El Questro, Gorges and Purnululu with Coastal Cruise

Australia

Day 1: BroomeArrive in Broome. Be transferred to your hotel and enjoy leisure time.Day 2: Boab Prison Tree, Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana GorgeVisit the fascinating Boab Prison Tree before travelling along the Gibb River Road to Tunnel Creek and on to Windjana Gorge. Spot freshwater crocodiles on the banks of the river.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Bell Gorge, Hiking and SwimmingJourney to the King Leopold Range National Park, home to stunning Bell Gorge. Take a dip below the cascading waterfall, go bird watching or choose from a number of hikes.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Galvans Gorge, Home ValleyTravel through the vast and rugged Kimberley cattle country to the beautiful Galvans Gorge and Barnett River Gorge. Then, you’ll continue on to Home Valley Station, parts of which were used in Baz Luhrmann’s film 'Australia'.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Home Valley Station, Emma GorgeGain an insight into how an outback cattle station runs with a tour, before heading to El Questro Wilderness Park.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Ord River Wildlife Cruise, Lake KununurraJoin a guided cruise to Lake Kununurra and view the ruggedly dramatic landscape of the Ord River. Admire the breathtaking scenery, fascinating birdlife and lurking crocodiles of this truly timeless land.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Purnululu National ParkJourney to Purnululu National Park, home to the famed Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral GorgeToday you will walk along Piccaninny Creek and on to the magnificent natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Admire the scenery of the beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of this breathtaking range to life.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: Halls Creek, Fitzroy CrossingHead to Halls Creek and see China Wall. Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Geikie Gorge, BroomeExplore Geikie Gorge onboard a unique cruise.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 11: BroomeBe transferred to your luxury vessel, the MS Caledonian Sky.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 12: Lacepede IslandsCruise to Lacepede Islands, which is home to the world’s largest breeding colony of frigates in the Southern hemisphere and the world’s largest breeding colony of Brown Boobies. Explore the island’s lagoon from Zodiacs. The Green Turtle is known for breeding here, and whales are often spotted.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls, Buccaneer ArchipelagoToday, you’ll head to the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands, and pristine scenery. Talbot Bay is known for its massive 12 metre tides that create an amazing natural spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Embark on an exhilarating ride through the falls on a specially designed jet boat. Keep a close watch on the water, and you may get to see the local Tawny Nurse Shark population.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft PointFrom a Zodiac, see the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels in an awesome display of nature’s power. Later today cruise through Doubtful Bay, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal Rock Art gallery to visit the world’s most significant Wandjina art site.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Naturalist IslandArrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs, green rainforest and mangroves. Explore the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. See Phillip Parker King’s ‘Nine Pin’ and catch a glimpse of the local salt water crocodile population. You have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight to see the mighty Mitchell Falls (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 16: Bigge IslandLocated off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately 6 kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is a rugged piece of Australia, free from feral predators. As a result, wildlife viewing here is fantastic, and Monjon rock wallabies, Northern Quoll and flatback turtles are among the species that thrive here. The island is most well known for its Indigenous Australian rock art, created by the Wunambal people. As you walk through caves throughout the island, you will be able to marvel at paintings including fascinating examples of contact art and Wandjina figures.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 17: Vansittart Bay, Jar IslandJoin your Expedition Leader and walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover its outstanding rock art gallery. See examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 18: King George River and Falls, Koolama BayWake up in Koolama Bay, named after a merchant ship bombed by the Japanese in WWII. Enjoy the 12 km journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery along the mighty King George River. The highlight is sure to be King George Falls, which is the highest single drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley. The more active among the tour group might like to trek to the top to take in the breathtaking views. Perhaps take a dip in the cool water. Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 19: Wyndham, Freedom of Choice TouringToday you will arrive in the historic outback town of Wyndham and embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps take a scenic cruise along the mighty Ord River to Lake Argyle; maybe tour El Questro and take a guided walk at Emma Gorge; another option is to fly to the Argyle Diamond mine; or finally, enjoy a scenic flight and land tour of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. All options include a delicious lunch.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 20: At SeaToday, relax onboard and maybe take in a lecture from one of your Expedition Team or just enjoy the comfort of your ship’s facilities.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 21: Depart DarwinThis morning your Kimberley Coast Cruise adventure will come to an end. Disembark your luxury small ship after breakfast. Board your APT Charter flight to Darwin where your tour concludes at Darwin Airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 30-Apr-2015 to 29-Sep-2015

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Gardens, Gourmet & History Cruise Along Europe's Rivers

