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EUROPE Summer Apr - Oct 2017

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Germany • Bulgaria • Macedonia • Albania •Slovenia •Portugual•Spain• Morocco•Montenegro•Croatia•Romania Bosnia And Herzegovina• Serbia • Hungary• Slovakia • Austria


ABOUT EU HOLIDAYS MISSION • Delighting every travel experience

VISION • Be Travellers’ FIRST choice

VALUES 1. Deliver what we promise 2. Serve customers passionately 3. Do what we do, best 4. Make work fun 5. Care for employees 6. Stay as one big family as we grow 7. Be a good business partner 8. Be socially responsible

PROGRESS AND MILESTONES EU Holidays was founded by a group of experienced directors passionate about their work in the travel industry. They wanted to do something new that could better serve the travel needs of consumers, which is the main driving force behind the establishment of our travel agency. Within five years of business operations, we have expanded EU Holidays and opened up three other subsidiary offices to focus on the various needs of our customers. The EU MICE office was set up in 2013 to cater for corporate travel with a focus on corporate meetings, conventions and events. In that same year, EU Asia was launched to cater for customers who are interested in travelling within Asia. In the following year, we opened up EU Vacations to serve the Malaysian market. In

doing so, EU Holidays strives to constantly improve our products and services so that we can better serve our customers. Despite being a young company, EU Holidays has gained significant recognition from both customers and industry professionals. Founded in late 2010, EU Holidays was voted Top MasterCard Supporter in NATAS Travel for four consecutive years since 2012. Since then, EU Holidays was named the ‘Best Travel Agency for Europe and USA Tours’ as voted by readers of ESCAPE! Magazine. After just two years in the business, EU Holidays was presented with two valuable awards – the Asia Excellence Award 2013 and the Singapore Excellence Award 2013. In 2014, we received the Singapore Quality Brands 2014 award and the Weekender Travellers’ Choice Award as No. 1 for Europe and USA tours, as voted by readers. We continued to be awarded for the next three years by Weekender and held our position as the top travel agency in Singapore. From Tripzillia.sg - Singapore’s No.1 Travel Portal – EU Holidays also acquired excellence awards in “Best for Europe 2015” and “Best for USA 2015”. The coveted award recognises the most outstanding travel companies for their professionalism and experience in the travel industry. EU Holidays Pte Ltd has recently received the prestigious Singapore Trusted Quality Brand 2015 award from the Singapore Enrich Group. In addition, the travel agency has gone through the year-long Customer- Centric Initiative (CCI) program and successfully attained the Singapore Service Class certification under the Ministry of Trade and Industry agency, SPRING Singapore. The agency certifies EU Holidays with the niche Business Excellence (BE) standard for service.


CONTENTS

ITINERARIES

6 10

10D7N Spain & Portugal

EEBALS

34

12D9N Treasures of the Balkans & Drucula’s Castle

38

13D10N Spain & Portugal

42

11D8N Northern Spain

46

15D12N Morocco + Spain & Portugal

50

10D7N Morocco

11D8N Adventure to the Balkans

EEOTPA

14 18

11D8N Discover Balkans EEBEGS

10D7N Scenic Eastern Europe EEBUDS

22

10D7N Bohemian Eastern Europe

26

13D10N/14D11N Highlights of Eastern Europe

ESP10A

ESMADS

ESNSPS

ESPMA

ESMORS

EEDUSA

EEMUCS

30

9D6N Germany’s Romantic Road

32

10D7N Bavaria in Germany & Austria

ECCDEA

18

ECDEAA

CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

FRANCE

SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA SLOVENIA

HUNGARY

BOSNIA

ITALY

ROMANIA

CROAITA SERBIA

BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

MACEDONIA

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

ALBANIA

GREECE

TURKEY

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CONTENTS

FEATURES

13 Romania

Explore a country steeped in rich Romanian history and ancient sites.

37

Spain & Portugal

Get a taste of the vibrant culture in these nations on the Iberian Peninsula known for their history, gastronomy and nightlife.

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT Managing Publisher General Manager Marketing Executive Writers Creative Director

Cecilia Woo Lilian Quek Melisah Roslan Angelia TK, Nina Gee, Sarah Sathyamoorthi Tommy Hong

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Morocco

Delve into the labyrinth of Moroccan traditions and culture as you traverse through the bygone medinas of this Northern African nation.

EU Holidays Travel Journals are published by WWM PTE LTD for EU Holidays. Cover image Š123RF. Standing and walking stick figure image, cruise vectors and maps used in this brochure are derived from originals designed by Freepik. No part of this publicaiton is to be reproduced, stored, transmitted, digitally or otherwise, without the prior consent of the publisher. The information contained herein is accurate at time of printing. Changes may have occurred since this magazine went to print. The publisher will not be held liable for any damages, loss, injury or inconvenience, arising in connection with the contents of the brochure.


EXTRA PAMPERING FROM EU HOLIDAYS

EU Holidays Premium Customers can enjoy complimentary access to the Luxurious Premier Lounges at Singapore Changi Airport

Premium customers of EU Holidays can now enjoy complimentary access to the comforts of the three SATS Premier Club lounges found across all three terminals at SIngapore’s Changi Airport. Providing the highest level of comfort and luxury in air travel, each lounge is aesthetically designed with a touch of class and equipped with modern conveniences to serve the evolving needs of our customers.

Highlights of the SATS lounges include: • Free flow of refreshments that include local signature “delights” and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages • Workstations with high-speed Internet connectivity and wireless access • Cable television with a wide variety of programmes, channels and movies. • A wide selection of international

SATS Premier Lounge T1 #031-67, Departure Transit Hall, Level 3 Operation Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

SATS Premier Lounge T2 #036-114, Departure Transit Hall, Level 3 Operation Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

SATS Premier Lounge T3 #03-MS-04, Departure Transit Hall, Level 3 Operation Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

magazines and newspapers. • Private rest booths with state-of-the art massage chairs • Pleasant shower amenities


Extra Miles, Extra Smiles KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Our staff members are armed with vast travel knowledge and invaluable experience so as to assist our customers by giving the best advice to suit their needs. The company equips all staff with top quality and comprehensive in-house training, on-job training, and external courses lead by professionals in the field. These courses concentrate on providing our staff with the knowledge of giving the best travel experience in Europe and USA. This is an essential aspect of EU Holidays as we aim to give each and every customer an unforgettable holiday.

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PASSION & LOVE

When it comes to travel, there is nobody more passionate and enthusiastic than the staff at EU Holidays. Our employee’s love and dedication for their jobs drive them to deliver quality services. They are trained to be caring and attentive to every detail of what the customer desires, providing the best support that caters to their individual needs.

DIVERSE CHOICES & OPTIONS

EU Holidays is well-known for our ability to design different types of itinerary to cater to different clienteles. Each itinerary is specially personalised to fit every customer’s needs, wants and interests. The option to extend your stay can even be arranged for your itinerary. New itineraries are also launched on a regular basis because we believe in creating an original and exclusive experience for our customers. EU Holidays takes special effort to craft a wide variety of unique itineraries that customers can choose from. The range of itineraries vary from premium to cost saving, active to relaxing tours, and intensive coverage or country focus packages. We also work directly with our partners to provide our customers with special privileges and additional perks for their trips.


INNOVATING TRENDSETTERS

EXCELLENT QUALITY MADE AFFORDABLE

REPUTATION & AWARD WINNING

EU Holidays has always strived to stay ahead of the latest trends, especially for travel and technology. Our company was the first travel agency to introduce exclusive tours to the Norway Arctic Circle, and brought about the popular trend of travelling to Finland. In order to provide our customers with unforgettable experiences when travelling with EU Holidays, we make the effort to reach out to organizations and companies overseas to obtain the best arrangements for activities and accommodations for our tour packages. For our Northern Europe tours, we have specially arranged for customers to stay in the newly launched and more spacious glass igloos in Finland. We are also the sole distributing partner for exclusive sledging activities on Mt. Bussalp for our Switzerland tours.

Quality should not be compromised for affordability. That is why here at EU Holidays, we believe in having the best of both worlds. Our tour packages are customised to be the best value for your money. Offered at an attractive rate, our packages are packed with 4-5 star hotel stays, scrumptious meals, and an experience of a last time. EU Holidays is the only agency that offers you a night’s stay in a 5-star Hilton hotel on Venice islands as well as a 5-star Heritage hotel for your accommodation in Interlaken.

EU Holidays has the prestigious honour of receiving many awards such as the Asia Excellence Award 2013 and the Singapore Excellence Award 2013. Both ESCAPE! and Weekender travel magazines have also awarded EU Holidays as the No. 1 Reader’s Choice for Europe and USA tours. Our company has been recognised for our outstanding service, and also earned us a strong following of loyal customers. EU holidays won the TripZilla excellence awards for “Best for Europe 2015” and “Best for USA 2015” and has recently received the prestigious Singapore Trusted Quality Brand 2015 award. In addition, the travel agency has gone through the Customer-Centric Initiative (CCI) program and has attended Singapore Service Class certification under SPRING Singapore. The agency certifies EU Holidays with the niche Business Excellence (BE) standard for service.

We’ll do it for you! EU Holidays | Southern & Eastern Europe 5


PREMIUM

11D8N

ADVENTURE TO THE BALKANS

TOUR CODE: EEBALS

OLD TOWN OF DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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PHOTO: 123RF/ROLAND BARAT

Gain a deeper understanding of the tumultuous pasts of Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and admire their wealth of ancient treasures which serve as a testament to their history under oppressive rule.


BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

SARAJEVO • Old Town • Sarajevo War Tunnel MOSTAR • Old Bridge • Old Bazaar

CROATIA

ZAGREB • King Tomislav Square • Stone Gate • St. Mark’s Square • Church of St. Mark • Strossmayer Promenade • Zagreb Cathedral • Ban Jelačić Square • Dolac Market DUBROVNIK • City Walls • Bell Tower • Orlando’s Column • Onofrio’s Fountain • Sponza Palace SPLIT • Diocletian’s Palace • Peristil Square ZADAR • Western Quay • Sea Organ

HUNGARY

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

HIGHLIGHTS • Monument to the Sun • St. Donatus Church • Roman Forum • St. Anastasia’s Cathedral • St. Mary’s Church • Lion’s Gate PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK • Electric Boat Ride • Great Waterfall

SLOVENIA Lake Bled

Ljubljana

Postojna 2

ITALY

Rastoke

Plitvice Lakes National Park

ITALY

VENICE • Mcarthurglen Designer Outlets

DELICACIES Meal Plan 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners Specialities • Croatian style roast duck meal • Traditional Bosnian Sahan meal • Kebab • Oyster tasting • Tastes of the Mediterranean black & white risotto • Roast Lamb meal • Roast Pork Ribs with Scenic Meal

4-5★ HOTELS ZAGREB Hotel Panorama SARAJEVO Hollywood Hotel DUBROVNIK Hotel Ariston (2 nigths) ZADAR Hotel Kolovare BLED Hotel Park-Lake View LJUBLJANA Hotel Radisson Plaza VENICE Hotel Double Tree by Hilton *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

1

Zadar

CROATIA

SLOVENIA

LAKE BLED • Pletna Boat Ride • Bled Castle POSTOJNA CAVE • Electric Train Ride LJUBLJANA • Old Town • Central Market • Town Hall • Robba’s Fountain • Triple Bridge • Dragon Bridge

SERBIA

1 Zagreb

Venice 1

Sarajevo Split

Mostar 2

Dubrovnik

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

DAY 1

DAY 2

tour guide and amble along the magnificent Old Bridge for an extraordinary panorama over the river, visit the oldest mosque in Mostar – Cejvan Cehaj Mosque, bask in the lively atmosphere of the Old Bazaar. Enjoy the scenery as we drive along the Dalmatian coast before arriving in Dubrovnik.

Meals on Board, Lunch - Roast Duck Meal

DAY 5

SINGAPORE → ZAGREB Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and depart for Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.

