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Asia

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Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore „„ 19 handcrafted itineraries for you to experience Asia authentically „„ Six trip styles: bringing the vast diversity of Asia to life, traveling your way „„ In groups of up to 26, uncover the contemporary and ancient, the bustling and calm

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BLISSFUL, BUSTLING AND BREATHTAKING Intoxicatingly foreign, Asia is a place where everything feels distinctively new. It is a land where modernity and history move along, hand in hand. Japan’s sleek cityscapes meet its calm Zen-infused villages. The buzz of Beijing’s hutong alleys are worlds from its calm Yangtze cruises. And the bustle of Vietnam and Thailand’s cities settles to quiet in their cool pagodas and revered traditions. Having Trafalgar by your side makes travel to Asia utterly and deliciously doable. We strip away language barriers and take care of every travel detail, so you’re free to soak up the glorious pleasures of this extraordinary destination. We are simply the best positioned to deliver you an Asian experience that is beyond imaginable, so we make embracing Asia impossibly easy. Simply travel with Trafalgar to make your vacation dreams come true!

I have taken at least five trips with [Trafalgar] and enjoy the diverse experiences provided, particularly the meals, excellent accommodations and special cultural events, such as their Be My Guest and Hidden Treasures. KATHLEEN, from USA, 2016

To see photos from our trips, read reviews and chat with fellow travelers before you depart, look for our hashtag or see our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages: trafalgar.com/reviews #SimplyTrafalgar TrafalgarTravel @TrafalgarTravel @TrafalgarTalk MyTrafalgar Take in the matchless view of the Taj Mahal on our new 'Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai' itinerary.

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PLAN YOUR PATH ACROSS ASIA

The Great Wall Beijing

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CHINA

Xi'an Shanghai

Chongqing

Jaipur

Yichang

Maoping

Chengdu

Dehli Agra

Shibaozhai

Yangtze River

Guilin

MYANMAR

Narlai

Mandalay Monywa

Udaipur

INDIA Mumbai

Don Sao Island Market

LAOS

Bagan Inle Lake Yangon Kanchanaburi

Sigiriya Kandy Colombo Nuwara Eliya Galle Udawalawe

Hanoi Halong Bay

Chiang Rei Chiang Mai Sukhothai

Hong Kong Macau

VIETNAM

THAILAND

Hue Danang Angkor Wat Hoi An Siem Reap Mekong Delta Phnom Penh My Tho Ho Chi Minh City

Bangkok

CAMBODIA

SINGAPORE

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CONTENTS Our trip styles

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Why we are the best

JAPAN Nagano

Kanazawa Takayama Kyoto Hiroshima Osaka Kotohira

Tokyo Mt. Fuji

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A magical blend of ingredients

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Travel at ease

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Our secret recipe

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Discover our Insider Experiences

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Our people, our passion

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Always the right hotels

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About Trafalgar Cares

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About ME to WE

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Your savings

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Our hotel promise and Extend your stay

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Travel essentials: Group vacations, Airport transfers, Registration, MyTrafalgar, Travel Protection

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Booking Conditions

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JAPAN

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Splendors of Japan Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima

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Leisurely Japan NEW

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INDIA AND SRI LANKA

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Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai NEW

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Wonders of Sri Lanka NEW

SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Days Pages 11 32 - 33

Secrets of Myanmar Highlights of Vietnam

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Secrets of Cambodia with Laos NEW

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Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia

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Treasures of Thailand

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Treasures of Thailand with the Golden Triangle NEW

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Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia

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CHINA

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Classic China Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu NEW Treasures of China

MINI STAYS

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Bangkok Explorer NEW Hong Kong and Macau Experience NEW

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Tokyo with Mt. Fuji NEW

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Singapore Experience

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From our array of itineraries, find a style that suits your tastes. See overleaf for more about our trip styles. TRIP STYLE KEY

PROUDLY USING 100% RECYCLED PAPER*

Trafalgar, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures.

At Leisure

Regional Explorer

Country Explorer

Mini Stay

Cruise, Rail & Combinations

Hidden Journeys

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Experience the splendor of Hong Kong's harbor on our 'Treasures of China' itinerary.

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I believe true travel’s about doing something different; stepping out of your comfort zone and into a world of new experiences. As a Westerner, I find nothing more exhilarating than Asia’s unfamiliarity. Street signs I can’t fathom, menus I don’t recognize, locals speaking languages I cannot translate: it reminds me I’m far from home. Of course, it’s always better to step into the unknown with someone who knows what they’re doing. So we put together our team of incredible Asia experts. Offering long-loved favorites like Japan to new destinations opening up like Myanmar, we guide you through the mysterious East. Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

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OUR TRIP STYLES

AT LEISURE

COUNTRY EXPLORER

Taking it at an easier pace, you'll stay two nights or more in most destinations. Your days don’t begin before 9am and you spend your free time as you wish.

Become a connoisseur of one country or a rich and colorful area within it. Explore its peoples, stories and culture in depth.

For a taste of At Leisure, see Leisurely Japan on pages 26 - 27.

Get to know Vietnam intimately on Highlights of Vietnam on pages 34 - 35.

CRUISE, RAIL AND COMBINATIONS Over land, over water, by coach, by train... Explore a destination by the transport most suited to it. Experience moments like having breakfast on the deck of a boat to being lulled by the rhythmic chugging of a train. A splendid trip including train and boat travel is Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu on pages 46 - 47.

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REGIONAL EXPLORER

MINI STAYS

HIDDEN JOURNEYS

Become a connoisseur of a particular region, by exploring two or more countries within it. Across the region, discover its peoples, stories and culture in depth.

Our Mini Stays let you customize your trip to spend more time in some of Asia’s most culturally exciting cities, giving you longer to experience their sights, tastes and unique characters. You can add them to any Trafalgar itinerary or book them independently.

Access exclusive places that might otherwise be difficult to reach. Go off the beaten track, deeper into the destination and away from the crowds to discover hidden treasures with us.

For a glimpse of Regional Explorers, see Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia on page 43.

Spend more time getting to know Asia with Mini Stays like Hong Kong and Macau Experience on page 51.

For a sneak peak of Hidden Journeys, see Secrets of Cambodia with Laos on pages 36 - 37.

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First class itinerary, first class guide, first class hotels, resulting in a wonderful experience of culture, people, cities and sights. SUSAN, from Australia, 2015

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VacationS, MOMENTS AND MEMORIES Trafalgar trips are the best – that's what our guests and travel agents tell us, time and time again. We have an independently evaluated, transparent 97% satisfaction rating. See for yourself at www.trafalgar.com/reviews We're the most awarded travel company in the world. Trafalgar is richly decorated with recognition from both consumers and the trade. Feefo, an independent ratings provider, has also awarded us the Gold Trusted Merchant Award for our consistent excellence as indicated by our guests. We’ve turned travel into an art form, adding our magic touch to make Trafalgar trips exquisite. On Asia-bound trips, our smaller groups (of no more than 26 guests) deliver you a finely crafted experience. Put simply, traveling with the best means you have the best vacation experience. The elements you’re guaranteed include: 1 A magical blend of ingredients 2 Traveling at ease 3 Our secret recipe 4 Always the right hotels 5 Our passionate people 6 Trafalgar Cares

Marvel at the sight of traditional customs on the 'Highlights of Vietnam' and 'Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia' itineraries.

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A magical blend of ingredients

Stroll through a verdant tea plantation of Hill Country on our new 'Wonders of Sri Lanka' itinerary.

STRESS-FREE TRAVEL

PERFECT ITINERARIES

INSIDER experiences

• Smaller groups (never more than 26 guests)

Your itinerary is a finely tuned composition, designed to bring alive the best of each place in Asia, whether sleek city or peaceful haven. We perfectly balance the right selection of must-do sights and Insider Experiences for the ultimate insight into the destination you choose. This means Hidden Treasures, quintessential sights, surprise extras, meeting and eating with locals, and stunning accommodations.

Get more of the fun factor with our famous, enriching Insider Experiences across Asia. Meet Local Specialists who embody the soul of the places you visit, both the buzz and the serenity. These specialists share their nation’s traditions, cuisines, art and history with you. You’re also immersed into local life with our Cultural Insights and authentic Be My Guest meals with locals, enjoying home-grown flavors, spicy and soothing, and an abundance of Optional Experiences.

• A  n expertly trained Travel Director, every step of the way • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted • All porterage, local tips and charges • D  aily breakfast and up to 50% of evening meals • Luxury air-conditioned coach transport or other transport, such as rail or cruises • D  estination-specific sightseeing, with audio headsets where appropriate

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TRAVEL At ease

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Travel at speeds of 285 km/h, on the extraordinary Shinkansen (bullet train).

WITH YOU ALL THE WAY

Travel in COMFORT

You get the comfort and familiarity of feeling at home, away from home. We make the hassle factor simply vanish, so you never need bother with carrying suitcases. And you enjoy effortless access to hand-picked sights, restaurants and hotels.

Luxury air-conditioned coaches give you ample legroom and reclining seats. Your experienced driver handles all the tolls, parking and navigation. Sometimes, you voyage by rail, water or smaller coaches, when the destination calls for it. All trips include free airport transfers on the start and end day.

Soak up VIP treatment You get to navigate this diverse region like a VIP, drawing on our local knowledge to avoid crowds. We know just the right time to visit iconic landmarks, the best shortcuts in each city, and how to get your name on the guest lists at top events, shows and restaurants.

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Linger on Stay on after your trip, to bask in your Asian inspiration. Draw upon our exclusive deals with partners, such as excellent accommodations at a fair price. See page 55 for hotels with discounted rates.

Made the trip very easy to take, without having to worry about logistics in a foreign-speaking environment. KENNETH, from USA, 2015

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OUR SECRET RECIPE

To view short films featuring our Be My Guest dining experiences and to see our Travel Directors in action, visit: www.youtube.com/user/TrafalgarWeb

Savor the delectable spices and flavors of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.

Be My Guest Let us invite you to eat with local families, enjoy lively conversation as you learn about their way of life. Together you savor delicious home-cooked meals and a feast of tastes – spiciness soothed with coconut milk, or the sweetness of sushi topped with explosive wasabi. These exclusive, authentic experiences take you right into the cultures you’ve only dreamt of discovering.

OTHER MEALS

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Every meal is an occasion. Dine in places which are authentically Asian, perhaps tasting delicately spiced Indian curries, pork simmered

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in Vietnamese nuoc mau (caramel sauce), or succulent bites of Chinese dim sum; all made with local flair, pride and seasonal produce.

Dining to match EACH day Your itinerary is seasoned with dining highlights and unforgettable culinary experiences, like our Welcome Receptions, Regional Meals and Farewell Dinners. Breakfast is always included, as are free evenings to try out recommendations from your Travel Director or to find your own local favorite.

In Sri Lanka, join Ganga Akka for dinner in her family home. She uses spices from many of the trees in her traditional Kandyan garden in her cooking, and reveals how to eat like locals, mixing rice with gravy and a bit of each curry – from hot coconut sambol to green leaves sambol, whose spices add flavor and medicinal value. Enjoy this experience on Wonders of Sri Lanka, pages 30 - 31.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES

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Learn about the endearing quirks of Giant Pandas on one of our exclusive Insider Experiences in China.

SIMPLY... LOVABLE Wherever you travel, you enjoy experiences that guide you to the heart of the destination.

With fewer than 2,000 Giant Pandas left in the world, this breeding center has been set up to help preserve the species, along with other rare animals including Red Pandas.

Visiting China, you could spend time with endangered Giant Pandas at Chengdu’s non-profit research and breeding center. Our Local Specialist reveals their quirky traits, like how they hold their bamboo like humans and their hilarious ability to fall asleep in the cutest positions. You might see them feeding, frolicking or even nursing young at the center.

Create memories with the Giant Pandas on Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu, on pages 46-47.

Each place we visited on our trip to Asia offered something unique. MARGARET, from Australia, 2016

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OUR PEOPLE, OUR PASSION

Let your expertly trained Travel Director take you to the finest sights and places on your trip.

Knowledge Experience Expertise Your Travel Director serves as a friend who understands your destination thoroughly. Knowing local customs, cultures and languages inside-out, they guide you confidently on every step of your trip abroad. Selected for their passion and knowledge, these consummate professionals are trained further to hone their considerable skills. Our dedicated Operations Team supports them, passing on guest feedback that helps improve your experience.

The Welcome Meeting was a perfect way to make our group of 20 feel like one family. The service was excellent . Our Travel Director went above and beyond on many occasions to make sure everyone in our group was happy and satisfied. ROCHELLE, from USA, 2015

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ALWAYS THE RIGHT HOTELS

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CHOSEN JUST FOR YOU AND YOUR TRIP We go out of our way to select every hotel for its reliability, quality and country-inspired character. Matching the right accommodations to the destination is another strength of ours. Wherever you stay, your accommodations will suit your itinerary and well-being perfectly.

Stay at the Aureum Palace in Bagan, Myanmar, set in acres of ancient pagodas, on our 'Secrets of Myanmar' trip.

Hand-picked hotels Stay in dazzling 4- and 5-star hotels while you travel. Every single one is selected for its quality, character and setting. The hotels are carefully selected to enhance and fit seamlessly with your Asian exploration.

Authentic Accommodations Authentic Accommodations and other awesome independent properties, which offer an amazing ambiance or locale, may not fall under traditional star ratings.

The right location

Quality and service

You’ll find all accommodations selected bring something special to your vacation; whether it’s located in a busy city, in idyllic countryside, or conveniently close to a major sight. We always arrange the best suited solution for your travels.

All our accommodation choices give you exceptional service. Our quality control team visits them annually, and we monitor feedback from our guests and Travel Directors. Accordingly, high standards are maintained.

The hotels were wonderful, very luxurious. I felt like I was treated like royalty and felt so safe. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life. GILLIAN, from Canada, 2016

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH TRAVEL At Trafalgar, we are on a mission: a mission to go with our guests where travel makes a difference. We care about the places we visit and the people who live there. We are proud to be active founders and supporters of The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization and joint initiative of The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. The foundation is dedicated to supporting the communities we visit and to preserving their vibrancy and traditions for future generations. Our mission means supporting local businesses, wherever we travel. We take our guests on Insider Experiences to visit local artisans, observe their talent and admire their craftsmanship and produce. Guests meet artisans at work, such as weavers, glassblowers, chefs and potters. Positive partnerships foster traditions, create jobs and empower communities. Our mission means being a force for good in the travel industry. Our recent donations have gone towards cancer research, building three schools, and restoring tourism in Nepal after the earthquake. Our mission means conserving diversity on our precious planet. In everything we do, we strive for sustainability: from using recycled paper for our printing to reducing waste and promoting recycling on trips. Furthermore, we promote the use of coach travel, which is shown to reduce congestion and to produce less pollution than any other mode of transport.

Carbon emissions grid* Method of travel

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Air

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Rail

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Coach

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*Source: DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conversion factors 2014. Car assumes UK average of 1.5 people/car. Coach assumes average of 36 passengers.

On our Secrets of Cambodia with Laos itinerary, our guests visit Phare Circus, a social project for young Cambodians from Siem Reap’s streets, orphanages and disadvantaged families, training them in visual arts including music, theater and circus skills. By supporting the school and similar projects, Trafalgar Cares helps give underprivileged children skills, confidence and a better future. Enjoy this experience on Secrets of Cambodia with Laos, on pages 36-37.