Europe

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam and Embark ShipArrive in Amsterdam and transfer to your luxury river ship, moored close to the city centre. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Gardens or Art, Freedom of Choice TouringThis morning, choose from either our gardens or art excursions. Flower lovers will rise early to be at the Aalsmeer Flower market for the excitement of seeing acres of flowers being auctioned to all parts of the world. Followed by a visit to the famous Keukenhof garden display with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 32 hectares with spring colour and fragrance. Art lovers can choose to visit the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, home to some of the world’s most famous paintings including Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the Rhine River.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Cologne Garden, Andernach and Burg NamedyTake a tour through the historic old town of Cologne, or perhaps visit a beautiful private garden in the heart of Cologne. Afterwards continue along the Rhine to the 2,000 year old town of Andernach where we disembark for an exclusive visit to Burg Namedy for a decadent evening as the private guests of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern. Enjoy the opulent castle’s rooms, hidden nooks and manicured gardens before we enjoy a private lavish banquet in the ballroom.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Moselle River and CochemToday we visit the German town of Cochem, possibly the prettiest town in the Moselle Valley. You may wish to explore the town on a walking tour, then visit the Cochem Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the river. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bicycle ride. Afterwards, return to the ship and cruise along the magical Moselle River, a winding and picturesque waterway surrounded by magnificent landscapes.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim and Darmstadt Gardens, Freedom of Choice TouringThis morning we cruise the Rhine Gorge known as the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River with hilltop castles around every bend. After lunch we arrive in Rudesheim where you have a choice to tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to one of Germany’s most beautiful collections of automated musical instruments or explore the Rhine Valley wine region with a tour and wine tasting at a local winery. For a horticultural experience you can choose to travel to the University of Darmstadt Botanical Gardens laid out in 1874 with amazing conifers and well labelled and unusual plants. Afterwards, visit the formal parterre gardens of Prinz-Georgs Garden in Darmstadt.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Speyer, Schwetzingen Gardens, Freedom of Choice TouringThis morning you can choose a visit to the Technik Museum with its amazing collection of aircraft, classic cars, locomotives, fire engines and even a space shuttle, or join a garden excursion to visit the magnificent and expansive Castle Gardens in Schwetzingen created in the 18th-century in the French formal style but then transcending into the English landscape style.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Bresach, Black Forest, Insel Mainau Flower Island, Freedom of Choice TouringArrive today in Breisach and choose to take a tour of the wonderful Black Forest with its beautiful trees, lakes and cuckoo clocks or a visit to the beautiful Insel Mainau ‘Flower Island’ garden, a floral paradise on the shores of picturesque Lake Constance. This is a horticultural delight with thousands of flowers and plants immaculately planted. There is something to delight everyone around every corner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 8: Swiss Alps, Yvoire, Le Labyrinthe Garden and LyonAfter breakfast disembark the ship and farewell the Rhine River before travelling along the shores of Lake Geneva to the beautiful village of Yvoire set on a promontory overlooking the lake. Here is the poetic and award winning medicinal garden of Le Labyrinthe, considered one of the finest gardens of its type in Europe. Continue to Lyon and board your second luxurious river ship, which will be home for the next seven nights. We embark on our French chapter of this magnificent river cruise, travelling through the French countryside by the Saône and Rhône Rivers.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 9: Lyon Gardens, Freedom of Choice TouringIn Lyon, considered the gastronomic capital of France, we are joined by our Gourmet Guide, Jane Webster who will share her love and knowledge of French food with those of you who would like a more in-depth cultural immersion into French cooking. Your choices today are to enjoy a morning of leisure on your own in Lyon where you might like to explore the shops or visit the Art Gallery, or join Jane to explore some hidden gourmet treasures of Lyon or visit a private garden. Later, cruise north onto the beautiful Saône River, past the medieval village of Trevoux. Hear about the different French wine regions with a lecture from our wine expert on board. This evening, enjoy a meal at Paul Bocuse’s Michelin Star Restaurant, right on the river.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Belleville and Beaujolais Wine RegionFrom Belleville we traverse the picturesque landscapes of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d’Or or ‘Land of the Golden Stones’, named for the distinctive ochre limestone of its homes and castles. After exploring the medieval hilltop village of Oingt, we visit a family owned winery for a tour and wine tasting before cruising south to the charming town of Vienne with its strong Roman history, for an evening tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: Tournon and Ardeche Mountains, Freedom of Choice TouringExplore the town of Tournon and visit the Eden Parc Garden etched steeply into the mountainside, or travel through the majestic landscapes of the Ardeche Mountains to the pretty village of Boucieu-le-Roi to visit its local market of handmade crafts and enjoy local entertainment. Later, we cruise to Viviers and enjoy an after dinner stroll around the largely abandoned medieval town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Provence, Grignan and TrufflesToday we visit the beautiful village of Grignan, perched upon a hill surrounded by lavender fields. We also visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry as we join the truffle dogs on their hunt for truffles to dig, then sample some truffle delicacies. This afternoon, as we cruise through the Provence countryside dotted with fields of lavender and olive groves, our Gourmet Guide will do some French cooking demonstrations.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Avignon and Monty Don, Freedom of Choice TouringIn Avignon, the ‘City of Popes’, we have the option of a guided tour of the narrow streets and elegant squares to the Papal Palace. Alternatively, visit the gardens of Saint Andre Abbey and Brantes Castle or explore the markets with our gourmet guide and enjoy a French cooking class. This evening, we will have a very special lecture and cocktail party hosted by Monty Don.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Arles, Les Baux, Olive Oil or Bamboo, Freedom of Choice TouringArrive in Arles this morning, whose most famous resident was the painter, Van Gough. You can choose to take an excursion to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence for a tour of the castle, then visit Moulin du Calanquet, an olive mill and farm in Saint-Remy de Provence, where you can discover the tradition of olive growing. Alternatively, visit the biggest bamboo garden in Europe, which also has an amazing Japanese garden. Enjoy free time to explore Arles before a special Farewell Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Disembark Ship and Depart NiceThis morning, disembark the ship and be transferred to Nice airport for your onward flight, or you can choose to continue with Botanica for a 4 day Gardens of the Côte d’Azur tour, staying three nights in Nice on the French Riviera.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 31-Dec-2014 to 30-May-2015

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Premium Rockies and Alaska Cruise

North America

