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SOUTH AMERICA 2014

With Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama

Expertly planned guided holidays, with authentic local dining and unique sightseeing, complete with first class accommodation, transportation and internal air included


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outh and Central America are such vibrant destinations full of colour and personality; I am always energised by the warmth of the local people and their willingness to share what makes this region so special. From my experiences in South and Central America and around the world, I know that to truly experience a destination you have to see it like a local. That’s why, at Trafalgar we give you a unique insider’s perspective with insights you wouldn’t have any other way. I believe Trafalgar can show you South and Central America like no one else, through a mix of must-see sights and in-depth experiences off the usual tourist path. Whether it’s learning about medicinal plants from an Embera elder, tasting traditional Patacones or chatting to local farmers about their latest harvest of exotic ‘hearts of palm’, you’ll be blown away by the diverse natural beauty and colourful characters you encounter.

It’s our local knowledge that enables you to discover more than you ever could on your own. Our exclusive Insider Experiences bring a destination alive and give a unique insight into the culture and customs of the region. With the perfect balance of discovery and downtime, we’ll reveal the unexpected and surprise you with places only the locals know about. We are your friend in every destination with our Be My Guest experiences and with Travel Directors who'll share local secrets as they guide the way. You won’t have to lift a finger – our professional Coach Drivers will ensure that you travel in comfort and arrive unflustered in our modern coaches. We are proud to be the world’s number one guided holiday operator, winning more travel awards than anyone else in the industry. It's been more than 66 years since we welcomed our first guests and I believe that we win these accolades because we are passionate about what we do, care about our guests and always go the extra mile to offer genuine travel experiences at unbeatable value. I’m proud to lead a team that works tirelessly to ensure we make it easy for you to see, explore and embrace the places you visit. So come and join us on an exciting adventure across South and Central America you’ll never forget.

Gavin Tollman, CEO

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Discover the Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile


UNITED STATES

ARIZONA

Phoenix OF AMERICA Tucson Casas Grandes

San Carlos Alamos

PANAMA (NOT TO SCALE)

El Fuerte Copper Canyon

MEXICO

Gamboa Panama Boquete Playa City Bonita

Merida Cancun Uxmal Riviera Maya Campeche Chichen Itza

PANAMA COSTA RICA

Galapagos Islands

Arenal Sarapiqui Guanacaste Tortuguero N.P. Monteverde Cloud Forest San Jose Manuel Antonio N.P.

Cartagena VENEZUELA

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

Otavalo Quito Coca Patate Guayaquil Riobamba Cuenca

Manaus Amazon Basin

PERU

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Cusco Puerto Maldonado Paracas Colca Canyon Ica Puno Arequipa

BRAZIL

Lima

COSTA RICA

(NOT TO SCALE)

BOLIVIA

PARAGUAY CHILE

Easter Island

KEY: = Overnight Stays

Rio de Janeiro

Iguassu Falls

URUGUAY

Santiago

Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA Bariloche Puerto Varas

Torres del Paine N.P. El Calafate Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Ushuaia

CONTENTS

South America

Introduction & map

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Travel with the insider

4-5

Seeing things differently

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Inside the sights

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Meet the locals & make friends

10-11

Dining experiences

12-13

A good night's sleep

14-15

Travel at its best & TreadRight Foundation

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Holiday styles

18-19

Great Savings

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Hotels/Pre & Post Nights/Transfers

64-65

Gold Seal Protection/Express Check-In/Things to Know/Sustainable Tourism

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Booking Conditions

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Mexico DYUC DCCA

Treasures of Yucatan 8 (with optional Riviera Maya Beach Extension) Mexico’s Copper Canyon t 9/7 (with Phoenix/Phoenix & Tucson/Tucson options)

22-23 24-25

Costa Rica & Panama LPAN LCRE LFCA

Panama, The Canal & Beyond 8 (with optional Cartagena extension) Costa Rica Eco Adventure 8 (with optional Guanacaste Beach Extension) Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes q 8

26-27 28-29 30-31

LHPA LLIL LCSV LLIA LLIC LCTA LISA LBSA LPGA LSRA LCAC LICO

Highlights of Peru 8 In the Footsteps of the Incas s 10 Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys q 11 & Inca Mysteries Land of the Incas 12 Peru's Andean Explorer s 13 Colourful Trails of Ecuador s 10 (with optional Ecuadorian Amazon extension) Impressions of South America o 10 Best of South America o 13 Patagonian Grand Adventure 14 South America Revealed 16 Cultures & Contrasts of South America 16 Icons of South America s 22

32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-48 49-51 52-54 55-57 58-60

Pre/Post Extensions LBRAZ/ LPERU LCRUZ/ LBELA LEAST

Amazon Extensions (Brazilian & Peruvian) Quito & Galapagos - Santa Cruz & Isabella

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Easter Island

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Travel with the insider

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Witness the awesome power of Iguassu Falls, Brazil


Travelling with us is like having a trusted friend in every destination you visit. Someone who knows it inside out, shares its secrets and introduces you to local characters. It's these little insights and genuine local moments that create enriching and unexpected memories. We call them Insider Experiences.

See Tango dancers in Buenos Aires

WHAT’S INCLUDED With our great range of First Class inclusions, it's easy to see why we are the number one guided holiday operator, winning the most prestigious travel industry awards: • Exclusive Insider Experiences

• Daily breakfast

• Exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences on selected itineraries

• Selected evening meals

• Professionally trained Travel Director • Sightseeing with VIP entry to major sights • Audio Headsets for included sightseeing • First Class and perfectly located accommodation • All tips and services charges included throughout your holiday*

• Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach with restroom • Airport transfers, with a meet & greet on arrival, provided on the first and last day of your holiday • A travel wallet with your travel documents • Complimentary group photo and map •

Complimentary WiFi available on the coach and in hotels.

Travel Director and Coach Driver tips not included.

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Discover the growing expanse of Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

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Seeing things differently

Take in the World Heritage listed Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s not just the practical things that make us different. As well as making your holiday hassle free – we pack it with priceless Insider Experiences. It’s a combination you just can’t get by going it alone.

The knowledge, organisational skills, and friendly personalities of the Travel Directors are truly exceptional. Robert & Helen, USA Discover Colonial Cartagena

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

Holiday component

Hotel Accommodation

A Trafalgar guided holiday

Independent holiday

INCLUDED

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

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

• No local expertise/assistance • Wait in line • Purchase/read guidebooks • Limited understanding of what you’re seeing

INCLUDED

Sightseeing

• Knowledgeable Travel Director • In-depth sightseeing with Local Experts • VIP entry into many attractions

INCLUDED

Meals

• Breakfast daily and selected dinners • Wine and soft drinks • Authentic experiences with Highlight Meals • Welcome Reception & Farewell Dinner • Reserved meal times • Delicious local cuisine • Tips • For other meals, we help with reservations and directions to where the locals eat

INCLUDED

Transport

• Daily transport on luxury coaches • Professional Coach Driver • Fuel, toll charges and parking • Relax in comfort

INCLUDED

Insider Experiences

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

• Pay restaurant prices for meals • Risk of poor quality • Additional cost for tips • Navigating foreign menus and foods • Waiting to be seated at restaurants/risk of not getting a table

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

TRAVEL WITH THE WORLD’S NO.1 We’ve won 30 major travel industry awards in the last five years alone. We’re proud of this – but we’re always working hard to do even better. You can see all the awards we’ve won globally at trafalgar.com/aus/awards Here are just a few:

Discover Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

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Inside the sights Don’t just see the sights, experience them. We take you to all the must-see attractions – but our insider knowledge helps you see them like a local. And our exclusive Insider Experiences bring you face-to-face with local life. VIP SIGHTSEEING Get a different perspective of Central and South America’s major sights when you travel with Trafalgar. With VIP entry at many attractions, you won’t have to wait in line, which means more time to explore. Plus, our audio headsets allow you to hear your guide’s fascinating commentary while moving at your own pace, so you won’t miss a thing.

INSIDER EXPERIENCES Our exclusive Insider Experiences take you further inside the culture and customs of a destination to really get a feel for what it’s like to live like a local. • Hidden Treasures G surprise sights and experiences revealed by your Travel Director away from the usual tourist path. • Unique Insights l experiences of unique cultural significance in a particular area. • Local Specialities I interactive activities or insights into local life through the traditional crafts and products specific to a region. • Local Experts 5 interpretive guides, historians and other experts whose specialised knowledge provides fascinating insights into the places you visit.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS Our carefully planned itineraries include a perfect balance of sightseeing and free time. But we know everyone is different, so we offer a range of fantastic Optional Excursions that allow you to personalise how you spend your free time. For a full list of excursions and payment options, visit the itinerary pages at www.trafalgar.com

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Relax on renowned Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro


Get a deeper insight into the impressive Mayan monuments at Chichen Itza, Mexico

YOUR PERSONAL INSIDER It’s the stories behind each destination that allow you to truly get a feel for the places you visit, and no one tells them better than our Travel Directors. These seasoned professionals are experts in Central and South America and their passion for sharing its history and culture gives you a real insider’s perspective that you simply wouldn’t have if travelling on your own. Trafalgar Travel Directors are your friend in each destination who: • Share their in-depth knowledge of the fascinating places and cultures you encounter. Trafalgar Travel Directors are experts in the destinations you visit and have years of experience bringing regions to life with engaging stories and intriguing facts. • Introduce you to the locals who give a destination character. Over the years our Travel Directors build up lasting friendships in the destinations they visit. These friends embody the spirit of the region they live in and meeting them makes you feel closer to the essence of a country or town. • Are there for you at every stage of your guided holiday. Your Travel Director wants to ensure you have the best experience possible so don’t hesitate to ask them if you have any requests or questions.

Travel Directors, like Angel, provide a true insider's experience

• Take care of the details each day so you are free to sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday. From organising check-in and baggage at your hotels to advising you of the best place to dine and getting to the right place at the right time, your Travel Director has it all under control. • Speak the local language so you won’t miss a thing. Our Travel Directors can help you overcome the language barrier by translating or even helping you learn a few phrases of the regional dialect. • Earn praise from our guests for their professional and devoted approach to travel.

Joseph was an outstanding Travel Director. He was very knowledgeable, organised, and fun. We would definitely travel with Trafalgar again. Katherine & Tiffany, USA Visit a winery with a Local Expert, Maipo Valley, Chile

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Meet the locals

Enjoy the hospitality of Dr. Francisco Diez Canseco

The best way to experience a destination is to see it as the locals do. Trafalgar does just that by introducing you to local friends you'll remember long after you've returned home. Their fascinating stories, insights into the culture of the region and invaluable tips that only a local can give will add a whole new dimension to your holiday. Some of the colourful characters you may meet on your travels include: Dr. Francisco Diez Canseco – Be My Guest experience, Lima, Peru Experience Peruvian hospitality at its best when you pay a visit to Dr. Diez Canseco in his elegant private mansion. After a guided tour of the remarkable family home, you’ll enjoy a delicious luncheon of Peruvian dishes while listening to stories of Dr. Diez Canseco’s distinguished ancestors, who have lived in this region for many generations.

Tico family Nidia Cortez and Gerardo Fonseca – Local Speciality, Horquetas, Costa Rica

Learn about and taste the heart of palm with Gerardo

See what its like to live like a local Costa Rican farmer as the Tico family show you around their beautiful palm plantation. Learn about life on the land and the cultivation and harvest of hearts of palm, a delicacy that is gaining popularity around the world. You'll then get to taste a heart of palm prepared specially for you by the family.

Maria Julia – Local Expert, Buenos Aires, Argentina Explore Buenos Aires as Maria reveals all of the sights and historic accents of the “Paris of South America.” See Casa Rosada, the political centre of this thriving city, in Plaza de Mayo. Stroll through the colourful streets of La Boca, the artist district where tango was born and visit the final resting place of Eva Perón, more commonly known as Evita, at Recoleta’s extravagant cemetery. Follow Maria as she shares her passion and knowledge of this beautiful city.

Discover Beunos Aires with Maria

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Share the experience Toast newfound friendships

All our guests have one thing in common: their passion for travel. It doesn't matter what age you are or where you're from. Travelling with like-minded people is like travelling with friends. That’s why many guests make genuine lifelong friendships. SHARE THE FUN WITH NEW FRIENDS Whether travelling alone, as a couple or family, on a Trafalgar guided holiday you’ll meet like-minded people and experience a camaraderie that will enrich your holiday. By the end of your journey you will have made lifelong friends with English-speaking travellers from all over the world and have shared stories to relive for many years to come.

SOCIAL NETWORKING Become a part of the Trafalgar community and be inspired by like-minded people with a passion for travel. Connect with fellow travellers before your departure, keep in touch with guests and Travel Directors on their adventures or reminisce about shared holiday memories through our social networking sites.

We have been on 3 trips in the past. All have been great. A big variety of fellow travellers. Young and older. From Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Japan, Australia. Meeting new friends is a great part of travel. Diane, Trafalgar Forum

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

TWITTER Follow us on Twitter and get instant updates via @TrafalgarTalk Follow us at www.twitter.com/TrafalgarTalk

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

“I enjoyed the friendliness of the group and the superb knowledge of our Travel Director Angel.” Edna, Australia

Visit www.TrafalgarBlog.com

YOUTUBE Watch our videos and see how a Trafalgar adventure unfolds and get a taste for our unique Insider Experiences. Visit youtube.com/trafalgarweb

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Bon appétit!

Treat your taste buds to a delicious meal of Brazilian feijoada

A destination becomes more than just a place when you discover the food. That’s why we ensure you get to enjoy a true taste of the local culture by showcasing the authentic flavours that are distinctive to the area you’re visiting. BE MY GUEST B – AN INSIDER EXPERIENCE Our Be My Guest dining experiences connect you with the true essence of a destination. These exclusive meals give you a unique opportunity to savour amazing regional food and wine while mingling with local hosts at places like private estates and working farms. Look at the itinerary pages to find out what kind of Be My Guest experiences you could enjoy.

Savour local cuisine at an equestrian estate in Cerro Punta, Panama

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

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

MORE DINING EXPERIENCES Additional dining highlights that are included on your guided holiday:

Watch local farmers harvesting a Cacao tree

• A Welcome Reception E where you get to unwind and meet your Travel Director and travel companions over a drink and light appetisers. • Daily breakfast, either a la carte or buffet style. Enjoy such favourites as eggs, bacon and sausage as well as cereals, pastries and fruit. • Selected lunches and dinners included, often featuring the local flavours of the area. • Experience wine pairing on selected itineraries. Enjoy local wines of the region you are visiting paired with your meal. • A Farewell Dinner F where you’ll all get together one last time for a memorable night out and say goodbye to your newfound friends.

Indulge in tasty Mexican specialities

'Our Travel Director Vanessa Lopez, made us comfortable and worked very hard to satisfy our needs such as vegetarian meals' Kirt, USA

Dine on authentic regional dishes with locals

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A good night's sleep

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The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama


Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Peru

Our hotels aren’t just a place to rest your head. They are places we love to stay too. We’ve handpicked each one to complement your itinerary and add something extra. It could be a prime spot in an exclusive Lima neighbourhood, views overlooking the beach in Rio de Janeiro, or in the heart of the Costa Rica rainforest – it will always be the perfect place for your holiday. AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION – AN INSIDER EXPERIENCE Certain accommodation throughout Central and South America have been chosen for their unique significance to the local area. These accommodations give an insight into a destination through their remarkable architecture, rich historical significance or magnificent location.

PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTELS Our city hotels are ideally located close to the city centre for easy access to all the must-see sights, while our rural properties are selected for their spectacular scenic locations and proximity to popular attractions. Your city and regional hotels are always First Class or better and include some of the world’s most respected brands, while in more remote areas you’ll stay in the best available lodge style accommodation that reflect the unique characteristics of the area.

ACCOMMODATING YOUR EVERY NEED As a Trafalgar guest, you’ll be treated to the highest quality service every time. We take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities in your holiday price, leaving you nothing else to do but enjoy your stay.

QUALITY ASSURANCE Our Product and Quality Team inspects and regularly monitors each Trafalgar property to ensure the high standards we expect from our hotel partners are maintained for your every comfort and satisfaction. Complimentary WiFi access

Hilton Miraflores, Lima

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Travel at its best There’s nothing quite like being chauffeur driven – no map reading, road signs or parking to worry about. And our modern coaches don’t just make it easy, they give you a better picture – a unique elevated perspective of the world around you.

Travel in comfort

THE ULTIMATE IN COACH TRAVEL It’s about the journey, not the destination. Our Travel Directors set the scene with local stories – making the scenery more than just a passing picture. And they’ll take you inside as you travel, with their intimate knowledge of the people, culture, history and geography, and even the odd local phrase. Our luxury coaches feature: • The latest in safety and technological innovations • Panoramic views from your high-vantage point • Comfy reclining high-back seats with footrests* • Personal reading light and air-conditioning vent* •

Complimentary WiFi access at every seat

• Entertainment system with CD, DVD, AM/FM radio*

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

Discover floating islands as you cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca, Peru

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AIR AND RAIL While discovering Central and South America, some itineraries include intra-air flights between certain destinations, boat cruising and scenic train travel. As always with Trafalgar, we ensure these are of a high standard and let you see more, or a unique view, of your destination.

TRAVEL GREEN Trafalgar coaches emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per guest than car travel, so when you travel with us, you know you’re doing your part for the environment. Read more on page 66. Please note: The above image is a representation of our coaches only, they will vary depending on the region you travel to. *On select coaches.


More ways we travel

Copper Canyon 'Train in the Sky', Mexico

Cruise upon Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina

Sustaining the destinations we visit is of great importance to us at Trafalgar. We are part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands called TreadRight; a not for profit foundation working to ensure that the destinations we explore remain vibrant for future generations. TreadRight is The Travel Corporation's hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts, and manages a long-standing grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 1.5 million to projects worldwide. To learn more about our work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.treadright.org

Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

Rainforest, Brazil

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Your holiday style

Exploring the forest canopy, Arenal Hanging Bridges, Costa Rica

We’ve spent years travelling Central and South America to create a choice of holiday styles that immerse you in local life – but let you explore the world in a way that suits you. Do you like to pack your days with as much as possible? Prefer to linger longer and really get to know a city? Need adventures to fit the whole family? Whatever your needs, we have a travel experience for you. AT LEISURE

If you’re looking to delve deeper into the real essence of a particular region of Central and South America, Regional guided holidays help you get an in-depth understanding of the unique people, places and sights specific to a particular area. For a truly authentic experience of a region’s food, customs and culture, choose one of our Regional holidays.

For those wanting to soak up the atmosphere of a destination just a little longer, At Leisure guided holidays give you more time to savour every part of your South America experience. You’ll explore each fabulous destination over two or three days, truly immersing yourself in the region and, when the time comes to move on, your coach travelling days start no earlier than 9am. In selected locations you’ll make the most of Small Group Sightseeing, with generally no more than 20 guests, when you opt for one of our At Leisure holidays.

DISCOVERY Visiting multiple destinations and the iconic sites you’ve always dreamed of seeing, a Discovery guided holiday is perfect if you’re after an exciting and diverse experience of South America. You’ll get an insider’s perspective of the people and places you encounter that will leave you with lasting memories and a wealth of local knowledge. Choose a lively or comfortable pace itinerary that fits you best as part of our Discovery holidays.

Dune buggy rides, Ica, Peru

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If you’re after a rewarding and hassle free holiday with loved ones, a Family Experiences guided holiday lets you make the most of every minute with your family. You’ll enjoy exciting activities to suit all ages in amazing locations across Central and South America while Trafalgar does the hard work for you, leaving you to relax and have fun with your family. For an enriching holiday all the family will love, choose one of our Family Experiences holidays.


Christ the Redeemer watching over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Great Savings

Anakena Beach, Easter Island

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

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Pay in full on or before 30th Apr, 2014 and SAVE UP to A$376 per person

This discount CAN be combined with other discounts where applicable and only applies to the LAND portion of holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount”* in the price panel. For discounts to apply, holidays must be paid in full by the designated date above. Blackout departure dates may apply, please check with your Travel Agent or visit www.trafalgar.com at the time of booking.

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FREQUENT TRAVELLER DISCOUNT

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

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

TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION Trafalgar's Gold Seal Additional Protection provides insurance coverage for you while you’re away, including trip cancellations or interruptions due to illness. For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection information on page 66.

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TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Travel together and save money

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5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the holiday of your choice. 9 or more: If 9 or more people travel together, Trafalgar offers very attractive group conditions, based on the number of people travelling together. So it pays to travel together with friends and family! IMPORTANT: Applies to the LAND-only portion of the holiday and only to the twinshare prices; published single occupancy prices apply. All guests’ names must be advised to Trafalgar before the discount is applied. This discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation,optional extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements and surcharges, airport transfers, and any cruise portion of a holiday. See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of your discount.

