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TRAVEL SPECIALIST

LATIN AMERICA

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO & CARIBBEAN 2018-19

MEXICO - COSTA RICA - GUATEMALA - NICARAGUA - CUBA - BAHAMAS - JAMAICA - DOMINICAN REP. - PANAMA


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exico and Central America are home to a rich tapestry of cultures from the agrarian indigenous tribes that live much as they have done to the African descendants that have called it home since the 17th century whilst the heavy Spanish influence can be felt in the charming colonial towns dotted throughout. Dating back some 4,000 years, the ancient Maya culture has left its mark in the form of remarkable ruins of temples reached by towering staircases and intricately carved stone structures that are slowly being claimed by the sultry jungle. The Caribbean islands are famous for their magnificent climate, spectacular beaches, idyllic seascapes and diverse flora and fauna. The unrivalled warm, calm waters provide the perfect environment for the colourful underwater coral gardens that attract divers and snorkellers from all over the world. The vibrant cultures and exotic natural highlights of the Caribbean make any trip completely unforgettable. A visit to one or more of the islands – either exclusively or as an extension to a trip to Latin America - is a perfect way to relax and unwind. To help you get the best out of your trip, we have a team of well travelled and enthusiastic travel consultants to will suggest the best known attractions and the less travelled places‌ Kind regards, Ed Garcia & Hanna Shilo Co-Managing Directors.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

MULTI COUNTRY TOURS Cuba & Mexico Tour Central American Explorer Crystal Expedition Cruises TOURS BY COUNTRY

Church of Our Lady of Remedy, San Pedro Chula “La Catarina”, Grand Dame of Death

TOP DESTINATIONS Mexico with its rich and varied culture is a must see destination in the region for anyone who is interested in ancient civilizations. Food in Mexico is a wonderful culinary experience and the beautiful romantic colonial cities and towns, never to be forgotten. Neighbouring Guatemala offers similar features but has a much more pronounced indigenous population. In recent years, Cuba in the Caribbean has received a huge influx of interested tourists and Nicaragua, once inaccessible is now a popular destination. Costa Rica is the most popular nature destination in Central America.

Central America and the Caribbean offer the best of ancient cultures and ruins, sunny white sand beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters, jungles with exotic birds and animals and idyllic colonial towns – remnants from another time. Not only is each country vastly different geographically and culturally; the populations also vary greatly from Hispanics, indigenous peoples from pre – Colombian times, populations of African descend and people that have European heritage. Although Spanish is the language predominantly spoken, there are many dialects and ancient languages in places such as Mexico and Guatemala. A dialect of pigeon English is spoken in Belize and in some of the Caribbean islands, the main languages are English, French and Dutch...

OTHER PLACES WORTH VISITING Central America and the Caribbean Islands have something to offer to every visitor. For the music lovers, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are usually a high priority as these two islands are renowned for the music of Salsa and Son in Cuba and Merengue and Bachata in the Dominican Republic. All of the Caribbean islands offer the most magnificent beaches and luxury resorts for the beach lovers.

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MEXICO TOURS Great Mexico Tour Copper Canyon Tour Colonial Charm Tour

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COSTA RICA TOURS Costa Rica Nature Adventure Costa Rica Paradise Costa Rica Wildlife Paradise GUATEMALA TOURS Guatemala Highlands Tour Colourful Guatemala Tour Heart of the Mayan World PANAMA TOURS Panama City Classic San Blas Islands Darien Ethnic Expedition NICARAGUA TOURS Highlights of Nicaragua Best of Nicaragua Around Nicaragua

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CUBA TOURS Discover Cuba Tour Heart of Cuba Tour Cuba Highlights Tour JAMAICA TOURS Discover Jamaica DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS Hidden Gems Tour

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ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS Islands Hopping Program

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Anyone interested in archaeology and ancient mysteries will be intrigued by Central America and for the nature lover, Costa Rica, best known for its eco-tourism, is host to a rich and varied animal and bird life. Panama is famous for its Canal and San Blas islands and Honduras and Belize are great diving destinations.

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A Few Reasons To Book With Us True Destination Specialist

We have been selling Central and South America, including Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic since 1,999. Although Latin America is huge, amongst all in the office we have managed to travel all over this amazing, diverse and beautiful continent. We know the most iconic places and also the roads less travelled. Be assured that when you call us, you are truly getting expert advice. Give us a call and experience the difference.

Peace of Mind

Every one of us enjoys different things, moves at a different speed and requires different features. We can help by offering expert unbiased advice with fast and professional quotes of tours to suit your budget and preferences. We are an Australian Company, incorporated in Victoria since June 1,999 with License 32308 and we are members of ATAS, AFTA Travel Agents Accreditation Scheme. Which means your money is safe with us.

Reliable and Well Established Representatives

Our local representatives are extremely reliable with an established excellent reputation that will make

your trip a hassle-free and memorable experience.

Travel Projects Price Guarantee

If you find a cheaper genuine price on any of the tours featured in this brochure, we`ll not only match it, we’ll beat it. Comparison has to be for the same tour(s) offered by Australian companies, for the same dates, hotels and services involved.

Travel Projects Value

Travel planning is not just about price, it’s about value. If the hotel was not in the right location, or the tour package didn’t meet your needs, it doesn’t matter how much you saved. Travel Projects can recommend relevant offerings and also provide cost saving strategies.

Specialised Group Tours

Whether you are interested in bird-watching in Ecuador or Costa Rica, textiles in Mexico, Guatemala or Peru, fly-fishing in Patagonia or cigars in Cuba. Travel Projects offer a good selection of special interest tours. Would you like to have your own group tour...? Let us know when, the number of people and interests. Whatever your budget and likes, we can create the right group tour for you...Call us now ! Red-eyed tree frogs

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Tree-dwelling lesser anteater, Costa Rica


Jaguar in the jungles of Belize

Our Tours & Services Explained Escorted Tours:

We have two multi-country Escorted Tours with fixed departure dates: The 24 Day Small Group Tour of South America and The 22 Day South America Cruise and Tour. Both tours will give an introduction to the highlights of this amazing continent with the possibility to extend to other areas for a more in-depth experience. These tours require a minimum of 8 adult paying passengers to have the same escort from day 1 to the last day. Should there not be a minimum of persons participating, the tour still goes ahead with local bilingual guides in every place. These tours are offered in tourist and tourist superior class hotels to suit your budget.

Independent Tours:

With weekly departures, our independent tours are fully guided by local expert English speaking guides and assisted from the time you arrive in South America, throughout your stay, to the time you leave. These tours are customizable to suit your needs and preferences. These tours are offered in tourist, tourist superior and first class hotels to suit your budget.

Specific Country Tours

For a second visit to South America or for a more in-depth experience and immersion to the local culture and/ or nature, we have a section of tours and programs classified by country. This option is mainly for people to really explore a country or area more intimately.

Hotels

Scarlet macaw in Costa Rica

We usually use accommodation from 3 to 5 stars and in some remote locations we use best available properties. The hotels we choose for our tours have private facilities, are centrally located, close to the attractions, restaurants and whenever possible, full of local character as we believe this makes a huge difference to your travel experience.

Tourist Class Hotels (3 Stars)

These properties deliver a broad range of amenities that exceed above-average accommodation needs. Good quality service, design and physical attributes are typically fit for purpose to match guest expectations.

Tourist Superior Hotels (4 Stars)

These hotels achieve a great guest experience. A wide range of facilities and superior design qualities are typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest.

First Class Hotels (5 Stars)

Properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests will enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised services. Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.

Our Tours & Transfers

In line with our policy of practising responsible tourism, who better to show you than someone born and raised in the area. A local guide has an understanding of the culture with great connections within the community and an insider view of the region. Besides historical facts, our local guides will point you in the right direction of hidden highlights and more‌

Our Seat In Coach Services (SIC or SIB) are the basis of the land services of our independent tours. The services will be shared with other travelers so you can save. Your services will be led by English speaking guides unless otherwise requested or specified. Our Private Services are provided exclusively for you and your travelling party. These services are personalised to your needs whenever possible. In some remote locations, a driver only service may be used to cut costs.

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Partner Airlines

It is our policy to use airlines with strong reputation for service, punctuality and reliability. Our trips to Latin America feature two of the worldclass airlines: LATAM Airlines and Qantas Airways. We also offer excellent air-passes within Latin America. Speak to one of us and we will be able to suggest the best possible add-on fares at a good value for money.

Early Payment Discount Book and pay in full by the required date and benefit from some great savings. The sooner you pay, the more you can save... Conditions: 4-6 Months in advance 7-9 Months in advance 10-12 Months in advance Over 12 Months in advance

Tulum Ruins, Riviera Maya, Mexico

$100 pp $200 pp $300 pp $400 pp

* Conditions Apply: Discount applies to multi-country tours only. Tours must be booked and paid in full by the required date for the discount to apply. The discount does not apply to pre- or post tour accommodation, extra sight-seeing excursions and/or extra flights. Can not be combined with any other promotion.

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Hand Picked Properties

Casa Pestagua - Cartagena

Casa Macoris, Casas del Siglo XVI - Santo Domingo

Bristol Hotel - Panama City

Hacienda Los Laureles - Oaxaca

This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Casa Pestagua Boutique Hotel is set in an impressive 18th-century aristocratic mansion belonging to the Count of Pestagua. It offers 11 exclusive suites, a rooftop hydromassage tub and a luxurious spa. The classical suites at Casa Pestagua are filled with antique furniture and have marble en suite bathrooms and ornamental beds. All are equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV and more....

Casas del XVI is a luxurious new concept in boutique hotels, located in the heart of Santo Domingo’s Colonial City, site of the first permanent European settlement in the New World. Here, the beautiful historic setting and colonial charm combine with modern comfort and distinguished hospitality. It is an experience that will renew your spirit and move your soul long after your stay has ended. Experience luxurious accommodations and more...

Discover a destination of unique privilege in the heart of Panama City’s Financial District, where contemporary luxury, gourmet Panamanian cuisine, timeless design and architecture merge to create a one-of-a-kind travel experience. From the moment you arrive at The Bristol Panama Hotel in Panama City, you will enjoy a stay distinguished by well-appointed accommodations, as well as five-star luxury and sophistication.

Hacienda Los Laureles Oaxaca is a delightful refuge, nestling amidst aging cypresses and colourful gardens in the heart of this provincial district, close the ruins of San Felipe del Agua.

