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CHINA, JAPAN & VIETNAM WITH YANGTZE RIVER

EXPERTLY PLANNED SMALL GROUP GUIDED HOLIDAYS

FEATURING COMBINED GUIDED HOLIDAYS AND RIVER CRUISING INCLUDED AUTHENTIC LOCAL DINING & UNIQUE SIGHTSEEING INCLUDED ALL FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION

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At Trafalgar, we open doors.

We’ll show you more of Asia than you ever imagined possible. When you travel with an insider, you’ll enjoy unique and authentic experiences you won't encounter any other way. It’s unbeatable value you can see, hear, taste and discover on every day of your holiday. In small groups journey by river and road as we delve deep into China’s extraordinary cultural landscape, revealing ancient wonders and Hidden Treasures from imperial city to modern metropolis. Let us introduce you to the scenic beauty and welcoming spirit of Vietnam, and immerse you in Japan’s fascinating fusion of traditional and urban life. While most guided holiday companies barely skim the surface of the worlds they visit, Trafalgar invites you on a journey to see the world from the inside. 2

Mount Fuji, Japan

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Introduction

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Travelling like an insider

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Magical sightseeing

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Stay and dine in comfort and style

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Holiday styles

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Sensational savings

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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA Discover the heart and soul of Vietnam in Hanoi with its strong French influences. Travel through rice paddy fields to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. Taste the flavours of regional Vietnam with an authentic Be My Guest experience. Extend your Vietnam holiday to cruise the mighty Mekong River from the bustling Vietnam delta deep into Cambodia. Code CTVC CTVE

Itinerary Highlights of Vietnam Cambodia Cruise Extension Vietnam hotels & extended stays

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Itinerary Classic China Highlights of China and the Yangtze Majestic China China, Tibet and the Yangtze Impressions of China and the Yangtze Grand China and the Yangtze Tibet Extension Bangkok Extension Hong Kong Extension China hotels & extended stays River cruise ships & deck plans

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Travel Information Cancellation Fee Waiver, Express Check-In & Things to Know Booking Conditions

JAPAN Admire the past and present of Japan’s lively capital, Tokyo, where you’ll learn to make sushi the local way. Take in the spectacular views from up high on Mount Fuji, visit the striking Matsumoto Castle and sample the local drink, sake, at a traditional brewery. Then explore culturally rich Kyoto with its sacred temples, shrines and awe-inspiring gardens. Code JPNL JPHO

Time will stand still when you set foot on Tiananmen Square and enter the gates of the magnificent Forbidden City with a Local Guide. Experience local life with a unique tour around the Hutongs by rickshaw and meet the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an. Or, get a whole new perspective on China with our combined land and river holidays along the tranquil Yangtze River.

Itinerary Splendours of Japan Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima Japan hotels & extended stays

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Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Trafalgar is your key to travelling like an insider Every day of your holiday, Trafalgar opens the door to amazing local experiences. For over 65 years, we’ve been bringing travel dreams to life through our intimate knowledge of the places you visit. On our Asian land guided holidays and combined land and cruise holidays, we make sure you meet the locals and share authentic experiences like dining with Geisha in Japan or having lunch with local farmers in Vietnam. These special moments simply wouldn’t happen travelling on your own, and add an extra spark to an unforgettable holiday.

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INCREDIBLE VALUE We’re committed to making sure you get the most out of your travel experience, so our guided holidays are packed full of inclusions. From meals like making your own sushi lunch in Tokyo to exclusive activities like sightseeing by traditional Vietnamese Junk boat in Ha Long Bay, Trafalgar delivers truly incredible value. It’s a fabulous introduction to Asia and an experience far more rewarding than you could ever have on your own!

PERFECTLY BALANCED & HASSLE FREE Trafalgar’s local knowledge affords you the ideal holiday experience with a perfect balance of included sightseeing, optional excursions and free time. In Kamakura, Japan, you may be eager to visit the famous bronze Great Buddha or you may choose to relax at your hotel – and you’ll find similar flexibility built into all of our Asian itineraries. We also understand that your sightseeing time is valuable. So, with your tickets expertly handled by your Travel Director, you’ll enjoy hassle free entry to all the major attractions you visit.

THE FINEST TRAVEL DIRECTORS We are proud to have some of the most experienced Travel Directors in the world. These friendly professionals are fluent in English as well as the native languages of the Asian countries you’ll visit. But most importantly, they have the local knowledge to do what the guidebooks can’t – give you a true insider’s view of each destination and create a holiday experience unlike any other. You’ll be chauffeured by the best Coach Drivers in the business, whose years of experience assure you of the smoothest and safest ride throughout your journey.

Traditional Gassho house, Shirakawago, Japan

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS On every Trafalgar guided holiday you will enjoy a range of First Class inclusions that give you outstanding value for money. • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities. • All hotel baggage handling, service charges and local taxes. • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach. • The services of one of our professional Asian Travel Directors, delivering local expertise and insider experiences throughout your journey. • A stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map. • Complimentary airport transfers on the arrival and departure days of your trip, if you have booked your flights through Trafalgar.

AWARD-WINNING QUALITY & SERVICE Trafalgar wins multiple awards globally every year, including Best International Tour Operator* five years in a row. Over two million people have travelled the world with us, reporting an amazing 98% rate of satisfaction with the quality of our services.

SHARE THE FUN WITH NEW FRIENDS Travelling is so much more fun when you can share the experience. Your companions will be made up of Englishspeaking travellers from around the world. Visit the Trafalgar Community to connect with fellow travellers in our Forums, see what past guests are saying about us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for instant updates. www.trafalgar.com/community www.facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel @TrafalgarTalk *As voted by US Travel Agents and Industry Professionals in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards. Explore the rich culture of Vietnam

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Gate of Heavenly Peace, Tiananmen Square, China Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Magical sightseeing your journey of discovery Sightseeing with Trafalgar is about much more than simply seeing the sights. We take you on an unforgettable, in-depth journey of discovery. You’ll see the secret places only the locals know about. You’ll experience the unique traditions that shape the diverse cultures of Asia from an insider’s perspective. Whether it's the major sights or the Hidden Treasures along the way, wherever you go with us, we’ll unlock the wonders of each amazing place you visit.

LOCAL GUIDES

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Entertaining and charming Local Guides will join you at various cities on select holidays to share stories and knowledge of their hometown and local traditions. Get the insider’s view on the Imperial City of Beijing, where you’ll visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. And in Xi’an, China, our Local Guide will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Terra Cotta Warriors – a collection of nearly 8,000 sculptures portraying the legendary army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

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On select itineraries, you’ll enjoy the company of skilled and enthusiastic Local Experts who will provide fascinating and in-depth insights on a range of topics relating to their field. In Vietnam, explore the vast labyrinth of tunnels used by the VietCong fighters during the Vietnam War. And your Local Expert will reveal the chilling truth of what it was like to live there. Or in Japan in the village of Shirakawago in Gashozukuri, visit one of the Gassho thatched houses and learn about the traditional Japanese way of life.

The must-see sights are all included! Terra Cotta Warriors, China

Geisha, Kyoto, Japan

Learn to make dumplings

The Citadel, Vietnam

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

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Enjoy a more personalised experience with no more than 26 guests in your group on land based guided holidays or a maximum of 35 guests on combined land and river holidays.

Unique Insights will take you deeper into the local, social and cultural landscape than you might have expected. On selected itineraries, you’ll visit interesting places that are unique to a particular region. In Japan, learn about the process of wasabi cultivation when visiting a farm near Matsumoto. In Vietnam, visit Ho Chi Minh's house to gain a better understanding of this Vietnamese leader and the man he was.

EXCLUSIVE HIDDEN TREASURES G Sometimes, the most amazing sights are just around the corner, but how would you know where to look or that they were even there? With years of experience and an intimate knowledge of each destination, our Travel Directors take delight in revealing these Hidden Treasures to you on every itinerary. In Beijing, you may get to discover locals practicing the fine art of calligraphy in a very surprising location!

FASCINATING LOCAL SPECIALITIES I Our Local Specialities highlight local enterprises such as wineries, breweries, plantations, farms and art studios. They present great opportunities to learn about the processes involved in creating local products or traditional handicrafts. In Takayama, you’ll visit a Japanese brewery and sample Japan’s popular national drink, sake. At an exclusive cooking class in Hoi An, Vietnam, you'll have the opportunity to go to the local markets and shop for fresh produce, then, under the private tutelage of a local chef, learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

YOU WON'T MISS A THING J When you travel with Trafalgar, you can make use of state-of-the-art audio headsets for an enriching sightseeing experience. These useful devices allow you to explore at your own pace while still listening to your guide’s commentary.

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to enhance your experience should you so choose. Optional excursions offer unforgettable highlights of each destination at the most competitive prices. Perhaps take a cruise along the Minjiang River in China to find the Giant Buddha of Leshan. Or escape to the tranquil Yuyuan Garden in China’s bustling city of Shanghai. The choice is yours!

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InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Hanoi Westlake, Vietnam

Stay and dine in comfort and style At Trafalgar, we take pride in creating exceptional travel experiences. We make sure your hotels are First Class or Deluxe and their locations allow you to get the most out of each destination you visit. And we go to great lengths to ensure you enjoy delicious local specialities and authentic dining experiences throughout your holiday.

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A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP At Trafalgar, we know that a good night’s sleep is essential for the full enjoyment of your holiday. That’s why every hotel is carefully selected for quality, service and comfort to ensure you are well rested for the exciting day that awaits you. Each hotel features luxurious accommodation, superb cuisine, excellent amenities and impeccable service. Not only are our hotels chosen for their quality, but also for their locations in the best cities and regions of Vietnam, Japan and China. Stay at highly respected brands such as InterContinental, Renaissance, Shangri-La and Hilton. You’ll also stay in accommodation which are unique to the area you are visiting, such as a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat sailing through the limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. In Japan, stay at a traditional Ryokan house where you will enjoy a hot spring bath and Kaiseki dinner. And our cruise accommodation offers an unrivalled stay in well-appointed Signature suites. See pages 36 - 37 for category options.

BE MY GUEST B A TRAFALGAR EXCLUSIVE The great Chinese philosopher Confucius emphasized that the art of cooking encompassed more than the food itself; it was also about sharing the meal with others. We embrace this philosophy at Trafalgar with our exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences, giving you a unique opportunity to sample the authentic dishes of a region with your hosts at exclusive venues. In China, travel by rickshaw to meet a family who will welcome you into their traditional Hutong home and prepare a delicious lunch of local specialities. And in Hoi An, Vietnam, you’ll visit a local herb farm where you’ll meet the farmers and learn about the culture and customs of this region, enjoy an aromatic foot spa using locally-grown herbs and then sit down to an authentic meal at the farmhouse.

Learn to make sushi in a Japanese cooking class

WELCOME RECEPTION E & FAREWELL DINNER F Being in a friendly group is all part of the Trafalgar experience, so we make sure you are given a proper introduction to your fellow travellers. Your Travel Director will invite you for a Welcome Reception where over a drink and local appetisers, you can get to know your travel companions. In Beijing, China you’ll be welcomed with a traditional Peking Duck feast. Then, at the end of your trip, you’ll all enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner. In Japan, everyone will get together for an authentic Kaiseki Dinner, which includes special performances by Geishas and Maiko ladies.

HIGHLIGHT MEALS F Trafalgar also includes a variety of Highlight meals, where you’ll dine on amazing regional cuisine at a local restaurant distinctive to the area you are visiting or onboard your river cruise ship. A true highlight on your itinerary, we’ve sourced the best local dining experiences that will leave you wanting more. Taste the flavours of Dim Sum in Shanghai, China. And in Hue, Vietnam, experience a royal dinner with traditional Hue music and performances.

EXQUISITE SHIPBOARD DINING When onboard your luxurious river cruise ship, you’ll find talented chefs who use the finest ingredients to create tantalizing dishes for your enjoyment. Both Asian specialities and Western favourites will be on the menu. You will be treated to a parade of culinary delights all while being surrounded by the incredible, ever-changing views. Dine on the delicious local cuisine, peking duck

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Li River, China

Your choice of distinctive holiday styles At Trafalgar, we understand that everyone is different, so we present a variety of transport modes and holiday styles for you to choose from. Each of our holiday choices has been carefully designed to truly immerse you in the destination and the local culture. Our goal is to provide the perfect holiday experience.

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Century Legend, Signature Suite

FIRST CLASS GUIDED HOLIDAYS On our First Class guided holidays to China, Japan and Vietnam, you'll stay in ideally located First Class accommodation. Travel in style and comfort by luxury, airconditioned motorcoach, chauffeur-driven by the best Coach Drivers in the business. And above all, you’ll enjoy a featurepacked itinerary full of authentic local experiences like Be My Guest dining at a traditional Japanese Ryokan house, Local Specialities such as an exclusive Vietnamese cooking class with a local chef in Hoi an, and carefully chosen surprise Hidden Treasures – all with an expert Trafalgar Travel Director by your side. Choose from four land-based First Class holidays.

