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Europe & Britain 2016

Simply the best...  Guided vacations crafted by the

experts in Europe and Britain

 Exclusive Insider Experiences

reveal each destination giving a sense of wonder and discovery

 Unrivalled service with all

details meticulously arranged for a perfect, stress-free trip

 An unforgettable vacation of

unparalleled memories, quality and value

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Over four generations my family has lived and breathed travel. That’s what makes us different; our passion. Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar CEO

Simply... This trip is absolutely top-shelf and includes highlights to touch your soul spiritually and emotionally and take your breath away physically. The best travel company in the world without a doubt. Superior in every way. DEBORAH from Australia, 2014

Image: Exploring the Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

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TRAFALGAR Come and share the spirit and cultures of Europe on each of our perfectly designed vacations. We will reveal the secrets and traditions of medieval villages, iconic capitals and lands of snow and ice. Each trip is planned with precision, passion and our decades of expertise, to bring you the best of every destination.

WITH US, YOU’LL ALWAYS ENJOY

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Isle of Skye

Inverness

Fort William Edinburgh

Oban

Glasgow Londonderry

Lake District Belfast

Ashford Castle Galway

UNITED KINGDOM

IRELAND

Killarney Waterford

Stratford-upon-Avon Cardiff

London Bath

CELTIC SEA Plymouth

Omaha Bea Ca Bayeux

A local friend… • We leverage our 70 years of expertise to design the perfect itinerary – giving you a deeper experience of every destination, enriched with the knowledge that only a local could share

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• Exclusive Insider Experiences – activities unique to us, you’ll get to know local people and discover traditions and places only we know • Our passionate Travel Directors, the best in the industry • Expert Local Specialists

BAY OF BISCAY

Santiago de Compostela

Stress-free travel… • Specially selected 4 and 5-star hotels • Breakfast every day and an average 50% of your evening meals • VIP access and front-of-the-line access to selected sights • Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation • Porterage, tips and local charges • A range of Optional Experiences

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Borde

Biarritz

Santander

Lo Pamplon

Burgos

Zaragoza Oporto

Viseu

Madrid

PORTUGAL

Fatima

Lisbon

Barce

Salamanca

SPAIN

Evora

• Must-see sights • Surprise extras and cultural treats

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Tours

• The right inclusions – the perfect balance of planned sightseeing, unique cultural activities and free time to explore

Deeper experiences…

York

Liverpool

Dublin

Valencia

Cordoba Seville

Vilamoura

Granada Costa del Sol

Tangier Fez Rabat Casablanca

MOROCCO Marrakesh

Erfoud


NORWEGIAN SEA

Geiranger Sognefjord

GULF OF BOTHN IA

Lillehammer

NORWAY

Bergen

FINLAND Helsinki

SWEDEN

Oslo

St Petersburg Tallinn

Stockholm

ESTONIA

Stavanger

LATVIA

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DENMARK

NORTH SEA

LAKE LADOGA

RUSSIA

Riga

Moscow

BALTIC SEA

Copenhagen

Novgorod

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UNITED NGDOM

BELARUS

THE NETHERLANDS Amsterdam

pon-Avon

Rotterdam

London Bath

Bruges Lille

Omaha Beach Caen Bayeux

Brussels

BELGIUM

FRANCE

POLAND

GERMANY Cologne Frankfurt

LIECHTENSTEIN Zurich

SWITZERLAND Geneva

Krakow

Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC

Nuremberg

Paris

Amboise

Warsaw

Berlin

LUXEMBOURG Orleans

Michel Tours

Hamburg

Groningen

Munich Oberammergau

SLOVAKIA

Vienna

Budapest

AUSTRIA

Innsbruck

HUNGARY

Lake Lucerne Beaune Evian Bled SLOVENIA Baveno Chamonix Zagreb Como Lyon Sirmione Aix-lesLjubljana Milano CROATIA Bains Venice Belgrade Turin Bordeaux Bologna Plitvice BOSNIA Lakes & HERZESERBIA Avignon Aix-en-Provence GOVINA Split Nimes Sarajevo MONACO Florence Biarritz Hvar Nice Marseille Mostar MONTE Lourdes Cannes ITALY Dubrovnik Carcassonne -NEGRO Pamplona

aragoza Barcelona

Rome (and THE VATICAN) Isle of Capri

Alberobello

Sorrento

alencia

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el Sol

Sofia

BLACK SEA

BULGARIA Istanbul

Gallipoli Corfu

GREECE

Canakkale

Bursa

Kalambaka Palermo Agrigento

SICILY

Taormina

Delphi Olympia

Athens Mykonos

Izmir

Ankara

TURKEY Konya

Pamukkale

Antalya

Marmaris Santorini ISLAND Heraklion OF RHODES CRETE

Cappadocia

CYPRUS LEBANON

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Tel Aviv Gaza Strip Alexandria

Jerusalem Amman

ISRAEL JORDAN Petra

Cairo

EGYPT

Luxor Aswan

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...vacations

Our experts have listened to your feedback to create vacations filled with amazing activities and itineraries to suit you.

...moments

Carefully crafted by our passionate team, our rich and enthralling experiences will take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life.

...memories

With 70 years of guided travel expertise and local knowledge, we are simply the best at creating unforgettable vacations and stories that last a lifetime. 5


TRAVEL WITH THE WORLD’S NO. 1 We’re the best in guided vacations - that’s why we’ve won 46 major travel industry awards in the last five years. See for yourself at www.trafalgar.com/awards

CONTENTS Your Trafalgar Guide What sets us apart

3-4 5

Our Insider Experiences

20-21

Travel at ease

22-23

Our hotel promise, London 246-247 Reception Centre and Extend your stay in London

Simply...

10-11

Always the best hotels

24-25

Extend your stay in Europe

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Our Trip styles

12-15

Our secret recipe

26-27

16-17

#TrafalgarCares

28-29

Our people

18-19

Travel Protection, Group Vacations, Why Register and Things to know

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Experts in Europe

Airport transfers and booking conditions

250-251

Six ways to Save

252-253

Images, left to right: flower market in Aix-en-Provence, France; Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy; Piper at Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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ITALy AND ComBINATIoNs

Ancient monuments in Rome, Renaissance art in Florence, Moorish influence in Sicily: discover 19 vacations that reveal the beauty, history and culture of Italy. Days

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Rome Explorer - NEW

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30-31

Secrets of Italy

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32-33

Italian Holiday

7

34-35

Rome and Tuscan Highlights

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36-37

Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

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38-39

Best of the Italian Lakes

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40-41

Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

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42-43

Flavors of Italy

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44-45

Italian Discovery

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46-47

Great Italian Cities

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48-49

Contrasts of Italy

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Italy Bellissimo

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Italian Concerto

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54-55

Best of Italy

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Italian Glory

13

58-59

Grand Italian Experience

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60-61

Southern Italy and Sicily

10

62-63

Best of Italy and Sicily

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64-65

Classical Italy and Greece with 4-Day Greek Cruise Option

10

66-67

At Leisure

Hidden Journey

Country Explorer

Regional Explorer

Family Experience

Scotland’s rugged Highlands, Ireland’s emerald countryside and the rolling hills of England: these 24 vacations explore the diverse scenery, traditions and cultures of Britain and Ireland. London Explorer - NEW

TRIp sTyLE kEy H Cruise, Rail and Combos

BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Special Interest

Days

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68-69

Real Britain

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70-71

Best of Devon and Cornwall

8

72-73

Amazing Britain

10

74-75

English Country Gardens

9

76-77

Castles and Kilts

10

78-79

Best of Britain

14

80-81

Britain and Ireland Highlights

10

82-83

Wonders of Britain and Ireland

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84-85

Britain and Ireland Panorama

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Britain and Ireland Grandeur

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88-89

Treasures of Ireland

6

90-91

Irish Highlights

7

92-93

Enchanting Emerald Isle

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94-95

Secrets of Ireland

8

96-97

Best of Ireland

10

98-99

Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10

100-101

Irish Experience

11

102-103

Amazing Ireland

14

104-105

Celtic Filmscapes - NEW

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106-107

Best of Ireland and Scotland

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108-109

Best of Scotland

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110-111

Scotlands Highlands, Islands and Cities

13

112-113

Highland Trail inspired by Outlander - NEW

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Contents cont. trip style key At Leisure

Hidden Journey

Country Explorer

Regional Explorer

H Cruise, Rail and Combos

CeNtrAl AND eAsterN eUrOpe iNClUDiNG rUssiA AND sCANDiNAViA

These 20 vacations unveil the rich cultures and lifestyles of diverse countries, from Russian palaces to the Dutch capital and classic Scandinavian design.

Special Interest

Family Experience

Days

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Best of Holland

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146-147

Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

10

148-149

Best of Germany

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150-151

Best of Germany and Austria

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152-153

Sound of Music

10

154-155

Switzerland and Austria

13

156-157

Secrets of Switzerland

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160-161

Best of Switzerland

9

162-163

Prague, Vienna and Budapest

10

164-165

Imperial Europe

10

166-167

Bohemian Highlights

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168-169

Contrasts of Switzerland

FrANCe, spAiN, pOrtUGAl AND MOrOCCO

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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170-171

The Balkans and Venice

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172-173

Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

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174-175

Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow

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176-177

Best of Finland , Russia and the Baltic States

15

178-179

Capitals of the North

13

180-181

Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords

14

182-183

Ultimate Iceland - NEW

10

184-185

Iconic monuments, golden beaches, late-night lifestyles and ancient cultures – you can explore the best of four unique countries on these 15 vacations. Days

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Paris Explorer - NEW

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116-117

The Treasures of France

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118-119

Wonderful France

9

120-121

Secrets of France

10

122-123

WWI and WWII Battlefields

12

124-125

Best of France

13

126-127

Highlights of France and Barcelona with Madrid Extension Option

10

128-129

Spanish Wonder

9

130-131

Northern Spain

11

132-133

Best of Spain

15

134-135

Best of Portugal

11

136-137

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

13

138-139

Madrid to Rome

13

140-141

Spain, Morocco and Portugal

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142-143

Best of Morocco

9

144-145

Images, left to right: exploring the Old town, Nice, France; Cathedral of the resurrection, saint petersburg, russia; View over santorini, Greece; lake Bled, slovenia

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EUROPEAN DISCOVERIES

These 17 vacations reveal the many cultures and contrasts of Europe all in one go, from iconic Italian art to Swiss musical traditions and hearty Hungarian cuisine. Days

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European Highlights with Eurostar Option

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European Traveler

10

214-215

European Dream

10

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Delights of London and Paris

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218-219

European Splendor

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220-221

European Wonderland

13

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European Marvel with Eurostar Option

14

224-225

European Whirl with Eurostar Option

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European Spotlight

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Contrasts of Europe including Eurostar

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European Interlude with Eurostar Option

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232-233

European Horizons with Eurostar Option

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Traditional Europe including Eurostar and with return Eurostar Option

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Grand European with Eurostar Option

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Great European

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240-241

European Supreme with 3 Day Greek Cruise option and Eurostar Option

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242-245

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Ancient capitals combine with laid-back island life on these 18 vacations that reveal the epic history, landscapes and traditions of five diverse countries. Days Introduction to Trafalgar’s Greek cruises Athens and Aegean Ancient Lands

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Greek Island Hopper

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Secrets of Greece including Corfu

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Aegean Odyssey Best of Greece Best of Greece with 3 and 4 Day Greek Cruise Options Best of Greece with 7 Day Greek Cruise Options

Jordan Experience Egyptian Itineraries Best of Israel Highlights of Turkey with 7 Day Greek Cruise Option Best of Turkey with 7 Day Greek Cruise Option Secrets of Turkey including the Turquoise Coast

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six ways to save

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see pages 252-253

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Simply...

Thank you Trafalgar for giving us an experience of a lifetime. SUE from the USA, 2014 10


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Trip Styles

TRIP

Our

styles

We’ve designed seven trip styles to ensure you discover every destination in the best way. With varied pace, duration and focus, they all include these Trafalgar essentials:

InsIder experIences Memorable and authentic, we’ve crafted these unique moments to introduce you to the locals who share their traditions, cuisine and history with you.

* Travel made easy We take care of all the planning, giving you an easy, stress-free vacation.

* Free TIme and FlexIbIlITy The perfect balance of included sightseeing, free time and Optional Experiences.

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1

Country Explorers

Explore one country in detail, for a deeper appreciation of the destination’s people and culture.

Regional Explorers

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Explore a region in two or more

countries. Whether it’s the Alps or the Mediterranean, we’ll make sure your journey of discovery is as in-depth as it is enjoyable.

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Trip Styles

At Leisure

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Stay for two to six nights in each destination and rarely depart earlier than 9am, ensuring you have free time to relax.

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Family Experiences Designed so all the family can explore Europe

together, you’ll enjoy a mix of discovery and fun.

And we’ll make it seamless and easy for you, so everyone is happy.

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Cruise, Rail and Combinations

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Sometimes we select different ways to travel to suit the destination and reveal it in unique and inspiring ways. Whether that’s a cruise of the Greek Islands or a journey on the Bernina Express, these trips give you a different perspective.


Hidden Journeys Enjoy less-visited places, such as Rocamadour, a medieval pilgrimage city clinging to a cliff; in smaller groups of up to 26 guests.

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Special Interest

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Vacations that focus on a particular theme or interest, from Celtic filmscapes to gastronomic delights.

Discoveries

AnothER option perfectly planned, these vacations move effortlessly from one country and iconic sight to the next. Featuring different inclusions, they are the ideal way to explore the diversity of Europe on one trip. Ranging from 9 to 31 days, they offer you a different style of travel.

The itinerary was perfect for our desire to see Europe for the first time.   Sherrie from the USA, 2014

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Our Expertise

Simply...

Our dream trip was certainly a dream come true. JOHN from the USA, 2014

Image: Beside the Seine, Paris, France

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Experts

IN EUROPE

We’ve transformed guided vacations, thanks to our guests. We continuously look for ways to improve based on your feedback. As a result, what you see is what you get. We are the unequivocal industry leader and our guided vacations are, quite simply, the best.

Our gu ests’ fe edbac believe k is vit in our v al to us acation . We actively s s o ask ou strong ly, we r gues review ts to p s on Fe ost the e fo ir a so you nd soc ial med can tru ia s t – a ll revie an d 1 0 ws are 0% un e g d e it n ed, jus uine, comme t like th nts in th e gues is broc t Have a hure. look – y o u ’l l see w guest s e have atisfac a 99% tion rati review ng on in s webs depen it e Feefo, dent winners and are of their the pro Gold T Award ud rusted (thanks Mercha to an in n review t credible rating). 97% gu est Conne ct with fellow yourse g uests a lf, visit nd see www.t for or che rafalga ck you r. c om/rev r trip itin ie ws erary p age.

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Our People

people Our

98% - AlWAys excellenT Or very gOOD. ThAT’s The TrUe rATing OUr gUesTs give OUr TrAvel DirecTOrs.

We select only the most skilled, passionate and knowledgeable Travel Directors to join our team. Our bespoke training program perfects their extensive skills. Our dedicated Operations team carefully monitor their performance and feedback. Unequivocally recognized as the best in the industry, they make every day of your vacation unforgettable.

To see some of our Travel Directors in action visit: www.youtube.com/user/TrafalgarWeb

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...of course we had the ideal Travel Director... he not only went the extra mile for us, but at least a 1000 miles for us. sandra from South Africa, 2014


Simply...

I’m fortunate for the past decade to completely love

with our Trafalgar guests and do all I can to ensure

my job. Being a Travel Director enables me to meet

they have a fantastic vacation.

people from around the world, share my passion Petula Shaw Dennis, Trafalgar Travel Director

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The Insider

Simply...

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Experience every destination like a local …the clink of glasses and laughter float on the breeze of a sunlit Tuscan olive oil estate – straight from the pages of ‘A Room With A View’. Invited to an exclusive tasting with Count Fulcis, your taste buds tingle with the fresh bite of olive oil and rich Chianti, as he shares secret tales of local life… You will be Count Fulcis’ guest on two of our Italian trips. It is just one example of the

Insider Experiences you can enjoy on our trips. Insider Experiences are more than just a name, they are part of who we are. They’re the exclusive moments we share, to give you a richer understanding of a destination’s culture and traditions. You’ll break bread with local families on our Be My Guest dining experiences. Sleep surrounded by history at our

Authentic Accommodations. Discover secret spots and traditions with Local Specialists. And explore behind the scenes with our

Cultural Insights.

Do more than just visit europe anD Britain with our insiDer experiences that will take you to the heart of a culture.

Learning the history and culture of the places visited were memories we shall forever treasure. Dianne from Australia, 2014

Look for the A on every trip itinerary page.

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Hassle-free

Simply... Image: Relaxing on Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Italy

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Travel at ease Every Trafalgar trip is meticulously planned by our team of experts who, with their in-depth knowledge and experience, passionately create unforgettable vacations.

How you’ll travel Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with ample legroom, reclining seats and an on-board restroom, as well as local electrical outlets and free WiFi. Alternatively, we’ll select other ways to better discover Europe, whether by train or ship. We also include free airport transfers on the start and end day of most vacations (at set times). See pages 250-251 for more details.

vIP treatment You’ll bypass the lines and enjoy VIP entry at major landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican. And in London, you’ll have access to our London Reception Centre team, for help booking sightseeing tickets, tips and recommendations. See pages 246-247 for more details.

everytHIng taken care of Behind the scenes, we take care of everything. With our concierge-style service, you don’t need to read a map, pick the right hotel, book restaurants, or carry your own luggage. We even take care of check-in, porterage and all local taxes, ensuring a seamless stress-free vacation.

I like that I don’t have to worry about luggage hand ling, transport, accommodation, and gratuities. I can just sit back and enjoy and not have to worry about these things. Tiffany from Canada, 2014

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Our Hotels

Always the

best hotels

Using our local expertise we carefully select the right hotels to suit your itinerary, to perfectly showcase the destination and bring its character to life.

The right location We select each hotel to bring something special to your trip; whether it’s centrally located, in the midst of stunning countryside, or close to a major sight.

Handpicked hotels You’ll always stay in handpicked 4 or 5-star hotels. Many will be well known names like Hilton and Radisson Blu. Others will be stunning independent properties with their own unique flavor.

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Authentic Accommodations Selected to reveal the destination in a unique way, examples include medieval Ashford Castle - situated on the shores of Lough Corrib in Ireland and owned and operated by our sister company, Red Carnation Hotels. Or there’s the Moorish splendor of Las Casas de la Judería, nestled in the heart of Seville’s Jewish quarter.

We especially enjoyed our stay in the newly renovated 15th century convent outside of Florence, Italy.

Quality and service All our hotels offer exceptional service. Our quality control team visit every year, and we always listen to our guests and Travel Directors’ feedback, to ensure our high standards are maintained.

Anne from Canada, 2014

Staying longer If you want to stay a little longer before or after your vacation, we’ve organized special deals with our hotel partners, so you can get excellent accommodations at a good price. You’ll find these hotels on page 248 or 247 for hotels in London. images clockwise from left: Albergo dell’Agenzia, Pollenzo, Italy; Red Carnation’s Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland; Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, Hvar Island, Croatia; Secotel Gran Luna, Granada, Spain

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Dining

secret

Our

recipe

Dining with locals On our exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences you’ll break bread with local families, discovering their

Food enables you to explore and savor the rich diversity of Europe. With Trafalgar’s dining experiences you’ll taste and uncover real local culture on every one of our trips.

On two of our vacations, you’ll be invited to a tiny island on Lake Maggiore by the Telli family. They’ll share their stories and reveal how a prince’s childhood game inspired their restaurant ‘La Piratera’, as you enjoy a

stories and traditions as you share warming, home-

delicious meal of regional dishes and crisp Gavi wine.

cooked meals together. Enriching and authentic, these

And on three of our Irish trips, you’ll meet bubbly

experiences take you inside the cultures you’ve

celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio at her farmhouse in

dreamt of discovering, revealing them through new

County Wicklow. Welcomed to her home, you’ll explore

friendships and shared meals, for a deeper, more

the lush gardens while she whips you up a delicious

fulfilling experience.

meal of homegrown produce, and shares tales of country life in rural Ireland.

Larger images, clockwise from left: Be My Guest dining on Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, Italy; Exploring legendary cafés, Aix-en-Provence, France; Local dining, Mykonos, Greece

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Foodie Favorites

Whether an included experience or as part of your free time, we’ll always recommend our favorite places to enjoy local cuisine. For example, you could discover…

La CouPoLe, Paris, France

Dining to match the day

A famous Hemingway haunt, this elegant Art Deco brasserie is the perfect place to scribble your postcards and watch the world go by over classic French fare. Fancy trying La Coupole? Discover our French vacations from page 116

Your itinerary is designed to include dining highlights that enrich your vacation. From Welcome Receptions to Regional Meals and Farewell Dinners, you’ll enjoy unforgettable culinary experiences. Breakfast is always included, and we always factor in free evenings, so you can explore and discover your Travel Director’s recommendations and your own favorite places to eat.

Bar PoMPi, Rome, Italy Do as the Romans do, skip dessert in the restaurant and head instead for the tastiest tiramisu in Rome. At Bar Pompi there are more flavors than you can shake a spoon at. Craving Tiramisu? See our Italy trips from page 30

Borough Market, London, England Let your nose be your guide to the gourmet goodies at London’s oldest, and best, food market. Going since the 13th century, today it’s a melting pot of culinary wonders from around the world. Want some real London grub? Check out our UK vacations from page 68

For some short films featuring our Be My Guest dining experiences visit: www.youtube.com/user/TrafalgarWeb

Pintxos Bars, San Sebastian, Spain In the Pintxos bars of San Sebastian, tapas are taken to the next level. Go from bar to bar to sample snacks that are more like miniature gastronomic works of art. Dreaming of tasty tapas? Find our Spain trips from page 130

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Our sustainable apprOach

#Trafalgarcares We believe in safeguarding the beauty, cultures and traditions of the destination we visit, helping preserve them for future generations. Gavin Tollman, trafalgar ceO

#TrafalgarCares supports and gives back to the communities we visit, working with local businesses, collaborating alongside charitable organisations and ensuring we take our groups where they can make a difference. Discover more about #TrafalgarCares and TreadRight and follow our progress by visiting www.trafalgar.com/trafalgarcares Images, left to right: Anangu Aboriginal Culture, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia; Pupil at Free The Children school in Ecuador

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THE TREADRIGHT FOUNDATION

OUR CHARITAblE GIvING

Set up as a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation’s

We believe we should work as a force for good within

family of brands, TreadRight is a not-for-profit

the travel industry and in the way we impact the world.

organization dedicated to supporting the communities

As a family-owned company, we’re proud of our teams

we visit, helping preserve their vibrancy and traditions

and the work they do to support worthy causes.

for future generations. As a member of The Travel

Some examples of our charitable giving include:

Corporation, we’re also proud to be an active founder and supporter of The TreadRight Foundation.

Whether they’re taking part in Movember to aid cancer research, picking up litter in Yellowstone National Park, or working with Free The Children to build schools in Kenya and Ecuador, our global teams work tirelessly to support charitable initiatives. TreadRight supports global charitable projects, such as the industry-wide rebuilding effort following the Nepal earthquake in April 2015. Led by their partner, Tourism Cares, TreadRight donated $20,000 USD to aid tourism rejuvenation in Nepal, and helped rebuild a local school through additional donations.

SUppORTING lOCAl COmmUNITIES We work hand in hand with the communities we visit by ensuring we support local businesses. This is good for

SUSTAINAbIlITy AT OUR CORE

them and in turn good for our guests, who get to enjoy

To conserve our planet’s rich diversity we ensure

these communities through our Insider Experiences and

everything we do is sustainable; from how we print our

contribute to sustainable future travel. From discovering

brochures right the way through to how we travel.

ancient traditions with a Quecha weaver to visiting

Some examples of this sustainability include:

environmental programs, these unique moments enrich your vacation and support local infrastructure, giving back to the people who share their culture with you. Some examples include:

Ban Mae Kampong village, Thailand You’ll meet the villagers and enjoy lunch with the

We promote the benefits of coach travel - proven to reduce congestion and create less pollution per passenger mile than any other form of transport. We’ve also introduced recycling schemes in all our global offices and use recycled paper for our brochures and on-board magazine.

village chief, who’ll reveal how your visit helps support ecotourism and traditional crafts, and generates income for the villagers. Discover this Insider Experience on our Treasures of Thailand and Treasures of Thailand with Cambodia trips. TreadRight - The Heritage Initiative

Carbon Emissions Grid*

Method of travel

KG of CO2 per passenger mile

Car

0.30298 kgs

Air

0.26619 kgs

Rail

0.07580 kgs

Coach

0.04619 kgs

A new program that works to preserve the cultural diversity of the people and places you’ll visit. For

With 35 sustainability projects worldwide, TreadRight’s

example in Perugia, Italy, you’ll discover how your

initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic

participation helps preserve ancient hand-weaving

Society’s World Legacy Awards and supporting Wild Aid

traditions. Discover this Insider Experience on our Italy

and The Wilderness Foundation, in an effort to stop rhino

Bellissimo vacation.

and elephant poaching in South Africa.

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

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Rome Explorer

Historic giants the Colosseum and the Vatican meet show-stopping fountains in Tivoli’s beautiful gardens, taking you inside the heart of this great city and surrounding area.

The Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome • Visit the Colosseum, Tivoli Gardens at Villa d’Este, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Catacombs • View the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus, the Spanish Steps and Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome and the Vatican Museums. • Cultural Insight Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine. Visit an apartment which formally belonged to Antonioni and meet a local family and experience typical Italian hospitality. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… rubbing shoulders with the locals as you pick out the freshest ingredients at Campo di Fiori market, sampling focaccia straight from the baker’s oven, then learning how to make your very own pasta the Italian way.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (7 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a traditional pizzeria Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: VOI Cicerone

A Day 2 Ancient Rome Sightseeing and Tivoli Villa d’Este Gardens Visit This morning after a leisurely start visit ancient Rome with a Local Specialist – the perfect place to start your Roman Explorer. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Later travel to Tivoli for a guided visit with a Local Specialist of the UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d’Este. The architectural elements and water features here had an enormous influence on European landscape design. (BB) Day 3 Rome Market Visit and Cooking

Experience Today experience life like a local in this bustling and vibrant capital city. Visit a local food market for a Cultural Insight with your insider host and select delicious local ingredients. Take a walk through the Jewish quarter and try focaccias and other delicious specialties in the neighborhood bakeries. Arrive at Fooxia for a cooking course with a professional chef and learn how to make proper Italian pasta. Enjoy a delicious lunch with typical Italian hospitality. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB, L)

Day 4 Rome At Leisure or Optional Experience to Ostia Antica A completely free day to explore the city. Your Travel Director will give you some ideas and suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit Ostia Antica with a delicious lunch at the beach. (BB)

A Day 5 Rome Vatican and Sistine

Chapel Visit Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official Partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see the famous Pietà. This afternoon return to your hotel or perhaps consider a shopping experience to Via Condotti where you will find many fashionable boutiques. (BB)

A Day 6 Rome City Highlights Walking tour and Catacombs Visit After a leisurely start enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist through some of the oldest streets in Rome. Visit the famous Spanish Steps immortalized in many Italian movies and the Trevi Fountain where you will stop to toss coins over your shoulder and make a wish to return to Rome. Visit inside the breathtaking Pantheon and marvel at the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. See some of the impressive squares and admire the many monuments including Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers. Enjoy free time in Piazza Navona for lunch and a gelato. This afternoon leave the city center and visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist for a fascinating insight into Christian history in the city. (BB)


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Farewell Dinner Your last day in the city is completely yours to explore further or do last minute shopping for souvenirs. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. In the early evening meet for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Roman Farewell Dinner with a local family in their Isola Tiberina apartment. This apartment formerly belonged to film director Michelangelo Antonioni amongst other famous inhabitants. Today it is the home of Fabio and either he or other members of his family will host you for a delicious meal with your fellow travel companions. (BB, FD)

Day 8 Depart Rome

After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to

return home after a memorable week in one of the world’s greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WROM): Departures marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for this departure. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport Transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts and ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Pantheon, Rome

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ITALY

8 days – 2 Countries


Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Secrets of Italy

Taking you deep into the scenery and gastronomy of Italy’s Piedmont region, famous for its antipasti, amaretti and wines – and the stunning Aosta Valley, this trip is a feast for all senses.

Bard Fotress, Aosta Valley

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Your included sights • City tour in Turin and Milan • Orientation of Aosta Valley, Asti, La Morra, Pollenzo, Cherasco and Barolo • Visit Bard Fortress, Cherasco which is famous for Baci de Cherasco, a winery for a wine tasting, the food markets of Turin and the spectacular Lake Orta • View the Cathedral and La Scala in Milan, the stunning scenery of the Aosta Valley, Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello in Turin • See the Salmatoris Palace in Cherasco, Romanesque Gothic Cathedral in Asti, Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo in Turin and the Gothic Duomo and La Galleria in Milan

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Turin and Milan. • Authentic Accommodations Once the estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, Albergo Dell’Agenzia was restored to its Gothic splendor. • Be My Guest Lunch with a local family on their wine estate. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… tasting Piedmont’s flavours on a trip to the Barale Fratelli winery, to learn about the region’s wines, and enjoying local treats such as biscotti and ‘bicerin’ hot chocolate in Turin.

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

Day 1 Arrive Milan

Welcome to Milan. On arrival meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for an enjoyable Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive where you will see some of the main sights. (WR) Hotel: Starhotels Business Palace

A Day 2 Milan – Aosta Valley Scenic Drive – Alba Region (Pollenzo) (4 Nights) Travel to the Aosta Valley, a dramatic mountainous region that borders France and Switzerland. Visit Fort Bard, built by the House of Savoy in the 19th century. The fortress replaced an even earlier castle which controlled the trade routes between France and Italy. It is now the Museum of the Alps and gives a fascinating insight into the region and its history. This afternoon check in to your hotel in nearby Pollenzo for a four night stay. (BB) Hotel: Albergo Dell Agenzia Authentic Accommodations Day 3 Cherasco and Wine Tasting

Excursion After a leisurely morning visit Cherasco, a town with medieval and baroque buildings. See the Salmatoris Palace and the impressive colonnades. The town is also famous for Baci de Cherasco, a traditional sweet made from chocolate and hazelnuts. Visit a local winery for an insight into the wine making process and taste the delicious wines of the region including Barolo. (BB)

A Day 4 Asti and La Morra Excursion Visit Asti, a town synonymous with sparkling wine and enjoy an orientation where you will see the magnificent

Romanesque Gothic Cathedral. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch with a local family on their wine estate. Later visit La Morra, a hilltop village with great views across the Piedmont region which is famous for its local chocolate and nougat. (BB, BG)

A Day 5 Turin Excursion

Your Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour of Turin. Enjoy views of Italy’s largest and most famous river the Po. In Turin see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. Visit Piazza San Carlo with its 17th century facades and the Church of San Lorenzo where a full scale picture of the famous Shroud of Turin is on display. Try the local Biscotti and Bicerin, a typical hot drink from Turin. Visit Europe’s largest open air food market and sample local produce. During your free time why not visit the fascinating Cinema Museum or the newly refurbished Egyptian Museum, one of the most important ones outside of Cairo. Alternatively stroll along the elegant shopping streets of Via Roma and Via Garibaldi. (BB)

A Day 6 Alba Region (Pollenzo) – Milan – Lake Orta – Baveno (Lake Maggiore) This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan with your Local Specialist. See the Gothic Duomo and La Galleria before free time to explore on your own. Arrive later at picturesque Lake Orta, known locally as La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Locals consider the lake to be more scenic and far superior than other lakes in the region. Later at Lake Maggiore enjoy a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of a memorable trip. (BB, FD) Hotel: Simplon


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Secrets of Italy

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfer: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 12noon and 4pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will operate from Baveno and arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $54 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

A Authentic

Accommodations

Albergo Dell’Agenzia, Pollenzo, Italy You’ll enjoy a taste of the slow food movement where it all began, at this neo-gothic Authentic Accommodations. Part of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy’s beautifully restored country estate; it sits alongside the esteemed University of Gastronomic Sciences.

Lake Orta

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

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7 days – 1 Country


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Italian Holiday

Roman monuments, Venetian canals and Florentine artistry complement the tranquil beauty of Lake Garda, your base for one night of this perfect introduction to Italy.

Colosseum, Rome

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome and Florence • Orientation of Venice • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome and Florence. • Cultural Insight Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop in Venice. • Be My Guest Visit a 16th century convent located in picturesque vineyards near Lake Garda where you will be welcomed by the Fabiano family and have a delicious dinner of local specialties. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… bypassing the queues and listening to our expert recount secrets of the Vatican’s past and present, as they unfold the story of Michelangelo’s greatest work in the Sistine Chapel.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the ancient streets. This evening join your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you. (WR) Hotel: Cardinal Hotel St. Peter

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. View the ancient sites of Rome and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) Day 3 Rome – Venice

This morning follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the picturesque hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Travel through Tuscan landscapes with terraced olive groves and over the Apennine hills. Cross the Veneto plains before arriving at your hotel for dinner. (BB, DW) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

A Day 4 Venice Orientation – Lake Garda Savor the sights and sounds of this sublime island city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional Venetian glassblowing industry at a local workshop with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later travel to the Italian Lake District where you will enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. (BB, BG) Hotel: Poiano Day 5 Lake Garda – Pisa – Florence

Enjoy views of Lake Garda this morning as you travel to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

A Day 6 Florence – Rome

In Florence the city’s rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Later travel through Umbria’s shady valleys, with olive and cypress trees until you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. In Rome tonight celebrate the end of your vacation with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 7 Depart Rome

After breakfast say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your traveling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)


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Trip Style: Country Explorer

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Italian Holiday

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts and ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $54 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Alternative Trips Check out our similar ‘Italian Dream’ trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver Statue of David, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Rome and Tuscan Highlights

With the heart of Tuscany as your base, ancient customs and medieval cities meet the Leaning Tower and picturesque olive groves, in a leisurely journey of culture and art.

Tuscan landscape

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence and Assisi • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the medieval town of San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of Siena, the Leonardiano Museum in the town of Vinci and St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi • Views of the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Assisi. • Cultural Insight Stop in Vinci - the town near where Leonardo da Vinci was born and visit a museum dedicated to the master. • Be My Guest Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the quiet hush of Museo Leonardiano, housed in the medieval castle guarding the old town of Vinci, as you hear about the life and works of Leonardo in the ancient town of his birth.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. This capital city stands on the Tiber River and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will show you the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect introduction to the sights which await you. (WR) Hotel: Best Western Villafranca

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing – Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (6 Nights) Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues with views of ancient Roman ruins including the enormous Colosseum. Later enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the spa resort of Montecatini, your home for the next six nights. (BB, DW) Hotel: Columbia Day 3 Siena and San Gimignano

Excursion In Siena see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated biannual Palio horse race and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. Later explore San Gimignano known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’, famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometers from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery. (BB)

A Day 4 Montecatini At Leisure

Enjoy a relaxing day or you might consider an Optional Experience to the famous Cinque Terre. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills. (BB, BG)

A Day 5 Vinci and Pisa Excursion

Start the day traveling to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you’ll enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of Leonardo da Vinci including a visit to the Museo Leonardiano containing some of his work. After enjoy a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch. This afternoon in Pisa see the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble cathedral and the ornate baptistery. (BB, RM)

A Day 6 Florence Excursion

Your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating account on the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. Perhaps visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks in your free time. (BB)

Day 7 Montecatini At Leisure

Montecatini Terme is one of Italy’s most popular thermal spa destinations and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please. Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day. (BB)

A Day 8 Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) – Assisi – Rome Set on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit the Basilica during your walking tour with a


Trip Style: At Leisure

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Adriatic Sea

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Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $69 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

The Roman Forum

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Northern Italy including Cinque Terre

Fashion capital Milan gives way to the jagged, sun-drenched coastline of the villages of Cinque Terre, as refined elegance and untamed beauty unite in the contrasts of Northern Italy.

Manarola, Cinque Terre

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Your included sights • City tour in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma • Orientation of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Santa Margherita and La Spezia • Visit the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Renaissance Palaces in Genoa and the colorful coastal towns in the Cinque Terre

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Milan, Genoa, the Cinque Terre and Parma. • Cultural Insight Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto. Visit a Parma ham and parmesan cheese caseficio near Parma. • Be My Guest Take a private boat trip on Lake Maggiore to an exclusive island for dinner. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirate’s hideaway’ and then you will be served a delicious meal. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling sun and salt spray on your skin as you cruise the coast to discover the traditions of the Cinque Terre fishing villages, where a rainbow of pastel-coloured houses cling to the cliffs.

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

Day 1 Arrive Milan – transfer to Varese (2 Nights) Welcome to Milan. Transfers are available to your hotel in scenic Varese situated at the foot of Mount Campo dei Fiori in the shadow of the Alps. Relax after check–in and meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception this evening. (WR) Hotel: Palace Grand

A Day 2 Varese – Milan Sightseeing

and Free Time This morning travel to Milan, Italy’s commercial and financial hub. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of the city. View the sights of the city including the Gothic cathedral, the glass domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Return to Varese after enjoying some free time for shopping. (BB)

A Day 3 Varese – Baveno (2 Nights)

A short drive will bring you to the heart of the Italian Lake District. Found on the southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is one of the most famous sights in Lombardy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the flora of the local area when you visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. Depending on the time of the year you can see azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias in bloom. Later stop to view the sights of Stresa on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay. (BB, DW) Hotel: Simplon

A Day 4 Baveno Free Day

A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an Optional Experience to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. This evening take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience. (BB, BG)

A Day 5 Baveno – Genoa – Santa

Margherita (2 Nights) Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. View some of the majestic Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi. Arrive in Santa Margherita, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore. (BB) Hotel: Lido Palace

A Day 6 Santa Margherita – Full Day Cinque Terre Excursion Enjoy an included full day excursion to see the Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your Local Specialist. (BB, DW) A Day 7 Santa Margherita – Langhirano – Parma Today drive across the scenic Apennine mountains towards Parma - Italy’s cured meat and parmigiano capital. Near the town of Langhirano visit a working prosciutto factory where you’ll sample the best the region has to offer. After a brief photo stop at Torrechiara learn the process of


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making real parmigiano reggiano cheese at a family-run “caseificio” near Parma, as you gain a Cultural Insight into local cuisine. This evening consider an Optional Experience featuring local specialties with wine in a historic setting. (BB) Hotel: Parma & Congressi

of Emilia-Romagna is famous for its architecture, prosciutto and cheese. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Milan where tonight you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director. (BB, FD) Hotel: Starhotels Tourist

A Day 8 Parma – Milan

This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your fascinating vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Parma with your Local Specialist. This gastronomic city in the Italian region

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 12noon and 4pm to Varese. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $69 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Gardens at Villa Taranto

The Duomo, Milan

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ITALY AND COMBINATIONS

ITALY

Northern Italy including Cinque Terre


Trip Style: At Leisure

Best of the Italian Lakes

The lush backdrop of Lake Garda, your home for five nights, the poetic beauty of the towns of the great Italian lakes is revealed in this enjoyable exploration of culture and style.

Lake Garda

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Your included sights • City tour in Verona and Modena • Orientation of Bergamo and Milan • Visit beautiful Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, the towns of Bassano del Grappa, Marostica and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello • View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Romanesque Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan • See the Roman Arena in Verona

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Verona and Modena. • Cultural Insight Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. • Be My Guest Dinner of delicious local specialties in a setting amongst the vineyards. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… strolling past a 16th century convent, you’ll explore the organic vineyards and meet present-day owner Lorenzo. He’ll share his passion for wine as you savor some of his finest blends at an exclusive tasting.

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

Day 1 Arrive Milan – Lake Maggiore (Baveno) (2 Nights) Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in picturesque Baveno on the shore of Lake Maggiore. This evening meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Simplon Day 2 Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure and Como Excursion After a leisurely start enjoy free time this morning to explore Baveno. Later travel to scenic Lake Como and visit Como town. Enjoy a cappuccino or gelato in this picturesque lakeside setting before returning to your hotel later in the afternoon. (BB) Day 3 Lake Maggiore (Baveno) –

Bergamo – Lake Garda (Sirmione) (5 Nights) Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the old town before continuing your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB, DW) Hotel: Du Parc

Day 4 Marostica and Bassano del Grappa Excursion Your full day excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Sirmione and relax at your hotel. (BB)

A Day 5 Verona Excursion

In Shakespeare’s romantic city of Verona, view the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this city at your own pace. Join your companions this evening for delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. (BB, BG)

Day 6 Lake Garda At Leisure

You have a whole day to do as you please. Take a stroll along the sparkling lakeside, relax surrounded by beautiful scenery or perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range. (BB)

A Day 7 Modena Excursion

Enjoy today’s excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Specialist will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th century Romanesque cathedral. Sample some of the local specialty balsamic vinegars. After a short drive visit the Ferrari Museum for a Cultural Insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari. (BB)

Day 8 Lake Garda (Sirmione) – Milan

This morning leave the lakes behind and travel towards the major world fashion and design capital of Milan. On arrival, see the sights during an orientation of the city center including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time to do some last minute shopping. This evening join your fellow travelers to celebrate the end of your vacation at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Starhotels Business Palace


Trip Style: At Leisure

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfer: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, transfers will operate at 8.30am, 12noon and 4pm to Baveno, Lake Maggiore. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $69 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Juliet’s Balcony, Verona

View from Bergamo Old Town

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9 days – 1 Country


Trip Style: Family Experience

Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

Rome’s savagery, Florence’s romance and Venice’s decadence – this family trip introduces the different characters of Italy, with three nights in three diverse cities.

