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mediterranean europe Intrepid’s real life experiences in mediterranean europe… Sun-drenched shores, mouth-watering cuisine, warm hospitality and a history that dates back thousands of years combine to make this region truly magical.

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I TALY

TU R K E Y GREECE

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TUNISIA

J ORDAN EGYPT

Luke Skywalker

Culinary Delights

Mighty Mt Vesuvius

Greek Village Life

Carthage to Rome page : 41, XMSN

Italy Experience page : 40, ZMKF

Rome to Amalfi page : 38, ZMSS

The Greek Islands page : 43, ZMSWC

Discover the home of Luke Skywalker among hilltop Berber villages in Tunisia. These ‘pit’ homes - featured in Star Wars - are a great escape from the sun’s heat.

Eat your way across this great nation. Try seafood in Venice, aged balsamic vinegar in Modena, truffles in Umbria and pizza in its birthplace of Naples.

After exploring Pompeii’s ruins, enjoy a hike up the sleeping giant of Mt Vesuvius. The mountain is just as spectacular from the top as from the city below.

Wander along sleepy village pathways dotted with charming cafes, awash with colour. Feel stress and worry fade away on a stay in the magical Greek Islands.

Domes & Minarets

Local Cultures

Turkish Hospitality

Endless Horizons

Istanbul in Depth page : 47, ERAI

Istanbul to Cairo page : 46, EERVC

Best of Turkey page : 44, ERSI

Athens to Santorini page : 42, ZMSE

Count the multitude of domes and minarets that punctuate the sky on a guided walk with a local. Istanbul’s Blue Mosque has six minarets alone!

Take time out from the iconic sights and ancient vistas on an epic journey from Turkey to Egypt. The locals are always ready to share some of their culture.

Enjoy a delicious tea after a meal shared with a local family in Goreme. Served in tulip-shaped glasses, or ince belli, tea here is refreshing, fragrant and sweet.

Pull up a chair to soak in sweeping Mediterranean views. Bring a favourite book - and have a chilled drink on hand - then settle in for a day of relaxation.

Orthodox priest in the sunshine, Greece - Bill Wassman


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Best of Italy trip code

ZMSV

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15 days, Rome to Venice Departs every Monday from April - October

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome The iconic sights, fashionable streets and spacious piazzas of this ancient city are best explored on foot. Try to pack in those unmissable icons such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Roman Forum. While sightseeing in Rome, be sure to do as the Romans do by sipping an espresso at one of the tiny, streetside cafes. For those captivated by the ‘Eternal City’, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return visit to Rome. Days 2-3 Florence Marvel at the wonders in this ‘outdoor museum’, including the 13th century Duomo with its fiery depiction of the Last Judgement. Perhaps stroll through the famed Uffizi Gallery or admire Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia, then climb to the Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset views of Florence across the city’s rooftops. Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa With its narrow streets, centuries-old churches and ancient ramparts, the medieval town of Lucca radiates charm. Explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle, perhaps stopping along the way to enjoy a Tuscan picnic. Take a day trip to Pisa to ACCOMMODATION Hotel (11 nts), apartment (3 nts) TRANSPORT Train, ferry, traghetto, local bus, metro, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Mon from Apr-Oct GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 164 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5 Above: Pinocchio marionette, Italy - Pedro Salaverrìa Below: Coastal view of beautiful Cinque Terre, Italy

see the world-famous Campo dei Miracoli, home to the Baptistry and, of course, its quirky leaning tower. Days 7-8 Cinque Terre Walk the coastal path that links the five villages and be rewarded with stunning views and fresh sea air. For a more relaxed journey, take the local train between the clifftop towns. Afterwards, feast on succulent seafood, relax with a gelato or take a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Days 9-10 Piedmont Visit the glamorous resort of Portofino, enjoy a boat trip to Santa Margherita, then head to Piedmont where mouth-watering culinary delights await. Be sure to try a dish flavoured with truffle

• Marvel at ancient wonders while pounding the pavements of Rome • Meet Michelangelo’s David in Florence • Fall in love with delightful Lucca • Visit Pisa’s incredible tower that appears to defy gravity • Cycle across the divine Tuscan hinterland • Soak up stunning views while walking along the Cinque Terre • Sip world-famous vino in the charming Piedmont region • Unwind by the glamorous shores of Lake Como • Explore the romantic canals and winding alleyways of Venice

and quaff local wines celebrated the world over. Days 11-12 Milan/Italian Lakes Begin the day sashaying through stylish Milan then head to the lake country in the afternoon. Unwind

Return to Rome...

by the emerald waters of Lake Como or take to the hills for great

Continue the Italian love affair all the way back to Rome via delightful Umbria. See trip code ZMSDC.

hiking and expansive mountain views. Beautiful Bellagio is only a short ferry ride away. Days 13-15 Venice Discover the magic of ‘la dolce vita’ in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Stroll past the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the evocative Bridge of Sighs before this Italian odyssey concludes.

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trip code

ZMSR

37 Italy

Umbrian Discovery Original

8 days, Venice to Rome

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice Be enchanted by the maze of streets and alleyways, tiny bridges and winding canals in this charming city. On a walking tour, pass many of the city’s famous sights including the Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di San Marco and the wonderful Bridge of Sighs. Board a traghetto to cross the Grand Physical culturAL

Canal, stride through the pigeon flocks in the Piazza San Marco, or browse the shops for carnival masks. Days 3-4 Gubbio Take a funicular up the steep slopes of Mt Ingino to the hilltop basilica, in which lies the mummified body of Saint Ubaldo - Gubbio’s patron saint. Hike through high pastures to enjoy memorable views over the Umbrian countryside. To make the most of the town’s stunning mountain scenery, be sure to dine al fresco at an atmospheric streetside cafe - perhaps try the local tartufo and porcini ‘steaks’. Days 5-6 Assisi/Spello Home of Saint Francis, namesake of the Franciscan order, Assisi is one of Italy’s most important religious towns. The many wonderful sights here include the Basilica di Santa Chiara and the Basilica di San Francesco. After time spent

• Experience the granduer of Venice • Explore the medieval town of Gubbio • Visit the birthplace of St Francis • Sample Umbrian delicacies in Spello

sightseeing in Assisi, take a day trip to Spello, perched on the side of Mt Subasio and dotted with ancient Roman monuments. Taste

Heading south?

the region’s renowned wine at a local enoteca. Days 7-8 Rome

Be awed by Pompeii and relax in Sorrento before ending among the terraces of Amalfi. See trip code ZMSZC.

