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Personally curated by The Travel Corporation (TTC) Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, Luxury Gold is a collection of travel experiences unlike any other. We explore distinctive destinations in exquisite luxury, taking you on a journey beyond the ordinary. As a member of TTC’s award-winning portfolio, including esteemed luxury brands such as The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Luxury Gold shares a passion for excellence, a commitment to service, and a philosophy that “No request is too large, no detail too small.” Travellers seeking to indulge in the exceptional should look no further than our worldwide collection of immersive luxury journeys.

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JOURNEY BEYOND THE ORDINARY

Tuscany, Italy: As part of our Chairman’s Collection, join Marchese Mazzei at his villa estate to learn about his family’s winemaking heritage. Related journey: Ultimate Italy, page 44 2

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We invite you to indulge your passions on an immersive, small group journey, offering the perfect blend of guided and independent exploration. At Luxury Gold, it’s our pleasure to make your next journey extraordinary. Allow us to share our unparalleled wealth of expertise accumulated over the past century as a family business, now celebrating its 100th anniversary. Imagine meeting Marchese Mazzei, a member of the 23rd generation of his winemaking family, at his villa estate in Tuscany. Learn about his heritage as you sip on his spectacular wines, visit his beautiful vineyard and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the following pages, you’ll sample stories from our editorial contributors – individuals passionate about travel, food, wine, history, and art – capturing the exceptional experiences that await when you travel with us. A world of immersive journeys awaits you, each with VIP experiences, exceptional dining, elegant hotels and a Travelling Concierge who’s there to tailor everything to your desires. Bon voyage!

STANLEY TOLLMAN – CHAIRMAN THE TRAVEL CORPORATION

ULLA HEFEL BÖHLER – CEO LUXURY GOLD

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CONTENTS

LUXURY JOURNEYS

USA & CANADA 14 DAYS - WITH ROCKY MOUNTAINEER OPTION 14 DAYS - WITH CALGARY STAMPEDE OPTION 16 DAYS 21 DAYS - WITH ALASKA CRUISE OPTION INDULGENCE IN EASTERN CANADA 8 DAYS - WITH NEW ENGLAND CRUISE OPTION 15 DAYS VIBRANT EASTERN CANADA & THE USA NEW 10 DAYS THE SUMPTUOUS SOUL OF AMERICA CC 14 DAYS SOUTHERN GRACE CC 9 DAYS CAPTIVATING PACIFIC NORTHWEST 9 DAYS - WITH ALASKA CRUISE OPTION 16 DAYS LUXURIOUS HAWAIIAN ESCAPE ENHANCED 11 DAYS

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LATIN AMERICA ART, CULTURE & CUISINE OF COLOMBIA NEW CC TREASURES OF THE INCAS CC - WITH ME TO WE EXTENSION NEW CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICA GRAND SOUTH AMERICA CC

10 DAYS 12 DAYS 16 DAYS 12 DAYS 23 DAYS

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EUROPE & BRITAIN ULTIMATE IRELAND BRITISH ROYALE CC CASTLES & KINGDOMS ULTIMATE ITALY CC - WITH VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS OPTION

FRENCH VOGUE CC SPAIN & PORTUGAL IN STYLE MAJESTIC SWITZERLAND HARMONY OF CENTRAL EUROPE CC TIMELESS SCANDINAVIA CAPTIVATING CROATIA & MONTENEGRO REMARKABLE RUSSIA - WITH TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY OPTION

12 DAYS 9/10 DAYS 20 DAYS 12 DAYS 16 DAYS 10 DAYS 13 DAYS 10 DAYS 13 DAYS 12 DAYS 12 DAYS 8 DAYS 22 DAYS

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8 DAYS 13 DAYS 16 DAYS 15 DAYS 20 DAYS 10 DAYS

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INSPIRING AUSTRALIA THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

INDIA ESSENCE OF INDIA WITH RANTHAMBORE IMPERIAL RAJASTHAN - WITH ME TO WE EXTENSION SPIRIT OF NORTH & SOUTH INDIA GRAND INDIA MAGNIFICENT NEPAL & BHUTAN

We invite you to join our most exclusive experiences, personally curated by our Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, and inspired by his life in travel. As part of his Chairman’s Collection, the world’s legendary locals open up their homes and their hearts, so you can meet regal figures and acclaimed luminaries. In Europe & Britain, trace the heritage of royal families by meeting their noble descendants. Join Princess Anita von Hohenberg in Austria for a drinks reception or have lunch with Marchese Mazzei at his vineyard estate in Tuscany. In the USA and Canada, hear the inspiring stories of starry icons such as Grammy Award-winning musician Charlie McCoy in Nashville and Olympic skier Rob Boyd in Whistler. Our newest experiences are in Latin America. In Colombia, meet Juan Gabriel Vasquez, a famed author shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. In Peru, meet Dr.Francisco Diez-Canseco Távara, the patriarch of one of the country’s most prominent families. These exclusive experiences are included on Chairman’s Collection journeys marked with our official stamp (above). The relevant departure dates are highlighted with CC in the journey planner box. KEY

ASIA MAJESTIC JAPAN INSPIRING INDOCHINA SPIRIT OF VIETNAM CAMBODIA & VIETNAM IN STYLE SENSATIONAL VIETNAM & LAOS

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7 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS 9 DAYS 12 DAYS

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8 DAYS 8 DAYS 8 DAYS

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AFRICA ELEGANCE OF EGYPT ELEGANCE OF THE PHARAOHS NEW ELEGANCE OF THE NILE SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA - WITH VICTORIA FALLS OPTION

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Visit: You will enter a specific site and applicable fees are included. See/View: You will walk or drive to (or nearby) the site during your guided journey, often with a brief stop and photo opportunity.

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FEATURES & CONTRIBUTORS

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CANADA FROM THE SLOPES STORY BY ROB BOYD

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JAIPUR: A NATIONAL TREASURE

Olympic skier and World Cup champion Rob Boyd shares his insider tips for visiting Canada.

STORY BY DEVENDER SINGH

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STORY BY CHEF ITAMAR ARAÚJO

STORY BY JAMES PERA

A LEGACY IN TRAVEL STORY BY MR. TOLLMAN, CHAIRMAN, TTC

Travelling Concierge Devender Singh explains how the heritage of the maharajahs is still part of modern India.

The Travel Corporation Chairman, Mr. Tollman, looks back on the company’s 100-year heritage and introduces his 2020 Chairman’s Collection of exclusive experiences.

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The chef at Rio de Janeiro’s Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant shares his insights into South American gastronomy.

JAPAN REVISITED Luxury Gold traveller James Pera returns from his journey to Japan with inspiring memories.

A FAMILY LEGACY

STORY BY BRETT TOLLMAN, CEO, TTC Brett speaks about his family’s longstanding commitment to pioneering sustainable initiatives that make travel matter.

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MAKING TRAVEL MATTER STORY BY COSTAS CHRIST

We’re committed to making travel matter and safeguarding the world’s treasures so that the people and places we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.

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EGYPT: A COUNTRY OF CONTRAST

STORY BY ULLA HEFEL BÖHLER Take a journey through time in Egypt, learning about its ancient history and modern culture.

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MANDELA: MY PRISONER, MY FRIEND, MY STORY STORY BY CHRISTO BRAND

LA DOLCE VITA, MY WAY

Former prison guard Christo Brand opens up about his relationship with Nelson Mandela.

Marchese Mazzei inspires with tales of living la dolce vita in his beloved Tuscany.

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STORY BY MARCHESE FRANCESCO MAZZEI

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THE MODERN MAORI

STORY BY TALITHA WEBSTER

OUR JEWEL ON THE NILE STORY BY MRS TOLLMAN

Mrs. Tollman and her design team bring the heritage of the Nile to life on the luxurious River Tosca.

Talitha Webster gives us a special look into her Maori roots and the culture of New Zealand’s indigenous people.

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s the Chairman of The Travel Corporation (TTC), in my over 60 years of exploring, I have been fortunate to build an incredibly successful travel company, together with my family and a brilliant team of industry professionals. My father started our family’s legacy in travel 100 years ago, by opening a small hotel in South Africa. Alongside my wife Beatrice and our children, we’ve expanded from that single hotel to a collection of over 30 niche travel brands that welcome guests from all over the world.

some of the most luxurious, award-winning hospitality companies, from the worldrenowned Red Carnation Hotels to Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.

elegance of classic hotels and supper clubs, and some of the finest chefs and restauranteurs were just starting out. People travelled so elegantly but it took a long time to get anywhere.

A few years ago, I decided to apply our tremendous experience in luxury hospitality to create a travel company that provides the very best, immersive luxury travel experiences with the perfect blend of guided and independent exploration – and so, Luxury Gold was born.

Through Luxury Gold, I get to share some of our favourite experiences with you, as you travel around the world with us.

Over the decades, our family’s passion for discovery and seeking out new experiences has combined with our drive to create superb quality, service and value in every travel business we have built.

Luxury Gold is motivated by my personal love of travel and my collection of cherished moments that I wish to share with you, enabling you to enhance your travel senses and experiences, as you dream and discover the world with us.

Our family motto is “always in pursuit of excellence”, and our philosophy of always delivering the best has driven us to create

My wife Bea and I always dreamed of travelling during the “golden age of travel” – the ‘20s and ‘30s. Back then, there was the superb

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Wherever you go, we’ll delight and surprise you with amazing experiences, tastes, sights, sounds and people. You can indulge, relax, enjoy, open up to the charm of different cultures and let us take care of every little detail, perfectly and seamlessly. Through my Chairman’s Collection of exclusive experiences, we’ve called upon our extensive connections to introduce you to the world’s legendary locals, including opportunities to mingle with European nobility and starry icons in the USA & Canada.

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Our never-ending journey of innovation sees new experiences and new destinations in 2020. On select departures of our new Art, Culture & Cuisine of Colombia journey, you can meet acclaimed author Juan Gabriel Vasquez, who was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, in Bogota.

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These are just a few examples of what Luxury Gold makes possible. Now, at my personal invitation, let’s explore the world together.

Bon Voyage!

And on select departures of the Treasures of the Incas journey, you’ll meet the patriarch of one of Peru’s most prominent families, Dr. Francisco Diez-Canseco Távara, for a reception at his beautiful villa.

FAMILY VALUES

A LONG TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN TRAVEL

Along with Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and dozens of other award-winning niche travel companies, Luxury Gold is part of The Travel Corporation family of brands. As a fourth-generation, family-owned and passionately run travel company, TTC shares its 100-year heritage and expertise in creating enriching travel and hospitality experiences with our guests.

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LOYALTY DESERVES TO BE REWARDED Past guests of Luxury Gold and our sister brands are eligible for exclusive benefits. For more details on where you can travel with TTC, see page 171 or visit TTC.com/loyalty.

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SEVEN GREAT

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EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCES

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

YOUR TRAVELLING CONCIERGE

SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

LUXURIOUS HOTELS

LUXURIOUS TRAVEL

TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE

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which lavish you with sumptuous amenities and excellent service.

Slip past red velvet ropes to visit iconic sites after they close to the public. Dine at acclaimed restaurants where the staff welcome you with a smile. And unwind at elegant hotels

Read on and inspire your wanderlust as you learn more about the Seven Great Reasons to Choose Luxury Gold.

to indulge, relax and open up to the charm of different cultures on a journey that takes you beyond the ordinary experiences.

To put it all together for you, we have an extremely professional, knowledgeable and personable Travelling Concierge who tailors your journey to your desires.

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SEVEN REASONS INDULGE IN THE EXCEPTIONAL

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hese unforgettable experiences are reserved exclusively for Luxury Gold guests and are unavailable to other travellers. Meet a fabulously entertaining bagpiper at Edinburgh Castle, renowned for being the late Queen Mother’s favourite. Stand serenely beneath the frescoed ceilings of the Schönbrunn Palace during your after-hours visit. Be among the privileged few to witness the Ceremony of the Keys, a tradition carried on for 700 years.These VIP Experiences are just a glimpse of what’s possible for you as a Luxury Gold guest.

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On Chairman’s Collection departures, meet legendary locals to hear all about their family heritage and special connection with the destinations you visit. Imagine meeting Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a direct descendant of Empress Maria Theresa of the Habsburg dynasty, at Artstetten Castle for a private sparkling wine reception.

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Princess Anita von Hohenberg welcomes you to Artstetten Castle

Visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue before it opens to the public

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Dine at the acclaimed Restaurant 1135 AD, Jaipur

Savour Michelin-starred cuisine

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ne of the best ways to get to know a destination is through its cuisine. With Luxury Gold, you’ll dive into a diverse world of exceptional dining experiences. From your first warm welcome dinner to the grand finale celebration, and all the delicious experiences in between, your journey will be a feast for the epicurious. Roll up your sleeves and learn the secrets to local cuisine alongside master chefs during your very own hands-on cooking class. Feel like you're joining old friends for dinner as you accompany an EatWith host for a home-cooked meal in cities across Europe. Indulge in the exquisite flavours and masterful techniques of renowned chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants and other acclaimed establishments. From the comfortable to the elegant, your dining experiences will be nothing short of divine and delicious.

Learn how to make sushi alongside a qualifed chef in Japan

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SEVEN REASONS YOUR JOURNEY YOUR WAY

Exploring the wonders of the Taj Mahal with your Travelling Concierge

Your Travelling Concierge leading you to your pre-reserved concert seats in Vienna

03 YOUR TRAVELLING CONCIERGE

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e invite you to savour every moment of your Luxury Gold journey, because your dedicated Travelling Concierge is with you all the way. Relax as they take care of every detail, and tailor the journey to your wishes and whims. Because your free time is precious, your Travelling Concierge is on hand to help you make the most of it.They can book spa appointments at your luxurious hotel, suggest the best places for a scenic stroll, and make dinner reservations for evenings at leisure.

EXPLORE YOUR WAY And look for days marked “Your Way,” where your Travelling Concierge will offer you a choice of included experiences. Your Travelling Concierge is on hand throughout your journey

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SEVEN REASONS YOUR JOURNEY YOUR WAY

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ur journeys can inspire friendships that last a lifetime. Exploring the world with a small group of like-minded fellow travellers can make your journey all the more enjoyable. With an average of just 28 guests per journey, you benefit from more personal service from your Travelling Concierge, while retaining the camaraderie of a friendly, sociable group. Travelling as a smaller group also means you have access to experiences which larger groups of travellers cannot accommodate. For example, at the elegant Villa Dianella in Tuscany, step up to your individual cooking stations and join a master chef for a culinary masterclass on Italian specialties followed by a delicious lunch with wine.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES Looking for an even more intimate exploration? On our special small group departures, you’ll travel with an average of 15 guests and a maximum of 24 guests per departure. Just look for the symbol on the journey planner box of each itinerary. Journeys to India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa exclusively feature small groups.

Explore the gardens of Artstetten Castle, a Chairman’s Collection experience

Learn the secrets of Tuscan cooking alongside a master chef

A private rooftop reception for your small group of new friends

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uxury Gold hotels are simply the best of the best. In terms of luxurious comfort, elegant surroundings, excellent locations and supremely high standards of service, our carefully curated selection of places to stay truly immerse you in each destination. Feel at home while abroad, with sumptuous amenities that cater to your desires. With multiple night stays in many cities, we invite you to spend your leisure time relaxing at rejuvenating spas, golfing on world-class courses and sipping on cocktails at distinctive bars. The Belmond Copacabana Palace, ideally located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic beach, is truly a home away from home. Inside its Art Deco walls, you can find a beautiful pool and spa, the finest rooms in Rio and acclaimed restaurants for your dining pleasure.

RELAXED STARTS On days with Relaxed Starts, you can set the clock for a later start or linger longer over breakfast in bed with complimentary room service. Dine at the Belmond Copacabana’s Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant Your luxurious home away from home, Rio’s iconic Belmond Copacabana

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Relax at the Belmond Copacabana’s pool

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Travel in luxury on board the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express

Discover Krueger National Park in deluxe safari jeeps

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herever you journey with Luxury Gold – and whether by road, rail or river – we will do everything within our considerable powers to ensure you enjoy the best, most comfortable and hassle-free travel experience. We always choose the best mode of transport for the destination, ensuring you travel in luxury and comfort each step of the way. Relax in our luxurious motorcoaches, customised with double the standard legroom. You’ll also travel the local way in the destinations you visit, from arriving at your Venetian hotel on board a private water taxi, to journeying through the spectacular Alps via the famed Glacier Express train and exploring Krueger National Park in a deluxe safari vehicle.

A luxurious arrival in Venice via the Grand Canal.

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s a traveller, you have the opportunity to give back to the destinations you visit and make a positive impact on the world. We share this philosophy of “treading right” with you, as we work together to ensure that the places we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. We’re committed to making travel matter by partnering with the TreadRight Foundation to support projects which positively impact the people, planet and wildlife. We want the next generation of our family to welcome the next generation of yours on vacations that connect us with special people and places around the world.

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES Working toward our long-term goal of removing single-use plastics from our operations, we’re proud to provide Luxury Gold guests with elegant, reusable water bottles so you can stay hydrated the environmentally friendly way. We commit to providing potable drinking water for you along your journey in a sustainable way.

Safeguarding elephants from harmful tourism practices in India

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Preserving the art of loom-weaving in Perugia, Italy

Brett’s family joining a ME to WE experience in Africa

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A Family Legacy

OF MAKING TRAVEL MATTER Story by BRETT TOLLMAN, TTC CEO

In 2020, we are celebrating two important milestones – our TreadRight Foundation’s 12th year and our parent company’s 100th anniversary. TreadRight is our not-for-profit foundation supported by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of 30 award-winning brands around the world. As a fourth-generation, family owned business, we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of TTC, which was founded by my grandfather, Solomon Tollman. He opened our first hotel in South Africa 100 years ago, and we continue to build on his enduring legacy. Our mission statement is to Make Travel Matter, with a commitment to creating a positive impact by helping to safeguard the people and communities we visit, to help protect and respect wildlife, and to care for our planet for generations to come. TreadRight has supported more than 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide to date. Our support is provided through grants and donations to leading partners across the sustainable travel spectrum and all funding comes from our company. We do not believe it is our place to ask our guests and travellers to donate.

We understand that making travel matter is important to our travellers and we are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact too. It is estimated that eight million tonnes of discarded plastics end up polluting our oceans annually. Since 2013, our TTC teams across the globe have logged more than 34,000 volunteer hours, including beach clean-ups of plastic waste. Since 2018,TTC and our global brands have committed to eliminating all avoidable single-use plastics across our operations by 2022. We already no longer make singleuse plastic bottles available on our motor coaches, including Luxury Gold. We are working with our partners on the ground to make sure our valued guests still have access to clean drinking water, and we will identify convenient points along their journey where they can safely and responsibly source drinking water. Even more has been done within our luxury hotels and on board our luxury river ships.

Our guests are positively impacted by our initiatives to make travel matter. We have invested in and introduced an electronic document system to replace paper, while committing to plant a tree for each guest who opts for e-documents with our partner, One Tree Planted (OTP). This notable not-for-profit organisation is focused on global reforestation, with a mission to create a world full of trees. Luxury Gold Cares and OTP are planting trees in India to help support this destination’s fragile ecosystem and the millions of people there who depend on forest products for subsistence.

As engaged citizens of the world, we all can do more, share best practices, as well as to reduce, reuse and recycle in our respective daily lives so we can help build and preserve a more sustainable planet for future generations. Thank you for helping us on this journey by being a responsible, involved traveller and citizen too.

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Matter MAKING TRAVEL

Story by COSTAS CHRIST Costas Christ is a global expert on sustainable tourism, a senior advisor to National Geographic and Chairman of the TreadRight Foundation.

At TreadRight, we believe that your travel choice can make a big difference for the people, planet and wildlife – our three pillars. That’s why we are very proud to partner with Luxury Gold. When you take a Luxury Gold holiday, you are also helping to make the world a better place. Here are just a few of our projects.

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PEOPLE: SUPPORTING GENDER EQUALITY

It is no secret that when you empower women with financial independence, you also uplift entire families and communities. Luxury Gold’s support for the Traditional Textiles Centre in Peru through the TreadRight Foundation has helped to train over 89 local women to produce artisan handicrafts that preserve regional heritage – predominantly the art of handweaving – which in turn brings financial independence and improved quality of life. Providing the organisation with professional expertise to run their shops, carry out training and expand their markets has also helped to advance gender equality in the workplace. Make the Sustainable Choice Even when you can’t make a financial contribution, learning the local history, challenges and opportunities affecting the people and places you visit, can help you be a conscious traveller.

PLANET: TAKING ON PLASTICS

Some eight million tonnes of plastic pour into our oceans every year, injuring and killing marine life. The World Economic Forum reports that if nothing is done to stop this deluge, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. In response, Luxury Gold and its parent company, The Travel Corporation, instituted an immediate ban in 2018 of more than 60 types of single-use plastic items, including water bottles, straws, stirrers and plastic bags, from all of its offices and coaches around the world. We have also funded a TreadRight social media campaign with actions we can all take to eliminate plastic waste.

From top: Quechua woman from a local community in Peru TreadRight supports the preservation of traditional handweaving in Peru

Make the Sustainable Choice By choosing e-documents rather than paper documents, Luxury Gold guests support reforestation efforts in devastated lands. Since 2018, we’ve planted over 50 acres of trees.

WILDLIFE: CONSERVATION THROUGH INNOVATION The Cape Leopard is among Africa’s most threatened big cats often targeted by farmers who fear them for killing livestock. After conducting research on the problem, we learned that Anatolian Shepard Dogs instinctually protect sheep and goats from predators. So TreadRight embarked on a project, with support from Luxury Gold, to donate Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to rural livestock farmers near Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. The result is a successful predator management strategy that has led to a rebound of the Cape Leopard population in the area.

Make the Sustainable Choice Luxury Gold guests are educated on how to avoid commonplace practices that are harmful to animals, including riding camels and elephants. We’re committed to ongoing efforts to reduce unintended abuse.

BE A SUSTAINABLE TRAVELLER

Book with a company that cares and make a positive impact by joining an immersive Luxury Gold journey and making sustainable choices.

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We stand for people, we stand for wildlife, and we stand for the planet. We ensure we don’t just tread light, we tread right. Learn more about how we make travel matter at treadright.org

From top: Plastic polluting the ocean Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Farmland near the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa

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Join a Life-Changing Experience WITH ME TO WE Luxury Gold is proud to partner with ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise providing products and experiences that make an impact, empowering people to change the world. ME to WE is a recognised leader in culturally immersive travel and a partner of the award-winning WE Charity, an organisation with over 20 years of international development work. On a ME to WE culturally immersive experience, travellers connect with local community members as they work alongside each other. Projects are based entirely on need and can include constructing a new school, digging a water well, or building a new medical facility. All projects help to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. For more about ME to WE journeys and departure dates, visit luxurygold.com/metowe

Clockwise, from left to right: ME to WE experience in Ecuador; Cocoa farmer, Ecuador; Indian schoolchildren aided by a ME to We experience; ME to WE experience in India.

EXPERIENCES IN INDIA The Aravalli mountains of Rajasthan, India, are rich in natural beauty, wildlife and heritage. Make yourself at home in a luxurious tented camp, your gateway to the local culture. Discover the wonders of rural India, including its people, language, food, challenges and opportunities. Learn a few quick words in Hindi. Join the women and participate in a cooking class. Hear a first-hand account of life in agriculture from a local farmer. And work on a sustainable development project. Related journey: Imperial Rajasthan with ME to WE, page 124

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EXPERIENCES IN ECUADOR Surround yourself by the sights, sounds and culture of the Amazon, during your stay in the beautiful Minga Lodge near the Napo River. Join the indigenous Kichwa people as you learn about their livelihood and work together to make their community a more sustainable place. Learn about their main source of income – cacao production – by planting, harvesting and processing cocoa beans alongside the locals. And meet a local shaman and medicine man for insights into the community’s special ceremonies. Related journey: Treasures of the Incas with ME to WE, page 58

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Egypt

A COUNTRY OF CONTRAST BEST EXPERIENCED WITH LOCALS Story by: Ulla Hefel Böhler, Luxury Gold CEO

Egypt has long been fancied as a destination of mighty monuments, desert lands and intriguing ancient artifacts. On my recent Luxury Gold journey, I found that Egypt is so much more. Indeed, the country’s ancient history plays second fiddle to its welcoming locals, eager to share their knowledge and traditions. Read all about my Luxury Gold journey to Egypt in the following pages.

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MY WORTHY TRAVEL COMPANION Arriving at Cairo’s historic Mena House, whether it’s after an international flight or a day of exploring, is always a treat. The tranquil, palm-fringed gardens inspire a sense of calm, while the intricately carved ceilings and elegant décor evoke the country’s rich architectural heritage. Unsurprising given its golden-age grandeur, the Mena House has played host to several notable guests, such as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, King George V and Queen Mary. What a treat indeed to count myself among these famed guests. Upon arrival on my first day, I found I had already been checked in by my smiling Travelling Concierge, Hazem. He showed me to my room, where my luggage was waiting for me, along with the most breathtaking view of the pyramids. Just one of the special benefits that Hazem and Luxury Gold had arranged. A qualified Egyptologist, Hazem was eager to share his local and historic knowledge with me. We looked at the role women played in Ancient Egypt, as he spoke of the powerful and respected Pharaoh, Hatshepsut, who renowned Egyptologist James Henry Breasted declared “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.” Although subsequent rulers tried to erase her legacy, Hazem had studied the partially remaining hieroglyphs in her temple and explained how they recite the belief that the sun god Amun created her himself. A testament to her political savvy, Hatshepsut’s grasp of religion, as well as her heritage and education, were instrumental to her becoming Pharaoh and ruling over a time of great peace and prosperity.

THE LUXURIOUS RIVER TOSCA Your Egypt adventure includes a luxurious cruise on the elegant River Tosca. Read more about the decor, dining and service on page 150.

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A GOLDEN-AGE OF EXPLORATION, EGYPT THEN AND NOW The duality of Cairo is impressive. One can get lost in its sweeping skylines and bustling streets yet remain enchanted by its old-world charm, perfectly fitting for a country whose history dates back several thousand years. There to help me navigate this vast history was Hazem. As an Egyptologist, he was an invaluable resource for exploring the famed Egyptian Museum, which holds the treasures of the Pharaohs. During our journey through the ages, he made sure to point out the notable figures like Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great, without overlooking the contributions of Nefertari, the latter’s equally impressive

wife, who served as one of his most skilled diplomats. The delights of exploring these lesser-known details of Egyptian history did not stop here.

Specially arranged by Luxury Gold, I indulged in a high tea of finger sandwiches and fresh fruits on the legendary hotel’s terrace, overlooking the traditional felucca boats as they gently glided down the Nile. As I relaxed in the colonial surroundings, I imagined

I indulged in a high tea of finger sandwiches and fresh fruits on the legendary hotel’s terrace, overlooking the traditional felucca boats. For my time in Aswan, I stayed at the legendary Old Cataract Hotel, a relic of the golden age of travel, which thrived after Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922 and inspired a wave of interest in Egypt.

myself as a bookish Agatha Christie, who – legend has it – wrote her murder mystery novel “Death on the Nile,” in this inspiring location.

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MY TIME WITH THE BIRDMAN, AND OTHER LOCALS Out of the rugged desert, in the lush oasis of Aswan I found greenery, flowers and charming locals. One such individual was its birdman. A member of the ancient Nubian community, he took me on a boat ride along the Nile, showing me its secret corners and pointing out the area’s abundant species of birds and local flora.

to visit the home of a local family, I never expected such hospitality. They believe in the mantra, “your children are my children,” which speaks to their centuries-old appreciation of close friends and family. One humble yet important tradition that continues to this day is the sharing of freshly baked bread among the whole family. Experiencing this special gesture of appreciation towards family was a beautiful thing, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.

The real beauty of Egypt for me was its people. Having the chance

Having the chance to visit the home of a local family, I never expected such hospitality.

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AN ANCIENT HISTORY, EXPLORED AFTER-HOURS Often referred to as “the world’s greatest open-air museum,” the modern city of Luxor blends seamlessly with its ancient temples and ruins, which date back to Egypt’s eleventh dynasty. Hazem was there, not only to help me understand the founding of the city and what’s happened in the 4,000 or so years since, but also to usher us behind the scenes to one of its greatest treasures – Luxor Temple.