ZAGREB Upon arrival, start off with a guided walking tour of the Upper and Lower Town – catch a glimpse of top attractions like the King Tomislav Square, the Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Square and the Church of St. Mark, the oneof-a-kind Museum of Broken Relationships, the Strossmayer Promenade, Zagreb Cathedral, Ban Jelačić Square and Dolac Market. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to do some souvenir shopping or simply bask in the lively street atmosphere of the city. DAY 3

ZAGREB → SARAJEVO

Breakfast, Lunch - Sahan Meal, Dinner

Journey to Bosnia, Herzegovina and continue to head for its capital, Sarajevo. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to explore the historic Old Town and gain an insight into the historic events of Sarajevo’s turbulent past. DAY 4

SARAJEVO → MOSTAR → DUBROVNIK Breakfast, Lunch - Kebab, Dinner

Make your way to the Sarajevo War Tunnel for a visceral wartime experience of the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. Following that, head out to Mostar, a picturesque city spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River. Follow the

DUBROVNIK → NEUM

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Oyster Tasting

Spend the morning getting acquainted with the historic Old Town. Continue walking down the limestone-clad Stradun, one of the widest and straightest streets in Old Town. Until you reach the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace, which is today the home of the state archives. Other highlights you’ll hit along the way include the city’s Bell tower, Orlando’s Column, the Church of St. Blaise, dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik. One of the best ways to see the city is from the top of the City Walls. The spectacular views are definitely worth the climb up. Proceed on to Neum, the only town situated along the coastline of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s only access to the Adriatic Sea. DAY 6

NEUM → SPLIT → ZADAR

Breakfast, Lunch - Mediterranean Black Risotto, Dinner

Ramble through the Croatian countryside to wind up in Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast that was founded by the Emperor Diocletian in AD305 to construct his retirement palace. Have a ball of a time touring this seaside city with a guide, who will bring you to enter the massive Diocletian’s Palace and explore all its nooks

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11D8N ADVENTURE TO THE BALKANS

PANORAMIC VIEW OF LAKE BLED, SLOVENIA

DAY 7

ZADAR → PLITVICE LAKES → LJUBLJNA Breakfast, Lunch - Roast Lamb Meal, Dinner

A drive through the Croatian highlands reveals splendid alpine scenery as you arrive in one of Europe’s most impressive national parks – the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Take pleasure in a guided tour of the beautiful landscapes within the UNESCO National Heritage park, adorned with sixteen lakes that are interconnected by a series of waterfalls and deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Savour the riveting beauty of nature from a different perspective on the waters as you join an Electric Boat Ride. Then we head to the capital of capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Note: In the event of bad wather and the boat ride unable to operate, there will be no replacement ride. DAY 8

LJUBLJNA → BLED → LJUBLJANA

Breakfast, Lunch - Roast Pork Ribs with Scenic, Dinner - Chinese Meal

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Embark on a guided tour with the Old Town for some of the best-preserved medieval houses, visit the open-air Central Market, the baroque Town Hall, the beautiful Robba’s Fountain, the grandiose Triple Bridge and Dragon Bridge. Proceed to Lake Bled in the Julian Alps, the most magnificent lake with an island. Enjoy a scenic lunch in its cliff top Bled Castle for a picture-perfect vista of glistening waters and the surrounding natural beauty. Thereafter, board a traditional Pletna boat ride, which will take you to explore the beautiful landscape of Lake Bled and the small, solitary Church of St. Mary right in the middle of the lake. You may wish to make an optional visit to Lake Bohinj before you end your day. DAY 9

LJUBLJANA → POSTOJNA CAVE → VENICE Breakfast, Lunch

Journey to the town of Postojna, and embark on a unique cave tour of the renowned Postojna Cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Board the unique cave railway for an exciting adventure through dark passages to the Great Mountain, where you disembark and continue on foot across the Russian Bridge into the caves comprising of the Spaghetti Hall, the White Hall and the Red Hall. Press on further to view the renowned stalagmite in the Brilliant Passage and get a look at the Vivarium Proteus, otherwise known as the human fish. Then, make a pit stop at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlets for some last minute shopping before we proceed to Venice for the night.

DAY 10

VENICE → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. We recommend a half day Venice Tour to visit some of the famous and important buildings in this fabulous city. DAY 11

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Dubrovnik City Walls & Hill Srdj Panorama Tour: €50 • Lake Bohinj: €50 • Murano, Burano & Torcello Half Day Tour: €85 • Venice Half Day Tour: €85 Tipping Guideline: (based on 11D8N) • €77 per person NOTE: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability.

PHOTO: 123RF/ELENA SOLODOVNIKOVA

and crannies, including the remains of the original palace, and the Peristil Square. Then continue on to Zadar, a city built in the centre of the Croatian Adriatic with three thousand years of tumultuous history. Embark on a guided promenade about the city and visit the Western Quay for an up-close look at the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun, follow by St. Donatus Church, the Roman Forum, St. Anastasia’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church and the Lion’s Gate.


Canada

Canada

VANCOUVER

United Kingdom

VANCOUVER

YORK United Kingdom

USA

MANCHESTER

USA

CHESHIRE OAKS

YORK

NEUMÜNSTER

EAST MIDLANDS MANCHESTER

CHESHIRE OAKS BRIDGEND

HAMBURG

NEUMÜNSTER

THE NETHERLANDS EAST MIDLANDS

LONDON

BRIDGEND

ROERMOND

LONDON ASHFORD SWINDON ROUBAIX LILLE

DÜSSELDORF AMSTERDAM

Belgium

ASHFORD ROUBAIX

PARIS

LILLE

TROYES

HAMBURG

BERLIN

OCHTRUP

THE NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM

SWINDON

BERLIN

OCHTRUP

ROERMOND Germany DÜSSELDORF

LUXEMBOURG

Belgium

Germany

LUXEMBOURG

PARIS

VIENNA

MUNICH

TROYES

PARNDORF

SALZBURG

Austria MUNICH

France

VIENNA

SALZBURG

Italy

France

MILAN

VENICE

Italy

SERRAVALLE

MILAN BARBERINO VENICE

PROVENCE

PARNDORF

Austria

NOVENTA DI PIAVE

NOVENTA DI PIAVE

FLORENCE

SERRAVALLE PROVENCE

BARBERINO ROME

FLORENCE

CASTEL ROMANO LA REGGIA

Greece

NAPLES

ROME

CASTEL ROMANO LA REGGIA

NAPLES

Greece ATHENS

ATHENS


PREMIUM

12D9N

TREASURE OF THE BALKANS & DRUCULA’S CASTLE

TOUR CODE: EEOTPA

In this incredible tour you will see the beautiful bountiful and bewilding Balkans. Discover the best of Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

EXTENSIVE COVERAGE 10 Southern & Eastern Europe | EU Holidays

DRUCULA’S CASTLE, ROMANIA


HIGHLIGHTS ROMANIA

SINAIA • Peles Castle BRAN • Dracula’s Castle BRASOV • Black Church • Council Square BUCHAREST • Parliament Palace • The Victory Square • The Roman Square • The Unification Square

BULGARIA

VELIKO TARNOVO • The Tsarevets Fortress • The Cathedral of Nativity SOFIA • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral • The Boyana Church • The St. Joseph Chtholic Cathedral • The St. Nedelya Temple • The Banya Bashi Mosque • The Synagogue

RILA • Monastery

MACEDONIA

SKOPJE • House of Mother of Theresa • The Church of St. Spas • Mustafa Pasha Mosque • Fortress Kale OHRID • Old Town and Lake Ohrid Boat Ride • Ohrid Port • Cathedral of St. Sophia

BERAT • Gorica Bridge • Gorica Quarter • King Mosque

MONTENEGRO KOTOR • Old Town

DELICACIES Meal Plan 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners Specialities • Historic and Gorgeous Romanian Palace Restaurant • Folk Show in Traditional Bulgarian Restaurant • Ohrid Special Trout Meal • Black Squid Risotto Meal

4-5★ HOTELS BRASOV Hotel Athene Ambient BUCHAREST Hotel Athene Palace Hilton VELIKO TARNOVO Hotel Yantra SOFIA Hotel Radisson Blu SKOPJE Hotel Holiday Inn OHRID Hotel Metropolitan BERAT Hotel Grand White City TIRANA Hotel Art Best Western BUDVA Hotel Budva *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Bran

1

Sinaia

MONTENEGRO Kotor Budva

Sofia 1

Podgorica

1

1

Tirana

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → BUCHAREST Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Bucharest - Romania. DAY 2

BUCHAREST → BRAN → BRASOV

1

Skopje Ohrid

Rila

Brasov

1 Bucharest

1

Veliko Tarnovo

1

ALBANIA

ALBANIA

TIRANA • Et’hem Bey Mosque • The Clock Tower • Skanderbeg Square • Skanderbeg Statue

ROMANIA

2

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

BULGARIA

MACEDONIA

sixth largest capital city of the European Union - Bucharest. The city tour will take you to important sites such as the Arch of Triumph, the Victory Square, the Roman Square and the Unification Square. At the Constitution Square, you will visit the Palace of the Parliament, which is the second largest building in the world.

Lunch , Dinner

Upon arrival, be greeted by our local representative and continue on a scenic drive. Continue to visit the Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. Be ready to trace the Dracula’s footsteps, to explore the eerie corridors and the deathly cold rooms at your peril. After the visit, you’ll stopover at the souvenir and local crafts market to shop for your Dracula souvenirs. Transfer to Brasov, also called the Crown of Transylvania. Finally, discover the beautiful colourful Old Town with the Council Square and visit the Black Church, Romania’s largest Gothic church rises triumphantly over Braşov’s old town. DAY 3

BRASOV → SINAIA → BUCHAREST Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Historic Restaurant, CARU’ CU BERE 1879

Make your way to Sinaia, here is where you will visit the Peles Castle, built in German Renaissance style. The Peles Castle is probably the most beautiful castle in Eastern Europe. Then head on to the

DAY 4

BUCHAREST → RUSE → VELIKO TARNOVO Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we head to Ruse - also called the « Little Vienna », is a very nice and architectural city situated in Bulgaria northeast. Pass around one of symbols of the city - the Monument to Freedom. Outside seeing Regional Museum of History, Opera House of Ruse, Regional Museum of History. After lunch, drive to Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the Tsaravets Fortress, once past the main gate, it is fairly easy to navigate the fortress on foot. The statue, Asen’s Monument which was erected exactly 800 years after the city was appointed capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, commemorates the Tsars for their contributions to the city. DAY 5

VELIKO TARNOVO → SOFIA

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Special Meal with Folklore Show

Head towards Sofia the capital of Bulgaria and embark on a city tour of the Bulgarian

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11D8N TREASURE OF THE BALKANS & DRUCULA’S CASTLE we will reach the Medieval Centre including the Helveti Teke, King Mosque and Dervish’s Konak. After that, head to Tirana, the capital of Albania. Follow by a sightseeing of the city and visit of the biggest attractions, like Skanderbeg Square, Skanderbeg Statue, Et’hem Bey Mosque and The Clock Tower. DAY 10

TIRANA → BUDVA

Breakfast, Lunch - Black Squid Risotto Meal, Dinner

After breakfast, you may wish to make an optional excursion to Kruja Castle. You will enjoy the panoramic views and get to visit Skanderbeg Museum. It is situated inside the castle with beautiful mural paintings and sculptures from renowned Albanian artists among other artifacts. You will head towards Budva, the old Mediterranean port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice. Visit the Old Town, a city fortress, Citadel is placed, which is today a stage of the famous City theatre. Finally, you will reach the Church of St. Ivan, a monumental basilica with three transepts, which was built in 7th century. DAY 11

BUDVA → PODGORICA → SINGAPORE

KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

capital city. In the heart of Sofia, visit the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and The Boyana Church which is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the evening enjoy the dinner at a local restaurant complete with folklore performances and the traditional fire dances.

Continue your journey to the lakeside resort of Ohrid to visit the Church of St. John. A Macedonian Orthodox church situated on the cliff over Kaneo Beach overlooking Lake Ohrid. Next, you get to enjoy a Boat Ride in the lake and follow by a sightseeing tour with a walk through the cobblestone streets of the old town. DAY 8

DAY 6

SOFIA-RILA → SKOPJE Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning travel to the Rila Mountains and visit the famous Rila Monastery. The beautiful orthodox monastery was built in the 14th century and houses valuable paintings, thousands of manuscripts, old printed books and masterworks of wood carvings. From here, drive to the border of Macedonia to reach Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. DAY 7

SKOPJE → OHRID

Breakfast, Lunch - Ohrid Special Trout, Dinner

Join a walking tour to explore Skopje, starting with the town Charshi, where you can view the Stone Bridge. Must-see sites include the Church St. Spas, famous for its marvelous iconostas from 17th century, the Old Bazaar, Fortress Kale, Mustafa Pasha Mosque. During the tour you will have a chance to visit Mother Teresa’s birth house.

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OHRID → BERAT

Breakfast, Lunch- Special Meal, Dinner

After having a hearty breakfast, travel to Ohrid port. At the pier on Ohrid’s waterfront you get the best view to see the Ohrid’s old town and Samuel’s Fortress. Afterwards, you may wish to make an optional excursion to St. Naum Monastery - is an imposing sight on a bluff and the Church of St. Naum was rebuilt between the 16th and 17th century as a multi-doomed, Byzantine-style structure on this cliff. Heading to the historic city Berat - also known as “the city of a thousand windows,” made the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008. DAY 9

BERAT → TIRANA

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Chinese Meal

After breakfast, explore Berat city tour - the ancient history of Albania from Roman period to modern times. You will visit the Gorica Bridge and Gorica quarter. Next, by walking

Breakfast, Lunch, Meals on Board

After breakfast, you may wish to make an optional excursion to Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, which is sometimes called the southernmost fjord in Europe. The Natural and Culture-Historical Region of Kotor is a World Heritage Site. Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. Drive to Podgorica then we proceed to the airport, where you will get ready to check-in for your flight back to Singapore. DAY 11

SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • St. Naum Monastery & Panorama Tour: €50 • Kruja Castle & City Tour: € 50 • Kotor Old Town Tour: € 50 Tipping Guideline: (based on 12D9N) • €84 per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.


FEATURE

Romania, a Country Steeped in History Embark on an enchanting journey to Romania – the land of the ever popular medieval cities, castles and scenic mountain landscapes. Be captivated by the country’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. From its gorgeous architecture to its priceless artefacts, it’s no wonder why travelling to Romania has made the bucket-list of many.

Peles Castle Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German newRenaissance architecture. It is considered to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe by many. It was also the first castle in Europe to have central heating and electricity. Peles was once a summer retreat for the first kings in Romania. The castle was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I in 1914. Today, it serves as an important national monument in Century Europe. The castle, built from wood, stone, bricks and marble, has 170 rooms for guests to explore. There are detailed carvings and colored murals of historic characters covering the exterior walls and the 66m central clock tower. It also shelters various valuable collections of paintings, sculptures and many other works of art. Each interior is furnished to reflect the German Renaissance architecture, but one can discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo as well.