Round Hill - Montego Bay

Casa Palopo - Lake Atitlan

Tortuga Bay - Punta Cana

Pink Sands Resort - Harbour Is., Bahamas

Featuring a golden sand beach and a beautiful pool overlooking Montego Bay, this resort is less than 20 minutes from Sangster International Airport. Free Wi-Fi and a choice of dining options are available. An iPod docking station and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee are found in each modern yet exotic room of Round Hill Hotel & Villas. Air conditioning and an iron are also included.

Set in Sololá, Hotel Casa Palopo boasts a garden and terrace. With free WiFi, this hotel has a shared lounge and a bar. Staff on site can arrange airport transfers. At the hotel every room is fitted with a balcony. The rooms have a private bathroom with a bath and free toiletries. All units come with a seating area. There is an in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of French and local dishes and also offers Vegetarian and Vegan options.

Featuring a private beach area in Punta Cana, a swimming pool and rooms with hot tub, this luxury and exclusive resort is located 800 m from the beach and just 5 km from Punta Cana International Airport. The rooms at this AAA Five Diamond Award winner have minimalist style and include a fan, seating area, flat-screen TV and balcony. The kitchens have a coffee maker and microwave, while the bathrooms are private.

T This 20-acre Harbour Island oceanfront resort boasts a freshwater pool, 2 tennis courts, and 4.8 km of pink sand beach. The private cottages feature free Wi-Fi and a stocked minibar. Each bright and airy cottage at Pink Sands Resorts is equipped with an iPod docking station and guests can borrow an iPod with preloaded songs. Cable TV, a DVD player, and a coffee maker are also provided.

Coral Hotel - Tulum

Nima Local House - Mexico City

Casa 1810 - San Miguel de Allende

Oxygen Jungle Villas - Uvita de Osa

Right on the beach of Tulum is the new Coral Tulum by Ana y Jose Hotel. Modern, clean, quiet luxury is what this pretty beachfront hotel offers in good measure. Coral will appeal to the more discerning beachgoer, who wants quality luxury rather than a trendy design hotel. While the hotel is beautifully designed, the design is with comfort always in mind.

Situated in the La Roma district in Mexico City, 1 km from Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, Nima Hotel Boutique features a sun terrace and views of the city. Nima is surrounded by numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, and nightclubs. Each room is uniquely decorated and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, as well as an iPod docking station. They all include a private bathroom and king-sized bed.

Boasting a terrace and a bar, Casa 1810 Hotel Boutique is set in San Miguel de Allende. The property is around a 2-minute walk from Historic Museum of San Miguel de Allende, 200 m from Church of St. Michael the Archangel and 11 km from Sanctuary of Atotonilco. The property features a restaurant and Las Monjas Temple is 100 m away.

Oxygen Jungle Villas is located 5 km from Playa Hermosa Beach and features an infinity pool, sun decks, spa treatments, Indonesian architecture and free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned villas offer modern, tropical-style décor with seating area, safety box, minibar, a king-size bed and a terrace with views of the mountain and the ocean. Beautiful private bathrooms come equipped with a rain shower.

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The boutique hotel rooms, each has a distinct Mexican flavour. Cool whitewashed walls, terracotta floors and wrought-iron furniture lend a rustic authenticity.


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Central America & Caribbean Basin Map

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Grand Bahama Great Abaco

Freeport

Bahamas

MIami Nassau

Eleuthera Is.

Key West Cat Island

Andros

San Salvador

Havana

Great Exuma

Varadero

Long Island

GULF OF MEXICO Cienfuegos

Holbox Is.

Caicos Islands Cockburn Town

Trinidad

Cancun

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Great Inagua Cozumel

Mexico

George Town

Cap Haitien

Santiago

Cayman Islands

Dominican Republic Port-au-Prince

Jamaica

Belize City

Samana

Haiti

Ocho Rios Montego Bay Negril

Puerto Plata

Santo Domingo La Romana

Kingston

Punta Cana

San Juan Puerto Rico

Virgin Is. (US) St.Martin Basseterre St. Kitts & Nevis

Mexico Guatemala

Belize

Virgin Is. (GB)

Anguilla The Valley Saint Barthélemy Antigua and Barbuda St. John’s

Montserrat

Roatan Is.

Guadeloupe

Pointe a Pitre

Basse-Terre La Ceiba Guatemala

Roseau

CARIBBEAN SEA

Honduras

Fort-de-France

Guatemala City Tegucigalpa El Salvador San Salvador

Dominica Martinique

St. Vincent & Castries NIcaragua

Providencia Is.

Aruba Oranjestad

Managua

San Andres Is.

Curaçao

Bonaire Kralendijk

Tayrona Nat. Park Los Roques Is.

Rosario Is.

Trinidad & Tobago Port-au-Spain

Puerto La Cruz

San Bernardo Is.

San Jose

Margarita Is.

Caracas

Cartagena

Costa Rica

Barbados Bridgetown

Grenada St. George’s

Willemstad PACIFIC OCEAN

St. Lucia

the Grenadines Kingstown

Corn Is.

San Blas Panama City Panama

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Archipelago

Venezuela Colombia

Georgetown

Guayana


Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is an architectural marvel that blends seamlessly into the Patagonian pampa. Here, at the ends of the earth, you will enjoy inspiring views of Torres del Paine National Park from every corner of the 40-room lodge. Warm interiors inspired by the local culture, and a welcoming team are there to make you feel right at home. Tierra´s all-inclusive program allows you to explore the surrounding estancias and mountains with some of the best-trained guides around. The lodge´s Uma Spa offers you endless Patagonian views while rejuvenating in its sumptuous interiors.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa is a sun swept 32-room desert oasis in northern Chile. Known for its dramatic architecture and locally inspired interiors the lodge offers a cozy and authentic environment. With Tierra´s all-inclusive program, you can explore the desert landscapes with our guides and, upon return, enjoy delicious meals and Chilean wine under the stars. Tierra Atacama´s Uma Spa is also the ideal place for you to relax and soak up the energy of the desert.

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa The hotel is located amid the blue waters of Chile´s Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the island residents with their deep-rooted culture and timeless traditions. In true Tierra style, the lodge´s distinctive architecture is in-step with its breathtaking surroundings and comes complete with its own boat, the “Williche”, for navigating the inland waters. The property continues in the footsteps of Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia by offering exceptional experiences and personalized service to its guests.

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Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa


Australis Cruises

Hand picked experiences by Travel Projects The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Santiago

Vira Vira Hacienda - Hotel

Alto Atacama

Carefully crafted programs for the discerning traveller with an insider view of Latin America.

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MULTI - COUNTRY TOURS

Vintage car in Havana - Photo by Alexander Kunze

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15 DAY - CUBA & MEXICO TOUR - WCSC15

CUBA & MEXICO : Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Chichen Itza, Izamal, Merida, Valladolid, Tulum & Playa del Carmen. Havana

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Departs: NICARAGUA Fixed departures in 2018: 8Jan, 5Feb, 5Mar, 16Apr, 28May, 2Jul, 6Aug, 17Sep, 5Oct. Highlights: Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Chichen Itza, Izamal, Merida, Valladolid, Tulum & Playa del Carmen. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane and foot. Includes: • Economy Class Airfares from Havana to Cancun. • Meals as per program (10 breakfasts, 2 lunches) • Accommodation: 7 hotel nights in tourist class hotels and 8 nights at home stays. • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entry to sites. • Bilingual tour escort in Cuba and Mexico. • All transfers and local representative assistance.

Tulum Beach, Mexico

Not Included: • Meals not mentiond in the program, • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff and porters, • Any item not mentioned in above list. Seasons: Low: 1May - 14Jul & 25Aug - 31Oct - 2018 Mid: 15Jul - 24Aug - 2018 High: 1Nov17 - 30Apr 2018 Important: Prices are subject to currency fluctuation. Please contact us for updated prices. Not valid during local public holidays and/or events.

itinerary: Day 1: Arrival in Havana After your arrival in Havana, you will be met and assisted at the airport and transferred to the Hotel 4*, where you will spend the first night.

Handicraft near Chichen Itza

This combined adventure offers you the opportunity to explore two fascinating tourist destinations in a varied and exciting trip: Cuba and Mexico. The Caribbean total round trip takes you to the major attractions of both countries; visit to the beautiful tobacco plantations in Cuba’s Vinales Valley and discover cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos, which are infused with colonial charm. Fly to Cancun, in the Yucatan Peninsula and experience the world of the Maya at Chichen Itza and Tulum, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the past of Mexican civilization. Between city tours and excursions there will also be plenty of time to relax...

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Day 2: Havana Explore the historic centre of Havana - Habana Vieja - on a guided tour, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. The city’s historic flair is omnipresent in the old town’s maze of tiny streets. Visit the modern part of Havana in the afternoon.Accommodation at Hotel 4* or similar.(B)

Day 9: Chichén Itzá - Izamal - Merida Today you will get to experience an informative tour of the amazing archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Continue to Izamal, a colonial city, which was declared “Pueblo Mágico“ (magical place). Time to explore Merida. Accommodation at Hotel Dolores Alba Merida.(B)

Day 3: Havana – Pinar del Río – Viñales After breakfast you will head westward. You will stop and visit a “Casa del Veguero” (house of a tobacco farmer) surrounded by lush tobacco fields in the famous Vinales Valley. You will also visit the “Cueva del Indio”. Overnight in Vinales at a HomeStay.(B)

Day 10: Mérida Free day to explore the area on your own. Stroll through the streets of Mérida or go on an optional excursion to Celestun Biosphere Reserve on the Atlantic Coast, famous for its colony of pink flamingos. Accommodation at Hotel Dolores Alba in Merida.(B)

Day 4: Viñales - Cienfuegos Trip to sunny Cienfuegos, one of the liveliest and most beautiful cities in Cuba. On your way, you will stop at the Bay of Pigs where you will go on a boat tour of the Laguna del Tresoro, located amid numerous canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Overnight at Hotel Jagua or similar. (B)

Day 11: Mérida - Valladolid Today you will drive to Valladolid, a colonial city, which is also classified as a “Pueblo Mágico“. During a guided city tour of this extraordinary city you will be shown the most important highlights. Overnight at Hotel Maria de la Luz. (B)

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad Today’s journey will bring you to Trinidad. A colonial city which was founded in 1514 and declared world heritage site by the UNESCO. On your way to Trinidad you will go on an enjoyable excursion to El Cubano Park, which is located in the National Park of Topes de Collantes. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Overnight at Home-Stay.(B,L)

Day 12: Valladolid - Tulum Today you will go to the beautiful cliffside Maya city of Tulum. There is a spectacular view of the ocean from this archaeological site. Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the idyllic Caribbean coast. Overnight at Hotel Villa Tulum. (B)

Day 6: Trinidad Walking tour of the colonial old town including the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. In the afternoon time to enjoy the Caribbean sea and relax under palm trees. Accommodation at Home-Stay.(B)

Trinidad, Cuba

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Day 7: Trinidad - Havana After breakfast you will head back to Havana. On the way, you will stop in Santa Clara, where you will visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Enjoy your last evening in Havana as you see fit. Accommodation at Hotel 4*. (B) Day 8: Havana - Cancun - Chichen Itza Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cancun. Meet and assist in Cancun and transfer to Chichen Itza. Overnight at Hotel Dolores Alba Chichen Itza.(B)

Day 13: Tulum - Playa del Carmen Spend the whole day at the beach if you like, swimming or relaxing in the shade. Overnight at Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A. (B) Day 14: Playa del Carmen Free day for optional activities. Accommodation at Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A.(B) Day 15: Depart Playa del Carmen At convenient time, transfer to Cancun airport for your onward/return flight.(B)

PRICES Tourist Class:

Twin Share: Low: From $3,790 pp Mid: From $3,910 pp High: From $4,462 pp Single Supp: From $1,086

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Citadel of Tikal, Guatemala.


