Enjoy a lunch made of fresh, local ingredients while taking in the views of abundant wildlife and magnificent glaciers. Full payment for Land and Cruise is required 80 days prior to departure. Single and triple cruise staterooms are on request basis only. Stop at a local sports fishing hatchery where over 6 million sport fish are hatched every year.
Your Local Specialist will explain this complex process and its positive. See Terms and Conditions for details. FB, L, D. FB Airport arrival will be at approximately a. Stops will be made at Anchorage International Airport and the Anchorage Marriott Downtown for guests extending their stay. After arriving in Anchorage, the evening is all yours. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you can walk along wooded paths past indigenous villages and meet with natives from different parts of the state.
After some free time, join your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner and toast to your Alaskan adventure. Travel by ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island and visit a family-owned working farm and taste a freshly prepared farm to table meal at a Be My Guest lunch on the property. Later, take a tour of Victoria. The rest of the day is at leisure in Jasper. The rest of the day is free before dinner at the hotel. Guaranteed Room Share is not available on cruise and train.
Single and Triple Cruise Staterooms: On a request basis only. Includes hotel stay in Kamloops and a transfer to airport on Day 10 where airport arrival will be between p. FB, L, D 7. FB, WR. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of your holiday with newfound friends. Snowcapped peaks and cobalt lakes dot this Canadian adventure from the laid-back lifestyle of Vancouver to the dramatic wilderness of the Rockies.
Travel by ferry and visit a family-owned ciderhouse for a tasting before arriving in Victoria. Then, climb aboard an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in Jasper National Park before enjoying a Farewell Dinner. Includes hotel stay in Kamloops, rail taxes, rail personal gratuities and a transfer to the airport on Day FB, D.
Enjoy a free afternoon before joining your hosts at the Boundry Ranch for a scenic Be My Guest dinner. Then, stroll the ancestral grounds of the Shuswap people and view a traditional kekuli winter home built by the First Nations people. A Suspension Bridge Park. Tonight, enjoy dinner. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour before an included your choice dinner with a 13 Depart Vancouver Transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to selection of restaurants to choose from.
Return to the mainland and drive f More about your trip the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Next, meet another Local Single and Triple cruise staterooms are on a Specialist, a First Nations ambassador at the request basis only. Continue toward the ski resort of Kamloops for an evening to do as you please. Arrive at your mountain resort in Banff National Park. Then, embark on a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake seasonal. Stop at Spirit Island before returning to Jasper for free time.
A tale of two colonial powers, a tradition of welcoming all. The afternoon is yours to explore the city. Tonight, toast your Eastern Canada adventure at a Farewell Dinner. Embark on a trip International Airport. FB to the top of the iconic CN Tower and enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Once in Ottawa, embark on an introductory tour, viewing the elegant buildings of Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, and the beautiful downtown parks.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Later, find yourself in Quebec City. Enter Montreal, the largest French-speaking city outside of France, and stop at Mount Royal the hill that gave its name to the city for panoramic views over one of the loveliest cities in North America. Walk the narrow streets of the atmospheric Old Town and the Plains of Abraham, the site of a major colonial battle between the British and the French. Enjoy the afternoon on your own. For guests departing from Toronto on Day 9, airport arrival will be at 2 p. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest experience at a family-owned winery.
Enjoy an exclusive tasting of their award-winning wines, including ice wine, a speciality of the region. Get settled in at your hotel before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p. For lunch, enjoy a picnic served with the local speciality, discada mixed meat dish , set in a scenic location.
Enjoy an original Tarahumara dance performance and, when available, meet an actual Tarahumara running champion. The rest of the day is yours to relax before dinner. Enjoy your first taste of Sonoran cuisine Cabrera welcome you for a unique Be My Guest with lunch before travelling on to Hermosillo and experience. Enjoy a meal of traditional foods and savouring a Regional Meal at a local restaurant share stories of their family history. This evening, in the evening. Journey to Guaymas, on the Sea of become famous for. Enjoy a festive Farewell Cortez, for a visit to a local pearl farm where you Dinner in this historic locale.
In the late afternoon, arrive in Alamos,. Disembark in Bahuichivo and transfer to your hotel in the village of Cerocahui. Gaze into Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon. Stop at a local home to meet a Local Specialist for a demonstration of local basket weaving techniques. After some time to relax, join a spectacular walk along the rim of the canyon. FB Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
Airport arrival will be at 2 p. This evening, enjoy a folkloric dance a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great performance and cocktails before dinner is trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries.
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The served at the hotel. Afterward, enjoy some free time. Your hotel is set in a beautiful Resort and Spa colonial mansion. Passport: Please note for the border crossing, passport information is required at time of final payment. Learn about the production of tinajones pots.
Visit members of the Camagua dance company. Meet a local woman who creates special woven dolls. Meet artist Roaidi Cartayain Remedios. Visit the gallery of reclaimed wood artist Lazaro Nieblas. In Trinidad, meet a Santeria priest. Learn how famous Cuban cigars are made. See the contemporary artwork of Alejandro Guanche and Aramis Santos. Stop at a local project that inspires through music and dance. Meet with a Cuban baseball player. Ride in a vintage automobile. Stop by the main Cathedral and pass the Plaza de los Trabajadores. Later, your local guide will 7 introduce you to the Casanova family.
Explore their studio and pottery workshop and watch them make small versions of tinajones earthen clay pots , a Cultural Insight. After lunch, visit the stars of the Camagua dance company. They will play Afro-Cuban beats and demonstrate moves that have been handed down for generations, a Cultural Insight. Meet leather sculptor Pepe Gutierrez who creates some of the most impressive leather art pieces by using a unique technique that few others use, 8 a Cultural Insight.