Black Church Located at the heart of Brasov City, the Black Church is the largest gothic church in Romania. Being over 500 years old and considered one of the greatest place of worship. It houses one of the greatest organs in Europe. The Black Church was originally known as the Saint Mary’s Church

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before it was damaged in a fire in 1689. Blackened from the fire, it was renovated and renamed the Black Church. Even today, remnants of the devastating fire still remains, and explains the striking gothic architectural styles of the structure. Erected on one of the church’s exterior pillars, high up on the edge of the roof, lies an odd statue of a boy leaning forward as if he had dropped something on the ground. The mysterious existence of this statue still puzzles many to this day. It is believed that the boy was pushed off the building while checking the walls of the church, and a statue was erected to commemorate him. Another interesting aspect of this church would be the bullet holes that can be seen along the walls. They can be traced back to December 1989, when the Revolution against the communist began in Romania.

Bran Castle Known as Dracula’s Castle, the Bran Castle is a national monument and a prominent landmark in Romania. In addition, the castle has been serving as a military Teotihuacan – Pyramids of the sun fortress for ages. Located near Brasov in and moon on the avenue of the Dead. central Romania, it became the home to

the notorious, fictional character, Dracula, as depicted by the author, Bram Stoker. He based the fictional character on the historical figure Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, who was perhaps much more frightening than his fictional counterpart. The prince of Wallachia was responsible for more than 80,000 deaths, some of which included his own people. He was known as Vlad the Impaler for his gruesome and cruel punishments, one of which included impalement. There is also an historical account that describes a garden in which all his impaled victims were erected in, it was also the place where he dined. The towering fortress is a key attraction to millions of tourists every year, most of whom are keen to uncover the truth behind the myth. However, the fortress may not be the sight most expect. Homely rooms take the place of dark and eerie exhibitions, and may extinguish the hopes of experiencing a fraction of its dark and bloody past. The castle also includes a secret passageway and a deep dungeon, which was added in 1625. Do consider joining a tour to gain a more comphensive coverage of the castle.

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TOUR CODE: EEBEGS

On the crossroads between east and west, the Balkan Peninsula is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. These trip is the most ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the dramatic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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OLD BRIDGE, BOSNIA


HIGHLIGHTS SERBIA

ZADAR • Western Quay BELGRADE • Sea Organ • Kalemegdan Park • Monument to the • Belgrade Fortress Sun • Victor Monument • St. Donatus Church • Republic Square • Roman Forum • St. Anastasia’s BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Cathedral SARAJEVO • St. Mary’s Church • Sarajevo War Tunnel • Lion’sGate MOSTAR PLITVICE LAKES • Old Bridge NATIONAL PARK • Old Bazaar • Electric BoatRide • Great Waterfall

CROATIA

ZAGREB • King Tomislav Square • Stone Gate • St. Mark’s Square • Church of St.Mark • Strossmayer Promenade • Zagreb Cathedral • Ban JelačićSquare • Dolac Market DUBROVNIK • Old Town • Bell Tower • Orlando’s Column • Onofrio’s Fountain • Sponza Palace SPLIT • Diocletian’s Palace • Peristil Square

HUNGARY

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

SLOVENIA Bled

Ljubljana 2

ITALY

Venice 1

LAKEBLED • Pletna BoatRide • Bled Castle POSTOJNACAVE • Electric TrainRide LJUBLJANA • Old Town • Central Market • Town Hall • Robba’s Fountain • Triple Bridge • Dragon Bridge

ITALY

VENICE • Mcarthurglen Designer Outlet

DELICACIES Meal Plan 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners Specialities • Mixed Grill MeatMeal • Traditional Bosnian Sahan Meal • Oyster Tasting Meal • Tastes of the Mediterranean Black & WhiteRisotto • Traditional Roast Lamb Meal • Croatian style Roast Duck Meal • Scenic lunch on cliff top castle overlooking Lake Bled

4-5★ HOTELS SARAJEVO Hotel ColorInn DUBROVNIK HotelKompas NEUM GrandNuem ZADAR HotelKolovare ZAGREB HotelPanorama LJUBLJANA Hotel RadissonPlaza VENICE Hotel Double Tree ByHilton *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Belgrade

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sarajevo

1

Split

Zadar

CROATIA

SLOVENIA

SERBIA

1 Zagreb

Postojna Cape

Mostar

1 Neum 1

Dubrovnik

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → BELGRADE

of the Old Bazaar. Then travel to Dubrovnik, with its picturesque setting on the stunning Adriatic coast.

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Belgrade– the Capital and largest city of Serbia.

DAY 4

Meals on Board

DUBROVNIK → NEUM

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - Oyster Tasting DAY 2

BELGRADE → SARAJEVO

Meals on Board, Lunch - Grilled Meal, Dinner Sahan Meal

Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour to Kalemegdan Park and the Belgrade Fortress, where you’ll see the ruins of the ancient city of Singidunum, known today as Belgrade. The Victor Monument is the most famous symbol of Belgrade, the statue looks forward across the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers. Continue to the centre of the town, where you’ll take in the Republic Square. After lunch, head to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital- Sarajevo for the night.

Spend the morning getting acquainted with the historic Old Town. Continue walking down the limestone-clad Stradun, one of the widest and straightest streets in Old Town, until you reach the Renaissance-era Sponza Palace, which is today the home of the state archives. Other highlights you’ll hit along the way include the city’s Bell tower, Orlando’s Column, the Church of St. Blaise, dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik. One option of the best ways to see the city is from the top of the City Walls. The spectacular views are definitely worth the climb up. Proceed on to Neum, the only town situated along the coastline of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s only access to the Adriatic Sea.

DAY 3

SARAJEVO → MOSTAR → DUBROVNIK Breakfast, Lunch - Kebab, Dinner

Proceed to the Sarajevo War Tunnel for a visceral wartime experience of the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. Following that, head out to Mostar, a picturesque city spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River. Follow the tour guide and amble along the magnificent Old Bridge for an extraordinary panorama over the river. Bask in the lively atmosphere

DAY 5

NEUM → SPLIT → ZADAR

BREAKFAST/ Black & White Risotto Meal/DINNER

Ramble through the Croatian countryside to wind up in Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast that was founded by the Emperor Diocletian in AD305 to construct his retirement palace. Have a ball of a time touring this seaside city with a guide, who will bring you to enter the massive Diocletian’s Palace and explore all its nooks and crannies,

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GREAT WATERFALLS, PLITVICE LAKE

including the remains of the original palace, and the Peristil Square. Then continue on to Zadar, a city built in the centre of the Croatian Adriatic with three thousand years of tumultuous history. Embark on a guided promenade about the city and visit the Western Quay for an up-close look at the Sea Organ and the Monument to the Sun, follow by St. Donatus Church, the Roman Forum, St. Anastasia’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church and the Lion’s Gate.

Promenade, Zagreb Cathedral, Ban Jelačić Square and Dolac Market. After lunch, we head to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Embark on a guided tour with the Old Town for ome of the best-preserved medieval houses, visit the open-air Central Market, the baroque Town Hall, the beautiful Robba’s Fountain, the grandiose Triple Bridge and Dragon Bridge.

into the caves comprising of the Spaghetti Hall, the White Hall and the Red Hall. Press on further to view the renowned stalagmites in the Brilliant Passage and get a look at the Vivarium Proteus, otherwise known as the human fish. After lunch, make a pit stop at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet for some last minutes shopping before we proceed to Venice for the night.

DAY 8

DAY 10

DAY 6

Breakfast, Lunch - Roast pork ribs with Scenic, Dinner - Chinese Meal

BREAKFAST/ MEAL ON BOARD

ZADAR → PLITVICES LALES → ZAGREB Breakfast, Lunch - Roast Lamb Meal, Dinner

A drive through the Croatian highlands reveal splendid alpine scenery as you arrive in one of Europe’s most impressive national parks – the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Take pleasure in a guided tour of the beautiful landscapes within the UNESCO National Heritage park, adorned with sixteen lakes that are interconnected by a series of waterfalls and deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Savour the riveting beauty of nature from a different perspective on the waters as you join an Electric Boat Ride. Then head to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb for overnight. DAY 7

ZAGREB → LJUBLJANA

Breakfast, Lunch - Roast Duck Meal, Dinner

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Upper and Lower Town – catch a glimpse of top attractions like the King Tomislav Square, the Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Square and the Church of St.Mark, the Strossmayer

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LJUBLJANA → BLED → LJUBLJANA Proceed to Lake Bled in the Julian Alps, the most magnificent lake with an island. Board a traditional Pletna boat ride, which will take you to explore the beautiful landscape of Lake Bled and the small, solitary Church of St. Mary right in the middle of the lake. Enjoy a scenic lunch in its cliff top Bled Castle for a picture-perfect vista of glistening waters and the surrounding natural beauty. In the afternoon, you may wish to make an optional visit to Lake Bohinj before you end your day.

VENICE → SINGAPORE After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. DAY 11

SINGAPORE We hope you have had enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and looking forward in seeing you again for your next trip.

DAY 9

Suggested Excursions: • Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Dubrovnik City Walls & Hill Srdj Panorama Tour: €50 • Lake Bohinj: € 50

Breakfast, Lunch

Tipping Guideline: (based on 11D8N) • €77 per person

LJUBLJANA → POSTOJNA CAVE → VENICE Journey to the town of Postojna, and embark on a unique cave tour of the renowned Postojna Cave – one of the world’s largest karst monuments. Board the unique cave Electric Train for an exciting adventure through dark passages to the Great Mountain, where you disembark and continue on foot across the Russian Bridge

Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability.


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10D7N

SCENIC EASTERN EUROPE

TOUR CODE: EEBUDS

DANUBE RIVER, BUDAPEST

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Unearth the vivid landscapes of cities steeped in history on this fascinating tour of eastern Europe.


HIGHLIGHTS HUNGARY

BUDAPEST • Heroes’ Square • Matthias Church • Fisherman’s Bastion • Gellért Hill • Vaci Utca

SLOVAKIA

BRATISLAVA • Old Town • Bratislava Castle • Grassalkovich Palace • Primate’s Palace

AUSTRIA

VIENNA • Schönbrunn Palace • St. Stephen’s Cathedral • Ringstrasse • Hofburg Imperial Palace • State Opera House

CZECH REPUBLIC

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV • Český Krumlov Castle • Old Town KARLOVY VARY • Spa town PILSEN • Beer Factory PRAGUE • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • Old Royal Palace • Wenceslas Square • Astronomical Clock • Charles Bridge

DELICACIES Meal Plan 7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

4★ HOTELS BUDAPEST Expo Congress Hotel BRATISLAVA Mercure Hotel VIENNA Courtyard by Marriot Schoenbrunn PILSEN Courtyard by Marriot PRAGUE NH Prague Hotel *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → BUDAPEST Meals on Board

Assemble at Changi airport and take-off to the capital city of Hungary, Budapest.

You may wish to embark on an optional Danube river cruise that covers the most fascinating sights in Budapest, or visit one of the beautiful artistic village, Szentendre. DAY 4

DAY 2

BUDAPEST Dinner

Get to know the true culture of Budapest, also known as the ‘City of Baths’ through a guided city tour that will help you pack as much as possible into your exploration of the city. The first stop of the tour is the renowned Matthias Church, one of the oldest buildings in Budapest with over 700 years of history and frescoes done by famous Hungarian painters. Head up to Gellért Hill next for some of the best panoramic views of the entire city. Continue on to Fisherman’s Bastion for a view of the beautiful turrets, see the impressive Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument located in its middle, and the get some shopping done in the famous Vaci street.

BUDAPEST → BRATISLAVA Breakfast, Dinner – Western Fare

Journey to Bratislava, the political, economic and cultural centre of Slovakia, and along the way, you may wish to make an optional pit stop at the Designer Outlet Pandorf near Vienna for a spot of shopping. Set off on a sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions – visit the Old Town for a view of some of the oldest historical buildings, the unique Bratislava Castle that resembles an upturned table atop a hill, the Grassalkovich Palace which is the current seat of the President of Slovakia, and the most beautiful building in Bratislava, the renowned Primate’s Palace. Note: Factory outlet close on public holiday and Sunday, outlet replacement is subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

DAY 3

BUDAPEST Breakfast

Enjoy a free day of leisure for some shopping or sightseeing at your pleasure in Budapest.

DAY 5

BRATISLAVA → VIENNA Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on an unforgettable getaway to

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VIENNA STATE OPERA HOUSE STAATSOPER, AUSTRIA

the romantic capital of Austria, Vienna. Step foot in the renowned Schönbrunn Palace and revel in the stunning interior of the massive 1,441-room baroque complex – think white porcelain tile stoves, exquisite bohemian crystal chandeliers and whitelacquered ceilings and walls covered in gold leaf ornamentation. Then, continue on the guided tour to the glorious Ringstrasse with its wealth of parks and monuments, the State Opera house, the majestic Reichsrat Parliament Building and Rathaus (city hall), and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Last but not least, end the day with a visit to one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. DAY 6

VIENNA → ČESKÝ KRUMLOV → PILSEN Breakfast, Dinner

Cross over to Czech Republic and make your way to one of the country’s finest medieval sites, Český Krumlov. A small town with history dating back to the Middle Ages, the relatively undisturbed historic architectural layout and buildings of Český Krumlov has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Go on a guided walkthrough of its Old Town, an area packed with 300 protected medieval buildings, and where the Český Krumlov Castle, second largest castle in the Czech Republic and the town’s crowning glory, is located. Following that, transfer to Pilsen for

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your overnight stay.

centre of Prague.

