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WITH MEXICO, COSTA RICA & PANAMA

EXPERTLY PLANNED GUIDED HOLIDAYS

FEATURING ITINERARIES TO PANAMA & PATAGONIA INCLUDED AUTHENTIC LOCAL DINING & UNIQUE SIGHTSEEING INCLUDED ALL FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION

2013

SOUTH AMERICA

www.TrafalgarTours.co.za


At Trafalgar, we open doors.

We’ll show you more of South America 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 South America, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, we unlock the vast richness and beauty of these spectacular lands. You’ll delve deep into mystical ancient cultures, explore vibrant cities and stand in awe of breathtaking landscapes featuring a remarkable 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an adventure like no other. 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

Chichen Itza, Mexico


UNITED STATES

ARIZONA

Phoenix OF AMERICA Tucson Casas Grandes

San Carlos Alamos

PANAMA (NOT TO SCALE)

El Fuerte Copper Canyon

MEXICO

Gamboa Panama Boquete Playa City Bonita

Merida Cancun Uxmal Riviera Maya Campeche Chichen Itza

PANAMA COSTA RICA

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

ECUADOR

Galapagos Islands

Quito Manaus Amazon Basin

PERU

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Cusco Puerto Maldonado

BRAZIL

Lima Paracas Ica Puno

COSTA RICA

(NOT TO SCALE)

Rio de Janeiro

PARAGUAY Iguassu Falls

CHILE

Easter Island

KEY: = Overnight Stays = Places Visited

URUGUAY

Santiago

Buenos Aires

Colonia del Sacramento

ARGENTINA Bariloche Puerto Varas

Torres del Paine N.P. Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

El Calafate

Ushuaia

CONTENTS

South America LHPA Highlights of Peru

Introduction

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Travelling like an insider

4-5

LCSV Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries LLIA

Magical sightseeing

6-7

Dining experiences

8-9

Holiday styles & First Class hotels

10-11

Sensational savings

12-13

Mexico

Days Page

Code Itinerary DYUC Treasures of the Yucatan DCCA Mexico's Copper Canyon

Costa Rica & Panama LPAN Panama, The Canal & Beyond LCRE Costa Rica Eco Adventure LFCA Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes

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8 14-15 9/7 16-17

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Land of the Incas

LGSA Glimpse of South America LBSA Best of South America

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12 28-29

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10 30-31 13 32-34

LPGA Patagonian Grand Adventure

14 35-37

LCAC Cultures & Contrasts of South America

16 38-40

LSRA South America Revealed

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Pre & Post Extensions

Days Page

LCRG Guanacaste Beach Stay

3

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DYPC Riviera Maya Beach Stay

3

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Days Page

LPERU Peruvian Amazon

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LBRAZ Brazilian Amazon

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LHPE Highlights of Peru

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LEAST Easter Island

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Trafalgar is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body stock of all its brochures.

Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise LCRUZ Northern Galapagos - Santa Cruz LISAB Central Galapagos - Isabela II

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Travel Information Hotels, Pre/Post Nights & Transfers Conservation Foundation, Gold Seal Additional Protection, Express Check-In, Things to Know & Booking Conditions

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The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro

Trafalgar is your key to travelling like an insider Every day of your holiday, Trafalgar opens the door to unforgettable experiences. For over 65 years, we’ve been fulfilling travel dreams and creating lasting memories. We bring each destination to life through our intimate knowledge of the places you visit and share authentic experiences you would not have on your own. 4


INCREDIBLE VALUE

AWARD-WINNING QUALITY & SERVICE

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 selected meals to exclusive sightseeing highlights and activities, Trafalgar delivers truly incredible value. It’s an experience far more rewarding than you could ever have on your own!

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. *As voted by US Travel Agents and Industry Professionals in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.

THE FINEST TRAVEL DIRECTORS We pride ourselves on having some of the finest Travel Directors in the world. These friendly professionals are fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, but most importantly, they have the local knowledge to do what the guidebooks can’t – give you a true insider's perspective on each destination and create a holiday experience you simply could not have on your own. And, with their diverse range of talents – including South American air travel liaison – they also act as your personal concierge to make your holiday seamless and hassle free.

PERFECTLY BALANCED & HASSLE FREE Trafalgar's local knowledge creates the ideal holiday experience for you with a perfect balance of included sightseeing, optional excursions and free time. We also understand your 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.

CLASSIC FAVOURITES & UNIQUE EXPERIENCES Not only do we show you the major sights and attractions you would expect to see, but we surprise you with Hidden Treasures along the way. Our local expertise enables us to take you down the road less travelled – and you’ll find it’s paved with unique insider experiences you’ll never forget.

Get up close to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

FIRST CLASS 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, tips and local taxes. • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • The services of one of our professional Travel Directors throughout your journey. • State-of-the-art audio headsets, so you can explore at your own pace while still hearing your guide’s commentary. • A stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map. • Meet & Greet service on arrival at the airport. • Complimentary private airport transfers on the arrival and departure days of your trip.

Explore the colourful streets in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The otherworldly landscape of Maras Salt Pans, Peru Explore spectacular Iguassu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil

Magical sightseeing your journey of discovery Sightseeing with Trafalgar is about much more than simply seeing the sights. With us, you’ll take an unforgettable, in-depth journey of discovery. You’ll see the hidden places only the locals know about. You’ll experience the unique traditions that shape the diverse cultures of Mexico, Central & South America from an insider’s perspective. Wherever you go with us, we will unlock the wonders of each amazing place you visit.

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LOCAL GUIDES 5

LOCAL EXPERTS j

Entertaining Local Guides will join you to share stories and knowledge of their hometown and local traditions at various destinations in Mexico and Central America. And in South America, you get the bonus of having both a Local Guide and your Travel Director throughout your trip. In Buenos Aires get the insider's view on the city's historical and cultural landmarks. And explore the many contrasts of Rio de Janeiro, from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the songinspiring Copacabana Beach.

On select itineraries, you’ll enjoy the company of skilled and enthusiastic Local Experts who will provide in-depth insights on a range of topics relating to their field. In Buenos Aires, our cultural expert Diego will enlighten you with fascinating insights into Argentina's traditions and passions including the tango, Malbec wines, beef, soccer and polo. And in Santiago, join an expert winemaker at one of Chile’s most exclusive wineries for a personal winery experience from the vineyards to the bottling process, complete with tastings!


The must-see sights are all included!

Amazing wildlife in the Galapagos Ziplining in Sacred Valley

Tango dancers in Buenos Aires

pe Traditional weaving in Peru

Casco Viejo District, Panama City

FASCINATING LOCAL SPECIALITIES I

SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING m

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 Peru, watch skilled artisans transform alpaca wool into fine yarn. See the traditional dyeing process through to the spinning of the wool destined to be woven into beautiful textiles. And in Costa Rica, visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn all about the exotic ‘heart of palm’. You’ll discover how this local vegetable is sustainably grown, harvested and processed, and even get to taste its delicate flavour yourself.

On our At Leisure holidays, you’ll benefit from locally guided sightseeing with small, intimate groups generally no larger than 20 guests in select locations.

EXCLUSIVE HIDDEN TREASURES G

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 catamaran trip offshore from Manuel Antonio National Park for a fun day of swimming, snorkeling and water-sliding with lunch included. How about white-water rafting in Costa Rica? The choice is yours!

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. For example, you’ll be captivated by the ornate architecture of a converted theatre in Buenos Aires and charmed to discover what now lies inside.

Visit Chile's most exclusive wineries

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Share good times with new friends and great food

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Dining experiences local & authentic It is impossible to get a true feeling of a region without sampling the tasty specialities of its local cuisine, so we go to great lengths to ensure you get to enjoy these distinctive dishes and flavours. From a cooking class with a celebrity chef to a memorable Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant that you would never find on your own, you’ll enjoy unique and memorable dining experiences throughout your holiday. 8


BE MY GUEST – A TRAFALGAR EXCLUSIVE B Trafalgar’s Be My Guest dining experiences connect you with the true essence of a destination as only an insider can. These exclusive events give you a unique opportunity to savour amazing regional food and wine and mingle with your hosts at private estates, working farms, wineries and familyrun establishments. Here are two examples of Be My Guest experiences you could enjoy in South & Central America:

Dr. Diez Canseco, Peru In Lima, enjoy a delicious luncheon of Peruvian dishes in the elegant, private mansion of a very old Peruvian family. Doctor Francisco Diez Canseco Tavara or a member of his family will lead you on a guided tour of their home, telling you stories of the family’s distinguished line of ancestors.

DELECTABLE EVERYDAY DINING You’ll begin the morning with a hearty American breakfast, either à la carte or buffet style. At lunch, you are generally left to discover the local fare on your own, so you can make the most of your free time. Your Travel Director is on hand with insider tips on the best local restaurants to try. Selected dinners are included, often featuring the distinctive cuisines from the various regions you visit.

HIGHLIGHT MEALS F Trafalgar also includes a variety of Highlight meals, where you’ll dine on amazing regional cuisine at a hotel or local restaurant distinctive to the area you are visiting. A true highlight on your itinerary, we have sourced the best local dining experiences that will leave you wanting more. In Panama City, you’ll be treated to a Panamanian themed dinner with native dance performers dressed in highly decorative traditional ‘Pollera’ costume.

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. On the first night of your guided holiday, your Travel Director will invite you for a Welcome Reception where over a couple of drinks and light appetisers, you can get to know your travel companions. For Family Experiences, a Kick-Off Party provides the same opportunity for a fun, informal get together at the start of your holiday. Then, at the end of your trip, you’ll all enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner. For example, in Buenos Aires, your dining experience will be highlighted with a traditional tango show.

The elegant dining room at the private mansion of Dr. Diez Canseco

Cacao Farm, Costa Rica Experience the gracious hospitality of Julio and George, the proud owners of an artisan chocolate workshop in Costa Rica. These master chocolatiers will share the fascinating history of chocolate in Costa Rica and demonstrate its production from 100% organic cacao beans to sweet treats. You will be invited to taste samples and even join in making your own chocolates before sitting down to a luncheon featuring fresh, seasonal and locally grown ingredients.

A tasty speciality of Mexico - enchiladas!

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Meet the Uros Indians who live on floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Distinctive holiday styles and hotels At Trafalgar, we understand that everyone is different, so we present a choice of holiday styles, each carefully designed to truly immerse you in the destination. Wherever that may be, you’ll stay in quality accommodation in locations that perfectly complement your itinerary. Our city hotels are always First Class and close to the premier attractions and our regional properties are selected for their uniqueness and proximity to the must-see sights. 10


REGIONAL Our Regional guided holidays delve deeper into the heart of a particular country or region to discover its true essence. Your Travel Director and Local Guides reveal the unique people, landmarks and history of each incredible place you visit – like on our Land of the Incas itinerary in Peru where you'll discover the amazing lifestyle of the Uros Indians whose village floats on man-made reed islands on Lake Titicaca. If you’re looking for a truly authentic experience, choose one of our six Regional holidays.

DISCOVERY Visiting multiple countries, Trafalgar Discovery guided holidays take you to South America's most popular destinations and treat you to all kinds of exciting adventures along the way. On South America Revealed, for example, you’ll take in the must-see sights of Brazil, Argentina and Peru, but your Travel Director will also show you the insider’s view through memorable encounters with locals like an expert winemaker in Santiago and a gemologist in Rio de Janeiro. Discovery holidays provide an in-depth experience, where you come away with a wealth of local knowledge and a photo album packed with memories. Choose from three Discovery holidays.

FAMILY EXPERIENCES

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Our Family Experiences are designed to let you make the most of every minute with your family. There’s no need to worry about researching the best destinations, family-friendly hotels and restaurants or finding activities that appeal to all ages. With your friendly Travel Director on hand, you can simply relax and have fun together. From trekking around Arenal Volcano to exploring the lost city of the Incas, your holiday will be full of family fun and friendship. Look for the above symbol indicating our two Family Experiences holidays.

AT LEISURE

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Our At Leisure guided holidays are expertly designed to give you more time to savour every part of your journey. With at least 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 or region. Our Glimpse of South America itinerary includes two full days and three half-days to do as you please, with your expert Travel Director on hand to suggest things to do if needed.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Panama

FIRST CLASS HOTELS, IDEALLY LOCATED 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, friendly service and comfort to ensure you are well rested for the exciting day that awaits you. We also choose hotels for their superior locations, whether it be right in the heart of a city, near all the must-see sights, or in a spectacular scenic location. All your city and regional resort hotels are First Class or better. Stay at renowned brands such as InterContinental, Marriott, Novotel and Hilton. In more remote areas, such as the jungles of Costa Rica, the Amazon, and Patagonia, you’ll stay in lodge style accommodation that are the best available, but more reflective of their unique rustic setting. Wherever you stay with Trafalgar, you can sleep easy knowing that our Product Team is constantly working to ensure our high standards are maintained and your enjoyment is complete.

In select locations you’ll make the most of Small Group Sightseeing with generally no more than 20 guests. At Leisure holidays are ideal for those who like to linger longer and discover more. Look for the above symbol indicating our two At Leisure holidays.

Enhance your experience with white-water rafting in Costa Rica

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Trafalgar gives you a great deal more! Take advantage of our sensational offers and you’ll enjoy even bigger savings and get even more value out of every moment on your Trafalgar guided holiday.

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BOOK EARLY – PAY NOW & SAVE! If you book and pay in full you’ll save up to 10% off the LAND-only portion of your holiday. Choose from these Early Payment Saving options: Pay (min) 12 Months prior to departure

SAVE UP TO

10%

Pay (min) 10 Months prior to departure

SAVE UP TO

7.5%

Pay (min) 6 Months prior to departure

SAVE UP TO

5%

IMPORTANT:  See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of how much you will save. All holidays must be booked and paid in full for this discount to apply. This discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, optional itinerary extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers and any cruise portion of a holiday.

FREQUENT TRAVELLER DISCOUNT

SAVE UP TO

5%

Each year, on average 50% of our guests have previously enjoyed the experience of travelling like an insider with Trafalgar. To express our gratitude, we extend membership into the Trafalgar Travel Club to all guests who have travelled with us, as well as a valuable credit worth up to 5% off the LAND-only portion of the next Trafalgar holiday of your choice. You will need to travel within five years of your last trip.

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

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TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Travel together and save money

SAVE

5%

5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the LANDonly portion of your holiday. So it pays to explore the world with your family and friends! 9 or more: If 9 or more guests travel together, we offer attractive group discounts based on the number of guests travelling. In a group of 9 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday. In a group of 16 guests 1 traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday. IMPORTANT: Space is limited to one group per motorcoach so book early! All guests’ names must be advised to Trafalgar before the discount is applied. This discount does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers, and any cruise portion of a holiday. See individual itinerary pages for the exact value of your discount. *Discount is on a twin-share basis only.

DEFINITE DEPARTURES

TRAFALGAR’S GOLD SEAL ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

Definite Departures are holiday departure dates which have surpassed the minimum number of guests required to operate, therefore confirming the operation of these holiday departure dates. These Definite Departures are identified on the Trafalgar website with a green tick: 

For peace of mind, see our Gold Seal Additional Protection Plan on page 50.

See www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for more information.


YOUNG TRAVELLERS Share your holiday with your family

SAVE UP TO

10 %

Airfare deals you’ll love

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

2ND TRIP DISCOUNT When you book a second Trafalgar holiday

SAVE UP TO

5%

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

Combine Trafalgar’s world-renowned First Class guided holidays with a fantastic deal from one of our trusted partner airlines and you’ll experience a holiday that far exceeds your expectations. Sensational airfare deals are on offer throughout the year. YEAR D ROUN ! S L A E D

Talk to your Travel Agent today!

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

LAN Airlines invites you to discover South America and

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:

onboard, our South American hospitality is brought to

Single supplement value

can look forward to enjoying complimentary food,

If you are travelling solo, you’ll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement.

beverages, wines and liquors, blankets, pillows, head

our award winning service. From the moment you step

IMPORTANT: Each holiday has a limited number of single rooms and single occupancy may be restricted to certain cabin categories on cruises.

life in the warm greetings and smiles from the flight attendants and crew. In our Economy cabin, passengers

phones, on-demand in-flight entertainment and two checked bags on international flights. The only South American airline in the oneworld alliance, LAN offers an unparalleled network of over 80

TRIPLE & QUAD ROOM SHARING REDUCTION

SAVE

destinations in the region with one of the most modern fleets in the industry.