Gladiator school, Rome

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice • Orientation of Pisa • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum in Rome, St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Enjoy a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ to the Rialto Bridge and famous fish market. • Be My Guest Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialties. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the heavy weight of the sword in your hand, as an expert teaches your family age-old combat skills at a Gladiator training school, and shares tales of ancient Rome’s gruesome battles.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Italy. After check-in take a wander through the city’s ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peters

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, visit the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the other ancient sites of Rome. (BB) A Day 3 Rome – Visit a Gladiator

School and Free Time Today experience life as a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history from your Local Specialist, you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome’s rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do. Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant’Angelo, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening gain a Cultural Insight during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and eat it too. (BB, D)

A Day 4 Rome – Assisi – Florence

(3 Nights) With a Local Specialist discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the

slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and the town where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence. (BB) Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

A Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and

Free Time See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist including the magnificent Duomo and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato a Cultural Insight in the city where it was invented. This evening join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards. (BB, BG)

Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa. In the Square of Miracles see the famous Leaning Tower as well as the beautiful sculpted marble cathedral. See the baptistery and the cemetery built on soil from Calvary in the Holy Land. Later arrive back to Florence to enjoy free time exploring the city. (BB)

A Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice

(3 Nights) Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna – the home of ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ – for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical island city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic. (BB, DW) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

A Day 8 Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square and view the Bridge of Sighs where condemned prisoners caught their


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last glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a Cultural Insight first hand during a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to paint and decorate your own. Later perhaps take a ride on a gondola – it’s a great way to see the city in all its glory. (BB)

A Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour

and Visit to the Rialto Food Market Glide along the canals to the Rialto Bridge. Gain a Cultural Insight on your visit to an

$2795 (per person double share)

ancient food market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Later join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant. (BB, FL)

Day 10 Depart Venice

Say ‘ciao Italia’ at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless traveling as part of a family group. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Traditional Roman pizza

Grand Canal, Venice

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Trip Style: Special Interest

Flavors of Italy

Chianti in Tuscany, Prosciutto in Parma, Bolognese in Bologna, this ‘foodie’ trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing an in-depth taste of a nation.

Restaurant on the Grand Canal, Venice

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice • Orientation of Parma • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the town of Greve, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the famous food markets in Venice • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Kissing Towers in Bologna, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge in Venice

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • Cultural Insight Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • Be My Guest Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… choosing fresh local ingredients at a bustling Florence food market with Libero, a charismatic chef we know, who shares the secrets of Italian cooking as you make (and eat) ravioli together.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy. Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato. (WR) Hotel: Cardinal St. Peter

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time View the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where the chariot races were held during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) A Day 3 Rome – Greve – San

Gimignano (3 Nights) This morning consider an Optional Experience inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see the breathtaking ceiling. Later drive through Lazio and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany. Visit a wine tasting and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chianti’s and extra virgin olive oils just outside the small town of Greve. Travel through picturesque scenery and stop in San Gimignano for a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage walled medieval town. Perhaps try a delicious gelato from the famous Gelateria Dondoli. A short drive brings you to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near San Gimignano. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Relais La Cappuccina Authentic Accommodations

A Day 4 Florence Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Visit Piazza della Signoria and later view the colored marble Duomo. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills. (BB, BG)

A Day 5 Tuscan Lifestyle Experience

Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence, meet a Local Specialist and gain an insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases of the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your fresh produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine. After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Regional Meal return to your Tuscan town for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please. (BB, RM)

Day 6 San Gimignano – Pisa – Parma

This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Square of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Regional Meal of local specialties awaits you. (BB, RM) Hotel: Parma & Congressi

A Day 7 Parma – Bologna – Venice

(3 Nights) A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you further on local delicacies.


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Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. This afternoon cross the Veneto plains and arrive in Venice. (BB) Hotel: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

A Day 8 Venice Canal Cruise and Sightseeing Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Burano for a delicious meal. (BB)

$2950 (per person double share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodations. 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch. 5 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3. Price per Person

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Start your day with a cruise to Rialto Bridge. Your Local Specialist brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto and see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore. Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Venice

This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to your fellow travelers at the end of your wonderful Flavors of Italy vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $68 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Accommodations

Relais La Cappuccina, San Gimignano, Italy A charming Art Nouveau-style Italian villa nestled in the Tuscan hills; this Authentic Accommodations was built by a local nobleman and offers a unique insight into the history and landscape of San Gimignano.

Cooking demonstration, Tuscany

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

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Italian Discovery

Wine regions, floating cities and historic capitals. Six of Italy’s best known cities are explored, in this regional feast of beauty and culture.

View over Florence

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi • Orientation of Turin and Venice • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi. • Cultural Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. • Be My Guest Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a meal with a local family. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… seeing the sights of Bologna with our knowledgeable expert, learning why so many towers sprung up in the city in the Middle Ages, and about the romantic legend behind the famous Kissing Towers.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers later for a Welcome Reception. An evening orientation drive will take you to admire the view of the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues with views of ancient Roman sites and see Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) A Day 3 Rome – Florence

Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Your Local Specialist reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in

Florence. Afterwards explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18carat gold jewelry. This evening enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking the Tuscan Hills. (BB, BG) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 4 Florence – Pisa – Turin

A short journey brings you to Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. There’s time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Concord

A Day 5 Turin – Lake Como – Milan

From Turin via Lake Como you arrive in Milan. Your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the city’s spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Duomo and the renowned La Scala opera house. (BB, DW) Hotel: Starhotels Business Palace

Day 6 Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights) Stop in Verona where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to view Juliet’s balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice. (BB, DW) Hotel: Viktoria Palace

A Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time View the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca Island to visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for a Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon. (BB)


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A Day 8 Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Arrive in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Neptune’s fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don’t forget to sample the excellent local cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Una Bologna

A Day 9 Bologna – Assisi – Rome

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hometown with a Local Specialist. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. Later travel south towards Rome passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 10 Depart Rome

Say ‘arrivederci’ to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. All prices are per person, double share. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Glassblowing, Venice

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

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Great Italian Cities

Floating islands, Papal splendor and Renaissance masters. Italy’s greatest cities are in the spotlight on this epic discovery of Rome, Florence and Venice.

St. Marks Square and Doge’s Palace, Venice

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice • Orientation of Pisa • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice • See the Roman Forum in Rome

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Small Group Sightseeing with a Local Specialist for Secret Venice and the Rialto. • Cultural Insight Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent villa in the Tuscan hills and visit the mill where the organic olive oil is produced. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story ‘Room with a View’ was filmed, learning about olive oil production and dining with them in their gardens.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - a great start to your Italian vacation. (WR) Hotel: Grand Palatino

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a sidewalk café and watch the world go by. (BB) Day 3 Rome At Leisure

Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively consider joining an Optional Experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, in the Bay of Naples. (BB)

A Day 4 Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights) Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your

Local Specialist shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori

A Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and

At Leisure Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18carat gold jewelry. (BB)

A Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble cathedral. See the baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening travel to a Tuscan olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest dinner. (BB, BG)

A Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice

(3 Nights) Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage.


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This evening you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Principe

A Day 8 Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal. (BB) A Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour

and visit to The Rialto Food Market Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist who’ll reveal a centuries-old food market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco

Pompeii Optional Experience Optional Experience on Day 3

Day 10 Depart Venice

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WGIC): Departures marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $68 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Contrasts of Italy

Rome, Florence and Venice. The country’s cultural capitals are brought to life in a journey by high-speed train through the vibrant center of Italy.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence and Venice • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites in Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence and Venice. • Cultural Insight Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • Be My Guest Specialty lunch near Montecatini. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… being transported to the 14 century by a Venetian expert who leads you through a maze of streets to the ancient Rialto markets, before you head to the Bridge of Sighs for tales of Casanova. th

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive, which will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Palatino

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official Partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) Day 3 Rome Free Time

Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking an Optional Experience to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d’Este - a marvelous example of Renaissance landscape architecture. This evening why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain? (BB)

A Day 4 Rome – High Speed Train – Florence Sightseeing (3 Nights) Take the high-speed train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Finish at Piazza della Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori A Day 5 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. A short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble cathedral. See the baptistery – the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards join your companions for a special Be My Guest lunch. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB, BG)

Day 6 Florence Free Time

Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover such as the Boboli gardens and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city where you can buy all manner of local specialties. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence’s elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening consider an Optional Experience in Chianti for dinner. (BB)


SLOVENIA

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

3 VENICE

Contrasts of Italy 10 days – 2 Countries From:

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodations. 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch (Be My Guest). 2 dinners. All transport shown (including 2 high speed trains). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Day 7 Florence – High Speed Train –

Venice (3 Nights) All aboard the express train for Venice. Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine hills and across the Veneto plain. It takes just over 2 hours to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. Later consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals. (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

A Day 8 Venice Orientation and Free Time Savor the sights and sounds of this sublime island city as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge’s Palace on your orientation of the city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island.

3 ROME

Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Relax and experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious meal. (BB)

A Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour

Your Local Specialist brings the city’s rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient food market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, then celebrate in the evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Venice

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your fellow travelers as this fascinating vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $163 p.p. SAVE up to $81 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $310 Triple room discount $100 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $59 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Frecciargento train

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

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CROATIA

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Italy Bellissimo

The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colors, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence • Orientation of Venice, Montecatini and Siena • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites of Rome, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica, Palladian Villas, Santa Croce Basilica, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence. • Cultural Insight Visit an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento. • Be My Guest Visit an ‘Agriturismo’ farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… staying in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. The convent was originally built for pilgrims to this peaceful hillside town, but its stone walls now hold slick modern décor.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy. Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica - the perfect introduction to your vacation. (WR) Hotel: Grand Tiberio

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) Please Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel when the trip returns to Rome.

A Day 3 Rome – Monte Cassino –

Pompeii – Isle of Capri (2 Nights) Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD with commentary from your Local Specialist. In Sorrento enjoy a Cultural Insight into fine local craftsmanship at an inlaid wood demonstration. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Regina Cristina

A Day 4 Capri Orientation and Free Time Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola with a Local Specialist. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the center of local life. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch. (BB) A Day 5 Isle of Capri – Naples – Assisi

Sail back across the Mediterranean to ‘Bella Napoli’. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels where St. Francis died. Visit the basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Cenacolo Authentic Accommodations

A Day 6 Assisi – Perugia – Venice (2 Nights) This morning after breakfast experience a Cultural Insight involving Italian weaving history at TreadRight and Trafalgar Cares Heritage Initiative project Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. This is one of the few remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in Italy. Travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Tonight you might want to join an Optional Experience to start discovering this unique place. (BB) Hotel: Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodations A Day 7 Venice Orientation and

Free Time Venice is a sublime island city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which can be admired during your cruise to St. Mark’s Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight


SLOVENIA

Trip style: Country Explorer

VENICE CROATIA

11 days – 2 Countries From:

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodations. 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including return Capri cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon for a delicious meal. (BB)

Day 8 Venice – Pisa – Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights) This morning travel to Pisa to view the famous Leaning Tower. Later arrive in the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Minerva Palace

A Day 9 Florence Excursion

Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible. Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo and magnificent Baptistery and visit Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewelry in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the countryside. (BB, BG)

Day 10 Montecatini (Tuscan Hills) –

Siena – Rome Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the biannual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a sidewalk café. Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your vacation with a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 11 Depart Rome

After breakfast say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

$2850 (per person double share)

Naples

Pompeii Sorrento

ISLE OF CAPRI 2

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^ For your chance to save, book by:

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Other savings Past guest discount SAVE up to $153 p.p.

Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $76 p.p.

Young traveler discount $290

Triple room discount $90 p.p.

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#TrafalgarCares Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, Perugia You’ll discover the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration, and see how your visit helps preserve this traditional art form.

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Accommodations

Cenacolo, Assisi, Italy An old Franciscan convent, built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, the stone walls of this Authentic Accommodations hold luxurious modern facilities. Sensitively restored, it is the perfect base for your stay in this scenic part of Italy. Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, Venice, Italy When we stay on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, we plump for Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria. Rich in romantic history, this Authentic Accommodations is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.

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Single Double Supp. Room Option

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Solo Traveler Discount: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: this trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Treadright See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $85 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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

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ITaly and ComBInaTIons

ITALY

BESTSELLER Book EARLY

Italy Bellissimo

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Italian Concerto

This relaxed exploration of Italy savours the old-world beauty of Venice, Florence and Rome, and also unveils the laid-back southern lifestyle of the Amalfi coast.

Grand Canal, Venice

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence • Orientation of Amalfi Town and Venice • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum in Rome, the ruins of Pompeii and the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the ancient sites in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica • See the home of the d’Este family in Ferrara

Your Insider Experiences

• Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence. • Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle. Enjoy a memorable dinner and taste some delicious Chiantis. • Cultural Insight Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… imagining streets ringing with laughter at the festival of fire in Pompeii, just hours before Mount Vesuvius buried the city, as you explore the ruins and hear tales of its tragic last moments.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Tiberio

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning join your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) Day 3 Rome At Leisure

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d’Este. Visit museums and gardens or simply experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk café in one of the city’s many piazzas. (BB)

A Day 4 Rome – Monte Cassino – Pompeii – Amalfi Coast (Maiori) – At Leisure (3 Nights) Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. In Pompeii - buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel

on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight. (BB, DW) Hotel: San Pietro

Day 5 Amalfi Coast At Lesiure

Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno. (BB)

A Day 6 Isle of Capri Excursion

Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri Town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist including views of Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque church. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB, DW)

Day 7 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) – Florence

(2 Nights) Travel north through Umbria and into scenic Tuscany before arriving in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city’s many trattorias. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori

A Day 8 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including views of the marble Duomo and Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its amazing sculptures. Join your companions this evening for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate. (BB, BG) Day 9 Florence – Ferrara – Venice

(2 Nights) Marvel at the breathtaking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna.


SLOVENIA

Trip Style: At Leisure

VENICE 2

Italian Concerto 11 days – 2 Countries

Ferrara

From:

$2895 (per person double share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodations. 10 hot buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including return Capri cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Adriatic Sea

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ROME 3

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SARDINA End Sightseeing stops In Ferrara see the family home of the notorious d’Este family. Arrive later in the sublime island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Principe/Amadeus

A Day 10 Venice Orientation and

At Leisure See the island of San Giorgio, the elegant Customs House, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square in your private launch. Stroll across

St. Mark’s Square to see the Basilica and its Campanile. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends (BB, FD)

Day 11 Depart Venice

Say ‘arrivederci’ to your companions as your memorable Italian vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 252.

CRUISE

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Ends Venice 28 Jul Thu 4 Aug Thu

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^ For your chance to save, book by:

17 Dec 2015 save 10% 25 Feb 2016 save 7.5% 28 Apr 2016 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $156 p.p. SAVE up to $78 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $300 Triple room discount $110 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Ancient ruins at Pompeii

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

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ITALY

CROATIA

BESTSELLER BOOK EARLY


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Italy

The essence of ‘la dolce vita’ is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores.  

The Roman Forum

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence • Orientation of Venice • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… taking a private boat to secluded Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore, where Signor Telli takes you for a traditional meal at his restaurant – a place inspired by a young prince who used to play here.

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

A Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Una/Il Cantico Authentic Accommodations

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB)

other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. (BB)

A Day 5 Sorrento – Assisi

Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB, DW) Hotel: Cenacolo Authentic Accommodations

A Day 6 Assisi – Venice (2 Nights)

Today enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB, DW) Hotel: Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodations

A Day 3 Rome – Monte Cassino –

A Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time

A Day 4 Isle of Capri Excursion

A Day 8 Venice – Verona – Milan – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights) This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the

Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights) Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. (BB, DW) Hotel: Johanna Park/Conca Park Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and

Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical. View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal. (BB)


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Isle of Capri

SARDINA plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialist. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Simplon

A Day 9 Lake Como Excursion

Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dinner experience. (BB, BG)

Day 10 Lake Maggiore – Pisa – Florence

(2 Nights) Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share.

$2850 (per person double share)

Includes: 12 nights’ accommodations. 12 hot buffet breakfasts. 7 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including return Capri cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

FLORENCE

Start

13 days – 2 Countries

A Day 11 Florence Sightseeing and

Free Time Your Local Specialist brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB)

Day 12 Florence – Siena – Rome

Set in scenic Tuscan countryside visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 13 Depart Rome

Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of your memorable vacation in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) n

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Verona

Pisa

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Best of Italy

2 VENICE

Milan

Trip style: Country Explorer


Trip Style: At Leisure

Italian Glory

All roads lead to Rome. That’s why we start in Milan, our exploration of the beauty and culture of Como, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast leading us on to the vibrant Italian capital.

Amalfi Coast

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Your included sights • City tour in Milan, Venice, Florence, Capri, Pompeii and Rome • Orientation of Lake Como • Visit the excavations at Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Duomo in Florence and the ancient sites of Rome • See the Roman Arena in Verona and the Abbey at Monte Cassino

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Milan, Venice, Florence, Capri, Pompeii and Rome. Small Group Sightseeing with a Local Specialist in Pompeii a guided visit to the excavations. Group size reduced to no more than 25 guests to enhance your insider experience. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… sharing Tuscan dishes with the charismatic Baj Macario family in their villa – and joining them in their cellars, once dungeons, for an exclusive tasting of the Chianti wines they produce.

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

Day 1 Arrive Milan – Como (2 Nights)

Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region. Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior

A Day 2 Milan Excursion

Today head to fashionable Milan, your Local Specialist shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria. (BB)

Day 3 Como – Verona – Venice

(3 Nights) See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s most famous play. There’s time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening – the perfect introduction to this romantic city. Dine tonight at a local restaurant. (BB, DW) Hotel: Best Western Biasutti

A Day 4 Venice Orientation and At Leisure Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark’s Square by private launch. View the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Burano for some delicious local food. (BB)

A Day 5 Secret Venice Walking Tour

and Visit to The Rialto Food Market Cruise to Rialto Bridge where your Local Specialist brings the city to life during a walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and learn about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo’s house. (BB)

Day 6 Venice – Florence (2 Nights)

Travel over the picturesque Apennine Mountains to the Renaissance city of Florence, nestled on the banks of the River Arno. (BB) Hotel: AC Firenze

A Day 7 Florence Sightseeing and

At Leisure Learn about Florence’s artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Specialist. View the multi colored Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an Optional Experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’. Tonight, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an authentic Be My Guest dinner at a family owned medieval villa with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills. (BB, BG)

Day 8 Florence – Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights) Drive south from Florence through the Arno Valley and past the Bay of Naples to your hotel in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: San Pietro


Italian Lake District COMO 2

Trip Style: At Leisure

SLOVENIA CROATIA

3

MILAN

Verona

2

FLORENCE

Adriatic Sea

ROME 2

Mediterranean Sea

SARDINA Number of overnight stays

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Pompeii

3

AMALFI COAST

Isle of Capri

Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean - the choice is yours. (BB)

Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city. (BB) Hotel: Grand Tiberio

Day 10 Isle Of Capri and Amalfi Town

A Day 12 Rome Sightseeing and

Excursion Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri and continue to Capri Town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW)

A Day 11 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) –

Pompeii – Rome (2 Nights) Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your Local Specialist tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group

$3550 (per person double share)

Includes: 12 nights’ accommodations. 12 hot buffet breakfasts. 6 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including return Capri cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

ITALY

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13 days – 2 Countries From:

CORSICA

SARDINIA

Italian Glory

At Leisure This morning join your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. (BB,  FD)

Day 13 Depart Rome

Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Price per Person

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Ends Rome 23 Apr Sat 30 Apr Sat 7 May Sat

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Single Double Supp. Room Option

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600 600

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Ends Rome 30 Jul Sat 6 Aug Sat

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Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $186 p.p. SAVE up to $93 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $360 Triple room discount $130 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 12 noon and 4pm to Lake Como. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Sistine Chapel, Rome

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

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ITALY AND COMBINATIONS

VENICE

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Grand Italian Experience

Mountains to coast, from the trulli houses of Alberobello to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, this trip reveals the traditions, art and landscapes that define the many faces of Italy.

Portofino harbour

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence • Orientation of Siena, Venice and Alberobello • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence • Cruise to the Isle of Capri, by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the exclusive resort of Portofino • See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence. • Cultural Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… hearing farming stories passed down the Rotolo family – before tasting their organic produce, roasted meats, tarali biscuits and wine at their farm, built in Puglia’s unique ‘trulli’ style.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Unwind after your journey. Later enjoy a Welcome Reception with your companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive to see the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica, a perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Cardinal St. Peter

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) Day 3 Rome – Alberobello (2 Nights)

Drive eastwards through the spectacular Campania Mountains to the Puglia region near the Adriatic coast. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Sierra Silvana

A Day 4 Alberobello Sightseeing and Free Time See the UNESCO World Heritage listed conical limestone houses – trulli – during your orientation of the town of Alberobello. This afternoon consider an Optional

Experience to one of the geographical wonders that Puglia has to offer or relax at your hotel. This evening enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner in a traditional masseria (farmhouse) in Alberobello. (BB, BG)

Day 5 Alberobello – Sorrento (2 Nights)

This morning travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Sorrento famous for its delicious limoncello drink. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia. You will then have free time to explore the town. (BB) Hotel: La Residenza

A Day 6 Isle of Capri Excursion

Gain a Cultural Insight at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Your guided tour of Capri Town will show you the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos, and the many attractive streets around there. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW)

A Day 7 Sorrento – Pompeii – Monte Cassino – Assisi Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Specialist provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Continue your journey through Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of Assisi, including a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Roseo Day 8 Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights) This morning visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB) Hotel: La Gare


HUNGARY

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

Trip Style: Country Explorer

1 CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

Grand Italian Experience

SLOVENIA

1

Milan

2

ITALY

CROATIA

2 VENICE

Verona

Portofino Pisa

From:

BOSINA & HERZEGOVINA

SANTA MARGHERITA

Cruise

17 days – 2 Countries

FLORENCE

$4125 (per person double share)

Includes: 16 nights’ accommodations. 16 hot buffet breakfasts. 8 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including return Capri cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

CRUISE

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Price per Person

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Adriatic Sea

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2

ROME

Mediterranean Sea

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SARDINA

A Day 9 Venice Orientation and

Free Time Venice is a very special city. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend free time shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local meal on the Island of Burano.(BB)

Day 10 Venice – Cortina d’Ampezzo

Traverse the Veneto plains to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites – a winter sport resort which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. See the world-famous Olympic skijump and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. (BB, DW) Hotel: Bellevue

A Day 11 Cortina d’Ampezzo – Milan –

Italian Lakes Enjoy a scenic drive through northern Italy and the Lake District. Arrive in Milan and enjoy a guided tour with a Local Specialist. See the Duomo, the Galleria and the famous La Scala Opera House. Later arrive on the shores of Lake Maggiore where you have free time to explore the town of Baveno. Stroll along the lake front or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café. (BB) Hotel: Simplon

Day 12 Italian Lakes – Santa Margherita (2 Nights) Today travel to the Italian Riviera. Cruise to the port of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Lido Palace

to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s statue of David. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

A Day 15 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time Your walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most famous landmarks. You might like to shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city; you might want to visit gardens and palaces like the Boboli and Pitti Palace. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. (BB) Day 16 Florence – Siena – Rome

Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the bi-annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and Tuscan specialties before returning to Rome. Celebrate the end of your vacation this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 17 Depart Rome

After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $131 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 13 Santa Margherita Free Time

Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Cinque Terre. (BB)

Day 14 Santa Margherita – Pisa –

Florence (2 Nights) Travel south into Tuscany and stop to view the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. When you arrive you might like

Vineyards, Chianti

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Southern Italy and Sicily

Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendors of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy’s largest active volcano, Etna.

Pepoli Castle, Erice, Sicily

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Your included sights • City tour in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theater at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello • View St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna, the medieval town of Erice and Palermo Cathedral • Cruise to the Isle of Capri

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo. • Cultural Insight Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento. • Be My Guest Dinner at a spectacular Sicilian winery at the foot of Mount Etna. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… tasting the smoky richness of the ‘Nerello Mascalese’ grape, grown in Mount Etna’s volcanic soil, under the tutelage of a real local sommelier, before a hearty Sicilian meal of antipasti and pasta.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and other sights – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Executive Style

A Day 2 Rome – Monte Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights) From Rome, visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento. (BB) Hotel: Johanna Park A Day 3 Sorrento – Isle Of Capri

Excursion Gain a Cultural Insight during a demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour. (BB)

Day 4 Sorrento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights) Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria. Take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and to Giardini Naxos near Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden

A Day 5 Taormina Sightseeing and

Free Time Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Monte Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theater and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso. (BB)

A Day 6 Taormina Free Time

Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savor a delicious Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna. (BB, BG)

A Day 7 Taormina – Enna – Agrigento

Enjoy views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your Local Specialist takes you to visit the Valley of the Temples the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea. (BB) Hotel: Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

Day 8 Agrigento – Erice – Mondello – Palermo (2 Nights) Travel to Erice and explore this famous hilltop medieval town in western Sicily with its cobbled streets, and stunning views of the sea, salt pans and wooded hillsides. Perhaps take a walk to the ruins of the famed Venus Castle with its Balio Gardens. Before arriving in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, visit the chic seaside resort of Mondello, popular with the elite Palermitans. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Federico II


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Excursion to Monreale Meet your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See The Opera House of Palermo and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d’Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral.

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Later join your companions and celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB, FD)

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Faraglioni Rocks, Isle of Capri

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Italy and Sicily

Traditional north to passionate south, this odyssey traces the length of Italy, exploring its cultural and geographical diversity by land and sea.

View of Mount Etna from ancient theatre, Taormina, Sicily

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento, Assisi and Capri • Orientation of Venice and Sorrento • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, St. Francis Basilica, the excavations at Pompeii, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the fishing village of Mondello, the Valley of the Temples, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento and Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino • View the ancient sites of Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica in Venice and the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, Palermo Cathedral and the fortress town of Enna and Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Palermo, Agrigento and Capri. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… walking in Agrigento’s ruins as our knowledgeable expert casts light on how it became one of the Mediterranean’s greatest ancient cities, and searching for marks of enemy fire more than 2,400 years old.

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

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Best Western Villafranca

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and stepless spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante for a Cultural Insight. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) A Day 3 Rome – Pisa – Florence

Sightseeing This morning, travel to the town of Pisa and visit the Square of Miracles a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the incredible Leaning Tower and see the medieval Cathedral and Romanesque Baptistery. You will arrive later in the Renaissance city of Florence. Experience the incredible sights on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Basilica and

visit Piazza della Signoria. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 4 Florence Free Time – Venice (2 Nights) This morning enjoy free time to explore Florence. Later drive to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola? (BB, DW) Hotel: Le Boulevard

A Day 5 Venice Orientation and

Free Time Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is spectacular. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight when you watch Venetian craftsmen at work creating masterpieces at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider a boat trip to the colorful island of Burano for a delicious meal. (BB)

A Day 6 Venice – Assisi

Drive south from Venice along the Adriatic coast. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Basilica on your walking tour with a Local Specialist. (BB, DW) Hotel: Roseo

A Day 7 Assisi – Pompeii – Naples –

At Sea The ancient city of Pompeii was buried beneath volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and lay undiscovered for centuries. Your Local Specialist gives a fascinating account of the excavations during your walking tour. A short journey brings you to Naples for your overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily’s capital. (BB)

A Day 8 At Sea – Palermo

Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes


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the honey colored cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d’Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Palermo Centro

A Day 9 Palermo – Agrigento

In Agrigento, your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

Day 10 Agrigento – Taormina (Giardini

Naxos) (2 Nights) Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. On arrival enjoy free time to explore the sights. (BB) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden

A Day 11 Taormina Free Time

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

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A Day 13 Isle of Capri Excursion

Visit an inlaid-wood workshop for a Cultural Insight into a local specialty craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri Town with a Local Specialist. Appreciate views across the sea and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own. Later return to Sorrento – famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello. Visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia. (BB)

Day 14 Sorrento – Monte Cassino –

Rome Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. Stop in Monte Cassino to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and view the Benedictine Abbey. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 15 Depart Rome

Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $115 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. All prices are per person, double share. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 12 Taormina (Giardini Naxos) –

Sorrento (2 Nights) Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery. (BB,  DW) Hotel: Grand Cesare Augusto Limoncello

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Classical Italy and Greece

The cultural highlights of two of Europe’s most classical countries are showcased on this trip, which takes in three of Italy’s most historic cities and Greece’s fascinating northern landscapes.

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

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Your included sights • City tour in Rome, Florence, Venice, Delphi and Athens • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum in Rome, Piazza Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the monasteries of Meteora, Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum in Athens • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Duomo and baptistery in Florence, the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica in Venice, the Parthenon, Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus in Athens • See Hadrian’s Arch in Athens

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Meteora, Delphi and Athens. • Cultural Insight In the Vatican ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. • Be My Guest Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner where the owners produce wine and olive oil. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… marvelling at the monasteries of Meteora, built hundreds of years ago on almost inaccessible rock pinnacles. Our passionate expert tells you about their construction and how the monks lived high up where eagles fly.

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Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers later for a Welcome Reception and enjoy an evening orientation drive which will take you to admire and view the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica - a perfect start to your vacation. (WR) Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peters

A Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time With a Local Specialist visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pietà. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. (BB) A Day 3 Rome Sightseeing – Florence

This morning visit the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist. Experience a Cultural Insight when you ascend Bramante’s smooth and step-less spiral staircase. Admire Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling when you visit the Sistine Chapel. Later, drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in the Chianti countryside. (BB, BG) Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept

A Day 4 Florence Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights) Your Local Specialist reveals Florence’s rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery,

renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View Ponte Vecchio or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewelry. Travel through the Apennines and cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

A Day 5 Venice Orientation and

Free Time View the Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca Island to visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for a Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon. (BB)

Day 6 Venice – Overnight Ferry

Travel south to the ancient port city of Ancona to board your overnight ferry to mainland Greece. (BB, D)

A Day 7 Igoumenitsa – Kalambaka

Arrive early into the port of Igoumenitsa and travel along the foothills of the Athamanika mountains before arriving at the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. These are some of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Amalia/Dellas Boutique

A Day 8 Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens (2 Nights) Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Specialist and


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A Day 9 Athens Sightseeing and

Free Time Classical Athens was a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace

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and the Temple of Zeus. Your choice of sightseeing includes a visit to Acropolis to view the Parthenon or entry to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian’s Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your trip. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Athens

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join a 4 day Aegean Cruise, for more information see cruise box below. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share.

4 Day Greek Cruise Option Code: ICLAM/S/L/P From $920 per person Double Share (outside cabin) A 4 day Aegean cruise is available to join at the end of the Classical Italy and Greece itinerary. On the morning of Day 10, guests will be transferred from their hotel to the port of Athens to embark the cruise. See from Day 8 to Day 12 on page 193 for the full Aegean cruise itinerary. Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. The Duomo, Florence. Italy

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VENICE

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Trip Style: At Leisure

London Explorer

Get the inside story of one of the most exciting capital cities in the world with Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace your backdrop. Also visit Royal Windsor and mystical Stonehenge.

Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in London • Orientation of Borough Market and Greenwich • Visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace. You will also have a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Tate and British Museum • View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace • Scenic cruise on the Thames from the London Eye down to Greenwich • 3 day London Oyster card pass

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. • Cultural Insight Visit Kensington Palace and enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea. Visit London’s famous Borough Market, a traditional food market. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… walking through trendy Borough Market as Londoners do to purchase delicious fresh and seasonal produce. Or having dinner at one of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s newest London restaurants in the heart of the action.

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

Day 1 Arrive London (7 Nights)

Welcome to London, capital of Great Britain. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel or take a stroll down Oxford Street – one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional London pub. (WR) Hotel: Cumberland

Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time or Tower of London Optional Experience This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard before the sightseeing tour finishes in central London. You may decide to go shopping in some of the most famous department stores or take a leisurely walk through picturesque Hyde Park. Alternatively join an Optional Experience to the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress popularly known as Beefeaters. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End - one of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s newest London eateries. (FB, RM) Day 3 Excursion to Stonehenge and

Windsor Castle Today take a full day excursion to visit the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe – the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. You will have time to admire the stones and visit the world-class exhibition and visitors

center. Later visit Windsor Castle – one of the homes of the Queen and a working royal residence with a proud history. Visit the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel before returning to London. (FB)

Day 4 London At Leisure or full day Optional Experience to Oxford and the Cotswolds Utilize your 3 day London Oyster card Pass. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions and recommendations on how to spend your day. Call in at Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses are to be found on Bond Street and Sloane Street. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and many other stylish shops and boutiques. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, Kings Road in Chelsea and at Camden Market. Alternatively you may consider a full day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds visiting Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon with a stop in the university town of Oxford for a walk through the cobbled streets. (FB)

A Day 5 Westminster Abbey and

Kensington Palace with English Cream Tea This morning visit one of the most important churches in London and in the country on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Westminster Abbey has been the traditional location of the coronation of kings and queens and the burial site for the English and later, the British monarchs. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier. Later visit Kensington Palace for a tour of the royal palace once home to Diana, Princess of Wales and now housing the private apartments of her son Prince William


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and his wife Kate. Enjoy a delicious English cream tea in the orangery before returning to your hotel. (FB)

A Day 6 London Borough Food Market

and Iconic Museums Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce. Your Travel Director will take you on a walk for a Cultural Insight into the daily lives of Londoners and the market traditions which have been passed down for generations. It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat - chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking. This afternoon you may wish to visit one of the iconic museums which are free to visit. Your Travel Director will offer two different drop-off options – either the Tate or the British Museum. Otherwise you may wish to explore the South Bank of the city and

use your Oyster card to explore on your own. (FB)

Day 7 London At Leisure and Farewell

Dinner in Greenwich Your last full day in London is yours to enjoy. Do last minute shopping or take a trip up the Shard – Europe’s tallest building – for spectacular views out over the city. This evening meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub with a toast to your unforgettable week. (FB, FD)

Day 8 Depart London

After breakfast, say farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a fabulous week in one of the world’s greatest cities. London Airport Transfer services are available to purchase to Heathrow airport. Conditions apply. (FB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $66 per person. WiFi: see page 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. Borough Market

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ENGLAND

Optional Experience Stratford upon Avon, Oxford and the Cotswolds


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Real Britain

Cityscapes and scenic lakes, this lively round-trip goes from London to York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff, for a fast-paced taste of British culture and craftsmanship.

Stonehenge, England

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in London and Edinburgh • Orientation of York, Grasmere, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bath • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hadrian’s Wall, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and Stonehenge • View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster, the Lake District’s magnificent scenery, the Chester Rows, Cardiff Castle and Bath Abbey • See the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

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

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax or spend time exploring this fascinating city. Hotel: Hilton Kensington

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time See the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with your Local Specialist. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring London on your own. (FB)

Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon

– York Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. Enjoy a scenic drive and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage. Later in York, view York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with a traditional pub meal. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers. (FB, WR) Hotel: Hotel 53 

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh. • Be My Guest Enjoy a hearty Farewell Dinner in the Welsh countryside. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the history that seeps through the timbered houses, as you explore the medieval lanes of the The Shambles in York. And discovering the wynds and alleys and hearing the secrets hidden behind the walls of the Old Town, in Edinburgh Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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EDINBURGH (FALKIRK) 2

Real Britain

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N. IRELAND

9 days – 3 Countries

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Day 4 York – Hadrian’s Wall – Falkirk (2 Nights) Head north and cross the River Tyne at Newcastle. Stop and view Hadrian’s Wall before crossing into ‘Bonnie Scotland’. Enjoy the scenery of the Scottish borders before arriving at your spa hotel which is a traditional Scottish manor house within beautiful, landscaped gardens. (FB) Hotel: Inchyra Hotel and Spa

A Day 5 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning discover the elegance of Edinburgh with your Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur’s Seat. Your choice of sightseeing means you could chose to visit either Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura or Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? During the Edinburgh Festival your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds. (FB)

Day 6 Falkirk – Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool Stop at Gretna Green, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith’s anvil. Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils’. Visit the town of Grasmere and see St. Oswald’s church where the poet is buried. Later arrive in Liverpool, hometown of the ‘Fab Four’. (FB) Hotel: Novotel

A Day 7 Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff

Visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow with its historic castle and timbered buildings. See the Malvern Hills as you cross into Wales and visit its capital, Cardiff. See Cardiff Bay, the Millenium Stadium and the

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Say farewell to London today as you return home with magical memories. (FB)

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $156 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $55 per person. WiFi: see pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248.

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Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See page 111 for further details. Hogmanay: Marked departure will celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Autumn, Winter, Spring (WIBT): Departures marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Britain to celebrate the Festive Season. Alternative London Hotel: Marked departures start and end at the Cumberland Hotel.

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North Atlantic Ocean


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Devon and Cornwall

City to shore, the creativity and majestic beauty of the west of England come into focus as you journey through the ages, via Bristol, Ilfracombe, Bideford, Plymouth, St. Ives and Exeter.

St. Ives, Cornwall

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Your included sights • Orientation of Bristol, Bath, Ilfracombe, Plymouth, Exeter and Salisbury • Visit Royal Windsor and quaint Lacock Village, stately Longleat House in Warminster, the Roman Baths in Bath, the fishing town of Ilfracombe, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the gorgeous artists’ colony of St. Ives, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, and John Constables Salisbury • View Windsor Castle, the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland at Longleat, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth and St. Michaels Mount

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

Day 1 Arrive London

Welcome to London. Your day is free to explore this vibrant capital city. Hotel: Hilton Kensington

Day 2 London – Windsor – Lacock – Bristol (2 Nights) Travel to Royal Windsor this morning where you will have free time to explore the quaint town or visit the Castle. Later stop in the picturesque town of Lacock with its honey colored stone cottages and 15th century inns. The village was used as a movie location for ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Harry Potter’ amongst others. On arrival in Bristol your orientation includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first oceangoing, propeller driven iron ship. (FB, WR) Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

A Day 3 Longleat Stately Home and

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Enjoy a guided tour in one of the finest stately homes open to the public. Home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland and contains priceless antiques. • Be My Guest Visit a homely Cornish farmstead and meet a friendly local family who will tell you about generations of farming and their family history in Cornwall. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… hearing exquisite choral music performed exclusively for you by a local choir in the candlelit 15th century ‘gingerbread church’ of St. Martin’s, Exeter.

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Bath Excursion This morning a scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to the spectacular Longleat Stately Home near Warminster. Experience a Cultural Insight into English heritage when you take an included guided tour through one of the finest stately homes open to the public. Currently home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland and contains priceless antiques. Later arrive in the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the ‘Great Bath’. (FB)

Day 4 Bristol – Exmoor National Park – Ilfracombe – Bideford Drive through the unique landscape of Exmoor National Park with its moorland, woodland, valleys and coastline which has been shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Stop in the traditional Devonshire fishing town of Ilfracombe and enjoy free time to explore. Later travel to the historic port town of Bideford located on the estuary of the River Torridge. (FB) Hotel: Durrant House

A Day 5 Bideford – Tintagel – Plymouth – Exeter (2 Nights) Drive along the north Cornish coast and stop to enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle steeped in mystery and legend and reputedly the birthplace of King Arthur. Enjoy a light Be My Guest Cornish lunch on a farm with views over nearby Bodmin Moor. In the maritime city of Plymouth view the Mayflower Steps before heading to Exeter. TreadRight and Trafalgar Cares support cultural traditions that preserve the unique richness and diversity of people and places. With respect to this, a special private performance of Gregorian chants will take place in the candlelit St Martin’s Church to support The Churches Conservation Trust. The rest of the evening is free to explore Exeter from your centrally located hotel. (FB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Southgate

Day 6 Cornish Excursion including Dartmoor National Park Today set off for a full day to explore picturesque Cornwall. The Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint villages which you will see on the way to St. Ives, a popular resort with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Stop in Dartmoor National Park for a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions in a traditional pub. (FB, FD)


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Devon and Cornwall

ENGLAND

WALES

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Ilfracombe

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Windsor Lacock Bath Stonehenge

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FRANCE

by John Constable. Later return to London. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Kensington

Day 8 Depart London

Time to say farewell to newfound friends before your return flight home. (FB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $156 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $55 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Churches Conservation Trust, Exeter You’ll enjoy a haunting, candle-lit evening performance of Gregorian chants at St. Martin’s Church, and discover how your visit supports church conservation.

Longleat House, Warminster

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

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Irish Sea


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Amazing Britain

Sprawling cities and beautiful scenery – these are countries of contrasts. Lochs, lakes and bustling streets come under the spotlight in this comprehensive look at England and Scotland.

Glencoe, Scotland

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Your included sights • City tour in Edinburgh. • Orientation of York, Durham, Glasgow, Grasmere, Bristol and Bath • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Whisky Distillery, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge • View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrians’ Wall and Jedburgh Abbey • See the 18th green on the Old Course at St Andrews, Blair Castle, the Lake District and the Costswolds • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Edinburgh. • Cultural Insight Visit a Scottish whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting in the Scottish Highlands. • Be My Guest on a working farm in the Cumbrian countryside. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the warmth of whisky in your throat as you sip a ‘wee dram’ at Blair Athol distillery. Nestled in the Highlands, you meet the distillers and explore together, as they share the secrets behind Scotland’s national drink.