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


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

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Airfare deals you’ll love

Take advantage of a great discount off the LAND-only portion of your trip when you travel with your family. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure and MUST be accompanied by an adult (limit of two Young Travellers per room except on Family Experiences, where the limit is three Young Travellers per room). IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. Children under 5 years of age are NOT accepted on any guided holiday. The Young Traveller must be under the age of 18 years at time of travel to be eligible. This discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, optional itinerary extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements and surcharges and airport transfers.

2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday

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Book two Trafalgar trips, each 7 days or longer for a reduction of up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the trip with the shortest duration. Take three holidays and save on two! Ask your Travel Agent for suggestions on your perfect holiday combination. There are too many to list here!

Combine Trafalgar’s world-renowned First Class guided holidays with a fantastic deal from one of our trusted partner airlines and you’ll experience a holiday that far exceeds your expectations. Sensational airfare deals are on offer throughout the year. YEAR Talk to your Travel OUNDTravel to Ryour ! Agent today! DEALS

IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the maximum value of how much you will save. Holidays must be booked at the same time. This discount is per person and does not apply to: extra nights’ accommodation, optional itinerary extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements and surcharges, airport transfers and any cruise portion of a holiday. Please see our other Trafalgar brochures for their savings or discount exclusions, if relevant.

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SINGLE TRAVELLERS One of the great benefits of guided travel is the ease of travelling solo, and with Trafalgar we make it simple by offering the following:

Single supplement value If you are travelling solo, you’ll appreciate our low single occupancy room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement. IMPORTANT: Each holiday has a limited number of rooms available for single occupancy and single occupancy is restricted to certain cabin categories onboard cruises.

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TRAVE L Travel with three or four people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction off the LAND-only portion of your holiday price. When available holiday price panels list the Triple and Quad Room Reduction. Refer to the itinerary of your choice.

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IMPORTANT: Triple and Quad Room Reductions are based on three or four people sharing one room based on existing bedding arrangements (usually two beds) they do not include the cost of any additional bed or ‘roll-away’. Triple and Quad Room Reductions only apply to holidays featuring Triple and Quad Reduction offer in the price panel on the itinerary page. Quad occupancy is strictly reserved for families travelling with young children on Family Experiences holidays only, and is not suitable for four adults sharing. Triple and Quad occupancy on cruises is strictly limited available on a request-only basis.

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Treasures of the Yucatan Uxmal

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Learn all about and taste traditional Maya dishes and discover how your host adds his own modern twist to the cuisine at Chaya Maya Mansion. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn about the production and uses of henequen at Sotuta de Peon. • @ Authentic Accommodation Overnight at the Hacienda Uxmal, the area’s oldest hotel, just steps from the famous ruins. The hand-painted tile, masonry sculpted by artists, and generous use of the regional hardwoods, make the setting as lovely as it is historic.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Ek Balam Explore this recently-excavated Mayan archaeological site. • Valladolid Visit this enchanting colonial town and stroll the main plaza. • Izamal See this magical “Yellow City” and visit its imposing monastery. • Merida Discover this beautiful colonial city and its many highlights. • Celestun Navigate the lagoon and canals of this rich Biosphere Reserve. • Campeche Be enchanted by this skillfully restored fortified colonial town. • Edzna View the Great Acropolis and impressive Pyramid of Five Stories. • Uxmal Marvel at this outstanding Maya ceremonial complex. • Sotuta de Peon Go back in time to the era of the grand colonial haciendas. • Chichen Itza Wonder at the architectural masterworks of this fabled city. • Cancun Overnight in this popular resort town and enjoy the stunning white sand beaches.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 4 lunches: F Highlight Lunch in Uxmal n 3 lunches • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Cancun n B Be My Guest dinner at Chaya Maya Mansion in Merida n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Cancun

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 7 nights First Class accommodation

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DAY 1  ARRIVE CANCUN E Bienvenidos a Mexico! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local representative and a complimentary private transfer to the hotel. Gather at the hotel at 7 p.m. to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun (SF) DAY 2  CANCUN – EK BALAM – VALLADOLID – IZAMAL – MERIDA (2 NIGHTS) Begin your exploration of the Yucatan with a visit to the great Maya acropolis at Ek Balam. The ruins here provide a window into the Maya soul, with elaborate statues and grand architecture surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Then it’s on to Valladolid—the Yucatan’s first capital—for a lunch at a typical restaurant and a stroll around its convivial central square. Next, visit the colonial jewel of Izamal with its yellow buildings glowing in the tropical sun. Visit the Franciscan Monastery before ending your day with some free time in “The White City” of Merida, one of Mexico’s loveliest colonial cities. (FB L) Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Merida (SF) DAY 3  CELESTUN – MERIDA B Visit Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you’ll travel by small boats through the lagoons and canals into protected wetlands to spot the local colony of pink

flamingoes. Relax during lunch  under the palm-thatched roof of a local beach restaurant and enjoy some free time.  This evening, gather for a Be My Guest experience hosted by Chef Don Miguel in the Chaya Maya Mansion kitchen.   Upon arrival, you are greeted by Don Miguel and served a welcome cocktail typical to the region, the “Mayita” or Margarita de Chaya.  Learn about the dishes that you’ll be making and sampling today including the traditional processes with a modern twist used in their preparation. (FB L BG) DAY 4  MERIDA – CAMPECHE Immerse yourself in the history and passion of colonial Mexico in historic Merida today. View the Paseo de Montejo lined with beautiful Spanish mansions. Visit the Merida Museum. Then see the glories of the city as you stroll around the Central Plaza: the ornate Casa Montejo, the massive cathedral and the Palacio del Gobierno with its remarkable collection of murals. Continue on to the fort city of Campeche. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierra—the main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campeche’s fortified old city—to the Puerta del Mar, which opens into the Gulf of Mexico. The evening is yours to enjoy one of the local restaurants. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Plaza Campeche (F)

Campeche


HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 30 m.

Gulf of Mexico

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MERIDA

2

Celestun

Sotuta de Peon

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Izamal

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Ek Balam

1

Valladolid

CHICHEN ITZA

YUCATAN

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2

RIVIERA MAYA BEACH STAY 3 Day Optional Extension

QUINTANA ROO

Edzna

MEXICO

CAMPECHE

Caribbean Sea

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$1495 p.p. twin share Ref: DYUC Price per Person Starts Cancun 6 Wed 2 Oct

Ends Cancun Wed 9 Oct

Twin Single Share Supp. 1495 355

Price per Person Starts Ends Twin Single Cancun Cancun Share Supp. Wed 7 May Wed 14 May 1575 550

6 Wed 6 Nov Wed 13 Nov 1495 355

Wed 1 Oct

6 Wed 4 Dec Wed 11 Dec 1495 355 2014 6 Wed 12 Feb Wed 19 Feb 1595 550

Wed 5 Nov Wed 12 Nov 1575 550

Wed 8 Oct

1575 550

Wed 5 Mar Wed 12 Mar 1575 550

Wed 3 Dec Wed 10 Dec 1575 550 2015 Wed 21 Jan Wed 28 Jan 1650 575

Wed 2 Apr

Wed 11 Feb Wed 18 Feb 1650 575

Wed 9 Apr

1575 550

Wed 16 Apr Wed 23 Apr 1575 550

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$165 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$124 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$83 p.p. A$165 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

A$83

Triple Room Reduction:

Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops

Start

Celestun

DAY 5  CAMPECHE – EDZNA – UXMAL F @  Today, travel to La Ruta Puuc for a further taste of Maya history and culture. Inhabited as early as 400 BC, the abandoned city of Edzna now reveals its secrets to modern-day visitors. Your Travel Director’s intimate knowledge of its fascinating history brings the ruins to life. A special treat awaits you at a Highlight Lunch: Yucatecan specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). End the day at Hacienda Uxmal, an Authentic Accommdation and your hotel for the evening. Steeped in history, this is the oldest hotel in the area and  has attracted world leaders and European royalty ever since the hotel’s inauguration 50 years ago. Past guests include  Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Great Britain, the Shah of Iran, King Umberto II of Italy, Henry Kissinger and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (FB HL) Hotel: Hacienda Uxmal (F) DAY 6  UXMAL – SOTUTA DE PEON – CHICHEN ITZA I Few sites reflect the glories of Maya architecture better than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal. From the Governor’s Palace to the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, you’ll be guided through one of the best-preserved ceremonial centres of any Maya city in the world.  At the living history

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museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Learn about the Local Speciality of henequen (sisal fiber), the green gold of the Yucatan during the colonial era. Visit the main house and the still-active processing plant, then ride a picturesque mule-drawn rail cart out to one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatan countryside. After lunch, travel to your hotel, ideally situated next to Chichen Itza, the most famous Maya archaeological site. Enjoy the evening at leisure to relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools. (FB L) Hotel: Hotel Mayaland (F) DAY 7  CHICHEN ITZA SIGHTSEEING – CANCUN F Rise early and be the first visitors as you take advantage of your hotel’s own private entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Under the expert guidance of your Travel Director, explore the imposing El Castillo (The Castle), flanked by the Temple of the Warriors and the great Ball Court, the largest of its kind in Central America. This afternoon, return to Cancun to enjoy some free time by one of the hotel’s pools or at the beach. Tonight, celebrate your Yucatan adventure at a lively Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun (SF) DAY 8  DEPART CANCUN Today bid adios to your newfound amigos as you transfer to the Cancun International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay at the resort on the famed Riviera Maya.  For clients who depart later in the day, free time at the hotel and beach is an option and a later transfer can be scheduled. (FB) Please note: In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.

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

Wed 2 Oct 13 - Wed 12 Feb 14

A$55

Wed 5 Mar 14 - Wed 11 Feb 15

A$60

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

6 These departures will operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may very. Please inquire at the time of booking.  Guaranteed room share not available. 

Treasures of the Yucatan with Riviera Maya Beach Stay Ref: DYPC DAY 1 TO DAY 7   These days will operate as per Days 1-7 on the 8-Day itinerary. DAY 8  CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN – RIVIERA MAYA (2 NIGHTS) Travel on to your oceanfront resort on the idyllic Riviera Maya. (FB) Hotel: Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort (F) DAY 9  RIVIERA MAYA FREE TIME Enjoy a leisurely day at the resort on the shores of the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Relax on the white sand beach, swim in the warm turquoise sea or the sparkling pool, and dive in to a host of resort activities. Or, you can join an optional visit to the Maya site of Tulum, perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the sea, or take a trip to Playa del Carmen to stroll along the shops and cafes along charming Quinta Avenida. (FB) DAY 10  RIVIERA MAYA – DEPART CANCUN This morning is free until your complimentary transfer to Cancun International Airport, or extend your stay with a few extra nights at the beach. Please do not schedule your flight before noon. (FB) Wed 2 Oct 13 - Wed 19 Feb 14

Share-twin A$305 p.p. Single room supplement A$240 p.p. Triple room reduction A$15 p.p. Wed 5 Mar 14 - Wed 10 Dec 14

Share-twin A$325 p.p. Single room supplement A$250 p.p. Triple room reduction A$25 p.p. Wed 21 Jan 15 - Wed 18 Feb 15

Share-twin A$350 p.p. Single room supplement A$250 p.p. Triple room reduction A$25 p.p.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Mexico’s Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon Train in the Sky

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dine with the Barriga family at their beautiful mansion and enjoy a traditional dance performance in Posada Barrancas. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn about cultured pearl oyster farming in the Sea of Cortez. n Watch artisans create Mata Ortiz pottery in Casas Grandes. • 5 Local Expert For included sightseeing in Alamos.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Hermosillo See the cathedral and murals at the Government Palace. • San Carlos Visit a cactus garden and find out more about these unique plants; cruise the Sea of Cortez on a private boat. • Alamos Walk through colonial Alamos; visit beautifully restored colonial mansions; enjoy a colourful folkloric show. • Copper Canyon Train Ride the “Train in the Sky” into the vast Copper Canyon by First Class rail car. • Posada Barrancas Spend two nights at the Copper Canyon; walk on easy mountain paths along the canyon’s rim; meet the Tarahumara Indians and experience their timeless culture; visit with a local medicine woman and learn about local natural remedies; descend into the canyon aboard the new aerial tram. • Casas Grandes Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 full breakfasts • 7 lunches • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception and dinner with wine with your Travel Director in San Carlos n B Be My Guest dinner with a traditional margarita in Posada Barrancas. n F Highlight Dinner and show in El Fuerte. n 2 three-course dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Casas Grandes

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 8 nights First Class accommodation • First Class train journey aboard the El Chepe train into the Copper Canyon

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DAY 1  ARRIVE PHOENIX Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in, relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool. Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (F) DAY 2  PHOENIX – TUCSON – HERMOSILLO – SAN CARLOS E Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax at your waterfront resort before gathering for a  Welcome Reception and dinner. (FB L WR) Hotel: Marinaterra Hotel & Spa (MF) DAY 3  SAN CARLOS – SEA OF CORTEZ – ALAMOS I Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds such as the bluefooted booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the  Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city’s cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes. (FB L D) Hotel: Casa de los Tesoros (MF) or Casa Encantada (MF) or The Mansion (MF)

DAY 4  ALAMOS – EL FUERTE 5 F Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Expert  brings this town’s history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos’ silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Highlight Dinner and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River. (FB L HD) Hotel: Torres del Fuerte (MF) DAY 5  EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON – POSADA BARRANCAS (2 NIGHTS) B Mexico’s Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona— looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the “Train in the Sky,” travelling from sea level to 2,286 metres (7,500 feet) in less than 241 kilometres (150 miles), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world’s most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest

Alamos


HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 2,430 m

PHOENIX

CALIFORNIA

1 1

ARI

NEW MEXICO

ZON

CASAS GRANDES

Sonora

1

Santa Ana Sonoran Desert

Sierra Madre Mountains

Hermosillo

Sea of Cortez

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 9 Days Pace: Lively From: A$1575 p.p. twin share Ref: DCCA

Tucson Alternate pick-up /drop-off city

A

1

ALAMOS

1 EL FUERTE

1

Price per Person

Paquime Chihuahua Chihuahua Desert

SAN CARLOS

Sea of Cortez Cruise

Creel Oteros Canyon

2

COPPER CANYON Train in the Sky

Sinaloa

M

EX

IC

Pacific Ocean

3

O

6 6

Starts Phoenix Fri 11 Oct Fri 18 Oct

Ends Phoenix Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct

Twin Single Share Supp. 1575 395 1575 395

6 6 6 6

Fri 1 Nov Fri 8 Nov Fri 15 Nov Fri 22 Nov

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

1575 1575 1575 1575

6

Fri 6 Dec

6

Fri 24 Jan

Sat 14 Dec 1575 395 2014 Sat 1 Feb 1695 395

6

Fri 7 Feb

Sat 15 Feb 1695 395

6 6 6

Fri 7 Mar Fri 14 Mar Fri 21 Mar

395 395 395 395

Start

End

DAY 7  COPPER CANYON – CASAS GRANDES I F Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see the local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB L FD) Hotel: Hotel Hacienda (MF)

El Fuerte, Mexico dinner with the Barriga family and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.  (FB L BG) Hotel: Mansion Tarahumara (MF) DAY 6  COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon’s caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman. Later, board the aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before. (FB L D)

DAY 8  CASAS GRANDES – PAQUIME – PHOENIX Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon. (FB L) Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (F) DAY 9  DEPART PHOENIX Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Phoenix. (FB)

Starts Phoenix

Ends Phoenix

Twin Single Share Supp.

Sat 6 Sep Sun 14 Sep 1695 350 Sat 13 Sep Sun 21 Sep 1695 350 Sat 20 Sep Sun 28 Sep 1695 350 Sat 4 Oct Sun 12 Oct 1695 350 Sat 11 Oct Sun 19 Oct 1695 350 Sat 18 Oct Sun 26 Oct 1695 350 Sat 1 Nov Sat 8 Nov Sat 15 Nov Sat 22 Nov

Sun 9 Nov Sun 16 Nov Sun 23 Nov Sun 30 Nov

Sat 15 Mar 1695 395 Sat 22 Mar 1695 395 Sat 29 Mar 1695 395

Sat 6 Dec Sat 24 Jan

Sun 14 Dec 1695 350 2015 Sun 1 Feb 1695 350

Sat 5 Apr Sun 13 Apr 1695 350 Sat 12 Apr Sun 20 Apr 1695 350 Sat 26 Apr Sun 4 May 1695 350

Sat 7 Feb

Sun 15 Feb 1695 350

Sat 17 May Sun 25 May 1695 350

Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops

Price per Person

1695 1695 1695 1695

350 350 350 350

Sat 7 Mar Sun 15 Mar 1695 350 Sat 14 Mar Sun 22 Mar 1695 350 Sat 21 Mar Sun 29 Mar 1695 350

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$170 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$127 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$85 p.p. A$170 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

A$85

Triple Room Reduction

A$130

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

6 These departures will operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and

inclusions may very. Please inquire at the time of booking.  7 Days A$1625 twin share - Reference DCTA for travellers starting and finishing at the Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport. Single Supplement: A$300 Triple Room Reduction: A$125 Guaranteed room share not available. 

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Please note: This spectacular region of Mexico is still off-the-beaten path. Meal choices may not be as extensive as on other Trafalgar holidays and hotel facilities in some towns may be limited. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.

San Carlos Marina

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Panama, the Canal & Beyond Panama City

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a traditional local lunch at the prominent Eleta Almaran family’s equestrian estate and learn about their thoroughbred champion horse breeding and training program. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Try Patacones—the Emberas’ native diet—patties made of fried tilapia or chicken and plantain. n Discover how Panamanian coffee is entering the world scene of premium coffee during a visit to a local farm where you learn about the production process and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of local joe.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Panama Canal Cruise this marvel of the modern world from the Pacific all the way to the Chagres River. • Panama City Explore the city’s main highlights including the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and the Historic District of Panama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; wander the quaint streets of the Casco Antiguo; visit the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum. • Gamboa Rainforest Explore the rainforest at canopy level aboard an aerial tram ride; cruise the Chagres River to an Embera village aboard motorboats; meet local Embera villagers and learn about their lifestyles, culture and customs; be entertained by Embera ancestral songs and dances. • Cerro Punta Stop at this mountain township and enjoy the best views of Baru Volcano; visit a local race horse stud farm. • Boquete Relax with two nights at the idyllic mountain resort of Valle Escondido, known for fabulous bird-watching. • Playa Bonita Enjoy one of Panama’s most popular beach resorts ideally situated on the Pacific.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 2 lunches: Lunch aboard a Panama Canal cruise n B Be My Guest lunch with drinks in Cerro Punta • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Panama City n 2 threecourse dinners n F Farewell Dinner with drinks at Playa Bonita

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 7 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus - Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David including porter service at airport

DAY 1  ARRIVE PANAMA CITY (2 NIGHTS) E Bienvenidos a Panama! Welcome to Central America’s most beautiful gem and home to the eponymous Canal. You are greeted at the airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, superbly located on Panama’s bay, the bustling Cinta Costera, just steps away from Calle Uruguay with its many popular restaurants and shops. At 6 p.m., join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director at the hotel for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Miramar (Deluxe) DAY 2  PANAMA CANAL CRUISE & FREE TIME Board your vessel and cruise the Canal, Panama’s premier attraction. As you enter the most important waterway in the world, cruise down from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal, and witness firsthand the engineering wonder of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks, the final set before reaching the Pacific Ocean. Cruise over the Continental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas while enjoying a relaxed morning snack and lunch. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, be ready for the best views of Panama City’s modern skyline. Enjoy the evening in Panama City to sample the local cuisine. (FB L) DAY 3  PANAMA CITY SIGHTSEEING – GAMBOA RAINFOREST (2 NIGHTS) Discover Panama City’s role long before the Canal put it on the map. Drive by Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City before it was sacked by the Pirate Henry Morgan. Wander the vibrant streets of Casco Antiguo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site— in Panama’s Historical District. Drive by a local fish market on the way to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Canal Museum. Then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your resort, join a guide on an exciting nature walk and aerial tram ride. Glide smoothly through the treetops and possibly spot birds and animals that inhabit this mountainous rainforest canopy. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres

River, Panama Canal and the township of Gamboa before sitting down for a delicious buffet dinner at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort (MD) DAY 4  GAMBOA RAINFOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I Embark on a different kind of water adventure and meet your boteros at the edge of the Chagres National Park to board motorboats. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths or monkeys. Arriving at Embera’ Puru, you are met with a traditional greeting and will learn about the Embera Indians’ fascinating culture, lifestyle and crafts. Back at the village, enjoy a delicious traditional  Local Speciality— Patacones (fried plantains) with fried fish or chicken. Then listen to local music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free. (FB) DAY 5  GAMBOA RAINFOREST – DAVID – CERRO PUNTA – BOQUETE (2 NIGHTS) D B Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views of Volcan Baru, a dormant but prominent volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. An exclusive  Be My Guest  lunch awaits at a thoroughbred breeding farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley, one of the most beautiful scenic jewels in the country. As guests of the owners—one of Panama’s most prominent families—explore the farm

Thoroughbred Farm, Cerro Punta


HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 2,194 m.