After the temple closed to the public, we entered and explored the massive statues, columns, and inscriptions. After the temple closed to the public, we entered and explored the massive statues, columns, and inscriptions. As the sun set, its final golden hues lingered upon the ruins, gradually being replaced with the beautiful nighttime lighting, giving the ruins an added magic. Never before have I felt so small, standing next to massive sandstone ruins. With Hazem by our side, we learned something special about this ‘southern sanctuary.’ Unlike other temples, which were often devoted to a single deity, this one was dedicated to the ascending Pharaohs and central to the Opet festival, which hosted the annual recoronation ceremony. He also pointed out that the pink granite obelisk, central to the temple complex, is the sister of another famous one in Paris’s Place de la Concorde, and originally stood here by its side.

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EGYPT, WHERE LUXURY MEETS ADVENTURE “The journey not the arrival matters,” or so said author and poet, T.S. Eliot. A Luxury Gold journey through Egypt lives and breathes these words, with fascinating experiences and countless adventures on your voyage down the legendary Nile. Discover the wonders of Egypt on your own immersive journey with Luxury Gold. Related journeys: Elegance of Egypt, page 152 Elegance of the Pharaohs, page 154 Elegance of the Nile, page 158 Read on about your luxurious home away from home, the River Tosca ship, page 150

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Story by: Rob Boyd Rob Boyd is a man loyal to his home – Whistler. A former Olympic skier and three-time World Cup winner, he has explored its mountains like no other, in true champion style. We caught up with him to learn more about life in this magnificent part of the world.

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t all began at my father’s ski hill, a small one that he and my mother set up with a few friends and investors. It was here that I fell in love with skiing, the outdoors and my beautiful country Much to the disappointment of my teachers, I spent much more time on these slopes than on my studies. But those early days on the T-bar paid off, as I trained hard and eventually earned my spot in the Olympic games, hosted right here in Whistler. Looking back, while I was probably a bit too young and naïve to truly appreciate the grandeur of the Olympics coming home to Canada, I’m humbled to have participated as the ‘young hopeful.’ In my younger years, I’d make the most of my time in the outdoors – windsurfing, mountain biking, rock climbing and trail running. These days, while I still enjoy getting out with my family, I also love representing this special part of the world. I encourage all travellers to visit Canada and the west coast in particular. It’s my favourite part of North America. With the majestic Rockies, lakes and coastlines, it’s heaven for those looking to immerse themselves in Canada’s vast, pristine and truly breathtaking natural beauty.

Related journey: Meet Rob Boyd on Chairman’s Collection departures of Majesty of the Rockies, page 34.

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Learn about the First Nations and participate in an unique holistic tea workshop at Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIA:

Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia. Explore this Garden City with its historic charm, baroque architecture, colourful squares and lively waterfront.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING WHISTLER:

Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner at SIDECUT, a AAA rated, four-diamond restaurant known for traditional steakhouse fare with a modern take.

KELOWNA:

Enjoy a locally inspired menu with wine pairing from the Okanagan Valley at Quails' Gate, one of the oldest familyowned wineries in Kelowna.

VICTORIA:

Join your Travelling Concierge for a lively, farm-to-table Celebration Dinner at 10 Acres Kitchen.

LUXURY HOTELS VANCOUVER:

Located along the vibrant False Creek waterfront of downtown Vancouver, the Douglas, an Autograph Collection is close to nature with the excitement of downtown still just steps away.

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DAY 4 SUN PEAKS AND ON TO JASPER. After breakfast, continue your journey and stop for a view of Mt. Robson's snow-capped peak before arriving in Jasper National Park. (B) The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 5 JASPER NATIONAL PARK AND ICONIC MALIGNE LAKE. Embark on a narrated cruise on iconic Maligne Lake in the morning (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island before enjoying a walk at Maligne Canyon. Join a Local Expert on an afternoon scenic float trip down the Athabasca River. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine at your lodge. (B) (DW) DAY 6 ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY. Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. At the Icefields Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Later today you'll arrive at Lake Louise. Enjoy an engaging nature talk while strolling lakeside, before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. Why not upgrade to a Junior Lakeview Suite for views of Lake Louise? (B) (DW) The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 7 THE UNSPOILED WILDERNESS OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK. This morning visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, known for its reflective and bright blue glacial waters. Take in the wonders of Banff National Park at your leisure. (B) The Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Mountain View Rooms). | Heritage | ∂ DAY 8 · RELAXED START BANFF SIGHTS AT LEISURE.

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DAY 10 THE NAPA VALLEY OF THE NORTH TO WHISTLER. Depart Kelowna this morning and travel through the lush Okanagan Valley wine region. Explore Whistler and learn about its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Dine at the AAA rated, four-diamond restaurant SIDECUT. (B) (DW) Four Seasons Resort Whistler. | ∂ DAY 11 · RELAXED START FIRST NATIONS CULTURE AND HISTORY. In the morning, a First Nations Ambassador welcomes you at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the native peoples' art, history and culture. Learn about the traditional teas important to the region, before taking part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. (B)

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DAYS 3 - 4 ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. Enjoy GoldLeaf Service as you journey through lush forests and winding river canyons to Kamloops, where your bags will be waiting in your hotel room (assigned by Rocky Mountaineer). Your magical ride onboard the Rocky Mountaineer continues. Take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach. On arrival in Jasper, you will be transferred to your hotel where your evening is at leisure. (B) (L) The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. | Traditional | ∂ DAYS 5-14 Continue on your incredible journey as per the regular itinerary.

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DAY 14 DEPART VANCOUVER. This morning you will board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge all the way to Vancouver. An included transfer will take you to Vancouver International Airport, arrive at approximately 11:00, the Douglas Hotel for additional nights, or to the port for your Alaska cruise. (B)

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DAYS 8 - 9 BANFF TO CALGARY. Travel to Calgary, your home for the next two nights. Revel in the evening chuckwagon races and live musical entertainment. Take in all the action of the Calgary Stampede and enjoy access to all the events including the worldfamous rodeo and fairgrounds. (B) Westin Calgary. | Contemporary | ∂ DAYS 10 - 16 CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY. Day 10: Calgary - Lake Louise Day 11: Your journey continues to Kelowna from Lake Louise as per standard itinerary shown on Day 9.

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NOTES: Twin prices are per person. Triple and Single Staterooms are on a request basis only. The prices shown above include port taxes of €990, tips & fuel surcharge and are accurate as of 06 May 2019, for to date pricing please visit our website. # These departures feature entrance to the Calgary Stampede and include two additional nights at the Westin Calgary. Please see page 82 for Calgary Stampede itinerary details.  These departures have alternative routing and first go to Victoria, then Whistler before returning to Vancouver and will be staying at the Delta Ocean Pointe, Victoria. All departures cruise on the MS Koningsdam, except those marked with  which will sail on the MS Volendam and spend an additional night in Vancouver before boarding. Upgrades to Vista and Neptune Suite Available. Guests that book a Suite by February 28th, 2020 will receive a Shipboard Credit of USD $50 p.p. All hotel room and stateroom upgrades are subject to additional charge. § Book the Rocky Mountaineer travel option on selected dates by December 13 2019 and save €100 per person. This itinerary does not offer breakfast in room. For activities marked with an  in the day-by-day itinerary, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €670 | Triple Room Reduction from €595 to €775 | 2nd Journey €182 | Past Guest €363 UPGRADE TO JUNIOR LAKEVIEW SUITE AT FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE: Twin/Single €300 per room Triple €650 per room ROCKY MOUNTAINEER SUPPLEMENT OPTION P.P. (ACRG) From: Twin from €1625 | Single Supp. €125 | Triple Red. €100 Prices include all taxes, porterage, gratuities to onboard personnel and transfer to Rocky Mountaineer Station. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement ACRA: €3350 ACRAB: €5475. ACRAV: €5775. ACRAN: €6975. Single and Triple cruise staterooms are available on a request basis only. LOCALLY AVAILABLE EXPERIENCES: Banff (Day 8): Helicopter flight over the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies. From CAD $365 p.p. Whistler (Day 11): Alpine Lake Landing Seaplane Tour. From CAD $384 p.p. Victoria (Day 13): Seaplane Tour over Olympic Mountains. From CAD $205 p.p. Subject to change. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION (ACRA): For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €165 p.p. (ACRA), €189 p.p. (AC5A)

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8 or 15 DAYS Rich in European architecture and striking natural phenomena, you've made it to eastern Canada. A mix of English and French cultures, indulge in all the elegance this romantic journey has to offer. From the sweeping skylines of Toronto to the thundering thrills of Niagara Falls, you'll be equally inspired by both the natural elements and urban areas of this striking part of the world.

VIP EXPERIENCES QUEBEC:

Visit a secret gem on the Île d'Orléans and indulge in the different flavours of jam made with local grown berries. Then enjoy a tasty picnic lunch with cheese, bread and fruits – all produced right on the island. As you eat, take in the views of rolling hills and red-roofed farm houses.

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Experience an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to the headquarters of the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Meet one of the trainers and see where artists from around the world train for shows. Then get the chance to touch, feel and even try on real costumes and learn about this massive production of up to 15,000 costumes a year.

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Enjoy a special meeting with a retired Mountie, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING QUEBEC CITY:

Dine at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew, a modern eatery and bar showcasing creative, seasonal dishes that celebrate artisanal meats and local seafood.

LUXURY HOTELS QUEBEC CITY:

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DAY 3 KINGSTON AND THE CANADIAN CAPITAL OF OTTAWA. Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario for a tour of Canada's first capital, Kingston. Continue to the modern capital of Ottawa where you'll settle into your landmark hotel, the Fairmont Château Laurier. Reminiscent of a French chateau, this stunning accommodation offers breath-taking views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Quebec. This evening you'll meet a retired member of the renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hear fascinating tales of what it's like to wear the famous red serge uniform. In the evening, you are invited to a delicious dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 5 THE OLD WALLED CITY OF QUEBEC. Journey along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, North America's first permanent French settlement and the only walled city in Canada. A Local Expert will take you on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, tour of the iconic Château Frontenac. You'll gain access to areas not accessible to others and learn how its history is interwoven with the city's inhabitants. A private drinks reception and a lively musical performance caps off your special visit. In the evening, you'll savour a spectacular Dinner with wine at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew. (B) (DW) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City (Deluxe Riverview Room). | Traditional | ∂ DAY 6 QUINTESSENTIAL QUEBEC. Dive further into Quebec City's history with a Local Expert. See the Citadel of Quebec, Latin Quarter, National Assembly and PlaceRoyale, as you explore this city's FrenchCanadian influence. Visit a secret gem on the Île d'Orléans and indulge in the different flavours of jam made with local grown berries. Enjoy a tasting lunch picnic with cheese, bread and fruits - all produced right on the island. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Your Travelling Concierge can provide


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(Days 8 to 15)

QUEBEC

Saint Lawrence River

JOURNEY PLANNER - 8 or 15 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €338 p.p.

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TWIN

Sat 31 Aug

Sat 07 Sep €2725

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Sat 28 Sep €2750 Sat 5 Oct €2975

€3195 €3195 €3195 €3195

Sat 12 Oct €2750 Sat 19 Oct €2750

Sat 08 Aug Sat 15 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 29 Aug

€3125 €3125

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep

Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

€3125 €3125 €3375

Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 10 Oct Sat 17 Oct

€2975 €2825

Sat 13 Jun €3095 Sat 20 Jun €3125 Sat 27 Jun €3375

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Sat 09 May Sat 16 May £2750 Sat 16 May Sat 23 May €2925 Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun

STARTS

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Charlottetown

Ile d’Orleans

QUEBEC CITY

TRIP CODE: AQEC

Prince Edward Island

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Sat 08 Aug

€6625

Sat 06 Jun Sat 13 Jun Sat 20 Jun

Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun Sat 04 Jul

Sat 08 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 22 Aug Sat 05 Sep

€6575 €6575

Sat 04 Jul Sat 11 Jul Sat 18 Jul

Sat 18 Jul €6475 Sat 25 Jul €6625 Sat 01 Aug €6625

€6375 €6475 €6675

Sat 12 Sep Sat 19 Sep  Sat 26 Sep

Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct Sat 10 Oct

€7125 €7375 €7075

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  These departures operate as per the 2019 brochure. The prices shown above include port taxes of €890, tips & fuel surcharge and are accurate as of 06 May 2019, for to date pricing please visit our website. All departures sail on the MS Zaandam or MS Amsterdam. Guests that book a Vista or Neptune Suite by February 28th, 2020 will receive a Shipboard Credit of €50 p.p. All stateroom upgrades are subject to additional charge. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €338 | Triple Room Reduction from €225 to €395 | 2nd Journey €85 | Past Guest €169 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1150 to €1425 (AQEC). AQECB: From €4850 p.p. AQECN: From €6375. Single and Triple cruise staterooms are available on a request basis only. LOCALLY AVAILABLE EXPERIENCES: Helicopter Experience: Niagara Falls (Day 2): Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing. Available locally from CAD $158 p.p. Subject to change. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver: €89 p.p.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES Departures marked with

are limited to just 24 guests.

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recommendations before you hit the cobblestones of this romantic destination at your own pace. (B) (L) DAY 7 HISTORIC MONTREAL. Explore historic Old Montreal with its cobblestone streets and the Old Port. Visit

NOVA Halifax SCOTIA Bar Harbor

(Days 5 & 6)

MAINE

(Days 3 & 4)

Kingston TORONTO 2

Lake Ontario

(Days 1 & 2)

Lake Erie

MONTREAL (Days 7 & 8)

Boston (Day 15)

MASSACHUSETTS

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1 1

15-DAYS VISTA SUITE - TRIP CODE: AQEC B

Sat 09 May Sat 23 May €5725

Sydney

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the dramatic Notre-Dame Basilica to see its glorious stained glass windows. Exclusive to Luxury Gold, head behind the scenes of the headquarters of worldfamous Cirque du Soleil. Meet one of the trainers and see where artists from around the world train for the shows. Then get the chance to touch, feel and try on real costumes, as you learn about this massive production. Spend the evening at Gibbys, a restaurant full of old-world charm, housed in a 200-year-old building in Old Montreal. Savour French-inspired cuisine as you bid 'au revoir' to your Travelling Concierge and new friends. (B) (DW) Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal. | Contemporary | ∂

Join/Leave Options Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

CANADA & NEW ENGLAND CRUISE TRAVEL OPTION

2 COUNTRIES | 14 BREAKFASTS 7 LUNCHES | 11 DINNERS 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 7 RELAXED STARTS

DAY 8 DEPART MONTREAL. Your journey ends in the morning and a departure transfer to Montreal International Airport is provided. Those embarking on the Holland America Line cruise for a voyage along the St. Lawrence River and New England Coast will enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding the ship in the afternoon. (B) (D)

DAYS 8 - 15 RELAXED STARTS CRUISING THE CANADIAN AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. Welcome to your Holland America Line Canada and New England Discovery cruise for a voyage along the St. Lawrence River and New England coast. Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding the ship in the afternoon. Continue on to French-influenced Quebec City. Call in at Charlottetown and cruise past the Highlands of Nova Scotia to the port of Sydney. Head to charming Halifax before continuing south to Bar Harbor, a coastal town that serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park. Your journey ends in Boston, where a transfer will take you to Boston Logan International Airport. Airport arrival will be at approximately 10:00. (B) (L) (D) Holland America Line - MS Zaandam or MS Amsterdam. | Cruise

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VIBRANT EASTERN CANADA & THE USA Delve into the scenic roads and spectacular scenery of Canada and the USA on this dazzling journey, that takes you from historic Montreal, along the famous Kancamagus Highway and on to the Big Apple.

Central Park, New York

VIP EXPERIENCES QUEBEC:

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Indulge in the world of Champagne in the Eastern Townships. Learn about the historic controversy of differentiating Champagne from sparkling wine.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS NEW YORK:

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Take a guided tour of Kykuit, home to four generations of the famous Rockefeller family.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING HUDSON VALLEY:

Visit Hyde Park and The Culinary Institute of America. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch in the institute's American Bounty Restaurant.

LUXURY HOTELS

LAKE GEORGE:

Situated on a secluded private island on Lake George, The Sagamore Resort dates back to the 1880s and is famous for hosting families, celebrities and dignitaries alike.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO MONTREAL. On arrival at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, take a transfer to your luxury hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner in the evening. (DW) Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START HIGHLIGHTS OF MONTREAL. Head out to explore historic Old Montreal with a local guide. Later, visit the dramatic Notre Dame Basilica before heading to Quebec City. Indulge at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew, famous for its authentic cuisine and high-quality seasonal ingredients. (B) (DW) Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City (Deluxe Riverview Rooms). | Traditional | ∂ DAY 3 QUINTESSENTIAL QUEBEC. Take a guided walking tour of Old Quebec and the city's Old Town. Next, make your way to your VIP experience on Île d'Orléans at Confiturerie Tigidou, a local artisan jam workshop. Learn more about the delicious jams and life on the island.


VIBRANT EASTERN CANADA & THE USA Île d'Orléans

VIBRANT EASTERN CANADA & THE USA YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

QUEBEC 2 (Day 2 & 3)

2 COUNTRIES | 9 BREAKFASTS 4 LUNCHES | 5 DINNERS 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 3 RELAXED STARTS

Eastern Townships

MONTREAL (Day 1)

JOURNEY PLANNER - 10 DAYS

VERMONT Mt

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €638 p.p. STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 21 Sep Mon 30 Sep Sat 28 Sep Mon 07 Oct

€4795 €4875

Fri 24 Jul

Sun 02 Aug

€5425

Sat 05 Oct Mon 14 Oct  Sat 12 Oct Mon 21 Oct  Sun 13 Oct Tue 22 Oct

€4875 €4795 €5150

 Thu 17 Sep

Fri 15 May Sun 24 May

€5275

Fri 05 Jun

€5375

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Sun 14 Jun

Thu 10 Sep Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Thu 24 Sep Sat 03 Oct

€5425 €6375 €5695

Thu 01 Oct Sat 10 Oct Fri 09 Oct Sun 18 Oct Thu 15 Oct Sat 24 Oct

€5695 €5425 €5295

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Trips operate as per 2019 brochure. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €638 Triple Room Reduction from €495 to €750 | 2nd Journey €160 | Past Guest €319 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single supplement from €1950 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver: €120 p.p.

2 LAKE GEORGE

DAY 4 QUEBEC CITY TO WHITEFIELD. Journey to the Abbaye De Saint-Benoit-DuLac for a private guided tour. Sit down to a hearty lunch and learn about the cheese and cider produced by the monks. Move on to the Eastern Townships where you'll indulge in the world of Champagne at Le Vignoble Le Cep d'Argent and even learn how to saber a bottle of sparkling wine. (B) (L) Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, Whitefield. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 5 · RELAXED START WHITE MOUNTAINS SIGHTSEEING. Journey to the summit of Mount Washington via the Cog Railway. Once there, take in the summit and head to the Sherman Visitor Centre. Take time for lunch on your own in North Conway before exploring the Village. Travel along the famous Kancamagus

Atlantic Ocean

NEW YORK

Key:

1 1

are limited to just 24 guests.

Indulge in a delicious picnic lunch filled with flavoursome goodies. (B) (L)

North Conway Franconia Notch State Kancamagus Park Scenic Byway

NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Days 6 & 7)

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES Departures marked with

Woodstock

Great Camp Sagamore

TWIN

ENDS

WHITEFIELD Washington (Days 4 & 5) 2

Adirondack Mountains

TRIP CODE: AFAL STARTS

1

Join/Leave Options UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

Hudson Valley

2 NEW YORK CITY (Days 8, 9 & 10)

Highway, known for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. Tonight, enjoy a dinner with wine with your fellow travellers at your resort. (B) (DW) DAY 6 VERMONT AND LAKE GEORGE. See how the Rock of Ages quarry stonemasons work with Barre granite and view the quarry. Move on to Woodstock, one of New England's walkable villages. In the afternoon, travel through beautiful Vermont, before sitting down to a delicious dinner with wine at your resort. (B) (DW) The Sagamore Resort, Lake George. | Resort | ∂ DAY 7 THE MAGNIFICENT ADIRONDACKS. Prepare yourself for spectacular scenery as you drive through the impressive Adirondack Mountains, a six million-acre natural park that served as the playground of the rich and famous of the Gilded Age. Take a look inside the most extravagant of them all, the Vanderbilt's Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark. Dine like a Vanderbilt at the magnificent estate for lunch and find out more about the heritage of the region and the Historic Great Camps. Afterwards, return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B) (L)

ℓ 

DAY 8 FROM LAKE GEORGE TO NEW YORK CITY. See the State Capitol Building in Albany before continuing south to the scenic Hudson Valley. Visit Hyde Park and the Culinary Institute of America, where you'll enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Later, take a guided tour of Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. (B) (L) Essex House, New York. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 9 · RELAXED START MANHATTAN SIGHTSEEING. Explore New York City today. Start in Central Park before visiting the trendy Upper West Side. Make a stop at Chelsea Market, a gourmet food hall. Head to the High Line and learn how this former freight rail line on Manhattan's West Side was transformed into a peaceful public park. In the evening enjoy a Celebration Dinner at one of New York's acclaimed restaurants. (B) (DW) DAY 10 FAREWELL NEW YORK. Bid farewell to your travelling companions as you are transferred to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airport for your onward journey. (B)

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THE SUMPTUOUS SOUL OF AMERICA Join us for a toe-tapping journey of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America.

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VIP EXPERIENCES NASHVILLE:

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a private, behind-the-scenes look at the songwriting process with a local songwriter and singer.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS LOUISVILLE: Enjoy a private tour and tasting at one of Kentucky's newest members of the Bourbon Trail producing award-winning Kentucky straight bourbon brands.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING NEW ORLEANS: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Farewell Celebration Dinner accompanied by a lively jazz trio at Arnaud's.

DAY 2

℮ SCALING CHICAGO. ℓ

LUXURY HOTELS NEW ORLEANS:

The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.

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DAY 1 CHICAGO, JEWEL OF THE MIDWEST. Welcome to Chicago. Join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner. (DW) Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. | Contemporary | ∂

Enjoy an architectural river cruise and the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse. (B) (DW)

DAY 3 ST. LOUIS, GATEWAY TO THE WEST. Take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. (B) Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 4 ST. LOUIS ARCH TO LOUISVULLE. Visit the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Enjoy a dinner with wine at The English Grill. (B) (DW) The Brown Hotel, Louisville. | Heritage | ∂


THE SUMPTUOUS SOUL OF AMERICA

THE SUMPTUOUS SOUL OF AMERICA YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

2

1 COUNTRY | 13 BREAKFASTS 1 LUNCH | 8 DINNERS 20 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 4 RELAXED STARTS

(Days 1 & 2)

1

Sun 15 Sep

Sat 28 Sep €5525

CC Sun 24 May

Sun 06 Oct Sun 13 Oct

Sat 19 Oct €5550 Sat 26 Oct €5550

ENDS

TWIN

Sat 06 Jun

€6250

Sun 14 Jun Sat 27 Jun

€6725

CC Sun 13 Sep

Sun 10 May Sat 23 May €5875

Sat 26 Sep €6275 Sun 20 Sep Sat 03 Oct €6175

MEMPHIS (Days 8 & 9)

Mississippi River

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SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES Departures marked with

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are limited to just 24 guests.

DAY 5 SPIRIT OF KENTUCKY. Take a private tour of a working Kentucky thoroughbred farm. Later enjoy a private tour and bourbon tasting at Lux Row Distillers. (B) DAY 6 HIGHWAY TO NASHVILLE. Take a guided walking tour of Churchill Downs, followed by a private visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum with a retired jockey. Next, discover the history behind one of America’s favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you’ll have lunch. (B) (L) (DW) JW Marriott Nashville. | Contemporary | ∂

(Days 4 & 5)

2

KENTUCKY

(Days 6 & 7)

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Trips operate as per 2019 brochure. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €673 Triple Room Reduction from €495 to €625 | 2nd Journey €169 | Past Guest €337

LOUISVILLE

2 NASHVILLE

TRIP CODE: ARAF

STARTS

Bowling Green

(Day 3)

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €673 p.p. TWIN

Hoosier National Forest

ST. LOUIS

JOURNEY PLANNER - 14 DAYS

ENDS

INDIANA

ILLINOIS MISSOURI

STARTS

CHICAGO

LOUISIANA

Join/Leave Options Cruise Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

Frogmore

1

2

MISSISSIPPI

NATCHEZ (Day 10)

Houmas House Plantation

DAY 7 NASHVILLE'S MUSICAL HISTORY. Tour historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry for a live performance. (B)

⅔ If you are on a Chairman's Collection

departure, today you will meet Hall of Fame musician Charlie McCoy.

DAY 8 · RELAXED START MEMPHIS AND GRACELAND. The evening is devoted to a private, afterhours, and docent-led tour of Graceland. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum. (B) (DW) The Westin Memphis Beale Street. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9 · RELAXED START THE BEST OF MEMPHIS.

TENNESSEE

Experience Memphis Your Way by visiting Sun Studios or the the National Civil Rights Museum. Later today you'll visit the Rock and Soul Museum. (B)

3 NEW ORLEANS (Days 11, 12, 13 & 14)

Enjoy a three-course Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW) Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 11 FROGMORE, HOUMAS HOUSE, AND NEW ORLEANS. Tour Frogmore Plantation with costumed hosts. Visit Houmas House plantation. Learn about Creole cuisine during your cooking demonstration followed by a Highlight Dinner. (B) (DW) Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 12 · RELAXED START NEW ORLEANS SIGHTSEEING. Join a Local Expert for a tour of the city. (B) DAY 13 · RELAXED START

℮ EXPLORING THE BIG EASY. ℓ

Board a boat with a bayou expert. Gather at the famous Arnaud's for a Celebration Dinner featuring live jazz. (B) (DW) DAY 14 DEPART NEW ORLEANS. Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy this morning. (B)

DAY 10 MISSISSIPPI MYSTIQUE IN NATCHEZ. Experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside. Learn the science behind the signature Mint Julep during a mixology class.

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SOUTHERN GRACE Step into the heartland of soul music, as you travel from Nashville through Memphis on to New Orleans. Along the way, you'll meet local singer-songwriters, taste the region's renowned cuisine and experience Southern hospitality at its best.

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VIP EXPERIENCES MEMPHIS: Take a private, after-hours tour of Graceland before sitting down to a special dinner inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

 ℓ

NEW ORLEANS: Visit Houmas House, the crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road, previously voted best Louisiana attraction.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING NEW ORLEANS: Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a cooking demonstration and special Highlight Dinner.

LUXURY HOTELS NEW ORLEANS:

The iconic family-owned Hotel Monteleone offers an unparalleled combination of Southern hospitality, world-class service and historic surroundings inside the French Quarter.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN NASHVILLE. Upon arrival at Nashville International Airport, you will be met and taken to your downtown hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine. (DW) JW Marriott Nashville. Contemporary | | ∂ DAY 2 NASHVILLE'S MUSICAL HISTORY. Enjoy a tour of historic Studio B with a professional sound engineer in a 30-minute, choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by wellknown country music stars. End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry for a live performance. (B)

⅔ If you are on a Chairman's Collection

departure, today you will meet Hall of Fame musician Charlie McCoy.


SOUTHERN GRACE

SOUTHERN GRACE YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

NASHVILLE (Days 1 & 2)

1 COUNTRY 8 BREAKFASTS | 5 DINNERS 14 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 4 RELAXED STARTS

2

TENNESSEE MEMPHIS 2 (Days 3 & 4)

ARKANSAS

JOURNEY PLANNER - 9 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €448 p.p.

Mississippi River

TRIP CODE: ARNN

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 20 Sep Fri 27 Sep

Sat 28 Sep €3525 Sat 05 Oct €3525

Fri 11 Oct Fri 18 Oct

Sat 19 Oct €3550 Sat 26 Oct €3550

Fri 01 May Fri 15 May CC Fri 29 May

Sat 09 May €3895 Sat 23 May €4075 Sat 06 Jun €4175

   

TWIN  CC

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 12 Jun Fri 19 Jun

Sat 20 Jun Sat 27 Jun

€4125 €4475

Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

Sat 26 Sep €4175 Sat 03 Oct €4125

Cotton Country

Key:

Fri 30 Oct Sat 07 Nov €3875

NOTES: Twin prices are per person.  Trips operate as per 2019 brochure.

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are limited to just 24 guests.

DAY 3 · RELAXED START MEMPHIS AND GRACELAND, HOME OF THE KING. Travel to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll, where your day is at leisure to explore. The evening is devoted to a private, after hours, and docent led tour of Graceland, the mansion owned by Elvis Presley. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine inside the Presley Motors Automobile Museum. (B) (DW) The Westin Memphis Beale Street. | Contemporary | ∂

1

NATCHEZ (Day 5)

LOUISIANA 3 NEW ORLEANS

Houmas House Plantation

DAY 4 · RELAXED START THE BEST OF MEMPHIS.