The rest of your day is free. Arrive in the town of Sancti Spiritus for lunch. Cross a scenic causeway over azure blue waters before arriving at your beachside 9 resort. Lunch will be served in Caibarien. Return to your hotel where the afternoon is free. Here your local guide will take you through the cobblestone alleyways and streets lined with musicians, boutiques and family-owned shops. Have a fusion-style lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Yemaya Temple, used for the practice of the Santeria religion.
A Santeria priest will explain the core components of this unique religion, a Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free for you to explore before dinner is served at a local restaurant. Enter the Thomas Terry Theater which recounts a marvelous era of stage production, and wander along the pedestrian Bulevar leading toward the Bay of Cienfuegos. Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum to learn about how the ramifications of this historical event continue to influence the state of Cuba today.
Tonight, dinner is served in a restored mansion. Start with a visit to a local tobacco factory to learn how the famous Cuban cigars are made, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a walking tour a local architect, a Local Specialist, and see some of the iconic plazas and architectural facades. This afternoon, you will be greeted by Miguel Rojas and his wife Yamila Lopez for a Be My Guest lunch in their beautiful home with a roof top garden where they grow their own vegetables. Visit the San Jose craft market where you can browse hundreds of stalls. Back at the hotel, enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.
Stop at La Lucecita, a Cultural Insight that inspires local children through music and dance. Enjoy an included lunch while a Cuban baseball player shares his experiences from playing this popular sport at home and abroad, a Cultural Insight. After, enjoy some free time at your hotel. FB Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, and participation in a full-time people-to-people schedule of activities crafted exclusively for Trafalgar guests. Our itinerary and people-to-people activities have been planned well in advance and may therefore be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
For additional Cuba travel information, please visit our website at trafalgar. Please note: Due to the nature of the destination and this itinerary, hotels and inclusions are subject to change and prices above do not include air travel. Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this itinerary.
Tour Participation: United States law requires that all participants in this itinerary adhere to a schedule of people-to-people activities at all times during the trip. This itinerary has been designed around a full-time, people-to-people educational exchange schedule of activities, designed to foster meaningful interactions between Trafalgar guests and individuals in Cuba. Due to special visitation requirements for Cuba, all participants, regardless of nationality, will be required to complete and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of these travel rules.
Health Insurance: The Cuban government requires all visitors to have health insurance that covers the territory of Cuba; for U. Full passport details required by the final payment due date.
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Embark on an eco-adventure through a land of volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forests. Or relax, sleep in and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area surrounding your lodge. Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco-adventures.
The family welcomes you with lunch and shares stories of how their retirement dreams have benefited the local community. Later, spend time in the thermal pools of your resort as well as the gardens with beautiful birds. In the evening, relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner. Airport arrival will be at a. With just a short stroll along the shore, you can spot a variety of wildlife.
Later, ascend to the a Cultural Insight. Continue to Siquirres and embark on a bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of river journey through protected wetlands. Later, your experiences at a Farewell Dinner. Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free. Under the watchful eyes of colourful toucans and the lush canopy of dense rainforests, enjoy an unforgettable encounter with the vibrant landscapes and creatures of Costa Rica.
Glide along the canals of Tortuguero, trek up the slopes of the steaming Arenal Volcano and note the diverse species you encounter along the way. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.
Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences over a Farewell Dinner. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening. Start the day with a guided trek around the volcano at Arenal National Park. Then head for the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eyelevel with the lush canopy, observe monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano.
Kick back and relax before ending the day at a dinner with your travelling companions. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Arenal hotel. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you zipline through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures—a once in a lifetime adventure.
Head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. FB along the Tortuguero lagoon.
Set off on a cruise through amenities perfectly suited to the natural the waterways of Tortuguero National Park with surroundings. This journey requires walking your captain and guide. Look through heavy showers rain ponchos out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles provided. This journey is best enjoyed by the and colourful toucans. This afternoon, venture back. Visit a local chicheria for a traditional chicha tasting. Discover the floating islands Bienvenidos a Lima.
You will be met by your Travel constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Director upon arrival and taken to your hotel in Visit Taquile Island for a private tour to meet local fashionable Miraflores. Learn more about the culture of the Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Reception. Tonight, dinner is at a favourite local restaurant in Puno.
Explore the Paracas for a closer look at rural life in Peru box impressive underground catacombs along with a lunch included. Dinner is at your lovely seaside religious art museum and extensive library. Later, hotel. On the way to the take to the skies for an unforgettable experience Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will as you soar high over the coastal desert to see the perform a special ceremony and Cultural Insight enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs to welcome you to Peru.
Enjoy a farm-to-table viewable only from the air. The rest of the Corn. Your hosts will demonstrate the difference day is free. See and experience the showmanship of the Peruvian the majestic and mysterious Candelabra. Travel Paso horses. Later, explore the vibrant handicraft back to Lima to freshen up and join your travel market of Pisac and visit a local chicheria to learn companions for a visit to the Larco Museum with about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favourite a Local Specialist before enjoying a festive drink of the Andes.
Once you arrive at at the Hilton Miraflores. Dinner is at the hotel this evening. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers, a Cultural Insight. Visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture and bohemian San Blas, a unique neighbourhood with artisan shops. Learn more about the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina with a Local Specialist who discovered this hidden site back in The afternoon is free before a your choice dining experience, giving you the choice of several local restaurants to dine at.
