Best of Egypt, 9 Days

Egypt

Day 1 Cairo. Welcome to Cairo You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey. Day 2 Cairo to Luxor to Nile Cruise. Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner. Day 3 Luxo to Edfu. Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the mortuary temple of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut's impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. View the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu. Day 4 Edfu to Kom-Ombo. Visit Egypt's best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo ? little has changed in a thousand years This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party. Day 5 Kom-Ombo to Aswan. Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, all the more breathtaking with the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it. Day 6 Aswan to Cairo. Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later consider an optional experience to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel ? a once in a lifetime opportunity ? where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple's entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan. Day 7 Cairo. Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque's ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun's priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish. Day 8 Cairo. See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx ? the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile. Day 9 Cairo. Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available. Cruise: Itineraries on the Nile may vary occasionally according to seasonal circumstances. Visits to sights and highlights will not be affected. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only on 8 July 2015

9 days
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European Supreme, 29 Days

Europe

HIGHLIGHTS: Amsterdam - Rhine Cruise - Innsbruck - Venice - Vienna - Budapest Day 1 London - Amsterdam (2 Nights). Cross the channel by ferry to France and then on to Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception cruise along the citys scenic canals. Day 2 Amsterdam Orientation and Free Time. Amsterdam boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. During an orientation see the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory, a Cultural Insight, to see the diamond cutters at work. Visit Volendam for a Cultural Insight into the making of wooden clogs and Dutch cheese. Day 3 Amsterdam - Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg - Mannheim. Today travel to Boppard for a cruise along the Rhine. Stop in Heidelberg to view the magnificent castle ruins. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 4 Mannheim - Munich - Innsbruck. See the splendid Marienplatz and Olympic Stadium in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Arrive later at Innsbruck. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 5 Innsbruck - Venice (2 Nights). Your short walking orientation tour includes views of the Golden Roof and St. Jakobs Cathedral. Cross the Alps to Italy via the Brenner Pass en route to Venice ? Queen of the Adriatic. Dine tonight at a local restaurant Day 6 Venice Orientation and Free Time. Cruise to St. Marks Square. See the Bridge of Sighs and the Doges Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight into Venetian glass blowing at a traditional workshop. Day 7 Venice - Vienna (2 Nights). Pass the Austrian Lake District and cross the Styrian Alps en route to the imperial city of Vienna. Day 8 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time. See the Opera, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards, the Hofburg Palace and Stadtpark during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Day 9 Vienna - Budapest (2 Nights). Explore the medieval city of Gyr in Hungary. Traverse the Transdanubia to the capital, Budapest. Day 10 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time. See the Great Synagogue and visit Fishermens Bastion on your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist. Tonight, experience a traditional Hungarian Regional Meal with music. Day 11 Budapest - Belgrade (2 Nights). Cross the Southern Great Plain and visit the city of Szeged famous for its open air plays and the Votive church. Later arrive in Belgrade. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 12 Belgrade Sightseeing and Free Time. See the Belgrade Fortress and the Skadarlija district during your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist. Day 13 Belgrade - Sofia Sightseeing. See the Turkish Fortress in Nis before crossing in to Bulgaria. Arrive later in Sofia, where you guided tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Day 14 Sofia - Kalambaka. Travel into Greece. Enjoy fine views of the Plains of Thessaly en route to magnificent Kalambaka with its cliff-top monasteries. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 15 Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens (4 Nights). See the battle site at Thermopylae. Visit the Temple at Delphi with a Local Specialist on the way to Athens. Day 16 Embark Piraeus - Mykonos. Transfer to Piraeus and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend a few hours discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets. Day 17 Kusadasi - Patmos. Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an optional experience to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an optional experience to the Monastery of St. John. Day 18 Heraklion - Santorini. Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. Day 19 Disembarkation Athens. This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and rejoin the trip. Visit the ancient Acropolis with a Local Specialist. See the Parthenon. Cross the Corinth Canal to Patras for your overnight ferry to Italy. Dine tonight aboard your ship. Day 20 Ancona - Assisi. Arrive in the port of Ancona and enjoy a scenic drive to Assisi. Dine tonight in your hotel. Day 21 Assisi Sightseeing Sorrento. With a Local Specialist see the Basilica dedicated to St. Francis while in Assisi. Pass the War Cemeteries of Monte Cassino before arriving in Sorrento. Day 22 Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome (2 Nights). Enjoy a walking tour of the excavations of Pompeii with your Local Specialist. Later arrive in Rome. Day 23 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time. Visit Michelangelos Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica and the Colosseum with a Local Specialist. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal in the Eternal City. Day 24 Rome - Florence Sightseeing. Travel through the Umbria and Tuscany regions to the Renaissance city of Florence. View Giottos Bell Tower and the Baptistery and visit Piazza della Signoria with your Local Specialist. Day 25 Florence - Engelberg (2 Nights). Travel north into Switzerland with its dramatic mountain landscape. Dine tonight at your hotel. Day 26 Lucerne Orientation and Free Time. See the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. During your free time why not join a mountain experience to complete your Swiss adventure! Day 27 Engelberg - Paris (2 Nights). See the vineyards in the wine-producing Burgundy region en route to Paris. Tonight, you might like to enjoy a world-famous Parisian Cabaret. Day 28 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time. Enjoy an included visit up the Eiffel Tower to the second level with your Local Specialist. Drive along the Champs lyses and see the Place de la Concorde. Tonight, say au revoir to your companions at a Farewell Dinner. Day 29 Paris - London. Leave Paris and travel to Calais. Board a ferry to Dover and then return to London at the end of this incredible holiday of discovery. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: 07 May, 21 May & 24 Sep 2015

