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2018 Highland Trail inspired by Outlander - 13 Days, 28 Cities

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Enjoy Scotland's stunning scenery in this trip inspired by Diane Gabaldon's hit series.

No need to touch the stones of Craigh na Dun to go back in time on this Outlander-inspired trail through the Scottish Highlands. Trace the footsteps of Claire and Jamie to the ancestral home of Clan Fraser and visit Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie's Castle Leoch, and the charming village of Fife that featured in several Outlander scenes.

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Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)
Welcome to Edinburgh and the start of your highland trail to discover more about the Outlander series and the characters in it. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, for a true Scottish welcome with local specialties.
Hotel: Novotel City Centre, Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Edinburgh Sightseeing
Today enjoy the main sights with a Local Specialist including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, followed by a special Outlander walking tour where you will discover more places mentioned in the story. During free time perhaps explore the Royal Mile and pop into The World's End - one of the taverns mentioned in the novel.
Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 3: Outlander Film Location Excursion
This morning visit Blackness Castle - filming location for the infamous Fort William prison in Season 1. Cross the River Forth to Culross which was the location for the fictional village of Cranesmuir. See Claire's herb garden and Geillis Duncan's home in the beautifully preserved 16th century town centre.
Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 4: Edinburgh – Falkland Village – St. Andrews – Dundee
Travel through the Kingdom of Fife, arriving in the village of Falkland, stand-in for 1940s Inverness where Claire’s story begins. Stop at the Covenanter Hotel which was Mrs Baird's B&B in the series. Continue to the historic town of St. Andrews the home of golf and Scotland's oldest university. Later arrive in the city of Dundee for an overnight stay and see the Tay Rail Bridge and RRS Discovery, Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic exploration vessel.
Hotel: Apex City Quay, Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 5: Dundee – Castle Fraser – Inverness
Today visit Castle Fraser, an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and ancestral home of the Fraser family. Explore the gardens and enjoy panoramic views from the round tower. Arrive later in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.
Hotel: The Columba, Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 6: Inverness – Culloden – Thurso (2 Nights)
This morning visit the poignant site of the Battle of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Highlander army was defeated. The modern Visitor Centre brings to life what happened on the 16 April 1746 and how this brief 30-minute battle impacted Scottish history. Significantly this is also the event in Outlander which forces Claire and Jamie to say their goodbyes. Later consider taking a cruise along Loch Ness before making your way through scenic countryside to the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Royal, Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Orkney Islands Excursion
At John O'Groats, take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. Orkney is home to the legend of the mythological creature the Scottish Selkie. This seal sheds its skin to walk on land disguised as a human and forms part of an important folk tale explained in Outlander. Visit Skara Brae and look down on the remains of this famous Neolithic village. Wander freely round the standing stones of Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye
Visit the quaint fishing town of Ullapool and see the herring port designed by Thomas Telford. Travel through lochs and glens and stop to view the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Hear tales of Flora MacDonald who was a Jacobite heroine and played a part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye'. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Kings Arms, Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Isle of Skye – Ballachulish (2 Nights)
Leave the picturesque Isle of Skye on a ferry to Mallaig. Travel to Fort William via the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct. At Fort William see Ben Nevis which is Britain's highest mountain. Arrive in Ballachulish for a relaxing two night stay.
Hotel: Ballachulish, Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 10: Highland Folk Museum Excursion
Travel back in time with a visit to the Highland Folk Museum that was used as a film location during "Rent" the fifth episode of Season 1. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into Highland rural culture since the 18th century when you view the extensive collection of artefacts. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Ballachulish – Glencoe – Doune Castle – Stirling Castle – Bannockburn – Glasgow (2 Nights)
Travel through the breathtaking 'Glen of the Weeping' at Glencoe. Visit Doune Castle, the spectacular 14th century courtyard castle was the film location for Castle Leoch in the TV series. It was here that Claire was hosted by the Mackenzie Clan when she arrived in Scotland in 1743. Visit Stirling Castle which is a symbol of Scottish national pride. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument - dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge depicted in the 1995 film Braveheart. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn before arriving in Glasgow.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland, Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 12: Glasgow Orientation – Linlithgow Palace Excursion
This morning your orientation of Glasgow includes the magnificent St. Mungo's Cathedral film location in the second season for L'Hopital des Anges, the Parisian Hospital Claire volunteers at and puts her medicine knowledge to use. Then visit Linlithgow Palace, the stand in for the prison entrance and corridors of Wentworth Prison where Jamie was imprisoned in season 1. Later experience a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm.
Meals: Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 13: Depart Glasgow
Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your Highland Trail inspired by Outlander draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Full Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Edinburgh, Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling, See Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn, View Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle, Visit the filming locations for Fort William, 18th century Cranesmuir,1940s Inverness and Wentworth Prison. Visit Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Newtonmore, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral and Linlithgow Palace.

Travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing, Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals, Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Ferry to the Orkney Isles and return, Ferry from Skye to Mallaig, Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted, Hand-picked Insider Experiences, Optional Experiences and free time, All porterage and restaurant gratuities, Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival, All hotel tips, charges and local taxes, VIP entry to many sights, Airport Transfers

Tours begin May 21, 2018. Starting at $ 3325.50 per person.
Small deposit required to book and hold space. Balance due January 11, 2018

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The quaint European village of Oberammergau. Germany is world renowned for the spectacular Passion Play performed by its residents who have kept a 400 year old promise to reenact the crucifixion of Christ, just once every decade.

Globus once again leads the way in bringing the legendary Oberammergau Passion Play expereince to travelers. The Passion Play runs from May through October with performances almost every day, and consists of as many as 2000 actors, singers, musicians and technicians, all of which are residents of Oberammergau. For the 2020 event, the following are a few very special vacations that incorporate this spectacular event.

 

IMPERIAL SPLENDORS WITH OBERAMMERGAU* 12 DAYS

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Day 1; ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2;  MUNICH-PRAGUE, CZECH  REPUBLIC. Germany's "Secret Capital" comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. Later, head for the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and travel to Prague, the "Golden City." This evening, why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night? (B,D)

Day 3; PRAGUE. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive capitals. Visit the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE  GROUNDS. Also, see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Exciting optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 4; PRAGUE-BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA-BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Continue to Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters during the Battle of Austerlitz, and then arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for an orientation of this town. Then, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest. (B,D)

Day 5; BUDAPEST. Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe's most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world's second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH  and Heroes' Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (B)

Day 6; BUDAPEST-VIENNA, AUSTRIA. This morning, drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing with a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL. (B)

Day 7; AT LEISURE IN VIENNA. Today is your chance to join exciting optional excursions, such as to the Vienna Woods, historic Schönbrunn Palace, a concert in one of Vienna's concert halls, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (B)

Day 8; VIENNA-SALZBURG. Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Then, drive through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. On arrival, meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historical center. Admire MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter's Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed, and take pictures of Mozart's birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller awaits you. (B,D)

Day 9; SALZBURG-OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY. This morning, you may wish to join the optional excursion to Berchtesgaden before continuing to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 10; OBERAMMERGAU. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)

Day 11; OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Return to Munich. The best way to say auf Wiedersehen is with a visit to the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, Munich’s best-known beer hall, dating back to 1589, followed by a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 12; MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Priced from $4449 to $4489 CA per person, double occupancy, tax included
*Dates, prices, and terms and conditions will be advised at time of reservation and are subject to change. Itinerary subject to change

GERMAN VISTA WITH OBERAMMERGAU* 8 DAYS

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Day 1; ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY. Time to rest or to start exploring the German capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2; BERLIN. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park. Visit the KAISER WILHEM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (B)

Day 3; BERLIN-DRESDEN. Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. (B)

Day 4; DRESDEN-WEIMAR-ROTHENBURG. In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. Highlight is an overnight stay in medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years' War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. (B)

Day 5; ROTHENBURG-NEUSCHWANSTEIN. Drive along the scenic Romantic Road past small villages and towards the Bavarian Alps, where two of Bavaria's most famous castles are situated. Stay overnight in a charming hotel beautifully located between Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which you will visit with a Local Guide. This castle became the most famous of all and was inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. (B)