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After an included lunch, visit Sillustani, a lakeside pre-Incan burial ground. Explore its chullpas above ground tombs before arriving in Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
For up-to-date information, visit trafalgar. Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage overnight bag can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco. Experience the beauty of the Tango at a traditional milonga and learn about its traditions. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel. Hotel: Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure e Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa marvellous city and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church, Sambodromo, and city cathedral.
Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Buenos Aires At Leisure d e Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood.
Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread and watch as they demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian craft s. Back down the mountain, see the songof Chile on your way to the dynamic Plaza de inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The Armas with its fountains and sculptures. Head rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, learn up San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the to mix the national cocktail, the caipirinha, and city and the snowcapped Andes. Later, settle indulge in a traditional Regional Meal barbecue at into your hotel, situated in the heart of one of a local churrascaria.
This evening is at leisure. This de afternoon, visit a Chilean winery and sample a Relax and enjoy a free morning for independent variety of wines from this now famous region activities. This afternoon, visit a Samba school, a before returning to Santiago. This evening, gather Cultural Insight, to see how the school operates with your travel companions for a festive Farewell and prepares for Carnival week.
See Carnival Dinner. FB, FD props and should you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. These separate falls Say hasta luego to Chile and transfer to the airport cover nearly two miles along the Iguassu River. Choose to This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your extend your stay at the InterContinental Santiago companions at the hotel. FB, D Hotel: Wish or add an exciting optional extension. After lunch at a restaurant overlooking the falls, return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon at your resort.
FB, L. Prices are accurate as of 1 May Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. This evening, get ready for a festive Regional Meal and a chance to savour renowned Argentinian beef followed by a sensual Tango performance and Cultural Insight.
Stroll along copacabana beach. Explore one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in the world Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes. Embrace the enormity of a land that few have explored, the facets of frontier life and majestic natural splendour. On-trip transport All transport shown including 3 internal flights and 2 cruises All transfers shown.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your hotel. Wind your way through the city past the grand, pink Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral, bold and bright La Boca and the cobblestone streets of grand San Telmo. You will be welcomed by a local family who are long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted,.
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Upon arrival, embark on an exploration of the dramatic 5 landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, delving into the depths of its beautiful scenery with its waterfalls, glaciers, forests and mountains. Take in the wildlife that inhabit this spectacular environment like red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers.
Within the park, come face to face with the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its incredible scenic beauty, views over the Beagle Channel at Ensenada Bay, the glacial waters of Roca Lake and the deep Bay of Lapataia Bay. This evening 6 dinner is served at your hotel on the Beagle Channel. Explore the town of Ushuaia or perhaps choose an exciting optional adventure. Board your vessel and cruise the Beagle Channel focusing on the scenic archipelago,.
Learn about the great shipwrecks of the region as well as the first explorers who arrived from Europe. Or take a longer excursion that includes colonies of sea lions and elegant Magellanic penguins. An otherworldly landscape surrounds you, one of massive glaciers, jagged landscapes of interconnected fjords and mountainside glacial lakes which you will have a rare opportunity to explore over the next few days.
You could perhaps witness massive igloo icebergs plunging into the lake with thunderous force. Experience the rugged solitude of the windswept steppe and the quiet southern beach forests before heading back to El Calafate for an evening spent at leisure.
Wander past cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. Your afternoon in the park will feature the Torres towers seen from the eastern region. Observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites formations at Laguan Amarga before stopping at Blue Lagoon. Dinner with wine awaits this evening at your hotel.
View stunning landscapes from scenic outlooks, embark on short hikes to see natural landmarks up close and enjoy a lake cruise to Grey Glacier dodging icebergs calved by the glacier. After enjoying an alfresco gourmet box lunch, choose to hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey until a point where you can gaze down at the icebergs that have plunged in to the lake or embark on a narrated Catamaran boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
This evening is yours to relax and enjoy dinner with wine served at the hotel. After lunch, visit the Milodon Cave, an impressive cave of feet metres where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth, now known as a Mylodon, was found by German Explorer Hermann Eberhard. Continue through the fjord by boat with views of the Balmaceda Glacier and Serrano Glaciers in the background. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner and toast to an unforgettable expedition to the ends of the earth.
This afternoon, board your flight to the Santiago International Airport, where your Patagonian adventure ends or extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Hotel.
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Airport arrival will be at 8 p. Passport: Guest passport information for flights is required at time of final payment. Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine with a more in-depth guided vacation. Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests. This locally hosted pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with: Land of the Incas pages Arrive Lima Fly to Lima, Peru not included in holiday price.
Before dinner, take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat. Amazon Exploration Enjoy breakfast, then watch monkeys cavorting among the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you into the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Arrive at lovely Sandoval Lake where you may spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans and the elusive anaconda. Savour a sunset over the lake before heading back to your lodge for dinner.
Amazon Exploration Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the grounds or take a dip in the pool. Later, relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars twinkle in the great night sky. Please Note: Air is not included in the prices listed. For the Best of South America, an additional overnight in not required or included in Santiago. Indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain insight into Japanese customs. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.
Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated This morning your City Tour begins with a stop as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in in Asakusa and a visit to the Sensoji Buddhist Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom temple. Take your time to relax and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old second interior gate.
Visit the Tokyo Skytree, the and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with Later choose to either return to the hotel at leisure beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked or take part in an Optional Experience. BB samurai family. On arrival enjoy a special Be My where the two bridges that form the entrance to Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be the peace and quiet of Mt.
The ryokan viewed. Learn more about Gardens before continuing your City Tour with a local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating you into their beautiful home. The Kinkakuji Edo period. Next head to the famous Ginza district history dates back to , when the villa was for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
When sushi with a Local Specialist and afterwards Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Then depart Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by for a relaxing evening. Choose to remain in Gion to explore ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. This evening join your The reflections of the sky and landscapes on the Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell clear and pure water provide picturesque scenes Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant.
