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We’ve got it covered! Wherever you dream of going - Trafalgar can take you there. Travelling to many destinations worldwide, we create experiences that live with you forever. Full details of each destination can be found on the individual itinerary pages. For even more holiday options not mentioned in this brochure, visit www.trafalgar.com

ENLARGED MAP OF EUROPE

Santorini, Greece

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Contents

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Introduction Map

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Travel with an insider

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Why a guided holiday is perfect for you

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Five star service

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Say hello to new friends

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Magical sightseeing

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Dining experiences

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A good night's sleep

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Travel at its best and TreadRight Foundation

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Your choice of holidays

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Sensational savings and air deals

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Hotels: where you will stay and Airport transfers

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Things to know before you go

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Booking conditions

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USA Code DBOC DYEL DWWA DANC DCTS DNPW DPNA DCLN DSPA DWEW DWED DHL DACO DHIH DNEW DTSS DRST DEUS

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Days Introduction to USA Best of the Canyonlands 7 Yellowstone Winter Adventure s 8 Wild West, Cowboys & Buffalos q 8 Northern California 8 Colourful Trails of the Southwest 9 National Parks Wonders 9 Adventures in the Wild Northwest with Rose Parade option q 10 The Californian 10 Scenic Parks Explorer 14 Coast, Canyon & Desert Oasis Crossing s 14 Western Discoverer 14 Hawaii Four Island Adventure 13 Autumn Colours 8 Historic Highlights 8 New York Zest & New England’s Best s 11 Tastes & Sounds of the South o 10 Route 66 (with Balloon Fiesta option) 14 East Coast USA & Canada 14

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Introduction to Canada Canada’s Rockies (with optional Calgary Stampede) o 7 Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills (with optional Calgary Stampede) q 8 Western Canada Winter Adventure s 11 Best of Canada’s West (with optional Calgary Stampede) 11 Best of Eastern Canada 10 Enchanting Maritimes 12 Trans-Canadian Adventure 14

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Vancouver, Canada

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Introduction to South & Central America Mexico’s Copper Canyon 9 Panama, The Canal & Beyond s 8 Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes q 8 Costa Rica Eco Adventure 8 with Guanacaste Beach option Land of the Incas 12 Best of South America o 13 Patagonian Grand Adventure s 14 Cultures & Contrasts of South America 16

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

CRUISE CONNECTIONS

Itineraries showing the Cruise Connection symbol start and end in cities or major ports, where you can opt to enjoy an ocean cruise pre or post your Trafalgar guided holiday.

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EUROPE & GREEK CRUISES Code ITIH INOR ITMI IGICB ITGVB ITIE FGIC FSIP ITCO ISAR ITBO ITIS SPWO SMAP PORT FWOF FFULC FBAT GBOGB STGV CEOX CPVB CHEE SWHS SCFAA THOTA TBOT ATOM AGBOA FGIH ROAI BIBT BDEVA BHIL BBOB IRIH IREX BBIH BBOS ETAVA EWHI EINT

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Introduction to Europe & Greek Cruises 100-101 Italian Holiday r 7 102-103 Northern Italy incl Cinque Terre 9 104-105 Milan & Italian Treasures o 9 106-107 Great Italian Cities o 10 108-109 Contrasts of Italy r 10 110-111 Flavours of Italy r 10 112-113 Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold q 10 114-115 Sorrento & Sicily Surprise q 10 116-117 Italian Concerto r o 11 118-119 Corsica & Sardinia s o 11 120-121 Best of Italy r 13 122-123 Best of Italy & Sicily r 15 124-125 Spanish Wonder r 9 126-127 Spain, Morocco & Portugal 16 128-129 Best of Portugal 11 130-131 Wonderful France 9 132-133 Paris & Provence o 11 134-135 WW1 & WW2 Battlefields s 12 136-137 Best of Germany 12 138-139 Contrasts of Switzerland 8 140-141 Imperial Europe 10 142-143 Prague, Vienna & Budapest o 10 144-145 Highlights of Eastern Europe 17 146-147 Wonders of St. Petersburg & Moscow o 8 148-149 Scenic Scandinavia & Its Fjords 14 150-151 Highlights of Turkey with cruise option r 8 152-153 Best of Turkey r 14 154-155 Ancient Lands / Aegean Odyssey r 8/11 156-157 Best of Greece r 8 158-159 Greek Island Hopper q 10 160-161 Rome, Athens & Istanbul r 10 162-163 Real Britain 6 164-165 Best of Devon & Cornwall 6 166-167 Amazing Britain 8 168-169 Best of Britain 11 170-171 Irish Highlights 7 172-173 Irish Experience 11 174-175 Britain & Ireland Highlights 8 176-177 Best of Scotland o 7 178-179 European Traveller r 8 180-181 European Whirl with Eurostar Option 12 182-183 European Interlude with Eurostar Option 15 184-185

The itineraries featured in this brochure are a selection from our range of worldwide guided holidays. For more itineraries and further information, please visit www.trafalgar.com

NORTH & SOUTH AFRICA Code MORBA ESHAA EGBO DBGRT DBSUT

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Introduction to North & South Africa 186-187 Best of Morocco 9 188-189 Egypt, Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh with o 9 190-191 Jordan Experience option Best of Egypt 9 192-193 Cape Town, The Garden Route, Stellenbosch & Safari 9 194-195 South African Surprise s 15 196-197

Spice market, Morocco

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Introduction to Asia 198-199 Splendours of Japan s 10 200-201 Highlights of Vietnam s o 10 202-203 Classic China s o 9 204-205 Majestic China s 14 206-207

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Code MS12 QCANA ZABC

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Introduction to Australia & New Zealand 208-209 Australian Icons 13 210-211 Contrasts of Australia & New Zealand 17 212-213 Best of New Zealand 18 214-215

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Australia

Proudly using 100% recycled paper Trafalgar, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 67,000* trees per year and reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth. The canals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

*Calculations based on data from the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Travel with an insider! When you travel with Trafalgar, we make sure you feel like a traveller not a tourist. We share the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn't otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have discovered by yourself. It’s the 'insider view' from a friend, giving you authentic and enhanced experiences you won't find anywhere else.

The Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia

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Let Trafalgar take care of it all! On our First Class guided holidays we include: • First Class accommodation • Return scheduled flights‡ • Internal flights† • UK door-to-door VIP transfers* • All hotel porterage, housekeeping and included meal tips¢ • Transportation by luxury, air-conditioned coach with restroomˆ

Exclusive Be My Guest dining

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

• Airport transfers (conditions apply) • VIP entry to major sights • Headsets for included sightseeing# • Exclusive Hidden Treasures sightseeing and unexpected surprises • Professional Travel Director, Local Hosts, Local Guides & Local Experts • Daily breakfast • Approximately half of your evening meals • Exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary group photo and map

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, USA ‡ Only applicable where stated on itinerary pages. *Terms and conditions apply. Refer to page 217 for more details. †Excluding Australia and New Zealand itineraries. ˆExcluding Asian, South African and South and Central American itineraries. #Excluding Australia, New Zealand and South African itineraries. ¢On South African itineraries housekeeping and meal tips are not included.

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Why a guided holiday is perfect for you We all want a hassle free holiday when we travel, but it's not always the case when you’re doing it on your own. That’s where Trafalgar comes in. We’re the experts who take away all the stress of planning your entire holiday, making it easy for you to simply enjoy the amazing world around you.

Explore the Old West, Wyoming, USA

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

Holiday component

Hotel Accommodation

A Trafalgar guided holiday

Independent holiday

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

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

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

INCLUDED • Knowledgeable Travel Director • In-depth sightseeing with Local Guides in major cities • VIP entry into many attractions

Sightseeing

INCLUDED • Breakfast daily and up to half your dinners • Authentic experiences with Highlight Meals • Welcome Reception & Farewell Dinner • Quality local cuisine • Tips included¢ • For other meals, help with reservations and directions to where the locals eat

Meals

INCLUDED • Return scheduled flights • Internal flights# • UK door-to-door transfers* • Daily transportation on luxury coaches • Professional Coach Driver • Fuel, toll charges and parking taken care of • Relax in comfort †

Transport

• Organise your own transport • Risk of getting lost • Many different languages to grasp • Foreign road rules and signs • Pay for tolls and parking

• Only see sights that are easily accessible to the general public • Limited cultural experiences and interaction with locals

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Insider Experiences

• Pay restaurant prices for meals • Risk of poor quality • Additional cost for tips • Navigating foreign menus and foods

• Exclusive By My Guest dining experience • Hidden Treasures sightseeing • Local Specialities • Sightseeing with Local Experts • Unique Insights

Only applicable where stated on itinerary pages. #Excluding Australia and New Zealand itineraries. *Terms and conditions apply. Refer to page 217 for more details. ¢On South African itineraries housekeeping and meal tips are not included.

AWARD WINNING! Trafalgar wins multiple awards globally every year, including such accolades as ‘Travel Company of the Year‘ for 2011.^ As Voted by readers of the Travel Trade Gazette. ^

Gate of Heavenly Peace, Tiananmen Square, China

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Five star service We go the extra mile to make your entire holiday experience hassle free. From arranging private transfers to and from the airport of your choice, to securing flights that best suit your travel plans, you can rest assured everything is taken care of. And, it’s already included in your holiday price!

Explore spectacular Iguassu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil

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Your friendly chauffeur awaits

Exclusive door-to-door airport transfer service

UK DOOR TO DOOR TRANSFERS Your holiday begins and ends seamlessly with our exclusive door-to-door airport transfer service*. You’ll be picked up from your home by a private executive car reserved just for you, where your driver will assist you with your luggage and chauffeur you to your departure airport. At the end of your trip, on arrival at your chosen UK airport, you’ll be greeted by your driver for a relaxing and uninterrupted journey back home. This exclusive service is included for all departures within 150 miles of your chosen airport. *Terms and Conditions apply. See page 217 for more information.

PRIVATE DOOR TO DOOR UK AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED

Private Executive Saloon Car

FLIGHTS NOW INCLUDED, FLY WITH THE BEST You’ll fly comfortably on some of the world’s leading airlines with our included scheduled flights. For maximum enjoyment, our trusted airline partners also offer a number of upgrade options should you wish to upgrade your flights. Speak to us when booking your holiday and we will be happy to arrange this for you. Flight supplements may apply and are subject to availability.

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

CHOICE OF AIRPORT Where possible, you’ll have the option of choosing which airport you depart from and return home to. When arranging flights, we will recommend the best flight options available based on your travel plans. Flights from local regional airports may not always be direct and may involve a change of aircraft and be subject to additional costs.

I really appreciated having all the logistics looked after because usually that falls to me – so this time I really got to relax. Jennifer, Wild West, Cowboys & Buffalos, June 2012

Fly with the best

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Say hello to new friends Travelling is just as much about the sights you see as it is the friendly local faces you meet. With each unique encounter, you’ll be immersed in the local way of life as if it were your own. The people you travel with will become more like family each day, and your Travel Director will share their passion for the places you visit in ways beyond expected.

Enjoy meeting local characters

THE FINEST TRAVEL DIRECTORS It’s the stories behind each destination that allow you to truly get a feel for the places you visit, and no one does it better than our Travel Directors. They are the friend who gives you a real insider’s perspective on the country you’re exploring, in ways you simply couldn’t experience if travelling on your own.

LOCAL GUIDES 5 Delve deeper into the heart of a city with entertaining Local Guides who'll join you at various destinations during your holiday. As locals to the area, they’ll share their passion of the city they grew up in and take your sightseeing experience to a whole new level, showing you specific sights in more detail.

Get an insider's perspective from your Travel Director

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Join the

conversation! Local Guides share their vast knowledge with you

LOCAL EXPERTS j On select itineraries, enjoy the company of skilled Local Experts such as interpretive guides, indigenous storytellers, naturalists, geologists and historians. They’ll enrich your travel experience by sharing fascinating insights, based on their specialised knowledge in the area you’re visiting.

BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

SHARE THE FUN WITH NEW FRIENDS It’s the power of travel that brings people together. The bonds you share with like-minded people during your holiday are an invaluable part of your travel experience. You’ll make lifelong friends with English-speaking travellers from all over the world such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Singapore, the USA and Canada.

Head to the Trafalgar Community and chat with others in our forums, ask questions, share photos and meet your travel companions before your trip even starts in our Trip Groups. Visit www.trafalgar.com/community

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

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

Our amazing Travel Director Paul, was like a walking encyclopedia and being Irish he was hilarious! Milo, Wonders of Britain and Ireland, May 2012

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

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

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Magical sightseeing We’ll show you more of the world than you ever imagined possible. We’ll take you to all the must-see sights and enrich your holiday with exclusive experiences. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customise your dream holiday with the things you’ve always wanted to do.

Banff National Park, Canada

ALL THE MUST-SEE SIGHTS ARE INCLUDED See the places you’ve always dreamed of as you’re chauffeur-driven to all the major sights on your itinerary. You'll really feel like a VIP when you step to the front of the line at popular attractions, where your tickets have been pre-arranged. No waiting means you get to spend quality time enjoying your sightseeing experience!

UNIQUE INSIGHTS l Our Unique Insights will give you a real sense of culture, with visits to places which are distinctive to the area you’re visiting. For example in Rome you may, follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Unique Insights feature on select itineraries only. Bramante's spiral staircase, Vatican Museum

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Plaza España, Seville, Spain

Meet the Uros Indians who live on Lake Titicaca, Peru

FASCINATING LOCAL SPECIALITIES I The world is full of diverse cultures and traditions, and you’ll experience first-hand the special crafts and customs of the places you visit with our Local Specialities. Watch skilled artisans at work, learn about the history of the craft and often sample the fruits of their labours at locations such as wineries, distilleries, workshops or factories.

EXCLUSIVE HIDDEN TREASURES G Sometimes, the most amazing sights are just around the corner, but how would you know where to look or that they were even there? With their intimate knowledge of the destinations you’ll explore, our Travel Directors love revealing its Hidden Treasures to you on every itinerary.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS On every itinerary, you can customise your holiday with 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. Payment for these is made to your Travel Director by credit card or cash (in the local currency). For a full list of excursions, visit the itinerary pages at www.trafalgar.com

Discover the art of glass-blowing in Venice

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

We wouldn't have experienced or seen half the things we did, if we had tried to do this trip on our own. Sandy, Best of Italy, April 2012

Learn the art of wine blending at Ravenswood Winery, USA

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Bon appétit! A destination becomes more than just a place when you discover the food. That’s why we ensure you get to enjoy a true taste of the local culture, by showcasing the authentic flavours that are distinctive to the area you’re visiting.

Sounds of Silence Dinner, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

DELECTABLE DINING Some of the dining highlights included on your guided holiday are: • A Welcome Reception E where you get to unwind and meet your Travel Director and travel companions over a drink and appetizers. • Daily breakfast including hot and cold buffets with dishes typical of the country you’re visiting. • Selected lunches and dinners included, often featuring the local flavours of the area. • Enjoy local wine N with all your included hotel dinners when travelling in the wine-growing regions of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. • Selected dinners in California and Eastern Canada also include wine pairings with each course M. • Complimentary Wine Tasting H when you visit wine-growing regions on selected itineraries. • A Farewell Dinner F where you’ll all get together one last time for a memorable night out and say goodbye to your newfound friends. A tasty speciality of Mexico - enchiladas!

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Join your host, like Ramona at Nicholson Ranch Winery, California, USA

Dine on delicious local cuisine like Peking Duck

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

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

BE MY GUEST B – A TRAFALGAR EXCLUSIVE 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 local hosts at private estates, working farms, wineries and family-run restaurants. Look at the itinerary pages to find out what kind of Be My Guest experiences you could enjoy.

Taste authentic flavours while dining amongst the locals

To learn more, visit www.trafalgar.com or contact your local travel agent.

Watch our DVD to see some of our superb experiences – it's sure to whet your appetite!

The Be My Guest dinner was the highlight of our trip! The food was excellent and the family was gracious and warm and really went out of their way to make us feel at home. Vanessa, Italian Concerto, July 2012 Learn the secrets of bread making in Argentina

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A good night's sleep Whether in one of the world’s grandest cities or a beautiful countryside setting, Trafalgar’s guests stay in First Class accommodation in locations that perfectly complement each itinerary. We select every hotel for quality, impeccable service and comfort, to ensure you’re well rested for the exciting day ahead.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Hanoi Westlake, Vietnam

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Ambasciatori Hotel, Florence, Italy

The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama

PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTELS Our city hotels are ideally located close to the city centre for easy access to all the must-see sights, and our countryside properties are selected for their spectacular scenic locations and proximity to popular attractions. Your hotels are always First Class or better and include some of the world’s most respected brands.

ACCOMMODATING YOUR EVERY NEED As a Trafalgar guest you’ll be treated to the highest quality service every time. Upon arrival you’ll find you have already been checked-in and your luggage taken directly to your room. We also take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities in your holiday price, leaving you nothing else to do but enjoy your visit.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Le Meridien N'Fis, Marrakesh, Morocco

To see our list of hotels please visit www.trafalgar.com

Our Product and Quality Team inspects and monitors each Trafalgar property to ensure the meticulous standards we expect from our hotel partners are maintained for your every comfort and satisfaction.

FREE WI-FI ACCESS Trafalgar understands that during your trip you’ll want to stay connected with family and friends. At the majority of the hotels where you’ll stay we ensure that there is access to free Wi-Fi.* *On all land based itineraries.

Red Cliffs Lodge, USA

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Travel at its best Wherever you go with Trafalgar, you’ll travel in comfort and style. Our modern coaches have everything you need for a relaxing and hassle free journey. And you’ll be amazed at just how enjoyable travelling by coach can be, as we take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Tuscany, Italy

Travel in style and comfort

THE ULTIMATE IN COACH TRAVEL

PROFESSIONAL COACH DRIVERS

There’s no better way to discover the world than on board our luxury motorcoaches. Each coach is fully air-conditioned, fitted with reclining seats and includes a restroomˆ. During your journey:

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

• Your Travel Director will provide an entertaining insider’s view of the history, culture and geography of the country. • You’ll learn useful phrases in the local language as well as other handy travel tips. • You’ll enjoy the panoramic views from your coach’s high vantage point.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey

Please note: These coach images are a representation of our coaches only, they will vary depending on the country you travel to. ˆExcluding Asian, South African and South and Central American itineraries.

TRAVEL GREEN Trafalgar coaches emit less carbon or greenhouse gas per guest than car travel, so when you travel with us, you know you’re doing your part for the environment. Read more on page 219.


More exciting ways to travel

Victory Star, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ride on the famous Rocky Mountaineer

Protecting the places we visit and cultures we interact with, is important to Trafalgar. We are committed to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and protecting the destinations we visit to ensure they remain vibrant for future generations of travellers. Through the TreadRight Foundation, established by our parent company The Travel Corporation, we have helped to contribute more than $1.5 million to initiatives worldwide. To learn more, visit us at www.treadright.org Cruise down the River Nile

In cooperation with TreadRight, we're pleased to support the National Trust, now for our second year. The National Trust is committed to the protection of the coastline and countryside in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. To date, we've supported the building of a state-of-theart visitors centre at Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, as well as an appeal to safeguard the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Several Trafalgar itineraries visit National Trust sites. Please look for the TreadRight logo on select itinerary pages and visit www.trafalgar.com for more information on our commitment to sustainable tourism. Eurostar White Cliffs of Dover, England

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Your choice of holidays No two people are the same. Neither are our guided holidays. That's why we provide a range of holiday styles, so you can choose the type of holiday that’s perfect for you.

The Great Wall of China

CITY BREAKS

GUIDED HOLIDAYS

Explore Rome, Athens and Istanbul on your own with the reassurance that Trafalgar’s friendly, knowledgeable Local Hosts are there to help if needed. We take care of your accommodation, breakfasts and introductory sightseeing with Local Guides and Coach Drivers in each city. But most of the time you’re free to explore as you please. View this itinerary on page 162.

Take the insider’s path as you delve deep into the heart of a particular country or region, or travel on one of our multi-country itineraries. Your Travel Director and Local Guides reveal the unique people, places and sights that make each destination so special. Plus, we’ll also look after all of your accommodation, transport, breakfasts and other included meals.

INSPIRED HOLIDAYS Inspired Holidays provide an insider’s perspective on a specialised area of interest relating to different destinations across Europe. These guided holidays include our France Battlefields and Flavours of Italy itineraries.

AT LEISURE o Our At Leisure guided holidays are expertly designed to give you more time to savour every part of your holiday. • All accommodation and transportation included • Average stays of two or three nights • Depart no earlier than 9am on most travelling days • Plenty of free time to explore on your own • Services of a Travel Director • Small Group Sightseeing in select locations Poppy fields, France

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To find out more visit www.TravelAtLeisure.co.uk


FAMILY EXPERIENCES q Designed to captivate travellers of all ages, every element of our Family Experiences guided holidays are tailored to the travel needs of families. • All accommodation and transportation included • Services of a Travel Director • In-depth sightseeing and family-friendly activities • Local dining experiences To discover our full range of family holidays, see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure, or watch it all come to life at www.FamilyTravelExperiences.co.uk

Travel Director J.P. shares his vast knowledge

THE FINEST IN RAIL JOURNEYS, CRUISING & MORE Whatever your destination, you’ll find all your travel experiences with Trafalgar a real pleasure. There are sensational rail journeys on the high-speed Eurostar and French TGV trains, scenic rail sectors aboard the TranzAlpine in New Zealand and the famous Rocky Mountaineer in Canada, plus dedicated Train Holidays in Italy and Switzerland. We’ve included sightseeing cruises on rivers, lakes, lochs, canals and fjords. We offer luxury river cruises down the Nile, plus there’s all-inclusive ocean cruising around the enchanting Greek Islands. On selected itineraries, we’ve included internal flights to take you between destinations with ease and efficiency, saving you precious time for enjoying each stunning location. Now that you know about the types of holidays on offer, you’re sure to find your dream holiday within our itinerary pages.

Yosemite Falls, USA

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Trafalgar gives you a great deal more!

Corsica

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

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This discount applies to the Land Only price and CAN be combined with other discounts where applicable and only applies to holidays featuring the “Early Payment Discount”* in the price panel. Deposits must be paid at the time of booking and the balance be paid in full on or before the discounts end date. * Discounts only apply to European holidays featured in this brochure which display the amounts within the price panels on the itinerary pages. For non European itineraries please contact your Travel Agent or visit our website for applicable Early Payment discounts.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS One of the great benefits of guided holidays is the ease of travelling solo. Trafalgar makes it simple by offering the following options:

Guaranteed room share When travelling alone, we understand that some guests don’t want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That's why on the majority of our itineraries we give you the option to room share. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a 'two bed' basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note, we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. IMPORTANT: This service does not apply to Train holidays, Africa, China, South/ Central America, Mexico, Australian Icons, Hawaii, all Eastern Mediterranean holidays except the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise), The Best of Turkey and extra nights' accommodation.

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If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you’ll appreciate our low single room supplement. Please see the itinerary of your choice for the supplement.

TRAVEL WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Travel together and save money

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5 to 8 – SAVE 5%: If a group of 5-8 guests travel together, a discount of 5% per person applies to the LANDonly portion of your holiday. So it pays to get together with your family and friends! 9 or more: If 9 or more people travel together, we offer attractive group discounts based on the number of people travelling. In a group of 9 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip. In a group of 16 guests, 1 traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the trip. IMPORTANT: Space is limited to one group per departure so book early! These discounts cannot be combined with our Young Traveller Discount or Triple/ Quad Room Reduction. All guests’ names must be advised to Trafalgar at the time of booking in order to qualify. The discount is per person only and does not apply to intra-air for any itineraries, Train Holidays, Australian Icons, all Eastern Mediterranean itineraries except the Greek Island Hopper, The Best of Greece (without cruise), The Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey, Guanacaste beach stay and pre/post trip extensions, extra nights' accommodation, optional itinerary extensions, airfares, taxes & fees, flight supplements, stopovers, train upgrades and airport transfers. *Discount is on a twin-share basis only.


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

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Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction off the LAND-only portion of your holiday price. Each itinerary lists the Triple Room Reduction per person. Please note quad rooms are available on some North America holidays. Refer to the itinerary of your choice.

IMPORTANT: This reduction only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple Room Reduction offer. In North and South America Triple Room Reductions are based on three people sharing one room with existing bedding arrangements, usually two beds, and does not include the cost of any additional bed or 'roll-away'. Quad occupancy is not available for four adults sharing one room and is based on four people sharing one room with existing bedding arrangements (usually two beds) and does not include the cost of any additional bed or 'roll-away'. In Europe, Australasia and Asia, triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. This reduction cannot be combined with our Travel with Family and Friends discounts but can be combined with Young Traveller Discount when children are under 16 years old. For China holidays, triple rooms are available upon request and the price may not represent a discount.

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

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United States of America amazing places & friendly encounters Sculpted canyons, glittering cities, iconic landmarks and generous hospitality all await you on a Trafalgar guided holiday in the United States. Experience the Hollywood glamour, beach culture and wineries of California. Learn about the frontier history of America’s west. Visit the picturesque towns of the eastern seaboard and the historic monuments of the nation’s capital, or simply relax in the warmth of Hawaii’s ‘Aloha Spirit’. Trafalgar opens the door to unique experiences in America all year round. Our customised autumn, winter and spring holidays are designed to capture the true essence of each season. Witness the dazzling display of autumn colours in Vermont, explore the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park, or revel in the milder temperatures with a visit to Death Valley.

Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details Learn how to hula like a local in Hawaii

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Best of the Canyonlands Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Delight in an exclusive dinner with wine at a sand beach along the Colorado River. Toast your host under the fading sunlight. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Learn about the formation of the Grand Canyon with a local specialist.

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• Denver Stay in the heart of America’s Mile High City. • Vail Stretch your legs in this charming alpine village. • Moab Spend two nights in one of Utah’s most adventurous cities and visit two National Parks. • Arches National Park View amazing natural rock formations. • Canyonlands National Park Marvel at the colourful landscapes of eroded canyons. • Mesa Verde National Park Learn about the ancestral Pueblo people that lived for 700 years in these precarious cliff dwellings. • Monument Valley Join a guide and board an open-air vehicle to tour these iconic buttes and mesas made famous in America’s favourite Westerns. • Lake Powell Enjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations. • Grand Canyon National Park Marvel at the sights from the South Rim.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 6 full breakfasts • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Denver n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Moab n F Navajo Cookout Highlight Dinner with wine in Monument Valley n F Farewell Dinner with wine in the Grand Canyon

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 6 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE DENVER E Welcome to the Mile High City! Nestled between the High Plains and the majestic Rockies, Denver entices visitors and locals alike with sunny blue skies and snowcapped peaks. After settling in at your hotel, head out on your own to take in some of Denver’s attractions. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver (Deluxe) DAY 2 DENVER – VAIL – MOAB (2 NIGHTS) Head toward the mountains this morning as you ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to the resort destination of Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Later, arrive at your charming riverside lodge. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs and a Western barbecue dinner at your ranch-style lodge. Or if you’re in the mood for more excitement, try a jetboat ride along the mighty Colorado, with a tasty dinner included. (FB) Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (F) DAY 3 MOAB – CANYONLANDS & ARCHES NATIONAL PARKS B Today, embark on a journey to two National Parks. Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park. From scenic overlooks at the Island in the Sky, to the remote canyons of the Maze, to the thunderous

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rapids of Cataract Canyon, a lifetime of exploration awaits. Also visit magnificent Arches National Park. Here, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches; wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Tonight, venture along the Colorado for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner experience at a sand beach along the river. The fading sunlight is framed by towering red sandstone cliffs above your head. (FB BG)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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DAY 5 MONUMENT VALLEY – LAKE POWELL – GRAND CANYON (2 NIGHTS) You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley—this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with this magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Then wind your way through the ancestral home of the Navajo people, stopping at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. On the way to the Grand Canyon, enjoy a sightseeing stop at the glittering Lake Powell, one of America’s most beautiful lakes. This afternoon, follow scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the stunning panoramic views from the South Rim. (FB) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

DAY 4 MOAB – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MONUMENT VALLEY F Travel south this morning through a mesmerizing landscape dotted with natural arches and rock formations, framed by the jagged Rockies in the distance. Crossing into Colorado, skirt the edge of the San Juan National Forest before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park. Between A.D. 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world; then spend some time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilization. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Highlight Dinner on the floor of Monument Valley and dine on tasty traditional cuisine. (FB HD) Hotel: Goulding’s Lodge (NP)

DAY 7 GRAND CANYON – DEPART LAS VEGAS Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. Hit the road again, stopping along famed Route 66 hot spots in Seligman and Kingman. Driving through these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. Then, it’s full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas where you bid farewell to your Travel Director. A complimentary transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the hotel for those wishing to extend their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6:30 p.m. (FB)

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Monument Valley, Utah

DAY 6 GRAND CANYON SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME j F The day is yours to continue exploration of Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. This afternoon, meet with a Local Expert who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon— you’ll become a geology expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon’s formation. Toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park. (FB FD)

KP = Kick-Off Party WR = Welcome Reception YC = Your Choice Dining FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet 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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Yellowstone Winter Adventure Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide See the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the first and largest canyon on the Yellowstone River and be amazed by the Lower Yellowstone Falls, which cascade down over 91 metres.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Bozeman Visit the Museum of the Rockies and see the jaw-dropping specimen of the world’s largest T-Rex skull. • Chico Hot Springs Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs. • Mammoth Enjoy access from your hotel to view the mineral terraces of the Mammoth Hot Springs. • Lamar Valley Discover the active winter wildlife with a guide. • Old Faithful See the famous Old Faithful Geyser, consistently erupting almost every 90 minutes. • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Marvel at the 38-kilometre long canyon, the first along the Yellowstone River downstream from the Falls. • Lower Yellowstone Falls View the 91-metre high falls, almost twice as high as the Niagara Falls. • Grand Teton National Park Take a winter sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge to see the herds in their winter habitat. • Jackson Spend two nights in this Western town.

DAY 1 ARRIVE BOZEMAN E Welcome to Bozeman! Get settled in to your hotel and relax in preparation for the exciting days ahead in America’s first National Park. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn Bozeman (F) DAY 2 BOZEMAN – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS (2 NIGHTS) Discover the Museum of the Rockies, a world-class museum, founded in 1957, and best known for its vast collection of dinosaur fossils including the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. Take a scenic transfer through the snowy mountains of Montana stopping for a visit in Chico Hot Springs and bundle up for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon to the old town, the gold mine turned ghost town. And don’t forget your swimsuit—Chico Hot Springs boasts natural hot spring pools where you can soak, swim or just relax in the soothing water. Continue to your hotel and get settled in before enjoying an included dinner. (FB L D) Hotel: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (NP) DAY 3 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – LAMAR VALLEY EXCURSION Get your cameras ready as you head out to Lamar Valley, a remote location on the Northeast section of the park which offers one of the

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 3 lunches • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Mammoth Hot Springs n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Jackson n 2 three-course dinners

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best spots for visitors to see Yellowstone’s wildlife, especially wolf packs. Gaze in awe at these powerful, beautiful and evasive predators in their winter habitat. As the park is less frequented in the winter months, the wildlife is more active, creating once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunities. And it is not just wolves! Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, coyotes, bison, elk and moose. Then, it’s on to the quaint town of Cooke City where you can explore before heading back to the hotel for an evening on your own. (FB)

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your hotel to the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Old Faithful is called the most predictable geographical feature on Earth due to its consistent and continuous eruptions almost every 90 minutes. Each powerful eruption shoots 14,000 – 32,000 litres of boiling hot water at an average height of 44 metres. Spend some free time taking full advantage of the activities only offered in the winter; strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis and set off on the nearby trails, exploring Yellowstone up close and personal. (FB) DAY 6 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK – JACKSON (2 NIGHTS) Travel down to gorgeous Grand Teton National Park this morning to witness the breathtaking views of the peaks that Theodore Roosevelt described as “what mountains are supposed to look like.” Then venture to the National Elk Refuge and partake in a picturesque sleigh ride to view wild elk and their breathtaking winter habitat at the base of the Grand Tetons. The National Elk Refuge is the world’s largest wintering concentration of elk. From the sleigh, get an up close look at the elk, which number in the thousands here, and take in the beauty of the valley known as Jackson Hole. This afternoon, depart for Jackson. (FB L) Hotel: Antler Inn (MF)

DAY 4 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – OLD FAITHFUL (2 NIGHTS) 5 Yellowstone is a wonderland of over 10,000 geysers, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pots and steam vents and today you will get a chance to do some guided exploring of the park’s scenic wonders in special snowvans! Depart from your hotel with a Local Guide and head for the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the first and largest canyon on the Yellowstone River. Witness the Lower Yellowstone Falls, which cascade down over 91 metres, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. After a full day of excitement, take this evening to relax at the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. (FB L D) Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (NP) DAY 5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – OLD FAITHFUL FREE TIME This morning, maybe take an easy walk across the snowy terrain from

DAY 8 DEPART JACKSON Your winter adventure comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to Jackson Airport. (FB)

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DAY 7 JACKSON SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Take a delightful ride up the mountainside in a gondola from the Swiss-style Teton Village with some time afterward to browse the quaint shops, espresso stands and gift shop at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Take a docent-led tour at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a 50,000-square-foot castle, home to some of the best wildlife art in the country. There is then time to cap off your adventures in Jackson as you please. Choose from a variety of optional excursions or relax at the hotel and enjoy the beautiful calm of the park’s winter landscape. This evening, join your fellow travellers and raise a toast to your fabulous adventure at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD)

KP = Kick-Off Party WR = Welcome Reception YC = Your Choice Dining FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet 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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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Join an interpretive guide for a stroll in Yellowstone National Park.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Jackson View the famous landmark of tangled elk antlers; enjoy an evening of Western entertainment. • Grand Teton National Park Journey through dramatic scenery and stop at beautiful Jenny Lake. • Yellowstone National Park Discover the natural wonders, including geysers, mud pots, bubbling pools and Yellowstone Falls, in America’s first National Park. • Cody Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and learn about the Wild West. • The Ranch at Ucross Stay on a real working dude ranch; enjoy an evening campfire with s’mores; choose from a range of included activities. • Black Hills Spend two nights in the gold rush boomtown of Keystone; explore the area and feel the spirit of the Wild West. • Crazy Horse Behold the spectacle of this giant American Indian memorial. • Mount Rushmore Visit this iconic American monument. • Bear Country USA Enjoy a drive through this unique wildlife park and see young bears up close during a walk through the Wildlife Center. • Hill City Ride through the scenic Black Hills aboard the historic steam engine1880 Train.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts: 5 full breakfasts n 2 continental breakfasts • 1 lunch • 5 evening meals: E Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Salt Lake City n 1 three-course dinner n Chuckwagon dinner in Jackson n Ranch-style dinner at the Ranch
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FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Western family fun DAY 1 ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY E Welcome to Salt Lake City! Arrive at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to relax or venture out on your own to see some of the main attractions. This evening, meet your fellow adventurers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party with your Travel Director at the hotel. (KP) Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center (SF) DAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON Put on your cowboy hats, pull up your boots and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Head north and enter Wyoming for your first encounter with the mighty Rocky Mountains. Follow trails blazed by rugged mountain men centuries ago, cross the famous Oregon Trail and follow the historic Snake River to the authentic Old West town of Jackson. Passing through the town’s famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers, walk back into history as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques and ice cream shops—all surrounded by the majestic Rockies. Come nightfall enjoy a Western-style Chuckwagon dinner and show. (FB D) Hotel: Antler Inn (MF) DAY 3 JACKSON – GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS (2 NIGHTS) j Rise early if you’d like to rollick down the Snake River on an optional fun and educational wilderness float trip. Later, discover dramatic Grand Teton National Park and beautiful Jenny Lake, and journey on into the world’s first National Park, spectacular Yellowstone. This is truly a wonderland of over 10,000 geysers, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pots and steam vents, highlighted with a visit to Old Faithful, which has been spouting steam water regularly for thousands of years. At the Visitor Centre, learn amazing facts about Yellowstone—kids can even earn their Junior Ranger Badge. Join your Local Expert for a guided stroll around the boardwalks of the West Thumb Geyser Basin visiting such colourful spots as Abyss Pool, Thumb Paint Pots and the storied Fishing Cone. (FB D) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP) DAY 4 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING Discover Yellowstone’s most amazing natural wonders, including the thundering Yellowstone Falls, a multitude of hot gushing geysers and countless brilliantly-coloured simmering thermal springs, bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents. Your senses will be assaulted by the roar of steam, the thunder of a waterfall, the bellowing of bison and awe-inspiring views at every turn—sights and sounds that make for an experience you’ll be talking about for years. (FB) DAY 5 YELLOWSTONE – CODY – THE RANCH AT UCROSS Travel down, down, down into the Shoshone Canyon and the rugged Absaroka Mountains until you reach the rustic Wild West town of Cody, named after Buffalo Bill Cody. Explore the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the world’s largest collection of Western artifacts. This afternoon, enjoy stunning scenery as you cross the Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest. Get ready for a taste of the true Wild West and cowboy lifestyle as you arrive at the Ranch at Ucross in Clearmont, an Old-West working dude ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. When the dinner bell calls all hands to chow, put on your finest cowboy duds and kick up your heels at a typical ranch-style


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dinner. End the evening under the stars ‘round a roaring fire with gooey s’mores and entertaining campfire fun. (FB D) Hotel: The Ranch at Ucross (F) DAY 6 THE RANCH AT UCROSS – CRAZY HORSE – KEYSTONE (2 NIGHTS) After a hearty breakfast, enjoy activities galore on the ranch—all included! Learn about life on a working ranch as you rub elbows with true wranglers. Saddle up for a horseback ride around the ranch lands. See how far you can cast that fishing line to catch brown or rainbow trout in Piney Creek. Challenge your travelling mates to a game of tennis or horseshoes…with bragging rights for the rest of the trip at stake! Or simply relax poolside and take in the serenity of this wonderful resort. After an included lunch, re-board the motorcoach and head east through the national grassland to the famous Black Hills of South Dakota. At Thunderhead Mountain, gaze in awe at the Crazy Horse Memorial. A work in progress being carved into the mountainside, the “world’s largest sculpture” honours the famous war chief of the Lakota people. Reach the quaint “City of Gold”, Keystone, once a gold mining boomtown. This evening watch the moving ceremonial lighting of America’s favourite presidents sculpted at Mount Rushmore. You may have seen pictures of Mount Rushmore, but they pale in comparison to seeing this majestic site in person. It took 400 artisans 14 years to carve the 60-foot sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln into the mountain. (FB L) Hotel: K - Bar - S Lodge (MF)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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DAY 7 KEYSTONE AND BLACK HILLS EXCURSION F The first stop this morning is Bear Country USA, a wildlife park featuring the world’s largest private collection of American black bear. Enjoy a drive through this spectacular and unique wildlife park and then walk through the Wildlife Center, where young and smaller animals frolic in their outdoor exhibits. Then it’s… All Aboard! Ride on board the 1880 Train, an authentic steam engine train, from Hill City back to Keystone. Hear the bellow of the engine and the whine of the whistle as you wind your way through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Hills. There is still time to relax or take a plunge in the hotel swimming pool. This evening, join your fellow adventurers at a Farewell Dinner featuring an American Indian dancer and storyteller. (CB FD) DAY 8 KEYSTONE – FORT LARAMIE – DEPART DENVER Follow the trail to old Fort Laramie, the best-known milepost on the Oregon Trail. At the fort’s living history exhibits, learn about the harsh world of the pioneer family as they fought distance, unforgiving terrain and weather to reach Oregon—and the native tribes who gave their lives trying to prevent it. Your Wild West adventure comes to an end at the Mile High city of Denver where stops are made at Denver International Airport or, if you’re extending your stay, at the hotel in downtown Denver. Please do not schedule any flights before 8 p.m. (CB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take an exclusive tour of a family-owned winery in Sonoma and enjoy an alfresco lunch with the vineyards as your backdrop. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Taste and learn about baking fortune cookies in San Francisco.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • San Francisco Tour the highlights of the City by the Bay. • Sonoma Valley Visit a local winery, enjoy wine tasting and see the beautiful historic Sonoma Plaza. • Napa Valley Enjoy wine tasting and dinner aboard the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train. • Sacramento Travel to Old Sacramento, a typical town of the Gold Rush era. • Lake Tahoe Discover this amazing lake, the largest alpine lake in North America. • Mono Lake View the breathtaking scenery. • Yosemite National Park Explore Yosemite Valley and admire the iconic Half Dome, El Capitan and waterfalls. • Salinas Valley Travel to the “Salad Bowl of the World” and discover what makes Monterey County the number one vegetable growing region in the world. • Carmel Stop in this quaint seaside community. • Monterey Visit Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. • Monterey Peninsula Journey along the spectacular 17-Mile Drive. • Roaring Camp Step back in time to a logging camp of the 1880s. • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Marvel at the famous giant coast redwood trees.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch with wine in the Sonoma Valley • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Francisco n F Chinese Banquet Highlight Dinner with wine in San Francisco n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Napa Valley n F Farewell Dinner with wine pairing in Monterey

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay! After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers angling for oohs, aahs and cheers from the crowd. Be sure to visit the “Sea Lebrities”, the pier’s resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD) DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME I F As the mist rises over the bay, the great city of San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman’s Wharf to fashionable Union Square. There’s a story around every corner of San Francisco, and you have some time this afternoon to follow your own path before gathering for a guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States. Sample fortune cookies, a Local Speciality, and then celebrate your discoveries at a sumptuous Chinese Banquet Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB HD) DAY 3 SAN FRANCISCO – SONOMA – NAPA B F You may leave your heart in San Francisco, but be sure to bring your appetite to Sonoma, the heart of California’s wine country. Visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour. Relax amidst the vines during a lovely alfresco Be My Guest lunch, where you’ll be served local wines, olive oil, artisan cheese and succulent cured meats. Napa Valley’s sun-dappled fields, lush vineyards and fragrant flowers provide an idyllic backdrop for your next adventure. After checking in at your hotel, board the Napa Valley Wine Train’s lovingly restored Pullman cars for a taste of the golden age of rail travel. Journey through the magical twilight of a Napa evening as you indulge in a gourmet Highlight Dinner and wine tasting. (FB BG HD) Hotel: River Terrace Inn Napa (SF) DAY 4 NAPA – SACRAMENTO – LAKE TAHOE Rise early this morning for an unforgettable optional hot air balloon ride over the lush Napa Valley. Then travel east to the state historic park of Old Sacramento, where you can experience life during the 19th-century

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California Gold Rush. Travel from the fertile Sacramento River valley to the alpine splendour of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops. In season, choose to take a gondola ride for unparalleled views of the lake and nearby mountains. If you like, enjoy an optional sunset dinner cruise on the lake as you savour the magnificent views and magical mountain light. (FB) Hotel: Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort (SF)

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DAY 6 YOSEMITE – SALINAS VALLEY – CARMEL – MONTEREY (2 NIGHTS) Head west today into Salinas Valley and join an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques of the region. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, stop in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the many shops, wander down to the water’s edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe. Travel north to Monterey for two nights. (FB) Hotel: The Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay (SF)

DAY 5 LAKE TAHOE – MONO LAKE – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Lying just east of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake feels like another world. Its salty waters and limestone formations called “tufa towers” were once part of a great inland lake that covered most of Nevada and Utah. Currently, migrating birds use Mono Lake as a resting point on their journeys to South America or tropical seas. Snow-covered for much of the year, stunning Tioga Pass is the perfect entry point to the Golden State’s most famous National Park. Descend from the Sierra Nevada into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. (FB) Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (SF)

DAY 8 MONTEREY – ROARING CAMP – DEPART SAN FRANCISCO When Isaac Graham settled in the hills outside of Santa Cruz in the 1830s, Mexican authorities named his rowdy settlement “Roaring Camp.” Today, journey back in time to the era of lumberjacks and sawmills in a re-created 1880s logging camp, complete with general store and railroad depot. Luckily, Graham and his lumberjacks didn’t cut down the massive redwoods just minutes away in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Walk amongst the awe-inspiring trees—some of the largest living things on earth—and admire these treasures of California. End your journey where you began, in the golden city of San Francisco. Take a complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport or return to the hotel in San Francisco if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 3 p.m. (FB)

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DAY 7 MONTEREY PENINSULA & BIG SUR EXCURSION F Experience the glories of the California coast on your day trip to Big Sur. Highway 1 hugs the rocky cliffs, high above the dazzling Pacific. Hidden coves with sandy beaches, towering redwoods touching the sky and dolphins and sea lions cavorting in the clear waters—Big Sur’s natural majesty will take your breath away. Return to Monterey for a tour of Cannery Row, made famous by native Californian John Steinbeck. Enjoy some free time at lively, picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life, or join an optional tour to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner including a wine pairing. (FB FD)

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Colourful Trails of the Southwest Arches National Park, Utah

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Meet a local landscape artist in Santa Fe. n Become a rock expert as you examine the multi-coloured rocks at the Grand Canyon with a local specialist.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Scottsdale Stay the night in the heart of this sophisticated resort town. • Sedona Take a fun journey by jeep into Red Rock Country. • Oak Creek Canyon See shimmering waters, pine-forested bluffs and red sandstone formations. • Grand Canyon National Park Marvel at the sights from the South Rim. • Monument Valley Tour the valley in open-air vehicles and enjoy a Navajo cookout on the valley floor. • Mesa Verde National Park Discover outstanding cliff dwellings. • Moab Spend some time in America’s outdoor recreation capital. • Arches National Park View amazing natural rock formations. • Silverton Stroll the streets of this historic town and take a steam train ride to Durango. • Durango Stay overnight in this classic Western town. • Taos Immerse yourself in Native American culture in this adobe settlement. • Santa Fe Soak up the Southwest culture in America’s oldest capital city.