Day 1: Arrive Vancouver On arrival at Vancouver Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in to your spacious Deluxe Room before a Welcome Dinner this evening. Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: VancouverThis morning, take a sightseeing tour of beautiful Vancouver that will introduce you to the city’s must-see attractions. Visit Stanley Park, a world-class, 400-hectare evergreen oasis located just steps away from downtown Vancouver. Then head to Granville Island. Here, wander amid the colourful public market. You’ll also see picturesque English Bay and Vancouver Harbour, before enjoying the afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure, discovering this vibrant harbourside city. You may like to wander through the streets of Gastown, visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street, or discover the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park. This evening enjoy a gourmet feast in a custom-designed private dining room at the famous public market on Granville Island. Watch as a special guest chef uses fresh seasonal ingredients from the market to prepare your meal right before you.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: KamloopsToday you’ll board the famous Rocky Mountaineer and relax in the comfort of your GoldLeaf carriage as you set out into the mountains. View the towering snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains; pass the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon; and glide past the steep rocky slopes as your train follows the Thompson River on the way to the city of Kamloops.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 4: Spiral Tunnels, BanffToday your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey continues east towards the Canadian Rockies. Journey past Shuswap Lake and along the South Thompson River; see the Spiral Tunnels; and traverse Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you across the Continental Divide of the Americas and into Alberta. On arrival in Banff National Park, disembark and head for your iconic hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 5: Banff, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing and DiningAfter breakfast this morning, select from a range of unique activities. You may like to set off on the Banff Experience - which includes a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site; take a float trip or go paddling down the beautiful Bow River; relax at the Willow Stream Spa; or enjoy a cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Alternatively, undertake one of the options available only to Platinum Collection guests - a round of golf on The Fairmont Banff Springs’ lovely course, or a special extended heli-flightseeing trip over this beautiful region. After your activity, enjoy time at leisure, then gather on the Gold Floor of your hotel for pre-dinner canapés. Tonight, dine at one of the wonderful restaurants located within your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6: Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Freedom of Choice Dining Enjoy the chance to Meet a Mountie and hear tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Afterwards, board the Banff Gondola and ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain, taking in the panoramic views across six mountain ranges. Returning to the foot of the mountain, tour Banff, then set off over the Trans-Canada Highway. Travel through Banff National Park to Moraine Lake, in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. After pausing to admire the beauty of this glacially-fed lake, continue on to Lake Louise. Here, join a Mountain Heritage Guide and learn about the natural history of the region as you take a stroll by the shores of this iconic lake. Tonight, dine at one of the restaurants within your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 7: Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper, Freedom of Choice DiningJoin the Icefields Parkway today, a picturesque route that winds past glaciers, icefields, sweeping valleys and pristine lakes. After pausing at Peyto Lake, continue to Columbia Icefield. Here, board an Ice Explorer vehicle to ride right onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Later, stroll along the spectacular Glacier Skywalk for stunning views of the park. You’ll then travel via Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon to The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Tonight, dine at one of the restaurants located within your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 8: Jasper, Freedom of Choice SightseeingToday you might choose to take a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Sidecar Tour; enjoy a Maligne Valley Wildlife Experience; go rafting down the Athabasca River; ride the Jasper Tramway; set out on an Interpretive Nature Hike; or perhaps take part in an Evening Wildlife Discovery. Alternatively, enjoy a treatment at the Fairmont Spa or join a retired Parks Canada Ranger for an insight into the management of the park - both of which are available exclusively to Platinum Collection guests. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 9: VernonDeparting Jasper after breakfast, today cross Kicking Horse Pass, then travel through Yoho, Glacier and Mt Revelstoke national parks. Arrive at Sparkling Hill Resort, owned by the former head of the Swarovski crystal company. Tonight, enjoy an extraordinary private dining experience in the resort’s elegant Gernot suite.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 10: VernonWith most of today at leisure, perhaps explore the stunning surrounds, or make the most of your complimentary access to the resort’s exceptional facilities. These include the luxurious European-style KurSpa, the seven steam and sauna rooms, the Kneipp water pool, the infinity salt water pools and a hot pool. This afternoon, head to the Gray Monk Winery Estate and enjoy a tour before a delightful dinner complete with perfectly paired wines at the winery’s Grapevine Restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 11: WhistlerTravel through the rugged Cariboo region today, via Kamloops, Cache Creek and Lillooet. Stop at Seton and Duffey lakes, then enter the Coast Mountains on the way to Whistler. This evening, step out to further explore the resort town of Whistler and enjoy dinner at your leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 12: Whistler, Freedom of Choice SightseeingThis morning, enjoy breakfast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Afterwards, enjoy an eco-trek to Lost Lake; take a floatplane flight; explore Whistler Mountain on a 4WD or Snowcat adventure; enjoy a Blackcomb Mountain Jeep Safari; ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola; or set out on a Tree Trek. Alternatively, embark on a Bear Viewing and Ecology Tour or take a helicopter flight and enjoy a glacier landing. Tonight, indulge in a delightful progressive dining experience at four unique venues, complete with a selection of paired wines.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 13: Georgia Strait, Victoria, The Butchart GardensTravel the renowned Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver this morning. From here, you’ll board a floatplane and take in birds-eye views of the Georgia Strait during a flight that will take you directly to The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. Having seen the colourful gardens from the air, you’ll then enjoy the chance to explore the 22 hectares of this iconic place and learn why these are considered to be among the world’s premier floral show gardens. Stop for a glass of sparkling wine and lunch, then head to your hotel and settle in. The evening is yours at leisure to relax or perhaps step out and explore the city of Victoria.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 14: Victoria, Freedom of Choice SightseeingVictoria, Freedom of Choice Sightseeing This morning, you might like to take off on a whale watching cruise; take a seaplane flight; tour the city’s historic houses and gardens; go fishing for salmon; enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage; or delight in afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. Alternatively, join an activity offered exclusively to you as a Platinum Collection guest - go foraging for fresh seafood during a unique eco-tour or perhaps set off on a culinary walking tour of Oak Bay. This evening, as the land portion of your trip draws to an end, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 15: Holland America Line CruiseReturn to Vancouver by ferry this morning, enjoying an upgrade to the Seawest Lounge. Board your ship, and this evening, enjoy a delightful Sail Away Dinner at the renowned Pinnacle Grill plus a lunch here on the day of your choosing. Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 16: Cruise the Inside PassageEnjoy a full day at sea as your ship cruises along coastal British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle. Glide past rocky headlands and over the waters of the Inside Passage, one of the most picturesque sea-lanes in the world.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 17: Tracy Arm, JuneauCruise through Tracy Arm this morning, a narrow and twisting fjord that features 2,000-metre-high peaks, sheer rock faces and waterfalls at almost every turn. At the end of the fjord, cruise past the twin Sawyer Glaciers before continuing on to Alaska’s capital, Juneau, set at the foot of the Coast Mountains, right on the shores of the Gastineau Channel. Here, disembark and explore at leisure or set off on one of the available excursions (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 18: SkagwayToday you’ll arrive in Skagway at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage. Once a gateway city for the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway’s frontier-style atmosphere remains evident today. Here, a variety of unique excursions are on offer (own expense).Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 19: Glacier BayWake up to the sight of Glacier Bay National Park, which boasts more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere in the world. As you cruise, listen to the commentary of rangers who will explain the geological wonders of this stunning region.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 20: KetchikanKetchikan is a cheerful town that’s set right on the shores of the Tongass Narrows. Besides the main attractions of the town itself, Ketchikan also acts as gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument - one of America’s largest wilderness areas.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 21: The Inside PassageHeading south through the Inside Passage, watch the glorious landscape slip by on your final day at sea.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 22: Depart VancouverTransfer to the airport in Vancouver for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 31-Dec-2014 to 30-Dec-2015

