Selcuk

Paros

Santorini

Gallipoli

ON THE ROAD

Split Athens (or reverse) Recommended Trip Time 18 Days Included experiences: 11, 18, 19, 20, 21

INTO THE GREEK ISLANDS WAYS

Turkey

Sirince Ephesus Konya

Antalya

If you’d prefer to travel completely independently, Bamba also offer self-guided hop-on hop-off routes. See Turkish Gulet Ways and Baklava Ways.

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EUROPEAN TOURING EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35S EUROPEAN TOURING Europe is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. Unless you’ve just won the lottery and quit your job, we’re guessing you’re a little tighter on time, but you still want to see as much as possible. These fun trips will have you (and your new best mates) ticking off the must-see highlights from London to Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and all points between. This ain’t no coach tour for your granny, these tours are designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds!

Picture courtesy of Contiki Holidays

Choose between a ‘High Energy’ trip for late nights and a fun, party atmosphere as you travel; a ‘Camping’ trip to get you in tune with the great outdoors; or a ‘Discovery Plus’ trip if you want to see and do it all. To get under the skin of your preferred destination, opt for a ‘In-Depth Explorer’ trip; or slow things down with an ‘Easypace’ trip which gives you multinight stays in each place. All trip departures listed in this section are 100% guaranteed.


EUROPEAN HORIZON

EUROPEAN $1,535 HIGHLIGHTS

$2,185

FR

London or Amsterdam

10 DAYS

Paris or London

London or Paris

FR

Tulips from Amsterdam

Highlights

• Soak in Amsterdam’s cool vibe and learn how a beer stein is crafted • Get an adrenalin hit in the outdoors playground of Austria’s Tyrol • Boat along Venice’s canals and visit a French perfumery in Paris

• Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa and visit a Monte Carlo casino • Sip French wine at a château and explore Florence’s art-filled streets • Enjoy a special access tour of Rome and cycle the Dutch countryside

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

London / Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

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

01-02

London / Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

Travel from London to Paris today (or join the tour in Paris) and enjoy a night-time sightseeing tour. Spend Day 2 exploring the beauty and glamour of this enchanting city. On Day 3, travel via vineyards for a special stopover and wine tasting at an impressive 16th Century château. On Day 4, stop in Avignon to stroll its medieval ramparts, before a two-night stay on the glamorous French Riviera. (4B, 4D)

01-05

Rhine Valley / Munich / Austrian Tyrol

03-04

Travel via the Lorelei Rock on to the Bavarian capital of Munich, home to the famous beer festival, Oktoberfest. On Day 4, zig-zag though stunning Alpine countryside as you make your way to a picturesque village in Austria’s Tyrol Valley, famous for its array of adventurous escapes, for a stopover at a traditional gasthof. (2B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Venice

Pisa / Florence / Rome / Venice

06-09

Glimpse vineyards, orchards and castles as you wind your way across the Brenner Pass into Italy and on to Venice. Be mesmerised by the ‘Floating City’ as take in the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square. (B)

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Back into the stunning scenery of the Alps today as you follow the trail of clanging cow bells to Switzerland, past magical Lake Como. Enjoy a stop by Lake Lucerne, and a special stopover at a Swiss chalet at the foot of Jungfrau Mountain. A day of optional adventures awaits on Day 7, or you could just re-charge your batteries. (2B, 2D)

Scenic drive through the Austrian Alps before reaching the Bavarian capital of Munich, famous for its lederhosen, sausages and annual beer-drinking Oktoberfest. After hitting the lively beer halls, sober up (in every sense of the phrase) with a visit to the concentration camp memorial at Dachau on your way to the Rhine Valley. Learn how beer steins are made and enjoy a spot of optional wine tasting. (2B, D)

10-11

Swiss Alps / Paris / London

As you head towards Paris, you’ll drive through the vineyards of Burgundy. Enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour as well as free time to see all the city’s icons and to visit a French perfumery. On Day 10, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (3B, D)

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Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18- 35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabin (1 nt), hotel (4 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEH

S W E D E N Scotland

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London Dover Calais

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Amsterdam 1

St Goar

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Apr 11 Apr 22 May 06 May 21 May 31 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 22

Apr 20 May 01 May 15 May 30 Jun 09 Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 01

Jun 27 Jun 29 Jul 02 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 24

Jul 06 Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 17 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 02

Aug 05 Aug 12 Aug 19 Aug 27 Sep 06 Sep 08 Sep 17

Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28 Sep 05 Sep 15 Sep 17 Sep 26

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Swiss Lake 1 Alps ComoVenice

F R A N C E

ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Make your way to the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam, where bikes outnumber cars. You’ll soon be in the saddle for a bike ride out of the city, before a walking tour of the Red Light District. After a full day to explore the city, your trip ends on Day 14, with a transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (3B, D)

12-14

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Château (1 nt), cabins (6 G E R M A N Y nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air E N Gcon L A ND Edam Amsterdam coach with power points, ferry Group Leader: Trip London 2 Manager & Driver Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners Dover 1 St Goar Rhine Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCPE Calais Valley ENGLISH CHANNEL

Rhine Valley

Lucerne

Amsterdam / London

NORTH SEA

NORTH SEA

E N G L A N D

Head for the university town of Pisa to check out its famous Leaning Tower, before hitting the Renaissance centre of Florence, where you can try some Tuscan specialities and enjoy a walking tour with a local guide. In Rome, another walking tour takes in the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and Roman Forum before you enjoy free time to tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’, explore this living history museum and see the sights of the Vatican. Continue to Venice on Day 9, where an optional gondola ride provides the authentic Venetian experience. (4B, D)

Munich / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

Venice / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

06-07

EUROPEAN TOURING

Venice, Italy

Highlights

14 DAYS

Amsterdam or London

Departures 2015

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Apr 03 Apr 15 Apr 26 May 06 May 16 May 23 May 25 May 27 Jun 01 Jun 06 Jun 12 Jun 14

Apr 16 Apr 28 May 09 May 19 May 29 Jun 05 Jun 07 Jun 09 Jun 14 Jun 19 Jun 25 Jun 27

Jun 17 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jun 27 Jul 01 Jul 02 Jul 05 Jul 10 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 25

Jun 30 Jul 03 Jul 07 Jul 10 Jul 14 Jul 15 Jul 18 Jul 23 Jul 25 Jul 28 Aug 04 Aug 07

Jul 26 Jul 29 Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug 09 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 07 Sep 08 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep 18

Aug 08 Aug 11 Aug 14 Aug 20 Aug 22 Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 26 Sep 29 Oct 01

Dachau Paris Fontainebleau

Tyrol

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Venice 1

Château de Cruix Avignon

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Munich

F R A N C E

I TA LY

Pisa 2

1

Florence

French Monaco Riviera Rome 2 MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

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$2,775

EUROPEAN WHIRL London or Amsterdam

• • • • • • • •

FR

18 DAYS

Paris or London

Highlights

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

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

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START

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START

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Apr 05 Apr 18 May 05 May 19 May 31 Jun 10 Jun 14 Jun 16 Jun 21

Apr 22 May 05 May 22 Jun 05 Jun 17 Jun 27 Jul 01 Jul 03 Jul 08

Jun 26 Jul 02 Jul 05 Jul 07 Jul 12 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 29

Jul 13 Jul 19 Jul 22 Jul 24 Jul 29 Aug 02 Aug 05 Aug 08 Aug 15

Jul 31 Aug 06 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 15

Aug 17 Aug 23 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 09 Sep 16 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 02

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (5 nts), hotels (4 nts), hostels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEW Denmark

NORTH SEA

London

Calais

2

Amsterdam

2

Dresden

Valley of the Somme 2

Paris

Swiss Alps

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Prague

2

Munich 1

Burgundy Region

F R A N C E

Tyrol Lucerne 2 Brenner Pass Lake Como 2 Venice Apennine 1 Mountains 1

Florence

2

Vatican City

S PA I N

01-02

Berlin

Dover

ENGLISH CHANNEL

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G E R M A N Y

Edam

E N G L A N D

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

ADRIATIC SEA

Rome

I TA LY

05-06 07-08 09 10

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

11-12

You might like Our Top Optional Activities: • Locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums in Rome • White water rafting adventure in the Tyrol Valley • Guided walking tour by a local in Berlin

13 14-15 16-17 18

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London / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / Berlin

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

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

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

Prague / Munich / Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol / Venice

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

Venice

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

Venice / Rome

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

Rome / Florence

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

Florence / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Paris

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

Paris / London

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


$3,799

LONDON TO ATHENS London or Paris

• • • • • • • •

FR

21 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

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

EUROPEAN TOURING

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START

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May 03 May 17 May 31 Jun 09 Jun 14

May 23 Jun 06 Jun 20 Jun 29 Jul 04

Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 12

Jul 10 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01

Jul 20 Aug 04 Aug 18 Aug 30

Aug 09 Aug 24 Sep 07 Sep 19

Athens, Greece

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (7 nts), hostels (2 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 20 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive onsite teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCLG

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

DAY ITINERARY 01 L AT V I A

02-03

NORTH SEA

ENG L A N D

London

PO L A N D

G E R MA N Y

1 Dover Calais Valley of the Somme

Versailles

3

04-05

Paris

Fontainebleau Beaujolais Region

Château de Cruix FRA N C E

Pyrenees Mountains

2

2

Arles Pisa 2 2 Monaco

06-07

Venice

RO M A N I A

Apennine Mountains

Florence Rome

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

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

3

Corinth Canal

1

Athens

IONIAN SEA

10-11 12-13

You might like Want to chill in the Greek Islands? Greek Island Hopping  Fr $2,465 (13 days, Athens to Athens) (COBBGI) see page 141 Shorten Your Trip London to Rome  (16 days) (COCCLR)

08-09

Fr $2,855

14-15 16 17-19 20-21

London / Paris

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

Paris

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

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

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

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

Barcelona / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Venice

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

Venice / Pisa / Florence

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

Florence / Rome

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

Rome / Corfu

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

Corfu

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

Corfu / Athens

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

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Amsterdam or London BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA IRISH SEA

N E T H E R L A N D S

Edam

E N G L A N D

Amsterdam

2

London

Ruhr Valley

Dover

1

B E LG I U M

Calais

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme 2

EUROPEAN TOURING

Beaujolais Region

Château de Cruix

2

Rhine Valley

Heidelberg Dachau

Paris

1

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

ATLANTIC OCEAN

G E R M A N Y

Lucerne 2

Swiss Alps

Munich 2

AU S T R I A

Tyrol

Liechtenstein Brenner Pass

Venice

2

I TA LY

F R A N C E

Pisa Monaco

1

French Riviera

2

Florence ADRIATIC SEA

2

Vatican City

Rome

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

Try Champagne and escargot in Paris Picnic in the French countryside Mix with the elite in Monte Carlo See Renaissance treasures in Florence Visit world-famous sites in Rome Admire Vienna’s glorious architecture Visit Dachau concentration camp Cycle along the canals in Edam

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

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Apr 06 Apr 20 May 01 May 11 May 21 May 29 Jun 10 Jun 12 Jun 15

Apr 25 May 09 May 20 May 30 Jun 09 Jun 17 Jun 29 Jul 01 Jul 04

Jun 22 Jun 24 Jun 29 Jul 01 Jul 06 Jul 10 Jul 16 Jul 19 Jul 27

Jul 11 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 20 Jul 25 Jul 29 Aug 04 Aug 07 Aug 15

Jul 30 Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sep 11 Sep 14 Sep 16

Aug 18 Aug 29 Sep 01 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 30 Oct 03 Oct 05

01

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

Paris

02

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (7 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCMX

You might like Our Top Optional Activities: • Gondola ride through Venice’s canals • Adventure activities including whitewater rafting in Tyrol • Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain • Wine tasting in Germany’s Rhine Valley • Cabaret show and Champagne in Paris

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03

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

Beaujolais Wine Region

04 05

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

Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

06

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

Florence

07

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

Florence / Rome

08

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


$3,035

FR

20 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Venice, Italy

Rome

09 10

Rome’s your culture-clad playground today as you take it all in. Layers of history reveal themselves in the streets and an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, will be a treat as you learn about its fascinating history from a local guide. It’s then off to explore the city sights, enjoy a spot of shopping or tuck into some local delicacies! Bella Roma! (B, D)

Rome / Venice

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

Venice

11 Eiffel Tower, Paris

12 13

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

Venice / Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol / Munich

14

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

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

15 Rome, Italy

16

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

Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

17 18 19 20

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

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / London

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

Amsterdam, Holland

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EUROPEAN ESCAPADE London or Paris

Amsterdam or London BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

Edam

E N G L A N D

2

London

Amsterdam 1

B E LG I U M

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Paris

Munich

Fountainebleau Burgundy Region

EUROPEAN TOURING

F R A N C E

2

S PA I N

Arles 2

Pyrenees Mountains

Mauthausen 1

Liechtenstein

Swiss Alps

Château 2 de Cruix

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Rhine Valley

Heidelberg

Valley of the Somme 2

G E R M A N Y

Ruhr Valley

Dover Calais

2 2

Tyrol

Lucerne Dolomite Mountains

2

2

I TA LY

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera Barcelona

2

Venice

Apennine Mountains

Florence ADRIATIC SEA

2

Rome

Vatican City

AEGEAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Vienna

IONIAN SEA

Highlights

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

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

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Mar 30 Apr 13 Apr 30 May 12 May 20 May 30 Jun 07 Jun 11 Jun 15

Apr 23 May 07 May 24 Jun 05 Jun 13 Jun 23 Jul 01 Jul 05 Jul 09

Jun 23 Jun 25 Jun 29 Jul 01 Jul 08 Jul 11 Jul 17 Jul 23 Jul 29

Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 23 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 10 Aug 16 Aug 22

Aug 04 Aug 16 Aug 22 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 12 Sep 14

Aug 28 Sep 09 Sep 15 Sep 30 Oct 03 Oct 06 Oct 08

01-02

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

03-04

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Head out into the glorious French countryside with a stop at the grand Fontainebleau Château. Pass Burgundy vineyards as you continue to tonight’s special stopover, a 16th Century French château. Enjoy wine tasting within the château’s working winery, relax by the pool or explore the surrounding countryside. On Day 4 you’ll get to enjoy a rustic French picnic with a magnificent view. (2B, L, 2D)

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (5 nts), hostels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 24 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCBE

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

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05

Experience beautiful views as you head through scenic southern France and across the Pyrénées Mountains into Spain. Travelling down the coast, you’ll be bound for the scorching seaside city of Barcelona! There’s nowhere quite like Barcelona, not least because the language spoken here (Catalan) is so different to the rest of Spain. (B, D)

Barcelona

06 07 08 09 10 11

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

Barcelona / Povence / French Riviera

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

French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

Continue along the scenic coastal Côte d’Azur, stop for a creative picture or two at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, originally built in the 12th Century as a bell tower - it now leans almost four metres from the vertical! Later, motor on to the charming Tuscan capital; Florence. (B, D)

Florence

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

Florence / Rome

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


$3,865

FR

25 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Venice, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Rome

12

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

Rome / Venice

13-14

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

Venice / Vienna

15-16

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

Vienna / Munich

17 18 19

Today it’s on to Munich, famous for its annual beer festival Oktoberfest, travelling via Mauthausen for a sobering stop at the concentration camp memorial to remember the tragic history of the Holocaust. In Munich, there’s time to check out this handsome city and see the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Later, you could head off to the beer halls to drink Bavarian beer by the stein and enjoy some traditional German entertainment! (B)

Munich / Austrian Tyrol

The Austrian Tyrol is the destination today, where you’ll enjoy your special stopover for the night in a traditional Austrian gasthof. (B, D)

Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

20-21 Spanish Steps, Rome

22

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

23

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

Amsterdam

24 25

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

Amsterdam / London

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

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Amsterdam or London

NORTH SEA

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

2

Amsterdam

G E R M A N Y

Ruhr Valley

London

Dover Calais

St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme 2

1

Rhine Valley

Paris

1

2

2

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Munich 1 Tyrol

Liechtenstein Lucerne

Swiss Alps I T A L Y Pisa

F R A N C E 2

French Riviera

2

R E P

2

Vienna

AU S T R I A

Dolomite Mountains

Venice

2

Florence

Vatican City

2

Rome

Pompeii

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Prague Cesky Krumlov

1

EUROPEAN TOURING

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

Beaujolais Region

2

C Z EC H

Heidelberg Dachau

Mt. Vesuvius Bari 1

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

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

Corfu

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

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

Departures 2015 START

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Apr 16 Apr 24 May 19 May 22 Jun 02

May 14 May 22 Jun 16 Jun 19 Jun 30

Jun 05 Jun 17 Jun 20 Jul 07 Jul 11

Jul 03 Jul 15 Jul 18 Aug 04 Aug 08

Jul 23 Aug 14 Aug 26 Aug 29 Sep 09

Aug 20 Sep 11 Sep 23 Sep 26 Oct 07

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian Gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (8 nts), hostels (5 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 28 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-site teams at villages and special stopovers group Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCSER

01

Our Top Optional Activities: • See the can-can at a Parisian cabaret • Take in the music of Mozart in Vienna • Evening canal boat cruise in Amsterdam Corfu Sailing Option: Fr $5,445 Days 12-14 of this trip can be spent on a private yacht (multishare accommodation), cruising the waves flotilla-style, helping out on deck, swimming and sunbathing, with daily breakfast and lunch provided. Tour Code: COCCSES

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

Paris

02

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

03-04

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

Beaujolais Wine Region / French Riviera

05-06

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

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

07-08

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

Florence / Rome

09-10

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

Rome / Corfu

11

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


$4,515

FR

29 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Beaujolais Wine Region, France

Venice, Italy

Corfu

12-14

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

Corfu / Venice

15-17

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

Venice / Vienna

18-19 Rome, Italy

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

Vienna / Cesky Krumlov / Prague

20

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

Prague

21 22 23

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

Prague / Munich

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

Munich / Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

24-25 26

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

27-28 29

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

Amsterdam / London

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

Charles Bridge, Prague

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EUROPEAN ADVENTURER London or Paris

Amsterdam or London

NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

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

Edam

E N G L A N D

2

London

Dover Calais

Amsterdam Ruhr Valley St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

Paris Versailles Burgundy Region 3

EUROPEAN TOURING

Château de Cruix

2

F R A N C E

Barcelona

2

Rhine Valley

Heidelberg

Munich 1

Swiss Alps

Tyrol

2

2

2

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona

Vienna

Lake Bled

1 Ljubljana Venice

2

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

French Riviera

Pyrenees Mountains

1

2

Rome

Mt. Vesuvius Vatican City Pompeii Bari

1

Durres

S PA I N 1

1

Patras

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

IONIAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

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

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Jun 12 Jun 26 Jul 17

Jul 18 Aug 01 Aug 22

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

DAY ITINERARY

START

FINISH

01

Aug 15 Sep 20 Aug 29 Oct 04 Sep 01 Oct 07

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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

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

Paris

02-03

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (12 nts), hostels (9 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 36 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 22 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-site teams at villages and special stopovers group Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCPB

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Preveza 1 Athens Corinth 3 Mykonos Canal

London / Paris

Departures 2015 Apr 14 May 20 May 08 Jun 13 May 22 Jun 27

BLACK SEA

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

04-05

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

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

06-07 08-09

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

Barcelona / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Verona / Venice

10-11

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

Venice / Florence

12-13

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

Florence / Rome

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


$5,859

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37 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Mykonos, Greece

Rome / Athens

16-17 18-20

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

Athens / Mykonos

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

Mykonos / Preveza / Durres

21-22 Barcelona, Spain

23-24

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

Durres / Dubrovnik

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

Dubrovnik / Split / Zadar / Ljubljana

25-26

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

Ljubljana / Vienna

27-28 29-30

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

Vienna / Austrian Tyrol

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

Austrian Tyrol / Munich

31 Amsterdam, Holland

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

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

32-33 34

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

35-36 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

37

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

Amsterdam / London

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

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ULTIMATE EUROPEAN London or Paris IRISH SEA

Amsterdam or London

NORTH SEA

Edam

E N G L A N D

London

Amsterdam St Goar

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

EUROPEAN TOURING

Château de Cruix

Swiss Alps Arles

F R A N C E

2

Pyrenees Mountains S PA I N

2

C Z EC H

1

1

Tyrol

2 2

Ukraine

U K R A I N E

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona 2

Vienna Budapest 2 H U N G A RY

RO M A N I A

Venice

Appenine Mountains

2

Belgrade

1

Pisa 2 Florence Monaco I T A L Y

French Riviera

Barcelona

Rhine Valley

Munich

Paris

2

1

Heidelberg R E P U B L I C

Fontainebleau Burgundy Region

ATLANTIC OCEAN

P O L A N D

Ruhr Valley

Dover

Calais 3

B E Belarus L A R U S

G E R M A N Y

2

1

ADRIATIC SEA

Rome

Vatican City Pompeii

Kavala Bari

1

Canakkale 1

IONIAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

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

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Mar 28 May 11 Apr 12 May 26 May 10 Jun 23

Corinth Canal

2

START

FINISH

Jun 07 Jun 28 Jul 19

Jul 21 Aug 11 Sep 01

START

02-03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

04-05

Inclusions

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (25 nts - Greece) (24 nts - Egypt), hostels (4 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt Egypt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings, return air transfer (Egypt) Meals: 44 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 24 dinners (Greece), 27 dinners (Egypt) Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-site teams at villages and special stopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCUEG (Greece) / COCCUE (Egypt)

06-07 08-09 10-11 12-13 14-15

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

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T U R K E Y

DAY ITINERARY

FINISH

Aug 07 Sep 20 Aug 16 Sep 29 Aug 23 Oct 06

Istanbul

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

01

Departures 2015

3

Gallipoli

Troy Thermopylae

2

Corfu MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BLACK SEA

Sofia

London / Paris

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

Paris

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

Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region

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

Beaujolais Wine Region / Barcelona

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

Barcelona / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Venice

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

Venice / Pisa / Florence

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

Florence / Rome

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

Rome / Corfu

16-18 19

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

Corfu / Athens

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


GREEK ISLAND OPTION

$7,325 / EGYPT OPTION $7,699

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45 DAYS

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Corfu, Greece

20-22

23-26 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

27 28-29 30-31 32-33 Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

34-35 36 37-39 40-41 42 43-45

Contiki’s Chateau de Cruix, France

GREEK ISLANDS OPTION

EGYPT OPTION

Athens / Ios

Athens / Cairo / Aswan

Ios / Santorini / Athens

Aswan / Luxor / Red Sea / Cairo / Athens

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

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

Athens / Kavala

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

Kavala / Canakkale / Istanbul

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

Istanbul

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

Istanbul / Sofia / Belgrade

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

Belgrade / Budapest

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

Budapest / Vienna

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

Vienna / Austrian Tyrol / Munich

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

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / London

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

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EUROPEAN MAGIC London or Amsterdam

EASTERN $1,645 ROCKER

$1,199

FR

9 DAYS

Paris or London

London or Amsterdam

FR

8 DAYS

Vienna

EUROPEAN TOURING

Innsbruck, Austria

Highlights

Highlights

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

• Pedal past Edam’s windmills and sample local cheese (summer only) • Uncover some of Berlin’s über-trendy cafés and cutting-edge bars • Wander Prague’s maze of cobbled streets and finish with a cool beer

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

London / Amsterdam

01

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

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / Munich

02-03

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

Munich / Innsbruck / Venice

04-05 06 07-08 09

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

Venice / Lucerne

01 02-03

Paris / London

04

07-08

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

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBHH / COWWHH

BALTIC SEA

NORTH SEA

London

Amsterdam

Dover

1

G E R M A N Y 1

Calais 2

Paris

Rhine Valley 1 Munich

1

Lucerne

Swiss Alps F R A N C E

Apr-Sep

Selected Sundays

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Relish in Berlin’s fusion of all things old and new in this everchanging city. Delve into its depths and learn about Germany’s darker past. Be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene, not missing its eclectic mix of galleries and the graffiti-covered Berlin Wall. Also see Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag! (B)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

As you venture south towards Prague, stop off to admire the rebuilt Baroque architecture of Dresden. Get acquainted with Prague’s medieval streets, daunting Gothic architecture and tasty beer. (2B, D) Travel through the Czech countryside to Austria and its capital, Vienna, to immerse yourself in all things Viennese. See the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and drive along the historic Ring Road. Your trip concludes on Day 8, but if you’re not ready to go home, why not continue to Rome on the Eastern Trail? (2B)

Inclusions Scotland

IRISH SEA

Selected Saturdays

Absorb the Dutch way of life in Amsterdam and pedal past windmills in Edam (summer only), where you’ll check out a local cheese farm and traditional clog maker’s house. On Day 3, motor down the autobahn to Berlin and indulge in this cutting-edge city’s exploding bar scene. (2B, D)

Prague / Vienna

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

Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec

Catch the ferry across the Channel to the colourful canal-lined city of Amsterdam (via Belgium). (D)

Berlin

Lucerne / Paris

Departures 2015/16

London / Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Berlin

05-06

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

Inclusions

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TV Tower, Berlin

Lake Como

Innsbruck 2

Venice ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY

S PA I N

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts), hotels (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COCCLV / COWWLV

NORTH SEA

London

BALTIC SEA

Amsterdam

Dover Calais

2

Edam

Prague

Departures 2015/16 Jan-May, Aug-Nov

Selected Saturdays

Jun-Jul, Dec

Selected Saturdays & Mondays

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Berlin 2 1

Vienna

F R A N C E ATLANTIC OCEAN

2

Dresden

I TA LY ADRIATIC SEA MEDITERRANEAN SEA CORINTH CANAL


EUROPEAN DISCOVERY London or Amsterdam

• • • • • • • •

$2,095

FR

12 DAYS

Paris or London

Highlights

Delve into Amsterdam’s nightlife Tour Munich’s best bits by bike Explore the canals of Venice Enjoy delicious gelato in Rome Go leather goods shopping in Florence Indulge with Swiss chocs in Lucerne Admire Paris from the Eiffel Tower Wind along the scenic River Rhine

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015/16 START

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START

FINISH

START

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Jan 06 Jan 11 Jan 27 Feb 17 Mar 10 Mar 24 Mar 26 Apr 16 May 02 May 09 May 16 May 23 Jun 04 Jun 11 Jun 16 Jun 18 Jun 23 Jun 25

Jan 17 Jan 22 Feb 07 Feb 28 Mar 21 Apr 04 Apr 06 Apr 27 May 13 May 20 May 27 Jun 03 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jun 29 Jul 04 Jul 06

Jul 02 Jul 04 Jul 09 Jul 11 Jul 16 Jul 21 Jul 25 Aug 06 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 03 Sep 08 Sep 17 Sep 22 Sep 24 Oct 01 Oct 15 Oct 17

Jul 13 Jul 15 Jul 20 Jul 22 Jul 27 Aug 01 Aug 05 Aug 17 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 14 Sep 19 Sep 28 Oct 03 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 26 Oct 28

Oct 27 Nov 03 Nov 17 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 12 Dec 20 Dec 28 Dec 30

Nov 07 Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 23 Dec 31 Jan 08 Jan 10

2016 Jan 05 Jan 10 Jan 26 Feb 16 Mar 08 Mar 22

Jan 16 Jan 21 Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 19 Apr 02

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHD / COWWHW

London

Amsterdam

DAY ITINERARY 01 02

Ruhr Valley

Rhine 1 Valley

Calais

04-05

Valley of the Somme 2

Paris

Munich

Burgundy Region

Lucerne

Tyrol

1

Swiss Alps Brenner Pass Lake Como 1 Venice

F R A N C E

Florence

1

06-07

Apennine Mountains

ADRIATIC SEA

I TA LY 2

Rome

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

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Munich

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

Venice / Rome

1 1

London / Amsterdam

Munich / Austrian Tyrol / Venice

G E R M A N Y

1

Dover

ENGLISH CHANNEL

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

03

NORTH SEA

E N G L A N D

Paris, France

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

Rome / Florence / Lucerne

08-09

Vatican City MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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

Lucerne / Paris

10

You might like

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

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

Paris / London

11-12

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

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MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS Rome

• • • • • • • •

$2,095

FR

13 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

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

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

START

FINISH

START

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Sep 07 Sep 19 Oct 19 Oct 31 Dec 27 Jan 08

Jul 06 Jul 18 Jul 20 Aug 01 Aug 10 Aug 22

May 04 May 16 Jun 01 Jun 13 Jun 22 Jul 04

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBDM / COWWDM

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

DAY ITINERARY Rome

NORTH SEA

01-02

Rome / San Gimignano / Florence

F R A N C E I TA LY

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Avignon

Pisa/Italian Riviera

CinqueTerre

1

1

Pyrenees Mountains Aix-enProvence Zaragoza 2 2

Madrid

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

2

Monaco

03-04

2

Florence

Florence / Pisa / Italian Riviera

French San Gimignano Riviera Rome 2

Barcelona

Vatican City

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

05

S PA I N

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

06-07 08

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

Italian Riviera / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Aix-en-Provence / Avignon

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

Avignon / Barcelona

09-10

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

Barcelona / Zaragoza / Madrid

11-13

62

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


EUROPEAN ENCOUNTER London or Amsterdam

• • • • • • • •

$2,685

FR

16 DAYS

Paris or London

Highlights

See famous sites in Amsterdam Take in stunning views of Rhine Valley Admire the scenery of the Swiss Alps Explore the maze of canals in Venice Wander the ancient streets of Rome Be inspired by sacred art in Florence Chill out on Nice’s pristine beaches Paris’ vistas from the Eiffel Tower

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 03 Jan 24 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 21 Apr 17 May 08 May 29

Jan 18 Feb 08 Mar 08 Mar 15 Apr 05 May 02 May 23 Jun 13

Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 03 Jul 24 Aug 14 Sep 04 Oct 17 Nov 07

Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 08 Aug 29 Sep 19 Nov 01 Nov 22

Nov 28 Dec 11 Dec 29 Jan 06 Jan 23 Feb 20 Mar 19

Dec 13 Dec 26 Jan 13 Jan 21 Feb 07 Mar 06 Apr 03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHX / COWWHZ Denmark

BALTIC SEA NORTH SEA

Edam

E N G L A N D

London 1

2

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

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

DAY ITINERARY 01-02 03

G E R M A N Y

Amsterdam 1

Calais ENGLISH

CHANNEL

04-05

Rhine Valley

Valley of the Somme 2

Paris Liechtenstein

Burgundy Region F R A N C E

Lucerne

Lyon

Innsbruck 1

2

Brenner Pass Swiss Alps I T A L Y 1 Venice Apennine Mountains

1

Avignon

2

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera MEDITERRANEAN SEA

You might like

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

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

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

Rhine Valley / Lucerne

Ruhr Valley

Dover

London / Amsterdam

1

Florence

06 07

ADRIATIC SEA

2

Vatican City

Rome

Our Top Optional Activities: • Go whitewater rafting in Austrian Tyrol • Have an Italian feast in the Tuscan hills around Florence • Enjoy a Champagne dinner and cabaret show in Paris

08-09 10 11-12 13 14-15 16

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

Lucerne / Liechtenstein / Innsbruck

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

Innsbruck / Venice

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

Venice / Rome

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

Rome / Florence

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

Florence / Pisa / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Lyon

Travel north and enjoy a lunch break in Avignon and check out the Papal Palace before arriving at Lyon, France’s second city, capital of gastronomy and UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Lyon / Paris

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

Paris / London

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

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EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONS London or Brussels

• • • • • • • •

$3,715

FR

18 DAYS

Paris or London

Highlights

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

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

START

FINISH

FINISH

Jul 02 Jul 19 Jul 09 Jul 26 Jul 16 Aug 02 Aug 06 Aug 23

Apr 09 Apr 26 May 07 May 24 Jun 11 Jun 28 Jun 22 Jul 09

START

FINISH

Sep 03 Sep 24

Sep 20 Oct 11

Barcelona, Spain

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovey Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (17 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges included Tour Code: COBBEM

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

DAY ITINERARY 01

NORTH SEA

G E R M A N Y 1

London

Amsterdam Ruhr Valley

Dover

1

1

Calais

Brussels

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme 2

Munich

Paris

Loire Valley

Liechtenstein Lucerne

Swiss Alps

Bordeaux FRA N C E

2

Carcassonne SPAIN

2

03

1

2

1

02

Rhine Valley

Innsbruck Brenner Pass Lake Garda

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera

Barcelona

2

Venice

04-05

Apennine Mountains 2

Florence I TA LY

ADRIATIC SEA

06

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

IONIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

07-08 09-10 11-12 13 14-15 16-18

Venice, Italy

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London / Brussels

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

Brussels / Amsterdam

A short drive through Belgium and you’re in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. This evening, sip coffee in a cute café, see the gable houses and stroll the Red Light district, experiencing the city’s nightlife! (B)

Amsterdam / Rhine Valley

This morning, explore the flat-as-a-pancake countryside around Amsterdam to visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. Later, travel through rolling emerald valleys to the charming wine villages of the Rhine Valley. Enjoy the traditional German atmosphere and learn how beer steins are made. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Liechtenstein / Munich

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

Munich / Innsbruck / Lake Garda / Venice

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

Venice / Pisa / Florence

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

Florence / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Barcelona

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

Barcelona / Bordeaux

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

Bordeaux / Paris / London

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


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

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Hofburg Palace, Vienna

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

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (20 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 20 breakfasts, 11 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included. Oct-Mar departures follow a modified itinerary (ask for details). Tour Code: COBBHV / COWWHT

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

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London

Amsterdam

Dover Calais

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Valley of the Somme 2

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Burgundy Region

Lucerne 2

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Apennine Mountains Pisa 1 Florence Monaco

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

Florence / Rome / Venice

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

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

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

Munich / Vienna / Prague

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Vatican CityI T A L Y

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

15-17

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

Prague / Rhine Valley / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / London

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

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

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Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (17 nts), hotels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 22 breakfasts, 10 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEL / COWWEL

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

DAY ITINERARY 01

London / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / Berlin

03-04

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

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

05 06

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

Prague

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

Prague / Vienna

07-08

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

Vienna / Auschwitz / Krakow

09-10

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

Krakow / Budapest

11

Head south through Slovakia stopping off in the picturesque town of Banska Bystrica, before crossing into Hungary to enjoy all the sights and sounds of its capital city, Budapest, known as the ‘Paris of the East’. You’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of both parts of the city, taking in the Royal Palace, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening, there’s an optional river cruise and dinner. (B)


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Lake Bled, Slovenia

Venice, Italy

Budapest

12 13 14

With its buzzing café scene, this gem of a city is divided by the Danube River into hilltop, historic Buda and the bustling modern-day city of Pest. Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace, don’t miss the chance for a relaxing soak in one of the city’s thermal baths such as the Gellert, with their art nouveau stylings, or the fabulous open-air Szechenyi Baths. (B, D)

Budapest / Ljubljana

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

Ljubljana / Venice

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

Venice / Rome

15 Amsterdam, Holland

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

Rome

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

Rome / Florence

17-18

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

Florence / Pisa / Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Paris

21 22 23

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

Paris

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

Paris / London

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

Zwinger Museum, Dresden

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HigHlights

See Paris at night on an exclusive tour Stand in awe of La Sagrada Familia Live it up in glamorous Monaco Take in Florence’s iconic hotspots Pose by Juliet’s balcony in Verona Ride a gondola on Venice’s canals Party all night in funky Berlin Soak up the nightlife of Amsterdam

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Your time is precious so why not spend almost a month of it being whisked around some of Europe’s stunning hotspots? From the lovestruck city of Paris to the fiery flair of Amsterdam, and everything in between, this adventure ticks every box on a traveller’s hitlist. Expect iconic cities boasting some of the world’s famous landmarks, rolling vineyards in prestigious wine regions, mouthfuls of lip-smacking cuisine as well as the fashionably chic spots of the French Riviera, Cinque Terre and the Isle of Capri to name a few. If time’s of the essence, you can also choose to do just a shorter section of this trip (see below for details).

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Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (11 nts), hotels (13 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 24 breakfasts, 11 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COCCEQ/COWWEQ

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Meet your group in London town (or later this afternoon in Paris) then hop on a ferry across the English Channel. Keep an eye out for the World War I battlefields before arriving at the glittering ‘City of Lights’. This evening, you’ll be spoilt with an exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour -the perfect introduction to this love-soaked city! Fill the next day with historic Montmartre, photos on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur, yummy crepes, and strolls along cobbled streets. If you’re hungry for more, why not treat your tastebuds to a Parisian dinner and a cabaret show complete with a fizzing glass of bubbles? Ahhh! (B, D)

Paris / Bordeaux

Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris and ‘bonjour’ to Bordeaux! Cutting through the Loire Valley, past rolling vineyards, you’ll find yourself in the world-famous wine region where some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world are produced. Perhaps treat yourself to a cheeky vin rouge? (B, D)

Bordeaux / San Sebastian

04-05

On Day 4, head towards the sexy and sultry Basque city of San Sebastian. Spend the next couple of days on one of the best in-city beaches in Europe, Playa de la Concha, basking in the sun or testing your skills on a surfboard. In your free time here, soak up the romantic vibe in Centro Romántica and stroll along streets lined with ornate street lamps and Parisian-style architecture. By night, grab a slice of the action in one of Parte Vieja’s famous pintxos bars and savour patatas bravas and a copa de cava before bopping along to the music in one of the late night haunts. (2B, D)

San Sebastian / Barcelona

06-07

Slip away from the northern coast as you make your way to the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, where fantastic food and fanciful fiestas await. A mover and shaker in art, architecture and style, this city is full of soul. Whilst you’re here, wander the Gothic Quarter, visit the Olympic Park and gawk at Gaudi’s architectural wonders including La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after 100 years! Squeeze past street artists and stalls on Las Ramblas then stop in the vibrantly-coloured La Boqueria market for a sensory overload and perhaps a sneaky snack - serrano ham, fresh fruits or queso de cabra (goat’s cheese) anyone? Wash these tasty treats down with a fruitilicious sangria this evening then perhaps treat yourself to a traditional flamenco show! (2B, D)

Barcelona / Nice

08-09

It’s off to Nice today to travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence along the Côte d’Azur and on to the glamorous French Riviera. On Day 9, stroll through the outdoor markets, browse the upscale boutiques and slap on the sunscreen on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich and famous in the city that screams glitz and glam, Monte Carlo. Choose to dine near the Royal Palace, visit a French perfumery or try your chances with a few bets in a casino! Red or black? (2B, D)

Nice / Cinque Terre / Florence

10-11

Today, you’ll visit the Cinque Terre’s oldest village, Monterosso, before chilling out on a trip past the steep cliffs and fishing villages. Sip thirst-quenching local wine and munch on scrumptious freshly-caught seafood ‘til you’re full to the brim! On Day 11, you’ll travel via Pisa’s world-famous architectural wonder to Renaissance Florence where a local guide will give you the inside tips on striking buildings and sacred art. You won’t be short of things to feast your eyes on! Soak up the wow factor of the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria, then top up your skills with a Florentine leather craft demo! (2B)


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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Florence / Sorrento

12-13

Travel south through Umbria and Lazio via the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento. Recharge your batteries this evening and perhaps spoil yourself with some mouthwatering Italian cuisine. On Day 13, you’ll get to chill out on the naturally beautiful Isle of Capri. Why not wander through the hillside town of Anacapri where you’ll find breathtaking coastal views and lovely little restaurants? Sip on a café al fresco with the locals and gorge on a frosty gelato as you explore the Marina Piccola (little harbour). Eager for more? Choose to chillax on a Green Grotto boat trip where the small caves and sparkling emerald green waters invite you to jump right in. (2B, D)

Sorrento / Rome

14-15

Hit the road with a scenic drive along the coast, from picture-perfect Sorrento via Pompeii and on to Rome. If you’re keen to discover more about the town frozen in time, choose to take an optional, strangely compelling tour of Pompeii to see the devastating affect of feisty Mt Vesuvius. Onwards to Rome, feel like a VIP with a special access sightseeing tour. On Day 15, tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the ‘Eternal City’ and delve into its history with an optional locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a culture vulture, you could also opt for a Colosseum trip. (2B, D)

Rome / Venice Prague

16-17

Over the Apennine Mountains, you’ll stop in Romeo and Juliet’s fictional, lovestruck home of Verona. Pass Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) and strike a pose at the famous balcony where she was ‘wooed’ by Romeo. Your next stop is the alluring maze of Venice. Meander through the ‘Floating City’s’ narrow alleyways to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and interesting little shops, bars and markets, and enjoy a private boat tour through the canals. Stretching high above the canal, set your sights upon the fine architecture of the Bridge of Sighs and stroll around St. Mark’s Square (Piazzo San Marco). If you’ve got time on your hands, why not check out the Doge’s Palace, take a guided walking tour or relax on a peaceful gondola ride along the side canals? (2B, D)

Venice / Salzburg / Prague

18-19

Travel through the stunning Austrian countryside to the picture-perfect Salzburg, birthplace to Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. Soak up the burgeoning arts scene and see the sweeping views from the mighty Festung Hohensalzburg, the 900 year old cliff-top fortress. The Baroque palace, the regal Residenz and blooming gardens of the Schloss Mirabell also need to be ticked off your bucket list! On Day 19, hop north to Prague, affectionately known as the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’. You’ll soon see why! Catch a glimpse of the medieval Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, dodge past hawkers along Charles Bridge and stumble upon Czech history in Wenceslas Square. Finish up in an old-fashioned bar in the Old Town Square. (2B, D)

Prague / Berlin Old Town Salzburg, Austria

20-21

Snake through the medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets to immerse yourself within Gothic architecture and Bohemian crystal beads! Guzzle down a bargain beer, arguably the best in Europe then why not nip any hunger pangs in the bud with a buffet cruise? Your awesome adventure will then take you over the border to Dresden, often dubbed the ‘Florence of the North’ before you roll into Berlin. Wander around the park of Tiergarten and see the Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag. Don’t forget to check out the colourful artwork decorating the remains of the Berlin Wall whilst you’re here! (2B, D)

Berlin / Amsterdam

22-23

Find out what makes Berlin’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world with free time to explore. It’s hard to believe that this funky place has had such a troubled past, so savour the mixture of old and new in this ever-changing metropolis. Visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie with the choice to do a walking tour of Berlin and Eye Spy Berlin then prepare yourself for a dose of Amsterdam. Jump start your trip with a visit to the eye-popping Red Light District where the creative and wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets - a sight that can’t be missed! (2B, D)

Amsterdam / London

24-25

Stretch your legs as you cycle around the countryside, past working villages to the world-famous cheese village of Edam where you’ll get to try a cheeky slice. You’ll then head back to the city to explore the spinning windmills, canals, parks and cool vibes that the ‘Dam is known for. The final night is yours to raise your glass and toast your awesome adventure with a farewell dinner and canal cruise. On Day 25, your trip sadly comes to an end. Tuck into a hearty brekkie before transferring to Schiphol Airport (estimated 10am arrival) where your tour ends. Alternatively, choose to take a complimentary transfer to London for the option to extend your stay! (2B)

La Boqueria, Barcelona

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EUROPEAN PANORAMA London or Paris

Amsterdam or London

IRISH SEA

NORTH SEA

Edam

E N G L A N D

London

2

P O L A N D

Ruhr Valley

Dover

Rhine Valley

1

Calais

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

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme 2

2 1

Lucerne

2

Swiss Alps

Tyrol

Vienna H U N G A RY

Dolomite Mountains 2

Venice

F R A N C E

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Carcassonne

Pisa 2

French Riviera 2 Barcelona

2

Pyrenees Mountains

Florence I TA LY

Monaco

Rome

ADRIATIC SEA 1

EUROPEAN TOURING

1

Mauthausen

1

Liechtenstein

Chateau Chambord

Bordeaux

Munich

Paris

Loire Valley

B E L A R U S

G E R M A N Y

Amsterdam

Vatican 2 Mt. Vesuvius City Pompeii Bari

S PA I N

1

3

Corfu IONIAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Highlights

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

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

DAY ITINERARY

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

Apr 20 May 17 May 11 Jun 07 Jun 08 Jul 05 Jun 22 Jul 19

START

London / Paris FINISH

Jun 29 Jul 26 Jul 13 Aug 09 Jul 27 Aug 23 Aug 10 Sep 06

START

FINISH

Aug 31 Sep 27 Sep 07 Oct 04

01-02

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (25 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 27 breakfasts, 14 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBHM

Paris / Bordeaux

03 04-05

Visit the great fortress city of Carcassonne, whose streets are studded with 53 stone towers and look from afar like some medieval fairytale town. Travel south across the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain before reaching Barcelona. The next day, explore the sizzling city sights; Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Head to an optional live flamenco dancer show, and ditch the siesta for the fiesta! (2B, D)

Barcelona / French Riviera

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Take a scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur to Nice. On Day 7, keep a look out for celebs as you stroll the stylish Promenade des Anglais and then, in the evening, head to Monaco. This pocket-sized principality is a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, not to mention the tax exiles whose luxury yachts line the harbourfront marinas. It has been ruled over by the Grimaldi family since the 13th Century, and you’ll see their Royal Palace before splashing some cash with a visit to a casino. (2B, D)

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

08-09

See the architectural wonder that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa as you make your way to the priceless Renaissance masterpiece of Florence. Wander the art-filled streets with a local guide on Day 9 and get to know the history while taking in views of the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Baptistry. You also have the chance to witness a Florentine leather craft demonstration, still an important industry in the region. (2B, D)

Florence / Rome

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Cut through the Loire Valley where there’s a scenic drive to see the magnificent Château de Chambord which has got to be one of the most splendid in all of France. Travel past rolling vineyards through the fertile countryside en route to Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its stunning neoclassical architecture but possibly most famous for its wine. (B, D)

Bordeaux / Carcassonne / Barcelona

06-07 Our Top Optional Activities • Eat local dishes and see a live flamenco performance in Barcelona • Take a guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii • Sunbathe and swim on an island cruise in Corfu • Sample schnaps in Vienna • Wine tasting in the Rhine Valley

Meet up with your group and crew and set off from London to ferry across the English Channel to Paris (where you can also join the tour if you wish). This evening, see the city lights of Paris and its famous monuments all beautifully illuminated. Day 2 is yours to hit the iconic sights of this romantic city, perhaps take a cruise along the River Seine, climb the steps to the summit of Montmartre for a visit to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, pay a visit to the Mona Lisa smiling enigmatically at the Louvre, or lose yourself in the backstreets of bohemian quarters such as Montparnasse and the Marais. You also have the option to attend an authentic cabaret show complete with can-can girls, dinner and a glass of bubbly. (B, D)

Travel south through the rolling hills and terraced vineyards of Umbria on your way to Rome. You’ll feel the might of the ancient empire on your walking tour; see Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. On Day 11, enjoy an optional tour of the Vatican Museums to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, before heading off to explore the historic streets of this bustling city. Watch the world go by as you linger over a latté in one of the city cafés. (2B, D)

Rome / Corfu

Pass the city of Naples and bag yourself a view of Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption famously caused the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii. There’s time to take an optional tour of Pompeii’s ruins before boarding the overnight ferry to the Greek holiday island of Corfu. (B)


$5,715

FR

28 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Château de Chambord, Loire Valley

Swiss Alps

Corfu

13-15 16-17 18

Widely considered to be one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, Corfu affords time to kick back and relax, enjoying sublime rays, whitewashed houses, divine local food, watersports and even an optional island cruise. Don’t miss the chance to visit Corfu Town, a jumble of narrow pedestrianised streets and pastel-coloured Venetian townhouses sandwiched between two mighty fortresses. (3B, 2D)

Corfu / Venice

Today, cruise the length of the Adriatic Sea up to the picturesque destination of Venice. From the boat, if you look left you’ll be looking at Italy, look right and you’ll be cruising the coast of Greece, Albania and Croatia. (2B)

Venice

Enjoy a private motorboat ride to explore the historic islands of the Venice Lagoon, explore the twisting backstreets and canals on foot or by gondola, and gasp at the breathtaking palazzos, squares and bridges for which the ‘Floating City’ is justifiably famous. (B)

Venice / Vienna Lucerne, Switzerland

19-20

Go over the beautiful Dolomite Mountains and across the border into Austria for a two-night stay in Vienna. On Day 20, see Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral on a morning city tour, before an afternoon at leisure to meander the city’s music venues, cafés (any time is strudel time!) and beautiful Baroque architecture. (2B, D)

Vienna / Munich / Austrian Tyrol

21-22

Stop at the sombre Mauthausen concentration camp memorial as you travel on to Munich. Check out the Glockenspiel and then head to the beer halls tonight. On Day 22, head back into Austria and pass stunning Alpine scenery as you travel to a traditional Tyrolean village. Get an adrenalin rush as you try out one of its infamous range of high-octane adventure sports! (2B, D)

Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

23-24 25

It’s three countries in one day today, as you make a stop in pint-sized Liechtenstein to visit its capital city of Vaduz. Blink and you’ll miss it, and before you know you’ll be in Switzerland where you’re headed for the exquisite resort of Lucerne. Stroll across its iconic and medieval wooden bridge and tuck into a giant bar of Toblerone by the magical lakeside. On Day 24, enjoy an optional trip up Mt. Titlis, go for a mountain walk or just enjoy being in the crisp, pure air of the Alps. (2B, 2D)

Swiss Alps / Rhine Valley

Follow the River Rhine to a valley full of castles and vineyards. Enjoy the traditional German atmosphere, see the dramatic Lorelei Rock and learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)

Rhine Valley / Amsterdam Cote d’Azur, French Riviera

26-27 28

Travel through the industrial Ruhr Valley from Germany into the Netherlands and to its fabulous capital city, Amsterdam, sure to be one of your favourites from your whole 28-day trip. It’s an easy-going place and it’s impossible not to love the friendly and forward-thinking locals. Visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house, and take an after-dark cruise of the city’s canals which are lined with beautiful and elegant townhouses. On Day 27, you can hop on a bike like the rest of the locals and pedal your way past the windmills in the cheese-making village of Edam. Don’t cycle too hard though, as you’ll need some energy for your last night with the group. One of Amsterdam’s eccentric nightclubs could be on the cards for a send off to remember! (2B, D)

Amsterdam / London

On your final day, you can choose from a number of different options. Extend your stay here in the Dutch capital, take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or relax on the complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)

Amsterdam, Holland

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WINTER WANDERER London or Paris

Amsterdam or London BALTIC SEA NORTH SEA

IRISH SEA

2

E NGLAN D

2

London

Amsterdam

Dover

Dresden

Calais

GERMANY

ENGLISH CHANNEL

2

Valley of the Somme

Paris

2

BE LARUS

Berlin

Munich

Prague

Mauthausen

1

2

Burgundy Region

EUROPEAN TOURING

2

FRANCE

Lyon

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Lucerne

1

2

Pyrenees Mountains SPAI N

• • • • • • • •

Pisa Monaco

French Riviera

2

Barcelona

Dolomite Mountains

Venice

2

ITALY

Vienna

Apennine Mountains 1

Florence ADRIATIC SEA

2

Vatican City

Rome

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Highlights

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

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

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

Departures 2015/16 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 09 Jan 21 Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 20 Mar 06 Mar 20 Oct 16

Jan 27 Feb 01 Feb 13 Feb 15 Mar 01 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 12 Nov 08

Oct 18 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 25 Dec 02 Dec 09 Dec 11 Dec 14 Dec 20

Nov 10 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 18 Dec 25 Jan 01 Jan 03 Jan 06 Jan 12

Dec 28 Dec 30

Jan 20 Jan 22

2016 Jan 05 Jan 20 Feb 05 Mar 04 Mar 18

Jan 28 Feb 12 Feb 28 Mar 27 Apr 10

01-02

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

Paris / Lucerne

03-04

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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

Lucerne / Lyon / Barcelona

Inclusions

Trip Style: Winter Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (23 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 23 breakfasts, 11 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COWWHL

05-06

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

Barcelona

07

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

Barcelona / French Riviera

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Our Top Optional Activities • See a colourful, passionate flamenco show in Barcelona • Let a local show you around the Vatican Museum in Rome • Indulge in Swiss fondue in Lucerne

08

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

French Riviera

09

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

French Riviera / Pisa / Florence

10 72

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


$4,065

FR

24 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Amsterdam, Holland

Charles Bridge, Prague

Florence / Rome

11

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

Rome

12

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

Rome / Venice

13-14 Barcelona, Spain

15 16

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

Venice / Vienna

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

Vienna

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

Vienna / Munich

17

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

Munich / Prague

18-19 Colosseum, Rome

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

Prague / Dresden / Berlin

20-21 22 23 24

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

Berlin / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / London

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

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EUROPEAN INSPIRATION London or Amsterdam IRISH SEA

Paris or London

NORTH SEA

Edam

ENGLA ND

London

2

Amsterdam

Dover

Valley of the Somme

G ERM ANY

Dachau

2

2

Burgundy Region

EUROPEAN TOURING

Swiss Alps ATLANTIC OCEAN

Berlin

Dresden

Calais

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Paris

2

2

Prague

C Z EC H

REP

Munich AU S T RI A

Tyrol

Lucerne 2

Brenner Pass Lake Como 2

Venice

FRA NC E

Pisa 2 Chianti Region

Florence ADRIATIC SEA

2

Vatican City

Rome I TALY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

IONIAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Highlights

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

Departures 2015/16 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 19 Feb 09 Mar 02 Mar 16 Apr 05 May 03 May 17 Jun 07 Jun 16 Jun 21 Jun 28

Jan 23 Feb 06 Feb 27 Mar 20 Apr 03 Apr 23 May 21 Jun 04 Jun 25 Jul 04 Jul 09 Jul 16

Jun 30 Jul 07 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 23 Sep 13 Sep 15 Sep 27 Oct 19 Oct 26 Nov 02 Nov 23

Jul 18 Jul 25 Jul 30 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 01 Oct 03 Oct 15 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov 20 Dec 11

START

FINISH

Dec 07 Dec 25 Dec 14 Jan 01 Dec 21 Jan 08 Dec 28 Jan 15 Dec 30 Jan 17 2016 Jan 04 Jan 22 Jan 18 Feb 05 Feb 08 Feb 26 Mar 14 Apr 01

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

DAY ITINERARY 01 02 03

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (18 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 18 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBAP / COWWAP

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04

Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / Berlin

Motor down the autobahn and prepare yourself for a serious dose of über-cool Berlin. Find out what makes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. Grab some mates and head out to enjoy the city’s exploding arts, bar and club scenes. (B, D) Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall, check out the Reichstag and visit the Tiergarten on this morning’s locally-guided city tour. Visit Checkpoint Charlie and be reminded of Germany’s darker past at the Brandenburg Gate. With your free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and imaginative street art - the city’s walls are plastered in cut-outs and graffiti. Experience traditional German street food at one of Berlin’s awesome markets - currywurst anyone? Then cosy-up in one of Berlin’s many beer gardens and let the good times roll! (B)

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

05

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

Prague

06 07 08 09

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

Berlin

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

London / Amsterdam

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

Prague / Munich

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

Munich

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

Munich / Venice

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


$3,195

FR

19 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Florence, Italy

View from Mt. Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland

Venice

10

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

Venice / Rome

11

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

Rome

12 Spanish Steps, Rome

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

Rome / Florence

13

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

Florence

14

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

Florence / Pisa / Lucerne

15

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

Lucerne

16

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

Lucerne / Paris

17

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

Paris

18 19

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

Paris / London

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

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SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGAL Madrid

• • • • • • • •

$2,349

FR

15 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

Stroll the courtyards of the Alhambra Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar Haggle like a local in Fes Act like a movie star in Casablanca Sample tapas and tagine See the majestic Alcazar in Seville Ride the historic trams in hilly Lisbon Immerse yourself in Madrid’s nightlife

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015/16 START

START

FINISH

FINISH

START

FINISH

2016 Jan 01 Jan 15 Mar 26 Apr 09

Jul 26 Aug 09 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 24 Nov 07

May 03 May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (14 nts) Transport: Air con coach, ferry crossings Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team, local Rep in Morocco Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBMP/ COWWMP

Lisbon, Portugal

This wonderful four-country journey of discovery including Gibraltar, straddles Europe and North Africa as it snakes its way south from Madrid through the Moorish-influenced cities of Andalucia. Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar to discover the sights and sounds of Morocco, including the ancient city of Fes and bustling Marrakech. Lose yourself in the winding alleyways of the medinas and bargain for unique goods in the spice-filled souks. Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon, awaits with its old-fashioned trams, distinctive fado music and irresistible freshly-baked custard tarts. Nobody we know has ever eaten just one!