DAY 1 ARRIVE PHOENIX – SCOTTSDALE E Welcome to the Valley of the Sun! Check into your hotel, get acquainted and spend some time relaxing upon your arrival. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town (F) DAY 2 SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – GRAND CANYON j Leaving behind the Saguaro cactus of the Sonoran desert, ascend into the stunning red rock formations announcing your entrance to the artists’ enclave of Sedona. Trade your motorcoach for a rough-and-ready jeep on an adventure into Red Rock Country. Get a taste of the old cowboy days in Dry Creek Basin where you’ll see some stunning landscapes and make a stop at the old Van Deren cabin, a pioneer homestead constructed out of Arizona cypress. Travel onward and be sure to have your camera ready as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. Arrive in the town of Tusayan, just outside the Grand Canyon, then meet a Local Expert who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon. (FB D) Hotel: The Grand Hotel (MF) DAY 3 GRAND CANYON – MONUMENT VALLEY F Rise early for an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon or spend more time in the National Park. You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley—this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with the magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Highlight Dinner on the floor of Monument Valley; dine on tasty traditional cuisine as the stars begin to twinkle in the great sky above you. (FB HD) Hotel: Goulding’s Lodge (NP)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 full breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Scottsdale n 1 three-course dinner n F Navajo cookout Highlight Dinner with wine in Monument Valley n Cowboy barbeque dinner with drinks in Moab n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Santa Fe

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 8 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 4 MONUMENT VALLEY – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MOAB (2 NIGHTS) Travel east this morning through a mesmerizing desert landscape before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Tour some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world; then spend some

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train

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DAY 6 MOAB – OURAY – SILVERTON – DURANGO Depart America’s outdoor recreation capital for the “Switzerland of America;” friendly Ouray boasts classic Victorian architecture, awe-inspiring views and a homey, small-town vibe. Then it’s time to take to the highway—the Million-Dollar Highway, that is—with its priceless views of snowcapped peaks and shimmering alpine lakes. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp that now occupies a spot on the National Registry of Historic Landmark Districts. Stroll the pleasant streets, seeing well-preserved Victorian homes, the pretty city hall and the Grand Imperial Hotel. This afternoon, take a ride from Silverton to Durango on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which operates coal-fired steam engines through the San Juan National Forest. (FB) Hotel: Strater Hotel (F)

time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilisation. End your day’s journey in the outdoor mecca of Moab and dig in to a succulent cowboy barbecue dinner with your travelling companions. (FB D) Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (F) DAY 5 MOAB – ARCHES NATIONAL PARK – FREE TIME In magnificent Arches National Park, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches; wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the morning light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab before returning to your lodge overlooking the river. Enjoy the rest of your day on your own—lounge by the river, play some horseshoes, take a hike, go horse-back riding—and relax as the sun sets, lighting up the red cliffs outside your window. (FB)

DAY 8 SANTA FE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME j F Embark on a private trolley tour to see the sights of Santa Fe and soak up the atmosphere of one of the West’s most interesting towns— unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Then, visit a local artist’s studio and learn how this Local Expert captures the Southwest’s magical light in his landscapes. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel, Loretto Chapel and St. Francis Cathedral. Perhaps do some shopping at a local gallery, follow in the footsteps of Kit Carson on a walking tour or pamper yourself in one of Santa Fe’s elegant spas. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 9 SANTA FE – DEPART ALBUQUERQUE After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your travelling companions. A complimentary transfer is provided to Albuquerque Airport or to the hotel in Albuquerque for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 1 p.m. (FB)

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DAY 7 DURANGO – TAOS – SANTA FE (2 NIGHTS) Head south to the Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo. Continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, to the colourful artists’ mecca of Santa Fe. Your evening is free to visit some of the many galleries, sample the renowned Southwest cuisine or just admire the adobe architecture on the vibrant plaza. (FB) Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto (SF)

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National Parks Wonders Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine and a host that will welcome you with true western hospitality. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Take a guided stroll among the geysers, hot springs and mud pots in Yellowstone National Park.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Montpelier Learn about the journey of the West’s early pioneers at the Oregon Trail Centre. • Jackson Duck under the elk-horn arches and stroll the boardwalks in this authentic Old-West town; take an aerial tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain for spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park. • Grand Teton National Park View soaring peaks and abundant wildlife. • Yellowstone National Park Look out for Old Faithful as well as bison, elk and bears while exploring America’s first National Park. • Cody Learn about the Old West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre. • Devil’s Tower National Monument Explore the stunning landscape around this iconic natural formation. • Deadwood Tour this National Historic Landmark by private trolley. • Black Hills Visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 full breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Salt Lake City n 1 three-course dinner n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Jackson n B Be My Guest dinner with drinks in Sheridan n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rapid City

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 8 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY E Welcome to Salt Lake City! Check into your hotel and relax or take a walk around the hotel grounds to get acquainted. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Salt Lake City (F) DAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON (2 NIGHTS) Travelling north into Idaho, trace the footsteps of the pioneers at the Oregon Trail Centre in Montpelier. Through interactive exhibits, you’ll travel vicariously with a covered wagon train in America’s great western migration and experience the thrills and challenges of the old Oregon Trail. Then cross into Wyoming on your way to scenic Jackson, which stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park on an exciting aerial tram ride to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. (FB) Hotel: Parkway Inn (MF) DAY 3 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK & FREE TIME F If you like, hit the water this morning on an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal) where you’ll float with grand views of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Keep your eyes open for some of the area’s abundant wildlife, including moose and elk drinking from the rivers, bison munching on grass, and beavers putting the finishing touches on their elaborate dams. Overhead, watch for majestic bald eagles, graceful blue herons and the dozens of species of songbird that call the park their home. Enjoy some free time in Jackson this afternoon before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Highlight Dinner at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. (FB HD) DAY 4 JACKSON – YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) Spend the morning discovering the natural glories of Grand Teton

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National Park with its snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and evergreen forests. From Jenny Lake to the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, you’ll find exhilarating vistas everywhere you look. Then it’s onward to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world’s first National Park. You could spend a year in Yellowstone and still only scratch the surface of its wonders. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful’s waters arc nearly 40 metres (130 feet) into the air—as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it in 1870. Take a guided walk with a Local Expert among the spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about the geothermal dynamics of this amazing wonderland. Tonight, dine in the park; before retiring for the night, be sure to step out and take in the great panorama of stars. (FB D) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

Yellowstone National Park

DAY 5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING Begin today by looking for wildlife in Hayden Valley en route to the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls. Early explorers marvelled at the yellow rock of the canyon, and from this rock Yellowstone got its name. Continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley; some of the less travelled, but ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs, take a stroll and admire the mineral terraces that resemble frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley. (FB) DAY 6 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – CODY – SHERIDAN B Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre where you can delve

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into the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the opening of the West to settlers and the culture and art of the Plains Indians. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner featuring local cuisine and a host that will welcome you with the true western hospitality this region is known for. It will be an evening you won’t soon forget! (FB BG) Hotel: Sheridan Holiday Inn (F) DAY 7 SHERIDAN – DEADWOOD – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS) Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America’s first national monument, the majestic Devil’s Tower rises nearly 396 metres (1,300 feet) above the Belle Fourche River in eastern Wyoming. You might recognise the iconic monolith from the climactic scenes of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” After exploring the area around the eroded core of this ancient volcano, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. Explore the town on a private trolley tour and learn a bit about its founding, expansion and decline from your entertaining guide. Journey on to Rapid City, where you have the option of visiting Mount Rushmore this evening to see the magical nightly illumination ceremony. (FB) Hotel: Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites (SF) DAY 8 BLACK HILLS EXCURSION & FREE TIME F This morning discover more of the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Oglala people. Next is a visit to Mount Rushmore, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to celebrate the “founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States” through enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. This afternoon is yours to do as you please. If you like, embark on an optional excursion into the wild, eroded badlands of South Dakota. This evening, raise a glass of wine to your Travel Director and fellow travel companions at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 9 DEPART RAPID CITY Bid farewell to your travelling companions and take a complimentary transfer to Rapid City Airport. (FB)

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Adventures in the Wild Northwest

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Relish dinner overlooking an artisan glass studio in Portland and try your hand at crafting melted glass. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Tour the Tillamook Creamery where you’ll be treated to a scrumptious ice cream cone. • j Local Expert Enjoy a naturalist presentation in Garberville.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • San Francisco Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge with your Travel Director. • Richardson Grove Join your Travel Director for a walk through the amazing coastal redwoods. • Avenue of the Giants Drive through this living museum of stunning trees. • Eureka Admire some of the nation’s finest historic Victorian homes. • Redwood National Park Marvel at the redwood trees in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Gold Beach Board a jet boat for a thrilling exploration of the Rogue River. • Oregon Dunes Explore sand dunes on a fun dune buggy ride. • Heceta Head View this famous lighthouse located in a spectacular setting. • Newport Visit the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium. • Yaquina Head Explore the shoreline’s tidepools and search for marine life. • Portland See the city’s highlights and International Rose Test Garden; explore the historic Alphabet District and NW 23rd Avenue, and taste culinary treasures. • Mount St. Helens Stop at the Visitor Center and learn about this volcano. • Olympic National Park Explore the Hoh Rainforest and view Lake Crescent. • Puget Sound Enjoy superb views while cruising this waterway. • Seattle See the city’s sights and take a trip up the Space Needle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: Food tour tasting lunch in Portland • 6 evening meals: E Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Francisco n 3 three-course dinners n B Be My Guest Dinner in Portland with wine n F Farewell Dinner with drinks in Seattle

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO E Welcome to San Francisco! After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers angling for oohs, aahs and cheers from the crowd. Be sure to visit the ‘Sea Lebrities’, the pier’s resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., get together at the hotel with your fellow adventurers and Travel Director at a festive Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD) DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO – RICHARDSON GROVE STATE PARK – GARBERVILLE j What better way to get a taste of San Francisco than by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. If you and the family are up for a walk, grab your cameras and join your Travel Director for a stroll across this impressive feat of engineering. Learn all about the bridge and why it’s not painted gold—despite its name! Then, travel through the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country and stop at Richardson Grove State Park for your first encounter with the giants of the forest, the mighty redwoods. Follow trails that meander among these towering redwoods and amaze your friends with photos of yourself alongside these immense trees. This evening, hear about the coastal redwoods and the ecology of the Pacific Northwest from a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Benbow Inn (SF) DAY 3 GARBERVILLE – REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK – GOLD BEACH This morning, view one of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, the Carson Mansion. Then get in touch with your inner green spirit as you travel along the Avenue of the Giants, one of America’s most spectacular roads and best display of giant California redwoods. Step back in time in Eureka, a quaint 19th-century Victorian town built during the height of the region’s logging boom. Next, drive through Northern California’s Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with trees more than 1,000 years old and over 90 metres (300 feet) tall. Anticipation mounts as you cross into Oregon and step aboard a high-speed jet boat for

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a ride on the Rogue River. This Congress-designated “National Wild and Scenic River” tumbles and roars from high in the Cascade Range to the shores of the Pacific and is home to tons of native wildlife. Keep an eye out for black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, great blue heron and Canada geese, all commonly seen along the river! (FB) Hotel: Jot’s Resort (F) DAY 4 GOLD BEACH – OREGON DUNES – GLENEDEN BEACH (2 NIGHTS) Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and lots of interesting creatures. Hop in a dune buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these expansive tracts of sand. Then stop at Heceta Head overlook and see the view of a beautiful 19th-century lighthouse that casts its beam some should say 33 kilometres (21 miles) out to sea, before continuing north to Gleneden Beach. (FB D) Hotel: Salishan Spa & Golf Resort (Deluxe) DAY 5 NEWPORT SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and wade in the Yaquina Head tide pools for a captivating search for hermit crabs, sea urchins, anemones, sea stars and even the occasional octopus! Your next look at sea life is even cooler, because you’re headed to the Oregon Coast Aquarium—named one of America’s “Most Awesome Aquariums” by Forbes magazine. Come face-to-face with sharks and bat rays in Passages of the Deep—an acrylic walk-through tunnel surrounded by water. With your free time this afternoon, maybe explore Newport’s historic waterfront or join an optional Sea Life Cruise; keep an eye out for sea life and marine birds as the onboard naturalist tells you all about your surroundings. (FB) DAY 6 GLENEDEN BEACH – TILLAMOOK – PORTLAND (2 NIGHTS) I B Better get moo-ving, because you’re travelling to Tillamook, a city synonymous with the dairy industry. Get the scoop about this Local Speciality during a tour of the Tillamook Creamery and learn about dairy cows. Then you’ll be treated to a fresh waffle cone filled high with your choice from 35 delicious flavours of Tillamook Ice Cream. Next, journey to Portland, where you’ll enjoy an orientation city tour, complete with a stop at the International Rose Test Garden. This evening, walk through the art of glass blowing. This experience is the best way to enjoy the excitement of playing with fire and melted glass. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner, overlooking the workshop, with your host at the factory tonight. (FB BG) Hotel: Portland Marriott City Center (SF) DAY 7 PORTLAND SIGHTSEEING Today you’ll discover some of Oregon’s most beautiful scenery along the historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Crown Point and the Vista House for panoramic views of the river from 223 metres (733 feet) above. Vista House’s octagonal building with its copper dome is home

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to an interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. Onward to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon’s tallest! Stop at Bonneville Dam to view this historic dam and lock. Also learn about a fish ladder designed to allow salmon to navigate the Columbia River during spawning. Return to Portland for a progressive food tasting tour lunch with the rest of the afternoon on your own. (FB L) DAY 8 PORTLAND – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK Today you’ll visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor’s Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire volcano that erupted in 1980. Learn about the legendary blast—an eruption so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states—as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. After being blown away by Mount St. Helens, venture west to the rugged coast of Olympic National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park contains no fewer than three distinct ecosystems. (FB D) Hotel: Kalaloch Lodge (NP) DAY 9 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK – SEATTLE F Enter the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, one of the world’s few (as well as the largest) temperate rainforests and trek to the eerie “Hall of Mosses” with trees and branches dripping with moss. Then make a stop at dazzling Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. Sensational views of the Seattle skyline unfold before you as you make your way by ferry across Puget Sound into the Emerald City. Once ashore in this hip and vibrant town, stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the nation’s oldest farmers market, where the fish fly low—from one fishmonger’s hands to the next! No visit to Seattle would be complete without making the trip to the top of the Space Needle, the iconic landmark of the great Pacific Northwest. This evening, kick up your heels at a fun-filled Farewell Dinner—here’s to your exciting Northwest adventures and newfound friends! (FB FD) Hotel: Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue (SF) DAY 10 DEPART SEATTLE Time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your complimentary transfer to Seattle International Airport. (FB)

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The Californian The Painted Ladies, San Francisco

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take an exclusive tour of a family-owned winery in Sonoma and enjoy an alfresco lunch with wine and the vineyards as your backdrop. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • San Diego Tour the city’s major attractions. • San Juan Capistrano Visit this famous historic mission. • Hollywood Visit the Kodak Theater; see Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. • Los Angeles Drive along the Sunset Strip and see Beverly Hills; visit The Getty Center. • Santa Barbara Visit this beautiful beach resort dubbed “America’s Riviera.” • Cambria Overnight in this quaint seaside city. • San Simeon Join a guided tour of Hearst Castle. • Central Coast Drive through the scenic vineyards of Central California. • Carmel Stroll down Ocean Avenue past quaint stores and art galleries. • Monterey Peninsula Travel along the fabled 17-Mile Drive. • Monterey See Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. • San Joaquin Valley Drive through California’s breadbasket. • Yosemite National Park See Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. • Napa/Sonoma Valleys Drive along the scenic Carneros Highway and visit a winery. • San Francisco Enjoy a city tour including the city’s most famous landmarks.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appertisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Diego n 2 three-course dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in San Francisco

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 9 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN DIEGO (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to San Diego! Get acclimated with the hotel and relax. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (MD) DAY 2 SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME From the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter to the luxuriant gardens of Balboa Park, San Diego entices visitors and locals alike with a combination of fascinating history, lively street life and some of the best weather in the country. Get acquainted with the city on a guided orientation tour and then enjoy some free time to do some shopping, visit the San Diego Zoo or cruise the picturesque harbour. This evening, join your travelling companions for dinner. (FB D) DAY 3 SAN DIEGO – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – LOS ANGELES (2 NIGHTS) Travel up the sun-kissed coast to San Juan Capistrano, home to the seventh oldest Spanish mission in California. Visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the iconic Bell Tower and the peaceful Sacred Garden. Stop and grab a bite to eat for lunch in Santa Monica before a visit to The Getty Center. Spectacularly located on a hill above west Los Angeles sits its world-renowned collection of classical and modern art. Stroll around the grounds admiring paintings and sculptures, the magnificent gardens and the views. Enjoy an evening on your own in the City of Angels. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (F) DAY 4 LOS ANGELES SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Immerse yourself in Tinseltown today. See Grauman’s Chinese Theater, opened in 1927 and home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies, and then be treated to a private tour of the Kodak Theater, which is the current home of the Oscars. Spot the Hollywood sign and look for your favourite stars along the Walk of Fame. Cruise Sunset Boulevard, as you make your way to Beverly Hills and view the high-end shops of Rodeo Drive. If all this sightseeing has made you hungry, you’ll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite at the historic LA Farmers Market with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops. The rest of the day is on your own. (FB) DAY 5 LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – CAMBRIA After a leisurely morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara, situated between the expansive Pacific and chaparral-clad hills of Los Padres National Forest. Savour some time to relax and enjoy lunch before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to the beautiful seaside village of Cambria. This evening, toast to your travels at a convivial dinner. (FB D) Hotel: Cambria Pines Lodge (F) DAY 6 CAMBRIA – SAN SIMEON – CARMEL – MONTEREY Begin your day at “La Cuesta Encantada”—the enchanted hill—upon which William Randolph Hearst built his magnificent castle. A guide leads you through the property with its 165 rooms and acres of gardens, and pools—and brings the story of the newspaper publisher to life. Then it’s on through the lush vineyards of California’s Central Coast to the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the many shops,


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DAY 7 MONTEREY – SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Head across the fertile San Joaquin Valley, stopping at a local fruit stand to sample some of the tasty produce. Ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada on your way to Yosemite National Park and its spectacular wild landscape, which John Muir called “the hope of the world.” In the breathtaking Yosemite Valley, pass the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls, gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome and take a stroll by the sparkling Merced River. (FB) Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (SF) DAY 8 YOSEMITE – SONOMA & NAPA VALLEYS – SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS) B Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and an alfresco Be My Guest lunch featuring a wine tasting and local wines, olive oil, artisan cheese and cured meats. Cruise the scenic Carneros Highway through Napa before crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese banquet dinner. (FB BG) Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD) DAY 9 SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F As the mist rises over the bay, the great city of San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you to see the sights of San Francisco from Fisherman’s Wharf to the fashionable Alamo Square. There’s a story around every corner of San Francisco, and you have some time this afternoon to follow your own path before toasting your travelling companions during a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 10 DEPART SAN FRANCISCO Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport. (FB)

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wander down to the water’s edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey, home to Cannery Row, made famous by native Californian author John Steinbeck, and lively, picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf. (FB) Hotel: Marriott Monterey (SF)

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6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels, hotel room categories and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. Californian with Rose Parade. This trip includes admission to the  7 The 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

The Californian with Rose Parade Reference: DCLR Join this special departure and experience the famous Rose Parade in Pasadena from specially selected Reserved Grandstand Seating along the parade route. DAY 1 TO DAY 3 These days will operate as shown on The Californian Days 1-3. DAY 4 125TH ROSE PARADE Celebrate New Year’s Day January 1, 2014 with an unforgettable chance to view America’s famous New Year’s celebration, the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena. Marvel at the dazzling pageantry of the bands and beautiful floats from your specially selected and Reserved Grandstand Seating right along the parade route. After the parade, continue your revelry with a sightseeing trip of Tinseltown, including Beverly Hills and Sunset Boulevard, viewing the Hollywood sign, a stroll along the Walk of Fame and the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, home to hundreds of premieres. Wrap up the day with a private tour of the Kodak Theater, current home of the Oscars. (FB) DAY 5 TO DAY 10 Days 5-10 will operate as per Days 5-10 on The Californian itinerary.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dine on down-home cowboy cooking while your host—a cowboy entertainer—regales you with tales and songs of life in the saddle in Billings. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Join an interpretive guide for a stroll in Yellowstone National Park. n Enjoy an informative presentation on the Grand Canyon.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Zion National Park Discover Zion Canyon’s dramatic towering cliffs. • Bryce Canyon National Park View the colourful and whimsical hoodoos. • Salt Lake City Enjoy an orientation tour including Temple Square. • Jackson Overnight in this authentic Old-West town. • Grand Teton National Park View soaring peaks and abundant wildlife. • Yellowstone National Park Stroll around the boardwalks to view the geysers, mud pots and bubbling pools in America’s first National Park. • Cody Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. • Little Bighorn Battlefield See the site of Custer’s Last Stand. • Black Hills View Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. • Denver Stay in the heart of America’s Mile High City. • Vail Stretch your legs in this charming alpine village. • Arches National Park View amazing natural rock formations. • Mesa Verde National Park Explore ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings. • Monument Valley Board an open-air vehicle to tour these iconic buttes and mesas. • Grand Canyon National Park Marvel at the sights from the South Rim.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Las Vegas n 4 three-course dinners n B Be My Guest cowboy dinner with wine in Billings n F Navajo Highlight Dinner with wine in Monument Valley n F Farewell Dinner with wine at the Grand Canyon

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE LAS VEGAS E Welcome to Las Vegas! After checking in at the hotel, browse the exclusive shops, hit the slot machines or just lounge a while by the hotel pool. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas (F) DAY 2 LAS VEGAS – ZION & BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS Depart Las Vegas for the graceful slot canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park. Then it’s onward to Bryce Canyon, home to the world’s largest concentration of hoodoos—tall limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. (FB D) Hotel: BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (F) DAY 3 BRYCE CANYON – SALT LAKE CITY Leave the red rock canyons and travel north to Utah’s capital. See the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Brigham Young’s former home, followed by dinner at the Lion House, featuring pioneer-style ambiance and cuisine. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center (SF) DAY 4 SALT LAKE CITY – JACKSON Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail and enter Wyoming. Scenic Jackson stands in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a dinner. (FB D) Hotel: Antler Inn (MF) DAY 5 JACKSON – GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS (2 NIGHTS) j Perhaps rise early for an optional guided raft trip to spot wildlife on the Snake River (seasonal). Then traverse Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world’s first National Park. Join a Local Expert to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. (When the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the itinerary will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the west entrance.) (FB D) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP) DAY 6 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elks. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful’s waters arc over 30 metres (100 feet) into the air. This evening, relax under the great basin of stars. (FB) DAY 7 YELLOWSTONE – CODY – BILLINGS B Head north to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into its lively history at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Then it’s on to Big Sky Country for a unique Be My Guest cowboy dinner. As you dine on down-home cooking, a cowboy entertainer regales you with tales and songs of life in the saddle. Maybe take a quick harmonica demonstration and an opportunity to try on traditional cowboy apparel. (FB BG) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Billings (F) DAY 8 BILLINGS – LITTLE BIGHORN – RAPID CITY (2 NIGHTS) Today begins with a visit to Little Big Horn, the battlefield where Custer led his small army against thousands of Sioux and Cheyenne


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warriors. Then travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City. (FB) Hotel: Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites (SF) DAY 9 BLACK HILLS EXCURSION Discover the natural and manmade wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, a mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Oglala people. Return to Rapid City this afternoon and join your travelling companions for dinner this evening. (FB D) DAY 10 RAPID CITY – DENVER Cross some of the West’s most beautiful terrain today as you travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver, the Mile High City. After getting settled at the hotel, the evening is yours to explore the beautiful city of Denver. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants to try and your Travel Director is always available for suggestions. (FB) Hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver (Deluxe) DAY 11 DENVER – VAIL – ARCHES NATIONAL PARK – MOAB Ascend into the Rockies and stretch your legs in Vail before descending to magnificent Arches National Park. Here, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Tonight is on your own— your hotel is in the heart of Moab and close to all kinds of restaurants, whether you’re in the mood for family or fine dining tonight. Or if you’re in the mood for more excitement, choose an optional jetboat ride along the mighty Colorado with a tasty dinner included. (FB) Hotel: BW Canyonlands Inn (F) DAY 12 MOAB – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MONUMENT VALLEY F Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at Mesa Verde National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Head to Monument Valley for the night where you will be treated to a Navajo Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) Hotel: Goulding’s Lodge (NP)

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Marvel at Monument Valley’s landscape of towering sandstone buttes in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views along scenic Desert View Drive just hint at the most spectacular of all vistas—the vast panorama of the Grand Canyon unfolding before you. Meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the more than two billion years of geology revealed in the canyon. Tonight, toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park. (FB FD) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

DAY 14 GRAND CANYON – DEPART LAS VEGAS If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. Hit the road again, stopping in Seligman and Kingman, Route 66 hotspots that have kept the old Mother Road’s culture alive. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a complimentary transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the hotel in Las Vegas for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6:30 p.m. (FB)

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Coast, Canyon & Desert Oasis Crossing Palm Springs, California

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a local winery for a lunch with your host. • 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 date farm and learn about the local agriculture in Coachella Valley. • j Local Expert Learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon. • l Unique Insight Take a guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West in Scottsdale. n Uncover the secrets of the early days of Sin City at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. n Visit the Manzanar National Historic Site dedicated to those relocated to the camp during World War II. n Visit the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Los Angeles See Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign. Take a private guided tour of the Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards. • Coachella Valley Enjoy a tour of a date farm and enjoy a sampling. • Palm Springs See this desert oasis from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; see the San Andreas Fault on a tour of the Coachella Valley Preserve. • Joshua Tree National Park See the variety of plants and animals thriving in this desert park. • Scottsdale Visit the winter home of a famous 20th century American architect. • Sedona Tour Sedona on an open air trolley as you learn about the history of Red Rock Country. • Grand Canyon Marvel at the sights from the South Rim at one of the Natural Wonders of the World. • Las Vegas Try your luck in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” • Death Valley Take in the diverse landscapes of the hottest place in the United States. • Monterey Visit Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. • San Francisco Tour the highlights of the City by the Bay.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch at a privately-owned winery in Paso Robles • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles n F Highlight Dinner with wine atop Mt. San Jacinto in Palm Springs n F Barbecue Highlight Dinner with wine in Death Valley National Park n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Bakersfield n F Farewell Dinner with wine in San Francisco

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Los Angeles! After checking in at your hotel, venture out to enjoy the amazing architecture of the famous high-rise buildings of Downtown LA. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel to meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (SF) DAY 2 LOS ANGELES SIGHTSEEING As the sun rises over Los Angeles, head to the hills for a view of the famed Hollywood sign. Take a stroll down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or down the Walk of Fame and see Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which opened in 1927 and has been home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies. Speaking of the Academy Awards, visit the Kodak Theater, current home of the Oscars. This afternoon, enjoy a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of Warner Bros. Studios and discover the sets of countless films and TV productions. (FB) DAY 3 LOS ANGELES – PALM SPRINGS (2 NIGHTS) I F Visit Coachella Valley today and learn about the local agriculture. Enjoy a visit to a date farm and taste the Local Speciality. Then hit the road inland to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating gondola, for a ride up the mountain offering you spectacular views of the winter valley below. Tonight, delight in a special Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant atop Mt. San Jacinto. (FB HD) Hotel: Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs (F) DAY 4 JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK & PALM SPRINGS SIGHTSEEING This morning, as you venture to Joshua Tree National Park, you may see a dusting of snow on the cacti and desert floor. Previously a U.S. National Monument, it was deemed a National Park in 1994 and covers an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. The park includes parts of two deserts, the Mojave and the Colorado, and a designated wilderness area. The afternoon is yours to explore Palm Springs. Browse Main Street’s many unique shops and restaurants or visit a local museum. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a jacket and head out for a hike in the nearby San Jacinto Mountains or enjoy a round of golf on one of Palm Springs more than twenty-five golf courses. (FB) DAY 5 PALM SPRINGS – SCOTTSDALE l Bid farewell to Palm Springs and cross the Colorado River into the state of Arizona. Continue towards Scottsdale where you’ll enjoy a Unique Insight during a guided tour of Taliesin West, the winter home of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Later, explore Scottsdale, “The West’s most western town,” which prides itself on delectable Southwestern restaurants, shops and art galleries. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town (MF) DAY 6 SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK j Travel to the artist’s enclave of Sedona. Step aboard a narrated trolley tour and see the best of Sedona as you learn about its past and


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present offerings. Visit the historic sites and landmarks while taking in the beauty of this red-rock landscape. Then depart for Oak Creek Canyon—gaze at the red cliffs and crystal pools below. Travel north to the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, meet with a Local Expert who will walk you through the geologic life of the canyon—you’ll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon’s formation. Gather this evening to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows. (FB) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP) DAY 7 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – LAS VEGAS (2 NIGHTS) l Fred Grofe, the famed American composer, was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon that he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch—and maybe whistle—in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Make your way to the historic town of Seligman, a famous stop on Route 66. Next, journey from the rocks and vistas to the lights and glitter of Las Vegas. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the shady origins of Las Vegas at the brand new Mob Museum where “Sin City” takes on a whole new meaning. Tonight, try your luck at the tables, take in a show or just get out and enjoy all the sights and lights on The Strip. (FB) Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF) DAY 8 LAS VEGAS FREE TIME The day is yours and the choices are endless: hit the casinos, do some shopping and maybe dine at one of the elegant restaurants that have put Vegas on the culinary map. Take an optional tour to marvel at the engineering feat that is Hoover Dam, or for the adventure-seekers, soar over the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon to walk on the breathtaking glass Sky Walk overlooking the West Rim. Exhausted by the possibilities? Enjoy some down time at the hotel’s pool or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage. (FB) DAY 9 LAS VEGAS – DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK F Make your way from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park, named for its extreme temperatures. During the summer months, temperatures can climb upwards of 120 °F, frequently the hottest spot in the United States. In the park, you will see a variety of terrain from the cracked earth known as Bad Water to the colourful Artist’s Palette and the delicate sand dunes. This evening, hop on a hayride under the stars which takes you to a barbecue Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) Hotel: Furnace Creek Resort (F) DAY 10 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – BAKERSFIELD l F Continue exploring Death Valley as you head to Bakersfield; stop at Manzanar National Historic Site, a Unique Insight into one of ten camps where Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were forced to relocate during World War II. Tonight, you are in for a real

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treat with a visit to the Buck Owens Crystal Palace for a Highlight Dinner and show at a country music performance hall home to the Buck Owens Museum. (FB HD) Hotel: Marriott Bakersfield (F) DAY 11 BAKERSFIELD – PASO ROBLES – MONTEREY B Leave Bakersfield this morning and journey to the city of Paso Robles for a Be My Guest lunch at a privately-owned winery. Join your host and enjoy delicious cuisine paired with superb local vintages. Later, cruise up scenic 17-Mile Drive, passing the Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Arrive in Monterey, home of Cannery Row—made famous by the respected author and native Californian John Steinbeck—and lively picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life. Enjoy some free time to see Monterey on your own tonight. (FB BG) Hotel: Marriott Monterey (SF) DAY 12 MONTEREY – SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS) Head further up the California coast to San Francisco. Embark on an orientation tour that takes you from Fisherman’s Wharf to the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge to fashionable Alamo Square. There’s a story around every corner of San Francisco so take some free time this afternoon to continue the exploration on your own. (FB) Hotel: San Francisco Marriott Union Square (F) DAY 13 SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING l F Wake in the City by the Bay and enjoy a morning to explore on your own. This afternoon, take a Unique Insight into the city during a visit to the Cable Car Museum then enjoy an educational outing at the California Academy of Sciences, which houses the natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium and rainforest dome. This evening, toast your travelling companions during a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 14 DEPART SAN FRANCISCO Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport. (FB)

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Western Discoverer San Francisco, California

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy lunch with your host at a family-owned winery in the Sonoma Valley and delight in local vintages paired with delicious cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Join a local specialist for an informative presentation in the Grand Canyon.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • San Diego Enjoy an orientation tour including Old Town and Balboa Park. • Sedona Journey through scenic Red Rock Country and Oak Creek Canyon. • Grand Canyon National Park Marvel at the sights from the South Rim. • Lake Powell Enjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations. • Bryce Canyon National Park View the pink and orange hoodoos. • Zion National Park See the massive rock formations and explore the canyon. • Las Vegas Spend two nights in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” • Yosemite National Park See Half Dome, El Capitan and spectacular waterfalls. • Napa/Sonoma Valleys Drive along the scenic Carneros Highway and visit a winery in Sonoma. • San Francisco Join a sightseeing tour of the city’s main highlights. • San Juan Bautista Visit this historic Spanish Mission. • Monterey Travel along 17-Mile Drive and visit seaside Carmel. • San Simeon Tour the lavish Hearst Castle. • Santa Barbara Visit this beautiful beach resort town. • Los Angeles Take an orientation tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles n 3 three-course dinners n F Highlight Dinner with wine in San Francisco n F Farewell Dinner with wine pairing in Santa Barbara

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES E Welcome to the City of Angels! Take a walk around your hotel and enjoy the shops and restaurants or simply relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Long Beach (SF) DAY 2 LOS ANGELES – SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING Travel south along the Pacific to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a guided tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time until you join your travelling companions for a dinner. (FB D) Hotel: The Westin San Diego (MD) DAY 3 SAN DIEGO – SCOTTSDALE Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you— keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy. (FB) Hotel: Embassy Suites Phoenix - Scottsdale (F) DAY 4 SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK j Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists’ enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a Local Expert who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this wonder of the world. (FB) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP) DAY 5 GRAND CANYON – LAKE POWELL – BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Say good-bye to the Grand Canyon as you wind your way around its South Rim. See the glittering waters of Utah’s Lake Powell and striking rock formations before arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park and its rainbow of limestone spires rising majestically from the desert floor— the largest concentration of hoodoos in the world. (FB D) Hotel: BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (F) DAY 6 BRYCE – ZION NATIONAL PARK – LAS VEGAS (2 NIGHTS) Depart Bryce Canyon for the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths. After basking in the natural beauty of Zion, get ready for the neon lights and glitter of Sin City. (FB) Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF) DAY 7 LAS VEGAS FREE TIME The choices are endless: Hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city’s elegant restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, take an optional tour to Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops and visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage. (FB)


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DAY 8 LAS VEGAS – MAMMOTH LAKES Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind and travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada and enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of the May. In this case, overnight in Fresno at the Holiday Inn Downtown Fresno.) (FB) Hotel: Sierra Nevada Hotel (MF)

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Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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your travelling companions. (FB BG HD) Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD) DAY 11 SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman’s Wharf to the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. There’s a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path. (FB)

DAY 9 MAMMOTH LAKES – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Descend from the Sierra Nevada mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the night here in one of the wild places that John Muir called “the hope of the world.” (FB D) Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (MF)

DAY 13 MONTEREY – SAN SIMEON – SANTA BARBARA F Travel south down the coast on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home of one of America’s most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your vacation and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a fun Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Hyatt Santa Barbara (F)

DAY 10 YOSEMITE – SONOMA – NAPA – SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS) B F Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Sample olive oils and estate-produced wines; then enjoy vineyard views as you dine alfresco with your hosts at a Be My Guest lunch. Travel through Napa’s scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with

DAY 14 SANTA BARBARA – DEPART LOS ANGELES Wake to Santa Barbara’s golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A complimentary transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the hotel in Los Angeles if you’d like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 5 p.m. (FB)

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DAY 12 SAN FRANCISCO – CARMEL – MONTEREY Head south to the Old Mission in San Juan Bautista where you can step back in time to the Mission era. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-theSea, browse the shops, wander down to the water’s edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey for the night. (FB) Hotel: The Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay (SF)

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Hawaii Four Island Adventure Maui, Hawaii

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Learn about sustainable farming and join your local host for lunch with wine featuring the finest local ingredients. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Meet a local naturalist in Maui for a discussion on the flora and fauna of the islands. • I Local Speciality Visit a coral jewellery workshop in Honolulu. n Taste and learn about Kona coffee at a Kona coffee farm. • l Unique Insight Discover the story of how a local family pioneered a sustainable farming movement during a visit to the Kahanu Aina Organic Sprouts in Maui.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Oahu Discover the island’s many natural wonders and spectacular views. • Honolulu Explore the city’s main highlights including Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and downtown Honolulu. • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Learn how the Hawaiian Islands were created; stop at the active Kilauea Volcano; visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum and walk through an actual lava tube. • Maui Stop at the historic whaling town of Lahaina; visit a local farm and learn about sustainable farming; experience Hawaiian culture and traditions at an authentic Hawaiian luau. • Kauai Cruise along the Wailua River and visit the famous Fern Grotto.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: Lunch on Hawaii and Kauai n B Be My Guest lunch with wine on Maui • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Honolulu n 1 three-course dinner n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Waikiki n F Luau Highlight Dinner with open bar on Maui n F Farewell Dinner with wine on Kauai

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 12 night First Class accommodation • Your choice of three hotel categories: Moderate, First Class and Premier accommodation including two-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • A Trafalgar Bonus – All inter-island flights: Oahu to Hawaii, Hawaii to Maui and Maui to Kauai plus all airport transfers included • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 13 • Aloha Welcome with fresh flower lei on arrival at Honolulu International Airport on Day 1 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE HONOLULU – WAIKIKI (4 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Hawaii! In the traditional Aloha spirit, you’ll be greeted at the airport with a fragrant lei. Explore your hotel in the heart of Waikiki Beach and spend the rest of the afternoon as you like: dive into the warm gentle waves of the Pacific, explore The International Market Place in Waikiki or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (MD) DAY 2 OAHU SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Begin your exploration of Oahu today. Traverse the island, passing through colourful villages, rainforests and pineapple plantations. See panoramic views of the deep blue waters from rugged cliffs, marvel at idyllic golden beaches and look out on the world-famous surf along the North Shore, known for its huge waves during the winter. Back in Waikiki, the rest of your day is a free; swim in the gentle waves or perhaps explore the shops and artisan stands at The International Market Place. (FB) DAY 3 HONOLULU FREE TIME Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own. For the more adventurous, try an outrigger canoe ride, take a surfing lesson or grab a snorkel and mask to spot sea turtles and dazzling tropical fish at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. (FB) DAY 4 PEARL HARBOR & HONOLULU SIGHTSEEING I F Begin your day with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the 1941 attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. Travel on to Punchbowl Crater and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Return to downtown Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, the iconic King Kamehameha I statue, and the state capitol building. Visit a coral jewellery workshop to see how expert artisans transform a treasure of the sea into a priceless Local Speciality. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. Tonight, join your travel companions for a Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) DAY 5 OAHU – HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – KONA (2 NIGHTS) D I Your morning begins with a short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii followed by an included lunch. Travel through forest preserves before arriving at Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to both the world’s largest volcano and its most active. At an interpretive museum, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube. After an included lunch, learn how the high elevations and volcanic soil around Kona produce some of the world’s best coffee. Visit a local coffee farm and mill and savour a tasting of 100% Kona coffee, a Local Speciality. Late this afternoon, reach the coast and check into your oceanfront resort. (FB L D) DAY 6 KONA FREE TIME Wake to the sound of the sea and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the world on your own today. Options abound: Tour a Hawaiian temple in the seaside town of Kailua, don a snorkel to commune with some of Hawaii’s colourful marine life, look for green sea turtles at KalokoHonokohau Park, descend into the depths on a submarine or just relax and enjoy your resort. If you like, take to the seas on a spectacular sunset cruise this evening. (FB)


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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. All prices above are based on Moderate Hotel accommodation and are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Package Price includes International scheduled flights and economy inter-island airfares for Honolulu-Hilo, Kona-Kahului and Kahului-Lihue and applicable fuel surcharges, government taxes and fees as applicable as of May 20, 2012. These are subject to change without notice. Please note: Hawaiian Airlines will charge a baggage handling fee on each inter-island flight included on your trip. This additional cost is not covered in the trip prices and is the responsibility of the guest. The approximate cost is US$17 for the first checked suitcase and an additional US$17 for the second checked suitcase per each included inter-island flight. These prices are subject to change per the airline baggage policy. The Travel Director will collect these fees when you join the trip and can assist you with any questions. Secure Flight Requirements for Inter-island Flights: Due to airline policies on inter-island flights, guests must provide their full name (as it appears on your passport), date of birth and gender at time of deposit. 6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels, hotel room categories and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available.

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Autumn Colours New England

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Join a Be My Guest lunch at Simon Pearce’s glassblowing workshop in a historic woolen mill in Quechee. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Learn about wildlife during a presentation by a local expert in the scenic town of North Conway.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Bar Harbor Visit Acadia National Park and drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. • Castle in the Clouds Visit the mountaintop setting with views of Lake Winnipesaukee. • Woodstock Experience Vermont’s great agricultural heritage at Billings Farm & Museum. • Plymouth Visit the family homestead of President Calvin Coolidge. • Stockbridge Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum. • Lexington and Concord Visit the towns where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch in Quechee • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Boston n 3 three-course dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Springfield

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

DAY 1 ARRIVE BOSTON E Welcome to Boston! Get settled at your hotel and then set out on your own to spot some of Boston’s historical sites or just take a stroll along the waterfront before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Omni Parker House (SF) DAY 2 BOSTON – MAINE COAST – BAR HARBOR (2 NIGHTS) Begin your journey through the vibrant colours of a New England autumn with a trip up the coast to Maine. Pass by old whaling villages dotted with lighthouses and widows’ walks, the playgrounds of New England’s rich and famous, and rocky beaches pounded by the great Atlantic swells on your way to Bar Harbor on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Once home to the largest hotel in North America, Bar Harbor also played host to the grand summer homes of the American aristocracy, including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Astors. This evening, join your travelling companions for a traditional Maine lobster dinner. (FB D) Hotel: Bar Harbor Regency (F) DAY 3 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION & BAR HARBOR FREE TIME At 464 metres, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the first spot in the United States where you can see the sunrise. You won’t be getting up that early, but you still have plenty of time to admire the view from the top of the peak and then descend to discover the natural riches of New England’s only National Park. Marvel at granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples, their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. Enjoy an afternoon on your own back in Bar Harbor. Sip a coffee by the sea, stroll the quaint Main Street or take an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay. (FB) DAY 4 BAR HARBOR – PINKHAM NOTCH – NORTH CONWAY j Bid farewell to the coast and travel over rolling hills ablaze with colour on your way to the wooded valley of Pinkham Notch, formed during the last ice age as glaciers scoured the earth. Late this afternoon, arrive in the pretty town of North Conway on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. After dinner, get acquainted with the local flora and

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fauna during an engaging talk by a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: North Conway Grand Hotel (F) DAY 5 NORTH CONWAY – LUDLOW (2 NIGHTS) B Visit the Castle in the Clouds this morning for a tour of this breathtaking stone mansion with views to rival any. Crossing into Vermont, spot the traditional wooden covered bridges, thick forests and rolling fields of the Green Mountain State. Stop at a historic woolen mill in Quechee that now houses the Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch featuring local ingredients delicately arranged on Simon Pearce’s beautiful stem and flatware. Later, delve into the art and science of glassblowing before continuing to the picturesque village of Ludlow and your mountain retreat. (FB BG D) Hotel: Jackson Gore Inn (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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

DAY 7 LUDLOW – SPRINGFIELD F From the Green Mountains, cross back into Massachusetts and the gorgeous Berkshires, alight in autumn with the fall colours that have made New England famous. Stop in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and learn about this beloved artist and his iconic paintings of small-town Americana. Continue on to Springfield, nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River. This evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel (F)

DAY 6 WOODSTOCK EXCURSION Enjoy a day on the back roads of Vermont. Get a glimpse of agricultural life at the Billings Farm & Museum, a lovely estate that’s home to one of Vermont’s finest dairy producers. Woodstock has been called “the prettiest small town in America.” Savour a stroll around the beautiful village green, see an old-fashioned covered bridge or check out some of the local art galleries. Continue your journey through rural Vermont with a visit to Plymouth and the childhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon on your own in Ludlow. (FB)

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DAY 8 SPRINGFIELD – LEXINGTON & CONCORD – DEPART BOSTON Travel east to see the birthplace of the American Revolution and the “shot heard round the world” as made famous in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn.” The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first skirmishes in the American war for independence and these small towns are still rich in history. See the famous statue of the Minute Man, adjacent to Concord’s historic North Bridge. Stop at Lexington Green, which saw the first drops of blood spilled in what George Washington laconically called “the dispute with the British.” Then it’s back to Boston where you are transferred to Boston Logan International Airport or to the hotel if you’d like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 4 p.m. (FB)

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Historic Highlights The White House, Washington, D.C.