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

Day 1 Arrive London

Welcome to London. After check-in, relax or spend time exploring this wonderful city. Hotel: Hilton Kensington

Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York This morning travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Center. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink. (FB, WR) Hotel: Hotel 53  Day 3 York – Durham – Edinburgh

(2 Nights) Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Norman Cathedral and the castle overlooking Palace Green. Photograph Hadrian’s Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s bustling capital. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn

A Day 4 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your Local Specialist takes

you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street and the Scottish Parliament. Your choice of sightseeing includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knights Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds. (FB)

A Day 5 Edinburgh – St. Andrews –

Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands Cross the Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th green. Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy an included Cultural Insight at a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Arrive at Pitlochry a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. A picturesque drive brings you to your hotel. Dine tonight in your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Highlander

Day 6 Scottish Highlands – Spean Bridge – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow View the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and see views of Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. Drive to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692. Travel south through picturesque landscapes to Scotland’s prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. Later you arrive in Glasgow where your orientation includes George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu/Westerwood

A Day 7 Glasgow – Gretna Green –

Lake District – Manchester Visit Gretna Green where eloping couples


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would make their vows over the anvil. Return to England and enjoy a light Be My Guest lunch in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Later visit the Lake District where the great poet William Wordsworth once lived. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘Daffodils’ and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England before arriving in Manchester. (FB, BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Center

Day 8 Manchester – Cotswolds – Bristol Travel through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The area is known for its rolling hills and historic towns which are built in the local honey colored stone. Visit Stow-onthe-Wold and see the vast Market Square which was once a trading center for the sheep and wool trade. Later arrive in Bristol and see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and

$2350 (per person double share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodations. 9 full breakfasts. 1 lunch (Be My Guest). 3 dinners. All transport shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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the SS Great Britain during your orientation. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB, FD) Hotel: Mercure Holland House

Day 9 Bristol – Bath – Stonehenge –

Day 10 Depart London

Say farewell to your traveling companions as you prepare to return home after a memorable vacation. (FB)

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London Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Kensington

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Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See page 111 for further details.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $156 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $73 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Durham Cathedral, England

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English Country Gardens

From the Bluebell steam train and seaside tastes of Brighton to the poetic gardens of Sissinghurst and traditional cream teas, discover the flowers and feasts of south-east England.

Kew Gardens

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Your included sights • City tour in London • Orientation of Brighton • Visit Hampton Court Palace, RHS Garden Wisley, Kew Gardens, Capability Brown’s Sheffield Park and Gardens, the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover conservation project, Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Gardens, Hever Castle and Winston Churchill’s Chartwell • View Canterbury Cathedral

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour at Hampton Court Palace. • Cultural Insight Meet a member of the National Trust at the Visitor Center at the White Cliffs of Dover for a talk on the significance of the cliffs and the conservation thereof. • Be My Guest Enjoy a delightful English Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Stately Home & Gardens. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… walking in the shadow of Henry VIII at Hampton Court, as our expert recounts near-forgotten recipes from the Royal Tudor kitchen. And pausing for a moment in Vita Sackville - Wests’ magnificent gardens at Sissinghurst.

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

Day 1 Arrive London (3 Nights)

After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Cumberland

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Excursion to Hampton Court Palace See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. This afternoon visit Hampton Court Palace, the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent palace of its age. See the vast Tudor kitchens, and the tapestries in the Great Hall with a Local Specialist. Lose yourself in the most famous Maze and visit the Privy Garden. Tonight consider joining your Travel Director for dinner at a lively restaurant or perhaps take in a West End show. (FB) Day 3 London – Excursion to Wisley

Gardens & Kew Gardens This morning travel to the pleasant gardens of Wisley. Renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art glasshouse. Here you will enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing experience around parts of the garden. You will then have free time to lunch in

one of the restaurants in the grounds. This afternoon enjoy an included visit to Kew Gardens. This botanical garden is known as the world’s most famous – a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising centuries of royal history. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. Here you will take an included 40 minute bus tour around part of the garden. (FB)

Day 4 London – Sheffield Park and Gardens – Bluebell Railway – Eastbourne (2 Nights) This morning travel south and visit Sheffield Park and Gardens. The National Trust acquired this property in 1954 and the garden is comprised of four large lakes and a variety of rare trees and shrubs. The magnificent landscaping of the garden was laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown. From Sheffield Park enjoy a ride on one of England’s most famous steam trains – the Bluebell Railway. Later arrive at your beautiful hotel in Eastbourne for a two night stay. (FB, D) Hotel: The Grand/Hilton Avisford/Hilton Brighton Day 5 Eastbourne – Excursion to

Brighton After a leisurely start enjoy a drive along the coast to Brighton. Thanks to the Prince Regent the town has always enjoyed a reputation for elegance, fun and architecture. You may decide to visit the impressive Brighton Pavilion or shop for interesting items in “The Lanes” which form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterized by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village. Perhaps enjoy fish and chips for lunch before returning to your hotel. This evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants. (FB)


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A Day 6 Eastbourne – Dover –

Canterbury – Mount Ephraim Country House – County Towns of Kent (2 Nights) Travel to Dover for a Cultural Insight into the White Cliffs of Dover. A member of the National Trust will provide a talk on the significance of the cliffs and the conservation thereof. Later visit Canterbury which is a historic English Cathedral city. Parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the Cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide and this pilgrimage later provided the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century literary classic ‘The Canterbury Tales’. You will have free time to explore the city before enjoying a delicious Be My Guest Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Country House later this afternoon. Dinner will be served at your hotel this evening. (FB,  BG,  D) Hotel: Mercure Tunbridge Wells/Mercure Great Danes Maidstone/ Ashford International

Day 7 Excursion to Sissinghurst

Gardens After a leisurely start this morning, visit the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst. This garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sissinghurst’s garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of “rooms”, each with a different character of color and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls. This afternoon stop in the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and admire the elegant architecture, from Regency villas to large Victorian houses and pretty clapboard cottages. After free time for shopping or a visit to a local tea shop, return to your hotel. (FB)

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Castle – Chartwell – London Enjoy a visit to Hever Castle for a Small Group Sightseeing experience with the gardeners to see these award-winning formal gardens. Each garden has its own style and character, from the giant topiary chess set and herb collection of the Tudor Garden to the magnificent Pompeiian Wall and collection of classical statuary in the Italian Garden. The celebrated Rose Garden contains over 4,000 roses within its walls, and there’s an impressive herbaceous border stretching over 100 meters. You will also have an included ticket to see inside the castle itself at your own pace. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and it has become well known as the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn – wife of Henry VIII. Later travel a short distance to visit Chartwell, where Sir Winston Churchill lived with his wife until his death in 1965. Now owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have been beautifully preserved. Return to London this evening where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (FB,  FD) Hotel: Cumberland

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Chelsea Flower Show: We’ve included Chelsea Flower Show tickets when you’re in London during these departures, to replace the excursion to Wisley Gardens. Kew Gardens will be visited on morning of Day 4.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Treadright: See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $82 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 9 Depart London

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at the end of this wonderful English Country Gardens experience. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

#TrafalgarCares White Cliffs of Dover, Dover You’ll explore with a conservationist, who’ll reveal the cliff’s importance to the local ecosystem and explain how your visit helps preserve this unique landscape. Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

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Castles and Kilts

Castles, Crown Jewels and Harry Potter – this classic family experience introduces the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland.

View up the Thames, London, England

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Your included sights • City tour in London and Edinburgh • Orientation of Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool and Chester • Visit the Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the Butler and Housekeeper, the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman Army Museum, and Edinburgh Castle • View the scenic Lake District

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the National Trust property Tatton Park Mansion house. • Authentic Accommodations Two nights stay in the medieval Ruthin Castle. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… entering a red telephone box to imagine Harry Potter’s descent to the Ministry of Magic, and finding Platform 9¾ as you search for the Hogwarts Express with an expert at this famous train station.

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

Day 1 Arrive in London (3 Nights)

Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world. After check-in the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening meet with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the hotel. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London. (KP) Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury

A Day 2 London Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist shows you the city’s sights including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the ‘Order of the Phoenix’. Admire the magical platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St. Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. (FB)

Day 3 London Free Day

Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit the Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. Afterwards you might like to take an Optional Experience to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city or take a cruise along the Thames. The

options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help. (FB)

Day 4 London – Oxford – Lacock – Bristol Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire – one of England’s most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter’s house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for your overnight stay. (FB) Hotel: Mercure Holland House

A Day 5 Bristol – Bath – Llangollen –

Ruthin Castle (2 Nights) Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and view Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Cross the border into Wales and visit the town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod. Travel over the picturesque Horeshoe Pass before arriving at your castle hotel for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a welsh themed dinner with your travel companions. (FB, RM) Hotel: Ruthin Castle Authentic Accommodations

Day 6 Excursion to Liverpool and Chester There are many things to see and do in Liverpool. Perhaps visit the World Museum or the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Consider joining an Optional Experience which takes in sites further


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Castles and Kilts

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afield from the city center including Liverpool Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. Later visit the beautiful city of Chester which is famous for its Tudor ‘Rows’. (FB)

A Day 7 Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park –

Lancaster Visit Tatton Park for a Cultural Insight into an elegant mansion house set in an 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride on a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight. (FB, D) Hotel: Lancaster House

Day 8 Lancaster – Hadrian’s Wall –

Edinburgh (2 Nights) Visit the Roman Army Museum for an insight into life as a Roman soldier during the time that they occupied parts of the country. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Hotel: Marriott

A Day 9 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh

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Day 10 Depart Edinburgh

Say goodbye to your new friends at the end of an amazing vacation. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply. (FB)

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during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including the Royal Mile, the famous Scott Monument followed by your choice of sightseeing to the Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner. (FB, FD)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless traveling as part of a family group. London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7am and 9am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $88 per person.

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Ruthin Castle, North Wales, UK Originally founded in 1277, you’ll follow in the footsteps of royalty and gain a deeper understanding of the history of the castle and Wales, during your stay at this recently renovated Authentic Accommodations.

WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Guard at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Deer in Tatton Park, England

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Best of Britain

This British experience unveils the pomp, ceremony and unique soundtracks of England, Wales and Scotland through its cultural traditions and tastes.

Polperro, Cornwall, England

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Your included sights • City tour in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh • Orientation of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, picturesque Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the Roman Baths in Bath, the town of Ludlow, the Clan Donald Center, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratfordupon-Avon • View Alnwick Castle the home to Harry Potter and Hogwarts, York Minster and Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage • See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the 18th green at St. Andrews

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh. • Be My Guest Enjoy lunch on a family run working dairy farm in Somerset. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… traveling down Penny Lane to the sound of the song as, our local friend, Phil, shares stories of The Beatles in his Liverpudlian lilt and takes you around his home city’s famous sights.

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

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to Britain. After check-in, spend time simply relaxing or take a leisurely stroll through the bustling streets of London. Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time This morning a Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour of London. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You are free later to explore and shop on your own in the center of London. (FB) Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath –

Exeter (2 Nights) Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. Arrive in rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director during your Welcome Reception at your hotel. (FB, WR) Hotel: Mercure Southgate

A Day 4 Plymouth – Polperro – Dartmoor Excursion – Buckfast Abbey Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous coastline. Visit Polperro, a quaint fishing village nested around a picturesque harbor. Cross rugged Dartmoor, famous for its dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight at Buckfast Abbey

where Abbotts have lived and prayed for nearly 1000 years. (FB)

A Day 5 Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff

Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury. Visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive Castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel. (FB, BG) Hotel: Maldron

A Day 6 Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool View the Malvern Hills on your way to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes views of the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat. This evening hear tales of the ‘Fab Four’ as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Specialist on an included Beatles tour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Day 7 Liverpool – Lake District –

Glasgow Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Traveling along the shores of England’s largest lake Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate


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Day 8 Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William see breathtaking views of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (FB, D) Hotel: Highlander/Morlich Day 9 Isle of Skye and Scenic Highland

Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Center and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB, D)

Day 10 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry –

St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th green of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Hotel: Marriott

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your first night in Scotland with a Regional Meal in a local restaurant. (FB, RM) Hotel: Westerwood

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of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB)

Day 12 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. (FB, FD) Hotel: Hotel 53 

Day 13 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Bard was born and raised. Explore the cobbled streets or walk along the banks of the River Avon. Later, travel back to London. (FB) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank Day 14 Depart London

Say goodbye to your new found friends at the end of a memorable vacation. (FB)

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A Day 11 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, followed by your choice of sightseeing to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow

Scottish Highlands near Ben Nevis

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Britain and Ireland Highlights

Engineering, invention and Romantic Poets, the epic diversity squeezed into a remarkably tiny region is explored through the towns, cities and countryside of Britain and Ireland.

Roman Baths, Bath, England

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Your included sights • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-uponAvon, Edinburgh Castle, the town of Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. • Cultural Insight Visit the Irish National Stud Farm. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour. • Be My Guest Enjoy Welsh hospitality at a vineyard near Cardiff. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… admiring the beauty and grace of pure thoroughbred horses, you learn the history of the Irish National Stud Farm and its royal connections, and explore the lush grounds on a private guided walk.

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Day 1 Arrive London

Welcome to London. Relax after your flight or spend time exploring the city on your own. Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon –

York – Harrogate A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. In the Viking city of York enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception in a traditional pub. (FB, WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn

Day 3 Harrogate – Lake District –

Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights) Traveling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow. (FB, RM) Hotel: Radisson Blu/Jurys Inn/Apex

A Day 4 Edinburgh Excursion

Today visit Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See

the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later enjoy free time to explore at leisure. (FB)

A Day 5 Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin

(2 Nights) Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Specialist. Later arrive in Dublin, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Mespil

A Day 6 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Then your choice of sightseeing gives you the opportunity to visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration or the Little Museum of Dublin. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) A Day 7 Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny –

Waterford This morning gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight when you visit the House


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of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Marina

A Day 8 Waterford – Cardiff

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Center and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB, BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Center

Day 9 Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge –

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Day 10 Depart London

Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories. (FB)

Alternative Trip Check out our similar ‘Britain and Ireland Delight’ trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

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Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

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Wonders of Britain and Ireland

Churchill and Wordsworth. Castles and legends. Rugged beauty and hidden places. The icons and secrets of Britain and Ireland are explored in a cross-country itinerary over land and sea.

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

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Your included sights • City tour in London, Dublin and Edinburgh • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of Oxford University’s colleges (when open) • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts’ Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill’s grave at Bladon • See the Lake District’s magnificent scenery • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a workshop tour and showroom visit at the House of Waterford Crystal. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring Molly Gallivan’s farm as today’s owners tell tales of her secret ‘Shebeen’ pub, where she sold illicit home brew 200 years ago, then tucking into their homemade Irish stew and apple pie.

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Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax and unwind after your journey or take a stroll and familiarise yourself with the city’s unique and bustling atmosphere. Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time See the city’s major sights during your included guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. There is time afterwards to explore, shop and watch the world go by. (FB) Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath –

Cardiff This morning meet your Travel Director before traveling to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through spectacular countryside to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture of the city and visit the Roman Baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. View the Millennium Center and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. See the Millennium Stadium as well as the historic Cardiff Castle during your orientation of the city. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical Welsh pub meal and drinks. (FB, WR) Hotel: Maldron

Day 4 Cardiff – Waterford

Enjoy free time this morning to relax, explore the city or take the opportunity to visit Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Marina

A Day 5 Waterford – Blarney –

Kenmare (2 Nights) Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration in the workshop and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. This evening join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Kenmare. (FB, BG) Hotel: Kenmare Bay

Day 6 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied place in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

Day 7 Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin

(2 Nights) This morning visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The spectacular group of medieval buildings perched on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Later arrive in the lively Irish capital, Dublin. This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) Hotel: Ballsbridge

A Day 8 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time This morning enjoy your choice of sightseeing. You might want to explore the Guinness


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Brewery with early entry before general admission and take a tour including a tasting technique demonstration. Or you can visit the Little Museum of Dublin, a true hidden gem of the city. Later see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. (FB)

Day 9 Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (FB, RM) Hotel: Jurys Inn

Day 10 Liverpool – Lake District –

Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Traveling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. Then cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh – your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Apex City

A Day 11 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB)

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Day 12 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. (FB) Hotel: Hotel 53 

Day 13 York – Stratford-upon-Avon

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage before enjoying some free time in the quaint village. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (FB, FD) Hotel: Mercure Shakespeare Authentic Accommodations

Day 14 Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon –

Oxford – London This morning visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill’s grave. Arrive in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, here you will enjoy an orientation of the city. View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges (when open). Return to London this evening. (FB) Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall

Day 15 Depart London

Say a fond farewell to your traveling companions at the end of a wonderful vacation, as you prepare to return home with treasured memories. (FB)

Alternative Trip Check out our similar ‘Britain and Ireland Experience’ trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

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3725 3725 3725 3725

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Ends London 15 Jul Fri 22 Jul Fri 29 Jul Fri 5 Aug Fri 12 Aug Fri

5 Aug Fri 12 Aug Fri 19 Aug Fri 26 Aug Fri 2 Sep Fri 9 Sep Fri 16 Sep Fri 23 Sep Fri 30 Sep Fri

Single Double Supp. Room Option

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4025 4025 3825 3825

1170 1170 1170 1170

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3725 3725 3725 3650 3650

1170 1170 1170 1170 1170

Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See page 111 for further details.

BOOK & PAY EARLY UP SAVE TO $403 p.p.

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 252.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

17 Dec 2015 save 10% 25 Feb 2016 save 7.5% 28 Apr 2016 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $201 p.p. SAVE up to $101 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $370 Triple room discount $10 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $176 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $110 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

A Authentic

Accommodations

Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avo, UK Elizabethan England comes to life within the walls of this traditional Tudor-style Authentic Accommodations, situated just a five minute walk from Shakespeare’s birthplace.

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

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GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Wonders of Britain and Ireland

SCOTLAND

North Atlantic Ocean


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Britain and Ireland Panorama

In the craic and Guinness of Ireland or the tea and scones of England, the welcoming hospitality of the British Isles is one of its biggest attractions and will become one of your lasting memories. of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur’s Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. Tonight consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes. (FB)

A Day 6 Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. (FB, D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodations Day 7 Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands

Grasmere, Lake District, England

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in London, Edinburgh and Dublin • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-uponAvon, Edinburgh Castle, the Clan Donald Center, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro, ruins and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge • View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster, Galway Cathedral and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail • See the Isle of Skye • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and enjoy a scenic Cornish Excursion

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Cobh. • Be My Guest Enjoy a hearty lunch on a working farm in Cumbria. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… picturing the scene of the world’s most famous liner leaving tiny Cobh on its ill-fated journey, as you stroll its streets with a Titanic expert, who reveals how the ship changed the community.

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

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Spend time relaxing after your journey or take a stroll through the streets of this wonderful city. Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time See all the major sights during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Later, spend time exploring the city or go shopping in one of the famous London department stores. (FB) Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon

– York This morning meet your Travel Director. A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later in the Viking city of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. Tonight dine at your hotel where you have a chance to meet with your Travel Director and traveling companions. (FB, WR) Hotel: Novotel

Day 4 York – Jedburgh – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more. View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh. (FB) Hotel: Mercure Quay

A Day 5 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views

Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Center and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB, D)

A Day 8 Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a Cultural Insight into one of Europe’s most important 19th century burial grounds. (FB) Hotel: Westerwood A Day 9 Glasgow – Lake District –

Manchester Cross the border into England and enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a working farm in the idyllic Cumbrian countryside. Learn about traditional farming methods and see the sheep, goats and cattle before enjoying lunch in the farmhouse. Later arrive in Grasmere where you view the grave of William Wordsworth. (FB, BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Center

Day 10 Manchester – Chester – Dublin

(2 Nights) In Chester see the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’ before traveling along the scenic North Wales coast. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening join your companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant in Dublin. (FB, RM) Hotel: Ballsbridge/Maldron Pearse Street

A Day 11 Dublin Sightseeing and

Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Then your choice of sightseeing gives you the opportunity to visit the Guinness


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1 MANCHESTER Chester

Anglesey

Rosslare Pembroke

Cobh

Jedburgh

$4550 (per person double share)

1 YORK

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Blarney

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Grasmere

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19 days – 4 Countries

North Sea

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

SCOTLAND

Galway

Britain and Ireland Panorama

2 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Mallaig Glencoe

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LONDON Bath

2 1

Stonehenge

EXETER

Plymouth

English Channel FRANCE

Brewery for a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration or the Little Museum of Dublin. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB)

Day 12 Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick. (FB) Hotel: Greenhills

Day 13 Limerick – Ring of Kerry – Cork Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB, D) Hotel: Rochestown Park

A Day 14 Cork – Blarney – Cobh –

Waterford – Wexford Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’. Stop in picturesque Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This was the final port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Whites of Wexford

Day 15 Wexford – Cardiff

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Center and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn City Center

Day 16 Cardiff – Bath – Glastonbury – Exeter (2 Nights) Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian

buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive in Exeter, the capital of Devon. (FB) Hotel: Buckerell Lodge

Day 17 Plymouth, Polperro and Dartmoor Excursion Start your day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbor. Enjoy a scenic drive through Dartmoor, famous for its rugged landscape and wild ponies. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (FB, FD) Day 18 Exeter – Stonehenge – London Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon. (FB) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

Day 19 Depart London

Say goodbye to your traveling companions as you prepare to return home with treasured memories of your trip. (FB)

A Authentic

Accommodations

Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan, Scotland Situated in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands, this Authentic Accommodations offers panoramic views of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountains. With its unique location and boutique feel, it’s exclusive to Trafalgar during your stay.

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Ends London 20 Apr Wed 27 Apr Wed 4 May Wed 11 May Wed 14 May Sat 18 May Wed

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Single Double Supp. Room Option

4825 4750 4750 4750 4750 4875

1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280

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1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280 1280

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19 Oct Wed 22 Oct Sat 26 Oct Wed

4675 1280 4625 1280 4625 1280

Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See page 111 for further details. Summer Solstice: Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice ”celebrations. On this departure the Magna Carta will be visited in Salisbury.

BOOK & PAY EARLY

SAVE $500 p.p. UP TO

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 252.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

17 Dec 2015 save 10% 25 Feb 2016 save 7.5% 28 Apr 2016 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $250 p.p. SAVE up to $125 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $470 Triple room discount $10 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $162 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $146 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Ferry

BESTSELLER BOOK EARLY


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Britain and Ireland Grandeur

An experience of extremes, no corner of the British Isles is left unturned, as you explore Britain and Ireland’s five ultra-urban capitals: London, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh. *Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax after your journey and look forward to your vacation of Great Britain and Ireland. Hotel: Cumberland

A Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time Marvel at the amazing sights during your included half day guided sightseeing tour of London with a Local Specialist. See the sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Later, spend time exploring the city independently or go shopping in one of the famous London department stores. (FB) Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Salisbury

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in London, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh • Orientation of Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral which houses the Magna Carta, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, Quarry Bank Mill, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon • View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster • Scenic drives on a Cornish Excursion and experience the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner at a grand private home in the countryside near York. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… driving around in a Belfast Black Cab as you hear about The Troubles from a cabbie who lived through them – and who explains the hidden messages in the murals that pepper the city’s walls.

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– Plymouth (2 Nights) Meet your Travel Director before leaving the sights of London behind. Travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Visit Salisbury Cathedral and see the Magna Carta which was signed in 1215 by King John and the barons of Medieval England. Later arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (FB, WR) Hotel: Copthorne

coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

Day 9 Kenmare – Limerick – Cliffs of

Moher – Galway Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Arrive later in Galway where you dine at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Connacht

Day 10 Galway – Donegal – Letterkenny

This morning enjoy views of Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. Later stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore, where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Visit Donegal and see the 15th century castle before heading to Letterkenny. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Radisson Blu

A Day 11 Letterkenny – Londonderry –

Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery. (FB)

Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant’s Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in all of Ireland. On arrival in Belfast, you will meet your Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ who will take you on a journey through the recent history of the city in his Black Cab. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn

Day 5 Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff

Day 12 Belfast Orientation – Dublin

Day 4 Cornish Excursion

On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital Cardiff. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn City Center

Day 6 Cardiff – Waterford

See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Center and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium. Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokeshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Dine tonight at your hotel in Waterford. (FB, D) Hotel: Marina/Fitzwilton

A Day 7 Waterford – Blarney –

Kenmare (2 Nights) Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Kenmare Bay/Manor West

Day 8 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic

(2 Nights) After an orientation of Belfast, enjoy free time to explore the Titanic Quarter or shop in the bustling city center. Later, head south to Dublin where you will see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian squares with your Local Specialist. Tonight, perhaps consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret. (FB) Hotel: Mespil

A Day 13 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time This morning enjoy your choice of sightseeing. You might want to explore the Guinness Brewery with entry before general admission and take a tour including a tasting technique demonstration. Or you can visit The Little Museum of Dublin, a true hidden gem of the city. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Grafton Street famous for its street performers or consider joining an Optional Experience to the monastic site at Glendalough. (FB) A Day 14 Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position


Loch Ness

ISLE OF SKYE 1

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Donegal

Giant’s Causeway

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St. Ives

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Salisbury 2 PLYMOUTH St. Michael’s Mount

which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn/Jurys Inn Manchester

A Day 15 Liverpool – Quarry Bank Mill

– Lake District After a leisurely start, visit Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property that brings to life how communities lived together during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester and the surrounding area was involved with textile manufacturing during this period and today’s visit will give you a Cultural Insight into life during this important time in British history. Later make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: North Lakes

Day 16 Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (FB, RM) Hotel: Westerwood Day 17 Glasgow – Glencoe –

Isle of Skye Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre at Glencoe – ‘Glen of the Weeping’. Pass through Fort William and see Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing onto the Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Dunollie

Day 18 Isle of Skye – Loch Ness –

Price per Person

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Stratford-upon-Avon

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Culloden – Scottish Highlands Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster. View the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated

English Channel

FRANCE

in 1746. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Highlander/Morlich

Day 19 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Marriott/Inchyra/Cardrona

A Day 20 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB)

A Day 21 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family with your fellow travelers. (FB, BG) Hotel: Novotel/Hotel 53 

Day 22 York – Stratford-upon-Avon –

London View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratfordupon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London. (FB) Hotel: Cumberland

Day 23 Depart London

$5250 (per person twin share)

Includes: All our featured inclusions shown on page 3. 22 nights’ accommodations. 22 full breakfasts. 10 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including ferries).

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Londonderry

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23 days – 5 Countries

St. Andrews

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you leave London and return home with special memories. (FB)

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Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See page 111 for further details. Reversed Itinerary: Departures marked will also operate in reverse and may stay in alternative hotels to those listed opposite. All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

BOOK & PAY EARLY UP SAVE TO $585 p.p.

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 252.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

17 Dec 2015 save 10% 25 Feb 2016 save 7.5% 28 Apr 2016 save 5%

Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $293 p.p. SAVE up to $146 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $550 Triple room discount $100 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Unused London Accommodations: Prices are per person per night $171 London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Treadright: See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $183 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Treasures of Ireland

The Blarney Stone. Irish Coffee. Waterford Crystal. Irish icons come together on this trip around the south’s biggest cities, Dublin, Cork, Killarney and Limerick, and into its scenic countryside.

Trinity College, Dublin

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin • Orientation of Waterford, Cork, Cobh and Killarney • Visit Trinity College, Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, Cobh Heritage Center, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and the Cliffs of Moher • View St. Kevin’s Cross in Glendalough and St. John’s Castle in Limerick • See Dublin’s Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Dublin and Killarney. • Cultural Insight Visit The House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop. Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum and celebrate the golden age of aviation. • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner at a picturesque farmhouse with an opportunity to meet the family and members of the local community. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an exclusive ‘out of hours’ tour inside The Little Museum of Dublin, whose collection of city treasures was mainly donated by locals, like the rock fans who curated its ‘U2 Made in Dublin’ room.

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A Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Welcome to Dublin. Discover the city’s charms on a guided tour with a Local Specialist. Walk the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to visit its library and the ornate Book of Kells. Later make an exclusive visit to one of the city’s unique treasures, The Little Museum of Dublin, after it has closed its doors to the public for a Welcome Reception with canapés and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge A Day 2 Dublin – Glendalough –

Waterford – Cork Leave the bustling Irish capital for the peaceful 6th century monastic ruins at Glendalough. The 100-foot-tall Round Tower, the Cathedral, and St. Kevin’s Cross are highlights of your stop. Travel on to see more delicate works of art during your Cultural Insight experience at the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford. Later head to Cork, the “Rebel City”, where you have a free evening. (FB) Hotel: Rochestown Park

Day 3 Cork – Cobh – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Visit the Heritage Center in Cobh to learn about the city’s history and legacy. From the Great Famine and the “coffin ships” to the doomed Titanic and Lusitania, this unique display presents the Queenstown Story in a way like no other. Then head to Blarney where you can climb to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the famed stone and acquire the “gift of the gab”. Arrive later in picturesque Killarney. (FB) Hotel: Killarney Towers

A Day 4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Start your day winding around the pictureperfect Ring of Kerry. Take in the views of coast and sea, fields and rolling hills in this landscape that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Stop at Torc Waterfall, for a leisurely guided walk with a Local Specialist. Or if you would rather reboard the motorcoach and return to Killarney. (FB) Please Note: The walk travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

A Day 5 Killarney – Foynes – Cliffs of

Moher – Limerick Your first stop today is the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, the refuelling point for Pan Am’s Flying Boat, the Yankee Clipper, from 1939-1945. Gain a Cultural Insight as you board a replica Boeing 314 to experience life as a passenger. Foynes is also the birthplace of Irish Coffee and you’ll savor a cup of the famous beverage. Next, travel to the Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Enjoy a Be My Guest farewell dinner at a picturesque farmhouse in County Galway with an opportunity to meet the family and members of the local community. Continue to Limerick to your hotel. (FB, BG) Hotel: Greenhills

Day 6 Limerick – Depart Shannon

It’s time to bid the Emerald Isle farewell as you are transferred to the airport. (FB) Please note: Your coach returns to Dublin from Shannon on Day 6. You are welcome to utilise this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Dublin will be at the Clayton Ballsbridge at approximately 4pm depending on traffic.


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More about your trip This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists – Brendan Vacations. * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Shannon Airport at 7am and 9am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $46 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Add an extra night in Dublin to your vacation Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for details and prices.

Glendalough Round Tower

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Irish Highlights

The fast-track to Ireland – this insight into the southern side takes you from Dublin and back again, stopping at Limerick, Waterford and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way.

Cliffs of Moher

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford • Visit Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Youghal, the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross • View St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Cathedral of Galway, King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. • Be My Guest In the lush countryside surrounding Dublin we visit a beautiful old farmhouse. Meet the owner and her family and enjoy traditional Irish dishes. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join a world-renowned chef, going beyond her cookery school into the heart of her home to try treasured family favorites like her mother’s soda bread.

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A Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception at a traditional Irish pub – the perfect introduction to Dublin. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell Street/Mespil/ Ballsbridge Day 2 Dublin – Galway – Limerick

This morning head towards Galway. View the Cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city. In Limerick view King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation. (FB) Hotel: Greenhills/Radisson Blu

Day 3 Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of

Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) Start your day with a visit to Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Then continue to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. After a picturesque coastal drive through the villages of Lahinch and Kilrush take the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Arrive tonight in Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: International/ Killarney Heights

Day 4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is

undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

A Day 5 Killarney – Blarney – Youghal

– Waterford As you are leaving Killarney this morning cross the Kerry Mountains and travel through the colorful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch. Once the gateway to Macroom Castle, it is now almost all that remains. Next stop is Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Later visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh before arriving in Waterford. Here visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Marina/Fitzwilton

A Day 6 Waterford – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin This morning stop in the town of New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody, and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800s. Continue through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow before arriving back to Dublin. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, before continuing to your Dublin hotel. (FB, BG) Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell Street/Mespil/Ballsbridge


Trip Style: Country Explorer

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Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $54 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share.

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Enchanting Emerald Isle

Old-world Ireland comes to life as you travel around the country, from hearing the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ story of Strokestown Park to tasting fresh-baked scones at a traditional Irish Farm.

Traditional jaunting car, County Kerry

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Rathbaun Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary • View the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall • See Dublin’s Georgian Squares • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion which also houses the Irish Famine Museum in the nearby stables. Visit a traditional sheep farm and see first-hand an Irish farming family carrying out their day to day chores. • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner at Belmore House and discover a “lost” town from the 12th Century. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… dining with Joe and Maeve O’Connell at their family estate, Belmore House, and hearing how the town of Newtown, Jerpoint, was born on their land in 1200, as you join them for authentic Irish meal.

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

A Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. See the colorful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artifacts, and altar-pieces. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge A Day 2 Dublin – Strokestown – Ballina

Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world’s best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s, where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Ballina set on the River Moy. (FB, D) Hotel: Ballina

Day 3 Ballina – Connemara – Galway

Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the “City of Tribes.” (FB) Hotel: Connacht

A Day 4 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back only to 1965. Then gain

a Cultural Insight into the life of a traditional sheep farmer on a stop at a traditional Irish farm. Sip a cup of morning tea and enjoy a freshly baked scone, then watch the farmer herd sheep with the help of his dog. Afterward head to the coast and the rugged Cliffs of Moher. There’s time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney. (FB, D) Hotel: Killarney Towers/ Killarney Avenue

A Day 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries. Stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. If you’d rather forgo the walk, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney. (FB) Please note: The walk travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

A Day 6 Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the ‘lost’ town of Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting Joe and Maeve O’Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale while relishing a Be My Guest dinner, before arriving at your hotel in Kilkenny. (FB, BG) Hotel: Kilkenny


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the Emerald Isle with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a traditional Irish pub. (FB, FD) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge

Day 8 Depart Dublin

Slan abhaile or “safe homeward” as you transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in Ireland on this departure

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More about your trip This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists – Brendan Vacations. * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Add an extra night in Dublin to your vacation Arrive to Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodations and private transfer prices.

Muckross House

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Secrets of Ireland

A complete circle of Ireland including fairytale castle stays, this incredible itinerary takes you into its many landscapes – from the cityscape of Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island’s famous ‘emerald’ countryside.

Kylemore Abbey

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo • Visit Guinness Storehouse, Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey, Strokestown Park House and Trinity College • View Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff • See Dublin’s Georgian Squares • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit the historically significant Irish Famine Museum. Visit the Irish National Stud Farm for an insight into the world of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. • Be My Guest Visit the private home of Damien and Paula Brennan overlooking Lough Gill in Sligo where delicious food, fine company and the poetry of W.B. Yeats come together. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… staying in Galway’s luxurious Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, which was originally built in the 1580s by Donal O’Flaherty, the first husband of Ireland’s fearsome and blood-thirsty pirate queen, Grace O’Malley.

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A Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Welcome to Dublin the lively Irish capital. This afternoon meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour. See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, colorful Georgian Squares and the vibrant, modern city. Then raise a glass of the “black stuff” and drink in sweeping Dublin views at the Gravity Bar, atop the Guinness Storehouse as you gain a Cultural Insight into this famous Irish product. Later savor free time and a Welcome Reception with Irish beer or wine. (WR) Hotel: Brooks A Day 2 Dublin – Kildare – Cashel –

Killarney (2 Nights) Head across the rolling countryside to Kildare. Stop for a visit to the Irish National Stud for a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. See the foaling unit, museum and of course the powerful and regal stallions. On to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist, where you view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins. Continue to Killarney, the town on the lakes where your evening is free. (FB) Hotel: The Malton Authentic Accommodations

A Day 3 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Enjoy a splendid morning of spectacular scenery, driving around the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of coast and sea, hills and green fields as you travel through this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. At Torc Waterfall, you might wish to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk. If you prefer, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney. (FB) Please note: The walk travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be

reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

A Day 4 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights) Heading north stop to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the Atlantic. Continue to Galway, and visit the Cathedral. At 50-years-old, it is one of the youngest of Europe’s stone cathedrals. Travel on through Connemara to the extraordinary Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodations Day 5 Connemara Excursion

Drive through the scenic landscapes of Connemara, taking in views of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. Make a stop in the picturesque town of Clifden, set between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Then on to visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. The extensive walled Victorian garden is a delight to the senses. Later return to your castle hotel for dinner. (FB, D)

A Day 6 Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by the poet William Butler Yeats, you will be welcomed to a private home for a bit of food, fun, and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live in, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is a Local Specialist on W.B. Yeats. Delicious food, fine company, and the poetry of Yeats come together for a heart-warming


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meal. Then travel to Roscommon and Kilronan Castle Hotel the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families. (FB, BG) Hotel: Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodations

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– Dublin Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the

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world’s best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. Return to Dublin and visit Trinity College to see its remarkable treasure, the elaborate Book of Kells. Relish a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends. (FB, FD) Hotel: Fitzpatrick Castle Authentic Accommodations

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You will be transferred to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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The Malton, Town Center, Killarney Unlimited, free rail travel for Lord Kenmore was the clincher to acquire the land needed for this Authentic Accommodations built over 160 years ago. Its prime central position next to the train station, and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway This Authentic Accommodations, set in 450 acres of woodland, was built in the 18th century by the powerful Martyn family. The original castle dates back to the 1560s, when owner Donal O’Flaherty was married to Ireland’s fearsome pirate queen, Grace O’Malley.

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Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, Co. Roscommon Set in forty acres of green meadows and ancient forest, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison is an Authentic Accommodations that prides itself on its royal roots.

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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin This grand Authentic Accommodations was originally built as a hunting lodge by Col. John Mapas in 1740. Run by the Fitzpatrick family for over 40 years, the hotel stands on the brow of Killiney Hill, with magnificent views over Dublin Bay.

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Best of Ireland

Our in-depth focus on Eire, this round-trip reveals how Ireland’s landscapes determine its lifestyle, uniting popular essentials like kissing the Blarney Stone with unique meetings with local characters.

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal • View St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway and Donegal Castle • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Dublin. • Cultural Insight Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain an insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants in the 1800’s. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch, before taking them back to our Irish friend’s restaurant to see how they’re used in local dishes.

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A Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city with a Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist. 2016 will be the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Uprising and you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and get to know your fellow travelers. (WR) Hotel: Ballsbridge A Day 2 Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New

Ross – Waterford Head through scenic Co. Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants. Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal is crafted during your guided tour of the visitor center to gain a Cultural Insight. (FB, D) Hotel: Dooley’s

Day 3 Waterford – Youghal – Blarney –

Killarney (2 Nights) Travel via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the ‘gift of the gab’ as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB, D) Hotel: Dromhall

Day 4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is

undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

Day 5 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula –

Adare – Limerick Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. Visit Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. (FB) Hotel: Greenhills

A Day 6 Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights) Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Later arrive on the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants before sitting down for a hearty lunch with spectacular views. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. Later arrive in Galway. (FB, BG, D) Hotel: Connacht Day 7 Connemara Excursion

This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemara with its Twelve Bens mountain range and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country’s most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Arrive later in Galway where you have free


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Heading north we stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Later arrive in Sligo. (FB) Hotel: Clarion

Day 9 Sligo – Co. Donegal Excursion –

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of the O’Donnell clan. Travel back to Dublin where you will have to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny Bridge. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (FB, FD) Hotel: Ballsbridge

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After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your Irish vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin You’ll explore with an expert historian, who’ll reveal the cemetery’s importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation.

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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

The highlight of this crafted itinerary is a night in the breathtaking Ashford Castle – a luxurious and historic 13th century castle owned and operated by our sister company The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin and Kinsale • Orientation of Killarney and Galway • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey • View Galway Cathedral • See Dublin’s Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Dublin, Kinsale, Killarney and Ashford Castle. • Cultural Insight Visit a traditional sheep farm and see first-hand an Irish farming family carry out their day to day chores. Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this local stone has been crafted into jewelry and figurines for generations. • Be My Guest Enjoy lunch at Belmore House and discover a “lost” town from the 12th century. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… gaining an insight into rural farm life in Ireland. Following a bagpiper over the drawbridge of the iconic 13th century Ashford Castle. And meeting our local expert, Linda, at Torc Waterfall, for a walk in Killarney National Park.

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Day 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. This afternoon drive south to Powerscourt Gardens. These spectacular gardens first began to take shape in the 1740s. The superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs are a delight to behold. Together they form one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Returning to Dublin, raise a glass over a light meal at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge

A Day 2 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, a Local Specialist takes you on a city tour. You’ll visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once Dean. Then on to admire the colorful doorways in stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this welcoming city at your own pace. (FB) A Day 3 Dublin – Co. Kilkenny –

Kinsale Leave the city life behind as you travel to County Kilkenny. Visit Newtown Jerpoint, one of Ireland’s best surviving examples of a deserted, 12th century Medieval town and reputedly the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Then relish a Be My Guest lunch with Joe and Maeve O’Connell at their home, Belmore House. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this rural setting and be ready for a few surprises. Continue south to picturesque Kinsale, hailed as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. Your evening

is free and there’s no shortage of cafés, pubs, and restaurants to explore. (FB, BG) Hotel: Trident

A Day 4 Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Meet a Local Specialist this morning for a walking tour of the historic town of Kinsale. On to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Stone that bestows the “gift of the gab”. Then head west to Killarney, the gateway to magnificent Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. (FB, D) Hotel: Killarney Towers A Day 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Take in views of the famous “forty shades of green” as you travel around the Ring of Kerry. This unspoiled area has inspired artists and poets for centuries. At Torc Waterfall you can join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk. If this countryside amble doesn’t interest you, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free. (FB) Please note: The walk travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours.