The lively city of Rome is crowded with ancient ruins and religious artefacts, yet it buzzes with modern life. There’s plenty of time to visit some of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Be sure to sit for a moment on the Spanish Steps and stop for a gelato or a strong espresso at a cafe.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts) TRANSPORT Train, traghetto, local bus, cable car, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 87 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.72 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 24 Apr 01 May 08 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 05 Jun 12 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun

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Statues on San Marco Cathedral, Venice, Italy

Tuscan Express trip code

ZMST

Original

7 days, Pisa to Florence

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Pisa Begin the Tuscan adventure in the home of the Leaning Tower, an architectural oddity that seems to defy gravity. Find out why it leans and perhaps climb its stairs for a different perspective. After spending time marvelling at the tower, be sure to explore the other sights in the Campo dei Physical culturAL

Miracoli - the Baptistry, Camposanto and Duomo are all located here and well worth a visit. In free time, a day trip to Lucca is highly recommended. This charming, walled city has many fine museums, cobbled piazzas, chic boutiques and gorgeous cafes. Days 3-4 Siena Travel to one of Tuscany’s most captivating cities. While its rival, Florence, bloomed during the Renaissance, Siena’s striking architecture is strictly Gothic. Admire the frescoes in the Duomo, enjoy an aperitivo in the Piazza del Campo and catch sweeping views of the surrounding countryside while roaming Siena’s meandering streets. Spend a day in delightful San Gimignano and sip on the local tipple during a winery visit in the famous wine region of Chianti. Days 5-7 Florence The cultural heart of Tuscany

• Be impressed by the Leaning Tower of Pisa • Take a day trip to the idyllic town of Lucca • Sip a fine wine in Chianti • Uncover masterpieces in fantastic Florence

bursts with religious treasures and Renaissance masterpieces. It’s been said that during the second millennium, a third of Europe’s

New trip for 2011!

most important artists lived in Florence. With that in mind, don’t

Get swept up in the ambience, art and architecture of Tuscany on this brand new week-long adventure.

miss visiting the Uffizi Gallery, home to artworks by Botticelli, Caravaggio and Raphael, and widely considered to be one of the finest galleries in the world. Follow the crowds up to Piazzale Michelangelo to catch the sun’s last rays as it sets over the city - the perfect way to end an enchanting week in Tuscany.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts) TRANSPORT Train, bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 76 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 15 May 21 May

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Grapevine, Italy - Elena Gueno

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Rome to Amalfi trip code

ZMSS

Original

8 days, Rome to Amalfi Coast

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Walk beneath the Colosseum’s arches, marvel at the mighty Pantheon or simply stroll through the piazzas that dot this ancient city. Between sipping espresso with fashionable locals, sharing ancient laneways with Vespas and being awestruck by the history around every corner, Rome is sure to charm and seduce. Don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return. Days 2-3 Naples/Pompeii Full of raucous passion, Naples abounds in history, culture and gastronomy. Enjoy a full afternoon here to explore the city. Discover original Pompeii artefacts in the National Archaeological Museum and succumb to the temptation of a slice of traditional Neapolitan pizza, then it’s on to Pompeii to visit the famous ruins. Days 4-5 Sorrento Ascend the mighty Mt Vesuvius for magnificent views over the Bay of Naples, and the opportunity to see close-up the awesome power of the volcano that devastated the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Afterwards, it’s on to ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts) TRANSPORT Train, local bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 87 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 01 May 08 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 05 Jun 12 Jun 19 Jun

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the resort town of Sorrento, set invitingly on the cliffs above sparkling blue waters. In free time, try spotting celebrities on a day trip to Capri. Be sure to make time to visit the island’s beautiful Blue Grotto. Days 6-8 Amalfi Coast Enjoy the rocky coastline, whitewashed villages, lemon groves and vine-covered terraces of the famed Amalfi Coast with a hike along its ancient trails. The walking is steep but the views are breathtaking. There is also plenty of time to relax on its lovely beaches or perhaps to toast the end of

Coastal view, Amalfi, Italy - Katia Gizzi

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• Explore the sights of beautiful Rome • Sip espresso with sharply dressed locals • Sample authentic Neapolitan pizza • Ponder the power of nature in Pompeii • Trek up Mt Vesuvius • Hike among the olive groves and terraces of the Amalfi Coast • Toast the adventure with a sweet limoncello

this short but sweet Italian adventure with a delicious limoncello.

Italy Uncovered trip code

ZMSZC Original

15 days, Venice to Amalfi Coast

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice No place evokes old-world romance quite like Venice. Cross the Grand Canal in a traghetto then wander through the maze of narrow streets, over tiny bridges and along winding canals before relaxing with a gelato in one of the piazzas. Days 3-4 Gubbio Take a cable car up Mt Ingino to the frescoed basilica at its summit. Here, pay respect to the town’s patron saint. Days 5-6 Assisi/Spello Travel to the birthplace of Saint Francis to see Roman temple ruins and the Basilica di San Francesco. Discover local wines and regional food specialties at an enoteca in medieval Spello. Days 7-8 Rome With ancient ruins standing alongside chic boutiques and bustling cafes, Rome has to be seen to be believed. During free time, tread the cobbled streets to unearth history, see the sights and soak up that vibrant Italian spirit. Days 9-10 Naples/Pompeii Take a walk through the fascinating historical centre of Naples. Perhaps be tempted by a slice in the birthplace of Neapolitan pizza, then continue on ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts) TRANSPORT Train, traghetto, cable car, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sun GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 164 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.80 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 24 Apr 08 May 08 May 22 May 22 May 05 Jun 05 Jun 19 Jun

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Tempting Neapolitan pizza, Naples, Italy

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to the incredible ruins of Pompeii. Days 11-12 Sorrento Soak up marvelous views of the Bay of Naples from the summit of mighty Mt Vesuvius. Travel onwards to Sorrento and stay in the peaceful town of Sant’Agnello. Days 13-15 Amalfi Coast Hike the ‘Footpath of the Gods’ along the magnificent Amalfi Coast. The walk may be steep but the views are nothing short of spectacular. There’s plenty to explore on this famous stretch of coast - perhaps visit Positano to see pastel-coloured houses, or wander through the gardens of Ravello’s beautiful Villa Cimbrone.

