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LATIN AMERICA Travel Specialist

CENTRAL AMERICA EDITION

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Mexico & Caribbean Multi Country Tours Mexico Costa Rica Guatemala Nicaragua Cuba Bahamas Jamaica Dominican Republic Panama


Travel Projects Icons & Accommodations Ratings Explained We provide these ratings as a guide only and standards may change during the year due to change in cirmcumstances. Ratings may vary from place to place. Remember that Travel Projects’ rating views are not related to other rating systems. Deluxe property iwth international standards of accommodation, gastronomy, facilities and oustanding service. Superior property with well appointed rooms, wide range of facilities and high standard of service. An unforgettable experience. Standard Property, which provides comfortable rooms, suitable facilities and pleasant service. Reasonable accommodation with comfortable furnishings and facilities.

Travel Projects’ Accommodation Information: Accommodation and Changes: Although we make all effort to provide correct information throughout the brochure, different hotels and local operators reserve the right to make changes to property facilities and itineraries. We will endeavour to advise you of any changes at time of booking. Run of House: This is the term used when hotels provide you with their standard rooms at the time of check-in. Accommodation Standards: All the rooms features shown in this brochure are for standard or basic room category Check-in & Check-out: Although times can change from property to property, the standard check-in time is 14:00 and check-out is 10:00. Please ask our friendly consultant when booking. People per Room: Generally the maximum number of people allowed in a standard room is 3 persons. Please ask at time of booking for more details. Disability Access: Some properties provide various facilities for people with disability.

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You will find throughout the brochure you will find a wide selection of value-for-money options. Check out the symbols below and their meanings when you are browsing the brochure. Family Friendly - Properties offering great children’s facilities such as child menus, baby sitting, cots, high chairs.

Spa Services - Hotels offering spa treatments and special packages for relaxation and pampering.

Swimming Pool or Swimming Opportunity during a tour or trip.

Adults Only: Property catering for adults only, not children allowed or activity for adults only.

WiFi: Hotel offers wifi access either as free services or with charges. Ask us at time of booking.

Villa: Property also offers villa ccommodation for people looking fro extra space or more privacy.

In some large properties, there might be the service of small golf or club carts.

Money Change: Property offers money exchange facilities and/or ATM...

Beach: Hotel with beach front or within short walking distance

Shop: Property offers shopping facilities, from small convenience store to various boutiques and/or handcraft stores.

Honey Moon: Property offers honeymoon deals or hotel is ideal for honeymooners due to its location or services.

Hotel offers a variety of restaurants or located within walking distance of various restaurants.

Property has a taxi service or within short distance to taxi ranks.

Value Offer: Property or tour offering great value that has been packaged and services can not be sold in isolation

Cruise: Holiday consists of a cruise or the tour has some cruise element included in the program.

Tour may include different type of activities from easy to physically challenging. Please ask before booking.

Disable Acces: Hotel has adequate access and/or in-room facilities for people with disability.

Hotel or cruise has easy acces to places for snorkelling and may offer equipment at a cost. Please ask before booking

Tour includes train travel

Tour includes horse back riding opportunity.

Tour may be of camping accommodation or has some nights of camping included. Ask before booking.

Tour is composed of various modules that can be tailor-made to suit your needs and preferences.

Tours goes through beautiful scenic places with opportunity for photography.

Cruise or property offer diving services and equipment. Ask for prices at time of booking.

Tour or Package includes airfares. Ask us before booking for exact sectors included.

Tour or Package visits archaelogical places of importance.

Property or tour offers fishing facilities. Please ask as for additional costs.

Tour visits national parks or natural reserves with remarkable flora.

Tour or Lodge offers the opportunity for wildlife sightings.

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Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean

Table of Contents Multi Country Tours Mexico Costa Rica Guatemala Nicaragua Cuba Bahamas Jamaica Dominican Republic Panama

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exico and Central America is 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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Hand-picked Experiences by Travel Projects

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

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Vira Vira, Chile

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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 world-class 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. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. is the new name given to LAN Airlines S.A. as a result of its association with TAM S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. now includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and LAN Cargo and its affiliates, as well as TAM S.A. and its subsidiaries TAM Linhas Aereas S.A., including its business units TAM Transportes Aereos del Mercosur S.A., TAM Airlines (Paraguay) and Multiplus S.A. This association creates one of the largest airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing passenger transport services to about 150 destinations in 22 countries and cargo services to about 169 destinations in 27 countries, with a fleet of 310 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has more than 51,000 employees. Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas has grown to be Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Qantas is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. Qantas has a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering, maintenance, and customer service.

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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 ! Responsible Tourism We are committed to provide quality tours throughout Latin America that have a positive impact on the local culture and environment. Our personal approach to travel utilizes local guides, hotels with local character, and the local transportation infrastructure. Programs are mostly designed by us with the intention of providing a fun and exciting holiday, whilst creating a better understanding between travellers and our wonderful hosts. www.travelprojects.com.au

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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 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 the costs down. This will be advised in your program.

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Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel What is responsible travel? In recent years ‘Responsible Travel’ has become a very familiar term, but what is it? To put it simply, it is our responsibility to ensure we offer holidays that are sensitive to the environments and communities you visit, and it is your responsibility as a traveller to ensure you tread carefully, respecting local laws and customs and avoiding any negative impact on the local environment. Our responsibility To us, Responsible Tourism is nothing new. Ever since we started in 1999, we have believed that it’s our responsibility to do all we can to protect the places to which we send clients and to ensure that as much as possible of the money spent filters through to local economies. We, and everyone we ask to deliver services to you, take pride in offering responsible holidays with minimal impact on the environment, support for community development and ensuring good working conditions. We relay our RT policy to all of our suppliers and they in turn sign an agreement of best practice. How you can get involved Clients often ask us what they can do to ensure they travel responsibly. The following is best practice: Before you go.. Learn something about the countries you plan to visit to find out about the culture, politics, geography, religion and local customs. Try and remove unnecessary packaging from any products you are taking with you, and dispose of it at home first. Recycling has yet to really take off in Latin America so the less you leave the better! Whilst on your travels .. In the market… Buy local handicrafts and support local artisans. When bargaining, remember that a small saving for you could make a big difference for the seller. Don’t buy ancient artifacts or anything made with endangered animals or plants e.g. hardwoods, shells, exotic feathers, coral, furs or eggs. Eating out... Choose smaller local restaurants, bars and cafes where possible so your money benefits local people. Sample the local cuisine using local produce. Out and about... Remember to respect local traditions and culture. Ask permission before photographing indigenous people and events, particularly religious processions. Ask for an address and send photos to the people you photographed, many won’t have photos of their families. Simple gifts for children, such as crayons, balloons, colouring books or even a mini football can bring a huge smile to a child’s face. Resist handing out sweets as dental care is, mostly, poor. Giving money to children on the street only encourages begging; instead consider donating to schools or local conservation or charitable organisations. Speaking with people… Why not try and learn some of the lingo? Speaking a few words of the local language, even if it is just ‘hola’ or ‘gracias’, will change the way people react to you. You’ll get a much warmer welcome and this in turn can enrich your experience and interaction with the local people. Traditions and ways of life differ greatly across the cultures of Latin America. As a rule of thumb, people in lowland regions are more gregarious and relaxed than those who live a more austere life in the mountains, and many Latin Americans are modest and camera-shy. Please try to be sensitive to local customs. The pace of life outside the main cities is slower than in Australia, and you may have to draw on your reserves of patience in some situations. There is still widespread poverty in many countries: you may like to consider taking clothes, shoes or toys with you that you might be happy to leave behind. Minimise your environmental impact… Stick to the paths and walkways whether you are in the jungle, on a mountain trek or in a Mayan ruin. They are there for your safety and also to preserve the local wildlife and help to avoid further erosion of the landscape. In your hotel… Clean water is a precious resource, so use it sparingly. Try and take quick showers rather than baths as this helps to save water. Advise your hotel that you don’t need towels or sheets laundered daily. This can save on water and energy. Conserve electricity by switching off lights, air-conditioning or heating when you leave your room. Use environmentally friendly shampoos and detergents, particularly when you are outside big cities in ‘the wild’ and your shower water is going to end up in a river! Try to reuse and refill your drinking water bottles where possible. Many hotels have water ‘garafons’ filled with treated ‘agua potable’ that is perfectly safe to drink. If your hotel does not, you could leave a suggestion that they provide one.

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Multi-Country Tours

Market day at Chichicastenango, Guatemala

16 DAY MAYAN ESSENCE TOUR Embark on a journey to some of Central America’s most exciting destinations with plenty of free time to pursue optional activities or to relax and take in the fascinating sights. Learn about native traditions while staying with a Guatemalan family in San Juan La Laguna house, and then follow up by wandering along the pristine beaches of Caye Caulker in Belize. The theme for our Mayan Adventure tour is discovery, and combines cultural sites, urban experiences and natural encounters with plenty of beach time.

6 DAY GUATEMALA Highlands Tour (Post-Tour) Discover the highlands and its traditional Mayan culture. Visit Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan area, the colonial and quaint city of Antigua. Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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. Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels or similar, all breakfasts and assistance of our local operator.

