The Good Life

 

For over 73 years we've carefully crafted our trips with one goal in mind; to enable our guests to live The Good Life

Each trip is carefully crafted to leave you free to live in the moment and enjoy your vacation without a worry in the world. Have the confidence to explore the real depth of the places you choose, thanks to our Trafalgar highlights that other travelers may never know about or have access to. You can leave the guidebooks at home and experience the real thing without worrying about a thing. Here is just a taste of what you can expect on each and every trip across the globe.

EUROPE & BRITAIN

REAL BRITAIN

Your journey through the lush landscapes of Britain will see you visit mythical Stonehenge, Cardiff and the Lake District, before rambling up Edinburgh's Royal Mile and back to London.

DAYS                : 6 
FROM               :
USD 1,225 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Apr - Dec 2020, Jan - Apr 2021
CITIES & LANDMARKS: Bath, Cardiff, Salisbury, Liverpool, Edinburgh, York, Stratford Upon Avon 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1  

London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff
Experience first-hand what's "great" about Great Britain on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to 'bonnie' Scotland. We kick-start our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to visit Stonehenge's stone monoliths, whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes centre stage during our visit to this famous spa town. Here, we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman Baths, before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an epic adventure through Britain at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel - Mercure Holland House
Included Meals - Welcome Reception

DAY 2 

Cardiff – Ludlow – Liverpool
The half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We journey north through the Shropshire Hills and Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy Scouse streets and perhaps visit The Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played, during your evening at leisure.

Hotel - Mercure Atlantic Tower

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 3  

Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our leisurely drive north to Scotland. Skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy views that inspired literary greats like William Wordsworth. We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where "Blacksmith Priests" would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh - our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Hotel - Holiday Inn
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 4

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' on an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own, or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. This evening, consider attending a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 5 

Edinburgh – Hadrian’s Wall – York
Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Walk along the famous Shambles and view the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening we 'Connect With Locals', joining a family in York for a home-cooked 'Be My Guest' Farewell Dinner and some hearty British hospitality.

Hotel - Novotel Centre

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 6 

York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
Delve into the fascinating story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this evening where our memorable encounter with Britain's icons comes to an end.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Tour prices include: 

5 NIGHTS Accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners (including Be My Guest), ON-TRIP TRANSPORT, All transport shown.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

BEST OF HOLLAND BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

Take a jaunt through Benelux - from castles to flowering fields and Rembrandt to Royal Delft. See the historic fortified city of Maastricht and the gorge of Luxembourg's Alzette and Petrusse rivers.

DAYS                : 10 
FROM               :
USD 2,425.50 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Mar - Oct 2020

CITIES & LANDMARKS:  Amsterdam, Delft, Luxembourg, Bruges, Brussels

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 

Arrive Amsterdam (3 Nights)
Fall in love with the Lowlands, launching your holiday in the magical city of Amsterdam, whose labyrinthine canals and vibrant squares you will have an opportunity to explore on your own. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception cruise, including a light meal and welcome drink. Cruise the city's famous waterways admiring the picture-perfect surrounds and gabled façades.

Hotel - Apollo

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Amsterdam Sightseeing and Free Time
Explore Amsterdam's historic city centre this morning and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum with a 'Local Specialist'. Come face-to-face with such masterpieces as Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch', Van Gogh's self-portrait, and 'The Milkmaid' by Vermeer. Celebrate spring and enjoy an included visit to Keukenhof (subject to season) where you'll stroll through an enchanting wonderland of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths with millions of blooms planted across the 32-hectare site.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 3 

The Hague – Delft and Rotterdam Excursion
Soak up the gezellig Dutch atmosphere this morning, before heading to Delft via The Hague. We 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery workshop and admire the delicate blue and white porcelain that has made this historic town famous. We continue our journey south, arriving in the edgy port city of Rotterdam where we will enjoy an informative orientation tour. Heading back to Amsterdam, consider a leisurely evening in one of the charming pleins lined with cosy cafés.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 4

Amsterdam – Maastricht – Bastogne – Orval – Luxembourg City (2 Nights)
The fortified city of Maastricht, with its beautiful old churches, ancient city walls, and stunning merchant houses, takes centre stage this morning. We spend some time strolling through its town centre before continuing to Bastogne, the site of bloody skirmishes in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. Visit the 12th-century Cistercian Orval Abbey, renowned for being one of the few breweries that produce Trappist beer before journeying to the Duchy of Luxembourg, where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

Hotel - Novotel Kirchberg
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5  

Luxembourg City Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, we pay tribute to Allied Forces hero, General George S. Patton, whose final resting place is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Later, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of Luxembourg City with a 'Local Specialist'. Our route takes us past the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, with its Flemish Renaissance façades, and includes spectacular views of the gorge of the rivers Alzette and Petrusse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the quaint atmosphere of this tiny country or indulge in a coffee while you people-watch in the leafy Place d'Armes - the choice is yours.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 6  

Luxembourg City – Dinant – Bruges (2 Nights)
En route to the enchanting medieval village of Bruges, we stop in Dinant whose famous son, Adolphe Sax, is credited with having invented the saxophone.