A Day 6 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights) Traveling north, stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher. These iconic cliffs rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. The views of endless ocean are aweinspiring. Continue on your drive, calling in for afternoon tea and freshly baked scones at a traditional farmhouse. Here, you’ll get a Cultural Insight into farm life in rural Ireland. Next up is Galway, for an orientation including impressive Galway Cathedral. End the day in Connemara. (FB, D) Hotel: Connemara Coast


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Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and little towns to be the real emerald of Ireland. Stop for a visit to Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful lakeside setting, then gain a Cultural Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, crafters of Connemara marble for generations. (FB, D)

A Day 8 Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong) Board ‘The Isle of Innisfree’ for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle’s Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle. Tonight gather in the castle’s sumptuous restaurant for an elegantly royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket). (FB, D) Hotel: Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodations Day 9 Cong – Dublin

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More about your trip This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists – Brendan Vacations. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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This foray into the diversity of the North and the South of Ireland takes you inside the increasingly cool cities, like Dublin and Belfast, and much reported ‘emerald’ countryside.

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant’s Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross • View St Patrick’s Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara, the Cathedral of Galway, King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center. Visit the Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… taking your ticket to board a replica famine ship, joining ‘passengers’ re-creating scenes from the 1840s – when people fled to escape the potato famine and became early Irish Americans.

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A Day 1 Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your  Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist. 2016 will be the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Uprising and you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and get to know your fellow travelers. (WR) Hotel: Mespil A Day 2 Dublin – Belfast

Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the city’s living history in a Black Cab. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn

A Day 3 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway –

Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights) This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the world’s most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom. (FB) Hotel: Everglades

A Day 4 Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) A Day 5 Londonderry/Derry – Belleek –

Galway (2 Nights) Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor center for a Cultural Insight demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. (FB) Hotel: Maldron

Day 6 Connemara Excursion

Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, visit the country’s most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D)

A Day 7 Galway – Cliffs of Moher –

Limerick – Killarney (2 Nights) Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. Stop to enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch. Our local friends will take you foraging for wild plants and seaweed before a hearty lunch with spectacular views. Travel through County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone during


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your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh? (FB, BG) Hotel: Killarney Avenue/Killarney Tower

Day 8 Ring of Kerry Excursion

gab’. Pass Youghal en route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle. (FB) Hotel: Kilkenny

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. On your journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan’s Daughter. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB, D)

A Day 10 Kilkenny – New Ross –

A Day 9 Killarney – Blarney –

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Waterford – Kilkenny Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney stone to attain the ‘gift of the

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#TrafalgarCares Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin You’ll explore with an expert historian, who’ll reveal the cemetery’s importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation. Giant’s Causeway, Antrim You’ll discover the legend of the Giant’s Causeway as you explore with an expert, who’ll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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One of our longest and most leisurely Irish trips, the north and south come together, with all the famous cities and sights, and exclusive experiences like a private reception at Christ Church Cathedral.

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin and Belfast • Orientation of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford • Visit the Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the English market in Cork, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship, in New Ross and Waterford Crystal • View the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, and Galway Cathedral • See Trinity College in Dublin, City Hall in Belfast • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

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

Day 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to Dublin. Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception aboard a canal boat and cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell Street

A Day 2 Dublin Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour which will include Trinity College, the grand Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park with a Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) A Day 3 Dublin – Belfast Sightseeing

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit the Titanic Museum and re-live the entire Titanic story. Visit the medieval brewery Smithwick’s. • Be My Guest Enjoy traditional Irish dishes at a farmhouse on the outskirts of Dublin. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting local characters in Ireland’s most iconic cities, who share their home towns’ sights, stories and secrets as they take you around their favourite places in Dublin and Belfast.

(2 Nights) Head north to the bustling city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. See Queen’s University, City Hall and the Titanic Quarter on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the world’s most famous ship which was built in this city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Stormont

Day 4 Giant’s Causeway Excursion and Belfast At Leisure This morning visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast. (FB)

A Day 5 Belfast – Belleek – County

Donegal (2 Nights) Travel across Northern Ireland and through the picturesque town of Enniskillen near Lough

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Erne. At Belleek enjoy a Cultural Insight into Irish handcraft when you watch local craftsmen create its famous pottery. Later arrive in County Donegal where you dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Mill Park

Day 6 County Donegal Orientation and At Leisure Explore the town of Donegal located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. See the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. During your free time explore the center of town, known as ‘The Diamond’, beaming with music, poetry and cultural gatherings. (FB) Day 7 County Donegal – Drumcliff –

Ballymote – Galway (2 Nights) From County Donegal travel south and see the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. Later visit Ballymote and see the National Monument honoring those Irish who died fighting in the American Civil War, before continuing your journey to Galway. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Maldron

Day 8 Connemara Orientation and At Leisure Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Return to Galway where you have free time to view the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. (FB) Day 9 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Scenic Coastal Route – Killarney (2 Nights) Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition.


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Travel through County Clare along a scenic coastal route, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh? (FB) Hotel: International

Day 10 Ring of Kerry Excursion

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from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. See the beautiful lake and plants and the exhibition in the Visitor Center. Later visit the threemasted famine ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. Return to Waterford. (FB)

A Day 13 Waterford – Kilkenny – Dublin

Waterford (2 Nights) This morning visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone that will bestow the ‘gift of the gab’. Travel to the city of Cork and enjoy some free time to explore the English market which is Ireland’s most famous food market serving Cork since 1788. Later arrive in Waterford for a two night stay. (FB) Hotel: Marina

After a leisurely start visit the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration watching skilled craftsmen produce wonderful decorative objects. Travel to the quaint town of Kilkenny where you will visit the Smithwick’s Experience. Gain a Cultural Insight into the medieval origins of brewing and the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand. Later enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at Glenealy Farm with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. (FB, BG) Hotel: Ballsbridge

A Day 12 County Wexford Excursion

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to visit the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and Dunbrody Famine Ship Travel through County Wexford this morning to visit the John F. Kennedy Arboretum. Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. Treadright: See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $108 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Giant’s Causeway, Antrim You’ll discover the legend of the Giant’s Causeway as you explore with an expert, who’ll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

John F. Kennedy Arboretum, County Wexford

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Game of Thrones, Outlander, James Bond, Cloud Atlas, Chariots of Fire, Michael Collins, My Left Foot dramatic scenery and unique locations will be revealed... Day 4 Laggan – Cairngorm National Park – Newtonmore – Culloden – Scottish Highlands (2 nights) Travel through the Cairngorms National Park. In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) the villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed here. Stop at the Highland Folk Museum to discover more about life in the highlands and see where inspiration was gained for some of the scenes from Outlander. At Culloden view the battlefield of one of the most brutal battles in 1746 featuring Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobites. Over 1200 men perished in just over one hour. Visit the award-winning visitor center and see where fictional characters Claire and Jamie from Outlander said their goodbyes. (FB) Hotel: Ben Wyvis/Loch Ness Lodge Day 5 Excursion to Eilean Donan Castle

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Your included sights • Cinematic themed city tour in Edinburgh, Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin • Game of Thrones Experience in Castle Ward • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Culloden, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe • See the Scottish Parliament building, Edinburgh New Town, Scenic Scottish Highlands, Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin

Your Insider Experiences • Authentic Accommodations Situated in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands enjoy a stay at Laggan Gaskmore Hotel. In Ireland enjoy incredible views of manicured gardens, Dublin Bay and the misty Wicklow Mountains at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s in Dublin. • Be My Guest Dine at the house of author James Joyce and discover more about his novel ‘The Dead’ from the 1914 ‘Dubliners’ collection. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… stopping at the actual film site of Winterfell in Castle Ward where you participate in an unique Game of Thrones experience and enjoy the thrill of firing live arrows whilst dressed in original character costumes from the show.

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Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Welcome to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception and become acquainted with your Travel Director and travel companions. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Center

A Day 2 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a cinematic sightseeing tour of this enchanting city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile where Frobisher escapes down a hotel drainpipe leaving behind Sixsmith in ‘Cloud Atlas’ (2013), Princes Street where Renton and Spud ‘choose life’ in ‘Trainspotting’ (1996), the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Hear about the humble beginnings of J.K. Rowling who went on to write the Harry Potter stories. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional evening of traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) A Day 3 Edinburgh – Falkland –

St. Andrews – Laggan This morning travel to the town of Falkland which was made famous in the ‘Outlander’ (2014) television series as being the home of the Covenanter Hotel which is the location of Mrs Bairds B&B. You will also view the Falkland Paris Church which was renamed Dalneigh Parish Church and see the Bruce Fountain. Next visit the historic town of St. Andrews where the running scene along the beach from ‘Chariots of Fire’ (1981) was filmed. Later arrive at your scenic Highland hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodations

and the Isle of Skye Travel through the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands before arriving at Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy a visit of the castle made famous in the James Bond film ‘The World is Not Enough’ (1999) featuring Pierce Brosnan. Travel on a bridge over the sea to Skye for a short drive to Broadford. It was on the Isle of Skye where parts of movies such as director Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ (2012) and the actor Michael Fassbender’s ‘Macbeth’ (2015) were filmed. Return to your hotel for dinner. (FB, D)

Day 6 Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow Area (East Kilbride) This morning travel alongside the famed Loch Ness and see if you can spot Nessie. Stop for a photo opportunity of the ruins of picturesque Urquhart Castle. Traverse through the majestic Valley of the Weeping at Glencoe. It was here that many scenes from James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ (2012) were filmed as well as parts of the Mel Gibson movie ‘Braveheart’ (1995). At Loch Lomond hear stories of the Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor before arriving in Glasgow for an orientation tour. (FB) Hotel: Macdonald Crutherland House

A Day 7 Glasgow Area (East Kilbride)

– Belfast Travel south through spectacular Ayrshire countryside before boarding your ferry from Cairnyan in Scotland to Larne. A short drive brings you to vibrant Belfast the capital of Nothern Ireland. During your city tour with a Local Specialist see City Hall, Queen’s University and the Titanic Quarter and hear about some of the films that have been made in the city. (FB) Hotel: Stormont

A Day 8 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry Travel to the north coast and visit the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Parts of the American horror movie ‘Dracula Untold’ (2014) was filmed in this area. Stop to see the Dark Hedges where Beech trees either side of a small road have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create a natural arched tunnel where shadow and light plays through


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entwined branches. It was here that scenes from the television series ‘Game of Thrones’ were filmed. In Londonderry/Derry your Local Specialist will show you the city walls as well as the murals of the Bogside, which depict the troubles of Northern Ireland. (FB, D) Hotel: Everglades

history. There is free time to explore the city before checking into your conveniently located Dublin Airport hotel. Tonight enjoy a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with your companions and Travel Director – the perfect end to your Celtic Filmscapes trip. (FB, BG) Hotel: Maldron Dublin Airport

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of Thrones Experience in Castle Ward – Dublin (Blackrock) Travel across Northern Ireland and stop in County Down at Castle Ward. Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell, the backdrop for the series pilot and much of season one. It’s also where you will find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men. A replica of the Winterfell Castle archery range movie set has been masterfully recreated in the Winterfell Castle courtyard where the filming originally took place. Dress up in character costumes from the show, tour the movie set, stand exactly where ‘Jon Snow’, ‘Robb and Bran Stark’ stood and enjoy the thrill of firing live arrows. Later travel to your Authentic Accommodations located near in a small fishing village on the outskirts of Dublin. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu St. Helens Authentic Accommodations

A Day 10 Dublin (Blackrock) – Dublin

Sightseeing and Free Time – Dublin Airport Discover the filmscapes of Dublin on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. The city has been used as a backdrop for historic films such as ‘Michael Collins’ (1996), ‘Once’ (2006), ‘Intermission’ (2003), ‘The Commitments’ (1991), ‘Veronica Guerin’ (2003), ‘My Left Foot’ (1989) and ‘The Dead’ (1987). See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares. Visit Kilmainham Gaol which features in prison scenes such as that in ‘In the Name of the Father’ (1994), about the wrongfully convicted Guilford Four for the IRA bombing on two pubs. It stars Daniel Day Lewis and there is a fantastic visitor experience steeped in Irish political

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Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of this cinematic experience. Your hotel is located at Dublin Airport so that you can check-in at your convenience for your flight home. (FB)

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Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan, Scotland Situated in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands, this Authentic Accommodations offers panoramic views of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountains. With its unique location and boutique feel, it’s exclusive to Trafalgar during your stay. Radisson Blu St. Helen’s, Dublin, Ireland 18th century Dublin comes alive in this historic Portland stone fronted Authentic Accommodations. Now an Irish National Monument, you’ll enjoy incredible views of manicured gardens, Dublin Bay and the misty Wicklow Mountains.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. For return transfers, the Maldron hotel is located at Dublin Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way from the hotel to the airport terminal. Treadright: See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Giant’s Causeway, Antrim You’ll discover the legend of the Giant’s Causeway as you explore with an expert, who’ll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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

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Loch Ness

Isle of Skye

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Culloden


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Best of Ireland and Scotland

Wild scenery, hearty cuisine, warming whisky and Guinness. This Gaelic adventure introduces you to the classic symbols of Ireland and Scotland, and the secret and secluded alternatives.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • City tour in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh • Orientation of Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Glasgow • Visit the Irish National Stud the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Museum, St. Mungo’s Cathedral, the battlefield of Culloden, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle • View Galway Cathedral, Eilean Donan Castle and the 18th green at St Andrews • See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John’s castle in Limerick, the battlefield of Culloden and Loch Lomond • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. Enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Waterford Crystal. • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner on a traditional Irish working farm. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… the warm hit of Glengoyne whisky, made by tenth generation distillers, as you taste Scotland’s slowestmade malt blend in an epic setting after watching how this popular local drink is made.

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

Day 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Spend your day relaxing and enjoying the sights. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Irish pub - the perfect introduction to Dublin. (WR) Hotel: Mespil

A Day 2 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (FB) A Day 3 Dublin – Kildare – Waterford

Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a Cultural Insight on the breeding of these horses. After a guided walk through the farm take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe or visit the Horse Museum. This afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration and tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Dooley’s

A Day 4 Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) At Blarney Castle kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. Join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm

in Killarney. (FB, BG) Hotel: Dromhall/Fels Point Tralee

Day 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer’s delight. We will also see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. (FB)

Day 6 Killarney – Limerick – Galway – Ballina Drive through Adare one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. See King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone as you pass through Limerick. In Galway view the Cathedral, built on the site of an old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square during your free time. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Ballina

A Day 7 Ballina – Donegal –

Londonderry/Derry Head north through Sligo to Donegal where you view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell clan. In Londonderry walk along the 17th century walls with your Local Specialist and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. (FB) Hotel: Everglades/Maldron

A Day 8 Londonderry/Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the


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most iconic natural wonders in all of Ireland. Later arrive in Belfast and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the history of the world’s most famous ship. (FB, D) Hotel: Europa/Stormont

A Day 9 Belfast – Glasgow (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy an included city tour with your Local Specialist which takes in Queen’s University and City Hall. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive through spectacular Ayrshire countryside on the way to Glasgow. (FB) Hotel: Westerwood

A Day 10 Glasgow Orientation and

Free Time Your morning orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, before enjoying free time to explore the city at your own pace. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making by visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. (FB)

Day 11 Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle

of Skye Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. Pass Fort William at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Glenfinnan see the monument to the final Jacobite Rising, as well as the famous viaduct which has featured in the Harry Potter films. Cross by ferry to the breathtaking Isle of Skye where you dine tonight in your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Dunollie/ Kings Arms

Day 12 Isle of Skye – Loch Ness –

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aspirations to the throne. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Highlander/Morlich

Day 13 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry –

St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Heading south we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th green of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tonight why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) Hotel: Marriott/Inchyra/CardronaPeebles

A Day 14 Edinburgh Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a your choice of sightseeing visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival in August, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (FB, FD)

Day 15 Depart Edinburgh

After a hearty Scottish breakfast say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of an unforgettable Celtic vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

Please note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7am and 9am. Treadright: See pages 28-29 for details. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $115 per person. WiFi:  See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares Giant’s Causeway, Antrim You’ll discover the legend of the Giant’s Causeway as you explore with an expert, who’ll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining DW Dinner with Wine

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Loch Ness


Trip Style: At Leisure

Best of Scotland

The urban hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Legends and lochs. Castles and country. This leisurely look at Scotland covers the essentials – but still has time to stop for a ‘wee dram’ or two.

Scottish Highlands

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Edinburgh • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye and Clan Donald Center, Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle • View the 18th green at St Andrews, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Edinburgh. • Cultural Insight Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting. • Be My Guest Dinner of traditional Scottish cuisine and wine at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. The perfect way to end your trip. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… being greeted by father and son farmers at their working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard, who recount legends of local outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and share homespun dishes with you in their barn.

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

Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Center

A Day 2 Edinburgh Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) Day 3 Edinburgh – St. Andrews –

Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Highlander/Laggan/Morlich

Day 4 Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge

to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Center and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. (FB, D)

Day 5 Scottish Highlands – Glencoe –

Glasgow (2 Nights) Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu

A Day 6 Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. You’ll also visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads’ and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard. (FB, BG)


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companions as your vacation in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 5 – 27 August 2016 One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations #TrafalgarCares Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that is in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.

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For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see page 252.

^ For your chance to save, book by:

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Past guest discount Multiple trip discount Other SAVE up to $116 p.p. SAVE up to $58 p.p. savings Young traveler discount $210 Triple room discount $10 p.p. ^ Limited availability by departure; check www.trafalgar.com

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7am and 9am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $64 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Stirling Castle

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

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Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle

Trip Style: At Leisure

Inverness


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Scotland’s Highlands, Islands and Cities

This diminutive country has a surprising abundance of castles, cities and culture, all sewn into a patchwork of brooding highlands and undisturbed islands, like Orkney, Skye and Mull.

Orkney Islands

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Edinburgh • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O’Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo’s Cathdedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle • View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th green at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe • See Loch Ness, Loch Lochmond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Edinburgh. • Cultural Insight Visit a whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting. • Be My Guest Farewell Lunch at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch in the Trossachs National Park. Take in the picturesque scenery before your hosts serve a traditional Scottish home-cooked dinner in their historic barn. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the eeriness of Glencoe, where the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan took place in 1692; and trying to tear your eyes away from the beauty of Loch Ness as you seek out a glimpse of the monster.

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

Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)

Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a true Scottish welcome with local specialties. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Center

A Day 2 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) Day 3 Excursion to The Borders

This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh. (FB)

Day 4 Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Later arrive in Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay estuary which is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. (FB) Hotel: Apex City Quay

A Day 5 Dundee – Pitlochry - Culloden

– Inverness This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a ‘wee dram’. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon’s fictional novel ‘Outlander’. Arrive later in Inverness. (FB) Hotel: The Inverness Hotel

Day 6 Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso (2 Nights) Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Royal Day 7 Orkney Islands Excursion

From the north eastern tip of the British Isles, John O’Groats, take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defense to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and walk through the remains of the famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to visit Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D)

Day 8 Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye

Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Kings Arms Hotel


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(2 Nights) Enjoy a scenic drive to take your ferry from the isle of Skye to Mallaig. See the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films. At Fort William, see Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in all its glory before arriving in Ballachulish for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Ballachulish

Day 10 Mull and Iona Excursion

Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB,  D)

Day 11 Ballachulish – Glasgow (2 Nights) This morning, travel south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalized in the well-known Scottish song, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the

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shipbuilding industry, as well as a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland

A Day 12 Stirling Castle and

Bannockburn Excursion This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn – the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director and after you’ll have free time to further explore Glasgow. (FB, BG)

Day 13 Depart Glasgow

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful vacation draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Please note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. In July and August, accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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Glamis Castle

Isle of Mull

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Scotland’s Highlands, Islands and Cities

Ferry

North Atlantic Ocean


Trip Style: Special Interest

Highland Trail inspired by Outlander

After getting a feel for Lowlander life at Edinburgh Castle, it’s north to the Cairngorms, Inverness, Doune Castle and the stunning backdrop to Diane Gabaldon’s historic tales.

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Your included sights • City tour in Edinburgh • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling • Visit Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, Glamis Castle, the Culloden Battlefield, John O’Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Newtonmore and Stirling Castle • Visit the filming locations for Fort William, 18th century Cranesmuir and 1940s Inverness • View Jedburgh Abbey, Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle • See Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and the Battlefield at Bannockburn

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit Highland Folk Museum, and experience for yourself the home of an 18th century Highlander. • Be My Guest Farewell Lunch at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch in the Trossachs National Park. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling the aromas of Claire Beauchamp’s herb garden in the village of Falkland, or ‘1940s Inverness’ in the Outlander TV series. Then experiencing historic Doune Castle, or ‘Castle Leoch’, where our time-traveler lands in 1743.

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Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)

Welcome to Edinburgh and the start of your highland trail to discover more about the Outlander series and the characters in it. This evening meet with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a typical Scottish pub for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Center

A Day 2 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time Today enjoy the main sights with a Local Specialist including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Gain a feel for the lowland life before discovering the highlander world. During free time perhaps explore the Royal Mile and pop into The World’s End - one of the taverns mentioned in the novel. (FB) Day 3 Outlander Excursion to the

Kingdom of Fife This morning travel through Fife, setting for many of the Outlander filming locations. Visit the village of Falkland, stand-in for 1940’s Inverness, where Claire’s story begins. Stop at the Covenanter Hotel which was Mrs Bairds B&B in the series. Next visit Culross which was the location for the fictional village of Cranesmuir. See Claire’s herb garden and Geillis Duncan’s home in the beautifully preserved 16th century town center. Finish with an included visit to Blackness Castle – filming location for Fort William. (FB)

Day 4 Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews the home of golf and Scotland’s oldest university. Enjoy a guided tour of Glamis Castle which was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Here discover

more about the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the Jacobite supporter Bonnie Dundee. His leather ‘bullet-proof’ jacket and boots are on display in the exhibition at Glamis. The ‘Old Pretender’ King James VIII visited Glamis and it was in the chapel here that he touched people for the ‘King’s evil’, which was the belief that Stuart monarchs had healing powers. Later arrive in the city of Dundee for an overnight stay and see the Tay Rail Bridge and RRS Discovery, Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic exploration vessel. (FB) Hotel: Apex City Quay

Day 5 Dundee – Castle Fraser –

Culloden – Clava Cairns – Inverness Today visit Castle Fraser, an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and ancestral home of the Fraser family. Explore the gardens and enjoy panoramic views from the round tower. Later visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s highlander army was defeated in 1746. This is also the event which forced Claire and Jamie to say their goodbyes. Go in search of the mysterious Craigh na Dun with a visit to the Clava Cairns dating back to the Bronze Age. Arrive later in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. (FB) Hotel: The Inverness Hotel

Day 6 Inverness Orientation – Thurso (2 Nights) This morning enjoy an orientation of Inverness located on the banks of the River Ness. Stop in the Old Town and view Inverness Castle. Later travel through scenic countryside to the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Royal Hotel Day 7 Orkney Islands Excursion

At John O’Groats, take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South


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Ronaldsay. Orkney is home to the legend of the mythological creature the Scottish Selkie. This seal sheds its skin to walk on land disguised as a human and forms part of an important folk tale explained in Outlander. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defense to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war and stop at Skara Brae. Walk through the remains of this famous Neolithic village. See the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar en route to visit Viking Kirkwall before crossing the sea back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D)

extensive collection of artifacts. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D)

Day 8 Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye

Bannockburn Excursion Visit Stirling Castle which is a symbol of Scottish national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads’ and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge depicted in the 1995 film Braveheart. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. Later experience a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm. Gain an insight into the agricultural life which Jamie always wanted for his family. (FB, BG)

Visit the quaint fishing town of Ullapool and see the herring port designed by Thomas Telford. Travel through lochs and glens and stop to view the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Here hear tales of Flora MacDonald who was a Jacobite heroine and played a part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie ‘over the sea to Skye’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB, D) Hotel: Kings Arms Hotel

Day 9 Isle of Skye – Ballachulish

(2 Nights) Leave the picturesque Isle of Skye on a ferry to Mallaig. Travel to Fort William via the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct. At Fort William see Ben Nevis which is Britain’s highest mountain. Arrive in Ballachulish for a relaxing two night stay. (FB) Hotel: Ballachulish Hotel

$3575 (per person double share)

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Glasgow (2 Nights) Visit Doune Castle, the spectacular 14th century courtyard castle which was the film location for Castle Leoch. It was here that Claire was hosted by the Mackenzie Clan when she arrived in Scotland in 1743. This afternoon your orientation of Glasgow includes the magnificent St. Mungo’s Cathedral, George Square and the River Clyde - former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 7am and 9am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $119 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 13 Depart Glasgow

Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your Highland Trail inspired by Outlander draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

A Day 10 Glencoe and Highland Folk

Museum Excursion Travel through the breathtaking ‘Glen of the Weeping’ at Glencoe and discover more about the history of the clans, the tragic massacre that took place here and life in the highlands. Travel back in time with a visit to the Highland Folk Museum that was established in 1944 in Newtonmore. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into Highland rural culture since the 18th century when you view the

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber

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North Atlantic Ocean

NEW 2016


Trip Style: At Leisure

Paris Explorer

This unforgettable week in Paris gives you the insider perspective of one of the greatest cities in the world. Our native Parisian will share with you the sights, sounds and numerous hidden gems.

View of the Eiffel Tower over the rooftops

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour in Paris with a Local Specialist • Orientation tour in Paris • Visit the Royal Estate of Versailles including the Royal Palace, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet “Le Petit Hameau”, ascend to second floor of Eiffel Tower, the “village” of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and the shopping district of Paris • View the Champs Élysées, Paris Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral • Included Parisian Brasserie voucher which gives you a choice of centrally located Parisian brasseries to visit for either lunch or dinner

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Paris, the Montmartre and Louvre. • Cultural Insight Visit some of the hidden gems of Paris including the delightful rue Mouffetard market street. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… learning the secrets behind the hidden courtyards and charming neighbourhoods of Ernest Hemingway’s Paris immortalised in his book ‘A Moveable Feast.

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Day 1 Arrive Paris (7 Nights)

Welcome to Paris, capital of France and the City of Light. After check-in to your hotel – the ideal spot for your exploration of this magnificent city, you can relax or take a stroll in the local neighborhood. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers to attend a Welcome Reception in the heart of the city. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel

A Day 2 Paris Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on a tour of this mesmerizing city for views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of the loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Later visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. This evening you may decide to take an Optional Experience to the Latin Quarter for a visit inside Notre Dame and a cruise down the River Seine. (BB) A Day 3 Full Day Excursion to the

Palace and Royal Estate of Versailles Visit the best-known and most resplendent palace in France, Versailles. Our Local Specialist guides you through the majestic palace itself followed by the breathtaking picturesque Royal Gardens. Later visit Petit Trianon Palace where you can relax for lunch before continuing

to Marie Antoinette’s hamlet to gain yet more insight into the lives of the French Royalty before the revolution. This evening you may wish to consider an Optional Experience to attend a performance of a true French cabaret at the world famous Moulin Rouge. (BB)

Day 4 Paris At Leisure or Optional D-Day Beach Experience Today is completely yours to explore Paris further or you may wish to experience a full day Optional Experience and travel to the historical and poignant D-Day landing beaches. The choice is yours. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest other activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. (BB)

A Day 5 French Cuisine and Shopping

Experience Today’s exploration of French culture takes on another dimension as you travel to Nation and meet a real Parisian chef for a French cuisine experience including a light lunch. During your Cultural Insight learn some culinary secrets and get to savour your creation. You will also have free time to explore Printemps – one of the largest department stores in the city. The balance of the day is then yours to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along the river Seine or enjoy some shopping on the magical Île St. Louis. Your Travel Director will be there to give you advice. You could also utilize your Parisian Brasserie voucher which gives you a choice of centrally located brasseries to visit for dinner. (BB, L)

A Day 6 Visit Montmartre and the Louvre This morning after a relaxing start take a private street trolley car to visit the fascinating and colorful “village” of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. Your


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Optional Experience Normandy and the D-Day Beaches Day Trip

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Optional Experience Claude Monet's Gardens

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Local Specialist will show you the hidden square’s, artists haunts and romantic hideaways of this most beautiful Parisian neighborhood. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. This evening visit the world renowned Louvre museum with a Local Specialist when the museum is quieter and the crowds have disappeared. (BB)

Day 7 Paris Morning At Leisure and

Fashion District, Hemingway Tour and Farewell Dinner Today is your last chance for last minute souvenir shopping or alternatively participate on an Optional Experience to visit Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny. This afternoon your Travel Director takes you on a short walk to discover the fashionable side of the city and the secrets of the fashion designers that have made this neighborhood a shopping mecca. Later a short themed walking tour chimes perfectly with your Farwell Dinner. Visit the hidden courtyards and charming neighborhood of Hemingway’s Paris immortalized in his book ‘A Moveable Feast’ including the delightful rue Mouffetard market street. Then enjoy a Farewell

Dinner with your Travel Director and travel companions at a nearby restaurant which Hemingway himself frequented. (BB, FD)

Day 8 Depart Paris

After breakfast, say farewell to Paris and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable week in one of the world’s greatest cities. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WCPS): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for this departure. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. Airport transfers: On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Montmartre

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

The Treasures of France

Criss-crossing the north, this trip fuses fairytale châteaux and vineyards in the rich Loire Valley with the chicness of Paris and the poignancy of standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy.

The Louvre, Paris

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour of Paris • Orientation of Paris, Bayeux and Amboise • Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Bayeux Tapestry, the historic D-Day beach of Omaha, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Amboise Château, the châteaux of Chenonceau and Chambord, Chartres Cathedral and the second level of the Eiffel Tower • View the Champs Élysées and Arc d’Triomphe in Paris

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Mont St. Michel, the Loire Valley and Paris. • Be My Guest Experience local hospitality at a picturesque 17th century farmhouse, including wine tasting. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… imagining living like royalty in the turreted châteaux that pepper the Loire Valley, before stopping at Chenonceau, where you find out about the stories behind this fairytale castle’s contoured gardens.

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Day 1 Arrive Paris

Welcome to France. Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you, including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d’Triomphe. (WR) Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

Day 2 Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux This morning visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Then travel to Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalized by many artists. Later in Bayeux visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Novotel Day 3 Bayeux – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Mont St. Michel Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and the military cemetery. Stop for lunch in Arromanches, a town at the heart of the Normandy landings. You might like to finish your day with an Optional Experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier. (BB, DW) Hotel: Le Relais Du Roy

A Day 4 Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley – Amboise (2 Nights) Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel with a Local Specialist. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to

build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel. Travel through the scenic countryside of the Loire Valley and later stop for a memorable Be My Guest experience on a picturesque farm, including wine tasting. Travel to your hotel in Amboise where you dine tonight. (BB, BG, DW) Hotel: Novotel

A Day 5 Châteaux Excursion

Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the Amboise Royal Château, where King François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the Château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. Continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairy tale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture – reflected in the waters of the river – is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. It contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto. (BB)

Day 6 Amboise – Chambord – Chartres – Paris (2 Nights) Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn’t


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live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and marvel at the original stained glass windows. Tonight in Paris consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned. (BB) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

A Day 7 Paris Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares,

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little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. During your free time you may want to explore a world class museum or gallery, or even join an Optional Experience to Versailles. This evening the finale to this great trip starts with a visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a Parisian bistro. (BB, FD)

Day 8 Depart Paris

Say ‘au revoir’ to France and your fellow travelers at the end of a wonderful trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8.00am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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8 days – 1 Country D-Day Landing Beaches


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Wonderful France

Paris meets the sparkling French Riviera to give you the best of both on this chic crafted itinerary. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from slow scenic drives to the high-speed TGV.

Roman Amphitheatre, Arles

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour in Paris • City tour in Arles • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Nice, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard • View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Paris and Arles. Enjoy a guided walk across the top of Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. • Be My Guest Enjoy a lovely meal in the French countryside on the banks of the Sorgue. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting Emmanuel and his mother Poppy. Widow of Pierre Salinger – special advisor to John F. Kennedy – she’ll share stories of life alongside a political icon as you savor Emmanuel’s finest home-cooked dishes.

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

Day 1 Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris. Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. This evening meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d’Triomphe. (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

A Day 2 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Tonight why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret? (BB) Day 3 Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town or consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local ‘Bouchon’. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Gerland

Day 4 Lyon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights) Travel to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Later arrive

at your hotel on the French Riviera. This evening why not dine in one of the many local restaurants? (BB) Hotel: NH Nice

Day 5 French Riviera Free Day

Spend today as you wish. The Côte d’Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to relax on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. (BB)

A Day 6 French Riviera – Aix-enProvence – Avignon (2 Nights) Traverse scenic hills from the coast and arrive in Aix-en-Provence, home of Paul Cezanne. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Arrive in Avignon where your orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône. This bridge inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the river Sorgue. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Pont d’Avignon A Day 7 Pont du Gard and Arles

Excursion Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Then travel to Arles and marvel at the Roman amphitheater and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour with a Local Specialist, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening join your companions for dinner at the hotel. (BB, DW)

Day 8 Avignon – TGV Train – Paris

After a relaxing start this morning take the high speed TGV train through the


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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $69 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. Street cafe on the Cours Mirabeau in the historic city centre Aix en Provence, France

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9 days – 2 Countries


Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Secrets of France

A journey into the south-west corner of France, this insider’s look at Dordogne and Bordeaux reveals small villages, historic landmarks and local rural character unseen by most visitors.

Rocamadour

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour in Paris • City tour in Rocamadour and Oradour sur Glane • Orientation of Bordeaux, Arcachon, Moissac, Albi, Villefranche de Rouergue, Brive-la Gaillarde, Sarlat la Caneda, Limoges and Orleans • Visit Dunes du Pilat, Saint-Pierre Abbey, Rocamadour Sanctuary, Lascaux II Caves and the Eiffel Tower • View the Bay of Arcachon, Albi Cathedral and Sainte Croix Cathedral in Orleans • See Esplanade des Quinconces, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Rocamadour, Oradour-sur-Glane and Paris. • Authentic Accommodations Mercure Albi Bastides is an 18th century listed water mill, has the perfect riverside views across the world heritage town of Albi. • Be My Guest Learn about the culture and food from this region, during a memorable lunch. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring historic Rocamadour Sanctuary with a resident expert, hearing tales of life in the prehistoric cave dwellings at Lascaux Caves, and staying in more refined style at the historic Hôtel de Sèze.

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Day 1 Arrive Paris

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of secret regional delights and specialties. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. An orientation drive shows you sights such as the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel

Day 2 Paris – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

This morning board the fast and efficient TGV train to Bordeaux. Wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. Later why not enjoy an Optional Experience to the nearby town of St. Emilion? (BB) Hotel: Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona

Day 3 Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon

This morning visit the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive will bring you to Arcachon. The town is famous for its oysters. Why not sample some fresh at one of the beachside cafes during your free time. Later arrive back in Bordeaux where you have time to explore the city. (BB, DW)

A Day 4 Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi

This morning visit picturesque Moissac on the banks of the Tarn River. The town is a stop on the Way of St. James, the pilgrim

walk to Galicia. Visit Saint-Pierre Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch where you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and food from this region. Later arrive in Albi, birthplace of the famous French artist Toulouse Lautrec. View the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Bastides Authentic Accommodations

A Day 5 Albi – Villefranche de

Rouergue – Rocamadour – Brive-laGaillarde (2 Nights) This morning enjoy free time in Albi or consider an Optional Experience to nearby Cordes sur Ciel where local craftsmen produce exquisite pieces of work. Stop in the fortified town of Villefranche de Rouergue where you can explore the narrow streets and squares. At Rocamadour, a town built onto a cliff face, visit the Sanctuary and view the Black Madonna with your Local Specialist. During your free time why not try some of the regions local produce such as goat’s cheese, walnuts and foie gras? (BB) Hotel: Le Quercy

Day 6 Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion This morning visit Sarlat-la-Canéda and wander through the markets where the local people shop for fresh food. Visit Lascaux, famous for its caves with paintings thought to date back over 17,000 years. The caves are now protected and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BB)

A Day 7 Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-

sur-Glane – Limoges – Orleans This morning visit the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane where in 1944 a Nazi attack razed the town to the ground. Your Local Specialist will describe the attack and why the town has been left as a reminder


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of the horrors of war. Stop in Limoges, a medieval city where you have free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later during your orientation of Orleans view the Sainte Croix Cathedral and the statue to the ‘Maid of Orleans’ – Joan of Arc. (BB) Hotel: Best Western D’Arc Orleans

A Day 8 Orleans – Versialles – Paris Sightseeing (2 Nights) This morning visit the historic town of Versailles. Why not join an Optional Experience to the palace and gardens which have played a huge part in French and European history. Later your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Visit the second level of the

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Today is free for you to explore Paris. Why not travel to the Montmartre area with its local artists, visit Notre Dame or a famous museum? You could join an Optional Experience to Monet’s Gardens in Giverney. This evening visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower with great views across the city before joining your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

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This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir’ as your memorable vacation through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Tonight why not consider attending a Parisian Cabaret? (BB) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Mercure Albi Bastides, Albi, France An 18th century listed water mill, this Authentic Accommodations has the perfect riverside views across the world heritage town of Albi. It sits perfectly with the town’s medieval half-timbered houses, yet inside is sheer modern comfort.

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WWI and WWII Battlefields

Your journey to the battlefields of WW1 and WW2 takes you to poignant sites in northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands – and to southern England to hear about the D-Day Landings.

D-Day Landing Beaches, France

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour in Paris • City tour in London • Orientation of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Ypres and Amsterdam • Visit the D-Day & Overlord Embroidery Museum in Portsmouth, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, Amiens Cathedral, Military cemeteries throughout Northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands, the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, La Coupole Museum, Passchendaele Memorial in Ypres and the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek • See John Frost Bridge in Arnhem and the Dam Square and the Mint Tower in Amsterdam

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Visit La Coupole Museum housed under a concrete dome built by the German army, which is one of the most impressive remains of World War II. • Be My Guest Meet a local family and learn about Dutch culture. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… traveling to the historic Normandy D-Day beaches; listening to a haunting Last Post played at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where you can buy a wreath to lay in memory of the soldiers that lost their lives.

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Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Cumberland

A Day 2 London – Sightseeing and included Imperial War Museum Visit See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see many of the most important weapons and vehicles of the 20th century including a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise along the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening. (FB) Day 3 London – D-Day and Overlord

Embroidery Museum – Portsmouth – Overnight Ferry to Caen Today leave London and head south towards Portsmouth. Visit the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum. This Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. The Museum’s centrepiece is the

Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany. Later enjoy free time, consider a visit to the Historic Dockyard where you can see the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France. (FB, D)

Day 4 Overnight Ferry – D-Day Normandy Beaches – Bayeux Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. These beaches and the surrounding area are a moving testament to the Allied Soldiers of WWII and during your time here we will visit memorials dedicated to their efforts. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Day 5 Bayeux – Visit Memorial de Caen

– Amiens This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Cathedrale

Day 6 Amiens – Somme Battlefields – Paris (2 Nights) After an early start visit some of the Somme Battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no graves. Visit Delville Wood


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(Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. Later arrive in Paris for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel

A Day 7 Paris Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This afternoon consider an Optional Experience to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret. (BB)

A Day 8 Paris – La Coupole – Lille (2 Nights) Visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War. An included visit to La Coupole World War II Museum will give a Cultural Insight into why this old German Bunker could have changed the outcome of the war as well as the course of European history. Later in Fromelles see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force. (BB, DW) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Day 9 Lille – Excursion to Ypres

Battlefields Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark, Vancouver Corner and many other places of interest. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, here you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness The

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Day 10 Lille – Groesbeek Memorial

– National Liberation Museum – Amsterdam (2 Nights) This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over 2,000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North West Europe. Continue on to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special ‘liberation cake’. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatized in the 1977 movie ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Finally arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Golden Tulip

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase, conditions apply. See page 250 for details. Airport transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8am and 10am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $86 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

A Day 11 Amsterdam Orientation and

Free Time Start your day with an orientation featuring the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Later visit the town of Volendam for a Cultural Insight. Learn about the production of Dutch cheeses and see how clogs are made. This afternoon have free time in the city or perhaps visit Anne Frank’s House. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions. (BB, BG)

Day 12 Depart Amsterdam

Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best of France

Châteaux, chic beach resorts, cheese and wine – all you want to see and taste in France. But this in-depth experience also peels back the layers to reveal the soul of this great country.

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Your included sights • Insider walking tour in Paris • City tour in Carcassonne • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Chateau Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet’s home at Giverny and the Eiffel Tower • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral while in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette’s Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha while in Normandy • See the Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles • Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley.

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Carcassonne and Paris. • Be My Guest dinner in the atmosphere of a 17th century traditional farmhouse For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… learning the strategic importance of Carcassonne’s double ring of ramparts with its 52 towers from our local historian, and why the fortified town made such a good backdrop for the film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.