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• Be charmed by romantic Venice • Experience Umbria’s religious heart in Assisi • See the ancient sights and modern delights of wonderful Rome • Savour Neapolitan pizza in its bustling hometown of Naples • Explore the tragic ruins of Pompeii • Hike Mt Vesuvius • Take in sun and sea on the Amalfi Coast


trip code

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ZMSDC Original

21 days, ex Rome

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Classic Italy DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Arrive early to visit the Vatican City and see the impressive St Peter’s Basilica. Days 2-3 Florence Before leaving Rome, take a wander along fashionable Via Condotti, see the Arch of Constantine and climb the Spanish Steps. Head to Florence to admire art in the decadent surrounds of the Palazzo Pitti or be dazzled by the jewellry stores lining Ponte Vecchio, before heading up to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sun set over the rooftops. Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa Cycle through scenic Tuscan landscapes and feast on local produce. Travel to Pisa and learn why the city’s famous tower leans. Spend evenings in delightful Lucca - one of Italy’s hidden gems - staying in apartments tucked within the city’s ramparts. Days 7-8 Cinque Terre The coastal path along the Cinque Terre offers breathtaking views of pastel-coloured villages perched on rocky outcrops, mountains covered in olive groves and vineyards, and the deep, blue waters of the Mediterranean. Days 9-10 Piedmont After a stop in ritzy seaside Portofino and a boat trip to Santa Margherita, tickle those tastebuds in Piedmont, home to the white truffle and some excellent local wines. Days 11-12 Milan/Italian Lakes Be awed by Milan’s magnificent Duomo and perhaps see Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, before travelling to Lake Como. Take the ferry to Bellagio, then use free time to visit other lakeside villages - a trip to Tremezzo to see Villa Carlotta is recommended.

• Soak up history while walking the ancient streets of Rome • See the artistic treasures and cultural gems of Florence • Cycle through sublime Tuscan landscapes • Find out the story behind why Pisa’s famous tower leans • Walk past the pastel villages of the Cinque Terre • Explore the canals of Venice • Visit medieval towns in Umbria • Sip vino and try local culinary delights in a Spello enoteca

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (17 nts), apartment (3 nts) TRANSPORT Train, ferry, cable car, local bus, metro, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 229 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.75 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 11 Apr 01 May 25 Apr 15 May 09 May 29 May 23 May 12 Jun 30 May 19 Jun

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Above: Photo Competition, Holding up the tower, Pisa, Italy - Christy Can Heerden Below: Cows in mountain pasture, Piedmont, Italy

Days 13-15 Venice Beautiful and inspiring, Venice is a city of canals, piazzas, ornate churches and elegant eateries. Wander past many of its famed sights including the Grand Canal and the romantic Bridge of Sighs. Days 16-17 Gubbio Take the cable car up to the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo - the final resting place of the town’s patron saint - and enjoy views across the Umbrian countryside. Hike to tiny hillside towns and indulge in local cuisine. Days 18-19 Assisi/Spello Follow the footsteps of pilgrims in Assisi, home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Take a day trip to medieval Spello and drop into an enoteca to sip on local wines and to sample regional specialities. Days 20-21 Rome The journey comes full circle when the train pulls back into Rome. There is time to take in more sights or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs.

This trip exceeded my expectations. Our leader’s passion for his country, its food, wine, culture and history made this a truly memorable and fun experience. Faith Sullivan, Australia Travelled on the ZMSDC

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Italy Experience trip code

ZMKF

Comfort

15 days, Venice to Rome

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice Work up an appetite for some delicious cicheti by exploring the narrow streets and tiny bridges crossing the winding canals. Take a vaporetto over to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and climb the bell tower for the best view over the city. If there’s time, take the opportunity for a gondola ride to see Venice from the waterways. Day 3 Modena Stock up on the region’s famous balsamic vinegar at an acetaia, a house where the dressing is made in the attic. Don’t leave town without feasting on Modena’s specialities of prosciutto, tortellini and zampone - stuffed pig’s trotter! Days 4-5 Cinque Terre Enjoy sweeping views across the Mediterranean from this picturesque coastal path. Walk or catch a train between the five towns and be sure to Indulge in Liguria’s famous pesto. Days 6-7 Pisa/Florence After marvelling at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, appreciate art treasures in Tuscany’s romantic capital and walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the city at dusk. Days 8-9 Perugia/Spello Beautifully preserved ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts) TRANSPORT Train, vaporetto, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 450 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.78 out of 5

Perugia is a great base for exploring Umbria. Take a day trip to

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have the best pizza in the world. Enjoy time wandering through the

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nearby Spello to sample local wines and food at a quaint enoteca. Days 10-12 Naples/Sorrento Look out for pizzerias bearing the words ‘la vera pizza napolitana’ and decide if Naples really does incredible remnants of Pompeii on a day trip and perhaps ascend the slopes of nearby Vesuvius. Spend evenings in the seaside town of Sorrento. Days 13-15 Rome Perhaps visit the Vatican City to

Photo Competition, Rows of beach umbrellas, Cinque Terre, Italy - Sarah Adams

see St Peter’s Basillica, then indulge with a final Italian feast.