46 DAY - CENTRAL AMERICAN EXPLORER - CAETP46

MEXICO, BELIZE, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA & PANAMA : Riviera Maya, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Tikal, Antigua, Chichicastenango, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Copan, Roatan Is., Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero, Bocas del Toro, El Boquete, Coiba Is...

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Cancun. 2

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Playa del Carmen

Tulum

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Tulum Ruins, Mexico

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Granada, Nicaragua

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Blue Hole Coral Reef, Belize

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FACT FINDER Departs: Weekly departures, ideally on Thursdays.

itinerary:

Highlights: Riviera Maya, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Tikal Citadel, Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan, Copan Ruins, Roatan Is., Volcanos, Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Is., Rincon de la Vieja, Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Cahuita Nat. Park, Bocas del Toro, El Boquete, Coiba Is. and more... Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot. Includes: • Flights from Tikal to Guatemala City & Roatan Is. to Tegucigalpa. • Meals as per progr am (45 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides • Entry to sites • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Air ticket taxes & surcharges, • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff • Any item not mentioned in the inclusions list. Important: This tour can be sold as a 46 day program or in modules. Contact us for more info.

La Merced Church, Antigua.

Cave Tubing in San Ignacio, Belize

Toucan

Be enchanted on this journey of 44 eventful days in Mexico & Central America. Fantastic palm fringed beaches, unique awe inspiring nature, archaeological sites and its hospitable people. These, mostly small countries between the Caribbean and the Pacific, each with its own character. Mexico’s rich historical, archaeological and cultural past. Guatemala’s living Mayan culture, Belize’s jungle and underwater world. Panama is best known for its historical events, the Panama Canal and the unique San Blas Archipelago. Costa Rica, with its diverse national parks, is the green pearl of Central America. Nicaragua is popular for its originality and colourful and well-preserved colonial architecture and more…

Day 1, Arrive in Cancun, transfer to Playa del Carmen. Day 2, Full day of Chichen Itza Ruins. Day 3, Transfer to Tulum, rest of day at leisure. Day 4, Free day to enjoy the beach. Day 5, Bus to Chetumal, Water Taxi to Caye Caulker. Day 6, Free day for optional diving or snorkelling. Day 7, Water taxi to Belize City, bus to San Ignacio. Day 8, Day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves. Day 9, Bus accross the border to Tikal in Guatemala. Day 10, Morning visit of Tikal Ruins, afternoon flight to Guatemala City. Day 11, Chichicastenango Market Excursion, overnight. Day 12, Visit Solola Market, continue to Panajachel, overnight. Day 13, Boat excursion in Lake Atitlan, continue to Antigua. Day 14, Antigua city tour, afternoon free. Day 15, Transfer to Copan in Honduras. Day 16, Morning visit to Copan Ruins. Day 17, Transfer to coastal town of La Ceiba, overnight. Day 18, Ferry to Roatan Island, overnight. Day 19, Free day for diving or snorkelling. Day 20, Fly to Tegucigalpa, cross the border by bus to Leon in Nicaragua. Day 21, Leon city tour and Cerro Negro Volcano. Day 22, Transfer to Granada via Managua. Day 23, Free day for optional activities. Day 24, Bus to San Jorge, ferry to Ometepe Is. Day 25, Ometepe Island Tour, overnight. Day 26, Ferry back to San Jorge, bus accross the border to Costa Rica. Day 27, Morning waterfall excursion at Rincon de la Vieja. Day 28, Shuttle transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Day 29, Morning excursion to Monteverde’s hanging bridges. Day 30,

Drive via Tilaran to Arenal Volcano. Day 31, Trip to Cano Blanco, water taxi to Tortuguero. Day 32, Tortuguero Lodge activities. Day 33, Water taxi to Cano Blanco, van to San Jose. Day 34, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Salamanca, overnight. Day 35, Visit Chauita National Park. Day 36, Cross the border, water taxi to Bocas del Toro in Panama. Day 37, Free day for optional activities. Day 38, Shuttle transfer to El Boquete. Day 39, Mountain Safari w/lunch, overnight. Day 40, Free day for optional activities. Day 41, Drive through the mountains to Santa Catalina. Day 42, Boat trip to Coiba Is. w/ lunch. Day 43, Shuttle transfer to Panama City. Day 44, Panama City Tour and Miraflores Locks. Day 45, Visit the Emberas Indian Community. Day 46, Depart Panama City. End of Services. Important: This tour includes some transfers by local public buses/ferries, especially in Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

PRICES Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $16,782 pp Single Supp: From $7,649 Important: This tour can be sold as a 46 day program or in modules. Contact us for more info.

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Luxury Caribbean Cruises

ALL EXCLUSIVE

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Caribbean Beach


7 DAY - LUXURY CRYSTAL YACHT EXPEDITION CRUISES - CCTP

CARIBBEAN SEA: Marigot Bay, Saint Martin, Anguilla, Saba, Antigua & Barbuda, St Barts, Anegada, Scrub Island, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and more...

Moskito Island

ATLANTIC OCEAN

MARIGOT Gustavia Saba Basseterre South Friars Bay CARIBBEAN SEA

Pinney's Falmouth Beach Habour

ITINERARIES

Departs: Weekly on Sundays, ex Marigot Bay. Saint Martin (French Part).

Itinerary 2 - Day 1 Evening embark at Marigot Bay, St Martin. Day 2 Rendezvous Bay, Montserrat. Day 3 Saba, Dutch West Indies. Day 4 Gustavla, St Barts. Day 5 Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. Day 6 Basseterre and South Friars Bay, St Kitts. Day 7 Pinney’s Beach, Nevis. Day 8 Marigot Bay, St Martin.

Crystal Espirit Cruise.

Departures 2018: 18Nov, 2Dec, 16Dec Note: departure, arrival times and order of ports subject to change without notice based on weather/sea conditions.

UNRIVALLED WATER PLAY Crystal Esprit’s marina platform puts the crystalline waters of the West Indies right at your toes; a complimentary invitation to jump in and swim, snorkel, paddle board and kayak on top-of-the-line equipment with expert instruction.

CRYSTAL SERVICE Hand-selected officers and crew from the award-winning ranks of Crystal Cruises, and from other boutique hospitality venues around the world, fully engage guests in the Crystal Yachting Experience, striking the perfect balance of exacting professionalism and friendly camaraderie.

THRILLING ADVENTURE Exclusive to Crystal, our optional “water toys” include a Wider 32 speedboat, whisking you off on high-adrenaline adventures!

Departure Dates 2018 - 11Nov, 25Nov, 09Dec Itinerary 3 - Day 1 Evening embark at Marigot Bay. Day 2 Gustavla, St Barts. Day 3 Anegada, British Virgin Islands and Scrub Island. Day 4 Scrub Island and Great Harbor Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Day 5 Great Harbor Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands and White Bay, Peter Island. Day 6 White Bay, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda and Gorda Sound, British Virgin Islands. Day 7 Gorda Sound and Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands. Day 8 Marigot Bay, St Martin.

EASY ELEGANCE Gorgeous interiors and inviting social spaces are designed to Crystal’s All Exclusive standards of service, space, quality and choices. And while the ambience on board is characterised by Crystal’s unique understanding of luxury, the ultimate indulgence lies in the yacht’s relaxed, unregimented pace.

*Optional submersible and complimentary marina equipment use is based on destinations’ local rules and regulations and the discretion of the captain due to weather and sea conditions.

Departure Dates 2018 - 04Feb, 11Feb, 18Feb, 25Feb, 04Mar, 11Mar, 18Mar, 25Mar, 01Apr, 08Apr.

The Patio Cafe on Crystal Espirit.

All Suite Luxury on Crystal Espirit.

Welcome to the most exciting new luxury experience in the islands. Departing every Sunday from Marigot Bay. The beautiful new boutique hotel offers itineraries to some of the world’s most exclusive yachting harbours.

Per Person, Twin Share

THE CRYSTAL YACHTING EXPERIENCE Designed for adventurous travellers seeking active and cultured experiences, Crystal Esprit offers a brand-new cruise alternative. Small enough to sail to exotic bucket-list destinations, you’ll enjoy a host of complimentary excursions and amenities in a very intimate and personalised manner.

EXHILARATING DISCOVERY Indulge in the ultimate thrill aboard Crystal Esprit’s very own state-of-theart deep-sea submersible*, a Crystal exclusive. Hosted by a certified pilot, this optional adventure dives to depths of up to a thousand feet, exploring Technicolor underwater worlds in the West Indies.

Itinerary 1 - Day 1 Evening (9pm) embark at Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Day 2 Moskito Island, BVI. Day 3 Saba, Dutch West Indies. Day 4 Gustavla, St. Barts. Day 5 Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. Day 6 Basseterre, St Kitts; Coconut Grove, Nevis, Saint Kitts; South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts and Orient Bay, Saint Martin Day 7 Pinney’s Beach, Nevis. Day 8 Marigot, St Martin.

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MEET CRYSTAL ESPRIT The Crystal Esprit offers an intimate and elegant enclave while welcoming just 62 sophisticated adventurists in all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations. The yacht’s unique size brings guests to the very doorstep of some of the world’s most exclusive shores, allowing for incomparable personalised experiences.