WHEN 3 OR

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

IMPORTANT: Triple and quad room reductions are based on three or four people sharing one room based on existing bedding arrangements (usually two beds) and does not include the cost of any additional bed or ‘roll-away’. Quad occupancy is strictly reserved for families travelling with young children and is not suitable for four adults sharing. Triple and quad occupancy on cruises is strictly limited and on application only. Quad occupancy is available on Family Experiences holidays only. Quad occupancy is not available on any cruises.

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Treasures of the Yucatan Pyramid of the Magician, Edzna, Mexico

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join Chef David Sterling for a cooking lesson and delicious meal of Yucatecan specialities at Los Dos Cooking School in Merida. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn about the production and uses of henequen at Sotuta de Peon.

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 4 lunches: F Highlight Lunches in Valladolid, Celestun, Uxmal and
Sotuta de Peon • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Cancun n B Be My Guest light supper with drinks at Los Dos Cooking School in Merida
 n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Chichen Itza

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CANCUN E Bienvenidos a Mexico! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary private transfer to the hotel. Gather at the hotel at 6 p.m. to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Cancun (SF) DAY 2 CANCUN – EK BALAM – VALLADOLID – IZAMAL – MERIDA (2 NIGHTS) F Begin your exploration of the Yucatan with a visit to the great Maya acropolis at Ek Balam. Still largely unexcavated, the ruins here provide a window into the Maya soul, with elaborate statues and grand architecture surrounded by luxuriant jungle. Then it’s on to Valladolid— the Yucatan’s first capital—for a Highlight Lunch at a typical restaurant and a stroll around its convivial central square. Next, visit the colonial jewel of Izamal with its yellow buildings glowing in the tropical sun. You’ll visit the Franciscan Monastery before visiting a local Maya community to learn about their way of life. End your day with some free time in “The White City” of Merida, one of Mexico’s loveliest colonial cities. (FB HL) Hotel: InterContinental Presidente Merida (SF) DAY 3 CELESTUN – MERIDA F B Visit Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you’ll travel by small boats through the lagoons and canals into protected wetlands to spot the local colony of pink flamingoes. Relax at a Highlight Lunch under the palm-thatched roof of a local beach restaurant and enjoy some free time. This evening, gather for a Be My Guest experience at the beautiful colonial home of David Sterling, master chef and owner of Los Dos Cooking School. Chef Sterling will teach you how to create such Yucatecan specialities as smoked pork with spicy achiote salsa and how to mix the perfect Margarita. Then enjoy the fruits of your labour! (FB HL BG) DAY 4 MERIDA – CAMPECHE Immerse yourself in the history and passion of colonial Mexico in historic Merida today. Stroll the Paseo de Montejo, modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris and lined with beautiful Spanish mansions. Then see the glories of the city from its Central Plaza: the ornate

Los Dos Cooking School, Merida


8 Days from R9600 per person twin share Ref: DYUC

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable

Price per Person Starts Cancun

Ends Cancun

Price per Person

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

6 Wed 3 Oct

Wed 10 Oct 9600 2025

6 Wed 7 Nov

Wed 14 Nov 9600 2025

Wed 12 Dec 9600 2025 2013 6 Wed 13 Feb Wed 20 Feb 9600 2025

Starts Cancun

Ends Cancun

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Wed 2 Oct

Wed 9 Oct

11800 4000

Wed 6 Nov

Wed 13 Nov 11800 4000

6 Wed 5 Dec

Wed 3 Apr

Wed 4 Dec

Wed 11 Dec 11800 4000 2014 Wed 12 Feb Wed 19 Feb 11800 4000

Wed 10 Apr 11800 4000

Triple Room Reduction Early Payment Discount 12 months R960

R745 10 months

R720

6 months

R480

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R480 p.p. Young Traveller Discount (5-12) R720 All prices are per person, twin share.

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Itinerary, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. 2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra nights’ accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. Overnight stays

Sightseeing stops

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Casa Montejo, the massive cathedral and the Palacio Nacional with its remarkable collection of murals. Continue on to the fort city of Campeche. Stroll from the magnificent Puerta de Tierra—the main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campeche’s fortified old city—to the Puerta del Mar, which opens onto the Caribbean Sea. The evening is your own to enjoy one of the local restaurants. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Plaza Campeche (F) DAY 5 CAMPECHE – EDZNA – UXMAL F Today, you’ll travel to La Ruta Puuc for a further taste of Maya history and culture. Inhabited as early as 400 BC, the abandoned city of Edzna now reveals its secrets to modern-day visitors. Your Travel Director’s intimate knowledge of its fascinating history brings the ruins to life. A special treat awaits you at a Highlight Lunch: Yucatecan specialities of pollo and cochinita pibil (chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaves and smoked underground). Few sites reflect the glories of Maya architecture better than the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal. From the Governor’s Palace to the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, you’ll be guided through one of the best-preserved ceremonial centres of any Maya city in the world. End the day at your hacienda with a refreshing dip in the pool and some time to relax. (FB HL) Hotel: Hacienda Uxmal (F)

Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 8 CHICHEN ITZA – DEPART CANCUN Return to Cancun and bid adios to your newfound amigos as you arrive at Cancun International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price), at the hotel in Cancun, or, if you’d like to extend your stay, at the resort on the famed Riviera Maya. Please do not schedule any flights before noon. (FB) Please note: In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY: 3 DAYS RIVIERA MAYA BEACH STAY See page 44 for more information.

DAY 7 CHICHEN ITZA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Rise early and be the first visitors as you take advantage of your hotel’s own private entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Under the expert guidance of your Travel Director, explore the imposing El Castillo (The Castle), flanked by the Temple of the Warriors and the great Ball Court, the largest of its kind in Central America. This afternoon, enjoy some free time by one of the hotel’s pools or continue your journey through Maya history to the ancient ruins of Coba, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you ride through the jungle on a pedicab to view the towering pyramids—some of the tallest in Mexico. Tonight, celebrate your Yucatan adventure at a lively Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

Celestun flamingos

MEXICO : REGIONAL

DAY 6 UXMAL – SOTUTA DE PEON – CHICHEN ITZA (2 NIGHTS) I F At the living history museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, step back in time to the age of the haciendas. Learn about the Local Speciality of henequen (sisal fiber), the green gold of the Yucatan during the colonial era. Visit the main house and the still-active processing plant; then ride a picturesque mule-drawn rail cart out to one of the cenotes (natural wells) that dot the Yucatan countryside. After a traditional Highlight Lunch, travel to your hotel, ideally situated next to Chichen Itza, the most famous Maya archaeological site. Relax on the shaded terrace or cool off in one of the pools and perhaps attend the Light and Sound Show at the archaeological site. (FB HL) Hotel: Hotel Mayaland (F)

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

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Mexico’s Copper Canyon Copper Canyon Train in the Sky

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

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 full breakfasts • 7 lunches • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception and dinner with wine with your Travel Director in San Carlos n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in El Fuerte n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Casas Grandes n 3 dinners

DAY 1 ARRIVE PHOENIX Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool. Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (F) DAY 2 PHOENIX – TUCSON – SAN CARLOS E Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez just in time for sunset. Relax in your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner. (FB L WR) Hotel: Marinaterra Hotel & Spa (MF) DAY 3 SAN CARLOS – SEA OF CORTEZ CRUISE – ALAMOS I Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, whales and such exotic sea birds as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, embark on a guided tour of the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city’s cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes. (FB L D) Hotel: Casa de los Tesoros (MF) DAY 4 ALAMOS – EL FUERTE 5 B Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Guide brings this town’s history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos’ silver mines were among the richest in the world. You can also meet local Mayo Indians and learn about their language, culture and customs. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the gracious Torres family personally

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • First Class train journey aboard the El Chepe train into the Copper Canyon • 8 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and 9 • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Paquime


9 Days from R12000 per person twin share Ref: DCCA

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welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Be My Guest dinner and entertainment. You’ll enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River. (FB L BG) Hotel: Torres del Fuerte (MF) DAY 5 EL FUERTE – COPPER CANYON – POSADA BARRANCAS (2 NIGHTS) Mexico’s Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your private rail car and start your journey on the “Train in the Sky,” travelling from sea level to 2,285 metres (7,500 feet) in less than 240 kilometres (150 miles), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world’s most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights. (FB L D) Hotel: Mansion Tarahumara (MF) DAY 6 COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon’s caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine man. Later, board the new aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before. (FB L D) DAY 7 COPPER CANYON – CASAS GRANDES I F Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, visit a pottery studio where local artisans have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design and fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB L FD) Hotel: Hotel Hacienda (MF)

Early Payment Discount 12 months R1200

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All prices are per person, twin share. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra nights’ accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. 2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013. 7 DAYS R11400 TWIN SHARE - REFERENCE: DCTA For travellers starting and finishing at the Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport. Single room supplement: R2200     Triple room reduction: R500 Prices listed are valid Apr 2013 - Mar 2014. For Sep 2012 - Mar 2013 departure prices please inquire at time of booking. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 9 DEPART PHOENIX Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). (FB) Please note: This spectacular region of Mexico is still off-the-beaten path. Meal choices may not be as extensive as on other Trafalgar holidays and hotel facilities in some towns may be limited. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.

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

San Carlos marina

MEXICO : REGIONAL

Duration: 9 Days Pace: Lively

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

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Panama, The Canal & Beyond Panama City, Panama

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a typical local lunch as you are invited by the prominent Eleta Almaran family to visit their equestrian estate and learn about their thoroughbred champion horse breeding and training program. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Try Patacones—the Emberas’ native diet—patties made of fried tilapia or chicken and plantain. n Learn how Panamanian coffee is entering the world scene of premium coffee; see the production process at a local coffee farm, and enjoy a fresh brewed cup of local joe. • j Local Expert Meet a member of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and learn about the local projects sponsored by the Smithsonian and their commitment to sustainable tourism in Panama.

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

DAY 1 ARRIVE PANAMA CITY (2 NIGHTS) E Bienvenidos a Panama! Welcome to Central America’s most beautiful gem and home to the eponymous Canal. You are greeted at the airport by your local host and transferred to your hotel, superbly located on Panama’s bay, the bustling Cinta Costera, just steps away from Calle Uruguay with its many popular restaurants and shops. At 6 p.m., join your fellow travel companions and your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Miramar (Deluxe) DAY 2 PANAMA CANAL CRUISE & FREE TIME F Board your vessel and cruise the Canal, Panama’s premier attraction and the highlight of your holiday. As you enter the most important waterway in the world, cruise down from the north end of the Galliard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal, and witness firsthand the engineering wonder of the Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Locks, the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. Cruise over the Continental Divide and under the Centennial Bridge and Bridge of the Americas while enjoying a relaxed morning snack and lunch. Once in the beautiful Bay of Panama, be ready for the best views of Panama City’s modern skyline. Enjoy an orientation tour of Panama City as you make your way back to the hotel, where there is free time before dinner. This evening, experience the traditional flavours and folklore of Panama during a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. Classic Panamanian fare is sure to delight you along with a performance of traditional Panamanian folklore songs and dances. (FB L HD) DAY 3 PANAMA CITY – GAMBOA RAINFOREST (2 NIGHTS) j Discover Panama City’s role long before the Canal put it on the map. Drive by Panama Viejo, site of the ruins of the original Panama City before it was sacked by the Pirate Henry Morgan. Wander the vibrant streets of Casco Antiguo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Panama’s Historical District. Visit a local fish market and artisan market on the way

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 2 lunches: Lunch onboard a Panama Canal cruise n B Be My Guest lunch with drinks in Cerro Punta • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Panama City n F Highlight Dinner with wine and a folklore show at a local restaurant in Panama City n 2 dinners n F Farewell Dinner with drinks at Playa Bonita

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • D A Trafalgar bonus - Intra-Air Flights: Panama City to David including porter service at airport • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

The Panama Canal


8 Days from R15700 per person twin share Ref: LPAN

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Lively HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT 2500 m.

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Fri 21 Jun 15700 5600

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2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R785 p.p. Young Traveller Discount (5-12) R1570 All prices are per person, twin share. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. Sightseeing stops

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to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre and Canal Museum. Then head for the lush vegetation and tropical climate of the rainforest. Once at your luxurious resort, join a guide on an exciting nature walk and aerial tram ride. Glide smoothly through the treetops and come face to face with the birds and animals that inhabit this mountainous rainforest canopy. Visit the Observation Tower and admire the panoramic views of the Chagres River, Panama Canal and the township of Gamboa. After a superb buffet dinner at the hotel, meet a Local Expert from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and learn about the projects the Smithsonian is undertaking in the area and their commitment to sustainable tourism. (FB D) Hotel: Gamboa Rainforest Resort (MD) DAY 4 GAMBOA RAINFOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I Embark on a different kind of water adventure and meet your boteros at the edge of the Chagres National Park to board dugout canoes. Enjoy a ride up river through the jungle, possibly sighting toucans, sloths or monkeys. Arriving at Embera’ Puru, you are met with a traditional greeting and will learn about the Embera Indians’ fascinating culture, lifestyle and crafts. Take a short walk through the jungle with a village elder to learn about the medicinal plants they use. Back at the village, enjoy a delicious traditional Local Speciality—Patacones (fried plantains) with fried fish or chicken. Then listen to local music and watch traditional shamanic dances. Back at the resort, the afternoon is free; relax or venture back on the Canal on Lake Gatun for an optional excursion to Monkey Island, where you can often spot white-face Capuchin and Howler Monkeys. (FB)

2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 7 BOQUETE – SANTIAGO – PLAYA BONITA F Descend from the Chiriqui Highlands to the Inter-American Highway, the Central American section of the Pan-America Highway. Stop in Santiago for lunch on your own and browse for local arts and crafts. On to Aguadulce and Nata in the Cocle Province, the heart of Panama’s sugar cane industry. Stop in Nata to view the beautiful basilica, said to be the oldest church in colonial America. Arrive at your resort, nestled alongside the aquamarine waters of the Pacific Ocean. This evening, recount cherished memories of your Panama insider experience with newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: The Westin Playa Bonita (Deluxe) DAY 8 PLAYA BONITA – PANAMA CITY DEPARTURE Transfer to Panama City International Airport or the hotel in Panama City for those wishing to extend their stay. (*Depending on your departure time, coffee and light food service, or a full breakfast will be available). If you like, extend your stay on the beach at Playa Bonita. (FB*) On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Panama holiday with our Costa Rica Eco Adventure.

DAY 5 GAMBOA RAINFOREST – DAVID – CERRO PUNTA – BOQUETE (2 NIGHTS) D B Fly to David and travel up the mountain slopes of the Chiriqui Province near the Costa Rican border. At Cerro Punta, take in the superb views of Volcan Baru, a dormant but prominent volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. An exclusive Be My Guest lunch awaits at a thoroughbred breeding farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley, one of the most beautiful scenic jewels in the country. As guests of the owners—one of Panama’s most prominent families—explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnificent horses in a chemical free environment. Later, arrive at the mountain resort of Boquete in beautiful Valle Escondido. Relax and take a stroll through the beautiful grounds before dinner. (FB BG D) Hotel: Valle Escondido Golf & Spa Resort (F) DAY 6 BOQUETE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I Visit a coffee plantation and learn how coffee—a new Local Speciality in Panama—is making a grand entrance on the world stage of gourmet coffee with several award-winning estate grown varietals. Learn about the coffee-making process and meet the Ngobe-Bugle, the indigenous who hand pick the red coffee berries when they are perfectly ripe. Back at the resort, the rest of the day is on your own. Explore the quaint township of Boquete to feel like a local or join one of the optional activities including bird-watching, white water rafting, ziplining, hiking up a volcano, or horseback riding—the choice is yours. (FB)

Thoroughbred Farm, Cerro Punta

COSTA RICA AND PANAMA : REGIONAL

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure Monteverde Cloud Forest

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a master chocolatier’s home and small chocolate workshop for a lunch of local ingredients and learn about the history of chocolate in Costa Rica. • G Hidden Treasures Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn about banana production outside Tortuguero. n Visit a local family-owned palm plantation to try the delicate heart of palm. n Sample cheese produced by the Quaker community in Monteverde. n Refresh yourself by sipping from a freshly cut coconut. • j Local Expert Meet a Quaker who will share photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde.