29 days
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Rockies Thrills and Glacier Chills, 8 Days

North America

Day 1 Vancouver. Get ready for a thrilling adventure with your family and friends in the eye-popping Coast Mountains and Canadian Rockies, combining spectacular natural wonders with river rafting, canoeing, hiking and more. Check into your hotel and get settled. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a festive Kick-off Party at the hotel. Day 2 Vancouver - Whistler. Start your morning with a city tour of vibrant Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Then, travel the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Hold your breath as you look more than 1,300 feet (395 metres) straight down from the worlds highest and longest gondola ride, the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal at the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre while learning about the indigenous people of British Columbia. Day 3 Whistler - Kamloops. Leave Whistler and the Coast Mountains and continue on to Kamloops and check into your hotel. Day 4 Kamloops - Jasper National Park. Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arriving in Jasper, you and your family will face two thrilling choices either get splashed on a rip-roaring white water rafting adventure on the mighty Athabasca River or take a gentle float trip on calmer waters. Whichever you choose, youll marvel at the magnificent landscapes of Jasper National Park. Tonight, enjoy a fun presentation on the parks wildlife with a Local Expert before feasting on a savoury dinner. Day 5 Jasper National. Spend today rockin the Rockies as you like, or choose from optional outdoor activities. Your family members may take a scenic cruise on the pristine Maligne Lake or if they want to don their hiking boots for a guided alpine walk for oohing and aahing beneath the splendour of Mount Edith Cavell. Theres plenty of time for both! Day 6 Jasper National Park - Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise - Banff. Now that youve done some thrillin, time to start the chillin as you travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and the amazing Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. Ride out on the massive Athabasca Glacier ice sheet aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer and learn amazing facts about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Travel on to Banff National Park for another peak experience. As you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Travel on to the ultimate postcard-setting, Lake Louise, where you can do some chillin on your own maybe paddle a canoe across the emerald clear waters or take a leisurely hike along the shore. Tonight, settle into the welcoming mountain community of Banff. Day 7 Banff - Sightseeing and Free Time. Set out on your own this morning with an optional helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Then, get going with one Rocky Mountain high after another. View beautiful Bow Falls, majestic Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner and Sulphur Mountain. Play a game of what creature do you see as you spot the whimsical hoodoos overlooking Bow Valley. Afterward, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a Meet a Mountie Local Expert presentation. Tonight, join the gang at a Farewell Dinner pizza night with a rousing game of bowling celebrating this high-scoring family experience. Day 8 Banff. Depart Calgary, Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and stop at Calgarys Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Enjoy a discussion with a Local Expert, one of the young athletes in training, and browse the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary if you are extending your stay.