CHAIRMAN’S COLLECTION

Departures marked with

Join/Leave Options Cruise Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

Frogmore Plantation

MISSISSIPPI

Experience Memphis Your Way by visiting Sun Studios or the the National Civil Rights Museum. Later today you'll visit the Rock and Soul Museum, where you'll learn the stories of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create music that shook the world. (B) DAY 5 MISSISSIPPI MYSTIQUE IN NATCHEZ. Depart for Natchez, where you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming country mansion inn, whet your palate during a mixology class and learn the science behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine. (B) (DW) Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 6 FROGMORE, HOUMAS HOUSE, AND NEW ORLEANS. Stop at Frogmore Plantation and tour the reconstructed 19th century property with your costumed hosts. Next, visit Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country.

(Days 6, 7, 8 & 9)

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In the evening, you'll learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special Highlight Dinner with wine. (B) (DW) Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START NEW ORLEANS SIGHTSEEING. Join a Local Expert for a tour of the city and visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries. (B) DAY 8 · RELAXED START

℮ EXPLORING THE BIG EASY. ℓ

Board a boat with a bayou expert to meet the resident alligators and other wildlife. With live jazz as your backdrop, gather at the famous New Orleans restaurant Arnaud's with your new friends for a Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 9 DEPART NEW ORLEANS. Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to Louis Armstrong Airport. (B)

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CAPTIVATING PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH ALASKA CRUISE OPTION The misty Pacific Northwest extends a warm welcome, with lush landscapes, sweeping coastlines and extraordinary characters awaiting you. Delight in delicious artisanal treats – from donuts to craft beer and wine – relax at grand, luxury hotels and marvel at the easy going, coastal way of life.

Landscape view of Seattle

VIP EXPERIENCES VICTORIA: Join a docent for a private discussion about the First Nations at the Royal BC Museum before it opens to the public for the day.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER:

Take in Canada's remarkable landscapes from the air, as you embark on a breathtaking seaplane flight from Victoria to Vancouver.

 ℓ

Join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. (DW) The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland. | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 2 SIGHTSEEING IN PORTLAND. Travel along the Columbia River Gorge drive, and stop off at Crown Point. Visit Vista House, a museum and memorial celebrating Oregon's pioneers, followed by a refreshing trip to Multnomah Falls. In the early afternoon, you'll replenish with some cold craft beers at a private beer tasting and learn from a local master brewer. (B)

EXCEPTIONAL DINING SEATTLE: A waterfront Highlight Dinner awaits at Aqua by El Gaucho, where masterfully prepared seafood and chops are paired with dramatic views of Elliott Bay.

LUXURY HOTELS VANCOUVER:

The legendary Rosewood Hotel Georgia in the heart of Vancouver combines the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties with contemporary design.

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DAY 1 PORTLAND, THE CITY OF ROSES. Welcome to Portland. On arrival, you'll be whisked to your luxury hotel, The Nines, situated in Downtown Portland.

DAY 3 · RELAXED START ON TO THE EMERALD CITY. Journey north from Portland to Seattle.


CAPTIVATING PACIFIC NORTHWEST

CAPTIVATING PACIFIC NORTHWEST YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

BRITISH COLUMBIA

2 COUNTRIES | 8 BREAKFASTS 1 LUNCH | 4 DINNERS 11 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 3 RELAXED STARTS

Capilano River Victoria Seaplane

(Days 7, 8 & 9)

Butchart Gardens

JOURNEY PLANNER - 9 DAYS

VICTORIA (Days 5 & 6)

Royal British Columbia Museum 2 Victoria Clipper

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €490 p.p. TRIP CODE: APNW

STARTS   

ENDS

Fri 23 Aug Sat 31 Aug Fri 06 Sep Sat 14 Sep Fri 13 Sep Sat 21 Sep

TWIN

€4225 €3995 €3995

Fri 05 Jun Sat 13 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sat 20 Jun

€4425 €4495

Fri 10 Jul Fri 17 Jul

€4575 €4575

Sat 18 Jul Sat 25 Jul

STARTS 

ENDS

2 SEATTLE

(Days 3 & 4)

TWIN

Fri 07 Aug Sat 15 Aug Fri 14 Aug Sat 22 Aug

€4895 €4550

Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep

€4550 €4425 €4175

Sat 19 Sep Sat 26 Sep Sat 03 Oct

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Experience Seattle Your Way, with a choice of a visit to the striking Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit or the iconic Seattle Space Needle. (B) The Fairmont Olympic Seattle. | Historic | ∂ DAY 4 · RELAXED START A SEATTLE EDUCATION. Take a VIP coffee education class with local Seattle roasters at Caffe Vita, where you'll learn to make the perfect cup of coffee. You then have some free time to explore Pike Place Market. A waterfront fine-dining experience awaits you at Aqua by El Gaucho in the evening. Indulge with a delicious menu of fresh, locally sourced seafood. (B) (DW) DAY 5

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prepared with quality, locally sourced ingredients from land and sea. (B) (DW) Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (Harborview Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 6 VICTORIA IN BLOOM. Head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens this morning. Delight in the local culinary specialities during a Highlight Lunch, wine tasting and farm tour at The Roost. (B) (LW) DAY 7 SKY HIGH VANCOUVER. Kick off the day by joining a docent for a private discussion about the First Nations at the Royal British Colombia Museum before it opens to the public. Take in Canada's beauty as you travel from Victoria to Vancouver via classic seaplane. Your comprehensive sightseeing tour of Vancouver takes you to Stanley Park, English Bay and Granville Island Public Market. (B) Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START HISTORY MEETS THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and appreciate the views. The rest of the day is yours to explore Vancouver. Raise a final toast to your holiday during your Celebration Dinner at Hy's Steakhouse, one of the city's most highly rated restaurants. (B) (DW) DAY 9 DEPART VANCOUVER. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as a transfer takes you to Vancouver International Airport or to the cruise port for those extending their holiday on Holland America's Alaska Cruise. (B)

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LUXURIOUS HAWAIIAN ESCAPE Hawaii's traditional greeting, Aloha, signifies love and compassion for others and nature. Experience the magic of this tropical island and meet its gentle people, as you celebrate local traditions and discover amazing historical sites, lush rainforests and palm-fringed beaches.

ENHANCED JOURNEY

Beautiful beaches of Hawaii

VIP EXPERIENCES HONOLULU: Experience a guided visit of the spectacular Hawaiian Hall at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, before it opens to the public.

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS HAWAII:

Visit a private, award-winning, family-owned-and-operated, Kona Coffee Farm for an exclusive experience to learn about the artistry of producing pure Kona coffee.

DAY 2 · RELAXED START HONOLULU'S MAJOR ICONS. Start your day with a private, guided visit of Iolani Palace, the only official royal palace in the United States. Later head to the Eastern Shores before returning to your hotel. (B)

EXCEPTIONAL DINING OAHU: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Alan Wong's Honolulu, where an innovative and creative menu brings you closer to the diverse cultures of Hawaii.

LUXURY HOTELS OAHU:

Experience luxury and unparalleled views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean from your Ocean View Studio at the Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach.

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DAY 1 ALOHA HONOLULU AND WAIKIKI. Transfer to your elegant hotel, the Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach. Gather for a welcome drink and dinner served at the open-air Market restaurant. (DW) The Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach (Deluxe Studio with Ocean View). | Resort | ∂

DAY 3 HAWAIIAN CULTURE AND FREE TIME. Take a private, guided visit of the Hawaiian Hall at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, before it opens to the public, with a Hawaiian Culture Educator. Visit historic Pearl Harbor National Monument, where you will be met by your personal veteran guide. Next, head for Punchbowl Crater, home of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The rest of the day is at leisure.


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KAUAI Waimea Canyon

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DAY 4 THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. Fly to the island of Hawaii. Visit the Kilauea Visitor Centre at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy lunch at The Rim restaurant. Explore Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube and stop at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. (B) (L) Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast (Beachfront Wing Rooms). | Resort | ∂ DAY 5 · RELAXED START KONA COAST EXCURSION. Enjoy a morning at leisure at your resort. Next, witness the artistry of coffee making with the Bolton family at their plantation.

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Enjoy an al fresco lunch with the family followed by a curated coffee sampling. Head back to your resort where there is time to relax. This evening, you have the choice of a traditional Hawaiian luau at your hotel, or dinner at your choice of the resort’s dining venues. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 6 ON TO KAUAI, THE GARDEN ISLE. Fly to the island of Kauai, where you will be met by today's Local Expert Aletha Kaohi, a direct descendant from King Kaumuali'. On arrival, head to Kilohana, Kauai's Legendary Plantation Estate. Enjoy lunch on the plantation before journeying to Waimea Canyon. (B) (L) Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Ocean View Rooms). | Resort | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START LEISURE TIME AND AN EXCLUSIVE EVENING. Meet your guide for a private, after-hours visit to the famous Allerton Gardens, with exclusive access to the Queen’s cottage. Enjoy a Mai Tai watching the sunset, followed by a private dinner served on the lanai of the Allerton Estate. (B) (DW)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Punalu’u Beach

DAY 9 HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK AND MAUI UPCOUNTRY. Drive up to Haleakala National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve. Descending through Maui Upcountry, stop at Bev Gannon's famous Hali'imaile General Store. Indulge in an exclusive lunch while learning about the unique culture of paniolos - Hawaiian cowboys. Experience Maui Your Way with a choice between a visit to Maui Gold Pineapple Plantation or an interactive glass blowing experience at Makai Glass Maui. (B) (L) DAY 10 · RELAXED START MAUI AT LEISURE. A full day at leisure. Your Travelling Concierge is on hand to help you plan your day. Indulge in delicious cuisine during your Celebration Dinner at Ko restaurant. (B) (DW) DAY 11 MAHALO HAWAII! Bid ‘a hui hou’ to the islands as you transfer back to the airport for your journey home. (B)

DAY 8 FLY TO MAUI, THE "VALLEY ISLE". Fly to the island of Maui. Head for the iconic Iao Needle State Monument, before visiting historical Lahaina. (B) Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (Ocean View Suites). | Resort | ∂

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A Gastronomist’s Guide to South America Story by: Chef Itamar Araújo Fresh, diverse and varied are three words Chef Araújo would use to describe the flavours of South America. Here he talks about how they have influenced his work at the Pan-Asian, Michelinstarred MEE restaurant.

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y passion for cooking began early, in my mother’s kitchen. It was helping here that inspired me to become a chef. I find cooking refreshingly familiar – it has always been at the heart of my family. Aged 16, I got my first job in the kitchen of the French consulate. After gaining some experience, I looked for jobs at the best restaurants, learning everything I know by working alongside great chefs such as Felipe Bronze. It was with Felipe that I first experimented with Asian cuisine, at his restaurant, Z Contemporâneo. I continued working with him for many years, perfecting my skills, before taking roles at the Belmond Copacabana Palace and its Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant. Asian cuisine fits well in Rio, as there aren’t many restaurants dedicated to this genre. MEE Restaurant is one such exception, always executing its dishes, including my personal favourite, Sea Urchin, in an authentic manner. One of the best ways to explore a culture is through its food, at both high-end restaurants and in the local markets. That’s why whenever I travel abroad, I make tasting the local food a priority. In Rio, in addition to visiting my restaurant, I’d also recommend exploring a market and getting to know our fruits, vegetables and fish – our flavours really are second to none. Related journey: Dine on chef Araújo’s dishes at MEE Restaurant on Classic South America, page 60 and Grand South America, page 62.

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ART, CULTURE & CUISINE OF COLOMBIA Delve into breathtaking Colombia and discover a land of unspoiled natural beauty, history and culture. Meet locals, gain VIP access to famous sites and indulge in delicious regional fl avours along the way.

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VIP EXPERIENCES ZIPAQUIRÁ: Take an after-hours guided visit to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, built within a salt mine.

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS HACIENDA LA SIERRA:

Visit La Sierra Coffee Plantation. Meet the owner and plant a few coffee bushes. Sit down to lunch and a coffee tasting with your host.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

BOGOTÁ: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Criterion; an award-winning classic offering sophisticated international cuisine with Colombian notes.

LUXURY HOTELS CARTAGENA:

The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, housed in a former convent, offers the perfect blend of French luxury and colonial architecture.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO BOGOTÁ. On arrival you will be welcomed and taken to your luxurious hotel. Meet at the esteemed local restaurant Criterion for your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia (Superior Rooms). | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS OF BOGOTÁ. Visit the Gold Museum for a private, guided tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Take a guided walking tour of La Candelaria and a cable car to Monserrate Hill. Enjoy lunch at San Isidro restaurant. Head out for a ‘coffee baptism'. (B) (L)

⅔ If you are on a Chairman's Collection

departure, today you will meet Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

DAY 3 PALOQUEMAO MARKET AND ZIPAQUIRÁ SALT CATHEDRAL. Take a guided shopping tour of Paloquemao Market with chef Sofia Gaviria.


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A cooking demonstration awaits at Tábula restaurant, before you sit down to a delicious lunch. Later, take an after-hours guided visit to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. This evening, dinner is served at the colourful Andrés Carne de Res. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 4 BOGOTÁ TO MEDELLÍN. Fly to Medellín. On arrival head to a demonstration of Paso Fino horses. Visit a local finca and meet its flower farmer to hear all about the estate's flower cultivation. Tonight's meal is at the contemporary restaurant Carmen. (B) (L) (DW) Medellin Marriott Hotel (Concierge Level Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂

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DAY 5 COFFEE COUNTRY. Visit Oro Molido's La Sierra Coffee Plantation, one of the oldest in Colombia. Meet the owner and learn about the artistry of coffee production. Join your host for lunch and a coffee tasting. (B) (L) DAY 6 MEDELLÍN AND COMUNA 13. Visit the Antioquia Museum before it opens to the public, accompanied by the granddaughter of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Alejandra Quintana. Afterwards, learn about the transformation of Comuna 13 from local street artist Chota and a local person who lived through Comuna 13's most violent period. Dinner this evening is at the elegant El Cielo, created by renowned local chef Juan Manuel Barrientos. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 7

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Depart for Cartagena. Travel to the village of La Boquilla and enjoy a folkloric show, before stepping onboard canoes to explore the mangroves and witness an artisanal fishing demonstration. Taste a traditional coconut drink before lunch at Karibana Golf Club. Take a private guided visits to San Felipe Fortress, Las Bovedas and Conveto de La Popa. (B) (L) Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, Cartagena (Superior Rooms). | Heritage | ∂

DAY 8 CARTAGENA IN DEPTH. Take a guided walking tour of Old Cartagena. Visit the Inquisition Palace, the Church of San Pedro de Claver and Plaza Bolivar where you'll meet a palenquera fruit seller. Lunch will be at the locally prized La Cevicheria. Meet with chef Jorge Escandon and learn about his friendship with Anthony Bourdain. Your afternoon is at leisure. Choose between three restaurants for a Your Choice Dining evening in Cartagena. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 9 LITERARY CARTAGENA. Meet the niece of acclaimed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez to learn about his life and literature. This afternoon, experience Cartagena Your Way by choosing from four exciting activities. Toast to your journey during your Celebration Dinner at the traditional Club de Pesca. (B) (DW) DAY 10 DEPART CARTAGENA. Your luxury journey will come to an end after breakfast with an included transfer to Rafael Núñez International Airport. (B)

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Visit the home of local artist Victor Delfin, known for his monumental El Beso sculpture, at his workshop in the city's trendy Barranco district.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS MACHU PICCHU:

Spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. A Local Expert helps you understand the enigmatic fortress abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century.

LAKE TITICACA:

Visit the Uros Floating Islands to learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people and enjoy lunch with the community.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING CUSCO:

Dine at MAP restaurant, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, situated on the lively, modern courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.

LUXURY HOTELS CUSCO:

The stylishly decorated and luxurious JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins.

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Cusco Indigenous Quechua lady, Cusco

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⅔ If you are on a Chairman’s Collection

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DAY 9 LAKE REGION OF PERU. Fly to Juliaca and head to Sillustani to explore the impressive burial grounds. (B) (L) (DW) Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 10

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TITICACA. Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, where locals bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes. On Amantaní Island, join the local community for a lunch of regional specialties. Afterwards, explore local handicrafts before returning to Puno where you can relax this evening. (B) (L)

DAY 11 PUNO, BACK TO LIMA. Depart your lakeside retreat and return to Lima. Savour a sensational Celebration Dinner at Matria, where chef Arlette Eulert Checa intrigues and delights with creative seasonal dishes. (B) (L) (DW) JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 12 DEPART LIMA. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers before transferring to Lima International Airport. (B)

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ME TO WE TRAVEL OPTION

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DAYS 12 - 16 ECUADOR ME TO WE CULTURALLY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE. Why not extend your Treasures of the Incas journey with the perfect sustainable Amazon experience in Ecuador. Participate in an immersive international development project, connect with community members and explore nature as you trek the Amazonian rainforest. See our website for more details.

WHY NOT COMBINE THIS JOURNEY WITH CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICA TO FULLY EXPERIENCE SOUTH AMERICA? SEE GRAND SOUTH AMERICA ON PAGE 62.

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CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICA Having influenced the works of Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, there's little surprise why this enchanting part of the world is known as the land of poets. From Sugarloaf cityscapes to the thundering chasm of the Devil's Throat, you'll experience the best of South America.

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VIP EXPERIENCES RIO DE JANEIRO: Meet Bob Nadkarni, the creator of The Maze, one of the most famous jazz clubs in South America.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS IGUASSU FALLS:

Join a Local Expert for a spectacular walk past thundering curtains of water and misty rainbows on both Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls.

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EXCEPTIONAL DINING RIO DE JANEIRO: Your Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant.

DAY 3 VALPARAISO AND WINE COUNTRY. Travel to the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Visit the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a local wine tasting. Return to Santiago for the evening. (B) (LW)

LUXURY HOTELS IGUASSU:

The luxurious Belmond das Cataratas is the only hotel inside the National Park and sits alongside the falls.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO CHILE. On arrival at Santiago International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. (DW) Mandarin Oriental Santiago. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 4 FLY TO BUENOS AIRES. Fly to Buenos Aires this morning. Taste famed Argentinean beef during a Highlight Dinner with wine at Piegari Carnes. (B) (DW)


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Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 5 BEAUTIFUL BUENOS AIRES. Get to know Buenos Aires with a Local Expert as you explore the neighborhoods of Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta. View the balcony made famous by Eva Peron and walk the colourful streets of La Boca. Experience Buenos Aires Your Way with a visit to the regal Belle Époque Teatro Colon theatre or the historical Barolo Palace. Experience an electrifying performance at Rojo Tango during your Highlight Dinner with wine. (B) (DW)

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DAY 10 · RELAXED START EXPLORING RIO DE JANEIRO. Join a Local Expert on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Savour a Highlight Lunch at Confieiraria Colombo. Visit a favela, with a special introduction to Bob Nadkarni, founder of The Maze, an iconic jazz club and community hot spot. (B) (LW) DAY 11 A FAREWELL TO RIO DE JANEIRO. Join your Local Expert on a train ride up Corcovado Hill to Christ the Redeemer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern wonder of the world. Toast to your journey over a remarkable Celebration Dinner at the exceptional, Michelin-starred MEE Restaurant. (B) (DW) DAY 12 DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO. A private transfer will take you to the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, locally known as Galeao International. (B)

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23 DAYS Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforests and Incan ruins treat you to a mystical world of natural beauty, vibrant civilisations, other-worldly relics and colonial towns.

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Meet Bob Nadkarni, a local club owner, and hear how he created one of the most famous jazz clubs in all of South America, The Maze.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS MACHU PICCHU:

Spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911 after being forgotten for centuries. A Local Expert helps you understand the enigmatic fortress abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING CUSCO:

Dine at MAP restaurant, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, situated on the lively, modern patio of the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.

RIO DE JANEIRO:

Your Farewell Celebration Dinner is served at the Michelinstarred MEE Restaurant, the vision of celebrity chef Ken Hom and led by executive chef Itamar Araújo.

LUXURY HOTELS RIO DE JANEIRO:

With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU. On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Meet your Travelling Concierge at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner at MAYTA. (DW) JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 2 LIMA, CITY OF THE KINGS. Explore the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Lima with a Local Expert. A Highlight Lunch is served at Amoramar. Experience Lima Your Way and visit the workshop of Víctor Delfín or a take a guided visit to MATE-Museo Mario Testino. (B) (LW)

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DAY 8 · RELAXED START COLONIAL CUSCO. Join your Local Expert to explore Cusco. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at the MAP Restaurant. (B) (DW) DAY 9 LAKE REGION OF PERU. Fly to Juliaca and head to Sillustani to explore the burial grounds. Continue to Puno. (B) (L) (DW) Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 10

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands. On Amantaní Island, join the local community for a lunch of regional specialties. (B) (L) DAY 11 PUNO, BACK TO LIMA. Return to Lima. Savour a sensational Highlight Dinner with wine at Matria. (B) (DW) JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Ocean View Rooms). | Contemporary | ∂

DAY 14 VALPARAISO AND WINE COUNTRY. Travel to the UNESCO-listed port of Valparaíso. Visit the boutique Kingston Family Winery in the Casablanca Valley for a local wine tasting. Return to Santiago for the evening. (B) (LW)

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DAY 12 FLY TO SANTIAGO. Bid farewell to Lima as you fly to Santiago. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner and get a taste of Chile. (B) (DW) Mandarin Oriental Santiago. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 13 THE SIGHTS OF SANTIAGO. Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth city exploration before sitting down to an included lunch. Your evening is at leisure. (B) (L)

DAY 7 · RELAXED START RETURN TO CUSCO. Travel to the Sacred Valley by train. Savour a traditional Highlight Lunch featuring a Pachamanca Feast. See llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving at your hotel. (B) (L) JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 15 FLY TO BUENOS AIRES. Fly to Buenos Aires this morning. Taste famed Argentinean beef during a Highlight Dinner with wine at Piegari Carnes. (B) (DW) Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 16 BEAUTIFUL BUENOS AIRES. Get to know Buenos Aires with your Local Expert. Experience Buenos Aires Your Way with a visit to the Belle Époque Teatro Colon theatre or the Barolo Palace. Experience an electrifying performance at Rojo Tango during your Highlight Dinner with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 17 · RELAXED START PAMPAS, ESTANCIAS AND GAUCHOS. Experience a traditional Argentinian Estancia. Get a taste of gaucho life with a delicious asado Highlight Lunch. (B) (LW) DAY 18 THE FALLS OF IGUASSU. Fly to Iguassu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Devil's Throat with your Local Expert. Dinner is served at your luxurious resort. (B) (DW) Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu. | Heritage | ∂


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DAY 20 RIO DE JANEIRO, CITY OF SAMBA. Fly to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Settle in with a Highlight Dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse. (B) (DW) Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 21 · RELAXED START EXPLORING RIO. Join a Local Expert on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Savour a Highlight Lunch at Confieiraria Colombo. Visit a favela, with a special introduction to Bob Nadkarni, founder of The Maze, an iconic jazz club and community hot spot. (B) (LW)

DAY 22 FAREWELL TO RIO DE JANEIRO. Take a train ride to Christ the Redeemer statue with your Local Expert. Toast to your journey during your Celebration Dinner at the Michelinstarred MEE Restaurant. (B) (DW)

Join Dr. Francisco Diez-Canseco Távara on departures marked with a symbol.

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La Dolce Vita, My Way Story by: Marchese Francesco Mazzei Based in the Chianti region of Tuscany and the patriarch of the Mazzei wine dynasty, Marchese Francesco Mazzei is a man dedicated to living the good life.

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“ Savour every element – its food, its wine, its beauty and art. ” My family has owned our estate since 1435 and has housed 25 generations of Mazzeis in that time. Despite growing up with all the rich heritage Tuscany has to offer, I am still discovering new things about my country. I encourage you to visit and find your own adventure in Italy. When visiting, try not to rush your journey. Savour every element – its food, its wine, its beauty and art. Don’t try to see everything all at once or you’ll miss its soul. Like with the abundance of riches in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you won’t be able to see everything in one day. Focus on a period or artist to truly treasure the experience. The same can be said for Italy itself. It’s a destination one should visit time and time again. On each return, it only gets better. Meet Marchese Mazzei at Castello di Fonterutoli and savour a leisurely lunch with wine at his Osteria. Related journey: Meet Marchese Mazzei on Chairman’s Collection departures of Ultimate Italy, page 78. 66

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12 DAYS Welcome to the Emerald Isle. A storyteller's paradise, you'll explore the natural elements of this vibrant country, meeting some colourful characters along the way. From esteemed author and Dubliner, Trevor White, to Killarney locals and the lively performers of Gaelic Roots - who will teach you a few moves - you're in for a journey rich in history, fascinating local insights and lots of laughter! We are certain the breathtaking landscapes and lyrical personality will have you leaving this rugged, fairytale land inspired.

VIP EXPERIENCES DUBLIN:

Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal afterhours tour of The Little Musuem of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his work, his life as a Dublin local and what it means to be a Dubliner. You'll also receive a signed copy of his latest book, 'Alfie.'

KILLARNEY:

Learn how to Irish dance with the best of the best. The performers of Gaelic Roots will give you a simple dance class before you later watch them take to the stage from your VIP seats.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS GIANT'S CAUSEWAY:

Visit this iconic site on a private tour with a wildlife ranger and learn more about this majestic phenomenon.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING KILKENNY:

Gourmet dining and opulent ambience, the Michelin-starred restaurant Lady Helen will allure your senses with its ambitious and visually impressive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients from the estate, the country and the coast.

LUXURY HOTELS ASHFORD CASTLE:

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO ENERGETIC BELFAST. Welcome to the memorable capital of Northern Ireland. On arrival at Belfast International Airport a complimentary transfer will take you to your luxurious hotel for the next three nights. Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, you'll have time to get settled in.

DAY 3 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY AND LONDONDERRY. See Northern Ireland's most spectacular geological wonders at the Giant's Causeway, on a private tour with a local ranger who will explain its ancient history and impressive formation. Next, you'll head to Londonderry to meet Ronan, a Local Expert and one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers. He'll share local tales and advise you on where best to head for lunch. The evening is yours at leisure, so why not head back to your luxury hotel and make the most of its facilities? (B)

Join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travelling companions at 18:00 for a delicious Welcome Dinner. (DW) Grand Central Hotel, Belfast. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS OF BELFAST. Delve into Northern Ireland's inspiring and heartbreaking history in Belfast. Begin the day at the Titanic Belfast Museum. With your Local Expert enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast, hear the history of the city and learn about the city's progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. (B)

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DAY 4 VIBRANT DUBLIN. Journey to Dublin, a haven for literary buffs and Guinness lovers. Take a city tour with your Travelling Concierge to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle, before heading to the Little Museum of Dublin after hours. This experience taps into Ireland's dynamic history in an animated way. You'll explore the museum with its founder, respected author Trevor White, who'll also provide you with a signed copy of his critically acclaimed book, 'Alfie.' Enjoy a glass of prosecco with him as you learn more about the lives of Dubliners. (B) Dylan Hotel, Dublin. | Boutique | ∂

DAY 5 A TRULY IRISH EXPERIENCE. Head to the iconic Guinness Storehouse, which you'll explore before it opens to the public, with a private opportunity to learn to pull the perfect pint. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Dublin. Why not head to the National Museum of Ireland or the Dublin City Gallery? If more Guinness is on your mind, ask your Travelling Concierge for local advice on the best pubs Dublin has to offer. (B)

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DAY 6 · RELAXED START GLENDALOUGH TO KILKENNY. Travel to Glendalough, where you'll explore with a Local Expert. Continue to the medieval town of Kilkenny. Known as the Marble City, take a stroll on Kilkenny’s marble mile which is a trail that links Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral and filled with shops, pubs, restaurants and picturesque alleyways. End the day with a Michelin-starred dinner at Lady Helen and savour a dish prepared using locally-sourced ingredients. (B) (DW) Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny. | Historic | ∂ DAY 7 BANTER IN BLARNEY. See the spectacular Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of the High Kings of Munster. You then visit Blarney Castle, where legend


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DAY 9 EXPLORING LIMERICK. Start your day with a jaunting car ride. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula to witness the craggy clifftops and rolling hills that have inspired films such as 'Ryan's Daughter'. Head on to the village of Adare. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and charm, this heritage town is a worthy detour for budding photographers looking to document their journey. Your travels continue to Limerick where your Travelling Concierge leads you on an orientation of the city. While here you'll see St. Mary's Cathedral and the city's stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. (B) The Savoy Hotel, Limerick. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 10 REGAL COUNTY MAYO. Travel through beautiful Country Clare and stop to admire the Cliffs of Moher. Continue to Galway where you'll explore with your Travelling Concierge. Journey on to the pretty village of Cong in County Mayo. This beautiful destination houses the famous Ashford Castle, where on arrival a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. This luxury hotel was formerly home of the Guinness family and boasts sumptuous rooms, antique furniture and unique historic features. The castle is set upon an idyllic 350-acre estate, making it a dreamy location for relaxing, romantic getaways.

