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Art & Culture Tailor Made Tours Exclusively for Groups Italy, UK & Ireland France, Germany & Austria Holland & Belgium Spain & Southern Europe Central & Eastern Europe and Worldwide 2013/2014


Every single Tailored Travel tour is tailor made to your group’s exact requirements... Wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go and whatever you want to do when you get there, we will tailor make your group tour to your exact requirements. Like the look of one of the tours we’ve included in this brochure but want to tweak it slightly? That’s fine. Tell us how you want to change it and we’ll send you a proposal for your tour. Don’t see a tour to your preferred destination? No problem. Tell us what you want and in consultation with you

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we’ll tailor make your group tour to your exact requirements. Have a look at this chart. No matter how you answer the questions, we will tailor make your group’s tour in accordance with them. Remember that there will be cost consequences to those answers but once we have sent you our initial offer, we can amend it as required by you until you have a tour with an itinerary and at a price which matches the interests and profile of your members.

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Art & Culture Tailor Made Tours Exclusively for Groups Dear Group Travel Organiser We at Tailored Travel look forward to helping you plan the perfect tailor made tour for your group. We have a long experience of working with groups from NADFAS, The Art Fund, the friends of museums and galleries and many other art and cultural groups. With that experience comes an insight into the destinations, itineraries and accommodation that have worked well for other groups in the past. Let us combine our experience and your understanding of the interests and profile of your members, so that working together you get a tour that is exactly right for your group. We’ve included in this brochure a range of suggested art and cultural tours to provide inspiration and whet your appetite. See something you like? Give us a call and in close consultation with you we can use our experience to tailor the tour to your group’s exact requirements. Have another idea that you don’t see here? We’d love to hear from you so that we can use our expertise to turn your idea into reality. We love a challenge so no idea is too outlandish, no destination too far, no detail too much trouble. We look forward to discussing your next group tour with you.

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10 reasons to book with Tailored Travel

Our aim is to make it as easy as we can for you to plan the perfect group tour and then for you and your members to enjoy a wonderful holiday together. We try to make everything as simple as possible for you with as much or as little input from you as you prefer. Just let us know how we can do that and we’ll do it! Here are 10 ways we try to make it as easy as possible for our Group Organisers to work with us:

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The experienced team at Tailored Travel can offer you a provisional quote, including full itinerary, within 48 hours of your enquiry. Following this we will work closely with you to incorporate any changes you require to create a perfect tour for your group. Then we will provide a final, fully costed quote.

We are happy to produce as many full colour personalised holiday brochures as you need to distribute to your group members. These contain the highlights of your chosen tour, detailed daily itineraries and booking forms for your members to return to you or (if you prefer) to us.

Tailor made Every single one of our art and cultural tours is tailor made to your exact requirements. Working closely with you, we will design a tour with an itinerary, standard of accommodation and at a price that are perfect for your group.

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In keeping with the tailored spirit of our company, we will work with you to handle your bookings, deposits and paperwork in the way that best suits your group and makes life easiest for you. We can either accept individual booking forms (and deposits and paperwork) directly from your members or we can handle everything as a group via yourself.

Whether there are 15 or 200 people in your group, your tailored tour will be yours and yours alone. Unlike other companies, we don’t ask you to tack onto another pre-planned holiday, mix in with another group or join public excursions.

Unless you request otherwise, all of our tours include a full programme of excursions, complete with pre-booked entries and a professional tour manager or guide. If you prefer, we can also include entrance fees and gratuities. This freedom allows you to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Because we specialise in group travel, we include one free place for every ten paying passengers on our UK and European tours and one free place for every fifteen paying passengers on all worldwide holidays.

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When you call Tailored Travel you will not be speaking with someone who is simply reading from a brochure, but with a friendly and knowledgeable member of our experienced team. We will always combine your ideas with what we know has worked well for other groups, so your tour will be a success every time.

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Tailored Travel holds an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL 5605), issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, which ensures that all air holiday bookings are fully protected. Coach tours are secured by a professionally administered Trust Account which retains all monies paid to us until your group returns home.

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No worries If despite your best efforts, you don’t manage to get sufficient numbers for the tour to run, don’t worry – there’s no cost to you or your group and there’s no problem as far as we are concerned.

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Inspiring group tours Here is a summary of the suggested itineraries we’ve packed into this brochure, all of which are designed to provide inspiration for your own bespoke group tour. We can customise any of these tours to your requirements. But these are just suggestions, so if you have an idea or a destination that we haven’t included here, we can do that too! Give us a call on 020 7064 4970 to discuss the perfect holiday for your group. We look forward to helping you plan your trip. 4 ITALY

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43 The Art & History of Berlin & Potsdam 44 The Castles, Palaces & Art of Munich & Bavaria 46 The Art & History of Dresden, Meißen & Saxony Switzerland 47 Art & Palaces of Vienna

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The Art of Tuscany & Umbria Villas & Gardens of Italy The Art & Palaces of Bologna, Ferrara & Ravenna 4* Puglia & the Heel of Italy Classical Sicily The Art & Islands of Venice Villas & Gardens of Lazio & Frascati The Art of Hidden Umbria The Art & Palladian Villas of Veneto Classical Italy & the Amalfi Coast Pompeii, Paestum, Naples & Herculaneum Rome’s History & Heritage Lake Garda & Northern Italy’s Art & Culture

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Art & Gardens of Cornwall Liverpool Art Tour History & Houses of Northumbria The Castles & Gardens of North Wales Glasgow, Edinburgh & Loch Lomond Cardiff’s Art & Castle History & Houses of Yorkshire Bath, Bristol & Tyntesfield House History & Heritage of Kent The Houses & Castles of the Scottish Borders The Historic Houses & Gardens of Beautiful Devon Oxfordshire & Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon The History & Heritage Houses of Norfolk Historic Houses of Suffolk Dublin’s Fair City Derry ‘UK City of Culture 2012’ & the Titanic Experience

48 HOLLAND & BELGIUM 49 Holland & the Dutch Masters 50 4* Flemish Art Tour - Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp

52 SPAIN & SOUTHERN EUROPE 53 Magical Andalucía - Seville, Granada, the Alhambra & Ronda 54 The Art of Barcelona, Abbey Montserrat & Dali’s Figueres 55 Madrid, Segovia & Toledo 56 The Art & Culture of Valencia 57 4* Lisbon Art & Cultural Tour 58 Dubrovnik & Croatia 59 The History & Heritage of Malta

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Palaces & Galleries of St Petersburg The Art & Castles of Prague Istanbul - where East meets West Krakow’s Art & History Tallinn - European Capital of Culture 2011 The Art & Culture of Budapest Ancient Greece

68 WORLDWIDE 69 New York Art Tour 70 The History of Jordan & Petra

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37 The Galleries & Châteaux of Paris 38 Châteaux & Gardens of Normandy 39 Provence – in the footsteps of Cezanne & Van Gogh 40 Châteaux of the Loire Valley 41 Burgundy’s Wine, Art & History

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We can tailor make any group tour for as few as 15 people. Simply for ease of reference and consistency in this brochure, the suggested tours are priced on early season departures with a minimum of 40 paying passengers and notional exchange rates of €1.25 and US$1.55 to the Pound. For smaller or larger groups to your chosen destination with your preferred itinerary and departure date, simply call us for a tailor made costing.

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Statue of David, Florence

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The trip was a complete success everyone enjoyed it immensely. The programme was excellent, a well balanced mix of culture and enjoying the ambience of Italy. I must say what a pleasure it was working with your office, how efficiently everything developed. I know everyone on the tour will join me in thanking you for arranging such a memorable trip, my head is still full of all the wonderful things I experienced. JF Bath

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Duomo, Florence

6 days from

£569

The Art of Tuscany & Umbria

Featuring • Full programme of included excursions • All guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Rome • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers

Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Rome, five nights in the excellent family run 3* Hotel Villa Ricci in the spa town of Chianciano Terme in Tuscany, a full programme of included excursions, all guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager.

Included • Spa town of Chianciano Terme • Guided tour of Pienza • Guided tour of Abbey of Monte Olivieto Maggiore • Assisi & guided tour of the frescoes at Basilica of St Francis • Siena & guided tour of the Opera del Duomo • San Gimignano • Florence & the Uffizi • Guided tour of Orvieto & the stunning 13th century Duomo

Day 1 – Chianciano Terme Scheduled flight to Rome – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Villa Ricci in Chianciano Terme in Tuscany – dinner in hotel.

Your Hotel Five nights in the excellent family run 3* Hotel Villa Ricci in Chianciano Terme in Tuscany. Dinner is included at the hotel on the first evening and the remaining four are on bed and breakfast basis. All rooms are en suite and the hotel has a bar, restaurant, indoor pool and spa. Extras • Single room supplement £69 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

Day 2 – Pienza & Abbey of Monte Olivieto Maggiore Morning guided tour of the enchanting town of Pienza with time to walk along the walls to enjoy the wonderful views – in the afternoon guided tour of Abbey of Monte Olivieto Maggiore with one of the monks (voluntary donation) to see the magnificent 41 frescoes of the Life of St Benedict by Signorelli and Sodoma. Day 3 – Basilica of St Francis of Assisi Full day in Assisi – guided tour of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi and its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti – free time to explore the main square, the Piazza del Comune, dominated by the columns of the Tempio di Minerva, or just enjoy the many side streets with their lovely views over the Umbrian countryside. Day 4 – Siena & San Gimignano Spend the morning in Siena – a guided tour of the Opera del Duomo with the 13th century Rose Window and the Duccio di Buoninsegna’s 1308 altar piece dedicated to the Virgin Mary – free time to visit sights such as the Campo where the Palio horse race is run every year and the Piccolomini Library in the Duomo – travel into the Chianti wine growing region to visit San Gimignano with its cathedral housing the ‘Poor Man’s Bible’ and the 13 defensive Medieval towers giving it the name ‘the Small Manhattan’.

Day 5 – Florence & the Uffizi Full day in Florence, the capital of Renaissance art – pre-booked entry into the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s finest art galleries – time at leisure to enjoy the magnificent Renaissance masterpieces including works by Giotto, Masaccio, Paolo Ucello, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Caravaggio – free time to visit Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the Accademia, the Ponte Vecchio, the magnificent Duomo, the Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens. Day 6 – Orvieto Morning guided tour of the charming Etruscan town of Orvieto including the stunning 13th century Duomo with its amazing façade adorned with Frescoes by Lorenzo Maitani – transfer to Rome for our scheduled flight back home.

Duomo, Siena

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Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

7 days from

£899 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Milan • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Villa Cicogna on Lake Lugano • Lake Como & cruise to Villa Balbianello • Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands • Portofino on the Italian Riviera • Spa town of Montecatini Terme • Villa Garzoni - Tuscany’s best Baroque garden • Beautiful gardens of Villa Torrigiani • Lucca - birthplace of Puccini • Villa Medici & its Renaissance garden • Florence - the Duomo, Uffizi or Boboli Gardens • Bologna & Pinacoteca Nazionale Your Hotels Three nights at the family owned 3* Hotel Delle Torre at Stresa, just a short walk from the shores of Lake Maggiore. Recently renovated, the hotel is just 800 metres from the old town centre and boasts a swimming pool. Further three nights in the 4* Grand Hotel Tettuccio in the charming spa town of Montecatini Terme in the heart of Tuscany. Half board basis at each hotel. Extras • Single room supplement £129 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Optional lunch at Isola dei Pescatori • Gratuities

Villas & Gardens of Italy Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Milan, three nights at the 3* Hotel Delle Torre at Stresa and a further three nights at the 4* Grand Hotel Tettuccio in the spa town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, on half board basis throughout, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Lake Maggiore Scheduled flight to Milan – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to Lake Maggiore and the 3* Hotel Delle Torre at Stresa. Day 2 – Villa Cicogna, Lake Como & Villa Balbianello Located in the hillside village of Bischio, Villa Cicogna’s garden is a hidden treasure with wonderful views of Lake Lugano and the Brevio Valley – travel on to Lake Como and take a boat to the 16th century Villa Balbianello with picturesque gardens in the colours of the Italian flag rising out of the water and with beautiful views across the Lake. Day 3 – Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands Meet our boatman at Stresa on Lake Maggiore for our trip out to the Borromean Islands – beautiful Isola Bella with its 17th century Baroque gardens built on ten terraces adorned with fountains, statues and rare exotic plants – Isola Madre is home to botanical gardens with exotic trees – optional lunch at a pretty fishing village on the Isola dei Pescatori. Day 4 – Portofino & Montecatini Terme En route to Tuscany, free time for lunch at Portofino on the Italian Riviera – make our way along the coast to Montecatini Terme and the 4* Grand Hotel Tettuccio. Day 5 – Villa Garzoni, Villa Torrigiani & Lucca Villa Garzoni in Collodi has Tuscany’s best Baroque garden, set between Lucca and Pescia

and the Valleriana, a lush fertile zone through which the River Pescia flows – continue to the beautiful gardens of Villa Torrigiani lying in the foothills of the Apennines – rest of the day is spent at beautiful Lucca where we have free time to explore the birthplace of Puccini. Day 6 – Villa Medici & Florence Morning visit to the 15th century Villa Medici and its Renaissance garden in Poggio Caiano – afternoon to explore Florence with time to visit the Duomo, Uffizi or Boboli Gardens or to relax for lunch by the River Arno. Day 7 – Bologna Visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna, one of Northern Italy’s finest art galleries with works by Giotto, Raphael and Perugino – transfer for our scheduled flight home.

Lake Como

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Mosaic of San Vitale

6 days from

£639 Featuring • 4* Bologna hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Bologna • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Bologna • Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna • Ferrara • Palazzo Schifanoia & Cycle of the Months fresco • Guided tour of 14th century Castello Estense • Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Classe • Guided tour of Ravenna • Mosaics of St Vitale & the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia • Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te Your Hotel Five nights at the 4* Tre Vecchi Hotel, located a ten minute walk from Bologna’s historic centre. Dinner is served at a restaurant close to our hotel on the first night and the remaining four nights are on bed and breakfast basis. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

The Art & Palaces of Bologna, Ferrara & Ravenna Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Bologna, five nights at the 4* Tre Vecchi Hotel in Bologna, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Bologna Scheduled flight to Bologna – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Tre Vecchi Hotel in Bologna – dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5 – Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te Guided tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces and now housing a wonderful art collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera degli Sposi’ by Mantegna – visit to the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’. Day 6 – Bologna Morning free before our transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Day 2 – Bologna & Pinacoteca Nazionale Guided tour of the buildings and porticoed streets of Bologna, home to medieval palaces and the oldest university in Europe – afternoon visit to one of Northern Italy’s finest galleries, the Pinacoteca Nazionale housing works of the great Northern Italian artists including Giotto, Raphael and Perugino. Day 3 – Ferrara, Palazzo Schifanoia & Castello Estense With many medieval houses, a 12th century cathedral, the palaces of the d’Este dynasty and one of the region’s greatest walled towns, Ferrara is one of Italy’s hidden gems – guided tour of the magnificent Palazzo Schifanoia with its wonderful Cycle of the Months fresco by Francesco Della Cossa and Ercole de’ Roberti – afternoon guided tour at the 14th century Castello Estense taking in such sights as the 15th century frescoes, the dungeons and the wonderful views from the Torre dei Leoni. Day 4 – Basilica of Sant’Apollinare & Ravenna guided tour Morning visit to the beautifully decorated 6th century Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in the small town of Classe – guided tour of Ravenna, once the capital of Rome’s Western Empire and one of the great seats of Byzantine art in Europe, taking in the magnificent 6th century Basilica di Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo and the mosaics of St Vitale and the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.

Bologna

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Trulli houses of Alberobello

8 days from

£659 Featuring • 4* hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Included lunch in palazzo at Lecce • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Bari • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Trulli houses of Alberobello • Locorotondo & the church of Santa Maria della Greco • Wine tasting • Barletta & the Pinacoteca de Nittis • Guided tour of 13th century Castel del Monte • Renaissance & Baroque buildings at Bitonto • Sassi dwellings at Matera • Medieval town of Altamura • Beautiful Ostuni - guided tour & olive oil tasting • Grottaglie • ‘Pink city’ of Lecce - guided tour & included lunch • Limestone caves of Grotto di Castellana - guided tour • Coastal village of Polignano a Mare Your Hotel Seven nights at the 4* Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri. Located 2km from the UNESCO listed historical centre of Alberobello, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Dinner is served in our hotel on the first six evenings and there is the option of a farewell dinner at a Masseria farmhouse on our last night. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65s) • Optional farewell dinner at a Masseria farmhouse • Gratuities

4* Puglia & the Heel of Italy Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Bari, seven nights on half board basis at the 4* Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri near the historical centre of Alberobello, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Puglia Scheduled flight to Bari – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri on the outskirts of Alberobello. Day 2 – Alberobello & Locorotondo Guided tour of Alberobello with its white washed conical shaped trulli houses for which the Puglia region is famous – Locorotondo is perched on a hill overlooking Valle d’Itria and a visit to the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Greco is followed by wine tasting at a local vineyard. Day 3 – Pinacoteca De Nittis, Castel del Monte & Bitonto The Pinacoteca de Nittis in Barletta is a delightful palazzo housing a collection of works by the impressionist artist Giuseppe de Nittis who took part in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 – guided tour of the World Heritage site of Castel del Monte with its unusual octagonal layout and eight equally octagonal towers, built in the 13th century as a monument for Emperor Frederick II – Bitonto is home to one of Puglia’s most beautiful cathedrals and its old medieval town centre features impressive Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Day 4 – Matera & Altamura Matera’s Sassi dwellings are carved out of the rock and with windows, doors, terraces and churches looking out from holes in the stone, the area is believed to be the best example of cave dwelling in the Mediterranean – Altamura was founded by Frederick II and is home to a magnificent cathedral dating from the 1300’s and the Museo Archeologico housing finds from Neolithic times. Day 5 – Ostuni & Grottaglie Guided tour of delightful Ostuni, stretched over three hilltops and providing extraordinary views with its white washed houses standing out against the pink tinged brown of its

principal buildings – tour an underground oil mill surrounded by century old olive groves for an extra olive oil tasting – Grottaglie is the ceramic capital of Puglia and you have time to explore the town dominated by its central castle. Day 6 – Lecce Guided tour of Baroque architecture in the ‘pink city’ of Lecce – included light buffet lunch in Lecce in an historic palazzo – time to wander at your leisure through the piazzas, market and winding streets or to enjoy the serenity of the16th century Basilica della Santa Croce. Day 7 – Grotto di Castellana & Polignano a Mare Guided tour of the Grotto di Castellana, a complex of underground limestone caves and caverns estimated to be 50 million years old – Polignano a Mare is dramatically located on top of cliffs overlooking the clear waters – return to the hotel before an optional farewell dinner of typical Puglian cuisine at a local Masseria farmhouse. Day 8 – Puglia Transfer to Bari for our scheduled flight back home.