DAY ITINERARY Madrid

S PA I N P O RT UG A L

01-02

Madrid 3

Lisbon

Madrid / Grenada

2

Seville 2

2

Granada

03-04

Gibraltar

Tangier

2

Casablanca

2

Head south through the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the historic hub of Granada. Timeless, atmospheric and full of character, this passionate city is best-known for its magnificent Alhambra Palace. Explore this former home of the sultans on a locally-guided tour. Enjoy an optional tour of the Moorish Quarter of Albaicin with a visit to the La Cartuja Monastery. (2B, D)

Granada / Fes

1

05-06

Rabat

Fes

07-08 09

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Travel past Malaga and Marbella on a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol, before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to start your African adventure. Admire stunning views of the Rif Mountains on your way to the medieval capital of Fes. Soak it up as you discover all the vibrant sights, sounds and smells on a guided tour of the souk. Admire the skill of the craftsmen on a visit to a carpet-weaving cooperative, and perhaps an optional Moroccan-style dinner complete with belly dancing? (2B, D)

Fes / Marrakech

Marrakech

MO RO CCO

Admire the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains and the cool, green oasis of Ifrane on today’s scenic drive to Marrakech. Throw yourself headfirst into this vibrant city, exploring the traditions of Koutoubia Mosque, the splendour of the Bahia Palace and the sheer overwhelming sensory overload that is Djemaa el-Fna Square. With a free afternoon, stock up on bargains in the myriad stalls of the souk. (2B, D)

Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / Tangier

Hit the coast today at the whitewashed city of Casablanca, famous from the 1942 film of the same name, which turned this place into a movie star. Pay a visit to Morocco’s political capital, Rabat, on your way back to Tangier, which is known as the Gateway to Africa. (B, D)

Tangier / Gibraltar / Seville

10-11

Back to Europe for a visit to the British territory of Gibraltar, whose rocky summit guards the entrance to the Mediterranean, before moving on to Andalucia’s lively capital, Seville. See the Plaza de Espana, the world’s third-largest cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the former royal residence, the Alcazar. Experience the passion of Seville with an optional flamenco show. (2B, D)

Seville / Lisbon Fr $815

12-13 14-15

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Arrive into the Spanish capital and make your way to your hotel. Get yourself straight out there to explore before meeting your new travel buddies over dinner. On Day 2, see the Gran Via, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Espana, and get hooked on a city whose diverse neighbourhoods bustle with an energetic vitality in everything from shopping to world-class arts and culture. (B, D)

Welcome to Portugal’s historic capital, Lisbon, once home to the world’s greatest explorers. Don’t miss the grand riverfront square of the Praca do Commercio, the fashionable boutiques of Chiado or the sweeping city views from the Castelo de Sao Jorge. Travel along the banks of the Tagus to the popular riverside suburb of Belem to explore the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower - it’s here you’ll find the very best custard tarts in Lisbon too, at the historic Antiga Confeteria de Belem. In the evenings, jump aboard a tram to climb up to the nightlife district of the Bairro Alto. (2B, D)

Lisbon / Madrid

The final leg of the trip sees you cross back over the border into Spain to head back to Madrid. Set yourself up for a last night out with a siesta. Your trip concludes after breakfast on Day 15. (2B)


$2,015

SPANISH SPREE Madrid

• • • • • • • •

FR

14 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

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

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015/16 START

FINISH

Mar 23 Apr 27 May 25 Jun 08 Jun 22 Jun 29

Apr 05 May 10 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jul 05 Jul 12

START

START

FINISH

FINISH

Aug 31 Sep 13 Oct 19 Nov 01 Dec 27 Jan 09

Jul 06 Jul 19 Jul 08 Jul 21 Jul 13 Jul 26 Jul 20 Aug 02 Aug 03 Aug 16 Aug 17 Aug 30

2016 Mar 21 Apr 03

Barcelona, Spain

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Air con coach, ferry crossing, flight to Ibiza (summer only) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBEH/ COWWEH - note that winter departures (Jan-Mar 2015 & Oct 2015-Mar 2016) follow a modified itinerary and do not visit Ibiza, please ask for details

F R A N C E

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bilbao Segovia

Madrid

Seville

1

1

Pamplona

Zaragoza 3

2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2

Denia

1 2

Gibraltar

Madrid

01-02 03

Ibiza

Arrive in Madrid and check yourself into the hotel. Later, meet your new travel buddies over dinner. Get straight into it on Day 2 as you explore the heart of Madrid. Wander along Gran Via, the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe as your local guide expertly shows you through the lavish rooms of the magnificent Royal Palace. As darkness falls, Madrid comes alive so head out into the city that seemingly never sleeps! (B, D)

Madrid / Segovia / Bilbao

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

Bilbao / San Sebastian / Pamplona

Start the day with free time in the elegant and stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, a surf hot spot. Later, pull into beautiful Pamplona, perhaps best known as the home of the famous cultural festival known as the Fiesta de San Fermin. (B)

Pamplona / Zaragoza / Barcelona

Barcelona

S PA I N

Toledo

Cordoba

1

DAY ITINERARY

04

Pyrenees Mountains

San Sebastian

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

05-06

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

Barcelona / Ibiza

Granada

07-08

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

Ibiza / Granada

09-10 11 12

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

Granada / Gibraltar / Seville

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

Seville / Cordoba

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

Cordoba / Toledo / Madrid

13-14

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

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SIMPLY ITALY Rome

ITALIAN $2,005 ESPRESSO

$1,415

FR

12 DAYS

Rome

Rome

FR

8 DAYS

Venice or Rome

EUROPEAN TOURING

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY

Tuscany, Italy

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY Rome

Rome / Sorrento

01-02 03 04-05 06-07 08-09

Check-in to your hotel and meet your new travel friends over dinner. On Day 2, travel south towards Naples, before arriving into the charming holiday resort of Sorrento. Enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B, D)

01-02

Capri

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

Sorrento / Florence

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

Florence / Verona / Venice

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

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

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

La Spezia / Pisa / Rome

10-12

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

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

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBSY / COWWSY

Rome / Florence

03-04

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

Florence

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

05

Florence / Venice

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

06

Venice

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

07

Venice / Rome

08

The tour concludes after breakfast in Venice, or you can opt to take a complimentary transfer back to Rome. (B)

Inclusions Milan Lake Garda 1 2 Venice La Verona Spezia 1 2 Florence Cinque Terre Pisa

Chianti Region Apennine Mountains

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver team Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBHI / COWWHI

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

Departures 2015 Jan - Mar

Selected Mondays

Apr - Sep & Dec

Selected Sundays & Wednesdays

Oct - Nov

Selected Mondays

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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Sorrento

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

Jan 17 Mar 21 Apr 11 May 09 May 23 Jun 13

Jan 24 Mar 28 Apr 18 May 16 May 30 Jun 20

START

FINISH

Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 05 Sep 12

Pisa Chianti Region

2

Venice

Barberino

3

Florence

Apennine Mountains

San Gimignano

I TA LY

Rome

Verona

Vatican City START

2

Rome

FINISH

Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 21 Nov 28 Dec 27 Jan 03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

I TA LY


TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEY Istanbul

• • • • • • • •

$2,125

FR

10 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

Admire the amazing Blue Mosque Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli Party in Izmir, ‘Pearl of the Aegean’ See the ancient ruins of Troy Relax in Pamukkale’s thermal pools See the ancient wonder of Ephesus Wander the fortified town of Rhodes Soak up Santorini’s spectacular views

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

May 13 May 22 Jun 17 Jun 26

START

FINISH

Jul 15 Jul 24 Aug 12 Aug 21

START

FINISH

Sep 16

Sep 25

Inclusions

Volcanic Scenery of Santorini, Greece

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts), cruise ship - twin or triple-share cabins (3 nts) Transport: Cruise ship, air con coach Meals: 9 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver team, on-board cruise representative Includes: Nightly entertainment on-board, hotel tips, local taxes, service charges, ferry crossing Tour Code: COBBSL

Travel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish and Grecian adventure. Hang out in the culturally rich and scenic city of Istanbul, see the sombre memorials at Gallipoli, visit the port towns of Canakkale and Kusadasi and dip in the unique thermal pools of Pamukkale. Later, it’s on to the islands for a sweet taste of Greece. Check out the fortified town of Rhodes before topping it all off with a visit to the clifftop settlements on the volcanic island of Santorini. There’s no shortage of memorable moments here, from haggling at the bazaars, to climbing the Trojan horse and slapping on the sunscreen at the beach.

DAY ITINERARY BULGARIA

Istanbul 1

Gallipoli Troy

1

Istanbul

BLACK SEA

Canakkale

01-02

Pergamum

TURKEY

G R E EC E

Athens

AEGEAN SEA

Izmir Kusadasi Patmos

1

Istanbul / Canakkale / Izmir

Pamukkale 1

1

Ephesus

Hieropolis

Santorini Rhodes

Check into your hotel in Istanbul, the place where East meets West. Literally. Unpack your bits ‘n bobs then meet your fellow travel buddies - the buzzing metropolis of Turkey’s capital is waiting! The next morning, join your local guide to admire the city’s mesmerising draw card, the stunning Blue Mosque. This amazing building is jam-packed with tens of thousands of glinting blue tiles. Next, plunge into the copious shops of the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you’ve got your haggling skills down to a ‘T’ and nab carpets, trinkets, spices and electronics. This afternoon, glimpse the sultan’s lifestyle at Topkapi Palace, visit Hagia Sofia or try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe. If you’re eager to spoil yourself, bathe in the hammam (steam bath house), get scrubbed on heated marble stones and opt for a delicious dinner complete with shimmying belly dancers. (B, D)

03-04

Crete

Today make a pilgrimage to the site of the region’s bloodiest battle, Gallipoli. Visit ANZAC Cove where World War I troops landed, the burial ground of Lone Pine Cemetery and pay tribute at the memorial for the ANZAC soldiers. You’ll then get to kick back with some down time on the coach and watch the coastline of the Sea of Marmara glide past the window. Hop on a ferry, crossing continents from Europe to Asia and on to the bustling harbourside town of Canakkale. Start the day with the famed wooden horse in Troy then opt to get inside the legend of one of the world’s most famous battles. You’ll then head on to the hilltop ruins of Pergamum, now a laid back market town. Homer’s birthplace of Izmir will be your home for the night so why not line the stomach with a tasty Turkish feast and allow youself to be swallowed up by the city’s buzzing nightlife. (2B, 2D)

Izmir / Pamukkale / Kusadasi

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Today serves up the opportunity to visit Hieropolis, an ancient Roman spa town and sacred city sitting in modern-day Pamukkale. Keep your camera handy for snaps of the shimmering white calcium terraces at this UNESCO World Heritage site then soothe your mind, body and soul in Pamukkale’s thermal pools, renowned for their healing properties. On Day 6, choose to get a feel for former times with an optional locally-guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. This stunningly-preserved city was once visited by Cleopatra and Mark Anthony! You’ll also get up close to Turkish culture with a visit to a rug maker where you’ll get to watch an authentic carpet-weaving demonstration. (2B, D)

Kusadasi / Rhodes

07-08

Board your cruise ship and glide across to Rhodes. On the way stop on Patmos with its sacred spots and wild countryside and opt to get into the spirit of the island with an optional trip to the 11th Century Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St John. Spend Day 8 enjoying the island’s delights. As the sunniest island in the Aegean, this is the place to throw down your beach towel, slap on the sunscreen and bask in the glowing sun. If you’re hungry for more culture, why not check out the famous Colossus of Rhodes, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World or take a stroll through the cute medieval Old Town to grab a few souvenirs? (2B, L, 2D)

Crete / Santorini / Athens

09-10 Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Start the day with a visit to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete. Choose to take an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where you’ll learn of the 4,000 year old mythical Minoan Palace. You’ll then head on to Santorini with its jaw-dropping natural beauty - a result of a massive volcanic eruption. Stretch your legs as you head up the cliffs winding your way around the twisting stone steps for views of neighbouring volcanic islands, then treat yourself to a delicious local speciality of domatoktedes (fried tomato balls). Head on to the distinctive black or red sand beaches or opt to get close to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Day 10, enjoy brekkie before travelling to the heart of Athens where your tour ends. Keen for more? Opt to get the low down on the city! (2B, L, D)

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AMSTERDAM TO BARCELONA Amsterdam

BERLIN TO $2,635 BUDAPEST

$1,685

FR

11 DAYS

Barcelona

Berlin

FR

11 DAYS

Budapest

EUROPEAN TOURING

Amsterdam, Holland

Highlights

Vienna, Austria

Highlights

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

• Cruise the bohemian streets of Prague by bike (summer only) • Experience the opulent lifestyle of the Habsburg Emperors in Vienna • Goulash galore as you enjoy a Hungarian dinner cruise in Budapest

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Amsterdam

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

All you have to do is get yourself to Berlin on Day 1. If there’s time, head out and explore before meeting up with the rest of your group this evening. Over the next two days, you’ll get under the skin of this urban utopia. Get a feel for the city’s history and visit the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. You can shop the cool markets, eat delicious German food and party tonight in the cool clubs. (2B, D)

01-03

Amsterdam / Paris

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

Lucerne / French Riviera

Head through Dresden; a beautiful city with a tragic history and enjoy lunch in a riverside beer garden before travelling on to Prague. You’ll have two days to explore the sights starting with a walking tour over the Charles Bridge to discover Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Uncover the hidden treasures of the old town as you navigate through little lanes, alleys and courtyards. By night there’s something for everyone from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera. (3B, D)

04-06

Lucerne / French Riviera

Prague / Kutna Hora / Vienna

Next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna, from where the Habsburg Emperors once ruled huge swathes of Central Europe. This city was designed to impress, and boasts a legacy of grand architecture including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and the Baroque-style State Opera House. In the evening, you might like to see a classical music concert in one of the city’s many theatres and palaces. (2B, D)

07-08

French Riviera / Barcelona

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

Inclusions 2

F R A N C E

Designer Outlet Mall Pyrenees Mountains

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

May 08 May 18 May 22 Jun 01

START

FINISH

Jun 19 Jul 03

Jun 29 Jul 13

S PA I N START

Monaco

French Riviera Barcelona 2

FINISH

Jul 17 Jul 27 Aug 21 Aug 31

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

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2

Swiss Alps

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Berlin 3

P O L A N D

G E R M A N Y

Kutna Hora

3

Dresden

Prague

C Z EC H

Departures 2015/16

R EP

Vienna 2 Mar 16

Lucerne

Feb 16

Burgundy Region

Jan 16

2

Dec

Paris

Nov

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBIT / COWWIT

Oct

Amsterdam

May

2

Apr

Edam

Mar

NORTH SEA

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges are included Tour Code: COBBAB

A quick stop in Bratislava before reaching Budapest, two cities rolled into one. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Hungary so romantic. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 11. (3B, D)

09-11

Feb

Inclusions

Vienna / Bratislava / Budapest

Jan

09-11

Sep

07-08

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

Aug

05-06

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

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

Jul

03-04

Jun

01-02

Berlin

17 14 22 18 09 27 11 01 19 24 28 12 16 13 20 30 18 29 27 Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

AU S T R I A

Bratislava 2

Budapest

H U N G A RY


$2,415

EASTERN ROAD Berlin

• • • • • • • •

FR

13 DAYS

Warsaw or Berlin

Highlights

Soak up Berlin’s unbelievable nightlife Admire the rebuilt city of Dresden Sample Czech beers in Prague Tuck into schnitzel and strudel Relax in Budapest’s thermal spa baths Check out Krakow’s beautiful old town Visit Auschwitz concentration camp Take a tour of Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 START

START

FINISH

FINISH

Jul 12 Jul 24 Jul 19 Jul 31 Aug 02 Aug 14 Aug 16 Aug 28

Apr 26 May 08 May 24 Jun 05 Jun 07 Jun 19 Jun 28 Jul 10

START

FINISH

Sep 06 Sep 20

Sep 18 Oct 02

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBRH

Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary

Take a peek behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ on this amazing six-country tour and find out exactly why Eastern Europe is right now one of the hottest destinations on the planet. From the edgy and exciting city of Berlin, you’ll visit historic Prague and cultured Vienna, the showcase capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Straddle the Danube River as you explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest before moving on into Poland, where you’ll have four nights to discover the sights and sounds of Krakow and Warsaw. The history and beauty of these fascinating destinations will captivate your imagination.

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

P O L A N D

Berlin 2

Warsaw

01-02

2

Berlin / Dresden / Prague

G E R M A N Y

Czestochowa Auschwitz Dresden

2

Prague

2

Krakow

Kutna Hora C Z EC H

R E P

Vienna

2

AU S T R I A

Banska Bystrica 2

Arrive in Berlin, and meet your group over dinner. On Day 2, hit the ground running as you soak up the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. See commemorative artwork and graffiti on the remains of the Berlin Wall, visit the sight of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, explore the beautiful Tiergarten and snap yourself under the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is truly one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and the nights are even more fun than the daytimes, so head out into the mix. (B, D)

03

Make a rewarding stop in historic Dresden on your way south to Prague. Dresden was almost totally destroyed during World War II, having previously been known as the ‘Florence of the North’. It rose phoenix-like from the ashes and was painstakingly rebuilt in the Baroque style, so today you can admire stunning architecture such as the Royal Residence, Opera House and Frauenkirche. (B, D)

Prague

04

Budapest H U N G A RY

You have the full day to get to grips with the sights, the history and the flavoursome beer on offer in this Bohemian beauty! Wander the maze of cobbled streets as you hunt for souvenirs and treasures in the old town, stroll across the Charles Bridge to explore Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, or bag yourself a prime spot on Wenceslas Square for some people-watching. (B)

Prague / Vienna

05-06

Head south through the Czech countryside via the small town of Kutna Hora on your way to explore Austria’s cultural capital; Vienna. Take a scenic drive along the city’s showpiece Ring Road, and admire the beautiful architecture of the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the elegant State Opera House. Day 6 is yours to stuff yourself silly with strudel and scream yourself hoarse on the theme park rides at Prater Park. More cultured activities are available too, of course, you might prefer to spend your time wandering through art galleries, admiring the jewellery collection of the Habsburgs, taking in an optional Mozart concert or checking out the schnaps museum! (2B)

Vienna / Budapest

07-08 09-10

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Our Top Optional Activities • Schnaps museum visit & tasting • Uncover the East German secret police background on Eye Spy Berlin tour • Enjoy traditional Czech dinner & entertainment

On Day 7, hop across the Hungarian border to visit Budapest. Head over to the castle district for lovely views along the Danube River, taking in sights such as the Church of St. Mattias, the Chain Bridge and Hungary’s beautiful parliament building. The next day is a free day to explore; all your senses are surrounded by the history of this city; split into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (2B)

Budapest / Banska Bystrica / Krakow

Travel north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. On Day 10, wander through the lively market stalls and enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral and Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Alternatively, choose an optional guided tour of the amazing salt mines. (2B, D)

Krakow / Auschwitz / Warsaw

11-12 13

This morning’s first stop is at the WWII concentration camp of Auschwitz to understand more about the horrors of the Holocaust. Then head off to explore Warsaw; Poland’s revitalised capital where you can immerse yourself in its impressive cultural scene and thriving nightlife. On Day 12, take a guided tour of the old town, the Royal Palace and Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto. (2B, D)

Warsaw / Berlin

The tour ends after breakfast this morning, so it’s time to say goodbye and swap e-mail addresses with your travelling mates. You can stay on in Warsaw or take the free transfer back to Berlin where your tour will end upon arrival. (B)

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RUSSIA $1,875 PLUS

SCANDINAVIA Berlin or Copenhagen

$2,815

FR

9 DAYS

Stockholm

Stockholm

FR

14 DAYS

Warsaw or Berlin

EUROPEAN TOURING

Nyhavn, Copehnagen

Highlights

St. Petersburg, Russia

Highlights

• Three cool countries, three über-cool capital cities • Breathtaking views as you cruise the remote Geirangerfjord • Savour the flavours of Scandinavia’s distinctive cuisine

• Cruise across the Baltic from super-cool Stockholm to Helsinki • Explore the breathtaking Hermitage in St. Petersburg • See the guards in Red Square and visit the grounds of the Kremlin

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY Stockholm

Berlin / Copenhagen

Meet your group in Berlin, and travel by ferry to Denmark’s harbourside capital, Copenhagen (or you can join here). On Day 2, take in the sights of the vibrant Nyhavn waterfront area and explore the counter-cultural vibe in Christiania. This evening, why not enjoy the rides at the famous Tivoli Amusement Park? (B, D)

01-02 03-04

Copenhagen / Oslo

Travel via Sweden to Oslo, Norway’s beautiful capital, where there’s a sightseeing tour and free time to explore its 9th Century Viking ships, harbour and National Gallery. (2B, D)

Check-in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the very cool Swedish capital before dinner with your fellow travellers. Day 2 is yours to explore the 14 islands of Stockholm, before boarding the overnight cruise to Helsinki. (B, D)

01-02

Helsinki / St. Petersburg

03-04

St. Petersburg

Oslo / Voss / Geirangerfjord

05-06

Travel across the starkly beautiful high mountain plateau of Hardangervidda to the adventure capital of Voss. On Day 6, head to the Boyabreen Glacier in Skei and on to Norway’s longest and most spectacular fjord, Sognefjord. (2B, D)

Geirangerfjord / Lom / Lillehammer / Gjovik

05-06

Discover the ancient fort town of Novgorod and Tchaikovsky’s former house in Klin, en route to Moscow. Here, you can visit the Kremlin, Red Square and the magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral. (4B, 2D)

Moscow / Minsk / Warsaw

Gjovik / Stockholm

08

Travel past Lake Vänern before arriving into Stockholm, where you’re free to explore this coolest of capitals. (B)

Stockholm

Tour ends today in Stockholm, but you might like to extend your trip to 12 days (Tour Code: COCCSH) with an overnight cruise across the Baltic Sea and a day to explore Helsinki. (B)

09

Two full days to explore the riches and palace-lined waterways of this enchanting city. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s leading cultural museums. Take in a performance by the Russian Ballet, shop for Matryoshka dolls or tuck into beef stroganoff and vodka! (2B)

St. Petersburg / Novogorod / Moscow

07-10

Cruise along the Geirangerfjord before admiring one of the few remaining medieval ‘stave’ churches in Norway. Enjoy an optional thrill ride down an Olympic bobsled track in Lillehammer! (B, D)

07

At the forefront of Finland’s fashion and design scene, the quirky city of Helsinki boasts any number of independent shops, bars and restaurants, plus the remarkable fortress of Suomenlinna. On Day 4, cross the border into Russia to reach St. Petersburg. (2B, D)

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COCCSRS

Lom Lillehammer

Sognefjord 1

1

Voss

Gjovik S W E D E N

Hardangervidda N O RWAY

11-13

Warsaw / Berlin

14

Tour ends in Warsaw, or you can catch a free transfer to Berlin. (B)

Inclusions

Geiranger 1

Travel into Belarus for a locally-guided tour of Minsk, one of the least westernised of all the former Eastern Bloc capitals. Visit the Brest Fortress and cross into Poland to head for Warsaw which is packed with palaces, churches and mansions. Delve into the city’s darker history with a guided tour of the old Jewish ghetto. (3B, 2D)

2

Oslo

1

Stockholm

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossing Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COCCRS (or you can start in Helsinki using tour code COCCRH)

S W E D E N

F I N LA N D

St Petersburg Helsinki 3 GULF OF BOTHNIA

1

1

1

Petrodvorets

BALTIC SEA

Berlin

D E N M A R K

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

May 16 May 24 Jun 06 Jun 14

START

FINISH

Jun 20 Jul 11

Jun 28 Jul 19

2

START

Copenhagen

FINISH

Departures 2015 START

Jul 18 Jul 26 Aug 29 Sep 06

Berlin G E R M A N Y

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

FINISH

May 24 Jun 06 Jun 14 Jun 27

START

FINISH

Jun 28 Jul 19

Jul 11 Aug 01

Brest

START

B E L A R U S

FINISH

Jul 26 Aug 08 Sep 06 Sep 19

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details. Montenegro

Moscow

1

Warsaw

Belgium

82

Klin

Minsk

2

1

Novgorod

Stockholm

Bulgaria

3


$2,615

OUTDOOR ESCAPE London or Paris

• • • • • • • •

FR

24 DAYS

Amsterdam or London

Highlights

Enjoy an exclusive ‘Paris by night’ tour Soak in the fresh air of the Swiss Alps ‘Hold up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa Meander Venice’s thriving markets See ‘behind the scenes’ in Rome Optional hike, bike or raft in the Tyrol Sample Prague’s famous beer Snap away at Berlin’s iconic sites

EUROPEAN TOURING

Departures 2015 FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

May 15 Jun 07 Jun 12 Jul 05

Jul 10

Aug 02

Jul 24

Aug 16

START

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Tyrol, Austria

Inclusions

Trip Style: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share tents including air mattresses (20 nts), hostels (3 nts) Transport: Modern, air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 23 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COCCCDV

If you love adventure but don’t want it to pull on your purse strings, hop on board this 24-day adventure! Starting in London but kicking off in the romance-filled city of Paris, you’ll make your way through the snow-dusted peaks of the Swiss Alps and on to Florence’s fabulous flair. Passing through Rome’s historical streets, the winding canals of Venice and the adrenalin-pumping full throttle region of the Austrian Tyrol. The final leg of the journey will see you meandering the medieval maze of Prague, guzzling steins in the super-cool nightlife spot of Berlin and floating down Amsterdam’s famous canals. Wowee!

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

NORTH SEA

E NGLA N D

Amsterdam

Berlin

2

London

01-03

3

Dresden

1

Paris / Swiss Alps

GER MANY

Prague 3

2

Paris 3

Swiss Alps

04-06

Venice

F RA N C E

Pisa

Florence MEDITERRANEAN SEA

07-08

ADRIATIC SEA

2

3

Rome I T A L Y

Say ‘au revoir’ to Le Paris as you pass the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the Swiss Alps where two free days packed with adventure awaits. Feel on top of the world as you ride the cog railway up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain (optional), then stretch your muscles as you hike and bike around. (3B, D)

Swiss Alps / Florence

Tyrol

3

2

Meet your group in London (or later in Paris) then hop on a ferry across the Channel. Keep an eye out for the World War I battlefields before rocking up at the ‘City of Lights’, where you have two free days to explore and indulge. Whip out your camera for the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the ChampsÉlysées and Notre Dame Cathedral, but keep your energy up for an exclusive ‘Paris by night’ tour then opt for a Cabaret show and a glass of bubbles. Santé! (2B, D)

Next up is Pisa where you’ll find Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life to be discovered. Stop and check out Pisa’s architectural wonder keeping your camera handy for the iconic ‘holding up the tower’ shot before you’re off to Florence. Explore the magnificent buildings and sacred art within this atmospheric city and make sure you catch a glimpse of the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria while you’re here. (2B)

Florence / Rome

09-11

Pass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the way to Rome. Get to grips with the city and enjoy a special access sightseeing tour - sure to give you a ‘behind the scenes’ view. In your two free days, don’t miss the iconic sights of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. (3B, 2D)

Rome / Venice / Austrian Tyrol

12-14

You might like Shorten Your Trip Southern Escape (11 days, London to Rome) (COCCCAW) Northern Escape (14 days, Rome to London) (COCCCAE)

Fr $1,275

15-16

Criss-cross the Apennine Mountains before reaching the canal-lined city of Venice. Meander the ‘Floating City’s’ alleyways to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, quaint shops, bars and markets. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square and enjoy a private boat ride of the canals and islands. On Day 14, wind through the Austrian Alps via the scenic Brenner Pass taking in the historic castles, orchards and quaint Austrian villages en route to the Tyrol region. (3B, D)

Austrian Tyrol

These free days are yours to choose your own adventure so get your adrenlin pumping with some exhilarating rafting, hiking and mountain biking options in these breathtaking mountain peaks. (2B)

Austrian Tyrol / Prague / Berlin Fr $1,469

17-19

Stunning views await today as you travel through the Austrian countryside en route to Prague. Snake your way through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and sip bargain beer. Treat your eyes to the Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square or opt for a guided bike ride. On Day 19, cross the border into Berlin and explore this funky city. (3B, D)

Berlin / Amsterdam / London

20-24

With two free days to explore this historical hotspot, visit the heart-rending Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point during the Cold War. On Day 22, prepare for a dose of Amsterdam. Visit the eyebrowraising Red Light District then soak up the views of elegant canals and gable houses by night. The next day, cycle past working windmills to the cheese village of Edam (with a sneaky sample included). Toast your trip with an optional farewell dinner and canal cruise before finishing on Day 24 either at Schipol Airport (estimated arrival time 10am) or with a complimentary transfer back to London. (5B)

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THE BIG CHILL London or Paris IRISH SEA

Amsterdam or London

NORTH SEA

Edam

ENGLAN D

London

Amsterdam

Calais

Heidelberg

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Valley of the Somme

Versailles

Prague

2

Paris

Dachau

Lyon

EUROPEAN TOURING

Swiss Alps

1

Arles

2

Liechtenstein Lucerne Verona

Monaco

French Riviera

2

Barcelona

HU N GARY

RO MANIA

Venice

Zadar Florence Split 3 Dubrovnik Sofia ITALY 1 Rome 2 Durres Struga Kavala Pompeii 1 2

1

Vatican City

1

Isle of Capri

SPA IN

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

2

Eceabat Troy

3

Gallipoli

Thermopylae

Corfu Corinth Canal

Highlights

Istanbul 1

IONIAN SEA

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

Apr 28 Jun 12 May 26 Jul 10

1

BLACK SEA

1

1

Bari

Sorrento

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

• • • • • • • •

Budapest

2

2

Pisa 2

Pyrenees Mountains

UKRAINE

Cesky Krumlov 2 Bratislava

Munich Vienna

F R A NC E

Ukraine

1

2

ATLANTIC OCEAN

P OLAN D

Ruhr Valley Rhine Valley St Goar

Dover

3

B E Belarus LARUS

GE RM AN Y 2

2

Athens

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

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

START

FINISH

Jun 16 Jul 07

Jul 31 Aug 21

START

FINISH

Jul 28 Sep 11 Aug 21 Oct 05

01-03

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

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

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Our Top Optional Activities: • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii • Belly dancing show in Istanbul • Island cruises in Corfu and Dubrovnik Shorten Your Trip The Southern Trail (21 days, London/Paris to Athens) (COCCCL)  Fr $2,589 The Northern Trek (26 days, Athens to Amsterdam/London) (COCCCR)  Fr $3,185

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

Paris / Lyon / Barcelona

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

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

Barcelona / Arles / French Riviera

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

French Riviera / Verona / Venice

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

Venice / Pisa / Florence

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

Florence / Rome

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

Rome / Capri / Sorrento

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

Sorrento / Corfu

16-19

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

Corfu / Athens

20-21 84

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


$5,119

FR

46 DAYS

EUROPEAN TOURING

Swiss Alps

22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 Blue Mosque, Istanbul

30-31

Isle of Capri, Italy

Athens / Kavala / Gallipoli

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

Gallipoli / Istanbul

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

Istanbul / Sofia / Struga

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

Struga / Durres / Dubrovnik

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

Dubrovnik

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

Dubrovnik / Zadar / Budapest

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

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

Budapest / Bratislava / Vienna

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

Vienna / Ceský Krumlov / Prague

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

Prague / Munich

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

Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss Alps

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

Swiss Alps / Heidelberg

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

Heidelberg / Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam / London

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

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

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SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES You’ve worked out Europe is a pretty big place and you’ve decided not to try to tackle it alone. Smart move. We can’t order a beer in that many languages either. Our small group adventures are perfect for anyone who enjoys the convenience of prearranged travel with the flexibility to do your own thing, and you’ll generally travel with no more than 18 like-minded folks. Some trips are designed exclusively for those aged 1839, while others are open to explorers of all ages. All the trips offered by our partner, G Adventures, are 100% guaranteed to operate. Choose from basic, standard and superior levels of accommodation, and opt for either a multi-country small group adventure or a more in-depth discovery of your favourite corner of this diverse continent - perhaps the beach lifestyle of Spain or the fine food and wine of France? Whatever you choose, we think a small group adventure is pretty hard to beat.


LONDON TO ISTANBUL BY RAIL London

25 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

Sip wine and munch cheese in Paris Discover the tiny village of Zermatt Enjoy views from the Glacier Express Visit the Opera House in Vienna Sink into thermal baths in Budapest Spook yourself silly at Dracula’s Castle Wander medieval Veliko Tarnovo Stretch out in the old town of Plovdiv

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

$5,699

FR

Departures 2015 START

START

FINISH

FINISH

Jul 20 Aug 13 Aug 17 Sep 10 Aug 24 Sep 17

May 25 Jun 18 Jun 08 Jul 02 Jun 22 Jul 16

START

FINISH

Sep 07

Oct 01

Inclusions

Trip Style: Rail Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (22 nts), overnight train (2 nts) Transport: Train, public bus, metro Meals: 20 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €750-950 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEEIR

My Own Room Available: Fr $2,299

Whether you are looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures, the answer lies aboard the trains running between London and Istanbul. This 25-day rail journey allows you to check out the dramatic landscapes across Europe, as well as experiencing both medieval charm and modern cool in tiny villages and capital cities. Take in the Alpine scenery from the windows of the Glacier Express, step off to visit ‘Dracula’s Castle’ in Transylvania and revel in as much European charm as you can get. Once you’ve seen the countryside glide past, you won’t want the journey to end. All aboard!

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris / Lausanne

01-04 London 1

2

Paris

Budapest Salzburg U K R A I N E Munich 2 Brasov Chur 1 2 G E R M A N Y

1

2

1 1

F R A N C E

Vienna Sighisoara

Lausanne Zermatt

Zermatt / Chur / Munich

Bucharest

P O L A N D

1

2 1

Veliko Tarnovo 1

Sofia Plovdiv

05-08

2 1

1

Istanbul

Rock up into London at any time on Day 1 and soak up the sights and sounds of this city. On Day 2, board the famous Eurostar to the ‘City of Love’ where you’ll get your bearings with an orientation walk around the city. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower, wander the dozens of museums, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens then chill out along the banks of the Seine. After working up an appetite, mingle with locals and get your tastebuds tingling with vintage wines and smelly cheeses. Day 4, board your train to Lausanne, Switzerland where you’ll spend the afternoon exploring this charming town. (3B) Hop on another train to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Spend the afternoon in the car-free centre or stretch your legs with a hike in the nearby mountains. Day 6, board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass lush meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and towering mountains as you glide towards Chur. Day 7-8 you’re Munich-bound. In the heart of the Bavaria, hit the local breweries to guzzle a few steins of beer. Flush away any hangover the next morning with a slow stroll around the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. (4B, L)

Salzburg / Vienna / Budapest

09-12

T U R K E Y

Enjoy an included visit to Dachau in the morning before a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. Known for its nearby salt mines, Mozart and as the setting for ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg has plenty to pack into a day and a half. On Day 11, catch a train to Vienna then opt to visit the famous opera house. Why not join a city tour or visit a world-class museum before munching irresistible strudel in a cafe? Make the most of a free morning on Day 12 before hopping on a train to Budapest. (4B)

Budapest / Sighisoara

13-15

Enjoy two full days in Budapest starting with an orientation walk. Choose to visit Buda Castle, the many famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city. In the evening on Day 14, get your shuteye on an overnight train to Sighisoara. On Day 15, step away from the well-trodden tourist trail as you venture into the Romanian countryside with a guide to visit traditional villages. (B)

Brasov / Bucharest

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16-18

Another day of riding the rails will take you to the city of Brasov, the best-preserved medieval city in Romania. Discover the ‘Black Church’ or enjoy a milky coffee in one of the many quaint cafés. When you find some free time on your hands, explore this charming city’s Baroque architecture and beautiful squares. Your next stop on Day 18 is Bucharest via ‘Dracula’s Castle’ at Bran and Snagov. See the sights with an orientation walk then explore the Soviet-esque architecture. (3B)

Veliko Tarnovo / Sofia

19-21

Cross the border into Bulgaria and you’re off to one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums or taste some mouthwatering Bulgarian cuisine. Choose to visit Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Day 20, hike to Arbanasi village for views over the city then depart the next day for Sofia where you’ll get your bearings with an orientation walk. Later, walk down Vitosha or visit the eclectic Ladies’ Market. (2B)

Plovdiv / Istanbul

22-25

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many ancient Roman ruins found here. Catch your overnight train to Istanbul on Day 23. The following day, take a tour of Istanbul with a local Turkish guide. On your free time, discover the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace. Toast to your epic adventure in the city that straddles both Europe and Asia before departing the next day. (3B)

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Rome

FR

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Budapest

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Hike in the verdant hills above Tuscany’s famous Cinque Terre • Wander the art-filled streets in the Renaissance city of Florence • Explore the historic hills of Buda and the modern plains of Pest

DAY ITINERARY

London / Paris

01

Danube River, Budapest

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

Rome

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

01

Paris

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

02

Interlaken

03-05

Head into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playground of Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding, whitewater rafting or rock climbing, this is the place. The the twin valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are both picture-perfect. (3B)

Viareggio (Tuscany)

02-04

Venice

05-06

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

07-08

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

Budapest

Rome

07-08

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

Vienna

Milan

06

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

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

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (6 nts), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus, metro Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €280-380 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAEELR

Travel on to Budapest where you’ll take a walking tour then enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Check out the beautiful Parliament building, wander the streets of the old town or soak in the famous thermal baths. On Day 10, wave goodbye to your travel companions as your adventure concludes today.

09-10

Inclusions

NORTH SEA

London

GERMA N Y 2

Paris 3 Interlaken Milan I T A L Y

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (8 nts), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus, POLAND metro Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR €220-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRH

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Berlin

Berlin

FR

7 DAYS

London

Highlights

Bruges, Belgium

Highlights

• Gawk at the spectacular views over Pest from the hills of Buda • Soak up the incredible beauty and charm in historic Prague • Relax with friends over a stein of beer in a Berlin beer garden

• Explore trendy Berlin and soak up Amsterdam’s laid-back vibe • Admire the stunning, fairy-tale like Bruges and its canals • Finish with a ‘bang’ in the buzzing capital of London

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

Budapest

01-02

Arrive to Budapest, where two cities roll into one. Spend the next day exploring this charming Hungarian capital. Enjoy sweeping panoramas from the hills of Buda, wander the buzzing streets of Pest, check out the beautiful Parliament building, or relax in the thermal baths. In the evening of Day 2, catch a night train to Krakow.

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

01-02

Krakow

03-04

Enjoy an orientation walk through beautiful Krakow, a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk up Kosciuszko’s Mound for the best panoramic views over the city. Spend the next day exploring at your own pace. Perhaps choose to visit Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp, travel to see old salt mines or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.

Amsterdam

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

03-04

Prague

05-06

This morning take a bus to Prague and enjoy an orientation walk around town including a visit to a genuine beer hall. The next day is all yours to discover all the hidden treasures of the old town. Walk across the Charles Bridge to visit Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, wander the cobblestoned 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 (and cheapest) beers in the world!

Bruges

Travel to the picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals of Bruges and enjoy an included orientation walk to get to grips with the historic sights and visit a local brewery. Later, continue exploring this medieval town and its beautiful market squares, stunning churches and inviting restaurants. Opt to take a canal boat trip or cycle around the historic centre.

05

London

Berlin

07-08

Catch a train to Germany and explore bustling Berlin on an orientation walk. See the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz, visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag before enjoying the city’s brilliant nightlife with the group. Your trip ends on Day 8.

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, metro Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR €200250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEJBB

06-07

A bus ride will take you to the bustling metropolis of London today. This city is pumping with energy and has something for everyone. See the world-famous sights, go shopping and wander the city’s parks before an optional final night out with the group. Sadly, your trip wraps up on Day 7 and it’s time to bid your farewells.

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Prague

P O L A N D

Krakow

GERMA NY

2

2

CZECH

R E P

Budapest

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (6 nts) Transport: Train, bus, metro, ferry Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR €210-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEDBL

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Bruges

2

Berlin G ER M A N Y

1

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SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Krakow, Poland


EUROPEAN TRAIL London

London

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Amsterdam

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London

3

2

1

Bruges

1

Berlin

POLAND

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Paris

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Prague Vienna

2 2

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Viareggio

Venice

3

Rome S PA I N

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ITALY

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Highlights

Tour nine beautiful countries Soak up iconic landmarks Delve into fascinating history Discover medieval towns Pedal around famous cities Savour regional wine and tasty dishes Party in Europe’s nightlife capitals Snap away at picturesque landscapes

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IONIAN SEA

One, two, three, you ready? You’d better be because this whistlestop tour through the Old World’s greatest cities doesn’t slow down for stragglers. Geared for wallet-tight travellers, this epic trip is a great way to tick off an entire continent in one swift swoop. From pounding the busy streets of London and sipping lattes in the crème de la crème of Parisian cafés, to Mother Nature’s Swiss Alps and the rugged beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Add on the Eastern European charm of Budapest and Krakow and the party capitals of Berlin and Amsterdam before a final toast in a London boozer and you’ve got Europe in a box.

DAY ITINERARY London / Paris

Departures 2015 Apr 20 May 04 May 18 May 25 Jun 01

Budapest

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Interlaken 3 ATLANTIC OCEAN

Krakow

2

FINISH

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START

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Aug 24 Sep 07 Sep 20 Oct 05

Sep 22 Oct 06 Oct 19 Nov 03

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (26 nts, multishare), sleeper train (3 nts) Transport: Train, public bus, metro, ferry Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €500-750 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEEET

01-02

Rock up in London at 6pm and meet your travel group before catching the Eurostar to Paris. The next day, get your wicker baskets out and munch away on a tasty picnic in front of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower. If time is in your favour, enjoy a chilled-out sightseeing cruise along the River Seine, browse the romantic lanes of Montmartre, or opt to visit the magnificent Notre Dame cathedral. (L)

Interlaken

03-05

Spend the next morning in the love-laced, culture-crazy city of Paris. Why not check out the outstanding art collection of the Louvre? You’ll then be on your way into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playground of Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding, whitewater rafting or rock climbing, this is the place! Whilst you’re here, explore a nearby glacier or go swimming in a crystal clear lake - both picture-perfect.

Milan

06

The bustling city of Milan is renowned worldwide as a centre for fashion and style. This is the place where Armani, Versace, Prada, Gucci and many more designers showcased their cutting-edge styles on runways for the world to see. Keep an eye out for catwalk supermodels browsing the new-season styles at their favourite designer boutiques. Whilst you’re here, strut your stuff around some of the city’s hotspots on an orientation walk. You’ll then board an overnight train to the ancient Italian city of Rome.

Rome

07-08

On arrival into Rome, spend the day checking out famous sights from the glory days of the Roman Empire, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Don’t miss a trip to the Vatican City to admire the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And no trip to Rome would be complete without some of its culinary treats so make sure you tuck into some scrumptious Italian dishes and sip some delicious tongue-tingling wine.

Viareggio (Tuscany)

09-11

Make a pit stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to coastal Tuscany. Using the popular seaside resort of Viareggio as your base, discover the region’s highlights including the famous rolling countryside of Cinque Terre and the elegant city of Florence. Make sure you bring your camera on an evening stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views over Florence.