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Experience Ashford Castle Your Way with a choice between a unique falconry experience or scrumptious afternoon tea. Your final day culminates with a Celebration Dinner where you can share stories from the journey with your newfound friends, over dinner and wine. (B) (DW) DAY 12 DEPART SHANNON. It's time to say goodbye or 'slán' to your fellow travellers, as a transfer takes you to Shannon airport. (B)

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You're invited to the Tower of London to experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys. This ancient gate-closing ritual has been carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the past 700 years.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS YORK:

Appreciate the beauty of York Your Way, as you either join a Local Expert for an exploration of the city walls, or embark on a leisurely guided tour of York Minster.

EDINBURGH:

Perched high atop a dramatic black basalt outcrop, Edinburgh's spectacular castle affords magnificent views of many of the city's landmarks, including the Royal Mile, Princes Street, and the long green swath of Princes Street Gardens.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING BATH:

Experience an exquisite Highlight Dinner at The Bybrook, a Michelin-starred restaurant, in the heart of the British countryside.

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Overlooking Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace is a historic, five-star hotel that exudes aristocratic luxury, serene comfort and exceptional service. Recently renovated, you will relax in elegantly furnished rooms where traditional style blends with modern technology.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO LONDON. On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, you will begin your journey with a transfer in a chic Mercedes Benz, along with other guests arriving at a similar time, to the luxurious Rubens at the Palace, an exquisite five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace. At 18:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions to savour classic British cuisine at a grand Welcome Dinner hosted at the English Grill restaurant. (DW) The Rubens at the Palace, London. | Historic | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START TRADITIONS AND TREASURES OF LONDON. Once the centre of an empire, London is no doubt one of the world's greatest cities. Meet your Local Expert, who will share the city's fascinating history, as you see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. At the Household Cavalry Museum, uncover the secret messages hidden within a cavalryman's uniform and try on the royal uniform for yourself. At Buckingham Palace, witness the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony, when available, before an afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner as you please with your knowledgeable Travelling Concierge on hand for restaurant recommendations. Tonight, enjoy a special visit to the Tower of London with a serving Yeoman Warder, before witnessing the historic Ceremony of the Keys. (B)

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DAY 3 STONEHENGE AND GEORGIAN BATH. Begin your journey this morning at the mysterious Stonehenge, and stand in awe of the scale of arguably Britain's most wellknown UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your travels to the Georgian city of Bath. Take a walk along streets lined with exquisite architecture and immerse yourself within the city's contemporary atmosphere. Enjoy a spectacular Highlight Dinner at The Bybrook, a Michelin-starred restaurant. With each Michelin-starred restaurant around the world meticulously selected based on outstanding food quality, you are in for an unrivalled indulgence. (B) (DW) Francis Hotel, Bath. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 4 COTSWOLDS, STRATFORD-UPONAVON AND YORK. Explore the famous Roman Baths, one of the greatest spas of the ancient world. Continue your journey through the Cotswolds which is among the most unspoiled regions of England, famous for gentle rolling hillsides and green river valleys, where time has stood still for over 300 years. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, before continuing on to York. (B) The Grand, York | Historic | ∂

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to witness The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the most spectacular military concerts on earth. This renowned showcase of military pageantry boasts performers from 48 countries. Enjoy the sounds and sights of bagpipes rising, drums cracking through the night air and performers dressed in tunics, kilts and tartans with Edinburgh Castle lit up as a dramatic backdrop. (B) you are travelling on a Chairman's ⅔ IfCollection departure, you will meet her

Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland, as she personally welcomes you for a private tour of her beloved Alnwick Castle Gardens. Indulge in a seasonal lunch, before joining a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th Century castle.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES Departure marked with  is limited to just 24 guests.

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This evening, enter the dramatic ruins of Lowther Castle and take time to explore the ancient grounds. Enjoy a private dinner in the sculpture gallery which overlooks the castle gardens. (B) (DW) Leeming House, Ullswater, English Lake District. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 7 ALNWICK CASTLE. Journey to majestic Alnwick Castle to explore its magnificent interiors and striking medieval architecture. Travel up to the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh for an evening at leisure. Your Travelling Concierge will happily guide you to the best local restaurants and attractions. In August, you're invited

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The Glasshouse, Edinburgh. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 8 · RELAXED START HIGHLIGHTS OF BEAUTIFUL EDINBURGH. Enjoy a visit to magnificent Edinburgh Castle, Scotland's most visited landmark. Skip the queue and join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the castle. Travel along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of Holyrood Palace, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century. In true Gaelic style, meet a professional bagpiper, who is said to have been the Queen Mother's favourite, and be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales of Scottish culture, whilst enjoying tea and scones.

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Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

You're invited to the Tower of London to experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys. This ancient gate-closing ritual has been carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the past 700 years.

DUBLIN:

Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal after-hours tour of The Little Musuem of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his work, his life as a Dublin local and what it means to be a Dubliner. You'll also receive a signed copy of his latest book, 'Alfie.'

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Gourmet dining and opulent ambience, the Michelin-starred restaurant Lady Helen will allure your senses with its ambitious and visually impressive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients from the estate, the country and the coast.

LUXURY HOTELS ASHFORD CASTLE:

Magnificent Ashford Castle is set in a 350-acre estate in the countryside. It is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or simply to get back to nature. Expect warm Irish hospitality and charm aplenty.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO LONDON. On arrival at London Heathrow Airport you are transferred to the Rubens at the Palace located across the road from Buckingham Palace, where you are at leisure for the afternoon. At 18:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a grand Welcome Dinner hosted the English Grill restaurant. (DW) The Rubens at the Palace, London. | Historic | ∂ DAYS 2 - 8 THE ROYALTIES OF BRITAIN. Discover the best of what Britain has to offer. Meet iconic personalities, such as a bagpiper in Edinburgh. You will also be privileged to a selection of exclusive VIP experiences, including visiting the Tower of London to witness the Ceremony of the Keys, a ritual that has been carried out by the Beefeaters, for the past 700 years. Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bath and enjoy a private dinner at Lowther Castle which overlooks the castle gardens.


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⅓ Visit one of Britain's finest houses,

Castle Howard for a private, after-hours visit with a guide who will share the intricate history of the house and savour a delicious afternoon tea.

⅔ If you are travelling on a Chairman's

Collection departure, on Day 7 you will meet Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland, as she personally welcomes you for a private tour of her beloved Alnwick Castle Gardens. Indulge in a seasonal lunch, before joining a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th century castle.

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DAY 9 EDINBURGH TO BELFAST. Enjoy a morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Belfast. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:00 for an à la carte dinner. (B) (DW) DAYS 10 - 18 THE EMERALD ISLE. Explore the natural elements of this vibrant country and meet some colourful characters along the way. Delve into your Irish journey with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Museum and learn traditional Irish dancing from performers of Gaelic Roots before watching them take the stage from your VIP seats.

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Experience Ashford Castle Your Way with a choice of a unique falconry experience or scrumptious afternoon tea. Your final day culminates with a Celebration Dinner at the esteemed George V Dining Room. (B) (DW) Ashford Castle, Cong. | Castle | ∂ DAY 20 DEPART SHANNON. It's time to say goodbye or 'slán' to your fellow travellers, as a transfer takes you to Shannon airport. (B)

Enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner at Lady Helen and savour a dish prepared using locally-sourced ingredients. Round off your journey with a two-night stay at the historic, yet indulgent Ashford Castle. FOR FULL ITINERARY DETAILS, PLEASE SEE DAYS 2-10 OF ULTIMATE IRELAND ON PAGES 70 - 71.

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Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS PERUGIA:

Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

TUSCANY:

Journey to the 15th century wine domain of ‘Guardastelle’ and visit the ancient cellars with a wine expert, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING ISLE OF CAPRI:

Take in beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà. Savour a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavours in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO ROME. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your elegant hotel, Palazzo Montemartini, located in the heart of the city. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge for a short stroll through the charming streets followed by a Welcome Dinner in an elegant restaurant just off Piazza Navona where you'll have time to admire the wonderful Bernini fountains and watch the world go by. (DW) Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, Rome. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 2 ROME AND THE VATICAN. Our VIP entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. Enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. (B) DAY 3

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Enjoy a tasting of these precious 'diamonds' followed by dinner in an elegant villa which will include a choice of dishes including the famous 'Fiorentina' (mouth-watering grilled Tuscan beefsteak). (B) (DW) DAY 8 TUSCAN COOKING CLASS AND PISA. Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in a historic villa. Complete your cooking experience by savouring the fruits of your labour with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and the famous, gravitydefying Leaning Tower of Pisa. (B) (LW)

DAY 6 · RELAXED START SAN GIMIGNANO AND TUSCANY. Meet Marta, the director of Laboratorio Giuditta Borzetti and the recipient of a TreadRight grant, to learn how the workshop's artisans are preserving the heritage craft of textile loom-weaving. Journey to the 15th century wine domain of 'Guardastelle', with its spectacular views over the rolling vineyards and the 'medieval Manhattan' which is San Gimignano. Explore the vineyard estate with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the countryside. Continue to San Gimignano, to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. (B) (LW)

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Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of its former residents. Board a hydrofoil at the Bay of Naples for the sundrenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, ride in a stylish, open-top taxi to your luxurious hotel. (B) (D) Quisisana Hotel (Park View Room), Capri. | Boutique | ∂

AND PERUGIA. Return to the mainland to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue to Perugia and meet your Local Expert for a walk along the Corso Vannucci to the main square. (B) Brufani, Perugia. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 7 RENAISSANCE FLORENCE. Explore Florence Your Way. Choose to join an art historian for an insider's guide to this romantic city. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, baptistery and Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats. This evening, forage for the region's famous aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog.

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DAY 9 EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE. Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort town of Rapallo. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo. | Historic | ∂

Venture to a craftsman's workshop to witness the age-old skill of glassblowing and admire the famous St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs. Later, take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. Learn the secrets behind your aperitif, Venice's Bellini cocktail before your Celebration Dinner tonight at the atmospheric Taverna La Fenice. (B) (DW)


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DAY 12 ARRIVEDERCI VENICE. Transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. (B)

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Join Marchese Mazzei at his Tuscan estate on departures marked with a CC symbol.

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DAY 3 POMPEII, SORRENTO AND THE ISLE OF CAPRI. Visit Pompeii with a Local Expert. Stay overnight in Sorrento. (B) (DW) Sorrento Palace (Seaview Executive Room). | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 4 EXPLORE THE ISLE OF DREAMS. Board a hydrofoil to Capri. Cruise to the white grotto, take an open-top taxi and a walk the Caesar Augustus gardens with a Local Expert. Dine in Michelinstarred Mammà for lunch. (B) (LW) Your journey continues per the regular itinerary.

DAYS 12 - 16 FROM VENICE TO PARIS. Why not extend your stay in Venice for two extra nights before travelling onward to Paris in timeless elegance onboard the Venice Simplon-OrientExpress train? This part of your journey is not accompanied by a Travelling Concierge. (B) (B) (L) (AT) (D) (B) (B) Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel. | Contemporary | ∂ Visit luxurygold.com for prices and details.

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Experience Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte on a walk through the gardens with the estate's lead gardener and see the theatrical majesty and artistic design of the grounds.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS CHÂTEAU LA COSTE:

Experience Château La Coste Your Way. Join a guided walk to discover the many works of contemporary art. Alternatively, visit the cellars, designed by the great contemporary architect Jean Nouvel, for a tasting of award-winning wines.

FRENCH RIVIERA:

Join a Local Expert for a visit to the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild along the French Riviera and marvel at its extensive art collection, wonderful gardens and panoramic vistas.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING PROVENCE:

Indulge at the Michelin-starred Maison Prévôt, nestled in the heart of Provence. Savour a lunch that embraces contemporary, gourmet cuisine and follows the rhythms of the seasons from locally-sourced ingredients.

LUXURY HOTELS ARLES:

The five-star Jules César Hotel has beautifully blended 18th century character with contemporary art. This hotel was decorated by the grand master of fashion Christian Lacroix.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO PARIS. On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, your complimentary transfer will take you to your five-star hotel in the heart of Paris. At 17:30, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner with spectacular views over the river Seine and the Eiffel Tower. (DW) Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START GOURMET FOODIE WALK AND THE EIFFEL TOWER. Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before embarking on the most quintessential of French experiences— a small-group gourmet food walk through the streets of Paris. Join a local food connoisseur to visit a variety of boutique shops, including tiny pâtisseries, boulangeries, chocolatiers, and fromageries. In the afternoon, visit the iconic Eiffel Tower with your Local Expert. Your special VIP entry allows you to skip the line. From the 115-metre-high second story, marvel at Paris in all its glory. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not ask your Travelling Concierge to arrange a visit to the Louvre Museum? (B)

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DAY 3 · RELAXED START CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. Step into the 17th century during an exclusive VIP visit to the largest privatelyowned château in France, Vaux-Le-Vicomte, with its magnificent formal gardens. At the château you're invited to join the estate's head gardener for a guided walk through the grounds. Return to Paris and enjoy a privately hosted dinner of authentic French fare in a beautiful home. (B) (DW)

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DAY 4 AVIGNON AND ON TO ARLES. Travel first-class onboard the TGV train to Avignon, once home to the Papacy. On arrival, join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation of the city. Finish the day with your final journey to Arles where you will check in to your hotel. In the evening, gather for dinner served in your hotel's acclaimed Lou Marqués gourmet restaurant for a feast of seasonal dishes and fine wines. (B) (DW) Hotel Jules César, Arles. | Contemporary | ∂ LUXURY GOLD | LUXURYGOLD.COM

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DAY 5 · RELAXED START PONT DU GARD AND VAN GOGH. Join your Local Expert as you follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh on a guided walk through Arles. Van Gogh painted over 200 masterpieces in and around town. Stroll along the Rhône River and visit the famous Arles Amphitheatre, dating back to A.D. 90. Travel on to the Pont du Gard, one of the world's best-preserved ancient Roman aqueducts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Arles where you are at leisure. Perhaps admire artworks inspired by Van Gogh's legacy or dine at one of its many lovely restaurants. Your Travelling Concierge is there to assist you with restaurant reservations. (B) DAY 6 · RELAXED START OLIVE GROVES AND MICHELINSTARRED LUNCH. This morning, make your way into the heart of Provence to Moulin de Calanquet, an olive oil mill active since the 19th century, and listen to the history of the family as you walk through the olive trees. Discover a variety of aromas and flavours as you treat your taste buds to a diverse tasting of oils, jams and spreads. Continue the day with an exploration of Les Baux-de-Provence's winding streets and take in the panoramic views. Set atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles Mountains and crowned with castle ruins, this village has a reputation as one of the most picturesque in France.


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are limited to just 24 guests.

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Embrace contemporary, gourmet cuisine that follows the rhythms of the seasons for lunch at the Michelin-starred, Maison Prévôt. On the way back to Arles, stop in charming Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, birthplace of the prophet, Nostradamus. (B) (LW) DAY 7 PROVENCE AND MONACO. Journey to Château La Coste – a wine estate and art installation in harmony with nature, set amid rolling organic vineyards. Experience Provence Your Way. Choose either to join a guided walk through wooded hilltops and valleys, alongside olive groves and vineyards to discover the many works of contemporary

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DAY 8 · RELAXED START THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF MONACO. Join your Travelling Concierge for sightseeing of glamorous Monaco. See the Grand Prix circuit – famous for hosting the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix – explore the old town, and admire the Royal Palace where the Grimaldi family lives. Wander the old town of Monaco and visit the cathedral, which houses the tombs of the late Prince Rainer and Princess Grace. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring this fashionable resort town or perhaps venturing to seaside Nice. (B)

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art along your way. Alternatively visit the cellars designed by the great contemporary architect, Jean Nouvel, learn how organic and biodynamic principles are implemented at each stage of the winemaking process before a tasting of the award-winning wines. Explore Aix-en-Provence before your journey for today ends in the Principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and famous for being the seaside playground of the rich and famous. (B) Fairmont Monte Carlo. | Historic | ∂

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DAY 9 · RELAXED START CORNICHE ROADS AND VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD. Embark on a dazzling drive along the Corniche roads of the Riviera with breathtaking views of Europe's most beautiful coast. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the finest historic buildings on the French Riviera. The Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild collected art works from all over the world, transforming the Villa at SaintJean-Cap-Ferrat into an art lover's paradise. Explore its nine wonderful gardens and enjoy stunning views over the Riviera. In the evening, raise a glass to new adventures and friendships at your Celebration Dinner with champagne, hosted at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) DAY 10 FAREWELL MONACO. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and enjoy a private transfer to Nice airport for your onward journey. (B)

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13 DAYS Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal, as you witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi's dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. Along the way, take in the diversity of architectural styles ranging from contemporary to Moorish - and taste some of the region's most iconic dishes, including paella. We'll introduce you to local historians, chefs and musicians, as you travel in luxurious comfort and stay in the heart of each spectacular destination.

VIP EXPERIENCES BARCELONA:

Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Barcelona's opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and attend a reception at its private members' club, Circulo del Liceo.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS GRANADA:

Join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the exquisite Alhambra Palace, complemented by a walk through the scented Generalife gardens.

SEVILLE:

Take your seat for an intimate experience where flamenco guitar and voice is paired with the raw emotion, colour and rhythmic expression of dance.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING SEVILLE:

Discover the varied flavours of Andalusia during a market tour and Spanish cooking experience. Learn the culinary secrets to some of Spain's most popular dishes and enjoy your own creations for lunch.

MADRID:

Boasting a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant, the Michelinstarred Albora is known for its distinct flavours and high quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients.

LUXURY HOTELS BARCELONA:

The centrally located Ohla Eixample Barcelona is a boutique, five-star hotel with a rooftop that offers incredible views over the city for you to enjoy while relaxing with a drink on the terrace.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO BARCELONA. On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met and transferred to your boutique, fivestar hotel. At 16:00 join your Travelling Concierge for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of the famed opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. Visit its exclusive members' club, Circulo del Liceo, which houses the largest private art collection in Catalonia, as you enjoy a glass of cava. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie. Gather for dinner by the seaside at Restaurant Maritim. (DW) Ohla Eixample Barcelona. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START CATALONIA’S CREATIVE CAPITAL. Barcelona is a melting pot of dreamy architecture, a historic cathedral, seaside splendour and gastronomic delights. Meet your Local Expert for an exploration of the medieval streets and squares. Visit Gaudí's imaginative Sagrada Família, where mosaic spires pierce the sky like a giant crown. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps strolling from your hotel to another one of Gaudí's masterpieces, Casa Batlló. This evening enjoy the tastes of Catalan as you embark on a food walk through the streets of Barcelona, sampling local specialities along the way. (B) (DW)

DAY 3 · RELAXED START VALENCIA AND THE ORANGE BLOSSOM COAST. Follow the sunny Costa Dorada to sealapped Peñíscola. Explore the lanes and white-walled houses clustered around the castle and featured in the film ‘El Cid.' Continue past orange groves to Valencia. For dinner, a local chef entices you with incredible traditional paella, native to Valencia. (B) (DW) The Westin Valencia. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 GRANADA AND THE ALHAMBRA PALACE. Granada is a rich oasis of Moorish architecture and flourishing Romany culture. A Local Expert will show you the exquisite Alhambra Palace and exotic water gardens built by the Moors in the 13th century. Enjoy a relaxed evening soaking up the views from your hotel or take a stroll on Plaza de BibRambla for dinner. (B) Hotel Alhambra Palace, Granada. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 5 · RELAXED START CÓRDOBA AND SEVILLE. Journey through the silent sierras to Córdoba with views of the Old Roman Bridge. Arrive at the magnificent Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic

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architecture. Your Local Expert walks you through a forest of delicate arches and pillars to the opulent Christian cathedral nestled within. (B) Gran Meliá Colón, Seville. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 6 · RELAXED START SEVILLE, THE CITY OF CARMEN. Join your Local Expert for a walk through the white-washed alleys and flower-decked squares of the Santa Cruz quarter, to emerge near the cathedral.

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PORTUGAL

Castilla Y León

ÉVORA Mérida LISBON 2

TRIP CODE: G310 ENDS

TWIN

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The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps bask in the sun in Parque de María Luisa? (B) (LW)

GRANADA (Day 4)

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(Days 5, 6 & 7)

DAY 10 · RELAXED START FOREVER ÉVORA.

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DAY 9 · RELAXED START LISBON AND THE AGE OF DISCOVERIES. With your Local Expert, visit the Belém Quarter, where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. See the Monument to the Discoveries and Belém Tower, before visiting the 500-year-old

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Jerónimos Monastery and cloisters with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

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This evening take in an emotive performance of the UNESCO recognised art of Fado at Adega Machado while enjoying a traditional Portuguese dinner. (B) (DW) Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon. | Boutique | ∂

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Wed 05 Aug €4750

DAY 8 · RELAXED START ACROSS THE ALENTEJO TO LISBON. Continue across the wide Alentejo Plateau to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. An afternoon at leisure.

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21 Aug Wed 02 Sep €4750

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Fri 01 May Wed 13 May €4925 Fri 15 May Wed 27 May €4995 Fri 29 May Wed 10 Jun €4995

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Head to a local winery to explore the estate, learn about their wine making process and taste a selection of their tantalising wines. Continue to the lively university town of Évora, one of the best-preserved towns in Portugal. Join your Local Expert for a walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy dinner and wine at a local restaurant. (B) (DW) Convento do Espinheiro, Évora. | Historic | ∂ DAY 11 THE ROMAN RUINS OF MÉRIDA AND MADRID. Venture across patterned agricultural lands to the Spanish border and continue to Mérida, famous for its extensive Roman ruins. Visit the well-preserved Roman Theatre where a variety of plays were once performed to delight the patrons of ancient Lusitania. Journey through the sun-baked landscapes of Extremadura to the stately Spanish capital, Madrid. (B) Gran Meliá Fénix, Madrid. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 12 · RELAXED START MADRID OF THE BOURBONS. Admire the tree-lined avenues, Cibeles Fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace as you explore the heart of Madrid. Continue through the Puerta del Sol to the magnificent Prado Museum, where an art historian provides an in-depth look at the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the glories of Madrid. This evening, you're invited to the Michelin-starred Álbora Bar and Restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to new memories and friendships, as you dine on classic cuisine in a stylish, modern setting. (B) (DW) DAY 13 DEPART MADRID. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for your onward journey. (B)

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10 DAYS Step into a world of snow-capped mountains, traditional alpine villages and warm hospitality. This idyllic journey takes you to fairy-tale castles, breathtaking peaks and storybook meadows. Along the way you'll meet Local Experts and passionate foodies who will share local specialties, such as fondue and creamy chocolate, with you. Stay in luxurious hotels, see beautiful cities and marvel at some of the most extraordinary scenery on the planet.

VIP EXPERIENCES LUCERNE:

Join a Military Expert at the Vitznau Artillery Fortress to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS ST MORITZ:

Experience St Moritz Your Way, with your choice of either joining a nature guide for a scenic mountain stroll or learning about the incredible local animals from a wildlife expert.

GLACIER EXPRESS:

Take your first-class seat onboard this world-famous train and marvel at unrivalled views of snow-covered peaks.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING GENEVA:

Appreciate the quality and flawless service of the Michelinstarred restaurant, La Ferme de l'Hospital, in Bossey. This 17th century farmhouse has been re-imagined by chef Jean Jacques Noguier to serve innovative cuisine featuring seasonal flavours and local wines.

GRUYÈRES:

Around a bubbling pot of delicious, freshly made fondue, savour authentic Swiss dining with a chilled glass of wine.

LUXURY HOTELS GENEVA:

Topping the 2017 Conde Naste Readers' Choice Awards in Switzerland, the boutique Hotel d'Angleterre is set on the banks of Lake Geneva and boasts elegant, uniquely decorated rooms.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND. Arrive at Zürich airport and be transferred to your prestigious downtown hotel, located just steps away from the tree-lined Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe's most exclusive shopping streets.

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DAY 3 THE ROOF OF EUROPE.

Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner of traditional Swiss cuisine, hosted at Brasserie Lipp, a local favourite. (DW) Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START VADUZ AND ST. MORITZ. Journey to Vaduz, the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Known for being one of Europe's smallest countries, Liechtenstein is dotted with medieval castles, traditional villages and dramatic mountains. Ascend the Julier Pass until you reach the sparkling Engadine Valley and the chic, jet-set resort of St. Moritz. Dine in style at the local Restaurant Engiadina in the evening. (B) (DW) Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, St. Moritz. | Traditional | ∂

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Experience St. Moritz Your Way and choose between joining a nature guide for a gentle mountain hike, if the weather permits, or hearing a talk about the incredible local wildlife, including Marmots, Red Deer and the Golden Eagle. Enjoy spending the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping in the designer boutiques. Alternatively, enjoy the facilities of your prestigious hotel, which boasts a selection of gourmet restaurants, a luxury spa and a tennis-and-squash centre. (B) DAY 4 ALL ABOARD THE GLACIER EXPRESS. Step on board the world-famous Glacier Express and take your first-class seat for a spectacular ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Descend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and over the lofty Landwasser Viaduct. Picturesque landscapes of ice-capped mountains and stone-built villages, with chalet-style houses, will be in sight as you ascend to the highest point of the route, 2,033 metres to the icy Oberalp Pass. Enjoy an included lunch onboard whilst taking in the scenery. The modern panorama viewing car means you won't miss a thing. Arrive in Zermatt in the late afternoon where you'll be escorted to your hotel.

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As dusk descends, Zermatt offers a wealth of dining possibilities. This evening you're invited to choose from a handpicked selection of fine local restaurants and authentic menus for a Your Choice Evening. (B) (L) (DW) Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 5 · RELAXED START ZERMATT AND GORNERGRAT EXPERIENCE. Board the cogwheel train that winds slowly up through the aromatic forests and alpine meadows of Gornergrat Mountain to reach the highest outdoor train station at 3,089 metres. From the summit, expect superb views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, among Switzerland's highest peaks. In the afternoon, spend time at leisure, perhaps enjoying a swim and spa treatment at your five-star hotel? (B) DAY 6 CHILLON CASTLE AND THE FRENCH BANK OF LAKE GENEVA. Journey along the Lower Rhone Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva. Marvel at the grandeur of one of Europe's largest lakes, known for inspiring the early European Romantic movement. With your Local Expert, visit beautiful Chillon Castle, former home to the Counts of Savoy and set on a rocky islet in the lake. Here, following his


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JOURNEY PLANNER - 10 DAYS

ENDS

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Sun 05 Jul Sun 26 Jul

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ENDS

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TWIN

(Days 6 & 7)

Sun 09 Aug Tue 18 Aug €4995 Sun 23 Aug Tue 01 Sep €4895 Sun 30 Aug Tue 08 Sep €4895

Tue 14 Jul €4995 Tue 04 Aug €5725

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This evening, you're invited for a special dinner at La Ferme de l'Hospital. This former farmhouse, now a Michelinstarred restaurant led by chef Jean Jacques Noguier, offers a creative menu using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, and a large selection of local wines. (B) (DW) Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 8 LA GRUYÈRE AND ON TO LUCERNE. Journey through storybook Alpine scenery en route to see the dairy cattle of La Gruyère, famous for producing delicious milk and cheese. Visit Maison Cailler in the village of Broc where chocolate creation has been raised to a specialised art form. Travel to the lovely medieval town of Gruyères, Switzerland's cheese manufacturing mecca. For your lunch, savour the region's most famous culinary treat with a pot of bubbling fondue and a glass of chilled white wine. Continue on to beautiful Lucerne where sightseeing shows you its many highlights. See the stirring Lion Monument, Old Town Hall and the Chapel bridge. (B) (LW) Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne. | Historic | ∂

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DAY 7 · RELAXED START HIGHLIGHTS OF GENEVA. Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of Geneva with stops at the Floral Clock and the Reformation Monument, before enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps have high tea in the afternoon at your hotel or walk across the road to the banks of Lake Geneva and watch the sun dip beyond the mountains. (B)

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SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES

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walk through the dungeons, Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem, ‘The Prisoner of Chillon.' Look out for his name, which he carved into a pillar. In the afternoon, drive along the French bank of Lake Geneva passing the resort town of Évian-les-Bains, famous for its natural mineral water. Once in Geneva, arrive at Hotel d'Angleterre, perfectly situated on the banks of the Lake. Voted the number one hotel in Switzerland by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2017, the hotel blends British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality.