3

GAMBOA

2

BOQUETE COSTA RICA

2

Canal Cruise

Cerro Punta

David

1

PANAMA

Nata

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 8 Days Pace: Lively From: A$1975 p.p. twin share Ref: LPAN

CARTAGENA EXTENSION 4 Day Optional Post-Itinerary Extension

Price per Person Single Ends Panama Twin Supp. City Share Option

Starts Panama City

PANAMA CITY

2 PLAYA BONITA

Santiago

6 Fri 12 Jul

Fri 19 Jul

6 Fri 11 Oct

Fri 18 Oct 1975 695

6 Fri 22 Nov

Fri 29 Nov 1975 695

6 Fri 20 Dec Fri 17 Jan

Fri 27 Dec 1975 695 2014 Fri 24 Jan 1995 695

Fri 14 Feb

Fri 21 Feb 1995 695

Fri 14 Mar

Fri 21 Mar 1995 695

Fri 4 Apr

Fri 11 Apr 1995 695

Fri 13 Jun

Fri 20 Jun 1995 695

Starts Panama City

Price per Person Single Ends Panama Twin Supp. City Share Option

Fri 11 Jul

Fri 18 Jul

Fri 10 Oct

Fri 17 Oct 1995 695

Fri 7 Nov

Fri 14 Nov 1995 695

1975 695 1995 695

Fri 19 Dec Fri 26 Dec 2095 695 2015* Fri 16 Jan Fri 23 Jan 2125 725 Fri 13 Feb Fri 27 Feb

Fri 20 Feb 2125 725 Fri 6 Mar 2125 725

Fri 13 Mar Fri 20 Mar

Fri 20 Mar 2125 725 Fri 27 Mar 2125 725

GREAT SAVINGS Start End Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops

Early Payment Discount:

ALL INTERNAL AIR INCLUDED

Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$211 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$159 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to

A$106 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$211 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

and learn how they breed these magnificent horses in a chemical-free environment. Later, arrive at the mountain resort of Boquete in beautiful Valle Escondido. (FB BG) Hotel: Valle Escondido Golf & Spa Resort (F) DAY 6  BOQUETE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee—a new Local Speciality in Panama—is making a grand entrance on the world stage of gourmet grounds with several award-winning, estate-grown varietals. Learn about the coffeemaking process and see the Ngobe-Bugle, the indigenous who hand-pick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. Then, enjoy some free time to do some exploring. Visit the quaint township of Boquete to feel like a local or join one of the optional activities including bird-watching, white water rafting, ziplining, hiking up a volcano, or horseback riding—the choice is yours. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner. (FB D) DAY 7  BOQUETE – SANTIAGO – PLAYA BONITA F Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to the

Inter-American Highway, the Central American section of the Pan-American Highway. Stop in Santiago for lunch on your own. On to Aguadulce and Nata in the Cocle Province, the heart of Panama’s sugar cane industry. Stop in Nata to view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in colonial America. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the Pacific Ocean. This evening, recount cherished memories of your Panama holiday with newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB  FD) Hotel: The Westin Playa Bonita (Deluxe) DAY 8  PLAYA BONITA – DEPART PANAMA CITY Extend your stay in Playa Bonita or transfer to Panama City. (Depending on your departure time, coffee and light food service, or a full breakfast will be available). (FB) Choose to extend your holiday on select departures, by following your Panama trip with our Costa Rica Eco Adventure holiday.

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

Fri 12 Jul 13 - Fri 20 Dec 13

DAY 8  PLAYA BONITA – PANAMA CITY – CARTAGENA (3 NIGHTS) D Depart Playa Bonita and head to Panama City for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, you are met by a local representative and transferred to your luxurious hotel, superbly situated in the heart of Cartagena’s Old Town on the Caribbean coast. Recently declared ‘Historical Patrimony of Humanity’ by UNESCO, it is one the world’s jewels and a favourite with visitors across the globe. The

city has some of the best-preserved colonial architecture and is considered by many as the most beautiful city in South America. (FB) Hotel: Sofitel Santa Clara (Deluxe) DAY 9  CARTAGENA SIGHTSEEING Discover the heart of the colonial city walking with your guide along the colourful streets, admiring old colonial houses, beautiful flowerladen balconies, and picturesque squares. Visit the Gold Museum, Heredia Theatre and the San Pedro Claver Church. This afternoon, visit the most important monuments outside of the Old Town. View La Popa, Convent of La Candelaria, with stunning views of the city and

A$120

All other departures

A$90

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Panama City-David. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures will operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels, hotel room categories and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

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Panama, the Canal & Beyond with colonial Cartagena DAY 1 TO DAY 7   These days will operate as shown on Days 1-7 on Panama, the Canal & Beyond.

A$106

Triple Room Reduction:

Ref: LPAC

bay. Head to San Felipe Fort, built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirates. Stop at “Las Bovedas” (The Vaults), which were used as dungeons in days of yore and now house a variety of shops. (FB)

Fri 17 Jan 14 - Fri 19 Dec 14

DAY 10  CARTAGENA FREE TIME Today is yours to relax, explore further, or take a land or island excursion. (FB)

Fri 16 Jan 15 - Fri 20 Mar 15

DAY 11  DEPART CARTAGENA After breakfast, say adios to Cartagena and transfer to Rafael Nuñez Cartagena airport for your onward flight. (FB)

Share-twin Single room supplement

Share-twin Single room supplement

A$1395 p.p. A$750 p.p.

A$1475 p.p. A$800 p.p.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Arenal

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit Master Chocolatier Julio Fernandez’s home and small chocolate workshop for a lunch of local ingredients. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a local family-owned palm plantation to try the delicate heart of palm. • 5 Local Expert Meet a Quaker man who will share photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Tortuguero National Park Ride to Tortuguero National Park by river boat; visit Tortuguero Village and the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife. • Sarapiqui Explore this beautiful valley surrounded by rainforest. • Arenal See Arenal Volcano • Monteverde Cloud Forest Enjoy a two-night stay near the park; take a guided walk through the Cloud Forest Reserve; visit the Sky Walk to experience the chain of suspension bridges high above the Cloud Forest.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: B Be My Guest lunch with wine near San Isidro de Heredia n 2 buffet lunches • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Jose n 4 buffet dinners n 1 three-course dinner n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Monteverde Cloud Forest

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Umbrellas provided for your use

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DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSE E Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel:  InterContinental  Real  Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica (Deluxe) DAY 2  SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) B After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed for a Be My Guest lunch by master chocolatiers, for a taste of gourmet chocolate and an organic lunch. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small chocolate workshop. After lunch, continue to Siquirres and embark on a river journey through the protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (FB BG D) Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (MF) DAY 3  TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Cruise the canals and streams of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you’re here between July and September, take an optional excursion to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. (FB L D) DAY 4  TORTUGUERO – SARAPIQUI I Before departing Tortuguero, you’ll have the chance to try “pipa,” a delicious variety of young coconut. Bid adios to the park as you travel along the river before boarding your motorcoach for a visit to the small village of Horquetas.  After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm, a Local Speciality. Travel on to quaint Sarapiqui and step off the beaten path in this rarely-visited area surrounded by dense rainforests full of wildlife. This afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area around your

lodge—perhaps you’ll spot the endangered great green macaw. (FB L D) Hotel: Hacienda Sueño Azul Resort (MF) DAY 5  SARAPIQUI – ARENAL Head to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the rest of the day at your resort, surrounded by exotic gardens, beautiful flowers and many species of birds. Enjoy dinner with some of the best views of the volcano, and then relax while soaking in the resort’s natural hot thermal springs in the shadow of the volcano. (FB D) Hotel: Arenal Manoa (F) DAY 6  ARENAL – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (2 NIGHTS) 5 Straddling Costa Rica’s Continental Divide, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. You’ll spend two nights in this most famous of Costa Rican reserves. Upon arrival, ascend to the treetops for a bird’s-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level. Begin exploring from the grounds of your mountain lodge before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant where you meet a native Quaker man, a Local Expert, who will share historical photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde. (FB D) Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel (F) DAY 7  MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Covering 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones

Cacao Tree


HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 1,400 m.

NICARAGUA

Caribbean Sea

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$1575 p.p. twin share Ref: LCRE Price per Person

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ARENAL

SARAPIQUI

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GUANACASTE BEACH 3 Day Optional Extension

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2

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

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MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

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SAN JOSE

COSTA RICA

Pacific Ocean

Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops

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DAY 8  MONTEVERDE – DEPART LIBERIA Transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home or travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 1:00 p.m. (FB) Choose to extend your holiday on select departures, by starting your trip with our Panama, the Canal & Beyond holiday.

Toucan and offers extremely high biodiversity, consisting of over 2,500 plant species (including the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. Share your experiences with your fellow travellers at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

Please note:  For the more remote areas of Costa Rica, we use the best available hotel facilities from resorts to cosy lodges with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.

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Starts San Jose Sat 5 Oct

Ends Twin Single Liberia Share Supp. Sat 12 Oct 1575 495

6 6

Sat 2 Nov Sat 16 Nov

Sat 9 Nov 1575 495 Sat 23 Nov 1575 495

6 6

Sat 21 Dec Fri 27 Dec

1575 495 1575 495

6 6

Sat 18 Jan Sat 25 Jan

Sat 28 Dec Fri 3 Jan 2014 Sat 25 Jan Sat 1 Feb

6 6 6 6

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

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

1695 1695 1695 1695

495 495 495 495

6 6 6 6 6

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

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

1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

495 495 495 495 495

Fri 11 Apr

Fri 18 Apr 1595 525

Fri 16 May

Fri 23 May 1575 495

Fri 20 Jun

Fri 27 Jun 1575 495

1695 495 1695 495

Price per Person Starts San Jose

Ends Liberia

Twin Single Share Supp.

Fri 11 Jul Fri 25 Jul

Fri 18 Jul Fri 1 Aug

1575 495 1575 495

Fri 3 Oct Fri 17 Oct Fri 31 Oct

Fri 10 Oct 1575 495 Fri 24 Oct 1575 495 Fri 7 Nov 1575 495

Fri 28 Nov

Fri 5 Dec

1575 495

Fri 19 Dec Fri 26 Dec

1750 550 1750 550

Fri 9 Jan Fri 16 Jan Fri 23 Jan

Fri 26 Dec Fri 2 Jan 2015 Fri 16 Jan Fri 23 Jan Fri 30 Jan

Fri 6 Feb Fri 13 Feb Fri 20 Feb Fri 27 Feb

Fri 13 Feb Fri 20 Feb Fri 27 Feb Fri 6 Mar

1625 1625 1625 1625

525 525 525 525

Fri 6 Mar Fri 13 Mar Fri 20 Mar Fri 27 Mar

Fri 13 Mar Fri 20 Mar Fri 27 Mar Fri 3 Apr

1625 1625 1625 1625

525 525 525 550

1625 525 1625 525 1625 525

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$175 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$131 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to

A$88 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$175 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

A$88

Triple Room Reduction: Sat 5 Oct 13 - Sat 29 Mar 14

A$95

Fri 11 Apr 14 - Fri 27 Mar 15

A$150

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

6 These departures will operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may very. Please inquire at the time of booking.  Guaranteed room share not available. 

Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will enjoy a special holiday meal.

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

Costa Rica Eco Adventure with Guanacaste Beach Stay Ref: LCRG DAY 1 TO DAY 7   Itinerary will operate as shown on Costa Rica Eco Adventure Days 1-7. DAY 8  MONTEVERDE – LIBERIA – GUANACASTE (2 NIGHTS) The beach awaits! Head to the pristine Pacific coast, where you’ll check into your seaside resort, located on the white sands of lovely Tamarindo Beach. Slip into your swimsuit and enjoy the sand and surf this afternoon. (FB) Hotel: Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort (F) DAY 9  GUANACASTE FREE TIME The day is yours to relax on the beautiful beach or get to know the underwater life while snorkelling. Other optional tours include an exploration of the rainforest canopy, a float trip

on a nearby river, horseback riding, white-water rafting or a visit a National Park. (FB) DAY 10  GUANACASTE – DEPART LIBERIA A complimentary transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport. Or stay a while longer on the beach; extra nights are available if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule your flight before 12:30 p.m. (FB) Sat 05 Oct 2013 - Sat 22 Mar 2014

Share-twin A$275 p.p. Single room supplement A$215 p.p. Triple room reduction A$35 p.p. Sat 29 Mar 2014 - Fri 27 Mar 2015

Share-twin A$275 p.p. Single room supplement A$225 p.p. Triple room reduction A$50 p.p.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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MONKEYS,

JUNGLES & VOLCANOES 8 Days

from A$1495 ZIPLINE IN MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a Tico family palm plantation. n Visit an organic pineapple farm and taste the delicious fruit. • 5 Local Expert Learn about sea turtles who nest in Tortuguero.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Braulio Carrillo National Park Journey through this magnificent tropical rainforest. • Tortuguero Travel to Tortuguero by river boat; visit the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife with your naturalist guide. • Tortuguero National Park Join your expert naturalist guide in search of the abundant local wildlife. • Arenal Enjoy a guided tour through the rainforest canopy along the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges. • Arenal National Park Explore this natural wonder with a guide. • Manuel Antonio National Park Get your adrenaline pumping on a zipline canopy safari; look for nearly 300 kinds of birds and animals on a nature walk.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 3 lunches • 6 evening meals: E Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Jose n 2 buffet dinners n 1 three-course dinner n F Pizza night Highlight Dinner with drinks in Manuel Antonio n F Farewell Dinner with drinks in Manuel Antonio

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Umbrellas provided for your use

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DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSE E Pura Vida! Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! You’re going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local representative will greet you at the airport and arrange your complimentary transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica (Deluxe) DAY 2  SAN JOSE – BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) 5  Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean Sea.  Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You’ll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here—six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours—hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the students (when school is in session). Join a  Local Expert  from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort’s open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon. (FB L D) Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (MF) DAY 3  TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Arrr, arrr, arrr! There’s nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off with your captain and guide to explore the lush canals and waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you’ll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you’ll spot tons of monkeys—agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, you can venture

back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge—the choice is yours! If you’re visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world’s largest turtles laying their eggs. Amazing! A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening. (FB L D) DAY 4  TORTUGUERO – SARAPIQUI – ARENAL NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) I Before departing Tortuguero today, you’ll have the chance to try “pipa,” a delicious variety of young coconut. Bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel by motorcoach to Horquetas. Here you’ll visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn all about and taste an exotic vegetable and  Local Speciality you’ve probably never tried—the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiqui where you’ll visit a pineapple farm, the only farm of its kind in the world producing certified organic golden pineapples, a Local Speciality. After learning how it’s grown without hurting

ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES


= Overnight stays

Arenal

Sarapiqui

2

2

START & END

SAN JOSE

1

Tortuguero National Park

San Jose Costa Rica

2

Manuel Antonio National Park

TQ CAPUCHIN MONKEY

Travel Style: Family Experiences Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$1495 p.p. twin share Ref: LFCA Price per Person

the environment, you’ll eat the juiciest, most delicious pineapple you’ve ever tasted. (FB L) Hotel: Los Lagos Hotel Resort & Spa (F) DAY 5  ARENAL SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Rise and shine as the jungle and volcano are calling! Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano’s past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal  Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Relax or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day with a delicious dinner with your travelling companions. (FB D)

more creatures on your wildlife list—at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here! Listen to the barking of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrels and whitefaced monkeys. Then, it’s time to hit the beach! You can laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort’s pool, or choose one of many incredible optional activities. Will it be a catamaran cruise to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or white-water rafting? This evening, join your fellow explorers and celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a  Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB FD) DAY 8  MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART SAN JOSE Travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio. Please do not schedule any flights before 1:00 p.m. (FB)

DAY 6  ARENAL – MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) F Get ready for a blast! Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Combined with Tarzan swings and rappelling, ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime!  Head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white-sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) Hotel: Parador Resort & Spa (SF)

Please note:  For the more remote areas of Costa Rica, we use the best available hotel facilities from resorts to cosy lodges with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.

DAY 7  MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you’ll definitely check off a few

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

Price per Person

Ends Starts San Jose San Jose 6 Sun 3 Nov Sun 10 Nov 6 Sun 17 Nov Sun 24 Nov

Twin Single Share Supp. 1495 525 1495 525

Starts San Jose Sun 13 Jul Sun 27 Jul

6 Sun 22 Dec Sun 29 Dec 6 Sat 28 Dec Sat 4 Jan 2014 6 Sun 16 Feb Sun 23 Feb 6 Sun 23 Feb Sun 2 Mar

1625 650 1625 650

Sun 3 Aug Sun 10 Aug 1750 595 Sun 10 Aug Sun 17 Aug 1750 595

1650 625 1650 625

Sun 9 Nov Sun 16 Nov 1695 550 Sun 16 Nov Sun 23 Nov 1695 550

6 Sun 9 Mar Sun 16 Mar 1650 625 6 Sun 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar 1650 625 6 Sun 23 Mar Sun 30 Mar 1650 625 Sun 6 Apr

Sun 13 Apr 1795 650

Sun 15 Jun Sun 22 Jun

Sun 22 Jun 1695 550 Sun 29 Jun 1695 550

Ends Twin Single San Jose Share Supp. Sun 20 Jul 1750 595 Sun 3 Aug 1750 595

Sun 21 Dec Sun 28 Dec Sun 28 Dec Sun 4 Jan 2015 Sun 15 Feb Sun 22 Feb Sun 22 Feb Sun 1 Mar

2095 695 2195 695 1775 595 1775 595

Sun 8 Mar Sun 15 Mar 1775 595 Sun 15 Mar Sun 22 Mar 1775 595 Sun 22 Mar Sun 29 Mar 1775 595

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$220 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$165 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to

A$110 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$220 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

A$110

Triple Room Reduction: Sun 3 Nov 13 - Sun 23 Mar 14

A$125

Sun 6 Apr 14 - Sun 22 Mar 15

A$130

Quad Room Reduction: Sun 23 Feb 14 - Sun 22 Jun 14

A$155

Sun 13 Jul 14 - Sun 22 Mar 15

A$255

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

6 These departures will operate per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may very. Please inquire at the time of booking.  Guaranteed room share not available. 

Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will enjoy a special holiday meal.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Highlights of Peru The Citadel, Machu Picchu

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join Doctor Francisco Diez Canseco, the descendant of a distinguished Peruvian family, for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about the Canseco family’s and Peru’s history. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality See a special weaving presentation in the Sacred Valley and watch artisan weavers at work. n Visit a chicheria and taste chicha, the traditional Andean corn beer. • 5 Local Expert Learn about the Larco Museum’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world during a presentation by the museum’s curator. n For included sightseeing in Lima.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lima Discover the city’s colonial sights, including the expansive Plaza de Armas and its impressive cathedral and government palace; see the Church of San Francisco. • Sacred Valley Visit Awanakancha and meet llamas, vicuñas and alpacas; pick up some handicrafts at the lively Pisac market; explore the massive Inca fortress of Ollantayambo. • The Vistadome Ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; enjoy large panoramic windows, first class service and a light meal. • Machu Picchu Immerse yourself in the history and atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Cusco Delve into the city’s Inca and Spanish colonial pasts; explore the Plaza de Armas; visit the Cathedral and Korikancha, the former Temple of the Sun, now Santa Domingo Monastery; explore the citadel of Sacsayhuaman and nearby shrines and Inca warehouses.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 breakfasts: 5 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 2 lunches: B Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima n 1 picnic box lunch • 4 evening meals: 2 dinners n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Cusco n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 7 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar Bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” A local host will greet you and take you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima’s exclusive neighbourhoods with modern hotels, restaurants and shops (check in time 3 p.m.). Hotel: Novotel Lima (SF) DAY 2  LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5  Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring of your own: stroll the bustling streets or visit one of Lima’s lovely parks. At lunchtime, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your host’s ancestors and visit his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a sumptuous home-cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell to your host and spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with your Local Expert. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendour of Lima’s Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately

government palace. Then see the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours—why not try one of Lima’s renowned seafood restaurants? (FB BG) DAY 3  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D I Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and pet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the sacred Urubamba Valley. Learn about the Local Speciality of Peruvian weaving as you observe centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (F)

Plaza de Armas, Cusco


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DAY 4  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Board the Vistadome train for the journey up to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you climb toward Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site–the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF) DAY 5  MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I Return to Machu Picchu to continue discovering on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and the amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and head toward the great colonial city of Cusco. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Local Speciality, and to learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. (FB) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F) DAY 6  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F This morning, embark upon a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City,” the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and the Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to

the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas at the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco and see nearby shrines and warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own in Cusco before an evening together with your travelling companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying delicious Cuscuenian dishes and ancestral dance performances. (FB HD) DAY 7  CUSCO – LIMA FREE TIME D 5 F Fly back to Lima this morning and enjoy a day on your own to do some more exploring, pick up some souvenirs or just relax. This afternoon, meet a Local Expert, a curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of Ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (SF) DAY 8  DEPART LIMA Extend your stay at the hotel at the Novotel in Lima or say hasta luego this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (CB/FB) On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Peruvian holiday with our Colourful Trails of Ecuador guided holiday. Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. 