DAY 7

DAY 9

Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

PILSEN → KARLOVY VARY → PRAGUE Start the day with a visit to the world-famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery where you can savour a taste of one of the most popular styles of lager beer. Then, head to spa town Karlovy Vary and stop by their Old Town and the spa houses and hotels famous for their therapeutic thermal spa treatments. Do not leave without getting some of Karlovy Vary’s traditional souvenirs, such as the Karlsbad wafers or trinkets from the Moser glass factory. Continue on to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic for the night. DAY 8

PRAGUE Breakfast

Begin with a half-day walking tour of the city nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Get an up-close look at the famous Prague Castle and the symbolic structures housed within it – the state’s spiritual symbol St. Vitus Cathedral, the best preserved Romanesque church St. George’s Basilica and the Old Royal Palace. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge and proceed into the Old Town for a glimpse of the Astronomical Clock, one of the greatest treasures of the city. Then head towards the last stop of the day – Wenceslas Square, the vibrant social and commercial

PRAGUE → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

DAY 10

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your vacation with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Budapest - Danube Cruise (Private): €45 • Budapest - Szentendre Artist Village: €25 • Budapest - Hungarian Folkshow Dinner: € 35 • Vienna - Concert Show (Seasonal Price): €80-€120 Tipping Guideline: (based on 10D7N) • €59 per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.

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PANORAMA OF CESKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC


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BOHEMIAN EASTERN EUROPE

TOUR CODE: EEDUSA

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THE LESSER BRIDGE TOWER OF CHARLES BRIDGE AND PRAGUE CASTLE, CZECH REPUBLIC.

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Explore the historic Kingdom of Bohemia, sometimes it is referred as the Czech Kingdom, was a medieval and early modern monarchy in Central Europe.


HIGHLIGHTS CZECH REPUBLIC

PRAGUE • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • Old Royal Palace • Wenceslas Square • Astronomical Clock • Charles Bridge

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST • Heroes’ Square • Matthias Church • Fisherman’s Bastion • Gellért Hill • Vaci Utca • Designer Outlet Parndorf

POLAND

GERMANY

LEIPZIG KARLSRUHE ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER NUREMBURG • Nuremburg Castle HEIDELBURG • Old town DUSSELDORF • St. Lambertus Church • Castle Tower • Streets Königsalle

AUSTRIA

VIENNA • Ringstrasse • Hofburg Imperial Palace • State Opera House

DELICACIES Meal Plan 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners

4★ HOTELS KARLSRUHE Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe NUREMBURG Mercure Congress VIENNA Ibis Mariahilf BUDAPEST Budapest Hotel PRAGUE Holiday Inn Congress Centre LEIPZIG NH Messe DUSSELDORF Mercure Hafen *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Dusseldorf Leipzig

Heidelberg Karlsruhe

Dresden

Nuremburg Rothenburg OB Der Tauber

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → DUSSELDORF Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi International Airport for our maiden flight to Dusseldorf, where your holiday begins! DAY 2

DUSSELDORF → HEIDELBERG → KARLSRUHE

SLOVAKIA

to the glorious Ringstrasse with its wealth of parks and monuments, the State Opera House, the majestic Reichsrat Parliament Building and Rathaus (City Hall), and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Last but not least, ends the day with a visit to one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. We recommend an optional excursion of Concert show at any of the concert hall for your evening’s enjoyment.

Meals on Board , Dinner

Upon arrival, travel to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany, known for its distinguished 14thcentury university. Visit the baroque Altstadt (Old Town). Overnight at Karlsruhe. DAY 3

KARLSRUHE → ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER → NUREMBURG Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Rothenburg ob der tauber a German town in northern Bavaria known for its medieval architecture. Half-timbered houses line the cobblestone lanes of its old town. The town walls include many preserved gate houses and towers, plus a covered walkway on top. St. Jakob’s Church houses an intricate, late Gothic altarpiece by woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. The medieval Town Hall has a tower with panoramic views. After that,travel to Nuremburg, a city on the River Pegnitz and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. DAY 4

NUREMBURG → VIENNA Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to Vienna - the ‘City of Music’ as the sun goes down. Embark on a city tour of this romantic Capital of Austria, Vienna. Continue

DAY 5

VIENNA → BUDAPEST Breakfast, Dinner

After having a hearty breakfast, travel to Budapest, also known as the ‘City of Baths’ through a guided city tour that will help you pack as much as possible into your exploration of the city. The first stop of the tour is the renowned Matthias Church, one of the oldest buildings in Budapest with over 700 years of history and frescoes done by famous Hungarian painters. Next, head up to Gellért Hill for some of the best panoramic views of the entire city. Continue on to the impressive Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument located in its middle, and stroll along the fashionable shopping street, Váci Utca. Along the way to Budapest, recommend an excursion that you may wish to visit the Designer Outlet Parndorf for a spot of shopping. riverside town - Szentendre Artist Village. Note: Factory outlet close on public holiday and Sunday, outlet replacement is subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. DAY 6

BUDAPEST → PRAGUE Breakfast, Dinner

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city nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Get an up-close look at the famous Prague Castle and the symbolic structures housed within it – the state’s spiritual symbol St. Vitus Cathedral, the best preserved Romanesque church St. George’s Basilica and the Old Royal Palace. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge and proceed into the Old Town for a glimpse of the Astronomical Clock, one of the greatest treasures of the city. Then head towards the last stop of the day – Wenceslas Square, the vibrant social and commercial centre of Prague. DAY 7

PRAGUE → DRESDEN → LEIPZIG

Leipzig. We recommend an excursion to the Bastei, it has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. DAY 8

LEIPZIG → DUSSELDORF Breakfast, Dinner

Journey on to Dusseldorf - a city in western Germany known for its fashion industry and art scene. It’s divided by the Rhine River, with its Old Town on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. In the Old Town, St. Lambertus Church and Castle Tower both date to the 13th century. Streets such as Königsalle are lined with boutiques.

Breakfast, Lunch

Kick off the day to Dresden for their significant art treasure, architectural sights and alluring landscape. Explore the city on foot for a tour of The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, the Zwinger Palace and the Saxon Wall. Continue to

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DAY 9

DUSSELDORF → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 10

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Austria - Concert Show (Seasonal Price): €80-120 • Austria - Parndorf Designer Outlet: €15 • Hungary - Danube river cruise (Private): € 40 • Germany - Bastei: €25 Tipping Guideline: (based on 10D7N) • €59 per person NOTE: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE

TOUR CODE: EEMUCS

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SALZKAMMERGUT, AUSTRIA

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Rediscover Europe’s richest cultures on a voyage through the beautifully antiquated cities of the east.


HIGHLIGHTS CZECH REPUBLIC

PRAGUE • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • Old Royal Palace • Wenceslas Square • Astronomical Clock • Charles Bridge

GERMANY

FUSSEN • Neuschwanstein Castle DRESDEN • The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) • Semper Opera House • Zwinger Palace • Saxon Wall BERLIN • Berlin Wall • Unter Den Linden • Reichstag • Brandenburg Gate • Checkpoint Charlie

POLAND

KRAKÓW • Auschwitz Concentration Camp • Wawel Royal Castle • Old Town Square • St. Mary’s Basilica • Cloth Hall • Wieliczka Salt Mine

HUNGARY

BUDAPEST • Heroes’ Square • Matthias Church • Fisherman’s Bastion • Gellért Hill • Vaci Utca

AUSTRIA

VIENNA • Schönbrunn Palace • St. Stephen’s Cathedral • Ringstrasse • Hofburg Imperial Palace • State Opera House • Parndorf Factory Outlet SALZBURG • “The Sound of Music“ film setting • Mirabell Palace • Old Town HALLSTATT • Lake Street • View of the lake • Old Town

DELICACIES Meal Plan 13D10N: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners 14D11N: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners Specialty Meals • Hungarian Folk Show Dinner • German Pork Knuckle • Vienna Ribs Dinner & Sacher Cake

4★ HOTELS SALZBURG Mecure Central VIENNA A.T.H Doppio BUDAPEST Novotel Budapest City KRAKOW Novotel Centrum WROCŁAW Mercure Centrum BERLIN Leonardo Royal PRAGUE Penta Hotel MUNICH NH Munich Neue Messe *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → MUNICH Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and depart for Munich, the capital of Bavaria.

journey on to the ‘city of music’, Vienna, as the sun goes down. We recommend an optional concert at any of the famous concert halls for your evening’s enjoyment. DAY 4

DAY 2

MUNICH → FUSSEN → WATTENS → SALZBURG Dinner

Once you arrive, make your way to the town of Fussen to outview the Neuschwanstein Castle, which was built as a place of retreat for the King Ludwig II and transformed into a medieval dream world filled with all of his longing and ideals. Thereafter, drive on to Wattens and stop by the Swarovski Crystal World, a glittering fantasy world housing the world’s biggest crystal, before proceeding to Salzburg for the night. DAY 3

SALZBURG → HALLSTATT → VIENNA Breakfast, Vienna Ribs Dinner

Discover the beautiful setting of the famous film “The Sound of Music” in the city of Salzburg. Waltz through the lush gardens of Mirabell Palace, and visit the birthplace of famous classical music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at No. 9 Getreidegasse. Continue on the walking tour to the Old Town of Salzburg to admire the ensemble of baroque and medieval buildings, and drop by the magnificent Residence Square with its beautiful fountain. Next, proceed to Hallstatt, an incredibly gorgeous village that sits along the banks of Lake Hallstatt in the mountainous region of Salzkammergut. The salt mines in the mountains above the village has made Hallstatt world-famous, along with the glistening views of the surrounding lake and mountain peaks. Later,

VIENNA → PARNDORF → BUDAPEST Breakfast, Dinner with Hungarian Folk Show

Embark on an unforgettable excursion of the romantic capital of Austria, Vienna. Step foot in the renowned Schönbrunn Palace and revel in the stunning interior of the massive baroque complex – think exquisite bohemian crystal chandeliers and whitelacquered ceilings and walls covered in gold leaf ornamentation. Then, continue to the glorious Ringstrasse with its wealth of parks and monuments, the State Opera house, the majestic Reichsrat Parliament Building and Rathaus (city hall), and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Last but not least, end the day with a visit to one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterwards, carry on to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Along the way, you may make a pit stop at the Designer Outlet Parndorf for a spot of shopping. As dusk descends, enjoy a sumptuous dinner while being entertained with a Hungarian folk show. Note: Factory outlet close on public holiday and Sunday, outlet replacement is subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. DAY 5

BUDAPEST Breakfast, Danube Cruise Lunch

Get to know the true culture of Budapest through a guided city tour that will help you pack as much as possible into your exploration of the city. The first stop is the renowned Matthias Church, one of the oldest buildings EU Holidays | Southern & Eastern Europe 27


14D11N HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPE in Budapest with over 700 years of history and frescoes done by famous Hungarian painters. Next, head up to Gellért Hill next for some of the best panoramic views of the entire city. Continue on to Fisherman’s Bastion for a view of the beautiful turrets, see the impressive Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument located in its middle, and stroll along the fashionable shopping street, Váci Utca. At noon, enjoy a delightful meals aboard Danube River Cruise that covers the most fasinating sights in Badapest.. We recommend an optional tour to discover the scenic riverside town - Szentendre Artist Village. DAY 6

BUDAPEST → DONOVALY → KRAKÓW Breakfast, Dinner

Head on a scenic drive to Kraków by crossing over the border into Slovakia to wind through Donovaly and past the Tatra Mountains. Proceed to the renowned Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world class monument of Poland that is among the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Embark on a magical journey through the saline labyrinth to learn more about the history and traditions of Wieliczka, and get a closer look at the various salt formations and deposits. DAY 7

KRAKÓW Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a half day walking tour of Kraków and its captivating medieval structures. Visit the Gothic-Renaissance Wawel Royal Castle, and venture down to the historic Old Town to explore Europe’s largest market square along with medieval houses, palaces and churches. Move on to visit the Jagiellonian University, Poland’s most revered university dating all the way back to 13th century, and marvel over the spectacular interior of St. Mary’s Basilica and the medieval masterpiece of the Cloth Hall. Continue to take a trip out of town to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp for a historical tour. Auschwitz was Nazi Germany’s concentration camps and the establishment of the main extermination camp. Auschwitz camp the main purpose is to carry out the killing of Jews or to be extremely demanding work of its inmates, mass executions carried out inhuman or human experiments. In 1979, the UNESCO World Heritage Auschwitz. In 2007, UNESCO named the camp “Auschwitz - Birkenau German Nazi concentration and extermination camp (1940- 1945)”. DAY 8

KRAKÓW → WROCŁAW Breakfast, Dinner

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town’s perch upon the Odra River along with the veritable maze of islands and bridges have thus earned it the nickname ‘Venice of Poland’. Mill about the Old Town of Wrocław, a remarkable area filled with Baroque splendour that was painfully reconstructed after WWII. Next, have a blast at the vibrant Market Square, which is bursting at the seams with cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels.

trip to the spa town Karlovy Vary, famous for their therapeutic thermal spa treatments. DAY 12

PRAGUE → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or join an optional to visit the Famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 9

WROCŁAW → BERLIN

Breakfast, Dinner – German Pork Knuckle

Make your way to Berlin and start off with a half day city tour to get a feel of its dynamic culture and turbulent past. Start with the beautiful Unter den Linden, an elegant boulevard in the heart of Berlin connecting the Bradenburg Gate to the Schlossbrücke bridge. Visit the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament that reflects the tumultuous history of Germany, followed by the symbolic Brandenburg Gate. Next, stop by the famous East – West German border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, which is also the scene of various thrillers and espionage novels. Last but not least comes the main highlight of the tour: the Berlin Wall. Trail along the double row of cobblestones that formed the symbolic boundary separating the democratic East Berlin from communist West Berlin. DAY 10

BERLIN → DRESDEN → PRAGUE Breakfast, Dinner

Carry on to Prague, but make a pit stop at Dresden along the way for their significant art treasure, architectural sights and alluring landscape. Explore the city on foot for a tour of The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, the Zwinger Palace and the Saxon Wall. We continue our journey towards the Capital of Czech Republic - Prague, known as Praha.