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg. • j Local Expert Take a presentation on the ecology of the Appalachian Mountains.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Washington, D.C. See the famous memorials and sights. • Arlington National Cemetery View the cemetery of the nation’s heroes. • Mount Vernon Tour the home of President George Washington. • Williamsburg Step back in time to the eve of the American Revolution. • Yorktown Experience America’s beginnings through interactive exhibits. • Jamestown Explore the first permanent English settlement. • Richmond Visit St. John’s Church and walk the steps of Revolutionary heroes. • Monticello Enjoy a guided tour of President Thomas Jefferson’s home. • Shenandoah National Park Take in stunning views along Skyline Drive. • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Discover this historic community. • Gettysburg National Military Park View the battlefields and the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. • Lancaster County Explore Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home to the Amish. • Philadelphia Discover the U.S. Constitution Center and Liberty Bell.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Washington, D.C. n 2 threecourse dinners n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Philadelphia

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

DAY 1 ARRIVE WASHINGTON, D.C. (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the nation’s capital! Check into your hotel and spend your afternoon relaxing or set out on your own to take in some highlights of the nation’s capital city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Capital Hilton (SF) DAY 2 WASHINGTON, D.C. MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS – FREE TIME 5 Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation, joining a Local Guide to view the White House, the striking Washington Monument and the National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Reflect on the country’s most turbulent days at the Lincoln Memorial and the somber World War II Memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery where many of America’s heroes rest. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to chart your own course through America’s capital city. (FB) DAY 3 WASHINGTON, D.C. – MOUNT VERNON – YORKTOWN – WILLIAMSBURG (2 NIGHTS) From the nation’s capital, travel to the home of its first President, George Washington, on the banks of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon. Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and watch Revolutionary War history come alive. Delve even further into America’s past upon arriving in Williamsburg—settled in 1638 as Middle Plantation—where you’ll discover the flavours of a traditional colonial menu with a delicious dinner. (FB D) Hotel: The Williamsburg Hotel (F) DAY 4 JAMESTOWN – COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Captain John Smith and his hardy band of 104 settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New World—Jamestown. With the insight of your guide, you’ll find out how rough life was for the early colonists when they came to America in 1607. Walk through the life-size re-creations of the colonists’ crude fort, explore the mock-up Native American Powhatan village and climb aboard a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia. Then, fast forward to the 18th century to spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, Britain’s largest colony in the New World from 1699 to 1780. Chat with

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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

DAY 5 WILLIAMSBURG – MONTICELLO – SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK j Visit the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech when you visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. For a more genteel window into Jefferson’s life, explore Monticello (translating to “little mountain”), his neoclassical Italian estate perched atop a hill. Nearby, as the shadows lengthen over the Blue Ridge Mountains, take famed Skyline Drive into Shenandoah National Park to be inspired by the vistas that shaped the imaginations of early American settlers. With luck, you might even spot black bears, whitetailed deer or a peregrine falcon. Upon arrival at the hotel you will receive a Local Expert presentation about the ecology of the area. (FB D) Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge (NP) DAY 6 SHENANDOAH – HARPERS FERRY – GETTYSBURG A small town with a big story, Harpers Ferry was home to the federal arsenal captured briefly by abolitionist John Brown’s small army. Brown and his men were soon defeated by a contingent of Marines led by Robert E. Lee, but the incident gave the West Virginia town a permanent place on the map of American history. Explore the quaint village on your own before travelling on to Gettysburg. Here you’ll immerse yourself in the narrative of the Civil War. Visit the incredible $135 million Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, home to the breathtaking Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. (FB) Hotel: Wyndham Gettysburg (F)

DAY 7 GETTYSBURG – LANCASTER COUNTY – PHILADELPHIA 5 F Cannons blazing, trumpets sounding, the blue and the gray—join your Local Guide at the site of one of the Civil War’s most pivotal battles. The events at Gettysburg—where General George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia—turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months after the historic struggle, the battlefield was also the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. A short drive takes you from war to the peace of Lancaster’s traditional Amish agricultural community. Spend some time among their verdant fields and clapboard farmhouses before arriving in Philadelphia, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. You’ll stay in the heart of the city’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Society Hill Hotel (SF) DAY 8 PHILADELPHIA – DEPART WASHINGTON, D.C. Walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in one of the foremost cities of American history. Begin with a visit to the National Constitution Center—an interactive museum tracing the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effects it has had around the world. Then explore Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Return to Washington, D.C., where a complimentary transfer connects you to Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan National Airport, or to the hotel in Washington, D.C., for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 5:30 p.m. from Dulles International Airport or 6:30 p.m. from Ronald Reagan National Airport. (FB)

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Monticello, Virginia

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Learn about the production of mead—honey wine—and sample some with your lunch, a meal comprised of local New Hampshire ingredients. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Learn about the ecology of the White Mountains during a presentation by a naturalist in North Conway. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in New York City and Nantucket. • I Local Speciality Experience the flavours of New York City on a food tasting tour. n Visit a cranberry bog. n Try a variety of local cheeses at the Cabot Creamery. n Visit a local cidery and sample fresh apple cider. n Witness the making of sugar on snow. n Learn about the creation of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and taste this sweet treat.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • New York City See the city’s main highlights on a guided tour. • Newport Tour the Breakers Mansion. • New Bedford Visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum and learn about the history of whaling in America. • Cape Cod Ferry to Nantucket for a guided tour. • Essex Junction Take a cooking class and dine on the fruits of your labour. • Vermont Countryside Sample cider from a local mill; savour the creamy products of Cabot Creamery; indulge with tastings of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. • Montpelier Tour and taste the flavours available at a local maple syrup farm. • Boston Discover the city on a sightseeing tour.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch with wine at Moonlight Meadery • 6 evening meals: E Harbour Cruise Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in New York n 2 three-course dinners n F Highlight Dinner in Hyannis with wine n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Essex Junction n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Boston

DAY 1 ARRIVE NEW YORK CITY (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to New York City! Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing from your travels or doing a little exploring of this great metropolis on your own. Your holiday begins with a special Harbour Cruise Welcome Reception. At 5:30 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers to board a boat for an insider’s introduction to one of the world ‘s most captivating cities. During a relaxing voyage through the beautiful harbour enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. (WR) Hotel: Hilton New York (SF) DAY 2 NEW YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING 5 I Take a bite of the Big Apple today on a tour of the city’s highlights with a Local Guide. See the towering Empire State Building and expansive Central Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. This afternoon, sample the tastes of New York on a foodthemed Local Speciality tour of a city famous for its edible offerings. The evening is yours to enjoy—take in a Broadway show or just explore the bustling streets, soaking up the atmosphere of “the city so nice they named it twice.” (FB) DAY 3 NEW YORK CITY – NEWPORT Spend the morning wrapping up your New York stay with some time on your own. Then head for New England and travel up the coast to the city of Newport. Step into the Gilded Age here, once the destination of choice for the Vanderbilts, Astors and Carnegies—the titans of industry. Today, this beautiful seaside town offers history aficionados a wealth of architectural landmarks and entertaining stories of life among the 19th-century rich and famous. See rows of mansions along Ocean Drive before touring the Breakers, the 70-room Italianate palace Cornelius Vanderbilt called his “cottage.” This evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions. (FB D) Hotel: Newport Marriott (SF) DAY 4 NEWPORT – NEW BEDFORD – CAPE COD/HYANNIS (2 NIGHTS) I F Continue your exploration of New England with a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Walk the scale models of the whaling ships and see the skeleton of a whale up close. Following New Bedford, take a guided bog tour at a cranberry farm, a New England Local Speciality. This evening, arrive at Cape Cod in Hyannis. Settle into beach life with a local Highlight Dinner. (FB HD) Hotel: Hyannis Harbor Hotel (F)

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DAY 5 NANTUCKET SIGHTSEEING 5 Ferry from Cape Cod to the picturesque island of Nantucket. Upon arrival on the island, embark on a tour with a Local Guide. See the cobblestone streets and quintessential island cottages; the icon Sankaty Head Lighthouse that stands at the eastern end of the island; take in the pristine sandy beaches, diverse outdoor attractions and historical and cultural draws—the artists’ community and other one-of-a-kind boutiques. After spending some time on this island paradise, head back to Hyannis. (FB)

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where it all began along with a sample of a few favourite flavours. After a day of tastings, arrive at your resort. (FB) Hotel: The Essex Resort & Spa (SF)

DAY 6 CAPE COD – KENNEBUNKPORT – NORTH CONWAY j Head inland toward the pretty town of North Conway on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. Stop in the town of Kennebunkport before finishing your drive through scenic New Hampshire to North Conway. This afternoon, traverse the White Mountains. As you make your way through forests of sugar maple, mountain ash and white birch, keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife that call this area home. This evening, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna during an engaging presentation by a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort (F) DAY 7 NORTH CONWAY – ESSEX JUNCTION (2 NIGHTS) I Today is a day to savour the foods of New England. Head across the landscapes of Vermont and sample the flavours of this region at each stop. First, visit the Cabot Creamery, a family-owned farm producing a variety of cheeses. Observe the process before sampling a few varieties of the Local Speciality for yourself. Next, visit a cidery producing apple cider, also a Local Speciality, and learn about the craft. And, of course, a tasting follows! Finish your culinary tour of Vermont with a stop at Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream makers whose funky flavours have taken them from one Vermont store to a world-wide name. They originated here, making them your third Vermont Local Speciality, and you will see

DAY 9 ESSEX JUNCTION – BOSTON (2 NIGHTS) I B Make your way to Morse Maple Farm for a tour and tasting of a famous Vermont Local Speciality, “Sugar on Snow.” Travel back across New Hampshire and stop at Moonlight Meadery and learn about the production of mead—wine made from honey—crafted exclusively from wildflower honey. Feast on a Be My Guest lunch comprised of local New Hampshire ingredients served alongside your sample of mead. Then head to Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States. From lobster to Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Boston has plenty of claims to fame and plenty to see, taste and experience. (FB BG) Hotel: Omni Parker House (SF) DAY 10 BOSTON SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Embark on a fascinating city tour and become immersed in “Beantown.” With several stops along Boston’s famed Freedom Trail, you’ll hear all about the struggle and courage of the American colonists during revolutionary times. Then view the colourful neighbourhoods of Back Bay and Bunker Hill. The rest of the day is yours to visit the waterfront, stroll the Harvard University campus or get to know the locals in a friendly pub. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 11 DEPART BOSTON Your holiday comes to an end with a transfer to Boston Logan International Airport. (FB)

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DAY 8 ESSEX JUNCTION FREE TIME F Enjoy a day on your own. Choose to take advantage of your resort’s outdoor activity offerings. Set off on foot or on bike to catch the sights on a nearby trail or head into downtown Burlington to capitalize on the cultural scene. This evening, gather at the resort for a cooking class. After crafting your meal, dine on the finished product with your fellow chefs at a Highlight Dinner. (FB HD)

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Insider Experiences • GUEST SAVOUR A BE MY B BE MY • B Be My Guest Savour a Be My Guest reception and dinner at a private Natchez Mansion. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in New Orleans. • I Local Speciality Encounter America’s most famous Whiskey— Jack Daniel’s—and see how it is created from start to finish n Visit an authentic cotton plantation.

Sightseeing Highlights • Nashville Explore the city; visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and take a tour of Studio B; attend a live recording at the Grand Ole Opry. • Memphis Explore the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll”; enjoy a private tour of the Rock and Soul Museum. • Graceland Visit Elvis Presley’s estate, collections and gravesite. • Natchez Tour the city and visit a historical antebellum mansion. • Oak Alley Visit this historic plantation and tour the beautiful mansion. • Frogmore Plantation Learn about past and present cotton production. • New Orleans Stroll through the historic French Quarter and Garden District; visit an above-ground cemetery. • m Small Group Sightseeing See New Orleans on an expert guided tour with a group of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.

Dining Highlights • 9 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: F Highlight Lunch with wine at New Orleans School of Cooking • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Nashville n 1 tapas and wine dinner n K Your Choice Dining in Memphis n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Natchez n F Farewell Dinner with wine in New Orleans

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DAY 1 ARRIVE NASHVILLE (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Music City! Get settled at your hotel and enjoy some time on your own this afternoon to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel (SF) DAY 2 NASHVILLE – GRAND OLE OPRY No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. See memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks as you explore this shrine to country music. Wrap up your exploration of musical history with a tour of RCA’s Studio B, one of the world’s most successful recording studios where such musicians as Elvis Presley recorded their sounds. Explore the world’s country music capital, starting with Music Row, the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry, and home to the record labels, radio stations and recording studios where such greats as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Dolly Parton recorded the hits that defined the Nashville sound. Attend a live taping at the Grand Ole Opry, home to America’s longest-running live radio program. Before the show, enjoy a tapas and wine dinner. (FB D) DAY 3 NASHVILLE – LYNCHBURG – MEMPHIS (2 NIGHTS) I Head out to Lynchburg for a taste of life in the country and an introduction to a Southern Local Speciality and America’s most famous whiskey—Jack Daniel’s. Embark on a guided tour to see how clear spring water and corn, rye and barley become smooth-sippin’ Tennessee whiskey. Then travel from Lynchburg to the birthplace of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. In Memphis, take a stroll down Beale Street past Sun Studios, see the hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and savour the late-afternoon light on the Big Muddy. Enjoy the evening at leisure to sample some Southern cookin’ and check out some live music. (FB) Hotel: Memphis Marriott Downtown (SF) DAY 4 MEMPHIS – GRACELAND EXCURSION K Graceland is as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the

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effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. On a guided tour, marvel at the Jungle Room, the private jets, custom cars and walls full of gold and platinum records. Stroll the grounds and you just might find yourself humming “Blue Suede Shoes;” if so, don’t worry, there’s free time this afternoon to pick up a pair before joining your travelling companions for a Memphis Your Choice Dining experience where you will select your eatery from one of four Memphis favourites. (FB YC) DAY 5 MEMPHIS – NATCHEZ (2 NIGHTS) B This morning, enjoy an exclusive tour of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before it opens to the rest of the public. Take in the exhibits that document the musical history of Memphis. Then depart for Natchez. Founded by the French in 1716, Natchez was home to a flowering antebellum culture. Tonight, step back in time with a private tour of a Renaissance Revival mansion with a local Natchez storyteller. Your authentic Be My Guest experience will begin as your host welcomes you with a cocktail reception, takes you on a guided tour of the elegant Southern home, then escorts you to an authentic and specially prepared ballroom dinner. As you finish your meal, you’ll be charmed by the entrance of costumed tableaux dancers who famously portray life in antebellum Mississippi through song and dance. (FB BG) Hotel: Natchez Eola Hotel (F) DAY 6 NATCHEZ SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE I Along the river lie the great cotton fields of the South. Stop at Frogmore Plantation & Gins to learn about the White Gold of the Mississippi Delta. With your costumed hosts, tour a reconstructed 19th-century cotton plantation and compare it to the modern-day operation that produces more than 900 bales of the Local Speciality each day. Spend a day taking in more of the nation’s Southern history in Natchez. See the gracious homes overlooking the river and enjoy a tour of palatial Stanton Hall, built by a Natchez plantation owner. Enjoy this evening at leisure. (FB)

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it’s out to the lovely Garden District, home to some of the best-preserved Southern mansions in the United States. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own: grab a po’ boy or some fresh beignets, stroll down Bourbon Street or hit the lively waterfront area. (FB) DAY 9 NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING & AT LEISURE F Enjoy a leisurely morning before visiting the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Discover the flair of Creole cuisine during a fun and interactive cooking class. Later, enjoy your culinary creations at a Highlight Lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore on your own. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to the bayou for a guided tour deep into the swamps. Look out for alligators! Or stay downtown and stroll Magazine Street, visit Marie Laveau’s Historic Voodoo Museum or catch a little jazz piano while cooling off and watching the world go by. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner at the famed Court of the Two Sisters. (FB HL FD) DAY 10 DEPART NEW ORLEANS Say ‘Au Revoir’ to the Big Easy this morning. A complimentary transfer is provided to New Orleans International Airport. (FB)

DAY 7 NATCHEZ – OAK ALLEY – NEW ORLEANS (3 NIGHTS) From Natchez, travel to the countryside to marvel at Oak Alley Plantation. This classic antebellum home sits on the Mississippi River and amazes visitors with its quarter mile canopy of 300-year-old live oak trees. In this grand dame of Southern mansions, learn about the lives of the plantation owners. Late this afternoon, arrive in New Orleans proper and enjoy some time at leisure. (FB) Hotel: New Orleans Marriott (SF) DAY 8 NEW ORLEANS SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE m 5 Delight in a hearty New Orleans breakfast and coffee before today’s exploration of the Crescent City. Join a Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide and see the atmospheric French Quarter and Jackson Square, originally called Place d’Armes when it was the centre of the old city, and tour one of the city’s above ground cemeteries. Then

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest You’ll be the guests of two master barbecue chefs for an outdoor feast of traditional American barbecue with beer and wine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery and sample the beer.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Chicago Enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful lakefront city. • Pontiac Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. • Springfield See the tomb of President Lincoln. • Meramec Caverns Explore the one-time hideaway of legendary Jesse James. • Branson Kick your heels up in an all-American musical extravaganza destination. • Tulsa Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. • Oklahoma City Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. • Clinton Stroll through decades of history and culture at the Route 66 Museum. • Amarillo See iconic Cadillac Ranch, one of America’s most striking outdoor art installations. • Albuquerque Spend two nights in this major Route 66 outpost; visit Old Town and cruise down Central Avenue. • Petrified Forest National Park Wonder at this ancient desert landscape. • Flagstaff See the charming historic downtown and the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest. • Grand Canyon National Park Travel along the canyon’s Desert View Drive. • Las Vegas Visit the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” • Los Angeles Enjoy an orientation tour of this exciting city.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Chicago n B Be My Guest dinner with drinks in St. Louis. n 2 three-course dinners n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Oklahoma City n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Los Angeles

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CHICAGO E Welcome to the starting point of Route 66! Get settled in at your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing from your travels or set out on your own to get acquainted with the city of Chicago. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: The Palmer House Hilton (MD) DAY 2 CHICAGO – SPRINGFIELD After an introduction to the Windy City, including elegant Lake Shore Drive and the Magnificent Mile, hit the road for a good, old-fashioned American road trip. Just outside Chicago, see several of Route 66’s original gas stations. Explore the history and cultural impact of America’s Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Roll on southwest to Springfield, where you will visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Springfield (F) DAY 3 SPRINGFIELD – ST. LOUIS I B Get ready for a real taste of America’s Midwest today, starting with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway arch. Take a break at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a Route 66 favourite since 1929. Then, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery— from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room—and enjoy a taste of this Local Speciality as well. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy barbecue sauce with a team of master barbecue chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest barbecue dinner, hot off the grill. (FB BG) Hotel: Omni Majestic Hotel (MD) DAY 4 ST. LOUIS – MERAMEC CAVERNS – BRANSON Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi river via the Chain of Rocks Bridge, named for the rocks that made crossing the river so rough before the bridge was built in the 1960s. As you near the middle, keep your eyes peeled for the bridge’s most notable feature, a 22-degree bend. Go underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James, for a glimpse of some outstanding subterranean formations. Then it’s onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson. Explore Branson Landing, a shopping, dining and entertainment hub on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Tonight, perhaps get your kicks at an optional dinner show. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing (F) DAY 5 BRANSON – WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL – OKLAHOMA CITY (2 NIGHTS) F Roll on through historic Joplin, Missouri into eastern Oklahoma, an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highways. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humorist Will Rogers, who once said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” See more classics of the Old Road such as the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown. (FB HD) Hotel: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown (MF) DAY 6 OKLAHOMA CITY SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. After lunch, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. The rest of the day is yours to explore historic Bricktown. (FB)


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DAY 7 OKLAHOMA CITY – ROUTE 66 MUSEUM – AMARILLO In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Crossing into the Texas Panhandle, return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping at Amarillo, the “yellow rose of Texas.” (FB) Hotel: The Ambassador Hotel (F) DAY 8 AMARILLO – ALBUQUERQUE (2 NIGHTS) Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside Amarillo. Stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque where the spirit of Route 66 still thrives. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blueplate specials that have hardly changed since the heyday of the “Main Street of America.” (FB D) Hotel: Albuquerque Marriott (SF) DAY 9 ALBUQUERQUE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME While Albuquerque didn’t boom until the coming of Route 66, the city existed for more than 300 years. Take a tour of Old Town and see the old adobe architecture and enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Visit one of the many museums, relax in a cafe or perhaps opt to visit southwestern arts-filled Santa Fe. (FB) DAY 10 ALBUQUERQUE – FLAGSTAFF Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the history of Route 66 immortalized on the main drag. See the Historic El Rancho hotel, which served as a homebase to the movie stars who came to the desert for their films. Crossing into Arizona, watch the sun play over the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow before arriving in Flagstaff with its quaint downtown and pine-forested hills. (FB D) Hotel: Radisson Woodlands Hotel Flagstaff (F) DAY 11 FLAGSTAFF – CAMERON TRADING POST – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK As the morning sun gilds the desert landscape, visit the traditional land of the Navajo people. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Spend the night inside the park, allowing plenty of time to explore this natural world wonder. For more stunning views, take an optional plane or helicopter trip to see the canyon from the sky. (FB) Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP) DAY 12 GRAND CANYON – SELIGMAN – KINGMAN – LAS VEGAS Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Then drive through Hackberry, a Route 66 ghost town along the original route. Further ahead, stop in Kingman, a Route 66 hotspot that has kept the old culture alive. Driving the Mother Road in these desert oases is like time travelling to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then it’s full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas. The afternoon and evening are

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yours to hit The Strip, catch a show or try your luck at the slots. (FB) Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF) DAY 13 LAS VEGAS – HOLLYWOOD – LOS ANGELES F Travel from Sin City to the City of Angels today, with one last jaunt on Route 66 near the town of Barstow. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, see the sights, including Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard and the place where the road comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel (SF) DAY 14 DEPART LOS ANGELES Say good-bye to the road and take flight. A complimentary transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport. (FB)

Route 66 with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Reference: DRSB Join this special departure and experience the famous International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, the world’s largest and most photographed event of its kind! The World's Premier Balloon Event DAY 1 TO DAY 8 These days will operate as per Days 1-8 on the 14 day itinerary.

DAY 9 ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA Rise early to watch the greatest show in the air. Gaze in wonder as hundreds of brightly coloured hot air balloons rise into the clear blue autumn sky. Spend some time exploring the grounds and then gather again for the spectacular Balloon Glow where all the balloons light their burners in unison to illuminate the night sky. Conclude your day with a bang—the After Glow fireworks show! (FB) DAY 10 TO DAY 14 Days 10-14 will operate as per Days 10-14 on the 14-Day itinerary.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Relax with your host at a Niagara Falls winery for a delicious meal and idyllic view of the vineyard. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Washington, D.C., Montreal and Quebec City. • I Local Speciality Try your hand at making the Amish speciality, whoopie pies, in Lancaster County. n Visit the Corning Museum of Glass.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • New York City See the city’s main highlights on an orientation tour. • Washington, D.C. Enjoy a tour highlighting the capital’s famous landmarks. • Arlington Visit Arlington National Cemetery, where many of the nation’s heroes rest. • Lancaster County Explore the Amish country. • Niagara Falls View the falls on the Maid of the Mist; visit a local winery for a tour and wine tasting. • Toronto Enjoy a panoramic city tour including the beautiful Harbourfront. • Ottawa Explore Canada’s capital city and view its most recognized landmarks. • Montreal Join a sightseeing tour of old and new Montreal. • Quebec City Tour the walled city and Plains of Abraham. • Boston Discover the city on a sightseeing tour along the Freedom Trail. • Newport Visit this colonial seaport and view Ocean Drive’s famous mansions.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 7 evening meals: E A Harbour Cruise Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in New York. n 4 three-course dinners n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Niagara Falls n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Boston

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 29 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE NEW YORK CITY E Welcome to New York! Check into your hotel and then head out on your own for an afternoon of discovering New York City. Grab a slice of pizza or a hot dog from a street vendor, browse the high-end shops or just relax at your hotel. At 5:30 p.m. your holiday begins with a special Harbour Cruise Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Board a boat for an insider’s introduction to one of the world’s most captivating cities. Toast the beginning of an unforgettable trip during a relaxing voyage through the beautiful harbour with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. (WR) Hotel: New York Marriott East Side (F) DAY 2 NEW YORK – PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON, D.C. (2 NIGHTS) Take a bite out of the Big Apple. View the Statue of Liberty, the towering Empire State Building, pulsating Times Square and grand Central Park. Travel on to the City of Brotherly Love and visit the Liberty Bell Center. View Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, before travelling on to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. This evening enjoy a dinner in the capital city. (FB D) Hotel: Capital Hilton (SF) DAY 3 WASHINGTON, D.C. SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation today as you view the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building and visit the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II and Vietnam War memorials with a Local Guide. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and learn about the heroes at rest. Enjoy the remainder of the day on your own—perhaps visit one of the Smithsonian’s museums or galleries or take a stroll around Dupont Circle. (FB) DAY 4 WASHINGTON, D.C. – LANCASTER COUNTY/AMISH COUNTRY I Roll back in time to explore the rural back roads of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County with a guide. Learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same as they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Tonight, after a hearty dinner, practice preparing whoopie pies, a delicious Local Speciality, for your dessert. (FB D) Hotel: The Inn at Leola Village (SF) DAY 5 LANCASTER COUNTY – NIAGARA FALLS (2 NIGHTS) I Journey across Pennsylvania through the eastern corner of New York. Stop in at the Corning Museum of Glass, a Local Speciality. Displayed here are 35 centuries of glass ware, from ancient to contemporary creations. Learn about everything from the beautiful sculptures to the discoveries that move the ever-changing world of glass forward. Head into Canada to reach the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow—the majestic Niagara Falls. (FB) Hotel: Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview (SF) DAY 6 NIAGARA FALLS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME B After soaking up the panoramic views and thunderous roar of the falls, set out on the Maid of the Mist for an exhilarating boat ride to the


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base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. Look over your shoulder to catch a last glimpse of a rainbow before leaving this magical setting. Enjoy some free time today to explore Niagara Falls more on your own. This evening, visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and tasting of their award-winning wines, including ice wine, a speciality to the region and a drink that can only be produced in a few other areas of the world. Later, relax with a Be My Guest dinner with bucolic views of the vineyard. (FB BG) DAY 7 NIAGARA FALLS – TORONTO Travel on to the picturesque community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before arriving on the shores of the Great Lake Ontario and cosmopolitan Toronto. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (MD) DAY 8 TORONTO – OTTAWA Travel to Ottawa, Canada’s stately capital. Enjoy an introductory tour of the city, including the elegant buildings of Parliament Hill; Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada and the beautiful downtown galleries and museums. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (MD) DAY 9 OTTAWA – MONTREAL Today takes you from Canada’s administrative capital to the cultural heart of French Canada and the largest French-speaking city outside of France. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a restaurant in charming Old Montreal. (FB D) Hotel: Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel (SF) DAY 10 MONTREAL – QUEBEC CITY (2 NIGHTS) 5 Your expert Local Guide introduces you to the pleasures of Montreal, including the spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica, the colourful port area and Place Jacques-Cartier, epicentre of the old city. Stop at Mount Royal for a panoramic view, and then wind your way along the beautiful St. Lawrence River to the fortified walls of Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (FB D) Hotel: Hilton Quebec (MD) DAY 11 QUEBEC CITY SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Explore Quebec City’s winding streets and historic sites with your Local Guide. Learn about the city’s French and English military past at the fortified Citadel and the Plains of Abraham, the site of a major colonial battle. This afternoon, perhaps visit a gallery, take a carriage ride through the cobblestone streets or simply relax at a sidewalk cafe. (FB) DAY 12 QUEBEC CITY – FRANCONIA NOTCH – BOSTON (2 NIGHTS) Leave the birthplace of French Canada and cross back into the United States. Traverse New Hampshire on your way to Franconia Notch in the heart of the White Mountains. As you make your way through forests of sugar maple and white birch, watch for the black bear, moose and deer that call this area home. Arrive in Boston and enjoy the evening on your own. (FB) Hotel: Omni Parker House (SF)

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Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person, twin share.

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DAY 13 BOSTON SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Immerse yourself in Boston’s rich history, from the Old North Church to Boston Harbor, site of the famous Tea Party, and along the Freedom Trail. This afternoon, continue your exploration as you please—visit the bar that inspired the TV show Cheers or explore the lovely Public Gardens. If you like, take an optional tour of Harvard University, America’s oldest university. This evening, toast your holiday and your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 14 BOSTON – NEWPORT – DEPART NEW YORK CITY Once the summer home of the Vanderbilts, Astors and Carnegies, the “captains of industry,” the seaside town of Newport now offers history aficionados a wealth of stunning architectural landmarks. See the rows of mansions along Ocean Drive before returning to New York. A complimentary transfer is provided to New York JFK International Airport and the hotel in New York for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 7 p.m. (FB)

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Canada exhilarating sights at every turn Discover the beauty of Canada with Trafalgar as we take you on a journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Western Canada is renowned for its astonishingly beautiful landscapes, the towering Rocky Mountains and Canada’s largest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede. During wintertime, climb aboard the ‘Snow Train’ for a truly unique experience, where you’ll make new discoveries unlike any other time of the year. Eastern Canada mixes the flavour and charm of Europe with the bustle of America, and is home to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Let our experienced Travel Directors give you an authentic insider’s view of these places with their knowledge of nature, culture and history to create a holiday experience like no other.

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FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details Notre-Dame Altar, Montreal

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Insider Experiences • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at a fun, interactive presentation in Jasper.

Sightseeing Highlights • Icefields Parkway Motor along this stunning highway. • Columbia Icefield Ride an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier. • Jasper National Park Stay two nights in the heart of the National Park; join a narrated walk along Maligne Canyon. • Yoho National Park View the Natural Bridge, Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. • Banff Spend a relaxing three nights in this famed alpine resort town. • Banff National Park Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Lake Louise Enjoy a guided walk along the lake. • Moraine Lake View this stunning lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CALGARY E Welcome to Calgary! Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or opt to explore the city. Visit the arts district or make use of easy access to public transportation to see all that Calgary has to offer. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Delta Bow Valley (SF) DAY 2 CALGARY – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – JASPER (2 NIGHTS) j Head north along the stunning Icefields Parkway, driving beneath snowcapped peaks, and alongside thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including grizzly and black bears, moose, elk and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a unique journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park where you’ll learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Sawridge Inn Jasper (SF) DAY 3 JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about one of Canada’s longest underground river systems while strolling along the canyon’s trail, past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. The rest of the day

• 6 full breakfasts • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Calgary n K Your Choice Dining in Banff n 1 three-course dinner n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Banff

First Class Highlights • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 6 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets, or join one of the optional activities, which include a gentle float trip down the Athabasca River or a guided alpine excursion to Mount Edith Cavell. (FB) DAY 4 JASPER – YOHO – EMERALD LAKE – BANFF (3 NIGHTS) K Cross the Continental Divide and set out for Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, spectacular scenery and Natural Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. You’ll see Emerald Lake, sparkling with the blue-green hue of a precious jewel. Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as hoodoos. End the day in the quintessential alpine village of Banff with a Your Choice Dining experience where you will select your dinner location from one of four Banff favourites. (FB YC) Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F) DAY 5 LAKE LOUISE – MORAINE LAKE – BANFF AT LEISURE Ice-blue glaciers, pounding waterfalls and surging rivers dominate the landscape on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Soon the stunning emerald and aquamarine lakes of the Rockies are revealed. Visit postcard-perfect Lake Louise and take a narrated stroll along the lakeshore to learn about the geology and history of the area. Continue on to stunning Moraine Lake, nestled in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Spend the rest of the day as you like—perhaps ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges or a river float trip down the Bow River. Tonight, if the landscape makes you feel like singing, choose a fun outing at Banff’s entertaining musical dinner. (FB) DAY 6 BANFF AT LEISURE F Today is yours to explore as you please. Browse the shops along Banff Avenue, take a hike and enjoy your spectacular setting, or be wowed by bird’s-eye views of the Rockies with an optional scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day. This evening, join your newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 7 BANFF – DEPART CALGARY This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival in Calgary, a complimentary transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the hotel in Calgary for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 2 p.m. (FB)

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Canada’s Rockies with Calgary Stampede Reference: DC5A The Calgary Stampede takes place at the beginning of July every year. With Trafalgar, you can experience this worldfamous event on selected departures. DAY 1 ARRIVE CALGARY (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Calgary! Get settled at your hotel, and spend the afternoon relaxing or opt to explore Calgary. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions at the hotel for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Delta Bow Valley (SF) DAY 2 CALGARY STAMPEDE Don your boots and Stetson for the world-famous Calgary Stampede, an exciting spectacle of classic rodeo events and grandstand shows. Spend the entire day at “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Your all-day pass includes reserved seating for the world’s largest rodeo and admission to the Stampede Park, home to agricultural and livestock exhibits, live bands and an amusement park. This evening, get your adrenaline pumping at the Stampede’s thrilling chuckwagon races, in which teams of horses pull traditional chuckwagons around a racetrack. Cap off the day with a bang at the Grandstand Show, a singing and dancing musical extravaganza and fireworks display. (FB) DAY 3 TO DAY 8 Days 3-8 will operate as per Days 2-7 on the 7-Day itinerary.

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Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills with optional Calgary Stampede INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Learn about moose, bear and beavers at a Wildlife Presentation in Jasper n Enjoy a discussion with one of the athletes in training at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Vancouver Tour this vibrant waterfront city including Stanley Park. • Sea-To-Sky Highway Travel this scenic highway from the coast to Whistler. • Britannia Mine Museum Explore a historic mining tunnel and pan for gold. • Whistler Visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre or take a guided bike ride. • Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains Ride a gondola between the peaks of North America’s largest ski area. • Cache Creek Experience frontier hospitality at historic Hat Creek Ranch. • Athabasca River Have a ball on a white-water rafting excursion or gentle float trip. • Jasper National Park Spend two nights inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Icefields Parkway Be astounded by the icefields, glaciers and emerald lakes along this spectacular highway. • Athabasca Glacier Explore on the glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. • Peyto Lake Gaze in awe at this incredible turquoise jewel of the Rockies. • Lake Louise Walk, photograph or simply enjoy this emerald lake. • Banff National Park Sightsee inside Canada’s oldest National Park. • Banff Explore the scenic surroundings of this quaint alpine town.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 4 evening meals: E Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver n 1 three-course dinner n F Highlight Dinner with drinks in Whistler Village n F Farewell Dinner pizza and bowling night with drinks in Banff

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE VANCOUVER E Get ready for a thrilling adventure with your family and friends in the eye-popping Coast Mountains and Canadian Rockies, combining spectacular natural wonders with river rafting, canoeing, hiking and more. Check into your hotel and get settled. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a festive Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (SF) DAY 2 VANCOUVER – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY – WHISTLER F Start your morning with a brief city tour of vibrant Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Then, travel the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, stopping to visit the Britannia Mine Museum. Here, descend by train into the depths of this historic mining tunnel and try your luck panning for gold. Arrive in Whistler and stop in at the Sports Museum and learn about some of the athletic history of this city that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This afternoon, choose from two options: head out on a guided twohour bike tour through this popular summer outdoors mecca, or visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn about two distinctly different First Nations of British Columbia. Then, hold your breath when you look more than 395 metres (1,300 feet) straight down from the world’s highest and longest gondola ride, the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This evening, stroll around Whistler Village and enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (SF) DAY 3 WHISTLER – CACHE CREEK – KAMLOOPS Leave Whistler and the Coast Mountains and step back in time with a visit to historic Hat Creek Ranch. Interpreters in period clothing bring

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alive the fascinating tales of this 1860s roadhouse, which catered to miners and wagon trains. Stroll through the apple orchard, view the antique farming equipment and explore the ranch buildings. Walk along beautiful Hat Creek to the native village of the Shuswap Nation where members share their captivating culture. Continue to Kamloops and check into your hotel. Tonight, rally your mateys for a fun-filled evening of miniature golf. (FB) Hotel: The Thompson Hotel (F) DAY 4 KAMLOOPS – JASPER (2 NIGHTS) j Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arriving in Jasper, you and your family will face two thrilling choices—either get splashed on a rip-roaring white water rafting adventure on the mighty Athabasca River or take a gentle float trip on calmer waters. Whichever you choose, you’ll marvel at the magnificent landscapes of Jasper National Park. After dinner, enjoy a fun presentation on the park’s wildlife with a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Chateau Jasper (SF) DAY 5 JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIME Spend today rockin’ the Rockies as you like, or choose from optional outdoor activities. Ask your family members for a quick vote on whether to take a scenic cruise on the pristine Maligne Lake or if they want to don their hiking boots for a guided alpine walk for “oohing and aahing” beneath the splendour of Mount Edith Cavell. (FB) DAY 6 JASPER – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – LAKE LOUISE – BANFF (2 NIGHTS) Now that you’ve done some thrillin’, time to start the chillin’ as you travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and the amazing Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. Ride out on the massive Athabasca Glacier ice sheet aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer and learn amazing facts about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Travel on to Banff National Park for another peak experience. As you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Travel on to the ultimate postcard-setting, Lake Louise, where you can do some chillin’ on your own—maybe paddle your own canoe across the emerald clear waters or take a leisurely hike along the shore. Tonight, settle into the welcoming mountain community of Banff. (FB) Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F) DAY 7 BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Strike out on your own this morning with an optional helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Then, get going with one Rocky Mountain high after another. View beautiful Bow Falls, majestic Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner and Sulphur Mountain. Play a game of “What creature do you see?” as you spot the whimsical hoodoos overlooking Bow Valley. This afternoon, you can opt to put on your boots and

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bandanas for some spectacular horseback riding, following the trail along the Bow River and hanging on to your hat at the Windy Knoll Viewpoint. Tonight, join the gang at a Farewell Dinner pizza night with a rousing game of bowling celebrating this high-scoring family experience. (FB FD) DAY 8 BANFF – DEPART CALGARY j Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and stop at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Enjoy a discussion with a Local Expert, one of the young athletes in training, and browse the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the hotel in Calgary if you are extending your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 p.m. (FB)

Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills with Calgary Stampede Reference: DSRF Yeehah! Hightail it down to the world’s largest rodeo and cheer on the world’s best rodeo athletes showing off their best cowboy skills and check out the awesome live bands, great barbecue, amazing exhibits and fabulous fireworks. DAY 1 TO DAY 7 These days will operate as shown on Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills Days 1-7. DAY 8 CALGARY STAMPEDE Depart Banff this morning and you’re off to the Calgary Stampede, the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Your all-day tickets include reserved seating at rodeo events and admission to the Stampede Park. Tonight, watch the Stampede’s amazing Chuckwagon Races. End the day with the Grandstand Show musical extravaganza and fireworks! (FB) Hotel: Delta Bow Valley (SF) DAY 9 DEPART CALGARY Take a complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport. (FB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper. n Learn about the Canadian Mounted Police at a “Meet a Mountie” presentation. n Learn about and taste ice wine and other local vintages from a sommelier in Kelowna. • l Unique Insight Visit a curling centre in Vancouver to learn about and play this ice sport. • I Local Speciality Take a guided tour of Vancouver’s Granville Market complete with tastings.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Vancouver See the city’s main attractions on a sightseeing tour. • The Canadian Travel from Vancouver to Jasper in style aboard The Canadian train. • Jasper See stunning Maligne Canyon; discover the Dark Sky Preserve on a guided stargazing tour. • Banff See the main sights; take a gondola ride for an aerial view of six mountain ranges; embark on a dog sledding adventure. • Victoria Visit beautiful Butterfly Gardens and see Butchart Gardens decorated for the holidays (in season).