Sustainable Insider Experiences allow our guests to make a difference worldwide Built 3 schools in China, Ecuador and Kenya with ©Free The Children 41,000 trees per year saved by using recycled paper for our brochures

Discover more about meaningful travel on trafalgar.com/trafalgarcares and treadright.org

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TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE

NEW FOR 2017

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you have ever thought about making a real difference in the world, then this may be the opportunity you've been waiting for. Whether it's by building a school or collecting water with a local woman, our exciting new partnership with ME to WE is a chance to make your trip to rural India count for something extraordinary.

WHO IS ME TO WE? ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that provides products and experiences that make an impact, empowering people to change the world. ME to WE is a recognized leader in volunteer travel and partner of an award-winning international charity with a 21-year history of sustainable development. Travelers make an impact by working side-by-side with local communities on a development project like building a school or water wells, ensuring brighter futures for generations to come.

HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE? Gain hands-on volunteer experience as you help improve a community’s access to clean water, food security, education, health or sustainable income. While making meaningful connections with local community members and immersing yourself in their culture and traditions, you help, dig wells or build schools, helping to improve livelihoods. Your trip will continue to make an impact, long after you return home.

WHAT YOU GET As well as volunteering, you get to enjoy some of our standard extras: • En-suite accommodations at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp • All meals and drinks at Araveli (including purified water, sodas, beer and wine) • All activities at Araveli • An experienced and professional ME to WE guide • Airfare: One way from Mumbai to Udaipur • All ground transportation throughout the ME to WE programme Enjoy this experience after our ‘Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai’ itinerary.

FIND OUT MORE For more about ME to WE trip, departure dates and pricing, visit www.metowe.com/trafalgar To find out more about Trafalgar's India trip which offers you this chance, go to: www.trafalgar.com

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your savings Book early and save more

Save up to $768*

Save up to $576*

Save up to $384*

pay in full by January 12, 2017 and SAVE UP TO 10%

pay in full by February 28, 2017 and SAVE UP TO 7.5%

pay in full by April 27, 2017 and SAVE UP TO 5%

*Per person. These Early Payment discounts apply to the land portion of selected vacations and 2017 departures. See itinerary pages. Can be combined with other discounts, where applicable. Pay your deposit when booking and the balance by the date shown. Offer is subject to availability, exclusions may apply and the offer may be withdrawn without notice. See page 58 for full conditions.

TRAVEL WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS More friends? In a group of 5 - 9, get 5% off per person, which may be combined with other discounts. More than 10 of you? Contact us to ask about even bigger discount savings and our free trip policy.

solo traveler Some travelers have different needs. We keep it simple by providing the privacy of your own room. See single room prices on the itinerary pages.

young traveler

TRIPLE SHARE

Share the spirit of wanderlust with younger members of the family. On many trips, young travelers (5 -11 years old) enjoy up to 5% off when accompanying an adult.

Save when three of you travel together. If you book a triple room, enjoy discounts for all three guests.

SPECIAL-RATE SOLO ROOMING

DEPOSIT PROTECTION

Part of our drive is to make it easier to travel solo. On certain departures, the standard single supplement is discounted: up to 46% off. To find such a trip, look out for ✚ against departures on itinerary pages.

Life happens. If you are forced to cancel your booking, instead of losing your deposit, we will give you a $200 credit. We’ll honor this amount on any future trip, for up to five years.

General Conditions: Discounts only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable on any cruise portion of a vacation, mini-stays, extra nights’ accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Past guest savings are available after your initial trip is completed. Savings limited to one per trip and applied to the higher priced of two trips if you book two at once. Book two or more trips applies to vacations booked simultaneously, savings are applied to the shortest trips. Groups are limited to one group per coach and not available on Hidden Journeys. Young travelers must be aged 5-11 at time of travel, discount is limited to one per room. Triple reduction is based on three people sharing one room and will often feature one double bed, plus one foldaway bed. Rooms are more suitable for two adults and one child (three adults may find rooms too small with limited suitcase space). Triple rooms are limited on cruises and not available on all trips. Vacations have a limited number of single rooms and are restricted to certain cabin categories on board cruises. Shared Rooming is not available in Asia. Deposit protection, travel credits can only be redeemed once per person and a limit of one trip credit applies. Does not apply if you previously received a full refund. We reserve the right to validate past booking status. If for any reason you do not travel, this credit remains for future use for five years.

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your Airfare WELCOMING BACK PAST GUESTs Our guests are core to who we are. To thank you for your loyalty, we offer 5% off your next vacation. Let us take you to your destination of choice or visit our sister brands for inspiration: ttc.com/loyalty

BOOK two OR MORE TRIPS How about booking two or more trips and saving up to 2.5%? The more trips you book, the more you save. If they’re seven days or longer and you book multiple trips for one vacation period, we offer you greater savings.

Save time and hassle by letting us book your flight. Rest assured we work with leading airlines to get you the right flight at the right price. Book early for a chance at the best rates! Definite Departures We guarantee our trips will depart (weather and other conditions dependent, of course) as soon as enough guests are booked. Look out for the green check when browsing prices and dates on www.trafalgar.com

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Splendors of Japan

Eclectic cities, traditional villages, snow-capped mountains and coastal beauty combine. Discover the splendors of Japan on a journey of discovery, from iconic Tokyo to Kanazawa and Kyoto.

Mt. Fuji

The Trafalgar difference

Whether it’s hand-picked hotels or inspiring Optional Experiences, we craft amazing trips. That’s why our review ratings are so good. See for yourself our independent guest reviews through Feefo at www.trafalgar.com/reviews

Your included sights • City Tour of Tokyo and Kyoto, walking tour of Takayama • Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjyusangen-do Hall and Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto • View Mt. Fuji • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan. • Cultural Insight Sample Japanese Sake, learn about the production of Japanese washi paper. • Local Specialist in Tokyo and Kanazawa. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling awestruck by majestic Mt. Fuji as you alight at 2,300 meters. And learning the art of making delicate washi paper with a local family, before trying your hand at this traditional craft for yourself.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: New Otani

A Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning your City Tour begins with an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple’s second interior gate. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and then enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Later choose to either return to the hotel, remain in Ginza at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB, L)

Day 3 Tokyo Sightseeing

Today continue your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo’s history and culture during the Edo period. Next drive to Akihabara which began its evolution into ‘Electric Town’ post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. It now houses numerous electronics shops selling a wide range of computer goods and video games. Enjoy some free time

here before heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the center of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before returning to your hotel. (BB)

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt. Fuji - Matsumoto – Nagano After breakfast depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 meters it is Japan’s highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th Station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Later drive north to visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most beautiful and complete original Japanese castles with its unique timber and stone structure. It is also a great Cherry Blossom viewing spot in the springtime. Continue to Nagano for your overnight stay with dinner at the hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Shinshu-Matsushiro Royal

A Day 5 Nagano - Takayama -

Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights) This morning travel through the breathtaking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama. Begin your walking tour in the Edo style streets of the Old Town, stopping en route to sample Japanese sake, a Cultural Insight. Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon take

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a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight before continuing on to the historic castle town of Kanazawa. (BB, RM) Hotel: Kanazawa Tokyu

A Day 6 Kanazawa Sightseeing

This morning discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan’s high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Take your time to relax and explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a highranked samurai family. (BB)

A Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

This morning leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by Express train. On arrival enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When

$4175 (per person double share)

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Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB, BG) Hotel: Nikko Princess Kyoto

Day 8 Kyoto Sightseeing

This morning visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Choose to remain in Gion to explore further or return to the hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Ninjas, the traditional Japanese heroes and enjoy the creative Ninja-style food. (BB, FD)

Day 9 Depart Kyoto - Osaka

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary on page 24. (BB)

Optional Traditional Ryokan Stay Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality whilst staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki. Prices from $423 per person double share. See page 55 for details.

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Visas are generally not required for Japan but please contact your travel agent for more information. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Washi paper making visit, Gokayama You’ll support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You’ll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.

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Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima

Japan reveals its many sides, as you experience buzzing Tokyo, tradition in Kyoto, the beauty of Mt. Fuji and historic Hiroshima.

Itsukushima Gate, Hiroshima

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 to Day 8

These days will operate as per days 1-8 of the Splendors of Japan itinerary.

A Day 9 Kyoto - Kotohira Your included sights • As per Splendors of Japan itinerary plus: • City Tour of Hiroshima • Visit the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island

Your Insider Experiences • As per Splendors of Japan itinerary plus: • Cultural Insight Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. • Authentic Accommodation Relax at a traditional Japanese ryokan. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… marvelling at Japan’s inland sea stretched out before you, as you cross the longest suspension bridge in the world. And relaxing in the heat of an onsen bath, during your stay at a traditional ryokan on Mt. Kompira.

This morning leave Japan’s main island Honshu behind as you cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge, over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Visit the Water Temple, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando to be a sensory experience. See how the mountains, sky, rice paddies and bamboo groves are reflected in the stillness of the water as you descend the steps to the Buddhist Temple below the water. Later have some free time for lunch and take a walk around Yumeburai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the ‘100 Stepped Garden’ — a group of 100 flower beds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Continue to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira for your overnight stay in your Authentic Accommodation, a Japanese ryokan. Before dinner, if you wish, climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. This evening perhaps have a relaxing soak in the hot spring (onsen) bath at the hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan) Authentic Accommodation

Day 10 Kotohira - Hiroshima (2 Nights)

This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometers and was

traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometer highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. (BB, L) Hotel: Rihga Royal

A Day 11 Hiroshima Sightseeing

This morning catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island. On arrival visit the Itsukushima Shrine and admire the elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Have some free time for lunch and strolling around this peaceful island. Return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Through the efforts of many people, this ruin has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing as an expression of hope for world peace. This evening experience the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, a Cultural Insight. Okonamiyaki is similar to a savoury pancake and is made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese and grilled in layers on a hot plate in front of you. (BB, RM)

Day 12 Hiroshima - Osaka

Take the high speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival have some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Continue with a brief city orientation tour before checking-in to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Miyako Osaka

Day 13 Depart Osaka

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality whilst staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). Get the best of both worlds with the Japanese style rooms which have the added comfort of western style beds (rooms with tatami mats instead of beds can be requested at the time of booking if preferred). The ryokan features communal hot spring (onsen) baths and guests are provided with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear.

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Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Leisurely Japan

A leisurely trail from Osaka to Hiroshima, Japan’s mesmerising culture comes alive in incredible moments like cruising the Okawa River and strolling through a floating garden high above the city.

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Your included sights • City Tours of Osaka, Nara and Kyoto • Visit the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Todaiji Temple in Nara, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sanjyusangen-do Hall and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Matsuyama Castle, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima • Cruise along the Okawa River in Osaka

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Lunch in the Dogo Onsen area of Matsuyama. • Authentic Accommodation Relax at a traditional Japanese ryokan. • Local Specialist in Kotohira. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… mastering the art of making Udon Noodles with an expert in Kotohira, then tucking into your thick and juicy handmade noodles for lunch. And sinking into a hot spring ‘onsen’ bath, before settling down for the night in an authentic Japanese ryokan.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Osaka (3 Nights)

Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Osaka Itami or Kansai International Airport, transfer by pre-booked airport shuttle service to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Miyako

Day 2 Osaka and Nara Sightseeing

Start your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Osaka’s Okawa River. See the sights of the city from a different perspective including Osaka Castle, the Japan Mint, City Hall and Nakanoshima. Later enjoy panoramic views at the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building. This afternoon travel to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the Todaiji Temple which houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha at 15 meters tall and Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Enjoy some free time at the Higashimuki Shopping Arcade before returning to Osaka. (BB)

Day 3 Kyoto Sightseeing – Osaka

This morning travel to Kyoto and start your City Tour with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. See the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues followed by a walking tour of the Gion area. Enjoy some free time in Gion before continuing to the Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion. Later return to your hotel in Osaka. (BB)

Day 4 Osaka – Awaji

Cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge, over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. At the Water

Temple see how the mountains, sky, rice paddies and bamboo groves are reflected in the stillness of the water as you descend the steps to the unique Buddhist temple below the water. Afterwards check in to your hotel and enjoy some free time. Perhaps take a dip in the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, treat yourself to a massage or alternatively take a walk around the Yumebutai complex. One of the most striking features of the complex is the ‘100 Stepped Garden’ — a group of 100 flower beds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. (BB) Hotel: Westin Awaji

A Day 5 Awaji – Kotohira (2 Nights)

This morning cross to Shikoku island and make a stop in Takamatsu to have some free time for lunch. Visit Ritsurin Garden, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan which features many ponds, small hills, bridges and beautiful pavilions. Later continue to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira for your dinner and overnight stay in your Authentic Accommodation, a Japanese ryokan. This evening perhaps have a relaxing soak in the hot spring (onsen) bath. (BB, D) Hotel: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan)

A Day 6 Kotohira

This morning climb the steps adjacent to the hotel up to Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The shrine is also often referred to as ‘Kompirasan’ and is known as the ‘guardian of the sea’ dedicated to sailors. Later take part in an Udon Noodle Making cooking class with a Local Specialist. Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle featured often in Japanese cuisine. Eat your creations for lunch and afterwards make a visit to the Kinryo Sake Museum, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy some free time for the remainder of the day. (BB, L, D)

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Start the day with a visit to the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometers and was traditionally done on foot. Continue to Matsuyama, Shikoku’s largest city and known for its hot springs (onsen). Take the cable car to visit Matsuyama Castle, located on Mt. Katsuyama, a steep hill in the city center. There are about 200 cherry trees in the castle grounds, making this a lovely cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a local ryokan followed by a rikisha ride around Dogo Onsen and some free time for shopping. (BB, BG) Hotel: ANA Matsuyama

Day 8 Matsuyama – Hiroshima (2 Nights) Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometer highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual

bridges. Stop en route at Omishima Island for lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to your hotel in Hiroshima. (BB, L) Hotel: Rihga Royal

Day 9 Hiroshima

This morning catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island and on arrival visit the Itsukushima Shrine. Admire the elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea and have some free time for lunch and strolling around. This afternoon return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Hiroshima

Transfer to Hiroshima Airport for your onward flight or extend your stay and travel on to Tokyo (see below). (BB)

These days will operate as per days 1-9 of the Leisurely Japan itinerary.

Day 10 Hiroshima – Tokyo (3 Nights) This morning travel to Tokyo by high speed bullet train. On arrival check in to your centrally located hotel. (BB) Hotel: New Otani

Day 11 Tokyo Sightseeing

On your City Tour this morning see the Tokyo Tower and make a stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. Next drive through Akihabara which began its evolution into

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BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $503 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $251 p.p. SAVE up to $126 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $85 Triple room discount $275 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Note: For guests traveling to Tokyo by bullet train on day 10, please bring an overnight bag for day 9.

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‘Electric Town’ post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. Later make a stop at Ginza for some free time. (BB)

Day 12 Mt. Fuji

Depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. Ascend by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th Station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. (BB)

Day 13 Depart Tokyo

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

Visas are generally not required for Japan but please contact your travel agent for more information.