DAY 13

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.

ADD-ON

14D11N VIA OTHER AIRLINES (IN / OUT) MUNICH

ITINERARY FROM DAY 1-11 FOLLOWS EEMUCS DAY 12

PRAGUE → MUNICH Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Munich and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the fascinating treasures of the city. You may wish to go on an optional excursion to the world-famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen where you can savour a taste of one of the most popular styles of lager beer, or embark on an optional Munich city tour to discover more about Munich city.. DAY 13

MUNICH → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. DAY 14

DAY 11

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

Breakfast

We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.

PRAGUE Begin with a half-day walking tour of the city nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Get an up-close look at the famous Prague Castle and the symbolic structures housed within it – the state’s spiritual symbol St. Vitus Cathedral, the best preserved Romanesque church St. George’s Basilica and the Old Royal Palace. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge and proceed into the Old Town for a glimpse of the Astronomical Clock, one of the greatest treasures of the city. Then head towards the last stop of the day – Wenceslas Square, the vibrant social and commercial centre of Prague. You may also wish to make an optional

Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Austrlia - Concert Show - Seasonal Price: €80-120 • Hungary - Szentendre Artist Village: €35 • Czech Republic - Karlovy Vary-Spa Town: €40 • Germany - Bastei: €25 • Czech Republic - Pilsner Urquell Brewery: €25 • Germany - Munich City Tour: €40 Tipping Guideline: • €80 per person - (based on13D10N) • €87 per person - (based on 14D11N)


9D6N

COST SAVER

GERMANY’S ROMANTIC ROAD

TOUR CODE: ECCDEA

Embark on a quintessential holiday route through Germany with your loved ones and be rewarded with the gorgeous sights of the most beautiful landscapes of the history-rich nation.

COUNTRY FOCUSED

BNEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, GERMANY

DELICACIES

HIGHLIGHTS

Meal Plan 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

GERMANY

GERMANY Frankfurt 1

Stuttgart

Würzburg

5

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 2 5

Nuremberg

FRANKFURT • Cathedral of St. Bartholomew • St. Paul’s Church • Old Opera House • Römer STUTTGART • Old Castle • Schillerplatz • Staatstheater Stuttgart SCHWANGAU • Neuschwanstein Castle • Hohenschwangau

NUREMBERG • Nuremberg Castle • Hospital of the Holy Spirit • Nuremberg Hauptmarkt • Schöner Brunnen WÜRZBURG • Würzburg Residence • Court Gardens • Alte Mainbrücke • Fortress Marienberg • St. Mary’s Church

4★ HOTELS FRANKFURT Mercure STUTTGART Holiday Inn

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*Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.


RÖMER CHRISTMAS MARKET, FRANKFURT

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → FRANKFURT

ruling house. Thereafter, return to your hotel in Stuttgart to rest for the night.

Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and take-off to Frankfurt, the business and financial centre of Germany.

DAY 4

STUTTGART → NUREMBERG → STUTTGART

some shopping or make up your own sightseeing itinerary. If you’re at a loss what to do, why not take an optional trip to nearby cities like Vaduz in Liechtenstein or Lucerne in Switzerland where excitement await. Optional: Full day tour

Breakfast, Dinner – Chinese Fare DAY 2

FRANKFURT → STUTTGART Lunch – Local Fare

Set off on your romantic getaway as you depart from Frankfurt to Stuttgart, and enjoy the spread of lush valleys and landscapes along the way. Once you arrive, embark on an orientation tour of this green city, which brings you to view the Old Castle that dates back to the 10th century, the Baroque-style New Castle, Schillerplatz as well as the opulent Staatstheater Stuttgart.

Journey to Nuremberg, known as the ‘unofficial capital’ of the Holy Roman Empire due to its historical and geographical importance. Embark on a tour of the medieval city and take in the sights of Nuremberg Castle, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, Nuremberg Hauptmarkt and its famous fountain, the Schöner Brunnen. DAY 5

STUTTGART → WÜRZBURG → STUTTGART Breakfast, Dinner – Local Fare

DAY 3

STUTTGART → SCHWANGAU → STUTTGART

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Breakfast, Dinner – Local Fare

Take a side trip out of Stuttgart and make your way to Schwangau for an up-close view of the famous castle known as the icon of romance and fairytales – the Neuschwanstein Castle. The inspiration for the castle featured in Disney’s classic fairytale “The Sleeping Beauty”, this picturesque clifftop castle was built for King Ludwig II between 1869 and 1886 and was meant to “embody the true spirit of the medieval German castle”. We recommend walking up to the Marienbrücke – the suspension footbridge behind the castle, the perfect spot for beautiful pictures of the castle with Schwangau in the background. Next, make a point to visit the less famous but equally important neighbouring castle, Hohenschwangau, the former Bavarian

Travel to Würzburg, a city situated in the northern tip of Bavaria. Located at the Main River, Würzburg is set in a beautiful hilly location and lies smack in the middle of one of Germany’s largest wineproducing regions. In addition to excellent white wine and restaurants, Würzburg also offers visitors a wide array of historic art and architecture spanning the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque and Rococo periods. Visit popular attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburg Residence and its gorgeous Court Gardens, Alte Mainbrücke, Fortress Marienberg as well as St. Mary’s Church. DAY 6

STUTTGART Breakfast

Enjoy a free day of leisure for you to do

DAY 7

STUTTGART → FRANKFURT Breakfast, Dinner – Chinese Fare

Make your way back to Frankfurt for a tour of the city. Be amazed by the beautiful Renaissance frescoes of the Gothic-style Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, and proceed to visit Germany’s important political symbol – St. Paul’s Church. Next, view the Renaissance exterior of the Old Opera House, and admire the gabled façade of Frankfurt’s city hall building – the Römer, especially its renowned balcony from which many famous people have waved to a cheering crowd below. DAY 8

FRANKFURT → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the day free at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. DAY 9

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your vacation with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Full day excursion : €89 Tipping Guideline: (based on 9D6N) • €52 per person EU Holidays | Southern & Eastern Europe 31


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BAVARIA IN GERMANY & AUSTRIA

PREMIUM

TOUR CODE: ECDEAA

With scenery straight out of a storybook, Bavaria’s idyllic landscapes and historic beauty will leave you gaping in wonder.

WÜRZBURG RESIDENCE, HEIDELBERG, GERMANY

DELICACIES

4★ HOTELS

HIGHLIGHTS

Meal Plan 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners

STUTTGART Mercure FUSSEN Sonne INNSBRUCK Best Western SALZBURG Ramada MUNICH NH

GERMANY

GERMANY Frankfurt

Heidelberg

Würzburg

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

2

Prien

Stuttgart Munich

2

1

1

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Salzburg

1

Innsbruck

Werfen

AUSTRIA

• Old Town

AUSTRIA

INNSBRUCK • Old Town • Golden Roof WERFEN • Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves SALZBURG • “The Sound of Music” film setting • Mirabell Palace • Old Town

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*Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

HEIDELBERG • Old Town • Hauptstrasse WÜRZBURG • Würzburg Residence • Court Gardens • Alte Mainbrücke • Fortress Marienberg • St. Mary’s Church FUSSEN • Neuschwanstein Castle (Entrance included) GRAINAU • Zugspitze (Entrance Included) PRIEN • Lake Chiemsee • Herrenchiemsee Castle MUNICH


DAY 1

SINGAPORE → FRANKFURT Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and depart for Frankfurt, the business and financial centre of Germany. DAY 2

FRANKFURT → HEIDELBERG → STUTTGART Lunch – Local Fare

Set off on your exciting getaway once you arrive in Frankfurt and head to Heidelberg, named the UNESCO City of Literature due to its vibrant scene of writers, translators and theatre life. Embark on an orientation tour of this picturesque city, well-known for its romantic landscape with the towering Heidelberg Castle in the background. Wander through the charming alleys and squares of the Old Town and immerse yourself in the unique ambience surrounded by history. You’ll soon find yourself at the traffic-free main street Hauptstrasse, which is bursting at the seams with cafes and restaurants as well as renowned branded stores and small boutiques. After which, proceed on to Stuttgart for the night.

halls, which mostly incorporate elements from Wartburg Castle and embellished with details inspired by the medieval legends behind Richard Wagner’s operas. DAY 5

FUSSEN → GRAINAU → INNSBRUCK Breakfast, Dinner – Chinese Fare

Feel what it’s like to have the whole of Germany at your feet as you prepare for a journey to the highest mountain in the country – the Zugspitze. Ascend up to the Zugspitze peak in comfort via cable car and enjoy the spectacular views down to the lake and over 400 mountain peaks across four countries reveals itself once you reach the top. Next, take a journey back in time as you visit Innsbruck, a city rich in traditions, imperial architecture and colourful history. A must-see would be the Golden Roof located in Innsbruck’s Old Town, a three-storey balcony decorated with 2,657 gold-plated copper tiles. DAY 6

INNSBRUCK → WERFEN → SALZBURG Breakfast, Dinner – Local Fare

DAY 3

STUTTGART → WÜRZBURG → STUTTGART Breakfast, Dinner – Local Fare

Spend the day in Würzburg, a city situated in the northern tip of Bavaria at the Main River. Würzburg is set in a beautiful hilly location and offers visitors a wide array of historic art and architecture. Step foot into one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe, the Würzburg Residence, and be greeted with a rich array of furniture, tapestries, paintings and other art treasures of the 18th century. Wander around the extensive grounds of the Court Gardens and bask in the opulent nature. Don’t miss popular attractions such as the Alte Mainbrücke, Fortress Marienberg as well as St. Mary’s Church. DAY 4

STUTTGART → FUSSEN

Get set for a chilling adventure to the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen, a mesmerizing natural wonder that is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. This world’s largest ice cave transforms in tandem with the climate outside the mountain, especially in winter, as the cold passage of air that seep in through openings cools the melting water entering the rock fissures, forming spectacular ice sculptures. A continuing stream of surprises await as you head to the beautiful setting of the famous film “The Sound of Music” in the city of Salzburg. Waltz through the lush gardens of Mirabell Palace, and visit the birthplace of famous classical music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at No. 9 Getreidegasse. Continue on the walking tour to the Old Town of Salzburg to admire the ensemble of baroque and medieval buildings, and drop by the magnificent Residence Square with its beautiful fountain.

Breakfast, Dinner – Local Fare

Today, make your way to the town of Fussen to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most popular of all palaces and castles in Europe. Neuschwanstein Castle was originally meant as a place of retreat for the King Ludwig II, which soon transformed into a medieval dream world filled with all of his longing, ideals and inspirations. Explore the castle’s finest rooms and magnificent

DAY 7

SALZBURG → PRIEN → MUNICH Breakfast, Dinner – Chinese Fare

Take a side trip to the idyllic Prien situated in the heart of Lake Chiemsee, for some gorgeous views of the Alpine meadows and mountains set in the backdrop across the glistening waters. From there, make your way to the largest island in the lake – the

Herreninsel – to visit the Herrenchiemsee Castle – another of King Ludwig II’s famous castles. Embark on a guided tour of the castle that was modelled after Versailles and gaze in awe at the crowning glory of Herrenchiemsee - a huge hall of mirrors stretching over 98m in length complete with wall mirrors, domed ceilings with fresco paintings, gilded stucco, and glittering pendant chandeliers is a must to visit. We also recommend an optional excursion to the Salzwelten Salt Mines near Salzburg to learn more about the salt world and history of salt mining in Europe. Optional: Salzwelten Salt Mines DAY 8

MUNICH Breakfast

Begin your orientation tour of Munich in its Old Town, where you will find the city’s top attractions such as the Marienplatz – home to the Old and New Town Halls, the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady whose twin towers are visible in Munich’s skyline, the majestic Residence Palace of Munich and many others, all within walking distance of each other. Thereafter, enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to do some shopping and sightseeing on your own in Munich. Optional: Munich surrounding half day tour DAY 9

MUNICH → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. DAY 10

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your vacation with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Salzwelten Salt Mines : €59 / €49 • Munich surrounding half day Excursion : €49 Tipping Guideline: (based on10D7D) • €59 per person NOTE: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.