Day 6; NEUSCHWANSTEIN-OBERAMMERGAU. Arrive in picturesque Oberammergau. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 7; OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Drive to Munich where your orientation features a visit to MARIENPLATZ with its old and new Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. In the evening, a farewell dinner at a lively Biergarten is the best way to celebrate the success of your German vacation. (B,D)

Day 8; MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Priced from $2999 to $3039 CA per person, double occupancy, tax included
*Dates, prices, and terms and conditions will be advised at time of reservation and are subject to change. Itinerary subject to change.

SHRINES OF ALPINE EUROPE & OBERAMMERGAU* 7 DAYS

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Day 1; ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Check into your hotel, then the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Later this evening, a welcome dinner is served at your hotel. (D)

Day 2; ZURICH. EXCURSION TO LUCERNE & EINSIEDELN. This morning, travel to Lucerne, a picturesque town built along the shores of a shimmering lake and at the foot of majestic peaks. Spend some time visiting the town centre and take advantage of the optional excursions available. In the afternoon, head to the BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF EINSIEDELN,  a major station on the Way of St. James and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland. Visit the magnificent Baroque Monastery and Chapel that is home to the BLACK MADONNA, made out of black marble. Spend some time in prayer and then celebrate the Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina. Later, return to Zurich. (B)

Day 3; ZURICH-OBERAMMERGAU. Leave Zurich and travel east to cross briefly into Austria, skirting scenic Lake Constance, and then continuing into Germany through the farmlands of Bavaria into the alpine landscapes of Oberammergau. The highlight of the day is the famous PASSION PLAY, a performance that takes place every 10 years since 1634 when it was initiated as an oath to give thanks for the village having been preserved from the Black Death. All the actors who take part in the play, are from the village itself. There will be time for an included dinner during the intermission. (B,D)

Day 4; OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICHALTÖTTING AREA. Stop in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a short visit of the city centre to admire MARIENPLATZ with the Glockenspiel (carillon) of the new city hall tower. Head towards ALTÖTTING, spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1,250 years. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the old town and the PANORAMA MUSEUM, a stereoscopic painting (large scale panorama) created in 1902 portraying the holy city of Jerusalem. Join the evening Mass and the candlelight procession, ideal moments for reflection and worship, as well as for sharing your sense of faith with other believers. (B)

Day 5; ALTÖTTING AREA-SALZBURGVIENNA. Spend the morning getting to know picturesque Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. Try the famous marzipan pralines, take a walk in the Old Town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or step into the Cathedral for some prayer time. In the afternoon, travel to the imperial city of Vienna, built along the banks of the Danube. On the way, stop at the Baroque MELK BENEDICTINE ABBEY, an important intellectual and cultural centre over the centuries. (B)

Day 6; VIENNA. Discover the capital of waltz on a guided city tour today; learn about the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the area for centuries; and see some of the finest buildings that give the city such an elegant feel: the State Opera, the Parliament, and the former imperial Hofburg Palace. Later, if you wish, you can celebrate Mass in the solemn CATHEDRAL OF ST. STEPHEN. Continue exploring at leisure, or join an optional excursion. In the evening, say farewell to your newfound friends during the included dinner at a local restaurant. You certainly shared some really intense faith experiences, but also some unforgettable moments of joyous communal life. (B,D)

Day 7; VIENNA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Priced from  $2273 to $2406 CA per person, double occupancy, tax included
*Dates, prices, and terms and conditions will be advised at time of reservation and are subject to change. Itinerary subject to change

 

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AFRICAN ADVENTURES

Socially Conscious Safari – 7N/8D
This Safari is everything we are passionate about. Adventure and Positive Social Impact. It combines an amazing itinerary of the most impressive National Parks in Tanzania as well as making a positive social impact. On top of the amazing game drives, you will also get a chance to learn about some of the local NGOs and community development initia tives that we support. All this is seamlessly integrated in your Northern Circuit safari that includes the World Famous Serengeti National Park, the UNESCO Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater. Mid-range and super comfortable accommodation.