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• 10 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: Onboard The Canadian • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver n 4 three-course dinners n F Highlight Dinner with wine and fondue in Lake Louise n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Victoria

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 10 nights First Class accommodation • VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian train (Sleeper Touring class) from Vancouver to Jasper • Private compartment with ensuite facilities that transforms into a bedroom at night with comfortable upper and lower berths • Full access to the Skyline Car with its glass-dome ceiling, Park Car and lounges • All tips to train personnel included • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE VANCOUVER E Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city and the jewel of British Columbia. Winter is a very special time of year to visit Canada when the always-beautiful landscapes transform into a snow-covered wonderland where travellers can experience a variety of activities not available during the summer months. After checking in at the hotel, relax or begin to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (SF) DAY 2 VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING – THE CANADIAN l I Travel to a local ice rink for a Unique Insight into Ice Curling, a distinctively Canadian sport similar to shuffleboard, but on ice! Next, enjoy a Local Speciality during a culinary tour of the Granville Market complete with tastings and a guide who will explain the market’s history and impact on the Vancouver food scene. This afternoon, see the totems at Stanley Park and visit Gastown and Chinatown before gathering with your new friends for dinner at a local restaurant. This evening, board The Canadian train for an overnight trip through the interior of British Columbia on your way to stunning Jasper National Park. (FB D) DAY 3 THE CANADIAN – JASPER (2 NIGHTS) Enjoy your private, comfortable compartment and all of the amenities on board today. Delight in panoramic views from the glass-dome ceiling in the Skyline Car of the passing landscape experiencing all the natural glory of Canada: snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, sparkling rivers and endless evergreen forests. Upon arrival in Jasper, transfer to your grand hotel ideally located with the incredible mountains as the backdrop. Enjoy beautifully-appointed guestrooms complete with charming amenities that create a homelike atmosphere complimented with excellent service that is quintessentially Fairmont. After getting settled in, enjoy an evening treat of s’mores and spirited refreshments around a bonfire. (FB L) Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (MD) DAY 4 JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME j Enjoy a presentation by a Local Expert about Jasper’s wildlife before embarking on an ice walk through Maligne Canyon. The afternoon is yours

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to continue your exploration as you please before gathering at the hotel for dinner where you will learn about a local favourite as the chef demonstrates the making of the Beaver Tail pastry. After satisfying your appetite, embark on a guided stargazing tour (weather permitting) to discover why Jasper is designated as the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve. (FB D) DAY 5 JASPER – BANFF (2 NIGHTS) j The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff is one of the most magnificent mountain drives in the world, made even more impressive during the winter months when the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies are overrun with glistening snow. Relax during a leisurely drive down to the quaint town of Banff. Check into your hotel, the stately Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and partake in a heritage tour of the magnificent property. After dinner, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” Local Expert presentation. (FB D) Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (MD)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip.International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

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is yours to continue trekking the park or take advantage of the countless amenities at your resort, a National Historic Site of Canada. Often called “The Castle in the Rockies,” the hotel has been welcoming guests for over 125 years and offers a variety of activities including a world-class spa, 12 restaurants and lounges, shopping, and a bowling centre. If you want to get out on the town tonight, choose to join an optional excursion for a dinner and a show. (FB) DAY 7 BANFF – LAKE LOUISE F A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits today as you learn all about and partake in dog sledding. Say Mush! as you guide your team of huskies along a specially groomed trail as they skillfully glide over the snowcovered ground. After, savour a hot chocolate around a roaring fire while you trade tales of your adventure. Head to Lake Louise this afternoon and upon arrival indulge in your choice of a guided Heritage Lake Shore Walk or Ice Skating before checking into your hotel. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with drinks this evening during a special fondue experience and presentation before ending the night with a snow shoe walk. (FB HD) Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (MD) DAY 8 LAKE LOUISE – KELOWNA j Bid farewell to Lake Louise and take to the road for a scenic drive to Kelowna. After arriving at your hotel, delight in a wine pairing with hors d’oeuvres and learn about ice wine and other local vintages of British Columbia during a Local Expert presentation by the hotel’s sommelier. (FB D) Hotel: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort (MD)

Dog sledding, Banff

DAY 6 BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Continue your exploration of Banff today with an unforgettable winter sleigh ride through the park before embarking on a gondola ride for a bird’s-eye view of six snowcapped mountain ranges. The rest of the day

DAY 10 VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F The morning is yours to relax and take in the atmosphere before an exciting excursion to Butterfly Gardens, a vast enclosure of tropical colour and aromas, home to more than 3,000 butterflies. Then, it’s on to beautiful Butchart Gardens. Your day ends with a Farewell Dinner at a family-owned winery with a delectable meal expertly paired with local vintages. (FB FD) DAY 11 VICTORIA – DEPART VANCOUVER Head back to the mainland and take your complimentary transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the holiday hotel downtown for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 2 p.m. (FB)

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DAY 9 KELOWNA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS) Head to charming Victoria today, the capital city of British Columbia. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening on your own. (FB) Hotel: Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (F)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Attend a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria and learn about their natural approach to pest control. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Strait of Georgia View British Columbia’s picturesque coastline onboard a ferry cruise. • Victoria See the city’s landmarks and explore Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Gardens. • Whistler Join a walking tour of the 2010 Olympic venue. • Cache Creek Visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch and a native village. • Banff National Park Explore this UNESCO World Heritage area. • Banff Tour the township and enjoy a scenic gondola ride. • Lake Louise Join an interpretive walk along the lake. • Icefields Parkway Motor along this spectacular alpine drive. • Columbia Icefield Ride an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier. • Jasper National Park Enjoy an interpretive walk along Maligne Canyon. • Mount Robson View the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. • Lac Le Jeune Walk along the lake; learn about the resident beaver colony.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Victoria • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver n 2 three-course dinners n F A progressive Highlight Dinner with wine in Whistler n F Farewell Dinner with wine at Lac Le Jeune

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 10 nights First Class accommodation • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets On all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE VANCOUVER E Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city! Check into your hotel and get settled or head out to explore the jewel of British Columbia on your own. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel (SF) DAY 2 VANCOUVER – STRAIT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS) B Set out for Stanley Park and the towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages, carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines. Enjoy a private tour of the winery and learn how they have taken a more natural approach to pest control by using raptors to patrol the vineyards. This afternoon, tour the exhibits of cyde and free flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies. (FB BG) Hotel: Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (F) DAY 3 VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative of the gardens who can answer any questions you have, and then spend some time exploring the gardens on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day on your own. Walk around town, do some shopping or perhaps join an optional whale-watching trip. (FB) DAY 4 VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY – WHISTLER F Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Listen to the thunder of the water at the 337-metre high (1,105-foot) Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler and stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of the village that hosted part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This evening, enjoy a progressive Highlight Dinner, savouring your meal over the course of three restaurants in Whistler. Enjoy your appetiser and a drink at the first, your main meal at the second and round the evening off with dessert at a third local eatery. (FB HD) Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (SF) DAY 5 WHISTLER – CACHE CREEK – KAMLOOPS Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains, and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. At historic Hat Creek Ranch, chat with costumed interpreters who will introduce you to what life was like in the midst of the great gold rush of the 1860s. Visit a local village where you can meet and talk with these native people who still live close to the land. (FB) Hotel: The Thompson Hotel (F) DAY 6 KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS) Sample the best of Canada’s natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest of alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Next, enter Glacier National Park and climb


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DAY 7 BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or join one of the many optional activities, including a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine, a river float trip down the Bow River or a fun-filled dinner show this evening. (FB) DAY 8 BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER (2 NIGHTS) j Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you’ll learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Then, soak up the stunning scenery with its azure glacial waters surrounded by deep green forests and jagged snow-covered mountains. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goats. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you’d like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you’ll learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert. (FB D) Hotel: Chateau Jasper (SF) DAY 9 JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon’s trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets of Jasper or join an optional guided alpine excursion to Mount Edith Cavell. (FB) DAY 10 JASPER – MOUNT ROBSON – LAC LE JEUNE F Head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies’ tallest peak at 3,959 metres (12,989 feet). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your resort on the shores of Lac Le Jeune. Take a nature walk with an expert to the beaver dam at the end of the lake. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions. (FB FD) Hotel: Lac Le Jeune Resort (MF) DAY 11 LAC LE JEUNE – DEPART VANCOUVER Returning to the Pacific coast, arrive back in Vancouver, where the journey ends. Take your complimentary transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel downtown if you want to extend your stay in Vancouver. Please do not schedule any flights before 6 p.m. (FB)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip.International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

W Best of Canada’s West with Calgary Stampede (DBSW). These departures feature two nights in Calgary at the Delta Bow Valley with entry to the Calgary Stampede.

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Best of Canada’s West With Calgary Stampede Reference: DBSW The Calgary Stampede takes place at the beginning of July every year. With Trafalgar you can experience this world-famous event on selected departures of the Best of Canada’s West. DAY 1 TO DAY 7 These days will operate as shown on Best of Canada’s West Days 1-7. DAY 8 BANFF – CALGARY (2 NIGHTS) Don your boots and Stetson as you arrive in Calgary to experience the world-famous Calgary Stampede, an exciting spectacle of classic rodeo events and grandstand shows. This evening, get your adrenaline pumping at the Stampede’s thrilling Chuckwagon Races, in which teams of horses pull traditional chuckwagons around a racetrack. Cap off the day with a bang at the Grandstand Show, an entertainment extravaganza and fireworks display. (FB) Hotel: Delta Bow Valley (SF) DAY 9 CALGARY STAMPEDE Spend the entire day at the Calgary Stampede, billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Your all-day pass includes reserved seating for the world’s largest rodeo and admission to the Stampede Park, home to agricultural and livestock exhibits, live bands and an amusement park. (FB) DAY 10 TO DAY 13 These days will operate as shown on Best of Canada’s West, Days 8-11.

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over stunning Rogers Pass. After crossing the Columbia River, you’ll be in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and a natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort. (FB D) Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy an exclusive winery tour and sample regional cuisine created with local seasonal ingredients at dinner in Niagara Falls. • 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 family-owned Copper Art Museum, in Quebec City, and learn how copper ore is transformed into works of art. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing in Montreal and Quebec City.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Toronto Enjoy an orientation tour of this vibrant, multi-cultural city. • Niagara Falls Experience the mighty falls up close aboard the Maid of the Mist; visit a local winery for a tour and tasting. • Kingston Visit Old Fort Henry and learn about British garrison life in the 19th century. • Upper Canada Village Step back in time during a visit to this recreated 1860s rural village. • Montreal Tour Mount Royal, Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica and the historic Old Port. • Montmorency Falls View these spectacular falls spilling into the St. Lawrence River. • Quebec City Spend two nights in this UNESCO World Heritage Site; join a city tour including the historic walled city and the Plains of Abraham. • Ottawa Enjoy an orientation tour of Canada’s capital including the stately Parliament Hill.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 full breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Toronto n 1 three-course dinner n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Niagara Falls n F Highlight Dinner cruise with wine in Kingston n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Ottawa

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 9 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE TORONTO (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Toronto, Canada’s largest city! After checking into your hotel, take advantage of some time on your own to relax or explore the hustle and bustle of the city. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (MD) DAY 2 TORONTO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Start the day with an orientation tour of cosmopolitan, multi-cultural Toronto, viewing Casa Loma, the massive castle residence built by a Toronto financier during the early 20th century; sprawling Queens Park; the lively entertainment district; stately University Avenue and the Provincial Parliament Buildings. The remainder of the day and evening are yours to explore this exciting city on your own or perhaps embark on an optional excursion to the top of the iconic CN Tower. (FB) DAY 3 TORONTO – NIAGARA FALLS B Experience the majesty of one of the world’s great natural wonders. Travel through the lush wine-growing region between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario before arriving at Niagara Falls. Enjoy a panoramic view of the falls before boarding the Maid of the Mist for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. There’s time for shopping and picture taking on the Canadian side of the falls. This evening, enjoy a delightful experience at a family-owned and operated winery. Join your hosts for an exclusive tour and wine tasting of their award-winning wines, including their famous ice wine, a speciality of the region, made from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The result: a refreshingly sweet dessert wine. Later, sample some of Niagara’s regional cuisine created with local seasonal ingredients at a Be My Guest dinner served in a marvellous setting with stunning views of the vineyard. (FB BG) Hotel: Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview (SF)

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DAY 4 NIAGARA FALLS – KINGSTON F Heading north, follow the scenic shores of Lake Ontario through the Ontario countryside to the historic town of Kingston. Here, visit Old Fort Henry, a 19th century British military fortress, and learn about British garrison life during the years just before the confederation of Canada was born, arising from three former British colonies. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner cruise across Kingston’s Thousand Islands region. (FB HD) Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Kingston (F)

Niagara Falls, Canada

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Spring Blooms: Delight in the magic of the Springtime during Ottawa’s outstanding Canadian Tulip Festival on our May 11 departure (as determined by Mother Nature). Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

30 metres (100 feet) taller than those at Niagara. On the way to Quebec City, enjoy a stop at a family-owned Copper Art Museum, a Local Speciality, where you will see a demonstration of how copper ore is transformed into beautiful works of art and browse the art gallery. You’ll even get to try your hand at creating a copper keepsake! This afternoon, find yourself within the fortified walls of old-world Quebec City with its artisanal bakeries, flower markets and lively cafes, offering a taste of Paris in the New World. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (FB D) Hotel: Hilton Quebec (MD) DAY 7 QUEBEC CITY SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Join your Local Guide on an exploration of the city, walking the narrow streets of the atmospheric Old Town and the Plains of Abraham, the site of a major colonial battle between the British and the French. Enjoy the afternoon on your own. Perhaps browse the city’s shops and galleries, visit a museum or simply sit and watch the world go by at a charming sidewalk cafe. (FB)

DAY 6 MONTREAL – QUEBEC CITY (2 NIGHTS) I This morning, wind your way along the beautiful St. Lawrence River, stopping at thundering Montmorency Falls, cascading down from nearly

DAY 9 OTTAWA FREE TIME F The day is yours to spend as you like, immersed in the history and culture of Canada’s lively capital. Stop at a gallery or two, explore one of Ottawa’s many museums, or visit Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that becomes the world’s largest skating rink in the winter months. Tonight, toast to your Eastern Canada adventure with newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) DAY 10 OTTAWA – DEPART TORONTO Return to Toronto where you are transferred to Toronto International Airport or the hotel in Toronto if you’d like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6 p.m. (FB)

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DAY 5 KINGSTON – UPPER CANADA VILLAGE – MONTREAL 5 Follow the thread of the nation’s history in Upper Canada Village, a re-created rural community where costumed interpreters immerse you in 1860s life. Explore more than 40 businesses and homes, including a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse and a sawmill. Then travel to Montreal, the cultural capital of French Canada and the largest French-speaking city outside of France. Here, your Local Guide introduces you to the historic sites of the city, including spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica, and the colourful port area and the modern, bustling downtown. Stop at Mount Royal (the hill that gave its name to the city) for panoramic views over one of the loveliest cities in North America. (FB) Hotel: Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel (F)

DAY 8 QUEBEC CITY – OTTAWA SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) Travel back into Ontario to Ottawa, Canada’s stately capital. Upon arrival, embark on an introductory tour of the city, viewing the elegant buildings of Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, and the beautiful downtown parks with their exquisite gardens. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (MD)

KP = Kick-Off Party WR = Welcome Reception YC = Your Choice Dining FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet 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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Enchanting Maritimes Prince Edward Island, Canada

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine with your hosts at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company and discover the secrets of making delicious fruit preserves. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • 5 Local Guide For included sightseeing on Prince Edward Island and at the Bay of Fundy.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Fredericton Enjoy a city tour; visit Kings Landing Historic Settlement. • Fort Beausejour Visit this 18th century French military outpost. • Halifax Discover the city’s landmarks and Citadel National Historic Site. • Peggy’s Cove Discover postcard-perfect Peggy’s Cove. • Jeddore Oyster Pond Learn about early coastal life at the Fisherman’s Life Museum. • Sherbrooke Explore historic Sherbrooke Village, a restored 19th century living museum. • Baddeck Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. • Cape Breton Enjoy the sights of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. • Cabot Trail Travel one of the most scenic drives in the world. • Prince Edward Island Tour the island; visit Prince Edward Island National Park and Green Gables, the literary home of “Anne of Green Gables.” • Moncton Visit a local winery and sample local fruit wines. • Bay of Fundy Discover the extraordinary ocean tides at Hopewell Rocks. • Saint John Observe the unique phenomenon of the Reversing Falls; see the Old City Market. • Bar Harbor Explore the shoreline and woodlands of Acadia National Park. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy the famed fruit wines in Moncton.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 full breakfasts • 1 lunch: F Lobster Cruise Highlight Lunch with wine in Shediac Bay • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Boston n 2 three-course dinners n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in Charlottetown n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Fredericton n F Maine lobster Farewell Dinner with wine in Bar Harbor

DAY 1 ARRIVE BOSTON E Welcome to Boston! Get settled at your hotel and then set out on your own to spot some of Boston’s historical sites or just take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Omni Parker House (SF) DAY 2 BOSTON – FREDERICTON F Travel north through the forests of maple, birch and majestic white pine before crossing the border and arriving at Fredericton, the riverfront capital of New Brunswick. This evening, take a colourful walk through Canadian history at the Kings Landing Historical Park before savouring a Highlight Dinner with traditional music at the King’s Head Inn. (FB HD) Hotel: Delta Fredericton (F) DAY 3 FREDERICTON – HALIFAX (2 NIGHTS) Explore charming Fredericton, home to the University of New Brunswick, the stately Legislative Assembly building and the striking Christ Church Cathedral. Travel along the rugged coastline of the Bay of Fundy on your way to the site of the final battle between the French and English in the war over Canada—Fort Beausejour. Get a taste for military life here in the 1700s before ending the day in the vibrant city of Halifax. (FB) Hotel: The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites (F) DAY 4 HALIFAX SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME With your orientation to this sparkling port city, learn about Nova Scotia’s intimate ties to the Titanic and visit the massive Halifax Citadel, formerly one of the principal naval bases of the British Empire. This afternoon, breathe in the fresh salt air at Peggy’s Cove on St. Margaret’s Bay, delighting painters and photographers with its red lighthouse and colourful fishing village. Return to Halifax for an evening on your own. (FB) DAY 5 HALIFAX – SHERBROOKE VILLAGE – BADDECK (2 NIGHTS) Head north to Jeddore Oyster Pond and the Fisherman’s Life Museum, which allows you to imagine the simple joys and struggles of a

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 11 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 12 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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typical fisherman’s family in the early 1900s. Then stroll among the clapboard houses, visit the blacksmith’s shop and see the local school of Sherbrooke Village, a meticulously re-created lumber town from the late 19th century. Upon reaching Cape Breton Island, end your travels in the town of Baddeck on the shores of the enchanting Bras d’Or Lake. (FB D) Hotel: Silver Dart Lodge (MF) DAY 6 CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS & CABOT TRAIL EXCURSION Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site where the inventor of the telephone chose to build his grand Canadian estate. Get a taste of the natural beauty that enchanted him on the famed Cabot Trail, a breathtaking journey around the tip of the island. Look out for black bear, moose and bald eagle as you travel past the majestic cliffs and canyons of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. (FB)

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DAY 7 BADDECK – WOOD ISLANDS FERRY – CHARLOTTETOWN (2 NIGHTS) B Traversing the scenic Nova Scotia countryside, spot little farms, glittering stretches of blue water and rocky headlands before arriving at the lovely harbour of Pictou. Cross the Northumberland Strait to magical Prince Edward Island and picturesque Charlottetown. Visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company and learn the secrets of making delicious fruit preserves. Join your hosts for a Be My Guest dinner featuring authentic local cuisine. (FB BG) Hotel: Rodd Charlottetown (F) DAY 8 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Join a Local Guide today for an insider’s tour of Prince Edward Island. Begin your exploration at Prince Edward Island National Park with its sand dunes festooned with gently waving beach grass and striking red sandstone cliffs. Visit Province House, Prince Edward Island’s

All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip.International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

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provincial legislature meeting place since 1847 and a National Historic Site. Later, pay a visit to the gabled house that provided inspiration for the beloved children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables. Return to Charlottetown and enjoy the evening on your own. (FB) DAY 9 CHARLOTTETOWN – SHEDIAC BAY – MONCTON F H Cross back over the Northumberland Strait, this time by the Confederation Bridge, an eight-mile-long engineering wonder. Back in New Brunswick, head out onto the waters to learn about the art and science of lobstering, then enjoy a lobster Highlight Lunch aboard the boat (weather permitting). Back on land, visit a local winery for a Wine Tasting of their famed fruit wines before ending your journey in Moncton, originally settled in 1766 by Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants. (FB HL D) Hotel: Delta Beausejour (F) DAY 10 MONCTON – HOPEWELL ROCKS – SAINT JOHN 5 Get out your Guinness Book of World Records this morning and join a Local Guide to visit the magnificently eroded Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, site of the world’s highest tides. Then it’s on to another natural phenomenon to see the roiling waters of the Reversing Falls in the St. John River from a scenic viewpoint. Continue your journey to St. John where you have an orientation tour, including a visit to the Old City Market where locals have come to buy fresh produce and fish for more than 100 years. (FB) Hotel: Delta Brunswick (SF) DAY 11 SAINT JOHN – ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – BAR HARBOR F Head south and across the border to Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Once home to the largest hotel in North America, the city of Bar Harbor also played host to the grand mansions of the American elite. Marvel at Acadia National Park’s granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples. This evening, toast your travelling companions with a glass of wine at a festive Maine lobster Farewell Dinner. (FB FD) Hotel: Bar Harbor Regency (F) DAY 12 BAR HARBOR – DEPART BOSTON End your journey with one last trip along the New England coastline, passing by old whaling villages dotted with lighthouses, the playgrounds of the rich and famous, and rocky beaches on your way back to Boston. Upon arrival, you are transferred to Boston Logan International Airport or to the hotel in Boston for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 7:30 p.m. (FB)

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Trans-Canadian Adventure The Canadian Train

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria and learn about their natural approach to pest control. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • j Local Expert Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Vancouver Discover Chinatown, Gastown, English Bay and Stanley Park. • Victoria See the city’s landmarks; explore Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens. • Whistler Join a guided walking tour of this 2010 Olympic venue. • Cache Creek Visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch and a native village. • Banff National Park Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Banff Tour the township; enjoy a scenic gondola ride. • Lake Louise Join an interpretive walk along the lake. • Icefields Parkway Motor along this spectacular alpine drive. • Columbia Icefield Ride an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier. • Jasper National Park Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon; stay in the heart of the park. • Toronto Enjoy a Hop-On, Hop-Off Toronto city sightseeing day pass. • Niagara Falls Cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist; visit Niagara-on-the-Lake; tour a local winery and enjoy some wine tasting. • H Wine Tasting Sample local wines in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full breakfasts • 3 lunches: B Be My Guest lunch with wine in Victoria n 2 lunches onboard The Canadian • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver n 2 three-course dinners n 3 three-course dinners onboard The Canadian n F A Progressive Highlight Dinner with wine in Whistler

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 67 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian Train (Sleeper Touring class) from Jasper to Toronto • Private compartment with ensuite facilities that transforms into a bedroom at night with comfortable upper and lower berths • Delicious meals served in the Dining Car • Full access to the Skyline Car with its glass-dome ceiling, Park Car and lounges • All tips to train personnel included. • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia between Tsawassen and Swartz Bay • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE VANCOUVER E Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city and the jewel of British Columbia! Check into your hotel and spend some time exploring downtown Vancouver or perhaps take a walk on the harbour. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel (SF) DAY 2 VANCOUVER – STRAIT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS) B Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its sweeping views of English Bay. Set out for Stanley Park and its towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and Victoria, where you’ll see the lovely Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages carefully crafted with grapes farmed over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines. Enjoy a private tour of the winery and learn how they have taken a more natural approach to pest control by using raptors to patrol the vineyards. This afternoon, tour the exhibits of cyde and free flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies. (FB BG) Hotel: Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (F) DAY 3 VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Learn about the history of the gardens as well as current exhibits featuring flowers in their full summer bloom. Spend some time exploring the gardens on your own, strolling its winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day on your own. Walk around town, do some shopping or perhaps join an optional whale-watching trip. (FB) DAY 4 VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY – WHISTLER F Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for the scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 337-metre high (1,105-foot) Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler and stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of the village that hosted part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This evening, experience a progressive Highlight Dinner, enjoying your meal over the course of three restaurants in Whistler. Enjoy your appetiser and a drink at the first, your main meal at the second and round the evening off with dessert at a third local eatery. (FB HD) Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (SF) DAY 5 WHISTLER – CACHE CREEK – KAMLOOPS Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains, and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. At historic Hat Creek Ranch, chat with costumed interpreters who introduce you to what life was like in the midst of the great gold rush of the 1860s. Before the gold rush brought prospectors and fortune seekers, the Shuswap people lived in this verdant valley. Visit a local village where you


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DAY 6 KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS) Sample the best of Canada’s natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest and alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Next, enter Glacier National Park and climb over stunning Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and grizzly bears. After crossing the Columbia River, you’ll be on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and the Natural Bridge that spans the length of the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort. (FB D) Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F) DAY 7 BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or join one of the many optional activities, including a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine, a river float trip down the Bow River or a fun-filled dinner show this evening. (FB) DAY 8 BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER j Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you’ll learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Then, soak in the stunning scenery with its azure glacial waters surrounded by deep green forests and jagged snow-covered mountains. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goat. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you’d like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you’ll learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a naturalist, your Local Expert on Jasper wildlife. (FB D) Hotel: Chateau Jasper (SF) DAY 9 JASPER – THE CANADIAN (3 NIGHTS) Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while strolling along the canyon’s trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Spend the rest of the day on your own until it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and board the Canadian Train for your independent rail journey to Eastern Canada. Relax in your private Sleeper Touring class compartment with ensuite facilities, and settle in for one of the world’s great train journeys. (FB D)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip.International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

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

DAY 10 TO DAY 11 ONBOARD THE CANADIAN Enjoy your comfortable compartment, delicious meals and gracious service. Unwind with a drink in the welcoming lounge and be sure to spend some time in the open dome car with panoramic views of the passing landscape. As your rail adventure continues, experience all the natural glory of Canada: snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, expansive prairies stretching to the horizon, sparkling rivers and endless evergreen forests. (FB L D) (FB L D) DAY 12 THE CANADIAN – TORONTO (2 NIGHTS) After breakfast, your train arrives in Toronto where you are met, welcomed to the city and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights of Toronto aboard a Hop-On, Hop-Off London-style, double-decker sightseeing tour bus. Or, if you wish, stroll the streets of Ontario’s cosmopolitan capital and explore on your own. (FB) Hotel: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (MD) DAY 13 NIAGARA FALLS EXCURSION H Experience the majesty of one of the world’s great natural wonders. Travel through Niagara Peninsula, a lush wine-growing region, before arriving at Niagara Falls. Enjoy a panoramic view of the falls before boarding the Maid of the Mist for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. You’ll have plenty of time for shopping and picture taking before continuing to the historic, picturesque community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Finish your unforgettable Niagara experience with a Wine Tasting at a local winery. (FB) DAY 14 DEPART TORONTO Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to Toronto International Airport. (FB)

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can meet and talk with natives who still live close to the land. (FB) Hotel: The Thompson Hotel (F)

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South and Central America lands of colour & contrast South and Central America offer an endless variety of breathtaking landscapes, ancient and mystical cultures, and vibrant cities, which set the stage for the adventure of a lifetime. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic plants and wildlife. And witness some of Mother Nature’s most magnificent mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes. Wander through the magnificent Cloud Forests of Costa Rica. Discover the ruins of the lost Inca Empire in Peru and the ancient Maya civilisations in Mexico. Cruise the famous Panama Canal or beautiful Patagonia Lake District with the Andes as your backdrop. From exploring the Amazon jungle in Brazil to sand boarding in a Peruvian desert, and discovering the art of Tango in Argentina to wine tasting at an exclusive winery in Chile, you’ll experience it all from a unique insider’s view with Trafalgar.

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FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats • All internal flights on South America itineraries • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport Meet & Greet service on arrival • Private airport transfers with Local Guide are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details

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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 three-course dinners

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 83 • 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 • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PHOENIX Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool. Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (F) DAY 2 PHOENIX – TUCSON – 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’

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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 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) 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

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodations see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip.

International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. 6 These departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.

7 DAYS from £1895 TWIN SHARE - REFERENCE: DCTA For travellers starting and finishing at the Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport. Triple room reduction: £50 Single room supplement: £195 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. All prices are per person, twin share.

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the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon. (FB L) Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (F) DAY 9 DEPART PHOENIX Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home. (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.

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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; 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. • 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 first-hand 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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts • 2 lunches: Lunch aboard 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 drinks 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 three-course dinners n F Farewell Dinner with drinks at Playa Bonita

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 83 • 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 • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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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 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) 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

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216.

Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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) 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. Please do not schedule any flights before 1 p.m. (FB*) On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Panama holiday with our Costa Rica Eco Adventure.

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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 Snack on a ripe banana at a plantation near Tortuguero. n Visit a Tico family palm plantation. n Refresh yourself by sipping from a freshly cut coconut. • 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 drinks 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 buffet dinners

Arenal National Park 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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 83 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing • Umbrellas provided for your use

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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 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 within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Relax or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day 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 – 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) DAY 7 MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME F Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you’ll definitely check

£55 p.p.

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£55

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£75

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216.

Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available. 6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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 the beach! You can laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort’s pool, or choose one of many incredible optional activities. Will it be a catamaran cruise to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or white water rafting? This evening, join your fellow explorers and celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (FB FD) DAY 8 MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART SAN JOSE Travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or 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 traveler in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit the home and small workshop of a master chocolatier for a lunch of local ingredients. • 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 man who will share photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Tortuguero National Park Ride to Tortuguero National Park by river boat; visit Tortuguero Village and the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife. • Sarapiqui Explore this beautiful valley surrounded by rainforest; 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.

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, please refer to page 83 • 7 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8 • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing • Umbrellas provided for your use

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DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN JOSE E Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica (Deluxe) DAY 2 SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS) B 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 – 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 the beaten path in this

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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) 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) 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, and Local Expert, who will share historical photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde. (FB D) Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel (F) DAY 7 MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 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) DAY 8 MONTEVERDE – DEPART LIBERIA Transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home. Please do not schedule any flights before 12:30 p.m. (FB) On selected departure dates, choose to extend your Costa Rica holiday by starting your adventure 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.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. 6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure with Guanacaste Beach Stay Ref: LCRG DAY 1 TO DAY 7 Tour will operate as shown on Costa Rica Eco Adventure Days 1-7. DAY 8 MONTEVERDE – LIBERIA – GUANACASTE (2 NIGHTS) The beach awaits. Head to the pristine Pacific coast, where you’ll check into your seaside resort, located on the white sands of lovely Tamarindo Beach. Slip into your swimsuit and enjoy the sand and surf this afternoon. (FB) Hotel: Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort (F) DAY 9 GUANACASTE FREE TIME The day is yours to relax on the beautiful beach or get to know the underwater life while snorkelling. Other optional tours include an exploration of the rainforest canopy, a float trip on a nearby river, horseback riding, whitewater rafting or a visit to a National Park. (FB) DAY 10 GUANACASTE – DEPART LIBERIA A complimentary transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport. Or stay a while longer on the beach; extra nights are available if you wish to extend your stay. Please do not schedule your flight before 12:30 p.m. (FB) 16-23 Mar & 21 Dec 2013

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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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features – refer to page 83 • 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 • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 5 DAYS PERUVIAN AMAZON See our website 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) 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


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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 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. (CB/FB)

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Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. e Note: 2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013. Package price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com. 6 These departure dates operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions vary. Please inquire at time of booking. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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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. • 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 Learn about Brazilian gemstones. n See Argentine leathers crafted into fine designs. • 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 Enjoy a cogwheel train ride up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue; ride a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain; experience a Samba Show. • Iguassu Explore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side. • Buenos Aires Discover the “Paris of South America’s” main sights. • Santiago Visit the San Francisco Church and Monastery and Chile’s wine country. • 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.

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

First Class Highlights • See page 83 for all included highlights • 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 • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing.

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EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY 4 DAYS BRAZILIAN AMAZON See our website 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 This afternoon, join your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) and its many contrasts. Stretch your legs in Flamengo Park before ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding views. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception at the hotel. (FB WR) DAY 3 RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE F Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain and see Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and stop for a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure. (FB HL) 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 indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria. Feel the spirit of Rio’s worldfamous Carnival with 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, learn about this Local Speciality and watch the process as precious metals and rough gemstones are transformed into works of art. Then fly to magnificent Iguassu Falls. 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. Later, enjoy dinner 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. (FB HL) DAY 7 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS) D j Cross into Argentina and visit the Visitors Center. Take a walk along a scenic catwalk and board the open-air Ecological Jungle Train for a


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different perspective on the falls and view the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your hotel located in the heart of the city. Late afternoon, enjoy a light buffet dinner with drinks followed by a presentation by a Local Expert on the country’s culture, traditions and passions. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 I B Embark on an in-depth tour of the city, with a Local Guide. Stop at the workshop of a master leather artisan and learn how the Local Speciality of Argentine leather goods are made. Then, visit the Recoleta, where Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. Enjoy some free time before a Be My Guest experience in fashionable Palermo Soho this evening where you will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents. Be delighted as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinean crafts. (FB BG) DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES AT LEISURE F Enjoy a morning and afternoon at leisure. Explore the city or choose an exciting optional excursion. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner and a chance for an authentic taste of Argentinean beef! Cap off the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform. (FB HD)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES – SANTIAGO (3 NIGHTS) D Fly west across the Andes to Santiago, the Chilean capital. Settle into your hotel, in the heart of one of Santiago’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Your evening is at leisure. (FB) Hotel: InterContinental Santiago (MD)

Package price includes return international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires-Santiago and round-trip air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com.

DAY 11 SANTIAGO SIGHTSEEING 5 j H F Meet your Local Guide and embark on a tour of this vibrant city. View the many highlights including the Palacio de la Moneda before a stop at the Central Market and visit to San Francisco Church and Monastery. Stop at San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the city and Andes en route to the wineproducing Maipo Valley. Enjoy a private visit at an exclusive winery where you’ll meet the winemaker, your Local Expert, who escorts you on a personal winery experience that includes Wine Tasting followed by a gourmet Highlight Lunch served on the beautiful grounds. Back in Santiago, the rest of the day is at leisure. (FB HL)

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DAY 12 SANTIAGO AT LEISURE F Enjoy a day at leisure in Santiago. Perhaps join an optional trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner with a folklore show. (FB FD) DAY 13 DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m. (CB/FB)

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Patagonian Grand Adventure Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Relish lunch with a local family at their ranch on the Patagonian steppe, where they live on the land they have owned for generations. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Find out about Bariloche’s chocolate connection during a visit to the Chocolate Museum. • 5 Local 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” 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; 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. • Ushuaia Visit the world’s southernmost city. • Tierra del Fuego National Park Delight in the biological richness of the Tierra del Fuego Island.

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 83 • 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 • J Audio Headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing

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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 wBuenos Aires. (FB WR) DAY 3 BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D 5 j F I Fly from Buenos Aires to lakeside San Carlos de Bariloche, gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District. Explore the city with a Local Guide, before venturing out into the countryside. At Campanario Hill, enjoy a chairlift ride up this picturesque peak. Later, get a glimpse of Bariloche’s strong German influence at a familyowned craft brewery, with a Local Expert, and then enjoy a Highlight Lunch. Back in town, visit the Chocolate Museum for a presentation, tour and sample of this Local Speciality. (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 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) Travel through stunning landscapes, journeying by land and water through the Lake District. Cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi, then drive across the Chilean border to Peulla for lunch. Board another catamaran for the scenic crossing of Todos Los Santos, stopping at the Petrohue River to see Petrohue Waterfalls. Arrive in Puerto Varas, on the banks of Lake Llanquihue, where a lakefront light dinner awaits. (FB L D) Hotel: Hotel Cabana del Lago (F) DAY 6 PUERTO MONTT & FRUTILLAR EXCURSION 5 Join a Local Guide to visit the port city of Puerto Montt. From a viewpoint high above the town, enjoy a magnificent look at the Bay of Reloncavi up to Isla Tenglo. Next, head to the harbor to visit the Angelmo fish market and have lunch at a Cocineria or “Kitchen Restaurant.” Afterward, drive to the village of Frutillar, to see the historical area. Back in Puerto Varas, the rest of the day is free. (FB L)


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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) 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 See spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 113,000 ha UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Your Local Guide will show you stunning scenery and wildlife including guanacos, foxes and several bird species. En route, visit the Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the Salto Grande (“Big Waterfall”) and the viewpoint Lago Grey. Boxed lunch is provided. (FB L D) Hotel: Rio Serrano Hotel (SF) DAY 10 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK – EL CALAFATE (2 NIGHTS) Revel in the scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, continue your land journey to El Calafate, the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. You are free to discover El Calafate and its charms as you explore at your own pace tonight. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Kosten Aike (F)

All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available.

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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 native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, beavers and birds all living together in the most spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of scenic road rides and nature walks. Back at your seaside hotel, the afternoon is free. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (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, or the Trafalgar hotel for those extending in Buenos Aires. Please do not book any flights before 7 p.m. (CB/FB)

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DAY 11 LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION 5 Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Guide to 4400 square kilometres Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Perito Moreno Glacier, towering nearly 60 metres above Lake Argentino. Just east of the icefields, see areas of southern beech forest and windswept steppe. Journey back to El Calafate through scenic forests filled with lively birds. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (FB D) 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 Jail of Recidivists, see the first settlers’ houses, and visit the harbor and Paseo del Centenario. Afterward, see the prestigious Bebán house. Later, visit the central part of the city as well as the restricted area of the Naval Base. This evening is on your own. (FB) Hotel: Hotel Los Yamanas (F)

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Overnight stays

Package price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights between Buenos Aires–Bariloche, Puerto Montt–Punta Arenas, El Calafate–Ushuaia and Ushuaia–Buenos Aires and air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com.

KP = Kick-Off Party WR = Welcome Reception YC = Your Choice Dining FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet 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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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. • 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 Enjoy a private lecture about Argentina. n Meet a winemaker in Chile.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain; 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 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. • H Wine Tasting Experience the wine-making process 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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features - please refer to page 83 • 15 nights First Class accommodation • Airport Transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 16 • A Trafalgar bonus: guaranteed late hotel checkout 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 • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO (4 NIGHTS) Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxurious oceanfront hotel (check in time 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 Travel via a classic cogwheel train to the summit of Corcovado, site of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Next, learn about a Local Speciality, Brazil’s precious gemstones, and watch as artisans transform them into works of art. Stop for a Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant and then see Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.This evening, learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha, a Local Speciality, and indulge in a traditional barbeque Highlight Dinner at a local churrascaria with a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. (FB HL HD) DAY 4 RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME A full free day in colourful Rio. There is plenty to see and do here, and your Travel Director can help you plan your day. (FB) DAY 5 RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS D 5 Fly to Iguassu Falls. Enter Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Guide. (FB D) Hotel: Mabu Thermas & Resort (F) DAY 6 IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (4 NIGHTS) D j Cross into Argentina. Stop at the Visitors Centre and take a scenic walk overlooking the falls before boarding the open-air Ecological Jungle Train. Fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your centrally located hotel. 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. (FB D) Hotel: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (SF) DAY 7 BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING 5 I B Join your Local Guide and embark on an in-depth tour of this proud city. Watch as master craftsmen create fine Argentine leather goods, a Local Speciality. See the impressive cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried, as well as the museum dedicated to her. Enjoy some free time before gathering for an exclusive Be My Guest homemade dinner hosted by a local family in Palermo Soho. (FB BG)


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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 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 Enjoy a full free day. Tonight relish a Highlight Dinner of Argentine beef and an exciting Tango show. (FB HD) DAY 10 BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (2 NIGHTS) D Fly to the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy the afternoon to explore the lakeside town on your own. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss (SF) DAY 11 BARILOCHE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 I Meet your Local Guide and travel along the“Circuito Chico” in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit lovely Playa Bonita, view St. Edward’s Chapel and ride on a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario. Then visit the Chocolate Museum for a tour and sample of this Local Speciality. The rest of the day is free. (FB) DAY 12 BARILOCHE – ANDEAN LAKE DISTRICT CRUISE – PUERTO VARAS (2 NIGHTS) Travel by land and water across the Andean Lake District, stopping in Peulla for lunch and at the Petrohue River to see the burbling waterfalls cascade over the black volcanic rock. Arrive in Puerto Varas and your lakefront hotel. (FB L D) Hotel: Cabana del Lago Hotel (F) DAY 13 PUERTO VARAS FREE TIME Relish an entire day to relax or perhaps explore the city at your own pace. There is an optional trip to mythical Chiloe Island. (FB) DAY 14 PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT – SANTIAGO (2 NIGHTS) D 5 j H F Drive to Puerto Montt and fly to Santiago. Upon arrival, meet your Local Guide and embark on an orientation tour of this vibrant city including the Palacio de la Moneda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Central Market. Drive up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views. Then head for a winery in the Maipo Valley, where you will meet the winemaker, and Local Expert, for a personalised winery experience including Wine Tasting followed by a gourmet Highlight Lunch. Return to Santiago afterward. (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)

£345

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£175

Frequent Traveller Discount

£175

Triple Room Reduction

£185

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216.

Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of great Early Payment Discounts. Package price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights between Rio de Janeiro-Iguassu, Iguassu-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Bariloche and Puerto Montt-Santiago, and air travel on a oneworld® alliance member airline between your gateway city and the itinerary’s start and end gateway cities. Prices are accurate as of June 30, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com. 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. All prices are per person, twin share. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 16 DEPART SANTIAGO Say hasta luego to Chile this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. For your comfort, your rooms are reserved until 6 p.m., or until you are taken to the airport for your onward flight arrangements. (CB/FB)

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Europe all the wonder and beauty revealed A continent brimming with intriguing customs, ancient traditions and fascinating cultures. Experience Europe like an insider, travelling with the expert guidance of your multi-lingual Travel Director and experienced Coach Driver. Whether you’re exploring several spectacular countries on a Discovery itinerary, or delving deeper into the heart of a particular country or region on a Regional holiday, your Travel Director and Local Guides will reveal the unique people, places and sights that make each destination so special. Mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine and share wonderful new experiences on a First Class European holiday you’ll never forget.

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Free time to explore

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details

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Santorini, Greece

Greek Cruises cruise the magical Greek Islands FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

• Choice of three Greek Island cruises, plus our Best of Greece land-based guided holiday

• Ancient Lands and Aegean Odyssey – 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens (BB)

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities

• All à la carte meals on board ship: breakfast, lunch and dinner (B, L, D)

• All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

• Nightly on-board entertainment

• In Athens, travel by air-conditioned coach

OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSIONS • Heraklion: Knossos

• The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Athens and on board your cruise

• Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul

• A travel wallet with your documentation

• Kusadasi: Ephesus

• Cruise accommodation comprised of an air-conditioned two-berth cabin with private facilities, telephone and radio in a choice of Standard Inside, Standard Outside, Superior Outside and Premium Outside categories

• Mykonos: Delos & Apollo Sanctuary

• Triple-berth cabins available on request • Complimentary return transfers provided between your Athens port and your hotel, and Athens airport transfers provided on the scheduled arrival and departure days of your itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

YOUR CRUISE SHIP Louis Majesty or Louis Cristal: Louis Cruises reserve the right to alter their operating cruise ships to one of the same standard not listed on this page, or the itinerary of any cruise in regards to the sequence of ports, stops, or ships on itineraries found on pages 156-157. Note: Due to disembarkation by tender, calls at the port of Mykonos and Santorini are weather permitting.

• Athens: Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon with views of the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, Royal Palace, Hadrian’s Arch and more. J Audio enhanced

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is in here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities. • 5 Local Guide in Rome and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • 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 traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs with your Local Guide. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a stroll through ancient streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you! (WR) Hotel: Milton (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 View the Forum during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit the mighty Colosseum, site of public events, and see the Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for souvenirs or relax and watch the world go by. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – VENICE 5 l N Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Through Tuscan landscapes and terraced olive groves, over the Apennine hills, past Bologna and the across Veneto plains you arrive at your hotel in Venice. Enjoy dining at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Continental (F)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 6 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner in Florence.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 4 VENICE SIGHTSEEING – LAKE GARDA I N Savour the sights and sounds of this floating Byzantine city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Visit a glass-blowing workshop, with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later, travel to the Italian Lake District where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Poiano (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am.