Venture into which make stunning photographs. Then ascend the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Please see our before enjoying dinner at the hotel. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight.
Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef Hida-gyu is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon begin. BB, RM. Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed. During this time the National Museum will be visited instead. Airport transfers included. The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata cotton kimono to wear.
See pages for prices. Visit the birthplace of Shingon Buddism, the elegantly painted sliding doors of Kongobuji Temple and delight in vegetarian dishes served by local monks at their monastery lodgings. Upon arrival at Osaka Itami or Kansai International Airport, transfer by pre-booked airport shuttle service to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink with appetisers. They are working women of the region who dressed all in white, dive into the sea without any diving equipment to catch shellfish and seaweed.
Enjoy the fine flavour of the char-grilled local fresh seafood while listening to the stories told by the friendly and cheerful divers, a Cultural Insight. Later visit Mikimoto Pearl Island which is the place where, for the first time in the world, pearls were successfully cultured.
Then enjoy some free time at a local mall for shopping and dinner at one of the many local and international restaurants. It consists of an inner and outer shrine and both are rebuilt from scratch every 20 years according to ancient Shinto tradition. Later meet some traditional free divers. Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Next ninja and ninjutsu, an original form of warfare visit the Abeno Harukas Observatory which developed mainly in the region.
The observation deck with large analyzed scientifically along with ancient floor-to-ceiling glass panels all around offers weapons. Later constructed in the late 16th century served as the enjoy some free time for shopping in the Umeda seat of the local lords during the Edo Period. The district before returning to the hotel. Here visit the Kongobuji Temple with its elegantly painted sliding doors 7 Kyoto and the Danjo Garan Temple, one of the first Enjoy a late start this morning followed by a visit complexes built by Kobo Daishi in Mt.
Travel in layers on a hot plate in front of you. Choose to ascend Daimonzaka a buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill Hill either on foot or by coach to admire the overlooking the city. The collection housed This evening have a delightful Farewell dinner in this small museum is impressive, with more with your fellow companions and Travel Director national treasures than some major museums. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel. WiFi: See page for details. Extend your stay and travel by high-speed bullet train to Tokyo.
Stay for three nights and enjoy a City Tour and a visit to Mt. See our website or the Trafalgar Asia brochure for details. Take the opportunity to enjoy the flavour of char-grilled local fresh seafood while listening to their animated stories. Embark on a spiritual interlude with India. In Varanasi, visit the rural life and observe the locals taking a morning bath in the holy water at the River Ganges.
Visit Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and then stop at Chandni Chowk to discover the bustling and colourful market of the old city. After lunch in a local restaurant venture into New Delhi and admire the architectural design of the buildings. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Later escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a glimpse of rural life in India, a Cultural Insight. Walk through the village of Rameshwar where all activities are aimed at sustainable livelihood and community empowerment whilst ensuring the economic growth of the underprivileged. Observe local women making papad and pickles, doing embroidery or making saris which they sell to the local markets. This gift is a phenomenal boost to our work using the law to tackle climate change and protect nature.
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As with the vinyl reissue, it's a 2-LP set containing all full-length versions of the tracks, as opposed to the original LP, which featured some edited tracks in order to fit the album on one LP. Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The 25th anniversary edition of The Division Bell can be purchased here. Subscribe to the podcast here. Entry is free and there's no need to book. Following its hugely successful debut at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in , which saw over , people attend, the exhibition will now take residency in Madrid , Spain's capital city.
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now via www. Click here to find out more. Set for release on Friday 7th June , this 25th anniversary edition will be available on translucent blue vinyl, echoing the original limited blue vinyl release in The Division Bell sleeve artwork of two huge metal heads in profile talking to each other and in turn, creating a third forward-facing head was provided by long-time Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.
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The descriptions vary in length, with some going into much detail, including previously unpublished anecdotes. Pre-order the catalogue at this link to get an item that is certain to be appreciated by guitar lovers around the world, whether or not participating in David's historic charity auction. Please note that catalogues will not be despatched until the week commencing 13th May.
Photo: Polly Samson. Christie's auctioneers will be hosting an auction of some of the highlights of David Gilmour's personal guitar collection on Thursday 20th June in New York. Focussing on a selection of David's guitars, including Fenders, Gibsons and Martins, amongst others, the auction will be led by David's historic 'Black Strat', his black Fender Stratocaster, with which he is closely associated. The sale will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction, with all sale proceeds benefitting charitable causes.
A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie's, King Street, from March , , where the full collection will be on display, followed by highlights in Los Angeles May , and then the New York sale preview ahead of the auction from June During the exhibitions, sound experience will be provided by Sennheiser. David said: "These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it's now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music.
By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world.
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It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I'll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back! Nick will receive the award for services to music. The Indigo space at the O2 Arena was the venue for a rapturously received, sold out show, which saw the Dartford, Kent, band officially bow out after 55 years of live performing. Formed by ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor and singer Phil May, the band went through several musical incarnations in their career, all represented across a 3-part set spanning three hours.
The central section included a large portion of the band's rock opera S. The farewell show also featured guest appearances from Van Morrison, who joined David alongside The Pretty Things on one of the encores, a high energy rendition of Bo Diddley's Roadrunner , originally included on the Pretty Things' debut album, helping to bring things full circle. For those who were there it was a very exciting night, the contributions of the special guests helping to celebrate one of the UK's original 's musical pioneers.