Travel Dates: 18 July - 1 August, 22 August - 19 September 2015

8 days
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Rockies Thrills and Glacier Chills with Calgary Stampede 2015

Canada

Day 1ARRIVE VANCOUVERGet ready for a thrilling adventure with your family and friends in the eye-popping Coast Mountains and Canadian Rockies, combining spectacular natural wonders with river rafting, canoeing, hiking and more. Check into your hotel and get settled. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a festive Kick-off Party.Kick-off PartyDay 2VANCOUVER – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY ‒ WHISTLERStart your morning with a brief city tour of vibrant Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Then, travel the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time before choosing from two options this afternoon: head out on a guided two-hour bike tour through this popular summer outdoor mecca, or visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about two distinctly different First Nations of British Columbia. Then, hold your breath when you look more than 1,300 feet (395 metres) straight down from the world's highest and longest gondola ride, the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This evening, stroll around Whistler Village and enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.Full Breakfast,Regional MealDay 3WHISTLER ‒ KAMLOOPSLeave Whistler and the Coast Mountains and continue on to Kamloops and check into your hotel. Full BreakfastDay 4KAMPLOOPS ‒ JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arriving in Jasper, you and your family will face two thrilling choices—either get splashed on a rip-roaring white water rafting adventure on the mighty Athabasca River or take a gentle float trip on calmer waters. Whichever you choose, you'll marvel at the magnificent landscapes of Jasper National Park.Tonight, enjoy a fun presentation on the park's wildlife with a Local Expert.Full Breakfast,DinnerDay 5JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIMESpend today rockin' the Rockies as you like, or choose from optional outdoor activities. Your family members may take a scenic cruise on the pristine Maligne Lake or if they want to don their hiking boots for a guided alpine walk for "oohing and aahing" beneath the splendour of Mount Edith Cavell. There's plenty of time for both! Full BreakfastDay 6JASPER ‒ ICEFIELDS PARKWAY ‒ LAKE LOUISE ‒ BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)Now that you've done some thrillin', time to start the chillin' as you travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and the amazing Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. Ride out on the massive Athabasca Glacier ice sheet aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer and learn amazing facts about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Travel on to Banff National Park for another peak experience. As you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Travel on to the ultimate postcard-setting, Lake Louise, where you can do some chillin' on your own—maybe paddle your own canoe across the emerald clear waters or take a leisurely hike along the shore. Tonight, settle into the welcoming mountain community of Banff.Full BreakfastDay 7BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIMESet out on your own this morning with an optional helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Then, get going with one Rocky Mountain high after another. View beautiful Bow Falls, majestic Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner and Sulphur Mountain. Play a game of “What creature do you see?” as you spot the whimsical hoodoos overlooking Bow Valley. Afterward, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” A Local Expert presentation. Tonight, join the gang at a Farewell Dinner pizza night with a rousing game of bowling celebrating this high-scoring family experience.Full Breakfast,Farewell DinnerDay 8CALGARY STAMPEDEDepart Banff this morning and you're off to the Calgary Stampede, the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth." Your all-day tickets include reserved seating at rodeo events and admission to the Stampede Park. Tonight, watch the Stampede's amazing Chuckwagon Races. End the day with the Grandstand Show musical extravaganza and fireworks!Full BreakfastDay 9DEPART CALGARYTake your transfer to Calgary International Airport.Full BreakfastSightseeing Highlights Athabasca Glacier Journey over the glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Athabasca River Have a ball on a white-water rafting excursion or gentle float trip. Banff Explore the scenic surroundings of this quaint alpine town. Banff National Park Sightsee inside Canada's oldest National Park. Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains Ride a gondola between the peaks of North America's largest ski area. Cache Creek Experience frontier hospitality at historic Hat Creek Ranch. Icefields Parkway Be astounded by the icefields, glaciers and emerald lakes along this spectacular highway. Jasper National Park Spend two nights inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lake Louise Stroll around, photograph or simply enjoy this emerald lake. Peyto Lake Gaze in awe at this incredible turquoise jewel of the Rockies. Sea-To-Sky Highway Travel this scenic highway from the coast to Whistler. Vancouver Tour this vibrant waterfront city including Stanley Park. Whistler Visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre or take a guided bike ride.