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

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN JOSE E Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica (Deluxe) DAY 2 SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) B I After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you will be welcomed for a Be My Guest lunch by master chocolatiers, for a taste of gourmet chocolate and an organic lunch. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small chocolate workshop. After lunch, continue to Caño Blanco for a river journey through the protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Taste the fresh juice of a coconut, a Local Speciality, after you find the most delicious “pipa” (a variety of coconut) to have cut open and sample. (FB BG D) Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (MF) DAY 3 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Cruise the canals and streams of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you’re here between July and September, take an optional excursion to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. (FB L D) DAY 4 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK – SARAPIQUI I Bid adios to the park as you travel along the river before boarding your motorcoach for a visit to the small village of Horquetas. On the way, visit a banana plantation to learn about the Local Speciality of banana production and snack on a just-ripe banana. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the small village of Horquetas, where you’ll visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm, a Local Speciality. Travel on to tiny Sarapiqui and step off

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing • Umbrellas provided for your use

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Cacao Tree


8 Days from R10775 per person twin share Ref: LCRE

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable

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the beaten path in this rarely-visited area surrounded by dense rainforests full of wildlife. This afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area around your lodge—perhaps you’ll spot the endangered great green macaw. (FB L D) Hotel: SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge (MF)

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DAY 5 SARAPIQUI – ARENAL F Rise and shine for a small hike through the Alma ATA Archaeological Park. Transfer to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Relax and enjoy some free time at the hotel. This evening, soak in the thermal pools and waterfalls at idyllic Tabacon Hot Springs. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner beside the hot springs in the shadow of the volcano. (FB HD) Hotel: Hotel Arenal Manoa (F)

All prices are per person, twin share.

DAY 6 ARENAL – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (2 NIGHTS) j Straddling Costa Rica’s Continental Divide, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. You’ll spend two nights in this most famous of Costa Rican reserves. Upon arrival, ascend to the treetops for a bird’s-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level. Begin exploring from the grounds of your mountain lodge before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant and meet a native Quaker man, a Local Expert, who will share historical photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde. (FB D) Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel (F)

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.

DAY 7 MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I F Join your expert guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to innumerable species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Also today, learn about Monteverde’s Quaker community’s role in dairy production when you visit a local cheese factory and sample one of the country’s finest Local Speciality cheeses. Share your experiences with your fellow travellers at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

Triple Room Reduction Early Payment Discount 12 months R1080

10 months

R810

R800 6 months

R540

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R540 p.p. Young Traveller Discount (5-12)

R810

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra nights’ accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY: 3 DAYS GUANACASTE BEACH STAY See page 44 for more information.

DAY 8 MONTEVERDE – DEPART LIBERIA Transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). Please do not schedule any flights before 12:30 p.m. (FB) On selected departure dates, choose to start your Costa Rica holiday with our new Panama, The Canal & Beyond holiday. Please note: Some parts of Costa Rica, especially in remote areas such as inside Tortuguero National Park and Sarapiqui, are still off the beaten path. Hotel facilities, while the best available, may be limited, such as the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero and Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge with comfortable but simple guestrooms with ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning, and without phone or TV. Meal choices may be limited and not as extensive as on other Trafalgar guided holidays. This program requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride. Toucan

COSTA RICA AND PANAMA : REGIONAL

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Single Supp.

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

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Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes

Q Arenal National Park

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasures Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality n Refresh yourself by sipping from a freshly cut coconut. n Visit a Tico family palm plantation and taste the delicate heart of palm. n Snack on a ripe banana at a plantation near Tortuguero. • j Local Expert Learn about sea turtles who nest in Tortuguero.

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

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

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 5 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing • Umbrellas provided for your use

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Capuchin monkey


8 Days from R10100 per person twin share Ref: LFCA

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Comfortable

Price per Person

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Starts San Jose

Ends San Jose

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Sun 4 Nov Sun 11 Nov 10100 3840 Sun 18 Nov Sun 25 Nov 10100 3840

Sun 14 Jul Sun 21 Jul

Sun 21 Jul Sun 28 Jul

12900 4600 12900 4600

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Sun 11 Aug 12900 4600

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Sun 23 Dec Sun 30 Dec Fri 28 Dec Fri 4 Jan 2013 6 Sun 17 Feb Sun 24 Feb 6 Sun 24 Feb Sun 3 Mar 6 6

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1

2

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Twin Share Option

Starts San Jose

Single Supp.

11350 3840 11350 3840 10475 3840 10475 3840

Sun 24 Mar 10475 3840 Sun 31 Mar 10475 3840 Sun 7 Apr 12900 4600

Sun 7 Apr

Sun 14 Apr 12900 4600

Sun 16 Jun Sun 23 Jun

Sun 23 Jun 12600 4200 Sun 30 Jun 12600 4200

Sun 3 Nov Sun 10 Nov 12600 4200 Sun 17 Nov Sun 24 Nov 12600 4200 Sun 22 Dec Sun 29 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sat 4 Jan 2014 Sun 16 Feb Sun 23 Feb Sun 23 Feb Sun 2 Mar Sun 9 Mar Sun 16 Mar Sun 23 Mar

13600 5200 13600 5200 12900 4600 12900 4600

Sun 16 Mar 12900 4600 Sun 23 Mar 12900 4600 Sun 30 Mar 12900 4600

All prices are per person, twin share. Triple Room Reduction Early Payment Discount 12 months R1010

R1300 Quad Room Reduction 10 months

R760

6 months

R1600 R505

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R505 p.p. Young Traveller Discount (5-12) R760 Sightseeing stops

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the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge—the choice is yours! If you’re visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world’s largest turtles laying their eggs. Amazing! A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening. (FB L D) DAY 4 TORTUGUERO – SARAPIQUI – ARENAL NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) I Bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel by motorcoach to Horquetas. Here you’ll visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn all about and taste an exotic vegetable and Local Speciality you’ve probably never tried—the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to tiny Sarapiqui where you’ll visit a pineapple farm, the only farm of its kind in the world producing certified organic golden pineapples. After learning how it’s grown without hurting the environment, you’ll eat the juiciest, most delicious pineapple ever. (FB L) Hotel: Hotel Arenal Manoa (F) DAY 5 ARENAL SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Rise and shine as the jungle and volcano are calling! Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano’s past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Relax or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day bubbling and soaking in the thermal mineral pools and hot springs at the awesome Tabacon Hot Springs followed by a scrumptious Highlight Dinner buffet. (FB HD) DAY 6 ARENAL NATIONAL PARK – MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) F Head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white-sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. Then, get ready for a blast! Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Combined with Tarzan swings and rappelling, ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime! This evening, join the gang for a pizza night Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) Hotel: Parador Resort & Spa (SF)

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details, transfers and extra nights’ accommodation, please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. 2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available in July 2013. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

the beach! You can laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort’s pool, or choose one of many incredible optional activities. Will it be a catamaran cruise to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or white water rafting? This evening, join your fellow explorers and celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB FD) DAY 8 MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART SAN JOSE Travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight (not included in holiday price) or to the hotel in San Jose for guests extending their stay. Or choose to linger longer in Manuel Antonio! Please do not schedule any flights before 12:30 p.m. (FB) Please note: Some parts of Costa Rica, especially in remote areas such as inside Tortuguero National Park and Sarapiqui, are still off the beaten path. Hotel facilities, while the best available, may be limited, such as the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero and Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge with comfortable but simple guestrooms with ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning, and without phone or TV. Meal choices may be limited and not as extensive as on other Trafalgar guided vacations. This program requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and through heavy rainfalls (umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.

DAY 7 MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you’ll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list—at last count, there were 109 kinds of animals and 184 species of birds living here! Listen for those barking howler monkeys and the chattering of those mischievous squirrels and white face monkeys. Then, it’s time to hit

Arenal hanging bridges

COSTA RICA AND PANAMA : FAMILY EXPERIENCES

Overnight stays

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

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Highlights of Peru Machu Picchu, Peru

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

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

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” A local representative will greet you and take you to your hotel (check in time 3 p.m.) in San Isidro, one of Lima’s exclusive neighbourhoods with modern hotels, restaurants and shops. Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 2 LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5 Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring of your own: stroll the bustling streets, visit one of Lima’s lovely parks or visit the famed Larco Museum, home to a stunning collection of pre-Columbian art. At lunchtime, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your host’s ancestors and visit his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a sumptuous home-cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell to your host and spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with your Local Guide. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendour of Lima’s old section, including the expansive Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. Then see the Church of San Francisco and discover its splendid architecture. The evening is yours— why not try one of Lima’s renowned seafood restaurants? (FB BG) DAY 3 LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Take a morning flight to Cusco where you will join a Local Guide and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and pet llamas, alpacas and vicunas. Learn about the Local Speciality of Peruvian weaving as you observe centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the sacred Urubamba Valley. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca (F) DAY 4 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5 After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo with a Local Guide to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Board the Vistadome train for the journey up to the great citadel of the Incas. Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you climb toward Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the


8 Days from R14103 per person twin share Ref: LHPA

3T

Starts Lima

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

6

Thu 25 Oct

Thu 1 Nov 14103 5100

6

Sat 19 Jan

Sat 26 Jan 16900 4500

6

Sat 2 Feb Sat 16 Feb Sat 23 Feb

Sat 9 Feb 16900 4500 Sat 23 Feb 16900 4500 Sat 2 Mar 16900 4500

Sat 2 Mar Sat 16 Mar Sat 30 Mar

Sat 9 Mar 17400 4500 Sat 23 Mar 17400 4500 Sat 6 Apr 17400 4500

Sat 13 Apr Sat 27 Apr

Sat 20 Apr 17900 4500 Sat 4 May 17900 4500

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

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

17900 17900 17900 17900

4500 4500 4500 4500

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

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

17900 17900 17900 17900 17900

4500 4500 4500 4500 4500

Sat 6 Jul Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sat 20 Jul Sat 27 Jul Sat 3 Aug

17900 17900 17900 17900

4500 4500 4500 4500

Sat 3 Aug Sat 17 Aug Sat 31 Aug

Sat 10 Aug 17900 4500 Sat 24 Aug 17900 4500 Sat 7 Sep 17900 4500

2013

6 6 6 6 6 6 6

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World with a Local Guide. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site—the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incans. Dinner is served at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF) DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I F Return to Machu Picchu to continue your discoveries on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and the amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and head toward the great colonial city of Cusco. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Local Speciality, and to learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. Get together this evening with your travelling companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy delicious Cuscuenian dishes and ancestral dance performances. (FB HD) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F) DAY 6 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 This morning, embark upon a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City,” the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and the Spanish who came after them. Your Local Guide introduces you to the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas at the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking the Sacred Valley and see nearby shrines and warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own in Cusco. (FB) DAY 7 CUSCO – LIMA FREE TIME D j F Fly back to Lima this morning and enjoy a day on your own to do some more exploring, pick up some souvenirs or just relax. This afternoon, meet a Local Expert, a curator from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of Ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 8 DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Lima this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). (CB/FB)

Starts Lima

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

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Sat 12 Oct Sat 19 Oct Sat 26 Oct Sat 2 Nov

17400 17400 17400 17400

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

Sat 9 Nov Sat 16 Nov Sat 30 Nov Sat 7 Dec

17400 17400 17400 16900

4500 4500 4500 4500

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

Sat 14 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sat 4 Jan

16900 16900 17900 17900

4500 4500 4500 4950

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18600 18600 18600 18600

4950 4950 4950 4950

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

18600 18600 18600 18600

4950 4950 4950 4950

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

18600 18600 18600 18600 18600

4950 4950 4950 4950 4950

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Sat 12 Apr Sat 19 Apr Sat 26 Apr Sat 3 May

18600 18600 18600 18600

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2014

Sat 14 Sep Sat 21 Sep 17900 4500 Sat 28 Sep Sat 5 Oct 17900 4500 Above prices are per person, twin share. Triple Room Reduction

Early Payment Discount 12 months R1430

10 months

R1075

6 months

R220 R715

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R715 p.p. Family & Friends Discount (5-8) R715 Frequent Traveller Discount

R715 Young Traveller Discount

R1430

For further 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 flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima, and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za International airfare between your gateway and the holiday is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. For information on additional hotel nights before and/or after your holiday and airport transfers, please see pages 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-47. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013.

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY

7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 47 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 46 for more information.

SOUTH AMERICA : REGIONAL

Duration: 8 Days Pace: Lively

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

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Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries

Q Sacred Valley, Peru

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

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

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

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

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• Includes all First Class features, refer to page 5 • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11 • 10 nights First Class accommodation • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack • D Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

Ica, Peru


11 Days from R18750 per person twin share Ref: LCSV

3

Duration: 11 Days Pace: Comfortable

Starts Lima

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

Starts Lima

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

6

Sun 11 Nov Wed 21 Nov 18750 4275

Wed 17 Jul

Sat 27 Jul

23900 5250

6

Thu 20 Dec Sun 30 Dec 18750 4275 2013 Wed 10 Apr Sat 20 Apr 23900 5250

Wed 14 Aug

Sat 24 Aug 23900 5250

Wed 20 Nov

Sat 30 Nov 23900 5250

Wed 22 May

Sat 1 Jun

23900 5250

Wed 18 Dec

Wed 19 Jun

Sat 29 Jun 23900 5250

Wed 23 Apr

Sat 28 Dec 24600 5250 2014 Sat 3 May 27100 5750

Above prices are per person, twin share. Triple Room Reduction Early Payment Discount 12 months R1940

R875 Quad Room Reduction 10 months

R1455

R1745

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2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R970 p.p. Family & Friends Discount (5-8) R970 Frequent Traveller Discount

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R1455

For further details on Trafalgar’s great savings and discounts, please see pages 12-13.

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storyteller and learn about intriguing local legends and the strange quipu or “talking knot.” (CB/FB HL HD) Hotel: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (SF) or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (SF)

International airfare between your gateway and the itinerary is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. For information on additional hotel nights before and/or after your holiday and airport transfers, please see pages 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-46.

DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU ADVENTURES All aboard! Ride the rails on an adventure to mysterious Machu Picchu—“The Lost City of the Incas”—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins, the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and many more cool places. Save up some energy to hike up to the Gate of the Sun along the Inca Trail to look out over the fortress and the valley below. Return to your hotel by train late this afternoon. (FB L)

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.

DAY 5 SACRED VALLEY ADVENTURES F I j Decisions, decisions! Go river rafting? Mountain biking? Horseback riding? Ziplining? Relaxing at the hotel? The choice is yours—it’s all included! Tempting your taste buds at another Highlight Lunch is a Peruvian Pachamanca feast, where you can lend a hand, cooking tasty foods in a large hole in the ground! Then meet with a Shaman for a Local Speciality demonstration of the Inca’s Pago a la Tierra, or Payment to the Earth ceremony. Kids and kids at heart can join a game of Sapo or “frog game,” handed down from an ancient Inca royal family. Tonight, stargaze with a Local Expert at the Observatory. (FB HL)

DAY 9 ICA ADVENTURES I F Take to the sky to see the otherworldly Nazca Lines, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the mysterious ancient drawings of creatures and wonder how and why they were created. Back on the ground, grownups can sample Peru’s Local Speciality, Pisco, at El Catador Pisco Winery, while kids will enjoy a stop at a chocolate factory. This afternoon, hit the slopes on a fast and furious dune buggy ride and sand-boarding adventure on the vast sand dunes! Tonight, celebrate your new friendships and share your awesome experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB FD)

DAY 6 SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – SACSAYHUAMAN – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I Did you know that potatoes originated from Peru over 7,000 years ago and that today, Peruvian farmers grow more kinds of corn than anywhere else on earth? Learn about Peru’s ancient farming history as you explore some local farm fields. Then saddle up on a donkey for a ride through the little village of Maras and visit the amazing ancient Inca salt pans with a guide. Visit a local family for lunch (box lunch provided) and learn how to make delicious quinua soup, a Local Speciality. At the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, test your strength and try to figure out how the ancient Incas moved these enormous stones. (FB L) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

DAY 10 ICA – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA 5 Board a motorboat for an expedition with a Local Guide to the Ballestas Islands, a wildlife wonderland. Be sure to look back toward the coast to see the Candelabra, another mysterious design carved into the earth; then observe thousands of sea lions, Humboldt penguins, countless bird species, and, if you’re lucky, blue-footed boobies and dolphins playing in the waves. Return to Lima late afternoon. (FB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

DAY 7 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I F This morning, join a Local Guide and check out Cusco’s colonial Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, said to have been sheeted in silver and gold! Continue on to watch expert weavers create the Local Speciality of intricate Andean Textiles and try some weaving yourself. The afternoon is yours for further exploration. Maybe you’ll want to join in the dancing at tonight’s Highlight Dinner, where you’ll be shown traditional dances. (FB HD) DAY 8 CUSCO – LIMA – ICA (2 NIGHTS) D 5 Fly back to Lima and travel with a Local Guide south into the Peruvian desert to Ica whose dry climate is just perfect for the preservation of mummies. View the creepy collection and learn about the sacred burial process at the Regional Museum. (FB L) Hotel: Las Dunas Sun Resort (F)

2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 11 DEPART LIMA Bid adios to your newfound companeros as you take your transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements (not included in holiday price). (CB/FB)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 47 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 46 for more information.