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai

A colorful journey around Rajasthan, this trip also reveals India’s most cultural, and dynamic cities from the inside, from mega-metropolises like Mumbai to historic hubs like Old Delhi. monuments from Delhi’s past - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Later drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. (BB, L)

Day 4 Delhi – Agra

This morning after breakfast travel to Agra which in the 16th and 17th centuries was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. In the afternoon visit the impressive Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk through the chambers of this royal residence. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city and during Mughal times housed the state treasury and mint. On the drive through the city, witness the local life and the hustle and bustle of everyday India. Return to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. (BB, D) Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton

Day 5 Agra – Jaipur (3 Nights)

Taj Mahal, Agra

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Your included sights • City Tours of Old and New Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai • Visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal in Agra, City Palace and Amber Fort in Jaipur and the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai • Cruise across Mumbai Harbor to Elephanta Island • View the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner at the home of a local family in Jaipur. • Cultural Insight Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, learn about the everyday lives of Delhi street children, interact with the head of a noble family in Narlai and visit Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai. • Authentic Accommodation in a beautifully maintained heritage resort in Narlai which was once a hunting lodge of Jodhpur’s Royal Family. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing India’s contrasts first hand: feeling the gritty reality of life in Old Delhi, as you ride a rickshaw through the district; then staying in the former hunting lodge of Jodhpur’s Royal Family.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Delhi (3 Nights)

Welcome to India. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton New Delhi

A Day 2 Delhi

This morning begin your City Tour with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi for a Cultural Insight. View the Red Fort, the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Its main gate faces Chandni Chowk the bustling and colorful market of the old city with its twisting lanes and crowded bazaars. See it come alive in the morning as the days trading begins. Take a peek through a portico and you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees. Return to your hotel and enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax or explore further. (BB)

A Day 3 Delhi

After a late start this morning take a walk through the city and discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that aims to provide a caring environment for street and working children in Delhi. Learn about the daily lives of these street children, one of whom will be your guide as they take you through their shelters and tell their lifestories, a Cultural Insight. Later walk through the bazaar of Paharganj and a vegetable market where the locals do their daily shopping. After lunch in a local restaurant continue your City Tour with a visit to New Delhi which was designed and built by the British starting in the 1920’s. It is a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. Visit two

Make an early start this morning to visit the spectacular Taj Mahal at sunrise when its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints. It was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then depart for Jaipur, stopping for lunch en-route. Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” and is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. On arrival check-in to the hotel. (BB, L) Hotel: Hilton

A Day 6 Jaipur Sightseeing

This morning’s City Tour begins with a visit to the City Palace which opened as a museum in 1959 and is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Next visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar; an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make a brief stop at the Palace of Winds, a spectacular five storied wonder constructed to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city unseen from the outside. This afternoon your choice of activities offers the opportunity to learn about ancient customs and pastimes in a Cultural Insight. Choose between Turban Tying (turbans are worn by all members of society in Rajasthan) or Kite Flying (a very popular pastime in Jaipur). This evening visit the Birla Temple and witness an Aarti Ceremony. (BB)

A Day 7 Jaipur

Depart the hotel this morning for a trip to the Amber Fort; a marvelous example of Rajput architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later learn about the tradition of hand block printing from a Local Specialist. The block-printed cottons of Jaipur have been renowned for their exquisite patterns, and natural coloring for at least 250 years. The traditional prints and designs differ from area to area and can determine village, profession or even marital status. Blue Pottery is also synonymous with Jaipur and it is its vibrant colors of blues and greens which really sets it apart from other pottery in the country. Visit a workshop where a Local Specialist demonstrates how the pottery is made. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest experience with a local family in their home. (BB, BG)

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This morning depart for Narlai, a sleepy yet spectacular village on a country back road of Ranakpur which is a picturesque base for exploring the true India and the local countryside. Stop for lunch along the way and on arrival in Narlai check-in to your Authentic Accommodation; the Rawla Narlai, a beautifully maintained heritage resort. Meet one of the family members for some fascinating stories and history about the hotel and the locals, a Cultural Insight. At dinner this evening taste the flavor of true Rajasthani royal hospitality at the 16th century old Stepwell of the Rawla Narlai. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Rawla Narlai Authentic Accommodation

Day 9 Narlai – Udaipur (2 Nights)

Today enjoy a Jeep safari into the nearby countryside to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. Later continue on to Udaipur; set amongst rolling hills and shimmering lakes with fairy-tale palaces, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful and romantic city in Rajasthan. It has the atmosphere of a small town and it is surprisingly quiet and traffic-free with winding alleyways and treelined streets. This evening enjoy a scenic boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola with a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort and Spa

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Start this morning’s City Tour with a visit to the City Palace complex which consists of four major and several minor palaces, forming a single breathtaking façade of almost 900 meters in length overlooking Lake Pichola. Visit the City Palace which is the oldest part of the complex dating back to the 16th century and has been converted into a museum. Later wander through the markets and bazaars to get a feel for the city and perhaps take the opportunity to purchase a sari. Visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651, ornamented with excellent carvings and a bronze figure of the Garuda. Proceed to the Garden of the Maids of the Honour constructed in the early 18th century which was used as a venue for royal parties. After lunch in a local restaurant,

Bay of Bengal enjoy some free time or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB, L)

A Day 11 Udaipur – Mumbai (2 Nights)

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival begin your City Tour with an orientation drive around the city. Visit Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai and a Cultural Insight, the ‘dhobi’ is a traditional laundryman, who will collect dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed. Travel along Marine Drive and Nariman Point before arriving at Mani Bhawan, a memorial dedicated to this legendary freedom fighter of India. See the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a historic railway station listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the busiest railway stations in India. Check in to your hotel and later this afternoon continue with your City Tour. See Mumbai’s principal landmark, the Gateway of India, a huge archway on the water’s edge. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum which showcases ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. Later enjoy a walk through the famous Crawford Market which was named after Bombay’s first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. (BB) Hotel: Fariyas

Day 12 Mumbai

This morning take a boat trip across Mumbai Harbor to see the rock-cut temples on Gharapuri, better known as Elephanta Island; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island was renamed Elephanta by the Portuguese after the huge carved elephant they found near the shore when they landed there. The labyrinth of cave temples represents some of India’s most impressive temple carvings. The main Shiva-dedicated temple is an intriguing latticework of courtyards, halls, pillars and shrines. This afternoon return to your hotel and have some free time for last minute shopping or take part in an Optional Experience. This evening join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Depart Mumbai

Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Visas are required for India, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice. Flights: Prices include internal airfare and taxes for flight: Udaipur to Mumbai and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Learn about the work being done by the Salaam Baalak Trust in the rehabilitation of street children and how your visit helps to support this.

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Covering all the ‘musts’, from Colombo’s city sights to the Lion Rock, Temple of the Tooth and Udawalawe National Park, this trip also reveals many Sri Lankan surprises.

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Your included sights • City Tour of Colombo and walking tour of Galle Fort • Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple in Colombo, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and the Udawalawe National Park

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Enjoy traditional Sri Lankan hospitality at a family home in the village of Katugastota. • Cultural Insight Sample local snacks in Colombo, a dance lesson in the village of Habarana, learn to become a tea taster at a local estate. • Authentic Accommodation In Colombo, stay at one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which started out as a Dutch villa and was a meeting place for gentlemen of the colonial era. • Local Specialist in Udawalawe and the villages of Habarana, Katugastota and Hakgala. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… passing hill stations and plantations on a train journey deep into Sri Lanka’s tea country, before plucking fresh tea leaves and learning the art of ‘tasting’ at a Ceylon Tea factory. And feeling the warm hit of local spices as you enjoy lunch with a local family in Katugastota.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Colombo (2 Nights)

Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Colombo Airport transfer to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

A Day 2 Colombo Sightseeing

Begin your City Tour this morning at Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya; one of the most sacred Buddhist worshiping places in Sri Lanka. Marvel at its eastern architecture, remarkable frescoes and learn of the many legends that surround this religious site. See the Old Parliament House, the Town Hall and Independence Square before making a stop at the oldest Hindu Kovil in Colombo, Sri Kailawasanthan Swami Devasthanam. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax, explore further or take part in an Optional Experience. Later see a different and more charming side of Colombo as you drive around the city by ‘tuk tuk’. Make a stop to sample some local snacks and experience the flavours and spices of Ceylon, a Cultural Insight, before returning to your hotel. (BB)

A Day 3 Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights)

This morning get a deeper insight into a rather simpler lifestyle as you leave the city behind and head for the village of Horakelle. Take a walk around a tranquil garden surrounded by a coconut plantation, spices and fruit trees. A bit later meet a local villager and assist in preparing lunch, a Cultural Insight. Then continue on to your next destination the Cultural Triangle whose enchanting sites date back to the 4th century B.C. En route discover the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, part of a

complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town and is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. It is renowned for its unique sculptures and the largest mural paintings. Later check into your hotel. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Aliya Resort and Spa

Day 4 Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing This morning make an early start to avoid the heat of the day and visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress from the 5th Century which dominates the jungle from all sides. Choose to climb to the top of ‘Lion Rock’ or just go up halfway to the ‘Lions Paw’. Alternatively for anyone not feeling energetic take a stroll around the gardens at the base and admire the scenery. A bit later enjoy breakfast before continuing to Polonnaruwa which was once the site of Sri Lanka’s second medieval capital. The landscape is studded with sites of wellpreserved archaeological importance. Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB)

A Day 5 Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights)

This morning your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight experiences in the village of Habarana. Choose between taking part in a traditional folklore dance lesson with a Local Specialist or visit a forest hermitage to see the dwelling of a Buddhist monk and learn about the art of meditation. Continue your journey on to Kandy and on arrival check in to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax or go out and explore the city with a walk around the lake or a visit to a local market. This evening visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. At dusk observe a religious service (pooja) accompanied by traditional music and drumming. (BB) Hotel: Suisse

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This morning depart the hotel by tuk-tuk and travel to the village of Katugastota to meet a Local Specialist, a senior from the village who will demonstrate how to play a beat or two on the ‘Beraya’ (a traditional drum). Ancient sources reveal that these drums were used for special occasions and have become an integral part of life in Buddhist Temples. Next take a walk through the village to the home of a local family for a special Be My Guest lunch. The family lives in a small traditional house built in the late 1950’s with a Kandyan style garden which has many spice trees planted for their own personal use. The staple food of Sri Lanka is rice and this is eaten for lunch with a combination of spicy curries. Engage in conversation with the family to learn all about local life in the village; they have some great stories to tell! Later return to Kandy for a free afternoon and evening. (BB, BG)

A Day 7 Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara

Eliya This morning travel by train through Sri Lanka’s tea country to Gampola, a fabulous way to see the hill villages and to observe the daily lives of the local people. See how Ceylon tea is made and gain an insight into becoming a discerning tea taster on a Tea Factory tour, a Cultural Insight. Learn the art of picking the tender tea shoots which is generally referred to as ‘plucking’. Take part in a tea plucking competition; it is not as easy as it looks but is great fun! For lunch enjoy a Regional Meal of ‘lamprais’, rice boiled in stock accompanied by curry and baked in a banana leaf in the oven. Continue to Nuwara Eliya, dubbed the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’ and located in the misty hills of the island. The colonial atmosphere remains preserved and it resembles a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows. (BB, RM, D) Hotel: Grand

A Day 8 Nuwara Eliya – Udawalawe

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save the ‘Loris’, one of Sri Lanka’s mystical creatures that only comes out at night. It is a slender animal with slow and precise movements that spends most of its life in trees. This will be followed by a short session conducted by a Local Specialist to learn more about this beautiful yet rather exceptional creature and how it is threatened by the destruction of its habitat and the importance of protecting it. From here continue to Udawalawe National Park, home to scenic landscapes and rare wildlife. Tour the park by jeep and observe the animals in their natural habitat. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Day 9 Udawalawe – Galle

This morning visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Born Free Foundation it is a halfway house that cares for wounded adult elephants and orphaned baby elephants. Continue to another UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle. Old Galle is a unique example of a preserved 17th century colonial fortress. This afternoon take part in a walking tour of Galle Fort with its bustling community within the great ramparts, massive bastions, pepper pot towers and narrow streets that display its Dutch heritage. Peep through frangipani filled courtyards at houses, galleries and shops selling antiques, spices, pictures and hand-woven sarongs. Free time this evening to relax or explore further. (BB) Hotel: Jetwing Lighthouse

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Visas are required for Sri Lanka, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

#TrafalgarCares Learn about the work being done at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which cares for wounded adult elephants and orphaned baby elephants until they are ready to be returned to the wild.

Day 10 Galle – Colombo

This morning relax at the hotel, stroll around the town and do some last minute shopping or take part in an Optional Experience. Later transfer back to Colombo and this evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests. (BB, FD) Hotel: Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

Day 11 Depart Colombo

Transfer to Colombo Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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Secrets of Myanmar

Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Inle Lake: the must-see sights, rich culture and ancient traditions of Myanmar are revealed on this in-depth trip. be the longest teak bridge in the world. In Mandalay visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and observe local male devotees applying gold leaf to the spectacular Buddha image. Later stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces by Local Specialists. From here, continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname ‘the world’s largest book’. Afterwards, visit the beautiful, teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive the World War II bombing. (BB, L) Hotel: Sedona

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Your included sights • City Tour of Yangon • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Caves of Po Win Daug and Thanboddhay Pagoda in Monywa and Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan • Cruise along the Ayeyarwady River • See Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, ‘leg rowers’ - the Intha fishermen at Inle Lake

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Dining experience with a local family. • Cultural Insight Visit a nunnery, see Kalaga tapestries and gold leaf being made, learn about Thanaka; a traditional cosmetic, visit a local market and see the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people at Inle Lake. • Local Specialist in Pakkoku, Bagan and Inle Lake. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… watching golden rays reflect off Shwedagon Pagoda, as you join local people at sunset for a traditional lamp lighting ceremony. And getting to know three generations of the same family in Bagan, as you savor a delicious home-cooked meal together.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Yangon (2 Nights)

Welcome to Myanmar. Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Kandawgyi Palace

Day 2 Yangon Sightseeing

This morning, begin your walking tour of Yangon in the colonial heart of the city. See the City Hall, the former Immigration Department, the High Court and the red brick General Post Office before continuing to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901, for a well-earned refreshment. Later take the opportunity to try ‘Mohinga’ for lunch at one of Yangon’s latest Tea Houses. It is considered to be Myanmar’s National dish; a fish broth with noodles served with various accompaniments. In the afternoon meet the students and teachers at a local monastic school before visiting the nearby Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda with its huge sitting Buddha. Return to the hotel to relax before an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take part in an oil lamp lighting ceremony before enjoying the sunset over the glistening pagoda. Later return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (BB, L)

A Day 3 Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (2 Nights) This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for the short domestic flight to Mandalay. Visit Sagaing; the hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Proceed to a nunnery for lunch alongside the nuns who live there, a Cultural Insight. Next drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on the U Bein Bridge, which is believed to

Day 4 Mandalay – Free Time - River Cruise - Mingun - Mandalay Enjoy some free time and in the afternoon, board your own private boat and cruise up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Enjoy the peaceful scenery passing by on either shore and observe the small longtail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries going up and down the river. On arrival visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tonnes is the world’s largest ringing bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful white Hsinbyume Paya, which rises in seven terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt. Meru. See the unfinished but mighty Mingun Pagoda, which was built to be the world’s largest but never completed due to local superstition. Later cruise downriver back to Mandalay. (BB) Day 5 Mandalay – Monywa