ALL SUITE LUXURY Each yacht suite features a plush king or queen-size bed made up with the finest linens under an elegant tufted leather headboard. Aside from the spectacular views, other appointments include a bedside iPad and digital directory, and two spacious closets custom-designed with integrated lighting. INSPIRED DINING Imaginative cuisine of Michelin-level envy. Lavish culinary presentations inspired by the flavours of lands explored. Classic specialties and innovative tasting menus. Crystal Esprit’s dining experience is savored in casually elegant, open-seating venues designed to celebrate food, wine and conversation. EXOTIC DESTINATIONS Itineraries are designed to complement the yachting experience, often island-hopping to multiple locales in a single day, or remaining at anchor in gorgeous harbours by night. Crystal Esprit offers unrivalled choices for cultured discovery along the Adriatic and active water play in the West Indies.

Sand-shop your way to sun-soaked islands where weathered fortresses stand guard, Drop anchor near sugar white beaches. Dive the vibrant coral reefs. Step ashore to hobnob with the hipsters on ritzy St. Barts and savour French/ Creole cuisine on Nevis while sunsets torch the sky in a blaze of fiery reds. Or succumb to the irrisistible allure of the British Virgin Islands, an international hotspot for sun-seekers and sailors. We invite you to experience the Caribbean area with us: Crystal Cruises.

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MEXICO TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Area: 1,958,200 sq km (758,866 sq mi) Population: 100,350,000 (growth rate 1.53%) Capital City: Mexico City (22 million people) Language: Spanish and 59 indigenous languages Government: Federal Republic People: Approximately 60% mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian descent) and 30% Amerindian (indígena – including Nahua, Maya, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Totonacs, and Tarascos or Purépecha) Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 6% Protestant Electricity: 110V, 60Hz Weights and measures: Metric WHEN TO GO Mexico is enjoyable year-round, but October to May is generally the most pleasant time to visit. The May-September period can be hot and humid, particularly in the south, and inland temperatures can approach freezing during December-February. Facilities are often heavily booked during Semana Santa (the week before Easter) and Christmas/New Year, the peak domestic travel periods. Mexico’s climate has something for everyone: it’s hot and humid along the coastal plains, and drier and more temperate at higher elevations inland (Guadalajara or Mexico City, for example). Try to avoid Mexico’s southern coast between July and September – the resorts are decidedly soggy and jam-packed, as July-August is also the peak holiday months for foreign visitors.

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Our Lady of Remedies Church in Puebla & Popocatépetl Volcano


6, 9 & 12 DAY - MEXICO TOURS - MTTP

From $1,374 Per Person, Twin Share

MEXICO: Mexico’s Viceregal Cities, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas & The Copper Canyon.

GREAT MEXICO TOUR

COPPER CANYON

This Tour captures Mexico’s diverse offerings in one trip. Visit Puebla on the way to the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca, gateway to the Monte Alban archaeological ruins. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas via El Sumidero Canyon. Visit the Indian towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. The tour then heads south toward Palenque via Campeche, one of the prime and most important sites of the “Mayan World”. In the Yucatan Peninsula, we will visit Uxmal, Merida and Chichen Itza before getting to Cancun where the tour concludes.

Crossing the Sierra Tarahumara is the famed Chihuahua al Pacífico railway. Acclaimed as an engineering marvel, the 624km (387-mile) railroad has 39 bridges -- the highest is more than 300m (984 ft.) above the Chinipas River, and the longest is about.5km long and 86 tunnels, including one that stretches more than 1.5km long. It climbs from Los Mochis, at sea level, up nearly 2,425m (7,954 ft.) through some of Mexico’s most magnificent scenery - thick pine forests, jagged peaks, and shadowy canyons - before descending to the city of Chihuahua.

12 Days/11 Nights

Guanajuato

COLONIAL CHARM TOUR 9 Days/8 Nights If you are interested in art, architecture, history and culture, there is no better way to enjoy these pursuits than to follow the Spanish silver mining route and visit Mexico’s Colonial cities on this tour.

Itinerary: (Sat-Fixed departures, call for dates) Day1, Arrive in Mexico City, Day 2, Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour, Day 3, Trip to Oaxaca via Puebla, Day 4, Montealban Ruins, Day 5, Exc. Mitla & Tehuantepec. Day 6, Sumidero Canyon, continue to San Cristobal, Natives Towns, Day 7, Visit Natives Town. Day 8, Agua Azul Waterfalls continue to Palenque, Day 9, Palenque Ruins continue to Campeche, Day 10, Uxmal Ruins, continue to Merida, Day 11, Chichen Itza continue to Cancun, Day 12, Depart Cancun.

Visit the colonial jewels of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Queretaro amongst others, constitute the Colonial Heartland of Mexico. All once wealthy mining towns, much of Mexico’s colonial life took place here. The towns still retain their impressive architecture and cobbled streets perfect for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. Steeped in history, the whispers calling for Mexican Independence began in this region. Itinerary (Tue-Fixed departures, call for dates) Day 1, Transfer in Mexico City Airport to hotel. Day 2, Excursion to Queretaro and onto San Miguel de Allende. Day 3, Travel to Guanajuato through Dolores Hidalgo. Day 4, Excursion to Zacatecas. Day 5, Travel to Guadalajara & visit Tlaquepaque. Day 6, City tour of Guadalajara & Tequila. Day 7, Transfer excursion to Morelia via Patzcuaro. Day 8, City tour of Morelia, continue onto Mexico City. Day 9, Transfer out hotel to Mexico City Airport. Prices: (Fixed departures, call for dates) From AU$1,604 pp twin. Single Supp. U$704 Includes: Sightseeing as per program, entry fees to sites, 8 breakfasts, accommodation in tourist class hotels, bilingual guides.

6 Days/5 Nights

Xochimilco Canals, Mexico City

Prices: From AU$3,260 pp twin, Single Supp. AU$1,227 Includes: Sightseeing as per program, entry fees, 11 breakfasts, accommodation in tourist class hotels, bilingual guides.

Itinerary: Day 1, Transfer in Los Mochis Airport to Hotel. Day 2, Board Train to Bahuichivo & transfer to Cerocahui. Day 3, Morning excursion to Gallego’s Canyon. Then board train to Posada Barrancas. Day 4, Excursion to Divisadero & Piedra Volador. Take train to Creel. Day 5, Morning free to explore. Afternoon train to Chihuahua. Day 6, Transfer out hotel to Chihuahua Airport Prices: From AU$1,374 pp twin Single Supp. AU$629 Includes: Sightseeing as per program, entry fees to sites, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, hotels in tourist class hotels, bilingual guides.

Chihuahua 1 1 Creel

Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula

Copper Canyon, Sinaloa

1

1

1 Divisadero

MEXICO

Cerocahui

Los Mochis

Mexico is one of Latin America’s most vibrant and entertaining destinations, with a huge diversity of historical, cultural and natural attractions. Across Mexico, in villages and cities, and in mountains, tropical coasts, and jungle settings, enchanting surprises await travelers. These might take the form of a fantastic small-town festival, delightful dining in a memorable restaurant, or even a stretch of road through heavenly countryside.

Guadalajara 2

Morelia 1

1

Gulf of Mexico

Zacatecas

CUBA 1 Guanajuato

Merida

1 San Miguel Allende

Talavera pottery, Oaxaca

Commemorate the dead on Isla Janitzio, cruise the canals of Xochimilco, dip into an ancient cenote, discover Mexico’s living Maya culture, Dive off Cozume, experience the equinox at Chichén-Itzá, find your own personal beach paradise, greet the dawn at Tulum,plunge into the mayhem of Mexico City, shop for silver in Taxco, tour the colourful talavera tiles of Puebla and more.

Campeche

Puebla

Great Mexico Tour Colonial Charm Tour Copper Canyon

1 Cancun

1

Mexico City 1

Chichen Itza

1

Uxmal Ruins

Palenque Oaxaca

2

Sumidero Canyon

1 2

Indian Towns

BELIZE

San Cristobal de las Casas

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

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COSTA RICA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Area: 51,100 sq km (19,929 sq mi) Population: 3.8 million Capital City: San JosÊ (pop 340,000) Language: Spanish, Creole English and Indian dialects Government: Democracy People: 96% Spanish descent, 2% African descent, 1% indigenous Indians, 1% Chinese Religion: 85% Roman Catholic, 14% Protestant Visae and health: For information on Visae and health requirements, please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time: GMT/UTC minus 6 hours Electricity: 110V, 60 Hz Weights and measures: Metric WHEN TO GO As far as climate goes, the late-December to mid-April dry season is the most pleasant. But of course, this is when everyone else goes to Costa Rica, so prices are up and hotels are full. Although some roads are impassable in the wet season, it’s still worthwhile to visit at this time, and things are much quieter. April, May and mid-October to mid-December should give you the best of both worlds.

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Poas Volcano


5, 8, 11 DAY - COSTA RICA TOURS - CRT-ATV

From $1,710

Per Person, Twin Share

COSTA RICA: Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monterverde National Park, Sarapiqui, Rio San Carlos, Drake Bay & Corcovado National Park.

POPULAR TOURS

Three-Toed Sloth

COSTA RICA WILDLIFE PARADISE 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Tortuguero National Park

Resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is an adventure-seekers paradise. Drake Bay is lined by palm trees and named after the pirate Sir Francis Drake, is located in the north of Osa Peninsula, at about 19.5 Kilometres distance from the San Pedrillo entrance to Corcovado National Park.

Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in San Jose, Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Day 2: San Jose/Drake Bay, Fly to Drake Bay airstrip and boat ride to Punta Marenc. (B,L,D), Day 3: Corcovado National Park Hiking tour through the most biologically intense place on earth, arrive by boat at the Park entrance at San Pedrillo, before walking into the jungle where you will be surrounded by the untamed wildlife.(B,L,D) Day 4: Cano Island, Boat excursion, to the precious Caño Island in the Pacific Ocean. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, the Caño Island offers some of the most exciting sea life in the world. (B,L,D) Day 5:Depart Drake Bay, Boat transfer to the airstrip in Drake Bay for your flight back to San Jose. End of Services. (B)

Prices: From AU$1,835 pp twin Single Supp. On Request Includes: All land and boat transfers, flight San Jose/Drake Bay/San Jose, 1 hotel night and 3 night at Punta Marenco Lodge with 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

COSTA RICA NATURE ADVENTURE

COSTA RICA PARADISE

The best combination of the Caribbean lowlands at Tortuguero National Park with Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A tour packed with nature.