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Day 1: Arrive in Playa del Carmen Welcome to Mexico! You will arrive at Cancun International Airport. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Playa del Carmen (or similar). Day 2: Playa del Carmen Today you can enjoy the white sand beach of Playa del Carmen, take an optional day tour or enjoy some shopping. There is lots to see and do in this charming seaside city. Overnight at Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar. Day 3: Playa del Carmen - Caye Caulker, Belize Today we must leave by land pleasant Playa del Carmen to Chetumal and continue by boat to the quiet Caye Caulker, This place is known for having a warm and welcoming atmosphere. On early British maps the island’s name is spelled “”Cay Corker”” because sailors used to stop here to fill their water bottles with fresh water. Back then these water bottles were sealed with corks! Look forward to a pleasant evening at the Hotel 2 Caye Caulker Plaza or a similar accommodation. 1 Estimated Travel Time: 5.5hr /452 km Day1 4: Caye Caulker Make the most of the island’s natural splendor by exploring the coral reef. There are plenty of fullday and half-day diving and snorkeling optional2 tours to choose from or you can choose to spend a simple day at the beach. Explore the second largest coral reef in the world and try and get close to an amazing manatee! Overnight at Hotel Caye

Caulker Plaza (or similar). Day 5: Caye Caulker Today you can once again do as you please. Relax on the beach or do some more marine exploration. Make sure you try some of the local foods while you’re here! Enjoy another night at the Hotel Caye Caulker Plaza (or similar). Day 6: Caye-Caulker - San Ignacio Travel by boat to Belize City and bus to San Ignacio in Belize. This colonial city is remarkably beautiful. Here you can explore elaborate architecture in a country with beautiful and dense, mysteriously beautiful rainforests. Overnight at Trek Stop Hotel or a similar . Estimated Travel time:1.5hr /110 km Day 7: San Ignacio There are plenty of optional excursions in this area. This town is very near some unique Mayan ruins as well as a great location from which to embark on adventure activities. Try out kayaking, caving, hiking, horseback riding and more! You will once again overnight at the Hotel Trek Stop or similar. Day 8: San Ignacio – Tikal- Flores In the early morning we will cross the border and go directly to Tikal National Park to see some Mayan ruins and then we will make our way to Flores, a beautiful town by Petén Lake. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. There are many remarkable natural and archaeological wonders in the region. Overnight at Hotel Casona de la Isla. Estimated Travel time: 1.5hr /110 km”

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Mayan Essence Tour AT A GLANCE Tap into your inner explorer and join us for our Mayan Adventure tour. On this exciting 15-day multi-country tour, you’ll get to explore magnificent cities of the ancient Mayan’s in 3 enchanting countries; Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

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Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Contact one of our friendly consultants for pre and post tours suggestions.

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Del Arco Street, Antigua Day 9: Flores – Rio Dulce Travel from Flores to Rio Dulce town and enjoy the view of the river. Rio Dulce, which means ‘Sweet River’, is a lovely town intersected by waterways. A boat tour is one of the best ways to see this beautiful location. Tonight travelers will stay at the hospitable Hotel Hacienda Tijax (or similar). Estimated Travel time: 7hr / 210 km (Public Bus) Day 10: Rio Dulce You have the whole day to explore whichever sites you find most interesting. Some of the most popular include the Citadel of the Castillo San Felipe, the Mayan Ruins of Quirigua, the Finca Paraiso Hot-springs and Waterfall, and the Rio Dulce National Park. Really take this opportunity to explore the wild side of Mexico. Stay at the charming Hotel Hacienda Tijax or similar for a second evening. Day 11: Rio Dulce - Antigua Today you will have the time to explore this lovely town. Tour the museum, churches, and colonial buildings. Antigua is a great place to buy colorful fabrics, jade jewelry, and silver trinkets. Look forward to a relaxing overnight stay at the peaceful Posada La Merced or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 6hr /290 km (Public Bus Rio Dulce Guatemala City / Private Guatemala - Antigua) Day 12: Antigua – Panajachel Travel by land to Panajachel, located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Panajachel (or Pana, as it is widely known) is a small town on the North shore of Lake Atitlán. Overnight at Hotel Kamol Bey or Similar Estimated travel time: 5 hrs /405 km” Day 13: Panajachel – San Juan La Laguna Boat across Lake Atitlan to San Juan La Laguna. This tranquil town is a great place to see local artists painting in the traditional native style. If you want a truly unique souvenir this is the perfect place to get

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one. Tonight, we will have the opportunity to learn more about Mayan traditions by visiting a Mayan house and learning more about Tz’utujil food and culture. Overnight at Posadas Mayas Rupalajistalin. (D) Day 14: San Juan La Laguna – Antigua Today you will explore the city of Antigua. This former capital has several large monuments that tell the history of the place and is a great place to shop. Spend your afternoon discovering this UNESCO World Heritage site on your own. Tonight you will stay at the beautiful Hotel San Jorge or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1hr /78 km. (B) Day 15: Antigua Today you will have the time to explore on your own all that this town has to offer and pick up any last minute souvenirs to take back with you. This will be your last night in magnificent Guatemala. Day 16: Depart Antigua Departure day, sadly it is time to depart. Our staff would be thrilled to book your transfer to the airport or help you extend your stay in radiant Guatemala. Hasta pronto!

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Includes: 10 hotel nights, 1 home-stay nights, 4 at Jungle Lodge, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner (Allow US$400 per person for meals not included, All transport to/from between destinations (Private & Public Buses), Guided visit of Tikal Ruins, Boat taxi Chetumal to Caye Caulker to Belize City, Borders Crossing Support, Bilingual English speaking tour leader throughout, some excursions as per itinerary and local guides. Not Included: Meals and optional excursions not listed in program, Entrance and Exit Taxes of Mexico, Belize & Guatemala for a total combined taxes of US$70 per person approx., Tips to guides, tour leader, local guides, drivers of approx. US$270, expenses of personal nature such as: Tips, drinks, laundry, phone calls, visae and any other item not listed in the inclusions section.

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Multi-Country Tours

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18 DAY ESSENCE OF CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR This 18-day tour takes you through some of the most amazing countries in Central America. Your journey begins in the charming colonial city of Antigua. From here you will travel southward through 4 spectacular Central American countries – Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica! Visit the impressive Mayan ruins in Copan, swim at the beautiful beaches of Bay Island, admire volcanoes on the Isla de Ometepe, and wander through the mysterious cloud forest in Monteverde. This trip is an absolute must for all the explorers out there!

6 DAY GUATEMALA Highlands Tour (Post-Tour) Discover the highlands and its traditional Mayan culture. Visit Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan area, the colonial and quaint city of Antigua. Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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. Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels or similar, all breakfasts and assistance of our local operator.

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Day 2: Antigua – Copán Ruinas Early morning departure to Copan to avoid traffic. Copán is a remarkable archaeological site in western Honduras, close to the Guatemalan border. Tonight you will stay at the vibrant Hotel Camino Maya or a similar. Estimated Travel Time: 8hr/ 200 km. Day 3: Copán Ruinas Today you will have time to explore the city of Copan. Those who are interested may take an optional excursion to the Ruins. Overnight at Hotel Camino Maya or similar. Day 4: Copán Ruinas - La Ceiba - Roatán Today we will travel by van/bus to La Ceiba on the Caribbean coast and then by ferry from La Ceiba to Roatan. , the bay islands. Roatan history holds 2 many surpris. Tonight you will stay at that quaint 1 Hotel La Quinta Inn. Estimated Travel Time: 8hr /320 km by land & 2hr /75 km by ferry 1

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Day 5: Roatán If you are up for an adventure we recommend a visit to 2the east end of the island to the largest of all the Bay Island beaches for some opportunity to snorkel, diving and kayaking. Return to the Hotel La Quinta Inn for a second evening.

Day 6: Roatán Roatán is a world-famous destination for SCUBA diving and snorkelling. The coral reef here is home to sea turtles, dolphins, rays, hundreds of species of colorful fish, corals and sea-sponges. You can also explore the clear waters on a boat, kayak or paddleboard. Spend another great night at Hotel La Quinta Inn. Day 7: Roatán - Tegucigalpa - León Morning domestic flight to the city of Tegucigalpa, where a comfortable bus will be waiting to take us to the quaint city of Leon in Nicaragua for a panoramic city tour on arrival. Overnight at Los Balcones Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 4hr / 229 km by land 2hr /75 km by ferry. Day 8: León - Managua - Granada In the afternoon you will visit Granada, a town on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. This small town is rich in both nature and history. Here you will visit an extinct volcano, an archipelago, and the oldest city in the country.Overnight at Hotel Cocibolca or similar. Estimated Travel time: 8hr /581 km 1 hour border crossing. Day 9: Granada The city of Granada is one of the most important and most visited destinations in Nicaragua. Granada’s many museums, galleries, hotels, restaurants, bars, and a spirited cosmopolitan atmosphere make this a must-visit destination. Here you can visit the Mombacho Volcano and the rare and exotic cloud forest that grows around it. Overnight at the charming Hotel Cocibolca or similar.

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Essence of Central America Tour AT A GLANCE Discover the most beautiful places in Central America on this thrilling journey through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica!

Atitlan Lake, Guatemala

When you join us for the Ultimate Central America tour you will see some of the world’s most impressive cultural treasures, participate in unique and enthralling experiences, and enjoy the relaxed rhythms of daily life in this fascinating subcontinent. Each country is similar but unique.