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COST SAVER

10D7N

SPAIN & PORTUGAL

TOUR CODE: ESP10A

SAGRADA FAMILIA, BARCELONA, SPAIN

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PHOTO: 123RF/SERGII FIGURNYI

Soak up the yearround sun in Spain and Portugal, and uncover the overflowing treasures of their cities rich in tradition and culture.


Zaragoza

HIGHLIGHTS SPAIN

BARCELONA • Casa Batlló and Casa Milà • La Sagrada Familia • Columbus Monument • Montjuïc Hill • Las Ramblas MADRID • Royal Palace of Madrid • Cibeles Fountain • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • Puerta del Sol • Plaza Mayor CÓRDOBA • Mezquita Mosque • Historic centre of Cordoba GRANADA • Alhambra

1

PORTUGAL SEVILLE • Seville Cathedral • Giralda Bell Tower • The Tomb of Christopher Columbus • Plaza de Toros • Plaza de España

Barcelona Madrid 2

SPAIN 2

Lisbon

1

PORTUGAL

LISBON • Rossio Square • Belem Tower • Jeronimos Monastery • Discoveries Monument • Pasteis de Belem

DELICACIES Meal Plan 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

4★ HOTELS BARCELONA Hesperia St. Just MADRID Silken Puerta GRANADA Hotel Granada Palace SEVILLE Vertice Aliarafe LISBON Altis Park *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Cordoba

Seville

1

Granada

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

DAY 1

DAY 4

Meals on Board

Breakfast

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and take-off to the cosmopolitan city of Spain, Barcelona.

Kick off the day with an exciting tour of Madrid, and make sure you are armed with a camera as you make the first out-view photo stop at the impressive Royal Palace of Madrid. Continue on to the Cibeles Fountain, a beautiful marble fountain of the Roman goddess of nature, Cybele, and seen as one of Madrid’s most prominent symbols. Stop by Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – home to the Real Madrid football club, Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor for a fleeting glimpse into the heart of Madrid culture. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure to explore Madrid on your own. You may wish to make an optional excursion to Toledo, the city of three cultures – Arabic, Christian and Jewish – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SINGAPORE → BARCELONA

DAY 2

BARCELONA Meals on Board

Experience Barcelona in its full splendour through a tour of its city, where you can view the lauded art nouveau style buildings such as Casa Batlló and Casa Milà along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia avenue and the statuesque appearance of the La Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the towering Columbus Monument and the impressive Monumental Bullring before heading up to Montjuïc Hill for a spectacular vista of the city and its harbour. Then, make your way to Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian mall that stretches for 1.2km along the street in central Barcelona. If time permits, you may also wish to pay an optional visit to the Monastery of Montserrat situated on the Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia. DAY 3

BARCELONA → ZARAGOZA → MADRID

MADRID

DAY 5

MADRID → GRANADA Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Granada and get to know the most fascinating sights of the city as you embark on a city tour escorted by a local guide. View the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where varying transformations come about as the light and water create different decorative effects on the special clay walls.

Breakfast, Dinner

SPECIAL Free WiFi on board

Revel in the majestic architecture of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica in the city of Zaragoza, reputed to be the first church in history that is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thereafter, proceed to Madrid to retire for the night.

DAY 6

GRANADA → CÓRDOBA → SEVILLE Breakfast, Dinner

Head on to Córdoba, an important Roman city and an Islamic cultural centre during the Middle Ages. Meander around the squares

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LISBON, PORTUGAL

DAY 7

SEVILLE → LISBON Breakfast, Dinner

Get your cameras ready as we set off for the captivating coastal city, Lisbon. Home to the world’s greatest explorers such as Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, embark on an adventure through Europe’s second-oldest capital to discover some of its famous historical treasures. Stop

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by Lisbon’s most iconic monument, the World Heritage Belem Tower, and also not forgetting the Jeronimos Monastery with its exquisite cloisters, the Discoveries Monument built in honour of Henry the Navigator, and the fascinating history of Rossio Square. DAY 8

LISBON Breakfast

Enjoy a free day of leisure for some shopping or sightseeing at your pleasure in Lisbon, where there is so much to see and do. Delve into the city’s historical attraction with the sea, or visit some of the numerous ostentatious gold gilded palaces and churches – a testament to the extensive riches of Lisbon in the past. Otherwise, take a step back from all the sightseeing and lose yourself in the pleasures of the art nouveau shops and street cafes in the city, or join an optional tour to the towns of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril as well as the Cabo Da Roca. DAY 9

LISBON → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 10

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply and it is subject to time permit • Sanctuary of Montserrat: €50 • Toledo: €50 • Cabo Da Roca + Cascais + Sintra: €50 • Flamenco: €45 Tipping Guideline: (based on 10D7N) • €59per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability. • Wi-Fi on board service is currently available in Spain only. Service is strictly subject to availability by the coach and service provider, it cannot be guaranteed.

PHOTO: 123RF/NUTTAPHONG KANCHANACHAYA, ROBERT WILSON, GEKASKR

and alley streets in the Historic Centre of Córdoba. View the grand Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, an important testament to the presence of Islam in the West and a unique artistic achievement of its time due to the sheer size and height of its ceilings. Then, depart for Seville and set off on an introductory city tour – take in the sights of the Plaza de Toros, an impressive bullring that took several decades to construct, and the Plaza de Espana, a building complex that is a beautiful work of Spanish Renaissance Revival style in architecture. Also, photo stop outside the majestic Seville Cathedral, where the burial tomb of Christopher Columbus is also located, and the Giralda Bell Tower, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world.


FEATURE

Spain & Portugal Get a taste of the vibrant culture in these nations on the Iberian Peninsula known for their history, gastronomy and nightlife.

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he Iberian Peninsula is the third largest European peninsula located in the southwest corner of Europe, and comprises of the countries Spain, Portugal, Andorra as well as the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. A land brimming with history dating all the way back to the ancient Greek and Roman Empire periods, we feature some of the highlights of two of the most popular tourist destinations on the Iberian coast, Spain and Portugal. Spain – a beautiful and diverse country where you can find everything, from lush landscapes of rolling hills and green valleys, to snowy mountains with small, charming creeks in the North and even soft sand beaches and dry desert zones in the South and Western parts of the country. Millions

LISBON, PORTUGAL

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, SEVILLE, SPAIN

of holidaymakers flock to this sun-drenched nation for its sandy beaches, but many don’t know that Spain is just more than just home to sunshine and beaches. If you’re a night owl or party animal, Spain is just perfect for you. The country of Spain has long been synonymous with fun, festive vibes, vivacity, great weather and most importantly, the vibrant nightlife. You will find a whole host of restaurants, bars, concert venues, pubs and clubs where you can enjoy a fantastic night out in town and party all night long, even until the sun comes up. It is common to see the Spanish gathering to have drinks and chat from about 10 in the evening until the wee hours of morning. We recommend heading to nightclubs in Barcelona if you’re a fan of techno and electronic music, or party in Madrid’s fashionable and designer clubs, whereas Valencia is renowned for their beachfront discos. With so many different options, your sojourn in Spain is guaranteed to give you a night to remember. If there’s anything you can’t miss while in Spain, it’s their tapas. This is a Spanish culinary specialty that comprises of a variety of dishes, including local delicacies such as Iberian cured ham, the traditional potato omelette, exquisite seafood or even miniature haute cuisine specialities that are presented in small quantities in the form of tapas. Giving you all the local flavours of Spain in a single meal, sampling tapas is also an excellent way to experience Spanish culture in its purest form and enjoy the charms of the bars and taverns, among which there are some that specialize in tapas. The Spanish custom of going out for a round of the tapas bars is also considered as a prelude to a night of partying and

dancing, which usually start after midnight. On the other hand, Portugal has a friendly, laidback atmosphere that renders it more low-key than its neighbour, Spain. A large part of the country’s charm is its fantastic coastline, flanked by glorious sands and dunes – perfect for languid days on the beach, relaxing and sun-tanning while sipping cocktails and beers. However, Portugal is also home to a rich legacy of historic cities, particularly Lisbon for its grand monuments and structures as well as medieval passageways. The oldest capital in Europe after Athens, Lisbon’s history dates back to 300,000 years ago, when it was founded by Greek traveller and hero Ulysses and named Ulissipo or Olissipo, which means ‘enchanted port’. Indeed, the much-coveted city became a battlefield for Phoenicians, Greeks Romans, Carthaginians and even Spaniards during the early years, whom all wanted a piece of this coastal city with its strategic location. Lisbon became the world’s most prosperous trading centre during the Age of Discoveries in the 15th century as the main departure point for all sea expeditions, and the discovery of new colonies and a new sea route to India propelled Portugal to become one of Europe’s former imperial powers. As a result, the current Lisbon houses a multitude of historical architecture, treasures and World Heritage monuments, attributing to the various influences from its past. Yet, Lisbon is also quickly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s trendiest cities with a flourishing night scene. Ranging from house and electronica to classical music, Lisbon offers a host of bars, clubs and even Fado houses where you can dance the night away.

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PREMIUM

13D10N

SPAIN & PORTUGAL

TOUR CODE: ESMADS

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NEW BRIDGE IN RONDA,, SPAIN

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Get the best of both worlds as you soak up the winter sun of Spain and Portugal.


HIGHLIGHTS SPAIN

BARCELONA • Casa Batlló and Casa Milà • La Sagrada Familia (Entrance included) • Columbus Monument • Montjuïc Hill • Las Ramblas VALENCIA • Valencia Cathedral • Serranos or Cuarte Towers COSTA BLANCA • Alicante GRANADA • Alhambra (Entrance included) • Generalife garden (Entrance included) CÓRDOBA • Mezquita Mosque (Entrance included) • Historic centre of Cordoba RONDA • Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) • El Tajo Canyon • Plaza de Toros de Ronda (Entrance included) SEVILLE • Seville Cathedral (Entrance included) • Giralda Bell Tower (Entrance included) • The Tomb of Christopher Columbus • Plaza de Toros • Plaza de España SALAMANCA • University of Salamanca • Plaza Mayor • Salamanca Cathedral

MADRID • Royal Palace of Madrid (Entrance included) • Cibeles Fountain • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • Puerta del Sol TOLEDO • Toledo Cathedral SEGOVIA • Aqueduct of Segovia • Segovia Cathedral • Alcázar of Segovia

SPAIN 1

PORTUGAL

Avila

4★ HOTELS BARCELONA Fira Congress ALICANTE AC Hotel GRANADA Abades Nevada Palace COSTA DEL SOL Melia Costa Del Sol SEVILLE Hilton Garden Inn LISBON Novotel SALAMANCA Vincci Ciudad MADRID Holiday Inn *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there

be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Segovia

1

2

Salamanca

Madrid

Valencia

Fatima Lisbon

2

1

Cordoba Guadix

Seville 1

PORTUGAL

FATIMA • Religious Sanctuary of Fatima • Chapel of Apparitions • Berlin Wall LISBON • Rossio Square • The Alfama • Castle of São Jorge • Cristo Rei • Port of Lisbon • Belem Tower • Jeronimos Monastery • Discoveries Monument

Barcelona

1

Ronda

Granada

1

Costa Del Sol

Alicante

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

DELICACIES

SPECIAL

Meal Plan 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners

• Free WiFi on board • Bullring entrance • Designer factory outlet

Specialities • Traditional Seafood Paella • Spanish Tapas • Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken • Segovia’s Famous Roast Suckling Pig

Note: If La Sagrada Familia is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to Park Güell. DAY 3

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → BARCELONA Meals on Board

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and take-off to the cosmopolitan city of Spain, Barcelona. DAY 2

BARCELONA Breakfast, Dinner

Experience Barcelona in its full splendour through a tour, where you can view the lauded art nouveau style buildings such as Casa Batlló and Casa Milà along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia avenue and enter the statuesque La Sagrada Familia church and be wowed by the stunning interior. Marvel at the towering Columbus Monument and the impressive Monumental Bullring before heading up to Montjuïc Hill for a spectacular vista of the city and its harbour. Then, make your way to Las Ramblas, a treelined pedestrian mall that stretches for 1.2km along the street in central Barcelona. You may also wish to pay an optional visit to the Monastery of Montserrat located in Catalonia.

BARCELONA → VALENCIA → ALICANTE Breakfast, Lunch – Seafood Paella, Dinner

Drive along the Mediterranean coast, past Peniscola, Embark on a sightseeing tour of Valencia where you can admire the unique Gothic exterior of Valencia Cathedral, and stop for some photos at the imposing Towers of Serrano or Cuarte that were designed as defensive structures along the old city walls. Next, proceed to Alicante, which located in Costa Blanca and wellknown as White Coast.

DAY 4

ALICANTE → GUADIX → GRANADA Breakfast, Dinner – Tapas

Journey to the Troglodyte Town of Guadix to visit the famous Cave Houses of Guadix. These cave houses are build up in the hills and they are named as the Troglodyte Quarter (Barrio Troglodyte) of the city. The cave houses have been built for over a thousand years. They were hollowed out of the rock and then a wall would be built at the front of the cave to enclose it. Then we proceed our way to Granada.