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DAY 6 FLORENCE – ROME 5 In Florence, the city’s rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Travelling south, the Tuscan landscape − characterised by rolling hills and picturesque olive groves − is breath-taking. Through Umbria’s shady valleys with olive and cypress trees you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. Spend free time relaxing or exploring. (BB) Hotel: Executive Style (F) DAY 7 DEPART ROME After breakfast say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 5 LAKE GARDA – FLORENCE B Enjoy stunning views of Lake Garda this morning. Perhaps take the opportunity to join a boat ride across its waters before continuing your journey to Florence. This evening, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F)

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Including Cinque Terre INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take a private boat trip for an exclusive dinner on an island in the idyllic Lake Maggiore. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirates hideaway’ and then you will be served a delicious meal. • 5 Local Guide in Milan, Genoa and the Cinque Terre. • l Unique Insight Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Taranto. • 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 Parma ham and parmesan cheese museum near Parma.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Milan Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Villa Taranto Visit the magnificent botanical gardens. • Stresa Orientation tour of the town on Lake Maggiore. • Genoa Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Renaissance Palaces and Via Garibaldi. • Santa Margherita Orientation of this coastal town. • La Spezia Orientation of this coastal town. • Cinque Terre Excursion to the Cinque Terre with a visit to two of the towns. • Parma Orientation of the city. • Certosa di Pavia Visit the beautifully decorated monastic complex.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Milan. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner on an island in Lake Maggiore. n F Farewell Dinner in Milan.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre DAY 1 ARRIVE MILAN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Milan, Italy’s commercial and financial hub. Relax after check–in and later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. (WR) Hotel: NH Touring (F)/Atahotel Quark (F) DAY 2 MILAN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Milan. View the sights of the city including the Gothic Cathedral, the glass–domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time this afternoon to visit a museum or perhaps consider an optional excursion to Sforza Castle. (BB) DAY 3 MILAN – BAVENO (2 NIGHTS) l B Drive north–west to the Italian Lake District. Found on the southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is one of the most famous sights in Lombardy and is known for its beautiful waters and picturesque views. Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. See azalea, maple, rhododendron and camellia avenues, rare lilies and gardens containing over 300 varieties of dahlias. You will have free time here for lunch. Later, stop to view the sights of Stresa on the shores of the lake before checking in to your hotel for a two night stay. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) Hotel: Simplon (F) DAY 4 BAVENO FREE DAY N A full day to relax and enjoy your Italian lakeside experience. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your hotel or consider taking an excursion to one of the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, which includes a visit inside the Borromeo Palace. This evening dine at your hotel. (BB D)

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DAY 5 BAVENO – GENOA – SANTA MARGHERITA – LA SPEZIA (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Stop in Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, for an included guided walking tour with a Local Guide. View some of the majestic Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the noble families of Genoa and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Via Garibaldi. Stop in Santa Margherita for free time to explore or consider joining a short boat cruise excursion to Portofino (subject to weather conditions). Later, arrive and check–in to your hotel in La Spezia for a two night stay. (BB D) Hotel: NH La Spezia (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Milan Malpensa Airport will operate at 9.00am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am.

the manufacture of this popular cheese. This afternoon you will stop at the famous Carthusian Monastery Certosa di Pavia to admire the gothic and renaissance architecture of this monastic complex. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions and Travel Director. (BB FD) Hotel: Novotel Milano Ca Granda (F) DAY 9 DEPART MILAN This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up–to–date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 6 LA SPEZIA – FULL DAY CINQUE TERRE EXCURSION 5 Enjoy an included full day excursion to see the Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your Local Guide. (BB) DAY 7 LA SPEZIA – LANGHIRANO – PARMA I Enjoy a relaxing start to the day as you drive towards Parma stopping in a small town called Langhirano. Here you will visit the Museum of Prosciutto di Parma and hear about this gastronomic delicacy which is famous the world over. Stop to take a picture of the castle at Torrechiara before arriving in Parma for free time. This evening consider taking an excursion for a gourmet dinner. (BB) Hotel: Parma & Congressi (F) DAY 8 PARMA – SORAGNA – PAVIA – MILAN I F Today you will be able to enjoy another gastronomic product from the region. Stop in the small town of Soragna to visit Museo del Parmigiano–Reggiano to discover the history and process involved in

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Dinner of delicious local specialities served in a converted 15th century convent set amongst the vineyards. • 5 Local Guide in Verona and Modena. • l Unique Insight Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights▪ • Milan Orientation includes the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala. • Lake Como Visit the beautiful glacial lake. • Bergamo Visit this attractive town and admire the 15th and 16th century buildings at the Piazza del Duomo. • Lake Garda Visit the largest of Italy’s fresh water lakes, a region of exquisite natural beauty. • Bassano del Grappa Visit this town famous for its white brandy and covered bridge. • Marostica Visit the lovely 14th century town. • Sirmione View the imposing Scaligers Castle and visit the town. • Verona See Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena with your Local Guide. • Modena Visit this city for a walking tour with a Local Guide. View the Piazza Grande, Romanesque Cathedral and Ghirlandina Tower.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MILAN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Milan! Relax and unwind after your journey. Later, see the sights during an orientation of the city centre including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening, meet and get to know your travelling companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Melia Milano (SF) DAY 2 MILAN FREE TIME AND COMO EXCURSION Enjoy free time this morning to explore Milan. Later, travel to scenic Lake Como and visit Como town. Enjoy a cappuccino or a gelato in your free time before returning to Milan later in the afternoon. (BB) DAY 3 MILAN – BERGAMO – LAKE GARDA (5 NIGHTS) N Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the old town before continuing your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Villa Maria (F) DAY 4 MAROSTICA AND BASSANO DEL GRAPPA EXCURSION Your excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including lights snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Milan. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a villa converted from a 15th century convent. n F Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in Milan.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 SIRMIONE AND VERONA EXCURSION 5 B Stop to see Scaligers Castle at Sirmione. In Shakespeare’s romantic city of Verona, see the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Guide. Spend this afternoon exploring this city at your own pace. Join your travelling companions this evening and visit a villa near Lake Garda, converted from a 15th century convent, for a special Be My Guest dinner and vineyard experience. (BB BG)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Milan Malpensa Airport will operate at 9.00am and 12.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7.30am and 10.30am. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

DAY 8 LAKE GARDA – MILAN F This morning, travel back to Milan for free time to explore the city. This evening, join your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Atahotel Quark (F) DAY 9 DEPART MILAN Say ‘arrivederci’ this morning to Italy and your travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 6 LAKE GARDA AT LEISURE You have a whole day to do as you please! Take a stroll along the sparkling lakeside, relax surrounded by beautiful scenery, or perhaps take an optional excursion to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range. (BB) DAY 7 MODENA EXCURSION 5 l N Enjoy today’s excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Guide will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral. Sample some of the local speciality balsamic vinegars. After short drive, visit the Ferrari Museum for an inside look at the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari. Later return to your hotel to enjoy a delicious meal. (BB D)

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide of ‘Secret Venice’ and the Rialto fish market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and visit the Colosseum. • Assisi Walking tour includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Pisa View the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. • Bologna Walking tour includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest dinner on a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - the perfect start to your Italian holiday! (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. (BB) DAY 3 ROME AT LEISURE Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an excursion to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – ASSISI – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Guide shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori (F) DAY 5 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING 5 B Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest dinner in a historic castle. (BB BG) DAY 6 FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BB) DAY 7 FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) 5 N Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the Kissing


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Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F) DAY 8 VENICE – CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION I Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch. (BB)

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Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WGIC) Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR & VISIT TO THE MARKET m F Enjoy a boat trip along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the colourful, centuries-old fish market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY REF: FGIC Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.FamilyTravelExperiences.co.uk

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence and Venice. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. n Walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ with your Local Guide includes a visit to the colourful fish market and views of Marco Polo’s house. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietá. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and visit the Colosseum. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts, including Michelangelo’s David. • Pisa See the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • Highlight Lunch with wine in Pisa. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • High-speed Frecciargento train from Rome to Florence in standard class. • High-speed Frecciargento train from Florence to Venice in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • On day excursions, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Later, an orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietá. Your tour continues in ancient Rome, view the Forum and visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – FREE TIME Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking a trip to the ancient Catacombs, or take an excursion to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d’Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance architecture. This evening, why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Take the high-speed Frecciargento train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Guide shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour of Florence including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – Michelangelo’s statue of David. Finish at Piazza Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi. (BB) Hotel: Ambasciatori (F)

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DAY 5 FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA F This morning enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before a short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery - the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Afterwards, join your travelling companions for a special Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant. Relax this evening in Florence. (BB HL)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am.

DAY 8 CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION I Savour the sights and sounds of this unique Byzantine city as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge’s Palace on your orientation of the city. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the Accademia or relax and experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon for a delicious seafood lunch! (BB)

DAY 6 FLORENCE – FREE TIME Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries, there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover, such as the Boboli and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city with wonderful markets where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence’s elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider an optional excursion to Chianti for dinner! (BB) DAY 7 FLORENCE – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) All aboard the express train for Venice! Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine hills and across the Veneto plain. It takes just 2 hours and 8 minutes to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. This evening, consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F)

DAY 10 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR 5 l F Your Local Guide brings the city’s rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient fish market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo, and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, and celebrate this evening with your travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

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Flavours of Italy Fresh Italian produce

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • l Unique Insight Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy a delicious gelato on Piazza Navona. n Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • H Wine Tasting Visit a wine and olive oil outlet in the Chianti wine region for an informative talk and tasting.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. • Greve Visit this gastronomic town in the chianti wine-growing region. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts, including Michelangelo’s David. • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles. View the Cathedral, Leaning Tower and Baptistery. • Parma Orientation of the city. • Bologna Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain. Hear about the local gastronomy. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs with your Local Guide. • Secret Venice Experience Enjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge and enjoy a guided walking tour through the calle. Visit the famous fruit market.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E I Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting holiday. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Colosseum and see Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Sistine Chapel to see the breath-taking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – GREVE IN CHIANTI – COLLE VAL D’ELSA (3 NIGHTS) H B Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chiantis and extra virgin olive oils! Greve’s main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don’t forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near Florence. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills. (BB BG) Hotel: Palazzo San Lorenzo (F) DAY 4 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING 5 N Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Admire Piazza Signoria and the coloured marble Duomo. This evening over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow! (BB D) DAY 5 TUSCAN LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE l F Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence by gaining a Unique Insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here

• 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • F Italian cooking lesson and Highlight Lunch. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Parma. n B Be My Guest dinner with wine in a vineyard overlooking the Chianti hills. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100.

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you will participate in purchases for the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Highlight Lunch return to your Tuscan village for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please. (BB HL)

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Polo’s house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (BB FD)

DAY 7 PARMA – BOLOGNA 5 A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialities. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an excursion to a nearby vineyard to hear about Pignoletto, Lambrusco and Sangiovese wines. (BB) Hotel: Una Hotel (SF) DAY 8 BOLOGNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) I See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark’s Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a glassblowing workshop for an informative demonstration and see other traditional crafts. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional activity. (BB) Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (F) DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR 5 F Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your Local Guide brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco

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

SEE THE ITINERARY FOR WHAT’S INCLUDED

There are numerous added attractions on this exciting Inspired Holiday. Participate in simple language lessons, visit food markets to buy local produce and wines for dinner, ‘meet the chef’ cooking experiences with demonstrations and culinary tips, visits to important gastronomic and wine producing areas, plus many more special features.

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DAY 6 COLLE VAL D’ELSA – PISA – PARMA F This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Square of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Highlight Dinner of local specialities awaits you. (BB HD) Hotel: Starhotels Du Parc (F)

DAY 10 DEPART VENICE This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful flavours of Italy holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is in here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. • l Unique Insight Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. n Enjoy a guided walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ to the Rialto Bridge and famous fish market. • 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 make authentic pizza in Rome and then get to eat it too! n Gelato tasting at a local gelateria in Florence to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality. n Learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival Masks and make your own to take home. n Visit a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Included visit of the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. See the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. • Assisi A Local Guide will take you for a visit of St. Francis’ Basilica. You will also visit the Church of St. Mary of the Angels. • Florence Guided walking tour of the city with a Local Guide. Guided visit of the Academy of Fine Arts including Michelangelo’s David. • Pisa See the Leaning Tower in the ‘Square of Miracles’. • Bologna City tour with a Local Guide including views of the ‘Kissing Towers’. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. See St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts (BB) • Farewell Lunch with drinks in Venice (FL) • 4 evening meals: E Kick-off Party including a light supper and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome (KP) n 1 authentic Italian pizza dinner (D) n 1 three-course dinner (D) n B Be My Guest Dinner with drinks in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Florence (BG)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all first class highlights as featured on page 100. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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ITINERARY DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Italy! After check-in, take a wander through the city’s ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 I Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour, starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, tour the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the Forum. This evening, learn how to make authentic Italian pizza and eat it too. Delicious! (BB D) DAY 3 ROME – VISIT A GLADIATOR SCHOOL AND FREE TIME l This morning experience life as a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome’s rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do! Perhaps take a trip to the ancient Catacombs, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – ASSISI – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (F) DAY 5 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING 5 I See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Guide, including the magnificent Cathedral and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards, your Travel Director will take you to indulge in refreshing gelato in the city where it was invented! (BB) DAY 6 FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA B View one of the most famous sights in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the ‘Field of Miracles’! Tonight, join your travel companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards. (BB BG) DAY 7 FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS) 5 Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna – the home of ‘spaghetti Bolognese’ – for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical Byzantine city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic. (BB D) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana (F) DAY 8 VENICE – CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION I Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square and view the Bridge of Sighs, where condemned prisoners caught their last glimpse of the city. View the


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ROMAN GLADIATOR exquisite Doge’s Palace, St. Marks Basilica and the Campanile. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to make your own! Later, perhaps take a ride on a gondola – it’s a great way to see the city in all its glory! (BB) DAY 9 SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR & VISIT TO THE MARKET l 5 F Glide along the Grand Canal to Rialto Bridge. Visit and explore the ancient fish market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a Local Guide. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant. (BB FL) DAY 10 DEPART VENICE Say ‘ciao Italia’ at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

10 Days from: £1950 per person twin share Ref: FGIC Package price per person Starts Rome

Ends Venice

Twin Share Option

Fri 22 Mar Fri 29 Mar

Sun 31 Mar 1950 Sun 7 Apr 1950

300 300

Fri 5 Apr Fri 12 Apr

Sun 14 Apr 1950 Sun 21 Apr 2050

300 290

Fri 31 May Sun 9 Jun Fri 7 Jun Fri 14 Jun Fri 21 Jun

Package price per person

Single Supp.

2050

290

Sun 16 Jun 2050 Sun 23 Jun 2050 Sun 30 Jun 2050

290 290 290

Starts Rome

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Ends Venice

Fri 28 Jun

Sun 7 Jul

2050 290

Fri 5 Jul Fri 19 Jul

Sun 14 Jul Sun 28 Jul

2025 300 2025 300

Fri 2 Aug Fri 9 Aug

Sun 11 Aug 1999 290 Sun 18 Aug 1999 290

Fri 20 Sep Fri 27 Sep

Sun 29 Sep Sun 6 Oct

2050 290 2050 290

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£180 p.p. £135 p.p. £90 p.p. £90 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£170

Triple Room Reduction Quad Room Reduction

£140 £215

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

KP = Kick Off Party FB = Full Breakfast CB = Continental Breakfast HL = Highlight Lunch L = Lunch D = Dinner HD = Highlight Dinner BD = Buffet Dinner BG = Be My Guest FD = Farewell Dinner

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GONDOLA RIDE IN VENICE

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SORRENTO & SICILY SURPRISE 10 Da18y7s5 from £

Sorrento, Italy

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

ITINERARY

• B Be My Guest Join a local family in the hills above Sorrento for an evening of memorable Italian hospitality. After a walk through the lemon farm and a wine tasting you will sample some delicious local dishes. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Taormina and Palermo. • l Unique Insight Visit 3D Rewind in Rome and discover the history of imperial Rome. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Gelato tasting at a local gelateria to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Italy! After check-in, relax or take a stroll through the city’s ancient streets and soak up the ambience. This afternoon, meet for a Kick-off Party with your fellow travellers and Travel Director, an expert on culture and history. (KP) Hotel: Aran Mantegna (F)

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. See the Roman Forum. Included visit to local attraction 3D Rewind. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Sorrento Enjoy an ice cream making demonstration. • Pompeii Guided visit of the excavations. • Giardini Naxos Enjoy this beautiful resort and beaches. • Taormina Guided visit of the Greek theatre and town. • Enna Views of the fortress town. • Palermo Sightseeing includes Piazza Bellini and the cathedral.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts (BB) • 5 evening meals: E Kick-off Party including a light supper and drinks with your Travel Director in Rome (KP) n 2 three-course dinners (D) n B Be My Guest Dinner with drinks in Sorrento (BG) n E Farewell Dinner with drinks in Palermo (FD)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • Rome airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Palermo airport transfers on Day 10. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 l Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide starts with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world and a monument to artistic genius. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, see the Forum and then visit a local attraction – 3D Rewind for an included visit. At this attraction you will experience an exhilarating three dimensional journey through the history of imperial Rome. Thanks to a series of amazing special effects, you’ll find yourself in the underground chambers of the Colosseum back in 310 AD, the perfect introduction to your included visit of the Colosseum. The rest of the day will be yours to explore this fascinating city. (BB) DAY 3 ROME – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) B Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery near the Abbey in Monte Cassino, where a fierce battle took place in May 1944. Continue south through the fertile Campania region to the Bay of Naples. Arrive later in Sorrento and join your travel companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner of delicious local specialties. (BB BG) Hotel: Parco Del Sole (F) DAY 4 SORRENTO – POMPEII EXCURSION 5 I Experience a guided walking tour of Pompeii with your Local Guide and hear the fascinating story of a city buried beneath a layer of volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Later in Sorrento, visit a gelateria for a Local Speciality gelato making demonstration and taste a variety of delicious flavours! (BB)

EXPLORING POMPEII


ST

T ETNA AND MOUN TAORMINA

A RO RT ME

Rome

= Overnight stays

2

Monte Cassino Pompeii

Sorrento

2

Italy

END

PALERMO

1

Mondello

Taormina

Palermo

2 Enna

2

Giardini Naxos

Agrigento

PALERMO CATHEDRAL

DAY 6 GIARDINI NAXOS – EXCURSION TO TAORMINA 5 This morning a Local Guide will take you to visit Taormina including the Greek theatre. This town was founded in 400BC and is located on the slopes of Mount Tauro with magnificent views across the bay. You will have free time to enjoy the terraced gardens and take a stroll in the town. This afternoon enjoy the swimming pool and facilities at the hotel. Or perhaps venture down to the lovely beach located nearby. Your Travel Director will make suggestions for dinner this evening. (BB) DAY 7 GIARDINI NAXOS – ENNA – AGRIGENTO (2 NIGHTS) Cross the island and stop at Enna for panoramic views across the fortress town and surrounding countryside. Arrive later in Agrigento, Sicily’s oldest tourist site. Agrigento was founded by the Greeks on a plateau overlooking the sea and became a wealthy and famous colony. (BB D) Hotel: Della Valle (F) DAY 8 AGRIGENTO – FREE TIME You are free today to relax or you might like to join an optional excursion to the Valley of the Temples, a sacred site on the south side of the ancient city, dating from the 6th century BC. (BB) DAY 9 AGRIGENTO – MONDELLO – PALERMO 5 F En-route to the Sicilian capital of Palermo, stop at the seaside resort of Mondello. Here there is time for a walk or a swim in the turquoise waters before you arrive in Palermo. Your sightseeing in Palermo with a Local Guide includes Piazza Bellini and the cathedral. This evening, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) Hotel: NH Palermo (F) DAY 10 DEPART PALERMO Say ‘ciao Italia’ at the end of your Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories and a dream to return. Airport transfers available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

FISHING BOATS IN ITALY

10 Days from: £1875 per person twin share Ref: FSIP Package price per person Starts Rome

Ends Palermo

Single Supp.

Twin Share Option

Package price per person Starts Rome

Ends Palermo

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

1875 290 1875 290

Fri 22 Mar Fri 29 Mar

Sun 31 Mar 1875 Sun 7 Apr 1899

320 320

Fri 5 Jul Fri 12 Jul

Sun 14 Jul Sun 21 Jul

Fri 12 Apr Fri 19 Apr

Sun 21 Apr 1899 Sun 28 Apr 1899

320 320

Fri 2 Aug Fri 9 Aug

Sun 11 Aug 1899 290 Sun 18 Aug 1899 290

Fri 7 Jun Fri 21 Jun

Sun 16 Jun 1899 Sun 30 Jun 1899

320 320

Fri 20 Sep Fri 27 Sep

Sun 29 Sep Sun 6 Oct

1899 320 1899 320

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£163 p.p. £122 p.p. £81 p.p. £81 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£160

Triple Room Reduction Quad Room Reductiont

£155 £235

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Palermo Airport at 8.00am.

KP = Kick Off Party FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast HL = Highlight Lunch D = Dinner HD = Highlight Dinner BD = Buffet Dinner BG = Be My Guest FD = Farewell Dinner

EUROPE : FAMILY EXPERIENCES

DAY 5 SORRENTO – GIARDINI NAXOS (2 NIGHTS) Drive south via Salerno and continue through the Calabria region. Take the ferry across the Straits of Messina. Follow the coast of the Ionian Sea to Giardini Naxos and dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Sant Alphio Garden (F)

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Italian Concerto O St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River, Rome

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis. • 5 Local Guide in Rome and Florence. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Pompeii, enjoy an expert guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy a tasting of popular Tuscan wines in Florence.

Sightseeing Highlights • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Amalfi View the Romanesque Church during your orientation of the town. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Ferrara See the home of the d’Este family. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city. (WR) Hotel: Una Hotel (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome, view the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – AT LEISURE The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider a trip to the ancient catacombs or take an excursion to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d’Este. Visit museums and gardens, or simply experience ‘la dolce vita’ at a sidewalk café in one of the city’s many piazzas. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – MONTE CASSINO – POMPEII – AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) (3 NIGHTS) 5 m N Stop to view the Abbey at Monte Cassino and visit the cemetery in the valley below. In Pompeii - buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.

First Class Highlights • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

Including Flights and Door to Door Airport Transfers

118

Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

Amalfi coast


AUSTRIA

ITALY

SLOVENIA

VENICE

2

CROATIA

Gulf of Venice

Ferrara

Package price per person

FLORENCE

2 Tuscany

Adriatic Sea

ROME Monte Cassino

3 Bay of Naples

3

Pompeii Isle of Capri Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

RT

Duration: 11 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: £2225 per person twin share Ref: ITCO

AMALFI COAST

Sorrento

Start

End

erupted in 79 AD - your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: San Pietro (F)/Pietra Di Luna (F)/Panorama (F) DAY 5 AMALFI COAST FREE TIME N Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno! Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB D)

Single Supp.

Starts Rome

Ends Venice

Twin Share Option

Mon 15 Apr Thu 18 Apr Mon 22 Apr Thu 25 Apr Mon 29 Apr

Thu 25 Apr Sun 28 Apr Thu 2 May Sun 5 May Thu 9 May

2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

Thu 2 May Mon 6 May Thu 9 May Mon 13 May Thu 16 May Mon 20 May Thu 23 May Mon 27 May Thu 30 May

Package price per person Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Starts Rome

Ends Venice

400 400 400 400 400

Mon 15 Jul Thu 18 Jul Mon 22 Jul Thu 25 Jul Mon 29 Jul

Thu 25 Jul Sun 28 Jul Thu 1 Aug Sun 4 Aug Thu 8 Aug

2225 2225 2225 2265 2265

400 400 400 400 400

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400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

Thu 1 Aug Mon 5 Aug Thu 8 Aug Mon 12 Aug Thu 15 Aug Mon 19 Aug Thu 22 Aug Mon 26 Aug Thu 29 Aug

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2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2265 2299

400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

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Thu 13 Jun Sun 16 Jun Thu 20 Jun Sun 23 Jun Thu 27 Jun Sun 30 Jun Thu 4 Jul Sun 7 Jul

2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

Mon 2 Sep Thu 5 Sep Mon 9 Sep Thu 12 Sep Mon 16 Sep Thu 19 Sep Mon 23 Sep Thu 26 Sep Mon 30 Sep

Thu 12 Sep Sun 15 Sep Thu 19 Sep Sun 22 Sep Thu 26 Sep Sun 29 Sep Thu 3 Oct Sun 6 Oct Thu 10 Oct

2299 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325 2325

400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

Mon 1 Jul Thu 4 Jul Mon 8 Jul Thu 11 Jul

Thu 11 Jul Sun 14 Jul Thu 18 Jul Sun 21 Jul

2225 2225 2225 2225

400 400 400 400

Thu 3 Oct Mon 7 Oct Thu 10 Oct

Sun 13 Oct Thu 17 Oct Sun 20 Oct

2299 400 2299 400 2299 400

GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

£208 p.p. £156 p.p. £104 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£104 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

£200 £70

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

DAY 6 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour which includes views of the Faraglioni Rocks, Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi town, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque Church. (BB) DAY 7 AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) North through Umbria and into Tuscany you arrive in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city’s many trattorias. (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F)/Adler Cavalieri (F) DAY 8 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND WINE TASTING 5 H B Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your Local Guide shows you all the main sights including the marble Duomo and Piazza Signoria, with its amazing sculptures. View the famous Ponte Vecchio, followed by a Wine Tasting with your Travel Director featuring popular Tuscan wines. Join your travelling companions this evening for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate. (BB BG) DAY 9 FLORENCE – FERRARA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) Marvel at the breath-taking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara, see the family home of the notorious

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

d’Este family. Arrive later in the Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Continental (F) DAY 10 VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME I F See the island of St. George, the elegant Customs House, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark’s Square in your private launch. Stroll across St. Mark’s Square to see the Basilica and its campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends. (BB FD) DAY 11 DEPART VENICE Say ‘arrivederci’ to your travelling companions as your memorable Italian holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

EUROPE : AT LEISURE

Ancient street in Pompeii

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am.

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Corsica and Sardinia O Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest After a scenic drive through the countryside, enjoy warm Sardinian hospitality with a local family who will tell you about island life. Sample some of the local specialities while enjoying a delicious home cooked meal with local wine. • 5 Local Guide in Cagliari, Barumini and Bonifacio. • l Unique Insight Discover why Sardinia is famed for cork harvesting and export. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Sample delicious wines at a local Sardinian Winery.

Sightseeing Highlights • Cagliari Visit the castello district with a Local Guide including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. • Barumini Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the nuraghi of Su Nuraxi. • Alghero Orientation including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. • Bonifacio Enjoy a guided tour of this stunning fortified town. • Ile Rousse and Parc De Saleccia Enjoy an included excursion to visit the town and gardens. • Costa Smeralda Enjoy a scenic drive along this magnificent coastline. • La Maddalena Take a ferry to the unspoilt island of La Maddalena. • Nuoro Visit the cultural capital of the island of Sardinia.

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Cagliari including a light meal and welcome drinks. n B Be My Guest Delicious dinner with a local Sardinian family near Alghero. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n 1 three course dinner. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Cagliari.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • Return ferry transportation between Sardinia and Corsica. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

Including Flights and Door to Door Airport Transfers

120

Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAGLIARI (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the capital of Sardinia and the island’s largest city located on the southern coast of Sardinia. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: T Hotel (SF) DAY 2 CAGLIARI SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 Explore Sardinia’s capital and the largest town on the island with a Local Guide. Visit the castello district including views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers. See the Basilica of San Saturno built in the 5th century. Visit the Marina District and see the Roman ruins. This afternoon consider an excursion to the botanical gardens. (BB) DAY 3 CAGLIARI – BARUMINI – ALGHERO (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Enjoy a scenic drive through the interior of the island stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage site Su Nuraxi which stands at the edge of Barumini, a farming town in Marmilla. A Local Guide will show you one of the most important architectural examples of early Sardinian civilization which is a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi. This megalithic complex was established in the late 2nd millennium B.C. during the Bronze Age. It remained buried until 1949, when a massive flood washed away the earth surrounding the upper section. It is regarded as the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form of prehistoric architecture in the world. Continue on to Alghero, a beautiful town with a strong Spanish influence. (BB D) Hotel: Carlos V (SF) DAY 4 ALGHERO SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE B Your Travel Director will take you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero this morning. Although part of the kingdom of Italy for many generations, this lovely old town still retains an air of the

Bonifacio, Corsica


ITALY ELBA

Ile-Rousse

CORSICA

Duration: 11 Days Pace: Leisurely Price from: £2075 per person twin share Package price per person

3 AJACCIO

Starts Cagliari

Bonifacio

Ferry

Santa Teresa Gallura

La Maddalena Palau

OLBIA 2

2 ALGHERO Nuoro Oliena Orgosolo

Ends Cagliari

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

S Ref: ISAR

Package price per person Starts Cagliari

Sat 13 Apr

Tue 23 Apr 2075

230

Sat 6 Jul

Tue 16 Jul

2399 590

Sat 27 Apr

Tue 7 May 2075

230

Sat 20 Jul

Tue 30 Jul

2399 590

Tue 13 Aug 2399 590

Sat 11 May Tue 21 May 2165

290

Sat 3 Aug

Sat 25 May Tue 4 Jun

2165

290

Sat 17 Aug Tue 27 Aug 2399 590

Sat 8 Jun

Tue 18 Jun 2199

290

Sat 22 Jun

Tue 2 Jul

290

2199

Sat 31 Aug Tue 10 Sep

2199 290

Sat 14 Sep

2099 250

Tue 24 Sep

GREAT SAVINGS

SARDINIA Barumini

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

£215 p.p. £161 p.p. £108 p.p.

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£108 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

2 1 CAGLIARI Overnight stays

■ Sightseeing stops

Start

Single Twin Supp. Share Option

Ends Cagliari

£190

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

End

All prices are per person on a twin share basis

Cagliari, Sardinia

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Cagliari Elmas Airport will operate at 11.15am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport at 4.30am and 7.00am. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

DAY 8 AJACCIO – BONIFACIO – FERRY TO SARDINIA – COSTA SMERALDA – OLBIA (2 NIGHTS) Travel back to Bonifacio for the return ferry crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura. From here enjoy a scenic drive along the fabulous Costa Smeralda coastline with its turquoise waters. Stop at the popular resort of Porto Cervo, the playground of the rich and famous developed by the Aga Khan in the 1960s before continuing to our hotel in Olbia. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Olbia Hermana (F) DAY 9 EXCURSION TO LA MADDALENA This morning take a trip back to the exclusive and beautiful Costa Smeralda, which owes its name to the green emerald-coloured waters. From the harbour town of Palau you will take a ferry to the unspolit island of La Maddalena. The old town perched on a hill is a charming maze of narrow streets and small squares. This is where the young Napoleon suffered the first defeat of his military career after islanders withstood a three-day siege launched from Corsica. Enjoy the scenery and sample some of the local cuisine in your free time for lunch. Later, return to your hotel in Olbia. (BB)

DAY 5 ALGHERO – AJACCIO (3 NIGHTS) 5 After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive along the northern coast to Santa Teresa Gallura, before taking the ferry across to the French island of Corsica, just a few miles away (crossing time approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Bonifacio enjoy a tour with a Local Guide and then free time to explore this stunning fortified town. Dramatically situated on a limestone peninsula, there are spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the impressive Citadel plus a delightful harbour and marina. From Bonifacio, we continue to our luxurious hotel in Ajaccio for a three night stay. (BB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Ajaccio Bay Resort & Spa (SF)

DAY 10 OLBIA – NUORO – OLIENA – ORGOSOLO – CAGLIARI l H F Today travel south through the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia with ancient traditions which survive alongside modern life, evident in the landscape, the architecture and the cuisine. The museum in Nuoro, the capital of the province, has many reminders of the culture of this ancient population. Continue through the vineyards to Oliena where you will enjoy a Wine Tasting. See the ‘murales’ of Orgosolo and the famous bandit villages before returning to Cagliari for the final night of your trip. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers to celebrate your memorable holiday with a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Regina Margherita (F)

DAY 6 AJACCIO AT LEISURE Enjoy a full day of leisure or take an optional excursion with lunch to the Gulf of Porto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Calanche of Piana and Gulf of Girolata. (BB)

DAY 11 DEPART CAGLIARI This morning, say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of your wonderful Corsica and Sardinian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

DAY 7 ILE ROUSSE AND PARC DE SALECCIA EXCURSION Today enjoy an excursion to Ile Rousse and Parc De Saleccia. The prosperous port of Ile de Rousse, developed to export local olive oil, is reminiscent of the French Riviera in style, with its palm-lined, grid-system streets, smart shops and lovely beaches. You will have free time for lunch before visiting the landscaped garden of Parc de Saleccia which showcases a huge variety of Corsican and Mediterranean plants in a beautiful setting. This evening return to your hotel for dinner. (BB D)

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Spanish region of Catalonia, since it once formed part of the kingdom of Aragon. The local residents still speak with a Spanish dialect. Many of the older buildings are in a Catalan Gothic style reminiscent of Barcelona. See sights including the harbour, cathedral Santa Maria and Piazza Ginasio in the heart of the old town. This afternoon consider an excursion to the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia. This evening a scenic drive will take you to the home of a local family to experience a delightful Sardinian Be My Guest experience. (BB BG)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Take a private boat trip for an exclusive dinner on an island in the idyllic Lake Maggiore. Your host will share stories of the history of the island and ‘pirate’s hideaway’ and then you will be served a delicious meal. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. n Visit a traditional inlay wood-working workshop in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome View the Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. • Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery. • Pompeii Visit the excavations. • Isle of Capri Cruise to the beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. • Assisi Visit St. Francis’ Basilica. • Classe Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris and admire its mosaics. • Pomposa View the ancient Romanesque Abbey. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Verona See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. • Milan Walking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. • Lake Como Visit the beautiful Lake Como. • Pisa View the Leaning Tower. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Siena Visit this medieval Tuscan city, home of the Palio horse race.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Dinner on an island in Lake Maggiore. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 4 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a stroll around the city. Join your travelling companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Guide tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. (BB D) Hotel: Corallo (F)/Johanna Park (F)/La Residenza (F) DAY 4 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe. (BB) DAY 5 SORRENTO – ASSISI 5 N Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescos depicting the life of this muchloved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Ora Cenacolo (SF) DAY 6 ASSISI – CLASSE – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Driving north from Assisi, cross the Apennines to the Adriatic Coast and the town of Classe, famous for ancient mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris. Admire the Romanesque Basilica of Pomposa. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for two nights. (BB D) Hotel: Albergo Hungaria (F) DAY 7 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Watch a demonstration of the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your


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choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. (BB) DAY 8 VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS) 5 N This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Guide. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Simplon (F) DAY 9 LAKE COMO EXCURSION B Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest luncheon experience. (BB BG) DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. (BB) Hotel: Croce Di Malta (F) DAY 11 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Signoria Square and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB) DAY 12 FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME F Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 13 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Arrive at a spectacular Sicilian winery or ‘agriturismo’ surrounded by a vast expanse of vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna. Enjoy regional cuisine and savour the delicious wine which you will taste with an explanation from an expert sommelier. • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Palermo and Agrigento. • l Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action. n Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and visit the Colosseum. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Classe Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris to see the beautiful mosaics. • Assisi Walking tour includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica. • Pompeii Visit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide. • Palermo Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Piazza Bellini and the cathedral. • Monreale Visit the Norman Cathedral. • Mondello Visit the fishing village. • Agrigento Visit the Valley of the Temples. • Enna Views of the fortress town. • Sorrento Orientation includes a visit to an inlaid wood factory. • Isle of Capri Travel by ferry to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 7 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome. n N 4 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a wine estate in Sicily. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • Overnight cruise from Naples to Palermo. • Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy. • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the day relaxing. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a perfect introduction to this beautiful city. (WR) Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace (F) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome, view the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! (BB) DAY 3 ROME – FLORENCE This morning, travel to the Renaissance city of Florence, with free time to take a stroll through the historic streets and soak up the unique atmosphere! (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 4 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) 5 N Experience the incredible sights of Florence on your walking tour with a Local Guide. See the magnificent marble Duomo, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio. Marvel at the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, drive to the floating city of Venice. This evening, why not appreciate this elegant city from the comfort of a gondola? (BB D) Hotel: Le Boulevard (F) DAY 5 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is spectacular! View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time shopping or relaxing. Consider a boat trip to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch. (BB) DAY 6 VENICE – CLASSE – ASSISI 5 N Drive south from Venice along the Adriatic coast to visit the Church of St. Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its wonderful mosaics. Later, in the spiritual city of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, visit St. Francis’ Mondello, Sicily


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an optional excursion to Savoca, the village made famous by ‘The Godfather’, and the crater of Sicily’s active volcano, Mount Etna, widely regarded as one of the most impressive in the world. This evening, join your travelling companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner in a vineyard close to Mount Etna. (BB BG) DAY 12 TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria via Salerno to your hotel in Sorrento. Tonight, relax at your hotel and take in the scenery. (BB) Hotel: Cesare Augusto (F)

DAY 9 PALERMO – AGRIGENTO 5 N In Agrigento, your Local Guide takes you on a tour of the Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five ancient Greek temples dating from the 6th century BC. These are some of the grandest Grecian remains outside Athens! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dioscuri Bay Palace (SF) DAY 10 AGRIGENTO – ENNA – TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) (2 NIGHTS) Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, stopping en route to enjoy views of the fortress town of Enna. Arrive this afternoon in the resort town of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Caesar Palace (F) DAY 11 TAORMINA – FREE TIME B Spend the day relaxing in this fun Sicilian resort. Perhaps swim and sunbathe or shop for handmade lace on the Corso. Consider joining

DAY 14 SORRENTO – ROME F Admire the spectacular coastline as you drive north from Sorrento. Stop at Cassino to view the Benedictine Abbey. Arrive later in Rome, and spend the rest of the day shopping or seeing the sights. Tonight, celebrate with your travelling companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco Dei Medici (SF) DAY 15 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ as you prepare for your journey home with wonderful memories of your holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 8 AT SEA – PALERMO 5 Arrive this morning in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes the honeycoloured cathedral and Piazza Bellini. Travel to the town of Monreale and visit the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Admire views of the Conca d’Oro before continuing your journey to visit the beautiful fishing village of Mondello. Return to Palermo this afternoon. (BB) Hotel: Opera Plaza (F)

DAY 13 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION I N Visit an inlaid-wood workshop to see a demonstration of this local craft. Take a short cruise to the charming Isle of Capri, and enjoy an orientation walk of Capri town. Appreciate views across the sea to the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola. Spend free time afterwards exploring this charming island on your own! Later in Sorrento − famous for the alcoholic digestive Limoncello − visit Piazza Tasso, with its many cafés, and shop in boutiques on the Corso Italia. (BB D)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Traditional dinner on a ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida. • 5 Local Guide in Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona. • l Unique Insight A walking tour through La Boqueria Market. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial in the Plaza España, and the Cibeles Fountain. • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Puerto Lapice Visit the inn where Don Quixote was reputedly dubbed a knight. • Cordoba Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs with your Local Guide. • Seville Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Guadix View the cave homes in “Barrio Troglodyte”. • Valencia See the Town Hall, Cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers. • Peñiscola View the ancient castle overlooking the beach. • Barcelona View Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, see the monument to Columbus and visit Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Seville. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Barcelona.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights. (WR) Hotel: Rafael Atocha (F) DAY 2 TOLEDO EXCURSION AND MADRID SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España, and see Puerta del Sol, the city’s hub with your Local Guide. (BB) DAY 3 MADRID – CORDOBA – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) 5 Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Guide. Tonight, you might like to take an excursion to watch a fiery flamenco show. (BB) Hotel: Tryp Macarena (F) DAY 4 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Meet your Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda, see the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the fascinating Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside. (BB BG) DAY 5 SEVILLE – GRANADA 5 Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Guide. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine. (BB) Hotel: Alhamar (F) Peñiscola


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DAY 6 GRANADA – GUADIX – VALENCIA N Travel from Granada, via the Mora Pass, and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers which once formed part of the city walls. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Abba Acteon (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

DAY 8 BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l F This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Guide. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore. This evening join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) DAY 9 DEPART BARCELONA Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Barcelona Airport at 8.00am. For guests who wish to utilise a complimentary transfer back to Madrid, you will be arrive at the Trafalgar extra night hotel in Madrid at approximately 6.00pm.

6 Winter Departures (WPWO): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season!

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EXCITING FAMILY ITINERARY REF: FPWO - SPANISH SALSA For an exciting family version of this itinerary with fun family activities & inclusions please see our 2013 Family Experiences brochure or www.FamilyTravelExperiences.co.uk

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DAY 7 VALENCIA – PEÑISCOLA – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS) Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialities. (BB) Hotel: U232 (SF)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate oranges and lemons. • 5 Local Guide in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon. • l Unique Insight Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production healing creams and cosmetics made from local produce. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of Puerta del Sol, the Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain. • Toledo Visit the Synagogue and the Church of Santo Tomé with your Local Guide. • Granada Visit the Alhambra Palace with your Local Guide. • Fez Visit the Medina with your Local Guide. • Marrakesh Visit Djemaa el Fna Square and the Bahia Palace with your Local Guide. • Casablanca See the Grand Mosque of Hassan ll and travel the Corniche Road along the Atlantic coast. • Rabat View the Royal Palace, Mausoleum and Royal Mosque with your Local Guide. • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Bell Tower. Visit the cathedral to see Columbus’ Tomb. Visit Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Fatima View the celebrated religious shrine. • Salamanca View the Plaza Mayor.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 15 hot buffet breakfasts. • 9 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Madrid. n 3 three-course dinners. n N 3 three-course dinners with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Seville. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Madrid.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 16. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Spain’s capital Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city, or simply relax before meeting for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at your hotel. Later, enjoy an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: Vincci Soma (F) DAY 2 MADRID SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, consider a visit to the famous Prado Museum featuring a large collection of works by Velazquez, or take an optional excursion to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid’s nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours! (BB) DAY 3 MADRID – TOLEDO – GRANADA 5 N Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Admire the breath-taking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of Andalusia, to Granada. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Alhamar (F) DAY 4 GRANADA – MARBELLA 5 This morning your Local Guide takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol. (BB) Hotel: NH Marbella (F) DAY 5 MARBELLA – FEZ (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the Mediterranean coast and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings you to the Imperial city of Fez, Morocco’s second-largest city. (BB D) Hotel: Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (SF) DAY 6 FEZ SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your Local Guide. View the fortifications and Royal Palace, during your morning sightseeing tour. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for an Unique Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. This afternoon, see the sights of your choice or consider an excursion to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city when you haggle for souvenirs at the bazaar! (BB) DAY 7 FEZ – MARRAKESH (2 NIGHTS) Travelling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favourite holiday spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Later this evening you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis (SF) DAY 8 MARRAKESH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Guide. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm-readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore.


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Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an excursion to a Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) DAY 9 MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA – RABAT 5 Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart’s most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive of the Corniche, plus views of the Hassan II mosque with the world’s tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah (SFC) DAY 10 RABAT – SEVILLE (2 NIGHTS) N Today, drive northwards to the coast and board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey through the Jerez vineyards, home of sherry. Next, continue to Andalusia’s most beautiful city, Seville, for a two-night stay. This evening, enjoy dinner with your companions and then relax or why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show? (BB D) Hotel: Zenit Sevilla (SF) DAY 11 SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Seville is known as the home of flamenco and bullfighting in Spain. See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Admire the tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds in the Maria Luisa Park and visit the imposing Plaza de Espanya. See Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the cathedral and enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at a traditional Andalusian finca. (BB BG) DAY 12 SEVILLE – LISBON (2 NIGHTS) Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and the Rio Tinto mines, and past the castle at Aracena. Crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks, you arrive in Lisbon. (BB) Hotel: Olissippo Marques de Sa (F)

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£199 p.p. £149 p.p. £99 p.p. £99 p.p.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Madrid Airport will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11.00am. 6 Winter Departures (WSMPA): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season!

DAY 13 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB)

DAY 16 DEPART MADRID This morning, it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

DAY 14 LISBON – FATIMA – SALAMANCA N A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d’Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Gran Corona Sol (F)

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

DAY 15 SALAMANCA – MADRID F Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. This afternoon, explore the city at your own pace or consider an optional excursion. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: NH Eurobuilding (F)

Note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.

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Best of Portugal Hieronymite Monastery, Belem, Lisbon

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Local speciality lunch with wine in a traditional ‘quinta’ dating back to the 17th century. • 5 Local Guide in Lisbon, Evora and Oporto. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Enjoy a wine tasting at a port cellar in Oporto.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before visiting the Hieronymite Monastery with your Local Guide. • Algarve Admire magnificent coastal scenery along the Algarve to the Sagres Peninsula. • Lagos Visit this resort. • Evora Visit the cathedral, Ossuary Chapel and the Roman Temple with your Local Guide. • Castelo de Vide Visit this spa town. • Belmonte See the Roman tower. • Viseu Visit the old town. • Palacio de Mateus Visit the Palace gardens. • Guimaraes See the castle. • Oporto See the cathedral and Church of St. Francis. • Coimbra Orientation includes a visit to the university library (or ceremonial hall when closed). • Conimbriga Visit the Roman Ceramics Museum. • Tomar Visit the Convent of Christ famous for its association with the Knights Templar. • Fatima Visit the celebrated religious shrine. • Batalha Visit the Late Gothic style monastery. • Nazare Visit this fishing village. • Obidos Visit this medieval city.

DAY 1 ARRIVE LISBON (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Relax after check-in or spend time exploring the city’s colourful landscape. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception followed by an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Hotel: HF Fenix Urban (F) DAY 2 LISBON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 See Lisbon’s landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. (BB) DAY 3 LISBON – VILAMOURA (2 NIGHTS) Cross the River Tagus and drive south towards the Serra de Arrabida Mountains. Travel to the Algarve coast and Vilamoura – your home for the next two nights. Explore the city this afternoon or simply relax at your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Pestana Vila Sol Resort (MD) DAY 4 ALGARVE EXCURSION F This morning, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the Sagres Peninsula. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach before continuing your journey along the coast to Cape St. Vincent for beautiful sea views from the south-westernmost point of Portugal. Visit the resort of Lagos, where Henry the Navigator lived. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special Highlight Dinner. (BB HD)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • Be My Guest lunch en route to Oporto. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Lisbon. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Local highlight restaurant dinner with wine in Vilamoura. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lisbon.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 VILAMOURA – EVORA 5 N This morning, travel across the Serra de Caldeirao to Evora. Join your Local Guide and visit the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Ossuary Chapel. Evora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Spend time this afternoon seeing the 14th century walls, winding lanes and other enchanting sights at your own pace or join an excursion to the village of Monsaraz. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: M’ar De Ar Muralhas (SF) DAY 6 EVORA – CASTELO DE VIDE – BELMONTE – VISEU Continue north to Castelo de Vide and wander through narrow alleys and the town’s Jewish quarter. Cross the valley of the River Tagus towards the Serra de Estrela mountains. See the Roman tower in Belmonte. Arrive later at Viseu, a bustling town with historical buildings, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. (BB) Hotel: Grao Vasco (F)

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£135 p.p. £101 p.p. £68 p.p. £68 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£130

Triple Room Reduction

£25

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Lisbon Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Lisbon Airport at 7.00am and 9.30am.