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Church in Leon, Nicaragua Day 10 : Granada Today you have a free day to partake in activities such as surfing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, rappelling and stand up paddle-boarding, sailing at sunset, or yoga! This is also a great time to explore the city on foot. Overnight at Hotel Cocibolca (or similar). Day 11: Granada - Isla Ometepe Today you will visit Ometepe, a beautiful island in Lake Nicaragua. Remarkable little island with spectacular natural features, fascinating archaeological sites, and tranquil beaches. Tonight you will get to experience local life as you stay with a family. Estimated Travel Time: 2.5hr /80 km by land - 30 min/10 km by ferry. (B) Day 12: Isla de Ometepe Free day for optional excursions such as climbing one of the two volcanoes on the island, viewing petroglyphs, hiking or kayaking in the Charco Verde Reserve, swimming in clear spring-water at Ojo de Agua, or simply exploring the island on foot or by bike. Homestay (B,D) Day 13: Isla de Ometepe - Monteverde Ferry back to San Jorge. Continue by public buses to Peñas Blancas, the border Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We will finally arrive at the amazing cloud forest of Monteverde where you can experience monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. Overnight at Historias Lodge or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 6.5hr / 270 km. (B)

the main tourist destinations in Costa Rica and Central America. In addition to its major attraction, the Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna offers visitors a wide range of services and a variety of adventure activities to choose from! Overnight at the lovely Hotel San Bosco Inn. Estimated Travel Time: 3.5hr/ 150 km. Day 16: La Fortuna There are many activities to do in La Fortuna, such as rappelling, rafting class, ATV tours, Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve, Arenal Volcano Hike, Cerro Chato Hike, Canopy Tour, or the Venado Caves. Tonight you will stay at the pretty Hotel San Bosco. Day 17: La Fortuna - San José After breakfast we will leave for the capital city San Jose. This is a great time to get acquainted with the urban atmosphere in a Central American city and do some last minute shopping. Enjoy an elegant evening at the beautiful Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas or a similar accommodation. Estimated travel time: 3hr/ 170 km. Day 18: Departure At convenient time! We will gladly arrange your transfer to the airport or help you extend your stay.

Tucan, Costa Rica

18 DAY - ESSENCE OF CENTRAL AMERICA - Code: UCASC PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - FROM Seasons (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double/Twin

$2,712

Single Supp.

Day 14: Monteverde Free time for optional activities. Visitors can explore this internationally recognized environment from trails and trams, along canopy tours or inside museums. Adventuring through this verdant and mountainous world is thrilling! Spend another night at the lovely Hotel Historias Lodge.

Includes: 14 hotel nights, 2 home-stay nights, 1 Cabana night, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners (Allow US$400 per person for meals not included, All transport to/from between destinations (Private & Public Buses), Rountrip Ferry La Ceiba - Roatan, Roundtrip Ferry San Jorge - Moyogalpa, Borders Crossing Support, English speaking tour leader throughout, some excursions as per itinerary and local guides.

Day 15: Monteverde - La Fortuna Van to Lake Arenal and then cross the lake by boat before continuing onto La Fortuna, one of

Not Included: Meals and optional excursions not listed in program, Entrance and Exit Taxes of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica for a total combined taxes of US$90 per person approx., Tips to guides, tour leader, local guides, drivers of approx. US$270, expenses of personal nature such as: Tips, drinks, laundry, phone calls, visae and any other item not listed in the inclusions section.

6Apr, 14May, 11Jun, 9Jul, 6Aug, 3Sep & 1Oct 2016

$2,712

$860

19 Mar 2016

$3,217

$860

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Multi-Country Tours

Vintage cars in Havana, Cuba

15 DAY CUBA & MEXICO TOUR 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.

6 DAY GUATEMALA Highlands Tour (Post-Tour) Discover the highlands and its traditional Mayan culture. Visit Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan area, the colonial and quaint city of Antigua. Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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. Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels or similar, all breakfasts and assistance of our local operator.

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Day 1: Arrival in Havana After your arrival in Havana, you will be met and assisted at the airport and transferred to the Hotel Habana Libre or similar, where you will spend the first night. Day 2: Havana Explore the historic center 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 Habana Libre or similar.(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”. Today’s overnight accommodation is located in Vinales, a small town situated between green tobacco fields and monumental limestone formations called ‘Mogotes’. Accommodation at Home-Stay.(B) 2 1 Day 4: Viñales - Cienfuegos Trip to sunny Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the 1 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. This so-called ‘Treasure Lake’ is located amid numer2 ous canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Jagua or similar. (B)

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad Todays 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 6: Trinidad Start your day with a guided walking tour of exciting Trinidad. There is lots to see in the colonial old town of Trinidad, including the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Today, the Palacio Brunet is home of the Museo Romantico. In the afternoon you will go on an excursion to the beach where you can enjoy the Caribbean sea and relax under palm trees. Accommodation at Home-Stay.(B) 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. Here rest the remains of the famous revolutionist, which were only found a few years ago. Enjoy your last evening in Havana as you see fit. Accommodation at Hotel Habana Libre.(B) Day 8: Havana - Cancun - Chichen Itza It’s time to bid farewell to beautiful Cuba. You will be driven to the airport where you will board your flight to Cancun. Somebody will be waiting for you at Cancun airport and when you arrive he/she will bring you to Chichen Itza. Unwind after your flight

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Cuba & Mexico Tour AT A GLANCE The Cuba and Mexico Group Tour will take you on an exploration of two amazing countries. In Cuba, you’ll visit the famous tobacco plantations in the Viñales Valley and the famous colonial towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Chichen Itza Ruins, Mexico

Then, in Mexico, you can truly see ancient history as you explore the Mayan ruin cities of Tulum and Chichen Itza. In between city tours and sightseeing, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beaches.

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Tulum Ruins and Beach, Mexico as you go on a sightseeing tour. Overnight at Hotel Dolores Alba Chichen Itza.(B)

enjoy a typical Mexican drink. Overnight at Hotel Playa del carmen by H&A. (B)

Day 9: Chichén Itzá - Izamal - Merida Today you will get to experience an informative tour of the amazing archaeological site of Chichen Itza. After touring this remarkable ancient Mayan city you will continue to Izamal, a colonial city, which was declared “Pueblo Mágico“ (magical place). This is in honor of the city’s authenticity and beauty. Once you have arrived in Mérida you will go and discover the city. Accommodation at Hotel Dolores Alba Merida.(B)

Day 14: Playa del Carmen Spend your last day entirely as you wish. Relax at the beach, go shopping or pickup some final souvenirs for friends and family at home. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner and one of the town’s many delicious restaurants. Accommodation at Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A.(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. On a 2.5 hour boat trip in the mangroves you will be able to see the birds in their natural habitat. Accommodation at Hotel Dolores Alba in Merida.(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. Valladolid is sure to enchant you.Overnight at Hotel Maria de la Luz. (B) 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 13: Tulum - Playa del Carmen Today’s destination is called Playa del Carmen. Spend the whole day at the beach if you like, swimming or relaxing in the shade. You can enjoy the evening in one of the town’s various bars and

Day 15: Depart Playa del Carmen At convenient time, transfer to Cancun airport for your onward/return flight.(B)

Vinales Valley, Cuba

Salsa dancer, Havana

15 DAY - CUBA & MEXICO TOUR - Code: WCSC PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - FROM Seasons (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double/Twin

$3,734

Single Supp.

9Apr, 7May, 4Jun, 2Jul, 24Sep, 22 Oct 2016

$3,734

$770

30Jul & 27Aug 2016

$3,856

$770

17 Dec 2016 (To be confirmed)

$4,169

$770

Includes: 11 hotel nights, 3 home-stay nights, 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Allow US$400 per person for meals not included, All transport to/from between destinations, city tours of Izamal, Valladolid and Merida, flight from Havana to Cancun, , guided tours of Chichen Itza and Tulum, English speaking tour leader throughout, some excursions as per itinerary and local guides. Not Included: Meals and optional excursions not listed in program, Cuban visa of approx. AU$85, Mexico control card, exit Taxes of Cuba of approx. CUC25, tips to guides, tour leader, local guides, drivers of approx. US$260, expenses of personal nature such as: Tips, drinks, laundry, phone calls, visae and any other item not listed in the inclusions section.

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Multi-Country Tours

Aztec dancers at Zocalo Square, Mexico City

22 DAY CUBA & MEXICO HIGHLIGHTS TOUR Your journey begins in the charming and timeless Cuba, where you will explore the lush and fragrant Viñales Valley, which is the country’s most important tobacco growing region. You will also get the opportunity to visit the colourful and bustling colonial towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and pay your respects at the monumental mausoleum of the infamous Che Guevara. After Cuba get ready to journey on to the magnificent Mexico, where you’ll embark on a tour into the jungle to discover grand and mysterious Mayan ruins. Listen to authentic Mariachi bands in Mexico City and swim beneath the picturesque Agua Azul waterfalls and much more...

6 DAY GUATEMALA Highlands Tour (Post-Tour) Discover the highlands and its traditional Mayan culture. Visit Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan area, the colonial and quaint city of Antigua. Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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. Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels or similar, all breakfasts and assistance of our local operator.