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along quiet roads to the town of Monywa. After lunch in a local restaurant cross the Chindwin River to visit the sandstone caves in the Po Win Hills, named after a famous alchemist who once lived here. The numerous caves are richly decorated and full of Buddhist statues and murals, which are thought to date from between the 14th and 18th centuries. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features many caves and temples carved out from the surrounding volcanic rocks and filled with ancient Buddha images. Later return to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Win Unity

A Day 6 Monywa – Pakkoku – River Cruise - Bagan (2 Nights) This morning visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda, the richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Next, drive to Pakkoku, an unspoilt village famous for its tobacco trade and many small family run businesses producing a variety of goods, such as traditional Burmese slippers, checked cotton blankets, paper mâché animals and dolls and wood carvings. Take a stroll around the village, visit several of these workshops and stop off at a cheroot maker’s to observe a Local Specialist making cigars. Visit a small market selling Thanaka, a yellowish-white traditional cosmetic made from ground bark, a Cultural Insight. It is seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of the local people. Later take a private boat and cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to

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A Day 7 Bagan Today visit the most important of the 2200 pagodas and temples which are dotted in and around Bagan. Visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See the 13th century frescoes adorning the corridors and walls of the Gubyaukgyi ‘Cave’ Temple before visiting Taung Bi village. In the afternoon, continue to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Learn from a Local Specialist how lacquerware is produced in one of Bagan’s famous workshops. Later see the sunset at Bu Paya Pagoda before enjoying a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home. (BB, BG) Day 8 Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake

(2 Nights) This morning fly to Heho. On arrival continue on to Nyaungshwe and board your private long-tail boat for the journey to Inle Lake. Take a scenic trip across the lake to Indein passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts. Disembark at the jetty and walk through Indein village to reach the 14th-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. A covered walkway popular with handicraft sellers leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18th century zedi, some of which have been newly reconstructed. Later travel by boat downstream to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. (BB, D) Hotel: Novotel Inle Lake

A Day 9 Inle Lake This morning make an early start to visit a local market which offers a Cultural Insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit the market to sell and buy goods. Travel by boat across the lake, its calm waters dotted with floating

vegetation and fishing boats, to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the area. See the lake’s unique leg rowers, Intha fishermen, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Then, participate in a hands-on cooking class with a Local Specialist. Select your own vegetables from the organic herb garden and prepare various traditional dishes which you’ll later enjoy for lunch. This afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to visit a vineyard for winetasting or take a guided village walk to see local people making rice crackers and fishing nets. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

In the morning transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and proceed to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. Enjoy some free time at the hotel and later perhaps take a stroll around Bogyoke Aung San Market to buy some last minute souvenirs. The market was named in honour of Myanmar’s national leader who was assassinated in 1947 but many people still refer to it as Scott’s Market, its original name. For your last evening in Myanmar enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. (BB, FD) Hotel: Kandawgyi Palace

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Local Market visit on day 9 not included due to operational reasons.

BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $311 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Heho and Heho to Yangon and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are required for Myanmar, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 11 Depart Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)

#TrafalgarCares Oil Lamp Ceremony, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon You’ll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony with the locals at sunset and learn how your participation helps fund the pagoda’s upkeep.

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KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception L Lunch BB Buffet Breakfast D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Highlights of Vietnam

Visit Vietnam in one fascinating trip: the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and the monolithic islands of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City Tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City • Cruise around Halong Bay and along the Perfume River in Hue • See Red Beach in Danang

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest lunch at the historic home of a local family in Hue. • Cultural Insight Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, enjoy a water puppet performance, watch local pottery artisans at work, learn about the ancient Champa civilization, see the colorful market stands of Hoi An, visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam. • Authentic Accommodation on a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat in Halong bay. • Local Specialist in Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… rolling up your sleeves and joining local farmers in the vegetable fields surrounding Tra Que village, and meeting the family at Ngoc Son Garden House, as they share its royal history over local delicacies.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (2 Nights)

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Melia Hanoi

A Day 2 Hanoi Sightseeing

Start the day with a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. A short walk from here is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, a Cultural Insight, where he lived intermittently between 1958 and 1969. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture. After lunch enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to embrace the bustling local life. In the evening, see a traditional water puppet performance, a Cultural Insight. This northern Vietnamese art form beautifully illustrates scenes of rural life and natural history. (BB, L)

A Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board your Authentic Accommodation, a traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Mid afternoon visit Vung Vieng fishing village by rowing boat, to get a closer look into the lives of the local fishermen. Drop anchor later in the evening for a Regional Meal and a peaceful overnight stay. (BB, L, RM) Hotel: Bhaya Cruise Authentic Accommodation

A Day 4 Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (2 Nights) Begin your day as the locals do during a morning T’ai Chi class with a Local Specialist, on the deck of the traditional Junk boat. Then explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. Return to the boat to indulge in a delectable brunch as you continue cruising amongst the islands. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi, stopping at the Dong Trieu Ceramic factory, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy early dinner; a delicious Regional Meal at Thanh Chuong Palace, an architectural gem. Continue to Hanoi Airport for your evening flight to Hue, and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. (BB, RM) Hotel: Imperial A Day 5 Hue Sightseeing

Start from your hotel with a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. From here drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, it is an amazing sight. Then take a local dragon boat trip along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son for a Be My Guest lunch. It is one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue and although no longer owned by royalty the current owners have maintained it largely in its original form. Chat with a family member to get a glimpse of their life in this historic house and enjoy lunch prepared by the family. This afternoon enjoy some free time or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB, BG)

A Day 6 Hue – Danang – Hoi An (3 Nights) This morning depart Hue and drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass stopping en-route at

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Red Beach where American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the war before continuing to Danang. On arrival visit the Cham museum, a Cultural Insight, to learn about the ancient Champa civilization. Continue to the ancient town of Hoi An and your resort hotel. This afternoon join a Vietnamese cooking class including a boat trip to the schools location on the banks of the An Hoa River and learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. After the class take the opportunity to savor the dishes you have prepared for your own Regional Meal. The rest of the evening is yours to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town. (BB, RM) Hotel: Royal Hoi  An

A Day 7 Hoi An Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Today this ancient UNESCO World Heritage designated town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets, narrow lanes and a colorful market, a Cultural Insight. See the old merchants houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Later visit Tra Que Organic Village for a Cultural Insight. Spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines, before indulging in a relaxing foot massage. After lunch return to Hoi An for the rest of the day and evening at leisure. (BB, RM)

A Day 8 Hoi An Free Time

This morning enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or explore Hoi An further. In the afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour (subject to weather conditions) to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net. (BB)

Day 9 Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh

City (3 Nights) This morning, fly to Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival enjoy some

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free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant; a non profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. Meet a senior staff member who will explain more about the work of KOTO and enjoy a meal served by some of the senior trainees who are on their internship within the training program. Next transfer to Dong Khoi Street for the start of a walking tour. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Conclude the day at Ben Thanh market before arriving at your centrally located riverside hotel this evening. (BB, L) Hotel: Renaissance Riverside

A Day 10 Mekong Delta

Today take a day trip to My Tho situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Transfer to a small sampan boat and discover the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialties. Take a short walk along village roads to visit the house of a former soldier, a Local Specialist who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper and have some fascinating stories to tell. Later return to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure. (BB, RM)

A Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City Free time

Today is a free day to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace or to join an Optional Experience to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This evening join your fellow travelers for a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Cultural Insight followed by your Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 12 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

This morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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25 Oct Wed

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29 Nov Wed

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BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $272 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $136 p.p. SAVE up to $68 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $130 Triple room discount $0 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Hanoi to Hue and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are generally required for Vietnam but please contact your travel agent for more information. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closed September to mid November.

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Bhaya Luxury Junk boat. Stay and dine onboard Bhaya Cruises’ traditionally built Authentic Accommodation, as you float among the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay. These junk boats were developed during the Han Dynasty and were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD.

Why not explore further? Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia: Delve deeper into the culture of this region by extending your trip to see the unmissable sights of Cambodia. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Angkor Wat supported with the knowledge of a renowned Khmer scholar, a Local Specialist. See details on pages 38 & 39.

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

Taking you inside the sights and stories of two of Asia’s most fascinating nations, you’ll also step beyond museums and monuments, like Angkor Wat, to visit places and people off the tourist trail.

Pak Ou Caves, Laos

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City Tour of Phnom Penh and walking tours of Siem Reap Old Town • Visit Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Terrace of the Elephants, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Artisans d’Angkor in Siem Reap and Wat Xiengthong, the Royal Palace Museum, Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest dinner with a local family in a village near Luang Prabang. • Cultural Insight Khmer Cooking Class and market visit. • Authentic Accommodation Stay at a historical house in Luang Prabang. • Local Specialist in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… tasting the true flavors of Asia as you rustle up Khmer classics in your cookery class in Siem Reap, stop off for a home-cooked Lao dinner with a local family near Luang Prabang, and visit the home of ‘lao lao’ whiskey, Ban Muang Keo village.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Phnom Penh (2 Nights)

Welcome to Cambodia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and relax before later meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Sokha Phnom Penh

A Day 2 Phnom Penh Sightseeing

Your included City Tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to Wat Phnom to discover the legend of Lady Penh. Next head to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Continue with a visit to the National Museum, which houses a collection of Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. In the afternoon learn more about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years starting with a visit to Tuol Sleng. Formerly a high school, then a notorious security prison and now a museum depicting the terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge. Next head to Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. Spend the evening at leisure. (BB)

Day 3 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

(4 Nights) Have a relaxing morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor. Later explore the city on a walking tour. Visit the Old Market and capture a sense of local culture and lifestyle. See the range of colorful fruit, vegetables and spices on the market stalls. In the evening prepare to be entertained and moved at the Phare Circus with a beautifully choreographed performance reflecting Cambodian lives and society. (BB) Hotel: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

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A Day 4 Angkor Wat and Siem

Reap Sightseeing This morning visit the famous and spectacular religious monument of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Khmer scholar will be your Local Specialist and will bring to life the various stories contained in the reliefs and murals of the elaborately carved hallways of Angkor Wat. Later on, your choice of activities is a visit to the National Museum for an indepth insight into the history of Cambodia, or a visit to a silk farm to learn about traditional silk making techniques. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience. (BB)

A Day 5 Angkor and Siem Reap

Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom with its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. See the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King would welcome back his victorious army. Return to Siem Reap for a cooking class, a Cultural Experience. First visit the market to learn about cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions before continuing to a local restaurant to learn how to prepare and cook various Khmer specialties under the guidance of the chef. After the class enjoy your creations with a dinner of your personally prepared food. (BB, RM)

Day 6 Angkor and Kompheim village

This morning visit Banteay Srei Temple; the red sandstone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, whose delicate carvings of the 10th century have been remarkably well preserved. Return to the hotel and after a short break, drive through the countryside to Kompheim village. It is a typical Khmer village surrounded by rice fields with a

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pagoda and village school. Learn about the HUSK NGO Program, which works with communities to help improve the lives of the local families. Spend the evening relaxing or take part in an Optional experience. (BB)

A Day 7 Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

(4 Nights) Visit Wat Damnak, one of the most beautiful pagodas in town and take part in a private blessing ceremony where a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect against evil spirits. Later visit Artisans d’Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school, which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, whilst at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival meet your Travel Director and transfer to your hotel. Dinner this evening is a typical Lao meal at the hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Villa Maly Authentic Accommodation

A Day 8 Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an outstanding example of the fusion of Lao and colonial architecture. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and the so-called ‘Temple of the Golden City’; Wat Xiengthong, before heading to the riverside for a relaxing cruise in a long-tail boat up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Pass by typical Laotian villages and wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the caves which house thousands of Buddha images ranging from mere centimeters to two meters in height. Cruise back to town making a stop en route at Ban Muang Keo village for a Cultural Insight. The village is famous for producing ‘lao-lao’, (Laotian whiskey) as well as having a thriving weaving industry. (BB, L)

A Day 9 Luang Prabang Sightseeing

For the early risers wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. Then watch the town come to life during

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a visit to the bustling morning market. Followed by a climb up the steps of Mount Phousi to admire the wonderful views of the Mekong and Khan rivers, as well as the surrounding mountain ranges before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travelers for a visit to the Friends Visitor Center, to learn about the work done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children which is a local non-profit community project. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon or choose to take part in an Optional Experience. This evening travel to a nearby village for a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home and learn all about their lifestyle whilst enjoying a meal of local specialties. (BB, BG)

Day 10 Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning drive south to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the Kuang Si Waterfall. Stop en route at Phou Si market to observe locals trading in fresh produce and at the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Center for a demonstration of their work. On arrival see the bears at the Asian Bear Rescue Center before taking a leisurely walk through the national park towards the main fall which has a 60 meter (200 ft) cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream and is a spectacular sight. Later return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join in an Optional Experience. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Lao-inspired Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 11 Depart Luang Prabang

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)

BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $288 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

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^ For your chance to save, book by:

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Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $144 p.p. SAVE up to $72 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $130 Triple room discount $120 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Siem Reap to Luang Prabang and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are required for Cambodia and Laos, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

#TrafalgarCares At the Friends Visitor Center in Luang Prabang learn how your visit helps support the work being done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children. At Ock Pop Tok, a Lao based social enterprise, learn about their mission to elevate the profile of locally produced textiles and to increase economic opportunities for the artisans.

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Hotel Villa Maly, Luang Prabang: Stay at a historical house built by the royal family in 1938. Princess Vanthatmaly built the residence as a family home which it remained until 1994.

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Highlights of Vietnam with Cambodia

Discover Vietnam’s famous highlights on this fascinating trip, which also reveals Cambodia’s ancient Khmer culture and mystical Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

The Trafalgar difference

Whether it’s hand-picked hotels or inspiring Optional Experiences, we craft amazing trips. That’s why our review ratings are so good. See for yourself our independent guest reviews through Feefo at www.trafalgar.com/reviews

Your included sights • As per the Highlights of Vietnam itinerary plus: • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d’Angkor, Wat Damnak, and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei

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As per Highlights of Vietnam plus: Cultural Insight Artisans D’Angkor training school. Local Specialist in Angkor Wat. Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… witnessing the wild beauty of Angkor Wat and the Ta Prohm temple as you explore with a passionate expert, and receiving a personal blessing from monks at the Buddhist monastery of Wat Damnak.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 to Day 11 Vietnam

These days will operate as per days 1-11 of the Highlights of Vietnam itinerary on pages 34-35.

Day 12 Arrive Siem Reap (3 Nights)

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. (BB) Hotel: Tara Angkor

A Day 13 Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

Sightseeing This morning, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Khmer Scholar Local Specialist. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat, as the Khmer Empire is brought to life through the scholar’s explanations, of the various stories contained in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant, before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, whilst at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple,

and receive a special blessing from one of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market and be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods, as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. In the evening perhaps take an Optional Experience sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap’s famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake. (BB, L)

Day 14 Angkor Sightseeing and

Free Time Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening complete your trip in style with a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing. (BB, FD)

Day 15 Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast, transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include a 20% discount on our standard single supplement.

BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $326 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $163 p.p. SAVE up to $81 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $150 Triple room discount $0 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. Siem Reap market

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are required for Vietnam and Cambodia, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Artisans D’Angkor, Siem Reap You’ll explore the workshops and discover how your visit helps the artisans preserve Khmer crafts and create jobs for young people in rural areas.

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Treasures of Thailand

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the lush forests of Kanchanaburi and ancient traditions of Chiang Mai, on this in-depth exploration of Thailand.

