TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the Insider of guided vacations, is excited to announce the release of their 2013 Europe & Britain First Class brochure. Packed with an impressive 102 itineraries, across 37 countries, the new program offers an exclusive range of Insider experiences including more than 40 unique Be My Guest venues and new Unique Insights that provide authentic cultural experiences. The travel company has launched 3 new Inspired Vacations that cater to specific traveller interests. Each itinerary includes exclusive sightseeing at Europe's most famous landmarks, as well as a wealth of culinary flavours for travellers to enjoy from every region visited, whether through Trafalgar's extensive dining highlights or Local Specialties. Providing unforgettable experiences that no other guided vacation operator offers, Trafalgar invites travellers to see the world from the inside, with the chance to be a guest and not just a tourist.
Trafalgar is offering their biggest early payment discount to date, with guests saving up to 10% off the cost of their trip by booking any of Trafalgar's 2013 First Class itineraries before December 27, 2012.* Not only can guests save up to $1,480 per couple, the offer is combinable with other Trafalgar discounts so they can save even more! To learn more about Trafalgar's early payment discounts, visit: Trafalgar Special Offers 2013 Europe & Britain
All of the Europe and Britain itineraries offer something for everyone, but Inspired Vacations offer guests with a specialized area of interest the unique opportunity to feed their passion, enhance their understanding, and explore each destination like an Insider. Trafalgar's 2013 Europe & Britain brochure introduces 3 new and enhanced Inspired Vacation itineraries for guests to experience: WWI & WII Battlefields, English Country Gardens and Flavors of Italy.
WWI & WWII Battlefields
An exciting new itinerary for history buffs, the 12-day WWI & WWII Battlefields takes travellers to the wars' most significant monuments, memorials and museums through England, France and the Netherlands. Starting in London and ending in Amsterdam, the trip stops in Caen, Amiens, Paris, Lilles and includes daytrips to Somme, Ypres, Portsmouth and more. Canadians will get the opportunity to pay their respects to their brave countrymen when visiting Vimy Ridge and also the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial, containing the remains of over 2000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. On an excursion to Ypres, guests will also stop in Passchendaele to visit the museum and see a replica trench, then visit Essex Farm Cemetery where Canadian John McCrae wrote his immortal poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Other highlights of the trip include a visit to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches, a wine tasting at a champagne house in Lille, a special Be My Guest dinner of Dutch cuisine with a local family just outside of Amsterdam and a tour of Paris and London with a Local Guide.
English Country Gardens
For lovers of horticulture, there's no better trip than Trafalgar's new 9-day English Country Gardens. Beginning and ending in London, guests stop at the country's most spectacular and celebrated gardens along the way, including the Wisely Gardens, Kew Gardens, Biddenden Vineyards and the Hever Castle Rose Garden. After visiting Kew Gardens, the world's most famous botanical garden, guests board one of England's most recognized steam trains, the historical Bluebell Railway, to travel to the Sheffield Park and Gardens. Guests are also treated to a Unique Insight into the White Cliffs of Dover, the conservation of which Trafalgar is heavily involved in with The National Trust. After a presentation of the significance of the cliffs and their preservation, travellers enjoy a Be My Guest Cream Tea at the family-owned Mount Ephraim Country House. Next up is Biddenden Vineyards, set on 22 picturesque acres in Kent, where guests will enjoy a vineyard walk and wine tasting. Before wrapping up in London, the group heads to Hever Castle for a Small Group Sightseeing experience, where they will chat to the gardeners about each uniquely themed garden. The trip ends with a highlight of visiting the Castle's celebrated Rose Garden, which contains over 4,000 roses within its walls.
Flavours of Italy
Enhanced from the previous brochure and now featured as a specialty itinerary, the 10-day Flavours of Italy tour is perfect for seasoned and beginner foodies alike. Starting in Rome and ending in Venice, the trip takes guests to some of Italy's best gastronomic cities including Tuscany, Greve, Parma and Bologna. The food adventure begins with a tasty gelato treat in Rome then moves on to Greve, where guests will visit a wine and olive oil outlet, tasting excellent Chianti wines and extra virgin olive oils before enjoying a special Be My Guest dinner in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti hills. In beautiful Florence, passengers are treated to Trafalgar's unique Tuscan Lifestyle Experience, where they will spend the day shopping for ingredients at a fruit and vegetable market, interacting with the locals. Lunch is then prepared by guests using the purchased produce, as they learn about Italian cuisine by a professional chef. The tour wraps up in Bologna, known for it's cured meats like prosciutto and salami, then departs in Venice where guests join a secret walking tour with a Local Guide to see where the locals shops for the best cuisine.
"Our First Class Europe brochure has always been our most popular, and this year we're introducing even more fantastic inclusions and exciting new itineraries," says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. "We're especially excited about our new trip heading to the battlefields of the two World Wars – many of our passengers have family who fought in these battles and it's pretty special for them to be able to visit a number of memorials and monuments significant to Canadians."
Terms and Conditions: *Save up to 10% when you book your Trafalgar European Guided Vacation before Dec. 27, 2012 for travel in 2013. A deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking, full payment is required by Dec. 27, 2012. Offer is only applicable to trips featured in Trafalgar's 2013 First Class Europe & Britain, CostSaver, At Leisure, & Family Experience brochures booked between Sep. 12 and Dec. 27, 2012. Valid on NEW bookings only. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and is not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply). Sample savings of $1480 per couple ($740 per person) is based on Trafalgar's First Class European Supreme itinerary. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable and only applies to vacations featuring the 'Early Payment Discount' in the price panel. Discount is not combinable with other National promotions and limited-time offers. Please quote Promotion Code PPTLAUEBB7. Subject to availability and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices online and in brochure are per person, land only and based on double occupancy.
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About Trafalgar: Trafalgar is the world's leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 65 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider's view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.
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