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Fortress, carved into the mountainside, to discover the munitions halls, galleries and armaments, which date back to World War II. Enjoy some leisure time in the afternoon. This evening, embark on a scenic journey with a romantic cruise upon Lake Lucerne followed by a cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn.

Amid true Alpine majesty, your journey comes to a close with a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a panoramic restaurant, offering expansive views over the Alps. (B) (DW) DAY 10 FAREWELL LUCERNE. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Zürich airport for your onward journey. (B)

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Indulge your senses during a special VIP, after-hours visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. With a Local Expert, stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS VIENNA:

Experience Vienna Your Way - you may want to learn its regal history from a Local Expert as you visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna. Alternatively learn about Vienna's cafe culture over coffee and cake.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING VIENNA:

You will be treated to an incredible meal, accompanied with wine, at Le Ciel, one of Vienna's amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.

BUDAPEST:

Dine on traditional Hungarian delicacies at elegant Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years.

LUXURY HOTELS PRAGUE:

The luxurious Le Palais Art Hotel in Prague boasts beautifully designed rooms combining first-rate design, top-quality materials and state-of-the-art features for a harmonious stay.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO PRAGUE. On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its world-class views, cuisine and service. (DW) Le Palais Art Hotel Prague. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 2 THE CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES. Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. In the afternoon, there is an option to join an included visit to Prague's Jewish Quarter. (B) (DW)

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DAY 3 · RELAXED START PRAGUE TO ČESKÝ KRUMLOV. A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert to visit the famous castle. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps pamper yourself at the wellness spa in your hotel? (B) Hotel Růže, Český Krumlov. | Historic | ∂

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DAY 4 MELK ABBEY AND VIENNA. Travel over the Austrian border, along the Danube past castle ruins, to Melk, for a guided walk of its famous abbey. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours exclusive guided visit. (B) (DW)

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Collection departure, you will be privileged to a private reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the famous Habsburgs, at Artstetten Castle. This incredible experience will replace visiting Melk Abbey.

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DAY 6 · RELAXED START BRATISLAVA AND BUDAPEST, GRAND DAMES ON THE DANUBE. Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant, and sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music. Continue your delightful evening as you step onboard a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine. (B) (DW) Budapest Chain Bridge (Riverview Rooms). | Traditional | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START THE JEWEL BOX OF BUDAPEST. Explore through the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Return to Pest to wander along elegant boulevards with your Local Expert and see the Hungarian State Opera House, one of the most beautiful NeoRenaissance buildings in Europe. At the First Strudel House of Pest, admire how dough-stretching artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. Your evening is at leisure. (B) (AT)


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DAY 8 · RELAXED START

℮ SZENTENDRE.

In the morning, travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum to Szentendre. Spend time exploring this riverside village with enchanting, brightly coloured houses, quaint churches, art galleries, and lovely squares. Return to Budapest and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

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leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa? In the evening, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist. At your Celebration Dinner, raise a glass of local wine, as you toast to new memories and friendships, and savour traditional dishes. (B) (DW) DAY 13 DEPART WARSAW. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey. (B)

DAY 12 CHOPIN AND WARSAW. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Explore the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction, conservation and home to the Royal Castle. The afternoon is at your

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12 DAYS Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, as you uncover the innovative spirit, natural beauty and rich culture of Scandinavia. You'll learn about its nautical heritage during a private canal cruise in multi-coloured Gothenburg, appreciate cutting-edge architecture in pristine cities such as Copenhagen and stand in awe of deep and magnificent fjords. This legendary journey beautifully blends bold tales of the past with slick contemporary design and outstanding natural gems.

VIP EXPERIENCES OSLO:

Visit the Hollmenkollen Ski Jump Museum after hours to learn about 4,000 years of skiing history. Toast to your Scandinavian adventures with a drink and panoramic views of Oslo.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS FLÅM RAILWAY:

Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.

GEIRANGER:

Explore the majestic Geiranger Fjord Your Way, either onboard an adrenaline-fueled RIB boat cruise or on a guided kayaking expedition past spectacular waterfalls and soaring mountains.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING STOCKHOLM:

Join your fellow guests at Kaffegillet Gamla Stan, a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town, where you will enjoy a meal typical of the region such as Venison stew or maybe Balticcaught fish, served with seasonal vegetables and wine.

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DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS OF STOCKHOLM. Set upon 14 glistening islands, Stockholm is a model city of contemporary design, inspiring museums and extraordinary beauty. Join your Local Expert to discover the city with visits to City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held every year. In the medieval city centre, view the cathedral, walk through the Old Town and see the Royal Palace. End at the Vasa Museum, which houses the world-famous Vasa Galleon, a 17th century naval vessel that was salvaged from a shipping lane near Stockholm. With the evening at your leisure, perhaps enjoy a meal in your hotel's Dining Room, recently awarded Best Restaurant in a Hotel at the International Hotel and Property Awards. (B)

℮ ØRESUND BRIDGE AND HIGHLIGHTS OF GOTHENBURG. Travel across the iconic Øresund Bridge and tunnel, which connects Denmark and Sweden and is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. Your journey continues along Sweden's west coast to cosmopolitan Gothenburg. Step onboard a private sightseeing cruise through the city's charming waterways. Sail past wharves and shipyards, as your Local Expert shares insights into the region's culture and nautical history. The evening is at your leisure. (B) Elite Plaza Hotel, Gothenburg. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 4 CROSS-COUNTRY TO STOCKHOLM. Travel cross-country and marvel at the sights as you pass stunning Vättern. On arrival in Stockholm, check into the elegant hotel, At Six, recently awarded Europe's Best Hotel at the International Hotel and Property Awards. In the evening, join your fellow guests at Kaffegillet Gamla Stan, a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town. Enjoy a meal typical of the region such as venison stew or maybe Baltic-caught fish, served with seasonal vegetables and wine. (B) (DW) At Six, Stockholm. | Contemporary | ∂

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DAY 6 · RELAXED START MAJESTIC BERGEN. Take in mesmerising vistas of lakes and forests, as you fly to the port city of Bergen. A favourite destination, Bergen is a masterpiece of colourful wooden houses, deep fjords and rolling hills. It's also home to a large student population, which brings a lovely vibrancy to the city. Once you've settled into your centrally located hotel, spend the day at leisure. In the evening venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal served with wine. (B) (DW) Bergen Børs Hotel. | Historic | ∂


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DAY 7 · RELAXED START EDVARD GRIEG'S BERGEN. Join your Local Expert to explore this Hanseatic city, which still looks to the sea for its living. Start with a visit to the picturesque and lively fish market. Stroll past its stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs and continue to the 13th century Haakon's Hall. You're invited for a special visit to Troldhaugen, the former summer home of Norway's renowned composer and pianist, Edvard Grieg. See his villa, the wooden hut in which he composed his Romantic-era masterpieces, and the site where he and his wife are buried. Your visit concludes with a moving music recital, hosted in the museum's chamber music hall. (B)

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the afternoon continue on to Geiranger and settle into your hotel set against a backdrop of fabulous fjord scenery and mountains. (B) (DW) Hotel Union Geiranger. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 FJORD ADVENTURE. The village of Geiranger is a gateway to dramatic glaciers, fjords and endless hiking trails.

Explore Geiranger Fjord Your Way with your choice of included experiences. Either embark on an adrenaline-fuelled boat cruise or choose a guided kayaking adventure through the heart of the fjord. Rest assured no previous experience is needed for either. (B) (DW) DAY 10 CROSS-COUNTRY TO OSLO. Enjoy the most spectacular scenery as you make your way to Oslo. Lush farmlands, towering peaks and deep forests are complemented by picturesque timber cabins and small hamlets. Pass the Olympic town of Lillehammer on your way to Oslo. Settle into your luxurious hotel where modern and historic styles blend, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Why not retreat to the hotel spa and pamper yourself with one of the many treatments on offer? (B) Grand Hotel Oslo. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 11 · RELAXED START HIGHLIGHTS OF OSLO. Oslo is a hidden gem, boasting everything from cutting-edge design and fascinating museums to an abundance of natural wonders. A passionate Local Expert reveals the city's secrets. See the medieval spires and ramparts of the harbour-side Akershus Fortress, observe the opulent Royal Palace, and discover Norway's past when you visit the enlightening Viking Ship Museum. Continue to spectacular Frogner Park, where over 200 of Gustav Vigeland's intriguing sculptures are displayed. In the evening, you're invited for a VIP, after-hours visit to the Hollmenkollen Ski Jump Museum. Explore 4,000 years of skiing history and enjoy panoramic views of the city over drinks. Round off your journey with a Celebration Dinner at one of the city's top restaurants, Grand Café Oslo. (B) (DW) DAY 12 FAREWELL OSLO. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to the Oslo airport for your onward journey. (B)

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12 DAYS This enchanting journey takes you from iconic landmarks in bustling Adriatic cities to hidden gems known only to the locals. Discover rich heritage on a guided walk through majestic Dubrovnik, see how oysters are harvested on the floating oyster beds of the Adriatic and marvel at the stunning cascades of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Along the way, you'll stay in stately hotels, taste local wines and cuisine, and marvel at the rugged beauty of the coastline.

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Meet Matija and Giorgio Vierda, master jewellery craftsmen who use ancient goldsmith techniques. Their family's historic pieces are so famous they can be found amongst the country's most treasured possessions at the Ethnological Museum.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS KOTOR:

With a Local Expert, visit the enchanting town of Kotor, nestled between dramatic mountains and a spectacular bay.

PLITVICE LAKES:

Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, guided by your Local Expert.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING STON:

Join your captain for a boat ride to the floating oyster beds of the Adriatic and watch as he brings in the ropes and shucks oysters in front of you. Return to the shore for a family-style, Sea-to-Table lunch hosted at the captain's very own restaurant.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO DUBROVNIK. Arrive at Dubrovnik airport and be transferred to your centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at an atmospheric local restaurant in the heart of Dubrovnik. (DW) Imperial Dubrovnik. | Heritage | ∂

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Join your Local Expert to explore the city's many treasures, from the Old Town to some of the film locations of the awardwinning series, 'Game of Thrones.' Meet master jewellers, Matija and Giorgio Vierda, who use traditional goldsmith techniques. Their family's historic pieces are amongst the country's most treasured possessions.

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DAY 3 · RELAXED START GLAMOROUS TIVAT AND A LOCAL WINERY. Enjoy a relaxed start before travelling to the diverse and tiny nation of Montenegro. Flanked by mountains and a stunning coastline, Montenegro is a melting pot of exotic cultures, warm people and spectacular scenery. At a nearby winery, meet the vintner and taste some of the region's famed red wines. Complete your visit with a late lunch of delicious Farm-to-Table fare. Arrive at Tivat, a glamorous seaside village characterised by super-yachts and sunshine. (B) (LW) Regent Porto Montenegro, Tivat. | Traditional | ∂

Journey to the enchanting bayside town of Kotor and walk through the romantic Old Town with a Local Expert, exploring ancient alleyways and passing chic boutiques. Continue along the bay to Perast, where you will take a boat to Our Lady of the Rocks, and discover the legend behind this island. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy lunch at a bayside cafe? Back in Tivat, your Travelling Concierge can help personalise your evening at leisure. (B) Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro, Tivat. | Traditional | ∂

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DAY 5 · RELAXED START DAY AT LEISURE IN TIVAT. Considered the best five-star hotel in Montenegro, the Regent Porto Montenegro is the ideal base for your day at leisure. Perhaps treat yourself to a massage at the hotel's award-winning spa, appreciate the views of the glitzy marina from the pool, or walk along Boka Bay, the largest natural harbour in the eastern Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B) DAY 6

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MEDITERRANEAN WINE TASTING AND ON TO SPLIT. Stop along the beautiful Adriatic coastline for an unforgettable culinary experience in the picturesque fishing village of Ston. Set sail for the floating oyster beds of the Adriatic. Savour a mouthful of fresh oysters straight from the sea, served with freshly squeezed lemon and a chilled glass of local wine. Return to the shore for a Sea-to-Table lunch. Continue your journey along the old Napoleon way to reach the Vina Vukas winery. Meet the passionate winemaker and taste a selection of their finest rose, white and red wines. Arrive in Split and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B) (LW) Briig Hotel, Split. Brand New | Boutique | ∂


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DAY 7 SEASIDE SPLIT. Split beautifully blends antiquity with modernity. Join your Local Expert for a stroll through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter and the Golden Gate. Your exploration concludes with a visit to the vast UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian's Palace, built more than 1,700 years ago for the Roman Emperor. Gather this evening for a Mediterranean feast served in a local restaurant. (B) (DW)

DAY 8 ON TO PETRČANE. Relax and take in the views as you travel north along the Dalmatian Coast to reach the small fishing village of Petrčane. With the rest of the day at your leisure, why not stroll along the beautiful beaches and admire the crystal-clear waters. (B) Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera, Petrčane. | Contemporary | ∂

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DAY 9 · RELAXED START PETRČANE AND ZADAR. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the chance to make the most of the hotel's incredible facilities during your morning at leisure. Venture to nearby Zadar, a beautiful city of fascinating history and rich cultural heritage. Take a moment to experience the sounds of the surrounding ocean when you visit the unique Sea Organ, where no song is ever the same as the water is always changing. In the evening enjoy a tasty meal accompanied with wine as you gaze out over the bay. (B) (DW) DAY 10

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ZAGREB. Visit one of Europe's great natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park. Travel by boat and foot as you follow your Local Expert through the blue-green beauty to reach Korana Canyon. Once here, see the 70-metre-high falls and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park. Your journey continues to Zagreb where you're free to spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Esplanade Zagreb Hotel. | Heritage | ∂

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DAY 11 ZAGREB. Croatia's alluring capital city, Zagreb, blends theatre, art, medieval history and trendy cafes with an abundance of outdoor splendours, including Mount Medvednica. With a Local Expert, appreciate the grandeur, green spaces and historic squares of lower town, before embarking on a funicular ride to the historic upper town with its network of alleyways and see the colourful tiled roof of Saint Marks, Lotrščak Tower and the stone gate. In the evening join your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a Celebration Dinner of seasonal produce at Boban, one of the city's best restaurants. (B) (DW) DAY 12 DEPART ZAGREB. After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to Zagreb airport for your onward journey. (B)

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8 or 22 DAYS Decadence and ornate beauty await you in Russia, the world's largest country. Delve into its fascinating history and colourful culture as you explore oldworld St. Petersburg and cosmopolitan Moscow. From taking a trip to the Grand Kremlin Palace's Royal Apartments where you'll learn more about the fascinating history of Russia's tsars, to uncovering the secrets of Moscow's beautiful metro and its elegant architecture.

VIP EXPERIENCES ST. PETERSBURG:

The palace of the tsars opens exclusively to you for a private, after-hours visit. Enjoy the regal ambience as you explore the treasures of the Hermitage Museum with an art historian.

MOSCOW:

Delve into the fascinating history of Moscow by heading to a lecture by a local historian on the KGB, the main spy agency of the former Soviet Union.

MOSCOW:

Explore the beautiful Grand Kremlin Palace and enjoy a behindthe-scenes visit to the Royal Apartments, where you'll learn about the fascinating history of the tsars.

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Famous for its opera and ballet performances, you'll head to the Bolshoi Theatre where you'll receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS ST. PETERSBURG:

Journey to Peterhof Palace in style, onboard a hydrofoil boat ride. Explore the beautiful palace and gardens, known as Russia's Versailles, with a Local Expert.

LUXURY HOTELS ST. PETERSBURG:

Catering to well-to-do travellers from around the world for over 140 years, the Grand Hotel Europe is a luxurious, five-star hotel ideally located adjacent to Arts Square. Indulge in its ornate interiors, elegant furnishings and decadent restaurants.

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DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS OF ST. PETERSBURG. Delve into St. Petersburg's religious history, with a trip to Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. Once a prison, but currently used as a museum, this wonderfully ornate building was designed by Domenico Trezzini in the 18th century. Continue your exploration of the city with your Travelling Concierge before enjoying some free time for lunch and shopping. Why not head back to your hotel for a relaxing evening? It offers a therapeutic sauna, plunge pool and beauty salon for its guests. (B)

℮ WELCOME TO ST. PETERSBURG.

Welcome to St. Petersburg, where decadence and modernity meet. Once you have arrived at Pulkovo airport, a transfer will take you to your luxurious accommodation, the Grand Hotel Europe. This cultural and culinary landmark is situated in the heart of Russia's iconic port city. Positioned adjacent to Arts Square and in the heart of the city's architectural treasures, the hotel is an ode to the country's unique appreciation of the arts. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge for your Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers over your first taste of Russian cuisine. Later you'll set off on a private sunset cruise as you take in Russia's White Nights. A unique natural phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg's geographical location, the sky remains bright after midnight. (DW) Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 3 · RELAXED START ORNATE RUSSIA. In the morning, visit the Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. Next, move on to the Fabergé Museum, where you'll find the imperial Easter eggs created for the last two Russian tsars, along with the museum's striking collection of other decorative pieces. In the evening, you'll head to the esteemed Hermitage Museum after hours, where you'll explore the venue with your Local Expert. (B)

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Prepare for your visit to Peterhof Palace in style, with a hydrofoil boat ride to the Russian Versailles. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll explore its palaces and gardens filled with spectacular fountains and marble statues. Discover the character of Russian cuisine at Tsar restaurant and taste exquisite dishes filled with charm and tradition. (B) (DW) DAY 5 · RELAXED START JOURNEY TO MOSCOW. In the morning, find out more about the history of Matryoshka dolls at a workshop on how the Russian nesting dolls are created. You'll then begin your journey to Moscow. Relax in modern luxury and business-class comfort as you travel to the founding city of Russia in just a few hours onboard the high-speed Sapsan train. A cultural and political hub, you'll be impressed by its sheer size, as it holds the title of the largest city in Europe. Head to a lecture by a local historian on the KGB, the main spy agency of the former Soviet Union. In the evening you'll enjoy a delicious menu of local specialities at your hotel. (B) (DW) St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya. | Heritage | ∂


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DAY 6 A DAY OF THEATRE. Explore Moscow in all its glory, starting with a VIP experience at the Kremlin Royal Apartments, Kremlin Armory and historic Red Square. See St. Basil's Cathedral, a vibrant fusion of colour and patterns. Make sure you have your camera ready for a picture of this aesthetic, symbolic Russian construction. You'll have free time for lunch – your Travelling Concierge can help suggest some local dining options. Famous for its opera and ballet performances, you'll also head to the Bolshoi Theatre where you'll experience a backstage tour of the venue. (B)

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Learn more about the city you're in on a Moscow Metro experience with your Local Expert. With your afternoon at leisure, why not delve into more of Russia's unique history on a trip to the State Historical Museum? Or check out Tretyakov Gallery, which houses one of the largest collections of Russian art in the world? For outdoor enthusiasts, there is the beautiful Gorky Park, which holds a number of fitness activities in the summer, along with screenings at its open-air movie theatre. In the evening, board your romantic dinner cruise, where you'll see this beautiful city in a glittering new light. (B) (DW) DAY 8 FAREWELL MOSCOW. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and take a transfer to the airport. (B)

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DAYS 8 - 22 TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS. Spend an evening at the luxe RitzCarlton, Moscow before continuing your journey onboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Make your way through the captivating Russian countryside. Along the way, travel across the beautiful Lake Baikal, barbeque on its shores, swim in its ice-cold waters and visit a nomadic family in a Mongolian village. By the time your journey ends you will have travelled 6,500 miles through Russia and Mongolia. End your travels in Vladivostok. A military brass band will bid you farewell at the station before you are transferred to Vladivostok International Airport.

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The Modern Maori Story by: Talitha Webster

Meet Talitha Webster. Based in Tamaki Maori Village, we caught up with her to find out more about her fascinating culture and how it has developed over the years.

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aori are survivors. We are adaptable, innovative and successful. We have faced many hardships and could have seen our culture eliminated many times over, but this has not been the case. Over the years our culture has overcome many challenges to allow it to thrive. One of our most significant recent accomplishments was establishing a framework for a fully immersive early child care school in 1982. Following in 1987, the Maori Language Act came into force and Te Reo Maori, our indigenous language, was officially recognised.

“ We are adaptable, innovative and successful. ” Both these events helped shape the environment I grew up in, preserving my culture and allowing it to flourish in a modern world. These successes are a culmination of the work of my parents’ generation and those who came before, helping move our culture forward and positively impact Maori communities across New Zealand. The entire country is significant to my people and our traditions. Within Maori communities there is a deep respect for nature, and it’s something I have been brought up with and is imperative to all Maori tribes. We even use the earth’s natural elements to cook our traditional hangi meal, which is famously steamed underground upon hot rocks. It’s just one example of a tradition that continues throughout the ages and well into the modern day. Related journey: Meet Talitha and her tribe on The Long White Cloud, page 114.

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INSPIRING AUSTRALIA From the Great Barrier Reef to the Red Centre of the Outback, Australia boasts a plethora of extraordinary natural wonders. This immersive journey is a showcase of vast tropical rainforests, otherworldly rock formations and ancient indigenous culture. Listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo at a hosted starlit dinner in Uluru and take in the iconic sights of Sydney aboard a luxury yacht. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

VIP EXPERIENCES SYDNEY: Embark on a VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore's Bennelong restaurant, set in the building's iconic sails.

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS GREAT BARRIER REEF:

Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures, as you snorkel around underwater gardens.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING HUNTER VALLEY:

Discover one of Australia's most famous wine regions, as you enjoy a privately hosted wine tasting at a boutique winery, followed by an exquisite tasting lunch.

LUXURY HOTELS BLUE MOUNTAINS:

Located on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley, the panoramic Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is the pinnacle of upscale accommodation in Leura.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO CAIRNS. On arrival at the airport, you'll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at the beachfront Nu Nu Restaurant, overlooking the crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea. (DW) Alamanda Palm Cove, Cairns. | Resort | ∂ DAY 2 THE ANCIENT DAINTREE RAINFOREST AND INDIGENOUS CULTURE. The Daintree National Park is the largest area of tropical rainforest in Australia. Join your Local Expert for a fascinating exploration and learn about the relationship between the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people and the ancient landscapes of the Daintree. Lunch is served in the quaint Daintree village. (B) (LW) DAY 3

℮ SNORKEL THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.

The Great Barrier Reef is of great ecological value and beauty. Experience its magic as you cruise out to the Outer Reef and enjoy the day relaxing onboard or snorkelling the crystal-clear water past iridescent coral and colourful marine-life. (B) (L)

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Travelling Concierge for a guided walk deep through whistling Walpa Gorge, tracing the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta's ancient rocky domes. In the late afternoon, venture into the spiritual midst of Uluru in time to enjoy sparkling wine at sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark. (B) Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru. | Resort | ∂

DAY 5 ULURU. Rise early to experience the renowned Field of Light, where 50,000 glass spheres in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white, have been installed within sight of Uluru. Wander through the paths and then, from the dune-top, watch as the dawn creeps across the desert plain and lights up Uluru. Later, spend time at the base of Uluru, embracing the timeless stories and rock art of the Anangu people. Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home to the Anangu's wanampi, an ancestral water snake. Then venture to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Explore the Tjukurpa Tunnel and read about the history and flora and fauna of the park. This evening, meet the magical stars of the Southern Hemisphere at the sensational Sounds of Silence Dinner. (B) (DW)

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DAY 6 SPECTACULAR SUNRISE. Witness a mesmerising sunrise over Uluru. After breakfast, travel towards Kings Canyon. Your journey continues with a visit to Curtin Springs Station. Learn about local life from a resident, as you enjoy a barbecue lunch. (B) (L) (DW) Kings Canyon Resort. | Resort | ∂ DAY 7 KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS . Start the day with a six-kilometre Rim Walk exploration of spectacular Kings Canyon. If you'd prefer a more relaxed walk, you can explore the boulder-strewn Canyon Creek Bed, getting up close to the native plants and birdlife. Afterwards, travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs. Join your Alice Springs hosts this evening for a barbecue dinner around a campfire. (B) (L) (DW)

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Join a skilled sailing crew for a luxury yacht experience. Take in views of the cityscape, pass the Opera House and sail under the Harbour Bridge. (B)

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 8 ALICE SPRINGS TO SYDNEY. Spend some time at the School of the Air. Learn about the technology used to teach children in these remote areas, and see how the Royal Flying Doctor Service is saving lives in the outback. Later you'll fly to Sydney, where you have a free evening to explore. (B) The Langham, Sydney. | Contemporary | ∂

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THE LONG WHITE CLOUD Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of explorers, combining natural beauty with creature comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Fiordland National Park and immerse yourself in the era of Art Deco in Napier.Discover the natural and cultural wonders of New Zealand, from sea kayaking on Milford Sound to meeting a Maori tribe for a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua

VIP EXPERIENCES AUCKLAND:

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Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with a former All Black rugby player. You’ll be regaled with fascinating stories about his time spent on a champion team.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS MILFORD SOUND:

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Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star haven of relaxation and impeccable luxury.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH. On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception. Hotel Montreal, Christchurch. | Boutique | ∂ DAYS 2 - 3 CHRISTCHURCH TO FRANZ JOSEF. Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Visit Hokitika and continue to Franz Josef. The next day, enjoy a Relaxed Start then explore the area with a local guide. (B) (DW) (B) Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. | Boutique | ∂ DAYS 4 - 6

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Jaipur:

A national treasure

Story by: Devender Singh Devender Singh is one of our finest Travelling Concierges and is very proud to call India home. Beauty, surprises and history are three words he’d use to describe a journey through his country. Here’s his account of this magnificent destination and the city he holds dearest, Jaipur.

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grew up with the history of royal India in my backyard, exploring and getting lost in the mighty forts and palaces of the maharajahs. This is where my fascination with my country’s unique heritage began. The Jaipur City Palace is central to the city and one of my favourite buildings. The impressive exterior architecture is the perfect prelude to the treasures held within: beautiful textiles from its former rulers, exquisitely painted ceilings, and ornate chandeliers have attracted history enthusiasts for years, including locals like myself. On Luxury Gold journeys, I introduce guests to the personal staff of the palace’s noble family, as we go behind the scenes of the private palace area. Beautiful ivory doors open into the Sukh Niwas dining room, which had previously been used used to entertain royal guests through the ages. The terrace overlooks the gardens, known to have over 100 peacocks and different species of birds. And the spectacular view of Govind Devji Temple is made all the more magical with the distant sounds of the temple bells, where people can be heard chanting and singing holy songs Fortunately for visitors, the heritage of the maharajahs is still very much alive in India’s culture, particularly in Rajasthan.

Related journey: Visit the Jaipur City Palace on Imperial Rajasthan, page 122.

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8 DAYS A quintessential Indian journey, this majestic itinerary showcases the rich heritage of India's bustling cities, renowned temples and exotic jungles. Marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal with its ethereal hues, search for the elusive Bengal Tiger on former royal hunting grounds and stroll through a traditional spice market in Jaipur. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

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Savour a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah, within the Jaipur City Palace. Explore rooms not open to other visitors and see the spectacular crystal table handcrafted by renowned artisan Rene Lalique.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS RANTHAMBORE:

Venture inside this former royal hunting ground and enjoy two game safaris with a naturalist.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING DELHI:

Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets, where you will tantalise your taste buds. Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.

LUXURY HOTELS NEW DELHI:

Old world charm blended with contemporary style, the Taj Mahal Hotel is an established hotel with a prime address in the leafy Lutyens’ diplomatic quarter. Situated amidst six acres of landscaped grounds and featuring modern Indian-style decor.