Costa Rica is renowned for having proportionately more protected land than any other country, making it ripe for wildlife tourism.

8 Days/7 Nights

Here, time seems to have no meaning; it is here that you are taken into a world of pure rainforest, magnificent beaches, and adventurous boat trips and into a jungle lodge that offers rustic comfort at an absolute remote place.

Travel from San Jose through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals of Tortuguero, then fly back to San Jose and on a scenic drive to Arenal Volcano. Continue to incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve before returning to San Jose. Oxcart in Sarchi, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park

Valparaiso Humpback Whale, Cano Island

This small, breathtakingly beautiful country is a laid-back and peaceful democratic republic (there is no army), without much of an indigenous culture or colonial heritage but exuding a warm, authentic Latin personality. Costa Rica is a treasure trove for the nature-lover. Separating the lowlands facing the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean there is a range of active and dormant volcanoes surrounded by mountain cloud forest, lowland tropical jungle and savannah grasslands and more. Beach-lovers staying along the Pacific Coast should head to Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula’s palm-fringed coastline for sun and surf. Nature-seekers staying in the Northern Plains or along the Caribbean coast should pay a visit to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before venturing inland to zip line above Monteverde’s Cloud Rainforest and hike Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in San José, Day 2 Drive through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast. Continue by boat to Tortuguero, Days 3 A full day of activities may begin with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an optional early morning tour to experience the awakening of Tortuguero wildlife, Day 4 Scenic drive to Arenal and opportunity to swim at waterfalls, Day 5 Visit the Arenal Volcano, Day 6 Morning hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon free, Day 7 In San José visit the Ecological Farm, Day 8 Depart San Jose

Prices: From AU$1,710 pp twin Single Supp. AU$715 Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1dinner, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, accommodation in hotels and lodges.

11 Days/10 Nights

What is less known is the marvellous, often bizarre variety of animals from catatonic sloths, screaming Howler monkeys, screeching toucans and nesting Green turtles. Throw in the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and it is easy to see why so many return. Itinerary: Day1 Arrive in San Jose, Day 2 Visit Tirimbina Nature Reserve, continue to Sarapiqui Day 3 Travel through the lowlands to Laguna del Lagarto, Day 4 Discover the unspoilt jungle of Rio San Carlos rainforest, Day 5 Drive through the Central Mountains to Arenal, Day 6 Hike around Arenal volcano, continue to Rincon de la Vieja, Day 7 Visit mud-pools, geysers at Rincon de la Vieja, Day 8 Morning trip to Monteverde, Day 9 Visit the suspended bridges at Monteverde Cloud Forest, Day 10 Drive to San Jose for overnight, Day 11 Depart San Jose. .

Prices: From AU$2,205 pp twin Single Supp. AU$1,364

Includes: All transfers, all breaakfasts, one dinner, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, accommodation in hotels and lodges, San Jose city tour, Chocolate tour, Rainforrest San carlos, Walkways of Rincon and Monteverde.

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GUATEMALA TOURS

Chichicastenango Market.

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Area: 109,000 sq km (42,500 sq mi) Population: 12.6 million (growth rate 2.6%) Capital City: Guatemala City (pop 2 million) Language: Spanish, Garífuna and 21 Mayan languages Government: Democratic People: 56% mestizo/ladino descent, 44% Mayan descent Religion: Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Mayan-Catholic fusion Visae and health: For information on Visae and health requirements, please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Electricity: 115V to 125V, 60Hz Weights and measures: Metric WHEN TO GO The dry season, from November through May, is the most pleasant time, weather-wise, to be in Guatemala. Along with summer holidays, however, this is also the busiest time. Although the rain may restrict some activities during the wet season, it’s still worthwhile planning your trip for this time of year, particularly as you’ll be more likely to pick up accommodation bargains. If you’re planning to be in the area around Easter, try to be in Guatemala for Semana Santa (Holy Week), the highlight of the country’s festival calendar.

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MEXICO

Tikal

BELIZE

Flores

Caribbean Sea

El Ceibal

GUATEMALA Coban Chichicastenango Quetzaltenango Pacific Ocean

Guatemala City

Livingston Rio Dulce

Puerto Barrios

Quirigual Copan (Honduras)

Antigua EL SALVADOR Colourful Guatemala Guatemala Highlands Heart of the Mayan World

HONDURAS


9 DAY - GUATEMALA TOURS - GTCT

From $1,048 Per Person, Twin Share

GUATEMALA: Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, San Francisco El Alto, Santiago Atitlan, Antigua, Fores, Tikal Ceibal, Quirigua, Rio Dulce, Livingston & Copan. HEART OF THE MAYAN WORLD 8 Days/ 7 Nights

POPULAR TOURS

A great tour for those who want to access Guatemala from Mexico (Cancun). Travel through the Peten rainforest and visit the imposing ruins of Tikal; Discover the smaller, but no less intriguing sites of Yaxha, Ceibal and Quirigua.

Weaver in Chiapas

In Honduras appreciate one of one of the grandest of all city-states: Copan, famed for its intricate sculptures and hieroglyphic stairway. Crossing the border back into Guatemala, transfer to Guatemala City for overnight before your transfer to the airport for your flight out. Itinerary: (Starts on Sundays) Day 01: Arrive in Flores Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Day 02: Flores/Ceibal/Flores Morning tour of Ceibal Ruins, afternoon free (B) Day 03: Flores/Yaxha/Flores Visit Yaxha Ruins. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations. (B) Day 04: Flores/Tikal/Flores Sightseeing archaeological site of Tikal. After lunch transfer back to Flores for overnight accommodations.(B,L) Day 05: Flores/Rio Dulce/Livingston/Puerto Barrios Transfer to Rio Dulce, upon arrival join the launch excursion to the San Felipe Castle, and then continue to Livingston . In the afternoon, continue to Puerto Barrios for overnight accommodations. (B) Day 06:Puerto Barrios/Quirigua/Copan Visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. In the afternoon proceed to Copan , Honduras for overnight. (B) Day 07: Copan/Guatemala city After breakfast you will return to visit the archaeological site of Copan . In the afternoon return to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations. (B) Day 08: Depart Guatemala City Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B)

Prices: From AU$1,801 pp twin Single Supp. AU$520 Includes: All land transfers, accommodation in tourist class hotels, all breakfasts. 1 lunch, sightseeing tours such as: Ceibal, Tikal and Yaxha Ruins, trip to Livingston, Rio Dulce, Copan and Quirigua Ruins.

COLOURFUL GUATEMALA

GUATEMALA HIGHLANDS

The Highlands region is an outstanding cultural universe. Its inhabitants, belonging to the Maya Kaqchiquel, Tzutujil, and Quiché groups, keep alive their cultures, the manifestations of which can be admired by the visitor. The greater part of the towns around Lake Atitlan are of pre-Hispanic origin, such as Santiago Atitlán and its old settlement, Chuitinamit, but the layout now goes back to the Colonial period. Today, few markets in the world are as famous as the Chichicastenango market where thousands of people come together on Thursdays and Sundays in an impressive spectacle which goes beyond mere trading.

A little more leisurely discovery of the highlands of Guatemala and its traditional Maya culture. Glance at the traditional highland Indian market of Chichicastenango and visit lake Atitlan. Overnight in Antigua, the former Spanish-colonial capital, founded in 1543 at the foot of Agua Volcano and a center of art and culture for all the Americas.

Itinerary: (Starts on Tuesdays) Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Visit Las Ilusiones Museum in La Democracia, continue to Chichicastenango, Days 3 Chichicastenango Market, drive to Quetzaltenango, Day 4 Market of San Francisico El Alto, San Andres Church, continue to Panajachel, Day 5 Launch excursion to Santiago Atitlan, continue to Antigua, Day 6 Antigua City Tour, transfer to the Guatemala City, Day 7 Depart Guatemala City.

Itinerary: (Starts on Wednesdays) Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful openair Market Day 3 Solola Indian Market, continue to Panajachel, Day 4 Lauch excursion to Santiago Atitlan, continue to Antigua, Day 5 Morning city tour of Antigua, drive to Guatemala City, Day 6 At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. .

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Antigua Cathedral, Guatemala

Santo Tomas Chruch, Chichicastenango

San Juan Chamula Festival.

Exotic Guatemala lies at the heart of the Mayan world. It’s a country steeped in history, proud of its traditions and culture, with breath-taking scenery. There are vivacious markets and volcanic landscapes, mystical lakes, and tropical jungle embracing ruined pre-Conquest Mayan settlements. The old Spanish capital of Antigua has shady plazas, and colonial houses and courtyards bursting with bougainvillea. A few hours’ drive up into the highlands is exquisite Lake Atitlán, surrounded by forest-cloaked volcanoes. From the must-visit, world-famous archaeological marvels of the Maya, to its pristine jungle reserves, endless hiking opportunities, and a mix of modern cities, colonial towns, and tiny villages, many with still-intact ancient traditions from long before the days of Columbus.

La Merced Church, Antigua

Prices: From AU$1,133 pp twin Single Supp. AU$512

Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, sightseeing tours such as: Chchi Market, Open-air market of Santo Tomas, Launch Exc. to Lake Atitlan, Antigua city tourentry fees to sites, accommodation in hotels and lodges.

6 Days/5 Nights

The Highlands region is an outstanding cultural universe. Its inhabitants, belonging to the Maya Kaqchiquel, Tzutujil, and Quiché groups, keep alive their cultures, the manifestations of which can be admired by the visitor.

Prices: From AU$1,048 pp twin Single Supp. AU$484

Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, sightseeing tours such as: Chchi market, Solola Market, Launch Exc. in Lake Atitlan and Antigua city tour, entry fees to sites, accommodation in hotels and lodges.

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PANAMA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Population: 3,608,431 (July 2014 est.) Area: 75,420 sq km Capital City: Panama City Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica Climate: Tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season (May to January), short dry season (January to May) Currency: Panama Balboas. Language: Spanish (official), indigenous languages (including Ngabe, Bugle, Kuna, Embera, Wounaan, Naso Tjerdi, and Bri Bri) Electricity: 110v Religion: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15% WHEN TO GO Panama’s main tourist season is from December to April which is the dry season. During the rainy season the weather is hot and humid making the air quite oppressive. Rainfall occurs in short sudden downpours which help to refresh the air. The dry season is generally the most comfortable time for any active hiking and the Darién Gap can be only be crossed at this time. Carnaval is celebrated in Panama City and the Península de Azuero each year, the weekend before Ash Wednesday and Panama City hosts on of the largest in the world.