Travel Dates: From 04/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

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Colourful Trails of the Southwest with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2015

United States

Day 1ARRIVE PHOENIX - SCOTTSDALEWelcome to the Valley of the Sun! Check into your hotel, get acquainted and spend some time relaxing. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.Welcome ReceptionDay 2SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARKLeaving behind the Saguaro cacti of the Sonoran desert, ascend into the stunning red rock formations announcing your entrance to the artists' enclave of Sedona. If you like, trade your motorcoach for a rough-and-ready jeep on an optional adventure into Red Rock Country. Get a taste of the old cowboy days where you encounter stunning landscapes. Travel onward and be sure to have your camera ready as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. At the Grand Canyon, meet a Local Expert who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon.Full Breakfast,DinnerDay 3GRAND CANYON – MONUMENT VALLEYRise early for an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon or spend more time in the National Park. You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley—this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with the magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal on the floor of Monument Valley.Full Breakfast,Regional MealDay 4MONUMENT VALLEY – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MOAB (2 NIGHTS)Travel east this morning through a mesmerising desert landscape before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Tour some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Spend some time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilisation. End your day's journey in the outdoor mecca of Moab. Your hotel for the next two nights is a scenic ranch. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs or a Western barbecue dinner at your ranch-style lodge. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try an optional jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado that includes dinner.Full BreakfastDay 5ARCHES NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION AND MOAB FREE TIMEIn magnificent Arches National Park, the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches; wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the morning light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab as you enjoy an afternoon on your own. This evening, venture along the Colorado River for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner at a sand beach along the water. The fading sunlight is framed by towering red sandstone cliffs over your head.Full Breakfast,Be My Guest DiningDay 6MOAB – OURAY – SILVERTON – DURANGODepart America's outdoor recreation capital for the “Switzerland of America.” Friendly Ouray boasts classic Victorian architecture, awe-inspiring views and a homey, small-town vibe. Then it's time to take to the highway—the Million-Dollar Highway, that is—with its priceless views of snow-capped peaks and shimmering alpine lakes. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp that now occupies a spot on the National Registry of Historic Landmark Districts. Stroll the pleasant streets, seeing well-preserved Victorian homes, the pretty city hall and the Grand Imperial Hotel. If you like, take an optional ride from Silverton to Durango on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which operates coal-fired steam engines through the San Juan National Forest. Later on, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.Full BreakfastDay 7DURANGO – TAOS – SANTA FE (2 NIGHTS)Today, head south toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo, an ancient site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years by members of the Native American Pueblo people. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo. Continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, to the colourful artists' mecca of Santa Fe. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights. Your evening is free to visit some of the many galleries, sample some renowned Southwest cuisine or just admire the adobe architecture on the vibrant plaza.Full BreakfastDay 8SANTA FE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIMEEmbark on a private trolley tour to see the sights of Santa Fe and soak up the atmosphere of one of the West's most interesting towns—unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Visit a local artist's studio and learn how this Local Expert captures the Southwest's magical light in his landscapes. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel, Loretto Chapel and St. Francis Cathedral. Perhaps do some shopping at a local gallery, follow in the footsteps of Kit Carson on a walking tour or pamper yourself in one of Santa Fe's elegant spas. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.Full Breakfast,Farewell DinnerDay 9ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTAToday, explore quaint Old Town Albuquerque with a guided walking tour. This evening, witness the breathaking Balloon Glow when the festival balloons light their burners simultaneously under the moonlight before a spectacular fireworks display.Full BreakfastDay 10DEPART ALBUQUERQUEThis morning, gaze in awe as each of the balloons participating in the Balloon Fiesta ascend into the air with a burst of colour and sound. You'll enjoy this once and a lifetime experience in the exclusive Chasers' Club featuring guaranteed private seating, deluxe views of the launch and hot food! Return to your hotel in the afternoon and bid farewell to New Mexico as you board your transfer to Albuquerque International Airport.Full BreakfastSightseeing HighlightsScenic drives through Sedona, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and along Oak Creek Canyon.Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde and Arches National Park, Moab, the quaint Colorado towns of Silverton and Durango, Taos and Santa Fe.