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Your included sights • City Tour of Bangkok and Chiang Mai • Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai Heritage Park • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Experience warm Northern Thai hospitality during a lunch with a local family in their stilt house. • Cultural Insight Learn the secrets of Thai cooking, ride a train on the bridge over the River Kwai and learn T’ai Chi. • Authentic Accommodation Relax at your charming hotel in Chiang Mai’s Old Town. • Local Specialist in Bangkok. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… easing out the stresses, with a massage at ancient Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and enjoying a northern Thai style lunch with a local family in their home, built on stilts.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok (3 Nights)

Welcome to Bangkok. Transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Royal Orchid Sheraton

A Day 2 Bangkok Sightseeing

For the early risers, start your day with a visit to Lumpini Park to join the locals and learn the basic principles of T’ai Chi, a Cultural Insight. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travelers on your City Tour, starting with a visit to Bangkok’s most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Next visit the Grand Palace, which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The most famous building in the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Afterwards visit Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple, which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous for Thailand’s first University, and is a center for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage, a Cultural Insight, in the grounds of the temple. Later cross the river to visit Wat Arun with its impressive ceramic covered pagoda. Have some free time this evening to relax or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB, L)

A Day 3 Bangkok

Today learn the secrets of traditional Thai recipes in a cooking class with a Local Specialist located in a charming Thai style house with wooden décor and furnishings.

Before the start of the class visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients. Discover the exotic fruits and vegetables found in Thailand that will be used to prepare the meal, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy the various exciting dishes you have prepared. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure or opt to join an Optional Experience. (BB, L)

A Day 4 Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi (2 Nights) Make an early start this morning to travel to the famous floating fruit and vegetable market at Damnoen Saduak and arrive there before the crowds. The colorfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. After lunch at a local restaurant head to Kanchanaburi and the Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma Railway. It was built during Second World War under very difficult conditions and said to have resembled hell on earth. Then transfer to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Dheva Mantra A Day 5 Kanchanaburi Sightseeing

After a leisurely morning visit the ThailandBurma Railway Museum, a facility dedicated to presenting the history of the famous railway line. It was built during the second world war by the Imperial Japanese army, using Allied prisoners of war alongside Asian labourers. Visit the War Cemetary, the final resting place for over 6,000 Allied prisoners before reaching the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch board the train for your Cultural Insight, a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic

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scenery along the Kwai River. Dinner this evening is in a local restaurant. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai (2 Nights) After breakfast leave Kanchanaburi heading north towards Sukhothai, the ancient capital city of Old Siam. On the way visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya which was the 2nd most important ancient capital of Old Siam, built after the fall of Sukhothai. Visit the remains of this historic city founded in 1350, which was one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global commerce. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and continue your journey through the beautiful Thai countryside to Sukhothai. This evening during dinner experience an authentic Thai cultural dance in an open-air theater at the hotel. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Legendha Sukhothai Resort

A Day 7 Sukhothai Sightseeing

Start the day with a visit to the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the other, much larger ancient capital of Thailand founded in 1238. See thousands of years of history in this extensive and elaborate park and find the temple with the 15 meter seated Buddha secreted away amongst the trees. Your choice of exploring the large area by bicycle or on the internal tram which services the historical park. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the village of Natonchan where the community started an eco-tourism project. Interact with the local people, meet one of the elders to learn about doll making and the typical ‘mud soaked clothes’ worn by the villagers, a Cultural Insight. The local woven cotton clothes are soaked in mud to make them waterproofed and excellent for working in the fields. Later return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (BB, L)

A Day 8 Sukhothai – Chiang Mai (3 Nights) Depart early this morning with a stop at the unique temple of Wat Prathat Lampang Luang built on the site of an 8th century

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fortification that guarded the routes to Lampang. The temple has been preserved in it’s original state from the 15th century, whereas many Thai temples have been renovated to conform to modernity. Stop for a visit at a local market before continuing to your Be My Guest experience in a typical stilt house where the family will welcome you for a northern Thai style lunch. Continue to Chiang Mai and check in at the hotel. Later visit Wat Doi Suthep one of Thailand’s most sacred temples and observe the chanting of the monks at sunset; a magical experience. This evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace. (BB, BG) Hotel: De Naga Authentic Accommodation

A Day 9 Chiang Mai Sightseeing

This morning meet the kids and teachers at a local school before continuing with a city tour of Chiang Mai. Visit the temple of Wat Suan Dok and take part in a talk with a local monk about Buddhism, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy a cyclo ride around the old city walls which are still mostly intact. This afternoon enjoy some free time for shopping, exploring further or alternatively participate in an Optional Experience - the choice is yours. (BB)

Day 10 Chiang Mai Free Time –

Sightseeing Spend the morning at leisure or choose to join an Optional Experience. Later visit the handicraft villages in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai, which has long been known as the heart of the handicraft industry. Many of Thailand’s major producers are here and all the traditional crafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found. This evening have a delightful Farewell Dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant. (BB, FD)

Day 11 Depart Chiang Mai

Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $293 p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great UP TO

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $146 p.p. SAVE up to $73 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $130 Triple room discount $35 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Visas are generally not required for Thailand but please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

Why not explore further? Treasures of Thailand with The Golden Triangle: Stay in Chiang Rai, visit a genuine hilltribe village and take a boat ride on the Mekong River to Laos. Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia: Discover more about Khmer history and culture whilst exploring Angkor Wat. See pages 42 and 43.

#TrafalgarCares Primary school visit, Chiang Mai Discover how the school helps integrate local children with those of the Hmong and Lahu hill tribes. Your visit also helps provide essential supplies.

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Promising all of Thailand’s treasured sights, from Bangkok’s markets to the Bridge over the River Kwai, this extended trip also journeys into the legendary Golden Triangle.

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 to Day 10

These days will operate as per days 1-10 of the Treasures of Thailand itinerary on pages 40-41.

A Day 11 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

(3 Nights) Depart this morning for Chiang Rai and en route visit an Ahka village, a Cultural Insight. The Akha are known for their bright headdresses and are among the poorest of Thailand’s ethnic minorities. Visit Doi Tung a pilgrimage site for Thai, Shan and Chinese Buddhists and once a cultivating site for opium. The Doi Tung Development Project was initiated by the late Princess Mother of Thailand to help the struggling local people to educate and empower themselves to be economically self-reliant. Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped flower garden at the villa. Make a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun before continuing to Chiang Rai and your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB, L) Hotel: The Legend

Today start the day with a City Tour of Chiang Rai visiting some of its amazing sights like the Clock Tower and Wat Phra Kaew. Afterwards visit the little known village of Banyafu where the houses are made of wood and bamboo and the Lahu hilltribe people live their lives according to their traditions, a Cultural Insight. (BB, L)

A Day 13 Chiang Rai

This morning visit Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Lanna Kingdom. Travel by boat on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. After lunch visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, which provides an excellent Cultural Insight into the opium trade, so prevalent in this area over the past century. Later return to your hotel in Chiang Rai. (BB, L)

Day 14 Depart Chiang Rai

Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

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A Day 12 Chiang Rai

savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Visas are generally not required for Thailand but please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

Your included sights As per the Treasures of Thailand itinerary plus: City Tour of Chiang Rai See the Clock Tower in Chiang Rai Visit the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun, the village of Banafu, Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai and the Don Sao Island Market in Laos

• As per the Treasures of Thailand itinerary plus: • Cultural Insight See the Akha and Lahu hilltribe people, visit the Doi Tung Development Project and the Hall of Opium. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception L Lunch BB Buffet Breakfast D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining

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Day 1 to Day 10 Thailand

These days will operate as per days 1-10 of the Treasures of Thailand itinerary on pages 40-41.

Day 11 Chiang Mai – Siem Reap

(3 Nights) Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Have some free time this afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. (BB) Hotel: Tara Angkor

A Day 12 Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

Sightseeing This morning, visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important religious monuments in the world, with a renowned Khmer Scholar as your Local Specialist. Take a stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat as the Khmer Empire is brought to life through the scholar’s explanations of the various stories contained in each of the bas reliefs and murals. Next head to Banteay Srei temple which is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. Made of red sand-stone, its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation. Make a stop for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant before taking a guided walk around the fascinating corners of the Old Town of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, for a Cultural Insight into the training school and shop which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas, whilst at the same time reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. Cross picturesque Siem Reap River to Wat Damnak, a living temple, and receive a special blessing from one

of the monks, which includes the tying of a blessed string around the wrist. Walk back across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Old Market. Be lead through the maze of undercover stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and household goods, as well as an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs. In the evening perhaps take an Optional Experience sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see Siem Reap’s famous floating village and to observe the lifestyle of the people living on the lake. (BB, L)

Day 13 Angkor Sightseeing and Free Time Start the day with a visit to two other UNESCO listed sites - Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and its centrepiece, the Bayon Temple. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army. Next head to the picturesque temple of Ta Prohm which was used as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. The magnificent tree roots have merged with the temple remains over the years, giving the feeling of a forgotten city. Return to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional Apsara Dancing. (BB, FD) Day 14 Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)

#TrafalgarCares Artisans D’Angkor, Siem Reap You’ll explore the workshops and discover how your visit helps the artisans preserve Khmer crafts and create jobs for young people in rural areas.

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p.p. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20 & 21.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

12 Jan 2017 save 10% 28 Feb 2017 save 7.5% 27 Apr 2017 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $169 p.p. SAVE up to $84 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $160 Triple room discount $60 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices includes internal airfare and tax for flight: Chiang Mai to Siem Reap (via Bangkok) and is accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are generally not required for Thailand but are required for Cambodia, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

Your included sights • As per the Treasures of Thailand itinerary plus: • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap Old Town, Artisans d’Angkor, Wat Damnak and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei

Your Insider Experiences • As per Treasures of Thailand plus: • Local Specialist in Angkor Wat. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

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Classic China

China’s must-see cities – eclectic Beijing, buzzing Shanghai and historic Xi’an – are mixed with its must-do experiences, like cruising down the iconic Huangpu River by night.

Great Wall of China

The Trafalgar difference

Whether it’s hand-picked hotels or inspiring Optional Experiences, we craft amazing trips. That’s why our review ratings are so good. See for yourself our independent guest reviews through Feefo at www.trafalgar.com/reviews

Your included sights • City Tour of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi’an • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats • See local people practicing T’ai Chi in the morning

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family. • Cultural Insight Indulge in a foot massage and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making. • Local Specialist in Xi’an and Shanghai. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… dashing through the ancient Hutongs by rickshaw. Arriving at a local family’s home, you’ll be invited in to savor a delicious home-cooked meal, served up with stories of everyday life in this historic part of Beijing.

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Beijing (4 Nights)

Welcome to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetizers. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Peace

Day 2 Beijing Sightseeing

Begin your visit to this great capital city by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas, Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Great Monument to the People’s Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 180 acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens. It served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch continue to another UNESCO Heritage site - the stunning Temple of Heaven, visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Regional Meal - a must during any visit to Beijing. (BB, L, RM)

Day 3 Beijing and the Great Wall

Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century, to defend against nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Walk the Sacred Way to the remnants of the Ming Tombs, the oncelavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Both places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. (BB, L)

A Day 4 Free Time - Beijing Sightseeing Spend the morning at leisure, before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences. Stop at the home of a local family for a delicious Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine followed by a visit to a charming tea house, where a Local Specialist prepares and serves tea, whilst explaining the historic tea making ritual. This afternoon indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Cultural Insight, at the Foot Reflexology Center. (BB, BG) Day 5 Beijing – Xi’an (2 Nights)

This morning fly to the city of Xi’an. Later visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks and one of the Silk Road UNESCO listed sites. (BB) Hotel: Sheraton North City

Day 6 Xi’an Sightseeing

During term-time, meet the children and teachers at a local primary school. Perhaps learn a few words of Chinese from the kids who in turn will be happy to practice their English. Afterwards, visit the legendary army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For lunch enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Chinese noodles and later continue with a visit to a Jade factory. (BB, L)

A Day 7 Xi’an – Shanghai (3 Nights)

This morning your choice of activities gives you the chance to participate in a T’ai Chi Class, with a skilled Local Specialist, or take a cycle tour around part of the ancient City Wall of Xi’an. Continue on to a local restaurant for a Cultural Insight; watch a demonstration in the art of making dumplings, and afterwards enjoy sampling these for lunch. There are 21

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A Day 8 Shanghai Sightseeing

With a Local Specialist, take a stroll along Shanghai’s famous ‘Bund’, the city’s renowned waterfront, lined with former colonial buildings and modern sky-scrapers. Learn how marshland was turned into one of the most important trading hubs in the modern world. Continue to Old Shanghai, a little known treasure trove of winding streets and vibrant markets. Despite the rapid pace of development in the rest of the city, the established customs and lifestyle of this area have remained relatively unaltered. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town before continuing

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Day 9 Shanghai Free Time

Today is yours to explore Shanghai further, do some last minute shopping or take an Optional Experience to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1,700 years ago. In its heyday, Zhujiajiao was a bustling market town well known throughout the country. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing Dynasty post office can still be found when strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. In the afternoon enjoy some free time back in Shanghai before joining your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi’an and Xi’an to Shanghai and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are required for China, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Visit to a primary school, Xi’an You’ll get to know the students and teachers at this little school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.

Why not explore further? Make the most of your trip to China. Choose our exciting Treasures of China itinerary (featured on page 48) and experience the wonders of mystical Guilin and Hong Kong to follow on seamlessly from this sensational Classic China journey.

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Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu

Traveling by rail, road, river, and air, this is the ultimate cross-China adventure, filled with unforgettable moments like seeing the Great Wall, cruising the Yangtze, and meeting the pandas.

opportunity to have a bit of exercise by climbing up to the temple via the red pavilion which leans against the cliff and serves as a pathway. Return to the ship to continue enjoying the stunning scenery and your last day on board. Spend a peaceful night docked at Chongqing where the cruise finishes, ready for an early disembarkation the next day. (BB, L, D)

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 to Day 9

These days will operate as per days 1-9 of the Classic China itinerary on pages 44-45.

Day 10 Shanghai – Yichang – Yangtze Your included sights • City Tour of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Chengdu • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi’an • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai and the Yangtze River • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats • See local people practicing T’ai Chi in the morning

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family. • Cultural Insight Indulge in a foot massage and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making. • Local Specialist in Xi’an, Shanghai and Chengdu. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering an insider’s view of the Three Gorges, on a relaxing cruise of the mighty Yangtze River. And using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar to crush chilies in Chengdu, where you join a local chef to cook and taste Sichuan dishes.