Venice

12-13 Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria

A scenic train ride takes you to Venice. This ‘Floating City’ is best explored on foot, so enjoy an orientation walk, wandering through the labyrinth of alleys and alongside the canals. Opt to take a traditional gondola ride to appreciate its ancient bridges and opulent mansions and visit the artisan islands of Murano and Burano, the Basilica di San Marco or Doge’s Palace. On Day 13, hop on your overnight train to Vienna.

Vienna

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On arrival into Vienna, you have plenty of free time to explore the imperial streets of Austria’s capital. This former home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire boasts many reminders of its imperial past, including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Check out grand buildings and palaces, wander the gardens and museums, marvel at the priceless jewels housed in the Schatzkammer (Treasury), or pay an optional visit to the Vienna Riding School. Make sure you sample some tasty pilsner (a type of pale lager) whilst you’re here - it’s de-lish!


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Big Ben, London

Budapest

16-18

Travel on to Budapest where you’ll take a walking tour then enjoy 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. If you fancy getting a culture kick, head to Memento Park, the Great Synagogue or the Holocaust Memorial Centre whilst you’re here. On Day 18, you’ll be off on a night train to Krakow.

Krakow

19-20

Welcome to Krakow. Once a royal capital for 500 years and one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakow is teeming with many historic buildings and monuments. First up, enjoy an orientation walk through beautiful Krakow, a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk up Kosciuszko’s Mound for the best panoramic views over the city. Spend the next day exploring at your own pace. Perhaps choose to visit Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp, travel to see old salt mines or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.

Prague

Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

21-22

This morning take a bus to Prague and enjoy an orientation walk around town including a visit to a genuine beer hall where you can guzzle down some of Prague’s finest pints. The next day is all yours to discover all the hidden treasures of the old town. Walk across the Charles Bridge to visit 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 (and cheapest) beers in the world! If you’ve got bags of energy, why not head out for an evening out on the town?

Berlin

23-25

This morning, catch a train to Germany where you’ll pedal around bustling Berlin on an included bike tour. See the remaining sections of Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz, visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Reichstag. Chill out at one of its jampacked cafés or join the raving frenzy in one of its many super clubs that cater to every possible taste of music. And, there’s definitely no need to worry about closing times; famously long nights and daytime clubs mean that sleep isn’t even an option!

Amsterdam

26-27

Today takes you to trendy yet historic Amsterdam. Soak up the city’s relaxing atmosphere and start exploring its canals, museums and beautiful parks. Enjoy a sightseeing hop-on, hop-off canal boat tour and admire elegant gabled townhouses lining the canals. Take to two wheels and explore the city by bike (most people do), chill out in one of its famous cafés and sample some beer at a local brewery. Just make sure you don’t miss the recently-reopened Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s house and the city’s infamous Red Light District where you can be rest assured that its wild nightlife will keep you dancing until the early hours.

Bruges

Prague, Czech Republic

28

Travel to the picturesque 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. Enjoy a visit to a local brewery and perhaps treat yourself and your tastebuds to a pint or two! Later, continue exploring this medieval town and its beautiful guildhouses, stunning churches and meandering lanes. If you fancy exploring more of this quaint city, opt to take to the water on a canal boat trip or pedal around the historic centre by bike.

London

29 30

A bus ride will take you to the bustling metropolis of London today. This city is pumping with energy and has something for everyone. See the world-famous sights including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and take in the oddly-shaped and funky buildings known as the Gherkin and the Shard. Browse the many department stores in Oxford Street picking up a few treats along the way and stroll through the city’s royal parks. If you’re still bursting with energy, opt for a final night out with your new group either in the local boozer, in a vibrant cocktail bar or in one of London’s super cool clubs. Raise your glass with your new friends and toast to an incredible trip.

London

Sadly, your trip wraps up on Day 30 and after a month on the road exploring the best of Europe’s cities, you’re free to depart at any time. Bid your farewells and start planning your next travelling adventure!

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SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

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8 DAYS

Madrid

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Highlights

Highlights

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

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

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DAY ITINERARY Barcelona

London / Paris

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

Paris

07-08 09-10 11-13 14-15

Catch a flight to Barcelona today and start with an orientation walk to introduce the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas; explore the port of Barceloneta or spend a lazy day on the beach. On Day 6, catch the overnight bus to Granada. (3B)

Granada / Seville

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

Chefchaouen

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

Fes / Casablanca

Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes El-Bali, the world’s largest medina, and its bargain-filled souks. On Day 13, discover the art-deco and modernist gems of Casablanca. (2B)

Marrakech

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts), overnight bus (1 nts) Transport: Bus, air con coach, train, plane, ferry Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €320-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEEME

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02-03

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

San Sebastian

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

04

Bilbao / San Sebastian

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

05

Logrono

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

06

Madrid

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

Inclusions NORTH SEA

Seville

Departures 2015

Barcelona / Pyrenees Mountains

07-08

Witness the acrobats, fortune tellers and snake charmers of the Djemaa el-Fna square, with its rows of irresistible open-air food stalls. You’re free to leave at any time on Day 15. (2B)

Inclusions

Mar - Dec

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

01

Two days in the romantic city of Paris, with a picnic lunch included at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and plenty of free time to explore. (2B, L)

Barcelona

04-06

Madrid, Spain

M O RO CCO

2

F R A N C E

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2 nts) Transport: Public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €240-300 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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BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL Lisbon

ROME TO MADRID $3,199 ON A SHOESTRING

$2,899

FR

15 DAYS

Barcelona

Rome

FR

16 DAYS

Madrid

Highlights

Highlights

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

• Explore Moorish palaces, Iberian cities and sample scrummy dishes • Sunbathe in the Algarve and mingle with locals on the French Riviera • Get a glimpse of Rome’s Colosseum and stunning Baroque Churches

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy

DAY ITINERARY

Lisbon

Rome / Pisa / Italian Riviera / Nice / Monaco

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

Arrive into one of the world’s great art cities and lap up its grandeur. On Day 2, stop at Pisa en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera, marvel at the Leaning Tower, then stroll along the coast. Continue to the French Riviera on Day 3 and enjoy an included trip to Monaco.

01-03

Evora / Algarve Coast

03-04

Barcelona

Jump on a bus to Evora this morning and enjoy a tour including the ghoulish ‘Chapel of Bones’. Use your free time to explore this lively city of bustling alleyways and quaint architecture. Afterwards, make your way to Lagos for a two-night stay on the Algarve Coast. (2B)

04-06

Seville

05-06 07-08 09-12

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

07-08

Cordoba / Granada

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

Take a morning train to Barcelona and familiarise yourself with the sights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour. Next day, make the most of your time here in this cosmpolitan city as it all wraps up in the morning of Day 15. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Public bus, train Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €315-415 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESSP

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,149

Departures 2015 May, Jul-Oct

Selected Sundays

Jun

Selected Saturdays

Stroll around the vibrant city of Valencia on an orientation walk. Choose to check out the central market, pedal by bike and sample an authentic paella. Hop on a night bus this evening to Granada. Wander Granada’s sites on an orientation walk then opt to dip in hammam baths at the foot of the Alhambra. Taste your way about town this evening with a tapas bar crawl - your first drink is free! Drop any hangover and head to the thriving uni town of Seville.

09-10

Algarve / Lisbon

Cross into Portugal and get active by mountain bike or sea kayak. Day 13, travel up the coast to Lisbon for orientation then soak up sweeping views at Cristo Rei and Belem’s historical monuments.

11-14

Barcelona

13-15

Valencia

Granada / Seville

Madrid / Valencia

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

Enjoy a free morning in Nice then board a train to Barça. Take an orientation walk dodging the buzzing street stalls of Las Ramblas before browsing the vibrant Boqueria market - sure to get your tastebuds tingling. With your free time, opt to visit Gaudí’s wonders.

Madrid

Wander Spain’s beautiful capital on an orientation walk with free time to visit its art museums and sprawling squares. Opt to toast to your trip with a final night on the town. Your tour ends on Day 16.

15-16

Inclusions ATLANTIC OCEAN

S PA I N P O RT U G A L

Lisbon

2

Evora

Madrid Barcelona 2

Cordoba 1

2

2

Valencia 2 Seville 1 Algarve Granada MEDITERRANEAN SEA Coast 2

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hostels (13 nts, multishare), overnight buses (2 nts) Transport: Train, bus Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow EUR €350-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAEIRM P O RT U G A L

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May 16 May 31 Jun 13 Jun 28

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Jul 11 Jul 26 Aug 08 Aug 23

ATLANTIC OCEAN

F R A N C E

Lisbon Barcelona Italian Riviera 1 Madrid 1 1 French 3 1 S PA I N Riviera 1 1 2 1 Valencia 1

START

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Aug 22 Sep 06 Sep 19 Oct 04

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Granada Seville Algarve

Rome

93

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Algarve, Portugal


FRANCE & ITALY ADVENTURE Paris

ULTIMATE $3,199 ITALY

$3,199

FR

14 DAYS

Rome

Rome

FR

14 DAYS

Venice

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Cinque Terre, Italy

Highlights

• Visit charming medieval cities, taste fine wines and local delicacies • Stroll the chic streets of Paris & hIke the glorious Cinque Terre • Witness Florence’s masterpieces & stroll Rome’s historic streets

DAY ITINERARY

Venice, Italy

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY Rome / Siena

Paris / Beaune

01-03

Arrive to Paris, the city of love, and prepare to discover its certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ as you wander its charming streets. On Day 2, arrive to the charming town of Beaune. Enjoy an included local wine tasting as an introduction to the region’s famous vintage.

01-04

Avignon / Nice / Monaco

04-07

Take the train to the heart of lavender-scented Provence and the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon. On Day 6, travel to the gleaming Mediterranean coast and the Côte d’Azur’s cultured capital, Nice. Soak up the amazing atmosphere, visit some of the must-see museums and explore the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Take a day trip to the principality of Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country, to admire the expensive yachts lining its glamorous marina.

Cinque Terre / Pisa / Florence

08-11

Head along the coast into Italy and spend two nights by the sensational Cinque Terre National Park. On Day 10, continue to the town of Pisa and its Leaning Tower, drawing its fame from an architectual project gone seriously wrong! Continue to the heart of Tuscany and explore the Renaissance city of Florence. Pay a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo for a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Rome

12-14

Welcome to one of the world’s most alluring and seductive cities; Bella Roma! Take an orientation walk of the thrilling Italian capital before a free afternoon for a spot of independent exploration. Visit the Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum, and the Catacombs that entombed early Christians. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a Roman meal. Your tour ends on Day 14 and you are free to depart this living history museum at any time. (D)

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,959

1

Paris F R A N C E 2

Beaune I TA LY

Avignon 2

Monaco 2

Nice

Florence

Take a local bus to the Tuscan capital of Florence. Exquisite is the only way we can describe it, so enjoy spending your time exploring this open-air, living, breathing museum of Renaissance art. (2B)

Lucca / Pisa / Cinque Terre

07-09

Head to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Spend a day exploring the piazzas, towers and churches of this enchanting walled city. After a half-day visit to Pisa on Day 8, take the train to the Cinque Terre National Park. Five stunning villages are sandwiched between the beach and the hills, and the whole area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander from one town to the next with an included train pass. (3B)

Como

10-11

Just north of Milan, the town of Como is the gateway to its namesake lake, the Lago di Como. With an included day pass for the boat services, you can explore resorts and villages such as Bellagio, often described as the most beautiful town in all of Europe. (2B)

Venice

12-14

Venice is embellished with monuments of rare splendour that make it a city like no other in the world. Explore the canals on an optional gondola cruise, and take time to discover sights including the Doge’s Palace. The tour comes to an end on Day 14, depart at any time. (3B)

Inclusions

G E R M A N Y

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

05-06

Get yourself to Rome and start discovering this Eternal City. There will be an orientation walk on Day 2 before a free day to explore myriad options. On Days 3 and 4, take on Siena, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns, starting your exploration with an orientation walk and a spot of Chianti wine tasting. (3B, D)

Cinque Terre 2 2

Florence

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

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,379

Como 2

Venice

I TA LY

2

Cinque 2 Terre ADRIATIC SEA Lucca 1 2 Florence Pisa

2

Siena

2

Rome

Departures 2015

Departures 2015 May - Sep

94

Selected Fridays

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Mar-Aug & Oct

Selected Sundays

Sep

Every Sunday

2

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Rome


BEST OF SICILY Catania

CROATIA $1,699 ADVENTURE

$999

FR

8 DAYS

Catania

Zagreb

FR

7 DAYS

Dubrovnik

Highlights

• Wander around quaint UNESCO Heritage-listed Baroque cities • Taste some of Sicily’s delicious food and wine specialities • Stretch your legs with a climb up Mt Etna for mind-boggling views

DAY ITINERARY

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Highlights

• Island-hop your way down Croatia’s long and dramatic coastline • Scramble around medieval fortresses and old Roman ruins • Sail, snorkel, swim or sunbathe, and then party in exclusive clubs

DAY ITINERARY

Catania / Palermo

01

Rock up at any time into Catania. Wake early the next morning to visit the local fruit and fish market in Catania before hopping on a bus to Palermo. Stretch your legs with an orientation walk of the Sicilian capital then savour a scrummy streetfood lunch in vibrantly coloured markets of La Vucciaria or Ballar. Full to the brim, enjoy a walking tour to the Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the cathedral, Marina Square and the creepy Catacomb of the Capuchins. (B, L)

01-02

02

Arrive in Monreale for beautiful views of La Conca d’Oro Valley. Soak up the Arabic and Byzantine architecture of the Norman cathedral before heading back to Palermo where you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Day 4, head to Ragusa for an orientation walk of the old town. Take in the UNESCO site of Val di Noto then quench your thirst with an included wine tasting and local snacks. (2B)

03-04

Modica / Scicli / Syracuse / Giarre

05-06

Next stop is Modica for the historic centre and stunning Church of San Giorgio. Indulge in a chocolate tasting from a traditional Aztec recipe, a cheese tasting and lunch. Continue on to the charming ancient town of Scicli. Don’t miss the Church of San Matteo and the traditional piazzas before a night in Syracuse. This morning’s free to explore this UNESCO-listed Greco-Roman seaside city before you head off to Giarre for a farmhouse stay and local dinner. (2B, L, D) Rise early this morning for a visit to the famous Mt Etna where you’ll hike past lava flows from a dramatic view of the four craters and coast of Sicily. If you’ve got bags of energy left, opt for a strenuous trek with a local guide (weather permitting). Enjoy a free afternoon in the city of Catania then depart any time the following day. (2B)

Inclusions

I TA LY

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow EUR €200-300 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIBS

My Own Room Available: Fr $289

Zagreb / Plitvice

Enjoy a guided orientation walk of Zagreb and its very charming old town complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildings before your transfer to Plitvice for the night.

05

Mt Etna

2

Monreale

Hvar’s lush fields are filled with lavender, rosemary and heather, and it’s the sunniest place in Croatia! By day, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, sailing and snorkelling. Late afternoon, as the heat of the sun fades, stroll the medieval backstreets of Hvar Town and climb the hill for panoramic views from the 16th Century Venetian Fortress. By night, hit the Carpe Diem night club.

Dubrovnik

06-07

Arrive to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. Rich in history and filled with stunning architecture, museums and fountains, it is a great city to explore. Enjoy a final optional night out on the town with a group before saying your farewells on Day 7. (B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (6 nts, multishare) Transport: Train, metro, bus, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €220-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAECZD

TYRRHENIAN SEA

Palermo

Explore the absolutely stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, wander the wooden paths arching over crystal clear pools at the base of steep forested mountains and admire the many waterfalls. Catch your transfer to Split to enjoy an evening walking tour. Here in Croatia’s second city, enjoy a free day exploring on Day 4. You may choose to visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Bol, make a trip to Trogir or the ancient ruined city of Solin, or visit the bars and restaurants, and experience the nightlife once the sun goes down. (B)

Hvar

Etna / Catania

07-08

Arrive into Croatia’s attractive capital any time and meet the rest of your travelling companions this evening.

Plitvice / Split

Monreale / Palermo / Ragusa

03-04

Zagreb

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Aug 08 Aug 15 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26

START

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Oct 24

C ROAT I A 1

Plitvice B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

1

Ragusa Oct 17

1

Giarre

Hvar

2

Departures 2015

Zagreb

Modica

1

1

Scicli

Catania Syracuse

Departures 2015 Jun

Selected Sundays

Jul

Every Sunday

Aug

Selected Saturdays & Sundays

2

Split

1 1

Dubrovnik AEGEAN SEA

95

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Etna, Sicily


CONSTANTINOPLE TO HELLAS Istanbul

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

$2,556

FR

12 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

Gawp at Istanbul’s archaeology Visit the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli Pay a visit to the famed Trojan horse Roam the ruins of ancient Ephesus Learn the secrets of carpet weaving Party ‘til dawn on a Mykonos beach Sunbathe on black sand beaches Tour the famous Acropolis

Departures 2015 START

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Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11

Jun 24 Jul 08 Jul 22

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Jul 25 Aug 05 Aug 08 Aug 19 Aug 22 Sep 02

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Sep 05 Sep 19

Sep 16 Sep 30

Little Venice, Mykonos Town, Greece

Inclusions

Accommodation: 4* Hotels in Turkey (5 nts), C-class hotels in Greece (6 nts) Transport: Fully air-conditioned bus, airport transfers, ferries Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Includes: Entrance fees in Turkey Tour Code: ISTCHT

BLACK SEA

Tick off your bucket list with this whistlestop tour around Turkey and Greece’s hotspots covering off history, architecture, beaches and everything in between. Marvel at Istanbul’s architectural heritage, pay homage to the Anzacs and veterans of Gallipoli and clamour over the ruins of ancient Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus. It’s then time to let off steam in the party resort town of Kusadasi before sinking into your Greek island fantasy on the green oasis of Samos, the volcanic island of Santorini and beautiful Mykonos. You’ll finish up exploring the remains of the golden age in Athens and wanting to stay a teeny bit longer!

DAY ITINERARY Istanbul / Istanbul Old City

GRE EC E

Istanbul 2

MARMARA SEA

Gallipoli Troy

1

01-02

Canakkale TUR KEY

Gallipoli Battlefields

Pergamum

AEGEAN SEA

03

Athens

Samos

2

Ephesus 2

2

Delos

Mykonos

Kusadasi

04

Ios

Welcome to Istanbul where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore so why not grab a few souvenirs as you get sucked into the chaos within the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a tasty brekkie on Day 2 before a tour of the city that spans across two continents. Visit the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Get to know your travel buddies a bit better this evening over a welcome dinner and perhaps a couple of thirst-quenchers in one of the boutique hotels, sunken courtyards or atmospheric cafés. (B, D)

2

Santorini

Head out of the city to one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the battlefields of Gallipoli. This place of tragedy during World War I is a memorial to all of the soldiers who fell there and was declared a national park in 1973. Visit the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly as well as original trenches and tunnels. You’ll also see the Nek and the Gallipoli Museum - sure to send you off culturally richer. Bed down tonight in Canakkale. (B, D)

Troy / Acropolis of Pergamum

On Day 4, step back in time as you visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. You’ll then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum to find impressive temples and a library which made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Your home for the night will be in Kusadasi. (B, D)

Ephesus / Kusadasi

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

05 06

Soak yourself in history today with a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. You’ll then head to the carpet village to learn how carpets are made by hand and the factors that determine its value. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey so if you’ve got room in your backpack, nab an exquisitely woven treat as a souvenir! Tonight you’ll rest up in Kusadasi again. (B, D)

Kusadasi / Samos

Say güle güle to Turkey and hop on a ferry to the Greek Island of Samos. Depending on ferry schedules you may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring naked, unspoilt beaches and sipping locally-made muscat wine in Samos. Tonight, stay in Samos or Mykonos. (B)

Mykonos / Delos / Santorini

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Greece’s equivalent to Monte Carlo, Mykonos is littered with dreamy beaches, watersports, cocktail bars, narrow streets and lively tavernas. Relax on the beach or take an optional day trip to the neighbouring island of Delos. This mecca of ancient Greece is an island-wide, open-air museum. Spend tonight in buzzing Mykonos then revitalise with an early swim the next morning. Amble along the charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before ferrying to Santorini. (2B)

Santorini / Athens

Take an optional boat trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Swim in the warm thermal water, take a therapeutic mud bath then spend the night in Santorini. Sunbathe on the black sand beaches this morning before taking to the water and ferrying to Athens. (2B)

Athens

Take a half-day tour to the Acropolis on Day 11, stopping at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus, Hadrians Arch, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon. On Day 12 it’s time to say goodbye. (2B)


MAGIC CARPET Istanbul

AEGEAN $1,327 DELIGHT

$1,095

FR

10 DAYS

Istanbul

Istanbul

FR

8 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

Library of Celsus, Ephesus

Highlights

• Explore Istanbul’s ancient monuments • Visit the Gallipoli battlefields • Tour the ancient ruins of Troy

• Absorb amazing Istanbul from two continents • Tour the ancient ruins of Troy and see the Trojan Horse • Visit the site of the mystical Temple of Artemis

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Day 2, enjoy a fully guided city tour, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Day 3, visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly. Stay overnight in Canakkale. (2B, D)

Canakkale / Troy / Kusadasi / Ephesus

Take a trip to Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and battlefield of Hercules, followed by a tour of the Acropolis of Pergamum, before heading on to Kusadasi. Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis before continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi. (2B, 2D)

01-02

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Kusadasi

Head out of Istanbul to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Visit Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and the Gallipoli Museum. Tonight you’ll stay in Canakkale. Day 4, visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and ancient battlefield of Hercules. You’ll then tour the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum before heading to Kusadasi for an evening by the sea. (2B, 2D)

03-04

Kusadasi / Ephesus / Pamukkale

Enjoy a history-steeped guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus which has the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) and a carpet village. End your day in Kusadasi. Day 6, head towards the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale and then it’s off to the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. You’ll sleep in Pamukkale tonight. (2B, 2D)

Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia

Head to Pamukkale, where you’ll overnight. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and take a dip in the hot springs that were considered, in Roman times, to have theraputic powers. Day 7, travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansaray and the Mevlana Museum in Konya. (2B, 2D)

05-06

Cappadocia / Goreme / Ankara / Istanbul

Marvel at the lunar landscapes of the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and explore the many levels of an underground city. Day 9, depart to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where you’ll visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Later, head back to Istanbul, where you’ll overnight. Day 10, after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport where your tour ends. (3B, D)

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05 12 19 26

03 10 17 24 31

07 14 21 28

05 12 26

1

Konya

Pamukkale

AEGEAN SEA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

3

Departures 2015 03 10 17 24 31

07 14 21 28

07 04 14 11 21 25 28

02 05 09 12 16 19 23 26 30

02 06 09 13 16 20 23 27 30

04 07 11 14 18 21 25 28

01 04 08 11 15 18 22 25 29

01 05 08 12 15 19 22 26 29

03 06 10 13 17 20 24 27 31

07 14 21 28

05 12 19 26

Istanbul

MARMARA SEA

1

Canakkale

Troy

T U R K E Y

Pergamum

AEGEAN SEA

Dec

Ephesus

2

Nov

Jul

Dec

Jun

Nov

May

04 11 18 25

Oct

Apr

06 13 20 27

Sep

Feb

02 09 16 23 30

Aug

Jan

07 07 04 21 14 11 21 25 28

Cappadocia

Jul

Pergamum

Kusadasi

10 24

Ankara

Troy

Jun

Canakkale

May

Gallipoli

BLACK SEA

Accommodation: 4 and 5* Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Fully air-conditioned coach, airport transfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: ISTADT

Apr

1

2

Departures 2015

Istanbul

MARMARA SEA

Mar

Accommodation: 4* and 5* hotels (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned coach, airport transfers Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: ISTMCT

Mar

Inclusions

BLACK SEA 3

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

07-08

Feb

Inclusions

Pamukkale / Istanbul

Jan

08-10

Oct

06-07

Sep

04-05

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. On Day 2, a fantastic city tour will cover off the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica’s underground cistern and the Hippodrome. (B)

Aug

01-03

Istanbul

2

Ephesus Pamukkale

Kusadasi

1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

97

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Cappadocia, Turkey


$1,999

ABSOLUTE TURKEY Istanbul

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

FR

15 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

Wander Istanbul’s spice market Create your own pottery masterpiece Explore Cappadocia’s hidden caves Relax by the Mediterranean coast Stay in a traditional Turkish village Sleep under the stars on board a boat See the famous cliffs in Pamukkale Visit ancient Troy and Gallipoli

Departures 2015 START

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Mar 29 Apr 05 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 03 May 06 May 10 May 13 May 17 May 24 May 27 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 10

Apr 12 Apr 19 May 03 May 10 May 17 May 20 May 24 May 27 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 10 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 24

Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 15 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30

Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 08 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 29 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13

START

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Sep 02 Sep 16 Sep 06 Sep 20 Sep 09 Sep 23 Sep 13 Sep 27 Sep 16 Sep 30 Sep 20 Oct 04 Sep 23 Oct 07 Sep 27 Oct 11 Oct 04 Oct 18 Oct 11 Oct 25 Oct 18 Nov 01 Oct 25 Nov 08

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), simple homestay (1 nt), boat (1 nt, multishare) (this night will be spent in a hotel in inclement weather) Transport: Air con van, boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $285-375 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETAT

Kas Harbour

Get ready, we’re here to shake things up and give you a taste of the real, exciting, Turkey! Full of ancient monuments, a fascinating history and timeless, out-of-the-way villages that really pack a cultural punch, this tour allows you the freedom to explore all the highlights. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls at Pamukkale to the battlefields of Gallipoli, you’ll see the country’s hidden gems as you explore the crossroads of Asia and Europe.

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

My Own Room Available: Fr $579

BLACK SEA

2

Çanakkale Ankara (Troy) 1 Göreme T U R K E Y (Cappadocia) 1 Ayvalik 3 Pamukkale 1

1

Antalya 1 1

06-07

Konya 1

Homestay

1

Kas Cayagzi

08

Today, enjoy a free morning in Antalya then continue to the beautiful coastal village of Cayagzi where, after lunch, you’ll board the boat for an unforgettable night on the sea (weather permitting). Sleep on deck under the stars and enjoy dinner with the group. This really is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm crystal waters that Turkey is famous for! (B, D)

Kas / Pamukkale / Selçuk

09-11

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An early start as you head to one of the many underground cities in the region, most famously used as hiding places for Christians being persecuted by the Romans. Then, head to the Ihlara Valley whose cliff-like walls are 100-150m high. After lunch, travel to Konya and admire its beautiful, turquoise-domed shrine before continuing to a local village where you’ll learn about traditional life and enjoy a home-cooked meal. On Day 7, you’re off to the Mediterranean coast and the city of Antalya. Arriving around lunchtime, spend your afternoon wandering the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleiçi. This is a great place to stop and have a drink at one of the restaurants with great views of the marina below. (2B, D)

Antalya / Cayagzi / Boat Cruise

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

98

From Ankara, you’ll be whisked away to the town of Göreme, your base for exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Cappadocia. Enjoy lots of optional activities over the next two days; hire a bike to explore these fairytale surroundings, hike in the Rose Valley or visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum. On one of the evenings, have dinner with a local family. (3B, D)

Cappadocia / Konya / Village Stay / Antalya

Istanbul

Selçuk

Arrive in Istanbul and meet up with the rest of the group. Begin Day 2 with an orientation walking tour of the city, passing Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace and wandering through the Spice Bazaar. There may be a little free time to explore, prior to today’s transfer to Ankara, Turkey’s capital. (B)

Ankara / Cappadocia

03-05

1

Istanbul / Ankara

Enjoy a morning sailing on board soaking up the sunshine and scenery and admiring the passing views. After lunch, you’ll dock and make your way to the coastal town of Kas. You’ll be charmed by the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings as you wander among its many antiques stores. On Day 10, leaving the sea behind, pass through almond orchards as you travel to Pamukkale where you’ll visit the famous white cliffs. You’ll also have the chance to explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white ‘castle’. On Day 11, travel to the town of Selçuk where you’ll visit the spectacular ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. (3B)

Ayvalik / Troy / Çanakkale

12-13

You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture and attractive harbour, and if you are itching to get back into the turquoise Mediterranean, the beach of Sarimsakli is only a short bus ride away. On Day 13, pay a visit to Troy, made famous by the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, and more recently by Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt! This evening you’ll enjoy the delights of the harbour town of Çanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. (2B)

Gallipoli / Istanbul

14-15

This morning, make an early visit to Gallipoli, where thousands of ANZAC troops gave their lives during WWI, to see the war cemeteries and famous ‘Lone Pine’. Continue back to Istanbul, where you can finish your sightseeing or get in some last-minute shopping in the aromatic spice bazaars and sparkling jewellery stores. The tour sadly ends after breakfast on Day 15. (2B)


THE BEST OF TURKEY Istanbul

TURKEY $1,499 ON A BUDGET

$1,599

FR

8 DAYS

Istanbul

Istanbul

FR

15 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

Lykia Rock Tombs, Dalyan

Highlights

• Eat handmade Turkish delights in the bazaars of Istanbul • Visit the dramatic and moving WWI battlefields at Gallipoli • Sip Turkish coffee at a seaside cafe in Ayvalik

• Admire Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia Church & Blue Mosque • Delve into an underground world in Cappadocia • Enjoy an overnight Aegean boat cruise and sleep under the stars

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Çanakkale

01-02

Arrive in Istanbul and meet up with your group this evening. On Day 2, it’s an early start as you travel to the important WWI battlefield site of Gallipoli for a guided visit to ANZAC Cove and the war cemeteries. Later, make your way to the town of Çanakkale - a great place to watch the locals promenade by the harbour. (B)

Troy / Ayvalik

03

Visit the ruins of ancient Troy and marvel at the story behind this great site. You won’t want to miss your chance to have your photo taken with the Trojan Horse! You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobbled streets and attractive harbour; this afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise of the beautiful area before spending the night in a converted Ottoman-style mansion. (B)

Ayvalik / Ephesus / Selçuk

04-05

Enjoy a free morning exploring Ayvalik at leisure, and in the afternoon, travel to Selçuk, your base for exploring the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. Travel to the picturesque village of Sirence where you can sample some of the local wine, shop for crafts and perhaps sample some tasty Turkish specialities for lunch. (2B)

Pamukkale / Istanbul

06-08

This morning, journey to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale before exploring the ancient site of Hierapolis, built originally by the Romans as an elegant spa resort. After a short flight to Istanbul on Day 7, head to your hotel to check in. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour to discover more of this fascinating city taking in the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. A great way to end the day is with a traditional hammam (Turkish bath). After breakfast on Day 8, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. (3B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private air con van, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETBT

My Own Room Available: Fr $409

Istanbul

01-02

Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group this evening. Enjoy an orientation walk, and free time to discover the thousands of years of history represented within Istanbul’s mosques, palaces and covered bazaars. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia. (B)

Cappadocia

03-05 06-07 08-09 10-12

A landscape like no other on the planet. Explore the rock chimneys and underground cities, sample a home-cooked dinner with a local family, and perhaps even consider an optional hot-air balloon ride. Travel overnight on Day 5 to Antalya. (2B, D)

Çirali / Kekova

Board your boat today for a relaxing mini-cruise, weather permitting, on the Aegean Sea. See the flames of Olympos Mountain by night and enjoy a freshly-cooked dinner before sleeping under the stars. (B, D)

Dalyan

Back on land at Uçagiz, travel on to charming resort of Dalyan. Take a trip to the famous mud baths, or swim and chill out at the beach, which is also a nesting site for turtles. (2B)

Pamukkale / Ephesus / Selçuk

Explore the whitewashed calcium terraces of Pamukkale, the ancient city of Hierapolis, and the well-preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus including the magnificent façade of the Library of Celsus. (3B)

Troy / Çanakkale / Istanbul

13-15

From the harbour town of Çanakkale, there are optional visits to the ruined city of Troy and Gallipoli to learn about this important WWI battle site. On Day 14, return to the big city for one last night out with the group, before departing at any time on Day 15. (3B)

Inclusions BLACK SEA

Istanbul 2 SEA OF MARMARA

Gallipoli 1

Canakkale (Troy) 1

Ayvalik T U R K E Y

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), bus (2 nts), boat (1 nt, weather permitting) Transport: Bus, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $285-375 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAETTO

My Own Room Available: Fr $349

BLACK SEA

Istanbul 2

1

Çanakkale Göreme (Troy) (Cappadocia) 1

2

Selçuk

2

Dalyan 2

Departures 2015 Mar - Oct

Selected Saturdays

1

Selçuk Pamukkale

Departures 2015 Apr - Jul & Sep - Oct

Selected Fridays

Aug

Every Friday

T U R K E Y

Gallipoli

2

Pamukkale Çirali 1 Antalya

Kekova 1

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

99

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Pamukkale


THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE Berlin

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

$2,749

FR

15 DAYS

Budapest

Highlights

Climb the Reichstag’s dome in Berlin Hike in the scenic Tatra Mountains Wander Warsaw’s charming Old Town Learn about Auschwitz from a local Grab an ice-cold Czech beer in Prague Go rafting along the River Vltava Waltz your way through Vienna Pick your favourite – Buda or Pest?

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

May 09 May 11 May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 09 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jul 04

May 23 May 25 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 18

Jul 07 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 29

Jul 21 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 01 Sep 05 Sep 12

Sep 01 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 15 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 24 Nov 21 Dec 20

Sep 15 Sep 19 Sep 26 Sep 29 Oct 03 Oct 10 Nov 07 Dec 05 Jan 03

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts) Transport: Train, private bus, local bus Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €335-440 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEABE

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,329

Berlin, Germany

From the urban attractions of Berlin to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, this two-week trip through Central and Eastern Europe offers an intriguing combination of historic towns, village life and outdoor pursuits. Float down the river on a traditional raft, enjoy hiking in the scenic Tatra Mountains and savour the café cultures of Prague and Vienna. Experience the unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe, and grab your sightseeing checklist of must-do cities, from trend-setting Berlin to the medieval streets of Prague, this little beauty will tick them all off!

DAY ITINERARY Berlin

01-02

Make your own way to Berlin and meet up with your new travel mates this evening. Day 2 is yours to discover this amazing city, which has many tangible reminders of its starring role in the history of both Germany and Europe – not least the Reichstag, ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ and surviving fragments of the Berlin Wall. Districts such as edgy Kreuzberg and bohemian Prenzlauer Berg are well worth exploring, by day and by night. (B)

Warsaw

03

Berlin

Warsaw

2

1

G E R M A N Y

Warsaw / Krakow

P O L A N D

Krakow

Prague

3

3

C Z EC H

04-06

R E P U B L I C

2 ˇ Ceský Krumlov

S LOVA K I A 2

Vienna AU S T R I A

Budapest

H U N G A RY

Visit the unmissable Warsaw Rising Museum in the morning then take a day train to Krakow, one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe, centred on Europe’s largest medieval square, the Rynek Glowny. It’s hard to know what to explore first in Krakow; the attractive Old Town which miraculously escaped significant damage in WWII, or the former royal residences sitting proudly atop Wawel Hill. Included is a visit to the former concentration camp at nearby Auschwitz, a sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity to man, followed by an overnight train to Prague. (3B)

Prague

Bratislava 1

Poland’s reconstructed capital is a testament to the courage and determination of its people, and the city’s story can be learnt with an included visit to the unmissable Warsaw Historical Museum. Smaller museums of interest here are dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and Marie Curie, amongst others; all are well worth a visit. (B)

07-09

Enjoy a scenic train ride into Czech Republic. Regarded by many as the unspoilt jewel in Europe’s historic crown, there’s time in the Bohemian Czech capital to simply soak up the atmosphere of its unique cobbled streets, where it seems every building has its own story to tell. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or find a little beer garden and grab a cold glass of Pilsner as you watch the sun set over the Vltava River. (3B)

Prague / Cesky Krumlov

10-11

AEGEAN SEA

Step back into medieval times with a visit to the castle in Ceský Krumlov. The castle towers over the fairytale-like streets of this gorgeous town, whose graceful Renaissance and Baroque houses line the banks of a sharp bend in the River Vltava. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site oozing with culture, history and life before taking to the water with an afternoon of rafting. (2B)

Vienna

12-13

Enjoy a walking tour of some of Vienna’s most beautiful sights including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, the former city home of the Habsburg Emperors. Austria’s capital has plenty of other diversions too. We’d like to recommend the Schönbrunn Palace, but we’d understand if you got distracted by the superb gateaux served in the elegant cafés. (2B)

Budapest

14-15 Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

100

Continue on to Hungary and it’s charming capital of Budapest. There’s plenty to explore here, both in historic Buda and modern Pest, which face each other from either side of the River Danube. Don’t miss the chance to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest or soak in one of the city’s many thermal spas, which range from the open-air Szécheny Baths to the magnificent Gellért Baths. Your tour ends on Day 15, and you’re free to leave at any time of your choosing. (2B)


CROATIA AND THE BALKANS Budapest

CENTRAL & EASTERN $2,749 EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

$3,109

FR

15 DAYS

Split

Berlin

FR

12 DAYS

Budapest

Highlights

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Highlights

• Kayak to the tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor • Soak up your yearly dose of Vit D on the beach on Hvar • Explore the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian on a guided tour

• Explore the fascinating history of Central and Eastern Europe • Wander a historic brewery and sip on delicious local ale • Stroll the cobbled lanes of medieval Krumlov and Prague

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Budapest / Novi Sad / Belgrade

Rock up into the bubbling, hot spring city of Budapest at any time. Explore the Royal Palace, St Matthias Church and Castle Hill’s old town. Day 2, board a train to Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia where you’ll visit the famous Petrovaradin Citadel. As afternoon hits, hop on a train to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress then opt to float down the Danube or dabble in one of the many bustling markets. (3B)

01-04 05-06

Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most diverse cities in the region. Take an included tour of the ‘Tunnel of Life’ to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. (2B)

Berlin

Arrive into Berlin at any time and spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure. Enjoy an orientation walk on Day 2 then opt to explore the city on walking and river tours. Visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag and enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B)

01-02

Weimar / Dresden

03-05

Mostar / Herceg Novi (Bay of Kotor)

07-09

Travel on to charming Mostar where you’ll find the visible scars of the 1990’s conflict hidden in the restored Ottoman quarter. Wander along the world-famous pale stone Stari Most (Old Bridge) before moving on to Montenegro and the winding Bay of Kotor on Day 8. Perhaps float the waters by sea kayak or try a mud spa here? (3B)

Dubrovnik

It’s on to Croatia to experience the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ in Dubrovnik. Relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town, ride a boat to a nearby island and try tasty dishes at a seaside cafe. (2B)

10-11

Hvar / Split

Welcome to Hvar’s dreamy beaches, thriving nightlife and many watersports. Soak up the crystal-clear seas, hidden beaches and deserted lagoons on Day 13 as you cruise around the Pakleni Islands. Ferry back to Split’s mainland on Day 14, tour the UNESCO site at Diocletian’s Palace and stock up on last-minute goodies at the local market. Your tour ends on Day 15 and depart Split at any time. (4B)

12-15

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $689

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04

Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18

START

FINISH

Jul 11 Jul 25 Jul 18 Aug 01 Jul 25 Aug 08 Aug 01 Aug 15

1

1

Belgrade

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Sarajevo 2 Split 1 1 Mostar Hvar 2

FINISH

Aug 15 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12

Aug 29 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26

Dubrovnik

Travel by private van to the charming town of Cesky Krumlov. Here, visit the 400-year old Eggenberg Brewery where you can sip a local brew. Intrigued by the supernatural? Opt for a guided ghost tour. (B)

08

Vienna

Take an orientation walk in Austria’s capital this morning where you’ll visit the historic Hotel Sacher for a cultural experience, scrumptious lunch and a taste of famous Sacher Torte - it’s delicious! (2B, L)

09-10

Budapest

On the final leg of your trip, finish up in Budapest. Embark on an orientation walk then opt to chill out with the locals in a warm, relaxing thermal bath-house. Depart at any time on Day 12. (2B)

11-12

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,499 SER BI A

2 2

Ceský Krumlov

2

MON TEN EGRO

START

Today you’ll head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. (2B)

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels (11 nts) Transport: Train, bus, private van, local bus Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €350-450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEDEE

CROATIA

Novi Sad

Prague

Inclusions

Budapest

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts) Transport: Train, bus, boat, taxi, tram Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €225-440 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEJBT

06-07

Hop on a high speed train to Weimar today for a day exploring this classic German city. Discover its dark history at the Buchenwald concentration camp, visit the Liszt Haus and the many fascinating museums. Day 4, catch the train to Dresden for a guided walk of the bustling local market and the gothic Frauenkirche Church. (3B)

Bay of Kotor

G E R M A N Y

Berlin 2

1

2

P O L A N D

Dresden

Weimar C Z EC H

2

Prague R E P U B L I C

1 ˇ Ceský Krumlov

2

Vienna

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

Jun 20 Jul 18

Jul 01 Jul 29

START

FINISH

Aug 15 Aug 26

AU S T R I A

START

FINISH

Sep 05

Sep 16

Budapest

1

H U N G A RY

101

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Adriatic Bay & Village near Split, Croatia


BEST OF ICELAND Reykjavik

ARCTIC CIRCLE $2,899 AND FJORDS

$5,179

FR

7 DAYS

Reykjavik

Kiruna

FR

14 DAYS

Oslo

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Godafoss Waterfall

Highlights

Highlights

• Cruise a fjord just south of the Arctic Circle to look for whales • Witness icy-blue glacial icebergs drifting across a lagoon • Walk behind a waterfall and stroll along black-sand beaches

• Catch a glimpse of the midnight sun and stunning fjords • Hike your way through Norway’s jaw-dropping scenery • Experience the charm of fishing villages on remote northern islands

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Reykjavik

This quick introduction to Iceland’s highlights, which works equally well as an extended stopover between Europe and North America, starts in the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik.

01

Lofoten Island, Norway

Kiruna

Arrive into Kiruna at any time on Day 1. The next morning, explore the area and do some hiking. As evening hits, join your guide on an optional hike to admire the magnificent midnight sun. (B)

01-02

Lofoten Islands

Akureyri

After breakfast, drive through unique landscapes and explore the charming harbour town of Akureyri, the largest settlement in northern Iceland. This evening, have your cameras at the ready as you embark on a thrilling whale watching cruise in Eyjafjordur. (B)

02

03-04

Lake Myvatn / Seydisfjordur (East Fjords)

Travel via the powerful Godafoss Waterfall to the scenic wonder of Lake Myvatn. Explore its geothermal features and lava formations before crossing via the Dettifoss Waterfall to the East Fjords. Get back to nature with a stay on a sustainable farmstead. (B)

03

Hofn / Vik

After an orientation walk in the fishing village of Seydisfjordur, stop to admire Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Spend the night in Hofn, where the local lobsters usually manage to claw their way onto the dinner menu! Next day, watch the seals sunning themselves on the blue ice of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where there’s time for an optional boat cruise. Enjoy an included hike in Skaftafell N.P. before reaching the small community of Vik. (2B)

04-05

05-06

06-07

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Standard hotel (5 nts), sustainable farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Private minivan/bus Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €250-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELBI

My Own Room Available: Fr $579

07-08

FINISH

May 23 May 31 Jun 20 Jun 28

102

START

FINISH

Jul 18 Jul 26 Aug 15 Aug 23

START

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Sep 05 Oct 03

Sep 13 Oct 11

Take the Dovre Railway to the famous Rauma Railway through the mountains, valleys and rivers of this region then hop on a bus to the Geiranger area. Enjoy time at the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and opt for a scenic cruise, a fjord safari, or paddle along by kayak. (2B)

Flam / Bergen

This morning’s free to explore before continuing through stunning scenery to Flam. Opt to ride Flamsbana Railway, go kayaking or tingle your tastebuds with a cheese tasting. Ferry ride to Norway’s famous city of Bergen and soak up impressive views atop Mt Floyden. (4B)

09-12

Oslo

Board the famous Bergen Railway, one of the highest in the world to reach the city of Oslo. If you’ve got time on your hands, visit the Munch Museum and Akerhus Fortress. Your tour ends on Day 14. (2B)

13-14

1

Trip Style: Rail Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts), cabins (2 nts), fishing cabins (2 nts) Transport: Train, private van, boat, public bus Meals: 13 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €600-700 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEWSR

Lake Myvatn

2 ICELAND

1

Vik

Departures 2015 START

Akureyri

1

Board a ferry to Bodø then chill out on a scenic train ride to cultural Trondheim. Discover its heritage the next day, opt to visit Bakklandet, old town bridge, Market Square or Nidaros Cathedral. (2B)

Inclusions

Reykjavik

Golden Circle

Bodø / Trondheim

Geiranger

South Shore / Golden Circle / Reykjavik

Tick off the dramatic black-sand beaches, Dyrholaey Cape and the waterfalls of Sejlalandfoss and Skogafoss. Finish up with the classic ‘Golden Circle’ of majestic Gullfoss, the hot springs of Geysir and the fascinating geology and history of Pingvellir. Spend a last night back in bustling Reykjavik before departing any time on Day 7. (2B)

Hop aboard the Ofoten Railway to Narvik, Norway before continuing by bus to the Lofoten Islands. Spend the night in charming fishing cabins on the coast and enjoy your free time on an optional wildlifespotting cruise, explore the main town or get hiking. (2B)

My Own Room Available: Fr $2,189

1

Höfn

Seydisfjordur

START

FINISH

Jun 26 Jul 17 Jul 31

START

FINISH

Aug 08 Aug 21 Aug 15 Aug 28 Aug 29 Sep 11

2

2

Kiruna

S W E D E N 2 Trondheim Geiranger 2

Departures 2015 Jun 13 Jul 04 Jul 18

Lofoten

N O RWAY

Bergen START

FINISH

Sep 05

Sep 18

3

1

Flam

1

Oslo


BALTICS TO ST. PETERSBURG Vilnius

GOLDEN RING $2,499 OF RUSSIA 14 DAYS

St. Petersburg

Moscow

DAY ITINERARY

Church of the Savior, St. Petersburg

Highlights

• Check out Moscow’s showpieces - Kremlin, Armoury and Red Square • Stay in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shores of Nero Lake • Admire Orthodox frescoes and golden domes in grand cathedrals

DAY ITINERARY

Vilnius / Trakai / Curonian Spit

Arrive in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania and explore the Old Town - one of the oldest surviving medieval centres in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Gothic-style Trakai Castle, perfectly sited on an island. On Day 3, explore some of the world’s most precious soft white sand dunes, dangling off the western part of Lithuania. Enjoy an included bicycle tour. (2B)

Moscow

01-02

Riga / Saaremaa

Head to the vibrant Latvian capital of Riga and enjoy a guided tour of the city and a lunch of delicious treats from the Central Market. On Day 7, cross into Estonia to go local with three nights on a farm on the island of Saaremaa, covered in thick pine forests and boasting empty stretches of sparkling coastline. (4B, L, 3D)

05-09

03-04

It is time to leave the country life behind and continue on to the capital of Estonia and one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Tallinn. Fall in love with this medieval town, its carved stone walls and 14th Century churches mixing with modern restaurants, boutiques and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy and included visit to Kadriorg Palace. (2B)

12-14

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), farm stay (3 nts) Transport: Public bus, ferry, bike Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXVS

St.Petersburg 2

Jun 21 Jul 12

Jul 04 Jul 25

START

FINISH

Aug 16 Aug 29 Aug 30 Sep 12

E S TO N I A

Riga

2

R U S S I A

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), train (1 nt) Transport: Van, train, bus, metro Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $160-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARGR

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,379

2

Curonian Spit 2

START

FINISH

Sep 13

Sep 26

2

St. Petersburg Yaroslavl

Rostov

L AT V I A

Vilnius

1 1

Moscow

L I T H UA N I A

Departures 2015 FINISH

Tallinn

Saaremaa

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,149

START

2

3

05-08

Enjoy a guided tour of Yaroslavl, an ancient Russian town, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers. In the evening, board an overnight train to St. Petersburg, the most European Russian city. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to give you a real insight to its stunning architecture and history. In the morning of Day 7, travel to one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg, Pushkin, once the royal estate of the Tsars and enjoy a guided tour of Catherine’s Palace. In the afternoon, return to St. Petersburg for a final dinner, and there is the option to take a night tour of the city’s beautiful rivers and canals. On Day 8, say ‘cheers’ with a final vodka and bid farewell to your new mates. Depart at any time. (3B)

Inclusions

F I N L A N D

BALTIC SEA

After departing Moscow, you cover the Golden Ring; one of the oldest routes to be found in Russia, dotted with ancient towns each representing a different historic spirit of the Russian people. In the morning of Day 3, a private transfer will take you to Suzdal, a small town and former capital of European Russia in the 11th Century. On Day 4, travel to Rostov via Yuriev Poslki, the towns resembling openair museums, where life is slow and old traditions are maintained. Overnight will be spent in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shore of Nero Lake. Opt to go horseback riding and fishing. (B, D)

Yaroslavl / St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Travel by bus to the ‘Paris of Russia’, St. Petersburg. An included walking tour exposes the secrets of this captivating city, bringing its history and culture to life. On Day 13, visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Experience the legendary ‘white nights’ in June when the sun barely dips below the horizon, ride the deepest subway in the world and lounge in the city parks before bidding farewell to your travel mates as your tour concludes on Day 14. (B)

Arrive in the Russian capital at any time; meet your new tour buds and an old friend - vodka! On Day 2, get busy exploring Moscow, rich in history and housing many of the country’s most famous sights. Enjoy an included walking tour of the impressive Kremlin, the official residence of the President, and its immense complex of palaces and churches, as well as the Armoury Chamber.