Travel Dates: From 30/09/2015 to 09/10/2015

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Taste of Britain 2015

United Kingdom

Day 1LONDON – CAMBRIDGE – YORK – DARLINGTONEnjoy a scenic drive towards the university city of Cambridge. Explore the cobbled streets and see some of the world famous colleges. On arrival in York, your Travel Director will show you some of the highlights of this city on an orientation walk. View the magnificent Gothic Minster and see the famous street called the Shambles. Dine tonight in your hotel.DinnerDay 2DARLINGTON – EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING – EDINBURGH (PEEBLES)View Hadrian's Wall, a defensive wall built by the Romans in 122 A.D. Cross the border into Bonnie Scotland and arrive in the capital city Edinburgh. The city sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own.Full BreakfastDay 3EDINBURGH (PEEBLES) – LAKE DISTRICT – LIVERPOOL (HAYDOCK)Heading south, stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples married against their parents' wishes. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Windermere as you travel through the Lake District. Stop in the village of Grasmere where the poet, William Wordsworth, lived and wrote his most acclaimed poem, ‘The Daffodils'. This afternoon spend time exploring Liverpool, home city of the ‘Fab Four' before checking into your hotel in nearby Haydock.Full BreakfastDay 4LIVERPOOL (HAYDOCK) – CHESTER – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDONThis morning visit Chester. View the Medieval Walls, the cathedral and the black and white timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the town synonymous with the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Later arrive in London, where your memorable holiday comes to an end.Full BreakfastSightseeing Highlights Cambridge View King's College Chapel Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows' Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament building and the Castle Grasmere Visit the Lake District village of Grasmere, and view the grave of poet William Wordsworth Gretna Green Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754 Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall Liverpool Visit the home city of the Beatles Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls

Travel Dates: From 03/06/2015 to 10/10/2015

4 days
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London Week Ibis Earls Court 2015

London

Day 1SIX NIGHTS IN ENGLAND’S EXCITING AND VIBRANT CAPITAL CITY, LONDONA warm welcome to London, one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world! This flexible package is designed to help you get the most from your visit to London. To assist in getting your bearings, your Local Specialist takes you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Then London is yours! Explore the British Museum, visit the City of London’s business district or the Tower of London. Call in at Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard or a River Thames cruise to Greenwich, home of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and much more. Shopping is just as tempting and varied. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses can be found on Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and many other stylish shops and boutiques. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, the Kings Road in Chelsea and Camden Market. Make the most of your stay by planning a selection of optional experiences. From Windsor Castle to Oxford’s ornate colleges and Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, there are many great attractions to choose from. Trafalgar’s London Week also includes tickets for the Original London Sightseeing 'Hop-on Hop-off' tour plus the added bonus of three free days’ included off-peak travel on the city’s central bus and underground network.Sightseeing Highlights London Half day sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey

Travel Dates: From 23/05/2015 to 06/11/2015

7 days
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Winter in London Ibis Earls Court Winter 20152016

London

Day 1Six Nights in England's Capital Welcome to one of the most exciting cities in the world. As any Londoner will tell you, the city comes into its own during what is traditionally called the off-season − autumn, winter and spring. Fewer tourists will give you more space and time to enjoy the historic sights, galleries and museums that this magnificent capital city has to offer. The best theatre tickets are more readily available, plus you'll have the opportunity to grab some excellent bargains in the pre and post Christmas sales. Trafalgar offers very special prices, making a trip to London essential during the off-season. See some of London's biggest sights during your included half day sightseeing tour with a Local Specialists: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Your tour ends in central London, leaving you free to explore on your own. Consider visiting the British Museum or discover Covent Garden with its street performers, or the Tower of London. Visit Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Don't miss the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a River Thames cruise to Greenwich, home of the Royal Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark. Shopping is world-class in London. Major department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. A host of designer brands adorn Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade. Antiques and curiosities are at Camden Market, Portobello Road and Chelsea's fashionable Kings Road. Don't forget to stop off at Harrods and the boutiques of Knightsbridge. Make the most of your stay with a choice of Optional Experiences available to you. From Windsor Castle to Oxford's ornate colleges and the place of Shakespeare's birth, Stratford-upon-Avon, any number of experiences can be arranged for you. Trafalgar's Winter in London also includes tickets for the Original London Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour plus the added bonus of three days' included free travel on the city's central bus and underground network. Full English breakfast dailySightseeing HighlightsCity tour in LondonSee the rest of London's sights using your 'Hop-On Hop-Off' sightseeing ticket and Bus and Underground passView Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace

Travel Dates: From 01/11/2015 to 06/04/2016

7 days
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London Week Hilton Kensington 2015