SOUTH AMERICA : FAMILY EXPERIENCES

Overnight stays

Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za

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

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Land of the Incas Lake Titicaca, Peru

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join your Peruvian host for a Welcome Reception and typical Peruvian lunch; visit the beautiful estate and learn about your host’s illustrious family. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Visit a weaving centre and see artisan weavers at work. n Visit a chicheria and learn about chicha. n Visit a Pisco distillery and learn about and sample Peru’s national drink. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Puno. • j Local Expert In Cusco, meet Peter Frost, a British explorer and author, who spent 30 years investigating Inca archaeology. n Learn about the Larco Museum’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world through a presentation by the museum’s curator.

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

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

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• Includes all First Class features – refer to page 5 • 11 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 12 • D A Trafalgar bonus – All Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

DAY 1 ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS) Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” Upon arrival, you’ll be met and taken to your luxury hotel (check in time 3 p.m.) in upscale Miraflores. Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores (MD) DAY 2 LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING B 5 Enjoy the morning on your own. At lunchtime, join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions to meet Dr. Diez Canseco who takes you on a tour of his beautiful colonial home followed by a Welcome Reception and a delicious Be My Guest home-cooked lunch of Peruvian dishes. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital city with a Local Guide. Experience the colonial splendour of Lima’s Plaza San Martin, home to the Archbishop’s Palace and stately Cathedral where you can see Francisco Pizarro’s tomb. Visit the Church of San Francisco and its catacombs before spending the evening as you like. (FB BG) DAY 3 LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Fly to Cusco and drive to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanakancha with a Local Guide to see native alpacas, llamas and vicunas, and view artisan weavers crafting a Local Speciality at the weaving centre. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to taste and learn about chicha, a Local Speciality and favourite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your mountain retreat in the heart of the Andes. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Valle Sagrado (F) DAY 4 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5 Board the Vistadome train and enjoy panoramic views of the valley and mountains as you climb toward Machu Picchu. Here, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Guide. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. (FB D) Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (MD) Ballestas Islands


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DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) Return to Machu Picchu and continue your exploration on your own. Perhaps hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views. Then travel back to the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before arriving at your charming boutique hotel, a beautifully renovated 18th century manor house just three blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. (FB D) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco (F) DAY 6 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 j This morning, explore the city with a Local Guide and visit the colonial Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and splendour. Visit San Blas, a unique area with a variety of Incan walls and cobble stone streets, before heading to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive ruin site towering over Cusco. Meet Local Expert Peter Frost, an English author and archaeologist, and learn about the Inca settlement he uncovered southwest of Machu Picchu. (FB) DAY 7 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING – JULIACA – PUNO (2 NIGHTS) 5 D In the morning, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide of the nearby Temple of Korikancha, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. After, sample the local cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant in Cusco. Fly to Juliaca and transfer to the shores of the great Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset. (FB L D) Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca (SF) DAY 8 LAKE TITICACA EXCURSION 5 Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Guide. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Next is Taquile Island for a private tour to meet the local Quechua-speaking villagers, renowned for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the Island and enjoy a typical lunch on Taquile Island before heading back to Puno for dinner on your own. (FB L) DAY 9 PUNO – LIMA – ICA – PARACAS (2 NIGHTS) D Fly back to Lima and travel south to the Paracas Peninsula. Explore the Regional Museum of Ica with its superb examples of Paracas weavings and textiles, well-preserved mummies and scale model of the Nazca Lines. Arrive at your resort on beautiful Paracas Beach. (FB L D) Hotel: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paracas (SF) DAY 10 NAZCA LINES FLIGHT & FREE TIME I Take to the skies for an unforgettable experience as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs and pictures of animals created between 400 and 650 AD, viewable only from the air. Marvel at their stylized lines and wonder about the civilisation that created them. Then visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest Pisco in the country, a Local Speciality. The rest of the day is yours at the resort. (FB) DAY 11 PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA j F Visit the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a “mini-Galapagos” teeming with wildlife including fur seals, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and thousands

12 Days from R26550 per person twin share Ref: LLIA Starts Lima

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

e6 Tue 25 Sep

Sat 6 Oct

e6 Tue 9 Oct 6 Tue 23 Oct

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6 Tue 6 Nov

Sat 17 Nov 26550 6300

6 Tue 18 Dec

Sat 29 Dec 26550 6300 2013

6 Tue 29 Jan

Sat 9 Feb

6 Tue 12 Feb

Sat 23 Feb 32900 8800

6 Tue 12 Mar

Sat 23 Mar 32900 8800

6 Tue 9 Apr 6 Tue 23 Apr

Sat 20 Apr 32900 8800 Sat 4 May 32900 8800

Tue 7 May Tue 21 May

Sat 18 May 32900 8800 Sat 1 Jun 32900 8800

Starts Lima

26550 6300

32900 8800

Price per Person Land & Single Ends Intra- Supp. Lima Air Option

Tue 4 Jun Tue 18 Jun

Sat 15 Jun 32900 8800 Sat 29 Jun 32900 8800

Tue 2 Jul Tue 16 Jul

Sat 13 Jul Sat 27 Jul

Tue 13 Aug Tue 27 Aug

Sat 24 Aug 32900 8800 Sat 7 Sep 32900 8800

Tue 10 Sep Tue 24 Sep

Sat 21 Sep 32900 8800 Sat 5 Oct 32900 8800

Tue 8 Oct

Sat 19 Oct 32900 8800

Tue 19 Nov

Sat 30 Nov 32900 8800

Tue 17 Dec

Sat 28 Dec 32900 8800 2014

Tue 25 Mar

Sat 5 Apr

36200 9700

Tue 22 Apr

Sat 3 May

36200 9700

32900 8800 32900 8800

Above prices are per person, twin share.

Triple Room Reduction Early Payment Discount 12 months R2685

10 months

R900 R2015  

6 months

R1345

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R1345 p.p. Family & Friends Discount (5-8) R1345 Frequent Traveller Discount

R2015 Young Traveller Discount (5-17) R2015

For further 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 flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za International airfare between your gateway and the holiday is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. For information on additional hotel nights before and/or after your holiday and airport transfers, please see pages 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-47. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

e These departures will operate the Puno-Suasi Island overnights (Days 7

and 8 per 2012 itinerary) in reverse, going to Suasi Island first, then to Puno.

6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and

inclusions vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.

Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

of birds, including the elusive blue-footed booby. See another mysterious design in the earth—the majestic Candelabra. Back on dry land, travel back to Lima. Upon arrival, freshen up and join your travel companions for a visit to Museo Larco to learn about ancient Peruvian cultures from the museum’s curator, your Local Expert, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner with wine in the garden restaurant of the museum. (FB L FD) Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores (MD) DAY 12 DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). (CB/FB)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY

7 DAYS QUITO AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 47 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 46 for more information.

SOUTH AMERICA : REGIONAL

Duration: 12 Days Pace: Comfortable

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

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Glimpse of South America

O Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood; taste fresh herbs and produce and learn about making country bread; watch a demonstration on the art of typical Argentinean crafts. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. n Find out about Brazilian gemstones in Rio and watch them transform into beautiful jewellery. n Visit a leather workshop in Buenos Aires and learn how the finest Argentine leathers are crafted into fine designs. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Iguassu and Buenos Aires. • j Local Expert Discover the unique idiosyncrasies and treasures of Argentina during a private lecture to discuss, enjoy and be surprised by the traits that make Argentina such a unique country.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rio de Janeiro Discover the city’s main sights; enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue; ride a cable car up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain for awe-inspiring views; experience a Rio Carnival extravaganza Samba show. • Iguassu Falls Embark on guided tours of the massive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side; browse the Visitors Centre; ride the Ecological Jungle Train. • Buenos Aires Immerse yourself in the culture and passion of the “Paris of South America;” explore the city’s main sights; stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show. • m Small Group Sightseeing See Buenos Aires on a guided tour with a group size of no more than 20 guests to enhance your experience.

Dining Highlights • 9 full breakfasts • 2 lunches: F Highlight Lunches with drinks in Rio de Janeiro and at Iguassu Falls • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Rio de Janeiro n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n 2 dinners

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• Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 5 • 9 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10 • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights South America flights: Rio to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports • A Trafalgar bonus - guaranteed late hotel check-out until 5 p.m. in Buenos Aires on Day 10 • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information. DAY 1 ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Rio Othon Palace (MD) DAY 2 RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Stretch your legs in lovely Flamengo Park before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR) DAY 3 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE F Journey by cogwheel train to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Back down the mountain see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Stop for a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB HL) La Boca, Argentina


10 Days from R28800 per person twin share Ref: LGSA

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Fri 11 Jan Fri 25 Jan

Sun 20 Jan 28800 12500 Sun 3 Feb 28800 12500

Fri 1 Feb Fri 22 Feb

Sun 10 Feb 28800 12500 Sun 3 Mar 28800 12500

Fri 1 Mar Fri 8 Mar Fri 22 Mar

Sun 10 Mar 28800 12500 Sun 17 Mar 28800 12500 Sun 31 Mar 28800 12500

Fri 5 Apr Fri 19 Apr Fri 26 Apr

Sun 14 Apr 28800 12500 Sun 28 Apr 28800 12500 Sun 5 May 28800 12500

Fri 3 May Sun 12 May 28800 12500 Fri 17 May Sun 26 May 28800 12500 Fri 24 May Sun 2 Jun 28800 12500

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DAY 4 RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE I F Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. This evening, learn to mix a Local Speciality, the national cocktail— Caipirinha—and indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria, followed by a Rio Carnival extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. (FB HD) DAY 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D This morning, experience a Local Speciality as you watch and learn the process of transforming precious metals and rough Brazilian gemstones into works of art before flying to magnificent Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. These 275 separate falls cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your companions at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6 IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 F Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet your Local Guide to explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After a Highlight Lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon. Maybe enjoy the hotel’s thermal pools or visit the Parque das Aves home to more than 500 species of tropical birds. (FB HL) DAY 7 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D j Cross the border into Argentina and take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk. Board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the falls and see the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires where your hotel is in the centre of all the action: boutiques, fine dining, museums and the famous Teatro Colon. This evening, enjoy a light buffet dinner with drinks followed by a presentation by a Local Expert on the country’s culture, traditions and passions such as tango, Malbec wines, beef, soccer and polo to name a few. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 I B Embark on an in-depth tour with a Local Guide to see the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo’s famed outdoor market, and lovely Palermo. Watch and learn how the Local Speciality of Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods at the workshop of a master artisan. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina’s former First Lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine

Fri 7 Jun

Sun 16 Jun 28800 12500

Fri 5 Jul Fri 12 Jul

Sun 14 Jul 28800 12500 Sun 21 Jul 28800 12500

Fri 9 Aug Sun 18 Aug 28800 12500 Fri 23 Aug Sun 1 Sep 28800 12500 Fri 6 Sep Fri 20 Sep

Sun 15 Sep 28800 12500 Sun 29 Sep 28800 12500

Starts Rio De Janeiro

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Fri 27 Sep

Sun 6 Oct

28800 12500

Fri 18 Oct Fri 25 Oct

Sun 27 Oct 28800 12500 Sun 3 Nov 28800 12500

Fri 1 Nov Fri 15 Nov Fri 22 Nov Fri 29 Nov

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

28800 12500 28800 12500 28800 12500 28800 12500

Fri 13 Dec Sun 22 Dec Sun 22 Dec Tue 31 Dec 2014 Fri 17 Jan Sun 26 Jan Fri 24 Jan Sun 2 Feb Fri 31 Jan Sun 9 Feb

28800 12500 29600 13100 31600 13750 31600 13750 31600 13750

Fri 7 Feb Fri 14 Feb Fri 21 Feb

Sun 16 Feb 31600 13750 Sun 23 Feb 31600 13750 Sun 2 Mar 31600 13750

Fri 7 Mar Fri 14 Mar Fri 28 Mar

Sun 16 Mar 31600 13750 Sun 23 Mar 31600 13750 Sun 6 Apr 31600 13750

Fri 4 Apr Fri 11 Apr Fri 18 Apr

Sun 13 Apr 31600 13750 Sun 20 Apr 31600 13750 Sun 27 Apr 31600 13750

Above prices are per person, twin share. Triple Room Reduction

R1310

Early Payment Discount 12 months R2560

R1280

10 months

R1920

6 months

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R1280 p.p. Family & Friends Discount (5-8) R1280 Frequent Traveller Discount

R1280 Young Traveller Discount (5-17) R2560

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45. Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu and Iguassu-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za International airfare between your gateway and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, smelling and tasting the fresh produce, herbs and spices used in the evening meal. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES AT LEISURE F A full day at leisure—explore on your own or perhaps take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, or to a traditional estancia (ranch) to learn about the life of a gaucho (cowboy) while enjoying a barbeque lunch and equestrian show. This evening, get ready for a festive Farewell Dinner and a chance to savour renowned Argentinean beef followed by a sensual tango dance performance. (FB FD) DAY 10 DEPART BUENOS AIRES Say hasta luego to Argentina today and transfer to the airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 5 p.m. (CB/FB)

SOUTH AMERICA : AT LEISURE

Duration: 10 Days Pace: Leisurely

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

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Best of South America O Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood; taste fresh herbs and produce and learn about making country bread; watch a demonstration on the art of typical Argentinean crafts. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha. n Find out about Brazilian gemstones and watch them be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery. n Learn how the finest Argentine leathers are crafted into attractive designs at a leather workshop. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Santiago. • j Local Expert Discuss the unique traits that define Argentina and the Argentines during a private lecture.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rio de Janeiro Discover the city’s main sights; enjoy a cogwheel train ride up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue; ride a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain for awe-inspiring views; experience a Samba Show extravaganza. • Iguassu Explore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side; ride the Ecological Jungle Train. • Buenos Aires Discover the “Paris of South America’s” main sights including the Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show. • Santiago Get acquainted with the city on a city tour; visit the San Francisco Church and Monastery; travel to Chile’s wine country to visit a local winery; delight in a Chilean folklore show. • H Wine Tasting Experience the wine-making process with an expert winemaker in Chile’s wine country. • m Small Group Sightseeing See Buenos Aires on a guided tour with a group size of no more than 20 guests to enhance your experience.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

DAY 1 ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! You will arrive and be met at the airport by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Rio Othon Palace (MD) DAY 2 RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Stretch your legs in lovely Flamengo Park before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. This evening, enjoy a festive Welcome Reception at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB WR) DAY 3 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE F Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain and see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and stop for a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant on your way back to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (FB HL)

Dining Highlights • 12 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: F Highlight Lunches with drinks in Rio and Iguassu n F Highlight Lunch with wine in the Maipo Valley • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinners with wine and shows in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires n B Be My Guest dinner in Buenos Aires with wine n F Farewell Dinner with wine and show in Santiago n 2 dinners

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• Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 5 • Airport Transfers provided on Day 1 and Day 13 • 12 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago, including porter service at all airports • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 13 • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

Copacabana Beach, Brazil


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DAY 4 RIO DE JANEIRO AT LEISURE I F Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality and Brazil’s national cocktail, and indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. (FB HD) DAY 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D Brazil is world renowned for its vast array of gemstones. This morning, you’ll learn about this Local Speciality and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then take a flight to magnificent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National Park boasts one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travel companions at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6 IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 F Enter Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Guide, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. After enjoying a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the hotel’s thermal pools fed by the planet’s biggest thermal water spring or visit the Parque das Aves—a tropical bird preserve that’s home to more than 500 species of Brazilian birds. (FB HL) DAY 7 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D j Cross the border into Argentina and spend some time getting to know the geography of the area at the Visitors Centre. Take a walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different perspective on the mighty falls and view the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel. From your hotel’s vantage point in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Late afternoon, enjoy a light buffet dinner with drinks followed by a presentation by a Local Expert on the essence of being an Argentinean—learn all about the country’s culture, traditions and passions such as tango, Malbec wines, asado and empanada dishes, soccer, polo, just to name a few. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 I B Embark on an in-depth tour, with a Local Guide, of the passionate

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For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-46. Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires-Santiago and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za. International airfare between your gateway and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo with its famed outdoor market and lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafes and verdant parks. Stop at the workshop of a master leather artisan and learn how the Local Speciality of Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, where Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, smelling and tasting the fresh produce, herbs and spices used in the evening meal. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG)

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passion and power of the traditional tango—the most representative and beloved music in Argentina. (FB HD) DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO (3 NIGHTS) D Bid “Adios” to Buenos Aires and say “Hola” to Santiago as you fly west across the Andes to the Chilean capital. Settle into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a prime location close to charming boutiques, bars and restaurants. This evening is at leisure. (FB) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD) DAY 11 SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING 5 j H F Meet your Local Guide and embark on a tour of this vibrant city, travelling past the Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue, past the church of San Francisco and the University of Chile, on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda and stop at the bustling Central Market. Visit San Francisco Church and Monastery, reputed to be one of the oldest in Chile. Continue your tour with a drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Then head for the Maipo Valley, the most traditional wine-producing valley in Chile with the best conditions for premium wines. Enjoy a private visit at an exclusive winery where you meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, who escorts you on a personal winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Enjoy a Wine Tasting celebrating Chile’s proud wine-making traditions, followed by a gourmet Highlight Lunch served on the beautiful grounds of the winery. Return to Santiago later this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB HL) Santiago, Chile DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES AT LEISURE F Relish a morning and afternoon at leisure to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Delve into one of the country’s finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, set in a lovely park in the Recoleta neighbourhood. Follow in the footsteps of Argentina’s most revered writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as you browse the many bookstores of Buenos Aires and sip a coffee at the famed Cafe Tortoni. As an option, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you’d like to experience a different side of Argentina, choose an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch); share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), learn about their lives and marvel at their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before tucking into a sumptuous traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. This evening, do as the locals do and linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, and experience the

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DAY 12 SANTIAGO AT LEISURE F Enjoy a day of leisure in Santiago. Perhaps join an optional trip to Valparaiso, once known as “Little San Francisco” by the sailors who made it a frequent stopover on the long voyage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans; then take the coastal road to see the graceful mansions, white-sand beaches and historic casino of the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner with a folklore show of charismatic and agile dancers in colourful ethnic costumes from northern, central and southern Chile, as well as Easter Island. (FB FD) DAY 13 DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements (not included in holiday price). For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m. (CB/FB)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 46 for more information.

