Highlights of Bohemia, 15 Days, SAVE $120*

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Frankfurt - Berlin - Poznan - Warsaw - Czestochowa - Krakow - Budapest - Gyor - Vienna - Brno - Prague - Rothenburg - Frankfurt Experience Germany's heritage in cultural Berlin, Poland's character in vibrant Warsaw and Hungary's charm in beautiful Budapest. See Prague's intricate architecture up-close, stand in awe of Vienna's incredible backdrop and explore enchanting medieval towns on this brilliant European trip. Day 1 Arrive Frankfurt. Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Romerplatz before dining in the hotel. Day 2 Frankfurt - Berlin. Cross the northern plains of Germany to the capital, Berlin, a city with a rich political and cultural history. Day 3 Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time. Your Local Specialist brings Berlin's history to life during your sightseeing tour. View the Reichstag Building, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the German State Opera House. Spend the rest of the day exploring this exuberant city on your own, or perhaps join an optional experience for a glimpse into Berlin's secret past. Day 4 Berlin - Poznan - Warsaw. Head east and cross the border into Poland at Frankfurt-an-der-Oder. Visit the commercial centre, Poznan, and view the City Hall, Gothic architecture and other important sights. Arrive later in the capital, Warsaw, where you dine tonight at your hotel. Day 5 Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time. Warsaw is an energetic and lively city and your Local Specialist reveals the city's diverse history during your sightseeing tour this morning. View St. John's Cathedral and the Royal Palace in the Old Town, which was rebuilt after the war. See the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. Afterwards you are free to explore and don't miss the opportunity to take an optional experience to Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski. This evening you might like to discover the city's vibrant nightlife! Day 6 Warsaw - Czestochowa - Krakow. Travel south to Czestochowa and view the Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora. Dating back to the 14th century, this place of pilgrimage is home to a famous icon of the Black Madonna. Arrive this afternoon in Krakow, where you might like to take an excursion to see the famous sculptures in the nearby salt mines. Day 7 Krakow Sightseeing and Free Time. Admire Krakow's beautiful sights with your Local Specialist this morning, including the city's medieval walls and buildings, and the castle and cathedral on Wavel Hill. In your free time, soak up the atmosphere in the Old Town or perhaps visit Auschwitz, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Day 8 Krakow - Budapest. Relax and enjoy the splendid scenery as you drive through the foothills of the Tatra Mountains into the Slovak Republic and on to Hungary. Your day ends in Budapest, a bustling city on the romantic River Danube. Day 9 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time. View the city's sights with your Local Specialist including the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square, the Church of St. Matthias and panoramic views of the city from Gellert Hill. Afterwards, explore on your own or maybe take a trip to Szentendre or visit the Parliament buildings. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 10 Budapest - Gyor - Vienna. Journey through the Transdanubia region to Gyor. Founded by the Romans, Gyor has retained much of its medieval and Baroque charm. Continue across the Austrian border and arrive later in the capital, Vienna. Day 11 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time. From the Parliament to the Opera, the Hofburg and City Hall, your Local Specialist shows you all the sights of this beautiful imperial city. This evening, consider an optional experience to a wine village on the outskirts of Vienna for dinner. Day 12 Vienna - Brno - Prague. Leave Vienna and cross the border into the Czech Republic. See the medieval town of Brno. Journey through beautiful Bohemian countryside to the golden city of Prague. Day 13 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time. Prague spans the River Vltava and ranks as one of the best-preserved cities in Europe. Your Local Specialist gives you an insight into the city's history during your sightseeing tour, which features Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town square. In your free time, perhaps take a cruise on the Vltava River. Day 14 Prague - Rothenburg - Frankfurt. Travel across the border into Germany, where you arrive at the charming city of Rothenburg. See the sights during your orientation of the city, including medieval streets and fortified walls. There's time to shop for Christmas ornaments before returning to Frankfurt. Day 15 Depart Frankfurt. Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Frankfurt Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold, 10 Days, SAVE $130*