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Day 1 Arrive Paris

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialties. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d’Triomphe. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel

Day 2 Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Drive south into Burgundy wine country, once home to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune to discover the treasures in the 15th century Hospice de Beaune. Tonight in Lyon why not try out some local sights and specialties for which the city is justifiably famous? (BB) Hotel: Novotel Gerland

Day 4 French Riviera Free Time

Spend today as you wish. The Côte d’Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants? (BB)

A Day 5 French Riviera – Arles –

Carcassonne Visit the town of Arles with free time to explore the city. Pass Alaric’s Mountain to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne. (BB, DW) Hotel: Best Western Le Donjon Authentic Accommodation/ Mercure Porte De La Cite

Day 3 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco –

French Riviera (2 Nights) Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favored by artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to the rich and famous. Explore the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. Later enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel. (BB, RM) Hotel: B4 Nice Plaza/Garden Beach Hotel Cap Ferrat, Côte d’Azur


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Day 6 Carcassonne – Lourdes – Biarritz Wind your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes toward the Pyrenées. See the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette’s grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage. (BB, DW) Hotel: Radisson Blu Biarritz

Day 7 Biarritz – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

Head north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Center/ Novotel Center Meriadeck

Day 8 Dordogne Excursion

Enjoy a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Later return to Bordeaux where you will have free time to explore the city. (BB)

A Day 9 Bordeaux – Loire Valley

Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Château Chenonceau. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a special Be My Guest dining experience where you enjoy typical French hospitality. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord/Alliance Tours Center

Day 10 Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Omaha Beach Travel through Brittany to visit the islandtown of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring the abbey and picturesque

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streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day museum and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 11 Omaha Beach – Giverny – Paris

(2 Nights) Head South East towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Center Tour Eiffel/ Renaissance Paris La Defense

A Day 12 Paris Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Depart Paris

Say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travelers at the end of a magical and memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Best Western Le Donjon, Carcassonne, France Situated in the heart of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this four star Authentic Accommodations is formed of three renovated properties, and combines ancient architecture and features with modern luxury and comfort.

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Highlights of France and Barcelona

Follow the spine of France’s wine country, to the Principality of Monaco and the foothills of the Pyrénées, before heading to buzzing Barcelona. You can opt to fly to Spain’s capital, Madrid.

Principality of Monaco

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Your included sights Insider walking tour in Paris City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles Visit the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Chartres Cathedral, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, the Dali Museum in Figueres • View Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco’s Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheater of Arles and Sagrada Familia and Colombus Monument in Barcelona • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley

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Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest Specialty dinner in the atmosphere of a traditional 17th century farmhouse. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a delicious glass of wine at Place de l’Horloge in Avignon. Explore the wonderful museum of Salvador Dali while in Figueres. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… taking your seat in Avignon town square, near the Palace of the Popes, to taste local Châteauneuf-du-Pape on its home soil and hear how Pope Clement V moved the papal seat here in 1309.

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Day 1 Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d’Triomphe. (WR) Hotel: Hilton La Defense

A Day 2 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris’s loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret. (BB) A Day 3 Paris – Chartres – Loire Valley

Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendor featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

A Day 4 Loire Valley – Lyon

Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. Built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Specialist through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules’ of France’s largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Center Saxe Lafayette

A Day 5 Lyon – Avignon – Nice

(2 Nights) From Lyon drive to Avignon. See the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalized in the French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Here you will experience a Cultural Insight into local wine production with a glass of wine enjoyed on a Provençal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city including the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. (BB) Hotel: Massena

Day 6 Nice – Excursion To Monte Carlo Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers with a yearround temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques. This afternoon enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d’Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. (BB)

A Day 7 Nice – Arles – Carcassonne Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including


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A Day 8 Carcassonne – Figueres –

Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights) This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrénées and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theater and Museum. Here you will gain a Cultural Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. Later arrive in Barcelona where you enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. Tonight why not enjoy an Optional Experience to a traditional flamenco show? (BB) Hotel: Hesperia Tower

Day 9 Barcelona Free Time

Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramblas or maybe enjoy tapas in Plaça Reial. You could even explore the Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Consider an Optional Experience to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black

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Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Barcelona

Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your amazing vacation in France and Catalonia. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page. (BB)

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Optional Madrid Extension Code: FRSPM On the day your vacation ends you will be transferred to Barcelona Airport for a short flight to Madrid. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your First Class hotel accommodations in Madrid. Enjoy a two night stay with included hot buffet breakfast enabling you to have a whole free day to explore Madrid on your own.

Day 10 Flight Barcelona – Madrid

Transfer to Barcelona Airport. Flight included from Barcelona to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Madrid. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. A return transfer on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more indepth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Explore every side of Andalusia, including its Moorish twist, and visit the principal Spanish cities of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona – with passionate experts on every encounter.

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Your included sights • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona • Orientation of Valencia • Visit the Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, Cathedral in Seville, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Montjuïc hill and Placa Catalunya in Barcelona • View the Cave Homes of Guadix, the Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona. • Cultural Insight Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work. • Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring Toledo’s ancient cobbled streets with a local historian, who leads you into the cool tranquillity of the Church of Tomé to reveal the hidden meaning behind El Greco’s Burial of Count Orgaz.

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Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Welcome to Madrid. Relax or explore this lively city. Later meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

A Day 2 Toledo Excursion and Madrid Sightseeing This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Watch craftsmen at work when you visit a traditional steel factory and gain a Cultural Insight into this historical craft. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España and see Puerta del Sol, the city’s hub with your Local Specialist. Later why not join your newfound friends for a typical Spanish dinner? (BB) A Day 3 Madrid – Cordoba – Seville

(2 Nights) Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Specialist. Tonight you might like to take an Optional Experience to watch a fiery flamenco show. (BB) Hotel: Zenit

A Day 4 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park,

renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB, BG)

A Day 5 Seville – Granada

Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal Summer Palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. (BB) Hotel: Carmen

Day 6 Granada – Guadix – Valencia

This morning travel via the Mora Pass and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Primus

A Day 7 Valencia – Peñiscola –

Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights) Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. See Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the


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This morning enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore or join an Optional Experience to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB, FD)

Day 9 Depart Barcelona

Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your fellow travelers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Please note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 9. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be in Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.

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Northern Spain

Our northern Spain trip showcases the ultra-modern urban treats of Bilbao, historic Santiago de Compostela and rural spots, like the Picos de Europa national park and Covadonga.

Picos de Europa

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Your included sights • City tour of Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid • Orientation of Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo • Visit the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the University of Salamanca and the Prado Museum in Madrid • Scenic drive through the Picos de Europa

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

Day 1 Arrive Madrid

Welcome to Madrid. Relax or explore this lively city. Later meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: AC Cuzco

Day 2 Madrid – Pamplona

Travel north to Pamplona, the capital of the old Kingdom of Navarre. The city is famous for the San Fermín festival, commonly known as the Running of the Bulls. See the ancient city walls and Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the city where markets, tournaments and even bullfighting have taken place. (BB) Hotel: NH Iruna Park

Day 3 Pamplona – San Sebastian – Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid. • Be My Guest Enjoy a local meal at a Cider Mill close to Oviedo. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering the haunting atmosphere and spiritual significance of Santiago de Compostela with an expert, who’ll reveal the tales and importance of this vast cathedral and ancient pilgrimage sight.

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Bilbao – Santander (2 Nights) Arrive in the city of San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach. San Sebastian is known as the culinary capital of Spain so why not enjoy the local pinchos? Perhaps visit the City Hall, once the home of the casino or the Baroque Basilica of Santa Maria. In Bilbao view the modern Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. Later arrive in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region. (BB, DW) Hotel: Santemar

Day 4 Santander Free Time

The whole day is free to relax and unwind either with a day at the beach or a walk through the historic center. Alternatively why not join an Optional Experience to the coastal town of Comillas and see the cobbled streets and squares? Perhaps visit Gaudi’s Capricho and the museum dedicated to the Altamira Caves. (BB)

A Day 5 Santander – Picos de Europa

– Covadonga – Oviedo Spectacular scenery awaits today as you travel through the Picos de Europa, a mountain range rich in flora and fauna. The region sits between two main pilgrim routes and has numerous historic market towns. Visit the grotto of ‘Our Lady of Covadonga’. Here you also have the chance to visit the basilica made from the pink marble of the surrounding hills. Later arrive in Oviedo and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner where you will also learn about the local green cider. (BB, BG) Hotel: Ayre Oviedo

Day 6 Oviedo – Luarca – Santiago de Compostela (2 Nights) Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet village and has managed to preserve its seafaring charm. Later arrive in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This, for many people, will be the end of their ‘camino’. (BB) Hotel: Tryp Santiago

A Day 7 Santiago de Compostela

Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist will explain the ‘Way of St James’ and why hundreds of people walk here as part of a pilgrimage on a daily basis. Visit the vast cathedral and the Praza do Obradoiro, a square dominated by four distinct architectural styles. Why not enjoy an Optional Experience to the Rias Biaxas for breathtaking views of the Galician coast? The region has long waterways stretching inland which are said to be the mark left by God’s hand when he cleansed himself after creating the world. (BB)

A Day 8 Santiago de Compostela – Zamora – Salamanca Start the day with a drive through Galicia and the region of Castel-Leon to Zamora, known as a ‘museum of Romaesque art’. See the 12th century cathedral with its


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richly sculptured Bishop’s Door and the scaled Dome. Later arrive in Salamanca where a Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Spain’s oldest University as well as a walk through the imposing Plaza Mayor. (BB, DW) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

A Day 9 Salamanca – Madrid

Sightseeing (2 Nights) On arrival in Madrid visit the Prado Museum which houses the largest collection of European art in the world. See the Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. (BB) Hotel: AC Cuzco

Day 10 Madrid Free Time

Today is free to enjoy this wonderful capital city and your chance to shop, visit museums or galleries. Why not consider joining an Optional Experience to the city of Segovia? Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB, FD)

Day 11 Depart Madrid

Say ‘adios’ to Spain and your newfound friends as your Spanish vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: Transfers on arrival at Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Return transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $85 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Spain

This sample of everything Spanish reveals its best, and most debated sides – from its cosmopolitan city life to its on-going passion for Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls.

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Your included sights • City tour in Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid • Orientation of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia • Visit The Tomb of El Cid in Burgos, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Rock of Gibraltar, Cathedral in Seville, the Mosque of the Caliphs in Cordoba, the Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo and the Prado Museum in Madrid • View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñiscola, Serrano and Cuarte Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, and the Cave Houses of Guadix

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid. • Be My Guest Enjoy a local meal at an olive oil mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive trees. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… sipping fresh, fruity sangria with the Martin family in their traditional hacienda’s sun-dappled courtyard, surrounded by olive groves, before discovering how they turn their olives into oil.

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

Day 1 Arrive Madrid

Welcome to the Spanish capital, Madrid. Relax after check-in or go for a walk through the bustling streets. This evening meet your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening orientation drive – the perfect introduction to your vacation. (WR) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

Day 2 Madrid – Burgos – Santander

Journey over the Guadarrama Mountains to Burgos. Visit El Cid’s tomb in the vast Gothic cathedral. Cross the Ebro River and the Cantabrian Cordillera mountains to the coast. Arrive later in Santander, capital of the Cantabrian region, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Santemar

Day 3 Santander – Bilbao – San

Sebastian – Pamplona This morning in Bilbao view the Guggenheim Museum, a striking building by US architect Frank Gehry which houses a vast array of modern art. Continue along the coast to San Sebastian and see the beautiful Bahia de la Concha beach during your orientation walk. In the city of Pamplona, famous for the Running of the Bulls, walk the ancient streets before enjoying dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB, DW) Hotel: NH Iruna Park

Day 4 Pamplona – Zaragoza – Barcelona (2 Nights) Return to the Ebro Valley and view the Cathedral of El Pilar and the Cathedral La Seo in Zaragoza. Rising gently from the sea, Barcelona is Spain’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Your home for the next two nights, this fascinating metropolis dates back to Roman times and boasts a rich artistic and architectural heritage. Enjoy panoramic views

across the city from Montjuic before arriving at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Gran Via

A Day 5 Barcelona Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montserrat to see the shrine of the Black Madonna - affectionately known in Catalonia as ‘La Moreneta’. (BB)

Day 6 Barcelona – Peñiscola – Valencia

Drive past orange and almond orchards to Peñiscola and see the ancient castle used in the film ‘El Cid’. Continue through the ‘huertas’ to sunny Valencia, the third largest city in Spain. Here your orientation includes the town hall, the Bull Ring, the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte, and the cathedral. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a largescale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. (BB) Hotel: Primus

Day 7 Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Travel inland to the ‘sierras’ to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada but the highest concentration is in the Barrio Santiago quarter of Guadix. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Carmen

A Day 8 Granada – Costa del Sol (2 Nights) Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Moorish Alhambra Palace with wonderful views across


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In Córdoba meet your Local Specialist and visit of the Mosque of the Caliphs, a jewel of Hispano- Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the remains of the 14th century mudejar-style synagogue in the old Jewish neighborhood. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Ayre

Day 9 Costa del Sol Free Time

A Day 13 Córdoba – Toledo – Madrid

Today relax on the Sunshine Coast. This is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain but was once a series of quiet fishing villages. Shop for souvenirs in the old town of Torremolinos, spend time relaxing on the beach or maybe consider an Optional Experience visit to the bustling city of Malaga. (BB)

A Day 10 Costa del Sol – Gibraltar* –

Seville (2 Nights) A scenic drive takes you past the millionaire’s resort of Marbella and on to La Linea. Cross to the Rock of Gibraltar, for free time to explore. Consider joining an Optional Experience to St. Michael’s Cave to see the Barbary Macaques (Rock Apes). This afternoon continue through the Andalusian countryside past Jerez famous for sherry production - to Seville. Tonight you might like to experience a fiery flamenco show. (BB) Hotel: Las Casas De La Juderia Authentic Accommodations

A Day 11 Seville Sightseeing and

Free Time Travel through Seville’s tree-lined streets on a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Visit Seville Cathedral and see the Giralda Tower, a former minaret converted to a bell tower. Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the cathedral. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Your guided tour finishes with a walk through the former Jewish quarter. Tonight join your companions for a delicious Be My Guest dinner at an olive oil mill where you learn how the oil is produced from the 6,000 olive trees. (BB, BG)

$3025 (per person double share)

includes: 14 nights’ accommodations. 14 hot buffet breakfasts. 7 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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(2 Nights) Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Arrive later in Madrid. (BB) Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon

A Day 14 Madrid Sightseeing and

Free Time Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid. See Plaza España, Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol and the Cibeles Fountain before your visit of the world famous Prado Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of European art in the world, including masterpieces by Velazquez. Later enjoy free time to explore the city at leisure. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 15 Depart Madrid

Say ‘adios’ to your traveling companions at the end of a memorable Spanish vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

* Important note: The visit to Gibraltar is subject to Gibraltarian and Spanish visa requirements. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $115 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Las Casas de la Juderia, Seville, Spain A collection of traditional houses, Andalusian palaces and flower-filled courtyards have been brought together at Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, an unusual Authentic Accommodations we stay in when exploring Seville.

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Best of Portugal

Following a loop from Lisbon, this journey around Portugal brings together the beaches of the Algarve, the unique port wine of the Douro and multiple UNESCO World Heritage listed sites.

Oporto

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Your included sights • City tour in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto • Orientation of The Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Belmonte, Viseu, Conimbriga, Tomar, Nazaré and Obidos • Visit the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Obidos • View the Roman Tower of Belmonte, and the Castle of Guimarães

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a wine tasting at a port cellar in Oporto. • Be My Guest Local specialty lunch at a stud ranch where the Lusitano horses are reared. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… experiencing the intense berry flavours and mellow warmth of Port in Sandeman’s Wine Cellars. A connoisseur describes the age-old techniques still used to make the jewel of the Douro today.

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

Day 1 Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city’s colorful landscape. Later join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: Turim Avenida Liberdade

A Day 2 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time See Lisbon’s landmarks including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later in your free time perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) A Day 3 Lisbon – Vilamoura (2 Nights)

Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Stud Ranch where the Lusitano horses are reared before arriving on the Algarve coast and the town of Vilamoura – your home for the next two nights. (BB, BG) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Algarve

Day 4 Algarve Excursion

This morning enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-western most point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived. (BB)

A Day 5 Vilamoura – Évora

This morning travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Évora. Join your Local Specialist and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Évora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: M’Ar De Ar Muralhas

Day 6 Évora – Castelo de Vide – Belmonte – Viseu Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town’s Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. (BB) Hotel: Grao Vasco Day 7 Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães –

Oporto (2 Nights) Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced. Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Continue via Guimarães for views of the impressive castle. Tonight enjoy a Regional Dinner on the waterside of Oporto. (BB, RM) Hotel: Vila Gale Porto

A Day 8 Oporto Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Cultural


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Insight into the traditions of the local wine produce at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 9 Oporto – Coimbra – Tomar –

Fátima Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra see ancient streets and squares and visit the old university. In Tomar visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fátima. Dine tonight in your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Fatima

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of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fátima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon celebrate with your companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB, FD) Hotel: Turim Avenida Liberdade

Day 11 Depart Lisbon

Say a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of a spectacular Portuguese vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Obidos – Lisbon Visit the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition

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Algarve

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11 days – 1 Country 1 VISEU


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

This trip shows Spain and Portugal at their best – the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Alhambra Palace, the historic port of Cadiz and vibrant cities like Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon.

Cadiz, Spain

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Your included sights • City tour in Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid • Orientation of Valencia, Cadiz, the Algarve and Salamanca • Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Cathedral Mosque in Cordoba, Seville Cathedral, the Hieronomyte Monastery in Lisbon, the Shrine at Fatima, Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Santo Tomé and Synagogue in Toledo • View the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia and The Cave Houses of Guadix

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Lisbon, Toledo and Madrid. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a Sherry tasting in Jerez. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work. • Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… finding out why a metal feather-plumed opera house, eye-shaped planetarium and ‘water lily’ aquarium emerged from a riverbed, as you walk around Valencia, City of Arts and Science.

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

Day 1 Arrive Madrid

Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your traveling companions and Travel Director. Enjoy an orientation drive this evening – the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: NH Collection Eurobuilding

Day 2 Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia

In Cuenca view the hanging houses which are built on the edge of the cliffs over the deep gorge. On arrival in Valencia your orientation drive will include views of the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. Tonight why not sample paella, a specialty from this region? (BB) Hotel: Primus

Day 3 Valencia – Guadix – Granada

Travel inland through the ‘sierras’ to view the troglodyte cave dwellings at Guadix. Cave houses are common throughout the province of Granada but the highest concentration is in Barrio Santiago region of Guadix. Take the jagged Mora Pass to the Moorish city of Granada. Dine tonight in a local restaurant for a special Regional Meal. (BB, RM) Hotel: Carmen

A Day 4 Granada – Córdoba – Seville (3 Nights) Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example

of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient stucco, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In Córdoba visit the Cathedral Mosque of Córdoba, the former mosque of the caliphs, a jewel of Hispano – Islamic art featuring striking arches and Byzantine mosaics with a Local Specialist. Later arrive in Seville, your home for the next three nights. (BB, DW) Hotel: Melia Lebreros

A Day 5 Seville Sightseeing and

Free Time See the Giralda Bell Tower with your Local Specialist during your sightseeing tour of Seville. Visit the Maria Luisa Park, the centrepiece of the 1929 Exposition, built in a Moorish style and featuring half a mile of fountains, ponds, pavilions and lush plantings and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is entombed. Tonight why not experience the passion of the flamenco? (BB)

A Day 6 Seville – Cadiz and Jerez Excursion Visit the historic port city of Cadiz. Columbus departed from here on many of his voyages, and the exotic plants and trees dotted throughout the city are said to have been brought here by him upon his return. Once home to the vast Spanish Navy, Cadiz was raided by Sir Francis Drake a year prior to the 1588 Spanish Armada departure. Later in Jerez gain a Cultural Insight into sherry production which is renowned in this region. This evening experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB, BG) Day 7 Seville – Algarve

Cross the border into southern Portugal for a leisurely afternoon on the sunny Algarve.


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Highlights of Spain and Portugal

SALAMANCA

13 days – 2 Countries

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Spend time relaxing on the beach or take a stroll along the harbor of Vilamoura. (BB, DW) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol

A Day 8 Algarve – Lisbon Sightseeing

(2 Nights) See the Serra de Arrabida mountains to Lisbon. On your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery as well as seeing the Belem Tower. Tonight why not sample a traditional fado show? (BB) Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa

Day 9 Lisbon Free Day

Enjoy a relaxing free day to explore all of Lisbon’s attractions. Why not visit the lively Rossio Square where street cafes overlook the baroque fountains or the Alfama district with its medieval alleyways and outstanding views? Later perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB)

Day 10 Lisbon – Fatima – Salamanca

A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

$2375 (per person double share)

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Day 13 Depart Madrid

Say ‘adios’ to your traveling companions, your Travel Director and these beautiful countries at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Madrid to Rome

On our only trip uniting Spain, France and Italy, spend time in classic favorites like Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome and the French Riviera, but also more unusual spots like Zaragoza and Juan les Pins.

Monte Carlo Marina, Monaco

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Your included sights • City tour in Madrid, Barcelona, Florence and Rome • Orientation of Zaragoza, Avignon, Monaco and Pisa • Visit the Dali Museum in Figueres, Pont du Gard, the French Riviera, Piazza della Signoria in Florence, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome • View the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Colosseum in Rome • See the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument in Madrid, Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas in Barcelona, the Papal Palace in Avignon, the towns of Orvieto and Orte

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist in Madrid, Barcelona, Florence and Rome. • Be My Guest Enjoy a lunch of traditional Spanish cuisine before arriving in Barcelona. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… savouring the fruity tang of Cava on your tongue as you settle down to lunch at the winery of the Giro-Ribots, who share their family stories with you over smoky grilled meat and warm Spanish omelette.

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

Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Welcome to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Relax or take a stroll along tree-lined boulevards. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow companions and Travel Director before an orientation drive which will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: AC Cuzco

A Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Madrid where you see the Royal Palace, Puerto del Sol and the Cervantes Monument. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city. Visit world famous museums or enjoy watching the world go by in the impressive Plaza Mayor. (BB)

Day 3 Madrid – Zaragoza

Travel to the city of Zaragoza on the banks of the River Ebro. Over time this city has been influenced by the Romans, the Moors and Christians and this can be seen in the mix of buildings throughout the city. View the Basilica del Pilar dedicated to the Virgin Mary and enjoy free time to explore at leisure. (BB, DW) Hotel: Melia

A Day 4 Zaragoza – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights) Travel into the province of Catalonia past dramatic scenery. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch with typical Catalan cuisine before arriving in Barcelona which is nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Stop for views of the city from Montjuïc with your Local Specialist on an included panoramic city sightseeing tour of Barcelona. See the major sights including the Christopher Columbus

monument, Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia before checking in to your hotel. (BB, BG) Hotel: U232 

Day 5 Barcelona Free Time

Enjoy a full free day in this exciting and cosmopolitan city. Visit one of the local museums or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the monastery of Montserrat where you will see the mystical Black Madonna. (BB)

Day 6 Barcelona – Pont du Gard – Avignon Start the day with a visit to Figueres, Salvador Dali’s home town where you’ll visit the museum displaying the single largest and most diverse collection of works of Dali. Continue via the foothills of the Pyrenees and cross into France. Visit the UNESCO listed Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct dating back to the 1st century that spans the River Gardon. Later arrive in the city of Avignon. View the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon Day 7 Avignon – Monaco – French

Riviera (2 Nights) Travel through Provence, an area that inspired great artists such as van Gogh and Cézanne. Later arrive in the Principality of Monaco. View the palace which is the official residence of the Grimaldi family and the beautiful cathedral where Prince Rainier married Grace Kelly. Later arrive in the scenic coastal town of Juan Les Pins. (BB) Hotel: AC Marriott Ambassadeur

Day 8 French Riviera Free Day

Enjoy a free day to explore the French Riviera. Enjoy the beaches of Juan Les Pins or stroll to nearby Antibes. For the more adventurous why not venture further afield


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and visit Cannes, famous for its annual film festival or Nice where you can walk along the Promenade des Anglais? Perhaps join an Optional Experience to nearby hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. (BB)

Day 11 Florence – Rome (2 Nights)

Day 9 French Riviera – Pisa – Florence

A Day 12 Rome Sightseeing and

(2 Nights) Cross the border into Italy and pass the port city of Genoa. View the Leaning Tower and the marble cathedral when you visit the town of Pisa. Later arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence which spans the River Arno and has a rich artistic background. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

A Day 10 Florence Sightseeing and

Free Time Explore this wonderful city with your Local Specialist. View the multi-coloured Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. Visit Piazza della Signoria featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. In your free time why not explore the city further or enjoy some shopping? (BB)

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Travel south through the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria and past the hilltop villages of Orvieto and Orte before arriving in Rome. (BB) Hotel: Cardinal St. Peter

Free Time Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see the Pieta before continuing your city tour to view the Colosseum and ancient Roman sites with your Local Specialist. During your free time why not visit the impressive Vatican Museum where you will be able to see the colorful ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Tonight join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Depart Rome

Say ‘Arrivedeci Roma’ at the end of your memorable vacation through Spain, France and Italy. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfer: Transfers arriving at Madrid airport will operate at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the first hotel. Hotel transfers from the last hotel will arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport at 7am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Gran Via, Madrid, Spain

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FRANCE

CRUISE

Madrid to Rome

GERMANY


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Spain, Morocco and Portugal

The Moorish influence on the culture of Spain, Portugal and Morocco is clear throughout this journey, but the differences that make each country so distinctive also stand out.

Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

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Your included sights • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon • Orientation of Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca • Visit the Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Cathedral in Seville, Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca • View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Royal Palace in Rabat, Belem Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon. • Cultural Insight Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work. Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production of healing creams and cosmetics from local produce. • Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian whitewashed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate lemons. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… running your hand across lotions and potions in a tiny apothecary in Marrakesh’s Medina, hidden in a labyrinth of lanes, as the pharmacist shares how he blends native spices into age-old tonics.

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Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Welcome to Spain’s capital, Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city or simply relax before meeting for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: Melia Castilla

A Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España admire the monument to Cervantes. Why not take an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia. This evening you might be tempted by Madrid’s nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés. (BB) A Day 3 Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Visit a traditional steel factory for a Cultural Insight and see local craftsmen at work. Admire the breathtaking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of La Mancha to Granada in Andalucia. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, DW) Hotel: Sercotel Gran Luna de Granada

A Day 4 Granada – Costa del Sol

This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient stucco work, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the

afternoon arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. (BB) Hotel: NH Marbella

Day 5 Costa del Sol – Fez (2 Nights)

Travel along the Mediterranean coast and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings you to the Imperial city of Fez, Morocco’s second-largest city. (BB, D) Hotel: Royal Mirage

A Day 6 Fez Sightseeing and Free Time Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your Local Specialist. View the fortifications and Royal Palace during your morning sightseeing tour. Admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet showroom. This afternoon see the sights of your choice or consider a visit to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city with its high defensive walls and monumental gates. (BB) Day 7 Fez – Marrakesh (2 Nights)

Traveling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favourite vacation spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Later this evening you might like to consider an evening to enjoy an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis

A Day 8 Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter with its palm-readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for a Cultural Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars or maybe visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)


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Rabat – Tangier Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart’s most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a Local Specialist includes a panoramic drive of the corniche, plus views of the Hassan II mosque with the world’s tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the mausoleum and Royal Palace. Arrive later in Tangier where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Farah Tanger

Day 10 Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)

Board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey through the Jerez vineyards, home of sherry. Next continue to Andalusia’s most beautiful city, Seville, for a two-night stay. This evening why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show? (BB) Hotel: Melia Lebreros

A Day 11 Seville Sightseeing and

Free Time See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park and visit the imposing Plaza de España. See Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the Cathedral and enjoy a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at an olive oil farm. (BB, BG)

Day 12 Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and the Rio Tinto mines, and past the castle at Aracena. Crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks, you arrive in Lisbon. (BB) Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa

A Day 13 Lisbon Sightseeing and

Free Time See Lisbon’s landmarks including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Later in your

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A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you visit Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

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Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon explore the city at your own pace and later join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB, FD) Hotel: NH Collection Eurobuilding

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WSMP): Please note these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. Note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $123 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share.

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Spain, Morocco and Portugal

MADRID


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Morocco

This grand circle of Morocco’s mountains and cities puts your senses into overdrive – embracing the buzz of mopeds, the scent of spice and the delicate tastes of roses and orange.

Ouarzazate

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Your included sights • City tour in Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca • Orientation of Rabat, Meknes, Erfoud and Ouarzazate • Visit Midelt, Tafilalt Oasis, Bahia Palace and Ait Ben Haddou • View the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Ziz Valley in Fez, Tinghir, the Todra Gorge and Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Fez. • Be My Guest Specialty dinner of delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine at a traditional Riad in Fez. • Cultural Insight Visit a traditional tannery and dye pit for a fascinating glimpse into an ancient practice. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. • A Trafalgar Travel Director and a Moroccan National Guide will accompany this trip to enhance your Moroccan Experience. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… marvelling at endless shades of red, from earthy terracotta to fierce magenta, as you watch the stained workers hand-dying material, using time-honoured methods in the old tannery pits of Fez.

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

Day 1 Arrive Casablanca

Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco. Tonight meet with your traveling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah

Day 2 Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez (2 Nights) As you travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco’s history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country’s oldest imperial city. (BB) Hotel: Royal Mirage

A Day 3 Fez Sightseeing

Explore the medina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world, with a Local Specialist during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the royal palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a Cultural Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your companions this evening for a very special Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialties in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina. (BB, BG)

A Day 4 Fez – Erfoud

Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in

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the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Kasbah Xaluca Authentic Accommodations

A Day 5 Erfoud – Tinghir –

Dades Valley Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country. Follow the route of a thousand kasbahs to the Dades Valley. Your hotel in this region has panoramic views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Xaluca Dades Authentic Accommodations

Day 6 Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Aït Ben Haddou – Marrakesh (2 Nights) Travel to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator, and see the sights during your orientation tour. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-nTichka Pass to Marrakesh - the ‘Red City’. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the medina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest traditional market (‘souk’) where you might like to do some shopping. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis Day 7 Marrakesh Sightseeing

Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter


Trip Style: Country Explorer

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with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snakecharmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to take an Optional Experience to a Berber village. Tonight you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB)

including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, built for the late king’s 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable vacation. (BB, FD) Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah

A Day 8 Marrakesh – Casablanca

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This morning travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca see the sights during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist

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Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan vacation. Transfers are available.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Casablanca Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Casablanca Airport at 7am, 10am and 12 noon. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Accommodaiton

Kasbah Xaluca, Erfoud, Morocco This Authentic Accommodations lies within the city of Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara desert. The hotel is decorated with local furnishings and owes its striking architecture to the influences of ancient Berber tribes and the French Foreign Legion. Hotel Xaluca Dades, Dades Valley, Morocco Exposed stone walls and modern, Moroccan décor give you a real feel for life in the soaring peaks of the Atlas Mountains at this Authentic Accommodations, which also offers dizzying panoramas over deep ravines and craggy ranges.

High Atlas Mountains

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

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9 days – 1 Country


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Holland

Taking in every angle of this little country, this is a rare opportunity to go beyond the tulips and canals of Holland’s postcards to see its pretty towns and unique customs from the inside.

Historic canal district, Amsterdam

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Your included sights • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and guided bicycle tour in Groningen • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Aalsmeer or Keukenhof (when open), Royal Delft Pottery, a trip up Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek, Hoge Veluwe Park, KröllerMüller Museum in Zutphen, Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorm, Staphorst and Volendam • View the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem • Enjoy a harbor cruise in Rotterdam

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Cultural Insight Spido boat cruise through Rotterdam port. A trip to the top of the Euromast Tower with great views over Rotterdam. See the sights of Groningen like a local during your guided bicycle tour of the city. • Be My Guest Enjoy a memorable dinner with a local farming family near Groningen. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… waking up on the historic SS Rotterdam, in a city famous for its maritime history. And enjoying a delicious supper of regional dishes with Dignie and Gina in their traditional Dutch farmhouse.

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

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam (2 Nights)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise aboard a canal boat and enjoy a light meal with welcome drinks. (WR) Hotel: Bilderberg Garden

A Day 2 Amsterdam Sightseeing and Free Time Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation drive of the historic city center. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ during your Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export. (BB)

river port in Europe. After this take a trip up the Euromast tower for sweeping views of the city. Stay this evening aboard the SS Rotterdam. (BB) Hotel: SS Rotterdam Authentic Accommodations

Day 4 Rotterdam – Groesbeek – Arnhem – Oosterbeek After breakfast continue your journey to Groesbeek and visit the National Liberation museum. Once the site of part of Operation Market Garden in 1944, the museum now commemorates Holland’s occupation and liberation during World War II. Next, make your way to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. This afternoon you will also visit the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller–Müller Museum which houses some of Van Gogh’s most famous works before arriving at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: De Bilderberg

A Day 3 Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/

Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam An early start takes you to Aalsmeer to visit the flower auction. Alternatively during the flowering season (April until midMay), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. This afternoon, travel through The Hague to the town of Delft and visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, where you’ll be treated to two Cultural Insight experiences. First enjoy an included Spido boat cruise along the most important

Tulips, Keukenhof


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Holland

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North Sea

7 days – 1 Country

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Includes: 6 nights’ accommodations. 6 hot buffet breakfasts. 3 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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A Day 6 Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam Groningen has been named the world’s best city for cycling and what better way to enjoy this Cultural Insight than a guided

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bicycle tour of the city? After seeing the sights about town, enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Frisian Lake District. Continue along the Afsluitdijk to Volendam where you gain a Cultural Insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: NH Zuid

Day 7 Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your traveling companions as your memorable vacation in The Netherlands comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8am and 10am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $54 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

A Authentic

Accommodations

SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Holland The SS Rotterdam is the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands. Welcomed by its crew, you’ll gain a rich insight into Rotterdam’s ship-building history during a stay on board this Authentic Accommodations.

Erasmus Bridge and Rotterdam quayside

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

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GRONINGEN


Trip Style: At Leisure

Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

This leisurely trip around Benelux reveals the treasures of three of Europe’s smallest nations – from the canals, picturesque towns and fairytale castles to Rembrandt and Royal Delft.

Windmill and tulips, The Netherlands

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Your included sights • City tour in Luxembourg and Bruges • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Gent and Brussels • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, Royal Delft Pottery, the Gardens of De Haar Castle, General George Patton’s Grave, Orval Abbey and Dinant • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges • View The American Memorial at Bastogne

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Luxembourg and Bruges. In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Cultural Insight Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam. Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain. Visit a lace workshop in Bruges. • Be My Guest Enjoy a memorable dinner of Belgian cuisine at an 18th century farmstead near Bruges. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… strolling up a tree-lined lane to an 18th century Belgian farmstead, where its owner, Marc, waits with an aperitif for you in his historic courtyard, before serving up homereared beef bourguignon.

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

Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Welcome to Amsterdam. Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise, aboard a canal boat. Enjoy a light meal and welcome drink as you travel through Amsterdam’s famous waterways. (WR) Hotel: Wyndham Apollo/ Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South

A Day 2 Amsterdam Sightseeing and At Leisure In Amsterdam, enjoy an orientation of the historic city center. Admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece the ‘The Night Watch’, during your guided Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export. During the flowering season (April until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site. (BB) A Day 3 The Hague – Delft and

Rotterdam Excursion After a leisurely morning, travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft. Visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, the most important river port in Europe. After a short city orientation, visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbor. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please before returning to Amsterdam this evening. (BB)

Day 4 Amsterdam – Haarzuilens – Maastricht – Bastogne – Luxembourg (2 Nights) In Haarzuilens, visit the magnificent gardens of fairy tale De Haar Castle. Continue your journey and stop in the historic fortified city of Maastricht. Enjoy free time to explore the city before continuing to Bastogne. View the American Memorial, erected to commemorate the 76,890 American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Arrive later at your hotel in the Duchy of Luxembourg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton

A Day 5 Luxembourg Sightseeing and

At Leisure This morning, visit General George S. Patton’s grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Specialist shows you the sights including the breathtaking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Your Travel Director will be able to advise on how to get the most from your free time in the city. (BB)

A Day 6 Luxembourg – Orval – Dinant – Bruges (2 Nights) Visit Orval Abbey, a Cistercian monastery famous for producing Trappiste beer. Continue your journey and stop in the pretty town of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax – best known for inventing the saxophone. Later, arrive in picturesque Bruges and join your fellow travelers this evening for a special Be My Guest dinner at an 18th century farmstead. (BB, BG) Hotel: De Medici A Day 7 Bruges Sightseeing and

At Leisure Admire the sights of Bruges including the town square during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit


Trip Style: At Leisure

AMSTERDAM

North Sea (April-mid May only)

10 days – 3 Countries

Haarzuilens

The Hague Delft

From:

Rotterdam

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodations. 9 hot buffet breakfasts. 4 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Complimentary transfer available back to Amsterdam.

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the Lace Center for a Cultural Insight into the production of this local specialty. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace. (BB)

Day 8 Bruges – Gent – Brussels (2 Nights) Visit the beautiful city of Gent and see the three famous Gent towers – Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. This afternoon in Brussels your Travel Director shows you the city’s highlights, including the Atomium, Royal Palace, Japanese Pagodas, the Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis. (BB) Hotel: Renaissance Day 9 Brussels – At Leisure

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tour, or simply relax in a café and watch the world go by. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most from this leisurely day. This evening, celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Brussels

This morning bid farewell to your fellow travelers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Please note: Your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions.

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Old Market square and the Belfry, Bruges, Belgium

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The scenery of the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps; the history of Frankfurt, Rothenburg and Heidelberg; the modernity of Berlin and Munich – this trip reveals Germany at its best.

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Your included sights • City tour in Berlin • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg • Visit Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein castle • Cruise along the River Rhine • See the Lorelei Rock, the Wagner Festival Theater in Bayreuth and Bavarian Alps

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Berlin. • Cultural Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. Black Forest cuckoo clock making demonstration. • Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… your first glimpse through Castle Liebenstein’s ramparts down to the villages and boats on the Rhine below, as you make your way up to the hillside fortress after your cruise along the river.

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

Day 1 Arrive Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of the city’s dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

A Day 2 Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise –

Cologne Cruise along the mighty River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock, to Boppard. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Pass the famous vineyards along the Rhine Valley before arriving in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, BG, D) Hotel: Mercure Severinshof Köln City/Lindner City Plaza

Day 3 Cologne – Hamelin – Hamburg

the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 25 years ago in 1990 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment. (BB) Hotel: Hilton

A Day 5 Berlin Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 6 Berlin – Dresden

A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. See the highlights of this astonishing Baroque city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Consider taking an in-depth look at the treasures of Dresden on a Optional Experience. (BB) Hotel: Pullman Newa

Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairy tale fame and is immortalized in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg see the main sights during your orientation tour with your Travel Director. Consider a guided cruise along the city’s water ways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hamburg City Alster

Day 7 Dresden – Mödlareuth – Bayreuth

A Day 4 Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to

Day 8 Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights) Your Travel Director takes you on an orientation walk of Rothenburg perhaps

– Nuremberg Visit the Mödlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into ‘divided Germany’. See the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original Berlin Wall. In Bayreuth admire the Wagner Festival Theater before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB) Hotel: Maritim Nuremberg


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the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the Old Town Hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments before following parts of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Sheraton Westpark/Hilton City

Day 9 Munich Orientation and

Free Time See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening consider an Optional Experience to one of Munich’s world famous beer halls. (BB)

Day 10 Munich – Neuschwanstein –

Black Forest Stop at Neuschwanstein to visit King Ludwig’s fairy-tale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through

the hills and lakes of the Black Forest. (BB) Hotel: Maritim Titisee

A Day 11 Black Forest – Heidelberg –

Frankfurt This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight when you learn how the famous cuckoo clocks are made during a demonstration of the craft. A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

Day 12 Depart Frankfurt

This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and traveling companions as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Best of Germany and Austria

Cruising on the Rhine. Taking Bavaria’s Romantic Road. Passing through the scenic UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Vienna. This is the ultimate German and Austrian road (and river) trip.

Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg, Germany

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Your included sights • City tour in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck • Visit Berlin TV Tower and Neuschwanstein Castle • Cruise along the River Rhine • View the Cologne Cathedral, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck and Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg • See the Lorelei Rock, Marienberg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops’ residence in Würzburg, and Melk Abbey

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna. • Cultural Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch.