Single From $ 4,950
Double From $ 3,400

Active and Affordable Safari – 6N/7D
This Safari is for those who are interested in more than just your typical game drives! It combines some amazing activities for Adventurers who like to have a little more physical and active component. Highlights include a Full day Hike in Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest point in Africa. Canoeing or biking in Lake Manyara National Park as well as our highly recommended Hunting with the Hadzabe, one of the last hunter and gatherer tribes in the world. All this is integrated in your Northern Circuit with visits to the World Famous Serengeti National Park, the UNESCO Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater. Economic to mid option of our Accessibly Affordable price.

Single From $ 4,750
Double From $ 3,200

Cheap and Cheerful Camping Safari – 4N/5D
This route takes you through everything you'd love to see in the Northern Circuit; the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, the world famous Serengeti and the UNESCO site of the Ngorongoro Crater. You may not have a lot of time but you'll have the opportunity to see the Big 5, the Great Wilderbeest Migration and see and learn about the Masaai in this very affordable Northern Circuit Safari (Public Camping but everything is set up for you and you have your own private chef. Can be combined with lodges/hotels, and extended or shortened.)

Single From $ 2,450
Double From $ 1,550

ULTIMATE Bucket List Safari, Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar – 17N/ 18D
This is the Ultimate all-inclusive Tanzanian trip for anyone who has a Bucket list. Your Ultimate Adventure touches every sphere of experience in Tanzania. This package includes a 5 day Safari in the Northern Circuit where you will visit Tarangire National Park;  famous for its big concentration of elephants, the Ngorongoro Crater; a UNESCO Heritage site and the largest unbroken Caldera in the world and of course to the Serengeti National Park; The Number 1 Safari destination in the world famous for its Big 5 and The Great Wildebeest Migration, the greatest wildlife show on Earth. Then you continue to one of the most amazing challenges and accomplishments you can experience 7 days to summit the Highest Free standing Mountain on Earth; Mount Kilimanjaro, through the Machame route. Our Ultimate Adventure ends in the magnificent Zanzibar island where you will relax on the splendid white sand beaches watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Combination of Mid to Luxury accommodation.

Single From $ 8,500
Double From $ 6,050

Premiere Luxury Safari 5N/6D
This Safari is ideal for Adventurers who want to stay at beautifully appointed and more luxurious types of accommodations without spending exorbitant amounts. We've chosen some of our favorite places with affordable opulence in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. Highlights include Tarangire, the World Famous Serengeti and the UNESCO Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s everything that you would want to treat yourself. Experience it with our social enterprise.

Single From $ 5,950
Double From $ 4,075

Everything and Educational Safari – 6N/7D
This Safari is everything you would ever want to see and experience. Great for families or the inner child in you that wants to learn about everything and do it all: Educational, Active, Cultural and Community Development Initiatives. National Parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Included extras are: Active ( canoeing or hiking), Olduvai Gorge anthropological visit, Masaai cultural experience, Hunting with the Ha dzabe tribe. Visit to an NGO. Mid-Luxury.

Single From $ 5,550
Double From $ 3,750

Budget Bucket List – 12N/13D
It's something you've always wanted to do. Feel the achievement of conquering Kilimanjaro. With this ANDA Adventure. You'll get the opportunity to hike up Machame also known as the Whiskey route and after reward yourself with an amazing Safari through Lake Manyara, the world famous Serengeti and the UNESCO site of Ngorongoro. Because you're in Tanzania you'll want to do both. This is a budget trip can be easily changed to a more luxurious version.

Single From $ 4,930
Double From $ 3,640

One of a Kind Northern Safari – 9N/10D
Safari & Island getaway, the perfect holiday. This Adventure takes you through Tarangire, the amazing Serengeti National Park, famously known for its Great Wildebeest Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater, a wonderful place that can't be missed as a World Heritage site and natural wonder awarded for its diversity of wildlife. Then we continue to a wonderful R&R trip to the mystical allure of Stonetown and a stunning beach resort in Zanzibar. Mid-Luxury.