River Cruise (4 Nights) Today leave Shanghai behind as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Yichang. On arrival have dinner in a local restaurant before transferring to the port to embark on your Yangtze River cruise. (BB, D) Hotel: Victoria Selina (cruise ship)

Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise

Start your morning with a leisurely cruise towards the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark for a tour around the colossal dam, which is designed to both generate power to fuel China’s economic growth and to control flooding on the Yangtze. Later observe this amazing feat of modern engineering, as you pass through its’ five level double lock system from the comfort of your ship. Witness the beautiful scenery passing on both shores as you sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and the deepest of the Three Gorges. (BB, L, D)

Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast board a sampan to see a tributary of the Yangtze River, the Shennv Stream, up close and personal. Return to the ship for lunch and for the long awaited breathtaking scenery of the most revered part of the Yangtze River - the 120km. known as the Three Gorges. (BB, L, D)

Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise

This morning take a shore excursion to visit Shibaozhai with its wooden temple on the top of a 200 meter tall cliff. Take the

(3 Nights) After breakfast disembark the cruise in Chongqing and take the high speed bullet train to Chengdu - the hometown of the giant panda and a city famous in China for its leisurely pace of living. Later visit People’s Park (also known as Renmin Park) for a stroll around and some people watching, a Cultural Insight. See how the locals spend their leisure time playing mahjong, dancing, napping in a tea-house, practicing calligraphy with water on the sidewalk, enjoying a neck massage and even having their ears cleaned. The park features several Chinese gardens, a beautiful lake, the Railway Protection Movement Monument, and local tea houses. This evening perhaps choose to take part in an Optional Experience. (BB) Hotel: Crowne Plaza

A Day 15 Chengdu Sightseeing

This morning join your Local Specialist for a visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals which was established in 1987. It’s mission is to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species which currently have a population of less than 2000. After lunch return to the city center and visit the Wide and Narrow Alleys; two parallel pedestrian streets with 45 courtyards along them. One of Chengdu’s historical and

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cultural areas which dates from the Qing Dynasty, and is today a beautifully restored upscale entertainment and nightlife area with restaurants, teahouses, and stores selling local handicrafts and other keepsakes. Later continue to Jinli Old Street to be immersed in the lively local atmosphere. The buildings are modeled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province and exhibit an ancient charm. Stroll along the narrow street to find old-world stores, each with their own unique style, selling Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, handicrafts, calligraphies and paintings of celebrities. (BB, L)

at crushing chilies into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar, view ancient kitchenware, books and manuscripts faithfully recording the history of Sichuan culinary cultures dating back more than 3,000 years. Visit Restaurant Alley to catch a glimpse into the dining experiences of the past. Also see the shrine of the Kitchen God to perhaps leave an offering before trying your hand at cooking a few of the dishes under the guidance of the chef. Enjoy eating your creations for lunch before returning to your centrally located hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax, explore further or do some last minute shopping. (BB, L)

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Your River Cruise Ship Explore the Yangtze River in style on board the Victoria Selina and stay in well-appointed outside cabins with private balconies for viewing the spectacular scenery of the gorges. The ship is fully air conditioned with facilities that include reading room, fitness area, gift shop, mini spa, copying and printing services, international cable television and internet and Wi-Fi access. Shipboard entertainment includes a range of activities linked to the culture of China such as T’ai Chi lessons, calligraphy demonstrations and lectures on Chinese history. Sail in comfort as you experience the scenery, natural history and culture of the Yangtze and at the end of the cruise enjoy the Captain’s farewell banquet.

Why not explore further? Make the most of your trip to China and add on a stay in Hong Kong which also includes a visit to the former Portuguese colony, Macau (featured on page 51).

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Treasures of China

Beijing to Hong Kong – China’s traditions, landscapes and modern icons are the focus of this trip, which ventures to Guilin, Shanghai, Xi’an and the stunning Li River.

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The Trafalgar difference

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 to Day 9

These days will operate as per days 1-9 of the Classic China itinerary on pages 44-45.

Day 10 Shanghai – Guilin (2 Nights) Your included sights • City Tour of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hong Kong • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and walk the Sacred Way in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors and City Wall in Xi’an and Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong • Cruise the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the majestic Li River and Hong Kong Harbor • View the Great Wall near Beijing and the Shanghai Acrobats • See Repulse Bay in Hong Kong

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family. • Cultural Insight Experience a foot massage and discover the traditions and techniques of dumpling making. • Local Specialist in Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong and Cheung Chau Island. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… gazing at the rice paddies and water buffalo and admiring the skill of local fishermen, as you listen to local insights on a cruise along the Li River. Or shopping for local crafts as you stroll through the colorful markets of ancient Yangshuo.

Transfer to Shanghai Airport for your flight to Guilin. On arrival, time to settle in to your hotel and later perhaps take a stroll around or relax. (BB) Hotel: Bravo

A Day 11 Guilin - Li River

Enjoy a scenic cruise with a Local Specialist along the Li River to the ancient city of Yangshuo. Cruise along the river taking in the breathtaking scenery; the stunning limestone peaks and the ever-changing rock formations. As you flow down the river, see the interesting sites littered along the bank as you pass lush rice paddies, fishermen on bamboo rafts and water buffalo. In Yangshuo, stroll through the colorful bustling markets and local street vendors. A town famous for its mystical peaks, rivers, caves and temples as well as its laid-back cafes and bars. Content from a full day of outstanding sights, relax on the journey back to Guilin. (BB, L)

Day 12 Guilin to Hong Kong (3 Nights) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. (BB) Hotel: Park

A Day 13 Hong Kong Sightseeing

This morning’s City Tour with a Local Specialist includes a thrilling tram ride on one of the world’s oldest funicular railways up to Victoria Peak, for breathtaking views over the city and the harbor. Take a sampan boat ride around Aberdeen Harbor and see the fishermen who live and work on their boats. Enjoy a Dim Sum Regional Meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Marvel at

the treasures in a gem factory before taking in the sights of picturesque Repulse Bay. Continue to Stanley Market to explore the warren of lanes and its vast assortment of market stalls. (BB, RM)

A Day 14 Hong Kong - Cheung

Chau Island Today experience the other side of Hong Kong with a Local Specialist, as they take you on a ferry ride through the vibrant harbor over to Cheung Chau Island. You’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time as you arrive on this peaceful car-free island. It is totally pedestrianized and apart from a few small police and emergency vehicles, the locals rely entirely on bicycles to get around the island. Many people commute daily to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for work and children take the ferry across every day to get to and from school. Take a leisurely walking tour of the island along the coastline and through the many narrow lanes packed with quaint little shops and roadside stalls. See the island’s working fishing fleet, beautiful sandy beaches and the intriguing Cheung Po Tsai Cave. It was believed to have been one of several hiding spots for notorious local pirate Cheung Po Tsai, who at the height of his power had a fleet of more than 270 ships. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Pak Tai Temple with its’ gold-plated woodcraft, dating from the Qing and Song Dynasties. Later return by ferry back to Hong Kong Island and transfer back to your Kowloon hotel. (BB, L)

Day 15 Depart Hong Kong

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. All prices are per person, double share. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. Please call Trafalgar for special rates. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for flights: Beijing to Xi’an, Xi’an to Shanghai, Shanghai to Guilin, Guilin to Hong Kong and are accurate as of 10th June 2016. Visas are required for China, please contact your travel agent for more information and advice.

#TrafalgarCares Visit to a primary school, Xi’an You’ll get to know the students and teachers at this little school and find out how your visit helps support their education in the local community.

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The complete Bangkok experience: from tuk tuks to a Thai massage, this riverside city stay takes you beyond the iconic sights and into the soul of Thailand’s capital.

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok (3 Nights)

Upon arrival in Bangkok, transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel. This evening you may choose to take part in an Optional Experience. Hotel: Royal Orchid Sheraton

A Day 2 Bangkok Sightseeing

Start the day with a trip to Bangkok’s most well known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue by local Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand’s first University, and is a center for traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a Thai massage in the grounds of the temple, a Cultural Insight. Continue on to visit the Grand Palace, formerly the seat of the King, his court and the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European elements as well. Brilliantly colored and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The

most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. (BB)

A Day 3 Bangkok and Damnoen

Saduak Make an early start this morning to visit the famous floating fruit and vegetable market at Damnoen Saduak and arrive there at the best time of the day before the crowds. The colorfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is a lot of chatter and bargaining is common which is all part of the fun. En route to the market make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. Return to Bangkok for an afternoon at leisure. This evening consider an optional Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful century old building. (BB)

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Trip Combinations Bangkok is a convenient gateway to many destinations in South East Asia. A visit to Bangkok can be combined with any Trafalgar Asia itinerary, for example: Secrets of Cambodia with Laos + Bangkok Highlights of Vietnam + Bangkok Secrets of Myanmar + Bangkok The possibilities are endless and it’s a great way to see more of Asia! This Bangkok program can also be booked in conjunction with any Trafalgar Australia, New Zealand or Europe itinerary.

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Hong Kong and Macau Experience

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Hong Kong and Macau Experience 4 days – 1 Country

In-depth sightseeing with an insight into two former colonies - you’ll experience the highlights of Hong Kong and Macau.

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*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Hong Kong (3 Nights)

A warm welcome to Hong Kong. On arrival transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Kowloon’s shopping, dining and commercial district. This evening perhaps take part in an Optional Experience. Hotel: Park

A Day 2 Hong Kong Sightseeing

This morning’s City Tour starts with an exciting funicular railway ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Reach the 373 meter summit by the iconic Peak Tram, which has been in operation since 1888. Take in the breathtaking views over the city and the harbor. Next stop is Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride and a close view of the fishermen who live and work on their boats, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Dim Sum Regional Meal onboard the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. For over three decades Jumbo has been the favored eating place of visitors. It has hosted dignitaries from around the world and has been featured in several movies. After lunch take a short drive to the famous Stanley Market – one of Hong Kong’s oldest settlements. Stanley is a picturesque fishing village on the southeast of Hong Kong Island. A century ago it was notorious for its pirates and smuggling activities but nowadays the village is best known for its market. Shopping in the bustling narrow lanes is always fun and there are many bargains to be found. This evening is at leisure for you to enjoy the wide choice of local restaurants and bars near your centrally located hotel. (BB, RM)

A Day 3 Hong Kong – Macau –

Hong Kong This morning take the high-speed ferry to Macau and on arrival meet a Local Specialist who will accompany you throughout the day. Macau is well known for its casinos and because it was colonized by the Portuguese for 400 years before reverting to Chinese rule in 1999, it has a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere and charm. Drive along the Guia Circuit (Grand Prix Race Track) and see the 20 meter tall statue of Kun Lam, the Goddess of Mercy. Visit the A-Ma Temple, which is one of the best examples of a Taoist temple. Legend has it that the Portuguese named the enclave A-Ma-Gao after the young and beautiful Sea Goddess who saved their ship in a storm. Go up to the Observation Deck of the Macau Tower, soaring 338 meters above the city it is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world. It dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Macau cityscape, China, the Pearl River and even some islands of Hong Kong on a clear day. After lunch visit the ruins of St. Paul’s. Dating from the 17th century all that is left of the once spectacular cathedral is the intricate stone façade at the top of a grand flight of steps. Walk through the historic Senado Square towards the crumbling Monte Fort, where several imposing cannons still remain. Take the chance to visit the Grand Emperor Casino before returning to Hong Kong by ferry. (BB, L)

Day 4 Depart Hong Kong

Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

Double Share

Triple Share

Single Supp. Option

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. When booking the Hong Kong and Macau Experience or post another Trafalgar trip, flights to/from Hong Kong are also additional. Please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Visas are generally not required for Hong Kong and Macau but please contact your travel agent for more information. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Your included sights • City Tour of Hong Kong and Macau • Visit Victoria Peak and Stanley Market in Hong Kong and the A-Ma Temple, Ruins of St Pauls and Grand Emperor Casino in Macau • View the Macau cityscape and China from the Observation Lounge of the Macau Tower

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight During a sampan ride, observe the fishermen who live and work on their boats. • Local Specialist in Macau. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

Trip Combinations Hong Kong is a convenient gateway to many destinations in South East Asia and is a seamless add-on to our China itineraries. A stay in Hong Kong, which also includes a visit to Macau, can be combined with any Trafalgar Asia itinerary, for example: Classic China + Hong Kong Secrets of Myanmar + Hong Kong The possibilities are endless and it’s a great way to see more of Asia! This Hong Kong program can also be booked in conjunction with any Trafalgar Australia, New Zealand or Europe itinerary.

KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception L Lunch BB Buffet Breakfast D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining

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Trip Style: Mini Stay

Tokyo with Mt. Fuji

A fusion of dazzling Tokyo and Japan’s serene Five Lakes District, this ‘urban-meets-rural’ trip mixes the city’s bright lights, sights and shops, with time at Mt. Fuji.

NEW 2017

Trip Style: Mini Stay

Tokyo with Mt. Fuji 4 days – 1 Country From:

$2375 (per person double share)

Includes: 3 nights’ accommodation. 3 buffet breakfasts. All transport shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 12.

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. When booking Tokyo with Mt. Fuji pre or post another Trafalgar trip, flights to/ from Tokyo are also additional Please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Visas are generally not required for Japan but please contact your travel agent for more information.

Your included sights Street scene with Japanese signs

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Welcome to Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure. Hotel: New Otani

Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning your City Tour begins with an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Tower which opened in 1958 as a broadcasting mast and at the time was the tallest building in Tokyo. Make a stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the center of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over

200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple’s second interior gate. Next drive through Akihabara which began its evolution into ‘Electric Town’ post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. Later make a stop at Ginza and take some free time for shopping and lunch. This afternoon perhaps take part in an Optional Experience. (BB)

Day 3 Mt. Fuji

After breakfast depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 meters it is Japan’s highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th Station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Later return to your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB)

• City Tour of Tokyo • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Imperial Palace Plaza and Ginza • View Mt. Fuji • See the Tokyo Tower

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Transfer by airport shuttle service to Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

Sensoji Temple

KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception L Lunch BB Buffet Breakfast D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining

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Trip Style: Mini Stay

The opulence, glamour and eclectic culture of Singapore are unveiled on this stylish stopover, from iconic Raffles hotel and Parliament House to the meaning behind the mystical Merlion.

4 days – 1 Country From:

$950 (per person double share)

Includes: 3 nights’ accommodation. 3 buffet breakfasts. All transport shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 12.

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950 995 1050 1125 950 1175 1295

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More about your trip Wi Fi: See page 58 for details. Airport transfers included. See page 57 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights accommodation see page 55. *International airfare between your gateway city and the vacation start/end city is additional. When booking the Singapore Experience pre or post another Trafalgar trip, flights to/from Singapore are also additional. Please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Visas are generally not required for Singapore but please contact your travel agent for more information. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. Merlion Park

*Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1

Day 1 Arrive Singapore (3 Nights)

Welcome to Singapore. On arrival at Singapore Changi Airport you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel, situated on the banks of the Singapore River close to the restaurants and shops of Clarke Quay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In your free time this evening perhaps take an Optional Experience and see Singapore by night with dinner in a riverside restaurant and a visit to the famous Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s very own cocktail, the Singapore Sling. Hotel: Novotel Clarke Quay

Day 2 Singapore Sightseeing

Explore stunning Singapore on a drive around the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House and the National Gallery. The Gallery consists of two national monuments – the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Make a photo stop here and view these magnificent buildings up close. Next, stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, on the drive through Chinatown. Proceed to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage

Site – the Singapore Botanic Gardens and walk through the National Orchid Garden which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchids. Let your senses come alive at Little India, as you walk past shops offering a variety of exotic fruits, joss sticks, spices, jasmine and orchid garlands. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax or explore further. (BB)

Your included sights • City Tour of Singapore • Visit Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Chinatown Complex • See the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, Parliament House and the National Gallery

A Day 3 Singapore Sightseeing

This morning start your walking tour with a visit to a wet market and watch how locals hunt for the freshest bargain. It’s no mystery why the term ‘wet’ is used as stall owners use water in the market to wash floors, to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and to keep fish and shellfish alive. Check out local favourites like century egg, black chicken and wide array of spices. Meet one of the stall holders and learn a bit about their life working on the market, a Cultural Insight. Next visit Singapore’s largest food center – Chinatown Complex for a leisurely breakfast. Your day is not complete without visiting a traditional and heritage shop for a supply of herbs, tonic and even pastries for a family tea time. End your tour on a sweet note with a sampling of local desserts. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon and evening or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB)

Day 4 Depart Singapore

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit a local wet market. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

Trip Combinations Singapore is a convenient gateway to many destinations in South East Asia. A visit to Singapore can be combined with any Trafalgar Asia itinerary, for example: Highlights of Vietnam + Singapore Secrets of Myanmar + Singapore Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia + Singapore The possibilities are endless and it’s a great way to see more of Asia! This Singapore program can be booked in conjunction with any Trafalgar Australia, New Zealand or Europe itinerary.

