Whether you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone, climbed the Eiffel Tower or island hopped around the Mediterranean, you haven’t discovered Europe like you can with Trafalgar.
Not content with ticking boxes, Trafalgar takes guests deeper into their chosen destination with its newly launched 2014 Europe & Britain program packed with 104 guided holidays and more than 300 unique, insider experiences that will have you living life like a local.
Be Trafalgar’s guest and laugh with chef Libero as we weave our way through the Italian food markets of Florence, sample the best in Scottish hospitality with a traditional family in their 17th century barn on a working hill farm, explore Sarajevo tunnels and hear tales of survival from the Bosnian war from a local expert, and stay in one of Trafalgar’s authentic accommodation venues, a historic Spanish palace formerly the headquarters of Napoleon’s army during the Peninsular War. With four new guided holidays now available, Trafalgar has something for everyone. Travel deep inside a destination with Regionals, cover more ground with Discoveries, take it slow with At Leisure, share time with Family Experiences, follow your passion with a Special Interest-guided holiday and get even better value with CostSaver – all of which are included in the 2014 program.
Secure the best price by taking advantage of Trafalgar’s 10 per cent early payment discount with savings of up to $848 a person for those who book and pay in full by January 15 next year. Trafalgar’s guided holidays include an experienced travel director, local experts, an array of insider experiences and sightseeing highlights, and a surprise hidden treasure.
Details: Your travel agent or Trafalgar, 1300 663 0430 or www.trafalgar.com
Creative Holidays has a fly-and-stay five nights in Fiji at the Outrigger on the Lagoon. On 40 acres (16 hectares) on a calm beachfront on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu Island, the resort has the feel of a traditional Fijian village which is complemented by the hotel’s signature Talai service – traditional butler service with a South Pacific twist. There is a tropical swimming pool, supervised children’s activities, Meimei nanny service, and kids-eat-free program. Guests can escape to the new Vahavu swimming pool and bistro that caters exclusively to adults.
Priced from $1229 (a person, twin share) including flights from Sydney with Fiji Airways, five-nights’ accommodation for the price of four nights. Package is available until October 8 this year for travel from January 11 to 31 March 31 next year.
Details: www.creativeholidays.com.au or 1300 301 711.
The Best Bits of Europe
Be the well-travelled mate among your clique with Contiki’s European Highlights concept trip designed to make you a European guru in just 14 days. Your adventure begins in London or Paris and visits eight countries including France, Monaco, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, and seeing all the popular sights such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Also included is Contiki’s Backstage Pass with an exclusive ‘‘Paris by night sightseeing tour’’ including champagne and escargot, and a special stopover in Contiki’s 16th century French chateau to sample the local wines.
Guests can enjoy savings of up to $200 on bookings made before January 15 next year. Priced from $1936 a person including 13 nights’ accommodation, many meals, experienced and professional tour manager and driver team, sightseeing tours in all major cities, ferry crossings, hotel tips, local taxes and services charges.
Details: www.contiki.com or 1300 CONTIKI.
Camel treks and dining under the stars, royal palaces and tantalising cuisine are just glimpses as to what’s on offer in India. Insight Vacations has partnered with Singapore Airlines to offer red-hot savings on land and air packages to India. Insight Vacations 13 Day Imperial Rajasthan-escorted journey takes guests from Delhi to Udaipur with a host of inclusions such as visits to the Taj Mahal and the home of Mahatma Gandhi, a village safari through rural Rajasthan, lunch at the Laxmi Vilas Palace, a camel trek and dining under the stars at Jaisalmer’s Lakhmana sand dunes.
For a limited time, guests can enjoy savings of up to $600 a couple on bookings make before December 31 this year. Priced from $4275 a person, it includes return economy airfares flying Singapore Airlines, premium accommodation in central locations, luxury coach transport, many meals and services of an experienced tour director.
Details: www.insightvacations.com or 1300 237 886.
Better value in New Zealand
Stop dreaming and start packing as there is no better time than now to start planning that trip to one of the most popular overseas travel destinations for Australians. Take advantage of AAT Kings hot offer on its 21-day Spirit of New Zealand Best Buys-guided tour priced from $5025 a person (twin share, land only) and save up to $200 a couple on select 2013 departures. On this spectacular holiday, you’ll uncover New Zealand’s diverse culture and wondrous scenery as you explore the magical Bay of Islands, visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, discover action-packed Queenstown, and traverse the mountainous terrain of the Southern Alps. Cruise overnight along Milford Sound, get up close to Franz Josef Glacier, relax in the thermal reserve spas of Rotorua, and enjoy a unique cultural experience at a Maori hangi feast and concert.
Price includes comfortable accommodation, some meals, the services of a friendly and professional tour director and driver, travel in the luxurious comfort of an AAT Kings coach and airport transfers. Be quick to secure your spot on this fantastic tour with AAT Kings last minute deal savings only available on October 17, November 14 or December 12 and 26, 2013, departures. Valid for sale until departures are sold out or departed.
Details: www.aatkings.com.au or your travel agent.
From Russia With Love
Be mesmerised by the imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture on Uniworld’s 13-day Imperial Waterways of Russia. Sailing from Moscow to St Petersburg onboard the elegantly appointed River Victoria, guests can take in gilded icons, onion-domed churches, world-class museums housing Fabergé eggs, ballet performances, vodka and caviar.
For a limited time, guests can enjoy savings of up to $1400 a couple on 2014 Russia boutique river cruises when they book and pay in full before November 29 this year. Priced from $6509 a person twin share, price includes 12-night cruise, gratuities, all meals onboard, complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks during dinner, fully guided excursions with local experts, captain’s welcome gala and farewell dinners, exciting onboard evening entertainment, all transfers on arrival and departure days, and services of an experienced Uniworld cruise manager. Departures from May 16 to September 25 next year.
Details: www.uniworldcruises.com.au or 9028 5199.
Bust out the bikini on a Busabout Croatia Sailing trip and be one of the first to enjoy Busabout’s newest fleet option — the Cruise Ensuite. These new steel-hulled vessels have large en suite cabins, flat screen entertainment systems, huge deck space and large galleys, and represent the new Croatian cruising experience. Choose from an eight-day Croatia Island Hopper which departs and ends in Split or take a one-way sail from Split to Dubrovnik or head north from Split to Zadar — both eight days. Visit secluded bays, buzzing coastal towns, pristine lakes and historic towns.
Book by December 20 this year to receive 10 per cent off all 2014 departures. Croatia Island Hopper priced from $899 a person, Split to Dubrovnik priced from $919 a person and Split to Zadar priced from $1279 a person. Cruises depart from May to September next year.