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DAY 1 DELHI, A RICH MELTING POT. Welcome to vibrant India! A delightful melting pot of old and new, you'll start in dynamic Delhi, with its bustling backstreets, rich history and wealth of colours. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel, the elegant Taj Mahal Hotel, situated in the heart of the leafy boulevards of Lutyens. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner at the renowned local restaurant, Chor Bizarre. (DW) Taj Mahal, New Delhi. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START DELHI SIGHTSEEING. In the morning you'll be taken to Old Delhi, driving past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. View this magnificent building from the outside before heading on a guided tour of Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Explore Delhi Your Way. Meet a well-known chef for a local foodie walk in Old Deli, where you'll witness the creation of Delhi's famous street food snacks. Alternatively, visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, and enjoy lunch. Explore the winding streets of lively Chandni Chowk in local fashion via an exhilarating rickshaw ride. In the afternoon visit a Sikh temple and its community kitchen, a place preparing and serving free vegetarian meals

to locals, travellers and those in need. Later, drive past the impressive President Palace, India gate and Parliament House, before ending the day with a tour of Humayun's Tomb with your Travelling Concierge. (B) (L)

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DAY 3 AN AGRA ADVENTURE. In the morning, you'll begin your journey to Agra. The main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty, this historical fort is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace” and the The Muthamman Burj. It may not hold the same fame as the nearby Taj Mahal, but it is no less impressive. Stay in and enjoy your hotel's invigorating facilities or head on a Mughal heritage walk, where you'll get to meet locals and learn more about their life and the history of the area in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. (B) (DW) Taj Hotel and Convention Centre, Agra. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 4 THE TAJ MAHAL AND RANTHAMBORE. Admire the lustrous Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn. Later journey to the historic city of Bharatpur and stop for lunch, before continuing to the station for your rail journey upon the Express Train, in air-conditioned chair class seats, to Ranthambore. Transfer to your hotel, nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Range, near the

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INDIAN FESTIVALS: ⚑ This departure experiences dinner and Diwali celebrations at a local family’s home in Jaipur in lieu of the Celebration Dinner. ∑ This departure will celebrate Holi festival with a dinner at a local family’s home in Jaipur in lieu of dinner at 1135A.D. restaurant. ⅗ Festive Highlight Dinners: Christmas Eve in Jaipur. ⅘ Please see our website for more details on which festivals these departures experience. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: ROOMING OPTIONS:

€1600 p.p.

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and Driver €59 p.p

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paintings. Today you'll experience India's spiritual majesty, with a special blessing ceremony at Amber Fort. Your Highlight Dinner will be served at the opulent 1135 A.D, with its royal interior, traditional music and breathtaking sunset views. (B) (L) (DW) Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur. | Palace | ∂

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DAY 7 · RELAXED START JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING. Your morning is free to enjoy the facilities at your hotel. Perhaps book a treatment at its spa, or take a dip in its outdoor pool, brightly decorated by the red and yellow printed sunbeds that surround it. After lunch see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, and visit Jantar Mantar, the observatory, constructed between 1727 and 1734 by Maharajah Jai Singh II. During the tour you will visit the flower and spice market, filled with colours and smells to ignite the senses. Enjoy a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah, within Jaipur’s City Palace. In the evening, meet the ladies of Pink City Rickshaw, a company dedicated to supporting the employment of women from low income households. Listen as they recount stories of their lives from growing up in the slums to proudly developing their skills to be part of this inspiring opportunity. Delight in their enthusiasm and knowledge as they take you on a city tour of Jaipur.

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Toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner at Suvarna Mahal Restaurant in Rambagh Palace. With its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and spectacular frescoes, the restaurant embodies rich heritage and delight in royal cuisines from the princely states of India. (B) (DW)

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13 or 16 DAYS We invite you to join a luxury heritage journey through timeless Rajasthan, where maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities. Along the way, stay like royalty in palatial hotels and gain in-depth insights into local life.

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

UPGRADED HOTELS

VIP EXPERIENCES JAIPUR:

Savour a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah. Explore rooms not open to other visitors and see the spectacular crystal table handcrafted by renowned artisan Rene Lalique.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS AGRA:

Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.

JAIPUR:

Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING DELHI:

Regularly rated as one of India's very finest restaurants, The Spice Route is a feast for all of your senses. Incredible artworks are as impressive as the delicious menu.

LUXURY HOTELS UDAIPUR:

Built in the style of a grand Maharaja's palace, The Leela Palace Udaipur evokes the mystique of a bygone age where refined service and regal majesty combine to present an unparalleled experience.

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DAY 1 DELHI, A RICH MELTING POT OF OLD AND NEW. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner at the critically acclaimed The Spice Route restaurant. (DW) The Imperial, Delhi. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 2 DELHI SIGHTSEEING. In Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. Enjoy a guided tour of Jama Masjid. Experience Delhi Your Way. Meet a well-known chef for a local foodie walk in Old Deli, where you'll witness the creation of Delhi's famous street food snacks. Alternatively, visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, for lunch. Explore the winding streets of lively Chandni Chowk in local fashion via an exhilarating rickshaw ride. In the afternoon visit a Sikh temple and visit its community kitchen. Later, drive past the impressive President Palace, India gate and Parliament House, before ending the day with a tour of Humayun's Tomb with your Travelling Concierge. (B) (L)

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DAY 3 AGRA AND THE VIEWS OF THE TAJ MAHAL. In the morning make the journey to the city of Agra where you can visit the famous Agra Fort. Once at your hotel you may want to enjoy the facilities or head on a Mughal Heritage walk where you'll get to meet locals and learn more about their life and the history of the area. (B) (DW) Mughal, Agra. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 4 SUNRISE AT THE TAJ AND JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY. At sunrise, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal. After breakfast, travel to Bharatpur for lunch, then continue to the Pink City of Jaipur. (B) (L) (DW) Fairmont Jaipur. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 5 · RELAXED START JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING. Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort and see its beautifully decorated royal halls. Return to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Enjoy a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah. (B) (AT)

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DAY 6 EXPLORING BIKANER. Journey to the city of Bikaner to have lunch before exploring the city. See the Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. (B) (L) (DW) Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 7 · RELAXED START THE SUN CITY, JAISALMER. Continue through the Great Thar Desert to Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress. (B) (L) (DW) Suryagarh, Jaisalmer. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 8 · RELAXED START JAISALMER SIGHTSEEING. Visit Gadisar Lake and the Fort. At the local market, witness desert life at its best. Venture into the rippling sand dunes and savour dinner with wine, accompanied by a local musician. (B) (DW) DAY 9 · RELAXED START THE BLUE CITY OF JODHPUR. Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur. Visit Jodhpur market and enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through its bright and dynamic streets before sitting down to dinner back at your hotel. (B) (DW) WelcomHotel Jodhpur. | Traditional


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DAY 12 · RELAXED START UDAIPUR SIGHTSEEING. Explore the City Palace complex and wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, as well as the Garden of the Maids of Honour. Perhaps, take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel's renowned wellness spa. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola, before enjoying a special Celebration Dinner at the landmark Sunset Terrace. (B) (DW) DAY 13 DEPART UDAIPUR, DELHI OR MUMBAI. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport. An included flight back to Delhi, or on to Mumbai, is available. Please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi or 23:00 from Mumbai. (B)

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DAYS 13 - 16 ME TO WE CULTURALLY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE. Why not extend your trip in India with Me to WE and learn about daily life in rural India as you interact with the locals of the community, try your hand at traditional crafts and participate firsthand in a sustainable development project? See our website for more details.

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SPIRIT OF NORTH & SOUTH INDIA

Cultural riches, historic gems, and breathtaking natural wonders beyond your wildest dreams are all captured on this itinerary. From the desert forts of Rajasthan to the ancient cave temples of Mumbai, travel in complete comfort, stay in five-star hotels and enjoy the best cuisine India has to offer.

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

UPGRADED HOTELS

Tiger, Ranthambore

VIP EXPERIENCES JAIPUR:

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

Savour a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah, within the Jaipur City Palace. Explore rooms not open to other visitors and see the spectacular crystal table handcrafted by renowned artisan Rene Lalique.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS RANTHAMBORE:

Venture inside this former royal hunting ground and enjoy two game safaris with a naturalist.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING KOCHI:

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Meet Nimmy, a local cooking instructor, who will demonstrate traditional Kerala home cooking, followed by a delicious lunch.

LUXURY HOTELS MUMBAI:

Situated in Mumbai, India’s financial captial, the elegant Oberoi Hotel offers magnificent views of the ocean and ‘Queen’s Necklace’ lights along the shoreline. With its striking modern architecture, fitness facilities and exquisite restaurants, it presents an idyllic getaway in the centre of a vibrant, must-visit city.

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DAYS 1 - 7 HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA Discover the highlights of India, from the bustling cities of Delhi and Agra to the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park. FOR FULL ITINERARY DETAILS, PLEASE SEE DAYS 1 TO 7 OF ESSENCE OF INDIA WITH RANTHAMBORE ON PAGE 120 - 121. DAY 8 FLY TO KOCHI VIA MUMBAI. In the morning, board your flight to Mumbai and onto Kochi. On arrival, transfer to your sophisticated hotel which offers panoramic backwaters view or city view. (B) (DW) Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty, Kochi. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 9 KOCHI SIGHTSEEING, COOKING SCHOOL AND KATHAKALI. During your exploration of Kochi, see the oldest Jewish synagogue in the commonwealth and witness the renowned mythological murals of Mattancherry Palace. Meet Nimmy, a local cooking instructor who will demonstrate traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats during lunch.


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Cruise to Elephanta Island to visit the complex of ancient cave temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your exploration of the city includes visiting the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market and seeing the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, raise a glass to your adventures, with your newfound friends during a delightful Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

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DAY 15 DEPART MUMBAI. Your luxurious journey comes to an end with transfers to Mumbai airport for your onward flights. (B)

DAY 13 · RELAXED START MAGICAL MUMBAI. Journey to Kochi for your flight to the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel for time at leisure. Perhaps relax and enjoy the comforts of your deluxe hotel. Originally a collection of seven islands, the modern city of Mumbai came into being during the mideighteenth century by reclaiming land from the sea. As well as being the financial capital of India, Mumbai is also home to Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world. (B) The Oberoi, Mumbai. | Traditional | ∂

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20 DAYS Multihued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala coast on this escorted journey. Drifting through the peaceful tropical backwaters of Vaikom village on your deluxe houseboat contrasts with time spent in the megacity of Mumbai.

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

UPGRADED HOTELS

VIP EXPERIENCES JAIPUR:

Savour a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharaja, within the Jaipur City Palace. Explore rooms not open to other visitors and see the spectacular crystal table handcrafted by renowned artisan Rene Lalique

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS AGRA:

Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.

JAIPUR:

Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING KOCHI:

Meet Nimmy, a local cooking instructor, who will demonstrate traditional Kerala home cooking, followed by a delicious lunch.

VAIKOM VILLAGE:

Gain insight into life at the village and try your hand at weaving with wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local’s home.

LUXURY HOTELS MUMBAI:

Situated in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, the elegant Oberoi Mumbai offers magnificent views of the ocean and ‘Queen’s Necklace’ lights along the shoreline. With its striking modern architecture, fitness facilities and exquisite restaurants, it presents an idyllic getaway in the centre of a vibrant, must-visit city.

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DAY 1 DELHI, A RICH MELTING POT OF OLD AND NEW. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join a Welcome Dinner. (DW) The Imperial , Delhi | Heritage | ∂. DAYS 2 - 12 DISCOVERING RAJASTHAN. Embark on an exploration of Rajasthan, once the land of the Maharajas. Discover bustling cities, relax in the comfort of your luxury accommodation and meet passionate locals. In Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort and tour Jama Masjid. Meet a well-known chef for a local food walk in Old Deli. Meet the locals on a Mughal heritage walk in Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort. See Jaipur's Hawa Mahal, visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Enjoy a locally inspired high tea in a private living room of the maharajah. Visit Jaisalmer's Gadisar Lake and the Fort. Venture into the sand dunes for dinner. Ride a tuk-tuk through Jodhpur market. Visit the mighty Mehrangargh Fort. Learn from a local chef during a cooking demonstration. Explore the Udaipur City Palace, and Jagdish Temple.

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BACKWATERS. Witness glorious scenery en route to Kumarakom. After checking into you luxury hotel, Kumarakom Lake Resort, transfer to the local jetty and prepare for a full day of

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cruising along the the tranquil backwaters of the Alleppey. Drift past picturesque villages, lush green paddy fields and a coconut plantation. Enjoy lunch onboard. (B) (L) Kumarakom Lake Resort. | Resort | ∂ DAY 16 · RELAXED START

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For the early risers there is an included bird watching tour at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Navigating by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerala. Gain insight into life at the village and try your skills at weaving from wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local's home. (B) (L)

DAY 17 · RELAXED START RELAXING KUMARAKOM. Today is yours to Explore Kumarakom Your Way. Choose between harmonising your mind and body in a yoga class or for those wanting to unwind, indulge in a rejuvenating massage. In the evening, indulge in a delicious seafood dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 18 · RELAXED START MAGICAL MUMBAI. Journey to Kochi for your flight to the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel for time at leisure. Perhaps relax and enjoy the comforts of your deluxe hotel.


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Experience festivals like Diwali and Holi. Look for departures with the flag symbols.

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Cruise to Elephanta Island to visit the complex of ancient cave temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your exploration of the city includes visiting the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market and seeing the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, raise a glass to your adventures, with your newfound friends during a delightful Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 20 DEPART MUMBAI. Your luxurious journey comes to an end with transfers to Mumbai airport for your onward flights. (B)

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Originally a collection of seven islands, the modern city of Mumbai came into being during the mid-eighteenth century by reclaiming land from the sea. As well as being the financial capital of India, Mumbai is also home to Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world. (B) The Oberoi, Mumbai. | Traditional | ∂

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MAGNIFICENT NEPAL & BHUTAN With its ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop, mountainous Nepal is a wealth of centuries-old stupas and temples. Bhutan, with the happiest citizens on earth, is an oasis of tranquillity.

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Meet with the monks of Boudhanath stupa for a private puja (blessing) ceremony. Hear traditional chanting, drumming and tales of the monks lives inside the temple. Cherish this visit by being blessed by the monks.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS TA DZONG: Visit Bhutan's National Museum to see the impressive collection of art and relics.

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PARO:

Join a gentle hike to Taktshang Monastery known as the Tiger's Nest.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING THIMPHU:

You're invited into the home of a local family for a delicious home-cooked meal of typical regional fare.

PARO: Join a local chef for a cooking demonstration of how local Bhutanese delicacies are prepared. Try your hand at the preparation and taste Bhutan’s national dish. Your complete journey beyond the ordinary is revealed in the itinerary

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DAY 1 KATHMANDU. Arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and be greeted and transferred to your hotel. At 17:00, visit the bustling Thamel neighbourhood, and explore the streets on a rickshaw. Gather with your fellow travellers and enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner at Le Sherpa Restaurant. (DW) Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING. The beating heart of Kathmandu is Durbar Square and the Royal Palace complex. Visit the holy shrine of Swayambhunath, Patan's temple of Teleju and the Statue of Yogendra Malla. Journey to Boudhanath stupa to meet with the monks for a private puja (blessing) ceremony. Witness a traditional chant and hear tales of the monks’ lives inside the temple. (B) (L) DAY 3 KATHMANDU, PARO AND THIMPHU. Fly over the Himalayas to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Join your Travelling Concierge for a walk through the centre of town. (B) Taj Tashi, Thimphu. | Contemporary | ∂


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DAY 4 · RELAXED START THIMPHU. Thimphu is an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity. Visit the National Memorial Chorten and Tashichho Dzong before continuing to the bustling weekend local market. In the evening, join a local family to share a home-cooked meal. (B) (D) DAY 5 PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING. Sightseeing continues with a visit to the National Library to see a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts as well as the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum – the School for the Arts – to see students learning the 13 traditional arts of Bhutan. Travel on to Punakha Dzong, the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still the winter residence of the monk body. (B) Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha. | Resort | ∂

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DAY 6 CHIMI LHAKHANG. Enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a sacred destination for Buddhists. The temple was built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley, who travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet using outrageous antics to provoke people to discard their preconceptions. The views from the temple are spectacular! (B)

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DAY 7 · RELAXED START PUNAKHA TO PARO. Today you journey to Paro. On the way, participate in a prayer flag hoisting ceremony, an integral part of Bhutanese landscape, at Dochula pass. In Paro, tour Ta Dzong, which now serves as Bhutan's National Museum. Later, see Rinpung Dzong and visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most scared shrines, and Drukgyel Dzong. Experience Paro Your Way. Enjoy a private traditional mask dance and cultural show. Alternatively, learn about the passion the Bhutanese have for the national sport of archery by attending a range to interact with the locals. Join a local chef for a cooking demonstration showing you how local Bhutanese delicacies are prepared. Try your hand at the preparation and taste Bhutan’s national dish. (B) (DW) Zhiwa Ling Heritage, Paro. | Heritage | ∂

DAY 8 · RELAXED START PARO AND TIGER’S NEST HIKE. Embark on a hike to the Taktshang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. The monastery clings to a cliff face 3,120 metres above sea level, however the elevation of the walk is done at a gentle pace over approximately 500 metres from start to finish, with plenty of time to rest and take in the experience. (B) (L) (DW)

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DAY 9 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING. Early morning, fly to Kathmandu and spend the day exploring. See the holy Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Temple. Learn about the traditional pottery-making process and try your hand at it with a local craftsman. Toast to your newfound friends at a Celebration Dinner at your hotel. (B) (DW) Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu. | Heritage | ∂ DAY 10 DEPART KATHMANDU. Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Japan Revisited Story by: James Pera No two journeys are the same, or so says Luxury Gold guest James Pera. He shares how his return to Japan 50 years on compares to his original experience.

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he last time I saw Mt. Fuji, I was flying into Japan for a three-day stopover on my way to Vietnam. I had a window seat and the best view of the mountain, which looked exactly like the pictures, covered in snow and surrounded by blossoms. Fast forward 50 years and I was once again reunited with this inspiring country. This time on a guided journey led by our Travelling Concierge, who had all the qualities you’d want in somebody guiding you in a foreign land. Our journey saw us travelling on the superefficient bullet trains, exploring the country’s pristine local parks and relaxing in luxurious hotels. But most of all, I cannot applaud our Travelling Concierge enough as she introduced us to her country and its people. As a veteran of the Vietnam war and a scholar of World War II, one of the most poignant experiences of my life was visiting the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima and meeting a survivor of the 1945 atomic bomb, something special that Luxury Gold had arranged. I listened to this woman, as she told us about her experience – what she saw, what she lived through, and the victims she knew. Although a world away and a lifetime apart, I felt a real sense of connection with the people, who were just ordinary folks living their everyday lives. Age has a way of mellowing you out and allowing you to look at history through a different lens. While Japan impressed me the first time, my older and wiser self found a second visit had a big human impact on me.

My only wish was that this journey was longer. With so much history and culture, amazing food and mix of both tradition and modernity, I will certainly be returning to Japan soon. Related journey: Visit this inspiring country on Majestic Japan, page 136.

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11 DAYS A master of modernity and steward of tradition, Japan delights and surprises with neon-lit highstreets, ancient temples and boundless natural beauty. Meet knowledgeable locals, see iconic sites, taste exotic flavours and wonder at Mother Nature, as you journey via bullet train from cutting-edge cities to unexplored wilderness in luxurious comfort. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

VIP EXPERIENCES HIROSHIMA:

Be part of a truly poignant travel experience, as you meet a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb, which destroyed most of the city during World War II and changed world history forever.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS OSAKA:

Visit Osaka Castle and explore this fascinating landmark, home to a variety of artefacts showcasing Osaka's extensive history.

TSUGARU HAN NEPUTA VILLAGE:

See the colourful decorations for the summer Neputa Festival and witness a private musical performance of Tsugaru Shamisen and Taiko, traditional Japanese guitar and drumming.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING TOKYO:

Amid one of the most tranquil Japanese gardens in the heart of Tokyo, overlook Tokyo Tower and dine on local delicacies for your Celebration Dinner at the famous Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai.

LUXURY HOTELS OIRASE GORGE:

Exclusively situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryu stream, this luxurious resort hotel offers spacious bedrooms, five-star facilities and easy access to natural hot springs situated in the nearby forest.

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Meet a Maiko (an apprentice geisha) Meet a Maiko (an apprentice geisha) in Kyoto in Kyoto

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO OSAKA, JAPAN! On arrival at Kansai or Itami airport, you will be welcomed and taken to your five-star hotel situated in the heart of the city, where there is time to relax. At 20:00, meet your Travelling Concierge at the hotel's Rainbow Lounge for your Welcome Dinner, a delicious Japanese meal of tempura and sushi. (DW) Imperial Hotel Osaka. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START HIGHLIGHTS OF OSAKA. Situated in the heart of Japan where rivers and sea routes converge, Osaka is a hub of cutting-edge architecture, exotic flavours and laid-back locals. Today you will discover the city's highlights, starting with a visit to Osaka castle, beautiful during cherry blossom season. Discover why Osaka is the kitchen of Japan on a food-tasting exploration with a local foodie. Try local specialities such as Takoyaki before enjoying a two-course lunch. In the afternoon, venture to the top of the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building for incredible city views. With the evening at leisure, ask your Travelling Concierge for local recommendations to explore this exotic city further. (B) (L)

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DAY 3 A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON HIROSHIMA. Journey to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen bullet train, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peace Memorial Park and Museum, the only structure left standing after the first atomic bomb was dropped during World War II. Meet a survivor who will share insights into this dark chapter of world history. For lunch you will be treated to traditional Japanese savoury pancakes known as Okonomiyaki, a dish typical of the region. Your journey continues by bullet train to Kyoto, known for thousands of years as the Imperial capital of Japan. After you check in to your centrally located hotel the rest of the evening is yours. (B) (L) Hotel Granvia Kyoto. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 4 · RELAXED START THE TEMPLES AND GEISHA OF KYOTO. Uncover why Kyoto is Japan's geisha capital and a hub of ancient tradition and culture. Marvel at the Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkakuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and see its famed Golden Pavilion to appreciate its classic architecture. Visit the famous Giouji Temple, where you'll learn about local folklore and walk through the indigenous bamboo forest. Savour a Highlight Lunch of traditional Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine made of seasonal

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ingredients, whilst you enjoy a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice geisha. Embark on a walking exploration of the vibrant Gion neighbourhood, known as Kyoto's primary geisha district. (B) (L)

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DAY 5 MT FUJI AND ONTO TOKYO. Board the bullet train to Mishima to stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Fuji. Descend to Lake Kawaguchi where you will be captivated by the flawless reflections of the mountain. Continue to enjoy spectacular views of Japan's tallest mountain as you enjoy a lunch made of fresh, seasonal ingredients at a local restaurant. Explore Mt Fuji Your Way. Choose between a visit to the Icchiku Kubota Art Museum with its unique works of art, traditional architecture and seasonal gardens or climb aboard the Kachi-Kachi yama ropeway for amazing views of Mount Fuji. Travel to Tokyo and check in to your hotel for the evening at leisure. (B) (LW) Imperial Hotel Tokyo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 6 · RELAXED START EXPLORE TRADITIONAL TOKYO. Visit a traditional teahouse where you learn how to prepare the perfect cup of Matcha Green Tea.


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Try your hand at making sushi with the highest quality fish and discover why it takes 10 years to become a Master Sushi Chef, before sitting down to a delightful Highlight Lunch. Enjoy time exploring Ginza, known as the Champs-Élysées of Tokyo. During a Your Choice Evening you're in for a true local experience with the choice of two hand-picked restaurants, each specialising in local delicacies. You may try either Shabu-shabu which are hotpots of meat and vegetables or Teppan-yaki where rice, meats and vegetables are freshly cooked on a grill. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 7 JOURNEY TO SENDAI. Journey by bullet train to Sendai, the City of Trees. Enjoy a private cruise along the dazzling Matsushima Bay to Katsurashima Island.

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Meet the owner of a local inn and dine as the locals do with a seafood lunch, as the owner shares insights into life on the island. Return by ferry to Matsushima, where you explore the site where Aoba Castle once stood. Continue to your five-star hotel where the evening is at your leisure. (B) (L) The Westin Sendai (Superior Rooms). | Traditional | ∂ DAY 8 TSUGARU AND HIROSAKI CASTLE. Journey by bullet train to Shin-Aomori Station to visit Hirosaki Castle. Meet a cherry blossom doctor who ensures the trees are kept healthy when in season. As you explore Tsugaru han Neputa Village see the colourful decorations used during the summer Neputa Festival and watch craftsman create the perfect chopsticks. Enjoy a private musical performance of Tsugaru Shamisen and Taiko, traditional Japanese guitar and drumming. Continue to Oirase Gorge. (B) (DW) Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Oirase Gorge. | Traditional | ∂

choice to relax and enjoy the amenities or visit a local brewery to taste Japan's national drink, sake. (B) (L) (DW)

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DAY 10 EXPLORING OIRASE GORGE. Return to Tokyo via bullet train, for your final night in this intriguing city. Visit the Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple, the oldest and most-visited temple of Japan, and wander along the famous Nakamise Street and explore Kappabashi, a local back-street known as Tokyo's foodie hub. Venture to the heart of the city for a dazzling Celebration Dinner. Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai is a famous restaurant specialising in tofu cuisine. Savour a range of intricately prepared dishes all accompanied with beer or wine. (B) (DW) Imperial Hotel Tokyo. DAY 11 FAREWELL JAPAN. Bid farewell to your travel companions and head to Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward journey. (B)

DAY 9 · RELAXED START RELAXING ORAISE. Explore the spectacular Oirase Gorge, a place of special scenic beauty. Admire the cascading waterfalls and marvel at the seasonal colours of the indigenous forest. Continue to a local restaurant for lunch. Once back at the hotel, you will have the

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16 DAYS Experience the ultimate in luxury travel, as you journey through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, the three crown jewels of Southeast Asia. Get an insider's perspective on some of the world's most important religious monuments and watch the sun go down over the mighty Mekong River. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

VIP EXPERIENCES ANGKOR WAT:

Explore one of the most important monuments, Angkor Wat, alongside a Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution.

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Enjoy a private, VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to other travellers.

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Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and watch a martial arts performance.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS SIEM REAP:

More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories — historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING HOI AN:

Meet a local chef who will lead a hands-on cooking class and teach you how to create some of the local specialities that you will enjoy for your Highlight Lunch.

LUXURY HOTELS HANOI:

Relax at the Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, an award-winning colonial-style luxury hotel, located in the heart of the old city, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SIEM REAP. Transfer to your elegant hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. At 19:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travel companions for your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap. | Resort | ∂ DAY 2 ANGKOR WAT IN STYLE. Explore Angkor Wat as a VIP. Learn about Khmer culture from a Khmer scholar, then visit Angkor Thom. This evening, be dazzled at a youthful performance by the Phare Circus and see how local traditions blend with new creative genres to form a triumph of choreographed acrobatics, dance and storytelling. (B) (D) DAY 3 DYNAMIC HO CHI MINH CITY. Fly to Ho Chi Minh. At the Art Salon Saigon, you will enjoy a Highlight Dinner, accompanied by live music. (B) (DW) InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. | Contemporary DAY 4 MARVELS OF SAIGON. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels and meet a Viet Cong veteran. Return to the city to see Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustave Eiffel's Central Post Office.

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Travel to the Mekong Delta and board a private cruise to see coconut processing and taste the freshest juice possible. Ride a tri-motorcycle to a rice noodle factory and see how the regional breakfast is produced. Continue to Mango Home for a lunch of local specialties. Meet Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who fought the deadly Khmer Rouge, and learn how life in Vietnam has changed since the 1960s. (B) (L) DAY 6 · RELAXED START ROYAL REFINEMENT IN HUE. Fly to Hue. Enjoy a cyclo through rice fields to Thanh Toan village. Visit the Vietnamese Agriculture Museum, the local market and the Thanh Toan Bridge. Savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant. (B) (D) Pilgrimage Village, Hue. | Resort | ∂ DAY 7 HIGHLIGHTS OF HUE. Rise early for a private, VIP visit to the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to the public. After breakfast, visit the royal tomb of Minh Mang with your local historian.

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At Dong Thuyen pagoda, enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns. Speak with the nuns to better understand their beliefs and food philosophies. Visit the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy to meet the headmaster and witness a performance of martial arts techniques. (B) (L) DAY 8 ROMANTIC HOI AN. Explore Hoi An. See the Japanese Covered Bridge and market. For a Your Choice Evening, take your pick of cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion. (B) (D) Anantara Hoi An Resort. | Resort | ∂ DAY 9 · RELAXED START

℮ THE LOCALS IN HOI AN. ℓ

Visit Cam Thanh Village and ride a traditional bamboo-basket boat to Thanh Dong village to learn how the villagers harvest vegetables. Continue through a water coconut forest to a riverside restaurant. Join a hands-on cooking class, then savour your creations for your Highlight Lunch. (B) (L)


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INSPIRING INDOCHINA YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

HANOI

3 COUNTRIES | 15 BREAKFASTS 6 LUNCHES | 9 DINNERS 27 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 3 RELAXED STARTS

(Days 10, 12 & 13)

LUANG PRABANG

3

1

(Days 14, 15 & 16)

2

HA LONG BAY

LAOS

(Day 11)

JOURNEY PLANNER - 16 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €649 p.p.