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PLAZA DE TOROS DE RONDA, SPAIN

BELEM TOWER, PORTUGAL

DAY 5

Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a city tour as a local guide brings you to visit the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where varying transformations come about as the light and water create different decorative effects on the special clay walls. Then, move on to the Generalife and be wowed by the lush greenery and sprinkling fountains in the extensive gardens of the leisure residence that belonged to former Arab kings. Depart to Córdoba, an important Roman city and an Islamic cultural centre during the Middle Ages. Meander around the squares and alley streets in the Historic Centre of Córdoba and proceed to enter the grand Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, an important testament to the presence of Islam in the West and a unique artistic achievement of its time due to the sheer size and height of its ceilings. Note: The entrances of Alhambra Palace and Generalife are subject to availability. DAY 6

COSTA DEL SOL → RONDA → SEVILLE Breakfast, Dinner

If time permits, you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to the city of Gibraltar. Gibraltar, one of the most unique destinations in the Mediterranean, you’ll experience great Gibraltarian hospitality along with the proud British traditions. Make your way to Ronda, an

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ancient city located about 750 meters above sea level, and make a beeline for the Puento Nuevo bridge to enjoy a thrilling view of the 100-metre deep El Tajo gorge and a breathtaking panorama over the Serranía de Ronda mountains. Pay a visit to the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain and learn more about the bullfighting sport at the in-house museum. As night falls, head down to Seville to spend the night. DAY 7

SEVILLE → LISBON

Breakfast, Dinner – Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken

Set off on an introductory city tour and take in the sights of the Plaza de Toros, an impressive bullring that took several decades to construct, and the Plaza de Espana, a building complex that is a beautiful work of Spanish Renaissance Revival style in architecture. Also, visit the majestic Seville Cathedral, where the burial tomb of Christopher Columbus is also located, and enter the Giralda bell tower, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. Enjoy a smooth drive as we continue our journey to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. DAY 8

LISBON Breakfast

Home to the world’s greatest explorers such as Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, embark on an adventure through Europe’s secondoldest capital to discover some of its famous

historical treasures. Stop by Lisbon’s most iconic monument, the World Heritage Belem Tower, and also not forgetting the Jeronimos Monastery with its exquisite cloisters, the Discoveries Monument built in honour of Henry the Navigator. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Rossio Square, the medieval alleyways of the Alfama quarter, the impressive view of the Castle of São Jorge, the outstanding Cristo Rei, and the scene of swaying cruise boats docked at the Port of Lisbon. If time permits, you may wish to indulge in an optional treat at the famous egg tart confectionary, Pasteis de Belem; or join an optional tour to the towns of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril as well as the Cabo Da Roca. DAY 9

LISBON → FATIMA → SALAMANCA Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on a stroll through Fátima to arrive in one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world, the Sanctuary of Fátima. Here, you will be greeted with the sight of the Berlin Wall at the entrance, followed by the Chapel of Apparitions at the very heart of the sanctuary where four million pilgrims converge yearly. Depart to Salamanca, Enjoy an idle walk through the university town for a close-up view of the splendid Baroque architecture in Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, the Old and New Cathedral, the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells.

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GRANADA → CÓRDOBA → COSTA DEL SOL


DAY 10

SALAMANCA → AVILA → SEGOVIA → MADRID Breakfast, Lunch - Segoiva’s Roast Suckling Pig

Head northwest to Segovia for an orientation tour of the historic city and visit the 2000year-old Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient Roman monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. Whip out your camera for the magnificent sights of the Segovia Cathedral and the Alcázar of Segovia, before settling down for a sumptuous meal of Segovia’s famous Roast Suckling Pig for lunch. Continue to Las Rozas Village Chic Outlet for shopping before reach Madrid, capital of spain. Note: Factory outlet close on public holiday and Sunday, outlet replacement is subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

DAY 11

MADRID → TOLEDO → MADRID Breakfast, Dinner

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Kick off the day with an exciting tour of Toledo, also known as the city of three

cultures – Arabic, Christian and Jewish – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the narrow maze of streets to arrive at the Toledo Cathedral, a sacred site that houses important masterpieces such as a stunning baroque high altar and two El Greco paintings. Then, proceed to Madrid for a guided city tour which includes the Royal Palace and its lavish gold and scarlet throne room as well as the Cibeles Fountain which is one of Madrid’s most prominent symbols. Also, drive past Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – home to the Real Madrid football club, for a fleeting glimpse into the heart of Madrid culture. Note: If Royal Palace is closed, it will be replaced by a visit to Prado Museum. DAY 12

MADRID → SINGAPORE Breakfast, Meals on Board

Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 13

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursion: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Sanctuary of Montserrat: €50 • Gibraltar: €50 • Cabo Da Roca + Cascais + Sintra: €50 • Flamenco: €45 • Tipping Guideline: (based on 13D10N) • €80 per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability. • Wi-Fi on board service is currently available in Spain only. Service is strictly subject to availability by the coach and service provider, it cannot be guaranteed.

VIEW OF PILLARS AND CEILING - ARCHITECTURAL INTERIOR OF SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH, BARCELONA

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PREMIUM 11D8N

NORTHERN SPAIN

TOUR CODE: ESNSPS

BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA, COVADONGA, ASTURIAS, SPAIN

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Enjoy the stunning countryside, age-old cathedrals and indulge in the tapas lifestyle.


HIGHLIGHTS SPAIN

ZARAGOZA • Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica • Plaza del Pilar • Plaza de la Seo • La Lonja de Zaragoza PAMPLONA • Ancient city walls • Plaza del Castillo SAN SEBASTIÁN • La Concha Beach • City Hall • Monte Urgull funicular BILBAO • Guggenheim Museum • Vizcaya Bridge • Mount Artxanda

ASTURIAS Picos de Europa National Park • Fuente Dé • Covadonga SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Entrance included) • Praza do Obradoiro • Praza das Praterías

A Coruña Santiago de Compostela 2

Santander 1

Asturias 1

Lugo

Oviedo

Covadonga Bilbao 1

León

PORTUGAL

ZARAGOZA Eurostars Boston PAMPLONA AC by Marriott Ciudad de Pamplona SANTANDER Abba Comillas OVIEDO EXE Oviedo centro SANTIAGO COMPOSTELA Eurostars San Lazaro LEON AC by Marriott Leon San Antonio MADRID Holiday Inn Alcala *Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Zaragoza

Madrid 1

SPAIN

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → MADRID Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and depart for Madrid, the central capital of Spain.

upon the magnificent sight of the ancient city walls and the bustling ambience of Plaza del Castillo, the heart and soul of the city where you will find markets, tournaments and even the occasional bullfighting event taking place.

DAY 2

MADRID → ZARAGOZA Meals on Board, Dinner

4★ HOTELS

Pamplona

Barcelona

Meals on Board

Meal Plan 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners

1

1

LEÓN • León Cathedral • Plaza del Grano • Old Town

DELICACIES

San Saebastian

Once you arrive, head for a drive to the riveting city of Zaragoza, capital of the Aragón region in north-eastern Spain. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to explore its stunning legacy of monuments that are a testament to the diverse communities that have left their mark on Spanish city. DAY 3

ZARAGOZA → PAMPLONA Breakfast, Dinner

Kick off the day with a fascinating city tour of Zaragoza, which will bring you to view some of the most beautiful historical sights. Revel in the majestic architecture of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica, reputed to be the first church in history that is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then, meander round the vast, open spaces of Plaza del Pilar and the neighbouring Plaza de la Seo, and admire the breathtaking architectural masterpieces that surround them. Last but not least, view the first complete Renaissance palatial structure of the city and its brilliant façades, La Lonja. Thereafter, proceed to Pamplona, a city best known for its legendary Running of the Bulls festival (Fiesta de San Fermín). Feast your senses

DAY 4

PAMPLONA → SAN SEBASTIÁN → BILBAO → SANTANDER

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart for San Sebastián, a lovely resort town known for its picturesque beaches. Take an orientation tour to get a first-hand look at one of its famous beaches, Playa de la Concha, and the City Hall of San Sebastián, a grand, imposing structure that used to house the old Gran Casino. Journey onwards to Bilbao, a tough, industrial metropolis surrounded by green mountains. Make a pit stop at the Guggenheim Museum – an extraordinary titanium-clad construction seeks to challenge assumptions about art and architecture; and the Vizcaya Bridge for some outstanding pictures. Then, head up to the summit of Mount Artxanda for some exceptional views of the city. Continue on to Santander where you will stay for one night. DAY 5

SANTANDER → ASTURIAS → COVADONGA → OVIEDO Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a scenic drive as you make your way to Picos de Europa National Park; but stop by Fuente Dé along the way, where you can opt to take the cable car up to the Pico massifs

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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

local guide explains about the pilgrimage route and the history behind why thousands of pilgrims make the long journey to arrive at this sacred site.

Rozas Village for some designer outlet shopping.

DAY 7

Breakfast, Meals on Board

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast

DAY 6

OVIEDO → A CORUÑA → SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along the Asturian coast to arrive at the Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse that graces the entrance of A Coruña harbour. The lighthouse dates all the way back to the late 1st century A.D., and is one of the oldest Roman lighthouses in the world that remains in operation till today. After which, travel to the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, capital of Spain’s Galicia region and also the final destination of the Way of St. James pilgrimage route. Embark on a city tour to visit the famed Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a marvellous work that combines various architectural styles with an incredible La Gloria portico that features 200 figures with reference to the Apocalypse, among which includes one of Saint James welcoming the pilgrims. Tour the surrounding Praza do Obradoiro and Praza das Praterías as your

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Enjoy the day free at leisure to explore the beautiful Old Town of Santiago on your own. You may wish to go for an optional tour to Fisterra or Baroña.

DAY 10

MADRID → SINGAPORE Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. DAY 11

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

DAY 8

We hope you enjoyed your trip with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.

Breakfast

Tipping Guideline: (based on 11D8N) • €66 per person

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA → LUGO → LEÓN Drive past Lugo and be amazed by the spectacular sight of the Roman Walls of Lugo, a 2-kilometre stretch of fortification walls built in the 3rd century that still remains largely intact today. Upon reaching León, set off on a city tour and take in the sights of León Cathedral, Plaza del Grano and the historic Old Town. DAY 9

LEÓN → MADRID Breakfast

Travel to Madrid and enjoy the day free at leisure to roam around on your own. You may wish to join an optional trip to Laz

Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability. • Wi-Fi on board service is currently available in Spain only. Service is strictly subject to confirmation and availability by the coach and service provider and cannot be guaranteed.

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for stunning sceneries of the mountain range. Drop by the village of Covadonga to visit the historic Covadonga Sanctuary, which comprises of a neo-Romanesque basilica alongside a holy cave dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Drive on to Oviedo to rest for the night.


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HIGHLIGHTS

PREMIUM

MOROCCO

15D12N

MOROCCO + SPAIN & PORTUGAL

TOUR CODE: ESPMA

Set off on a journey of discovery and get to know the stories behind cities moulded by diverse people of various religions, each leaving their mark to form the distinctive character that we see today.

TANGIER • Caves of Hercules • Grand Socco RABAT • Oudayas Kasbah • Mausoleum of Mohamed V CASABLANCA • Hassan II Mosque • Ain Diab corniche

SPAIN

GRANADA • Alhambra (Entrance included) • Generalife garden (Entrance included) RONDA • Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) • El Tajo Canyon • Plaza de Toros de Ronda (Entrance included) SEVILLE • Seville Cathedral (Entrance included) • Giralda Bell Tower (Entrance included) • The Tomb of Christopher Columbus • Plaza de Toros • Plaza de España SALAMANCA • University of Salamanca • Plaza Mayor • Salamanca

MADRID • Royal Palace of Madrid (Entrance included) • Cibeles Fountain • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • Puerta del Sol TOLEDO • Toledo Cathedral • Aqueduct of Segovia • Segovia Cathedral • Alcazar of Segovia BARCELONA • Casa Batlló and Casa Milà • La Sagrada Familia (Entrance included) • Columbus Monument • Montjuïc Hill • Las Ramblas

PORTUGAL

FATIMA • Religious Sanctuary of Fatima • Chapel of Apparitions • Berlin Wall LISBON • Rossio Square • The Alfama • Castle of São Jorge • Cristo Rei • Port of Lisbon • Belem Tower • Jeronimos Monastery • Discoveries Monument

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CASABLANCA Atlas Almohades FEZ Hotel Sofia TANGIER El Oumnia Puerto COSTA DEL SOL Melia Costa del Sol GRANADA Abades Nevada Palace SEVILLE Hilton Garden Inn LISBON Açores Lisboa SALAMANCA Vinicci Ciudad de Salamanca MADRID Holiday Inn Alcala BARCELONA Fira Congress HASSAN II MOSQUE, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

*Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

PHOTO: 123RF/MEGASTOCKER

4★ HOTELS


Zaragoza

Segovia Salamanca

PORTUGAL

1

Barcelona

1

Ávila Fatima Lisbon

2

Madrid

Toledo

SPAIN

2

Seville 1

1

Ronda

Note: The entrances of Alhambra Palace and Generalife are subject to availability.

Granada

1

Costa Del Sol Tangier 1

Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

1 Fez

Rabat 1 Casablanca

DELICACIES Meal Plan 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 10 Dinners

on a city tour as a local guide brings you to visit the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where varying transformations come about as the light and water create different decorative effects on the special clay walls. Then, move on to the Generalife and be wowed by the lush greenery and sprinkling fountains in the extensive gardens of the leisure residence that belonged to former Arab kings.

MOROCCO

Specialities • Spanish Tapas • Segovia’s Famous Roast Suckling Pig • Portugal’s Piri-Piri Chicken

DAY 7

GRANADA → RONDA → SEVILLE Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Ronda, an ancient city located about 750 meters above sea level, and make a beeline for the Puento Nuevo bridge to enjoy a thrilling view of the 100-metre deep El Tajo gorge and a breathtaking panorama over the Serranía de Ronda mountains. Pay a visit to the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain and learn more about the bullfighting sport at the in-house museum. As night falls, head down to Seville to spend the night. DAY 8

DAY 1

SINGAPORE → CASABLANCA Meals on Board

Assemble at Changi airport and take-off to the cosmopolitan city of Morocco, Casablanca.

stroll along the Ain Diab corniche. Journey to Morocco’s cultural and spiritual centre, Fez. Learn about the city through an exploration of the medersas, caravanserais, palaces, mosques, residences and fountains in the medina dating back to the 13th century.

DAY 2

CASABLANCA Meals on Board, Lunch, Dinner

Upon arrival, proceed on to Casablanca for the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa with the world’s tallest minaret; and stroll along the Ain Diab corniche.

DAY 4

FEZ → TANGIER

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Depart to Tangier. Continue with the city tour that takes you to the mythical Caves of Hercules of Greek lore; and the Grand Socco, a dynamic mixture of contrasting lifestyles, colours and architecture where old and new meet.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

CASABLANCA → RABAT → FEZ Travel to the capital of Morocco, Rabat for a tour of the city. Pay a visit to the Oudayas Kasbah, a massive ancient fortress quarter built in the 12th century and its beautiful white and blue interior of Mediterranean flavour. Stop by the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and delight in the artistic design of the mosque, complete with detailed motifs and dazzling chandeliers. Later, proceed on to Casablanca for the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa with the world’s tallest minaret; and

TANGIER → COSTA DEL SOL Breakfast, Dinner

Free at leisure till board a ferry to Spain. If time permits, you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to the city of Gibraltar. As night falls, head to Costa del Sol to spend the night at a seaside resort. DAY 6

COSTA DEL SOL → GRANADA Breakfast, Dinner - Spanish Tapas

Make your way to Granada and Embark

SEVILLE → LISBON

Breakfast, Dinner - Portugal’s Piri-Piri Chicken

Set off on an introductory city tour and take in the sights of the Plaza de Toros, an impressive bullring that took several decades to construct, and the Plaza de Espana, a building complex that is a beautiful work of Spanish Renaissance Revival style in architecture. Also, visit the majestic Seville Cathedral, where the burial tomb of Christopher Columbus is also located, and enter the Giralda Bell Tower, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. Enjoy a smooth drive as we continue our journey to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. DAY 9

LISBON Breakfast

Home to the world’s greatest explorers such as Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, embark on an adventure through Europe’s secondoldest capital to discover some of its famous historical treasures. Stop by Lisbon’s most iconic monument, the World Heritage Belem Tower, and also not forgetting the Jeronimos Monastery with its exquisite cloisters, the Discoveries Monument built in honour of Henry the Navigator. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of

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15D12N MOROCCO + SPAIN & PORTUGAL Mary. Thereafter, proceed to Barcelona to retire for the night. DAY 14

BARCELONA → SINGAPORE Breakfast

magnificent sights of the Segovia Cathedral and the Alcázar of Segovia, before settling down for a sumptuous meal of Segovia’s famous Roast Suckling Pig for lunch. Continue to Las Rozas Village Chic Outlet for shopping before reach Madrid, capital of spain. DAY 12

MADRID → TOLEDO → MADRID Breakfast, Dinner

Kick off the day with an exciting tour of Toledo, also known as the city of three DAY 10 LISBON → FATIMA → SALAMANCA cultures – Arabic, Christian and Jewish – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander Breakfast, Dinner Embark on a stroll through Fátima to arrive in through the narrow maze of streets to arrive at the Toledo Cathedral, a sacred site that one of the most important Catholic shrines houses important masterpieces such as a in the world, the Sanctuary of Fátima. Here, you will be greeted with the sight of the Berlin stunning baroque high altar and two El Greco paintings. Then, proceed to Madrid for a Wall at the entrance, followed by guided city tour which includes the Royal the Chapel of Apparitions at the very heart Palace and its lavish gold and scarlet throne of the sanctuary where four million pilgrims converge yearly. Depart to Salamanca, Enjoy room as well as the Cibeles Fountain which is one of Madrid’s most prominent symbols. an idle walk through the university town for Also, drive past Santiago Bernabéu Stadium a close-up view of the splendid Baroque architecture in Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, the – home to the Real Madrid football club, for a fleeting glimpse into the heart of Old and New Cathedral, the University of Madrid culture. Salamanca and the House of Shells. DAY 11

Note: If Royal Palace is closed, it will be replaced by a visit to Prado Museum.

Breakfast, Lunch - Segovia’s Famous Roast Suckling Pig

DAY 13

SALAMANCA → AVILA → SEGOVIA → MADRID Head northwest to Segovia for an orientation tour of the historic city and visit the 2000-year-old Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient Roman monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. Whip out your camera for the

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Note: If La Sagrada Familia is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to Park Güell. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

MADRID → ZARAGOZA → BARCELONA Breakfast, Dinner

Revel in the majestic architecture of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica in the city of Zaragoza, reputed to be the first church in history that is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin

DAY 15

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your vacation with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Suggested Excursions: Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional. *minimum group size may apply • Sanctuary of Montserrat: €50 • Gibraltar: €50 • Cabo Da Roca + Cascais + Sintra: €50 • Flamenco: €45 Tipping Guideline: (based on 15D12N) • €94 per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • Activities are subject to weather conditions. • During major events and festivals, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice. • Upgrades of hotels are subject to hotel room availability. • Wi-Fi on board service is currently available in Spain only. Service is strictly subject to availability by the coach and service provider, it cannot be guaranteed.

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Rossio Square, the medieval alleyways of the Alfama quarter, the impressive view of the Castle of São Jorge, the outstanding Cristo Rei, and the scene of swaying cruise boats docked at the Port of Lisbon. If time permits, you may wish to indulge in an optional treat at the famous egg tart confectionary, Pasteis de Belem; or join an optional tour to the towns of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril as well as the Cabo Da Roca.

Experience Barcelona in its full splendour through a tour, where you can view the lauded art nouveau style buildings such as Casa Batlló and Casa Milà along the elegant Passeig de Gràcia avenue and enter the statuesque La Sagrada Familia church and be wowed by the stunning interior. Marvel at the towering Columbus Monument and the impressive Monumental Bullring before heading up to Montjuïc Hill for a spectacular vista of the city and its harbour. Then, make your way to Las Ramblas, a treelined pedestrian mall that stretches for 1.2km along the street in central Barcelona. You may also wish to pay an optional visit to the Monastery of Montserrat located in Catalonia. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.


FEATURE

Morocco

Delve into the labyrinth of Moroccan traditions and culture as you traverse through the bygone medinas of this Northern African nation.

BLUE MEDINA, CHEFCHAOUEN

HASSAN II MOSQUE, CASABLANCA

PHOTOS: 123RF/RUANGRAT JUTAPONGTHAM, SABINO PARENTE, KASTO

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t first glance, Morocco seems to be a world away from Europe, though in reality, it is merely an hour’s ride on the ferry from Spain. Located in Northern Africa, the Moroccan kingdom is a melting of diverse traditions and cultures, with traditional Islam as the main stronghold – a wholly unfamiliar territory for most visitors. Despite years under French and Spanish colonial rule, Morocco has persisted in retaining its own roots and culture as seen in the beautiful ancient medinas, whereas more modern cosmopolitan cities like Rabat and Casablanca comprise of a fascinating blend of the exotic and the familiar. Rabat The product of a fertile exchange between the Arabo-Muslim past and Western modernism, this inscribed city encompasses the ‘new town’ conceived

MOROCCAN POTTERY PLATES

and built by the French Protectorate from 1912 to the 1930s as well as older parts of the city that dates back to 12th century. Among its ancient architectural treasures, the Oudayas Kasbah is a place not to be missed, an ancient walled area where the red ochre fortified walls stand in stark contrast with the inner walls and houses furnished in Mediterranean white and blue trim. Casablanca The largest city and port in Morocco, Casablanca is considered the economic capital of Morocco and right at the heart of Moroccan business. Despite it being the most European out of all Moroccan cities, it is home to one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, the Hassan II Mosque. Revel in the intricate Moorish architectural style similar to the Alhambra or the Mezquita in Spain, and don’t miss the chance to view the tallest

minaret in the world where lasers shine a beam from the top of the minaret at night to point the way towards Mecca. The Ancient Medina of Fez A visit to Morocco is never complete without an experience of its ancient city centres, replete with old buildings, structures and traditions that stretch back centuries, transporting you back in time to the past. The medina of Fez stands out particularly, as the imperial city that is one of the best-preserved old cities in the Arab world. The former capital of Morocco was founded in the 9th century, and contains numerous monumental structures – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains – that date from this period. Lose yourself in the narrow medieval lanes of history or delve right in and absorb the colourful noise and confusion of one of their bustling souks.

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PREMIUM 10D7N

MOROCCO

TOUR CODE: ESMORS

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HASSAN II MOSQUE, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

PHOTO: 123RF/MEGASTOCKER

Offering a scenic coastline and one of Africa’s most sought-after cities. Morocco holidays were scented with spice rather than sun cream, and the soundtrack of waves was remixed with calls to prayer.


HIGHLIGHTS MOROCCO

Fez

CASABLANCA • Hassan II Mosque • Ain Diab corniche RABAT • Oudayas Kasbah • Mausoleum of Mohamed V MARRAKESH • Bahia Palace • Djemaa el Fna Square TINEGHIR • Todra Gorges • Kelaa M’ Gouna OUARZAZATE • Kasbah Taourirt • Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

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Rabat Casablanca

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Tineghir Todra Erfoud Gorges 1

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Marrakesh Ait Ben-Haddou

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Ouarzazate

MOROCCO Flight path Traverse by coach Featured destinations Overnight stays 1 2

DELICACIES Meal Plan 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

4★ HOTELS

DAY 1

CASABLANCA Atlas Almohades FEZ Hotel Sofia ERFOUD Palms Club OUARZAZATE Club Hannane MARRAKESH Mogador Gueliz

Meals on Board

Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.

Midelt

SINGAPORE →CASABLANCA Assemble at Changi airport and take-off to the cosmopolitan city of Morocco, Casablanca.

Fez. Learn about the city through an exploration of the medersas, caravanserais, palaces, mosques, residences and fountains in the medina dating back to the 13th century. DAY 4

DAY 2

CASABLANCA Meals on Board, Dinner

Upon arrival, proceed on to Casablanca for the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa with the world’s tallest minaret; and stroll along the Ain Diab corniche.

FEZ → MIDELT → ERFOUD Breakfast, Dinner

Heading off through the smooth MediumAtlas Mountains to arrive to the village Midelt. Free time for lunch and afterwards we will continue our journey through a beautiful path of Berber life. We will finish at Erfoud, at the border of the great Sahara desert.

DAY 3

CASABLANCA → RABAT → FEZ

Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the capital of Morocco, Rabat for a tour of the city. Pay a visit to the Oudayas Kasbah, a massive ancient fortress quarter built in the 12th century and its beautiful white and blue interior of Mediterranean flavour. Stop by the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and delight in the artistic design of the mosque, complete with detailed motifs and dazzling chandeliers. Later, proceed on to Casablanca for the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa with the world’s tallest minaret; and stroll along the Ain Diab corniche. Journey to Morocco’s cultural and spiritual centre,

DAY 5

ERFOUD → TINEGHIR → TODRA GORGES → “KASBAHS ROUTE” → KELAA M´GOUNA → OUARZAZATE Breakfast, Dinner

Set off towards Tineghir, crossroads from we will set off to one of the natural most beautiful landscapes of this journey; Todra Gorges. Free time for lunch and off to Kelaa M´Gouna famous town where the better roses are cultivated. Here starts “The Kasbahs Route” name of great fortifications made of adobe with creneled towers and brick decorations. Sometimes they are entire fortified villages. If the old Kasbahs

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10D7N MOROCCO

THE MARRAKESH BAHIA PALACE, MARRAKESH, MOROCCO

DAY 6

OUARZAZATE → KASBAH AIT BEN HADDOU → MARRAKESH Breakfast, Dinner

We will leave towards “Kasbah Taourirt”. At other times residence of Marrakech pasha. We will visit their interiors where it stands the pasha bedchamber and the favourites’ places. We will continue to the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. “UNESCO World Heritage” built on adobe and dropping off the Mountain it allows us to watch his whole magnificence. So photogenic village has been shown at cinema masterpieces. Free at leisure, and heading back to

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Marrakesh. DAY 7

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

MARRAKESH Visit the Bahia Palace during city orientation with your Local Specialist. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snakecharmers. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. DAY 8

MARRAKESH → CASABLANCA Breakfast

Free at leisure till transfer back to Casablanca for overnight. DAY 9

CASABLANCA → SINGAPORE Breakfast

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE We hope you enjoyed your vacation with EU Holidays and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip. Tipping Guideline: (based on 10D7N) • €59 per person Note: • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances. • During major events and festivals, ccommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.

PHOTO: 123RF/IAKOV FILIMONOV

seduce with their evocation power, the scenery touch with their contrasts, luminosity and silence. This is one of the most appealing and demanded routes in Morocco. Finally arrive at Ouarzazate


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