Maipo Valley, Chile


Patagonian Grand Adventure Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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

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

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 5 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers on Day 1 and Day 14 • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing

DAY 1 ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival at the airport, a local host will greet you and take you to your hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Settle in and take a relaxing siesta, wander the wide boulevard of Avenida 9 de Julio, or explore the narrow market streets of Florida Avenue. From your hotel’s vantage point, in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, you are in the centre of all the action: renowned international designer boutiques, fine dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 2 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a morning on your own, before an afternoon guided tour of the city, beginning with Plaza de Mayo—site of the Casa Rosada—and the heart of Buenos Aires’ political life. Stroll the colourful La Boca artists’ district where the Argentinean tango was born and visit the resting place of Eva Perón in Recoleta’s extravagant cemetery. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception in downtown Buenos Aires. (FB WR) DAY 3 BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D 5 j F I Trade man-made skyscrapers for a natural skyline as you fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, where frosted peaks surround the lakeside city nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Set along the banks of the 64-kilometre-long Lake Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche—as the city is more formally known—is the gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District and has a distinctly alpine flavour indicative of its strong Swiss influence. This is most apparent in the wood and stone architecture of the city centre, which—along with its status as an international skiing destination—helps give Bariloche the nickname “Little Switzerland.” Explore Bariloche, with a Local Guide before venturing out into the surrounding countryside. At Campanario Hill, enjoy a chairlift ride up this picturesque peak, climbing high above the tree line for a panoramic view of Patagonia’s striking scenery. Take in the beautiful collage of deep green foliage and snow-capped mountains mirrored in the region’s azure lakes. Later, witness how Bariloche’s land and culture come together when you experience how locally grown ingredients are used to brew beer at a family-owned craft brewery, with a Local Expert. Considering the strong German influence in Bariloche, it’s no surprise that locals are experts at transforming their region’s fresh hops, barley, and pristine water into a variety of beers and ales, using artisanal methods passed down from generation to generation. Relish a Highlight Lunch at the brewery while observing the brew masters at work. Back in town, find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection during a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a presentation on over 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area, and, of course, sample an array of chocolate treats, a Local Speciality. Return to the hotel for dinner on your own this evening. (FB HL) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF) DAY 4 BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME B Experience an older side of Patagonia as you are hosted by a local family at their ranch on the Patagonian steppe where they live on the land they have owned for generations. Learn about their way of life, explore the countryside looking for condors and mount up for a horseback ride that

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DAY 6 PUERTO MONTT & FRUTILLAR EXCURSION 5 Join a Local Guide to visit the port city of Puerto Montt founded in 1850. From a viewpoint high above the town, enjoy a magnificent look at the wide bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo and the narrow of the same name. Afterward, head to the harbour to visit the Angelmo fish market. Besides unusual fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses and meats, there are various arts and crafts for sale. A novel way to have lunch at Angelmo is at a Cocineria or ‘Kitchen Restaurant.’ Look for a line of these mini restaurants where you can watch the kitchen and everything happening in it behind a large window. See how the food is prepared, including Curanto en Olla, a stew made out of seafood, smoked meat, fowl and sausage. Afterward drive to the lovely village of Frutillar, to see the historical area where houses are surrounded by beautiful gardens similar to those of the German Black Forest region. Back in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening are on your own. (FB L) DAY 7 PUERTO VARAS – PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES (2 NIGHTS) D Travel from northern to southern Patagonia as you fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas. Drive to Puerto Natales, across a huge sheep farm before bordering Otway Bay. Here, enjoy the magnificent view of the almost permanently snow-covered Pinto mountain range and Riesco Island. Continue skirting Otway Bay until you reach the caves where the interesting Magellan Penguins keep their nests (only possible from mid-October to mid-March; replaced with a visit to Nandu Park from mid-March to mid-October.) (FB) Hotel: Hotel CostAustralis (F) Frutillar, Chile lets you experience this traditional local mode of transportation. Enjoy a delightful Be My Guest lunch at the ranch and later watch a sheep shearing demonstration. Back at the hotel, the rest of the day is on your own. (FB BG) DAY 5 BARILOCHE – PATAGONIA LAKE DISTRICT – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Today is guaranteed to be one of the top highlights of your Patagonian holiday as you travel through some of the southern hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes, journeying by land and water from Argentina to Chile through the breathtaking Lake District with spectacular scenery of snow-capped Andean peaks, gloriously green forests and azure blue lakes. Cruise upon Lake Nahuel Huapi, then drive across the Chilean border to Peulla and have a relaxing lunch. Then board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. On your way west, stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waters of the Petrohue Waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Then arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. A lakefront light dinner awaits you at the hotel. (FB L D) Hotel: Hotel Cabanas del Lago (F)

DAY 8 BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS EXCURSION 5 Board zodiacs with a Local Guide and begin an adventurous trip via the Rio Serrano, passing the southern icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) towards the Serrano Glacier. Upon arrival, explore the impressive glacier and afterwards hike a short 30 minutes through unspoiled, cool rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Fjord of the Last Hope”). See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest nature reserve with majestic mountain scenery. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background. (FB L) DAY 9 PUERTO NATALES – TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK 5 Today you are going to see one of the most spectacular scenic regions— the Torres del Paine National Park! It covers an area of 113,000 ha and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your Local Guide shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what Paine offers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande (“Big Waterfall”) and the viewpoint Lago Grey, which provides a marvellous view of the Grey Glacier. Glimpse at the park’s fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several bird species. Box lunch provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, offering superb views of Torres del Paine. (FB L D) Hotel: Rio Serrano Hotel (SF)

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

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Duration: 14 Days Pace: Lively

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For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Buenos Aires–Bariloche, Puerto Montt–Punta Arenas, El Calafate–Ushuaia and Ushuaia–Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za Sightseeing stops

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DAY 10 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK – EL CALAFATE (2 NIGHTS) Enjoy another chance to revel in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive across the border into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, between Chile and Argentina, continue your land journey to El Calafate, a boomtown near the border between Chile and Argentina and the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruptions and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels and mountainside glacial lakes. El Calafate takes its name from the calafate bush—which locals say eating its berries will ensure your return to this mystical region. You are free to discover its charms as you explore at your own pace tonight. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Kosten Aike (F) DAY 11 LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION 5 Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Guide to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest National Park in Argentina and comprises more than 4400 square kilometres and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that begins in the Andes and occupies well over a third of the park’s total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 60 metres above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th-century Argentinean explorer who helped resolve his country’s border dispute with neighbouring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve”—an iceberg “birthing” process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fingers crossed to be lucky enough to witness an iceberg calve at Perito Moreno. However, ice isn’t the only thing you’ll see today: just east of the icefields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. Journey back to El Calafate through scenic forests filled with lively birds. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. (FB D)

International airfare between your gateway and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles, beavers and birds all living together in the most spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of scenic road rides and nature walks. Different from other parks, the Tierra del Fuego National Park combines the ocean, forests and mountains in the same vicinity. Inside this National Park, find the biological richness of the Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery. The forest is formed by Lengas, guindos, nires and valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay (the end of the Pan-American Highway which connects Alaska and Tierra del Fuego) give colour to this unique place that still holds reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yámanas. Back at your lakeside hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise through the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip. (FB FD) DAY 14 USHUAIA – DEPART BUENOS AIRES D Board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport you will be transferred to the Ezeiza International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price), or the Trafalgar hotel for those extending in Buenos Aires. Please do not book any flights before 7 p.m. (CB/FB)

DAY 12 EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA (2 NIGHTS) D 5 Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world’s southernmost city with a Local Guide. Visit the legendary and ancient Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its tough history. You will also see the first settlers’ houses and visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario—a great spot for you to take in the panoramic view of the mountain’s chains. Afterwards see the Bebán house, once considered one of the most prestigious houses in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central part of the city as well as the restricted area of the Naval Base. This evening and dinner are on your own. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Los Yamanas (F) DAY 13 TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION 5 F Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Guide, stopping first at the End of the World Train Station where you may take an optional train ride. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red

El Calafate, Argentina

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Cultures & Contrasts of South America Buenos Aires, Argentina

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood; taste fresh herbs and produce and learn about making country bread; watch a demonstration on the art of typical Argentinean crafts. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Find out about Brazilian gemstones. n Learn how to mix a perfect Brazilian Caipirinha. n Visit a leather workshop in Buenos Aires. n See the Chocolate Museum and enjoy samples in Bariloche. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeting in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Bariloche, and Santiago • j Local Expert Discover the traits that make Argentina such a unique country during a private lecture. n Experience the wine-making process with a winemaker in Chile.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue; Take a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain; see a Carnival Samba Show. • Iguassu Falls Explore the magnificent falls from Brazil and Argentina. • Buenos Aires Visit the “Paris of South America,” the Evita Museum and Recoleta Cemetery and enjoy a Tango show. • Colonia del Sacramento Stroll in this UNESCO World Heritage city. • Bariloche Enjoy the surroundings of this lovely resort town. • Andean Lake District Crossing Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park; cruise the “Switzerland of South America.” • Puerto Varas Discover Chile’s loveliest town. • Santiago Delight in a Chilean folklore show in this cosmopolitan capital. • H Wine Tasting Experience the wine-making process with an expert winemaker in Chile’s wine country.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 full breakfasts • 4 lunches: F Highlight Lunches with drinks in Rio de Janeiro and Colonia del Sacramento n F Highlight Lunch with wine in the Maipo Valley n 1 lunch • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and Tango Show in Buenos Aires n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n F Farewell Dinner with wine and Folklore Show in Santiago n 4 dinners

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• Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 5 • 15 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 16 • A Trafalgar bonus: guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 16 • D A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Rio to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Santiago, including porter service at all airports • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

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


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DAY 4 RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME Enjoy a full day to explore Rio on your own—or choose from an array of optional outings: take a half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban rainforest; perhaps explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil; or cruise emerald Sepetiba Bay, stopping at a pristine island for lunch and swimming. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own. (FB) DAY 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS D 5 Fly to magnificent Iguassu Falls, bordering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls and to such endangered species as the giant otter and the giant anteater. Explore the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Guide and take a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (4 NIGHTS) D j Cross the border to Argentina. Stop at the Visitors Centre and take a scenic walk before boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a different vantage point on the mighty falls and a spectacular view of the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel in the heart of Argentina’s sizzling capital, just steps from designer boutiques, fine dining, museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. Enjoy a light buffet dinner at your hotel, followed by a presentation by a Local Expert on the passions and traditions of the Argentinean people—the wine, the tango, the beef and the soccer. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF)

demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 8 COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO EXCURSION 5 F Cross the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil this morning. On the Uruguayan side, a Local Guide takes you on a walk through the UNESCO

DAY 7 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 I B Join your Local Guide and embark on an in-depth tour of this passionate city. See the Plaza de Mayo, the pink Casa Rosada, and the renowned Teatro Colon where legendary stars Maria Callas and Caruso have performed; then view the colourful and fashionable neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo. Learn how the Local Speciality of Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods at the workshop of a master leather artisan. Drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio, said to be the widest street in the world, to the elegant Recoleta. See the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita), Argentina’s former first lady, is buried, as well as the museum dedicated to her in Palermo. Return to your hotel this afternoon and enjoy some time on your own. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, smelling and tasting the fresh produce, herbs and spices used in the evening meal. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts

Casa Rosada, Argentina

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For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-46. Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Bariloche and Puerto Montt-Santiago, and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za. International airfare between your gateway and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in South Africa. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. 6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. Departure(s) over the Christmas and New Year holiday will enjoy a special holiday meal. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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

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World Heritage-listed historic district of the charming Colonia del Sacramento. After a leisurely Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy time to stroll the exclusive art galleries and shops on your own. Return by hydrofoil to Argentina later this afternoon. (FB HL) DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME F Relish a day on your own in the “Paris of South America.” If you like, take an optional trip to a traditional Argentinean estancia (ranch) for the day; share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), marvel at their horsemanship during a lively equestrian show and then feast on a traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. Back in the city, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of worldrenowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching a sensual performance of the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires. (FB HD) DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to the edge of the Andes and the lovely resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy the afternoon to explore the town on your own— perhaps visit the many chocolate shops, browse the quaint boutiques or take a stroll in the parks along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Tonight, share your stories with your travel companions during dinner at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF) DAY 11 BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I Discover the natural wonders of one of Argentina’s prettiest areas, known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Meet your Local Guide and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular vistas of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from hilltop St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Llao Llao Peninsula, and the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. Then, find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. After a briefing on some 2,000 years of chocolate history, view the production area, and, of course, sample an array of this Local Speciality. The rest of the day is free in Bariloche. (FB) DAY 12 BARILOCHE – ANDEAN LAKE DISTRICT CRUISE – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Today, journey by land and water across the breathtaking Lake District straddling Argentina and Chile to marvel at some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most stunning landscapes. Soak in the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountain peaks, gloriously green forests and sapphire blue lakes as you cruise upon lakes Nahuel Huapi and Frias and drive across the Chilean border to Peulla for an included lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos

Lake with the mighty Osorno volcano looming in the background. Keep an eye out for Andean condors gliding over the lakes and mountains. Make a stop at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Arrive in Puerto Varas, one of Chile’s most charming villages, located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue. Check in to your lakefront hotel and enjoy a light dinner. (FB L D) Hotel: Cabana del Lago Hotel (F) DAY 13 PUERTO VARAS FREE TIME Relish an entire day to relax, pursue your own interests and perhaps explore the city at your own pace. Puerto Varas is renowned for its spectacular views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Discover why it is also known as the “City of Roses” with its stunning rose arbors and Germanic-style architecture gracing the many centuries-old houses and churches that dot this tranquil town. Relax at one of the many cafés, trendy restaurants or delve into the budding bar scene. As an option, take an excursion to the isolated island of Chiloe to get acquainted with the mythical world of the island and its traditional architecture, including its typical wooden churches (depending on local weather conditions, a visit to several Magellan and Humboldt penguin colonies is also included as part of this optional excursion). (FB) DAY 14 PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – SANTIAGO (2 NIGHTS) D 5 j H F Bid farewell to Patagonia and fly north from Puerto Montt to the Chilean capital. Upon arrival, meet your Local Guide and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, travelling past Club Hipico—the regal racetrack—and sprawling Parque O’Higgins. Cruise along Alameda Avenue past the Church of San Francisco and the University of Chile on your way to the vibrant Plaza de Armas with its fountains and sculptures. View the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped Andes. Then head for the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most traditional wine-producing valley known for its premium wines. Visit an exclusive winery where you will meet the winemaker, and Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience, from the vineyards to the bottling process. Celebrate Chile’s proud wine-making traditions with a Wine Tasting, followed by a gourmet Highlight Lunch served alfresco on the beautiful grounds. Return to Santiago and enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Your hotel is situated in one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, near boutiques, bars and restaurants. (FB HL) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD) DAY 15 SANTIAGO FREE TIME F Enjoy a day in Santiago on your own. Explore further, or perhaps embark on an optional trip to Valparaiso, site of a historic naval battle and the seaside resort of Vina del Mar. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner with a folklore show featuring elaborately costumed dancers representing Chile and Easter Island’s native people. (FB FD) DAY 16 DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m., or until you are taken to the airport for your onward flight arrangements. (CB/FB)

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND See page 46 for more information.