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Kuna Women in San Blas Islands,


3, 4 & 5 DAY - PANAMA TOURS - PTTP

From $895 Per Person, Twin Share

PANAMA: Panama City, San Blas Archipelago, Emberas Communities, Harpy Eagle Trail. Caribbean Sea

POPULAR TOURS

Embera Community

COSTA RICA

San Blas Islands

Colon Panama City PANAMA

Pacific Ocean Darien Ethnic Expedition Panama City Classic San Blas Islands

COLOMBIA

SAN BLAS ISLANDS 3 Days/ 2 Nights

The Kuna have preserved everything about their way of life that makes them special: Native dress, arts & crafts, language, and a large unspoiled environment. We invite you to join us in exploring their magnificent land and culture!

Kuna woman with Mola Textile

Itinerary: Day 1: Kuna Yala – San Blas Archipelago Early morning 25- 40-minute flight to San Blas Archipelago airstrip on Panama’s Atlantic Coast. Then a motorized dugout canoe will transfer you to the rustic but very charming San Blas lodge of your choice*. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Kuna India’s main community. Enjoy beautiful beaches on the nearby islands!. Lunch and dinner feature fresh San Blas seafood. (BLD) Our favourite accommodations in San Blas are: Yandup Lodge, Dolphin Lodge, DadIbe Lodge. Day 2: Caribbean reef snorkeling Rent (or bring your own) snorkeling gear to explore the beautiful reefs in San Blas, relax on white- sand beaches or in a hammock under the palm trees. (BLD) Day 3: Panama City - Early in the morning return to Panama City. Your afternoon will be free for relaxation or shopping at your leisure.

Prices: From AU$895 pp twin Single Supp. - On Request Includes: All land transfers, accommodation in basic lodges, with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, Domestic flight Panama City/San Blas/Panama City, boat tour in the islands.

PANAMA CITY CLASSIC

DARIEN ETHNIC EXPEDITION

This trip lets you see prime locations in Panama City and its surroundings and also gives you plenty of time to explore the city. First you’ll get to know Panama City:

Experience a Jungle Adventure in Panama. The trip starts from Panama City where we will take the Panamerican highway towards the eastern side of the republic of Panama with destination to the world famous forest of the Darien National Park. Darién contains a wide range of habitats: sandy beaches, rocky coasts, mangroves, freshwater marshes, palm forest swamps and lowland and upland moist tropical forest. The most abundant species in the area is cuipo. Premontane and montane forests occur above 200 m, with several types of botanically interesting ecosystem including cloud forest and the elfin forest of Cerro Pirre. Wetland forest along the Chucunaque and Tuira rivers is often covered by pure stands of cativo, this species being the most utilized timber tree in the region, and mangroves along the Pacific coast.

5 Days/ 4 Nights

It offers two unbeatable attractions: an opportunity to visit the villages of the San Blas Community to learn about the fascinating Kuna culture and the Caribbean islands of stunning beauty. Island accommodations consist of simple, yet comfortable native style cabins with roofs and walls of thatched palm trees.

In the Casco Viejo explore its narrow streets with its romantic colonial houses, churches and buildings. Take a trip to the Miraflores Locks and admire one of the most amazing feats of engeneering of the 20th century, tha Panama Canal. Enjoy a beautiful day trip to the Embera indian community outside the city in a lush tucked away place along the Chagres River.

San Blas Islands, Kuna Yala

Embera Community

Itinerary: (Starts on Wednesdays) Day1 Arrive in Panama City, Day 2 Half day Panama City Tour and the Amazing feat of engeneering of the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks, Day 3 Day trip to the Embera Indian Community outside the city, Day 4 Partial Crossing of the Panama Canal, Day 5 At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out.

Panama Canal

The skinny isthmus of Panama is best known for the giant Panama Canal linking the Pacific and the Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. But the republic is also host to magnificent tropical scenery, including some of the world’s most untouched areas of rainforest. There’s a diverse wildlife population, with bird and mammal species found nowhere else on the planet. Fringing the jungle are 3,000km of beautiful coastline with coral reefs, islands and undeveloped beaches and vestiges of the country’s wild history of pirates and smuggled gold. Take a tour of the Panama Canal, Spend some time in an Embera Village, Walk Around Old Town Casco Viejo, Wake up to a coffee tour, Brave the rapids on a kayaking/rafting adventure and much more...

Embera Man

Note: Ask us for an optional full transit of the canal that only takes place once or twice a month.

4 Days/3 Nights

Itinerary: Day 1 Panama City to Embera Village, Day 2 Hike the Harpy Eagle Trail, Days 3 Hike an Old Growth Forest Day 4 Mangrove boat ride, return to Panama City. Important: Pre and Post accommdation is needed for this tour. Price valid for a min. of 4 pers. .

Prices: From AU$955 pp twin Single Supp. - On Request

Prices: From AU$1,750 pp twin Single Supp.- On Request

Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1 lunch, sightseeing tours such as: City tour and Miraflores Locks, Partial Vanal Crossing, entry fees to sites, accommodation in 3* hotels.

Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, sightseeing tours such as: Embera Community, Harpy Eagle Trail, Growth Forest Trail, 3breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Price valid for a min. of 4 pers.

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NICARAGUA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Land area: 129,494 sq km Population (2013 est.): 6,08Million Capital and largest city : Managua, 1,390,500 Monetary unit: Gold cordoba National name: RepĂşblica de Nicaragua Languages: Spanish 98% (official); English and indigenous languages on Atlantic coast (1995) Ethnicity/race: mestizo 69%, white 17%, black 9%, Amerindian 5% Religions: Roman Catholic 73%, Evangelical 15%, Moravian 2%, none 9% (1995) National Holiday:Independence Day, September 15 Electricity: 20 Volt and 60 Hertz Weights and Measures: The metric system is the legal standard, but some local units also are used. WHEN TO GO The best time to visit Nicaragua is in the dry season which runs from November through to May, though please bear in mind temperatures tend to become extremely hot in April and May. The wettest months are between June and the end of October when the rain makes it more difficult to travel on the many unpaved roads throughout the country. After years of political instability Nicaragua has emerged to become one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries in Central America.

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Granada skyline, Nicaragua


8, 13 & 14 DAY - NICARAGUA TOURS - NTOT

From $2,338 Per Person, Twin Share

NICARAGUA: Managua, Leon, Juan Venado Reserve, Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Corn Island, San Juan del Sur, Masaya Volcano and more...

BELIZE

GUATEMALA

POPULAR TOURS

HONDURAS

EL SALVADOR

NICARAGUA

Caribbean Sea

Matagalpa Leon Managua Montelimar San Juan del Sur Pacific Ocean

Corn Is.

Bluefields Ometepe Is.

Little Corn Is.

Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua

COSTA RICA

Around Nicaragua Best of Nicaragua Nicaragua14 Highlights Days/

AROUND NICARAGUA 13 Nights

This trip is ideal for those wishing to visit all the main highlights and alternate colonial cities, native villages, mountains and coffee plantations, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, but also visiting small villages/meeting people and interesting tours on the way and in each destination. This tour visits the following region: Managua, Matagalpa and the coffee areas, Leon antique and its active volcanoes, Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands, Granada, Lake Nicaragua and the Islands, Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Managua, Day 2 Visit chocolate factory, continue to Matgalpa, Days 3 Visit a coffe plantation Day 4 Travel via San Jacinto to Leon, Day 5 Fly to Corn Is. Day 6 Corn Island, Day 7 Fly back to Managua, continue to Granada, Day 8 Free day in Granada for optional activities, Day 9 land transfer to San Jorge, ferry to Ometepe Is. Day 10 Ometepe Is, Day 11 Ferry back to San Jorge, land transfer to San Juan del Sur, Day12 Day at leisure in San Juan del Sur, Day 13 Masaya Volcano, continue to Managua, Day 14 Depart.

Prices: From AU$4,042 pp twin Single Supp. - On Request Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, sightseeing tours such as: Leon Viejo & Granada city tour, chocolate factory tour, coffee plantation tour, return flights Managua/Corn Is./managua, Lake Nicaragua Tour, accommodation in 3 star hotels.

BEST OF NICARAGUA

HIGHLIGHTS OF NICARAGUA

Our short tour takes you to the highlights of this still largely unknown land. Experience the natural riches of Nicaragua as well as colonial and relax at the end of the trip for a few days on the beautiful Pacific beach!

This tour has been carefully tailored with a wide variety of activities and destinations. “Highlights of Nicaragua” will take you to discover splendid historical colonial cities such as Granada and Leon, as well as spectacular active volcanoes like Cerro Negro and Masaya. During your expedition through Nicaragua you will be able to explore such natural reserves as the mangroves of Juan Venado Island, the lush vegetation of Granada’s islets, as well as the legendary “Charco Verde” and its bountiful groups of howler monkeys.

13 Days/12 Nights

PANAMA

This tour visits the following region: Managua, Matagalpa and the coffee areas, Juan Venado Nature Reserve, Leon antique and its active volcanoes, Lake Nicaragua and the Islands, Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur Church of Xalteva in Granada, Nicaragua

Little Corn Island, Caribbean Coast

San Juan River, Pacific Coast

Considered to be one of the most vibrant countries in the region, Nicaragua offers a unique journey into a land full of ancestral culture and legendary traditions, rich biodiversity, impressive active volcanoes, and above all the friendliest people in Latin America. The Nicaraguans are exceptionally proud of their country with its colourful Spanish colonial cities, string of towering active volcanoes, striking crater lakes and pristine deserted beaches. A trip here is both unique and rewarding. Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life.

Cerro Negro Volcano

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Managua, Day 2 Visit Juan Venado Nature Reserve, continue to Leon, Days 3 Visit to Cerro Negro Volcano Day 4 Travel via San Jacinto to Matagalpa, Day 5 Selva Negra and Masaya Volcano, Day 6 Trip to Catarina and “Isletas”, Day 7 Travel to Ometepe Is. via Charco Verde, Day 8 Ferry to San Jorge, land transfer to Montelimar or San Juan del Sur, Day 9 - 11 Free days in Montelimar or San Juan del Sur. Day 12 Drive to Managua, Day 13 Depart Managua.

Prices: From AU$3,262 pp twin Single Supp. - On Request Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1dinner, sightseeing tours such as: Managua citytour, Juan Venado Reserve, Leon city tour, Granada city tour and Masaya Volcano, chocolate factory, entry fees to sites, accommodation in 3* hotels.