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Day 1: Arrive in Havana Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day in Havana exploring or relaxing with a cocktail at one of Havana’s typical cuban bars. Overnight at Habana Libre Hotel or similar. Day 2: Havana After breakfast, guided walking tour through the old Havana. You will visit the Rum Museum of Havana Club and explore the newer part of Havana in the back of a typical Cuban vintage car. Overnight at Habana Libre Hotel or similar. (B) Day 3: Havana-Viñales This morning you will head westward to the Vinales Valley and visit “Casa del Veguero”, the house of a tobacco farmer. You will also visit the famously beautiful “Cueva del Indio”. Tonight you will stay in the town of Vinales, a small town surrounded by rolling tobacco fields and striking rock formations. Overnight at Home-Stay. (B) Day 4: Viñales – Cienfuegos 2 Trip to Cienfuegos, one of the most striking and 1 spirited cities in all of Cuba. On your way you will stop at the Bay of Pigs for a boat tour on the 1 lovely Laguna del Tesoro. This spectacular village is many idyllic canals, mangrove swamps and palm trees. Overnight at Hotel Jagua. (B) 2

Day 5: Cienfuegos – Trinidad Drive to the stunning colonial city of Trinidad, founded in 1514 and declared world heritage site by UNESCO. On your way to Trinidad you will go

on an informative pastoral excursion to El Cubano Park located in the Topes de Collantes National Park. Look forward to lunch at a typical local restaurant. Overnight at Home-Stay (B,L) Day 6: Trinidad Walking tour of vibrant Trinidad. There is lots to see in this colonial town. Visit the former home of a sugar baron, the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach. Overnight at HomeStay. Day 7: Trinidad - Havana After breakfast you will head back to Havana. On the way you will stop and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and museum in Santa Clara. Make the most of your last night in Cuba in lively Havana. Overnight at Hotel Habana Libre. Day 8: Havana - Mexico City You will be transfered to the airport where you will catch your flight to Mexico City. A driver will pick you up at the airport in Mexico city and take you to your hotel where you can relax or start exploring the city. Overnight at Hotel Metropol or similar (B) Day 9: Mexico City Today you will get to know the charm of the metropolis Mexico City. Start your walk at Zócalo, one of the biggest squares in the world. Amongst other things you will be visiting some of the most important sights in the city. Overnight at Hotel Metropol or similar (B)

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Cuba & Mexico Highlights Tour AT A GLANCE Our 22-day tour visits not one, but two amazing countries; Cuba and Mexico! Your journey begins in the charming and timeless Cuba, where you will explore the lush and fragrant Viñales Valley, the colonial towns of Trinidad & Cienfuegos. In Mexico, embark on a tour into the jungle to discover grand and mysterious Mayan ruins. Listen to authentic Mariachi bands in Mexico City and swim beneath the picturesque Agua Azul waterfalls. Vintage cars in Havana, Cuba Gulf of Mexico

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Cuban Santera Day 10: Mexico City - Puebla – Oaxaca After breakfast you will go to Puebla located in the Valley of Cuetlaxcoapan at the bottom of one of Mexico’s highest valcanos. After a guided tour, you will have the chance to enjoy views of Puebla’s famous church over lunch. Overnight at Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar. (B) Day 11: Oaxaca Oaxaca offers the perfect blend of Mexican hospitality, lively native traditions, colonial culture and the deliciously varied Mexican cuisine. In the afternoon you will visit a factory where the traditional Mezcal spirit is produced. Overnight at Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar. (B) Day 12: Oaxaca – San Cristóbal de las Casas Today you will take public transportation to San Cristóbal. This spectacularly beautiful city is characterized by colourful houses set against a backdrop of mountains and lush green forest. Overnight at Hotel San Martin or similar. (B) Day 13: San Cristóbal de las Casas Free day for optional activities: Go on an excursion to the Lagunas de Montebello National Park or the Huitepec Eco-reserve. Overnight at Hotel San Martin or similar. (B) Day 14: San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan During the tour of the Chiapas region you will discover the native communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan. You will wander around an artisan market and get the chance to visit the impressive church of San Juan Bautista and the church of San Lorenzo in Zinacantan. Overnight at Hotel San Martin or similar. (B) Day 15: San Cristóbal – Agua Azul – Misol Ha – Palenque After breakfast you will leave San Cristóbal and journey to Palenque. On route visit the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls, and Misol Ha. Overnight at Hotel Jaguar Panchan or similar. (B)

Day 16: Palenque Today you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most fascinating Maya sites of Mexico, the ruins of Palenque (optional). This place of discovery used to be a Mayan metropolis. Overnight at Hotel Jaguar Panchan or similar. (B) Day 17: Palenque – Campeche Transfer to Campeche. This charming, colonial city invites you to stroll through the old town where you will discover impressive cultural treasures, palaces and temples. Overnight at Hotel Baluartes or similar. (B) Day 18: Campeche – Mérida Drive to Merida the capital of Yucatan. Today Merida has a population of about 1 million and is the location one of the most beautiful traditional Mexican markets. Discover the most important highlights of the city on a guided tour. Overnight at Hotel Baluartes or similar. (B) Day 19: Mérida Spend the day as you wish. Optional activities are a visit of the Uxmal ruins, an excursion to the Cuzama Cenotes, or a trip to the Celestun Na-

Carnival in San Juan Chamula tional Park. Overnight at Hotel Baluartes or similar. (B) Day 20: Mérida - Izamal - Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen Drive to Playa del Carmen. On your way you will visit the enchanting city of Izamal. We will then visit the magnificent archaeological site Chichen Itza. Here you will have a guided tour that will teach you about the impressive and mysterious Mayan culture. Overnight at Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A or similar. (B) Day 21: Playa del Carmen Rest and relax on one of the dreamlike beaches of Playa del Carmen. This is a great time to shop for souvenirs for friends and family or explore the town. The Avenida 5 has numerous bars and restaurants and it’s the perfect place for your last night in Playa del Carmen. Day 22: Depart Playa del Carmen Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. End of our services. (B)

22 DAY - CUBA & MEXICO HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - Code: CMHSC PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - FROM Seasons (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double/Twin

$4,877

Single Supp.

9Apr, 7May, 4Jun, 2Jul, 24Sep, 22 Oct 2016

$4,877

$1,052

30Jul & 27Aug 2016

$5,090

$1,052

17 Dec 2016 (To be confirmed)

$5,768

$1,052

Includes: 18 hotel nights, 3 home-stay nights, 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Allow US$550 per person for meals not included, All transport to/from between destinations, city tours Havana, Trinidad, Puebla, Izamal, Campeche and Merida, flight from Havana to Mexico City, guided tours of Chichen Itza and as per program, English speaking tour leader throughout, some excursions as per itinerary and local guides. Not Included: Meals and optional excursions not listed in program, Cuban visa of approx. AU$85, Mexico control card, exit Taxes of Cuba of approx. CUC25, tips to guides, tour leader, local guides, drivers of approx. US$380, expenses of personal nature such as: Tips, drinks, laundry, phone calls, visae and any other item not listed in the inclusions section.

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Multi-Country Tours

Palenque Ruins, Mexico

11 DAY AZTECS, OLMECS & MAYANS TOUR This is a great combination to explore the fascinating and mystic world of the Aztecs, Olmecs in Mexico and the Mayan Civilasation in Chiapas and Guatemala. Colourful markets, peaceful lakes and temples that burst out of jungle foliage make this one of Central America’s most satisfying destinations. Cross the border into Guatemala. It is here that vestiges of the Mayan civilisation loom out of the undergrowth at every turn. Sites replete with temples and pyramids festooned with sacred carvings were, once abandoned, swallowed up by a rapacious jungle but are now gradually being revealed. You will visit the best known site of Palenque and Tikal.

6 DAY GUATEMALA Highlands Tour (Post-Tour) Discover the highlands and its traditional Mayan culture. Visit Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan area, the colonial and quaint city of Antigua. Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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. Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels or similar, all breakfasts and assistance of our local operator.

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Day 1. Mon: Arrive Mexico City Arrival at Mexico City airport. Assistance and transfer to your hotel. Overnight. Day 2. Tue: Mexico City In the morning, a panoramic visit through the city, starting at the historic downtown, visitin g the main square, Zocalo, Cathedral, Government Palace, Diego Rivera’s Murals. We will continue on to Reforma Avenue and Chapultepec. A brief visit to the Anthropology National Museum, one of the most important in the world. There you may stay on your own or go back to the hotel. Free afternoon. We suggest an optional excursion to Xochimilco’s water canals. Overnight. (B) Day 3. Wed: Mexico City Breakfast. Full day tour of Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine with lunch. We start with a stop at Tlatelolco area for a brief visit to the Three Cultures Square. Continue to Guadalupe Shrine, the second most visited catholic sanctuary in the world. In the afternoon continue to the massive archae2 ological site of Teotihuacan (500 BC-AD 700). The 1 site was the first major urban area in the New World and was named “the City of the Gods”. On the1 site we will see the Pyramid of the Sun, which the adventurous can climb. This is the pyramid at which the cult of the famous god Quetzalcoatl began.2 Legend dictates that he allowed himself to be tested by bravely casting himself into a fire. He survived the fire but was transformed into a plumed serpent. Other structures on the site in-

clude the Pyramid of the Moon, the Avenue of the Dead, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. We have a comprehensive tour of the site, before heading to the hotel. Overnight. (B,L) Day 4. Thu: Mexico City/Puebla/Oaxaca Breakfast. Departure to Puebla “City of Angels” visiting Santa Maria Tonantzintla, and Puebla’ Historical Downtown. Lunch. Continue to Oaxaca. Arrival and Overnight. (B,L) Departure in the morning from Mexico City towards Oaxaca. During the journey we will visit Puebla de los Angeles. Lunch. Continue journey to Oaxaca. Rest of the day free to walk around the city streets and shops. Accommodation. Day 5. Fri: Oaxaca/Monte Alban/Mitla/Tule Breakfast. Full day tour to Monte Alban archaeological ruins and Mitla. (B) In the morning we will visit Monte Alba´n archeological site. A prehispanic city built upon a mountain. There, art and architecture from Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec cultures will be appreciated. Then, we will visit Mitla: the city of the dead. We will meet the Tule tree, which could be the most voluminous living thing in the planet. Return to the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca and visit to the Cathedral, Santo Domingo temple and the Gold Museum. Lodging. Day 6. Sat: Oaxaca/Sumidero Canyon/San Cristobal Breakfast on route. Early morning departure (4am)

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Aztecs, Olmec & Mayans Tour AT A GLANCE The Cuba and Mexico Group Tour will take you on an exploration of two amazing countries. In Cuba, you’ll visit the famous tobacco plantations in the Viñales Valley and the famous colonial towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Teotihuacan Ruins, Mexico

Then, in Mexico, you can truly see ancient history as you explore the Mayan ruin cities of Tulum and Chichen Itza. In between city tours and sightseeing, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beaches.