7 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU See page 46 for more information.

Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche, Argentina

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South America Revealed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood; taste fresh herbs and produce and learn about making country bread; watch a demonstration on the art of typical Argentinean crafts. • G Hidden Treasures Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha. n Find out about Brazilian gemstones. n See a leather workshop in Buenos Aires. n Visit a weaving centre and see local Andean textiles. n Stop in at a chicheria to taste chicha, a traditional Andean drink in Peru. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. • j Local Expert Discover the passions and traditions of Argentina during a private lecture. n Meet with a curator from the Larco Museum and learn about the evolution of Ancient Peru societies.

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

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See page 45 for more information.

DAY 1 ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check-in time 3 p.m.). Relax, get settled in and enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach, minutes from downtown Rio. Hotel: Rio Othon Palace (MD) DAY 2 RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING E Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director to take a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Descend the mountain and see the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches on your way back to the hotel. Enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel. (FB WR) DAY 3 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Spend the morning exploring the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts—from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century Opera House, Sambadromo and city Cathedral. Then stretch your legs in lovely Flamengo Park before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views over the city and the bay. After stopping for a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of the days is yours to explore on your own. (FB HL)

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DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: F Highlight Lunches with drinks in Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls n 1 lunch • 10 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and wine with your Travel Director in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and a Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro n F Highlight Dinner with wine and a Tango Show in Buenos Aires n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Buenos Aires n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Cusco n F Farewell Dinner with wine at the Larco Museum in Lima n 4 dinners

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 5 • Airport Transfers on Day 1 and Day 16 • 15 nights First Class accommodation • D A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports • L Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

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exclusive Be My Guest experience in Palermo Soho this evening. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now trendy neighbourhood in the fashionable Palermo Viejo. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, smelling and tasting fresh produce, herbs and spices used in the evening meal. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and even try with your own hands. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. Spending time with these lively people will be an insider memory you won’t soon forget. (FB BG) DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME F Relish a morning and afternoon to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Visit one of the country’s finest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Or, take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. And if you’d like to experience a different side of Argentina, take an optional trip out into the countryside to spend the day at a traditional estancia (ranch), including a lively equestrian show and traditional parrillada (barbeque) lunch. This evening, linger over a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of world-renowned Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform the tango and experience the passion and power of Argentina’s beloved, traditional tango music. (FB HD)

Cusco, Peru DAY 4 RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME I F Enjoy a full day to discover the wonders of Rio on your own. Or choose to embark on an optional half-day journey by jeep and foot into the lush Tijuca National Park—the world’s largest urban rainforest. Perhaps explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Brazil, or, if you prefer, cruise the emerald waters of Sepetiba Bay, stopping at an island for lunch and a swim. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, and Local Speciality, made with cachaça, and indulge in a traditional Brazilian barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria followed by a lively Samba show highlighting the costumes and traditions of Rio’s world-famous Carnival parade. (FB HD) DAY 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I D This morning you will be introduced to one of Brazil’s most famous Local Specialities: gemstones. Learn and watch the fascinating creative process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art, design and luxury. Then fly southwest to Iguassu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6 IGUASSU FALLS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 F Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the Brazilian side of the cascades with a Local Guide, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, then return to your hotel for an afternoon of free time. (FB HL)

DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES – LIMA SIGHTSEEING D 5 Bid Adios to Buenos Aires and Hola to Lima as you fly to Peru. Transfer to the hotel where your room is immediately available and the rest of the morning is free. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with a Local Guide. Visit Lima’s colonial sights, including the Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. (CB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 11 LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D I This morning, fly to Cusco, and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at Awanakancha, where you can see and touch llamas, alpacas and vicunas and learn about the Local Speciality of traditional Andean textiles as you see weavers at work. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac, where local Quechua people gather to sell their produce and handicrafts. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century monastery, in the heart of the Urubamba Valley. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel. (CB/FB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca (F) DAY 12 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5 After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca hilltop fortress built from immense blocks of stone. Then board the Vistadome train and view incredible scenery through panoramic windows as you journey up to the great citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, take a short bus ride to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your expert Local Guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great fortress, built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World

DAY 7 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D j Cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from a different perspective. Stop at the Visitors Centre to learn about the geography of the area. Take a guided walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train to view the mighty falls and see the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel, located in the heart of Argentina’s exciting capital with easy access to designer boutiques, fine restaurants, museums, theatres and the famous Teatro Colon. This evening enjoy a light buffet dinner with drinks at your hotel, followed by a Local Expert presentation on the essence and roots of being Argentinean and learn about Argentina’s culture, traditions and passions. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 I B Embark on an in-depth tour, with a Local Guide, of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; world-renowned Teatro Colon; colourful La Boca; San Telmo with its famed outdoor market and lovely Palermo. Stop at the workshop of a master leather artisan and learn how the Local Speciality of Argentine leathers are turned into fine leather goods. Lastly, visit the elegant Recoleta, the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. Enjoy some free time before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an

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Heritage Site, including the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial or calendar by the ancient Incans. This evening, share your stories with your travelling companions over dinner at the hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF) DAY 13 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I F Your morning is free to return to Machu Picchu and continue your discoveries on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. In the early afternoon, descend from your mountaintop aerie and head toward the great colonial city of Cusco. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Local Speciality, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by women only. This evening, celebrate your travels through the lands of the Incas at a festive Highlight Dinner of delicious Cuscuenian dishes served at a popular local restaurant with demonstration of ancestral dances. (FB HD) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F) DAY 14 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Take a morning tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incas during their reign. See the highlights of the city with a Local Guide, including the incredible baroque cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Visit the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Korikancha. Just outside of town, explore the impressive ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking the Sacred Valley. (FB) DAY 15 CUSCO – LIMA D j F Fly back to Lima this morning and enjoy some free time upon arrival. This afternoon, meet a specialist, and Local Expert, from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peru societies. This evening, get together with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the Larco Museum. (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

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2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to R1935 p.p. Family & Friends Discount (5-8) R1935 Frequent Traveller Discount

R1935 Young Traveller Discount (5-17) R3865

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please see pages 45-47. Land & Intra-Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Lima, Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za. International airfare between your gateway and the holiday start/end city is additional; please call your Travel Agent or Trafalgar for special airfares originating in the South Africa. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. Visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Get up close to native animals in Sacred Valley, Peru

DAY 16 DEPART LIMA Say hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). (CB/FB) Please note: In some locations, you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 7 DAYS QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE See page 47 for more information.

4 DAYS EASTER ISLAND

See page 46 for more information.

SOUTH AMERICA : DISCOVERY

Duration: 16 Days Pace: Comfortable

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

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Itinerary Extensions Guanacaste, Costa Rica

GUANACASTE BEACH STAY

RIVIERA MAYA BEACH STAY

This post-itinerary extension is offered only in conjunction with: Costa Rica Eco Adventure (pages 20-21).

This post-itinerary extension is offered only in conjunction with: Treasures of the Yucatan (pages 14-15).

DAY 1 MONTEVERDE – LIBERIA – ARRIVE GUANACASTE (2 NIGHTS) Descend from the lush cloud forests of Monteverde and head west to the pristine Pacific coast. Check into your seaside resort, the only hotel located on the white sand of the world-famous Tamarindo Beach, adjacent to Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge and Las Baulas National Park. Relax and simply enjoy the beach and your beautiful resort. With just a short stroll along the shore, you can spot howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots and a variety of wildlife at your every step. (FB) Hotel: Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort (F) DAY 2 GUANACASTE FREE TIME The day is yours to further relax at the beach or choose from numerous options to continue your Costa Rica adventure as you please. Perhaps take a surfing lesson, snorkel and swim in the warm gentle waves or set out on an optional full-day outing. Birdwatchers and nature lovers can select from day-long river float trips through the mangroves and jungles in search of exotic birds like anhinga, herons, storks, ibises and Jacanas. Or, take a canopy tour, walking along elevated platforms beneath the lush jungle foliage for a true bird’s-eye view; join a guided hike in search of the wild purple orchid and exotic birdlife; or visit the thermal hot springs along the northern flanks of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano for a volcanic mud treatment. The more adventurous can opt for a rafting trip through the rapids—all the while on the lookout for the area’s prolific wildlife. (FB) DAY 3 GUANACASTE – DEPART LIBERIA A complimentary transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport for your onward flight (not included in holiday price). Or, stay a while longer on the beach; you can reserve extra nights’ accommodation if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule your flight before 12:30 p.m. (FB)

DAY 1 CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN – ARRIVE RIVIERA MAYA (2 NIGHTS) Leave the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza and travel on to your oceanfront resort nestled on the Caribbean coastline in Puerto Aventuras, a luxury yachting community in the heart of the idyllic Riviera Maya. Unwind and recharge at this boutique resort, named in Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List in 2011. Its beautiful grounds include two swimming pools, a fitness centre overlooking the Caribbean and a 9-hole executive golf course located right inside the gated community--all within steps of a beach ideal for snorkelling and strolling. (FB) Hotel: Omni Puerto Aventuras Hotel Beach Resort (SF)

3 Days Land Only from R2200 Ref: LCRG Twin Share 2200 2700 2200 2500 2200

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Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

6 Oct 12 - 9 Mar 13 300 1700 16 Mar 13 - 23 Mar 13 300 2000 30 Mar 13 - 16 Nov 13 300 1700 21 Dec 13 300 2000 27 Dec 13 - 29 Mar 14 300 1700 All prices are per person. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

DAY 2 RIVIERA MAYA FREE TIME Enjoy a leisurely day on your own. Sink your toes into the powdery white sand and dip into the warm, clear turquoise sea or lounge poolside and dive into a host of resort activities. Try snorkelling, fishing or windsurfing, and be sure to stop by the resort’s interactive Dolphin Discovery for a swim with these intelligent marine mammals. Or, continue your exploration of Maya culture with an optional visit to the postcard-perfect site of Tulum, perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the sea. For an out-of-this-world experience, opt for an underground river exploration of the Rio Secreto. Here, you can swim and walk along twisting corridors and pools formed by ancient geological processes, surrounded by thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. (FB) DAY 3 RIVIERA MAYA – DEPART CANCUN This morning, do as you please until your complimentary transfer to Cancun International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price). Or you may wish to linger longer and add a few extra nights at the beach. Please do not schedule your flight before noon. (FB)

3 Days Land Only from R1850 Ref: DYPC Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

10 Oct 12 - 20 Feb 13

1850

100

1430

10 Apr 13 - 19 Feb 14

2400

100

1900

All prices are per person. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.


PERUVIAN AMAZON

BRAZILIAN AMAZON

This pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Highlights of Peru (pages 24-25); Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (pages 26-27); Land of the Incas (pages 28-29).

This pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Glimpse of South America (pages 30-31); Best of South America (pages 32-34); South America Revealed (pages 41-43); Cultures and Contrasts of South America (pages 38-40).

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

DAY 1 ARRIVE MANAUS Fly to Manaus, Brazil (not included in holiday price). Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel where you have some time to freshen up before embarking on a city tour. Visit the grand Palacio Rio Negro, former home of a rubber baron and now a museum preserving the traditional Amazonian culture. Discover the floating harbour and nearby Customs House, the vibrant Mercado Municipal, and the famed Opera House, constructed during the rubber boom of Manaus’ golden age. Hotel: Tropical Manaus (MD) DAY 2 MANAUS – AMAZON ECOPARK JUNGLE LODGE (2 NIGHTS) This morning, travel upstream to the famous “Meeting of the Waters” and watch the dark water of the Rio Negro mix with the brown water of the Solimoes as the mighty river flows eastward to the Atlantic. After lunch, choose to take an optional canoe excursion down a smaller tributary and try your hand at piranha fishing, or just relax and soak up the jungle atmosphere. Later this afternoon, transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Rio Taruma. (FB L D) Hotel: Amazon ECOPARK Jungle Lodge (MF) DAY 3 AMAZON EXCURSION After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the rainforest. When you enter the dense jungle, imagine yourself as one of the first explorers of the Amazon—perhaps you’ll spot the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, or get a glimpse of an anaconda as it naps on the branches of a tree. Then visit the home of native Amazonians to learn about their culture and way of life. This evening, take to the river on a moonlit search for caiman. (FB L D) DAY 4 AMAZON – MANAUS – RIO DE JANEIRO D Visit Monkey Forest, a rehabilitation centre and wildlife refuge, to watch the rescued monkeys eat and play. Then say chau to the Amazon as you return to Manaus Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will join your holiday on Day 1. (FB)

5 Days Land & Intra-Air from R7300 Ref: LPERU

4 Days Land & Intra-Air from R11200 Ref: LBRAZ

Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

7300

270

1700

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

11200

90

3000

1 Jan 14 - 31 Mar 14

8100

270

1800

1 Jan 14 - 31 Mar 14

12400

90

3300

All prices are per person.

All prices are per person.

Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Lima-Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado-Lima, and require purchase of Highlights of Peru; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; or Land of the Incas holiday and air transportation on LAN Airlines to/from your gateway city; if flying with another carrier to/from your gateway city, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za.

Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flight Manaus-Rio de Janeiro and require purchase of the Glimpse of South America, Best of South America, South America Revealed or Cultures and Contrasts of South America holiday and air transportation on LAN Airlines to/from your gateway city; if flying with another carrier to/from your gateway city, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za.

2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013.

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

PRE AND POST ITINERARY EXTENSIONS

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

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

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

EASTER ISLAND

This post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Cultures and Contrasts of South America (pages 38-40).

DAY 1 SANTIAGO – ARRIVE LIMA D 5 Bid Adios to Buenos Aires and Hola to Lima as you fly to Peru. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with a Local Guide. Fly to Lima, Peru’s capital and the “City of Kings.” Transfer to your hotel and then join your travelling companions to visit Lima’s colonial sights, including the Plaza San Martin with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. The evening is yours. (CB) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 2 LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY D 5 I Take a morning flight to Cusco and set out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a Local Guide. Visit Awanakancha and learn about the Local Speciality of weaving Andean traditional textiles. Enjoy a box picnic lunch then browse for Quechua handicrafts at the vibrant Pisac market. Arrive at your lovely hotel, a former colonial-style monastery in the Urubamba Valley. (FB L D) Hotel: Sonesta Posadas del Inca (F) DAY 3 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU 5 Marvel at Inca ingenuity when you visit the hilltop fortress of Ollantaytambo with a Local Guide. Then, take in the incredible views aboard your train ride climbing up toward the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your expert guide takes you through the ruins of this once-great Inca fortress and royal estate high in the Andes. (FB D) Hotel: Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel (MF) DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS) I F You have the morning on your own to further explore Machu Picchu’s marvels. This afternoon, head toward the great colonial city of Cusco, stopping at a local chicheria for a taste of the Local Speciality of chicha—Peruvian corn beer. Get together this evening with your travelling companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy delicious Cuscuenian dishes and ancestral dance performances. (FB HD) Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F) DAY 5 CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Set out with a Local Guide for a visit to colonial Cusco, including the baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas and the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (FB) DAY 6 CUSCO – LIMA D j F Fly back to Lima this morning to relax or explore on your own. This afternoon, meet a Local Expert from the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art of the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of Ancient Peru societies. Then gather with your travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. (FB FD) Hotel: Novotel Lima (F) DAY 7 DEPART LIMA Transfer to the airport for your onward flight arrangements (not included in holiday price). (CB/FB) For more details on this itinerary, please see pages 24-25. Choose to extend your holiday with the Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise (Yacht Isabela II) post-itinerary extension. See page 47 for details.