Castel Del Monte

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Monreale Cathedral

7 days from

£859

Classical Sicily

Featuring • 4* hotels throughout • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation in Taormina & Agrigento • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Sicily • Executive coach in Sicily One free place per 10 paying passengers

Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Sicily, three nights on half board basis at the 4* Caesar Palace Hotel in Giardini Naxos near Taormina, one night on half board basis at the 4* Grand Hotel dei Templi in Agrigento and two nights at the 4* Hotel Plaza Opera in central Palermo, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager.

Included • Guided tour of Taormina • Mount Etna • Siracusa & the Temple of Apollo & the Parco Archeologico • Mosaics at Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del Casale • Doric temples at the Valley of the Temples • Guided tour of Palermo • Monreale Abbey

Day 1 – Taormina Scheduled flight to Catania – transfer with our professional tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Caesar Palace Hotel in Giardini Naxos near Taormina for a three night stay.

Optional • Lunch at Kolymbetra Garden Your Hotels Three nights on half board basis at the 4* Caesar Palace Hotel in Giardini Naxos near Taormina on Sicily’s east coast, one night on half board basis at the 4* Grand Hotel dei Templi in Agrigento and the final two nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Hotel Plaza Opera in the historic centre of Palermo. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities • Optional lunch at Kolymbetra Garden

Day 2 – Taormina & Mount Etna Guided tour of Taormina taking in the Santa Maria del Gesià Convent, the Palazzo Corvaia, the Duomo and the wonderfully panoramic 4th century BC Greek amphitheatre – afternoon visit to Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe with beautiful views of the Ionic Sea. Day 3 – Siracusa Guided tour of Siracusa, home to Sicily’s earliest Doric temple, the Temple of Apollo, and the Parco Archeologico featuring the Teatro Romano, the Altar of Hieron II and the spectacular Teatro Greco carved from the hillside – return to our hotel this afternoon to relax before dinner. Day 4 – Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del Casale Travel inland for a guided tour of some of the finest surviving mosaics from Roman antiquity at Piazza Armerina and the Villa Romana del Casale – travel on to Agrigento and check in to the 4* Grand Hotel dei Templi for a one night stay. Day 5 – Valley of Temples & Kolymbetra Garden Guided tour of the Doric temples dating from the 5th century BC at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, with nine of the ten original temples still visible and some still beautifully preserved – optional typical country open air lunch at the

ancient Kolymbetra Garden – travel on to Palermo and check into the 4* Hotel Plaza Opera in the historic centre of Palermo for a two night stay. Day 6 – Palermo & Monreale Abbey Guided tour of Palermo including the Palazzo Abatellis, the awe inspiring Palatine Chapel in the Palazzo Reale and the Church of San Cataldo – afternoon guided tour of the magnificent cathedral at Monreale, one of the great sites of Norman Sicily adorned with glittering Sicilian and Byzantine mosaics. Day 7 – Cefalu Morning at leisure at the medieval seaside town of Cefalu with its splendid 12th century cathedral, mountain top archaeological site and narrow streets full of pleasant shops – transfer for our scheduled flight home.

Greek amphitheatre at Taormina

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Custom’s House, Venice

5 days from

£659 Featuring • All excursions included • Guided tours at most venues • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Italy • Water taxi transfers to/from Venice airport One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Venice - St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace & the Rialto Bridge • Scuola Grande di San Rocco • Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni • Gallerie dell’Accademia • Boat trip to the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon • Teatro La Fenice Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located 3* Hotel Ala in Venice. Located only a short stroll from St Mark’s Square, facilities at the hotel include a bar, whilst all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £139 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

The Art & Islands of Venice Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Venice, four nights at the 3* Hotel Ala in Venice, with all excursions included, guided tours at every venue and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Venice Scheduled flight to Venice – transfer with our tour manager by water taxi into the heart of Venice – check in to the centrally located 3* Hotel Ala.

houses and easily recognisable from the tilting tower of its church – Torcello, barely inhabited, whose central piazza and its ancient buildings are a haunting reminder of a bygone era. Day 5 – Teatro La Fenice Guided tour of the historic opera house of Teatro La Fenice dating back to 1789 – water taxi to Marco Polo Airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Day 2 – City tour & Scuola Grande di San Rocco Guided walking tour of Venice taking in such sights as St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St Mark and the Rialto Bridge – guided tour of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the wonderful cycle of canvases by Tintoretto. Day 3 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection & Accademia Guided tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, home to the most important collection in Italy of European and American art of the first half of the 20th century with works from Picasso, Mondrian, Dali and Pollock – afternoon guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia to introduce us to the wonderful collection of Venetian art including works by Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese. Day 4 – Islands of the Venetian Lagoon Full day private boat trip to the neighbouring islands just off Venice – Murano, the island famous for its glass making – Burano, the most colourful of the islands with brightly coloured

St Mark’s Basilica

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Villa d'Este

8 days from

£999 Featuring • 4* hotels • Half board accommodation • One included lunch • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Rome • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Bolsena • Palazzo del Principe Drago • The ruins of Tarquinia • Medieval and Renaissance buildings of Tuscania • Castle & gardens of Castello Ruspoli • Villa Lante • 16th century Farnese Palace & Gardens • Gardens at Villa Aldobrandini • Villa Ninfa • Sermoneta • Villa La Landriana • Temple of Fortune, Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa Your Hotels Four nights at the 4* Hotel Royal in Bolsena on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena and three nights at the 4* Park Hotel Villa Ferrata in Grottaferrata, a small town to the south east of Rome. We stay on half board basis at both hotels and both have a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and en suite rooms. Extras • Single room supplement £139 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

Villas & Gardens of Lazio & Frascati Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Rome, four nights at the 4* Hotel Royal in Bolsena and three nights at the 4* Park Hotel Villa Ferrata in Grottaferrata, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Bolsena Scheduled flight to Rome – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Royal in Bolsena on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena.

Day 2 – Palazzo del Principe Drago Guided tour of the villa and garden of Palazzo del Principe Drago which was built and decorated to the orders of Andrea Doria and where Charles V was a guest for twelve days in March 1533 – return to Bolsena where we are free to explore at leisure.

Day 3 – Tarquinia & Tuscania Guided tour through the important sites of the ruins of Tarquinia, one of Etrucia’s most important centres until the 4th century BC when it fell to Rome – tour of the medieval and Renaissance buildings of Tuscania including the 8th century church of St Peter, the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Tower of Lavelloe

Day 4 – Castello Ruspoli & Villa Lante Guided tour of the ancient Castello Ruspoli including the gardens of the former monastery, now owned by the Santarelli family – followed by an included lunch of local foods and wines – regarded by many as the best example of the Mannerist phase of the Italian Renaissance, the famous Villa Lante near Viterbo was designed for Cardinal Gambara who had a modern taste for outdoor living and eating al fresco.

Day 5 – Farnese Palace and Gardens & Villa Aldobrandini Check out of our hotel and head to Caprarola for a guided tour of the stunning 16th century Farnese Palace and Gardens – the gardens at Villa Aldobrandini near Frascati, built at the beginning of the 17th century by Cardinal

Pietro Aldobrandini, are set on a wooded hill and the dome of St Peters can be seen in the distance – travel on to Grottaferrata, a small town to the south east of Rome, and check in to the 3* Park Hotel Villa Ferrata.

Day 6 – Villa Ninfa & Villa La Landriana Set amidst the ruins of the Roman town of Ninfa, we have a guided tour of the gardens of Villa Ninfa where plants have established in and around the ruined towers, walls and archways – travel to Sermoneta with time for lunch – guided tour of Villa La Landriana introduces us to a series of exciting garden rooms initially designed by Russell Page for Lavinia Taverna.

Day 7 – Temple of Fortune, Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa A full day exploring the villas of Tivoli – at Palestrina we explore the Temple of Fortune, a religious complex dating back to the second century BC and famous for its truly breathtaking and highly detailed mosaic of the River Nile – guided tour of Villa d’Este, commissioned and built by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este and one of the most famous Renaissance residences in Europe – guided tour of the UNESCO listed Hadrian’s Villa, built by Emperor Hadrian, incorporates the ruins of bath buildings, dining pavilions, libraries, imperial residences and the emperor’s private retreat.

Day 8 – Rome Transfer to Rome for our scheduled flight home.

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Scenes from ‘Life of St Francis’

6 days from

£629 Featuring • 4* hotel in Spoleto • All excursions & guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Rome • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Spoleto • Perugia & Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria • Assisi & the frescoes at Basilica of St Francis • Todi • Panoramic Montefalco • Museo Civico & Benozzo Gozzoli’s ‘Life of St Francis’ • Medieval town of Gubbio • Guided tour of Palazzo dei Consoli • Orvieto & the stunning 13th century Duomo Your Hotel Five nights at the 4* Albornoz Palace Hotel, just a short walk from Spoleto’s historic centre. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and all rooms in the hotel are en suite. Dinner is included the first night and the remaining five nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £89 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

The Art of Hidden Umbria Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Rome, five nights at the 4* Albornoz Palace Hotel in Spoleto, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager.

Day 6 – Orvieto Gaining access into the town by cable car, our guided tour of the charming Etruscan town of Orvieto takes in the stunning 13th century Duomo with its huge façade adorned with frescoes by Lorenzo Maitani – transfer to Rome Airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Day 1 – Spoleto Scheduled flight to Rome – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Albornoz Palace Hotel in Spoleto – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Spoleto Morning guided tour of Spoleto taking in sights such as the 14th century Ponte delle Torri and the magnificent Duomo – rest of the day free to explore the town or to relax in the hotel. Day 3 – Perugia & Assisi Guided tour of the wonderful collection of Umbrian art at Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, a delightful town dating from Etruscan times – travel on to Assisi with a guided tour of the Basilica and Giotto’s stunning frescoes of the life of St Francis. Day 4 – Todi & Montefalco Morning visit to Todi whose principal sights include the main square, Piazza del Popolo, the delightful plain faced 13th century Duomo and the Museo Etrusco Romano – continue to panoramic Montefalco and a guided tour of the Museo Civico with works by an array of leading Umbrian artists including Benozzo Gozzoli’s ‘Life of St Francis’. Day 5 – Gubbio Guided tour of the 14th century Palazzo dei Consoli in the medieval town of Gubbio, one of the finest expressions of medieval city architecture in Italy – afternoon free at leisure to enjoy this beautiful town.

Orvieto Cathedral

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Villa Barbaro

6 days from

£699 Featuring • 4* hotel • Half board accommodation • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Venice • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Villa Rotunda • Vicenza - Teatro Olimpico & Basilica Palladiana • Palazzo Leoni Montanari • University town of Padova • Giotto’s frescoes at Cappella degli Scrovegni • Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te • Villa La Malcontenta with frescoes by Zelotti • Villa Barbaro at Maser with frescoes by Veronese • Beautiful Asolo • Spa town of Abano Terme Your Hotel Five nights on half board basis at the 4* Terme Roma Hotel in the charming spa town of Abano Terme near Padova. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

The Art & Palladian Villas of Veneto Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Venice, five nights on half board basis at the 4* Terme Roma Hotel in the spa town of Abano Terme near Padova, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Abano Terme Scheduled flight to Venice – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Terme Roma Hotel at Abano Terme near Padova. Day 2 – Villa Rotunda Vicenza & Palazzo Leoni Montanari Guided tour concentrating on the architecture of Andrea Palladio and beginning with an outside viewing of the domed and porticoed Villa Rotunda, the most famous of Palladio’s buildings – continue to the great Palladian city of Vicenza for a tour of a number of his palaces and civic buildings including the Teatro Olimpico, Europe’s oldest surviving indoor theatre designed by Palladio in 1579, and the Basilica Palladiana – guided tour of the Palazzo Leoni Montanari, home to a wonderful collection of Russian icons and paintings. Day 3 – Padova & Cappella degli Scrovegni Guided tour of Padova, one of Italy's oldest university towns, taking in the Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony, the Café Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual meeting place dating from 1831, the Piazza delle Erbe and the Jewish Quarter – pre-paid visit to the Cappella degli Scrovegni to see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Christ which became a powerful influence on the development of European art – rest of the day at leisure. Day 4 – Mantova - Palazzo Ducale & Palazzo Te Travel to Mantova – guided tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once one of Europe’s largest palaces and now housing a wonderful art collection including the frescoes in the ‘Camera degli

Sposi’ by Mantegna – visit to the magnificent Palazzo Te and Giulio Romano’s ‘Room of Giants’. Day 5 – Villa La Malcontenta, Villa Barbaro & Asolo Guided tour of one of Palladio’s loveliest villas, La Malcontente, beside the Brenta Canal and decorated with magnificent frescoes by Zelotti – visit Villa Barbaro at Maser designed by Palladio in collaboration with Veronese whose wonderful frescoes adorn the walls – Asolo is arguably one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy and a town Robert Browning liked so much he named a volume of poems after it. Day 6 – Abano Terme Morning free in Abano Terme with time to relax and shop – transfer to Venice for our scheduled flight back home.

Camera Degli Sposi

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Neptune and Amphitrite, Herculaneum

8 days from

Classical Italy & the Amalfi Coast

£899

Pompeii, Paestum, Naples & Herculaneum

Featuring • 4* Sorrento hotel • Half board accommodation • Full programme of included excursions & guided tours • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Naples • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Dramatic drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast • Mount Vesuvius • Guided tour of Pompeii • Royal Palace & Palazzo Plebisito in Naples • Museo Nazionale Archeologico guided tour • Doric temples at Paestum (Poseidon) • Ancient town of Herculaneum • Villa Poppea at Oplontis • Beautiful Sorrento Optional • Island of Capri Your Hotels Seven nights on half board basis at the 4* Hotel Michelangelo, centrally located in the stunning setting of Sorrento. All rooms are en suite and the hotel has a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. Extras • Single room supplement £149 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Optional excursion to Capri • Gratuities

Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Naples, seven nights on half board basis at the 4* Hotel Michelangelo in central Sorrento, with a full programme of included excursions, all guided tours included and the services of a professional guide for all transfers and excursions.

Day 6 – Paestum Paestum is the site of the temples of Hera, Neptune and Ceres at what was the ancient Greek city of Poseidon (named Poseidonia by the Romans) and are considered to be amongst the best preserved examples of Doric temples anywhere in the world.

Day 1 – Sorrento Scheduled flight to Naples – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Michelangelo in central Sorrento.

Day 7 – Herculaneum & Oplontis Visit the ancient towns of Herculaneum and Oplontis that were also destroyed in the eruption of Vesuvius – in Oplontis we explore the excellently preserved architecture and decorations at the home of Nero’s wife and his family, Villa Poppea.

Day 2 – Amalfi Coast A dramatic drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast with stops at Belvedere Positano for a stunning panoramic view, Amalfi and Ravello with time for lunch.

Day 8 – Sorrento Morning free to relax in Sorrento – transfer to Naples airport for our scheduled flight home.

Day 3 – Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Stop to see Mount Vesuvius – guided tour and then the rest of the day at Pompeii, the town destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and then preserved by the deluge of ash and lava giving us an amazing insight into ancient Roman life. Day 4 – Naples & Museo Nazionale Archeologico Guided tour of Naples taking in sights such as the Royal Palace and Palazzo Plebisito – guided tour of Museo Nazionale Archeologico housing many wonderful artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Day 5 – Island of Capri Free day to enjoy Sorrento or join the optional excursion to the island of Capri – after a boat transfer to the island, a guided tour of this beautiful island is followed by time to wander through the maze of delightful streets and squares or simply to dine in one of the many trattorias.

Positano

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Roman Forum

5 days from

£599 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Rome • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Rome • Guided tour of Galleria Doria Pamphilj • Mausoleum Augustus, the Pantheon & Piazza Navona • Guided tour of Borghese Gallery • Vatican Museum & the Sistine Chapel • St Peter’s Square & Basilica • Castel Sant’Angelo, Hadrian’s tomb • Tivoli & Villa Adriana • Villa d’Este Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Hotel Portamaggiore in central Rome, opposite the 1st century Porta Maggiore in central Rome. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £89 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

Rome’s History & Heritage Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Rome, four nights at the 3* Hotel Portamaggiore in central Rome, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Rome Scheduled flight to Rome – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Portamaggiore in central Rome.

Day 5 – Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este Travel to Tivoli for a guided tour of Villa Adriana, a gigantic complex designed by Emperor Hadrian incorporating lakes, fountains, libraries, baths, temples and gardens – Villa d'Este is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most famous Renaissance residences in Europe – transfer to Rome airport for our scheduled flight home.

Day 2 – Rome & Galleria Doria Pamphilj Guided introductory tour of Rome taking in such sights as the Forum, Circus Maximus and Coliseum – guided tour of the Galleria Doria Pamphilj which is home to a wonderful collection of works by a vast array of renowned artists including Rubens, Titian, Velazquez and Caravaggio. Day 3 – Ancient Rome & the Borghese Gallery Walking tour starting at the Mausoleum Augustus, then onto the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona where we have free time – guided tour at the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome’s most important galleries with sculptures by Bernini and works by Rubens, Caravaggio and Bassano. Day 4 – Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica Guided tour of the Vatican Museum including Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco at the Sistine Chapel – wander around St Peter’s Square with its 248 colonnades, before visiting St Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s magnificent ‘Pieta’ and the splendid tombs of the Popes – walk up to Castel Sant’Angelo, the tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian.