Written about Syd Barrett, their former band member, it's both a tribute, and a call for him to "shine on" despite suffering serious mental health issues. David Gilmour recalls the legendary day that Syd Barrett unexpectedly appeared in the studio where they were recording Wish You Were Here , the album bookended by Shine On. Nobody recognised Syd at first; once handsome and slender, he'd gained weight and shaved his head and eyebrows. Another contributor to the programme, Anna Gascoigne, talks about the pain of losing her son, Jay.
He was a gentle boy, a talented musician, who eventually succumbed to the multiple mental health problems he had battled for years. Anna, herself, was driven to the brink of suicide by her son's death. Ed Steelefox, a DJ based in Worcester, describes a New Year's Eve house-party of a few years ago: as the guests gradually fell asleep he chose to slip out the door leaving a non-stop playlist of different, live, versions of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' to penetrate their dreams. The food was excellent and the service was great. From the moment we got off the plane in Nairobi and were met on the tarmac by our first contact, we were handed over from person to person and never left alone to fend for ourselves.
Our driver Andrew in Nairobi and Sadee in Kigali were friendly and knowledgeable. Considering that our trip included 6 places to stay, 3 shared shuttle flights, and a commercial flight from Nairobi to Kigali,, it all went off without a glitch. Once again, thank you Pam and thank you Meggan for answering my many questions and emails and for being friendly and patient with multiple phone calls. This whole adventure from beginning to end has been a trip of a lifetime thanks to you.
Would never consider anyone else to coordinate our travel needs. Thank you so much!!! Incredible We had the most incredible time on our safari trip. Rothschild Safaris did such an amazing job choosing locations, camps, and guides for us. Our trip to Tanzania has been our best trip yet! We are looking forward to booking a future trip with Rothschild. You have found customers for life. Would like to give special recognition to our Arusha safari guide, Mohammad. He did an excellent job of educating us on Tanzanian culture as well as all of the animals we had encountered.
All of the guides were great, but Mohammad really stood out and became a fast friend of ours. We feel so fortunate to have been able to experience such a beautiful country. We are so grateful to everyone at Rothschild to putting together such an amazing trip! Based in Colorado, Rothschild Safaris is an award winning boutique Safari travel company.
The travel experts that work with them are Africa and safari specialists. And one of the primary differentiating factors of Rothschild is their ability to craft personalized and custom safari tours. They also offer a slew of family friendly tours that are specifically designed to be unforgettable for all ages. While they are known mostly for African safaris, Rothschild also travels to the Asia Pacific region and South America. Affluent travelers who are interested in working with a travel specialist to create a customized tour - and particularly if you are looking for a safari.
Rothschild specializes in crafting unforgettable and personalized experiences in the luxury travel space. If you are seeking to explore the wildness and wilderness with a glass of champagne in one hand and your camera in the other, Rothschild could be for you. Top Destinations Rothschild safari has been offering customizable luxury safari trips in Africa for over 15 years.
All trips have a strong focus on local wildlife. Rothschild Safaris Travel Style Rothschild Safaris offers customizable itineraries and luxurious accommodations. With Rothschild, after a tiring game drive, you will find yourself relaxing in a luxury camp opening to private verandas.
All trips are planned and paced out according to your needs and wants. Why Choose a Safari with Rothschild? Their intimate knowledge of safaris and Africa travel make them some of the most qualified to craft your next customized African safari. Selecting Rothschild means you are also selecting the experience of working with an expert travel planner to help with making your entire trip to your specifications.
Rothschild Safaris provides private luxury, guided, and customized safari trips. While the main focus is luxury, there are several more budget friendly options available through Rothschild as well. Great Safaris 5. Expect In Africa Safari 5. Want a completely customized trip? Find Your Trip Planner. SmarTours View Profile. Wonderful experience, well-deigned by SmarTours The Treasures of Portugal trip focuses on the highlights of the cultural and artistic heritage of this fascinating country.
The chosen destinations and sites rarely disappointed, and there was always something awe-inspiring at each stop. The tour provides a great balance between programmed and free time, allowing you to see what you want or find time to explore on your own. The fact that few dinners and no lunches were provided afford you the opportunity to discover the places and tastes that intrigue you as you discover the variety of offerings available in each location. The destinations chosen are smart and live up to the promise that these are the country's treasures.
Our guide was brilliant - she knew well the backstory of the locations and the significance of the art and architecture. Each part of the tour was a lesson in history, presented with excitement and passion. Her adoration of the history and culture of her countrymen was palpable and infectious, and gave the touring experience much added value. Well planned, organized, balanced, affordable, and utterly enjoyable. Very highly recommended.
The itinerary was the same as the standard day tour and it was well-paced for our group. Mark Ma was our Tour Director, and he was very helpful, friendly and made sure that everyone was safe and enjoying the trip. My group has been on several guided international tours, and this was one of the best.
I recommend that you consider them for your travel group. Suzanne Anderson at their NYC office was specially helpful. Thanks to everyone at smarTours for this excellent experience. Well worth the time and money, saw all the sights My husband and I enjoyed this trip a lot. The weather was perfect, the other travelers 33 including us were companionable, and the sights were iconic. My only complaint was that our nice guide, Hanna, was too casual about instructions, times to meet, counting our group as we left a site, etc.
She even left one traveler behind at night at the Luxor Temple! This has never happened on our many other escorted tours. And Smartours gave us three different boat names for the trip on the Nile and we almost got lost when they switched it again and we lost the group going to the ship!