This post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Highlights of Peru (pages 24-25); Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (pages 26-27); Land of the Incas (pages 28-29); Best of South America (pages 32-35); South America Revealed (pages 41-43); Cultures and Contrasts of South America (pages 38-40).

DAY 1 FLY TO EASTER ISLAND (3 NIGHTS) D Fly to Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. The language, music and many traditions remain alive amongst the island’s inhabitants, while the enormous carved stone moai tell of a more remote past. After checking in at your seaside hotel (check in is at 3 p.m.), enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Take a swim in the pool, stroll into town or just relax and enjoy the island breezes. Guests flying in from Lima will get the full use of their hotel room in Lima until their transfer to the airport for their late evening flight to Easter Island and will get the immediate use of their room upon their early morning arrival on Easter Island, including a hot breakfast served at the hotel. Hotel: Taha Tai Hotel (MF) DAY 2 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING Drive to the coast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e, and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano with crater lake. Then visit Ahu Tongariki, the most recent and biggest restauration on the island. Then visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Finally, visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean. (FB L) DAY 3 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING Delve deeper into Easter Island’s singular history and culture today as your expert guide takes you to explore Rano Kau, an extinct volcano with stunning views of the island, and the village of Orongo, the ceremonial centre of the mysterious Birdman cult. View the altars, quarry and some of the 480 cave paintings related to this fascinating cult. Drive to restored Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. Visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the Pukaos were made. (FB) DAY 4 DEPART EASTER ISLAND Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport for your onward flight arrangements (not included in holiday price). (FB)

4 Days Land & Intra-Air from R9200 Ref: LEAST Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

11300

750

3300

1 Jan 14 - 31 Mar 14

12400

750

3700

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

9200

570

2100

1 Jan 14 - 31 Mar 14

10200

570

2300

From Lima

From Santiago

All above prices are per person.

7 Days Land & Intra-Air from R17900 Ref: LHPE Twin Share

Triple Room Reduction

Single Room Supplement

1 Jan 13 - 31 Dec 13

17900

220

4500

1 Jan 14 - 31 Dec 14

19700

220

4950

All above prices are per person. Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Santiago-Lima, Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima, and require purchase of the Argentina and Across the Andes to Chile or Cultures and Contrasts of South America holiday and air transportation on LAN Airlinesw to/from your gateway city; if flying with another carrier to/from your gateway city, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za.

Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Santiago-Easter Island or Lima-Easter Island, and require purchase of the Highlights of Peru; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Land of the Incas; Best of South America; South America Revealed or Cultures and Contrasts of South America holiday and air transportation on LAN Airlines to/from your gateway; if flying with another carrier to/from your gateway, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za. 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra night accommodation please see pages 12-13 and 48-49.

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QUITO & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES

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NORTHERN GALAPAGOS – M/V SANTA CRUZ This post-itinerary extension is only offered in conjunction with Land of the Incas (pages 28-29) and Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries (pages 26-27). DAY 1 LIMA – ARRIVE QUITO (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito (SF) DAY 2 QUITO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Visit the historical centre of the city, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the “Middle of the World” to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB) DAY 3 QUITO – GALAPAGOS CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND D Visit Baltra Island and Las Bachas on Santa Cruz island. Activities include snorkelling. Enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. (FB L D) DAY 4 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – JAMES ISLAND Visit Buccaneer Cover and Puerto Egas. Activities include snorkelling, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. (FB L D)

DAY 6 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – TOWER/GENOVESA ISLAND Visit Price Phillips Steps and Darwin Bay. Activities include snorkelling, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. Enjoy a Farewell Cocktail. (FB L FD) DAY 7 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – DEPART GUAYAQUIL D Visit Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Fly to Guayaquil where you’ll be assisted with your connection to your international flight (not included in holiday price) or transferred to the city of Guayaquil if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 6 p.m. (FB)

CENTRAL GALAPAGOS – YACHT ISABELA II This post-itinerary extension is only offered in conjunction with Highlights of Peru (pages 24-25); South America Revealed (pages 41-43); Cultures & Contrasts of South America with Highlights of Peru post-itinerary extension (pages 38-40; 46). DAY 1 LIMA – ARRIVE QUITO (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel. (FB) Hotel: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito (SF) DAY 2 QUITO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Visit the historical centre of the city, which was the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the “Middle of the World” to stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (FB) DAY 3 QUITO – GALAPAGOS CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND D Visit Los Gemelos—Twin Craters and Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Enjoy a Welcome Drink before dinner. (FB L D) DAY 4 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SANTA FE ISLAND Visit South Plaza Island. Activities include snorkelling, kayaking, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. (FB L D) DAY 5 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Visit North Seymour Island and Las Bachas. Activities include snorkelling and panga rides. (FB L D)

7 Days Land, Cruise & Intra-Air from R27300 Ref: LCRUZ/LISAB M/V Santa Cruz (LCRUZ) - Cabin Categories

Twin Share Triple Share Single

Child (11 and under)

Main Deck Twin

27300

27050

38500

Upper Deck Twin

28200

n/a

39850

n/a

Boat Deck Twin/Double Standard

29850

29650

42350

22550

Boat Deck plus Twin

30750

n/a

43700

n/a

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

31650

n/a

44950

n/a

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

32650

n/a

46500

24650

35950

n/a

51600

Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Yacht Isabela II (LISAB) Classic Cabins

Twin Share Triple Share Single 29950

29700

42500

20650

n/a Child 22650

All above prices are per person. High Season Supplement: Land of the Incas from R2790 Twin Share 17 Dec 13 departure: R14720 Single Supplement Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries from R2790 Twin Share 18 Dec 13 departure: R14720 Single Supplement Highlights of Peru from R1700 Twin Share 21 Dec 13 departure: R20200 Single Supplement For more information on the M/V Santa Cruz, and Yacht Isabela II please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za Above prices include: Galapagos National Park Fee: R880 per adult, R440 per child under 12; Galapagos Transit Control Card: R90 per person. Availability is limited; single and triple cabins are on application only - book early! Land & Intra-Air: Above prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos and Galapagos-Guayaquil and require purchase of the Land of the Incas; South America Revealed, Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries; Cultures & Contrasts of South America; or Highlights of Peru holiday as well as air transportation on a oneworld® alliance airline between your gateway city and the holiday start. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the holiday start, the above prices will be higher. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za 2014 dates are subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. For detailed information on ships and itineraries, visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za

DAY 6 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – JAMES ISLAND Visit Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay. Activities include snorkelling, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. Enjoy a Farewell Cocktail this evening. (FB L FD) DAY 7 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – BALTRA ISLAND – DEPART GUAYAQUIL D Fly to Guayaquil where you’ll be assisted with your connection to your international flight (not included in holiday price) or transferred to the city of Guayaquil if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 6 p.m. (FB) KP = Kick-Off Party WR = Welcome Reception FB = Full Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner HL/HD/FD = Highlight Lunch / Dinner / Farewell Dinner BG = Be My Guest Dining

PRE AND POST ITINERARY EXTENSIONS

DAY 5 GALAPAGOS CRUISE – JERVIS ISLAND Visit Rabida Island and Bartolome Island. Activities include snorkelling, panga rides, and glass-bottom boat rides. (FB L D)

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HOTELS: WHERE YOU WILL STAY

The Westin Playa Bonita (Deluxe), Playa Bonita, Panama

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

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (F), Sacred Valley, Peru

InterContinental Merida (SF), Merida, Mexico

Rio Othon Palace (MD), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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

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

RATING

ARGENTINA

All 2013 dates

SF

CITY

HOTEL

Buenos Aires

Sheraton Libertador Hotel*

PER PERSON R TWIN SGL TRPL

547

1095

348

BRAZIL All 2013 dates

MD

Manaus

Tropical Manaus*

1188

2376

736

All 2013 dates

MD

Rio de Janeiro

Rio Othon Palace*

1953

3905

1041

CHILE All 2013 dates

MF

All 2013 dates

D

Easter Island

Taha Tai Hotel*

1194

2388

609

Santiago

InterContinental Santiago*

1119

2239

572

COSTA RICA

AIRPORT TRANSFERS With Trafalgar you will receive a complimentary Meet and Greet Service as well as arrival and departure transfers on all holidays by shuttle, minivan, private car or taxi, between designated airports and hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday. We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the holiday and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the holiday. You may, however, purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. Flight information must be provided in order to book transfers through Trafalgar.

1 Apr 13 to 23 Dec 13

F

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort*

833

1667

672

24 Dec 13 to 31 Dec 13

F

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort*

1045

2090

808

1 Jan 14 to 31 Mar 14

F

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort*

877

1754

697

1 Apr 13 to 30 Apr 13

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

1194

2388

995

1 May 13 to 30 Jun 13

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

989

1978

858

1 Jul 13 to 31 Aug 13

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

1194

2388

995

1 Sep 13 to 19 Dec 13

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

989

1978

858

20 Dec 13 to 3 Jan 14

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

1443

2886

1157

Guayaquil

244

4 Jan 14 to 31 Mar 14

SF

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa*

1194

2388

995

Liberia (Guanacaste)

461

Lima (from Casa Andina/ Novotel Lima)

200

Mon - Fri

D

San Jose

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel*

1294

2587

1007

Sat - Sun

D

San Jose

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel*

964

1928

902

Mon - Fri

D

San Jose

InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower*

883

1766

659

Sat - Sun

D

San Jose

InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower*

759

1517

653

ECUADOR

CITY TRANSFER AIRPORT/HOTEL

PER PERSON PRICE R

Buenos Aires

218

Cancun

313

Cancun (from Riviera Maya) Easter Island

183 No Charge

Lima (from Ramada Costa del Sol Airport)

No Charge

Manaus

No Charge

Panama City

113

Panama City (from Playa Bonita)

131

All 2013 dates

SF

Guayaquil

Oro Verde Hotel*

815

1629

759

Phoenix

All 2013 dates

F

Quito

Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda*

585

1169

390

Quito

279

Rio de Janeiro

331

San Jose

218

San Jose (from Manuel Antonio)

1219

Santiago

192

MEXICO All

SF

Cancun

InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort*

864

1729

863

All

SF

Riviera Maya

Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort*

1102

2204

1020

No Charge

PANAMA All

D

Panama City

InterContinental Miramar*

653

1306

597

All

D

Playa Bonita

The Westin Playa Bonita*

752

1505

634

PERU All 2013 dates

MD

Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores*

902

1803

601

All 2013 dates

F

Lima

Novotel Lima*

597

1194

386

All 2013 dates

F

Lima

Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport*

1070

2139

477

USA All

F

Phoenix

Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

493

986

329

*Rates include full breakfast. Note: Rates are valid based on 2013 travel. 2014 dates are subject to price changes. Final details will be confirmed July 2013. Please contact Trafalgar reservations for rate information for travel 1 September 2012 – 31 December 2012.

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel (Deluxe), San Jose, Costa Rica

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EXPRESS CHECK-IN

TRAFALGAR'S GOLD SEAL

THE ULTIMATE HASSLE-FREE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

COVERAGE FOR CANCELLATION AND RETURN FLIGHT SECURITY ONLY R590 PER PERSON

PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER MAKING YOUR BOOKING

Most guided holiday companies are interested in their guests only after they reach their destination. But with Trafalgar, you get a great deal even before you leave home with our Gold Seal Additional Protection plan for only R590 per person (payable at the time of booking). Gold Seal Additional Protection includes:

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: • 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

PRE-PAID CANCELLATION OPTION Your deposit and/or payment to Trafalgar will be refunded should you cancel your guided holiday for any reason prior to departure from South Africa. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by Trafalgar only and excludes holidays with internal flights, train travel, optional extensions and Mexico Itineraries. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason.

ON YOUR HOLIDAY Should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the guided holiday for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to South Africa due to injury, illness or death, you and your companion will be refunded R90 per person per day for the unused portion of the itinerary (note that in some cases hotels require a one-night cancellation fee). A doctor’s certificate is required.

RETURN FLIGHT SECURITY If you or a member of your direct family in South Africa should fall sick* while you are on your Trafalgar holiday, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same booking class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip tickets on Trafalgar’s recommended airline(s) booked through Trafalgar from South Africa. Please note that travel agent fees and cancellation fees may apply. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO PASSPORTS & VISAS:

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

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:

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

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

Please read the documents and holiday literature which are sent to you, approximately three weeks prior to departure. They will contain advice and essential information to make your holiday an enjoyable experience.

SIGHTSEEING BROCHURE TERMINOLOGY:

Trafalgar uses specific terms to describe different aspects of your holiday itinerary. To make it easy to

understand, we have created the following glossary: Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Guide or your Travel Director. This includes fast track entry and will vary based on the venue itself. View – An opportunity to take in the sight and capture photos with a brief stop. See – See the sight and its surroundings whilst driving by on the coach.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO GUIDES:

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


BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOUR GUIDED HOLIDAY BOOKING Trafalgar Tours Pty Ltd is the ‘Sales Company’; Destination America Inc is the ‘Operator’; collectively these companies are referred to as ‘Trafalgar’. Your agreement is with Trafalgar and a contract is formed when you make a reservation with us that we accept. The invalidity of any provisions herein shall not affect the validity of any other provisions. The agreement shall be construed as though the invalid provision was not contained herein and was replaced with an enforceable provision as similar as possible to the original provision. Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. Trafalgar will not be bound by, or liable for, any description, representation or warranty made by any independent third party sales representative, travel agent, or other person or entity relating to any holiday offered by Trafalgar. Departure Date: The departure date is the date indicated on the Trafalgar confirmation. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Inter-city Travel: By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries). Air Transportation: Not included unless otherwise indicated in the price panel. Guided Holiday: Air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches with reclining seats and onboard restroom facilities. Trafalgar reserves the right to use smaller motorcoaches subject to a minimum number of guests; these smaller coaches feature air-conditioning, but no restroom facilities on board. Hotel Accommodations: Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a two-bed room with private bath or shower. Triple and quad rooms may be available on 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. Quad occupancy is based on four people sharing one room with two beds and is only available on Family Experiences guided holidays. Quad rooms may be used only for two adults and two children, both aged 17 or younger. Quad rooms are not available for more than two adults. Rollaway beds are not included in either triple or quad prices. Every effort has been made to reserve two-bed rooms; however, on some occasions, rooms with one bed may be the only choice available. These rooms will be allocated to single travellers and couples first; other rooms may feature a single bed and rollaway bed, murphy bed or sleeper sofa. Pre or post touring extension options including a Galapagos cruise may only accommodate up to two guests in some cabin types. In this case triple or quad occupancy (quad available on Family Experiences only) would use two cabins to accommodate the guests. Guests who are members of Hotel Frequent Stay Programs are not entitled to points with any of the hotels featured on a Trafalgar guided holiday. Special room requests (smoking/non-smoking, adjacent, connecting or 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. Many hotels are 100% smoke-free, including all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public spaces, and employee work areas. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Normal check-in time is approximately at 3:00pm at most hotels; check-out time is approximately noon. Early check-in and check-out is not included, unless specified under First Class Highlights and can only be guaranteed by purchasing additional nights. Substitute hotels may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveller program points are not earned with hotels on Trafalgar holidays. Travel Director: All guided holidays are conducted in English and are hosted by a local English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Travel Director. In the unlikely event that there are fifteen guests or less travelling on a departure, Trafalgar reserves the right to operate this departure on an individual basis with private transfers and individual arrangements. Pre or post holiday extension options are operated on a locally hosted basis using regular English-speaking scheduled services. Meals: Full breakfasts (FB) are served when available. When not available, a Continental breakfast is served (CB). Dinners (D)/Highlight Dinners (HD)/ Farewell Dinners (FD), Lunches (L)/Highlight Lunches (HL) and ‘Be My Guest’ dining (BG), featuring either a luncheon or dinner, are included as detailed on itineraries. Sightseeing: Excursions, entrance fees and English-speaking guide (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages. Transfers: Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each guided holiday itinerary (please see ’Airport Transfers’ section for further details). There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. Porterage: Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each guided holiday hotel and porter service at airports for Panama domestic flights, is included in the guided holiday price. Due to limited coach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (25kgs). Some airlines restrict checked luggage - check with your airline. Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked baggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current baggage regulations and related fees. Trafalgar is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. A charge of $6 or local currency equivalent per travelling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if suitcase exceeds weight or size limits. This is not assurance that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided holiday. Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or under seats and, therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. When travelling by air within South America, each guest is allowed one suitcase per person to be checked-in, and it must weigh no more than 44 lbs (20kg). Overweight or excess baggage charges vary, and guests who exceed an airline’s recommended limit may be asked by the airline to pay fees from approximately US$50, or possibly more, per flight (for details on baggage fees visit www.trafalgar.com/baggage). 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 holidays provided by dining-room waiters, chambermaids and porters at hotels. NOT INCLUDED IN GUIDED HOLIDAY PRICE Any items and matters referred to above, including, international airfares, air-related taxes and fees (except where specified); additional fees charged by airlines such as checked and/or excess baggage (visit www.TrafalgarTours.co.za), 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. Entry/Exit Requirements: In some South American countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/ exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. As of June 30, 2012, the following reciprocity fees apply to U.S. citizens only (for citizens of other countries, please consult with your Travel Agent or local consular office): Argentina: US$140 collected when arriving on any international flight into Ezeiza International Airport as well as Jorge Newberry Airport when arriving on an international flight from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay or Uruguay; Chile: US$140 when arriving on any international flight into Santiago International Airport. Upon departure from Costa Rica, a departure tax of US$28 applies to citizens of all countries. Upon departure Ecuador: US$41 when departing on any international flight out of Quinto International Airport or US$30.00 when departing on any international flight out of Guayaquil International Airport. Upon For more information, please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services for up-to-date information. RESERVATIONS & PAYMENTS Deposit payable within 7 days of booking Guided Holiday only R1000 Guided Holiday including Galapagos R1500 Final Payment prior to departure date Guided Holiday only 45 days Guided Holiday including Galapagos 65 days