AT LEISURE GUIDED HOLIDAYS

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Our At Leisure guided holidays are expertly designed to give you more time to savour every part of your holiday. With an average of two or three nights in each destination and motorcoach travelling days starting no earlier than 9am, these leisurely paced holidays allow you time to soak up the atmosphere of each fabulous city you visit. In Vietnam, for example, you’ll have a whole morning to explore Hoi An at your own pace. And in Shanghai, you can take your time shopping in this glittering city of modern China. All the while, you’ll have your Travel Director’s guidance should you need it. At Leisure holidays are ideal for those who like to linger longer and discover more. Look for the symbol o indicating our two At Leisure holidays.

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Our combined guided motorcoach and river cruise holidays provide the complete China travel experience, allowing you to discover the historic sights and scenic beauty of this incredible country from both the land and the river. Travelling by road, you can sit back and relax while your Travel Director provides an entertaining commentary on China’s history, culture and geography. Here, you'll delve deep into the heart of China and meet and mingle with the locals as only an insider would. You'll also enjoy exclusive Trafalgar experiences like Be My Guest dining, Unique Insights and surprise Hidden Treasures. Then cruise along the majestic Yangtze River to see China from a whole new perspective. You will travel in supreme comfort aboard the spectacular new Century ships. All Signature Suites have private balconies and bathrooms and you also have the option of booking an ultra luxurious Presidential Suite. Pamper yourself in the beauty salon, learn the ancient martial art of Tai Chi or visit the Lounge for cultural presentations and much more. All of our Century ships come with a five-star rating from China’s National Tourism Administration, an honor bestowed only upon cruise ships with the highest quality accommodation, amenities and services. See page 36 - 37 for more cruise ship information.

EXTENSIONS Trafalgar also provides the opportunity for you to extend your holiday with supplementary land-based extensions available in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tibet or a 11-day luxury cruise extension in Cambodia. Combine these extensions with your guided holiday and discover even more!

Discover the ancient Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Early Booking Discount

With our enhanced Early Booking Discount, you’ll save up to US$600 per couple (US$300 per person) if you book and pay your deposit for Land & Intra-Air and Land, Cruise & Intra-Air holidays before October 31, 2012. IMPORTANT: Early Booking Discount requires payment of a per person deposit at the time of booking. Your Travel Agent will advise the exact amount to be paid. Please see itinerary pages for the exact Early Booking Discount savings.

IMPORTANT: Pay-In-Full Discount does not apply to extensions, extra nights’ accommodation, any airfare, taxes & fees or airport transfers.

2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday

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Book two Trafalgar holidays, each 7 days or longer for a reduction of up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the trip with the shortest duration. Take three holidays and save on two! Ask your Travel Agent for suggestions on your perfect holiday combination. There are too many to list here! IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the maximum value of how much you will save. Trips must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to extensions, extra night’s accommodation, any airfare, taxes & fees or airport transfers. Please see our other Trafalgar brochures for their saving or discount exclusions, if relevant.

TRAFALGAR’S CANCELLATION FEE WAIVER For peace of mind, see our Cancellation Fee Waiver on page 38.

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Receive a discount of up to US$1200 per couple (US$600 per person) when you book your Land & Intra-Air and Land, Cruise & Intra-Air holiday by September 30, 2012 and pay in full at the time of booking. Actual savings will vary by program and may be less. Please see itinerary pages for applicable Pay-In-Full Discount savings.

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

IMPORTANT: Triple room reductions are based on sharing a twin or a double bedded room with an extra bed which may be a ‘roll-away’ on China itineraries. This reduction only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple room reduction offer.

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Share your holiday memories with your family and take advantage of a discount on the LAND-only portion of your holiday. Young Travellers must be under the age of 11 years on the date of departure and MUST be accompanied by an adult (limit of two Young Traveller discounts per room). IMPORTANT: See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. Children under 5 years of age are NOT accepted on any guided holiday. Children under 10 years of age are NOT accepted on the Cambodia cruise itinerary. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at time of travel to be eligible. This discount is not applicable on the Cambodia cruise itinerary and does not apply to extensions, extra nights' accommodation, any airfare, taxes & fees or airport transfers.

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

Single supplement value You'll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement. IMPORTANT: Each holiday has a limited number of single rooms and single occupancy may be restricted to certain cabin categories on cruises.

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Highlights of Vietnam O Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Enjoy lunch at a Vietnamese farm to learn about the local cultures and customs and indulge in regional cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn Tai Chi onboard a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat in Ha Long Bay. n Enjoy seeing local pottery artisans at work at the Dong Trieu Ceramic Factory en route to Hanoi n Partake in an exclusive Vietnamese cooking class and dinner taught by a local chef. • l Unique Insight Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house in Hanoi. • j Local Expert Explore the vast labyrinth of tunnels used by the VietCong fighters during the War.

Sightseeing Highlights • Hanoi Explore the city and see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature; take a cyclo ride through the French quarter. • Ha Long Bay Cruise the bay during an overnight trip aboard a traditional Junk boat. • Hoi An See this ancient town built of old merchant houses, the Hoi An Museum and the Chinese Assembly Hall. • Hue Explore the Imperial Citadel; take a boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. • Ho Chi Minh City See Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and the War Crimes Museum; explore the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the VietCong during the war.

DAY 1 ARRIVE HANOI (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and get settled in before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Hanoi West Lake (Deluxe) DAY 2 HANOI SIGHTSEEING l Take a full day to explore Hanoi’s celebrated history. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum encased in an impressive marble structure before moving onto his wooden stilt house, a Unique Insight, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Explore the first University of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is filled with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple before taking a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter which allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. In the evening, enjoy a delightful traditional water puppet performance whose origin dates back over a thousand years before indulging in your first Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant. (FB L D) DAY 3 HANOI – HA LONG BAY CRUISE This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay where you board a traditional Junk sailing boat for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch before visiting a grotto of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. Drop anchor later in the evening for dinner and a peaceful overnight stay afloat among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (FB L D) Boat: Victory Star

Dining Highlights • 9 full breakfasts • 7 lunches: B Be My Guest lunch at a Vietnamese herb farm in Hoi An n 6 lunches • E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and a drink with your Travel Director in Hanoi • 5 evening meals: F Highlight Dinner and music and dance performance in Hue n F Farewell Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City n 1 dinner on board the Victory Star in Ha Long Bay n 1 three-course dinner in Hanoi n 1 three-course dinner in Hoi An

First Class Highlights

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 9 nights First Class accommodation including 1-night Victory Star Cruise on Ha Long Bay • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 10. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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10 Days from US$2825 per person twin share Ref: CTVC

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GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

US$95 US$190 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$190

Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time of booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$300 per couple (US$150 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$200 per couple (US$100 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. Land & Intra-Air Prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com e These departures do not offer the Cambodia Cruise extension option. Sightseeing stops

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DAY 4 HA LONG BAY – HANOI – HOI AN (2 NIGHTS) I D Begin your day as the locals do during a morning Tai Chi class, a Local Speciality, on the deck of the Junk boat. Indulge in a delectable brunch as the cruise along the emerald waters continues before arriving at the wharf. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi stopping at Bat Trang Ceramic Village where you learn about the art of pottery and ceramics, also a Local Speciality. Head to the Hanoi airport for your flight to Danang where, upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Enjoy the evening at leisure and relax at your hotel enjoying the tranquil ambiance of the Vietnamese coastline. (FB) Hotel: Sunrise Hoi An (SF) DAY 5 HOI AN SIGHTSEEING I Your morning begins on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Merchant houses which were built over 200 years ago, the Hoi An Museum, Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking on a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to visit Kim Bong village, famous for its wood carvings. This evening, partake in an exclusive Local Speciality Vietnamese cooking class during a dinner taught by a local chef. (FB L D) DAY 6 HOI AN – DANANG – HUE (2 NIGHTS) B Enjoy some leisure time this morning to take in more of beautiful Hoi An before heading towards Danang. En route, delight in a Be My Guest lunch at a Vietnamese herb farm where the local farmers will share their knowledge and expertise on the regional agriculture techniques. Continue over the Cloudy Pass for stunning views before descending into Danang. Stop at the Cham Museum, to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation with records dating as far back as 2nd century AD. This evening is at leisure for you to relax at your hotel with its beautiful gardens. (FB BG) Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa (SF)

International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 17. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 16 and 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

Tonight is at leisure for you to relax at your hotel or enjoy sampling some of the many local restaurants this buzzing city has to offer. (FB L) Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (SF) DAY 9 HO CHI MINH CITY SIGHTSEEING j F Take a drive to Cu Chi where VietCong fighters built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. With a Local Expert we visit the underground kitchens, secret trapdoors, living areas and meeting rooms. Continue to the town of Tay Ninh and visit Cao Dai Temple for a very colourful, formal service. The Cao Dai religion is unique to Vietnam and the temple at Tay Ninh is the centre of the religion. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Take some free time this afternoon to visit the markets and shops downtown before toasting your travel companions during a Farewell Dinner at a Vietnamese fine dining restaurant. (FB L FD) DAY 10 DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend you stay with an optional Cambodian cruise extension, see page 16. (FB)

DAY 7 HUE SIGHTSEEING F Visit the Imperial Citadel, the centrepiece of the royal empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It incurred extensive damage during the war and only a few buildings survived. The spectacular Citadel houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges and was the former historic capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. After lunch at a local restaurant, take an afternoon boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, attend a special Royal Highlight Dinner with traditional Hue music and a dance performance at Duyet Thi Duong theatre in the Citadel. (FB L HD) DAY 8 HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY (2 NIGHTS) D Transfer to the airport this morning for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, join an orientation tour of the city and see Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Reunification Palace and War Remnant Museum, and Ben Thanh Market.

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U 11 Days from US$2898 per person twin share Ref: CTVE Price per Person Starts Single Land Supp. Ho Chi Minh Ends City Siem Reap Only Option

Price per Person Starts Single Land Supp. Ho Chi Minh Ends City Siem Reap Only Option

Fri 8 Feb Mon 18 Feb 3498 1799

Fri 13 Sep Mon 23 Sep 3298 1799 3298 1799 Fri 27 Sep Mon 7 Oct

Fri 8 Mar Mon 18 Mar 3398 1799 Fri 22 Mar Mon 1 Apr 3398 1799

Fri 25 Oct Mon 4 Nov

Fri 7 Jun Mon 17 Jun 2898 1799

Fri 8 Nov Mon 18 Nov 3598 1799

3598 1799

GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/stateroom. This extension is only offered in conjunction with the Highlights of Vietnam itinerary.

Cambodia Cruise Extension DAY 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE (7 NIGHTS) I E F Transfer to the riverside village of My Tho to board the River Orchid and set sail along the Mekong River. Transfer to a traditional flatbottomed sampan to enjoy a cruise through the Cai Be district with its floating market. Disembark for a guided tour of the An Kiet House where you learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. Then, enjoy a Local Speciality during a visit to a factory that makes rice paper and coconut. Back on the ship, enjoy a sumptuous Welcome Reception and Vietnamese Highlight Dinner. (FB L WR HD) Ship: River Orchid DAY 2 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER I Visit a brick & tile factory and learn how rice husks fuel the kilns that supply the power. After this Local Speciality, tour an elegant turn-of-thecentury house. Later, visit the island of Cu Lao Gien, home to one of the oldest cathedrals in Vietnam. (FB L D) DAY 3 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER Explore the floating markets and brightly-coloured fishing boats of Chau Doc. Immerse yourself in the spiritual side of Vietnam at holy Sam Mountain, which attracts pilgrims from all over the country. (FB L D) DAY 4 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER Early this morning arrive in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Delve into some of the country’s darkest days at a somber memorial to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Cambodian genocide. Take a relaxing cyclo ride and visit the splendid Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and the National Museum. (FB L D)

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 17. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Cat 2 Suite

Cat 3 Suite

River Orchid Suite

Twin-share supplement, per person

US$200

US$600

US$1400

Single supplement, per person

US$1999

US$2399

On application

Mekong River Cruise Suite Upgrade

For details on the River Orchid, staterooms and deck plans, please see pages 36-37. International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

orientation tour and enjoy some free time. This evening, enjoy an Aspara performance followed by a delicious alfresco Highlight Dinner. (FB L HD) Hotel: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (Deluxe) DAY 9 ANGKOR WAT SIGHTSEEING Begin at the magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat. See the pyramid-temple of Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the lovely South Gate of Angkor Thom. (FB L) DAY 10 ANGKOR WAT SIGHTSEEING F Venture into the jungle to see the atmospheric temple of Ta Prohm. Stroll through Preah Khan, which was a Buddhist university, and examine the delicate carvings of the sandstone jewel, Banteay Srei. This evening, enjoy a lively Highlight Dinner and live entertainment at a local French-Indonesian restaurant. (FB HD) DAY 11 DEPART SIEM REAP Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (FB)

DAY 5 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER Head north from Phnom Penh along the Tonlé Sap River to the lovely riverside village of Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy a short walking tour of the fish market. (FB L D) DAY 6 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER Visit the small village of Chong Koh, where you are welcomed into a private home and the primary school. Stop at the tiny town of Angkor Ban where you get a glimpse inside some traditional Khmer homes and tour a small Buddhist monastery. (FB L D) DAY 7 CRUISING THE MEKONG RIVER F This morning, ascend to the hilltop temple complex of Wat Hanchey for views over the Mekong and receive a traditional blessing from the orange-robed monks. Then climb the hills of Phnom Pros for beautiful views, and Phnom Srey, home to temple ruins and some inquisitive monkeys. Continue your explorations at the 11th-century temple of Nokor Bachey. Back on your ship, relish a festive Royal Cambodian Highlight Dinner. (FB L HD) DAY 8 SIEM REAP (3 NIGHTS) F This morning, disembark and transfer to Siem Reap, gateway to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor. Take an