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

Day 1 Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach)

Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in, your Travel Director shows you the dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz during your orientation. Later meet for a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

A Day 2 Frankfurt (Offenbach) – Rhine Cruise – Cologne At St. Goar embark for a cruise along the scenic River Rhine to Boppard past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Continue by road to Cologne where an orientation includes views of the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Severinshof Köln City/Mercure Cologne West

A Day 3 Cologne – High Speed Train – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital Berlin. This afternoon marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 25 years ago in 1990 during the re-unification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment. (BB) Hotel: Art’otel Kudamm

A Day 4 Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin’s secret past. This evening you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous. (BB)

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You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… starting your day with exclusive early access up the Berlin TV Tower, for a 360° view, so you can find your feet before having free time to explore the city at your own pace. The River Rhine and catherdral, Cologne, Germany

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Rothenburg This morning travel south and cross the River Elbe en route to Bayreuth – home of the exclusive Wagner Festival. Continue your journey to Würzburg, see the Marienburg Fortress and the PrinceBishops’ residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Prinzhotel Authentic Accommodations

Day 6 Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)

Enjoy an orientation walk in the medieval town of Rothenburg. Continue through splendid countryside to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialties. (BB, RM) Hotel: Sheraton Arabellapark

Day 7 Munich Orientation and

Free Time This morning visit Marienplatz, the focal point of the city and view the City Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight why not discover some of Munich’s lively beerhalls - it’s what the region is famous for. (BB)

Day 8 Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau Visit the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II. Later arrive in Oberammergau and see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Alte Post/Wittelsbach Day 9 Oberammergau – Innsbruck

Orientation and Free Time A short drive takes you to Innsbruck. See the famous Olympic ski-jump before your orientation, that includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit museums and Habsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you

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might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show. (BB) Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck

A Day 10 Innsbruck – Salzburg

Sightseeing Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in ‘The Sound of Music’ during your walking tour with your Local Specialist. View Mozart’s birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Austria Trend Europa

Day 11 Salzburg – Dürnstein – Vienna

(2 Nights) Enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCOdesignated Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the river from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon for free time to explore the city. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube

A Day 12 Vienna Sightseeing and

Free Time From the Opera to the Hofburg and St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Parliament, view all the wondrous sights of the elegant Austrian capital during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the oldest and most secret part of old Vienna on your walking tour. In your free time discover a wealth of cultural delights, museums, galleries and memorials to famous composers. Your Travel Director will be able to advise as to how to get the most out of your free time in this city. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB,  FD)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Prinzhotel, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany This traditional timbered German hotel lies within the walls of the well-preserved medieval city of Rothenburg. But the Authentic Accommodations also provides the comfort of modern living, having been lovingly refurbished inside.

Day 13 Depart Vienna

Bid farewell to your companions at the end of this wonderful vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Sound of Music

Not just for fans of the film, this Austrian adventure also takes in the country’s romantic cities, dramatic scenery, epic history and timeless connections to music.

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Salzburg, Austria

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Your included sights • City tour in Salzburg and Vienna • Orientation of Munich and Innsbruck • View Wilten Basilica and Golden Roof in Innsbruck and Mozart’s Birthplace in Salzburg • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Mondsee Church made famous in the film The Sound of Music in Mondsee, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and the Alpine resort of Berchtesgaden • See Melk Abbey and Wachau Valley

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Salzburg and Vienna. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum to view the Royal Collection before the general public have access. • Be My Guest Visit a family at their Gasthof near Salzburg. Enjoy this delightful evening in the Austrian coutryside. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… staying in Meierhof at Schloss Leopoldskron which provided the setting for many scenes from the filming of the movie the Sound of Music.

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

Day 1 Arrive Munich (2 Nights)

Welcome to Munich. Relax after check-in and later enjoy an evening orientation drive including views of the Olympic Stadium. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Westpark

Day 2 Munich Orientation and At Leisure Munich is a lively, prosperous medieval city – a perfect blend of traditional and modern. See the sights during your morning orientation including the Hofbräuhaus, Marienplatz, Ludwigstrasse and the majestic Opera House. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Visit galleries and museums, shop for souvenirs or consider an Optional Experience to the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. This evening you might like to join your companions for a night out at a local beer hall. (BB) Day 3 Munich – Neuschwanstein Castle

– Oberammergau (2 Nights) Drive into the scenic Bavarian mountains and arrive by horse and carriage at Neuschwanstein Castle. Experience a guided tour of this fortress, built in the 19th century for King Ludwig on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. In Oberammergau see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by the plague. (BB, D) Hotel: Wittelsbach

Day 4 Innsbruck Excursion

Enjoy a scenic drive today to Innsbruck. Admire the Golden Roof, the Wilten Basilica,

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the Hofburg Palace and see the Olympic ski jump during your orientation tour. Spend some time exploring medieval lanes or shopping before you make your way back to Oberammergau. (BB)

A Day 5 Oberammergau – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg (2 Nights) Continue today to the foot of the Alps and visit the National Park of Berchtesgaden featuring awe-inspiring mountains. Tonight arrive in Salzburg. You will spend two nights staying in Meierhof at the magnificent Schloss closely connected to the Sound of Music movie. (BB) Hotel: Schloss Leopoldskron Authentic Accommodations A Day 6 Salzburg Sightseeing and At Leisure See the city’s sights with your Local Specialist including the Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Afterwards discover the delights of Salzburg for yourself. Visit a museum or go shopping for souvenirs. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at a local Gasthof. (BB, BG) Day 7 Salzburg – Vienna (3 Nights)

View the Church in Mondsee where the marriage of Captain Von Trapp and Maria was filmed for ‘The Sound of Music’. Traverse the Salzkammergut, a picturesque region of mountains and lakes, whose salt deposits brought great wealth to the area. See Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Imperial Riding School Renaissance

A Day 8 Vienna Sightseeing and At Leisure This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburg royal collection of art at the Kunsthistorisches


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museum prior to admission of the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later your Local Specialist shows you the city’s major landmarks and palaces during your included sightseeing tour. The Imperial Boulevards lead to views of the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof’. Why not indulge yourself and try some local cuisine such as schnitzel or strudel. Walk along the Kärntnerstrasse in the center of the city and shop for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 9 Vienna – At Leisure

Spend the day as you wish. Why not explore museums, palaces, galleries, cafés, memorials to famous composers and parks? Vienna has it all. This evening, join your traveling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Vienna

Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Meierhof, Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria Commissioned by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg in 1736, you’ll enjoy a taste of Austrian high society during your stay at Meierhof at this iconic Authentic Accommodation.

Oberammergau, Germany

Schloss Leopoldskron dining room, Salzburg, Austria

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10 days – 2 Countries

GERMANY


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Switzerland and Austria

Into the very heart of Europe, this trip takes in scenic Switzerland and Austria, but also sneaks you into miniature Liechtenstein and over the border into the northern fringes of Italy.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

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Your included sights • City tour in Salzburg and Vienna • Orientation of Zurich, Graz, Innsbruck, Geneva and Lucerne • Visit Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa and Zermatt • View the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the castle of Chillon, Jet d’Eau in Geneva, the city of Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne • See Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Salzburg and Vienna. • Cultural Insight Visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm at Piber which breeds stallions for the Spanish Riding School. • Be My Guest You’ll take a tour of the convent, see the gardens and the farm then have dinner with the nuns. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… getting an insight into one of Austria’s oldest traditions, as you watch the balletic horses of Lipizzaner Stud Farm in their alpine pastures and hear how this endangered breed is being protected.

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

Day 1 Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich. After check-in, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of Switzerland’s financial capital before you enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a local restaurant. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

A Day 2 Zurich – Liechtenstein – Salzburg Sightseeing A scenic drive along Lake Zurich brings you to Liechtenstein where you stop at its capital Vaduz. Follow the Arlberg route into the Tyrol, past the pretty skiing area around St. Johann and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains to Salzburg. This impressive city is dominated by Fortress Hohensalzburg. Your Local Specialist shows you a wealth of fascinating sights during your walking tour, including Mozart’s family house and the Domplatz. (BB) Hotel: Austria Trend Europa Day 3 Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

Admire breathtaking scenery as you travel past Lake Mondsee and through the Wachau Valley to see the impressive Melk Abbey en route to Imperial Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn

A Day 4 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time Vienna is a beautiful city featuring grand palaces and buildings such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards. Marvel at all these wonderful sights with your Local Specialist. Stroll through the oldest part of the city - ‘Am Hof’. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own. Tonight why not enjoy a Viennese concert. (BB)

A Day 5 Vienna – Graz – Piber Stud

Farm – Villach Admire galleried courtyards and Renaissance squares in Graz. Visit the Lipizzaner Stud farm at Piber for a Cultural Insight into the breeding of the athletic white stallions for the Spanish Riding School. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner at a monastery housed in a beautiful old castle, before arriving to your hotel in Villach. (BB, BG) Hotel: Romantik Post

Day 6 Villach – Cortina d’Ampezzo – Innsbruck The Alpine scenery is breathtaking as you drive into Italy via Carbonin and Lake Misurina to the Tre Croci Pass. Explore Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Olympic skiing resort set in the heart of the Dolomites. Traverse spectacular mountain passes as you cross back into Austria. At Innsbruck admire the Golden Roof, St. Jakob’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and see the Olympic ski-jump during your orientation tour. (BB) Hotel: Grauer Bär

A Day 7 Innsbruck – St. Moritz

This morning travel over the border into Switzerland and cross the enchanting Engadine. Arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore the pristine landscape. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Bären Authentic Accommodations

Day 8 St. Moritz – Stresa – Zermatt (2 Nights) Traverse Alpine landscapes to Thusis and follow the San Bernadino route to Bellinzona, famous for its three castles. Continue via Locarno to the shores of Lake Maggiore and explore the scenic town of Stresa. See the beautiful Borromean Islands as you head towards the Simplon Pass. This evening enjoy


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dinner at your hotel in Zermatt. (BB, D) Hotel: Ambassador/Monte Rosa

town of Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Grand Europe Authentic Accommodations

Day 9 Zermatt Free Time

Day 12 Lucerne Orientation And

Spend your free day relaxing in the shadows of the magnificent Matterhorn or perhaps consider a mountain trip for fantastic views of the surrounding Alpine peaks. (BB)

Day 10 Zermatt – Geneva – Lake

Geneva (Evian) A spectacular drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva where you view Lord Byron’s Castle of Chillon. Admire the sights of Geneva during your orientation tour including the old Cathedral, the Jet d’Eau fountain and the United Nations building. Follow the southern shores of Lake Geneva to Evian, renowned for its pure mineral water. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Evian Les Bains

A Day 11 Lake Geneva (Evian) – Berne

– Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights) Travel via Berne the Federal capital of Switzerland, to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where you see the mighty Jungfrau (subject to weather conditions). Interlaken is one of the oldest and most popular tourist resorts in Switzerland. Cross the Brünig Pass to the charming

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Mediterranean Sea

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Free Time Lucerne is a beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. View the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard, during your orientation tour. Spend free time afterwards exploring the old town, shopping for watches and chocolates or consider an Optional Experience up a nearby mountain. Tonight celebrate with your traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Lucerne – Depart Zurich

Say goodbye to Europe and your new found friends at the end of this amazing vacation. Airport transfers are available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Please note: This trip will visit France and Italy for a short period. Some passport holders may require double entry visas. Please speak with your travel agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8am from Lucerne. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Hotel Bären, St. Moritz, Switzerland The charm of a Swiss chalet with the comforts of a hotel, this Authentic Accommodations features a stunning Alpine setting, wood panelled bar, restaurant and pool, making it the ideal spot from which to explore iconic St. Moritz. Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake’s glittering shores, you’ll gain an insight into the city’s history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodations. Chillon Castle, Switzerland

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CZECH REPUBLIC


Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Secrets of Switzerland

Taking back roads to explore the scenic side of Switzerland, we travel through picture-perfect countryside to discover off-route places like the Emmental region and the walled town of Murten.

Emmental Region

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Your included sights • Orientation of Lucerne, Berne, Interlaken, Zermatt, Montreux, Geneva and Zurich • Visit Mount Pilatus, Kambly, Emmental Cheese factory, the Old Town Square in Berne, Wengen, Chillon Castle, a Winery in UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux wine region and Murten • View the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Geneva, the Grossmünster and the Fraumünster in Zurich • See Lake Thun, scenic countryside

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

Day 1 Arrive Zurich – Lucerne (2 Nights) Welcome to Switzerland. Transfers are available on arrival in Zurich to take you to Lucerne. On arrival in Lucerne check in to your hotel and explore this beautiful lakeside town. Later meet your fellow companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Walstatterhof

Day 2 Lucerne Sightseeing

Your Travel Director will take you to view the famous Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard before crossing the wooden Chapel Bridge. Later enjoy a journey by cable car to the top of Mount Pilatus where you will have great views over the nearby spectacular Alps. (BB)

A Day 3 Lucerne – Emmental – Berne Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight At the Kambly’s visitor center, gain an insight into the family history of cookie production over 100 years whilst enjoying a sample. Enjoy an insight into the production of one of Switzerland’s most famous cheese Emmental, including a sample. Visit a winery on Lake Geneva for an included tour and tasting. • Be My Guest Dinner in the beautiful Swiss countryside. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… nibbling some of the nation’s popular export Emmental, as you see how this holey cheese is made at a factory – and tasting the perfect accompaniment at a winery on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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– Interlaken (2 Nights) This morning travel through beautiful countryside and arrive in the Emmental region. The region is famed for numerous culinary delights and this morning we sample two of these delicacies. Your first Cultural Insight will be a visit to sample some famous cookies by the Kambly family. For over 100 years the family have produced these cookies. Gain an insight into the production and family history at the Visitor Center. Next stop we learn about the production of the famous Emmental cheese. Approximately 450 different types of cheese are made in Switzerland, but Emmental is the most famous. Later in Berne your orientation will include the Old Town with its cobbled streets and the Federal Parliament Building. (BB) Hotel: Hotel Interlaken

A Day 4 Wengen Excursion and Interlaken Free Time Enjoy a train journey to Wengen a picturesque mountain village famous for its annual ski race on the Lauberhorn mountain. Explore the car free town or consider venturing to the top of the Jungfrau with its Ice Palace, restaurants and viewing platform which takes in breathtaking views of snow capped mountains. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in the beautiful Swiss countryside. (BB, BG) Day 5 Interlaken – Zermatt

Travel along the shore of Lake Thun before passing through the Lötschberg tunnel which was constructed in 1913. The tunnel was built to connect the Bernese Oberland to the Valais region, and your journey by transporter train will take just 15 minutes. Arrive in Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful Swiss town. (BB) Hotel: Schlosshotel

A Day 6 Zermatt – Chillon – Montreux – Geneva This morning visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalized by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. Stop in the lakeside town of Montreux where you have free time to walk along the promenade with its colorful flower beds or sit and watch the world go by at a sidewalk café. This afternoon gain a Cultural Insight by visiting a winery for a tour and tasting. (BB) Hotel: Edelweiss Day 7 Geneva – Murten – Zurich

Today visit the medieval town of Murten with its fortified walls which date back over 800 years. Later arrive in Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich where your


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Say goodbye to your newfound friends at the end of this memorable vacation. The Radisson Blu is located at the airport for your convenience to access your onward flight. (BB)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers:  On arrival at Zurich Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am and 1.30pm to Lucerne. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. There is a train service available from Zurich Airport to Lucerne. For return transfers, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way from the hotel to the airport terminal. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Historic city walls, Murten

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ZURICH


Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Contrasts of Switzerland

Taking the train around Switzerland, the contrasts of its mountain scenery, calm lakes, refined resorts and cosmopolitan ‘business hub’ cities are discovered in relaxation and style.

Glacier Express

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Your included sights • Orientation of Zurich, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Geneva and Lucerne • Visit Interlaken • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the Jet d’Eau in Geneva, the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

Your Insider Experiences • Authentic Accommodations All the charm of a Swiss chalet but with the comforts of a hotel, including a pool, Hotel Bären’s our stop in St. Moritz. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… following the dramatic Golden Pass from Geneva to Interlaken in the morning and the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in the afternoon, as you sink into your seat and see bits of Switzerland only visible by rail.

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

Day 1 Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland. Admire Switzerland’s financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

A Day 2 Zurich – St. Moritz

Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Bären Authentic Accommodations

Day 3 St. Moritz – Glacier Express –

Zermatt (2 Nights) All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world – the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and airconditioned Glacier Express. An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 meters above sea level. Enjoy an included lunch on board as you marvel at magnificent Alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel. Afterwards explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort. (BB, L) Hotel: Monte Rosa/Albana Real

Day 4 Zermatt Orientation and Free Time Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation walk of this charming carfree resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the Alpine landscapes. (BB)

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Day 5 Zermatt – Geneva Orientation and Free Time Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. Later you may wish to dine on delicious Swiss specialties at a restaurant overlooking Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc. (BB) Hotel: Cornavin

Day 6 Geneva – Interlaken – Lucerne (2 Nights) The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show. (BB) Hotel: Astoria Day 7 Lucerne Orientation and

Free Time Your orientation walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later consider an Optional Experience to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight


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remarkable Swiss vacation. Your Travel Director will give you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey. (BB)

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Accommodations

Hotel Bären, St Moritz, Switzerland The charm of a Swiss chalet with the comforts of a hotel, this Authentic Accommodations features a stunning Alpine setting, wood panelled bar, restaurant and pool, making it the ideal spot from which to explore iconic St. Moritz.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers to Zurich Airport are provided with tickets for a train journey into Zurich Airport terminal. There is a direct train from Lucerne to Zurich Airport every hour from approximately 5am onwards. The earliest train will get guests in to Zurich Airport check-in by 6.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $38 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Zermatt

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FRANCE


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Switzerland

Scenic lakeside towns, views of the Matterhorn and an Alpine journey along the famous Bernina Express route – this round-trip from Zurich reveals Switzerland at its best.

Traditional chalets, Switzerland

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Your included sights • Orientation of Zurich and Lucerne • Visit the Federal capital Berne, the town of Evian, Montreux, the Castle of Chillon, Zermatt, Locarno, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Brienz • View the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne, the Jungfrau and Matterhorn mountains (weather permitting), Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight See specialty wood carvers at work in Brienz. • Authentic Accommodations You’ll be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Europe. Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. • Be My Guest This very small family run winery lies in the hills above a valley and enjoys stunning views over Lake Lugano. Visit the vineyards and then take a walk to the homestead where you will have a short tour of the nearby winery and enjoy a tasting over lunch. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to cook tasty risotto from Joelle in her family vineyard’s garden. You’ll hear how the love of wine brought her husband’s grandfather to the Italianspeaking area of Switzerland, as the couple show you round their winery.

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

Day 1 Arrive Zurich

Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s financial center. After check-in see the charm and beauty of this beautiful lakeside city during an orientation with your Travel Director, followed by a Welcome Reception and trip briefing with your fellow traveling companions. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Airport

Day 2 Zurich – Berne – Montreux – Lake Geneva (Evian) Stop in Berne the capital city of Switzerland en route to Lake Geneva. Visit the town of Montreux, famous for its Jazz Festival, before enjoying a lakeside drive to Evian les Bains on the southern shores of Lake Geneva. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Evian Les Bains Day 3 Lake Geneva (Evian) – Chillon –

Zermatt (2 Nights) This morning visit the picturesque Chillon Castle immortalized by Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’. Continue your journey to Zermatt, inaccessible by coach, ascend to your hotel by electric mini-buses and taxis. (BB) Hotel: Alpenresort

Day 4 Zermatt Free Time

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps with your free day here in picturesque Zermatt. Why not join an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn where the views across the mountain peaks are spectacular. (BB)

A Day 5 Zermatt – Locarno

Today leave Zermatt and views of the Matterhorn behind you as you travel to lakeside Locarno. On your way enjoy a

delicious Be My Guest luncheon with a Swiss family in a small mountain village. (BB, BG) Hotel: Ramada Arcadia

Day 6 Locarno – St. Moritz

This morning travel along the shores of Lake Lugano to the lakeside Italian town of Menaggio for beautiful views of Lake Como. Continue your journey back across the Swiss border and enter the Upper Engadine valley. Stop in the town of Tirano where you will board your train and start your spectacular journey. Soak in the breathtaking scenery en route to the resort town of St. Moritz. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Laudinella

A Day 7 St. Moritz – Lucerne

Orientation and Free Time (2 Nights) See Lake Zurich this morning as you make your way to Lucerne. View the Lion Monument and cross the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge to explore this picturesque town. In your free time explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and chocolate, or perhaps take a cruise on the lake and ride the world’s first Cabrio cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn. (BB) Hotel: Grand Europe Authentic Accommodations

A Day 8 Brienz and Interlaken Excursion Travel to Interlaken which lies in the shadows of the Jungfrau Mountain. On your way stop in the village of Brienz end enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration of wood carving. Once in Interlaken you’ll have time for lunch and to explore before arriving back in Lucerne. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. (BB, FD)


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Switzerland

FRANCE

9 days – 3 Countries From:

Includes: 8 nights’ accommodations. 8 hot buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch (Be My Guest). 3 dinners. All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers will arrive at Zurich Airport on the last day of the trip at 8am from Lucerne. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $69 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

A Authentic

Accommodations

Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland Taking you straight back to Switzerland’s elegant past, this historic hotel is a landmark in Lucerne. Situated by the lake’s glittering shores, you’ll gain an insight into the city’s history during a stay at this Authentic Accommodations.

The River Limmat, Zurich, Switzerland

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

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Prague, Vienna and Budapest

This relaxing look at three historic riverside cities gives you time to get an authentic inside view of their culture and traditions – an alternative to more obvious European capitals.

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

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Your included sights • City tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest • Visit St. Vitus’ Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna for a private visit, the old Hungarian capital of Esztergom, the UNESCO listed Castle District, Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest • View the Presidential Palace and Old Town of Bratislava and the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Vienna and Budapest. Small Group Sightseeing in Prague, enjoy an expert guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Cultural Insight Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access. • Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… sneaking into Vienna’s masterpiece-filled Museum of Fine Arts before it opens to the general public, on an exclusive private visit to admire works by the old masters without any crowds.

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

Day 1 Arrive Prague (3 Nights)

Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your traveling companions and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: President

A Day 2 Prague Sightseeing and At Leisure Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk with a Local Specialist. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon. (BB) Day 3 Prague At Leisure

Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theater show. (BB)

Day 4 Prague – Bratislava – Vienna (3 Nights) Travel south from Prague past Brno, which was the site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight you might consider a visit to a Viennese Concert. (BB) Hotel: Am Konzerthaus

A Day 5 Vienna Sightseeing and

At Leisure This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty, on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See other sights such as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city. (BB)

Day 6 Vienna At Leisure

Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house. (BB)

Day 7 Vienna – Esztergom – Budapest

(3 Nights) Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the Cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamás Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city? (BB) Hotel: Hilton City

A Day 8 Budapest Sightseeing and At Leisure Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating walking tour of old Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. Drive to Pest see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Visit Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium


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Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s thermal pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB, FD)

Day 10 Depart Budapest

Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery. (BB, BG)

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WPVB): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2016. Solo Traveler: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement. Festive celebrations: Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the festive season. More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Prague Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11am and 1.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Budapest Airport at 7am and 11am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Opera House, Vienna, Austria

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

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Prague, Vienna and Budapest

POLAND

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Imperial Europe

Intriguing cities of central Europe are brought together as locals share their insight on the history and culture of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, with a pause in musical Salzburg too.

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

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Your included sights • City tour in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg • Orientation of Munich and Regensburg • Visit Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest and the Baroque town center of Győr • View the Marienplatz in Munich, St. Vitus’ Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Imperial Boulevards of Vienna and Melk Abbey

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg. • Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… shivering as you hear of the bravery of two families in wartime Hungary during your wine tasting, and walking through a barrel which hid the vineyard owners’ Jewish friends in the Nazi occupation.

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

Day 1 Arrive Munich

Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. View the Marienplatz with its fascinating Glockenspiel clock. Meet this evening for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Westpark/Hilton City

Day 2 Munich – Regensburg – Prague (2 Nights) This morning visit Regensburg an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Cross the border to exciting Prague, your home for the next two nights. This evening join your fellow companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (BB, RM) Hotel: Andel’s

A Day 3 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time Prague has prospered since the fall of Communism and its new-found status and affluence is evident during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with your Local Specialist. View the impressive St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 yearold Prague Castle. Cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Explore the city on your own, or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava. (BB) Day 4 Prague – Bratislava – Budapest (2 Nights) Visit the Slovak capital Bratislava with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Entering Hungary you arrive in Budapest. This evening why not enjoy a scenic river cruise along the Danube? (BB) Hotel: Novotel Danube

A Day 5 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Budapest featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion. From there enjoy superb views across the Parliament and Danube below. Later why not enjoy a visit and lunch in a quaint village outside Budapest before a special Be My Guest dinner of Hungarian specialties. (BB, BG) Day 6 Budapest – Győr – Vienna (2 Nights) Before departing Budapest why not consider a guided tour of the magnificent Parliament building? Then cross the Transdanubia region to Győr is a pleasant drive through beautiful countryside. Stroll through this quaint city which stands at the confluence of three rivers and features charming Baroque architecture. Later arrive in imperial Vienna where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube

A Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time Admire the Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty during your enthralling sightseeing tour of Vienna with your Local Specialist. See the grand State Opera House and the Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornate roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Habsburgs. The afternoon is yours to explore the city’s many attractions. Later you might like to attend a classical concert. (BB) A Day 8 Vienna – Wachau Valley –

Salzburg Sightseeing See the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. See the magnificent Melk Abbey a masterpiece of Baroque architecture,


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before reaching Salzburg. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of this musical city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Huberushof

Day 9 Salzburg – Munich

After exploring the surrounds of Salzburg, cross back into Germany and return to beautiful Munich. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your vacation. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Westpark/Hilton City

Day 10 Depart Munich

Say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Germany, your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience. Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply. (BB)

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Autumn, Winter, Spring (WEOX): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2015. Festive celebrations: Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the festive season. More about your trip Airport transfers: On arrival at Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Munich Airport at 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $77 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Carmelite church, Gyor, Hungary

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GERMANY


Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Bohemian Highlights

An undercover look at the wartime history of Poland and Germany and the romance of Prague and Budapest – this trip gives you time to really experience the historic region of Bohemia.

Main market square Cloth Hall, Krakow, Poland

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Your included sights • City tour in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague • Orientation of Frankfurt and Leipzig • Visit the Berlin TV Tower, the monastery of Jasna Gora, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, the Baroque town center of Győr, Tabor, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague • View the famous Reichstag and Tiergarten in Berlin, Krakow Cathedral and the UNESCO listed Castle District in Budapest

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Small Group Sightseeing in Krakow, enjoy a guided visit to the medieval Old Town with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Cultural Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who live on the outskirts of Budapest. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… spending time with a Krakow resident as they introduce you, and some of your fellow travelers, to their home city’s highlights, taking you into the streets and stories of its medieval Old Town.

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

Day 1 Arrive Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt. Check-in this afternoon and enjoy an orientation drive through this fascinating city. Meet your Travel Director and companions later for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

evoked in Polanski’s award-winning film ‘The Pianist’. Explore the city on your own during your free time. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland’s past. Join your companions this evening for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (BB, RM)

Day 2 Frankfurt – Leipzig – Berlin (2 Nights) Travel through Saxony to the bustling town of Leipzig which was once one of the major cities of the former East Germany. Until his death this city was also home to composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Continue through to Berlin, a contrasting city with a rich and varied history. (BB) Hotel: Hilton

Day 6 Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow (2 Nights) Visit the 14th century Jasna Gora Monastery at Czestochowa. This is Poland’s greatest place of pilgrimage and home to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Jasna Gora’s most precious treasure. Later your visit to the Auschwitz Memorial Site is a sobering reminder of the atrocities of World War II. Tonight dine at your hotel in the medieval city of Krakow. (BB, D) Hotel: Golden Tulip City Center

A Day 3 Berlin Sightseeing and

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At Leisure This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. See the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard with a Local Specialist during your included sightseeing tour. Spend free time afterwards shopping for souvenirs and exploring this captivating city. (BB)

Day 4 Berlin – Warsaw (2 Nights)

Head east across the central plains to the Polish capital Warsaw. After dinner this evening you might like to explore the city’s nightlife or treat yourself to a Chopin recital. (BB, D) Hotel: The Westin

A Day 5 Warsaw Sightseeing and

At Leisure Admire Warsaw’s historic center including the Old Town during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, shockingly

At Leisure This morning consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt mine, one of the world’s oldest salt mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to an entire chapel carved from the rock salt as well as dozens of sculptures. Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist of the medieval Old Town and visit the Cloth Hall and Mariacki Church. See Wawel Castle and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill. Relax this afternoon or explore the Market Square and city on your own. This evening perhaps enjoy an evening of Folklore. (BB)

Day 8 Krakow – Slovakia – Budapest (2 Nights) Drive south into the foothills of the Tatra Mountains and across the border into Slovakia. Admire the changing landscapes as you continue into Hungary. Arrive later at the majestic capital Budapest. This evening


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A Day 9 Budapest Sightseeing and

At Leisure Built on the banks of the romantic River Danube, Budapest is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist features views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion for superb views of the Parliament and Danube. Afterwards, explore on your own or perhaps take a trip to Szentendre, a charming town popular with artists. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special Be My Guest dinner at a family-run restaurant and winery. (BB, BG)

Day 10 Budapest – Győr – Vienna

(2 Nights) Before leaving beautiful Budapest why not take a guided tour of the amazing Parliament building? Then cross the Transdanubia region dotted with orchards and vineyards to Győr. Visit this Roman town, which has retained much of its medieval and baroque charm. Arrive later in Vienna, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube

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A Day 13 Prague Sightseeing and

At Leisure Your Local Specialist explains the history of Prague during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, which is set inside the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava River to the cobblestoned Old Town square and view the Astronomical Clock. Spend time afterwards seeing more sights or perhaps enjoy a cruise on the Vltava river. (BB)

Day 14 Prague – Frankfurt

This morning travel west across the German border before arriving in cosmopolitan Frankfurt for your final night. Tonight celebrate with your traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

Day 15 Depart Frankfurt

Say farewell to your new found friends at the end of your memorable vacation. Transfers are available to Frankfurt Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

$3050 (per person double share)

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A Day 11 Vienna Sightseeing and

At Leisure From the Parliament building to the Hofburg, the State Opera House to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, admire the city’s imperial elegance on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Spend free time sightseeing on your own or shop on the fashionable Kärntnerstrasse. This evening why not join an Optional Experience to a famous local hostelry for a meal and musical entertainment? (BB)

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Day 12 Vienna – Tabor – Prague (2 Nights) Travel north into the Czech Republic and visit Tabor, once a Hussite stronghold. Arrive later in the capital Prague, a lively hub of art and culture. (BB, D) Hotel: Andel’s

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The major capitals of Eastern Europe are encountered on this multi-country trip – showing you the contrasts and nuances between the places that once lay either side of the Iron Curtain.

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Your included sights • City tour in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague • Orientation of Dresden • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fishermans Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora monastery, Poznan in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava • View Lake Balaton, central Europe’s largest lake

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague. • Cultural Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… being welcomed into Europe’s capital cities by people who live there – and experiencing its traditional rural life, by returning to nature for two nights at Slovenia’s scenic Lake Bled.

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A Day 1 Arrive Vienna

Welcome to Vienna. After check-in, your Local Specialist gives a superb historical account of the Habsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and ‘Am Hof’. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Danube

Day 2 Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)

Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Park

Day 3 Lake Bled Free Time

Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (BB)

A Day 4 Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights) In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist where you see the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and the Three Bridges Square. Later cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB,  D) Hotel: The Westin Zagreb

A Day 5 Zagreb Sightseeing and

Free Time A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Specialist shows you all the landmarks in the lower and upper town including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB)

Day 6 Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights) Across the border in Hungary pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay. (BB) Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Center

A Day 7 Budapest Sightseeing and

Free Time Admire the city’s sights with your Local Specialist during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fisherman’s Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience. (BB, BG)

Day 8 Budapest – Slovakia – Krakow (2 Nights) Traveling north through Slovakia into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Qubus

A Day 9 Krakow Sightseeing and

Free Time View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your


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Local Specialist. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner. (BB)

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Relax or take an Optional Experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city. Tonight, discover Berlin’s lively nightlife. (BB)

Day 14 Berlin – Dresden – Prague

Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights) Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland’s most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: The Westin Warsaw

(2 Nights) Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden. Hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera House and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague - the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for over 1,100 years. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant. (BB, RM) Hotel: Andel’s

A Day 11 Warsaw Sightseeing and

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Day 10 Krakow – Auschwitz –

Free Time Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. Later don’t miss a trip to the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski III. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital. (BB)

Free Time Your Local Specialist gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 12 Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin

Drive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia for your lunch stop. Later continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Hilton Danube

(2 Nights) Cross Poland’s central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west to the border town of Frankfurt-an-derOder and into Germany. Arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. (BB) Hotel: Hilton

A Day 13 Berlin Sightseeing and

Free Time This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city’s great landmarks

$3475 (per person double share)

Day 16 Prague – Bratislava – Vienna

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 12noon and 3pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $131 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 17 Depart Vienna

Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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The Balkans and Venice

The beauty of the Dalmatian coast and Lake Bled, and the stories of civil war in the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar – this is a trip of contrasts in the Balkans.

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Your included sights • City tour in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Split • Orientation of Mostar, Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Venice • Visit the War Tunnels in Sarajevo, the charming towns of Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, Jupiter’s Temple, Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Plitvice National Park • View the Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace in Zagreb, the Rector’s Palace and city walls in Dubrovnik, Jupiter’s Temple in Split, the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, the Opera House and Castle in Ljubljana and St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace in Venice • Cruise by private launch to the historic islands of Venice

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Split, Plitvice and Montenegro. Small Group Sightseeing in Dubrovnik. • Cultural Insight Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. • Be My Guest Meet a local family in the village of Osojnik. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… hearing how volunteers built a tunnel with picks to create a lifeline for Sarajevo’s trapped inhabitants during the Bosnian War in the 1990s, as our local friend tells stories of survival.

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Day 1 Arrive Zagreb (2 Nights)

Welcome to Zagreb. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive including a stroll around Ban Jelačić Square. This will be the perfect introduction to this fascinating city. (WR) Hotel: The Westin

A Day 2 Zagreb Sightseeing and

Free Time Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside. (BB)

Day 3 Zagreb – Sarajevo (2 Nights)

Travel south from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina before arriving in the fascinating capital city Sarajevo. Due to its rich religious and cultural history Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. The city contains synagogues, mosques, Orthodox as well as Catholic churches – all in one city. In 1914 the city was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which prompted the start of the First World War. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Radon Plaza

A Day 4 Sarajevo Sightseeing and Free Time Enjoy an insider tour of the Sarajevo war tunnels with a Local Specialist. During the

siege of the city in the early 1990’s, the tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link neighborhoods in the city of Sarajevo. This allowed food, war supplies and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. Hear some of the incredible stories to come out of the city during this time and enjoy a guided walking tour of the old town with your Local Specialist. Later you will have free time to explore this fascinating city on your own. (BB)

Day 5 Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik

(3 Nights) This morning after breakfast travel towards the Dalmatian coast and the spectacular city of Dubrovnik. Stop en route to see the magnificent bridge at Mostar. This city grew up around a trade and bridging point over the Neretva. Mostar is named after this Old Bridge, the ‘Stari Most’, built by Sinan the great Ottoman architect and one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks. Destroyed during the war, it has been rebuilt using the same methods as during the 16th century. After free time to explore the town, continue on towards Dubrovnik. (BB, D) Hotel: Ariston

A Day 6 Dubrovnik Sightseeing and Free Time This morning experience the delights of this stunning medieval city. Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights with a Local Specialist. Admire the Rector’s Palace, the city walls, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. For lunch a special Be My Guest experience awaits you at the village of Osojnik where you meet the Muhoberac family whose ancestors have lived in the village for over 500 years. Your hosts will prepare a delicious meal in the traditional way with fresh aromatic Mediterranean


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Montenegro Travel to the Republic of Montenegro where you will meet a Local Specialist and enjoy a scenic and relaxing day. Head towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Explore the town of Kotor, a medieval city with charming streets and squares. Later travel to the coast for a short stop in the village of Budva before returning to Dubrovnik. (BB)

A Day 8 Dubrovnik – Split

Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and modern resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour with a Local Specialist featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. The evening is free for you to dine at the local restaurant of your choice or you might want to join an Optional Experience to explore some traditional Dalmatian flavours. (BB) Hotel: President

A Day 9 Split – Plitvice

Spend the morning exploring more of Split or join an Optional Experience to nearby Trogir. Later travel to the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colorful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. Arrive later at your hotel and enjoy dinner with your travel companions. (BB, D) Hotel: Jezero

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Day 11 Lake Bled – Venice (2 Nights)

Travel to the romantic city of Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening why not consider a boat trip to the island of Burano for a delicious meal. (BB) Hotel: Le Boulevard

A Day 12 Venice Orientation and

Free Time Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy or relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration with your travel companions before returning to your hotel. (BB, FD)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Zagreb Airport transfers will operate at 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $100 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 13 Depart Venice

Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

Gentle in pace, this trip allows you to discover some of Europe’s prettiest towns and cities, stunning scenery – like the lakes and falls of Plitvice – and the shores of Hvar Island.

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Your included sights • City tours in Vienna, Ljubljana, Split, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik and Zagreb • Visit Graz, Plitvice National Park and Diocletian’s Palace while in Split, the 16th century Cathedral of Hvar Island • See the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna, the Clock Tower of Graz, the Opera House and Castle of Ljubljana, the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Archbishops Palace of Zagreb

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Hvar Island and Zagreb. Small Group Sightseeing in Dubrovnik, enjoy a guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Be My Guest Visit a local family at their simple and charming rustic konoba. Enjoy a delicious and authentic meal cooked under a clay bell. Take home memories of your friendly hosts on Hvar Island as well as the beauty of the surrounding countryside. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring the turquoise lakes, lush forests and stunning waterfalls of Plitvice National Park with your expert naturalist, who’ll reveal the stories behind this jaw dropping UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Day 1 Arrive Vienna (2 Nights)

Welcome to Vienna. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a stroll. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. This will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Danube

A Day 2 Vienna Sightseeing and At Leisure Admire Vienna’s sights as you drive along the Imperial Boulevards with your Local Specialist. See the Opera House, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Explore the oldest parts of the city near ‘Am Hof’ on your walking tour. Spend time sightseeing on your own or join an excursion to nearby Bratislava. Tonight consider enjoying a concert of Viennese music. (BB) Day 3 Vienna – Graz – Lake Bled

(2 Nights) South towards the Semmering Pass, stop to view the galleried courtyards and famous clock tower at Graz. Continue via the beautiful Austrian Riviera and cross the Karawanken Mountains to the Slovenian border. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. (BB, D) Hotel: Park

Day 4 Lake Bled At Leisure

Spend the rest of the day as you please or explore more of the scenic surroundings by taking part in an Optional Experience. (BB)

A Day 5 Lake Bled – Ljubljana –

Plitvice Lakes It is only a short drive to Ljubljana where your Local Specialist shows you the sights including the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum and Castle, and Three Bridges Square. Drive south to the Croatian border and through the forested National Park of Plitvice. Admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site on your walking tour with your Local Specialist. See lakes of crystal clear water in many colorful shades of green, grey and blue which are linked by spectacular waterfalls. (BB, D) Hotel: Jezero

A Day 6 Plitvice Lakes – Split – Hvar Island (3 Nights) Travel through scenic Croatian countryside to Split, the largest city in Dalmatia. Meet your Local Specialist for a fascinating tour of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Diocletian’s Palace. Visit the substructure, Cathedral and the Baptistery of Split, once the Temple of Jupiter. Later travel to the beautiful island of Hvar for a relaxing three night stay. (BB, D) Hotel: Amfora A Day 7 to Day 8 Hvar Sightseeing

and At Leisure Enjoy an included excursion on the island of Hvar to see the 16th century Cathedral and loggia built by the Venetian architect Sanmicheli. Enjoy a very special Be My Guest dining experience at a rustic Konoba in a shepherd’s village overlooking the Adriatic. On your second day relax, sightsee or cruise to one of the other islands. (BB, BG, BB)

Day 9 Hvar Island – Dubrovnik (3 Nights) Today drive along the coast to Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic. The scenery is spectacular. (BB) Hotel: Ariston


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Sightseeing and At Leisure You have two full days to experience the delights of this stunning medieval city. On the first day enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the main sights. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Spend free time relaxing, exploring the lively market, or perhaps enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Montenegro to see the only fjord in southern Europe and the 2,500 year old town of Budva. Your Travel Director will be happy to advise how best to use your free time. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal of traditional cuisine at a local restaurant. (BB,  RM,  BB)

Day 12 Dubrovnik – Zagreb (2 Nights)

Your Croatian adventure continues as you head north to the capital Zagreb, your home for the next two nights. Dine this evening at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: The Westin

A Day 13 Zagreb Sightseeing and

At Leisure Zagreb is a traditional medieval European city with a wealth of historic monuments.

