Discover Tuscany from $1,329

Discover Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accommodations in Tuscany
  • 10 meals
  • Visit Michelangelo’s famous statue of David
  • Guided tours per itinerary
  • Enjoy regional wines with every dinner
  • Comfortable touring in luxury coach
  • Personal audio headsets during tours
  • Applicable taxes & fees

 

The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Savor a seven-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David.” Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it.

 

 

 

 

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Day 1: Overnight Flight

Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture…this can only be Tuscany. On this special journey you will enjoy walking tours in Italy’s most charming towns, visit magnificent historic monuments, and sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines.

 

Day 2: Montecatini Terme, Italy – Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, your home for the next seven nights. This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your Tuscan adventure.

Dinner included

 

Day 3: Florence

A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. A local Florentine guide highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including the Academy Gallery* – which houses Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, which is the center of religious life in medieval Florence, you will see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the impressive gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this unparalleled city as you choose.

Breakfast included

 

Day 4: Lucca – Borgo a Mozzano – Gothic Line

Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Offering Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares, Lucca is sure to charm you. Visit the Basilica di San Frediano before stopping to explore the home of well-known composer Giacomo Puccini where you will see the piano on which he composed Turandot. Enjoy some free time for lunch and independent exploration. Afterwards, depart for Borgo a Mozzano and view the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Next, view the Gothic Line – built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers.

Breakfast included

 

Day 5: Siena

Discover charming Siena with a local guide. Embark on a lovely walking tour through its narrow, Gothic streets. Behold stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Your day continues with a special visit to a Tuscan winery for the opportunity to sample a selection of the local wines in one of the Chianti regions that have made Tuscany so well-known. During your visit, learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making Italian olive oil.

Breakfast & Dinner included

 

Day 6: Pisa

Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli (“Field of Miracles”) – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to have your camera handy for a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa so you, too, can take a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic building up!

Breakfast included

 

Day 7: Montecatini Terme

The day is yours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards to visit its nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean.

Breakfast included

 

 

Day 8: San Gimignano

Begin your day with a visit to a cheese factory where you’ll learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made. Then, sample it for yourself during a cheese tasting. Afterwards, travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some famous Italian gelato before visiting some of the town’s great shops. A delightful experience awaits you this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines while overlooking the magical Tuscan countryside.

Breakfast & Dinner included

 

 

Day 9: Montecatini Terme – Tour Ends

Your tour ends today.

Breakfast included

 

Pricing & Departures

Mar 31 – Apr 9, 2016 $2,299
Apr 7 – Apr 16, 2016 $2,149
Apr 21 – Apr 30, 2016 $2,149
Apr 28 – May 7, 2016 $2,149
May 12 – May 20, 201 $1,779
Jun 9 – Jun 17, 2016 $1,779
Aug 30 – Sep 7, 2016 $1,849
Sep 15 – Sep 23, 2016 $1,879
Dec 1 – Dec 9, 2016 $1,329
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  • Land only package
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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9 Day Australian & Tasmanian Discovery Tour – from $2,595

donate-to-cancer2explore the outback in seven days

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers in Tasmania
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Dedicated Tour Director and Driver
  • Additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • 8 Full Breakfasts & 3 Feature Dinners
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined per Itinerary

Spend 9 days & 8 nights exploring some of Australia’s most beautiful National Parks. Visit the wonderful sites of the outback such as Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, West MacDonnell Ranges and Palm Valley on our 7 Day National Park Explorer. On this amazing vacation, you will get to visit the gold mining town of Beaconsfield and take a take a guided tour of the Mine & Heritage Center. You will enjoy canapés and a Welcome Drink at the Design Centre of Tasmania, take a guided tour of the Bridgestowe Lavendar Farm where you will get to sample the unique lavender-inspired fare, explore Freycinet National Park with a local naturalist guide, discover Port Arthur, once Australia’s most notorious convict prison, and take a guided tour through this vivid site. Dine on locally-sourced produce at Customs House Restaurant overlooking Hobart’s stunning waterfront. Sample handmade cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Factory, experiencing some of Tasmania’s finest produce.

 

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Day 1: Arrive Launceston, Beaconsfield

Transfer to your hotel in Launceston, then drive through farmland and vineyards following the Tamar River. Like a Local – visit the gold mining town of Beaconsfield and take a guided tour of the Mine & Heritage Centre. A Taste of Australia – enjoy canapés and a Welcome Drink as you wander through the gallery at the Design Centre of Tasmania, followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Launceston, Best Western Plus. Dinner Included.

 

Day 2: Bridestowe Lavender Farm, East Coast Natureworld, Freycinet National Park, Bicheno

Explore the scenic wine-producing area of northern Tasmania today. Like a Local – at Bridestowe Lavender Farm, enjoy a guided tour of the distillery and sample unique lavender-inspired fare. Traverse Weldborough Pass and stop at East Coast Natureworld to meet a Tasmanian Devil and other native Australian animals. Like a Local – travel into Freycinet National Park where you’ll enjoy a guided walk, then proceed to the town of Bicheno.

Stay: Beachfront Bicheno. Breakfast Included.

 

Day 3: Ross, Richmond, Eaglehawk Neck, Port Arthur

Today you’ll explore some of Tasmania’s quaint inland villages blessed with fine architecture and bridges. Discover Campbell Town and Ross, before continuing south to Richmond, home to the famous Richmond Bridge. Take in the peninsula of Eaglehawk Neck, then continue to Port Arthur.

Stay: Port Arthur, Fox & Hounds Inn. Breakfast Included.

 

Day 4: Port Arthur Historic Site, Hobart

Like a Local – visit Port Arthur, once Australia’s most notorious convict prison. Later, join a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. A Taste of Australia – dine overlooking the waterfront at Customs House Restaurant.

Two Night Stay: Hobart Apartment Hotel. Breakfast & Feature Dinner Included.

 

Day 5: Hobart, Salamanca Market

Set off on a guided tour, taking you to Salamanca Place, Constitution Dock and the harbour area. Later, visit Salamanca Market or perhaps join an optional full-day Bruny Island adventure (own expense). Breakfast Included.

 

Day 6: Hobart, Mt Field National Park, Lake St Clair, Strahan

6 Day (TX6AA) guests conclude their tour in Hobart. Explore Russell Falls, the jewel in the crown of Mt Field National Park, then continue to the pristine World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Travel to the town of Strahan where tonight, you’ll enjoy a buffet dinner at View 42º Restaurant & Bar.

 

Pricing & Departures

Jan 12, 26; Feb 16, 23; Mar 8, 22, 2016 $2,595
Apr 5, 19; May 3, 2016 $2,595

 

*Additional dates & departures out of other US cities available, call a Travel team Agent for details

 

 

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  • Land only package
  • Must book by April 1, 2016
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Prices are subject to availability
  • All airline taxes and fees are included
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • Select Sunday departures & select Saturday returns during Jan 10 – 16, 2016
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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Magical Christmas Markets from $1,399

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 7 days
  • 6 nights accomodations
  • 8 meals
  • Tours per itinerary
magnificent magical christmas markets

Spend the holidays in a magical Christmas Market! Delight in a single hotel stay in the charming town of Innsbruck alive with holiday cheer. Travel through Austria and Germany to explore the history and tastes of this region and to spend time browsing its famous Christmas markets. Join a local guide to discover Innsbruck – you choose either historic or architectural perspectives. Be introduced to the exciting city of Munich on a panoramic tour. Venture by train into the mountains to the charming village of Seefeld to warm yourself with a glass of schnapps and enjoy a traditional horse and buggy ride. Journey to Salzburg for a walking tour with a local expert and a delightful dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. Relish the holiday season that adorns the region in lights, energizes it with activity, and decorates it with huts filled with handmade crafts


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DAY 1, Overnight Flight
Discover the unique charm of Austria and Germany, alive with holiday cheer and adorned with bustling Christkindlesmarkts.

 

DAY 2, Innsbruck, Austria – Tour Begins
Innsbruck – Seefeld – Innsbruck

Arrive in the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains — your home for the next five nights. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Stay at Hotel Innsbruck; Dinner included

DAY 3, Innsbruck – Seefeld- Innsbruck

Today you have a choice of city tours. You may join a local guide to discover Innsbruck’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof.” Or, embark on a tour focusing on the city’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. This afternoon, venture into the mountains to the breathtaking Alpine village of Seefeld. Enjoy stunning views as you travel by train to 3,600 feet above sea level to this charming Tyrolean town. Known as one of the world’s great ski resorts, Seefeld is home to miles of walking trails, lakes, fine shopping, dining possibilities and pure fresh Alpine air. Warm yourself with a glass of schnapps and enjoy a traditional carriage ride before shopping in some of the quaint village stores.
Stay at Hotel Innsbruck; Breakfast included

DAY 4, Innsbruck – Munich, Germany – Innsbruck
This morning you cross the border into Germany while en route to the exciting city of Munich. First you’ll be introduced to its history on a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Then, enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Innsbruck where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Stay at Hotel Innsbruck; Breakfast included

DAY 5, Innsbruck – Salzburg – Innsbruck
Journey through the Austrian countryside to Salzburg, a city filled with beautiful gardens and wondrous architecture. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring the Mirabell Gardens, a filming location for The Sound of Music, and Mozart’s birthplace – the quaint Getreidegasse. Enjoy a free afternoon to mingle with the locals as you explore Salzburg’s Christmas markets featuring local crafts and traditional food and drink. Your day concludes with a delightful dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, located in the historic city center.
Stay at Hotel Innsbruck; Breakfast & Dinner included

DAY 6, Innsbruck – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau, Germany – Innsbruck
Innsbruck – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau, Germany – Innsbruck
Begin your day with a picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy-tale retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. The next stop on your journey is Oberammergau, a picture perfect Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. Have some time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. Conclude your tour with a festive farewell dinner this evening.
Stay at Hotel Innsbruck; Breakfast & Dinner included

DAY 7, Innsbruck – Tour Ends
Innsbruck – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing & Departures

Nov 26, 2016 – Dec 16, 2016 $1,399

Additional departure dates available, contact a Travel Team agent for details.

 

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  • Land only package
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Limited Space is Subject to availability and prior sale
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • Some taxes are not included
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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9 Day Classic Italy Tour from $1,949

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 nights first-class accommodations
  • All transfers
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern, air-conditioned motorcoach
  • English-speaking tour guide
8-DAY TOUR THROUGH ITALY

With multiple days in each place, you’ll have time to explore Venice’s sophisticated tapestry of beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal, Florence’s famous art museums, and see the imperial city of Rome.

