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We’re the friend you wish you had in each destination. Our local knowledge and expertise ensures your travel dreams are fulfilled. Each guided holiday provides the right balance of included sightseeing and free time with many First Class inclusions. We carefully select First Class hotels in locations that complement your itinerary. And we look after you during your stay making sure you don’t have to lift a finger. You’ll travel on our modern coaches with professional Coach Drivers who are dedicated to taking care of you. And we’ll introduce you to a world of culinary delights showcased by special Highlight Meals that immerse you in the local flavours of the regions you visit.

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Trafalgar Tours (Australia) Pty Ltd Free Call: 1300 663 043 (all areas) 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 ABN: 73 000 717 715 Licence No: 2TA00 1899 Travel Agent Reservations Sydney metro: 02 9657 3333 All other areas: 1300 78 78 78

EUROPE & BRITAIN 2013

To order any of our new 2013 brochures visit our website: www.trafalgar.com

But we also do something that no one else does. We’ll show you Europe from a unique insider’s view, with exclusive experiences you won’t encounter any other way. We’ll reveal the unexpected and surprise you with places only locals know about. You’ll be invited to savour authentic dishes in unique venues with our exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences. And with our outstanding Travel Directors, you’ll discover more than you ever could on your own. As a family-owned company, we’re always going the extra mile to offer genuine travel experiences at exceptional value. I’m proud to lead a team that works tirelessly to ensure we make it easy for our guests to see, explore and embrace the places they visit.

For further information, no one is better qualified to give you expert advice than your Travel Agent!

EARLY PAYM

Trafalgar is a member of the familyowned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

Printed in AU

1st Edition AU STD, 09 August 2012

So please, come join us on the holiday of a lifetime in Europe.

ENT DISCOU NTS See pag e 24

Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

104 EXPERTLY PLANNED GUIDED HOLIDAYS Even more ways to keep in touch: facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel

@TrafalgarTalk

TrafalgarBlog.com

pinterest.com/TrafalgarTravel

INCLUDED AUTHENTIC LOCAL DINING & UNIQUE SIGHTSEEING INCLUDED ALL FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION

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We’re the friend you wish you had in each destination. Our local knowledge and expertise ensures your travel dreams are fulfilled. Each guided holiday provides the right balance of included sightseeing and free time with many First Class inclusions. We carefully select First Class hotels in locations that complement your itinerary. And we look after you during your stay making sure you don’t have to lift a finger. You’ll travel on our modern coaches with professional Coach Drivers who are dedicated to taking care of you. And we’ll introduce you to a world of culinary delights showcased by special Highlight Meals that immerse you in the local flavours of the regions you visit.

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Discover the magic of the Trafalgar experience with our free DVD. To order your copy, ask your Travel Agent or visit www.trafalgar.com

Trafalgar Tours (Australia) Pty Ltd Free Call: 1300 663 043 (all areas) 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 ABN: 73 000 717 715 Licence No: 2TA00 1899 Travel Agent Reservations Sydney metro: 02 9657 3333 All other areas: 1300 78 78 78

EUROPE & BRITAIN 2013

To order any of our new 2013 brochures visit our website: www.trafalgar.com

But we also do something that no one else does. We’ll show you Europe from a unique insider’s view, with exclusive experiences you won’t encounter any other way. We’ll reveal the unexpected and surprise you with places only locals know about. You’ll be invited to savour authentic dishes in unique venues with our exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences. And with our outstanding Travel Directors, you’ll discover more than you ever could on your own. As a family-owned company, we’re always going the extra mile to offer genuine travel experiences at exceptional value. I’m proud to lead a team that works tirelessly to ensure we make it easy for our guests to see, explore and embrace the places they visit.

For further information, no one is better qualified to give you expert advice than your Travel Agent!

EARLY PAYM

Trafalgar is a member of the familyowned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

Printed in AU

1st Edition AU STD, 09 August 2012

So please, come join us on the holiday of a lifetime in Europe.

ENT DISCOU NTS See pag e 24

Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

104 EXPERTLY PLANNED GUIDED HOLIDAYS Even more ways to keep in touch: facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel

@TrafalgarTalk

TrafalgarBlog.com

pinterest.com/TrafalgarTravel

INCLUDED AUTHENTIC LOCAL DINING & UNIQUE SIGHTSEEING INCLUDED ALL FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION

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BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Geiranger Sognefjord

GULF OF BOTHNIA

Lillehammer

NORWAY

Bergen

FINLAND Helsinki

SWEDEN

Oslo

St Petersburg Tallinn

Stockholm Stavanger

ESTONIA

Edinburgh

DENMARK

NORTH SEA

LITHUANIA

Minsk

Dublin

Cardiff

Hamburg

Groningen

UNITED KINGDOM

IRELAND

Amsterdam Zutphen

Rotterdam

London

Bruges

Brussels

BELGIUM

Lille Omaha Beach Bayeux Caen Paris

Amboise

FRANCE BAY OF BISCAY

Bordeaux

Burgos

GERMANY

CZECH REPUBLIC

Viseu

PORTUGAL

Fatima

SPAIN

Evora

Vienna

Innsbruck

AUSTRIA

ROMANIA

Zagreb

CROATIA

Sibiu

Plitvice Lakes BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Hvar

Dubrovnik Rome

Ajaccio Olbia

Isle of Capri

SARDINIA

Valencia

MOLDOVA

SERBIA

MONTE -NEGRO

Bucharest

BLACK SEA

BULGARIA

CASPIAN SEA

Sofia

GEORGIA

Alberobello Sorrento

Istanbul

ALBANIA

Lecce

Canakkale

GREECE

Bursa

Agrigento

Taormina

SICILY

Olympia

Athens Mykonos

Cappadocia

Izmir Pamukkale

Vilamoura Costa del Sol

AZERBAIJAN

Ankara

TURKEY

Delphi

Palermo Granada

MACEDONIA

Kalambaka

Cagliari

Cordoba Seville

SLOVENIA

ITALY

Alghero

Budapest

HUNGARY

Florence

CORSICA

Madrid

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA Munich

SWITZERLAND Beaune Evian Chamonix Venice Lyon Aix-les-Bains Milan Turin

Barcelona

Salamanca

Oporto

Krakow

Prague

Luxembourg

Zurich

Pamplona

POLAND

Cologne Frankfurt

Avignon Aix-en-Provence Nimes Biarritz Nice Marseille Cannes Lourdes Carcassonne

Santander

Warsaw

Berlin

Mont St. Michael Tours

BELARUS

NETHERLANDS

CELTIC SEA

Lisbon

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia

Vilnius

Belfast

Eiffel Tower, France

RUSSIA Moscow

BALTIC SEA

Copenhagen

Novgorod

Riga

LATVIA

Aalborg

Tower Bridge, England

LAKE LADOGA

Konya Antalya

Santorini MALTA

Rabat Casablanca

MOROCCO

KEY: = Overnight Stays

LEBANON

MEDITERRANEAN SEA TUNISIA

Erfoud

Marrakesh Quarzazate

Alexandria

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

ALGERIA

IRAQ

Tiberias Tel Aviv Jerusalem

Plaza España, Spain

ISRAEL

Ein Gev Amman

JORDAN Petra

Cairo

EGYPT LIBYA

Sharm el Sheik Luxor Aswan

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CYPRUS

CRETE

Fez

RED SEA

SAUDI ARABIA

PERSIAN GULF

YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Trafalgar Tours Limited is the ‘Operator’; collectively these companies are referred to as ‘Trafalgar’. Your agreement is with Trafalgar and a contract will come into existence between us when you make a reservation with us. The invalidity of any of the provisions hereof shall not affect the validity of any of the other provisions, and the agreement shall be construed as though such invalid provision had never been contained herein. Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, travel agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date: The departure date constitutes the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Inter-city Travel: By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries). Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Guided Holiday: By air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches. Please note that on London sightseeing, motorcoaches without toilet facilities are used. In the Middle East and Morocco air-conditioned motorcoaches (or minibuses in Israel) without toilet facilities are used. If due to circumstances beyond our control coaches are used otherwise than as advertised, a refund of $10 per person will be made. Hotel Accommodation: Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath or shower. Triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. Availability of triple rooms is limited. Quad rooms (available on select itineraries only) may be either two double beds or one double bed and two ‘rollaway’ beds. Availability of quad rooms is limited and may be used only for two adults and two children - strictly not available for four adults. To qualify for quad discounts children must be 15 years of age or under. Note that single rooms in European hotels are generally smaller than twin-bedded rooms and that European hotel standards, facilities and services provided may vary from those in other parts of the world and are often local in style. Substitute hotels may sometimes be used at certain times and will be of similar standard whenever possible. There are a limited number of twin-shared rooms available with our Guaranteed Room Share Service. Special room requests such as smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms must be requested at time of booking. These special room requests cannot be guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller programme points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Cruises: Per person prices are based on two persons sharing a cabin with two berths, private shower and toilet. A limited number of single cabins are available at an extra cost. On Nile cruises, triple rooms are not available. Travel Director: Guided holidays are conducted in English only by a professional Travel Director. On City Breaks there may be a Local Host instead of a Travel Director. In Egypt, only itineraries of 10 people or more will be guided by a Trafalgar Travel Director. In Turkey and Israel holidays are conducted by a Local Guide. Please refer to individual itinerary pages. Meals: Continental or buffet breakfast will be provided on all holidays except in Ireland and provincial Britain (not including London) and Scandinavia where full national style breakfasts are served. Dinners are included as detailed on itineraries. All meals are included on cruises. Sightseeing: Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking guide (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers: Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary (please see ’Airport Transfers’ section for further details). There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. Porterage: Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). Please note that some airlines restrict checked luggage allowance - check with your airline. A charge of approximately US$6 or local currency equivalent per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if the suitcase exceeds the established weight and/or dimensions. This is not assurance that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted. Please note that we cannot guarantee that more than one suitcase will be allowed onboard the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) in order to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guided holiday guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided holiday. Please note that carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or under seats and, therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons. Trafalgar and Trafalgar’s affiliated entities shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or any of the guest’s belongings. Guests should report any lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for any insurance claim in this matter. However, Trafalgar cannot assist in locating any lost items once the guest has disembarked or completed the trip as the case may be. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for the most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. Tips/Gratuities: All tips are included for services on guided holidays provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels, airports and docks. Optional Prepaid Gratuities: If you have prepaid your gratuities to your Travel Director & Driver, this will be detailed within your holiday vouchers and holiday documentation. Please note that prepaid gratuities cover only the land portion of your holiday itinerary. We offer this option on the majority of our holiday itineraries. Please check the holiday price IRAN panels for the applicable holidays where this option is available. NOT INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE All airfares, air-related taxes and fees, any additional fees charged by the airline such as checked and/or excess baggage (visit www.trafalgar. com/baggage), seat selections, and/or any services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; when not prepaid discretionary tips/gratuities to Travel Directors; motorcoach drivers (if not prepaid) and local city guides; items of a personal nature; excess baggage; optional excursions etc. The guided holiday price also does not cover costs and expenses such as the return to your home if you leave the guided holiday at your own volition, due to illness, or as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS Deposit payable within 7 days of booking $200 Final Payment prior to departure date 45 days 1. Your guided holiday will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. The deposit forms part of your final payment. If not received within 7 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be cancelled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Final payment for your land reservation will be due no later than 45 days prior to the departure date.

3. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days prior to the departure date. 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. 5. Any special meal requirements will be made on a REQUEST basis only and must be advised at the time of booking. Trafalgar cannot guarantee special meal requests, nor will Trafalgar assume any responsibility or liability if guests’ special meal requests are not fulfilled. 6. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide those monies promptly to us. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep interest earned on monies. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the guided holiday departure date (provided full payment was received on time). If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. For the documents to be issued the guest must give complete names as per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth. Passports & Visas: All passengers require a valid passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date and may require visas. Some countries require multiple visas. For specific Visa requirements at time of booking please contact your Travel agent for more details. It is the guests’ responsibility to ensure he/she travels with the appropriate documents. Please ask your Travel Agent for advice. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. As a courtesy, in the “Know Before You Go” section of our website www.trafalgar.com, we offer a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes: A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained. • If full payment is not received 45 days prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar we will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Trafalgar or through your Travel Agent. Please also refer to Trafalgar Gold Seal Additional Protection. The following scale of charges (includes GST), representing costs incurred by Trafalgar in cancelling your travel arrangements, will apply when notice of cancellation for Guided Holiday & Cruise and Guided Holiday Only is given prior to Guided Holiday departure date. Please also refer to Trafalgar’s Gold Seal Additional Protection. GUIDED HOLIDAY only No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee as % guided holiday departure date of total price Over 45 days Loss of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 30% 7-1 days 50% Day of departure/No Show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) GUIDED HOLIDAY with Louis Cruises No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee as % guided holiday departure date of total price Over 45 days Loss of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 50% Less than 7 days/No Show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100%(unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation prior to and after the guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: Over 45 days $35 per person 45-22 days 25% of the price for the accommodation 21-15 days 30% of the price for the accommodation • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change incurs a $35 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/ cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and nonrefundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your travel agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence: Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday by Trafalgar payment in full is required in accordance with the relevant airlines booking terms, the payment date will be indicated on your

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Trafalgar confirmation. Airlines reserve the right to change the payment due date at any point prior to payment. Upon receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport or government-issued ID for domestic travel, passport number, date and place of issue for each guest. Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. All airfares and routings are subject to change at any time until full payment is received and air tickets are issued. Air Cancellation: If paper tickets are issued, no refund will be made for cancelled air tickets until after the paper tickets are returned to Trafalgar. Non-refundable tickets cannot be refunded. Please ensure any returned guided holiday document which contains airline tickets is sent by certified or registered mail. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed. Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre assigned seats. Some may charge for pre assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes: Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest responsibility. Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. Trafalgar does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices: Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by an government, airlines or agencies may be passed on at any time, even after the deposit is received or holiday paid for. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided holiday price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided holiday within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in Australian Dollars unless specified. Guided Holiday Participation: On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting, dressing or pushing wheelchairs, as examples) should consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travellers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided holidays. Trafalgar does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Trafalgar is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on holiday, or for the quality of the care or services received. Some guided holidays include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided holiday, Trafalgar may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which Trafalgar does not control. Trafalgar cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guests traveling on international guided holidays. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the package holiday provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing of the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some excursions involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. Trafalgar may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guest or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Trafalgar’s terms and conditions. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behavior is, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is not responsible for any costs incurred

concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount: The young traveller must be under 18 years old on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the time of travel to be eligible for the applicable discount and is limited to one Young Traveller discount per room. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel With Family and Friends Discount. Please see ’Sensational Savings’ for details. Itinerary Variations: Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your travel agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays: If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and postnight accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For Your Comfort: Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on traveling days. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Guided Holiday Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties: The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof. RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement: These booking conditions together with terms expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement between the parties. Changes: The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the Operator’s control. In such circumstances, the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Disclaimer of Liability: Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise. Safety: Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances. International Treaties: Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any

nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.Limited Role: Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd, but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of the state of New South Wales. Errors and Omissions: In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. We try to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of printing. However Trafalgar shall not be held responsible for printing or typographic errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Airline(s) do not by virtue of being referred to in this brochure represent itself or themselves as contracting with or as having any legal relationship with any purchaser of a holiday from Trafalgar. All bookings made with any provider of transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with the above mentioned Operator. If you decide you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit due to any law, condition or requirement of any government or government authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred, and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure: If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to put things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Customer Services Department at the address below it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Data Protection: To process your guided holiday booking, Trafalgar will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guest’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. In making your booking, you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set out above. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided holidays and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other guided holidays and services offered by Trafalgar that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at Trafalgar, Attn: TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD, TRAVEL HOUSE, LEVEL 6, 35 GRAFTON STREET, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW 2022. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. OTHER CONDITIONS Each guest is required to comply with the terms, conditions, requirements, laws, rules and/or regulations of any service provider, or any country or governmental authority, and shall be liable for any such non-compliance. Booking Arrangements: Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent, or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. Additional Optional Excursions: With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided holiday, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Excursions and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Excursions and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided holiday, as many of them are carefully programmed to coincide with highlights available at the time of your visit. A detailed list and cost of these will be included in your travel documentation. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional excursions may vary due to seasonal conditions and require minimum guest participation. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please also see the relevant section of “Guided Holiday Participation” regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for optional excursions operated by independent third party suppliers. TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD. (ABN 73 000 717 715) Travel House, Level 6, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, N.S.W. 2022 Telephone Numbers: SYD Metro area 9657 3333 All other areas 1 300 78 78 78 Fax: (02) 9657 3456 License No: 2TA00 1889 The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA. For further information visit our website at: www.trafalgar.com This brochure supersedes any other current brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Geiranger Sognefjord

GULF OF BOTHNIA

Lillehammer

NORWAY

Bergen

FINLAND Helsinki

SWEDEN

Oslo

St Petersburg Tallinn

Stockholm Stavanger

ESTONIA

Edinburgh

DENMARK

NORTH SEA

LITHUANIA

Minsk

Dublin

Cardiff

Hamburg

Groningen

UNITED KINGDOM

IRELAND

Amsterdam Zutphen

Rotterdam

London

Bruges

Brussels

BELGIUM

Lille Omaha Beach Bayeux Caen Paris

Amboise

FRANCE BAY OF BISCAY

Bordeaux

Burgos

GERMANY

CZECH REPUBLIC

Viseu

PORTUGAL

Fatima

SPAIN

Evora

Vienna

Innsbruck

AUSTRIA

ROMANIA

Zagreb

CROATIA

Sibiu

Plitvice Lakes BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Hvar

Dubrovnik Rome

Ajaccio Olbia

Isle of Capri

SARDINIA

Valencia

MOLDOVA

SERBIA

MONTE -NEGRO

Bucharest

BLACK SEA

BULGARIA

CASPIAN SEA

Sofia

GEORGIA

Alberobello Sorrento

Istanbul

ALBANIA

Lecce

Canakkale

GREECE

Bursa

Agrigento

Taormina

SICILY

Olympia

Athens Mykonos

Cappadocia

Izmir Pamukkale

Vilamoura Costa del Sol

AZERBAIJAN

Ankara

TURKEY

Delphi

Palermo Granada

MACEDONIA

Kalambaka

Cagliari

Cordoba Seville

SLOVENIA

ITALY

Alghero

Budapest

HUNGARY

Florence

CORSICA

Madrid

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA Munich

SWITZERLAND Beaune Evian Chamonix Venice Lyon Aix-les-Bains Milan Turin

Barcelona

Salamanca

Oporto

Krakow

Prague

Luxembourg

Zurich

Pamplona

POLAND

Cologne Frankfurt

Avignon Aix-en-Provence Nimes Biarritz Nice Marseille Cannes Lourdes Carcassonne

Santander

Warsaw

Berlin

Mont St. Michael Tours

BELARUS

NETHERLANDS

CELTIC SEA

Lisbon

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia

Vilnius

Belfast

Eiffel Tower, France

RUSSIA Moscow

BALTIC SEA

Copenhagen

Novgorod

Riga

LATVIA

Aalborg

Tower Bridge, England

LAKE LADOGA

Konya Antalya

Santorini MALTA

Rabat Casablanca

MOROCCO

KEY: = Overnight Stays

LEBANON

MEDITERRANEAN SEA TUNISIA

Erfoud

Marrakesh Quarzazate

Alexandria

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

ALGERIA

IRAQ

Tiberias Tel Aviv Jerusalem

Plaza España, Spain

ISRAEL

Ein Gev Amman

JORDAN Petra

Cairo

EGYPT LIBYA

Sharm el Sheik Luxor Aswan

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SYRIA

CYPRUS

CRETE

Fez

RED SEA

SAUDI ARABIA

PERSIAN GULF

YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Trafalgar Tours Limited is the ‘Operator’; collectively these companies are referred to as ‘Trafalgar’. Your agreement is with Trafalgar and a contract will come into existence between us when you make a reservation with us. The invalidity of any of the provisions hereof shall not affect the validity of any of the other provisions, and the agreement shall be construed as though such invalid provision had never been contained herein. Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, travel agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date: The departure date constitutes the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Inter-city Travel: By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries). Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Guided Holiday: By air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches. Please note that on London sightseeing, motorcoaches without toilet facilities are used. In the Middle East and Morocco air-conditioned motorcoaches (or minibuses in Israel) without toilet facilities are used. If due to circumstances beyond our control coaches are used otherwise than as advertised, a refund of $10 per person will be made. Hotel Accommodation: Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with private bath or shower. Triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. Availability of triple rooms is limited. Quad rooms (available on select itineraries only) may be either two double beds or one double bed and two ‘rollaway’ beds. Availability of quad rooms is limited and may be used only for two adults and two children - strictly not available for four adults. To qualify for quad discounts children must be 15 years of age or under. Note that single rooms in European hotels are generally smaller than twin-bedded rooms and that European hotel standards, facilities and services provided may vary from those in other parts of the world and are often local in style. Substitute hotels may sometimes be used at certain times and will be of similar standard whenever possible. There are a limited number of twin-shared rooms available with our Guaranteed Room Share Service. Special room requests such as smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms must be requested at time of booking. These special room requests cannot be guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller programme points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Cruises: Per person prices are based on two persons sharing a cabin with two berths, private shower and toilet. A limited number of single cabins are available at an extra cost. On Nile cruises, triple rooms are not available. Travel Director: Guided holidays are conducted in English only by a professional Travel Director. On City Breaks there may be a Local Host instead of a Travel Director. In Egypt, only itineraries of 10 people or more will be guided by a Trafalgar Travel Director. In Turkey and Israel holidays are conducted by a Local Guide. Please refer to individual itinerary pages. Meals: Continental or buffet breakfast will be provided on all holidays except in Ireland and provincial Britain (not including London) and Scandinavia where full national style breakfasts are served. Dinners are included as detailed on itineraries. All meals are included on cruises. Sightseeing: Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking guide (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers: Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary (please see ’Airport Transfers’ section for further details). There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. Porterage: Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). Please note that some airlines restrict checked luggage allowance - check with your airline. A charge of approximately US$6 or local currency equivalent per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if the suitcase exceeds the established weight and/or dimensions. This is not assurance that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted. Please note that we cannot guarantee that more than one suitcase will be allowed onboard the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) in order to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guided holiday guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided holiday. Please note that carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or under seats and, therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons. Trafalgar and Trafalgar’s affiliated entities shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or any of the guest’s belongings. Guests should report any lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for any insurance claim in this matter. However, Trafalgar cannot assist in locating any lost items once the guest has disembarked or completed the trip as the case may be. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for the most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. Tips/Gratuities: All tips are included for services on guided holidays provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels, airports and docks. Optional Prepaid Gratuities: If you have prepaid your gratuities to your Travel Director & Driver, this will be detailed within your holiday vouchers and holiday documentation. Please note that prepaid gratuities cover only the land portion of your holiday itinerary. We offer this option on the majority of our holiday itineraries. Please check the holiday price IRAN panels for the applicable holidays where this option is available. NOT INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE All airfares, air-related taxes and fees, any additional fees charged by the airline such as checked and/or excess baggage (visit www.trafalgar. com/baggage), seat selections, and/or any services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; when not prepaid discretionary tips/gratuities to Travel Directors; motorcoach drivers (if not prepaid) and local city guides; items of a personal nature; excess baggage; optional excursions etc. The guided holiday price also does not cover costs and expenses such as the return to your home if you leave the guided holiday at your own volition, due to illness, or as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS Deposit payable within 7 days of booking $200 Final Payment prior to departure date 45 days 1. Your guided holiday will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. The deposit forms part of your final payment. If not received within 7 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be cancelled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Final payment for your land reservation will be due no later than 45 days prior to the departure date.

3. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days prior to the departure date. 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. 5. Any special meal requirements will be made on a REQUEST basis only and must be advised at the time of booking. Trafalgar cannot guarantee special meal requests, nor will Trafalgar assume any responsibility or liability if guests’ special meal requests are not fulfilled. 6. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide those monies promptly to us. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep interest earned on monies. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the guided holiday departure date (provided full payment was received on time). If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. For the documents to be issued the guest must give complete names as per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth. Passports & Visas: All passengers require a valid passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date and may require visas. Some countries require multiple visas. For specific Visa requirements at time of booking please contact your Travel agent for more details. It is the guests’ responsibility to ensure he/she travels with the appropriate documents. Please ask your Travel Agent for advice. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. As a courtesy, in the “Know Before You Go” section of our website www.trafalgar.com, we offer a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes: A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained. • If full payment is not received 45 days prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar we will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Trafalgar or through your Travel Agent. Please also refer to Trafalgar Gold Seal Additional Protection. The following scale of charges (includes GST), representing costs incurred by Trafalgar in cancelling your travel arrangements, will apply when notice of cancellation for Guided Holiday & Cruise and Guided Holiday Only is given prior to Guided Holiday departure date. Please also refer to Trafalgar’s Gold Seal Additional Protection. GUIDED HOLIDAY only No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee as % guided holiday departure date of total price Over 45 days Loss of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 30% 7-1 days 50% Day of departure/No Show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) GUIDED HOLIDAY with Louis Cruises No. of days prior to Cancellation Fee as % guided holiday departure date of total price Over 45 days Loss of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 50% Less than 7 days/No Show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100%(unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation prior to and after the guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: Over 45 days $35 per person 45-22 days 25% of the price for the accommodation 21-15 days 30% of the price for the accommodation • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change incurs a $35 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/ cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and nonrefundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your travel agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence: Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday by Trafalgar payment in full is required in accordance with the relevant airlines booking terms, the payment date will be indicated on your

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Trafalgar confirmation. Airlines reserve the right to change the payment due date at any point prior to payment. Upon receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport or government-issued ID for domestic travel, passport number, date and place of issue for each guest. Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. All airfares and routings are subject to change at any time until full payment is received and air tickets are issued. Air Cancellation: If paper tickets are issued, no refund will be made for cancelled air tickets until after the paper tickets are returned to Trafalgar. Non-refundable tickets cannot be refunded. Please ensure any returned guided holiday document which contains airline tickets is sent by certified or registered mail. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed. Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre assigned seats. Some may charge for pre assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes: Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest responsibility. Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. Trafalgar does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices: Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by an government, airlines or agencies may be passed on at any time, even after the deposit is received or holiday paid for. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided holiday price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided holiday within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in Australian Dollars unless specified. Guided Holiday Participation: On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting, dressing or pushing wheelchairs, as examples) should consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travellers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided holidays. Trafalgar does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Trafalgar is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on holiday, or for the quality of the care or services received. Some guided holidays include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided holiday, Trafalgar may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which Trafalgar does not control. Trafalgar cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guests traveling on international guided holidays. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the package holiday provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing of the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some excursions involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. Trafalgar may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guest or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Trafalgar’s terms and conditions. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behavior is, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is not responsible for any costs incurred

concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount: The young traveller must be under 18 years old on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the time of travel to be eligible for the applicable discount and is limited to one Young Traveller discount per room. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel With Family and Friends Discount. Please see ’Sensational Savings’ for details. Itinerary Variations: Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your travel agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays: If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and postnight accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For Your Comfort: Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on traveling days. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Guided Holiday Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties: The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof. RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement: These booking conditions together with terms expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement between the parties. Changes: The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the Operator’s control. In such circumstances, the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Disclaimer of Liability: Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise. Safety: Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances. International Treaties: Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any

nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.Limited Role: Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd, but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of the state of New South Wales. Errors and Omissions: In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. We try to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of printing. However Trafalgar shall not be held responsible for printing or typographic errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Airline(s) do not by virtue of being referred to in this brochure represent itself or themselves as contracting with or as having any legal relationship with any purchaser of a holiday from Trafalgar. All bookings made with any provider of transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with the above mentioned Operator. If you decide you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit due to any law, condition or requirement of any government or government authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred, and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure: If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to put things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Customer Services Department at the address below it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Data Protection: To process your guided holiday booking, Trafalgar will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guest’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. In making your booking, you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set out above. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided holidays and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other guided holidays and services offered by Trafalgar that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at Trafalgar, Attn: TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD, TRAVEL HOUSE, LEVEL 6, 35 GRAFTON STREET, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW 2022. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. OTHER CONDITIONS Each guest is required to comply with the terms, conditions, requirements, laws, rules and/or regulations of any service provider, or any country or governmental authority, and shall be liable for any such non-compliance. Booking Arrangements: Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent, or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. Additional Optional Excursions: With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided holiday, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Excursions and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Excursions and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided holiday, as many of them are carefully programmed to coincide with highlights available at the time of your visit. A detailed list and cost of these will be included in your travel documentation. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional excursions may vary due to seasonal conditions and require minimum guest participation. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please also see the relevant section of “Guided Holiday Participation” regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for optional excursions operated by independent third party suppliers. TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD. (ABN 73 000 717 715) Travel House, Level 6, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, N.S.W. 2022 Telephone Numbers: SYD Metro area 9657 3333 All other areas 1 300 78 78 78 Fax: (02) 9657 3456 License No: 2TA00 1889 The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA. For further information visit our website at: www.trafalgar.com This brochure supersedes any other current brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date.

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ENLARGED MAP OF UNITED KINGDOM Thurso

We’ve got Europe covered!

Inverness Isle of Skye

Scottish Highlands

Aberdeen Scottish Highlands

Ballachulish

Wherever you dream of going – Trafalgar can take you there, travelling to 37 out of 53 countries in Europe. For full details on each destination, see the individual itinerary pages or visit www.trafalgar.com

Glasgow

Edinburgh

Letterkenny Londonderry/Derry Sligo Ballina Castlebar Galway

Belfast

Lake District Harrogate Liverpool

Dublin

Chester

IRELAND

Limerick Killarney

Waterford

UNITED KINGDOM Warwick

Llandrindod Wells

Kenmare Cork Cardiff Bideford Plymouth

Hamburg

York

Manchester

Cambridge Stratford-Upon-Avon

Bristol

London

Tunbridge Wells Portsmouth Eastbourne

Berlin

GERMANY Dresden

Cologne Boppard

Prague

Frankfurt Würzburg Heidelberg Nuremberg Rothenburg

CZECH REPUBLIC

Black Forest

Vienna

Munich Breitnau Lucerne

Oberammergau Zurich

Salzburg

SWITZERLAND Geneva

AUSTRIA

Innsbruck

Engelberg

Cortina D’Ampezzo

St Moritz

Zermatt Baveno Lake Maggiore

St Veit Lake Bled

Lugano Como Milan

Turin

Lake Garda

Venice

Parma

Santa Margherita La Spezia

Bologna Montecatini Florence Assisi

ITALY

ENLARGED MAP OF CENTRAL EUROPE

Rome Naples Isle of Capri

Santorini, Greece

Amalfi Coast Sorrento

Alberobello Lecce

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Contents

BRITAIN & IRELAND

Introduction Map

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Travel with an insider

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Why a guided holiday is perfect for you

10 – 11

Say hello to new friends

12 – 13

Magical sightseeing

14 – 15

Dining experiences

16 – 17

A good night's sleep

18 – 19

Travel at its best & TreadRight Foundation

20 – 21

Holiday styles

22 – 23

Sensational savings & air deals

24 – 25

Hotels: where you will stay

238 – 239

Extend your stay in London & Europe

240 – 241

Airport transfers, gold seal additional protection & customised group holidays

242 – 243

Things to know, express check-in & booking conditions

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Introduction to City Breaks London, Stratford & Bath 7 London Week 7 London & Paris incl. Eurostar 8 London, Paris & Rome incl. Eurostar r 10 Paris Week 8 Paris & Rome r 8 Rome, Athens & Istanbul r 10

ITALY & COMBINATIONS Code ITIH ITRO INOR ITMI ITIE ITDI IGICB ITGVB ISAR ITBE ITCO ITBO ITGL ITGA ITSCA ITIS ITAGC

Introduction to Italy & Combinations Italian Holiday r 7 Rome & Tuscan Highlights o r 9 Northern Italy incl. Cinque Terre 9 Milan & Italian Treasures o 9 Flavours of Italy r 10 Italian Discovery r 10 Great Italian Cities o r 10 Contrasts of Italy r 10 Corsica & Sardinia o s 11 Italy Bellissimo r 11 Italian Concerto o r 11 Best of Italy r 13 Italian Glory o r 13 Grand Italian Experience r 16 Southern Italy & Sicily r 10 Best of Italy & Sicily r 15 Best of Italy & Greece with Greek Cruise Options r 15

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Train Holidays

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Code FTOF FWOF FFULC FBAT FBOF FRSPA SPWO SBES STSP PORT SHIG SMAP MORBA

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Introduction to Britain & Ireland with First Class Highlights 74-75 Real Britain 6 76-77 Best of Devon & Cornwall 6 78-79 Scenic England 6 80-81 Amazing Britain 8 82-83 English Country Gardens s 9 84-85 Castles & Kilts q 10 86-87 Best of Britain 11 88-89 The Britannia 15 90-91 Britain & Ireland Highlights 8 92-93 Wonders of Britain & Ireland 12 94-95 Britain & Ireland Panorama 16 96-97 Britain & Ireland Grandeur 20 98-99 Irish Highlights 7 100-101 Scenic Ireland o 8 102-103 Best of Ireland 10 104-105 Irish Experience 11 106-107 Best of Ireland & Scotland 15 108-109 Best of Scotland o 7 110-111 Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities 13 112-113

SPAIN, PORTUGAL, MOROCCO & FRANCE

CITY BREAKS Code RPA7A RPA5 LLPS LPRS PWES PARS ROAI

Code BIBT BDEVA BSENA BHIL BKEN FCAS BBOB BBRT BBIH BIBI BPAN BIGT IRIH IDIN IRBO IREX BIAS BBOS BHLD

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Introduction to Spain, Portugal, Morocco & France 114-115 The Treasures of France 8 116-117 Wonderful France 9 118-119 Paris & Provence o 11 120-121 WW1 & WW2 Battlefields s 12 122-123 Best of France 13 124-125 Highlights of France & Barcelona with Madrid Option r 9 126-127 Spanish Wonder r 9 128-129 Best of Spain 15 130-131 Scenic Spain & Portugal s 9 132-133 Best of Portugal 11 134-135 Highlights of Spain & Portugal 13 136-137 Spain, Morocco & Portugal 16 138-139 Best of Morocco 9 140-141

CRUISE CONNECTIONS



Itineraries showing the Cruise Connection symbol start and end in cities or major ports, where you can opt to enjoy an ocean cruise pre or post your Trafalgar guided holiday.

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New Itinerary

Family Experiences

Inspired Holidays

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CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE INCLUDING Days RUSSIA & SCANDINAVIA Code EBHO EHBL GBOGB GBGA CSOM SWAU SWBO STGV EBOE CEOX CBOHA CPVB CHEE CHSC SWHS SCFAA SCEH SCRU

Introduction to Central & Eastern Europe Best of Holland Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg Best of Germany Best of Germany & Austria Sound of Music Switzerland & Austria Best of Switzerland Contrasts of Switzerland Grand Alpine Experience Imperial Europe Bohemian Highlights Prague, Vienna & Budapest Highlights of Eastern Europe Highlights of Austria, Slovenia & Croatia Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow Scenic Scandinavia & Its Fjords Best of Finland, Russia & the Baltic States Capitals of the North

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Code ATAM ATLM ATOM AGBOA AGIH ESHAA JORD EGBO EGVO EGWE ISBO THOTA TAPM TBOT

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142-143 7 144-145 o 10 146-147 12 148-149 13 150-151 o 10 152-153 13 154-155 9 156-157 8 158-159 14 160-161 10 162-163 o 15 164-165 o 10 166-167 17 168-169 o 14 170-171 o 8 172-173 14 174-175 15 176-177 s 15 178-179

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Introduction to Eastern Mediterranean 180-181 Greek Cruise Introduction 182 Athens & Aegean 183 r 8 Ancient Lands 184 r 8 Aegean Odyssey 185 r 11 Best of Greece r 8 186-187 Best of Greece with 3, 4 & 7 Day Cruise Options 188-189 Greek Island Hopper o r 10 190-191 Egypt, Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh 192 o 9 Jordan Experience with Dead Sea Option 5 193 Best of Egypt 9 194-195 Egyptian Voyager 9 196 Wonders of Ancient Egypt 12 197 Best of Israel r 9 198-199 Highlights of Turkey 200 r 8 Highlights of Turkey with Cruise Option 16 201 Best of Turkey r 14 202-203

The canals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES Code EHIG ETAVA EROL FSPL ESPLA EMAR EWHI ESEN EELE ETGV EINT EHORB ETRA EGAR EGRE ESUPC

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Introduction to European Discoveries 204-205 European Highlights with Eurostar Option 7 206-207 European Traveller r 8 208-209 European Dream r 8 210-211 European Wonderland q 11 212-213 European Splendour r 11 214-215 European Marvel with Eurostar Option 12 216-217 European Whirl with Eurostar Option 12 218-219 Scenic Europe with Eurostar Option 12 220-221 European Spotlight 12 222-223 Contrasts of Europe incl. Eurostar r 15 224-225 European Interlude with Eurostar Option 15 226-227 European Horizons with Eurostar Option 16 228-229 Traditional Europe incl. Eurostar with Eurostar Opt. 18 230-231 Grand European with Eurostar Option 21 232-233 Great European 27 234-235 European Supreme with Cruise Options & Eurostar Option 29 236-237

Proudly using 100% recycled paper Trafalgar, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 67,000* trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. *Calculations based on data from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Buckingham Palace, London, England

Free time to explore

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Travel with an insider! When you travel with Trafalgar, we make sure you feel like a traveller not a tourist. We share the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn't otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have discovered by yourself. It’s the 'insider view' from a friend, giving you authentic and enhanced experiences you won't find anywhere else.

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Ring of Kerry, Ireland


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Enjoy meeting colourful local characters

Let Trafalgar take care of it all! On our First Class guided holidays we include: • First Class accommodation • All hotel porterage, housekeeping and included meal tips • Transportation by luxury, air-conditioned coach with restroom

Exclusive Be My Guest dining

• Airport transfers (conditions apply) • VIP entry to major sights • Headsets for included sightseeing

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

• Exclusive Hidden Treasures sightseeing and unexpected surprises • Professional Travel Director, Local Hosts, Local Guides & Local Experts • Daily Breakfast • Approximately half of your evening meals • Exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary group photo and map

VIP entry to major sights

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Why a guided holiday is perfect for you We all want a hassle free holiday when we travel, but it's not always the case when you’re doing it on your own. That’s where Trafalgar comes in. We’re the experts who take away all the stress of planning your entire holiday, making it easy for you to simply enjoy Europe.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


THE TRAFALGAR DIFFERENCE See for yourself the incredible value of a First Class Trafalgar guided holiday, when you compare all our inclusions against travelling independently.

Holiday component

Hotel Accommodation

A Trafalgar guided holiday

Independent holiday

INCLUDED

• Hours of research • Pay retail prices • Unknown quality and locations • Unpleasant surprises

• Carefully chosen, quality First Class hotels • Ideally located • Porterage and hotel tips included

INCLUDED • Knowledgeable Travel Director • In-depth sightseeing with Local Guides in major cities • VIP entry into many attractions

Sightseeing

INCLUDED • Breakfast daily and up to half your dinners • Authentic experiences with Highlight Meals • Welcome Reception & Farewell Dinner • Quality local cuisine • Tips included • For other meals, help with reservations and directions to where the locals eat

Meals

INCLUDED • Daily transportation on luxury coaches • Professional Coach Driver • Fuel, toll charges and parking taken care of • Relax in comfort

Transport

INCLUDED

Insider Experiences

• Exclusive Be My Guest dining experience • Hidden Treasures sightseeing • Local Specialities • Sightseeing with Local Experts • Unique Insights

• No local expertise/ assistance • Wait in line • Purchase/ read guidebooks • Limited understanding of what you're seeing • Pay restaurant prices for meals • Risk of poor quality • Additional cost for tips • Navigating foreign menus and foods

• Organise your own transport • Risk of getting lost • Many different languages to grasp • Foreign road rules and signs • Pay for tolls and parking • Only see sights that are easily accessible to the general public • Limited cultural experiences and interaction with locals

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Local Guides share their vast knowledge with you

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

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Say hello to new friends Travelling is just as much about the sights you see as it is the friendly local faces you meet. With each unique encounter, you’ll be immersed in the local way of life as if it were your own. The people you travel with will become more like family each day, and your Travel Director will share their passion for Europe in ways beyond expected.

Enjoy meeting local characters

THE FINEST TRAVEL DIRECTORS It’s the stories behind each destination that allow you to truly get a feel for the places you visit, and no one does it better than our Travel Directors. They are your friend in Europe and bring each destination to life, giving you a real insider’s perspective on each region, in ways you simply couldn’t experience if travelling on your own.

LOCAL GUIDES 5 Delve deeper into the heart of a city with entertaining Local Guides who'll join you at various destinations during your holiday. As locals to the area, they’ll share their passion of the city they grew up in and take your sightseeing experience to a whole new level, showing you specific sights in more detail.

Get an insider's perspective from your Travel Director

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Join the

LOCAL EXPERTS j On select itineraries, enjoy the company of skilled Local Experts such as interpretive guides, indigenous storytellers, naturalists, geologists and historians. They’ll enrich your travel experience by sharing fascinating insights, based on their specialised knowledge in the area you’re visiting.

conversation!

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME A friendly welcome awaits you at Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre, your contact for all itineraries starting and finishing in London. Our dedicated team is always on hand to arrange additional accommodation and sightseeing excursions, and confirm any current bookings for you. See page 240 for more details.

Your Local Host at our London Reception Centre

SHARE THE FUN WITH NEW FRIENDS It’s the power of travel that brings people together. The bonds you share with like-minded people during your holiday are an invaluable part of your travel experience. You’ll make lifelong friends with English-speaking travellers from all over the world such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Singapore, the USA and Canada.

BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY Head to the Trafalgar Community and chat with others in our forums, ask questions, share photos and meet your travel companions before your trip even starts in our Trip Groups. Visit www.trafalgar.com/community

FACEBOOK Get information as it happens around the world from Trafalgar, our Travel Directors and guests travelling with us. Like us now at www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel

TWITTER

Our amazing Travel Director Paul, was like a walking encyclopedia and being Irish he was hilarious! Milo, Wonders of Britain and Ireland, May 2012

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TRAFALGAR BLOG Be inspired and read real-life travel stories written by Trafalgar guests from all over the world. Visit www.TrafalgarBlog.com

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Magical sightseeing We’ll show you more of Europe than you ever imagined possible. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and enrich your holiday with exclusive experiences. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customise your dream holiday with the things you’ve always wanted to do.

Stonehenge, England

ALL THE MUST-SEE SIGHTS ARE INCLUDED See the places you’ve always dreamed of as you’re chauffeur-driven to all the major sights on your itinerary. You'll really feel like a VIP when you step to the front of the line at popular attractions, where your tickets have been pre-arranged. No waiting means you get to spend quality time enjoying your sightseeing experience!

UNIQUE INSIGHTS l Our Unique Insights will give you a real sense of culture, with visits to places which are distinctive to the area you’re visiting. For example in Rome, follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Unique Insights feature on select itineraries only. Bramante's Spiral Staircase, Vatican Museum

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Plaza EspaĂąa, Seville, Spain

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

FASCINATING LOCAL SPECIALITIES I Europe is full of culture and traditions, and you’ll experience first-hand the special crafts and customs of the places you visit with our Local Specialities. Watch skilled artisans at work, learn about the history of the craft and often sample the fruits of their labours at locations such as wineries, distilleries, workshops or factories.

EXCLUSIVE HIDDEN TREASURES G Sometimes, the most amazing sights are just around the corner, but how would you know where to look or that they were even there? With their intimate knowledge of Europe, our Travel Directors love revealing its Hidden Treasures to you on every itinerary.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS On every itinerary, you can customise your holiday with a range of Optional Excursions that allow you to enhance your experience should you so choose. Optional Excursions offer unforgettable highlights of each destination at the most competitive prices. Payment for these are made to your Travel Director by credit card or cash (in the local currency). For a full list of excursions, visit the itinerary pages at www.trafalgar.com

Discover the art of glass-blowing in Venice

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

We wouldn't have experienced or seen half the things we did, if we had tried to do this trip on our own. Sandy, Best of Italy, April 2012

Magnificent coastal scenery along the Algarve, Portugal

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Bon appétit! A destination becomes more than just a place when you discover the food. That’s why we ensure you get to enjoy a true taste of the local culture, by showcasing the authentic flavours that are distinctive to the area you’re visiting.

Dine on delicious local cuisine - a tagine in Morocco

DELECTABLE DINING Some of the dining highlights included on your guided holiday are: • A Welcome Reception E where you get to unwind and meet your Travel Director and travel companions over a drink and a light meal. • Daily buffet breakfast including hot favourites like eggs, bacon and sausage as well as cereals, pastries and fruit. A traditional cooked breakfast is served in the UK and Ireland. • Selected lunches and dinners included, often featuring the local flavours of the area. Enjoy wine with all your included hotel dinners when travelling in the wine-growing regions of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal N. • Complimentary Wine Tasting H when you visit the wine-growing regions of Europe on selected itineraries. • A Farewell Dinner F where you’ll all get together one last time for a memorable night out and say goodbye to your newfound friends.

Taste authentic flavours while dining amongst the locals

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Wine tasting

Enjoy local cheese in France

HIGHLIGHT MEALS F We include a variety of Highlight Meals, where you’ll dine on regional cuisine at venues distinctive to the area you’re visiting. A true highlight on your itinerary, we have sourced the best local dining experiences that truly capture the culture of each region.

EXPLORE THE DINING SCENE We believe the best way to dine during your holiday is with the locals, so you can truly experience the culture and flavours of each city. We have intentionally left some meals open for you to sample the local dining scene yourself and make the most of your free time. Your Travel Director will gladly assist you with local dining information to help you decide where to go.

BE MY GUEST B – A TRAFALGAR EXCLUSIVE Trafalgar’s Be My Guest dining experiences connect you with the true essence of a destination as only an insider can. These exclusive events give you a unique opportunity to savour amazing regional food and wine, and mingle with local hosts at private estates, working farms, wineries and family-run restaurants. Look at the itinerary pages to find out what kind of Be My Guest experiences you could enjoy!

