Touring Tuscany!

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Tuscany is a region in central Italy with spectacular medieval hill towns and wonderful scenery. It is also one of Italy’s top holiday destinations.

Tuscany attracts tourists in their thousands because there are so many amazing places to see in its 8,900 square miles, most notably Florence, the regional capital.

With its historic cities, Renaissance art, hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside, there’s little wonder that Tuscany is so popular with tourists from around the world.

 

Florence

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Florence can be found in the heart of Tuscany, and is often regarded as the “pearl of the Renaissance”.

This culturally rich and beautiful city is full of delightful Renaissance architecture and some excellent museums.

Take a guided tour of Florence’s Cathedral, with its famous dome. Visit the Uffizi art gallery, home to the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.

 

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To the north of Tuscany, you will find Pisa which is famous for its extraordinary leaning tower.

This famous leaning tower has tilted since it was built over six hundred years ago and still remains one of the most popular tourists attractions around the world today.

Join a guided tour and take a selfie which looks like you are leaning on the tower itself.

 

 

San Gimignano

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San Gimignan is a beautiful city southwest of Florence and is well known for its amazing Towers.

This medieval walled hill town has 14 surviving medieval towers which create an outstanding view from the surrounding countryside.

You can also see medieval houses and fountains as you take a guided tour through this enchanting market town.

 

 

Montepulciano

 

Montepulciano is another walled city in Tuscany which is built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge.

Montepulciano also has an impressive main square as well as many beautiful Renaissance buildings to wonder at.

You can try some exquisite wines in nearby Montalcino, which has a castle at the edge of the town that has wine tasting.

 

 

Siena

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Siena is a wonderfully classic medieval hill town in Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped piazza, the Piazza del Campo. It is one of the finest medieval cities in the world.

The Piazza del Campo now stands where the Roman forum once stood, and is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tall bell tower, Torre del Mangia. Climb the 500 steps or more too experience a wonderful view of Siena and its extraordinary surroundings.

There is still more plenty to see on a guided tour, including the Civic Palace, Civic Museum and Siena’s Beautiful Gothic Cathedral.

 

The Chianti wine region

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Particularly popular among travellers, the Chianti Classico wine region lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena. This region is renowned for its picturesque villages,  beautiful countryside and very special wineries.

A delightful drive through the cypress and olive groves will bring you to some beautiful places where you can explore medieval castle, taste local produce and explore many artisan shops and cafes.

Touring the region also provides a chance to visit wine-makers to get an insight into their wine making process. This allows free wine tastings and soaking up the glorious atmosphere – perfect!

Things to know before you book a coach tour!

When thinking of booking a coach tour, most people want a number of questions answering first.

This can be from asking whether children are welcome to how many guests are usually on each trip.

Find below Trafalgar Tours frequently asked questions:

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Before I Book

Will I be travelling with people from other countries?

The beauty of taking any guided holiday with Trafalgar is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

 

How many people will be on my trip?

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You’ll find an average of 40 to 45 guests on trips throughout Europe, and a maximum of 52 guests on trips throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Will I have free time?

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Each Trafalgar itinerary offers the perfect balance of free time and guided experiences. You are also given the opportunity to tailor your trip with Optional Experiences. So you may choose to enjoy some of the best seats in the house at the world-famous Moulin Rouge in Paris, or maybe take a magical early-morning balloon ride over the beautiful Napa Valley when exploring California.

 

What are the coaches like?

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Trafalgar pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, fully air-conditioned coaches with on board WiFi. All coach seats are reclining and there are on-board restrooms. 

 

Are the hotels air conditioned?

Trafalgar select their hotels for their quality, comfort and impeccable service, with the majority of them having air-conditioning, though few hotels in the northern Alps or Europe have air conditioning due to the colder climate.

 

What is a Travel Director?

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Tour Director in Prague

Trafalgar Travel Directors all share a passion for travel and their home countries. These experienced professionals show you what the guidebooks can’t – a true insider’s perspective of each destination. Each Travel Director has been through a made-to-measure development  training programme, and many have at least five years’ experience under their belt. From checking you into your hotel room to recommending a local eatery, your Travel Director’s aim is to make travelling easy for you.

 

Can I book a group?