This package includes centrally located hotels, daily buffet breakfast, and captivating guided tours in each city that will reveal… Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, with precious art by great 16th century Italian painters and the Bridge of Sighs, the beauty of Florence and Tuscany, the Colosseum in Rome, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

You will also have the chance to taste gastronomic delights and experience alluring side trips including a refreshing jaunt to the Amalfi Coast seaside resorts and romantic Isle of Capri. If you’ve always wanted to visit Italy, this is a terrific travel deal not to be missed!


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DAY 1, Friday – Depart for Italy

Depart for Italy

 

DAY 2, Saturday – Arrive in Rome

Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner. Stay Overnight: Rome.  Dinner included.

 

DAY 3, Sunday – Tour Ancient Rome

The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café for lunch and just people-watch, or savor a cappuccino, indulge in a delectable gelato or try a perfect Italian pizza.

Stay Overnight: Rome. Breakfast included.

 

DAY 4, Monday – Vatican Museum and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel*

Today, visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s incomparable Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade to St. Peter’s Basilica. Stand in awe as you view Michelangelo’s Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion — considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight, dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, then enjoy an illuminated tour of the city.Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM).

Stay Overnight: Rome. Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

DAY 5, Tuesday – Medieval Assisi to Florence

Depart Rome to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi – patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto’s astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight.  Stay Overnight: Florence.  Breakfast included.

 

DAY 6, Wednesday – Tour of Florence, Dinner at a Tuscan Villa

Today’s tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the “Old Bridge”. Florence is indeed the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely villa where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment.

Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. After, complimentary beverages at the museum’s cafe, with its breathtaking views of the city. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues. ** Important: Please note that the Museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers. Stay Overnight: Florence.  Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

DAY 7, Thursday – Pisa Sightseeing En Route to Venice

Depart Florence, traveling through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees, to Pisa where we view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza del Duomo create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, visit a traditional Tuscan farm in the countryside for wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties before continuing to magical Venice for overnight   Overnight: Venice.  Breakfast included.

 

DAY 8, Friday – Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice

The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Afterwards, to St. Mark’s Square where the guided walking tour of this romantic city begins. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, to the pink marble Doge’s Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon’s optional Gondola Ride with music – it’s definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Tonight, join in for a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM). Stay Overnight: Venice.  Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

DAY 9, Saturday – Depart Italy

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Breakfast included.

Pricing & Departures

Apr 1, 2016 $2,199
Apr 8, 15, 22; May 13, 2016 $2,249
May 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 2016 $2,349
Jun 24, 2016 $2,299
Jul 1, 8, 2016 $2,249
Jul 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 2016 $2,049
Aug 19, 2016 $1,949
Sep 2, 9, 2016 $2,299
Sep 16, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 2016 $2,349

Additional departure dates available, ask a Travel Team Agent for details

 

 

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  • Land only package, airfare can be added
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Prices are subject to availability
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
  • UBI-600-307-872-WA

10 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN ONLY HAVE IN NEW ZEALAND

10 EXPERIENCES YOU CAN ONLY HAVE IN NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND. Also known as Aotearoa. Also known as that place that looks like Middle Earth.

Nobody needs convincing that New Zealand is one of the most geographically unique places in the world — the fact that it’s been isolated out in the southwestern Pacific for more than 80 million years should be evidence enough that what you’ll find in New Zealand, you’re not likely to find elsewhere.

And just to prove it: Here are 10 experiences to have in New Zealand that you can’t have anywhere outside the Land of the Long White Cloud.

 

1       Ski an Olympic-sized half pipe…in August

Just northeast of the “adrenaline capital” of Queenstown, the world’s greatest skiers and snowboarders find the only place on Earth to hone their skills in an Olympic-caliber environment during the peak of Northern Hemisphere summer: Cardrona Alpine Resort. This feature pretty much turns the mountain into an impromptu summer camp, as it has the only competition-size half pipe in the world that’s still operational in August.

2     Stand in awe of the waterfalls of Milford Sound

And the Devil’s Punchbowl. And Lake Taupo. And hundreds of other iconic pieces of naturally made magnificence that are simultaneously alien and spectacular to those of us not lucky enough to call the islands home (okay, and probably to locals too).

3       Witness the kiwi bird in the wild

The flightless, slightly sinister / slightly adorable bird is the country’s national icon, and is found nowhere else on Earth. The native Maori used to hunt them for food and use their feathers for ceremonial cloaks (kahu kiwi), but not anymore, as they consider themselves to be the birds’ guardians. And while you’ll be constantly reminded of the kiwi’s importance in New Zealand, taking a trip to Stewart Island or one of their other remaining habitats to witness them emerging at night is like staking out a snow leopard, minus all the deadly predatorial implications. (You can also find them in “kiwi houses” around the islands).

4      Live like you’re in Middle Earth

Probably the most obvious item on this list—Peter Jackson’s trilogy is definitely at least partially responsible for the recent uptick in tourism to the country—but nonetheless impressive and a testament to the country’s astonishing natural scenery. Perhaps the most recognizable is Hobbiton, which can be found in Matamata, a 12,000-person town on the North Island.

5   Seek out some seriously unique thrills

Like, say, zooming on the tallest tree-to-tree flying fox in the world. Or base jumping from the 600ft+ Sky Tower (seen above). In terms of the average country’s adrenaline level, we’d estimate New Zealand’s definitely in the top 3. And given the country’s adventurous pedigree (Sir Edmund Hilary and the inventor of the bungee jump were both Kiwis), it’s hardly surprising.

6    Mountains in the morning, beach in the afternoon

No part of New Zealand is more than 128km from an ocean—which means you can drastically change your climate (and altitude) in the span of a couple hours. Not to mention grab some unbelievable shots of snowcapped peaks looming over some not-quite-tropical-yet-still-incredibly-blue waters.

7       Eat at Fergburger

No, really. Eat at Fergburger. It’s like the In-n-Out Burger of New Zealand, except it’s not a chain, the burgers are twice the size, and it closes at 5am. They’ve got more than 30 different types of burgers—lamb, cod, falafel, and venison burgers included. It used to operate out of a random garage, but now you can find it on Shotover Street in Queenstown.

8    See plants you can’t find anywhere else

About 82% of New Zealand’s plants are endemic—meaning they’re found nowhere outside New Zealand. One of these happens to be the silver fern (seen above)—the country’s national plant (and the logo for the national rugby team, if you couldn’t tell).

9         Watch the world’s most celebrated rugby team

The New Zealand All Blacks. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Maybe you’ve seen them doing the haka—that ceremonial Maori war dance aimed to intimidate the hell out of the opposition. Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, and they’ve won the Tri-Cup—basically the international Super Bowl of rugby (outside of the Rugby World Cup)—12 times out of the 18 times it’s been held. Pretty sure that makes them the alpha dog of the rugby pack.

10    Get outnumbered by sheep

3 million people. 60 million sheep. What that means: At any given moment, you’re outnumbered at a 20-to-1 ovine-to-human ratio. What that also means: In pretty much any given town, you can find some seriously delicious lamb chops.

 

Ready to explore New Zealand? Contact a Travel Team agent today at 1-800-788-0829 for more information or to book your New Zealand trip! Don’t forget we can customize any vacation to suit your needs.

10 Day Bali Yoga & Wellness Journey – from $1,020

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 9 nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private arrival & departure transfers
  • Private transportation & sightseeing
  • Services of English speaking guides
  • Yoga session & 2 hrs massage on Day 2
  • Djamoe class on Day 3
  • Yoga class &  Visit to Tanah Temple on Day 4
  • Yoga session on Day 5
  • Full day tour to Mas Monkey Forest
  • Private readings with the world-famous Ketut Liyer
  • Applicable entrance fees & donations
  • Tax & service charge
 rejuvenate your mind, body & soul on this 10 day wellness tour of bali

The focus of this ten day tour of Bali is wellness. Enjoy yoga sessions while staying in beautiful and unique resorts. Prepare to be immersed into the Balinese culture and history during visits to famous temples, villages, and traditional health practices. Not only will you leave Bali rejuvenated, but you will be armed with more knowledge towards greater wellness, and with a better understanding of the Balinese & Hindu culture.

Participate in yoga sessions amidst stunning natural settings Learn about Djamoe, and its history and uses in ancient treatments Visit the unique Tanah Lot Temple, situated on a rock in coastal waters Explore traditional villages and the Monkey Forrest Readings with the world-famous Ketut Liyer, the Balian featured in Eat, Pray, Love.


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DAY 1 BALI – ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport, your tour guide will be waiting for you at the main gate. After a warm welcome, the guide will take you directly to your hotel for check-in. During the transfer the tour guide will give you some brief information about your hotel, its surrounding and about Bali. Check-in at your hotel and rest of the day is free for your own leisure. Your hotel is located in the Southern part of Bali with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the pristine private beach during your stay at this 5 star beachfront resort. Overnight in Nusa Dua

 

DAY 2 NUSA DUA

This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Take part in a morning yoga session and then relax your mind and your body with a 2 hour, island inspired, massage by the sea. This soothing and comforting massage is based on centuries-old Indonesian traditions. Later today you can choose to participate in some of the optional activities within your resort. This includes the Seawalker, a unique guided underwater tour, guided ocean kayak tours, motorized watersports, beach sports, cooking demos, water aerobics, cultural lessons, bicycles for rent, and much more. Overnight in Nusa Dua

 

DAY 3 NUSA DUA – CANGGU

After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is free at own leisure until the appropriate time to be transfer to next hotel in Canggu. After settling in in Canggu, enjoy a Djamoe class where you will learn about the history and practical uses of this ancient treatment and then have an opportunity to make your own healing creation. Djamoe is a mixture of traditional herbs and spices, which are used for healing and rejuvenation. Djamoe includes some mixtures that are drank and others that are applied to the various parts of the body. The Djamoe itself consists of leafs, roots, flowers and barks of significant trees. Over the course of many generations, the Javanese have conducted informal research through trials and experiences to discover the optimal uses of these herbs and spices. This method is popularly used by the “Keraton” royal family as well as local villagers, as these herbs and spices are consistently found throughout this Indonesian island. Overnight in Canggu

 

DAY 4 CANGGU

This morning, after a relaxing yoga class at the Waroeng Djamoe Spa, pay a visit to the Tanah Lot temple. The name Tanah Lot means “land in the middle of the sea” in Balinese, as the temple is built on a small outcropping of rock in the coastal waters. This intricate temple is one of the most famous in Bali and it is well worth a visit. It is one of seven sea temples that dot the coast of Bali and it is one of Bali’s most photographed attractions. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps head to the spa at your hotel which takes advantage of the unparalleled natural beauty with al fresco treatment areas and features a number of treatments that originate from traditional Balinese techniques including herbal baths and aromatherapies. Overnight in Canggu