Vineyards in Bordeaux, France

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

Watch our DVD to see some of our superb experiences it's sure to whet your appetite!

The Be My Guest dinner was the highlight of our trip! The food was excellent and the family was gracious and warm and really went out of their way to make us feel at home. Vanessa, Italian Concerto, July 2012

A tasty speciality of Spain – tapas!

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A good night's sleep Whether in Europe’s grand cities or beautiful countryside, Trafalgar’s guests stay in First Class accommodation in locations that perfectly complement each itinerary. We select every hotel for quality, impeccable service and comfort, to ensure you’re well rested for the exciting day ahead.

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Astoria Hotel, Lucerne, Switzerland


Ambasciatori Hotel, Florence, Italy

Killarney International, Ireland

PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTELS Our city hotels are ideally located close to the city centre for easy access to all the must-see sights, and our countryside properties are selected for their spectacular scenic locations and proximity to popular attractions. Your hotels are always First Class or better and include some of the world’s most respected brands.

ACCOMMODATING YOUR EVERY NEED As a Trafalgar guest you’ll be treated to the highest quality service every time. Upon arrival you’ll find you have already been checked-in and your luggage taken directly to your room. We also take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities in your holiday price, leaving you nothing else to do but enjoy your visit.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, Hvar, Croatia

See page 238 for more hotels.

Our Product and Quality Team inspects and monitors each Trafalgar property to ensure the meticulous standards we expect from our hotel partners are maintained for your every comfort and satisfaction.

FREE WI-FI ACCESS Trafalgar understands that during your trip you’ll want to stay connected with family and friends. At the majority of the hotels where you’ll stay we ensure that there is access to free Wi-Fi.* *On all European land itineraries.

Le Meridien N'Fis, Marrakesh, Morocco

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Travel at its best Wherever you go with Trafalgar, you’ll travel in comfort and style. Our modern coaches have everything you need for a relaxing and hassle free journey. And you’ll be amazed at just how enjoyable travelling by coach can be, as we take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe.

Tuscany, Italy

Travel by luxury coach

THE ULTIMATE IN COACH TRAVEL

PROFESSIONAL COACH DRIVERS

There’s no better way to discover Europe than on-board our luxury motorcoaches. Each coach is fully air-conditioned, fitted with reclining seats and European electrical outlets, and includes a restroom. During your journey:

With years of experience our professional Coach Drivers have the expertise to provide you with the most relaxing journey. Enjoy door to door service as they take you from your hotel to major sights. Plus, your Travel Director will ensure your luggage is picked up from your room and your Coach Driver will load it on the coach every time.

• Your Travel Director will provide an entertaining insider’s view of the history, culture and geography of the region. • You’ll learn useful phrases in the local language as well as other handy travel tips. • You’ll enjoy the panoramic views from your coach’s high vantage point. Please note: This coach image is a representation of our coaches only, they will vary depending on the region you travel to.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey

TRAVEL GREEN Trafalgar coaches emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per guest than car travel, so when you travel with us, you know you’re doing your part for the environment. Read more on page 243.


More exciting ways to travel

High-speed express ferry

Glacier Express, Swiss Alps

Cruise down the River Nile

Protecting the places we visit and cultures we interact with is important to Trafalgar. We are committed to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and protecting the destinations we visit to ensure they remain vibrant for future generations of travellers. Through the TreadRight Foundation, established by our parent company The Travel Corporation, we have helped to contribute more than $1.5 million to initiatives worldwide. To learn more, visit us at www.treadright.org

In cooperation with TreadRight, we're pleased to support the National Trust, now for our second year. The National Trust is committed to the protection of the coastline and countryside in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. To date, we've supported the building of a state-of-the-art visitors centre at Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, as well as an appeal to safeguard the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Several Trafalgar itineraries visit National Trust sites, please look for the TreadRight logo on select itinerary pages and visit www.trafalgar.com for more information on our commitment to sustainable tourism. Eurostar White Cliffs of Dover, England

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Your choice of holidays No two people are the same. Neither are our guided holidays. That's why we provide a range of holiday styles, so you can choose the type of holiday that’s perfect for you.

Lucerne, Switzerland

CITY BREAKS

INSPIRED HOLIDAYS

Explore London, Paris, Rome, Athens and Istanbul on your own with the reassurance that Trafalgar’s friendly, knowledgeable Local Hosts are there to help if needed. We take care of your accommodation, breakfasts and introductory sightseeing with Local Guides and Coach Drivers in each city. But most of the time you’re free to explore as you please. Find out more on page 27.

Inspired Holidays provide an insider’s perspective on a specialised area of interest relating to different destinations across Europe. These guided holidays include our World War I & II Battlefields, English Country Gardens and Flavours of Italy itineraries.

Kew Gardens, London, England

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The kids will love making pizza in Rome


GUIDED HOLIDAYS Take the insider’s path to Europe as you delve deep into the heart of a particular region or travel on one of our multi-country itineraries. Your Travel Director and Local Guides reveal the unique people, places and sights that make each destination so special. Plus, we’ll also look after all of your accommodation, transport, breakfasts and other included meals.

TRAIN HOLIDAYS 8 Some of Europe’s most picturesque regions are best seen by rail, so we’ve designed Train Holidays that help you see more of the places not always accessible by coach. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced Trafalgar Travel Director and stay in ideally located First Class accommodation.

AT LEISURE o Our At Leisure guided holidays are expertly designed to give you more time to savour every part of your holiday. • All accommodation and transportation included • Average stays of two or three nights • Depart no earlier than 9am on most travelling days • Plenty of free time to explore on your own • Services of a Travel Director • Small Group Sightseeing in select locations To find out more visit www.TravelAtLeisure.com.au

FAMILY EXPERIENCES q Designed to captivate travellers of all ages, every element of our Family Experiences guided holidays are tailored to the travel needs of families. • All accommodation and transportation included • Services of a Travel Director • In-depth sightseeing and family-friendly activities • Local dining experiences To discover our full range of family holidays, see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure, or watch it all come to life at www.FamilyTravelExperiences.com.au Now that you know about the types of holidays on offer, you’re sure to find your dream holiday within our itinerary pages.

Cruise along the canals on a gondola ride in Venice

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Trafalgar gives you a great deal more!

Hvar, Croatia

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNTS BOOK NOW FOR THE BEST DEAL! Book and pay early for these massive savings. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn.

SAVE $685 UP TO

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Pay in full on or before 27th Dec 2012 and SAVE UP to $685 per person

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Pay in full on or before 28th Feb 2013 and SAVE UP to $514 per person

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Pay in full on or before 30th Apr 2013 and SAVE UP to $343 per person

This discount CAN be combined with other discounts where applicable and only applies to holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount” in the price panel. Deposits must be paid at the time of booking and the balance be paid in full on or before the discounts end date. BOOK YOUR AIR EARLY TO GET THE BEST LAND AND AIR DEAL POSSIBLE!

SINGLE TRAVELLERS One of the great benefits of guided holidays is the ease of travelling solo. Trafalgar makes it simple by offering the following options:

Guaranteed room share When travelling alone, we understand that some guests don’t want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That's why on the majority of our itineraries we give you the option to room share. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a 'two bed' basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note, we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. IMPORTANT: This service does not apply to City Breaks, Train Holidays, extra nights' accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean itineraries except the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and The Best of Turkey.

Single supplement value If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you’ll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement.

TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

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Trafalgar's Gold Seal Additional Protection provides insurance coverage for you while you’re away, including trip cancellations or interruptions due to illness. For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection information on page 243.

TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & & FRIENDS FRIENDS Travel together and save money

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5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the LAND-only portion of your holiday. So it pays to get together with your family and friends! 9 or more: If 9 or more people travel together, we offer attractive group discounts based on the number of people travelling. In a group of 9 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip. In a group of 16 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip. IMPORTANT: Space is limited to one group per motorcoach. These discounts cannot be combined with our Young Traveller Discount or Triple Room Reductions. All guests’ names must be advised to Trafalgar at the time of booking in order to qualify. The discount is per person only and does not apply to City Breaks, Train Holidays, extra nights' accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean itineraries except the Greek Island Hopper, The Best of Greece (without cruise), The Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and The Best of Turkey. *Discount is on a twin-share basis only.

DEFINITE DEPARTURES Definite Departures are holidays which have surpassed minimum booking numbers, confirming operation. Once a holiday reaches its minimum guest number, it will become a Definite Departure, identified on the Trafalgar website with a green tick:  See www.trafalgar.com for more information.


YOUNG TRAVELLERS (5-17) Share your holiday with your family

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Take advantage of a great discount off the LAND-only portion of your trip when you travel with your family. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure and MUST be accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room)

IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. Children under 5 years of age are NOT accepted on any guided holiday. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the time of travel to be eligible. This discount cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends Discount and does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation and any holidays in our Eastern Mediterranean section except the Greek Island Hopper, the Best of Greece, (without cruise), the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey.

2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday

Fly to Europe from $1,699

When you book any Trafalgar holiday in this brochure you can take advantage of great air deals from our partners which start from just $1,699 into Paris or Rome return economy*. Our partners also offer great savings on Premium Economy and Business Class.

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5%

Book two Trafalgar trips, each 7 days or longer for a reduction of up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the trip with the shortest duration. Take three holidays and save on two! Ask your Travel Agent for suggestions on your perfect holiday combination. There are too many to list here! IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the maximum value of how much you will save. Holidays are combinable with second and subsequent additional holidays. Holidays must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean holidays except the Greek Island Hopper, The Best of Greece (without cruise), the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey.

FREQUENT TRAVELLER DISCOUNT If you have travelled with us before, you’re entitled to a 5% discount off the LAND-only portion of the next Trafalgar holiday of your choice. You will need to travel within five years of your last trip and be a member of the Trafalgar Travel Club to qualify for this discount.

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Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines offers you the ultimate travelling experience. You will enjoy unprecedented levels of comfort, cuisine and in-flight entertainment from this multi award-winning airline. Choose from over 100 non-stop departures each week from Australia to Singapore, and beyond to a network of 98 destinations in 37 countries. *Schedules correct as at 31 July 2012

Act NOW and take full advantage of this great offer! IMPORTANT: Trafalgar’s Travel Club is not available retroactively. Only one credit is available per person, per year, and only one credit can be redeemed against each further holiday. The Trafalgar Travel Club Discount does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements and airport transfers.

TRIPLE ROOM SHARING REDUCTION

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Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction off the LAND-only portion of your holiday price. Each itinerary lists the Triple Room Reduction per person. Refer to the itinerary of your choice.

IMPORTANT: Triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. This reduction cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends discounts. This reduction only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple Room Reduction offer.

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Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia The alliance between Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways offers a comprehensive schedule of 24 weekly flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi and beyond to Europe, the UK and more, providing customers with seamless connections across each of their respective networks. Customers will also benefit from reciprocal Velocity Frequent Flyer and Etihad Guest programs.

For full details on these air deals and more great offers see your travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com *Air price based on low season travel to Paris; seasonal surcharges apply for other departures. Other destinations are available. Air price is inclusive of government taxes, airline fees and fuel and ETS surcharges for direct flights only. Valid as of 31 JUL 2012 and are subject to change, availability or withdrawal without notice. All air bookings are to be created and owned by Trafalgar. For full terms and conditions for each airline, please refer to the offers tab on www.trafalgar.com 11798TTEK

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Parthenon, Athens, Greece

The Louvre, Paris, France

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy


House of William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon, England

City Breaks yours to discover and explore Explore the great cities of Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean on a truly personal journey of discovery with Trafalgar’s City Breaks. These exciting holidays are specifically designed for travellers who want to explore on their own, but still enjoy the benefits of Trafalgar’s insider knowledge. There are seven City Breaks to choose from.

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • A choice of Superior First Class hotels • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach on sightseeing tours and transfers

Roman baths, Bath, England

• Breakfast daily • Introductory sightseeing tours with Local Guides and Coach Drivers • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at Trafalgar’s recommended hotels • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary airport transfers on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see page 242 for details

Tower Bridge, England

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London, Stratford & Bath SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths and view Bath Abbey with your Local Guide. • Stonehenge Visit the mysterious ancient monoliths. • Stratford-upon-Avon A full day’s sightseeing including a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

ENGLAND Stratford-upon-Avon

Bath

• Hot Buffet breakfasts daily

LONDON

• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 27. • Your choice of First Class, Superior First Class or Deluxe hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats on day excursions. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London. • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply, see page 242 for details. • 5 Local Guides in London, Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Find out more on www.trafalgar.com Visit our website to find out more about travelling with Trafalgar. Take advantage of our latest offers and Last Minute Deals, create your own eBrochure combining all of your favourite itineraries and sign up to our eNewsletter to receive regular updates from us.

Duration: 7 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1199 per person twin share Ref: See Below Departures commence in London on Sundays and end in London on Saturdays

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (FRM7) Twin Single Departures Share Supp between 31 Mar - 25 Aug 1299 750 1 - 29 Sep 1325 750 Park Plaza Riverbank (RPA7A)

Departures between 6 - 27 Oct

Twin Share 1299

Single Supp 750

Twin Departures Share between 31 Mar - 21 Apr 1199 28 Apr - 4 May 1275 5 May - 23 Jun 1325 The Cumberland (CMB7A)

Single Supp 690 770 820

Departures between 30 Jun - 25 Aug 1 - 29 Sep 6 - 27 Oct

Twin Share 1250 1350 1325

Single Supp 730 820 820

Twin Share 1275 1525

Single Supp 580 680

Departures between 1 - 29 Sep 6 - 27 Oct

Twin Share 1550 1525

Single Supp 700 700

Departures between 31 Mar - 7 Apr 14 Apr - 25 Aug

FIRST CLASS: (Ref. FRM7) SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS: DELUXE: (Ref. CMB7A) Holiday Inn Kensington (Ref. RPA7A) Park Plaza The Cumberland (Deluxe) Forum (F) Riverbank (SF) All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room share is not available on this trip. Triple room accommodation available on request.

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Stonehenge

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24 – 25 and 240 – 241.

Overnight stays

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English Channel DAY 1 ARRIVE LONDON (6 NIGHTS) Welcome to London! Relax after your journey, or begin exploring Britain’s lively, exciting capital. DAY 2 LONDON SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide shows you the city’s major landmarks on your half-day sightseeing trip, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The tour ends in central London, giving you the freedom to spend the rest of the day as you choose. Discover more of London’s fantastic attractions or shop in the West End including the exclusive designer boutiques along Bond Street and Knightsbridge, and Harrods luxurious department store. DAY 3 LONDON – FREE TIME Plan the day around your interests. London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and home to a large number of museums, art galleries, parks, theatres and concert venues. Consider a stroll through Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. Visit an exhibition at a museum nearby or call in at Madame Tussauds or the Tate Modern. Perhaps take an excursion to the famous castle at Royal Windsor. This evening, you might like to see one of London’s top stage productions in the West End. DAY 4 BATH EXCURSION 5 Admire superb Georgian architecture during your visit to the spa town of Bath. Your sightseeing includes a guided tour of the Roman Baths and views of Bath Abbey. Cross Salisbury Plain to visit the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Return to London in the late afternoon. DAY 5 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON EXCURSION 5 Spend a full day exploring William Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon. Your guided sightseeing tour of this literary place of pilgrimage includes views of half-timbered Elizabethan architecture and a visit to the Bard’s birthplace. DAY 6 LONDON – FREE TIME On your final day, why not visit the Victoria and Albert Museum or spend time in the cafés and antique shops of fashionable Notting Hill? Consider a cruise along the River Thames to the Tower of London and Greenwich, home of the National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Meridian. Later, you might like to experience the unique atmosphere of London’s pubs, the social hub of city life! DAY 7 DEPART LONDON This morning bid farewell to this exciting city after your memorable stay. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.


London Week A SPECIAL TRAFALGAR PACKAGE INCLUDING SIGHTSEEING AND HOP-ON HOP-OFF TICKETS PLUS FREE BUS AND UNDERGROUND PASS.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Half day sightseeing. See the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Hot buffet breakfast daily.

Tower Bridge, London

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 27. • Your choice of Superior First Class or Deluxe hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Tickets for the Original London Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour. • FREE off-peak travel on central London’s buses and Underground (subway) trains zones 1 & 2 for three days. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London. • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply, see page 242 for details.

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Duration: 7 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1075 per person twin share Ref: See Below

A warm welcome to London, one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world! This flexible package is designed to help you get the most from your visit to London. To help get your bearings, we take you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Then London is yours! Explore the British Museum, visit the City of London’s business district and the Tower of London. Call in at Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard or a River Thames cruise to Greenwich, home of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and much more. Shopping is just as tempting and varied. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses can be found on Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and many other stylish shops and boutiques. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, the Kings Road in Chelsea and Camden Market. Make the most of your stay by planning a selection of optional excursions. From Windsor Castle to Oxford’s ornate colleges and Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, there are many great attractions to choose from. Trafalgar’s London Week also includes tickets for the Original London Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour plus the added bonus of three days’ included free off-peak travel on the city’s central bus and underground network. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

YEAR ROUND DAILY DEPARTURES Holidays start daily 1 April 2013 to 31 October 2013 Twin Share

Single Supp. Option

Ref Code: Category LPC5 Superior First Class RPA5 Superior First Class

Hotel Park Plaza County Hall 1 - 25 Apr 28 Jun - 28 Aug All other dates* *Sat - Tue departures supplement Park Plaza Riverbank 1 - 25 Apr & 28 Jun - 28 Aug All other dates* *Sat - Tue departures supplement

KEH5 Superior First Class ESU5 Superior First Class

Hilton Kensington 1095 355 Thistle Euston 1260 530 *Fri - Mon departures supplement 25

CMB5 Deluxe

The Cumberland 1 - 10 Apr 1150 11 - 13 Apr 1325 14 Apr - 31 Oct* 1395 * Monday depts supplement 30

1075 1160 1199 25

715 800 855

1085 730 1150 785 25

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Triple room accommodation available on request. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. For daily winter departures (1 November 2013 to 31 March 2014) please contact your Travel Agent for winter prices. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

COST SAVER

Costsaver Option: For a similar trip featuring Moderate Class hotels see our 2013 Costsaver brochure or visit www.trafalgar.com.

CITY BREAKS

595 660 700 –

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

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London & Paris Tower of London

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. • Windsor Visit the royal town of Windsor and the castle. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet breakfasts daily

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 27. • Superior First Class hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London and Paris. • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply, see page 242 for details. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • 5 Local Guide in London and Paris. • J Audio Headsets Provided in Paris to enhance your included sightseeing.

EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY REF: FLPS Magic & Make Believe

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2013

EURO PE, NORT H AMER ICA & SOUT H AMER ICA

DAY 1 TO DAY 4 LONDON (4 NIGHTS) 5 Experience London - from the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Horse Guards to the welcoming pubs and bustling markets – this city has it all. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the sights and sounds of London. On your first full day in London, your Local Guide takes you on a morning sightseeing tour including views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. On your second full day enjoy an excursion to the Royal town of Windsor, with an included visit to the castle and free time to shop. The rest of the time in London is yours to enjoy as you please. Stroll through Hyde Park, visit the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, have lunch in Covent Garden or explore Camden Markets. Shop in the West End, Bond Street and Knightsbridge, enjoy a top stage production or take a trip outside of the city to the pretty Cotswolds – your options are endless and your Local Host will be available to suggest activities or to help with organizing any excursions during your stay. Hotel: Thistle Euston (SF) Eiffel Tower, Paris


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Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1665 per person twin share

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LONDON Windsor

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Channel Tunnel

BELGIUM

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Departures commence in London on Mondays and ends in Paris on Mondays Superior - Code LLPS Departures between Twin Share Single Supplement $1925 $730 1 Apr - 6 May 13 May - 1 Jul

$1950

$750

8 Jul - 19 Aug

$1925

$730

26 Aug - 30 Sep

$1975

$750

7 Oct - 28 Oct

$1950

$750

6 4 Nov - 31 Mar

$1665

$640

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am.

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DAY 5 TO DAY 7 PARIS (3 NIGHTS) 5 Transfer to St. Pancras International Station in London and board the Eurostar, a high-speed train service, to Gare du Nord in central Paris. On arrival in the French capital, you are transferred to your hotel for three nights in this vibrant city. The next morning, meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of Paris which includes an ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, a wonderful drive up the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and views of Notre Dame Cathedral. Afterwards, you are free to do as you please. There is time to sample a pâtisserie, to shop in the chic French boutiques or to enjoy a visit to the Palace of Versailles or the Louvre – the choice is yours. This evening, why not take in a spectacular Parisian cabaret? Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse (SF)

6 Winter Departures (WLLP): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

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DAY 8 DEPART PARIS After breakfast, bid your new-found friends ‘au revoir’ as your city break comes to an end. Transfers to Charles De Gaulle airport are available. Conditions apply. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

CITY BREAKS

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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London, Paris & Rome Colosseum, Rome

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet breakfast daily.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all first class features, refer to page 27. • Superior First Class hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris and associated transfers. • Flight from Paris to Rome and associated transfers. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London, Paris and Rome. • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply, see page 242 for details. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • 5 Local Guide in London, Paris and Rome. • J Audio Headset Provided in Paris and Rome to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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DAY 1 TO DAY 3 LONDON (3 NIGHTS) 5 After check-in to your hotel, the rest of your day is free. On your first full day in London, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour including views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The rest of your time in London is yours to do as you wish! Choose from any number of world-class museums and galleries. Walk in famous parks such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Mix with the famous and infamous at Madame Tussauds. Watch top stage productions at any one of London’s forty-plus West End theatres. The choice is yours! Hotel: Thistle Euston (SF) DAY 4 TO DAY 6 PARIS (3 NIGHTS) 5 Take the Eurostar high-speed train from London’s St. Pancras International station to Gare du Nord in Paris. The following day, your Local Guide brings the city to life during your sightseeing tour, which includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower to the second level. Later, you might like to dine at a restaurant on the Left Bank and perhaps round off the evening with a spectacular Parisian cabaret. Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse (SF)

Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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PARIS

FRANCE

AUSTRIA

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ITALY

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Duration: 10 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $2150 per person twin share Ref: LPRS

IRELAND

SLOVENIA

CROATIA

Departures commence in London on Tuesdays and ends in Rome on Thursdays Superior - Code LPRS Departures between Twin Share Single Supplement $2435 $850 2 Apr - 7 May 14 May - 18 Jun

$2485

$860

25 Jun - 2 Jul

$2425

$840

9 Jul - 20 Aug

$2385

$830

27 Aug - 24 Sep

$2499

$860

1 Oct - 29 Oct

$2485

$860

6 1 Nov - 25 Mar

$2150

$730

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. The above prices include airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.

SPAIN ROME

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Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am.

6 Winter Departures (WLPR): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

Mediterranean Sea Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

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DAY 7 FLIGHT FROM PARIS TO ROME (3 NIGHTS) D After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Rome, the Eternal City. Check-in to your hotel, then spend the rest of the day relaxing or strolling through the ancient streets and soak up the unique ambience! Hotel: Villa Pamphili (SF) DAY 8 TO DAY 9 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 Experience the delights of two full days in this exciting city. Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour on the first morning, which includes views of the Forum, Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were staged in ancient Rome. The spectacle continues with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Afterwards, Rome is yours to discover. Admire Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and shop for the latest fashions on the elegant Via Condotti. In the evenings, Rome’s many restaurants offer all manner of mouth-watering specialities for you to try!

COST SAVER

Costsaver Option: For a similar trip featuring Moderate Class hotels please see our 2013 Costsaver brochure or visit www.trafalgar.com

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DAY 10 DEPART ROME After breakfast say ‘arrivederci Roma’. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

CITY BREAKS

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High-speed Eurostar

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Paris Week SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

Paris by night

• Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Seine. • Fragonard Perfumery Visit to the Fragonard Perfumery and Museum. • Gardens of Versailles Half-day excursion to Louis XIV’s Palace and Gardens of Versailles.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet breakfast daily.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 27. • Superior First Class hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Paris. • Discount vouchers for leading department stores and shops. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see below. • 5 Local Guide in Paris. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

SEVEN NIGHTS IN FRANCE’S CAPITAL! 5 Experience seven unforgettable nights in one of Europe’s capitals. Your fantastic journey starts with a guided sightseeing tour featuring views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Also included is a cruise on the Seine River and a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery and Museum. Undoubtedly another highlight of your holiday is an included half-day excursion to Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, renowned for its stunning interior and spectacular ornamental gardens. This leisurely City Break gives you the opportunity to explore Paris in your own time and at your own pace. You will never tire of the city’s attractions and there is always something new to discover. Paris is perfect for culture lovers and offers an array of famous museums and galleries including the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Pompidou centre. Shop in chic boutiques and elegant department stores or simply relax at an outdoor café and watch the world go by. When the sun goes down, the city is still bursting with life. Wander through the Latin Quarter and dine in Bohemian Montmartre. Don’t miss a spectacular cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge or Nouvelle Eve. You can also make the most of your stay with a selection of optional excursions, including the home and gardens of the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, at Giverny. A Trafalgar Local Host will be available to advise and organise excursions and activities. Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse (SF) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

COST SAVER

Montmartre Café

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1375 per person twin share Ref: PWES Departures start and end in Paris between 7 Apr 2013 up to and including 22 Dec 2013

Superior First Class (PWES) Twin Single Departures Share Supp between 1 - 29 Sep 1625 1030 6 - 27 Oct 1599 1030 850 6 3 Nov - 22 Dec 1375 Please note: Guaranteed Room Share, Triple Rooms and additional nights are not available on this trip. Departures between 7 Apr - 23 Jun 30 Jun 7 Jul - 25 Aug

Twin Share 1599 1450 1425

Single Supp 1030 860 850

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am.

6 Winter Departures (WCPS): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

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Paris & Rome SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

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• Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta.

THE NETHERLANDS

BELGIUM

GERMANY

PARIS

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FRANCE

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

• Buffet breakfast daily.

ITALY

SLOVENIA

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 27. • Superior First Class hotel accommodation which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Paris and Rome. • Flight from Paris to Rome and associated transfers. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Rome • J Audio Headsets Provided in Paris and Rome to enhance your sightseeing experiences.

COST SAVER

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Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1585 per person twin share Ref: PARS Departures commence in Paris on Fridays and ends in Rome on Fridays Superior - Code PARS Departures between Twin Share Single Supplement $1775 $630 5 Apr - 10 May 17 May - 21 Jun

$1825

$640

28 Jun - 5 Jul

$1750

$610

12 Jul - 23 Aug

$1699

$600

30 Aug - 27 Sep

$1850

$640

4 Oct - 25 Oct

$1825

$640

6 1 Nov - 28 Mar

$1585

$550

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Mediterranean Sea

Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

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DAY 1 TO DAY 3 PARIS (3 NIGHTS) 5 Welcome to Paris! After check-in, there is time to relax and unwind. On your first morning, your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating sightseeing tour. Ascend the Eiffel Tower to the second level for amazing views of Paris. Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy views of Notre Dame Cathedral. Spend the rest of your time sightseeing and shopping in smart boutiques. Visit world-class museums such as the Louvre or perhaps take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Sample the local cuisine and maybe see a renowned Parisian cabaret! Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse (SF) DAY 4 FLIGHT FROM PARIS TO ROME (4 NIGHTS) D After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Rome, the Eternal City. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, home for the next four nights! Spend the evening exploring or simply relax and watch the world go by. Hotel: Villa Pamphili (SF) DAY 5 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 This morning, your Local Guide brings the city to life with a half day sightseeing tour featuring views of the Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus as well as a visit to St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Spend the rest of the day as you please. DAY 6 TO DAY 7 ROME FREE TIME Spend two full days exploring this exciting city. From Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to the elegant shops on the Via Condotti and from the ancient Forum to the colourful Piazza Navona, Rome is yours to discover. In the evenings, savour the city’s mouth-watering cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. DAY 8 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your companions at the end of a memorable holiday in Paris and Rome. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am.

6 Winter Departures (WPAR): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

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CITY BREAKS

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Rome, Athens & Istanbul Blue Mosque, Istanbul

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. • Athens Guided tour of the city as well as an included guided visit to the Acropolis to view the Parthenon. • Istanbul Orientation of the city. Sightseeing tour includes visits to the Topkapi Palace and the Treasury section, Saint Sophia Basilica and the Blue Mosque.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet Breakfast daily. • E Welcome Drink with your Trafalgar Local Host in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats on day excursions. • Flight from Rome to Athens and associated transfers. • Flight from Athens to Istanbul and associated transfers. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Rome, Athens and Istanbul. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • 5 Local Guides in Rome, Athens and Istanbul. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome! During the reign of the Roman Empire this was the most important political and cultural capital and the influence of this city on our modern day lives is still evident today. After all, it is said that ‘all roads lead to Rome’! This city has been the seat of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic religion since the second century. After check-in to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore. Your Local Host will meet you at the hotel this evening for a Welcome Drink to discuss your itinerary and provide suggestions on how to get the most out of your stay. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 Today’s highlight is the magnificent Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy an included visit with your Local Guide into the Chapel to admire the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Later you will see another of his masterpieces in St. Peter’s Basilica – the marble sculpture, the Pietà. This afternoon, cross the Tiber to see the remains of ancient Rome with views of the Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Later time to relax or explore further. Your Local Host can recommend restaurants for dinner. (BB) DAY 3 ROME AT LEISURE After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore or relax in this fabulous city! Perhaps go shopping down the Via del Corso and stop for a gelato or visit one of the many museums and attractions on offer. Your Local Host can advise you on the wide range of excursions available. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – ATHENS (3 NIGHTS) D Today you will be transferred to the airport in Rome for your flight to the Greek capital city – Athens. This fascinating city is one of the world’s oldest with around 3,400 years of recorded history. It is widely referred

Parthenon, Athens


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to as the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Once home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is still a centre for the arts, philosophy and education today. After checking into your hotel you will be welcomed by your Local Host who will be able to advise you regarding activities and excursions in Athens. Perhaps consider a dinner in the famous Plaka area this evening? (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF)

Duration: 10 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $2899 per person twin share Ref: ROAI Price per Person

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Ends Istanbul

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640 640 640

Tue 23 Jul Tue 30 Jul

Thu 1 Aug Thu 8 Aug

2925 700 2925 700

2985 2985

640 640

Thu 16 May Thu 23 May Thu 30 May Thu 6 Jun

2985 2985 2985 2985

640 640 640 640

Tue 6 Aug Tue 13 Aug Tue 20 Aug Tue 27 Aug

Thu 15 Aug Thu 22 Aug Thu 29 Aug Thu 5 Sep

2925 2925 2925 2899

700 700 700 700

Tue 4 Jun Tue 11 Jun Tue 18 Jun Tue 25 Jun

Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 27 Jun Thu 4 Jul

2985 2985 2985 2985

640 640 640 640

Tue 3 Sep Tue 10 Sep Tue 17 Sep Tue 24 Sep

Thu 12 Sep Thu 19 Sep Thu 26 Sep Thu 3 Oct

2985 2985 2985 2985

640 640 640 640

Tue 2 Jul Tue 9 Jul Tue 16 Jul

Thu 11 Jul Thu 18 Jul Thu 25 Jul

2985 2985 2925

640 640 700

Tue 1 Oct Tue 8 Oct Tue 15 Oct Tue 22 Oct Tue 29 Oct

Thu 10 Oct Thu 17 Oct Thu 24 Oct Thu 31 Oct Thu 7 Nov

2985 2985 2985 2985 2985

640 640 640 640 640

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Ends Istanbul

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Tue 2 Apr Tue 9 Apr Tue 16 Apr Tue 23 Apr Tue 30 Apr

Thu 11 Apr Thu 18 Apr Thu 25 Apr

2985 2985 2985

Thu 2 May Thu 9 May

Tue 7 May Tue 14 May Tue 21 May Tue 28 May

GREAT SAVINGS Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. The above prices include airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day in Istanbul will be provided for guests who have advised Trafalgar of their flight details. Important note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.

DAY 7 ATHENS – ISTANBUL (3 NIGHTS) D Today you will be transferred to the airport in Athens for your flight to Istanbul which is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents – Europe and Asia. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Istanbul, the commercial capital of Turkey, is a fascinating city which is yours to explore. After checking into your hotel you will be met by your Trafalgar Local Host who will help to arrange any activities or excursions in Istanbul. (BB) Hotel: Innova Sultanahmet (F)

DAY 5 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING 5 This morning you will be met at the hotel after breakfast by your Local Guide who will take you on an included sightseeing tour of the city’s main sights. You will view the impressive Parthenon on the Acropolis. This is one of the most important buildings of classical Greece and many political and social events have taken place here over the years. Construction began in the year 447 BC before it was finally completed sixteen years later in 431 BC. Dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, it is known as the protector of the people of Athens. Later, there is time to relax or explore further. Your Local Host will be on hand to advise you on recommended restaurants for dinner. (BB) DAY 6 ATHENS AT LEISURE After breakfast, enjoy a full day to do whatever you wish in this fabulous city! Perhaps consider a day cruise from Piraeus to see some of the beautiful Greek Islands including Poros, Hydra and Aegina. Or why not consider taking an excursion to Cape Sounion? (BB)

DAY 9 ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING 5 This morning, with your Local Guide, visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica, built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. (BB) DAY 10 DEPART ISTANBUL This morning it is time to bid farewell to this unforgettable city and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

CITY BREAKS

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

DAY 8 ISTANBUL ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city with your Trafalgar Local Host. Then the rest of the day is yours to explore. Maybe begin with the Grand Bazaar with its vast array of antiques, brassware, jewellery, clothes and carpets. Take the time to wander through the aromatic Spice Market with its extraordinary selection of spices and dried fruits. Your Local Host will be on hand if you need suggestions or help to plan your day. (BB)

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Cinque Terre

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Pisa, Tuscany

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Tuscany

Italy & Combinations Italy delivers gastronomic delights and inspiring works of Renaissance art, entwined with a vibrant history of empire and exploration. With your Travel Director by your side, you’ll experience the essence of Italy with visits to the famous sights as well as the secret places you’ll only see with Trafalgar. You’ll enjoy its delicious food and wine with authentic dining experiences in colourful local restaurants and trattorias. And you’ll fall in love with its genuine people, especially the Local Guides, who proudly share their knowledge of local history and customs with you. Choose from 17 Italy and Combinations holidays.

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities

Savour traditional Italian antipasti

• All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 242 for details

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Italian Holiday Venice

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is in here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities. • 5 Local Guide in Rome and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs with your Local Guide. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you! (WR) Hotel: Milton (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 View the Forum during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit the mighty Colosseum, site of public events, and see the Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for souvenirs or relax and watch the world go by. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – VENICE 5 l N Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Through Tuscan landscapes and terraced olive groves, over the Apennine hills, past Bologna and the across Veneto plains you arrive at your hotel in Venice. Enjoy dining at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Continental (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 6 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Florence.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence


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DAY 4 VENICE SIGHTSEEING – LAKE GARDA I N Savour the sights and sounds of this floating Byzantine city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Visit a glass-blowing workshop, with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later, travel to the Italian Lake District where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Poiano (F)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$188 p.p. $141 p.p. $94 p.p. $94 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

$180 $30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $53 per person.

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DAY 5 LAKE GARDA – FLORENCE B Enjoy stunning views of Lake Garda this morning. Perhaps take the opportunity to join a boat ride across its waters before continuing your journey to Florence. This evening, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 6 FLORENCE – ROME 5 In Florence, the city’s rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Travelling south, the Tuscan landscape − characterised by rolling hills and picturesque olive groves − is breath-taking. Through Umbria’s shady valleys with olive and cypress trees you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. Spend leisure time relaxing or exploring. (BB) Hotel: Executive Style (F) DAY 7 DEPART ROME After breakfast say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Sistine Chapel, Vatican State

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Rome & Tuscan Highlights O San Gimignano

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence and Assisi. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Rome, enjoy a guided visit to the Sistine Chapel with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public n Stop in Vinci - the town near where Leonardo da Vinci was born and visit a museum dedicated to the master. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. • San Gimignano Visit this medieval town with its ancient towers. • Siena Visit the medieval Tuscan city, home of the Palio horse race. • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles. View the Cathedral, Leaning Tower and Baptistery. • Vinci Visit this beautiful Tuscan town named after the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Tuscan Countryside Visit an olive grove including tastings of various varieties. • Assisi Walking tour includes a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! The city stands on the Tiber river and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will show you the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect introduction to the sights which await you! (WR) Hotel: Milton (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING – MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) (6 NIGHTS) m 5 l N Your included Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome where you view the enormous Colosseum and the ancient Forum, once the centre of Roman rule. Later, enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the spa resort of Montecatini, your home for the next six nights! (BB D) Hotel: Tamerici (F)/Francia & Quirinale (F) DAY 3 SAN GIMIGNANO AND SIENA EXCURSION Explore San Gimignano known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’, famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometres from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery. Later, in Siena, see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated annual Palio horse race, and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • F Highlight Lunch with wine in Montecatini. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n B Be My Guest dinner at an Agriturismo farmhouse. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in a trattoria in Rome.

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Tuscan street scene


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DAY 4 PISA AND VINCI EXCURSION l B In the coastal town of Pisa see the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble Cathedral and the ornate Baptistery. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you will hear all about the life of Leonardo da Vinci and enjoy an included visit to the Museo Leonardiano containing some of his work. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a wonderful Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills. (BB BG)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$210 p.p. $157 p.p. $105 p.p.

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$105 p.p.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 9 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Meet your travel companions before you go! Colosseum

DAY 5 MONTECATINI AT LEISURE Montecatini Terme is one of Italy’s most popular thermal spa destinations, and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please! Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day. (BB) DAY 6 FLORENCE EXCURSION 5 Your Local Guide gives you a fascinating account of the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. (BB) DAY 7 FLORENCE EXCURSION F Return to Florence for free time to explore this amazing city. Shop, take in the sights or join an optional excursion to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David - possibly the most famous sculpture in the world. This afternoon, enjoy a special Highlight Lunch in in the Chianti wine region. (BB HL) DAY 8 MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) – ASSISI – ROME 5 F Set on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit the Basilica during your walking tour with a Local Guide. In Rome

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Northern Italy

Including Cinque Terre INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take a private boat trip for an exclusive dinner on an island in the idyllic Lake Maggiore. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirates hideaway’ and then you will be served a delicious meal. • 5 Local Guide in Milan, Genoa and the Cinque Terre. • l Unique Insight Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a Parma ham and parmesan cheese museum near Parma.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Milan Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Villa Taranto Visit the magnificent botanical gardens. • Stresa Orientation tour of the town on Lake Maggiore. • Genoa Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Renaissance Palaces and Via Garibaldi. • Santa Margherita Orientation of this coastal town. • La Spezia Orientation of this coastal town. • Cinque Terre Excursion to the Cinque Terre with a visit to two of the towns. • Parma Orientation of the city. • Certosa di Pavia Visit the beautifully decorated monastic complex of Certosa di Pavia.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Milan. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner on an island in Lake Maggiore. n F Farewell Dinner in Milan.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre DAY 1 ARRIVE MILAN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Milan, Italy’s commercial and financial hub. Relax after check–in and later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: NH Touring (F)/Atahotel Quark (F) DAY 2 MILAN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Milan. View the sights of the city including the Gothic Cathedral, the glass–domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit a museum or perhaps consider an optional excursion to Sforza Castle. (BB) DAY 3 MILAN – BAVENO (2 NIGHTS) l B Drive north–west to the Italian Lake District. Found on the southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is one of the most famous sights in Lombardy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. See azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias. You will have free time here for lunch. Later, stop to view the sights of Stresa on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) Hotel: Simplon (F) DAY 4 BAVENO FREE DAY N A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an excursion to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. This evening dine at your hotel. (BB D)

Palazzo Reale, Genoa


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DAY 5 BAVENO – GENOA – SANTA MARGHERITA – LA SPEZIA (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a Local Guide. View some of the majestic Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi. Stop in Santa Margherita for free time to explore or consider joining a short boat cruise excursion to Portofino (subject to weather conditions). Later, arrive and check–in to your hotel in La Spezia for a two night stay. (BB D) Hotel: NH La Spezia (F)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$200 p.p. $150 p.p. $100 p.p.

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$100 p.p.

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$190 $40

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Milan Malpensa Airport will operate at 9.00am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

the manufacture of this popular cheese. This afternoon you will stop at the famous Carthusian Monastery Certosa di Pavia to admire the gothic and renaissance architecture of this monastic complex. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director. (BB FD) Hotel: Novotel Milano Ca Granda (F) DAY 9 DEPART MILAN This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

L Gardens of Villa Taranto

DAY 6 LA SPEZIA – FULL DAY CINQUE TERRE EXCURSION 5 Enjoy an included full day excursion to see the Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your Local Guide. (BB) DAY 7 LA SPEZIA – LANGHIRANO – PARMA I Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as you drive towards Parma stopping in a small town called Langhirano. Here you will visit the Museum of Prosciutto di Parma and hear about this gastronomic delicacy which is famous the world over. Stop to take a picture of the castle at Torrechiara before arriving in Parma for free time. This evening consider taking an excursion for a gourmet dinner. (BB) Hotel: Parma & Congressi (F) DAY 8 PARMA – SORAGNA – PAVIA – MILAN I F Today you will be able to enjoy another gastronomic product from the region. Stop in the small town of Soragna to visit Museo del Parmigiano–Reggiano to discover the history and process involved in

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Milan & Italian Treasures O Lake Como

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Dinner of delicious local specialities served in a converted 15th century convent set amongst the vineyards. • 5 Local Guide in Verona and Modena. • l Unique Insight Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights▪ • Milan Orientation includes the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala. • Lake Como Visit the beautiful glacial lake. • Bergamo Visit this attractive town and admire the 15th and 16th century buildings at the Piazza del Duomo. • Lake Garda Visit the largest of Italy’s fresh water lakes, a region of exquisite natural beauty. • Bassano del Grappa Visit this town famous for its white brandy and covered bridge. • Marostica Visit the lovely 14th century town. • Sirmione View the imposing Scaligers Castle and visit the town. • Verona See Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena with your Local Guide. • Modena Visit this city for a walking tour with a Local Guide. View the Piazza Grande, Romanesque Cathedral and Ghirlandina Tower.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MILAN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Milan! Relax and unwind after your journey. Later, see the sights during an orientation of the city centre including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Melia Milano (SF) DAY 2 MILAN FREE TIME AND COMO EXCURSION Enjoy free time this morning to explore Milan. Later, travel to scenic Lake Como and visit Como town. Enjoy a cappuccino or a gelato in your free time before returning to Milan later in the afternoon. (BB) DAY 3 MILAN – BERGAMO – LAKE GARDA (5 NIGHTS) N Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the old town before continuing your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Villa Maria (F) DAY 4 MAROSTICA AND BASSANO DEL GRAPPA EXCURSION Your excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including lights snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Milan. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a villa converted from a 15th century convent. n F Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in Milan.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Piazza del Duomo, Milan


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Modena

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DAY 5 SIRMIONE AND VERONA EXCURSION 5 B Stop to see Scaligers Castle at Sirmione. In Shakespeare’s romantic city of Verona, see the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Guide. Spend this afternoon exploring this city at your own pace. Join your companions this evening and visit a villa near Lake Garda, converted from a 15th century convent, for a special Be My Guest dinner and vineyard experience. (BB BG)

$195 p.p. $146 p.p. $98 p.p. $98 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

$190 $50

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Milan Malpensa Airport will operate at 9.00am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

DAY 8 LAKE GARDA – MILAN F This morning, travel back to Milan for free time to explore the city. This evening, join your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Atahotel Quark (F) DAY 9 DEPART MILAN Say ‘arrivederci’ this morning to Italy and your companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Meet your travel companions before you go!

Bassano del Grappa

DAY 6 LAKE GARDA AT LEISURE You have a whole day to do as you please! Take a stroll along the sparkling lakeside, relax surrounded by beautiful scenery, or perhaps take an optional excursion to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range. (BB) DAY 7 MODENA EXCURSION 5 l N Enjoy today’s excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Guide will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral. Sample some of the local speciality balsamic vinegars. After short drive, visit the Ferrari Museum for an inside look at the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari. Later return to your hotel to enjoy a delicious meal. (BB D)

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Flavours of Italy Fresh Italian produce

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • l Unique Insight Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a delicious gelato on Piazza Navona. n Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • H Wine Tasting Visit a wine and olive oil outlet in the Chianti wine region for an informative talk and tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. • Greve Visit this gastronomic town in the chianti wine-growing region. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts, including Michelangelo’s David. • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles. View the Cathedral, Leaning Tower and Baptistery. • Parma Orientation of the city. • Bologna Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. Hear about the local gastronomy. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs with your Local Guide. • Secret Venice Experience Enjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and enjoy a guided walking tour through the calle. Visit the famous fruit market.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E I Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting holiday. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Colosseum and see Circus Maximus during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Sistine Chapel to see the breath-taking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – GREVE IN CHIANTI – COLLE VAL D’ELSA (3 NIGHTS) H B Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chiantis and extra virgin olive oils! Greve’s main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don’t forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near Florence. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Palazzo San Lorenzo (F) DAY 4 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING 5 l N Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Admire Piazza Signoria and the coloured marble Duomo. This evening over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow! (BB D) DAY 5 TUSCAN LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE F Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence by gaining a Unique Insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • F Italian cooking lesson and Highlight Lunch. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Parma. n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in a vineyard overlooking the Chianti hills. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

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Pisa


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590

Sun 28 Jul

Tue 6 Aug

2550 590

2625 2625 2625 2625

590 590 590 590

Sun 4 Aug Sun 11 Aug Sun 18 Aug Sun 25 Aug

Tue 13 Aug Tue 20 Aug Tue 27 Aug Tue 3 Sep

2550 2550 2550 2575

590 590 590 590

Tue 11 Jun Tue 18 Jun Tue 25 Jun Tue 2 Jul Tue 9 Jul

2625 2625 2625 2625 2575

590 590 590 590 590

Sun 1 Sep Sun 8 Sep Sun 15 Sep Sun 22 Sep Sun 29 Sep

Tue 10 Sep Tue 17 Sep Tue 24 Sep Tue 1 Oct Tue 8 Oct

2650 2650 2650 2650 2625

590 590 590 590 590

Tue 16 Jul Tue 23 Jul Tue 30 Jul

2575 2550 2550

590 590 590

Sun 6 Oct Sun 13 Oct Sun 20 Oct

Tue 15 Oct Tue 22 Oct Tue 29 Oct

2625 590 2625 590 2625 590

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Starts Rome

Ends Venice

Sun 28 Apr

Tue 7 May

2625

Sun 5 May Sun 12 May Sun 19 May Sun 26 May

Tue 14 May Tue 21 May Tue 28 May Tue 4 Jun

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participate in purchases for the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Highlight Lunch return to your Tuscan village for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please. (BB HL)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$265 p.p. $199 p.p. $133 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$133 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$260

Triple Room Reduction

$80

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Grand Canal, Venice

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB FD)

DAY 7 PARMA – BOLOGNA 5 A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialities. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an excursion to a nearby vineyard to hear about Pignoletto, Lambrusco and Sangiovese wines. (BB) Hotel: Una Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BOLOGNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) I See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a glass-blowing workshop for an informative demonstration and see other traditional crafts. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional activity. (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F) DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR 5 F Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your Local Guide brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco

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SEE THE ITINERARY FOR WHAT’S INCLUDED

There are numerous added attractions on this exciting Inspired Holiday. Participate in simple language lessons, visit food markets to buy local produce and wines for dinner, ‘meet the chef’ cooking experiences with demonstrations and culinary tips, visits to important gastronomic and wine producing areas, plus many more special features.