Single From $ 4,500
Double From $ 3,650

Kilimanjaro – Machame Route - 6N/7D
Known as the Whiskey route, Machame is the most popular route due to the fact that it has a very high success rate of summiting to the top. Curling around the mountain gives you a variety of different views and beautiful landscapes. Challenge yourself and feel the amazing achievement reachi ng the Roof of Africa! We have brand new mountaineering expedition gear from Canada rated to 4 seasons and our ANDA Kili Dream Team is the best! All gear set up Team and great meals by your Chef.

Single From $ 2,350
Double From $ 1,975

Zanzibar – 4N/5D
Whether you are just wanting to relax, go snorkelling or diving among beautiful corals in pristine marine sanctuaries, try your hand at kite-surfing or simply soak in the sun on your private beach, options abound on the beautiful islands of Tanzania. A fantastic option on your own, as a romantic getaway or taking the family on a white sand beach excursion. Mid-Luxury

Single From $ 910
Double From $ 715

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Just you is the Single Traveller Specilaists.
They are a singles vacation specialist for Canadian solo travellers and offer a balance between an escorted tour and independent exploration. They have operated out of the UK, providing single travellers a chance to discover the world of their dreams for more than 10 years. There vacations aren't just for single people, they're for anyone who wants to travel solo. So, if you want to expereince a new destiantion in good company or feel it's time to do somthing that's just for you and you don't want to travel with your partner or friend, a Just You vacation will be perfect for you. And there is never a single supplement added to the cost of your trip.

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Venice, Florence, Bologna, Rome, Sienna
From $ 1,899 p/p

8 Day Highlights of Tuscany
Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano Sienna
From $ 1,599 p/p

8 Day Discover Sicily
Syracuse, Villa del Casal, Monreale, Palermo, Caefalu, Taormna
From $ 1,799 p/p

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Amazing Global Adventures for 18 - 39's
For over 40 years, Top Deck has been providing one of kind adventures throughout the world for young adults aged 18 - 39. They escort you to iconic hotspots and off the beaten track giving the traveller a never a dull moment adventure. The trips offer an great balance of escorted activities and free time to play and discover your own hideaways. it's your trip, your way. Hit the road inmodern coaches, stay in unique, handpicked accommodations, get around in puirpose built transport and hang out with othe ryoung expolorers bent on seeing the world. The trip include all the must see and do activities with plenty of top notch local fare to recharge your batteries in between stops. 

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Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
12 Meals
From $ 1,180 p/p

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Sydney to Cairns
23 Meals - 2 StatesFrom $ 2,990 p/p

 

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London to London
15 Meals - 6 Countries
From $ 2,395 p/p

 

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Cairo to Cairo
12 Meals - Felucca Sailing
From $ 955 p/p

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Johannesburg to Livingstone
16 Meals - 3 Countries
From $ 1,475 p/p

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Vancouver to Vancouver
11 Meals - 2 Provinces
From $ 2.355 p/p

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New York to New Orleans
13 Meals - 8 States
From $ 2,830 p/p

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Royal India 13 Day Tour

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TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CANADA: Make your way to your gateway airport to board your flight to India. Enjoy in-flight meals and services. Overnight onboard the flight

DAY 2: DELHI: Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA: Tour Old and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site, India Gate (the War Memorial) and the Presidents House (from the outside), the Baha’i Lotus Temple (closed on Mondays) - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace, the Qutub Minar a stunning 240-foot minaret, the tallest in the world surrounded by an elaborate complex built in the Indo-Islamic architectural tradition. (205 KMS / 5 HRS)

cover qprDAY 4: AGRA: Enjoy the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument.  Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful dawn glow. Return back to the hotel. Enjoy the morning free at leisure or take an Optional tour to Itmad-Ud-Daulah ($25/pp), known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. In addition, visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles. Visit Agra Fort; another UNESO heritage site built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace and later it became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzeb seized power. The elegant building inside reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Marble craftsmanship demonstration