We also did not like that our group spent more time at buying opportunities! Prices were high so the guide could get a kickback. Other than that, all went well. Hotels and meals were great and in general, the value for money for the trip, with pleasant nonstop flights from New York to Cairo, was excellent. Classic Russia: St. SmarTours offers affordable tours along with great itineraries. Included in the price of all their tours is international airfare from the U. SmarTours draws a large repeat business, taking travelers to such far-flung destinations as Thailand, Morocco, Japan, Peru, Patagonia, India, and Australia.
Travelers who love traveling and care about experiencing the destination above all else - tourist sites, history, and culture - will love the feel of a SmarTours trip. These tours are definitely for the budget minded - SmarTours offers numerous deals and specials throughout the year, and provides many other ways you can save money as well, including referring your friends and being a repeat SmarTours traveler. Airfare is included, which is a major selling point for SmarTours travelers. SmarTours is perfect for the traveler who wants to get the most out of their travel experience, in terms of inclusions and time spent exploring the sites, both with a guide and with free time.
That said, this is budget travel that strives to appeal to a wider range. SmarTours caters to all ages that are looking for good prices. Diverse itineraries are available in each destination. SmarTours Travel Style Except for its cruise offerings -- primarily river cruises as well as Greek Island and Galapagos cruises -- transportation is generally by bus. Group sizes may reach 40 and beyond, but may also be smaller depending on the popularity of the trip. SmarTours will design custom trips for groups with at least travelers.
Accommodations are between value and premium, comfortable with a step above basic amenities. They care about ensuring that you have as much time as possible to explore with the guide and on your own. SmarTours is a complete bargain package for budget minded travelers.
Trafalgar 4. Intrepid Travel 4. Road Scholar View Profile. Absolutely wonderful! The information, scenery, new friends, patience of the guide and bus driver could not have been better! I highly recommend any trip done by this company! We stayed in terrific hotels, had wonderful means and our bus was very comfortable. I felt that it was going to be quite good, but it was even better than I thought it would be! Tons of fun! I plan to go on many more trips with Road Scholar. Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland.
I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent. And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund.
Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals. It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements.
It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May when our trip was set to start on May Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College.
The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already. We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes.
In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements which is also advertised on their website so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa neither of which either of us will EVER book through again , so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out.
We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D. Just "after you get there" stuff. Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines and a text message alert that I had set up saying that our flight to D. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in.
We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies. C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone and on hold the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather.
We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling and unable to make phone calls he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" something we definitely understood because we're not stupid.
Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until PM tonight, putting us in Verona at PM the next day 4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel , so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.
A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about AM to PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that.
Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund.
Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom. My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go , learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do.
Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program. Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued. Great trip Just home from a wonderful first trip with Road Scholar.
The Best of Scotland was perfect for us. Linda and Neil are the best teacher and director possible and our group of 26 fellow travels where all great. Thank you RS for a great trip and we will travel with you again. Founded in as Elderhostel, Road Scholar took its new name in Tours specifically designed for older travelers and with a heavy focus on gaining deeper knowledge through educational activities, led by guides who are experts in a variety of fields.
Instructors accompanying Road Scholar trips are experts in their fields, delivering lectures and leading field trips. Trip themes may range from history and culture, language study, and music appreciation to birding, bicycling, and baseball proving that learning can be light-hearted, too. Traveling with Road Scholar is like a study abroad experience, with classes and instructors, with a group of people the same age who have a similarly extensive hindsight on life - and love to learn.
Open minded, active, and worldly life-long learners who have a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things, will love the cadence of a Road Scholar trip. Road Scholar is often the first guided trip experience for older travelers. Perhaps in your younger days you loved going it alone, planning out your itinerary, and loved the spontaneity of traveling off the beaten path.
Road Scholar has recently added special grandparent-grandchild trips and programs for three generations traveling together. Keep in mind that the focus remains on education, distinguishing Road Scholar trips from most commercial tours. Group sizes with Road Scholar vary, but many small group study tours are limited to participants.
They are also very friendly to solo travelers - offering many tours for solos and singles where you can meet new friends, and romantic interests! Road Scholar allows for particular good compatibility between you and your tour mates as each journey is designed around specific themes from an educational perspective. Top Destinations With a special Road Scholar operates tours in countries, as well as every state in the U. Aside from the educational days, many trips include activities in nature, with hiking, kayaking, and other outdoors experiences.
Road Scholar Travel Style Road Scholar creates their itineraries to encourage learning - both in a scholarly way, from knowledgeable guides, and experts in various fields, and also in a holistic way - from the accommodations, meals, and transportation. Your entire journey with Road Scholar is designed as an educational experience. Programs are designed to be immersive and very different from a canned experience. Walking trips, train treks, small ship cruises, and riverboat voyages are among the options for trip style.
Road Scholar offers may ways to save on their trips. These include scholarships, friend referrals, and various specials and deals throughout the year. On a Road Scholar tour you can expect a lot of unique cultural, artistic, historic, and local insights. Meet artisans, learn local crafts, and feel the camaraderie of being around other travelers who enjoy the educational aspect of travel. The original Elderhostel grew out of the vision of the late Marty Knowlton, who spent four years backpacking around Europe while staying in youth hostels -- and wanted American adults to have access to similar cultural experiences.
If you consider yourself a lifelong learner and want to spend your vacation amongst others who share your passion for travel and education, Road Scholar is the place for you. Smithsonian Journeys 3. World Expeditions View Profile. Once again our World Expeditions trip was everything we wanted it to be The guides and staff were excellent and the food cooked by the trek staff amazing and plentiful. I've never left a country and tour with so much positive energy Our guide Dilli was so patient, kind and friendly. He was also very attentive and professional when we showed signs of poor health.