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Trafalgar take the hassle out of booking a group holiday – and offer some great discounts for five or more people. Groups of five to eight people will receive 5% off the land-only part of their trip, and larger groups will save even more.

 

Does Trafalgar promote sustainable tourism?

Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

 

What is the single traveller supplement?

If you prefer the privacy of your own room, you can opt for a single supplement. The cost will depend on your trip and can be found in the pricing section of the itinerary. If you’d rather not incur the additional expense, consider the single traveller room share option where you will be accommodated with a fellow guest of the same gender, on a twin-bed basis.

 

What if I have special dietary requirements?

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Trafalgar can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise at time of booking. Unfortunately, meals in accordance with strict religious requirements such as Kosher or Halal cannot be supplied. Also, salt-free,  requests for specific dietary supplements such as soya milk, and high protein or low-carb meals cannot be provided.

 

Are children allowed on coach trips?

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Children are welcome on all Trafalgar tours with a minimum age of 5 years.

 

 

5 Reasons to Travel to the UK and Europe in 2016/2017!

 

Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the pound has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years against the dollar, and the euro is not far behind

If you are from the UK, when you travel abroad, your pounds will now buy you fewer euros or dollars, the cost of accommodation and food will rise and your spending money won’t go as far as it did before Brexit.

However, if you are from abroad and want to travel to and tour the UK, things have never been better.

 

1. Exchange Rates.

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The immediate effect after the Brexit vote is that it’s a good time for American travellers to tour Britain and Europe.

This is of course due the the exchange rates and the falling pound and Euro.

 

2. Price Cuts.

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The American dollar is about 20% stronger compared to the British pound at the moment, your dollar will also stretch much further in Europe.

That means that nearly everything purchased by Americans visiting the UK will be cheaper. This includes alcohol, food, museums and many tourist attraction and guided tours.

 

 

3. Hotel Rates.

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The Brexit vote may have an effect on European visitors to the UK which will mean hotels will probably charge less due to lower demand.

Book your hotel now if you are thinking of visiting the UK and pay in full to make sure you get the favourable exchange rate as prices may go up later.

If you have already made a deposit payment, ask the hotel to process your final bill as a new transaction, again, to make sure you get the favourable exchange rate.

 

4. Flight Prices.

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Airfare rates may also be effected and go up or down depending on where you are travelling from.

For example, people may be put off going to America because of the exchange rate, so airlines will have to reduce prices to fill seats.

On the other hand, according to the ‘Association of British Travel Agents (Abta)’, travellers may face higher air fares  between the UK and the European Union because of all the financial uncertainty caused by Brexit.

 

5. Britain and Europe on Sale.

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Last but not least, Britain and Europe is more or less on sale at the moment due to the weak pound and Euro compared against other currencies.

It may not be good news for the British, but for American tourists, Brexit has provided a fantastic opportunity to visit the usually expensive UK and Europe on the cheap.

Whether you book a flight, hotel or full package coach tour, you will grab a bargain – visiting the UK and Europe from the USA has never been so enticing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 ‘Brexit’ Effects on Travel Plans?

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‘Brexit’ refers to the British exit from the European Union, and you may be wondering,  How does this affect my travel plans?

Well, Here’s what we know up to now…

 

1. Impact on travel.

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If you’ve already booked or are planning to book a holiday, Brexit should have no impact on you as a traveller. This is because many of the effects of Brexit won’t happen immediately, the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU are expected to take around two years, so no sudden changes.

 

2. UK & Europe borders.

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Travellers with valid passports and the correct visas will be allowed to travel from London to all countries in Europe. Brexit  will not effect visa policies of the Schengen Regions in Europe.

 

3. British passports.

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The UK will remain part of the EU as long as it takes to negotiate its exit. For this reason, British passports will remain valid throughout this time, meaning no changes if you are planning to travel to Europe this year or in the next two years at least.

 

4. Excellent exchange rates.

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 With the UK’s vote to leave the EU came the inevitable effect on the pound, making it weaker against most other world currencies, and the same can be said for the Euro in the coming weeks and months. People travelling and planning to travel to Europe can therefore expect a better exchange rate in the UK and Europe in the foreseeable future.

 

5. Still safe place to visit.

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Finally, the UK and Europe is still one of the safest places to travel and Brexit should not put you off following your dreams. Excellent public transport, cultural diversity and amazing experiences to behold are just a few reasons to travel, especially on a guided tour so you know you are in extra safe hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Great Countries For You To Explore!