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DAY 6 COLLE VAL D’ELSA – PISA – PARMA F This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Square of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Highlight Dinner of local specialities awaits you. (BB HD) Hotel: Starhotels Du Parc (F)

DAY 10 DEPART VENICE This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Italian Discovery Covered arcade, Piazza San Carlo, Turin

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner with a local family who have lived for generations in the renowned Asti wine producing region. Spumante and Barbera d’Asti are just some of the speciality wines from the area which you will hear about before a delicious homecooked meal. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Pisa View the Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles. • Turin Orientation includes the Antonelliana building and Piazza San Carlo. • Italian Lakes View beautiful Lake Como. • Milan Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Verona See Juliet’s balcony and the Roman Arena. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Ferrara Visit the medieval city. • Bologna Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. • Assisi Walking tour with a Local Guide includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. Then, an evening orientation drive will take you to admire and view the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery! (WR) Hotel: NH Leonardo Da Vinci (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – FLORENCE 5 Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. View the city in all its glory from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your Local Guide reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. See the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 4 FLORENCE – PISA – TURIN B A short journey brings you to Pisa, and the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. There’s time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin, see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy an authentic and

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n B Be My Guest dinner in the Turin. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

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Statue of Neptune, Piazza della Signoria, Florence


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memorable Be My Guest dinner of delicious local specialities in a small family-run winery in renowned wine growing region of Asti. (BB BG) Hotel: Starhotels Majestic (F) DAY 5 TURIN – LAKE COMO – MILAN 5 N From Turin via Lake Como, you arrive in Milan. Your Local Guide takes you on a tour of the city’s spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and the renowned opera house La Scala. (BB D) Hotel: Atahotel Quark (F)

Fruit seller, Bologna

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470 470

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2399 2399 2399 2399 2399

470 470 470 470 470

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2399 2399 2399 2399

470 470 470 470

6

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470 470 470 470

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2335 2335 2335 2335 2425

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2425 2425 2425 2425

470 470 470 470

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Single Twin Supp. Share Option

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Sun 27 Oct Sun 3 Nov

2399 470 2385 470

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1925 1925 1925 1925

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Sun 13 Apr Sun 20 Apr

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6 6 6

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6 6 6 6 6 6 6

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$243 p.p. $182 p.p. $121 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$121 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$210

Triple Room Reduction

$40

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am.

DAY 6 MILAN – VERONA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Stop in Verona, where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to see Juliet’s balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena, still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice. (BB D) Hotel: Villa Mabapa (F) DAY 7 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I View the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass blowing workshop on Guidecca Island. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an optional excursion to one of the islands in the lagoon! (BB) DAY 8 VENICE – FERRARA – BOLOGNA 5 Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Later, in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams - your Local Guide shows you the sights including Neptune’s fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don’t forget to sample the excellent local cuisine! (BB) Hotel: Mercure Bologna Centro (F) DAY 9 BOLOGNA – ASSISI – ROME 5 F Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis’ hometown with a Local Guide. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of

6 Winter Departures (WTDI): Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, built on the site of his death. Later, travel south towards Rome, passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 10 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci’ to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Great Italian Cities O Duomo, Florence

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide of ‘Secret Venice’ and the Rialto fish market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Assisi Walking tour includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Pisa View the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. • Bologna Walking tour includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 1 threecourse dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner on a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - the perfect start to your Italian holiday! (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. (BB) DAY 3 ROME AT LEISURE Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an excursion to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – ASSISI – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Guide shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori (F) DAY 5 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING 5 B Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest Dinner in a historic castle. (BB BG) DAY 6 FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BB) DAY 7 FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) 5 N Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace.


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Pisa

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Fri 19 Apr Fri 26 Apr

Sun 28 Apr 2775 Sun 5 May 2775

700 700

Fri 3 May Fri 10 May Fri 17 May Fri 24 May Fri 31 May

Sun 12 May Sun 19 May Sun 26 May Sun 2 Jun Sun 9 Jun

2775 2775 2775 2775 2775

700 700 700 700 700

6

Fri 7 Jun Fri 14 Jun Fri 21 Jun Fri 28 Jun

Sun 16 Jun Sun 23 Jun Sun 30 Jun Sun 7 Jul

2775 2775 2775 2725

700 700 700 700

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2650 2650 2585 2585

660 660 660 660

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Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F) DAY 8 VENICE – CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION I Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch. (BB)

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

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600 600 600 600 660

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2799 2799 2799 2799

700 700 700 700

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$280 p.p. $210 p.p. $140 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$140 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$250

Triple Room Reduction

$120

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WGIC) Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $67 per person.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR & VISIT TO THE MARKET m F Enjoy a boat trip along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the colourful, centuries-old fish market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY REF: FGIC Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.trafalgar.com.

2013

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Contrasts of Italy High-speed Frecciargento train, Italy

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence and Venice. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. n Walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ with your Local Guide includes a visit to the colourful fish market and views of Marco Polo’s house. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietá. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts, including Michelangelo’s David. • Pisa See the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • Highlight Lunch with wine in Pisa. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • High-speed Frecciargento train from Rome to Florence in standard class. • High-speed Frecciargento train from Florence to Venice in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • On day excursions, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Later, an orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietá. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – FREE TIME Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking a trip to the ancient Catacombs, or take an excursion to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d’Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance architecture. This evening, why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Take the high-speed Frecciargento train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Guide shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Finish at Piazza Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori (F)

Spanish Steps, Rome


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DAY 5 FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA F This morning enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before a short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery - the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards, join your companions for a special Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB HL)

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2699 2699 2699 2675

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2725 2725 2725 2725 2699

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2599 2575 2575 2499

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2699 720 2699 720 2699 720

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$273 p.p. $204 p.p. $136 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$136 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$260

Triple Room Reduction

$100

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $47 per person.

DAY 8 CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION I Savour the sights and sounds of this unique Byzantine city as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge’s Palace on your orientation of the city. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the Accademia or relax and experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious seafood lunch! (BB) DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR 5 l F Your Local Guide brings the city’s rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient fish market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo, and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, and celebrate this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 6 FLORENCE – FREE TIME Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries, there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover, such as the Boboli and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city with wonderful markets where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence’s elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider an optional excursion to Chianti for dinner! (BB) DAY 7 FLORENCE – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) All aboard the express train for Venice! Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine hills and across the Veneto plain. It takes just 2 hours and 8 minutes to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. This evening, consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F)

DAY 10 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Meet your travel companions before you go! Sign up to the Trafalgar Online Community and get to know your fellow travellers before your trip even begins in your private Community Group. Ask questions, share handy travel tips and you can also chat with others in our forums. To get started, visit www.trafalgar.com/community/forums

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St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

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Corsica and Sardinia O Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest After a scenic drive through the countryside, enjoy warm Sardinian hospitality with a local family who will tell you about island life. Sample some of the local specialities while enjoying a delicious home cooked meal with local wine. • 5 Local Guide in Cagliari, Barumini and Bonifacio. • l Unique Insight Discover why Sardinia is famed for cork harvesting and export. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Sample delicious wines at a local Sardinian Winery.

Sightseeing Highlights • Cagliari Visit the castello district with a Local Guide including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. • Barumini Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the nuraghi of Su Nuraxi. • Alghero Orientation including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. • Bonifacio Enjoy a guided tour of this stunning fortified town. • Ile Rousse and Parc De Saleccia Enjoy an included excursion to visit the town and gardens. • Costa Smeralda Enjoy a scenic drive along this magnificent coastline. • La Maddalena Take a ferry to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. • Nuoro Visit the cultural capital of the island of Sardinia.

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Cagliari including a light meal and welcome drinks. n B Be My Guest Delicious dinner with a local Sardinian family near Alghero. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n 1 three course dinner. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Cagliari.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • Return ferry transportation between Sardinia and Corsica. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAGLIARI (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the capital of Sardinia and the island’s largest city located on the southern coast of Sardinia. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: T Hotel (SF) DAY 2 CAGLIARI SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 Explore Sardinia’s capital and the largest town on the island with a Local Guide. Visit the castello district including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. This afternoon consider an excursion to the botanical gardens. (BB) DAY 3 CAGLIARI – BARUMINI – ALGHERO (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Enjoy a scenic drive through the interior of the island stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage site Su Nuraxi which stands at the edge of Barumini, a farming town in Marmilla. A Local Guide will show you one of the most important architectural examples of early Sardinian civilization which is a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi. This megalithic complex was established in the late 2nd millennium B.C. during the Bronze Age. It remained buried until 1949, when a massive flood washed away the earth surrounding the upper section. It is regarded as the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form of prehistoric architecture in the world. Continue on to Alghero, a beautiful town with a strong Spanish influence. (BB D) Hotel: Carlos V (SF)

Bonifacio, Corsica


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$315 p.p. $236 p.p. $158 p.p.

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■ Sightseeing stops

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$280

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DAY 4 ALGHERO SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE B Your Travel Director will take you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero this morning. Although part of the kingdom of Italy for many generations, this lovely old town still retains an air of the Spanish region of Catalonia, since it once formed part of the kingdom of Aragon. The local residents still speak with a Spanish dialect. Many of the older buildings are in a Catalan Gothic style reminiscent of Barcelona. See sights including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. This afternoon consider an excursion to the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia. This evening a scenic drive will take you to the home of a local family to experience a delightful Sardinian Be My Guest experience. (BB BG)

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Cagliari Elmas Airport will operate at 11.15am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport at 4.30am and 7.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $84 per person.

time for lunch before visiting the landscaped garden of Parc de Saleccia which showcases a huge variety of Corsican and Mediterranean plants in a beautiful setting. This evening return to your hotel for dinner. (BB D) DAY 8 AJACCIO – BONIFACIO – FERRY TO SARDINIA – COSTA SMERALDA – OLBIA (2 NIGHTS) Travel back to Bonifacio for the return ferry crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura. From here enjoy a scenic drive along the fabulous Costa Smeralda coastline with its turquoise waters. Stop at the popular resort of Porto Cervo, the playground of the rich and famous developed by the Aga Khan in the 1960s before continuing to our hotel in Olbia. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Olbia Hermana (F) DAY 9 EXCURSION TO LA MADDALENA This morning take a trip back to the exclusive and beautiful Costa Smeralda, which owes its name to the green emerald-coloured waters. From the harbour town of Palau you will take a ferry to the to the unspolit island of La Maddalena. The old town perched on a hill is a charming maze of narrow streets and small squares. This is where the young Napoleon suffered the first defeat of his military career after islanders withstood a three-day siege launched from Corsica. Enjoy the scenery and sample some of the local cuisine in your free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel in Olbia. (BB)

Cagliari, Sardinia

DAY 5 ALGHERO – AJACCIO (3 NIGHTS) 5 After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive along the northern coast to Santa Teresa Gallura, before taking the ferry across to the French island of Corsica, just a few miles away (crossing time approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Bonifacio enjoy a tour with a Local Guide and then free time to explore this stunning fortified town. Dramatically situated on a limestone peninsula, there are spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the impressive Citadel plus a delightful harbour and marina. From Bonifacio, we continue to our luxurious hotel in Ajaccio for a three night stay. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Ajaccio Bay Resort & Spa (SF) DAY 6 AJACCIO AT LEISURE Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional excursion with lunch to the Gulf of Porto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Calanche of Piana and Gulf of Girolata. (BB) DAY 7 ILE ROUSSE AND PARC DE SALECCIA EXCURSION Today enjoy an excursion to Ile Rousse and Parc De Saleccia. The prosperous port of Ile de Rousse, developed to export local olive oil, is reminiscent of the French Riviera in style, with its palm-lined, grid-system streets, smart shops and lovely beaches. You will have free

DAY 10 OLBIA – NUORO – OLIENA – ORGOSOLO – CAGLIARI l H F Today travel south through the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia with ancient traditions which survive alongside modern life, evident in the landscape, the architecture and the cuisine. The museum in Nuoro, the capital of the province, has many reminders of the culture of this ancient population. Continue through the vineyards to Oliena where you will enjoy a Wine Tasting. See the ‘murales’ of Orgosolo and the famous bandit villages before returning to Cagliari for the final night of your trip. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers to celebrate your memorable holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Regina Margherita (F) DAY 11 DEPART CAGLIARI This morning, say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Corsica and Sardinian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

ITALY & COMBINATIONS : AT LEISURE

Santa Teresa Gallura

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Italy Bellissimo Marina, Capri

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit an ‘Agriturismo’ farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. n Visit an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Assisi Walking tour with a Local Guide includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Classe Visit St. Apollinaris Church to see the mosaics. • Venice Cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Bretna Canal See the Palladian villas. • Montecatini Orientation tour. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Siena Visit the medieval city famous for the Palio horse race.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 3 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner dinner at an Agriturismo farmhouse in heart of Tuscany. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica - the perfect introduction to your holiday. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel on your return to Rome. DAY 3 ROME – POMPEII – ISLE OF CAPRI (2 NIGHTS) 5 I N Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your Local Guide. In Sorrento, see fine local craftsmanship at an inlaid wood factory. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Regina Cristina (F) DAY 4 CAPRI ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the centre of local life! Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques, or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch. (BB) DAY 5 ISLE OF CAPRI – NAPLES – ASSISI 5 N Sail back across the Mediterranean to ‘Bella Napoli’. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your Local Guide shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died. Visit the Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Ora Cenacola (SF) DAY 6 ASSISI – CLASSE – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Visit the Basilica of Saint Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its glittering Byzantine mosaics. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB D) Hotel: Principe (F)/Amadeus(F)/Continental (F) DAY 7 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Venice is a remarkable Byzantine city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which is evident during your cruise to St. Mark’s Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This afternoon explore on your own,


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shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a boat trip around the islands in the lagoon! (BB) DAY 8 VENICE – BRENTA CANAL – MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) (2 NIGHTS) See the city’s ornate Palladian villas as you drive along the scenic Brenta Canal. Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Minerva Palace (F) DAY 9 FLORENCE EXCURSION 5 B Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your Local Guide shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo, magnificent Baptistery and Piazza Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country. (BB BG)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$295 p.p. $221 p.p. $148 p.p.

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$148 p.p.

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Triple Room Reduction

$80

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $84 per person.

Mosaics in St. Apollinaris, Classe

DAY 10 MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) – SIENA – ROME F Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the annual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a pavement café. Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio (F)/Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 11 DEPART ROME After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Italian Concerto O St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River, Rome

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis. • 5 Local Guide in Rome and Florence. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Pompeii, enjoy an expert guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy a tasting of popular Tuscan wines in Florence.

Sightseeing Highlights

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Una Hotel (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – AT LEISURE The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider a trip to the ancient catacombs or take an excursion to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d’Este. Visit museums and gardens, or simply experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk café in one of the city’s many piazzas. (BB)

• Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Amalfi View the Romanesque Church during your orientation of the town. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Ferrara See the home of the d’Este family. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

First Class Highlights • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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DAY 4 ROME – MONTE CASSINO – POMPEII – AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) (3 NIGHTS) 5 m N Stop to view the Abbey at Monte Cassino and visit the cemetery in the valley below. In Pompeii - buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: San Pietro (F)/Pietra Di Luna (F)/Panorama (F)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$303 p.p. $227 p.p. $151 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$151 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$290

Triple Room Reduction

$110

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Ancient street in Pompeii

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am.

DAY 5 AMALFI COAST FREE TIME N Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno! Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB D) DAY 6 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour which includes views of the Faraglioni Rocks, Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi town, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque Church. (BB) DAY 7 AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) North through Umbria and into Tuscany you arrive in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city’s many trattorias. (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F)/Adler Cavalieri (F) DAY 8 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND WINE TASTING 5 H B Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your Local Guide shows you all the main sights including the marble Duomo and Piazza Signoria, with its amazing sculptures. View the famous Ponte Vecchio, followed by a Wine Tasting with your Travel Director featuring popular Tuscan wines. Join your companions this evening for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate. (BB BG)

DAY 9 FLORENCE – FERRARA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) Marvel at the breath-taking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara, see the family home of the notorious d’Este family. Arrive later in the Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Continental (F) DAY 10 VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME I F See the island of St. George, the elegant Customs House, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square in your private launch. Stroll across St. Mark’s Square to see the Basilica and its campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends. (BB FD) DAY 11 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to your companions as your memorable Italian holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person.

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Best of Italy St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take a private boat trip for an exclusive dinner on an island in the idyllic Lake Maggiore. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirate’s hideaway’ and then you will be served a delicious meal. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. n Visit a traditional inlay wood-working workshop in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome View the Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Pompeii Visit the excavations. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. • Assisi Visit St. Francis’ Basilica. • Classe Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris and admire its mosaics. • Pomposa View the ancient Romanesque Abbey. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Verona See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. • Milan Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Lake Como Visit the beautiful Lake Como. • Pisa View the Leaning Tower. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Siena Visit this medieval Tuscan city, home of the Palio horse race.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Dinner on an island in Lake Maggiore. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 4 threecourse dinners with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Guide tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Corallo (F)/Johanna Park (F)/La Residenza (F) DAY 4 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe. (BB) DAY 5 SORRENTO – ASSISI 5 N Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescos depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Ora Cenacolo (SF) DAY 6 ASSISI – CLASSE – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Driving north from Assisi, cross the Apennines to the Adriatic Coast and the town of Classe, famous for ancient mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris. Admire the Romanesque Basilica of Pomposa. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for two nights. (BB D) Hotel: Albergo Hungaria (F) DAY 7 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Watch a demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. (BB)


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DAY 8 VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS) 5 N This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Guide. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Simplon (F) DAY 9 LAKE COMO EXCURSION B Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest luncheon experience. (BB BG) DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Croce Di Malta (F) DAY 11 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Signoria Square and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB) DAY 12 FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME F Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 13 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Duration: 13 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $2575 per person twin share

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$163 p.p.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WTBO): Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

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Italian Glory O Colosseum, Rome

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Dinner in an elegant Tuscan country villa with frescoed reception rooms overlooking the Chianti hills. • 5 Local Guide Local Guide in Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Pompeii, enjoy an expert guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ with your Local Guide includes a visit to the colourful fish market and views of Marco Polo’s house. n Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights • Como Orientation tour of this lakeside resort. • Milan Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Verona See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Florence Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations with a Local Guide. • Monte Cassino Enjoy views of the Abbey. • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MILAN – COMO (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region! Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior (F)/NH Pontevecchio (F) DAY 2 MILAN EXCURSION 5 Enjoy an orientation tour of Como before heading to Milan. In fashionable Milan, your Local Guide shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria. (BB) DAY 3 COMO – VERONA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) N See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s most famous play. There’s time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening − the perfect introduction to this romantic city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Villa Mapaba (F) DAY 4 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. (BB) DAY 5 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR AND VISIT TO THE MARKET 5 l Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your Local Guide brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful

Dining Highlights • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Como. n N 3 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a Tuscan country villa. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

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Delicious Italian cuisine


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architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! (BB) DAY 6 VENICE – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) B Travel through picturesque Tuscan countryside to Florence for your twonight stay. Tonight, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a local restaurant with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Roma (F)/Croce di Malta (F)

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Lake Como

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Milan Malpensa Airport will operate at 9.00am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

DAY 11 AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – POMPEII – ROME (2 NIGHTS) 5 m Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your Local Guide tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Abbey of Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion around the City of Light. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio (F)/Milton (F) DAY 7 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Learn about Florence’s artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Guide. See the multi-coloured Duomo and the Piazza Signoria. View Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an excursion to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’. (BB) DAY 8 FLORENCE – AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) (3 NIGHTS) N Drive south from Florence through the Arno Valley and past the Bay of Naples to your hotel in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Pietra Di Luna (F)/San Pietro (F)/Panorama (F) DAY 9 AMALFI COAST AT LEISURE Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean. The choice is yours! (BB) DAY 10 ISLE OF CAPRI AND AMALFI TOWN EXCURSION N Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri (weather permitting), and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, the Caesar

DAY 12 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 l F Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! This evening, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) DAY 13 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a memorable holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Augustus gardens and views of the Faraglioni Rocks during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D)

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Grand Italian Experience Trulli houses, Alberobello

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest In the heart of Murgia enjoy warm hospitality with a local Puglian family at their Masseria (farmhouse). Enjoy a traditional meal prepared with organic ingredients and sample the farm’s own wines. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • j Local Expert Visit the Carthusian Abbey in Pavia and enjoy guided commentary from one of the monks (when available). • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento. n Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Assisi Walking tour with your Local Guide includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Verona See Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and more. • Cortina d’ Ampezzo Visit this ski resort. • Milan Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Pavia Visit the Carthusian Abbey. • Portofino Cruise to this exclusive resort on the Italian Riviera. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Siena Orientation includes the Piazza del Campo and the marble Cathedral.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind after your journey. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your companions and your Travel Director, an expert on history and culture. Then take an orientation drive to see the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica a perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – ALBEROBELLO B Drive eastwards through the spectacular Abruzzi Mountains to the Alberobello region near the Adriatic coast. Enjoy a special Be My Guest Dinner in Alberobello. (BB BG) Hotel: Sierra Silvana (F)/Astoria Alberobello (F) DAY 4 ALBEROBELLO – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) See the unique limestone houses – trulli – during your orientation of the town of Alberobello. Continue your journey to Sorrento. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corsa Italia. (BB) Hotel: Corallo (F) DAY 5 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I N Watch a demonstration at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. See Capri town and view the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola during your guided walking tour. Visit the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos, and spend free time in Anacapri overlooking the town. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) DAY 6 SORRENTO – POMPEII – ASSISI 5 N Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Guide provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Continue your journey through the

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 4 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Alberobello. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

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Portofino, Italy


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hills of Frascati and Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Windsor Savoia (F) DAY 7 ASSISI – VERONA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) 5 Meet your Local Guide this morning for a walking tour of Assisi, including a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Continue your journey and visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB) Hotel: Biasutti (F) DAY 8 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Venice is a very special city. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local seafood lunch on the Island of Burano. (BB)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$360 p.p. $270 p.p. $180 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$180 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$350

Triple Room Reduction

$120

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $122 per person.

before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Park Hotel Suisse (F)

DAY 13 SANTA MARGHERITA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) 5 Travel south into Tuscany and the Renaissance city of Florence. Your walking tour with a Local Guide includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most famous landmarks. You might like to shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F)

Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi

DAY 9 VENICE – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO N Traverse the Veneto plains to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites - a winter sport resort which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. See the world-famous Olympic ski-jump and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Europa (F)/Bellevue (SF)/Four Points Sheraton (SF) DAY 10 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO – ITALIAN LAKES – MILAN 5 This morning, travel via the scenic Italian Lake district to fashionable Milan. See the Duomo, the Galleria, and the famous La Scala Opera House during your walking tour with your Local Guide. (BB) Hotel: Melia Milano (SF) DAY 11 MILAN – PAVIA – SANTA MARGHERITA (2 NIGHTS) j N Visit the Carthusian Abbey in Pavia, renowned for the exuberance of its architecture, and (when available) gain an insight into the monastic lifestyle from a Local Expert. Pass Genoa, Columbus’ birthplace, en route to the Italian Riviera. Cruise to the resort of Portofino (weather permitting)

DAY 14 FLORENCE FREE TIME Enjoy a full day to explore this fascinating city. You might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s statue of David or visit gardens and palaces like the Boboli and Pitti Palace. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. (BB) DAY 15 FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME F Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and Tuscan specialities before returning to Rome. Celebrate the end of your holiday this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 16 DEPART ROME After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 12 SANTA MARGHERITA FREE TIME Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an excursion to the beautiful Cinque Terre. (BB)

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Southern Italy & Sicily Taormina, Sicily

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Arrive at a spectacular Sicilian winery or ‘agriturismo’ surrounded by a vast expanse of vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna. Enjoy regional cuisine and savour the delicious wine which you will taste with an explanation from an expert sommelier. • 5 Local Guide in Pompeii, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome View St. Peter’s Basilica. • Monte Cassino View the Abbey and visit the Commonwealth Cemetery. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide. • Sorrento Orientation and demonstration of inlaid wood-working. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Taormina Discover the town of Taormina with a Local Guide and visit the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre. • Enna View the impressive fortress town of Enna. • Agrigento Visit the Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno with a Local Guide. • Erice Visit the Castle gardens. • Palermo Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Piazza Bellini and the cathedral. • Monreale View the Conca d’Oro and visit the Norman Cathedral. • Mondello Visit the fishing village.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: NH Villa Carpegna (F) DAY 2 ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) 5 From Rome, visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino. Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento. (BB) Hotel: Parco Del Sole (F) DAY 3 SORRENTO – ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I N Watch a demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri (weather permitting), and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, the Caesar Augustus gardens and views of the Faraglioni Rocks during your guided walking tour. Dine tonight at your hotel and spend the evening relaxing in Sorrento. (BB D)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 3 threecourse dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Sicily. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Palermo

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Cruise to the Isle of Capri. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Monreale Cathedral, Palermo


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GREAT SAVINGS DAY 4 SORRENTO – TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) (3 NIGHTS) N Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria and take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and the resort town of Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden (SF) DAY 5 TAORMINA ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Mount Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. (BB)

Marina Grande, Sorrento

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$230 p.p. $172 p.p. $115 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$115 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$220

Triple Room Reduction

$70

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Palermo Airport at 8.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

DAY 9 PALERMO SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSION TO MONREALE AND MONDELLO 5 F Meet your Local Guide this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See Piazza Bellini and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d’Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Visit the fishing village of Mondello with its breathtaking beach and join your companions and celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART PALERMO Say ‘arrivederci’ to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. DAY 6 TAORMINA FREE TIME B Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savour a delicious Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna. (BB BG) DAY 7 TAORMINA – ENNA – AGRIGENTO 5 N Enjoy spectacular views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your Local Guide takes you to visit the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace (SF)

EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY FSIP - Sorrento and Sicily Surprise For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.trafalgar.com

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DAY 8 AGRIGENTO – ERICE – PALERMO (2 NIGHTS) Visit the Balio gardens situated at the ruined Venus Castle for breathtaking views of the sea, saltpans, and wooded hillsides. Continue your journey to the Sicilian capital, Palermo. (BB) Hotel: Principe di Villafranca (SF)

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Best of Italy & Sicily Trevi Fountain, Rome

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Arrive at a spectacular Sicilian winery or ‘agriturismo’ surrounded by a vast expanse of vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna. Enjoy regional cuisine and savour the delicious wine which you will taste with an explanation from an expert sommelier. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Palermo and Agrigento. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. n Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Classe Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris to see the beautiful mosaics. • Assisi Walking tour includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide. • Palermo Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Piazza Bellini and the cathedral. • Monreale Visit the Norman Cathedral. • Mondello Visit the fishing village. • Agrigento Visit the Valley of the Temples. • Enna Views of the fortress town. • Sorrento Orientation includes a visit to an inlaid wood factory. • Isle of Capri Travel by ferry to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 4 threecourse dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a wine estate in Sicily. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo. • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – FLORENCE This morning, travel to the Renaissance city of Florence, with free time to take a leisurely stroll through historic streets and soak up the unique atmosphere! (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 4 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Experience the incredible sights of Florence on your walking tour with a Local Guide. See the magnificent marble Duomo, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio. Marvel at the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, drive to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola? (BB D) Hotel: Le Boulevard (F) DAY 5 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is spectacular! View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider a boat trip to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch. (BB) DAY 6 VENICE – CLASSE – ASSISI 5 N Drive south from Venice along the Adriatic coast to visit the Church of St. Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its wonderful mosaics. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Mondello, Sicily


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Basilica on your walking tour with a Local Guide. Visit the Church of St. Clare and shop for colourful ceramic pottery. (BB D) Hotel: Ora Cenacolo (SF) DAY 7 ASSISI – POMPEII – NAPLES – AT SEA 5 The ancient city of Pompeii was buried beneath volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and lay undiscovered for centuries. Your Local Guide gives a fascinating account of the excavations during your walking tour. A short journey brings you to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily’s capital. (BB) Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

DAY 12 TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery. (BB) Hotel: Cesare Augusto (F)

DAY 8 AT SEA – PALERMO 5 Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honeycoloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d’Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon. (BB) Hotel: Opera Plaza (F) DAY 9 PALERMO – AGRIGENTO 5 N In Agrigento, your Local Guide takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace (SF) DAY 10 AGRIGENTO – ENNA – TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) (2 NIGHTS) Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, stopping en route to enjoy views of the fortress town of Enna. Arrive this afternoon in the resort town of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Caesar Palace (F)

DAY 13 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I N Visit an inlaid-wood workshop to see a demonstration of this local craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy an orientation walk of Capri town. Appreciate views across the sea to the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own! Later in Sorrento − famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello − visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia. (BB D) DAY 14 SORRENTO – ROME F Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. Stop at Cassino to view the Benedictine Abbey. Arrive later in Rome, and spend the rest of the day shopping or seeing the sights. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 15 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 11 TAORMINA – FREE TIME B Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining an optional excursion to Savoca, the village made famous by ‘The Godfather’, and the crater of Sicily’s active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna. (BB BG)

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Best of Italy & Greece Acropolis, Athens

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join a local family in the hills above Sorrento for an evening of memorable Italian hospitality. After a walk through the lemon farm and a wine tasting you will sample some delicious local dishes. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Olympia, Delphi and Athens. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento. n Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino View the Abbey. • Pompeii Guided tour of the excavations. • Sorrento Visit the sun-kissed town of Sorrento. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Assisi Visit St. Francis’ Basilica. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Olympia Visit the Olympic Stadium and view the Temples of Zeus and Hera. • Delphi Visit the home of the Oracle • Athens View the Parthenon. See Parliament, the Agora, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n B Be My Guest Dinner and wine tasting on a lemon farm and wine estate in Sorrento. n 2 four-course dinners in Greece. n N 2 three-course dinners with wine in Italy. n 1 dinner on the overnight cruise. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Florence. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Athens.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 39. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri. • Overnight Ferry from Ancona (Italy) to Patras (Greece).

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Join your fellow travellers and your Travel Director this evening at a Welcome Reception. Later you will enjoy an orientation drive through the city and see sights such as St. Peter’s Basilica. (WR) Hotel: NH Leonardo Da Vinci (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your sightseeing with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. View the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) 5 B Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery near Monte Cassino. In Pompeii, where your Local Guide shows you the famous excavations. Arrive later in Sorrento. Tonight, savour a delicious Be My Guest home-cooked dinner with a family surrounded by lemon groves! (BB BG) Hotel: Parco Del Sol (F) DAY 4 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION 5 I See a demonstration of the art of inlaid woodwork in Sorrento. Cruise to the Isle of Capri, and ascend by funicular railway to Capri town. See Capri town and view the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola during your guided walking tour. Spend the evening relaxing in Sorrento. (BB) DAY 5 SORRENTO – ASSISI 5 N Travel to Assisi and visit the Basilica of St. Francis featuring Giotto’s saintly frescoes during your walking tour with a Local Guide. See Santa Maria degli Angeli where St. Francis established the Franciscan fraternity of monks. (BB D) Hotel: Roseo Hotel (F) DAY 6 ASSISI – FLORENCE 5 F Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art and your Local Guide shows you all the main sights. View Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks and join your companions later for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 7 FLORENCE – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Enjoy a scenic drive across the Veneto Plains to the magical city of Venice! (BB D) Hotel: Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria (F) DAY 8 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. (BB) DAY 9 VENICE – ANCONA – AT SEA In the port of Ancona, board an overnight ferry and sail to Patras in Greece. Dinner is included on-board the overnight ferry. (BB D) DAY 10 AT SEA – PATRAS – OLYMPIA 5 Drive from Patras to Olympia. Your Local Guide takes you on a visit of the museum and the world’s oldest Olympic Stadium, dating back to 776 BC. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Olympia (F) DAY 11 OLYMPIA – DELPHI 5 Consult the famous Oracle of Delphi on your walking tour with a


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Local Guide! Walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo and visit the museum. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Delphi (F) DAY 12 DELPHI – ATHENS (3 NIGHTS) 5 F During a walking tour of the ancient Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens with your Local Guide, see the Agora, Parliament, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Olympic stadium. Join your companions and your Travel Director this evening for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB FD) Hotel: Zafolia (MF) DAY 13 ATHENS – FREE TIME Explore the city on your own today. Consider taking an exciting and relaxing 3 or 7-day cruise (see below for details). (BB) DAY 14 ATHENS – FREE TIME Spend the day seeing the sights of your choice in this historical city. (BB)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$380 p.p. $285 p.p. $190 p.p.

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$150

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day in Athens will be provided as long as flight details have been advised Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

DAY 15 DEPART ATHENS Say farewell to your new-found friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

OPTIONAL 3-DAY OR 7-DAY CRUISES

3 DAY AEGEAN CRUISE (ITAC) From $630 (Outside Cabin) DAY 13 EMBARK PIRAEUS – MYKONOS Transfer to Piraeus and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (BB L D) DAY 14 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an optional excursion to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an optional excursion to the Monastery of St. John. (B L D) DAY 15 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 16 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to your hotel. (B) DAY 17 DEPART ATHENS After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport. (BB) All departures from June – August will not be visiting Patmos to allow for more time in Mykonos and Kusadasi.

e 7 DAY AEGEAN CRUISE (ITAB) From $1375 (Outside Cabin) DAY 13 EMBARK LAVRION This morning, transfer to Lavrion and board your ship for a relaxing cruise to Turkey. (BB D) DAY 14 AT SEA – ISTANBUL – AT SEA Arrive in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, and admire splendid views of mosques, minarets and the mighty Bosphorus. DAY 15 AT SEA – MYKONOS Cruise to Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (B L D) DAY 16 AT SEA – LAVRION – MYKONOS d Spend a whole day aboard your cruise ship relaxing before returning to Mykonos. (B L D) DAY 17 PATMOS – KUSADASI Discover the unique beauty of Patmos. Later shop for bargains in Kusadasi or join an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus. (B L D) DAY 18 RHODES Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional excursion to the charming village of Lindos. (B L D) DAY 19 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Enjoy speniding time in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 20 DISEMBARKATION – LAVRION This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your hotel. (B) DAY 21 DEPART ATHENS After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport. (BB)

d Option to overnight in Mykonos is available on request for Day 15. Speak to your Cruise Director in Athens.

The above prices include port taxes, tips and fuel surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up to date pricing and availability please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent. 3-day cruises are available on all departures. 7-day cruise departures marked in the price panel with e

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On Day 13 you have the opportunity to join a 3-day or 7-day Aegean cruise around the magical Greek isles with Louis Cruises. This includes one night in Athens after the cruise. Excellent on-board facilities include a cinema, plunge pool and library.

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Kiss the Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle, Ireland

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University, England

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Cotswolds, England


Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

Britain & Ireland On Trafalgar’s guided holidays in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, you’ll dig deep into local folklore and customs as you experience each region from an insider’s perspective. Indulge in a genuine cream tea in the English countryside where the tradition began. Chat with farmers as they go about their work at a traditional Irish farm. And be the invited guests for drinks and canapés at the magnificent Gothic mansion of a family in Wales. Choose from 19 guided holidays in Britain and Ireland.

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities

St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

• All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 242 for details

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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Real Britain Stonehenge

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Memorable dinner and drinks in a delightful English country home hosted by a local family. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory for a porcelain crafting demonstration.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bath View the Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths. • Chester Visit the historic city, including the arcade of shops known as the ‘Rows’. • Grasmere Visit the village where William Wordsworth lived. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as a visit of the castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the castle and the Tenantry Column. • York See the old walls and Mansion House. View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – BRISTOL E Visit the historic stone monoliths at Stonehenge where pagans once worshiped before visiting the Regency town of Bath. Visit the Roman baths from which the city derives its name. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Pub Reception with a traditional pub meal. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 BRISTOL – WEDGWOOD – CHESTER I Visit the Wedgwood Visitors Centre for a Local Speciality demonstration and learn about the manufacture of porcelain in the region known as the potteries. See the medieval city walls at Chester and admire the Tudor architecture and the galleried shops known as the Rows. In your free time, explore the city and perhaps treat yourself to a traditional English Cream Tea, or join an excursion through the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to visit the Welsh town of Llangollen, home to the famous music Eisteddfod. (FB D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza (F) DAY 3 CHESTER – GRASMERE – GRETNA GREEN – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils’. Visit the town of Grasmere to see St. Oswald’s church where the poet is buried. Stop at Gretna Green across the Scottish border, a

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 5 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals E Welcome Pub Reception in Bristol includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Farewell with wine in York.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 242. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland


North Atlantic Ocean

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town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith’s anvil. Then travel to the historic capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 4 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, discover the elegance of the city with your Local Guide on your included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View Holyrood House and Arthur’s Seat. Your guided visit inside of Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to the Trossachs National Park. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? (FB)

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1450 1450 1450 1450

290 290 290 290

6

6 6 6 6

6 6 6

6 6 6 6

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Starts London

Ends London

Wed 2 Oct Wed 9 Oct Wed 16 Oct Wed 23 Oct Wed 30 Oct

Mon 7 Oct Mon 14 Oct Mon 21 Oct Mon 28 Oct Mon 4 Nov

1450 1450 1450 1450 1450

290 290 290 290 290

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Sat 9 Nov Sat 16 Nov Sat 23 Nov Sat 30 Nov

1165 1165 1165 1165

230 230 230 230

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1165 1165 1165 1285 1285

230 230 230 230 230

1165 1165 1165 1165

230 230 230 230

Mon 3 Feb Mon 10 Feb Mon 17 Feb Mon 24 Feb

Sat 8 Feb Sat 15 Feb Sat 22 Feb Sat 1 Mar

1165 1165 1165 1165

230 230 230 230

Mon 3 Mar Mon 10 Mar Mon 17 Mar Mon 24 Mar Mon 31 Mar

Sat 8 Mar Sat 15 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sat 29 Mar Sat 5 Apr

1165 1165 1165 1185 1185

230 230 230 230 230

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$155 p.p. $116 p.p. $78 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$130

Triple Room Reduction

$20

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. Your London Hotel: Copthorne Tara For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Copthorne Tara providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.

A Edinburgh Tattoo 2 – 24 August 2013: Tickets for this event may be obtained (subject to availability) through your travel agent.

Roman Baths, Bath

DAY 5 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK B Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. View the castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Cross the river Tyne and continue to the Roman city of York. See York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner experience in an English country home. (FB BG) Hotel: Hotel 53 (SF) DAY 6 YORK – STRATFORD – LONDON Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway’s gorgeous thatched cottage. Later, arrive back into London where your memorable holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

d Chester Horse Races: The 8 May 2013 departure may be accommodated in Manchester or Liverpool instead of Chester due to the Chester Horse Races. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. 6 Winter Departures (WIBT): departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $45 per person.

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Best of Devon and Cornwall Clovelly fishing village, Devon

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious English afternoon cream tea served the traditional way with a local family at a 15th century Manor house. The jams and scones are homemade and the cream is fresh from the Jersey cow herd raised on the farm! • l Unique Insight Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen exhibition of contemporary craft in Bovey Tracey. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bideford Visit the ancient seaport. • Clovelly Visit this picturesque village. • Tintagel View the ruined Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. • Plymouth View the Mayflower Steps and see the Hoe. • Cornish Excursion Visit Land’s End and the artists’ colony of St. Ives. View St. Michael’s Mount. • Glastonbury Visit the Abbey ruins and tomb of King Arthur. • Cheddar View the spectacular gorge. • Bristol View the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths and view the Georgian architecture. • Lacock Visit the quaint English village • Windsor Visit this Royal town and view the castle.

DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BIDEFORD E This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain before arriving at the historic seaport of Bideford. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Durrant House (F) DAY 2 BIDEFORD – CLOVELLY – TINTAGEL – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly with its cobbled streets and white washed cottages. Enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. At the naval port of Plymouth, view the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America and see the historic Royal Citadel. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth (F) DAY 3 CORNISH EXCURSION The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint fishing villages, some of which you will see on the way to Land’s End, the most westerly point on the British mainland. Visit St. Ives, a beautiful resort popular with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors, on your way back to Plymouth. (FB)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 5 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Afternoon Cream Tea. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Bideford includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in a restaurant in Bristol.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 242. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Remains of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall


SCOTLAND

N. IRELAND

Duration: 6 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $1275 per person twin share Ref: BDEVA Price per Person

IRELAND

ENGLAND

WALES

BRISTOL BIDEFORD

Cheddar Gorge

1 Clovelly Exmoor Dartmoor Tintagel National St. Ives Land’s End St. Michael’s Mount

Park

2

2

Lacock

Bath Glastonbury

Windsor

Stonehenge

LONDON

PLYMOUTH English Channel

Twin Share

Price per Person

Single Supp.

Starts London

Ends London

Tue 9 Apr Tue 16 Apr Tue 23 Apr Tue 30 Apr

Sun 14 Apr Sun 21 Apr Sun 28 Apr Sun 5 May

1275 1275 1275 1275

260 260 260 260

Tue 7 May Tue 14 May Tue 21 May Tue 28 May

Sun 12 May Sun 19 May Sun 26 May Sun 2 Jun

1275 1275 1275 1275

260 260 260 260

Tue 4 Jun Tue 11 Jun Tue 18 Jun Tue 25 Jun

Sun 9 Jun Sun 16 Jun Sun 23 Jun Sun 30 Jun

1275 1275 1275 1275

260 260 260 260

Tue 2 Jul Tue 9 Jul

Sun 7 Jul Sun 14 Jul

1275 1275

260 260

Starts London

Ends London.

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Tue 16 Jul Tue 23 Jul Tue 30 Jul

Sun 21 Jul Sun 28 Jul Sun 4 Aug

1275 260 1275 260 1275 260

Tue 6 Aug Tue 13 Aug Tue 20 Aug Tue 27 Aug

Sun 11 Aug Sun 18 Aug Sun 25 Aug Sun 1 Sep

1275 1275 1275 1275

260 260 260 260

Tue 3 Sep Tue 10 Sep Tue 17 Sep Tue 24 Sep

Sun 8 Sep Sun 15 Sep Sun 22 Sep Sun 29 Sep

1299 1299 1299 1299

260 260 260 260

Tue 1 Oct Tue 8 Oct

Sun 6 Oct Sun 13 Oct

1275 260 1275 260

Option

GREAT SAVINGS Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAY 4 PLYMOUTH – GLASTONBURY – CHEDDAR GORGE – BRISTOL (2 NIGHTS) l Admire contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Cross rugged Dartmoor en route to visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. Travel through the spectacular landscape of Cheddar Gorge and enjoy free time for lunch in the town synonymous with the famous cheese. Your orientation of Bristol includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean-going, propeller-driven, iron ship. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

$130 p.p. $97 p.p. $65 p.p. $120

Triple Room Reduction

$20

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $45 per person.

DAY 6 BRISTOL – LACOCK – WINDSOR – LONDON Drive to the picturesque town of Lacock, used as a filming location for Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter amongst others. Stop in Royal Windsor with time to explore the quaint town before returning to London where your memorable holiday ends. (FB)

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St. Ives Harbour, Cornwall

DAY 5 BATH EXCURSION B F Visit the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the ‘Great Bath’. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Why not stroll the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture, or visit the Jane Austin museum. Later experience a Be My Guest English Cream Tea at a traditional farmhouse in the beautiful Frome Valley. This evening in Bristol, join your companions for a Farewell Dinner. (FB BG FD)

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Scenic England Anne Hathaways cottage, Stratford-Upon-Avon

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Memorable dinner and drinks in a delightful English country home hosted by a local family. • l Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times. • j Local Expert See the ‘Fab Four’ hotspots with your Beatles expert in Liverpool. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Plymouth See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. • Tintagel View the ruined Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. • Clovelly Visit the historic fishing village of Clovelly. • Bideford Visit the ancient seaport of Bideford on the river Torridge. • Glastonbury Visit the Abbey ruins and tomb of King Arthur. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths, namesake of this Georgian spa town. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’. • Liverpool Visit the home of the Beatles. • Lake District Visit the village of Grasmere, and view the grave of Wordsworth. • York See the old walls and Mansion House. View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Cambridge View King’s College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs over the river Cam.

DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – PLYMOUTH E Visit the ancient, mysterious Stonehenge, site of prehistoric pagan worship. This evening in Plymouth after an evening orientation including the Mayflower Steps, meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 2 PLYMOUTH – TINTAGEL – CLOVELLY – BIDEFORD View the ruins of Tintagel Castle, standing on a dramatic and windswept cliff, believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Follow the picturesque Cornish coast north to visit Clovelly, a tiny fishing village with cobbled streets, and then travel on to stay at the ancient seaport of Bideford. Dine this evening at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Durrant House (F) DAY 3 BIDEFORD – GLASTONBURY – BATH – STRATFORDUPON-AVON Discover the ruins at Glastonbury on an included visit, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England and said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Visit the world famous Roman Baths, a magnificent temple built around Britain’s only hot springs. After a scenic drive through the Cotswold countryside, enjoy an included visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. (FB) Hotel: The Falcon (SF)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 5 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Plymouth, which includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in York.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 242. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. ▪ L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Kings College, Cambridge


SCOTLAND

N. IRELAND

Duration: 6 Days Pace: Lively Price from: $1350 per person twin share Ref: BSENA

North Sea

Lake District

Price per Person

IRELAND

YORK Irish Sea Chester

1

LIVERPOOL

Starts London

1

Cardigan Bay

WALES

Celtic Sea

BIDEFORD

1

Glastonbury

Tintagel

d

Starts London

Ends London

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul

Thu 25 Jul Thu 1 Aug

1399 220 1399 220

Sat 3 Aug Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug

Thu 8 Aug Thu 15 Aug Thu 22 Aug Thu 29 Aug Thu 5 Sep

1399 1399 1399 1399 1425

220 220 220 220 220

Sat 7 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sat 28 Sep

Thu 12 Sep Thu 19 Sep Thu 26 Sep Thu 3 Oct

1425 1425 1425 1399

220 220 220 220

Sat 5 Oct Sat 12 Oct

Thu 10 Oct Thu 17 Oct

1399 220 1399 220

Twin Share Option

Sat 13 Apr Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr

Thu 18 Apr 1350 Thu 25 Apr 1350 Thu 2 May 1399

220 220 220

Sat 4 May Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May

Thu 9 May Thu 16 May Thu 23 May Thu 30 May

1399 1399 1399 1399

220 220 220 220

Sat 1 Jun Sat 8 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sat 29 Jun

Thu 6 Jun Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 27 Jun Thu 4 Jul

1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

220 220 220 220 220

Sat 6 Jul Sat 13 Jul

Thu 11 Jul Thu 18 Jul

1399 1399

220 220

d

Cambridge

Bath

1

Clovelly

ENGLAND

STRATFORDUPON-AVON

Ends London

Price per Person

Single Supp.

Stonehenge

1

LONDON

PLYMOUTH English Channel

GREAT SAVINGS Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAY 4 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL l j See the ancient city walls, famous Tudor ‘Rows’ and fascinating Roman ruins in Chester on your orientation walk of the town. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive in Liverpool, hometown of the Beatles. This evening, follow in the footsteps of the ‘Fab Four’ as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Expert on an included Beatles tour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)

Lake District

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

$143 p.p. $107 p.p. $71 p.p. $130

Triple Room Reduction

$10

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, departures marked with a d in the price panel may be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $45 per person.

DAY 6 YORK – CAMBRIDGE – LONDON See the magnificent architecture of King’s College Chapel in the prestigious university city of Cambridge. Enjoy free time for lunch and a walk to the River Cam to see the famous Cambridge ‘backs’. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday. (FB)

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DAY 5 LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – YORK B Marvel at the breath-taking landscapes that inspired Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and other Romantic poets as you drive to the heart of the Lake District, Lake Windermere. Enjoy free time to shop for crafts, discover the world of Beatrix Potter, try the Kendal mint cake or cruise on England’s largest natural lake. This afternoon, see the Shambles, Stonegate, Petergate, and the magnificent York Minster during your orientation walk through York. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at an English country home. (FB FD) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F)

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Amazing Britain Edinburgh Castle

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a Farewell supper at a family run historic inn on the banks of the River Wye. Dating back to the 12th century, this inn was originally a cider mill and grain store for the nearby abbey. You will learn how to ‘pull a pint’ and see how to operate the cider mill. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh • l Unique Insight Your Travel Director will take you to see the ‘Salmon Ladder’ in Pitlochry and explain to you the importance of the salmon fishing industry in Scotland. • l Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a Scottish whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting in the Scottish Highlands.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Durham View Durham Castle and the Cathedral. • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall. • Jedburgh View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit of the castle. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Pitlochry Visit the village and see Blair Castle. • Culloden Moor Visit the famous battlefield. • Loch Ness View Urquhart Castle. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples. • Grasmere Visit the village of Grasmere, and view the grave of Wordsworth. • Manchester Stop for a photograph of Old Trafford. • Chester View the Tudor architecture. • Wye Valley Visit Tintern Abbey. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths, namesake of this Georgian spa town. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n F Highlight Dinner with whisky in the Scottish Highlands. n B Be My Guest Farewell Supper in Tintern

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 242. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 LONDON – STRATFORD UPON AVON – YORK E This morning, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York, view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles, and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 2 YORK – DURHAM – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Norman cathedral, the castle overlooking Palace Green, and a host of other fine period buildings. Photograph Hadrian’s Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s bustling capital. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 3 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of Holyrood House, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street, the Scottish Parliament plus an included visit to Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knight Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds. (FB) DAY 4 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS l I F Cross the spectacular Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th hole! Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Take a short walk with your Travel Director to a nearby loch to hear a Unique Insight about salmon fishing in Scotland. Then enjoy an included visit to a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience the Scottish tradition of ‘piping in the haggis’ during your Highlight Dinner in the Highlands. (FB HD) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highland (F) DAY 5 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – CULLODEN – LOCH NESS – FORT WILLIAM – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW Visit the famous battlefield at Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats. Keep your eyes open for the Loch Ness monster when you stop to take pictures from the shores! At Fort William, see Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – before driving on to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692.


Culloden Moor

Fort William Glencoe

1

Loch Lomond

Pitlochry St. Andrews

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Jedburgh Hadrian’s Wall Gretna Green Carter Bar Grasmere Durham

IRELAND

CHESTER Cardigan Bay Celtic Sea

Lake District

Liverpool Bay

1

1

North Sea

1

ENGLAND

WALES Tintern BRISTOL 1

Stratford

Bath

LONDON d

■ Sightseeing stops

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End d

Travelling through picturesque landscapes via Loch Lomond you arrive in Glasgow, once a prominent port renowned for shipbuilding. (FB) Hotel: Marks Hotel (SF)/Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 GLASGOW – GRASMERE – MANCHESTER See the sights of Glasgow including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples used to marry without their parent’s consent. Return to England where the great English poet William Wordsworth lived in the Lake District. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘The Daffodils’ and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. En-route to your hotel in Manchester, stop for a photograph of Old Trafford the stadium of Manchester United Football Club. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn (F) DAY 7 MANCHESTER – CHESTER – TINTERN – BRISTOL l B See the medieval walls, the Cathedral, and the black and white Tudor buildings known as the ‘Rows’ during your orientation walk of Chester. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Cross the Welsh border to visit the spectacular ruins of 12th century Tintern Abbey on the banks of the River Wye. Experience a very special Be My Guest Farewell Supper with your travelling companions overlooking the abbey in the Wye Valley before heading to Bristol, a city associated with Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spend time this evening relaxing or exploring this vibrant city at your own pace. (FB BG) Hotel: Mercure Holland House (SF)

Ends London

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sat 23 Mar Sat 30 Mar

Sat 30 Mar 1750 Sat 6 Apr 1750

370 370

Sat 6 Apr Sat 13 Apr Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr

Sat 13 Apr Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr Sat 4 May

370 d 370 370 370 A

1775 1775 1775 1775

A

YORK

MANCHESTER

Stonehenge

Overnight stays

Price per Person

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

GLASGOW 1 2 EDINBURGH SCOTLAND N. IRELAND

Ref: BHIL

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d

Sat 4 May Sat 11 May 1775 Sat 11 May Sat 18 May 1775 Sun 12 May Sun 19 May 1775 Sat 18 May Sat 25 May 1775 Sun 19 May Sun 26 May 1775 Sat 25 May Sat 1 Jun 1775 Sun 26 May Sun 2 Jun 1775

370 370 370 370 370 370 370

Sat 1 Jun Sun 2 Jun Sat 8 Jun Sun 9 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sun 16 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sun 23 Jun Sat 29 Jun Sun 30 Jun

Sat 8 Jun Sun 9 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sun 16 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sun 23 Jun Sat 29 Jun Sun 30 Jun Sat 6 Jul Sun 7 Jul

1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1799 1799

370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370

Sat 6 Jul Sun 7 Jul Sat 13 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sun 14 Jul Sat 20 Jul

1799 1799 1799

370 370 370

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d

d

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Starts London

Ends London

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Sun 21 Jul Sat 27 Jul Sun 28 Jul Sat 3 Aug Sun 4 Aug

1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

370 370 370 370 370

Sat 3 Aug Sun 4 Aug Sat 10 Aug Sun 11 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sun 18 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sun 25 Aug Sat 31 Aug

Sat 10 Aug Sun 11 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sun 18 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sun 25 Aug Sat 31 Aug Sun 1 Sep Sat 7 Sep

1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1799 1775 1775

450 450 450 450 450 450 370 370 370

Sun 1 Sep Sat 7 Sep Sun 8 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sun 15 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sun 22 Sep Sat 28 Sep Sun 29 Sep

Sun 8 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sun 15 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sun 22 Sep Sat 28 Sep Sun 29 Sep Sat 5 Oct Sun 6 Oct

1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775 1775

370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370 370

Sat 5 Oct Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct

Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct

1775 370 1775 370 1775 370

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$200 p.p. $150 p.p. $100 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$100 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$180

Triple Room Reduction

$10

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, departures marked with a d in the price panel may be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $60 per person.

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DAY 8 BRISTOL – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London where your amazing holiday ends. (FB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delightful English Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Stately Home & Gardens. • 5 Local Guide for London city sightseeing. • m Small Group Sightseeing Enjoy small group guided visits of no more than 15 to 20 guests at Wisley Gardens and Hever Castle. • l Unique Insight Meet a member of the National Trust at the Visitors centre at the White Cliffs of Dover for a talk on the significance of the cliffs and the conservation thereof. • j Local Expert Enjoy a guided tour at Hampton Court Palace to see inside the palace and the magnificent gardens with an expert costumed Tudor guide. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a vineyard walk, winery talk and wine tasting including a complimentary glass of wine at Biddenden Vineyards.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Morning sightseeing tour including views of Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. • Hampton Court Palace Visit the Palace with a Local Expert and see the spectacular Tudor kitchens. • RHS Wisley Gardens Visit the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. • Kew Gardens Visit the UNESCO World Heritage botanical gardens – known as the world’s most famous garden. • Bluebell Railway Enjoy a steam train journey on a heritage line. • Sheffield Park and Gardens Visit the National Trust gardens laid out by Capability Brown. • Brighton Visit this quintessential English seaside town. • Dover Visit the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover conservation project. • Canterbury Visit the pilgrimage Cathedral city famous for Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. • Sissinghurst Gardens Visit the extraordinarily colourful gardens created by Vita Sackville-West. • Biddenden Vineyards Enjoy a tour and a tasting at Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard. • Hever Castle Visit the gardens and castle with strong ties to Henry VIII. • Chartwell Visit Sir Winston Churchill’s former home and beautiful gardens.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Stately Home & Gardens. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in London, which includes a Traditional British pub meal and Welcome Drinks. n 3 three-course dinners.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE LONDON (3 NIGHTS) E After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Copthorne Tara (F) DAY 2 LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSION TO HAMPTON COURT PALACE 5 j See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. This afternoon visit Hampton Court Palace, the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent palace of its age. See the vast Tudor kitchens, and the tapestries in the Great Hall with a Local Expert in Tudor costume. Discover the grand interior of the Chapel. Lose yourself in the most famous Maze and visit the Privy Garden, restored to its former glory. Tonight, consider joining your Travel Director for dinner at a lively restaurant or perhaps take in a West End show. (FB) DAY 3 LONDON – EXCURSION TO WISLEY GARDENS m This morning travel to the memorable gardens of Wisley. Renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden. Here you will enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing experience around parts of the garden. You will then have free time to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the grounds. Later, return to London when you will have the option to sightsee further or take an optional trip on the London Eye with a cruise on the Thames before returning to your hotel. (FB) DAY 4 LONDON – KEW GARDENS – BLUEBELL RAILWAY – SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN – EASTBOURNE (2 NIGHTS) This morning enjoy an included visit to Kew Gardens. This botanical garden is known as the world’s most famous – a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising centuries of royal history. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. Here you will take an included 40 minute bus tour around part of the garden. You will then have free time to lunch in one of the restaurants in the grounds. Later travel south and enjoy a ride on one of England’s most famous steam trains – the Bluebell Railway. The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running along the border between East and West Sussex and is managed and run largely by volunteers. It has the largest collection (over 30) of steam locomotives in the UK after the National Railway Museum. The train journey will end at Sheffield Park and Gardens. The National Trust acquired this property in 1954 and the garden is comprised of four large lakes and a variety of rare trees and shrubs. The magnificent landscaping of the garden was laid out in the 18th Century by Capability Brown. Later arrive at your beautiful hotel in Eastbourne for a two night stay. (FB D) Hotel: Grand Hotel (MD)


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DAY 5 EASTBOURNE – EXCURSION TO BRIGHTON This morning after a leisurely start, enjoy a drive along the coast to Brighton. Thanks to the Prince Regent, the town has always enjoyed a reputation for elegance, fun and architecture. Brighton has many fine Regency buildings, most notably Lewes Crescent and Brunswick Square. You may decide to visit the impressive Brighton Pavilion or shop for interesting items in The Lanes. “The Lanes” form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village and contain clothing stores, jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. Perhaps enjoy fish and chips for lunch before returning to Eastbourne. This afternoon you might like to consider an optional excursion to Leeds Castle. Built 900 years ago, Henry Vlll transformed the castle for Catherine of Aragon, and extensive refurbishment in the last century has made it truly spectacular. This evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants. (FB)

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

DAY 6 EASTBOURNE – DOVER – CANTERBURY – MOUNT EPHRAIM COUNTRY HOUSE – ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS (2 NIGHTS) l B This morning travel to Dover for a Unique Insight into the White Cliffs of Dover. A member of the National Trust will provide a talk on the significance of the cliffs and the conservation thereof. Later visit Canterbury which is a historic English cathedral city. Parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide and this pilgrimage later provided the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century literary classic The Canterbury Tales. You will have free time to explore the city before enjoying a delicious Be My Guest Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Country House later this afternoon. Then it is on to Royal Tunbridge Wells for a two night stay. Dinner will be served at your hotel this evening. (FB BG D) Hotel: Mercure Tunbridge Wells (F)

DAY 7 ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS – EXCURSION TO SISSINGHURST GARDENS AND BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS I This morning visit the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst. This garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sissinghurst’s garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of “rooms”, each with a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls. You will have free time to enjoy morning tea in the Old Dairy Coffee Shop or lunch in the Granary Restaurant. This afternoon travel to Biddenden Vineyard - Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard. Established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders, this vineyard is set in 22 acres on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley. Ten varieties of grapes are grown to produce White, Red, Rosé and Quality Sparkling wines. Traditional Kentish ciders have also been made here for over 20 years together with farm pressed apple juices. The visit includes a vineyard walk, winery talk and tasting including a complimentary glass of wine. There will be time to visit their wellstocked shop and a chance to sample the full range of products. Later return to your hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells. (FB) DAY 8 ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS – HEVER CASTLE – CHARTWELL – LONDON m Enjoy a visit to Hever Castle for a Small Group Sightseeing experience with the gardeners to see these award-winning formal gardens. Each garden has its own style and character, from the giant topiary chess set and herb collection of the Tudor Garden to the magnificent Pompeiian Wall and collection of classical statuary in the Italian Garden. The celebrated Rose Garden contains over 4,000 roses within its walls, and there’s an impressive herbaceous border stretching over 100 metres. You will also have an included ticket to see inside of the castle itself at your own pace. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and it has become well known as the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn – wife of Henry VIII. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Later travel a short distance to visit Chartwell. This is where Sir Winston Churchill lived with his wife until his death in 1965. Now owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have been beautifully preserved. Return to London this evening where you will enjoy a dinner at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Copthorne Tara (F) DAY 9 DEPART LONDON Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful English Country Gardens experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in London and Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Enjoy a Harry Potter themed half day city sightseeing tour in London. n Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the magnificent National Trust property Tatton Park Mansion house. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide featuring Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Included visit to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. • Oxford See this famous University town associated with Harry Potter and enjoy a visit to one of the colleges. • Lacock Visit the picturesque town associated with Harry Potter. • Bath Orientation of this Georgian town and included visit to the Roman Baths. • Ruthin Castle Stay at this beautiful castle. • Liverpool Explore the free museums of this city, birthplace of The Beatles. Visit Crosby Beach to see ‘Another Place’. • Tatton Park Visit this elegant National Trust Mansion House and enjoy an ‘upstairs and downstairs’ visit with the housekeeper and butler. • Lake District Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Lakes en route to Windermere. • Hadrian’s Wall Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda. See Hadrian’s Wall which dates back to AD122. • Edinburgh See the Royal Mile and the famous Scott Memorial with your Local Guide. Interior visit of Edinburgh Castle.

ITINERARY DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world! After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel for a KickOff Party. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London. (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury (F) DAY 2 LONDON SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your Local Guide shows you the city’s sights, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the ‘Order of the Phoenix’. Admire the magical platform 9 ¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express! Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. This evening you might like to attend a medieval banquet with King Henry VIII and his court of knights, musicians and singers! (BB) DAY 3 LONDON – FREE DAY Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. Afterwards you might like to take an optional cruise along the Thames or an excursion

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts (BB) • 4 evening meals: E Kick-off Party including a light supper and drinks with your Travel Director in London (KP) n 1 three-course dinner (D) n F Highlight Dinner at Ruthin Castle n F Farewell Dinner with drinks in Edinburgh (FD)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London. • London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply. • Edinburgh transfers are available. See price panel. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help. (BB) DAY 4 LONDON – OXFORD – LACOCK – BRISTOL Travel west to Oxford for a walking tour of one of the most famous university buildings in the world! Visit the 16th century dining hall used as the inspiration for Hogwarts Hall (if students are not sitting exams). Later in Lacock – one of England’s most beautiful villages – see Harry Potter’s house and the picturesque town. Perhaps enjoy traditional afternoon tea and cakes! Arrive later in Bristol for a relaxing overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol (SF) DAY 5 BRISTOL – BATH – RUTHIN CASTLE (2 NIGHTS) Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and see Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Arrive later in Wales at a fantastic medieval-style castle which is your home for the next two nights! (BB) Hotel: Ruthin Castle (F) DAY 6 EXCURSION TO LIVERPOOL F Spend the day exploring Liverpool. There are many things to see and do, including the free World Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Fans of the Fab Four might like to join a ‘Beatles Tour’! At Crosby Beach see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ before returning to your castle for free time in the afternoon. Tonight, join your companions for a special banquet held in your honour! (BB HD) DAY 7 RUTHIN CASTLE – TATTON PARK – LANCASTER l Visit Tatton Park, an elegant mansion house set in 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride in a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Lancaster House (F) DAY 8 LANCASTER – HADRIAN’S WALL – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Visit Hadrian’s Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in AD122, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda for an insight into life as a Roman soldier and see excavations on the site. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out! (BB) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh (SF) DAY 9 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING 5 F Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, including the Castle, Royal Mile and the famous Scott Monument. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel

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Director for an excursion to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Britannia. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART EDINBURGH Say goodbye to your companions at the end of an amazing holiday. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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$258 p.p. $193 p.p. $129 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

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Young Traveller Discount

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$230

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$355

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240-241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7.00am and 9.00am.

A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on this departure.

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $72 per person. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

KP = Kick Off Party FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast HL = Highlight Lunch D = Dinner HD = Highlight Dinner BD = Buffet Dinner FD = Farewell Dinner

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Best of Britain Christ Church College, Oxford

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a working dairy farm in Somerset and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with the family in their 15th Century heritage listed Manor House. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen exhibition of contemporary craft in Bovey Tracey. • j Local Expert See the ‘Fab Four’ hotspots with your Beatles expert in Liverpool. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHT

DAY 2 CORNISH EXCURSION Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! (FB)

• Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths. • Plymouth Sightseeing includes the Mayflower Steps. • Cornish Excursion View St. Michael’s Mount and visit pretty St. Ives. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle. • Tintern View Tintern Abbey. • Ludlow Visit this Norman town. • Chester Orientation includes the Cathedral and a stroll along the ‘Rows’. • Liverpool Visit the home of the Beatles. • Lake District Admire beautiful scenery. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Fort William See the Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. • Scottish Highlands Enjoy views of Loch Ness and heather-clad mountains. • Isle of Skye Visit the Clan Donald Centre. • St. Andrews View the famous 18th hole. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit of the iconic castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre and view Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • Oxford Orientation and visit an Oxford College (when available).

DAY 3 PLYMOUTH – BOVEY TRACEY – CARDIFF l B Admire contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th Century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive castle and the Millennium Stadium during your orientation, before checking into your hotel. (FB BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre (SF)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 5 LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW F Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)

• 10 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest luncheon at a working dairy farm. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Plymouth, which includes traditional British fare and Welcome Drinks n 2 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in York.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) E This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through Thomas Hardy country to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Regency architecture of the city and visit the Roman baths. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)

DAY 4 CARDIFF – TINTERN – LUDLOW – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL j Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you drive along the beautiful Wye Valley. View the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired the romantic poets. Cross the beautiful Welsh Marches at Hereford to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the ‘Fab Four’ as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Expert on an included Beatles tour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)

DAY 6 GLASGOW – GLENCOE – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see


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breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highland (F)/Laggan Gaskmore (F) DAY 7 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel where you dine tonight. (FB D)

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$250 p.p. $187 p.p. $125 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

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Young Traveller Discount

$230

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.

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DAY 8 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Hotel: Marriott/Holiday Inn (F) DAY 9 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) DAY 10 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK F Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking

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orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (FB FD) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 11 YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – OXFORD – LONDON Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage before continuing to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires. See this beautiful city during your walking orientation and visit an Oxford college for a taste of life at one of the most prestigious seats of learning in the world. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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The Britannia Punt along the River Cam, Cambridge

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a magnificent 19th century Welsh Gothic mansion and meet the family who have worked tirelessly to preserve and restore it to its current Gothic splendour. After a walk around the house and gardens you will enjoy wine and canapés with your hosts. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the Newmarket National Stud, home to some of England’s finest thoroughbreds. • j Local Expert Sit back and relax while your expert chauffeur does the hard work on a punt (boat ride) along the River Cam, telling you about life in this University town. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting. n Visit a traditional pie maker for a demonstration and tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Canterbury View England’s oldest cathedral. • Brighton See the striking Royal Pavilion and view the famous Brighton Pier. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Plymouth See the Mayflower Steps. • Cornish Excursion Visit the village of St. Ives and view St. Michael’s Mount. • Glastonbury Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths. • Bristol See the Clifton Suspension Bridge. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre. • Chester View the Tudor architecture. • Manchester Orientation includes views of the Town Hall. • Caernarvon Visit the imposing Norman Castle. • Grasmere Visit the village where Wordsworth lived. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Isle of Skye Visit the Clan Donald Centre. • Loch Ness View the most famous Loch of them all. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and visit the iconic castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. • Durham View Durham Castle and the Cathedral. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Melton Mowbray Visit the traditional market town. • Cambridge View King’s College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest experience in Llandrindod Wells. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Southampton, which includes a Traditional British pub meal and Welcome Drinks. n 5 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Cambridge.

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DAY 1 LONDON – CANTEBURY – BRIGHTON – SOUTHAMPTON E Meet your travelling companions and Travel Director before passing through the ‘Garden of England’ en-route to visit the cathedral city of Canterbury. View the oldest cathedral in England and explore the cobbled streets and castle walls during your city orientation. Later, see the exotic Royal Pavilion in the lively town of Brighton on England’s south coast. Walk along the famous pier or explore its Regency Squares, before heading to the city of Southampton. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 2 SOUTHAMPTON – STONEHENGE – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) Travel through the beautiful New Forest to mystical Stonehenge where you visit the ancient stone circle. Cross Salisbury Plain through lush countryside to the historic naval city of Plymouth for a two night stay. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound during your orientation of the city. This afternoon, you might like to join an optional cruise around the historic harbour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 3 CORNISH EXCURSION The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint fishing villages, which you will see on the way to Land’s End, the most westerly point in England. Visit St. Ives, a beautiful resort popular with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors, on your way back to Plymouth. (FB) DAY 4 PLYMOUTH – GLASTONBURY – BATH – BRISTOL Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to Bristol. After a short orientation of the city, check into your hotel. This evening offers an opportunity to join an excursion to the idyllic village of Lacock to enjoy dinner in a traditional English inn. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 5 BRISTOL – STRATFORD–UPON-AVON – LLANDRINDOD WELLS B This morning we travel to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace and visitor centre of William Shakespeare, with time to explore the city or enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later, enjoy a picturesque drive through the Welsh Marches to Llandrindod Wells. Enjoy an extra special Be My Guest experience at a Victorian Revival Gothic mansion overlooking the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Enjoy drinks and canapés before a guided tour of the house and gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB BG D) Hotel: Metropole (SF) DAY 6 LLANDRINDOD WELLS – LLANGOLLEN – CHESTER – MANCHESTER (2 NIGHTS) Drive through glorious Welsh countryside to Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod, on the banks of the River Dee. Later, travel the scenic Horseshoe Pass towards Chester for some of the most spectacular views across north Wales. View the ‘Rows’, the city walls and the Cathedral during your walking orientation of Chester. See Old Trafford and the impressive Town Hall in Manchester, a city famous for its industrial heritage


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and immense creative output. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: The Portland (F) DAY 7 NORTH WALES EXCURSION Travel the beautiful North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey. See the tiny railway station with the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Cross the Menai Straits to visit one of the most impressive castles in Wales, historic Caernarvon Castle, which gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. Pass through Snowdonia en route to your hotel. Enjoy spectacular views of the ancient mountain landscape. (FB) DAY 8 MANCHESTER – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW F Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery, from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 9 GLASGOW – GLENCOE – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (FB) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highlands (F) DAY 10 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. (FB D) DAY 11 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) I Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Enjoy an included visit to a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’ before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 12 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional

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night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) DAY 13 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – DURHAM – YORK Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. View Durham Castle and Cathedral, both striking examples of Norman architecture. Tonight, dine at your hotel in the historic city of York. (FB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 14 YORK – MELTON MOWBRAY – CAMBRIDGE I F In York, your Travel Director will show you the magnificent Minster, the city walls and the famous Shambles on your orientation tour. Travel south to the market town of Melton Mowbray famous for traditional English delicacies such as Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies. Here enjoy a Local Speciality pie-making demonstration and tasting with a local pie-maker. Later arrive in the stunning university city of Cambridge. This evening, celebrate the conclusion of a memorable holiday with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Crowne Plaza (SF) DAY 15 CAMBRIDGE – NEWMARKET – LONDON j l See the magnificent architecture of King’s College Chapel in the prestigious university city of Cambridge. Get an inside look at life as a student at one of these renowned colleges as you glide past the famous ‘backs’ on the River Cam with your Local Expert ‘chauffeur’ on a flat-bottomed boat known as a ‘punt’. This afternoon visit the Newmarket National Stud, devoted to thoroughbred horse breeding since 1916 where you will gain a Unique Insight to the raising of thoroughbred champions. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Britain & Ireland Highlights Temple Bar, Dublin

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a warm welcome from the owners of this pretty smallholding just outside Cardiff. Meet all the animals and later enjoy typical Welsh dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown on the farm and cooked by your hostess. The family and their friends will entertain you with their various talents so you will soon get to know the charm and warmth of the Welsh people! • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. • l Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. n Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director • I Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • Falkirk Visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitors Centre. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University with a Local Guide. • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and see Trinity College with a Local Guide. • Kildare Visit the Irish National Stud Farm and Japanese Garden. • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens. • Waterford Visit the Waterford Crystal showroom. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle • Bath Visit the Roman Baths in this Georgian spa town. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STRATFORD – YORK – HARROGATE E A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratfordupon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later, in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 2 HARROGATE – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey north is impressive. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Marks Hotel/Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 3 EDINBURGH EXCURSION 5 F Today, visit Edinburgh. Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action. This evening you will enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow. (FB HD) DAY 4 GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) 5 Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the

• 7 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Harrogate, which includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in Cardiff. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow.

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DAY 6 DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD l I Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Waterford Marina (F) DAY 7 WATERFORD – CARDIFF B Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB BG) Hotel: Park Inn (SF) DAY 8 CARDIFF – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end. (FB)

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Wonders of Britain & Ireland Rock of Cashel, Tipperary

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a unique working farm with heritage history in County Kerry. The house is over 200 years old and will give you a taste of a rural Irish lifestyle in the days before electricity. You will see traditional farm machinery as well as some farm animals including Kerry cows, sheep, hens and chickens. Enjoy a delicious Irish stew in the company of your hosts. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin and Edinburgh. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a workshop tour and showroom visit at the House of Waterford Crystal.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths in this Georgian spa town. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle. • Waterford Visit the Home of Waterford Crystal Showroom. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Ring of Kerry Drive around the beautiful peninsula. • Cashel Visit the Rock of Cashel and Cormac’s Chapel. • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and see Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’. • Grasmere View the grave of Wordsworth in St. Oswald’s church. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the castle and the Tenantry Column. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • Bladon View Sir Winston Churchill’s grave. • Oxford Walk down Broad Street and view the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. Visit an Oxford College (when available).

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 full breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Cardiff, which includes a Traditional Welsh pub meal and Welcome Drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a working farm in Kenmare. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Liverpool. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Warwick.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – CARDIFF E Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through Thomas Hardy country to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Regency architecture of the city and visit the Roman baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. View the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. See the Millennium Stadium as well as the historic Cardiff Castle during your orientation of the city. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Welsh pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Park Inn (SF) DAY 2 CARDIFF – WATERFORD Enjoy free time this morning to relax, explore the city, or take the opportunity to visit Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Waterford Marina (F)/Dooleys (F) DAY 3 WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KENMARE (2 NIGHTS) I Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration in the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Kenmare Bay (F) DAY 4 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Join your companions for a Be My Guest Dinner on a traditional Irish dairy farm in Kenmare. (FB BG) DAY 5 KENMARE – CASHEL – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The spectacular group of medieval buildings, perched on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, was once the seat of the kings of Munster. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. This evening, arrive in the lively Irish capital, Dublin. (FB) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane (F) DAY 6 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME l 5 See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening, consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) DAY 7 DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL F Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of


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Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 8 LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh – your home for the next two nights. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB) Hotel: Holyrood (SF) DAY 9 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. (FB) DAY 10 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 11 YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – WARWICK F Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre in Stratford-uponAvon, where the bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage before enjoying some free time in the quaint village. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel in Warwick. (FB FD) Hotel: Hilton (F) DAY 12 WARWICK – BLADON – OXFORD – LONDON This morning, explore the town of Warwick or join an excursion to Warwick castle. Visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill’s grave. In Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, enjoy an orientation of the city, View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges. Return to London this evening and say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a wonderful holiday. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Irish hospitality is world-renowned and your hosts are no exception having stories to tell about famous guests that have visited their area including Maureen O’Hara, Grace Kelly and Charlie Chaplin. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with local ingredients in their home on the spectacular Ring of Kerry. • G Local Guide in Dublin and Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the Necropolis, one of Europe’s most significant burial grounds, while in Glasgow. n Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre and view Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Isle of Skye Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the Clan Donald Centre. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754. • Grasmere View the grave of Wordsworth at St. Oswald’s church. • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’. • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the glorious Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Cork See the city of Cork and St. Anne’s Shandon Church. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths in this Georgian spa town. • Glastonbury Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the tomb of King Arthur. • Cornish Highlights Excursion to see St. Michael’s Mount and St. Ives. • Plymouth View the Mayflower Steps and Plymouth Hoe. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Luncheon in Sneem. • E Welcome Drink in a traditional English pub. • 7 evening meals: n 5 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Dublin. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Plymouth.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STRATFORD – YORK E A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratfordupon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later, in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Stop for a Welcome Drink in a traditional pub before enjoying dinner at your hotel. (WR D) Hotel: Novotel York (F)/Novotel Leeds (F) DAY 2 YORK – JEDBURGH – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more! View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh. (FB) Hotel: Novotel (F)/Cardrona (F) DAY 3 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of Holyrood House and Arthur’s Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of the apartments at Edinburgh Castle. During the Edinburgh Festival, your stay includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Tonight, consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes! (FB) DAY 4 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an excursion to see Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Highlands (F)/Laggan Gaskmore (F) DAY 5 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) DAY 6 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW l Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a Unique Insight into one of Europe’s most important 19th century burial grounds. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 7 GLASGOW – LAKE DISTRICT – MANCHESTER This morning, visit Gretna Green where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. Cross the English border and continue through the lush countryside of the Lake District to the village of Grasmere. View the


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grave of William Wordsworth then travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, through Lancashire to Manchester. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Park Inn (F)

DAY 8 MANCHESTER – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Travel the scenic North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey. Visit the Welsh railway station with one of the longest place names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on your way to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Hotel: Camden Court (F) DAY 9 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l F See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner on a canal boat in Dublin. (FB HD) DAY 10 DUBLIN – GALWAY – LIMERICK Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway cathedral and Eyre before continuing to Limerick. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 11 LIMERICK – RING OF KERRY – CORK B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in beautiful Sneem, a rural town in the heart of County Kerry. (FB BG) Hotel: Rochestown Park (F) DAY 12 CORK – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD I Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Waterford Marina (F)/Dooleys (F) DAY 13 WATERFORD – CARDIFF Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Maldron (F) DAY 14 CARDIFF – BATH – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to the visit King Arthur’s tomb in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)/Copthorne (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, departures marked with a d in the price panel may be accommodated in Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $120 per person.

DAY 15 CORNISH EXCURSION F Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 16 PLYMOUTH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Britain & Ireland Grandeur Conwy Castle, Wales

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit one of the most beautiful privately-owned castles in Scotland and meet the family whose ancestors have resided in it since the 16th century. After a tour around the castle with your hosts, enjoy a specially prepared buffet lunch. • 5 Local Guide in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin and Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the fascinating ‘Another Place’ by British artist Antony Gormley at Crosby Beach near Liverpool. n Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times. n Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pintpulling demonstration. • j Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Plymouth See the Mayflower steps. • Cornish Highlights Excursion to see St. Michael’s Mount and St. Ives. • Glastonbury Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy a scenic drive. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Donegal View the 15th century castle. • Londonderry/Derry Walk the city walls and see St. Columb’s Cathedral. • Giant’s Causeway Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University. • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College. • Conwy View the Castle. • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Isle of Skye Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. • Culloden Visit the famous battlefield. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit to the iconic castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 19 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Lunch in the Scottish Highlands. • 11 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception, including a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n 8 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Liverpool. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in York.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) E Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through Thomas Hardy country to the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Copthorne (F) DAY 2 CORNISH EXCURSION Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! (FB) DAY 3 PLYMOUTH – GLASTONBURY – BATH – CARDIFF Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital Cardiff. (FB) Hotel: The Parc (SF) DAY 4 CARDIFF – WATERFORD See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium. Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel in Waterford. (FB D) Hotel: Waterford Marina (F)/Fitzwilton (F) DAY 5 WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KENMARE (2 NIGHTS) I Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Kenmare Bay (F) DAY 6 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. (FB) DAY 7 KENMARE – LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. In Galway, view the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Carlton (F) DAY 8 GALWAY – KNOCK – DONEGAL – LETTERKENNY Visit the Shrine of Knock, a popular place of pilgrimage. Stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Visit Donegal and see the 15th century castle before heading to Letterkenny. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)


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DAY 9 LETTERKENNY – LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST 5 Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant’s Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. Finish the day with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road through Ballycastle to Belfast where you dine tonight. (FB D) Hotel: Stormont (SF)/Europa (SF) DAY 10 BELFAST SIGHTSEEING – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) j This morning, meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab. Rejoin your Travel Director and continue south. Cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital of Dublin, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Trinity Capital (F)/Camden Court (F) DAY 11 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) DAY 12 DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL l F Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 13 LIVERPOOL – CROSBY BEACH – LAKE DISTRICT l Visit Crosby Beach this morning for a Unique Insight into the work of renowned British artist Antony Gormley. Make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: North Lakes (SF)/Castle Green (SF) DAY 14 LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Marks (F) DAY 15 GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF SKYE Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At Mallaig, take the ferry ’over the sea to Skye’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Kings Arms (MF)/Dunollie (MF) DAY 16 ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS B Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats. Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a beautiful Highland Castle. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB BG D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Highlands (F)

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Duration: 20 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $3999 per person twin share

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1

1

Pitlochry

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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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Single Twin Supp. Share Option

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3999 3999 3999 4050

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4050 4050 4050 4050

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810 810 850

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4275 4275 4075 4075 4075 4075

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4075 4075 4075 4075

810 810 810 810

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4050 810 4050 810

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$428 p.p. $321 p.p. $214 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$214 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$410

Triple Room Reduction

$50

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza County Hall providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, departures marked with d in the price panel may be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $150 per person.

DAY 17 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB) Hotel: Marriott (SF)/Cardrona (SF) DAY 18 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, Holyrood House and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) DAY 19 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK F Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (FB FD) Hotel: Hotel 53 (SF) DAY 20 YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDON View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Irish Highlights Cliffs of Moher

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy dinner with a local Irish family who have lived in the Dublin area for generations. Hear their family history as you dine on delicious food made with mouth-watering locally sourced ingredients. A fitting and authentic celebration of your discovery of Ireland and it’s friendly people. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin. • l Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • New Ross Visit the ancestral hometown of President Kennedy and visit the replica famine ship Dunbrody. • Youghal Visit this Irish Heritage port. • Blarney Castle Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Bunratty Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. • Galway View Galway Cathedral.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

• 6 full Irish breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception in Dublin on board a canal boat, which includes a light evening meal and drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Dublin airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING 5 E Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Camden Court (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN – CO. WICKLOW – NEW ROSS – WATERFORD l I Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. Then on through County Wexford before arriving in the town of New Ross. See the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton (F)

Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross


Duration: 7 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $1099 per person twin share Price per Person

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Cliffs of Moher

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Bunratty

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New Ross

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250 250 250

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1399 1399 1399 1399

250 250 6 250 6 250 6

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1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

250 250 250 250 250

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1399 1399 1399 1399

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Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug

1399 1399 1399 1425

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Youghal Overnight stays

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DAY 3 WATERFORD – YOUGHAL – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Visit Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ then travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: International (F)

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6 6 6 6 6 6

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1099 1099 1099 1099

200 200 200 200

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1099 1099 1099 1199 1199

200 200 200 200 200

1099 1099 1099 1099

200 200 200 200

Sun 2 Feb Sun 9 Feb Sun 16 Feb Sun 23 Feb

Sat 8 Feb Sat 15 Feb Sat 22 Feb Sat 1 Mar

1099 1099 1099 1099

200 200 200 200

Sun 2 Mar Sun 9 Mar Sun 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar Sun 30 Mar

Sat 8 Mar Sat 15 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sat 29 Mar Sat 5 Apr

1099 1099 1099 1125 1125

200 200 200 200 200

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$143 p.p. $107 p.p. $71 p.p. $71 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

$120 $30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WRIH): Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

DAY 4 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. (FB) DAY 5 KILLARNEY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – LIMERICK Take the ferry across the River Shannon estuary to scenic County Clare. A picturesque coastal drive through the beautiful villages of Kilrush and Lahinch brings you to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. In Limerick, view King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 LIMERICK – BUNRATTY – GALWAY – DUBLIN B This morning, visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. View Galway cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city before continuing to Dublin. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB BG) Hotel: Camden Court (F)

Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $53 per person.

DAY 7 DEPART DUBLIN Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Scenic Ireland O Scenic Dingle Peninsula

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious hearty lunch on the magnificent Ring of Kerry with delightful Irish hospitality. Have time to take in the spectacular scenery of your surrounds. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin. • l Unique Insight Visit the Irish Botanical Gardens with over 15000 species of plant. • G Hidden Treasure Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a cooking demonstration including homemade Guinness Stew and Irish soda bread.

Sightseeing Highlights • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Cashel Visit the Rock of Cashel and Cormac’s Chapel. • Blarney Castle Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Dingle Peninsula Enjoy the beautiful countryside along the Dingle peninsula, Europe’s most westerly point. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Adare Visit the prettiest village in Ireland. • Kildare Visit St Brigid’s Church.

DAY 1 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) 5 E Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director over a traditional Irish meal with drinks at your Welcome Pub Reception. (WR) Hotel: Trinity Capital (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE l This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Founded in 1795 and dedicated to conservation, education and science, the gardens are now home to over 15,000 species of plant. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) DAY 3 DAY 3 DUBLIN – ROCK OF CASHEL – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (4 NIGHTS) Leave the capital city and drive through scenic countryside to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel. This is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. Its rich heritage is reflected in the picturesque complex of fortified town houses, a medieval monastery and a Georgian Cathedral. It also has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. A trip to Ireland would

Dining Highlights • 7 full breakfasts. • 2 Lunches B Be My Guest Lunch at a scenic village in County Kerry. n Irish Guinness stew and soda bread Cooking Demonstration and included lunch. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Dublin, which includes traditional Irish fare and welcome drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Dublin airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Jaunting cars in Killarney


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Price per Person

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IRELAND Galway Bay

DUBLIN

Dingle Peninsula

Adare

Caherciveen Ring of Kerry

Waterville

4

Moll’s Gap

Killaloe

1 2

Kildare

KILLARNEY Macroom

Rock of Cashel

Blarney Castle

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Duration: 8 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: $1650 per person twin share Ends Dublin

Starts Dublin

Ends Dublin

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul

Sat 27 Jul Sat 3 Aug

1735 450 1735 450

Sat 3 Aug Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug

Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug Sat 7 Sep

1735 1735 1735 1735 1765

450 450 450 450 450

Sat 7 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sat 28 Sep

Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sat 28 Sep Sat 5 Oct

1765 1765 1765 1675

450 450 450 450

Sat 5 Oct Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct

Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct

1650 450 1650 450 1650 450

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sat 13 Apr Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr

Sat 20 Apr 1650 Sat 27 Apr 1650 Sat 4 May 1699

450 450 450

Sat 4 May Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May

Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May Sat 1 Jun

1735 1735 1735 1735

450 450 450 450

Sat 1 Jun Sat 8 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sat 29 Jun

Sat 8 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sat 29 Jun Sat 6 Jul

1735 1735 1735 1735 1735

450 450 450 450 450

Sat 6 Jul Sat 13 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul

1735 1735

450 450

GREAT SAVINGS Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

not be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’! Dine tonight at your hotel in Killarney. (FB D) Hotel: Killarney Plaza (SF)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

$177 p.p. $132 p.p. $88 p.p. $88 p.p. $170

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $61 per person.

DAY 7 KILLARNEY – KILLALOE – KILDARE – DUBLIN I F Follow scenic roads through the beautiful Irish countryside to Dublin. View the thatched cottages in the village of Adare, voted the prettiest village in Ireland, and then travel on to Killaloe on Lough Derg. Learn to make a traditional Guinness stew and Irish soda bread during your Cooking Demonstration and enjoy the homemade results for lunch! Travel through Portroe and Nenagh before stopping to visit St. Brigid’s Church in Kildare. St. Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner in Dublin and raise a toast to your newfound friends and scenic Ireland! (FB L FD) Hotel: Trinity Capital (F)

Ruins at the Rock of Cashel

DAY 8 DEPART DUBLIN After a hearty breakfast, say farewell to this beautiful country and your companions at the end of a magical holiday on the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 4 DINGLE PENINSULA EXCURSION Today, experience a breath-taking excursion round the Dingle Peninsula. Europe’s most westerly point, the peninsula features a wealth of ring forts and ancient ruins as well as verdant hills, magnificent mountains and sandy beaches. (FB) DAY 5 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in beautiful Sneem, a rural town in the heart of County Kerry. (FB BG) DAY 6 KILLARNEY AT LEISURE Enjoy a full day to do as you please. Killarney National Park offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horse

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GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND: AT LEISURE

riding or golf on championship courses overlooking the Killarney Lakes. Alternatively, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings find a quiet spot, put your feet up, and admire the views. (FB)

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Best of Ireland Temple Bar, Dublin

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin. • l Unique Insight Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. n Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens. • Youghal Visit this Irish Heritage Port. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Adare Visit one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Bunratty Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. • Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Knock Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock. • Drumcliff View the burial place of the poet William Butler Yeats. • County Donegal Scenic drive past coastal villages and castles in County Donegal.

DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) E Spend the day relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. This evening, get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Pub Reception which includes a traditional Irish meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) DAY 3 DUBLIN – KILDARE – YOUGHAL – CORK l Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a Unique Insight into the raising of thoroughbred champions. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. Visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Dine tonight at your hotel in Cork. (FB D) Hotel: Rochestown Park (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Dublin, which includes a traditional Irish pub meal and welcome drinks. n 2 threecourse dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a traditional Irish farmhouse. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Dublin airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on the page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Drumcliff Donegal

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2

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Price per Person

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Single Twin Supp. Share Option

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410 410

Sat 4 May Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May

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1985 1985 1985

410 410 410

Knock Galway Cliffs of Moher

Galway Bay

Bunratty

Killorglin Ring of Kerry

1

Adare

2

IRELAND LIMERICK

Blarney

Overnight stays

CORK

1 2 Kildare

KILLARNEY

Waterville

DUBLIN

Kilkenny Youghal

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Duration: 10 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $1975 per person twin share Starts Dublin

Ends Dublin

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Mon 5 Aug

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1985 1985 1985 1985 2025

410 410 410 410 410

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2025 2025 2025 1975

410 410 410 410

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DAY 4 CORK – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Muckross Park (SF)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$203 p.p. $152 p.p. $101 p.p.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

popular place of pilgrimage, before continuing north to Sligo. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Sligo Park (F)

Thatched cottages, Adare

DAY 5 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest Dinner on a traditional Irish dairy farm in Killarney. (FB BG) DAY 6 KILLARNEY – ADARE – BUNRATTY – LIMERICK Cross the Glanaruderry Mountains into County Limerick, visiting Adare, known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, en route. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. This afternoon, visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 7 LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY – KNOCK – SLIGO (2 NIGHTS) Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. View the Cathedral, built on the site of the old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square during your orientation of Galway. Enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside and stop to visit the National Marian Shrine in Knock, a

DAY 9 SLIGO – DUBLIN F Travel along the valley of the River Shannon back to Dublin. Spend the afternoon exploring the city or consider joining an excursion to the beautiful glacial valley of Glendalough, with its medieval monastic settlement, in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Tonight, join your new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Ballsbridge (F) DAY 10 DEPART DUBLIN After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as your Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 8 COUNTY DONEGAL EXCURSION Today, enjoy the beautiful scenery of County Donegal. Visit Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of St Columba’s. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived and visit Donegal for views of the 15th century castle. (FB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread. 5 Local Guide in Dublin and Londonderry/Derry. • l Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. • j Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop. n Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, home to one of the world’s oldest working potteries.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University • Giant’s Causeway Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the iconic geological wonder formed by huge basalt columns. • Londonderry/Derry Walking tour along the City Walls including views of St. Columb’s Cathedral with your Local Guide. • Omagh Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park. • Connemara Scenic drive through the unspoilt countryside. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Adare View Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle. • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 full breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception in Dublin, includes a light evening meal and drinks onboard a canal boat. n 3 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner with an Irish family on a working dairy farm. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING 5 E Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Mespil (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN – BELFAST j l Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab. This afternoon, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, an exhibition dedicated to the world’s most famous ship. (FB) Hotel: Stormont (SF) DAY 3 BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY/DERRY (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40 000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. (FB) Hotel: Everglades (SF) DAY 4 LONDONDERRY/DERRY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an excursion to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D)

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DAY 5 LONDONDERRY/DERRY – OMAGH – BELLEEK – BALLINA I Travel south through lush countryside to Omagh. At Ulster-American Folk Park learn about the lifestyle and experiences of the immigrants who left Ulster for the New World in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for a Local Speciality demonstration and see the craftsmen at work before arriving at your hotel in the pretty town of Ballina on the banks of the River Moy. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Downhill House (F) DAY 6 BALLINA – CONNEMARA – GALWAY Admire the spectacular scenery around Connemara, renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. The picture-postcard scenery continues along the shores of Lough Corrib to Galway, where your orientation shows you main sights of the city including Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square. (FB) Hotel: Maldron (F)

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$218 p.p. $163 p.p. $109 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$109 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$210

Triple Room Reduction

$40

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $84 per person.