Suzdal / Rostov

Tallinn

10-11

8 DAYS

Departures 2015

2

Suzdal

R U S SI A

B E L A R U S Apr-Oct

Selected Saturdays

103

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

Highlights

• Wander the cobble-stoned streets of Vilnius and Riga • Admire the dunes of the Curonian Spit and stay on an Estonian farm • Visit St. Petersburg and experience legendary ‘white nights’

FR

St. Petersburg

Vilnius, Lithuania

01-04

$2,499

FR


REALM OF THE POLAR BEAR Longyearbyen

SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

$4,799

FR

8 DAYS

Longyearbyen

Highlights

Set off on an adventure of a lifetime Search for polar bears and whales Take a plunge in the Arctic Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery Look out for walrus on the ice floes Discover stunning ice-covered fjords Glimpse herds of Svalbard’s reindeer Enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra

Departures 2015 START

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Jun 12 Jun 19

Jun 19 Jun 26

Jul 06

Jul 13

Jul 23

Jul 30

Inclusions

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Twin, triple and quad share cabins or suites, all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window (7 nts) Transport: MS Expedition, Zodiac, local bus Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, Polar Bear Pub, outdoor observation deck, gift shop, computer room, fitness room, sauna, medical clinic Meals: Daily breakfast and lunch (buffetstyle), gourmet dinners (table service with one sitting), occasional polar barbecues (weather permitting) Note: Drinks and tips not included Group Leader: Full crew of up to 55 on board with a 10:1 guest/staff ratio. Group Size: Max 134 passengers Tour Code: GAXVRPNX

From close-up encounters with mighty glaciers, to polar bears and other plentiful wildlife, a voyage aboard the MS Expedition is a voyage of non-stop highlights. When summer arrives in Spitsbergen, the region springs to life with a magnificent bounty of flora and fauna, and awe-inspiring natural wonder. You’ll explore not only by boat, but also by Zodiac and on foot, keeping a look out for roaming wildlife, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and bird colonies, all of whom co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore for a few months of the year. This is the Arctic – this is an adventure.

DAY ITINERARY Longyearbyen

01

Get your first glimpses of the midnight sun in Spitsbergen’s capital, Longyearbyen, where there are as many snowmobiles as people! The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities, so there is plenty to keep you occupied before boarding time. You’ll embark on the MS Expedition in the afternoon, she is uniquely equipped to meet the demands of sailing in polar environments. Set sail this evening. (D)

Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen

Each day of the cruise is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distances are relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ‘open ocean’ crossings, the seas are normally calm. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural and historic extravaganzas and you‘ll spend the next six days exploring this remote polar region. Visit ice-covered seas and fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and witness glaciers crashing into the sea around you. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears busy hunting seals, and keep a constant lookout for walruses hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. At one or more of the stops, you can hope to see one of Svalbard’s unique species of reindeer, they are much smaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility to see Arctic foxes. You’ll visit - ice permitting - spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres (guillemots) as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. There may be the opportunity to walk on shore, observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna and cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewing seals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabird cliffs. This is also a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the North Pole, from trapping to coal mining and war, and you’ll get the opportunity to visit some of these historic sites. (6B, 6L, 6D)

7

The final itinerary is dependent on ice and weather conditions, which have to be assessed by the captain during the voyage, and it may not be possible to visit all the sites mentioned above. By not having a set itinerary, however, you take on the expedition spirit and are free to capitalise on the best that Svalbard has to offer.

Svalbard Archipelago / Spitsbergen

02-07

Ice and weather conditions permitting

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Longyearbyen

Arrive back in Longyearbyen in the morning for disembarkation. Wave goodbye to your new friends and take home the incredible memories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. (B)


BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

Designed for adventurous backpackers, our budget regional trips are for those who want maximum Europe without breaking the bank. Travel through the sunny hot spots of Italy, Spain and Turkey, or take a peek behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ in Eastern Europe on one of the Balkan, Bohemian or Rhapsody Treks (there’s a song in there somewhere)! These will take you from Prague down to Croatia or Greece (where they link up with great sailing options), and all the way over to Istanbul. Many of these trips are also designed to link up with Busabout’s awesome hop-on, hop-off coach network (see pages 38-42), so that you can build them into your wider wanderings. Finally, budget regional trips are also available in Scotland, England and Wales through our wild and sexy partner HAGGiS Adventures (see pages 125-129), and in Ireland with Shamrocker Adventures (see pages 130-131).


IBERIAN ADVENTURE Madrid

ITALIAN $1,099/ $1,059 ADVENTURE

FR

STUDENTS

FR

7 DAYS

Madrid

Rome

STUDENTS

$419/ FR$399

FR

3 DAYS

Rome

BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

Lagos, Portugal

Highlights

• Enjoy sangria and flavoursome tapas in local tavernas and bars • Hit the Lagos party circuit on Portugal’s sunny Algarve coast • Discover a new continent and explore the Moroccan city of Tangier

DAY ITINERARY

Amalfi Coast

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY Rome / Pompeii / Sorrento

Madrid / Cordoba / Seville / Lagos

Depart Madrid and head to the beautiful town of Cordoba, with its awesome architecture, and incredible central Mosque. Continue on to stunning Seville and explore the city with an orientation walk to the imposing Alcazar Palace. On Day 2, head off to the sun lovers’ party town of Lagos in the south of Portugal. Enjoy an optional dinner at an authentic Portuguese restaurant with your group. (B)

01-02

01

Lagos

Lagos is famous for its beaches, bars, restaurants and vibrant summer nightlife and it’s yours for the taking today. Opt to explore the secluded coastline of the Algarve by kayak, grab some surf lessons or just lie on the beach and nurse your hangover. Spend the night partying at Lagos’ best bars. (B)

03

Tangier / Granada

04-06

From Costa del Sol to the Costa de la Luz and one of its brightest stars, Tarifa, before the ferry to Morocco and the exotic splendour of Tangier. Day 5 will take you to Granada, known as the home of tapas. Grab your mates and sample some of the local specialities. On Day 6, you’ll have the option to join a fully-guided tour of the stunning Alhambra Palace or relax and head to the Turkish hot pools for a massage. Enjoy a traditional flamenco show tonight. (3B)

Granada / Consuegra / Toledo / Madrid

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

07

Inclusions

S PA I N P O RT U G A L

Madrid Toledo

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Aug 28 Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25

02

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

Amalfi Coast / Rome

03

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

ADRIATIC SEA

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

I TA LY

Rome

Consuegra

Lagos START

Isle of Capri

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes orientation walks in each town, locally-guided tour of Seville Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015

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

Seville 2 1 Granada 1

Tangier M O RO CCO

Departures 2015 May

Selected Mon & Fri

Jun & Aug

Every Mon & Fri and selected Wed

Jul

Every Mon, Wed & Fri

Sep

Selected Mon & Every Fri

Pompeii Sorrento

Isle of Capri

2

Ravello

Amalfi Coast


AEGEAN ADVENTURE Istanbul

CAPPADOCIA $1,119/ $1,095 ADVENTURE

FR

STUDENTS

FR

8 DAYS

Fethiye

Fethiye

STUDENTS

$969/ FR$945

FR

7 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

• Explore the ancient ruins of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum • Stay in a treehouse in Saklikent Gorge • Explore the unique calcium limestone terraces of Pamukkale

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Stay in a treehouse and find the hidden beach of Olympos • Explore the out-of-this-world landscapes of Cappadocia • Visit Ankara and party ‘till dawn in dazzling Istanbul

DAY ITINERARY

Istanbul / Gallipoli / Ephesus

Head out of Istanbul and on to Gallipoli to visit the peninsula, famous for the brave ANZACs who fought their way into history back in 1915. On Day 2, travel to legendary Troy, where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homer’s Iliad, then Pergamum and its staggering remains, and finally reaching your overnight oasis at the ancient Ephesus. On Day 3, time to explore Ephesus or just hang around the oasis pool. Don’t miss the remarkable 25,000-seater colisseum or the incredible Curetes Way. In the evening, why not find yourself an authentic restaurant to enjoy great Turkish food and wine well into the balmy night? (2B)

01-03

Fethiye / Kas / Olympos

Meet your group in Fethiye this morning then head to the quaint little town of Kas for lunch and a swim. Continue to Olympos, the earthly paradise, where your treehouse escape awaits. After dinner, hit the bars for some revelry. On Day 2, stroll through the lush valley, past Lycian ruins and over babbling brooks of clean fresh water to the hidden beach of Olympos, then embark on the fishing trip to an island and enjoy swimming, fishing and eating. (B, 2D)

01-02

Cappadocia

03-05

Head inland for the lunar-like Cappadocia visiting Konya, the spiritual capital of Turkey, and Sultanhani en route. Reach Cappadocia this evening and enjoy the mind-blowing views of its fairytale landscape. Take a dip in the oasis pool then relax with a succulent barbecue and a well-earned cold beer. On Day 4, tick off the Cappadocia bucket list with guided visits to an underground city, an open-air museum, a valley walk and pottery display. Get off the beaten track and experience the real flavour of this stunning region. Day 5, you explore a hidden valley, authentic towns, a traditional Cappadocian house and fairy chimneys galore. (3B)

06-07

Rise early this morning as you depart for the fun and happening Istanbul. Stop off at the Turkish capital, Ankara to view Ataturk’s memorial and learn about his beliefs and why this revered leader became known as the Father of the Turks. Enjoy the final night out with your travel mates in buzzing Istanbul, before your trip wraps up on the morning of Day 7. (2B)

Pamukkale / Saklikent Gorge / Fethiye

04-05

Journey inland to Pamukkale, famous for its limestone baths, healing waters and glowing white travertines that wind down the hill. Move on to the impressive Saklikent Gorge, before reaching your treehouse escape for the night. On Day 5, rise to a burst of nature atop the tree line in your own treehouse. Spend an unforgettable day in this delicious refuge rafting down the crystal-clear waters before immersing yourself in a mudbath. Wallow in the cool natural environment of the gorge, hike and enjoy a beautiful lunch before heading to the Mediterranean coast and reaching Fethiye to start your cruise. (2B, D)

Aegean Sail / Fethiye

06-08

Spend two relaxing days as you cruise through pine-clad islands, pristine waters and Cleopatra’s Baths. This evening, reach Fethiye for the final night out with your group. On Day 8, it’s time to bid farewell to your group as your adventure wraps up this morning. But not to worry, you can continue your explorations on the Cappadocia Adventure (adjacent). (3B, 2L, 2D)

Inclusions

BLACK SEA

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels/motels (3 nts, multishare), tree house (1 nt, multishare), gulet (3 nts, multishare) Transport: Air con coach Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Included Gallipoli tour, Troy and Pergamum entrance fees Tour Code: BU

Istanbul 1

Gallipoli

Troy TURKE Y

Bergama

Departures 2015

Pamukkale

2

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

May 09 May 23 Jun 06 Jun 20 Jul 04 Jul 11

May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 18

Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22

Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29

Aug 29 Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10

Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17

Ephesus

Saklikent Gorge 1

AEGEAN SEA 3

Fethiye

Ankara / Istanbul

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt, multishare), boutique cave (3 nts, multishare), treehouse (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes Zelve Museum, underground city tour, Mevtana Konya & Sultanhani, pottery display, guided valley walks Tour Code: BU

BLACK SEA

Istanbul 1

Ankara

Cappadocia

3

TU R KE Y

Departures 2015

Konya

START

FINISH

START

FINISH

START

May 02 May 16 May 30 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11

May 08 May 22 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jul 03 Jul 17

Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22

Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 07 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28

Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17

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Sep 04 Sep 11AEGEAN SEA Sep 25 Oct 09 Oct 23

Fethiye

2

Olympos

Kas

107

BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

Cappadocia


BOHEMIAN TREK Split

CLASSIC $979/ $939 RHAPSODY TREK

FR

FR

STUDENTS

7 DAYS

Prague

Prague

STUDENTS

$1,239/ FR$1,189

FR

9 DAYS

Split

BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Highlights

• Uncover Slovenia’s Alpine playground; Lake Bled and its island church • Visit the Bohemian capital of Prague and ‘Czech’ out its charms • Wine tasting in the stunning Moravian wine region

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Visit the incredible Church of Human Bones in Kutna Hora • Pay your respects with a visit to infamous Auschwitz & Birkenau • Wander between the lakes in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park

DAY ITINERARY Prague / Kutna Hora / Olomouc

Split / Zagreb

A stunning drive through scenic mountains to buzzing Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. A city that oozes with energy and a zest for life, but still has a refreshing amount of old-world graciousness. After an orientation walk, hit the bars and local eateries with your new mates.

01

01

Olomouc / Auschwitz / Birkenau / Krakow

Zagreb / Ljubljana / Lake Bled

A short drive over the border to magnificent Slovenia this morning and en route you’ll stop and enjoy the eastern princess of Ljubljana. Later on, you’re back on the scenic road to Lake Bled. On Day 3, get your adventure fix with an optional day trip on the Emerald River. Here you can swim and raft your way through cascading waterfalls and mountain peaks, in the midst of the Slovenian Alps. (2B)

02-03

Lake Bled / Bratislava

Explore the lake and row out to the church perched beautifully on its island. After that, you’ll be Bratislava bound! After a city orientation, you’ll see its castles and its electric atmosphere. Head out for some local delicacies and inspect the bar scene. On Day 5, head to the beautiful Czech town of Znojmo. Explore its beautiful historic buildings and fantastic view points. Spend the afternoon discovering the natural beauty of Podyke National Park. (2B)

04-05

Bratislava / Prague

Explore the Moravian countryside before being greeted by pictureperfect Prague. You’ll have time to see all of its iconic sights like the Old Town and Hradcany Castle, before indulging in absurdly cheap beers and unforgettable nightlife. Bid your farewells as your trip finishes after breakfast on Day 7. (2B)

06-07

02-03

C Z EC H

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotel/hostel (6nts multishare) Transport: Air con coach Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes orientation walks in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Bled, Bratislava, Znojmo and Prague, Slivovica and wine tasting Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015 START

May 09 May 23 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04

108

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May 15 May 29 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jul 03 Jul 10

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Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22

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Jul 17 Jul 24 Jul 31 Aug 07 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug 28

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Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26

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Sep 04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Oct 02

1

04-06

Budapest / Plitvice / Split

07-09

1 1

AU S T R I A

2

Ljubljana

S LOV E N I A

You’re off to Croatia today, with a swim stop at Lake Balaton. Visit the Balkan open-air war museum before arriving in Plitvice National Park at sunset for a barbecue and a few beers. On Day 8, explore the aqua-blue lakes and water wonderland of Plitvice National Park, before heading over lunar landscapes to Split and the Croatian coast. Check out the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace before your last night. Day 9, and it’s time to say your sad farewells. (3B, D)

Inclusions

R E P

Bratislava

Lake Bled

A short drive to the adventure resort of Zakopane, where you’ll find mountains galore - hiker heaven! On Day 5, head for the Hungarian capital, Budapest, with an optional tank ride and stop in the Velka Fatra mountains. Enjoy a Danube River cruise and a night out. Day 6 is yours to explore; chill out in the thermal baths, visit the best markets or explore the city by bike. (3B)

7 Day Rhapsody Trek (Prague-Budapest) & 3 Day Mini Rhapsody Trek (Budapest-Split) options available.

Prague

Znojmo

Stop for a visit at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps to learn about the sad and harrowing history of the Holocaust. It’s then on to Krakow, where the drinks are cheap and the nightlife is buzzing. On Day 3, explore the sights of this beautiful town. (2B)

Krakow / Zakopane / Budapest

4 Day Mini Bohemian Trek (Split-Lake Bled) option available.

Inclusions

Leaving the Czech capital this morning, your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kutna Hora. Explore an ancient church made from human bones then head to Olomouc. Enjoy a city walk and an optional dinner in a Moravian restaurant, then it’s time to party.

Zagreb 1

C ROAT I A

Split

P O L A N D

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels/hotels (7 nts, multishare) bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 barbecue dinner Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes city orientation walks, tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau, entrance to Plitvice National Park, Bone Church, Kutna Hora, barbecue at the Plitvice Lakes Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015 May

Selected Fridays

Jun-Aug

Every Friday

Sep

Selected Fridays

Krakow 2

1

Prague C Z EC H

Zakopane Olomouc 1

R E P

S LOVA K I A

AU S T R I A

Budapest

2

H U N G A RY

1

Plitvice

1

Split


OTTOMAN TREK Split

CLASSIC $1,069/ $1,029 BALKAN TREK

FR

STUDENTS

FR

8 DAYS

Istanbul

Istanbul

8 DAYS

Split

Meteora Monasteries, Greece

Highlights

• See the famous rebuilt 16th Century bridge in Mostar’s old town • Discover archaeological ruins from the Ottomans in Plovdiv • Explore the nightlife scenes in three Eastern European capitals

• Tuck into delicious food in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki • Admire Meteora’s stunning clifftop monasteries • Unwind on the sun-drenched beaches of Albania and Montenegro

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Split / Mostar / Sarajevo

From the historic city of Split, you’ll enjoy the drive along the dramatic Croatian coast and into Bosnia. Stop in magnificent Mostar, famous for its quirky old town and 16th Century Ottoman bridge, beautifully rebuilt since its destruction during the war in 1993. Continue on to Sarajevo; top nightlife, live bands and great food.

01

Istanbul / Thessaloniki

Set off from Istanbul across the Greek border for a stop in Kavala to see the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct. Continue to Thessaloniki, where the nightlife is legendary, the food is some of the best in Greece and the history is awe-inspiring!

01

Meteora / Athens

Sarajevo / Belgrade

02-04

Today, get to know the Bosnian capital and its incredible history. Visit the famous Sarajevo Tunnel, which once provided the only access to the outside world for its beseiged citizens. Relax the afternoon away shopping in the old town bazaar. Next on the agenda, head to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Explore the city with its grand Orthodox churches - but the real highlight here is the people. (3B)

02-03

Sofia

04-05

Head across the border into Bulgaria where you’ll get to inspect some Ottoman ruins in Nis before arriving into the energetic capital, Sofia. The inner city is full of monuments, sweeping boulevards and chic eateries. At night, feast your ears on gypsy music! (B)

05

Sunny Beach / Istanbul

06-08

Today, journey to the resort of Sunny Beach on Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea coast. From watersports and beaches by day and lively parties by night, this is the place to be! On Day 7, reach the end of Europe as you travel on to Istanbul and trace the footsteps of the once-mighty Ottoman Army back to the very edge of Asia. Enjoy scrumptious Turkish food and check out the lively nightlife. Sadly, it’s all over after breakfast on Day 8. (3B)

Today, visit the ancient site of Meteora to see the 9th Century monasteries perched high up on the cliffs. It’s then on to the bustling Greek capital, Athens. On Day 3, it’s up to you how you spend your time, but one thing’s for certain, you’ll never be far from ancient monuments. Tonight, head out to bustling Plaka for some raki. (2B)

Parga / Gjorkastra / Tirana

The next stop is Parga, a party town with great beaches and traces of Greek mythology. On Day 5, head into Albania, an up-and-coming hot spot, with beaches and history to back it up. Visit bunkers and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Gjorkastra, before heading to the capital city, Tirana (2B)

Budva

Head north into Montenegro, one of the most beautiful corners of Europe. We stay in the atmospheric town of Budva, set directly on the Mediterranean and with the best beach culture in the Balkans. (B)

06

Dubrovnik / Split

Save the best ‘til last - you’re off to Croatia! Take a walk around Dubrovnik’s historic city walls before heading up the coast to Split for your final night. Depart after breakfast on Day 8. (2B)

07-08

4 Day Mini Balkan Trek (Istanbul-Athens) & 5 Day Balkan Trek (Athens-Split) options also available.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (7 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air-con coach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/ Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes Sofia, Istanbul and Nis orientation walks, Mostar local guide Tour Code: BU

Inclusions Sunny Beach 1 Sarajevo Belgrade 2 CROATIA

2

Split

Mostar

Nis

1

Sofia

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04

START

FINISH

Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29

START

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Sep 05 Sep 19 Oct 03

Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (7 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide /Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes Meteora Monastery entrance, orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Tirana and Budva Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015 START

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

1

FINISH

May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11

START

FINISH

Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05

Istanbul

Dubrovnik

1

Budva

1

Tirana

Gjirokastra

Kavala

1

Parga

1

Istanbul

Split

1

Thessaloniki

Meteora 2

Athens

START

FINISH

Sep 12 Sep 26 Oct 10

Sep 19 Oct 03 Oct 17

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

109

BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Highlights

STUDENTS

$1,049/ FR$1,009

FR


SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTURE Vilnius

BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURES

• • • • • • • •

STUDENTS

$1,139/ $1,099

FR

FR

8 DAYS

Tallinn

Highlights

Walking tour of Vilnius’ old town Visit Trakai’s medieval lake castle Pilgrimage to the Hill of Crosses Explore Riga’s charming old town Party in buzzing Stockholm Relax in a sauna in Finland Soak up the laid-back vibe in Helsinki Enjoy the steamy nightlife in Tallinn

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Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts, multishare), overnight ferry (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air-conditioned coach, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes all orientation walks, Viking walk in Stockholm Tour Code: BU

Winding cobble-stoned streets, medieval castles and churches, buzzing bars, a thriving restaurant scene and unbeatable night life – welcome to the wonderful north and the Scandi-Baltic Adventure! A funky, vibrant, sun-drenched, elegant romp through the three Baltic countries, plus Sweden and Finland and their über-cool capital cities, all joined up by the glittering Baltic Sea. Starting in Vilnius, you’ll travel to the Baltic coast and cruise from Riga over to Stockholm, Helsinki and on to Tallinn, taking in the scenery that really makes this part of the world one of the coolest in Europe.

DAY ITINERARY Vilnius / Trakai / Hill of Crosses / Riga

FI N L A N D

Helsinki Overnight Cruise

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Stockholm Overnight Cruise

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Today, get to know Lithuania’s little gem, the capital of Vilnius, with all its quirky nooks and crannies. Enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful, UNESCO-listed historic old town and discover its many modern cafés, bars and live music yards. There is a curious charm about the city; the KGB Museum stands alongside palatial residences once occupied by the likes of Napoleon. You’ll also get to visit Trakai, a small town just outside Vilnius, and its red-brick fairytale island castle perched on a beautiful lake. One remarkable last stop in Lithuania is the eerie Hill of Crosses, a place of pilgrimage in the Baltics, before you cross over the border into Latvia and its funky capital of Riga.

Riga

Riga / Stockholm

Hill of Crosses L I T H UA N I A

Vilnius

Riga boasts 750 fine examples of art nouveau architecture and is full of landmark sights as well as thriving bar and restaurant scenes. Visit the Occupation Museum to learn the story of life under the Nazis and Russians, and enjoy the views from St. Peter’s Church Tower then go on an orientation walk to stretch the legs, taking in the toytown cuteness and all its main sights before an exciting evening of Baltic revelry. (B)

03-04

Today is yours to delve a little deeper into life in Riga. Get lost on winding, cobbled streets, visit the central market, one of the largest in Europe, where you can sample a vast array of local produce, and make the most of the vibrant café scene. Later, board the ferry for an overnight mini-cruise to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. It promises to be a night full of entertainment, with karaoke and quite possibly an ABBA-themed tribute band. Arrive at sunrise on Day 4, and after checking-in, head off to discover the Old Town with our Viking friends who will illuminate Stockholm’s past and present. This evening, catch some live bands as Sweden does have a funky music scene. (2B)

Stockholm / Helsinki

05-06

More time to explore this stunning city, its saffron-coloured buildings and cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), surrounded by little avenues of blue water. Introduce yourself to Swedish meatballs, and cycle around some of Stockholm’s 14 islands, before perhaps continuing the ABBA theme with a visit to the new museum dedicated to the fab Swedish foursome. Later, board your second overnight cruise, this time headed to the dynamic and designer-dominated capital of Finland, Helsinki. On arrival, you’ll have the chance to explore the city at the forefront of Nordic design and soak in its laid-back atmosphere before ambling out to Suomenlinna and the fabulous ‘fortress of Finland’ where the Russians seized the town from the Swedes. Tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner, get steamy in a sauna and party ‘til the sun comes up. (2B)

Helsinki / Tallinn

07-08

Stockholm, Sweden

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Cruise the Baltic Sea for the last time today as you board the ferry for a two-hour trip to the enchanting city of Tallinn. The city is a pleasant mix of old and modern, with the cobbled streets of Toompea towering above the spires of medieval churches, and hiding an incredible range of restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightclubs within its the carved stone walls. Delve into the city’s history with a walk around the incredibly well-preserved medieval centre, and take in the views over the city’s red-tiled roofs then make the most of this Baltic hot spot by immersing in the steamy nightlife that Tallinn is famous for. Your adventure wraps up after breakfast on Day 8 when it’s time to bid farewell to your travel buddies. (2B)


ACTIVE HOLIDAYS ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

You don’t have to be an elite super-human athlete to enjoy an active holiday. You also don’t have to be ‘on the go’ from dawn ‘til dusk, collapsing into bed each night blistered, saddle sore and with every muscle aching. Whether you’re looking for hiking, surfing, cycling, rafting or skiing (or want to enjoy a mix of those activities), and regardless of your fitness level or previous ability, there’s an active holiday to suit. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors. Many are small group discoveries where you’ll travel with an average of 12 like-minded folks. Cycle from château to château in the Loire Valley, learn to surf in San Sebastian, hike Iceland’s iconic Landmannalaugar Trail, or sign up for a full-on week of skiing, snowboarding and serious partying in the Austrian Alps. On most of the trips to follow in this section, we’ve shown a ‘Physical Grading’ - see page 9.


TREKKING MONT BLANC Chamonix

LOIRE VALLEY $1,939 CYCLING

$1,649

FR

10 DAYS

Chamonix

Blois

FR

8 DAYS

Nantes

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

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

DAY ITINERARY Blois / Chenonceau

Chamonix / Les Contamines

01-02 03

Arrive in Chamonix for a welcome meeting with your fellow hikers. On Day 2, take a cable car from Les Houches to Bellevue, and then hike through spruce forests and Alpine meadows past the Bionnassay Glacier. Descend to Les Contamines for a night in a mountain gite. (D)

Tours / Chinon

Les Contamines / Les Chapieux

Today is the first real challenge as you have a steep ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (2,329m), a perfect lunch stop with awesome views. The auberge at Les Chapieux serves local specialities for dinner. (B, D)

Les Chapieux / Courmayeur

04-05

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

Courmayeur / Val Ferret / La Fouly

06-07

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

Trient / Chamonix

08-10

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

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts), mountain refuges (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, cable car Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €240-315 for meals not included Group Leader: Qualified International Mountain Leader as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFMB

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Frequent departures, typically 3-8 departures per month

03-04

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

Saumur

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

05

Gennes

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

06 07-08

Angers / Nantes

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

Inclusions SWITZER L A N D

Trient

La Fouly

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Chamonix

2

1 Les Contamines

Val 1 Ferret Courmayeur

Les Chapieux I TA LY FRA NCE

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Train, bike Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €340-415 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFAA

My Own Room Available: Fr $639

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Jun - Sep

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

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ATLANTIC OCEAN


SURF CAMP SAN SEBASTIAN Zarautz

$50

FR

FROM 1 DAY

Zarautz

Highlights

• Enjoy days chilling out on the beach and riding crashing waves like a pro • Fuel up on beer and sangria and dance the night away in one of the lively clubs • Spend your nights under the stars just a stumbling distance from the beach

Departs: Selected dates 01Jun-30Sep Accommodation: twin share tents (mattress & sleeping bag supplied) Meals: breakfasts (basic) / 3 meals a day (all-inclusive) Optional Extra: Unlimited beer & sangria for €5 per day Tour Code: EASSCS

VAN SURFARI SPAIN & FRANCE San Sebastian

$299

FR

4 - 7 DAYS

San Sebastian

Highlights

• Cruise up and down the coast surfing wherever the waves are best • As the sun goes down, it’s time to party in some of the lively nightlife hotspots • Opt to upgrade to get the best tips and tricks from an experienced surf instructor

Inclusions

Departs: Selected dates 15Jun-30Sep Accommodation: twin share tents (mattress & sleeping bags supplied) Meals: 3 meals every day Optional Extra: Unlimited beer & sangria for €5 per day Tour Code: EASVSF

It’s time to come out of your shell and hit the beach with this trip that combines the wonders of a surf trip with the adventure of a safari. Departing from San Sebastian, cruise up and down the coast stopping to hunt crashing waves at top surf spots along the Spanish and French Basque coast. At the end of each day, bed down at whichever surf camp is the closest, set up your tents and whip up a healthy (but hearty) dinner. It’s then beer/sangria o’ clock and time to party! Daily transport on the surf bus plus meals are included and you can add daily two-hour surf lessons and all surf equipment by simply upgrading - great for those wanting to perfect their skills with an experienced surf instructor. To ensure you get the most out of this awesome trip, you’ll also get to visit the best spots suited to your level of experience. Wow!

YACHT SURFARI SPAIN & FRANCE San Sebastian

$548

FR

4 - 7 DAYS

Biarritz

Highlights

• Enjoy a cruise along France and Spain‘s coast. stopping at the pumping surf spots • As the sun goes down, crack open the beers and start the party onboard the yacht • Upgrade to get surf savvy with great pointers from an experienced surf instructor

Inclusions

Departs: Selected dates 15Jun-30Sep Accommodation: 12 beds onboard the yacht Meals: 3 meals every day Optional Extra: Unlimited beer & sangria for €10 per day Tour Code: EASYSF

Channel your inner Jack Sparrow with this swashbuckling, surf-drenched adventure! Setting sail from San Sebastian, you’ll cruise along the coast, stopping to catch waves at the best surf spots along the Spanish and French Basque coast. On your ‘off’ days explore the Pyrenees, eating (and drinking) in scrummy cider houses behind San Sebastian. Come sunset, retreat to your rig to pop open a few beers whilst filling up on a tasty dinner. Party the night away onboard your yacht or stop in Hossegor to rub shoulders with the surfing elite. At the end of each night, catch some shut-eye in comfy bunks in the hull of the yacht and wake to the fresh sea air! Your surfing adventure will finish in Biarritz so raise your glasses and toast to the trip! If you’re eager to get surf savvy, upgrade to include surf lessons and all surf equipment. Are you ready?

113

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Inclusions

Spend your days riding waves, soaking up sun, sipping sangria and slurping beer, and your nights raving away in thumping clubs, chatting to new buddies and exploring San Sebastian. This little slice of paradise is a combination of landscape (mountains and beaches), Basque culture, food, parties, waves and weather. Your well-equipped campsite with a cafe/restaurant, shop, WI-FI, hot showers and even a dancefloor will be in the beautiful rolling hills of Zarautz, close to the beach and sultry San Sebastian. Camping, hot breakfasts, surf guides and wild parties come as standard. If you’re a savvy spender, choose the all-inclusive option and you’ll get everything already mentioned plus all meals, surf instruction (two-hours daily), surfboard equipment, beach games and party nights thrown in too. What you waiting for?


CYCLING IN TUSCANY Rome

SLOVENIA $1,899 MULTISPORT

$1,749

FR

7 DAYS

Chianciano Terme

Bled

FR

8 DAYS

Bled

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Highlights

Highlights

• Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns • Visit quaint Pienza and the medieval hill town of Montepulciano • Learn traditional recipes and munch on delicious Tuscan cuisine

• Get a feel for the Slovenian countryside by mountain bike • Hike along many mountaineering routes among the Julian Alps • Feel the adrenalin rush whilst canyoneering, caving and zip lining

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY Bled

Rome / Chianciano Terme

Arrive to Rome at any time. Spend the rest of the day exploring some of the Italian capital’s famous sights such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. On Day 2, tuck into an Italian breakfast before delving into an orientation walk around Rome. Later, board your train to your agriturismo (converted farmhouse) in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. This evening, your host will welcome you with a delicious home-cooked meal. (B, D)

01-02

Chianciano Terme / Pienza

03

Pedal around by bike to the classic Renaissance town of Pienza where you’ll get to soak up those quintessential Tuscan landscapes. (B, D)

Chianciano Terme / Montepulciano

Transfer to the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, famous for producing fabulous food and wine. Cycle around the Tuscan hills and enjoy the peace and quiet in the town’s car-free centre. (B, D)

04

Chianciano Terme / Tuscan Lakes

Stretch your legs on a full day of cycling around the stunning Tuscan Lakes. Follow the cycle path around the majestic Lake Chiusi and Lake Montepulciano before a local lunch around a natural oasis. (B, D)

05

Chianciano Terme / Bagno Vignoni

Cycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni. Explore the town, opt to soak in the thermal pools or relax and enjoy the views before your return cycle to your agriturismo. (B, D)

06

Chianciano Terme

Depart from the agriturismo at 10am arriving into Chiusi Station at 10.30am where your trip will come to an end. With a camera full of Tuscany’s picturesque landscapes, depart your tour. (B)

07

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), locally owned farmhouse/agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Train, van, cycling Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €120-170 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEITC

My Own Room Available: Fr $349

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Bled / Soca River

Prepare to get wet as you take to the swirling waters for a full day of rafting in the Gorenjska region. Start with the easy rapids to get the swing of it then ease yourself into more challenging waters! (B)

03

Bled

Spend Day 4 exploring the picturesque town of Bled. Stroll along the lakeside walking trails, explore by bike or try a variety of optional activities as recommended by your CEO. (B)

04

Bled / Julian Alps

Get your adrenalin pumping as you go canyoning amongst pools and narrow passages before floating down the river. You’ll then fly over and above trees and valleys of the Julian Alps on a zip line. (B, L)

05

Julian Alps

06

Delve into the dark on a unique caving expedition inside the Julian Alps and enjoy a unique perspective of this beautiful landscape. (B)

Mt. Lipanca / Bled

07-08

Known as a mountaineering resort, no trip to Bled would be complete without a hike around the Julian Alps. One route involves following the pine-forest trails which peak through jagged rocks as you make your way to the top of Mt. Lipanca. Make sure you bring a camera for stunning views below! Depart any time on Day 8. (2B)

Inclusions ITA LY

AEGEAN SEA

Chianciano Terme

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any Accommodation: Basic Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse/inn (5 nts) Transport: Bus, bike, raft, walking Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow EUR €200300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXHB

Julian Alps 1

Soca Valley

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Rome

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Departures 2015 Jun 21 Jul 19

Lake Bled

Triglav N.P.

5

Departures 2015 Apr 18 May 02 May 23 Jun 20

Rock up in the tranquil mountain setting of Bled at any time on Day 1 and charge your batteries ready for the start of your full-throttle adventure. On Day 2, get out and about in the fresh air as you whizz along on a full day of mountain biking along quiet country roads, between local villages and through lush forest trails. (B, L)

ADRIATIC SEA


CROATIA ACTIVE ADVENTURE Dubrovnik

TURKEY $1,879 ACTIVE ADVENTURE

$1,899

FR

7 DAYS

Dubrovnik

Istanbul

FR

12 DAYS

Istanbul

Highlights

• Paddle along on a sea-kayaking excursion around the city walls • Hike and bike your way around Konavle Valley and Dalmatian Cliffs • Take a trip to the picturesque island of Kolocep

DAY ITINERARY

Cappadocia, Turkey

Highlights

• Set saddle and ride the valleys of Cappadocia on horseback • Paddle along spectacular coves by sea kayak • Trek the beautiful Lycian Way, through ruins and traditional villages

DAY ITINERARY

Dubrovnik

01

Arrive into Dubrovnik at any time and set out exploring the marble streets and Baroque buildings of this historic Croatian city.

Istanbul / Cappadocia

Arrive into the multicultural city of Istanbul at any time. Begin Day 2 with an orientation walk around Istanbul before flying to Cappadocia where you’ll be welcomed to your homestay with a tasty dinner. (B, D)

01-02

Dubrovnik

On your second day, drink in the city on a fascinating walking tour of the old town. Stretch your legs with a hike to the hills above Dubrovnik for some astounding views across the harbour. (B)

02

Lopud Island / Dubrovnik

Hop on your ferry transfer to Lopud Island today where you can relish in its outdoors-y potential. Revel in a full day of hiking the winding trails or take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear sea. (B)

03

Dubrovnik

Today, you’ll get to set off paddling on your own sea kayak around the city walls of old town Dubrovnik before making your way to the uninhabited island of Lokum out in the Mediterranean. (B)

04

Konavle Valley / Dubrovnik

Catch your transfer to the lush Konavle Valley today. Hop on your bike and pedal past old water mills and lush green vineyards then make a pit stop along the way to dabble in some wine tasting! (B)

05

Kolocep / Dubrovnik

The picturesque and unspoiled island of Kolocep is your stop for today. Make the most of the included activities on offer here and grab your snorkel for a peek into Croatia’s underwater world, trek the ruggedly beautiful coastal paths then cool off in the azure sea. (B)

06

Dubrovnik

07

Your tour ends on Day 7 and you’re free to depart at any time. (B)

Inclusions

C ROAT I A

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport: local bus, sea kayak, bicycle, local ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €210-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAECTA

B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

M O N T E N EG RO 6

Dubrovnik

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03-04

Set saddle this morning and try beginners horseback riding before watching the sunset over the stunning surrounding countryside. Day 4, work up your appetite hiking before tucking into a picnic lunch. Catch your overnight bus as you’re whisked off to the coast. (2B, L)

Cirali / Kas

05-06

Relax and recover on the beach of Cirali today. As evening hits, stroll to Chimera to admire the glowing flames that magically rise out of the earth’s cracks. Day 6, paddle by kayak over the sunken city of Kekova peeking into crystal waters for a glimpse of the ruins. (2B)

Kas / Minare

07-08

Head out on a thrilling ride through the villages and hillsides around Kas. Day 8, enjoy a free morning wandering the pretty streets before departing for Minare. Hike around the Lycian-era ruins of Pinara then enjoy a homestay and yummy home-cooked food. (2B, D)

Fethiye

Spend today scrambling over rocks and down rivers in an exhilarating morning of canyoneering at the Saklikent Gorge. Visit the eerie ghost town of Kayakoy on Day 10 and start your hike along the famous Lycian Way before cooling off in the blue lagoon of Olu Deniz. (2B)

09-10

Istanbul

11-12

On the final leg of your journey, catch your transfer to Dalaman for your flight to Istanbul. Your tour ends at any time on Day 12. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts), homestay (2 nts, shared bathrooms), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Plane, bus, air con van Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: USD $250-300 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local activity instructors Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETAI

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Sep 12

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Istanbul 2

Cappadocia

My Own Room Available: Fr $579

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T U R K E Y

2

Dalaman

Departures 2015

Departures 2015 START

Cappadocia

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Oct 20

Fethiye 2 1 2 1 Cirali Minare Kas

115

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia


TREKKING IN ICELAND Reykjavik

ICELAND HIKE, $3,449 BIKE & RAFT

$4,049

FR

10 DAYS

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

FR

7 DAYS

Reykjavik

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Lava field, Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Highlights

• Visit the world’s most northerly capital, laid-back Reykjavik • Witness the spectacular eruption of boiling waters at Geysir • Hike across the icy surface of the Solheimajökull Glacier

DAY ITINERARY Arrive into Iceland’s capital, and if time permits head out to explore its quirky charms. This evening, meet your new travel mates.

Golden Circle

Today get a first taste of the natural splendour that lies ahead. At Pingvellir, walk in the rift valley that marks the meeting point, or rather the ‘tearing apart’ point, of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Witness boiling waters exploding at Geysir, and marvel at the twin waterfalls at Gullfoss. (B, D)

02

Landmannalaugar / Alftavatn / Emstrur / Thorsmork

03-06

Reachable only by 4WD vehicle, and in the shadow of Iceland’s most feared volcano, Hekla, today’s hike is through the astonishing Landmannalaugar, most famous for its natural hot springs. Spend Days 4 to 6 on the Laugavegur Trail. Covering an average of 15kms per day between remote campsites at Lake Alftavatn and Emstrur, you’ll cross volcanic plateaux in search of waterfalls and glaciers. Bring waterproof clothes and a sense of adventure. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Thorsmork / Skogar

07-08

The highland valley of Thorsmork is the start point for today’s 20km hike through ‘Volcano Alley’ to the foot of the iconic, 60-metre Skogar waterfall. Hike between the ice-covered volcanoes of Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, which disrupted worldwide air traffic during its 2010 eruption. From Skogar, enjoy a day of ice hiking on the Solheimajökull Glacier. (2B, 2L, D)

Skogar / Reykjavik

Take a well-deserved soak in the natural springs of the Hellisheidi mountain range, and hike into the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur as you return to Reykjavik, where the tour ends on Day 10. (2B, L)

09-10

Highlights

• Trek through volcanoes and wide valleys for mind-boggling views • Pedal across moonscapes and past famous bubbling geysers • Raft down one of the most scenic stretches of water in Iceland

DAY ITINERARY

Reykjavik

01

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts, multishare), camping (6 nts) Transport: Local bus, private minivan Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELST

Reykjavik

01

Arrive into quirky and colourful Reykjavik at any time today.

Golden Circle - Thingvellir N.P.

Leave for the Golden Circle and start pedalling down to the roaring torrent of Gullfoss waterfall. You’ll then cross the volcanic terrain to visit the spouting springs of Geysir before hiking through Thingvellir where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. (B, L, D)

02

Thorsmork Valley

Hop on your super jeep to the secluded and rugged Thorsmork Valley for a hike among verdant valleys and jagged rocks, crossing glacial rivers and black rock formations along the way. (B, L, D)

03

Alftavatn

Stretch your legs with a hike along the black desert of the highlands. As you trek the flat terrain, keep your camera handy for the dramatic juxtaposition between the white glaciers and black sands. (B, L, D)

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Laufafell

Relish in some well-deserved relaxation today with a soak in the bubbling hot springs of Landmannalaugar. You’ll then traverse the highland plateau of Sprengisandur in the comfort of your jeep, passing the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers on the way. (B, L, D)

05

East Glacial River / Reykjavik

06-07

Take to the water for an exhilarating day of rafting along some of the most scenic stretches of river in the world. Tackle the churning waters soaking up the breathtaking views of desert moonscapes and sprawling glaciers as you tumble down the river. After a full day of rafting, return to Reykjavik by super jeep. Depart any time the next day. (2B, L)

Inclusions I C E L A N D

Reykjavik 2

Golden Circle

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Minibus, jeep, bike, raft Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €340-450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELHB

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NORWEGIAN FJORD HIKING Bergen

SKI $2,879 AUSTRIA

$940

FR

7 DAYS

Odda (Hardangerfjord)

FR

London (or Austria)

9 DAYS

London (or Austria)

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS

Trolltunga (‘Troll’s Tongue’), Hardangerfjord

Highlights

• Cameras at the ready for two day hikes in scenic Hardangerfjord • Strap crampons onto your boots for a guided walk on a glacier • Find your very own Valhalla in this gorgeous corner of Scandinavia

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Bergen

Arrive into Bergen today, and visit the highlights of the city on an afternoon orientation walk. Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city boasting a beautiful location, medieval wooden warehouses and a wealth of cultural attractions.

01

Highlights

• Ski and snowboard your way down 279kms of runs for all abilities • Enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’ • Socialise with party nights at the gasthof and some lively après-ski

London / Hopfgarten

01

This awesome week of skiing and snowboarding starts in London at 7pm this evening as you board the overnight coach to Austria.

Hopfgarten

Arrive into the typically Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten and check-in to your gasthof, your home for the week. If you prefer (and at a small discount on the prices shown), make your own way to Austria and be picked up today either at Innsbruck Airport or Wörgl railway station, which has easy access from both Munich or Salzburg. The gasthof features single, twin and quad rooms, a cosy bar, Wi-Fi facilities, and serves a delicious hot buffet breakfast daily. Lift passes, ski school, snowboard lessons and all equipment hire can be arranged.

Hardangerfjord / Odda

Carved by the relentless power of the North Atlantic, the fjordlands of Norway are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. To the south and east of Bergen, the dramatic Hardangerfjord slices its convoluted route 100km inland. Today, you have a free morning to browse Bergen and stock up on any essentials you might need for the week ahead before transferring by scenic ferry and bus to Odda, your base in the heart of the fjords. (B)

02

02

Hopfgarten

Odda

03-06

Spend the next four days enjoying a variety of gentle and more challenging hikes, starting with a walk in the glacial valley of Buer and an ascent past emerald lakes and pastures to the Folgefonna and Buer Glaciers. Strap on your crampons and grab your ice axe for a thrilling guided walk in this frozen landscape. Explore a more cultural side of the fjords with a hike along the Opo River and take a 10km hike through the spectacular wooded ravine known as Oddadalen, known as the ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’. Hike through the Skjeggedal region to the start of the Himmelstigen via ferrata course, and finish with a challenging full-day hike to admire the views from 700m-high Trolltunga, perhaps the most famous rock formation in Norway. (4B)

Odda

07

After a leisurely breakfast, your trip comes to an end at any time today so that you can make your own onward travel arrangements.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), simple hotel with shared bathrooms (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, ferry, private minivan Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €250-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 10, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAENFH

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Jul 30

Aug 07

Age Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof (7 nts), overnight coach (1 nt) Transport: Modern coach with power points Meals: 7 breakfasts (upgrade to include 5 nights’ half board at a supplement) Group Leader: On-site team at gasthof Tour Code: COC8SWBIT (London) / COCPC7SW (Austria)

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An early departure this morning to board the return coach to London, where your tour comes to an end with a late evening arrival. (B)

G E R M A N Y

Munich Wörgl Innsbruck

Salzburg 7

Hopfgarten AU S T R I A

Bergen 1

Jul 03 Jul 24

Hopfgarten / London

09

Inclusions

Odda 5

Departures 2015

03-08

Hopfgarten is the perfect location for a ski or snowboard holiday and is your gateway to the SkiWelt, one of Europe’s top ski resort areas, which boasts over 279kms (174 miles) of piste incorporating 63 beginners runs, 51 intermediate runs and 7 black runs, making it ideal for learners and hardcore snow fans alike. You’ll scope out the slopes with a couple of guided piste tours courtesy of a local ski guide and enjoy a day trip to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound of Music’. The rest of the time is free to explore the SkiWelt resort area, but don’t forget to practice for the fun of the Grand Slam, as you’ll want to show off your skills in this downhill race. By night, hang out in the gasthof bar or check out the après-ski scene at the pubs, clubs and outdoors schnaps stands. (6B)

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LOCAL LIVING LOCAL LIVING

For those travellers who don’t enjoy long days travelling from place to place, and like to unpack rather than live out of a suitcase, our ‘Local Living’ holidays are designed to really get you under the skin of your favourite destination. Staying in authentic country homes, farmhouses, agriturismos and characterful apartments, you’ll get close to the land and its people whilst discovering the local culture through daily activities such as hiking, cycling, vineyard or market visits, language classes or cooking demos. The experience differs by region, but the result is always immersive and one-of-a-kind. Special offer applies on all ‘Local Living’ holidays,

WHAT’S LIFE LIKE LOCAL LIVING? TAKING IT SLOW

YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

If it’s Thursday, it must be Belgium, right? Wrong. Local Living trips are designed for travellers who don’t want to rush around Europe at breakneck speed, ticking off all the must-see sights and countries from a checklist. Local Living trips are for those who prefer to slowly slip into a destination and let it get under their skin. These trips open up some of Europe’s most memorable places, allowing you to stay among the locals, set your own agenda and witness real life in your new favourite place.

Just like on a regular tour with G Adventures you’ll benefit from having a CEO (that’s a Chief Experience Officer) to help with any questions you might have. He or she is wellversed in the inner workings of your chosen regions and can help with translations, bike rental, restaurant recommendations, day trips and just about anything else you need.

UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION You won’t move around much on a Local Living trip, but considering the possible settings - Dubrovnik, Tuscany, Sorrento, to name just a few - you won’t want to. The centrepiece of each trip is a charming and unique home base, carefully selected to provide you with a relaxed atmosphere and an authentic feel for the region you’re in. These aren’t hotels, we’re talking Italian agriturismos, medieval houses, organic lemon farms and the like. Best of all? You’ll only have to unpack once!

COMPLETE FLEXIBILITY Local Living trips are intentionally kept loose and open, there’s no fixed itinerary and no early morning wake-up calls. Your CEO will have a cheat sheet of ideas, sights, sporting activities and local markets (and will know how to get you to each place smoothly and effortlessly), but essentially you’re free to do as much or as little as you feel like.

Croatia Local Living

FOOD & DINING Your CEO will equip you with a starter kit of breakfast essentials and local delicacies when you arrive. Dine in, dine out, it’s up to you. On almost every trip you’ll also have the chance to sit down to a delicious feature meal experience with a special local guest. Southern Tuscany Local Living

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AMALFI COAST LOCAL LIVING Naples

$2,199

FR

Naples

8 DAYS

SOUTHERN TUSCANY LOCAL LIVING Rome

$1,699

FR

Rome

7 DAYS

Arrive into Rome and next day transfer by train to a rural agriturismo with beautiful valley views. Your host, Stefano, is a keen organic producer and loves showing visitors around his family’s orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Peruse local markets, get your hands dirty in the kitchen, explore Tuscany’s stone-walled towns, visit Florence or Siena, and soak up the idyllic scenery.

Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Nov) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (6 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, public ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAL

Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Small agriturismo (5 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €120-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIST

TUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVING Rome

$1,799

FR

Rome

7 DAYS

NORTHERN LIGHTS & REYKJAVIK LOCAL LIVING Reykjavik

$1,329

FR

Reykjavik

5 DAYS

Travel by train from Rome to the beautiful Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano to stay in a medieval house converted into apartments. Enjoy orientation walks in Rome, Siena and Florence, a half-day cooking class, wine tasting at a local cooperative, walks through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and a home-cooked dinner courtesy of your charming host, Ugo, a native of San Gimignano.

Spend five amazing days in search of the Northern Lights using your fully-equipped accommodation in Reykjavik as a jumping-off point. Connect to winter life in Reykjavik on a guided city tour, visit a local flea market, buy fish for a cooking class, and stop at some naturally-heated pools. Your native Icelander CEO guide will help you make the most out of this incredible region.