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Rome - Assisi - Florence - Pisa - Bologna - Venice Rome's savagery, Venice's decadence and Florence's romance this family trip introduces the different characters of Italy, with three nights in three diverse cities. Day 1 Arrive Rome. Welcome to Italy! After check-in, take a wander through the city's ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour, starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, tour the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the Forum. Day 3 Rome Visit a Gladiator School and Free Time. This morning experience life as Roman gladiator! After a short introduction to Roman history from your Local Specialist, you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome's rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do! Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant'Angelo, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening, gain a Cultural Insight during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and eat it too. Delicious! Day 4 Rome Assisi Florence. With a Local Specialist discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis' Basilica and the town where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence. Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time. See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist, including the magnificent Cathedral and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards, your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato, a Cultural Insight in the city where it was invented! Day 6 Florence Excursion to Pisa. View one of the most famous sights in the world the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Square of Miracles! Tonight, join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards. Day 7 Florence Bologna Venice. Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna the home of 'Spaghetti Bolognese' for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical Byzantine city of Venice Queen of the Adriatic. Day 8 Venice Canal Cruise and Orientation. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and view the Bridge of Sighs, where condemned prisoners caught theirlast glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Marks Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a Cultural Insight first hand during a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to make your own! Later, perhaps take a ride on a gondola it's a great way to see the city in all its glory! Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour. and Visit to the Rialto Food Market Glide along the canals to Rialto Bridge. Gain a Cultural Insight on your visit to an ancient food market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant. Day 10 Depart Venice. Say 'ciao Italia' at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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Best of Britain, 11 Days, SAVE $139*

United Kingdom

HIGHLIGHTS: London - Stonehenge - Bath - Exeter - Plymouth - Polperro - Glastonbury - Cardiff - Tintern - Ludlow - Chester - Liverpool - Lake District - Glasgow - Glencoe - Scottish Highlands - Isle of Skye - Pitlochry - St Andrews - Edinburgh - Alnwick - York This British experience unveils the pomp, ceremony and unique soundtracks of England, Wales and Scotland through its cultural traditions and tastes. Day 1 LONDON STONEHENGE BATH EXETER. This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later, we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Drink in a local pub followed by dinner in your hotel. Day 2 PLYMOUTH POLPERRO DARTMOOR EXCURSION. Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the pilgrim fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. Visit Polperro, a quaint fishing village nested around a picturesque harbour. Later, cross rugged Dartmoor, famous for its dramatic and breath-taking scenery. Later enjoy a Unique Insight into local crafts at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, before arriving at your hotel. Day 3 EXETER GLASTONBURY CARDIFF. Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury. Visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel. Day 4 CARDIFF TINTERN LUDLOW CHESTER LIVERPOOL. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you drive along the beautiful Wye Valley. View the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired the romantic poets. Cross the beautiful Welsh Marches at Hereford to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes views of the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the 'Fab Four' as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Expert on an included Beatles tour. Day 5 LIVERPOOL LAKE DISTRICT GLASGOW. Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Regional Meal in a local restaurant. Day 6 GLASGOW GLENCOE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe ? 'Glen of the Weeping'. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Day 7 ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION. Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel. Day 8 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS PITLOCHRY ST ANDREWS EDINBURGH. Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included. Day 9 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME. This morning, your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? Day 10 EDINBURGH ALNWICK YORK. Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers. Day 11 YORK STRATFORD-UPON-AVON LONDON. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born and raised. Explore the cobbled streets or walk along the banks of the River Avon. Later, travel back to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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Wonderful France, 9 Days, SAVE $140*

France

HIGHLIGHTS: Paris - Avignon - Arles - St Tropez - Monaco - Nice - Lyon - Beaune - Paris The best of both worlds, France's capital Paris meets its capital of cool, St. Tropez, on this chic retreat. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from the slow scenic drive to the high-speed TGV. Day 1 Arrive Paris. Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. This evening, meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks. Day 2 Paris TGV Train Pont du Gard Avignon. Take the high speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhone Valley. Visit the Pont du Gard aqueduct, with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the impressive aqueduct which dates back to the Romans. Later, your orientation of Avignon includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhone, which inspired the famous French song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 3 Avignon Arles Aix-en-Provence. Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles with a Local Specialist, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening in the elegant city of Aix-en- Provence, join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest dinner of regional food with a Provencal family. Day 4 Aix-en-Provence St Tropez Monaco Nice. Traverse scenic hills to the coast and the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Bridget Bardot was 'found'. Take a boat cruise from Ste. Maxime. See the Bay of Cannes before making your way to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the Cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Arrive in Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Massena. Day 5 Nice Free Day. Relax on the Riviera or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Flower Market in the Old Town of Nice. Why not take an optional experience to the medieval and fortified hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, former home of Marc Chagal and Yves Montand, famous for its art galleries and boutiques. Day 6 Nice St Maximin la Sainte Baume Lyon. Travel to the sleepy Provencal village of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume. View the basilica, built in the late 13th century over a roman villa, following the dream of the Count of Provence, is said to be the lost burial site of Mary Magdalene. Later pass the vineyards of the C�te du Rhone before arriving in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town or consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local 'Bouchon'. Day 7 Lyon Beaune Paris. Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Arrive later in Paris, the City of Light! Tonight, why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret. Day 8 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time. Your Local Specialist takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Later, consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles, once the Royal residence of Louis XIV. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner. Day 9 Depart Paris. This morning after breakfast, say 'au revoir' to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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Secrets of Turkey including the Turquoise Coast, 15 Days