St Peter‘s Basilica

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Lake Garda

7 days from

£689 Featuring • Half board accommodation • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Milan • Executive coach in Italy One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Tour of Lake Garda • Romanesque city of Verona • Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore • Boat transfer along the Giudecca Canal • Venice & Gallerie dell’Accademia • Palladio’s Villa Rotunda & Teatro Olimpico • Vicenza • Palazzo Leoni Montanari • University town of Padova • Giotto’s frescoes at Cappella degli Scrovegni • Milan Your Hotel Six nights on half board basis at the 3* Hotel Antonella at Malcesine on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Located a five minute walk from the town centre and just 250 metres from the Lake, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, garden and a sun terrace. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (State run museums free to over 65’s) • Gratuities

Lake Garda & Northern Italy’s Art & Culture Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Milan, six nights on half board basis at the 3* Hotel Antonella at Malcesine on the shores of Lake Garda, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Malcesine Scheduled flight to Milan – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Antonella at Malcesine on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Day 2 – Lake Garda Tour of Lake Garda combining both coach and boat and a lovely way to see the real beauty of the Lake and its villages including Sirmione, home to Maria Callas, Limone and Gardone Riviera. Day 3 – Verona & San Zeno Maggiore Guided tour of Romanesque Verona, Italy’s fourth classical city, home to the Arena dating from the 1st century BC and Shakespeare’s inspiration for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – visit the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, built between 1123 and 1135 to house the shrine of Verona’s patron saint and regarded as the finest Romanesque church in northern Italy. Day 4 – Venice & Gallerie dell’Accademia Pre-booked boat transfer into Venice along the Giudecca Canal – guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia to introduce us to the wonderful collection of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th century including works by Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese – rest of the day is free to explore Venice and you may choose to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal or your tour manager can organise an optional gondola ride. Day 5 – Vicenza & Palazzo Leoni Montanari Guided tour concentrating on the architecture of Andrea Palladio and beginning with an outside viewing of the domed and porticoed Villa Rotunda, the most famous of Palladio’s buildings – continue to the great Palladian city of Vicenza for a tour of a number of his palaces and civic buildings including the Teatro Olimpico, Europe’s oldest surviving indoor

theatre designed by Palladio in 1579, and the Basilica Palladiana – guided tour of the Palazzo Leoni Montanari, home to a wonderful collection of Russian icons and paintings. Day 6 – Padova & Cappella degli Scrovegni Guided tour of Padova, one of Italy's oldest university towns, taking in the Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Donatello’s magnificent reliefs on the miracles of St Anthony, the Café Pedrocchi, a famous intellectual meeting place dating from 1831, the Piazza delle Erbe and the Jewish Quarter – prepaid visit to the Cappella degli Scrovegni to see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes depicting the life of Christ which became a powerful influence on the development of European art – rest of the day at leisure. Day 7 – Milan Free time at leisure in Milan to explore the magnificent Gothic Doumo, stroll up to La Scala and view its museum or just enjoy the shopping – travel to Milan Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Venice

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Tate St Ives

5 days from

£389 Featuring • 4* Falmouth hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Clevedon Court • Guided tour of Penlee House • Tate St Ives & Barbara Hepworth Museum • Trevano Estate & Gardens • Island & medieval castle at St Michael’s Mount • Guided tour of Pencarrow House • Guided tour of Prideaux Place • Guided tour of Eden Project • Lost Gardens of Heligan Your Hotel Four nights at the 4* Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth. Located a twenty minute walk from the centre of Falmouth, facilities include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served in our hotel on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £69 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Art & Gardens of Cornwall Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 4* Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth, with all excursions and guided tours included and an executive coach throughout. Day 1 – Clevedon Court Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as The National Trust’s Clevedon Court in North Somerset which dates back to the Medieval period and has been the home of the Elton family since 1709 – continue to the 4* Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Penlee House, Tate St Ives & Barbara Hepworth Museum Guided tour of Penlee House in Penzance, a gracious Victorian home and now a first class gallery and museum, to explore the skills and craftsmanship of painting in West Cornwall in the late 19th and early 20th century including the world famous Newlyn School and Lamorna Group artists – tour by one of the local gallery guides of the Tate St Ives – visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Day 3 – Trevano Estate and Gardens & St Michael’s Mount Visit the World Heritage Site of Trevano Estate and Gardens dating back to 1246 with 70 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds featuring one of Cornwall’s most diverse plant collections – guided tour of the enchanting island and converted 12th century castle at the National Trust’s St Michael’s Mount, once the location of a Benedictine monastery and now owned by the St Aubyn family.

Day 4 – Pencarrow House & Prideaux Place Guided tour of the Georgian Pencarrow House, the family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns, with a fine collection of pictures, furniture and porcelain and whose grounds include a beautifully proportioned sunken Italian garden and over 700 different varieties of rhododendrons – guided tour of Prideaux Place, the home of the Prideaux family for over 400 years and filled with royal and family portraits, fine furniture and the Prideaux Porcelain Collection. Day 5 – Eden Project & Lost Gardens of Heligan Guided tour of the Eden Project housing plants, crops and landscapes from the humid tropical rain forests and the warm temperate regions from the Mediterranean, South Africa and California – the Lost Gardens of Heligan comprise over two hundred acres of superb working Victorian gardens including some eighty acres of walled gardens, summerhouses, lawns, lakes and ponds, huge productive gardens and fruithouses and a twenty two acre subtropical jungle – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Tate Liverpool & Royal Liver Building

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£319 Featuring • 4* central Liverpool hotel • Welcome dinner • All excursions included • Guided tours at every gallery • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Liverpool • Liverpool Cathedral • Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral • Walker Art Gallery • Port Sunlight Village • Lady Lever Art Gallery • Speke Hall • Tate Liverpool • The Lowry, Salford Your Hotel Four nights at the centrally located 4* Marriott Hotel overlooking Queen Square in Liverpool. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served in our hotel on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £89 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Liverpool Art Tour Our suggested itinerary features four nights in the 4* Marriott Hotel in Liverpool, with all excursions included, guided tours at every gallery, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days. Day 1 – Liverpool Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – continue to the 4* Marriott Hotel overlooking Queen Square in Liverpool – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Liverpool city tour, Liverpool Cathedral & Walker Art Gallery Tour of Liverpool with our Blue Badge guide taking in the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral with its modern circular design and glorious multi coloured windows and the splendour of Liverpool Cathedral, one of the most iconic buildings of the city – guided tour of the Walker Art Gallery collection with works by Rembrandt, Poussin and Degas, 20th century works by artists such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George and one of the most important sculpture collections outside London. Day 3 – Port Sunlight Village, Lady Lever Art Gallery & Speke Hall Port Sunlight Village was built by the Lever family for their workers and has over 900 listed and preserved buildings, wide streets and gardens – guided tour of British 18th and 19th century paintings, 18th century furniture and collections of Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain at the Lady Lever Art Gallery – National Trust’s Speke Hall is one of the country’s most famous timbered houses whose Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times and with fine Jacobean plasterwork and intricately carved furniture.

Day 4 – Tate Liverpool & Albert Dock Whole day at Liverpool’s Albert Dock – guided tour of Tate Liverpool, home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England, including Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’, Degas’ ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’, Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ and Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’ – free time to visit the International Slavery Museum, the Maritime Museum or the Beatles Museum, all housed within the Dock. Day 5 – The Lowry Guided tour of The Lowry, an architectural flagship set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Alnwick Castle

£369 6 days from £449 5 days from

Featuring • 4* central Durham hotel • Half board accommodation • All excursions & guided tours included • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 5 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Harewood House, Yorkshire • Durham Cathedral • Beamish Open Air Museum • Hadrian’s Wall Country • Alnwick Castle • Cragside House & Gardens • Lindisfarne Castle • Farne Island • The Bowes Museum Your Hotel Five nights on half board basis at the 4* Marriott Royal County Hotel in Durham. Centrally located by the River Wear and a fifteen minute walk from the Cathedral, facilities at the hotel include a bar, restaurant and a swimming pool and all rooms are ensuite. Extras • Single room supplement £89/£109 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Boat fares for Farne & Holy Islands • Gratuities

History & Houses of Northumbria Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 4* Marriott Royal County Hotel in Durham, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for four days. Day 1 – Harewood House Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected property such Harewood House, the home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, renowned for its stunning architecture, fine art collection, exquisite Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a 1,000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden – continue to the 4* Marriott Royal County Hotel in Durham. Day 2 – Durham Cathedral & Beamish Open Air Museum Tour with our Blue Badge guide of Durham and its Cathedral, once described as ‘one of the great architectural experiences of Europe’ – choice of either spending the afternoon in Durham or visiting the Beamish Open Air Museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside and vividly recreating life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Day 3 – Hadrian’s Wall Country Tour with our Blue Badge guide of Hadrian’s Wall Country, a World Heritage Site dating back to 122 AD – Chester’s Roman Fort, one of the best preserved examples of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain, was built for 500 cavalrymen and includes five gateways, barrack blocks, commandment’s house and headquarters and the finest military bath house in Britain – Cawfields Roman Wall is one of the best preserved and most scenic stretches of Hadrian's Wall with turrets and an impressive milecastle thought to have been built by the Second Legion.

Day 4 – Alnwick Castle & Cragside House Tour with our Blue Badge guide of Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle and home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309 – the National Trust’s Cragside House and Gardens, a wonderful Victorian mansion dating from the 19th century and described as ‘the palace of a modern magician’, features what were then state of the art hydraulics powering a revolutionary lift system and internal telephones which mesmerised visitors in its time. Day 5 – Lindisfarne Castle & Farne Island Crossing a causeway or (depending on the tides) taking a short boat ride across to Holy Island with our Blue Badge guide, visit the National Trust’s Lindisfarne Castle, a romantic 16th century castle with spectacular views that was transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home – afternoon boat trip to Farne Island, one of Britain’s most important bird sanctuaries. Day 6 – The Bowes Museum Guided tour of The Bowes Museum, a purpose built public art gallery created by John and Josephine Bowes between 1862 and 1875 and home to a large collection of fine and decorative paintings from around Europe – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Conwy Castle

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£359

The Castles & Gardens of North Wales

Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers

Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel in the central Caernarfon, with all excursions and guided tours included and an executive coach throughout.

huge Italianate terraces and stunning views across Snowdonia – completed in 1287 and one of Edward I’s chain of Welsh fortresses, guided tour of Conwy Castle explores the gritty, dark stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere.

Included • Attingham Park, Shropshire • Caernarfon & its castle • 18th century Plas Newydd • Guided tour of Llechwedd Slate Caverns • Ffestiniog Railway • Portmeirion Village • Spectacular Bodnant Gardens • Conwy Castle • Powis Castle & Garden

Day 1 – Attingham Park Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – stop at a suitable National Trust or English Heritage property such as Attingham Park, an elegant 18th century mansion with magnificent Regency interiors and silver, period furniture and painting collections – continue to the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon.

Day 5 – Powis Castle & Garden The world famous garden at the National Trust’s Powis Castle and Garden was laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles and retains its original lead statues, while the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel. Located in the centre of Caernarfon, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Day 2 – Caernarfon Castle & Plas Newydd Guided tour of Caernarfon Castle, constructed in 1283 as the definitive chapter in Edward I’s conquest of Wales and served not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace – guided tour of the National Trust’s beautiful 18th century house at Plas Newydd, home of the Marquess of Anglesey and a mixture of classic and Gothic styles with wonderful views of Snowdonia.

Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Day 3 – Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Festiniog Railway & Portmeirion Village Miners’ Tramway Tour of the Llechwedd Slate Caverns to explore the mysterious world of the Victorian slate miner Tour – the Festiniog Railway runs from Blaenau Festiniog to Minfford Station – met off the train by our coach and travel for free time in the charming Welsh village of Portmeirion, built by Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and1975. Day 4 – Bodnant Gardens & Conwy Castle One of the world’s most spectacular gardens, the 80 acre National Trust property at Bodnant Gardens located above the River Conwy features

Ffestiniog Railway

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Edinburgh

£379 6 days from £469 5 days from

Featuring • 4* hotel • Half board accommodation • Full programme of included excursions • Guided or audio tours at all galleries • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 5 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Tatton Park, Cheshire • Burrell Collection • The Glasgow School of Art • Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House • Beautiful Tarbet • National Gallery of Scotland • Royal Yacht Britannia • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum • Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Room • Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire Your Hotel Five nights on half board basis at the 4* Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld. Set in its own 400 acres of woodland and ideally situated for the itinerary between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79/£99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Optional cruise on Loch Lomond • Gratuities

Glasgow, Edinburgh & Loch Lomond Our suggested itinerary features five nights on half board basis at the 4* Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld, with a full programme of included excursions, guided tours at all galleries, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for four days. Day 1 – Tatton Park Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as Tatton Park, an opulently decorated early 19th century house sitting amid a landscaped deer park with the theme of Victorian grandeur extending into the garden – continue to the 4* Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld near Glasgow. Day 2 – The Burrell Collection & The Glasgow School of Art Tour with our Blue Badge guide of the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park introducing us to a staggering collection of over 9,000 works of art including important displays of medieval art, tapestries, English oak furniture and European paintings by artists such as Degas and Cézanne – guided tour of The Glasgow School of Art building, regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest architectural masterpiece. Day 3 – Hill House, Tarbet & Loch Lomond Hill House in Helensburgh is considered one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creations and, decorated with the help of Mackintosh’s wife, the feel of the house is of restrained elegance combined with dazzling architecture – time for lunch in the village of Tarbet, a picturesque village once described by Queen Victoria as being blessed with ‘splendid passes, richly wooded with the highest mountains behind’ – optional cruise on beautiful Loch Lomond.

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Day 4 – National Gallery of Scotland & Royal Yacht Britannia Guided tour of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, home to Scotland’s greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism eras with paintings by artists such as Titian, Van Dyck and Tiepolo – the Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family for over forty years and played a leading role in some of the defining moments of recent history with highlights being the State Dining Room, the Bridge and the Queen’s Sitting Room. Day 5 – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & Willow Tea Room Guided tour of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland’s most visited museum and home to one of Europe’s greatest civic art collections – afternoon visit to the world famous Willow Tea Room designed in 1904 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a chance to experience the splendour of a bygone era and take tea just as they did in the same rooms and interiors 100 years ago. Day 6 – Little Moreton Hall Visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, Britain’s most famous and arguably finest timber framed manor house – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

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£369 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Centrally located Cardiff hotel • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Lacock Village, Wilts • Guided tour of Cardiff • Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre • National Museum & Art Gallery of Wales • Cardiff Castle • 100 acre Museum of Welsh Life • Fairytale Castell Coch • Fortified Llancaiach Fawr Manor • Dyrham Park, near Chippenham Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the centrally located 3* Thistle Parc Hotel in Cardiff. A modern hotel in the centre of Cardiff, facilities include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Cardiff’s Art & Castle Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the centrally located 3* Thistle Parc Hotel in Cardiff, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days.

Day 4 – Castell Coch & Llancaiach Fawr Manor Castell Coch, meaning Red Castle in Welsh, seems to be the perfect medieval fairytale castle but the interior is pure Victorian fantasy – guided tour of the fortified Tudor manor of Llancaiach Fawr Manor dating from 1530.

Day 1 – Lacock Village Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as the 13th century Lacock Village in Wiltshire – continue to the centrally located 3* Thistle Parc Hotel in Cardiff.

Day 5 – Dyrham Park Guided tour of a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as Dyrham Park near Chippenham which was built between 1692 and 1704 by King William III for his Secretary of State, William Blathwayt, and now contains fine textiles and paintings as well as items of Delftware reflecting the contemporary taste for all things Dutch – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Day 2 – Cardiff city tour, Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre & National Museum & Art Gallery of Wales Tour of Cardiff with our Blue Badge guide including a visit to the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, designed to resemble a futuristic telescope looking out over the panoramic view across Cardiff Bay – guided audio tour (fee extra) takes us through a wonderful collection at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Wales including one of the best collections of Impressionist works outside Paris. Day 3 – Cardiff Castle & Museum of Welsh Life Tour with our Blue Badge guide of Cardiff Castle exploring a history spanning nearly 2,000 years and introducing us to the lavish interiors created by William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute – guided tour of the Museum of Welsh Life set in 100 acres of parkland with over forty original buildings and showing how the people of Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last 500 years.