After breakfast take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)

KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception L Lunch BB Buffet Breakfast D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining

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OUR HOTEL PROMISE

Here’s a taste of the exciting and diverse places you stay when you travel with us. Our dedicated team searches for the right hotel for each and every night of your trip, so we can always promise the right location, real value and high quality. See page 17 and each trip itinerary page for more hotel details.

Rawla Narlai Hotel, India.

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extend your stay

Each itinerary shows the city where your vacation starts and ends. Choose how many nights you wish to extend your stay before or after your vacation and ask your Travel Agent to make the reservations when you book. Transfers are included when you extend your stay with this offer. Prices are per person per night based on twin room accommodations with private facilities. Triple rooms are available in most hotels and these are generally double rooms with an extra bed. These rooms are suitable for guests traveling with children. All prices include applicable taxes and full buffet breakfast. Check with your Travel Agent for availability. Conditions: Extra hotel nights should be booked at the time of your vacation reservation; they are subject to availability and offered only in conjunction with the vacation you are booking. Space is limited and blackout dates may apply. Hotels may be subject to change. Per person price ($) City

Hotel

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Single

CAMBODIA Phnom Penh

Twin

Triple

Sokha Phnom Penh

Jan 1, - Mar 31, Oct 1 - Dec 30 Apr 1 - Sep 30 Jan 1 - Mar 31, Oct 1 - Dec 30 Apr 1 - Sep 30

210 179 147 129

120 105 89 80

111 101 86 80

Siem Reap

Tara Angkor

CHINA Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel

Mar 1 - Aug 31 Sep 1 - Oct 31 Jun 1 - Aug 31 Mar 1 - May 31, Sep 1 - Oct 31 Jan 4 - Jan 14, Jan 28 - Feb 1, Mar 17 - Mar 31 Jan 15 - Jan 27, Feb 2 - Mar 16, Apr 1 - Apr 11, May 1 - Sep 12, Sep 20 - Oct 10, Nov 19 - Dec 23 Apr 12 - Apr 30, Sep 13 - Sep 19, Nov 1 - Nov 18, Dec 24 - Dec 30, Jan 2 - Jan 13, '18 Oct 11 - Oct 31, Dec 31 - Jan 1, ‘18 Jul 1 - Aug 31 Mar 1 - Jun 30, Sep 1 - Oct 31

193 217 188 210 329 246

112 124 109 120 192 150

113 121 111 119 173 146

Chengdu

Crowne Plaza

Hong Kong

Park

325

189

172

396 228 264

225 129 147

195 129 141

Jan 1 - Mar 31, Oct 1 - Dec 31 Apr 1 - Sep 30 Jan 1 - Mar 31, Oct 1 - Dec 31 Apr 1 - Sep 30

260 204 251 216

145 118 141 123

107 88 126 112

New Otani Hotel#

Mar 1 - May 31, Sep 1 - Oct 31 Jun 1 - Aug 31 All All Mar 1 - Apr 30, Oct 1 - Nov 30 May 1 - May 31, Sep 1 - Sep 30 Jan 12 - Feb 28, Jun 1 - Aug 31, Dec 1 - Dec 21 All Jan 4 - Feb 28, Jun 1 - Aug 31, Dec 1 - Dec 21 May 1 - May 31, Sep 1 - Sep 30 Mar 1 - Apr 30, Oct 1 - Nov 30 All

325 276 591 549 535 449 402 451 262 297 339 449

206 178 479 451 318 283 255 423 199 220 262 339

213 185 409 409 255 171 206 395 199 220 262 269

Villa Maly

Jan 6 - Dec 30

328

179

148

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

May 1 - Jun 30 All other dates

206 248

128 148

126 145

Novotel Clarke Quay#

All

372

202

172

Galle Face Hotel

All

254

151

130

Royal Orchid Sheraton

Jan 6 - Mar 31 Apr 1 - Oct 31 Nov 1 - Dec 29 Jan 18 - Aug 31, Nov 1 - Dec 10 Sep 1 - Oct 31 Dec 11 - Dec 30 Jan 21 - Mar 31, Nov 1 - Dec 23 Apr 1 - Oct 31 Dec 24 - Jan 2, ’18

231 207 245 207 187 245 204 181 254

131 119 138 119 109 138 118 106 143

122 114 128 116 109 130 103 95 121

Jan 6 - Dec 29 Jan 18 - Dec 29

234 210

132 120

120 108

Shanghai

Hilton Jing'an

INDIA Delhi

Sheraton New Delhi

Mumbai

Fariyas

JAPAN Hiroshima

Rihga Royal

Kyoto

Osaka

Tokyo LAOS Luang Prabang MYANMAR Yangon SINGAPORE Singapore SRI LANKA Colombo THAILAND Bangkok

Gion Yoshiima (ryokan)*# Ikumatsu (ryokan)*# Nikko Princess Hotel

Nisshokan Shoshintei (ryokan)*# Sheraton Miyako

Chiang Mai

De Naga

Chiang Rai

The Legend Chiang Rai#

VIETNAM Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

Melia Hanoi Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon

* Rate includes breakfast and dinner. # An additional seasonal supplement may apply.

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Discover rice terraces at Chiang Mai, Thailand.

GROUP VACATIONS REGULAR GROUP VACATIONS Make a booking of 10 or more people together on one of our brochure vacations and be rewarded with great savings. The more people the greater the discount. Please contact us to find out about our generous free trip policy and obtain a quote.

CUSTOM GROUPS We can customize a trip exclusively for your group only, to any of our worldwide destinations. Our global team has the experience and existing relationships to negotiate great rates for transportation, accommodations, sightseeing and restaurants. Tell us where you wish to travel, the standard of hotels you prefer, along with any sightseeing you want included and we will create a great value trip to suit your budget, pace, and exceed expectations. Whether it be for a group of family and friends, business associates, faith based or special interest inspired, such as garden lovers or foodies – be comforted knowing you are being looked after by the best. Have peace of mind knowing you are traveling with a renowned global company with an impeccable reputation. For more information contact your Travel Agent who will work with our dedicated groups team, or contact Trafalgar Groups at 800-626-6603 or email groupsales@trafalgartours.com

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

With Trafalgar you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers on all vacations by shuttlebus, car or minibus, between designated airports and hotels on the start and end day of your vacation. Trafalgar is also pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers on other days in conjunction with pre and post trip accommodations when booked through Trafalgar. Flight timings must be provided to Trafalgar no fewer than 21 days prior to the start of the trip. In the event of missed transfers due to flight delays outside of Trafalgar’s control or guests not using this service, no refund is available.

Note: Minimum numbers for custom groups vary 10 - 20 people based on your chosen destination.

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Activate your registration We’re committed to delivering exciting and seamless vacations, freeing you up to enjoy every special moment. We’ll cater to every little detail, from your hobbies and interests, to the vitals, such as dietary or medical requirements. By activating your registration, you enable us to deliver simply the best travel experience from the moment you arrive. Your details allow us to: •• Personalize your trip (art, gastronomy or architecture, for example) and accommodate dietary or rooming requirements; our Travel Directors will keep your preferences in mind throughout •• S  treamline your vacation; we’ll make it hassle-free, from hotel check-ins to passport and security checks •• Log your emergency contact details, in the unlikely event they’re required Activating your registration is easy, simply log on to www.trafalgar.com/registration

MyTrafalgar MyTrafalgar is our new, easy-to-use online portal which allows you to meet your Travel Director and companions prior to departure, enriching your experience before your vacation even begins. You’ll chat with your fellow travelers before you meet and stay connected while you travel. And of course you can document your journey, sharing photos and experiences, keeping your memories alive. Pre-trip, meet your Travel Director and connect with your travel companions, see your itinerary and receive pre-trip updates. While traveling, stay in the know with updates from your Travel Director, chat with your companions in real time, create a travel journal and share your pictures with friends and loved ones Back home, reminisce about your journey, stay in touch and get inspired for future trips www.trafalgar.com/mytrafalgar

Passports and Visas Each guest is responsible for having a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip and all necessary visas and permits. Multiple-entry visas may be required as you will enter a country more than once on some of our vacations. Each guest must comply with entry, health and other requirements of the countries visited. Contact your Travel Agent, airline or relevant government authorities to obtain the necessary travel information. The Operators and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for passport, visa, entry, health and other requirements of the countries visited, or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.

Brochure Terminology Here is a description of some of the specific terms used in the itinerary pages of this brochure: Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Specialist or Travel Director; includes fast track entry (where applicable). View – A brief stop to take in the sight and capture photos. See – See the sight while driving by on the coach, or from your cruise or train.

Can we help you? Call Toll-free at 1-866-544-4434 Travel Agents: please call 1-800-854-0103 or visit the agent section of our website For a Trafalgar expert: travel advice, bookings, information or a helping hand. (Pacific Standard time): Monday to Thursday: 5:30am – 12:00am Friday: 5:30am – 11:00pm Saturday: 6:00am – 4:00pm Sunday: 6:00am – 2:30pm and 4:00pm – 12:00am Online 24/7 at www.trafalgar.com for information, bookings, online payments and frequently asked questions

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Travel Protection Providing you with “any reason” cancellation flexibility and peace of mind while you travel. Trafalgar Travel Protection Plan – designed exclusively with the following: For trips priced at: Cost is: Under US$2,000 US$149 per person US$2,001 to US$3,500 US$209 per person US$3,500 to US$5,000 US$259 per person Over US$5,001 US$299 per person Note: Prices are subject to change without notice.

Section I : Travel arrangement protection Provided by Trafalgar*

TRIP CANCELLATION up to total trip cost: Reimburses the non-refundable Trafalgar cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason such as illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member. Other covered reasons for cancellation include common carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, subpoena, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure, and other reasons as cited in the plan description. THE TRAFALGAR “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver**: With the Trafalgar “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, if you cancel your trip more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement, Trafalgar will provide you with 100% of the cancellation charges in the form of a future travel credit certificate. These Trafalgar Travel Certificates allow you a two-year credit to travel with us at a later date! Please note that to be eligible for the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver, you must enroll and pay for the plan within two days of your initial trip deposit. The certificate is valid for two years, is non-transferable and non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future travel certificates do not include airfare cancellation charges for air arrangements unless those arrangements were provided by Trafalgar. TRIP INTERRUPTION:  Up to Total Trip Cost  TRIP DELAY:  Up to US$1,000 (US$150/day).

Section II : Travel arrangement protection Underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company***

Baggage Protection:  Up to US$2,500  Bag Delay: Up to US$500 Medical & Dental Expenses:  Up to US$50,000 Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation:  Up to US$50,000

Section III : Travel arrangement protection Provided by On Call International

While the above is not a complete description – a full plan description detailing the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you – we have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection Plan questions, or would like to request a copy of the plan description, please call our plan administrator, AON Affinity, at 1-866-580-4869. You may also view the plan at www.trafalgar.com. The Trafalgar Travel Protection Plan is provided in addition to other applicable indemnity or insurance programs, where permitted by law and shall apply only after benefits have been paid. *For NY residents, Section I Travel Arrangement Protection (Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption & Trip Delay) is underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio./**For NY residents only, the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver may be purchased separately from the Trafalgar Travel Protection Plan. Contact 1-888-722-2195 for details./***Section II Travel Insurance Benefits, Policy Number MZ0911062H0000A-U are underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio: NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) Policy/ Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, CT, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OR, OH, VT, WA and WY Policy Forms TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. This plan was designed and is administered by AON Affinity. IN CALIFORNIA:  AON Affinity is a service mark of Aon Direct Insurance Administrators, CA Insurance License # 0795465. IN ALL OTHER STATES:  AON Affinity is a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. in all states other than CA, except: AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. in MN and OK and AIS Affinity Insurance Agency in NY. 5864684A

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BOOKING CONDITIONS Discover the Forbidden City, Beijing.

BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Large print version is available at: www.trafalgar.com PAYMENT & CANCELLATION FEES SUMMARY INFORMATION VACATIONS INCLUDING VIETNAM DOMESTIC FLIGHTS Deposit required Final Payment No of Days 80 days and over 79-15 days 14-8 days 7 days or less No Show

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YOUR GUIDED VACATION BOOKING Trafalgar Tours West Inc 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 is formed when you make a reservation with us that we accept. The invalidity of any provisions herein shall not affect the validity of any other provisions. The agreement shall be construed as though the invalid provision was not contained herein and was replaced with an enforceable provision as similar as possible to the original provision. Disclaimer Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, photograph, representation or warranty made by or provided by any independent third party sales representative, Travel Agent, or other person or entity relating to any vacation offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date The departure date is the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. Security Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories” put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED VACATION PRICE 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. Air Transportation Within Asia, airfares are included in the “Land & Internal Air” and “Land, Cruise & Internal Air” prices. These included flights are outlined in each itinerary page price panel. Please be advised that due to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight rules, airlines must collect required information from guests. For more information regarding TSA’s Secure Flight rules, please visit www.tsa.gov. Guests traveling on any Internal Asia flight must provide their full name (as appears on passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding. Guided Vacation By air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches with reclining seats and panoramic windows. Hotel Accommodations Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing with private bath or shower. Triple rooms may be available on selected vacations in limited numbers. Triple occupancy is based on twin bedded accommodations with one or two extra beds which may be rollaway or folding beds. These rooms are only suitable for guests traveling with children ages 5-11, and cannot be booked for three. Every effort has been made to reserve two-bed rooms; however, on some occasions, rooms with one bed may be the only choice available. These rooms will be allocated to single travelers and couples first. Special room requests (smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms, as examples) must be made at time of booking. Special room requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveler program points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar vacations. Note hotel room sizes, standards, facilities and services provided may vary from country to country and region to region and are often local in style.