The route we took on the Annapurna trek took us through very interesting, different and beautiful terrains. We learnt and saw how locals lived and the Nepalese community are one of the most hospitable and friendly people. The trek can be difficult at times but very rewarding with beautiful scenery. We even managed to spot some wild monkeys on the way up. Overall I would definitely recommend this tour! Zheng Details Value 5. This was our third Himalayan trek organised by World Expeditions in 3 successive years Previously a tough one in Bhutan followed by Annapurna in This trek was the greatest made more memorable by snowfall.
Gibson Details Value 5. Founded in , World Expeditions offers unique adventure travel itineraries around the world. They have a strong commitment to responsible travel and helping local communities. They have a strong emphasis on, and commitment to, sustainable travel and responsible tourism. They also have a local employment policy, and high standards of training ensuring that employees and guides greet travelers with unparalleled enthusiasm and experience.
Those wanting to support a sustainable and responsible travel style will enjoy a trip with World Expeditions. The average age on a World Expeditions tour is between , primarily women, groups of friends, couples, and solo travelers. If you are new to outdoor travel, or looking for something less hard core and more experiential - World Expeditions has many options to choose from covering a wide range of physical levels and activities.
Top Destinations They offer more than adventure-focused itineraries around the world. For their community efforts they focus on remote areas and small local villages. World Expeditions offers more than adventure-focused itineraries to all continents. They began as a Himalayan Trekking company and it is still their most popular destination, claiming the largest collection of itineraries in the Himalayas, exclusive campsites, and unmatched sustainable initiatives. New trips, new destinations, new ways of experiencing destinations are all a part of what World Expeditions is all about.
Their commitment to responsible and community driven travel means plenty of local people are given meaningful employment. Private transportation is used on their trips, and quality accommodations are carefully chosen for their ambience, heritage, and location. The pace of itineraries varies greatly, and the World Expeditions team can help travelers choose the best option according to their needs. Why Choose a Tour with World Expeditions? From small group active adventures to expeditions to cycling and walking tours to cultural journeys, World Expeditions prove you can be a responsible traveler wherever you go.
Trips with World Expeditions are all inclusive and represent exceptional value - with no hidden extras. This includes access to a full time cook and kitchen assistant who prepare creative menus and carefully manage the hygiene standard. Contiki View Profile. Amazing fantastic trip with tom and matt in Europe escapade. You should go Amazingly organised trip cant ask for more. You should also go and then you will know what i am talking about. Hofgarden in Austria was the best place in whole of my trip. Never again Our bus got broken into in Rome and all of our carry baggage was stolen!!
A few of us had to stay behind after the tour left to sort our passports out so the tour carried on without us so we were left in Rome and sort it out ourselves. Really disappointed in Contiki on how they had dealt with this. You get told pick pocket is very common in Rome and also get told not to leave stuff on the bus but if you are not dropped at your hotel beforehand you have NO choice!!
I thought it would be safer on the bus as it was meant to be attended at all times exspecally with 50 peoples belongings on there!! There are many of us that are left battling with our insurance company while they just wash their hands with it. No reason as to why the bus driver left the bus in the first place with ALL our bags on it.
Rome has one of the highest crime rates in the world. What were we meant to do? Walk about with our backpacks and also drag our suitcase around the city?? Really put a damper on this trip. If you are doing a contiki make sure you NEVER leave anything on the bus as they don't have cameras nor do they stay with the bus! Ahhhh no thanks and what a slap in the face. Take some responsibility! The trip was awesome The trip was awesome.
We went to so many amazing places that I never thought I would go! The itinerary was so precise and exact, everything was self explanatory, trip manager, Chloe Lindsay was great fun and very approachable! European Explorer plus Greek Island Cruising. Since , Contiki has been a leader in providing exceptional global experiences for year olds. What Makes Contiki Stand Out? Contiki offers a huge amount of tour options tailor made for younger travelers. They pride themselves on creating lifelong memories among international groups of like-minded travelers.
They offer a comprehensive selection of trips, over of them, all over the world. Make sure to read the details of each trip and choose the right one for your travel style. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Contiki? Sociable, spontaneous, and easy-going travelers who are between the ages of will definitely love the Contiki travel experience.
These are trips for those young people who travel for the sheer joy of meeting locals, experiencing the nightlife, relaxing in the sun, and pounding the pavement for the next unique local gem. Having a good time, being active, and spending less time in museums is something to expect on a Contiki tour. They are especially popular for young travelers looking to explore Europe and Asia.
Contiki Travel Style Contiki trips keep budget very much in mind when designing their trips. Expect a mix of 2 to 3-star hotels, guesthouses, and hostels on most trips. Contiki uses a mix of private coaches and public transportation to get around. The Contiki travel style is designed to allow for spontaneity - appreciate and get to know the culture through immersive activities, outdoors adventures, and local gems, off the tourist path. Contiki trips can be found in 6 broad themes: 1. Discoverer - For the widest mix of sites and activities.
These trips are multi-country and city, jam packed with attractions and hidden gems. High Energy - For those travelers who are all for maximizing their fun day and night. In Depth Explorer - If cultural travel is what you gravitate to, these trips are going to suit you the best. Independent Insider - For if you value a lot of free time to explore, setting your own schedule and curating the experience for your interests. Camping - Truly budget travel, sleeping under the stars, camping trips with Contiki are currently available in Europe.
Sailing, Cruise, Beach - If being out on the water is your bread and butter, and suntanning on the beach calls your name every time you travel, these trips are for you. Contiki will help organize these often confusing and crowded events. Why Choose a Tour With Contiki? Contiki is a great choice for younger travelers looking to socialize with others during their trip. All of their travelers are between the ages of , and having a good time is one of their primary reasons for traveling with Contiki.