Hotel - Golden Tulip de' Medici
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 7  

Bruges Sightseeing and Free Time
Wake up in beautiful Bruges and join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour of the town. Take to the water and enjoy a whimsical sightseeing cruise along the city's wonderful canals lined with Gothic façades. 'Dive Into Culture' next and admire the delicate art of Belgian lace. Spend the rest of the day on your own, immersing yourself in the old-world allure of this town. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals', joining Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 8 

Bruges – Ghent – Brussels (2 Nights)
Delve into centuries of trade heritage in the port city of Ghent, with its picturesque riverine backdrop. See the medieval city's three famous towers - Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral - before continuing to Brussels, a multi-cultural melting pot, which you will have an opportunity to explore after your Travel Director shows you the city's highlights. See the Atomium, designed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. This evening, consider sampling mouth-watering Belgian cuisine washed down with the city's best beers.

Hotel - Sofitel Europe
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 9

Brussels Free Day
Embrace a full free day to explore the Belgian capital as you wish. Stroll past the Royal Palace and through the leafy lanes of Brussels Park or indulge in tasting delicious chocolate. Your Travel Director will assist you to make the most out of your free day at leisure. This evening we celebrate a memorable sojourn through three fascinating countries during a Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 10

Depart Brussels
We bid Belgium a fond adieu this morning as we prepare to close the curtain on a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Please Note: Your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Tour prices include: 

9 NIGHTS Accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners (including Be My Guest), ON-TRIP TRANSPORT, All transport shown.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

BEST OF PORTUGAL

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastel de Belém or two along the way.

DAYS                : 11 
FROM               :
USD 2,047.50 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Apr - Oct 2020

CITIES & LANDMARKS:  Lisbon, PanolasOurique, Portimao, Evora, Viseu, Porto, Mateus, Vila Nova de Gala, Fatima, Tomar, Coimbra, Batalha

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 

Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)
Bem-vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.

Hotel - Turim Marquês/Marriott
Included Meals - Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time
Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 15th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 3 

Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)
We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the golden pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

Hotel - Agua Riverside
Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 4

Algarve Excursion
The dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning coastal drive. Admire spectacular views across Baleeira Beach, before continuing along the coast to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 5  

Algarve Region – Évora
Journeying north, we travel across the Serra do Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

Hotel - M'ar de Ar Muralhas
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6  

Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu
Our first stop today is in the quaint hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its charming white façades, narrow alleys and fascinating Jewish Quarter. Travel north towards the Serra de Estrela mountains and arrive later in Viseu, set high on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, visiting the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking much of the city.

Hotel - Grão Vasco
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 7  

Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)
Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the seaside town where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel - Carrís Ribeira/Neya
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 8 

Porto Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 9

Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima
Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to the Templar city of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. We arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we'll dine in our hotel.

Hotel - Fátima
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon
This morning, we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the pilgrimage site of Fátima, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Hotel - Turim Av Liberdade/Occidental
Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 11

Depart Lisbon
Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Tour prices include: 

10 NIGHTS Accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 4 dinners, ON-TRIP TRANSPORT, All transport shown.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

EUROPEAN WHIRL WITH OBERAMMERGAU WITH EUROSTAR

Count your blessings on this poignant spiritual sojourn to Oberammergau, combined with a European adventure, from Amsterdam and the Rhine to Paris and the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome.

DAYS                : 13 
FROM               :
USD 4,625.00 per person
TIME OF YEAR : May - July, Sep 2020

CITIES & LANDMARKS: London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Heldelberg, Oberammergau, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 

London – Eurostar™ – Brussels – Amsterdam
A brief interlude with the British capital this morning sees us meet our Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International where we will board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels and a luxury coach journey to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of this historic Dutch capital centre before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise on its charming canals.

Hotel - Mercure City
Included Meals - Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland
Driving through the lush landscapes of The Netherlands and Germany, we arrive in Boppard where we board a cruise along the Rhine to St. Goar, passing vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles perched above riverside towns. Arriving in the Baroque city of Heidelberg, we explore its iconic and unexpected highlights before travelling to our Rhineland hotel.

Hotel - Sinsheim
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 

Rhineland – Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance)
Journey to Oberammergau for a Trip Highlight and display of unwavering faith - the Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed every ten years since 1634. Take your premium seats for this poignant performance, witnessing first-hand the covenant that the villagers made with God to spare them from the ravages of the plague and compelled them to honour His grace and mercy. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before returning to your seat for the continuation of the captivating depiction of the life and death of Jesus Christ as night falls.