As budget coach holidays go, you simply cannot beat Expat Explore.

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France

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France is the world’s number one tourist destination, and it’s certainly not hard to see why.

From Paris with its vast amount of cultural history, amazing monuments and architecture, to the beauty of the French Riviera and the stunning region of Burgundy, France has it all.

You can explore the Mont Saint-Michel and the historical Normandy beaches in the north, and the medieval citadel of Carcassone and ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard that crosses the Gardon River in the south.

Expat Explore has many coach tours that visit Paris. See the Champs Elysees and famous Arc de Triomphe, visit the the Louvre Museum or infamous catacombs. Enjoy a cruise up the River Seine, Climb the Eiffel Tower and explore the many museums, galleries, boulevards and restaurants, as far as places to go, the ‘City of Lights’ is truly a remarkable experience not to be missed.

Germany

Germany sits central at the heart of Europe and boasts stunning rural scenery and natural landscapes dotted with historical architecture. The Rhine Valley is a picturesque glacial alpine valley that cuts between enchanting hillside castles and rolling vineyards.

See the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace seated on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria. You have to see it to believe it as this extraordinary castle takes you to a world of fantasy and fairy tales.

The magical countryside is contrasted by urban cities which are steeped in thousands of years of history. This urban culture reflects a dynamic and creative force that can be seen in cities such as Berlin and Munich. Berlin has an enticing mixture of history and contemporary culture, so you can witness the historical Berlin Wall while enjoying the bustling cutting edge social scene.

Likewise, in Munich enjoy the Oktoberfest beer festival on a guided tour with Expat Explore tour to get a true feel of German culture as it is meant to be.

Netherlands

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The Netherlands is one of the most unique if not smallest countries in Europe, and is recognized by its many canals and iconic windmills.

It may be small, but it has also provided considerable power and influence over the years. In the 17th century, the Dutch Empire grew to become one of the major economic powers, excelling in science and the military. The Dutch also had considerable cultural influence which can be seen in its legacy of master painters such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, and is well known for its artistic heritage and bustling nightlife. You can visit the Van Gogh museum and Rembrandt House museum there and see the truly wonderful work of these great artists, or take a trip down one of its many canals to see the true spirit of the city.

If the countryside is more your thing, why not take a trip to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Garden, and be blown away by the outstanding beauty of the place, especially in spring. Whatever your preference, the Netherlands will have something for everyone, and is a truly inspirational place to be.

The Netherlands is perfectly situated for an Expat Explore Europe multi-country coach tour, and is often the first or last destination to visit depending on which way round you travel.

Switzerland

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In the heart of central Europe lies the outstanding beauty of Switzerland, home to numerous enchanting lakes and valleys, and the founder of the intricate Swiss watch. Sample the famous cheese fondue and indulge in the finest Swiss chocolate, arguably the best in the world.

Switzerland is also known for its alpine peaks and glaciers, especially the 11,400 feet Jungfraujoch which is one of the highest peaks in Europe and one of most famous landmarks in the world. Take a train ride up to the peak and witness breathtaking views.

Visit the beautiful Lake Lucerne, which can be found in central Switzerland, and embark on a boat cruise on either an elegant salon motor vessel or historic paddle wheel steamer.

With France to the west, Germany to the north and Italy to the south, Switzerland is also perfectly situated for Expat Explore Europe multi-country coach tours.

Italy

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Last but not least Italy, what isn’t there to love about Italy – a truly extraordinary place!

As well as boasting the famous Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and  St. Peter’s Basilica, Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world!

Home to the Pope and the Catholic church, Rome has more than its fair share of  beautiful architecture and incredible history. Explore the Vatican city and see the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, or wonder at the beautiful Saint Mark’s Basilica.

Explore Venice, famous for its canals, gondolas and amazing festival; visit the Leaning tower of Pisa, or bask in the glory of Florence. The Romans surely did leave a wealth of legacies to behold.

Immense yourself in the Italian culture with Expat Explore on one of their regional coach tours of Italy, and enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.

Parks & Gardens of Paris!

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Embracing the wonderful beauty of a landscaped garden is sheer heaven to the soul.