DAY 9 KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD I Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration and tour of the workshop. See the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton (F) DAY 10 WATERFORD – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN l F Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the threemasted barque Dunbrody and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (FB FD) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane (F)

Giants Causeway

DAY 7 GALWAY – LIMERICK – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Travel through the lush countryside of County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh? (FB) Hotel: Scotts (F) DAY 8 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish dairy farm in Killarney. (FB BG)

DAY 11 DEPART DUBLIN Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin, Londonderry/ Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. n Visit the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Waterford Crystal. n Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Waterford Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Omagh Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park. • Londonderry/Derry Walk the old city walls with your Local Guide and see the world-famous murals of the People’s Gallery. • Giant’s Causeway Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the iconic geological wonder formed by huge basalt columns. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University with your Local Guide. • Glasgow Visit Glasgow Cathedral and view George Square on your orientation tour. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Isle of Skye Catch a ferry to visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. • Culloden Visit the famous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. • Pitlochry Visit the picturesque town on the banks of the River Tummel • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 full breakfasts. • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Reception in Dublin on board a canal boat, which includes a light evening meal and drinks. n 6 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Killarney. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Edinburgh.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) E Relax or spend time exploring this vibrant, friendly city. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Mespil (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB) DAY 3 DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD l I Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a Unique Insight on the breeding of these horses. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration and tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton (F) DAY 4 WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) B At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. Join your companions for a Be My Guest Dinner on a traditional Irish dairy farm in Killarney. (FB BG) Hotel: Dromhall (F)/Randalls Court (F) DAY 5 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) DAY 6 KILLARNEY – LIMERICK – GALWAY – CASTLEBAR Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed. In Galway, view the Cathedral, built on the site of the old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square during your orientation. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Breaffy House (F) DAY 7 CASTLEBAR – OMAGH – LONDONDERRY 5 Cross the border into Northern Ireland this morning, and follow the shore-line of Lough Erne, in Ireland’s Lake District, towards Omagh. Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park for insight into the lifestyle and experiences of the Irish people in the 18th and 19th century, many of whom emigrated to America. In Londonderry, walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the


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Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. (FB D) Hotel: Everglades (SF)/City (SF) DAY 8 LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST l Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40 000 interlocking basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. Finish the day with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road through Ballycastle to Belfast. Gain a Unique Insight by visiting the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre dedicated to the world’s most famous ship. (FB) Hotel: Europa (SF) DAY 9 BELFAST – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) 5 See the amazing sights of Belfast including Stormont Castle, the City Chambers and Queen’s University with your Local Guide. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive through spectacular Ayrshire countryside on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s commercial capital. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 10 GLASGOW ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME I Your morning orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, before enjoying free time to explore the city at your own pace. This afternoon, enjoy a Local Speciality by visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. (FB) DAY 11 GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF SKYE Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Mallaig, take the ferry ’over the sea to Skye’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Tongadale (MF)/Dunollie (MF) DAY 12 ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats, ending his aspirations to the throne. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highlands (F) DAY 13 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) Hotel: Marriott (SF) DAY 14 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above

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$335 p.p. $251 p.p. $168 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$168 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$310

Triple Room Reduction

$40

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7.00am and 09.00am. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival in August, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 15 DEPART EDINBURGH After a hearty Scottish breakfast say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of an unforgettable Celtic holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Please note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodation on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodation on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Duration: 15 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $3099 per person twin share

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Best of Scotland O Blair Atholl Castle

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Farewell dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. Admire the picturesque Scottish scenery as your hosts serve traditional Scottish cuisine and wine. The perfect way to end your trip! • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Eilean Donan Castle View this majestic castle. • Isle of Skye Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the Clan Donald Centre. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow Visit Glasgow Cathedral and see George Square on your orientation tour. • Stirling Castle Visit the castle to explore the great hall and see the Stirling Heads.

DAY 1 ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) E Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Centre (F) DAY 2 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your expert Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) DAY 3 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an excursion to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Highlands (F)/Laggan Gaskmore (F)

Dining Highlights • 6 full breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh, which includes traditional Scottish Fare and Welcome Drinks. n 2 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner near Glasgow at Loch Ard.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury airconditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival. • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 4 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D)

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$188 p.p. $141 p.p. $94 p.p. $94 p.p. $170

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$20

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Edinburgh Airport will operate at 9.00am, 11.30am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7.00am and 9.00am. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $53 per person.

DAY 7 DEPART GLASGOW After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

Firth of Forth Rail Bridge

Meet your travel companions before you go! DAY 5 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. This afternoon visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Your orientation tour of Glasgow also includes the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION I B Enjoy some free time this morning to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads’ and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Local Speciality visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience a Farewell Be My Guest Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard. (FB BG)

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Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch in the Trossachs National Park. Take in the picturesque scenery before your hosts serve a traditional Scottish home-cooked lunch in their historic barn. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit Glenlivet whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • Jedburgh View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Glamis Castle Visit the childhood home of the Queen Mother. • Culloden Visit the famous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. • Dunrobin Castle Visit Dunrobin Castle and formal gardens. Ancestral home to the Dukes of Sutherland. • John O’Groats Visit the most northern point of Britain. • South Ronaldsay (Orkney) Overlook Scapa Flow, one of the world’s largest natural harbours, and visit the Italian Chapel. • Skara Brae (Orkney) See the remains of the neolithic village. • Ullapool Visit the pretty fishing town of Ullapool on Loch Broom. • Isle of Skye Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. • Kyle of Lochalsh View Eilean Donan Castle. • Mull Visit the scenic Hebridean island of Mull. • Iona Visit this tiny island, burial place of Scottish Kings and Queens. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow Visit Glasgow Cathedral and view George Square on your orientation tour. • Culzean Castle Visit the clifftop castle, set in its own country park. • Alloway See Robert Burns’ birthplace and Monument.

Ullapool, Highlands DAY 1 ARRIVE EDINBURGH (3 NIGHTS) E Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Centre (F) DAY 2 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) DAY 3 EXCURSION TO THE BORDERS This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey as well as the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh. (FB) DAY 4 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – GLAMIS CASTLE – ABERDEEN Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel in Aberdeen. (FB D) Hotel: Thistle Altens (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Lunch in the Trossachs National Park. • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh, which includes a traditional Scottish pub meal and welcome drinks. n 6 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with whisky in the Scottish Highlands. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Glasgow.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights. Refer to page 75. • Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return. • Ferry to the Isle of Mull and Iona.

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$340 p.p. $255 p.p. $170 p.p.

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Triple Room Reduction

DAY 5 ABERDEEN – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS I F Follow the River Dee through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains to join the Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside. More than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are located along the Whisky Trail along the River Spey. Visit Glenlivet distillery to witness the production of this Local Speciality and to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, at your hotel in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, enjoy a traditional Highlight Dinner including the ‘piping in of the haggis’! (FB HD) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highlands (F)

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

DAY 6 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – LOCH NESS – THURSO (2 NIGHTS) See the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated in 1746, and admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Royal (F)

In the event of poor weather conditions, the island excursions may be substituted with alternative sightseeing.

DAY 7 ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION From the northernmost point of the British mainland, John O’Groats, take the ferry across the North Sea to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and walk through the remains of the famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) DAY 8 THURSO – ISLE OF SKYE Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning northern coastline before moving inland to view the Falls of Shin, famous for its spectacular views of the waterfalls and leaping salmon. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Tongadale (MF) DAY 9 ISLE OF SKYE – BALLACHULISH (2 NIGHTS) After a leisurely morning in Portree, travel back to the mainland. Stop for views of renowned Eilean Donan Castle, before continuing through Glen Sheil and along the shores of Loch Cluanie to Fort William, where you see Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in all its glory. Dine this evening at your hotel in Ballachulish. (FB D) Hotel: Ballachulish/Isles of Glencoe (F) DAY 10 MULL AND IONA EXCURSION Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground, Rèilig Odhrain, burial place of many Scottish Kings. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D)

540 540 540 540

$50

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Edinburgh Airport will operate at 9.00am, 11.30am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7.00am and 9.00am. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel.

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $98 per person.

DAY 11 BALLACHULISH – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) B This morning, travel south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. Arrive in the Trossachs National Park for a Be My Guest lunch on a working Scottish farm. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry, as well as a visit to St Mungo’s Cathedral. (FB BG) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 12 LOWLAND EXCURSION F In Alloway, birthplace of Scotland’s greatest poet - Robbie Burns, view his monument and the famous Brig O’Doon. Visit Culzean Castle, a beautiful neoclassical mansion situated on the brink of the Firth of Clyde; its clifftop position offers exquisite views of the Ayrshire coast. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner in Glasgow. (FB FD) DAY 13 DEPART GLASGOW Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Please note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodation on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodation on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

Vineyard, Côte-d’Or, France

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Provence, France

Spain, Portugal, Morocco & France Enjoy the trip of a lifetime as Trafalgar expertly guides you through all the must-see sights of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and France. Along the way, we’ll reveal Hidden Treasures and authentic experiences that let you enjoy these incredible countries from an insider’s point of view. Lose yourself in the romance of France with treats like a privately guided tour through the fairytale Château Chenonceau. Explore Spanish cities richly adorned with intricate architecture, and enjoy a real taste of everyday life as dinner guests at a family-run olive oil mill. Take in Portugal’s changing landscape as you travel from its dramatic coastlines to its historic cities. And experience the exotic sights, sounds and aromas of Morocco’s colourful souks with a Local Expert. Choose from 13 holidays in this remarkable region of Europe and Northern Africa.

Explore Morocco’s largest souk (market)

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 242 for details

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The Treasures of France Chateau Chambord

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest You will be hosted by a French family in the scenic Loire Valley. Enjoy light snacks and a special tasting of delicious French wine. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and the Loire Valley. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit the artists area of Montmartre. • Rouen Visit the city associated with Joan of Arc. • Honfleur Visit this picturesque harbour town. • Normandy Visit the D-Day landing beaches. • Bayeux Visit the historic Bayeux Tapestry Museum. • Mont St. Michel Visit the Benedictine Abbey. • Chenonceau Visit Catherine de Medici’s château with your Local Guide. • Amboise Visit the château of the town where Leonardo da Vinci lived with your Local Guide. • Chambord Visit the largest château in the Loire Valley. • Chartres Visit the cathedral.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Wine tasting and snacks in the Loire Valley. • 5 evening meals:E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 3 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant in Paris.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS E Welcome to France! Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you. (WR) Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly (F) DAY 2 PARIS – ROUEN – HONFLEUR – BAYEUX 5 N Your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the Eiffel Tower and take an elevator to the second level for panoramic views across the city. A short drive brings you to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Visit Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Arrive later in Bayeux, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Novotel Bayeux (MF) DAY 3 BAYEUX – D-DAY LANDING BEACHES – MONT ST. MICHEL N Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day landing beaches and the Omaha military cemetery. Visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You might like to finish your day with an excursion to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier. (BB D) Hotel: Le Relais Du Roy (F)

Visit the artists area of Montmarte


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DAY 4 MONT ST. MICHEL – LOIRE VALLEY – AMBOISE (2 NIGHTS) B N Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting from the English Channel. Then travel south, passing by the beautiful town of Château Gontier beside the River Mayenne, en-route to the Loire Valley, renowned for its châteaux and delicious wines. Stop in the town of Azay-le-Rideau where you will enjoy a Be My Guest experience at a wine château. Meet the family who have lived here for generations and taste their wine accompanied by delicious local snacks. Arrive later at your hotel in Amboise where you dine tonight. (BB BG D) Hotel: Novotel Amboise (F)

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$200 p.p. $150 p.p. $100 p.p.

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$100 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$190

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$70

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am.

nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. (BB) DAY 6 AMBOISE – CHAMBORD – CHARTRES – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn’t live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage. Marvel at the architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue to the glittering capital, Paris. Tonight, consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned! (BB) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense (SF)

Delicious macaroons

DAY 5 CHÂTEAUX EXCURSION 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy-tale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture – reflected in the waters of the river – is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women have greatly influenced its construction and development. Katherine Briçonnet oversaw construction in 1513, creating one of the most remarkable castles in history. Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici contributed to the splendour by commissioning a bridge to span the river from the castle and the addition of luxurious landscaping. The Château contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto, among others. Return to Amboise to visit the château where King François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the

DAY 7 PARIS FREE TIME F Your day is free to enjoy this magical city. You might like to shop for souvenirs and see more sights. Paris is home to a number of famous museums and galleries including the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Consider browsing the Left Bank or take a cruise along the Seine and appreciate this beautiful city from a different perspective. This evening, the finale of this great trip starts with an excursion to Montmartre, a district long associated with artists. Take a funicular railway to the Place du Tertre for a walking orientation of the area around the Sacre Coeur Basilica. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 8 DEPART PARIS Say ‘au revoir’ to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Wonderful France Scenic Riviera

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a speciality dinner cooked in a wood-fired oven in a rustic provençal family-run restaurant. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Arles. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Avignon Orientation includes views of the Papal Palace and St. Bénezet Bridge. • Pont du Gard View the Roman aqueduct. • Les Baux de Provence Visit this astonishing village. • Arles See the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral on your walking tour with a Local Guide. • Aix-en-Provence Orientation tour includes the Cours Mirabeau. • St. Tropez Visit the most fashionable resort on the Riviera and cruise to stylish Ste. Maxime. • Cannes See the Film Festival Centre. • Nice Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais. • Monaco Excursion to see the palace and cathedral. • Route Napoleon Scenic drive. • Lyon Orientation of this gastronomic city. • Beaune Visit this town with cobbled streets known as the capital of the Burgundy wine region.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks. (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense (SF) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Later, consider an optional trip to Monet’s garden at Giverny. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS – TGV TRAIN – AVIGNON N Take the impressive and fast TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. Your orientation of Avignon includes views of the impressive Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon (F) DAY 4 AVIGNON – PONT DU GARD – ARLES – AIX-EN-PROVENCE B View the Roman Pont du Gard and continue to Les Baux-de-Provence. Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening in the elegant city of Aix-enProvence, join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest dinner of regional food at a provençal family restaurant. (BB BG) Hotel: Aquabella/Escale Oceania (F)

• 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a provençal restaurant. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Nice. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon. • Cruise from St. Tropez to Ste. Maxime. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ST. TROPEZ – CANNES – NICE (2 NIGHTS) F Traverse scenic hills to the coast and the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Brigitte Bardot was ‘discovered’. Take a boat cruise to Ste. Maxime. Continue by road to Cannes - the jewel in the Côte d’Azur - and see the Film Festival Centre on the sophisticated Boulevard de la Croisette. Your orientation of Nice includes a drive along Promenade des Anglais as well as views of Place Masséna, the Old Town and the port. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city’s many bustling restaurants. (BB HD) Hotel: NH Nice (F)

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$243 p.p. $182 p.p. $121 p.p.

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Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$50

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am.

6 Winter Departures (WWOF): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

Hotel Dieu, Beaune

Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

DAY 6 NICE – FREE TIME AND MONACO EXCURSION Spend the morning relaxing. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, swim in the Mediterranean or shop in chic boutiques. Later, a scenic drive brings you to the Principality of Monaco, where you see the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. (BB) DAY 7 NICE – ROUTE NAPOLEON – LYON Drive along part of the scenic Route Napoleon inland and travel via Manosque and the Durance Valley to the town of Sisteron. Take the alpine route along the Col de la Croix to Lyon, France’s second largest city. Standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is known as one of the greatest gastronomic cities in the world. Enjoy an orientation which includes Place Bellecour and views of the Basilica of Notre Dame. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland (F)

DAY 8 LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS F Journey via the vineyards of Macon and Beaune to Paris. Stop in Beaune where there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Evergreen Laurel (F) DAY 9 DEPART PARIS This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious lunch at a family-run vineyard in the foothills of the Luberon Mountains. See the beautiful 18th century stone country house and taste the delicious local wines. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Arles • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Avignon See the Papal Palace, broken bridge and Place de l’Horloge. • Aix-en-Provence See the Cours Mirabeau and the Place de la Rotonde. • Ménerbes Visit this picturesque town in Provence. • Arles Guided walking tour includes views of the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque Cathedral. • Nimes See the Roman Arena and the Maison Carée. • Cassis Included cruise to see the coastal coves or ‘calanques’. • Nice Orientation tour includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna, the Old Town and château park for spectacular views. • Monaco See the palace and the cathedral. Visit a casino in Monte Carlo.

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest lunch in the Luberon. • Cookery class and lunch in Nimes. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Nice.

DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Paris, France’s glittering capital! Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions later for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city’s impressive illuminations – the perfect introduction to your holiday! (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense (SF) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to round off your day with a famous Parisian cabaret show. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS AT LEISURE Today is free for you to explore the delights of Paris. The city is home to many world-renowned galleries and museums including the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay and Les Invalides, featuring Napoleon’s tomb. Cruise along the River Seine, stroll through the Tuileries or join an excursion to Monet’s garden at Giverny, the choice is yours! (BB) DAY 4 PARIS – TGV TRAIN – AVIGNON - AIX-EN-PROVENCE (2 NIGHTS) Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon. Your orientation tour of Avignon includes the famous broken bridge, the bustling Place de I’Horloge and the Palace of the Popes, an immense fortification built in the 14th century. This afternoon, continue to Aix-en-Provence, a vibrant student city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Roi Rene (SF) DAY 5 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME B This morning, see the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later drive through beautiful Provençal countryside to Ménerbes, immortalised by Peter Mayle in his book ‘A Year in Provence’. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch of local dishes at a family run winery in the famous Luberon area and learn about the excellent wines which are produced

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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here. Return later to Aix-en-Provence with free time to do as you please. (BB BG) DAY 6 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ARLES – NIMES (2 NIGHTS) 5 A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Guide. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Nimes, where your orientation tour shows you the Roman Arena and the 2,000 year old Roman Temple, known as the Maison Caree. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Nimes Centre (F)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$330 p.p. $247 p.p. $165 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$165 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$310

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$30

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Nice Airport at 5.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $84 per person.

DAY 11 DEPART NICE Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Meet your travel companions before you go! Cassis, Cote d´Azur

DAY 7 NIMES – COOKERY CLASS Your day starts with a visit to St. Remy de Provence Market to buy fresh produce for your culinary adventure! Join your companions for a Cookery Class from a qualified chef at a nearby restaurant, work together to produce a delicious lunch and eat it! Return later to your hotel in Nimes and spend the evening relaxing. (BB HL) DAY 8 NIMES – CASSIS – NICE (3 NIGHTS) Drive south to coastal Cassis and take an included cruise around the bay and view the limestone coves – calanques − which provide shelter for local wildlife. Later continue to Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the Old Town. (BB) Hotel: Hotel Ellington (F) DAY 9 EXCURSION TO MONACO & MONTE CARLO Drive along the elegant Côte d’Azur to Monaco. See the Palace of the Grimaldi family − they have ruled from this residence for 700 years − and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are buried. Continue along part of the Grand Prix circuit to Monte Carlo with the chance to visit a casino − you might get lucky and win! Later in Nice, there is time to shop for souvenirs or relax. (BB)

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DAY 10 NICE AT LEISURE F Spend the day exploring Nice at your leisure. Visit the flower market in the old town. Maybe relax on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean. This evening, raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a unique dinner experience with traditional Dutch cuisine on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Meet a local family and learn about Dutch culture. • 5 Local Guide in London and Paris. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Learn about champagne production and get to taste this speciality wine in Reims.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Morning sightseeing tour including views of Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Included visit to the Imperial War Museum. • Portsmouth Visit the D-Day and Overlord Embroidery Museum. Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and see the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. • Normandy Visit the D-Day landing beaches and the D-Day museum. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. • Bayeux Visit the cemetery and historic Bayeux Tapestry Museum. • Caen Visit the Memorial de Caen. • Amiens See the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral. • Somme Battlefields Visit some of the significant battlefields of the First World War. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your expert Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Reims Visit this beautiful city and see the remarkable Cathedral. Enjoy a champagne tasting. • Ypres Salient Visit some of the significant battlefields near Ypres and witness the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Visit Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. • Groesbeek Visit the Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial as well as the National Liberation museum. • Arnhem View John Frost Bridge. • Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears and Dam Square.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in London. n B Be My Guest dinner in Amsterdam. n N 2 three-course hotel dinners with local wine. n 1 three-course restaurant dinner in Portsmouth.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all other First Class features – please refer to page 115. • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS) E After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall (SF) DAY 2 LONDON – SIGHTSEEING AND INCLUDED IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM VISIT 5 See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see many of the most important weapons and vehicles of the twentieth century including a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise down the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening. (BB) DAY 3 LONDON – D-DAY AND OVERLORD EMBROIDERY MUSEUM – PORTSMOUTH – OVERNIGHT FERRY TO CAEN Today leave London and head south towards Portsmouth. Visit the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum. This Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. The Museum’s centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany. Later stop in Portsmouth to enjoy free time in the Historic Dockyard. See the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France. (BB D) DAY 4 OVERNIGHT FERRY – NORMANDY BEACHES VISIT – BAYEUX – CAEN Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. See Arromanches, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Travel to Caen for your overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Caen Côte De Nacre (F) DAY 5 CAEN – VISIT MEMORIAL DE CAEN – AMIENS N This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War, this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Cathedrale Amiens/Novotel Boves (SF)


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DAY 6 AMIENS – SOMME BATTLEFIELDS – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) After an early start, visit some of the 1916 Somme battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant Thiepval Memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no known grave. Visit Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. At Vimy Ridge, see the memorial which has considerable significance for Canada. Finally, in Fromelles, see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force. Later make your way to the capital city of Paris for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse (SF)

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$280 $170

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers are available in London. See page 240 for details. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am. Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are 2014 departures and are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Price and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

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DAY 7 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This afternoon consider an excursion to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret. (BB) DAY 8 PARIS – REIMS – LILLE (2 NIGHTS) H N Visit the city of Reims – famous for its magnificent cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, formerly the place of coronation of the kings of France. The cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Reims also functions as one of the centres of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in the city. Enjoy an informative Wine Tasting at one of the city’s champagne houses before checking into your hotel for a two night stay. (BB D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lille (SF) DAY 9 LILLE – EXCURSION TO YPRES BATTLEFIELDS Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark, Vancouver Corner and many other places of interest. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to the The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness The Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel. (BB)

DAY 10 LILLE – GROESBEEK – NATIONAL LIBERATION MUSEUM – AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS) This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over two thousand Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time they advanced across the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war. Then stop to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special ‘liberation cake’. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatized in the 1977 movie ‘A Bridge Too Far’. See the bridge named after Major-General John Dutton Frost who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Later arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel/Novotel (F) DAY 11 AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING B Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy some free time in this vibrant city or perhaps visit Anne Frank’s House. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest farewell dinner with your travelling companions. (BB BG) DAY 12 DEPART AMSTERDAM Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $82 per person.

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Best of France Carcassone

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a 17th century traditional farmhouse. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Carcassonne. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Sample delicious regional wines at a wine cellar in Beaune.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Beaune Visit this medieval town. Wine-tasting at a local wine cellar. • Lyon Lyon Orientation tour of this gastronomic city. • Avignon See the Papal Palace. • Monaco See the palace, cathedral and Monte Carlo Casino. • Nice See the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. • Arles View the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral. • Carcassonne Guided tour of this walled city. • Lourdes See St. Bernadette’s grotto. • Biarritz Visit this Atlantic resort. • Bordeaux Orientation includes the Esplanade des Quinconces. • Dordogne Valley Excursion to see the ‘Bastide’ villages and visit St. Emilion. • Loire Valley Visit fairytale Château Chenonceau. • Mont St Michel Visit the island-town and view the Abbey. • Liberty Highway Drive along this historic route. • Normandy Visit the D-Day landing beaches and the D-Day museum. • Giverny Visit Claude Monet’s home. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 4 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Nice. n B Be My Guest dinner in Tours. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS E Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialities. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and then enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breath-taking sights. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel (F) DAY 2 PARIS – BEAUNE – LYON H Drive south into Burgundy wine country, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune and sample delicious regional wines at a local wine cellar. Tonight in Lyon, why not try out some gourmet specialities for which the city is justifiably famous! (BB) Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland (F) DAY 3 LYON – AVIGNON – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS) F Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favoured by artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to many rich and famous people! Explore the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are buried. Join your companions this evening for a Highlight Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Boscolo Plaza (SF) DAY 4 NICE – FREE TIME Spend today as you wish. The Côte d’Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening, why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants. (BB) DAY 5 NICE – ARLES – CARCASSONNE 5 N Visit the town of Arles, with free time to explore the city. Pass Alaric’s Mountain to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 53 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Porte De La Cite (F)/Best Western Le Donjon (F) DAY 6 CARCASSONNE – LOURDES – BIARRITZ N Wind your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes toward the Pyrenées. See the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette’s grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage. In Biarritz, walk along the renowned surfing beach where the Atlantic waves come crashing in. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Novotel Anglet Aeroport (F) DAY 7 BIARRITZ – BORDEAUX (2 NIGHTS) N Follow the west coast north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine


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3150 3150 3150 3275

1030 1030 1030 1070

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3275 3275 3275 3275 3275

1070 1070 1070 1070 1070

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Fri 18 Oct

3265 1070

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Fri 19 Apr 3175 1030 Fri 26 Apr 3175 1030

Sun 21 Apr Sun 28 Apr Sun 5 May Sun 12 May Sun 19 May Sun 26 May

Fri 3 May Fri 10 May Fri 17 May Fri 24 May Fri 31 May Fri 7 Jun

3175 3175 3250 3250 3250 3250

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3250 3250 3250 3250 3250

1050 1050 1050 1050 1050

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industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. (BB D) Hotel: Pullman Aquitania (F) DAY 8 DORDOGNE EXCURSION Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion. Take a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Built on narrow grid streets in the 13th & 14th centuries, these villages featured central covered market squares and strong rampart walls to protect the inhabitants during the period of the 100 years war. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$328 p.p. $246 p.p. $164 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$164 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$320

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$60

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

DAY 10 TOURS – MONT ST. MICHEL – OMAHA BEACH N In Brittany, visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel, featuring the Abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and the D-Day landing beaches, where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day museum and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach (F) DAY 11 OMAHA BEACH – GIVERNY – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) Head south-east towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel (F)

Grand Casino, Monte Carlo

DAY 9 BORDEAUX – LOIRE VALLEY – TOURS B Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley, and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Château Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a special Be My Guest dining experience in a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord (MF)

DAY 12 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME F 5 Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – see all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide! See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. Or simply relax and watch the world go by! This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 13 DEPART PARIS Say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

SPAIN PORTUGAL MOROCCO & FRANCE : REGIONALS

D-Day Landing Beaches

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GERMANY

Duration: 13 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $3125 per person twin share Ref: FBOF

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Highlights of France and Barcelona INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Specialty dinner in the atmosphere of a traditional 17th century farmhouse. • 5 Local Guide in Paris, Lyon and Barcelona. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy a delicious tasting in a wine cellar near Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Paris Ascend the Eiffel Tower by elevator to the second level. Visit Les Invalides to see Napoleon’s tomb. • Chartres Visit the Cathedral. • Loire Valley See the Château de Chambord. Visit the Château de Chenonceau. • Bourges See the Palais Jacques Coeur, the cathedral and the archbishop’s gardens. • Lyon Guided walking tour of the old city. • Avignon See the Papal Palace and famous bridge. • Nice See Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. • Monaco Visit the Principality. • Arles View the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral. • Barcelona Guided walking tour of the Gothic quarter. • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Tours. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Barcelona.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights. (WR) Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly (F) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde - see all these sights and more with your Local Guide. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city’s many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an excursion to the magnificent Louvre. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS – LOIRE VALLEY CHÂTEAUX – TOURS B Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. See the impressive Château Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening, join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord (MF) DAY 4 TOURS – BOURGES – LYON 5 N Journey through the heart of France! Stop in Bourges to see the Palais Jacques Coeur, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the delightful archbishop’s gardens. Continue south through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Guide through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules’ of France’s largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Mecure Lyon Saxe LaFayette (F) DAY 5 LYON – CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – AVIGNON – NICE (2 NIGHTS) H Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village entwined with papal history since the Avignon Papacy promoted viticulture in the 14th century, advancing the reputation of Burgundy wines in the process. Sample delicious wines at a Côtes du Rhône wine cellar. In Avignon, see the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the Rhône immortalised in the French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Arrive later in Nice where you will be treated to an orientation tour, which includes Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. (BB) Hotel: Massena (F)


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Duration: 9 Days Pace: Lively Price from: $2150 per person twin share Ref: FRSPA

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Chenonceau

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1

2

Price per Person

Chambord

Starts Paris

Bourges

FRANCE

Burgundy Wine Region

Bay of Biscay

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Arles

ANDORRA

MADRID

2

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LYON Rhône Valley

Avignon

Pyrenees

2

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BARCELONA

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ALGERIA DAY 6 NICE – EXCURSION TO MONTE CARLO Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers seeking a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques! This afternoon, enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d’Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco! (BB)

Ends Twin Barcelona Share Option

Fri 12 Apr Fri 19 Apr Fri 26 Apr

Sat 20 Apr 2165 Sat 27 Apr 2165 Sat 4 May 2165

570 570 570

Fri 3 May Fri 10 May Fri 17 May Fri 24 May Fri 31 May

Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May Sat 1 Jun Sat 8 Jun

2175 2175 2175 2175 2175

570 570 570 570 570

Fri 7 Jun Fri 14 Jun

Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun

2175 2175

570 570

Fri 21 Jun Fri 28 Jun

Sat 29 Jun Sat 6 Jul

2175 2175

570 560

Fri 5 Jul Fri 12 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul

2150 2150

560 560

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Ends Barcelona

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Fri 19 Jul Fri 26 Jul

Sat 27 Jul Sat 3 Aug

2150 560 2150 560

Fri 2 Aug Fri 9 Aug Fri 16 Aug Fri 23 Aug Fri 30 Aug

Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug Sat 7 Sep

2150 2150 2150 2150 2199

Fri 6 Sep Fri 13 Sep Fri 20 Sep

Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sat 28 Sep

2199 570 2199 570

Fri 27 Sep

Sat 5 Oct

2199 570 2199 570

Fri 4 Oct Fri 11 Oct

Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct

2175 570 2175 570

560 560 560 560 570

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$220 p.p. $165 p.p. $110 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$110 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$210

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$90

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8.00am.

DAY 9 DEPART BARCELONA Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured below. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

OPTIONAL MADRID EXTENSION Ref: BMEX From $550 per person on a twin share basis

DAY 7 NICE – ARLES – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS) N Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Pass the Camargue National Park, cross the foothills of the Pyrénées to Catalonia in Spain, and continue through olive groves and verdant vineyards. Your destination is Barcelona, a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean. (BB D) Hotel: Vincci Bit (F) DAY 8 BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing and walking tour through the Gothic quarter. Admire the impressive cathedral and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, plus many of his other eccentric architectural masterpieces. Spend free time afterwards seeing the city on your own. The Columbus Monument is a must-see and the Ramblas is also worth exploring. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant. (BB FD)

On the day your holiday ends you will be transferred to Barcelona Airport for a short flight to Madrid. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your First Class hotel accommodation in Madrid. Enjoy a two night stay with included hot buffet breakfast enabling you to have a whole free day to explore Madrid on your own. DAY 9 FLIGHT BARCELONA – MADRID Transfer to Barcelona Airport. Flight included from Barcelona to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Madrid. (BB) Hotel: NH Eurobuilding (F) DAY 10 MADRID FREE DAY After breakfast enjoy a full free day for sightseeing in Madrid. (BB) DAY 11 DEPART MADRID Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home. Conditions apply. (BB)

SPAIN PORTUGAL MOROCCO & FRANCE : REGIONALS

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

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Spanish Wonder Mosque of the Caliphs, Cordoba

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida. • 5 Local Guide in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona. • l Unique Insight A walking tour through La Boqueria Market. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza España, and the Cibeles Fountain. • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Puerto Lapice Visit the inn where Don Quixote was reputedly dubbed a knight. • Cordoba Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs with your Local Guide. • Seville Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Guadix View the cave homes in “Barrio Troglodyte”. • Valencia See the Town Hall, Cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers. • Peñiscola View the ancient castle overlooking the beach. • Barcelona View Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, see the monument to Columbus and visit Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Seville. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Barcelona.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Rafael Atocha (F) DAY 2 TOLEDO EXCURSION AND MADRID SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España, and see Puerta del Sol, the city’s hub with your Local Guide. (BB) DAY 3 MADRID – CORDOBA – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) 5 Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Guide. Tonight, you might like to take an excursion to watch a fiery flamenco show. (BB) Hotel: Tryp Macarena (F) DAY 4 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the fascinating Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB BG) DAY 5 SEVILLE – GRANADA 5 Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Guide. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. (BB) Hotel: Alhamar (F) Peñiscola


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BARCELONA

2

Toledo

Price per Person

2

SEVILLE Vineyards of Jerez

GRANADA

1

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390 390 390 390

VALENCIA

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390 390 390 390

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1799 1799 1799 1799 1850

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1850 1850 1850 1850

390 390 390 390

Mediterranean Sea

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■ Sightseeing stops

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La Mancha

Cordoba

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DAY 6 GRANADA – GUADIX – VALENCIA N Travel from Granada, via the Mora Pass, and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers which once formed part of the city walls. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Abba Acteon (F)

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Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Ends Barcelona

Sat 5 Oct Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct

Sun 13 Oct Sun 20 Oct Sun 27 Oct Sun 3 Nov

1825 1825 1825 1825

390 390 390 390

Sat 2 Nov Sat 9 Nov Sat 16 Nov Sat 23 Nov Sat 30 Nov

Sun 10 Nov Sun 17 Nov Sun 24 Nov Sun 1 Dec Sun 8 Dec

1599 1599 1599 1599 1599

350 350 350 350 350

Sat 7 Dec Sat 14 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 28 Dec

1599 1599 1675 1735

350 350 350 350

Sat 4 Jan Sat 11 Jan Sat 18 Jan Sat 25 Jan

Sun 15 Dec Sun 22 Dec Sun 29 Dec Sun 5 Jan 2014 Sun 12 Jan Sun 19 Jan Sun 26 Jan Sun 2 Feb

1599 1599 1599 1599

350 350 350 350

Sat 1 Feb Sat 8 Feb Sat 15 Feb Sat 22 Feb

Sun 9 Feb Sun 16 Feb Sun 23 Feb Sun 2 Mar

1599 1599 1599 1599

350 350 350 350

Sat 1 Mar Sat 8 Mar Sat 15 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sat 29 Mar

Sun 9 Mar Sun 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar Sun 30 Mar Sun 6 Apr

1599 1599 1635 1635 1635

350 350 350 350 350

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$185 p.p. $139 p.p. $93 p.p. $93 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$170

Triple Room Reduction

Guadix

DAY 7 VALENCIA – PEÑISCOLA – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS) Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities. (BB) Hotel: U232 (SF) DAY 8 BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l F This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Guide. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) DAY 9 DEPART BARCELONA Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

$30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8.00am. For guests who wish to utilise a complimentary transfer back to Madrid, you will be arrive at the Trafalgar extra night hotel in Madrid at approximately 6.00pm.

6 Winter Departures (WPWO): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

COST SAVER

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EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY REF: FPWO - SPANISH SALSA For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.trafalgar.com.

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Best of Spain Toledo

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate oranges and lemons. • 5 Local Guide in Toledo, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Madrid. • l Unique Insight A walking tour through La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Burgos Visit the tomb of El Cid. • Santander Orientation tour. • Bilbao Photo stop at the Guggenheim Museum. • San Sebastian Orientation includes La Concha Bay. • Pamplona See the ancient streets famous for the Bull Running festival. • Zaragoza View the Cathedral of El Pilar and La Seo. • Barcelona View Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, see the monument to Columbus and visit Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas with your Local Guide. • Peñiscola See the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. • Valencia See the cathedral, and Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the futuristic Opera House. • Guadix See the cave dwellings. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Cordoba Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and the Synagogue with your Local Guide. • Torremolinos Stay in this famous holiday resort. • Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock. • Seville Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial in Plaza España, and the Cibeles Fountain. Visit the Prado Museum with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid! Relax after check-in, or go for a walk through the bustling streets. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening orientation drive – the perfect introduction to your holiday! (WR) Hotel: Rafael Atocha (F) DAY 2 TOLEDO EXCURSION 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. (BB) DAY 3 MADRID – BURGOS – SANTANDER N Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid’s tomb in the vast Gothic cathedral. Cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains to the coast, arriving later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Santemar (SF) DAY 4 SANTANDER – BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN – PAMPLONA N This morning in Bilbao, view the Guggenheim Museum, featuring an extensive collection of modern art. Continue along the coast to San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during your orientation walk. In the city of Pamplona, most famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Iruna Park (F) DAY 5 PAMPLONA – ZARAGOZA – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS) Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo at Zaragoza. Rising gently from the sea, Barcelona is Spain’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Your home for the next two nights, this fascinating metropolis dates back to Roman times and boasts a rich artistic and architectural heritage. (BB) Hotel: Vincci Bit (F)

• 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n N 4 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Seville with delicious local specialities. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • High-speed train between Seville and Madrid. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 15. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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San Sebastian

Bilbao

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Burgos Rioja

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PAMPLONA

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Zaragoza Toledo

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Peñiscola

1

Cordoba

SEVILLE

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SPAIN

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Gibraltar

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VALENCIA

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Guadix

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DAY 6 BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and take in panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Guide. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine on your guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Consider joining an optional excursion to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’. (BB) DAY 7 BARCELONA – PEÑISCOLA – VALENCIA N Drive past orange and almond orchards to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continue through the ‘huertas’ to sunny Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, where your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, and the cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Abba Acteon (F) DAY 8 VALENCIA – GUADIX – GRANADA N Travel inland to the ‘sierras’ to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada, but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Alhamar (F) DAY 9 GRANADA – COSTA DEL SOL (3 NIGHTS) 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Moorish Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across the town and surrounding hills. Admire extraordinary architecture and the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. Arrive on the Costa del Sol where you stay for the next three nights. (BB) Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol (SF) DAY 10 COSTA DEL SOL FREE TIME Today, relax on the Sunshine Coast. This is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but was once a series of quiet fishing villages. Shop for souvenirs in the old town of Torremolinos, lie on the beach or perhaps join an optional excursion to the white-washed village of Mijas. (BB) DAY 11 CORDOBA EXCURSION 5 Head north through picturesque mountains via Antequera, a town known as the ‘Crossroads of Andalusia’ to Cordoba. Meet your Local Guide and visit of the Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of HispanoIslamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood. Arrive back on the Costa del Sol for a relaxing evening. (BB) DAY 12 COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR* – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an excursion to St. Michael’s Cave to see the

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$317 p.p. $237 p.p. $158 p.p.

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$158 p.p.

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$300 $60

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez – famous for wine production – to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show! (BB) Hotel: La Casa De La Juderia (SF) DAY 13 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Travel through Seville’s tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Visit Seville Cathedral and see the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted to a bell tower. Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral. Visit the pools and fountains in Maria Luisa Park as well as the imposing Plaza de España. Your guided tour finishes with a walk through the Jewish quarter. Tonight, join your companions for a delicious Be My Guest dinner experience at a family run Olive Oil Mill. (BB BG) DAY 14 SEVILLE – HIGH-SPEED TRAIN – MADRID 5 F This morning, take a high-speed train from Seville to Madrid. On arrival, meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of the city. See Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before your visit of the world famous Prado Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of European art in the world, including masterpieces by Velazquez. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Rafael Atocha (F) DAY 15 DEPART MADRID Say ‘adios!’ to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) * Important Note: Visas may be required for the visit to Gibraltar. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Scenic Spain & Portugal Algarve, Portugal

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white washed village of Gerida. • 5 Local Guide in Toledo, Granada, Seville, Lisbon and Madrid. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Seville Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the Bell Tower. Visit Maria Luisa Park and the imposing Plaza de España. • Algarve See the harbour in the coastal town of Villamoura. • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Salamanca View the Plaza Mayor. • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial in Plaza España, and the Cibeles Fountain.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n N 2 threecourse dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Seville. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID E Welcome to Madrid, the Spanish capital. Unwind after your journey or take some time to explore this lively, dynamic city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Ayre Grand Hotel Colon (SF) DAY 2 MADRID – TOLEDO – GRANADA N 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Your journey continues through the wine producing centre of Valdepeñas and across La Mancha, where your Travel Director tells the tale of Don Quixote. Finish the day with wonderful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains while enjoying dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Carmen (F) DAY 3 GRANADA – SEVILLE 5 B Your Local Guide takes you on a tour of the most famous monument in Granada and Spain’s finest example of Moorish architecture – the Alhambra Palace. An enormous fortress occupying a hilly terrace on the south-eastern border of the city; the ornate palace and exotic water gardens of the Generalife – the Moors’ royal summer residence – are a joy to behold. Marvel at uninterrupted views across the town and hills beyond. This afternoon drive to the city of Seville, famous for Flamenco & Bullfighting. This evening, experience a Be My Guest Dinner at an authentic Spanish ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB BG) Hotel: Las Casa De La Juderia (SF) DAY 4 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME – ALGARVE 5 This morning enjoy a city tour of Seville with your Local Guide. Visit the Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. View the Giralda Bell Tower. In your free time, why not explore the vast cathedral or join an

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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excursion to the Alcazar. This afternoon, cross the border to the Algarve coastal region of Portugal. Relax this evening or consider joining your companions for dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant. (BB) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort (MD) DAY 5 ALGARVE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS) After a leisurely morning wondering through the harbour, relaxing at the hotel, or enjoying the local beach, you head north over the Serra de Arrabida mountains to Lisbon. This amazing city on the banks of the Tagus is renowned for tiny patio restaurants known as fadistas, where you can dine on local specialties while listening to the sounds of haunting fado melodies. (BB) Hotel: Olissippo Marques (F)

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

$175 p.p. $131 p.p. $88 p.p. $88 p.p. $170

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$30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am.

Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: NH Habana (F) DAY 9 DEPART MADRID Say ‘adios’ to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of your journey through Spain and Portugal. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Meet your travel companions before you go! Olive Groves, Andalucia

DAY 6 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) DAY 7 LISBON – FATIMA – SALAMANCA N A short drive through the Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to Fatima. Visit the Shrine, a scene of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain to visit Salamanca, home of the country’s oldest universities. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol (F) DAY 8 SALAMANCA – MADRID 5 F Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon your Local Guide shows you all the sights including the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. Tonight, join your

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Best of Portugal Hieronymite Monastery, Belem, Lisbon

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Local speciality lunch with wine in a traditional ‘quinta’ dating back to the 17th century. • 5 Local Guide in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy a wine tasting at a port cellar in Oporto.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Algarve Admire magnificent coastal scenery along the Algarve to the Sagres Peninsula. • Lagos Visit this resort. • Evora Visit the cathedral, Ossuary Chapel and the Roman Temple with your Local Guide. • Castelo de Vide Visit this spa town. • Belmonte See the Roman tower. • Viseu Visit the old town. • Palacio de Mateus Visit the Palace gardens. • Guimaraes See the castle. • Oporto See the cathedral and Church of St. Francis. • Coimbra Orientation includes a visit to the university library (or ceremonial hall when closed). • Conimbriga Visit the Roman Ceramics Museum. • Tomar Visit the Convent of Christ famous for its association with the Knights Templar. • Fatima Visit the celebrated religious shrine. • Batalha Visit the Late Gothic style monastery. • Nazare Visit this fishing village. • Obidos Visit this medieval city.

DAY 1 ARRIVE LISBON (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city’s colourful landscape. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: HF Fenix Urban (F) DAY 2 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) DAY 3 LISBON – VILAMOURA (2 NIGHTS) Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Travel to the Algarve coast and Vilamoura – your home for the next two nights. Explore the city this afternoon or simply relax at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Resort (MD) DAY 4 ALGARVE EXCURSION F This morning, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-westernmost point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special Highlight Dinner. (BB HD)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • Be My Guest lunch en route to Oporto. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Lisbon. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Local highlight restaurant dinner with wine in Vilamoura. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lisbon.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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1875 1875 1875 1875 1875

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DAY 5 VILAMOURA – EVORA 5 N This morning, travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Evora. Join your Local Guide and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Ossuary Chapel. Evora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an excursion to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: M’ar De Ar Muralhas (SF) DAY 6 EVORA – CASTELO DE VIDE – BELMONTE – VISEU Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town’s Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. (BB) Hotel: Grao Vasco (F)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$190 p.p. $142 p.p. $95 p.p. $95 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$180

Triple Room Reduction

$40

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Lisbon Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $84 per person.