22 days
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Galapagos Cruise, Atacama with Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Americas-Polar Regions

Day 1: Arrive Atacama (Chile)Upon arrival, transfer to your luxury retreat in the heart of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. The Atacama Desert lies along the base of the Andes mountain range at the borders of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, presenting a geography that is almost like another planet. Your prestigious hotel is an opulent oasis, built in harmony with its harsh surroundings.Meals IncludedlunchdinnerDay 2: AtacamaAfter breakfast, talk with your guides to determine how you’d like to explore this fascinating area. There’s nearby Chaxas Lagoon, inhabited by pink flamingos, as well as El Tatio, a geyser field with over 80 active geysers. If you prefer a leisurely morning, perhaps request a guided tour of the lodge’s traditional Altiplano landscaped gardens and receive a fascinating lesson in local desert flora. Alternatively, a range of half-day and full-day desert excursions are available, with options for every fitness level. Whether you go by car, foot, or bike, there are opportunities to explore nearby villages, valleys and gorges. Afterwards, you can relax with a glass of wine on your private terrace or in one of the spa’s six pools. If you’re into astronomy, the sky-friendly night lighting allows for unbelievable views of the southern skies. Located in the main building, the well-stocked restaurant offers cocktails, wine, and creative Chilean concoctions. It’s a perfect place to refuel.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: AtacamaToday is another day to discover the Atacama Desert the way you wish. Along with the included excursions, you can also make use of the world-class Puri Spa. Named one of the ten best spas in South America, it features a Finnish Sauna, Turkish bath and jacuzzi. If you’d like to cool down, the hotels six outdoor pools overlook the beautiful Catarpe Valley and its red mountains. The village of San Pedro is a short drive away and there’s a complimentary transfer service between the hotel and the village.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Atacama, SantiagoTransfer to the airport for your included flight to the Chilean capital of Santiago. Upon arrival, settle in to your hotel and this afternoon; explore the city’s iconic landmarks on a guided tour. Tonight, meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 5: Santiago, Valparaíso, Freedom of ChoiceToday, travel to the picturesque seaside city of Valparaíso. There, tour the World Heritage-listed centre, and on a funicular ride, delight in stunning views of the bay and the colourful city below. Later today, return to Santiago and select from a choice of restaurants for dinner this evening.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 6: Santiago, Buenos Aires (Argentina)This morning fly to the lively Argentinian capital. Transfer to your hotel in the fashionable Recoleta neighbourhood and enjoy this evening at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 7: Buenos Aires, Freedom of ChoiceA guided tour of Buenos Aires today begins with a visit to the Avenida de Mayo. After seeing the pink Casa Rosada (Government House), you’ll visit the city’s iconic Café Tortoni, a famous literati coffeehouse established in 1858, and enjoy coffee and croissants in this elegant cafe. Afterwards, visit the city’s oldest barrio (district), San Telmo, and enjoy time to stroll around the charming square. You’ll also explore the Italian-influenced barrio of La Boca, with its colourful houses and pretty pedestrian street, the Caminito. Tonight, choose where to dine from one of three restaurants.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 8: Buenos Aires, Freedom of ChoiceToday, perhaps head to the island town of Tigre where you can enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. You may like to embrace the Parisian influence on Buenos Aires during a city walking tour. Alternatively, enjoy a fun tango lesson and learn about Argentina’s national dance, or perhaps head to Teatro Colón, one of the finest opera houses in the world. Afterwards, enjoy some free time before heading to the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret, Rojo Tango, for dinner, drinks and the most exclusive tango show in the city.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 9: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)Today, fly to Rio de Janeiro. Lapped by deep blue ocean, flanked by mountains and lush rainforest, and drenched with white-sand beaches, life here pulsates to an intoxicating rhythm.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 10: Rio de JaneiroToday, travel to Corcovado, famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visit the statue and travel to the platform at its peak for stunning views over the city. At sunset, absorb one of the world’s truly exquisite views as you ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. Then this evening, head for Porcão Rio’s to sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, before enjoying a delicious Brazilian BBQ.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 11: Rio de Janeiro, Freedom of ChoiceThis morning, enjoy your chosen sightseeing activity. You may wish to embark on a tour through local favelas, or take a full-day excursion to Petrópolis, The Imperial City of Brazil. Perhaps explore the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Tijuca National Park on a jeep tour. Another option is the historical tour of Rio de Janeiro. After your chosen activity, the evening is yours to spend at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 12: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu FallsBoard your flight to Iguassu Falls, a system of 275 falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil that has the second highest annual flow of any waterfalls in the world. View the falls from close to the base of Devil’s Throat, then enjoy an unforgettable Boat Ride Safari that takes in the breathtaking spectacle of Iguassu Falls from beneath the thundering cascades. This evening, dine at the Ipê Grill within your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 13: Iguassu FallsToday spend time in Argentina’s World Heritage-listed Iguassu National Park Land on the Argentinian side of the falls. Ride the Rainforest Ecological Train through forest to a series of walkways and viewing points, including one located directly over the 82 metre-high Devil’s Throat.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 14: Iguassu Falls, Lima (Peru)Today, visit Parque das Aves Bird Park, set just outside the national park. Walk through the giant aviaries and get up close to a range of native South American birds, including flamingos, parrots and macaws, as well as the iconic toucan. This evening board your flight to the Peruvian capital, Lima.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 15: Lima, ArequipaThis morning join a city tour conducted by a local guide. Visit the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Lima and the Convent of Santo Domingo. This afternoon, take an included flight to the ‘White City’ of Arequipa. Tonight, dine on Peruvian cuisine at Alma Cocina Vina in your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 16: ArequipaThis morning, embark on a half-day city tour of Arequipa. Known as the ‘White City’ for its many heritage buildings made of white volcanic material, enjoy the unrelenting beauty of the surrounding landscapes as you immerse yourself in the city. Visit the historic World Heritage-listed town centre, where you have the opportunity to take in the fascinating colonial architecture, including the famous Santa Catalina Convent. This cloister, built in the 16th century, is a vast complex of buildings that once served as a town. Over 450 nuns had lived here over the course of its 400-year history, completely isolated from the outside world. Today, the convent complex is beautifully refurbished, bringing the past vividly alive once more. The afternoon is then yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 17: Arequipa, Colca CanyonThis morning, travel through mountainous landscapes to Colca Canyon. On your way, see incredible man-made stepped terraces, many of which date back pre-Incan times. Check into your hotel, perched at the bottom of a terraced valley, and enjoy the rest of the day to explore your surrounds at your leisure. You may like to meet alpacas at the hotel’s barn, or try your hand at fishing in the nearby river.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 18: Colca CanyonThis morning, travel to the Mirador Cruz del Condor viewpoint in the heart of the Colca Canyon and gain unparalleled panoramic views of the world’s deepest canyon. Perhaps see the legendary Andean Condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world, rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the pastoral Andean scenery. Afterwards, visit picturesque towns in the valley to see their beautiful colonial churches, then return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 19: Puno, Lake TiticacaOn a full day journey, travel to Puno, almost 4,000 metres above sea level. The start of your trip is dominated by the Andes mountains towering over the valleys below. Later, reach the Andean Plains, home to wild vicuña and alpaca, then arrive in Puno.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 20: Puno, Lake TiticacaLocated on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world. This morning, travel by speedboat to the village of Liquina. Here, visit a special school project organised by APT, and spend time with the teachers and pupils. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with views of the Capachica Peninsula. This afternoon, cruise to the home of the Uros people, a group of man-made islands created from floating reeds.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 21: Puno, CuscoThis morning, board the Andean Explorer for a full day rail journey on to Cusco. Travelling in Andean Explorer Class (first class), on the way, enjoy access to the lounge car and the open-air observation bar car, and be treated to a three-course lunch. On arrival in Cusco, check in to your luxurious hotel that exudes Spanish colonial charm.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 22: Cusco, Freedom of ChoiceA walking tour of Cusco this morning will take you to the square in the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas, as well as the sacred sites of Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. After, you can choose from three restaurants to dine at for lunch. Your choice of restaurants include Limo Cocina Peruana and Pisco Bar for a taste of local Peruvian dishes; superb Italian cuisine at Incanto; or fine dining from an eclectic menu at the renowned MAP Café.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 23: Cusco, Machu PicchuBoard PeruRail’s Vistadome train and admire the mountainous Andean landscape outside your large panoramic windows as you travel to Machu Picchu, located over 2,400 metres above sea level. On arrival at the ruins, set off on a locally guided tour of the iconic Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca citadel was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire, and remained undiscovered in modern times until the American historian, Hiram Bingham, brought it to international attention in 1911.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 24: Chincheros, Sacred ValleyThis morning, you’ll have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu to experience the site in true serenity at your own pace. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the comforts and facilities of your hotel. This afternoon, board PeruRail’s Vistadome for your return trip from Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley. Then, settle in to one of Peru’s most prestigious hotels overlooking a river in the Sacred Valley.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 25: Sacred ValleyA full day tourin and around the Sacred Valley begins with a visit to the colourful markets of Pisac, a hilltop handicraft village that lies near ancient Incan ruins. Later, you’ll visit the home of a local family to sample a typical Andean meal. This is a unique opportunity to meet the locals of the Sacred Valley and savour some authentic home-cooking. Afterwards, travel to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, once a royal estate belonging to the Incan Emperor Pachacuti. Here, spend some time further discovering the Sacred Valley before returning to your hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 26: LimaAfter breakfast, travel to the lovely city of Chincheros, set high in the Andean highlands. During a traditional weaving demonstration, learn how the famously colourful materials of South America are created. Later, head to Cusco to board your flight for Peru’s capital Lima. This evening in Lima, enjoy one of South America’s most unique dining experiences for your special Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana set within the ruins of an archaeological compound built between 200 and 700 AD. As you dine, take in amazing views of a colourfully illuminated adobe pyramid.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 27: Lima, Guayaquil (Ecuador)Fly to Ecuador’s coastal city of Guayaquil.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 29: Embark Galápagos Islands Cruise, San Cristóbal IslandFly to the Galápagos and transfer to your ship. After lunch, visit the breeding centre of giant tortoises.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 29: Galápagos Islands Cruise, San Cristóbal IslandAt San Cristóbal Island take a walk to see bachelor sea lions.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 30: Galápagos Islands Cruise, Española IslandDiscover unique sea bird colonies and the famous blowhole.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 31: Disembark Galápagos Islands Cruise, GuayaquilVisit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Later, fly back to Guayaquil. Guayaquil,Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 32: Depart GuayaquilThis morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.Meals IncludedBreakfast

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Rhône Treasures - Lyon to Arles