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Your Local Specialist shows you the highlights including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend free time exploring the winding streets of the old town or consider an excursion into the surrounding countryside. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebration. (BB, FD)

Day 14 Depart Zagreb

Say farewell to your companions as this memorable trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Zagreb Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Please note: Your coach returns to Vienna from Zagreb on the final day. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Vienna will be the Trafalgar Vienna hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be approximately 6.00pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Important Visa information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 12noon and 3pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Zagreb Airport at 7am and 11.30am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $108 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Graz, Austria

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow

Russia’s two sides come face to face on this ‘twin city’ break. Starting in St. Petersburg and ending in the metropolis of Moscow, linked by high-speed train, it unites classic and modern.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

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Your included sights • City tour in St. Petersburg and Moscow • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour and the St. Peter and Paul Fortress • View the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great while in St. Petersburg. In Moscow view Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Walls of the Kremlin

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Small Group Sightseeing in St. Petersburg, enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • Be My Guest This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the locals at the Theater of Youth in the center of St. Petersburg. You will be welcomed by the theater staff and taken on a short tour. See short dances on the stage by students and enjoy drinks and canapés in one of the beautiful theater halls. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

Day 1 Arrive St. Petersburg (4 Nights)

Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. Relax and unwind after your journey. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception with a light dinner at your hotel. Then a short evening orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magnificent city. (WR) Hotel: Sokos Vasilievsky

A Day 2 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and At Leisure Admire the landmarks of St. Petersburg during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on your included visit. Later enjoy drinks and canapés at the St. Petersburg Theater of Youth during your Be My Guest experience. (BB, BG)

A Day 3 Hermitage Museum Visit and

St. Petersburg At Leisure Today enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Hermitage Museum with a Local Specialist to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. The museum occupies five impressive buildings on the banks of the River Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg. Featuring over 3 million artifacts, the collection represents the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. This evening, perhaps visit a theater to see a Russian Folklore show. (BB)

Day 4 St. Petersburg At Leisure

Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Petrodvorets. (BB)

Day 5 St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights) After a hearty Russian breakfast enjoy some free time before taking a train trip

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You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring the sights of iconic St. Petersburg with an expert local historian, who’ll reveal the secrets stories behind the city’s most memorable monuments - from the Tsar’s Winter Palace to St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Russian high-speed Spasan train

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RUSSIA High-Speed Train

$2095 (per person double share)

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towards the Russian capital. Arrive later in Moscow, your home for the next three nights. An ancient city full of remarkable architecture and monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles, Moscow is a cauldron of creativity and culture. Located on the Moskva River, the city is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub, and home to the largest number of billionaires in the world. (BB) Hotel: Marriott Tverskaya

A Day 6 Moscow Sightseeing and

At Leisure Marvel at Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls during your guided sightseeing with a Local Specialist. Afterwards there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and explore the city on your own. (BB)

Day 7 Moscow At Leisure

Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. Consider visiting one of the city’s museums or take an Optional Experience to Zagorsk, the largest religious and cultural center in Russia. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB, FD)

Day 8 Depart Moscow

Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable trip of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at St. Petersburg Airport transfers will operate at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5am and 11am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5am and 1pm. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $61 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

#TrafalgarCares The Theater of Youth, St. Petersburg You’ll learn about the theater’s work and see how funds contributed on your behalf are used to promote the theatrical education of St. Petersburg’s youth.

Metro station, Moscow

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Best of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States

On top of the must-see Russian cities and dramatic scenery, this trip reveals a rarer side of Europe, in its more unusual and unvisited countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus.

Old Town, Tallin, Estonia

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Your included sights • City tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Peter and Paul Chruch in Vilnius, the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn • View Red Square in Moscow, Nevsky Prospekt and St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. • Authentic Accommodations Hilton Leningradskaya is an iconic landmark in itself, it dominates Moscow’s skyline and gives you a deeper insight into the city’s history. • Be My Guest at a traditional farm, close to Minsk. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… hearing Antolij play the accordion and sing rousing Russian and Belarusian songs, as you taste his homemade vodka and local dishes at his farm in Minsk.

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

Day 1 Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Relax after check-in. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn City Center

Day 2 Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights) Follow the coast along the Gulf of Finland and cross the border into Russia. Travel through the forests of Karelia to St. Petersburg. Later consider seeing a Russian folklore show. (SB) Hotel: Radisson Sonya

A Day 3 to Day 4 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time Your Local Specialist shows you the city’s sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Your time in St. Petersburg also includes a visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. There is plenty of free time to see more sights and shop for Russian souvenirs. (BB, BB) A Day 5 St. Petersburg – High Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights) Take a train across part of the vast Russian landscape towards the capital city. Stay in one of the iconic buildings determining Moscow’s skyline - one of the Seven Sisters, also known as the Stalin Towers. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Hilton Leningradskaya Authentic Accommodations

A Day 6 to Day 7 Moscow

Sightseeing and Free Time You have two days to explore the delights of Moscow. On the first day, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square plus a visit to the magnificent Kremlin. There is plenty of time to explore on your own, relax and shop for souvenirs. You might also like to join an Optional Experience to the Tsar’s Treasury Chamber or the St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market. (BB, BB)

Day 8 Moscow – Minsk (2 Nights)

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, passing near Borodino and stopping for lunch in the Smolensk region. Cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk. Tonight dine on traditional cuisine at your hotel. (BB, L, D) Hotel: Renaissance

A Day 9 Minsk Sightseeing and

Free Time View the sights with a Local Specialist including Hero City Memorial during your sightseeing tour. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the city. Why not visit the Saint Elizabeth Convent to see their stained glass and religious icon workshop? Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner on a farm close to Minsk where you hear folk songs and taste local delicacies. (BB, BG)

A Day 10 Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing

and Free Time Drive west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights during your walking tour, including the Bishop’s Palace and the University. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, featuring exceptional sculptural


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decoration. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa, the former Jewish Ghetto, the Cathedral and the new Royal Palace excavations. Finish at the Church of St. Anna and the site of the synagogue destroyed during World War II. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Lietuva

Day 11 Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga

(2 Nights) Leave Vilnius after lunch and visit the Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. Later arrive in the ancient city of Riga, Latvia’s capital, made famous by the stories of Baron von Münchhausen. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Latvija

A Day 12 Riga Sightseeing and

Free Time Riga is a beautiful historic city on the Baltic coast. The extensive old town contains narrow medieval streets, Gothic and Baroque Churches, 19th century municipal buildings and Hanseatic warehouses. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing and walking tour to show you the main highlights. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs in the old town. (BB)

A Day 13 Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time Follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu a popular beach

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resort to Tallinn. Admire the sights of Tallinn with your Local Specialist. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of the old Hanseatic Quarter and 15th century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal of typical specialties at a local restaurant. (BB, RM) Hotel: Radisson Blu Olumpia

A Day 14 Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time Enjoy a leisurely morning in this charming and atmospheric city. Later board the ferry and cross the sea to Helsinki in Finland. Meet your Local Specialist and admire Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares and broad boulevards during your sightseeing tour. Join your traveling companions for a special Farewell Dinner this evening. (BB, FD) Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 15 Depart Helsinki

Say goodbye to newfound friends at the end of your memorable and exciting trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB) Important Visa information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Helsinki Airport transfers will operate at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Helsinki Airport at 7am and 12noon. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $115 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Hilton Leningradskaya, Moscow, Russia One of Stalin’s famous Seven Sister towers, this Authentic Accommodations fuses Russian Baroque and Orthodox architecture to impressive effect. An iconic landmark in itself, it dominates Moscow’s skyline and gives you a deeper insight into the city’s history.

Daugava River and Vanšu Bridge, Riga, Lithuania

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Capitals of the North

Experience the big sights and unique moments of four capital cities in northern Europe and Russia – locals reveal favourite spots in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Moscow.

Stockholm, Sweden

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Your included sights • City tour in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow • Orientation of Novgorod • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Stockholm’s City Hall, the town of Tver, Kremlin Fort Novgorod and the Kremlin in Moscow • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow. • Authentic Accommodations Stay at the luxurious 17th century Hotel Phoenix. • Be My Guest Experience a dinner of traditional specialties in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy, meet the locals and gain an insight into the life of this quaint town. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… making a traditional toast over ‘nastoyka’ liqueurs with Grandfather Vladimir, after tucking into his family’s ‘Pirozhok’ pies, pancakes and tea from a ‘Samovar’ and making Russian cloth dolls.

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A Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

Welcome to Copenhagen. Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia’s liveliest city. This evening meet your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive – the perfect introduction to Copenhagen. (WR) Hotel: Phoenix Authentic Accommodations

A Day 2 Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time Admire the Little Mermaid, Renaissance Stock Exchange, the Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. You are free this afternoon to shop for souvenirs, relax or take an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera.  (SB) Day 3 Copenhagen – Stockholm

A Day 5 At Sea – Helsinki

After an early arrival in Helsinki, your Local Specialist shows you the city’s sights including Finlandia Hall, Senate and Market Squares. This evening is free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice. (SB) Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 6 Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights) Follow the Gulf of Finland past the timber center of Kotka and through the forests of Karelia to the Russian border. Dine tonight at your hotel. (SB, D) Hotel: Park Inn  Nevsky

A Day 7 St. Petersburg Sightseeing

and Free Time Your Local Specialist shows you the city’s sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and visit The Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. (BB)

Travel north-east across the Oresund to the forests and meadows of Småland. Continue past Lake Vättern and enjoy spectacular views of Brahehus Castle en route to the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Dine tonight at your hotel. (SB, D) Hotel: Quality Globe

Day 8 St. Petersburg Free Time

A Day 4 Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time – At Sea Explore City Hall and view the Royal Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Spend free time afterwards shopping or exploring the old town. Why not join an excursion to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th century warship reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later, board your ship for an overnight minicruise to Finland. (SB, D)

A Day 9 St. Petersburg – Novgorod

A full day to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Petrodvorets. (BB) Enjoy free time this morning to explore St. Petersburg and to shop for gifts. Later, cross the vast Russian steppes and view the Kremlin Fort and grounds, the Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience this evening. (BB, BG) Hotel: Park Inn Veilky


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Day 10 Novgorod – Tver – Moscow

(3 Nights) A scenic drive through picturesque villages brings you to the Tver region for an included lunch. Then continue via Klin – former home of Tchaikovsky – to the Russian capital, Moscow. (BB,  L) Hotel: Crowne Plaza

A Day 11 Moscow Sightseeing and

Free Time See Moscow’s landmarks on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including views of Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Kremlin, a walled-in complex of Palaces, Cathedrals and government offices. (BB)

or consider an Optional Experience to St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market in Zagorsk, the center of Russian art and architecture. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a special Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Depart Moscow

Say goodbye to your Travel Director and fellow travelers this morning as your vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Important Visa information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

Day 12 Moscow Free Time

A full day to explore this fascinating city. Spend free time seeing the sights

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Hotel Phoenix, Copenhagen, Denmark The history of this luxurious 17th century Authentic Accommodations is enhanced by its Louis XVI inspired décor, marble floors and period paintings. Located in the center, it’s also the perfect base for exploring this eclectic city.

Palace Square and General Staff Building, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Trip Style: Regional Explorer

Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords

Dramatic fjords. Quaint ‘stave’ churches. Cosmopolitan capitals. Denmark, Norway and Sweden’s charm and traditions pack every moment of this beautiful trip, taken by rail, road and water.

Geirangerfjord, Norway

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Your included sights • City tour in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm • Orientation of Bergen • Visit Odense where Hans Christian Anderson was born, Stavanger, the Sognefjord, Geiranger, the Stave Chuch at Lom, the Olympic town of Lillehammer, Hamar, Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo and Stockholm’s City Hall • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Haakon’s Hall in Bergen, the Geirangerfjord and Oslo’s Royal Palace

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. • Cultural Insight Take a railway ride through the scenic Norwegian countryside to Flam. • Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialties on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a guided tour at the farm and meet the animals before learning about the farm’s history. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… indulging in ‘Kransekake-stenger’ cake at a working farm and pastry school in Bergen, where the owners or a farmhand explain how rural life has changed since the Vikings first set up the farm.

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

Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

Welcome to Copenhagen. Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia’s liveliest city. Enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen, followed by a Welcome Reception to get to know your Travel Director and traveling companions. (WR) Hotel: Marriott

A Day 2 Copenhagen Sightseeing and

Free Time Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour in the vicinity of the Amalienborg Palace – an elegant quarter featuring 18th century buildings. In Copenhagen’s historic center, view the 17th century Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace and the NeoClassical Cathedral. View the Little Mermaid – the statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s sad fairytale – sitting on a rock in the harbor. Later perhaps enjoy a canal cruise with stunning city views. (SB)

A Day 3 Copenhagen – Odense –

Randers Cross the bridge to the Island of Funen and the town of Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace. Continue across the Jutland Peninsula en route to Randers for an overnight stay. (SB) Hotel: Randers Authentic Accommodations/Best Western Plus Kronjylland

Day 4 Randers – Stavanger

Sail from Hirsthals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. Enjoy a scenic drive by fjords and lakes to Stavanger, Norway’s third city and one of the oldest. (SB, D) Hotel: Scandic Forum/ Clarion Energy

A Day 5 Stavanger – Bergen (2 Nights)

Your journey is spectacular as you island-hop from Stavanger, sailing across fjords and passing islands along this impressive coastline. Arrive later in Bergen and experience the history of this picturesque city on your orientation tour. See the 13th century Haakon’s Hall and the bustling fish market. This evening enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Norwegian specialties. (SB, BG) Hotel: Clarion Admiral/Scandic Neptun

Day 6 Bergen Free Time

Explore Norway’s most naturally beautiful city during your free day and consider a morning Optional Experience to the tiny village of Telavag and learn about its powerful Second World War history. (SB)

A Day 7 Bergen – Flam Railway –

Sognefjord (Leikanger) From the ski resort of Voss take a train journey that ascends to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. Admire the scenery and ride on the famous Flåm railway for a Cultural Insight into one of the most exciting train journeys in the world. Appreciate breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls, then cross the magnificent waters of Sognefjord to your hotel in Leikanger. (SB, D) Hotel: Authentic Accommodations Sognefjord/Leikanger Fjord

A Day 8 Sognefjord (Leikanger) – Geiranger (2 Nights) Follow the spectacular Sognefjord through incredible glacier country. Enjoy wonderful views of Geirangerfjord as you descend to Geiranger village. (SB, D) Hotel: Geiranger Authentic Accommodations Day 9 Geiranger Free Time

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Day 10 Geiranger – Lom – Lillehammer A scenic drive from Geiranger brings you to Ottadalen to visit the traditional Stave Church at Lom. Continue through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’. Arrive in Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before dinner at the hotel, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugan. (SB, D) Hotel: Radisson Blu

A Day 11 Lillehammer – Hamar – Oslo View the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the lake at Hamar. In Oslo, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the Opera and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking Ship Museum. (SB) Hotel: Scandic Vulkan/Radisson Blu

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Experience along the Trolls’ Road and see Norways most famous mountain road, past tumbling cascades and fertile valleys. (SB, D)

Day 12 Oslo – Stockholm (2 Nights)

Cross the border into Sweden and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern. Pass Örebro to the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for your two-night stay. (SB) Hotel: Clarion/ Scandic Malmen

A Day 13 Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time Admire this charming city during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held. Spend time later shopping in fashionable stores or consider an Optional Experience. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner. (SB, FD) Day 14 Depart Stockholm

Say goodbye to Scandinavia as your memorable vacation draws to a close. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB)

Accommodations

Hotel Randers, Randers, Denmark One of the oldest hotels in Randers, history hits as you walk through the swing doors of this Authentic Accommodations where we stay. From original artwork to a VIP-rich guestbook, Hotel Randers has a unique charm.

$3725 (per person double share)

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport transfers: On arrival at Copenhagen Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 12noon and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Stockholm Airport at 7.30am and 11am. Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $108 per person. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Sognefjord Hotel, Leikanger, Norway Right on Sognefjord, the Authentic Accommodations we use in Leikanger was built by an old retired seafarer. Now run by his children, he built the hotel so visitors could enjoy Norway’s most beautiful scenery too. Leikanger Fjord Hotel, Leikanger, Norway Charming and cozy, this family-run Authentic Accommodations has been welcoming guests since the 1920s. With views over the beautiful fjord shore, you’ll experience a homely taste of the past. Hotel Geiranger, Geiranger, Norway Typical of Scandinavia’s contemporary design, the hotel we stay in on the Geiranger fjord has an incredible waterfront spot, making Hotel Geiranger Authentic Accommodations in both style and setting

Flam Railway, Norway

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Ultimate Iceland

Spectacular glaciers, lava formations, geysers and fjords, the world famous Blue Lagoon mixed with the warmth and quirkiness of the local people – this trip showcases the true jewels of Iceland.

Jokulsarion Glacial Lagoon

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Your included sights • City tour in Reykjavik • Visit the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik, the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula • View the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the Möðrudalsöræfi plateau, Dettifoss waterfall, boiling mud pools at the Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the Godafoss waterfall • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Enjoy bathing in the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. • Be My Guest Visit a horse farm where you’ll learn about the pure Icelandic breed. Enjoy a delicious, light homemade lunch. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… admiring the wall of giant books and the glacial mountain backdrop at a museum dedicated to Thorbergur Thordarson. A local tells you how the Icelandic author’s formative years were shaped by the area’s rich storytelling heritage.

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Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik (2 Nights)

Welcome to Reykjavik. The capital of Iceland is yours to start exploring after you check in to your hotel. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Grand Reykjavik

A Day 2 Reykjvaik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe Explore Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city‘s major attractions including the Parliament, the harbor, the National Museum, Laugadalur swimming pool and the city‘s main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja church standing on the top of a hill in the city center. This afternoon experience a Cultural Insight when you visit and bathe in the world famous Blue Lagoon. (Please remember to pack you swimwear.) (BB) Day 3 Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area First stop leaving Reykjavik will be at the historically significant Thingvellir National Park. Here you can see how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates created cracks on the Earth’s crust. Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser. Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a spectacular water and steam column high into the air. Close by is the majestic Gullfoss, the ‘Golden Waterfall’. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before arriving in the Vík area for dinner. (BB, D) Hotel: Katla

A Day 4 Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn This morning cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth before reaching the Skaftafell National Park. Here you’ll also start seeing the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. You’ll even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight at the Thorbergur Center where you’ll learn about one of Iceland’s most famous writers- complete with a cake and coffee or tea. Spend the evening in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland. (BB) Hotel: Höfn Day 5 Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake

Lagarfljot Make sure your camera is charged as you start the day with a drive through the Almannaskard pass where you can stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue onto the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You might decide to visit Petra´s Mineral Collection in Stödvarfjördur. Learn about Petra, this wellknown and beloved local while you wander amongst her vast collection. Tonight stay in the forest on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot in the Egilsstadir area. (BB, D) Hotel: Hallomstadur

Day 6 Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights) Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Mödrudalsöræfi, heading to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.


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Continue towards Námaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area including the magical lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Head towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri with a stop at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. Akureyri boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. (BB) Hotel: Kea

North Atlantic Ocean horse farm and learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Overnight in the picturesque Stykkishólmur. (BB, BG) Hotel: Stykkisholmur

Day 9 Stykkisholmur – Snæfellsnes

The town of Siglufjördur is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains. You’ll have the option to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, and have time to explore Siglufjördur at your leisure. Walk along the harbor, visit the church, one of the local art galleries, cafés and shops. Arrive back to Akureyri in the afternoon with time to explore further. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)

Peninsula – Reykjavik Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological interest such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautiful formed rock, yellow and black sand beaches and caves as well as interesting bird life. The main attraction is without a doubt Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped strato volcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for John Verne’s novel ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, captured in the unspoilt natural wonder surrounding it. This afternoon complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik. Celebrate tonight with a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Grand Reykjavik

A Day 8 Akureyri – Stykkishólmur

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Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to the Skagafjördur area famous for horses and history. In this region enjoy a Be My Guest lunch on a

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More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Airport Transfers: On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfers will operate at 8am and 4.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will depart the hotel at 4.15am and 11.45am and will arrive at Keflavik Airport approximately 50 minutes later. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Seljanlandsfos Waterfall

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Greek Island Cruises Our Greek cruise collection brings the two sides of Greece together: the ancient greatness of Athens and the laid-back lifestyles of its islands, and features neighbouring Turkey. And our Best of Greece land trip is a perfect addition. On sailing nights, you’ll stay in air-conditioned twoberth cabins with private facilities (upgrades and three berth cabins available), and enjoy on-board à la carte dining and evening entertainment.

YOUR SIGHTSEEING In Athens, your Local Specialist will uncover the mysteries of the Acropolis and Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, Royal Palace and Hadrian’s Arch, introducing you to each. And at ports, your Travel Director on board can suggest the optional shore experiences: • Patmos: Monastery of St John and Grotto

Oia, Santorini

• Rhodes: Old Town and Lindos • Santorini: Island Tour • Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul • Kusadasi: Ephesus

YOUR SHIP You’ll travel on the Celestyal Crystal or Celestyal Olympia (or similar) and we include complimentary transfers between the port and our hotels in Athens. Celestyal Cruises reserve the right to change your cruise ship to one not listed on this page or the itinerary of any cruise, including the sequence of ports and the stops. Due to disembarkation by tender, calls at the ports of Mykonos and Santorini are weather permitting.

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Athens and Aegean 8 days – 2 Countries From:

$1591 (per person double share)

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8 Mar - 26 Apr 3 May - 25 Oct

1595 1695

Premier Superior Outside - Code ATAL

CRETE

Mediterranean Sea Heraklion

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

Day 1 Arrive Athens (3 Nights)

Welcome to mythical Greece. On arrival in Athens transfer to your hotel. Relax and unwind then spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your own pace.

A Day 2 to Day 3 Athens

Sightseeing and Free Time See the wonders of ancient Athens this morning with a Local Specialist on your guided sightseeing tour, which includes a walking tour of the Acropolis and views of the Parthenon. The rest of your stay in Athens is free to explore ancient sites and museums, or maybe join an Optional Experience to Delphi. (BB, BB)

Day 4 Embark – Mykonos

Transfer to the port and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (BB, L, D)

Code: ATAM/S/L/P

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Number of overnight stays

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Day 5 Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an optional experience to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an Optional Experience to the Monastery of St. John. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 Heraklion – Santorini

Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful clifftop villages with incredible views of the caldera. (BB, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark – Athens

Disembark in Athens and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax, see the sights or shop for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 8 Depart Athens

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at the end of a magical vacation. Airport transfers are provided. Conditions apply. (BB)

Your included sights • City tour in Athens • Visit the Acropolis in Athens, the trendy island of Mykonos, the thriving Turkish port of Kusadasi, the idyllic island of Patmos, the port town of Heraklion and the cliff top town of Fira on Santorini • View the Parthenon, the white-washed houses and windmills on Mykonos and the Caldera on Santorini • See Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens

8 Mar - 26 Apr 3 May - 25 Oct

1825 1950

Premium Superior Outside - Code ATAP 8 Mar - 26 Apr 3 May - 25 Oct

Moderate: Ref ATAM

1850 1995

Superior: Ref ATAS

Premier: Ref ATAL

Premium: Ref ATAP

includes includes includes includes Metropolitan/Divani Metropolitan/Divani Athenaeum Athenaeum Palace Acropolis in Palace Acropolis Intercontinental/ Intercontinental/ Athens & Cat. IC or in Athens & Cat. Ledra in Athens Ledra in Athens IB Standard Inside XB or XA Standard & Cat. XD or XC & Cat. XE or XF 2-berth cabin. Outside 2-berth Superior Outside Superior Outside cabin. 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $100 p.p.

Triple room discount from $95 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship:  Operating this itinerary Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences please refer to page 186 for details. Port Taxes: The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Athens. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

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

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Athens and Aegean

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos


Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Ancient Lands GREECE ATHENS 1

8 days – 2 Countries

TURKEY

Aegean Sea

2

Ancient Lands

Kusadasi

Cruise

Mykonos Patmos

Cyclades

From:

$1714 (per person double share)

Includes: 7 nights’ accommodations. 7 breakfasts. 4 cruise lunches. 4 cruise dinners. All transport shown (including 4 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Code: ATLM/S/L/P

Departures start and end in Athens on Saturdays.

Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATLM Departures on or between

12 Mar - 23 Apr 30 Apr - 22 Oct

Santorini Cruise

Rhodes

Mediterranean Sea

CRETE

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

1525 1625

189 189

1714 1814

295 325

189 189

1839 1984

350 375

189 189

2064 2264

395 425

189 189

2114 2339

395 425

Superior Standard Outside - Code ATLS 12 Mar - 23 Apr 30 Apr - 22 Oct

1650 1795

Premier Superior Outside - Code ATLL

Heraklion

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

Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to Athens. Transfer to your hotel on arrival.

A Day 2 Athens Sightseeing and Free Time Admire the sights of ancient Athens with your Local Specialist during your morning sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Agora where Socrates taught. A walking tour of the Acropolis allows you views of the Parthenon. Marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The rest of your day is free for you to explore or shop. This evening, maybe dine on delicious local specialties at one of the many restaurants. (BB) Day 3 Embark – Mykonos

Board your ship and cruise to the glamorous island of Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering the charming town and enjoy the sunset over little Venice. (BB, L, D)

Day 4 Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early at the bustling port of Kusadasi in Turkey – where there is

Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

time to take an Optional Experience to Ephesus. Your cruise continues to Patmos, with an Optional Experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (BB, L, D)

Day 5 Rhodes

Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town or join an Optional Experience to visit Lindos, featuring an acropolis with stunning coastal views. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 Heraklion – Santorini

Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful clifftop villages with incredible views of the caldera. and maybe sample a glass of the local vinsanto wine. (BB, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark – Athens

Dock this morning in Athens and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

Day 8 Depart Athens

Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (BB)

Your included sights • City tour in Athens • Visit the Acropolis in Athens, the trendy island of Mykonos, the thriving Turkish port of Kusadasi, the idyllic island of Patmos, the medieval old town of Rhodes, the port town of Heraklion and the cliff top town of Fira on Santorini • View the Parthenon, the white-washed houses and windmills on Mykonos and the Caldera on Santorini • See Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Athens. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

188

Double Share

12 Mar - 23 Apr 30 Apr - 22 Oct

1875 2075

Premium Superior Outside - Code ATLP 12 Mar - 23 Apr 30 Apr - 22 Oct

Moderate: Ref ATLM

1925 2150

Superior: Ref ATLS

Premier: Ref ATLL

includes includes includes Metropolitan/Divani Metropolitan/Divani Athenaeum Palace Acropolis in Palace Acropolis in Intercontinental/ Athens & Cat. Athens & Cat. XB Ledra in Athens IC or IB Standard or XA Standard & Cat. XD or XC Inside 2-berth Outside 2-berth Superior Outside cabin. cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ATLP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental/ Ledra in Athens & Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $108 p.p.

Triple room discount from $125 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences please refer to page 186 for details. Port Taxes: The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.


Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Istanbul

Aegean Sea Cruise

GREECE

Chios

ATHENS 1

CRETE

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

Rhodes

Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to mythical Greece. On arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. Unwind after your journey or spend the day exploring.

A Day 2 Athens Sightseeing and Free Time Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a walking tour of the Acropolis at the Parthenon, and to see the Olympic Stadium and the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is yours to see more incredible sights. (BB) Day 3 Embark - At Sea

This morning, transfer to the port and board your ship for a relaxing cruise to Turkey. (BB, L, D)

Day 4 At Sea – Istanbul – At Sea

Sail to the Marmara Sea and later, arrive in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, and admire splendid views of mosques, minarets and the mighty Bosphorus. (BB, L, D)

Day 5 At Sea – Kusadasi – At Sea This afternoon arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi and consider a visit to ancient Ephesus. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 At Sea – Santorini – At Sea

Mediterranean Sea Please see Page 195 map for the full cruise itinerary routing that all July & August departures will follow on this trip.

AgiosNikolaos

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

$2470 (per person double share)

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodations. 10 breakfasts. 7 cruise lunches. 7 cruise dinners. All transport shown (including 7 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Code: ATOM/S/L/P

Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATOM

Symi

Cyclades

Cruise

From:

Departures on or between

Mykonos Santorini

11 days – 2 Countries

Departures start in Athens on Wednesdays and end in Athens on Saturdays.

Kusadasi

2

Start

TURKEY

Aegean Odyssey

Its cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean like a dream. Enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the Caldera. (BB, L, D)

Day 7 Ag. Nikolaos (Crete) –

At Sea Wake up in the town of Agios Nikolaos on Crete. See its picturesque lagoon or why not take an excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. (BB, L, D)

Day 8 Rhodes – Symi – At Sea

Visit Rhodes town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the Palace of the Grand Masters, in the old walled city, and the Acropolis of Lindos. Later sail to Symi with its picturesque harbor and hillside mansions. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 Chios – Mykonos – At Sea

Sail north and arrive in Chios, home to the Nea Moni 11th century monastery. This afternoon, stroll through the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 Disembark - Athens

This morning, disembark and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you please. (BB)

Day 11 Depart Athens

Say goodbye to your traveling companions at the end of a memorable vacation. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BB)

Today we find ourselves in Santorini.

†Alternative July and August Itinerary For our July and August departures the cruise itinerary will include some different islands that will be visited. The itinerary will stay the same until Day 3. The itinerary will then operate as follows: Day 3 Dept Athens and visit Mykonos, Day 4 Visit Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Samos, Day 5 Milos,  Day 6 Lavrion and Syros, Day 7 Cesme, Day 8 Kos, Day 9 Ios and Santorini, Day 10 Disembark Athens, Day 11 Depart Athens Cabin Categories: Moderate APOM, Superior APOS, Premier APOL Premium APOP For further details on the full cruise itinerary see page 195 Best of Greece 7 Day Cruise July - August departures, this cruise itinerary will operate the same.

4 May - 22 Jun 29 Jun - 24 Aug 31 Aug - 19 Oct

Double Share

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

2125 2125 2125

345 345 345

2470 2470 2470

395 395 395

345 345 345

2740 2740 2740

475 475 475

345 345 345

3120 3120 3120

525 525 525

345 345 345

3240 3240 3240

495 495 495

Superior Standard Outside - Code ATOS 4 May - 22 Jun 29 Jun - 24 Aug 31 Aug - 19 Oct

2395 2395 2395

Premier Superior Outside - Code ATOL 4 May - 22 Jun 29 Jun - 24 Aug 31 Aug - 19 Oct

2775 2775 2775

Premium Superior Outside - Code ATOP 4 May - 22 Jun 29 Jun - 24 Aug 31 Aug - 19 Oct

2895 2895 2895

Moderate: Superior: Premier: Ref ATOM Ref ATOS Ref ATOL includes includes includes Metropolitan/Divani Metropolitan/Divani Athenaeum Palace Acropolis Palace Acropolis Intercontinental/ in Athens & Cat. in Athens & Ledra in Athens IC or IB Standard Cat. XB or XA & Cat. XD or XC Inside 2-berth Standard Outside Superior Outside cabin. 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ATOP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental/ Ledra in Athens & Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $145 p.p.

Triple room discount from $250 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Crystal or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences please refer to page 186 for details. Port Taxes: The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining DW Dinner with Wine

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Aegean Odyssey

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Greece

Classical culture meets modern metropolis in this exploration of mainland Greece, where ancient cliff-top monasteries and Spartan history mingle with the temples of Olympian gods.

Meteora

The Trafalgar difference

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

Your included sights • City tour in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora • Visit the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theater and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Palace at Mycenae

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka. • Be My Guest dinner in Olympia, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… the aniseed bite of a welcome ouzo shot, warming a trail to your stomach, as you explore the Karambelas family’s olive groves and vineyard in Olympia, before dinner, music and dancing.

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

Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to Athens. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink, with your traveling companions and your Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

A Day 2 Athens Sightseeing and

Free Time Classical Athens was a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world’s oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian’s Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening perhaps choose to dine in a lively area of the city. (BB)

A Day 3 Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Specialist. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold

− see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace with your Local Specialist. Later visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Specialist. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Amalia Nauplia/Agamemmon

A Day 4 Nafplion – Olympia

Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm. (BB, BG) Hotel: Amalia/Europa

A Day 5 Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Meet your Local Specialist and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic site and museum and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi. (BB) Hotel: Nafsika Palace/ Aegli/Amalia

A Day 6 Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Meteora

CRUISE

Best of Greece 8 days – 1 Country From:

Aegean Sea

$1365 (per person double share)

Includes: 7 nights’ accommodations. 7 buffet breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

GREECE Thermopylae

Price per Person

Mount Parnassus 1

DELPHI

Gulf of Corinth

Patras

◆ ◆

Corinth Canal 1

OLYMPIA

Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

Corinth

ATHENS

Mycenae

heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece’ and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka. (BB, D) Hotel: Amalia/Dellas Boutique

A Day 7 Kalambaka – Meteora –

2 1

NAFPLION

1

Epidaurus

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253.

Athens Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens, where later you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions. (BB, FD) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248.

Day 8 Depart Athens

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join one of the 3, 4 or 7 day Aegean Cruises on pages 192195. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB)

Ends Athens 26 Feb Fri 4 Mar Fri

4 Mar Fri 11 Mar Fri 18 Mar Fri 25 Mar Fri 28 Mar Mon

Price per Person

Single Double Supp. Room Option

1365 1365

310 310

11 Mar Fri 18 Mar Fri 25 Mar Fri 1 Apr Fri 4 Apr Mon

1365 1365 1365 1365 1575

310 310 310 310 330

1 Apr Fri 4 Apr Mon 8 Apr Fri 11 Apr Mon 15 Apr Fri 18 Apr Mon 22 Apr Fri 25 Apr Mon 29 Apr Fri

8 Apr Fri 11 Apr Mon 15 Apr Fri 18 Apr Mon 22 Apr Fri 25 Apr Mon 29 Apr Fri 2 May Mon 6 May Fri

1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 1575 2075 2075

330 330 330 330 330 330 330 880 880

2 May Mon 6 May Fri 9 May Mon 13 May Fri 16 May Mon 20 May Fri 23 May Mon 27 May Fri 30 May Mon

9 May Mon 13 May Fri 16 May Mon 20 May Fri 23 May Mon 27 May Fri 30 May Mon 3 Jun Fri 6 Jun Mon

2075 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795

880 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630

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Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

WiFi: See page 250-251 for details. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Starts Athens 19 Feb Fri 26 Feb Fri

3 Jun Fri 6 Jun Mon 10 Jun Fri 13 Jun Mon 17 Jun Fri 20 Jun Mon 24 Jun Fri 27 Jun Mon

10 Jun Fri 13 Jun Mon 17 Jun Fri 20 Jun Mon 24 Jun Fri 27 Jun Mon 1 Jul Fri 4 Jul Mon

1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795

630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630

1 Jul Fri 4 Jul Mon 8 Jul Fri 11 Jul Mon 15 Jul Fri 18 Jul Mon 22 Jul Fri 25 Jul Mon 29 Jul Fri

8 Jul Fri 11 Jul Mon 15 Jul Fri 18 Jul Mon 22 Jul Fri 25 Jul Mon 29 Jul Fri 1 Aug Mon 5 Aug Fri

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630 630

Code: AGBOA

Starts Athens 8 Aug Mon 12 Aug Fri 15 Aug Mon 19 Aug Fri 22 Aug Mon 26 Aug Fri 29 Aug Mon

Ends Athens 15 Aug Mon 19 Aug Fri 22 Aug Mon 26 Aug Fri 29 Aug Mon 2 Sep Fri 5 Sep Mon

2 Sep Fri 5 Sep Mon 9 Sep Fri 12 Sep Mon 16 Sep Fri 19 Sep Mon 23 Sep Fri 26 Sep Mon 30 Sep Fri

Single Double Supp. Room Option

1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1825

630 630 630 630 630 630 630

9 Sep Fri 12 Sep Mon 16 Sep Fri 19 Sep Mon 23 Sep Fri 26 Sep Mon 30 Sep Fri 3 Oct Mon 7 Oct Fri

1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1795

630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630

3 Oct Mon 7 Oct Fri 10 Oct Mon 14 Oct Fri 17 Oct Mon 21 Oct Fri 24 Oct Mon 28 Oct Fri

10 Oct Mon 14 Oct Fri 17 Oct Mon 21 Oct Fri 24 Oct Mon 28 Oct Fri 31 Oct Mon 4 Nov Fri

1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795 1795

630 630 630 630 630 630 630 630

4 Nov Fri 11 Nov Fri 18 Nov Fri 25 Nov Fri

11 Nov Fri 18 Nov Fri 25 Nov Fri 2 Dec Fri

1595 1595 1595 1595

350 350 350 350

2 Dec Fri 9 Dec Fri 17 Dec Sat 22 Dec Thu 28 Dec Wed

1595 1595 1595 1675 1675

350 350 390 390 390

6 Jan Fri 13 Jan Fri

9 Dec Fri 16 Dec Fri 24 Dec Sat 29 Dec Thu 4 Jan Wed 2017 13 Jan Fri 20 Jan Fri

1595 1595

350 350

10 Feb Fri 17 Feb Fri 24 Feb Fri

17 Feb Fri 24 Feb Fri 3 Mar Fri

1595 1595 1595

350 350 350

3 Mar Fri 10 Mar Fri 17 Mar Fri 24 Mar Fri

10 Mar Fri 17 Mar Fri 24 Mar Fri 31 Mar Fri

1595 1595 1595 1595

350 350 350 350

Autumn, Winter, Spring (WGBOA): Please note, departures marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices will be confirmed in May 2016. Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the festive season. Itinerary (WGBOA): Departures marked will operate as per the Autumn, Winter & Spring 2015/6 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary slightly. Please enquire at time of booking.

WAYS TO SAVE

Delphi

Past guest discount SAVE up to $104 p.p

Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $52 p.p

Young traveler discount $170

Triple room discount 19 Feb - 25 Mar 2016 $60 p.p. 25 Apr - 2 May & 17 - 28 Dec 2016 $100 p.p. All other departures $70 p.p.

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Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Best of Greece

Best of Greece with 3 Day Aegean Cruise

with 3 Day Aegean Cruise ATHENS

TURKEY

Aegean Sea

1

Kusadasi

Cruise

Mykonos

12 days – 2 Countries From:

$2216 (per person double share)

Includes: All inclusions as per Best of Greece. 11 nights’ accommodations. 11 buffet breakfasts. 3 cruise lunches. 8 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including 3 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Patmos

Cyclades

Code: AGAM/S/L/P

Departures start on Fridays and end on Tuesdays in Athens.

Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGAM Departures on or between

4 Mar - 22 Apr 29 Apr 6 May - 21 Oct

Santorini

Double Share

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

2075 2650 2395

141 141 141

2216 2791 2536

375 950 695

141 141 141

2266 2891 2616

395 975 725

141 141 141

2366 3016 2736

395 975 695

141 141 141

2416 3066 2791

375 950 695

Cruise

Superior Standard Outside - Code AGAS

CRETE

Mediterranean Sea Heraklion

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

Day 1 to Day 7 As Per Best Of Greece

Day 8 Embark – Mykonos

Transfer to the port and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive whitewashed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an Optional Experience to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is

Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

time to shop, relax on the beach or take an Optional Experience to the Monastery of St. John. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 Heraklion – Santorini

Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini, explore the town or consider joining an optional shore experience to Oia and Fira. (BB, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark – Athens

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

Day 12 Depart Athens

Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home.

2125 2750 2475

4 Mar - 22 Apr 29 Apr 6 May - 21 Oct

Premier Superior Outside - Code AGAL 2225 2875 2595

4 Mar - 22 Apr 29 Apr 6 May - 21 Oct

Premium Superior Outside - Code AGAP 2275 2925 2650

4 Mar - 22 Apr 29 Apr 6 May - 21 Oct

Moderate: Ref AGAM Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin.

Superior: Premier: Ref AGAS Ref AGAL Cat. XB or XA Cat. XD or XC Standard Outside Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref AGAP Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Young traveler discount $170

Past guest discount SAVE up to $146 p.p.

Triple room discount from $150 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences see page 186. Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. Note: The 3 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Friday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA). Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Port Taxes: The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Temple of Artemis, Kusadasi, Turkey

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Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

with 4 Day Aegean Cruise GREECE ATHENS

Aegean Sea

TURKEY

1

Kusadasi Cruise

Mykonos

Best of Greece with 4 Day Aegean Cruise 13 days – 2 Countries From:

$2364 (per person double share)

Includes: All inclusions as per Best of Greece. 12 nights’ accommodations. 12 buffet breakfasts. 4 cruise lunches. 9 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including 4 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Departures start on Mondays and end on Saturdays in Athens.

Patmos

Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGLM

Cyclades

Departures on or between

28 Mar - 18 Apr 25 Apr - 2 May 9 May - 17 Oct

Cruise

Santorini

Double Share

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

2175 2795 2525

189 189 189

2364 2984 2714

395 995 725

189 189 189

2464 3114 2839

425 995 750

189 189 189

2564 3264 2984

395 995 750

189 189 189

2639 3339 3064

395 995 725

Superior Standard Outside - Code AGLS Rhodes

Mediterranean Sea

2275 2925 2650

28 Mar - 18 Apr 25 Apr - 2 May 9 May - 17 Oct

Premier Superior Outside - Code AGLL

CRETE

Heraklion

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

Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

Day 10 Rhodes

Greece

Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town or join an Optional Experience to visit Lindos, featuring the acropolis with stunning coastal views. (BB, L, D)

Day 8 Embark – Mykonos

Day 11 Heraklion – Santorini

Day 1 to Day 7 As Per Best Of

Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey – there is time to take an Optional Experience to Ephesus. Continue on to Patmos, with an Optional Experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (BB, L, D)

Code: AGLM/S/L/P

Sail to Heraklion on the island of Crete, then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset. (BB, L, D)

Day 12 Disembarkation – Athens This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

Day 13 Depart Athens

Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply. (BB)

Heraklion Port, Crete, Greece

2375 3075 2795

28 Mar - 18 Apr 25 Apr - 2 May 9 May - 17 Oct

Premium Superior Outside - Code AGLP 2450 3150 2875

28 Mar - 18 Apr 25 Apr - 2 May 9 May - 17 Oct

Moderate: Ref AGLM Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin.

Superior: Premier: Ref AGLS Ref AGLL Cat. XB or XA Cat. XD or XC Standard Outside Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref AGLP Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Young traveler discount $170

Past guest discount SAVE up to $158 p.p.