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Ribbon Dance, Yucatan to San Cristobal de las Casas, en route, visit the Sumidero Canyon. (B,L)

is the most famous natural and cultural reservoir of Guatemala. Accommodation.

Day 7. Sun: San Cristobal de las Casas/Montebello Lakes Head towards Amatenango del Valle; then we will visit the Chiflon Cascades, a natural waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. Later will arrive to the most beautiful lake zone in all of Mexico, the Montebello Lagoons which is a declared natural reserve composed of pine trees and oak trees at the higher parts and of jungle at the lowest. Return to San Cristobal. Accommodation. (B)

Day 11. Thu: Depart Flores Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. End of this exciting trip. Extension to the highlands in Guatemala available.

Day 8. Mon: San Cristobal/Agua Azul/Palenque Breakfast. We will visit the Agua Azul Cascades (Blue Water Cascades). These waterfalls are colored with diverse pretty turquoise tonalities. If the weather is good, we will also visit Misol Ha Cascade with possibility for swimming. We will continue towards Palenque. Dinner and Accommodation. Day 9. Tue: Palenque(Mexico)Flores(Guatemala) Breakfast. Visit to the archeological site of Palenque, built in the heart of a jungle. This city was one of the most important urban centers of the Mayan culture. Now it is one of the most popular and important archeological sites due both for the historical discoveries and for the beauty of them. The sarcophagus of king Pakal was found inside the “Piramide de las Inscripciones” (inscriptions pyramid) with a tombstone engraved in relief. Temple of the Cruz Foliada. Temple of the Sun and Palace. The trip continues along the road towards the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Arrival to the city of Flores, a Little town on the shores of Lake Pete´n Itza´. Accommodation. Day 10. Wed: Flores/Tikal/Flores Breakfast In the morning we will visit Tikal. This place is the largest excavated site in America and contains some of the most fascinating archeological discoveries of the ancient Mayan civilization. It

San Juan Chamula Church

Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

11 DAY - AZTECS, OLMECS & MAYANS - Code: AOMTJT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - FROM Seasons (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events) 3Jan - 24Mar 2016 25-29 Mar 2016 30Mar - 15Dec 2016

$3,228

Double/Twin

Single Supp.

$3,228

$731

O/R

O/R

$3,338

$791

Includes: 10 hotel nights in 4 star hotels, meals as per program, sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides, all transfers with assistance, local representative assistance, hotel taxes and meals as per program. Not Included: Meals and optional excursions not listed in program, Mexico entry card, local airport taxes, tips to guides, tour leader, local guides, drivers of approx. US$185, expenses of personal nature such as: Tips, drinks, laundry, phone calls, visae and any other item not listed in the inclusions section.

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Mexico Tours

MEXICO TOURS

San Miguel de Allende Street

MEXICO TOURS

MUST DO With so many cultural, archaelogical and natural attractions in Mexico. There are plenty of things to do and see: 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 much more. If you prefer tell us where you want to go, and the type of accommodation and we will design your dream holiday for you.

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. We offer a wide range of escorted and independent tours of Mexico.

Popular Tours Cultures of Mexico Tour 13D/12N This Tour captures Mexico’s diverse offerings in one trip. Starting with Mexico City and ending in the Yucatan peninsula, 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 a well deserved rest in Cancun where the tour concludes. Itinerary (Mon): Day1 Arrive in Mexico City, Day 2 Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour, Day 3 City Tour and Anthropology Museum, Day 4 Trip to Oaxaca via Puebla, Day 5 Montealban Ruins, Day 6 Sumidero Canyon, continue to San Cristobal, Day 7 Natives Towns, 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 Cancun, Day 13 Depart Cancun. From

$3,325 Per person, Twin Share

Viceregal Cities 10D/9N 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. 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 (Mon): Day1 Arrive in Mexico City, Day 2 Mexico City Tour Day 3 Trip to San Miguel Allende via Queretaro, Day 4 Visit Dolores Hidalgo, continue to Guanajuato, Day 5 Tour of Guanajuato, later to Zacatecas, Day 6 Visit Zacatecas, continue to Guadalajara, Day 7 Trip to Tequila, Day 8 Transfer to Patzcuaro, city tour, Day 9 Visit Morelia, continue to Mexico City, Day 10 Depart Mexico City. From

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$2,560 Per Person Twin Share


Mexico Tours AT A GLANCE 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

Mezcal Factory Oaxaca

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).

Mexican Mole, Oaxaca Market

Try to avoid Mexico’s southern coast between July and September – the resorts are decidedly soggy and jam-packed, as JulyAugust is also the peak holiday months for foreign visitors.

Weaver in Chiapas

Copper Canyon 5D/4N When people talk about the Copper Canyon, they are referring to a section of the Sierra Madre of northwestern Mexico known as the Sierra Tarahumara (after the indigenous people who live there). The area was formed through violent volcanic uplifting followed by the gradual process of erosion that carved a vast network of canyons into the soft volcanic stone. In geological time, it’s much newer than the Grand Canyon. 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. Itinerary: Day 01: Arrive Los Mochis Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Day 02: Los Mochis/Divisadero Early morning transfer to the train station for train trip to Divisadero, one of the most spectacular sites of the Copper Canyon. (B,L,D) Day 03: Divisadero/Creel Breakfast, morning at leisure. In the afternoon, reboard the train for an hour trip to Creel. Transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 04: Creel/Chihuahua After breakfast, you have the opportunity to explore the surroundings. In the afternoon continue along the Tarahumara Mountain Range to Chihuahua. Transfer to your hotel.(B). Day 05: Depart Chihuahua Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B) From

$1,623

Per Person Twin Share

1 Chihuahua 1 1

Creel

Divisadero

1

MEXICO

Los Mochis

Guadalajara 2

Patzcuaro 1

1

Gulf of Mexico

Zacatecas

CUBA 1 Guanajuato

Merida

1 San Miguel Allende

Campeche

Puebla

Cultures of Mexico Viceregal Cities Copper Canyon

2 Cancun

1

Mexico City 3

Chichen Itza

1

Uxmal Ruins

Palenque Oaxaca

2

Sumidero Canyon

1 2

Indian Towns

BELIZE

San Cristobal de las Casas

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

MEXICO TOURS - MTJT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex MEX - FROM

$2,560

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*.

Cultures of Mexico - Dep Mon

$3,325

$904

Vice-Regal Cities - Dep Mon

$2,560

$737

Copper Canyon

$1,623

O/R

Cultures of Mexico, Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 Dinners, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, escort, accommodation in 4 star hotels. Viceregal, Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, escort, accommodation in 4 star hotels. Copper Canyon, Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, accommodation in 3 star hotels, train ticket from Los Mochis to Chihuahua.

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Costa Rica Tours

COSTA RICA TOURS

Anteater, Osa Peninsula

COSTA RICA TOURS

MUST DO Costa Rica’s strikingly diverse terrain lush forests, wildlife reserves, and tropical beaches offers a little something for every traveler. 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. Whether you seek sun, nature or adventure, there’s much to discover in this paradise.

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...

Popular Tours Costa Rica Nature Adventure 8D

Costa Rica Paradise 11D/10N

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

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.

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.

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

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 From

$1,709

Per person, Twin Share

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 traip 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. From

Arenal Waterfalls

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$2,205 Per Person Twin Share


Costa Rica Tours AT A GLANCE Area: 51,100 sq km (19,929 sq mi) Population: 3.8 million Capital City: San José (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

Poas Volcano

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.

Flying-Fox, Osa Peninsula

April, May and mid-October to mid-December should give you the best of both worlds.

Thre-Toed Sloth

Costa Rica Wildlife Paradise 5D/4N NICARAGUA

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.