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• Glide through the canals of Venice • Taste the finest balsamic vinegars in the world • Explore the villages of the Cinque Terre • See the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa • Watch a spectacular sunset over Florence • Munch on divine pizza in Naples • Marvel at a city frozen in time at Pompeii

Highlights of Italy trip code

ZMRR

Basix

8 days, Venice to Rome

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice It’s said this is the best city in which to get lost, so take to the streets, through winding alleyways, over bridges and along canals, and soak up the romance of Venice. Sip coffee in a Piazza San Marco cafe or visit glass workshops. Indulge in local delicacies such as tiramisu and prosecco, then take to the water on a vaporetto. Days 3-4 Cinque Terre Inhale sea air and take in glorious vistas while walking the coastal path that links the five pastel-hued towns. Wander past olive groves and citrus orchards scattered on the steep hillside that plunges straight down into the sea. Explore quaint villages and cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean. Be sure to make the most of local produce and feast on Ligurian seafood as the sun sets over the dramatic landscape. Retire to the fishing village of Riomaggiore and enjoy the relaxed Cinque Terre atmosphere. Days 5-6 Florence Enjoy free time in a city rich with culture, art and history. From the vineyards on the outskirts of the city to the magnificent marble facade of the ACCOMMODATION Hotel/hostel (7 nts) TRANSPORT Train, local bus GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 261 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.67 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 12 Mar 19 Mar 02 Apr 09 Apr 23 Apr 30 Apr 07 May 14 May 21 May 28 May 04 Jun 11 Jun

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Gelati street vendor, Italy

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Duomo, Florence is captivating. View art treasures in the Medici

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• Lose yourself in enchanting Venice • Wander the path of the Cinque Terre • Experience a sunset over Florence • Sample every kind of gelato in Rome

Chapels and the Uffizi Gallery, see Michelangelo’s captivating David and climb uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy a golden

Begin in Berlin…

sunset across the city’s rooftops. With Pisa, Lucca and Siena just a

Upsize the European adventure and start in Germany. See trip code AMRRC for a 22-day trip ending in Rome.

short distance away, day trip options are endless. Days 7-8 Rome Grab a gelato and take to the streets to explore Italy’s mesmerising capital. Recharge with a slice of pizza and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona, then be sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return to the ‘Eternal City’.

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trip code

XMSN

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15 days, Tunis to Rome

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Carthage to Rome DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Tunis For those arriving early, a visit to the Bardo Museum, with its extraordinary Roman mosaics, is a must. Day 2 Monastir See one of Tunisia’s finest examples of Islamic architecture at the sprawling fort in Monastir. Day 3 Matmata Discover remote, hilltop Berber villages and underground ‘pit’ homes in the desert landscapes of Matmata. See Hotel Sidi Driss, made famous in the original Star Wars movie as the home of Luke Skywalker. Day 4 Kairouan With its charming blue-andwhitewashed medina, and its place in history as one of the seven holy cities of Islam, Kairouan is a fascinating destination. Visit the oldest mosque in North Africa, wander past elegant merchant houses and be sure to try a slice of makhroud - a honey-soaked, date-filled semolina cake. Day 5 Sidi Bou Said It’s time to kick back and relax in the seaside village of Sidi Bou Said. Stroll along its cobbled alleyways, past picturesque white and blue houses perched on cliffs overlooking the beautiful Bay of Tunis. Day 6 Tunis/Overnight Ferry Travel back to the capital to catch an overnight ferry bound for Italy’s largest island, Sicily. Days 7-8 Palermo Chaotic and vibrant, the energy of Sicily’s capital is infectious. Soak up the atmosphere with a walk through the old part of town to see its impressive churches, piazzas, fountains and palace. Take a day trip to nearby Monreale to see its cathedral - one of the world’s greatest examples of Norman architecture. Day 9 Agrigento Explore the Valley of the Temples, a Greek temple complex dating back to the 6th century BC and now listed as a World Heritage site. Days 10-11 Taormina Bask in spectacular views of both the Mediterranean and mighty Mt Etna from the

• Wander through Monastir’s sprawling, ancient fort • Visit Luke Skywalker’s underground desert home • Try makhroud - a delicious honey and date cake • Catch a sea breeze and coastal views along the Bay of Tunis • Soak up Palermo’s infectious energy and undeniable charm • Marvel at views of mighty Mt Etna from seaside Taormina • Stop by the National Archaeological Museum in Naples • See a frozen city at the ruins of Pompeii • Walk through history’s pages in Rome

medieval township of Taormina. Be sure to visit the Teatro Greco an amphitheatre overlooking the sea - before descending down to the beach via the cable car. Days 12-13 Naples Visit the National

New for 2011!

Archaeological Museum, one of the best in Europe, which houses

Take the road less travelled from Africa’s north to Europe’s south on a 15-day trip from Tunis to Rome.

original artefacts rescued from the Pompeii site. Afterwards, see the might of Mt Vesuvius firsthand on a visit to the ruins of Pompeii. Days 14-15 Rome The adventure concludes in the ancient streets of Italy’s capital. With iconic sights jostling for space with modern boutiques and cafes, be spoiled for choice in this incredible city.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight ferry (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight train, overnight ferry, train, cable car, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 164 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 28 May 11 Jun

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Above: Photo Competition, Guards on duty, Vatican City, Italy - James Johnson Left: Typical rock-hewn homes, Tunis, Tunisia