Hotel - TBA
Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

DAY 4

Oberammergau – Venice (Mestre)
Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains to Venice. Here you will cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace along your journey. 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to a traditional glassblowing workshop, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice.

Hotel - Novotel Mestre Castellana
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 5  

Venice (Mestre) – Rome (2 Nights)
Travel south across the Veneto Plain, passing Bologna and the dramatic Apennine Mountains as well as the green and golden fields of Lazio before reaching Rome, the Eternal City.

Hotel - A. Roma Lifestyle
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 6  

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Our first stop today sees us discover the divine beauty of the Vatican City. We'll visit St. Peter's Basilica with a 'Local Specialist' to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. We continue to ancient Rome to view the iconic Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races centuries ago. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your terms. Sit on the Spanish Steps savouring a tasty gelato, shop up a storm on the trendy Via Corso or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 7  

Rome – Florence Sightseeing
From Rome, we travel north through the rolling countryside of Tuscany and along the Arno valley to the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. We 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch and enjoy true Tuscan hospitality with a local family on their private estate in the Chanti countryside. Delve into the rich Medici heritage of this beautiful medieval city with your 'Local Specialist'. Visit what was once the political hub of the city, Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. View the imposing Duomo with its Brunelleschi dome and Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors filled with relief sculptures. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

Hotel - Hilton Metropole
Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 8 

Florence – Lucerne (2 Nights)
Drive via the scenic Italian Lakes District, across the Alps into beautiful Switzerland, where we'll spend the next two nights in the medieval lakeside city of Lucerne.

Hotel - Grand Europe
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9

Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
This morning, view the mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI. Walk along the flower-lined 14th-century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. We have some time later to discover the best Swiss chocolates in town.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 10

Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
Crossing the border into France this morning, we travel past the picturesque vineyards and country towns of Burgundy en route to the City of Lights. Spend some time this evening strolling along the Seine and grand boulevards in search of a cosy bistro for fine French cuisine or consider an Optional Experience to a colourful Parisian cabaret.

Hotel - Evergreen Laurel
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 11

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour of this romantic city. View the sophisticated Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. Our European Whirl and spiritual interlude almost at its end, we spend the evening with our fellow travellers and Travel Director, enjoying a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 12

Paris – Eurostar™ – London
Transfers are provided to Paris Gare du Nord station, where you’ll board the Eurostar™ train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 20 minutes. On arrival in London, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel - The Tower/Hilton Kensington
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 13

Depart London
Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your holiday.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Tour prices include: 

12 NIGHTS Accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 5 dinners, ON-TRIP TRANSPORT, All transport shown.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

BALKAN ADVENTURE

The Balkans reveal their rare beauty, warm culture and colourful history for all to enjoy. Explore ancient crossroads and delve into the revival of a region once scarred by conflict and communism.

DAYS                : 14 
FROM               :
USD 2,695.50 per person
TIME OF YEAR : Apr - Oct 2020

CITIES & LANDMARKS: Bucharest, Polana Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo,Sofia, Arbanassi, Skopje, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Sarajevo, Mostar, Belgrade

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 

Arrive Bucharest
You'd be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when you explore the Belle-Époque atmosphere of Romania's capital, Bucharest. Your first day will be free to explore the city your way, admiring the elegant boulevards that once hosted high society and an Old City filled with cobbled streets, Baroque architecture and vintage cafés. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Why not toast to new friends with a shot of the local Pálinka to set the tone for your memorable journey?

Hotel - Mercure City Center
Included Meals - Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Bucharest – Sinaia – Braşov (2 Nights)
A full day of sightseeing stretches ahead, beginning in Bucharest where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' to delve into the city's tumultuous history. See the immense Palace of the Parliament, one of the lasting legacies left behind by dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, whose extravagant tastes culminated in the world's second-largest administrative building in stark contrast to the poverty of his people. Venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia and view Peleş Castle, the summer retreat of Romania's first king. Then, continue to Braşov and check in to your hotel in Poiana Braşov ski resort. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of panoramic mountain views.

Hotel - Teleferic Grand
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 

Braşov Sightseeing and Free Time
The highlight of the day is this morning's visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. 'Dive Into Culture' with a 'Local Specialist' and learn about its history as the favourite royal residence of Queen Maria of Romania. Although the connection between the castle and Bram Stoker's famous literary figure are tentative at best, its imposing walls, towering spires and secret passageways may convince you otherwise. Next, we journey to the medieval streets of Braşov. The city once stood at the crossroads of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, forging a melting pot of influences that can be seen to this day. Join a 'Local Specialist' who will reveal the city's trading history and Saxon roots as you walk around Town Hall Square and see the Black Church, so named following the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. Your evening is free to indulge in some of the local Transylvanian favourites, or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 4

Braşov – Veliko Târnovo
Head south, through ancient villages and tranquil landscapes across the Danube River into Bulgaria. Your journey ends in Veliko Târnovo, the 'City of the Tsars' and former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Relax after your scenic drive and join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel. After dinner, resist the urge to retire early and take a stroll through the Old City admiring the Renaissance gems that line its winding streets.