DAY 9 OPORTO – COIMBRA – CONIMBRIGA – TOMAR – FATIMA N Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra, see ancient streets and squares and visit the Old University featuring an ornate Baroque library. In Conimbriga, visit the Roman Ruins and see some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics in Portugal. In Tomar, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fatima. Dine tonight in your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Fatima (F)

Oporto

DAY 7 VISEU – MATEUS – GUIMARÃES – OPORTO (2 NIGHTS) B Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced. Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Savour a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ‘quinta’ with your travelling companions. Continue via Guimarães for views of the impressive castle to Oporto. (BB BG) Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto (F) DAY 8 OPORTO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME H 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River, the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Wine Tasting at a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

DAY 10 FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARÉ – OBIDOS – LISBON F Visit the Shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fatima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon, celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: Corinthia (SF) DAY 11 DEPART LISBON Say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a spectacular Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Highlights of Spain & Portugal Plaza de España, Seville

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate oranges and lemons. • 5 Local Guide in Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Lisbon and Madrid. • l Unique Insight See the Casa de las Conchas with its unusual stone-work while in Salamanca. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Explore the history of olive oil production and enjoy an olive oil tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

• Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Cordoba Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and the Synagogue with your Local Guide. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Gibraltar Visit the famous Rock. • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Bell Tower. Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Fatima Visit the celebrated shrine. • Salamanca Enjoy an orientation of this University City including Plaza Mayor. • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza España, and the Cibeles Fountain. Visit the Prado Museum with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n N 2 threecourse dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Seville. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Granada. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID E Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain! Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your travelling companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive this evening – the perfect introduction to this magical city! (WR) Hotel: Vincci Capitol (SF) DAY 2 MADRID – TOLEDO – CORDOBA N 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Admire the breath-taking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of Andalusia, to Cordoba. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Ayre Cordoba (SF) DAY 3 CORDOBA – BAEZA – GRANADA 5 I F Accompanied by your Local Guide, visit the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba, the former Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano-Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue. Travel to Baeza and visit the olive oil museum. See the different varieties of olive, discover the different production methods used through the ages, and sample this Local Speciality during your olive oil tasting. After a drive in the shadow of the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountains, you arrive in Granada. This evening – enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine.(BB HD) Hotel: Carmen (F) DAY 4 GRANADA – COSTA DEL SOL (TORREMOLINOS) (2 NIGHTS) 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. You might take an excursion to visit the pretty hilltop village of Mijas for a typical Mediterranean dinner. (BB) Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol (SF)

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon


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DAY 5 COSTA DEL SOL FREE TIME Spend the day as you wish. Consider strolling along miles of perfect sandy beaches, or you might like to go shopping. If you’re feeling adventurous, join a day excursion to Morocco! (BB) DAY 6 COSTA DEL SOL – GIBRALTAR* – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an excursion to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon, continue through the Andalusian countryside around Jerez – famous for wine production – to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery Flamenco show! (BB) Hotel: Tryp Macarena (F)

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DAY 7 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B See the Giralda Bell Tower with your Local Guide during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the piece of the 1929 World’s Fair, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Join your travelling companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner at an Andalusian family run Olive Oil Mill. (BB BG) DAY 8 SEVILLE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS) Cross the beautiful province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and copper mines. Pass the castles of Extremadura and cross the Portuguese border to Lisbon, enjoying interesting scenery along the way. (BB) Hotel: NH Felix Urban (F) DAY 9 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) DAY 10 LISBON – FATIMA – SALAMANCA l N A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Your Travel Director will also take you to see the unusual Casa de las Conchas. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol (F) DAY 11 SALAMANCA – MADRID (2 NIGHTS) Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid. This afternoon you have free time to explore this wonderful city. This evening why not experience typical food from some of Madrid’s fine restaurants. (BB) Hotel: AC Cuzco (F) DAY 12 MADRID SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Visit the Prado Museum with your Local Guide, featuring the largest collection of European art in the world, most notably the works of

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Velazquez. See the Royal Palace, official residence of the King of Spain. View the Puerta del Sol and the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza de España. On the elegant Paseo del Prado, see the impressive Cibeles Fountain. In your free time this afternoon, consider joining an optional trip to Segovia, where you can see the Roman aqueduct and medieval palaces and castles. Tonight, join your companions and your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 13 DEPART MADRID Say ‘adios’ to your travelling companions, your Travel Director and these beautiful countries at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.(BB) *Important Note: Visas may be required for the visit to Gibraltar. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate oranges and lemons. • 5 Local Guide in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon. • l Unique Insight Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production healing creams and cosmetics from local produce. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain. • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Fez Visit the Medina with your Local Guide. • Marrakesh Visit Djemaa el Fna Square and the Bahia Palace with your Local Guide. • Casablanca See the Grand Mosque of Hassan ll and travel the Corniche Road along the Atlantic coast. • Rabat View the Royal Palace, Mausoleum and Royal Mosque with your Local Guide. • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Bell Tower. Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Fatima View the celebrated religious shrine. • Salamanca View the Plaza Mayor.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 hot buffet breakfasts. • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n 3 three-course dinners. n N 3 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Seville. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 16. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Spain’s capital Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city, or simply relax before meeting for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at your hotel. Later, enjoy an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: Vincci Soma (F) DAY 2 MADRID SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider a visit to the famous Prado Museum featuring a large collection of works by Velazquez, or take an optional excursion to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid’s nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours! (BB) DAY 3 MADRID – TOLEDO – GRANADA 5 N Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Admire the breath-taking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of Andalusia, to Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Alhamar (F) DAY 4 GRANADA – MARBELLA 5 This morning your Local Guide takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. (BB) Hotel: NH Marbella (F) DAY 5 MARBELLA – FEZ (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the Mediterranean coast and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings you to the Imperial city of Fez, Morocco’s second-largest city. (BB D) Hotel: Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (SF) DAY 6 FEZ SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your Local Guide. View the fortifications and Royal Palace, during your morning sightseeing tour. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for an Unique Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. This afternoon, see the sights of your choice or consider an excursion to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city when you haggle for souvenirs at the bazaar! (BB) DAY 7 FEZ – MARRAKESH (2 NIGHTS) Travelling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favourite holiday spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Later this evening you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis (SF) DAY 8 MARRAKESH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Guide. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm-readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore.


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Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an excursion to a Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) DAY 9 MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA – RABAT 5 Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart’s most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive of the Corniche, plus views of the Hassan II mosque with the world’s tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah (SFC) DAY 10 RABAT – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) N Today, drive northwards to the coast and board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey through the Jerez vineyards, home of sherry. Next, continue to Andalusia’s most beautiful city, Seville, for a two-night stay. This evening, enjoy dinner with your companions and then relax or why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show? (BB D) Hotel: Zenit Sevilla (SF) DAY 11 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Seville is known as the home of flamenco and bullfighting in Spain. See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Admire the tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds in the Maria Luisa Park and visit the imposing Plaza de Espanya. See Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral and enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at a traditional Andalusian finca. (BB BG) DAY 12 SEVILLE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS) Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and the Rio Tinto mines, and past the castle at Aracena. Crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks, you arrive in Lisbon. (BB) Hotel: Olissippo Marques de Sa (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. 6 Winter Departures (WSMPA): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $122 per person.

DAY 13 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB)

DAY 16 DEPART MADRID This morning, it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

DAY 14 LISBON – FATIMA – SALAMANCA N A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol (F)

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DAY 15 SALAMANCA – MADRID F Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon, explore the city at your own pace or consider an optional excursion. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: NH Eurobuilding (F)

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Best of Morocco Spice Market, Marrakesh

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Speciality dinner of delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine at a traditional Riad in Fez. • l Unique Insight Visit a traditional tannery and dye pit for a fascinating glimpse into an ancient practice. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Casablanca See the Grand Mosque of Hassan ll and travel the scenic Corniche road along the Atlantic coast. • Rabat See the Kasbah of Ouddaïa, the 12th century Mosque, and the Necropolis of Chellah. • Meknes Visit the walled city. See the Bab el Mansour gateway. • Fez Visit the Médina. See the Royal Palace and Karaouiyne Mosque. • Tafilalt Oasis Visit this haven on the edge of the Sahara. • Ouarzazate Orientation of the ‘Hollywood’ of Morocco. • Aït Ben Haddou Visit this Kasbah village in the Atlas Mountains. • Marrakesh City sightseeing includes the Djemaa el Fna Square and a visit to the Bahia Palace.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 2 lunches. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Casablanca. n 3 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Authentic Moroccan dinner with wine in Fez. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Casablanca.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CASABLANCA E Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco! Tonight, meet with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Kenzi Tower Hotel (Deluxe) DAY 2 CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES – FEZ (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco’s history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab elMansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country’s oldest imperial city. (BB) Hotel: Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (SF) DAY 3 FEZ SIGHTSEEING l B Explore the médina, one of the largest thriving medieval centers in the world, during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a Unique Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your companions this evening for a very special Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialities in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina. (BB BG) DAY 4 FEZ – ERFOUD Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Kasbah Chergui (SF)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 ERFOUD – TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country! Follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Le Berbere Palace (SF) DAY 6 OUARZAZATE – AÏT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKESH (2 NIGHTS) See the sights during your orientation tour of Ouarzazate. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - the ‘Red City’. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the médina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest traditional market (‘souk’) where you might like to do some last minute shopping. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis (SF)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Casablanca Airport will operate at 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Casablanca Airport at 7.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm. 6 Winter Departures (WORB): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. New Years Eve Celebrations have been arranged for this departure.

DAY 9 DEPART CASABLANCA Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 7 MARRAKESH SIGHTSEEING Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an excursion to a Berber village. Tonight, you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) DAY 8 MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA F This morning, travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca, see the sights during your orientation including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque built for the late king’s 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Kenzi Tower Hotel (D)

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Central & Eastern Europe including Russia & Scandinavia Throughout Central and Eastern Europe you’ll be greeted by the intriguing fusion of past and present, along with stunning scenic beauty and a rich cultural landscape. Accompanied by an experienced multi-lingual Travel Director, you’ll enjoy authentic local experiences all the way. Get the inside story from your Local Guide on Moscow’s famous Red Square and Kremlin. Take a look back at the thousand-year history of Prague through the eyes of a local on a private walking tour of the Old City. And savour local delicacies and warm Austrian hospitality as invited guests at a family farm house in Innsbruck. There are 18 holidays to choose from in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 242 for details

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Best of Holland Dutch windmill

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a memorable dinner with a local farming family near Groningen. Hear about the history of their property and enjoy typical Dutch cuisine and hospitality. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • j Local Expert Discover from a local expert how wooden clogs and Dutch cheese are made. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam. n Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain. n See the sights of Groningen like a local during your guided bicycle tour of the city.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and ‘Skinny Bridge’. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the canals. • Aalsmere Visit the renowned flower auction. • Keukenhof Visit the magnificent bulb fields (when open). • Delft Visit the city of Delft, once the home port of the Dutch East India Company. • Rotterdam Visit the thriving port city. • Groesbeek Visit the National Liberation museum. • Arnhem View John Frost Bridge. • Zutphen Visit the historic town of Zutphen. • Hoge Veluwe Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum set in a magnificent park. • Apeldoorn Visit Het Loo Palace. • Staphorst See the traditional farmhouses of Staphorst. • Groningen Included bicycle tour and orientation of the city. • Volendam Excursion to this fishing village. • Frisian Lake District Visit the town of Bolsward in the scenic Lake District.

DAY 1 ARRIVE AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise aboard a canal boat and enjoy a light meal and welcome drinks. (WR) Hotel: Hilton (MD) DAY 2 AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING m I Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ during your Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s most prestigious art museums. Visit an historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work. (BB) DAY 3 AMSTERDAM – AALSMEER – KEUKENHOF – DELFT – ROTTERDAM I An early start takes you to Aalsmeer to see the flower auction. During the flowering season (April until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. This afternoon, travel through The Hague to the town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a closer look at the manufacture of this Local Speciality, hand painted, porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, your city orientation on arrival reveals the most important river port in Europe. Enjoy free time to explore the city this evening. (BB) Hotel: Inntel Mainport (SF) DAY 4 ROTTERDAM – GROESBEEK – ARNHEM – ZUTPHEN After breakfast, continue your journey to Groesbeek and visit the National Liberation museum. Once the site of part of Operation Market Garden in 1944, the museum now commemorates Holland’s occupation

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 6 hot buffet breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Amsterdam including a light meal and drinks on board a canal cruise. n B Be My Guest dinner in Groningen with local Dutch specialities. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Amsterdam.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May) • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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and liberation during World War II. Next, make your way to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. Continue to Zutphen this evening. (BB) Hotel: Intel (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Amsterdam Airport will operate at 9.00am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am. e Departures marked with a e in the price panel will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields. d Please note that departures marked with an d in the price panel will overnight in Den Haag at the Hilton instead of Amsterdam. Included sightseeing will not be affected. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $53 per person.

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DAY 5 ZUTPHEN – APELDOORN – STAPHORST – GRONINGEN B This morning visit Hoge Veluwe Park and the ‘Kröller–Müller’ Museum which houses some of Van Gogh’s most famous works. Continue to Apeldoorn to visit the 17th century Het Loo Palace with its enchanting formal gardens. Visit the town of Staphorst, whose inhabitants are famous for their traditional dress, en route to Groningen. This evening, join your companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner of delicious Dutch specialities. (BB BG) Hotel: Mercure (F) DAY 6 GRONINGEN – VOLENDAM – AMSTERDAM I j F Groningen has been named the world’s best city for cycling and what better way to enjoy this Local Speciality than a guided bicycle tour of the city? After seeing the sights about town, enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Frisian Lake District and the town of Bolsward. Continue along the Afsluitdijk to Volendam where your Local Expert gives you an insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Tonight in Amsterdam, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel (F)

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DAY 7 DEPART AMSTERDAM This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your travelling companions as your memorable holiday in The Netherlands comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best Of Holland, Belgium And Luxembourg Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Enjoy a memorable dinner of Belgian cuisine at an 18th century farmstead near Bruges. The farm is home to cattle, sheep and poultry. Meet the farmer who was born and raised on the farm. • 5 Local Guide in Luxembourg and Bruges • m Small Group Sightseeing In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam. n Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain. n Visit a lace workshop in Bruges.

Sightseeing Highlights • Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and ‘Skinny Bridge’. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the canals. • Keukenhof Visit the magnificent bulb fields (when open). • Rotterdam Visit the Euromast Tower for panoramic views of the city and harbour. • Delft Visit the city of Delft, once the home port of the Dutch East India Company. • De Haar Castle Gardens Visit the magnificent gardens of this fairy-tale castle. • Maastricht Visit the picturesque fortified city of Maastricht. • Bastogne Visit the American Memorial at the Battle of the Bulge site. • Luxembourg View the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg and Grand Ducal Palace. Visit General George Patton’s grave. • Orval Visit the Cistercian Abbey. • Dinant Visit this pretty town on the banks of the Meuse. • Bruges See the Grand Place, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and enjoy an included cruise along the canals. • Gent Orientation featuring views of the ‘Three Towers of Gent’ and Castle of the Counts of Flanders. • Brussels Orientation includes views of the Atomium, Grand Place, Royal Park and Palaces, Japanese and Chinese Pagodas, and the Manneken Pis.

O Dinant, Belgium DAY 1 ARRIVE AMSTERDAM (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for sightseeing cruise aboard a canal boat. Later, get to know your travelling companions at a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drinks. (WR) Hotel: Hilton (MD) DAY 2 AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE m I In Amsterdam, enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece, the ‘The Night Watch’, during your guided Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum. Visit an historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work. During the flowering season (April until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. (BB) DAY 3 ROTTERDAM AND DELFT EXCURSION I After a leisurely morning, travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft. Visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a closer look at the manufacture of this Local Speciality, hand painted, porcelain. After some free time to explore the city. Continue to Rotterdam, the most important river port in Europe. After a short city orientation, visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbour. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please before returning to Amsterdam this evening. (BB) DAY 4 AMSTERDAM – HAARZUILENS – MAASTRICHT – BASTOGNE – LUXEMBOURG (2 NIGHTS) In Haarzuilens, visit the magnificent gardens of fairy-tale De Haar Castle. Continue your journey to visit the historic fortified city of Maastricht. Enjoy free time to explore the city before continuing to Bastogne. View the American Memorial, erected to commemorate the 76 890 American soldiers wounded or killed during Battle of the Bulge. Arrive later at your hotel in the Duchy of Luxembourg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Doubletree (SF)

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Amsterdam including a light meal and drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest dinner at an 18th century farmstead near Bruges. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Brussels.

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DAY 5 LUXEMBOURG SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 This morning, visit General George S. Patton’s grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with your Local Guide shows you the sights including the breath-taking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral, and the Grand Ducal Palace. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure and your Travel Director will be able to advise on how to get the most from your free time in the city. (BB)

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

DAY 6 LUXEMBOURG – ORVAL – DINANT – BRUGES (2 NIGHTS) B Visit Orval Abbey, a Cistercian monastery famous for producing Trappiste beer. Continue your journey and visit the pretty town of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax – best known for inventing the saxophone. Later, arrive in picturesque Bruges and join your fellow travellers this evening for a special Be My Guest dinner at an 18th-century farmstead. (BB BG) Hotel: De’Medici (F)

e Departures marked with a e will visit the magnificent Keukenhof Tulip Fields.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Amsterdam Airport will operate at 9.00am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Brussels Airport at 8.00am and 12.00pm. d Due to events taking place in Amsterdam, the 30 August 2013 and 13 September 2013 departure will spend one night at the Hilton Amsterdam and two nights at the Hilton Den Haag. All sightseeing inclusions will remain the same. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most from this leisurely day. This evening, celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART BRUSSELS This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

DAY 8 BRUGES – GENT – BRUSSELS (2 NIGHTS) Visit the beautiful city of Gent and see the three famous Gent towers – Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. This afternoon, in Brussels, your Travel Director shows you the city’s highlights, including the Atomium, Royal Palace, Japanese Pagodas, the Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis. (BB) Hotel: The Hotel (Deluxe)

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DAY 9 BRUSSELS – AT LEISURE F Today is free for you to do as you wish! Explore the Grand Place, join a beer or bike tour, or simply relax in a café and watch the world go by.

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Bruges, Belgium

DAY 7 BRUGES SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 I Admire the sights of Bruges, including the town square, during your walking tour with a Local Guide. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit a Lace Centre to see the production of this Local Speciality. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace. (BB)

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Best of Germany Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch. • 5 Local Guide in Berlin. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. n Enjoy a woodcarving demonstration in Oberammergau and see handmade crafts made by talented local artists. • I Local Speciality Black Forest cuckoo clock making demonstration.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Frankfurt See the medieval Römerplatz during the orientation tour of this impressive city. • Rhine Cruise Enjoy a scenic cruise through part of the romantic Rhine Valley. • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral. • Hamelin Visit the town famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. • Hamburg Orientation includes the Inner Alster Lake. • Berlin Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Dresden Orientation includes the Zwinger Palace and Opera House. • Modlareuth Visit the Little Berlin village and Open Air museum. • Bayreuth See the Wagner Festival Theatre. • Nuremberg Orientation includes St. Sebald’s Cathedral. • Rothenburg Orientation of this medieval city. • Munich Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Glockenspiel. • Oberammergau Visit the town made famous by the Passion Play. • Neuschwanstein View the castle. • Bavarian Alps Enjoy views of this spectacular mountain range. • Black Forest Scenic drive through picturesque scenery. • Heidelberg Visit the oldest and best-known University town in Germany.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Lunch in a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Frankfurt including a light meal and welcome drinks. n 4 three-course dinners. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Frankfurt.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided in Frankfurt on Day 1 and Day 12. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE FRANKFURT E Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) DAY 2 FRANKFURT – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE B Cruise along the River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock, to Boppard. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch experience at an atmospheric castle above the river. Your day ends in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB BG D) Hotel: Lindner Hotel (SF) DAY 3 COLOGNE – HAMELIN – HAMBURG Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en-route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairy-tale fame and immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg, see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Maritim (F) DAY 4 HAMBURG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF)/Andels (SF) DAY 5 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME l 5 This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Frankfurt Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $91 per person.

DAY 10 MUNICH – OBERAMMERGAU – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – BLACK FOREST I Head south to the quaint village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is performed once every decade. Watch talented local artists at work during a wood-carving demonstration. Visit Neuschwanstein to view King Ludwig’s fairy-tale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how these traditional Local Specialties are made during a demonstration of the craft. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Maritim Titisee (F) DAY 6 BERLIN – DRESDEN A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. See the highlights of this astonishing Renaissance city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Later, consider joining an excursion into the Elbe Valley to visit the Bastei Belvedere. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dresden Newa (F) DAY 7 DRESDEN – MODLAREUTH – BAYREUTH – NUREMBERG Visit the Modlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into ‘divided Germany’, see the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original wall. In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB) Hotel: Maritim (F) DAY 8 NUREMBERG – ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS) Your Travel Director takes you on a wonderful orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the old town hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, then follow the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 9 MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel Carillon. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in

DAY 11 BLACK FOREST – HEIDELBERG – FRANKFURT F A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) DAY 12 DEPART FRANKFURT This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening, consider a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall! (BB)

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Best of Germany and Austria Hofburg Palace, Vienna

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch. • 5 Local Guide in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Frankfurt Orientation includes the old town. • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine. • Cologne Visit the Gothic cathedral. • Berlin Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Würzburg View the fortress and Prince-Bishops’ residence. • Rothenburg Orientation of this medieval city. • Munich Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Glockenspiel. • Neuschwanstein Visit the fairy-tale castle. • Innsbruck Orientation includes the Golden Roof, St. Jakob’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. • Salzburg Sightseeing includes the Domplatz, Mozart’s birthplace and locations used in The Sound of Music. • Wachau Valley See Melk Abbey and Dürnstein Castle. • Vienna View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and Parliament on your walking tour with a Local Guide.

DAY 1 ARRIVE FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH) E Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in, your Travel Director shows you the dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz during your orientation. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone! (WR) Hotel: Sheraton (Offenbach) (F) DAY 2 FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH) – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE B At St. Goar embark for a cruise up the scenic River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Continue by road via Bonn to Cologne where an orientation includes a visit to the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own. (BB BG) Hotel: Lindner Hotel (SF) DAY 3 COLOGNE – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – BERLIN SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) 5 Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital, Berlin. Your Local Guide gives an exciting account of Berlin’s rich and momentous history during your included sightseeing tour. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building, German State Opera House, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. (BB) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 4 BERLIN FREE TIME l This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin’s secret past. This evening, you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous. (BB)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Lunch in a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Frankfurt including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 3 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Munich. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Vienna.

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150

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • High-speed train ticket between Cologne and Berlin. • Rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Scenic Rhine Village


BERLIN

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1

T3

Duration: 13 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $2850 per person twin share Ref: GBGA Starts Frankfurt

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Rhine Valley

Boppard St. Goar

Bayreuth

Rhine Cruise

1

Rhineland

FRANKFURT

2

Würzburg

ROTHENBURG

CZECH REPUBLIC

Romantic Road

MUNICH

2

Neuschwanstein

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Overnight stays

1

INNSBRUCK

■ Sightseeing stops

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Start

SALZBURG

Wachau Valley

2

VIENNA

AUSTRIA End

DAY 5 BERLIN – BAYREUTH – ROTHENBURG This morning, travel south and cross the River Elbe en route to Bayreuth – home of the exclusive Wagner Festival. Continue your journey to Würzburg, see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops’ residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Prinzhotel (F)/Rappen (F) DAY 6 ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS) F Enjoy an orientation walk in the medieval town of Rothenburg. Continue through splendid countryside to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner with local specialities. (BB HD) Hotel: Sheraton Arabella Park (F)/K&K am Harras (F) DAY 7 MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Your orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and City Hall with its Glockenspiel clock. Tonight, why not discover some of Munich’s lively beer halls - it’s what the region is famous for! (BB)

Price per Person Starts Frankfurt

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580

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2899 620

Sun 14 Apr

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590

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590

Fri 10 May 2899

590

Sun 4 Aug

Fri 16 Aug 2899 620

Sun 11 Aug

Fri 23 Aug 2899 620

Sun 5 May

Fri 17 May 2950

620

Sun 18 Aug

Fri 30 Aug 2899 620

Sun 12 May

Fri 24 May 2875

590

Sun 25 Aug

Fri 6 Sep

2899 620

Sun 19 May

Fri 31 May 2875

590

Sun 26 May

Fri 7 Jun

560

2899

Dürnstein

Bavaria

2

Ends Vienna

Single Supp.

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Fri 13 Sep

2950 590

Sun 8 Sep

Fri 20 Sep

2950 590

Sun 2 Jun

Fri 14 Jun

2899

620

Sun 15 Sep

Fri 27 Sep

3250 720

Sun 9 Jun

Fri 21 Jun

2899

620

Sun 22 Sep

Fri 4 Oct

3125 720

Sun 16 Jun

Fri 28 Jun

2899

620

Sun 29 Sep

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3199 720

Sun 23 Jun

Fri 5 Jul

2899

620

Sun 30 Jun

Fri 12 Jul

2899

620

2899 620

Sun 6 Oct

Fri 18 Oct

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2899 620

Sun 7 Jul

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2899

620

Sun 20 Oct

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2899 620

Sun 14 Jul

Fri 26 Jul

2899

620

Sun 27 Oct

Fri 8 Nov

2899 560

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$325 p.p. $244 p.p. $163 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$163 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$290

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$40

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Frankfurt Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

DAY 10 INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG 5 Travel to Salzburg, where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in ‘The Sound of Music’ during your walking tour with your Local Guide. View Mozart’s birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Ramada (F) DAY 11 SALZBURG – DÜRNSTEIN – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) Enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the river from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon for free time to explore the city. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF)

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg

DAY 8 MUNICH – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – INNSBRUCK (2 NIGHTS) Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig. A horse drawn carriage will take you to the castle grounds where you have time to explore this fairy-tale structure. Later, cross the Austrian border to Innsbruck. View the famous Olympic ski-jump before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck (F) DAY 9 INNSBRUCK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Your orientation includes the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit world-class museums and Hapsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show. (BB)

DAY 12 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F From the Opera to the Hofburg and St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Parliament, view all the wondrous sights of the elegant Austrian capital during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Marvel at the oldest and most secret part of old Vienna on your walking tour. In your free time discover a wealth of cultural delights, museums, galleries and memorials to famous composers. Your Travel Director will be able to advise as to how to get the most out of your free time in the city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 13 DEPART VIENNA Bid farewell to your companions at the end of this wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE : REGIONALS

2

High Speed Train

POLAND

151


Sound Of Music O Neuschwanstein, Germany

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Visit a family at their gasthof near Salzburg. On site is their own ‘Home Brew’ brewery in which they produce three different types of beer. The family members work in the gasthof preparing homemade local specialities. The gasthof is converted from a 200 year old barn built in the hills to protect cattle in winter months. Enjoy delightful views towards the city with the backdrop of the Berchtesgaden Alps. • 5 Local Guide in Salzburg and Vienna. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Munich Orientation includes the Marienplatz and Glockenspiel, the Opera House and Hofbräuhaus. • Oberammergau Visit the Passion Play village. • Neuschwanstein Horse and carriage ride to visit King Ludwig’s fairytale castle. • Innsbruck Orientation includes the Golden Roof, the Hofburg Palace, the Olympic ski-jump and St. Jakob’s Cathedral. • Berchtesgaden Visit the Bavarian Alpine resort. • Salzburg Sightseeing includes the Domplatz, Mozart’s birthplace and some of ‘The Sound of Music’ locations. • Mondsee Visit the church where Captain Von Trapp and Maria were married in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. • Wachau Valley See the ornate Melk Abbey. • Vienna View the Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg, Opera and Parliament on your city sightseeing. • Mayerling Hear the tragic story of Prince Rudolph and his mistress and visit Heiligenkreuz Abbey.

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Munich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof in Salzburg. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Vienna.

First Class Highlights

152

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MUNICH (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Munich. Relax after check-in and later enjoy an evening orientation drive including views of the Olympic Stadium. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 2 MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE Munich is a lively, prosperous medieval city – a perfect blend of traditional and modern. See the sights during your morning orientation including the Hofbräuhaus, Marienplatz, Ludwigstrasse and the majestic Opera House. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Visit galleries and museums, shop for souvenirs or consider an optional excursion to the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. This evening you might like to join your companions for a night out at a local beer hall. (BB) DAY 3 MUNICH – OBERAMMERGAU – NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE – INNSBRUCK (2 NIGHTS) In Oberammergau, see the theatre where the Passion play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. Drive into the scenic Bavarian mountains and arrive by horse and carriage at Neuschwanstein Castle. Experience a guided tour of this fortress, built in the 19th century for King Ludwig on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. Arrive later at the famous town of Innsbruck where you will enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Grauer Bär (F) DAY 4 INNSBRUCK SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE Your orientation includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit world-class museums and Hapsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show. (BB) DAY 5 INNSBRUCK – BERCHTESGADEN – SALZBURG (2 NIGHTS) Continue through the picturesque valley of the River Inn and pass the Wilder Kaiser Mountain. Visit the National Park of Berchtesgaden, featuring awe-inspiring mountains. Continue on to Salzburg. (BB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F)

Oberammergau, Germany


Duration: 10 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: $2099 per person twin share Ref: CSOM

CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

Price per Person Starts Munich

Ends Vienna

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

Price per Person Starts Munich

Ends Vienna

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

MUNICH

Fri 19 Apr

Sun 28 Apr 2099

520

Fri 19 Jul

Sun 28 Jul

2135 520

2

Fri 26 Apr

Sun 5 May

520

Fri 26 Jul

Sun 4 Aug

2135 520

Fri 3 May

VIENNA

Mondsee

Oberammergau Neuschwanstein

2 INNSBRUCK

3

2

Mayerling Heiligenkreuz

SALZBURG

Berchtesgaden

AUSTRIA

ITALY SLOVENIA CROATIA Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAY 6 SALZBURG SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 B See the city’s sights with your Local Guide including the Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Afterwards, discover the delights of Salzburg for yourself. Visit a museum or go shopping for souvenirs. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof. (BB BG)

2125

Sun 12 May 2125

520

Fri 2 Aug

Sun 11 Aug 2135 520

Fri 10 May Sun 19 May 2125

520

Fri 9 Aug

Sun 18 Aug 2135 520

Fri 17 May Sun 26 May 2125

520

Fri 16 Aug Sun 25 Aug 2135 520

Fri 24 May Sun 2 Jun

2125

520

Fri 23 Aug Sun 1 Sep

2135 520

Fri 31 May Sun 9 Jun

2125

520

Fri 30 Aug Sun 8 Sep

2150 520

Fri 7 Jun

Sun 16 Jun

2125

520

Fri 6 Sep

Sun 15 Sep

2150 520

Fri 14 Jun

Sun 23 Jun

2125

520

Fri 13 Sep

Sun 22 Sep

2150 520

Fri 21 Jun

Sun 30 Jun

2125

520

Fri 20 Sep

Sun 29 Sep

2265 600

Fri 28 Jun

Sun 7 Jul

2099

520

Fri 27 Sep

Sun 6 Oct

2265 600

Fri 5 Jul

Sun 14 Jul

2099

520

Fri 4 Oct

Sun 13 Oct

2265 600

Fri 12 Jul

Sun 21 Jul

2099

520

Fri 11 Oct

Sun 20 Oct

2125 520

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$227 p.p. $170 p.p. $113 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$113 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$210 $30

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Munich Airport will operate at 10.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am.

views of the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof’. Free time is an opportunity to indulge in famous pastries like the delicious Sacher Torte. This afternoon, your Local Guide will take you to on a scenic drive to Mayerling in the Vienna Woods. Stop to visit 12th Century Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz and view the hunting lodge where Crown Prince Rudolph and his young mistress died tragically in 1898. (BB) DAY 9 VIENNA – AT LEISURE F Spend the day as you wish. Why not explore museums, palaces, galleries, cafés, memorials to famous composers and parks? Vienna has it all. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART VIENNA Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Salzburg Old Town

DAY 7 SALZBURG – VIENNA (3 NIGHTS) View the Church in Mondsee where the marriage of Captain Von Trapp and Maria was filmed for ‘The Sound of Music’. Traverse the Salzkammergut, a picturesque region of mountains and lakes, whose salt deposits brought great wealth to the area. Continue via the Wachau Valley and arrive later in Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Am Konzerthaus (F) DAY 8 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND VIENNA WOODS EXCURSION 5 Your Local Guide reveals the city’s major landmarks and palaces during your included morning sightseeing tour. The Imperial Boulevards lead to

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Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

153


Switzerland and Austria Alpine Scenery, Switzerland

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a family at their gasthof near Salzburg. On site is their own ‘Home Brew’ brewery in which they produce three different types of beer. The family members work in the gasthof preparing homemade local specialities. The gasthof is converted from a 200 year old barn built in the hills to protect cattle in winter months. Enjoy delightful views towards the city with the backdrop of the Berchtesgaden Alps. • 5 Local Guide in Salzburg and Vienna. • l Unique Insight Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which breeds stallions for the Spanish Riding School. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Zurich Orientation of Switzerland’s financial capital. • Liechtenstein Visit the capital, Vaduz. • Salzburg Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes Mozart’s Birthplace and some of the Sound of Music locations including the Mirabell Palace. • Wachau Valley See Melk Abbey and Dürnstein Castle. • Vienna Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Hofburg, Opera, Parliament, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Stadtpark. • Graz Orientation includes the galleried courtyards and Renaissance ‘Landhaus’. • Cortina d’Ampezzo Visit this Italian ski resort town in the Dolomites. • Innsbruck Orientation includes the Golden Roof, the Hofburg Palace and St. Jakob’s cathedral • St. Moritz Visit this exclusive mountain resort. • Stresa Visit this lakeside resort. • Zermatt Ascend by electric mini-bus and taxi to our Zermatt hotel. View the Matterhorn (weather permitting) • Geneva Orientation includes the Jet d’Eau and the United Nations building. • Lake Geneva View the Castle of Chillon. • Berne View the federal capital city. • Interlaken Enjoy views of the Jungfrau (weather permitting). • Lucerne Orientation includes the walled old town and the impressive Lion Monument.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Zurich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 2 three-course dinners. n Fondue dinner in Zermatt. n B Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof in Salzburg. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Innsbruck. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

154

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ZURICH E Welcome to Zurich! After check-in, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of Switzerland’s financial capital. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and trip briefing. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 ZURICH – LIECHTENSTEIN – SALZBURG B A scenic drive along Lake Zurich brings you to Liechtenstein where you stop at the capital Vaduz. Follow the Arlberg route into the Tyrol, past the pretty skiing area around St. Johann and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains to Salzburg. This impressive city is dominated by Fortress Hohensalzburg. Tonight, join your companions for a delightful Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof. (BB BG) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 3 SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) 5 Your Local Guide shows you a wealth of fascinating sights during your walking tour including Mozart’s family house and the Domplatz. Admire breathtaking scenery as you travel past Lake Mondsee and through the Wachau Valley en route to Imperial Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Parkhotel Schönbrunn (SF) DAY 4 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Vienna is a beautiful city featuring grand palaces and buildings such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Marvel at all these wonderful sights with your Local Guide. Stroll through the oldest part of the city - ‘Am Hof’. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own. Tonight, why not visit a nearby village for dinner at a lively ‘Heurigen’ inn. (BB) DAY 5 VIENNA – PIBER STUD FARM – VILLACH l Admire galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares in Graz. Visit the Lippizaner Stud Farm at Piber, which breeds athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. Later arrive at your hotel in Villach where you dine this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Romantik Hotel Post (F)

Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva


POLAND

BELGIUM

GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC

FRANCE LUCERNE Chillon Geneva 1

ZURICH

LIECHTENSTEIN

1

Bern

Vaduz 2 Interlaken SWITZERLAND 1

2 EVIAN ZERMATTStresa

SALZBURG 1 1 INNSBRUCK

Cortina d'Ampezzo

ITALY

2

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Fri 3 May

3185

Sun 28 Apr

Fri 10 May 3185

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570

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Fri 2 Aug

3235 600

570

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Fri 9 Aug

3250 600

Fri 16 Aug 3250 600

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

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ST. MORITZ

Italian Lake District

AUSTRIA

Duration: 13 Days Pace: Lively Price from: $3185 per person twin share Ref: SWAU

Graz

VILLACH Piber

HUNGARY

SLOVENIA

CROATIA Gulf of Venice

Sun 5 May

Fri 17 May 3199

570

Sun 4 Aug

Sun 12 May

Fri 24 May 3199

570

Sun 11 Aug

Fri 23 Aug 3250 600

Sun 19 May

Fri 31 May 3199

570

Sun 18 Aug

Fri 30 Aug 3250 600

Sun 26 May

Fri 7 Jun

600

Sun 25 Aug

Fri 6 Sep

Sun 2 Jun

Fri 14 Jun 3225

600

Sun 1 Sep

Fri 13 Sep 3250 570

Sun 9 Jun

Fri 21 Jun 3225

600

Sun 8 Sep

Fri 20 Sep 3250 570

3225

3250 570

Sun 16 Jun

Fri 28 Jun 3225

600

Sun 15 Sep

Fri 27 Sep 3250 570

Sun 23 Jun

Fri 5 Jul

3225

600

Sun 22 Sep

Fri 4 Oct

3250 570

Sun 30 Jun

Fri 12 Jul

3235

600

Sun 29 Sep

Fri 11 Oct

3250 570

Sun 6 Oct

Fri 18 Oct

3199 570

Sun 7 Jul

Fri 19 Jul

3235

600

Sun 14 Jul

Fri 26 Jul

3235

600

GREAT SAVINGS Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAY 6 VILLACH – INNSBRUCK F The Alpine scenery is breathtaking as you drive into Italy via Carbonin and Lake Misurina to the Tre Croci Pass. Explore Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort set in the heart of the Dolomites. Traverse spectacular mountain passes as you cross back into Austria. At Innsbruck, admire the Golden Roof, St. Jakob’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and the Olympic ski-jump during your orientation tour. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Highlight Dinner of Tyrolean specialities at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Grauer Bär (F)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$325 p.p. $244 p.p. $163 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$163 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

$320 $80

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8.00am from Lucerne. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $99 per person.

DAY 11 LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN) – BERNE – INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) Travel via Berne, the Federal capital of Switzerland, to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where you see the mighty Jungfrau (subject to weather conditions). Interlaken is one of the oldest and most popular tourist resorts in Switzerland. Cross the Brünig Pass to the charming town of Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Astoria (F) Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

DAY 7 INNSBRUCK – ST. MORITZ This morning travel over the border into Switzerland and cross the enchanting Engadine. Arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore the pristine landscape! (BB D) Hotel: Bären/Laudinella (F) DAY 8 ST. MORITZ – STRESA – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS) Traverse Alpine landscapes to Thusis and follow the San Bernadino route to Bellinzona, famous for its three castles. Continue via Locarno to the shores of Lake Maggiore and explore the scenic town Stresa. See the beautiful Borromean Islands as you head towards the Simplon Pass. Arrive later In Zermatt, and enjoy a fondue dinner at your hotel tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Albana Real/Alpine Resort (F) DAY 9 ZERMATT FREE TIME Spend your free day relaxing in the shadows of the magnificent Matterhorn or perhaps consider a mountain trip for fantastic views of the surrounding Alpine peaks. (BB)

DAY 12 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME F Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. See the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard, during your orientation tour. Spend free time afterwards exploring the old town, shopping for watches and chocolates, or consider an excursion up a nearby mountain! Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 13 LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH Say goodbye to Europe and your new found friends at the end of this amazing holiday. Airport transfers are available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 10 ZERMATT – GENEVA – LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN) A spectacular drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva where you view Lord Byron’s Castle of Chillon. Admire the sights of Geneva during your orientation tour including the old Cathedral, the Jet d’Eau fountain and the United Nations building. Follow the southern shores of Lake Geneva to Evian, renowned for its pure mineral water. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Evian (F)

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Best of Switzerland Alpine village

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest This very small family run winery lies in the hills above a valley and enjoys stunning views over Lake Maggiore. Your hosts are originally from the Swiss German part of the country but settled in the warmer climes of the Ticino area in order to produce wines. Visit the vineyards and then take a walk to the homestead where you will have a short tour of the nearby winery and enjoy a tasting over lunch. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality See speciality wood carvers at work in Brienz.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Zurich Orientation includes the medieval Old Town. • Berne Visit the Federal capital. • Evian Stay in this town famous for mineral water on the south shore of Lake Geneva. • Geneva Orientation includes the Jet d’Eau Fountain. View Mont Blanc (weather permitting). • Montreux Visit the town famous for its annual Jazz Festival. • Lake Geneva Visit the Castle of Chillon. • Zermatt Ascent by electric mini-bus and taxi to your Zermatt hotel. View the Matterhorn (weather permitting). • Lugano Stay in this scenic lakeside town. • St. Moritz Visit the exclusive mountain resort. Utilise your complimentary Mountain Pass in the Engadin valley. • Liechtenstein Visit the capital, Vaduz. • Interlaken Visit the lakeside resort near the Jungfrau. • Brienz Visit local wood-carvers at work. • Lucerne Orientation includes the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ZURICH E Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial centre. After check-in, see the charm and beauty of this beautiful lakeside city during an orientation. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and trip briefing. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 ZURICH – BERNE – MONTREUX – LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN) Stop in Berne, the capital city of Switzerland en-route to Lake Geneva. Visit the town of Montreux, famous for its Jazz festival, before enjoying a lakeside drive to Evian les Baines on the southern shores of Lake Geneva. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Evian (SF)/Royal Plaza Montreux (SF) DAY 3 LAKE GENEVA (EVIAN) – CHILLON – ZERMATT This morning, visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalised by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. Continue your journey to Zermatt, inaccessible by coach, ascend to the your hotel by electric mini-buses and taxis. (BB) Hotel: Alpen Resort (F) DAY 4 ZERMATT – LUGANO B Today leave Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn behind you as you travel to lakeside Lugano. Enjoy a delicious Be My Guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountainside village. Then enjoy some free time to take in the scenery in lakeside Lugano. (BB BG) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Luncheon of local specialities with a Swiss family near Lugano. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Zurich including Welcome Drinks and a light meal. n 1 three-course dinner. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Tickets on the UNESCO World Heritage Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 LUGANO – TIRANO – BERNINA EXPRESS – ST. MORITZ (2 NIGHTS) This morning, travel along the shores of Lake Lugano to the lakeside Italian town of Menaggio for beautiful views of Lake Como. Continue your journey back across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadin valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will join the Bernina Express. The Bernina line is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the stunning beauty and incredible engineering that this century-old line displays. Soak in the breath-taking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Laudinella (F)

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$240 $100

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8.00am from Lucerne. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

DAY 9 LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH Say farewell to Switzerland and your new found friends at the end of your alpine holiday. Transfers are available to Zurich airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 6 ST. MORITZ FREE TIME Enjoy a full day of leisure in this stylish resort town. Use your complimentary Mountain Pass for spectacular mountain-top views or perhaps follow the Roman’s example and ‘take the waters’ at one of the highest altitude therapeutic springs in Switzerland. (BB) DAY 7 ST. MORITZ – LIECHTENSTEIN – INTERLAKEN – BRIENZ – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) I Visit Vaduz, the capital city in the tiny country of Liechtenstein. Then travel to Interlaken which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain between the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Stop for free time for lunch and a wood carving demonstration before crossing the canton of Zug en route to the town of Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Grand Europe (F) DAY 8 LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME F View the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge to explore this picturesque town on the shore of Lake Lucerne. In your free time, perhaps take a cruise of the lake or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (BB FD)

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Please note: This trip will visit France and Italy for a short period. Some passport holders may require double entry visas. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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Contrasts of Switzerland Glacier Express

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Zurich Orientation of this lakeside city. • St. Moritz Orientation of this mountain resort. • Zermatt Orientation of this car-free mountain resort. • Geneva Orientation includes views of the United Nations building, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. • Interlaken Stop in this beautiful resort renowned for its views of the Jungfrau mountain. • Lucerne Orientation includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Zurich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 2 three-course dinners. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt. • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva. • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne. • All rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ZURICH E Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland! Admire Switzerland’s financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 ZURICH – CHUR – ST. MORITZ Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Baeren (F)/Laundinella (F) DAY 3 ST. MORITZ – GLACIER EXPRESS – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS) All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world – the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express! An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Marvel at magnificent Alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel where you dine tonight. Afterwards, explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort. (BB D) Hotel: Alpen Resort (F) DAY 4 ZERMATT – ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation tour of this charming car-free resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the Alpine landscapes. (BB)

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DAY 5 ZERMATT – GENEVA Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. Later, you may wish to dine on delicious Swiss specialities at a restaurant overlooking Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. (BB) Hotel: Cornavin (F)

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$279 p.p. $209 p.p. $139 p.p.

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$139 p.p.

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$270 $80

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers to Zurich Airport are provided with tickets for a train journey into Zurich Airport terminal. There is a direct train from Lucerne to Zurich Airport every hour from approximately 5.00am onwards. The earliest train will get guests in to Zurich Airport check-in by 6.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $37 per person.

DAY 8 LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday! Your Travel Director gives you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

St Moritz, Switzerland

DAY 6 GENEVA – INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening, why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show! (BB) Hotel: Renaissance (SF) DAY 7 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME F Your walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne.