Departs: Sundays (Jun-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), locallyowned house (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €240-320 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAEIGL

Departs 2015: 16 Jan, 13 Feb & 13 Mar Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Fully equipped house in Reykjavik (4 nts) Transport: Van, jeep Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELNL

SORRENTO LOCAL LIVING Naples

Naples

$1,899

FR

7 DAYS

Enjoy an orientation walk and optional group dinner in Naples before transferring to Sorrento where your home for the week is an organic lemon farm with sweeping views of the sea. Enjoy home-cooked dinners using organic produce, limoncello tasting and a pizza-making demo. Take a day trip to the Isle of Capri, hike the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ and tour the ruins of Pompeii. Departs: Sundays Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (5 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAEISO

CROATIA LOCAL LIVING Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

$1,599

FR

7 DAYS

Transfer (included) to the rural Mediterranean farm villa with sweeping views of the Konavle Valley. Sample some delicious local wines, snacks and olive oil; go hiking, swimming and enjoy a hands-on cooking class, using fresh ingredients from the local farm. Cruise the waters between Molunat and Prevlaka, explore Dubrovnik and enjoy stunning scenery on a cycling excursion. Departs: Saturdays Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Rural farm (6 nts) Transport: Minivan, cycling, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local hosts Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAECDL

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LOCAL LIVING

Arrive into Naples and transfer the next day to your comfortable agriturismo, a converted 17th Century monastery in the village of Furore, high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. Live like one of the very lucky locals, enjoying pre-dinner cooking demos and delicious home-cooked meals. Tour the ruins of Pompeii, visit picturesque coastal towns and go hiking on breathtaking walking routes.


REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

REGIONAL TOURING UK & IRELAND WATCH OUR LATEST BRITISH ADVENTURES

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Touch down in London, a non-stop city that’s reinvented itself as a capital of modern-day cool, to kick off your explorations of England, Scotland, Wales and the ‘Emerald Isle’ of Ireland. Choose a fun-packed trip designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, see the sights on a small group adventure, check out the home of the Beatles, ride a canal boat in Manchester or get active on the West Highland Way. Don’t forget to check out our London, Edinburgh & Dublin city breaks (pages 148-154), UK and Ireland rail and coach transport options (see the ‘On The Road’ section) and cool festivals like Up Helly Aa and Hogmanay.


GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND London

16 DAYS

London

Highlights

See the highlights of London Enjoy a Beatles music tour in Liverpool Walk around York’s old city walls Be inspired by the Lake District Stroll along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile Try and spot ‘Nessie’ at Loch Ness Discover Belfast’s turbulent history Sample the perfect pint of Guinness

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Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 30 Oct 10 Oct 24

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points for charging, ferry crossings Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges are included Tour Code: COBBUKA

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This Great Britain & Ireland tour will take you on a whirlwind of sightseeing, history and culture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland. Practice your Liverpudlian accent because you’re going to the birthplace of rock and roll’s original ‘Fab Four’ - The Beatles! Wonder at the beauty of the Lake District National Park, stroll Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and then grab some binoculars to search for the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Add to that drinking Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone and visiting castles and cathedrals in Ireland and you’ve got an all-encompassing awesome experience!

DAY ITINERARY 01 02-03

Loch Ness Isle of Skye

West Highlands

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St. Andrews

Stirling

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Cliffs of Moher Blarney

Edinburgh Lake District

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Dublin

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Kilkenny WA L E S Cork 1

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London ENGLISH CHANNEL

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London / Liverpool

Get together with your group and head off on a London city tour before travelling north to Liverpool, the home of The Beatles. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and team over dinner. (D)

Liverpool / York / Lake District National Park

Make your way to York, where your Trip Manager will show you the sights and point out impressive York Minster. On Day 3, head for Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from; try a high ropes course, archery or cruise Lake Windermere. (2B, D)

Lake District National Park / Edinburgh

See Hadrian’s Wall and stop at Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. Familiarise yourself with sights such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Spend Day 5 exploring, perhaps visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, and head out on the town to mingle with the locals. (2B, D)

Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

Stop by St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town (where Prince William met Kate Middleton!), and then roll on through the Scottish Highlands packed with wild mountain scenery and the tales of old clans. (B, D)

Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West Highlands

07 08-09

Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and hunt for the elusive monster! Continue on past the famous 13th Century Eilean Donan Castle. Head over to the stunning Isle of Skye and visit the seaside town of Portree, known for its brightly-coloured houses and charming fishing port. Later, pass by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and continue through the remote West Highlands. (B)

West Highlands / Glasgow / Dublin

See Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument en route to Glasgow. Famous for its friendly locals, head into any pub for a lively night out. On Day 9, ferry across to Ireland and head to Dublin. This bustling town has a whole lot of heart so go and mingle with the locals in Temple Bar. (2B, D)

Dublin / Belfast / Derry (Londonderry) / Galway

10-12

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13 14 15-16

Head north to Belfast where a local guide will tell you the story behind the city’s troubled history, then opt to learn about Derry’s battles of the past with a local guide and visit the colourful murals at the People’s Gallery. It’s then south to lively Galway to experience some traditional Irish music and share the ‘craic’ with the locals. On Day 12, why not jump on a ferry to the rugged, Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands? It’s like stepping back in time to an Ireland long forgotten. Camera essential! (3B, D)

Galway / Blarney / Cork

Admire spectacular coastal scenery at the vertical Cliffs of Moher, then head to the medieval Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous stone before arriving into Cork, with its island setting. (B, D)

Cork / Cobh / Kilkenny

Discover the Heritage Centre in colourful harbour town of Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic, which also tells the tragic story of Irish emigration. See the historic Rock of Cashel en route to the lively little city of Kilkenny, where you can visit the Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. (B, D)

Kilkenny / Dublin / London

Return to Dublin where you can admire the Georgian townhouses lining St. Stephen’s Green, witness the remarkable Book of Kells in Trinity College and enjoy the easy-going hospitality. On Day 16, ferry back across the Irish Sea to Wales, then back to London where the tour ends upon arrival. (2B)

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• • • • • • • •

$2,985

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ENGLAND & SCOTLAND London

SCOTLAND $1,565 & IRELAND

$2,649

FR

9 DAYS

Glasgow

Edinburgh

FR

13 DAYS

Dublin

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Lake District

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Hi• gCheck hlightsout Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played

Hi• gStop hlights at the uni town St. Andrews, where Prince William met Kate

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

• Stroll the Royal Mile, linking Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace • Admire the breathtaking and remote scenery of the Isle of Skye

• Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the typically Irish town, Galway • Check your facts on Titanic at the Cobh Heritage Centre

Edinburgh

London / Liverpool / York

Meet up with your fellow travellers this morning for a quick tour of London before travelling north to Liverpool, the home of the worldconquering pop group, The Beatles. On Day 2, travel through rolling hills to historic York, where regional specialities are on offer for dinner and the brave can take an optional ghost tour. (B, 2D)

01-02

Start with a bang in buzzing Edinburgh and raise your glass to your trip with your new travel buddies. Head out the next day to see Edinburgh Castle, perched high on an extinct volcano, retrace royalty’s footsteps and walk the Royal Mile’s jumble of medieval houses, or choose to chill in the exotic Botanical Gardens. (B, D)

01-02

Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / West Highlands

York / Lake District / Edinburgh

03-05

Make your way to the Lake District to visit Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere. Optional activities such as high ropes and archery will put you in touch with nature. On Day 4, stop at Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans at the outer limit of their Empire, before crossing into Scotland at Gretna Green. See the sights of Edinburgh by coach and spend a day exploring its historic architecture. (3B, D)

03-04

Edinburgh / St. Andrews / Scottish Highlands

05-06

Stop at the university town of St. Andrews, the original home of golf and where Prince William first met his future bride, on your way to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. (B, D)

06

West Highlands / Glasgow / Dublin

07

07-09

Visit historic Stirling to see the impressive William Wallace Monument before reaching Glasgow, the UK’s third-largest city and home to very happening pubs and music scene. The tour ends here on Day 9, but you can also travel back to London by train for a supplement. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air con coach with power points Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBBR/COWWBR

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Winter departures (8 days) also available; tour code COWWBR

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Slide by Belfast’s iconic political murals and opt to see the striking UNESCO site of the Giant’s Causeway, packed with an unbelievable 40,000 rock columns. Next up is Londonderry before the traditional town of Galway, loaded with Irish soul and lively pubs. Spend Day 9 exploring or opt to visit the rugged cliffs of the Aran Islands. (3B, D)

Galway / Cork / Kilkenny / Dublin

West Highlands / Stirling / Glasgow

08-09

On to Glasgow, soak up the Victorian architecture and happening live music scene before you ferry across to Northern Ireland on Day 6. Discover Dublin’s 120m high Monument of Light and St. Stephen’s Green, once the site of public hangings. For those night owls, head to Temple Bar, where pubs and bars spill out onto cobbled lanes. (2B, D)

Dublin / Londonderry / Galway

Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West Highlands

Travel over to the incredible scenery of the Isle of Skye, with its moors, mountains, lochs and sea cliffs, and explore the colourful seaside town of Portree. Stop at the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle and, if the weather’s being kind, get a glimpse of the UK’s highest mountain peak, Ben Nevis. (B)

Stop by St. Andrews before a cruise along the Loch Ness to discover the legend of the mythical monster. The next day head to the West Highlands, past tiny villages to the seaside town of Portree. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain! (2B, D)

Isle of Loch Skye Ness

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London

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Passing Blarney Castle, kiss the magical Blarney Stone then stock up on souvenirs in the bustling markets of colourful Cork. On Day 11, visit the signature sites of Kilkenny then finish up opting for an Irish experience, complete with scrummy food and Irish dancing. (4B, 2D)

10-13

Inclusions

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges included Tour Code: COBBEDA

Departures 2015

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Belfast IRISH SEA

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St. Andrews

Dublin

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UK HIGHLIGHTS ROAD TRIP London

A TASTE OF ENGLAND $1,449 & SCOTLAND

$1,883

FR

7 DAYS

London

London

FR

7 DAYS

London

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Hi• gThe hligcastles hts at Edinburgh and Alnwick (Hogwarts in Harry Potter)

Hi• gGet hligyour hts feet dancing when visiting The Beatles’ Story

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

• Step back into Roman Britain at Bath and Hadrian’s Wall • Rural Lake District landscape versus the urban city of Liverpool

• A full-day tour exploring the Highlands, Loch Ness and Glencoe • Test your fear factor on the Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour!

Stonehenge / Bath / Brecon Beacons

Meet your group in central London and head straight for prehistoric Stonehenge before visiting the beautiful city of Bath. Check out the Roman Baths before heading to Wales for your overnight stop.

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Brecon Beacons / Stratford-upon-Avon / Liverpool

Spend the morning in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park then move on to Stratford-upon-Avon, before travelling to Liverpool. Experience great nightlife in a city which knows how to party!

02

Discover the story of The Beatles, visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum and explore Liverpool’s Albert Dock before moving on to the Lake District for your overnight stop.

Lake District / Hadrian’s Wall / Edinburgh

Today, you’ll discover the quaint lakeside town of Bowness-onWindermere before heading north for Hadrian’s Wall, then over the border into bonny Scotland for a two-night stay in Edinburgh.

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05

02 03 04

Spend the day in Edinburgh where you can walk the Royal Mile, see the Castle or shop for some souvenirs.

Edinburgh / Alnwick / Whitby / York

Heading back to England, in the direction of York, you’ll get the chance to check out Alnwick Castle (the location used to film Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films), the giant Angel of the North statue and Captain Cook’s seaside town of Whitby.

06

York / Sherwood Forest / London

07

Discover York before travelling to Sherwood Forest (legendary home of Robin Hood) then back to the meeting point in London.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels with en suites / good quality hostels (6 nts) Transport: Air con coach with free Wi-Fi, DVD Player and MP3/iPod connection points Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour leader/driver Group Size: Max 15 Notes: Includes Beatles tour & walking tours of Edinburgh, York & Liverpool Tour Code: LONBOB

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Mar 15 Apr 12 May 10 Jun 07

Mar 21 Apr 18 May 16 Jun 13

START

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Jul 05 Jul 11 Aug 02 Aug 08 Aug 16 Aug 22

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Edinburgh 2

Hadrian's Wall

Lake 1 District Liverpool 1

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Aug 30 Sep 05 Sep 27 Oct 03 Oct 25 Oct 31

Liverpool / Lake District

Next stop, Windermere! Explore this stunning Lake District town, with breathtaking views and air fresher than fresh. Enjoy a short lake cruise, or simply dip a toe into England’s largest lake. (B)

Lake District

Immerse yourself in the world of Beatrix Potter, exploring her life and characters, including Hakwshead, Tarn Hows and Newlands Valley. Visit Wordsworth’s home and take a cruise on Derwentwater. (B)

Lake District / Edinburgh

Now you’re off to Edinburgh. Start with an open-top sightseeing bus tour, join a startling Ghosts and Ghouls evening walking tour and finish up with a few drinks in a traditional local tavern. (B)

Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

06-07

Day 6 starts early with an award-winning Scottish Highlands tour, experiencing the breathtaking scenery and seeing Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. You may even spot the famous Loch Ness Monster! Day 7, head back to London on the train. (2B)

Alnwick Whitby 1

Accommodation: Minimum 3* hotels (6 nts) Transport: Train Meals: Daily breakfast Includes: London sightseeing bus, walking tour, Thames river cruise, Magical Mystery Beatles Tour, Beatrix Potter Lakeland & Wordsworth Tour, Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour, Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour Tour Code: LONTOE

York

S COT L A N D

Loch Ness 1 Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh 1 Lake District

2

Liverpool

NORTH SEA

1 NORTH SEA

Stratford- Sherwood Upon-Avon Forest

E N G L A N D

1

WA L E S START

05

Catch the train to Liverpool, home of The Beatles! Join the Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool, taking in the landmarks of the ‘Fab Four’. Then, head over to The Beatles’ Story and see how four boys from Liverpool went on to become arguably the greatest band of all time. Finish the night with a visit to the famous Cavern Club. (B)

Inclusions

Brecon Beacons

Departures 2015

After checking in to your hotel, armed with your welcome pack, hop on a famous red London double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour, followed by a Thames river cruise and guided walking tour.

London / Liverpool

Liverpool / Lake District

03

London

WA L E S

Bath

Cardiff Stonehenge

London

ENGLISH CHANNEL

London 1

Departures 2015 Jan - Dec

ENGLISH CHANNEL

Daily

123

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Angel of the North, Gateshead


SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY & CELTIC WALES London

ENGLAND $2,133 & WALES TASTER

$815

FR

8 DAYS

London

London

FR

4 DAYS

London

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Roman Baths, Bath

Highlights

Highlights

• Visit the most stunning sights of England and Wales • Experience Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace • Enjoy a guided tour of Cardiff and entrance to Cardiff Museum

• Learn about the neolithic stone circles of Avebury • Stroll the Welsh countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park • Follow the trail of legendary Robin Hood

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

DAY ITINERARY London / Avebury / Brecon Beacons / Hay-on-Wye

London / Warwick Castle

Start your trip with a sightseeing tour of the cosmopolitan capital, followed by a Thames River cruise. Day 2 starts with a train to Leamington Spa and a trip to the famous Warwick Castle. (B)

Meet your group in central London, then head straight out to Stonehenge to discover the history of its mysterious stone circles. Next, cross the Severn Bridge into Wales to explore the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye (the so-called ‘Town of Books’).

01

Stratford-upon-Avon

03

A short train journey takes you to the birthplace of the great bard, William Shakespeare, and several other properties including Hall’s Croft and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Then it’s a sightseeing tour of incredible history around the culturally rich Stratford-upon-Avon. (B)

Hay-on-Wye / Llangollen / Lake District

Next morning, journey north to visit the picturesque Welsh town of Llangollen and Pontcysyllte Aquaduct before crossing the border back into England and continuing to the Lake District’s scenic Bownesson-Windermere. Whilst there, you may choose to visit the World of Beatrix Potter or take a cruise on Lake Windermere (neither included).

02

Stratford-upon-Avon / Cardiff

04

Today you’re Cardiff-bound! Take a trip to the National Museum of Cardiff, afterwards enjoying a tour of Cardiff Castle and its 2,000 years of history. Why not upgrade and indulge in a banquet evening at the castle, fit for royalty? (B)

Cardiff

05 06 07-08

Choose from a variety of tours depending on the day of the week. Go to the deepest depths of a Welsh coal mine, take in the outstanding views of the Brecon Beacons or maybe even visit the majestic Roman fortress towns of Caerleon and Caerwent. (B)

Lake District / Yorkshire Dales National Park / York

Today, explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park with the opportunity to buy a drink and say ‘cheers!’ in Britain’s highest pub, perched on the top of the Moors; the Tan Hill Inn. After, opt to visit the Wensleydale Creamery in the market town of Hawes to see how the namesake’s cheese is made. En route to York, you’ll stop off at Aysgarth Falls, which you may recognise as a film location from ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. Arriving in York, there’s the option of taking an introductory tour of the town and later on, if you’re brave enough, an evening ghost hunt (not included).

03

Cardiff / Bath

Once you’ve settled in Bath, home to the famous Roman Baths and 18th Century Assembly Rooms, you are free to explore the gorgeous city at your own pace, hopping on and off a sightseeing bus. (B)

Bath / Stonehenge / London

Enjoy the best of historic England. Marvel at Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles, revel in an 18th Century village and a tranquil setting of weavers’ cottages. Day 8, head back to London. (2B)

Inclusions

Accommodation: Minimum 3* hotels (7 nts) Transport: Trains Meals: Daily breakfast Includes: Entrance to Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House, New Place, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Mary Arden’s Farm, sightseeing tours (London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cardiff, Bath) Tour Code: LONSHA

York / Sherwood Forest / London

The morning of your last day is free to spend at your leisure, exploring the Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage of York. Why not see York Minster or visit the Jorvik Viking Centre (not included)? Finally, take a trip to the legendary home of Robin Hood - Sherwood Forest. Amble through the nature reserve, taking time to see the 800 year-old Major Oak, then return to London, where your tour ends.

04

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels with en suites / good quality hostels (3 nts) Transport: Air con coach with free Wi-Fi, DVD Player and MP3/iPod connection points Meals: 3 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour leader/driver Group Size: Max 15 Notes: Includes guided tour of Avebury & York walking tour Tour Code: LONWAL

S COT L A N D

S COT L A N D

Lake District

Yorkshire Dales N.P. York

NORTH SEA

NORTH SEA

Sherwood Forest

Llangollen Leamington Spa 2E N G L A N D

London

WA L E S

Cardiff

Departures 2015 Jan - Dec

124

Daily

2

1

Caerleon Caerwent

2

Bath Stonehenge

ENGLISH CHANNEL

WA L E S

Departures 2015 START

FINISH

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Jun 14 Jun 17 Jul 12 Jul 15 Aug 09 Aug 12

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Hay-on-Wye Brecon Beacons Avebury START

FINISH

Sep 06 Oct 04

Sep 09 Oct 07

London

ENGLISH CHANNEL


WELSH EXPLORER London

CORNWALL $499/ $479 CRUSADER

FR

FR

STUDENTS

5 DAYS

London

London

STUDENTS

$499/ FR$479

FR

5 DAYS

London

Highlights

• Big Pit - go underground in a real coal mine • Wander Tintern Abbey, the inspiration to William Wordsworth • Hike through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Park

DAY ITINERARY

Newquay

Highlights

• Marvel at the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge • Explore the tors and wilderness of Dartmoor National Park • Surf the waves with a free surf lesson on Newquay beach

DAY ITINERARY

London / Stratford-upon-Avon / Tyddyn Bychan

01 02

Leaving London behind, head over the border to wild Wales. If you don’t suffer from vertigo, join the walk along the perilous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Llangollen. Visit the ruins of Dinas Bran Castle above the town before an optional barbecue at the idyllic farmhouse, your home for the night!

01

Snowdonia N.P. / West Wales

02

First up today, you’ll visit the ‘Ugly House’ before heading to the medieval Conwy Castle. It’s then back on the road and on to Snowdonia National Park. Absorb the spectacular scenery before visiting the village with the longest place name in the world! Spend the evening on the relaxed west coast after stopping off in Beddelert to visit the ‘Grave of the Dog’.

West Wales / Cardiff

03

Enjoy a walk around the Welsh tribal lands of Dolgellau and then on to Aberystwyth, one of Wales’ top university towns. Take a gorge walk at the Devil’s Bridge before travelling through the Elan Valley and arriving in the Welsh capital - Cardiff. A lively city with a youthful vibe, it has some of the best nightlife in the country.

Cardiff / Big Pit / Hay-on-Wye / Cardiff

04 05

Visit Caerleon, a Roman amphitheatre before a chance to go down a real Welsh coal mine at the Big Pit. Next, stop off at Hay-onWye, the world famous second-hand book capital of Britain before returning to Cardiff for a final night with a bang!

Cardiff / Tintern Abbey / London

From London head west to Stonehenge - the UK’s most famous and mysterious stone circle - before heading to historic Salisbury Cathedral and from here south to Exeter.

Exeter / Dartmoor / Newquay

This morning, explore the wilds of Dartmoor – known for its tors and bogs. It’s then off to Cornwall to the resort of Newquay, the UK’s surfing capital where you’ll get the optional chance to hit the waves in a surf lesson on the beach. Surf’s up!

Cornwall

03

Spend the day in Cornwall; enjoy scenic walks, see the mysterious standing stones and visit the Minack Theatre. Drive along the scenic Atlantic Highway to Land’s End with a stop in the sleepy seaside town of St. Ives. Later enjoy a memorable night out, Newquay style!

Newquay / Bath

04

Today you’ll visit the beautiful Tintagel and its castle, before travelling through slow-paced Devon and Somerset to the beautiful coastal town of Boscastle. Tonight’s stop is in historic Bath, the cultural trendsetter and fashionable haunt for the cream of British society! Wander Bath’s enchanting flower-filled streets, and opulent Georgian architecture before heading to one of its quirky pubs.

Bath / London

05

Take time to explore Cardiff this morning, with its imposing castle and Millennium Stadium. Visit Tintern Abbey, inspiration to Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, before returning to the Big Smoke.

Inclusions

London / Stonehenge / Exeter

This morning, visit the Roman Baths - a natural hot water spring the Romans turned into a bath house! Then it’s on to the historic Wiltshire village of Lacock and the stone circle of Avebury before you’re back in the UK’s dazzling and diverse capital.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Big Pit coal mine Tour Code: BU

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Notes: Includes Glastonbury Tor and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral Tour Code: BU

Farmhouse 1

ENGL A N D

WA LES

ENGLAND

Stratfordupon-Avon

1

West 2 Wales Cardiff

Departures 2015 May - Sep

Every Monday

London

WA L E S

Bath

London

Departures 2015 May - Sep

Every Monday

Newquay 2

1

1

Stonehenge

Exeter

Land’s End

125

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Snowdonia National Park


REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

LAKE DISTRICT SHORT BREAK Lake Windermere

$922

FR

Lake Windermere

4 DAY

Highlights

• Stay in either a traditional guesthouse or a four-star country house • Magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes • Two top-notch scenic tours included

Experience the great outdoors on this scenic four-day package. The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and home to its highest mountain, its deepest lake and thriving communities like Bowness-on-Windermere. Enjoy two fantastic tours: the Ten Lakes Spectacular - a great introduction to the area and its stunning surrounds, and Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside where you’ll have the chance to go into Beatrix Potter’s house, visit the village of Hawkshead and Tarn Hows, plus enjoy a lake cruise to Brantwood and through the Yewdale Valley. Lake Windermere is easily accessible by train or bus from London and other UK cities. Departs: Daily, end of March - end of October Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport: Minibus. Transport to/from Windermere from within the UK is not included Tour Code: LKDWIN

CANAL BOAT ADVENTURE Manchester

Peak District

$388

FR

4 DAYS

Highlights

• Mix of city, urban, industrial and beautiful countryside landscapes • Work as a team steering the barge through a set of locks each day • Enjoy home-cooked food and moor close to traditional English pubs

Starting in Manchester, cruise through the centre of the city and spend a night in the Northern Quarter, home to the city’s best bars. Head past remnants of Manchester’s bygone industrial days and on past Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Once out of the city, skirt the Peak District National Park, open lift and swing bridges, work the locks and moor close to pubs frequented only by locals. Onboard, food is cooked from scratch and there’s a series of games and an honesty bar – pull your own pint! The tour ends in Whaley Bridge where there are regular trains to Buxton, gateway to the Peak District, or back to Manchester. Departs: Selected dates May-Sept Accommodation: Canal boat in mixed sex, 4-berth, bunk dorm cabin (3 nts) Transport: Canal boat Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: MANADV

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ULTIMATE BEATLE MANIA Liverpool

Liverpool

$527

FR

3 DAY

Highlights

• Discover just how Beatles mania really took over the world! • A river cruise on the iconic Mersey Ferry • You’ll be prepared for any pub quiz on the Fab Four after this tour!

Ever wondered how four boys from Liverpool came to be one of the biggest bands of all time? Discover the inspiring story behind the ‘Fab Four’ and their historical rise to fame, with the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, the hub of Beatle mania, as your base! Visits to the multi award-winning Beatles’ Story as well as the Peace and Harmony European Peace Monument, a dedication to John Lennon, create an unbeatable experience. A dynamic ride awaits on the Magical Mystery Tour, culminating in a River Explorer Cruise on the Mersey Ferry. Don’t forget the Museum of Liverpool and the Wondrous Place selection, looking at the band’s social impact. Departs: Daily Accommodation: B&B at Hard Day’s Night Hotel (2 nts) Includes: Admission to The Beatles’ Story, John Lennon Peace Monument, ferry cruise, Magical Mystery Tour, entrance to The Cavern Club & new Museum of Liverpool visit Meals: Daily breakfast Tour Code: LPLBEA

CANAL BOAT ESCAPE

Marple, Manchester

$289

FR

Congleton, Cheshire

3 DAYS

Highlights

• Explore rural English countryside by canal boat • Pub stops and optional hiking, canoeing and fishing • Work the locks and have a go at steering the boat

Starting in Marple, a picturesque suburb on the outskirts of Manchester (20 minutes by train), travel through beautiful rural Cheshire countryside, hugging the edge of the Peak District National Park for much of this amazing journey. There’s plenty of time for activities en route; hiking, canoeing or fishing. Or, chill out and find good local pubs - that’s the focus on this tour. Have a go at working some locks and steering the boat, or sit out on deck with a beer. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in this world and chat to the locals. The tour ends in Congleton with easy train access to Manchester and the rest of the UK. Departs: Selected dates May-Sept Acommodation: Canal boat in mixed sex, 4-berth, bunk dorm cabin (2 nts) Transport: Canal boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: MANESC

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SKYE HIGH

HIGHLAND $279/ $265 FLING

FR

Edinburgh

STUDENTS

FR

3 DAYS

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

STUDENTS

$459/ FR$439

FR

5 DAYS

Edinburgh

Highlights

• Discover the magical Isle of Skye, its legends and fairy stories • Sample a wee dram at a Highland whisky distillery visit • View the stunning and beautifully-sited Eilean Donan Castle

DAY ITINERARY

Heilan’ Coo

Highlights

• Ride the Jacobite steam train or drive the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’ • Hunt for Nessie, the legendary and fearsome Loch Ness Monster • Head on over to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Isle of Skye

DAY ITINERARY

Edinburgh / Glencoe / Loch Ness

01

As you set off from charmingly historic Edinburgh, you’ll hear tales of William Wallace as you pass Stirling and into Rob Roy Country where the lowlands dramatically change into the Highlands. Surrounded by a whirlwind of raw Scottish beauty, you’ll pass dramatic Glencoe, besieged by soaring mountains and greenery. This national treasure has been the star of many movies, including Harry Potter. Glencoe also has a blood-thirsty tale behind it as it’s the site of the Glencoe Massacre between rival Highland clans. As you delve deeper into the heartland, you’ll witness the Great Glen and Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness, where you’ll spend the night. Deep, dark and narrow Loch Ness stretches for 23 miles between Inverness and Fort Augustus and its bitterly-cold waters have been extensively explored in search of ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster.

Isle of Skye

02

A day exploring the stunning Isle of Skye with its myths, legends and fairy stories. The cloud-shaped Isle is the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides. With its brooding Cuillin Hills, spectacularly rugged cliffs and wonderfully weathered coastline, it’s sure to have you under its alluring spell. Then it’s back to the mainland past effortlessly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. This little beauty is nestled on an offshore islet, linked to the mainland by an elegant, stone-arched bridge.

Edinburgh / Dunkeld / Loch Ness

01

Loch Ness / Isle of Skye

02-03

03

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28 Notes: Free visit to a Highland whisky distillery & Dunkeld Cathedral Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015 Jan - Apr

Every Monday & Friday

May - Oct

Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Selected Sat

Nov - Dec

Every Monday & Friday

Explore the area around Loch Ness and pass Urquhart Castle on its banks, from where the legendary monster has been seen many times. For the brave amongst you, get out there and do some Nessie spotting! Next up you’ll journey to Culloden Battlefield, famous for the Battle of Culloden which was led by Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Fancy a wee dram anyone? Head to a local whisky distillery, where you’ll learn about the distilling process. On Day 3, head west to see the glory of Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to Skye for a day of legends, faerie stories, mountain scenery and dramatic coastlines.

Oban / Glencoe / Edinburgh

Loch Ness / Culloden / Edinburgh

Follow the entire length of Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for signs of the phantom monster! See the ruins of Urquhart Castle before visiting Culloden Battlefield. Try a dram of the ‘water of life’ at a whisky distillery then head south through Dunkeld and Macbeth Country, before crossing the iconic Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh.

Leave the cascading craggy beauty of Edinburgh behind you as you pass the Forth Bridges, heading north through Macbeth Country’s flurry of mountains and forests to Dunkeld, a picturesque Highland village. After a visit to the Cathedral your journey takes you through some of the most remote and isolated wilderness in Europe where you’ll enjoy a wee walk in the breathtaking Highlands. You can smell the crisp Scottish air from here! Continue to the awesome Morag’s Lodge, located close to the eerie banks of Loch Ness for the night.

04-05

A day of haunting beauty as you ferry back to the mainland, either for the steam train journey of a lifetime or to drive the stunning ‘Road to the Isles’. View the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films), before passing in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Oban. Tonight, it’s time to clad yourself with appropriate amounts of tartan and prepare for a spot of Ceilidh dancing! Then, on Day 5, journey through the haunting beauty of Glencoe, used as a backdrop in the movie ‘Skyfall’, and onto Rob Roy Country. Pass Stirling and the Wallace Monument on your return to Edinburgh.

Inclusions Isle of Skye

Inverness 2

Loch Ness Glencoe

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28 Notes: Free visit to a Highland whisky distillery, access to Culloden Battlefield Tour Code: BU

Isle of Skye 1

Inverness 2

Glencoe

Oban

Stirling

Edinburgh

Departures 2015 Jan - Jun

Every Monday

Jul - Aug

Every Monday & Saturday

Sep - Dec

Every Monday

Loch Ness

1

Edinburgh

127

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Eilean Donan Castle


ISLAND EXPLORER Edinburgh

COMPASS $689/ $659 BUSTER

FR

FR

STUDENTS

7 DAYS

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

STUDENTS

$989/ FR$949

FR

10 DAYS

Edinburgh

REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Highlights

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Highlights

• Admire the beauty of Isle of Skye and its awe-inspiring scenery • Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness and party in Inverness • Visit Orkney and the incredible Stone Age village of Skara Brae

• Explore the infamous Loch Ness - eyes peeled for Nessie spotting! • Uncover the Orkney Islands with over 9,000 years of history • Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales on ferry crossings

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY

Edinburgh / Inverness / Orkney

01-03

Leaving the city behind, pass the Forth Bridge and dive right into Scotland’s myriad of enchanting forests and mountains. Make a stop at the quaint old town of St. Andrews, home of golf, then head north for a wee dram of Scotland’s favourite national drink at a whisky distillery before arriving at Inverness, capital of the Highlands. On Day 2, take a ferry to Orkney and visit the local gem, Tomb of the Eagles. Day 3 is yours to explore Skara Brae, a well-preserved Stone Age village inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC.

01

04-05

Skye / Oban / Edinburgh

06-07

A stunning ferry journey back to the mainland allows you to take in the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (as seen in ‘Harry Potter’), or to take an optional ride on an atmospheric steam train. You’ll have a chance to hike in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Next up is Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, and this is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditional ceilidh dancing. On Day 7, travel through the haunting beauty of Glencoe then on to Rob Roy and William Country, before seeing the old capital of Stirling. Scotland, you wild and sexy beast!

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach, ferries Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28 Notes: Includes visit to a Highland whisky distillery, Ring of Brodgar standing stones, Italian Chapel Tour Code: BU

Orkney

2

Kirkwall Loch Ness Inverness

Isle of Skye

1 1

1

Kyleakin Ben Nevis

S COT L A N D

Oban 1 Glencoe

Dunkeld St Andrews

Bidding farewell to the proud capital you’ll head through Macbeth Country for a stop at Dunkeld. Then on to the Cairngorms National Park and to the far north west for your ferry to the Hebrides.

Lewis / Harris / Skye

02-03

Orkney / Loch Ness / Isle of Skye

Bid Orkney farewell and cross back to the mainland where you’ll journey south through Scotland’s sparsely-populated wilderness of Sutherland and Caithness, via glens left empty after the Highland Clearances. Pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness for some monster spotting. On Day 5, you’ll have a chance to help revive Scotland’s native woodland as you visit HAGGiS Grove (weather permitting) and plant a tree. After, cross the bridge to Skye, the ‘winged isle’, to unveil Viking history, Celtic legends and ancient myths.

Edinburgh / Stornoway

Today the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlements and island exploration, including a traditional Hebridean blackhouse and local tweed weavers, are all on the menu. On Day 3, feel Harris’ white sand between your toes before heading to the Isle of Skye.

Inverness / John O’Groats / Orkney Islands

04-06

Journey past the stunning Eilean Donan Castle before arriving to Inverness for the night. On Day 5, venture past the Black Isle and to the tip of the British mainland, John O’Groats. Then it’s a short ferry hop to the Viking-influenced Orkney Islands. On Day 6, head to the extraordinary Skara Brae, a well-preserved Stone Age village, then on to the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian chapel.

Loch Ness / Isle of Skye

07-08

Back to the mainland and past Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. On Day 8, plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove to help revive Scotland’s native woodland before crossing the bridge to Skye, the ‘winged isle’, full of Viking tales, Celtic legends and ancient myths.

Isle of Skye / Oban / Edinburgh

09-10

Visit the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter films. Then, weather permitting, head off into the hills for a hike before arriving to Oban, the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. Bring on the Ceilidh night! On Day 10, pass the haunting beauty of Glencoe and on to Rob Roy Country. Journey through Stirling to view the Wallace Monument on your way back to Edinburgh.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, but space is held for you at multi-share hostels for approx £20-£25 per person per night - this can be pre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basis Transport: Modern coach, ferries Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28 Notes: Included entry to Ring of Brodgar and Callanish standing stones, Italian Chapel, Dun Carloway iron age fort, Gearrannan Blackhouse Museum Tour Code: BU

Departures 2015

Departures 2015

Apr - Sep

May - Sep

128

2

Lewis

John O’Groats

Stornoway 2

Ullapool

Harris Uig 2

1 Inverness Loch Ness

S C O T L 1A N D

Isle of Skye Oban

S COT L A N D

Dunkeld

1

Glencoe Stirling

Edinburgh

Every Saturday

Orkney

Every Wednesday

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Edinburgh


WEST HIGHLAND WAY ADVENTURE Glasgow

HIGHLIGHTS $1,259 OF IRELAND

$2,249

FR

6 DAYS

Fort William

Dublin

FR

9 DAYS

Cork

Highlights

• Journey 154kms (96 miles) by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak • Hike across barren Rannoch Moor to the stunningly scenic Glencoe • Enjoy participation camping and sleep under the stars in a teepee

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Learn how our ancient ancestors lived and died at Newgrange • Stroll the extraordinary limestone karst pavements of The Burren • Take a boat trip to the remote and beautiful Skellig Islands

DAY ITINERARY

Glasgow / Loch Lomond

01

Your adventure begins with the transfer from the urban excitement of Glasgow and on to the breathtaking and barren landscapes of the West Highland Way. Today you will bike north past lochs and through forests to Loch Lomond before setting up a camp for the night.

01

Loch Lomond

02

Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain, so there is plenty of room for watersports! Spend the day canoeing these spectacular waters and get a unique viewpoint of Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s most popular Munros (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet) before a cosy night in a teepee with camp fire.

02

Loch Lomond / Bridge of Orchy / Glencoe

03-04

Spend a day hiking and biking! Follow the spectacular River Falloch winding through stunning gorges and rocky rapids. This area boasts some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Reach tonight’s hostel for a well-deserved rest. On Day 4, hike through one of Europe’s most remote areas along a military road built in the 1700s.

Glencoe Village

Today you will tackle a path that crosses the Aonach Eagach range of mountains, known as the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ and reach the stunningly beautiful Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and scenic glens. From here, you will kayak the gorgeous Loch Leven for another night under canvas.

05

Fort William

Rise to an amazing day kayaking the peaceful and scenic Loch Linnhe surrounded by a stunning mountain view until you reach your final destination, Fort William, where your adventure comes to an end.

06

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Mix of camping and hostel (5 nts, multishare) Transport: Bike, hike and kayak Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 8 Notes: Includes bike, canoe, sea kayak hire, safety equipment, tent/teepee and cooking equipment. Bring your own sleeping bag, waterproof clothing and walking boots. Good level of fitness required. Tour Code: BU

S COT L A N D Fort William

Glencoe 1 Village 2 Glencoe

Bridge of Orchy

Loch Lomond

Ben Lomond

FINISH

Jul 09

START

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Aug 01 Aug 06

Newgrange / Sligo

Today, enjoy a half-day tour of the extraordinary Neolithic necropolis of Newgrange, 1,000 years older than Stonehenge and 600 years older than the great pyramids of Egypt. Head to Sligo this afternoon.

Galway / The Burren / Cliffs of Moher

03-04

Visit Drumcliff to see the grave of WB Yeats and a remarkable high cross dating back to the 11th Century before heading to Galway for a storytelling tour of its colourful centre. On Day 4, walk through the unique limestone scenery of The Burren, sample homemade cakes on a visit to a farmhouse and admire the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. (L)

05-06

Today will take you to the beautiful Aran Islands where you’ll see the Viking Fortress and admire scenic cliffs, Ruins of Seven Churches and visit a seal colony. On Day 6, hop back to the mainland and on to Killarney where you’ll enjoy an orientation walk.

Aran Islands / Killarney

Cork

07-08

Travel by public bus to Cork and take an orientation walk before visiting the famous Blarney Castle where you can kiss the Blarney Stone. On Day 8, enjoy free time to see the sights of Cork and opt to visit the Titanic Museum in Cobh.

Cork

09

Tour concludes any time on Day 9.

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts) Transport: Public bus, private van/bus, boat Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €250-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEQHI

My Own Room Available: Fr $809

Glasgow

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Sligo

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Aug 29 Sep 03

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Jun 28 Jul 06 Jul 18

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

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Departures 2015 START

Arrive into Dublin at any time today and get yourself out exploring the many sights and attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse, the redeveloped docklands area and the lively Temple Bar nightlife.

Inclusions

2

Jul 04

Dublin

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Sep 04 Sep 12

Sep 12 Sep 20

1

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Puffin, Skellig Islands


SOUTHERN ROCKER Dublin

CELTIC $359 / $349 ROCKER

FR

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Dublin

Dublin

STUDENTS

$679/ FR$659

FR

5 DAYS

Dublin

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Cliffs of Moher

Highlights

Blarney Castle

Highlights

• Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone • Drive around the scenic splendour of the Dingle Peninsula • Wander the lunar limestone landscapes of the Burren

• Stand 200m above the Atlantic at the Cliffs of Moher • Witness the mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren • Explore the traditional live music bars in youthful Galway

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY Dublin / Galway

Dublin / Cashel / Blarney / Killarney

01

Leaving Dublin this morning, you’ll 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 can marvel at the collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture - castles, cathedrals, chapels and crosses - perched atop its lofty summit. Next, head down into County Cork, known as the ‘Rebel County’, for a visit to Blarney Castle, set in beautiful 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, where you’ll spend the night.

01

Inis Mór or Connemara

02

Killarney / Dingle Peninsula / Ennis

02

Today, you’re headed for the Dingle Peninsula where it’s impossible not to be impressed by its archaeological heritage as well as its beautiful scenery. The peninsula stretches some 48kms into the Atlantic, its interior dominated by a mountain spine and its dramatic coast boasting sea cliffs, sandy beaches and some of the best surfing in Ireland. It’s also home to a thriving Gaelic-speaking community, proud of its language and ancient traditions. From here, you’ll cross the mighty Shannon River and head to the small town of Ennis for a night of traditional Irish music and some good craic.

03

Inclusions

03-04

Hear local legends as you explore the ‘moon surface’ amidst the rocky landscapes of the Burren then gasp when you see the sheer drop from the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most-visited attractions. Tonight you’ll stay at the lively city of Ennis, where pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. On Day 4, explore the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, admire its dramatic scenery and breathe the fresh Irish air before heading to the lakeside town of Killarney, where you can enjoy a great night out bar hopping.

Blarney / Cashel / Dublin

05

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

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts, mixed dorm) Transport: Modern coach Meals: 2 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Cliffs of Moher Tour Code: BU

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Cliffs of Moher

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Dingle 1

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Every Monday

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Every Wednesday & Friday

May - Sep

Every Monday & Wednesday

Oct - Dec

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Every Monday

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Connemara Inis Mor

Ennis

Blarney Castle

Killarney

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts, mixed dorm) Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Cliffs of Moher, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct) Tour Code: BU

Dublin

Galway

Departures 2015

During the summer, catch the ferry over to the amazing Gaelicspeaking island of Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands and famed for its endless dry stone walls and strong Irish traditions. During the winter months, a day trip into Connemara is on the cards, where you’ll explore the legendary scenery and visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. Return to Galway for another night out on the town.

Burren / Ennis / Dingle Peninsula / Killarney

Ennis / Cliffs of Moher / Galway / Dublin

Hold onto your hats this morning, it can get pretty blustery at the stunning Cliffs of Moher, whose sheer sides rise some 200m high from the Atlantic Ocean. En route to Galway, explore the eerie lunar landscape of the Burren. You’ll have a little free time today to see some of the highlights of the city of Galway, known for its brightly-painted pubs and summertime street entertainers, before returning to Dublin. The tour comes to an end on arrival into Dublin this evening.

Bid a fond farewell to Dublin and head west to Tullamore Dew for some whiskey sampling! Later, you’ll pass the legendary peat bogs and Galway Bay before reaching the colourful and vibrant city of Galway. One in four of the city’s population are students, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a good night out.

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Cliffs of Moher Dingle 1

Galway 1

Ennis

Blarney Castle

Killarney

Dublin


GIANT’S ROCKER Dublin

ALL IRELAND $679/ $659 ROCKER

FR

FR

STUDENTS

5 DAYS

Dublin

Dublin

STUDENTS

$889/ FR$859

FR

7 DAYS

Dublin

Highlights

• Admire the mighty Cliffs of Moher, rising high over the Atlantic • Dare you cross the jaw-dropping Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge? • Listen to the stories behind the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

DAY ITINERARY

Carrick-a-Rede

Highlights

• See the spectacular medieval buildings atop the Rock of Cashel • Kiss the Blarney Stone at County Cork’s famous Blarney Castle • Enjoy traditional live music sessions in Ennis and Galway

DAY ITINERARY

Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / Ballintoy

01

Head to vibrant Belfast to explore the political murals and the chance to do a Black Cab tour of Belfast City with a local at the wheel. Learn about the ‘Troubles’ or choose to visit the Titanic Quarter, built around a new showpiece museum. The city truly boasts some remarkable history and is a highlight of many travellers’ trips to the North. Then continue to the stunning Antrim coast and Carrick-aRede Rope Bridge stretching high above the Atlantic.

Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / Ballintoy

01

Giant’s Causeway / Derry (Londonderry) / Galway

Ballintoy / Derry (Londonderry) / Galway

02-03

Follow the footsteps of giants on the amazing natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway then it’s on to the walled city of Derry. Prepare to get emotional as you meet Derry’s bloody past on a walk through both past and present. On Day 3, leave the North and travel through the wild, rugged and rural Connemara and legendary Irish scenery of mountains, streams and peat bogs into vibrant Galway for the night.

02-03

04

04-05

Galway / Dublin

05

Head straight to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, looming high over the Atlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! After lunch, explore the weird and magical landscape of the Burren, lunar-like in appearance and, it’s reputed, also home to fairies and leprechauns. After listening to the Celtic legends here, travel back to Dublin. It’s time to bid farewells to your travel mates as your adventure concludes on arrival.

Inclusions

Carrick-a-Rede

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts, mixed dorm) Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes transfer and ferry to Inis Mór, entry to Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre Tour Code: BU

Ballintoy 1 Londonderry 1 NO RT H E R N I R E L A N D

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

Connemara 2

Inis Mor Cliffs of Moher

Departures 2015 May - Sep

Every Monday & Saturday

Galway

Witness the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal basalt columns formed by a massive underwater eruption before discovering the historic and fascinating walled city of Derry. Test your emotions as you walk through both past and present in this medieval city. On Day 3, cross back into the Republic and explore the rugged and rural Connemara. From here, it’s just a short hop to the city of Galway, hosting a range of buzzing bars.

Inis Mór (Aran Islands) / Burren / Cliffs of Moher / Ennis

Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

The ferry will take you over the Atlantic and on to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, that has 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 Gaelic locals. Return to Galway for the night.

Head north to explore the political murals of Belfast in a Black Cab or visit the city’s newly-developed ‘Titanic Quarter’ then it’s on to what has recently been called ‘The Most Mystifyingly Cool Road Ever’ and ‘The Dark Hedges’. Later, dare yourself to walk across the precarious rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede!

Today, you have a chance to step back in time, with a ferry crossing over to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore this Gaelicspeaking island by bike or hire a horse and cart. On Day 5, take in the lunar-like landscape of Burren then gasp at the sheer drop into the Atlantic from the Cliffs of Moher. Continue on to the market town of Ennis where you can enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music.

Dingle Peninsula / Killarney / Dublin

06-07

Travel along the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fresh Irish air. Your home for the night is the party town of Killarney. On Day 7, enter the ‘Rebel County’ of Cork and head for the Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before taking in the inspiring Rock of Cashel. Your trip wraps up on arrival to Dublin today.

Inclusions

Carrick-a-Rede

Ballintoy 1 Londonderry 1

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Hostel (6 nts, mixed dorm) Transport: Modern coach Meals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, transfer & ferry to Inis Mór Tour Code: BU

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

Belfast

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

Connemara

Dublin

2

Inis Mor

Departures 2015 Apr

Every Saturday

May - Sep

Every Monday & Saturday

Oct

Every Saturday

Cliffs of Moher

Galway 1

Dublin

Ennis

Killarney

Dingle

1

Blarney Castle

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Giant’s Causeway


MEDITERRANEAN SAILING MEDITERRANEAN SAILING Imagine a sailing holiday in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sitting on deck, admiring the golden sunset with a cold beer or a glass of locally-produced wine… does life get any better? Now imagine dropping anchor in a hidden cove along Croatia’s rocky shore and diving in for a refreshing swim, or pulling into a timeless fishing village for lunch at a traditional Greek taverna. Interested? There are countless ways to experience the Med – we have yachting holidays in the Greek Islands, traditional gulets in Turkey, and wooden cruisers or yachts to explore the hedonistic islands of Croatia. We can even take you to the party capital of Ibiza, and sort out your club tickets and hangover cures. If it’s island-hopping you’re after, you can do this cheaply like the locals on one of our ferry-based tours in Greece, from sun-soaked Mykonos to volcanic Santorini.


STUDENTS

$1,219/ $1,179

IBIZA ISLAND HOPPER Ibiza

FR

8 DAYS

Menorca

Highlights

Party in the world’s best clubs Dance to a beautiful sundown in Ibiza Discounted club tickets Enjoy free cocktails on a sunset cruise Visit Mallorca’s Caves of Drach Go horse riding or windsurfing Try a sobrasada, traditional stew Sunset kayak trip & Menorcan dinner

Departures 2015 START IN IBIZA - FINISH MENORCA START

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Jun 04 Jun 18 Jun 22 Jul 02

Jun 11 Jun 25 Jun 29 Jul 09

Jul 06 Jul 16 Jul 20 Jul 30

Jul 13 Jul 23 Jul 27 Aug 06

Aug 03 Aug 13 Aug 17 Aug 27

Aug 10 Aug 20 Aug 24 Sep 03

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Ibiza Town

START IN MENORCA - FINISH IBIZA START

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Jun 11 Jun 25 Jun 29 Jul 09

Jun 18 Jul 02 Jul 06 Jul 16

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Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 23 Jul 30 Jul 27 Aug 03 Aug 06 Aug 13

Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Budget hotels/hostels (7 nts, multishare) - upgrades to private twin/ double room available Transport: Ferry Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Max 25 Notes: Includes orientation walks, organised nights out on every island, all ferry tickets and transfers Tour Code: BU

The Balearic Islands are a group of gorgeous sun-kissed holiday hotspots located close to the Spanish mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. With a great climate, beautiful beaches and an easy-going nature, the islands are perhaps best-known around the globe for the party island of Ibiza. This is a clubber’s paradise, truly nowhere compares to this! There are two ways to enjoy this itinerary - you can travel from Ibiza to Menorca (we call it ‘Retox then Detox’), or you can do the trip in reverse from Menorca to Ibiza (‘Detox then Retox’). Either way, your island hopping is easy aboard the public ferries.