Europe

Day 1: Lyon, Embark ShipOn arrival in Lyon transfer to your river ship and settle in to your suite. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Lyon, Freedom of ChoiceExperience the gastronomic centre of France, Lyon, on your chosen sightseeing activity today. You may wish to take a guided city tour, then learn all about Lyon’s luxurious silk trade with on a visit to a local silk workshop, located in the heart of the charming Croix-Rousse quarter. Another option is a guided culinary walk, taking in Lyon’s incredible fresh food markets and stopping by local artisan producers. Tonight, indulge in a gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, VienneArrive in Belleville today and choose your Freedom of Choice activity. The first will take you to a local farm to meet the owner and sample an array of homemade products. You’ll then continue to the tiny village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne where you may wish to sample the local specialty - frog legs. Or, visit the village of Oingt, then head to a family-owned winery for a tour and tasting. Re-board your ship and cruise to the city of Vienne. After dinner onboard, you may wish to step out for a lovely evening stroll through the ancient streets.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Tournon, Freedom of ChoiceArrive in Tournon and select your preferred activity. Choose to experience the natural beauty of the Ardéche Mountains on a rail journey aboard the historic Ardéche Steam Train. Or, visit Eden Park garden and be captivated by panoramic views of Tournon with the river stretching out below.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Grignan, Freedom of Choice, ViviersCruise from Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, twin towns that face each other across the Rhône River towards Grignan. Grignan is a hillside village surrounded by lavender fields. Here, embark on a private tour of Grignan Castle before continuing on to Viviers. Disembark and head to a lavender estate for a tour and a special workshop. Or, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, enjoy a Cocktail Reception and tastings of regional produce while you’re entertained by local musicians.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: AvignonArrive in Avignon, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. A local guide will take you on a discovery of the city, including a visit to the remarkable Palace of the Popes, which served as a fortress, a church and a residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. In the afternoon, travel to the Pont du Gard. Built during the first century AD, this 50 metre-high Roman aqueduct once supplied the city of Nîmes with water.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Arles, Freedom of ChoiceToday, perhaps visit Les Baux-de-Provence for a tour of its castle, Château des Baux, followed by free time to explore at leisure. Then visit a working olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence. Discover the age-old Provençal tradition of olive growing during a tour, and savour a tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. This afternoon, embark on a tour taking you to the ancient Roman relics of Arles - collectively classified as a World Heritage-listed site.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Arles, Disembark ShipDisembark your ship in Arles and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 1: Arrive LyonBe met at the airport and transferred to your river ship.Meals IncludeddinnerDay 2: Lyon, Freedom of ChoiceToday presents you with the opportunity to experience Lyon, considered to be the gastronomic centre of France. Perhaps set out on a guided tour, taking in many of the city’s best-loved landmarks. Then learn about Lyon’s luxurious silk trade with a visit to a local silk workshop, located in the heart of the charming Croix-Rousse quarter. Alternatively, embark on a bicycle tour along the banks of the Rhône River to the spectacular botanical gardens. Another option is a guided culinary walking tour, taking in Lyon’s incredible fresh food markets. This evening, indulge in a decadent gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, a well-known local restaurant owned by the famous Michelin-starred chef, Paul Bocuse. Delight in exquisite dishes prepared using fine local produce.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3: Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, VienneThis morning, disembark in Belleville, a picturesque town located on the Saône River, and discover the spectacular Beaujolais region during your chosen sightseeing activity. The first activity will take you to a local farm to meet the owner and sample an array of homemade products. You’ll then continue to the tiny, idyllic French village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne where those who are feeling adventurous have the opportunity to sample the local specialty - frog legs. Alternatively, enjoy some time at leisure in the village of Oingt, perched on a hill and surrounded by the Beaujolais vineyards. Then head to a family-owned winery for a private tour and wine tasting. Rejoin your ship later and cruise to Vienne where you’ll disembark for an evening tour of this charming town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: Tournon, Freedom of Choice, ViviersArrive in Tournon today, one of France’s oldest cities, and enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities. You may wish to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Ardéche Mountains on a rail journey aboard the historic Ardéche Steam Train. Alternatively, a visit to Eden Park garden may be more your style. Nestled in the heart of Tournon, this beautiful botanic garden affords spectacular views with the river stretching out below. Following your chosen activity, re-board your ship and continue cruising south to the town of Viviers. After dinner on board, you may wish to step out for a lovely evening stroll around this largely abandoned medieval town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Viviers, Grignan, Freedom of ChoiceChoose from two activities that showcase the spectacular region of Provence today. You may wish to travel to a family-owned lavender estate for a tour and a special workshop. Alternatively, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, journey to Grignan, perched upon a hill and surrounded by lavender fields. Here, embark on a private tour of Grignan Castle, then enjoy a cocktail and tastings of regional produce while you’re entertained by local musicians.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Avignon, Freedom of ChoiceArrive in Avignon today, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. Embark on a sightseeing tour upon arrival, then enjoy time to explore this medieval city at your own pace. Later this afternoon, perhaps join a tour of the Palace of the Popes. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct, before time at leisure in Uzès.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Arles, Freedom of ChoiceFrom Arles, perhaps head to Les Baux de Provence for a tour of the castle. Then visit an olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence to discover the Provençal tradition of olive growing. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. Both groups will enjoy an afternoon tour of Arles. Back on board tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Arles, Disembark ShipDisembark today for the final time in Arles. Transfer to the airport in Marseilles.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 29-Feb-2016 to 30-Dec-2015

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Rhône Treasures - Barcelona to Lyon

Europe

Day 1: Arrive Barcelona Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel, situated on Barcelona’s iconic boulevard, Las Ramblas, within the lively artistic and commercial centre. Enjoy time at leisure, before meeting fellow guests and your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception.Day 2: BarcelonaYour sightseeing begins with a city tour, taking in the World Heritage-listed Sagrada Família, a large Roman Catholic church that was designed by the famed architect Antoni Gaudí. Continue to Castell de Montjuïc, a 17th-century fort commanding incredible panoramic views out over the city and the Mediterranean. Take in the city from this fresh perspective and perhaps wander through the impressive landscaped gardens of Jardins de Joan Brossa, located just a short walk from the fort. This evening, indulge in a special Flamenco Welcome Dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Barcelona, Freedom of Choice After breakfast this morning you’ll enjoy the opportunity to select the activity that best suits your interest. Perhaps join a Gothic walking tour to explore the city’s architecture. On it, you’ll find narrow alleys that lead to tiny plazas, and discover some of the city’s oldest Roman and medieval religious centres tucked away between modern city buildings. Alternatively, you may like to enhance your photography skills and learn where the best viewpoints of the city are during a guided photography tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 4: Barcelona, Arles, Embark ShipTravel to southern France and on to the medieval town of Perpignan. After a stop here, continue on to Arles and board your luxury river ship. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner on board.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 5: Arles, Freedom of ChoiceToday, perhaps visit Les Baux de Provence for a tour of its castle, Château des Baux, followed by free time to explore at leisure. Then visit a working olive mill and farm in Saint Rémy de Provence. Discover the age-old Provençal tradition of olive growing during a tour, and savour a tasting. Alternatively, tour the olive farm then visit Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh spent many of his later years. This afternoon, embark on a tour taking you to the ancient Roman relics of Arles - collectively classified as a World Heritage-listed site.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Avignon, Freedom of ChoiceArrive in Avignon today, once an important centre of the Catholic Church. Embark on a guided tour, then enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. This afternoon, perhaps join a tour of the Palace of the Popes, which served as a fortress, a church and a residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. Alternatively, visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct, before a visit to Uzès.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: Viviers, Freedom of Choice, Grignan Today, perhaps head to a family-owned lavender estate for a tour and a special workshop. Or, visit a truffle farm for an insight into this unique industry. Head out with the dogs in search of truffles then enjoy a tasting of these rare delicacies. Later, journey to Grignan, perched upon a hill and surrounded by lavender fields. Here, embark on a private tour of Grignan Castle, then enjoy a cocktail and tastings of regional produce while you’re entertained by local musicians. Re-board your ship and cruise towards Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, twin towns that face each other across the Rhône River.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Tournon, Freedom of Choice, VienneChoose your activity in Tournon today. You may wish to experience the natural beauty of the Ardéche Mountains on a rail journey aboard the historic Ardéche Steam Train. Alternatively, visit Eden Park garden and delight in spectacular views of Tournon with the river stretching out below. Re-board your ship and continue cruising south to the town of Vienne. After dinner on board, you may wish to step out for a lovely evening stroll around this largely abandoned medieval town.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: Belleville, Beaujolais Region, Freedom of Choice, LyonArrive in Belleville and choose your activity. The first will take you to a local farm to meet the owner and sample an array of homemade products. You’ll then continue to the tiny village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne where you may wish to sample the local specialty - frog legs. Or, visit the village of Oingt, then head to a family-owned winery for a winery tour and tasting. Tonight, indulge in a gourmet feast at L’Abbaye de Collonges, owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Lyon, Freedom of ChoiceExperience the gastronomic centre of France, Lyon, on your chosen sightseeing activity today. You may wish to take a city tour, then learn all about Lyon’s luxurious silk trade with a visit to a local silk workshop, located in the heart of the charming Croix-Rousse quarter. Alternatively, embark on a bicycle tour along the banks of the Rhône River to the botanical gardens. Another option is a guided culinary walk, exploring Lyon’s fresh food markets.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: Lyon, Disembark ShipDisembark in Amsterdam. Transfer to airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