 

DAY 5 CANGGU

After a morning yoga session enjoy the remainder of the day to relax at the resort. Learn more about the Balinese culture during optional dance or cooking classes. Or you can enjoy surfing lessons before relaxing at the spa with massage treatments right at your resort. Overnight in Canggu

 

DAY 6 CANGGU – UBUD

After breakfast at your hotel, the rest of the day is free at own leisure until you leave for your next hotel. Your next hotel is located just minutes away from Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. This tranquil hillside retreat in situated high up in the lush green Ayung River valley, in the traditional hill village of Payangan. It blends both contemporary and traditional architecture, and has beautiful private gardens and terraces. Overnight in Ubud

 

DAY 7 UBUD

Set out on a full day of private touring to Mas, the Monkey Forest, and several other villages. Mas is an area famous for woodcarving, and you will have an opportunity to visit the local museums, galleries, and shops there. Carving was actually once an art solely of the Brahman caste and the woodcarving skill is still considered a gift from the gods. The most important gallery here is the Njana Tilem Gallery, founded by the son of Bali’s master woodcarver, Ida Bagus Njana. A few doors down is the Ketut Puja Gallery, founded by his apprentices. Depending on your interests, you may also wish to visit the stone carving town of Batubulan or several of the studios of prominent traditional painters in Batuan. Conclude the day with a visit to the Monkey Forest; as its name suggests it is home to a playful group of monkeys. Though visitors are discouraged from feeding them, the monkeys seem to know that most people can be persuaded to hand over a peanut or other tasty morsel. In the evening, you will see a dance performance at Ubud Palace. Overnight in Ubud

 

DAY 8 UBUD

Breakfast at your hotel then use the day today to relax in your hotel. Today by special arrangement, we have set up readings with the world-famous Ketut Liyer, the Balian featured in Eat, Pray, Love. Ketut will give private readings outside in his family compound, and you can also buy art drawn by Ketut or his granddaughter, or carved by one of his sons. Overnight in Ubud

 

DAY 9 UBUD

Today you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then have the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy the comfortable sun beds at the emerald green infinity pool which appears to float above the valley below. Also take a look at the art gallery at your hotel, which showcases contemporary Indonesian art. Perhaps today you will take an optional tour back into Ubud, to explore more of this arts and crafts hub. Overnight in Ubud

 

DAY 10 DEPARTURE

Today enjoy your breakfast and relax at your resort before you have to leave for the airport. Our airport representative will assist you with check-in and the departure tax payment.

 

Pricing & Departures

 Dec 1, 2015 –  Oct 31, 2016 $1,020
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Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon from $1,159

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 10 days/9 nights
  • 9 nights accommodations (2 nights Guayaquil, 2 nights Cuenca, 1 night Riobamba, 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon), 2 nights Quito)
  • 19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour guide
10-day Kaleidoscope of Ecuador with Andes Mountains & Amazon

On this 10-day tour of Ecuador, Andes Mountains and Amazon, you will tour Guayaquil with views of the city’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower and Rotonda Monument, then continue to the Crystal Palace, an impressive metallic structure, the colorful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill. Travel from Guayaquil to Cuenca, one of the country’s most beautiful cities. From the small town of Alausi, board the world-famous “Devil Nose” train, taking you on a thrilling ride that zigzags up and down steep slopes, through scenic river valleys and along the wall of rock named Nariz del Diablo. Visit the Devil’s Cauldron, one of Ecuador’s most striking waterfalls, then travel to La Punta Ahuano to begin your Amazon adventure. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Amazon as you cross suspended bridges, fly through the jungle on a short zipline basket ride and experience a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft.


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Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in this energetic city with its lovely parks, botanical gardens and historic districts.
Stay 2 nights: Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil

Day 2: Guayaquil City Tour
Begin your tour of Guayaquil at el Parque Centenario, home of the Monument of the Independence Heroes and Seminario Park, a favorite place of bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Then, view the contrasting architecture of the city’s Neo-Gothic Cathedral, Moorish clock tower and Rotonda Monument. Continue to the Crystal Palace, an impressive metallic structure, the colorful Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill, where the city was founded in the 16th century. The afternoon is yours to explore Malecón 2000, the city’s gleaming new riverside development, which incorporates shops, restaurants, a landmark museum, and several of the city’s most famous monuments. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a briefing on the wonderful tour that awaits you in Ecuador. Meet your fellow travelers and share a Welcome Dinner with delicious Ecuadorian food.

Day 3: Chocolate Tasting & Cuenca
Travel today from Guayaquil to Cuenca, one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Along the route, we stop at a Cocoa (Cacao) Plantation for a tour and demonstration of the process that begins after the beans are picked from the cocoa trees. Ecuador is a major producer of cacao worldwide with chocolate as one of their thriving exports. After a rustic country lunch on the farm, and some chocolate tasting, drive along the country roads passing indigenous people in their colorful clothes wearing the customary fedoras. Arrive in Cuenca, set 7000 feet up in the majestic Andes. Enjoy the rest of the day in this enchanting city with its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and plazas adorned with flowers.
Stay 2 nights: Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca

Day 4: Orchid Farm and Colonial Cuenca
Today in the small town of Gualaceo, enjoy a weaving demonstration that will teach about traditional handicrafts. Next, visit an Orchid Farm and meet with one of the orchid growers that produces and exports thousands of orchids annually. Learn about the cultivation process and see the vibrant array of orchids that are raised here. Continue to Colonial Cuenca. The tour begins at the Plaza and Church of San Sebastian, built in the 17th century, with its magnificent carved door. Then, to the Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old House of Temperance, with its contemporary modern paintings and magnificent sculptures. Arrive at the stark white Church of El Carmen de la Asunción, founded in 1682, an important historical building lovingly preserved in its original condition, with its beautiful baroque façade. See the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the Plaza Calderón, considered the most important religious monument in the city. Then, walk along the winding cobblestone lanes to the main square with its stunning architecture accented by wrought-iron balconies, tiny quaint parks and romantic plazas. The center of Cuenca was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Spend the rest of the day at leisure admiring the panorama of the city, or, enjoy the international restaurants, art galleries, and outdoor cafés surrounded by the magnificent architecture.

Day 5: The “Devils Nose” Train” to Riobamba
An adventurous day! Drive from Cuenca to the small town of Alausi. After Lunch at local restaurant, on to the train station to board the world-famous “Devil Nose” train that takes you on a thrilling ride that zigzags up and down steep slopes, through scenic river valleys and along the wall of rock named Nariz del Diablo, the Devil’s Nose. Sit back, enjoy this extraordinary experience and be sure to keep your camera ready to photograph the stunning surrounding landscape. Afterwards, on to Riobamba, an old-fashioned city in the Andean highlands, with wide avenues and tiny shops tucked into imposing 18th and 19th century stone buildings. Tonight, dinner with the tour group at the hotel.
Stay: Hosteria La Andaluza, Riobamba

Day 6: Devil’s Cauldron Waterfall, Amazon Lodge
This morning, a visit to the powerful Devils Cauldron (El Pailon del Diablo) one of Ecuador’s most striking waterfalls, hidden in the Ecuadorian rainforest. After lunch, a fascinating visit to Ahuano, a small riverside Quechua village. Time to meet with a local Quechua Indian family to learn about life and survival in the Amazon. Enjoy the sounds, the serenity and the magnificent foliage as we begin our exploration of the unique Amazon culture. After, we travel to La Punta Ahuano, a tiny port on the north bank of the Napo River, where we board a canoe that takes us to our Lodge* situated on the Napo River. You’ll be able to spot many species of birds along the way. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the lodge.
Stay 2 nights: Casa del Suizo, Amazon

Day 7: Nature Trail Hike, Leisure Time at the Lodge
Arise early this morning for a hike along the riverside nature trail to view the gorgeous flora and fauna up close. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and flowers, insects, and butterflies. The views will be spectacular as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike** a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft takes you slowly along the river’s bend. This afternoon, spend leisure time at the lodge, or, perhaps visit the nearby Butterfly Farm.

Day 8: San Isidro Lodge, Hummingbird Park, Quito
Depart the Amazon this morning by canoe. Then, continue by motor coach to the picturesque San Isidro Lodge, located near the hot springs of Papallacta, a paradise for hummingbird lovers and photographers. Walk along the scenic trails, stopping to see over 14 different species of hummingbirds. After lunch, we head towards Quito, the historic masterpiece in the high Andes, at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Arrive at our hotel in this city aptly called “an urban jewel”, with its priceless treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, get acquainted with the town’s wide choice of world-class restaurants, cafes and shops.
Stay 2 nights: Swissotel Quito

Day 9: Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Monument
Discover Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at Independence Plaza, flanked by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Metropolitan Cultural Center with its exhibits highlighting Ecuadorian culture and rich history. Visit the La Compania Church with its beautiful gilded interior, or, the Monastery of San Francisco***, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive façade and atrium. Continue to the Middle of the World Monument at the Equator, which marks latitude “0”. Here, you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere! After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Quito for leisure time. There is so much to see in this city with its lovely markets, shops, cafes and excellent local cuisine. Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and new-found friends on your last day in Ecuador.

Day 10: Depart for USA
Today transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Pricing & Departures

Jan 17, 2016 $1,249
Jan 31; Feb 14, 2016 $1,159
Mar 13, 2016 $1,249
Apr 10, 24, 2016 $1,199
May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 2016 $1,249
Jul 17, 21, 2016 $1,199
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10 Day Escorted Tour of Prague, Vienna & Budapest – from $1,595

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 9 nights accommodations in 4 & 5 star hotels
  • Airport Transfers
  • 12 meals
  • Touring in a Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • City tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest; additional tours per itinerary
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights
Traverse three enchanting cities

This relaxing look at three historic riverside cities gives you time to get an authentic inside view of their culture and traditions – an alternative to more obvious European capitals. You will be welcomed to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk with a Local Specialists. You will have plenty of leisure time as well, to relax or explore on your own. You will travel south from Prague and visit the site of Napoleon’s headquarters. This tour is packed with insider moments like…sneaking into Vienna’s masterpiece-filled Museum of Fine Arts before it opens to the general public, on an exclusive private visit to admire works by the old masters without any crowds. You will tour in a luxury coach, along with expert guides as you travel throughout these amazing cities.