Castell Coch

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Castle Howard

£329 6 days from £399 5 days from

Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 5 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Harewood House • Walking tour of York • Medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall • Georgian townhouse at Fairfax House • 18th century Castle Howard • Guided tour of Harrogate • Former prisoner of war camp at Eden Camp • North Yorkshire Moors Railway • Whitby • Private guided tour of Constable Burton Hall Gardens • 14th century Markenfield Hall • The Hepworth Wakefield Your Hotel Five nights on half board basis at the 3* Cairn Hotel in Harrogate. Located a ten minute walk from the centre of the spa town, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79/£89 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

History & Houses of Yorkshire Our suggested itinerary features five nights on half board basis at the 3* Cairn Hotel in Harrogate, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for four days. Day 1 – Harewood House Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit Harewood House, the home of the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, renowned for its stunning architecture, fine art collection, exquisite Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture and a 1,000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden – continue to the 3* Cairn Hotel in Harrogate. Day 2 – York guided tour, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall & Fairfax House Walking tour of York with our Blue Badge guide taking in the City Walls, the Shambles and the Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe – visit the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, built between 1357 and 1361 and one of the best preserved medieval guild halls in the world – guided tour of the stunning Georgian townhouse at Fairfax House brimming with decorative flourishes and artistic treasures and displaying some of the finest 18th century period furniture in England. Day 3 – Castle Howard & Harrogate guided tour Magnificent 18th century Castle Howard is set in a beautiful 1,000 acre park adorned with rose gardens, lakes and fountains, while the house is home to the Howard family and has been richly furnished throughout – guided tour of Harrogate this afternoon takes in sights such as the Royal Hall and Montpellier Gardens – afternoon at leisure with time to take tea at Betty’s Café Tea Rooms. Day 4 – Eden Camp, North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Whitby Visit Eden Camp with our Blue Badge guide this morning, a former prisoner of war camp which uses audio visual technology to depict

the history of World War II – a nostalgic steam train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Grosmont (train ticket included) – rest of the day in Whitby, a resort dominated by the cliff top ruins of a beautiful 13th century abbey and with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and a sandy beach. Day 5 – Constable Burton Hall and Gardens & Markenfield Hall The head gardener of Constable Burton Hall and Gardens in the Yorkshire Dales gives us a private guided tour of the romantic garden surrounded by 18th century parkland and we have time to admire the Hall’s fine collection of furniture and old master paintings – completely surrounded by a moat and built mainly in 1310, our guided tour of Markenfield Hall introduces us to the most complete surviving medium sized 14th century country house left in England. Day 6 – The Hepworth Wakefield The Hepworth Wakefield features the Hepworth Family Gift consisting of 44 full size working models Barbara Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career as well as drawings and a large group of lithographs and screen prints by the famous British sculptor – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Tyntesfield House

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£339 Featuring • 4* central Bristol hotel • Half board accommodation • Guided tours at every venue • All excursions included • Blue Badge guide in Bath • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Bath • Number One Royal Crescent • Holburne Museum of Art • Arnolfini • Herschel Museum • Tyntesfield House • Wells • Bowood House & Gardens Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the centrally located 4* Thistle Grand Hotel in Bristol. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and sauna and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £59 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Bath, Bristol & Tyntesfield House Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 4* Thistle Grand Hotel in Bristol, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for four days. Day 1 – Bath Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – meet with our Blue Badge guide for a combined coach and walking tour of Bath taking in sights such as the Roman Baths, the Assembly Rooms and the Royal Crescent – check in at the 4* Thistle Grand Hotel in Bristol. Day 2 – No 1 Royal Crescent & Holburne Museum of Art Visit No 1 Royal Crescent in Bath with our local Blue Badge guide – the first town house of the Royal Crescent to be completed between 1767 and 1774 and an excellent example of Palladian architecture, Number One is decorated with handsome hand painted marbled wallpaper with furniture and the artefacts of 18th century daily life – guided tour of the newly refurbished Holburne Museum of Art, the Museum displays superb English and continental silver, porcelain, glass and Renaissance bronzes and the Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi, Stubbs and portraits of Bath society by Thomas Gainsborough. Day 3 – Arnolfini & Herschel Museum Travel to Bristol – guided tour of the Arnolfini, one of Europe’s leading centres for contemporary art – guided tour of the Herschel Museum introducing us to the 18th century home and gardens of astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline including the workshop where Herschel made his telescopes and discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.

Day 4 – Tyntesfield House & Wells Guided tour of the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House boasting intact original Victorian interior, an unrivalled collection of Victorian decorative arts and landscaped gardens, kitchen gardens and park land – time at leisure in the ancient city of Wells to visit the beautiful cathedral. Day 5 – Bowood House & Gardens Guided tour of Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire, the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne set in over 2,000 acres of gardens and grounds landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and home to a fine collection of watercolours, jewellery and Georgian costumes.

Pultney Bridge, Bath

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Leeds Castle

5 days from

£369 Featuring • 4* hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Blue Badge guide in Kent • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Hever Castle • UNESCO listed Canterbury • Canterbury Cathedral • Leeds Castle • Sissinghurst Castle Garden • Great Dixter House & Gardens • Dover Castle • White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre • Walmer Castle & Gardens • 14th century Ightham Mote Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Bridgewood Manor in Chatham. Ideally located for easy access to the places visited in the itinerary, the hotel boasts a nice bar area, restaurant and leisure centre with indoor pool. All rooms are en-suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

History & Heritage of Kent Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 4* Bridgewood Manor in Chatham, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days. Day 1 – Hever Castle Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and dating back as far as 1270 – check in at the 4* Bridgewood Manor in Chatham. Day 2 – Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle Guided tour of the UNESCO listed city of Canterbury taking in the city walls – Canterbury Cathedral, dating back to 597AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury, was the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket’s murder in 1170 and ever since the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's ‘Canterbury Tales’ – Leeds Castle, set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland and offering over 1,000 years of history, has Norman foundations, a medieval gatehouse, a Tudor tower and a 19th century country house, all of which were substantially refurbished in the 20th century by the last private owner of the castle, Lady Baillie, the heiress to an American fortune. Day 3 – Sissinghurst Castle Garden & Great Dixter House & Gardens The National Trust’s Sissinghurst Castle Garden is developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion and provide outstanding design and colour throughout the season – Great Dixter House and Gardens was once the family home of the late Chrsitopher Lloyd who devoted his life to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. Day 4 – Dover Castle, White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre & Walmer Castle Guarding the Straits of Dover, English

Heritage’s Dover Castle is one of the mightiest of fortresses in Western Europe and occupies a site that has witnessed more than 2,000 years of history – the National Trust’s White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre introduces us to five miles of spectacular coastal scenery through imaginative displays and interpretation – English Heritage’s Walmer Castle and Gardens was transformed from a Tudor castle into the elegant home and residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Day 5 – Ightham Mote The National Trust’s Ightham Mote is a superb moated manor house and garden dating from 1330 whose main features span many centuries and include the Great Hall and Tudor Chapel with painted ceiling.

Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral

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Mellerstain House

5 days from

£389 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodatio • Blue Badge guide Days 3 & 4 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Durham Cathedral • Robert Adam stately home of Mellerstain House • Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland • Alnwick Castle • Cragside House & Gardens • Bamburgh Castle • 12th century Chillingham Castle • Lindisfarne Castle Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Bluebell Hotel at Belford. Located in Market Place at Belford, the hotel is ideally situated to visit the sights and attractions which Northumbria has to offer. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £49 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

The Houses & Castles of the Scottish Borders Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 3* Bluebell Hotel at Belford near the Scottish border, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for two days. Day 1 – Durham Cathedral Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – travel to Durham for a guided tour of the Cathedral, once described as ‘one of the great architectural experiences of Europe’ and a renowned masterpiece of Romanesque architecture – check in at the 3* Bluebell Hotel in Belford. Day 2 – Mellerstain House & Traquair House Guided tour of Mellerstain House, an exquisite Robert Adam stately home built between 1725 and 1778, taking in the library which is regarded as one of Robert Adams finest creations and a fine collection of paintings and period furniture – dating back to 1107, Traquair House is said to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and our guided tour reveals its colourful historical associations such as the Jacobite Risings and visits by 27 monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots.

Day 4 – Bamburgh Castle & Chillingham Castle Bamburgh Castle overlooking the Farne Islands was once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria and is now is home to a fine collection of armour, porcelain, furniture and art – the 12th century Chillingham Castle was King Edward I’s base camp for the 1298 conquering attack on William Wallace and our guided tour takes in the ‘Long Galleries’ added by the Elizabethans and the Italian garden laid out in the 19th century by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville. Day 5 – Lindisfarne Castle The National Trust’s Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is a romantic 16th century castle with spectacular views that was transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home.

Cragside

Day 3 – Alnwick Castle & Cragside House Our Blue Badge guide accompanies us to Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England, the first being Windsor Castle, and home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309 – described as ‘the palace of a modern magician’, the National Trust’s Cragside House and Gardens is a wonderful Victorian mansion dating from the 19th century whose interior features state of the art hydraulics powering a revolutionary lift system and internal telephones which mesmerised visitors in its time.

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Buckland Abbey

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£369 Featuring • 4* Exeter hotel • Welcome dinner • All excursions & guided tours included • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4 • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Montacute House, Somerset • Exeter Cathedral - guided tour • Knightshayes Court • 700 year old Buckland Abbey • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - guided tour • Greenway House & Garden • Dartmouth • 18th century Killerton Your Hotel Four nights at the centrally located 4* Mercure Southgate Hotel in Exeter. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, sauna and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is included in our hotel on the first evening and the other nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

The Historic Houses & Gardens of Beautiful Devon Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 4* Mercure Southgate Hotel in Exeter, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days. Day 1 – Montacute House Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – stop at a suitable National Trust or English Heritage property such as the National Trust’s Montacute House, a glittering Elizabethan house, adorned with Renaissance features, including contemporary plasterwork and heraldic glass – continue to the 4* Mercure Southgate Hotel in central Exeter – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Exeter Cathedral & Knightshayes Court Guided tour of Exeter Cathedral, founded in 1050 and an imposing structure of beauty and antiquity in the heart of the city – the National Trust’s Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house with rich interiors, giving an atmospheric insight into grand country life. Day 3 – Buckland Abbey & Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery After a scenic drive across Dartmoor, our guided tour of the National Trust’s 700 year old Buckland Abbey explores the rich associations with Elizabethan seafarers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Richard Grenville – return to Exeter for a guided tour of the newly refurbished Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery containing a collection of British artists dating from the 16th to 20th century including Gainsborough and Thomas Patch. Day 4 – Greenway House and Garden & Dartmouth Travel to Totnes for our cruise along the scenic River Dart to the National Trust’s Greenway

House and Garden which was bought by Agatha Christie in 1938 and boasts an atmosphere of wildness and timelessness and wonderful views of the Dart Estuary – transfer by boat to Dartmouth for free time at leisure. Day 5 – Killerton Guided tour of the National Trust’s Killerton property, a fine 18th century house containing a fascinating collection of 18th to 20th century costumes – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Killerton

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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

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£359 Featuring • 4* hotel • Half board accommodation • All excursions & guided tours included • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Waddesdon Manor • Introductory tour of Oxford • Guided tour of The Ashmolean Museum • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage • Guided tour of Stratford upon Avon • Shakespeare’s Birthplace • Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare's daughter • Charlecote Park • Compton Verney Art Gallery • Blenheim Palace Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Oxford Belfry Hotel on the outskirts of Oxford. Located in a countryside setting thirteen miles from the famous university city of Oxford, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and sauna. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Oxfordshire & Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 4* Oxford Belfry Hotel on the outskirts of Oxford, with all excursions and guided tours included and an executive coach throughout. Day 1 – Waddesdon Manor Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – the French Renaissance-style chateau of Waddesdon Manor was built for Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th century to display his vast collection of works of art, including French royal furniture, Sèvres porcelain and works by Gainsborough and Reynolds – continue to the 4* Oxford Belfry Hotel on the outskirts of Oxford. Day 2 – Oxford & The Ashmolean Museum Guided tour of the City of Dreaming Spires taking in the architecture and traditions of Oxford’s university and other famous buildings and institutions – guided tour of The Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s first public museum founded in 1683 and home to the University of Oxford’s world class collections of art and archaeology. Day 3 – Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Hall’s Croft After a scenic drive through the Cotswolds, visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage which was still owned by her descendants until the late 19th century and contains the Hathaway bed and many other items of furniture owned by the family – guided tour of Stratford upon Avon taking in Shakespeare’s Birthplace where rooms are furnished to recreate the interiors as they might have been in the 1570s and Hall’s Croft, the 17th century home of Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna, and her husband Dr John Hall.

Day 4 – Charlecote Park & Compton Verney Art Gallery The National Trust’s Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy Family for over 700 years and its mellow brickwork and great chimneys seem to sum up the very essence of Tudor England – the award winning Compton Verney Art Gallery is located in the setting of a Grade I listed Robert Adam mansion and our guided tour examines its outstanding collection of British, Neopolitan, Germanic and Chinese paintings. Day 5 – Blenheim Palace Guided tour of Blenheim Palace, the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and set in beautiful parkland of 2,100 acres landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760’s – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Blickling Hall

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£369 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4 • Executive coach travel throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Audley End House & Gardens • Anglesey Abbey • Introductory tour of Norwich • Oxburgh Hall • Sandringham Estate • Holkham Hall • Blickling Hall & Gardens • Felbrigg Hall • Cambridge - guided tour Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the centrally located 3* Best Western George Hotel in Swaffham. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £49 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

The History & Heritage Houses of Norfolk Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 3* Best Western George Hotel in Swaffham, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days.

ceramics, photographs and memorabilia – Holkham Hall was conceived by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester, as his vision of an Italian villa on the windswept north Norfolk coast.

Day 1 – Audley End House and Gardens & Anglesey Abbey

Day 4 – Blickling Hall and Gardens & Felbrigg Hall

Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden, to discover the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and the aristocracy in one of England’s grandest stately homes – continue to the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill a Jacobean style house, built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory and containing a priceless art collection – check in at the 3* George Hotel at Swaffham.

Visit the National Trust’s Blickling Hall and Gardens, one of England’s great Jacobean houses, famed for its spectacular long gallery, superb plasterwork ceilings and fine collections of furniture, pictures, books and tapestries – the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall is a 17th century country house containing original 18th century furniture and one of the largest collections of Grand Tour paintings by a single artist.

Day 2 – Norwich & Oxburgh Hall Guided tour of Norwich, England’s best preserved medieval city, takes in sights such as the Norman Castle, the city’s two cathedrals and the City Hall – the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house with a Tudor gatehouse and accessible Priest’s Hole built by the Bedingfeld family who still live here, shows the development from medieval austerity to Victorian comfort and includes a display of embroidery by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick.

Day 3 – Sandringham Estate & Holkham Hall Sandringham Estate, built for Edward VII in 1870 and the much loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, is set in 60 acres of splendid gardens and the museum houses extraordinary collections of royal vehicles, rare

Day 5 – Guided tour of Cambridge Two hour guided tour of Cambridge covering the most important aspects of the city, University and colleges – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Flatford Mill

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£379 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Half board accommodation • Blue Badge guide in Suffolk • Executive coach throughout One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Audley End House & Gardens • Kentwell Hall • Melford Hall • Constable Country • Bridge Cottage at Flatford • Scenic cruise on the River Orwell • Snape Maltings • Fishing village of Aldeburgh • Framlingham Castle • Gainsborough’s House Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Stoke by Nayland Hotel on the outskirts of Leavenheath. Located in a countryside setting and 10 miles from the centre of Colchester, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and sauna and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £59 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members) • Gratuities

Historic Houses of Suffolk Our suggested itinerary features four nights on half board basis at the 3* Stoke by Nayland Hotel on the outskirts of Leavenheath, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Blue Badge guide for three days. Day 1 – Audley End House & Gardens Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – visit a carefully selected National Trust or English Heritage property such as Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden, to discover the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and the aristocracy in one of England’s grandest stately homes – continue to the 3* Stoke by Nayland Hotel on the outskirts of Leavenheath. Day 2 – Kentwell Hall & Melford Hall Kentwell Hall, a very much lived in and loved family home for over five hundred years, represents an interesting mix of styles with the Great Hall and the Dining Room emphasising their Tudor origins while the Library and the Drawing Room are classical in style – continue to the National Trust’s Melford Hall, one of East Anglia’s most celebrated Elizabethan houses, and where little has changed externally since 1578. Day 3 – Constable Country, Bridge Cottage & River Orwell cruise, Morning spent with our Blue Badge guide exploring Constable Country and at Dedham you may choose to visit the Sir Alfred Munnings Museum or the Arts and Crafts Centre – the National Trust’s Bridge Cottage at Flatford is located upstream from Flatford Mill and houses an exhibition on John Constable, several of whose paintings famously feature the mill – a scenic cruise taking in the most beautiful wooded stretches of the River Orwell.

Day 4 – Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh & Framlingham Castle Built by Newson Garrett in the mid 19th century, the Maltings at Snape was one of the largest barley maltings in East Anglia, and today is home to a complex with shops, galleries and a reputable concert hall – travel the short distance to the picturesque 16th century fishing village of Aldeburgh with time at leisure for lunch and to take a stroll along the unspoilt promenade – Framlingham Castle, an enchanting 12th century castle that dominates the town, was where Mary Tudor waited to hear whether she or Lady Jane Grey had been declared queen after the death of Edward VI. Day 5 – Gainsborough’s House Gainsborough’s House at Sudbury, the birthplace of the famous painter, dates back to the 16th century and its outstanding art collection of more of Gainsborough’s work than any other gallery is shown together with 18th century furniture – return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Ha’penny Bridge

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£529 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Guide for all transfers & excursions • Scheduled flights to Dublin • Executive coach in Dublin One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Dublin • Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Wicklow Mountains, the ‘garden of Ireland’ • Glendalough • Avoca • Powerscourt Gardens • National Gallery of Ireland • Trinity College & Book of Kells • Hugh Lane Gallery • Malahide Castle Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the centrally located 3* Academy Hotel in Dublin. Located near O’Connell Street, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s main attractions. Facilities include a restaurant and a bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Dublin’s Fair City Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Dublin, four nights at the 3* Academy Hotel in central Dublin, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Dublin Scheduled flight to Dublin – transfer with our local guide in our private executive coach to the central 3* Academy Hotel in Dublin. Day 2 – Dublin city tour & Chester Beatty Library Guided tour of Dublin giving us a great introduction to the city of writers and poets taking in such sights as Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell Street and Christchurch Cathedral – continue with our guide to Dublin Castle for a tour of the Chester Beatty Library containing a rich collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings and early printed books.

of Ireland’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary art with works ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas to those by leading national and international contemporary artists – rest of the day at leisure in Dublin. Day 5 – Malahide Castle Set in 250 acres of parkland in a pretty seaside town, Malahide Castle was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years and is now furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings – transfer for our scheduled flight back home.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains Travel with our guide into the Wicklow Mountains, known as the ‘garden of Ireland’ – Glendalough is a 6th century monastic site founded by St Kevin and once a major seat of learning in medieval Europe – Avoca is the subject of Thomas More’s poem, ‘The Meeting of the Waters’ – Powerscourt Gardens is set in 14,000 acres with delightful lakes, ornamental hedges and gardens while the entrance hall now features an exhibition bringing to life the rich history of the estate and the double height Georgian ballroom has been completely restored to its former glory.