Rincon de la Vieja Arenal

Rio San Carlos

Monteverde

Saripiqui

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. Itinerary: Day 01: Arrive in San Jose Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Day 02: San Jose/Drake Bay Fly to Drake Bay airstrip and boat ride to Punta Marenc. (B,L,D) Day 03: Corcovado National Park Today you will enjoy a hiking tour through Corcovado National Park, often called “the most biologically intense place on earth,” comprising thirteen major ecosystems. First, arrive by boat at the Park entrance at San Pedrillo, before walking into the jungle where you will be surrounded by the untamed wildlife Costa Rica is famous for. (B,L,D) Day 04: Cano Island Today you’re off on for an excursion with a local guide by boat, to the precious Caño Island in the Pacific Ocean, 10 miles offshore. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, the Caño Island offers some of the most exciting sea life in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. (B,L,D) Day 05:Depart Drake Bay Breakfast and boat transfer to the airstrip in Drake Bay for your flight back to San Jose. End of Services. (B) From

$1,623

Per Person Twin Share

Caribbean Sea

Tortuguero

San Jose

COSTA RICA CR Nature Adventure Costa Rica Paradise CR Wildlife Paradise Pacific Ocean

Cano Island

Drake Bay Corcovado Nat. Park

PANAMA

COSTA RICA TOURS - Code: CRTV PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex SJO - FROM

$1,710

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Costa Rica Nature Adventure 8D/7N - Budget

$1,710

$715

Costa Rica Nature Adventure 8D/7N - Comfort

$2,983

$935

Costa Rica Paradise 11D/10N - Budget

$2,205

$1,364

Costa Rica Paradise 11D/10N - Comfort

$4,750

$1,550

Costa Rica Wildlife Paradise 5D/4N

$1,835

O/R

CR Nature Adventure, Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1dinner, sightseeing tours, entry fees to sites, accommodation in hotels and lodges. CR Paradise, 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. CR Wildlife Paradise, 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.

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Guatemala Tours

GUATEMALA TOURS

Chichicastenango Market

GUATEMALA TOURS

MUST DO Guatemala is a lot more than just the Mayan wonders, though. Guatemala has one of the most densely packed lists of things worth seeing anywhere in Latin America. 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. You’d have a tough time finding a country with a more diverse range of activities, and, perhaps best of all, it’s pleasantly affordable.

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.

Popular Tours Colourful Guatemala 7D/6N 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. 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 IDepart Guatemala City. From

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$1,079 Per person, Twin Share

Guatemala Highlands 6D/5N 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. 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. Itinerary: (Starts on Wednesdays) Day1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Day 2 Chichicastenango’s colourful open-air 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.

From

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$998

Per Person Twin Share


Guatemala Tours AT A GLANCE

Chichicastenango Market

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.

Antigua Guatemala

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.

Mayan Weaver

Mayan Woman

Heart of the Mayan World 8D/7N 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.

MEXICO

Tikal Flores

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) From

$1,715

Per Person Twin Share

BELIZE Caribbean Sea

El Ceibal

GUATEMALA Pacific Ocean

Coban

Colourful Guatemala Guatemala Highlands Heart of the Mayan World

Puerto Barrios

Quirigual

Chichicastenango Quetzaltenango

Livingston Rio Dulce

Guatemala City

Copan (Honduras) HONDURAS

Antigua EL SALVADOR

GUATEMALA TOURS - Code: GTCT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex GUA - FROM

$998

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Colourful Guatemala 7D/6N

$1,079

$487

Guatemala Highlands 6D/5N

$998

$461

$1,715

$495

Heart of the Mayan World 8D/7N

Colourful Guatemala, 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. Guatemala Highlands, 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. Heart of the Mayan World, 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.

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Panama Tours

PANAMA TOURS

Kuna women in San Blas Ilslands

PANAMA TOURS

MUST DO Panama is a stunning country with much to see and do, but for the uninitiated, the sheer variety of activities you can do here can be a little overwhelming. If you’re planning a Panama vacation, check out our list of the top five things to do and get ready to experience a trip you’ll never forget. 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...

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.

Popular Tours Darien Ethnic Expedition 4D/3N 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. 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. From

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$1,750 Per person, Twin Share

Panama City Classic 5D/4N 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: 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. Itinerary: (Stars on a Wednesday) 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. Note: Ask us for an optional full transit of the canal that only takes place once or twice a month. From

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$955

Per Person Twin Share


Panama Tours AT A GLANCE

Locals in San Blas Islands

Panama Canal

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.

Embera Hunter

Embera Community

San Blas Islands 3D/2N 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!

Caribbean Sea COSTA RICA

San Blas Islands

Colon Panama City

It offers two unbeatable attractions: an opportunity to visit the villages of the San Blas Indians 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- “all natural” lodgings that blend in perfectly with the tropical scenery. Itinerary: Day 1: Kuna Yala – San Blas Archipelago Depart from your hotel early in the morning for a 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 principal community. Enjoy beautiful beaches on the nearby islands!. Lunch and dinner feature fresh San Blas seafood. (BLD) *There are a number of lodges in San Blas and each caters to a slightly different kind of traveler. Some are better suited for couples, others for family groups, etc. We will book the lodge of your preference. Our favo rite 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 from San Blas to Panama City. Your afternoon will be free for relaxation or shopping at your leisure. Optional: City Tour, kayaking tour, folkloric show and dinner at Tinajas Restaurant. Spend the night at a hotel in the city.

Embera Community

PANAMA

COLOMBIA Darien Ethnic Expedition Panama City Classic San Blas Islands

Pacific Ocean

PANAMA TOURS - Code: PTGT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex PTY - FROM

$955

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

Darien Ethnic Expedition 4D/3N

$1,750

O/R

$955

$980

$1,948

OR

Panama City Classic 5D/4N San Blas Islands 3D/2N

SS*

Darien Ethnic Expedition, 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. Panama City Classic, 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.

From

$795

Per Person Twin Share

San Blas Islands, 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.

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Nicaragua Tours

NICARAGUA TOURS

Ruben Dario Park, Leon - Nicaragua

NICARAGUA TOURS

MUST DO Panama is a stunning country with much to see and do, but for the uninitiated, the sheer variety of activities you can do here can be a little overwhelming. If you’re planning a Panama vacation, check out our list of the top five things to do and get ready to experience a trip you’ll never forget. 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...

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.

Popular Tours Around Nicaragua 14D/13N

Best of Nicaragua 13D/12N

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.

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 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 Volcan, continue to Managua, Day 14 Depart. From

Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

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$4,042

Per person, Twin Share

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 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.

From

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$3,262 Per Person Twin Share


Nicaragua Tours AT A GLANCE 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: República 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.

Volcano in Ometepe Island

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

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.

Lake Nicaragua

Granada, NIcaragua

BELIZE

Highlights of Nicaragua 8D/7N This circuit has been carefully tailored for those travelers looking for 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. Besides volcanoes and colonial cities, “Highlights of Nicaragua” also offer its visitors the great opportunity to learn about the process of making top quality cigars in the city of Estelí and also to taste in Matagalpa one of the best chocolate’s of the country. And finally you can experience Nicaragua’s colorful culture through its famous cultural nights “Las Verbenas” lively performed in the city of Masaya, where several folkloric groups show their best dances. 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 This morning we leave the hotel and drive back to Moyogalpa to take the ferry to San Jorge. Then we will head to the international airport in Managua. Departures: 6Mar, 27Mar, 17Apr, 19Jun, 31Jul, 21Aug, 04Sep & 16 Oct 2016 From

$2,702

Per Person Twin Share

HONDURAS

GUATEMALA

EL SALVADOR

NICARAGUA

Caribbean Sea

Matagalpa Leon Managua Montelimar San Juan del Sur

Bluefields

Corn Is. Little Corn Is.

Ometepe Is.

Pacific Ocean Around Nicaragua Best of Nicaragua Nicaragua Highlights

COSTA RICA PANAMA

NICARAGUA TOURS - Code: NTOT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex PTY - FROM

$2,702

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Around Nicaragua 14D/13N

$4,042

O/R

Best of Nicaragua 13D/12N

$3,262

O/R

Highlights of Nicaragua 8D/7N

$2,702

O/R

Around Nicaragua 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, Includes: All transfers, all breakfasts, 1dinner, sightseeing tours such as: Managua citytour, Juan Venado Reserve, Leon city tour, Granada city tourtour and Masaya Volcano, chocolate factory, entry fees to sites, accommodation in 3* hotels. Nicaragua Highlights, 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

CUBA TOURS

Cathedral Square, Havana

CUBA TOURS

MUST DO 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, join a carnival conga line in Santiago or celebrate “las parrandas” at the end of the year in the small town of Remedios and do not forget to visit a tobacco farm.

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.

Popular Tours Colonial Treasures 7D/6N During this 7 day tour you will explore the most beautiful treasures of Cuba. You will start your journey in the vibrant and culturally rich Havana. You will enjoy a boat tour of the Laguna del Tesoro and visit a crocodile farm.

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This 8-day guided group tour will take you around the most beautiful parts of West Cuba; from Havana to Pinar del Río and Viñales.

Trip to Cienfuegos, Sierra de Escambray, Santa Clara and Trinidad. This tour is perfect for those who want to enjoy Cuba by both relaxing in comfortable hotels and also get an insight into daily Cuban life staying in Casas Particulares.

You will have the chance to explore the historical centre of Havana, with its narrow streets and charming squares. Then you will visit the Pinar del Río region and the Viñales Valley, both famed for their majestic scenery. The tour also includes time for you to relax on the Caribbean beach of Cayo Jutías and Cayo Levisa.