DAY 9 OPORTO – COIMBRA – CONIMBRIGA – TOMAR – FATIMA N Traverse the Buçaco National Park. In Coimbra, see ancient streets and squares and visit the Old University featuring an ornate Baroque library. In Conimbriga, visit the Roman Ruins and see some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics in Portugal. In Tomar, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Arrive later in the city of Fatima. Dine tonight in your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Fatima (F)

DAY 7 VISEU – MATEUS – GUIMARÃES – OPORTO (2 NIGHTS) B Travel through the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced. Explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Savour a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ‘quinta’ with your travelling companions. Continue via Guimarães for views of the impressive castle to Oporto. (BB BG) Hotel: HF Ipanema Porto (F) DAY 8 OPORTO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME H 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Oporto. See the remarkable bridges across the Douro River, the Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores and the Baroque Church of St. Francis. Visit Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall and then experience a Wine Tasting at a port cellar. Spend the afternoon relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

DAY 11 DEPART LISBON Say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a spectacular Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 10 FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARÉ – OBIDOS – LISBON F Visit the Shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin at the pilgrimage site of Fatima. Visit the monastery at Batalha – a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the best example of late gothic architecture in Portugal. Stop at the fishing village of Nazaré on the coast and visit the medieval city of Obidos. Tonight in Lisbon, celebrate with your travelling companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine. (BB FD) Hotel: Corinthia (SF)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a speciality dinner cooked in a wood-fired oven in a rustic provençal family-run restaurant. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Arles. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Avignon Orientation includes views of the Papal Palace and St. Bénezet Bridge. • Pont du Gard View the Roman aqueduct. • Les Baux de Provence Visit this astonishing village. • Arles See the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral on your walking tour with a Local Guide. • Aix-en-Provence Orientation tour includes the Cours Mirabeau. • St. Tropez Visit the most fashionable resort on the Riviera and cruise to stylish Ste. Maxime. • Cannes See the Film Festival Centre. • Nice Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais. • Monaco Excursion to see the palace and cathedral. • Route Napoleon Scenic drive. • Lyon Orientation of this gastronomic city. • Beaune Visit this town with cobbled streets known as the capital of the Burgundy wine region.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n B Be My Guest Dinner in a provençal restaurant. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Nice. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks. (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense (SF) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Later, consider an optional trip to Monet’s garden at Giverny. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS – TGV TRAIN – AVIGNON N Take the impressive and fast TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. Your orientation of Avignon includes views of the impressive Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon (F) DAY 4 AVIGNON – PONT DU GARD – ARLES – AIX-EN-PROVENCE B View the Roman Pont du Gard and continue to Les Baux-de-Provence. Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening in the elegant city of Aix-enProvence, join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest dinner of regional food at a provençal family restaurant. (BB BG) Hotel: Aquabella/Escale Oceania (F)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon. • Cruise from St. Tropez to Ste. Maxime. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 5 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ST. TROPEZ – CANNES – NICE (2 NIGHTS) F Traverse scenic hills to the coast and the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Brigitte Bardot was ‘discovered’. Take a boat cruise to Ste. Maxime. Continue by road to Cannes - the jewel in the Côte d’Azur - and see the Film Festival Centre on the sophisticated Boulevard de la Croisette. Your orientation of Nice includes a drive along Promenade des Anglais as well as views of Place Masséna, the Old Town and the port. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city’s many bustling restaurants. (BB HD) Hotel: NH Nice (F)

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DAY 6 NICE – FREE TIME AND MONACO EXCURSION Spend the morning relaxing. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, swim in the Mediterranean or shop in chic boutiques. Later, a scenic drive brings you to the Principality of Monaco, where you see the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. (BB) DAY 7 NICE – ROUTE NAPOLEON – LYON Drive along part of the scenic Route Napoleon inland and travel via Manosque and the Durance Valley to the town of Sisteron. Take the alpine route along the Col de la Croix to Lyon, France’s second largest city. Standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is known as one of the greatest gastronomic cities in the world. Enjoy an orientation which includes Place Bellecour and views of the Basilica of Notre Dame. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland (F)

DAY 8 LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS F Journey via the vineyards of Macon and Beaune to Paris. Stop in Beaune where there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Evergreen Laurel (F) DAY 9 DEPART PARIS This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious lunch at a family-run vineyard in the foothills of the Luberon Mountains. See the beautiful 18th century stone country house and taste the delicious local wines. • 5 Local Guide in Paris and Arles • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Avignon See the Papal Palace, broken bridge and Place de l’Horloge. • Aix-en-Provence See the Cours Mirabeau and the Place de la Rotonde. • Ménerbes Visit this picturesque town in Provence. • Arles Guided walking tour includes views of the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque Cathedral. • Nimes See the Roman Arena and the Maison Carée. • Cassis Included cruise to see the coastal coves or ‘calanques’. • Nice Orientation tour includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna, the Old Town and château park for spectacular views. • Monaco See the palace and the cathedral. Visit a casino in Monte Carlo.

Dining Highlights • 10 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest lunch in the Luberon. • Cookery class and lunch in Nimes. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Nice.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PARIS (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Paris, France’s glittering capital! Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions later for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city’s impressive illuminations – the perfect introduction to your holiday! (WR) Hotel: Renaissance La Defense (SF) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to round off your day with a famous Parisian cabaret show. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS AT LEISURE Today is free for you to explore the delights of Paris. The city is home to many world-renowned galleries and museums including the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay and Les Invalides, featuring Napoleon’s tomb. Cruise along the River Seine, stroll through the Tuileries or join an excursion to Monet’s garden at Giverny, the choice is yours! (BB) DAY 4 PARIS – TGV TRAIN – AVIGNON - AIX-EN-PROVENCE (2 NIGHTS) Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon. Your orientation tour of Avignon includes the famous broken bridge, the bustling Place de I’Horloge and the Palace of the Popes, an immense fortification built in the 14th century. This afternoon, continue to Aix-en-Provence, a vibrant student city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. (BB) Hotel: Grand Hotel Roi Rene (SF) DAY 5 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME B This morning, see the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later drive through beautiful Provençal countryside to Ménerbes, immortalised by Peter Mayle in his book ‘A Year in Provence’. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch of local dishes at a family run winery in the famous Luberon area and learn about the excellent wines which are produced

• First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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here. Return later to Aix-en-Provence with free time to do as you please. (BB BG) DAY 6 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ARLES – NIMES (2 NIGHTS) 5 A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Guide. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Nimes, where your orientation tour shows you the Roman Arena and the 2,000 year old Roman Temple, known as the Maison Caree. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Nimes Centre (F)

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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport will operate at 8.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Nice Airport at 5.00am and 9.30am. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

DAY 10 NICE AT LEISURE F Spend the day exploring Nice at your leisure. Visit the flower market in the old town. Maybe relax on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean. This evening, raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 11 DEPART NICE Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

DAY 7 NIMES – COOKERY CLASS Your day starts with a visit to St. Remy de Provence Market to buy fresh produce for your culinary adventure! Join your companions for a Cookery Class from a qualified chef at a nearby restaurant, work together to produce a delicious lunch and eat it! Return later to your hotel in Nimes and spend the evening relaxing. (BB HL) DAY 8 NIMES – CASSIS – NICE (3 NIGHTS) Drive south to coastal Cassis and take an included cruise around the bay and view the limestone coves – calanques − which provide shelter for local wildlife. Later continue to Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the Old Town. (BB) Hotel: Hotel Ellington (F) DAY 9 EXCURSION TO MONACO & MONTE CARLO Drive along the elegant Côte d’Azur to Monaco. See the Palace of the Grimaldi family − they have ruled from this residence for 700 years − and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are buried. Continue along part of the Grand Prix circuit to Monte Carlo with the chance to visit a casino − you might get lucky and win! Later in Nice, there is time to shop for souvenirs or relax. (BB)

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WWI & WWII Battlefields Poppy Fields, Somme Valley

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a unique dinner experience with traditional Dutch cuisine on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Meet a local family and learn about Dutch culture. • 5 Local Guide in London and Paris. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • H Wine Tasting Learn about champagne production and get to taste this speciality wine in Reims.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • London Morning sightseeing tour including views of Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Included visit to the Imperial War Museum. • Portsmouth Visit the D-Day and Overlord Embroidery Museum. Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and see the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. • Normandy Visit the D-Day landing beaches and the D-Day museum. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. • Bayeux Visit the cemetery and historic Bayeux Tapestry Museum. • Caen Visit the Memorial de Caen. • Amiens See the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral. • Somme Battlefields Visit some of the significant battlefields of the First World War. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your expert Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Reims Visit this beautiful city and see the remarkable Cathedral. Enjoy a champagne tasting. • Ypres Salient Visit some of the significant battlefields near Ypres and witness the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Visit Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. • Groesbeek Visit the Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial as well as the National Liberation museum. • Arnhem View John Frost Bridge. • Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears and Dam Square.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in London. n B Be My Guest dinner in Amsterdam. n N 2 three-course hotel dinners with local wine. n 1 three-course restaurant dinner in Portsmouth.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS) E After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall (SF) DAY 2 LONDON – SIGHTSEEING AND INCLUDED IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM VISIT 5 See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see many of the most important weapons and vehicles of the twentieth century including a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise down the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening. (BB) DAY 3 LONDON – D-DAY AND OVERLORD EMBROIDERY MUSEUM – PORTSMOUTH – OVERNIGHT FERRY TO CAEN Today leave London and head south towards Portsmouth. Visit the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum. This Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. The Museum’s centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany. Later stop in Portsmouth to enjoy free time in the Historic Dockyard. See the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France. (BB D) DAY 4 OVERNIGHT FERRY – NORMANDY BEACHES VISIT – BAYEUX – CAEN Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. See Arromanches, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Travel to Caen for your overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Caen Côte De Nacre (F) DAY 5 CAEN – VISIT MEMORIAL DE CAEN – AMIENS N This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War, this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure Cathedrale Amiens/Novotel Boves (SF)


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DAY 6 AMIENS – SOMME BATTLEFIELDS – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) After an early start, visit some of the 1916 Somme battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant Thiepval Memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no known grave. Visit Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. At Vimy Ridge, see the memorial which has considerable significance for Canada. Finally, in Fromelles, see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force. Later make your way to the capital city of Paris for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse (SF)

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DAY 7 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice or consider an excursion to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret. (BB) DAY 8 PARIS – REIMS – LILLE (2 NIGHTS) H N Visit the city of Reims – famous for its magnificent cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, formerly the place of coronation of the kings of France. The cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Reims also functions as one of the centres of champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in the city. Enjoy an informative Wine Tasting at one of the city’s champagne houses before checking into your hotel for a two night stay. (BB D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lille (SF) DAY 9 LILLE – EXCURSION TO YPRES BATTLEFIELDS Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark, Vancouver Corner and many other places of interest. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to the The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness The Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel. (BB)

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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers are available in London. See page 217 for details. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Schipol Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am. Departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are 2014 departures and are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Price and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

DAY 10 LILLE – GROESBEEK – NATIONAL LIBERATION MUSEUM – AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS) This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over two thousand Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time they advanced across the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war. Then stop to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special ‘liberation cake’. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatized in the 1977 movie ‘A Bridge Too Far’. See the bridge named after Major-General John Dutton Frost who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Later arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay. (BB) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel/Novotel (F) DAY 11 AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING B Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy some free time in this vibrant city or perhaps a visit to Anne Frank’s House. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest farewell dinner with your travelling companions. (BB BG) DAY 12 DEPART AMSTERDAM Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch. • 5 Local Guide in Berlin. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. n Enjoy a woodcarving demonstration in Oberammergau and see handmade crafts made by talented local artists. • I Local Speciality Black Forest cuckoo clock making demonstration.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Frankfurt See the medieval Römerplatz during the orientation tour of this impressive city. • Rhine Cruise Enjoy a scenic cruise through part of the romantic Rhine Valley. • Cologne View the Gothic cathedral. • Hamelin Visit the town famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. • Hamburg Orientation includes the Inner Alster Lake. • Berlin Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Dresden Orientation includes the Zwinger Palace and Opera House. • Modlareuth Visit the Little Berlin village and Open Air museum. • Bayreuth See the Wagner Festival Theatre. • Nuremberg Orientation includes St. Sebald’s Cathedral. • Rothenburg Orientation of this medieval city. • Munich Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Glockenspiel. • Oberammergau Visit the town made famous by the Passion Play. • Neuschwanstein View the castle. • Bavarian Alps Enjoy views of this spectacular mountain range. • Black Forest Scenic drive through picturesque scenery. • Heidelberg Visit the oldest and best-known University town in Germany.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Lunch in a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Frankfurt including a light meal and welcome drinks. n 4 three-course dinners. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Frankfurt.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • Airport transfers are provided in Frankfurt on Day 1 and Day 12. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE FRANKFURT E Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink. (WR) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) DAY 2 FRANKFURT – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE B Cruise along the River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock, to Boppard. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch experience at an atmospheric castle above the river. Your day ends in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB BG D) Hotel: Lindner Hotel (SF) DAY 3 COLOGNE – HAMELIN – HAMBURG Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en-route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairy-tale fame and immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg, see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Maritim (F) DAY 4 HAMBURG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF)/Andels (SF) DAY 5 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME l 5 This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag

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Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs! (BB)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Frankfurt Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8.00am and 10.00am.

some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening, consider a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall! (BB) DAY 10 MUNICH – OBERAMMERGAU – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – BLACK FOREST I Head south to the quaint village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is performed once every decade. Watch talented local artists at work during a wood-carving demonstration. Visit Neuschwanstein to view King Ludwig’s fairy-tale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how these traditional Local Specialties are made during a demonstration of the craft. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Maritim Titisee (F)

DAY 7 DRESDEN – MODLAREUTH – BAYREUTH – NUREMBERG Visit the Modlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into ‘divided Germany’, see the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original wall. In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB) Hotel: Maritim (F) DAY 8 NUREMBERG – ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS) Your Travel Director takes you on a wonderful orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the old town hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, then follow the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 9 MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel Carillon. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in

DAY 11 BLACK FOREST – HEIDELBERG – FRANKFURT F A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip. (BB FD) Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach (F) DAY 12 DEPART FRANKFURT This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 6 BERLIN – DRESDEN A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. See the highlights of this astonishing Renaissance city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Later, consider joining an excursion into the Elbe Valley to visit the Bastei Belvedere. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dresden Newa (F)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Zurich Orientation of this lakeside city. • St. Moritz Orientation of this mountain resort. • Zermatt Orientation of this car-free mountain resort. • Geneva Orientation includes views of the United Nations building, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. • Interlaken Stop in this beautiful resort renowned for its views of the Jungfrau mountain. • Lucerne Orientation includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Zurich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 2 three-course dinners. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Lucerne.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Glacier Express Train from St. Moritz to Zermatt. • High-speed train from Zermatt to Geneva. • Golden Pass route train journey from Geneva to Lucerne. • All rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ZURICH E Welcome to Zurich in the heart of Switzerland! Admire Switzerland’s financial capital during your orientation of the city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 ZURICH – CHUR – ST. MORITZ Your journey by train via Chur to St. Moritz takes you past snow-capped mountains and sparkling lakes. The scenery is incredible! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Baeren (F)/Laundinella (F) DAY 3 ST. MORITZ – GLACIER EXPRESS – ZERMATT (2 NIGHTS) All aboard one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world – the immensely comfortable air-cushioned and air-conditioned Glacier Express! An 8-hour railway journey takes you over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres above sea level. Marvel at magnificent Alpine lakes and pristine glaciers en route to the unique resort of Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn. Walk a short distance to your charming hotel where you dine tonight. Afterwards, explore the nightlife in this lively year-round resort. (BB D) Hotel: Alpen Resort (F) DAY 4 ZERMATT – ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Your Travel Director takes you for an orientation tour of this charming car-free resort. Relax afterwards in the clean mountain air, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cable-car ride for more stunning views of the Alpine landscapes. (BB)

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DAY 5 ZERMATT – GENEVA Your high-speed train journey takes you to Geneva, the capital of the Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland) where many organisations including the International Red Cross are based. Admire the sights during your orientation including the Old Town, the Flower Clock and the Jet d’Eau. Later, you may wish to dine on delicious Swiss specialities at a restaurant overlooking Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. (BB) Hotel: Cornavin (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: At the start of the trip, the Radisson Blu hotel is located at Zurich Airport for convenience, so guests can make their own way to the hotel from the Airport terminal. Return transfers to Zurich Airport are provided with tickets for a train journey into Zurich Airport terminal. There is a direct train from Lucerne to Zurich Airport every hour from approximately 5.00am onwards. The earliest train will get guests in to Zurich Airport check-in by 6.30am.

the decorated wooden panels, which chronicle the history of Lucerne. Later, consider an optional excursion to a nearby mountain peak, or explore the old city and shop for Swiss watches and delicious Swiss chocolates. Tonight, celebrate with your companions and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant! (BB FD) DAY 8 LUCERNE – DEPART ZURICH Say goodbye to Switzerland and your newfound friends at the end of your remarkable Swiss holiday! Your Travel Director gives you tickets for the short train journey from Lucerne to Zurich Airport, which can be used at your convenience for the onward journey. (BB)

DAY 6 GENEVA – INTERLAKEN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) The stunning scenery continues as you travel from Geneva along the Golden Pass route. Stop at Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of a trio of famous peaks - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. Reboard your train and follow the Brünig Pass to Lucerne in central Switzerland, your home for the next two nights. This evening, why not learn to yodel at an optional fun-packed Swiss folklore show! (BB) Hotel: Renaissance (SF) DAY 7 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME F Your walk through the medieval city of Lucerne is fascinating. Visit the poignant Lion Monument built in memory of Louis XVI’s Swiss Guard. View the covered wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss and

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Imperial Europe Charles Bridge, Prague

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Enjoy Austrian cakes and coffee in Salzburg.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Munich See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Ludwigstrasse. • Regensburg Orientation of this medieval town. • Pilsen See the town famed for beer making. • Prague See St. Vitus’ Cathedral, the Old Town Square and view Prague Castle on your walking tour. • Bratislava Visit the capital of the Slovak Republic. • Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill District and Fisherman’s Bastion. • Györ Visit the Baroque town centre. • Vienna View the Hofburg, City Hall, Imperial Boulevards and State Opera House. • Melk See the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey. • Salzburg See Mozart’s birthplace and the Mirabell Palace and gardens on your walking tour.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Munich including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 1 three-course dinner. n F Highlight Dinner in Prague. n B Be My Guest Dinner of seasonal Hungarian specialities and regional wine in a family-run restaurant near Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Munich.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE MUNICH E Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Stop and view the stadium built for the 1972 Olympics and the Marienplatz, with its fascinating Glockenspiel clock. Meet this evening for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 2 MUNICH – REGENSBURG – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS) F Visit Regensburg, an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Across the border see Pilsen, renowned for its breweries, before reaching Prague. This exciting city is your home for the next two nights! This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 3 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Prague has prospered since the fall of Communism, and its new-found status and affluence is evident during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with your Local Guide. See the impressive St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Explore the city on your own, or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava. (BB) DAY 4 PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS) Visit the Slovak capital Bratislava with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Entering Hungary you arrive in Budapest on the banks of the River Danube. (BB) Hotel: Ramada Plaza (SF)

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DAY 5 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Budapest featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion. From there enjoy superb views across the Parliament and Danube below. Later, spend time exploring on your own or consider a guided tour of the Parliament. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Hungarian dinner with local specialities. (BB BG) DAY 6 BUDAPEST – GYÖR – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) Crossing the Transdanubia region to Györ is a pleasant drive through beautiful countryside. Stroll through this quaint city, which stands at the confluence of three rivers and features charming Baroque architecture. Later arrive in imperial Vienna where you stay for the next two nights. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Munich Airport will operate at 10.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Munich Airport at 9.30am. 6 Winter Departures (WEOX): Please note, departures marked with 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013.

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DAY 7 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Admire the Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Hapsburg Dynasty during your enthralling sightseeing tour of Vienna with your Local Guide. See the grand State Opera House, and the Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornate roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. The afternoon is yours to explore the city’s many attractions. Later, you might like to attend a classical concert. (BB) DAY 8 VIENNA – WACHAU VALLEY – SALZBURG 5 I Travel through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. See the magnificent Melk Abbey, a masterpiece of baroque architecture, before reaching Salzburg. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour of this musical city before sampling the delicious Local Speciality of Austrian cakes. Dine tonight at your hotel in the beautiful city of Salzburg. (BB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F)

DAY 9 SALZBURG – MUNICH F Your holiday ends in the Bavarian capital, Munich. On your return to this fascinating city you will have time to enjoy the numerous museums and beautiful gardens. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Hilton Munich City (SF) DAY 10 DEPART MUNICH Say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Germany, your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience! Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Vienna and Budapest. • m Small Group Sightseeing In Prague, enjoy an expert guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • Prague Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle and the Old Town Square. See Charles Bridge. • Bratislava View the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town. • Vienna Guided tour to see the Parliament, Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. • Esztergom See the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill. • Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Dining Highlights • 9 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Prague including welcome drinks and a light meal. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Vienna at a traditional ‘Heurigen’ wine tavern. n B Be My Guest Dinner of seasonal Hungarian specialities and regional wine in a family-run restaurant near Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Budapest.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE PRAGUE (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your travelling companions and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: President (SF) DAY 2 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE m Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon. (BB) DAY 3 PRAGUE AT LEISURE Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening, you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theatre show. (BB) DAY 4 PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA (3 NIGHTS) Travelling south from Prague you see Brno, site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, you might consider a walk through Prater Park with a ride on the big wheel immortalised in the film The Third Man. (BB) Hotel: Am Konzerthaus (F) DAY 5 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 F View the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Parliament Buildings and the magnificent Opera House, dating from the mid-19th century. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornately patterned roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. Tonight, experience a Highlight Dinner featuring Viennese specialities at a Heurigen, a local wine tavern near Vienna. (BB HD)

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DAY 6 VIENNA AT LEISURE Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house! (BB) Prague

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DAY 8 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 B Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of old Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. See the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square, featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery on the outskirts of the city. (BB BG) DAY 9 BUDAPEST AT LEISURE F Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s Thermal Pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening, celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 10 DEPART BUDAPEST Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 7 VIENNA – ESZTERGOM – BUDAPEST (3 NIGHTS) Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city. (BB) Hotel: Hilton West End (SF)

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Highlights Of Eastern Europe Lake Bled, Slovenia

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality. • 5 Local Guide in Vienna, Ljublijana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague. • l Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Vienna Sightseeing includes views of the Hofburg, Opera, Parliament, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Stadtpark. • Lake Bled Visit this lake resort. • Ljubljana Sightseeing tour includes views of the Opera House, Castle and Cathedral. • Zagreb Sightseeing tour includes views of the Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, St Mark’s Church and the Opera House. • Budapest Sightseeing tour includes a walking tour of the Old Town of Buda. See Heroes’ Square and the Church of St. Matthias plus enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill District and Fisherman’s Bastion. • Krakow Sightseeing tour includes a walking tour through the Medieval Old Town to visit the Cloth Hall and the Mariaki Church. See the Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. • Auschwitz Visit the infamous concentration camp. • Czestochowa Visit the 14th century Jasna Gora Paulite Monastery with its portrait of Our Lady ‘The Black Madonna’. • Warsaw Sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre of the Old Town as well as the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. See St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace. View the Palace of Culture and Science. • Poznan Visit the town known as the ‘Cradle of the Polish State’. • Berlin Sightseeing includes views of the Reichstag, Tiergarten and Brandenburg Gate. • Dresden Orientation includes views of the Zwinger Palace and Cathedral. • Prague Sightseeing tour includes a visit to St Vitus’ Cathdral as well as the Old Town Square. See Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, and Charles Bridge. • Tabor Visit this one-time headquarters of the Hussites.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 16 hot buffet breakfasts. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Vienna including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 4 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Prague. n B Be My Guest Dinner in Budapest. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Vienna.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE VIENNA 5 E Welcome to Vienna! After check-in, your Local Guide gives a superb historical account of the Hapsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and ‘Am Hof’. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF) DAY 2 VIENNA – LAKE BLED (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Park Hotel (F) DAY 3 LAKE BLED FREE TIME Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an optional excursion to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (BB) DAY 4 LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS) 5 In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and the Three Bridges Square. Later, cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Westin (SF) DAY 5 ZAGREB SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Guide shows you all the landmarks in the lower and upper town, including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, St. Mark’s Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (BB) DAY 6 ZAGREB – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS) Across the border in Hungary, pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay. (BB) Hotel: Ramada Plaza (SF) DAY 7 BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 B Admire the city’s sights with your Local Guide during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fishermen’s Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) DAY 8 BUDAPEST – SLOVAKIA – KRAKOW (2 NIGHTS) North through Slovakia, into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Park Inn (F)


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DAY 9 KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an optional excursion to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt! This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner. (BB)

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

DAY 10 KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – CZESTOCHOWA – WARSAW (2 NIGHTS) Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards, visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland’s most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw, where you dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Westin (D)

Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Vienna Airport will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8.00am and 9.30am.

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Boulevard, and the German State Opera House. Relax or take an optional excursion to discover the secret past of this magnificent city. Tonight, discover Berlin’s lively nightlife! (BB) DAY 14 BERLIN – DRESDEN – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS) F Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden. Hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour, which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic, arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant. (BB HD) Hotel: Andels (SF) DAY 15 PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs. (BB)

DAY 12 WARSAW – POZNAN – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS) Cross Poland’s central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west to the border town of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder and into Germany. Arrive in the capital, Berlin, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF) DAY 13 BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME l 5 This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city’s great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Unter den Linden

DAY 17 DEPART VIENNA Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Separate visas may be required for the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 11 WARSAW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. Later, don’t miss a trip to the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital. (BB)

DAY 16 PRAGUE – TABOR – VIENNA F Visit Tabor, former headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Drive through Southern Bohemia, past the town of Horn and continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) Hotel: Hilton Danube (SF)

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Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the locals at the Theatre of Youth in the centre of St. Petersburg. You will be welcomed by the Theatre Director and taken on a short visit. See short dances on the stage by students and enjoy drinks and canapés in one of the beautiful theatre halls. The money contributed by Trafalgar to the Theatre on your behalf will be used to promote the theatrical and dance education of the young people of St Petersburg – future Nureyevs and the like! • 5 Local Guide in St. Petersburg and Moscow. • m Small Group Sightseeing in St. Petersburg, enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights • St. Petersburg View the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit St Peter and Paul Fortress with a Local Guide. • Moscow See Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral & the Kremlin Walls with your Local Guide.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ST. PETERSBURG (4 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg! Relax and unwind after your journey. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception with a light dinner at your hotel. Then a short evening orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magnificent city. (WR) Hotel: Sokos Olympia Gardens (F) DAY 2 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE 5 m B Admire the landmarks of St. Petersburg during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on your included visit. Your time in St. Petersburg also includes a Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Hermitage Museum to see some of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. The Hermitage occupies five impressive buildings on the banks of the River Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg. Featuring over 3 million artefacts, the collection represents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience. (BB BG) DAY 3 ST. PETERSBURG AT LEISURE Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. This evening, perhaps visit a theatre to see a Russian folklore show. (BB)

Dining Highlights • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Drinks and canapés in a beautiful St. Petersburg theatre hall. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in St. Petersburg including welcome drinks and a light meal. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Moscow.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • High-speed train journey between St. Petersburg and Moscow. • Rail service is reserved in standard class. • Porterage is included at train stations. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG AT LEISURE Consider joining an excursion to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Petrodvorets. (BB)

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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: It is necessary to obtain a Russian tourist Voucher and a Russian Visa for this trip. It is your responsibility to obtain both documents prior to travel. Speak to your Travel Agent for details. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from St. Petersburg Airport will operate at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5.00am and 11.00am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5.00am and 1.00pm Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

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DAY 7 MOSCOW AT LEISURE F Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. Consider visiting one of the city’s museums or take an optional excursion to Zagorsk, the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)

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DAY 5 ST. PETERSBURG – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS) After a hearty Russian breakfast enjoy some free time before taking a train trip towards the Russian capital. Arrive later in Moscow, your home for the next three nights. An ancient city full of remarkable architecture and monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles, Moscow is a cauldron of creativity and culture. The capital of Russia and the largest city in Europe, its metropolitan area is vast. Located on the Moskva River, Moscow is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub, and home to the largest number of billionaires in the world! (BB) Hotel: Marriott Tverskaya (SF)

Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this holiday. Please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

DAY 8 DEPART MOSCOW Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable holiday of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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DAY 6 MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING 5 Marvel at Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls during your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Afterwards, there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and explore on your own. (BB)


Scenic Scandinavia & Its Fjords INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialities on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a guided tour at the farm and meet the animals before learning about the farm’s history. • 5 Local Guide in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Take a ride on the famous Norwegian Flam railway - one of the most famous rail journeys in the world.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Copenhagen Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Amalienborg (Royal Residence) and The Little Mermaid. • Odense Visit the town where Hans Christian Andersen was born. • Aalborg Visit this charming city. • Stavanger Visit one of Norway’s oldest towns. • Bergen Orientation includes views of Haakons Hall. • Sognefjord Cross the spectacular fjord. Flåm Railway Excursion. • Geiranger View the magnificent Geirangerfjord. • Lom Visit a traditional Stave church. • Lillehammer Visit the Olympic resort. • Hamar View the unusual Olympic ice rink. • Oslo See the fortress of Akershus and the Royal Palace and visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park with your Local Guide. • Stockholm View the Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church, and the Royal Palace and visit the magnificent City Hall with your Local Guide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 full Scandinavian breakfasts. • 8 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Copenhagen including welcome drinks and a light meal. n 5 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialities on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Stockholm.

Sognefjord, Norway DAY 1 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Copenhagen! Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia’s liveliest city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen. (WR) Hotel: Marriott DAY 2 COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour in the vicinity of the Amalienborg Palace – an elegant quarter featuring 18th century buildings. In Copenhagen’s historic centre, view the 17th century Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral. View the Little Mermaid – the statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s sad fairytale – sitting on a rock in the harbour. Later, perhaps visit the Tivoli Gardens. (SB) DAY 3 COPENHAGEN – ODENSE – AALBORG Cross the bridge to the Island of Funen and the town of Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace. Continue across the Jutland Peninsula en route to Aalborg, a charming town with a history dating back over 1000 years. (SB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (MD) DAY 4 AALBORG – STAVANGER Sail from Hirsthals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. A scenic drive by fjords and lakes to Stavanger, Norway’s third city and one of the oldest. (SB D) Hotel: Rica Forum (SF) DAY 5 STAVANGER – BERGEN (2 NIGHTS) B Your journey is spectacular as you island-hop from Stavanger, cruising through fjords and passing islands along this impressive coastline. Arrive later in Bergen, and experience the history of this picturesque city on your orientation tour. See the 13th century Haakons Hall and the bustling fish market. This evening enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Norwegian specialities. (SB BG) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry from Denmark to Norway. • Ferry across the Boknafjord. • Ferry across the Sognefjord. • Train journey on the famous Flam Railway. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

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DAY 6 BERGEN FREE TIME Explore Norway’s most naturally beautiful city during your free day and consider an optional excursion to the home of Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg. (SB) DAY 7 BERGEN – FLAM RAILWAY – SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER) I From the ski resort of Voss take a train journey that ascends to nearly 3000 feet above sea level! Admire the scenery and ride on the famous Flåm railway – one of the most exciting in the world! Appreciate breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls, then cross the magnificent waters of Sognefjord to your hotel in Leikanger. (SB D) Hotel: Sognefjord (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Copenhagen Airport will operate at 9.00am, 12.00pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Stockholm Airport at 7.30am and 11.00am.

DAY 11 LILLEHAMMER – HAMAR – OSLO 5 View the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the lake at Hamar. In Oslo, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of the medieval fortress of Akershus and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking ship museum. (SB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 12 OSLO – STOCKHOLM (2 NIGHTS) Cross the border into Sweden and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, past Orebro to the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for your two-night stay. (SB) Hotel: Clarion (SF) DAY 13 STOCKHOLM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Admire this charming city during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held. Spend time later shopping in fashionable stores or consider an optional excursion. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. (SB FD)

DAY 8 SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER) – GEIRANGER (2 NIGHTS) Follow the spectacular Sognefjord through incredible glacier country. Enjoy wonderful views of Geirangerfjord as you descend to Geiranger town. Dine tonight at your hotel. (SB D) Hotel: Hotel Geiranger (SF) DAY 9 GEIRANGER FREE TIME Spend the day surrounded by amazing scenery, relaxing and breathing clear mountain air. Perhaps take an excursion along the Trolls’ Road and see the Seven Sisters waterfall. (SB D) DAY 10 GEIRANGER – LOM – LILLEHAMMER A scenic drive from Geiranger brings you to Ottadalen to visit the traditional Stave Church at Lom. Continue through the Gudbrandsdal Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’. Arrive in Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before dinner at the hotel, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugan. (SB D) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

DAY 14 DEPART STOCKHOLM Say goodbye to Scandinavia as your memorable holiday draws to a close. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (SB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Highlights of Turkey Cotton Castle springs, Pamukkale

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest lunch experience with a local family in Pergamon. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Istanbul Visit the Topkapi Palace and the Treasury section, Saint Sophia Basilica and the Blue Mosque. • Gallipoli See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. • Troy See the ruins and the Wooden Horse • Pergamon Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre. • Ephesus Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celcius, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and the Virgin Mary’s House. • Pamukkale Visit the ‘Cotton Castle’ springs. • Hierapolis Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa. • Bursa Visit the Green Ottoman Complex and the Grand Mosque.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 buffet breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Luncheon in Pergamon. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Istanbul. n 4 three-course or open buffet dinners. n F Farewell Dinner in Istanbul.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 100. • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale. • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul.

Including Flights and Door to Door Airport Transfers Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

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Departs 18 April 2013, 2014 and 2015 Please note: It is not possible to link these departures with the 7 Day Aegean Cruise. DAY 1 – 6 AS PER HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY DAY 7 BURSA – ÇANAKKALE Travel to Çanakkale. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before taking part in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. Please note that there is no hotel accommodation provided as you will attend the entire event, including the Dawn Service. (BB D) DAY 8 ÇANAKKALE – ISTANBUL F After a memorable night arrive in Istanbul for time to rest or explore. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD)

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DAY 9 DEPART ISTANBUL Transfer to the airport (BB) See price panel on page opposite for prices. Prices for 2014 and 2015 will be subject to change.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS) E Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Dedeman / Holiday Inn Sisli (SF) DAY 2 ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. (BB) DAY 3 ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Kolin (F) DAY 4 CANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR B Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB BG D) Hotel: Swissotel / Moevenpick (D) DAY 5 IZMIR – EPHESUS – VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale! Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Lycus River / Pam Thermal (F) DAY 6 PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – BURSA Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles’ formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Thermal Kervansaray (F) DAY 7 BURSA – ISTANBUL F Wander through the old silk market and visit the Green Ottoman Complex. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar! Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Holiday Inn Sisli / Dedeman / Crowne Plaza Harbiye (SF) DAY 8 DEPART ISTANBUL Say goodbye to your travelling companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not continue your splendid adventure on one of our superb cruises? (BB)


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All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. e Departures marked with a e above are special Anzac Day departures where the itinerary is altered to take in the commerations and events at Gallipoli. See the GTHOT box in the Highlights panel for full details. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Istanbul hotel booked by Trafalgar. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

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

DAY 10 AT SEA – LAVRION – MYKONOS Spend a whole day aboard your cruise ship relaxing before returning to Mykonos. (B L D)

DAY 11 PATMOS – KUSADASI Discover the unique beauty of Patmos. Later shop for bargains in Kusadasi. (B L D) DAY 12 RHODES Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional excursion to the charming village of Lindos. (B L D) DAY 13 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Enjoy spending time in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 14 DISEMBARKATION – LAVRION ATHENS This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your hotel. (B) DAY 15 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING Today your walking tour includes views of the Acropolis and the Parthanon. Free time this afternoon. (BB) DAY 16 DEPART ATHENS After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport. (BB)

d Option to overnight in Mykonos is available on request for Day 9. Speak to your Cruise Representative in Athens.

16 Days from £2448 per person twin share Reference: TAPM/S/L/P

Departures commence in Istanbul on Saturdays and end in Athens on Sundays Moderate Standard Inside - Code TAPM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 2175 273 2448 500 27 Apr - 19 Oct Superior Standard Outside - Code TAPS 2325 273 2598 520 27 Apr - 19 Oct Premier Superior Outside - Code TAPL 2465 273 2738 520 27 Apr - 19 Oct Premium Superior Outside - Code TAPP 2535 273 2808 500 27 Apr - 19 Oct Moderate: Ref TAPM Premier: Ref TAPL Cat. IC or IB Standard Inside Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref TAPS Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

Premium: Ref TAPP Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation is available on request. Please Note: No departures will operate between 29 June and 24 August. The above Port Taxes include Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up to date pricing please visit our website. Louis Cruise ships operating this itinerary: Louis Coral or other ship from Louis fleet For more information on cruise ships, inclusions & optional shore excursions, see page 101. Free airport transfers: Transfers will be provided for guests who have advised Trafalgar of their flight details.

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Best of Turkey Goreme Cave Dwellings

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest lunch in a traditional Ottoman-style house with a local family. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Gallipoli See Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemeteries and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries. • Troy Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse. • Pergamon Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre. • Ephesus Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsius, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary. • Pamukkale See the Cotton Castle springs. • Hierapolis Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa. • Antalya Visit the Archaeological Museum. • Perge and Aspendos Visit Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities. • Konya Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes, and Karatay Tile Museum. • Cappadocia Marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli, and visit Urgup and the Open-Air Museum at Goreme. • Ankara Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. • Gordion See the Earth Tumulus. • Bursa Visit the Green Ottoman Complex and the Grand Mosque. • Istanbul Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 13 Buffet Breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Luncheon in a century old Ottoman-style house. • 12 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Istanbul. n 10 three-course or open-buffet dinners. n F Farewell Dinner on your final night in Istanbul.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale. • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Istanbul hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ISTANBUL E Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey and in the evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers. (WR) Hotel: Dedeman Istanbul (SF) DAY 2 ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – ÇANAKKALE Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and see Anzac Cove, the site of a bitter battle in WWI. Visit Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay overnight in Çanakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Kolin (F) DAY 3 ÇANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR (SMYRNA) Visit the ruins of Troy, and see the famous Wooden Horse. Explore the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient city of Pergamon. Dine at your hotel in Izmir this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Swiss Hotel / Moevenpick / Kaya Thermal (SF) DAY 4 IZMIR – EPHESUS – ST. MARY’S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus. See the House of the Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos en route to the hot springs at Pamukkale. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Pam Thermal (F) DAY 5 PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – ANTALYA (2 NIGHTS) Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets of Antalya. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Rixos (F) DAY 6 ANTALYA – PERGE AND ASPENDOS EXCURSION Visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos. Here see one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) DAY 7 ANTALYA – KONYA B This morning travel inland and enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch in a century-old traditional Ottoman-style house hosted by a local family. Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum, the final resting place for members of the Whirling Dervish mystic sect. Then continue on to the Karatay Tile Museum. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB BG D) Hotel: Anemon (F) DAY 8 KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS) Visit the well preserved Sultanhan Caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road just outside Konya and see the cone of Uchisar. This evening, dine at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Dilek Kaya (F) DAY 9 CAPPADOCIA – URGUP AND GOREME EXCURSION Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Urgup, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Goreme Open-air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) DAY 10 CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA 5 Your Local Guide takes you on a tour of the capital Ankara. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Moevenpick (D) DAY 11 ANKARA – GORDION – BURSA Hear the fascinating legend of King Midas at Gordion, and see the Great Tumulus, the city’s largest burial mound. Explore the Green Ottoman


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Complex and Grand Mosque at Bursa. Spend the afternoon seeing the sights of your choice. Finish the day with dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Thermal Kervansaray (F) DAY 12 BURSA – ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul by ferry. Plan your day as you wish. Enjoy the exotic atmosphere and shop for souvenirs at the bustling Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest markets. (BB) Hotel: Dedeman (SF) DAY 13 ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING F Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire’s power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Explore the Hagia Sophia and the wonderful Blue Mosque. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner‚ with your Travel Director and travelling companions. (BB FD) DAY 14 DEPART ISTANBUL This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available conditions apply. (BB) Important Note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 1 – 11 AS PER BEST OF TURKEY DAY 12 BURSA – ÇANAKKALE Today, travel to Çanakkale. You will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before taking part in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. Please note that there is no hotel accommodation provided as you will attend the entire event, including the Dawn Service. (BB D) DAY 13 ÇANAKKALE – ISTANBUL After a memorable night you will arrive in Istanbul for some rest at your hotel or time to explore. (BB) DAY 14 ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING F Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire’s power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Explore the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica. Visit the wonderful Blue Mosque built in the 17th century. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travelling companions. (BB) DAY 15 DEPART ISTANBUL This morning after breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to this fascinating city which lies on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus. Return home with many special memories. Transfers are available. (BB)

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GREAT SAVINGS 2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction

£95 £160 £20

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Istanbul hotel booked by Trafalgar. Please note: Some departures may operate in reverse. Included sightseeing will not be affected. If Sarhatli is unavailable, an alternative underground city may be visited instead. e Departures marked with a e above are special Anzac Day departures where the itinerary is altered to take in the commerations and events at Gallipoli. See the GTBOT box to the left for full details. New Years Eve Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

EUROPE : REGIONAL

Black Sea

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SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Mykonos Visit this trendy island with its iconic white-washed houses and windmills. • Kusadasi Visit the thriving Turkish port town of Kusadasi. • Patmos Visit the idyllic island of Patmos. • Rhodes Visit the medieval old town in the city of Rhodes • Heraklion Visit the port town on the island of Crete.• Santorini Visit the cliff-top town of Santorini for magnificent views of the Caldera.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

GREECE

TURKEY ATHENS Mykonos Patmos

Cyclades Cruise

Santorini

• 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens • All à la carte meals on-board ship: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore excursions please refer to page 101 for details.

Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

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Duration: 8 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: £1315 per person twin share Ref: ATLM/S/L/P

Departures commence in Athens on Saturdays and end in Athens on Saturdays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATLM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1165 150 1315 190 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1225 150 1375 200 2 Nov 1165 150 1315 190 Superior Standard Outside - Code ATLS 1225 150 1375 220 16 Mar - 30 Mar 6 Apr - 27 Apr 1235 1385 220 150 4 May - 26 Oct 1299 150 1449 240 2 Nov 1235 150 1385 220 Premier Superior Outside - Code ATLL 1335 150 1485 250 16 Mar - 30 Mar 6 Apr - 27 Apr 1350 1500 250 150 4 May - 26 Oct 1450 150 1600 270 2 Nov 1350 150 1500 250 Premium Superior Outside - Code ATLP 1385 150 1535 240 16 Mar - 27 Apr 4 May - 26 Oct 1499 150 1649 260 2 Nov 1385 150 1535 240 Moderate: Ref ATLM Premier: Ref ATLL includes Zafolia (MF) in Athens & Cat. includes Athenaeum Intercontinental IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. (D) in Athens & Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Premium: Ref ATLP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental (D) in Athens & Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation available on request. The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Louis Cruise Ship operating this itinerary: Louis Cristal or other ship from Louis fleet. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.