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A$237 p.p.

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A$118 p.p. A$237 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction:

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All other departures A$50 For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of roundtrip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 62 & 63 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 63 for more information.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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In the Footsteps of the Incas Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join your Peruvian host for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about your host’s illustrious family. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a weaving centre and see artisan weavers at work. n Visit a chicheria and learn about chicha. • 5 Local Expert In Cusco, meet Peter Frost, an expert on Inca archaeology. n For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Korikancha and Puno. • l Unique Insight Explore more than 360 artefacts found at Machu Picchu in 1912 at a new museum in Cusco. • @ Authentic Accommodation Spend the night in an authentic 18th century colonial Hacienda in Cusco.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lima Discover the city’s main sights; visit the Church of San Francisco, the catacombs and the Cathedral as well as Larco Museum. • Sacred Valley Get up-close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; shop for handicrafts at the Pisac market; visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo. • The Vistadome Ride the train to Machu Picchu. • Machu Picchu Explore this magical site on a guided tour and on your own. • Cusco Delve into the city’s Inca and colonial past; visit the Cathedral and Korikancha; explore San Blas; discover the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. • Puno Cruise Lake Titicaca; visit the floating Uros Islands and the island of Taquile.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 breakfasts: 7 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 4 lunches: B Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima n 3 lunches • 5 evening meals: 4 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 9 nights first class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima–Cusco, Cusco–Juliaca and Juliaca–Lima, including porter service at all airports 

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, dubbed the “City of Kings” by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535.  You will be met by a local host upon arrival and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores (check in time 3 p.m.). Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD) DAY 2  LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5  Enjoy the morning on your own. At lunchtime, join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions to meet Dr. Diez Canseco who takes you on a tour of his beautiful colonial home followed by a Welcome Reception and a delicious Be My Guest home-cooked lunch of Peruvian dishes. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital and Historic Centre, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Experience the colonial splendour of Lima’s

Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop’s Palace and stately Cathedral where you can see Francisco Pizarro’s tomb. Visit the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs before spending the evening as you like.  (FB BG) DAY 3  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Fly to Cusco and head to Awanakancha, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. See native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas with a Local Expert as well as view artisan weavers crafting Andean textiles, a Local Speciality. Stop for a box picnic lunch before browsing the delightful handicraft market of Pisac. At a chicheria, taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favourite drink of the Andes. This evening, arrive at your mountain retreat in the Andes. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado (F)

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Travel Style: Regional Duration: 10 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$3675 p.p. twin share Ref: LLIL

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Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

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DAY 4  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5  Climb toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Expert. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. (FB D) Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (MD) DAY 5  MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) 5 @  There is ample time this morning to head back to Machu Picchu for more exploring on your own. The Gate of the Sun offers rewarding views after an upward hike. Back in the Sacred Valley, visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, with a Local Expert, and then travel to your Authentic Accommodation, a beautifully renovated 18th century manor house, just a short walk from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. (FB D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco (F) DAY 6  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 l Explore Cusco this morning with a Local Expert and visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and splendour. See San Blas, a unique area with a variety of Inca walls and cobble stone streets. Visit La Casa Concha Museum, a Unique Insight, to see archeologist Hiram Bingham’s 360 artefacts which were recently sent back to Peru from Yale University. Next, head to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. Later, back at the hotel, meet with Peter Frost, Local Expert and English archaeologist, to learn about the Inca settlements nearby. (FB) DAY 7  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS) 5 D This morning, see the most important temple in the Inca Empire, the Temple of Korikancha. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert who shares stories about one of the  oldest

continuously inhabited cities in the western hemisphere. Afterward, visit a local restaurant in Cusco for a lunch of local cuisine. Fly to Juliaca and transfer to the shores of the magnificent Lake Titicaca where you will meet with a Local Expert. Relish the lake at sunset for breathtaking views not soon forgotten. (FB  L) Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF) DAY 8  LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION 5  Discover the floating Uros Islands on lovely Lake Titicaca aboard a cruise with a Local Expert. The islands are constructed out of reeds by the native Uros Indians. Embark on a private tour of Taquile Island to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Delight in a local lunch on the Island and discover more about the culture of the people living there. (FB L D)

A$172

Triple Room Reduction

A$80

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

DAY 9  PUNO – JULIACA – LIMA D F Travel back to Juliaca for your return flight to Lima where you’ll have some free time upon arrival. Tonight, experience one of Lima’s top museums after dark. Visit the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artefacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into the cultures of ancient Peru. You’ll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian dishes, enjoying the fare while you overlook the museum’s beautiful gardens. A night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian holiday. (FB FD) Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 63 for more information.

The Cathedral, Lima

DAY 10  DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.  (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. 

Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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CONQUISTADORS, SACRED VALLEYS & INCA MYSTERIES

11 Days

from A$2995 SACRED VALLEY, PERU

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Be the guest of Dr. Diez Canseco, the descendant of a Peruvian family; visit the beautiful estate and hear all about the family’s and Peru’s fascinating history. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Sip the Peruvian drink called chicha at a chicheria. n Meet a Shaman and witness a demonstration of the Pago a la Tierra ceremony. n Visit a Maras family and learn how to prepare Quinua Soup. n Visit the Centre for Traditional Textiles to see artisan weavers at work and try weaving yourself. n Sample Pisco at El Catador Pisco Winery and chocolate factory. • 5 Local Expert Discover the beloved ceramics of Peru and learn how to create your own masterpiece of pottery. n Gaze at stars and planets with local astronomy experts. n For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Ica.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lima Explore San Francisco Monastery and the catacombs; visit Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage Historical Centre; admire pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum. • Sacred Valley Get up close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; enjoy a performance of dancers and Paso horses; stop at farm fields to get a taste of local farming history. • Machu Picchu Discover these amazing Inca ruins, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. • Maras Ride a donkey through the village; investigate the Inca salt mines. • Cusco Marvel at the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman; visit the Cathedral; explore the Inca Temple of the Sun. • Ica Investigate the collection of mummies; view the giant dunes at the oasis of La Huacachina; see the Nazca Lines from the sky; ride a dune buggy and try sand boarding; launch an expedition to the Ballestas Islands or “Little Galapagos.”

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 breakfasts: 8 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 6 lunches: F 2 Highlight Lunches with drinks in the Sacred Valley n B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Lima n 3 lunches • 3 evening meals: F Make Your Own Pizza Highlight Dinner with wine in the Sacred Valley n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Cusco n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Ica

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 10 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima! Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and taken to your hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.) in San Isidro, close to lots of fun restaurants and shops. Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)  DAY 2  LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5  Enjoy the morning to settle in the great city of Lima, dubbed the “City of Kings” by the early conquistadors. Then, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest lunch and a warm welcome at the Casa Diez Canseco. Here, Dr. Diez Canseco, the illustrious owner, will take you on a tour of his historical and enchanting home, and join you in celebrating your arrival in Peru with a festive Kick-off Party and a home-cooked meal of tasty Peruvian dishes. Then, set out on a walk with a Local Expert through Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage Historical Centre. Be brave as you descend into the eerie catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery, where you will see hundreds of old bones and skulls. Later, be wowed by the incredible collection of preColumbian artefacts at the Larco Museum. (FB BG) DAY 3  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (3 NIGHTS) D 5 I F Fly to Cusco and travel toward the Sacred Valley with a Local Expert. En route, visit Awanakancha, a breeding centre for wooly llamas and alpacas. You’ll also see rare vicunas whose super-fine wool the Incas called “the fabric of the gods.” Travel on to Wayra Ranch where you are treated to an exciting performance of dancing and horsemanship featuring Peruvian Paso horses while you enjoy a Highlight Lunch. Later, meet a ceramicist, and Local Expert, who shows you how to create your own pottery masterpiece to keep as a souvenir. Sample the Peruvian

drink called chicha, a Local Speciality, at a local watering hole. After tonight’s make your own pizza Highlight Dinner, meet an Andean storyteller and learn about intriguing local legends and the strange quipu or “talking knot.” (CB/FB HL HD) Hotel: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (SF) or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (SF) DAY 4  MACHU PICCHU ADVENTURES All aboard! Ride the rails on an adventure to mysterious Machu Picchu—“The Lost City of the Incas”—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins, the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and many more cool places. Save up some energy to hike up to the Gate of the Sun along the Inca Trail to look out over the fortress and the valley below. Return to your hotel by train late this afternoon. (FB L) DAY 5  SACRED VALLEY ADVENTURES F I 5 Decisions, decisions! Go river rafting? Mountain biking? Horseback riding? Ziplining? Relaxing at the hotel? The choice is yours— it’s all included! Tempting your taste buds at another Highlight Lunch is a Peruvian Pachamanca feast, where you can lend a hand, cooking tasty foods in a large hole in the ground! Then meet with a Shaman for a Local Speciality demonstration of the Inca’s Pago a la Tierra, or Payment to the Earth ceremony.

SACSAYHUAMAN, PERU


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Kids and kids at heart can join a game of Sapo or “frog game,” handed down from an ancient Inca royal family. Tonight, stargaze with a Local Expert at the Observatory. (FB HL) DAY 6  SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – SACSAYHUAMAN – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I Did you know that potatoes originated from Peru over 7,000 years ago and that today, Peruvian farmers grow more kinds of corn than anywhere else on earth? Learn about Peru’s ancient farming history as you explore some local farm fields. Then saddle up on a donkey for a ride through the little village of Maras and visit the amazing ancient Inca salt pans with a guide. Visit a local family for lunch (box lunch provided) and learn how to make delicious quinua soup, a Local Speciality. At the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, test your strength and try to figure out how the ancient Incas moved these enormous stones. (FB L) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)  DAY 7  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I F This morning, join a Local Expert and check out Cusco’s colonial Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, said to have been sheeted in silver and gold! Continue on to watch expert weavers create the Local Speciality of intricate Andean Textiles and try some weaving yourself. The afternoon is yours for further exploration. Maybe you’ll want to join in the dancing at tonight’s Highlight Dinner, where you’ll be shown traditional dances. (FB HD) DAY 8  CUSCO – LIMA – ICA (2 NIGHTS) D 5 Fly back to Lima and travel with a Local Expert south into the Peruvian desert to Ica whose dry climate is just perfect for the preservation of mummies. View the creepy collection and learn about the sacred burial process at the Regional Museum. (FB L) Hotel: Las Dunas Sun Resort (F) 

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ALL INTERNAL AIR INCLUDED

To Easter Island 4-Day Optional Post-Itinerary Extension

DAY 9  ICA ADVENTURES I F Take to the sky to see the otherworldly Nazca Lines, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the mysterious ancient drawings of creatures and wonder how and why they were created. Back on the ground, grownups can sample Peru’s Local Speciality, Pisco, at El Catador Pisco Winery, while kids will enjoy a stop at a chocolate factory. This afternoon, hit the slopes on a fast and furious dune buggy ride and sand-boarding adventure on the vast sand dunes! Tonight, celebrate your new friendships and share your awesome experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB FD) DAY 10  ICA – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA 5 Board a motorboat for an expedition with a Local Expert to the Ballestas Islands, a wildlife wonderland. Be sure to look back toward the coast to see the Candelabra, another mysterious design carved into the earth; then observe thousands of sea lions, Humboldt penguins, countless bird species, and, if you’re lucky, blue-footed boobies and dolphins playing in the waves. Return to Lima late afternoon. (FB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)  DAY 11  DEPART LIMA Bid adios to your newfound compañeros as you take your transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. If you’d like, extend your adventure in Lima at the Novotel Hotel. (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. 

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 62 & 63 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND

See page 63 for more information.

Q Travel Style: Family Experiences Duration: 11 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$2995 p.p. twin share Ref: LCSV Starts Lima 6 Wed 20 Nov

6 Wed 18 Dec Wed 23 Apr

Price per Person Land & Ends Intra- Single Air Supp. Lima Sat 30 Nov 2995 595

Sat 28 Dec 3095 595 2014 Sat 3 May 3195 895

Wed 21 May Sat 31 May 3195 895 Wed 25 Jun

Sat 5 Jul

3195 895

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3195 895 3195 895

Wed 19 Nov

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Wed 17 Dec

Sat 27 Dec 3295 895 2015* Wed 22 Apr Sat 2 May 3395 950

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A$282 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$211 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$141 p.p. A$282 p.p.

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A$141

Triple Room Reduction: Wed 20 Nov 13 - Wed 18 Dec 13

A$110

Wed 23 Apr 14 - Wed 17 Dec 14

A$90

Wed 22 Apr 15 Quad Room Reduction:

A$95

Wed 16 Jul 14 - Wed 30 Jul 14

A$120

Wed 19 Nov 14 - Wed 20 Nov 14

A$140

Wed 18 Dec 15

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of roundtrip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Land of the Incas The Citadel, Machu Picchu

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join your Peruvian host for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about your host’s illustrious family. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a weaving centre and see artisan weavers at work. n Visit a chicheria and learn about chicha. n Visit a Pisco distillery and learn about and sample Peru’s national drink. • 5 Local Expert In Cusco, meet Peter Frost, an expert in Inca archaeology. n For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Korikancha, Lake Titicaca and Puno. • l Unique Insight Explore more than 360 artefacts found at Machu Picchu in 1912 at a new museum in Cusco. • @ Authentic Accommodation Spend the night in an authentic 18th century colonial Hacienda in Cusco.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lima Discover the city’s main sights; visit the Church of San Francisco, the catacombs and the Cathedral as well as Larco Museum. • Sacred Valley Get up-close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; shop for handicrafts at the Pisac market; visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo. • The Vistadome Ride the train to Machu Picchu. • Machu Picchu Explore this magical site on a guided tour and on your own. • Cusco Delve into the city’s Inca and colonial past; visit the Cathedral and Korikancha; explore San Blas; discover the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. • Puno Cruise Lake Titicaca; visit the floating Uros Islands and the island of Taquile. • Ica Explore Ica’s Regional Museum and its mummies. • Nazca Soar above the enigmatic Nazca Lines on a sightseeing flight. • Paracas Cruise to the Ballestas Islands, the “Little Galapagos Islands.”

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 breakfasts: 9 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 6 lunches: B Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima n 3 lunches n 2 box lunches • 6 evening meals: 5 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 11 nights first class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports 

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a local host and taken to your luxury hotel in upscale Miraflores (check in time 3 p.m.).  Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD) DAY 2  LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5  Enjoy the morning on your own. At lunchtime, join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions to meet Dr. Diez Canseco who takes you on a tour of his beautiful colonial home followed by a Welcome Reception and a delicious Be My Guest home-cooked lunch of Peruvian dishes. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital city and Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Expert. Experience the colonial splendour of Lima’s Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop’s Palace and stately Cathedral where you can see Francisco Pizarro’s tomb. Visit the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs before spending the evening as you like. (FB BG)

as you climb toward Machu Picchu (light snack included). Here, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Expert. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. (FB D) Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (MD) DAY 5  MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) 5 @  Return to Machu Picchu and continue your exploration on your own. Perhaps hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views. Then travel back to the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, with a Local Expert, before arriving at your charming hotel, an Authentic Accommodation, and beautifully renovated 18th century manor house just three blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. (FB D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco (F)

DAY 3  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Fly to Cusco and drive to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanakancha with a Local Expert to see native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas as well as artisan weavers crafting Andean textiles, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favourite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your mountain retreat in the heart of the Andes this afternoon. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado (F)

DAY 6  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 l This morning, explore the city with a Local Expert and visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and splendour. Visit San Blas, a unique area with a variety of Inca walls and cobble stone streets, before heading to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. Visit La Casa Concha Museum, a Unique Insight, to see archeologist Hiram Bingham’s 360 artefacts which were recently sent back to Peru from Yale University. Later, meet Local Expert Peter Frost, an English author and archaeologist, and learn about the Inca settlement he uncovered southwest of Machu Picchu. (FB)

DAY 4  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5  Board the Vistadome train and enjoy panoramic views of the valley and mountains

DAY 7  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS) 5 D In the morning,  meet a Local Expert for a walking visit of nearby Temple of Korikancha,


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HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 3,900 m.

PERU

BRAZIL

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 12 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$4125 p.p. twin share Ref: LLIA

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 7 Day Optional Post-Itinerary Extension

1 1 2 LIMA

PUERTO MALDONADO MACHU PICCHU

Ballestas Islands Cruise

3

PERUVIAN AMAZON 5 Day Optional Pre-Itinerary Extension

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1

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2

CUSCO

PARACAS Nazca Lines

3

BOLIVIA

EASTER ISLAND VIA SANTIAGO 4 Day Optional Post-Itinerary Extension

Juliaca

PUNO

2

Lake Titicaca

Starts Lima 6 Tue 10 Sep 6 Tue 24 Sep

Price per Person Land & Ends Intra- Single Air Supp. Lima Sat 21 Sep 4125 1125 Sat 5 Oct 4125 1125

6 Tue 19 Nov

Sat 30 Nov 4125 1125

6 Tue 17 Dec Tue 25 Mar

Sat 28 Dec 4125 1125 2014 Sat 5 Apr 4525 1250

Tue 6 May

Sat 17 May 4525 1250

Tue 3 Jun

Sat 14 Jun 4525 1250

Starts Lima Tue 1 Jul

Price per Person Land & Ends Intra- Single Air Supp. Lima Sat 12 Jul 4525 1250

Tue 12 Aug

Sat 23 Aug 4525 1250

Tue 9 Sep

Sat 20 Sep 4525 1250

Tue 7 Oct

Sat 18 Oct 4525 1250

Tue 4 Nov

Sat 15 Nov 4525 1250

Tue 2 Dec

Sat 13 Dec 4525 1250 2015* Sat 21 Mar 4750 1295

Tue 10 Mar

GREAT SAVINGS

Cruise

Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$403 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$302 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to

Start End Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops Optional Air Extension

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount

ALL INTERNAL AIR INCLUDED

the most important temple in the Inca Empire. After, sample the local cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant in Cusco. Fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Expert and transfer to Puno along the shores of the great Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset. (FB L) Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF) DAY 8  LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION 5  Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Expert. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Next is Taquile Island for a private tour to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the Island and enjoy a typical lunch before heading back to Puno. (FB L D) DAY 9  PUNO – LIMA – PARACAS (2 NIGHTS) D Fly back to Lima and travel south to the Paracas Peninsula, arriving at your resort on beautiful Paracas Beach. Box lunch included today. (FB  L  D) Hotel: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paracas (SF)

DAY 10  ICA – NAZCA LINES FLIGHT & FREE TIME I Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with its superb examples of Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and scale model of the Nazca Lines. Then take to the skies for an unforgettable experience as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs and pictures of animals created between 400 and 650 AD, viewable only from the air. Marvel at their stylized lines and wonder about the civilisation that created them. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest Pisco in the country, a Local Speciality. The rest of the day is yours at the resort. (FB) DAY 11  PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA F Visit the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a “miniGalapagos” teeming with wildlife including fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and thousands of birds, including the elusive bluefooted booby. See another mysterious design in the earth—the majestic Candelabra. Back on dry land, travel back to Lima. Upon arrival, freshen up and join your travel companions for a visit to Larco Museum to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner with wine in the garden restaurant of the museum.  (FB L FD) Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD) DAY 12  DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your holiday in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores.  (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. 

Nazca Lines, Nazca

A$202 p.p. A$403 p.p.

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

A$202

Triple Room Reduction: Tue 10 Mar 15

A$120

All other departures

A$110

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 62 & 63 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 63 for more information.