WR = Welcome Reception FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast

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L = Lunch D = Dinner HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining

River Orchid

HOTELS: WHERE YOU WILL STAY

InterContinental Hanoi West Lake (Deluxe), Vietnam

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

Victory Star Ship (F)

Sunrise Hotel Hoi An (SF), Vietnam

HOTELS: WHERE YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR STAY Prices are per person, per night on a single, twin/double and triple basis, based on two-bedded rooms with private bath, including full buffet breakfast daily, all applicable taxes and service charges (luggage handling not included). Check with your Travel Agent for availability. Conditions: Extra hotel nights should be booked at the time of your holiday reservation; they are subject to availability and offered only in conjunction with the holiday you are booking. Space is limited and available for up to three nights before and up to three nights after each holiday only. Blackout dates may apply. Hotels may be subject to change. RATING CITY HOTEL SEASON TWIN

(Deluxe)

Hanoi

(SF)

Ho Chi Minh City Renaissance (Formerly Saigon)

Intercontinental West Lake

PER PERSON US$ SGL

TRPL

1 Oct 12 - 31 Oct 13

160

290

138

1 Jan 13 - 30 Sep 13 1 Oct 13 - 31 Dec 13

136 152

242 274

119 130

HOTEL CLASS KEY: D: DELUXE SF: SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS F: FIRST CLASS

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Splendours of Japan Mount Fuji

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy lunch at a traditional Japanese Ryokan to learn about the local cultures and customs and indulge in regional cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Discover the history of the traditional buildings in the peaceful mountain village of Shirakawago in Gashozukuri during a guided visit with an expert. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a sushi making demonstration and cooking class. n Sample Japanese Sake in Takayama. n Discover the secrets of gold leaf painting with a local artist in Kanazawa. • l Unique Insight Learn about the cultivation of wasabi at a local Japanese farm in Matsumoto.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Tokyo Tour the most exciting metropolis in Asia. See the Imperial Palace; visit the Ginza and Asakusa districts and visit the Buddhist temple, Sensoji. • Mount Fuji See the most recognisable landmark in Japan. • Lake Suwa Enjoy the natural hot springs during an overnight stay. • Matsumoto Visit the striking Matsumoto Castle and Folkcraft Museum. • Takayama Explore the Old Town and wander through the vibrant open-air flower and fruit market of Asaichi. • Shirawakago Stop at this peaceful mountain village and see traditional Gashozukuri houses. • Kanazawa Visit an elegant Samurai mansion; see the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen. • Kyoto Visit the Gold Pavilion, Heian shrine and garden, Nijo Castle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts • 7 lunches: Sushi lunch in Tokyo n F Highlight Lunch at a winery in Katsunuma n Soba Noodle and Wasabi lunch in Matsumoto n F Japanese Hida Beef Highlight Lunch in Takayama n B Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Ryokan in Kyoto n 2 lunches • E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and a drink with your Travel Director in Tokyo • 3 evening meals: F Highlight Dinner with wine in Lake Suwa n F Japanese Kaiseki Farewell Dinner with a dance performance in Kyoto n 1 three-course dinner

DAY 1 ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita New Tokyo Airport, transfer to your luxurious hotel. Enjoy some free time this evening to begin your exploration or take time to relax and recharge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers and 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: New Otani Garden Tower (SF) DAY 2 TOKYO SIGHTSEEING I For the early risers, enjoy an optional excursion to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in the world before embarking on a full day of sightseeing in this bustling city. Explore the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original innermost moat and star attraction, the Meiji Shrine, a picturesque Shinto shrine set in a beautiful tree-lined avenue where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn how to make sushi, a Local Speciality, in the famous Ginza district. Continue to the Edo Tokyo Museum in the Asakusa district for a glimpse into Tokyo’s past. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Buddhist temple called Sensoji. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB L D) DAY 3 TOKYO FREE TIME Enjoy a full day of free time to explore the city at your own pace or choose to take an optional full-day excursion to view Kamakura. Absorb scenic views of the Pacific Ocean before reaching the town of Kamakura to view its most famous attraction, the giant bronze Great Buddha “Daibutsu.” (FB) DAY 4 TOKYO – MT. FUJI – KATSUNUMA – LAKE SUWA F Bid farewell to Tokyo and drive to the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic Mt Fuji. At 3776m, it is Japan’s tallest mountain and most

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 9 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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• Includes all highlights on the 10-Day itinerary • 3 nights Superior First Class accommodation • Airport transfer provided on Day 13 • 4 Breakfast • 3 Lunches • 2 Dinners: F Vegetarian Highlight dinner with the Monks at Monastery Fukuchi Inn n F Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Osaka

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

10 Days from US$4750 per person twin share Ref: JPNL

Duration: 10 Days Pace: Comfortable

Price per Person Starts Tokyo

OSAKA HIROSHIMA

Ends Kyoto

Land Only

Single Supp.

Price per Person Starts Tokyo

Ends Kyoto

Land Single Only Supp.

Mon 15 Apr Wed 24 Apr 4775

790

Mon 22 Jul

Wed 31 Jul

4750 790

Mon 6 May

Wed 15 May 4775

790

Mon 5 Aug

Wed 14 Aug 4750 790

Mon 3 Jun

Wed 12 Jun 4750

790

Mon 2 Sep

Wed 11 Sep 4750 790

GREAT SAVINGS

MT. KOYA

All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

US$190 US$150 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$190

Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time of booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$600 per couple (US$300 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$300 per couple (US$150 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. 13-DAY ITINERARY with Hiroshima & Osaka

For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 21. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

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recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). Continue to Katsunuma, famous for production of wine in Japan where you indulge in a Highlight Lunch at one of the wineries before continuing to Lake Suwa. Settle in at your traditional Japanese Ryokan in time for a hot spring bath! This evening, dine in authentic Japanese style, during a Kaiseki Highlight Dinner. (FB HL HD) Hotel: Aburaya Ryokan (or similar) (F) DAY 5 LAKE SUWA – MATSUMOTO – TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS) l Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle with its unique timber and stone structure before heading to the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum. Matsumoto is also famous for its wasabi cultivation, a Unique Insight, and today you learn all about the production before enjoying a lunch of soba noodles with wasabi. Continue your journey through the breathtaking Japanese Alps and to your hotel in the beautiful hill town of Takayama. (FB L) Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza (SF)

DAY 9 KYOTO SIGHTSEEING B F Explore Kyoto today. This delightful capital has an abundance of fine architecture in its shrines and temples, gardens, and variety of art and craft shops. See Nijo Castle, the old Shogun residence, the Kinkakuji Temple famous for its Golden Pavilion. This afternoon, enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional Ryokan hosted by the land lady, and learn about the Japanese custom of Omotenashi Hospitality. Continue on to Heian Shinto Shrine with its beautiful inner garden and Nishikikoji Market to purchase last minute souvenirs with hundreds of local shops to explore. The afternoon is free to relax before gathering with your fellow travellers for a Japanese Kaiseki Farewell Dinner featuring a dance performance by Geisha and Maiko ladies. (FB BG FD) DAY 10 DEPART KYOTO Your holiday ends with a transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue to Hiroshima & Osaka by choosing the 13-Day Itinerary. (FB)

DAY 6 TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING F I Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto’, filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums and wander through a vibrant Asaichi open-air flower and fruit market. After a Highlight Lunch of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant, continue to Takayama Jinya, Kami Sannomachisu District with its skillfully renowned local artisans and take time to sample Sake, a Local Speciality. This evening is free for you to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town. (FB HL)

DAY 8 KANAZAWA – KYOTO (2 NIGHTS) I Begin the day with a visit to the Normura house, an elegant Samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Also see the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan. Discover the secrets of gold leaf painting, a Local Speciality, during a visit with a local artist before travelling to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. Enjoy a sumptuous boxed lunch during the train journey. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, head to the hotel and enjoy some free time or explore this traditional town. (FB L) Hotel: Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto (SF) Geisha girls in traditional costume

JAPAN : DISCOVERY

DAY 7 TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA j Grab an overnight bag for the trip from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train. Your main luggage will be transported to Kyoto separately. Take a step back in time with a Local Expert during a visit to the peaceful mountain village of Shirakawago in Gashozukuri, an outdoor exhibition of over 30 farmhouses and other traditional buildings typical of the region. Continue on to coastal Kanazawa, a historic castle town which boasts beautifully preserved samurai districts. This evening is free to relax at the hotel, after a busy day of sightseeing. (FB L) Hotel: Kanazawa Excel Hotel Tokyo (SF)

WR = Welcome Reception FB = Full Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining

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13 Days from US$6450 per person twin share Ref: JPHO Single Land Supp. Only Option

Starts Tokyo

Ends Osaka

Single Land Supp. Only Option

Starts Tokyo

Ends Osaka

Mon 20 May

Sat 1 Jun

6450 1075

Mon 19 Aug

Sat 31 Aug 6450 1075

Mon 17 Jun

Sat 29 Jun 6450 1075

Mon 23 Sep

Sat 5 Oct

6450 1075

GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

US$285 US$150 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$375

Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time of booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$600 per couple (US$300 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$300 per couple (US$150 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your vacation, please see page 21. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Bullet Train

13-DAY ITINERARY INCLUDING HIROSHIMA & OSAKA Reference: JPHO DAY 1 – 9 These days will operate per days 1-9 on the Splendours of Japan 10-day itinerary. DAY 10 KYOTO – MT. KOYA F Embark on a journey to the South of Osaka to Mount Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism, a small, secluded temple town built on Koyasan’s wooded mountaintop. Visit the Kongobuji Temple, Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum followed by a Japanese style lunch. Later, transfer to your Monastery Inn. Koyasan is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo) where you can get a taste of a monk’s lifestyle. Enjoy a traditional Highlight Dinner this evening dining on vegetarian monk’s cuisine, or shojin ryori. (FB L HD) Hotel: Monastery Fukuchi Inn (F) DAY 11 MT. KOYA – OSAKSA – HIROSHIMA In the morning, you have the option to attend a Buddhist service followed by a Japanese breakfast at your Monastery Inn. Before

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departing, pack an overnight bag for your journey later this afternoon to Hiroshima by train. Upon arrival in Osaka, visit Shinsaibashi & Dotombori District, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to JR ShinOsaka Station to catch the train to Hiroshima. Enjoy some free time this evening to relax at the hotel. (FB L) DAY 12 HIROSHIMA – OSAKA F Your journey begins at Miyajima Port where you catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. On arrival, admire the elaborate gate, Itsukushima Shrine, rising majestically out of the sea, and spend time strolling through the park. Return to the mainland and begin a tour of Hiroshima, including the poignant and powerful Peace Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and the Shukukeien Gardens. Later, embark on a journey back to Osaka by train. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB L FD) Hotel: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka (SF) DAY 13 DEPART OSAKA Transfer to the airport for your international flight home. (FB)

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Itsukushima, Divine Island

HOTELS: WHERE YOU WILL STAY

Hotel New Otani (SF), Tokyo, Japan

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

Hotel New Otani (SF), Tokyo, Japan

Sheraton Miyako Hotel (SF), Osaka, Japan

HOTELS: WHERE YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR STAY Prices are per person, per night on a single, twin/double and triple basis, based on two-bedded rooms with private bath, including full buffet breakfast daily, all applicable taxes and service charges (luggage handling not included). Check with your Travel Agent for availability. Conditions: Extra hotel nights should be booked at the time of your holiday reservation; they are subject to availability and offered only in conjunction with the holiday you are booking. Space is limited and available for up to three nights before and up to three nights after each holiday only. Blackout dates may apply. Hotels may be subject to change. RATING CITY HOTEL SEASON TWIN

PER PERSON US$ SGL

TRPL

(SF)

Tokyo

Hotel New Otani Garden Tower

All dates

258

430

238

(SF)

Kyoto

Rihga Royal Hotel

All dates

251

325

216

(SF)

Osaka

Sheraton Miyako Hotel

All dates

196

305

174

HOTEL CLASS KEY: D: DELUXE SF: SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS F: FIRST CLASS

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Classic China O The Great Wall of China

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide in Xi’an and Shanghai. • I Local Speciality Try a Tai Chi class in Xi’an n Indulge in a relaxing foot massage in Beijing.

Sightseeing Highlights • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; travel the Sacred Way; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; see the Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw. • Xi’an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and horses; visit the City Wall; experience a thrilling Tang Dynasty cultural show. • Shanghai Relax and enjoy the Huangpu River Cruise; visit the Zhujiajiao ancient water town; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats.