HUE (Days 6 & 7)

2 2

TRIP CODE: A604

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 09 Oct Fri 23 Oct

Sat 24 Oct €7025 Sat 07 Nov €7025

Fri 06 Nov

Sat 21 Nov €7075

Fri 18 Dec

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TWIN

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2021 Sat 30 Jan Sat 13 Feb

€7025 €7025

Fri 19 Feb

Sat 06 Mar €7025

Fri 12 Mar

Sat 27 Mar €7025

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FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €280 Triple Room Reduction €280 | 2nd Journey €162 Past Guest €325 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €2520 p.p. to €2740 p.p.

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PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €111 p.p.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

DAY 10 HANOI STREET-FOOD TASTING TOUR. Fly to Hanoi and ride an electric cart to see the Opera House, Sword Lake and the Jade Mountain Temple. Join a local foodie for an exploration of Hanoi's street-food culture and taste some of the city's best dishes. (B) (D) Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 11

℮ CRUISE ALONG HA LONG BAY. ℓ

Travel to Ha Long Bay for your overnight cruise. Visit Tien Ong Cave and explore the Cua Van area. In the evening you can join a hands-on cooking class or just relax before dinner. (B) (L) (D) Jasmine Cruise (Superior Cabin), Ha Long Bay. | Cruise Overnight

SIEM REAP (Days 1 & 2)

2

Join/Leave Options

Sat 02 Jan €7550

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh to Hue, Hoi An to Hanoi and Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Meal Icons: Meals with wine indicated on this itinerary will include local drinks instead of wine.

HOI AN (Days 8 & 9)

Included Flight Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

DAY 12 HA LONG TO HANOI. Start the day with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck, or enjoy an early morning swim, or perhaps venture to a white sandy beach and climb the hilltop for views over Halong Bay? Return to the boat for breakfast as you cruise to Ha Long City to disembark. Journey back to Hanoi for a free evening at leisure in Hanoi. (B) DAY 13 · RELAXED START THE TEMPLE OF LITERATURE. Visit the Temple of Literature to learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture. In the evening, toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW)

Angkor Wat

CAMBODIA VIETNAM 3 HO CHI MINH (Days 3, 4 & 5)

Experience a family style lunch at local vocational training restaurant, Khaiphaen. Visit Wat Xiengthong, a significant monument to the locals. During your sunset cruise on the Mekong River, enjoy a cool drink as you toast with your newfound friends. (B) (L) DAY 16 DEPART LUANG PRABANG. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with private airport transfers timed to meet your onward flight. (B)

DAY 14 WELCOME TO LAOS. Fly to Luang Prabang. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your beautiful resort. (B) (DW) The Luang Say Residence, Luang Prabang. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 15

℮ UNESCO HERITAGE DISCOVERY AND SUNSET CRUISE. Perhaps rise early to offer alms to saffronrobed monks? Later, walk up Mount Phousi before exploring Luang Prabang at leisure.

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SPIRIT OF VIETNAM Delve into the fascinating culture and history of Vietnam, as you travel from iconic cities to island-dotted bays in perfect luxury. Participate in Vietnamese cooking classes, learn about local hidden gems from passionate experts and marvel at dazzling landscapes along the way.

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS Markets in the streets of Saigon, Vietnam

VIP EXPERIENCES HUE: Enjoy a private, VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to other travellers.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

HUE:

Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and watch a martial arts performance.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING HO CHI MINH: At the Art Salon Saigon, you will enjoy a Highlight Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and accompanied by live music. HANOI:

Join a local foodie in the Old Quarter for an exploration of Hanoi's street-food culture.

LUXURY HOTELS HOI AN: The luxurious Anantara Hoi An Resort is moments away from the city's charming historic centre. Take in the tranquil atmosphere, treat yourself to a massage at the spa, or cool down in the pool.

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DAY 1 DYNAMIC HO CHI MINH CITY. On arrival at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge at the Art Salon Saigon, where you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner accompanied by live music. (DW) InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. | Contemporary DAY 2

℮ MARVELS OF SAIGON.

Visit the Cu Chi tunnels and meet a Viet Cong veteran. Return to the city to see Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustave Eiffel's Central Post Office. Learn about local cafe culture over a Vietnamese coffee. (B) (L) DAY 3

℮ CRUISE THE MEKONG DELTA.

Travel to the Mekong Delta and board a private cruise to see coconut processing and taste the freshest juice possible. Ride a tri-motorcycle to a rice noodle factory and see how the regional breakfast is produced.


SPIRIT OF VIETNAM VIETNAM

SPIRIT OF VIETNAM YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

HANOI

1 COUNTRY | 11 BREAKFASTS 5 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS 18 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 3 RELAXED STARTS

(Days 8, 10, 11 & 12)

3

1 HA LONG BAY (Day 9)

JOURNEY PLANNER - 12 DAYS

HUE

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €414 p.p.

(Days 4 & 5)

ENDS TWIN Thu 22 Oct €4075 Thu 05 Nov €4075

Sun 08 Nov Thu 19 Nov €4150 Sun 20 Dec

Thu 31 Dec €4450

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

2021 Sun 17 Jan Thu 28 Jan €4075 Sun 31 Jan Thu 11 Feb €4075

Join/Leave Options

Sun 14 Mar Thu 25 Mar €4075

FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €140 | Triple Room Reduction €140 | 2nd Journey €103 | Past Guest €207 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1500 p.p. to €1730 p.p.

1 1

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

⅓ ℓ

Continue to Mango Home for a lunch of local specialties. Meet Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who fought the deadly Khmer Rouge, and learn how life in Vietnam has changed since the 1960s. (B) (L) DAY 4 · RELAXED START ROYAL REFINEMENT IN HUE. Fly to Hue. Enjoy a cyclo through rice fields to Thanh Toan village. Visit the Vietnamese Agriculture Museum, the local market and the Thanh Toan Bridge. Savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant. (B) (D) Pilgrimage Village, Hue. | Resort | ∂ DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS OF HUE. Rise early for a private, VIP visit to the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to the public. After breakfast, visit the royal tomb of Minh Mang with your local historian. At Dong Thuyen pagoda, enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns. Speak with the nuns to better understand their beliefs and food philosophies.

Included Flight Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

3 HO CHI MINH Mekong (Days 1, 2 & 3) Delta

⅓ Visit the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts

PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €84 p.p.

HOI AN

Key:

Sun 21 Feb Thu 04 Mar €4075

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Ho Chi Minh to Hue and Hoi An to Hanoi. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Meal Icons: Meals with wine indicated on this itinerary will include local drinks instead of wine.

2

(Days 6 & 7)

TRIP CODE: A602 STARTS Sun 11 Oct Sun 25 Oct

2

ℓ 

DAY 9

Academy to meet the headmaster and witness a performance of martial arts techniques. (B) (L)

℮ CRUISE ALONG HA LONG BAY.

DAY 6 ROMANTIC HOI AN. Explore Hoi An. See the Japanese Covered Bridge and market. For a Your Choice Evening, take your pick of cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion. (B) (D) Anantara Hoi An Resort. | Resort | ∂

DAY 7 · RELAXED START

DAY 10

℮ HA LONG TO HANOI.

Start the day with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck, or enjoy an early morning swim, or perhaps venture to a white sandy beach and climb the hilltop for views over Halong Bay? Return to the boat for breakfast as you cruise to Ha Long City to disembark. The evening is yours to spend at leisure in Hanoi. (B)

℮ THE LOCALS IN HOI AN. ℓ

Visit Cam Thanh Village and ride a traditional bamboo-basket boat to Thanh Dong village to learn how the villagers harvest vegetables. Continue through a water coconut forest to a riverside restaurant. Join a hands-on cooking class, then savour your creations for your Highlight Lunch. (B) (L) DAY 8 HANOI STREET-FOOD TASTING TOUR. Fly to Hanoi and ride an electric cart to see the Opera House, Sword Lake and the Jade Mountain Temple. Join a local foodie for an exploration of Hanoi's street-food culture and taste some of the city's best dishes. (B) (D) Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. | Boutique | ∂

Travel to Ha Long Bay for your overnight cruise. Visit Tien Ong Cave and explore the Cua Van area. In the evening you can join a hands-on cooking class or just relax before dinner. (B) (L) (D) Jasmine Cruise (Superior Cabin), Ha Long Bay. | Overnight Cruise

DAY 11 · RELAXED START THE TEMPLE OF LITERATURE. Visit the Temple of Literature to learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture. In the evening, toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (B) (DW) DAY 12 FAREWELL VIETNAM. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport. (B)

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14 DAYS

(Days 10,12, 13 & 14)

3

1 HALONG BAY (Day 11)

CAMBODIA & VIETNAM IN STYLE

HUE

HOI AN (Days 1 & 2)

2

CAMBODIA VIETNAM 3 HO CHI MINH

Join/Leave Options

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS 1

Angkor Wat

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS SIEM REAP: More than just a circus, Phare performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories — historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.

LUXURY HOTELS HOI AN: The luxurious Anantara Hoi An Resort is moments away from the city’s charming historic centre. Take in the tranquil atmosphere, treat yourself to a massage at the spa, or cool down in the pool.

(Days 8 & 9)

Angkor Wat

Key:

ANGKOR WAT: Explore one of the most important monuments, Angkor Wat, alongside a Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution.

2

SIEM REAP

Experience the very best of Cambodia and Vietnam, as you marvel at some of the world's most important ancient monuments, journey through majestic countryside and feast on exotic fl avours.

VIP EXPERIENCES

2

(Days 6 & 7)

DAY 1 ARRIVE SIEM REAP. Transfer to your elegant hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. At 19:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travel companions for your Welcome Dinner. (DW) Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap. | Resort | ∂ DAYS 2 - 13 THE GLORIES OF CAMBODIA & VIETNAM IN STYLE. Embark on a journey of discovery to Cambodia and Vietnam, and meet passionate locals along the way who will bring the history of this region to life. FOR FULL ITINERARY DETAILS, PLEASE SEE DAYS 2-13 OF INSPIRING INDOCHINA ON PAGE 142 - 143. DAY 14 FAREWELL VIETNAM. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport. (B)

1

(Days 3, 4 & 5)

Included Flight Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

CAMBODIA & VIETNAM IN STYLE

YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

2 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS 5 LUNCHES | 7 DINNERS 20 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 2 RELAXED STARTS

JOURNEY PLANNER - 14 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €510 p.p. TRIP CODE: A605

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Fri 09 Oct Fri 23 Oct

Thu 22 Oct €5450 Thu 05 Nov €5450

Fri 06 Nov

Thu 19 Nov €5525

Fri 18 Dec

Thu 31 Dec €5825

STARTS

ENDS

Fri 15 Jan Fri 29 Jan Fri 19 Feb

Thu 04 Mar €5450

Fri 12 Mar Thu 25 Mar €5450 NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh to Hue and Hoi An to Hanoi. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Meal Icons: Meals with wine indicated on this itinerary will include local drinks instead of wine. FURTHER SAVINGS TO: Young Traveller €200 | Triple Room Reduction €200 | 2nd Journey €128 | Past Guest €255 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1920 p.p. to €2140 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €97 p.p.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES: All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

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2021 Thu 28 Jan €5450 Thu 11 Feb €5450

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A taste of what’s to come

HANOI

(Days 8, 10 & 11)

14 DAYS

1

3 2

SENSATIONAL VIETNAM & LAOS

HALONG BAY (Day 9)

LUANG PRABANG

(Days 12, 13 & 14)

LAOS

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime, experiencing the very best that Vietnam and Laos can offer. From bustling Saigon to ancient Luang Prabang, journey through these truly incredible landscapes.

Luang Prabang, Laos

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS LUANG PRABANG: Join a sunset cruise on the Mekong, observing rural life along the tree-lined banks of the river. Enjoy a chilled drink and take brilliant photos of the sunset over the river.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

 ℓ 

LUANG PRABANG:

Join your fellow travellers at Khaiphaen for a family style lunch. This is a local vocational training restaurant that reinvests all profits back into the trainees and their supporting social programs, to assist them in becoming skilled, productive professionals with a more secure future.

HOI AN

3

Join/Leave Options

ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

HUE: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and watch a martial arts performance.

2 (Days 6 & 7)

Key:

VIP EXPERIENCES

2

HUE (Days 4 & 5)

DAY 1 DYNAMIC HO CHI MINH CITY. On arrival at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a night to remember at the Art Salon Saigon, where you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and accompanied by live music. (DW) InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. | Contemporary DAYS 2 - 13 DISCOVERING VIETNAM AND LAOS. Discover the best of Vietnam and Laos as you explore the bustling cities and ancient temples, taste local flavours and meet friendly locals along the way. FOR FULL ITINERARY DETAILS, PLEASE SEE DAYS 4-15 OF INSPIRING INDOCHINA ON PAGE 142-143. DAY 14 DEPART LUANG PRABANG. Your journey draws to a close with private transfers to the airport. (B)

1 1

HO CHI MINH (Days 1, 2 & 3) Included Flight Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

SENSATIONAL VIETNAM & LAOS YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

2 COUNTRIES | 13 BREAKFASTS 6 LUNCHES | 6 DINNERS 26 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 4 RELAXED STARTS

JOURNEY PLANNER - 14 DAYS EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT SAVE UP TO €555 p.p. TRIP CODE: A606

STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

Sun 11 Oct Sat 24 Oct €5650 Sun 25 Oct Sat 07 Nov €5650 Sun 08 Nov Sat 21 Nov €5725 Sun 20 Dec Sat 02 Jan

€6195

STARTS

Sun 17 Jan Sun 31 Jan

ENDS 2021 Sat 30 Jan Sat 13 Feb

TWIN

€5650 €5650

Sun 21 Feb Sat 06 Mar €5650 Sun 14 Mar Sat 27 Mar €5650

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Ho Chi Minh to Hue, Hoi An to Hanoi and Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Meal Icons: Meals with wine indicated on this itinerary will include local drinks instead of wine. FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: Young Traveller €220 | Triple Room Reduction €220 | 2nd Journey €139 | Past Guest €277 ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €2100 p.p. to €2340 p.p. PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €97 p.p.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES: All departures are limited to just 24 guests.

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

Your complete journey beyond the ordinary is revealed in the itinerary

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Mandela: My prisoner, my friend, my story Story by: Christo Brand From Nelson Mandela’s prison guard to close friend, Christo Brand talks to Luxury Gold about his life with this important figure.

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e must share the fruits of our labour in this century – we are only here for a short time,” are the words spoken by Nelson Mandela, my teacher, my friend, my prisoner. Aged 18, I was positioned as Mandela’s prison guard on Robben Island. While our relationship should have placed us as friend and foe, we soon formed an unlikely bond. It started when I helped Mandela meet his new grandson. His wife Winnie brought the child to a visitation and I broke the prison rules by allowing Mandela to hold him. To return the favour, Mandela helped me with court case after a motorcycle accident – together, we won. His life mantra was to help others, and Mandela believed the best way to help people was through education. He dismantled the legacy of apartheid and focused on reconciling the nation through educating the people.

“ His life mantra was to help others ” “A person should never simply enrich himself. If you have funds, try to help people, educate people,” he told me. Following his words, I decided to work in his office when he became President. Through my friendship with Mandela, I learned to live for others and act as a humble servant to our nation. Before retiring, I worked as a curator at Robben Island Museum, dedicated to sharing the legacy of my unlikely friend and greatest teacher. Related journey: Meet Christo Brand on Spectacular South Africa, page 162.

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ELEGANCE OF THE PHARAOHS NEW

10 DAYS

154

ELEGANCE OF THE NILE

11 DAYS

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SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA

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NILE

Story by Mrs. Beatrice Tollman

Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, has built a collection of award-winning luxury hotels renowned around the world for their warm welcome, personal service and generous hospitality. In recognition of her legacy, she was inducted into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2019.

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tepping onto the River Tosca is a unique return to the golden era of travel. Every time I am welcomed on board this spectacular ship, I never cease to be amazed by the old-world grandeur that escorts us down the Nile. But most of all, I love the warmth of the team who makes each guest feel at home. We challenged our long-standing design team, who works across all our Red Carnation Hotels and Uniworld ships, to create something that symbolizes individuality and luxury, two ideals at the forefront of everything we do. We spared no expense in her construction and design, and sourced furniture and décor from collectors and auction houses all over the world. Signature upholstery adorns the walls of our spacious rooms, while the ship’s unique furnishings were custom-made by a family in Bali with Egyptian heritage. Her marble floors were consciously selected and imported from Italy, while fabrics and carpets were devised and made in England, to our own design.

I feel most at home within the ship’s library, with all the charm you’d expect from a room priding itself on its golden-age décor.This includes mahogany furniture, beautiful drapes and a selection of classic books to choose from. A romantic spot to watch the world go by, perhaps devour Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile,” as you sail along the book’s backdrop.

ensuring that we fulfill our promise to make travel personal. Our English afternoon tea, served on the top deck, is a true indulgent highlight, while dinner is a more formal affair with several delicious courses. Our culinary team regularly goes out into the local markets to source the freshest produce for our guests, modifying our daily menus to serve what is in season, with great care and passion.

Above all, our devoted staff truly makes the River Tosca exceptional. Uncommon to most cruise ships, we use the same staff on all our voyages. We consider everyone as part of our family, nurturing them, investing in them and training them to the highest quality, ensuring that they feel happy and inspired. This allows us to constantly improve our service, tailoring it to the individual requirements of our guests and ensuring that we fulfill our promise to make travel personal. With us, no request is too large and no detail too small. We look forward to welcoming you onboard.

You can sail on the River Tosca and discover the timeless wonders of Egypt and the Nile on the following luxury journeys: Elegance of Egypt, page 152 Elegance of the Pharaohs, page 154 Elegance of the Nile, page 158

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ELEGANCE OF EGYPT Lovers of myth and mystery will be enchanted by the sites encountered on this journey. Many of Egypt's cities and towns developed along the Nile, so a luxurious cruise onboard the River Tosca is like a window into the heart and soul of this amazing country.

UPGRADED HOTELS

View from Mena House Hotel, Cairo

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS GIZA: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their gods in the afterlife.

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EXCEPTIONAL DINING ASWAN:

Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and afternoon tea in colonial English-style at Aswan’s famous Old Cataract Hotel.

LUXURY HOTELS CAIRO:

There is no finer view than seeing the pyramids from your private balcony at the five-star Mena House Hotel.

LUXURY CRUISING:

Set sail on the deluxe, all-suite River Tosca and experience old world elegance, blended with modern amenities and comfort.

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DAY 1 CAIRO AT LEISURE. Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a welcome drink at the hotel. Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Cairo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING. In the morning, meet your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, and begin your discovery. Start with a visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, where you venture inside and visit the enigmatic Sphinx. Afterwards, visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Later, drive to the Pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show, an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (B)


ELEGANCE OF EGYPT

ELEGANCE OF EGYPT YOUR ITINERARY - AT A GLANCE

1 COUNTRY | 6 BREAKFASTS 3 LUNCHES | 1 AFTERNOON TEA 3 DINNERS 13 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES 1 RELAXED START

CAIRO

(Days 1, 2, 6 & 7)

2

1

Giza

JOURNEY PLANNER - 7 DAYS EGYPT

TRIP CODE: M945A STARTS

ENDS

TWIN

STARTS

Wed 01 Apr Wed 08 Apr Wed 15 Apr Wed 22 Apr Wed 29 Apr

Tue 07 Apr Tue 14 Apr Tue 21 Apr Tue 28 Apr Tue 05 May

€3025 €3095 €3095 €2975 €2975

Wed 02 Dec Wed 09 Dec Wed 16 Dec Wed 23 Dec Wed 30 Dec

Wed 06 May Tue 12 May €2925 Wed 30 Sep Tue 06 Oct €2995 Wed 07 Oct Wed 14 Oct Wed 21 Oct Wed 28 Oct

Tue 13 Oct Tue 20 Oct Tue 27 Oct Tue 03 Nov

€3025 €3025 €3025 €3025

Wed 04 Nov Wed 11 Nov Wed 18 Nov Wed 25 Nov

Tue 10 Nov Tue 17 Nov Tue 24 Nov Tue 01 Dec

€2995 €2995 €2995 €2995

ENDS

TWIN

€2995 €2995 €3050 €3450 €3525

Wed 06 Jan Wed 13 Jan Wed 20 Jan Wed 27 Jan

Tue 08 Dec Tue 15 Dec Tue 22 Dec Tue 29 Dec Tue 05 Jan 2021 Tue 12 Jan Tue 19 Jan Tue 26 Jan Tue 02 Feb

Wed 03 Feb Wed 10 Feb Wed 17 Feb Wed 24 Feb

Tue 09 Feb Tue 16 Feb Tue 23 Feb Tue 02 Mar

€2995 €2995 €2995 €2995

Wed 03 Mar Wed 10 Mar Wed 17 Mar Wed 24 Mar Wed 31 Mar

Tue 09 Mar Tue 16 Mar Tue 23 Mar Tue 30 Mar Tue 06 Apr

€2995 €2995 €2995 €3050 €3125

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ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €810 p.p. to €970 p.p.

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DAY 3 FLY TO ASWAN TO JOIN YOUR CRUISE. Board your plane for a morning flight across the desert to Aswan. Visit the Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries, where one of Queen Hatshepsut's obelisks lies abandoned in the bedrock. Then cross the Nile by motorboat to the well-preserved Philae temple complex. Next, stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel.

Included Flight UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

3

Esna

Once on your stylish and spacious cruiser, enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music. (B) (L) (AT) (DW) River Tosca. | Overnight Cruise | ∂

Kom-Ombo

DAY 4 · RELAXED START

The morning is at leisure to relax or explore, or maybe take a Locally Available Experience by air to visit the amazing temples of Abu Simbel? At lunchtime, set sail for the temple at Kom Ombo – a glorious sight as you approach by river. Unique in Egypt, it's dedicated to both the falcon-headed Horus and the crocodile god, Sobek. Then, drift past irrigated fields and palm-fringed villages to dock at Edfu. As evening falls, don your galabeyas, which are traditional Egyptian attire, for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party. (B) (L) (DW)

DAY 5

℮ ESNA TEMPLE AND THE TEMPLE OF

LUXOR. Start with a visit to Esna Temple. Situated in the centre of Esna, this fascinating and highly decorated temple is dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum, the god of creation. Then visit Esna Lock before sitting back and observing everyday life in rural Egypt as you float downstream to Luxor. Visit the Temple of Luxor as the sun sets. (B) (L) (DW)

NILE CRUISE (Days 3, 4 & 5)

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℮ KOM OMBO TO EDFU.

CABIN UPGRADE: Add the following to the per person twin price to upgrade to a higher category: Pharaoh Deck Grand Suite - €160. Pyramid Deck Grand Suite - €310. Pharaoh Deck Royal Suite - €540.

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€2995 €2995 €2995 €2995

NOTES: Twin prices are per person, based on Cairo Deck Grand Suites for cruising portion and include port charges. Gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge and Drivers. Tips are included for Nile Cruise Crew. The above prices include internal economy airfares Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements.

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DAY 6 LUXOR SIGHTSEEING AND CAIRO. Across the Nile, to the west of the city, lies the necropolis of ancient Thebes. Stop for a photo of the Colossi of Memnon. In the nearby Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian kings planned to meet their gods in the afterlife. Visit some of their tombs, then continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the rare female pharaohs. Next, visit a family home and witness the making of authentic Egyptian sun bread. Return to Luxor for your final highlight, Karnak, the largest temple complex built by man. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to the vast Hypostyle Hall. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. (B) Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 7 DEPART CAIRO. Your journey concludes after breakfast and you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to board your onward flight. (B)

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10 DAYS An inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs. Cruise your way through Egypt and along the mighty Nile, as you delve into the highlights of ancient Egypt.

EXCITING NEW ITINERARY

VIP EXPERIENCES LUXOR:

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple of Luxor after it has been closed to the public and marvel at this ancient monument.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS PHILAE ISLAND:

Travel by motorboat to the island of Philae and visit the Temple of Isis which appears to rise from the waters.

ASWAN:

Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING ASWAN:

Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan’s famous Old Cataract Hotel.

LUXURY HOTELS LUXURY CRUISING:

Set sail on the deluxe, all-suite River Tosca and experience old world elegance, blended with modern amenities and comfort.

ASWAN:

The Old Cataract Hotel is a luxurious, five-star property with elegant Victorian architecture nestled between the banks of the River Nile and the sands of the Nubian Desert.

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DAY 1 CAIRO AT LEISURE. Welcome to Egypt. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Mena House Hotel. Settle in to your indulgent room and enjoy striking views of the pyramids from the comfort of your private balcony.In the evening, get to know your Travelling Concierge and fellow guests over a welcome drink at the hotel. Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Cairo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING. In the morning, meet your Travelling Concierge, a knowledgeable Egyptologist, and begin your discovery. Start with a visit to the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, where you venture inside, and visit the enigmatic Sphinx. Afterwards, visit the Egyptian Museum, to witness the priceless treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser and in Memphis see the colossal statue of Ramses II. Later, drive to the Pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show, an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. (B)

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DAY 3 JOIN YOUR CRUISE IN LUXOR. Wake early and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Famed for its ancient treasures and the grandeur of its monuments, this beautiful city is a treasure trove for those looking to delve further into Egypt's grand history. On arrival, have lunch on your luxury cruise ship and unwind before heading to Karnak. The largest temple complex built by man, this striking complex was constructed over a period of 1500 years. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Rameses II, to stand in awe among the huge columns of the vast Hypostyle Hall. Later, return to your cruise ship, one of the most stylish and spacious on the Nile. The all-suite River Tosca provides a relaxing and comfortable setting as you cruise the legendary Nile River. Featuring a stylishly adorned lounge, with full-service bar, a cosy library, restaurant, fitness rooms and swimming pool, you'll take in the sights in the utmost luxury. In the evening, enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner. (B) (L) (DW) River Tosca. | Overnight Cruise | ∂

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LUXOR. In the morning, visit the Temple of Hathor in the morning. Built in the 1st century B.C., it remains one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian, the son of Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of Luxor for a VIP, after-hours visit. Founded in 1400 B.C. during the Golden Age of Thebes, the temple complex blends in seamlessly with surrounding city. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 5

℮ THE WEST BANK AND VALLEY OF

THE KINGS. Travel to the West Bank of the Nile. Stop for photos at the Colossi of Memnon – these gigantic twin stone statues of Amenhotep III once guarded his mortuary temple. Venture on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female pharaoh who ruled from 1479 to 1458 B.C. Next, head to the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and visit the burial place of Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still on display. Later, experience a warm welcome as you meet a local family and take a tour of their village. As you stroll through the streets, hear stories of local life and the importance of family contribution, ensuring


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NOTES: Twin prices are per person, based on Cairo Deck Grand Suites for cruising portion and include port charges. Gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge and Drivers. Tips are included for Nile Cruise Crew. The above prices include internal return economy airfares Cairo to Luxor. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements.

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Watch as the family demonstrates the bread-making process and enjoy a taste of the delicious bread, paired perfectly with a cup of Egyptian tea. In the evening, join in the fun at an Egyptian dinner and a lively galabeya party. (B) (L) (DW)

Included Flight Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

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NILE CRUISE (Days 3, 4, 5 & 6)

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℮ A FELUCCA AROUND KITCHENER’S

CABIN UPGRADE: Add the following to the per person twin price to upgrade to a higher category: Pharaoh Deck Grand Suite - €220. Pyramid Deck Grand Suite - €450. Pharaoh Deck Royal Suite - €800.

all members of the village are looked after. Part of this is the baking of traditional sun bread, where each group of families in the village will have their own bakery oven. A member from each group is chosen to be the assigned baker to provide bread to the community.

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ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1300 p.p. to €1600 p.p.

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ISLAND. Stretch out on a traditional Nile felucca (sailboat) for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Known for the Aswan Botanical Garden and its tropical plants and palm trees, this petite island is less than a kilometre long. Visit the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient granite quarries. Cross the Nile by motorboat to the wellpreserved Philae temple complex. Relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan.

(Day 7)

Simbel? These extraordinary temples were carved out of the cliff side by Ramesses II and later transported, in an amazing feat of modern engineering, out of the rising waters of Lake Nasser. (B) Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 9 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Cairo to visit the towering Alabaster Mosque and enjoy incredible hilltop views over the city from the imposing Citadel of Salah El Din. Next, head to Khan el-Khalili, a major souk in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo, where you can stock up on local goods and put your bargaining skills to test. (B)

In the evening, you will indulge in dinner on the ship, before you are treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 7 ASWAN AND HIGH DAM. Take a small boat along the banks of the Nile with the birdman of Aswan. Visit the traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.