London

Day 1SIX NIGHTS IN ENGLAND’S EXCITING AND VIBRANT CAPITAL CITY, LONDONA warm welcome to London, one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world! This flexible package is designed to help you get the most from your visit to London. To assist in getting your bearings, your Local Specialist takes you on an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Then London is yours! Explore the British Museum, visit the City of London’s business district or the Tower of London. Call in at Madame Tussauds or browse through the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard or a River Thames cruise to Greenwich, home of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and much more. Shopping is just as tempting and varied. Department stores line Oxford Street and Regent Street. Famous fashion houses can be found on Bond Street and the Burlington Arcade. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and many other stylish shops and boutiques. Antiques and curiosities can be found on Portobello Road, the Kings Road in Chelsea and Camden Market. Make the most of your stay by planning a selection of optional experiences. From Windsor Castle to Oxford’s ornate colleges and Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, there are many great attractions to choose from. Trafalgar’s London Week also includes tickets for the Original London Sightseeing 'Hop-on Hop-off' tour plus the added bonus of three free days’ included off-peak travel on the city’s central bus and underground network.Sightseeing Highlights London Half day sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey

Travel Dates: From 23/05/2015 to 06/11/2015

7 days
FROM $1,225*
7 days FROM $1,225*

Irish Wonder 2015

Europe

Day 1ARRIVE DUBLIN – SIGHTSEEINGWelcome to Dublin! Relax after check-in. Later, your Local Specialist takes you on a panoramic sightseeing tour, which includes views of Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park. It's a great introduction to your Irish journey!Day 2DUBLIN – BOYLE – KNOCK – SLIGO (2 NIGHTS)View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle, dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock in County Mayo, where the Virgin Mary appeared to villagers in 1879. Dine tonight at your hotel in Sligo.Full Breakfast,DinnerDay 3COUNTY DONEGAL EXCURSION – BELLEEK (NORTHERN IRELAND)Travel through the beautiful County Donegal. See the harbour town of Mullaghmore before heading to the town of Donegal where you see the 15th century castle. Visit traditional weavers in Ardara before heading across the border into Northern Ireland for a visit to the Belleek Pottery centre. Stop at Drumcliffe to view the grave of renowned Irish author, W.B. Yeats before returning to your hotel in Sligo.Full BreakfastDay 4SLIGO – WESTPORT – GALWAY – LIMERICK – SHANNON (NEAR LIMERICK) (2 NIGHTS)This morning, travel via Westport and the beautiful region of Connemara to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the Cathedral, built on the site of the old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square before continuing on to Limerick, the setting for the film ‘Angela's Ashes'. Here your orientation drive includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. Tonight, why not the vibrant city of Limerick or join your Travel Director and companions for a medieval banquet in an Irish castle.Full BreakfastDay 5CLIFFS OF MOHER EXCURSIONThis morning drive to the western coast and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Bring the history of the cliffs to life with a visit the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Return to Shannon for free time exploring on your own or perhaps join your Travel Director for an optional experience to Bunratty Folk Park.Full Breakfast,DinnerDay 6SHANNON – DINGLE PENINSULA – TRALEEEnjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland's most westerly point. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual ‘Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant before arriving at your hotel in Tralee.Full Breakfast,DinnerDay 7TRALEE – BLARNEY – DUBLINVisit Blarney Castle and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'! Arrive later in the capital, Dublin, for the final night of your holiday.Full BreakfastDay 8DEPART DUBLINSay farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable holiday in the Emerald Isle comes to an end.Full BreakfastSightseeing Highlights Belleek Pottery Visit the famous pottery factory Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the gift of the gab Boyle View the Cistercian Abbey Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre County Donegal Visit this picturesque area Dingle Peninsula Enjoy the beautiful countryside along the Dingle peninsula, Ireland's most westerly point Dublin With your Local Specialist see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour Galway View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square Knock Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock Limerick View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle

Travel Dates: From 07/06/2015 to 04/10/2015

8 days
FROM $1,225*
8 days FROM $1,225*

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Well we did not know what to expect as we had never been on this sort of trip before but we heard great things about Trafalgar and they certainly did not disappoint. Wow what a journey. The tour was arranged without a hitch by Yvonne Brooks and when we needed an extra day at the end she organised this for us too.