8 Days/7 Nights

Itinerary: (Fixed departures) Day 1 Arrive in Managua, Day 2 Managua City Tour – León Viejo – Juan Venado Reserve – Las Peñitas – León, Day 3 León City Tour – Cerro Negro Volcano – León, Day 4 León – San Jacinto Hot Springs – Estelí: Cigar factory – Selva Negra. Day 5 Selva Negra – Chocolate Factory – Masaya Volcano – “Verbenas” – Granada, Day 6 Granada City Tour – Islets Tour Granada, Day 7 Granada – San Jorge – Moyogalpa – Charco Verde – Playa Santo Domingo, Day 8 Playa Santo Domingo – Moyogalpa – San Jorge – Managua Airport. .

Prices: From AU$2,338 pp twin Single Supp.- On Request

Includes: All land transfers, accommodation in 3 star hotels, basic lodges, with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, Domestic flight Panama City/San Blas/ Panama City, boat tour in the islands.

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CUBA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Total area: 42,803 sq mi (110,860 sq km) Population (2014 est.): 11,047,251 (growth rate: -0.14%); birth rate: 9.9/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.7/1000; life expectancy: 78.22 Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Havana, 2.116 million Other large cities: Santiago de Cuba, 554,400; Camagüey, 354,400; Holguin, 319,300; Guantánamo, 274,300; Santa Clara, 251,800 Monetary unit: Cuban Peso National name: República de Cuba Language: Spanish Religions: nominally Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jewish, Santeria Literacy rate: 99.8% (2011 est.) Weights and measures: Metric WHEN TO GO There isn’t a bad time to visit Cuba. The hot, rainy season runs from May to October with occassional hurricanes from August to October but winter (December to April) is the island’s peak tourist season, when planeloads of Canadians and Europeans arrive in pursuit of the southern sun. Cubans take their holidays in July and August, so this is when the local beaches are most crowded. Christmas, Easter and the period around 26 July, when Cubans celebrate the anniversary of the revolution, are also very busy.

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Cathedral Square, Havana


8, 11 & 16 DAY - CUBA TOURS - FIXED DEPARTURES - CTSC-LAT

From $2,236 Per Person, Twin Share

CUBA: Havana, Trinidad, Varadero, Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Viñales Valley, Bayamo, Santiago, Barahona, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco and more... Havana Cayo Levisa Cayo Jutias Soroa Pinar Vinales del Rio

POPULAR TOURS

Varadero Atlantic Ocean

Santa Clara Cienfuegos

Sierra de Escambray Trinidad

The Bahamas

Camaguey

Caribbean Sea CUBA Sierra Maestra Discover Cuba Colonial Treasures Western Cuba

Santiago

JAMAICA

Barahona Guantanamo HAITI

CUBA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 9 Days/8 Nights

Havana street

This 8-day tour starts and finishes in vibrant Havana and will take you to the most beautiful and fascinating parts of Cuba’s colonial centre as well as to the famous tobacco region in the west.

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Days 2-3 Free days to explore the historic centre of Havana, Days 4 Visit a tobacco farm, overnight in Vinales, Day 5 Travel to Trinidad, Day 6 - 7 Free days to explore Trinidad, the surrounding sugar mills and its historical centre, Day 8 Travel back to Havana, Day 9 Depart Havana

Vintage car in Havana

Varadero Beach

Farmer in Vinales Valley.

Cuba is the largest of all the Caribbean islands and one of the most fascinating. It has a unique and eventful history, mirrored in the outpourings of its rich culture of music, dance, and socio-political innovation. The island also has stunning landscapes, from the unique limestone plateau scenery west of Havana through tropical plantations to the rugged mountains and forests of the Sierra Maestra in the east. Cuba is liberally dotted with pristine sandy beaches and restored colonial towns.

Viñales Valley

DISCOVER CUBA

Cuba is known for its beautiful diversity – secluded beaches, important cultural monuments, picturesque landscapes and colourful hustling bustling cities. On this tour you will explore colonial pearls such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos. And of course the capital Havana which will greet you with its mix of modernity and tradition. You will also get an opportunity to gain an insight into real Cuban life while staying in private accommodation.

This 16-day tour takes you through the whole of Cuba, giving you the chance to discover the island in all its diverse glory. The tour takes you from East to West, through the most beautiful beaches and the most picturesque towns that you could ever imagine. Along the way, you will certainly get well acquainted with the island and its people. Discover the tobacco region of the Viñales Valley, the vibrant town of Trinidad, Baracoa and the beautiful southern coast and Cuba’s secondlargest city, Santiago de Cuba.

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Day 2 Havana city tour, Days 3 Visit Guama, Treasure Lagoon and Cienfuegos, Day 4 Hike in Topes de Collantes, continue to Trinidad, Day 5 Explore the colonial streets and buildings of Trinidad, Day 6 Free day in Trinidad, Day 7 Visit the Che Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara, Day 8 Travel to Vinales, Day 9 Enjoy the beah in Cayo Jutias, Day 10 Travel via Las Terrazas to Havana, Day 11 Depart Havana.

Prices: From AU$2,236 pp twin Single Supp. AU$610 Includes: All transfers, 7 hotel nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, Cayo Jutias, Cayo Levisa, Vinales tobacco tour, transport in air-conditioned vehicles and bilingual English speaking guides.

HEART OF CUBA 11 Days/10 Nights

You will pass beautiful landscapes, visit unique colonial cities and see the Che Guevara war memorial in Santa Clara. Trinidad will transport you back in time.

There is a non-ending list of things to do, amongst our favorite ones are: Patronising “paladares” or home-stays, exploring old Havana, spending one afternoon at Hammel Laneway, following Fidel Castro’s footspets, visiting the Valley of Sugar Mills in Trinidad. Explore the towns of Barahona, Santiago, Holguin, Camaguey, Trinidad and Cienfuegos, celebrate “las parrandas” at the end of the year in the small town of Remedios and do not forget to visit a tobacco farm.

Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Prices: From AU$2,496 pp twin Single Supp. AU$724 Includes: All transfers, 7 hotel nights 3 nights at home-stay, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, sightseeing as per program, air-conditioned vehicles and bilingual English speaking guides.

16 Days/15 Nights

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Day 2 Havana walking tour, Day 3 Visit tobacco growing area of Viñales, Day 4 Relax at Cayo Jutias beach, Day 5 Trip to Cienfuegos and city tour, Day 6 Continue to Trinidad, Day 7 Visit El Cubana Nature Park, Day 8 Travel to Camaguey and city tour, Day 9 Trip to quaint town of Bayamo, Day 10 Drive through Sierra Maestra to Santiago. Day 11 Santiago city tour, Day 12 Boat trip to Granma Kay. Day 13 Drive laong the coast to sleepy Baracoa. Day 14 Hike Humboldt National Park, Day 15 Transfer to Holguin, fly to Havana. Day 16 Depart Havana.

Prices: From AU$3,551 pp twin Single Supp. AU$790 Includes: All transfers, 6 nights in hotels and 8 nights at home-stay, 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, flight Holguin to Havana , sightseeing, excursions, air conditioned vehicles, entry fee to sites and bilingual English speaking guides.

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JAMAICA TOURS

Negril Beach, Jamaica

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7 DAY - JAMAICA TOURS - JTTP

From $3,474 Per Person, Twin Share

JAMAICA: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls, Port Antonio, Blue Mountains, Kingston, Spanish Town, Treasure Beach, Negril and more...

POPULAR TOURS

Caribbean Sea Montego Bay

Ocho Rios

Negril Treasure Beach

JAMAICA

DISCOVER JAMAICA 7 Days/6 Nights

Port Antonio Spanish Town

Blue Mountains

Our Discover Jamaica Tour is focused in showing you the best of the country. Jamaica has a large expanse of golden fine sands overlooking a turquoise sea to the rugged coastline. Start your journey in Montego Bay, continue to the beautiful Dunns River falls. Head over to Port Antonio, once known as the hideaway for royalty and stars alike.

Kingston South Coast Tour North Coast Tour Discover Jamaica

Caribbean Sea

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full name: Jamaica Capital: Kingston Languages: English, English patois Area: 10,991 sq km Population: 2.9 Million (Jul 2013 est.) Religions: Protestant 62.5%, Roman Catholic 2.6%, other or unspecified 14.2%, none 20.9% Government type: Constitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD) Electrical Outlet: 110V,50 Hz When to go: Jamaica is becoming more and more a year-round destination due to its varied climates compared to any other Caribbean island. Along the seashore, where most visitors congregate, the island is air-conditioned by north-easterly trade winds, and temperature variations are surprisingly slight. Coastal readings average between 22°C and 31°C year-round. It has two major seasonality amongst others: High season is from mid-December through mid-April as it is when visitors fleeing cold north winds crowd the island. Low season in Jamaica from mid-Apr to mid-Dec when there is less crowds and you get to experience true Jamaican life; relax, sit and enjoy the sights. Hurricane season runs from August to mid November...

Martha Brae Rafting

Stop in Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica – a city full of history and culture, lastly finish off the last few days at the beach soaking up the beautiful weather Jamaica has to offer. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Montego Bay, Day 2 Drive via Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls to Port Antonio, Day 3 Visit Frenchman’s Cove and the Blue Lagoon Day 4 Drive through the Blue Mountains to Kingston, Day 5 Trip via Spanish Town to Treasure Beach, Day 6 Boat ride along the Black River, continue to Negril, Day 7 Transfer to Montego Bay airport. Bob Marley, king of Reggae

Blue Mountains. Includes: All transfers, 6 hotel nights (3 stars), 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches , 5 dinners, excursions to Dunn’s River Falls, Somerset Falls, the Blue Lagoon, Visit to Frenchman’s Cove beach, Kingston city tour & Bob Marley Museum, English speaking guides, transportation in airconditioned vehicles. Not Included: Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, meals not mentioned, drinks, tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff, any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list. Prices: From AU$3,474 pp twin Single Supp. On Request.

HANDPICKED PROPERTIES

Kay near Negril

Stone house, Negril

There is more to Jamaica than reggae, Rastafarians and honeymooners. Fringed with white-sand beaches, the island has year-round sunshine, misty mountains, a lush rainforest, and superb coffee. In the west, lazy Negril showcases its long beach, coconut groves, and clear waters. Partygoers gravitate to Montego Bay with its colonial architecture, bars and nightclubs. Cruise ships dock at Ocho Rios for its golf courses and water park, while Port Antonio’s proximity to the lush Blue Mountains appeals to eco-lovers. The capital, Kingston, is an edgy contrast. Head to the north and west coasts for diving and snorkelling in clear waters with reefs, garden grottoes, and deep drop-offs. Laze in the sun at Doctor’s Cave Beach, where placid water invites leisurely swimming. Inland, Rose Hall Great House, perched on a hilltop overlooking Montego Bay, gives a glimpse of the heyday of plantation living and even has a resident ghost. Reggae legend Bob Marley’s spirit is kept alive at his birthplace, the mountain village of Nine Miles.