1. Your guided holiday will be confirmed by Trafalgar after receipt of a 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 (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) 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 (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) 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. 8. For guests travelling to the Galapagos Islands, the following will be required at least 65 days prior to departure: title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Chd. (child)); first and last names per passport; nationality; passport number; date of birth (as shown in passports); passport copies for children under 12 years old. For children and guests with physical disabilities or health problems, waiver of liability forms will be required at time of boarding. Travel Documents: Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to the guided holiday departure date (provided full payment was received on time). If you are leaving home earlier, please ask your Travel Agent to request your travel documents well in advance. Please also make sure that you provide your Travel Agent with the flight details that are booked independently no less than 21 days prior to flight departure date. For the Galapagos Cruise documents to be issued the guest must give complete names as per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth. Passports & Visas: All passengers require a valid passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date and may require visas. Some countries require multiple visas. For specific Visa requirements at time of booking please contact your Travel agent or Trafalgar for more details. It is the guests’ responsibility to ensure he/she travels with the appropriate documents. Please ask your Travel Agent for advice. Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. As a courtesy, in the “Know Before You Go” section of our website www.TrafalgarTours.co.za, we offer a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Trafalgar will not be responsible for advising and/ or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your holiday related to improper documentation. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS Booking Changes: A fee of R175 or more per person, per change and any further cost we incur, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the price of the booking. Costs and charges may increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made, so you should contact us as soon as possible. We will try to make your requested change but it may not be possible. A change of guided holiday date or itinerary within 45 days (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) of departure date will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date and the guided holiday price is equivalent or greater, in which case a R175 (or more) per person amendment fee will be charged. Name changes or corrections will be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees may apply. Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Travel arrangements for any member of the party may be cancelled at any time by written notice by the person who made the booking. Please note the following: • If notice of cancellation is received by Trafalgar more than 45 days (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) prior to the guided holiday departure date, deposit will be retained. • If full payment is not received 45 days (65 days for Guided Holiday including Galapagos) prior to departure date, Trafalgar has the right to cancel your reservation. Trafalgar we will not be responsible for lost reservations. • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing directly to Trafalgar or through your Travel Agent. Please also refer to Trafalgar Gold Seal Additional Protection. The following charges will apply when notice of cancellation is given after the booking is confirmed: 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 45-31 days 30% 30-8 days 50% 7-1 days 75% Day of departure 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) COSTA RICA & MEXICO ONLY No. of days prior to guided Cancellation Fee as (“%” holiday departure date refers to % of total price) Over 45 days Loss of Deposit 45-22 days 25% 21-8 days 30% 7-1 days 50% Day of departure 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) GUIDED HOLIDAY INCLUDING GALAPAGOS No. of days prior Cancellation Fee (“%” to departure refers to % of total price) Over 65 days Amount of Deposit 65-45 days 50% 44-31 days 70% 30-16 days 80% 15 days or less/no show 100% (Air cancellation fees may also apply – see Air Cancellation section below) • If a guest fails to join the guided holiday on the day of departure, cancellation fees will be 100%(unless the guest notifies us of the delay and joins the guided holiday later at their own expense). • Cancellation fees apply to additional accommodation prior to and after the guided holiday or cruise reserved through Trafalgar and are additional to any cancellation fees or other charges that may be levied by your Travel Agent • Additional hotel accommodation cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation outside 14 days before the booked date the following fees will be charged: Over 45 days R175 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 R175 service fee per person PLUS any additional change/cancellation fee imposed by the Airline. Some airfares including published fares booked by Trafalgar are non-changeable and non-refundable. • Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party has made outside Trafalgar and which are affected by our cancellations. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer. You or your travel agent are responsible to make the claim to your insurer.

Illness or Absence: Early departure expenses are the guest’s responsibility. There is no refund for absence or early departure from a guided holiday, including but not limited to missed hotels, transfers, meals or sightseeing. Trafalgar urges you to purchase travel insurance to cover such circumstances. Trafalgar makes no representation or guarantees concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspects of any travel insurance policy or claim. AIR ARRANGEMENTS Reservations/Ticketing: If an air reservation is made by Trafalgar payment in full is required for your airfare at the time of booking your flights in relation to your Trafalgar holiday to get you to the starting point of your holiday and from the ending point of your holiday. Upon receipt of full air payment your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of future price fluctuations up or down. When booking a guided holiday including flights, you will be required, at the time of booking, to provide us the full name as detailed on the passport 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: If paper tickets are issued, no refund will be made for cancelled air tickets until after the paper tickets are returned to Trafalgar. Non-refundable tickets cannot be refunded. Please ensure any returned guided holiday document which contains airline tickets is sent by certified or registered mail. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed. Airlines may impose penalties up to 100% of the air ticket value. Airline Availability: Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Trafalgar does not hold block space on any airline and does not assure seat availability for every single guided holiday departure date. Airline Seating: Not all airlines offer pre assigned seats. Some may charge for pre assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by airlines will be at guests’ expense. Where pre-assigned seats are not offered or different seats are desired, guests must contact airline(s) direct to arrange seating assignments. Seating is solely under the airline’s control, as are itinerary changes due to flight delays and schedule changes. Trafalgar reserves the right to offer alternative schedules for itineraries affected by airline schedule changes and equipment. Flight delays, flight cancellation and schedule changes are the responsibility of the airline. Trafalgar will not be responsible or liable for such delays or rescheduling. Price Changes: Airlines and other travel providers (including Trafalgar) change pricing, and itineraries from time to time. Prior to your booking and paying for travel, all prices and itineraries in this brochure are subject to change at any time. Guest Changes: Changes to flight itineraries and name changes may result in penalties charged by the airline. These are the guest responsibility. Airline Special Requests: Seat assignment and special meal requests can be requested at time of booking. Trafalgar does not assure the request will be granted. Frequent Flyer miles can be accrued on most air carriers. Upgrades using mileage is not permitted. Many airlines do not automatically add frequent flyer numbers to records for flights booked and ticketed by Trafalgar. It is therefore the guest responsibility to request frequent flyer credit from the airline. Trafalgar shall not be responsible for matters concerning frequent flyer miles. CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS Cruise Fees & Taxes: Your “Total Twin Share” Land Guided Holiday & Cruise price includes an amount covering Cruise Fees & Taxes. Cruise Fees, or “NonDiscountable Amount” as referred to by the cruise line, is a mandatory fee charged by the cruise line. That portion of the price is not subject to reduction in a discount promotion, nor commissionable to travel agents. Cruise Taxes, as used by the cruise line, refers to certain taxes, fees and charges imposed by governments or quasi-government authorities, relating to any aspect of your cruise, for example, customs fees, head taxes, inspection fees, immigration and naturalization fees, harbour maintenance fees and taxes. Government fees and taxes are subject to change without notice and will apply regardless of your booking’s payment status. The cruise line reserves the right to impose or pass through fuel surcharges, security surcharges or other incidental surcharges. No right of cancellation exists in these circumstances. These additional Cruise Fees & Taxes are listed in the date & price panel of each Land Guided Holiday & Cruise program. Cruise Line Requirements Galapagos Cruise guests are required to give complete names per passport, nationality, passport numbers, and dates of birth to issue flights and documents. GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS Guided Holiday Prices: Are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, prices, taxes, levies, exchange rates and other considerations as of the production date of this brochure (see back cover). All are subject to change. No surcharges regarding cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the LAND only price once the deposit is received. However, airport taxes, fuel surcharges and taxes, charges and levies imposed by any government, agencies or airlines 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 South African Rand unless specified. Guided Holiday Participation: On all guided holidays children under 5 years of age are not eligible to travel. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision. Trafalgar seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all guests. Trafalgar welcomes guests with special needs or disabilities. Please note the following: • Guests must advise Trafalgar, in advance, as early as possible, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodating. Trafalgar will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when necessary, unless doing so will fundamentally alter the nature of the services provided. • Guests must ensure they are medically and physically able to travel. • Trafalgar may impose safety requirements. Trafalgar may exclude an individual from participating in a guided holiday or an activity if the individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This decision to exclude an individual will be based on an individualized assessment based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence to determine the nature, duration and severity of the risk, the probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. • Trafalgar does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, toileting or dressing). A traveller who requires services of a personal nature (eating, toileting 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 behavior is, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated. If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Trafalgar is not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided holiday or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Trafalgar or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. Young Traveller Discount: The Young Traveller must be under age 18 on the holiday departure date, and must be accompanied by an adult, sharing a twin room. The Young Traveller must be the specified age at the start of travel to be eligible for the discount. Only two Young Traveller discounts per room are permitted, except on Family Experiences, where the limit is three Young Traveller discounts per room when sharing with one adult. For Mexico guided holidays Young Travellers must be under the age of 13 to be eligible for the discount. This discount does not apply to extra night accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, airport transfers or any cruise portion of a holiday. Itinerary Variations: Trafalgar strives to improve guided holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. On guided holidays which include cruises, the ship may be changed for operational reasons. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. We try to notify you or your travel agent of changes. If your enjoyment may be diminished by such limitations, please check with us or your Travel Agent before making a reservation. Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are unique and take place in singular exclusive locations. In the unlikely event that our local hosts are unable to welcome Trafalgar guests, Trafalgar will attempt to find an alternate experience or a highlight meal will be provided in place of the ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Holidays & Changes: During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing trips and shopping may be limited or unavailable. In such instances itinerary changes are made by Trafalgar seeking to reduce inconvenience to guests. Such changes are deemed not to be a major change to the itinerary, and no compensation will be payable to guests. Holidays, closing days and other circumstances may necessitate a change of the day of the week for scheduled highlight dinners, sightseeing or other activities. If, you feel your enjoyment might be diminished by any of these circumstances please check with the respective national tourist office before selecting a specific departure date. Extended stays: If you arranged with us to remain at a destination before or after your guided holiday, your stay will be at your sole expense as is the transfer to either the hotel or airport. Please see the ‘Extend Your Stay in Gateway Cities’ section for a list of pre and post guided holiday accommodation. Space is limited and if available is for up to three nights before and/or after each guided holiday. Breakfast and luggage handling is not included unless otherwise noted. Trafalgar does not provide complimentary transfers for guests booking pre-and post-night accommodations. However, inexpensive airport transfers can be purchased from Trafalgar. If your extra night accommodation is not the hotel where your guided holiday begins or ends, you will be responsible for your transfer arrangements at your own expense. For your comfort: Trafalgar operates a daily seat rotation system and enforces a strict no smoking and no alcohol policy on board motorcoaches. Regular comfort stops are made on travelling days. Many hotels, restaurants, trains, cruises and other venues are 100% smoke free. Guided Holiday Cancellation: Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any guided holiday departure in any circumstances, including in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made by Trafalgar any time prior to departure date of the guided holiday except when you failed to pay the final balance on time, Trafalgar will either refund the amount received for the guided holiday booking, or offer a comparable holiday if available. (Trafalgar will refund any difference in price if the alternative is of a lower price however, the Guest will be responsible for additional costs if the alternative is priced higher.) Trafalgar is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations and is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on other travel arrangements including air tickets. Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason. Disclaimer of Warranties: The Operator warrants only that the services shall be generally, though in view of the vagaries of travel, not necessarily precisely, as described, and subject to changes and the other terms and conditions herein. All other warranties, express and implied, including warranties of fitness for a specific purpose and merchantability are expressly excluded. There is no warranty that extends beyond the description of the face hereof. RESPONSIBILITY Complete Agreement: These booking conditions together with terms expressly incorporated into this contract represent the entire agreement between the parties. Changes: The Operator shall be responsible to the guest for supplying the services and accommodations described in this brochure, except where they cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of whatever kind or nature beyond the Operator’s control. In such circumstances, the Operator will seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries and there shall be no refund in these circumstances. Disclaimer of Liability: Neither the Operator nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible or liable for cancellations, acts of other service providers, diversions or substitution of equipment or any act, variation, postponement, omission or default by air carriers, land carriers, hoteliers or hotels, transportation companies, or any other persons providing services or accommodations to guests including any results thereof, such as changes in services, accommodations or facilities. Nor shall they be liable for loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss, negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person not its direct employee or under its exclusive control, including any act, error, omission, default, or negligence of any country, government or governmental authority, officer or employee. Trafalgar shall not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the guided holiday participant. Trafalgar recommends that guest obtain baggage insurance. After return at the end of the guided holiday, if lost articles are found and returned to the owner, a service fee will be charged. The Travel Directors, carriers, hotels and other suppliers who provide services on guided holiday are independent contractors; they are not agents, employees or servants of the Operator or its associated companies. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by the Operator are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the carriers and suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Carriage by sea is subject to the Carrier’s Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into this contract, copies of which are available upon request. The Operator is not responsible for any criminal or other conduct by third parties, whether criminal, intentional, grossly negligent, negligent or otherwise. Safety: Where the guest occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the Operator nor its agents or co-operating organisations or service providers will be liable for any injury, illness or death or for any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of such an accident or incident. This exclusion and limitation of liability shall not be used to imply that the Operator or its agents or affiliated entities are liable in other circumstances.

International Treaties: Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time guests are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all the benefits of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to guests and luggage. Enrolment in and payment for a guided holiday shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the guest of the terms and conditions in this brochure. These cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. Trafalgar Tours Pty Ltd Limited Role: Trafalgar Tours Pty Ltd is only responsible for the services of reservations and ticketing. It does not accept any responsibility or liability for any of the acts, omissions or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of any of the companies of the Trafalgar group of companies. All matters arising in relation to the services provided by Trafalgar Tours Pty Ltd., but not in respect of other things, are subject to the law of South Africa. 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 Trafalgar Tours Pty Ltd, Attn. Marketing Department, P.O. Box 413786, Craighall, Gauteng 2024, RSA. Trafalgar may charge a fee for supplying you with this information as permitted by law. The booking conditions set out herein are in compliance with existing legislation and regulations as at the date of publication hereof. Should any further legislation and/or regulations be promulgated subsequent to the aforesaid date that may render any provision of the booking conditions and/or the performance thereof in contravention of the law, the relevant contravening provision/s shall be deemed to have been severed from the balance of the booking terms with immediate effect and without further notice to ensure compliance of the booking conditions with all new legislation. 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. We recommend that you review information provided by the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation prior to making your booking by visiting their website www.dirco.gov.za for the latest information. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the latest Government Consular advice and information regarding the country you intend to visit. It is advised that you register your details prior to departure on the Registration of South Africans Abroad website www.ROSA.gov.za TRAFALGAR TOURS PTY LTD 3rd Floor, The Travel House, 4-6 Hood Avenue, Rosebank, 2196 R.S.A. Telephone Number: (011) 280 8400 Fax: (011) 280 8410 Postal address: PO Box 413786, Craighall 2024, R.S.A. Docex Address: Docex 122, Randburg 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.TrafalgarTours.co.za This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. 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