Whether you want to admire some awe inspiring sculptures or just take in the surrounding beauty, a walk through a park or the landscaped gardens of a grand building takes some beating.

Now, add the fact that you can find them in Paris, and you have a good idea on what a perfect experience can be.

Find below some truly wonderful places to visit on your next trip to Paris:

Parc Monceau

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Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau is a public park situated in Paris at the junction of Rue de Prony, Boulevard de Courcelles and Rue Georges Berger. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset and has extended hours in the summer months. There are actually nine gated entrances to the park looked after by a park watchman who lives above the north entrance.

The park was established by Phillippe d’Orléans, the Duke of Chartres who was a cousin of King Louis XVI, as well as a a close friend of the Prince of Wales, later George IV. As a consequence, he loved all things English and so designed the park as an ‘English garden’.

The park includes a collection of scaled-down architectural masonic references (Philippe d’Orléans was a leading freemason) which include, amongst many, an Egyptian pyramid and Chinese fort. There are also a number of statues of famous figures including a beautiful statue of the famous musician  Frédéric Chopin, sculpted in 1906 by Jacques Froment Thomas.

 

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Parc Monceau

Jardin du Luxembourg

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Jardin du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Garden was first created in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici for the Luxembourg Palace.

The garden is known for its tree-lined promenades, lavish lawns and flowerbeds, the Medici Fountain and its large octagonal basin of water where you  an sail model boats.

There is also a playground and vintage carousel, as well as live music seating to while away an afternoon.

The garden also houses over a hundred monuments, fountains and statues which include figures of French queens and  Famous women and saints.

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin des Plantes

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Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the main botanical garden in France. It was founded in 1626, and first planted as a medicinal herb garden in 1635 by Guy de La Brosse, Louis XIII’s physician.

 The Jardin des Plantes includes four galleries of the Muséum: the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Paleontology Museum, the Entomology Museum and the Mineralogy Museum.

It also houses a small zoo, Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes which was founded in 1795 by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.

From the Alpine Garden to the Rose Garden, this botanical garden has it all!

 

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Jardin des Plantes

Palace of Versailles

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Palace of Versailles

If you fancy venturing out a little further from Paris, the Palace of Versailles and its opulent gardens is just a 20-minute ride away on the local RER line.

Famous because of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, this palace has up to five million visitors per year and its vast grounds attract over six million.

 The construction of the Palace and its gardens lasted through three different reigns, from Louis XIV to Louis XVI, and undergone five major re-plantations.

Indeed, in 1774-1775 Louis XVI ordered  a complete replanting of the gardens.

 The entire grounds of Versailles now cover some 800 hectares of landscaped land.

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Palace of Versailles

 

 

Coach Tour Versus Independent Travel?

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Travel can be costly at the best of times, especially if you try and arrange a trip on your own by booking each part of the trip separately.

This is where an organised tour comes into its own, taking the hassle out of travelling and  saving on cost.

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What’s more, organised tours offer an appealing product that provides expertise and security as well as great value, with a minimum of stress.

Not only great value, CostSaver by Trafalgar take the hassle out of your holiday by running expertly organised trips to suit everybody.

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Reasons why organized tours are the best:

  •  You know you’ll see the main iconic sights.
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  •  Making lasting friendships whilst on tour is made easy.
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Make lasting friends

 

  •  Every last detail taken care of.
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Everything taken care of including check-in, tips, tolls and porterage.

 

  •  Help with language or culture barriers.
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English speaking local specialist.

 

  •  Tours provide more peace of mind.
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Always an experienced person there to help get medicine or look after you if taken ill.

 

 

  •  You get higher quality and  better value with an organised tour.
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Tour providers get amazing hotel rates that are reflected in the total tour price.

 

 

But don’t take our word for it, take a look at the table below to see the amazing difference.

 

Here’s a comparison of a CostSaver 15-day tour that takes in London, Venice, Rome and other important cities. See how much more you get compared to travelling on your own.