JAMAICA INN, OCHO RIOS

ROUNDHILL, MONTEGO BAY

This beach hotel is located on a private cove with an offshore reef and is approximately 3 km from the centre of Ocho Rios. Recently renovated, it has been owned and managed by the Morrow family for 48 years and assures all guests the utmost in unobtrusive service and attention. Includes: 4 nights Balcony Suite, room only, return transfers and Zipline/Tube Exc. Prices: From AU$1,444 pp twin.

Located at the beach in Round Hill, 12km (25min drive) east of Montego Bay. The private villas dotted on the hillside are surrounded by tropical gardens. The hotel comprises a total of 110 rooms, of which 36 are in Pineapple House, newly renovated and with views out over the Caribbean. Includes: 4 nights Ocean Front Room only, return transfers and 4x4 Safari Excursion. Prices: From AU$1,935 pp twin.

5 Days/4 Nights

5 Days/4 Nights

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS

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Saona Island, Dominican Republic


8 DAY - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS - TURTP

From $2,795 Per Person, Twin Share

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Puerto Plata, Damajagua, Samana and more...

POPULAR TOURS

Puerto

Plata Atlantic Ocean Sosua Damajagua Waterfalls DOMINICAN Santiago REPUBLIC HAITI Samana Jarabacoa Punta Bocachica Santo Cana Domingo La Romana PUERTO RICO Barahona

HIDDEN GEMS TOUR 8 Days/7 Nights

Driving along the DR’s rural byways, past coconut sellers and men playing dominoes, thick jungly brush often gives way to the idyllic ocean vistas the country is known for. But for us, the country’s distinctive appeal lies in everyday village scenes, when Dominicans’ informal hospitality can be appreciated.

Hidden Gems Caribbean Sea

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full name: Dominican Republic Population: 10’400,000 (2013 Census) Capital: Santo Domingo. Language: Spanish is the official language, however, you’ll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. Currency: Dominican Peso (RD$) Government Type: The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. The Constitution does not allow for consecutive re-election. Electricity: 110 volts, the same as in the United States and Canada. Area: Total – 48,442 km2 (130th), 18,704 sq mi Tips: It is customary to give an additional 10% for good service. Religion: 68.9% Roman Catholic, 18.2% Evangelical, 1.6% no religion and 2.3% others When to go: There are two distinct tourist high seasons in the Dominican Republic, the summer months of July and August, when travellers from the northern hemisphere fill the resorts and all but the most out-of-the-way beaches, and the winter season between December and late February, when the Dominican climate is at its optimum, having cooled down a little from the summer.

Here you’ll find 500 years of history, beautiful water cascades, river rapids and the most spectacular virgin beaches all in one place. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Santo Domingo, Day 2 Drive via Jarabacoa to Puerto Plata, Day 3 Spend the day in the awe-inspiring Damajagua Waterfalls, Day 4 Drive east through the country side to Las Galeras Beach in Samana, Day 5 Day trip to Los Haitisis national Park, Day 6 Afternoon drive through sugar case plantations back to Santo Domingo, Day 7 Santo Domingo City Tour, Day 8 Transfer to the airport. Cigar Factory in La Romana

Includes: All transfers, 6 hotel nights (3 stars), 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches , 2 dinners, excursions to Damajagua Waterfalls, , Puerto Plata City Tour, Excursion to Los Haitises National Park, Santo Domingo City Tour, English speaking guides, transportation in airconditioned vehicles. Not Included: Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, meals not mentioned, drinks, tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff, any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list. Prices: From AU$2,795 pp twin Single Supp. On Request.

HANDPICKED PROPERTIES

Punta Cana Beach

Cayo Levantodo Beach

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with its lesser developed cousin, Haiti, and enjoys a year-round summer, with sugar-white beaches shaded by palm trees, crystalline waters teeming with rainbow-hued fish, and Spanish colonial history stretching back 500 years. Small fishing villages attract locals and backpackers, while larger all-inclusive resorts appeal to couples and families. Spicy food, spicier merengue, and a leisurely lifestyle draw more travelers to the Dominican Republic every year.

Santo Domingo Street

Altos de Chavon

There are so many things to do in the DR, amongst our favorite ones are: Visit a tobacco and rhum factory in Santiago, drive along the Northern Coast from Puerto Plata to Samana, try some surfing in Cabarete, take a plunge in one of the Damajagua Waterfalls or just wind down in the Samana Peninsula. In the East, visit Altos de Chavon cultural complex, enjoy the crystal clear waters of Punta Cana or the Dominicus Beach in La Romana. If you are more adventurous explore the Western part of the Island: Barahona and Lake Enriquillo.

CASA COLONIAL PUERTO PLATA

CASA DE CAMPO LA ROMANA

The hotel lies directly on the white sandy beach in Playa Dorada, north of the island. Puerto Plata is 3.5 km from the hotel . Opened in 2005, this luxury hotel complex was built in a colonial style and lies in harmony with the surrounding natural landscape. Includes: 4 nights Jr. Suite Tropical View, Room Only, return transfers and Marine Encounters Excursion.. Prices: From AU$1,402 pp twin.

Located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury hotel lies directly beside the beach. The coastal village of Altos des Chavón lies close by and offers a selection of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and an amphitheatre. Includes: 4 nights Courtyard Elite, Room Only, return transfers from/to La Romana airport and Pirates Boat Excursion.. Prices: From AU$1,623 pp twin.

5 Days/4 Nights

5 Days/4 Nights

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ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS

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Paradise Island, Nassau


7, 9 DAY - ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS - ITBTP

From $3,022 Per Person, Twin Share

THE BAHAMAS: Nassau, Exuma, Eleuthera Is., Cat Island, Long Is., Harbour Is. and more...

Miami

POPULAR TOURS

The Bahamas

Grand Bahama

The Abacos

Bimini Is. Nassau

7 Days/6 Nights

Eleuthera Island

Andros Is. The Exumas Ragged Island

Havana

Cat Island

Non-stop adventures in paradise. There’s something so romantic and carefree about island hopping, and with 15 main paradise islands and hundreds of cays, yo u’re in one of the best places in the world for it. The hops can be small day trips from an island base or big leaps from one island chain to another – there are no rules! We have put together these programs with these islands, but we are flexible to design a combination to suit your interests and budget.

San Salvador Rum Cay Long Island Crooked Island

Cuba

ISLANDS HOPPING PROGRAMS

Atlantic Ocean

Inagua

Mayaguana

Turks & Caicos Islands

Cockburn Town

Virgin Islands (GB)

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER

Cayman Islands George Town

Haiti

Dominican Republic

Port-au-Prince

The high season typically runs from mid-December to mid-April, when hotel prices are highest. Some hotels are booked solid around Christmas and Easter. Some Outer Island hotels close for the low season, but tourist accommodations are always available.

The Bahamas

The Valley

St.Martin

Santo Domingo

Full name: Commonwealth of the Bahamas Jamaica Population: 347,000 (UN, 2011) Kingston Capital: Nassau Area: 13,939 sq km (5,382 sq miles) Major language: English Caribbean Sea Major religion: Christianity Monetary unit: 1 Bahamian dollar = 100 cents International dialling code: +1242 When to go: The Bahamas enjoy around 320 sunny days a year; and daytime temperatures during winter (December to April) average 70ºF (21ºC) and a perfect 26ºC in summer. In general, the islands are balmy year-round, with cooling, near-constant trade winds blowing by day from the east. The socalled rainy season extends from late May to November and humidity in the northern islands is relatively high year-round, but declines from northwest to southeast across the archipelago. Hurricane season is June to November.

San Juan

Puerto Rico

Basseterre

Virgin St. Kitts Islands (US) & Nevis

Taste of The Bahamas - 6 Night package: 2 Nts Nassau (Comfort Suites) 2 Nts The Exumas (Club Peace & Plenty) 2 Nts Eleuthera Island (The Cove Eleuthera) Three Islands Safari - 9 Night Package: 3 Nts Cat Island (Fernandez Bay Village) 3 Nights Long Island (Stella Maris Resort) 3 Nights Exuma (Club Peace & Plenty) Nature trip - 6 Night Package: 3 Nts Long Island (Stella Maris Resort)

Atlantis Resort 3 Nts The Exumas (Club Peace & Plenty) Dream Beaches - 6 Night Package: 3 Nts Cat Island (Fernandez Bay Village) 3 Nts Harbour Island (Coral Sands) Includes: • All transfers and inter-island transfers • Accommodation • Inter-Island Flights • Assistance of our local operators • Some breakfasts, depending on the program. Prices: (Taste of the Bahamas) From AU$3,022 pp twin Single Supp. AU$1,838.

Exuma Island, Bahamas

HANDPICKED PROPERTIES

Atlantis Marina

Bahamas Coral Reef

The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands just off the coast of Florida. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef. We invite you to explore all the islands. Our beauty extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people. The unique sounds of our rich culture. The warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history. You won’t be surprised to know in The Bahamas you can find just about every water-based activity imaginable – the oceans around the islands are crystal clear, azure blue oceans that are perfect for diving the 3rd largest barrier reef system in the world, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, manta rays and huge shoals of fish, sailing or kayaking through mangroves and of course relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

PINK SAND RESORT

THE COVE ATLANTIS

Located on Harbour Island, part of Eleuthera, is a 20-acre haven set by the edge of the famous three-mile pink sands beach. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki - Comprising 25 cottages. For those desiring a sophisticated but relaxed beach holiday. Includes: 3 nights Garden View Cottage, 3 breakfasts and return transfers. Prices: From AU$2,807 pp twin.

This hotel is located on Paradise Island, with an unrivalled quality of the service. There is an auditorium, casino and games room as well as a lounge exclusively for guests. Guests can enjoy drinks at the cafe or bar and dance the night away at the resort’s nightclub. Includes: 3 nights Suite Ocean View, room only, return transfers from/to NAS airport and cultural city tour. Prices: From AU$1,909 pp twin.

4 Days/3 Nights

4 Days/3 Nights

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