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Later, consider an optional excursion to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant! (BB FD)

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Grand Alpine Experience Bavarian Alps

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a drive through the oldest part of Innsbruck before you arrive at a charming farm and guest house. Experience a warm welcome from an Austrian family who have lived here for generations. All the food they have prepared for you is produced on the farm and is 100% organic. • 5 Local Guide in Salzburg. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Stop at Swarovski Kristallwelten for an included visit to the crystal museum and shop.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Grand Alps See the Bavarian Alps, the Italian Dolomites, Swiss Alps including the Matterhorn and the French Alps including Mont Blanc. • Munich Orientation includes the Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel. • Salzburg Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of Mozart’s birthplace • Wattens Stop in Swarovski Kristallwelten for an included visit to this famous attraction. • Innsbruck Orientation includes the Olympic ski jump, the Golden Roof and Wilten Basilica. • Cortina D’Ampezzo Visit the home town of the 1956 Winter Olympics. • St. Moritz Visit the famous ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Utilise your complimentary Mountain Pass in the Engadin Valley. • Zermatt Ascend to your hotel in Zermatt by electric mini-bus and taxi. View the Matterhorn (weather permitting). • Chillon Castle Visit this castle situated on Lake Geneva and made famous in the poems of Byron. • Chamonix Explore the charming town in the shadow of Mont Blanc • Montreux View the lakeside town where the annual Montreux Jazz Festival takes place. • Bern View the city and see the Bear Park. • Engelberg Enjoy the magnificent Alpine scenery surrounding this quaint town. • Lucerne Orientation includes the walled old town, the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. • Zurich City orientation includes views of Grossmünster and Fraümunster.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 hot buffet breakfasts. • Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Munich including welcome drinks and a light meal. • 4 Dinners: N 1 three-course dinner with wine. n 1 Fondue dinner in Zermatt. n B Be My Guest Dinner at a family-run farm and restaurant overlooking the Alps near Innsbruck. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Zurich.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 143. • Tickets on the UNESCO World Heritage Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MUNICH E Welcome to Munich and your Grand Alpine Experience! After check-in, relax and unwind before enjoying an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. Your orientation includes views such as the Glockenspiel and Marienplatz. Later, meet your Travel Director and get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheriton Arabellapark (SF) DAY 2 MUNICH – SALZBURG – WATTENS – INNSBRUCK (2 NIGHTS) 5 I B Arrive in Salzburg and with your Local Guide see Salzburg Cathedral, the Getreidegasse and Mozart’s birthplace as well as many locations used in the film The Sound of Music. Later cross into the Tyrol region and visit the Swarovski Kristallwelten to see the world famous crystal transformed to sculptures, jewellery and even a forest! Later arrive in Innsbruck where you will enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) Hotel: Grauer Bär (F) DAY 3 INNSBRUCK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME On your orientation tour, see St Jakobs Cathedral, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. Travel to the impressive location of the Olympic Ski Jump which was redesigned and completed in 2002 by world renouned architect Zaha Hadid. Enjoy free time to explore this charming city and sample traditional food and drink such as Strudel or Schnapps. (BB) DAY 4 INNSBRUCK – CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (2 NIGHTS) N Your drive this morning is over the Brenner Pass, a historic route that connects the mountainous regions of Austria and Italy. Travel through the Dolomite mountain range, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Cortina D’Ampezzo which was host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. (BB D) Hotel: Ancora (SF)/Bellevue (F)/Sheraton (SF) DAY 5 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO FREE TIME Today is dedicated to this beautiful unspoilt area of Italy. Green pastures, snow-capped mountains, wooden chalets and picture perfect alpine scenery will ensure a relaxing day to do as you please. (BB) DAY 6 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO – BOLZANO – BERNINA EXPRESS – ST. MORITZ (2 NIGHTS) Head through valleys and over mountain passes as you make your way through the Italian Tyrol to Bolzano. Stroll through the town’s squares or shop in the arcades. Continue your journey across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadin valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will board the Bernina Express. The Bernina line is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the stunning beauty and incredible engineering that this century-old line displays. Soak in the breath-taking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Laudinella (F) DAY 7 ST. MORITZ FREE TIME Deep in the Engadin valley, the lakeside town of St Moritz has a vibrant lifestyle that attracts the rich and famous throughout the year. Explore the town at leisure with your complimentary Mountain Pass. (BB) DAY 8 ST. MORITZ – BELLINZONA – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS) Visit the town of Bellinzona and see the impressive city fortifications,


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which include three medieval castles. Pass the wine growing town of Visp and arrive in Zermatt, located in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Enjoy a traditional fondue for dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Alpen Resort (F) DAY 9 ZERMATT FREE TIME Spend your day relaxing in the beautiful town of Zermatt or take in panoramic views of the Swiss Alps from one of the many mountains that are easily accessible by chair lift, gondola or even train. (BB) DAY 10 ZERMATT – CHILLON – CHAMONIX (2 NIGHTS) Visit Chillon Castle on the shore of Lake Geneva. With over 1000 years of history, the castle has inspired many artists and writers including Victor Hugo and Lord Byron. Cross the border into France and arrive at your hotel in Chamonix. (BB) Hotel: Alpina (F) DAY 11 CHAMONIX FREE TIME Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix is dominated by the massive White Mountain – more famously known as Mont Blanc. Enjoy the café culture of this friendly town or venture by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi for views of western Europe’s highest peak. (BB)

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$335 p.p. $251 p.p. $168 p.p.

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$168 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$320

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$120

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Munich Airport will operate at 10.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. At the end of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the terminal for flights home. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

Old Town. This afternoon arrival in the financial capital, Zurich. Your orientation will include views of the Grossmünster and Fraumünster – famous for the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions and Travel Director a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 14 DEPART ZURICH Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of this memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 12 CHAMONIX – BERN – ENGELBERG Travel via Montreux, famed for its annual Jazz Festival and onto Bern, the Federal Capital of Switzerland. View the city and see the bear park, a modern park dedicated to the welfare of the bears which are the symbol of the city and who once existed in the wilds around this area. Arrive later in the town of Engelberg at the foot of Mount Titlis. (BB) Hotel: Regina Titlis (F) DAY 13 ENGELBERG – LUCERNE – ZURICH F This morning visit the breath-taking town of Lucerne. Visit the Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI. View the wooden Chapel Bridge and explore the medieval

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Imperial Europe Charles Bridge, Prague

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy Austrian cakes and coffee in Salzburg.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Munich See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Ludwigstrasse. • Regensburg Orientation of this medieval town. • Pilsen See the town famed for beer making. • Prague See St. Vitus’ Cathedral, the Old Town Square and view Prague Castle on your walking tour. • Bratislava Visit the capital of the Slovak Republic. • Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill District and Fisherman’s Bastion. • Györ Visit the Baroque town centre. • Vienna View the Hofburg, City Hall, Imperial Boulevards and State Opera House. • Melk See the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey. • Salzburg See Mozart’s birthplace and the Mirabell Palace and gardens on your walking tour.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Munich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 1 three-course dinner. n F Highlight Dinner in Prague. n B Be My Guest Dinner of seasonal Hungarian specialities and regional wine in a family-run restaurant near Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Munich.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MUNICH E Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Stop and view the stadium built for the 1972 Olympics and the Marienplatz, with its fascinating Glockenspiel clock. Meet this evening for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 2 MUNICH – REGENSBURG – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS) F Visit Regensburg, an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Across the border see Pilsen, renowned for its breweries, before reaching Prague. This exciting city is your home for the next two nights! This evening, join your fellow companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 3 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Prague has prospered since the fall of Communism, and its new-found status and affluence is evident during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with your Local Guide. See the impressive St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Explore the city on your own, or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava. (BB) DAY 4 PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS) Visit the Slovak capital Bratislava with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Entering Hungary you arrive in Budapest on the banks of the River Danube. (BB) Hotel: Ramada Plaza (SF) Györ, Hungary


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DAY 5 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Budapest featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion. From there enjoy superb views across the Parliament and Danube below. Later, spend time exploring on your own or consider a guided tour of the Parliament. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Hungarian dinner with local specialities. (BB BG) DAY 6 BUDAPEST – GYÖR – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) Crossing the Transdanubia region to Györ is a pleasant drive through beautiful countryside. Stroll through this quaint city, which stands at the confluence of three rivers and features charming Baroque architecture. Later arrive in imperial Vienna where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF)

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1775 1775 1775 1775 1775

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1775 1775 1775 1775

430 430 430 430

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1775 1775 1825 1825

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$223 p.p. $167 p.p. $111 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$111 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

$190 $50

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Munich Airport will operate at 10.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Munich Airport at 9.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WEOX): Please note, departures marked with 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

DAY 7 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Admire the Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Hapsburg Dynasty during your enthralling sightseeing tour of Vienna with your Local Guide. See the grand State Opera House, and the Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornate roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. The afternoon is yours to explore the city’s many attractions. Later, you might like to attend a classical concert. (BB) DAY 8 VIENNA – WACHAU VALLEY – SALZBURG 5 I Travel through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. See the magnificent Melk Abbey, a masterpiece of baroque architecture, before reaching Salzburg. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour of this musical city before sampling the delicious Local Speciality of Austrian cakes. Dine tonight at your hotel in the beautiful city of Salzburg. (BB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F)

Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season! Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

DAY 9 SALZBURG – MUNICH F Your holiday ends in the Bavarian capital, Munich. On your return to this fascinating city you will have time to enjoy the numerous museums and beautiful gardens. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 10 DEPART MUNICH Say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Germany, your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience! Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241.

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Bohemian Highlights O Wawel Hill, Krakow

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Krakow, enjoy an expert guided visit to the medieval Old Town with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery founded in 1842.

Sightseeing Highlights • Frankfurt Orientation includes the Old Town. • Leipzig Orientation of this historical city. • Berlin Sightseeing includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the German State Opera House. • Warsaw See the Old Town and site of the Warsaw Ghetto. • Czestochowa Visit the monastery of Jasna Gora. • Auschwitz Visit the concentration camp. • Krakow See the Cathedral and Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Visit Mariacki Church and the Cloth Hall. • Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and Fisherman’s Bastion. • Györ Visit the Baroque town centre. • Vienna Sightseeing includes views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg, Imperial Boulevards and Parliament. • Tabor Visit one-time headquarters of the Hussites. • Prague Visit St. Vitus Cathedral and the old town square. • Pilsen Visit a famous brewery and see the Škoda plant.

Dining Highlights • 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Frankfurt including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 3 three-course dinners in hotels. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Warsaw. n B Be My Guest Dinner of seasonal Hungarian specialities and regional wine in a family-run restaurant near Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Frankfurt.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 143. • High-speed train from Berlin to Warsaw. • Frankfurt airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 15. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite.

DAY 1 ARRIVE FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH) E Welcome to Frankfurt! Check-in this afternoon and enjoy an orientation drive through this fascinating city. Meet your Travel Director and companions later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) DAY 2 FRANKFURT – LEIPZIG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) Travel through Saxony to the bustling town of Leipzig which was once of the major cities of the former East Germany. Until his death, this city was also home to composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Continue through to Berlin, a contrasting city with a rich and varied history. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF) DAY 3 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE l 5 This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. See the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the German State Opera House with a Local Guide during your included sightseeing tour. Spend free time afterwards shopping for souvenirs and exploring this captivating city! (BB) DAY 4 BERLIN – HIGH-SPEED TRAIN – WARSAW (2 NIGHTS) Take a high-speed train across the central plains to the Polish capital, Warsaw. After dinner this evening, you might like to explore the city’s nightlife or treat yourself to a Chopin recital. (BB D) Hotel: Westin (Deluxe) DAY 5 WARSAW SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 F Admire Warsaw’s historic centre including the Old Town during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, shockingly evoked in Polanski’s award-winning film, ‘The Pianist’. Explore the city on your own during your free time. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendour of Poland’s past. Join your companions this evening for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB HD) DAY 6 WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKOW (2 NIGHTS) Visit the 14th-century Jasna Gora Monastery at Czestochowa. This is Poland’s greatest place of pilgrimage and home of Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Jasna Gora’s most precious treasure. Later, your visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz is a sobering reminder of the atrocities of World War II. Tonight, dine at your hotel in the medieval city of Krakow. (BB D) Hotel: Park Inn (F) DAY 7 KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE m This morning, consider joining an excursion to the Wieliczka Salt mine, one of the oldest world’s oldest salt mines still in operation and home to an entire chapel carved from the rock salt as well as dozens of sculptures. Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the medieval Old Town and visit the Cloth Hall and Mariacki Church. See Wawel Castle and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill. Relax this afternoon or explore the Market Square and city on your own. This evening, perhaps enjoy an evening of Folklore? (BB)


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Pilsen

Tabor

Czestochowa

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Auschwitz

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790 790

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2950 2950 2950 2950 2975

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3025 3025 3025 3025

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2975 790 2975 790 2975 790

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■ Sightseeing stops

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End

DAY 8 KRAKOW – SLOVAKIA – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS) Drive south into the foothills of the Tatra Mountains and across the border into Slovakia. Admire the changing landscapes as you continue into Hungary. Arrive later at the majestic capital Budapest. (BB) Hotel: Ramada Plaza (SF) DAY 9 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 B Built on the banks of the romantic River Danube, Budapest is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide features views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion for superb views of the Parliament and Danube. Afterwards, explore on your own or perhaps take a trip to Szentendre, a charming town popular with artists. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special Be My Guest dinner at a family-run restaurant and winery on the outskirts of the city. (BB BG)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$303 p.p. $227 p.p. $151 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$151 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

$290 $10

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Frankfurt Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

DAY 12 VIENNA – TABOR – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS) North into the Czech Republic, visit Tabor, once the headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Arrive later in the capital Prague, a lively hub of art and culture. (BB D) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 13 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 Your Local Guide explains the history of Prague during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, which is set inside the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava River to the cobble stoned old town square and view the Astronomical Clock. Spend time afterwards seeing more sights or perhaps enjoy a cruise on the Vltava river. (BB) DAY 14 PRAGUE – PILSEN – FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH) I F In Pilsen, see the Škoda factory and enjoy an included visit to a famous pilsner brewery for a demonstration of the brewing process and a tasting. Continue west across the German border before arriving in Frankfurt for your final night. Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) Jasna Gora, Czestochowa

DAY 10 BUDAPEST – GYÖR – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Transdanubia region - dotted with orchards and vineyards - to Györ. Visit this Roman town, which has retained much of its medieval and baroque charm. Arrive later in Vienna, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF)/Hilton Am Stadpark (SF)

DAY 15 DEPART FRANKFURT Say farewell to your new found friends at the end of your memorable holiday. Transfers are available to Frankfurt Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 11 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 From the Parliament building to the Hofburg, the State Opera House to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, admire the city’s imperial elegance on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Your guide also takes you on a walking tour through ‘Am Hof’, Vienna’s oldest and most secret quarter. Spend free time sightseeing on your own or shop on the fashionable Kärntnerstrasse. This evening, why not join an optional excursion and dine at a lively ‘Heurigen’ inn. (BB)

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Prague, Vienna & Budapest O Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Vienna and Budapest. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Prague, enjoy an expert guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Prague Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle and the Old Town Square. See Charles Bridge. • Bratislava View the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town. • Vienna Guided tour to see the Parliament, Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. • Esztergom See the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill. • Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Prague including welcome drinks and a light meal. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Vienna at a traditional ‘Heurigen’ wine tavern. n B Be My Guest Dinner of seasonal Hungarian specialities and regional wine in a family-run restaurant near Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Budapest.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PRAGUE (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your travelling companions and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: President (SF) DAY 2 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE m Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon. (BB) DAY 3 PRAGUE AT LEISURE Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening, you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theatre show. (BB) DAY 4 PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA (3 NIGHTS) Travelling south from Prague you see Brno, site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, you might consider a walk through Prater Park with a ride on the big wheel immortalised in the film The Third Man. (BB) Hotel: Am Konzerthaus (F) DAY 5 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 F View the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Parliament Buildings and the magnificent Opera House, dating from the mid-19th century. View

Austrian Sacher Torte


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Duration: 10 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: $1999 per person twin share Ref: CPVB

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornately patterned roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. Tonight, experience a Highlight Dinner featuring Viennese specialities at a Heurigen, a local wine tavern near Vienna. (BB HD)

Prague

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$205 p.p. $154 p.p. $103 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$103 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$200

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$30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Prague Airport will operate at 9.00am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Budapest Airport at 7.00am and 11.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

DAY 10 DEPART BUDAPEST Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. DAY 6 VIENNA AT LEISURE Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house! (BB) DAY 7 VIENNA – ESZTERGOM – BUDAPEST (3 NIGHTS) Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city. (BB) Hotel: Hilton West End (SF) DAY 8 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 B Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of old Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. See the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square, featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery on the outskirts of the city. (BB BG) DAY 9 BUDAPEST AT LEISURE F Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s Thermal Pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening, celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

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Highlights Of Eastern Europe Lake Bled, Slovenia

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Vienna, Ljublijana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Vienna Sightseeing includes views of the Hofburg, Opera, Parliament, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Stadtpark. • Lake Bled Visit this lake resort. • Ljubljana Sightseeing tour includes views of the Opera House, Castle and Cathedral. • Zagreb Sightseeing tour includes views of the Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St Mark’s Church and the Opera House. • Budapest Sightseeing tour includes a walking tour of the Old Town of Buda. See Heroes’ Square and the Church of St. Matthias plus enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill District and Fisherman’s Bastion. • Krakow Sightseeing tour includes a walking tour through the Medieval Old Town to visit the Cloth Hall and the Mariaki Church. See the Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. • Auschwitz Visit the infamous concentration camp. • Czestochowa Visit the 14th century Jasna Gora Paulite Monastery with its portrait of Our Lady ‘The Black Madonna’. • Warsaw Sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre of the Old Town as well as the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. See St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace. View the Palace of Culture and Science. • Poznan Visit the town known as the ‘Cradle of the Polish State’. • Berlin Sightseeing includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Dresden Orientation includes views of the Zwinger Palace and Cathedral. • Prague Sightseeing tour includes a visit to St Vitus’ Cathdral as well as the Old Town Square. See Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, and Charles Bridge. • Tabor Visit this one-time headquarters of the Hussites.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 16 hot buffet breakfasts. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Vienna including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 4 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Prague. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Vienna.

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• Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 143. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 17. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite.

DAY 1 ARRIVE VIENNA 5 E Welcome to Vienna! After check-in, your Local Guide gives a superb historical account of the Hapsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and ‘Am Hof’. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF) DAY 2 VIENNA – LAKE BLED (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Park Hotel (F) DAY 3 LAKE BLED FREE TIME Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an optional excursion to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (BB) DAY 4 LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS) 5 In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and the Three Bridges Square. Later, cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Westin (SF) DAY 5 ZAGREB SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Guide shows you all the landmarks in the lower and upper town, including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB) DAY 6 ZAGREB – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS) Across the border in Hungary, pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay. (BB) Hotel: Ramada Plaza (SF) DAY 7 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Admire the city’s sights with your Local Guide during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fishermen’s Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) DAY 8 BUDAPEST – SLOVAKIA – KRAKOW (2 NIGHTS) North through Slovakia, into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Park Inn (F)


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DAY 9 KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an optional excursion to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt! This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner. (BB) DAY 10 KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – CZESTOCHOWA – WARSAW (2 NIGHTS) Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards, visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland’s most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Westin (D) Old Town Market Square, Warsaw

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Vienna Airport will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $129 per person.

Boulevard, and the German State Opera House. Relax or take an optional excursion to discover the secret past of this magnificent city. Tonight, discover Berlin’s lively nightlife! (BB) DAY 14 BERLIN – DRESDEN – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS) F Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden. Hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour, which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic, arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 15 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

DAY 11 WARSAW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. Later, don’t miss a trip to the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital. (BB) DAY 12 WARSAW – POZNAN – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) Cross Poland’s central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west to the border town of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder and into Germany. Arrive in the capital, Berlin, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF) DAY 13 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME l 5 This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city’s great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Unter den Linden

DAY 16 PRAGUE – TABOR – VIENNA F Visit Tabor, former headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Drive through Southern Bohemia, past the town of Horn and continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF) DAY 17 DEPART VIENNA Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Separate visas may be required for the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Highlights Of Austria, Slovenia And Croatia

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Visit a local family at their simple and charming rustic home or konoba. Enjoy a delicious and authentic meal cooked under a clay bell. Take home memories of your friendly hosts on Hvar Island as well as the beauty of the surrounding countryside. • 5 Local Guide in in Vienna, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Hvar Island and Zagreb. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Dubrovnik, enjoy an expert guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Vienna Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Hofburg, Opera, Parliament, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Stadtpark. • Graz View the galleried courtyards, clock tower and Renaissance ‘Landhaus’. • Lake Bled Orientation of this beautiful resort. • Ljubljana Sightseeing tour with Local Guide includes views of the Opera House, Castle and Cathedral. • Plitvice National Park See the waterfalls and lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage site with your Local Guide. • Split Visit Jupiter’s Temple and the Diocletian’s Palace with your Local Guide. • Hvar Island Visit the 16th Century Cathedral and the Loggia with your Local Guide • Dubrovnik Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes a walk along the city ramparts and a visit of the Old City. See the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. • Zagreb Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, St Mark’s Church, and the Opera House.

Hvar Island, Croatia DAY 1 ARRIVE VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Vienna! Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a stroll. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. This will be the perfect introduction to this magical city! (WR) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF) DAY 2 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Admire Vienna’s sights as you drive along the Imperial Boulevards with your Local Guide. See the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Explore the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof’ on your walking tour. Spend time sightseeing on your own or join an excursion to nearby Bratislava. Tonight, consider enjoying a concert of Viennese music. (BB) DAY 3 VIENNA – GRAZ – LAKE BLED (2 NIGHTS) South towards the Semmering Pass, stop to view the galleried courtyards and famous clock tower at Graz. Continue via the beautiful Austrian Riviera and cross the Karawanken Mountains to the Slovenian border. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. (BB D) Hotel: Park Hotel (F) DAY 4 LAKE BLED FREE TIME See this picturesque resort during your orientation. Spend the rest of the day as you please, or take a relaxing optional cruise on the glassy lake. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 13 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Luncheon with wine in a charmingly rustic shepherd’s village on Hvar Island. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Vienna including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 4 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Dubrovnik. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Zagreb.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry to the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea and return to mainland. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE LAKES 5 It is only a short drive to Ljubljana where your Local Guide shows you the sights, including the Opera house, Cathedral, National Museum and Castle, and Three Bridges Square. Drive south to the Croatian border near Karlovac, and through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site on your walking tour with your Local Guide. See 16 lakes of crystal clear water in many colourful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. (BB D) Hotel: Eko Hotel (F)/Jezero (F) DAY 6 PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT – HVAR ISLAND (3 NIGHTS) 5 Travel through scenic Croatian countryside to Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. Meet your Local Guide for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site Diocletian’s Palace. Visit the substructions, Cathedral and the Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter, and more! Later, travel to the beautiful island of Hvar for a relaxing three night stay. (BB D) Hotel: Amfora (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Vienna Airport will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zagreb Airport at 7.00am and 11.30am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

walking tour of the main sights. Admire the Rector’s Palace, the city walls, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Spend free time relaxing, exploring the lively market, or perhaps enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Consider joining an optional excursion to Montenegro to see the only fjord in southern Europe and the 2,500 year old town of Budva. Your Travel Director will be happy to advise how best to use your free time. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of regional cuisine at a local restaurant. (BB HD BB) DAY 12 DUBROVNIK – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS) Your Croatian adventure continues as you head north to the capital Zagreb, your home for the next two nights! Dine this evening at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: The Westin (SF) DAY 13 ZAGREB SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Guide shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St. Marks Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration. (BB FD) DAY 14 DEPART ZAGREB Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 7 TO DAY 8 HVAR SIGHTSEEING B Enjoy an included excursion on the island of Hvar to see the 16th century cathedral and loggia built by the Venetian architect Sanmicheli. Enjoy a very special Be My Guest dining experience in a family home in a rustic shepherd’s village overlooking the Adriatic. On your second day relax, sightsee or cruise to one of the other islands. (BB BG BB) DAY 9 HVAR ISLAND – DUBROVNIK (3 NIGHTS) Today drive along the coast to Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic. The scenery is spectacular! (BB) Hotel: Ariston (SF) DAY 10 TO DAY 11 DUBROVNIK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME m F You have two full days to experience the delights of this stunning medieval city! On the first day, enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing

Please note: Your coach returns to Vienna from Zagreb on Day 14. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Vienna will be the Trafalgar Vienna hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be approximately 6.00pm, depending on traffic conditions. Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the locals at the Theatre of Youth in the centre of St. Petersburg. You will be welcomed by the Theatre Director and taken on a short visit. See short dances on the stage by students and enjoy drinks and canapés in one of the beautiful theatre halls. The money contributed by Trafalgar to the Theatre on your behalf will be used to promote the theatrical and dance education of the young people of St Petersburg – future Nureyevs and the like! • 5 Local Guide in St. Petersburg and Moscow. • m Small Group Sightseeing in St. Petersburg, enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • St. Petersburg View the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit St Peter and Paul Fortress with a Local Guide. • Moscow See Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral & the Kremlin Walls with your Local Guide.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ST. PETERSBURG (4 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg! Relax and unwind after your journey. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception with a light dinner at your hotel. Then a short evening orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magnificent city. (WR) Hotel: Sokos Olympia Gardens (F) DAY 2 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 m B Admire the landmarks of St. Petersburg during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on your included visit. Your time in St. Petersburg also includes a Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Hermitage Museum to see some of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. The Hermitage occupies five impressive buildings on the banks of the River Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg. Featuring over 3 million artefacts, the collection represents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) DAY 3 ST. PETERSBURG AT LEISURE Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. This evening, perhaps visit a theatre to see a Russian folklore show. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Drinks and canapés in a beautiful St. Petersburg theatre hall. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in St. Petersburg including welcome drinks and a light meal. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Moscow.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • High-speed train journey between St. Petersburg and Moscow. • Rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG AT LEISURE Consider joining an excursion to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Petrodvorets. (BB)

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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: It is necessary to obtain a Russian tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your holiday but the fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from St. Petersburg Airport will operate at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5.00am and 11.00am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5.00am and 1.00pm Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $61 per person.

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

DAY 7 MOSCOW AT LEISURE F Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. Consider visiting one of the city’s museums or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk, the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

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River Neva, St. Petersburg

DAY 8 DEPART MOSCOW Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable trip of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS) After a hearty Russian breakfast enjoy some free time before taking a train trip towards the Russian capital. Arrive later in Moscow, your home for the next three nights. An ancient city full of remarkable architecture and monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles, Moscow is a cauldron of creativity and culture. The capital of Russia and the largest city in Europe, its metropolitan area is vast. Located on the Moskva River, Moscow is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub, and home to the largest number of billionaires in the world! (BB) Hotel: Marriott Tverskaya (SF) DAY 6 MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING 5 Marvel at Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Afterwards, there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and explore on your own. (BB)

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Scenic Scandinavia & Its Fjords INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialities on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a guided tour at the farm and meet the animals before learning about the farm’s history. • 5 Local Guide in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Take a ride on the famous Norwegian Flam railway - one of the most famous rail journeys in the world.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Copenhagen Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Amalienborg (Royal Residence) and The Little Mermaid. • Odense Visit the town where Hans Christian Andersen was born. • Aalborg Visit this charming city. • Stavanger Visit one of Norway’s oldest towns. • Bergen Orientation includes views of Haakons Hall. • Sognefjord Cross the spectacular fjord. Flåm Railway Excursion. • Geiranger View the magnificent Geirangerfjord. • Lom Visit a traditional Stave church. • Lillehammer Visit the Olympic resort. • Hamar View the unusual Olympic ice rink. • Oslo See the fortress of Akershus and the Royal Palace and visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park with your Local Guide. • Stockholm View the Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church, and the Royal Palace and visit the magnificent City Hall with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full Scandinavian breakfasts. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Copenhagen including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 5 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialities on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Stockholm.

Sognefjord, Norway DAY 1 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Copenhagen! Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia’s liveliest city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen. (WR) Hotel: Marriott DAY 2 COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour in the vicinity of the Amalienborg Palace – an elegant quarter featuring 18th century buildings. In Copenhagen’s historic centre, view the 17th century Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral. View the Little Mermaid – the statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s sad fairytale – sitting on a rock in the harbour. Later, perhaps visit the Tivoli Gardens. (SB) DAY 3 COPENHAGEN – ODENSE – AALBORG Cross the bridge to the Island of Funen and the town of Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace. Continue across the Jutland Peninsula en route to Aalborg, a charming town with a history dating back over 1000 years. (SB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (MD) DAY 4 AALBORG – STAVANGER Sail from Hirsthals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. A scenic drive by fjords and lakes to Stavanger, Norway’s third city and one of the oldest. (SB D) Hotel: Rica Forum (SF) DAY 5 STAVANGER – BERGEN (2 NIGHTS) B Your journey is spectacular as you island-hop from Stavanger, cruising through fjords and passing islands along this impressive coastline. Arrive later in Bergen, and experience the history of this picturesque city on your orientation tour. See the 13th century Haakons Hall and the bustling fish market. This evening enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Norwegian specialities. (SB BG) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry from Denmark to Norway. • Ferry across the Boknafjord. • Ferry across the Sognefjord. • Train journey on the famous Flam Railway. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 6 BERGEN FREE TIME Explore Norway’s most naturally beautiful city during your free day and consider an optional excursion to the home of Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg. (SB) DAY 7 BERGEN – FLAM RAILWAY – SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER) I From the ski resort of Voss take a train journey that ascends to nearly 3000 feet above sea level! Admire the scenery and ride on the famous Flåm railway – one of the most exciting in the world! Appreciate breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls, then cross the magnificent waters of Sognefjord to your hotel in Leikanger. (SB D) Hotel: Sognefjord (F)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 27 & SAVE up to

$398 p.p. $298 p.p. $199 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$199 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$390

Triple Room Reduction

$200

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Copenhagen Airport will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Stockholm Airport at 7.30am and 11.00am. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

DAY 11 LILLEHAMMER – HAMAR – OSLO 5 View the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the lake at Hamar. In Oslo, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of the medieval fortress of Akershus and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking ship museum. (SB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 12 OSLO – STOCKHOLM (2 NIGHTS) Cross the border into Sweden and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, past Orebro to the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for your two-night stay. (SB) Hotel: Clarion (SF) DAY 13 STOCKHOLM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Admire this charming city during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held. Spend time later shopping in fashionable stores or consider an optional excursion. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (SB FD)

Bergen, Norway

DAY 8 SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER) – GEIRANGER (2 NIGHTS) Follow the spectacular Sognefjord through incredible glacier country. Enjoy wonderful views of Geirangerfjord as you descend to Geiranger town. Dine tonight at your hotel. (SB D) Hotel: Hotel Geiranger (SF) DAY 9 GEIRANGER FREE TIME Spend the day surrounded by amazing scenery, relaxing and breathing clear mountain air. Perhaps take an excursion along the Trolls’ Road and see the Seven Sisters waterfall. (SB D) DAY 10 GEIRANGER – LOM – LILLEHAMMER A scenic drive from Geiranger brings you to Ottadalen to visit the traditional Stave Church at Lom. Continue through the Gudbrandsdal Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’. Arrive in Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before dinner at the hotel, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugan. (SB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

DAY 14 DEPART STOCKHOLM Say goodbye to Scandinavia as your memorable holiday draws to a close. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Best of Finland Russia and the Baltic States INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner of local specialities on a farmstead near Minsk not far from the mixed forests where partisans fought during the last war. Anatoly and his wife will welcome you to their farmstead and show you the house and grounds. Anatoly’s daughter will prepare a delicious meal. He will recount stories of his life in Minsk and sing a few rousing songs along with his accordion. • 5 Local Guide in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • St. Petersburg View the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit St Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum with your Local Guide. • Moscow See Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and visit the Kremlin with your Local Guide. • Minsk Orientation includes views of the Hero’s Hill Monument. • Vilnius View Gediminas Square and Tower with your Local Guide. Visit the courtyards of the Jesuit University. • Siauliai Visit the Hill of Crosses. • Riga While sightseeing with your Local Guide, visit St John’s Church and Dom Cathedral and see the State Art Museum. • Tallinn Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the old Hanseatic quarter and Luhike Jalq Gate. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. • Helsinki See Finlandia Hall, the Senate square and Market square with your expert Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

• 14 breakfasts: n 2 full Scandinavian breakfasts in Helsinki. n 12 hot buffet breakfasts elsewhere. • 1 lunch in Russia. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Helsinki including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 4 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner of Belarussian specialities on a farmstead near Minsk. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Riga. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Helsinki.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland. • High speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow. • Rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 15. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow DAY 1 ARRIVE HELSINKI E Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland! Relax after check-in. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina (F) DAY 2 HELSINKI – ST. PETERSBURG (3 NIGHTS) Follow the coast along the Gulf of Finland and cross the border into Russia. Travel through the forests of Karelia to St. Petersburg. Later, consider seeing a Russian folklore show. (SB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 3 TO DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide shows you the city’s sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Your time in St. Petersburg also includes a visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. There is plenty of free time to see more sights and shop for Russian souvenirs. (BB BB) DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS) Take a train across part of the vast Russian landscape towards the capital city. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 TO DAY 7 MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 You have two days to explore the delights of Moscow! On the first day, your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square plus a visit to the magnificent Kremlin. There is plenty of time to explore on your own, relax and shop for souvenirs. You might also like to join an optional excursion to the Tsar’s Treasury Chamber, or the St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market. (BB)

Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania


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700 700

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3499 3499 3499 3499

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DAY 8 MOSCOW – MINSK (2 NIGHTS) Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, passing near Borodino and stopping for lunch in the Smolensk region. Cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk, where you view the sights including Hero’s Hill Memorial during your orientation. Tonight, dine on traditional cuisine at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Hotel Minsk (F) DAY 9 MINSK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME B A full day to explore the Belarusian capital city. This evening, enjoy a special Be My Guest Dinner of local specialities. (BB BG)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$360 p.p. $270 p.p. $180 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$180 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$350

Triple Room Reduction

$280

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: It is necessary to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your holiday but the fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Helsinki Airport will operate at 10.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Helsinki Airport at 7.00am and 12.00pm. Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

Tallinn, Estonia

DAY 10 MINSK – VILNIUS 5 Drive west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital, Vilnius. Your Local Guide shows you the sights during your walking tour, including the Bishop’s Palace and the University. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, featuring exceptional sculptural decoration. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa, the former Jewish Ghetto, the Cathedral and new Royal Palace excavations. Finish at the Church of St. Anna and the site of the synagogue destroyed during World War II. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (F) DAY 11 VILNIUS – SIAULIAI – RIGA (2 NIGHTS) Leave Vilnius after lunch and visit the Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. Later, arrive in the ancient city of Riga, Latvia’s capital, made famous by the stories of Baron von Münchhausen. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (F) DAY 12 RIGA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Riga is a beautiful historic city on the Baltic coast. The extensive old town contains narrow medieval streets, Gothic and Baroque Churches, 19th century municipal buildings and Hanseatic warehouses. Your

DAY 13 RIGA – TALLINN SIGHTSEEING 5 Follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort to Tallinn. Admire the sights of Tallinn with your Local Guide. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of the old Hanseatic Quarter and 15th century Luhike Jalq Gate. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Old Town hall. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 14 TALLINN – HELSINKI 5 F Enjoy a leisurely morning in this charming and atmospheric town. Later board the ferry and cross the sea to Helsinki in Finland. Meet your Local Guide and admire Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares and broad boulevards during your sightseeing tour. Join your travelling companions for a special Farewell Dinner this evening. (BB FD) Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina (F) DAY 15 DEPART HELSINKI Say goodbye to newfound friends at the end of your memorable and exciting trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB) Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing and walking tour, which includes the State Art Museum, the Tris Braili and a visit to St. John’s Church and the Dom Cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs in the old town. This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner of regional specialties at a local restaurant. (BB HD)

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Capitals of the North Copenhagen, Denmark

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience a dinner of traditional specialities in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy. First enjoy a drive to Yuroyevo Podvorye Monastery and stop to take pictures of this beautiful monastery and lake. Then meet a family who will talk about their life in this small Russian provincial city, about how they earn their living and about the hobbies of the children and adults in the family. • 5 Local Guide in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Berlin Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Copenhagen Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Amalienborg (Royal Residence) and The Little Mermaid. • Brahehus Castle View the 17th century Castle. • Stockholm View the Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace and visit the magnificent City Hall with your Local Guide. • Helsinki See Finlandia Hall, the Senate square and Market square with your Local Guide • St. Petersburg View the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedraland Nevsky Prospekt. Visit St Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum with your Local Guide. • Novgorod Orientation includes the old Kremlin fort and St. Sophia Cathedral. • Moscow See Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and visit the Kremlin with your Local Guide.

DAY 1 ARRIVE BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Berlin, the capital of Germany! Unwind after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city. This evening meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and an evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 2 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide shows you Berlin’s most famous sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Kurfürstendamm. Spend time afterwards shopping or exploring on your own. Perhaps visit Potsdam or the Pergamon Museum in your free time. (BB) DAY 3 BERLIN – COPENHAGEN (2 NIGHTS) Drive north to Rostock and board your ferry to Denmark. A pleasant drive brings you to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. This evening, you may wish to take a stroll around the Old Town! (BB) Hotel: Marriott (MD) DAY 4 COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Admire the Little Mermaid, Renaissance Stock Exchange, the Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. You are free this afternoon to shop for souvenirs or relax. Tonight, why not visit the famous Tivoli Gardens and enjoy a traditional Danish dinner. (SB) DAY 5 COPENHAGEN – STOCKHOLM (2 NIGHTS) Travel north-east across the Oresund to the forests and meadows of Småland. Continue past Lake Vättern and enjoy spectacular views of Brahehus Castle en route to the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Dine tonight at your hotel. (SB D) Hotel: Park Inn (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 breakfasts: 6 full Scandinavian breakfasts in Scandinavia. n 8 hot buffet breakfasts for the rest of the trip. • 1 lunch in Tver, Russia. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Berlin including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 1 buffet dinner on the mini-cruise. n 1 three-course dinner in hotel. n B Be My Guest Dinner of traditional specialities in a family-run restaurant in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Moscow.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry from Germany to Denmark. • Ferry from Denmark to Sweden. • Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins have two-berths. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 15. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin


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960

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3425 860

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860

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3425 860

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860

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Fri 26 Jul

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860

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DAY 6 STOCKHOLM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Explore City Hall and view the Royal Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Spend free time afterwards shopping or exploring the old town. (SB) DAY 7 STOCKHOLM – AT SEA Today explore this harbour city at leisure. Why not join an excursion to the Wasa, a 17th century Galleon reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later, board your ship for an overnight mini-cruise to Finland. (SB D) DAY 8 AT SEA – HELSINKI 5 After an early arrival in Helsinki, your Local Guide shows you the city’s sights including Finlandia Hall, Senate and Market Squares. This evening is free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. (SB) Hotel: Grand Marina (F)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

$348 p.p. $261 p.p. $174 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

$174 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

$330

Triple Room Reduction

$290

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 24–25. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 240–241. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: It is necessary to obtain a Russian tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this tour. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. The $40 fee for the Russian Tourist Voucher is included in the cost of your holiday but the fee for the Russian Visa will be an additional charge. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Berlin Brandenburg Airport will operate at 9.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5.00am and 11.00am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5.00am and 1.00pm

DAY 12 NOVGOROD – TVER – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS) A scenic drive through picturesque villages brings you to the Tver region for an included lunch. Then continue via Klin – former home of Tchaikovsky – to the Russian capital, Moscow. (BB L) Hotel: Crowne Plaza (SF)

Matryoshka dolls

DAY 9 HELSINKI – ST. PETERSBURG (2 NIGHTS) Follow the Gulf of Finland past the timber centre of Kotka and through the forests of Karelia to the Russian border. (BB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 10 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide shows you the city’s sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St Issac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. This afternoon, there is plenty of free time to see more sights and shop for Russian souvenirs. (BB) DAY 11 ST PETERSBURG – NOVGOROD 5 B This morning, visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections with your Local Guide. Cross the vast Russian steppes and view the Kremlin Fort and grounds, the Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience this evening. (BB BG) Hotel: Park Inn (F)

DAY 13 MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Moscow’s landmarks on your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide including views of Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Kremlin, a walled-in complex of palaces, cathedrals and government offices. (BB) DAY 14 MOSCOW FREE TIME F A full day to explore this fascinating city. Spend free time seeing the sights or consider an optional excursion to St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market in Zagorsk, the centre of Russian art and architecture. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 15 DEPART MOSCOW Say goodbye to your Travel Director and fellow travellers this morning your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

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Pyramids, Egypt

Meteroa, Greece

Dome of the Rock, Israel

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Mykonos, Greece


Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Eastern Mediterranean Whether you’re a history buff, mad about mythology or simply love sun-drenched landscapes, the Eastern Mediterranean offers much to capture the imagination and stimulate the senses. Marvel at man’s ingenuity as you take in Egypt’s impressive pyramids. Explore the biblical landmarks of Israel with in-depth insights from your Local Guide. Embark on an insider’s journey to discover the idyllic Greek Island way of life. And experience the diversity of Turkey from exploring ancient ruins to tasting modern life as lunch guests of a local family in Konya. By combining air, land, river and sea travel, Trafalgar opens up a world of opportunity with this extensive range of 16 First Class holidays.

Goreme, Turkey

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach • All internal flights included on Egypt itineraries • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 242 for details

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Greek Cruises Cruise the mystical Greek Islands FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

• Choice of three Greek Island cruises, plus our Best of Greece land-based guided holiday

•  Athens and Aegean – 4 buffet breakfasts in Athens (BB)

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included • In Athens, travel by air-conditioned coach • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Athens and on board your cruise • A travel wallet with your documentation • Cruise accommodation comprised of an air-conditioned two-berth cabin with private facilities, telephone and radio in a choice of Moderate, Superior, Premier and Premium categories • Triple-berth cabins available on request • Complimentary return transfers provided between Athens Port and your hotel, and Athens airport transfers provided on the scheduled arrival and departure days of your itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS •  Athens: Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon with views of the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Royal Palace, Hadrian’s Arch and more. J Audio enhanced

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•  Ancient Lands and Aegean Odyssey – 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens (BB) •  All à la carte meals on board ship: breakfast, lunch and dinner (B,L,D) •  Nightly entertainment on-board

OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSIONS •  Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul

•  Patmos: Monastery of St. John & Grotto

•  Kusadasi/Izmir: Ephesus

•  Rhodes: Old Town & Lindos

•  Mykonos: Delos & Apollo Sanctuary

•  Santorini: Island tour

YOUR CRUISE SHIP Louis Cristal, Louis Coral or similar: Louis Cruises reserve the right to alter their operating cruise ships to one of their fleet not listed on this page, or the itinerary of any cruise in regards to the sequence of ports, stops, or ships on itineraries found on pages 183-185 and 188-189. Note: Due to disembarkation by tender, calls at the port of Mykonos and Santorini are weather permitting.


Athens & Aegean GREECE

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Mykonos Visit this trendy island with its iconic white-washed houses and windmills. • Kusadasi Visit the thriving Turkish port town of Kusadasi. • Patmos Visit the idyllic island of Patmos. • Heraklion Visit the port town on the island of Crete. • Santorini Visit the cliff-top town of Fira for magnificent views of the Caldera.

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DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 4 buffet breakfasts in Athens • All à la carte meals on-board ship: 3 breakfasts n 3 lunches n 3 dinners.

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Santorini

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For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore excursions please refer to the opposite page for details.

CRETE Overnight stays

Departures commence in Athens on Tuesdays and end in Athens on Tuesdays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATAM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1185 164 1349 325 12 Mar - 23 Apr 1250 164 1414 350 e 30 Apr - 22 Oct 29 Oct 1185 164 1349 325 Superior Standard Outside - Code ATAS 1275 164 1439 399 12 Mar - 23 Apr 1375 164 1539 425 e 30 Apr - 22 Oct 29 Oct 1275 164 1439 399 Premier Superior Outside - Code ATAL 1475 164 1639 450 12 Mar - 23 Apr 1599 164 1763 475 e 30 Apr - 22 Oct 29 Oct 1475 164 1639 450 Premium Superior Outside - Code ATAP 1499 164 1663 450 12 Mar - 23 Apr 1650 164 1814 475 e 30 Apr - 22 Oct 29 Oct 1499 164 1663 450 Moderate: Ref ATAM Premier: Ref ATAL includes Zafolia (MF) in Athens & Cat. includes Athenaeum Intercontinental IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. (D) in Athens & Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref ATAS includes Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) in Athens & Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ATAP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental (D) in Athens & Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (3 NIGHTS) Welcome to mythical Greece! On arrival in Athens transfer to your hotel. Relax and unwind then spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your own pace. DAY 2 TO DAY 3 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME See the wonders of ancient Athens this morning on your guided sightseeing tour, which includes a walking tour of the Acropolis and views of the Parthenon. The rest of the day is yours to see more sights, shop or relax. (BB BB) DAY 4 EMBARK PIRAEUS – MYKONOS Transfer to Piraeus and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (BB L D) DAY 5 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an optional excursion to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an optional excursion to the Monastery of St. John. Please note that in June, July and August, Patmos will not be visited. Instead, enjoy more free time to explore Kusadasi. (B L D) DAY 6 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful cliff-top villages with incredible views of the caldera. (B L D) DAY 7 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS Disembark in Athens and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax, see the sights or shop for souvenirs. (B) DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical holiday. Airport transfers are provided. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation available on request. Louis Cruise Ship operating this itinerary: Louis Cristal or other ship from Louis fleet. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Please note: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. e Departures marked with an e on the price panel will not be calling at Patmos. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

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SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Mykonos Visit this trendy island with its iconic white-washed houses and windmills. • Kusadasi Visit the thriving Turkish port town of Kusadasi. • Patmos Visit the idyllic island of Patmos. • Rhodes Visit the medieval old town in the city of Rhodes • Heraklion Visit the port town on the island of Crete.• Santorini Visit the cliff-top town of Santorini for magnificent views of the Caldera.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

GREECE

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Cyclades Cruise

Santorini

• 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens • All à la carte meals on-board ship: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner.

Rhodes

Cruise

For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore excursions please refer to page 182 for details.

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Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $1199 per person twin share Ref: ATLM/S/L/P Departures commence in Athens on Saturdays and end in Athens on Saturdays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATLM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1199 229 1428 275 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1299 229 1528 299 2 Nov 1199 229 1428 275 Superior Standard Outside - Code ATLS 1299 229 1528 325 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1450 229 1679 365 2 Nov 229 1299 1528 325 Premier Superior Outside - Code ATLL 1499 229 1728 365 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1665 229 1894 399 2 Nov 1499 229 1728 365 Premium Superior Outside - Code ATLP 1550 229 1779 365 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1725 229 1954 399 2 Nov 229 1550 1779 365 Moderate: Ref ATLM Premier: Ref ATLL includes Zafolia (MF) in Athens & Cat. includes Athenaeum Intercontinental IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. (D) in Athens & Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref ATLS includes Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) in Athens & Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ATLP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental (D) in Athens & Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation available on request.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Athens! Transfer to your hotel on arrival, then take time to explore this lively city or simply relax at a café and watch the world go by. DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Admire the sights of ancient Athens during your morning sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Agora where Socrates taught. A walking tour of the Acropolis allows you views of the Parthenon. Marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The rest of your day is free for you to explore or shop. This evening, maybe dine on delicious local specialities at one of the many restaurants. (BB) DAY 3 EMBARK PIRAEUS – MYKONOS Board your ship at the port of Piraeus. Cruise to the glamorous island of Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering the charming town and sparkling beaches. (BB L D) DAY 4 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early at the bustling port of Kusadasi in Turkey – where there is time to take an optional excursion to Ephesus. Your cruise continues to Patmos, with an excursion to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (B L D) DAY 5 RHODES Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town and or join an excursion to visit Lindos, featuring an acropolis with stunning coastal views. (B L D) DAY 6 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful cliff-top villages with incredible views of the caldera. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset! (B L D) DAY 7 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS Dock this morning in Piraeus and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs. (B)

Louis Cruise Ship operating this itinerary: Louis Cristal or other ship from Louis fleet.

DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (BB)

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.

Please note: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.

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For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.


Aegean Odyssey SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Istanbul Visit the fascinating Turkish capital. • Mykonos Visit this trendy island with its iconic white-washed houses and windmills. • Patmos Visit this scenic and quiet island known for its religious connection to the Book of Revelation. • Kusadasi Visit the bustling Turkish port town of Kusadasi. • Rhodes Visit the medieval old Town in the city of Rhodes • Heraklion Visit the port town on the island of Crete. • Santorini Visit the cliff-top town of Fira for magnificent views of the Caldera.

Istanbul

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Santorini

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens • All à la carte meals on-board ship: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore excursions please refer to page 182 for details.

Heraklion

Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to mythical Greece! On arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. Unwind after your journey or spend the day exploring this exciting city. DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your wonderful morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes a walking tour of the Acropolis to marvel at the Parthenon, and to see the Olympic Stadium and the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is yours to see more incredible sights, shop for souvenirs or simply relax. (BB)

Departures commence in Athens on Wednesdays and end in Athens on Saturdays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATOM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1485 422 1907 330 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1675 422 2097 370 Superior Standard Outside - Code ATOS 1675 422 2097 390 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1899 422 2321 450 Premier Superior Outside - Code ATOL 1935 422 2357 420 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 2225 422 2647 490 Premium Superior Outside - Code ATOP 2025 422 2447 410 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 2335 422 2757 460 Moderate: Ref ATOM Premier: Ref ATOL includes Zafolia (MF) in Athens & Cat. includes Athenaeum Intercontinental IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. (D) in Athens & Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref ATOS includes Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) in Athens & Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ATOP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental (D) in Athens & Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation available on request. The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Louis Cruise Ship operating this itinerary: Louis Coral or other ship from Louis fleet.

DAY 3 EMBARK LAVRION This morning, transfer to the port of Lavrion and board your ship for a relaxing cruise to Turkey. (BB D) DAY 4 AT SEA – ISTANBUL – AT SEA Sailing across the Aegean Sea into the Marmara Sea is an amazing experience. Later, arrive in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, and admire splendid views of mosques, minarets and the mighty Bosphorus. (B L D) DAY 5 AT SEA – MYKONOS d Cruise to Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (B L D) DAY 6 AT SEA – LAVRION – MYKONOS Spend a whole day aboard your cruise ship relaxing before returning to Mykonos. (B L D) DAY 7 PATMOS – KUSADASI Discover the unique beauty of Patmos. Later shop for bargains in Kusadasi or join an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus. (B L D) DAY 8 RHODES Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional excursion to the charming village of Lindos. (B L D) DAY 9 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Enjoy speniding time in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 10 DISEMBARKATION – LAVRION ATHENS This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you please. (B) DAY 11 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BB)

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

d Option to overnight in Mykonos is available on request for Day 5. Speak to your Cruise Representatives in Athens.

Please note: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest dinner in Olympia, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. • 5 Local Guide in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. Visit the Acropolis Museum. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 with your Local Guide. • Corinth Cross the Corinth Canal and visit the ancient ruins with your Local Guide. • Mycenae See the Treasury of Atreus, Beehive Tombs, Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Palace with your Local Guide. • Epidaurus Admire the amphitheatre, and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius. • Olympia Visit the Olympic Stadium and the archaeological site with your Local Guide. • Delphi Visit the home of the Oracle with your Local Guide. • Thermopylae View the battle site. • Meteora Visit two of the incredible rock monasteries.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 buffet breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director which includes a light meal and welcome drink in Athens. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a wine and olive farm in Olympia. n 3 three-course dinners.

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• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Athens! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink, with your travelling companions and your Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world’s oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian’s Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka area of the city. (BB) DAY 3 ATHENS – MYCENAE – NAFPLION 5 Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Pelopponesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Guide. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace with your Local Guide. On the way to Nafplion, explore the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine with your Local Guide in Epidaurus. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Nafplion/Ippoliti (F) DAY 4 NAFPLION – OLYMPIA B Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm. (BB BG) Hotel: Amalia Olympia/Europa (F)

View of the Acropolis, Athens


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DAY 5 OLYMPIA – PATRAS – DELPHI 5 Meet your Local Guide and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi. (BB D) Hotel: Delphi Palace/Amalia Delphi (F)

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $1275 per person twin share Ref: AGBOA Price per Person Starts Athens

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Fri 1 Mar

Price per Person

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340

Fri 1 Mar Fri 8 Mar 1275 Fri 8 Mar Fri 15 Mar 1275 Mon 11 Mar Mon 18 Mar 1275 Fri 15 Mar Fri 22 Mar 1275 Mon 18 Mar Mon 25 Mar 1350 Fri 22 Mar Fri 29 Mar 1350 Mon 25 Mar Mon 1 Apr 1350 Fri 29 Mar Fri 5 Apr 1350

340 340 340 340 340 340 340 340

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1550 1499 1499 1499 1499 1499 1550 1550 1825

610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 880

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1825 1825 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550

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1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550

610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610

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1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550 1550

610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610

DAY 6 DELPHI – THERMOPYLAE – KALAMBAKA 5 Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Guide and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of ancient Greece’ and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Kalambaka/Meteora (F) DAY 7 KALAMBAKA – METEORA – ATHENS 5 Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens. Why not consider joining your travelling companions for a celebration dinner on your final night? (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join one of the 3, 4 or 7 day Aegean cruises on pages 188-189. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Mon 12 Aug Mon 19 Aug 1550 610 Fri 16 Aug Fri 23 Aug 1550 610 Mon 19 Aug Mon 26 Aug 1550 610 Fri 23 Aug Fri 30 Aug 1550 610 Mon 26 Aug Mon 2 Sep 1550 610 Fri 30 Aug Fri 6 Sep 1550 610

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Corinth Canal

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Mon 2 Sep Fri 6 Sep Mon 9 Sep Fri 13 Sep Mon 16 Sep Fri 20 Sep Mon 23 Sep Fri 27 Sep Mon 30 Sep

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610 610 610 610 610 610 610 610

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1425 1425 1425 1425 1425

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1425 1425 1425 1425

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GREAT SAVINGS 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction 29 Apr - 6 May All other departures All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

$91 p.p. $150 $120 $60

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. 6 Winter Departures (WGBO): Departures marked with 6 in the price panel are winter departures and need to be booked under the code WGBO. Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the festive season! For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

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Best of Greece plus Cruise Options Why not extend your Best of Greece holiday experience by joining one of the 3, 4 or 7 day cruise options below.

Caldera, Santorini

AGAM/S/L/P Aegean BEST OF GREECE Sea PLUS 3 DAY AEGEAN CRUISE GREECE

TURKEY ATHENS (Piraeus) Kusadasi Cruise

Mykonos

Cyclades

Patmos

Santorini Cruise

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Mediterranean DAYS 1-7 AS PER BEST OF GREECE. Sea DAY 8 EMBARK PIRAEUS – MYKONOS Transfer to Piraeus and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (BB L D)

DAY 9 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an optional excursion to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an optional excursion to the Monastery of St. John. Please note that in June, July and August, Patmos will not be visited. Instead, enjoy more free time to explore Kusadasi. (B L D) DAY 10 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini explore the town or consider joining an optional shore excursion to Oia and Fira. (B L D) DAY 11 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to the airport. (B)

Duration: 11 Days Price from: $1775 per person twin share Ref: AGAM/S/L/P Departures commence on Fridays and end on Mondays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGAM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1775 164 1939 385 8 - 29 Mar 5 -19 Apr, 25 Oct 1950 164 2114 650 26 Apr 2035 164 2199 675 3 May 2299 164 2463 950 e 10 May -18 Oct 2035 164 2199 675 Superior Standard Outside - Code AGAS 1850 164 2014 399 8 - 29 Mar 5 -19 Apr, 25 Oct 2025 164 2189 650 26 Apr 2125 164 2289 685 3 May 2399 164 2563 950 e 10 May -18 Oct 2125 164 2289 685 Premier Superior Outside - Code AGAL 1925 164 2089 385 8 - 29 Mar 5 -19 Apr, 25 Oct 2099 164 2263 650 26 Apr 2225 164 2389 685 3 May 2499 164 2663 950 e 10 May -18 Oct 2225 164 2389 685 Premium Superior Outside - Code AGAP 1950 164 2114 385 8 - 29 Mar 5 -19 Apr, 25 Oct 2135 164 2299 650 26 Apr 2265 164 2429 675 3 May 2550 164 2714 950 e 10 May -18 Oct 2265 164 2429 675 Moderate: Ref AGAM Premier: Ref AGAL Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin Cat XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin Superior: Ref AGAS Cat XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin

Premium: Ref AGAP Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. e These departures will not be calling at Patmos. Louis Cruise Ship: Louis Cristal or similar. For more information on cruise ships, inclusions and optional shore excursions, see page 182. Note: The 3 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Friday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA). For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24 – 25 and 240 – 241.

CRUISE NOTES Guaranteed Room Share and 2nd Trip Discount are not available on these trips. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

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Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11.00am.


AGLM/S/L/PAegean BEST OF GREECE PLUS 4 DAY Sea AEGEAN CRUISE ATHENS

AGOM/S/L/P BEST OF GREECE PLUS 7 DAY AEGEAN CRUISE Istanbul

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DAYS 1-7 AS PER BEST OF GREECE. Mediterranean DAY 8 Sea EMBARK ATHENS – MYKONOS Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend a time discovering the town and sparkling beaches. (BB L D) DAY 9 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey – there is time to take an optional excursion to Ephesus. Continue on to Patmos, with an optional excursion to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (B L D) DAY 10 RHODES Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town or join an excursion to visit Lindos, featuring an acropolis with stunning coastal views. (B L D) DAY 11 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Sail to Heraklion on the island of Crete, then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset! (B L D) DAY 12 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to the airport. (B)

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Duration: 12 Days Price from: $1850 per person twin share Ref: AGLM/S/L/P Departures commence on Mondays and end on Fridays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGLM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1850 229 2079 399 11 - 25 Mar 1 - 22 Apr & 28 Oct 2035 229 2264 675 29 Apr - 6 May 2425 229 2654 965 13 May - 21 Oct 2150 229 2379 699 Superior Standard Outside - Code AGLS 1950 229 2179 399 11 - 25 Mar 1 - 22 Apr & 28 Oct 2125 229 2354 675 29 Apr - 6 May 2535 229 2764 985 13 May - 21 Oct 2250 229 2479 725 Premier Superior Outside - Code AGLL 2050 229 2279 399 11 - 25 Mar 1 - 22 Apr & 28 Oct 2225 229 2454 675 29 Apr - 6 May 2675 229 2904 975 13 May - 21 Oct 2399 229 2628 699 Premium Superior Outside - Code AGLP 2099 229 2328 399 11 - 25 Mar 1 - 22 Apr & 28 Oct 2275 229 2504 665 29 Apr - 6 May 2735 229 2964 965 13 May - 21 Oct 2450 229 2679 699 Moderate: Ref AGLM Premier: Ref AGLL Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-Berth cabin Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref AGLS Premium: Ref AGLP Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin. Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

Overnight stays

Heraklion

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAYS 1-7 AS PER BEST OF GREECE. DAY 8 EMBARK LAVRION – AT SEA Transfer to Lavrion and board your ship as you cruise to Turkey. (BB L D) DAY 9 AT SEA – ISTANBUL – AT SEA Across the Aegean Sea and into the Marmara Sea. Arrive in Turkey’s captial, Istanbul, view it’s mosques, minarets and the Bosphorus. (B L D) DAY 10 AT SEA – MYKONOS d Cruise to Mykonos and spend time discovering this island with its white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (B L D) DAY 11 AT SEA – LAVRION – MYKONOS Free time today onboard ship relaxing before returning to Mykonos. (B L D) DAY 12 PATMOS – KUSADASI Discover the unique beauty of Patmos. Later shop for bargains in Kusadasi or join an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus. (B L D) DAY 13 RHODES Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional excursion to the charming village of Lindos. (B L D) DAY 14 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Enjoy speniding time in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 15 DISEMBARKATION – LAVRION ATHENS Disembark your cruise ship and transfer to the airport. (B) .

Duration: 15 Days Price from: $2325 per person twin share Ref: AGOM/S/L/P Departures commence and end on Fridays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGOM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 2325 422 2747 725 19 Apr 26 Apr 2499 422 2921 765 3 May 2785 422 3207 1035 10 May - 18 Oct 2499 422 2921 765 Superior Standard Outside - Code AGOS 2475 422 2897 735 19 Apr 26 Apr 2699 422 3121 799 3 May 2985 422 3407 1065 10 May - 18 Oct 2699 422 3121 799 Premier Superior Outside - Code AGOL 2650 422 3072 725 19 Apr 26 Apr 2950 422 3372 785 3 May 3225 422 3647 1050 10 May - 18 Oct 2950 422 3372 785 Premium Superior Outside - Code AGOP 2735 422 3157 699 19 Apr 26 Apr 3050 422 3472 765 3 May 3325 422 3747 1035 10 May - 18 Oct 3050 422 3472 765 Moderate: Ref AGOM Premier: Ref AGOL Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref AGOS Cat XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin

Premium: Ref AGOP Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Louis Cruise Ship: Louis Coral or similar. For more information on cruise ships, inclusions and optional shore excursions, see page 182.

The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.

Note: The 7 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Friday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA).

Louis Cruise Ship: Louis Cristal or similar. For more information on cruise ships, inclusions and optional shore excursions, see page 182.

d Option to overnight in Mykonos is available on request for Day 10. Speak to your Cruise Representative in Athens.

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Greek Island Hopper O Santorini

Insider Experiences • 5 Local Guide in Athens • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Mykonos Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities. • Santorini Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Athens! Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Later, meet with your fellow travellers and your Trafalgar Local Host for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and a light meal. (WR) Hotel: Metropolitan Hotel (MD) DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING 5 Your amazing sightseeing tour with your Local Guide starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 9 buffet breakfasts • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks with your Trafalgar Local Host in Athens. n F Highlight Dinner in Mykonos. n F Highlight Dinner in Santorini.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included (excluding all ferries and flights where baggage handling is the guests responsibility). • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • High-speed ferry from Athens to Mykonos. • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. • Flight from Santorini to Athens. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided in Athens to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY

2013

EURO PE, NORT H AMER ICA & SOUT H AMER ICA

REF: FGIH - Greek Island Hopper

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For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.trafalgar.com.

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Piraeus

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High-speed Express Ferry

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High-speed Express Ferry

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Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

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DAY 3 ATHENS – MYKONOS (3 NIGHTS) F Board your ferry at the port of Piraeus for a spectacular cruise to the Cycladic Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous! Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Highlight Dinner of local traditional cuisine. Afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the diverse nightlife on this vibrant island! (BB HD) Hotel: Petinos / Akroyali / Manoulas (F) DAY 4 TO DAY 5 MYKONOS – FREE TIME You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos! The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 18th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaelogical Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo’s grandson. Don’t forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant! For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries. (BB BB) DAY 6 MYKONOS – SANTORINI (3 NIGHTS) F A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring Santorini, also known as Thera. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island’s spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe’s most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner of delicious Greek cuisine. (BB HD) Hotel: El Greco / Kalisti Thira (F) DAY 7 TO DAY 8 SANTORINI FREE TIME Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to simply spend your time relaxing in the sun! Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the caldera and stunning sunsets. For sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture. Santorini makes some of the Greek islands’ best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini! (BB BB) DAY 9 SANTORINI – ATHENS Take the short flight back to Athens this morning. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. This evening you might like to celebrate with your travelling companions at a dinner to mark the end of a memorable holiday. (BB) Hotel: Metropolitan Hotel (MD)

Starts Athens

Ends Athens

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

Fri 26 Apr Sun 5 May Mon 29 Apr Wed 8 May

1899 1899

690 690

Thu 2 May Sun 5 May Wed 8 May Sat 11 May Tue 14 May Fri 17 May Mon 20 May Thu 23 May Sun 26 May Wed 29 May

Sat 11 May Tue 14 May Fri 17 May Mon 20 May Thu 23 May Sun 26 May Wed 29 May Sat 1 Jun Tue 4 Jun Fri 7 Jun

1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899

690 690 690 690 690 690 690 690 690 690

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2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150

730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730

Mon 1 Jul Thu 4 Jul Sun 7 Jul Wed 10 Jul Sat 13 Jul Tue 16 Jul

2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375

970 970 970 970 970 970

Wed 10 Jul Sat 13 Jul Tue 16 Jul Fri 19 Jul Mon 22 Jul Thu 25 Jul

Price per Person Starts Athens

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Ends Athens

Fri 19 Jul Mon 22 Jul Thu 25 Jul Sun 28 Jul Wed 31 Jul

Sun 28 Jul Wed 31 Jul Sat 3 Aug Tue 6 Aug Fri 9 Aug

2375 2375 2375 2375 2375

970 970 970 970 970

Sat 3 Aug Tue 6 Aug Fri 9 Aug Mon 12 Aug Thu 15 Aug Sun 18 Aug Wed 21 Aug Sat 24 Aug Tue 27 Aug Fri 30 Aug

Mon 12 Aug Thu 15 Aug Sun 18 Aug Wed 21 Aug Sat 24 Aug Tue 27 Aug Fri 30 Aug Mon 2 Sep Thu 5 Sep Sun 8 Sep

2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375

970 970 970 970 970 970 970 970 970 970

Mon 2 Sep Wed 11 Sep Thu 5 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sun 8 Sep Tue 17 Sep Wed 11 Sep Fri 20 Sep Sat 14 Sep Mon 23 Sep Tue 17 Sep Thu 26 Sep Fri 20 Sep Sun 29 Sep Mon 23 Sep Wed 2 Oct Thu 26 Sep Sat 5 Oct Sun 29 Sep Tue 8 Oct

2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150 2150

730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730 730

Wed 2 Oct Sat 5 Oct

1899 690 1899 690

Fri 11 Oct Mon 14 Oct

GREAT SAVINGS 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

$119 p.p. $210

Triple Room Reduction 1 Jul - 30 Aug All other departures

$250 $100

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. The above prices include internal air fare and are accurate as of July 2012. For up to date pricing please visit our website. Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

DAY 10 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

COST SAVER

Costsaver Option: For a similar trip featuring Superior Tourist Class hotels, search for Greek Island Explorer at www.trafalgar.com or ask for Trafalgar’s 2013 CostSaver brochure.

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EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN : AT LEISURE

GREECE

Duration: 10 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: $1899 per person twin share Ref: AGIH

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Egypt, Cairo & Sharm el Sheikh O Sightseeing Highlights

AMMAN Giza Province

• Memphis See the Ramses II statue and the Alabaster Sphinx. • Sakkara View the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the ancient world. • Giza See the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. • Cairo Visit the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum. • Sharm el-Sheikh Enjoy relaxation time at this Red Sea Resort.

Giza

Sakkara

Edfu

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Flight from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh. • Flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo. • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist in Cairo. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided in Cairo to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Duration: 9 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: $1699 per person twin share Ref: ESHAA Price per Person Twin Share Option

Thu 4 Apr Thu 11 Apr Thu 18 Apr Thu 25 Apr

Fri 12 Apr Fri 19 Apr Fri 26 Apr Fri 3 May

1825 1765 1765 1765

490 440 440 440

Thu 2 May Thu 9 May Thu 16 May Thu 23 May Thu 30 May

Fri 10 May Fri 17 May Fri 24 May Fri 31 May Fri 7 Jun

1699 1699 1699 1699 1699

440 440 440 440 440

Thu 6 Jun Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 27 Jun

Fri 14 Jun Fri 21 Jun Fri 28 Jun Fri 5 Jul

1699 1699 1699 1699

440 440 440 440

Price per Person Starts Cairo

Ends Cairo

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Thu 18 Jul Thu 25 Jul

Fri 26 Jul Fri 2 Aug

1750 490 1699 440

Thu 1 Aug Thu 8 Aug Thu 15 Aug Thu 22 Aug Thu 29 Aug

Fri 9 Aug Fri 16 Aug Fri 23 Aug Fri 30 Aug Fri 6 Sep

1699 1699 1699 1699 1699

440 440 440 440 440

Thu 5 Sep Thu 12 Sep Thu 19 Sep Thu 26 Sep

Fri 13 Sep Fri 20 Sep Fri 27 Sep Fri 4 Oct

1699 1699 1699 1750

440 440 450 450

Thu 3 Oct Fri 11 Oct 1835 Thu 10 Oct Fri 18 Oct 1835 Thu 4 Jul Fri 12 Jul 1750 490 Thu 17 Oct Fri 25 Oct 1835 Thu 11 Jul Fri 19 Jul 1750 490 Thu 24 Oct Fri 1 Nov 1835 Please note: Guaranteed room share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip.

500 500 500 500

The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements. Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXPERIENCE From $1500 per person sharing a twin room.

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SHARM SHEIKH

Dendera Valley of the Kings

Why not extend your holiday by joining the five day Jordan Experience. On Day 8 of ESHAA you will fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Amman to pick up the Jordan Experience. See page opposite for details.

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• 8 buffet breakfasts. • F Highlight Dinner star-gazing in the desert.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO (3 NIGHTS) Welcome to Cairo! You are met and transferred to your hotel. Relax or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING In Memphis, see the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. Visit Sakkara and view the tep Pyramid. Finish at Giza, home to the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. (BB) DAY 3 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this ancient city. View the Alabaster Mosque and the citadel. Explore the Hanging Church of St. Mary. Visit the Egyptian Museum, brimming with priceless treasures. (BB) DAY 4 CAIRO – SHARM EL-SHEIKH (4 NIGHTS) D This morning, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Sharm el-Sheikh. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this town on the Red Sea. (BB) Hotel: Maritim Jolie Ville (MD) DAY 5 SHARM EL-SHEIKH SIGHTSEEING F Sharm El Sheikh offers sandy beaches and views of the Sinai Mountains. This evening, experience a Highlight Dinner in the desert. After a buffet of local specialities, an astronomer gives a talk on the stars (BB HD) DAY 6 TO DAY 7 FREE TIME Today, maybe snorkel to explore the coral reef or marvel at the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat or haggle for souvenirs in the bazaars. (BB BB) DAY 8 SHARM EL-SHEIKH CAIRO D This morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Cairo or if joining one of the Optional Extensions, Luxor or Amman depending on your holiday choice. (BB) Hotel: Fairmont Heliopolis (SF) DAY 9 DEPART CAIRO Bid farewell to Egypt this morning. Transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB)

OPTIONAL 4 OR 7 NIGHT NILE CRUSE Extend your holiday by joining a four or seven night Nile cruise. 4 night Nile Cruise from $1170 per person sharing a twin cabin. Single supplement available from $230. 7 night Nile Cruise from $1435 per person sharing a twin cabin. Single supplement available from $350. On Day 8 of ESHAA you will fly from Sharm el Sheik to Luxor to embark on your chosen Nile cruise adventure. For full details of the four night Nile cruise itinerary, see the Best of Egypt, Day 2 – 6, on page 194-195. For full details of the seven night Nile cruise itinerary, see the Wonders of Ancient Egypt, Day 3 – 10, on page 197. After disembarkation from your Nile Cruise, join your included flight to Cairo for a final night in the capital.


Jordan Experience

SYRIA

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

Jerash

• Amman View the Roman Amphitheatre and Citadel Hill. • Jerash Visit the world’s finest surviving Greco-Roman city. • Petra Visit this unique ancient city. • Shobak Visit the Crusader fortress. • Mount Nebo View Moses’ Promised Land. • Madaba View the mosaic map of the Holy Land.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

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DEAD SEA 3 Day Optional Extension

• 4 buffet breakfasts. • 4 three-course dinners.

AMMAN

Shobak

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 181. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Amman hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

EGYPT

Overnight stays

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PETRA

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SAUDI ARABIA

Price per Person Single Supp.

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Ends Amman

Twin Share Option

Thu 4 Apr Thu 11 Apr Thu 18 Apr Thu 25 Apr

Mon 8 Apr Mon 15 Apr Mon 22 Apr Mon 29 Apr

1325 1325 1325 1325

270 270 270 270

Thu 2 May Thu 9 May Thu 16 May Thu 23 May Thu 30 May

Mon 6 May Mon 13 May Mon 20 May Mon 27 May Mon 3 Jun

1325 1325 1325 1325 1325

Thu 6 Jun Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 27 Jun

Mon 10 Jun Mon 17 Jun Mon 24 Jun Mon 1 Jul

Thu 4 Jul Thu 11 Jul Thu 18 Jul Thu 25 Jul Thu 1 Aug Thu 8 Aug Thu 15 Aug Thu 22 Aug Thu 29 Aug

Price per Person Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Starts Amman

Ends Amman

Thu 3 Oct Thu 10 Oct Thu 17 Oct Thu 24 Oct Thu 31 Oct

Mon 7 Oct Mon 14 Oct Mon 21 Oct Mon 28 Oct Mon 4 Nov

1325 1325 1325 1325 1325

270 270 270 270 270

270 270 270 270 270

Thu 7 Nov Thu 14 Nov Thu 21 Nov Thu 28 Nov

Mon 11 Nov Mon 18 Nov Mon 25 Nov Mon 2 Dec

1325 1325 1325 1325

270 270 270 270

1225 1225 1225 1225

230 230 230 230

Thu 5 Dec Thu 12 Dec Thu 19 Dec Thu 26 Dec

1325 1325 1325 1325

270 270 270 270

Mon 8 Jul Mon 15 Jul Mon 22 Jul Mon 29 Jul

1225 1225 1225 1225

230 230 230 230

Mon 9 Dec Mon 16 Dec Mon 23 Dec Mon 30 Dec 2014 Thu 2 Jan Mon 6 Jan Thu 9 Jan Mon 13 Jan Thu 16 Jan Mon 20 Jan Thu 23 Jan Mon 27 Jan Thu 30 Jan Mon 3 Feb

1325 1325 1225 1225 1225

270 270 230 230 230

Mon 5 Aug Mon 12 Aug Mon 19 Aug Mon 26 Aug Mon 2 Sep

1225 1325 1325 1325 1325

230 270 270 270 270

Thu 6 Feb Thu 13 Feb Thu 20 Feb Thu 27 Feb

Mon 10 Feb Mon 17 Feb Mon 24 Feb Mon 3 Mar

1225 1325 1325 1325

230 270 270 270

Thu 5 Sep Mon 9 Sep 1325 270 Thu 6 Mar Thu 12 Sep Mon 16 Sep 1325 270 Thu 13 Mar Thu 19 Sep Mon 23 Sep 1325 270 Thu 20 Mar Thu 26 Sep Mon 30 Sep 1325 270 Thu 27 Mar All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Mon 10 Mar Mon 17 Mar Mon 24 Mar Mon 31 Mar

1325 1325 1325 1325

270 270 270 270

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Amman hotel booked by Trafalgar. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

DAY 2 AMMAN – JERASH – PETRA (2 NIGHTS) Visit the ruins at Jerash, a beautifully preserved and once prosperous Greco-Roman city. Return to Amman for a sightseeing tour of the Roman amphitheatre and Citadel Hill. Arrive later in Petra, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Petra Guest House (F) DAY 3 PETRA SIGHTSEEING Spend the day in Petra and discover this unique cultural treasure. Carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by Nabataeans, it was an important link in the Silk Road trade route. Enter the city through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on either side by cliffs soaring 80 metres high. Emerge from the path and see the magnificent Treasury, the first of many wonders to be explored. (BB D) DAY 4 PETRA – AMMAN Follow the King’s Highway north to Shobak and visit the 12th century Crusader fortress. View the Promised Land from Mount Nebo. At Madaba, view the mosaic map of the Holy Land in St. George’s Church, dating from the 6th century. Don’t miss the opportunity to extend your stay with two exhilarating nights at the Dead Sea, see below. Alternatively, continue to Amman for your final night. (BB D) Hotel: Regency Palace (D) DAY 5 DEPART AMMAN This morning bid farewell to this extraordinary land. Transfers to Amman airport are available, conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

OPTIONAL DEAD SEA EXTENSION Ref: JEXT Extend your holiday and visit the mysterious Dead Sea. From $350 per person sharing a twin room. Single supplement available from $220.

DAY 4 PETRA – AMMAN – DEAD SEA (2 NIGHTS) Sightseeing as per Day 4 of Jordan Experience followed by a transfer to your hotel at the Dead Sea. (BB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (SF) DAY 5 DEAD SEA Set in a beautiful and dramatic landscape, the Dead Sea is famous for its mineral-rich waters. Relax and enjoy the resort and luxuriate in the warm, stimulating black mud and float in the calming water. (BB D) DAY 6 DEPART AMMAN This morning bid farewell to this extraordinary land. Transfers to Amman airport are available, conditions apply. (BB) This trip departs every Sunday between 7 April 2013 - 30 Mar 2014

EASTERN MEDITARRANEAN : REGIONALS

Duration: 5 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: $1225 per person twin share Ref: JORD

DAY 1 ARRIVE AMMAN Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a country rich in ancient history and biblical sites of importance. You are met on arrival at Amman Airport and transferred to your hotel. (D) Hotel: Regency Palace (D)

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Best of Egypt Sphinx, Giza

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • j Local Expert Visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery that uses Egyptian plants to produce their fragrances. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Luxor Visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Medinet Habou, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. • Nile Cruise Visit the temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo. • Aswan Sail in a felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens. View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. • Cairo Sightseeing includes the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum. • Memphis See the Ramses II statue and the Alabaster Sphinx. • Sakkara Marvel at the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the ancient world. • Giza View the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 4 buffet breakfasts in Cairo. • All meals aboard the Nile cruise.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Flight from Cairo to Luxor. • Four-night luxury Nile Cruise. • Flight from Aswan to Cairo. • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO Welcome to Cairo! You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey. Hotel: Fairmont Heliopolis (SF) DAY 2 CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) D Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner. (BB L D) Cruise ship: MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème DAY 3 NILE CRUISE: LUXOR – EDFU Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the burial site of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut’s impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. View the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu. (B L D) DAY 4 NILE CRUISE: EDFU – KOM-OMBO Visit Egypt’s best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo − little has changed in a thousand years! This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun-filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party. (B L D) DAY 5 NILE CRUISE: KOM-OMBO – ASWAN Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, all the more breathtaking with the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it. (B L D) Temple of Hatshepsut, West Bank


Dead Sea

Giza Province

Giza Sakkara Memphis

JORDAN

3 1 CAIRO

Price per Person

EGYPT

Red Sea Karnak Luxor

Valley of the Kings Edfu

Nile Cruise (4)

Kom-Ombo Philae

Aswan

ABU SIMBEL Optional Excursion

Overnight stays

U

Duration: 9 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $2050 per person twin share Ref: EGBO

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End

DAY 6 DISEMBARK – ASWAN – CAIRO (3 NIGHTS) D Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later consider an optional excursion to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel − a once in a lifetime opportunity − where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple’s entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan. (B) Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 7 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING j Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque’s ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish. (BB) DAY 8 CAIRO – PYRAMID EXCURSION See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx − the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile. (BB) DAY 9 DEPART CAIRO Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available. (BB) Note: Cruise itineraries on the Nile may vary occasionally according to seasonal circumstance. Visits to sights and highlights will not be affected.

OPTIONAL ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION A once in a lifetime opportunity! Enjoy a four hour excursion, including flights, to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with four huge statues of the pharaoh himself. See the statues of his Queen, Nefertari, on the facade of the Temple of Hathor.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION Extend your holiday by joining the five day Jordan Experience or the six day Jordan Experience with Dead Sea extension. See page 193 for details.

Price per Person

Single Supp.

Starts Cairo

Ends Cairo

Wed 27 Mar

Thu 4 Apr

2135

510

Wed 3 Apr Wed 10 Apr Wed 17 Apr Wed 24 Apr

Thu 11 Apr Thu 18 Apr Thu 25 Apr Thu 2 May

2085 2050 2050 2050

450 420 420 420 6

Wed 1 May Wed 8 May Wed 15 May Wed 22 May Wed 29 May

Thu 9 May Thu 16 May Thu 23 May Thu 30 May Thu 6 Jun

2050 2050 2050 2050 2050

420 420 420 420 420

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Starts Cairo

Ends Cairo

Wed 2 Oct Wed 9 Oct Wed 16 Oct Wed 23 Oct Wed 30 Oct

Thu 10 Oct Thu 17 Oct Thu 24 Oct Thu 31 Oct Thu 7 Nov

2150 2150 2150 2150 2225

480 480 480 480 460

Wed 6 Nov Wed 13 Nov 6 Wed 20 Nov 6 Wed 27 Nov

Thu 14 Nov Thu 21 Nov Thu 28 Nov Thu 5 Dec

2225 2225 2225 2225

460 460 460 460

6 Wed 4 Dec 420 6 Wed 11 Dec 420 6 Wed 18 Dec 420 6 Wed 25 Dec 470 6 Wed 1 Jan Wed 3 Jul Thu 11 Jul 2099 470 6 Wed 8 Jan Wed 10 Jul Thu 18 Jul 2099 470 6 Wed 15 Jan Wed 17 Jul Thu 25 Jul 2050 420 6 Wed 22 Jan Wed 24 Jul Thu 1 Aug 2050 420 6 Wed 29 Jan Wed 31 Jul Thu 8 Aug 2050 420 6 Wed 5 Feb Wed 7 Aug Thu 15 Aug 2050 420 6 Wed 12 Feb Wed 14 Aug Thu 22 Aug 2050 420 6 Wed 19 Feb Wed 21 Aug Thu 29 Aug 2050 420 6 Wed 26 Feb Wed 28 Aug Thu 5 Sep 2050 420 6 Wed 5 Mar Wed 4 Sep Thu 12 Sep 2050 420 6 Wed 12 Mar Wed 11 Sep Thu 19 Sep 2050 420 6 Wed 19 Mar Wed 18 Sep Thu 26 Sep 2050 420 6 Wed 26 Mar Wed 25 Sep Thu 3 Oct 2099 450 All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Thu 12 Dec Thu 19 Dec Thu 26 Dec Thu 2 Jan 2014 Thu 9 Jan Thu 16 Jan Thu 23 Jan Thu 30 Jan Thu 6 Feb

2225 2225 2285 2625

460 460 520 560

2250 2225 2225 2225 2225

500 460 460 460 460

Thu 13 Feb Thu 20 Feb Thu 27 Feb Thu 6 Mar

2225 2225 2225 2225

460 460 460 460

Thu 13 Mar Thu 20 Mar Thu 27 Mar Thu 3 Apr

2225 2225 2225 2225

460 460 460 460

Wed 5 Jun Wed 12 Jun Wed 19 Jun Wed 26 Jun

Thu 13 Jun Thu 20 Jun Thu 27 Jun Thu 4 Jul

Twin Share Option

2050 2050 2050 2099

6 6

Please note: Guaranteed room share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements. Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar.

6 Please note: Prices of departures marked with an 6 from 30 October 2013 onwards, are subject to confirmation on July 2013, at which time the price guarantee will become applicable. New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for this departure. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

A FABULOUS NILE CRUISE IS INCLUDED The highlight of your holiday is the cruise along the legendary River Nile on board the most luxurious of ships, the MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème *5-star features of the MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème are fully air-conditioned, luxury two-berth cabins with en-suite bathroom, full size bath, shower and toilet. There is a TV with video channels, music system, hair dryer, internal phone and mini-bar. On-board facilities include a plunge pool, fitness equipment, two bars, dancing and folklore entertainment, restaurant and two gift shops. *Note: At certain times, a similar cruise ship of the same category as MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème may be used.

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN : REGIONALS

5

JORDAN EXPERIENCE 5-Day Optional Extension

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Egyptian Voyager SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

Mediterranean Sea

• Cairo Visit the Egyptian Museum. • Giza View the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. • Aswan Tour the High Dam. Sail in a felucca to see the Botanical Gardens and Aga Khan Mausoleum. • Nile Cruise Visit the Temples of Philae, Kom-Ombo and Edfu. • Luxor Visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and Memnon Colossus. • Alexandria Visit the Coptic Monasteries en route (when open). Explore the Roman Theatre, Pompey’s Pillar, Kom el Shoqafa Catacomb, National Museum and El Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 4 buffet breakfasts in Cairo. • 1 buffet breakfast in Alexandria. • 1 three-course dinner in a local restaurant in Alexandria. • All meals aboard the Nile cruise.

ALEXANDRIA

1 Giza

ISRAEL

2 2

EGYPT

Red Sea

Edfu

• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 181. • Flight from Cairo to Aswan. • Three-night luxury Nile Cruise. • Flight from Luxor to Cairo. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

U per person twin share

Ref: EGVO

Price per Person Starts Cairo

Ends Cario

Price per Person Starts Cairo

Ends Cario

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct

Sun 20 Oct Sun 27 Oct Sun 3 Nov

2225 470 2225 470 2299 450

Sat 2 Nov Sat 9 Nov Sat 16 Nov Sat 23 Nov Sat 30 Nov

Sun 10 Nov Sun 17 Nov Sun 24 Nov Sun 1 Dec Sun 8 Dec

2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

450 450 450 450 450

6

Sat 7 Dec Sat 14 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 28 Dec

2299 2299 2385 2575

450 450 490 510

6

Sat 4 Jan Sat 11 Jan Sat 18 Jan Sat 25 Jan

Sun 15 Dec Sun 22 Dec Sun 29 Dec Sun 5 Jan 2014 Sun 12 Jan Sun 19 Jan Sun 26 Jan Sun 2 Feb

2325 2299 2299 2299

470 450 450 450

6 6 6 6

Sat 1 Feb Sat 8 Feb Sat 15 Feb Sat 22 Feb

Sun 9 Feb Sun 16 Feb Sun 23 Feb Sun 2 Mar

2299 2299 2299 2299

450 450 450 450

6 6 6 6 6

Sat 1 Mar Sat 8 Mar Sat 15 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sat 29 Mar

Sun 9 Mar Sun 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar Sun 30 Mar Sun 6 Apr

2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

450 450 450 450 450

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr

Sun 28 Apr 2125 Sun 5 May 2125

410 410

Sat 4 May Sat 11 May Sat 18 May Sat 25 May

Sun 12 May Sun 19 May Sun 26 May Sun 2 Jun

410 410 6 410 6 410 6

6

2125 2125 2125 2125

6 410 6

Sat 1 Jun Sat 8 Jun Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sat 29 Jun

Sun 9 Jun Sun 16 Jun Sun 23 Jun Sun 30 Jun Sun 7 Jul

2150 2150 2150 2150 2150

410 410 6 410 6 430 6

Sat 6 Jul Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul

Sun 14 Jul Sun 21 Jul Sun 28 Jul Sun 4 Aug

2199 2199 2125 2125

460 460 6 430 6 410 6

Sat 3 Aug Sat 10 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug

Sun 11 Aug Sun 18 Aug Sun 25 Aug Sun 1 Sep Sun 8 Sep

2125 2125 2125 2125 2125

410 410 410 410 410

Sat 7 Sep Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep Sat 28 Sep

Sun 15 Sep Sun 22 Sep Sun 29 Sep Sun 6 Oct

2125 2135 2135 2175

410 420 420 430

Sat 5 Oct Sun 13 Oct 2225 470 All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. Winter Departures: Departures marked with a 6 above are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. New Year’s Eve celebrations has been arranged for these departures.

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Karnak Luxor

Valley of the Kings

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

Duration: 9 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: $2125

JORDAN

CAIRO

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 24–25 and 240–241.

Nile Cruise (3)

Kom-Ombo Philae

Aswan

ABU SIMBEL Optional Extension

Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

End SUDAN

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO (2 NIGHTS) You are met on arrival at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and soak up the atmosphere! Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING Enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum, home of King Tutankhamun’s priceless treasure. View one of the seven wonders of the ancient world − the Great Pyramids at Giza, including the Pyramid of Cheops and the Sphinx. (BB) DAY 3 CAIRO – ASWAN – NILE CRUISE (3 NIGHTS) D After your flight to Aswan, visit the impressive High Dam. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, on the Island of Philae. Board your luxury Nile cruise ship for lunch then, sail in a felucca to see the Botanical Gardens and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. (BB L D) Cruise ship: MS Giselle, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème DAY 4 NILE CRUISE: KOM OMBO – EDFU Enjoy a relaxing morning or join an excursion to Abu Simbel. This afternoon visit the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. This evening, dress up in traditional Egyptian galabeas for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and cultural experience. (B L D) DAY 5 NILE CRUISE: EDFU – LUXOR Discover Egypt’s best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god, Horus. On arrival in Luxor, see the ancient Great Temple, which dominates the town. (B L D) DAY 6 DISEMBARK – LUXOR – CAIRO D Explore the extraordinary Valley of the Kings and Deir el-Bahri, a breath-taking complex of mortuary temples and tombs. Admire Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple. Marvel at the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank and the gigantic Karnak Temple Complex before your flight to Cairo. (B) Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 7 CAIRO – ALEXANDRIA Visit the Coptic Monasteries at Wadi El Natrun (if open) on the way to Alexandria. Enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean this evening during dinner with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant. (BB D) Hotel: Helnan Palestine (SF) DAY 8 ALEXANDRIA SIGHTSEEING – CAIRO Tour the white marble Roman Amphitheatre and Pompey’s Pillar at the ancient acropolis. Visit the Kom el Shoqafa Catacomb and the National Museum. Admire the magnificent El Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque. Later drive back to Cairo. (BB) Hotel: Concorde El Salam (SF) DAY 9 DEPART CAIRO Say goodbye to Egypt, your fellow travellers and Travel Director after the trip of a lifetime. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB) Note: Ships or cruise itineraries on the Nile may vary occasionally according to seasonal circumstance. Visits to sights and highlights will not be affected. Important Visa information: Visas will be required be required for this trip and the Wonders of Ancient Egypt opposite. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements.


Wonders of Ancient Egypt ISRAEL

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Memphis See the Colossus of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. • Sakkara View the Step Pyramid. • Giza View the Great Pyramids and see the Sphinx. Experience the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids. • Luxor Visit the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. • Dendera Explore the Temple dedicated to the Goddess Hathor. • Edfu Visit the Temple of Horus. • Aswan View the High Dam and Granite Quarries. Visit the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Ride in a felucca to the Botanical Gardens. • Kom-Ombo Visit the Temple. • Cairo See the Citadel, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Mohammed Ali’s Alabaster Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

Giza Province

Giza Sakkara Memphis

CAIRO

2 2

River Nile

EGYPT

Red Sea Dendera Valley of the Kings

• 4 buffet breakfasts in Cairo. • All meals aboard the Nile cruise.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

Edfu

• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 181. • Flight from Cairo to Luxor. • Seven-night luxury Nile Cruise. • Flight from Luxor to Cairo. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Price per Person

Price per Person

Single Supp.

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Ends Cairo

Twin Share Option

Starts Cairo

Ends Cairo

Tue 26 Mar

Sat 6 Apr

2499

600

Tue 2 Apr Tue 9 Apr Tue 16 Apr Tue 23 Apr Tue 30 Apr

Sat 13 Apr Sat 20 Apr Sat 27 Apr Sat 4 May Sat 11 May

2499 2450 2450 2450 2450

580 540 540 6 540 6 540

Tue 1 Oct Tue 8 Oct Tue 15 Oct Tue 22 Oct Tue 29 Oct

Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct Sat 2 Nov Sat 9 Nov

2585 2585 2585 2650 2650

620 620 620 600 600

Tue 7 May Tue 14 May Tue 21 May Tue 28 May

Sat 18 May Sat 25 May Sat 1 Jun Sat 8 Jun

2450 2450 2450 2450

540 6 540 6 540 6 540

Tue 5 Nov Tue 12 Nov Tue 19 Nov Tue 26 Nov

Sat 16 Nov Sat 23 Nov Sat 30 Nov Sat 7 Dec

2650 2650 2650 2650

600 600 600 600

Tue 4 Jun Tue 11 Jun Tue 18 Jun Tue 25 Jun

Sat 15 Jun Sat 22 Jun Sat 29 Jun Sat 6 Jul

2450 2450 2450 2499

540 540 540 580

6 6

Tue 3 Dec Tue 10 Dec Tue 17 Dec Tue 24 Dec Tue 31 Dec

2650 2650 2699 2899 2985

600 600 640 680 680

6 6 6 6

Tue 7 Jan Tue 14 Jan Tue 21 Jan Tue 28 Jan

Sat 14 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sat 4 Jan Sat 11 Jan 2014 Sat 18 Jan Sat 25 Jan Sat 1 Feb Sat 8 Feb

Tue 2 Jul Tue 9 Jul Tue 16 Jul Tue 23 Jul Tue 30 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul Sat 3 Aug Sat 10 Aug

2525 2525 2499 2450 2450

620 620 580 540 540

2650 2650 2650 2650

600 600 600 600

Tue 6 Aug Tue 13 Aug Tue 20 Aug Tue 27 Aug

Sat 17 Aug Sat 24 Aug Sat 31 Aug Sat 7 Sep

2450 2450 2450 2450

540 6 540 6 540 6 540

6

Tue 4 Feb Tue 11 Feb Tue 18 Feb Tue 25 Feb

Sat 15 Feb Sat 22 Feb Sat 1 Mar Sat 8 Mar

2650 2650 2650 2650

600 600 600 600

6 Tue 4 Mar Tue 3 Sep Sat 14 Sep 2450 540 6 Tue 11 Mar Tue 10 Sep Sat 21 Sep 2450 540 6 Tue 18 Mar Tue 17 Sep Sat 28 Sep 2450 540 6 Tue 25 Mar Tue 24 Sep Sat 5 Oct 2499 580 All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

Sat 15 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sat 29 Mar Sat 5 Apr

2650 2650 2650 2650

600 600 600 600

6

6 6 6

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar.

6 Winter Departures: Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra ni