DAY 5: AGRA - JAIPUR: Drive to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.  On arrival check in to the hotel. Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital is also known as the Pink City. The origin of this nickname becomes immediately apparent as you enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn. Authentic Rajasthani cuisine at a local restaurant. (236 KMS / 5 HRS)

jaipur amber fort elephant ride qprDAY 6: JAIPUR: Start with an exhilarating excursion to Amber Fort perched on top of a hill. A royal ride on elephant (subject to availability) up the hill like the Maharajas of past times and visit the Jagmandir (the hall of victory). Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar’s army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.” View the grand Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This magnificent structure was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street, City Palace and impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the great warrior-astronomer to which this city owes its name. Also enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old part of the Pink city. Demonstration of gem-cutting & polishing.

DAY 7: JAIPUR - PUSHKAR: Drive to Pushkar a sacred city for Hindus. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair (held in November). A quiet, secluded desert town for 51 weeks a year, for just a few days it becomes an absolutely incredible and authentic extravaganza during the annual Pushkar Fair. Drawing people from all around the globe, it is also quite possibly the largest camel and cattle-trading fair in the world. Arrive in Pushkar; check in to the hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the holy city of the God, Brahma; visit the holy Pushkar Lake and the famous 8th century Brahma Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator of the universe and the only Bull temple in the world. Experience a special Pooja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest on the banks of Pushkar Lake. (140 KMS /3.5 HRS)

37 pushkar qprDAY 8: PUSHKAR – UDAIPUR: After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is the majestic city of lakes and palaces. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan’s most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting among the Aravalli Mountains and three manmade lakes. On arrival in Udaipur; check in to the hotel. Take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces, stopping at the island of Jag Mandir, a 17th century water palace that witnessed two important historical events. It was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father and later during the uprising of 1857, the island offered safety to several British families who fled from nearby Née much. (260 KMS / 5 HRS)

DAY 9: UDAIPUR: Begin our day at the City Palace, overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Maharana Udai Singh initiated construction in 1559 A.D. and it was subsequently expanded, with impressive uniformity, by several succeeding Maharanas. The palace consists of a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens. The main hall has been converted into a museum, housing opulent artifacts and original works of art. Inside the complex we will find the exquisite crystal gallery, exhibiting 19th century pieces including crystal chandeliers, tables, sofas and beds. We will continue walking towards the Jagdish Temple to study its many remarkable friezes. Lavishly built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is easy to understand why Jagdish is the most venerated Hindu temple in Udaipur. Afterwards we will explore the Old City, wandering through its bustling streets lined with art shops, spice vendors, tailors and more. Special dinner at 1559 Restaurant

 

30 udaipur1 qprDAY 10: UDAIPUR - JODHPUR: Drive to Jodhpur, en-route visit Ranakpur Temple built in the 15th century and located in a valley on the western side of the Aravali Range. Ranakpur is considered one of the five holiest sites of the Jain community and is exceptionally beautiful. Over 1444 marble pillars, each differently carved in exquisite detail; support the temple although legend has it that it is really impossible to count the pillars. Not to be missed in the temple is one carving out of a single stone with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure. (285 KMS / 5 HRS)

DAY 11: JODHPUR: Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later drive to Jaisalmer founded by Prince Jaisal in 1156. Jaisalmer was a major staging post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert. The first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical. Untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenulated walls, narrow streets lined with exquisite havelis, has a medieval ambience. Arrive in Jaisalmer; check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure

DAY 12: JODHPUR – DELHI: Flight back to Delhi. Free time for last minute shopping in Delhi. Transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to check in for onward flights

DAY 13: DELHI - CANADA: Arrive back in Canada

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
10 Nights accommodation, International Airfare from Toronto, Return airport transfers, Daily Breakfast, Authentic Rajasthani dinner in Jaipur, Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra, Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal, Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur, Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur, Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur, Pooja ceremony on Ghat with Hindu Priest in Pushkar, Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Special Dinner at Rajbagh in Udaipur, Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary, Service of an English speaking Tour Manager, All transportation in an AC Chauffer driven vehicle, All presently applicable land taxes, International Air taxes and fuel surcharges