Trinity College Library

Day 4 – National Gallery of Ireland, Book of Kells & the Hugh Lane Gallery Guided tour of the National Gallery of Ireland, housing 13,000 works of art, including works by Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough – visit Trinity College with our guide to see the Book of Kells, one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world which was written around the year 800 AD – guided tour of the Hugh Lane Gallery, one

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Giant’s Causeway

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£599 Featuring • 4* hotels in Belfast & Derry • Full programme of included excursions • All guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Belfast • Executive coach in Northern Ireland One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Belfast • Giant’s Causeway • Tour & tasting at Old Bushmills Distillery • Guided tour of Derry • Tower Museum • Donegal - Fort Dunree, Doagh Famine Village & Malin Head • Titanic Experience • The Ulster Museum Your Hotels One night with dinner included at the 4* Holiday Inn Belfast, in the heart of Belfast’s city centre, and three nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* City Hotel in Derry, perched on the banks of the River Foyle and just a short walk to the historic City Walls. Both hotels have a bar and restaurant and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places interest (Giant’s Causeway free to NT members) • Optional train ride to Coleraine • Gratuities

Derry ‘UK Capital of Culture 2013’ & the Titanic Experience Our suggested itinerary features one night at the 4* Holiday Inn Belfast and three nights at the 4* City Hotel in Derry, with a full programme of included excursions, all guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a professional local guide. Day 1 – Guided tour of Belfast Scheduled flight to Belfast – transfer with our local guide in our private executive coach to the central 4* Holiday Inn Belfast – guided tour of Belfast taking in the Falls Road and Shankhill areas of the city, St Anne’s Cathedral and Stormont Castle – dinner in our hotel tonight. Day 2 – Giant’s Causeway & Old Bushmills Distillery Travel to the North Antrim coastline – guided tour and tasting at Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery dating back to 1608 – after lunch at the Distillery, we visit the National Trust’s Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage Site internationally acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty, formed from lava eruptions over 60 million years ago and with many rich traditions in explanation of its strange rock formations – transfer to the central 4* City Hotel Derry. Day 3 – Guided tour of Derry & Tower Museum Guided tour of Derry takes in the Bogside and the City Walls, completed in 1618 and amongst the best preserved city fortifications in the Western world – the Tower Museum’s ‘Story of Derry’ studies the city’s history from the Plantation, through to the Siege of Derry and the city’s troubled political past, while ‘An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera’ tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 – afternoon at leisure in Derry or join our optional train ride from Derry through wonderful scenery to Coleraine. Day 4 – Donegal - Fort Dunree, Doagh Famine Village & Malin Head Our local guide introduces us to Donegal and the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, boasting

some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery – perched on a beautiful headland, Fort Dunree is a Napoleonic Martello tower now featuring a military museum complex with a wide range of exhibitions, an audio visual centre and spectacular views and wildlife – Doagh Famine Village tells the story of a family and community living on the edge and surviving from the Famine of the 1840s to the present time – return to Derry via dramatic Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland. Day 5 – Titanic Experience & The Ulster Museum On our return to Belfast we visit Titanic Experience, housed in a new £90m, six floor building as high as the world famous ship’s hull and located beside the historic site of its construction – this state of the art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from its conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through its construction and launch, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end – The Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection split between floors of art, history and natural sciences and we enjoy a guided tour of a section focusing on your group’s interest – transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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Paris viewed from Notre Dame Cathedral

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£399 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide in Paris • Executive coach throughout • P&O Ferries Channel crossing One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Paris • The Louvre • Château de Fontainebleau • Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte • The great impressionists at Musée d’Orsay • Musée de l'Orangerie • Monet’s Gardens at Giverny Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the good quality 3* Hotel Magellan in Paris. Located in the 17th District in a quiet residential area near the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel is close to the Metro and there are many restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Extras • Single room supplement £139 • Insurance • Entrance fees to all places of interest • Gratuities

The Galleries & Châteaux of Paris Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 3* Hotel Magellan in Paris, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Paris Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Dover to Calais – continue to Paris and check in to the excellent 3* Hotel Magellan. Day 2 – Paris guided tour & The Louvre Guided coach tour taking in the major sights of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame – guided tour of The Louvre, one of the largest, oldest and most famous art galleries in the world with a wonderful collection including Alexandros of Antioch’s ‘Venus de Milo’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Virgin and Child with St Anne’. Day 3 – Châteaux de Fontainebleau & de Vaux-le- Vicomte Visit with our guide to Château de Fontainebleau, one of the largest royal château dating back to the 12th century and used by French kings and queens until the French Revolution – Château de Vaux-le- Vicomte, built in the 17th century for the king’s treasurer, Nicholas Fouquet, and in many ways the most lavish and refined castle to be built in Europe during the mid-17th century.

Day 4 – Musée d’Orsay & Musée de l'Orangerie Guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay collection of works by the great impressionists dating from 1848-1914 including famous canvases from Monet, Manet, Renoir, van Gogh and Cézanne – guided tour of the Musée de l'Orangerie containing impressionist and postimpressionist paintings by notable artists such as Monet, Picasso and Sisley. Day 5 – Monet’s Gardens at Giverny Visit Monet’s Gardens at Giverny where the artist came repeatedly through his life, letting his imagination rove amid the complex interplay of water and light to paint his magnificent waterlillies series – continue to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing to Dover and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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Château de Miromesnil

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£359 Featuring • All excursions included • Guided tours at all places of interest • Professional tour manager • Executive coach throughout • P&O Ferries Channel crossing One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Louis XIII Baroque mansion of Château de Beaumesnil • Rouen • Château de Miromesnil • Les Jardins de Agapanthe • Gertrude Jekyll gardens at Les Bois des Moutiers Château • Private gardens of Le Vasterival • Château de Mesnil Geoffroy Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Mercure Hotel Champs de Mars in Rouen. Located a ten minute walk from the historic centre of Rouen, the hotel has a restaurant and bar. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Châteaux & Gardens of Normandy Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 3* Mercure Hotel Champs de Mars in central Rouen, with all excursions included, guided tours at every venue, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager.

Jekyll gardens explores an extensive collection of rare trees and shrubs in a series of valleys running down to the sea – guided tour of Le Vasterival, created in 1957 by Princess Sturdza and one of the finest private gardens in Europe, with sweeping paths, long vistas and a huge variety of plants.

Day 1 – Rouen Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Dover to Calais – continue to Rouen and check in to the 3* Mercure Hotel Champs de Mars.

Day 5 – Château de Mesnil Geoffroy Guided tour of Château de Mesnil Geoffroy introduces us to the wonderful sculpted woodwork in the reception rooms and the Rose Garden, Bird Garden, French Park and maze in its 10 acre gardens – continue to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing to Dover and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Day 2 – Château de Beaumesnil & Rouen Guided tour of the Château de Beaumesnil, an exceptional Louis XIII Baroque mansion built between 1633 and 1640 with beautifully furnished interiors and surrounded by 120 acres of park and French formal gardens – free afternoon in Rouen to explore the picturesque half-timbered houses and architectural treasures such as Notre Dame Cathedral or to take a leisurely lunch. Day 3 – Château de Miromesnil & Les Jardins de Agapanthe Guided tour of Château de Miromesnil, the birthplace of the French writer Guy de Maupassant, and where four centuries of architectural styles are evident in the château while ancient cedar of Lebanon dominate the magnificent gardens and in the kitchen garden squares separated by grass pathways are ordered with a fantastic harmony of vegetables and flowers – time for lunch in Dieppe – highlights of the visit to Les Jardins de Agapanthe, the creation of the landscape architect Alexandre Thomas and very different from classical French gardens, include a scented walk, the sunken garden with its lavenders and the Mediterranean garden. Day 4 – Le Bois des Moutiers Château & Le Vasterival Le Bois des Moutiers Château is a Sir Edwin Lutyens design and our tour of its Gertrude

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Pont d’Avignon & Le Palais des Papes

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£829 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Welcome dinner • Scheduled flights to Marseilles • Executive coach in France One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of the old town of Aixen-Provence • ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’ tour • Arles & Glanum • Les Baux de Provence • Avignon & Le Palais des Papes • Roman temple of La Maison Carrée in Nimes • Pont du Gard • 13th century Sainte Madeleine Basilica • Beautiful Château de Lourmarin • Cucuron Church & Château Val Joanis vineyard Your Hotel Seven nights at the 3* Hotel Le Galice with a welcome dinner on the first night and the other six nights on bed and breakfast basis. Located just 450 metres from the centre of Aix en Provence, the hotel boasts a bar, restaurant and outdoor swimming pool. All the bedrooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £189 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Provence – in the footsteps of Cezanne & Van Gogh Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Marseilles, six nights at the 3* Hotel Le Galice in central Aix en Provence, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored

remaining examples of a Roman Colliseum in the world – reaching a height of 49 metres, the Pont du Gard is the major structure along the Nîmes Aqueduct and is the highest aqueduct bridge ever built by the Romans.

Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Provence Scheduled flight to Marseilles – transfer with our guide in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Le Galice in central Aix-en-Provence – welcome drink and dinner in the hotel. Day 2 – Aix-en-Provence & ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’ Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence introduces us to the beautiful old buildings, magnificent squares, fountains, street cafés, markets, art galleries and boutiques of this elegant town – afternoon tour ‘In Cezanne’s footsteps’ to discover the life and landscapes that inspired the great painter including a visit to his studio. Day 3 – Arles, Glanum & Les Baux de Provence Guided walking tour of the delightful town of Arles, home to the magnificent Roman cathedral of Saint Trophime and where Van Gogh is said to have eventually lost his sanity – continue on to Glanum to see the extensive remains of an important Roman settlement that prospered from the 6th century BC to the 3rd century AD including ruins of both civic and religious structures that are unique to Provence – brief stop at the stunningly beautiful Les Baux de Provence. Day 4 – Avignon & Le Palais des Papes Full day in the city of Avignon – visit Le Palais des Papes, the Pope’s Palace, which is the largest and most important Gothic palace in Europe testifying to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th century Christian Europe – see the four remaining of the original 22 arches of the famous Pont St Bénezet, better known as Pont d’Avignon. Day 5 – Nimes & Pont du Gard Explore the stunning Roman temple known as La Maison Carrée in Nimes, one of the finest

Day 6 – Sainte Madeleine Basilica & Aix-en-Provence Considered to be the most beautiful Gothic building in Provence, Sainte Madeleine Basilica in the town of Saint Maximin was founded in the 13th century by Charles of Anjou and is built above a Gallo-Roman crypt containing the tomb of Mary Magdalene – return to Aix-enProvence for an afternoon at leisure. Day 7 – Château de Lourmarin, Cucuron Church & Château Val Joanis vineyard Visit the Renaissance style 15th century Château de Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful in France – travel on to Cucuron Church and the lovely Château Val Joanis vineyard, situated in the Luberon region on the site of an ancient Roman villa, for a tour of the winery before tasting the wine and olive oil produced here. Day 8 – Marseilles Transfer to Marseilles for the flight back home.

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Château de Chenonceau

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£469 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • Welcome dinner • Professional tour manager • Executive coach throughout • P&O Ferries Channel crossing One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of medieval Tours • Château d’Amboise, resting place of Leonardo da Vinci • Elegant Château de Chenonceau • Abbaye de Fontevraud, resting place of Richard the Lion Heart • 16th century gardens of Château de Villandry • Château de Chambord on the Loire River • Château de Blois Your Hotel Five nights at the 3* Mercure Centre Hotel in the heart of Tours. The hotel has a bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner on the first night will be at a local restaurant and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £139 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Châteaux of the Loire Valley Our suggested itinerary features five nights at the 3* Mercure Centre Hotel in the heart of Tours, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a Tailored

double spiralled staircase in the centre of the castle – travel on to Château de Blois where Louis d’Orleans was assassinated and Catherine de Medici died after a lifetime of scheming.

Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Tours Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Dover to Calais – continue to Tours and check in to the 3* Mercure Centre Hotel in the heart of Tours – dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 – France to UK Transfer to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing to Dover and then return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Day 2 – Tours guided tour Guided tour of the medieval quarter of Tours, a showcase of Gothic architecture including the stunning Cathedral St-Gatien – afternoon free to explore Tours at your leisure. Day 3 – Châteaux d’Amboise & de Chenonceau Travel with our guide to the impressive Renaissance Château d’Amboise which houses the Chapel St Hubert, resting place of Leonardo da Vinci, and the Clos Luce where Da Vinci spent the last four years of his life – Château de Chenonceau is perhaps the most elegant of all châteaux in the Loire Valley and renowned for the arches that carry it across the water. Day 4 – Abbaye de Fontevraud & Château de Villandry Travel with our guide to Abbaye de Fontevraud, the 12th century resting place of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion Heart – visit Château de Villandry with its famous 16th century three tiered gardens comprising a pond, decorative gardens and kitchen garden. Day 5 Châteaux de Chambord & de Blois Château de Chambord is the largest on the Loire River with a variety of styles including a

Chapel St Hubert

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Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune

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£489 Featuring • Return Eurostar train travel to Paris • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Executive coach in France One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Dijon & the Ducal Palace & Cathedral of St Bénigue • Route des Vins - Château du Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges & wine tasting • 15th century Hôtel-Dieu • Beaune • Sumptuous Château Cormatin • Medieval town of Cluny • Tournus • Baroque Château de Vaux le Vicomte Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Hotel des Ducs. Located within Dijon’s historic centre, facilities at the hotel include a bar and terrace and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Burgundy’s Wine, Art & History Our suggested itinerary features return Eurostar travel to Paris, four nights at the 3* Hotel des Ducs in central Dijon, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager.

Day 5 – Château de Vaux le Vicomte En route to Paris we visit Château de Vaux le Vicomte, a Baroque gem located in Maincy, near to Melun where there is free time to explore and for lunch – head back to Paris for our Eurostar train to London.

Day 1 – Dijon Eurostar from London St Pancras Station to Gare du Nord in Paris – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel des Ducs in Dijon. Day 2 – Dijon & Route des Vins Walking guided tour of Dijon taking in sights such as the Ducal Palace and the Cathedral of St Bénigue – drive along the ‘Route des Vins’ including a visit to the impressive Château du Clos de Vougeot, a former wine storehouse of Cistercian monks of Cîteaux – continue to Nuits-Saint-Georges for a tour and wine tasting at a local wine cellar. Day 3 – Hôtel-Dieu & Beaune Guided tour of the 15th century Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, whose gloriously multicoloured roofs have become one of the symbols of Burgundy, taking in the great Salle des Pauvres decorated with unique coloured beams, treasure-filled rooms dedicated to Saints Anne, Nicolas, Hugues and the polyptych of the Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden – rest of the day at leisure to explore Beaune. Day 4 – Château Cormatin, Cluny & Tournus Guided tour of Château Cormatin, one of the most sumptuous châteaux in Burgundy, where a Renaissance garden has been added to complete the picture – the layout of the beautiful medieval town of Cluny is much the same as it was in the 12th century with many original ramparts, towers and gates and there is time to explore the Benedictine Abbey founded in 910 or the Museum of Art and Archaeology – visit Tournus where the rest of the afternoon is free.

Château de Vaux le Vicomte

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Sansoucci Palace

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Reichstag

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£559 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • 4* central Berlin hotel • Professional local guide in Germany • Scheduled flights to Berlin • Executive coach in Germany One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Berlin • Pergamon Museum • Alte Nationalgalerie • Neues Museum • Gemäldegalerie • Museum of Decorative Arts • ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ break in the Reichstag • Potsdam - Cecilienhof Palace & Sansoucci Palace • Altes Schloss & Knobelsdorff Wing of Charlottenburg Palace • Audio tour of Jewish Museum Berlin Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Leonardo Royal Hotel in Berlin. Located in Berlin's central Mitte district and a 10 minute walk from Alexanderplatz, facilities at the hotel include a bar, restaurant and a top floor spa and fitness area and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

The Art & History of Berlin & Potsdam Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Berlin, four nights at the 4* Leonardo Royal Hotel in central Berlin, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Guided tour of Berlin Scheduled flight to Berlin – city tour of Berlin with our guide taking in sights such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, the former Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the inside of Emperor William Memorial Church – check in to the 4* Leonardo Royal Hotel. Day 2 – Museum Island Full day with our guide at Museum Island, one of the finest museum complexes in the world – Pergamon Museum is the internationally renowned ancient history museum containing several wonderful artefacts including the huge Altar of Zeus from Pergamon (2nd century BC) and the famous Ishtar Gate from Babylon – Alte Nationalgalerie is home to a comprehensive collection of art of the era between the French Revolution and the First World War and featuring artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Menzel, as well as works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Degas – the marvellous Egyptian collection at the Neues Museum includes the exquisite limestone bust of Queen Nefertiti. Day 3 – Gemäldegalerie, Museum of Decorative Arts & the Reichstag Guided tour of the Gemäldegalerie housing one of the world’s finest collections of European art dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries including works by Raphael, van Eyck, Holbein, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt – after time for lunch we visit the fabulous collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts – a prebooked Kaffee und Kuchen break in the Reichstag is followed by a tour of Sir Norman Foster’s great restoration.