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For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

Rhodes

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Superior: Ref ATLS includes Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) in Athens & Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Athens! Transfer to your hotel on arrival, then take time to explore this lively city or simply relax at a café and watch the world go by. DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Admire the sights of ancient Athens during your morning sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Agora where Socrates taught. A walking tour of the Acropolis allows you views of the Parthenon. Marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The rest of your day is free for you to explore or shop. This evening, maybe dine on delicious local specialities at one of the many restaurants. (BB) DAY 3 EMBARK PIRAEUS – MYKONOS Board your ship at the port of Piraeus. Cruise to the glamorous island of Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering the charming town and sparkling beaches. (BB L D) DAY 4 KUSADASI – PATMOS Arrive early at the bustling port of Kusadasi in Turkey – where there is time to take an optional excursion to Ephesus. Your cruise continues to Patmos, with an excursion to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written. (B L D) DAY 5 RHODES Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town and or join an excursion to visit Lindos, featuring an acropolis with stunning coastal views. (B L D) DAY 6 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful cliff-top villages with incredible views of the caldera. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset! (B L D) DAY 7 DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS Dock this morning in Piraeus and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs. (B) DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.


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Istanbul

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• 3 buffet breakfasts in Athens • All à la carte meals on-board ship: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. For more information on this cruise, its inclusions and optional shore excursions please refer to page 101 for details.

Including Flights and Door to Door Airport Transfers Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

Duration: 11 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: £1614 per person twin share Ref: ATOM/S/L/P

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Departures commence in Athens on Wednesdays and end in Athens on Saturdays. Moderate Standard Inside - Code ATOM Departures between Twin Share Port Taxes Total Twin Share Single Supp 1335 279 1614 220 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1450 279 1729 250 Superior Standard Outside - Code ATOS 1450 279 1729 260 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1599 279 1878 300 Premier Superior Outside - Code ATOL 1625 279 1904 280 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1825 279 2104 320 Premium Superior Outside - Code ATOP 1685 279 1964 270 24 Apr 1 May - 23 Oct 1899 279 2178 310 Moderate: Ref ATOM Premier: Ref ATOL includes Zafolia (MF) in Athens & Cat. includes Athenaeum Intercontinental IC or IB Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. (D) in Athens & Cat. XD or XC Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref ATOS includes Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) in Athens & Cat. XB or XA Standard Outside 2-berth cabin.

TURKEY

Aegean Sea

Premium: Ref ATOP includes Athenaeum Intercontinental (D) in Athens & Cat XE or XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Triple accommodation available on request. Please note: No departures will operate between 3 July and 28 August The above Port Taxes include Tips and Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Louis Cruise Ship operating this itinerary: Louis Coral or other ship from Louis fleet.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to mythical Greece! On arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. Unwind after your journey or spend the day exploring this exciting city. DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your wonderful morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes a walking tour of the Acropolis to marvel at the Parthenon, and to see the Olympic Stadium and the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is yours to see more incredible sights, shop for souvenirs or simply relax. (BB) DAY 3 EMBARK LAVRION This morning, transfer to the port of Lavrion and board your ship for a relaxing cruise to Turkey. (BB D) DAY 4 AT SEA – ISTANBUL – AT SEA Sailing across the Aegean Sea into the Marmara Sea is an amazing experience. Later, arrive in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, and admire splendid views of mosques, minarets and the mighty Bosphorus. (B L D) DAY 5 AT SEA – MYKONOS d Cruise to Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. (B L D) DAY 6 AT SEA – LAVRION – MYKONOS Spend a whole day aboard your cruise ship relaxing before returning to Mykonos. (B L D) DAY 7 PATMOS – KUSADASI Discover the unique beauty of Patmos. Later shop for bargains in Kusadasi or join an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus. (B L D) DAY 8 RHODES Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional excursion to the charming village of Lindos. (B L D) DAY 9 HERAKLION – SANTORINI Enjoy spending time in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. (B L D) DAY 10 DISEMBARKATION – LAVRION ATHENS This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you please. (B)

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

DAY 11 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BB)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased.

d Option to overnight in Mykonos is available on request for Day 5. Speak to your Cruise Representatives in Athens.

Please note: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

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

EUROPE & GREEK CRUISES : REGIONAL

• Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the 1896 Olympic stadium. • Istanbul Visit the fascinating Turkish capital. • Mykonos Visit this trendy island with its iconic white-washed houses and windmills. • Patmos Visit this scenic and quiet island known for its religious connection to the Book of Revelation. • Kusadasi Visit the bustling Turkish port town of Kusadasi. • Rhodes Visit the medieval old Town in the city of Rhodes • Heraklion Visit the port town on the island of Crete. • Santorini Visit the cliff-top town of Fira for magnificent views of the Caldera.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest dinner in Olympia, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. • 5 Local Guide in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Visit the Acropolis and view the Parthenon. Visit the Acropolis Museum. See the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 with your Local Guide. • Corinth Cross the Corinth Canal and visit the ancient ruins with your Local Guide. • Mycenae See the Treasury of Atreus, Beehive Tombs, Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Palace with your Local Guide. • Epidaurus Admire the amphitheatre, and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius. • Olympia Visit the Olympic Stadium and the archaeological site with your Local Guide. • Delphi Visit the home of the Oracle with your Local Guide. • Thermopylae View the battle site. • Meteora Visit two of the incredible rock monasteries.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 buffet breakfasts • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director which includes a light meal and welcome drink in Athens. n B Be My Guest Dinner on a wine and olive farm in Olympia. n 3 three-course dinners.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Athens! You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink, with your travelling companions and your Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF) DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME 5 Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world’s oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian’s Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka area of the city. (BB) DAY 3 ATHENS – MYCENAE – NAFPLION 5 Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Pelopponesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Guide. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace with your Local Guide. On the way to Nafplion, explore the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine with your Local Guide in Epidaurus. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Nafplion/Ippoliti (F) DAY 4 NAFPLION – OLYMPIA B Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm. (BB BG) Hotel: Amalia Olympia/Europa (F) DAY 5 OLYMPIA – PATRAS – DELPHI 5 Meet your Local Guide and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic stadium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi. (BB D) Hotel: Delphi Palace/Amalia Delphi (F) DAY 6 DELPHI – THERMOPYLAE – KALAMBAKA 5 Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Guide and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, a precursor of the modern Olympics. A picturesque


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early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of ancient Greece’ and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka. (BB D) Hotel: Amalia Kalambaka/Meteora (F)

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GREAT SAVINGS Corinth Canal

£65 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount Triple Room Reduction 29 Apr - 6 May All other departures

£110 £80 £45

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Athens hotel booked by Trafalgar.

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EUROPE : REGIONAL

DAY 7 KALAMBAKA – METEORA – ATHENS 5 Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens. Why not consider joining your travelling companions for a celebration dinner on your final night? (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF)

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DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey or join one of the 3, 4 or 7 day Aegean cruises. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. 6 Winter Departures (WGBO): Departures marked with 6 in the price panel are winter departures and need to be booked under the code WGBO. Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the festive season! For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

3, 4, & 7-DAY AEGEAN CRUISE OPTIONS AVAILABLE


GREEK ISLAND HOPPER 10 Days

from £1625 Santorini

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

ITINERARY

• 5 Local Guide in Athens. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • l Unique Insight Visit the island of Nea Kamini and swim in the hot springs of this ancient Volcanic island.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Athens! Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Unwind after your journey or take time to explore this ancient city. Meet later with your fellow travellers and your Trafalgar Local Host for a Kick-off Party. (KP) Hotel: Metropolitan Hotel (MD)

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Athens Sightseeing tour includes the magnificent Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. View Hadrian’s Arch. See Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium and the Evzone Guards. • Mykonos Orientation of the port and Mykonos town includes a walk along the narrow cobbled streets. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities. • Santorini Orientation of the town of Fira with a walk to enjoy the views over the caldera. Your Travel Director will provide information on beaches and sightseeing opportunities.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 9 buffet breakfasts • 3 Dinners F Kick-off party including a light supper and drinks in Athens (KP) n F Highlight dinner in Mykonos. (HD) n F Highlight dinner in Santorini. (HD)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • High-speed ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos. • High-speed ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. • High-speed ferry from Santorini to Piraeus. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map. • Athens airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply. See departure panel on page opposite. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 2 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING 5 Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide starts with a visit to see the Parthenon on the Acropolis, one of the most famous monuments in the world. A sacred site since Mycenaen times, Athenians worshipped their deities in temples at the Acropolis. See the Panathinaiko Olympic stadium, the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier plus other wondrous sights including the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own or shop. Dine tonight on Greek specialities at the restaurant of your choice. (BB) DAY 3 ATHENS - MYKONOS (3 NIGHTS) F At the port of Piraeus, board a fast ferry for your crossing to the idyllic Cycladic Island of Mykonos, playground of the rich and famous! Transfer to your hotel with orientation on arrival, then spend free time admiring unique windmills, narrow winding pathways and tempting boutiques. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Highlight Dinner of local traditional cuisine. Afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the diverse nightlife on this vibrant island! (BB HD) Hotel: Petinos Hotel (F)/Akroyali (F)/Manoulas (F) DAY 4 TO DAY 5 MYKONOS - FREE TIME You have two glorious days to spend exploring Mykonos! The most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos is also well-known for its splendid beaches. This glittering, glamorous destination features an old town that is packed with charm, where whitewashed cubic houses with blue wooden shutters and balconies line labyrinthine cobbled streets. Notable landmarks include the picturesque waterside area of Little Venice, the 18th century Church of the Paraportiani, the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the site of a battle between Zeus and the Titans, and named in honour of Apollo’s grandson. Don’t forget to swim in the sparkling sea and enjoy cocktails at a waterfront restaurant! For sightseeing further afield, take a trip to Delos, believed by the ancients to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, where you will find many interesting temples and sanctuaries. (BB BB) DAY 6 MYKONOS - SANTORINI (3 NIGHTS) F A short ferry ride brings you to the beautiful island of Santorini, your home for the next three days. Transfer to your hotel with orientation on arrival and spend free time exploring Santorini, also known as Thera. Comprised of a small circular archipelago of volcanic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is all that remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The island’s spectacular physical beauty coupled with its dynamic nightlife makes it one of Europe’s most popular hotspots. Tonight, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner of delicious Greek cuisine. (BB HD) Hotel: El Greco Hotel (F)/Aegean Plaza (F)


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DAY 9 SANTORINI - ATHENS Take the high-speed ferry to the port of Piraeus in Athens for the final night of your trip. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. This evening you might like to celebrate with your travelling companions at a dinner to mark the end of a memorable holiday. (BB) Hotel: Metropolitan Hotel (MD) DAY 10 DEPART ATHENS Say goodbye to the wonderful Greek Islands and the classical city of Athens as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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Triple Room Reduction Quad Room Reduction

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Please note: Itinerary may vary due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances. Airport Transfers will be provided for guests who have advised Trafalgar of their flight details. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

SEE INCREDIBLE SIGHTS AS WELL AS THE GREEK ISLANDSÕ

KP = Kick Off Party FB = Full Breakfast BB = Buffet Breakfast HL = Highlight Lunch D = Dinner HD = Highlight Dinner BD = Buffet Dinner BG = Be My Guest FD = Farewell Dinner

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DAY 7 TO DAY 8 SANTORINI FREE TIME Santorini offers a wealth of exciting things to do, or you might like to simply spend your time relaxing in the sun! Wander down winding cobbled streets full of whitewashed houses, admire breathtaking views across the caldera and stunning sunsets. For sightseeing, visit the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum or discover Cycladic architecture. Santorini makes some of the Greek islands’ best wines so perhaps take a tour of a winery and taste some for yourself. Enjoy an included cruise in a caique to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini to swim in the hot springs. Embrace the magic of Santorini! (BB BB)

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Rome, Athens & Istanbul Blue Mosque, Istanbul

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. • Athens Guided tour of the city as well as an included guided visit to the Acropolis to view the Parthenon. • Istanbul Orientation of the city. Sightseeing tour includes visits to the Topkapi Palace and the Treasury section, Saint Sophia Basilica and the Blue Mosque.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • Buffet Breakfast daily. • E Welcome Drink with your Trafalgar Local Host in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats on day excursions. • Flight from Rome to Athens and associated transfers. • Flight from Athens to Istanbul and associated transfers. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in Rome, Athens and Istanbul. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 10. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • 5 Local Guides in Rome, Athens and Istanbul. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome! During the reign of the Roman Empire this was the most important political and cultural capital and the influence of this city on our modern day lives is still evident today. After all, it is said that ‘all roads lead to Rome’! This city has been the seat of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic religion since the second century. After check-in to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore. Your Local Host will meet you at the hotel this evening for a Welcome Drink to discuss your itinerary and provide suggestions on how to get the most out of your stay. (WR) Hotel: Cicerone (SF) DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING 5 Today’s highlight is the magnificent Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy an included visit with your Local Guide into the Chapel to admire the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Later you will see another of his masterpieces in St. Peter’s Basilica – the marble sculpture, the Pietà. This afternoon, cross the Tiber to see the remains of ancient Rome with views of the Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Later time to relax or explore further. Your Local Host can recommend restaurants for dinner. (BB) DAY 3 ROME AT LEISURE After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore or relax in this fabulous city! Perhaps go shopping down the Via del Corso and stop for a gelato or visit one of the many museums and attractions on offer. Your Local Host can advise you on the wide range of excursions available. (BB) DAY 4 ROME – ATHENS (3 NIGHTS) D Today you will be transferred to the airport in Rome for your flight to the Greek capital city – Athens. This fascinating city is one of the world’s oldest with around 3,400 years of recorded history. It is widely referred

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Duration: 10 Days Pace: Relaxed Price from: £2050 per person twin share Ref: ROAI Price per person

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2099 2099 2099 2099 2099

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£40

All prices are per person on a twin share basis.

to as the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Once home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is still a centre for the arts, philosophy and education today. After checking into your hotel you will be welcomed by your Local Host who will be able to advise you regarding activities and excursions in Athens. Perhaps consider a dinner in the famous Plaka area this evening? (BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis (SF)

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. The above prices include airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Rome Airport will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day in Istanbul will be provided for guests who have advised Trafalgar of their flight details. Important note: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.

DAY 7 ATHENS – ISTANBUL (3 NIGHTS) D Today you will be transferred to the airport in Athens for your flight to Istanbul which is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents – Europe and Asia. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Istanbul, the commercial capital of Turkey, is a fascinating city which is yours to explore. After checking into your hotel you will be met by your Trafalgar Local Host who will help to arrange any activities or excursions in Istanbul. (BB) Hotel: Innova Sultanahmet (F)

DAY 5 ATHENS SIGHTSEEING 5 This morning you will be met at the hotel after breakfast by your Local Guide who will take you on an included sightseeing tour of the city’s main sights. You will view the impressive Parthenon on the Acropolis. This is one of the most important buildings of classical Greece and many political and social events have taken place here over the years. Construction began in the year 447 BC before it was finally completed sixteen years later in 431 BC. Dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, it is known as the protector of the people of Athens. Later, there is time to relax or explore further. Your Local Host will be on hand to advise you on recommended restaurants for dinner. (BB) DAY 6 ATHENS AT LEISURE After breakfast, enjoy a full day to do whatever you wish in this fabulous city! Perhaps consider a day cruise from Piraeus to see some of the beautiful Greek Islands including Poros, Hydra and Aegina. Or why not consider taking an excursion to Cape Sounion? (BB)

DAY 9 ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING 5 This morning, with your Local Guide, visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica, built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. (BB) DAY 10 DEPART ISTANBUL This morning it is time to bid farewell to this unforgettable city and your newfound friends as you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

EUROPE : CITY BREAKS

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

DAY 8 ISTANBUL ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city with your Trafalgar Local Host. Then the rest of the day is yours to explore. Maybe begin with the Grand Bazaar with its vast array of antiques, brassware, jewellery, clothes and carpets. Take the time to wander through the aromatic Spice Market with its extraordinary selection of spices and dried fruits. Your Local Host will be on hand if you need suggestions or help to plan your day. (BB)

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Real Britain Stonehenge

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Memorable dinner and drinks in a delightful English country home hosted by a local family. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • 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 the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory for a porcelain crafting demonstration.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bath View the Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths. • Chester Visit the historic city, including the arcade of shops known as the ‘Rows’. • Grasmere Visit the village where William Wordsworth lived. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as a visit of the castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the castle and the Tenantry Column. • York See the old walls and Mansion House. View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – BRISTOL E Visit the historic stone monoliths at Stonehenge where pagans once worshiped before visiting the Regency town of Bath. Visit the Roman baths from which the city derives its name. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Pub Reception with a traditional pub meal. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (WR) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 2 BRISTOL – WEDGWOOD – CHESTER I Visit the Wedgwood Visitors Centre for a Local Speciality demonstration and learn about the manufacture of porcelain in the region known as the potteries. See the medieval city walls at Chester and admire the Tudor architecture and the galleried shops known as the Rows. In your free time, explore the city and perhaps treat yourself to a traditional English Cream Tea, or join an excursion through the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to visit the Welsh town of Llangollen, home to the famous music Eisteddfod. (FB D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza (F) DAY 3 CHESTER – GRASMERE – GRETNA GREEN – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils’. Visit the town of Grasmere to see St. Oswald’s church where the poet is buried. Stop at Gretna Green across the Scottish border, a

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 5 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals E Welcome Pub Reception in Bristol includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Farewell with wine in York.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland


Duration: 6 Days Pace: Lively Price from: £725 per person twin share

North Atlantic Ocean

SCOTLAND 2

Price per person

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N. IRELAND

Gretna Green Grasmere

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town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith’s anvil. Then travel to the historic capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 4 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, discover the elegance of the city with your Local Guide on your included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View Holyrood House and Arthur’s Seat. Your guided visit inside of Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to the Trossachs National Park. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? (FB)

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725 725 725 799 799

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725 725 725 725

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725 725 725 725 725

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GREAT SAVINGS Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

£93 p.p. £69 p.p. £46 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£80

Triple Room Reduction

£10

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Copthorne Tara For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Copthorne Tara providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.

A Edinburgh Tattoo 2 – 24 August 2013: Tickets for this event may be obtained (subject to availability) through your Travel Agent.

DAY 5 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK B Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. View the castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Cross the river Tyne and continue to the Roman city of York. See York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner experience in an English country home. (FB BG) Hotel: Hotel 53 (SF) DAY 6 YORK – STRATFORD – LONDON Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway’s gorgeous thatched cottage. Later, arrive back into London where your memorable holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

6 Winter Departures (WIBT): departures marked with a 6 in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us and celebrate the Festive Season!

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EUROPE : REGIONAL

Roman Baths, Bath

d Chester Horse Races: The 8 May 2013 departure may be accommodated in Manchester or Liverpool instead of Chester due to the Chester Horse Races. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same.

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Best of Devon and Cornwall Clovelly fishing village, Devon

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious English afternoon cream tea served the traditional way with a local family at a 15th century Manor house. The jams and scones are homemade and the cream is fresh from the Jersey cow herd raised on the farm! • l Unique Insight Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen exhibition of contemporary craft in Bovey Tracey. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bideford Visit the ancient seaport. • Clovelly Visit this picturesque village. • Tintagel View the ruined Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. • Plymouth View the Mayflower Steps and see the Hoe. • Cornish Excursion Visit Land’s End and the artists’ colony of St. Ives. View St. Michael’s Mount. • Glastonbury Visit the Abbey ruins and tomb of King Arthur. • Cheddar View the spectacular gorge. • Bristol View the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths and view the Georgian architecture. • Lacock Visit the quaint English village • Windsor Visit this Royal town and view the castle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BIDEFORD E This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain before arriving at the historic seaport of Bideford. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Durrant House (F) DAY 2 BIDEFORD – CLOVELLY – TINTAGEL – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly with its cobbled streets and white washed cottages. Enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. At the naval port of Plymouth, view the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America and see the historic Royal Citadel. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth (F) DAY 3 CORNISH EXCURSION The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers’ coves and quaint fishing villages, some of which you will see on the way to Land’s End, the most westerly point on the British mainland. Visit St. Ives, a beautiful resort popular with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors, on your way back to Plymouth. (FB)

• 5 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest Afternoon Cream Tea. • 2 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Bideford includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in a restaurant in Bristol.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Remains of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall


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Bath Glastonbury

Windsor

Stonehenge

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DAY 4 PLYMOUTH – GLASTONBURY – CHEDDAR GORGE – BRISTOL (2 NIGHTS) l Admire contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Cross rugged Dartmoor en route to visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. Travel through the spectacular landscape of Cheddar Gorge and enjoy free time for lunch in the town synonymous with the famous cheese. Your orientation of Bristol includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean-going, propeller-driven, iron ship. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

Early Payment Discount: Pay By Dec 27 & SAVE up to Pay By Feb 28 & SAVE up to Pay By Apr 30 & SAVE up to

£80 p.p. £60 p.p. £40 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£70

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Austin museum. Later experience a Be My Guest English Cream Tea at a traditional farmhouse in the beautiful Frome Valley. This evening in Bristol, join your companions for a Farewell Dinner. (FB BG FD) DAY 6 BRISTOL – LACOCK – WINDSOR – LONDON Drive to the picturesque town of Lacock, used as a filming location for Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter amongst others. Stop in Royal Windsor with time to explore the quaint town before returning to London where your memorable holiday ends. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 5 BATH EXCURSION B F Visit the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the ‘Great Bath’. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Why not stroll the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture, or visit the Jane

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a Farewell supper at a family run historic inn on the banks of the River Wye. Dating back to the 12th century, this inn was originally a cider mill and grain store for the nearby abbey. You will learn how to ‘pull a pint’ and see how to operate the cider mill. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh • l Unique Insight Your Travel Director will take you to see the ‘Salmon Ladder’ in Pitlochry and explain to you the importance of the salmon fishing industry in Scotland. • l Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times. • 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 Scottish whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting in the Scottish Highlands.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Durham View Durham Castle and the Cathedral. • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall. • Jedburgh View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit of the castle. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Pitlochry Visit the village and see Blair Castle. • Culloden Moor Visit the famous battlefield. • Loch Ness View Urquhart Castle. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples. • Grasmere Visit the village of Grasmere, and view the grave of Wordsworth. • Manchester Stop for a photograph of Old Trafford. • Chester View the Tudor architecture. • Wye Valley Visit Tintern Abbey. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths, namesake of this Georgian spa town. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n F Highlight Dinner with whisky in the Scottish Highlands. n B Be My Guest Farewell Supper in Tintern

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STRATFORD UPON AVON – YORK E This morning, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York, view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles, and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 2 YORK – DURHAM – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Norman cathedral, the castle overlooking Palace Green, and a host of other fine period buildings. Photograph Hadrian’s Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s bustling capital. (FB) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 3 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of Holyrood House, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street, the Scottish Parliament plus an included visit to Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knight Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds. (FB) DAY 4 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS l I F Cross the spectacular Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th hole! Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Take a short walk with your Travel Director to a nearby loch to hear a Unique Insight about salmon fishing in Scotland. Then enjoy an included visit to a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience the Scottish tradition of ‘piping in the haggis’ during your Highlight Dinner in the Highlands. (FB HD) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highland (F) DAY 5 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – CULLODEN – LOCH NESS – FORT WILLIAM – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW Visit the famous battlefield at Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats. Keep your eyes open for the Loch Ness monster when you stop to take pictures from the shores! At Fort William, see Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – before driving on to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692.


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Travelling through picturesque landscapes via Loch Lomond you arrive in Glasgow, once a prominent port renowned for shipbuilding. (FB) Hotel: Marks Hotel (SF)/Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 GLASGOW – GRASMERE – MANCHESTER See the sights of Glasgow including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples used to marry without their parent’s consent. Return to England where the great English poet William Wordsworth lived in the Lake District. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘The Daffodils’ and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. En-route to your hotel in Manchester, stop for a photograph of Old Trafford the stadium of Manchester United Football Club. (FB) Hotel: Park Inn (F)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, departures marked with d in the price panel may be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same.

DAY 7 MANCHESTER – CHESTER – TINTERN – BRISTOL l B See the medieval walls, the Cathedral, and the black and white Tudor buildings known as the ‘Rows’ during your orientation walk of Chester. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Cross the Welsh border to visit the spectacular ruins of 12th century Tintern Abbey on the banks of the River Wye. Experience a very special Be My Guest Farewell Supper with your travelling companions overlooking the abbey in the Wye Valley before heading to Bristol, a city associated with Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spend time this evening relaxing or exploring this vibrant city at your own pace. (FB BG) Hotel: Mercure Holland House (SF) DAY 8 BRISTOL – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious

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prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London where your amazing holiday ends. (FB)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Visit a working dairy farm in Somerset and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with the family in their 15th Century heritage listed Manor House. • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • l Unique Insight Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen exhibition of contemporary craft in Bovey Tracey. • j Local Expert See the ‘Fab Four’ hotspots with your Beatles expert in Liverpool. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHT • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle. • Bath Visit the Roman Baths. • Plymouth Sightseeing includes the Mayflower Steps. • Cornish Excursion View St. Michael’s Mount and visit pretty St. Ives. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle. • Tintern View Tintern Abbey. • Ludlow Visit this Norman town. • Chester Orientation includes the Cathedral and a stroll along the ‘Rows’. • Liverpool Visit the home of the Beatles. • Lake District Admire beautiful scenery. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Fort William See the Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. • Scottish Highlands Enjoy views of Loch Ness and heather-clad mountains. • Isle of Skye Visit the Clan Donald Centre. • St. Andrews View the famous 18th hole. • Edinburgh Sightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit of the iconic castle. • Alnwick Visit the medieval market town. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitors Centre and view Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • Oxford Orientation and visit an Oxford College (when available).

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 full breakfasts. • B Be My Guest luncheon at a working dairy farm. • 5 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Plymouth, which includes traditional British fare and Welcome Drinks n 2 three-course dinners. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in York.

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DAY 1 LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) E This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through Thomas Hardy country to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Regency architecture of the city and visit the Roman baths. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 2 CORNISH EXCURSION Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery! (FB) DAY 3 PLYMOUTH – BOVEY TRACEY – CARDIFF l B Admire contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th Century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive castle and the Millennium Stadium during your orientation, before checking into your hotel. (FB BG) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre (SF) DAY 4 CARDIFF – TINTERN – LUDLOW – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL j Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you drive along the beautiful Wye Valley. View the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired the romantic poets. Cross the beautiful Welsh Marches at Hereford to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the ‘Fab Four’ as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Expert on an included Beatles tour. (FB) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 5 LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW F Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant. (FB HD) Hotel: Jurys Inn (F) DAY 6 GLASGOW – GLENCOE – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see


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breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Aviemore Highland (F)/Laggan Gaskmore (F) DAY 7 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel where you dine tonight. (FB D)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.

DAY 8 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. (FB) Hotel: Marriott/Holiday Inn (F) DAY 9 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? (FB) DAY 10 EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK F Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking

A Edinburgh Tattoo: Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures marked with a A in the price panel. d York Horse Races: Due to the York Horse Races, the 14 August 2013 departure will be accommodated in Harrogate or Leeds instead of York. Sightseeing inclusions will remain the same.

orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. (FB FD) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 11 YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – OXFORD – LONDON Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage before continuing to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires. See this beautiful city during your walking orientation and visit an Oxford college for a taste of life at one of the most prestigious seats of learning in the world. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy dinner with a local Irish family who have lived in the Dublin area for generations. Hear their family history as you dine on delicious food made with mouth-watering locally sourced ingredients. A fitting and authentic celebration of your discovery of Ireland and it’s friendly people. • 5 Local Guide in Dublin. • l Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. • 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 the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • New Ross Visit the ancestral hometown of President Kennedy and visit the replica famine ship Dunbrody. • Youghal Visit this Irish Heritage port. • Blarney Castle Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive. • Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Bunratty Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. • Galway View Galway Cathedral.

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• 6 full Irish breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Reception in Dublin on board a canal boat, which includes a light evening meal and drinks. n 1 three-course dinner. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Dublin airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING 5 E Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Camden Court (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN – CO. WICKLOW – NEW ROSS – WATERFORD l I Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. Then on through County Wexford before arriving in the town of New Ross. See the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton (F)

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DAY 3 WATERFORD – YOUGHAL – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) This morning, visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Visit Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ then travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (FB) Hotel: International (F)

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£105 p.p. £79 p.p. £53 p.p. £53 p.p.

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£90

Triple Room Reduction

£20

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am.

DAY 4 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. (FB) DAY 5 KILLARNEY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – LIMERICK Take the ferry across the River Shannon estuary to scenic County Clare. A picturesque coastal drive through the beautiful villages of Kilrush and Lahinch brings you to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. In Limerick, view King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 6 LIMERICK – BUNRATTY – GALWAY – DUBLIN B This morning, visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. View Galway cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city before continuing to Dublin. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB BG) Hotel: Camden Court (F)

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DAY 7 DEPART DUBLIN Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Irish Experience Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread. 5 Local Guide in Dublin and Londonderry/Derry. • l Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s. • j Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary. • 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 the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop. n Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, home to one of the world’s oldest working potteries.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University • Giant’s Causeway Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the iconic geological wonder formed by huge basalt columns. • Londonderry/Derry Walking tour along the City Walls including views of St. Columb’s Cathedral with your Local Guide. • Omagh Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park. • Connemara Scenic drive through the unspoilt countryside. • Galway View Galway Cathedral. • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle. • Adare View Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages. • Ring of Kerry Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry. • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle. • New Ross Visit the ancestral hometown of President Kennedy and visit the replica famine ship Dunbrody.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 full breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception in Dublin, includes a light evening meal and drinks onboard a canal boat. n 3 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Dinner with an Irish family on a working dairy farm. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features. Refer to page 100.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING 5 E Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Mespil (F) DAY 2 DUBLIN – BELFAST j l Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab. This afternoon, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, an exhibition dedicated to the world’s most famous ship. (FB) Hotel: Stormont (SF) DAY 3 BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY/DERRY (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40 000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. (FB) Hotel: Everglades (SF) DAY 4 LONDONDERRY/DERRY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an excursion to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D)

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DAY 5 LONDONDERRY/DERRY – OMAGH – BELLEEK – BALLINA I Travel south through lush countryside to Omagh. At Ulster-American Folk Park learn about the lifestyle and experiences of the immigrants who left Ulster for the New World in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for a Local Speciality demonstration and see the craftsmen at work before arriving at your hotel in the pretty town of Ballina on the banks of the River Moy. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Downhill House (F) DAY 6 BALLINA – CONNEMARA – GALWAY Admire the spectacular scenery around Connemara, renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. The picture-postcard scenery continues along the shores of Lough Corrib to Galway, where your orientation shows you main sights of the city including Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square. (FB) Hotel: Maldron (F)

£153 p.p. £114 p.p. £76 p.p. £76 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

£140

Triple Room Reduction

£30

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Dublin Airport will operate at 08.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am.

DAY 9 KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD I Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration and tour of the workshop. See the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Fitzwilton (F) DAY 10 WATERFORD – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN l F Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the threemasted barque Dunbrody and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. (FB FD) Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane (F)

DAY 7 GALWAY – LIMERICK – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Travel through the lush countryside of County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh? (FB) Hotel: Scotts (F) DAY 8 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION B Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See castles, forts and monasteries as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish dairy farm in Killarney. (FB BG)

DAY 11 DEPART DUBLIN Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Britain & Ireland Highlights Temple Bar, Dublin

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Enjoy a warm welcome from the owners of this pretty smallholding just outside Cardiff. Meet all the animals and later enjoy typical Welsh dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown on the farm and cooked by your hostess. The family and their friends will entertain you with their various talents so you will soon get to know the charm and warmth of the Welsh people! • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. • l Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. n Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds. • 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 the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. • Gretna Green Visit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754. • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • Falkirk Visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitors Centre. • Belfast See the City Hall and Queen’s University with a Local Guide. • Dublin See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and see Trinity College with a Local Guide. • Kildare Visit the Irish National Stud Farm and Japanese Garden. • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens. • Waterford Visit the Waterford Crystal showroom. • Cardiff See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle • Bath Visit the Roman Baths in this Georgian spa town. • Stonehenge Visit the ancient stone circle.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1 LONDON – STRATFORD – YORK – HARROGATE E A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratfordupon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later, in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, get to know your companions and your Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 2 HARROGATE – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey north is impressive. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Marks Hotel/Radisson Blu (SF) DAY 3 EDINBURGH EXCURSION 5 F Today, visit Edinburgh. Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action. This evening you will enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant in Glasgow. (FB HD) DAY 4 GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) 5 Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the

• 7 full breakfasts. • 3 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Harrogate, which includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in Cardiff. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features. Refer to page 100. • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland. • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales.

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Daffodils in Wordsworth Country


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Titanic was built with your Local Guide. Travel further south and cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin. (FB) Hotel: Mespil (F) DAY 5 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 l See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret. (FB)

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DAY 6 DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD l I Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. (FB) Hotel: Waterford Marina (F) DAY 7 WATERFORD – CARDIFF B Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. (FB BG) Hotel: Park Inn (SF) DAY 8 CARDIFF – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end. (FB)

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.

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Millenium Centre, Cardiff Bay

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Best of Scotland O Blair Atholl Castle

Insider Experiences • B Be My Guest Farewell dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of a Loch. Admire the picturesque Scottish scenery as your hosts serve traditional Scottish cuisine and wine. The perfect way to end your trip! • 5 Local Guide in Edinburgh. • 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 Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle. • St. Andrews View the 18th hole on the Old Course. • Eilean Donan Castle View this majestic castle. • Isle of Skye Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the Clan Donald Centre. • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping. • Glasgow Visit Glasgow Cathedral and see George Square on your orientation tour. • Stirling Castle Visit the castle to explore the great hall and see the Stirling Heads.

Dining Highlights • 6 full breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Pub Reception in Edinburgh, which includes traditional Scottish Fare and Welcome Drinks. n 2 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Farewell Dinner near Glasgow at Loch Ard.

DAY 1 ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) E Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical Scottish pub meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel City Centre (F) DAY 2 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo. (FB) DAY 3 EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an excursion to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D) Hotel: Four Seasons (F)/Highlands (F)/Laggan Gaskmore (F) DAY 4 ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, to Mallaig for a ferry to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before crossing the Skye Bridge for views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB D)

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival. • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 7. Conditions apply. See the departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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North Atlantic Ocean

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Ben Nevis

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DAY 5 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow. This afternoon visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city. Your orientation tour of Glasgow also includes the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. (FB) Hotel: Radisson Blu (SF)

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DAY 7 DEPART GLASGOW After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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DAY 6 STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION I B Enjoy some free time this morning to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the ‘Stirling Heads’ and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument – dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Local Speciality visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a ‘wee dram’. Tonight, experience a Farewell Be My Guest Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard. (FB BG)

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INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in Paris, Florence and Rome. • 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 traditional glass-blowing factory in Venice.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Dover See the famous white cliffs. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Châteauneuf View the hilltop fortress. • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument and see the Chapel Bridge. • Venice Canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. • Florence View Signoria Square, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Santa Croce Basilica with your Local Guide. • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 7 hot buffet breakfasts. • 4 evening meals: E Welcome Reception with Welcome Drinks and dinner and an evening drive with your Travel Director in Paris. n N 1 three-course dinner with local wine. n 1 three-course dinner. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Ferry across the Channel from Dover to Calais. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 8. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 LONDON – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) E From the White Cliffs of Dover, cross the Channel to Calais. Pass the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge before continuing via the Somme First World War battlefields to Paris. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with Welcome Drinks and dinner in the evening with your fellow companions and Travel Director. Later an orientation drive will show you some of the sights which await you - a perfect introduction to your magical holiday! (WR) Hotel: Pullman La Defense (SF) DAY 2 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Drive along the famous Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, beneath which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to the second level for a breathtaking views of the city. Spend the afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. Perhaps take an excursion to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. (BB) DAY 3 PARIS – LUCERNE See the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy as you journey south, passing the medieval castle of Châteauneuf. Cross the border into Switzerland where the scenery is a kaleidoscope of colour. View the

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beautiful Lake Lucerne. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and visit the emotive Lion of Lucerne during your afternoon orientation. (BB D) Hotel: Grand Europe (F) DAY 4 LUCERNE – ST. GOTTHARD – VENICE N Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Pass Verona and arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB D) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana (F) DAY 5 VENICE ORIENTATION – FLORENCE Your private motor launch takes you to St. Mark’s Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Witness a glass-blowing demonstration at one of the oldest workshops on the island, then spend your free time discovering Venice’s hidden gems. Afterwards, cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the night. (BB) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 6 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – ROME (2 NIGHTS) 5 Your Local Guide reveals a wealth of fascinating insights during your guided walk around Florence, a city with a rich Renaissance history. View the marble Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery. Admire the Ponte Vecchio which spans the River Arno and marvel at the impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi in the city. Shop for 18-carat gold jewellery and the finest Italian leather goods before heading to Rome, the last stop on your trip. (BB) Hotel: Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna (F) DAY 7 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F Your Local Guide takes you on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Here you will view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Perhaps consider an excursion to the Sistine Chapel. View the Roman Forum and see the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events. Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice. Make sure to capture a magic moment as you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD) DAY 8 DEPART ROME Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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European Whirl Ponte Vecchio, Florence

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in Rome, Florence and Paris • 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 traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and ‘Skinny Bridge’. • Rhine Valley Cruise the Romantic Rhine. • Heidelberg View the ancient Castle. • Munich View the Olympic Stadium, City Hall and Marienplatz. • Innsbruck Marvel at the Golden Roof. • Venice Enjoy a canal cruise by private motor launch. Visit St. Mark’s Square and view the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica. • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pietà. • Florence View Signoria Square, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Santa Croce Basilica with your Local Guide. • Lucerne View the ancient Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument. • Paris View Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. • Dover See the White Cliffs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 11 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception and dinner on a canal cruise with your Travel Director in Amsterdam. n 2 three-course dinners. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. • Eurostar high-speed train from London to Brussels. • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar’s recommended London hotel. • Pick-up and Drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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DAY 1 LONDON – EUROSTAR – BRUSSELS – AMSTERDAM E This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London’s St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. During your orientation of Amsterdam, see Dam Square and the Mint Tower before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise. Enjoy splendid views from your glass-topped boat as you cruise along the city’s canals. (WR) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel (F) DAY 2 AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND Travel via Arnhem along the Ruhr and Rhine valleys. Enjoy picturesque scenery all the way to Boppard, where an included cruise takes you past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles to St. Goar. See the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a siren who lured fishermen to their deaths with spellbinding songs. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg. (BB D) Hotel: Mercure am Rathaus (F)/Novotel Kaiserslauten (F) DAY 3 RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK Crossing the Swabian Alps arrive in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for an orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium and City Hall. View the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. A short drive through splendid scenery and across the Austrian border brings you to Innsbruck where you will enjoy a walk through the town. Admire the architecture including the Hofburg and the Golden Roof and shop for Alpine souvenirs. You might consider experiencing traditional Tyrolean entertainment this evening. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (SF) DAY 4 INNSBRUCK – VENICE I N Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains. Arrive in the enchanting city of Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace along the way. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice. Finish an eventful day with dinner at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: B4 Venezia Mestre (F) DAY 5 VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS) South across the Veneto plain, you pass by Bologna and over the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing into the Lazio region to Rome, the Eternal City. (BB) Hotel: Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna (F) DAY 6 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Your sightseeing begins with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica − the most significant Christian church in the world − to view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and see the Colosseum with your Local Guide. Spend the rest of the day exploring or perhaps take an excursion inside the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel. (BB) DAY 7 ROME – FLORENCE 5 N From Lazio travel north into Tuscany, through rolling countryside and along the valley of the River Arno to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover the city’s rich artistic and medieval history with


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your Local Guide. Visit the Piazza Signoria with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. Marvel at the Baptistery and the multi-coloured marble Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi. Join your companions this evening for dinner at the hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 8 FLORENCE – GOTTHARD DRIVE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne. (BB) Hotel: Grand Europe (F) DAY 9 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Visit the Lion Monument during your morning orientation. Created to commemorate the heroism of Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI in Paris in 1792, Mark Twain described it as ‘the most moving piece of stone in the world’. Walk along the 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. Consider an exhilarating mountain excursion or shop for Swiss chocolate and Swiss watches. (BB D) DAY 10 LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) Pass Basel and cross the border into France this morning. In every direction, vineyards and picturesque villages provide a memorable backdrop for your journey. Consider an excursion this evening to a famous Parisian Cabaret. (BB) Hotel: Evergreen Laurel/Moevenpick (F) DAY 11 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Champs Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. Perhaps take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles, the Chateau built by Louis XIV the Sun King of France. This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro. (BB FD) DAY 12 PARIS – LONDON Cross the Somme and pass First World War battlefields at Vimy Ridge as you drive towards the coast. In Calais board a ferry to Dover and travel on to London by coach where your journey of discovery ends. (BB) Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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European Interlude Florence, Italy

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • 5 Local Guide in Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris. • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Amsterdam Canal cruise and orientation. See Dam Square and the Tower of Tears. • Cologne Visit the Gothic Cathedral. • Rhine Valley Cruise the Romantic Rhine. • Munich Orientation including the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz. • Innsbruck Orientation includes the Golden Roof and St. Jakob’s. • Salzburg Sightseeing including locations used in The Sound of Music. • Vienna Sightseeing tour includes the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Stadtpark. • Venice Enjoy a canal cruise by private motor launch. Visit St. Mark’s Square and view the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica. • Rome Sightseeing tour includes views of the ancient Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s Pieta. • Florence Admire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. • Lugano See this magnificent Swiss lake. • Lucerne Orientation includes the Lion Monument and the old town. • Paris Sightseeing tour includes a visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular city panoramas. See the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opera, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. • Dover See the White Cliffs.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 hot buffet breakfasts. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception canal cruise followed by dinner with your Travel Director in Amsterdam n 1 three-course dinner. n N 2 three-course dinners with local wine. n F Highlight Dinner with wine in Innsbruck. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class highlights as featured on page 100. • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels. • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.

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DAY 1 LONDON – EUROSTAR – AMSTERDAM E This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London’s St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. During your orientation of Amsterdam, see Dam Square and the Mint Tower before joining your fellow and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception sightseeing cruise followed by dinner. (WR) Hotel: Mercure Aan De Amstel (F) DAY 2 AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – MANNHEIM This morning travel to Germany where you visit the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a relaxing Rhine cruise at Boppard. Pass medieval castles and vineyards on the way to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Dine at your Rhineland hotel this evening. (BB D) Hotel: Holiday Inn (F) DAY 3 MANNHEIM – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK F Drive through the Swabian Uplands to Munich and view the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz during your orientation. Marvel at the Golden Roof and St. Jakob’s Cathedral across the border in the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. This evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner with local specialities. (BB HD) Hotel: Grauer Bär (F) DAY 4 INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS) 5 Admire the splendours of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. View the city’s major landmarks during a walking tour with your Local Guide, including many locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. A scenic journey takes you towards the Danube River and the Baroque elegance of Vienna. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube (SF) DAY 5 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Wonderful views of Vienna’s sights include the Opera House, the Hofburg, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Visit the sights of your choice during free time this afternoon. Shop on the fashionable Kärntnerstrasse or simply relax in a typical Viennese café. Perhaps consider taking an excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. (BB) DAY 6 VIENNA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS) N Journey into the heart of the Austrian Alps, past the Austrian Lake District, over the Italian border to the fertile plains of the Veneto. Cross into the magical city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: NH Laguna Palace (SF) DAY 7 VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME I Discover the rich heritage of this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise to St. Mark’s Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend free time afterwards exploring or shopping. Consider an optional excursion to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch! (BB) DAY 8 VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Po valley and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening, you might like to discover Rome’s vibrant nightlife. (BB) Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace (F)


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540

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DAY 10 ROME – FLORENCE 5 N Admire the Tuscan landscape en route to Florence. Learn about the city’s Renaissance history from your Local Guide, who shows you the Cathedral, the Baptistery and Signoria Square during your guided walking tour. View the majestic Ponte Vecchio bridge. Shop for high quality leather and gold. (BB D) Hotel: Mediterraneo (F) DAY 11 FLORENCE – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS) Drive north and see the beautiful Lake Lugano. Through the Ticino region, take the scenic St. Gotthard route through the Alps to the picturesque town of Lucerne. This evening, consider a traditional Swiss folklore evening with cheese fondue. (BB) Hotel: Renaissance (SF) DAY 12 LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME Admire the sights of this medieval town on your morning orientation. Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss. Take an optional trip up a nearby mountain or spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate and Swiss watches. (BB) DAY 13 LUCERNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS) From Lucerne, over the French border and past Belfort, see the vineyards in the wine–producing Burgundy region. Arrive later in Paris, where you might like to visit a world–famous Parisian Cabaret tonight! (BB) Hotel: Pullman La Defense (SF) DAY 14 PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 F The Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde – see all these sights and more on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Admire stunning views across the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Celebrate the end of a wonderful tour this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner. (BB FD) DAY 15 PARIS – LONDON Drive across Northern France, past the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge on the Somme battlefields. Sail from Calais to Dover and continue to London by coach, where your splendid European holiday comes to an end. (BB)

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£245 p.p. £184 p.p. £123 p.p.