15- day independent holiday  
Hotels
Included
Stay in quality, handpicked hotels with tips taken care of.
£775 + tips
Spend time researching and booking hotels.
Sightseeing
Included
Travel with an expert Travel Director with Local Specialists in Vienna and Rome. Plus get VIP entry to selected major sights and cruises on the River Rhine and on the Grand Canal Venice.
£193 + tips
With no included guides to help, you’ll be waiting in line at sights.
Meals
Included
You get 16 breakfasts and five dinners , tips included.
£279 + tips
Spend time researching quality restaurants and making reservations.
Transport
Included
Travel on a luxury coach with on-board WiFi and all fuel, toll charges and parking included.
£876 + tips and parking
Pay for car hire, navigate foreign roads and language barriers.
Total (Per Person) £1450 £2123

 

* Based on a 29th May departure

Coach Tour Deals, Deals, Deals!

 Towards the end of the year, people often start thinking about their holidays for the year ahead. Not only this, they also tend to look for what’s the best offer out there.

Fortunately, they don’t have to look too far with Trafalgar Tours!

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 Trafalgar Tours are specialists in escorted coach tours and have  great savings at the moment on many of their coach tours.

Their ‘Early  Payment discounts’ offer gives 10% discount on the land-only part of your trip if you pay the full amount by the 27 January 2016.

You can also save all year round on Trafalgar Tours with these awesome discounts below:

On our Family Experiences itineraries, we take the hassle – and some of the cost – out of group travel planning.

We offer a 5% discount to groups of five to eight people, a triple and quad room share reduction, plus a Young Traveller Discount.

Have you travelled with us or one of our sister companies in the last five years? If so, we’ll give you 5% off your next trip.

 

Only one discount is available per person, per year, and can be redeemed against each further land-only part of a trip. Frequent Traveller Discount does not apply to City Breaks and extra nights’ accommodation.

Organising a trip for five to nine people? You can save 5% per person on the land-only part of your trip. Groups of 10 or more people can save even more on the land-only part of their trip. For more information, contact us or your local Travel Agent, who can give you a quote.

Have twice the fun – save up to 2.5% when you book a second Trafalgar trip. Book two Trafalgar trips – both seven days or longer – and save up to 2.5% on the land-only portion of your shortest holiday.

 

Please note that holidays must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation, extensions and airfares, taxes and fees, and airport transfers. Europe – excludes all Eastern Mediterranean holidays except the Greek Island Hopper, the Best of Greece (without cruise), the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey. Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe – excludes Real Britain, Jordan, Egypt and Israel. Asia – excludes Highlights of China and the Yangtze, and China Tibet and the Yangtze.

Are you travelling alone but don’t want to pay a single supplement? On many of our trips, we’ll give you the option to room share with another same-gender solo traveller, on a twin-bed basis.

Please note that we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. This service does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean holidays – with the exception of Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey.Single supplements may also not be available on specific itineraries; you’ll be able to find this information in the departure notes on the Prices & Availability section of each trip’s itinerary page.

Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction on the land-only portion of your trip’s price. Each itinerary lists the triple room reduction per person.

 

Triple room reductions are based on sharing a twin or a double bedroom with an extra bed, which may be a ‘roll-away’. This discount only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple Room Reduction offer.

If you’re travelling with a child between the age of five and 17, we’ll give you a discount of up to 10% on the land-only portion of their holiday. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure, and must be accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room).

 

CIE Tours and Expat Explore also offer fantastic deals – see below for some outstanding offers:

                                                                                        

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10. NEW! 2016 Irish Patriot Trail
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SO WHY BOOK WITH EXPAT EXPLORE?

  • Guaranteed departures: Our Comfort tours are guaranteed to operate, so you never have to worry about your tour being cancelled at the last minute.
  • Early bird savings: Expat Explore offers the most competitive prices out there. But as seats are sold, prices go up – book early to get a great deal.
Make great savings on an Expat Explore tour when you book early – see below for an example of prices on their 7 day Europe taster tour.
Date Price Early Bird Save
22 Dec – 28 Dec 2015 £749 £619 £130 *Christmas departure.
29 Dec – 04 Jan 2016 £799 £579 £220 *New Years departure
14 Mar – 20 Mar 2016 £699 £499 £200 2016 Early Bird Rate!
28 Mar – 03 Apr 2016 £699 £489 £210 2016 Early Bird Rate!
11 Apr – 17 Apr 2016 £699 £519 £180 2016 Early Bird Rate!
25 Apr – 01 May 2016 £699 £479 £220 2016 Early Bird Rate!

 

 

The Early Bird offer applies to all Expat Explore tours so book early and secure  a seat with just a 10% deposit.