DAY ITINERARY Ibiza

01 S PA I N

Get yourself to Ibiza and check-in. Your guide will give you the low-down of what’s on offer over the next week, and help book any optional boat trips or excursions you’d like. Your guide can also arrange club tickets, with great discounts off the normal entrance fee. Enjoy an orientation walk of Ibiza Town, after which there’s free time to explore, shop or relax by the hotel pool. Tonight, you have the option to head to a great tapas bar for dinner and drinks, followed by your first night out in some of the biggest night clubs in the world.

Ibiza Barcelona

02-03

After dancing ‘til dawn, the morning is yours to recover, so relax by the pool, explore the island or hit Ibiza’s awesome shopping scene. Later on, head to an absolute Ibiza must-do - the Pukka Up party boat cruise! Here you’ll groove away to top on-board DJs, wicked dancers and let the drinks flow! On Day 3, hit the island’s most lively beach, Bora Bora. An all-day beach party with tunes and ice-cold cocktails will make your last afternoon in Ibiza one to remember. Tan topped up and totally chilled, this evening head with your guide to San Antonio, for an orientation walk through Ibiza’s West End and dinner at one of Ibiza’s best restaurants. (2B)

Ibiza / Mallorca Menorca Mallorca

Valencia

Ibiza

2

04

2

This morning, there is the option to head over to the tiny island of Formentera, before catching the ferry to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearics. On arrival, transfer to the resort of Alcudia which has a lovely bayside setting on the north coast of the island. After check-in, meet up for an orientation walk of the local area and then the option of enjoying some traditional cuisine on the waterfront.

Mallorca 2

05

You have the day free to explore Mallorca as you wish; perhaps head to Soller which is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range on the island’s secluded and dramatic west coast; take a trip over to the east coast of the island to visit the Caves of Drach, where you can marvel at the world’s largest underground lakes; or alternatively, catch a local bus to Mallorca’s capital, Palma, and explore its cathedral and bustling shopping district. If you just want to chill, take some time out on the beach for sunshine and watersports, or sign up for an optional excursion by catamaran to get yourself out onto the Mediterranean. (B)

Mallorca / Menorca

06

Enjoy an easy morning before catching the afternoon ferry to Menorca. Start with an orientation walk of Cuitadella Town; with its wide selection of shops and restaurants. You could spend the day here and never get bored. This evening, head to the Cova d’en Xoroi, a club like no other we know. Perched on a cliff, you can dance ‘til dawn overlooking the seas to the sounds of top international DJs working the decks. (B)

Menorca

07-08

Menorca, with as many beaches as Ibiza and Mallorca combined, is stunning, and today is your chance to explore. Relax on world-class golden beaches with a cocktail in hand, swim in the crystalclear waters or head off on horseback through the gorgeous countryside. In the afternoon, catch a bus out to a top watersports beach for the incredible optional sunset kayaking trip, then tonight finish the tour in style sampling locally-made pomada and the best-kept secret of Menorca – its brilliant nightlife. Sadly, this awesome island-hopping tour ends on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)

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CROATIA ONE-WAY SAIL Dubrovnik

MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

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STUDENTS

$1,005/ $975

FR

FR

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik Explore Mljet’s National Park Hike to a pirate fortress Drop anchor and dive into the Adriatic Drink cocktails on a medieval turret Party ‘til dawn in a Croatian cave bar Wine tasting on the Stari Grad plain Admire the luxury yachts in Hvar

Departures 2015 START

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May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 24 Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 08

May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 01 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 15

Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 22 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 05 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 19

Jul 18 Jul 25 Jul 29 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 12 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 26

Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 02 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 16 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03

Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 09 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 23 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10

This cruise also operates in reverse, ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or above deck (windows) cabins, with either shared or en-suite bathroom Transport: Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Group Leader: Captain, Crew & English-speaking Guide Group Size: Boats accommodate between 16-36 guests Notes: Includes orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands. Port taxes of approx. EUR €20 to be paid on Day 1 Tour Code: BU

Spend eight days in heaven. Well, actually in Croatia, but we think it’s pretty close to heaven - sailing up the beautiful Adriatic and following the spectacular Dalmatian coastline all the way. You’ll discover tiny islands and secluded coves hidden in the sparkling sea, watch amazing sunsets, sip cocktails from the deck or check out the vibrant local bars and cool nightclubs on dry land. This chilled-out week of sunshine and partying will see you swimming in crystalline waters, sipping locally-produced wine and eating the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted. Trust us, this is how you want to spend your summer days!

DAY ITINERARY Dubrovnik / Sipan

01

Sipan / Korcula

02 B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

C ROAT I A

Anchors away, as you set sail on the first day of the best week ever! As you depart Dubrovnik harbour and head out across the blue Adriatic, soak up the beauty of Eliphiti Island on your way to Sipan. The sail time is short, with a nice refreshing swim stop to set the tone for the week. Tonight you’ll dock at the port of Sipan, your base for the night, and watch the stunning sunset and get to know your trip mates over a barbecue dinner as you celebrate your first night on tour. (L) Spend the morning exploring the stunning Mljet National Park before setting sail to Korcula. Join your guide for a stroll around this town and visit the supposed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Seek out the beautiful Moreska – a unique local sword dance complete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Tonight, satisfy your explorer’s hunger with a pizza before a cocktail or two at Dos Locos Bar, then it’s on to the awesome rooftop cocktail bar Massimo - perched on the top of a medieval fort turret for jaw-dropping views and an incredible vibe. (B, L)

Korcula / Hvar 2

Split 1

Pucisca

Hvar

Omis 1 Makarska

03

2 1

Depart Korcula for the island of Hvar, with plenty of time for a swim stop in the crystal clear Adriatic. After docking in the glamorous port of Hvar enjoy a short walking tour of one of the highlights of the Dalmatian Coast. See the beautiful Venetian cobbled streets, town square and maybe enjoy the short walk up to the Spanjola Fortress for awesome views out over the bay. Look out for the big pleasure yachts too, as Hvar is frequented by the rich and famous. (B, L)

Hvar

Korcula

04

1

Sipan Dubrovnik

This is your island day, shake off the sea legs and get busy exploring Hvar. In the summer the smell of lavender will fill your nostrils, whilst the wine on the island is some of the best in Croatia. Hvar has so many small little hidden bays where you can swim alone with your friends. The island also boasts some fabulous little eateries tucked away where only the locals (and your guide!) know. This evening re-visit the bars or chill out on a beach with a bottle of the locally-made wine. (B, L)

Hvar / Bol / Makarska

05

Sail to one of the most beautiful little fishing villages for a taste of real Dalmatian culture. The town of Bol (on Brac) is famous as being the most photographed beach in Croatia, ‘Zlatni Ra’ (literally ‘Golden Horn’), known for the way it sticks right out from the coastline. Then it’s on to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, watersports and palm-fringed promenade. Dinner will be at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern with a few drinks afterwards. (B, L)

Makarska / Pucisca

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After a night of entertainment it’s over the waters to Pucisca on the island of Brac. On arrival into Pucisca you’ll be introduced to the world-famous stonemasons’ school where they provided that gleaming white stuff for the White House. Today is a nice chilled one; enjoy swimming and relaxing before the Captain’s barbecue in the evening. (B, L)

Pucisca / Omis / Split

07-08

Wake up in the pirate town of Omis ready to explore the island, get physical with some rafting or just relax on the beach before sailing on to Split for your final night in Dalmatia’s capital. Explore the Roman Palace of Diocletian, chill out on the waterfront with a Bijela Kava (coffee) in hand, before rounding the night off with some cocktails and party at Bacvice Beach. Day 8, bid farewell and transfer to the airport, or stay a bit longer by linking up with the Bohemian or Ottoman Trek, to continue your eastern adventure. (2B, L)

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CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER Split

$985/ $955

FR

FR

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Enjoy a beer in Split’s Roman fort Snorkel at secluded bays Swim in the lakes of Mljet N.P. Explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik Sip cocktails atop Korcula’s tower Check out the rich and famous in Hvar Get ready to party like a pirate! Try your hand at fishing from the boat

MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

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Departures 2015 START

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START

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May 02 May 09 May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20

May 09 May 16 May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27

Jun 27 Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15

Jul 04 Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22

Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10

Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or above deck (windows) Transport: Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches Group Leader: Captain, Crew & Guide Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 16-36 passengers Notes: Includes orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands. Port taxes of approx. EUR €20 to be paid on DAY 1 Tour Code: BU

Jump on board your fantastic sailing boat, stretch out on deck in the blissful sunshine and take in some of the 1,185 islands dotted along Croatia’s rugged Dalmatian Coast. If all this becomes too taxing, jump in the azure water for a swim, dock at an island port to explore its old town, climb a medieval fortress or party ‘til dawn in a blue cave. Starting and finishing in Split, spend the week island-hopping down the coast to glorious Dubrovnik and back again. Grab your flip flops, bathers and sunglasses, and you’re all set for a week of partying and fun in paradise.

DAY ITINERARY Split / Hvar

01 B O S N I A A N D H E R Z EG OV I N A

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Hvar / Mljet

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Pucisca

Hvar

Depart Split harbour to cruise out past the island of Brac, as you enjoy your first lunch onboard and get to know your new crew. Stop for a swim in the beautiful Adriatic as you head towards one of Croatia’s coolest islands – Hvar. Marvel at the super yachts in the medieval harbour that has made the town a popular celeb hang out. Wander around the markets or head up to the ancient fort for one of the best postcard shots of Croatia’s sunniest island! Tonight it’s tequila boom booms at Kiva, funky beats and DJs at the super cool Carpe Diem or raving in a nightclub in a monastery! (L)

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Makarska

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Korcula Mljet

Wake-up to beautiful views of the Dalmatian coast and set sail to Mljet, famous for its stunning national park. You’ll see amazing saltwater lakes and a secluded abbey on the Island of St. Mary in the middle of the biggest lake. It’s an awesome place for a dip; and with the water a few degrees warmer than the sea, you’ll think you’ve struck paradise. A favourite thing to do is catch a boat out to the island to check out the old monastery. Tonight you’ll overnight at the port of Polaca / Pomena where you can put your feet up, watch the sun go down and tuck into a barbecue. (B, L)

Mljet / Dubrovnik

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Today, you’ll make your way to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and home to some of the best waterfront bars on the coast not to mention the world’s most complete set of medieval fortified city walls. If sipping cocktails gets too much, head round to one of the hidden bays for a swim. This evening, why not sample some of the local seafood caught fresh that day? Later, Club Fuego will open its doors for the evening playing beats to move your feet until the wee hours of the morning. (B, L)

Dubrovnik / Korcula

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This morning it’s off to Korcula to check out the island where Marco Polo was supposedly born. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the famous Moreska, a local sword dance unique to Korcula complete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Stroll around town with your guide and take a lesson in the old fashioned way to properly guard a town against extreme weather! Later, enjoy a pizza in town and then maybe a few cocktails at Dos Locos Bar. No visit to Korcula would be complete without a drink at Massimo, a cocktail bar on the roof of a medieval fort turret. (B, L)

Korcula / Makarska

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Today you sail up the mainland coast to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, watersports and palm-fringed promenade framed by the lofty heights of the Biokovo Mountains. After a few drinks watching the amazing sunset, dinner is at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern in the town centre followed by a few drinks afterwards. If you’re here in peak season, don’t forget to check out Club Deep, a nightclub inside a cave that used to be a weapons depot in the Second World War. A place of war becomes a place of party... how cool is that? (B, L)

Makarska / Pucisca / Split

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This morning, sail across to Pucisca and the marble capital of the world. Sample a real bit of Dalmatian culture heading off the beaten track to one of the island’s most beautiful bays. Tonight is the Captain’s dinner followed by the night sail to Omis and the onboard pirates party. On Day 7, explore the pirate town of Omis, visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split to enjoy your final night in Dalmatia’s capital. Have a wander around the amazing Diocletian’s Palace, sip a bijela kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront with concerts and entertainment going on all summer long. Cocktails in the Red Room and party ‘til dawn on Bacvice Beach. After breakfast on Day 8, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and crew! (3B, 2L)

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Highlights

Wander the stone walls of Dubrovnik Enjoy the social lifestyle on a yacht Discover secluded islands and beaches Kayak the gorgeous inlets of Korcula See the forests of Mljet National Park Indulge in Hvar’s legendary nightlife Swim in the warm waters of Adriatic Connect with Roman history in Split

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Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Yachts (7nts) – equipped with 4 twin-share cabins, 3 bathrooms and 4 showers Transport: 50 ft sailing yacht Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR 250-300 for meals ashore not included Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Max 8 Notes: Basic food items on the yacht to be covered by a locally-payable food kitty (approx. EUR €50 per person) Tour Code: GAECVD

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Dubrovnik / Split

There’s no fixed route on this one-way cruise along Croatia’s craggy Adriatic shoreline – much depends on the interests and wishes of the group, along with the guidance of the resident local expert, the yacht’s skipper. Possible stops may include the popular islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac, the more remote island of Vis, or coastal towns along the mainland. Your home for the week will be a 50ft sailing yacht, which you’ll share with a maximum of just eight guests in five twin-share cabins with shared bathroom facilities. Please note the itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions. This decision will be made solely at the skipper’s discretion, based on the safety of both the group and the yacht, however some of the likely sightseeing highlights include the following.

Split

Mljet

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B OZ N I A & H E R Z EG OV I N A

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Whether you’re looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or decadent evenings indulging in the local nightlife scene, this easy-going Croatian sailing holiday sets out to please. Embark in lovely Dubrovnik and discover charming villages as you sail from island to stunning island aboard a small, skippered yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and its culture, and we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this region’s beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.

Famous for its hiking, cycling, swimming and stunning scenery, the island of Mljet is where it was reputed Odysseus stayed for seven years. Your stop won’t be as lengthy but you’ll be able to enjoy a guided tour of the national park or a refreshing swim in one of the saltwater lakes.

Ploce Korcula

Dubrovnik

Mljet 7

Korcula 1

Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula Town will soon lure you with its many charms. The sightseeing highlight is the Gothic St. Mark’s Cathedral, however much of the charm of this striking walled town comes from just wandering among its red roof houses and narrow streets. The island is known for the production of some of Croatia’s finest wines, especially of the sweeter dessert variety, and for its top-quality olive oil.

Ploce

Disembark at this bustling town on the mainland of Croatia, where the streets are packed with wonderful shopping opportunities, or get out of town and laze for a while at one of the many beautiful beaches nearby.

Hvar

Hvar is a popular choice with the rich and famous, as you might be able to guess judging by the expensive pleasure yachts you’ll see moored in the marina at Hvar Town. This stylish island is also a paradise for hedonistic nightlife, and has been known to attract a host of celebrities, but it is also highly regarded as a place that is bursting with delightful Renaissance-style architecture.

Brac

Brac is the perfect place to laze away a sunny afternoon on the beach, breaking only to take regular dips in the crystal-clear water. Perhaps set up a barbecue on the beach, and enjoy some local wines you’ve sourced direct from the vineyards?

Split

Before the cruise comes to an end in the harbour at Split, the skipper will find a picturesque inlet to enjoy lunch together as a group. Enjoy the last night aboard and reminisce about what your favourite experiences were on your journey along the Dalmatian Coast. Split is a great place to end the cruise; and before moving on from the city, you’ll no doubt want to explore the amazing Diocletian’s Palace.

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CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPE Split

8 DAYS

Split

Highlights

Vistas from Hvar’s hilltop fortress Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split Relax on Dubrovnik’s pristine beaches Indulge in Makarska’s divine seafood Check out the mega-yachts in Hvar Admire Adriatic seascapes as you sail Unwind with an icy cocktail in Korcula Party in cool coastal bars and clubs

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Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with private facilities Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 dinners Group Leader: Captain, Crew & onboard cruise Rep Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBCI

Shimmering azure waters, sublime sunshine, silky beaches, ancient architecture, medieval towns and timeless traditions; Croatia truly has it all. This journey along the Dalmatian Coast takes you from the marble streets of Split to the glitz and glamour of Hvar and to the Adriatic emerald of Korcula. Mix this with Croatia’s blend of glamour and old-fashioned authenticity, plus a cocktail or two and you have yourself a sizzling eight days of sun ahead! You’ll travel the coast aboard a wooden cruiser typically accommodating 20-36 passengers, small enough to get to know your fellow sailors yet big enough to ensure plenty of fun.

DAY ITINERARY Split / Hvar

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Hvar / Korcula

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Kick start your day by swimming into the inviting azure water at a remote cove en route to utopia number two; Korcula. This zesty island is graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled town. Oh yes, and it also happens to be the home of famous adventurer, Marco Polo! After meandering its streets and admiring its fortified Old Town, why not sample some of Croatia’s finest wines? (B, L)

Korcula / Dubrovnik

Makarska

Korcula

Jump onboard your new home for the next seven nights; a traditional Croatian wooden cruiser as you leave the glittering turquoise port of Split behind you. Next stop; the show-stopping island of Hvar. This little treasure is best known for being the sunniest and greenest of the Croatian Islands, receiving 2,724 hours of glorious rays per year! Between its fragrant lavender fields, tranquil villages brimming with friendly locals and its pine-covered hills, lies medieval Hvar Town. On your first day in Dalmatian paradise you can check out Hvar’s stunning square, 16th Century theatre and its hilltop fortress, which boasts spine-tingling panoramic views over the harbour. As you settle in to the laidback way of life, get to know your new mates better over dinner before hitting the town. (L, D)

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Trstenik

Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik ADRIATIC SEA

Today you’ll set sail for the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. It’s easy to see why it has acquired that title, with its melange of Baroque buildings, eye-catching monuments, quaint monastries and finelycarved stone museums which sing its historical and vibrant past. later on hit up Placa, the pedestrian district of the Old Town and soak up its flamboyant atmosphere. (B)

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Head back to the pretty city and bronze yourself on one of its heavenly beaches, cooling off in the water if it all gets too much! Opt to take a cable car ride above Dubrovnik for absolutely breathtaking views! Later, why not opt for a kayaking trip around the old city walls for a different angle on this beautiful city? (B, D)

Dubrovnik / Trstenik

05

Sail past the Elaphite Islands, known for the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations and colourful reefs; you’re sure to be dazzled by their effortless beauty! Unwind on deck as you continue on to the unspoilt village of Trstenik. As you pull in to dock later that evening you’ll witness more views of the Adriatic. (B, L)

Trstenik / Makarska

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Watch the sea sparkle and soak up the sublime Croatian rays as you cruise along to Makarska, with its long sandy beach and striking promenade. If you fancy a bit of local action, head to Makarska’s main square and check out the kaleidoscope of colours you can see at its fruit and flower markets. Tonight is yours, so head out to a local eatery and try some of the town’s succulent seafood. (B, L)

Makarska / Split

07 Dubrovnik

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After drifting past the windsurfers’ paradise of Brac, you’ll gallivant around Split. Wander through the domain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage, complete with 200 buildings and a huge cathedral. On your last evening, soak up Split’s Adriatic vibes and head on to one of the waterfront bars, followed by a night out at its cool cafés and sizzling clubs. (B, L)

Split

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast, so swap email addresses and reminisce on the past eight sun-soaked days! (B)

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Dubrovnik

Athens

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Athens

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Split Harbour

Highlights

Highlights

• Sunbathing on the Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s finest beaches • Tucking into a seafood platter at an authentic harbourside café • Partying with the glamorous crowd in the hotspots of Hvar

• Prepare for an unforgettable ‘all hands on deck’ sailing experience • Take a stroll back in time through the historic streets of Aegina • Dance the night away on the dazzling island of Hydra

DAY ITINERARY

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Split / Pucisca

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Pucisca / Makarska

Plug in your iPod and watch the Adriatic go by en route to Makarska, where the sandy beach and promenade are perfect for stretching your legs. Makarska goes off when the sun goes down, so head out tonight to explore the themed bars and fun clubs in the resort. (B)

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Athens / Aegina

Board your luxury yacht and start a voyage among some of the best Greek islands on offer starting with Aegina. This is a great place to relax over a beer and get to know your fellow seafarers.

01

Board the boat, settle into your en-suite cabin and get your cruise sizzling with a tasty barbecue. A perfect start to an idyllic week in one of the world’s ultimate holiday destinations. (L, D)

Hydra

Stop at small islands as you continue to Hydra, an island where no cars or motorcycles are welcome. Head to the waterfront to grab some dinner before hitting the bars for some great nightlife. (B, L)

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Plaka / Nafplio

Makarska / Bol

It’s on to a new vibe today, Bol on the island of Brac, a cute town that just begs to be explored. Hit the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) Beach and enjoy people watching over a delicious seafood lunch. (B)

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Bol / Wild Bay / Hvar

04-05

Enjoy a day of relaxation then take it up a notch with a pirate party at an exclusive overnight stop in Wild Bay. One of Croatia’s most popular islands, Hvar, is the next stop. The harbour is packed with yachts (and celebs!), the vineyards produce some great vintages and the views from the hilltop fortress are stunning! (2B, 2L, D) Explore the fascinating Venetian architecture in the walled fishing village of Korcula, stroll the cobbled streets and find a cosy bar hidden away in an old turret. Ideal for a blissful sundowner. (B, L, D)

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05-06

Korcula / Dubrovnik

Head to the eye-catching city of Dubrovnik, its Baroque architecture earning it the moniker of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The cruise comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8, but you won’t want to leave! (2B, L)

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share C ROATIA cabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with private facilities Transport: Traditional Croatian A-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Captain, Crew & onboard cruise Rep Group Size: Boats typically accommodate between 20-36 passengers Tour Code: COBBSI / COBBDI

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Sail to the main port on the island of Aegina, popular for its history stretching back thousands of years, its moon crescent harbour filled with fishing boats and its little Byzantine chapel. Make the most of this welcoming port before sailing back to Athens the next day where it is time to wave farewell to your fellow sailors. (2B, L)

Inclusions

Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Double/twin cabins (7 nts) Transport: Luxury yacht Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includes bedding and towels. Local payment (port taxes, marine insurance, fuel & basic food kitty) of approx. EUR €100 to be paid on Day 1 Group Size: Avg 8 Tour Code: BU

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Wild Bay

Departures 2015

Today it is on to the island of Spetses with a swim stop in Zogera Bay. Wander the narrow streets admiring traditional architecture or enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and secluded bays. Next day, anchor at Dhokos and Kounoupi islets on your way to Poros, where you can sit back and chill in its many bars and tavernas. (2B, 2L)

Aegina / Athens

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Spetses / Poros

Hvar / Korcula

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Head to the incredible Peloponnese coast with a swim stop off the south coast of Spetses before reaching Plaka, a stunning port with a great beach for swimming as well as top-notch bars and taverns, perfect for a beer and fresh seafood. On Day 4, spend a day sailing to the idyllic seaport town of Nafplio, stopping at small coastal villages for a swim and lunch. (2B, 2L)

Korcula

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Aegina

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CELESTYAL CRUISES AEGEAN CLASSIC Athens

6 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

Wander the ancient streets of Athens Relax on Mykonos’ blissful beaches Drop anchor for a taste of Turkey Enjoy the ship’s bars, clubs and spas Admire the history of Rhodes Town See a spectacular sunset on Santorini Capture views of ‘sugarcube’ houses Opt for a guided tour of the Acropolis

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), cruise ship (quad cabins) (4 nts) - twin-share and single cabins are available at a supplement Transport: Cruise ship Meals: 5 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 three-course dinners Group Leader: On-board cruise representative Tour Code: CO6CGS

Join our partners, Contiki Holidays, to hit the sun-kissed Greek isles for some serious R&R aboard one of Celestyal’s fabulous cruise ships. The cruise isn’t exclusively chartered to Contiki so you’ll have the opportunity to mix with loads of other people, while still travelling as a group with other like-minded 18-35 year olds. Visit iconic spots like Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos, and make a port of call in Kusadasi for a little taste of Turkey. Tuck into three delicious meals daily on the ship and enjoy a wealth of on-board facilities including a luxurious spa, swimming pools, bars, nightclub, live entertainment and even a casino.

DAY ITINERARY Athens

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Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist and turn through the narrow medieval streets of the Plaka district, which is brimming with traditional tavernas and pavement cafés, and stumble upon ancient architectural sites full of history and character. Meet your cruise representative and the rest of your group this evening, perhaps getting to know your fellow travellers over an optional dinner at an authentic Greek taverna.

Athens / Mykonos T U R K E Y

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Kusadasi Patmos

Mykonos Santorini MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Rhodes

Head down to the port in good time to board your ship. Settle into your cabin - whether you have chosen inside or outside twin-share, quad or single cabin, they all have private en-suite facilities before setting sail for the paradise island of Mykonos, admiring awe-inspiring views over the Aegean. Head into Mykonos Town and wander through its maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed cubeshaped houses. Chill with friends on the island’s golden beaches and cool off with regular dips in the azure waters. Wrap up the day with a drink at one of Mykonos’ bars along Little Venice and watch the sun go down as the island’s young and vibrant party crowd comes alive. (B, L, D)

Mykonos / Kusadasi / Patmos

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Crete

Wake up to the Turkish port town and resort of Kusadasi, where you can haggle for bargains in its authentic bazaar or grab yourself a pavement table for a refreshing glass of visne (sour cherry juice) or Turkish tea. Opt in for a trip to the classical archaelogical site of Ephesus, which is highly recommended for history buffs. Next up, you’re back on the boat and heading back into Greece for a visit to the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos where you can visit the Monastery of St. John or relax on the beach while watching the local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. (B, L, D)

Patmos / Rhodes

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Hug the coastline of Turkey all the way down to Rhodes, the sunniest island in the Aegean. It’s an absolute gem of an island, serving up a mix of ancient relics from different civilisations as well as pristine beaches and medieval towns. Rhodes Town itself is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to the massive walled fortifications which completely enclose its atmospheric old quarter. (B, L, D)

Rhodes / Crete / Santorini

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Drop by Heraklion Town on Crete, the largest of all the Greek islands, en route to perhaps the most quintessential of all, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings, spectacular island sunsets and breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch a cable car up to the clifftop town of Fira. While docked in Santorini, you also have the option to take a boat ride out to the fascinating volcanic island of Nea Kameni. (B, L, D)

Santorini / Athens

06

Return to the Greek capital and set yourself up for the day ahead with a final breakfast on board the ship. On arrival, transfer from the port to the centre of Athens, where it’s time to say your goodbyes as the tour comes to an end. You do, however, have one last unmissable opportunity to prolong the fun - an optional guided tour of the ancient Parthenon and Acropolis! (B)

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Athens

Highlights

Choose fixed itinerary or flexible tour Discover the Plaka area in Athens Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches Snorkel in crystal-clear water Admire Santorini’s iconic white houses Dine like a local at a Greek taverna Walk around the old city walls in Fira Party on the fun-loving island of Ios

Departures 2015 May 14 - Jul 09

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Mykonos Town

Inclusions

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Not included, can be arranged for EUR €10-45 per person per night in local pensions and beach clubs. Book online through Busabout MyTrip (see pages 38-42) Transport: Ferry Meals: None included Group Leader: Guide Group Size: Avg 34 Notes: Orientation walks, nights out, transfers to and from specific accommodation and local taxes Tour Code: BU

FIXED ITINERARY: A Busabout guide will escort each group, staying two nights on each island. If you have not advised otherwise (at least two weeks prior to departure) your ferry tickets will be booked as a fixed nine-day itinerary as shown below. Accommodation is not included on the flexi-hopper, but is easily arranged online through Busabout’s ‘MyTrip’. FLEXIBLE TOUR: Confirm your travel dates at least two weeks before your departure from Athens. There are sailings every day (Jul/Aug) and every second day (May/Jun/Sep). Stay as long as you like on each island, joining up with different groups along the way.

DAY ITINERARY Athens / Mykonos

01-02 Athens

Mykonos Paros Ios

Day 1 is an early start. Make your own way to the port of Pireaus in Athens, and meet your guide who will provide you with all your ferry tickets for the trip and your itinerary which contains details of all the group activities, transport, accommodation and optional excursions. Set sail for the stunning island of Mykonos, home for the next two nights. It’s the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands with a vibrant and sophisticated nightlife and is a favourite amongst the jet setters. Spend the afternoon chilling on the aptly-named Paradise Beach, where the recommended accommodation option is located, and work on your tan. Later, enjoy an orientation walking tour of Mykonos Town, before an optional dinner at a local restaurant. With its famous landmark windmills, narrow alleys and hundreds of little family churches and chapels, Mykonos Town is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island.

Mykonos / Paros

Santorini

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Leaving Mykonos on Day 3, head to Paros, a totally chilled-out island where you can kick off your party shoes and relax the way only the Greek Islanders know how! There are plenty of optional excursions to join including a full day cruise around Paros and Antiparos stopping at some of the most spectacular swimming spots you can imagine, complete with beach barbecue. Snorkel, watch the kite boarders cutting up the waves and chill out soaking up the sun. Paros is one of the most prosperous of all the Greek Islands, thanks to the abundance of high-quality white marble found here. Explore this beautiful island, discover carefree villages and lovely Golden Beach.

Paros / Santorini

05-06

The volcanic isle of Santorini is regarded as the most spectacular of all the Greek Islands, its majestic cliffs rising vertically out of the sea. Postcard images of whitewashed churches against a blue sea and sky, volcanic black-sand beaches, ancient ruins, great wines and some of the world’s most fantastic sunsets are all on offer. This evening, enjoy an orientation walk around Fira Town before an optional sunset dinner on the volcanic caldera followed by some less hectic bar hopping, in this relaxed setting. On Day 6, there’s an optional excursion to the island’s top highlights including the Monastery at Mount Profitis Ilias and the chance to taste wine, cheese and olives at a local vineyard followed by a sunset picnic at the spectacular and romantic setting of Oia.

Santorini / Ios

07-08 09

End your Greek Island adventure with a bang, as Ios is without a doubt the party capital with hundreds of bars packed into a small three-block radius and truckloads of beer imported daily! It’s a rare day when you see someone awake before midday (well, 2pm if we’re being honest). When you do finally rise, there are plenty of beaches on which to laze in order to recharge your batteries. Milopotas offers everything you could want from a beach, including watersports such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing and caters to a young, fun-loving party crowd.

Ios / Athens

With some great memories of the trip, head back to Athens by ferry this morning where the tour comes to an end on arrival. Please note this is a sample itinerary only, based on booking the ‘fixed’ itinerary. Those on the ‘flexible’ tour can add as many extra nights as they wish on each island - you have all summer to complete the route! Both versions of the itinerary must be booked two weeks prior to departure. Return time for this trip varies depending on ferries. We recommend booking your onward travel for after 12pm the following day.

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GREEK ISLAND HOPPING Athens

13 DAYS

Athens

Highlights

Discover the Plaka area in Athens Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches Snorkel and swim in clear waters Take in a spectacular Santorini sunset Admire iconic white cube buildings Dine like a local at a Greek taverna Walk around the old city walls in Fira Have an epic night out in Mykonos

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Aug 25 Aug 28 Aug 31 Sep 03 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 12 Sep 15 Sep 18 Sep 21 Sep 24 Sep 27 Sep 30 Oct 03 Oct 06

Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (12 nts) Transport: Ferry crossings Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges are included Tour Code: COBBGI

Santorini

If you were going to make a Greek Island your holiday destination, you’d be faced with the tough decision of which one to choose, so we’ve put together a holiday that combines three of the best! Over 13 days you’ll dance your way through Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, with plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party. There’s also time for wining, dining and sightseeing in the capital, Athens, at the beginning and end of your island stay if you wish. The perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style! Travel to and from Athens and between the islands is by public ferry service.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting cosy with mythological beauty Athens; a cosmopolitan city crammed with ancient wonders and an urban soul. This afternoon, meet up with your travel pals and tuck into a delicious Greek dinner at a local taverna. (D)

Athens

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Athens

Today, you have the full day in Athens. Get the lowdown on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from a local guide on an optional tour, highly recommended to get the insider knowledge on these historic spots. Then experience Athens’ cultural melting pot and wander its streets. Be sure to find a holein-the-wall food joint in the neighbourhood of Plaka where you can try many Greek specialities for dinner this evening, such as lamb moussaka, souvlaki, grilled meats and freshly-drizzled salads of tomatoes, red onions and olives! (B)

Athens / Mykonos 3

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Mykonos

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Ios 3

Board the ferry and witness amazing views of the islands and the azure Aegean, as you make your way to the beautiful, whitewashed vistas of Mykonos. Spend the next two days discovering if the stories behind Mykonos’ reputation for blissful beaches and party culture is true. In your free time, head into Mykonos Town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by sugarcube houses. Maybe grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialities, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip. On Day 5 be sure to check out party haven Paradise Beach on an optional day trip. Then unwind on the island’s world-famous beaches, wrapping it all up with a cocktail at one of Mykonos’ Little Venice bars as you watch the sun go down. Heaven! (3B, D)

Mykonos / Santorini

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Santorini

06-08

Today it’s a change of islands and a total change of scene. Santorini will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water, look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches. Enjoy Day 7 and 8 getting familiar with the slow-paced island life. Head to Santorini’s highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool off with a swim stop at Perissa Beach. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of the island to catch one of its famously spectacular sunsets on the ‘Oia at Sunset’ optional excursion. (3B, D)

Santorini / Ios

09-11

After free time this morning, cruise on to Ios. Peaceful by day, pumping by night, Ios is the ultimate party destination. Over Days 10 and 11, you can lounge about poolside before big nights out, when Ios’ villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs and let loose to the pumping tunes. Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. There’s plenty of time during the day to recharge your batteries, perhaps with a visit to the fun-loving beach of Milopotas or the quieter option of Manganari, down on the island’s south coast. (3B, D)

Ios / Athens

12 13

Wave goodbye to Ios and the dreamy Cycladic Islands and set sail back to mainland Greece, spending a final evening with your new friends in Athens. Make the most of your last night on tour and join the group for a mouth-watering local dinner. Later, head out to Athens’ up-and-coming district of Psiri, buzzing with trendy bars and clubs. (B)

Athens

Sadly, all good things come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye after breakfast on Day 13. (B)

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WHAT’S LIFE LIKE AT SEA? SMALL GROUP SAILING

RELAXING NIGHTS

All of the yachts used for the Greek Island and Turkey Sailing have their own distinct character, but have similar features including inside living/dining space, open-air deck, fridges, showers, hot water and music player. Despite rumours to the contrary, size most definitely is important, and when it comes to sailing we believe small is beautiful. The yachts are typically 12-15m (40-50ft) in length, and accommodate a maximum of eight guests in four or five twin-share cabins. There are typically three shared bathrooms and showers on board.

By night, the yachts anchor in the most beautiful bays and picturesque harbours. Sleep in your bunk or camp out on the deck under a blanket of Mediterranean stars. The choice is yours.

ITINERARIES We know where the cruises need to start and where they need to finish… other than that, there’s no fixed route on these sailing adventures. Much depends on the interests and wishes of the group, along with the expert guidance of the yacht’s skipper. Please note the itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions. This decision will be made solely at the skipper’s discretion, based on the safety of both the group and the yacht.

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LEARN TO SAIL With just a skipper on board, there’s always an opportunity to get involved if you’ve ever fancied yourself as a crew member. Earn your sea legs and pick up the basics of sailing from the skipper, or just sit back and let your shipmates take the wheel.

MEALS & FOOD KITTY You can’t beat the fresh produce served in Greece or Turkey from locally caught fish, grilled meats and healthy salads, and so meals aren’t included on these sailing holidays. You’ll be asked to contribute to a locally-payable food kitty (typically €50 on 8-day trips or €75 on 10-day trips) , which will cover basic food items on board. Pooling your cash is a great way to maximise your travel budget.

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$1,849

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8-10 DAYS

SAILING OPTIONS

Northern Cyclade: Athens Mykonos Southern Cyclades: Mykonos Santorini

Athens Ándros

Santorini

Santorini

Aegina Kéa

Tínos

Syros

Kythnos

Ikaría

Mykonos

Pátmos

Hydra Sérifos

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Páros

MEDITERRANEAN SAILING

There are four principal options in this region of the Greek Islands. Choose one that seems the most appealing to you, combine them together or pick a round trip option to focus just on one area. Whatever you choose, you are in for a real treat as you hop some of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Náxos

Sífnos

Accommodation: Yachts, equipped with 4-5 twin-share cabins, 3 showers/bathrooms Transport: 40-50 ft sailing yacht Meals: None included Budget: Allow EUR €140-245 (8-day trips) or EUR €250-300 (10-day trips) for meals ashore not included Group Leader: Skipper/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) Group Size: Max 8 Tour Code: See below

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MIRTOAN SEA

Mílos

Íos

Folegandros

SEA OF CRETE

Astypálea

Santorini

NORTHERN CYCLADES Athens

Cyclades Islands Why not combine the Northern & Southern Cyclades from Athens to Santorini (or v.v.)? 15 Days GAGVAS/GAGVSA Fr $3,399

Amorgós

Kimolos

$1,849

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8 DAYS

Mykonos

Possible Island Visits: Aegina, Hydra, Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Syros, Mykonos Starting from Greece’s bustling capital city, this relaxing cruise may make ports of call into the pistachio-producing island of Aegina, or glamorous car-free Hydra, where the main form of transport is a donkey! Then you set sail for beautiful Mykonos, as legendary now as it was in the days of Zeus, and catering equally for history buffs and the fun-loving party crowd.

Tour Code: GAGVAM (Athens-Mykonos) / GAGVMA (Mykonos-Athens)

SOUTHERN CYCLADES Mykonos

$1,849

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Santorini

Possible Island Visits: Syros, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Sifnos, Ios, Hora, Santorini From sophisticated Mykonos, this southern route has as its backdrop narrow pathways lined with flowers, seaside towns with sugarcube houses and impossibly clear waters perfect for a refreshing dip. Island visits could include laid-back Paros, verdant Naxos and the party capital of Ios, before winding up amidst the volcanic beauty of Santorini.

Tour Code: GAGVMS (Mykonos-Santorini) / GAGVSM (Santorini-Mykonos)

SANTORINI TO SANTORINI Santorini

$2,399

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10 DAYS

Santorini

Possible Island Visits: Ios, Naxos, Mykonos, Syros, Paros, Sifnos, Folegandros, Santorini If you’d like to explore the dramatic volcanic surroundings of Santorini, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek Islands, this in-depth itinerary might be for you. Step back in time on little-visited islands such as Sifnos and Folegandros, and party the night away with a stylish crowd on Mykonos and Ios.

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Tour Code: GAGVSS (Santorini-Santorini) Bodrum Datça

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Marmaris Dalyan Göcek

Fethiye

Bodrum

$2,499

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10 DAYS

Fethiye

Possible Resort Visits: Fethiye, Dalyan, Knidos, Datça, Bodrum MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Turkey Sailing: Fethiye

Bodrum

Enjoy a beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders on this sailing adventure along the stunning Turkish Riviera. Discover many off-the-beaten-path treasures, tiny villages and wonderful secluded islands. Snorkel, swim in clear blue turquoise waters, relax in mud baths, learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins and enjoy Turkey’s stunning beaches.

Tour Code: GAETVF (Fethiye-Bodrum), GAETVB (Bodrum-Fethiye)

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Fethiye

Highlights

Sail aboard a traditional Turkish gulet Daily swimming in secluded bays Stroll the perfect beach at Ölü Deniz Explore the ‘sunken’ ruins of Kekova Enjoy amazing fresh food throughout Browse the boutique shops in Kas Party like a pirate at Smugglers’ Cove Discover the cobbled streets of Kalkan

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Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 29 Sep 05

Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17

Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Oct 03 Oct 10 Oct 17 Oct 24

Inclusions

Trip Style: Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Triple/double/twin en-suite cabins (allocated on arrival) (7 nts) Transport: Turkish gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Skipper & gulet crew Group Size: Max 18 Notes: Includes afternoon tea/coffee, use of snorkels, masks, flippers, fishing lines and board games on the gulet Tour Code: BU

Set sail along Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast aboard a traditional gulet. It’s pure escapism, the ultimate in relaxation. Swim every day in crystal-clear azure waters, visit ancient ruins and ‘sunken’ cities, party on island hideaways and lap up the attention and genuine hospitality of the gulet crew as they prepare for you the freshest, tastiest food. And then there are the sunsets, all conceivable hues of purple, orange and red. Throw in some new-found friends, the odd cocktail and the option to sleep on deck, and you have yourself a cruise to remember.

DAY ITINERARY 01

Fethiye / Samanlik Bay

Make your own way to the very Turkish-flavoured town of Fethiye, and set sail out of its busy little harbour with time for swimming around the 12 Islands before dinner. This evening is your chance to get to know your fellow sailors over a few drinks as the sun goes down. (D)

Samanlik Bay / St. Nicholas Island

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St. Nicholas Island / Kas Smugglers Cove

St Nicholas Island Gokkaya

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Find a secluded bay in which to enjoy breakfast, which typically comprises fresh fruits, omelettes, cheese, succulent tomatoes and flavoursome olives. Head first to Butterfly Valley, before a swim in the Blue Lagoon of Ölü Deniz. This perfect spit of sandy beach is one of the most iconic images of Turkey, look out for the handgliders overhead! Tonight, stay near St. Nicholas Island, where you can explore the ruins of an old Byzantine settlement before dinner on board. (B, L, D)

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Depart at sunrise to Yesilkoy for breakfast and an energising swim in a quiet bay surrounded by olive groves. Sail on to Kas, a gorgeous little town with pebble beaches and traditional antiques and jewellery shops just begging you to browse around. You should be well into the whole relaxation routine by now, so you’ll probably welcome another swim before dinner in Limanagzi Bay. (B, L, D)

Kas / Smugglers’ Cove

04

Today, visit Simena, a traditional fishing village where no cars can get to, and see its impressive castle overlooking the bay. Enjoy a lunch on the gulet of fresh Turkish salads and grilled kebabs drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice – who says healthy can’t also be delicious? The natural amphitheatre of Uçagiz Bay, with its Lycian tombs, is a perfect mooring point to catch a fiery sunset, and tonight you can party on the pirate island of Smugglers’ Cove. (B, L, D)

Smugglers’ Cove / Gokkaya

05

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Gokkaya / Kalkan

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Take the pace down a notch or two today, swim or snorkel around the pirates’ cave this morning, before stopping to explore the ruins of the ‘sunken city’ of Kekova, before arriving to the wide bay near Gokkaya. Here, you’ll have a chance to experience all manner of watersports and soak up some rays before mooring in Snail’s Valley, hidden out of sight and with fantastic sunsets. (B, L, D) Enjoy a short cruise to Bayindir Limani for a swim, before sailing to the picturesque town of Kalkan, where you can explore the cobbled streets and perhaps indulge in some made-to-measure clothes which the local tailors can make for you on the spot. You’ll have most of the day in Kalkan, so perhaps take an optional trip to the 20km-long beach at nearby Patara? Enjoy another delicious dinner on board tonight with plentiful mezes, fresh fish, chicken, meatballs, grilled veggies and traditional Turkish bread. (B, L, D)

Kalkan / Fethiye

After an early start, drop anchor at Camli Barun, a sheltered bay surrounded by pine-clad ridges, then sail on to Batikkaya Bay for sunbathing and swimming. The last night is spent back at the port in Fethiye, where after dinner you can jump onto dry land to explore the local nightlife. (B, L, D)

Fethiye

The crew will serve one last breakfast this morning, with disembarkation normally around 9am. (B)

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$619

TURKISH SAILING Bodrum

8 DAYS

Bodrum

Highlights

Relax, chill and sunbathe on deck Swim and snorkel the clear waters Eat healthy, delicous and fresh food Explore Bodrum’s whitewashed streets Stroll through fragrant pine forests Enjoy the lively nightlife of Marmaris Optional trip to Dalyan’s mud baths Sleep out on deck under the stars

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Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Traditional Turkish gulet (two-person cabin with ensuite facilities) - single cabins available at a supplement. Note that many cabins have double beds and many guests choose to sleep on deck under the stars! Transport: Turkish gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Captain and Crew Group Size: Boats typically accommodate 16 travellers Tour Code: COBBTS

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Ballisu Kisebuku

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GULF OF GOKOVA

DAY ITINERARY On arrival into Bodrum, make your own way to the port to board your traditional, Turkish-style wooden gulet, which will be your home for the next seven nights. With the harbour as your backdrop, meet your friendly crew and fellow travellers over dinner, watch the sunset and let the good times begin. Bodrum’s nighlife scene is pretty happening, so if you’re up for some group bonding then head out and explore the city after dark. (D)

Bodrum / Orak Island / Cokertme

T U RKE Y

Pabucburnu Bodrum Cokertme 2 1

Pack lightly for this informal week spent cruising the rocky coastline of Turkey aboard a traditionally-crafted wooden gulet cruiser. The keyword here is relaxed - you won’t need endless changes of clothes to dress for formal captain’s dinners and you won’t find any cheesy cruise-ship style entertainment. Just stuff your bikinis, sun cream and Havaiianas into your bag and you’re ready for a chilled-out week of swimming, snorkelling and exploring this little corner of paradise. Lively nights out are on offer in Bodrum and Marmaris, but otherwise this is all about relaxation, delicious home-cooked food and good times.

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English Harbour

Set sail for sleepy Orak Island and take an opportunity to dive into the crystal-blue waters for what will surely be the first of many refreshing swims over the week ahead. Enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by your gulet crew, then take in the incredible coastline as you sail to Cokertme. This little fishing town is perfect for exploring or meeting the locals before dinner served overlooking the bay. (B, L, D)

Cokertme / Seven Islands / English Harbour

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If you’re up early enough, check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands, an archipelago famous for its dotted landscape. After breakfast, enjoy swim stops at Kufre Bay and Uzun Liman (Long Port), shake off your sea legs with a stroll through the forest, play board games on deck with your fellow sailors or sit back and bask in the sunshine. Later, cruise to English Harbour which presents a great place to moor up for an overnight stay. (B, L, D)

English Harbour / Karacasogut

04

Explorers could opt to visit the pretty and laid-back resort of Dalyan, where you can try to spot turtles on the aptly-named Turtle Beach or experience one of the famous mud baths. Either way, it’s a very worthwhile excursion. After dropping anchor to get your fix of swimming and snorkelling, sail on to Karacasogut, from where you could head into the popular beach town of Marmaris, known for its great shopping, cool cafés and lively nightlife. (B, L, D)

Karacasogut / Cleopatra Island / Ballisu

05

Leaving behind the delights of Karacasogut, head for Cleopatra Island, a little slice of paradise with its small beach, white sand and clear waters. With its legendary stories, it can feel more like an openair museum. Afterwards, there’s plenty of time for more fun in the sun at Ballisu, followed by another delicious, freshly-prepared dinner and another jaw-dropping sunset. (B, L, D)

Ballisu / Kargili / Kisebuku / Pabucburnu

06 07 08

Catch some rays on deck this morning before heading over to Kargili Bay for some swim and chill time. Later, it’s time to get a culture fix as you explore and learn about the ancient Byzantine ruins of Kisebuku. Suitably enlightened, you can feel way less guilty about another night spent on board the gulet enjoying a well-deserved dinner and some locally-produced wine or Turkish beers. (B, L, D)

Pabucburnu / Yaliciftlik / Bodrum

Discover Pabucburnu and Yaliciftlik Bay, or head onto land to experience vibrant local life in the village on an optional guided tour. This afternoon, capture the last of the coastline views as you cruise back to Bodrum for a last night out with the group. (B, L, D)

Bodrum

The trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to swap your contact details and say goodbye to your travel buddies. (B)

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ENCHANTING BLUE CRUISE FROM MARMARIS

8 DAYS

Marmaris

Bodrum

Highlights

• Explore Cleopatra Beach made entirely of sea shells • Visit seven stunning islands off the coast of Bodrum • Enjoy fresher than fresh fresh seafood – try catching it yourself!