 

 


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Please note: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1

Day 1: ARRIVE PRAGUE (3 NIGHTS)

Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your travelling companions and Travel Director. Meal(s): Welcome Reception; Hotel International

 

Day 2: PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk with a Local Specialists. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 3: PRAGUE AT LEISURE

Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening, you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theatre show. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 4: PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA (3 NIGHTS)

Travel south from Prague past Brno, which was the site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, you might consider a visit to a Viennese Concert. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast; Hotel: Hilton Danube

 

Day 5: VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty, on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialists. See other sights such as the Parliament Buildings, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city.  Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 6: VIENNA AT LEISURE

Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house.  Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 7: VIENNA – ESZTERGOM – BUDAPEST (3 NIGHTS)

Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the Cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast; Hotel: Marriott Courtyard City Centre

 

Day 8: BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

Your Local Specialists takes you on a fascinating walking tour of old Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. See the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square, featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery.   Meal(s):  Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 9: BUDAPEST AT LEISURE

Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s thermal pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening, celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.   Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

 

Day 10: DEPART BUDAPEST

Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply.  Meal(s:) Buffet Breakfast

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Dec 24, 2015 $1,725
Mar 16; Apr 8, 2016 $1,595

 

 

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  • Prices include all taxes
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All-Inclusive Jamaican Vacation Melia Braco Village from $1,519

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 4 nights hotel accommodations
  • All-Inclusive & hotel transfers
  • Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Perfectly planned & at the lowest rates
Melia Braco Village all inclusive resort with private beaches

Experience the perfect blend of a private colonial villa and the Caribbean sea breeze at the Melia Braco Village, located 45 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Perfect for beachside parties and weddings, Caribbean cocktails and local cuisine, such as the famous Jerk Chicken, are just some of the things you can enjoy when you stay at The Melia Braco Village.

 

The Melia Braco Village located right next to the beach; A small and intimate resort with big luxuries. It has two swimming pools overlooking the sea with a bar and five restaurants offering a wide variety of national and international cuisine. Free internet access throughout the hotel, Kids’ Club for fun and a Spa & Wellness Center for unwinding.

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Customize your own departure dates

Departures from Jun 19 – Dec 22, 2016 4 Nights from $1,519

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Marvels of Costa Rica – from 1,335

A nature lover’s paradise!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 8 nights’ accommodations (including 1 night at an all-inclusive resort)
  • Transfers from the airport to the resort
  • Private ground transportation
  • Airport meet-and-greet
  • 18 meals
  • Guided tours per itinerary

Discover the Marvels of Costa Rica with this 9 day program. Costa Rica, located in Central America, is an isthmus where life seems to have created its roots. You will be amazed with the Arenal Volcano, one of the most active in the world. Experience nature at its best at The Cloud Forest in Monteverde and enjoy the best beaches of Costa Rica in Guanacaste, see the hot springs, relax at the spa, travel to The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, visit the Dry Tropical Forest, and discover some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet! This tour has everything from relaxing on white sandy beaches, exploring tropical rainforests, zip lining, and more! A nature lover’s paradise!

 

 


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Day One – San José Arrival

Meet and Greet at San José International Airport. After you have picked up your luggage and clear customs you will be transferred to your San José Hotel. Tour Guide will review the itinerary and answers any questions or concerns regarding your trip.
Overnight in San José
Includes: Private ground transportation, airport meet and greet, bottle of water and luggage handling.
Superior Hotel Option: Barceló San José Palacio
Deluxe Hotel Option: Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica

Day Two – Transfer to Arenal, Arenal Volcano Hike and the Springs Tour

From San Jose the journey north to Arenal begins, stopping in the famous artisan town of Sarchi. The tour continues through plantations for agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arrival in La Fortuna, for lunch with a view of the volcano. Later, relax in one of the area’s top hot springs or enjoy an optional spa treatment. The night finishes at dinner with a view of the volcano, followed by hotel check-in.
Overnight in Arenal
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, private ground transportation, tour guide, bottle of water and Hot Springs Experience.
Superior Hotel Option: Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Deluxe Hotel Option: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Day Three – Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a humid area considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here one finds a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and caymans. The adventure begins at Los Chiles village, only 4 kms from the Nicaraguan border with a four-hour floating safari through tropical rain forest and pastures.
Overnight in Arenal
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, tour guide, boat ride, lunch and transportation.

Day Four – Transfer to Monteverde

A beautiful ride of approximately 3 hours to Monteverde provides breathtaking views of the northern plains of Costa Rica while your guide shares the importance of each habitat and the history of each town. After check-in, enjoy the area or take an optional tour, such as Canopy Tour, Sky Walk and Sky Trek, Frog Pond or Butterfly Farm.
Overnight in Monteverde
Includes: Breakfast, private ground transportation, tour guide and bottle of water.
Superior Hotel Option: Cloud Forest Lodge
Deluxe Hotel Option: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Day Five – Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour

Experience an expertly guided tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which spans over 25,730 acres. More than 500 species of orchids cling to the limbs of enormous trees, while vines, ferns, mosses and lichens fill every other available space. The Cloud Forest is home to more than 130 species of mammals,400 species of birds, including the beautiful quetzal, 30 species of hummingbirds, 5000 species of moths and 3000 species of plants. A nature lover’s paradise! Afterwards, enjoy lunch and the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax and experience nature at its best. Optional Tours available: Sky Walk, Canopy Tour, Frog Pond and Butterfly Garden.
Overnight in Monteverde
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, private ground transportation, tour guide and bottle of water.

Day Six – Transfer to Guanacaste

After breakfast it is time to travel on to Guanacaste, famous for its beaches and also home of the Dry Tropical Forest. This trip will take approximately 3 hours, with amazing views and many local towns in passing.
Overnight in Guanacaste
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and ground transportation.
Superior Hotel Option: Riu Guanacaste (All-Inclusive)
Deluxe Hotel Option: The Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa (All-Inclusive)

Day Seven – Vida Aventura Nature Park

Vida Aventura is the best selling tour in Guanacaste. It’s the perfect mix of adventure and pleasure in one day. Friends, couples or families, the tour is made for everyone. Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, volcano views, Hot Springs, Mud bath and more! Vida Aventura is located in the Guanacaste Mountain Range so you can enjoy all these exiting activities without the high temperatures and and humid clime of the low lands.
Overnight in Guanacaste
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, private ground transportation, tour guide, bottle of water, horseback riding, zip line, trails and hot pools.

Day Eight – Guanacaste At Leisure

Enjoy Guanacaste at your own pace. Optional tours available: Palo Verde National Park, Liberia City Tour, Nicaragua One Day Tour and Sky Walk Tenorio.
Overnight in Guanacaste
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, private ground transportation and tour guide.

Day Nine – Departure from Liberia Airport

A guide will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to LIR International Airport.
Includes: Breakfast and ground transportation.

 

 

Pricing & Departures

 Departure Date Superior Package Deluxe Package
April 16, 2016 & April 30, 2016 $ 1,335 $ 1,839
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  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale.
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount.
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Practical Australian Travel Tips

Practical Australian Travel Tips

Prepare for your Australian trip with these practical tips. Learn about currency, how to call home, keep safe, shop responsibly and travel with a disability. Then you’re ready to go.

Money

Australia’s currency is Australian Dollars (AUD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates.

Goods and Services Tax

Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on goods bought here if you have spent AUD$300 or more in one store, no more than 30 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.

Shopping

You’ll find large department stores, arcades, malls, gift and souvenir across Australia. Trading hours vary across the country but shops in tourist and city areas are generally open until 6pm, with the exception of late night shopping on either Thursdays or Fridays in different states. In Australia you are covered by Australia’s consumer protection laws which require businesses to treat you fairly.

Tipping and bargaining

Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill. In up market restaurants, it is usual to tip waiters up to ten per cent of the bill for good service. However, tipping is always your choice. It is not custom to bargain in Australia.

Emergency assistance

The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 000.

Surf and water safety

Australia’s popular beaches are usually patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from October to April and red and yellow flags mark the safest area for swimming.

Language

Australia’s official language is English. However, being a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, there is a tremendous diversity of languages and cultures.

Electrical power points

Australia’s electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.

Communication

Australia’s country code is 61. Local calls from public pay phones are untimed and charged at AUD$.050. Mobile, long distance and overseas calls are usually timed. Mobile phone network coverage is available across Australia, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas. Internet access is widely available at internet cafes, accommodation and libraries.

Postal services

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Caribbean Tour thru Mexico, Belize & Guatemala from $1,825

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 6 nights accommodation: 5 nights in twin-share hotels, 1 night Contiki Special Stay experience
  • 1 internal flight & transfer
  • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
  • Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip)
  • Sightseeing tours per itinerary
  • Local taxes & service charge
  • 10 Meals: 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
  • Stay in Tikal National Park
  • Sunset boat cruise
  • See the Belize Barrier Reef
  • 3 World Heritage Sites visited
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus local guides in some destinations
take in the exotic cultures of mexico, belize & guatemala

 

This trip takes you to some of the most exotic cultures of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala; visit beaches, Mayan ruins and spot wildlife. With a 50/50 split of beaches and forests, you’ll be ticking all the boxes across 3 amazing countries. Spend a week snorkeling, zip-lining, sightseeing & making the most of the time you have. Visit 3 World Heritage Sites, see the Belize Barrier Reef, take a Sunset boat cruise, stay in Tikal National Park, Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park, sightseeing tour of Colonial Antgua, and an experienced trip manager, plus local guides in some destinations.

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Day 1:  ARRIVE CANCUN 

Touch down in Cancun, Mexico’s gateway to the Caribbean where sun music and sights await. Meet your tour guide team, then get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.  Dinner included.

 

Day 2:  CANCUN TO CAYE CAULKER 

Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife! Breakfast & dinner included.

 

Day 3:  CAYE CAULKER 

The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, rejoin the crew in the evening for an amazing sunset sail! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.  Breakfast included.

 

 

Day 4:  CAYE CAULKER TO GUATEMALAN RAINFOREST 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we ride a water taxi to Belize City, then it’s an overland journey to the forests of Guatemala’s Peten! We’ll arrive at our awesome Jungle Lodge inside the park late afternoon, where there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on zip lines.   You can also head into the ruins yourself and go exploring, before dinner. Tonight relax as you drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest. Breakfast & dinner included.

 

Day 5:  GUATEMALAN RAINFOREST TO SANTA ELENA (FLORES) 

Rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop Mayan ruins. Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.

Breakfast & dinner included.

Day 6:  SANTA ELENA TO ANTIGUA 

From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones. We get to spend two nights in this stunning town beneath towering volcanoes.

Breakfast included.

 

7  DEPART ANTIGUA

This morning it’s time to say adios to your amigos. So say your goodbyes before heading home, or get out and do some more exploring in Antigua. Breakfast included.