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale - Pergamon - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Marmaris - Kalkan - Antalya - Aspendos - Konya - Cappadocia Travelling in a small group means we can explore Turkey's Turquoise Coast by small roads and sea - with four nights on our yacht exploring beautiful coves and islets as we sail from Marmaris to Gocek. Day 1 Arrive Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey and in the evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers. Day 2 Istanbul Full day Sightseeing. Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace with a Local Specialist. Visit the Hagia Sophia and the beautiful Blue Mosque and view the Hippodrome containing an Egyptian Obelisk. Tonight enjoy free time or you may wish to consider joining an optional dinner with Turkish folk dances and belly dancing entertainment. Day 3 Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale. Travel towards the Gallipoli Peninsula and stop to view Anzac Cove, the site of a bitter battle in WWI which was part of the Dardanelles Campaign. Visit Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay tonight in Canakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 4 Canakkale - Pergamon - Kusadasi. This morning travel to the ruins of Troy and view the famous Wooden Horse. Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient city of Pergamon. Stop in the local village of Demircidere for an authentic Be My Guest lunch. Travel onwards to bustling Kusadasi and dine at local restaurant this evening. Day 5 Kusadasi - Ephesus - Marmaris - Embark Gulet Yacht Cruise. Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus before viewing the House of the Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Continue toward the coastal town of Marmaris where you will board your traditional Gulet yacht for a memorable cruise along the Turquoise Coast. Day 6 - 8 Gulet Yacht cruise. Enjoy a three day leisurely cruise along the breathtaking Turkish coast. Swim in crystal clear waters and relax as you sail past spectacular scenery. You will have the opportunity to explore fishing villages, enjoy a cookery class or an afternoon hike across the hills of the Mediterranean coastline. Day 9 Disembark Gulet Yacht Cruise - Kalkan. Disembark your yacht today and spend the night in the picturesque holiday resort of Kalkan. This evening you may decide to enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant in Kalkan. Day 10 Kalkan - Antalya. After breakfast drive to Turkeys' biggest international sea port Antalya. Stop en route to visit the ruined Byzantine church containing the reputed tomb of St. Nicholas of Myra. The historical St. Nicholas is commemorated and revered amongst Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox Christians. Day 11 Antalya - Aspendos - Konya. This morning stop in the ancient Greco- Roman city of Aspendos. Continue to Konya where you will visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum, the final resting place for members of the Whirling Dervish mystic sect. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 12 Konya - Cappadocia. Travel to biblical Cappadocia this morning stopping en route to visit a 13th century Caravansary. Before arriving at your Authentic Accommodation, visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and see the cone of Uchisar. Tonight you may wish to watch a whirling dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant. Day 13 Cappadocia Sightseeing. Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Cappadocia. Admire the magnificent scenery with its fascinating caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Open- Air Museum in Goreme and learn about pottery making in Avanos. Day 14 Cappadocia - flight to Istanbul. This morning you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport to catch a short flight to Istanbul. There is free time for last minute souvenir shopping this afternoon or you may consider an optional Bosporus cruise experience. This evening a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow companions will be a fitting end to this remarkable trip through Turkey. Day 15 Depart Istanbul. This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

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European Cavalcade, 18 Days, SAVE $175*