ASWAN

DAY 10 DEPART CAIRO. Your Egyptian adventure concludes with transfers to Cairo Airport. (B)

Later, experience a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. (B) (AT) Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan. | Contemporary | ∂ DAY 8 - RELAXED START BACK TO CAIRO In the morning, your luxurious cruise experience comes to an end as you board your flight back to Cairo. Why not head on a Locally Available Experience by air to Abu

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11 DAYS The Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries. Now it's your turn to be inspired as ancient history and spiritual wonders are revealed at every turn.

UPGRADED HOTELS

VIP EXPERIENCES LUXOR:

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple of Luxor after it has been closed to the public and marvel at this ancient monument.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS PHILAE ISLAND:

Travel by motorboat to the island of Philae and visit the Temple of Isis which appears to rise from the waters.

ASWAN:

Travel to a small Nubian village, visit a traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubian-style hospitality.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING ASWAN:

Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan’s famous Old Cataract Hotel.

LUXURY HOTELS CAIRO:

As far as hotels go, there are few that compare to the five-star Mena House Hotel. Having welcomed numerous heads of state over the years, you’ll have the opportunity to bask in its storied history, while benefiting from its modern luxury.

LUXURY CRUISING:

Set sail on the deluxe, all-suite River Tosca and experience old world elegance, blended with modern amenities and comfort.

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DAY 1 CAIRO AT LEISURE. Welcome to Egypt. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Mena House Hotel. Freshen up before meeting your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink . Mena House Hotel (Pyramid View), Cairo. | Traditional | ∂ DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING. Join your Travelling Concierge, also a knowledgeable Egyptologist, and journey to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great Pyramids of Giza. Venture inside the Pyramids and visit their guardian Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. In Memphis see Ramesses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Return to Giza as night falls to attend a mesmerising Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids. (B)

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DAY 3 JOIN YOUR CRUISE IN LUXOR. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Board your luxury cruise ship for lunch before heading to Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, past the statue of Ramesses II, to stand in awe among the huge columns of the vast Hypostyle Hall.

baking of traditional sun bread, where each group of families in the village will have their own bakery oven. A member from each group is chosen to be the assigned baker to provide bread to the community.

Later, enjoy an onboard gala reception and dinner back on the ship. (B) (L) (DW) River Tosca. | Cruise Overnight | ∂ DAY 4

℮ THE TEMPLE OF HATHOR AND

LUXOR. Head to the Temple of Hathor in the morning. Built in the 1st century B.C., it remains one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra VII and Caesarian, her son with Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some leisure time before an exclusive, after-hours visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of Luxor. Founded in 1400 B.C. during the Golden Age of Thebes, the temple complex blends in seamlessly with surrounding city. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 5 THE WEST BANK AND VALLEY OF THE KINGS. Travel to the West Bank of the Nile. Stop for photos at the Colossi of Memnon and move on to the amazing Temple of Hatshepsut. Explore the Valley of the Kings before experiencing a warm welcome when you meet a local family in their village. As you stroll through the streets, hear stories of local life and the importance of family contribution, ensuring all members of the village are looked after. Part of this is the

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Watch as the family demonstrates the bread making process and enjoy a taste of the delicious bread, paired perfectly with a cup of warm tea. In the evening, join in the fun at a lively galabeya party. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 6

℮ A FELUCCA AROUND KITCHENER’S

ISLAND. Journey out on a Nile felucca, a traditional sailboat, for a peaceful ride around Kitchener's Island. Back on board, relax and enjoy a visual feast as you cruise along the Nile to Aswan. Later, visit the unique double-temple of Kom Ombo is first up, then arrive in Aswan, then the Felucca ride. In the evening, you will be treated to an Egyptian belly dancing performance. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 7

℮ ASWAN AND HIGH DAM.

Sightseeing today includes a visit to the modern Aswan High Dam and the ancient granite quarries, where one of Queen Hatshepsut's obelisks lies abandoned in the


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€4850 €4895 €4895 €5175

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€4925 €4850 €4850 €4850 €4850

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€4850 €4925 €4925 €4925 €4775

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€4850 €4850 €4850 €4850

NOTES: Twin prices are per person, based on Cairo Deck Grand Suites for cruising portion and include port charges. Gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge and Drivers. Tips are included for Nile Cruise Crew. The above prices include internal return economy airfares Cairo to Luxor. Visas: Some passports may require Visas, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement from €1370 p.p. to €1540 p.p.

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In the late afternoon, join the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, with a colonial-style high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Sit back and relax as you enjoy delicious food, great company and a breathtaking sunset.

Aswan

NILE CRUISE

Once on your stylish and spacious cruise ship, savour a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a Nubian folklore show and live music. (B) (L) (AT) (DW)

This morning is at your leisure. Perhaps relax by the pool on the River Tosca, head out to explore the local area yourself or join on a Locally Available Experience by air to Abu Simbel? These extraordinary temples were carved out of the cliff side by Rameses II and later transported, in an amazing feat of modern engineering, out of the rising waters of Lake Nasser. (B) (L) (DW)

Kom-Ombo

(Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

DAY 8 · RELAXED START

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℮ RELAX UPON THE NILE.

CABIN UPGRADE: Add the following to the per person twin price to upgrade to a higher category: Pharaoh Deck Grand Suite - €360. Pyramid Deck Grand Suite - €710. Pharaoh Deck Royal Suite - €1340.

bedrock. Cross the Nile by motorboat to the well-preserved Philae temple complex. Revered by locals, it was moved stone-bystone to its current location to avoid being ruined by rising water levels, following the construction of the High Dam. Next, take a small boat along the banks of the Nile with the birdman of Aswan. Keep a look out for colourful native birds as you travel to his small Nubian village. Visit the traditional dwelling of a local family and enjoy Nubianstyle hospitality as you learn more about the area's unique culture.

Join/Leave Options Cruise UNESCO Heritage Site Luxury Gold Hotel + Nights Start/End Locations + Nights

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colourful and lively atmosphere. (B) Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo. | Traditional | ∂

DAY 11 DEPART CAIRO. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you wake early for your transfer to Cairo airport. (B)

DAY 9 FROM ESNA TO LUXOR. Start your day with a visit to Esna Temple and Esna Lock before sitting back and observing everyday life in rural Egypt as you float downstream to Luxor. In the evening, you'll indulge on a delicious Celebration Dinner on the River Tosca. (B) (L) (DW) DAY 10

℮ LUXOR TO CAIRO.

In the morning fly to Cairo where you'll visit the towering Alabaster Mosque. Enjoy incredible hilltop views over the city from the imposing Citadel of Salah El Din. Next, wander the streets of Khan el-Khalili, a major souk in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo, where you will be dazzled by the

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9 or 12 DAYS A showcase of beautiful wilderness, eclectic cultures, warm hospitality and rich heritage, this life-changing journey will take you from cosmopolitan Cape Town into the heart of Big Five territory. Uncover the complex history of South Africa, while luxuriously travelling like the intrepid explorers of the past. Your journey concludes with a luxurious three-day safari in the Sabi Sands. ALL DEPARTURES SMALL GROUPS

VIP EXPERIENCES CAPE TOWN:

Join Christo Brand, a former prison guard of Nelson Mandela, for lunch at the Amy Foundation to hear fascinating stories about one of history's most heroic figures.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS CAPE TOWN:

Visit the Amy Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Cape Town, and witness how the lives of vulnerable young people are being transformed through a variety of empowering programmes.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK:

Keep an eye out for the Big Five, as you embark on a three-day safari with six game-drives in a private, open-air safari vehicle.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING WATERKLOOF WINE ESTATE:

Meet Grégory Czarnecki, the talented chef at the Waterkloof Wine Estate's signature restaurant. Savour a delicious meal of seasonal ingredients, many grown on the surrounding estate, accompanied with wine.

LUXURY HOTELS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK:

Situated in the Sabi Sands, which boasts one of the planet's highest concentrations of animal species, the Lion Sands Lodges offer exquisite luxury suites with private decks, plunge pools, and an open-air lounge and dining area overlooking the Sabie River.

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DAY 1 WELCOME TO THE MOTHER CITY. Welcome to Cape Town, the crown jewel of South Africa. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, transfer to The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, nestled between Table mountain and 12 Apostles mountain range, offering amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, join your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a dazzling Welcome Dinner and toast to your journey ahead. (DW) 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town. | Boutique | ∂ DAY 2 · RELAXED START CAPE PENINSULA AND LUNCH IN CAPE POINT. Embark on one of the world's most legendary drives journeying to the fishing village of Hout Bay. Winding along Chapman's Peak, the road takes you past colourful Kalk Bay and on to the majestic Cape Point Nature Reserve. Explore Boulders Beach and learn about the local residents, a colony of African penguins. You're invited to an exquisite lunch with wine at the Harbour House restaurant in Kalk Bay. Admire views overlooking False Bay and the Hottentots Mountain Range as you dine as close to the water as possible.

Take in beautiful views of the ocean and mountains, as you travel to your hotel overlooking the Atlantic. See the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay before returning to your Hotel. Your Travelling Concierge is a treasure trove of local knowledge and will happily make dinner reservations on your behalf at recommended restaurants. (B) (LW)

DAY 3 · RELAXED START MAJESTIC TABLE MOUNTAIN. One of Africa's most vibrant cities, Cape Town is yours to explore at leisure. In the afternoon, meet your Travelling Concierge and venture to the base of Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the famous cable car, before stepping off onto the summit just in time for a private drinks reception and a spectacular African sunset, should weather permit. Venture to Waterkloof Wine Estate's signature restaurant and meet its talented chef, Grégory Czarnecki, before enjoying a tantalising meal accompanied with wine. (B) (DW) DAY 4 · RELAXED START HISTORIC CAPE WINELANDS. Travel into the heart of the Cape winelands, world-famous for crisp white and Frenchstyle red wines, to the beautiful town of Franschhoek. Wander through the lovely gardens of the Vergelegen Estate and enjoy a private wine tasting hosted by the estate's winemaker.

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Continue to the Boschendal Wine Estate for a seasonal Farm-to-Table lunch. Round off the day at Grande Provence for a tasting of their award-winning wines. Relax during a scenic drive as you are chauffeured back to you hotel in a vintage car, before enjoying an evening at leisure. (B) (LW) DAY 5 · RELAXED START

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ISLAND. Step on board a ferry and head to the World Heritage Site of Robben Island, infamous for Nelson Mandela's imprisonment. Join a Local Expert for an insightful tour and meet an ex-political prisoner who shares his personal anecdotes. Return to the mainland and join Christo Brand, a former prison guard at the Victor Verster prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-yearlong imprisonment, for lunch at the Amy Foundation. You then visit the non-profit Amy Foundation to witness how the lives of vulnerable young people are being transformed before enjoying the evening at leisure. (B) (L) DAY 6 LUXURY SAFARI EXPERIENCE. Fly from Cape Town into the heart of the African bushveld, touching down at Skukuza Airport. Enjoy a short drive through Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest game reserves, to the luxurious Lion Sands Lodge. Experience your first evening game drive in a private open-air safari vehicle,


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VICTORIA FALLS (Days 10,11 & 12)

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PREPAID GRATUITIES OPTION: For your Travelling Concierge and Driver €67 p.p. Gratuities are not included for the Travelling Concierge and Drivers. Gratuities are included at the Lion Sands Tinga Lodge for the Ranger, Tracker, Butler and Camp Staff.

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES All departures are limited to just 16 guests.

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DAY 7 LOOKING FOR THE BIG FIVE. Marvel at your tracker's skills, as he reads the bush in search of the Big Five. Keep your eyes peeled for leopard and listen for the sounds of elephants munching on mopani leaves. See crocodiles and hippopotamus at watering holes and look out for the many exotic bird species.

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ROOMING OPTIONS: Single Supplement €2420 p.p.

hosted by a professionally qualified ranger and tracker through the Lion Sands Game Reserve. In the evening, gather round for a feast of slow-cooked meats, seasonal vegetables and sweet treats, before falling asleep to the distant calls of hyenas. (B) (LW) (DW) Lion Sands Narina Lodge/Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park. | Resort | ∂

5

Hout Bay

FURTHER SAVINGS UP TO: 2nd Journey €171 Past Guest €343

Please see page 4 for information key on dining and itinerary icons.

(Days 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Table Mountain

SOUTH AFRICA

Mon 30 Nov Tue 08 Dec €7450

NOTES: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Cape Town to Skukuza, Skukuza to Johannsburg and if applicable, return airfares Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.

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Cape Peninsula

CAPE TOWN (Days 1 - 5)

DAY 8 WE'RE GOING ON A SAFARI. Awake with sunrise, the best time to spot predators, for your game drive through fresh morning mist. Upon returning to your lodge, savour breakfast and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Soak up the magic of the African bushveld, illuminated by the sinking sun, on your last evening game drive. Raise a glass to an outstanding adventure, as you savour your Celebration Dinner beneath a blanket of stars. (B) (LW) (DW) DAY 9 ONTO JOHANNESBURG. After your final game drive and breakfast, you're driven to Skukuza Airport for your onward journey to Johannesburg, where your adventure comes to an end. Alternatively, if you've booked the Victoria Falls Option, on arrival in Johannesburg you'll be transferred to your stunning, citycentre hotel, The Michelangelo. (B) The Michelangelo, Johannesburg. | Traditional | ∂

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VICTORIA FALLS TRAVEL OPTION

2 COUNTRIES | 3 BREAKFASTS 1 LUNCH | 2 DINNERS 2 INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

DAYS 10 - 12 FAREWELL SOUTH AFRICA AND ONTO VICTORIA FALLS. Why not extend your wilderness adventure in Africa with an additional three-night stay to witness one of the world's most awe-inspiring and beautiful waterfalls, Victoria Falls. See our website for more details. This part of your journey is not accompanied by a Travelling Concierge but by a Local Host. The Stanley and Livingstone (Luxury Suite). | Boutique | ∂

Enjoy the afternoon Your Way and choose to either indulge with a high tea, or join your ranger for a guided bush walk. As the sun dips beyond the savannah, delight in a candle-lit dinner, served in majestic surroundings. (B) (LW) (DW)

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GROUP TRAVEL From wine to wellness, Renaissance art to relaxation, we can tailor a guided journey to your group’s special interests. Working all around the world, our professional journey planners will work with you (or your travel agent) to build your personalised holiday. Luxury Gold is part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) family of brands. As a fourth-generation, family-owned and passionately run travel company, TTC enjoys unrivaled local connections, expertise and buying power. Wherever you’d like to venture, leave every detail to our passionate team of experts. We’ll keep the planning and booking easy and seamless.

Journeys crafted to suit your group’s

interests

• Golf and sporting

• Military and battlefield history

• Art and history

• Health and wellness

• Food and wine

• Faith

• Gardens and flower shows

• Exclusive group for your club or organisation

THEMED JOURNEYS

Or why not join one of our thoughtfully planned and luxurious themed journeys? In demand and with only one or two departures, space is limited so make sure to book soon!

Culinary & Cultural Greece

Peru Culinary Experience

Chile & Argentina Wine Experience

8 Days, departing 18 May and 14 Sep 2020 €3,648 per person twin*

8 Days, departing 31 Oct 2020 €3,695 per person twin*

8 Days, departing 07 Nov 2020 €4,899 per person twin*

A blend of the ancient and the modern, dive into Greece’s legendary heritage on this elegant journey. Indulge in delicious specialties unique to Greece, tasting locally produced olive oil, ouzo, honey and more.

Recognized as one of the world’s best culinary destinations, Peru is the perfect place to indulge in the marvels of South America’s gastronomy. Why not extend your journey by adding the Chile & Argentina Wine Experience afterwards?

The dramatic backdrop of the Andes, the friendliness of the people and the emotion of Latin America provide an ideal setting for your exploration of new world wines.

MORE THEMED JOURNEYS – *For full itinerary, pricing and booking details for these themed journeys and others, please visit luxurygold.com/themed journeys

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YOUR REGISTRATION ON MY LUXURY GOLD We require all guests to register with My Luxury Gold before departing for their holiday. It only takes a few minutes, and we’ll ask you for your: • Contact details while travelling, such as mobile number and email address

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YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS NOW ON MY LUXURY GOLD Once you have registered, you can access your electronic documents 21 days prior to your journey, with the option to view them online or download them to your computer or mobile device. While printed documents are available by request, when you choose the sustainable, paperless option, you’re helping the environment. Go paperless and we’ll will plant a tree in your name through our partners at the One Tree Planted organisation, helping reforest devastated lands in India.

SEAMLESS TRAVEL From hotel check-ins to passport and security checks, we make travel logistics easy.

DOCUMENT ACCESS Easily accessible 21 days prior to departure as e-documents to download or view on My Luxury Gold.

DUTY OF CARE In the unlikely event of an incident, we will use your details to contact you.

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CITIES AND HOTEL EXTENSION OPTIONS Looking to extend your journey? Arrive early or stay later by booking extra nights at the following luxury hotels which are part of our itineraries. You’ll have breakfast and airport transfers included when you extend your stay at these highly recommended choices. Another benefit? You won’t have to worry about moving hotels or packing and unpacking. EUROPE & BRITAIN

HOTEL

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

INDIA & NEPAL

HOTEL

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

Barcelona

Ohla Eixample Hotel

405

236

Delhi

J.W Marriot Aerocity Delhi

481

254

Belfast

Grand Central Hotel

313

188

Delhi

Taj Mahal New Delhi

357

193

Cong

Ashford Castle

990

524

Delhi

The Imperial Hotel New Delhi

506

267

Copenhagen

71 Nyhavn Hotel

403

284

Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace

489

259

Dubrovnik

Hilton Imperial

549

321

Kathmandu

Dwarika’s Hotel

610

319

Edinburgh

The Glasshouse Hotel

563

313

Mumbai

The Oberoi

473

250

London

The Rubens at the Palace

491

282

Udaipur

The Leela Palace Udaipur

885

456

Lucerne

Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

374

249

Madrid

Gran Melia Fenix

358

202

ASIA

HOTEL

200

Hanoi

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi

377

203

InterContinental Saigon

357

193

Monte Carlo

Fairmont Monte Carlo

372

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

Moscow

The St Regis Moscow Nikolskaya

412

243

Ho Chi Minh

Oslo

Grand Hotel

399

229

Luang Prabang

The Luang Say Residence

626

328

Paris

Sofitel Baltimore Paris Tour Eiffel

610

338

Osaka

Imperial Hotel Osaka

369

240

Prague

Le Palais Art Hotel

232

137

Siem Reap

Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

433

230

Rome

Palazzo Montemartini Rome

459

263

Tokyo

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

523

331

AFRICA

HOTEL

Cairo

Four Seasons First Residence Hotel

351

193

Cairo

Marriott Mena House Hotel

288

171

Cape Town

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

520

274

Johanesburg

The Michelangelo

413

220

Victoria Falls

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

721

375

St Petersburg

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

551

328

Venice

Bauer Palazzo

451

254

Warsaw

Bristol Warsaw Hotel

273

158

Zagreb

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

253

158

Zurich

Schweizerhof Hotel

429

241

USA & CANADA

HOTEL

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston

435

217

Chicago

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

485

243

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

HOTEL

Honolulu

The Ritz Carlton Residences

751

376

Auckland

Sofitel Viaduct Harbour Hotel

314

157

Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani

670

335

Cairns

Alamanda Palm Cove

365

197

Montreal

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

351

198

Nashville

JW Marriott Nashville

559

280

Christchurch

Hotel Montreal

408

258

New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone

274

137

Sydney

The Langham

445

223

New York City

The Essex House

668

365

Portland

The Nines Hotel

502

286

Toronto

Omni King Edward Hotel

387

214

Vancouver

The Douglas Vancouver

551

298

Vancouver

Rosewood Hotel Georgian

643

366

LATIN AMERICA

HOTEL

Bogota

Bogota Sofitel Victoria Regiia

268

134

Cartagena

Cartagena Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

415

207

SINGLE (€) TWIN (€)

Lima

JW Marriott Lima

417

209

Quito Airport

Quito Wyndham Airport

345

183

Rio de Janeiro

Belmond Copacabana

464

232

Santiago

Mandarin Santiago

404

202

Season adjustments and blackout dates may apply. All additional hotel nights include breakfast. Flight information is required in order to provide a transfer.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS & other important information For full booking conditions, please visit: www.luxurygold.com/booking-conditions. Should any conflict arise between this summary and the full booking conditions, the full booking conditions will prevail. damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation or government decisions about entry.

SUMMARY BOOKING AND CANCELLATION TERMS Level 3

Additional Air Tickets

Extra Accommodation

Deposit due per person €100 €200 Final Payment Due (before 60 days 90 days journey start date) Cancellation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday No. of days (before journey start date)

Level 1

€300 120 days

As per airline policy As per airline policy

No additional deposit required In accordance with guided holiday

120 days and over 119 – 90 days 89 - 60 days 59 - 16 days 15 - 8 days 7 - 1 days Departure Day/No show

Deposit 30% 60% 90% 100% 100% 100%

€30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges €30 plus airline charges

€15 €15 €15 Higher of €15 or 25% of accommodation price Higher of €15 or 30% of accommodation price 100% of accommodation price 100% of accommodation price

Deposit Deposit Deposit 30% 50% 90% 100%

Level 2

Deposit Deposit 30% 60% 90% 100% 100%

Notes: Included flights are outlined in each itinerary page price panel. Guests traveling must provide their full name (as appears on passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worstcase scenario, be denied boarding. Level 1: Level 1 cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is categorised as Level 2 or Level 3. Level 2: Level 2 trips can be found at www.LuxuryGold.com/BookingLevels, but are trips which include cruise/ferry, train or intra-trip flight elements. Level 3: Level 3 cancellation fees apply to the following trips: • • • • •

Ultimate Italy with Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Elegance of Egypt (with all deck and suite options) Elegance of the Nile (with all deck and suite options) Elegance of the Pharaohs (with all deck and suite options) Remarkable Russia with Trans-Siberian Express

For your statutory rights please refer to https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ uksi/2018/634/schedule/2/made?view=plain YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING See our website for detailed terms on what’s included and not included in the guided holiday price and for information on reservations and payments including your travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS See our website for details on Name Changes, Booking Changes, Cancellations and Cancellation Fees, Illness or Absence.

booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. IMPORTANT NOTICES Passports, Visas and other Entry/Exit Requirements: All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Please refer to “Passport and Visas” section. Due to government imposed security/ immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, affidavits, immunisations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into each destination. You should also contact your doctor or a specialist vaccination centre for details of any measures you may need to take prior to departure. In some countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/ exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. For up-to-date detailed information on travel documents and visas, entry/ exit taxes and further information on entry and exit requirements please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Luxury Gold bears no responsibility for such information and will not be responsible for advising and/ or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays,

Please note that entry to any country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. Luxury Gold will also not be liable in circumstances where entry is refused to another country for any reason. We do not accept any responsibility and will not make any refunds if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements or if you have lost or mislaid any necessary documents (including travel documentation). Government Advisories: The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) may have issued information on the FCO’s website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel. For travel information, you can also visit ABTA’s website on www.abta. com or phone them on 020 3117 0599. Price changes: Unfortunately it is inevitable that some of the prices or details contained within this brochure or on our website may have changed since the brochure was printed, and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of our holidays before you book. You will be informed about any changes to any of the relevant details within this brochure before you book either with your Travel Agent or with ourselves as part of our commitment to high quality customer service. The Travel Corporation Ireland Limited and Insight Vacations Limited are registered and based at: Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands Tour Operators Insight Vacations Limited, Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH Destination America Inc, 5551 Katella Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 AAT Kings Tours (Pty) Limited, 82 – 86 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia Travel Corporation NZ Limited,131,New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand The Insight group of companies has Marketing/Sales/Administrative offices/ agents in: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA. For further information visit our website at: www.luxurygold.com This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. Major Credit Cards Accepted

GENERAL INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS See our website for detailed terms on Guided Holiday Prices, Other Fees and Taxes, and Travel Insurance. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure: If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Luxury Gold’s Travelling Concierge/Local Representative immediately, who will try to make things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Luxury Gold’s Guest Relations Department at the address below within sixty (60) days of the end of the Luxury Gold holiday, as it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. In any legal action, arbitration, or other proceeding to enforce, interpret or construe the terms of this Agreement, or concerning any grievance relating to the trip, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its actual reasonable legal fees, costs and expenses. We provide full financial protection for our package holidays. We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y1805. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. Booking Arrangements: Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these

CONDITIONS FOR SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS GENERAL CONDITIONS: Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your holiday, may not be available on all journeys and departures, and are not applicable with extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: Only applies to the land portion of journeys featuring the Early Payment Discount in the journey planner. See itinerary pages. Can be combined with other discounts, where applicable. Pay your deposit when booking and the balance by the date shown on page 171. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. Please see booking conditions at luxurygold.com/epd for details. PAST GUEST SAVINGS: If you are a repeat Luxury Gold traveler, or a previous guest of any TTC company, you can unlock special offers such as up to 5% off certain journeys and departures with us or our sister companies. Repeat Luxury Gold travelers are automatically enrolled into Club Bon Voyage where they enjoy access to exclusive sales and savings, including a guaranteed 5% off all journeys and departures featured in new brochures for 60 days from launch and 5% off select departures thereafter – combinable with Early Payment Discount. From their fifth journey onwards, returning guests are eligible for the 5% savings on any journey and at any time. Redeeming this discount is limited to one journey per calendar year (you must book after your initial journey is completed) and will be applied to an eligible, higher priced journey, if you book two journeys at once. Can be combined with other discounts. Visit TTC.com/loyalty for details.

SECOND JOURNEY DISCOUNT: Book two Luxury Gold journeys of seven days or more and save on the lower priced journey. Take three journeys and save on two. All journeys must be booked at the same time and on the same booking number to qualify. Savings may vary by journey – see individual journey planner box on relevant itinerary page for details. Does not apply to India, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand trips, or journeys with trains, cruises or cruise extensions. TRIPLE ROOM DISCOUNT: Triple rooms are suitable for two adults and one child (three adults may find rooms too small as they often have one double and one foldaway bed and limited suitcase space). Triple rooms are limited on cruises and not available on all journeys. A savings or supplemental charge may apply depending on the journey. See trip planner box on the individual journey page for details. DEPOSIT PROTECTION Should your plans change and you cancel your booking 60 days or more before your journey start date, you will receive a credit of $200 per person, valid for up to five years from date of cancellation. This credit cannot be used as a deposit against your future booking and can only be used as a credit against your final payment. Only one credit per person can be applied to each booking. Further conditions apply to all offers – visit luxurygold.com/ special-offers for details or call your travel agent.

YOUNG TRAVELLER DISCOUNT: Must be aged 5-17 at time of travel and accompanied by at least one adult sharing a twin room. Discounts are limited to one per room and are not available on our Egypt, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or Japan journeys, or trips with cruises. Can be combined with other discounts.

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Your Airfare Getting away for less

TAKING CARE OF YOU & YOUR LUGGAGE

Luxury Gold partners with Blue Ribbon Bags (BRB) to offer you peace of mind while travelling. As a guest of Luxury Gold, you are automatically enrolled in Blue Ribbon Bags’ lost luggage retrieval service for all international flights purchased with us that start and end at your home airport in Europe.

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BRB tracks and expediates the return of all lost luggage by the airline and sends real-time updates via email and text message regarding the status of you delayed luggage, provided these details are added to your booking. They also pay a guaranteed US$1,000 for each lost bag that is not returned within 96 hours of your flight landing (in addition to any compensation by your travel insurance or airline). For more details, please visit luxurygold.com/brb

Ask about our business class and premium economy air offers. We often offer great airfare deals to accompany your journey. These may include discounted premium economy and business class airfares. As the airfare deals vary from time to time, please call your travel agent today, or refer to our website for the most up-to-date offers. Visit luxurygold.com/special-offer for details on how to get the best air deal on your next journey.

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PEACE OF MIND Booking early entitles you to some fantastic savings and discounts

THE EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT*

SAVE 10%

BOOK AND PAY IN FULL BY 27 FEBRUARY 2020

By booking early, you get the best deals possible, and the biggest choice of journeys and departure dates. The longer you wait, the fewer departures offer the early payment discount, meaning you have fewer options. So book early to enjoy the best of both worlds.

MORE WAYS TO SAVE*

SAVE UP TO 5%

PAST GUEST DISCOUNT

SAVE UP TO €325

SECOND JOURNEY DISCOUNT

SAVE UP TO €1095 TRIPLE ROOM DISCOUNT

SAVE UP TO 10%

YOUNG TRAVELLER 5-17 YEAR OLDS *For conditions to all savings, discounts and deposit protection, please see page 169 or visit luxurygold.com/special-offers.

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