The tour guide Director Brendon Bush was OUTSTANDING . He was meticulous with his organisation, he went out of his way so many times for us and he looked after anyone who needed help, including the dietary needs of a Coeliac traveller and those who got sick on the trip. I don't think he slept!!

Brendon's history lessons prior to each country, and his little films he had made, enhanced our visit to each country immensely, and our coach driver Rudi was totally the best driver in the whole world. He is a walking talking GPS and drove with such skill we were in awe. The hotels and the meals were fantastic - the Hilton in Vienna with the view of the Danube was wonderful and the old Palace we stayed in at Lucerne was breathtaking. If we had arranged these hotels and paid individually the cost of this holiday would have doubled.

Having never been to most of Europe before, this Interlude trip was full of highlights I had waited my entire life to see. The weather we had in October also was very mild and gorgeous - we even arranged for the snow to fall for the first time in the season on the day we arrived in Switzerland. They had blizzards after we left. And the sun shone in Rome for us , it was 32 degrees, and then 2 days after we departed they had floods. We were so very blessed. I am so glad we did the optional extras too (all of them!!) even though this added another $3,000 to our holiday costs, they transformed a great holiday experience to a magical one. We highly recommend Trafalgar tours. We never had to queue up for anything at all, we felt like royalty!

Katrina, Australia

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The tour was fantastic, it covered all the National Parks I wanted to see and so much more. For me, Trafalgar offer the best level of comfort and activity, and all the included hotels on this trip were just fantastic.

Don our tour guide on this trip was the best guide I've ever had on a tour, he was so experienced and new exactly how to get the most out of the itinerary. Little things like sending our bags ahead of us to our hotel so they were ready in our rooms on arrival on most nights were really helpful. The included meals and optional extras were all great.

I will have so many great memories and photos from this trip, and so many places I know I will want to go back to in the future. Yellowstone for me was the ultimate highlight, so many different sights and experiences in those couple of days. Seeing sunrise over the grand canyon was also a once in a lifetime type experience. The pace of the tour is fast, but it is well worth it to see as much as you do in the 2 weeks. Being able to do the same by yourself in a hire car would be almost impossible. I can definitely recommend this trip, it is one of the best I have done!

Brad, Australia

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Trafalgar tour director and coach driver were very professional and well versed in their trade ensuring that our tour ran like clockwork. Destinations visited were all thoroughly enjoyed and as always there were some we wished we had more time in e.g Oxford, Liverpool and Dublin. A good mix of free time and organised activities ensured time ticked by quickly despite some long days on the coach.

Overall an enjoyable tour which is recommended for those who like hassle free touring and organised activities. The overall enjoyment of the total package was made significantly enhanced by the competent friendly and professional service provided to us by our tour consultant Michelle White from Global Journeys. Thanks again Michelle.

Giulio & Assunta, Australia

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We had a wonderful time; our tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Our driver was excellent, always helpful and polite. As for the tour, we felt that some of the optional excursions should be included into the package. We had to fork out an additional 500 Euros for both of us to join the optional excursions.

We really felt that the night cruise on the river Seine should be part of the package as well as the tour of Versailles palace. Hotels were mostly modern and clean which was much appreciated. However breakfast at Renaissance Hotel in Paris was not up to par considering it is rated 4*. Croissants offered didn't taste fresh, no choice of bread just some cut up baguette. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and made some good friends with our fellow travellers.

Peng, Australia

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I had a great holiday the hotels & inclusions far surpassed my expectations. Travelling alone can be daunting but at all times I felt included with the group. I did not have too many expectations of any particular city but I loved Washington, the monuments, buildings & gardens were fantastic. I find myself thinking about the Amish way of life & will continue to do so for some time so they have made a lasting impression.

Toronto to me was just another big city but I loved Quebec, it was like a little part of Europe. The included dinners were all special & appreciated in their own way. I went on the Night tour in Washington, the Toronto night cruise, the tour of the vineyard & dinner in Quebec & the tour of Harvard & consider them all to be of excellent value.

I consider that our guide Diego played a large part in me having such a good holiday for he was kind & considerate to all members of the group at the same time being informative & at times funny. Bill our driver was lovely & we all felt safe & secure in his hands. Trafalgar will definitely be included when I next look for a holiday.

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