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Exceptional India - Cruising Southbound

Asia

Day 1: Arrive KochiOn arrival in the charming coastal city of Kochi, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years and today remains a living homage to its varied colonial past. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening.Day 2: Fort KochiAfter breakfast this morning, go for a walk along the history-filled streets of Jewtown and visit the ornate Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Afterwards, explore the quaint Fort Kochi area on a guided walking tour. Head to St Francis Church, the oldest European church in Asia, and learn about Vasco de Gama, the Portuguese explorer who first laid colonial claim to Kochi. Visit the Santa Cruz Basilica with its magnificent ceiling murals, then continue to the Dutch cemetery. You’ll also go for a stroll along the picturesque promenade and see the cantilevered Chinese-style fishing nets (cheena vala), which are unique to Kochi. A Taste of India - later this evening, treat your taste buds to the ‘catch of the day’ as you indulge in a special Keralite dinner of fresh seafood caught straight from Kochi’s fishing nets.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Kochi, Kerala Backwaters CruiseThis morning, head to the town of Alleppey, a slice of Venice in Kerala. Special Stay - here, you’ll board your own deluxe private houseboat and embark on your overnight Kerala Backwaters cruise. Meander over a series of picture-book lakes, palm-fringed canals and tranquil lagoons, passing riverbanks that are bursting with charming glimpses of day-to-day life. Kerala, known as ‘God’s own country’ among locals, boasts truly beautiful scenery framed by its backwaters. This evening, your onboard chef will serve deliciously authentic Keralan food, and you’ll sleep on the water under a galaxy of stars.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 4: AlleppeyDisembark your houseboat this morning in Alleppey. From here, visit the Mullakkal Devi Temple then explore the Alleppey Market, which features a range of innovative coir (natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut) products. After lunch at your world-class resort, perhaps attend an intriguing lecture on Aryuvedic philosophy. Or, with the afternoon yours at leisure, perhaps enjoy one of the activities offered at your resort, such as fishing or a spa treatment. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance, featuring extremely stylised gestures, elaborate make-up, masks and splendid costumes. Special Stay - be submerged in luxurious living on the tranquil backwaters at the Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere Resort.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Alleppey, New DelhiThis morning is yours at leisure to further enjoy the resort’s facilities. Then, after lunch, transfer to Kochi for your included flight to the Indian capital, New Delhi. A city that bridges two different worlds, Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis (private mansions) and formidable mosques. In contrast, New Delhi was created by the British Raj and is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing buildings. Upon arrival, transfer to your superb hotel, the ITC Maurya, where you’ll have the opportunity to relax with the evening at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 6: New DelhiA guided tour of New Delhi begins this morning with a visit to Birla Mandir, an ornate temple that’s dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. Then continue on to Jama Masjid, which reflects the architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor who reigned from 1628 until 1658. This great mosque of Old Delhi features a courtyard capable of accommodating 25,000 devotees making it the largest mosque in India. Like a Local - for an insight into local life, embark on a guided rickshaw ride through the labyrinth of narrow lanes in the Old City. Afterwards, visit the impressive Red Fort, another creation of Shah Jahan. Then continue on to the Chor Bazaar, one of the largest flea markets in India, to enjoy lunch. Later, return to your hotel and enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon. Like a Local - this evening, explore the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams cultural complex and witness a spectacular Bollywood performance.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: New DelhiFollowing breakfast this morning, a guided sightseeing tour begins with a visit to India Gate, which commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in battle during World War I. Afterwards, continue on to admire the Mughal architecture of Humayun’s Tomb, a vast tomb complex that houses the remains of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. Then ascend the 379 steps to the summit of Qutub Minar, considered a tower of victory, completed in 1368. Following the tour, the remainder of today is then yours to enjoy at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 8: Agra, Taj MahalThis morning you’ll travel to Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Agra’s Red Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone overlooking the gardens of the Taj Mahal. Later this afternoon, set off to experience the Taj Mahal bathed in the stunning golden glow of sunset. A Taste of India - this evening head to Paatra restaurant to be taken on an indulgent culinary journey from Amristar to Lahore. Learn about the paatras (utensils) that determine the unique cooking methods used to conserve and enhance different flavours.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 9: Agra, Fatehpur, JaipurPerhaps rise early and enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to see the gleaming domes adopt different colours as the sun rises. Then, after lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace, take a tour of Fatehpur Sikri, a fortified ghost city that was once the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire. Then continue on to Jaipur, named the ‘Pink City’ for its terracotta-coloured walls, buildings, and temples. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 10: JaipurTravel by Jeep to the Amber Fort today, a towering fortress that overlooks the city. Explore Hawa Mahal, a five-storey structure designed to allow ladies of the royal family to see the city’s events without being visible. Afterwards, explore Jaipur’s City Palace, once the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. A Taste of India - learn the traditional methods of Rajasthan cooking during a class at Jaipur’s Spice Court Restaurant, then sample your efforts over a delicious lunch. After lunch, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 11: Kolkata, Farakka, Embark Lower Ganges River CruiseFly to Kolkata, once the biggest colonial trade centre in Asia and the former capital of the British Raj. Be met on arrival at the airport, and transferred to the train station. Like a Local - take a local train for the colourful and rustic journey to Farakka. Make your way past bellowing food hawkers and over-laden porters to your rail carriage. Once you’ve settled in to your seat, watch the landscapes of India unfold before you. On Arrival in Farakka, transfer to the brand-new RV Rajmahal for your Lower Ganges River cruise, which will offer an authentic glimpse of the real India.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Jangipur, GaurCruise downstream along a straight canal section to Jangipur where the afternoon is free to explore this small country town. Or you may choose to join a full day excursion to the deserted city of Gaur, a unique archeological site. You will be rejoining the ship in the evening near Jangipur.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Baranganar, MurshidabadIn the morning sail down the Hoohgly proper past mustard fields and mango orchards to Baranagar. Walk through fields and past terracotta temples as you experience rural India at its most idyllic. Continue to Murshidabad to see the great Hazarduari palace which boast 1000 doors and houses an extensive collection of European paintings, china and weapons. Following the tour here, you’ll visit Nashipara Palace and Katgola Palace, both fine examples of the fusion between English and Indian cultures of the 19th-century ‘White Moghul’ period.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Kushbagh, PlasseySail a short distance downstream then take a rickshaw ride to visit the Kushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden enclosing the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Return to the ship to continue to the site of The Battle of Plassey – a momentous event of 1757. Learn how this pivotal battle established the British East India Company rule in Bengal, which expanded over much of India for the next hundred years. Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Matiari, Mayapur, NabadwipThis morning visit the brass-working village of Matiari, and learn about the traditional methods of beating brass. Later we reach Mayapur, its skyline dominated by the vast new ISKCON temple, headquarters of the Hari Krishna community. We also visit the pilgrimage centre of Nabadwip, where the river ghats (steps) are lined with active temples.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 16: Kalna, ChinsuraDisembark in the town of Kalna, known as the ‘City of Temples’. On a rickshaw tour, visit some of Bengal’s most distinct terracotta temples, including the eye-catching Shiva Temple, with two concentric circles made up of 108 double-vaulted shrines. Later we land at Chinsura to visit the historic Dutch cemetery, and we take another rickshaw ride to the imposing 19th century Hooghly Imambara, built by one of Bengal’s most prolific philanthropists, before reboarding.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 17: Chandernagore, BarrackporeCruise to the former French colony of Chandernagore. During a walk around the town, you could be forgiven for thinking that the French had never left. Stroll along the Chandannagore Strand and visit its 200-year-old church. Then, on a visit to the house of former French Governor Joseph François Dupleix, discover an impressive collection of French antiques. Later we continue downstream to Barrackpore for a guided walking tour among the 19th-century buildings and see the riverside Government House with its Semaphore Tower, part of a river signalling system. Then visit the elegant Neo-Greek Temple of Fame and the gardens of Flagstaff House, which now serves as repository for colonial statues removed from Kolkata.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 18: KolkataEarly morning cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Calcutta to disembark your cruise. A Taste of India – enjoy a Bengali lunch at Oh! Calcutta. Later, explore the city sights on a guided tour. Special Stay – experience a stay at Kolkata’s ultimate classical residence, The Oberoi Grand, which has been standing for over 125 years.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 19: Kolkata, VaranasiBoth the self-proclaimed capital of India’s intellectuals, as well as the home of Mother Teresa’s slums, the contrasts of Kolkata are sure to impress. Like a Local - learn about Kolkata’s fascinating heritage during a ride on a private tramcar, passing by temples, churches and historic buildings. Then, following lunch, you’ll transfer to the airport and fly to the city of Varanasi.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchDay 20: VaranasiLike a Local - rise early in the spiritual hub of Varanasi and set off on a guided boat ride on the River Ganges to see the rituals of the Hindus. Then, after breakfast, head out on a tour. Visit a number of temples including Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple and Kashi Vishwanath, as well as Banaras Hindu University. After lunch, enjoy free time to further explore this afternoon, followed by a special Farewell Dinner this evening.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 21: Depart VaranasiAfter breakfast, visit the ruins of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon some 2,500 years ago. See the many Buddhist monuments that were erected here, all set within magnificent gardens. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunch

DepartingFrom 31-Jan-2014 to 29-Apr-2015

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Rhine and Moselle Discoveries - Lucerne to Paris

Europe

Day 1: Zurich, LucerneBe met at Zurich airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Lucerne before a welcome reception. (Please note flights to arrive by 1.00pm to receive the included transfer).Day 2: LucerneRide the Panorama Gondola to Mt Pilatus today, past meadows carpeted with gorgeous alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. Once you arrive atop Mt Pilatus, you’ll enjoy time to take in the captivating alpine views. Tonight, delight in dinner at Stadtkeller Musik Restaurant, where cow bells, costumes and yodelling will bring your evening to life alongside traditional Swiss fare.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Lucerne, BaselEnjoy a tour of the Richard Wagner Museum followed by a private piano recital on the famous composer’s original piano. Later set out on a cruise over the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Admire the Swiss countryside at its best, and delight in the surrounding idyllic bays and alpine scenery. Board your ship in Basel.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 4: Breisach, Black ForestDisembark in Breisach today and explore the famous Black Forest region. Travel by coach past sky-bound pine and birch trees blanketing the mountainsides to the scenic village of Triberg, once the home to the inventor of Black Forest cherry cake, Josef Keller. Enjoy some time at leisure before travelling to the Black Forest Open Air Museum for a guided tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5: Strasbourg, Freedom of ChoiceStrasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, is situated on the Rhine at the German border. Upon arrival here, choose from three sightseeing options. The first is a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park; the European Parliament; and the lovely ‘La Petite France’ neighbourhood. The second is an excursion to the medieval city of Colmar, located on the Alsatian Wine Route. During a tour here, see half-timbered framed houses, the German-influenced old quarter, the Launch River and more. You’ll also enjoy a wine cellar visit and a wine tasting. The third option is a visit to the historic spa town of Baden-Baden. Wander about the town’s tree-lined avenues, groomed parks and chic boutiques, and perhaps take a dip in its famed thermal pools.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 6: Speyer, Freedom of ChoiceDisembark your ship in Speyer and choose your included activity. Perhaps tour the medieval university city of Heidelberg, or enjoy a tour of Speyer before you explore the expansive Technik Museum. Later, visit the home of local family for a special afternoon tea.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 7: FrankfurtToday, arrive in Frankfurt, Goethe’s hometown and the undisputed financial powerhouse of Germany. Enjoy a guided tour past its soaring skyscrapers and half-timbered medieval houses.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8: Rüdesheim, Freedom of ChoiceToday cruise through the Rhine Gorge on what is known as the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. On arrival in Rüdesheim, ride the Winzerexpress mini-train to your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps tour Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a beautiful collection of automated musical instruments. Alternatively, ride a gondola for wonderful views over the Rhine Valley.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 9: BernkastelArrive at Bernkastel today, located in the middle of the spectacular Moselle wine-producing region. This charming town is overlooked by the ruins of Landshut Castle, and boasts over 500 years of wine history. It features a medieval marketplace, many beautiful half-timbered homes and quaint town squares with fountains dating back centuries. Here you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour, taking in many city sights, followed by a visit to a local vineyard. Here, learn about the renowned wines of the region during a wine tasting with a local vintner.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 10: Remich, Freedom of ChoiceDisembark in Remich today, a small town located in Luxembourg, one of Europe’s last independent duchies. Here, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps take a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city. See the Roman Baths, Trier Cathedral, the Basilica of Constantine and the ancient Porta Nigra gate. Alternatively, embark on an excursion to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg’s capital, and enjoy a guided walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: CochemDock in Cochem today, possibly the prettiest town in the Moselle Valley. Enjoy a walking tour that includes a visit to Cochem Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town and the river below.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 12: Cologne, Freedom of Choice, KoblenzArrive in Cologne and choose your included sightseeing activity. You may like to wander around the city and absorb its spectacular historic architecture. Another option is to join a chocolate-themed walking tour. Afterwards, rejoin your ship and cruise to Koblenz. After dinner on board, perhaps step out for a stroll through the historic streets.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 13: Nijmegen, Freedom of ChoiceArrive in Nijmegen today, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, having been founded by the Romans in the second century. Following breakfast this morning, you may wish to visit the 300 year-old castle and gardens of Het Loo, the former residence of the Dutch Royal Family. Another option is to explore the Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring a large collection of Van Gogh works.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 14: Antwerp, MaastrichtDisembark in Antwerp and enjoy a walking tour through Belgium’s stylish and eclectic city. After, travel by coach to Maastricht, the birthplace of the European Union. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, visiting the city square, Het Vrijthof, and the underground network of Casemates of Maastricht. Then, travel to the 17th-century castle, Château Neercanne, where you’ll enjoy a special Michelin-starred lunch in its restaurant, overlooking the castle’s World Heritage-listed Baroque gardens.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 15: Volendam, AmsterdamExperience a lively flower auction in Amsterdam before cruising to Volendam. On arrival here, embark on a fascinating walking tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 16: Amsterdam, Freedom of ChoiceIn Amsterdam today, you may like to take a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and 16th-century merchant houses. Then wander through Amsterdam’s famed flower market along the banks of the canal. Alternatively, visit the Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. Another option is an excursion to the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans, where you’ll enjoy a cheese-making demonstration and a tasting. Return to your ship and set off along the Rhine River. Tonight, indulge in a Farewell Dinner on board.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 17: Amsterdam, Disembark Ship, ParisAfter breakfast, disembark your ship for the final time. Travel by coach through Belgium and across France to Paris.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 18: ParisFollowing breakfast today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the French capital that includes the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Then take a trip up to the second level of the city’s most iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower, where sweeping views over the city skyline await. This evening, enjoy a meal and a spectacular show at the Moulin Rouge, the iconic Parisian cabaret made famous by the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 19: Paris, Freedom of ChoiceToday, explore a different side of Paris. Perhaps take a culinary walking tour or visit the historic Montmartre. A former bohemian centre, Montmartre attracted impoverished artists such as Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. Here, you can see the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Alternatively, join in with a game of Pétanque, a form of boules. Later, enjoy the rest of the day to discover Paris.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 20: ParisAfter breakfast, your holiday ends with a transfer to the airport.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 28-Feb-2015 to 30-Dec-2015