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Day 2 Visit Laguna del Tesoro in the Bay of Pigs, continue to Cienfuegos, Days 3 Topes de Collantes National Park, continue to Trinidad, Day 4 Explore the colonial streets and buildings of Trinidad, Day 5 Visit the Che Guevara Memorial, continue to Havana, Day 6 Havana Colonial city tour, Day 7 Depart Havana.

Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Day 2 Explore the historic centre of Havana, Days 3 Visit a tobacco farm, overnight in Vinales, Day 4 Day at the beach in Cayo Jutias, Day 5 Boat trip to Cayo Levisa, overnight, Day 6 Relax at the beach in Cayo Levisa, Day 7 Boat to mainland, visit Soroa, continue to Havana, Day 8 Depart Havana.

Includes: All transfers, 4 hotel nights 2 nights at home-stay, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, Havana and Trinidad city tours, Che Memorial and Topes de Collantes Nat. Park.

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.

From

Tumba dancers, Cuba

Western Cuba 8D/7N

$1,730 Per person, Twin Share

From

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$1,973

Per Person Twin Share


Cuba Tours AT A GLANCE 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

Government Palace, Havana

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.

Tobacco rolling, Cuba

Bici-Taxi Trinidad

Discover Cuba 14D/13N This 14-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, the beautiful southern coast and Cuba’s secondlargest city, Santiago de Cuba. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Day 2 Havana - Santiago de Cuba, Day 3 El Cobre Basilica visit, Day 4 Santiago de Cuba - Sierra Maestra, Day 5 Hike in the Sierra Maestra, Day 6 Sierra Maestra - Camagüey, Day 7 Camagüey - Trinidad, Day 8 Explore colonial Trinidad, Day 9 Trinidad - Cienfuegos, Day 10 Cienfuegos - Viñales, Day 11 Relax at Cayo Jutías beach, Day 12 Viñales - Havana, Day 13 Experience the old part of Havana, Day 14 Depart Havana. Important: If hotels here mentioned are fully booked, we reserve the right to replace them by hotels of similar category without notice. Includes: All transfers, 9 overnights in hotels and 4 nights at home-stay, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, flight Havana to Santiago de Cuba, Santiago city tour, El Cobre Basilica tour, Sierra maestra Hiking, Camaguey and Trinidad city tours, Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias, Cienfuegos city tour, Che Guevara Mausoleum visit, Vinales tobacco tour, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, entry fee to sites and bilingual English speaking guides. Not Included: Entry tourist card, meals not mentioned, tips to drivers, hotel staff and guides, departure tax, travel insurance and items not mentioned above. From

$2,792

Per Person Twin Share

Street dancing, Havana

Havana Cayo Levisa Cayo Jutias Soroa Pinar Vinales del Rio

Varadero Atlantic Ocean

Santa Clara Cienfuegos

The Bahamas

Sierra de Escambray Trinidad

Camaguey

Caribbean Sea CUBA Sierra Maestra Discover Cuba Colonial Treasures Western Cuba

Santiago

Barahona Guantanamo HAITI

JAMAICA

CUBA TOURS - Code: CTSC PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex HAV - FROM

$1,730

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Discover Cuba 14D/13N - Low 12Mar, 26Mar, 23Apr, 21May, 18Jun, 16Jul, 13Aug, 10Sep & 8Oct 2016

$2,792

$526

Discover Cuba 14D/13N - High 5Nov, 19Nov 2016 (To be confirmed)

$2,975

$526

Discover Cuba 14D/13N - Peak 17Dec 2016 (To be confirmed)

$3,066

$526

Colonial Treasures 7D/6N - Low 20Feb, 2Apr, 30Apr, 28May, 25Jun, 20Aug, 17Sep, 15Oct 2016

$1,730

$456

Colonial Treasures 7D/6N - High 26Nov 2016 (To be confirmed)

$1,943

$456

Colonial Treasures 7D/6N - Peak 24Dec (To be confirmed)

$2,065

$456

Western Cuba 8D/7N - Low 24Feb, 6Apr, 4May 1Jun, 29Jun, 27Jul, 24Aug, 21Sep, 19Oct 2016

$1,973

$456

Western Cuba 8D/7N - High 7Dec 2016 (To be confirmed)

$2,125

$456

Western Cuba 8D/7N - Peak 28Dec 2016 (To be confirmed)

$2,247

$456

Note: Prices are just indicative and subject to currency fluctuation without notice. Please cehck with us for latest prices and/or last minute specials.

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Jamaica Tours

JAMAICA TOURS

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

JAMAICA TOURS

MUST DO 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.

Rastafarian

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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.

Handpicked Properties Round Hill Montego Bay

Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios

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.

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.

Package Includes: 4 nights Ocean Front Room only, return transfers and 4x4 Safari Excursion.

Package Includes: 4 nights Balcony Suite, room only, return transfers and Zipline/Tube Exc.

5 Days 4 FROM

$1,935 Per person, Twin Share

5 Days FROM

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$1,444 Per Person Twin Share


Jamaica Tours AT A GLANCE

Stone House, Negril

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 yearround. 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.

Blue Mountains

Low season in Jamaica from mid-Apr to midDec 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

Discover Jamaica 7D/6N 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, the second largest city in Jamaica and with duty free policy it is sure to be the first place to start your shopping spree. From there continue to the beautiful Dunns River falls and its limestone staircase to enjoy some time in the clear waters. Head over to Port Antonio, once known as the hideaway for royalty and stars alike. 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. Jamaica is truly a land that boasts the same addictive sun rays, sugary sands and pampered resort-life as most of the other islands, however it is also set apart historically and culturally. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrive in Montego Bay, Day 2 Drive via Ocho Rions, 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. 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. From

$3,474

Per Person Twin Share

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Caribbean Sea Montego Bay

Ocho Rios

Negril Treasure Beach

JAMAICA

Port Antonio Spanish Town

Blue Mountains Kingston

South Coast Tour North Coast Tour Discover Jamaica

Caribbean Sea

JAMAICA TOURS - Code: JTBT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex MBJ - FROM

$1,990

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Discover Jamaica 7D/6N - 16 Apr to 15Dec 2016

$3,474

O/R

Discover Jamaica 7D/6N - 16 Dec 16 to 15 Apr 2017

$3, 595

O/R

South Jamaica Tour 5D/4N - 16 Apr to 15Dec 2016

$2,195

O/R

South Jamaica Tour 5D/4N - 16 Dec 16 to 15 Apr 2017

$2,390

O/R

North Jamaica Tour 4D/3N - 16 Apr to 15Dec 2016

$2,353

O/R

North Jamaica Tour 4D/3N - 16 Dec 16 to 15 Apr 2017

$3,450

O/R

Rose Hill Montego Bay 5D/4N - 16 Apr to 15Dec 2016

$1,990

O/R

Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios 5D/4N - 16Apr to 15 dec 2016

$2.046

O/R

Note: Prices are just indicative and subject to currency fluctuation without notice. Please cehck with us for latest prices and/or last minute specials. Montego Bay & Ocho Rios Packages Inclusions: Transfers in/out, accommodation in selected hotels and room types, mentioned excursions and local representative assistance. Not Included: Expenses of personla nature such as: Phone calls, drinks, laundry, optional tours, tips to porters, hotel staff, drivers or guides.

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Dominican Republic Tours

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS

Punta Cana Beach

MUST DO 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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS 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.

Handpicked Properties Casa Colonial Pto. Plata

Casa de Campo Romana

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.

Carnival in Santo Domingo

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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.

Located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury hotel lies directly beside the beach. The coastal village of Altos des Chav贸n lies close by and offers a selection of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and an amphitheatre.

Package Includes: 4 nights Jr. Suite Tropical View, Room Only, return transfers and Marine Encounters Excursion.

Package Includes: 4 nights Courtyard Elite, Room Only, return transfers from/to La Romana airport and Pirates Boat Excursion.

5 Days FROM $1,275 Per person, Twin Share

5 Days FROM

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$1,475

Per Person Twin Share


Dominican Republic Tours AT A GLANCE 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

Alton de Chavon, La Romana

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.

Fruit Market, Sosua

Cayo Levantado, Samana

Hidden Gems Tour 8D/7N 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. Come enjoy a unique adventure at the Dominican Republic. For eight days and seven nights experience a journey where you can live history and nature full of colors. Here you’ll find 500 years of history, beautiful water cascades, river rapids and the most spectacular virgin beaches all in one place.

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 Caribbean Sea

Learn how Dominican live by visiting small villages and enjoy their typical costumes and food. All these in tourist class hotels and comfortable transportation specially arranged for you. 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.

Merengue dancers

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURS - Code: DRTT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex SDQ, POP or LRM - FROM

$1,275

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.

Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events)

Double

SS*

Hidden Gems Tour 8D/7N - Low Season

$2,541

O/R

Casa Colonial Puerto Plata 5D/4N - Low Season

$1,275

O/R

Casa de Campo La Romana 5D/4N - Low Season

$1,475

O/R

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.

Note: Prices are just indicative and subject to seasonality, currency fluctuation without notice. Please check with us for latest prices and/or last minute specials.

From

$2,541

Per Person Twin Share

Puerto Plata & La Romana Packages Inclusions: Transfers in/out, accommodation room only in selected hotels and room types, mentioned excursions and local representative assistance. Not Included: Expenses of personla nature such as: Phone calls, drinks, laundry, optional tours, tips to porters, hotel staff, drivers or guides.

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Islands of the Bahamas

ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS

Soaking Up the sun at Exumas Is.