DAY ITINERARY

DAY ITINERARY Bodrum / Orak Island

Marmaris / Ekincik

Board the gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tasty dinner and get to know your new crew mates. The following morning, cruise to Ekincik and the beautiful beach of Izturu, famous for its Carette sea turtles. The ancient city of Caunos is close by where you can take a boat trip up the Dalyan River, passing Lycian rock tombs on the way to the sulphurous mud baths and hot springs. (B, L, 2D)

Ekincik / Kleopatra & Hamam Bays

Cruise to Aga Liman for a swim stop and then head to Manastir Bay before mooring in the area of Kleopatra and Hamam Bays for the night. (B, L, D)

Kleopatra & Hamam Bays / Goçek / Gemiler Island

Island hop from the lovely Gulf of Tersane to Yassica Island before your overnight stop in Goçek. Day 5, disembark in Fethiye, where you can walk to the Lycian rock tombs from the ancient city of Telmessos. After lunch you’ll cruise to Ölü Deniz. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and tanning before cruising to Gemiler Island. (2B, 2L, 2D)

04-05

Orak Island / Kufre

It’s an early start as you cruise to Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands). Spend the day surrounded by these goregous islands soaking up the sunshine and jumping in the warm waters for a swim before arriving in Kufre. (B, L, D)

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Kufre / Ingiliz Liman

After a tasty breakfast, set off for Longoz. There are a number of hidden inlets you can explore before cruising onto tonight’s serene location in Ingiliz Liman (English Bay). (B, L, D)

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Ingiliz Liman / Karacasogut

Your gulet sails to Sedri Adasi (Cleopatra Island) so prepare for one of the most spectacular beaches in the world - entirely made up of seashells. Spend the afternoon sailing to Karacasogut for your overnight stop. (B, L, D)

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Gemiler Island / Ekincik

Take an enchanting cruise to Disibilmez and Baba Islands before you return to the region of Ekincik. (B, L, D)

Ekincik / Marmaris

Cruise to Iceada Cebekilise, heading through Turunç for a swimstop in either Kadirga or Kumlubuk. Arrive in Marmaris late that afternoon for your last night. The cruise ends after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L, D)

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Enjoy an early morning sail to Cokertme before heading to your lunch stop in Kizilliman. In the afternoon head back to Bodrum for a final chance to hit the bars and your last night at sea. On Day 8, your sea voyage comes to an end after breakfast. (2B, L, D)

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Tuzla / Bodrum

Accommodation: Gulet accommodation in shared cabins (7 nts) Transport: Gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Boat captain and English-speaking guide Tour Code: BXNSAI

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Marmaris

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Cruise to Balisu for lunch with another stunning view of azure seas. This afternoon sail to Tuzla, where you’ll stay the night. (B, L, D)

Inclusions

Accommodation: Gulet accommodation in shared cabins (7 nts) Transport: Gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners and some snacks Group Leader: Boat captain and English-speaking guide Tour Code: XZFENC

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Board your gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tasty dinner as you get to know your new shipmates. After breakfast on Day 2, you’ll sail to Kara Ada (Black Island) for lunch before cruising to your overnight stop at Orak Island. (B, L, 2D)

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Highlights

• Sail on board a traditional wooden gulet • See the ancient Lycian rock tombs • Island hop your way around 12 stunning islands

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CITIES CITIES

From the ancient classics of Athens and Rome, to the newly released Eurovision stars of the Balkan states, nowhere inspires a cultural/ boozy/Bridget Jones (delete as appropriate) mini break like Europe’s cities, each hosting its own collection of historic riches, cuttingedge, creative neighbourhoods and fiercely independent civic pride. Take your pick from a continental tapestry of diverse urban icons. Fly to the continent’s edge on a far-flung jaunt to Istanbul or Reykjavik, head into the party-hard hipster haunts of Berlin or Barcelona or while away a weekend of romance in the haughty drama queens of Paris, London or Venice. However you opt to spend your stay - hands in the air in a hostel bar, holed up in an A-list hotel or out and about in socks and sandals (it’s Europe, don’t sweat it) – all of our city packages are tailor-made. We’ve put together insider ideas for some of our favourite spots but hey, what do we know (see earlier sandals comment) so feel free to mix things up – picking from hostels or hotels, adding in transfers, and swapping in day trips and travel passes to save Euros and make friends with locals.


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Located next to vibrant Chinatown, cosmopolitan Soho has it all; edgy boutiques, bars & a thriving gay scene.

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Soulful cool kid Brixton has personality in spades. Foodies will love Brixton Market’s independent eateries. Quirky bars & top music venues also make this a tube ride well worth making.

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LONDON Mind the gap

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72 HOURS$299 in london FR

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Quick sarcasm, cockney slang, Big Ben, the Royal family, a lot of pubs and even more tea. That’s London baby! Act the tourist, ticking off historic landmarks and diving into English boozers for a pint, pub grub or bag of pork scratchings. Walk it off through the Royal Parks, or amble through the tatty but achingly cool East End. Swap galleries for the street art, vintage and vinyl of multi-cultural Brick Lane before drinking with Shoreditch’s beardy hipsters.

Proudly, London is the most international city in the world. Whilst fiercely independent and insanely busy, loyal Londoners (encompassing pretty much every nationality and culture going) are super welcoming and accepting. So, as long as you adhere to the correct tube escalator etiquette (right side standing, left side impatient walking and tutting), becoming a temporary Londoner is easy. However, not having an inner-city meltdown in the overflowing pot of historic landmarks, iconic neighbourhoods or indeed the tube itself, is less easy. So, keep calm, carry on, and follow this. Arm yourself with a hop-on hop-off pass (big red bus, tick) and a London Pass for legitimate queue jumping into landmarks including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace. When you need a breather, duck into Hyde Park or head along the Thames to Hampton Court. Finally, be sure to also hit the local hoods - diving into seedy Soho haunts, getting highbrow on the South Bank, or bearded and jaded in hipstery Shoreditch and Hoxton.

inclusions • 2 nights @ Generator Hostel (dorm) • 2 day London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass (see page152) • 2 day London Pass (see page 152)

CITY TRANSFERS UK

$42

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PER WAY

Travel to and from London’s Heathrow airport with no waiting around or having to haul your luggage up those escalators! These beauties meet and greet you at the airport, then drop you off at your hotel door. Choose between a private vehicle or a shared ride. The latter option is cheaper than getting the train from Heathrow into the city and then taking a cab to your hotel. A total no-brainer! Simples! Departs: Daily Meals: No meals included Transport: Choice of private or shared vehicle Tour Code: LONHTF

• Our city packages are all tailor made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Upgrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Street Art London Tour (see page152) History of Drinking Tour (see page152) • Adding return airport transfers fr $84

B&B FREEDOM ACCOMMODATION PASS

$73

FR

PER NIGHT

The ultimate in flexibility, this B&B pass allows you to choose from more than 500 properties throughout Britain. From small family homes to large country houses, you can guarantee every property offers excellent service, is unique and includes a classic full English breakfast. Choose your category (from bronze to gold) based on the location and standard of accommodation you want. Above price is based on bronze, twin share per night. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of 500+ bronze to gold standard properties, most with en suite Meals: Full English breakfast included (Continental only at some London properties) Tour Code: LONBAB

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ST CHRISTOPHER’S @ THE VILLAGE LONDON BRIDGE

GlamPACKER

$34 DORM $61 TWIN/DOUBLE

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GENERATOR HOSTEL

$45 DORM $88 TWIN

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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• The basement Dugout sports bar serves up top food and tunes • Minutes from Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London • Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, lockers, walking tour and fresh bed linen

• Get sociable at the Generator bar and chill-out areas • Relax with a movie in the cinema and screening room • A mix of dorms and private doubles, triples and quads

With Belushi’s bar and diner, a sports bar, on-site cinema and comedy club, chill-out room and rooftop terrace, St Christopher’s @ The Village is a destination in itself. The location is also unbeatable, within walking distance of the Tate Modern Gallery and Southbank. Reception is open 24/7.

Renowned for its ultra-cool decor and awesome location, based at Russell Square in the heart of the West End, Generator boasts fab facilities. These include renovated rooms and dorms, 24-hour reception and laundry, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a late-night bar and a fabulous dining area as well as power showers and a luggage store.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

LONCPR

25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BAR

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CLINK HOSTELS (CLINK78 & CLINK261)

LONGNR

BOOK BY 31OCT15 & STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR 20% DISCOUNT - 01JAN15-31OCT15

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$39 DORM $74 TWIN

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QUEEN’S PARK HOTEL

$155 SINGLE $77 DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• All-you-can-eat-breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception • Rock the Clashbar seven nights a week • Mixture of dorms and private rooms, with or without bathrooms

• Just minutes from trendy Notting Hill and Oxford Street • A short stroll from three tube stations! • Tuck into the tasty, hot buffet brekkie served at The Terrace

Clink is a family-run group of stylish and comfortable hostels centrally located in King’s Cross. Clink261 offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere, while Clink78 is set in a former courthouse combining 200 years of history with a quirky and modern interior, including renovated prison cells. Judge for yourself!

A stone’s throw from Hyde Park, this central, friendly hotel is unbeatable in terms of location and an ideal base for those looking to explore London’s sights. Its cosy, en suite rooms all come with flatscreen TVs and complimentary toiletries. Need the net? No worries, Wi-Fi is available at a small extra cost.

Free Wi-Fi

BOOK BY 28FEB15 & STAY 4 PAY 3 -01JAN15-30APR15 (EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES & DORMS)

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LONQUE

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TUNE HOTEL KINGS CROSS

rock solid

$170 SINGLE $86 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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ROYAL EAGLE

$XX SINGLE $XX TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Conveniently located at King’s Cross • Grab a latte in the coffee shop • Great budget option - only pay for what you need

• A tranquil haven, offering the perfect respite from the busy city • Close to art galleries, museums and London’s buzzing nightlife • Warm hospitality ensures you are always looked after

This basic but clean and smart hotel is right next to King’s Cross station so if you’re set on seeing the sights without breaking the bank, this is for you. Pay only for what you need - Wi-Fi, in room TVs and towel rental are available for an additonal supplement on arrival but we’ve thrown them in free for you!

Steps from London’s Paddington Station, the Royal Eagle is in a prime location for anyone arriving by Heathrow Express. Simple yet good value, this small hotel offers continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and a wide choice of room configurations. Step outside and there are plenty of cheap, low-key eateries to choose from.

Free Wi-Fi

FREE TOWELS, WI-FI, TOILETRIES & HAIRDRYER

150

Free Wi-Fi

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$163 SINGLE $116 TWIN/DOUBLE

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RUSHMORE

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THE CAESAR

$243 SINGLE $132 DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Cosy rooms in a classy boutique hotel • Try some scrumptious food in the Spanish restaurant • Fantastic facilities such as a gym and sauna

Ideally located for shopping and sightseeing, this charming Victorian townhouse has 22 individually-designed rooms. Each has a private bathroom, hairdryer, phone, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and complimentary tea and coffee. Continental breakfast is served in the bright conservatory.

A boutique hotel oozing class and luxury, located in the centre of London. The Caesar is just a few minutes from Hyde Park and accessible on foot from Oxford Street. Enjoy dinner in the Spanish restaurant, work up a sweat at the onsite gym and sauna, then relax in the hotel’s cosy rooms all finished with luxury amenities.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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$156 SINGLE $88 TWIN/DOUBLE

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AMBASSADORS

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THE NADLER KENSINGTON

$210 SINGLE $125 DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Situated in the fashionable Kensington and Chelsea area • It’s all elegance and refinery at Ambassadors • Within walking distance of many parks and museums

• All rooms come with a mini-kitchen. Ideal for those on a budget • Fab location; close to the Royal Albert Hall and the city’s museums • Choose from luxury bunks, single, twin or double rooms

A five-minute walk from Earls Court, Ambassadors is only a short distance from the world-renowned Harrods and the shops of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. All 140 of its rooms are en suite and come equipped with hairdryer, Wi-Fi and tea and coffeemaking facilities. This is a good solid three-star choice.

Based in swanky South Kensington, within easy reach of the city’s main attractions, this recently-refurbished hotel offers great value for money. All its rooms come with air con, free Wi-Fi, oversized showers and mini-kitchens equipped with microwave, fridge, kettle and sink - perfect for rustling up a snack when hunger strikes!

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

LONAMB

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LONNAD

STAY 3 NIGHTS 01JAN15 - 28FEB15 & RECEIVE 30% DISCOUNT

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$164 1 BED APT

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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ACE HOTEL LONDON SHOREDITCH

$677 SINGLE $339 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Enjoy city life from stylish, contemporary apartments • Take a walk in London’s most famous park, just a stone’s throw away • Indulge in its swish facilities

• In the heart of trendy Shoreditch; London’s creative district • Look sharp and hit the gym or relax weary limbs in the sauna • Chow down on seasonal English fare in modernist brasserie Hoi Polloi

Located on the north side of Hyde Park, these elegantly refurbished one-bed apartments are close to a range of public transport options making for easy access around the city. The aprtments have it all, including plasma screeen TVs, modern Italian kitchenettes and oak wooden flooring.

Vintage furniture, original artwork, Revo radios and custom A.P.C. quilts - where else could this hotel be than too-cool-forschool Shoreditch? When you’re not hitting the area’s hip bars, restaurants and boutiques, check out an exhibit in the gallery space or grab a perfectly-brewed coffee from Bulldog Edition cafe.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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• Unique, attractively decorated rooms • Free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception • Superb location with Earl’s Court tube a two-minute walk away


LONDON HOP-ON HOP-OFF & MADAME TUSSAUDS

$107

FR

FULL DAY

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Big Smoke’s most famous sights from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square atop a roofless double decker bus. Then, come face to face with your fave celebrities at London institution, Madame Tussauds. Add in a free boat ride down the Thames and a walking tour and you’ve got a cracking combo.

STREET ART LONDON

$99

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HALF DAY

Pound the capital’s pavements and marvel at the work of world-famous street artists. This half-day tour showcases the evolution of street and graffiti art, from Banksy to Space Invader. There’s even stops at galleries along the way. See three storeyhigh work, 3D art and a full range of street art media, from Fimo to laser-cut wood.

LONHOM

THE LONDON PASS

$42

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LONDON HOP-ON HOP-OFF

$57

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1-2 DAYS

Explore London in all its grandeur from a roofless double-decker bus as you wind your way through the historic streets. Choose from either a one or two-day pass and hit all the capital’s top spots at your own pace whilst listening to tales from your entertaining guide. Make the tour truly your own without fighting the crowds.

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LONHOP

$105

FR

HALF DAY

Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the ‘Harry Potter’ film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Includes return transport. LONWAR

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$52

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HALF DAY

Explore 150 years of history in this two-hour tour, packed with extraordinary stories about the Tube’s design, its construction and the proposed ‘Viking Line’. See if you can spot the ghost station at the British Museum from the train! The perfect outing for a cold day because it’s always warmer on the Underground.

LONSAT

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

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

LONDON UNDERGROUND TOUR

HISTORY OF DRINKING

$52

FR

HALF DAY

Ever wondered why Brits love a good pub? Serving up four infamous drinks in four historic pubs, explore the fascinating, often controversial and always hilarious history of Britain’s love affair with booze. Don’t miss out on a visit to a gin palace and London’s oldest pub. Plus, learn the difference between inns, taverns and pubs. LONDRI

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WINDSOR, BATH & STONEHENGE

$176

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FULL DAY

Explore Windsor Castle, the official residence of The Queen, before moving on to discover the ancient monument of Stonehenge. Then, it’s off to admire charming Bath, once the playground of 18th Century aristocrats and still a stunning city. All in all, a fascinating glimpse into England’s exciting history. LONWBS

SMALL CAR BIG CITY

$208

FR

1 HOUR - FULL DAY

See London in quintessential British style. A fleet of classic Mini Coopers await to take you on a guided tour of the capital. Tour options include: A Bridge Too Far (classic sightseeing), A-List (West End and Mayfair), Great Escape (the full monty), Italian Job (you’ve seen the film right?) and Romantic Tour (fizz and choccies). LONALI


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One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh also plays host to the infamous Fringe Festival every August. With fireworks exploding, music thumping and spirits high, become immersed in exhilarating celebrations where the streets come alive with theatre, dance, cabaret and comedy. Take in the city views from the historic castle, stroll down the Royal Mile to visit Holyrood Palace, or time your trip for Hogmanay. This is one city that knows how to party!

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48 HOURS in edinburgh $96

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The inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde, this is a city of two halves. Delve into gothic secrets and sinister tales on a Royal Mile tour, before holing up in a historic Grassmarket drinking den with the bawdy ghosts of Scotland’s good, great and debauched. Next day, stroll the porticoed galleries of the calm neo-classical New Town and sip cocktails in urban speakeasies.

SMART CITY HOSTEL

TUNE HAYMARKET

$49 DORM

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

inclusions • 1 night @ Smart City Hostel (dorm) • Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle half day tour

Smart City Hostel redefines the hostel experience! Just off the Royal Mile, you’ll find dorms and private rooms all with en suites and up-to-date facilities. Relax with a drink in Bar 50 which serves up tasty food 8am ‘til late daily. With a 24hour reception and free lockers, it’s the perfect base for exploring the city.

$108 SINGLE $54 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

With a contemporary feel yet still retaining traditional Scottish charm, Tune offers no frills double and twin rooms with en suite bathrooms just opposite Haymarket station. You only pay for what you need so towel rental and toiletries,TV, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and safe are all optional extras but we’ve thrown most in for free for you! Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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FREE TOWELS, WI-FI, HAIRDRYER & TOILETRIES

TEDITH

a-list

THE GRASSMARKET

$89 SINGLE $65 DOUBLE

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LOCH NESS HUNTER

$93

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FULL DAY

WHISKY & WATERFALLS

$83

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FULL DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Located in Edinburgh’s old town with pubs, clubs and restaurants just a stone’s throw away, The Grassmarket offers modern, stylish rooms with a quirky twist. Funky, comic strip-lined rooms come with iPod docks, plasma screen TVs, board games and en suites with rain showers. Go on treat yourself!

Explore some of Scotland’s most iconic sites like dramatic Glencoe, mighty Ben Nevis and the infamous Loch Ness. Seek out the real Scotland on this highland fling. After a scenic drive, cruise the legendary Loch (optional add-on) keeping your eyes peeled for Nessie, before a picturesnapping ride back to Edinburgh.

Explore some of Scotland’s most iconic sights and landscapes, including The Wallace Monument in the ancient capital of Stirling and drive through the scenic beauty of the Trossachs. Stop for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience distillery, before heading to the Hermitage for a wee woodland walk.

Free Wi-Fi

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Did you know that ten million glasses of the ‘black stuff’ (Guinness) are produced daily all over the world? If this is anything to go by, the best way to get stuck into the craic and mingle with true Dubliners is to hit the local drinking hole for a pint. Just don’t let a hangover stop you from seeing Wall of Fame, the historical Bermingham Tower and eclectic markets. Or, if you can face it, take a ‘hair of the dog’ at the Guinness Storehouse.

48 HOURS in dublin

glampacker

shoestring

$62

FR

With more personality and wit than any city in the world, good-natured Dublin will ‘craic’ the steeliest of hearts. With over 1000 pubs, start on the wagon (well, it’s actually a bus) hopping between landmarks. Later, stumble home from the rowdy cobbles of funloving Temple Bar. The next day, seek serenity and literary greats at Trinity College and Merrion Square, or head for the seaside charms of Dun Laoghaire.

inclusions • 1 night @ Generator Dublin (dorm) • City Sightseeing Bus

GENERATOR DUBLIN

$35 DORM $63 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A former Irish music museum, adjacent to the Jameson Distillery and within walking distance of Temple Bar, this hostel combines comfort with special Generator touches, such as a luxury female Jacuzzi suite, cinema suite, infamous Late Night Bar and choice of private rooms or dorms, all with en suite facilities.

BARNACLES TEMPLE BAR

$27 DORM $58 DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in the hip Temple Bar, surrounded by pubs, clubs and restaurants, this award-winning laid back hostel with an infectious atmosphere is the place to stay! Check out the free Internet and Wi-Fi, self-catering kitchen and sunny common room. All rooms have their own shower, plus guests get to enjoy free breakfasts.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

DUBGEN

DUBBAR

rock solid

BEST WESTERN ACADEMY PLAZA

$106 SINGLE $54 DOUBLE

FR

FR

CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS

$27

FR

2 DAYS

LONDON TO DUBLIN MINI-BREAK

$624

FR

3 DAYS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

When you walk into the hotel, the grand marble lobby that greets you will give you an indication of the high standards to be found here. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated with modern decor. In addition, the location is pretty unbeatable, just off O’Connell Street with the city’s main attractions just a short stroll away.

Enjoy a slice of Irish history as you take in the best of the city’s sights including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the River Liffey and Jameson’s Distillery. Afterwards, you’ll know where to drink the best Guinness, where the best craic is to be had and where’s the liveliest bar to party at until the wee hours. When in Dublin...

Departing from London, this fab rail and sail adventure includes express train travel through idyllic English and Welsh countryside, crossing the Irish Sea on the world’s largest cruiseferry, two nights’ hotel accommodation in the heart of Dublin, plus plenty of time for you to explore the vibrant capital at your leisure.

DUBSEE

LONDUB

Free Wi-Fi

TDUB02

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Charles de Gaulle Airport: 15KM

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Cobbled stunner Le Marais oozes old-world charm, with fantastic vintage shops & a thriving gay scene.

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STA Travel store, pop in and book any last minute trips or accommodation

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There’s more to the historic Quartier Latin than simply Notre Dame. Think secondhand book stores, cosmopolitan eateries, after-hours bars & botanical garden Jardin des Plantes.

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PARIS C’est la vie!

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You may think Paris is just for loved-up couples smooching around the Louvre and up the Eiffel Tower, but there’s far more to the City of Love. The French capital also hosts some corking festivals. In summer, for example, join the stream of all-singing, alldancing Fête de la Musique, rock up in Autumn for the Nuit Blanche or relax on the Paris Plages (Paris Beaches; manmade sands created along the Seine) to knock back some delicious vin. Santé!

INSIDER

72 HOURS in paris $346

FR

Paris is full of both instantly recognisable landmarks and famous stereotypes – designer poodles on Rue Saint Honoré, men in berets drinking pastis in Bastille and impoverished writers burning manuscripts in the Latin Quarter. Actually, maybe that last one was a scene from La Bohème? Nevermind. So, to see the icons as well as the local haunts, here’s how we’d do it. Forget about trying to look chic and Parisian, your first day is about being a tourist. Grab a café, croissant, cliché and sightsee with your 2-day Paris Pass. The next day, use your pass to visit Versailles or hang out in a neighbourhood – go to the Latin Quarter for deep-thinking and debauchery, Bastille for quintessential old-school Paris or the banks of the Canal St. Martin for the angsty and lovelorn. Fully localised, on day 3 head to bohemian Le Marais to eat cheese and generally try to look as inconspicuously French as possible on the Secret Paris tour. Later, mooch around the vintage shops, people-watch with an apéritif (translation: excuse to drink early) before the bars fill up.

inclusions • 2 nights @ St. Christopher’s Hostel Gare du Nord (dorm including breakfast) • 2 day Paris Pass (see page 157) • Secret Paris: Cheese, Art & Local Life Morning Tour (see page 157)

Our city packages are all tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Dark Heart of Paris (see page 157) Versaille Bike Tour • Adding return airport transfers fr $98

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CAULAINCOURT SQUARE HOSTEL

$44 DORM $60 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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ST CHRISTOPHER’S INNS

$44 DORM $71 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Free morning coffee and croissants. Très bien! • Choose from mixed/female dorms with bathrooms or private rooms • Creative types and party animals alike will love the location

• It’s beer o’clock in Belushi’s bar or relax with a coffee in the street café • Spacious rooms with pod beds and privacy curtains • Fab locations; in the heart of the action

Much more than a hostel, the rooms here, with their bold splashes of colour, mirror the charm and bohemian vibe of the very chic Montmartre area in which it’s located. Packed with facilities like free Wi-Fi and bike rental but if you’re after a break from the local clubbing scene, the TV lounge is perfect for a cosy night in.

St. Christopher’s; such a iconic backpackers, they had to build two! One is set on a canal, where ‘Amelie’ was filmed, and the other opposite Gare du Nord. These two beauties have set standards all other hostels will be judged by. Guests can expect stylish decor, free Wi-Fi and breakfast, plus oodles of atmosphere.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 & STAY 4 PAY 3 - 02JAN15 - 28FEB15 & 01NOV15 - 15DEC15

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PARCAU

Free Wi-Fi

25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BAR

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rock solid

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VICTOR MASSE

$119 SINGLE $67 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

rock solid

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

$108 $52

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Ideally located in Montmartre, just a short walk to Gare du Nord, Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur, with little shops and bistros close by. Known for its friendly atmosphere, cleanliness and good value for money, its cosy rooms reflect traditional French decor and have a choice of en suite or shared bathroom. Vive La France!

ROYAL FROMENTIN

$144 $79

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This traditional hotel has preserved its authentic 1930s’ character, charm and spirit while still offering modern comfort. It has a fabulous lobby, which was once a popular cabaret spot. Rooms are tastefully decorated in traditional French style and you might even get a view of Sacre Coeur or the Eiffel Tower.

Free Wi-Fi

PARVIC

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MY HOTEL OPÉRA ST GEORGES

$150 SINGLE $86 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Situated in Paris’ buzzing theatre district, close to the Moulin Rouge and SaintGeorges Metro station, this hotel offers bright, modern rooms with minimalist decor, en suites and free Wi-Fi. There’s also the option of enjoying a scrummy buffet breakfast in the light, airy room overlooking its charming patio. Très bon!

THE PARIS PASS

ROCK SOLID

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BASTILLE DE LAUNAY

$190 $108

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A French fancy in the streets of Paris and close to the Marais, this charming hotel offers free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Rooms come with LCD TVs, air con and there’s also a sleek restaurant. This place is polished to perfection. Close to Notre Dame and the Louvre, you are slapbang in the heart of Paris.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

EPARMH

PARLAU

$193

FR

2-6 DAYS

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 5 PAY 4 - 01JAN15 - 31MAR15, 01JUL15 - 31AUG15 & 01NOV15 - 27DEC15

PARPER

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SECRET PARIS: CHEESE, ART & LOCAL LIFE

$65

FR

HALF DAY

See Paris’ top sights at your own pace with this awesome pass which includes unlimited Metro travel, entry to 60 of the city’s best attractions, a complimentary guide book, a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour plus a wine tasting experience. Skip the queues and save time with fast track entry. Choose from two, four or six days of sightseeing.

Get to know Paris’ best-kept secrets on this tantalising guided tour. Meander through the Louvre’s well-manicured gardens, taste cheeses in a market fromagerie and macarons from a chic patisserie. Discover the medieval neighbourhood of Le Marais, then enjoy panoramic views from the top of Paris’ contemporary art gallery.

PARPAS

PARDIP

SINGLE TWIN/DOUBLE

PARROY

a-List

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LA DEMEURE

$255 $139

FR FR

SINGLE DOUBLE

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This recently renovated chic, Parisian getaway is located in the trendy Latin Quarter. It’s the epitome of style; think funky decor with a living room-style reception, nightclub-esque lounge, winter-themed breakfast area and minimalistic rooms with a designer twist and extravagant suites. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-28FEB15, 20JUL15-31AUG15 & 01DEC15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDING SOME DATES)

DARK HEART OF PARIS WALKING TOUR BY NIGHT

Free Wi-Fi

PARDEM

$42

FR

HALF DAY

Explore the underbelly of the ‘City of Love’ in this two-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s torturous (literally) and diseased past including plagues, French Revolution, Paris Commune and Nazi rule. Wander through alleyways shrouded in darkness to discover the secrets of this incredible capital. PARDAR

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Oozing understated elegance, this Parisian hotel is a real find for bargain hunters. Right in the middle of trendy Montmartre, you’re in easy reach of the Eurostar terminal, Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge, plus all the other must-see sights around the city. Rooms are cosy and clean, with cable TV.

PERFECT HOTEL

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For the best of boutique shopping, hit picturesque Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets). Refuel with a coffee at one of the great cafes or restaurants along the way.

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Forget about the red-light district & coffee shop cliches, one of the city’s greatest pleasures is exploring its labyrinth of canals on foot or by bike. Think charming, gabled buildings, dinky humpback bridges & cutting-edge architecture.

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Scoff cheese & stroopwafels (caramel-filled waffles) at Amsterdam’s biggest open-air market, the bustling Albert Cuypmarkt.

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Pedal leisurely around Amsterdam’s prettiest green space; Vondelpark or soak up the eclectic vibe laid on the grass, beer in hand. Next up, check out Rijkmuseum’s worldrenowned Rembrandts collection.


AMSTERDAM Eclectic amsterdam

INSIDER

72 HOURS in amsterdam $181

FR

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Quirky and colourful, ‘the Dam’ has red-light districts, cannabis cafés, bikes galore and more canals than Venice. Chuck in to the mix that it’s home to Heineken, more than1,280 bridges and thousands of museums that document everything, from sex to Anne Frank; it’s perfect for culture (and not so cultural) vultures. And, if you’re wondering about those houseboats on the canal, they’re home to shops, museums and even one dedicated to cats!

Cycling along canals, the aroma of coffee shops (that’s not coffee!) and the red glow of umm… shop windows? All fairly accurate clichés of Amsterdam’s hazy liberal charms but also a recipe for a lost weekend. To ensure you remember most things, stay out of jail and the canals, this is how we’d do 72 hours in the Dam. Providing you didn’t hit the legendary hostel bar too hard on arrival, get brunch and a canalside breakfast beer and use your Combi Ticket to cruise along Amsterdam’s idyllic waterways. Afterwards, head to the Heineken or Van Gogh Museum (quite frankly, both Dutch masterpieces). Stumble upon a backstreet jenever (gin distillery) or for a large one, opt to join the Amsterdam Beer Tour. The next day, take your hangover to Vondelpark, hire a bike, fill your basket at the Albert Cuypmarkt, before some craft ale hair of the dog on the Amsterdam Beer Tour. On your final day, get the ferry to Amsterdam Noord for a day of laid-back wholesome goodness discovering quaint villages, local artists and cosy cafes.

inclusions • 2 nights @ St Christopher’s at the Winston (dorm including breakfast) • Amsterdam Combi Ticket (see page 160) • Amsterdam Beer Tour (see page 160)

Our city packages are all tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Ultimate Party Amsterdam (see page 160) Red Light District Walking Tour • Adding return airport transfers fr $56

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HANS BRINKER HOSTEL

GlamPACKER

$34 DORM $46 TWIN

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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ST CHRISTOPHER’S AT THE WINSTON

$46 DORM $71 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Like to party? This is the hostel for you! • One of the oldest and most famous hostels in the city • Free breakfast and Internet access, plus no curfew

• Central location, 24-hour reception • Recently voted ‘Most Popular Hostel in Amsterdam’ • Eclectic bedrooms decorated by local artists

This hostel is THE place to stay in Amsterdam. Breakfast and Internet access are free but the real draw is the hip bar and club where you can dance ‘til dawn every night. Rooms have all the basics and the bathrooms are better than most! Reception is open 24/7, so there’s always somewhere to store your bag.

Offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast, no visit to the this city is complete without a stay at St Christopher’s at the Winston. The hostel’s nightclub is right next door plus there’s a private beer garden and bar so expect a party atmosphere. The unique, themed decor and quirky creations of local artists are truly one of a kind. Free Wi-Fi

FREE DINNER (SELECTED MEALS) - 01JAN15 - 31MAR15 & 01NOV1524DEC15 (3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY)

AMSHAN

25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BAR

AMSWAD

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SHOESTRING

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FLYING PIG UP & DOWNTOWN

Rock solid

$37 DORM $71 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

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APPLE INN

$158 SINGLE $80 DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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• Enjoy a great blend of laid-back and party vibes • Relax with free movies or in the indoor smoking area of Uptown’s hostel • Tuck into Downtown hostel’s free buffet-style brekkie

• Modern decor in renovated mansion surroundings • Convenient location, close to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijkmuseum • Wallet-friendly, the perfect base for exploring the city

Choose between uptown and downtown hostel locations. The former is located in an old mansion close to Vondelpark, while the latter is next to Central Station. Infamous for their relaxed atmosphere and funky vibe, the Pig bars are a great place for a quick drink or an unforgettable party in true Amsterdam style!

Relax in clean, tastefully decorated rooms offering comfort and great value for money. Apple Inn is situated in a renovated stately and historic building which is close to Vondelpark. The hotel is also connected to the airport by shuttle bus, so although facilities are limited, it’s a good two-star hotel choice if you’re on a budget.

25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BAR

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

AMSFPU/AMSFPD

EAMSAI

rock solid

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NADIA HOTEL

a-list

$112 SINGLE $63 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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HOTEL VONDEL

$135 SINGLE $68 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• What was once an art gallery is now a fab hotel! • Enjoy canal side views and stay close to main attractions • Rooms are cosy but bright with all key facilities and free Wi-Fi

• Enjoy the sunshine on the breakfast patio • Sip a cold drink in the chic bar • Great location in the city’s happening centre

Located in a historic canal-side gallery building, this hotel has clean, cosy rooms with en suite bathrooms, cable TV, Internet and fridges. Enjoy a morning buffet served in the super-kitsch breakfast room and take a stroll along the canal to the hip Jordaan district just around the corner or nearby Dam Square.

A small, boutique hotel, hidden in a beautiful street in the best part of the city’s lively centre with plenty of shops and bars nearby. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or a drink in the stylish bar before hitting the vibrant town. There’s bike rental for the active, plus room service and picnic basket service.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

AMSNAD

AMSTERDAM BEER TOUR

$72

FR

HALF DAY

This fascinating, guided tour delves deep into the Netherlands’ brewing history and includes one great beer at each stop plus a typically Dutch bar snack. Sample local ales in downtown, boutique bars, visit two small breweries and finish up at a legendary beer haunt where you’ll take your pick from 200 varieties of beer! AMSABU

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ULTIMATE PARTY AMSTERDAM

AMSHVO

$34

FR

HALF DAY

There’s no ‘going Dutch’ on this one! Join hundreds of partygoers on the city’s most famous pub crawl for a six-hour, madcap day tour. Led by hand-picked guides, you’ll learn loads of local knowledge as you party with a whole new set of mates and take on unlimited shots - see if you can make it to the end of the day! AMSUPA

AMSTERDAM COMBI TICKET (SKIP THE LINE)

$42

FR

FULL DAY

Start your Amsterdam adventure with a one-hour canal cruise, arguably the best way to take in the city’s sights, including the old harbour and charming 17th Century merchant houses. Next up, choose either a trip to the Heineken Experience (includes two free drinks) or a visit to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum. AMSAMS


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Now it’s only friendly hordes with cameras that invade the crumbling centre of ancient Rome. And with good reason; it’s home to the city’s most enduring icons - the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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Hanging out in elegant Trastevere is an all day people-watching event. Take long lunches outside traditional trattorias before the sun sets, the piazzas fill up & the quaint cobbles go wild.

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San Lorenzo’s scruffy student bars & grafittied cafés look like they’ve just done an all-nighter. Well, they probably have. This party-hard alternative scene brings a whole new meaning to ‘Eternal City.’

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ROME When in Rome..

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Roma’s key ingredients: mouthwatering food, mind-boggling art, a past steeped in mythology and legend, sprawling ancient ruins and, of course, The Vatican, just a stone’s throw away. Traditional pizzerias and gelaterias, magnificent marble sculptures, Baroque churches and soaring basilicas all await you. Lazily watch the world go by over tasty antipasti, people-watch in sunsoaked piazzas and lap up the lifestyle of this seductive city.

INSIDER

72 HOURS in rome $149

FR

Seeing one city in 72 hours is difficult enough, but the ‘Eternal City’ (already not boding well for catching that plane or train out of here) is a tale of two cities when you add in the Vatican. As every corner casually reveals a new treasure, you need to be dedicated ‘when in Rome’. That means not being distracted by hot Roman beauties (booo!) but lots of refuelling pizzas and gelatos (yay). Staying in the heart of ancient Rome, wander for half an hour (quicker with an espresso) to the Roman Forum and Colosseum. After a ubiquitous pizza stop, meander through the Piazza Navona to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. To escape the crowds, see how new Rome parties that night in San Lorenzo. Spend the following morning skipping queues (legitimately) on a tour of the Vatican. We’d then head to Trastevere for a long people-watching lunch before the Dark Heart of Rome Walk. On the last day, maybe add on a Crypts & Catacombs Tour or a Pompeii day tour.

inclusions • 2 @ nights Alessandro Downtown (dorm including breakfast) • Half-day Vatican Tour (see page 163) • Dark Heart of Rome Tour (see page 161)

GlamPACKER

1

YELLOW HOSTEL

• Our city packages are all tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Pompeii + Vesuvius Day Trip (see page 163) Crypts & Catacombs Tour • Adding return airport transfers fr $86

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$39 DORM $50 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

2

$111 SINGLE $61 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

NARDIZZI

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Five minutes’ walk from Termini Station • Bar and club open 7.30am - 4am daily! • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel

• A charming hotel with super-friendly staff • Top location for transport links and attractions • Free Wi-Fi in public spaces

This exciting and central hostel offers fun in large measures! From themed parties to the buzzing bar and the walking tours, you will be sure to socialise and meet new friends from the moment you arrive. Choose from no-frills dorms or private rooms - while these are basic, the facilities and atmosphere are why you stay here.

This place has the lot - friendly staff, clean, comfortable rooms with air con, satellite TV and real Italian pizzazz! Located a short distance from the historical centre and close to the rail terminal and bus lines, this hotel offers great value for money. Enjoy breakfast and fab views from Nardizzi’s roof garden.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

ROMYEL

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STAY 4 PAY 3 & STAY 3 PAY 2 - 06JAN15-28FEB15

ROMNAR


SHOESTRING

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ALESSANDRO HOSTELS

$30 DORM $59 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

HOTEL KENNEDY

$98 SINGLE $56 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

rock solid

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Situated in a historical 19th Century building, just a five-minute walk from Termini Station, Hotel Kennedy offers free Wi-Fi throughout, air con rooms with soundproofing and TVs. The hotel’s main attraction however, is its Italian breakfast and location - you can walk to many of Rome’s key sights, including The Colosseum.

$141 SINGLE $76 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A comfortable and refined hotel offering beautifully-appointed rooms decorated in classic Italian decor. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy city views from the rooftop garden or why not dine al fresco for breakfast? Based in the historic part of town, many of Rome’s attractions are within walking distance.

Free Wi-Fi

ROMAPH/ROMADH

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 05JAN15 - 13MAR15

a-list

6

ROMANICO PALACE

$178 SINGLE $98 DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Every room in the Romanico Palace is decked out in traditional, ornate Italian splendour. You’re also perfectly situated for the Via Veneto, Galleria Borghese and Piazza di Spagna. Alternatively, relax in the hotel’s sauna and Turkish bath or enjoy a cappuccino and uninterrupted 360-degree views of the city from the roof terrace. BOOK 4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE FOR 10% DISCOUNT 12FEB15 - 31DEC15

ANCIENT & OLD ROME

Free Wi-Fi

ROMKEN

ROMPAL

STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR 10% DISCOUNT

GlamPACKER

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SCOTT HOUSE

$114 SINGLE $68 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Housed in a renovated 19th Century palace, Scott House is conveniently located in the centre of Rome next to Termini train station. Each of the stylish, modern rooms come with private bathroom, air con, Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV and mini-bar. There is also 24-hour reception service and a great Italian-style breakfast thrown in.

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MASCAGNI HOTEL

$174 SINGLE $96 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Luxuriously furnished with contemporary art pieces and Great Gatsby1920s-style bathrooms, the Mascagni offers equally excellent service, with staff available 24/7, room service and free Wi-Fi. The Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are a ten-minute walk away so you’re perfectly placed for a spot of sightseeing too.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

ROMHRP

EROMSH

EROMMA

$42

FR

HALF DAY

VATICAN TOUR (SKIP THE LINE)

$50

FR

HALF DAY

POMPEII & VESUVIUS DAY TRIP

$223

FR

FULL DAY

Don’t know your Caesars from your Ciceros, your Romuluses from your Remuses? This three-hour romp takes you through star attractions of the city that the Romans called home, breathing life into the ancient stones! Your professional guide will take you to and talk you through sites including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.

Enlighten your mind and spirit with this three-hour guided tour of the world’s smallest independent state and residence to the Pope. Prepare to be wowed by St. Peter’s and Michelangelo’s epic Sistine Chapel, stuffed full of art, architectural and archaeological wonders. And forget about queuing with the crowds, your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket will fast track you to the front.

Explore a slice of history as you visit the infamous and still-active volcano that brought Pompeii to its tragic end in 79 AD. Take an optional short hike through soft volcanic ash, soak up stunning views of the city at the volcanic crater rim and enjoy a pizza lunch. Finally, head to Pompeii and wander its ghostly streets. See the startling plaster casts of Vesuvius’ victims.

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Alessandro Palace and Downtown are THE hostels to meet fellow travellers and both are just a short stroll from Termini station. The former has a lively bar with great drinks specials and an outdoor terrace. Downtown is spacious with fewer facilities but is more wallet-friendly. Take your pick from clean and safe private rooms or dorms.

PALLADIUM PALACE


VENICE The floating city

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Boho-chic fashion, artsy masterpieces, fine wines, vaporetti (water buses) and Grand Canal Palaces: welcome to Venice. Wander through its myriad of mysterious passageways, frequently stumbling across stunning architecture and pay a visit to Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Failing to take a gondola trip through the city’s canals is like going to NY and skipping the Statue of Liberty, so make time to hop on board.

48 HOURS in venice

rock solid

GlamPACKER

$269

FR

Masquerading for 48 hours in Venice, leave your Palazzo (now a hostel, we’re not being sarcastic) to eat your way around the Bacari wine bars on the Cicchetti of Venice tour. That night, find a local backstreet ‘osterie’ for buckets of wine, atmosphere and food. The following evening, discover more local haunts away from the ‘one cornetto’ crowds on the Secret Venice by Night tour and gondola ride.

inclusions • 1 night @ Generator Venice (dorm) • Cicchetti of Venice tour • Secret Venice by Night tour

GENERATOR VENICE

$49 DORM

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Looking for a Venice hostel with a difference? Located on the island of Giudecca, Generator is housed in a 200 year-old Venetian Palazzo, minutes from St. Mark’s by vaporetto (the stop is right outside the hostel). Choose from dorms or private rooms with en suites. There’s also free Wi-Fi and a great bar and lounge area.

DA BRUNO

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

$68 SINGLE $44 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Overlooking the Grand Canal, this hotel is a great spot for your trip to the romantic city. A typically informal and low-key Italian hotel (loving the bedspreads), the friendly staff are always on hand and the rooms are equipped with air con, safe and breakfast is also included. Live the Venetian lifestyle without breaking the bank. EVCEHA

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Free Wi-Fi

VCEGEN

rock solid

FR

a-list

HOTEL CA DEI CONTI

FR

This family-run hotel offers bright accommodation in the heart of the old town with Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square within walking distance. You will be met with a warm Venetian welcome and the large rooms are furnished in typical Italian style. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and take in all of Venice’s charm.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN-31MAR15

HOTEL AIRONE

$96 SINGLE $61 DOUBLE

FR

VCEDAB

CICCHETTI OF VENICE

$108

FR

HALF DAY

FR

Foodies will love this mouth-watering threehour excursion of Venice’s Bacari wine bars and their famous ‘cicchetti’ dishes. These tapas-style dishes - think spicy meatballs, marinated seafood and sun-dried olives combined with fine wines and prosecco will have you saying ‘mamma mia!’

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VCECIC

$177 SINGLE $100 TWIN

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Searching for that romantic Venetian dream? Then look no further than this gem, steeped in history dating back to the 18th Century and brimming with original features. Overlooking a canal, rooms offer a fusion of modern comforts with Venetian architecture, including spacious marble baths and air con. You might as well! VCECDC

SECRET VENICE NIGHT TOUR WITH GONDOLA RIDE

$112

FR

HALF DAY

Escape the crowds of St. Mark’s Square on this guided, walking tour of less-seen and little-known Venice. See the city’s most cursed house, Ernest Hemingway’s fave haunts and the music hospital where monks raised orphans as world-class performers. Finish with a peaceful gondola ride. VCESVN


FLORENCE Italy’s treasure trove

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If you fancy yourself as a creative type and hanker after Renaissance art, architectural marvels and Michelangelo’s monumental David, head to Italian stunner, Florence. Channel your inner culture vulture at the celebrated Uffizi gallery and the iconic Duomo cathedral. Once you’ve fully immersed yourself in the arts, or simply fancy a break from sightseeing, cool off with a typlically Italian gelato with panna (cream). You won’t regret it, we promise. Bellissimo!

48 HOURS in florence

SHOESTRING

rock solid

$149

FR

It’s easy to get lost in the tapestry of galleries, sun-drenched vines and overspilling tablecloths in gorgeous Florence. We’d just embrace it with a day in the rustic Tuscan countryside, gorging on wine and food on the Grape Escape Winery Tour. Back in the city itself, get to grips with all the highlights on a sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Touristy? Maybe. More essential than gelato? Probably.

inclusions • 1 night @ Plus Florence (dorm) • Grape Escape Winery Tour • Florence hop-on hop-off Tour

PLUS FLORENCE

$35 DORM $56 TWIN

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

OK are you ready - cool off either in the indoor or outdoor pool, relax in the sauna or Turkish bath, catch up on emails with Wi-Fi or grab a cappuccino in the café. Play some pool, hang out in the bar and check out the terrace views. Centrally located, choose from spacious private rooms or light and airy dorms - and collapse!

KURSAAL & AUSONIA

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CORONA D’ITALIA

$117 SINGLE $67 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Housed in an elegant 19th Century Palazzo beside the handicraft markets, this delightful hotel is a great base from which to explore Florence. The modern rooms have a real Tuscan feel, plus satellite TV, Internet access, air con and safe box. After a day exploring the city’s sights, head to the American-style bar for a cold beer.

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This charming hotel is located in the heart of Florence, only a few steps from the mighty Duomo and Accademia Museum. Warm and friendly staff will ensure your stay is memorable in the comfortable, functional rooms, complete with air con and free Wi-Fi. Despite the funky bedspreads we still love this hotel.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 4 NIGHTS 04JAN15-03JAN16& RECEIVE 20% OFF STAY 5 NIGHTS 04JAN15-03JAN16 & RECEIVE 25% OFF

$98 SINGLE $54 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Free Wi-Fi

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HOTEL CLUB

$179 SINGLE $98 DOUBLE

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GRAPE ESCAPE

$84

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FULL DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Close to the station, whether you opt for a classic, superior or executive room, you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep thanks to Hotel Club’s soundproofed walls. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, mini-bar, air con and private bathrooms. Newly refurbished with trendy decor, there’s also an onsite bar. Salute!

Enjoy the ultimate day out in the Tuscan countryside, where you’ll become an expert (of sorts) at wine school. Through tastings you’ll learn the best food and wine combos and how to recognise the different vino flavours. Enjoy a delish home-style Tuscan lunch, a visit to the pretty town of San Gimignano, plus world-class gelato.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 17JAN15-31MAR15 & 05JUL15-31AUG15

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PARK GUELL

Home to the psychedelic hilltop gingerbread charms of Parc Güell, Gracia’s party-hard arty professionals probably stay out late to avoid the climb home. Although even through bleary 3am eyes, the views are epic.

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Sandwiched between the esteemed Gothic Quarter & elegant fountains of Ciutadella Park - the bars, cafés & galleries of El Born are aloof, arty & fashionably rebellious.

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Barcelona’s historic centrepiece. Get lost for hours weaving through the cobbled streets, palmlined plazas & crumbling romance of the Gothic Quarter.

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Only Barcelona could so nonchalantly boast a city beach as good as Barceloneta. Ten minutes after sipping a café negro in hipstery El Born, be in your togs on the beach with an ice-cream.

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MELON DISTRICT HOTEL

A new concept for travellers; apartments with shared cooking lounge, stylish rooms plus rooftop pool.

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MONTJUIC CASTLE

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BARCELONA AQUARIUM

FR $54 SINGLE FR $31 TWIN


BARCELONA Visca catalunya

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72 HOURS in barcelona $138

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Catalunya is not Spain. Well technically it is but many locals think it should be classed as a separate country. If you’re heading for this regional capital, you’ll find yourself in Barcelona. Oozing with mouth-watering pintxos, the famous La Sagrada Familia and enough bars serving mojitos to keep you up until the early hours, you’ll be entertained for days. And, don’t miss a stroll down the bustling boulevard of Las Ramblas. Visca Catalunya!

Some cities just have SOUL and Barcelona’s is big, beautiful, bohemian and easier to feel than to describe. But here goes. For us, it’s all about the ‘barrios’ - each of the equally enchanting but rebelliously individual neighbourhoods. So, in a city where everything is worth seeing, this is how we’d work it. Board the next hop-on hop-off bus and explore like a map-wielding tourist. Jump off to wind through the crumbling beauty of the Barri Gotic, emerging to people watch in palm-lined Plaça Reial before stumbling onto the flower stalls of busy Las Ramblas. Eschew the pricey ‘bocadillos’ (sarnies mate) and dive into La Boqueria Market for lunch. Retreat to the shadows of nextdoor El Raval for museums, skaters and drinking. In the morning, take your hangover to the beach, picnic in Parc Ciutadella and spill into the grungy boutiques of neighbouring El Born. Later, indulge in the city’s love for food with a paella class. Spend your last day inside Barcelona’s most wonderful (if not a little weird) mind, at Gaudi’s Sagrada Família and fairytale Parc Güell.

inclusions • 2 nights @ Be Mar Hostel (dorm including breakfast) • Evening Paella Cooking Class (see page 168) • Barcelona hop-on hop-off sigtseeing bus

Our city packages are all tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Gaudi & Tapas Cultural Day Barcelona Night Out (see page 168)

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GENERATOR BARCELONA

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$38 DORM $68 TWIN

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HOTEL PRINCIPAL

$108 SINGLE $60 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Party at the Fiesta Gracia Bar or chill in the games space • Rooms come with terraces and bespoke furnishings • Just a 15-minute Metro ride from the beach

• A family-run hotel with old-school Spanish charm • Just a stone’s throw from the buzz of Las Ramblas • Enjoy views of the city from the rooftop terrace

Offering private twins, dorms and hotel rooms, the slick Generator is situated in Barcelona’s trendy district of Eixample. All accomodation is en suite with power showers and free Wi-Fi, a lounge and bar. Start the day with a filling continental brekkie and celebrate sundown with tasty tapas.

This traditional, family-run hotel still holds an old-school Spanish feel and is really close to the buzzing Las Ramblas Promenade. Relax on the rooftop terrace with views of the city and the Mediterranean or hit the vibrant streets of the local area. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated with air con.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-07JAN15 (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY ONLY)

Free Wi-Fi

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BE HOSTELS

$22 DORM $30 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Be in the heart of the action with BE Hostels. Choose between two locations in Barca: BE Mar: located in the funky part of El Raval and the highly-rated BE Ramblas: which is just off Las Ramblas and only offers private rooms. Both offer free Wi-Fi, a complimentary breakfast and some free activities.

CASA GRACIA

$22 DORM $46 DOUBLE

FR FR

$127 SINGLE $87 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PENINSULAR

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This little gem, situated just a few steps off Las Ramblas, started life as a convent before being converted into a hotel in 1876. The nuns might have moved on but plenty of character remains, the most notable being the stunning, large interior patio. The basic, comfortable rooms have en suites, air con and all mod cons.