Dining Highlights • 8 full breakfasts • 6 lunches: F Traditional dumpling Highlight Lunch in Xi’an n F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n B Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing n 3 lunches • E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and a drink with your Travel Director in Beijing. • 3 evening meals: F Peking Duck Highlight Dinner in Beijing n F Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance in Xi’an n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Shanghai

DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing (by Shangri-La) (SF) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING I F Begin your visit to one of the world’s great capital cities by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Continue to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Highlight Dinner—a must during any visit to Beijing. (FB L HD) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Walk the Sacred Way home to the remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Later this evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre. (FB L) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) B D Begin your day by greeting the famed Chinese Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence. Visit the home of a local family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi’an.

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 8 nights First Class accommodation • Complimentary airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 9. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

Terra Cotta Warriors

9 Days from US$2125 per person twin share Ref: CLC

Duration: 9 Days Pace: Leisurely

Starts Beijing

e

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Sat 9 Feb

Sun 17 Feb 2125

495

Sat 23 Mar Sat 30 Mar

Sun 31 Mar 2350 Sun 7 Apr 2350

695 695

Sat 13 Apr

Sun 21 Apr 2375

720

Sat 4 May Sun 12 May 2375 Sat 18 May Sun 26 May 2375

720 720

Starts Beijing

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Sun 16 Jun Sun 23 Jun

2375 695 2350 695

Sat 13 Jul

Sun 21 Jul

2350 695

Sat 7 Sep Sat 21 Sep

Sun 15 Sep 2350 720 Sun 29 Sep 2375 720

Sat 12 Oct

Sun 20 Oct

2375 720

GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

US$25 US$75 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$250

Land & Intra-Air Prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights Beijing – Xi’an and Xi’an – Shanghai and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time of booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$300 per couple (US$150 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$150 per couple (US$75 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. Sightseeing stops

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Arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure. (FB BG) Hotel: Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (by Shangri-La) (SF) DAY 5 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F Venture out with a Local Guide starting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb. Later, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the old city wall, which protected Xi’an’s inhabitants from its invaders. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (FB L HD)

International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. e This departure occurs over the Chinese New Year.

For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

it was a bustling market town well known throughout the country. The town’s many attractions can be found by strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. Return to the city for a Highlight Lunch featuring Dim Sum, followed by a visit to a local tea house. The afternoon is at leisure for you to visit the city’s museums, have time to go shopping or relax at your hotel. This evening, enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (FB HL)

DAY 6 XI’AN – SHANGHAI (3 NIGHTS) I F D Try a morning Tai Chi Class, a Local Speciality, and learn the basic principles of Tai Chi as well as some of the basic movements. Continue to Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi’an today. In the afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall, the most complete city wall that has survived in China. Experience a Highlight Lunch where you can try your hand at making traditional dumplings at a local restaurant before enjoying the fruits of your labour. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel before a relaxing evening cruise along the Huangpu River. (FB HL) Hotel: Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao (SF)

DAY 8 SHANGHAI AT LEISURE F Today is yours to explore Shanghai as you wish. Take an optional trip to the stunning Yuyuan gardens to see the Jade Buddha Temple and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum, explore the bustling streets filled with character or relax and enjoy the atmosphere. This evening, gather with your newfound friends for a lively Farewell Dinner toasting to a great trip and an unforgettable adventure. (FB FD)

DAY 7 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 F Drive to the suburbs of Shanghai City with a Local Guide to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1700 years ago. In its heyday,

DAY 9 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of the many popular optional extensions. (FB)

Traditional Hutongs in Beijing

CHINA : AT LEISURE

Overnight stays

WR = Welcome Reception FB = Full Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining

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Highlights of China and the Yangtze Forbidden City, Beijing

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide throughout your itinerary.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw. • Xi’an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; visit the City Wall; enjoy the stunning Tang Dynasty cultural show. • Chongqing Visit the Giant Pandas during a visit to the zoo. • Yangtze River Cruise along the Yangtze through the Three Gorges; voyage down the Shennong Stream aboard a small riverboat; visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam. • Shanghai Visit the Bund, the Old Town and enjoy an acrobatic show.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 buffet breakfasts • 9 lunches: B Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing n F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n 3 lunches on board the M/V Century Paragon n 4 lunches • E Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the M/V Century Paragon • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception Peking Duck dinner with wine in Beijing n F Traditional dumpling Highlight Dinner in Xi’an n F Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance in Xi’an n F Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board the M/V Century Paragon n 2 dinners on board the M/V Century Paragon n 2 dinners

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 10 nights First Class accommodation including 3-night luxury Yangtze River Cruise in a signature suite with a private balcony aboard the M/V Century Paragon • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 11. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets On selected excursions throughout your trip.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, your Travel Director will escort you to your luxurious hotel and will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Beijing (Deluxe) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 B E Begin your exploration of Beijing with a Local Guide starting at Tiananmen Square, which is both the centre of contemporary civic life and the gateway to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is surrounded by monuments to Chairman Mao and the Communist revolution that transformed China following World War II. Stroll through the square and enter the Forbidden City, the 250-acre precinct of the emperors. Begun in the 15th century, it grew to encompass palaces and gardens, quarters for the imperial family, and offices for bureaucrats. The complex houses innumerable treasures of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Later, embark on a unique tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs, the historic neighbourhoods of Old Beijing. Stop outside a traditional courtyard home where you join a local family for a Be My Guest lunch featuring traditional Chinese cuisine. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Welcome Reception dinner with wine—a must during any visit to Beijing. (BB BG WR) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL 5 Walk along a section of the legendary Great Wall with a Local Guide, a UNESCO-designated site that has been one of the manmade wonders of the world since it was originally built in the 6th century to keep out invaders from the north. Back in Beijing, spend the evening enjoying a spectacular show at the Red Theatre that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance; it’s the best performance in town. (BB L D) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) 5 D F Start the day touring the Temple of Heaven (or Altar of Heaven) with a Local Guide, a UNESCO-designated site completed in the 15th century that symbolises the relationship between heaven and earth—and the emperor’s place within that cosmography. A masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, it influenced architecture throughout China for centuries. After lunch, fly to the ancient city of Xi’an. Get settled at your hotel before savouring a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional dumplings. (BB L HD) Hotel: The Westin Xi’an (Deluxe) DAY 5 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F Venture out with a Local Guide during a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb. Twenty-four centuries ago, China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was entombed with a vast army of soldiers and horses made of clay. The tomb complex lay undisturbed until the 20th century, when it became one of the most astonishing archaeological finds ever recorded. Only about 8,000 of the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses have been excavated; no one knows for sure how many more figures remain concealed. Later, enjoy a panoramic view of

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the city from the old city wall, which protected Xi’an’s inhabitants from its invaders. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (BB L HD) DAY 6 XI’AN – CHONGQING SIGHTSEEING – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS) 5 D With a Local Guide, visit the seven-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda, sacred to Buddhists since the seventh century; tradition says throwing coins from the pagoda’s windows brings good luck. Then, fly to Chongqing, where you’ll stop for a glimpse of the giant pandas at the city zoo before boarding your luxurious ship to begin your Yangtze River cruise. (BB L D) Ship: M/V Century Paragon DAY 7 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 E Though the Yangtze is almost 5648 kilometres long, the 120 kilometres known as the Three Gorges is famous for its unrivaled scenery. Every view is a picture straight out of China’s iconic water-colour illustrations. The ship will stop at Shibao Pagoda, a colourful temple built into the side of a steep hill that is now an island as a result of rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam. Explore the site with a Local Guide. Tonight, raise a glass during a special Captain’s Welcome Reception. (BB L WR D)

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For details on the Century Paragon, signature suites and deck plans, please see pages 36-37. Land & Intra-Air Prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Beijing - Xi’an, Xi’an - Chongqing and Yichang - Shanghai and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to uncontrollable factors. Ship and hotels are subject to change. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 8 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 F Get a close-up view of the breathtaking landscape as you board a small boat with a Local Guide and cruise along Shennong Stream, a tributary to the Yangtze. Karst caves pock the high cliffs surrounding you, and monkeys play on the shores of the sparkling clear waters. Later in the day, your ship will navigate the enormous Three Gorges Dam locks. Tonight, enjoy a festive onboard Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (BB L FD)

DAY 10 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F With a Local Guide, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, and admire the view of the Pudong district with its spectacular skyscrapers. After savouring a tasty and traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch, you’ll have time to browse through the shops in the district. In the evening, be dazzled by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobats. (BB HL) DAY 11 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your vacation with one of our popular optional extensions. (CB/BB)

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DAY 9 YICHANG – SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) 5 D Disembark today with a Local Guide and visit the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, which is designed to control flooding on the Yangtze and provide electrical power to a vast swathe of the country. Its scale is a tribute to national ambition, but its location has caused controversy. Then catch a flight to Shanghai, where you’ll settle into your deluxe room at your hotel and relax over dinner. (BB L D) Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai (Deluxe)

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Majestic China Li River

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide in Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. • I Local Speciality Learn the art of calligraphy in Xi’an. n Indulge in a relaxing foot massage in Beijing. n Try a Tai Chi class in Chengdu.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; travel the Sacred Way; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre, explore the Hutongs by rickshaw. • Xi’an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; visit the City Wall; enjoy the stunning Tang Dynasty cultural show. • Chengdu Visit the Giant Panda breeding research centre; enjoy the famous changing faces at the Sichuan Opera. • Guilin & Yangshou Cruise the spectacular Li River; explore picturesque Yangshou; discover the stunning Reed Flute cave. • Hangzhou Take a leisurely cruise on beautiful West Lake; visit a tea plantation and learn about the significance of tea drinking in Chinese society; enjoy the spectacular “Impressions West Lake” show. • Shanghai Relax and enjoy the Huangpu River Cruise; visit the Wuzhen ancient water town; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 11 lunches: B Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing n F Traditional dumpling Highlight Lunch in Xi’an n F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n F Highlight Lunch at a family tea farm in Hangzhou n 7 lunches • E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and a drink with your Travel Director in Beijing • 4 evening meals: F Peking Duck Highlight Dinner in Beijing n F Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance in Xi’an n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Shanghai n 1 three-course dinner in Yangshou

DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing (by Shangri-La) (SF) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING I F Begin your visit to one of the world’s great capital cities and an exploration of the world’s largest public areas—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which was the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Continue to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Highlight Dinner—a must during any visit to Beijing. (FB L HD) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Then walk the Sacred Way home to remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Later this evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre. (FB L) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) B D Embark on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence. Visit the home of a local Hutong family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi’an. Arrive at your hotel for an evening of free time to relax or begin your exploration. (FB BG) Hotel: Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (by Shangri-La) (SF)

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DAY 5 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F Venture out with a Local Guide during a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb. Later, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the old city wall, which protected Xi’an’s inhabitants from its invaders. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (FB L HD) DAY 6 XI’AN – CHENGDU (2 NIGHTS) I 5 F D Start your day by trying your hand at calligraphy, a Local Speciality, as you discover the origins of the Chinese characters. During a calligraphy class, learn basic calligraphy knowledge, how to hold a brush and how to appreciate traditional Chinese water-colour painting. Continue to Big Wild Goose Pagoda with a Local Guide, one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi’an today. Experience a Highlight Lunch where you can try your hand at making traditional dumplings at a local restaurant before enjoying the fruits of your labour. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. On arrival at Chengdu, get settled into the hotel for a relaxing evening of free time. (FB HL) Hotel: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu (SF) DAY 7 CHENGDU FREE TIME Today, you have the option to take a day tour to Leshan for a Minjiang Cruise to see the Giant Buddha, a statue of Maitreya, which took 90 years to carve. Or simply enjoy some free time to absorb the city’s parks, temples and surrounding teahouses. This evening, see the famous changing faces at the Sichuan Opera, an important part of Chengdu culture. (FB) DAY 8 CHENGDU – GUILIN I 5 D Today begins with an introduction to Tai Chi, a Local Speciality, where you learn some of the basic movements and discover its importance to the culture. With a Local Guide visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre where the Pandas natural habitat has been created to ensure the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. Later, visit the Wenshu Monastery, the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu with hundreds of bronze, wooden and stone statues and Buddhist relics. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Guilin. On arrival in Guilin, transfer to your luxurious hotel. (FB L) Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (SF) DAY 9 GUILIN - YANGSHOU 5 Embark on a cruise along the Li River, one of China’s top destinations, with a Local Guide and enjoy its breathtaking scenery and a taste of life far removed from the busy metropolis. Disembark at Yangshuo to wander around the colourful streets and markets in the afternoon. Later, visit the biggest natural open-air theatre in the world for the the Impression Liusanjie Show. (FB L D) Hotel: Green Lotus Hotel (F)