Pricing & Departures

Jan 27, 2016 $1,825 per person
Mar 9, 23, 2016 $1,825 per person
Apr 27, 2016 $1,825 per person
Jun 1, 22, 2016 $1,825 per person
Jul 8, 20, 2016 $1,825 per person
Aug 10, 31, 2016 $1,825 per person
Sep 28, 2016 $1,825 per person
Please call for additional travel dates. Prices are per person based on double occupancy; subject to availability. Prices above include all taxes.
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Experience Peru from $1,499

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 10 days/9 nights
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • All transfers
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
10-day peruvian adventure

This very affordable Peru vacation is a great way to see all the natural beauty that Peru has to offer! Tour Peru’s capital city of Lima, visit the bustling Chinchero market in Cuzco, see the ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley, take a train to Machu Picchu and sample the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine.


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Day 1: Arrive Lima
Depart the USA for Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2: Lima
In the late morning, depart for a tour of Lima. Enjoy the sights of Peru’s capital city with 2000 years of indigenous and colonial heritage before stopping at the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its 17th century architecture and world-renowned library. At approximately 6 pm, meet with your guide for an orientation. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure in the “Gastronomical Capital of the Americas” by exploring Lima’s nightlife or sampling some of its many restaurants.
Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum & Pueblo Libre (PM)
Optional: Dinner at La Dama Juana
Overnight: Lima

Day 3: Fly to Cuzco, visit Chinchero Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to visit the bustling Chinchero market where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. After the tour, enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch, then continue on to Ollantaytambo. During the Incan Empire, this site was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and served as a town and ceremonial center. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas before being transferred to your hotel, balance of the day at leisure.
Optional: Dinner at Hotel
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley

Day 4: Full day in the Sacred Valley
Today, enjoy the full day at leisure in Urubamba. The Sacred Valley is scattered with ancient ruins and once served as the gateway to the jungle. Today it is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru, and is popular for activities such as hiking, kayaking, rafting, horse-back riding, and bathing in thermal baths.
Optional: Full Day Maras and Moray
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley

Day 5: Full day in Machu Picchu
Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station and board the Expedition Train for Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day viewing the ancient citadel before boarding the train for your return to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station in the evening. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Cuzco.
Optional: Upgrade to Vistadome Train available for $76 per person, or Hiram Bingham Train
Overnight: Cuzco

Day 6: Full day in Cuzco
Spend today at leisure in “The Imperial City”. The city of Cuzco is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Take time to sightsee or shop independently. Cuzco is declared the Historical Capital by the Constitution of Peru and hosts nearly 1 million visitors every year. Visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine.
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco

Day 7: Transfer to Puno, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi & Pucara
Early this morning transfer to Puno by bus. On the way, stop in Andahuaylillas, home to the church of San Pedro, considered to be the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas”. Proceed to the Incan archaeological site of Raqchi where the temple of Wiracocha is found. Admire this complex of temple, living quarters, storehouses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths before departing for the artisan town of Pucara, the last stop before continuing on to Puno. A box lunch will be served on the bus. Upon arrival in the evening, transfer to your hotel. Puno is located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 12,421 feet above sea level.
Overnight: Puno

Day 8: Excursion to Uros Islands
Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely man-made structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Return to your hotel later in the day and enjoy the balance at leisure.
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno

Day 9: Fly to Limay
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure.
Optional: Lima by Night
Overnight: Lima

Day 10: Depart for the USA
Your tour ends after breakfast today. Transfer from hotel to the airport for your departure flight.

Pricing & Departures

Dec 16, 2015 $1,499
Dec 20, 23, 25, 30, 2015 $1,599
Dec 27, 28, 2015 $1,649
Jan 3, 11, 17, 25, 31, 2016 $1,499
Feb 8, 14, 22, 28, 2016 $1,499
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  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Limited space is subject to availability and prior sale
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • Some taxes are not included
  • Prices reflect cash discount
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Spanish Wonder Tour – from $1,706

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • City tour in Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights
Embrace Spain’s principal cities: Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Explore every side of Andalusia, including its Moorish twist, and visit the principal Spanish cities of Madrid, Seville and Barcelona – with local experts on every encounter.

This package includes a welcome reception in Madrid and guided tours thougout the cities of Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona. Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Specialist and experience a fiery flamenco show! Take a sightseeing tour of Seville as you take in the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the Cathedral, take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. In Seville you will walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and enjoy a cultural insight experience at a local restaurant. Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city as you enjoy panoramic views during your guided sightseeing tour of the city. Gain a Cultural Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. If you have ever wanted to visit Spain, this is the perfect trip for you.


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Day 1: Arrive in Madrid
Welcome to Madrid! Relax or explore this lively city. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city’s main sights.
Meals: Welcome Reception
Stay: Ayre Gran Colon

Day 2: Toledo Excursion & Madrid Sightseeing
This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Return to Madrid to admire the monument to Cervantes at the Plaza de España, and see Puerta del Sol, the city’s hub with your Local Specialist. Later, why not join your new-found friends for a typical Spanish dinner?
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Stay: Ayre Gran Colon

Day 3: Madrid – Cordoba – Seville (2 nights)
Travel southwards from Madrid, through La Mancha, to Cordoba. Visit the Mosque of the Caliphs and learn about the influence of the Moors from your Local Specialist. Tonight, you might like to take an optional experience to watch a fiery flamenco show.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Stay: Zenit Hotel

Day 4: Seville Sightseeing and free time
Meet your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Seville. View the Bell Tower of the Giralda. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at Christopher Columbus’ ornate tomb in the Cathedral. Finally, take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter. This evening, experience a unique Be My Guest dinner at an authentic ranch with views over the Andalusian countryside.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining
Stay: 2 nights Palazzo Ricasoli Hotel, Florence

Day 5: Seville – Granada
Visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada with a Local Specialist. A fine example of Moorish architecture, it was built during the 14th century towards the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Walk through the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer palace, once linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Stay: Hotel Carmen

Day 6: Granada – Guadix – Valencia
This morning travel via the Mora Pass, and arrive in Guadix in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you can take pictures of the troglodyte dwellings. In Valencia, view the Bull Ring and admire the architecture of the medieval Cathedral and the Serrano and Cuarte Towers. Stop to view the City of Arts and Sciences which is a large-scale urban recreation center for culture and science and designed by Santiago Calatrava. This complex is also featured in the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland. Tonight you will enjoy a Cultural Insight experience at a local restaurant. Learn how the traditional paella dish is made during a cooking demonstration and then enjoy the local cuisine.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine
Stay: Hotel Primus

Day 7: Valencia – Peniscola – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 nights)
Head north along the coast through the Levant region and stop at Peñiscola to view the ancient castle of the ‘Spanish Pope’, used in the film El Cid. Continue along the Costa Dorada to Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city. See Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuïc during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Specialist. Gain a Cultural Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Tonight, consider visiting a Catalan-style restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Stay: Hotel U232

Day 8: Barcelona Free Time
This morning, enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore, or join an optional experience to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight back to the USA.

Day 9: Depart Barcelona
Say ‘adios’ to Spain, your fellow travelers, and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Please note: Your coach returns to Madrid from Barcelona on Day 9. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Madrid will be in Trafalgar Madrid hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 6pm, depending on traffic conditions.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Pricing & Departures

Apr 16 – May 7, 2016 $1,706
May 14  – 28,  2016 $1,778
Jun 4 –  Jul 9, 2016 $1,755
Jul 16 – Aug 27, 2016 $1,706
Sep 3 – 24,  2016 $1,778

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  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
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  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
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Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras from $1,699

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 11 days/10 nights
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Intra-flight Guatemala City-Flores
  • All transfers
  • 16 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
11-Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala and Honduras

On this 11-day tour, visit some of the best locations in these two countries! Tour the Archaeological sites Yaxha and Topoxte, Tikal, launch excursion to San Felipe Castle and Livingston, visit the Mayan site of Quirigua, tour the Archaeological site of Copan, Honduras, visit the market in Chichicastenango and Church of Santo Tomas, tour Santiago, and much more!


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Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala
Upon arrival in Guatemala, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Stay: Barcelo Guatemala City

Day 2: Fly to Flores, Excursion to Yaxha and Topoxte
Early this morning you will be picked up for your flight to Flores. Upon arrival, depart for Yaxha, a pre-Columbian city and ceremonial site for the Maya civilization. Spend the morning exploring the site, which contains over 500 structures, including the only twin-pyramid complex found outside of Tikal. Continue on to Topoxte, an outpost of Yaxha, located on a cluster of 5 islands in Yaxha Lake. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Tikal. Balance of the day at leisure.
Stay 3 Nights: Camino Real, Tikal, Lago de Peten Itza

Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Tikal
This morning travel to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located at the center of the 222-square-mile park. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. Marvel at the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, visiting sites such as the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex, where the Great Pyramid is located, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks, and the Palace of the Nobles. Have the opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. After your tour of the ruins of what was once considered the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Maya, enjoy lunch. Following lunch, return to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Petencito Zoo & Flores
Today, enjoy a trip to the Petencito Zoo, one of the best local displays of the biodiversity indigenous to the area. The Zoo is home to many jaguars, monkeys, macaws, coatis, foxes, and an assortment of other animals. While walking through the exhibits, be sure to notice all the local flora that line the paths. Afterwards, depart for an afternoon in the town of Flores. This town is located on an island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza and is connected to the mainland by a thin causeway. The island is densely populated by colonial style buildings adorned with red roofs, a sign of Mexican influence. Step back in time as you meander through the narrow cobblestone streets amidst these classic buildings while making your way to the center of the island. Atop a small hill at the center of the island lies the historic cathedral and Spanish plaza. Sample some of the local cuisine before departing for your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Launch Excursion to San Felipe Castle
Early this morning, transfer to Rio Dulce and board a launch bound for “Castillo de San Felipe” on Lake Izabal at the entrance to the Rio Dulce. Built circa 1604, the San Felipe Castle was a Spanish colonial fort designed to prevent pirates from entering the lake from the Caribbean. Later, continue on to the town of Livingston, at the mouth of the Rio Dulce. Once Guatemala’s main port on the Caribbean Sea, it is still known today for its cultural mix. From Livingston, travel to your hotel in Puerto Barrios on the Gulf of Honduras.
Stay: Amatique Bay Resort, Puerto Barrios

Day 6: Visit Quirigua en Route to Copan
This morning, following breakfast, set out for Copan. En route, visit the Mayan site of Quirigua, located at the crossroads of several ancient trade routes. Originally built in the image of the Honduran Copan Ruins, Quirigua now lies in ruin, leaving a mere 21 monuments. Ponder the ancient mysteries of this small city before continuing to your hotel in Copan, Honduras.
Stay: Hotel Marina Copan