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Lucerne - Amsterdam - Heidelberg - Rhineland - Liechtenstein - Innsbruck - Verona - Venice - Rome - Bay of Naples - Florence This exquisitely designed journey shows you the picturesque villages and medieval castles of Germany, the lovely Lake Lucerne, Venice's enchanting canals, Renaissance Florence and forever-elegant Paris. Then relax in sunny beachside city of Nice to reflect on your wonderful experience. Day 1 London - Amsterdam. Greetings from your Travel Director! See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Continue by road through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. See the sights during your orientation tour including Dam Square and the Mint Tower. Day 2 Amsterdam - Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg - Rhineland. Drive eastwards into Germany and follow the Rhine Valley southwards. Take a leisurely cruise along the River Rhine, past picturesque villages and vineyards. Later in the town of Heidelberg view the castle, a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture. Continue by road to your hotel, where you dine tonight. Day 3 Rhineland - Lucerne. Journey via Freiburg through the beautiful Black Forest region. Stop at Schaffhausen to view the mighty Rhine Falls and arrive later at Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights. Day 4 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time. Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the old town during your orientation tour of Lucerne. Afterwards, in your free time, consider a scenic cruise on the lake, shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take a cog railway up one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the amazing views! Day 5 Lucerne - Liechtenstein - Innsbruck. Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria, via the Arlberg region, to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Day 6 Innsbruck - Verona - Venice. Marvel at Innsbruck's sights including the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. Travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and view Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Your day ends in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time. Evidence of Venice's former maritime power and wealth is everywhere you look as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then spend free time exploring this fascinating city on your own. Day 8 Venice - Rome. Traverse the flat plains of Veneto and cross the dramatic Apennine hills. Admire splendid scenery as you drive through the rolling Tuscan countryside, arriving later in the capital, Rome. Day 9 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Continue to ancient Rome to view the Forum and Colosseum. Later enjoy your free time seeing the sights or shopping for souvenirs. Day 10 Rome - Bay Of Naples. Pass the Abbey of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples, where you might like to take an excursion to explore the excavations of Pompeii. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 11 Bay Of Naples - Florence. Drive north to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Admire views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, check into your hotel. Day 12 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time. Enjoy a morning walking tour with your Local Specialist to see the magical buildings and statues of Florence. Enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the sights - Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria - the list is endless! Day 13 Florence - Pisa - Monaco - Nice. View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and view the famous casino of Monte Carlo. Arrive later in Nice, glittering capital of the C�te d'Azur. Day 14 Nice Orientation and Free Time Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Massena. Spend the rest of the day relaxing. Day 15 Nice - Avignon - Lyon. Admire the beautiful countryside around Aix-en-Provence, where Van Gogh liked to paint. In Avignon view the Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Continue through the Rh�ne Valley to Lyon. Day 16 Lyon - Paris. The wine-producing region of Burgundy and the Forest of Fontainebleau provide picturesque backdrops for your drive to the elegant, romantic city of Paris. On arrival maybe take an excursion to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Day 17 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time. The Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower - see all these sights and more with superb commentary from your Local Specialist. Then perhaps visit the Louvre Museum to see the �Mona Lisa'. This evening maybe take the chance to see one of the famous Parisian cabaret shows? Day 18 Paris - London. Head north to Calais for your cross-Channel ferry to England. Continue to London View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire. where your exciting holiday ends!

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Best of Spain & Portugal, 15 Days, SAVE $187