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42 Greece

Santorini to Athens trip code

ZMSA

Original

8 days, Santorini to Athens

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Santorini Arrive early to soak up the sun while basking on the black-sand beaches or to cool off with a refreshing swim in the azure Aegean waters. Do as the locals do and hire a scooter to explore the island further - visit the ruins of ancient Thira and Akrotiri or find a quiet spot and enjoy sweeping views over the caldera. Days 2-3 Ios Follow narrow streets through town to remote, sandy beaches and make the trip up to Panagia Gremiotissa - marked by windmills and a lone palm. Visit Byzantine churches and try a sip of ouzo with locals among the whitewashed buildings in Hora. Feast on delicious fresh seafood, then head to the bars to experience the island’s famed nightlife. Days 4-6 Naxos Discover rich mythical and archaeological history on a hike around Naxos, an island shrouded in racy romantic tales of misbehaving gods. Visit the temple of Apollo, the ruins of a Greek castle and a liqueur distillery. Take time to enjoy the tavernas and bakeries in the medieval castle area, then perhaps take a swim in the warm waters before ending the day with a glass of Naxos ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts) TRANSPORT Ferry, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 87 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.79 out of 5

wine - reputed to be the antidote for a broken heart. Days 7-8

Start Finish 2011 21 May 28 May 28 May 04 Jun 11 Jun 18 Jun

or simply sit back in the streets below the Acropolis and reflect on

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Gypsy musician, Athens, Greece - Brianna May

Athens Named after the goddess of wisdom, insights into ancient Athens are evident around every corner. Get aerial views of the city from the Parthenon, take a walk past the Temple of Olympian Zeus the city’s status as the ‘Birthplace of Western Civilisation’. Perhaps enjoy a final group dinner and make a toast to the conclusion of this grand Greek Island adventure.

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• Relax on beautiful black-sand beaches in sunny Santorini • Soak up the party vibe on the island of Ios • Delve into ancient mythology and archaeological history • Experience hospitality at a village taverna • Cure a broken heart with some Naxos wine • Visit Athens - the ‘Birthplace of Western Civilisation’

Athens to Santorini trip code

ZMSE

Original

8 days, Athens to Santorini

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Athens The starting point for this Greek odyssey is Athens, capital of ancient and modern Greece. Arrive early to visit the iconic Parthenon, kick back with a glass of ouzo or sit in shady Syntagma Square before embarking on an adventure over the sparkling Aegean Sea to explore the Cyclades, some of the most famous of Greece’s thousands of islands and islets. Days 2-3 Syros Scenic Syros in the Aegean is made for walking. Discover abandoned windmills, ancient ruins and charming villages on the network of stone-paved tracks that crisscross the island. Cool off with a dip at one of the inviting beaches dotted around the coast. Days 4-5 Mykonos Named in honour of Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos is a classic Greek island with squat white houses brightly juxtaposed against the cerulean sea. Follow narrow flower-bordered paths, past ancient churches and tiny restaurants, to secluded, sandy beaches and spend the afternoon soaking up the rays and splashing in the water. As the sun sets, join Europe’s party crowd at one of the island’s many bars and clubs. The next ACCOMMODATION Hotel/pension (7 nts) TRANSPORT Ferry, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 87 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.58 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 14 May 21 May 21 May 28 May 04 Jun 11 Jun

18 Jun 02 Jul 16 Jul 30 Jul 13 Aug

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Colourful painted buildings, Santorini, Greece

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• Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens • Swim and snorkel in the sparkling Aegean • Party hard in Mykonos • Witness a breathtaking sunset in Santorini

day, take a trip to see the archaeological site on the sacred island of Delos. Days 6-8 Santorini The journey ends in the southern

Island hopping…

island of Santorini. Renowned for its spectacular natural beauty

Travel back to Athens via Ios and Naxos for an extended Greek Island odyssey. Check out trip code ZMSWC.

and its submerged caldera, the island is one of Europe’s top tourist hotspots. Relax on a beach of black sand, see the ruins of ancient Thira and Akrotiri or hire a scooter to cruise the coastal roads. In the afternoon, join the crowds scattered over the hillside at Oia to witness a magnificent sunset over the sparkling water.

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trip code

43 Greece & Turkey

The Greek Islands ZMSWC Original

15 days, ex Athens

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Athens Arriving early? Take time to explore the ancient Acropolis and be sure to stop by to watch the changing of the guard at Syntagma Square. Dine on traditional Greek cuisine and end the day with a quick nip of ouzo. Days 2-3 Syros Follow the footpaths of Syros through small villages to see farms, Physical culturAL

terraced fields and fabulous, sandy beaches. Days 4-5 Mykonos Saunter among bronzed bodies on the beach or discover secluded seaside hideaways out of town. Explore labyrinthine streets in the main village and head to the nearby island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. At night, discover the nightlife Mykonos is famous for while out partying hard with the locals. Days 6-8 Santorini Located on the edges of an enormous caldera, Santorini is known for its whitewashed buildings and black-sand beaches. Take the opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and feast on fresh seafood as the sun melts into the ocean at Oia. Days 9-10 Ios Winding past characteristic Aegean architecture, the narrow paths of the main village are blissfully free

• Discover the ancient Acropolis in Athens • Visit the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis • Watch the famous Santorini sunset in Oia • Hike through medieval villages in Naxos

of cars. Follow stairs down to remote beaches or climb to the top of the hill in Hora for panoramic views. Days 11-13 Naxos Discover

Athens close up…

stories of racy mythology during a stay on Naxos and be sure to try

Hit the pavement with a local to discover Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens on an Urban Adventure.

the local wine - it’s reputed to be the antidote to a broken heart. Hike between charming villages, past Byzantine churches, and enjoy free time to explore the residential paths of the 13th century kastro. Days 14-15 Athens Return to Athens and toast the conclusion of this Cycladean odyssey.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/pension (14 nts) TRANSPORT Train, ferry, local bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No meals included BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 164 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.75 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 14 May 28 May 21 May 04 Jun 04 Jun 18 Jun

18 Jun 02 Jul 16 Jul 30 Jul 13 Aug

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Photo Competition, Picturesque bay on Mykonos, Greece - Monique Perera