For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

DAY 10 YANGSHOU – GUILIN – HANGZHOU (2 NIGHTS) 5 D Return to Guilin this morning with a Local Guide for a visit to the Reed Flute Cave to enjoy the distinctly-coloured stalactites and stalagmites, and the enchanting stone pillars and flower curtains inside the cave. After an included lunch, depart for the airport for an afternoon flight to Hangzhou, one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in all of China. The beautiful natural scenery includes West Lake, the city’s best known attraction. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the evening relaxing at your own pace. (FB L) Hotel: Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake (SF) DAY 11 HANGZHOU SIGHTSEEING 5 F With a Local Guide this morning, choose to take an optional meditation class reading the Buddhist scriptures inside a Buddhist Temple. Marvel during a visit to Lingyin Temple, one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples, and home to treasures of Buddhist literature and art. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch with a local family at their tea farm where you’ll learn why tea, for thousands of years, was such an important part of Chinese culture. Sample a variety of locally grown leaves and teas during a performance of tea art in a serene and peaceful setting. This afternoon, take a scenic boat ride on breathtaking West Lake, followed by a thrilling performance of the spectacular “Impressions West Lake” show, which exhibits the deep-rooted culture and natural beauty of Hangzhou. (FB HL) DAY 12 HANGZHOU – SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) 5 Head to Wuzhen water town today with a Local Guide, who’s numerous canals have earned it the nickname “the Venice of the East.” The houses that line the canals have a charming look with their oil-painted timber framework, white walls and black tiles. Its two-thousand-year history shines through ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, stone pathways between the mottled walls and delicate wood carvings. While here, enjoy a visit to a Chinese Alcohol Distillery. This evening, arrive in Shanghai and attend a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (FB L) Hotel: Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao (SF) DAY 13 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F Take in the many splendours of Shanghai with a Local Guide, including the Old Town, the Bund and the Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Enjoy a Dim Sum Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon of shopping on the Nanjing Road. Tonight, cruise along the Huangpu River before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB HL FD) DAY 14 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of our popular optional extensions. (FB)

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China, Tibet and the Yangtze Potala Palace, Tibet

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide throughout your itinerary. • I Local Speciality Visit a Lhasa family’s home for a glimpse of ordinary life.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre, explore the Hutongs by rickshaw. • Xi’an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; visit the City Wall • Lhasa Visit the Jokhang Temple; stop at the Tibet Museum; explore the UNESCO-designated Potala Palace. • Chongqing Tour the city and stop at the zoo to view the giant pandas. • Yangtze River Sail along the river through the Three Gorges; voyage down the Lesser Gorges in a riverboat; visit the Three Gorges Dam; cruise along the gorgeous Shennong Stream. • Shanghai Stroll along the Bund; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 buffet breakfasts • 10 lunches: B Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing n F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n 2 lunches on board the M/V Century Legend n 6 lunches • E Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the M/V Century Legend • 11 evening meals: E Welcome Reception Peking Duck dinner with wine in Beijing n F Traditional dumpling Highlight Dinner in Xi’an n F Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance in Xi’an n F Highlight Dinner with a traditional folk lore show in Lhasa n 2 dinners on board the M/V Century Legend n F Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board the M/V Century Legend n 4 dinners

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 13 nights First Class accommodation including 3-night luxury Yangtze River Cruise in a signature suite with a private balcony aboard the M/V Century Legend • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 14. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets On selected excursions throughout your trip.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, your Travel Director will escort you to your luxurious hotel and will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. Hotel: Sofitel Wanda (Deluxe) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 B E Begin your visit to one of the world’s great capital cities with a Local Guide with an exploration of the world’s largest public area—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which was the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Later, embark on a unique tour by rickshaw through the Hutongs, the historic neighbourhoods of Old Beijing. Stop outside a traditional courtyard home where you join a local family for a Be My Guest lunch featuring traditional Chinese cuisine. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Welcome Reception dinner with wine—a must during any visit to Beijing. (BB BG WR) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL 5 Travel outside the city with a Local Guide and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. This evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre. (BB L D) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) 5 D F With a Local Guide, visit the Temple of Heaven (or Altar of Heaven), is a UNESCO- designated site, completed in the 15th century, that symbolised

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the relationship between heaven and earth—and the emperor’s place within that cosmography. A masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, it influenced architecture throughout China for centuries. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi’an. Arrive at your hotel and get settled in before enjoying a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional dumplings. (BB L HD) Hotel: The Westin Xi’an (Deluxe) DAY 5 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, were made nearly 2,500 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. With a Local Guide, visit the museum where some of these 8,000 figures are exhibited, then see the ancient city wall built to protect Xi’an from invaders during a tumultuous era in China’s history. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (BB L HD) DAY 6 XI’AN – LHASA (3 NIGHTS) D 5 Bid farewell to Xi’an this morning and fly to Lhasa, the ancient, sky-high cultural and religious centre of Tibet. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with your Local Guide before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. (BB D) Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa (SF) DAY 7 LHASA SIGHTSEEING 5 I F With a Local Guide, see the holiest site in Tibet—the gold-domed Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the most revered icon of Tibetan Buddhism, a seventh-century statue of Buddha. Tour the rich collection of prehistoric artifacts, some of which date back 50,000 years, at the Tibet Museum. Visit a Lhasa family’s home for a glimpse of ordinary life, a Local Speciality. Savour a Highlight Dinner accompanied by a traditional folk show. (BB L HD) DAY 8 LHASA SIGHTSEEING 5 Visit the one-time residence of the Dalai Lama and seat of Tibetan government, the exceptionally well-preserved, vast UNESCO-designated Potala Palace with a Local Guide. Wander through its chapels as pilgrims make offerings at thousand-year-old altars and admire the religious paintings called thangkas, which are a unique Tibetan art form. From here, you’ll head off to see Sera Monastery’s colourful murals and mandalas. (BB L D) DAY 9 LHASA – CHONGQING SIGHTSEEING – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (3 NIGHTS) D 5 Fly from the Tibetan plateau to riverside Chongqing, where you’ll enjoy a stop at the zoo, with a Local Guide, for a look a look at the giant pandas. Then, head to the dock to board your brand new luxurious ship. (BB D) Ship: M/V Century Legend DAY 10 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 E Mist-shrouded peaks loom above the winding Yangtze for miles as you

For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Yangtze River Cruise Suite Upgrade

Presidential Suite

Twin-share supplement, per person

US$1899

Single supplement, per person

US$5897

For details on the Century Legend, signature suites and deck plans, please see pages 36-37. Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to uncontrollable factors. Ship and hotels are subject to change. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

cruise through the Three Gorges region. Your ship will stop at the Shibao Pagoda, a 12-story red temple built into the side of a hill that is now surrounded by water. Explore the site with a Local Guide. This evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception before indulging in dinner on board. (BB L WR D) DAY 11 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 F You’ll get a close-up view of the beautiful landscape as you board a small boat with a Local Guide and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze, the extraordinarily beautiful Shennong Stream. Later in the day, your ship will navigate the enormous Three Gorges Dam locks. This evening back on board, celebrate your journey at a Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (BB L FD) DAY 12 YICHANG – SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) 5 D Disembark this morning, but before you leave Yichang, tour the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, which supplies power to millions of people with a Local Guide. Following your visit, fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai. Upon arrival, settle into your lovely room and relax over dinner. (BB L D) Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La Hotel (Deluxe) DAY 13 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F Shanghai, located at the mouth of the Yangtze, has been a trading centre for 400 years. Today, it’s an economic dynamo with one of the busiest ports in the world. With a Local Guide, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, with its historic buildings and spectacular view of the high-rises that typify China’s largest city. Savour a Dim Sum Highlight Lunch before taking some time to browse through the shops in the district. In the evening, prepare to be dazzled by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (BB HL) DAY 14 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of our popular optional extensions. (CB/BB)

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Impressions of China and the Yangtze Yangtze River, Three Gorges

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide throughout your itinerary.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Shanghai Visit the Bund, Old Town and the Shanghai Museum and enjoy an acrobatic show. • Yangtze River Cruise along the Yangtze through the Three Gorges; voyage down the Lesser Gorges aboard a small riverboat; visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam. • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 buffet breakfasts • 6 lunches: F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n 3 lunches on board the M/V Century Legend n B Be My Guest Hutong family lunch in Beijing n 1 lunch • E Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the M/V Century Legend • 7 evening meals: F Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board the M/V Century Legend n F Peking Duck Farewell Dinner with wine in Beijing n 3 dinners on board the M/V Century Legend n 2 dinners

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 9 nights First Class accommodation including 4-night luxury Yangtze River Cruise in a signature suite with a private balcony aboard the M/V Century Legend • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets On selected excursions throughout your trip.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Shanghai! Upon arrival, your Travel Director will escort you to your luxurious hotel and will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La Hotel (Deluxe) DAY 2 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F Long a bustling commercial centre, Shanghai has become one of the world’s most exciting cities, brimming with spectacular skyscrapers designed by world-famous architects. With a Local Guide, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, and get a sense of its 19th century roots. After savouring a tasty and traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch, you’ll have time to browse through the shops in the district. In the evening, be dazzled by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobats. (BB HL) DAY 3 SHANGHAI – YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) 5 D Begin the day with a Local Guide during a visit to the Shanghai Museum, a stunning contemporary structure that houses treasures of Chinese art ranging from ancient bronzes from the Shang and Zhou periods, exquisite jades, calligraphic works from many dynasties, and Ming and Qing furniture. Then fly to Yichang, where you’ll board your luxurious ship. (BB D) Ship: M/V Century Legend DAY 4 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 E The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric project, and it is changing the landscape and the economy of the nation. It is designed to both generate power to fuel China’s economic growth and control flooding on the Yangtze, which has been enormously destructive over the centuries. Visit this astonishing feat of modern engineering with a Local Guide before setting sail along the most scenic section of the storied Yangtze, the Three Gorges. As you enter the Three Gorges, you’ll leave behind the modern industrial world and become immersed in a land of Chinese fairytales, where you can almost imagine dragons swooping down from the lovely, mist-shrouded peaks.  Tonight, raise your glass during a Captain’s Welcome Reception. (BB L WR D) DAY 5 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 Get a close-up view of the splendid landscape as you board a small boat with a Local Guide and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Gorges. Here, mysterious caves dot the mountains sides and crystalline waterfalls descend down emerald-covered hills. (BB L D) DAY 6 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 F Shibao Pagoda, whose red walls and yellow gate are a Yangtze River landmark, was built into the side of a hill in the 18th century. Although the temple is 12 stories tall, only its top three stories tower above the tor. Go ahead—make a wish and climb the stairs; legend has it that the higher you climb, the more likely it is that your wish will come true. Explore the site with a Local Guide. Tonight, enjoy a festive onboard Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (BB L FD)

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10 Days from US$3299 per person twin share Ref: CICY Price per Person Land Single Ends Inter- Supp. Beijing Air Option

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Sun 14 Apr

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3399 1299

GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/signature suite. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

On application US$130 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$130

Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$800 per couple (US$400 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$400 per couple (US$200 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages12-13.

4-NIGHT YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

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DAY 7 CHONGQING SIGHTSEEING – BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) 5 D Disembark in Chongqing, the booming capital of western China and the fourth-largest metropolis in the nation. As part of your city tour with a Local Guide, visit the giant pandas at the zoo. It’s impossible not to smile while watching the lively young pandas frolicking in their enclosure. In the afternoon, catch a flight to Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Take a refreshing dip in the hotel’s heated pool or simply enjoy the glittering lights of Beijing’s Financial Street, which lies right outside your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Beijing (Deluxe) DAY 8 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 Start the morning with a visit to one of the nation’s most iconic sights, the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Great Wall of China. With a Local Guide, walk along the top of the wall to appreciate just how formidable a barrier it would have been to the nomadic mounted warriors who confronted it over the centuries. Marvel at the great slabs of granite that were transported and wrestled into place by hand, without the aid of modern machinery. Back in Beijing, spend the evening at the Red Theatre, taking in a spectacular show that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance; it’s the best performance in town. The young performers—average age, 17—represent the best and most talented kung fu practitioners in the country, and the show explains the cultural significance of kung fu in China. (BB L D)

Presidential Suite

Twin-share supplement, per person

US$1899

Single supplement, per person

US$5097

For details on the Century Legend, staterooms and deck plans, please see pages 36-37. Land & Intra-Air Prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Shanghai - Yichang and Chongqing - Beijing and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to uncontrollable factors. Ship and hotels are subject to change. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 9 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 B F The last full day of your China adventure begins in broad Tiananmen Square, which is both the heartbeat of modern Beijing and a gateway to the wonders of imperial China. A Local Guide shows you Chairman Mao’s mausoleum which borders the square, as does the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses innumerable treasures of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Your next stop will take you to the backbone of Old Beijing—the ancient residential lanes and alleyways known as the Hutongs. Hop aboard a rickshaw for a behind-the-scenes tour of these historic neighbourhoods, where you can still see the regions traditional courtyard homes. Join a local family for a Be My Guest lunch of delicious traditional cuisine. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner of succulent Peking duck with wine, a signature dish of the city, since imperial times. (BB BG FD) DAY 10 DEPART BEIJING Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of our popular optional extensions. (CB/BB)

Shanghai Acrobatics

CHINA : DISCOVERY

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Grand China and the Yangtze Hong Kong

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Get a glimpse into Chinese life during a visit to a Hutong family in Beijing for a delicious dinner featuring local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide Enjoy the company of a Local Guide throughout your itinerary. • I Local Speciality Indulge in a relaxing foot massage in Beijing. n Delight in a Sichuan hot pot during an included lunch. n Visit the Embroidery Institute and learn about Chinese silk in Suzhou. n Learn about and taste Chinese tea at a plantation in Guilin.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Beijing Visit Tiananmen Square; tour the Forbidden City; walk the Great Wall, wonder of the ancient world; experience an evening of kung fu at the Red Theatre; discover the stunning Temple of Heaven; explore the Hutongs by rickshaw. • Xi’an Explore the excavations of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; visit the City Wall; learn about the Tang Dynasty during a cultural performance. • Tongli Enjoy a walking tour of this historic town. • Suzhou Attend a performance of native classical music and dance at the Master-of-Nets Garden. • Shanghai Stroll along the Bund; enjoy a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats. • Yangtze River Sail along the river through the Three Gorges; voyage down the Lesser Gorges in a riverboat; visit the Three Gorges Dam; marvel at the Shibao Pagoda. • Chongqing Tour the city and stop at the zoo to view the giant pandas. • Guilin Cruise the spectacular Li River; explore the brilliant Reed Flute Cave. • Hong Kong View the main attractions during a city tour.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 17 buffet breakfasts • 14 lunches: F Traditional Dim Sum Highlight Lunch in Shanghai n 3 lunches on board the M/V Century Legend n Sichuan hot pot lunch in Xi’an n 9 lunches • E Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the M/V Century Legend • 12 evening meals: E Welcome Reception Peking Duck dinner with wine in Beijing n B Be My Guest Hutong family dinner in Beijing n F Traditional dumpling Highlight Dinner in Xi’an n F Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance in Xi’an n F Farewell Dinner on board the M/V Century Legend n 3 dinners on board the M/V Century Legend n 4 dinners

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 17 nights First Class accommodation including 4-night luxury Yangtze River Cruise in a signature suite with a private balcony aboard the M/V Century Legend • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 18* Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets On selected excursions throughout your trip.

DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (4 NIGHTS) Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, your Travel Director will escort you to your luxurious hotel and will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. Hotel: Sofitel Wanda Beijing (Deluxe) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 I E Explore Beijing today with a Local Guide with an exploration of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Stroll through the square and enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site with its characteristic red walls and green tile roofs. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Welcome Reception dinner with wine—a must during any visit to Beijing. (BB L WR) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL 5 There is no sight in China more iconic than the UNESCO-designated Great Wall, which stretches thousands of miles along the northern border of the country and was originally built to stop invaders from the north. Drive out of Beijing in the morning to one of the most interesting access points to the Great Wall, where you’ll marvel at the great slabs of granite towering above you with a Local Guide. Enjoy lunch at the foot of the wall, amid the lovely pine and cypress forests. Back in Beijing, your eventful day continues with a spectacular show that combines kung fu prowess with acrobatics and dance at Beijing’s famous Red Theatre. (BB L D) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING 5 B With a Local Guide visit the Temple of Heaven is a UNESCO-designated site, completed in the 15th century, which symbolises the relationship between heaven and earth—and the emperor’s place within that cosmography. A masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, it influenced architecture throughout China for centuries. Next, take a rickshaw tour of the Hutongs, the old neighbourhoods where you can still see traditional Beijing quadrangle houses built around courtyards. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner featuring traditional cuisine with a local family. In the evening, relax on a magical rowboat ride on Shichahai Lake as a musician serenades you. (BB L BG) DAY 5 BEIJING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) D 5 I F Bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the ancient Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an where you will be greeted by a Local Guide with a special welcome ceremony at the city gate. Enjoy a Local Speciality, a Sichuan hot pot lunch. Arrive at your hotel and get settled in before enjoying a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional dumplings. (BB L HD) Hotel: The Westin Xi’an (Deluxe) DAY 6 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F One of the most astonishing archaeological finds of the last century, the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses–UNESCO World Heritage Site–were made nearly 2,500 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. With a Local Guide, visit the museum where some of these 8,000 figures are exhibited, then see the ancient city wall built to protect Xi’an from invaders during a tumultuous era in China’s history. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and

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18 Days from US$5799 per person twin share Ref: CYG Starts Beijing

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6199 2599

Sun 7 Apr Wed 24 Apr 6299 2599 Sun 14 Apr Wed 1 May 6299 2599 Sun 28 Apr Wed 15 May 6299 2599 Sun 5 May Wed 22 May 6299 2599 Sun 19 May Wed 5 Jun 6299 2599 Sun 26 May Wed 12 Jun 6199 2599 Sun 9 Jun Wed 26 Jun 5799 2599 Sun 23 Jun Wed 10 Jul 5799 2599

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5799 2599

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Sun 6 Oct Wed 23 Oct Sun 13 Oct Wed 30 Oct Sun 20 Oct Wed 6 Nov

6299 6299 6299 6499

2599 2599 2599 2599

6499 2599 6499 2599 6499 2599

GREAT SAVINGS All above prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/signature suite. Triple Room Reduction 2nd Trip Discount

On application US$205 Young Traveller Discount (5-11) US$205

Pay in Full Discount: pay in full at the time booking on or before September 30, 2012 and save US$1200 per couple (US$600 per person). Early Booking Discount: reserve and pay your deposit on or before October 31, 2012 and save US$600 per couple (US$300 per person). For details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13. International airfare between your gateway city and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call Trafalgar for special airfares. Sightseeing stops

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cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (BB L HD) DAY 7 XI’AN – SHANGHAI – TONGLI SIGHTSEEING - SUZHOU D 5 Fly to Shanghai this morning, and tour charming Tongli, where elegant homes and enchanting teahouses line the many canals. Continue with a Local Guide to 2,500-year-old Suzhou, famous for its beauty, and settle into your room at the Shangri-La Hotel. This evening, experience a music and dance performance in one of the city’s world-renowned gardens. (BB L D) Hotel: Shangri-La Suzhou (Deluxe) DAY 8 SUZHOU SIGHTSEEING – SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) 5 I Spend the morning immersed in the grandeur of Suzhou’s UNESCO World Heritage Humble Administrator Garden with a Local Guide, and make a special visit to the Embroidery Research Institute to learn how Chinese silk, a Local Speciality, is manufactured. Return to Shanghai in the afternoon and get settled in and relax at the hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai (Deluxe) DAY 9 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F Shanghai has been a trading centre for 400 years. Today, it’s an economic dynamo with one of the busiest ports in the world. With a Local Guide, stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade, with its historic buildings and spectacular view of the high-rises that typify China’s largest city. Savour a Dim Sum Highlight Lunch before taking some time to browse through the shops in the district. In the evening, prepare to be dazzled by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (BB HL) DAY 10 SHANGHAI – YICHANG - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) 5 D Visit the Shanghai Museum with a Local Guide before your flight to Yichang. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxurious ship and begin your Yangtze cruise. (BB D) Ship: M/V Century Legend DAY 11 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 E Visit the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, with a Local Guide and set sail along the most scenic section of the storied Yangtze, the Three Gorges. This evening, raise a glass during a special Captain’s Welcome Reception before enjoying dinner on board. (BB L WR D) DAY 12 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 Get a close-up view of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat with a Local Guide and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Gorges. (BB L D) DAY 13 CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER 5 F The red walls and yellow gate of Shibao Pagoda stand amid the rising waters of the Three Gorges Dam. Built into the side of a hill, the temple has now become a colourful little island of its own. Make a wish and climb the stairs toward the temple at the top; legend has it that the higher you climb, the better the chance of your wish coming true. Explore the site with

Yangtze River Cruise Suite Upgrade

Presidential Suite

Twin-share supplement, per person

US$1899

Single supplement, per person

US$6397

For details on the Century Legend, staterooms and deck plans, please see pages 36-37. Land & Intra-Air Prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Beijing - Xi’an, Xi’an - Shanghai, Shanghai - Yichang, Chongqing - Guilin, Guilin - Hong Kong and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see page 34. Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to uncontrollable factors. Ship and hotels are subject to change. *Hong Kong transfers: 7am-11 pm on arrival and 8:30am-11:55 pm on departure. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

a Local Guide. This evening back on board, celebrate your journey at a Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (BB L FD) DAY 14 CHONGQING – GUILIN SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) D 5 Disembark in Chongqing for a visit to the zoo to see the giant pandas before flying to Guilin. Marvel at the rainbow colours of the stalactites in the Reed Flute Cave with a Local Guide. Afterward, settle into your beautiful hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (Deluxe) DAY 15 GUILIN SIGHTSEEING 5 Embark on a half-day cruise with a Local Guide on the gorgeous Li River where time seems to stand still along the banks where farmers tend to fields of rice paddies that are a world away from modern-day hustle and bustle. The stunning scenery has been an inspiration to poets and painters for centuries. (BB L) DAY 16 GUILIN – HONG KONG (2 NIGHTS) I D 5 Visit a traditional Chinese tea plantation and learn about the production of this important aspect of the culture. And of course taste the delicious Local Speciality. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and fly to Hong Kong this afternoon where you meet your Local Guide. Upon arrival, get settled into your stunning five-star hotel and relax for the evening. (BB L) Hotel: Kowlon Shangri-La Hotel (Deluxe) DAY 17 HONG KONG SIGHTSEEING 5 Set out on a city tour with a Local Guide and see the best of the island— Victoria Peak, the Aberdeen Fishing Village, and Stanley Market. The evening is yours to explore the bustling city as you please or just relax at your resort. (BB) DAY 18 DEPART HONG KONG Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

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Add an exciting extension to your holiday Tibet DAY 1 SHANGHAI – LHASA D Depart Shanghai for an early morning flight to Lhasa. This beautiful capital city of Tibet is a unique and spiritual city with a history of more than 1,300 years. It has managed to retain its ancient palace, teeming with religious history, its ancient temples, relics and streets whilst simultaneously keeping pace with modern society. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (L D) Hotel: Four Points, Sheraton DAY 2 LHASA SIGHTSEEING Explore Lhasa today visiting the Potala Palace, a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region, filled with splendour and grandeur. Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. In the afternoon, visit the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims, Jokhang Temple. It is a four-story timber complex with a golden top. It adopted the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, as well as those of Tibet and Nepal. The statue of Sakyamuni kept in the temple is a rare treasure. (FB L) DAY 3 LHASA SIGHTSEEING Begin today with a tour of Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. Covering an area of 250,000 square metres (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday. Then continue to Sera Monastery, one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in the halls. Colourful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries. After lunch, head to Norbulingka, meaning ‘Treasure Park’ in Tibetan. The area was

originally a place filled with wild animals, weeds and scrub which the Seventh Dalai Lama liked and often visited. Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved political problems and held festive celebrations. After a series of expansions and renovations, it has now been turned into a park open to the public. (FB L D) DAY 4 LHASA - DEPART SHANGHAI Take a complimentary transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight to Shanghai. (FB)

4 Days from US$950 Land Only - Ref: CTIB Prices per person

Bookings for Tibet entry permit are requested two months prior to departure otherwise Tibet entry permit may not be guaranteed.

Hong Kong

DAY 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – BANGKOK (3 NIGHTS) After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Enjoy an afternoon orientation tour of the city. Later, maybe tempt your palate with a tasty local dish such as pad prik king tua, a rich dish of pork and long beans stir-fried in a red curry sauce. (FB) Hotel: InterContinental Bangkok (or similar)

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DAY 2 TO DAY 3 BANGKOK Enjoy two half-day tours, begin by discovering three of the most remarkable Buddhist temples: Wat Traimit with its invaluable Golden Buddha; Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok with its colossal Reclining Buddha; and Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha located in the Grand Palace complex. Take a Bangkok Canal Cruise through Thonburi Klong on the Chao Praya River. The canals give a first hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. Also visit the Royal Barges and the Temple of Dawn. (FB) DAY 4 DEPART BANGKOK Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (FB)

4 Days from US$899 including Air - Ref: CBEKP Share-twin

Single Supp.

All 2013 departures 899 399 This extension requires the purchase of the Highlights of Vietnam or Highlights of Vietnam with the Cambodia Cruise extension. Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok or Siem Reap to Bangkok and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com

DAY 1 SHANGHAI OR BEIJING – HONG KONG (3 NIGHTS) D After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Take the afternoon to acquaint yourself with one of Asia’s most exciting cities. Hotel: Kowloon Shangri-La (or similar) DAY 2 HONG KONG SIGHTSEEING On a lively half-day tour, see the places that have made Hong Kong famous – Victoria Peak, bustling Stanley Market, Aberdeen fishing village and gem factory. You may opt to join an evening harbour cruise and catch the unforgettable sound and light show. (FB) DAY 3 HONG KONG FREE TIME Shop, indulge in a spa treatment, or take a tram tour. (FB) DAY 4 DEPART HONG KONG Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (FB)

4 Days from US$999 including Air - Ref: CHKE/CHEK Prices per person

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From Beijing**

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Mar 1099 569 1299 569 Apr 1399 799 1549 799 May, Jun, Aug 1099 499 1249 499 Jul 999 499 1199 499 Sep 1149 569 1349 569 Oct, Nov 1349 799 1549 799 The extension from Shanghai requires the purchase of the Hong Kong extension code CHEK for Classic China and Majestic China. Code CHKE for Highlights of China and the Yangtze, China and Tibet and the Yangtze. The extension from Beijing requires the purchase of the Hong Kong extension code CHKE for Impressions of China and the Yangtze. Hong Kong transfers: 7am-11 pm on arrival and 8:30am-11:55 pm on departure. Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Shanghai – Hong Kong* or Beijing – Hong Kong** and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com

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Participation on this extension requires purchase of the return airfare from Shanghai - Lhasa and Lhasa - Shanghai, From US$1190 and is accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com

Bangkok

Prices per person

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1 Feb - 15 Mar 950 680 16 Mar - 30 Jun 1150 680 1 Jul - 31 Oct 1375 450 This extension requires the purchase of Classic China or Majestic China.

HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining

HOTELS: WHERE YOU WILL STAY

Sofitel Wanda (Deluxe), Beijing, China

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

Pudong Shangri-La (Deluxe), Shanghai, China

Shangri-La Guilin (SF), China

HOTELS: WHERE YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR STAY Prices are per person, per night on a single, twin/double and triple basis, based on two-bedded rooms with private bath, including full buffet breakfast daily, all applicable taxes and service charges (luggage handling not included). Check with your Travel Agent for availability. Conditions: Extra hotel nights should be booked at the time of your holiday reservation; they are subject to availability and offered only in conjunction with the holiday you are booking. Space is limited and available for up to three nights before and up to three nights after each holiday only. Blackout dates may apply. Hotels may be subject to change. RATING CITY HOTEL SEASON TWIN

(SF) Beijing Shangri-La Traders East Upper Hotel (Deluxe) Beijing Sofitel Wanda (Deluxe) Beijing The Ritz Carlton, Beijing (SF) Shanghai Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao (Deluxe) Shanghai Pudong Shangri-La (Deluxe) Hong Kong Kowloon Shangri-La

1 Dec 12 - 28 Feb 13 1 - 31 Mar, 1 Jun - 15 Aug All other dates All dates All dates 1 Dec 12 - 28 Feb 13 1 - 31 Mar, 1 Jun - 15 Aug All other dates All dates All dates

77 85 103 135 135 108 114 132 150 240

PER PERSON US$ SGL

TRPL

125 141 176 270 270 187 199 234 300 480

86 91 103 135 135 112 116 127 150 240

HOTEL CLASS KEY: D: DELUXE SF: SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS F: FIRST CLASS

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RIVER CRUISE SHIPS

Century Legend/Paragon Presidential Suite

TRAFALGAR INTRODUCES AN ENTIRELY NEW CRUISING EXPERIENCE ON THE YANGTZE RIVER Trafalgar invites you to explore the extraordinary Yangtze on a ship as remarkable as the river itself. The five-star-rated Century Legend and Century Paragon are two luxurious new state-of-the-art ships designed by European architects and shipbuilders who specialise in sophisticated marine architecture. The many defining features of the ships include: two restaurants, two bars, cinema, indoor lap pool with relaxation area and pool bar, fitness centre, spa, game rooms, reading room, boutique, and so much more. All guests stay in Signature Suites. Your spacious Signature Suite, complete with a private balcony, meets Trafalgar’s exacting standards for your comfort and convenience. To ensure the highest levels of luxury and ease during your river cruise, your Signature Suite provides every amenity from complimentary Wi-Fi in the Executive Lounge and satellite TV to a cosy sitting area. Sumptuous linens drape your bed. Bathrooms with tubs offer comfy robes, slippers, and fine bath products. And those who desire even more space can select one of our two Presidential Suites, which boast 1,140 sq. ft. and includes other special amenities.

Century Legend/Paragon, Spa

Legend/Paragon, Restaurant

While sailing with Trafalgar, you’ll be treated to a host of special VIP benefits designed to ensure your onboard stay is as memorable as possible. Shipboard enjoyment includes a wide range of activities linked to the cultural fascination of China and the spellbinding Yangtze River, such as Tai Chi, traditional fashion shows and the sounds of authentic Chinese music. Please be aware that all the services are not complimentary.

Legend/Paragon Ship

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CENTURY LEGEND/PARAGON

RIVER ORCHID

Technical Data:

Technical Data:

Inaugurated:

2013

Inaugurated:

2013

Length:

456 ft.

Length:

168 ft.

Width:

65 ft.

Width:

33.4 ft.

Max. passengers:

398

Presidential Suites:

2

Signature Suites:

34

Voltage:

220 volts

Library

Suites:

2

Staterooms:

28

Voltage:

220 volts

Game Room

Fitness Center Sun Deck

VIP Restaurant

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Uniworld Desk

465 463 461 459 457 455 453 451 449 447 445 443 441 439 437 435 433

Bridge Deck Uniworld Signature Suites with private balcony

Lounge

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Executive Desk/Reception

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Observation Deck

60

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Sun Deck

Max. passengers:

Bridge

468 466 464 462 460 458 456 454 452 450 448 446 442 440 438 436 434

Boutique

302 301

Promenade Deck Boutique

Upper Deck

Reception Dining Hall

Main Deck

Lower Deck Spa & Massage

Swimming Pool

Cinema

Massage Room Presidential Suite

Uniworld Signature Suite

Elevator Suite

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Please note: Ship name, deck plans and accommodation are subject to change.

CRUISE THE RIVER MEKONG IN COMFORT The new River Orchid Cruise ship is handcrafted in French colonial style for a more authentic type of cruising experience along the Mekong. The intimate scale of the ship with just 28 staterooms and 2 suites assures a more personalised service. Staterooms are designed with French doors that open to a shared promenade, where you can further enjoy the passing scenery. Staterooms offer all the conveniences needed to ensure a comfortable stay, with plenty of storage space, a vanity, individually controlled air conditioning, and bottled water. Bathrooms are outfitted with comfy robes, slippers, soothing bath amenities, and a hair dryer. The ship provides

ample room for relaxing, reading, or just enjoying the sights along the languid river. Relax on the sun deck while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, draft beer, and select spirits throughout the day. All meals onboard provide a variety of culinary options. During the evening, complimentary wine is served with dinner. And throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to warm and caring hospitality. Life onboard your ship is quiet and peaceful, designed to give you the most authentic experience possible.

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EXPRESS CHECK-IN

CANCELLATION FEE WAIVER

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

For holidays* costing up to US$1,200 per person, waiver fee is US$99 per person

Trafalgar’s Express Check-In is designed to make your travel experience as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. The information you give us when you register will be passed on to your Travel Director so they can:

For holidays* costing over US$1,200 per person, waiver fee is US$129 per person

• Streamline hotel check-ins – saving you the need to show your passport at each hotel • Better prepare for your individual needs during your holiday, such as special dietary requirements and preferences • Quickly locate you/your emergency contact if necessary Once registered, you will receive helpful information and advice about your upcoming Trafalgar experience – like useful things to know before you go, what to bring and packing tips – along with compelling offers from some of our preferred partners. To complete the registration form, all you will need are the passport details for the travellers on your booking, your mobile/cell number and the contact details of a person we should contact in the unlikely event of an emergency. It should take less than 10 minutes. Please note that if you check in within 30 days of departure, we cannot guarantee the Travel Director will receive your information. So the sooner you register with us, the better. If you do register within 30 days of your departure, please complete the registration form, print it and bring it with you for your Travel Director. (You will then also receive the ‘Know Before You Go’ information and savings offers.)

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Go to www.trafalgar.com/gsa/express

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Enter your Booking Number and Last Name

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Answer all questions and click ‘submit’

Trafalgar cares about you before you reach your destination. With Trafalgar, you get a great deal even before you leave home with Trafalgar’s Cancellation Fee Waiver plan for only US$99 per person for holidays costing up to US$1,200 and for only US$129 for holidays costing over US$1,200. The Cancellation Fee Waiver is non-refundable and must be booked at time of making your reservation but can be paid for at time of making final payment. Our Cancellation Fee Waiver protection includes:

PRE-PAID CANCELLATION OPTION Your deposit and/or payment to Trafalgar will be refunded minus the charge for the Cancellation Fee Waiver Policy should you cancel your holiday for any reason up to 15 days prior to arrival. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by Trafalgar only and excludes River Cruises and Intra-Air. Should you cancel within 15 - 1 days prior to land portion of the itinerary you will be charged only 25% of the trip cost rather than up to 50% and should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the trip for personal sickness reasons or be required to return home due to injury, illness, or death, you and your companion will be refunded US$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the trip (note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A doctor’s certificate is required. Cancellation on day of departure/no show will result to 100% cancellation fees. In addition to the above, Trafalgar recommends comprehensive travel insurance is purchased. Speak to your Travel Agent. *Applicable only to the guided portion of your holiday.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO PASSPORTS & VISAS:

All guests travelling in China, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia require a Passport, valid for 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip, and with appropriate Visas. Please contact your Travel Agent or applicable Government authorities to get necessary travel information. It is the responsibility of each guest to have a valid Passport and necessary Visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited. Please visit our website, www.trafalgar.com, to obtain Visa info and download Visa applications for your Trafalgar holiday. The Operators and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for Passport, Visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

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We will send you your travel documents and literature together with a stylish document wallet about 21 days before your departure. Please read the information you receive carefully as it contains essential advice and information about your trip.

HEALTH: Vaccinations are not required. As health requirements change without notice, please check with your Travel Agent or Public Health Service for current required or recommended inoculations.

ELECTRICITY: Electrical adapters are needed if you wish to take along a hair dryer, electric razor, etc. Most hotels in China, Japan, Vietnam, and Cambodia supply 220 volts. Check with your local electronic store or department store to purchase necessary adapters for such appliances.

HOLIDAYS & CHANGES: During local or national holidays abroad, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited. In all the above instances, and whenever possible, Trafalgar makes slight itinerary adjustments to minimize inconvenience to, and ensure the safety of, its guests. If, however, your enjoyment might be diminished by such minor limitations, please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a departure. The very nature of a river, its sources and networks of bridges

and locks means that there will be times when weather or other conditions in a region require Trafalgar to make adjustments to the operation of an itinerary.

PLANNING YOUR BUDGET: We would advise you to plan your holiday budget well in advance and to make sure you have allocated funds for special events while you are on holiday such as, shopping and side trips, especially optional excursions.

FIND OUT MORE AT – WWW.TRAFALGAR.COM: View the world of Trafalgar online, look for special offers, check for itinerary updates and travel tips plus visit our message board where Trafalgar guests share their holiday experiences and much more.

LUGGAGE: Onboard the ships and motorcoaches, storage space is very limited. For your safety and comfort, we ask you to bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person.

BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Uniworld River Cruises SA and Trafalgar Tours Limited, Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands are the ‘Operators’; collectively these companies are referred to as ‘Trafalgar’. Your agreement is with Trafalgar and a contract is formed when you make a reservation with us that we accept. The invalidity of any provisions herein shall not affect the validity of any other provisions. The agreement shall be construed as though the invalid provision was not contained herein and was replaced with an enforceable provision as similar as possible to the original provision. Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, travel agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date: The departure date is the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Cruises: Prices are per person based on two persons sharing a ’Uniworld Signature Suite’. All Yangtze River Cruise prices feature Uniworld Signature Suite with private bathrooms and balconies (optional upgrades available at additional cost); all Mekong River Cruise prices feature Riverview Staterooms with private bathrooms and French doors opening on a spacious promenade (optional upgrades available at additional cost). Air Transportation: Within China/Asia, airfares are included in the “Land & Intra-Air” and “Land, Cruise & Intra-Air” prices. These included flights are outlined in each itinerary page price panel. Guests travelling on any intra-China/Asia flight must provide their full name (as appears on passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding. Guided Holiday: Air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches. Hotel Accommodations: Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a two-bed room with private bath or shower. Triple rooms may be available on some guided holidays (not all) in limited numbers. Triple occupancy is based on three people sharing one room with two beds. Triple occupancy may not be comfortable for three adults sharing. Rollaway beds are not included in triple prices with the exception of China. Every effort has been made to reserve two-bed rooms; however, on some occasions, rooms with one bed may be the only choice available. These rooms will be allocated to single travellers and couples first; other rooms may feature a single bed and rollaway bed, murphy bed or sleeper sofa. Special room requests (smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms, as examples) must be made at time of booking. Special room requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller program points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Travel Director: Guided holidays are conducted in English by a professional Travel Director. Meals: In-flight meals and snacks are served according to airline policy. Daily Continental (CB) or buffet breakfast (BB), Dinners (D), Highlight Dinners (HD), Welcome Dinners (WD), Farewell Dinners (FD), Be My Guest Dining (BG), Lunches (L) and Highlight Lunches (HL) are included as detailed in the itineraries. Sightseeing: Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking guide (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers: Within China/Asia, between airports, hotels and piers only where indicated in the tour itinerary. Porterage: Baggage handling of one suitcase per person is included in the tour price at hotels and China/Asia airports. Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). Some airlines restrict checked luggage - check with your airline. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. For intra-China/Asia air flights, only one suitcase per person can be checked-in, and it must weigh no more than 44 lbs (20kg). You may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately US$1.00 per pound in excess of this weight limit. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided holiday. Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or under seats and, therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Trafalgar and Trafalgar’s affiliated entities shall not be liable for loss or damage to baggage or any guest’s belongings. Guests should immediately report lost items to the Travel Director who will assist in completing a lost property form that can be used for an insurance claim. Trafalgar cannot assist in locating lost items after the guest disembarks or completes the Trafalgar holiday. Tips/Gratuities: Tips/gratuities are included for services on guided holiday provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels. NOT INCLUDED IN GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Any items and matters referred to above, including, airfares, air-related taxes and fees (except where specified); additional fees charged by airlines such as checked and/or excess baggage(visit www.trafalgar.com/baggage), seat selections and any other services; passport and visa fees; insurances of all kinds; tips/gratuities to Travel Directors, Motorcoach Drivers and Local Guides; laundry; phone calls; internet access; minibar; beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary; optional excursions; and all items of a personal nature. Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign governmental and non-governmental entities. The price does not cover costs and expenses, including your return home, if you leave the guided holiday whether at your own volition, due to illness, action by any government or other reason. This list is illustrative and not a complete list of every item not included. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS Deposit payable within 7 days of booking Guided Holiday & Extensions $200 Final Payment prior to departure date Guided Holiday not featuring cruise 45 days Land Extensions 60 days Guided Holiday featuring cruise & cruise extensions 90 days 1. Your guided holiday and extensions will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason and shall in that event return any deposit received. The deposit forms part of your final payment. If not received within 7 calendar days of booking, the reservation will automatically be cancelled. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold seats. 2. Final payment for your land reservation will be due no later than 45 days (or 90 days for itineraries featuring a cruise) prior to the guided holiday departure date. 3. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 45 days (or 90 days for itineraries featuring a cruise) prior to the guided holiday departure date. 4. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods. Trafalgar will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. 5. Credit Card Bookings: Trafalgar must be provided with your credit card number when making your reservation directly with us. Verbal authorization authorizes processing the charge on your credit card. Reservation is not confirmed until credit card transaction is completed. For security purposes, we collect the guest’s credit card billing address and customer verification code. 6. Any special meal requirements must be provided at time of booking and are received on a REQUEST basis only. Trafalgar cannot assure special meal requests will be fulfilled. Trafalgar does not assume responsibility or liability if guest’s special meal requests are not fulfilled. 7. Your Travel Agent shall hold all monies for each and every person named in the booking until the booking is confirmed. When confirmed, your Travel Agent shall provide those monies promptly to us. You consent to us depositing monies received by us as required by law. We will be entitled to keep interest earned on monies. You consent that all monies paid to us whether through your Travel Agent, by deposit or otherwise, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit.