Hotel - Yantra Grand
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5  

Veliko Târnovo – Arbanasi – Sofia (2 Nights)
The fairy-tale façades of Veliko Târnovo exude medieval history around every turn and your 'Local Specialist' will reveal a rich history and culture befitting a former imperial capital. At the heart of the city is Tsarevets Fortress, which you'll have an opportunity to visit as part of your sightseeing tour. Our next stop is the UNESCO-listed town of Arbanasi, renowned for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture and rich spiritual history reflected in the beautiful medieval frescoed churches that can be found here. Visit the Church of the Nativity before we continue to Sofia, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' for an in-depth sightseeing tour of Bulgaria's modern-day capital including views of the golden-domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church.

Hotel - Marinela
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 6  

Sofia Free Day
You'll have a full day to explore this modern city built on Roman ruins. Once a thriving centre for trade and crafts, Sofia's history, culture and architecture have been influenced by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and communists. Settle in to the relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along its elegant boulevards or sit in a park and people-watch. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila in the 10th century. Later this evening, you may wish to get your foot tapping to the flurry of red skirts at a traditional folklore show.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 7  

Sofia – Skopje
Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading centre. See the legacy of the Ottomans in the mosques and bazaars as you join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Local flavours and stories are on the menu tonight as you 'Connect With Locals' for an exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner, perhaps with some of the local rakija on hand to toast to new friends.

Hotel - Holiday Inn
Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 8 

Skopje – Tirana
Leaving Macedonia behind, head to the Albanian capital of Tirana where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' on arrival for a sightseeing tour. Delve into how the city has emerged from decades of communist rule into a vibrant, trendy tourism centre - one where dour grey city blocks have been transformed into a kaleidoscope of colourful façades. You'll view such highlights as the Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Clock Tower before enjoying dinner at your hotel.

Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9

Tirana – Kotor – Budva
Soak up Montenegro's natural beauty as you drive towards Kotor. You'll have some time for lunch on your own and an orientation tour of this fortified town, tucked deep within enchanting fjord-like surrounds. Travel to Budva next where your Travel Director will provide an orientation tour before you have the rest of the day to explore 'Montenegro's Miami' on your own. Head to Stari Grad (the Old Town) surrounded by 15th-century ramparts to explore its labyrinthine lanes and small squares where you could choose to sit back and watch the world go by.

Hotel - Falkensteiner
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 10

Budva – Mostar – Sarajevo (2 Nights)
Leave the shimmering Adriatic coast for Mostar, a multicultural city that has restored itself with enviable verve following the Bosnian War. A 'Local Specialist' will lead you through its colourful cobbled streets and you'll view the Stari Most Ottoman-style bridge reconstructed entirely using traditional methods. Head to Sarajevo next where you'll delve into the rich religious and multicultural heritage that has earned it the nickname, the 'Jerusalem' of Europe. Tonight you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel - Novotel Bristol
Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11

Sarajevo Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' for a guided walking tour of Sarajevo, which will reveal centuries of religious history reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Visit the War Tunnel, an underground tunnel of hope that was built in 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo, allowing war supplies and humanitarian aid to reach the city at the height of the Bosnian War. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Visit the Old Town and trace the Sarajevo Roses, dotted across the city as a stark reminder of that tumultuous time in the city's history. You could choose to join your travel companions for an optional dinner this evening.

Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 12

Sarajevo – Belgrade (2 Nights)
Travel through lush forests, pastures and the Bosnian Mountains into Serbia - a scenic day of driving that will end in Belgrade. The 'White City' has a long history which you'll have an opportunity to explore tomorrow.

Hotel - Mercure Excelsior
Included Meals - Breakfast

DAY 13

Belgrade Sightseeing
Your 'Local Specialist' will share the sights and sounds of Belgrade from an insider's perspective this morning. Delve into its Celtic, Roman, Serbian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian history, then visit Kalemegdan Fortress, the symbol of the Serbian capital and perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires have had a hand in rebuilding the fortress over the past 16 centuries. This evening, we reunite one final time for a rousing Farewell Dinner to reminisce over our shared travel experience.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 14

Depart Belgrade
Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that's left is to say a fond doviđenja as you bid your new friends farewell and take your transfer to the airport. Conditions apply.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Tour prices include: 

13 NIGHTS Accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners (including Be my Guest), ON-TRIP TRANSPORT, All transport shown.

Tour prices exclude: 
International & domestic flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, any other services not specified above.

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