Turkey & Greek Islands trip code

ERSG

Original

15 days, ex Istanbul

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul Arriving early? Hit the pavement of Sultanahmet to see its many sights, dive into the pages of Turkish history on a visit to Topkapi Palace or get into the spirit of the adventure with a glass of apple tea. Day 2 Ayvalik Head out on a walk through Istanbul’s backstreets to discover lesser-known gems of this city that straddles both Europe and Asia. Later, board a ferry bound for the sleepy village of Ayvalik. Days 3-4 Lesvos Be sure to try Ayvalik tost - a tasty local speciality of toasted bread filled with Turkish sausage and cheese. Leave the shores of Turkey on an evening ferry to the Greek island of Lesvos. Enjoy a stroll to a medieval castle and around the atmospheric Old Town. Days 5-7 Chios Arrive in Chios and discover an island largely untouched by tourism. Days 8-9 Rhodes Sail past idyllic Greek islands on a day-long journey to Rhodes. Explore the World Heritage-listed Old Town, including its beautiful 13th-century castle. Days 10-11 Fethiye Travel across the water back to Turkey and the seaside town of Fethiye. Take a trip to the nearby ‘ghost town’ of Kayakoy

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• Take in the sights of historic Sultanahmet • Set sail through the Greek Islands • Explore Rhodes’ beautiful Old Town • Discover the ancient ruins of Ephesus

before heading on to the picture-perfect blue lagoon of Olundeniz. Days 12-13 Selcuk Head north to Selcuk and explore ancient

Brand new in 2011!

Ephesus. The Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Library of Celsus

From the mosques of Istanbul to the idyllic islands of Greece, find something for all tastes on this new trip.

and the enormous amphitheatre here combine to make these ruins incredibly special. Day 14 Pamukkale Marvel at the gleaming travertines and thermal waters of Pamukkale. These waters are believed to have healing powers. Day 15 Istanbul Admire the minarets and domes of Istanbul for one last time.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), multishare guesthouse (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight bus, dolmus (minibus), private minibus, ferry, local bus, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Sat GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 489 kg pp per trip NOTES Please provide your passport details and date of birth at time of booking as these are required to purchase the international ferry tickets TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itinerary Start Finish 2011 11 Jun 25 Jun 25 Jun 09 Jul

09 Jul 23 Jul 06 Aug 20 Aug

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Red-roofed windmills, Rhodes, Greece

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44 Turkey

Best of Turkey trip code

ERSI

Physical culturAL

Original

15 days, ex Istanbul

DEPARTURE

Departs every Thursday from March - November GUARANTEED ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Get acquainted with some of Istanbul’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. In free time, why not drop by the marvelous Aya Sofya and the famed Topkapi Palace, haggle for a trinket or two in the Grand Bazaar or delve underground to see the eerie Basilica Cistern? Day 3 Bursa Relax in a traditional Turkish bath, drop into a local teahouse, nosh on a hearty iskender - the local style of kebab - or explore the bazaar in the Ottoman Empire’s former capital. In the evening, visit a Dervish lodge and be treated to a mesmerising performance of the mystic Sema. Days 4-5 Selcuk History comes to life strolling through ancient Ephesus, the former capital of the East Roman Empire. Learn the secrets of making delicious gozleme - a Turkish pastry - and wash it all down with some delicious local fruit wine during a tasting in Sirince. Day 6 Pamukkale See the fascinating, chalky terraces of Pamukkale and then take the opportunity to bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby hot springs of Hierapolis. Days 7-8 Kayakoy Discover the ‘ghost houses’ or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals in Kayakoy. Set out on a half-day trek along the rugged coastline of the Lycian Way and cool off with a dip in the beautiful Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz. Days 9-10 Kas/Boat Cruise/Ucagiz Kas is the starting point for a memorable cruise. Swim in crystal waters, sail over an ancient sunken city, explore Lycian tombs and sleep under the stars. Visit

• Marvel at the minarets of Istanbul’s many mosques • Visit a Whirling Dervish lodge to see the Sema performed • Explore the ancient ruins of sensational Ephesus • Taste traditional Turkish fruit wines • Admire the travertine pools of Pamukkale • Trek along part of the Lycian Way • Sail over a sunken city and sleep under the stars • Enjoy a traditional meal with a Cappadocian family

Ucagiz, a traditional farming and fishing village. Day 11 Konya Travel away from the coast to the plains of the Anatolian Steppe. Konya, in the heart of this region, is a city intimately connected with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam. Learn more about the dervishes on an optional visit to Mevlana Museum. Days 12-14 Goreme Be astounded by the quirky rock formations of Cappadocia, which jut from the ground like mushroom-shaped fairy houses. Why not take in this surreal landscape from a unique vantage point, floating over the region in a hot air balloon? Afterwards enjoy a meal with a local family to experience a unique slice of Turkish life. Day 15 Istanbul Journey overnight back to Istanbul, where the call to prayer echoes over the winding streets. Perhaps visit a traditional hamam to unwind at the end of this fabulous Turkish adventure.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (11 nts), village pension (1nt), multishare boat (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) TRANSPORT Train, private/public bus, dolmus (minibus), ferry, caique (Turkish boat), tram, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Thu from Mar-Nov & selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 489 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.75 out of 5 Above: Photo Competition, Local fast food seller, Istanbul, Turkey - Janelle Woods Right: Hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey - Rachel Clark

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We saw more sights and experienced more local culture with Intrepid than we ever could’ve on our own. A delicious taste of an awe-inspiring and truly diverse country! Mark Odden, Canada Travelled on the ERSI


trip code

ERKP

45 Turkey

Turkey Experience Comfort

15 days, ex Istanbul

DEPARTURE

Departs every Monday from April - November GUARANTEED ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Step into a magical world of labyrinthine bazaars and mysterious mosques. Discover hidden gems with a walk down the city’s backstreets. Delight in the Islamic architecture of the Blue Mosque, regarded as the finest mosque on the planet with six minarets and outstanding tile work. Days 3-4 Goreme Work up an appetite exploring rock-hewn churches, cave homes and dreamlike valleys, then join a family in their home for a local feast. Day 5 Konya Home to one of the largest universities in Turkey, yet still known for its relative conservatism, Konya is located in central Anatolia. Perhaps visit the shrine of the great mystic Rumi. Day 6 Antalya Set against the pine-clad Bey Mountains, beautiful Antalya awaits. Admire historic houses and soak up an old-world Ottoman atmosphere while wandering around the township of Kaleici. Days 7-8 Kas Charming coastal Kas makes a great base for enjoying the Mediterranean. Swim in the balmy sea then spend a day cruising the nearby islands - sailing over a sunken city is a strange and beguiling experience. Days 9-10 Kayakoy Discover the abandoned Greek houses of Kayakoy. Take a relaxed day trip to picture-perfect Oludeniz and enjoy a dip in its Blue Lagoon. Days 11-12 Selcuk Visit Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Learn to make delicious gozleme before enjoying some local fruit wines in nearby Sirince. Day 13 Pamukkale Pamukkale’s terraces have fascinated travellers for thousands of years. Soak up their beauty before heading off to ancient Hierapolis. Days 14-15 Istanbul The journey ends where it all began.