Day 4 – Potsdam - Sanssouci Palace & Cecilienhof Palace Travel with our guide to Potsdam, a town set amongst woodlands and lakes with opulent palaces and gardens including the delightful Sanssouci Palace created in 1744 by Frederick the Great as his summer residence – visit Cecilienhof Palace built by Emperor William II for his eldest son, Crown Prince William, and his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie, and more recently the venue of the Potsdam Conference between the victorious Allies in 1945. Day 5 – Charlottenburg Palace & the Jewish Museum Berlin Guided tour of the breathtakingly splendid rooms of the Altes Schloss and Knobelsdorff Wing of Charlottenburg Palace – free time for lunch and to visit the three world class galleries of The Brohan Museum, The Heinz Bregruen collection and The Scharf- Gerstenberg collection – audio tour of the exhibitions covering two millennia of German Jewish history at the Daniel Libeskind designed Jewish Museum Berlin – transfer to the airport for our flight back home. A 2 night stay in Dresden taking in the Zwinger Palace, the New Green Vault & Pilintz Castle & Gardens can be added from £199 per person

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Neuschwanstein Castle

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£599 Featuring • 4* central Munich hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide in Germany • Scheduled flights to Munich • Executive coach in Germany One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Munich • Magnificent Baroque Asam Church • Alte Pinakothek - guided tour • Neue Pinakothek - guided tour • Pinakothek der Moderne - guided tour • Baroque Nymphenburg Palace guided tour • Glyptothek Museum guided tour • Magnificent Linderhof Castle • Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle • UNESCO listed Wieskirche • Residenz Munich - guided tour Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Holiday Inn Munich Centre. Located just a 10 minute walk from Marienplatz, the hotel has a bar, restaurant and indoor swimming pool. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

The Castles, Palaces & Art of Munich & Bavaria Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Munich, four nights at the 4* Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Guided tour of Munich & Asam Church Scheduled flight to Munich – introductory tour of Munich with our guide including a visit to the magnificent Baroque Asam Church built in 1773 by the Asam brothers as their private church – check in to the 4* Holiday Inn Munich City Centre. Day 2 – Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek & Pinakothek der Moderne Guided tour of the Alte Pinakothek introducing us to one of the most important collections of 14th to 18th century European paintings with more than 800 masterpieces by European artists from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period – guided tour of the Neue Pinakothek featuring outstanding works of European art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century including a comprehensive private collection of King Ludwig I – guided tour of the Pinakothek der Moderne, home to four different collections of 20th century design, architecture, art and graphics. Day 3 – Nymphenburg Palace & Glyptothek Museum Guided tour of the Baroque Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs, takes in the ‘Gallery of Beauties’ commissioned by Ludwig I, the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmerman – guided tour of the Glyptothek Museum’s collection of Roman and Greek statues and terracotta and bronze antiquities. Day 4 – Linderhof Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle & Wieskirche Linderhof, one of Ludwig II’s three famous castles, embodies stylistic elements from the

Baroque and Rococo periods although it was built in the 1870’s – the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, built between 1869 and 1886 as a retreat for Ludwig II and a homage to Wagner, boasts a breathtaking location and fantastic interior decorations that attract millions of visitors – the Wieskirche is a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo and, according to the UNESCO World Heritage list, is ‘exuberant, colourful and joyful.’ Day 5 – Residenz Munich Guided tour of the vast Residenz Munich explores the architecture, decoration and works of art spanning the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and neoclassical eras taking in the Schatzkammer (the Treasury), a series of rooms holding the crown jewels of Bavaria, and the decorative vaulted ceiling of the Antiquarium – transfer to Munich Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Linderhof Castle

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Moritzburg Castle

5 days from

£629 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • 4* centrally located hotel • Welcome dinner • Professional local guide in Germany • Scheduled flights Berlin • Executive coach in Germany One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Dresden – guided city tour • Zwinger Palace • Old Masters Picture Gallery – guided tour • Pillnitz Castle & Gardens – guided tour • Königstein • River Elbe Paddle Steamer cruise through Saxony Switzerland • Meißen Porcelain Museum – guided tour • Moritzburg Castle • Royal Palace & the New and Old Green Vaults Your Hotel Four nights at the 4* Am Terrassenufer Hotel in Dresden. Located a ten minute walk from the old town, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is served in the hotel on the first evening and the remaining three nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

The Art & History of Dresden, Meißen & Saxony Switzerland Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Berlin, four nights in the 4* Am Terrassenufer Hotel in Dresden, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Berlin Scheduled flight to Berlin – transfer with our guide in our private executive coach to 4* Am Terrassenufer Hotel in Dresden – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Guided tour of Dresden, Zwinger Palace & Old Masters Picture Gallery

Poeppelmann, architect of the Dresden Zwinger, to provide an appropriate and magnificent setting for Augustus’ glittering parties.

Day 5 – Royal Palace & the New and Old Green Vaults Visit the Royal Palace and the Old Green Vault with its collection of fine silver and jewellery followed by the New Green Vault highlighting some of the central pieces from the collection in their original setting including the celebrated Dresden Green Diamond – transfer to Berlin for our scheduled flight back home.

Guided walking tour of Dresden taking in sights such as Semper Opera House, the Cathedral and a visit to the reconstructed Frauenkirche – our guide accompanies us to the Zwinger Palace, the old fortress of Dresden, where a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Palace introduces us to works by Rubens, Canaletto, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Day 3 – Pillnitz Castle and Gardens & River Elbe cruise One of the area’s finest summer palaces, Pillnitz Castle and Gardens, lies picturesquely on the banks of the River Elbe and with its flying buttresses and chimneys ornamented with crowns is the only Chinese style castle of its size in Europe – travel to Königstein by the banks of the River Elbe to take a memorable paddle steamer cruise along the River to Pirna to view the splendour of the Saxony Alps.

Day 4 – Meißen Porcelain Museum & Moritzburg Castle A guided tour of the Meißen Porcelain Museum gives an insight into the production process at this world renowned manufacturer – time at leisure in Meißen and you may choose to visit Albrechtsburg Castle or the Gothic Cathedral – Moritzburg Castle, the famous Baroque hunting and pleasure castle of Augustus the Strong, was designed by Matthaeus Daniel

Zwinger Palace

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Schönbrunn Palace

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£649 Featuring • 4* Vienna hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide in Austria • Scheduled flights to Vienna • Executive coach in Austria One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Vienna • Schönbrunn Palace • Famous Benedictine Melk Abbey • Scenic Danube River cruise • Historic town of Krems • Liechtenstein Museum guided tour • Kunsthistorisches Museum • The Albertina Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Renaissance Hotel in Vienna. Located 100 metres from the nearest metro station, the historic centre of Vienna is under fifteen minutes away. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and sauna and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Optional concert • Gratuities

Art & Palaces of Vienna Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Vienna, four nights at the 4* Renaissance Hotel in Vienna in central Vienna, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Vienna Scheduled flight to Vienna – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Renaissance Hotel in Vienna. Day 2 – Vienna guided tour & Schönbrunn Palace Guided tour of Vienna taking in the imperial and architectural beauty of the city, a reminder of the great wealth of the Habsburgs and the splendour of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – tour finishes at the Schönbrunn Palace, the residence of the Habsburg Empress, Maria Theresa – rest of the day is free for you to explore or relax at your leisure. Day 3 – Melk Abbey & River Danube cruise Full day exploring the UNESCO listed Danube Valley with its rich history and magical scenery – the famous Benedictine Melk Abbey is one of Europe’s finest examples of Baroque architecture – time at leisure for lunch in Melk which dates back to 831 and offers a wonderful variety of architectural gems – cruise along the scenic River Danube to the historic town of Krems with its colourful array of historical buildings. Day 4 – Liechtenstein Museum & Kunsthistorisches Museum Guided tour of the Liechtenstein Museum introducing us to works from the Gothic and Renaissance period from Italy, Spain and northern Europe – the 16th century Kunst-und Wunderkammer (art and treasure chambers) of Archduke Ferdinand and of Emperor Rudolph II, together with the Baroque collections of

Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, form the nucleus of Kunsthistorisches Museum’s magnificent collections – this evening you have the option of attending a carefully selected concert in Vienna. Day 5 – The Albertina The Albertina, a grand Viennese palace, traces the progression from Impressionism to Modernism with artists ranging from the French masters Monet, Degas and Cézanne, to Picasso and the abstract expressionists, Mark Rothko and Sam Francis – transfer to the airport for our flight back home.

Melk Abbey

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Amsterdam

5 days from

£339 Featuring • 4* hotel in The Hague • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide in Holland • Executive coach throughout • P&O Ferries Channel crossing One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Beautiful Ghent • Frans Hals Museum guided tour • Panorama Mesdag • Van Gogh Museum - guided tour • Rijksmuseum - guided tour • Royal Palace of Het Loo • Kroller Muller Museum • Historic city of Bruges Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Park Hotel in The Hague. Located under a fifteen minute walk from the town centre, the hotel has a lounge bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Holland & the Dutch Masters Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 4* Park Hotel in The Hague, with all excursions and guided tours included, an executive coach throughout and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Ghent & The Hague Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Dover to Calais – originally the capital of Flanders, Ghent has retained more historical buildings than any other Flemish city, including St Bavo Cathedral, home to the famous 24 panel altarpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ – continue to the 4* Park Hotel in The Hague. Day 2 – Frans Hals Museum & the Panorama Mesdag Travel to Haarlem for a guided tour of the Frans Hals Museum’s wonderful collection of Hals’ portraits from the Golden Age – painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, the most famous painter at The Hague School, the Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting over 14m high and 120m in circumference depicting the vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village. Day 3 – Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum Full day in Amsterdam – guided tour of the wonderful collection at the Van Gogh Museum – guided tour of the Rijksmuseum whose world famous art collection includes many Dutch Old Masters such as Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ as well as sculptures, clocks, Delft Blue, porcelain and Asian and Oriental art. Day 4 – Royal Palace of Het Loo & Kroller Muller Museum The Royal Palace of Het Loo, built in 1685 as a country residence for William III and his wife, Mary Stuart, was used as recently as 1962 by Wilhelmina as her royal residence – the private collection at the Kroller Muller Museum of late

19th century and early 20th century paintings includes 278 works by Van Gogh, an outstanding collection of Chinese porcelain and many hundreds of Delftware items. Day 5 – Bruges Bruges, whose historic city centre is included on Unesco’s World Heritage List, is famous for lace making, chocolate and its picturesque network of canals – continue to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing to Dover and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Royal Palace of Het Loo

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Bruges

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4* Flemish Art Tour

£369

Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp

Featuring • 4* central Brussels hotel • All excursions included • Welcome dinner • Guided tours at every venue • Executive coach throughout • P&O Ferries Channel crossing One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Historic city of Bruges • Antwerp & Rubens House • Royal Museum of Fine Arts • Introductory tour of Brussels • Museum of Ancient Art • Beautiful Ghent • Ghent Museum of Fine Arts • Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille Your Hotel Four nights at the 4* Leopold Hotel in Antwerp. Located a twenty minute walk from the cathedral, the hotel has a bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served in the hotel on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Our suggested itinerary features four nights at the 4* Leopold Hotel in Antwerp, with all excursions included, guided tours at every venue and an executive coach throughout. Day 1 – Bruges Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – P&O Ferries Channel crossing from Dover to Calais – time for lunch in Bruges, known as ‘the Venice of the North’ – continue on to the 4* Leopold Hotel in Antwerp – dinner in the hotel. Day 2 – Antwerp guided tour & Royal Museum of Fine Arts Full day in Antwerp – guided city tour of the Great Market Square, Town Hall, Butchers Guild House and the Cathedral of our Lady finishing with a visit to Rubens House (entrance included) – guided tour of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts introduces us to its superb collection including works by Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, as well as 19th century and modernist paintings by the likes of James Ensor and Rik Wouters. Day 3 – Brussels guided tour & Museum of Ancient Art Guided coach tour of Brussels taking in the city’s main districts including the Grand Place, the Royal District and the Louise District – guided tour of the Museum of Ancient Art, housing a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 15th to the 18th century. Day 4 – Ghent guided tour & Ghent Museum of Fine Arts Full day in Ghent, once the ancient capital of Flanders and birthplace of Emperor Charles V and boasting more historical buildings than any other Flemish city – guided city tour

taking in sights such as the Bridge of St Michael, the Belfry, the Cloth Hall and St Bavo Cathedral – guided tour of the collection of the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts with works ranging from 19th century Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Expressionism to 20th century Surrealism including two works by Hieronymus Bosch. Day 5 – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille Travel to Lille for a guided tour of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, considered by many to be one of France’s most important galleries – continue to Calais for our P&O Ferries crossing to Dover and then return to the original departure points with comfort stops en route.

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We have just returned from our holiday in Spain and would like to say how much we enjoyed it – the hotel and facilities were all first class and the staff very attentive and courteous. Our tour manager, Paul, was excellent and probably one of the best we have experienced on any holiday. This really was an excellent holiday in every respect. LR, Grantham

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Alhambra Palace

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Magical Andalucía

£759

Seville, Granada, the Alhambra & Ronda

Featuring • 4* hotels throughout • 2 dinners included • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Malaga • Executive coach in Spain One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Granada • 14th century Alhambra Palace • Cordoba & The Mesquita • Introductory tour of Seville • Reales Alcazares - guided tour • Museo de Bellas Artes • Jerez de la Frontera & Tio Pepe bodegas • Cádiz • Ronda & the extraordinary Tajo Your Hotels Two nights at the 4* Hotel Macia Condor, a twenty minute walk from the centre of Granada. Four nights in Seville at the 4* Tryp Macarena Hotel, just a short bus ride or twenty five minute walk from the Cathedral. Facilities at both hotels include a restaurant and a bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served on the first night at each hotel and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £169 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Malaga, two nights at the 4* Hotel Macia Condor and four nights in Seville at the 4* Tryp Macarena Hotel with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Granada Scheduled flight to Malaga – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to Granada – a short orientation tour of the delightful maze of winding streets in its old Christian and Gypsy quarters – check in at the 4* Hotel Macia Condor – dinner in the hotel. Day 2 – Alhambra Palace Guided tour of the 14th century Alhambra Palace, the home of many of the Arabic Sultans who ruled the whole province and recognised as the world’s greatest Moorish monument, with gardens, fortifications and sumptuous palaces. Day 3 – Cordoba & The Mesquita Leave Granada and travel to Seville – en route visit the Moorish capital of Cordoba, once famous for its Jewish community and now known for The Mesquita, the grandest Mosque ever constructed by the Moors – travel on to Seville and check in to the 4* Tryp Macarena Hotel – dinner in the hotel. Day 4 – Seville guided tour & Reales Alcazares Guided tour of Seville, the capital of Andalusia made famous by the Conquistadors, was once one of the richest cities in the world and is now home to the world’s largest cathedral – afternoon guided tour of the Reales Alacazares, a stunning Moorish palace which was the Spanish kings’ royal residence for seven centuries.

Day 5 – Museo de Bellas Artes Guided tour of the Museo de Bellas Artes, one of Spain’s finest galleries with a particular focus on artists from Seville including works by Goya, Murillo, Millan, Zurbaran and Ribera – afternoon at leisure in Seville with time to explore the cathedral or to take a leisurely lunch. Day 6 – Jerez de la Frontera & Cádiz Tour and tasting at the Tio Pepe bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera, the capital of sherry production – founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC, Cádiz is one of the oldest settlements in Spain and during your time at leisure you may wish to visit the Baroque and Neo-Classical Cathedral Nueva, one of Spain’s largest with stalls from a Carthusian monastery, or just enjoy wandering the old town with its narrow alleys and twisting streets. Day 7 – Ronda Lying within an amphitheatre of limestone hills and standing above 120 metre cliffs, our guided tour of Ronda explores one of the most dramatically sited towns in Spain with the Moorish part of the town divided from the modern part by the extraordinary Tajo, a 90 metre gorge with the river flowing below – transfer to Malaga Airport for our flight home.

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La Sagrada Familia

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£589 Featuring • 4* central Barcelona hotel • All excursions included • Included guided tours at all museums & galleries • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Barcelona • Executive coach in Spain One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Barcelona • Parc Guell & La Sagrada Familia • Picasso Museum • Figueres & Museo Teatro • Benedictine monastery at Montserrat • Fundacio Miro Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at 4* Catalonia Berna Hotel, a ten minute walk away from the Ramblas. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, whilst all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £129 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

The Art of Barcelona, Abbey Montserrat & Dali’s Figueres Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Barcelona, four nights at the 4* Catalonia Berna Hotel in Barcelona, with all excursions included, guided tours at all museums and galleries and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Barcelona Scheduled flight to Barcelona – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Catalonia Berna Hotel. Day 2 – Barcelona guided tour, Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia & Picasso Museum Guided coach tour of Gaudi’s Barcelona – Gaudi’s Parc Guell, commissioned by Eusebi Guell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy, was built between 1910 and 1914 and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular visitor attractions of the city – travel on to the church of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s great unfinished masterpiece – Casa La Pedrera (Casa Mila) is the apartment block which is Gaudi’s greatest contribution to Barcelona’s civic architecture – a photo stop at Casa Batllo to see Gaudi’s trademark chimneys – after lunch a guided tour of the Picasso Museum. Day 3 – Figueres & Museo Teatro Travel to Figueres, the home town of Salvador Dali – a guided tour of the Museo Teatro, founded in 1974 and now the most visited museum in Spain, which not only houses works by the great artist but is also the site of his mausoleum.

Day 4 – Abbey Montseratt & Fundacio Miro Travel to Abbey Montseratt, nearly one thousand years old and still a working Benedictine monastery – guided tour of the Fundacio Miro, a permanent collection of graphics, paintings and statues by the surrealist artist Joan Miro. Day 5 – Barcelona Morning at leisure to explore Barcelona – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight back home.