Triple room discount from $150 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences please see page 186. Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. Note: The 4 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Monday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA). Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Port Taxes: The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences. KEY: A Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception FB Full Breakfast BB Buffet Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner RM Regional Meal FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining DW Dinner with Wine

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Best of Greece


Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

with 7 Day Aegean Cruise

16 days – 2 Countries

Best of Greece

Istanbul

Aegean Sea Cruise

TURKEY

GREECE

Chios

ATHENS

Mykonos

Cyclades

Cruise

CRETE

Agios Nikolaos

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

Day 1 to Day 7 As Per Best Of Greece

Day 8 Embark – At Sea

Transfer to the port and board your ship before cruising to Turkey. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 At Sea – Istanbul – At Sea

Cruise across the Aegean Sea and into the Marmara Sea. Arrive in Turkey’s magnificent city of Istanbul. View the mosques and minarets that line the Bosphorus. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 At Sea – Kusadasi –

At Sea Arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi. You will have the chance to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the seven churches of the Roman province of Asia Minor, or shop in the local markets and savor the atmosphere. (BB, L, D)

Day 11 At Sea – Santorini – At Sea Santorini will leave you breathless. With its cliffs rising from the blue waters of the Aegean this island is sure to captivate you. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Caldera. (BB, L, D)

$3570 (per person double share)

Includes: All inclusions as per Best of Greece. 15 nights’ accommodations. 15 buffet breakfasts. 7 cruise lunches. 12 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including 7 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Rhodes

Mediterranean Sea

Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

Day 12 At Sea – Crete – At Sea

This morning arrive to the island of Crete – the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Once the center of the Minoan civilization, this island is a delight for lovers of history and flora and fauna. (BB, L, D)

Day 13 At Sea – Rhodes – Symi

Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an Optional Experience to the charming village of Lindos. Continue to Symi where you will spend the evening. (BB, L, D)

Day 14 At Sea – Chios – Mykonos – At Sea Sail to Chios for a visit before arrival into Mykonos. This afternoon stroll through the picturesque streets of Mykonos Town. Take time to enjoy the sunset at a waterside restaurant. (BB, L, D)

Day 15 Disembark Athens

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

Day 16 Depart Athens

Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home.

Code: AGOM/S/L/P

Departures start on Fridays and end on Saturdays in Athens.

Moderate Standard Inside - Code AGOM Departures on or between

Double Share

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

3225 2950 2950

345 345 345

3570 3295 3295

1050 795 795

345 345 345

3795 3520 3520

1095 850 850

345 345 345

4070 3795 3795

1095 825 825

4195 3920 3920

1050 795 795

Superior Standard Outside - Code AGOS

Symi

Santorini

From:

29 Apr 6 May - 17 Jun 26 Aug - 14 Oct

Kusadasi

1

Best of Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise

3450 3175 3175

29 Apr 6 May - 17 Jun 26 Aug - 14 Oct

Premier Superior Outside - Code AGOL 3725 3450 3450

29 Apr 6 May - 17 Jun 26 Aug - 14 Oct

Premium Superior Outside - Code AGOP 3850 3575 3575

29 Apr 6 May - 17 Jun 26 Aug - 14 Oct

345 345 345

Moderate: Ref AGOM

Superior: Ref AGOS

Premier: Ref AGOL

Premium: Ref AGOP

Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin.

Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Young traveler discount $170

Past guest discount SAVE up to $193 p.p.

Triple room discount from $295 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Crystal or other ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences please see page 186. Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. Note: The 7 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Friday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA). Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Port Taxes: The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Old Town, Rhodes, Greece

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Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

with 7 Day Aegean Cruise (Special July - August Departures)

GREECE

Aegean Sea

Çeşme

ATHENS 1

TURKEY

16 days – 2 Countries From:

$3295 (per person double share)

Includes: All inclusions as per Best of Greece. 15 nights’ accommodations. 15 buffet breakfasts. 7 cruise lunches. 12 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown (including 7 night cruise). All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Syros

Moderate Standard Inside - Code ACOM Departures on or between

24 Jun - 19 Aug

Ios Cruise

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

Day 1 to Day 7 As Per Best of Greece

Day 8 Embark – At Sea – Mykonos Transfer to the port and board your ship. This afternoon arrive in Mykonos and stroll through the picturesque streets. Take time to enjoy the sunset at a waterside restaurant. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 At Sea – Kusadasi

(Ephesus) – Samos – At Sea Arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi. You will have the chance to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the seven churches of the Roman province of Asia, or shop in the local markets and savor the atmosphere. After lunch visit the verdant island of Samos which was fertile ground for some of the great minds of ancient Greece, including Aesop, Epicurus and Pythagoras. (BB, L, D) A full day on Milos. This little island has the greatest number of beaches in the Cyclades. Stroll along the marblepaved esplanades or visit the Church of Panayia Thalassitra for one of the best views in the Aegean. (BB, L, D)

Day 11 At Sea – Lavrion – Syros

– At Sea Return to the port in Athens this morning and consider visiting the temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Then set sail for Syros - the capital of the Cyclades islands. (BB, L, D)

Port Taxes

Total Double Share

Single Supp

2950

345

3295

795

345

3520

850

345

3795

825

3920

795

3175

24 Jun - 19 Aug

Kos

Premier Superior Outside - Code ACOL 3450

24 Jun - 19 Aug

Santorini

Mediterranean Sea

Double Share

Superior Standard Outside - Code ACOS

Cyclades

Day 10 At Sea – Milos – At Sea

Code: ACOM/S/L/P

Departures start on Fridays and end on Saturdays in Athens.

Samos

Mykonos

Milos

(Special July - August Departures)

Kusadasi

Cruise

Lavrion

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Best of Greece

Best of Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise

Premium Superior Outside - Code ACOP Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

Day 12 At Sea – Çeşme – At Sea

Enjoy a full day in the Turkish coastal town of Çeşme. Spend time on the sugar-sand beaches or explore Çeşme Castle which dates back to the 16th century and houses a museum of historical artifacts. (BB, L, D)

Day 13 At Sea – Kos – At Sea

After a short sailing arrive in the birthplace of Hippocrates, Kos. A whole day to discover the beauties of this island including the ancient site of Asklepion. (BB, L, D)

Day 14 At Sea – Ios – Santorini –

At Sea Tiny Ios is home to 365 churches. Relax at Mylopotamos Beach, a white sand beach more than a kilometer in length and one of the top ten beaches in Europe. Later sail to the last stop on the cruise. Santorini will leave you breathless. With its cliffs rising from the blue waters of the Aegean this island is sure to captivate you. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Caldera. (BB, L, D)

Day 15 Disembark Athens

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/ Metropolitan

Day 16 Depart Athens

Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply. (BB)

3575

24 Jun - 19 Aug

Moderate: Ref ACOM Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin.

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Superior: Premier: Ref ACOS Ref ACOL Cat. XB or XA Cat. XD or XC Standard Outside Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref ACOP Cat. XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

WAYS TO SAVE Young traveler discount $170

Past guest discount SAVE up to $179 p.p.

Triple room discount from $275 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary Celestyal Crystal or another ship from Celestyal fleet. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore experiences, please see page 186. Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am. Note: The 7 Day Cruise option may only be purchased with the Friday departure of the Best of Greece (AGBOA), between the dates above. Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Port Taxes: The Port Taxes listed above include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2015. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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

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Trip Style: At Leisure

Greek Island Hopper

Mykonos and Santorini are the islands of choice, with three nights on each to soak up the laid-back island lifestyle of two of Greece’s favorite hot-spots.

Mykonos

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights • • • •

City tour in Athens Orientation of Mykonos and Santorini Visit the Acropolis in Athens View the Parthenon, Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Athens. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… taking to island life in authentic style as you travel with locals on the ferry to Mykonos’s blue and white Cycladic architecture, and to Santorini, to experience its sunsets and local food and wine.

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

Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to Athens. Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Later, meet with your fellow travelers and your Trafalgar Local Host for a Welcome Reception including a welcome drink and a light meal. (WR) Hotel: Metropolitan/Divani Palace

A Day 2 Athens Sightseeing

Your amazing sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. (BB)

Day 3 Athens – Mykonos (3 Nights)

Board your ferry at the port of Piraeus for your journey to the Cycladic Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a Regional Meal of local traditional cuisine. Afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the diverse nightlife on this vibrant island. (BB, RM) Hotel: Pelican Bay/Akroyali/Eva

Day 4 to Day 5 Mykonos – Free Time

You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos. The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also

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well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 18th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaelogical Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honor of Apollo’s grandson. Don’t forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant. For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries. (BB, BB)

Day 6 Mykonos – Santorini (3 Nights)

A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring, also known as Thera. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island’s spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe’s most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Regional Meal of delicious Greek cuisine. (BB, RM) Hotel: El Greco/ Santorini Palace/Orizontes

Day 7 to Day 8 Santorini Free Time

Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to simply spend your time relaxing in the sun. Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the caldera and stunning sunsets. For


Trip Style: At Leisure

INTERNAL FLIGHT INCLUDED

Greek Island Hopper

Aegean Sea

10 days – 1 Country

ATHENS

From:

2 1

Piraeus

$2495 (per person double share)

Includes: 9 nights’ accommodations. 9 buffet breakfasts. 3 dinners. All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

Cyclades MYKONOS 3

High-Speed Ferry

Price per Person

High-Speed Ferry

Mediterranean Sea Start

Number of overnight stays

End

Sightseeing stops

sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture. Santorini makes some of the Greek islands’ best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a ‘kaiki’ to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini. (BB, BB)

Day 9 Santorini – Athens

Take the short flight back to Athens this morning. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB) Hotel: Metropolitan/Divani Palace

Day 10 Depart Athens

Say goodbye to Greece and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for the flight home. (BB)

3

SANTORINI

Exciting Family Itinerary REF: FGIH - Greek Island Hopper For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2016 Family Experiences brochure or www.trafalgar.com

Starts Athens 23 Apr Sat 26 Apr Tue 29 Apr Fri

Ends Athens 2 May Mon 5 May Thu 8 May Sun

2 May Mon 5 May Thu 8 May Sun 11 May Wed 14 May Sat 17 May Tue 20 May Fri 23 May Mon 26 May Thu 29 May Sun

2495 2495 2495

840 840 840

11 May Wed 14 May Sat 17 May Tue 20 May Fri 23 May Mon 26 May Thu 29 May Sun 1 Jun Wed 4 Jun Sat 7 Jun Tue

2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495

840 840 840 840 840 840 840 840 840 840

1 Jun Wed 4 Jun Sat 7 Jun Tue 10 Jun Fri 13 Jun Mon 16 Jun Thu 19 Jun Sun 22 Jun Wed 25 Jun Sat 28 Jun Tue

10 Jun Fri 13 Jun Mon 16 Jun Thu 19 Jun Sun 22 Jun Wed 25 Jun Sat 28 Jun Tue 1 Jul Fri 4 Jul Mon 7 Jul Thu

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890

1 Jul Fri 4 Jul Mon 7 Jul Thu 10 Jul Sun 13 Jul Wed

10 Jul Sun 13 Jul Wed 16 Jul Sat 19 Jul Tue 22 Jul Fri

3095 3095 3095 3095 3095

1200 1200 1200 1200 1200

Alternative Trips Check out our similar ‘Greek Island Explorer’ trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.trafalgar.com/CostSaver

Santorini

Single Double Supp. Room Option

Code: AGIH Price per Person

Starts Athens 16 Jul Sat 19 Jul Tue 22 Jul Fri 25 Jul Mon 28 Jul Thu 31 Jul Sun

Ends Athens 25 Jul Mon 28 Jul Thu 31 Jul Sun 3 Aug Wed 6 Aug Sat 9 Aug Tue

3 Aug Wed 6 Aug Sat 9 Aug Tue 12 Aug Fri 15 Aug Mon 18 Aug Thu 21 Aug Sun 24 Aug Wed 27 Aug Sat 30 Aug Tue

Single Double Supp. Room Option

3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095

1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200

12 Aug Fri 15 Aug Mon 18 Aug Thu 21 Aug Sun 24 Aug Wed 27 Aug Sat 30 Aug Tue 2 Sep Fri 5 Sep Mon 8 Sep Thu

3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095 3095

1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200

2 Sep Fri 5 Sep Mon 8 Sep Thu 11 Sep Sun 14 Sep Wed 17 Sep Sat 20 Sep Tue 23 Sep Fri 26 Sep Mon 29 Sep Thu

11 Sep Sun 14 Sep Wed 17 Sep Sat 20 Sep Tue 23 Sep Fri 26 Sep Mon 29 Sep Thu 2 Oct Sun 5 Oct Wed 8 Oct Sat

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890 890

2 Oct Sun

11 Oct Tue

2495

840

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $143 p.p.

Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $72 p.p.

Young traveler discount $257

Triple room discount 23 Apr - 29 May & 2 Oct 2016 $120 p.p. 1 Jul - 30 Aug 2016 310 p.p. All other departures $190 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Internal flight: The above prices include the internal air fare and are accurate as of July 2015. For up to date pricing please visit our website. One piece of hold luggage restricted to 23kg/50lbs. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see pages 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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GREECE


Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Secrets of Greece including Corfu

The classic attractions of Athens and Olympia mix with hidden sights, quiet villages and sleepy island life to unveil the real Greece as you meet locals and travel beyond the traditional touristy sights. This evening join us at our wonderful Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive oil farm. (BB, BG) Hotel: Arty Grand

Day 5 Olympia – Amphilocia – Preveza

– Nikopolis – Igoumenitsa – Corfu (2 Nights) This morning cross the famous Rion-Antirion Bridge, a marvel of modern architecture and engineering in the 21st century before heading up the Ionian coast. See the the quaint town of Amphilochia and the local city of Preveza before arriving to Nikopolis to see where the Battle of Actium took place. Nikopolis was founded by Emperor Augustus in commemoration of his victory in 31 BC over Antony and Cleopatra. Cross by ferry to the island of Corfu. Carpeted with olive trees and pines, the island was once under Venetian rule. Enjoy free time to stroll in Corfu city with its splendid architecture, cobbled alleys, arcades, and stop in the Spianada (Esplanade), one of the largest and most impressive squares in Greece. (BB) Hotel: Cavalieri

Day 6 Corfu Sightseeing and Free Time View over Corfu Town

The Trafalgar difference

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Your included sights

• City tour in Nafplion, Olympia, Meteora, Delphi and Athens • Orientation of Amphilochia, Preveza, Corfu, Metsovo, Meteora and Galaxidi • Visit the Amphitheater and Sanctuary of Aesculapius at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the towns of Amphilocia and Preveza, the island of Corfu and it’s Venetian Castle, monastery of Palaiokastritsa and Achilleon Palace, the picturesque towns of Ioannina and Metsovo, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, Mount Pelion region, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the port town of Galaxidi and the Acropolis in Athens • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Palace at Mycenae

Your Insider Experiences • Cultural Insight Into wine production in the Nemea region and sample some of the highly regarded local produce. • Be My Guest Dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive oil farm, in Olympia. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol or check www.trafalgar.com for this trip’s full list of included Insider Experiences.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… stroll around the Magnesian village of Portaria in Pelion home to the mighty Centaurs and “milies” (little apples) – experience the produce at an olive farm in Olympia, where the owners invite you for an authentic Greek meal.

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

Day 1 Arrive Athens

Welcome to Athens. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Ledra

Day 2 Athens – Epidaurus – Nafplion

(2 Nights) This morning enjoy a leisurely drive to the northeast Peloponnese. View the impressive Corinth Canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea before your visit to the ancient Theater of Epidaurus and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, God of Medicine. Epidaurus is a marvel of engineering and is famous for its outstanding acoustics which are considered some of the best of any open air theater. You will have free time to explore or enjoy a meal near the harbor in the beautiful seaport town of Nafplion. (BB) Hotel: Amphytrion

A Day 3 Nafplion – Excursion to

Mycenae Enjoy a visit to Mycenae, the most important palatial center of the late Bronze Age in Greece. Here you will walk through the Lion gate and remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, as well as see his tomb. Gain a Cultural Insight into wine production in the Nemea region and sample some of the highly regarded local produce. Return to your hotel in Nafplion and perhaps enjoy a stroll in town or taste some local Greek ice cream. (BB)

A Day 4 Nafplion – Olympia

Cross the Peloponnese and head west towards the famous village of Olympia. Visit the archaeological site and museum home of the original Olympic Games in antiquity.

Enjoy an island orientation of Corfu. Visit the Venetian Castle and the monastery of Palaiokastritsa. Later visit the Achilleion Palace with its beautiful views and bougainvillea, built by Elizabeth “Sissi” Empress of Austria and Hungary. This was once the summer residency of the royal family of Greece and overlooks the famous island of Pontikonisi and the beautiful clear waters of the bay. (BB)

Day 7 Corfu – Ioannina

Say goodbye to Corfu and sail back to the mainland to arrive later in the lively city of Ioannina. Enjoy free time to walk around the Old Town or alongside Pamvotis Lake. Enjoy views of the famous island in the middle of the lake which is home to picturesque byzantine monasteries. (BB) Hotel: Du Lac

Day 8 Ioannina – Metsovo – Meteora – Portaria (Mount Pelion) Stop in the mountainous picturesque town of Metsovo, famous for Metsovone cheese and local wine. Continue on to Kalambaka, home to the famous byzantine Monasteries of Meteora perched on top of the impossibly tall rocks. The striking, unique geology of the region led to UNESCO declaring it a World Heritage Site. Continue south east towards Mount Pelion, known for its unexpected natural beauty and lush vegetation scarcely found elsewhere on the Greek mainland. (BB) Hotel: Despotiko

A Day 9 Portaria – Thermopylae –

Delphi – Galaxidi Today you will enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel through the countryside over the famous mountain ranges of Parnassos and Giona. Stop briefly in Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his 300 brave Spartans against the invading Persians. Enjoy a guided visit in Delphi with a Local Specialist. Visit the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that


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Includes: 10 nights’ accommodations. 10 buffet breakfasts. 3 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3. Price per Person

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athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. Later arrive in Galaxidi, a picturesque seafaring village situated on a wooded bay with fine views. (BB) Hotel: Ganimede

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Day 11 Depart Athens

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at the end of a magical vacation, or join the 3 Day Santorini Extension. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

Day 12 to Day 13 Santorini

Free Time Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to spend your time relaxing in the sun. Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire

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Past guest discount SAVE up to $138 p.p.

Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $69 p.p.

Young traveler discount $270

Triple room discount from $150 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Accommodations: Guests may be accommodated in alternative hotels in certain locations. The hotels in Galaxidi and Portaria are small capacity hotels. All hotels will be of the same or higher standard. Room share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Galaxidi harbour

On the last travel day of the Secrets of Greece, why not extend your vacation with three nights in marvelous Santorini? A short flight brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for three nights. Transfer to your hotel with an orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring. Comprising of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island’s spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe’s most popular hotspots. (BB) Hotel: El Greco/ Cliff Side/Tzekos Villas

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Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.

Optional Santorini Extension Code: GSMSA Day 11 Athens – Santorini (3 Nights)

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On arrival in Athens, visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist continues with views of the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. See Hadrian’s Arch which was built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. View the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of this incredible vacation. (BB, FD) Hotel: Ledra

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breathtaking views across the caldera and witness stunning sunsets. For sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture. Santorini makes some of the Greek islands’ best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Consider a ride in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini. (BB)

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. WiFi: See pages 250-251 for details. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Day 14 Santorini – Athens

Take the short flight back to Athens this morning. Say goodbye to Greece as you continue your flight home from Athens airport. (BB) Please note: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 2pm. From $1190 per person sharing a double room.

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Jordan Experience

The unique beauty of ancient Petra marks the mid-way point in a cultural pilgrimage to biblical landmarks and crusade strongholds, unless you stay longer with our Dead Sea option.

Petra

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Your included sights • City tour in Amman • Visit the Greco-Roman city at Jerash, the unique ancient city at Petra and the Crusader Fortress at Shobak • View the Roman amphitheater and Citadel in Amman, Moses’ Promised Land on Mount Nebo and the mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba

Your Insider Experiences • Local Specialist For included sightseeing in Amman. • Authentic Accommodations Petra Guest House is located beside the official entrance to the Siq of Petra’s historical and archeological site, this hotel has modern rooms and a quirky Nabatean Cave bar. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

Day 1 Arrive Amman

Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a country rich in ancient history and biblical sites of importance. You are met on arrival at Amman Airport and transferred to your hotel. (D) Hotel: The Boulevard Arjaan

A Day 2 Amman – Jerash – Petra (2 Nights) Visit the ruins at Jerash, a beautifully preserved and once prosperous GrecoRoman city. Return to Amman for a sightseeing tour of the Roman amphitheater and Citadel Hill with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Petra, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Petra Guest House Authentic Accommodations Day 3 Petra Sightseeing

Spend the day in Petra and discover this unique cultural treasure. Carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by

Nabataeans, it was an important link in the Silk Road trade route. Enter the city through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on either side by cliffs soaring 80 meters high. Emerge from the path and see the magnificent Treasury, the first of many wonders to be explored. (BB, D)

Day 4 Petra – Amman

Follow the King’s Highway north to Shobak and visit the 12th century Crusader fortress. View the Promised Land from Mount Nebo. At Madaba, view the mosaic map of the Holy Land in St. George’s Church, dating from the 6th century. Don’t miss the opportunity to extend your stay with two relaxing nights at the Dead Sea, see page opposite. Alternatively, continue to Amman for your final night. (BB, D) Hotel: The Boulevard Arjaan

Day 5 Depart Amman

This morning bid farewell to this extraordinary land. Transfers to Amman airport are available, conditions apply. (BB)

For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering the fascinating stories of Amman’s Citadel Hill with a passionate historian. You’ll learn about its original Bronze Age settlers, the Romans and their Temple of Hercules, and the people who built Umayyad Palace around 730AD.

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WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $66 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Amman hotel booked by Trafalgar. Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please contact your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see pages 248. All prices are per person, double share. Amman

Optional Dead Sea Extension Code: JOXT Extend your vacation and visit the mysterious Dead Sea.

Day 4 Petra – Amman – Dead Sea (2 Nights) Sightseeing as per Day 4 of Jordan Experience followed by a transfer to your hotel at the Dead Sea. (BB, D) Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Day 5 Dead Sea

Set in a beautiful and dramatic landscape, the Dead Sea is famous for its mineral-rich waters. Relax and enjoy the resort, luxuriate in the warm, stimulating black mud and float in the calming water. (BB, D)

Day 6 Depart Amman

This morning bid farewell to this extraordinary land. Transfers to Amman airport are available, conditions apply. (BB)

Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

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Accommodations

Petra Guest House, Petra, Jordan Located beside the official entrance to the Siq of Petra’s historical and archaeological site, this hotel has modern rooms and a quirky Nabatean Cave bar.

This trip departs Sundays fortnightly between 3 April 2016 - 19 March 2017 From $395 per person double share. Single supplement available from $230.

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

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Jerash


Egyptian Itineraries Trafalgar has three fantastic itineraries which showcase this incredible destination. All three trips offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy an included Nile Cruise (see each itinerary for more details).

Best of Egypt

9 Days From

Code: EGBO

A cruise from Luxor to Aswan and horse-drawn buggy at Edfu are just two of the ways your Egyptologist unveils the secrets of an ancient culture, in this in-depth passage into Egypt. Day 1 Arrive Cairo

Day 9 Depart Cairo

Day 2 Cairo – Luxor – Nile Cruise (4 Nights)

**Abu Simbel Optional Experience available on this itinerary.

Day 3 Nile Cruise: Luxor – Edfu Day 4 Nile Cruise: Edfu – Kom-Ombo Day 5 Nile Cruise: Kom-Ombo – Aswan Day 6 Disembark – Aswan – Cairo (3 Nights) Day 7 Cairo Sightseeing

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Jordan Experience

3 1 Giza Sakkara Memphis

Departures operate every Wednesday between 30 March 2016 and 22 March 2017.

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River Nile

Why not add our Jordan Experience trip after your visit to Egypt, see pages 200-201 for full details.

Day 8 Cairo – Pyramid Excursion

Red Sea

EGYPT

Valley of the Kings

Karnak Luxor

4-Night Nile Cruise

Edfu

All three itineraries include a cruise along the legendary River Nile on board the most luxurious of ships; the MS Norma, MS Sapphire, MS La Boheme (or similar cruise ship). Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is available on all Trafalgar Egyptian itineraries.

Jordan Optional Extension 5 Day Jordan Extension

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Aswan Optional Experience **Abu Simbel

MORE ABOUT YOUR TRIP Full itineraries; Optional Experiences and trip availability are to be found on the Trafalgar website. Visit www.trafalgar.com for up-to-date information.

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The Great Pyramids of Giza and the buzzing atmosphere of Cairo mark the start of a journey of discovery into Ancient Egypt, as you cruise from the mysterious temples of Luxor and the epic Valley of the Kings to the Aswan High Dam, before returning to the capital. Day 1 Arrive Cairo (2 Nights) Day 2 Cairo – Pyramids Excursion Day 3 Cairo – Nile Cruise:

Luxor – Dendera (7 Nights)

Day 4 Nile Cruise: Dendera – Luxor Day 5 Nile Cruise: Luxor – Edfu Day 6 Nile Cruise: Edfu – Aswan Day 7 Nile Cruise: Aswan

$2875

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**Abu Simbel Optional Experience available on this itinerary.

Departures operate every Tuesday between 29 March 2016 and 21 March 2017

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Optional Experience **Abu Simbel

MORE ABOUT YOUR TRIP Full itineraries; Optional Experiences and trip availability are to be found on the Trafalgar website. Visit www.trafalgar.com for up-to-date information.

The Nile at Aswan

Egyptian Voyager

9 Days From

Code: EGVO

Following the trail of the Nile, the bustle of modern-day Cairo gives way to the mystical ruins of the Temple of Isis, Valley of the Kings, and the catacombs and ancient acropolis of Alexandria, on a voyage into Egypt’s culture and history. Day 1 Arrive Cairo (2 Nights)

Day 6 Disembark – Luxor – Cairo

Day 2 Cairo Sightseeing

Day 7 Cairo – Alexandria

Day 3 Cairo – Aswan – Nile Cruise

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Red Sea

**Abu Simbel Optional Experience available on this itinerary.

EGYPT

Departures operate every Saturday between 30 March 2016 and 22 March 2017.

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Karnak Luxor 3-Night Nile Cruise

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Optional Experience **Abu Simbel

MORE ABOUT YOUR TRIP Full itineraries; Optional Experiences and trip availability are to be found on the Trafalgar website. Visit www.trafalgar.com for up-to-date information.

The Corniche and Fort QaitBey, Alexandria

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Wonders of Ancient Egypt


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Israel

Holy Jerusalem sets the scene for this all-embracing study of Israel, before you venture from its Wailing Wall to the Dead Sea, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes and bustling Tel Aviv.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

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Your included sights • City tour in Jerusalem • Visit the tomb of King David on mount Zion, the Fortress of Masada, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, the old Synagogue and the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum, the ancient Synagogue and artists’ colony at Tzfat, the underground Crusader City of Acre • View the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Bahai Shrine from the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa, the excavations of Solomon’s Stables and the Roman Amphitheater and aqueduct at Caesarea • See the Mount of Olives, the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights

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

Day 1 Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights) Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. Relax or take a stroll around the city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and your Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Dan Panorama Day 2 Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem Admire the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. See the room where the Last Supper took place near Zion Gate. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall and see the Dome of the Rock. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (IB)

Day 3 Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Masada

– Jerusalem Traverse the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Near Qumran, view the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. A short drive brings you to Masada. Ride by cable car to the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Explore the excavations of Herod’s Palace before having the chance to float in the Dead Sea, time permitting. Later, enjoy an evening meal at your hotel. (IB, D)

Day 4 Jerusalem Free Time

Spend the day exploring the sights of your choice. There are a wealth of great attractions to visit, including the Tower of David Museum, the Archaeological Gardens and the Davidson Center. (IB)

Day 5 New City Of Jerusalem –

Lower Galilee (2 Nights) Tour Yad Vashem, a memorial commemorating the six million martyrs of

Your Insider Experiences • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… your footsteps echoing in Jerusalem, as you enter the room where the Last Supper took place. And feeling weightless, the warmth of sunshine on your skin, as you float in the famous Dead Sea.

View of Haifa from the Persian Gardens

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Golan Hights

Best of Israel

Capernaum

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World War II. Discover the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. See the Knesset − Israel’s Parliament − and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University. Travel through the Jordan Valley to reach your Kibbutz hotel, home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (IB, D) Hotel: Lavi Kibbutz

colony at Tzfat, one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities. Discover the fascinating underground Crusaders City of Acre. Admire views of the Bahai Shrine and the beautiful Persian Gardens at Haifa. See the Roman statues, the aqueduct and the Roman Theater at the ancient port city of Caesarea. Later, travel to Tel Aviv for a two-night stay. (IB) Hotel: Dan Panorama

Day 6 Excursion Meggido – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes Visit the ‘chariot city’ of Megiddo to see the excavations of Solomon’s Stables. Explore the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth and visit the old synagogue at Capernaum, the old town of Jesus. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Dine tonight at your hotel. (IB,  D)

Day 8 Tel Aviv Free Time

Day 7 Lower Galilee – Acre – Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv (2 Nights) Visit the ancient synagogue and artists’

Take time on your own to discover the myriad delights Tel Aviv has to offer; the Flea Market, Newe Zedek, the first Jewish neighborhood, the Diaspora Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum. (IB)

Day 9 Depart Tel Aviv

After a memorable vacation in this historic region, it is time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (IB)

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Festive Celebrations: Christmas is not celebrated in Israel. New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for the marked departure.

Past guest discount SAVE up to $148 p.p.

WAYS TO SAVE Triple room discount $250 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Tel Aviv hotel booked by Trafalgar. Religious holidays: Due to the frequency of religious holidays in Israel, the hotels and order of the sightseeing program may be changed. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see pages 248. All prices are per person, double share. Visit www.trafalgar.com for availability, up-to-date itineraries and Optional Experiences.

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

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Haifa


Trip Style: Country Explorer

Highlights of Turkey

Trojan horse, ancient cities and bustling bazaars are some of the highlights on this exploration of Turkey’s coast, which starts and ends in vibrant Istanbul. Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Kolin

A Day 4 Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalized by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Center at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, BG, D) Hotel: Mövenpick Day 5 Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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Your included sights • City tour in Istanbul • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Center at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary’s House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Grand Mosque in Bursa • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli and the ruins of the ancient city and Wooden Horse at Troy

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

Day 1 Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Marriott Sisli

Day 2 Istanbul Sightseeing

Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent Hagia Sophia Basilica. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. (BB)

Day 3 Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest lunch experience with the villagers of Demircidere. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling the homely aroma of flour, which dusts the rustic table and clings to your fingers as you learn how to make traditional bread with locals in the little village of Demircidere.

In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and

Day 6 Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles’ formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Thermal Kervansary

Day 7 Bursa – Istanbul

Wander through the old silk market and visit the Grand Mosque. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your vacation. (BB, FD) Hotel: Marriott Sisli

Day 8 Depart Istanbul

Say goodbye to your companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not continue your splendid adventure on one of our superb cruises, such as the ‘Aegean Cruise’ on the page opposite? (BB)

Highlights of Turkey with Anzac Day Ref: GTHOT On Day 7 the Highlights of Turkey with Anzac Day will follow the amended itinerary as featured below:

Day 7 Bursa – Çanakkale

Travel to Çanakkale. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before taking part in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. Please note that there is no hotel accommodations provided as you will attend the entire event, including the Dawn Service. (BB, D)

Day 8 Çanakkale – Istanbul

After a memorable night arrive in Istanbul for time to rest or explore. This

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House – Pamukkale Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theater, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Collosae Thermal

evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Marriott Sisli

Day 9 Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BB) Please note: It is not possible to link 18 April 2016 departure with the 7 Day Aegean Cruise. See price panel on page opposite for prices.


Trip Style: Country Explorer

CRUISE

Highlights of Turkey

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From:

$1495 (per person double share)

Highlights of Turkey with 7 Day Aegean Cruise 16 days – 2 Countries From:

Includes: 7 nights’ accommodations. 7 buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch (Be My Guest). 6 dinners. All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3. BULGARIA

Code: THOTA

$3330 (per person double share)

Includes: All inclusions as per Highlights of Turkey. 15 breakfasts 7 lunches 12 dinners. All transport shown (including cruise). All transfers shown.

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Pergamon

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Anzac Day: Departure marked in the price panel is a special Anzac Day departure where the itinerary is altered to take in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. See GTHOT box for full details on opposite page. Solo Traveler Discount: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $85 p.p.

Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $42 p.p.

Young traveler discount $180

Triple room discount $10 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Istanbul hotel booked by Trafalgar. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 248. All prices are per person, double share.

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join an Optional Experience to the charming village of Lindos. Continue to Symi. (BB, L, D)

Explore the fascinating city of Istanbul today before joining your cruise ship. (BB, L, D)

Day 13 Chios – Mykonos

Day 9 At Sea – Kusadasi – At Sea

Day 14 Disembark – Athens

Cruise to Kusadasi where you can shop for bargains or join an Optional Experience to ancient Ephesus. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 At Sea – Santorini – At Sea Embark in Santorini and explore this spectacular volcanic island. (BB, L, D)

Day 11 At Sea – Crete – At Sea

Discover the unique beauty of Crete. (BB, L, D)

Day 12 Rhodes – Symi

Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or

Enjoy spending time in Chios and continue to Mykonos. (BB, L, D)

(2 Nights) This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/ Metropolitan

Day 15 Athens Sightseeing

Today your walking tour includes view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Free time this afternoon. (BB)

Day 16 Depart Athens

After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport. (BB)

Departures commence in Istanbul on Saturdays and end in Athens on Sundays.

Moderate Standard Inside - Code TAPM Departures on or between 30 Apr - 18 Jun 27 Aug 3 Sep - 1 Oct

Double Share Port Taxes Total Double Share 2995 335 3330 2995 335 3330 2995 335 3330

Superior Standard Outside - Code TAPS 30 Apr - 18 Jun 27 Aug 3 Sep - 1 Oct

3250 3250 3250

Premier Superior Outside - Code TAPL 30 Apr - 18 Jun 27 Aug 3 Sep - 1 Oct

3525 3525 3525

Premium Superior Outside - Code TAPP 30 Apr - 18 Jun 27 Aug 3 Sep - 1 Oct

Moderate: Ref TAPM Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin.

3650 3650 3650

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335 335 335

3585 3585 3585

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3860 3860 3860

850 375 850

335 335 335

3985 3985 3985

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Superior: Premier: Ref TAPS Ref TAPL Cat XB or XA Cat. XD or XC Standard Outside Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin.

Young traveler discount $150

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

SOLO TRAVELER DISCOUNT

8 days – 1 Country

Trip Style: Cruise Rail and Combos

WAYS TO SAVE Past guest discount SAVE up to $183 p.p.

Premium: Ref TAPP Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

Triple room discount from $250 p.p.

More about your trip Celestyal Cruise Ship: For more information on cruise ships, inclusions and optional shore experiences, see page 186. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. KEY: InsiderPort Experience WR Welcome Reception FB Full Port Taxes: TheAabove Taxes include Tips & Fuel Surcharge andBreakfast are et Breakfast L Lunch Dinner please RM Regional Meal accurate BB as Buff of July 2015. For up to dateDpricing see our website. FD Farewell Dinner BG Be My Guest Dining DW Dinner with Wine

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Trip Style: Country Explorer

Best of Turkey

The calm of Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery introduces this exploration into Turkey, where ancient ruins and Whirling Dervishes map your path through this open air museum. Day 5 Excursion to Ephesus and the

House of the Virgin Mary Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus and see the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Consider an optional dinner tonight at a local restaurant in Izmir. (BB)

Day 6 Izmir – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale before arriving at your hotel. This afternoon relax in the hot springs at your hotel before dinner. (BB, D) Hotel: Pam Thermal

A Day 7 Pamukkale – Antalya

(2 Nights) After breakfast travel through scenic countryside and stop in a small local village where you will be guests of some of the locals. Enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with local food prepared by your hosts. Later travel to the city of Antalya and relax on the beach or at the hotel swimming pool. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, BG, D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Day 8 Perge Excursion Goreme

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Your included sights • City tour in Istanbul • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Center at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary’s House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle spring in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Sarhatli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilization at Ankara • View the Wooden Horse at Troy

Your Insider Experiences • Be My Guest lunch in a traditional agricultural village where you will be hosted by the locals. • Authentic Accommodations Stay in this unique hotel Dilek Kaya built in the architectural style of the area, beautifully crafted out of rock formations. • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. For more Insider Experiences, look for this symbol

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting the nomads of Yazir Village and discovering their family traditions over homemade Tarhana soup and tasty stuffed vegetables.

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

Day 1 Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey and in the evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travelers. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 2 Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire’s power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and see the Egyptian obelisk. Later enjoy free time to explore the famous Grand Bazaar markets and this evening consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk dances and belly dancing entertainment. (BB) Day 3 Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and see Anzac Cove, the site of a bitter battle in WWI. Visit Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay overnight in Çanakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Kolin

Day 4 Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon –

Izmir (2 Nights) Visit the ruins of Troy, and see the famous Wooden Horse. Explore the ancient Asclepion Medical Center at the ancient city of Pergamon. Dine at your hotel in Izmir this evening. (BB, D) Hotel: Wyndham Grand Ozdilek

Visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman city of Perge. This afternoon you can either embark on an optional yacht cruise or enjoy free time in Antalya. Dine tonight at a local restaurant of your choice. (BB)

Day 9 Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

This morning visit Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved Roman theaters in the world. Continue on to Konya where you will visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum, the final resting place for members of the Whirling Dervish mystic sect. Then continue on to the Karatay Tile Museum. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D) Hotel: Anemon Konya

A Day 10 Konya – Cappadocia

(2 Nights) Visit a well preserved 13th century caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and see the cone of Uchisar. Dine tonight at a local restaurant. (BB, D) Hotel: Dilek Kaya Cave Authentic Accommodations

Day 11 Göreme Excursion

Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Cappadocia, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)

Day 12 Cappadocia – Ankara

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (BB, D) Hotel: Swissôtel

Day 13 Ankara – Istanbul

Travel back to Istanbul and cross the Bosphorus into Europe. Enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping or perhaps take an optional cruise on the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli


Trip style: Country Explorer

Best of Turkey

Black Sea

14 days – 1 Country From:

ISTANBUL 2

GREECE

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TURKEY

Gallipoli 1 ÇANAKKALE Troy

includes: 13 nights’ accommodations. 13 buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch (Be My Guest). 10 dinners. All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions shown on page 3.

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Göreme

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Sightseeing stops

This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195

780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780

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2195 2195 2195 2195 2195

780 780 780 780 780

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20 Aug Sat 27 Aug Sat 3 Sep Sat 10 Sep Sat

2195 2195 2195 2225

780 780 780 0

Antalya Coast CYPRUS

Important note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.

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Accommodations

Dilek Kaya Hotel, Cappadocia Stay in this unique hotel built in the architectural style of the area. This Authentic Accommodations has been beautifully crafted out of rock formations.

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7 Day Aegean Cruise Extension Ref: TBOM/S/L/P A 7 day Aegean cruise extension is available to link with the Best of Turkey. On the last travel day of the Best of Turkey this extension will depart from Istanbul port. This cruise extension is available on Sunday departures only. See page 207 for full cruise itinerary details. Please note: The 7 day cruise extension is not available on departures between 19 June - 14 August 2016. From $4060 per person double share.

Best of Turkey with Anzac Day Code: GTBOT Day 1 to Day 11 

1 – Istanbul, Day 2 – Cannakkale, 3 – Izmir, Day 4 – Pamukkale, 5-6 – Antalya, Day 7 – Konya, 8-9 – Cappadocia, Day 10 – Ankara, 11 – Bursa

Day 12 Bursa – Çanakkale

Today travel to Çanakkale. You will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before taking part in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. There is no hotel accommodations provided as you will attend the entire event, including the Dawn Service. (BB, D)

Day 13 Çanakkale – Istanbul

After a memorable night you will arrive in Istanbul for some rest at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 14 Istanbul Sightseeing

Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire’s power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Explore the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica. Visit the wonderful Blue Mosque built in the 17th century. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and traveling companions. (BB, FD)

Day 15 Depart Istanbul

After breakfast it is time to leave this fascinating city which lies on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus. Return home with many special memories. Transfers are available. (BB) See price panel above for prices for the 13th April 2016 Anzac departure.

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Aspendos

Day 14 Depart Istanbul

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Mediterranean Sea

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Non operating Cruise Departures: The 7 Day Cruise is not operating on the departures marked in the price panel. u Anzac Day: Departure marked in the price panel is a special Anzac Day departure where the itinerary is altered to take in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. See the GTBOT box to the left for full details. H Festive Celebrations: Christmas is not celebrated in Turkey. New Year’s celebrations are arranged for marked departures. ✚ Solo Traveler Discount: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement. s

WAYS TO SAVE Young traveler discount $210 Past guest discount SAVE up to $121 p.p.

Triple room discount $20 p.p. Multiple trip discount SAVE up to $61 p.p.

More about your trip * International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 253. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers are provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Trafalgar Istanbul hotel. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with your vacation in Europe. Itinerary: Some departures may operate in reverse. Included sightseeing will not be affected. If Sarhatli is unavailable, an alternative underground city will be visited. All prices are per person, double share.

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Trip Style: Hidden Journey

Secrets of Turkey including the Turquoise Coast

Traveling in a small group means we can explor