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid - Toledo - Salamanca - Porto - Douro - Lisbon - Seville - Carmen - Gibraltar - Costa del Sol - Mijas - Granada - Alhambra - Valencia - Peniscola - Barcelona Day 1 - Welcome to Madrid. At Madrid Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 & 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with dinner and wine. (WD) Hotel: Gran Melia Fenix, Madrid. Day 2 - Madrid of the Bourbons. In the morning, a guided sightseeing tour takes you along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana past Madrid's most famous fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Gran Via to the Royal Palace and Cervantes Monument before crossing the Puerta del Sol. Highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum a to admire the paintings of Velazquez, Goya and many others. (BB) Day 3 - Drive to the old Capital of Toledo & Golden Salamanca. This morning is devoted to Toledo. Walk through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets to visit the Cathedral with a local expert. Admire its high altar, Baroque window and paintings by El Greco. Later, pass the ancient walls of Avila en route to Salamanca. (BB,D) Hotel: Alameda Palace, Salamanca. Day 4 - On to Porto, Grande Dame on the Douro. Cross the Portuguese border to reach Porto, situated on the River Douro and celebrated internationally as the Port wine capital. See the Vila Nova de Gaia a wine stores which house the famous port wines. Walk along corridors of casks and get to know your Tawnys and Vintages during a tasting. Admire the multi-coloured houses and churches covered in glazed tiles, as well as the iconic bridges. (BB,D) Hotel: Tiara Park Atlantic, Porto. Day 5 - Travel to Holy Fatima, Ancient Obidos & Lisbon. After breakfast, head south to miraculous Fatima to join the pilgrims flocking into the great Basilica. Then continue to the fortified city of Obidos, where you walk inside the walls to explore the flower-bedecked houses and narrow, medieval streets. Your destination is the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. (BB) Hotel: Dom Pedro Palace, Lisbon. Day 6 - Lisbon & the Age of the Great Discoveries. In the morning, sightseeing with a local expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to reach the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belem Quarter, then visit an old patisserie that has managed to hold onto the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for over 100 years then enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous 'pasteis de belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower. Next, visit Jeronimo's church a with its Manueline Architecture. (BB) Day 7 - To Seville, the City of Carmen. Leave Lisbon via the modern Tagus Bridge and cross the border to reach Seville. With a local expert, tour the immense Cathedral, a burial place of Christopher Columbus, and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. Tonight, settle back for a Highlight Dinner and entertainment featuring a fiery Flamenco show. (BB,HD) Hotel: Ayre, Seville. Day 8 - Free Time in Seville. The following day is completely yours to relax. One suggestion is an optional trip to Cordoba to visit the magnificent Mezquita. (BB) Day 9 - Head for Gibraltar & the Costa del Sol. Head south to Gibraltar, attached to Spain, yet an independent colony under British control since 1704. Visit the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes, a legendary guardians of the colony Later, take the scenic route along the Costa del Sol to your hotel. (BB,D) Hotel: Melia Costa del Sol, Torremolinos. Day 10 - At Leisure on the Costa del Sol. Enjoy the day at leisure on the sundrenched Costa del Sol. (BB) Day 11 - Up to the Mountain Village of Mijas, Granada & the Alhambra. rive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the amazing Alhambra Palace . See the Lion Court as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. Later, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine Around evening. (BB,DA) Hotel: Vincci Albayzin, Granada. Day 12 - Over the Mora Pass to Valencia. The road hugs the foothills of the mountains this morning, offering superb views of the Sierra Nevada, towering some 3000 metres high. Then on through the famous orange groves to Valencia, Spain's third-largest city. Drive past the City Gates of Serranos and Quart, still guarding the old town before reaching your hotel near the ultramodern Centre of Arts and Sciences. (BB) Hotel: Barcelo Valencia. Day 13 - Along the coast to Peniscola & on to Barcelona. Follow the coast to Peniscola to view the sea-lapped castle used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to the cava bodegas at Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. With the help of an instructive guide, enjoy a taste and learn the sparkling secrets of Spanish 'bubbly'. Now on to Barcelona where you drive along the Passage de Gracia. Continue through the Example district for a visit inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Church. Also spend some time in one of Europe's largest and most famous food markets La Boqueria, where you meet a stallholder and sample some of his local produce. (BB) Hotel: Melia Barcelona Sarria. Day 14 - Free Time in Barcelona. Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace Maybe take a trip to the great Monastery of Montserrat to see the Black Madonna? This evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (BB,CD) Day 15 - Depart Barcelona or Madrid. Your tour ends after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Barcelona Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00. The 09:00 transfer will continue to Madrid, scheduled to arrive early evening at Madrid airport followed by the Hotel Gran Melia Fenix. (BB) View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Departing24 - 31 October 2015