 

Be Bold with Insight Luxury Gold!

An Insight Gold Vacation tour is the ultimate in luxury and refinement when you want to indulge in a fabulous holiday.

Insight Gold is a selection of unique itineraries offering above and beyond the basics to offer something extra when it comes to style, service and comfort.

These standout tours also provide an all-inclusive experience where all visits, sightseeing, activities and evening dining are included.

Try new foods and experience meals as the locals do. By doing this, you can expect to taste plenty of amazing authentic flavours in some beautiful and unique restaurants.

Insight Gold not only takes you to many destinations iconic highlights, it will also delve more deeply into each place with activities, sights and events that only Insight Gold can bring.

These are ‘Signature Experiences’ that allow you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the country you’re in and the cities and towns you visit.

These Signature Experiences will allow you to live like a local by introducing you to the regional culture and the local people who live there.

Doors can be unlocked that are normally closed to the public, giving you the unique chance to get to know a destination in full, away from the usual tourist sights.

You can learn the art of working sheepdogs in the Scottish Highlands or even try glassblowing in a Bohemian crystal glass factory in Prague, an exciting Signature Experiences is awaiting you!

Insight Gold vacations also means staying in some of the finest hotels that the world has to offer.

These hotels are chosen for their prime location, ambiance, and outstanding level of luxury, as well as a warm welcome and professional service.

They are also located in scenic, central areas in order to give you the best experience and impression of every destination you visit.

Insight Gold offers the ultimate in guided vacations, from delicious regional food to fascinating local culture, unique moments that bring your vacation to life to outstanding, luxurious hotels.

 With Insight Gold Vacations, you won’t just see Europe; you will become a part of it.

 

The CostSaver Way!

A CostSaver tour is the perfect way to discover a destination for the first time.

You’ll enjoy incredible inclusions and unbeatable value on every trip.

A perfect way to savour Europe on a budget.

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CostSaver ‘Glimpse of Europe‘ tour visits Lucerne in Switzerland.

CostSaver tours are operated by Trafalgar, the industry leader, and  guarantee the best Travel Directors in the industry, 3 and 4-star hotels handpicked to showcase the destination and authentic local meals.

Tour Director in Prague
Tour Director in Prague

CostSaver always includes must-see-sights where your expert team will share the stories and history of each destination. You will also get free time to explore on your own plus the chance to choose from a range of Optional Experiences to enhance your trip. Optional Experiences are quality-checked to complement your trip, and offer incredible value for money.

The awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica at night.

The awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica at night.

Experience no hassle travel where everything is arranged for you, from your airport transfers and what you’ll see, to your hotel bookings, so you enjoy an easy, no hassle experience.

No hassle so you can relax more.

No hassle so you can relax more.

  • CostSaver tours include breakfast every day where you will wake up to a delicious selection of continental favourites including cereals, croissants and fruit. In the UK and Ireland, you’ll enjoy a traditional cooked breakfast.

    Typical continental buffet breakfast.

    Typical continental buffet breakfast.

    Relax between cities in a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned Trafalgar coach. There’s ample leg room to stretch out so you can sit back and enjoy the views, or the on-board Wi-Fi.

    Luxury air-conditioned coach transport .

    Luxury air-conditioned Trafalgar coach transport .

    After a day’s sightseeing, it’s good to have a local meal waiting for you. That’s why we include up to half of your three-course-dinners. Full of regional flavours these meals give you a real taste of local favourites. We also know you’ll enjoy exploring local bistros, tapas bars and pubs for yourself so we leave you lunches and some dinners free. Ask your CostSaver Travel Director for recommendations when looking for value, an authentic setting or a specific dish.

    Delicious local pizza.

    Delicious local pizza.

    local tapas selection.

    local tapas selection.

     

  • So, to sum it all up, What’s Always Included on a CostSaver tour:

    • Transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day of the tour*
    • A Trafalgar-trained, expert Travel Director
    • 3 and 4-star hotels
    • A sightseeing tour in all major cities
    • Local Specialists to bring locations alive
    • Itineraries with free time planned in
    • A choice of Optional Experiences
    • All breakfasts and up to half your three-course dinners
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach transport
    • All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes
    • Operated by Trafalgar, the leader and world’s best guided holiday company

    *except itineraries starting/ending in London  

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