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Alcázar & Toledo

6 days from

£699 Featuring • 4* central Madrid hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Madrid • Executive coach in Spain One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Madrid • The Royal Palace & Puerta del Sol • Museo del Prado - guided tour • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza guided tour • Toledo & Alcázar de Toledo • World Heritage Site of Segovia • Beautiful Avila • San Lorenzo de El Escorial Your Hotel Five nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Agumar Hotel in Madrid. The hotel is close to the Parque del Retiro and is approximately a twenty minute walk from the Museo del Prado and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Facilities include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £159 • Insurance • Entrance to places of interest • Gratuities

Museo del Prado & Statue of Velázquez

Madrid, Segovia & Toledo Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Madrid, five nights at the 4* Agumar Hotel in Madrid, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Madrid Scheduled flight to Madrid – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Agumar Hotel in central Madrid. Day 2 – Madrid guided tour & Museo del Prado Guided coach orientation tour of Madrid taking in the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol, marking the centre of Madrid and Spain – guided tour of the Museo del Prado housing the world’s greatest assembly of Spanish paintings including works by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez as well as Italian and Flemish masters. Day 3 – Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Guided tour of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza housed in the Palacio de Villahermosa and, with a collection of some 800 paintings including masterpieces by Titian, Goya, Van Gogh and Picasso, regarded by many as the most important privately assembled art collection in the world – afternoon at leisure in Madrid. Day 4 – Toledo & Alcázar de Toledo Full day in the walled city of Toledo, known as the ‘city of the three cultures’ because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together here for centuries – guided tour introduces us to sights such as Charles V’s fortified Alcázar de Toledo, the magnificent 6th century cathedral, one of the largest in modern Christianity, and explores the city’s artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Day 5 – Segovia & Avila The World Heritage Site of Segovia with its narrow streets and beautiful mansions is best known for its Roman churches, two tier aqueduct built circa 50 AD and its 16th century cathedral and plaza – the beautiful city of Avila

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is surrounded by the finest preserved medieval walls in Europe with 88 turrets and nine gateways protecting its beautiful palaces and churches. Day 6 – San Lorenzo de El Escorial San Lorenzo de El Escorial set in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama and declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, contains museums, chapterhouses, a church, library and sumptuous apartments and houses some of the most important works of art of the royal Habsburg collections – transfer to Madrid Airport for our flight back home. A 2 night stay in Salamanca, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, taking in its two cathedrals, the university, the best Plaza Mayor in Spain and the beautiful Art Deco museum of Casa Lis (Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco) can be added from £149 per person

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

5 days from

£589 Featuring • 4* central Valencia hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Valencia • Executive coach in Spain One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Valencia • City of Arts and Sciences complex • Museo de Bellas Artes guided tour • Fortified town of Sagunto guided tour • Palau de la Musica concert hall Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Hotel Ayre Astoria Palace. Located in the centre of Valencia, just 100 metres from the Town Hall and near the Cathedral, the hotel has a bar and restaurant and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Entrance fees • Gratuities

The Art & Culture of Valencia Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Alicante, four nights at the 4* Hotel Ayre Astoria Palace in central Valencia, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a Tailored

Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Valencia Scheduled flight to Alicante – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Ayre Astoria Palace in Valencia. Day 2 – Valencia guided tour Guided walking tour of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, takes in the 13th century Cathedral, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the city’s triangular main square and home to the town hall, the Old Silk Exchange, a World Heritage Site, and the Colegio del Patriarca, built in the mid-16th century – free afternoon to continue exploring Valencia at leisure, making your own way back to the hotel in your own time at the end of the day. Day 3 – City of Arts and Sciences complex & Museo de Bellas Artes Half day guided tour of the City of Arts and Sciences complex, a futuristic ‘city within a city’ made up of five main areas: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (interactive science), the Oceanográfico (aquarium) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (operatic and ballet programmes) – guided tour of the Museo de Bellas Artes renowned for its collection of primitive Valencian painters plus works by El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya and sculptures by Mariano Benlliure.

Day 4 – Sagunto & Palau de la Musica Morning guided tour of Sagunto, a walled and fortified town 25km outside Valencia, contemplates the town’s history including the bloody siege by Hannibal in the 3rd century BC which set in motion the Second Punic War and the several reminders of the Roman occupation – on our return to Valencia in the afternoon we stop at the port and Palau de la Musica, Valencia’s prestigious concert hall. Day 5 – Valencia After free time for some last minute shopping and sightseeing, transfer to Alicante Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Town Hall Plaza del Ayuntamiento

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Palácio Nacional da Pena

5 days from

£549 Featuring • 4* central Lisbon hotel • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guiude in Portugal • Scheduled flights to Lisbon • Executive coach in Portugal One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Lisbon • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos • Museu Nacional do Azulejo • Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga • Palácio Nacional de Queluz • Cascais • Sintra & Palácio Nacional da Pena • Fundação Medeiros e Almeida • Museu Gulbenkian • Palácio Nacional de Fronteria Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Fenix Hotel in Lisbon. Located a ten minute walk from the centre of the city, facilities include a restaurant, bar and a wellness centre. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

4* Lisbon Art & Cultural Tour Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Lisbon, four nights at the 4* Fenix Hotel in Lisbon, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional local guide. Day 1 – Lisbon Scheduled flight to Lisbon – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Fenix in Lisbon. Day 2 – Lisbon guided tour, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Museu Nacional do Azulejo & Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Full day in Lisbon – guided tour of Lisbon taking in sights such as the Belem Tower, Pedro Square, the Medieval Quarter of Alfarma and the beautiful 16th century Hieronymite Cathedral –the beautiful 16th century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery, was constructed in 1502 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India – the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, located in the convent cloisters of Convento da Madre de Deus and dating back to 1509, has decorative panels, individual tiles and photographs tracing the evolution of tile making from its introduction by the Moors – the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga houses works by artists such as Hans Memling, Raphael and Tintoretto and its chapel is a fine example of 18th century Portuguese Baroque art and architecture. Day 3 – Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Cascais & Palácio Nacional da Pena Palácio Nacional de Queluz was commissioned in 1747 when the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira transformed Prince Dom Pedro’s occasional hunting lodge into a summer palace now known as the ‘Portuguese Versailles’ – travelling along the picturesque Atlantic coastline and passing the cosmopolitan village of Estoril, we stop at the fishing village of Cascais – head inland to the idyllic mountain

town of Sintra, adored by artists and writers from all over the world, where we have time at leisure for lunch – visit the UNESCO listed Palácio Nacional da Pena at Sintra, the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family during the 15th and 16th centuries and the best example of a medieval palace in Portugal. Day 4 – Fundação Medeiros e Almeida & Museu Gulbenkian Guided tour of the Fundação Medeiros e Almeida in Lisbon with a fine collection of European paintings, furniture, tapestries, sacred art, jewellery and china – guided tour of the Museu Gulbenkian, one of Europe's unsung treasures with a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art including masterpieces by Frans Hals, Rubens, Rembrandt, Fragonard and Gainsborough. Day 5 – Palácio Nacional de Fronteria Morning at the Palácio Nacional de Fronteria where the Duke of Wellington lived when defending Lisbon from Napoleon's army – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

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Dubrovnik

7 days from

£659 Featuring • Half board accommodation • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Dubrovnik • Executive coach in Croatia One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • UNESCO listed Dubrovnik • The Dominican Monastery & Museum • Pharmacy at the Franciscan Monastery Museum • Arboretum at Trsteno • Ston • Mostar • Montenegro Littoral Your Hotel Six nights on half board basis at the superior 3* Hotel Argosy. Located on the beautiful peninsula of Babin Kuk just 5km from Dubrovnik, there is easy access by local transport to the city’s historic centre. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and an outdoor pool and is near to the beach. All rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £89 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

Dubrovnik & Croatia Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Dubrovnik, six nights at the excellent 3* Hotel Argosy located on a peninsula just 5km from Dubrovnik, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Dubrovnik Scheduled flight to Dubrovnik – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Argosy in the Mediterranean oasis of Babin Kuk, a peninsula just 5 km from Dubrovnik's city centre. Day 2 – Dubrovnik Coach drive along the coastal highway for a panoramic view of Dubrovnik’s city walls and ancient rooftops – guided walking tour through the UNESCO listed ancient town, a treasure trove of architectural and cultural masterpieces, scrupulously preserved over the centuries, with visits to The Dominican Monastery and Museum and The Franciscan Monastery Museum with its 14th century pharmacy. Day 3 – Dubrovnik Second guided tour of Dubrovnik focuses on its cultural heritage and rich history with visits to the Rector's Palace, the Cathedral and its Treasury, the Synagogue and a walk along the city walls. Day 4 – Trsteno & Ston Leisurely stroll through the botanical garden of the Arboretum at Trsteno with its exotic vegetation and plants including giant plane trees, palms and camphor trees – head for Ston, one of the first towns in Europe to be built to a definite urban plan including 5 kilometre long stone walls – other attractions include the ancient Saltpan where salt is still being produced and Ston’s famous oyster and mussel farm – return to Dubrovnik after a snack in a Dalmatian cellar.

Day 5 – Mostar Full day tour to Mostar introducing us to the varied cultures and religions that have left their mark over the centuries – coastal drive to the town of Neum, and then turn inland through the mountainous areas of Herzegovina before a brief stop above the Deransko Lake – drive along the Neretva River Valley to Mostar where a guided tour explores the city’s highlights including an old Bazaar and the Mosque – return drive takes us to Pocitelj, a picturesque fortress town rich in oriental architecture. Day 6 – Montenegro Littoral The Montenegro Littoral provides stunning natural beauty and an abundance of historical sites and our drive takes us to the mouth of the Bay of Kotor through the most beautiful parts of the bay to the towns of Risan and Perast, boasting some of the best Baroque architecture on the Adriatic – travel on to Kotor, a wonderful medieval town dating from the 12th century and now a UNESCO site – descending from the heights we visit Cetinje, the one time seat of Montenegro rule, and then return to the coast with a short stop above Sveti Stefan and Budva before a ferry ride back across the bay to Dubrovnik. Day 7 – Dubrovnik Morning free in resort before our transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

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The Citadel, Gozo

7 days from

£719 Featuring • 4* hotel • Half board accommodation • All excursions, guided tours & entrance fees included • Scheduled flights to Malta • Professional local guide in Malta • Executive coach in Malta One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Valletta - guided tour • Grandmaster’s Palace • National Museum of Fine Arts • Mdina - guided tour • Rabat • Church of St Mary in Mosta • Temples of Tarxien • Ghar Dalam • Hagar Qim • Island of Gozo - guided tour • The Citadel • Ggantija Temples Optional • Half day at Wied iz-Zurrieq & the Blue Grotto Your Hotel Six nights on half board basis at the 4* San Antonio Hotel at Qawra, located 100 metres from the beach and 15 kilometres from the capital city, Valletta. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, sauna and a gymnasium and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £89 • Insurance • Optional half day at Wied iz-Zurrieq & the Blue Grotto • Gratuities

The History & Heritage of Malta Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Malta, six nights on half board basis at the 4* San Antonio Hotel at Qawra, 15 kilometres from Valletta, with all excursions, guided tours and entrance fees included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Qawra Scheduled flight to Malta – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* San Antonio Hotel at Qawra. Day 2 – Guided tour of Valletta & National Museum of Fine Arts Guided tour of the fine array of Baroque buildings, palaces and churches in Valletta, the capital city of Malta built by the Knights of St John, taking in the Upper Barracca Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour, the beautiful St John’s Cathedral to see the famous Caravaggio painting ‘The Beheading of St John’ and the Grandmaster’s Palace, home to the parliament and the offices of the President of Malta – the National Museum of Fine Arts is located in a palace and home to a fine collection of paintings, including works by Guido Reni, Jusepe Ribera and JMW Turner. Day 3 – Guided tour of Mdina, Catacombs of St Paul & Church of St Mary in Mosta Our guided tour of Mdina, the ancient capital city of Malta and known locally as the ‘Silent City’, takes in the defence bastions dating back to the 9th century and St Peter and St Paul’s Cathedral – continue to Rabat to see the famous Catacombs of St Paul, used in Roman times to bury the dead and as a secret meeting place by early Christians – the Church of St Mary in Mosta, built in 1860, is renowned for its dome which is the third largest in Europe. Day 4 – Temples of Tarxien, Ghar Dalam & Hagar Qim After a morning at leisure at our hotel, we visit the three Megalithic Temples of Tarxien, first discovered in 1915 and dating back to 3000 BC, which are notable for their fine workmanship and decorative carvings, including domestic animals carved in relief and exquisite spiral designs – Ghar Dalam, ‘the Cave of Darkness’, contains the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, and fossilised remains of prehistoric animals from

the glacial period – Hagar Qim is a prehistoric temple overlooking the islet of Filfia, the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago. Day 5 – Wied iz-Zurrieq & the Blue Grotto The day is at leisure at the hotel or you may choose to join us on our optional half day excursion to Wied iz-Zurrieq, a valley on the south coast, from where we take a boat to the magnificent Blue Grotto, famous for its crystal clear waters – our tour concludes at the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, with its colourful ‘Luzzus’, traditional Maltese fishing boats. Day 6 – Island of Gozo, The Citadel & the Ggantija Temples Ferry from Cirkewwa to the island of Gozo, the legendary abode of the beautiful nymph Calypso, daughter of Atlas – Calypso’s Cave, commanding breathtaking views of the red sands of Ramla Bay, is thought to be that referred to by Homer in `The Odyssey' where Calypso kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love' for seven years – at the fortified Citadel in Gozo’s capital, Victoria, we visit St Mary’s Cathedral, erected shortly after the earthquake of 1693 – continuing to Dwejra, a World Heritage Site, we see the Azure Window, Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea – containing statues of full figured goddesses and dedicated to the Great Mother Earth, the Ggantija Temples is one of the most important archaeological sites in Malta and are older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. Day 7 – Malta to Home Transfer to Malta International Airport for our scheduled flight home.

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Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

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Grand Cascade & Peterhof Grand Palace

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£949 Featuring • All excursions & guided tours included • All entrance fees included • 2 included lunches • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to St Petersburg • Executive coach in Russia One free place per 15 paying passengers Included • Full day guided tour of St Petersburg • Church of St Nicholas • St Isaac’s Cathedral • The Smolny Institute • Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood • 18th century Pavlovsk Palace • Pushkin - Catherine Palace & Alexander Palace • Guided tour of The Hermitage • The Russian Museum • Peter & Paul Fortress • Grand Palace at Peterhof Your Hotel Five nights on bed and breakfast basis at the good quality 3* Hotel Dostoevsky, located near Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg’s most famous thoroughfare. The hotel has a blend of classical interiors and modern facilities with some eight different restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from as well as a fitness centre and sauna and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £199 • Insurance • Visa fee • Gratuities

Palaces & Galleries of St Petersburg Our suggested St Petersburg itinerary features return scheduled flights, five nights at the good quality 3* Dostoevsky Hotel in St Petersburg, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – St Petersburg Scheduled flight to St Petersburg – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the centrally located 3* Hotel Dostoevsky. Day 2 – St Petersburg guided tour Full day guided city tour taking in such sights as the Church of St Nicholas, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Smolny Institute, the Strelka, from where we are afforded excellent views of the River Neva, and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood with its beautiful multicoloured domes, the marvellous Russian style church built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Day 3 – Pavlosk Palace, Catherine & Alexander Palaces Head for the countryside to visit the 18th century Pavlosk Palace, the imperial residence of Catherine the Great’s son – continue on to Pushkin, home of the Imperial family and former summer residence of the aristocracy, where we visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace built in Baroque style and boasting a 300 metre façade – after an included lunch we visit the Alexander Palace, residence of Nicholas II and his family. Day 4 – The Hermitage Guided tour to explore some of the highlights of the magnificent Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art galleries located in the Winter Palace founded by Catherine the Great and home to some two million works of art by the great masters – rest of the day is free to explore The Hermitage at your leisure. Day 5 – Russian Museum & Peter and Paul Fortress Guided tour of the Russian Museum which houses a fine display of artefacts and some of

Russia’s greatest works of art that are little known outside the country – visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in St Petersburg, and the Baroque interior of the St Peter and St Paul Cathedral with its landmark golden needle spire which is the final resting place for many Russian Tsars including Peter the Great. Day 6 – Peterhof Grand Palace A grand avenue of terraces and pools leads to the Peterhof Grand Palace, the magnificent palace built by Peter the Great overlooking the Baltic Sea and adorned with magnificent interiors – after an included lunch we transfer to the airport for our flight back home. An extra 2 days in Moscow including an overnight first class sleeper train from St Petersburg can be added to this tour from £229 per person.

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Prague

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£549 Featuring • 4* Prague hotel • Half board accommodation • All excursions included • Guided tours at every venue • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Prague • Executive coach in the Czech Republic One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Prague • Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia • Prague Castle Complex • Convent of St George • Konopiste Castle • Sternberg Palace Your Hotel Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Clarion Congress, located adjacent to a Metro station which is only six stops (approximately 15 minutes) away from Wenceslas Square. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and fitness centre and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £69 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Gratuities

The Art & Castles of Prague Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Prague, four nights on half board basis at the 4* Clarion Congress in Prague, with all excursions included, guided tours at every venue and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Prague Scheduled flight to Prague – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Clarion Congress.

Day 5 – Sternberg Palace Guided tour of Sternberg Palace, named after Franc Josef Sternberg who founded the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts in Bohemia in 1796, and home to the National Gallery's valuable collection of 14th to 18th century European art, including works by Goya, Rembrandt, Rubens and Donatello – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight back home.

Day 2 – Prague guided tour & Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia Guided walking tour of Prague taking in sights such as Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge – guided tour of the 13th century Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, now home to the National Gallery’s collection of ‘Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe’ with works from 14th century Czech artists as well as 15th and 16th century works by central European artists. Day 3 – Prague Castle & the Convent of St George Originally the residence of Bohemian kings and today the seat of the Czech president, our guided tour of Prague Castle Complex takes in some of Prague's best sites, including the Cathedral of St Vitus, St George's Basilica, the Powder Tower, the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane as well as wonderful views out over the Vltava River with the old town in the background – guided tour of the excellent collection of Czech Renaissance and Baroque art at the Convent of St George, established in 973 as Bohemia's first convent. Day 4 – Konopiste Castle Guided tour of Konopiste Castle, once the palatial residence of the ill fated Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand – return to Prague for the rest of the day at leisure.

St George’s Basilica

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13th Century mosaic in Hagia Sophia

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£669 Featuring • 4* Istanbul hotel • Full programme of included excursions • Entrance fees included for included excursions • All guided tours included • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Istanbul • Executive coach in Turkey One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Istanbul • Blue Mosque • Topkapi Palace • Church of St Saviour & the Golden Horn • Hagia Sophia • Underground Cistern • Covered Bazaar in Istanbul Optional • River Bosphorus cruise Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Hotel Amethyst in Istanbul. Centrally located and within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar, the hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar and spa centre and all rooms are en suite with air conditioning. Extras • Single room supplement £119 • Insurance • Optional River Bosphorus cruise • Gratuities • Visa fee on arrival

Istanbul where East meets West Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Istanbul, four nights at the 4* Hotel Amethyst in Istanbul, with a full programme of included excursions, all guided tours included and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – Istanbul Scheduled flight to Istanbul – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Amethyst in Istanbul in Istanbul’s historic city centre. Day 2 – Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Church of St Saviour & the Golden Horn Meet our guide for a tour of the old city – head to the Sultanahmet district in the heart of historic Old Istanbul to tour the Blue Mosque, the masterwork of the 17th century Ottoman architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Aga and, with its six minarets and a great cascade of domes, a great feature of the Istanbul skyline – Topkapi Palace, home to the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and the heart of the vast Ottoman Empire, is today a museum of the old Turkish way of life – built in the 11th century and decorated in the 14th, the Church of St Saviour in Chora contains a wonderfully preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes – cable car to Pier Loti with free time to enjoy tea and simit, traditional sesame seed bread, while enjoying an amazing view of the Golden Horn. Day 3 – River Bosphorus cruise Free day or optional trip to explore the Asian part of the city and enjoy a cruise on the River Bosphorus – board the boat at Sariyer, a charming fishing village where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea, and enjoy a perfect vantage point to see the Sultan’s palaces, Rumeli Fortress, the mansions and modern villas forming the elegant part of the city with lunch and a visit to the Spice Bazaar also included. Day 4 – Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern & Covered Bazaar Full day in Istanbul with our guide – with its wide, flat dome the Byzantine masterpiece of

Hagia Sophia was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century and architects still marvel at the building's many innovations – the Underground Cistern, built in the 6th century and re-discovered in 1545, supplied water throughout the city during the Byzantine and Ottoman times and was used to water the gardens of Topkapi Palace – the Covered Bazaar of Istanbul, with 60 alleyways and 3,000 shops, is the oldest and largest in the world. Day 5 – Istanbul Morning free in Istanbul before taking our scheduled flight home

Blue Mosque

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Krakow

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£499 Featuring • Full programme of included excursions • All guided tours included • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Krakow • Executive coach in Poland One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Guided tour of Krakow • Cloth Hall • St Mary's Basilica • Wawel Royal Castle • Wawel Cathedral • 630 year old Jagiello University • Czartoryskich Palace & Art Gallery • Tour of the Jewish Quarter • UNESCO listed Wieliczka Salt Mines Optional • Auschwitz Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 3* Wyspianski Hotel in central Krakow, just a few minutes from the old town. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Optional Auschwitz excursion • Gratuities

Krakow’s Art & History Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Krakow, four nights at the 3* Wyspianski Hotel in central Krakow, with a full programme of included excursions, all guided tours and entrance fees included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Krakow Scheduled flight to Krakow – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 3* Wyspianski Hotel in central Krakow. Day 2 – Krakow guided tour Guided tour of Krakow taking in the important sights of the city – Cloth Hall, with a splendid Renaissance edifice and an ornate roof adorned with grotesque masks, is the world's oldest shopping mall having been in business in the middle of the Grand Square for 700 years – St Mary's Basilica, Krakow's principal church since the 14th century, is particularly famous for its wooden altar carved by Veit Stoss – the stately halls and exquisite chambers of Wawel Royal Castle were home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs, and its collection of the 16th century monumental Flemish tapestries is matchless – Wawel Cathedral, Poland's national sanctuary with a 1,000 year old history, was the coronation site of Polish monarchs and is home to a wonderful art collection from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque to Classicist and Modern – rest of the afternoon is free to explore Krakow at your leisure. Day 3 – Jagiello University & the Jewish Quarter The 630 year old Jagiello University buildings, including the Collegium Maius (The Grand College), were rebuilt in the 15th century as a splendid late Gothic edifice around a vast courtyard with surrounding arcades and its alumni include the astronomer Copernicus and Pope John Paul II – visit the Czartoryskich Palace and Art Gallery whose collection

includes Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’ – after lunch we explore Krakow’s Jewish Quarter with our guide. Day 4 – Wieliczka Salt Mines Nine centuries of mining at the magnificent Wieliczka Salt Mines produced 200 kilometres of passages and 2,040 caverns and were established in 1978 as a UNESCO World Cultural & Heritage Site – the highlight of our tour is the underground cathedral where the wall decorations, altar, statues, floor, ceiling and even the chandeliers are all made of salt. Day 5 – Krakow & Auschwitz Free morning to enjoy Krakow at your leisure to explore the city or to take an optional excursion and guided tour of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious German concentration camps – transfer to Krakow Airport for our scheduled flight home.

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Tallinn

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Tallinn

£679

European Capital of Culture 2011

Featuring • 4* centrally located hotel • All excursions, guided tours & entrance fees included • Included lunch on Day 3 • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Tallinn • Executive coach in Tallinn One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Tallinn • Great Guild Hall & Estonian History Museum • St Nicholas’ Church • Kadriorg Palace & Gardens • Kumu Art Museum, 2008 European Museum of the Year • Lahemaa National Park • Palmse & Sagadi Manor Houses • Fishing village of Altja • Rocca-Al-Mare Open Air Museum Your Hotel Four nights on bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel. Situated just 800 metres from the Old Town, the hotel has two restaurants, a bar and sauna and all rooms are en suite. Extras • Single room supplement £99 • Insurance • Gratuities

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alluring and unspoiled section of rural Estonia – full day guided tour includes visits to the Palmse Manor House, built by the von Pahlen family in the 18th century, Sagadi Manor House, first mentioned in written documents in 1444, and the fishing village of Altja.

Day 1 – Tallinn guided tour Scheduled flight to Tallinn – guided tour of Tallinn taking in sights such as the Town Hall and the Church of the Holy Ghost – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel.

Day 5 – Rocca-Al-Mare Open Air Museum The Rocca-Al-Mare Open Air presents a unique collection of old Estonian buildings on a 79 hectare expanse of seaside land with farm building, windmills and water mills from various periods and regions – transfer to Tallinn Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Day 2 – Great Guild Hall, Estonian History Museum & St Nicholas’ Church The Great Guild Hall, dating back to 1325 and a gathering place for the rich merchants of the town to discuss economic and political agendas, is today the home of the Estonian History Museum – visit the St Nicholas’ Church, founded by German merchant settlers from the island of Gotland in 1230 – rest of the afternoon is free to spend at leisure in Tallinn. Day 3 – Kadriorg Palace & Kumu Art Museum Built by Peter the Great in 1718 for his wife, Catherine I, and designed by Italian architect Niccolo Minchetti, who was also responsible for the famous Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg, the grandiose Baroque Kadriorg Palace and Gardens is a fine example of Tsarist extravagance – after an included lunch, a guided tour of the Kumu Art Museum, voted 2008 European Museum of the Year and home to a fine collection of classic Estonian art and a changing program of contemporary art. Day 4 – Lahemaa National Park & Palmse and Sagadi Manor Houses Lahemaa National Park was Russia’s first National Park created to protect the landscape and the heritage of the area and is now an

Kadriorg Palace & Gardens

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Parliament House, Budapest

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£479 Featuring • 4* Budapest hotel • Welcome dinner • All excursions & guided tours included • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Budapest • Executive coach in Hungary One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Budapest • Coronation Church • Fisherman’s Bastion • Hungarian National Gallery • Museum of Fine Arts • Magnificent neo-Gothic Parliament House • Delightful town of Szentendre • Budapest Opera house Your Hotel Four nights at the 4* Best Western Hungaria Hotel in Budapest. Located a twenty minute walk or four stops by bus from the centre of Budapest, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, gymnasium, sauna and solarium. A welcome dinner is served in our hotel on the first evening and the remaining three nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £79 • Insurance • Entrance fees to places of interest • Optional classical concert • Gratuities

The Art & Culture of Budapest Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Budapest, four nights at the 4* Best Western Hungaria Hotel in Budapest, with all excursions and guided tours included and the services of a professional guide.

churches, its Orthodox Church and the Margit Kovacs Museum, a much renowned ceramics artist – return to Budapest for an afternoon at leisure – optional classical concert at either the State Opera House or National Concert Hall this evening.

Day 1 – Budapest Scheduled flight to Budapest – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Best Western Hungaria Hotel in Budapest – dinner in our hotel.

Day 5 – Budapest Opera House The Budapest Opera House is the work of the greatest Hungarian architect of the 19th century, Miklós Ybl, and with its neo-Classical and neo- Renaissance design was one of the most imposing opera houses of its day – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Day 2 – Budapest guided tour & Hungarian National Gallery Guided tour of Budapest, a city full of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, reveals the characters of the once rival cities of Buda and Pest separated by the Danube and takes in the Coronation Church, the white stone and Fisherman’s Bastion – guided tour of the Hungarian National Gallery tracing the development of Hungarian art from the 10th century, with an impressive collection of paintings dating from 19th and 20th century. Day 3 – Museum of Fine Arts & Parliament House Guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, home to reputedly the best Spanish collection outside Spain, an excellent Venetian collection (particularly Titian and Giorgioni), a Dürer, several Brueghels, a beautiful Raphael and works by Leonardo da Vinci – guided tour of the magnificent neo-Gothic Parliament House, one of Budapest's finest architectural achievements and the home of the Holy Hungarian Crown, the splendid Session Room, the impressive central staircase and the wonderful Great Vaulted Hall. Day 4 – Szentendre Half day visit with our guide to the delightful town of Szentendre on the banks of the Danube to explore the old medieval streets and

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The Acropolis

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£839 Featuring • 4* central Athens hotel • Welcome dinner • All excursions, guided tours & entrance fees included • Professional local guide • Scheduled flights to Athens • Executive coach in Greece One free place per 10 paying passengers Included • Introductory tour of Athens • Panathenaic Stadium • Temple of Olympian Zeus • Hadrian's Arch • The Acropolis & Parthenon • Delphi, the centre of the Ancient world • Corinth Canal • Mycenae • Picturesque town of Nafplion • 4th century BC theatre at Epidaurus • National Archaeological Museum • Temple of Poseidon Your Hotel Six nights at the centrally located 4* Titania Hotel in Athens. Located just a five minute walk from central Athens, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served in the hotel on the first evening and the remaining five nights are on bed and breakfast basis. Extras • Single room supplement £199 • Insurance • Gratuities

Ancient Greece Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to Athens, six nights at the 4* Titania Hotel in Athens, with all excursions, guided tours and entrance fees included and the services of a professional guide. Day 1 – Athens Scheduled flight to Athens – transfer with our guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Hotel Titania in central Athens – dinner in hotel. Day 2 – Athens guided tour, the Acropolis & Parthenon Guided tour of Athens taking in Constitution Square (Syntagma), Parliament House, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library – see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch en route to the Acropolis – on the Acropolis view the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course the Parthenon. Day 3 – Delphi Drive through the fertile plain of Boetoia and the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus – on the slopes of Mount Parnassus lies Delphi, the centre of the Ancient world and famed throughout the ancient Greek world and beyond as the sanctuary of Apollo and the shrine of his oracle – visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer of Delphi and the famous athlete Aghias. Day 4 – Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Nafplion & Theatre at Epidaurus Travel the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal connecting the Aegean and Ionian Seas – at Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides and the city ‘rich in gold’ of the ancient poets, visit sights such as the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs – driving through the fertile plain of Argolis, stop at the picturesque town of Nafplion

nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress – visit the 4th century BC theatre at Epidaurus famous for its astonishing acoustics. Day 5 – National Archaeological Museum The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses art treasures of Ancient Greek civilizations spanning a period of 2,500 years including the Mask of Agamemnon, the Kouros of Anavissos and the famous Bronze Statue of Poseidon. Day 6 – Temple of Poseidon Driving along the coastal road and past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza with splendid views of the Saronic Gulf, to the most southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand – time at leisure to walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion. Day 7 – Athens Transfer to Athens Airport for our scheduled flight back home.

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£1,099 Featuring • First class central hotel with porterage • Full programme of included excursions • Guided tour at every gallery • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to New York • Executive coach in New York One free place per 15 paying passengers Included • Half day guided tour of Manhattan • Wall Street, Central Park & the Empire State Building • Metropolitan Museum of Art • Whitney Museum of American Art • The Frick Museum • Guggenheim Museum Optional • Opera at The Metropolitan • Manhattan Island cruise Your Hotel Four nights on room only basis at the first class Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue. The hotel is across the street from Carnegie Hall and just a few steps from the Museum of Modern Art, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park. All rooms have ensuite facilities and the hotel has both a bistro style restaurant and atmospheric cocktail bar. Extras • Single room supplement £249 • Insurance • Entrance fees to all places of interest • Optional excursions • Gratuities • Visa fee

New York Art Tour Our suggested itinerary features return scheduled flights to New York, four nights at the first class Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue, with a full programme of included excursions, guided tours at every gallery and the services of a Tailored Travel tour manager. Day 1 – New York Scheduled flight to New York – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the first class Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue.

Day 5 – Guggenheim Museum Walking the spiral walkway that dominates Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum, our guided tour introduces us to great works from artists of the 19th and 20th century including Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Picasso and Van Gogh – transfer to the airport for the overnight flight back home. Day 6 – New York to UK Early morning arrival into UK.

Day 2 – Manhattan guided tour & Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided coach tour of Manhattan taking in Wall Street, Central Park and the Empire State Building – guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an introduction to the collection after which you have free time to enjoy the gallery at your leisure. Day 3 – Whitney Museum of American Art & The Frick Museum Guided tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art whose collection has grown since its opening in 1931 to more than 12,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs, representing nearly 2,000 individual artists and providing the most complete overview of twentieth century American art of any museum in the world – guided tour of The Frick Museum, home to the many masterpieces from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century that industrialist Henry Clay Frick bequeathed to the public – optional opera performance at The Metropolitan. Day 4 – Manhattan Island cruise Optional cruise around Manhattan Island beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges taking in views of the world’s premier skyline and a close up of the Statue of Liberty – rest of the day free to enjoy New York at your leisure.

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The Treasury, Petra

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£1,299 Featuring • 4* hotels • Half board accommodation • All excursions, guided tours & entrance fees included • Professional tour manager • Scheduled flights to Amman • Executive coach in Jordan One free place per 15 paying passengers Included • Greco-Roman Decapolis city of Jerash • Included lunch at the Dead Sea • Ancient Moabite city of Madaba • Mount Nebo, site of Moses’ last camp after the Exodus • 12th century crusaders’ castle at Kerak • Vast rose-red city of Petra • Siq • The Treasury • Wadi Rum with 4x4 jeep drive • Guided tour of Amman • Jordan Archaeological Museum • Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions • Jordan Folklore Museum • 7th & 8th centuries Desert Castles Your Hotel Four nights at the 4* Hotel Bristol in Amman. Ideally situated in the heart of the business and diplomatic district for seeing the sights of the city, the hotel features a restaurant and outdoor pool. Three nights in the 4* Taybet Zaman, a village style hotel 12 km away from the rose-red city of Petra featuring indoor and outdoor pools, health centre and Turkish bath. At both hotels we stay on half board basis and all rooms are en-suite. Extras • Single room supplement £169 • Insurance • Gratuities

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the original 4th century church and 6th century basilica – continue south through Wadi Mujib to Kerak, the 12th century crusaders’ castle used to control the ancient caravan roads from Egypt to Syria, which after Saladin’s defeat of the crusaders at Hittin in 1187 passed into Moslem hands – continue to the 4* Taybet Zaman Hotel near Petra for a three night stay.

Day 1 – Amman Scheduled flight to Queen Alia International Airport in the south of Amman – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 4* Bristol Hotel in Amman for a two night stay. Day 2 – Jerash & the Dead Sea Drive north of Amman to the Greco-Roman Decapolis city of Jerash, an ancient city boasting an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more the 6,500 years, where we visit sights such as the ruins of the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheatre, the Forum and the Hippodrome as well as walking down the Street of Columns, the Roman Cardo and the Oval Market – included lunch at the Dead Sea Spa, at 1,306 feet below sea level, the lowest spot on earth – enjoy the bizarre and delightful experience of ‘floating’ on the surface of buoyant waters, four times saltier than regular seawater. Day 3 – Madaba, Mount Nebo & Kerak Head to the south of Amman to the ancient Moabite city of Madaba where we see a selection of the mosaics for which the city was famous during the Byzantine period and visit the well known Saint George's Church with the 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land – Mount Nebo is the site of Moses’ last camp after the Exodus and the summit from which he surveyed the Holy Land before his death – visit the 4th century memorial church for Moses and the simple Franciscan chapel covering the remains of

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Day 4 – Petra The vast rose-red city of Petra was carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled there more than 2,000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome – enter the city through the Siq, a narrow 1 kilometre gorge with 80 metres high cliffs with a variety of colours and formations – towards the end of the Siq catch your first glimpse

of the early 1st century Al-Khazneh, known as The Treasury, a massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink, rock face and dwarfing everything around it – choose between returning to the hotel to relax or spend more time exploring Petra. Day 5 – Wadi Rum Morning free to relax in the hotel – head south from Petra to Wadi Rum for prebooked four by four wheel drive jeeps to explore the Land of Lawrence of Arabia, an

unusual desert terrain that resembles a pastel pink lunar landscape, with towering limestone and granite cliffs shooting out of the sandy desert floor. Day 6 – Amman guided tour Return to Amman for a city tour visiting important sights of the Greco-Roman Empire – visit the Jordan Archaeological Museum at the Citadel and both the Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions and the Jordan Folklore Museum at the Roman Amphitheatre – return to the 4* Bristol Hotel for a two night stay. Day 7 – Desert Castles The Desert Castles, Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharaneh and Qasr Azraq, built by the early Islamic Umayyad Caliphs in the 7th and 8th centuries AD are some of the best preserved examples of Umayyad art and architecture, including fortifications, baths, mosques, water and agricultural systems, mosaic floors and painted wall frescoes. Day 8 – Amman Transfer to airport for our scheduled flight back home.

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