ST CHRISTOPHER’S INN

$23 DORM $62 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located next to Placa de Catalunya and seconds away from Las Ramblas, it doesn’t get any more central. Not only is this hostel within easy striking distance of all the city’s main attractions, but it also boasts a lively bar and restaurant onsite, 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a daily complimentary brekkie!

Free Wi-Fi

BCNBAR/BCNBRA

10% OFF MIN 2 NIGHTS 01JAN15-31DEC15

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Created by travellers for travellers, this hip hostel, adorned with local art and photograpghy, is ideal for social butterflies. Cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen, swap travel stories in the living / dining area or chill on the terrace. Choose from mixed dorms with shared bathrooms or private en suite rooms. All have air con.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 03JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-20DEC15

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Free Wi-Fi

BCNCAG

25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BAR

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HOTEL VIA AUGUSTA

$116 SINGLE $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

The laid-back atmosphere of this quality, budget hotel urges you to soak up the top-notch views from the roof terrace. One metro stop from the centre of town, its multi-lingual staff are more than happy to help and there’s 24-hour reception service as well as a tour desk. Choose from twin, double or triple rooms.

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CHIC & BASIC LAS RAMBLAS

$153 SINGLE $76 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

The1960s vibe and bang-on location two minutes from the Ramblas are just the tip of the iceberg in this eclectic hotel. Think retro furniture, a reception desk built out of vintage suitcases, a classic car in the lobby and huge photo montages covering guestroom doors. Throw in free Wi-Fi and bicycle hire and you’ve got it made. Free Wi-Fi

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 10JUL15-31AUG15 & 01NOV15-31DEC15

BARCELONA DAY & NIGHT

BCNPEN

$71

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FULL DAY

Kick off with a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, including Picasso’s Art School, his famous Absinthe Bar and ancient Roman ruins. Next, a Spanish cooking lesson! Guided by a local chef, help prepare (and eat) tasty tapas and paella, all washed down with sangria. Finish off, with a flamenco dancing and guitar performance. BCNBDN

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EVENING PAELLA COOKING CLASS

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$40

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HALF DAY

Tongue-tinglingly tasty, this cooking class will teach you the history of Spanish cuisine whilst you mix and drink your own sangria, create traditional tapas and learn how to make paella. Having built up an appetite, tuck into the meal that’s been prepared right in front of you and leave with the recipe so you can try it yourself! BCNSCO

10% OFF 3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY - 01JAN1531 MAR15

BARCELONA NIGHT OUT

BCNCBR

$34

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HALF DAY

Start the ultimate Spanish bar crawl by learning to mix, shake (and taste, obviously!) an assortment of cocktails, taught by your pro bartender. Refreshed, move on with your fellow party-goers to another bar, then on to one of the city’s hottest nightclubs. VIP entrance and an unforgettable night guaranteed! BCNBBC


MADRID Masterpieces, music & mad nights

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Outstanding art galleries plus fine dining and top nightlife; yes, you’re in Madrid. Imagine a painting palette which brings together the world of Picasso, Dalí and Miró, mixed with some of the best tapas you’ve ever tasted and too many bars to rattle a cocktail shaker at. For you creative cats, you’ll struggle to choose between the Museo del Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Suffice to say, you’ll be wowed wherever you end up.

48 hours in madrid

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GLAMPACKER

$93

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You need to be an Old Master to view this metropolis masterpiece and still paint the streets, so staying in the mix at U Hostel is a must. Hook up with a local to hit the classical landmarks and modernist highlights on the Madrid Then and Now tour. Locals are usually late to the party but will go ‘til dawn, so the next day mooch in the galleries or snooze behind the topiary in El Retiro Park.

inclusions • 1 night @ U Hostel (dorm) • Madrid Then and Now half-day tour

CAT’S & MAD HOSTELS

$30 DORM $41 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Both these sister hostels are centrally located in impressive historical buildings and are renowned with the local Madrileños as great places to party. Rooms are comfy and clean, with en suite twins or large dorms with shared bathrooms, plus there’s free brekkie and Wi-Fi. Both bars go off in the evening and host regular parties.

U HOSTEL

$26 DORM $46 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in a spectacular, renovated 19th Century palace in one of Madrid’s liveliest districts, this gem is perfect for social butterflies. Check out the free day tours and evening activities, hit the hostel’s nightclub or relax in the cinema. Choose from air con, standard/premium dorms and private rooms plus there’s a girls only floor.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 4 PAY 3 – 03JAN15-31MAR15 & 01OCT15-27DEC15

$136 SINGLE $76 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Tucked away in a quiet plaza's garden, close to the upscale Gran Via, you'll find this charming, central hotel. Spacious, en suite rooms are elegantly decorated and come with air con. Sightseeingweary? Relax in the classically styled bar or tea room. Bookish types will love the Olvidoteca; its library of forgotten books. Free Wi-Fi

20% OFF 2-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY - 01JAN15 - 31MAY15

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MADUHO

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GRAN HOTEL CONDE DUQUE

Free Wi-Fi

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PETIT PALACE TRES CRUCES

$131 SINGLE $68 DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

You may struggle to leave this funky boutique hotel with its modern rooms, flatscreen TVs, hydro-massage showers, mini-bar and free Internet. Once you do however, you can explore the historic centre of Madrid which is right on your doorstep. Situated next to Plaza Del Carmen, it’s the perfect base. STAY 3 PAY 2 - 03JAN15-26FEB15, STAY 4 PAY 3 - 06JUL15-31AUG15 (EXCLUDES SOME DATES)

A-LIST

HOTEL MEDIUM CORTEZO

$126 SINGLE $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This elegant little number can’t be beaten if you’re after a fashionable stay without breaking the bank. The welcoming, modern rooms are furnished in warm tones complete with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air con. The roof terrace is a great spot to relax to enjoy the city views and the city centre location is ideal.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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LISBON (custard) tarTs to die-for

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If you’re an artsy type, you’ll love Lisbon for its picturesque architecture and charming bairros. The best way to really get under the skin of this city is to explore it on foot, so grab some comfy shoes. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Torre de Belem and amble through Bairro Alto’s cobbled back streets, where you’ll find quaint 1930s-era cafés – the perfect place to sip a bica (espresso). Sore feet? Hop on the yellow number 28 tram!

48 HOURS in lisbon

shoestring

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$181

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Leave your stilettos (you too lads) at the gorgeous Oasis Hostel and hit the cobbles for the Experience Lisbon Walk, tasting your way around elegant crumbling squares and hidden laneway bakeries. That night, hit the mojitolined bars of the bursting Bairro Alto, waking up late for some serious people-watching and custard tarts. That evening, sip your way to recovery on the Sunset Fado & Tapas Tour.

inclusions • 1 night @ Oasis Hostel Lisbon (dorm) • Experience Lisbon Walk • Lisbon Sunset Fado & Tapas

LISBON OLD TOWN HOSTEL

$24 DORM $47 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

You will feel the good vibes from the moment you arrive. Centrally located in a renovated 18th Century building, close to the nightlife epicentre of Bairro Alto. Cleanliness is at the top of the list at this hostel as well as providing a free delicious breakfast, making sure you’re set up to enjoy Lisbon to the max.

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TURIM SUISSO ATLANTICO HOTEL

$71 SINGLE $43 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

In the heart of beautiful Lisbon on a cobbled street of the old town, Suisso Atlantico is an affordable budget hotel. Peaceful by day, the area comes alive by night as the young and funky gather in Bairro Alto’s numerous bars and restaurants to enjoy the vibe. Great value, the hotel also has a bar and TV lounge. Free Wi-Fi

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OASIS HOSTEL LISBON

$30 DORM $46 DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Created, designed and run by travellers, this is the hostel for you. It’s located in the city centre next to the buzzing district of Bairro Alto, in a 100 year-old Portuguese mansion, offering both dorms and private rooms. There’s a gorgeous patio garden, a bar to meet new mates, free, fast Wi-Fi and complimentary brekkie.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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LISOHL

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$90 SINGLE $50 TWIN

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LISBON SUNSET FADO & TAPAS

$92

FR

HALF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A classy design hotel at a great price! The rooms are ultra-modern and stylish, with flatscreen TVs and air con. Relax on the hotel’s outdoor terrace with a cocktail or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. The location is perfect in Lisbon’s La Baixa neighbourhood. Go on, you’ve worked for it, you deserve it - just go for it.

Revel in Lisbon’s old-world charm on this guided walking tour. Sip a sour cherry Ginjinha, the city’s trademark liqueur, take a vintage tram ride, then admire a sunset with a refreshing beer at Graça. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Alfama, visit the beautiful River Tagus then finish with tasty tapas and Fado music. Perfeito!

Free Wi-Fi

LISGAR

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VIENNA the Vinopolis of vienna

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Did you know that Vienna is surrounded by seven square kilometres of vineyards making it the largest wine-growing capital city?! With this in mind, who needs a better excuse than to spend an evening in a rustic wine tavern chatting over the good stuff. If you’re not a wine connoisseur or just not a fan of the fermented grape, grab some cheap eats at the eclectic Naschmarkt or soak up some culture at the State Opera House.

48 HOURS in VIENNA

rock solid

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$113

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Fortunately, Vienna has as many legendary coffee houses as it does ‘Heuriger’ (wine taverns) to keep you going on your Viennese whirl. Waltz through the imperial palaces, opera house and museums on a half-day Historical City Tour. We’d then hole up in a cosy tavern, head for the hipster cafés and bars of the 7th District, or if you’d rather have your wine glasses smashed than filled - hit the opera.

inclusions • 1 night @ Wombat’s City (dorm) • Half day Historical City Tour with Schöenbrunn Palace

WOMBAT’S CITY HOSTEL VIENNA

$35 DORM $51 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

The dorms at this funky Wombat’s Hostel all have private lockers, personal reading lights and power outlets to charge phones and iPods. The lobby is reminiscent of a Viennese coffee house with cosy corners. The location is known as the ‘student ghetto’ with fab nightlife and budget restaurants nearby.

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A&O VIENNA STADTHALLE

$20 DORM $32 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located close to Vienna’s biggest shopping street, the old city centre and the train station, there’s definitely something for all tastes at A&O. The hostel has a bright and fresh vibe with a welcoming atmosphere and en suite private rooms. After a long day, relax in the recently-refurbished late-night bar and chill-out area! Free Wi-Fi

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 02JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)

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Free Wi-Fi

VIEWCH

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FALKENSTEINER HOTEL

FR

An art deco-style hotel with typical Viennese charm and a friendly atmosphere. Facilities include a cosy lounge, reading room plus a generous breakfast buffet. The hotel is located in the best area of the city, between the famous Naschmarkt and Karlsplatz Square, close to the underground and buzzing bars and cafés.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 02JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-25DEC15

$89 SINGLE $58 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

$148 SINGLE $82 DOUBLE

FR

STAY 4 PAY 3 - 03JAN15-31MAR15 & 04NOV15-27DEC15

BUDAPEST DAY TOUR

VIECAR

$193

FR

FULL DAY

Cover off the top attractions on this whistlestop city tour by coach and on foot. Start at Chain Bridge, pass Parliament and take in spectacular views from Gelllert Hill. See the famous Central Market, Europe’s largest thermal spa, Heroes’ Square, the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

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VIEBUD

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

With super-chic metropolitan style, this is a fab hotel in the ritzy suburbs of Vienna. Wake up in your stylish room with wooden floors and great views over the quaint city streets and start your day with a generous American-style breakfast. Enjoy the chilled vibe and complement yourself on your good hotel choice! Free Wi-Fi

VIEFHS

HISTORICAL CITY TOUR WITH SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE

$78

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HALF DAY

This city tour, by coach, is a great little taster of this imperial city. Check out the architectural styles of the magnificent Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Burgtheatre and museums. Finish up at the exclusive showrooms of the stunning Schönbrunn Palace. Goodnight Vienna! VIEHIS

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BERLIN Ballsy Berlin

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Quirky, rebellious, artistic, fashionable and definitely historical, Berlin is the city to watch. Imagine a fusion of galleries, cool bars and boutiques where the remainder of the Berlin Wall is used as an artist’s canvas and you’ve got vibrant, modernday Berlin. Take a walking tour to explore the city’s colourful history unveiled through its many famous landmarks, chow down on a tasty currywurst then dance ‘til sunrise at one of its zeitgeist clubs.

INSIDER

72 HOURS in berlin $73

FR

We love Berlin. We’d happily wear ‘I heart Berlin’ T-shirts without any sense of fashion irony. However, Berlin parties can last at least three days and our travellers, as lovely as you are, aren’t necessarily known for their willpower. So, as you need to see the sights of this once-divided city to understand why it can party so hard, this is what we’d do. Stay in East Berlin’s Friedrichshain, where opinionated artists canvas the streets and dance all night in derelict warehouses. To avoid temptation for now (although it’s Germany so a breakfast beer isn’t necessarily frowned upon) start with the Insiders Famous Walk to witness all Berlin’s historic icons. Protocol rules you should probably then have a currywurst. NOW you can dance all night. For VIP entry to Berlin’s intoxicating array of bars, hook up with the Berlin Bar Tour. Get up (ouch) and mooch all day in Kreuzberg, a locals’ neighbourhood of zeitgeist art, canalside bohemia and beer bonhomie. Finally, think about visiting Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp - tough, but necessary.

inclusions • 2 nights @ A & O Hostel Friedrichshain (dorm including breakfast) • Insiders Famous Walk (see page 173) • Berlin Bar Tour (see page 173)

Our city packages are tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Berlin Pass Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen (p.173)

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GENERATOR BERLIN HOSTELS

a-list

$30 DORM $52 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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PARK INN ALEXANDER PLATZ

$124 SINGLE $70 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Take your pick from dorms or private ensuite rooms at both hostels • Rent a bike from Mitte - the best way to explore this trendy district • Sun’s out! Enjoy a cold one in Prenzlauer Berg’s lively beer garden

• Enjoy knock-out panaromic city views from your room • High spec, tasteful furnishings plus marble bathrooms • Chow down on the hotel’s legendary brunch, with live music!

Generator offers two great hostels in Berlin: Generator Berlin Mitte - think uber-stylish and the Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg think edgy party hostel. Both hostels have buzzing bars with daily happy hour, clean and affordable accommodation plus tons of facilities including free Wi-Fi, TV lounge and much more.

Soaring high over Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, this hotel offers modern, spacious rooms and is close to all the major attractions. The hotel boasts a lively bar with terrace and unobstructed views of Berlin, a casino on the 37th floor and a large fitness and wellness area. The rooms are a treat with heated floors and even rain showers!

Free Wi-Fi

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FR BERLIN BAR TOUR $21 Fancy yourself as a professional bar fly? Then, skip the tourist trail and rub shoulders with the locals on this ‘insider’ tour of Berlin’s very best bars and clubs. Enjoy free beer on arrival, then visit four hot bars including bohemian, velvetdraped lounges, chic cocktail haunts and authentic pubs. Knock back unlimited shots and forget about queuing - you’ve got VIP guest list entry to one of the city’s top clubs. Dance ‘til dawn with your fellow partygoers for a truly epic night.

BERPUB

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PLUS BERLIN

$32 SINGLE $47 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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NH HEINRICH HOTEL

$144 SINGLE $72 DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This hostel boasts modern, funky design and great facilities. Step inside and you’ll receive the kind of service always welcome in a strange new city! There’s an indoor pool, sauna, laundry, outdoor courtyard, restaurant, bar and café. All rooms have Wi-Fi and private rooms have flatscreen TVs. Perfect!

A real home from home, this modern hotel has space in spades - choose from rooms, suites or apartments - all with living rooms, queen-sized beds and kitchenettes. You’ll feel like you’ve got your own Berlin crash pad. After sightseeing-packed days spent exploring the nearby historical sites, it’s a welcome and relaxing city retreat.

Free Wi-Fi

BERPLU

STAY 5 PAY 4 - 15FEB15-15NOV15

a-list

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GAT POINT CHARLIE

$94 SINGLE $56 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Snag yourself a little bit of history and join JFK in his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ (I am a Doughnut) quote by staying right on one of the world’s most famous border crossings - Checkpoint Charlie. Trendy rooms - tick, own clothing line - tick, urban design - tick, minimalist design - tick. Go on - you know you want to.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

EBERNH

EBERGC

a-list

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NHOW BERLIN

$182 SINGLE $92 DOUBLE

FR

FR

INSIDERS FAMOUS WALK

$16

FR

HALF DAY

CONCENTRATION CAMP TOUR SACHSENHAUSEN

$20

FR

FULL DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Europe’s first music hotel has landed in Berlin. Situated on the River Spree in the heart of the creative and artistic scene, it focuses on design and music with state of the art in-room entertainment systems, vibrant design (they do love a splash of bold colour!) plus free Wi-Fi and two professional music studios.

Discover the history of the Third Reich and Cold War on this fascinating, fourhour walking tour. You’ll visit the Berlin Wall, the ‘death strip’, Brandenburg Gate and the Nazi War Bunkers. Then, head on to the controversial Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag Parliament and Nazi Book Burning memorial.

Delve into the dark heart of the Holocaust on this guided, six-hour walking tour of Sachsenhausen. Originally built for the Berlin Olympics in 1936, it went on to become a prison for 200,000 people, of which 50,000 were brutally murdered. Hear chilling stories of tragedy and survival during this poignant time in history.

Free Wi-Fi

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MUNICH The Bavarian capital

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Introducing Munich, the pulsing city that positively crackles for legendary booze fair Oktoberfest. Attracting millions of revellers worldwide, you’ll spend your days and nights drinking beer by the stein (ein prosit!), eating 15-inch pretzels and cutting shapes to traditional Bavarian music. If this isn’t floating your boat or you’re visiting outside of Sept/Oct, (literally) grab your skates and whizz around the Olympic ice rink like a pro.

48 HOURS in munich

glampacker

rock solid

$124

FR

So, this is our attempt to keep you out of the beer halls long enough to see Bavaria’s beautiful (read: often bizarre) capital. Jump on the free hostel tour to see the icons, veering off to watch locals surf (bizarre) in the English Gardens (beautiful). Hidden inside is Munich’s most idyllic beer garden so that’s tonight sorted. The next day, explore the fairytale castles of Bavaria’s chocolate box Alps.

inclusions • 1 night @ Wombats Hostel (dorm) • The Royal Castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Tour

WOMBAT’S CITY HOSTEL

$39 DORM

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This funky hostel, next to the main train station and a short walk from the city centre and Marienplatz, is the perfect base from which to explore Munich. The Wombat bar is a great place to meet other travellers, enjoy a drink and have a game of pool. All rooms have an en suite bathrooms, whilst some have a private balcony.

CREATIF ELEPHANT

$117 SINGLE $80 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This hotel (kudos for the great name) is located within the city centre down a quiet side street. All the rooms are clean, simple and modern, offering TV. If you want a friendly vibe complete with Wi-Fi, TV lounge, bright and airy breakfast room and a main railway station nearby, this pad is perfect for you.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 02JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-25DEC15

MUCWOM

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A&O HOSTEL HACKERBRUECKE

$25 DORM $44 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This clean and modern hostel is in a great location - just one stop from the main station and only ten minutes from the legendary Oktoberfest. It’s laid back with a cosy TV lounge with billiards, table football plus a rooftop bar and terrace boasting fab panoramic views. All rooms have a private bathroom, balcony and TV. Free Wi-Fi STAY 4 PAY 3 01JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)

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A&O HOSTEL HAUPTBAHNHOF

$78 SINGLE $47 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A two-minute walk from the central station, the crisp decor of this quiet 73-room hostel is just a taster of what’s on offer at A&O City. Modern rooms come equipped with private bathrooms, a TV and most have a balcony, giving you spectacular views of one of the greatest cities in Europe. STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-28FEB15 & 01NOV15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)

SHOESTRING

WIES’N CAMP

$115 PER TENT

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This secure and convenient campsite offers budget accommodation in permanent tents for the duration of Oktoberfest. There are toilets, hot showers, food and a little ‘Oktoberfest tent’ on-site so you can start the festivities straight away! Oktoberfest and the city centre can be easily reached within 15 minutes.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

MUCCHM

MUCVIE


PRAGUE a pint (or three) in Prague

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To say that the Czechs like beer is an understatement. Generally cheaper than bottled water and available to buy at any time, you’re going to want to mentally (and physically) prepare your liver for your Prague adventure. With Gambrinus, Kozel’s Medium and Pilsner Urquell to choose from, it’s up to you to decide what’s best of the bunch. Not a beer fan? No worries; explore the city’s medieval warrens and gaze at the gothic spires of Prague Castle.

48 HOURS in prague

SHOESTRING

glampacker

$215

FR

Prague’s eternal beauty and quirky charms have nothing to do with squiffy beer googles. However, to stop you accidentally getting stuck in at the hostel pub straight from checkin, visit Prague’s iconic squares, historic quarters, bridges and castles on the Prague Discovery tour. Having ticked off a heap of culture, hiccup your way around the legendary beer halls on the Beer & Czech Tapas Tour.

inclusions • 1 night @ Sir Toby’s hostel (dorm) • Prague Discovery Tour • Prague Beer & Czech Tapas Tour

SIR TOBY’S

$17 DORM $33 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Housed in an art-nouveau building in the hip, cultural Holesovice area within walking distance of some of Prague’s best clubs, Sir Toby’s offers shared and private rooms. There’s a communal kitchen, luggage storage and free use of computers. The Pub is the social hub, hosting events like beer tasting, game nights and barbecues. Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 10JAN15-02APR15 & 01NOV15-27DEC15

GLAMPACKER

$36 DORM $72 DOUBLE

FR

FUSION

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Just 50m from Wenceslas Square, this stylish beauty provides you with a choice from dorms to doubles, all with free Wi-Fi and en suite. Throw in a circular, rotating bar complete with a corner for shisha, a Czech gastro pub, the Soup in the City eatery, a playroom with a Skype booth and an outdoor terrace and you’ve got it made. Free Wi-Fi

PRGFUS

PRGSTL

PLUS PRAGUE

$23 SINGLE $37 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

One of Prague’s coolest hostels (part of the popular PLUS chain) boasts an awesome bar to party with new travelling buddies and is just a few stops from the city centre. Europe’s plushest hostel has an indoor pool and sauna, an amazing chill-out area with large screen TV and girls can pamper themselves in the unique PLUS Girls zone. STAY 3 PAY 2 Free Wi-Fi 02JAN15-02APR15 & 18OCT15-28DEC15 STAY 4 PAY 3 - 03APR15-17OCT15

PRGPLU

rock solid

HOTEL JULIAN

$104 SINGLE $52 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRAGUE BEER & CZECH TAPAS TOUR

$98

FR

HALF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A first-class hotel in a great location, just ten minutes from the Charles Bridge with views of Prague Castle from the terrace. Take advantage of the fitness centre with sauna, whirlpool, tanning room and gym. Or, if you want a bit of relaxation, chill in the English-style drawing room with an open fire and Irish-style pub.

Unite with fellow beer enthusiasts on this guided, evening tour of four of the city’s legendary beer halls, a microbrewery and some superb drinking holes off the tourist trail. Learn about the Czech lifestyle and beer culture throughout the ages as you sample five beers and four traditional ‘beer tapas’, hic! Includes a tram and metro ride.

Free Wi-Fi

ISIC HOLDERS RECEIVE 1 FREE BEER

PRGJUL

PRGPBC

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REYKJAVIK colour & contrastS

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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 Reykjavik is one you’ll want to visit again and again. Gawp at the swirling shades of cloudy green that dance through the sky on a crisp evening (AKA Aurora Borealis), bathe in one of its geothermal pools and hit a Friday night runtur (bar crawl) around some of its notorious nightclubs. Skál!

INSIDER

72 HOURS in reykjavik $436

FR

Three days in Reykjavik could mean you either have 72 hours of summer sunlight to fill, or 16 winter hours. Either way, fitting your runtur (drinking shots with strangers) around the geothermal pools (bathing with half-naked strangers) takes some planning. Reykjavik has the charm of a reindeer-wearing Nordic village but the spirit of a big city teenager so before darkness descends (anywhere between 3pm and 11pm depending on the month) take a day to wander. Watch the boats at the Old Harbour, join the cosy coffee culture, mooch around Kolaportio flea market (weekends) or visit the alarming number of museums - including a penis museum home to 280 human and animal err, members? Fill up on seafood and Viking-sized steaks before joining the weekend runtur (essentially a nation celebrating that drinking is now affordable). On Day 2, hide your hangover fear in the steam of the Blue Lagoon pools before joining one of the hostel’s legendary nights. On your final day, take a jeep tour to see the other-worldly Northern Lights (Sep-Apr).

inclusions • 2 nights @ Reykjavik Backpackers (dorm including breakfast) • Northern Light Explorer Tour (see page 177) • Blue Lagoon Tour (see page 177)

• Our city packages are all tailor made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Extending your city break with our Iceland Self Drive (see page 177) • Adding return airport transfers fr $62

SHOESTRING

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REYKJAVIK BACKPACKERS

ROCK SOLID

$40 DORM $56 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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CENTER HOTEL KLOPP

$80 SINGLE $48 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Looking to explore further afield? Camping equipment rental available • Choose from private rooms or dorms with shared bathrooms • Clean and friendly budget accommodation

• Need some retail therapy? Hit the nearby main shopping street • Warm, comfy surroundings, perfect after a long day’s sightseeing • Tasteful Nordic decor

This lively hostel run by travellers is located on the city’s main shopping street close to bars, cafés and restaurants. It’s a great place to meet people, with a freshly-decorated bar that organises regular theme parties, trivia nights and pub crawls. You’ll be sure to make a whole load of new mates in no time!

This clean, modern hotel provides the perfect base for exploring the Icelandic capital with all the main attractions, bars, restaurants and cafés within walking distance. Rooms come with Internet access and are decorated in contemporary Scandinavian style with wooden floors and en suite black slate bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

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ROCK SOLID

FRÓN HOTEL

$106 SINGLE $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Close to the capital’s bars, cafes and galleries, this modern downtown hotel offers stylish en suite rooms with parquet flooring and plush beds. Expect friendly service and a comfortable stay. Enjoy hearty, Nordic cuisine in its cosy restaurant or grab a bite to eat from Laugavegu - the main shopping street where Frón is based.

FR BLUE $126 LAGOON HALF DAY No visit to Iceland would be complete without a trip to famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon. Set in striking scenery in a lava field, relax your stress away in milky blue/green waters, within a steam bath or under a tumbling waterfall. If the natural pampering leaves your stomach rumbling, browse the shop for some uniquely-blended skincare products. Return transfers are included but a small supplement may be payable locally if the entrance fee changes.

REKBLL

rock solid

4

HOTEL CABIN

$100 SINGLE $62 TWIN

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

First of all, happy hour at the bar is from 4-7pm. Not sure about you, but we’re OK with this loose interpretation of an hour. Plus, you can always balance things out at the uber-healthy salad bar. A 15-minute walk along the seafront Sculpture & Shore Path into the centre, this hotel is no-frills but has neat-as-a-pin en suite rooms.

a-list

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RADISSON BLU SAGA

$162 SINGLE $84 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A ten-minute walk from the city centre, this chic hotel boasts striking urban or sea views from its modern rooms and suites, complete with Icelandic art. Enjoy gourmet Nordic cuisine at the eighth-floor restaurant, cosy up with a mixed drink in the lounge bar or indulge in a hot stone massage at the swanky spa. Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

EREKFR

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORER

EREKHC

$234

FR

HALF DAY

See the vivid, bright colours of the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky on this three-hour tour. Hop in your comfy Super Jeep then head out on a guided chase in search of Aurora Borealis. With cloudless skies, the swaying displays are usually a stunning emerald colour but can also be white, red and rosy pink if the time is right. Rest assured, if the tour goes ahead and the lights don’t show, the trip will be offered again free of charge! Departs: Daily (Sep-Apr) Meals: No meals included Transport: Pick-up from Reykjavik accommodation in Super Jeep Tour Code: REKNLH

SELF-DRIVE ICELAND

EREKRB

$1,084

FR

9 DAYS

Starting in Reykjavik, drive the whole way around Iceland from the south’s geysers, waterfalls and black sand beaches, past the eastern fjords and up to the geological wonders of the north. A host of activities are included, from snorkelling between tectonic plates at Pingvellir, a guided hike on the Vatnajökull Glacier, sailing through the icebergs of Jökulsarlon Lagoon, soaking in the nature baths at Lake Myvatn and a thrilling whale watching cruise. Departs: Daily (15 May-15 Sep) Accommodation: Basic hostel or hotel with shared facilites Includes: All activities specified and road book but excludes car hire. Please see page 29 Tour Code: REKTIC

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ATHENS classic yet CONTEMPORARY

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Sophisticated and stylish, this is 21st Century Athens. A sprawling metropolis laced with majestic monuments and an ancient past. Named after Athena, goddess of wisdom, it’s the oldest city in Europe and has undergone a dramatic facelift, spurred on by the 2004 Olympics. Think modish restaurants and bars and lively tavernas. Make sure you check out the legend at the magnificent Parthenon Temple, on top of the Acropolis.

48 HOURS in athens

glampacker

SHOESTRING

$103

FR

A labyrinth of ancient antiquity and lively concrete jungle, a ball of string won’t help guide you through Athens (nor fight a minotaur) but this might. Overflowing with treasures, see it all on one epic odyssey (well, it’s actually the Markets, Ruins & Athens tour). Catch sunset over the Acropolis before hitting the bars of the old gasworks. Next day, sleep it off behind a stone goddess in the National Gardens.

inclusions • 1 night @ AthenStyle (dorm) • Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens Tour

ATHENSTYLE HOTEL

$36 DORM $52 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

AthenStyle has it all - dorms and private rooms with ensuites, air con, free Wi-Fi and bed linen. Add in a central location beneath the Acropolis (great views from the rooftop bar), free breakfast, art and music events, a common kitchen, and all the nightlife of Psiri on your doorstep - what more could you ask for?

HOTEL EVRIPIDES

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Free Wi-Fi

ATHSTY

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ARION HOTEL

$100 SINGLE $60 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Get a grandstand view of the mighty Acropolis from the rooftop garden and bar of this Psiri located hotel. The decor is modern with elegant and contemporary furnishings. Large plush rooms include spacious marble bathrooms, cable TV, air con, fridge and some have the added bonus of even having their own balcony.

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STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN-31MAR15

ATHEVR

A-LIST

ACROPOLIS HILL HOTEL

$127 SINGLE $67 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

MARKETS, RUINS & ANCIENT ATHENS

$67

FR

HALF DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Situated in the historical heart of Athens, this stylish hotel is close to Plaka. Guests can expect breathtaking views of the city and the Parthenon from the hotel’s roof garden. With a bar and rooms equipped with satellite TV, private balcony, air con and modern design, this hotel is the perfect base for a stay in style!

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31MAR15

FR

A great location, with so much of this ancient city on its doorstep. From the rooftop garden you can take in panoramic views all around Athens including the Acropolis. Retreat to the friendly restaurant where you can pick up a buffet breakfast each morning and relax in comfortable rooms with private bathrooms.

Free Wi-Fi

rock solid

$61 SINGLE $39 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

Browse flea markets, barter for leather goods and antiquities and delve into Athens’ rich history. Accompanied by your local guide, explore Monastiraki (monastic) Square, mingle with merchants and see ancient ruins. Finish up at the mighty Acropolis where you’ll learn about the myths of the Parthenon and the Athena Nike.

Free Wi-Fi

STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31MAR15

ATHAHH

ATHMRK


GREEK ISLANDS life Doesn’t get feta than this

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The Greek Islands; a luscious combination of quaint laid-back towns, pristine waters, mouthwatering mezedes and a banging nightlife. Explore whitewashed fishing villages, uncover ancient myths and explore (snorkel and mask on head) the Grecian underwater world. Come dusk, head out into the warm breeze for lip-smacking seafood, body-busting tunes and shots of ouzo (if you can stomach it). Yammas!

SHOESTRING

VILLA VERGINA, SANTORINI

$67 SINGLE $34 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This charming seaside hotel in the village of Perrissa is only 30 metres from a black sandy beach typical of Santorini. There’s a swimming pool at the resort with a bar serving refreshing cocktails and the garden café is the perfect place to enjoy an ouzo. The apartment rooms have mini-kitchen facilities perfect for self-catering.

rock solid

HAROULA HOTEL, SANTORINI

$130 SINGLE $72 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Just 150 metres from the centre of Fira on Santorini, this is the perfect choice if you want to combine the peaceful countryside but also be able to enjoy buzzing nightlife. Great service will cater to your every need as you sip your morning coffee. Traditionally furnished rooms all have a balcony and there is also a pool to relax by.

Free Wi-Fi

$31 SINGLE $22 TWIN

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

$118 SINGLE $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

HOTEL, SANTORINI

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Tucked in the cliffside, this exclusive nine-room hotel overlooks the ocean and Santorini volcano. Luxurious, modern rooms come with plush beds, air con and balconies. Hit the restaurants and boutique shops of downtown Fira or relax in the top floor hot tub with priceless views of the caldera. Bliss! Free Wi-Fi

EYEHAR

SHOESTRING

MYKONOS

THEOXENIA

Free Wi-Fi

EYEVER

PARADISE BEACH,

A-LIST

EEYETH

rock solid

ARTEMIS HOTEL. MYKONOS

$77 SINGLE $48 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

MYKONOS & SANTORINI ADVENTURE

$555

FR

7 DAYS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Paradise Beach is the place to party on Mykonos. With an enviable beachside location, enjoy the watersports on offer! By night, hit Tropicana bar right on the beach. Stay in wooden cabins just steps from the beach. There’s a long list of facilities from shops, restaurants, bike rental and Internet. Free Wi-Fi

This is a small hotel with a friendly vibe on Stefano beach, only 2.5 kilometres from Mykonos Town. Nearby are four restaurants, a mini-market, car and bike rental. The hotel has a café and bar and all the cosy rooms have balconies with sea views. The rooms offer satellite TV, air con, a minibar and balcony.

Why not combine these two stunning islands on one pre-organised trip? Departing from the port of Piraeus (Athens), enjoy three nights on each island in a decent tourist-class hotel with breakfast to help soak up the damage inflicted the night before. Round trip ferry transfers are also included.

Free Wi-Fi

JMKPAR

JMKART

BEMSAD

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ISTANBUL shish! what turkish delights

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If you’re up for somewhere new, exciting and full of design-culture, head to Istanbul. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice with the likes of Pera Museum and Istanbul Modern, both offering their very own cutting-edge pieces. If art doesn’t draw you, grab your wallet and head to the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar; the biggest covered market of its kind in the world. The 3,000+ shops will keep you busy for weeks. Be prepared to barter.

INSIDER

72 HOURS in istanbul $287

FR

The bridge between Europe and Asia, east and west, old and new - Istanbul is a dazzling mezze of heady historical splendours and shockingly stylish nightlife. To ensure you see it all, have time for kebabs (always!) and find your way out of Istanbul’s paradoxical mazes, this is what we’d do. Firstly, get your Istanbul bearings with a tour through the city’s enchanted icons, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. Later, wander to the glittering banks of the Bosphorous for sunset cocktails and the ferocious party scene in nearby Ortaköy (kebab opportunity 1). The next day, jump a few sombre centuries back to the WWI battlefields with a Gallipoli trip, letting go afterwards in the bars of Nixantasi or Istiklal Street (kebab opportunity 2). Dedicate your final day to a cultural journey of shopping and food. Visit the Grand Bazaar before swapping the crowds of Sultanahmet for the traditional neighbourhoods of Eminonu or Fatih, searching out spice markets, authentic meyhana raki bars and tea gardens.

inclusions • 2 nights @ Orient Hostel (dorm including breakfast) • Istanbul City Tour (see page 181) • Gallipoli Day Trip (see page 181)

Our city packages are all tailor-made. To create your perfect 72 hours, ask about: • Ugrading your accommodation • Swapping any of the included tours with: Turkish Baths Experience • Adding return airport transfers fr $100

GLAMPACKER

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#BUNK BEYOGLU & TAKSIM

ROCK SOLID

$45 DORM $63 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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DIVA’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

$73 SINGLE $48 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Two cracking locations in trendy Beyoglu or the heart of Taksim Square • Chic urban design and minimalist decor with big creature comforts • Soak up views from Taksim’s top floor bar or Beyoglu’s rooftop terrace

• Dine al fresco in the Lemony Garden terrace restaurant • Elegantly-decorated rooms, most with sea views or a balcony • A charming and comfy hotel with personal touchs

As if to prove just how lush budget travelling can get, #Bunk built two smashing hostels. Perfect for arty urbanites, both hostels are fun, cultural and super stylish with heaps of kerb appeal near to chic bars and cafés. Fluffy towels, marble bathrooms and air con are a given, plus hair straighteners on request for glampack nights.

Situated in the historic Sultanahmet district, Diva’s will add a little glamour to your holiday. There’s plenty of sparkle in the chic rooms, all of which come with en suite, air con and panoramic views over the Old Town. Plus, there’s a garden with big, comfy sofas where you can escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Free Wi-Fi

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Short on time? Don’t miss a thing with this nifty, full-day tour that covers off Istanbul’s unmissable and most popular attractions. Led by a professional, English-speaking guide, prepare to be wowed by resplendent sights including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia church, the Byzantine Palace and the city’s iconic and enchanting Blue Mosque. With return hotel transfers, entrance fees and breakfast and lunch thrown in, it couldn’t be any easier.

TOPKAPI PALACE

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SULTAN HOSTEL

$28 DORM $47 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Within staggering distance of the city’s best bars, the Sultan Hostel has a restaurant serving top-notch food at great prices and a rooftop bar looking out onto the water. Breakfast, towels and free Internet are all included. With local attractions within walking distance, what more could you ask for?

SHOESTRING

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ORIENT HOSTEL

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Known as the `Hip Sultanahmet Hangout’, the Orient Hostel has it all. Comfortable, clean rooms to chill out after a day of sightseeing and haggling, a TV lounge to watch DVDs, free Wi-Fi to catch up with friends, free lockers and safety deposit boxes to keep your belongings safe. Plus, there’s a games room and terrace cafe.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi

ISTSTN

GALLIPOLI DAY TRIP

$15 DORM $30 TWIN

FR

rock solid

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MINA HOTEL

$100 SINGLE $58 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This beautiful hotel is located in the Old Town with all the main sights nearby, but you don’t have to leave the hotel to see them thanks to the terrace café bar and its panoramic views! Take in everything from the Blue Mosque to the Marmara Sea while drinking or dining in style. There’s also a sauna, massage room and fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi

ISTOHO

$142

FR

FULL DAY

GALLIPOLI & TROY GETAWAY

EISTMH

$739

FR

5 DAYS

Take a trip down memory lane on this insightful day trip. Depart Istanbul early morning and head to the famous World War I battlefields of Gallipoli. Once an area of conflict, these fields are now incredibly serene and one of Turkey’s must-sees. Stop for a tasty lunch, then visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly and Kaba Tepe Gallipoli Museum. Return to Istanbul in the evening.

See Turkey’s wilder side and get a culture kick on this getaway that includes four nights’ accommodation. Start with an old city tour of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica’s cistern. Day 3, head to Gallipoli’s WWI battlefields and overnight in the town of Canakkale. Next day, visit the ancient city of Troy, home to the famed wooden horse, returning to Istanbul that night. After breakfast your tour ends on Day 5.

Departs: Daily Transport: Air con coach Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Morning pick-up from your hotel, entrance fees & English-speaking guide Tour Code: ISTITI

Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* hotel Istanbul (3 nts), 4* hotel Canakkale (1 nt) Transport: Air con bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Ataturk Airport transfer to hotel, entrance fees & guide Tour Code: ISTIGT

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OSLO HOTEL FR $60

Whatever European trip you’re planning, we have accommodation across the continent so just give us a call and we can hook you up for the night.

NORWAY

Prices shown are per person in a dorm or twin share room

CITIES DENMARK

BRUGES, BELGIUM

GLASGOW HOTEL FR $30

IRELAND

When ‘In Bruges’ spend days strolling through cinematic cobbled streets, quaint canals and Medieval churches, drinking beer and narrowly escaping sugar comas from all the chocolate. Oh, and we’re still patiently waiting on iconic Lovers’ Bridge NETHERLANDS for the lovely Mr Farrell.

MANCHESTER HOTEL FR $52

UNITED KINGDOM

HOSTEL

HAMBURG HOTEL FR $46

FR $26

BRUGES

GERMANY

BELGIUM

BRUSSELS HOTEL FR $36

BRIGHTON HOTEL FR $58

LUXEMBOURG FRANCE

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND geneva, switzerland ZURICH SWITZERLAND

Hiding behind a straight-laced, super clean and boring banking reputation - Zurich has grown into a bit of a wild child. Host to Europe’s biggest annual street party and a regenerated industrial quarter packed with bars and trendy revellers, there’s barely a stuffy banker bowler hat in sight.

HOSTEL

FR $60

GENEVA

Geneva may be the gateway to the Alps and diplomatic capital of the world (so play nicely) but it’s not all NGOs and fondues. Discover an urban underside in the fleamarkets and jazz dens of Plainpalais or edgy bars of red-lit Les Pâquis. Totally still eat the fondue though.

HOTEL HOTEL FR $38 BILBAO

FR $118

SAN SEBASTIÁN HOTEL FR $54

NICE HOTEL FR $40

ANDORRA

SPAIN PORTUGAL

MILAN HOTEL FR $56


tallinn, estonia HELSINKI HOTEL FR $60 SWEDEN

TALLINN STOCKHOLM ESTONIA

Tallinn’s medieval charms and wild nightlife have enchanted and exhausted visitors since the early 90s Baltic breakaway. Throwing off the drab yoke of communism, discover trendsetting boutiques, experimental art galleries, burgundy-stained wine cellars and folk up all night painting the town red.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

HOTEL

Islands of wholesome green parks, vivid coloured houses, world-famous DJs and home-grown designers - everything about this city is beautiful, especially the people. If that wasn’t enough of a blonde bombshell incentive, there’s also the world’s biggest Ikea? Dunno, we just heard meatballs.

COPENHAGEN

HOTEL

CITIES

LATVIA

FR $26

RIGA

LITHUANIA

riga, LATVIA

FR $50

Copenhagen, Denmark

VILNIUS HOTEL FR $26

POLAND BELARUS

According to the UN Happiness Report (this is real) Copenhageners are the happiest people in the world. Probably because they have the most breweries per person, live in a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale city and don’t have a single hill to upset all the eco-friendly bike riding.

HOSTEL

Ruled at some point by everyone from Swedes to Soviets, Riga knows how to embrace its freedom. Stroll through the gothic spires of the UNESCO Old Town before crazy nights that are more cosmo than ex-communist. In summer, hit the beach. In winter? Well, it’s Baltic (duh).

WARSAW HOTEL FR $24

HOTEL

FR $22

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

FR $42

CZECH REPUBLIC

UKRAINE SLOVAKIA

AUSTRIA

Budapest’s faded fairytale streets lament of its dissident musical & artistic past. See a concert, avoid eye contact with fellow bathers in the hundreds of city Turkish baths and when hungary (sorry) discover a surprisingly sophisticated foodie capital. Not a tasteless goulash in sight.

HOSTEL

BUDAPEST

dubrovnik, CROATIA

HUNGARY

ROMANIA

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA HOTEL FR $52

FR $22

SERBIA

CROATIA

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Jumbled streets, gently chiming churches, ancient city walls and gold beaches lapped by the Adriatic - no, not a fantasy (although Game of Thrones was filmed here so kind of) just Dubrovnik. Journey into Croatia’s turbulent past in amazing museums BULGARIA before hitting Banje Beach with your snorkel.

SPLIT HOTEL FR $36 MONTENEGRO

HOTEL

DUBROVNIK

ITALY

MACEDONIA

FR $44

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Cancellations and Changes

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Your contract with your Third Party Suppliers may allow suppliers to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes, but accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result. If we make an error in your booking, which gives rise to a need to significantly change your booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, (we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lower value), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a full refund. You agree that this is the only compensation payable in connection with such an error.

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Period before departure when a significant change is notified

Compensation payable per person

More than 56 days

NZD $0

55-29 days

NZD $30

28-15 days

NZD $50

14-7 days

NZD $70

7-0 days

NZD $90

Despite anything to the contrary in these general terms or conditions, changes beyond our control to the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable to compensate you in any way, if a significant change is made to your booking for reasons beyond our control. These include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, and changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event. If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you depart from New Zealand, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to STA Travel and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. STA Travel has no control over airline schedule changes and accepts no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left New Zealand or Singapore, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly. If you wish to change your booking and such a change is permitted and possible, STA Travel will charge you a service fee to process the change. You may also be charged a service fee by your Third Party Supplier. For changes after departure please contact your original STA Travel booking store for details. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product or service purchased. For changes before departure please contact your original store that booked your ticket. The name in your booking must be exactly the same as your passport. Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other service providers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply. Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or e-ticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, pleasecontact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void. If you cancel your booking, the cancellation terms and conditions of your. Third Party Suppliers will apply as well as STA Travel fees outlined on your itinerary and receipt. We need to receive from you written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from Third Party Suppliers. Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.

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Insurance Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance available to you.

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Other important information For unaccompanied minors travelling overseas without their parent/s or legal guardian please contact the relevant airlines for further information. Please contact the airline directly regarding airline carriage conditions and luggage restrictions. Any contract entered into pursuant to these terms and conditions will be governed by the laws of New Zealand and/or Singapore; and supersede all previous agreements in respect of its subject matter and will embody the entire agreement between the parties in respect of its subject matter. Any indulgence or extension of time which STA Travel may grant to you will not prejudice or interfere with STA Travel’s rights and will not constitute a waive. Prices are based on low season departures and seasonal surcharges may apply.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Regardless of your destination, travel insurance is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when arranging your holiday. Imagine being sick or injured in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. Or worse still - imagine being refused medical treatment until an insurance company can guarantee your medical bills. It’s a scary thought, but these kinds of things happen all too often, all over the world. Having a 24 hour emergency assistance team of experienced doctors, nurses and case managers to call on is why having the right travel insurance is so important. It gives you peace of mind.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT POLICY

Adventure activities

When choosing a policy, it’s really important to understand what it does and doesn’t cover. While some policies may appear to be the same, quality cover is more than just high policy limits.

We automatically cover loads of adrenalin pumping activities, which means you can experience heaps more with less stress! You are also automatically covered for skiing, snowboarding, moped riding and motorcycle riding without any additional cost.

A good policy will provide cover for more than just your luggage - it will provide cover for the costs of you having to unexpectedly cancel or amend your trip, emergency evacuations, transport, accommodation and medical costs should you become ill or get injured overseas. Most importantly, it will give you access to 24 hour emergency assistance should you require evacuation for medical treatment. Make sure you check policy luggage item limits; you might find that you need to purchase additional cover for valuable items (e.g. a new camera). Also, check what excess you will be liable for in the event you need to make a claim all our international policies give you a choice of excess, including a $nil option, which means no excess will apply. Like all insurance, there are conditions and exclusions that apply to our cover. The information below is a summary only of the cover available. For full details of about what we do and don’t cover under each plan and the benefit limits and sub-limits that apply, please read the Product Disclosure Statement.

WHY TAKE OUT STA TRAVEL INSURANCE? No two travellers are the same. That’s why we’ve created a policy that lets you do more...

24 hour emergency assistance Access to our 24 hour emergency assistance team for overseas medical emergencies and evacuations, help with hospital bills and assistance should you lose your passport or travel documents.

New for old replacement Replacement or repair of lost, stolen or damaged items including mobile phones, tablets, personal computers and cameras.

Policy extensions You can see all four corners of the globe on the one policy and if you decide to stay longer, you can purchase a new policy for up to 12 months through STA Travel prior to expiry of your original policy.

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Working holidays and studying abroad Planning on working or studying overseas? No problem - we cover working holidays and overseas study.

TOUR CANCELLATION If your selected tour is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we’ll cover amendment fees to help rearrange your trip and get you on your way.

Cover for existing medical conditions We cover a range of pre-existing medical conditions at no additional charge. A medical assessment process is available for customers with conditions or circumstances that fall outside the specified criteria for automatic cover. If accepted, other pre-existing medical conditions will be covered by paying an additional premium.

THE COVER YOU CAN EXPECT No complicated plans to choose from - just great cover you can rely on. Here are some of the inclusions you can expect with your STA Travel Comprehensive International Cover: • Unlimited overseas medical and dental cover • Unlimited cancellation cover • Unlimited additional expenses cover • Access to 24 hour emergency assistance Plus, cover for: • Luggage and travel documents (including sporting equipment while in use) • Delayed luggage allowance • Money • Travel delay expenses • Hospital incidentals • Hijacking • Loss of income • Disability • Accidental death • Personal liability

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CHOOSE EXTRAS THAT SUIT YOU

Just like making your own playlist to suit your mood, you can customise your STA Travel policy to suit your trip. CHOOSE AN EXCESS The higher the excess you choose, the lower your premium will be. You can choose between a nil, $100 or $250 excess. RENTAL VEHICLE INSURANCE EXCESS COVER Hiring a car or a campervan? Don’t want to pay a massive excess if you have an accident? You can purchase $5,000 of Rental Vehicle Insurance Excess Cover by paying an additional premium. ANNUAL MULTI-TRIP COVER If you plan on getting away a few times over the next 12 months, you might like to consider this great value cover - a 12 month policy that covers any number of trips (you choose your maximum number of days per trip).

TOP TIPS • Don’t risk it. Get travel insurance. • Don’t leave travel insurance to the last minute. Remember, when you purchase a policy with STA Travel, cancellation cover starts from the time you take out the cover. • Ask for your emergency assistance card and keep it with you at all times while you’re away. • Read the Policy Wording and ask your STA Travel Adviser if you have any questions.

MORE INFO

For more information chat to your STA Travel Adviser or go to www.statravel.co.nz/nz-travel-insurance.htm This insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) Limited Company No. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent of Allianz Global Assistance. You should consider the Policy Wording before making any decisions about this product.


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