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FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Peru’s Andean Explorer Plaza de Armas, Arequipa

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join your Peruvian host for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about your host’s illustrious family. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality See a weaving presentation and watch artisan weavers at work. n Visit a chicheria and learn about chicha. • 5 Local Expert In Cusco, discuss Inca archaeology. n For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Korikancha, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Colca Canyon and Arequipa. • l Unique Insight Explore more than 360 artefacts found at Machu Picchu in 1912 at a new museum in Cusco. • @ Authentic Accommodation Spend the night in an authentic 18th century colonial Hacienda in Cusco. • Stay in an old mint and national historic landmark built in 1794.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lima Discover the city’s main sights; visit the Church of San Francisco, the catacombs and the Cathedral. • Sacred Valley Get up-close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; shop for handicrafts at the Pisac market; visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo. • The Vistadome Ride the train to Machu Picchu. • Machu Picchu Explore this magical site on a guided tour and on your own. • Cusco Delve into the city’s Inca and colonial past; visit the Cathedral and Korikancha; explore San Blas; discover the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. • Puno Cruise Lake Titicaca; visit the floating Uros Islands and the island of Taquile. • Colca Canyon Explore the world’s deepest canyon and home to the planet’s largest bird, the Andean Condor. • Arequipa Visit Peru’s version of the Spanish and mestizo culture, surrounded by three impressive volcanoes.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 breakfasts: 10 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 7 lunches: B Be My Guest Peruvian lunch with wine in Lima n 4 lunches n 2 box lunches • 6 evening meals: 5 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Arequipa

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 12 nights first class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima–Cusco, Cusco–Juliaca and Arequipa–Lima, including porter service at all airports 

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, the city conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded in 1535 and dubbed the “City of Kings.” Upon arrival, a local host will greet you and take you to your luxury hotel in chic Miraflores (check in time 3 p.m.). Hotel: Hilton Miraflores (MD) DAY 2  LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5  This morning is yours to discover the vibrant city of Lima. Start your guided holiday today with a Be My Guest Welcome Reception experience in the lovely colonial home of Dr. Diez Canseco. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions on a grand tour of the estate followed by a homemade lunch of Peruvian dishes. Later, explore Peru’s capital city with a Local Expert. Visit Lima’s Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop’s Palace and stately Cathedral where you can view Francisco Pizarro’s tomb. Stop by the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs before enjoying some free time this evening. (FB BG) DAY 3  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Fly to Cusco this morning and meet your Local Expert before travelling to the Sacred Valley. After a short drive, arrive at Awanakancha with its well-recognised native alpacas, llamas and vicuñas and also see artisan weavers crafting textiles, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a box picnic lunch and revel in the delights of the colourful handicraft market of Pisac. Later, learn about chicha at a local chicheria to taste and learn about this Local Speciality. Tonight, be welcomed at your haven in the heart of the Andes mountains. (CB/FB  L  D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado (F) DAY 4  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5  Enjoy full, panoramic views of the valley floor and Andes as you climb toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Upon arrival, discover the amazing ruins of this once-great fortress

and UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Expert. Visit the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, and the intricately carved Intihuatana. (FB D) Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (MD) DAY 5  MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) 5 @  This morning, there is time to continue your exploration on your own at the ancient Inca city. Magnificent views abound after a hike up to the Gate of the Sun. Visit the best surviving example of Incan planning, Ollantaytambo with a Local Expert, after travelling back to the Sacred Valley. Later this afternoon, arrive in Cusco, where your Authentic Accommodation is a beautifully renovated 18th century manor house just three blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. (FB  D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco (F) DAY 6  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 l Cusco’s sights will amaze you! Join a Local Expert for an exploration and visit the Cathedral, a beautiful example of colonial architecture. See San Blas, an area with a variety of exceptional Inca walls and cobble stone streets, before a visit to La Casa Concha Museum, a Unique Insight. Peruse archeologist Hiram Bingham’s 360 artefacts which were recently sent back to Peru from Yale University. Head to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. Back at the hotel, meet with Local Expert Peter Frost, an English author and archaeologist. (FB) DAY 7  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS) 5 D After breakfast, a Local Expert leads a walking tour of the most significant temple in the Inca Empire – The Temple of Korikancha. Sample local cuisine and have lunch at a Cusquenian restaurant. Later, see the amazing shores of Lake Titicaca with a Local Expert, after a flight to Juliaca. Views of the


PERU

S

HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 4,800 m.

BRAZIL

Travel Style: Regional Duration: 13 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$5395 p.p. twin share Ref: LLIC

1 1 2 LIMA

3 MACHU PICCHU

Train

1

1 SACRED VALLEY

PERUVIAN AMAZON 5 Day Optional Pre-Itinerary Extension

2 CUSCO

COLCA CANYON

Juliaca

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3

2 1

EASTER ISLAND VIA SANTIAGO 4 Day Optional Post-Itinerary Extension

PUNO

Price per Person Land & Starts Ends Intra- Single Air Supp. Lima Lima Tue 26 Aug Sun 7 Sep 5395 1375

Tue 29 Apr Sun 11 May 5395 1375

Tue 23 Sep Sun 5 Oct

5395 1375

Tue 20 May Sun 1 Jun

Tue 21 Oct Sun 2 Nov

5395 1375

5395 1375

Tue 17 Jun

Sun 29 Jun 5395 1375

Tue 15 Jul

Sun 27 Jul

5395 1375

Tue 18 Nov Sun 30 Nov 5395 1375 2015* Tue 27 Jan Sun 8 Feb 5675 1425

GREAT SAVINGS

Lake Titicaca Cruise

AREQUIPA

Early Payment Discount: Pay By 31 Oct 13 & SAVE up to

A$526 p.p.

Pay By 31 Jan 14 & SAVE up to

A$394 p.p.

Pay By 30 Apr 14 & SAVE up to

BOLIVIA Start End Overnight stays ■ Sightseeing stops Optional Air Extension

Starts Lima Tue 28 Jan

Price per Person Land & Ends Intra- Single Air Supp. Lima Sun 9 Feb 5395 1375

Pacific Ocean

A$263 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

A$526 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction:

A$263

Tue 28 Jan 14 - Tue 18 Nov 14

ALL INTERNAL AIR INCLUDED

lake at sunset will take your breath away. (FB L) Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF) DAY 8  LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION 5  Today, a Local Expert reveals the myths and marvels of beautiful Lake Titicaca on a cruise over the serene waters. Explore the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. A private tour of Taquile Island follows. Meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Discover the culture of the locals living on the island and relish a typical lunch before heading back to Puno. (FB L D) DAY 9  PUNO – COLCA CANYON (2 NIGHTS) 5 At Lagunillas, enjoy the spectacular views of tiny lagoons home to Andean flamingos and trout fishermen. Travel through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, with a Local Expert, where the delicate vicuña, a wild member of the South American camelid family, was rescued from extinction in the 1970s. Drive up to the Patapampa Pass (4800 metres) and enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountains and volcanoes and enjoy a box picnic lunch. Upon arrival at the hotel, relax or visit the resort’s spa and indoor/ outdoor pool. (FB L D) Hotel: Colca Lodge (MD) DAY 10  COLCA CANYON SIGHTSEEING 5 Rise early to explore the spectacular works of Mother Nature at Colca Canyon, with a Local Expert. It is the world’s deepest canyon and home to the planet’s largest flying bird–the Andean Condor. The canyon is also home to the world’s highest active volcano mountain chain and some of the oldest and purest Peruvian ethnic groups–the Collaguas and the Cabañas. Marvel at the stunning views of the Colca River and Canyon, dotted with small villages on both banks, with quaint colonial churches, handicrafts markets and locals working ancient pre-Inca terraces. In season, spot the famous Andean Condor at the Cruz del Condor. Continue on to visit the town of Cabañaconde. Along the way back to the hotel, visit the little towns of Macca and Yanque and see the “Mirador de Antahuilque” lookout point. (FB L)

A$180

Tue 27 Jan 15 A$190 For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

DAY 11  COLCA CANYON – AREQUIPA 5 @ F  After having discovered one side of the Colca River, today explore the other side with a visit to Corporaque. With a Local Expert, stretch your legs on a walk to the Puente Chininia Bridge to see “Colcas”–food storage “refrigerators”– carved into the nearby cliffs. Another short walk brings you to see the Uyo Uyo ruins. After some time for an early lunch or snack, travel back to Arequipa. Arrive at your Authentic Accommodation, Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa, located on the old “Casa de la Moneda” (old Mint), a national historic landmark built in 1794, more a living museum than a hotel. Celebrate your guided exploration with newfound friends tonight at a Farewell Dinner at a renowned local restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa (D)

Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Arequipa-Lima and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND

See page 63 for more information.

DAY 12  AREQUIPA – LIMA 5 D This morning, explore the charming secrets of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as “The White City,” with a Local Expert. The Carmen Alto district presents beautiful views of the city and volcanoes. See the exterior of Arequipa’s Cathedral and the three portals of the Plaza de Armas. Afterward, visit the complex of the Company of Jesuits, a component of the baroque Spanish art of the 17th century. The city tour ends with the beautiful and romantic Santa Catalina Convent. Its composition of interesting rooms, small plazas and streets are not to be missed. Later, fly back to Lima. (FB L) Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol (MD) DAY 13  DEPART LIMA Bid Hasta Luego to Peru with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. 

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

Colca Canyon, Peru

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Colourful Trails of Ecuador Cathedral Nueva Parque Calderon, Cuenca

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join your hosts in Cayambe as they welcome you to Hacienda La Compania, their lovely home and rose plantation, for lunch and a tour of the grounds. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Witness the traditional Andean art of flutemaking. n Try colaciones, a favourite Ecuadorian candy, and learn how it’s made. n Try canelazo, a delicious spiced cinnamon rum drink. n Taste melcocha, a famous sugary candy of Baños. • 5 Local Expert Learn about the production process of organic Ecuadorian chocolate from a local chocolate-maker. n For included sightseeing in Cotopaxi National Park and Cuenca. • l Unique Insight Visit an arts and crafts village in a small surrounding community of Cuenca to try your hand creating pottery and watch the art of hat making through ancient weaving techniques. • @ Authentic Accommodation Stay at Hacienda Cusin, a restored 17th century Andean estate.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Otavalo See the sights of the city; stroll the public markets and learn about traditional crafts. • Quito See the dozens of colonial landmarks that dot this UNESCO World Heritage Site; visit the Equatorial Line Monument. • Cotopaxi National Park See an active volcano; learn about the animal and plant life at the park museum. • Baños See some of the largest mountains and volcanoes of the Andes in the “Gateway to the Amazon.” • Devil’s Nose Train Take in Ecuador’s diverse landscape while zigzagging down a steep mountainside • Cuenca See the sights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site including distinct architecture, flower markets, the main square and the Governor’s Palace • Cajas National Park Descend down in elevation, taking in the changing flora and fauna.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts • 7 lunches: E Welcome Reception and lunch with wine and your Travel Director in Otavalo n B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Otavalo n 5 lunches • 5 evening meals: F Highlight Dinner with wine in Quito n 3 three-course dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Guayaquil

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 9 nights First Class accommodation

DAY 1  ARRIVE QUITO – OTAVALO (2 NIGHTS) @  Welcome to Ecuador, a colourful country featuring dramatic topography, diverse climates and undeniable charm. A local representative will greet you at the airport for your transfer to your lovely hotel  in Otavalo, ideally situated at the base of the Imbabura Volcano. Hacienda Cusin, an  Authentic Accommodation,  is one of the oldest haciendas in all of Ecuador, founded in 1602. Featuring beautifully decorated guest rooms carefully preserving the historic ambiance, and lush gardens. Enjoy the rest of your day to relax and get settled. Hotel: Hacienda Cusin (MF) DAY 2  OTAVALO SIGHTSEEING I E Depart mid-morning to meet a local family who introduces you to the Andean tradition and  Local Speciality  of flutemaking, including a musical interlude using the handmade instruments. You’ll even get the chance to try playing the instruments yourself! Enjoy a Welcome Reception and lunch with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a traditional hacienda. Visit the public market alongside native Otavalenos and get ready to put your bartering skills to the test. Stroll through the different vendor stalls offering a variety of hand-crafted items in search for the perfect keepsake. (FB WR D) DAY 3  OTAVALO – CAYAMBE – QUITO (2 NIGHTS) B Enjoy your morning at leisure before heading to Cayambe where you will meet a local family for a Be My Guest  lunch at the Hacienda La Compania, a beautiful home and rose plantation. Tour the grounds including the charming chapel and learn about the aromatic roses grown here before indulging in a delicious meal of Ecuadorian specialities. Arrive in Quito and enjoy the evening to relax. (FB BG) Hotel: Hilton Colon (SF) DAY 4  QUITO SIGHTSEEING – EQUATORIAL LINE MONUMENT 5 I F Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with colonial

treasures. Learn all about the religious and cultural influences of this bustling city, located just 14 miles (22 kilometres) from the Equatorial Line. Visit a candy shop to watch a third generation candy-maker create a traditional Ecuadorian candy called colaciones, a Local Speciality. Stroll along La Ronda, one of the oldest streets in Quito and an artist mecca during the 1930’s. Eat lunch at a local restaurant and try another Local Speciality,  canelazo, a delicious spiced cinnamon rum drink served hot. Continue to the Equatorial Line Monument and don’t miss the chance to stand in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the same time! Later, meet a  Local Expert, an organic Ecuadorian chocolate-maker, who tells you all about the production process and brings samples for all to enjoy.  Indulge in a  Highlight Dinner this evening featuring delicious local cuisine and live entertainment. (FB L HD) DAY 5  QUITO – COTOPAXI – PATATE 5  Travel south along the Panamerican Highway, along stunning landscapes of valleys and mountains before arriving at Cotopaxi National Park, the site of an active volcano standing 5,987 metres (19,642 feet) high. Meet a Local Expert who shares his knowledge and passion for this spectacular natural wonder.  Continue on to Limpiopungo Lake where you’ll observe a great number of high-altitude birds, and occasionally wild horses. Return to the valley where lunch awaits at a 300-year-old hacienda surrounded by the Andes most magnificent snow-capped peaks. Venture back to the highway and continue along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” toward the valley of Patate for your overnight stay. (FB L D) Hotel: Hacienda Leito (MF) DAY 6  PATATE – BAÑOS – RIOBAMBA I See some of the tallest and most beautiful mountains and volcanoes in the Andes today as you continue to Baños. Often called the “Gateway to the Amazon,” the city is located in the Amazon River basin and is filled with lush vegetation. Enjoy the Local Speciality of melcocha, a famous sugary candy of Baños; participate in the


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DAY 7  RIOBAMBA – ALAUSI – INGAPIRCA – CUENCA (2 NIGHTS) Head to the train station where you board the Devil’s Nose Train, an engineering feat of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The railway allows you to discover the topographic obstacles of Ecuador’s diverse landscape as you zigzag down the steep mountainside. Disembark to visit the local museum, Condor Puñuna, built and run by the Nizag community. See the display of local handcrafts, fruit and medicinal plants and try the local coffee. A picnic lunch is served as you head high up into the Andes to visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Built by the Cañaris, then conquered and rebuilt by the Incas several hundred years before the Spanish arrived, Ingapirca is considered the most important archaeological site in Ecuador. Check into your hotel in Cuenca and relax for the evening. (FB L) Hotel: Hotel El Dorado (MF) DAY 8  CUENCA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 l Discover the charm of Cuenca with a Local Expert. Admire the red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums. Founded as a Spanish settlement in 1557, the beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture has prompted UNESCO to name Cuenca a World Cultural Heritage Site. Today’s highlights include the Todos los Santos ruins, flower markets, and the main square surrounded by the imposing blue-domed Cathedral. Visit some small surrounding communities including an arts and crafts village for a  Unique Insight  into the ancient weaving process of Panama hats

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and other items made of toquilla straw. Watch craftsmen create these traditional hats using a method that dates back to pre-Columbian cultures. Also, enjoy the chance to create your own pottery while visiting a local pottery maker. The evening is yours to explore the main square and choose from a variety of local restaurants. (FB L) DAY 9  CUENCA – EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK – GUAYAQUIL F Journey to Guayaquil through El Cajas National Park, in the western Cordillera of the Andes. Watch the ever changing flora and fauna as you travel through the beautiful cloud forests to the coast for a visit to a cacao plantation. Here, learn all about growing and harvesting of cacao and enjoy a delicious lunch. In Guayaquil, follow the main streets and avenues and enjoy a short city tour. Tonight, gather one last time with your newfound friends to toast an unforgettable holiday during a  Farewell Dinner at local restaurant. (FB L FD) Hotel: Oro Verde (SF) DAY 10  DEPART GUAYAQUIL Your Ecuadorian adventure comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Ecuador at the Hotel Oro Verde. (FB) Choose to extend your holiday on select departures by starting your trip with our Highlights of Peru holiday.

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e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

Colourful Trails of Ecuador with Ecuadorian Amazon Ref: LCTE DAY 1  ARRIVE QUITO D Fly to Quito and relax in preparation for your amazon adventure! Hotel: Hilton Colon (SF) DAY 2  QUITO – COCA – SACHA LODGE (3 NIGHTS) D Depart Quito this morning and fly to Coca. Upon arrival, enjoy an exciting boat ride on a motorised canoe to remote Sacha Lodge. Discover the variety of plant and animal species on a hike through the primary jungle, visit one of Ecuador’s largest butterfly farms, and meet with a naturalist who will enlighten you on the biology and ecology of the area. (FB L D) Hotel: Sacha Lodge (F) DAY 3  SACHA LODGE, AMAZON Enjoy the entire day to explore! Walk along a 275 metre (940 foot) long canopy walkway and discover the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view. Teaming with over 60 species of mammals and countless reptiles and amphibians, this is a wildlife experience you will remember forever!  (FB L D) DAY 4  SACHA LODGE, AMAZON Embark on another canoe tour today through the thriving jungle. Climb a 40 metre (131 foot) high tower atop a ceibo-tree for prime views into the jungle below. Keep an eye out for wildlife including anteaters, ocelots and sloths. Enjoy the afternoon to relax at your lodge. After dinner, head back to the waters to observe caimans and nocturnal birds from a dugout canoe on the lagoon. (FB L D)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY

DAY 5  SACHA LODGE – COCA – QUITO Your amazon adventure comes to an end with a transfer to Coca for your flight to Quito where you will join your trip on Day 1. (FB)

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O Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha. n Watch Brazilian gemstones transformed into beautiful jewellery. • 5 Local Expert For included sightseeing in Iguassu and Buenos Aires. • l Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rio de Janeiro Discover the city’s main sights; enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. • Iguassu Falls Embark on guided tours of the massive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side; ride the Ecological Jungle Train. • Buenos Aires Immerse yourself in the culture and passion of the “Paris of South America;” explore the city’s main sights; stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show.

Dining Highlights • 9 full breakfasts • 2 lunches • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Rio de Janeiro n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n 1 dinner n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Buenos Aires

First Class Highlights • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 9 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 5 p.m. in Buenos Aires on Day 10

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DAY 1  ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (SF) DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome

Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR) DAY 3  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain, see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB L) DAY 4  RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE I F Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. This evening, learn to mix a Local Speciality, the national cocktail— Caipirinha—and indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria, followed by a Rio Carnival extravaganza of Samba entertainment. (FB HD)

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DAY 5  RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D This morning, experience a Local Speciality as you watch and learn the process of transforming precious metals and rough Brazilian gemstones into works of art before flying to magnificent Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6  IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5  Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Expert to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After a lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon. Maybe enjoy the hotel’s thermal pools or visit the Parque das Aves, home to more than 500 species of tropical birds. (FB L) DAY 7  IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D Cross the border into Argentina and take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk. Board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the falls and see the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires where your hotel is in the centre of all the action: boutiques, fine dining, museums and the famous Teatro Colon. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F) DAY 8  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 l B Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Expert to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo, and lovely Palermo. See the Teatro Colon,

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a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina’s former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 9  BUENOS AIRES AT LEISURE F A full day at leisure—explore on your own or perhaps take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, or to a traditional estancia (ranch) to learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbeque lunch and equestrian show. This evening, get ready for a festive Farewell Dinner and a chance to savour renowned Argentinean beef followed by a sensual tango dance performance. (FB FD) DAY 10  DEPART BUENOS AIRES Say hasta luego to Argentina today and transfer to the airport for your flight home. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 5 p.m. Or you may chose to extend your stay in Buenos Aires. (CB/FB)

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Fri 9 Jan 15 - Fri 17 Apr 15 A$210 For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu and Iguassu-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departure dates operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

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Best of South America O Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha. n Watch Brazilian gemstones be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery. • 5 Local Expert Experience the wine-making process with an expert winemaker in Chile’s wine country. n For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago. • l Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rio de Janeiro Discover the city’s main sights; see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. • Iguassu Explore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side. • Buenos Aires Discover the “Paris of South America’s” main sights including the Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show. • Santiago Visit the San Francisco Church and Monastery; travel to Chile’s wine country to visit a local winery.