Day 7: Tour Copan Ruins
After breakfast, depart for a tour of the Copan Ruins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Copan is considered to be one of the most impressive cities of the ancient Maya Civilization. Be amazed by the huge complex, which flourished from the 5th the 9th century AD, and consists of temples and plazas built on multiple levels. Explore the site, consisting of 4,509 structures before continuing on to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.
Stay: Barcelo Guatemala City

Day 8: Market in Chichicastenango, Church of Santo Tomas
Today, depart for Chichicastenango to visit the most picturesque and colorful Indian Market in the country. Hundreds of vendors from the surrounding countryside gather here to sell handicrafts, textiles, candles, food, flowers, and pottery. Spend time browsing the market for unique items that cannot be found elsewhere. Next, move on to the 400-hundred year old Church of Santo Tomas, built on a pre-Columbian temple platform, and witness the captivating religious ceremonies that take place right on the steps. Continue to Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful in the world, with its crystalline-azure waters in the crater bowl below. Atitlán is the ideal place to come in contact with Guatemalan folklore. Twelve Indian villages surround the Lake, and their inhabitants are descendants from the great Quiché, Cackchiquel, and Tzutuhil nations.
Stay 2 Nights: Porta Del Lago, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel

Day 9: Lake Atitlan, Tour of Santiago
This morning, you will board the motor launch to cross Lake Atitlán to the picturesque Indian village of Santiago Atitlán, one of the twelve lake-shore villages surrounding the Lake. Enjoy this bustling Indian community, where weavers work the colorful textiles. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Tour of Antigua
This morning continue on to Antigua Guatemala for a tour of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1543 by the Spaniards, today Antigua is a beautiful blend of ruins, restored colonial buildings, and modern colonial-style buildings. Visit the heart of the city, Central Plaza, surrounded by the Palace of the Captains-General, colonial churches, monasteries, and even a jade factory. Take in the amazing beauty and atmosphere of the city before transferring to Guatemala City in the afternoon.
Stay: Barcelo Guatemala City

Day 11: Depart Guatemala
After breakfast, depart for your departure flight home.

Pricing & Departures

Jan 3,  2016 $1,699
Mar 6, 2016 $1,749
Apr 3, 17; May 29; Jun 26, 2016 $1,699
Jul 3, 2016 $1,749
Aug 14, 2016 $1,699
Sep 18; Oct 16, 30, 2016 $1,699

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  • Some taxes are not included
  • Prices reflect cash discount
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Guided Canyonland Tour & Las Vegas in 8 Days – from $1,796

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 meals
  • All porterage & restaurant gratuities
  • Sightseeing & surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director  & separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges & local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
travel thru the stunning beauty of canyonland & visit las vegas in 1 trip!

Spend 8 days and 7 nights on this guided tour which takes you along magnificent terrain inside America’s impressive canyon country. Explore the incredible natural structures of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon. You’ll enjoy Insider moments like becoming an expert in the Grand Canyon’s history and nature as a geologist reveals the eras behind the multi-layered rainbow-colored rocks. Once the unfathomable vastness and beauty of this natural wonder has been absorbed, your rim-side walk gives you more than most visitors get to experience. Learn about the towering canyon walls by exploring with our expert, who can answer your questions on anything from the people who’ve lived here to the mighty Colorado River below. This tour includes 7 nights first class accommodations. most meals, guided tour director and more! Finally, spend 2 nights in Las Vegas for some fun & playtime, this is the perfect tour that combines it all!


TRIP COMPONENTS

 

Day 1: Arrive in Denver

Welcome to the Mile High City. Nestled between the High Plains and the majestic Rockies, Denver entices visitors and locals alike with sunny blue skies and snowcapped peaks. After settling in at your hotel, head out on your own to take in some of Denver’s attractions. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception; Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown

 

Day 2: Denver – Vail- Moab (2 Nights)

Head toward the mountains this morning as you ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to the resort destination of Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Then it’s on to Moab where, in the late 1940s, the legendary John Ford discovered the area’s rugged beauty and filmed the first of many movies here. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs. If you’re in the mood for more excitement, try a jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado River with a tasty dinner included. Meal(s): Full Breakfast; Hotel: BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

Day 3: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

Today, embark on a journey to explore two National Parks. Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where 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 light play upon the ancient, multi-colored stone. Enjoy the rest of the day to discover on your own. Meal(s): Full Breakfast

 

Day 4: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

Travel south this morning through a mesmerizing landscape dotted with natural arches and rock formations, framed by the jagged Rockies in the distance. Crossing into Colorado, skirt the edge of the San Juan National Forest before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world; then spend some time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilization. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal on the floor of Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast & Regional Meal; Hotel: Goulding’s Lodge

 

Day 5: Monument Valley – Grand Canyon

This morning, after a tour of the Monument Valley floor in an open-air vehicle, wind your way through the ancestral home of the Navajo people, stopping at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. This afternoon, follow scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the stunning panoramic views from the South Rim. This afternoon, meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon and enjoy the chance to examine the multi-colored rocks from different eras of the canyon’s formation. Toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast & Farewell Dinner; Hotel: National Park Lodges

 

Day 6: Grand Canyon – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. Hit the road again, stopping along famed Route 66 hot spots in Seligman and Kingman. Driving through these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. Then, it’s full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas. Meal(s): Full Breakfast; Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas

 

Day 7: Las Vegas Free Time

Today is yours for sightseeing in this entertainment capital. Visit one of the world’s most recognizable sites and one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders with an optional tour of the Hoover Dam. The evening is at leisure for you to take in a show, dine at one of the city’s delectable restaurants, or simply explore the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast

 

Day 8: Depart Las Vegas

This morning, a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or perhaps choose to extend your stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Meal(s): Full Breakfast

 

Pricing & Departures

Apr 24 – May 29,  2016 $1,913
Jun 5 – Sep 4, 2016 $1,935
Sep 11 – Oct 9, 2016 $1,935
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8 Day Paris, Provence & the French Riviera w/ Airfare from $2,319

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Flights New York-Paris, Nice-New York.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris and Avignon
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
featuring cannes, avignon & monte carlo

 

Enjoy a guided tour of Paris, the City of Light, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe and views of the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Latin Quarter and the lively Opera district. Next, enjoy vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable train ride to Provence. Upon arrival in Avignon, view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will sample some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Enjoy an orientation tour of Avignon, then with time at leisure, perhaps explore the streets, gardens and museums of this charming city. Depart for the French Riviera and admire the scenery, which inspired many of the impressionist artists, as you pass by the Abbey of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume and the Mont St. Victoire, en route to elegant Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor, and visit a French perfumery in Grasse. With a full day at leisure in Nice, perhaps soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town.

 

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DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for France
Depart for France
DAY 2, Friday – Arrive in Paris
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for a Welcome Dinner at a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Dinner
DAY 3, Saturday – Paris City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, the City of Light, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4, Sunday – TGV train to Avignon, Pont du Gard
After breakfast, transfer to the Paris train station for your journey to Provence by the high speed TGV train. Enjoy vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, proceed to view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the most ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Next, drive to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will enjoy a sampling of some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Transfer to the hotel in Avignon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the streets, gardens and museums or perhaps shop for local specialties
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5, Monday – Medieval Popes Palace
Today, enjoy an orientation tour of the town, including the famous broken bridge, the lively Place d’Horloge and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most significant medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this charming city, or join the optional tour to St. Remy de Provence & Les Baux. Visit St. Rémy-de-Provence to see the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. Then head for the heart of the Camargue to Arles, where you will see the Roman Arena and the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Trophime. From here, drive north along densely forested slopes to Les Baux – a gorgeous hilltop town in the French countryside. Often labeled “the most beautiful village in France”
Optional: St. Remy de Provence & Les Baux (PM)
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6, Tuesday – Cannes, Nice
After breakfast this morning, depart for the French Riviera. Admire the scenery which inspired so many of the impressionist artists. You will pass by the Abbey of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, and the Mont St. Victoire en route to elegant Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor. Pay a visit to a French perfumery in Grasse before arriving in Nice. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour to Monte Carlo by night. Drive along the dazzling Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco to visit the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera’s most frequented landmarks. Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamour; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood’s most famous actors and actresses. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbor and view the Prince’s Palace, atop the famed “Rock”. Enjoy the lights of the coastline as you return to Nice
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7, Wednesday – Nice
A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town, and Place Massena. Perhaps take a mini-train up to the “Colline du Château” for panoramic views of the city and “Bay of the Angels” or visit one of the museums. This morning you may wish to join the optional tour to St. Paul de Vence. Drive into the pine scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence – a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists – a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. This evening, celebrate your final night in France together with a Farewell Dinner
Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8, Thursday – Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

 


 

 

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Apr 7, 2016 $2,319
Apr 14, 2016 $2,319
Apr 28; May 5, 2016  $2,419
May 19, 2016 $2,859
May 26, 2016 $2,939
Jun 2, 2016 $3,189
Jun 9, 2016 $3,159
Jul 21, 2016 $2,859
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  • International Airfare is Included
  • Additional departure dates & cities available, ask you Travel Team Agent for details.
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • Not included are optional tours and gratuities
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
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Rome & the Amalfi Coast – from $1,899

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 10 Days/ 8 nights accommodations
  • 13 meals
  • Regional wines with every included dinner
  • Guided tours per itinerary
  • Comfortable touring with personal headset
  • Expert guided walk through Pompeii
Discover the Acclaimed Amalfi Coast

Journey through southern Italy and experience its rich scenery, art, culture, food and wine! A guided tour of Classical Rome reveals historic treasures. Witness the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast, discover the ruins of Pompeii, explore the most well-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece while in Paestum, and visit the stunning hilltop village of Ravello. Cruise along the Amalfi Coast with a special stop in Positano, one of the coast’s precious gems. Additional experiences include a visit to an inlaid wood factory, a taste of the local lemon liquor, and tour of a local mozzarella cheese facility.


TRIP COMPONENTS

 

 

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Journey through southern Italy and experience its rich scenery, art, culture, food and wine! Witness the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast, discover the ruins of Pompeii, and explore the most well-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece while in Paestum.

