Often, the most captivating destination is the one that is just that little bit harder to reach. A place unknown to most travellers, or at the very least, a place you can discover and experience with fewer crowds.
While getting off the beaten track generally doesn't come to mind with a guided holiday, Trafalgar has designed a collection of specially selected itineraries. Their Hidden Journeys reveal destinations across the globe better than ever before.
These exclusive itineraries feature harder-to-reach cities and towns, with intimate group sizes of up to 26 people. A smaller travelling party means you'll delve deeper into each destination so your experience becomes richer and more personal to you.
Of course, a Hidden Journey would be incomplete without Trafalgar's Insider Experiences. These signature inclusions reveal unique people, places and traditions you wouldn't normally be able to access on your own. From the untamed beauty and vivacious traditions of South America to Europe's gastronomic spoils and history laden cities, Trafalgar and its local networks unearth it all.
Just imagine waking up in an 18th century water mill that overlooks the World Heritage-listed town of Albi in France, or a relaxing evening in the beautiful Dilek Kaya Hotel, a property designed to seamlessly blend into the craggy rock formations of Cappadocia in Turkey.
These are just two examples of the Authentic Accommodation that await on one of the new Hidden Journeys. What's more, you also get a tasty insight into culinary landscapes.
Food is just that little bit more pleasurable when it has been shared by someone with a story to tell. Be My Guest experiences take you away from the tourist traps and into the homes of local families.
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The Secrets of Italy guided holiday showcases Italy’s Piedmont region. Along with visiting Europe's largest open air food market in Turin, you'll uncover the secrets of Asti, a town synonymous with sparkling wine, as you join a family on their wine estate famous for its Spumante and Barbera d’Asti wines, for a beautiful Be My Guest lunch.
But seeing the sights and sampling local flavours often isn't enough. It's the people you meet who really bring cultures to life.
On each guided holiday, Trafalgar will introduce you to historians, artists and craftsmen, who'll happily share their stories and skills. For instance, if you find yourself on the Newfoundland and Labrador trip in Canada, a Local Specialist will delight you with the story behind Signal Hill, the site where Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless signal was recorded.
But no matter which Hidden Journey you choose, one thing's for certain; your guided holiday will be rich with unique adventures, enlivened by local characters and most importantly, hassle free the entire way.