15 days
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Croatia

HIGHLIGHTS: Zagreb - Istria - Plitvice National Park - Dalmatian Coast - Split - Brac - Korcula - Montenegro - Dubrovnik Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb. Transfers to your hotel depart from Zagreb Airport at 11:30 & 14:00. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the romantic Chestnut-lined Stross Promenade for your first views over the city. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Day 2 Zagreb's Twin Towns. After a restful night's sleep, join a local expert for sightseeing of the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Drive through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, the colourful Church of St. Mark and LotrScak Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. The Ilica is the hub of Zagreb's shopping scene or perhaps take a trip to the Zarorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito? Day 3 Head to the Postojna Caves and on to Belle-Epoque Opatija. Detour into Slovenia this morning to visit the world-famous caves of Postojna. Aboard the cave train, descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Be bedazzled by the five metre tall 'Brilliant' and come face-to-face with the eyeless, dragon-like human fish. Back in Croatia, your hotel is in the Belle-epoque seaside resort of Opatija, nestled at the foot of Mount Ucka. Take time to stroll past by the luxurious villas along the tree-lined sea-front promenade. Day 4 Discover the Jewels of Istria. In the morning, cross the heart-shaped peninsula to explore the jewels of Istria with a local expert Visit the charming old town of Rovinj, rising directly from the sea. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with tempting shops, pastel coloured bars and cafes. Today's final highlight is a visit to the well preserved first-century arena at Pula, scene of brutal gladiatorial battles in Roman times. Day 5 On to Pristine Plitvice National Park. Enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic coast this morning - sparkling deep blue seas, studded with rocky islands, before heading inland to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. Zig-zagging timber footbridges lead you through the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 230 foot high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views. Day 6 Along the Dalmatian Coast to Split. The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters today. Travel through charming fishing villages and sun-drenched resorts to Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A local expert leads you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate. Venture underground into the rooms thought to have housed his slaves. This evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional 'konoba'. Day 7 Island Hopping to Brac. Your island-hopping adventure begins today Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to spend two nights on Brac - the island is famous for its marble, olive oil and wine. Day 8 Exploring the Island of Brac. While here, you have plenty of time to enjoy the secluded beaches, old monasteries, tiny fish restaurants and lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over the island and bejeweled seas. The pristine white marble from this area has been used throughout history, from Diocletian's Palace to the White House. Enjoy a fascinating visit to the *Klesarska Skola (Stonemasons' School) in Pucisca for a unique stone-cutting class and to learn masonry techniques first hand from a master stonemason. *Guided visit is not available during local school holidays. Day 9 On the Trail of Marco Polo to Korcula. From one slice of sea-washed heaven to another, continue to Korcula, an island of exceptional grace, history and culture. Explore Korcula Town with its ramparts and well known legends. Your walking tour with a local expert takes you to the Cathedral, the town museum and the Bishop's Palace. The locals also claim Marco Polo was born here and you see his ruined house next. Day 10 Free time in Korcula. Today is at leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces of this charming medieval town. Look out for the spirited 15th century Moreska sword dance, which was once performed all over the Mediterranean but is now only found in Korcula. Day 11 To Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic. Cross over to the beautiful southern slopes of the Peljesac Peninsula. Stop amid the age-old vines to see how wine is produced and enjoy a taste. Continue to the walled town of Dubrovnik - 'paradise on earth' according to George Bernard Shaw During your exceptional three night stay, join a local expert to explore the stone paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. As the sun sets, maybe take a relaxing cruise on the harbour? Day 12 Optional Montenegro Experience. This morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch. Return to Dubrovnik for an evening at leisure. Day 13 Dubrovnik at Leisure. A day at leisure in this 'pearl of the Adriatic'. Relax by the pool, shop in the markets or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. At this evening's Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, there's a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food is fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world and the memories unforgettable. Day 14 Dubrovnik Airport. Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 & 11:30. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Departing26 September - 3 October 2015