Day 2: Rome, Italy – Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local delicacies and wines. Dinner included. Stay: Mediterraneo Hotel

Day 3: Rome

This morning you may wish to participate in an optional tour to the magnificent treasures of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later, we set out on a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine, followed by an in-depth guided visit to the spectacular Colosseum. Contemporary Rome is highlighted through the legendary Piazza Navona. Breakfast included. Stay: Mediterraneo Hotel

Day 4: Rome – Montecassino – Amalfi Coast

Depart Rome and journey to the Amalfi Coast. En route, ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language. Make a stop at the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino, perched on a mountaintop south of Rome. You’ll discover its rich history while exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel, peaceful courtyards, and fascinating museum. Breakfast & Dinner included. Stay: Hotel Cetus

Day 5: Amalfi Coast – Sorrento – Amalfi – Minori – Amalfi Coast

Begin your day exploring the popular and charming seaside resort town of Sorrento. This afternoon, travel to the delightful town of Amalfi where you have time to explore. Next, continue to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure. Breakfast High included. Stay:  Raito Hotel

Day 6: Amalfi Coast – Paestum – Amalfi Coast

After breakfast, discover one of Italy’s most surprising products during a tour of a local buffalo milk mozzarella factory. Your day continues with a visit to Paestum where a local guide will escort you through some of the best-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece. End your day with dinner at a popular local restaurant. Breakfast & Dinner included. Stay: Raito Hotel

Day 7: Amalfi Coast

Enjoy a day at leisure to take in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast. You may wish to sign up for an optional boat trip (weather permitting) to the wonderful Mediterranean island of Capri, where a local guide will provide an interesting tour of this paradise island. Breakfast included. Stay: Raito Hotel

Day 8: Amalfi Coast – Pompeii – Winery – Amalfi Coast

Today, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site. Stop at a local winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius to savor the famous Lacryma Christo wines and enjoy a typical Neapolitan lunch. Breakfast & Lunch included. Stay: Raito Hotel

Day 9: Amalfi Coast – Naples – Rome

Bid farewell to the Amalfi Coast this morning and proceed to colorful and vibrant Naples. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in the world. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the completion of a marvelous trip to Italy. Breakfast & Dinner included. Stay: Crowne Plaza St Peters Rome

Day 10:  Rome – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with a lifetime of memories of this joyous part of Italy. Breakfast included.

 

Pricing & Departures

May 26 – Sep 1,  2016 $2,599
Sep 3 – Oct 3, 2016 $2,649
Oct 6 – 22 , 2016 $2,599
Jan 26 – Feb 4, 2017 $1,899

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  • Airfare is NOT included
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  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
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Colors of Spain Tour w/ Free Week in Costa Del Sol – from $1,125

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • 9 Days/7 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Professional multilingual tour escort throughout
  • Escorted sightseeing tours with multilingual guide in Madrid, Granada, and Seville
  • Evening Illuminations tour of Madrid
  • Protection and assistance insurance while on tour
  • Travel bag
9 Days & 7 Nights in Madrid, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada & Costa del Sol

 

This exciting and colorfol journey takes you on an adventure through the most popular cities in Spain. Get to know Spain in just nine days on this tour from Madrid to Toledo and Andalusia’s most famous cities: Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol and Granada! You’ll visit beautiful sites like the Great Mosque of Cordoba, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace, the Generalife Gardens and Seville‘s Alcazar, and you’ll hear interesting commentary from your expert guide along the way. Enjoy sightseeing tours of Granada and Toledo and have free time in Seville and Costa del Sol to explore the cities at your leisure.

 

 

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*Free Costa del Sol extension based on 6 night stay in apartment-hotel in the Costa del Sol with the purchase of the Colors of Spain escorted tour, ask a Travel Team Agent for details.

 

Day 1: Depart your home city on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight.

 

Day 2: MADRID
Arrival at Madrid airport. After clearing simple immigration and customs formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. We suggest you take advantage of the free time to get to know one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. In the early evening, enjoy an “Illuminated Madrid” drive through the bustling streets of the old city, ending at the historical and impressive Plaza Mayor. This area is home to some of the most typical restaurants and taverns, which serve the delicious “tapas”. Return to your hotel at your own convenience.

*PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a Tapas Dinner tonight.

 

Day 3: MADRID
Buffet breakfast. This morning’s escorted sightseeing tour will allow you to get a glimpse of some of Madrid’s most outstanding attractions, like the Puerta del Sol, the magnificent fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, the stately Alcala Gate, the busy Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente. Time for lunch on your own.

Highly recommended for this afternoon is an optional tour to the Imperial former capital city of Toledo, where you will be escorted through its narrow cobblestone streets, soaking up the medieval atmosphere. Touring will include the interior of the magnificent Gothic cathedral and a visit to St. Tome Church, where El Greco’s masterpiece painting is displayed. There will also be some time for shopping.

*PREMIUM PACKAGE includes a typical Lunch & the Tour to Toledo.

Return to Madrid for accommodations.
Day 4: MADRID-MERIDA-SEVILLE
Buffet breakfast. Departure through the once-remote region of Extremadura, home to many of the “Conquistadores”. Arrival in ancient Merida. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Roman amphitheatre archeological site before continuing to Seville. Accommodations.

*PREMIUM PACKAGE includes lunch.

 

Day 5: SEVILLE
Buffet breakfast. This morning’s tour of the “Pearl of Andalucia” will explore this gracious city, Spain’s third largest. See the Tower of Gold, the tranquil and extensive Maria Luisa Park, the quaint Santa Cruz Quarter, and finally the huge cathedral (one of the worlds largest) with its Giralda Tower (a former minaret). Time for lunch on your own. (Lunch Included in PREMIUM PACKAGE) The afternoon is free to continue to explore or shop. This evening an optional Flamenco Show is suggested, with the enjoyment of local wine.

*PREMIUM PACKAGE includes Flamenco Show and drink.

 

Day 6: SEVILLE-CORDOBA-GRANADA
Buffet breakfast. Depart to Cordoba. Visit one of the world’s marvels, the former Great Mosque (now a cathedral). Time for lunch on your own. Continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. This evening, an excellent suggestion would be to visit (optional) the quaint and typical Albaicin Quarter for a night view of an illuminated Alhambra and where Andalusian customs, music and wine join to create an enchanting atmosphere.

*PREMIUM PACKAGE includes dinner tonight and Zambra show).

 

Day 7: GRANADA-COSTA DEL SOL
Buffet breakfast. This morning, enjoy an escorted tour of the amazing Moorish palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra and the verdant Gardens of the Generalife. Departure to the world-famous resort area of the Costa del Sol.

 

Day 8: COSTA DEL SOL
Buffet breakfast. Free day to enjoy this vacationer’s paradise. An optional tour is available to exotic Tangier, Morocco.

 

Day 9: En route
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Malaga Airport at the proper time to check-in for your return flight.

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Jan 2, 16, 30, 2016 $1,125
Feb 13, 27; Mar 12, 19, 2016 $1,125
Mar 26: Apr 2, 2016 $1,260
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  • Land only package, International airfare can be added
  • Free Costa del Sol extension based on 6 night stay with the purchase of Colors of Spain tour.
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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Peruvian Legends Tour – from $3,399

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Round trip international flights Miami-Lima, Lima-Miami
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Lima-Arequipa & Cuzco-Lima
  • 13 nights 1st Class accommodations
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 28 meals
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
the perfect south american escape

Get ready for culture, action & adventure on this trip rated as on of the top trips by trip advisor! Fly into Lima and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital. Explore a country of incredible contrasts and astounding treasures. Start your experience by visiting the magnificent historic buildings, museums and pre-Columbian masterpieces. Enjoy festive and traditional Peruvian cuisine, Fly to Arequipa, where you will explore this remarkable colonial city in the desert mountains of the Andes. Visit 16th-century structures; see the dramatic Colca Canyon, reportedly the deepest in the world, visit Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, and more! There is plenty of leisure time to explore on your own or go shopping. This trip offers some of the most spectacular sites and optional excursions where you can explore to your heart’s content. The perfect South American Escape!


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DAY 1, Thursday or Saturday – Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima

 