Travel Documents: Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the guided holiday departure date (provided full payment has been received on time). If final payment is not received when due, costs to courier documents will be the responsibility of the Travel Agent. If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. Passports & Visas: A valid passport is required for travel on all Trafalgar China/Asia programs. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date of the holiday. For entry to China, visas are also required for all passport holders. For entry to Tibet, a visa is not necessary, but an entry permit is required for all passport holders. Trafalgar will provide a Tibet Group Entry Permit prior to departure for all guests. Details for your Tibet entry permit are requested 2 months prior to departure otherwise Tibet entry permit may not be guaranteed. You should check with your Travel Agent or Consulate Service for information regarding necessary travel documentation. Multiple-entry visa is required for entry to Vietnam. A Cambodian e-visa is not acceptable for a river border crossing.  A standard visa must be obtained. Any visa(s) or any other documentation required for any particular itinerary is the sole responsibility of the guest. Conditions of entry can change at any time, please check with your travel agent. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for advising and/ or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to release of travel documents. Your travel agent will advise you as to information and travel documents (such as passports, visas, affidavits, etc.) that will be needed for each person for whom travel services are being booked. Trafalgar bears no responsibility for such information. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. Trafalgar will require full passport information (full name, date of birth, issue and expiry dates) prior to departure. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes: A fee of $35 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days (or 90 days for itineraries featuring a cruise) of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except on the land only element when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a $35 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days (or 90 days for itineraries featuring a cruise) prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained along with Trafalgar’s Cancellation Fee Waiver payment. • If full payment is not received 45 days (or 90 days for itineraries featuring a cruise) prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar we will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Trafalgar or through your Travel Agent. Please also refer to Trafalgar’s Cancellation Fee Waiver payment. The following charges will apply when notice of cancellation is given after the booking is confirmed: GUIDED HOLIDAY LAND & CRUISE, CAMBODIA CRUISE EXTENSION No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as (“%” holiday departure date refers to % of total price) Over 90 days Amount of Deposit 90-60 days 35% 59-30 days 50% Less than 30 days or no show 100% GUIDED HOLIDAY LAND ONLY No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as (“%” holiday departure date refers to % of total price) Over 45 days Amount of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 30% 7-1 days 50% Day of departure 100% HOLIDAY EXTENSIONS (EXCLUDING CAMBODIA CRUISE) No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as (“%” holiday departure date refers to % of total price) Over 60 days 25% 59-30 days 50% 29-15 days 75% 15-8 days 85% Less than 7 days 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100%(unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation prior to and after the guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: Over 45 days $35 per person 45-22 days 25% of price for the accommodation 21-15 days 30% of price for the accommodation • Travel Agent fees and cancellation charges may also apply. • Airline Flights/Tickets: After deposit has been received, any change incurs a $35 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your travel agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer. Illness or Absence: Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Trafalgar offers great value on airfares from most gateway cities to China/ Asia. Please contact your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for the most up-to-date airfares. As low airfares are subject to availability, we urge you to book early. Payment in full for your airfare to get you between your gateway city and the guided holiday is required at the time of booking your flights in conjunction with Trafalgar’s land arrangements. Upon receipt of full air payment, your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of any further price fluctuations. Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made by Trafalgar payment in full is required for your airfare at the time of booking your flights in relation to your Trafalgar holiday to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday. On receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport or government-issued ID for domestic travel, passport number, date and place of issue for each guest.

Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest’s responsibility. Airlines (and other travel providers including Trafalgar) change prices and routes from time to time. All airfares and routings are subject to change at any time until full payment is received and air tickets are issued. Air Cancellation: Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre assigned seats. Some may charge for pre assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Airline Fuel Surcharges and Air-related Taxes, Fees and Restrictions: Airfares will be provided on booking, will be based on roundtrip purchase, and will include air-related taxes, fees and fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as baggage handling (visit www.trafalgar.com/baggage), seat selections and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the guest(s). All “Land & Intra-Air” and “Land, Cruise & Intra-Air” prices include all airline fuel surcharges and air-related taxes applicable as per the date on the back cover of this brochure. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes: Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest responsibility. Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. Trafalgar does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices: Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by any government, airlines or agencies may be passed on at any time, even after the deposit is received or holiday paid for. No refund will be made on account of reduction of any of the above. If the total guided holiday price increases by more than 10%, guests will have the option to cancel the guided holiday within 7 days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. All prices are in US Dollars unless specified. Guided Holiday Participation: On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age (10 years of age for Vietnam and Cambodia) are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult aged 21 or over, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: • Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting or dressing, as examples) should consider bringing a companion to provide such assistance and must understand that other travellers, Travel Directors and Trafalgar Staff will not be available for such purpose. • Regrettably, motorized scooters are not allowed on guided holidays. Trafalgar does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Trafalgar is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on holiday, or for the quality of the care or services received. Some guided holidays include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the guided holiday, Trafalgar may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities which Trafalgar does not control. Trafalgar cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for guests travelling on international guided holidays. Many Optional Excursions are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Trafalgar. These are not part of the package holiday provided by us. Your contract will be with the operator of the excursion. We are not responsible for providing of the excursion, or anything that happens during the excursion. Some excursions involve outdoor activities and/or can be physically demanding. You must make your own decisions about excursions and participate only in activities that suit your physical ability. We recommend you check whether any insurance you have also includes your participation in adventure activities you may undertake. Trafalgar may, in its sole discretion, decline booking any guest or remove any guest who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Trafalgar’s terms and conditions. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behaviour is, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount: The Young Traveller must be under age 11 on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the start of travel to be eligible for the discount. Only one Young Traveller discount per room are permitted. This discount applies to the land and does not apply to cruises, extra night accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers or any cruise portion of a holiday. Itinerary Variations: Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary

itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your travel agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays: If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and post-night accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For your comfort: Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on travelling days. For the comfort of all our Guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Pets are not permitted on Trafalgar holidays. Guided Holiday Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties: The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof. Airport/Ship Transfers: If you purchase airfare between your gateway city and your tour through Trafalgar, you will enjoy the special included convenience of scheduled group transfers between the airport and the ship/ hotel on the day of arrival, and between the ship/hotel and the airport on the day of departure. There may be a waiting period between transfers of one (1) hour or more. Making Your Own Flight Arrangements: Should you elect to make your own flight arrangements between your gateway city and your holiday destination, Trafalgar will provide complimentary scheduled group transfers to/from the ship/hotel as long as your flights arrive/depart in the cruise/tour starting/ending cities in accordance with the dates shown in this brochure and your flight arrangements comply with the Transfer Guidelines as shown below. If your flight arrangements arrive/depart outside of these parameters, you may purchase a private car transfer from Trafalgar or make your own transfer arrangements. Please ask your travel consultant for actual costs during the reservation process. Trafalgar will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed cruise/trip days, or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing. To qualify for transfers, it is required that flight information and pre-trip arrangements for all passengers making their own flight arrangements be given to Trafalgar no later than 45 days prior to departure and conform to the following Transfer Guidelines: Transfer Guidelines: Flights must arrive/depart within the following time limits: Arrival Departure China 24 hours 24 hours Hong Kong 7am - 11pm 8.30am - 11.55pm Japan 24 hours 24 hours Vietnam 24 hours 24 hours Extensions 24 hours 24 hours Extra Night(s) 24 hours 24 hours RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement: These booking conditions together with terms expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement between the parties. Changes: The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the Operator’s control. In such circumstances, the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Disclaimer of Liability: Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise. Safety: Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances.

International Treaties: Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd Limited Role: The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd. is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd, but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of Singapore for guest who booked in Singapore and Guernsey Law for guests who booked outside Singapore. Errors and Omissions: In the case of computer or human billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing. We try to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of printing. However Trafalgar shall not be held responsible for printing or typographic errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. Airline(s) do not by virtue of being referred to in this brochure represent itself or themselves as contracting with or as having any legal relationship with any purchaser of a holiday from Trafalgar. All bookings made with any provider of transport, facilities, meals, other goods or of any services are subject to terms and conditions imposed by them in relation to matters not covered particularly and expressly by our agreement with the above mentioned Operator. If you decide you do not want to visit a country or part of a country you intended to visit due to any law, condition or requirement of any government or government authority, official, servant or agent, you are responsible for any costs, expenses, charges, fees, losses or damage incurred, and any cancellation or amendment fees. None of the companies in the Trafalgar group of companies, or any of their servants or agents, accept responsibility or liability for your acts, omissions, defaults, conduct, state of health, condition or circumstances. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure: If you have a problem during your holiday please inform Trafalgar’s Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to put things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Trafalgar’s Customer Services Department at the address below it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Data Protection: To process your guided holiday booking, Trafalgar will need to use personal information for you and guests in your booking. Personal information may include each guest’s name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, credit/debit card number and sensitive information such as health, medical, dietary, mobility, religious or other special requirements. This personal information may be passed on to other suppliers of your travel arrangements in addition to public authorities (such as customs and immigration), security and credit checking organisations, and otherwise as required by law. We may need to provide personal information to contractors who provide services to or for us (e.g., sending mail, processing payments, providing marketing assistance). This may involve sending personal information (including sensitive information) to other countries that may not afford the same level of protection of personal information. In making your booking, you consent to your personal data being passed to relevant third parties as set out above. We may also use the personal information you provide us to review and improve the guided holidays and services that we offer, and to contact you (by post, email and/or phone) about other guided holidays and services offered by Trafalgar that you may be interested in. If you don’t want to receive this information or want a copy of the personal information we hold about you, write to us at: For guest residing outside Singapore: Trafalgar Tours, Customer Relations, Case Postale 12, 1216 Cointrin (GE), Switzerland. For guests residing in Singapore: The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd, Customer Relations, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square #06-06, Singapore 188778. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. OTHER CONDITIONS Each guest is required to comply with the terms, conditions, requirements, laws, rules and/or regulations of any service provider, or any country or governmental authority, and shall be liable for any such non-compliance. Booking Arrangements: Your booking arrangements can be made through your Travel Agent, or with us directly. When you make a booking you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. You are guaranteeing that you understand and have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and all members of your party the terms of these booking conditions. We will deal only with the lead booking name in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. You are responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed. Additional Optional Excursions: With Trafalgar, you will enjoy many famous highlights as included features on your guided holiday, at no extra cost. An exciting array of additional Optional Excursions and Activities may be made available to further enhance your experience. These Excursions and Activities are optional, and are offered at special preferential prices. They can be booked only after you start your guided holiday, as many of them are carefully programmed to coincide with highlights available at the time of your visit. A detailed list and cost of these will be included in your travel documentation. You can book and pay for them through your Travel Director, by cash or credit card. Optional excursions may vary due to seasonal conditions and require minimum guest participation. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please also see the relevant section of “Guided Holiday Participation” regarding limitation (exclusion) of our liability for optional excursions operated by independent third party suppliers. TRAFALGAR TOURS LIMITED, Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands Singapore Only: The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square #06-06, Singapore 188778 The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/ Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia,New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA. For further information visit our website at: www.trafalgar.com This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. Major Credit Cards Accepted

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