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• Admire the majestic Blue Mosque • Get swept up in colourful bazaars • Delight in Goreme’s rock-hewn buildings • Sail over a sunken Byzantine city • Stroll the Roman ruins of Ephesus • Learn the secrets of making gozleme • Visit the thermal waters of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (12 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight luxury bus (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight train, overnight luxury bus, private/ public bus, dolmus (minibus), ferry, gulet (traditional Turkish boat), tram, taxi GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Mon from Apr-Nov & selected Thu GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 450 kg pp per trip NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.84 out of 5 Bazaar shopping in Istanbul, Turkey - Sally Johnson

Turkey Express trip code

ERSA

Original

8 days, ex Istanbul Departs every Saturday from April - October

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul This magical city of minarets, mosques and markets will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or take a stroll past the thousands of shops in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee to kickstart the adventure. Day 3 Gallipoli Peninsula Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. The stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that this is the site of one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI. Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September) Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, it’s time to relax on a boat cruise on the azure Aegean Sea. Day 6 Selcuk Once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, ruined Ephesus still retains some of its past glory. Explore the ancient Roman ruins, delve deeper into the fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or be spoiled with a visit

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• Reflect on WWI tragedies in Gallipoli • Swim in the balmy waters of the Aegean • Wander the ancient streets of Ephesus • Experience the white terraces of Pamukkale

to a hamam. Day 7 Pamukkale Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman

Turkish hospitality...

times. During winter, stop by Afrodisias - the city dedicated to the

Discover the many flavours of Turkey with a local family on the Home Cooked Istanbul Urban Adventure.

Greek goddess of love and beauty. Day 8 Istanbul Arrive among the domes of Istanbul after an overnight journey. Soak up views of the city’s stunning mosque-filled skyline and be sure to stop by to see the impressive gilded harem in the Topkapi Palace before saying goodbye to this magnificent city.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (4 nts), multishare guesthouse (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight bus, private/public bus, dolmus (minibus) boat, ferry GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Every Sat from Apr-Oct GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 162 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. An altered winter itinerary operates from Oct-Apr. See Trip Notes (Important Notes) for details. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 Photo Competition, Village women making lunch, Ephesus, Turkey - Gill Brodie

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46 Turkey & Middle East

Turkey Active trip code

ERXT

original

active DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

12 days, ex Istanbul

ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul Discover hidden charms on a walk through Istanbul’s bustling backstreets, then watch the sun set over an impressive Sultanahmet skyline. Days 2-3 Gallipoli Peninsula Be moved on a walk through the Gallipoli battlefields where hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. Break from the tragic past and snorkel the the waters of the Dardenelles, keeping an eye out for a WWI ship wreck. Day 4 Selcuk Visit the historic Roman ruins of Ephesus before returning to Selcuk. Be sure to indulge in an invigorating scrub at the local hamam - it’ll be just the tonic to soothe tired muscles! Day 5 Fethiye The seaside town of Fethiye provides a chance to visit the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy. Later, enjoy a stroll along Fethiye’s charming harbour or grab a cheesy pide and head to the market. Day 6 Faralya Hike the ancient trails of the Lycian Way, through olive groves and carob gardens, past ancient relics. Visit remote villages and take in ACCOMMODATION Hotel/guesthouse (6 nts), basic pension/homestay (4 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight bus, dolmus (minibus), ferry, kayak, local bus, bicycle GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Mon GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 391 kg pp per trip NOTES Please note the welcome group meeting is at 13:00 on day 1 TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 11 Apr 22 Apr 18 Apr 29 Apr 02 May 13 May 09 May 20 May 16 May 27 May

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stunning vistas of the Mediterranean along the way. Days 7-9 Kas Trek along pine-blanketed mountain tracks and arrive in Turkey’s chill-out capital, Kabak. Exchange hiking boots for paddles on a kayaking adventure over a sunken Byzantine city, then swap to bikes for a cycle through the Kas countryside, past rustic villages with breathtaking views of the Turquoise Coast. Days 10-11 Pamukkale Resembling frozen pools and waterfalls, the chalky travertines at Pamukkale are a surreal sight. Explore the ancient

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city of Hierapolis and maybe bathe in the thermal springs. Day 12

Turquoise waters of Fethiye, Turkey - Tulay Over

Istanbul After an overnight journey, arrive back in Istanbul.