DAY 2, Friday or Sunday – Lima City Tour
Welcome to Peru, a country of incredible contrasts and astounding treasures. Start your experience by visiting the magnificent Larco Herrara Museum, considered the best museum in Lima, housed in a restored 18th century mansion. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Herrera, the museum holds one of the world’s greatest collections of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. Continue to the colonial center of Lima, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by the conquistador Ferdinand Pizarro. This afternoon there will be a briefing with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey of Peru that awaits you. Tonight, a festive Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Peru
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3, Saturday or Monday – Fly to Arequipa
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Arequipa, the remarkable colonial city in the desert mountains of the Andes, surrounded by three imposing volcanoes. The city’s remote location has allowed its Spanish-based culture to thrive with little outside influence. Superb examples of Spanish colonial architecture can be found throughout the center of the city with some of the ancient houses now completely refurbished, serving as living museums. Spend the rest of the day discovering this delightful city on your own. This evening, a delectable dinner together at the hotel restaurant
Overnight: Hotel Libertador, Arequipa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 4, Sunday or Tuesday – Explore Arequipa & Drive through the Andean Hills to Colca
Awake this morning in this city glowing with sillar, a white volcanic rock used in the construction of most of the buildings. The shimmering stone lends a bright air to the streets, earning the city its nickname of “La Ciudad Blanca,” (the White City.) You’ll visit 16th-century structures in the historic Plaza de Armas including La Iglesia de la Compañía, known for its beautiful wooden altarpieces covered in gold leaf, and the huge Santa Catalina Monastery, beloved for its vividly painted facades, once housing the largest convent in the world. The sight of this gigantic cathedral with its dramatic walls, coupled with the ethereal image of the El Misti volcano rising behind it is indeed a spectacular sight. Walk the lanes of the bustling San Camilo Market, whose stalls overflow with colorful produce, vibrant textiles and unusual local crafts. Have a “taste of Peru” and mingle with farmers who cart in their harvest from the Andean countryside. In the late afternoon, drive to Colca. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Colca Lodge & Spa, Colca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 5, Monday or Wednesday – Discover Colca Canyon
Unforgettable sights lie ahead today! This morning, you will see the dramatic Colca Canyon, reportedly the deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Colca River has carved this geologic wonder over millennia and some of the terraced hillsides are known to pre-date Incan civilization. The Canyon is also home to the extraordinary Andean condor. Although the population of condors is dwindling in South America, at the Colca Canyon you’ll have the rare opportunity to see them soaring gracefully overhead on the rising thermals. The Colca Valley has been known by many different names including The Valley of Wonders, The Valley of Fire and The Territory of the Condor – and now it is acclaimed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. Journey past tiny villages with terraced farmlands on the picturesque drive to the town of Colca and may even glimpse shepherds tending to their alpaca, some descended from indigenous tribes such as the Collagua and Cabana. Upon arrival, settle into your luscious accommodations at the Colca Lodge. There’ll be time to savor the lovely amenities of the lodge and luxuriate in thermo-medicinal baths fed by hot springs. Tonight, turn your gaze upward to a clear and spectacular blanket of stars
Overnight: Colca Lodge & Spa, Colca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 6, Tuesday or Thursday – Visit Sillustani Tombs & Puno
Experience another day surrounded by Andean beauty. The journey takes you past tranquil Lake Lagunillas, home to a variety of birdlife, llama, sheep, and vicuña. Later on the scenic drive to Puno, you stop for a fascinating visit to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs on this site are built above ground in tower-like stone structures, which house the remains of nobles and complete family groups. These chullpas, sometimes more than 35 feet tall, are the vestiges of the Colla people, conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. As you arrive in Puno, your first spectacular view is of pristine Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. At the hotel, enjoy the vistas of the lake from your water view room. Dinner together tonight, after an exhilarating day, at the hotel
Overnight: Libertador Lago Titicaca, Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 7, Wednesday or Friday – Explore Lake Titicaca Villages & Uros Islands
This morning, while other escorted tour companies focus on the lake only, we take time to explore the villages and culture around the shores which help to gain a greater understanding of day-to-day life in rural Peru on our visit to the nearby village of Luquina. You’ll meet a humble Aymara family and learn about their farming methods, local customs, daily struggles and share a specially-prepared farm lunch along with the family. Afterwards, in the afternoon a boat excursion transports you to the fascinating floating Uros Islands where the indigenous people of the area – the Uros – live on tiny islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno; the remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Libertador Lago Titicaca, Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 8, Thursday or Saturday – Visit Raqchi
In the morning, depart Puno and travel to the ruins of the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha in the archaeological complex at Raqchi. This is the largest Inca temple ever discovered, with external adobe walls of over 39 feet, considered one of the holiest sites in the Inca Empire. This temple complex lured worshipers in the thousands and was also used as a fortress and storage facility for weapons. Many compare this enormous site to an Inca version of the Colosseum in Rome. Today, the quiet town of Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. At the end of the day, arrive at your beautiful chalet-style mountain retreat in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 9, Friday or Sunday – Discover Chinchero and Ollantaytambo
Today begin the morning by meeting with children at a local school. Join a demonstration in the village by local women of the ancient art of back-strap weaving; you’ll learn the secret of these intricate techniques and see how the wool is colored with natural dyes. Afterwards, share your observations about the crafts demonstration at a typical Peruvian lunch before restarting the journey. For the last part of your day visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, savor the serenity in the mountain setting of your chalet
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 10, Saturday or Monday – Explore Machu Picchu
Today, discover the crowning achievement of Inca ingenuity. Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham’s re-discovery in 1911. View the unforgettable wonders of this 15th Century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this glorious monument to a lost civilization will be a lifelong memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the evening; transfer to your hotel in the heart of Cuzco for overnight
Overnight: Palacio Del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 11, Sunday or Tuesday – Tour Cuzco
A leisure morning in the “Imperial City” of Cuzco. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. All of Cuzco is right outside your door! With its narrow cobbled streets and dramatic Andean setting, Cuzco is truly a delight for walkers. The tour takes you to the impressive colonial Cathedral of Cuzco, with its collection of over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and to the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha, an important religious site of the Incas. This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Tonight, an exclusive evening! You’re invited to share dinner together with a traditional Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family
Overnight: Palacio Del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 12, Monday or Wednesday – Full Day in Cuzco
Discover Cuzco independently, or, join the optional Cultural Cuzco tour including lunch. Journey outside the city for a stop at Kenko, a holy place (huaca) where sacrifices were held. While here, you’ll gain insight into the workings of a shaman (holy man) and tap your foot to the music and rhythms of a Peruvian panpipe during a private performance. Next, on to the striking hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman, protected by a trio of colossal walls that zigzag alongside each other for more than 1000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Next, understand more about local cuisine during a chef-led cooking class – taste the delectable results of your skills at lunch. Return to the hotel after a visit to the cemetery to learn about local burial traditions and customs. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities
Optional: Cultural Cuzco with lunch
Overnight: Palacio Del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 13, Tuesday or Thursday – Fly to Lima
Return to Lima by flight on your last day in Peru. The afternoon is yours to re-discover some of Lima’s fabulous sights, or shop to your heart’s content for handmade silver jewelry, knits and local crafts. Tonight, enjoy a very special Farewell Dinner at a renowned Lima restaurant in the trendy Miraflores district. Dine on haute cuisine prepared by an internationally trained chef, with magical illuminated views of this adobe ceremonial center built around 500 A.D. during the cultural height of Lima’s history. Share memories, photos and stories of your wonderful journey in Peru with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection, Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 14, Wednesday or Friday – Depart Peru
Transfer to the airport for your international departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing & Departures

Feb 4, 18, 2016 $3,399
Mar 3, 2016 $3,549
Mar 17, 2016 $3,349
Apr 7, 14, 2016 $3,499
Apr 16, 2016 $3,639
Apr 30, 2016 $3,719
May 19,  2016 $3,949
May 21,  2016 $3,729
May 26,  2016 $3,549
Additional departure dates & cities available. Ask a Travel Team agent for details.
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Notes:
  • Airfare is included
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
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8 Day Guided Trailblazer Tour Thru The West – from $1,913

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 meals
  • All porterage & restaurant gratuities
  • Sightseeing & surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director  & separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges & local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
Blaze A trail Thru Natural WONDERS OF THE WEST

This tour takes you thru the natural wonders of the west. You will see canyons, monuments and monoliths from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, see glittering Lake Powell, along with scenic drives in Sedona, Monument Valley, along Desert View Drive and Oak Creek Canyon and travel a portion of Route 66.

You’ll enjoy Insider moments like taking walks through national parks with locals who understand the history, nature and formation of some of America’s most famous landmarks. At Zion National Park, a naturalist guides you through the park and reveals its hidden secrets and stories.  At Lake Powell, we meet a local who takes you deep inside the landscape to talk about the ecology and perhaps even see some desert wildlife. While, in the Grand Canyon, examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon’s formation. If you like, perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. Explore the magnificent mesas and iconic rock formations. Even more spectacular vistas await as you arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell, one of America’s most beautiful lakes.  This Guided tour take you through stunning areas, rock formations, and natural wonders of the world, all without having to use a passport!

 


TRIP COMPONENTS

 

Day 1: ARRIVE LAS VEGAS

Welcome to Las Vegas. Check into your hotel, then enjoy the afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas with a stroll down the Strip. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception; Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas

 

 

Day 2: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Say goodbye to Sin City and depart for Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way, hit the “Mother Road” on historic Route 66, including the famous Kingman and Seligman outposts. Watch the classic motels and restaurants of a simpler time roll by, framed by stunning desert landscapes. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon—you’ll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-colored rocks from different eras of the canyon’s formation. If you like, perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. This evening, gather to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows.

Meal(s):Full Breakfast; Hotel: National Park Lodges

 

Day 3: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – SEDONA

Rise early to catch the first sunlight washing over the canyon. Then, travel south through the fragrant pine groves of the Kaibab National Forest and down Oak Creek Canyon where you can admire the stunning red cliffs amid the pristine forests of ponderosa pines on your way to the artists’ enclave of Sedona, a lovely town situated in the high desert of Arizona. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at your hotel this evening.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast & Dinner; Hotel: Poco Diablo Resort

 

Day 4: SEDONA – MONUMENT VALLEY – LAKE POWELL (2 NIGHTS)

This morning, enjoy some free time, or if adventure is your thing, take part in an optional jeep experience into Red Rock Country. Back on the road, head north and stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe sample some tasty fry bread. Traverse the badlands of the Painted Desert—the rugged landscape changing hour by hour as the sun illuminates the eroded stone of the desert floor. Continue on to striking Monument Valley where you’ll hop aboard an open-air vehicle to explore the magnificent mesas and iconic rock formations. Even more spectacular vistas await as you arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell, one of America’s most beautiful lakes. Enjoy dinner at your hotel among the stunning scenery tonight.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View Rooms)

 

Day 5: LAKE POWELL FREE TIME

The day is yours. Rise early for an adventurous hike or relax in the sun on the shores of this 186-mile (300-kilometre) long lake, formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. Gather some of your travelling companions for an optional raft experience down one of the prettiest sections of the Colorado River or a scenic cruise on the lake, visiting magnificent Antelope Canyon. If you want to hit the water, go kayaking or fish for striped bass and bluegill in one of the lake’s glittering bays. Tonight, meet with a naturalist, your Local Specialist, for a fascinating slideshow about the ecology and survival strategies of the desert wildlife of the Colorado Plateau.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast.

 

Day 6: LAKE POWELL – BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

Continue your journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of hoodoos, those towering limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. From the rim of the amphitheater, gaze down upon thousands of pink, orange and yellow pinnacles, the result of millions of years of erosion. You may even spot one of the park’s bristlecone pines, the world’s longest-living trees.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast; Hotel: BW Plus Grand Hotel

 

Day 7:  ZION NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Join a Local Specialist, and naturalist, from the Zion Canyon Field Institute, for a guided walk and introduction to the flora and fauna of the area. You’ll be amazed by the petrified sandstone formation of Checkerboard Mesa and the otherworldly Zion. The rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Stretch your legs during a stroll along the Virgin River up to the Temple of Sinawava to peek at the start of the Narrows slot canyon or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. Spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that call the park home. Or join a park ranger to learn more about the park on one of the many daily programs. This evening, share your adventures with your travelling companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

 

Day 8: BRYCE & DEPART LAS VEGAS

Head west and travel along one of the most expansive sections of interstate ever constructed as you wind your way through the Virgin River Gorge on your way to the flat expanses of the Mojave Desert and the neon lights of Las Vegas. A transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport and to Tropicana Las Vegas if you’d like to extend your stay.

Meal(s): Full Breakfast

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Apr 24 – May 29,  2016 $1,913
Jun 5 – Sep 4, 2016 $1,935
Sep 11 – Oct 9, 2016 $1,935
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Additional departure dates & cities available; ask a Travel Team Agent for details 1-800-788-0829

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Notes:
  • Airfare is NOT included
  • Other departure dates & cities are available
  • Prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • We have limited space on this package and it is subject to availability and prior sale
  • All package prices are per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Prices reflect cash discount
  • Due to constantly changing policies to baggage restrictions, please check with your airline directly for latest updates and restrictions
  • Information, including prices are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions and change and/or cancel penalties apply
  • UBI-600-307-872-WA