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! You will arrive and be met at the airport by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (SF) DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR)

• 12 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: F Highlight Lunch with drinks in Maipo Valley n 2 lunches • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinners with wine and shows in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n 1 dinner n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Santiago

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DAY 3  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain and see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and stop for a lunch at a local restaurant on your way back to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (FB L) DAY 4  RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE I F Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality and Brazil’s national cocktail, and then indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-anddance. (FB HD) DAY 5  RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D Brazil is world renowned for its vast array of gemstones. This morning, you’ll learn about this Local Speciality and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then take a flight to magnificent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National Park boasts one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travel companions at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) 


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DAY 6  IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 Enter Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After enjoying a lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the hotel’s thermal pools fed by the planet’s biggest thermal water spring or visit the Parque das Aves—a tropical bird preserve that’s home to more than 500 species of Brazilian birds. (FB L) DAY 7  IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D Cross the border into Argentina and spend some time getting to know the geography of the area at the Visitors Centre. Take a walk along a scenic catwalk and board the

open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the mighty falls and view the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel. From your hotel’s vantage point in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F) DAY 8  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 l B Embark with a Local Expert on an in-depth tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafes and verdant parks. See continued on next page

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires-Santiago and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

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the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, where Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this nowtrendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 9  BUENOS AIRES AT LEISURE F Relish a morning and afternoon at leisure to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Delve into one of the country’s finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, set in a lovely park in the Recoleta neighbourhood. Follow in the footsteps of Argentina’s most revered writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as you browse the many bookstores of Buenos Aires and sip a coffee at the famed Cafe Tortoni. As an option, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you’d like to experience a different side of Argentina, choose an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch); share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), learn about their lives and marvel at their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before tucking into a sumptuous traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. This evening, do as the locals do and linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform,

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on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Return to your hotel, which is situated in one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants. (FB HL) DAY 12  SANTIAGO AT LEISURE F Enjoy a day of leisure in Santiago. Perhaps join an optional trip to Valparaiso, once known as “Little San Francisco” by the sailors who made it a frequent stopover on the long voyage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans; then take the coastal road to see the graceful mansions, white-sand beaches and historic casino of the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

Maipo Valley, Chile and experience the passion and power of the traditional tango— the most representative and beloved music in Argentina. (FB HD) DAY 10  BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO (3 NIGHTS) D Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and say “Hola” to Santiago as you fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure. (FB) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD)  DAY 11  SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING F 5  Head for the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Back in Santiago, meet your Local Expert and embark

DAY 13  DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m. You can chose to extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Santiago if you wish. (CB/FB)

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Patagonian Grand Adventure

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Relish lunch with a local family at their ranch on the Patagonian steppe, where they live on the land they have owned for generations. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection during a visit to the Chocolate Museum. • 5 Local Expert Discover how locally grown ingredients are used to brew beer at a family-owned craft brewery in Bariloche. n For included sightseeing in Bariloche, Puerto Montt, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Buenos Aires Immerse yourself in the passion and culture of the “Paris of South America.” • Bariloche Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park; take a chairlift to the top of Campanario Hill for spectacular views. • Patagonia Lake District Discover the “Switzerland of South America” by land and water as you cruise across the Andes upon three lakes. • Puerto Varas Spend two nights in the “City of Roses,” one of Chile’s loveliest towns. • Puerto Montt Enjoy a magnificent look at the wide bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo from a view point high above town; browse the Angelmo market. • Puerto Natales Explore the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers by zodiac. • Torres del Paine National Park See this spectacular UNESCO Bio Reserve. • El Calafate Enjoy the charming gateway town from Chile and Argentina to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. • Los Glaciares National Park Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest National Park in Argentina. • Ushuaia Visit the world’s southernmost city. • Tierra del Fuego National Park Delight in the biological richness of the Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery, combining the ocean, forests and mountains.

DAY 1  ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival at the airport, a local host will greet you and take you to your hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Settle in and take a relaxing siesta, wander the wide boulevard of Avenida 9 de Julio, or explore the narrow market streets of Florida Avenue. From your hotel’s vantage point, in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F) DAY 2  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a morning on your own, before an afternoon guided tour of the city, beginning with Plaza de Mayo—site of the Casa Rosada—and the heart of Buenos Aires political life. Stroll the colourful La Boca artists’ district where the Argentinean tango was born and visit the resting place of Eva Perón in Recoleta’s extravagant cemetery. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and

fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception in downtown Buenos Aires. (FB WR) DAY 3  BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D 5 F Fly from Buenos Aires and get acquainted with this beautiful city and then head to the lakeside San Carlos de Bariloche, gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District. Get a glimpse of Bariloche’s strong German influence at a family-owned craft brewery with a Local Expert and then enjoy a Highlight Lunch. Next explore Bariloche and take a chairlift ride to Campanario Hill for striking scenic views. (FB HL) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF) DAY 4  BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME B I Experience an older side of Patagonia as you are hosted by a local family at their ranch on the Patagonian steppe where they live on the land they have owned for generations. Learn about their way of life, explore the countryside looking for condors and mount up for a horseback ride that lets you experience this traditional local mode of transportation. Enjoy a continued on the next page

Ushuaia, Argentina

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 6 lunches: F Highlight Lunch with beer in Bariloche n B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Bariloche n 4 lunches • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Buenos Aires n 3 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Ushuaia

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 13 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

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impressive glacier and afterwards hike a short 30 minutes through unspoiled, cool rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Fjord of the Last Hope”). See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest nature reserve with majestic mountain scenery. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background. (FB L)

delightful Be My Guest lunch at the ranch and later watch a sheep shearing demonstration. Back in town, find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection during a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a presentation on over 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area and, of course, sample an array of chocolate treats, a Local Speciality. Return to the hotel, the rest of the day is on your own. (FB BG) DAY 5  BARILOCHE – PATAGONIA LAKE DISTRICT – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Today is guaranteed to be one of the top highlights of your Patagonian holiday as you travel through some of the southern hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes, journeying by land and water from Argentina to Chile through the breathtaking Lake District with spectacular scenery of snow-capped Andean peaks, gloriously green forests and azure blue lakes. Cruise upon Lake Nahuel Huapi, then drive across the Chilean border to Peulla and have a relaxing lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. On your way west, stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waters of the Petrohue Waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Then arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. A light lakefront dinner awaits you at the hotel. (FB L D) Hotel: Hotel Cabana del Lago (F) DAY 6  PUERTO MONTT & FRUTILLAR EXCURSION 5 Join a Local Expert to visit the port city of Puerto Montt founded in 1850. From a viewpoint high above the town, enjoy a magnificent look at the wide bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo and the narrow of the same name. Afterward, head to the harbour to visit the Angelmo fish market. Besides unusual fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses and meats, there are various arts and crafts for sale. A novel way to have lunch at Angelmo is at a Cocineria or ‘Kitchen Restaurant.’ Look for a line of these mini restaurants where you can watch the kitchen and everything happening in it behind a large window. See how the food is prepared, including Curanto en Olla, a stew made out of seafood, smoked meat, fowl and

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El Calafate, Argentina sausage. Afterward drive to the lovely village of Frutillar, to see the historical area where houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens similar to those of the German Black Forest region. Back in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening are on your own. (FB L) DAY 7  PUERTO VARAS – PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES (2 NIGHTS) D Travel from northern to southern Patagonia as you fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas. Drive to Puerto Natales, before bordering Otway Bay. Here, enjoy the magnificent view of the almost permanently snow-covered Pinto mountain range and Riesco Island. Continue skirting Otway Bay until you reach the caves where the interesting Magellan Penguins keep their nests (only possible from mid-October to mid-March; replaced with a visit to Nandu Park from mid-March to mid-October.) (FB) Hotel: Hotel CostAustralis (F)  DAY 8  BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS EXCURSION 5  Board zodiacs with a Local Expert and begin an adventurous trip via the Rio Serrano, passing the southern icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) towards the Serrano Glacier. Upon arrival, explore the

DAY 9  PUERTO NATALES – TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK 5  Today you are going to see one of the most spectacular scenic regions—the Torres del Paine National Park! It covers an area of 113,000 ha and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your Local Expert shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what Paine offers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande (“Big Waterfall”) and the viewpoint Lago Grey, which provides a marvellous view of the Grey Glacier. Glimpse at the park’s fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several bird species. Box lunch provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, offering superb views of Torres del Paine. (FB L D) Hotel: Rio Serrano Hotel (SF) DAY 10  TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK – EL CALAFATE (2 NIGHTS) Enjoy another chance to revel in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive across the border into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, between Chile and Argentina, continue your land journey to El Calafate, a boomtown near the border between Chile and Argentina and the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruptions and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels and mountainside glacial lakes. El Calafate takes its name from the calafate bush—which locals say eating its berries will ensure your return to this mystical region. You are free to discover its charms as you explore at your own pace tonight. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Kosten Aike (F) 

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DAY 12  EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA (2 NIGHTS) D 5 Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world’s southernmost city with a Local Expert. Visit the legendary and ancient Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its tough history. You will also see the first settlers’ houses and visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario—a great spot for you to take in the panoramic view of the mountain’s chains. Afterwards see the Bebán house, once considered one of the most prestigious houses in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central part of the city as well as the restricted area of the Naval

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DAY 11  LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION 5 Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Expert to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest National Park in Argentina and comprises more than 4,400 square kilometres and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that begins in the Andes and occupies well over a third of the park’s total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 60 metres above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th-century Argentinean explorer who helped resolve his country’s border dispute with neighbouring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve”—an iceberg “birthing” process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fingers crossed to be lucky enough to witness an iceberg calve at Perito Moreno. However, ice isn’t the only thing you’ll see today: just east of the icefields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. Journey back to El Calafate through scenic forests filled with lively birds. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. (FB D)

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Base. This evening and dinner are on your own. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Los Yamanas (F) DAY 13  TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION 5 F Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Expert, stopping first at the End of the World Train Station where you may take an optional train ride. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles, beavers and birds all living together in the most spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of scenic road rides and nature walks. Different from other parks, the Tierra del Fuego National Park combines the ocean, forests and mountains in the same vicinity. Inside this National Park, find the biological richness of the Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery. The forest is formed by Lengas, guindos, nires and valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay (the end of the Pan-American Highway which connects Alaska and Tierra del Fuego) give colour to this unique place that still holds reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yámanas. Back at your lakeside hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise through the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip. (FB FD)

Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Buenos Aires-Bariloche, Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Ushuaia and Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

DAY 14  USHUAIA – DEPART BUENOS AIRES D Board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport, you will be transferred to the Ezeiza International Airport for your flight home, or the Sheraton Libertador Hotel for those extending in Buenos Aires. Please do not book any flights before 7 p.m. (CB/FB)

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Patagonia Lake District

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South America Revealed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha. n Find out about Brazilian gemstones. n Visit a weaving centre and see local Andean textiles. n Stop in at a chicheria to taste chicha. • 5 Local Expert For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Lima. n Learn about the Larco Museum’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. • l Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rio de Janeiro Discover the city’s sights; see Christ the Redeemer; ride a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain; experience a Samba Show. • Iguassu Tour the falls from both Brazil and Argentina. • Buenos Aires Explore the city’s sights and Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a tango show. • Lima Visit San Francisco Monastery and the catacombs; explore Lima’s historic centre. • Sacred Valley Get up close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; browse the Pisac market; explore the fortress of Ollantaytambo. • Machu Picchu Discover these famed Inca ruins. • Cusco Explore the Plaza de Armas; visit the church of Santo Domingo and Temple of the Sun; explore the citadel of Sacsayhuaman and nearby shrines and Inca warehouses.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 breakfasts: 3 continental breakfasts n 12 full breakfasts • 3 lunches • 10 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and a Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and a Tango Show in Buenos Aires n F Highlight Dinner in Cusco n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n 4 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 15 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (SF)

Brazil. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, and Local Speciality, made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria followed by a lively Samba show highlighting the costumes and traditions of Rio’s worldfamous Carnival parade. (FB HD)

DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director to take a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Descend the mountain and see the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to the hotel. Enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel. (FB WR)

DAY 5  RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D This morning you will be introduced to one of Brazil’s most famous Local Specialities: gemstones. Learn and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then fly southwest to Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) 

DAY 3  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Spend the morning exploring the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts—from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century Opera House, Sambadromo and city Cathedral. Then ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. After stopping for a lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own. (FB L) DAY 4  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME I F Enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Or choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park—the world’s largest urban rainforest. Perhaps explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of

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Fri 9 Jan 15 - Fri 17 Apr 14 A$250 For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65.

DAY 6  IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, then return to your hotel for an afternoon of free time. (FB L) DAY 7  IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the geography of the area. Take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train to view the mighty falls and see the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel, located in the heart of Argentina’s exciting capital with easy access to designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

DAY 8  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 l B With a Local Expert, embark on an in-depth tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; colourful La Boca; San Telmo shops and lovely Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. Enjoy some free time before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the

All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Lima, Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These dates operate as per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will receive a special holiday-themed meal.

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continued on next page FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

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DAY 14  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING &   FREE TIME F Take a morning tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incas during their reign. See the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Visit the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun and Korikancha. Just outside of town, explore the impressive ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco. This evening, celebrate your travels through the lands of the Incas at a festive Highlight Dinner of delicious Cuscuenian dishes served at a popular local restaurant with demonstration of ancestral dances. (FB HD)

secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. This evening will make a memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 9  BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME F Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country’s finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Or, take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you’d like to experience a different side of Argentina, take an optional trip out into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. This evening, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of worldrenowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform and experience the passion and power of Argentina’s beloved, traditional tango music. (FB HD) DAY 10  BUENOS AIRES – LIMA SIGHTSEEING D 5  Bid Adios to Buenos Aires and Hola to Lima as you fly to Peru. Transfer to the hotel where your room is immediately available and the rest of the morning is free. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with a Local Expert. Visit Lima’s colonial sights, including the Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. (CB/FB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 11  LIMA – CUSCO –   SACRED VALLEY D I This morning, fly to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, where you can see and touch llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac, where local Quechua people gather to sell their produce and handicrafts. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century monastery, in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. Learn about the Local Speciality of traditional Andean textiles as you see weavers at work. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (CB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (F)

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Tango dancers, Argentina DAY 12  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca hilltop fortress built from immense blocks of stone. Then board the Vistadome train and view incredible scenery through panoramic windows as you journey up to the great citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short bus ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great fortress, built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial or calendar by the ancient Incans. This evening, share your stories with your travelling companions over dinner at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF) DAY 13  MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I Your morning is free to return to Machu Picchu and continue discovering on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and head toward the great colonial city of Cusco. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Local Speciality, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. Enjoy a dinner with your travelling companions this evening. (FB D) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

DAY 15  CUSCO – LIMA D 5 F Fly back to Lima. This afternoon, meet a Local Expert from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of preColumbian art, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 16  DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lima at the Novotel Lima. (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS  EASTER ISLAND See page 63 for more information.

7 DAYS QUITO & GALAPAGOS   ISLANDS CRUISE

See page 62 for more information.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Find out about Brazilian gemstones. n Learn how to mix a perfect Brazilian Caipirinha. n See the Chocolate Museum and enjoy samples in Bariloche. • 5 Local Expert Experience the wine-making process with a winemaker in Chile. n For included sightseeting in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Bariloche, and Santiago. • l Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. • Iguassu Falls Explore the magnificent falls from Brazil and Argentina. • Buenos Aires Visit the “Paris of South America,” the Evita Museum and Recoleta Cemetery and enjoy a Tango show. • Colonia del Sacramento Stroll in this UNESCO World Heritage city. • Bariloche Enjoy the surroundings of this lovely resort town. • Andean Lake District Crossing Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park; cruise the “Switzerland of South America.” • Puerto Varas Discover Chile’s loveliest town. • Santiago Delight in this cosmopolitan capital.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 full breakfasts: • 4 lunches: F Highlight Lunches with drinks in Colonia del Sacramento and Maipo Valley n 2 lunches • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and Tango Show in Buenos Aires n 3 dinners n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Santiago

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 15 nights First Class accommodation • A Trafalgar bonus: guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 16 • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Santiago, including porter service at all airports

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (SF) DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Then, ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR) DAY 3  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I F Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain for a chance to learn about a Local Speciality, Brazil’s precious gemstones. You’ll be fascinated by the creative process as you watch precious metals and rough gemstones transformed into works of art. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant and then see the song inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to your hotel. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality, and Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça. You’ll also indulge in a traditional barbecue Highlight Dinner at

a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-anddance. (FB L HD) DAY 4  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME Enjoy a full day to explore Rio on your own—or choose from an array of optional outings: take a half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban rainforest; or perhaps explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil. (FB) DAY 5  RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS D 5 Fly to magnificent Iguassu Falls, bordering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls and to such endangered species as the giant otter and the giant continued on the next page

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anteater. Explore the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Expert and take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) 

Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching a sensual performance of the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires. (FB HD)

DAY 6  IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (4 NIGHTS) D Cross the border to Argentina. Stop at the Visitors Centre and take a scenic walk before boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different vantage point on the mighty falls and a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, just steps from designer boutiques, fine dining, museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F)

DAY 10  BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to the edge of the Andes and the lovely resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy the afternoon to explore the town on your own—perhaps visit the many chocolate shops, browse the quaint boutiques or take a stroll in the parks along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Tonight, share your stories with your travel companions during dinner at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF)

DAY 7  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 l B Join your Local Expert and embark on an in-depth tour of this passionate city. See the Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada, and the renowned Teatro Colon where legendary stars Maria Callas and Caruso have performed; then view the colourful and fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world, to the elegant Recoleta. See the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita), Argentina’s former first lady, is buried. Return to your hotel this afternoon and enjoy some time on your own. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Angentinean crafts. (FB BG)

Iguassu Falls DAY 8  COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO EXCURSION 5 F Cross the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil this morning. On the Uruguayan side, a Local Expert takes you on a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district of the charming Colonia del Sacramento. After a leisurely Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy time to stroll the exclusive art galleries and shops on your own. Return by hydrofoil to Argentina later this afternoon. (FB HL) DAY 9  BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME F Relish a day on your own in the “Paris of South America.” If you like, take an optional trip to a traditional Argentinean estancia (ranch) for the day; share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), marvel at their horsemanship during a lively equestrian show and then feast on a traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. Back in the city, linger over a Highlight

DAY 11  BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina’s prettiest areas, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Expert and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular vistas of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop at St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Llao Llao Peninsula, and the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a briefing on some 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area, and, of course, sample an array of this Local Speciality. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche. (FB) DAY 12  BARILOCHE – ANDEAN LAKE DISTRICT CRUISE – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Today, journey by land and water across the breathtaking Lake District straddling Argentina and Chile to marvel at some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes. Soak in the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes as you cruise upon lakes Nahuel Huapi and Frias and drive across the Chilean border to Peulla for

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an included lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for Andean condors gliding over the lakes and mountains. Make a stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. Check in to your lakefront hotel and enjoy a light dinner. (FB L D) Hotel: Cabana del Lago Hotel (F) DAY 13  PUERTO VARAS FREE TIME Relish an entire day to relax, pursue your own interests and perhaps explore the city at your own pace. Puerto Varas is renowned for its spectacular views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Discover why it is also known as the “City of Roses” with its stunning rose arbors and Germanic-style architecture gracing the many centuries-old houses and churches that dot this tranquil town. Relax at one of the many cafés, trendy restaurants or delve into the budding bar scene. As an option, take an excursion to the isolated island of Chiloe to get acquainted with the mythical world of the island and its traditional architecture, including its typical wooden churches (midOctober to April, a visit to several Magellan and Humboldt penguin colonies is offered instead). (FB) DAY 14  PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – SANTIAGO (2 NIGHTS) D F 5  Fly north from Puerto Montt to the Chilean capital. Upon arrival, head for the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Back in Santiago, meet your Local

Expert and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico— the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Return to your hotel, which is situated in one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants. (FB HL) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD)

Sat 23 Nov 13 - Sat 21 Dec 13

A$290

Sat 18 Jan 14 - Sat 22 Nov 14

A$310

Sat 31 Jan 15 - Sat 28 Mar 15

A$330

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share. Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu and Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Bariloche and Puerto Montt-Santiago and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

6 These departures operates per the 2013 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

DAY 15  SANTIAGO FREE TIME F Enjoy a day in Santiago on your own. Explore further, or perhaps embark on an optional trip to Valparaiso, site of a historic naval battle and the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather with your travel companions for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

Puerto Varas, Chile

DAY 16  DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m., or until you are taken to the airport for your onward flight arrangements. Or you may chose to extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Santiago if you wish. (CB/FB)

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 63 for more information.

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Icons of South America Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Find out about Brazilian gemstones. n Mix a perfect Brazilian Caipirinha. n See the Chocolate Museum and enjoy samples in Bariloche. n Watch the traditional art of weaving. n Visit a chicheria and taste chicha. • 5 Local Expert Experience the wine-making process in Chile. n Learn about the Larco Museum’s large private collection of pre-Columbian art. n For included sightseeting in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Bariloche, Santiago and Lima. • l Unique Insight Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rio de Janeiro See the Christ the Redeemer statue. • Iguassu Falls Explore the magnificent falls from Brazil and Argentina. • Buenos Aires Visit the “Paris of South America”. • Colonia del Sacramento Stroll in this UNESCO World Heritage city. • Bariloche Enjoy the surroundings of this lovely resort town. • Andean Lake District Crossing Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park. • Puerto Varas Discover Chile’s loveliest town. • Santiago Delight in this cosmopolitan city. • Lima Discover the city’s colonial sights. • Sacred Valley Visit Awanakancha and meet llamas, vicuñas and alpacas. • The Vistadome Ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. • Machu Picchu Immerse yourself in the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a guided tour. • Cusco Delve into the city’s Inca and Spanish colonial past.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 21 full breakfasts • 5 lunches: F Highlight Lunch with drinks in Colonia del Sacramento n F Highlight Lunch with wine in the Maipo Valley n 3 lunches • 12 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinners with wine in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Cusco n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n 5 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lima

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• Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday • 21 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Mont to Santiago, Santiago to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 61 for more information.