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Croatia and the Balkan Peninsula - Dubrovnik to Budapest

Europe

Day 1: Arrive DubrovnikBe transferred to your hotel before a Welcome Reception tonight.Day 2: Dubrovnik, Freedom of ChoiceThe story of Dubrovnik’s Golden Age unfolds before your eyes as you tour the main sights of the Old Town. This afternoon, embark on an excursion to Lokrum Island, or take a walking tour along the ancient city walls. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Kotor, BudvaEnjoy a trip today into beautiful Montenegro. Tour the Venetian-influenced port of Kotor, then continue to the popular 3,500 year-old settlement of Budva.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 4: Dubrovnik, MostarTravel across the Croatian border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and on to the city of Mostar. On arrival, learn about Mostar’s history during a guided tour.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 5: SarajevoJourney to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On arrival, embark on a guided sightseeing tour taking you to the sights along the Miljacka River.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 6: Mostar, Split, Freedom of ChoiceTravel to Split and on a guided tour, see the city’s charming harbour as well as the Diocletian’s Palace. You’ll also visit the Old Roman Square, the Cardo Decumanus streets and much more. This evening, choose to dine at your hotel or in a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 7: Split, Plitvice Lakes National ParkDiscover the magic of World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Tour the blue-green lakes, connected by a series of cascades and thundering waterfalls, before a relaxing cruise. Tonight, enjoy a BBQ dinner within Plitvice Lakes National Park.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 8: Plitvice, LjubljanaDeparting Plitvice this morning, you’ll cross the border on the way to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Set out on a sightseeing tour, taking in the graceful Opera House, the University of Ljubljana, the National Theatre and Ljubljana Castle at the city’s centre.This afternoon, enjoy a cruise down the Ljubljana River, accompanied by music and a glass of sparkling wine.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 9: Ljubljana, Lake BledFollowing breakfast this morning, journey through spectacular countryside to the Julian Alps. Visit the glacial Lake Bled and see Bled Castle, located on the lake’s north shore. Later, cruise to Bled Island, the only natural island in Slovenia, and explore its 15th-century church.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 10: Ljubljana, ZagrebFarewell Ljubljana this morning as you head for Zagreb, Croatia’s lovely capital. En route, stop for a special lunch at the World Heritage-listed Otocec Castle and enjoy some time to admire the picture-perfect surrounds.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: ZagrebA tour of Croatia’s capital today includes a visit to the Mirogoy Cemetery. Walk through the Stone Gate and visit the little Chapel of our Lady of the Stone Gate.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 12: Zagreb, BudapestToday travel to Budapest and transfer to your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 13: Depart BudapestYou will be transferred to the airport after breakfast where your tour concludes.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 1: Arrive DubrovnikBe met on arrival in Dubrovnik and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception.Day 2: Dubrovnik, Freedom of ChoiceThis morning, let the story of Dubrovnik’s Golden Age unfold before your eyes as you tour the main sights of the Old Town, including Onofrio’s Fountain, Rector’s Palace and Prijeko Street. You’ll also visit Dubrovnik’s Old Pharmacy. Later this afternoon, perhaps embark on an excursion to Lokrum Island, located just off the coast. Alternatively, take a walking tour along the ancient city walls and delight in the wonderful views. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 3: Kotor, BudvaEnjoy a trip today into Montenegro, a small country that boasts a stunning coastline and mountainous landscapes. Tour the Venetian-influenced port of Kotor, which is surrounded by an impressive city wall. Then continue to the popular 3,500 year-old settlement of Budva, famous for its sandy beaches and Mediterranean architecture. Afterwards, return to Dubrovnik.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 4: Dubrovnik, MostarAfter breakfast, travel across the Croatian border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and on to the city of Mostar, situated on the Neretva River. On arrival, check in to your hotel then learn about Mostar’s fascinating history during a guided sightseeing tour. Afterwards, enjoy dinner.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 5: SarajevoJourney to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Historically famous for its traditional religious diversity, Sarajevo was nearly destroyed during the Bosnian War of the 1990s but has since recovered to become a genuinely welcoming and enthralling city to explore. On arrival here, you’ll embark on a guided sightseeing tour taking you to the sights along the Miljacka River, which runs through the heart of the town.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 6: Mostar, Split, Freedom of ChoiceTravel back into Croatia and on to Split today. On a tour, see Split’s ancient architecture, its harbour and Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. You’ll also visit the Old Roman Square, Peristil, the Cardo Decumanus streets, and more. Tonight, choose to dine at your hotel or in a local restaurant, the Adriatic Graso. Overlooking the sea, this restaurant offers delicious Dalmatian slow-cooked dishes.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 7: Split, Plitvice Lakes National ParkToday discover the magic of World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Tour the blue-green lakes connected by a series of cascades and thundering waterfalls and enjoy a journey by both electric boat and rail. Tonight, enjoy a BBQ dinner within Plitvice Lakes National Park.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 8: Plitvice, LjubljanaDeparting Plitvice this morning, you’ll cross the border on the way to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. This vibrant city is centred around Ljubljana Castle, which is perched atop Castle Hill. On arrival here, enjoy time at leisure.Meals IncludedBreakfastdinnerDay 9: LjubljanaFollowing breakfast this morning, set out on a sightseeing tour of Ljubljana. See the main attractions of the city including the graceful Opera House, the University of Ljubljana and the National Theatre. This afternoon, enjoy a cruise down the Ljubljana River, accompanied by music and a glass of sparkling wine.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 10: Lake Bled, ZagrebVisit the glacial Lake Bled in the Julian Alps after breakfast this morning, and see Bled Castle on the lake’s north shore. Cruise to Bled Island, the only natural island in Slovenia, and explore its 15th-century church. On your way to Zagreb, stop for a special lunch at the World Heritage-listed Otocec Castle, and enjoy its picture-perfect surrounds.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 11: ZagrebA tour of Croatia’s capital today includes a visit to the Mirogoy Cemetery. Walk through the Stone Gate and visit the little Chapel of our Lady of the Stone Gate.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 12: Zagreb, BudapestToday travel to Budapest and transfer to your hotel.Meals IncludedBreakfastDay 13: BudapestAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Meals IncludedBreakfast

DepartingFrom 29-Feb-2016 to 30-Dec-2015

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