They have lots of experience leading cultural tours in different parts of the world and have a wide range of options to choose from. Topdeck 4. Travel Talk 4. Exodus Travels View Profile. Bad trip leader experience The activities were a mixture of good and repetitive and the description of the game drives seems a little embellished.
We didn't encounter hardly any elephants and the leopard sighting is apparently not as common as one might think a week according to local guide. While we were "fortunate" to observe one, it was so far away that only a mm lens would get to see it, but that's after you fight through about 40 vehicles all converging to a single space in order to catch a glimpse before the park warden hurries you on because your time is up! It's also a madhouse trying to get into the park.
There is no orderly fashion while up to a hundred vehicles all vie to be first in the gate this is at Yala. The biggest downside to the trip was our trip leader. On two occasions when we had questions about the activities, he became very defensive and argumentative, and when trying to walk away from the conversation so that it didn't escalate further, he followed us intent on exclaiming what a good guide he's been and that we were the problem.
We walked away again, and yet he still following us turning the conversation into harassment. I was glad when the trip ended to get away from him and if it weren't for having another back-to-back Exodus trip see Maldives review immediately following this one, I would have never wanted to travel with Exodus again given that experience. All food was at hotels so not much of a variety or local fare encountered. Lovely country and lovely people though and group was great! The most stunning trip of my life Its been a long held dream of mine to go to the Antarctic and the trip I booked via Exodus far exceeded my expectations.
Amazing scenery, captivating and exciting wildlife, a plethora of facts, figures and general education from the on board experts and I can claim a world first to boot from my holiday to the Antarctic and below the polar circle. The landscapes and wildlife. The scenery is breathtaking, from the continent itself to the many islands and icebergs floating away from the land mass and glaciers.
I have never seen anywhere quite so remote and in many ways barren, yet at the same time rich in life and activity. And you will never get over the amazing shapes of the ice along with the vivid blues you see in the glaciers and icebergs. Quite sensational. The penguins are of course the stars, but the frequency of whale sightings and fluking along with seals and many type of birds including the mighty albatross just make the experience even more rewarding.
The tour leader is in effect an Expedition Leader fronting a large team of professional from a range of countries. Ours was wonderful. An enormous personality and with the best sense of humour coupled with safety and huge amounts of professional integrity. The people in the expedition team were sensational. They come from a mix of backgrounds, however all have skills in subjects ranging from glaciology to water sports instructor, polar researcher to the armed forces, historian to nature and much more. Not only do you get the chance to attend lectures and learn from them on a really diverse range of topics, but they also accompany the trips off the ship and interact with you during meals and drinks as well as on time when you are cruising.
They have both professionally and also personally empowering stories to tell and they really enhanced my trip in a way I did not think possible. If you want to do any of the activities then book them up as soon as you make your reservation. Spaces are limited and I was unable to camp on the ice or take part in kayaking.
Don't worry about being cold. Its not actually as cold as you imagine and the ship is fantastically warm and homely. The jacket and boots they supply you with are excellent. Concentrate on buying good quality thermals in layers along wit6h waterproof trousers and gloves and a warm fleece or wool hat.
Edit your photos as you go along and always be ready to shoot stuff. The onboard team will help you with this as they have photographers ready to help with your trip. I was in the first group of paddleboarders believed to have ever paddleboarded south of the Antractic Circle. Not only had I never done it before, but we got to claim a world first. Finally don't delay going any longer. It may not be a cheap trip, however it is so amazing and experience that you will not regret the time and expense in going. A magical trip! One of my best ever!
This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level. The underwater wildlife encounters were superior to any other snorkeling I've done. There's an abundance of things to see and coupled with the chance to scuba dive and excellent water conditions - it's a top notch destination. The boat was very comfortable, the crew was excellent and took care of every need, and the food was awesome. Ranks as one of my all-time favorites! Details Value 5. What Makes Exodus Stand Out? Daily events might involve cycling, walking, hiking, safaris, historic sites, photography, winter activities including polar expeditions , cooking classes, wine tastings, local encounters or a mix of all the above activities.
Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling, walking and trekking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty from level , attracting casual cyclists and hikers as well as enthusiasts looking to really push their physical limits. The majority of trips have a maximum group size of travelers, with an average of In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive and responsible travelers. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Exodus?
The Exodus traveler is very active, loves being adventurous, and will be less invested in luxury accommodations or a lot of museum time. You are game for anything, love the travel experience of getting to know a new destination through outdoor adventure, and learning about the culture from local guides and experts. These trips are great for those who already have a base level of physical fitness, and enjoy meeting new physical challenges.
Exodus provides physical fitness guides are provided to give you a sense of how much training you should expect to do prior to departure. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between years of age. From African safaris, to walking and wine in Italy and France to the sun-drenched Croatian coast, to trekking Patagonia, wildlife cruises in the Galapagos and cycling in Vietnam, Exodus has built out their global presence and has active adventures for every style of traveler. Exodus Travel Style Mode of transport ranges from two feet, to two wheels to private van.
Accommodations are typically charming locally run star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible. Why Choose a Tour With Exodus? Exodus is an experienced operator when it comes to this style of travel and is quite well-known in the UK, Australia and emerging as a leader in North America. Their trips have deep cultural components and are based on principles of responsible tourism. Before joining the company, team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland driver's, mountain guides, diving and ski specialists, and mountain bike gurus — so they know their stuff when it comes to traveling to the wilderness and the far reaching corners of the world, as well as providing the kind of expertise you need to truly come away with appreciation for what you've experienced.
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