MUST DO 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.

ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS 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.

Handpicked Properties Pink Sand Resort

The Cove Atlantis

We also have plenty to do on land to help you relax and enjoy your holiday, visit a spa or play a round of golf, go shopping or take a cultural tour. Or why not explore more of our 16 main islands with an island hopping holiday.

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. Package Includes: 3 nights Garden View Cottage, 3 breakfasts and return transfers.

4 Days FROM $2,807 Per person, Twin Share

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. Package Includes: 3 nights Suite Ocean View, room only, return transfers from/to NAS airport and cultural city tour.

4 Days FROM

Sub-Underwater Adventure, Nassau

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$1,909 Per Person Twin Share


Islands of the Bahamas AT A GLANCE Full name: Commonwealth of the Bahamas Population: 347,000 (UN, 2011) Capital: Nassau Area: 13,939 sq km (5,382 sq miles) Major language: English 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 so-called 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.

The Atlantis Complex, Paradise Is., Nassau

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.

Junkanoo Parade, Nassau

Apartment Complex, Nassau

Islands Hopping Programs

Cozumel Is.

Nature trip - 6 Night Package: 3 nights Long Island (Stella Maris Resort) 3 nights The Exumas (Club Peace & Plenty) Dream Beaches - 6 Night Package: 3 nights Cat Island (Fernandez Bay Village) 3 nights Harbour Island (Coral Sands) Includes: • All transfers and inter-island transfers • Accommodation in selected hotels or similar • Inter-Island Flights • Assistance of our local operators • Some breakfasts, depending on theHonduras program. Important: Pre and/or Post nights might me needed in Nassau in order to complete these programs. From

$2,196

Per Person Twin Share

Atlantic Ocean Eleuthera Island Cat Island

Andros Is.

Gulf of Mexico

Isla Three Islands Safari - 9 Night Package: Mujeres 3 Nights Cat Island (Fernandez Bay Village) Cancun 3 Nights Long Island (Stella Maris Resort) Playa del 3 Nights Exuma (Club Peace &Carmen Plenty)

The Abacos

Bimini Is. Nassau Miami

We have put together these programs with these islands, but we are flexible to design a combination to suit your interests and budget. Taste of The Bahamas - 6 Night package: 2 nights Nassau (Comfort Suites) 2 nights The Exumas (Club Peace & Plenty) 2 nights Eleuthera Island (The Cove Eleuthera)

The Bahamas

Grand Bahama

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!

Diving in the Bahamas

San Salvador

The Exumas Ragged Island

Havana

Rum Cay Long Island Crooked Island

Cuba

Inagua

ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS - Code: BTMH

Mayaguana

Turks & Caicos Islands

Cockburn Town

PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex NAS - FROM Season (Not valid during carnival, NYE, local public holidays or special events) Taste of the Bahamas - 6 Nights - Low Season

Cayman Islands

SS*

Dominican Republic

Haiti$2,878

Port-au-Prince $3,176

Taste of the Bahamas - 6 Nights - High Season George Town

$2,196

Double

$1,750

Santo Domingo $2,047

Three Islands Safari 9 Nights - Low Season

O/R

Jamaica Three Islands Safari 9 Nights - High Season

O/R

O/R

$2,488

$1,273

Nature Trip - 6 Nights - High Season

$2,616

$1,329

Dream Beaches - 6 Nights - Low Season

$2,196

$1,405

$2,273

$1,437

Nature Trip - 6 Nights - Low Season

Dream Beaches - 6 Nights - High Season

Kingston

Caribbean Sea

O/R

Note: Prices are just indicative and subject to currency fluctuation without notice. Please cehck with us for latest prices and/or last minute specials. Important: • Prices not valid for Sep or Oct as most hotels in the outer islands are closed for maintenance. • Prices from 16Dec to 02 Jan are ON REQUEST • Luggage restriction limited to a maximum of 20 Kgs per person. Seasonality: • Low Season: 20Apr - 24Aug & 16 Oct - 14Dec • High Season: 3 Jan - 19 Apr.

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Booking Conditions and Responsibility Please ensure you understand the following conditions before you book your holiday. Reservations are accepted on the basis that you abide by the following conditions. All tours in this brochure and others that we may create are operated by Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Suite 805, 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000. Travel Projects refers only to the tour operating company specified on this page, as does “we”, “us” and “ours”. Bookings are taken on the basis that you accept these conditions. Payment Terms Deposits A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person for land services is required in order to confirm and secure your reservation. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking to be cancelled. Should you need to re-instate any expired reservation due to a non payment of the deposit, we will charge a $55 amendment fee in addition to immediate payment of standard deposit. Additional Deposits Multi-Country Tours: 25% per person, payable within 5 days of confirmation (Non -refundable) Rio de Janeiro/Salvador Carnival/New Year’s Eve: Immediate, NON REFUNDABLE full payment is required on confirmation. Inca Trail: $600 per person non-refundable for us to request. Galapagos Cruises: 25% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation. Jungle Lodges: 50% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation. Skorpios Cruises: 25% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation. Amazon Cruises: 30% with conditions. Per person is required within 5 days of confirmation. Australis Cruises: 30% non-refundable deposit within 5 days of confirmation. Atacama & Patagonia Lodges: 30% - 50% non-refundable deposit within 5 days of confirmation. Some services require immediate $300 deposit in order to confirm Final Payment Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure from Australia, please note, some services require stricter final payment due dates that will be advised to you on the invoice. If reservation is made within 30 days prior to departure, full payment is required at time of booking. Cancellation Fees All cancellations must be received in writing. Following fees or percentages will be charged based on the date of receipt in writing, by fax or by email by Travel Projects of notification of cancellation. Cancellations will take effect the day said written notification is received by us. The following fees apply per person, plus any other cancellation

fees and conditions imposed by other service operators such as Antarctica, Patagonia and Galapagos cruises: a. More than 60 days notice - Loss of deposits. b. 30 to 60 days - 50 % c. Less than 30 day - No refund. Above-mentioned cancellation fees will be strictly adhered to and for this reason we strongly recommend you to take out a travel insurance at the time of reservation. Please advise if you want us to send you an application form for insurance. There is no refund of pre-paid packages on special events Amendments Should you wish to amend your reservation, an amendment fee of $75 will be charged per amendment. Prices Prices shown in this manual have been calculated on tariffs applicable as of 01 March 2016, and are subject to change without notice. If between the date you make your booking and the date of outbound travel from Australia, these air fares and services change; you may be required to pay additional charges. Acceptance of this arrangement is a condition of booking. Late Booking Fee Bookings made within 15 days of commencement of travel will incur a late booking administration fee of $ 55 plus courier costs if necessary. Travel Insurance We strongly recommend Travel Insurance, particularly when touring in Latin America as medical costs and repatriation are very high in that area. Refunds Please note that there will be no refund of unused ground content for any reason. If you make any alteration to any portion of the holiday. Such alteration will be entirely at your own expense. Not included in tour cost Visae, insurance, excess baggage, meals not mentioned, vaccinations, airport departure taxes, beverages, tips, shipboard gratuities, items of personal nature like: Laundry, telephone calls etc., cost of passport, personal services to hotel rooms. Validity We have taken considerable care to make sure all information, tours, itineraries, cruises, are correct at time of printing. Circumstances beyond the control of Travel Projects, may necessitate change in tours/itineraries/ cruises etc. up to the date of departure and including after departure date. Travel Projects can not be held responsible for any changes that may occur and reserves the right to adjust,

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Before booking, you must check with Travel Projects if there are any alterations to this manual. Changes in Itinerary and Hotels The operator reserves the right to deviate the itinerary and substitute hotels should circumstances so dictate. Limitations and Liability Travel Projects Pty Ltd. wishes to advise that under the Trade Practices Act and other legislation consumers have a right to compensation if services are not provided with due care and skill or if services are not reasonably fit for a particular purpose made known by the consumer. This right cannot be excluded. However we advise you that services we render under this Agreement are the booking and packaging of services/tours provided by others such as hotels, transportation companies and tour operators. Travel Projects, its employees and agents will not be responsible and exclude liability for loss or damage to you outside their control including but not limited to any act or omission, cancellation, delay, diversion, injury, loss or damage occasioned to you or your property by air carriers, accommodation providers or any other providers of services to you. Responsibility Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Suite 805, 365 Little Collins Street – Melbourne VIC 3000 (herewith called the company), incorporated in Victoria. Travel Agents Licensing Authority License No 32 308, acts only as agent for the passenger(s) in regard to travel. Whether by railroad. Motor coach, boat or aeroplane and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity that may be occasioned by reason or defect. Travel Projects Pty Ltd accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in schedules or other causes. Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Suite 805, 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne – VIC 3000 Tel: Fax: e-mail:

+61 3 9670 7304 +61 3 9670 7438 enquiry@travelprojects.com.au

Trade reservations only: Travel agents in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and Country Victoria. Call: 1300 662 533.

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the price of any travel arrangements, at any time due to airfare and tour increase, devaluation, fuel surcharges, exchange rates, number of passengers travelling at the same time.

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MV Akademik Ioffe MV Akademik Sergey Vavilov MV Plancius MV Ortelius MS Expedition MV The Ushuaia Fly & Cruise - Ocean Nova Fly & Cruise - Sea Explorer MV National Geographic Orion MV Ocean Diamond MS Zaandam

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