DAY 1  ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! Your local host will meet you at the airport and take you to your elegant oceanfront hotel (check in time 3 p.m.). Take advantage of your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach as you relax and get settled. Perhaps head to vibrant downtown, just minutes away. Hotel: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (SF) DAY 2  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME E The morning is at your leisure before joining your Travel Director to see the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a city tour. Start with the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church, then the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Next, take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for astounding views of the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR) DAY 3  RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING I F Enjoy a classic cogwheel train ride for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado where you will see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Head back down the mountain for a chance to learn about Brazil’s precious gemstones. This Local Speciality will fascinate you with its creative process. Watch precious metals and rough gemstones be transformed into works of art. After lunch at a local restaurant, see the song inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to your hotel. This evening, indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance after learning how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality, and Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça. (FB L HD)

DAY 4  RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME Today is yours to explore the wonders and sights of Rio on your own time. Or you may choose to see the city and surrounding areas on any of the optional outings offered. Perhaps take a half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban rainforest; or explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil. (FB) DAY 5  RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS D 5 Take a flight to see the magnificent Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Journey into Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see one of the world’s largest waterfalls and such endangered species as the giant otter and the giant anteater. Then cross over and explore the Brazilian side of the falls; take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the cascades with a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) 

Try a Caipirinha in Brazil


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Travel Style: Discovery Duration: 22 Days Pace: Comfortable From: A$8425 p.p. twin share Ref: LICO Starts Rio de Janeiro Sat 18 Jan

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DAY 6  IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (4 NIGHTS) D Today, cross the border to Argentina and stop at the Visitors Centre before taking a scenic walk and boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train. You will enjoy a different vantage point of the mighty falls and a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. After, depart for Buenos Aires where you will arrive at your stylish hotel in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital city. You are just steps away from designer boutiques, savoury cuisine, and the culturally-rich mecca of museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Enjoy the evening on your own. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (F) DAY 7  BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 l B Continue your immersion of Buenos Aires this morning as you embark on an in-depth city tour with a Local Expert. See the Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada, and the renowned Teatro Colon where legendary stars Maria Callas and Caruso have performed; then view the colourful and fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms, the main stage and, of course, the workshops where all the customs and clothes used in the performances are produced. Then head to the elegant Recoleta via a drive along Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world. At the impressive cemetery, see the burial place of Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), as well as the museum dedicated to her life in Palermo. After some time on your own in the afternoon, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own

A$376 A$370

Sat 31 Jan 15 - Sat 28 Mar 15 A$390 For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 20–21. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 65. All prices are per person, twin share.

hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 8  COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO EXCURSION 5 F After crossing the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil, meet a Local Expert on the Uruguayan side who takes you on a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic district of Colonia del Sacramento. A Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant will satisfy your pallet. Afterwards, stroll the charming streets and enjoy the shops and art galleries on your own.Return to Argentina later this afternoon by hydrofoil. (FB HL)

Land & Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Bariloche, Puerto Montt-Santiago, Santiago-Lima, Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.  

e 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

DAY 9  BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME F The “Paris of South America” is yours to explore on your own today. Perhaps take an optional trip to a traditional Argentinean estancia (ranch) for the day; share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), marvel at their horsemanship during a lively equestrian show and then feast on a traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. Back in the city, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of worldrenowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching a sensual performance of the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires. (FB HD) DAY 10  BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) Fly to the lovely resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche, situated on the edge of the Andes. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Visit a chocolate shop, browse the quaint boutiques or take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Tonight, share your day’s stories during a dinner at your hotel with your travel companions. (FB D) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF) DAY 11  BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina’s prettiest areas, known as the continued on next page

Buenos Aires, Argentina

FB = Full Breakfast  CB = Continental Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner E KP = Kick-Off Party  E WR = Welcome Reception  F HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch/Highlight Dinner/Farewell Dinner  B BG = Be My Guest Dining

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DAY 19  MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I You have the morning to further explore Machu Picchu’s marvels on your own. This afternoon, head toward the great colonial city of Cusco, stopping at a local chicheria for a taste of the Local Speciality of chicha—Peruvian corn beer. (FB) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

“Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Expert and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular vistas of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from hilltop St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Llao Llao Peninsula, and the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a briefing on some 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area and, of course, sample an array of this Local Speciality. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche. (FB) DAY 12  BARILOCHE – ANDEAN LAKE DISTRICT CRUISE – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Today, journey by land and water across the breathtaking Lake District straddling Argentina and Chile to marvel at some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes. Soak in the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes as you cruise upon lakes Nahuel Huapi and Frias and drive across the Chilean border to Peulla for an included lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for Andean condors gliding over the lakes and mountains. Make a stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. Check into your lakefront hotel and enjoy a light dinner. (FB L D) Hotel: Cabana del Lago Hotel (F) DAY 13  PUERTO VARAS FREE TIME Relish an entire day to relax, pursue your own interests and perhaps explore the city at your own pace. Puerto Varas is renowned for its spectacular views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Discover why it is also known as the “City of Roses” with its stunning rose arbors and Germanic-style architecture gracing the many centuries-old houses and churches that dot this tranquil town. Relax at one of the many cafés, trendy restaurants or delve into the budding bar scene. As an option, take an excursion to the isolated island of Chiloe to get acquainted with the mythical world of the island and its traditional architecture, including its typical wooden churches (from mid-April to October, a visit to several Magellan and Humboldt penguin colonies is also offered instead). (FB)

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DAY 14  PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – SANTIAGO (2 NIGHTS) D F 5  Fly north from Puerto Montt to the Chilean capital. Upon arrival, head for the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will enjoy a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. After, meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a wine tasting. Back in Santiago, meet your Local Expert and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Return to your hotel, which is situated in one of Santiago’s

DAY 20  CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Set out for a guided visit of colonial Cusco, including the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Back in Cusco, enjoy a Highlight Dinner this evening. (FB HD)

Machu Picchu, Peru

most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants. (FB HL) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD) DAY 15  SANTIAGO FREE TIME F Enjoy a day in Santiago on your own. Explore further, or perhaps embark on an optional trip to Valparaiso, site of a historic naval battle and the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather for a festive Highlight Dinner with a folklore show featuring elaborately costumed dancers representing Chile and Easter Island’s native people. (FB HD) DAY 16  SANTIAGO – LIMA SIGHTSEEING D 5 Say hasta luego to Chile this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Transfer to the hotel and join your travelling companions and a Local Expert to visit Lima’s colonial sights, including Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. The evening is yours. (CB/FB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 17  LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D I Take a morning flight to Cusco and set out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Awanakancha. Enjoy a box picnic lunch then browse for Quechua handicrafts at the vibrant Pisac market. Arrive at your lovely hotel, a former colonial-style monastery in the Urubamba Valley and learn about the Local Speciality of weaving Andean traditional textiles. (FB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca (F) DAY 18  SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU Marvel at Inca ingenuity when you visit the hilltop fortress of Ollantaytambo this morning. Then, take in the incredible views aboard your train ride climbing up toward the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great Inca fortress and royal estate high in the Andes. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF)

DAY 21  CUSCO – LIMA D 5 F Fly back to Lima this morning for a day to relax or explore on your own. This evening, gather at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-columbian art in the world, for a presentation by a Local Expert, the museum curator, and a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions.   (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 22  DEPART LIMA Transfer to the airport for your onward flight arrangements or extend your stay in Lima. (CB/FB) In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE

See page 62 for more information.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND

See page 63 for more information.

Cusco, Peru


Itinerary Extensions

Brazilian Amazon

BRAZILIAN AMAZON

PERUVIAN AMAZON

This pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Impressions of South America (LISA; pages 44-45); Best of South America (LBSA; pages 46-48); South America Revealed (LSRA; pages 52-54); Cultures and Contrasts of South America (LCAC; pages 55-57) and Icons of South America (LICO; pages 58-60).

This pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Highlights of Peru (LHPA; pages 32-33); In the Footsteps of the Incas (LLIL; pages 34-35) Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (LCSV; pages 36-37); Land of the Incas (LLIA; pages 38-39) and Peru’s Andean Explorer (LLIC; pages 40-41).

DAY 1 ARRIVE MANAUS Fly to Manaus, Brazil (not included in holiday price). Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel before embarking on a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, former home of a rubber baron and now a museum preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbour and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed Opera House, constructed during the rubber boom of Manaus’ golden age. Hotel: Tropical Manaus (SF)

DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA Fly to Lima, Peru (not included in holiday price). Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll be met and taken on the short walk to your airport hotel where the rest of the day is on your own. Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport (F)

DAY 2 MANAUS – AMAZON ECOPARK JUNGLE LODGE (2 NIGHTS) This morning, travel upstream to the famous “Meeting of the Waters” and watch the dark water of the Rio Negro mix with the brown water of the Solimoes as the mighty river flows eastward to the Atlantic. After lunch, choose to take an optional canoe excursion down a smaller tributary and try your hand at piranha fishing, or just relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma. (FB L D) Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge (MF) DAY 3 AMAZON EXCURSION After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the rainforest. When you enter the dense jungle, imagine yourself as one of the first explorers of the Amazon—perhaps you’ll spot the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, or get a glimpse of an anaconda as it naps on the branches of a tree. Then visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, take to the river on a moonlit search for caiman. (FB L D) DAY 4 AMAZON – MANAUS – RIO DE JANEIRO D Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation centre and wildlife refuge, to watch the rescued monkeys eat and play. Then say chau to the Amazon as you return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will join your holiday on Day 1. (FB)

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

DAY 2 LIMA – PUERTO MALDONADO – CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA (3 NIGHTS) D This morning, fly to remote Puerto Maldonado; then enjoy a journey on the Madre de Rios River to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner, take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat. (FB L D) Hotel: Corto Maltes Amazonia (MF) DAY 3 CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA SIGHTSEEING After a dawn excursion to a popular feeding area for multi-coloured parrots, enjoy breakfast and then watch monkeys cavorting among the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you into the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, marvelling at towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birdcalls and the sunlight filtering through the canopy above (rubber boots provided during rainy season). Arrive at lovely Sandoval Lake where you may spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans and the elusive anaconda. Savour a sunset over the lake before heading back to your lodge. (FB L D) DAY 4 CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the grounds or take a dip in the pool. Then immerse yourself in local culture with members of the Ese’eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional Amazonian agriculture. Later, relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars twinkling in the great night sky. (FB L D) DAY 5 CORTO MALTES AMAZONIA – PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA D After breakfast, bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima, where you join your holiday on Day 1. (FB)

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

4 Days Land and Intra Air from: A$1395 Ref: LBRAZ Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

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Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

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All prices are per person, twin share.

All prices are per person, twin share.

Land & Intra Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus-Rio de Janeiro, require purchase of the Impressions of South America; Best of South America; Icons of South America; South America Revealed or Cultures and Contrasts of South America holiday and also require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.

Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Lima-Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado-Lima, require purchase of Highlights of Peru; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land of the Incas; In the Footsteps of the Incas or Peru’s Andean Explorer and also require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.

When booking this extension, we recommend a pre-night reservation.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES M/V SANTA CRUZ MARCHENA Prince Phillip Steps

Darwin Bay

YACHT ISABELA II MARCHENA

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HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 864 m.

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Galápagos Islands

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SANTA FE Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

This post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (LCSV; pages 36-37) and Land of the Incas (LLIA; pages 38-39). DAY 1 LIMA – QUITO (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito (SF) DAY 2 QUITO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Visit the historical centre of the city, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the “Middle of the World” to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB) DAY 3 QUITO – GALAPAGOS CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND D Visit Baltra Island and Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy the beautiful waters for swimming. Enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. (FB L D) Accommodation: M/V Santa Cruz DAY 4 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SANTIAGO ISLAND Visit Buccaneer Cove, a popular site for pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries. Puerto Egas is home to land iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs. Swim and snorkel in search of octopus, sea horses and starfish. (FB L D) DAY 5 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – BARTHOLOME ISLAND Visit Rabida Island and Bartolome Island to see fur seals, pelicans and the occasional flamingo. Galapagos penguins can be seen near Pinnacle Rock. (FB L D) DAY 6 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – GENOVESA ISLAND Hike Prince Philip’s Steps to see red-footed boobies. Observe frigate birds, lava gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds at Darwin Bay. Activities include snorkelling, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. Enjoy a farewell cocktail. (FB L D) DAY 7 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – DEPART – GUAYAQUIL D See San Cristobal Island this morning before disembarking for your transfer to the airport and your flight to Guayaquil where you’ll be assisted with your connection to your international flight (not included in holiday price). Choose to be transferred to the city of Guayaquil if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 6 p.m. (FB)

All prices are per person, valid for sailings from January to December 2014. For 2013 sailing prices, visit www.trafalgar.com Above prices include: Galapagos National Park Fee: US$100 per adult, US$50 per child under 11; Galapagos Transit Control Card: US$10 per person. Availability is limited; single and triple cabins are on application only - book early!

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Land, Cruise & Air : Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos and Galapagos-Guayaquil (Guayaquil – Galapagos and Galapagos – Guayaquil for Colourful Trails of Ecuador), require purchase of Highlights of Peru; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land of the Incas; South America Revealed, Icons of South America or Colourful Trails of Ecuador holiday and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance

SAN CRISTOBAL

Galápagos Islands This post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Highlights of Peru (LHPA; pages 32-33); Colourful Trails of Ecuador (LCTA; pages 42-43); South America Revealed (LSRA; pages 52-54) and Icons of South America (LICO; pages 58-60). DAY 1 LIMA – QUITO (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito (SF) DAY 2 QUITO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Visit the historical centre of the city, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the “Middle of the World” to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB) DAY 3 QUITO – GALAPAGOS CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND D (This will be Day 1 of extension for guests joining from Colourful Trails of Ecuador.) Visit “Los Gemelos,” two large craters, and the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. Enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. (FB L D) Accommodation: Yacht Isabela II DAY 4 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND Visit Santa Fe Island where the small tranquil bay of Bahia Barrington is home to green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. This afternoon, see South Plaza Island, estimated to support a peak population of 1000 Galapagos sea lions! (FB L D) DAY 5 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Land near a long sandy beach on North Seymour Island where sea lions and marine iguanas hang out on the rocks. Later, swim and snorkel at Las Bachas, a saltwater lagoon. (FB L D) DAY 6 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SANTIAGO ISLAND Visit Bartolome Island whose landscape is breathtaking. Hike to the summit for impressive views. The island is also home to the Galapagos Penguin, the only existing species of penguin in the equator area. Arrive at Santiago Island and enjoy a farewell cocktail this evening. (FB L D) DAY 7 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – BALTRA ISLAND – DEPART GUAYAQUIL D Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil where you’ll be assisted with your connection to your international flight (not included in holiday price) or transferred to the city of Guayaquil if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 6 p.m. (FB)

All prices are per person, twin share.


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the occasional flamingo. Galapagos penguins can be seen near Pinnacle Rock. (FBCruz L D)(LCRUZ) Child M/V Santa Twinfrom Share TripletoShare Single prices are per person, valid for sailings January December 2014. For(5-11) 2013 -All Cabin Categories # DAY 6 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – GENOVESA ISLAND sailing prices, visit www.trafalgar.com Main Deck Twin 3450 3425 4795 2575 Hike prices Princeinclude: Philip’sGalapagos Steps toNational see red-footed boobies. Observe frigate Above Park Fee: US$100 per adult, US$50 per Upper Deck Twin N/A birds, lava11; gulls, herons, finches and3575 mockingbirds DarwinN/A Bay. Activities child under Galapagos Transit Control Card: US$10 N/A peratperson. include snorkelling, panga rides,cabins and are glass-bottom rides. Boat Deck Twin/Double Standard 3795 3750 boat 2825a Availability is limited; single and triple on application only5295 - bookEnjoy early! farewell cocktail. (FB L D) Land,Dec Cruise & Air : Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for 29 ‘14 Sailing Supplement 325 325 1825 950 flights Lima-Quito, CRUISE Quito-Galapagos and Galapagos-Guayaquil DAYbetween 7 GALAPAGOS – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – (Guayaquil Yacht Isabela II (LBELA) Child Twin Share Triple Share Single – Galapagos and Galapagos – Guayaquil for Colourful Trails of Ecuador), require DEPART – GUAYAQUIL Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land purchase of Highlights of Peru; D Classic Cabins 3875 3850 5425 2875 San South Cristobal Island this Icons morning before disembarking for your ofSee the Incas; America Revealed, of South America or Colourful Trails of Dec 29 ‘14 Sailing Supplement 575 575 2425 1275 transfer to theand airport and your flight to Guayaquil where you’ll be Alliance assisted Ecuador holiday require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® member airline between your gateway city and (not the itinerary’s and end with your connection to Australian your international flight includedstart in holiday 5 Days Land, Cruise & Intra-Air LBEL1 gateway cities. If flying with another airline Australian Ref: gateway city and price). Choose to be transferred to between the from cityyour of A$3375 Guayaquil if you wish to your itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are extend your stay. Please do notTwin schedule ights before 6Single p.m. (FB. Child ) Yacht Isabela II (LBEL1) Share flTriple accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visitShare www.trafalgar.com For detailed information on ships and itineraries, Classic Cabins 3375 visit www.trafalgar.com 3375 4775

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The Colourful Trails of Ecuador (LCTA) guided holiday joins the Galapagos Extension from Guayaquil to Santa Cruz Island on Day 3. All prices are per person, valid for sailings from January to December 2014. For 2013 sailing prices, visit www.trafalgar.com Above prices include: Galapagos National Park Fee: US$100 per adult, US$50 per child under 11; Galapagos Transit Control Card: US$10 per person. Availability is limited; single and triple cabins are on application only - book early! Land, Cruise & Air : Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos and Galapagos-Guayaquil (Guayaquil – Galapagos and Galapagos – Guayaquil for Colourful Trails of Ecuador), require purchase of Highlights of Peru; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land of the Incas; South America Revealed, Icons of South America or Colourful Trails of Ecuador holiday and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and your itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com. For detailed information on ships and itineraries, visit www.trafalgar.com # Other cabin categories available upon request. The Colourful Trails of Ecuador (LCTA) guided holiday joins the Galapagos Extension from Guayaquil to Santa Cruz Island on Day 3.

EASTER ISLAND This post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Highlights of Peru (LHPA; pages 32-33); In the Footsteps of the Inca (LLIL; 34-35); Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (LCSV; pages 36-37); Land of the Incas (LLIA; pages 38-39); Peru’s Andean Explorer (LLIC; 40-41); Best of South America (LBSA; pages 46-48); South America Revealed (LSRA; pages 52-54); Cultures and Contrasts of South America (LCAC; pages 55-57) and Icons of South America (LICO; pages 58-60). DAY 1 FLY TO EASTER ISLAND (3 NIGHTS) D Fly to Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. The language, music and many traditions remain alive amongst the island’s inhabitants, while the enormous carved stone moai tell of a more remote past. After checking in at your seaside hotel (check in is at 3 p.m.), enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Take a swim in the pool, stroll into town or just relax and enjoy the island breezes. (CB) Hotel: Taha Tai Hotel (MF) DAY 2 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING Visit the fallen monolithic statues, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake. Then visit Ahu Tongariki, the most recent and largest restoration on the island. Visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World.” Finally, visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. (FB L) DAY 3 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING Delve deeper into Easter Island’s singular history and culture today as your expert guide takes you to explore Rano Kau, an extinct volcano with stunning views of the island, and the village of Orongo, the ceremonial centre of the mysterious Birdman cult. View the altars, quarry and some of the 480 cave paintings related to this fascinating cult. Drive to restored Ahu Akivi with seven Moais, built in the middle of the island. Visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. (FB) DAY 4 DEPART EASTER ISLAND Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport for your onward flight arrangements (not included in holiday price). (FB)

4 Days Land and Intra-Air from: A$1025

Ref: LEAS3

Twin Share

Triple Share

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

1425

1390

1795

1 Jan 14 - 31 Dec 14

1025

965

1190

1 Jan 15 - 31 Dec 15#

1075

1010

1295

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From Santiago

5 Days* Land and Intra-Air from: A$1395 Ref: LEAST Twin Share

Triple Share

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

1425

1390

1795

1 Jan 14 - 31 Dec 14

1395

1350

1795

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1475

1430

1850

Single

From Lima

* Extension to Easter Island from Lima includes an additional overnight at the tour hotel in Lima before flying to Easter Island. All prices are per person. Land & Intra Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Easter Island or Lima-Easter Island (via Santiago), require purchase of Highlights of Peru; In the Footsteps of the Inca; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land of the Incas; Peru’s Andean Explorer; Best of South America; South America Revealed; Icons of South America or Cultures and Contrasts of South America holiday and require purchase of round-trip travel on a OneWorld® Alliance member airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your Australian gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of May 1, 2013. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com. # 2015 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014.