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington (SF) For rates and full details please see page 240. This trip ends at our London Reception Centre or the above hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Europe to celebrate the Festive Season!

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OPTIONAL EUROSTAR EXTENSION From £260 per person on a twin share basis End your holiday in style! Travel back from Paris to London by high-speed Eurostar train. This extension includes a standard class Eurostar ticket, a transfer to the station in Paris and to your hotel in London as well as one night’s hotel accommodation in London. DAY 15 PARIS – EUROSTAR – LONDON You are transferred to Paris Gare du Nord train station where you board the Eurostar train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Hilton Kensington (SF) DAY 16 DEPART LONDON Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your holiday. (BB)

EUROPE : DISCOVERY

DAY 9 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME 5 Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, home of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece the Pietà with a Local Guide. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus set in a valley below the Aventine and Palatine Hills. Consider an optional excursion to the magnificent Sistine Chapel. (BB)

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Experience close encounters with Elephants, South Africa

The Heads Entrance to Knysna Lagoon, South Africa

Felucca on the Nile, Egypt

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Abu Simbel temples, Egypt


Table Mountain and Cape Town, South Africa

North and South Africa wild, wonderful & welcoming Blessed with natural beauty that is beyond compare, Africa exudes a distinct allure unlike any other place on earth. And with Trafalgar, you’ll discover the extraordinary lands of North and South Africa in ways you never imagined possible. With its mix of unspoilt coastlines, breathtaking wilderness and ethnic diversity, South Africa is an unparalleled holiday destination. Be captivated by the iconic Table Mountain, the charming Garden Route and amazing wildlife at Kariega Game Reserve. Further north, cruise along the River Nile and discover the ancient wonders of Egypt. See the majestic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, and explore the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Or lose yourself in Morocco's exotic culture, from the bustling Marrakesh bazaar to the medieval Medina in Fez and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities (best available accommodation in National Parks) • All hotel service charges and tips¢, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by air-conditioned vehicles • All internal flights included where applicable • The services of a professional Travel Director • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing (excluding South African itineraries) • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details ¢On South African itineraries housekeeping tips are not included.

Spice markets in Egypt

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Best of Morocco Spice Market, Marrakesh

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • B Be My Guest Speciality dinner of delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine at a traditional Riad in Fez. • l Unique Insight Visit a traditional tannery and dye pit for a fascinating glimpse into an ancient practice. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Casablanca See the Grand Mosque of Hassan ll and travel the scenic Corniche road along the Atlantic coast. • Rabat See the Kasbah of Ouddaïa, the 12th century Mosque, and the Necropolis of Chellah. • Meknes Visit the walled city. See the Bab el Mansour gateway. • Fez Visit the Médina. See the Royal Palace and Karaouiyne Mosque. • Tafilalt Oasis Visit this haven on the edge of the Sahara. • Ouarzazate Orientation of the ‘Hollywood’ of Morocco. • Aït Ben Haddou Visit this Kasbah village in the Atlas Mountains. • Marrakesh City sightseeing includes the Djemaa el Fna Square and a visit to the Bahia Palace.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 8 hot buffet breakfasts. • 2 lunches. • 6 evening meals: E Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Casablanca. n 3 three-course dinners. n B Be My Guest Authentic Moroccan dinner with wine in Fez. n F Farewell Dinner with wine in Casablanca.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CASABLANCA E Welcome to the Kingdom of Morocco! Tonight, meet with your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Kenzi Tower Hotel (Deluxe) DAY 2 CASABLANCA – RABAT – MEKNES – FEZ (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the coast to Rabat, your Travel Director gives a fascinating account of Morocco’s history from the French invasion of 1912 until full independence was granted in 1956. Your orientation tour of the city includes the grand 17th century palace which is now a museum, and the 12th century mosque. In the imperial city of Meknes, see Bab elMansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa. Arrive later in Fez, the symbolic heart of Morocco and the country’s oldest imperial city. (BB) Hotel: Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (SF) DAY 3 FEZ SIGHTSEEING l B Explore the médina, one of the largest thriving medieval centers in the world, during your morning sightseeing tour of Fez, former capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and visit the fascinating dye-pits and tanneries for a Unique Insight into this ancient practice. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for beautiful carpets and unique souvenirs in the bustling and fascinating bazaar. Join your travelling companions this evening for a very special Be My Guest experience of Moroccan specialities in a traditional Riad located in the heart of the Medina. (BB BG) DAY 4 FEZ – ERFOUD Follow the old caravan trail south. Stop for lunch in Midelt, a market town set in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continue along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley, famous for date cultivation, to the Tafilalt oasis on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Your day ends in Erfoud, where beautiful views across the shimmering Sahara have made this a popular location with filmmakers. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Kasbah Chergui (SF)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Tannery and dye pits, Fez


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Rabat Meknes

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Sat 15 Feb Sat 1 Mar

1299 230 1299 230

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1399 260 1399 260

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DAY 5 ERFOUD – TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE Travel west to Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco. Continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country! Follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, the setting for a number of famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra and Gladiator. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB L D) Hotel: Le Berbere Palace (SF)

2nd Trip Discount SAVE up to

£117 p.p. £87 p.p. £58 p.p. £58 p.p.

Young Traveller Discount

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Airport transfers: Transfers on Day 1 from Casablanca Airport will operate at 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Casablanca Airport at 7.00am, 10.00am and 12.00pm. *Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. 6 Winter Departures (WORB): Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in July 2013. New Years Eve Celebrations have been arranged for this departure.

DAY 9 DEPART CASABLANCA Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your fascinating Moroccan holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

DAY 6 OUARZAZATE – AÏT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKESH (2 NIGHTS) See the sights during your orientation tour of Ouarzazate. Visit Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains. Continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh - the ‘Red City’. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh is comprised of an old fortified city - the médina - and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest traditional market (‘souk’) where you might like to do some last minute shopping. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB D) Hotel: Meridien N’Fis (SF) DAY 7 MARRAKESH SIGHTSEEING Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an excursion to a Berber village. Tonight, you might like to experience an authentic Moroccan show. (BB) DAY 8 MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA F This morning, travel north to Casablanca. In Casablanca, see the sights during your orientation including the magnificent Hassan II Mosque built for the late king’s 60th birthday celebrations. Join your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate a memorable holiday. (BB FD) Hotel: Kenzi Tower Hotel (D)

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Egypt, Cairo & Sharm el Sheikh O Sharm el Sheik

Sightseeing Highlights • Memphis See the Ramses II statue and the Alabaster Sphinx. • Sakkara View the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the ancient world. • Giza See the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. • Cairo Visit the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum. • Sharm el-Sheikh Enjoy relaxation time at this Red Sea Resort.

Dining Highlights • 8 buffet breakfasts. • F Highlight Dinner star-gazing in the desert.

First Class Highlights • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Return scheduled flights* • UK private car door to door airport transfers • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Flight from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh. • Flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo. • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist in Cairo. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided in Cairo to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXPERIENCE From £985 per person sharing a twin room. Why not extend your holiday by joining the five day Jordan Experience. On Day 8 of ESHAA you will fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Amman to pick up the Jordan Experience. See our website for full itinerary details.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO (3 NIGHTS) Welcome to Cairo! You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Relax after check-in or take a stroll through the city’s ancient, bustling streets. The rest of your day is at leisure. Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 2 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING In Memphis, see the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx. Visit Sakkara, a vast burial ground featuring numerous pyramids including the world famous Step Pyramid. Finish at Giza, home to the Great Pyramids and the enigmatic Great Sphinx. (BB) DAY 3 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING Built to protect the city from Crusaders and home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years, Cairo’s ancient Citadel is magnificent. View the Alabaster Mosque’s ornate interior and explore the Hanging Church of St. Mary. Visit the Egyptian Museum featuring a wealth of treasures, including Tutankhamun’s famous gold mask. This evening, you might like to watch the Sound and Light show at the Pyramids. (BB) DAY 4 CAIRO − SHARM EL-SHEIKH (4 NIGHTS) D This morning, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Sharm el-Sheikh. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are free for the rest of the day to explore this charming town located on the Red Sea. (BB) Hotel: Maritim Jolie Ville (MD) DAY 5 SHARM EL-SHEIKH SIGHTSEEING F A major resort on Egypt’s sparkling Red Sea Riviera, Sharm el-Sheikh features pristine sandy beaches, crystal blue sea, sizzling temperatures

Pyramids at Giza


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and breathtaking views of the Sinai Mountains. This evening, experience a special stargazing Highlight Dinner in a tent in the desert. After a buffet of local specialities, an astronomer gives a short talk on the stars and planets visible at the time. (BB HD) DAY 6 TO DAY 7 FREE TIME AT LEISURE Enjoy your time in this beautiful resort. Maybe snorkel to explore the coral reef or marvel at the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat. Haggle for souvenirs in the bazaars or just relax and gaze across the Red Sea. (BB/BB) DAY 8 SHARM EL-SHEIKH - CAIRO D This morning transfer to the airport for the short flight to Cairo. Or you may wish to fly to Luxor to join either the 4 or 7 night Nile Cruise. Or to Amman to join the Jordan Experience with a possible extension to the Dead Sea. (BB) Hotel: Fairmont Heliopolis (SF) DAY 9 DEPART CAIRO Bid farewell to Egypt this morning. Transfers are available, conditions apply. (BB) Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip, please speak with your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visit www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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290 290 290 290 290

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290 290 290 290

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Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. *Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

OPTIONAL 4 OR 7 NIGHT NILE CRUSE Extend your holiday by joining a four or seven night Nile cruise. 4 night Nile Cruise from £775 per person sharing a twin cabin. Single supplement available from £150. 7 night Nile Cruise from £960 per person sharing a twin cabin.   Single supplement available from £230. On Day 8 of ESHAA you will fly from Sharm el Sheik to Luxor to embark on your chosen Nile cruise adventure. For full details of the four night Nile cruise itinerary, see the Best of Egypt, Day 2 – 6 on our website or pages 192 – 193. For full details of the seven night Nile cruise itinerary, see the Wonders of Ancient Egypt, Day 3 – 10 on our website. After disembarkation from your Nile Cruise, join your included flight to Cairo for a final night in the capital.

NORTH & SOUTH AFRICA : AT LEISURE

AMMAN Giza Province

Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh

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Best of Egypt Sphinx, Giza

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • j Local Expert Visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery that uses Egyptian plants to produce their fragrances. • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Luxor Visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Medinet Habou, Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. • Nile Cruise Visit the temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo. • Aswan Sail in a felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens. View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. • Cairo Sightseeing includes the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Egyptian Museum. • Memphis See the Ramses II statue and the Alabaster Sphinx. • Sakkara Marvel at the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the ancient world. • Giza View the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 4 buffet breakfasts in Cairo. • All meals aboard the Nile cruise.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. • Flight from Cairo to Luxor. • Four-night luxury Nile Cruise. • Flight from Aswan to Cairo. • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey. • Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar. • J Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences. • A travel wallet with your documentation. • L Complimentary keepsake photo.

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO Welcome to Cairo! You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey. Hotel: Fairmont Heliopolis (SF) DAY 2 CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISE (4 NIGHTS) D Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner. (BB L D) Cruise ship: MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème DAY 3 NILE CRUISE: LUXOR – EDFU Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the burial site of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut’s impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. View the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu. (B L D) DAY 4 NILE CRUISE: EDFU – KOM-OMBO Visit Egypt’s best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo − little has changed in a thousand years! This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun-filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party. (B L D) DAY 5 NILE CRUISE: KOM-OMBO – ASWAN Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, all the more breathtaking with the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it. (B L D) Temple of Hatshepsut, West Bank


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DAY 6 DISEMBARK – ASWAN – CAIRO (3 NIGHTS) D Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later consider an optional excursion to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel − a once in a lifetime opportunity − where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple’s entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan. (B) Hotel: Ramses Hilton (MD) DAY 7 CAIRO SIGHTSEEING j Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque’s ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish. (BB) DAY 8 CAIRO – PYRAMID EXCURSION See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx − the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile. (BB) DAY 9 DEPART CAIRO Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available. (BB) Note: Cruise itineraries on the Nile may vary occasionally according to seasonal circumstance. Visits to sights and highlights will not be affected.

OPTIONAL ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION A once in a lifetime opportunity! Enjoy a four hour excursion, including flights, to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with four huge statues of the pharaoh himself. See the statues of his Queen, Nefertari, on the facade of the Temple of Hathor.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION Extend your holiday by joining the five day Jordan Experience or the six day Jordan Experience with Dead Sea extension. See our website for full itinerary details.

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Please note: Guaranteed room share and Triple rooms are not available on this trip. The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2012. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website. *Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements. Airport transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in a Cairo hotel booked by Trafalgar.

6 Please note: Prices of departures marked with an 6 from 30 October 2013 onwards, are subject to confirmation on July 2013, at which time the price guarantee will become applicable. New Year’s Eve celebrations have been arranged for this departure. For Trafalgar’s other great savings, air details and extra nights’ accommodation please see pages 26-27 and 216.

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

A FABULOUS NILE CRUISE IS INCLUDED The highlight of your holiday is the cruise along the legendary River Nile on board the most luxurious of ships, the MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème *5-star features of the MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème are fully air-conditioned, luxury two-berth cabins with en-suite bathroom, full size bath, shower and toilet. There is a TV with video channels, music system, hair dryer, internal phone and mini-bar. On-board facilities include a plunge pool, fitness equipment, two bars, dancing and folklore entertainment, restaurant and two gift shops. *Note: At certain times, a similar cruise ship of the same category as MS Norma, MS Sapphire or MS La Bohème may be used.

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Table Mountain, Cape Town

INSIDER EXPERIENCES • G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. • I Local Speciality Fascinating tour of an ostrich farm.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Cape Town Explore the coastline of the Cape Peninsula. • Cape of Good Hope See the resident baboons and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. • Cape Winelands Enjoy wine tasting at some of the Cape’s most famous wine estates. • Oudtshoorn Visit an ostrich farm and discover the Cango Caves with it’s stalactites and stalagmites. • Knysna Cruise on Knysna Lagoon and visit Featherbed Nature Reserve. • Kariega Game Reserve Seek out the Big Five in open safari vehicles and stay in spacious and comfortable log chalets.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 10 buffet breakfasts • 2 lunches • 3 evening meals

DAY 1 ARRIVE CAPE TOWN (3 NIGHTS) Upon arrival in Cape Town you are transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free for you to explore the city or the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Hotel: Protea Hotel President (SF) DAY 2 CAPE TOWN (CAPE PENINSULA) A full day sightseeing of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula, the spectacular southern tip of Africa. We drive past Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno to Hout Bay where we will stop at the scenic harbour. An optional cruise to Seal Island is available to watch the antics of these natural performers. We continue along Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This afternoon we travel to the naval port of Simon’s Town and visit the wonderful penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before returning to Cape Town in the early afternoon. (BB) DAY 3 CAPE TOWN A full day free to explore this amazing city. Perhaps take the cable car up Table Mountain or visit the V&A Waterfront. (BB) DAY 4 CAPE TOWN – STELLENBOSCH (WINELANDS) (2 NIGHTS) This morning we depart for the Winelands and the town of Stellenbosch. Free time this afternoon to take in the charms of this historic university town & it’s stunning scenery. (BB) Hotel: Oude Werf or similar (MF) DAY 5 CAPE WINELANDS Explore the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands on the Vinehopper. Choose between either the Southern or Northern route and visit some of the finest wine estates in the Stellenbosch area at your own pace. (BB)

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class as featured on page 187. • Travel in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini buses. • L Complimentary keepsake photo

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Duration: 11 Days Ends Ends Single Single Pace: Starts Comfortable Port Twin Supp. Starts Port Twin Supp. Cape Town Elizabeth Share Option Cape Town Elizabeth Share Option Price from: £2735 per person twin share Ref: DBGRT

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DAY 6 STELLENBOSCH – OUDTHSHOORN I We leave Stellenbosch and travel via the town of Montagu on ‘Route 62’, (South Africa’s version of America’s famous ‘Route 66’), to the pretty village of Barrydale. We continue on to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry. After a fascinating tour of an ostrich farm, we continue to our Oudtshoorn hotel for check in and overnight. (BB) Hotel: Queens Hotel (MF) Huguenot Monument Franschoek

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For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Please note: Departures on the 20th & 27th December will not stay in Stellenbosch but will have 5 nights in Cape Town instead, the visit to the Cape Winelands will be done as a day trip from Cape Town.

DAY 7 OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA (2 NIGHTS) This morning go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. We then drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, and then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town’s many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars. (BB D) Hotel: Knysna Hollow Hotel (F) DAY 8 KNYSNA Today we cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. We enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town. (BB L) DAY 9 KNYSNA – PORT ELIZABETH – KARIEGA GAME RESERVE (2 NIGHTS) We depart Knysna this morning, by way of the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest to arrive in Port Elizabeth mid afternoon.

We are then transferred to Kariega Game Reserve where we enjoy a wonderful dinner served under the African stars. (BB D) Hotel: Kariega Game Reserve - Main Lodge (SF) DAY 10 KARIEGA GAME RESERVE We recommend that you enjoy an early morning and afternoon safari as the animals are most active during this time. Experience close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ and numerous other smaller animal, bird and reptile species in open safari vehicles. The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the diverse Eastern Cape landscape ranges from the dry desolate Great Karoo to the steamy forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley. We dine again tonight at our lodge. (BB L D) DAY 11 KARIEGA GAME RESERVE – DEPART PORT ELIZABETH This morning after your game drive (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight. (BB) www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details.

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South African Surprise Kruger National Park

INSIDER EXPERIENCES G Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director. I Local Speciality Fascinating tour of an ostrich farm.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Graskop See the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. • Kruger National Park Spend a day with the lions and elephants in the Kruger National Park. • Swaziland Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland. • St Lucia Explore and soak up the atmosphere in the tourist town of St Lucia, situated within a World Heritage Site. • Durban Enjoy a cycle tour along the beachfront promenade of Durban, the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa. • Drakensberg Relax or hike in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, part of a World Heritage Site. • Eastern Cape Travel through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820. • East London Orientation of the city. • Port Elizabeth Orientation of the city. • Tsitsikamma Get close to mother nature at her best by walking amongst the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma National Park. • Oudtshoorn Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. • Oudtshoorn Ride an ostrich or just enjoy an ostrich farm experience in Oudtshoorn – ‘feather capital of the world’. • Cape Town Spend quality time enjoying Cape Town in all its splendour.

DAY 1 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers. Hotel: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar (MF) DAY 2 JOHANNESBURG – HAZYVIEW (2 NIGHTS) This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. (BB) Hotel: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar (MF) DAY 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel. (BB) DAY 4 HAZYVIEW – SWAZILAND This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the Swaziland National Museum before arriving at the hotel for overnight stay. (BB) Hotel: Lugogo Sun or similar DAY 5 SWAZILAND – ST LUCIA AND SURROUNDS This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay. Hotel: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar (BB)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 14 buffet breakfasts • Welcome Briefing with your Travel Director. • 4 evening meals

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class Highlights as featured on page 187. • Arrival airport shuttle transfer included. • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included. • L Complimentary keepsake photo

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DAY 6 ST LUCIA AND SURROUNDS – DURBAN Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. (BB D) Hotel: Docklands Hotel or similar (MF)

£180 p.p. £135 p.p. £90 p.p. £90 p.p. £170

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. Note: All discounts apply to the land only portion. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own flights. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Note: Accommodation check in on Day 1 is from 2pm. Note: Shuttle service on Day 1 ends at 10:45 pm. If you are arriving on a late evening flight please inform your Travel Agent in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.

Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Port Elizabeth’s beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous. (BB) Hotel: The Paxton Hotel or similar (MF)

DAY 7 DURBAN – DRAKENSBERG (2 NIGHTS) This morning we savour the ocean breeze as we enjoy a gentle but fun cycle along the beachfront promenade. Durban’s golden mile buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air. (BB BD) Hotel: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar (MF) DAY 8 DRAKENSBERG Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. (BB BD) DAY 9 DRAKENSBERG – EAST LONDON This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we enter the fourth of the provinces, the Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba) also seeing the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei, stopping for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house. We arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation. (BB) Hotel: The Kennaway Hotel or similar (MF) DAY 10 EAST LONDON – PORT ELIZABETH After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through ‘Settler Country’ via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port

DAY 12 KNYSNA – OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA I After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight. (BB) DAY 13 KNYSNA – CAPE TOWN (2 NIGHTS) Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. (BB) Hotel: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar (MF) DAY 14 CAPE TOWN Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. (BB) DAY 15 CAPE TOWN This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11:00am. The remainder of the day will be free until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. (BB) www.trafalgar.com for all definite departures and up-to-date information on itineraries and optional excursions.

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Blyde River Canyon

DAY 11 PORT ELIZABETH – KNYSNA (2 NIGHTS) Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel, our base for the next 2 nights. (BB D) Hotel: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

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Terra Cotta Warriors, China

Traditional Gassho house, Shirakawago, Japan

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Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China


Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Asia ancient treasures meet modern marvels A playground of ancient riches complemented by modernday spectacles. The magnificent lands of Asia are as diverse as they come and Trafalgar’s guided holidays in China, Japan and Vietnam will take you beyond the expected, on an insider’s journey into the past and present of each incredible destination. Delve deep into China’s ancient civilization from the Great Wall and imperial palaces of Beijing to the contrasting metropolis that is Shanghai. Explore the scenic beauty of Vietnam where endless adventure awaits and be immersed in Japan’s fusion of traditional and urban life. Travelling in small groups, your Travel Director and Local Guides will reveal a fascinating history and rich cultural heritage, along with some of the world’s most revered treasures. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery and indulge in delicious local specialities as you become immersed in the destination and its local cultures on a holiday experience you’ll never forget.

Geisha, Kyoto, Japan

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms with private facilities • All hotel baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach • All internal flights included where applicable • The services of one of our professional Asian Travel Directors • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing • A travel wallet with your documentation • Complimentary keepsake photo and map • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details

The Citadel, Vietnam

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Splendours of Japan Mount Fuji

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

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

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

DAY 1 ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita New Tokyo Airport, transfer to your luxurious hotel. Enjoy some free time this evening to begin your exploration or take time to relax and recharge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers and 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: New Otani Garden Tower (SF) DAY 2 TOKYO SIGHTSEEING I For the early risers, enjoy an optional excursion to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in the world before embarking on a full day of sightseeing in this bustling city. Explore the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original innermost moat and star attraction, the Meiji Shrine, a picturesque Shinto shrine set in a beautiful tree-lined avenue where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn how to make sushi, a Local Speciality, in the famous Ginza district. Continue to the Edo Tokyo Museum in the Asakusa district for a glimpse into Tokyo’s past. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Buddhist temple called Sensoji. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. (FB L D) DAY 3 TOKYO FREE TIME Enjoy a full day of free time to explore the city at your own pace or choose to take an optional full-day excursion to view Kamakura. Absorb scenic views of the Pacific Ocean before reaching the town of Kamakura to view its most famous attraction, the giant bronze Great Buddha “Daibutsu.” (FB) DAY 4 TOKYO – MT. FUJI – KATSUNUMA – LAKE SUWA F Bid farewell to Tokyo and drive to the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic Mt Fuji. At 3776m, it is Japan’s tallest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). Continue to Katsunuma, famous for production of wine in Japan where you indulge in a Highlight Lunch at one of the wineries before continuing to Lake Suwa. Settle in at your traditional Japanese Ryokan in time for a hot spring bath! This evening, dine in authentic Japanese style, during a Kaiseki Highlight Dinner. (FB HL HD) Hotel: Aburaya Ryokan (or similar) (F)

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DAY 5 LAKE SUWA – MATSUMOTO – TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS) l Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle with its unique timber and stone structure before heading to the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum. Matsumoto is also famous for its wasabi cultivation, a Unique Insight, and today you learn all about the production before enjoying a lunch of soba noodles with wasabi. Continue your journey through the breathtaking Japanese Alps and to your hotel in the beautiful hill town of Takayama. (FB L) Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza (SF)

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Your main luggage will be transported to Kyoto separately. Take a step back in time with a Local Expert during a visit to the peaceful mountain village of Shirakawago in Gashozukuri, an outdoor exhibition of over 30 farmhouses and other traditional buildings typical of the region. Continue on to coastal Kanazawa, a historic castle town which boasts beautifully preserved samurai districts. This evening is free to relax at the hotel, after a busy day of sightseeing. (FB L) Hotel: Kanazawa Excel Hotel Tokyo (SF) DAY 8 KANAZAWA – KYOTO (2 NIGHTS) I Begin the day with a visit to the Normura house, an elegant Samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Also see the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan. Discover the secrets of gold leaf painting, a Local Speciality, during a visit with a local artist before travelling to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. Enjoy a sumptuous boxed lunch during the train journey. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, head to the hotel and enjoy some free time or explore this traditional town. (FB L) Hotel: Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto (SF)

DAY 6 TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING F I Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto’, filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums and wander through a vibrant Asaichi open-air flower and fruit market. After a Highlight Lunch of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant, continue to Takayama Jinya, Kami Sannomachisu District with its skillfully renowned local artisans and take time to sample Sake, a Local Speciality. This evening is free for you to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town. (FB HL) DAY 7 TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA j Grab an overnight bag for the trip from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train.

DAY 10 DEPART KYOTO Your holiday ends with a transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue to Hiroshima & Osaka by choosing the 13-Day Itinerary. (FB)

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

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

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

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

First Class Highlights • See page 199 for all included highlights • 9 nights First Class accommodation including 1-night Victory Star Cruise on Ha Long Bay • Intra-trip flights Hanoi – Danang and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 10. Conditions apply. • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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DAY 1 ARRIVE HANOI (2 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and get settled in before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: InterContinental Hanoi West Lake (Deluxe) DAY 2 HANOI SIGHTSEEING l Take a full day to explore Hanoi’s celebrated history. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum encased in an impressive marble structure before moving onto his wooden stilt house, a Unique Insight, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Explore the first University of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is filled with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple before taking a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter which allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. In the evening, enjoy a delightful traditional water puppet performance whose origin dates back over a thousand years before indulging in your first Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant. (FB L D) DAY 3 HANOI – HA LONG BAY CRUISE This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay where you board a traditional Junk sailing boat for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch before visiting a grotto of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. Drop anchor later in the evening for dinner and a peaceful overnight stay afloat among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (FB L D) Boat: Victory Star DAY 4 HA LONG BAY – HANOI – HOI AN (2 NIGHTS) I D Begin your day as the locals do during a morning Tai Chi class, a Local Speciality, on the deck of the Junk boat. Indulge in a delectable brunch as the cruise along the emerald waters continues before arriving at the wharf. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi stopping at Bat Trang Ceramic Village where you learn about the art of pottery and ceramics, also a Local Speciality. Head to the Hanoi airport for your flight to Danang where, upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Enjoy the evening at leisure and relax at your hotel enjoying the tranquil ambiance of the Vietnamese coastline. (FB) Hotel: Sunrise Hoi An (SF)

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DAY 5 HOI AN SIGHTSEEING I Your morning begins on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Merchant houses which were built over 200 years ago, the Hoi An Museum, Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking on a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to visit Kim Bong village, famous for its wood carvings. This evening, partake in an exclusive Local Speciality Vietnamese cooking class during a dinner taught by a local chef. (FB L D)

All prices are per person, twin share. Package Price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights from UK to and from Vietnam and Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please visit www.trafalgar.com Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

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attend a special Royal Highlight Dinner with traditional Hue music and a dance performance at Duyet Thi Duong theatre in the Citadel. (FB L HD) DAY 8 HUE – HO CHI MINH CITY (2 NIGHTS) D Transfer to the airport this morning for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, join an orientation tour of the city and see Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Reunification Palace and War Remnant Museum, and Ben Thanh Market. Tonight is at leisure for you to relax at your hotel or enjoy sampling some of the many local restaurants this buzzing city has to offer. (FB L) Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (SF)

DAY 6 HOI AN – DANANG – HUE (2 NIGHTS) B Enjoy some leisure time this morning to take in more of beautiful Hoi An before heading towards Danang. En route, delight in a Be My Guest lunch at a Vietnamese herb farm where the local farmers will share their knowledge and expertise on the regional agriculture techniques. Continue over the Cloudy Pass for stunning views before descending into Danang. Stop at the Cham Museum, to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation with records dating as far back as 2nd century AD. This evening is at leisure for you to relax at your hotel with its beautiful gardens. (FB BG) Hotel: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa (SF) DAY 7 HUE SIGHTSEEING F Visit the Imperial Citadel, the centrepiece of the royal empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It incurred extensive damage during the war and only a few buildings survived. The spectacular Citadel houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges and was the former historic capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. After lunch at a local restaurant, take an afternoon boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening,

DAY 9 HO CHI MINH CITY SIGHTSEEING F Take a drive to Cu Chi where VietCong fighters built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Visit the underground kitchens, secret trapdoors, living areas and meeting rooms. Continue to the town of Tay Ninh and visit Cao Dai Temple for a very colourful, formal service. The Cao Dai religion is unique to Vietnam and the temple at Tay Ninh is the centre of the religion. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Take some free time this afternoon to visit the markets and shops downtown before toasting your travel companions during a Farewell Dinner at a Vietnamese fine dining restaurant. (FB L FD) DAY 10 DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend you stay with an optional Cambodian cruise extension, see www.trafalgar.com for full details. (FB)

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

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

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

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

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Beijing Zoo before embarking on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence. Visit the home of a local family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi’an. Arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure. (FB BG) Hotel: Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (by Shangri-La) (SF)

Package Price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights from UK to and from China and Beijing – Xi’an and Xi’an – Shanghai and are accurate as of June 20, 2012. For up-to-date information, please visit www.trafalgar.com d This departure occurs over the Chinese New Year. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please visit www.trafalgar.com Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

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

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

DAY 8 SHANGHAI AT LEISURE F Today is yours to explore Shanghai as you wish. Take an optional trip to the stunning Yuyuan gardens to see the Jade Buddha Temple and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum, explore the bustling streets filled with character or relax and enjoy the atmosphere. This evening, gather with your newfound friends for a lively Farewell Dinner toasting to a great trip and an unforgettable adventure. (FB FD) DAY 9 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of the many popular optional extensions. (FB)

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DAY 7 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE 5 F Drive to the suburbs of Shanghai City with a Local Guide to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town founded more than 1700 years ago. In its heyday, it was a bustling market town well known throughout the country. The town’s many attractions can be found by strolling down the ancient streets and exploring the many bridges that crisscross its canals. Return to the city for a Highlight Lunch featuring Dim Sum, followed by a visit to a local tea house. The afternoon is at leisure for you to visit the city’s museums, have time to go shopping or relax at your hotel. This evening, enjoy a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (FB HL)

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

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

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

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • Includes all First Class features, refer to page 199 • 13 nights First Class accommodation • Airport transfers are provided on Days 1 and 14. Conditions apply. • Intra-trip flights Beijing – Xi’an – Chengdu – Guilin and Guilin – Hangzhou • L Complimentary keepsake photo • J Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing

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Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE BEIJING (3 NIGHTS) E Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and settle in before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m. (WR) Hotel: Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing (by Shangri-La) (SF) DAY 2 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING I F Begin your visit to one of the world’s great capital cities and an exploration of the world’s largest public areas—Tiananmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the great Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which was the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Continue to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Later, indulge in a relaxing foot massage, a Local Speciality, at the Foot Reflexology Centre. This evening, enjoy a succulent Peking Duck Highlight Dinner—a must during any visit to Beijing. (FB L HD) DAY 3 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING & THE GREAT WALL Travel outside the city and look down upon the Chinese countryside from your perch on top of the Great Wall, which is actually a collection of fortifications built and rebuilt from the 5th century B.C. to the 16th century to repulse nomadic invaders like the Mongols. Then walk the Sacred Way home to remnants of the Ming Tombs, the once-lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Later this evening back in Beijing, attend a lively show of acrobatics, kung fu and dance at the Red Theatre. (FB L) DAY 4 BEIJING SIGHTSEEING – XI’AN (2 NIGHTS) B D Embark on a unique tour by rickshaw around the ancient alleyways of the traditional courtyard Hutong residence. Visit the home of a local Hutong family for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional Chinese cuisine. This afternoon, bid farewell to Beijing and fly to the city of Xi’an. Arrive at your hotel for an evening of free time to relax or begin your exploration. (FB BG) Hotel: Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (by Shangri-La) (SF) DAY 5 XI’AN SIGHTSEEING 5 F Venture out with a Local Guide during a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the legendary army of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s subterranean tomb. Later, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the old city wall, which protected Xi’an’s inhabitants from its invaders. This evening, indulge in a Tang Dynasty Highlight Dinner and cultural performance featuring music, dance, and traditional costumes with a special backstage visit. (FB L HD) DAY 6 XI’AN – CHENGDU (2 NIGHTS) I 5 F D Start your day by trying your hand at calligraphy, a Local Speciality, as you discover the origins of the Chinese characters. During a calligraphy class, learn basic calligraphy knowledge, how to hold a brush and how to appreciate traditional Chinese water-colour painting. Continue to Big Wild Goose Pagoda with a Local Guide, one of the city’s most


Duration: 14 Days Pace: Comfortable Price from: £3425 per person twin share Package price per person Starts Beijing

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855

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£95 p.p. £250 £20

For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26-27. For extra nights’ accommodation see page 216. Please visit our website or contact your Travel Agent for details of our great Early Payment Discounts. All prices are per person, twin share. Sightseeing stops

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distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi’an today. Experience a Highlight Lunch where you can try your hand at making traditional dumplings at a local restaurant before enjoying the fruits of your labour. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. On arrival at Chengdu, get settled into the hotel for a relaxing evening of free time. (FB HL) Hotel: Sofitel Wanda Chengdu (SF) DAY 7 CHENGDU FREE TIME Today, you have the option to take a day tour to Leshan for a Minjiang Cruise to see the Giant Buddha, a statue of Maitreya, which took 90 years to carve. Or simply enjoy some free time to absorb the city’s parks, temples and surrounding teahouses. This evening, see the famous changing faces at the Sichuan Opera, an important part of Chengdu culture. (FB) DAY 8 CHENGDU – GUILIN I 5 D Today begins with an introduction to Tai Chi, a Local Speciality, where you learn some of the basic movements and discover its importance to the culture. With a Local Guide visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre where the Pandas natural habitat has been created to ensure the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. Later, visit the Wenshu Monastery, the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu with hundreds of bronze, wooden and stone statues and Buddhist relics. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Guilin. On arrival in Guilin, transfer to your luxurious hotel. (FB L) Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (SF) DAY 9 GUILIN - YANGSHOU 5 Embark on a cruise along the Li River, one of China’s top destinations, with a Local Guide and enjoy its breathtaking scenery and a taste of life far removed from the busy metropolis. Disembark at Yangshuo to wander around the colourful streets and markets in the afternoon. Later, visit the biggest natural open-air theatre in the world for the the Impression Liusanjie Show. (FB L D) Hotel: Green Lotus Hotel (F) DAY 10 YANGSHOU – GUILIN – HANGZHOU (2 NIGHTS) 5 D Return to Guilin this morning with a Local Guide for a visit to the Reed Flute Cave to enjoy the distinctly-coloured stalactites and stalagmites, and the enchanting stone pillars and flower curtains inside the cave. After an included lunch, depart for the airport for an afternoon flight to Hangzhou, one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in all of China. The beautiful natural scenery includes West Lake, the city’s best known attraction. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the evening relaxing at your own pace. (FB L) Hotel: Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake (SF) DAY 11 HANGZHOU SIGHTSEEING 5 F With a Local Guide this morning, choose to take an optional meditation class reading the Buddhist scriptures inside a Buddhist Temple. Marvel during a visit to Lingyin Temple, one of China’s oldest

Package Price includes international scheduled flights and economy air and air-related charges for flights from UK to and from China and Beijing - Xi’an, Xi’an – Chengdu, Chengdu – Guilin and Guilin – Hangzhou. For up-todate information, please visit www.trafalgar.com d This departure occurs over the Chinese New Year. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please visit www.trafalgar.com Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Team for land only prices. Flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may apply. Dependent on flight times extra nights may need to be purchased. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. For information on additional hotel night(s) before and/or after your holiday, please see page 35. For optional extensions available for purchase in conjunction with this holiday, please visit our website. Please note hotels may be subject to change.

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

Buddhist temples, and home to treasures of Buddhist literature and art. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch with a local family at their tea farm where you’ll learn why tea, for thousands of years, was such an important part of Chinese culture. Sample a variety of locally grown leaves and teas during a performance of tea art in a serene and peaceful setting. This afternoon, take a scenic boat ride on breathtaking West Lake, followed by a thrilling performance of the spectacular “Impressions West Lake” show, which exhibits the deep-rooted culture and natural beauty of Hangzhou. (FB HL) DAY 12 HANGZHOU – SHANGHAI (2 NIGHTS) 5 Head to Wuzhen water town today with a Local Guide, who’s numerous canals have earned it the nickname “the Venice of the East.” The houses that line the canals have a charming look with their oil-painted timber framework, white walls and black tiles. Its two-thousand-year history shines through ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, stone pathways between the mottled walls and delicate wood carvings. While here, enjoy a visit to a Chinese Alcohol Distillery. This evening, arrive in Shanghai and attend a performance by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (FB L) Hotel: Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao (SF) DAY 13 SHANGHAI SIGHTSEEING 5 F Take in the many splendours of Shanghai with a Local Guide, including the Old Town, the Bund and the Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Enjoy a Dim Sum Highlight Lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon of shopping on the Nanjing Road. Tonight, cruise along the Huangpu River before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB HL FD) DAY 14 DEPART SHANGHAI Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday with one of our popular optional extensions. (FB)

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Lady Knox Geyser, Rotorua

Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand

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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia


Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Australia

Australia & New Zealand inside the lands Down Under Discover the incredible diversity and affable charisma of these two remarkable countries on an unforgettable journey Down Under. With their wealth of local knowledge, your Trafalgar Travel Directors will give you a true insider’s view of each incredible place you visit, creating a truly unique holiday experience. Explore Australia’s stunning landscapes from immense deserts to tropical rainforests and the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef. Stand in awe of giant rock formations and ancient Aboriginal art in the Red Centre. Encounter wildlife like nothing else on Earth and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sydney and Melbourne. New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery boasts dramatic coastlines, beautiful beaches, lush green forests and glacial mountains. Combined with a thriving Maori culture, bustling cities, charming towns and genuine hospitality, there is much to discover in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

FIRST CLASS TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom • The services of a professional Travel Director in each country on Discovery holidays • A travel wallet with your documentation • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply – see each itinerary page or refer to page 217 for details

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia

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SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS • Melbourne See the sights of this cosmopolitan city. • Phillip Island See the famous Penguin Parade. • Great Ocean Road View the Twelve Apostles rock formations. • Alice Springs See the sights on a tour of ‘the Alice’. • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Experience sunset and sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock). • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Walk through the 36 domes of red conglomerate rock. • Cairns Journey on the Kuranda train to the Atherton Tablelands. • Great Barrier Reef Discover the tropical fish and coral in this underwater wonderland. • Sydney Admire the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a harbour cruise.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS • 12 hot buffet breakfasts. • 2 lunches: F 1 Highlight Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef and 1 cruising Sydney Harbour. • 1 two-course dinner.

FIRST CLASS HIGHLIGHTS • You will be travelling on an independent basis and will join scheduled day tours with a qualified Local Driver Guide in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Sydney. • Airport transfers are provided as indicated in the itinerary (conditions apply, refer to page 217). • First Class hotel accommodation, which includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a restroom onboard. • A stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map.

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210

Trafalgar now includes return scheduled flights and complimentary private UK door to door airport transfers. See page 13 for details.

DAY 1 ARRIVE MELBOURNE (3 NIGHTS) D On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this cosmopolitan city. Hotel: Crowne Plaza (MD) DAY 2 MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING AND PENGUIN PARADE Enjoy a morning tour of Melbourne. This afternoon depart for Phillip Island, stopping at the Warrook Cattle Farm en route to see sheep, cattle, kangaroos and Australian birds. On arrival at Phillip Island, visit the Koala Conservation Centre and observe the famous Penguin Parade, as the Little Penguins march up the sand to their resting places. (BB) DAY 3 GREAT OCEAN ROAD Travel along the famous Great Ocean Road and see dramatic coastal scenery en route to Port Campbell National Park. See the seaside resorts of Lorne and Apollo Bay, and then view the Twelve Apostles, remains of London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. (BB) DAY 4 MELBOURNE – ALICE SPRINGS D You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this outback town. See the historic Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Stop to enjoy panoramic views from Anzac Hill. (BB) Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, River Gum Rooms (MD) DAY 5 ALICE SPRINGS – ULURU (AYERS ROCK) (2 NIGHTS) Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a glass of wine this evening while watching sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the special viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner. (BB D) Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel (SF)

Great Barrier Reef


Coral Sea

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4275 1235 4175 1170

1 Apr - 30 Jun 13 1 Jul - 30 Nov 13 1 Dec 13 - 31 Mar 14

4250 1170 4575 1235 4550 1170

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Blue Mountains

Great Ocean Road

■ Sightseeing stops

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NEW SOUTH WALES

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CAIRNS

ALICE SPRINGS

Kata Tjuta Uluru (the Olgas) (Ayers Rock)

Duration: 13 Days Pace: Lively Price from: £4175 per person twin share Ref: MS12

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DAY 6 KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS) Rise early to view Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise. Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, before returning to the Resort. This afternoon travel through desert plains to mysterious Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy a 2-3 hour walk through the domes to the Valley of the Winds lookout. Take in a spectacular sunset at Kata Tjuta with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. (BB)

Triple Room Reduction For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 26–27. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 216.

£645

£165

All prices are per person on a twin share basis. Single traveller must pay the Single Room Supplement. *Air: Please note that intra-trip airfares are not included in the prices above. Prices require the following intra-trip air sectors to be purchased separately: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs – flights to arrive prior to 12pm; Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns – flights anytime; Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney – flights anytime. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book. Please note that departures from 1 April 2013 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification. Details will be confirmed in November 2012. *Visit www.trafalgar.com or call our Reservations Department to discuss land only prices should you wish to purchase your own international flights, in addition to the intra-trip air sectors which must be purchased separately. All flights are subject to availability and price at time of booking and supplements may be applicable. Dependent on flight times additional nights may need to be purchased at the beginning or end of your trip. International flights included in the itinerary may mean you leaving earlier or landing later than the start and end dates featured. Please speak to your travel consultant for full details. Festive Season surcharge applies to Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour 29 December - 2 January. Discounts, except Young Traveler, are not available on this package.

DAY 9 KURANDA – SKYRAIL – TJAPUKAI Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Learn about this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and dance demonstrations. Glide silently above the canopy of the rainforest on the Skyrail Cableway on your way to Kuranda. You’ll have free time to stroll through the famous Kuranda Markets. Board the famous Kuranda train for a breathtaking journey through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves to Freshwater Station, where your journey ends. (BB) DAY 10 CAIRNS – SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS) D You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening is free for you to explore this exciting city. Perhaps take a stroll down to Circular Quay to view the panorama of the sparkling harbour surrounded by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. (BB) Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (MD)

Sydney Harbour Cruise

DAY 7 ULURU (AYERS ROCK) – CAIRNS (3 NIGHTS) D This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. (BB) Hotel: Hilton (D) DAY 8 GREAT BARRIER REEF F Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral and tropical fish from the underwater obser