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ALL OTHER ASIA VACATIONS Deposit required Final Payment No of Days 45 days and over 44-15 days 14-8 days 7 days or less No Show

$200 45 days Penalty Deposit 50% 75% 100% 100%

Accommodations in Asia may not be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not have wheelchair accessibility. Free WiFi Internet Service Complimentary WiFi service is available in many Trafalgar hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. In Vietnam, WiFi is also provided on board the motorcoaches except in remote locations. The WiFi on the motorcoaches uses the cellular phone network and as a result, the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. Audio and Video streaming is not available using motorcoach WiFi. Please note that it is not available when the main Trafalgar motorcoach is not being used, such as on transfer motorcoaches and other local services. Travel Director Guided vacations are conducted in English by a professional Travel Director. Meals Meals are included as detailed on itineraries. Sightseeing Experiences, entrance fees and an Englishspeaking Local Specialist (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 vacation itinerary. There will be no refund for missed or unused transfers. If you did not purchase your flights from Trafalgar, you will need to provide your arrival and departure flight information to Trafalgar at the time of booking. It is your responsibility to update Trafalgar with any changes to your flight schedule to ensure that you receive your transfers. Failure to do so may result in missing these services and no refund shall be due for missed arrival transfers resulting from missing or outdated flight information. Porterage Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each guided vacation hotel and porter service at airports for intra-air inclusive guided vacations, is included in the guided vacation price. Due to limited motorcoach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs. (23kg). 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 their most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. For internal air flights within Asia, only one suitcase per person can be checked-in, and it must weigh no more than 44 lbs. (20kg). You may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately US$3.00 per kg for extra weight limit. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your motorcoach seat or in the small overhead compartment and the weight must not exceed 18lbs (7kgs). Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided vacation. 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. Trafalgar and Trafalgar’s affiliated entities shall not be liable for loss or damage to baggage or any guest’s belongings. Guests should immediately report lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for an insurance claim. Trafalgar cannot assist in locating lost items after the guest disembarks or completes the Trafalgar vacation. Tips/Gratuities Tips and gratuities are included for services on guided vacation, except to your Motorcoach Driver and Travel Director whose tips/gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis at the end of your vacation.

Included tips/gratuities cover all services provided by diningroom waiters, housekeeping staff and porters at hotels. On the Yangtze River Cruise there is a flat service charge of RMB 150 per person to cover services provided by waiters, housekeeping staff and porters. This service charge does not include a gratuity for the Cruise Director, for any local guides or for any additional special services and can be offered at the guests discretion. NOT INCLUDED IN GUIDED VACATION PRICE Any items and matters not referred to above, including, airfares to and from your destination, air-related taxes and fees (except where specified); additional fees charged by airlines such as checked and/or excess baggage, seat selections and any other services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; tips/ gratuities to Travel Directors, and Motorcoach Drivers; laundry; phone calls; minibar; beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary; Optional Experiences; and all items of a personal nature. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign governmental and non-governmental entities. The price does not cover costs and expenses, including your return home, if you leave the guided vacation whether of your own volition, our decision based on behavior that disrupts the trip, due to illness, action by any government or other reason. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS 1. Your guided vacation will be confirmed after receipt of a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit as detailed in the Summary Information table. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. If not received within 3 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be canceled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Air-inclusive bookings may require an additional nonrefundable deposit or payment in full at the time of booking, see Air Arrangements section below. 3. Final payment for your land reservation will be due prior to departure no later than as detailed in the Summary Information table. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45/80 days (as detailed in the Summary Information table) prior to departure date. 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received as detailed within the Summary Information table above. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and/or air reservations. 5. Credit Card Bookings: Trafalgar should be advised of your credit card number when making your reservation directly with us. For security purposes, we are required to collect the guest’s credit card billing address, card expiration date and the customer verification code every time a payment is applied. 6. Any special meal requirements, including allergies, must be provided at time of booking and are received on a REQUEST basis only. Trafalgar cannot assure special meal requests will be fulfilled and does not assume responsibility or liability if requests are not fulfilled. 7. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed at which time 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. Book & Pay Early Discounts Discounts are applied at the time of booking, apply to the LAND-only portion of vacations featuring the “Book & Pay Early Discount” in the price panel, and require full payment by the applicable discount deadline dates (see Your Savings section), but no later than 45/80 days (as detailed in the Summary Information table) prior to departure for land-only vacations (80 days for Guided Vacation featuring Vietnam domestic flights). If full payment is not received by the correct date - as stated on the invoice - the discount will be removed and the booking will be repriced. These discounts are not valid on all itineraries or departure dates; do not apply to optional extensions, airfares, government taxes and fees, air flight supplements, extra nights’ accommodations, transfers or any cruise portion of a vacation. Normal cancellation penalties apply. This offer is subject to availability, applies to new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Travel Documents Provided full payment has been received travel documents will be sent in electronic format no later than 21 days prior to departure. You may opt to receive hard copy documents in which case these will be sent you approximately 21 days prior to the departure date. A documents shipment fee of $10 per address will be charged for each additional delivery address. If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents will be your or your Travel Agent’s responsibility. If you are leaving home earlier, please request your travel documents well in advance. If travel documents are required the next day or earlier than 21 days prior to departure date a fee of $35 per mailing address will apply. Any documents delivered outside the USA will incur a minimum fee of $50. Actual cost will be advised at time of booking. Passports & Visas A valid passport is required for travel on all Trafalgar Asia programs. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date of the vacation. For entry to China, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia visas are also required for all passport holders. Visas may also be required for Thailand, Singapore and Japan for some passport holders and you should check with your Travel Agent or Consulate Service for information regarding necessary travel documentation. For some countries an invitation letter is required from the Ground Handler to send along with the visa application. Any visa(s) or any other documentation required for any particular itinerary is the sole responsibility of the guest and a country may change its entry requirements. Conditions of entry can change at any time, please check with your Travel Agent or Trafalgar. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for any delays, damages, and/ or losses including missed portions of your vacation related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to release of travel documents. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. Trafalgar will require full passport information (full name, date of birth, passport number, issue and expiry dates) prior to final payment. 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 with payment unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided vacation date or itinerary within 45/80 days (as detailed in the Summary Information table) 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 vacation 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 and fees may apply. You must also pay any charges imposed by airlines for any changes, including name and date changes. This can be up to 100% of the value of the ticket. CANCELLATIONS AND CANCELLATION FEES: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be canceled 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 45/80 days (as detailed in the Summary Information table) prior to the guided vacation departure date, deposit will be retained along with the Travel Protection payment. • If full payment is not received 45/80 days (as detailed in the Summary Information table) prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar 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’s Travel Protection. • If a person in a party cancels and there is a room change caused by this cancellation (such as a Twin/Double to Single, or Triple to Twin/Double), charges for the new room type will be the responsibility of the remaining party. The charges detailed in the Summary Information table will apply when notice of cancellation is given after the booking

is confirmed. • If a guest fails to join the guided vacation on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100% (unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided vacation later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodations and/ or chargeable transfers prior to and after the guided vacation 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 accommodations and/or chargeable transfers canceled 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: 46 days and over $35 per person 45-15 days 50% of price for the accommodations and/or chargeable transfers • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change prior to airline ticketing incurs a $35 service fee per person or if after ticketing a $75 service fee per person. This is in addition to any airfare rate increase and any additional change fees imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. See Air Cancellation Section below. • 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 return expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided vacation, 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 Air-inclusive bookings require an additional non-refundable deposit at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit, your airfare, taxes and surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided vacation including flights, you will be required at the time of booking to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport, date of birth, passport number, date and place of issue and expiration date for each guest. For published airfare bookings, a $75 per person processing fee will be charged. Changes to flight itineraries and name changes and/or corrections may either not be allowed or may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers including Trafalgar) change prices and routes from time to time. All air routings are in the sole control of the airline and are subject to change at any time. Air Cancellation Cancellations prior to airline ticketing incur a service fee of $50 per person plus air deposit or after airline ticketing a service fee of $75 per person plus deposit is charged. This is in addition to any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket price, will be charged for cancellation. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. 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 vacation 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) directly 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.

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Airline Fuel Surcharges and Air-related Taxes, Fees and Restrictions Airfares will be provided at time of booking, will be based on round-trip purchase, and will include air-related taxes, fees and fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling (visit www.trafalgar.com/baggage), seat selections and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). All “Land & Internal Air” and “Land, Cruise & Internal Air” prices include all airline fuel surcharges and air-related taxes applicable as per the date on the back cover of this brochure. 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, if allowed, may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s 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 are not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is the guest’s responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. General Information & Conditions Guided Vacation 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. For up-to-date pricing contact your Travel Agent or visit www.trafalgar.com. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided vacation price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided vacation within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in US Dollars unless specified. Other Fees and Taxes Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed at time of booking. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. Guided Vacation Participation On all guided vacations children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or over, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to guests under the legal age for alcohol consumption in the country being visited. Minors under age 18 traveling to certain foreign countries must be accompanied by both parents or have a notarized letter of consent signed by the parent(s) not traveling. Trafalgar is not responsible for any losses if you fail to have appropriate documentation. If the other parent is deceased or the child has only one legal parent, a notarized statement must be obtained as proof. 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, at time of booking, 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 vacation or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a threat to the health or safety of others. This decision, made solely by Trafalgar, 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. No refunds will be given if the decision is made to exclude a guest. - 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 traveler who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting or dressing, as examples) should strongly consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travelers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. - Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided vacations. - 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 vacation, or for the quality of the care or services received. Medical care in other countries is not always comparable to care that you may receive in your local area. You are encouraged to purchase medical insurance that will cover you while on vacation. Your regular health insurance benefits may not apply abroad. - In purchasing your vacation, you attest that you are physically fit for it. If you have concerns please request additional details about your journey from your Travel Agent or Trafalgar. - Some guided vacations include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and/or locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided vacation, 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. Accommodations on international guided vacations may differ from those in the United States. Trafalgar cannot guarantee

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disability access or accommodations for guests traveling on international guided vacations. Many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the vacation package provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the experience. We are not responsible for providing of the experience, or anything that happens during the experience. Some experiences involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about experiences and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability: we suggest that you speak with your medical provider if you have questions about your abilities. 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. If this occurs, you are responsible for the cost of travel back to your hometown and Trafalgar shall not be liable for your losses and no refund shall be provided. Behavior We are here to provide the best services possible but in doing so we will not tolerate abusive or aggressive behavior from our Guests. We will refuse to deal with and may terminate the vacation of guests who assault our Company Representatives or who are abusive or aggressive. 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, 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 accommodations and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodations in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodations 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 vacation 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 Traveler Discount The Young Traveler must be aged 11 or under on the vacation departure date to be eligible for the discount, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveler must be the specified age at the start of travel to be eligible for the discount. Only one Young Traveler discount per room is permitted. This discount does not apply to extra night accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers or any cruise portion of a vacation. Please see ‘Great Savings’ for details. Itinerary Variations Trafalgar strives to improve guided vacation 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 vacations 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 will 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 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, regional meals, 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 vacation, your stay will be at your sole expense. Your transfer between the hotel and the airport or vice versa is included providing you booked the pre or post trip hotel through Trafalgar. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay’ section for a list of pre- and post-guided vacation accommodations. Space is limited and if available can only be booked for the nights before and/or after each guided vacation. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. If your extra night accommodations is not the hotel where your guided vacation 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 (including e-cigarettes) 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 Vacation Cancellation Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided vacation 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 vacation except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided vacation booking, or offer a comparable vacation 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. Airport Transfers Making Your Own Flight Arrangements: Should you elect to make your own flight arrangements between your gateway city and your holiday destination, Trafalgar will provide complimentary transfers to/from the hotel as long as your flights arrive/depart in the holiday starting/ending cities in accordance with the dates shown in this brochure. Trafalgar will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed trip days, or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing. To qualify for transfers, it is required that flight information and pre-trip arrangements for all passengers making their own flight arrangements be given to Trafalgar no later than 21 days prior to departure. Responsibility Complete Agreement These booking conditions, together with the other terms incorporated into this contract referred to below, 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 Trafalgar nor 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 vacation participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided vacation, 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 vacation are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of Trafalgar, 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. Additional Risks Additional risks and dangers may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas, hazards of travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft and other means of conveyance, animal interactions, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, hazardous local customs and practices, differing levels of sanitation, differing standards of safety, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and differing animal regulation, accident or illness in areas lacking means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities, and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there are significant dangers involved, and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with Trafalgar to participate in such trips and activities you agree you will not make a claim against Trafalgar or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or in any and every other way participating in the trip. You release Trafalgar, its related companies and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a trip. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors accompanying you. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. Safety Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither Trafalgar nor the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organizations 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 vacation 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 West Inc Limited Role Trafalgar Tours West, Inc., a California corporation, serves only as sales representative, and is not responsible for any activity beyond its limited role in arranging reservations and ticketing. Trafalgar Tours West, Inc. shall not be responsible or liable for any act, omission or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of any other entity whether or not affiliated with the operator. Choice of Law and Venue Selection This Agreement is deemed to be entered into in Orange County, California. The exclusive venue for any action concerning the interpretation, enforcement, or breach of any term, obligation, or duty as contained or related to these Terms and Conditions shall be solely in the Superior Court of California in or for Orange County or the United States District Court for the Central District of California. This Agreement shall be construed according to the internal laws of California without regard to conflicts of law principles. All guest claims must be submitted in writing and received by Trafalgar no later than 60 days after completion of the Trafalgar vacation. Guest claims not submitted and received within this time shall be deemed to be waived and barred. Errors and Omissions In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to press; however Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Moreover, photographs and descriptions of locations or attractions are merely representative of conditions that existed at time of brochure printing and conditions may not be the same at the time of your journey. The airline(s) featured or nominated in this brochure do not by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure commit or represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a vacation from Trafalgar group or as having any other legal relationship with them. All bookings made with any provider of any transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions and exclusions and/or limitations of liability imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with Trafalgar. If you decide that you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit because of any law, condition or requirement of any government or governmental authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred as a consequence and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept any 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 vacation please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to make things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Guest Relations Department at the address below within sixty (60) days of the end of the Trafalgar vacation, as it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Accordingly, any claim not received in writing within this time is waived and barred. Guests who purchase from within California Transactions entered into with Trafalgar are covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) if the guest is located in California at the time of payment. Eligible guests may file a claim with TCRF if the guest is owed a refund of more than $50 for transportation or travel services which the seller of travel failed to forward to a proper provider or such money was not refunded when required. The maximum amount which may be paid by the TCRF to any one guest is the total amount paid on behalf of the guest to the seller of travel, not to exceed $15,000. A claim must be submitted to the TCRF within 12 months after the scheduled completion date of the travel. A claim must include sufficient documentation to prove your claim and a $35 processing fee. Claimants must agree to waive their right to other civil remedies against a registered participating seller of travel for matters arising out of a sale for which you file a TCRF claim. You may request a claim form by writing to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, P.O. Box 6001, Larkspur, CA 94977-6001; or by faxing a request to: (213) 897-8846 Guests purchasing from outside of California Transactions entered into with Trafalgar are not covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Data Protection To process your guided vacation 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, 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, providing marketing assistance, etc). 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 personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided vacations and services we offer, and to contact you (by post, email, telephone or other means) about other guided vacations and services offered by Trafalgar that may interest you. 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 TOURS WEST INC., 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92805. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you 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 Experiences With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided vacation, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Experiences and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Experiences and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided vacation, 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 as well as available on the Trafalgar website. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional Experiences 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 Vacation Participation” regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for Optional Experiences operated by independent third party suppliers. Financial Protection US$20 MILLION your peace of mind guarantee The traveling public has always been concerned about protection of advanced bookings. As part of Trafalgar’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with Trafalgar, TravCorp Financial Services Ltd has provided a letter of credit to Trafalgar of US$20 Million in respect of all customers traveling with Trafalgar. United States Tour Operator Association $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program Trafalgar Tours Ltd shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, according to the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Trafalgar Tours Ltd customers in the unlikely event of The Travel Corporation bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Trafalgar Tours Limited. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com TRAFALGAR TOURS WEST INC 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92805 Tour Operators: Trafalgar Tours Limited, Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/ Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Israel, 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 prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. Major Credit Cards Accepted

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