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• Get lost in Istanbul’s maze of bustling backstreets • Pay respects on the Gallipoli Peninsula • Hike along the ancient Lycian Way • Cycle through lush scenery around Kas • Kayak over a sunken Byzantine city • Marvel at Pamukkale’s chalky travertines • Bathe in ancient thermal springs

Istanbul to Cairo trip code

EERVC

Basix

26 days, Istanbul to Cairo

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Experience the electric energy of the Grand Bazaar or learn about harem life at Topkapi Palace. Days 3-4 Pamukkale/Selcuk See gleaming travertine pools renowned for their healing properties before heading to Selcuk to explore Ephesus. Days 5-6 Antalya Wander among graciously restored Ottoman houses and scattered Roman ruins. Days 7-9 Goreme Explore valleys dotted with otherworldly fairy chimneys and pigeon houses. Day 10 Nemrut Dagi Venture into rural Turkey and the ancient lands of King Antiochus. Day 11 Sanliurfa/Homestay Enjoy a homestay and a traditional meal with local friends. Days 12-13 Aleppo In Syria, discover the ruined Citadel or browse the fabulous covered souq. Day 14 Hama Soak up the beauty of Hama. Day 15 Palmyra Step into the pages of history in Palmyra. Days 16-17 Damascus Syria’s glamorous capital is a maze of winding alleyways, lively bazaars and gorgeous ACCOMMODATION Hotel/pension (20 nts), beach hut (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), desert camp (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) TRANSPORT Overnight bus, private bus, dolmus (minibus), ferry, public bus, metro GROUP SIZE Max 14 MEALS 4 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Selected Wed GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 848 kg pp per trip TRAVELLER RATING 4.85 out of 5 Start Finish 2011 06 Apr 01 May 20 Apr 15 May 11 May 05 Jun 25 May 19 Jun 08 Jun 03 Jul

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Aug 07 Sep

17 Jul 31 Jul 14 Aug 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Sep 02 Oct

14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Sep 05 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 26 Oct

Camel resting in Palmyra, Syria - Jasmina Mihoc

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architecture attributed to the Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. Day 18 Amman Cross the border into Jordan and make tracks

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• Haggle hard in the bazaars of Istanbul • Experience hospitality at an ‘Urfa homestay • Take a desert safari through Wadi Rum • Scramble up the slopes of Mt Sinai

to the capital. Days 19-20 Petra Spend time exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Day 21 Wadi Rum Enjoy

Short on time?

a desert safari and spend the night under the stars with Bedouin

Finish the adventure on arrival into Amman. For further details on this reduced itinerary see trip code EERT.

hosts. Days 22-23 Red Sea Beach Camp Cross into Egypt and enjoy the Red Sea at leisure while staying at a beach camp. Day 24 Mt Sinai Scale the famous mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Days 25-26 Cairo Explore the souqs and museums, or perhaps venture out to the Pyramids of Giza.

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trip code

ERAI

47 Turkey

Istanbul in Depth short break DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

2 days, ex Istanbul Departs daily

ITINERARY... Day 1 Arrive Istanbul Unearth the treasures of one of the greatest cities on earth. With a local guide, head off through Sultanahmet to the Blue Mosque. Mingle with enthusiastic vendors in the Grand Bazaar, take time out in the Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha mosques, delve into the many delights of the Spice Bazaar and be awed on a visit to Aya Sofya and Topkapi Palace. Experience Turkish hospitality - and a home-cooked meal - with a local family, then cap off the day by soaking up views of this intoxicating city from a popular local hangout. Day 2 Depart Istanbul Start the day with a scrub at a traditional hamam. Once revitalised, set out to discover some lesser-known sights. Check out modern-day Istanbul while strolling through Taksim and Beyoglu, then step into the past on the streets of Pera. Visit Armenian, Greek and Catholic churches before winding up this city break.

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• Taste Turkish Delight in the Spice Bazaar • Marvel at the Aya Sofya’s soaring dome • Discover modern-day and historic Istanbul

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt) GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 22 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip is available in Basix, Original & Comfort style accommodation levels. 2. Please see the Trip Notes (Important Notes) for joining point information for this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5 Vibrant spice bazaar, Turkey - Sally Johnson

Cappadocia Explorer trip code

ERAC

short break DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

4 days, ex Goreme Departs daily

ITINERARY... Day 1 Arrive Goreme Set amid the surreal Cappadocia landscape, Goreme is a magical little village. Get acquainted with this region on a full day of sightseeing with a local guide, including a visit to the Derinkuyu underground city. In the evening, be treated to Turkish hospitality while savouring a delicious meal in the home of a local family. Days 2-3 Goreme Take to the skies on an optional balloon ride for unforgettable views. Back down on earth, enjoy guided explorations of the surrounding vineyards, valleys and magnificent fairy chimneys by foot and by bike. Marvel at a restored caravanserai that once was used by merchants to trade their wares. Get swept up in a mysterious Sufi performance and be dazzled by traditional dance and live music at a Turkish folklore evening in a cave setting. Day 4 Depart Goreme Say goodbye to wonderfully bizarre Cappadocia.

Physical culturAL

• See the fairy chimneys and pigeon houses of Cappadocia • Experience local hospitality at a dinner with a Turkish family

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts) TRANSPORT Minibus, mountain bike GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 44 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip is available in Basix, Original & Comfort style accommodation levels. 2. Please see the Trip Notes (Important Notes) for joining point information for this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.80 out of 5 Photo Competition, Trekking through Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey - Gill Brodie

Gallipoli Pilgrimage trip code

ERAG

2 days, ex Istanbul Departs daily

short break DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul/Gallipoli Transfer from Istanbul to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Be guided through Anzac Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine and discover the beauty and serenity of a land that saw one of the most horrific battles of modern times. Hear stories of the tragic events that unfolded on 25 April, 1915 - a stark contrast to the peaceful outlook that greets visitors today. Walk through the trenches and be transported back to a moment in history that saw repeated feats of heroism and great camaraderie among fellow diggers and the enemy, and defined the true meaning of the Anzac spirit. Spend the night in a traditional fishing village. Day 2 Gallipoli/Istanbul There are plenty of optional activities to start the day, from snorkelling over a WWI shipwreck to a tour around the site of Troy. See a replica of the wooden Trojan horse and wander among the ruins before journeying back to Istanbul.

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• Visit Anzac Cove • Reflect at Lone Pine • Take a guided tour of the battlefields • Hear tales of heroism

ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt) TRANSPORT Private vehicle, local bus GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch BUDGET See trip notes for additional costs of meals not included, optional activities & personal spending DEPARTS Daily GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 22 kg pp per trip NOTES 1. This trip is available in Original and Comfort style accommodation levels. 2. Please see the Trip Notes (Important Notes) for joining point information for this trip. TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5 Photo Competition, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey - Gary Hudson

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