Per person on Twin sharing basis:         CAD $ 2,990 per person        
Single room supplement:             CAD 899   

 

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Vietnam is a graceful country filled with stunning natural beauty and charming culture.
Its mountains, jungles, and coastlines range from virtually untouched to well-groomed.
Villages remain quaint but hospitable; and major cities are cosmopolitan but retain much of their old charm.
It provides an excellent insight into the Vietnam of today and of the past including its turbulent war history.
From the peaceful capital city Hanoi to Halong Bay to the rural charm of the Mekong Detla; from the vibrant city life of Saigon to the historical Cu Chi Tunnels

Itinerary

viet 1 qpr thmbDay 1 - Canada - Fly overnight to Hanoi.

viet 2 qpr thmbDay 2 - Arrive Hanoi - Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in and free at leisure or explore the local life in the old town.

viet 3 qpr thmbDay 3 - Hanoi - Enjoy a city tour of Hanoi’s most famous sites including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside view), the Presidential Palace and Ho's still house, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. This afternoon, enjoy a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to discover the lifestyle of locals. At night, you may enjoy a optional Water Puppet Show($35), a traditional form of Vietnamese folk art, before tonight’s welcome dinner.

viet 4 qpr thmbDay 4 - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Standard package: Travel to drive to Halong Bay, 180km from Hanoi (it takes approximately 3.5 hours). We stop enroute at the ceramic and hand embroidery workshops which have ready to wear silk clothes in a range of sizes for the more traditionally built tourists. Premium package(Extra $79pp for upgrade): Travel to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders cruising the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Stay overnight on board.

viet 5 qpr thmbDay 5 - Halong Bay - Standard package: This morning board the cruise in Halong Bay (4 hours), a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Visit some magical grottoes and relax in the best scenic beauty of Vietnam. Seafood Lunch served on board. Disembark from the junk at noon and return to Hanoi. Premium package: Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and return to Hanoi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or join an optional “food tour

viet 6 qpr thmbDay 6 - Hanoi -After breakfast, we depart from your hotel to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Along the way, you can take photographs of local villages and the surrounding landscape. On arrival in Hoa Lu

viet 7 qpr thmbDay 7 - Hanoi - You are free until transfer to the airport to catch the departure flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This afternoon is free at leisure.

viet 9 qpr thmbDay 8 - Saigon - You will be picked up from your hotel, then travel by road from Saigon to the peaceful countryside in Ben Tre. Embark a local boat and take a boat on Ben Tre river

viet 9 qpr thmbDay 9 - Saigon - Cu Chi - Saigon - This morning enjoy a city tour including Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market.This afternoon is free at leisure or you can take an optional tour to Travel 30km northwest of Saigon to the town of Cu Chi and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels($79pp), one of the most famous battlegrounds of the Vietnam War. The secret tunnel system is 200 km long deep inside the earth, and was used for hiding in during combat, also serving as communication and supply routes during the Vietnam War.

viet 10 qpr thmbDay 10 - Saigon - After breakfast, transfer to Saigon airport for departure flight back home.

Tour includes: 8 Nights's accommodations in 4 Star Hotels, 16 meals, Return international flight from Toronto, Domestic flights, all transfers, English Speaking Tour guides, Entance Fee.

Save 40% - Now from $ 1799 p/p based on double occupancy. (480 p/p tax, china visa fees not included)

Food trips

Uncover a world of authentic, mouth-watering Food Adventures designed to suit any budget, appetite and time frame. By pairing the classic grassroots Intrepid travel style with a special food focus, our itineraries aim to really get you under the skin of the world's most exciting food cultures, be it chomping a trail through Thailand's food markets, whipping up Peruvian delicacies under the tutelage of world-class chefs or touring Tuscan vineyards.
These are real-world experiences with a foodie twist: one part culture, one part adventure and three parts delicious. From bite-sized trips to gastronomic odysseys, we’ll get you munching, crunching, sipping and slurping just like the locals.