14 days
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Italy

HIGHLIGHTS: Rome - Isle of Capri - Florence - Cinque Terre - Portofino - Santa Margherita - Lake Maggiore - Venice - Verona Day 1 - Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome. Welcome to Rome, former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You are met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30 your transfer departs for your hotel. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Day 2 - Papal & Imperial Rome. This morning, you are joined by a resident expert who leads you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. Now cross the Tiber to overlook the Roman Forum and visit the Colosseum, scene of bloody contests, wild beasts and Gladiators. Rome is now yours to discover at your own pace. Maybe head for the Piazza Navona with its pavement cafes, 17th century fountains and architecture? Day 3 - On to Ancient Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Walk with a local expert through the cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea. For your dining pleasure tonight, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants. Day 4 - Exploring the 'Isle of Dreams'. Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A local expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a crunchy, refreshing lemon granita, a specialty of the island. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri's fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisans studios. As the glow of twilight descends and the day trippers have gone home, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant. Day 5 - The 'Autostrada del Sole' to Florence. Take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples and follow the 'Motorway of the Sun' north, past Rome through the Province of Umbria. Continue through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, centre of art and culture, and heart of the Italian Renaissance. Day 6 - Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance. After breakfast, join a local expert for a tour of the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo's beautiful statue of David. Continue to Giotto's belltower next to the cathedral and see the 'Gates of Paradise' before visiting the Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its cathedral and luxury shops. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon is free for your own personal exploration. Day 7 - Head to the Cinque Terre and Portofino to Santa Margherita. Head for the famous Italian Riviera and a highlight of your journey, the Cinque Terre. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes Appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the gaily-coloured houses, browse the boutiques, stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbour. Weather permitting, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita. Day 8 - To Lake Maggiore. This morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? Day 9 - Off to Venice, with Wine and Verona along the way. Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Wine making traditions run deep here and you get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family owned estate. Continue to Verona, setting for one of history's romantic love stories. Walk with your Tour Director to Juliet's balcony in the inner courtyard of the Capulet home and see the well preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Now on to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century. Tonight take your first stroll by the canalside, and listen to the romantic songs of the gondoliers as they drift beneath the bridges. Day 10 - Venice and the Magic of 'La Serenissima'. Cruise to a traditional arts centre on the island of Giudecca to admire the skill of glassblowers and gondola builders. Visit St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire also the Doges' Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Take your seats in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Then, you have free time to lose yourself in the hidden parts of the city. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along in romantic awe. This evening, celebrate your tour finale with good food, good wine and good company in a magical setting. Day 11 - Arrivederci Venice. Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city today. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Departing20 July - 22 August 2015

11 days
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Italy

HIGHLIGHTS: Milan - Como - Verona - Venice - Florence - Amalfi Coast - Isle of Capri - Pompeii - Rome All roads lead to Rome. That's why we start in Milan, our exploration of the beauty and culture of Como, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast leading us on to the vibrant Italian capital. Day 1 Arrive Milan Como. Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region! Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Day 2 Milan Excursion. Enjoy an orientation tour of Como before heading to Milan. In fashionable Milan, your Local Specialist shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria. Day 3 Como Verona Venice. See the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's most famous play. There's time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening the perfect introduction to this romantic city! Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 4 Venice Orientation and Free Time. Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark's Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. Day 5 Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Market. Cruise to Rialto Bridge where your Local Specialist brings the city to life during a walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and learn about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an optional experience to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Day 6 Venice Florence. Travel over the picturesque Apennine Mountains to the Renaissance city of Florence, nestled on the banks of the River Arno. Day 7 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure. Learn about Florence's artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Specialist. View the multi coloured Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an optional experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo's 'David'. Tonight, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an authentic Be My Guest dinner at a family owned castle with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills. Day 8 Florence Amalfi Coast. Drive south from Florence through the Arno Valley and past the Bay of Naples to your hotel in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 9 Amalfi Coast At Leisure. Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean. The choice is yours! Day 10 Isle of Capri and Amalfi Town Excursion. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri Town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 11 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) Pompeii Rome. Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your Local Specialist tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Abbey of Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city. Day 12 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure. This morning join your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pieta. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! Day 13 Depart Rome. Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of a memorable holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 29 June - 13 July 2015

13 days
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While you might think of tours as added extras, they can add another dimension to your getaway and often end up being holiday highlights. Tours allow you to get to know your destination a little better, immersing you deep within the scenery, the cuisine and the local cultures. You can tour by foot, boat, train, scooter, tuk-tuk, kayak, elephant or camel; there are countless things to see and hundreds of ways to get you there.

Tours are perfect for solo voyagers – with the added bonus of meeting like-minded travellers and forging lasting friendships – but are also fantastic for families looking to spend a bit more time together, or couples keen to explore the wider world hand-in-hand. Most tour groups are small enough so that you won’t get lost in the crowd, and can vary from a few hours to a few days.

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Tour providers exist to make the entire world accessible for everyone no matter their background. From the astonishing Egyptian pyramids and artwork in the Louvre, to the dazzling city lights and sights in New York and the stretches of seemingly deserted coastal coves in Thailand, there's nowhere in this world a tour can't take you.

In fact, joining a tour is sometimes the only way to reach a particular place, such as Antarctica or the Inca Trail in Peru. You don't necessarily have to be part of a large group, with many destinations reachable through solo and small group tours. So whether you’re travelling on a shoestring or a Champagne budget, you can always make your holiday that little bit more memorable by adding a tour to your travel plans.