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Hotels: Where you will stay THE FINEST ACCOMMODATION This is just a selection of the hotels where you could stay during your Trafalgar holiday. For full details, please see the hotels listed on daily itineraries.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort (MD), Gamboa Rainforest, Panama

Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (F), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

InterContinental Merida (SF), Merida, Mexico

Parador Resort & Spa (F), Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Sofitel Santa Clara (SF), Cartagena, Colombia

HOTEL CLASS KEY: D: DELUXE MD: MODERATE DELUXE SF: SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS F: FIRST CLASS MF: MODERATE FIRST CLASS

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HOTELS: EXTEND YOUR STAY IN GATEWAY CITIES Each itinerary shows the city where your holiday starts and ends. Choose up to three nights before and/or after your holiday and ask your Travel Agent to make the reservations at the time of booking. Prices are per person, per night on a single, twin/double and triple basis, based on two-bedded rooms with private bath, including full breakfast where indicated below, all applicable taxes and service charges (chambermaid fees and luggage handling not included). Quad occupancy is also available at some hotels (based on two-bedded rooms) when guests are travelling with young children on Family Experiences itineraries. Check with your Travel Agent for availability and rates. Conditions: Extra hotel nights should be booked at the time of your holiday reservation; they are subject to availability and offered only in conjunction with the holiday you are booking. Space is limited and blackout dates may apply. Hotels may vary between holiday departures; your Travel Agent will advise you of the confirmed hotel(s).

AIRPORT TRANSFERS SEASON DATE RANGE

PER PERSON A$ SGL TWIN TRPL

CITY

HOTEL

Buenos Aires

Sheraton Libertador *

265

133

127

All 2014 dates

Manaus

Tropical Manaus *

263

131

125

All 2014 dates

Rio de Janeiro

Windsor Excelsior Copacabana *

439

133

100

All 2014 dates

Easter Island

Taha Tai Hotel *

232

142

119

All 2014 dates

Santiago

InterContinental Santiago *

265

133

111

Cartagena

Sofitel Santa Clara *

453

227

N/A

ARGENTINA All 2014 dates BRAZIL

CHILE

COLOMBIA All 2014 dates COSTA RICA 1-11 Apr / 2 May - 15 Dec 2014

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort *

198

99

80

12 Apr - 1 May / 16 - 31 Dec 2014 / 28 Mar to 09 Apr 2015

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort *

247

123

96

1 Jan - 27 Mar 2015

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort *

209

105

83

1-30 Apr / 1 Jul - 31 Aug 2014

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa *

275

138

115

1 May - 30 Jun 2014 / 1 Sep - 19 Dec 2014

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa *

228

114

99

20 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa *

333

166

133

4 Jan - 31 Mar 2015

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa *

275

138

115

Mon - Fri

San Jose

InterContinental Real & Club Tower *

215

108

90

Sat & Sun

San Jose

InterContinental Real & Club Tower *

152

76

76

ECUADOR All 2014 dates

Otavalo

Hacienda Cusin *

135

83

59

All 2014 dates

Quito

Hilton Colon *

165

93

88

All 2014 dates

Guayaquil

Oro Verde *

201

106

102

All 2014 dates

Cancun Riviera Maya

InterContinental Presidente Cancun * Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort *

424 559

212 267

105 124

PANAMA All 2014 dates All 2014 dates

We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the holiday and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the holiday. You may, however, purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. 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 are met by Trafalgar’s local representative and receive your arrival and departure transfers. Failure to do so, may result in missing these services and no refund shall be due for missed arrival and departure transfers resulting from missing or outdated flight information. CITY TRANSFER AIRPORT/HOTEL

Panama City Playa Bonita

InterContinental Miramar * Westin Playa Bonita *

178 178

89 89

74 79

PERU

PER PERSON PRICE A$

Liberia (from Guanacaste)

No Charge

San Jose

No Charge

San Jose (from Manuel Antonio) Cancun

MEXICO All 2014 dates

With Trafalgar you will receive a complimentary airport Meet and Greet Service as well as arrival and departure transfers on all holidays by private transportation with the services of an English-speaking guide, between designated airports and hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday.

Cancun (from Riviera Maya) Phoenix

185 No Charge 20 No Charge

Panama City

25

Panama City (from Playa Bonita)

30

Rio de Janeiro

45

Manaus

No Charge

Santiago

25

Buenos Aires

35

All 2014 dates

Lima

Hilton Miraflores *

214

107

107

Quito

All 2014 dates

Lima

Novotel Lima *

193

96

95

Guayaquil

No Charge

All 2014 dates

Lima

Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport *

258

129

102

Easter Island

No Charge

USA

Lima (Hilton Miraflores & Novotel Lima)

All 2014 dates

Lima (Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport)

Phoenix

Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

115

58

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*Rates include full breakfast. Note: Black outs may apply and holiday supplements apply for December 24 & 25 & 31, 2014. Rates are valid based on 2014 travel. 2015 dates are subject to price changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2014. Please contact Trafalgar reservations for rate information for travel 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013.

35

25 No Charge

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TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION COVERAGE FOR CANCELLATION AND RETURN FLIGHT SECURITY ONLY A$99 PER PERSON

Most guided holiday companies are interested in their guests only after they reach their destination. But with Trafalgar, you get a great deal even before you leave home with our Gold Seal Additional Protection plan for only A$99 per person (payable at the time of booking). Gold Seal Additional Protection includes:

PRE-PAID CANCELLATION OPTION Your deposit and/or payment to Trafalgar will be refunded should you cancel your guided holiday for any reason prior to departure from Australia. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements* made by Trafalgar only. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason.

ON YOUR HOLIDAY Should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the guided holiday for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to Australia due to injury, illness or death, you and your companion will be refunded A$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the itinerary (note that in some cases hotels require a one-night cancellation fee). A doctor’s certificate is required.

RETURN FLIGHT SECURITY If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick** while you are on your Trafalgar holiday, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same booking class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip tickets on Trafalgar’s recommended airline(s) booked through Trafalgar from Australia.

EXPRESS CHECK-IN THE ULTIMATE HASSLE FREE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER MAKING YOUR BOOKING

Our commitment to provide you with the best travel experience starts with our Express Check-In process. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete but delivers these great benefits: • Understanding your individual needs and preferences helps us to better tailor your trip • You can meet fellow travellers before you depart via our online communities • You’ll receive helpful information, tips and exclusive savings on travel related goods and services • We can quickly locate you/your nominated contact in the unlikely event of an emergency • You will save time with no paperwork on holiday and streamlined hotel check-ins Please complete Express Check-In as soon as possible after making your booking via our secure website. You will need your booking reference number, passport details for everyone on your booking, travel insurance details and the emergency contact details of your nominated person. All your details are kept secure and we will not share your information with third parties.

1 2 3

Go to www.trafalgar.com/aus/express Enter your Booking Number and Last Name Answer all questions and click ‘submit’

CARBON EMISSIONS GRID When taking a Trafalgar holiday with us, you are opting for one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. Coach travel is proven to emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per person than travelling by car.*

Method of travel

Kilograms of CO2

Car

0.3831 Kgs

Air

0.1330 Kgs

Please note that travel agent fees and cancellation fees may apply. * Excludes holidays with internal flights, train travel, optional extensions and Mexico itineraries. ** Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

per passenger mile

Rail

0.0860 Kgs

Coach

0.0483 Kgs

*Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/conversion-factors.htm

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO PASSPORTS & VISAS:

Guests travelling across any Central/South American or Mexican border must be in possession of a machine readable passport which must be valid at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of the trip. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure they have a valid machine readable passport as well as any necessary visas. Some holidays may require multiple entry visas. Before you travel, please be sure to check with your relevant local Consulate to confirm the specific and possible changes to passport and visa requirements for the country or countries you intend to visit. The operators and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or 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.

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ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:

In some South American countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. For more information, please see our Booking Conditions and check with your Travel Agent or local consular services for up-to-date information.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

You will receive your travel documents and literature together with a Trafalgar document wallet about 21 days before your departure.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO GUIDES:

A complete guide to South America including handy travel tips and advice and country-by-country information. Go to our website and click on ‘Pre Trip’ in the top menu bar to download Trafalgar’s South America guide.

SIGHTSEEING BROCHURE TERMINOLOGY:

Trafalgar uses specific terms to describe different aspects of your itinerary. To make it easy to understand, we have created the following glossary: Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Guide or your Travel Director. This includes fast track entry and will vary based on the venue itself. View – An opportunity to take in the sight and capture photos with a brief stop. See – See the sight and its surroundings while driving by on the coach.


BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Destination America Inc 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, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, Travel Agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date The departure date is the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Inter-city Travel: By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries). Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Guided Holiday Air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches with reclining seats and onboard restroom facilities. Trafalgar reserves the right to use smaller motorcoaches subject to a minimum number of guests; these smaller coaches feature air-conditioning, but no restroom facilities on board and may not have reclining seats available. Hotel Accommodation Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a two-bed room with private bath or shower. Triple and quad rooms may be available on selected guided holidays, in limited numbers. Triple occupancy is based on three people sharing one room with two beds. Triple occupancy may not be comfortable for three adults sharing. Quad occupancy is based on four people sharing one room with two beds and is only available on Family Experiences guided holidays. Quad rooms may be used only for two adults and two children, both aged 17 or younger. Quad rooms are not available for more than two adults. Rollaway beds are not included in either triple or quad prices. 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 travellers and couples first; other rooms may feature a single bed and rollaway bed, murphy bed or sleeper sofa. Pre or post touring extension options including a Galapagos cruise may only accommodate up to two guests in some cabin types. In this case triple or quad occupancy (quad available on Family Experiences only) would use two cabins to accommodate the guests. Guests who are members of Hotel Frequent Stay Programs are not entitled to points with any of the hotels featured on a Trafalgar guided holiday. Special room requests (smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lowerfloor 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. Many hotels are 100% smoke-free, including all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public spaces, and employee work areas. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Normal check-in time is approximately at 3:00pm at most hotels; check-out time is approximately noon. Early check-in and check-out is not included, unless specified under First Class Highlights and can only be guaranteed by purchasing additional nights. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller programme points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Free Wi-Fi Internet Service Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Service is now available in many Trafalgar hotel guestrooms. When such a service is not available, complimentary Wi-Fi will be available in public areas of the hotels, such as main lobbies and lounges. Complimentary Wi-Fi service is now also available aboard motorcoaches operating in Latin America. Wi-Fi may be limited or unavailable in some areas. Travel Director All guided holidays are conducted in English and are hosted by a local English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Travel Director. In the unlikely event that there are fifteen guests or less travelling on a departure, Trafalgar reserves the right to operate this departure on an individual basis with private transfers and individual arrangements. Pre or post holiday extension options are operated on a locally hosted basis using regular Englishspeaking scheduled services. Meals Full breakfasts (FB) are served when available. When not available, a Continental breakfast is served (CB). Dinners (D)/Highlight Dinners (HD)/ Farewell Dinners (FD), Lunches (L)/Highlight Lunches (HL) and ‘Be My Guest’ dining (BG), featuring either a luncheon or dinner, are included as detailed on itineraries. Sightseeing Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking Local Expert (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary (please see ’Airport Transfers’ section for further details). There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. If you did not purchase your connecting 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 are met by Trafalgar’s local representative and receive your arrival transfer. 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 holiday hotel and porter service at airports for domestic flights, is included in the guided holiday price. Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kgs). Some airlines restrict checked luggage - check with your airline. 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. A charge of US$6/CA$6 or local currency equivalent per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if suitcase exceeds weight or size limits. This is not assurance that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. 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 holiday. 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 holiday. Tips/Gratuities All tips/gratuities are included for all services on all guided holiday, except to your Motorcoach Driver and Travel Director whose tips/ gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis at the end of your holiday. Included tips/gratuities cover all services provided by all Local Experts, dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels. Tips/gratuities to cruise personnel on the Galapagos cruises are not included. NOT INCLUDED IN GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE All airfares, air-related taxes and fees, any additional fees charged by the airline such as checked and/or excess baggage, seat selections, and/or any services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; laundry; phone calls; beverages; meals not detailed in the itinerary; when not prepaid discretionary tips/gratuities to Travel Directors; motorcoach drivers and local city guides; items of a personal nature; excess baggage; optional excursions etc. The guided holiday price also does not cover costs and expenses such as the return to your home if you leave the guided holiday at your own volition, due to illness, or as a consequence of official action by the government of any country visited. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. Entry/Exit Requirements It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/ or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, immunizations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into the destination. In some South American countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/ exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. Argentina requires certain passport-holders (at the time of printing: American, Canadian and Australian) to pre-pay a reciprocity fee online, print a receipt as proof of payment and present upon arrival or be denied entry. For up-to-date detailed information on entry/exit taxes and further information please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Reservations & Payments Deposit payable within 7 days of booking Guided Holiday only $200 Guided Holiday including Galapagos $300

Final Payment prior to departure date Guided Holiday only 45 days Guided Holiday including Galapagos 65 days 1. Your guided holiday will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a nonrefundable, non-transferable deposit. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. The deposit forms part of your final payment. If not received within 7 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be cancelled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Final payment for your land reservation will be due no later than 45 days (65 days for Guided Holidays including Galapagos) prior to the departure date. 3. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days (65 days for Guided Holidays including Galapagos) prior to the departure date. 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. 5. Any special meal requirements must be provided at time of booking and are received on a REQUEST basis only. Trafalgar cannot assure special meal requests will be fulfilled. Trafalgar does not assume responsibility or liability if guest’s special meal requests are not fulfilled. 6. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide those monies promptly to us. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep interest earned on monies. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit. 7. For guests travelling on Trafalgar holidays, the following will be required at least 65 days prior to departure (or at booking if less than 65 prior to departure): title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Chd. (child)); first and last names per passport; nationality; passport number; date of birth (as shown in passports); passport copies for children under 12 years old. For children and guests with physical disabilities or health problems, waiver of liability forms will be required at time of boarding. Early Payment Discounts Discounts are applied at the time of booking and apply to the LAND-only portion of holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount” in the price panel, and require full payment by the applicable discount deadline dates (see Great Savings section), but no later than 45 days prior to departure for land-only holidays (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos). 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 re-priced. 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’ accommodation, transfers and any cruise portion of a holiday. Full 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 Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the departure date (provided full payment has been received on time). If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents will be the responsibility of the Travel Agent. If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. For the Galapagos Cruise documents to be issued the guest must give complete names as per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth. Passports & Visas All passengers require a valid passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date and may require visas. Some countries require multiple visas. For specific visa requirements at time of booking please contact your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for more details. It is the guests’ responsibility to ensure he/she travels with the appropriate documents. Please ask your Travel Agent for advice. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. As a courtesy, in the “FAQ” section of our website www.trafalgar.com, we offer a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained. • If full payment is not received 45 days (65 days for Guided Holdiay including Galapagos) 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 Gold Seal Additional Protection. • If a person in a party cancels and there is a room change caused by this cancellation (such as a Twin to Single, or Triple to Twin), charges for the upgrade will be the responsibility of the remaining party. The following scale of charges (includes GST), representing costs incurred by Trafalgar in cancelling your travel arrangements, will apply when notice of cancellation for Guided Holiday & Cruise and Guided Holiday Only is given prior to Guided Holiday departure date. Please also refer to Trafalgar’s Gold Seal Additional Protection. GUIDED HOLIDAY LAND ONLY No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as holiday departure date (“%” refers to % of total price) 45 days and over Amount of Deposit 44-31 days 30% 30-8 days 50% 7-1 days 75% Day of departure 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) COSTA RICA & MEXICO ONLY No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as holiday departure date (“%” refers to % of total price) 45 days and over Amount of Deposit 44-22 days 25% 21-8 days 30% 7-1 days 50% Day of departure 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) GUIDED HOLIDAY INCLUDING GALAPAGOS No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as holiday departure date (“%” refers to % of total price) 65 days and over Amount of Deposit 64-45 days 50% 44-31 days 70% 30-16 days 80% 15 days or less/no show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100% (unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation prior to and after the

guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent. • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: 45 days and over $35 per person 44-22 days 25% of price for the accommodation 21-15 days 30% of price for the accommodation • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change incurs a $35 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your Travel Agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Reservations/Ticketing If an air reservation is made by Trafalgar payment in full is required for your airfare at the time of booking your flights in relation to your Trafalgar holiday to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday. Upon receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport, passport number, date and place of issue for each guest. Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers including Trafalgar) change prices and routes from time to time. All routings are subject to change at any time and in sole control of the airline. Air Cancellation If paper tickets are issued, no refund will be made for cancelled air tickets until after the paper tickets are returned to Trafalgar. Non-refundable tickets cannot be refunded. Please ensure any returned guided holiday document which contains airline tickets is sent by certified or registered mail. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed. Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating Not all airlines offer pre-assigned seats. Some may charge for pre-assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’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 by the airline(s). Frequent flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest's responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS Cruise Fees & Taxes Your “Total Twin Share” Land Guided Holiday & Cruise price includes an amount covering Cruise Fees & Taxes. Cruise Fees, or “Non-Discountable Amount” as referred to by the cruise line, is a mandatory fee charged by the cruise line. That portion of the price is not subject to reduction in a discount promotion, nor commissionable to Travel Agents. Cruise Taxes, as used by the cruise line, refers to certain taxes, fees and charges imposed by governments or quasi-government authorities, relating to any aspect of your cruise, for example, customs fees, head taxes, inspection fees, immigration and naturalization fees, harbour maintenance fees and taxes. Government fees and taxes are subject to change without notice and will apply regardless of your booking’s payment status. The cruise line reserves the right to impose or pass through fuel surcharges, security surcharges or other incidental surcharges. No right of cancellation exists in these circumstances. These additional Cruise Fees & Taxes are included for Galapagos Cruises of any programme. Cruise Line Requirements Galapagos Cruise guests are required to give complete names per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth to issue flights and documents. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by any government or agencies may be passed on at any time, even after the deposit is received or holiday paid for. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided holiday price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided holiday within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in Australian Dollars unless specified. Guided Holiday Participation On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to guests under age 21. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting or dressing, as examples) should consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travellers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided holidays. Trafalgar does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Trafalgar is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on holiday, or for the quality of the care or services received. Some guided holidays include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided holiday,

Trafalgar may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which Trafalgar does not control. Trafalgar cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guests travelling on international guided holidays. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the package holiday provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing of the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some excursions involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. Trafalgar will not mediate financial disputes between guests and operators of optional excursions (or any third party). Any disputes must be handled independently by the guest. Trafalgar may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guest or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Trafalgar’s terms and conditions. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behaviour is, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount The Young Traveller must be under age 18 on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the start of travel to be eligible for the discount. Only two Young Traveller discounts per room are permitted, except on Family Experiences, where the limit is three Young Traveller discounts per room when sharing with one adult. This discount does not apply to extra night accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers or any cruise portion of a holiday. Itinerary Variations Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your Travel Agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and post-night accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For your comfort Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on travelling days. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Guided Holiday Cancellation Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof.

Safety Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances. International Treaties Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd.Limited Role Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by Trafalgar Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd, but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of the state of New South Wales. Errors and Omissions In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. We try to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of printing. However Trafalgar shall not be held responsible for printing or typographic errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Airline(s) do not by virtue of being referred to in this brochure represent itself or themselves as contracting with or as having any legal relationship with any purchaser of a holiday from Trafalgar. All bookings made with any provider of transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with the above mentioned Operator. If you decide you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit due to any law, condition or requirement of any government or government authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred, and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to put things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Guest Relations Department at the address below within (60) days of the end of the Trafalgar holiday, as it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Data Protection To process your guided holiday booking, Trafalgar will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guest’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organizations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. In making your booking, you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set out above. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided holidays and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or telephone) about other guided holidays and services offered by Trafalgar that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information, or if you want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at Trafalgar, Attn: TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD, TRAVEL HOUSE, LEVEL 6, 35 GRAFTON STREET, BONDI JUNCTION, NSW 2022. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law.

OTHER CONDITIONS Each guest is required to comply with the terms, conditions, requirements, laws, rules and/or regulations of any service provider, or any country or governmental authority, and shall be liable for any such non-compliance. Booking Arrangements Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent, or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. Additional Optional Excursions With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided holiday, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Excursions and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Excursions and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided holiday, as many of them are carefully programmed to coincide with highlights available at the time of your visit. A detailed list and cost of these will be included in your travel documentation. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional Excursions may vary due to seasonal RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement These booking conditions together with terms conditions and require minimum guest participation. Prices are subject to expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement change without notice. Please also see the relevant section of "Guided Holiday Participation" regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for optional between the parties. Changes The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the excursions operated by independent third party suppliers. services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they TRAFALGAR TOURS (AUST) PTY LTD. 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, (ABN 73 000 717 715) the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and Travel House, Level 6, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, N.S.W. 2022 itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Telephone Numbers: SYD Metro area 9657 3333 Disclaimer of Liability Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated All other areas 1 300 78 78 78 entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service Fax: (02) 9657 3456 License No: 2TA00 1889 providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/Administrative hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services offices/agents in: or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Greece, damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA. the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct For further information visit our website at: www.trafalgar.com employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise.

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GUIDED HOLIDAYS & CITY BREAKS

EUROPE & BRITAIN

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

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

Printed in AU

1st Edition AU, 17 May 2013


South America 2014 (AUS)