Recipe for the perfect food trip:

  1. Food-obsessed local leaders who know all the hidden culinary hotspots
  2. Hands-on culinary masterclasses from expert regional chefs
  3. Sizzling street-food crawls through the best backstreet markets
  4. Authentic home-cooked feasts with local families
  5. Behind-the-scenes food tours to meet artisanal producers
  6. Beverage tastings; from mezcal to malbec
  7. Plenty of included meals at authentic local restaurants
  8. The perks of travelling with a bunch of fellow food enthusiasts
  9. All the cultural highlights and action-packed adventure of our regular itineraries

Real Food Adventure - Slovenia & Croatia
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10 Days From $2,484 CAD

Eat your way from Ljubljana to Split via Motovun, Pula and Zadar. If it’s a gourmet feast you want, a gourmet feast you shall get! This food-inspired escapade through Bled, Piran, Motovun, Pula, Zadar and Split includes visits to vineyards, salt pans, a truffle farm and fishing villages. Discover why Istria is considered one of the world's leading producers of quality olive oil; eat mouth-watering, slow-cooked meat cooked Dalmatian-style under a metal bell ; and perhaps slurp down an oyster or two...or three. Raise a glass of refosk (Slovenian wine) or slivovitz (plum brandy) and shout ‘zivjeli!’ to the simple, home-style cuisine this region is famous for.

 
 
 
Real Food Adventure - Montenegro & Macedonia
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10 Days From $ 1,930 CAD

Explore Macedonia and Montenegro’s foodie hubs from Skopje to Kotor. No one leaves this real food adventure hungry! Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of this delicious European region on a ten-day tour through Macedonia and Montenegro. Picnic on the lush banks of the Treska River, stroll through national parks and soak up picturesque scenes of waterfalls, church-filled villages and some of Macedonia’s most spiritual sites. Sip a traditional fermented drink – boza - for breakfast (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!), master the art of the perfect pastry with the village women of Janche, sample homemade rakija (fruit brandy) in Ohrid and dine on a home-grown meal in the private garden of a Dihovo family. Experience next level hospitality on this unforgettable foodie adventure.

 
 
 Real Food Adventure - Israel & the Palestinian Territories
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9 Days  From $3,300 CAD

Discover Israel’s culinary traditions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Celebrate classic dishes and delectable delights on this Real Food Adventure through Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Taste Yemenite fare in Tel Aviv, soak up the vibe in Acre’s Old Town fish market, tour a tahini factory, pick up local cooking techniques in Buq’ata, bake braided challah bread and sample mouth-watering knafeh. Somewhere in between these tantalising experiences, float in the Dead Sea, see the historic sights of Jerusalem and reflect on a dark chapter at the Holocaust Museum. This is a journey abounding in culinary delights, complex history and charismatic places.

 
 
 
Real Food Adventure - Italy

food 4 qpr8 Days From $2,570 CAD

Uncover the secrets of Italian cuisine while travelling from Rome to Venice. Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Rome to Venice via San Gimignano and Bologna.
Real Food Adventure - Northern Spain

 
 
 

 

Real Food Adventure - Northern Spain
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10 Days From $ 2855 CAD

Uncover the local delicacies and the local character of Northern Spain. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of northern Spain on this food-led adventure. Immerse yourself in culture, history and cuisine as you taste local produce at Santa Catarina Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class and wander the stunning Gothic Quarter. Enjoy the wealth of tapas bars in Logrono, explore the medieval streets and underground wine caves of Laguardia. Venture north to one of Spain’s most celebrated cities, San Sebastian, where beautiful beaches, historic buildings and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun. Experience a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house) near Oviedo, attend a centuries' old farmers market near the Picos de Europa National Park and devour fresh seafood on the coast in Galicia. End your gastronomic pilgrimage in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela.

 
 
 
 
Real Food Adventure - Morocco

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10 Days From $1,380 CAD

Eat, taste and cook like a local on this trip to the heart of Morocco. Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerising markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals with the locals. Take a handful of bustling souqs, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory.