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The Middle East
Europe
& The Middle East
2015
Central & Western Europe • Eastern Europe & Russia • Greece & Turkey • Morocco & the Middle East • The Arctic
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urban adventures
Best. Day. Ever.
Urban Adventures range from two hour to full-day tours that mix famous sights with hidden gems. Join an expert local guide
to discover the food, culture and traditions of our favourite places. See beyond the usual sights on a day tour with a difference.
Unique itineraries • Expert local guides • Guaranteed departures • New destinations added every month
Netherlands
Germany
Lithuania
Russia
• Amsterdam Beer Tour
• Amsterdam Food by Foot
• Cycle Amsterdam
• Food and Art in Funky
Kreuzberg
• Hidden Berlin
• Storyline of Berlin
• Stories From Friedrichshain:
An Interactive Theatre Tour
• Undiscovered Vilnius
• Flavours of Vilnius
• Moscow Bunker &
Underground
• Moscow Up Close & Personal
• St Petersburg Discovery
• St Petersburg Like a Local
Portugal
Poland
• Experience Lisbon Walk
• Lisbon Sunset Fado
& Tapas
• Experience Porto's Bites
and Sights
• Communist Krakow
Adventure
• Home Cooked Krakow
• Jewish Krakow Adventure
• Polish Krakow Adventure
Czech Republic
• Bohemian Prague Tour
• Prague Beer and Czech
Tapas Tour
• Prague Castle & Little
Quarter Tour
• Prague Discovery
Hungary
• Bites & Sights
• Budapest Explorer
Romania
• Home Cooked Bucharest
France
Croatia
• Experience Bohemian Paris
• Secret Paris: Cheese, Art,
and Local Life
• Game of Thrones
• Secrets of Split
Spain
• Barcelona Cycle & Tapas
• Barcelona Tapas Tour
"en el barrio"
• Grab your Pintxo
• St. James Way Adventure
• Hondarribi Town and Basque
Sports Tour
• Home Cooked San Sebastian
• Madrid Then and Now
• Madrid Tapas Adventure
Bulgaria
Slovenia
Italy
• Aperitivo Time!
Florence Wine Tour
• Florence for Foodies Walk
• Florence Markets & Delis
• Ancient Rome: Archaeological
Discovery Tour
• Roman Dolce Vita
• Trastevere:
Trends and Tradition
• Cicchetti of Venice Tour
• Yoga, Beach & Brunch
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Greece
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•
•
•
Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens
Taste of Athens
Walking Athens
Hidden Markets of
Thessaloniki
• Tastes of Thessaloniki
• Home Cooked Kastoria
• Breakfast with Sofia
• Sofia Food, Heritage, and
Culture Tour
New
Delh
Turkey
• Handicrafts Renaissance in
Avanos
• Heart of Cappadocia
• Underground Cappadocia
• Wine & Sunset Tour
• Hidden Istanbul
• Home Cooked Istanbul
• Istanbul Street Food Picnic
• Old & New Istanbul
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Paris, France - Shannon Thompson
Why group travel?
The world’s a big place, and it’s human nature to get out there and explore it. But when there’s a plethora of different
languages to learn, borders to cross and cultures to negotiate, you can spend a lot of energy on simply getting from A to B.
Small group adventure travel allows you to maximise your precious time off. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus
all your energy on having the experience of a lifetime.
Istanbul, Turkey - Tijen Erol
Bari, Italy - Beatrice Poggio
Hassle-free adventures
Just the right balance
We’ve put years of research into our itineraries,
operators and accommodation. So why spend
hours agonising over every detail of your trip
when you can leave it to someone who lives and
breathes your style of travel? Whether you’re
an independent traveller with limited time or
you want to explore a destination that’s outside
your comfort zone, you’ll have the support and
expertise you need.
The best small group adventures strike the
perfect balance between planned activities
and ‘you time’. After all, it’s your holiday and we
don’t want to cramp your style. If something’s
got the better of your curiosity, mention it to
your leader. They’re happy to help facilitate the
activities that you want to do and make sure
you’re getting exactly what you want out of
your trip.
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Santorini, Greece - Mikael Damkier
Unforgettable experiences,
unbelievable value
Our itineraries come with more inclusions than
you might expect on a typical small group
adventure. Intrepid trips are designed to give you
exceptional value and unforgettable experiences.
While other group tours might drop you off at the
Colosseum and leave you to fend for yourself, we’ll
help you get the most out of the experience with
our stellar leaders and insider knowledge.
Why travel with Intrepid?
We all travel for different reasons. People. Culture. Wildlife. Food. Landscapes. Cityscapes. Whatever motivates you to get out
there and explore the world, we’re here to help you get an authentic experience as close to local life as possible.
The local factor
Small groups
All of our trips are designed to create real life
experiences and unforgettable 'wow' moments.
From our destination managers who craft
itineraries that introduce you to truly unique
people and places, to our leaders who are on
the lookout for opportunities to facilitate local
interaction along the way, Intrepid offers local
knowledge and experience to get you behind the
scenes of a destination. We offer simply unique,
authentic insights into local lives.
Our groups are small enough to feel like you’re
exploring a destination independently, but big
enough to create a good social vibe. Group size
will vary depending on where you’re travelling;
some of our overland trucks carry more travellers,
and some of our sailing boats only fit a smaller
group. But our average group size is 10. And
we’ve found that’s a great number to let you
connect with the people you meet – whether
they’re locals or the other people in your group.
Portofino, Italy - Gavin Goeldner
10
The average number
of travellers you’ll find
on an Intrepid trip.
Merzouga, Morocco - Gerg Croft
Your own private adventure
If you like to travel privately or are part of a group that wants its own escape, look no further than a private group adventure.
We can either tailor-make a trip specifically to your requirements or organise a one-off departure of one of our existing
adventures. So simply pick a trip or let us know your travel needs and we’ll come up with an adventure just for you. For more
information, please contact our Private Groups team at [email protected]
Is private group travel right for you?
Benefits of a private group
«« Friends and families
It’s great fun travelling with those closest to you, but we all know
that organising it is fraught with difficulty. Let us do the hard work
for you.
«« Tailor-make your own itinerary or choose from one of our
existing itineraries
«« School groups
We are experts in arranging customised trips for universities
and school groups – whether focusing on education, language,
history, culture or more.
«« Food lovers
We can tailor-make a food trip just for you that includes local
cooking schools, visiting restaurants, shopping in local markets
and every delicious thing in between.
«« It's your own exclusive departure
«« Pick your departure date
«« Choose your own style of travel
«« Get the personalised attention of a private groups specialist
«« Enjoy hassle-free planning
«« Have airfares, insurance and all of your travel needs organised
for you.
«« Supporters of a not-for-profit
If you're a regular supporter of an overseas project, why not
organise a trip to see your contribution firsthand.
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GUARANTEED
WINTER
DEPARTURES
BEST
SELLER
Departure guaranteed We have
no minimum numbers on most
of our trips numbers so once you
have booked you can be confident
that the trip will run as scheduled.
Winter departures A special
departure that embraces all the
delights of a winter wonderland.
Best seller These are our most
popular, in-demand trips that sellout over and over again.
Reverse trips To give you more
options, we also run this itinerary
in the opposite direction.
Stay connected Want to connect
no matter where? Wi-Fi is available
on all buses on this trip.
Physical & cultural ratings
Each trip comes with a physical and cultural
rating, so you can pick one that's right for you.
Cultural ratings give you an idea of the level
of culture shock to expect, and how much
adjustment is required. As a guide:
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little or no adjustment
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some unusual food and
language barriers
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expect a real culture shock
Our trip styles
Every Intrepid adventure has been carefully designed to make sure you have an
unforgettable, grassroots travel experience. Over the years, we've developed a range
of styles to fit a broad spectrum of travellers:
Peru - Angelica Tan
Grand Canyon, USA - Marie Swanson
Galapagos Islands - Steve Ogle
Basix trips
Original trips
Comfort trips
For travellers on a budget, our
Basix trips don’t complicate
things by adding heaps of
inclusions. They’re about value
and offering lots of free time to
choose the activities and extras
you want to do.
The classic Intrepid style. These
trips come with some included
activities, and stay at more hotels
than Basix trips. We like to think
our Original range is perfect
for those who want a taste
of everything.
Our Comfort trips go at a slower
pace, feature larger, roomier
vehicles and are designed
for those who want more
inclusions, a higher standard
of accommodation and more
creature comforts.
Which trip is right for you?
Our travel styles share a common philosophy of getting out there and experiencing
the real world. Take a moment to figure out which trip style suits you best:
Do you prefer to pay for most
things before you travel?
NO
YES
Physical ratings tell you how physically exerting
a trip is, and how fit you'll need to be to enjoy it.
As a guide:
˜™™™™
easy and relaxing
˜˜˜™™
an average level of fitness
is required
˜˜˜˜˜
a full-on, active adventure for
the most agile of travellers
Do you enjoy being on the
road (as opposed to having a
few days to unpack)?
YES
Single traveller?
No worries! There’s no extra charge when you
share accommodation with a member of the same
sex. And on our Original and Comfort itineraries,
there's often a single supplement available in case
you'd like a room to yourself.
Are you looking for a trip
with lots of organised group
activities?
NO
NO
Do you want to cover
a lot of ground rather
than explore a region
in depth?
Are you happy to forego
a few creature comforts?
YES
NO
YES
YES
NO
Price guarantee
Once your trip is paid in full, there's no
surcharge within the validity period of
this brochure.
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Basix
Original
Comfort
Who makes the magic happen?
When it comes to your hometown,
we bet you know the stories behind
the hidden sights, all the best bars and
the tastiest spot to grab a bite to eat.
But when you travel, you’re suddenly
the new person in town. That’s why it
makes sense for a local to help show
you around.
Take Cyra for instance, one of our friendly leaders
in Spain and Western Europe. Cyra always receives
rave feedback from her passengers because of
her passion for the countries she leads in, her
knowledge of secret spots and amazing food,
her propensity for fun and for her commitment
to going above and beyond, which makes for an
unforgettable adventure. But fortunately this is
common to all of our leaders. Take a look at the
ways a local leader like Cyra can help you get the
most out of your adventure…
Morocco - Betty Prange
Tell Cyra what you want to see, eat and do
and she’ll help you make it happen.
Listen
Learn
Cyra knows her stuff. She’s gone through
extensive training as a leader and can’t wait to
Learn
share her knowledge of her country
with you.
See
Cyra has a keen eye. She’ll spot something
tasty in a market, a hidden shop in the
backstreets and the best spot to swim.
Cyra's not there to hold your hand. She’s
there to point you in the right direction and
make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Freedom
Move
Lithuania - Ken Harris
Getting from A to B is half the fun. Cyra knows
where to stretch your legs, where to explore
and will get you to the airport on time!
Italy - Anna Dambrosio
Trip themes
Whether you're chasing a global gastronomic dream or wanting to ride your bike through France, we have a theme for you.
Independent Journeys
Wildlife
Food
Get the same exceptional itinerary of one of
our small-group trips all to yourself. This means
no leader, no group and none of the hassles of
organising your trip.
Experience some of the world’s most epic wildlife
with the industry leaders in sustainable tourism.
With a focus on street fare, local specialities,
home cooking and urban food culture, these
trips offer authentic local experiences with an
emphasis on cuisine.
Overland
Explore the rugged terrain of some of the world’s
most far-flung places in our purpose-built trucks
and buses.
Explorer
As grassroots, authentic, local experiences,
Explorer trips are the essential and iconic
Intrepid trips.
Walking
Make the most of the outdoors on a group tour
or self-guided itinerary. Accommodation is
pre-booked, and luggage will be transferred from
point to point.
Sailing
Fully skippered and with no sailing experience
necessary, you can sail off into the sunset
in Thailand, Burma, the Mediterranean, the
Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands.
Short Break
Mini-breaks with a difference, these 2-5 day trips
offer the same local, authentic experiences as our
longer trips, but in a shorter amount of time.
Cycling
A cycling adventure can take you over the cols of
the Alps or across the roof of the world in Tibet. You
don't have to be a Bradley or a Cadel – whatever
your level of fitness, we've got le tour for you!
Family
Carefully crafted itineraries that allow you
to create a memorable adventure with your
children. Experience authentic local culture with
an English-speaking leader.
Festivals and Events
Dancing through the streets of Rio during
Carnaval or getting dusted in neon powder
during India’s Holi festival – immerse yourself in
the local culture and experience it all firsthand.
Polar
Discover the magical, icy worlds and quirky wildlife
of both the Arctic and Antarctica.
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A taste of Europe
SVALBARD
Norweigian fjords cabin
Wake up in the shadow of
Norway's legendary fjords,
and be greeted by the
sight of crisp mountain
peaks and sheer valleys
reflected in glassy waters.
ICELAND
See trip on page 49
The Arctic
No guarantees of spotting
Santa, but this icy
wonderland is brimming
with beluga whales, arctic
foxes, walrus, polar beers
and, of course, reindeer.
See trip on page 56
FINLAND
NORWAY
SWEDEN
SCOTLAND
NORTHERN
IRELAND
ESTONIA
LATVIA
LITHUANIA
NETHERLANDS
IRELAND
BELGIUM
Château Sainte-Sabine
POLAND
GERMANY
LUXEMBOURG
Nestled on the banks of
the Burgundy River, this
magnificent 17th-century
chateau is the perfect
place to experience the
French countryside.
CZECH REP.
SLOVAKIA
SWITZERLAND
AUSTRIA
FRANCE
ITA LY
See trip on page 46
PORTUGAL
CROATIA
SPAIN
Overnight train
MOROCCO
There's nothing quite like
sailing down the Nile on a
felucca, watching local life
unfold in front of you and
following a journey that's
been done for millennia.
See trip on page 88
Transport –
how we get around
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10
Europe
Czech Republic - Jaalin Cheng
BULGARIA
GREECE
ALBANIA
Feluccas
See trip on page 36
Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself. That’s
why Intrepid adventures come with all manner of
transport modes – from the slightly unusual to the
downright bizarre! You could find yourself mixing it
up with commuters on a Russian train, cycling past
thousand-year old chateaux in France or striding
across the desert atop a camel. No matter the mode,
it's about minimising our environmental impact and
making getting around part of the adventure.
ROMANIA
BOSNIA &
HERZOGOVINA
MONTENEGRO
Grab a bunk, sit back and
journey past the desert
scenery of Morocco,
mingling with the locals
and experiencing train
travel Moroccan style.
HUNGARY
SLOVENIA
Moscow metro
Easily the world's most
extravagant public
transport system, no visit
to Moscow is complete
without a ride through this
maze of marble and art.
See trip on page 75
RUSSIA
Trans-Siberian Railway
Spanning thousands
of kilometres between
Moscow and Beijing, this rail
journey through Russia and
eastern Asia is unmatched in
both size and scale.
See trip on page 77
Pokrovskoye village stay
Experience daily life
in the heart of Siberia
while staying with a local
family and experiencing
a traditional banya – an
essential Russian pastime.
See trip on page 76
MONGOLIA
UKRAINE
CHINA
SERBIA
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Carpathian Mountains B&B
TURKEY
Transylvanian village
JORDAN
Spend a vampire-free
night with a host family in
Romania's most famous
region, sampling fresh
produce, homemade wines
and some local schnapps.
With a delightful family
owned B&B as your base,
explore Ukraine's mix of
eastern European culture
and hike in the stunning
Carpathian Mountains.
See trip on page 75
See trip on page 74
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Accommodation –
where we like to sleep
Where our weary travellers rest their heads
each night is really important to us. Be it a
riad in Morocco, a local family's home in Russia or
an ice hotel in Romania, plenty of thought goes
into each night's accommodation. Where we stay
ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched
in a region's people and culture, and provides
them with unique local experiences that benefit
the community too.
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Marrakech, Morocco - Dominic Burdon
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Responsible travel
At Intrepid, we’re committed to a style of travel that benefits our travellers, our
communities and our business. We believe travel can be environmentally, culturally,
and economically responsible, and so do our travellers. One of the main reasons our
travellers keep returning to Intrepid is because of our commitment to sustainability
and responsible travel.
Responsible traveller tips
Before leaving home, take some time to
learn about your destination's culture
and customs.
Be mindful of limited resources like
water, fuel and electricity, and always
take a carry bag with you.
Avoid buying plastic bottles.
Use a refillable bottle and
water purification methods.
Dress respectfully and observe
local customs related to modesty
and behaviour.
COPE, Laos - Jo Pereira
Always ask before taking
someone's photo.
Intrepid and carbon emissions
Avoid venues or activities where animals
are mistreated.
When you travel on an Intrepid-operated trip, you
can relax in the knowledge that we've worked hard
to reduce the environmental impact your trip makes.
Where we can, we use public transport, stay in
locally owned accommodation and eat in local
establishments that source their food close to home.
This helps reduce our direct environmental impact
while giving you a memorable travel experience.
For the carbon emissions we can’t avoid, we have
calculated and offset them into highly accredited
renewable energy projects. And we don’t stop
there. We also offset all the emissions from our
offices around the world and offer our travellers the
option to offset their flight.
Being a responsible business
Being a responsible business is ingrained into who we
are and what we do. But to keep us in check, we report
every year on our pledge to tackle global sustainability
issues like the environment, human rights, labour
standards and corruption. This annual reporting is
a requirement of our ongoing commitment to the
United Nations Global Compact and helps us respond
to ever-evolving world issues. See the Responsible
Business section of our website for more details.
Thailand - James McGhie
Elephant welfare
We are proud to say we no longer offer elephant
rides on any of our trips. The welfare of elephants
(and all animals) has been of long-standing concern
for Intrepid, and over the past few years we have
worked with animal welfare group World Animal
Protection (formerly WSPA) to phase out visiting
venues where animal welfare is questionable – and
help these venues improve conditions for the
animals in their care.
Go to intrepidtravel.com/about-intrepid/responsiblebusiness for more details.
Travellers
making a
difference
Many of our travellers return home
from their trips having been moved
by their experiences. They often want
to make a contribution to the people
or places that have had an impact
on them, particularly the Intrepid
Foundation-supported projects
they've visited.
The Intrepid Foundation was established in
2002 with a mission to invest in grassroots
projects in the regions we operate. In 12 years,
over $3.4 million has been distributed to
more than 75 non-profit organisations in
over 25 countries.
If you, like many of our travellers, want to
make a contribution to any of these projects,
you can do so in the knowledge that 100% of
your donation goes directly to your chosen
recipient, and that Intrepid matches all
donations dollar for dollar*, as well as covers all
administrative costs of the foundation.
Learn more about The Intrepid Foundation at:
theintrepidfoundation.org
*up to AUD 5,000 per donor and a total of AUD
400,000 for all donors each financial year.
In 2013, Intrepid
Foundation:
Donated $344,000
Project SAMA wrap-up
Supported 42 projects in
24 countries
In 2012 Intrepid started Project SAMA, a three-year project to raise awareness and funds to promote gender
equality around the world.
Numerous fundraisers, four challenges to Mt Kilimanjaro and along the Camino de Santiago, and the support
of countless wonderful people later, we have raised over $250,000 to support projects that work to end
gender inequality. We extend our thanks and gratitude to all who were involved.
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Independent Journeys
For the independent at
heart, we’re delighted to
add a new style of travel
to our range this year:
Independent Journeys.
We’ve offering a number of our Comfort-style trips as private adventures for just
two people – meaning you get the same exceptional itinerary all to yourselves with
none of the hassles of organising it. So while you won’t be part of a small group
or be accompanied by a leader throughout the duration of your trip, you will be
met in each location by one of our knowledgeable local guides and have all your
accommodation and local transport organised for you.
So get out there and enjoy the world on your own terms – and we’ll do the rest.
16 Independent Journeys
Cappadocia, Turkey - Samantha Philp
Italy Experience
Turkey Encompassed
Morocco Explorer
10 days, Venice to Rome
15 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
13 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
Savour the flavours of this gastronomic haven
on a journey from the canals of Venice to the
cobblestone streets of Rome. Explore historic
sites and picturesque villages while travelling
through some of the most incredible places
in Italy. Indulge in everything from fresh
seafood and hearty wines to the finest
balsamic vinegars and pesto. This trip is sure
to tantalise all the senses.
See page 61 for itinerary details
Brimming with history and bursting with
flavour, Turkey intrigues and delights at every
turn. Become acquainted with Istanbul,
behold unique landscapes in Cappadocia and
sail the gorgeous islands off Kekova. Marvel
at the ancient ruins of Ephesus, settle in for
a soaking in Pamukkale’s hot springs and
reflect on the tragedy that took place along
Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula.
See page 84 for itinerary details
A blur of history, tradition, national identity
and religion, Morocco is a diverse tapestry,
as varied as the colours woven into each
carpet sold on the street. From the blue
seas of Casablanca to the ancient medina
of Marrakech, journey into Morocco’s heart
through its food, religion, language and
culture to better understand this exciting
nation and its passionate people.
See page 37 for itinerary details
Additional information is available at intrepidtravel.com
Independent Journeys 17
Europe & Morocco in depth
Why take in just a bit of Europe when you can take in a whole lot more?
Belgium - Simone McClenaughan
Dracula’s Transylvania
The Algarve
Belgium beer
It really exists. Sort of.
More than just a beach
What’s your boisson?
Forget Bella and Edward gallivanting around in
the Washington woodlands – the Romanian town
of Sighisoara is where the real vampire myth first
took shape. If you jump on any of our trips through
Romania, you’ll get to go to this decidedly spooky
town. It was here that Vlad Țepeș, who inspired Bram
Stoker’s Count Dracula, ruled over the principality of
Wallachia from 1456 to 1462. Keep a close eye out for
werewolves also. They’re from here too.
Don’t be blinded by those flawless images of
St Tropez and Capri – Europe’s beaches are
much more than simply the Mediterranean. Take
the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost stretch
of shoreline. Imagine emerald waters, golden
cliffs, secluded coves, limestone grottoes and
submerged rock reefs. Then add a dash of history,
a good measure of partying and no shortage of
bacalhau (salted cod). Mediterranean who?
No country has done more to take the science of
brewing into the realm of art than Belgium. By some
counts there are more than 450 types of beer in
Belgium, most of which have their own design of
glass. The whole love affair started back before the
country was even a country, when Trappist monks
were permitted by the Catholic church to brew beer
for fundraising. At the time it was considered a safer
drinking option than water!
18 Multi Country
Fast facts
Orange pride
Ever wondered why
carrots were orange?
No? Well, it’s because
17th-century Dutch
farmers wanted to
pay their respects to
William of Orange.
Top 4...
No April Fools
On 1st April 1997, a
neighbourhood of
the Lithuanian capital
Vilnius declared itself
the Republic of Užupis.
It boasts four flags and
an army of eleven.
Original sin
Heavy conjugals
Fear your baby might
be possessed? Head
to Spain’s El Colacho
Festival where men
purge babies of their
sins by jumping over
them dressed as devils.
Every year since 1992,
Finland has hosted the
Wife Carrying World
Championships. It’s
taken very seriously
and first prize is the
wife’s weight in beer.
Architectural marvels
Sagrada Familia
Its taken 130 years of
construction to get this
far – only 12 more to go.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
A Willy Wonka-esque
work commissioned by
Ivan the Terrible.
The Acropolis
Made in 400 BC and still
standing strong. The
Greeks built stuff to last.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Come see it before it
becomes the ‘Toppled
over Tower of Piza’.
Pick and mix Europe
The weather in…
A continent of small countries, many sights and great roads, Europe is one place where you really can
pack a lot in without feeling like you’re rushing it. Here’s a selection of our combo trips that do just that.
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below, so
you can decide on the best travel season for you.
29
DAYS
START
Oslo
St Petersburg
Barcelona
Vienna
BMSCC Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Germany (Original)
36
DAYS
33
DAYS
J
Berlin
WBSIC Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey (Original)
Istanbul
ZMRFC Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia,
Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belguim, the Netherlands (Basix)
AMSNC Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia (Original)
FINISH
Rome
KEY
Dubrovnik
F M A M
J
J
A
S
O N D
Madrid
Venice
Vienna
Berlin
Dubrovnik
Paris
Cold & wet 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Additional information is available at intrepidtravel.com
Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Warm & wet 20-25˚C
Hot & dry 30-35˚C
Multi Country 19
Cinque Terre, Italy - Louise Ferguson
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Europe Explorer
TRIP CODE ZMRFC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMRFC
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (16 nts), hostel (10 nts),
overnight sleeper train (1 nt), pension (2 nts), private
apartment (2 nts), guesthouse (4 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, tram, overnight sleeper train,
private vehicle, public bus
MEALS 10 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 580 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 1.200 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start Finish
2015
13 Jun 18 Jul
27 Jun 01 Aug
18 Jul
08 Aug
29 Aug
19 Sep
22 Aug
12 Sep
03 Oct
24 Oct
See our website
for 2016 dates
Rome, Italy - Michelle Tan
20 Multi Country
36 days, Barcelona to Rome
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Explore Europe’s must-see cities without flocks of people following in your wake and
get behind the scenes of busy tourist sites to discover the real Europe.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Barcelona Discover Barcelona’s
thriving art scene and delectable cuisine. Days 3-4
Avignon Admire Avignon’s ancient churches and
architectural beauty. Days 5-7 Paris Experience the
beauty of Paris’s iconic streets. Day 8 Luxembourg
Stroll the cobbled streets of Luxembourg City’s Old
Town. Days 9-10 Brussels Waffles and chocolates,
fries and beer – Brussels is gastronomy headquarters.
Days 11-13 Amsterdam This instantly likeable city
charms visitors with its trendy lifestyle and picturesque
canals. Days 14-16 Berlin Discover the perfect
combination of grunge and class in Berlin. Days 17-18
Krakow Head down to Rynek Glowny for a spot of
people-watching. Days 19-20 Prague Visit Franz Kafka’s
resting place in the Jewish Quarter. Day 21 Cesky
Krumlov Enjoy the cultural environs of this bohemian
town nestled in a bend of the Vltava River. Days 22-23
Vienna Discover a city with a vibrant artistic soul.
Days 24-25 Budapest Sample rich Hungarian food or
freak out at the House of Terror. Days 26-27 Bled Go
rafting, cycle to Vintgar Gorge or paddle out to Bled's
island church. Days 28-30 Venice Be romanced by the
Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica di San Marco in this city
of hidden treasures. Days 31-32 Cinque Terre Explore
rustic Italian villages, cool off in the warm coastal waters
and make the most of fresh local produce. Days 33-34
Florence Climb uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy
a golden sunset across the city's rooftops. Days 35-36
Rome Visit the Colosseum, recharge with a slice of pizza
and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona or throw a
coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return
to the 'Eternal City'.
Highlights
• Wander Prague’s classy Old Town
• Discover Berlin’s eclectic art scenes
• Cycle your way through Amsterdam
• Walk the stunning Cinque Terre
Amsterdam
BE LGIU M
Brussels
Luxembourg
Paris
Berlin
GER MAN Y
Prague
POLA N D
Krakow
C ZE C H
Cesky Krumlov
R E P U B LIC
A U S TR IA Vienna
Budapest
Bled
H U N GA RY
Venice
SLOVE N IA
Avignon
Florence
Cinque Terre
FR A N C E
S PAIN
N ETH E R LA N D S
Barcelona
ITALY
Rome
Chefchaouen, Morocco - Jaswant Julie Nagra
Salamanca sounds
The residents of Spain’s Salamanca are
considered to speak the purest form of
Spanish still in existence. So if you’re
looking to brush up on some of the old
Castellano, this could be just the place.
Fes, Morocco - Carolyn Watson
The Algarve, Portugal
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
TRIP CODE ZMSQC
24 days, Madrid to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
With so much to offer, this is one part of the world that it really doesn’t pay to rush
through – so it’s easy does it right the way through on this trip.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Arrive in Madrid, one of the
most vibrant cities in Spain. Day 2 Salamanca Soak up
the student vibe on a walk past historic stone buildings
to Plaza Mayor. Days 3-4 Coimbra Travel from Spain
to Portugal to sample full-bodied wines and delicious
cuisine. Days 5-6 Lisbon Explore multicultural Lisbon,
a charming city with a towering medieval citadel and
many interesting museums. Days 7-8 The Algarve
Take the opportunity to bliss out on the beach or
explore hidden coves. Day 9 Jerez Discover the secrets
to a perfect aperitif on a bodega tour. Days 10-11
Chefchaouen Relax in Chefchaouen, a sleepy mountain
town peppered with blue-washed buildings and
ambient restaurants. Days 12-13 Fes Step back in time
at a medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes
and sounds. Days 14-15 Marrakech Find everything
from genie lamps to leather slippers in Marrakech,
an intoxicating city of souqs and mosques. Day 16
Aroumd Stay in a mountain gite with incredible views
while exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Day 17
Ait Benhaddou Explore the grand Ait Benhaddou
kasbah, Morocco's internationally acclaimed film set,
as featured in Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Day 18
Zagora Journey towards the mighty Sahara, through
the lush Draa Valley, to the small oasis town of Zagora.
Day 19 Sahara Camp Enjoy a camel expedition across
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSQC
GUARANTEED
the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars.
Day 20 Taroudannt Climb aboard a 4x4 for an epic
trip out to the Erg Chigaga sand dunes. Days 21-22
Essaouira Travel to the seaside gem of Essaouira and
discover a variety of active or relaxing things to do.
Days 23-24 Marrakech End the trip in Marrakech.
Highlights
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (17 nts), gite (1 nt), guesthouse
(1 nt), riad (3 nts), desert camp (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Metro, public bus, private bus, train, ferry,
private vehicle, taxi, 4x4
MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 342 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 690 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.65 out of 5
• Relax on The Algarve's golden beaches
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
• Visit a bodega in Jerez
Start
2015
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
• Unwind in tranquil Chefchaouen
• See the historic kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
P ORTU GA L
Coimbra
Lisbon
The Algarve
Chefchaouen
Salamanca
Madrid
SPAIN
Jerez
Fes
MOR OC C O
Aroumd
Ait Benhaddou
Taroudannt
Zagora
Sahara Camp
Marrakech
Essaouira
Original
Additional information is available at intrepidtravel.com
Finish
20 Apr
27 Apr
04 May
11 May
18 May
25 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
29 Jun
06 Jul
13 Jul
20 Jul
27 Jul
03 Aug
10 Aug
17 Aug
24 Aug
31 Aug
07 Sep
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
31 Oct
07 Nov
14 Nov
2016
26 Mar
02 Apr
09 Apr
16 Apr
23 Apr
30 Apr
07 May
14 May
21 May
14 Sep
21 Sep
28 Sep
05 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
26 Oct
02 Nov
09 Nov
16 Nov
23 Nov
30 Nov
07 Dec
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
28 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
13 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
See our website
for more 2016
dates
Spain, Portugal & Morocco 21
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Budapest, Hungary
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey - Boris Stroujko
St Petersburg to Istanbul
TRIP CODE WBSIC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBSIC
32 days, St Petersburg to Istanbul
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (22 nts), overnight sleeper train
(4 nts), B & B (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), guesthouse (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat, taxi, overnight sleeper train, train,
metro, bicycle, tram, public bus, private vehicle
MEALS 17 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1344 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 800 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays from April to September
Start
2015
18 Apr
02 May
30 May
13 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
Finish
20 May
03 Jun
01 Jul
15 Jul
12 Aug
26 Aug
22 Aug
19 Sep
2016
16 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
11 Jun
22 Multi Country
23 Sep
21 Oct
17 May
31 May
14 Jun
28 Jun
12 Jul
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
17 Sep
26 Jul
09 Aug
23 Aug
06 Sep
20 Sep
18 Oct
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
With a great balance of fascinating planned activities and free time to wander,
travelling from Russia to Turkey has never been so easy on this all-encompassing trip.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 St Petersburg Fall for St
Petersburg’s history, culture and charm. Days 3-4
Novgorod From museums to monasteries, Kremlins
to cathedrals, this city offers many historical gems.
Days 5-7 Moscow Be mesmerised by the sights of
Russia’s compelling capital. Days 8-10 Kyiv Also known
as the ‘Mother of Slavic Cities’, Kyiv will captivate
with its parks, museums and theatres. Days 11-12
Carpathian Mountains Stay with a local family,
learning about rural life and participating in a cooking
class. Days 13-14 Lviv Take a tour through the Old
Town or hike up High Castle Hill for some spectacular
views. Days 15-17 Budapest Enjoy a cycle through
the city centre. Day 18 Eger Best known for its
13th-century castle, Eger is also home to celebrated
vineyards. Days 19-20 Maramures Explore historic
surrounding villages. Day 21 Sighisoara Discover why
the region evokes images of haunted castles, gothic
churches and vampires. Day 22 Viscri The quaint
town of Viscri offers a unique opportunity for local
interaction. Day 23 Brasov Be captivated by the gothic
Black Church. Days 24-26 Bucharest Admire Piata
Unirii, one of Europe’s largest squares. Day 27 Sofia
Enjoy tree-lined boulevards, vibrant nightlife and an
impressive array of churches. Day 28 Gorno Draglishte
Learn about the region’s traditional crafts and dishes
in the company of friendly locals. Day 29 Bansko
Admire the majestic scenery of the surrounding Pirin
Mountains. Day 30 Plovdiv Take a guided walk of the
town, including the hilltop fortress of Nebet Tepe.
Days 31-32 Istanbul Admire ancient Istanbul before
this epic adventure ends.
Highlights
• Explore the historic sites of St Petersburg
• Admire the majestic Carpathian Mountains
• Enjoy a cycle tour through Budapest
• Experience village life in Maramures
St Petersburg
Novgorod
R US S IA
Moscow
Carpathian Mountains
U K R A IN E
Kyiv
H U N GA RY
Maramures
Sighisoara
Viscri
Eger
Budapest
Brasov
Bucharest
R OMA N IA
Plovdiv
BU LGAR IA Sofia
Istanbul
Gorno Draglishte Bansko TU R K E Y
Lviv
Stockholm, Sweden - Anne Frigon
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Eugen Dobric
Oslo to Berlin
TRIP CODE BMSCC
29 days, Oslo to Berlin
DEPARTURE
Discover the best of Scandinavia’s natural wonders before hitting up some of the
most historically and culturally rich capital cities in Europe.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Oslo Experience the charm of
Oslo. Days 3-4 Bergen Explore this quirky, colourful
city. Days 5-6 Norwegian Fjords Discover Sognefjord
by boat. Days 7-8 Lillehammer Visit the Trollhaugen
Open Air Museum. Days 9-10 Swedish Lakes Be
charmed by tiny villages. Days 11-12 Stockholm Go
on a guided walk of the city. Day 13 Aland Islands/
Overnight Ferry Cycle around this pristine island.
Days 14-15 Helsinki Discover a wealth of gastronomic
wonders. Days 16-17 Tallinn Explore Tallinn’s Old
Town. Day 18 Riga Meet Riga’s welcoming locals.
Days 19-20 Curonian Spit Take a day trip to Curonian
Spit. Days 21-22 Vilnius Visit Cathedral Square on a
city walk. Days 23-24 Aukstaitija National Park Hike
and canoe through dense forests. Days 25-26 Warsaw
Delve into history at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Days 27-29 Berlin End the trip in eclectic Berlin.
Highlights
• Discover a Viking past in picturesque Oslo
• Cycle around Finland's Aland Islands
• Explore Estonia's capital, Tallinn
NORWAY
Norwegian Fjords
Bergen
Lillehammer
FINLAND
Swedish
Aland Islands
Lakes
Helsinki
Oslo
Tallinn
Stockholm
ESTONIA
SWEDEN
LATVIA Riga
LITHUANIA
Aukstaitija NP
Vilnius
Curonian Spit
GERMANY
POLAND
Berlin
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (19 nts), cabin (2 nts), overnight
boat (1 nt), guesthouse (6 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, metro, ferry, overnight boat, tram,
private vehicle, public bus, canoe
MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 413 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 1075 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.54 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
Finish
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
25 Jul
15 Aug
29 Aug
2016
28 May
11 Jun
22 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
25 Jun
09 Jul
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
23 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
10 Sep
24 Sep
Warsaw
Dubrovnik to Istanbul
TRIP CODE ZMSTC
29 days, Dubrovnik to Istanbul
DEPARTURE
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSTC
GUARANTEED
Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey – countries full of idyllic rural settings,
history stretching back through millennia and cultures so rich you’ll get heartburn.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Dubrovnik Arrive in scenic
Dubrovnik. Day 2 Kotor Walk around the city walls
of Kotor. Days 3-4 Tirana Take a cable car up Dajti
Mountain. Days 5-6 Ohrid Wander the Old Bazaar.
Days 7-8 Skopje Enjoy a Balkan wine tasting. Day 9
Pelister National Park Hike around Lake Prespa.
Days 10-11 Ioannina Take a daytrip to Zagoria villages.
Days 12-13 Levkas Relax in the rumoured birthplace
of Aphrodite. Days 14 -16 Athens Visit the ancient
Acropolis. Day 17 Delphi Explore ruins at the Delphi
Museum. Days 18-19 Meteora Discover a 400-m-high
monastery. Day 20 Kastoria Visit Byzantine churches.
Days 21-22 Thessaloniki Relax in this culture capital.
Days 23-24 Kavala Chill on pristine beaches. Day 25
Porto Lagos Explore this scenic village. Days 26-27
Gallipoli Wander Gallipoli’s beautiful coastline.
Days 28-29 Istanbul Be awed by ancient Istanbul.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/BMSCC
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Stroll through bustling Placa in Dubrovnik
• Cruise the Kotor fjord
• Explore the impressive Et’hem Bey
CROATIA
Dubrovnik
Skopje Kavala
Kotor Ohrid
Lake Prespa Porto Lagos
Istanbul
Tirana
Gallipoli
Kastoria
Thessaloniki
Levkas
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (27 nts), homestay (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Public bus, metro, private vehicle
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 413 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 900 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.65 out of 5
Start
2015
02 May
30 May
13 Jun
04 Jul
Finish
30 May
27 Jun
11 Jul
01 Aug
01 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
2016
30 Apr
28 May
29 Aug
26 Sep
10 Oct
28 May
25 Jun
11 Jun
02 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
10 Sep
09 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
24 Sep
08 Oct
TU R KE Y
Meteora
Delphi
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
MON TE N E GR O
ALB A N IA
Ioannina
PHYSICAL RATING
GR EE C E
Athens
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CYPRU
Multi Country 23
Seville, Spain - Karol Kozlowski
Pyrenees, France - Liana Dunleavy
France - Keith Webster
France & Spain
TRIP CODE AMSQC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/AMSQC
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
29 days, Paris to Barcelona
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (28 nts)
TRANSPORT Bicycle, kayak, train, private vehicle, metro,
taxi, public bus
MEALS 8 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 413 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 950 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.67 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
25 Jul
Finish
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
22 Aug
01 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
2016
09 Apr
07 May
21 May
28 May
24 France & Spain
29 Aug
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
14 Nov
07 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
04 Jun
18 Jun
02 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
20 Aug
03 Sep
17 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
02 Jul
16 Jul
30 Jul
20 Aug
27 Aug
17 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
29 Oct
12 Nov
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Experience landscapes lifted from paintings, histories that read like fairytales,
architecture conjured from dreams and cuisines that are emulated the world over.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Paris Upon arrival in Paris, why
not peruse iconic paintings in the Louvre. Days 2-3
Tours Cycle to the breathtaking Chateau Villandry.
Days 4-5 Dordogne Region Travel by train into
the Dordogne region and soak up its relaxed pace.
Days 6-7 Bordeaux France's internationally acclaimed
wine region is a food and wine lover's heaven, so treat
tastebuds to full-bodied local blends paired with
mouth-watering French fare. Days 8-9 Pyrenees Take
in crisp mountain air and awe-inspiring views while
enjoying a day of hiking. Days 10-11 San Sebastian
Soak up the sun at La Concha or head down to the
Parte Vieja. Days 12-13 Segovia Visit Alcazar, a fairytale
castle perched on a cliff. Days 14-15 Madrid Discover
the captivating Spanish capital –a city bursting
with exquisite architecture, superb museums and
spectacular nightlife. Days 16-17 Granada Explore
the Arab quarter of Albayzin, a maze of alleyways with
sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada. Days 18 -19
Seville Revel in the city known as the tapas capital of
Spain. Days 20-21 Costa de la Luz Enjoy an optional
day tour across the border to Gibraltar. Days 22-23
Ronda Wander this town split in half by a deep chasm
and joined by the Puente Nuevo. Day 24 Cordoba
Discover the mesh of Muslim, Jewish and Christian
cultures in the southern city of Cordoba. Days 25-26
Valencia Visit Valencia's cathedral, which reputedly
houses the Holy Grail. Days 27-29 Barcelona Arrive
in vibrant Barcelona and make a stop at Gaudi's
eccentric La Sagrada Familia. Then, squeeze in a spot
of shopping or soak up the relaxed vibe in Las Ramblas
before saying ‘hasta luego’ to wonderful Spain.
Highlights
• Conquer trails in the French Pyrenees
• Sample pintxos in sunny San Sebastian
• Enjoy medieval monuments in Toledo
DENMAR
• Marvel at Gaudi's creations in Barcelona
WALE
Paris
Tours
Bordeaux
San Sebastian
Segovia
Cordoba
Seville
Costa de la Luz
FR A N C E
Dordogne Region
Pyrenees
S PAIN
Madrid
Barcelona
Valencia
Granada
Ronda
CZECH
REPUBLI
Vienna, Austria
Vienna for a song
If you’re into classical music, Vienna
is the place to be. Strauss, Schubert,
Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Haydn
and many others besides did much of
their composing here.
Santorini, Greece
Vienna to Dubrovnik
TRIP CODE AMSNC
29 days, Vienna to Dubrovnik
DEPARTURE
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GUARANTEED
Seesaw on and off the well-worn, traditional routes of Eastern Europe and jump into
the unique, lesser-known regions of Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Highlights
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Vienna Touch down in Vienna.
Days 3-4 Cesky Krumlov Marvel at cobblestone alleys
and fairytale-like buildings. Days 5-7 Prague Mosey
through the Old Town for a slice of Bohemia. Day 8
Teplice nad Metuji Enjoy a stay at a family-run pension.
Days 9-10 Krakow Wander through the atmospheric
Old Town. Days 11-12 Tatra Mountains Limber up for
trekking in the Tatra Mountains. Days 13-16 Budapest
Admire the Castle District. Days 17-18 Osijek Stroll
along the banks of the Drava River. Day 19 Novi Sad
Call into a family-run vineyard. Days 20-21Belgrade
Soak up the history of Belgrade city. Days 22-24
Sarajevo/Mostar Be sure to search out the best
bosanski cevapi. Day 25 Scepan Polje Climb the
mountain path to Ostrog. Days 26-27 Kotor Explore
the crooked alleyways of Kotor. Days 28-29 Dubrovnik
Perhaps toast the end of this adventure over dinner.
M
E
D
• Experience the bohemian vibe of Prague
• Go hiking in the Tatra Mountains
• Experience the awesome Ostrog Monastery
Teplice nad Metuji
POLAN D
Krakow
CZECH
REPUBLIC Tatra Mountains
S LOVAK IA
Cesky Krumlov
Vienna
Prague
A U S TR IA
H U N GA RY
Budapest
CROATIA
Belgrade
Sarajevo
Mostar
Dubrovnik
S E R B IA
Ostrog
M ON TEN E GR O
Dubrovnik to Santorini
I
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22 days, Dubrovnik to Santorini
Kotor
E
A
DEPARTURE
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts), private apartment
(3 nts), pension (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), hostel (2 nts),
cabin (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Metro, private vehicle, bicycle, train, public
bus, taxi, tram
MEALS 15 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 413 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 745 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Finish
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
27 Jun 25 Jul
04 Jul 01 Aug
08 Jul 05 Aug
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and 2016 dates
• Cruise out to island churches in Kotor
• Witness Athens’s famed Acropolis
• Party the night away in Mykonos
MON TE N E GR O
Dubrovnik
Kotor
Tirana
A LB A N IA
Ioannina
Lefkas
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GUARANTEED
N
Highlights
CROATIA
THEME Explorer
TRIP CODE ZMSEC
N
If time is short but the travel bug is itching, touring southern Europe is for you. Immerse
yourself in a little culture shock and a lot of food, history and blindingly beautiful sunsets.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Dubrovnik Discover the scenic
town of Dubrovnik. Day 2 Kotor Amble through the
streets of this coastal gem. Days 3-4 Tirana Admire
colourful Italian- and Turkish-inspired architecture.
Days 5-6 Ohrid Wander the vibrant Old Bazaar and
pick up a bargain or two. Days 7-8 Skopje Visit the
Daut Pasha Hamam and cross the iconic stone bridge
to the city’s Old Bazaar. Day 9 Pelister National Park
Hike around the mountains of stunning Lake Prespa.
Days 10-11 Ioannina Indulge in some of the freshest
food you’ll ever taste. Days 12-13 Lefkas Follow the
tourist trail to the blue waters of Porto Katsiki Beach.
Days 14-15 Athens Wander the many ancient sites of
Athens. Days 16-17 Syros Discover ancient ruins and
charming villages. Days 18-19 Mykonos Be captivated
by white houses against cerulean sea. Days 20-22
Santorini Wind up the adventure in Santorini.
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
Start
2015
28 Mar
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
Novi Sad
Osijek
BOSNIA &
HERZ EGOVIN A
PHYSICAL RATING
Skopje
Ohrid
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (20 nts), homestay (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, public bus, metro, ferry
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 313 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
R E P U B LIC OF
MA C E D ON IA
Lake Prespa
GR EE C E
Athens
Start
2015
04 Apr
02 May
30 May
13 Jun
04 Jul
Finish
25 Apr
23 May
20 Jun
04 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
2016
02 Apr
30 Apr
28 May
22 Aug
19 Sep
03 Oct
23 Apr
21 May
18 Jun
11 Jun
02 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
10 Sep
02 Jul
23 Jul
20 Aug
17 Sep
01 Oct
Mykonos
Syros
Santorini
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Iberia and Morocco
Iberia & Morocco 26
Souqs and siestas, tapas and tajine, desert and spice and all things nice.
Djemaa el-Fna
The tapas crawl
Lisbon’s museums
Marrakech’s masterpiece
A Spanish institution
Exhibiting the everyday
Fortune tellers, acrobats, musicians, contortionists,
dancers, magicians, sizzling snacks cooked to taste
– if you’ve ever wanted to feel like a king having
a banquet held in their honour, Djemaa el-Fna is
the place to be. Every day of the week, morning,
noon and night, Marrakech’s grand central square
is open for shopping, entertaining, feasting and
people-watching of the most extravagant kind.
Come for the food, stay for everything else.
By some accounts, the Spanish tradition of
presenting smackerals of tastiness atop each drink
was invented to keep flies out of patrons’ sherry.
By others, it was designed to make the focus on
drinking and chat rather than eating. Whatever the
case, there’s no doubting the custom’s genius – olives
and cured meats make for great drinking partners.
Make their acquaintance on a locally led tapas crawl
through Logrono. See our RFA on page 31 for more.
Museum buffs rejoice – even in a continent
renowned for its love of public enlightenment, the
Portuguese capital takes things to a new level. Not
only does one find in Lisbon all the usual staples – a
national museum of art, an archaeology museum
– but the powers that be have somehow turned
interesting exhibits from even the most everyday of
articles. Doubters can check out the Water Museum,
Electricity Museum or Tile Museum.
26 Iberia & Morocco
Morocco - Nikhita Singh
Fast facts
Top 4
Marrakech
It is believed that
‘Marrakech’ derives
from the Berber words
‘Mur’ and ‘Akush’,
meaning ‘Land of God’,
and that ‘Morocco’
evolved from this.
Port calling
Tarifa’s tariffs
Tarifa, the small
Spanish port city that
receives ferries from
Tangiers, is often
credited with being
the origin of the word
‘tariff’.
Under European Union
Protected Designation
of Origin guidelines,
only the sweet fortified
wine produced in
Portugal’s Douro Valley
can be labelled ‘Port’.
Double desert
In Arabic, ‘Sahara’ is the
word for desert. So,
when you say “I’m off
to the Sahara Desert”,
you’re actually saying
“I’m off to the desert
desert.”
A flurry of festivities
Fortunately for travellers, this festive-minded corner of the world boasts a smorgasbord of events and
festivals right throughout the year. Check out our little cheat sheet for a guide of what’s on and when.
February
Sitges Carnival –
Barcelona
March
Las Fallas
Festival –
Valencia
April
Feria de Sevilla –
Seville
May
Fiesta de
San Isidro –
Madrid
June
Festa De Santo
Antonio – Lisbon
July
Eid al-Fitra
2015 –
Morocco
July
Bastille Day –
France
August
La Tomatina –
Bunol, Valencia
September
Fiesta de la Merce –
Barcelona
December
International Film
Festival of Marrakech
November
La Fete du Beaujolais
Nouveau – France
Urban centres
Lisbon
Elegant and refined on
one hand, feisty and fun
on the other.
Ronda
Whitewashed houses,
sheer cliff faces and
gob-smacking views.
Chefchaouen
A town of blue nestled
among mountainsides
of green.
Granada
Ancient citadels,
ornate cathedrals and a
rollicking nightlife.
The weather in…
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below, so
you can decide on the best travel season for you.
J
F M A M
J
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S
O N D
Barcelona
Madrid
Marrakech
Lisbon
Casablanca
KEY
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
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Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Very hot & dry 35˚C
Hot & dry 30-35˚C
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Barcelona, Spain - Wendy Chan
Up for more?
Hungry for more mouth-watering Spanish
food? Learn family recipes in Catalan,
tapas-hop around Logrono and discover
txikiteo in San Sebastian. Simply add our
Real Food Adventure – Northern Spain to
your trip. See pg 31 for details.
Sagrada Familia, Spain
Granada, Spain - Tess Follett
Classic Spain & Portugal
TRIP CODE ZMSJC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSJC
22 days, Madrid to Madrid
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (21 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, metro, public bus, train
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 644 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. Names as per passport
are required at the time of booking due to the internal
flight on this trip.
BUDGET Allow EUR 850 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
04 Apr
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
Finish
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
Porto, Portugal - Zoltan Balogh
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
24 Oct
2016
02 Apr
16 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
14 Nov
23 Apr
07 May
21 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
28 Spain & Portugal
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
22 Oct
16 Jul
30 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
22 Oct
12 Nov
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Portugal and Spain may be joined at the hip, but they offer a contrast of sights and sounds
– from the tapas and Gaudi art of Spain, to the francesinhas and fado songs of Portugal.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Embrace the Madrileno
spirit of living the good life by hitting the many
museums, restaurants, shopping strips and bars
of Madrid. Days 2-3 Granada Bask amid the grand
rooms, towering domes, glorious gardens, perfectly
proportioned courtyards and ornate fountains of
the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Days 4-5 Seville
Experience the electric atmosphere of an authentic
flamenco performance in Seville. Days 6-7 The Algarve
Travel by bus across fertile plains dotted with olive
groves, orange orchards and maize fields to reach
the Algarve, mainland Portugal’s stunning southern
coastal region. Days 8-9 Lisbon Get acquainted with
Portugal’s dynamic capital on an orientation walk.
Days 10-11 Porto Indulge in a port tasting in Porto,
the namesake of the sweet fortified wine. Days 12-13
Santiago de Compostela Witness weary pilgrims
finishing the famous Camino de Santiago walk.
Days 14-15 Barcelona Encounter progressive art,
superb dining and an electric nightlife in Barcelona.
Day 16 Pamplona Meander down the winding alleys
of Pamplona and step inside ornate buildings such as
Pamplona's Gothic cathedral. Days 17-18 Logrono
Head to Logrono in the far north of Spain, well known
for its delicious Rioja wine. Days 19-20 San Sebastian
Experience firsthand why San Sebastian is the perfect
place for sun, fun and relaxation. Days 21-22 Madrid
Return to magical Madrid, a city overflowing with
world-class art galleries, atmospheric city squares,
manicured parks and gardens, and heaving nightclubs
and bars. Celebrate the adventure’s end by exploring
the city’s neighbourhoods and museums.
Highlights
• Admire Dali’s art in Madrid
• Feel the heat of flamenco in Seville
• Discover hidden beaches in the Algarve
• Be charmed by Barcelona’s magnetism
Santiago de Compostela
San Sebastian
Pamplona
Porto P ORTU GA L
Lisbon
The Algarve
Seville
Logrono
Madrid
Barcelona
SPAIN
Granada
San Sebastian, Spain
North Spain Discovery
TRIP CODE ZMSN
8 days, Barcelona to Madrid
DEPARTURE
From happening cities to gastronomic wonderlands, this trip is suited to those who have
only a little time but wish to become fully immersed in the traditions of Spanish culture.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Barcelona Set off to explore the
heady streets of Barcelona. See great works of art
in the Picasso Museum, head to the waterfront for a
bowl of traditional paella or soak up the festive vibe
of Las Ramblas. Day 2 Pamplona Get acquainted
with Pamplona on a walking tour, learning how the
town has served as both a military stronghold and an
important point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage
trail for centuries. Days 3-4 Logrono Head to Logrono,
the home of Rioja wine, and drop by its wine museum.
Days 5-6 San Sebastian Travel to beautiful San
Sebastian and relish the cool breezes coming off the
Bay of Biscay. Days 7-8 Madrid Arrive in Madrid and
take time to celebrate the end of this North Spain
journey by visiting its museums and galleries. Try tapas,
sample some local wine and quickly discover why
Madrid is one the most loved cities in Spain.
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, public bus
MEALS 1 Breakfast
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 300 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.56 out of 5
Highlights
• Wander Pamplona’s winding alleys
• Sip on Rioja wine on a stay in Logrono
• Hit the beach in sunny San Sebastian
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
S PAIN
Start
2015
04 Apr
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
San Sebastian
Pamplona
Logrono
Madrid
Barcelona
Best of Spain
Finish
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
17 Oct
07 Nov
01 Aug
15 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
14 Nov
2016
02 Apr
16 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
11 Jun
09 Apr
23 Apr
07 May
21 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
See our website
for more 2016
dates
TRIP CODE ZMSG
15 days, Madrid to Barcelona
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
Highlights
• Uncover the opulent rooms and lavish
gardens of Alhambra Palace in Granada
• See a town split in half by a deep chasm
Barcelona
Madrid
S PAIN
Valencia
Cordoba
Seville
Costa de
la Luz
Ronda
Granada
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSG
SELLER
Lesser-known Ronda and Seville may be smaller in size, but by no means lack the
cultural depth or historical significance of Barcelona and Madrid.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Arrive in cosmopolitan
Madrid, Spain's art and culture capital. Days 2-3
Granada Explore the Arab quarter of Albayzin, a maze
of alleyways with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada.
Days 4-5 Seville Revel in the city known as the tapas
capital of Spain. Days 6-7 Costa de la Luz Travel to
Costa de la Luz and enjoy an optional day tour across
the border to Gibraltar. Days 8-9 Ronda Leave the
Andalucian hills and journey to Ronda, a whitewashed
town split in half by a deep chasm. Day 10 Cordoba
Discover the mesh of Muslim, Jewish and Christian
cultures in the southern city of Cordoba. Days 11-12
Valencia Travel further north to Spain's third-largest
city. Days 13-15 Barcelona Arrive in vibrant Barcelona
and stop in at Gaudi's eccentric La Sagrada Familia. Do
a spot of shopping or visit the Picasso Museum before
saying ‘hasta luego’ to wonderful Spain.
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GUARANTEED
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, taxi, public bus
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
21 Mar
28 Mar
18 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
Finish
04 Apr
11 Apr
02 May
09 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
14 Nov
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City, Country - Photographer
Barcelona, Spain - Ben Brown
Classic Spain
TRIP CODE ZMSBC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSBC
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
22 days, Madrid to Madrid
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (21 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, taxi, public bus
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 313 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 825 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
21 Mar
18 Apr
16 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
27 Jun
08 Aug
Finish
11 Apr
09 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
29 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
03 Oct
2016
19 Mar
16 Apr
14 May
28 May
Spain - Alexander Inglessi
30 Spain
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
24 Oct
09 Apr
07 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
04 Jun
11 Jun
25 Jun
06 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
01 Oct
25 Jun
02 Jul
16 Jul
27 Aug
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
22 Oct
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Want to see it all? Sample regional delicacies and learn your Gaudi’s from your Gothics?
Saddle up for an adventure that’s as colourful and diverse as the land of Spain itself.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Arrive in cosmopolitan
Madrid, Spain's art and culture capital. Perhaps inspect
art inside the legendary Museo del Prado or snack
on tapas in Plaza Mayor. Days 2-3 Granada Explore
the Arab quarter of Albayzin. For the best view of
Granada at sunset, head to the Mirador de San Nicolas.
Days 4-5 Seville Visit Seville’s Gothic cathedral and its
imposing Moorish tower or enjoy the tranquil gardens
in the Parque de Maria Luisa. Days 6-7 Costa de la
Luz Travel to Costa de la Luz. In free time, relax on
the beaches of Tarifa or perhaps go whale watching
off the coast. Days 8-9 Ronda Leave the Andalucian
hills and journey to whitewashed Ronda. Day 10
Cordoba Visit Corborda’s Mezquita, with its golden
arches and intricate columns. Days 11-12 Valencia
Travel further north to Valencia and visit its cathedral,
which reputedly houses the Holy Grail. Days 13-15
Barcelona Arrive in vibrant Barcelona and enjoy a spot
of shopping and museum-hopping. Day 16 Pamplona
Get acquainted with Pamplona on a walking tour.
Meander down winding alleys and step inside ornate
buildings such as Pamplona's Gothic cathedral - one
of the most important religious structures in Spain.
Days 17-18 Logrono Head to Logrono in the far north
of Spain, well known for its delicious Rioja wine. Take
the time to visit the cathedral or go tapas bar hopping.
Days 19-20 San Sebastian Travel to San Sebastian
and take in sublime coastal views on the Monte
Igueldo cable car, or visit Frank Gehry's architectural
masterpiece, the Guggenheim, in Bilbao. Days 21-22
Madrid Return to magical Madrid. Experience its
atmospheric city squares and electric clubs and bars.
Highlights
• Soak up art and culture in Madrid
• Admire Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona
• Discover the cathedrals of Pamplona
• Hit the beach in sunny San Sebastian
San Sebastian
Pamplona
Logrono
Madrid
Seville
Cordoba
Costa de la Luz
Granada
Ronda
S PAIN
Valencia
Barcelona
Lisbon, Portugal
Barcelona, Spain - SImone Bennett
Explore Spain & Portugal
TRIP CODE ZMSI
DEPARTURE
15 days, Madrid to Barcelona
Indulge in the easygoing ways of the Spanish and Portuguese in this distinctive corner
of Europe, and be sure to put a little time aside for a quick siesta or midday sangria.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Hit the many museums,
restaurants, shops and bars of Madrid. Days 2-3
Granada Bask amid the grand rooms, towering
domes and glorious gardens of the Alhambra Palace
in Granada. Days 4-5 Seville Make the most of Seville's
reputation as the tapas capital of Spain by munching
through as many mouth-watering dishes as possible.
Days 6-7 The Algarve Travel by bus to the Algarve,
mainland Portugal’s stunning southern coastal region.
Days 8-9 Lisbon Get acquainted with Portugal’s
dynamic capital on an orientation walk. Days 10-11
Porto Indulge in port-tasting in Porto, the namesake
of the sweet fortified wine. Days 12-13 Santiago
de Compostela Be surrounded by piety in Santiago
de Compostela. Days 14-15 Barcelona Encounter
progressive art and superb dining in Barcelona before
saying ‘adios’ to this Spain and Portugal adventure.
Highlights
• Luxuriate in the lavish Alhambra Palace
• Taste delicious port wines in Porto
• Rub shoulders with the chic in Barcelona
PORTUGAL
Santiago de Compostela
Porto
Madrid
Lisbon
Barcelona
SPAIN
The Algarve
Seville
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), pension (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, metro, public bus, train, taxi
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 544 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. Names as per passport
are required at the time of booking due to the internal
flight on this trip.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Granada
Real Food Adventure – Northern Spain
8 days, Barcelona to San Sebastian
DEPARTURE
Start
2015
04 Apr
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
Finish
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
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for 2015 & 2016
dates
TRIP CODE ZMZZ
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GUARANTEED
Discover premier food and wine regions on this taste-testing trail of northern Spain.
Wander markets, sample regional tapas and meet inspiring cooks and food producers.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Barcelona Ease into the rhythm
of Barcelona over a glass of cava in a local taverna.
The following day, explore the quirky Santa Catarina
Market and be introduced to the feisty flavours of
Catalonia by a local chef in preparation for a mouthwatering cooking class. Days 3-4 Logrono Indulge in a
breakfast of churros and hot chocolate before visiting
an enchanting vineyard and learning what goes
on behind the scenes of a winery from a local wine
maker. Head out on a tapas crawl and discover why
Logrono is famous for these tasty morsels. Days 5-8
San Sebastian Experience a traditional sagardotegia
(cider house) and savour Basque dishes complimented
by a glass or two of nectareous cider. For cheese lovers,
we highly recommend checking out some of the local
cheese producers while here. Choose to farewell Spain
with a feast at a private Basque gastronomic society.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSI
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Savour Catalan specialties with a local chef
• Bottle your own wine in La Rioja
• Experience a traditional Basque cider house
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Food
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, public bus, metro
MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 128 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 220 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.68 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
San Sebastian
La Rioja
Logrono
S PAIN
Start
2015
13 Apr
11 May
25 May
15 Jun
29 Jun
Finish
20 Apr
18 May
01 Jun
22 Jun
06 Jul
27 Jul
31 Aug
21 Sep
05 Oct
2016
11 Apr
09 May
03 Aug
07 Sep
28 Sep
12 Oct
18 Apr
16 May
06 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
25 Jul
29 Aug
26 Sep
24 Oct
13 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
01 Aug
05 Sep
03 Oct
31 Oct
Barcelona
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Alhambra, Granada, Spain - Suyin Lim
Chefchaouen, Morocco - Vini Davis
Morocco & Spain Getaway
TRIP CODE XMRA
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XMRA
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Public bus, train, ferry, private vehicle
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 129 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
28 Mar
25 Apr
23 May
06 Jun
Finish
11 Apr
09 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
29 Aug
2016
26 Mar
23 Apr
21 May
11 Jul
12 Sep
09 Apr
07 May
04 Jun
16 Jul 30 Jul
06 Aug 20 Aug
27 Aug 10 Sep
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMRS
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, local bus
MEALS No meals included
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 129 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 320 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Finish
18 Apr
16 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
12 Sep
2016
09 Apr
07 May
04 Jun
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Follow the trail of old-world Arabia, its Moorish architecture and Islamic iconography,
from illustrious Casablanca up to intoxicating Madrid.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca The unique blend
of French-colonial and traditional Moroccan design
of Casablanca’s architecture will delight and inspire.
Days 2-3 Fes Take a train out to Rabat, Morocco’s
bustling capital, before continuing on to historic
Fez. Days 4-5 Chefchaouen Travel by bus out to
Chefchaouen, a striking city surrounded by the
stunning Rif Mountains. Days 6-7 Tarifa Check out
Tarifa’s nightlife or just relax on the beach. Days 8-9
Seville Visit Jerez de la Frontera before continuing on
to the colourful city of Seville. Visit the magnificent
Alcazar. Days 10-11 Cordoba See how a multitude
of faiths combine to create the unique architecture,
cuisine and culture of Cordoba. Days 12-13 Granada
Lose yourself in gorgeous Granada. Days 14-15 Madrid
Jump on a train to the bustling metropolis of Madrid.
Explore its myriad museums, galleries and restaurants.
Highlights
• Get lost in the labyrinth of Fez el-Bali
• Admire Seville’s incredible Alcazar
• Taste Cordoba’s local specialties
Madrid
Cordoba
S PA I N
Seville
Granada
Tarifa
M OROC CO
Casablanca
Chefchaouen
Fes
Highlights of Spain
TRIP CODE ZMRS
Start
2015
11 Apr
09 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
15 days, Casablanca to Madrid
18 Jul
19 Sep
16 Apr
14 May
11 Jun
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30 Jul 06 Aug
20 Aug 27 Aug
10 Sep 17 Sep
8 days, Madrid to Barcelona
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Be infected with Spain’s irrepressible lust for life on this short but enthralling jaunt
along the Mediterranean coastline from Madrid to Barcelona.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Madrid Welcome to Spain’s
sassy capital. Art enthusiasts will be mesmerised by
the Paseo del Arte, or the Art Walk, which offers a
panoramic perspective of Western art history. Day 3
Cuenca Take a train out to charming Cuenca and
explore the Old City, a medieval wonder and now a
World Heritage site. Days 4-5 Valencia Head east to the
coastal town of Valencia, the Spanish gateway to the
Mediterranean. Don’t leave town without sampling the
city’s world-famous paella. Days 6-8 Barcelona Jump
on a train to Barcelona and discover the city’s gothic
architecture and lively art scene. Wander through the
labyrinthine streets of the Old Gothic Quarter and
admire the intriguing La Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
If there’s time, take a funicular to the top of Montjuic
or Tibidabo for panoramic views of the city and the
sparkling harbour.
Highlights
• Dine and dance in vibrant Madrid
• Relax on a beach in Valencia
• Discover Barcelona’s dynamic art scene
S PAIN
Barcelona
Madrid
Cuenca
Valencia
Dordogne River, France
Fes, Morocco
Paris to Madrid
TRIP CODE AMSF
15 days, Paris to Madrid
DEPARTURE
Take your time to explore the unique coastal towns, delicately strung vineyards,
dramatic mountainscapes and medieval hotspots dotted between Paris and Madrid.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Paris Upon arrival in Paris, choose
to relax in the Jardin du Luxembourg, go shopping
in Le Marais or scale the Eiffel Tower. Days 2-3 Tours
Venture into the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its
wealth of art, history and medieval houses. Days 4-5
Dordogne Region Travel by train into the Dordogne
region and relish its relaxed pace. Days 6-7 Bordeaux
Step back in time in the World Heritage-listed Old
Town of Bordeaux. Days 8-9 Pyrenees Head into
the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Days 10-11
San Sebastian Travel to Spain and make tracks for
the sunny playground of San Sebastian. Days 12-13
Segovia Continue on to the walled city of Segovia and
visit the fairytale castle of Alcazar. Days 14-15 Madrid
Discover the captivating Spanish capital, a city bursting
with exquisite architecture, superb museums and
spectacular nightlife.
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Bicycle, kayak, public bus, train, private
vehicle, metro
MEALS 5 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.63 out of 5
Highlights
• Get swept up in the romance of Paris
• Enjoy wine-tasting in Bordeaux
WALES
• See a fairytale castle in Segovia
Paris
FR AN C E Tours
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
11 Apr
09 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
Bordeaux
San Sebastian
Dordogne Region
Pyrenees
Segovia SPAIN
Madrid
Madrid to Marrakech
Finish
25 Apr
23 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
25 Jul
01 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
2016
09 Apr
07 May
08 Aug
15 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
23 Apr
21 May
21 May
28 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
02 Jul
16 Jul
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
02 Jul
16 Jul
30 Jul
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for more 2016
dates
TRIP CODE ZMSH
DEPARTURE
15 days, Madrid to Marrakech
GUARANTEED
BEST
Highlights
• Soak up the sun on Algarve beaches
• Sip sherry on a bodega tour in Jerez
• Bargain hard in a Marrakech souq
Coimbra
Lisbon
Salamanca
Madrid
PORTU GA L
SPAIN
The Algarve
Jerez
Chefchaouen
Marrakech
Fes
MOR OC C O
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SELLER
Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, leaving behind the land of tapas and sangria, and head to
a place that, although physically close, is a world away from classic Europe.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Madrid Arrive in Madrid, one of
the most vibrant cities in Spain. Day 2 Salamanca Soak
up the student vibe in the university city of Salamanca.
Days 3-4 Coimbra Travel from Spain to Portugal to
sample full-bodied wines and delicious spicy cuisine.
Days 5-6 Lisbon Explore multicultural Lisbon, a
charming city with a towering medieval citadel and
many interesting museums. Days 7-8 The Algarve
Venture further afield to the south coast of Portugal.
Take time to bliss out on the beach and explore hidden
coves. Day 9 Jerez Visit Jerez and discover the secrets
to the perfect aperitif on a bodega tour. Days 10-11
Chefchaouen Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar and
explore Chefchaouen. Days 12-13 Fes Step back in
time in the exotic city of Fes. Days 14-15 Marrakech
Find everything from genie lamps to leather slippers in
Marrakech, an intoxicating city of souqs and mosques.
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GUARANTEED
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), pension (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, public bus, private vehicle, train, ferry
MEALS 8 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip. Please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
Finish
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
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30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
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Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Fes, Morocco - Nikhita Singh
Fes, Morocco - Sarah Henry
Highlights of Southern Spain & Morocco
TRIP CODE ZBKS
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZBKS
15 days, Seville to Marrakech
STYLE
Comfort
THEME Explorer
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (12 nts), riad (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, private vehicle
MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
DEPARTS GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 490 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is run by our
experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.72 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
10 May
24 May
31 May
28 Jun
30 Aug
13 Sep
27 Sep
11 Oct
Finish
21 May
07 Jun
14 Jun
12 Jul
13 Sep
27 Sep
11 Oct
25 Oct
2016
08 May
22 May
29 May
26 Jun
28 Aug
11 Sep
25 Sep
09 Oct
22 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
10 Jul
11 Sep
25 Sep
09 Oct
23 Oct
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Original
THEME Explorer
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (13 nts), guesthouse (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Taxi, train, public bus, ferry, private vehicle,
metro
MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.54 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
09 May
30 May
06 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
15 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
2016
23 Apr
14 May
21 May
On one side, there’s flamenco, siesta and paella. On the other: magic carpets, the Sahara
and tajines. Only 14 km separate the two, but two worlds have never seemed so far apart.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Seville Kick off this stylish
sojourn through Spain and Morocco in sultry Seville.
Spend time exploring the city’s cobblestone alleyways
and ornate architecture. Days 3-4 Grazalema Take a
tour of the picturesque hillside village of Zahara de la
Sierra and see how olive oil is pressed. Day 5 Ronda
Venture up into the rugged cliffs and renowned
pueblos blancos of Ronda. Days 6-7 Granada Soak up
the resplendent atmosphere and history of Granada.
Day 8 Casablanca Transfer to Malaga and fly to the
vibrant city of Casablanca. Day 9 Meknes Stop in at
the Hassan II Mosque – the third largest mosque in the
world. Drive on to Rabat and visit some of the city’s
impressive monuments. Days 10-12 Volubilis Explore
the incredible ruins of Volubilis. Days 13-15 Marrakech
The trip ends in Marrakech – get lost bargain-hunting
for goods in the endless maze of winding alleyways.
Highlights
• See the architectural splendours of Seville
• Walk through Grazalema National Park
• Treat the tastebuds with tapas in Granada
SPA IN
Seville
Ronda
Grazalema
Granada
Malaga
Volubilis
Meknes
Rabat
Fes
Casablanca
MOR OC C O
Marrakech
15 days, Marrakech to Barcelona
STYLE
PHYSICAL RATING
Finish
GUARANTEED
Marrakech to Barcelona
TRIP CODE XMSO
Start
2015
25 Apr
16 May
23 May
27 Jun
11 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
DEPARTURE
19 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
07 May
28 May
04 Jun
34 Spain & Morocco
25 Jun
09 Jul
30 Jul
13 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
09 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
17 Sep
24 Sep
08 Oct
15 Oct
29 Oct
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Swap mint tea for wine and snake-charming for football when you travel from
vivacious Marrakech to booming Barcelona, and everywhere in-between.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Marrakech Jump into the
colour and chaos of the souqs in Marrakech. Day 2
Casablanca Be sure to spend time exploring Morocco's
Moorish architecture in Casablanca. Days 3-4 Fes
Step back in time in the medieval streets of the Fes
medina. Day 5 Moulay Idriss Get an insight into Islamic
pilgrimage while staying in Moulay Idriss, one of
Morocco's holiest towns. Day 6 Tangier Travel by train
to Tangier. Experience old-world sights and sounds
in the kasbah and medina. Days 7-8 Seville Cross the
Strait of Gibraltar and travel to Seville, a city known
for its fiestas, tapas and enormous Gothic cathedral.
Days 9-10 Granada Discover slices of Islamic
architecture around every corner in beautiful Granada.
Days 11-12 Madrid Reflect on historical Spain in
Madrid's many museums. Days 13-15 Barcelona Finish
this tour in the much-loved city of Barcelona.
Highlights
• Visit the pilgrimage village, Moulay Idriss
• Get lost in Albayzin’s maze of pathways
• Soak up modern-day Spain in Madrid
S PAIN
Madrid
Seville
Granada
Tangier
Casablanca
MOR OC C O
Barcelona
Fes
Marrakech
Moulay Idriss
The Algarve, Portugal
Tajine time
Buy spices fresh from the souq before
mastering the flavour sensation of a tajine.
On the Real Food Adventure – Morocco,
follow a trail through North Africa’s zesty
spice shelf. See pg 37 for details.
Paris to Marrakech
TRIP CODE AMSBC
29 days, Paris to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
Encounter a riot of tastebud fever in France and a smorgasbord of tapas in Spain
before slowly moving south to mesmerising Marrakech.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Paris Relax in the Jardin du
Luxembourg, go shopping in Le Marais, descend
into the Catacombs or scale the Eiffel Tower.
Days 2-3 Tours Venture into the Loire Valley, a region
renowned for its wealth of art, history and medieval
houses. Days 4-5 Dordogne Region Travel by train
into the Dordogne region and soak up its relaxed
pace. Days 6-7 Bordeaux France's internationally
acclaimed wine region is a food and wine lover's
heaven. Days 8-9 Pyrenees Head into the spectacular
Pyrenees Mountains and take in awe-inspiring views.
Days 10-11 San Sebastian Travel to Spain and make
tracks for the sunny playground of San Sebastian.
Days 12-13 Segovia Continue onwards to the
walled city of Segovia, a picturesque city framed by
undulating green mountains. Days 14-15 Madrid
Discover the captivating Spanish capital, a city bursting
with exquisite architecture, superb museums and
spectacular nightlife. Day 16 Salamanca Head west to
the university city of Salamanca. Days 17-18 Coimbra
Cross over the border into Portugal and be treated to
a Fado performance. Days 19-20 Lisbon Get to know
Portugal’s charismatic capital on a guided walking
tour that takes in the medieval citadel. Days 21-22 The
Algarve Log up some beach time along the Algarve ‘s
coast. Day 23 Jerez Sample local sherries on a bodega
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GUARANTEED
tour. Days 24-25 Chefchaouen Explore Chefchaouen,
a sleepy mountain town peppered with blue-washed
buildings. Days 26-27 Fes Arrive in the city of Fes and
step back in time at a medieval medina. Days 28-29
Marrakech Find everything from genie lamps to
colourful pottery in bustling Marrakech.
Highlights
• Cycle through Loire valley’s countryside
• Experience Castilian charm in Salamanca
• Savour spicy delicacies in Portugal
WALE
• Bargain for souvenirs in a Marrakech souq
FR AN C E
Paris
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (28 nts)
TRANSPORT Bicycle, kayak, train, private vehicle, metro,
public bus, ferry, taxi
MEALS 13 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 413 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 955 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.67 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
11 Apr
09 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
Finish
09 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
The Algarve
01 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
2016
09 Apr
07 May
21 May
28 May
29 Aug
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
14 Nov
07 May
04 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
04 Jun
18 Jun
02 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
20 Aug
03 Sep
17 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
02 Jul
16 Jul
30 Jul
13 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
17 Sep
01 Oct
15 Oct
29 Oct
12 Nov
Tours
Bordeaux
Dordogne
San Sebastian
Region
PORTU GA L Segovia
Pyrenees
Coimbra
Madrid
Lisbon
Salamanca
M OROC C O
Original
Fes, Morocco
S PAIN
Jerez
Chefchaouen
Fes
Marrakech
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Spain, France & Morocco 35
Morocco - Marianne Lawrence
Marrakech munching
Looking to add a bit of spice to your
Moroccan time? Treat your tastebuds to
a tour of Marrakech’s own spice-trail on
the Taste of Marrakech: Inside the Medina
Urban Adventure.
Essaouira, Morocco - Sue Blaber
Marrakech, Morocco - Rajat Passy
Best of Morocco
TRIP CODE XMSC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XMSC
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),
camp site (1 nt), gite (1 nt), riad (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, train, camel, public bus, taxi
MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. On selected departures
the tour leader on this trip will speak German as well as
English. Please see the website for more details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 385 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.76 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Sunday and selected Wednesdays
and Fridays
Start Finish
2015
04 Jan 18 Jan
11 Jan 25 Jan
14 Jan 28 Jan
18 Jan 01 Feb
01 Feb 15 Feb
*08 Feb 22 Feb
15 Feb 01 Mar
22 Feb 08 Mar
01 Mar 15 Mar
*08 Mar22 Mar
11 Mar 25 Mar
15 Mar 29 Mar
22 Mar 05 Apr
25 Mar 08 Apr
01 Apr 15 Apr
*05 Apr 19 Apr
10 Apr 24 Apr
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Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
*12 Apr 26 Apr
19 Apr 03 May
26 Apr 10 May
29 Apr 13 May
01 May 15 May
03 May 17 May
06 May 20 May
08 May 22 May
10 May 24 May
15 May 29 May
*17 May31 May
20 May 03 Jun
24 May 07 Jun
27 May 10 Jun
31 May 14 Jun
07 Jun 21 Jun
10 Jun 24 Jun
*14 Jun 28 Jun
21 Jun 05 Jul
28 Jun 12 Jul
05 Jul 19 Jul
*12 Jul 26 Jul
19 Jul 02 Aug
26 Jul 09 Aug
02 Aug 16 Aug
09 Aug 23 Aug
*16 Aug30 Aug
23 Aug 06 Sep
02 Sep 16 Sep
*06 Sep 20 Sep
09 Sep 23 Sep
11 Sep 25 Sep
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& 2016 dates
*Bilingual trips
15 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Explore the best of Morocco on this all-encompassing journey through desert, along
beaches and within ancient towns, from romantic Casablanca to bustling Marrakech.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca Welcome to Morocco.
Discover the Art Deco influences of this famed city.
Day 2 Rabat/Meknes Stroll through Rabat's serene
kasbah before journeying to Meknes, the site of Sultan
Moulay Ismail's palace. Days 3-4 Volubilis/Fes Travel
back to the days of the Roman Empire on a guided tour
of the ruins of Volubilis. In medieval Fes, wander the
narrow alleyways of the medina. Day 5 Midelt Journey
through Morocco's cedar forests in the Middle Atlas
Mountains to the peaceful, rural village of Midelt. Day 6
Sahara Camp After a camel ride into the Sahara desert,
attempt a climb of the towering dunes. Later, fall asleep
in a desert camp under a blanket of stars. Days 7-8
Todra Gorge Wake early and watch a golden sunrise
over the desert before heading to the impressive
palmeries of Todra Gorge. Day 9 Ait Benhaddou Pass
through Morocco's film capital, Ouarzazate, on the way
to the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. Explore
the streets of this clay kasbah at a relaxed pace, then
finish off the day with a meal of delicious couscous. Day 10 Aroumd Farewell the Sahara and head to the
hills. Perched on a rocky outcrop, remote Aroumd
offers stunning views across Morocco. This is the
perfect base for exploring the High Atlas Mountains
and a chance to experience traditional Berber culture
up close. Days 11-12 Essaouira With its Norfolk Island
pines and colourful fishing boats, relaxed Essaouira
is a gem. Get acquainted with the town's history on a
guided walking tour. Days 13-15 Marrakech Explore
the tantalising spice market in Marrakech and feast at
a food stall in Djemaa el-Fna, or escape the buzz of the
city in the shaded rooms of the Palais de la Bahia.
Highlights
• Experience medieval Morocco in Fes
• Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
• Trek through the impressive Todra Gorge
• Indulge your senses in Marrakech’s souqs
Volubilis
Rabat
Casablanca
Fes
Meknes
MOR OC C O
Midelt
Essaouira
Marrakech
Aroumd
High Atlas
Mountains
Todra Gorge
Ait Benhaddou
Sahara Camp
Sahara, Morocco - David Varga
Real Food Adventure – Morocco
TRIP CODE XMZF
10 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
Incorporating spices from Arab invaders and olives from the Moors into local flavours,
Moroccans have developed a cuisine of unrivalled colour, zest and succulence.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca Welcome in this food
adventure with a meal in the heart of the city. Day 2
Meknes/Moulay Idriss Start the day with a delicious
street food breakfast then head to Meknes’s ruins with
a local guide. Later, try a camel burger at a hole-in-thewall eatery and learn to make couscous with a family
during a stay at a Moulay Idriss guesthouse. Days 3-4
Fes Visit vineyards in Meknes. Then follow a tasting trail
through Fes’s medina and make a traditional pastilla in
a cooking class. Days 5-6 Marrakech Learn the art of
tajine at a unique cooking school that empowers local
women. Days 7-8 Essaouira Wander the fish market
and pick the ‘catch of the day’ to be cooked for lunch.
Stay in a beautiful riad, which is an oasis from the bustle
of the streets. Days 9-10 Marrakech Choose to join a
local food guru for an adventure through the market,
or finish this trip tasting street food in Djemma el-Fna.
Highlights
• Sip on Morocco’s finest wines in Meknes
• Follow a tasting trail through Fes’s medina
• Master the art of tajine in a cooking class
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Food
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), guesthouse (1 nt),
riad (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, private vehicle, public bus, taxi
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 128 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 180 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5
Moulay Idriss
DEPARTS Selected Fridays
Casablanca
Meknes
Fes
Start
2015
03 Apr
24 Apr
08 May
22 May
MOR OC C O
Marrakech
Finish
12 Apr
03 May
17 May
31 May
05 Jun
24 Jul
07 Aug
21 Aug
04 Sep
25 Sep
14 Jun
02 Aug
16 Aug
30 Aug
13 Sep
04 Oct
16 Oct 25 Oct
06 Nov 15 Nov
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2016 dates
Essaouira
Morocco Explorer
TRIP CODE XMKC
13 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
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GUARANTEED
If time is short, leave the planning to us so you can see the highlights of Morocco without
the hassle. Travel in style between historic sites, delectable food and exciting traditions.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Casablanca/Meknes Welcome
to Casablanca, Morocco’s most contemporary city.
Days 3-5 Fes Take a guided walking tour around the
winding paths of Fes and explore the stunning Old
City. Day 6 Midelt Visit the Berber village of Midelt on
the way to the desert. Day 7 Sahara Saddle up your
camel for a bumpy ride through the Sahara. Days 8-9
M'Goun Valley Arrive in the M’goun Valley and hike
through the surrounding Berber villages. Day 10 Ait
Benhaddou Take a stroll around the fortified city of Ait
Benhaddou, a red jewel of Morocco. Now a UNESCO
site, this town is a visual treasure and has been used
in several movies including The Mummy, Gladiator,
Babel and TV series Game of Thrones. Days 11-13
Marrakech After spending a few days in the Moroccan
countryside, arrive in Marrakech to a mind-blowing
sensory overload.
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Highlights
• Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II
• Ride a camel in the Sahara
• Enjoy a traditional Berber homestay
Meknes
Casablanca
MOR OC C O
Marrakech
Fes
Midelt
Sahara
M’Goun Valley
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts), riad (5 nts), desert camp
(1 nt), guesthouse (1 nt), gite (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle
MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
DEPARTS GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 540 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is operated by
our experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 325 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.44 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays and Thursdays
Mt M’Goun
Ait Benhaddou
PHYSICAL RATING
Start
2015
04 Jan
11 Jan
01 Feb
15 Feb
Finish
16 Jan
23 Jan
13 Feb
27 Feb
01 Mar
05 Mar
15 Mar
19 Mar
29 Mar
02 Apr
13 Mar
17 Mar
27 Mar
31 Mar
10 Apr
14 Apr
05 Apr 17 Apr
12 Apr 24 Apr
16 Apr 28 Apr
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2016 dates
This trip is available as an Independent Journey, departing
any day, for 1-2 people. Please see page 16 & 17 for details.
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Essaouira, Morocoo
Fes, Morocco - Alison Root
Chefchaouen, Morocco
North Morocco Adventure
TRIP CODE XMSB
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XMSB
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
9 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), guesthouse (1 nt),
overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Train, taxi, private vehicle, public bus,
overnight sleeper train
MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 128 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 225 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.58 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Friday Apr-Dec, selected Fridays Jan-Mar
Start
2015
02 Jan
09 Jan
16 Jan
23 Jan
30 Jan
06 Feb
Finish
10 Jan
17 Jan
24 Jan
31 Jan
07 Feb
14 Feb
13 Feb
20 Feb
27 Feb
06 Mar
13 Mar
20 Mar
27 Mar
03 Apr
21 Feb
28 Feb
07 Mar
14 Mar
21 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
10 Apr
17 Apr
24 Apr
01 May
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
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2016 dates
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts), gite (1 nt), guesthouse
(1 nt), riad (3 nts), desert camp (1 nt)
TRANSPORT 4x4, private vehicle, camel
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 142 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. There is an altered summer itinerary (July &
August). See Trip Notes for further details. 2. A single
supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip Notes
for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Saturday and selected Thursdays April to
December. Selected Saturdays January to March
Start
2015
03 Jan
17 Jan
14 Feb
28 Feb
Finish
12 Jan
26 Jan
23 Feb
09 Mar
38 Morocco
07 Mar
14 Mar
21 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
GUARANTEED
Visit the cosmopolitan capitals of Casablanca and Rabat before taking a step back in
time in Fes and Marrakech. Don’t miss Morocco’s bluest crown jewel, Chefchaouen.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca Head to Casablanca
and ease in with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of its
many great cafés. Day 2 Rabat/Moulay Idriss Travel
to Rabat and see monuments spanning the history of
Morocco. Spend the night in the sacred hilltop town
of Moulay Idriss. Days 3-4 Volubilis/Fes Discover
remarkable mosaics on a tour of the Volubilis ruins and
visit the imposing gates and walls of Meknes. Head to
Fes and wander through the maze-like alleyways of the
atmospheric medina. Days 5-7 Chefchaouen/Tangier
Watch the world go by in charming Chefchaouen, the
perfect place to relax. Travel to Morocco's northern
coast town of Tangier and perhaps indulge in fresh
seafood before making the final journey to Marrakech
aboard an overnight train. Days 8-9 Marrakech This
North Morocco Adventure finishes among the sights,
scents and sounds of Marrakech.
Highlights
• Walk the buzzing streets of Casablanca
• Relive a glorious medieval past in Fes
• Admire the blue houses of Chefchaouen
Tangier
Chefchaouen
Rabat
Casablanca
Fes
Moulay Idriss/Volubilis
Marrakech
M OR OC C O
South Morocco Discovery
TRIP CODE XMSF
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
16 Mar
23 Mar
30 Mar
06 Apr
13 Apr
20 Apr
16 Apr 25 Apr
18 Apr 27 Apr
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& 2016 dates
10 days, Marrakech to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
If you want the sea, city and Sahara, this adventure is for you. Feel the cool sea breeze of
Essaouira, shop in souqs and ride across the Sahara for a tantalising taste of Morocco.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Marrakech Marvel in the spectacle
of Marrakech – mingle with the fortune-tellers at
Djemaa el-Fna or eat alfresco at the night stalls. Day 2
Aroumd Stay in a mountain gite with incredible views
while exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Day 3 Ait
Benhaddou Explore the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah,
Morocco's internationally acclaimed film set. Day 4
Zagora Embark on a journey towards the mighty
Sahara, through the lush Draa Valley and on to Zagora.
Day 5 Sahara Camp Enjoy a camel expedition across
the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars.
Day 6 Taroudannt Look out for the incredible sight of
goats climbing argan trees on the way to the market
town of Taroudannt. Days 7-8 Essaouira Travel to
the seaside gem of Essaouira and relax by the beach.
Days 9-10 Marrakech Leave the coast behind and get
lost in the mayhem of the Marrakech’s souqs.
Highlights
• Learn to master Moroccan couscous
• Travel through the Sahara by camel
• Enjoy the beach spoils of Essaouira
MOR OC C O
Essaouira
Marrakech
Aroumd
Ait Benhaddou
Taroudannt
Zagora
Sahara Camp
High Atlas Mountains
Sahara, Morocco - Kim Holian
Moulay Idriss, Morocco - Kendall Fayle
Broadening horizons
Based in the Moroccan city of
Ouarzazate, the Horizon Association is an
Intrepid Foundation-supported initiative
that aims to rehabilitate and empower
people with disabilities. As well as
providing prosthetic and orthopaedic
equipment, this organisation trains
artisans in the production of local
handicrafts. Some of our trips include
a visit to the centre, but to find out
more or to make a donation, visit
theintrepidfoundation.org
Morocco - Matt Parry
Morocco Encompassed
TRIP CODE XMSQC
18 days, Casablanca to Marrakech
DEPARTURE
It’s a case of ‘the bigger, the better’ in Morocco, so saddle up the camel and prepare
for an in-depth trip that delves into all the exceptional highlights of this extensive land.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Casablanca Get acquainted
with the distinct architecture and European flavour
of Casablanca. Day 2 Rabat/Moulay Idriss See the
historical sights of Rabat, Morocco’s dignified capital,
then continue southbound for a homestay in the
ancient medina of Moulay Idriss. Days 3-4 Volubilis/
Fes Enjoy a guided tour of Volubilis, a partly excavated
Roman city. Spend some time exploring the onetime imperial city of Meknes, then hop aboard a train
Fes – the most complete medieval city in the Arab
world. Days 5-7 Chefchaouen/Tangier A beguiling
maze of blue and white dwellings nestled in the Rif
Mountains, Chefchaouen is guaranteed to charm. Soak
up the relaxed vibe and gorgeous panoramas before
travelling on to Marrakech by overnight train. Days 8-9
Marrakech Be caught up in the intoxicating whirl of
Marrakech. Shop for souvenirs, wander through the
atmospheric souqs and feast al fresco in Djemaa el-Fna.
Day 10 Aroumd Venture into the High Atlas Mountains
for a night spent with a local family in a gite with views
of Mount Toubkal. Day 11 Ait Benhaddou Take a
wander through the grand kasbah of Ait Benhaddou,
a film set often used by Hollywood. Day 12 Zagora
Set out on a drive through the legendary Sahara to
the small oasis town of Zagora. Day 13 Sahara Camp
Travel along rugged mountain ranges, through seas
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GUARANTEED
of sand and past the occasional desert oasis of date
palms. Day 14 Taroudannt Climb aboard a 4x4 for an
epic trip out to the Erg Chigaga sand dunes. Days 1516 Essaouira Stroll along the scenic seaside ramparts
of Essaouira and check out its galleries and attractive
eateries. Days 17-18 Marrakech Return to Marrakech.
Highlights
• Experience colonial Casablanca
• Explore Taroudannt's rosy city walls
• Soak up Essaouira’s romantic ambience
Tangier
Chefchaouen
Casablanca
Fes
Marrakech
Essaouira
Moulay Idriss/Volubilis
Aroumd
Ait Benhaddou
Taroudannt
High Atlas Mountains
Zagora
Sahara Camp
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),
overnight sleeper train (1 nt), gite (1 nt), riad (3 nts), desert
camp (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Train, taxi, private vehicle, public bus,
overnight sleeper train, 4x4, camel
MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 256 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.59 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Friday from April to December and
selected Fridays from January to March
• Ride a camel over sand dunes
Rabat
PHYSICAL RATING
MOR OC C O
Start
2015
09 Jan
06 Feb
20 Feb
27 Feb
06 Mar
13 Mar
20 Mar
27 Mar
03 Apr
10 Apr
17 Apr
24 Apr
01 May
08 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
05 Jun
Finish
26 Jan
23 Feb
09 Mar
16 Mar
23 Mar
30 Mar
06 Apr
13 Apr
20 Apr
27 Apr
04 May
11 May
18 May
25 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
03 Jul
10 Jul
17 Jul
24 Jul
31 Jul
07 Aug
14 Aug
21 Aug
28 Aug
04 Sep
11 Sep
18 Sep
25 Sep
02 Oct
09 Oct
16 Oct
23 Oct
29 Jun
06 Jul
13 Jul
20 Jul
27 Jul
03 Aug
10 Aug
17 Aug
24 Aug
31 Aug
07 Sep
14 Sep
21 Sep
28 Sep
05 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
26 Oct
02 Nov
09 Nov
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30 Oct
06 Nov
13 Nov
20 Nov
27 Nov
04 Dec
11 Dec
18 Dec
2016
08 Jan
05 Feb
19 Feb
26 Feb
04 Mar
11 Mar
18 Mar
16 Nov
23 Nov
30 Nov
07 Dec
14 Dec
21 Dec
28 Dec
04 Jan
25 Jan
22 Feb
07 Mar
14 Mar
21 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
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dates
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Central & Western Europe
Elegant in style, refined in taste, classic in sensibilities and fun to boot.
Sail Cote d’Azur
Iceland in winter
Celtic castles
France’s most refined playground
A song of ice and fire
Dungeons and dragons
You’ve gotta hand it to the French – whatever they
do, they do it well. Football? Yep. Food? Check.
Fashion? Oui. Glorious stretches of Mediterranean
coastline? Ooh-la-la... Ever true to form, France’s
glamorous Cote d’Azur is an astounding
composition of crystalline ocean, chic cities and
beautiful people living the high life in places called
Cannes, St Tropez and Nice. Pay them a visit on our
Cote d’Azur sailing trip. See page 46 for details.
A place called ‘Iceland’ may not sound like a
particularly attractive place to travel to during such
a time as winter, but the pay-offs for the hardy are
big. From November to March many of this island’s
incredible natural attractions appear especially
beautiful under a cover of snow, the surreal
Northern Lights can come out to play and a dip in
the Blue Lagoon is even more incredible. Check out
our Iceland Winter trip on page 50.
Despite centuries of effort by British battalions,
Nationalist insurgents and famously inclement
weather systems, many of Scotland and Ireland’s
castles are still standing. And standing superbly.
Castle towers keep an imposing guard over Blarney
Castle. Stirling Castle sits bold and brooding atop
gloomy Castle Hill. And, at least up until a few
years ago, a dragon still wallowed in the waters of
Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness.
40 Central & Western Europe
Fast facts
Top 4...
Me(n) first
Big spag
When entering
restaurants, Czech
custom dictates that
a man should enter
before a woman. For
all other buildings the
ladies first rule applies.
Back in 1986,
outraged Italians
protested against
the introduction of
Rome’s first McDonalds
restaurant by dishing
out free spaghetti.
Oktober-best
Six million wearers of
lederhosen can’t be
wrong – Germany’s
Oktoberfest is the best
place in Europe to find
the bottom of a onelitre stein of beer.
AB’s FAB
ABBA is the most
successful act ever to
have emerged from
Eurovision. Pay your
respects to the dancing
queens at Stockholm’s
ABBA Museum.
Cities for cycling
Paris
Cycle along the River
Seine taking in some of
Paris’s most famed sites.
Amsterdam
Freewheel around what
is arguably the world’s
most bike-friendly city.
Prague
Weave through the
atmospheric alleyways
of the Czech capital.
Barcelona
Cruise about enthralling
‘Barna’, from one Gaudi
masterpiece to the next.
Our favourite trips in Central & Western Europe
The weather in…
‘So much to do, so little time…’ Yep, it’s the old travel chestnut. Because while Europe may not be the
biggest continent about, it truly is a continent of contrasts. To make sure you get out of it just what
you were after, consider choosing a specialised trip like these listed below.
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below, so
you can decide on the best travel season for you.
10
DAYS
15
DAYS
21
DAYS
START
BEST FOR
Rome
Food & drink
ZMSP Rome to Paris (Original)
Vienna
Culture
AMSB Best of Central Europe (Original)
Budapest
Reykjavik
Natural wonders
BMSI Iceland (Original)
Reykjavik
Barcelona
City hopping
ZMRF Barcelona to Berlin (Basix)
FINISH
Paris
Berlin
J
F M A M
J
J
A
S
O N D
Berlin
Helsinki
Paris
Vienna
Budapest
Reykavik
KEY
Cold & wet 0-15˚C
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
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Very cold, below freezing
Warm & wet 20-25˚C
Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
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Best of the ‘Pest
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Geraldine de Korte
Best of Central Europe
TRIP CODE AMSB
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/AMSB
15 days, Vienna to Budapest
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), private apartment
(3 nts), pension (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, private vehicle, bicycle, public bus,
train
MEALS 10 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.65 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Saturday and selected Wednesdays from
March-Sept. Selected Saturdays October and March - May
Finish
11 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
10 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
01 Jul
04 Jul
08 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
22 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
02 Sep
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
31 Oct
2016
26 Mar
09 Apr
16 Apr
23 Apr
30 Apr
07 May
14 May
21 May
42 Central Europe
Tatra Mountains, Poland - Wiktor Bubniak
Prague, Czech Republic - Calli-Jo Duncan
Budapest, Hungary - Haley Shanoff
Start
2015
28 Mar
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
27 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
17 Jun
20 Jun
24 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
08 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
See the best sights and hidden places on
the Budapest Explorer Urban Adventure.
Learn the stories behind Andrassy Ave,
weave through narrow streets to a local
market before discovering City Park.
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
16 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
24 Oct
14 Nov
09 Apr
23 Apr
30 Apr
07 May
14 May
21 May
28 May
04 Jun
25 May
28 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
15 Jun
18 Jun
22 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
06 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
06 Aug
13 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
31 Aug
03 Sep
08 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
29 Jun
02 Jul
06 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
20 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
14 Sep
17 Sep
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DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
Get a taste of rural life in Teplice nad Metuji, try hearty cuisine in Prague and get active
in the age-old Tatra Mountains on this unrivalled trip through Europe’s heart.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Vienna Touch down in Vienna
and soak up the splendour of Austria's capital on a
walking tour. Pass the Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral
and the enchanting Hofburg Palace before continuing
around the Ringstrasse. Days 3-4 Cesky Krumlov
Cross into the Czech Republic and travel to bohemian
Cesky Krumlov. With its cobblestone alleys and
impressive old buildings, this is a city straight out
of a fairytale. Days 5-7 Prague Travel to Prague, the
'City of a Hundred Spires', which never fails to charm
with its gorgeous architecture, crooked streets and
internationally renowned jazz scene. Day 8 Teplice
nad Metuji See how the locals live in rural areas while
on a stay at a family-run pension. Pass the afternoon
contemplating the weird and wonderful sandstone
formations in the Teplice National Park. Days 9-10
Krakow Cross the border into Poland and stop to pay
respects at the sombre Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
and State Museum before continuing on to Krakow.
Wander through the streets of the atmospheric Old
Town that once housed Polish kings, see St Mary's
Church and be sure to indulge in some traditional
pierogi. Days 11-12 Tatra Mountains Limber up for
trekking in the Tatra Mountains, where the crisp air
and lush mountainscape makes for an unforgettable
experience. Days 13-15 Budapest Arrive in Budapest,
the eclectic capital of Hungary. Budapest is a city of
two halves: Buda, on the west bank, features rolling
hills while Pest, on the east bank, has a grid-like layout.
Linking the two is the Chain Bridge, which spans the
sparkling River Danube. Marvel at the Castle District
and trawl through a host of museums and galleries.
Highlights
• Explore fairytale Cesky Krumlov
• Hike in the majestic Tatra Mountains
• Soak in one of Budapest’s thermal baths
• See the rock formations of Teplice nad Metuji
Teplice nad Metuji
POL A N D
Prague
Krakow
C ZEC H
R E P U B LIC
Cesky
Krumlov
Tatra Mountains
SLOVAK IA
Vienna
A U S TR IA
H U N GARY
Budapest
Munich, Germany - Emma Murray
Christmas market, Vienna, Austria
Heartland of Central Europe
TRIP CODE AMKB
9 days, Munich to Budapest
DEPARTURE
As compact as a German car and fulfilling as an Austrian torte, this adventure will have
you begging for more as you venture through the heartland of Central Europe.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Munich Kick off the adventure
in Munich. Saunter through the historic city gates
and be dazzled by the crown jewels at Residenz.
Days 2-3 Prague Travel to Prague, where astounding
architectural accomplishments, extraordinary
history and a buzzing jazz scene create an irresistible
atmosphere. Days 4-5 Cesky Krumlov Discover the
bohemian charms of Cesky Krumlov. Be enchanted
by this fairytale town while strolling its cobblestone
laneways and admiring its lovely, history-laden
buildings. Days 6-7 Vienna Absorb the golden
splendour of Vienna. Encounter stylish urban spaces
and leafy parks, and marvel at the Gothic spires of
St Stephen's Cathedral. Days 8-9 Budapest Uncover
the contrasting halves of Budapest – the green Buda
and grid-like Pest. Enjoy wine-tasting in a stone cellar
beneath Buda Castle before ending this journey.
Highlights
• Sip a brew in the world’s beer capital
• Admire the towers of Prague Castle
• Taste wine beneath a castle in Budapest
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, public bus, private vehicle, train
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 157 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is operated by
our experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 270 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.62 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
GERMANY
CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague
Cesky Krumlov
Vienna
Munich
Budapest
AUSTRIA
H U N GAR Y
Christmas Markets of Central Europe
DEPARTURE
8 days, Munich to Budapest
GUARANTEED
WINTER
Start
2015
06 Apr
20 Apr
04 May
18 May
01 Jun
15 Jun
29 Jun
13 Jul
Finish
12 Apr
28 Apr
12 May
26 May
09 Jun
23 jun
07 Jul
21 Jul
27 Jul
10 Aug
24 Aug
07 Sep
21 Sep
05 Oct
02 Nov
2016
04 Apr
18 Apr
04 Aug
18 Aug
01 Sep
15 Sep
29 Sep
13 Oct
10 Nov
12 Apr
26 Apr
02 May 10 May
16 May 24 May
30 May 07 Jun
13 Jun 21 Jun
27 Jun 05 Jul
11 Jul 19 Jul
25 Jul 02 Aug
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for more 2016
dates
TRIP CODE AMSW
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DEPARTURES
Rediscover the magic of Christmas and watch the festive season play out in its birthplace.
Snow, fairy lights and some of the best markets in the world are yours for the taking.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Munich Discover the magic
of Munich’s Christmas Markets. Find everything you
need to create the perfect nativity scene at the crafty
Kripperlmarkt and soak up the atmosphere at the
vibrant Tollwood Christmas Market. Days 3-4 Salzburg
Cross the border into Austria to discover Salzburg, the
birthplace of Mozart. Wander around the atmospheric
market in front of the city’s impressive cathedral amid
aromas of spicy gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and
baked apples. Days 5-6 Vienna Soak up the splendour
of Austria’s picturesque capital with a walking tour of
the city. Days 7-8 Budapest Admire this beautiful city
while it’s lit up warmly with fairly lights and sparkling
decorations. Go on a guided orientation tour of the
city and explore the delightful Christmas market,
which bustles with laughter, tasty treats and traditional
Christmas decorations.
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GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Meander around Munich’s festive markets
• Warm the heart with spicy gluhwein
• Discover scrumptious treats in Salzburg
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, metro
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
GERMANY
Vienna
H U N GAR Y
Munich
Salzburg
Start Finish
2014
30 Nov 07 Dec
07 Dec 14 Dec
14 Dec 21 Dec
20 Dec 27 Dec
2015
29 Nov 06 Dec
06 Dec 13 Dec
13 Dec 20 Dec
20 Dec 27 Dec
Budapest
AUSTRIA
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Lake Bled, Slovenia
Berlin, Germany - Greta Holmberg
Berlin to Rome
TRIP CODE AMRRC
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PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
22 days, Berlin to Rome
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts) hostel (6 nts), overnight
sleeper train (1 nt), pension (2 nts), private apartment
(2 nts), guesthouse (4 nts)
TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, metro, public bus,
private vehicle, train
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 354 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 645 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.59 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
28 Mar
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
Finish
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
2016
26 Mar
09 Apr
23 Apr
07 May
21 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
16 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
11 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
25 Jun
02 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
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16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
08 Oct
15 Oct
22 Oct
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
This is the quintessential journey through the centre of Europe, taking in all the best sights
and hidden gems from edgy Berlin to timeless Rome and everywhere in between.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Berlin Kick off the journey in
Berlin, home to a vibrant nightlife, edgy arts scene and
festivals galore. Get comfortable on an overnight train
to Poland. Days 3-4 Krakow Arrive in Krakow and head
down to Rynek Glowny for a spot of people-watching
or seek out some solace in St Mary’s Church. Days 5-6
Prague Head west to the capital of the Czech Republic,
Prague. Explore the narrow hallways of the mysterious
Prague Castle or strike up a conversation with locals at
an underground absinthe bar. Day 7 Cesky Krumlov
Enjoy the cultural environs of Cesky Krumlov, a
bohemian town nestled in a bend of the Vltava River.
Days 8-9 Vienna Travel to Vienna and discover a city
with a vibrant artistic soul. Perhaps enjoy the dulcet
tones of operatic performers at a night-time theatre
show. Days 10-11 Budapest Discover how Budapest
has experienced something of a renaissance since the
Iron Curtain was lifted. Maybe hire a bike and explore
the grand boulevards or climb Gellert Hill for grand
views of the Danube. Days 12-13 Bled Head to one of
the most popular lakeside cities in Slovenia for water
activities. Days 14-16 Venice Be romanced by the
Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica di San Marco in this city
of hidden treasures. Days 17-18 Cinque Terre Travel
to the Cinque Terre and take in glorious vistas while
walking the coastal path. Days 19-20 Florence Be
captivated by the culture-rich atmosphere of Florence,
from family-run vineyards on the city’s outskirts to
the Duomo’s magnificent marble facade. Days 21-22
Rome Grab a gelato and take to the hectic streets
of Rome. Visit the Colosseum, sip an espresso at the
Piazza Navona or throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
Highlights
• Experience the awesome buzz of Berlin
• Sip Czech beer in a cosy bar in Prague
• Unwind in picturesque Bled
• Discover the secrets of Buda and Pest
Berlin
GE R MAN Y
P OLAN D
Prague
Cesky Krumlov
Vienna
A U S TR IA
Bled
Venice
Cinque Terre
Rome
Krakow
C ZE C H R E P U B LIC
Budapest
H U N GARY
S LOVE N IA
Florence
ITALY
Champs Elysees, Paris, France - Ioan Panaite
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona to Rome
TRIP CODE ZMSC
15 days, Barcelona to Rome
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DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Sway to the rhythmic sounds of rumba Catalana, taste the delights of southern France
and meander along Italian streets on this tri-country tour of food, culture and fun.
C
• Hike in the Spanish Pyrenees
• Walk the breathtaking Cinque Terre
B
A
L
T
• See masterpieces in Florence
THEME Explorer
Original
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
S WITZER LA N D
FR AN C E
Carcassonne Provence
Pyrenees
SPAIN
Barcelona
Start
2015
18 Apr
09 May
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
Cinque Terre
Nice Pisa Florence
Sienna
Rome
ITALY
Rome to Paris
Finish
02 May
23 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
15 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
17 Oct
2016
16 Apr
07 May
28 May
11 Jun
29 Aug
19 Sep
03 Oct
31 Oct
30 Apr
21 May
11 Jun
25 Jun
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
03 Sep
17 Sep
15 Oct
09 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
27 Aug
17 Sep
01 Oct
29 Oct
TRIP CODE ZMSP
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BEST
DEPARTURE
21 days, Rome to Paris
GUARANTEED
SELLER
Discover the excitement of Europe’s ever-changing style. Stop off at fashion capitals Milan
and Paris, foodie wonderlands Rome and Dijon and quaint towns Lucerne and Stresa.
C
• Visit iconic cultural attractions in Rome
L
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (13 nts), private apartment
(4 nts), guesthouse (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, ferry, tram, bicycle, public bus
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 299 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 735 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5
Highlights
T
I
ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Arrive in the Italian capital
and absorb its irresistible aura and energy. Days 2-5
Lucca/Pisa/Florence See the landscape transform
from Romanesque cities to rolling hills and olive groves
on a train journey to Tuscany. Days 6-7 Cinque Terre
Weave through the charming hillside villages of the
Cinque Terre. Days 8-9 Milan/Stresa Stroll through
ever-fashionable Milan and travel by train to pristine
Stresa. Days 10-11 Lucerne Farewell Italy and travel
into the alpine landscape of Switzerland. Days 12-14
Swiss Alps Visit Trummelbach Falls while taking in
staggering mountain views. Days 15-16 Bern/Dijon/
Beaune Travel by train through the Swiss capital of
Bern and then cross the border into Dijon, France.
Days17-18 Reims Raise a glass in Reims, a city steeped
in history. Days 19-21 Paris Stroll along the Seine and
be enchanted by the ever-inspiring city of Paris.
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, cog wheel railway, public bus
MEALS 8 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.79 out of 5
Highlights
I
ITINERARY... Day 1 Barcelona Arrive in Barcelona and
stroll along Las Ramblas. Days 2-3 Pyrenees Discover
the greatest of the great outdoors in the Pyrenees.
Day 4 Carcassonne Travel into France and watch a
golden sun set over Carcassonne’s medieval landscape.
Days 5-6 Provence Venture across landscapes that
inspired Van Gogh on the journey to Provence, one
of the most picturesque cities in France. Days 7-8
Nice Board a train and travel to Nice, the ideal base
for explorations of the Cote d'Azur. Days 9-10 Cinque
Terre Pull the walking shoes on and set off along the
legendary trail that links the five villages of the Cinque
Terre. Days 11-13 Pisa/Florence/Siena Travel to Pisa
to marvel at its famous wonky tower, then continue on
to Florence, the cultural heart of Tuscany. Days 14-15
Rome While in Rome, enjoy free time to scour the ait of
Gib
alrtar
many city sights and soak up the cosmopolitan vibe.
PHYSICAL RATING
A
B
• Take a spectacular journey to Lucerne
• Savour Dijon’s gastronomic delights
Reims
Paris
Bern
F RAN C E
Dijon
Beaune
Swiss Alps
S WITZER LA N D
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
04 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
Lucerne
Stresa
Milan
Lucca
Cinque Terre
Florence
Pisa
ITALY
Rome
Finish
24 Apr
22 May
05 Jun
19 Jun
17 Jul
31 Jul
14 Aug
28 Aug
AE
GE
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29 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
2016
02 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
25 Jun
18 Sep
02 Oct
16 Oct
30 Oct
22 Apr
20 May
03 Jun
17 Jun
15 Jul
09 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
27 Aug
10 Sep
24 Sep
08 Oct
29 Jul
12 Aug
26 Aug
16 Sep
30 Sep
14 Oct
28 Oct
AN
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SE
Palais des Papes, Avignon, France
Cote D’Azur, France
Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure
TRIP CODE ASRN
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PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
8 days, Nice to Marseille
STYLE
Basix
THEME Sailing
GROUP SIZE Max 8
ACCOMMODATION Overnight boat (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat
MEALS 7 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 62 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip also runs in reverse from Marseille to
Nice. See trip code ASRM on our website for details. 2. A
kitty of EUR 60 for meals while sailing applies for this trip.
Please see Trip Notes for more details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 270 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
06 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
Finish
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
25 Jul
08 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Comfort
THEME Explorer
DEPARTS Selected Wednesdays
Finish
21 May
04 Jun
25 Jun
23 Jul
13 Aug
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19 Aug
02 Sep
16 Sep
2016
11 May
25 May
15 Jun
See how the other half live, and wine and dine on this stylish little sailing sojourn
along France’s illustrious stretch of Mediterranean coastline.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Nice Welcome to Nice, where the
sun is always shining (well, almost) and the lifestyle is
relaxed. Board the boat in the afternoon and meet the
crew and new shipmates. Days 2-7 Cote d’Azur Set
sail to Cannes and enjoy seeing this beautiful coastline
from the water. There’s the chance to get away from
city life with options to check out smaller towns and
nature reserves close to St Tropez and Cannes. Then, it’s
time to leave the mainland behind and head to the Iles
d’Hyeres Archipelago, where pristine nature, secluded
beaches and a wealth of history combine to create a
very unique island experience. Farewell island life and
head back to the mainland to spend an evening in the
delightful Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer. The beauty of sailing
is that each day is unique and we are flexible to make
adjustments to the day's itinerary. Day 8 Marseille This
French sailing adventure ends in Marseille.
Highlights
• Soak up the glamour of Cannes
• Uncover idyllic beaches and a unique
history in the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago
Nice
Cannes
FR A N C E
Marseille
St-Tropez
Cavalaire-Sur-Mer
St-Mandrier-sur-Mer
Iles d'Hyeres Archipelago
27 Aug
10 Sep
24 Sep
19 May
02 Jun
23 Jun
13 Jul
03 Aug
17 Aug
31 Aug
14 Sep
DEPARTURE
9 days, Paris to Nice
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), chateau (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Train, private vehicle, taxi
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 157 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is operated by
our experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 270 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.69 out of 5
Start
2015
13 May
27 May
17 Jun
15 Jul
05 Aug
GUARANTEED
Highlights of France
TRIP CODE AMKF
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
21 Jul
11 Aug
25 Aug
08 Sep
22 Sep
GUARANTEED
Even on this brief encounter, France will find a place in your heart. Sit back and relax
while experiencing the very best of France’s food, architecture, history and style.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Paris Bonjour! Welcome to
France. Walk up the Champs-Elysees to see what’s hot
in French fashion and be sure to check out bohemian
Montmartre. Days 3-4 Dijon/Beaune Explore the
Burgundy region, famous for its wine and culinary
delights, such as beef bourguignon and coq au vin.
Day 5 Sainte Sabine Take a step back in time and
spend a night in a traditional French chateau. Relax
with a garden walk and a good book, or just gaze
across the beautiful French countryside. Days 6-7
Avignon Get along to the Palais des Papes, a 14thcentury Gothic palace built for Pope Clement V. Take a
riverside walk through apple orchids or just relax with
a café au lait and croissant. Days 8-9 Nice Experience
seaside bliss on the pebbled beaches of Nice. As the
biggest city on the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect
place to explore the rest of the Cote d’Azur.
Highlights
• Be romanced by the suave city of Paris
• Discover Roman ruins in Avignon
• Explore the French Riviera
Paris
FRANCE
Beaune
Dijon
Chateau stay
Avignon
Nice
Chamonix, France
Zermatt, France
The best hotel ever?
We’re none too sure who it was that first
figured it’d be nice to peer out over snowcapped peaks from a warm, bubbling
bathtub – but we like them. A lot. And if
you sign on to our Walking in the French
& Swiss Alps trip, we guarantee that you
will too. Set in the heart of the spectacular
Rhone Alpes region, the Park Hotel Suisse
& Spa serves as our accommodation in
Chamonix and boasts delightfully cosy
furnishings, an unbeatable location,
excellent on-site restaurant and, yes, spa
views of Mont Blanc.
Matterhorn, Switzerland
Walking in the French & Swiss Alps
8 days, Chamonix to Zermatt
DEPARTURE
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GUARANTEED
Grab your hiking boots and lace up for an active adventure. Come snow or shine,
there has never been a better scenic route in Europe to stretch your legs out on.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Chamonix Bienvenu (welcome) to
Europe’s mountaineering capital, Chamonix. Home to
the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, this is a snow
lover's paradise. Day 2 Chamonix Valley Discover
this beautiful alpine area on a walk to L’Aiguillette des
Posettes. The long walk is worth it for the jaw-dropping
360-degree view of the Alps. Stroll a wide, rocky trail
to Vallorcine before catching a bus back to Chamonix
to refuel at a fine French bistro. Day 3 The Classic
Grand Balcon Sud/Chamonix With a pass that allows
unlimited access to this amazing valley for two days, it
is time to get better acquainted with this mountainside
and start exploring it by foot and chairlift. Venture to
the summit of Brevent for a spectacular outlook of
the entire valley, then follow the rolling Grand Balcon
Sud path to La Flegere. Day 4 Montenvers/Chamonix
Give those legs a rest and relax in Chamonix or move
around the mountainside by cable car. Chug along the
railway tracks on a historic train to the bottom of Mer
de Glace to explore the largest glacier in France. Walk
the 6 km trail to Aiguille de Midi and see if you can spot
the Matterhorn in the distance. Day 5 Sion/Zermatt
Explore one of Switzerland’s oldest towns, Sion. Then
journey to Zermatt and visit the most photographed
mountain in the world, the Matterhorn. Day 6 Zermatt
Valley Time to discover Switzerland by foot. The
TRIP CODE AHXA
hills will come alive as you stroll through the idyllic
meadows and rolling green hills of the region. In the
shadow of the Matterhorn, cross a glacier river on the
round trip back to Zermatt. Days 7-8 Zermatt Before
bidding farewell to the Alps, spend a few free days
discovering the beautiful region surrounding Zermatt.
Highlights
• Hike around the scenic route of
Mont Blanc
• See the Alps from above on a cable car
• Walk the undulating trails of Col du Balme
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Walking
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 270 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is operated by
our experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.44 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays from June to September
Start
2015
20 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
12 Sep
Finish
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
19 Sep
2016
18 Jun
02 Jul
16 Jul
10 Sep
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
17 Sep
S WITZER LA N D
L’Aiguillette des Posettes
Sion
Chamonix
Zermatt
Matterhorn
Mont Blanc
F RANC E
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Berlin, Germany - Greta Holmberg
Venice, Italy
Barcelona to Berlin
TRIP CODE ZMRF
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PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
15 days, Barcelona to Berlin
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), hostel (5 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, train, public bus, tram
MEALS 7 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 242 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
18 Apr
16 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
18 Jul
Finish
02 May
30 May
27 Jun
11 Jul
01 Aug
25 Jul
08 Aug
29 Aug
19 Sep
2016
16 Apr
14 May
08 Aug
22 Aug
12 Sep
03 Oct
30 Apr
28 May
11 Jun
25 Jun
16 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
27 Aug
17 Sep
25 Jun
09 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
20 Aug
10 Sep
01 Oct
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Basix
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (4 nts), hostel (3 nts), overnight
sleeper train (1 nt), pension (2 nts), private apartment
(2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, metro, bus, private
public bus, train, private vehicles
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 242 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.63 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
28 Mar
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
Finish
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
GUARANTEED
Take some time to see the ‘little sisters’ of Europe’s biggest cities, such as Brussels and
Avignon, as well as hitting up the big boys of Paris, Barcelona and Berlin.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Barcelona Be welcomed to
Barcelona by its spectacular architecture, fabulous
cuisine and superb bar scene. Days 3-4 Avignon
Head over the border into the romantic landscapes
of Provence. Days 5-7 Paris Ah Paris, beautiful Paris
– a city so easy to return to. If not for the famous
monuments and fusion of old-world architecture
and modernist art, then for the delicate cuisine
and exquisite boutiques. Day 8 Luxembourg Stroll
Luxembourg City’s Old Town and see why this pintsized capital packs much more of a punch than its
size would suggest. Days 9-10 Brussels Make your
acquaintance with the cobbled laneways and rich
cuisine of Belgium. Days 11-13 Amsterdam Canals,
cafés, class – what’s not to like about Amsterdam?
Days 14-15 Berlin Discover the secrets of Germany’s
bohemian and bodacious capital.
Highlights
• Jump on a bike and explore Amsterdam
• Taste Catalan cooking in Barcelona
• Enjoy Brussel’s finest beer and chocolate
N ETH E R LA N D S
Amsterdam
BE LGIU M
Brussels
Berlin
Luxembourg
Paris
GE R MA N Y
FR A N C E
Avignon
S PAIN
Barcelona
Berlin to Venice
TRIP CODE AMRB
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
22 Aug 05 Sep
29 Aug 12 Sep
05 Sep 19 Sep
12 Sep 26 Sep
19 Sep 03 Oct
26 Sep 10 Oct
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48 Central & Western Europe
DEPARTURE
15 days, Berlin to Venice
GUARANTEED
Make your acquaintance with the architectural grandeur, cosmopolitan air and
enchanting histories of Europe on this trail through its great capitals.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Berlin Kick off the journey in
edgy Berlin, then get comfortable on an overnight
train to Poland. Days 3-4 Krakow Visit the highlight
attractions of this World Heritage-listed old town –
Wawel Royal Castle, Rynek Glowny town square and
St Mary’s Church. Days 5-6 Prague Head west to the
capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, and explore
the narrow hallways of the mysterious Prague Castle.
Day 7 Cesky Krumlov Potter about the atmospheric
alleys and laneways of inner Bohemia. Days 8-9 Vienna
Be immersed in the rich culture and artistic heritage
of Vienna. Days 10-11 Budapest Explore the grand
boulevards, hearty cuisine and famous public baths
of the Hungarian capital. Days 12-13 Bled Flex the
muscles in one of the most popular lakeside cities in
Slovenia. Days 14-15 Venice Be romanced in this city
of hidden treasures.
Highlights
• Soak up royal history on a visit to
Krakow's Wawel Castle
• Be swept up in the romance of Venice
Berlin
POLAND
GERMANY
Prague
Cesky Krumlov
AUSTRIA
ITALY
Venice
Bled
Krakow
Vienna CZECH REPUBLIC
Budapest
H U N GAR Y
SLOVENIA
B L AC K
S E
Riga, Latvia - Jana Shaffner
Contrasting Berlin
On the Storyline of Berlin Urban
Adventure, discover Hitler’s final
hideout, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint
Charlie. Then contrast the past with new
innovation and spot graffiti, progressive
art and talented street performers.
Stockholm, Sweden
Scandinavia Explorer
TRIP CODE BMSH
15 days, Oslo to Helsinki
DEPARTURE
Conquer this unique corner of the world by boat, bike and foot, and immerse yourself in
Scandinavia’s natural settings that are far away from bustling cities and hordes of tourists.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Oslo Discover the irresistible
charm and eccentricity of Oslo. Days 3-4 Bergen Enjoy
the sights of quirky Bergen. Days 5-6 Norwegian
Fjords Be captivated by the sight of crisp mountain
peaks reflected in the glassy waters of Sognefjord
on a boat trip. Pass through Naeroyfjord, named for
the Norse god of seafarers and the sea. Days 7-8
Lillehammer Make tracks to the alpine playground
of Lillehammer. Days 9-10 Swedish Lakes Head
to the lakeside village Mora, a laidback town that
encapsulates the most Swedish of Swedish landscapes.
Days 11-12 Stockholm Absorb the timeless beauty
of Stockholm, the ‘Venice of the North’. Day 13 Aland
Islands/Overnight Ferry Head to the Aland Islands and
then board an overnight ferry to Finland. Days 14-15
Helsinki Before this trip comes to an end, discover
historical sights and gastronomic wonders in Helsinki.
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Highlights
• Be impressed by Norway's Naeroyfjord
• Cycle around Finland's Aland Islands
• Discover a Viking past in picturesque Oslo
SWE D E N
N ORWAY
Norwegian Fjords
Bergen
Aland Islands
Oslo
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (11 nts), cabin (2 nts),
overnight boat (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Bus, metro, ferry, overnight boat, train
MEALS 7 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 675 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.58 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
FIN LA N D
Lillehammer
PHYSICAL RATING
Helsinki
Swedish Lakes
Start
2015
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
Finish
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
25 Jul
15 Aug
29 Aug
2016
28 May
11 Jun
08 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
11 Jun
25 Jun
25 Jun
09 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
09 Jul
23 Jul
06 Aug
27 Aug
10 Sep
Stockholm
Baltic Experience
TRIP CODE BMSE
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DEPARTURE
15 days, Helsinki to Berlin
GUARANTEED
Join this Baltic experience and set the compass north for adventure. If canoeing
waterways and exploring pristine beaches is your jam, then this is the trip for you.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Helsinki Travel to Finland and
experience the diverse culture of Helsinki. Days 2-3
Tallinn Catch a ferry across the Gulf of Finland
to Estonia's charming capital, Tallinn. Day 4 Riga
Country-hop once again, this time into Latvia. Discover
how Riga is renowned for its welcoming locals and a
fascinating art nouveau heritage. Days 5-6 Curonian
Spit Make tracks to the former Prussian capital of
Klaipeda and pop into Curonian Spit National Park, a
playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Days 7-8 Vilnius
Be wooed by the cosmopolitan charms of Lithuania's
capital. Days 9-10 Aukstaitija National Park Hike and
canoe through dense forests and enjoy the serenity
of this natural wonderland. Days 11-12 Warsaw In
Poland, learn about how Warsaw was rebuilt from
rubble after World War II. Days 13-15 Berlin Arrive in
Germany and uncover the tumultuous past of Berlin.
Highlights
• Discover Lithuania’s Curonian Spit
• Reflect on the legacy of WWII in Warsaw
• Explore Tallinn's quaint Old Town
FIN LAN D
Helsinki
LATVIA
LITH U A N IA
Tallinn
E S TON IA
Riga
Curonian Spit
GER MAN Y
Berlin
Aukstaitija NP
Vilnius
Warsaw
P OLAN D
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts)
TRANSPORT Ferry, public bus, train, private vehicle, tram
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 400 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.50 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
02 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
Finish
16 May
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
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01 Aug
08 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
2016
30 Apr
28 May
15 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
24 Oct
14 May
11 Jun
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
09 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
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Central & Western Europe 49
Northern Lights, Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland - Vytautas Šėrys
Northern Lights Escape
TRIP CODE BMSW
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6 days, Reykjavik to Reykjavik
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow ISK 45,000 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Thursdays
Start Finish
2015
12 Feb 17 Feb
19 Feb 24 Feb
19 Mar 24 Mar
12 Nov 17 Nov
2016
11 Feb 16 Feb
18 Feb 23 Feb
17 Mar 22 Mar
10 Nov 15 Nov
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STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 142 kg pp per trip
BUDGET Allow ISK 60,000 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.57 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Fridays
07 Jun
14 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
19 Jul
26 Jul
02 Aug
50 Iceland
31 Jul
07 Aug
14 Aug
21 Aug
28 Aug
04 Sep
2016
27 May
03 Jun
10 Jun
17 Jun
WINTER
DEPARTURES
Fall victim to the striking natural features, dramatic landscapes and cosy café culture of
Iceland during its bewitchingly beautiful winter months.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Reykjavik Explore Reykjavik’s
vibrant art scene, tuck into some local delicacies or
learn about the nation’s beginnings at the National
Museum. Day 2 Hvolsvollur Get an enhanced
appreciation of the city on a guided tour. Pass
Þingvellir, one-time location of what is ostensibly the
world’s oldest parliament, on the road to the Geysir
geothermal area. Watch natural hot springs bubble
and see Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. Day 3 Gerdi
Visit the eerily beautiful Skogafoss waterfall. Take in
more of the renowned South Shore’s wonders on the
drive to Gerdi. Day 4 Skaftafell National Park Stop by
Skaftafell National Park for some unforgettable time
spent in the company of Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest
glacier. Lunch in the village of Vik before arriving back
in Reykjavik. Days 5-6 Reykjavik Discover more of
Reykjavik and pay a visit to the bubbling Blue Lagoon.
Highlights
• Discover Reykjavik on a guided city tour
• Witness the Skogafoss waterfall in action
• Drive the island’s spectacular South Shore
IC ELA N D
Reykjavik
Skaftafell NP
Hvolsvöllur
09 Aug
16 Aug
23 Aug
30 Aug
06 Sep
13 Sep
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
DEPARTURE
10 days, Reykjavik to Reykjavik
PHYSICAL RATING
Finish
GUARANTEED
Iceland Discovery
TRIP CODE BMSI
Start
2015
29 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
03 Jul
10 Jul
17 Jul
24 Jul
DEPARTURE
24 Jun
01 Jul
08 Jul
15 Jul
22 Jul
29 Jul
05 Aug
12 Aug
19 Aug
26 Aug
02 Sep
03 Jul
10 Jul
17 Jul
24 Jul
31 Jul
07 Aug
14 Aug
21 Aug
28 Aug
04 Sep
11 Sep
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
You may have to work at word pronunciation, but by the end of this epic Icelandic
adventure you will know your Vik from your Höfn, and your hangikjöt from your kleina.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Reykjavik Be inspired by the
world’s northernmost capital. Day 2 Hvolsvollur
area Get a thrill as the Strokkur Geyser erupts and be
spellbound by the beauty and power of the Gullfoss
waterfall. Day 3 Vik Go to Skogar Museum, then spot
puffin colonies at Dyrholaey. Day 4 Glacier Lagoon
Enjoy a walk to Svartifoss Waterfall and take a glacier
boat tour. Day 5 Egilsstadir Appreciate dramatic
mountains while passing through the Almannaskard.
Day 6 Myvatn Lake Admire the majestic Dettifoss
Waterfall and horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi. Day 7
Hrutafjordur See the volcanic lava of Leirhnjukur
and the boiling mud pools of Namaskard. Day 8
Snaefellsnes Venture into the Snaefellsnes National
Park and spy its mighty glacier. Days 9-10 Reykjavik
Hike to the top of Grabrok Volcano. Before returning to
Reykjavik, swing by Europe's hottest spring.
Highlights
• Witness the eruptions of a giant geyser
• Travel to Iceland’s ‘Waterfall of the Gods’
• Marvel at hot lava flows in Leirhnjukur
Hrutafjordur
Myvatn Lake
Snaefellsnes
Egilsstadir
IC ELA N D
Reykjavik
Hvolsvollur
Hofn
Vik
Blarney Castle, Ireland - Marco Caires
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland - Paul Krugman
Edinburgh, Scotland - Albert Pego
Celtic Villages & Islands
TRIP CODE BMKC
15 days, Edinburgh to Dublin
DEPARTURE
Follow in the footsteps of kings, queens and freedom fighters on a trip through the
stunning highlands, rugged coastline and brooding castles of Scotland and Ireland.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Edinburgh Follow tangled
walkways through Scotland’s historic capital to
warm pubs and cosy restaurants. Days 2-3 Oban
Visit Stirling Castle, then pass through the highland
village of Crianlarich en route to Oban. Feel the sea
breeze on a ferry trip up the Sound of Mull and take
a coastal tour around the islands of Iona and Staffa.
Day 4 Glencoe Head north to Glen Nevis and take in
the stunning scenery of the region on a nature walk
before travelling to Glencoe. Day 5 Isle of Skye Take
a spectacular journey aboard the Jacobite steam train
to Mallaig. Later, jump on a ferry to Skye. Day 6 Loch
Ness Visit the dramatic Dunvegan Castle, which has
been home to the chiefs of Clan Macleod for over 800
years. Then continue on to the home to the elusive
Loch Ness Monster – a picturesque deep freshwater
loch situated in the scenic Scottish Highlands. Go on
an afternoon visit to the Glen Ord Distillery. Day 7
Glasgow Take in the dramatic highland scenery of
Trossachs National Park en route to Glasgow. Days 8-9
Belfast Take a ferry across to Northern Ireland and
travel on to the capital, Belfast. Head out on a guided
tour of the city and see the Giant’s Causeway –
amazing volcanic basalt columns that jut out into the
sea. Days 10-11 Galway/Cliffs of Moher Pay a visit to
Enniskillen Castle and Galway Cathedral, then take a
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boat trip out to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Days 1213 Ring of Kerry Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Ring
of Kerry and tuck into a traditional Irish lunch at a local
pub. Days 14-15 Blarney Castle/Dublin Immerse
yourself in history on a visit to Blarney Castle before a
final dinner with the group in Dublin.
Highlights
• Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh
• Take a coastal tour of Iona and Staffa
• See the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, ferry, train
MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 262 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is operated by
our experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.57 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
24 May
28 Jun
16 Aug
30 Aug
Finish
07 Jun
12 Jul
30 Aug
13 Sep
2016
22 May
26 Jun
14 Aug
28 Aug
05 Jun
10 Jul
28 Aug
11 Sep
• Admire the epic Giant’s Causeway
Portree
NORTHERN
IRELAND
Galway
Isle of Mull
Oban
Belfast
Comfort
Ireland - Vicky Smith
Inverness
Glencoe
SCOTLAND
Edinburgh
Glasgow
IRELAND
Dublin
Ring of Kerry
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The Arctic
Paths untrammelled, sceneries unsullied, frontiers untamed.
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, Iceland - Milica Ijacic
Spitsbergen, Norway - Andre Gostnikov
Fair Isle
The Blue Lagoon
Walrus haulout
More than fair sights
With Intrepid, not Brooke Shields
Watch inaction in action
Home to a local population that hovers somewhere
between 50 and 70, Fair Isle has in fact been occupied
since the Bronze Age – so you could say the locals
have taken a fairly casual attitude to populating. This
could be because they’re so busy making sure their
famously rare bird species have somewhere nice to
nest, or knitting their gorgeous namesake woollen
jumpers. Whatever the case, it’s a charming stopover
on our Scotland to Norway trip (page 57).
Bathing in the waste waters of a powerplant isn’t
usually considered a particularly healthy thing to do,
but Iceland isn’t your usual country. The balmy waters
of Grindavik’s Blue Lagoon are actually the overflow
produced by the geothermal power station running
alongside. And it’s on account of the natural minerals
the water picks up as it’s extracted from the earth’s
depths that a good soak is touted as good therapy.
Try it on our Iceland Circumnavigation trip (page 57).
Immense sausage-shaped masses of blubber, hide
and tusk, walruses were never the daintiest of God’s
creations. Yet seasonal changes do call for greener
pastures – or, in a walrus’s case, warmer waters and
higher grounds – and the sight of countless lumps of
lard hauling their massive bulks out of the water and
jostling for space on shorelines is an extraordinary
sight. And the coast of Spitsbergen is the place to see
it. See our Introduction to Spitsbergen trip on pg 56.
52 The Arctic
Fast facts
Top 4...
Cool runnings
Pizzly bears
Grizzly-polar bear
hybrids have been
discovered in regions
where the two species’
habitats overlap. They
are commonly referred
to as ‘Pizzlies’.
Each April, hundreds
of runners race across
a floating Arctic shelf
in -22˚C temperatures,
competing for the title
of the world’s coolest
runner.
Walrus weigh in
Blubber butts in every
sense of the word,
Arctic walruses can
weigh up to 1,700 kg
courtesy of a six-inch
layer of insulating
tissue.
It’s all relative
The Arctic is warmer
than Antarctica. The
coldest temperature
ever recorded in
Antarctica was -89˚C,
while in the Arctic it
was only -68˚C
A whale of a time...
Including dolphins and porpoises in the count, the Arctic is home to 17 species of whale. Some, like us, just pass
through during the summer months, while others prefer to stick it out all year. Either way, most travel in pods
– meaning that if you spy one, you’re bound to spot a few. Here’s a guide to when the more migratory-minded
tend to pass through.
May - Sept
Sperm, minke, fin, killer, pilot, orcas
Norway
May - Sept
Minke, humpback, fin, blue, orca, sei, fin, sperm, pilot
Iceland
Jun - Aug
Fin, humpback, killer, grey, minke
Alaska
Jun - Aug
Bowhead, narwhal, beluga, fin, minke, killer, gray, humpback, pilot, blue
Canada
Jul - Sept
Fin, killer, minke, humpback, beluga, narwhal
Greenland
Nature outings
Kayak
Pick up a paddle and
set out for a glide
through still waters.
Snowshoe
Make like explorers
of old and clomp off
through the icy wilds.
Hiking
Stroll across the Arctic
tundra in search of
wildlife and wildflowers.
Zodiac
Zip out to the shoreline
for glimpses of walruses
up close.
Best time to travel
June to mid-July This is the best time to see ice
and snow. The midnight sun has not yet melted the
ice, so polar bears will be hunting on the ice edge.
Birds are returning to breed.
July to mid-August is the best time to
circumnavigate Spitsbergen, as ice is less likely to
block channels. Tundra flowers are blooming and
wildlife is abundant.
Mid-August to September The days are getting
shorter, birds begin to migrate south and skies can
be moody.
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The Arctic 53
Included activities
Whether you want a leisurely experience,
a thrillseeking adventure or simply to
immerse yourself in the knowledge of
Arctic experts, there are plenty of activities
to enhance your trip. Many of these, such
as hiking and birdwatching, are included in
your trip package.
Wildlife & ornithology
Bird and wildlife watching is at the heart of any
Arctic expedition. Explore the frosty wilderness
with the guidance of expert naturalists and
ornithologists, who will help you spot and
recognise the rare and diverse species of birds and
animals that call these icy lands home. From polar
bears to penguins to narwhal whales, there is a
wealth of wildlife to discover.
Photography
The astonishing landscapes and rich wildlife of the
Arctic offer incredible photographic opportunities.
Each ship has a multimedia centre where you can
download digital images and burn CDs.
Hiking
Your Arctic adventure can be as active as you like. At
many stops on each voyage there are opportunities
to go hiking through diverse terrains, from the
summer tundra of Greenland to the rocky islands of
the Canadian Arctic. Hike with an experienced leader
and be awed by the incredible sights.
Zodiac excursions
There are plenty of chances to get off the ship and
explore in sturdy, inflatable boats called Zodiacs.
Venture out in small groups accompanied by an
expedition leader. This is the best way to safely and
swiftly get around and discover all the wonders of
the Arctic region.
Optional activities
If you’re up for more adventures, there
optional activities available. However, they
do have limited places that fill up quickly,
so get in fast at the time of booking your
trip if you want to take part.
Sea kayaking in the Arctic
Up to 10 people on each voyage have the chance
to paddle out on the icy waters in a sea kayak
at each stop. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and
drysuits are provided, as well as the guidance of a
qualified kayaking instructor. For your safety, some
kayaking experience is required. This activity has an
additional cost.
Spitsbergen, Norway - Andre Gostnikov
54 Destination
DELUXE
SUITE
Sea Adventurer
Climb aboard the ice-strengthened Sea Adventurer, a
sturdy vessel made for navigating Antarctica. Given a $13
million makeover in 1998 and an additional refurbishment
in 2013, this stylish ship provides a comfortable space to
relax in as you traverse Arctic waters.
BRIDGE
BRIDGE
BRIDGE
CLINIC
402
400
403
401
OBSERVATION
DECK
LIBRARY
CAPTAIN’S
DECK
CAPTAIN’S DECK
304
302
CLUB
ROOM
PURSER’S
OFFICE
300
MAIN
LOUNGE
DINING
ROOM
311
309 307
305
303
UPPER
DECK
RECEPTION
301
UPPER DECK
200
208
206
204
202
212
214
216
218
220
222
210
201
GYM
207
205
203
209
211
215
217
219
221
223
225
227
229
100
102
104
106
108
110
112
LOWER
DECK
TRIPLE CABIN
101
103
105
107
119
Registered: Bahamas
109
BOW
111
STERN
115
Cruising speed: 12 knots in
open water
114
Length: 101.1 m
MAIN DECK
OCEAN N
117
Ice class: 1A
116
Lifeboats: 4 partially enclosed
Draft: 4.5 m
MAIN DECK
231
Guests: 117
Propulsion: Diesel twin engines
– 5,200 horsepower
Breadth: 16.2 m
224
ZODIAC
BOARDING
ROOMS
Ship specifications
Staff and crew: 72
226
228
GIFT SHOP/
MASSAGE ROOM
UPPER DECK TWI
LOWER DECK
BRIDGE DECK TW
UPPER (LOWER B
QUAD CABIN
Ocean Nova
T
AUDITORIUM
BAR
OBSERVATION
DECK
ZODIAC
DECK
TOP DECK
414
412
410
408
406
404
402
413
411
409
407
405
403
401
LIBRARY
416
CAPTAIN
LOUNGE
415
Built in 1992 and completely refurbished in 2006, the
Ocean Nova offers a comfortable level of onboard
accommodation and service, and is the perfect base to
explore the Arctic. With a maximum of 78 passengers,she
has a variety of cabin sizes and configurations. All cabins
offer sea views and private facilities, and are ultimately
designed to optimise your comfort on board.
BRIDGE
B
302
304
306
308
310
312
314
318
OFFICE
316
320
322
BRIDGE DECK
307
309
311
BUFFET
313
U
315
317
319
321
DINING
ROOM
305
303
301
UPPER DECK
BOOT ROOM
ZODIAC
ACCESS
OFFICERS’ CABINS
CLINIC
M
CHIEF
ENGINEER
OFFICERS’ CABINS
MAIN DECK
Ship specifications
Staff and Crew: 38
Propulsion: 2,000 horsepower
Guests: 78
Ice Class: 1B (Hull 1A)
Lifeboats: 4 fully enclosed
Length: 73 m
Cruising Speed: 12 knots in
open water
Breadth: 11 m
Registered: Nassau, Bahamas
SHOP
STERN
BOW
L
LOWER DECK
Draft: 3.7 m
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The Arctic 55
Death outlawed
If it’s with the intention of expiring
there that you’re entertaining a trip to
Longyearbyen, think again – dying in this
Arctic outpost is very much frowned upon.
In fact, it’s illegal. Any who fall seriously ill
in Longyearbyen are quickly transported
to the mainland to meet their maker, as are
the corpses of transgressors of this edict.
The reason is that the permafrost that
covers the land here prevents bodies from
decomposing, so the graveyard’s full up.
Arctic - John Weller
Spitsbergen, Norway - Matthew Ross
Introduction to Spitsbergen
TRIP CODE BQMI
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PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Wildlife
SHIP Sea Adventurer
GROUP SIZE Max 117
ACCOMMODATION Cruise ship (8 nts)
TRANSPORT Ship
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 994 kg pp per trip
NOTES Please note an increased non-refundable deposit
of AUD 2000 is required at time of booking. Full payment is
due 90 days prior to departure.
BUDGET Allow USD 100 for meals not included
DEPARTS Selected Tuesdays
Start Finish
2015
14 Jun 22 Jun
18 Jul 26 Jul
Spitsbergen, Norway - Paul Goldstein
56 The Arctic
9 days, Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Set sail for an adventure on Spitsbergen’s seas. It might be chilly, but you can keep
warm while kayaking, exploring the land by snowshoe and watching polar bears play.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Longyearbyen (Embarkation)
Wander the frosty streets of the world’s northernmost
city before setting sail on your Arctic adventure. Get
to know life as a ship-dweller and look out at snowy
mountain peaks as they recede into the horizon.
Days 2-8 Exploring Spitsbergen Tucked far away in
the remote wilds of the Arctic, Spitsbergen is bursting
with incredible wildlife, polar deserts and immense
glaciers. Far from being a wasteland, the tundracovered landscapes can be surprisingly colourful in
summer, with wildflowers bursting forth for a taste
of sunshine. Begin by exploring the western coast of
the island en route to the stunning fjords and outlying
islands to the north. While the itinerary can be as
varied as the unpredictable polar weather, the ship
will endeavour to get as close as possible to some of
the island’s must-see locations, including 14th July
Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the
Hinlopen Strait. There are opportunities to spot polar
bears roaming around on sheets of white, as well as
nesting birdlife among the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet.
Along the way, be sure to scour the coast for imposing
walruses lazing on rocky shores. From Arctic foxes,
reindeer and, of course, whales, the opportunities for
wildlife spotting are endless. Get closer to the action by
jumping in a sea kayak to discover isolated coves and
this alluring scenery close up. Visit a historic whaling
memorial to learn about those who risked their lives in
the 17th and 18th centuries to work in extreme Arctic
conditions. Day 9 Longyearbyen (Disembarkation)
Return to Longyearbyen, where this unforgettable
Arctic adventure ends.
Highlights
• Discover the quirky city of Longyearbyen
• Scour the ice sheets for polar bears
• Be enchanted by the seabirds dotted
along the cliffs of Alkefjellet
Alkefjellet
Monaco Glacier
Smeerenburg
SPITSBERGEN
NORWAY
Longyearbyen
Calysobyen
Blue Lagoon, Iceland - Clare Della Bosca
Iceland Circumnavigation
TRIP CODE BQMZ
12 days, Reykjavik to Reykjavik
DEPARTURE
Discover the raw natural beauty and cultural quirks of Iceland – its hidden inlets,
quaint villages and geological oddities – on a cruise around this enchanting island.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Reykjavik Walk this culture-filled
capital. Day 2 Embarkation/Golden Circle Be blown
away by this spectacular part of the country. Day 3
Grundarfjordur Admire the magnetic scenery of
the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Day 4 Ísafjordur Relax in
this friendly town and explore nearby fjords. Day 5
Grindavik/The Blue Lagoon Soak in the mineral-rich
Blue Lagoon. Day 6 Heimey Island/Surtsey Island Visit
these islands and look out for sea caves and puffins.
Day 7 Jokulsarlon and Hofn Be wowed by Vatnajokull
glacier. Spend the afternoon in charming Hofn. Day 8
Seydisfjordur Check out art and handicrafts in this
colourful town. Days 9-10 Husavík/Grimsey Island
View dramatic scenery on the journey to Grimsey
Island. Day 11 Westfjords/Hornvik Walk the beautiful
landscapes of Hornvik. Day 12 Akureyri/Reykjavik
After arriving in Akureyri, fly back to Reykjavik.
Highlights
• Tour the Golden Circle with views of lakes,
wildflowers and soaring mountains
• Travel the highland lava desert of Húsavík
Isafjörður
Norwegian Sea
Siglufjörður
Grundarfjörður
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Wildlife
Comfort
SHIP Ocean Nova
GROUP SIZE Max 78
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt), cruise ship (10 nts)
TRANSPORT Zodiac, ship
MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1417 kg pp per trip
NOTES Please note an increased non-refundable deposit
of AUD 2000 is required at time of booking. Full payment is
due 90 days prior to departure.
BUDGET Allow USD 100 for meals not included
DEPARTS Wednesday 26th August 2015
Húsavík
Akureyri
Seydisfjörður
Start Finish
2015
26 Aug 06 Sep
ICELAND
Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon
Grindavík
Höfn
Jökulsárlón
Heimaey Island
Scotland to Norway
TRIP CODE BQMN
14 days, Aberdeen to Tromso
DEPARTURE
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/BQMN
GUARANTEED
Embark on an incredible cruise and experience prehistoric Norse settlements, glorious
gaping fjords, stark landscapes and wildlife galore.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Aberdeen Visit the Scottish Isles.
Day 2 Kirkwall See the intriguing islands of Orkney.
Day 3 Fair Isle The windswept Fair Isle is a haven for
rare birds. Day 4 Lerwick Spend time in the island’s
capital, then head towards Norway. Day 5 Bergen Tour
this colourful waterfront city. Day 6 Alesund Head up
Mt Aksla for an unparalleled view of this town. Day 7
Geiranger Fjord Be awed by this World Heritage-listed
fjord. Day 8 Trondheim History buffs will love exploring
Trondheim and Munkholem Island. Day 9 Vega Island
This is the ultimate haven for birdlife. Day 10 Alstahaug
Cruise alongside the Seven Sisters mountain range.
Day 11 Svartisen/Vikingen Get up close to a glacier,
then cross the Arctic Circle. Day 12 Lofoten Islands Hike
pristine landscapes. Day 13 Bleiksoya/Nyksund See
birds in Bleiksoya and art in Nyksund. Day 14 Tromso
The trips ends in Norway’s lively northern city.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/BQMZ
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Visit ancient monuments on the Orkney
and Shetland islands
• Sail into spectacular Geiranger Fjord
Shetland
Islands
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Wildlife
Comfort
SHIP Ocean Nova
GROUP SIZE Max 78
ACCOMMODATION Cruise ship (13 nts)
TRANSPORT Zodiac, ship
MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 1547 kg pp per trip
NOTES Please note an increased non-refundable deposit
of AUD 2000 is required at time of booking. Full payment is
due 90 days prior to departure.
BUDGET Allow USD 100 for meals not included
Tromsø
Norwegian Sea
Orkney
Islands
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTS Wednesday 27th May 2015
Lofoten
Islands
Alesund
Start Finish
2015
27 May 09 Jun
Vega
Geirangerfjorden
Aberdeen
NORWAY
Bergen
SCOTLAND
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Italy
Food, fashion and football – the land shaped like a boot offers up kicks aplenty.
Florence, Italy - Gavin Goeldner
Food glorious food
Colourful Cinque
Through the past darkly
Become a master of pasta
Home is where the hue is
Get spooked at the Capuchin Catacombs
What dish comes to mind when you think of Italian
cuisine? If it isn’t pizza, it’s definitely pasta. With a
history as long as a strand of spaghetti and as full
to bursting as a piece of ravioli, pasta is as much
about culture, tradition and art as it is about food.
See pasta masters up to their elbows in egg and
flour at Rome’s Trionfale Market and learn all sorts
of local culinary secrets. Read up on our Real Food
Adventure – Italy on page 65 to learn more.
There’s something magical about the colourful
terraces lacing the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre.
History has it that fishermen would paint their
houses brightly so they could keep an eye on their
families when they were way out at sea. Meander
through the vibrant townships nestled into the
cliff-side greenery above infinitely blue water,
and discover why Cinque Terre is one of the most
dazzling regions in all of Italy.
Had enough of museums and churches? Want to
see something different? The Capuchin Catacombs
of Palermo will certainly grab your attention.
Excavated back in the 16th century (when the local
cemetery was full to bursting), the catacombs now
contain over 8000 well-preserved and mummified
bodies. Descend down into the eerie depths below,
stumble past skeletons and feel the presence of
long-departed souls in these chilling corridors.
58 Italy
Fast facts
Top 4...
Ilene who?
Fed to the wolves
Want to wish someone
good luck in Italian?
‘In bocca al lupo’ is the
way to say it. Literally
translated, it means ‘in
the mouth of the wolf’.
Kinda like ‘break a leg’.
The Leaning Tower of
Pisa wasn’t designed
to lean. To this day no
one’s quite sure who
is responsible for the
world’s most famous
architectural gaff.
Got your back
Italian piazzas
Coffee rules
The head and thumb of
Catherine of Sienna, an
Italian patron saint, can
be found in the Basilica
of San Domenico,
Sienna. The rest of her
body rests in Rome.
Only ask for a latte in
Italy if you’re after a
glass of milk. And only
order a cappuccino
after midday if you’re
after some scorn from
your waiter.
Italy behind the scenes
Ah Italy – it’s where star-crossed lovers meet, offers that cannot be refused are made and Mini Coopers are
chased through city streets by helicopters. Unsurprisingly, the world’s most aesthetically-minded country
has landed some pretty big starring roles in its time – check out these block-busting places.
The Italian Job, Turin, 1969
Campo de’ Fiori
Once a field of flowers,
it’s now Rome’s oldest
marketplace.
Piazza San Marco
Discover Venice’s social,
religious and political
centrepoint.
Piazza della Signoria
This L-shaped ‘square’
is jam-packed with
stunning sculptures.
The weather in…
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below, so
you can decide on the best travel season for you.
J
Under the Tuscan Sun, Tuscany, 2003
The Godfather, Sicily, 1972
La Dolce Vita, Rome, 1960
Piazza del Campo
Is the famous site of
Italy’s biennial Palio di
Siena horse race.
The Talented Mr Ripley, Ischia, 1999
F M A M
J
J
A
S
O N D
Venice
Rome
Naples
Amalfi
Milan
Palermo
Romeo and Juliet, Verona, 2013
The Tourist, Venice, 2010
KEY
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Hot & dry 30-35˚C
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Como, Italy
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy
Best of Italy
TRIP CODE ZMSV
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSV
15 days, Rome to Venice
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (11 nts), private apartment
(3 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, metro, bicycle, public bus, boat
MEALS 2 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Mondays and Thursdays
Start
2015
23 Mar
06 Apr
13 Apr
27 Apr
04 May
11 May
18 May
21 May
25 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
29 Jun
02 Jul
06 Jul
16 Jul
20 Jul
27 Jul
30 Jul
03 Aug
10 Aug
Finish
06 Apr
20 Apr
27 Apr
11 May
18 May
25 May
01 Jun
04 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
29 Jun
06 Jul
13 Jul
16 Jul
20 Jul
30 Jul
03 Aug
10 Aug
13 Aug
17 Aug
24 Aug
60 Italy
17 Aug
20 Aug
24 Aug
31 Aug
03 Sep
07 Sep
14 Sep
21 Sep
28 Sep
05 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
2016
21 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
19 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
31 Aug
03 Sep
07 Sep
14 Sep
17 Sep
21 Sep
28 Sep
05 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
26 Oct
02 Nov
04 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
02 Jun
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
30 Jun
04 Jul
14 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
28 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
18 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
01 Sep
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
14 Jul
18 Jul
28 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
11 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
01 Sep
05 Sep
12 Sep
15 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
31 Oct
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
When travelling through Italy, everyone is family. Brush shoulders with Rome’s tomatosquishing nonnas, Cinque Terre fishermen and the romantics of Venice.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Explore the iconic sights,
fashionable streets and spacious piazzas of the ancient
city of Rome. Try to pack in those unmissable icons such
as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Roman
Forum. Days 2-3 Florence Travel to Florence, Italy's
'outdoor museum’, and marvel at its many wonders
like the 13th-century Duomo with its fiery depiction
of the Last Judgement. Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa Wander
through the narrow streets of Lucca, marvelling at the
centuries-old churches and ancient ramparts. Take
a day trip to Torre de Pisa to see the world-famous
Campo dei Miracoli, home to the Baptistry, and, of
course, its quirky leaning tower. Days 7-8 Cinque
Terre Walk the Cinque Terre coastal path that links the
five famous villages and be rewarded with stunning
views and fresh sea air. Afterwards, feast on succulent
seafood, relax with a gelato or take a dip in the warm
waters of the Mediterranean. Days 9-10 Portofino/
Asti (Piedmont) Visit the glamorous resort of Portofino
before people-watching over coffee or going that
extra mile for unparalleled views over the town. Enjoy
a boat tour to Santa Margherita before heading to
Piedmont, where mouth-watering culinary delights
await. Days 11-12 Milan/Italian Lakes Begin the day
sashaying through Italy's style capital, Milan, then head
to the lake country in the afternoon. Unwind by the
emerald waters of Lake Como or take to the hills for
great hiking and mountain views. Days 13-15 Venice
Tour down the Grand Canal on a gondola, cross over
the Rialto Bridge into the seductive winding streets of
San Polo and experience the evocative Bridge of Sighs
before this Best of Italy tour ends among the canals.
Highlights
• Meet Michelangelo's David in Florence
• Visit the gravity-defying Torre de Pisa
• Cycle across the Tuscan hinterland
• Sample local wines in Piedmont
Italian Lakes
Milan
Venice
Asti
Santa Margherita
Portofino
Lucca
Cinque Terre
Florence
Pisa
ITALY
Rome
Venetian flavours
A cicchetti is the Venetian take on tapas
and an osteria is a simple food and drink
bar – that’s all you need to know as you
taste-test your way around the city on
the Cicchetti of Venice Urban Adventure.
Rome, Italy - Catharina Stam
Italy Experience
TRIP CODE ZMKF
10 days, Venice to Rome
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMKF
BEST
SELLER
Home to the best rustic cuisine and centuries worth of ancient relics, this Italian sojourn
showcases the art, iconic sites and regional highlights of this incredible country.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice Work up an appetite
for some delicious cicheti by exploring the narrow
streets and tiny bridges of Venice. Days 3-4 Cinque
Terre Absorb sweeping views of the Mediterranean
from the Cinque Terre's picturesque coastal path. Hike
at a leisurely pace or catch a train between these five
famous towns. Days 5-6 Pisa/Florence After marvelling
at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, appreciate artistic
treasures in the romantic Tuscan capital. Days 7-8
Perugia/Spello Venture further afield to the beautifully
preserved town of Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. Set
off on a daytrip to nearby Spello to sample local wines
and food at a quaint enoteca. Days 9-10 Rome Arrive
in the Italian capital and remember that while here,
the best attitude is ‘when in Rome’! Perhaps visit the
Vatican City to see St Peter's Basilica and dome, and
enjoy a final gastronomic fling before the journey ends.
• Watch a spectacular sunset over Florence
• Indulge in Umbrian delicacies
• Peruse Rome’s iconic sights
Venice
Pisa
Start
2015
13 Apr
20 Apr
04 May
18 May
Perugia
Spello
Rome
Comfort
Finish
22 Apr
29 Apr
13 May
27 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
29 Jun
06 Jul
13 Jul
10 Jun
17 Jun
24 Jun
08 Jul
15 Jul
22 Jul
20 Jul 29 Jul
27 Jul 05 Aug
See website for
more 2015 &
2016 dates
This trip is available as an Independent Journey, departing
any day, for 1-2 people. Please see page 16 & 17 for details.
Highlights of Italy
TRIP CODE ZMRR
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMRR
DEPARTURE
8 days, Venice to Rome
GUARANTEED
See the sights that feature on more postcards than pasta meals consumed annually: a
maze-like city on water, a leaning tower and an ancient gladiator Colosseum.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice Arrive in Venice, arguably
the most romantic and unique holiday destination in
Europe. Learn why this city is believed to be the best
place to get lost in by zigzagging through a seemingly
endless tangle of alleyways, bridges and canals.
Days 3-4 Cinque Terre Travel to the Cinque Terre and
be revitalised by the fresh sea breeze that drifts in off
the Mediterranean. Explore rustic villages, cool off in
the warm coastal waters and make the most of fresh
local produce. Days 5-6 Florence Be captivated by the
culture-rich atmosphere of Florence. View wonders
of art in various galleries and climb uphill to Piazzale
Michelangelo to enjoy a golden sunset across the
city's rooftops. Days 7-8 Rome Visit the imposing
Colosseum, recharge with a slice of pizza and a strong
espresso, and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and
make a wish to return to the 'Eternal City'.
THEME Explorer
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
Florence
ITALY
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Ferry, vaporetto, train, taxi, public bus, metro
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 175 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is run by our
experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 350 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5
Highlights
Cinque Terre
PHYSICAL RATING
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),
hostel (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Train
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 129 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.54 out of 5
Highlights
• Lose yourself in enchanting Venice
• Wander Cinque Terre’s coastal path
• Sample every kind of gelato in Rome
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Venice
Start
2015
28 Mar
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
06 Jun
Cinque Terre
Florence
ITALY
Rome
Finish
04 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
13 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
See our website
for 2016 dates
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Corfu
19 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
10 Oct
17 Oct
24 Oct
Italy 61
Amalf Coast, Italy
Capri, Italy
Italy Uncovered
TRIP CODE ZMSZC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSZC
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
15 days, Venice to Amalfi
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Cable car, public bus, train, metro, boat
MEALS 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip. Please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.43 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
12 Apr
03 May
17 May
31 May
14 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
19 Jul
Finish
26 Apr
17 May
31 May
14 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
19 Jul
02 Aug
02 Aug
16 Aug
30 Aug
06 Sep
13 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
2016
24 Apr
08 May
22 May
16 Aug
30 Aug
13 Sep
20 Sep
27 Sep
11 Oct
18 Oct
08 May
22 May
05 Jun
05 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
03 Jul
10 Jul
04 Sep
11 Sep
18 Sep
02 Oct
19 Jun
03 Jul
10 Jul
17 Jul
24 Jul
18 Sep
25 Sep
02 Oct
16 Oct
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZSRE
CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Basix
THEME Sailing
DEPARTS Tuesdays May - Sept & Sundays June - Sept
Finish
08 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
62 Italy
28 Jun
30 Jun
05 Jul
07 Jul
12 Jul
14 Jul
19 Jul
21 Jul
26 Jul
28 Jul
Uncover the eerie historic site of Pompeii and meet its traumatiser, Mt Vesuvius, while
on a journey to discover Italy’s most fascinating and influential places.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice Discover an enchanting
maze of streets and alleyways in Venice. Days 3-4
Gubbio Take a funicular up the steep slopes of Mt
Ingino to a hilltop basilica and visit the mummified
body of the patron saint of Gubbio. Days 5-6 Assisi/
Spello Travel to the home of Saint Francis and
birthplace of the Franciscan order. Embark on a daytrip
to Spello, a town perched on the side of Mt Subasio.
Days 7-8 Rome Visit Rome and encounter one of the
oldest civilisations in the world. Days 9-10 Naples/
Pompeii Traipse through raucous Naples. Then travel
to Pompeii – a time capsule quite unlike any other
ruined city in the world. Days 11-12 Sorrento Ascend
to the summit of Mt Vesuvius for staggering views over
the Bay of Naples. Then make tracks to the picturesque
resort town of Sorrento. Days 13-15 Amalfi Hike the
Amalfi Coast’s well-worn trails before the trip’s end.
Highlights
• Be charmed by the romance of Venice city
• Explore the haunting site of Pompeii
• Take in sun and sea on the Amalfi Coast
Venice
ITALY
Assisi
Gubbio
Spello
Rome
Mt Vesuvius
Naples
Pompeii
Sorrento
Amalfi Coast
01 Jul
03 Jul
08 Jul
10 Jul
15 Jul
17 Jul
22 Jul
24 Jul
29 Jul
31 Jul
02 Aug
11 Aug
16 Aug
18 Aug
23 Aug
30 Aug
DEPARTURE
4 days, Amalfi to Procida
GROUP SIZE Max 8
ACCOMMODATION Overnight boat (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat
MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 25 kg pp per trip
NOTES This trip starts on Day 1 in Amalfi at 1pm and
finishes in Procida on Day 4 at approximately noon,
depending on weather conditions.
BUDGET Allow EUR 90 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.64 out of 5
Start
2015
05 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
16 Jun
23 Jun
GUARANTEED
Sail Italy - Amalfi to Procida
TRIP CODE ZSRE
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
05 Aug
14 Aug
19 Aug
21 Aug
26 Aug
02 Sep
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for more 2015
2016 dates
GUARANTEED
Jump aboard a sailing adventure and try to differentiate the sky from the sea – and
every colour of blue in-between – on arguably Europe’s most sparkling coastline.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amalfi Begin this Italian sailing
adventure on the Amalfi Peninsula, a collection of
rocky coastlines, tiered lemon groves and whitewashed
villages clinging to steep cliffs. Ramble along the
narrow trails of the Amalfi Coast. Day 2 Capri
Visit Capri, where Roman Emperors once roamed.
Experience the magical silver light and intense blue
hues of the Grotta Azurra (Blue Grotto) sea cave. Day 3
Procida Cruise across the Bay of Naples during the
morning before arriving on the colourful island of
Procida. It’s an island full of colourful buildings, idyllic
coves, filmic locations and cute local eateries serving
an abundance of fresh seafood. This evening is a great
chance to watch the sun go down from a waterside
restaurant and get a last taste of the spoils of the Amalfi
Coast. Day 4 Procida This short and sweet sailing
adventure comes to an end in Procida.
Highlights
• Walk Amalfi’s dramatic coastal trails
• Be amazed by the stunning Blue Grotto
• Explore Crater Degli Astroni National Park
Naples
ITALY
Procida
Amalfi
Capri
Florence, Italy
A Roman wish
Walk around the Trevi Fountain and
toward the Pantheon in the footsteps of
the ancient Romans. Guided by a local,
the Roman Dolce Vita Urban Adventure
ensures you don’t skip a Spanish step or an
historic gem in this spectacular city.
Venice, Italy - Tania Sweet
Italy - Perennial Plate
Pisa, Italy - Cass Wallace
Classic Italy
TRIP CODE ZMSDC
21 Days, Rome to Rome
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
Postcard-perfect sights like Rome’s Pantheon and Pisa’s leaning tower are matched by
Lombardy’s awe-inspiring lakes, Piedmont’s vineyards and amazing regional cuisines.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Sip espressos and sample
gelato flavours as you work your way through this
city’s iconic sights. Days 2-3 Florence Get your dose
of the Renaissance in Florence, one-time residence
of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Machiavelli and others.
Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa Make yourself at home among
the stately architecture, atmospheric piazzas and
cosy eateries of Lucca. See the world’s most infamous
architectural foible in Pisa. Days 7-8 Cinque Terre
Savour superlative vistas of ocean, olive groves
and colourful dwellings on a coastal walk through
the famous string of villages dotting the Cinque
Terre. Days 9-10 Portofino/Piedmont Pop into the
glamorous resort of Portofino and enjoy a coffee by
the harbour and a boat ride back to Santa Margherita.
Then visit some of the local villages in Piedmont and
sample the region’s culinary specialties. Days 11-12
Milan/Italian Lakes Bring out your inner fashionista for
a day of strutting and shopping in Italy’s style capital,
Milan. Then journey on to Lake Como by train for some
free hours exploring the surrounding lakeside towns.
Days 13-15 Venice Discover the magic of 'la dolce
vita' in one of the world's most romantic cities, Venice.
Days 16-17 Gubbio Catch a funicular up to the hilltop
basilica atop Mt Ingino and hike through high pastures
to enjoy memorable views over the countryside.
Days 18-19 Assisi/Spello Uncover a plethora of
impressive sites in Assisi, then take a daytrip to Spello,
a town scattered with weathered Roman monuments.
Days 20-21 Rome Delight in Rome’s unrivalled fusion
of ancient surroundings and modern life, which evokes
a sense of nostalgia like no other city.
Highlights
• Find out why Pisa’s famous tower leans
• Discover the height of fashion in Milan
• Walk the ancient streets of vibrant Rome
Milan
Piedmont
Portofino
Cinque Terre
Venice
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (17 nts), private apartment
(3 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, metro, public bus, boat, cable car
MEALS 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 299 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 735 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.57 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
• Cycle through Tuscan landscapes
Italian Lakes
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Start
2015
06 Apr
04 May
18 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
06 Jul
20 Jul
03 Aug
Finish
26 Apr
24 May
07 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
26 Jul
09 Aug
23 Aug
17 Aug
24 Aug
31 Aug
14 Sep
21 Sep
05 Oct
2016
04 Apr
11 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
06 Sep
13 Sep
20 Sep
04 Oct
11 Oct
25 Oct
24 Apr
01 May
15 May
29 May
12 Jun
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
26 Sep
10 Oct
26 Jun
03 Jul
10 Jul
17 Jul
14 Aug
28 Aug
11 Sep
18 Sep
25 Sep
09 Oct
16 Oct
30 Oct
ITALY
Lucca
Florence
Pisa
Assisi
Gubbio
Spello
Rome
Rome, Italy - Lisa Brownsey
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Sicily, Italy
Rome, Italy - Christy Van Heerden
Rome to Amalfi
TRIP CODE ZMSS
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PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, metro, public bus, boat
MEALS 2 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 315 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.43 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
12 Apr
19 Apr
03 May
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
07 Jun
Finish
19 Apr
26 Apr
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
07 Jun
14 Jun
14 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
19 Jul
26 Jul
09 Aug
23 Aug
06 Sep
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
19 Jul
26 Jul
02 Aug
16 Aug
30 Aug
13 Sep
13 Sep
20 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
11 Oct
20 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
11 Oct
18 Oct
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Finish
17 May
14 Jun
12 Jul
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02 Aug
30 Aug
27 Sep
2016
08 May
BEST
SELLER
Italy’s Amalfi Coast charms the Roman sandals off just about everyone who visits. It’s hard
to pinpoint why – is it the sunsets, history or people? We think it’s probably the pizza…
ITINERARY... Day 1 Rome Saunter through Rome’s
colourful piazzas and be awestruck by the history that
is revealed around every corner. Days 2-3 Naples/
Pompeii Traipse through a city of passion, tradition and
gastronomy. Visit the evocative, World Heritage-listed
Old Centre, discover original Pompeii artefacts in the
National Archaeological Museum and succumb to the
temptation of the city’s original Neapolitan pizza. Then,
travel to Pompeii and hear tales of the city’s fate on a
guided tour. Days 4-5 Sorrento Ascend to the summit
of Mt Vesuvius and see firsthand the awesome power
of the volcano that engulfed Pompeii. Afterwards,
make tracks to the picturesque resort town of Sorrento,
set invitingly atop dramatic cliffs over sparkling, blue
waters. Days 6-8 Amalfi Hike along Amalfi’s well-worn
trails, then clock up some quality hours of rest and
relaxation on the beach.
Highlights
• Sample authentic Neapolitan pizza
• Ponder the power of nature in Pompeii
• Hike among olive groves in Amalfi
Rome
ITALY
Naples
Mt Vesuvius
Pompeii
Amalfi
Sorrento
09 Aug
06 Sep
04 Oct
15 May
05 Jun
03 Jul
31 Jul
28 Aug
25 Sep
DEPARTURE
8 days, Catania to Palermo
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, train, public bus
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 350 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
Start
2015
10 May
07 Jun
05 Jul
GUARANTEED
Highlights of Sicily
TRIP CODE ZMSL
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
8 days, Rome to Amalfi
12 Jun
10 Jul
07 Aug
04 Sep
02 Oct
GUARANTEED
Be it through warm local hospitality, beautiful beaches or hearty cuisine, Sicily has a
treasure trove of tales to tell. Lend her your ear on this sunny southern getaway.
ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Catania Touch down in Catania,
a city that dates back to the 8th century BC. Take a stroll
through the city’s World Heritage-listed historic centre,
snack on rich Sicilian fare and embark on a daytrip out
to Mount Etna. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch taken by
the stunning shores of Taormina. Days 4-5 Syracuse
Travel by bus to Syracuse. Originally founded by the
Greeks, the city boasts a rich Hellenic heritage – as
evidenced by a number of archaeological sites and an
ancient amphitheatre that’s still used today. Take in the
attractions on a guided walking tour led by your local
leader. Days 6-8 Palermo Travel across the island by
train to Sicily’s capital, Palermo. Appreciate the varying
architectural styles and monuments – some of which
date back to the 12th century. Embark on a daytrip to
Monreale, a town on the slopes of Monte Caputo with
exceptional views over Palermo and the sea.
Highlights
• Enjoy an evening stroll through Catania
• Travel out to the slopes of Mount Etna
• Wander through history in Syracuse
Palermo
Mt Etna
SIC ILY
Catania
Syracuse
Italy - Perennial Plate
Italy - Luan Cox
Venice - Italy
Real Food Adventure – Italy
TRIP CODE ZMZB
9 days, Rome to Venice
DEPARTURE
Explore the delights of Italian cuisine and discover mouth-watering temptations while
travelling through the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Emilia Romagna and Veneto.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Rome Say ‘ciao’ to Italy with
an aperitivo at a traditional local bar. Start the next
morning with a cup of Italy’s superb coffee before
visiting a famed bakery. Explore a local market,
where the art of pasta making will be demonstrated
followed by tastings of regional produce. Days 3-4
San Gimignano Get a taste of Tuscany while staying
at a family-run winery on the outskirts of beautiful
San Gimignano. Discover the region’s varietals at a
wine-tasting before discovering the charm of this
area on a guided walk though the medieval town.
Days 5-6 Bologna In the region famed for introducing
bolognese sauce to the world, participate in a cooking
class that divulges the region’s delectable specialties.
Travel to Modena to visit an acetaia (vinegar loft) and
learn the ancient art of balsamic vinegar production.
Day 7 Venice Take a fabulous cicchetti (Venice’s answer
to tapas) tour – wind through ancient streets, taste
local specialties and take a step through history at each
restaurant and bar visited. Day 8 Marca Trevigiana/
Venice Head into the fertile landscapes of Marca
Trevigiana, famous for its sparkling Prosecco and divine
local produce. Savour delicious mountain cheeses
on a visit to a local cheesemaker before visiting an
artisan salami ‘factory’. Then spend a tough afternoon
learning to make melt-in-your-mouth gelato with
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an award-winning gelato maker in beautiful Treviso.
Day 9 Venice Before you leave this wonderful city
behind, perhaps wake early and follow your nose to
the Rialto Market. This fascinating market is a food
lover’s paradise, and the perfect place for the freshest
breakfast in town.
Highlights
• Learn to make regional dishes in Bologna
Marca Trevigiana
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Food
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), agriturismo (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, public bus, private vehicle, train,
vaporetto
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 128 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.76 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Fridays
• Stay in a family-run vineyard outside
beautiful San Gimignano
• Experience Venice’s cicchetti culture
PHYSICAL RATING
Start
2015
08 May
22 May
05 Jun
19 Jun
17 Jul
21 Aug
Finish
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
25 Jul
29 Aug
04 Sep
18 Sep
09 Oct
2016
22 Apr
13 May
03 Jun
24 Jun
12 Sep
26 Sep
17 Oct
30 Apr
21 May
11 Jun
02 Jul
15 Jul
05 Aug
26 Aug
09 Sep
23 Sep
14 Oct
23 Jul
13 Aug
03 Sep
17 Sep
01 Oct
22 Oct
Venice
Modena
Bologna
San Gimignano
ITALY
Rome
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Mt Etna, Italy
Assisi, Italy
Umbrian Discovery
TRIP CODE ZMSR
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PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
8 days, Venice to Rome
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Cable car, public bus, train, metro
MEALS 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.42 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
12 Apr
19 Apr
03 May
17 May
31 May
14 Jun
Finish
19 Apr
26 Apr
10 May
24 May
07 Jun
21 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
19 Jul
02 Aug
16 Aug
30 Aug
06 Sep
28 Jun
05 Jul
12 Jul
26 Jul
09 Aug
23 Aug
06 Sep
13 Sep
13 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
18 Oct
20 Sep
04 Oct
11 Oct
25 Oct
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Comfort
THEME Walking
DEPARTS Selected Tuesdays
Finish
08 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
66 Italy
23 Jun
01 Sep
15 Sep
2016
26 Apr
24 May
Known as ‘the green heart of Italy’, Umbria is one of the country’s most colourful
districts – from its sunflower-laden landscape to the bright smiling nonnas in the street.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Venice While sightseeing in
Venice, discover an enchanting maze of streets and
alleyways, tiny bridges and winding canals that form
a watery tapestry throughout the city. On a walking
tour, pass many of Venice's attractions including the
Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge
of Sighs. Days 3-4 Gubbio Take a funicular up the steep
slopes of Mt Ingino to a hilltop basilica, in which lies
the mummified body of Saint Ubaldo. Dine al fresco
at a streetside café, maybe sampling the local tartufo
and porcini steaks. Days 5-6 Assisi/Spello Travel to
the home of Saint Francis, birthplace of the Franciscan
order, and one of Italy's most important religious
towns. Embark on a daytrip to Spello, perched on the
side of Mt Subasio. Days 7-8 Rome Visit Rome and
encounter one of the oldest civilisations in the world.
Sup an espresso in an historic city square.
Highlights
• Explore medieval Gubbio
• Visit the birthplace of St Francis
• Sample Umbrian delicacies in Spello
Venice
ITALY
Gubbio
Assisi
Spello
Rome
03 Jul
11 Sep
25 Sep
06 May
03 Jun
31 May
07 Jun
21 Jun
30 Aug
13 Sep
DEPARTURE
11 days, Palermo to Syracuse
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, 4x4, cable car
MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 135 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is run by our
experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.41 out of 5
Start
2015
28 Apr
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
GUARANTEED
Spirit of Sicily
TRIP CODE ZGKS
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
10 Jun
17 Jun
01 Jul
09 Sep
23 Sep
GUARANTEED
So close to Italy’s mainland but far from classic Italian fare, Sicily has a style and tone all
of its own with its flurry of passionate patrons, unbeatable food and pristine coastline.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Palermo Venture into Sicily’s
labyrinthine capital. Day 2 Monreale/Palermo Explore
Monreale’s lavish cathedral and enjoy a panoramic
view of Palermo. Day 3 Cefalu/Montalbano Explore
the northern Sicilian treasure Cefalu and the old Greek
city of Tyndaris. See the sun set in Montalbano. Day 4
The Malabotta Forest/Argimusco See the natural
beauty of greenery-drenched Malabotta. Day 5
Taormina/Castelmola/Isola Bella Pull in at hilltop
Castelmola and admire the shores of Isola Bella.
Days 6-7 Mt Etna Come face-to-face with Europe’s
largest active volcano. Day 8 Pantalica/Ragusa Head
to the prehistoric Anapo Valley and scenic Ragusa.
Day 9 Ibla/Modica/Noto/Vendicari Nature Reserve
Eat chocolate in Modica, wander the Vendicari Nature
Reserve and bus to Syracuse. Days 10-11 Ortigia/
Neapolis/Syracuse Explore the old heart of Syracuse.
Highlights
• Bargain at a local market in Monreale
• Check out Italy’s largest active volcano
• Indulge in Modica’s famous chocolate
Palermo
Cefalû
Taormina
Mt Etna
SIC ILY
ITALY
Syracuse
Ragusa
Cinque Terre, Italy - Thai Neave
Verona, Italy
Italian Lakes Discovery
TRIP CODE ZGXI
DEPARTURE
8 days, Milan to Verona
In this stunning area of Italy, old cobblestone paths lead through a maze of rustic
Italian villages and up towards the snowy peaks of the Engadine Valley in Switzerland.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Milan Arrive in Milan and be
seduced and smitten by this ever-stylish, always-ondisplay city of food and fashion. Day 2 Lake Como/
Breglia Head out to Lake Como for a stroll through
this lakeside slice of pictorial perfection. Days 3-4
Menaggio/Lake Como/Varenna Set out on an optional
hike up Mount Grona for unrivalled vistas or amble
your way around Menaggio. Discover beautiful villages,
villas and gardens in and around Lake Como. Day 5
St Moritz/Tirano Head to Switzerland’s St. Moritz
area and have a picnic by a glacier before heading
to Tirano via one of the world’s most stunning train
journeys. Days 6-7 Riva del Garda Drive through more
sensational mountain ranges – including the Dolomites
– on the way to Riva del Garda. Day 8 Verona After
breakfast drive to Verona, where this spectacular
adventure draws to a close.
Highlights
• Prowl the superb grounds of Villa Melzi
• Enjoy a picnic perched atop Mount Grona
• Indulge in ambrosial Italian fare in Tirano
SWIT Z E R LA N D
Varenna
ITALY
Tirano
Breglia
Riva del Garda
Lake Como
Milan
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Walking
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, boat, train
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 270 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is run by our
experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Fridays
St Moritz
Lake Garda
Verona
The Cinque Terre Explored
Start
2015
26 Apr
03 May
24 May
31 May
07 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
Finish
03 May
10 May
21 May
07 Jun
14 Jun
28 Jun
05 Jul
30 Aug
06 Sep
20 Sep
27 Sep
11 Oct
2016
24 Apr
01 May
22 May
06 Sep
13 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
18 Oct
01 May
08 May
29 May
29 May
05 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
28 Aug
04 Sep
18 Sep
25 Sep
09 Oct
05 Jun
12 Jun
26 Jun
03 Jul
04 Sep
11 Sep
25 Sep
02 Oct
16 Oct
TRIP CODE ZGXT
8 days, Levanto to Santa Margherita
DEPARTURE
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The five provocative towns dotted along the Cinque Terre are best explored in the
sunlight on foot, and absorbed over a moonlit dinner in a coastal restaurant.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Levanto Arrive in seaside Levanto.
Day 2 Levanto/Punta Mesco/Monterosso Picnic at
Punta Mesco and stroll through coastal Monterosso.
Day 3 Riomaggiore/Manarola/Corniglia/Vernazza/
Levanto Take the ‘Lovers’ Lane’ walk to colourful
Manarola, walk up the 365 steps to Corniglia and get
dazzling views at Vernazza. Day 4 Riomaggiore/
Portovenere/Levanto Get ready for a big day
of walking, taking in vineyards, pine forests and
spectacular Roman architecture. Day 5 Levanto
Explore a series of small hillside hamlets and pristine
beaches. Day 6 San Fruttuoso/Camogli Visit the
Abbey of San Fruttuoso and jump on a boat to Camogli.
Day 7 Portofino Stroll through the historic centre of
Santa Margherita Ligure. Day 8 Santa Margherita Take
a stroll along the beach before bidding farewell to the
colourfully scenic region of Liguria.
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GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Check out Levanto’s medieval castles
• Walk ‘Lovers’ Lane’ in Riomaggiore
• Swim in Deiva Marina’s pristine waters
Camogli
Santa Margherita
Portofino
Levanto
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Walking
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Train, boat, public bus
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 270 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip is run by our
experienced sister company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.80 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
ITALY
Monterosso
Vernazza
Corniglia
Manarola
Riomaggiore
PHYSICAL RATING
Portovenere
Start Finish
2015
10 May 17 May
17 May 24 May
24 May 31 May
07 Jun 14 Jun
14 Jun 21 Jun
21 Jun
06 Sep
13 Sep
20 Sep
2016
08 May
15 May
28 Jun
13 Sep
20 Sep
27 Sep
15 May
22 May
22 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
04 Sep
11 Sep
18 Sep
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29 May
12 Jun
19 Jun
26 Jun
11 Sep
18 Sep
25 Sep
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Eastern Europe & Russia
Be immersed in a world of tradition, fable and legendary beauty.
Ice Hotel, Romania - Igor Marinovic
Plitvice National Park, Croatia - Geraldine Kos
Ice Hotel
Plitvice National park
Dining with the Tatars
An ice stay
Capital Croatian wilderness
A slice of Central Asia in Russia
Igloos may be as foreign to traditional Transylvanian
culture as hammocks and the haka, but that was
never going to stop ever-enterprising Romanians
from creating the next best thing. Resting high in
the Fagaras Mountains and only accessible by cable
car, our Ice Hotel is, well, just what it sounds like. Ice
blocks serve as walls, ice sheaths as windows, the
bed’s one giant ice slab... And with the bar’s glasses
made of ice too, your scotch comes pre-chilled.
As the oldest national park in south-eastern Europe,
Croatia’s Plitvice National Park was among the very
first natural sites to be added to the World Heritage
register way back in 1979. And with a visit, it’s all too
easy to see why. Tranquil aquamarine pools stream
down moss-covered rock shelves, stark limestone
cliffs render a dramatic backdrop and somewhere in
the surrounding wooded hinterlands are said to lurk
bears, wolves and lynx.
Russia isn’t all about cossacks and communism,
ballet and borsch – this grand land is also home
to the Mongol-descended Tatar people and their
Turkic culture. More Asian in appearance than their
compatriots to the north, the Tatars speak Turkic as
well as Russian, practice their own traditional sports
and music, and have their own cuisine (tartare sauce
was supposedly their invention). We visit a Tartar
village on our Russia Experience trip – see page 76.
68 Eastern Europe & Russia
Bled, Slovenia
Fast facts
Top 4...
Hungry for gold
Croatian creation
Matryoshka dolls
Having won gold
in every summer
Olympics that it’s
competed in, Hungary
is the most successful
country never to have
hosted the Games.
The humble necktie
originated in Croatia.
The French cottoned
on to the trend in the
17th century, calling
them ‘Croates’ , from
which ‘cravat’ evolved.
More commonly,
though incorrectly,
known as ‘babushka
dolls’, nothing says ‘I’ve
been to Russia’ like a
set of dolls placed one
inside the other.
Teddy fetishes
In certain parts of
Albania, ‘dordolec’ are
often strung to the
outside of houses to
ward off the evil eye.
‘Dordolec’ is Albanian
for ‘teddy bears’.
The Trans-Siberian Railway
Covering over 9,000 kilometres, three countries, seven time zones and eight days, this ain’t your
everyday train commute. All distance below are from Moscow, and despite the stops being scattered
within seven time zones, all trains run on Moscow time.
Kungur 1,593 km
Old Balkan cities
Brasov, Romania
A beguiling blend of
gothic, renaissance and
baroque architecture.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Probably best known as
King’s Landing in Game
of Thrones.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia’s modern day
capital comes with a
castle on the top.
Kotor, Montenegro
A pretty little fortified
town located in the Bay
of Kotor.
The weather in…
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below,
so you can decide on the best travel season for you.
Ulan Ude 5,650 km
Yekaterinburg 1,819 km
Vladimir 191 km
MOSCOW
St Petersburg 650 km
Tobolsk 2,333 km
Kazan 793 km
Nizhny Novgorod 442 km
Tyumen 2,145km
Ulaanbaatar 6,266 km
Beijing 8,961 km
Irkutsk 5,194 km
J
F M A M
J
J
A
S
O N D
St Petersburg
Kyiv
Budapest
Bled
Dubrovnik
KEY
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Very cold, below
freezing
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Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
Eastern Europe & Russia 69
Mostar, Bosnia
Hungry in Hungary
Ice Hotel, Romania - Igor Marinovic
Ice Hotel Experience
TRIP CODE WMSW
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5 days, Bucharest to Bucharest
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (2 nts), ice hotel (1 nt),
guesthouse (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Train, taxi, cable car
MEALS 3 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 325 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 200 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Fridays
Start Finish
2014
26 Dec 30 Dec
2015
02 Jan 06 Jan
13 Feb
06 Mar
2016
01 Jan
22 Jan
17 Feb
10 Mar
12 Feb 16 Feb
04 Mar 08 Mar
05 Jan
26 Jan
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STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),
hostel (2 nts), pension (3 nts), cabin (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Public bus, taxi, train, bus, private vehicle
MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 375 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.72 out of 5
DEPARTS Every Saturday from April to October
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
06 Jun
10 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
01 Jul
04 Jul
08 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
70 Eastern Europe
GUARANTEED
WINTER
DEPARTURES
See the sights and attractions of Romania’s grand capital, visit the castle of Count
Dracula and snooze the night away in a hotel fashioned entirely from ice.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Bucharest Welcome to Bucharest,
Romania’s rapidly modernising capital. Day 2 Brasov
Wind through the exceptionally picturesque Prahova
Valley en route to Peles Castle in Sinaia. Enjoy an
evening in Brasov, a charmingly atmospheric city
nestled in the Carpathian Mountains. Day 3 Ice Hotel/
Fagaras Stop in for a tour of Bran Castle, the rumoured
one-time residence of Count Dracula. Continue on
to Fagaras for a surprisingly cosy night’s stay in the
famous Ice Hotel. While inside temperatures hover
around the zero degree centigrade mark, reindeer fur
lined chairs, specialist sleeping bags – and possibly a
few cocktails – will keep you warm and snug. Days 4-5
Bucharest Visit the medieval town of Sibiu to explore
its cobblestone streets and spacious central plazas.
Return to Bucharest for another night before this
chilled trip comes to an end.
Highlights
• Pay a visit to Peles Castle
• Spend a night in a unique Ice Hotel
• Explore Count Dracula’s infamous lair
ROMANIA
Fagaras
Brasov
Bucharest
15 days, Budapest to Dubrovnik
PHYSICAL RATING
Finish
DEPARTURE
Balkan Adventure
TRIP CODE WMSK
Start
2015
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
Chocolate, wine, goulash and strudels –
Budapest’s Bites & Sights Urban Adventure
will have your lips smacking and mouth
watering. From the Central Market to the
Jewish district, you are sure to leave fully
satisfied (in both belly and spirit).
20 Jun
24 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
15 Jul
18 Jul
22 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
22 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
05 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
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DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
Explore the castle district of Budapest, sip Serbian wine at a family-run vineyard and
follow pilgrims up the rocky mountain path to Ostrog on this Balkan adventure.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Budapest Arrive in Budapest,
Hungary's intoxicating capital. Days 3-4 Osijek Cross
the border into Croatia and travel to Osijek. Day 5 Novi
Sad Experience how Novi Sad, with its fascinating
blend of traditional culture and Austro-Hungarian
architecture, is one of the most enthralling cities in
Serbia. Days 6-7 Belgrade Soak up the history of
Belgrade city, one of the oldest in Europe. Days 8-10
Sarajevo/Mostar Travel through serene countryside
to Sarajevo, the lively capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Perhaps enjoy a day trip to Mostar. Day 11 Scepan
Polje Follow pilgrims up the rocky mountain path to
Ostrog, a 17th-century monastery in the mountains of
Montenegro. Days 12-13 Kotor Get delightfully lost in
the crooked alleyways of Kotor. Days 14-15 Dubrovnik
Travel to Dubrovnik in Croatia and take a walk along
the city walls for views of the Adriatic Sea.
Highlights
• Cross the Chain Bridge in Budapest
• Experience Belgrade's famous nightlife
• Visit Montenegro's Ostrog Monastery
Budapest
H U N GA RY
Osijek
BOSN IAH E R ZE GOV IN A
C R OATIA
Sarajevo
Mostar
Dubrovnik
Novi Sad
Belgrade
SE R B IA
MON T E N E GR O
Ostrog
Kotor
Greed is good
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Lauren McLean
Can’t decide which of the two below trips
you want to do more? Why not do them
both on our Dubrovnik to Bled (ZMSUC) trip.
Find all the details at intrepidtravel.com
Croatia & Slovenia
TRIP CODE ZMSY
8 days, Split to Bled
DEPARTURE
Highlights
• Explore Diocletian's Palace in Split
• Listen to Zadar's unique sea organ
• Be captivated by enchanting Bled
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (5 nts), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, public bus, taxi, bike
MEALS 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.45 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Bled
Start
2015
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
SLOVENIA
C R O AT I A
Pula
Plitvice Lakes
Pag Island
Zadar
Split
Explore Croatia
Finish
02 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
11 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
19 Sep
19 Sep 26 Sep
26 Sep 03 Oct
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TRIP CODE ZMSF
8 days, Dubrovnik to Split
DEPARTURE
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GUARANTEED
Feed your travel bug a meal of cultural pluck, historic panache and culinary pizzazz
while you journey from south Croatia’s wonderful Dubrovnik to picturesque Bled.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Dubrovnik See how Dubrovnik
bursts with history, from steep, cobbled streets and
stunning architecture to the enveloping city walls.
Days 3-4 Korcula Travel to Korcula by ferry or bus and
stay in simple accommodation with generous local
hosts. Take in the serene forest landscape dotted with
tranquil inlets and character-filled vineyards, and see
how residents show immense pride in their island
home. Days 5-6 Hvar Experience the beauty of Hvar
– the queen of the Dalmatian Islands. Wander past
wonderfully preserved Renaissance facades and vast,
rolling fields. Enjoy some quality time on the beach
or chill out over a few cocktails. Days 7-8 Split Arrive
in Split, the soul of Dalmatia and the site of Emperor
Diocletian's well-preserved palace. This vibrant, World
Heritage-listed town is a mixture of a golden past and
present-day delights.
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If lazing beside turquoise waters and basking in golden sunrays sounds like your idea
of paradise, slowly saunter up the striking coast of Croatia for a picture-perfect holiday.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Split Arrive in Croatia early to
explore its many sites in this busy centre of the
Dalmatian Coast, including the impressive ruins of
Diocletian’s Palace. Day 2 Plitvice Lakes National
Park/Zadar Head north to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Nestled among striking mountains, pristine Plitvice
boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Croatia.
Later, swap this ethereal beauty for the atmospheric
harbour town of Zadar. Day 3 Pag Island Journey
over to Pag Island and get your teeth into some of the
island’s famous paski sir – sheep cheese with a sharp,
tangy flavour. Days 4-5 Pula Conjure scenes of battle
on a visit to Pula’s Roman Amphitheatre. Days 6-8 Bled
Cross the border into Slovenia and travel into the Julian
Alps. Take in the mountainous backdrop, picturesque
lake and impressive cliff-top fortress, which all combine
to make Bled such a wonderful place to visit.
Plitvice Lake, Croatia - Evgeny Pisarev
Highlights
• Walk the famed city walls of Dubrovnik
• Dine on traditional treats in Korcula
• Sip a cocktail at a waterside bar in Hvar
C R OATIA
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (3 nts), private apartment
(2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Bus, private vehicle, ferry
MEALS 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.50 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Split
Hvar
Korcula
Dubrovnik
Start
2015
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
10 Jun
13 Jun
Finish
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
17 Jun
20 Jun
20 Jun
24 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
15 Jul
18 Jul
22 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
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27 Jun
01 Jul
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
22 Jul
25 Jul
29 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
05 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
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Budapest & the Balkans
TRIP CODE ZMRC
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMRC
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), overnight train (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Overnight train, taxi, train, metro, tram,
public bus
MEALS 2 Breakfasts
DEPARTS GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 129 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 275 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Thursdays
Start
2015
21 May
04 Jun
02 Jul
Finish
30 May
13 Jun
11 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
24 Sep
2016
19 May
08 Aug
05 Sep
03 Oct
28 May
02 Jun
30 Jun
28 Jul
25 Aug
22 Sep
11 Jun
09 Jul
06 Aug
03 Sep
01 Oct
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STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Sailing
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 8
ACCOMMODATION Overnight boat (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 50 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Dubrovnik at 4pm.
2. A kitty of EUR 60 for meals while sailing applies to this
trip. Please see Trip Notes for details. 3. This trip also runs in
reverse, please see trip code ZSRU on our website.
BUDGET Allow EUR 210 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.50 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays from May to September
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep 12 Sep
19 Sep 26 Sep
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STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Public bus, train
MEALS 1 Breakfast
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 129 kg pp per trip
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
13 Jun
27 Jun
25 Jul
22 Aug
12 Sep
10 Oct
2016
04 Jun
18 Jun
16 Jul
72 Eastern Europe
• Visit Mostar’s Old Bridge
• Soak up Dubrovnik ‘s stunning views
Budapest
AU S TR IA
H UN GA RY
R OMA N IA
C R OATIA
BOSNIA AND
HERZEGOVINA
Belgrade
S E R B IA
Sarajevo
ITALY
Mostar
MONTENEGRO
Dubrovnik
Kotor
ITINERARY... Day 1 Dubrovnik Arrive in the ‘Pearl of
the Adriatic’. Day 2 Elafiti Islands These islands are
seriously charming. Pull up in a small bay and swim or
perhaps disembark to explore the forests. Day 3 Mljet
Discover the island haven of Mljet, a delightful place
to drop anchor. Day 4 Korcula Experience a touch
of nostalgia in Korcula’s Old Town or visit the lovely
beaches. Day 5 Vis An undeveloped island that has
resisted modernisation, Vis is a wonderful place to
experience old-world Croatian charm and be among
untouched nature. Day 6 Hvar Island Experience the
much-lauded beauty of Hvar, an island paradise that
boasts Renaissance buildings and some of the finest
beaches in Croatia. Day 7 Brac Island Travel on to
Brac, a dramatic rock-strewn landscape and home to
countless olive, fig and almond groves, and a number
of wineries. Day 8 Rogoznica/Trogir Set sail for
Rogoznica then to Trogir, where this adventure ends.
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Admire Elafiti Island’s dense forests
• Swim and snorkel in Mljet’s warm waters
• Discover untouched natural beauty in Vis
C R OATIA
Rogoznica/Trogir
Vis
Brac
Hvar
Korcula
Mljet
Dubrovnik
Elafiti Islands
8 days, Split to Venice
PHYSICAL RATING
Finish
• Uncover Belgrade’s edgy street scene
Split to Venice
TRIP CODE ZMRI
Start
2015
06 Jun
20 Jun
18 Jul
15 Aug
Highlights
8 days, Dubrovnik to Trogir
PHYSICAL RATING
Finish
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Budapest With an ease that
appears effortless, Budapest blends old-world charm
with new-age style. Days 3-4 Belgrade Following
an overnight train ride, arrive in the Serbian capital
of Belgrade. Days 5-6 Sarajevo Cross into Bosnia
and Herzegovina and travel through spectacular
countryside to Sarajevo. Having been significantly
reduced during the Bosnian War, the city has
undergone extensive reconstruction and is now
renowned as one of Europe’s most delightful cities.
Day 7 Mostar Travel by train to Mostar, a town famous
as the site of the Old Bridge. Day 8 Kotor Enjoy a
guided orientation walk around Kotor’s city walls,
taking in the superb panoramic views out across the
Adriatic Sea. Days 9-10 Dubrovnik Encounter the
beauty of Dubrovnik, renowned jewel of the Dalmatian
Coast. Explore the city with a walk through its Old
Town’s atmospheric streets and seaside promenades.
GUARANTEED
Croatia Sailing Adventure
TRIP CODE ZSRT
Start
2015
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
DEPARTURE
10 days, Budapest to Dubrovnik
19 Sep
17 Oct
11 Jun
25 Jun
23 Jul
13 Aug 20 Aug
10 Sep 17 Sep
08 Oct 15 Oct
ITINERARY... Day 1 Split An exceptionally pretty city
perched on the eastern shores of the shimmering
Adriatic, Split makes for a warm welcome to Croatia.
Day 2 Zadar Travel by bus to Zadar, a cosmopolitan city
home to some exceptionally well-preserved Roman
ruins and the famous ‘sea organ’. Days 3-4 Zagreb Stop
in at Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national
park in south-east Europe. Get to know Zagreb,
Croatia’s distinguished capital, on a guided orientation
walk. Days 5-6 Ljubljana Travel by train across the
Slovenian border and arrive in the capital, Ljubljana.
With ancient castles posted on the surrounding
hillsides and many bridges crossing the rivers that
weave through its centre, the city is a joy to explore by
foot. Days 7-8 Venice Arrive in romantic Venice, the
final destination of this trip. With museums, eateries,
shops, canals, galleries and activities galore, there’s
plenty vying for your attention here.
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Admire the beautiful lake scenery of
Plitvice Lakes National Park
• Amble through Ljubljana’s Old City
S LOVE N IA
ITALY
Ljubljana
Venice
Zagreb
Plitvice NP
C R OATIA
Zadar
Split
Ohrid, Macedonia
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Greece - Kristin Sabol
Dubrovnik to Athens
TRIP CODE ZMSM
15 days, Dubrovnik to Athens
DEPARTURE
This adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region with the lesser-known
glories of Macedonia and Albania for the perfect balance between sights and culture.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Dubrovnik Arrive in the scenic
seaport town of Dubrovnik. Admire the Renaissance
and Gothic architecture while walking through the
winding marble streets. Day 2 Kotor Walk around
the city walls of Kotor for incredible views of the bay,
or perhaps take a cruise out to the impressive Kotor
fjords. Days 3-4 Tirana Experience the unique mixture
of cultures and customs that make up Tirana, Albania’s
capital city. Days 5-6 Ohrid One of the oldest human
settlements in the world, Ohrid has a wealth of historic
sites and religious monuments to discover. Wander
the vibrant Old Bazaar and pick up a bargain on a
guided orientation walk. Then relax on a scenic boat
ride on the turquoise waters of Lake Ohrid. Days 7-8
Skopje Take a step back to Ottoman times while in
Skopje, Macedonia’s political and cultural centre. Enjoy
a Balkan wine tasting experience in the Tikves wine
region. Day 9 Pelister National Park Hike around the
mountains of stunning Lake Prespa and explore the
ruins of abandoned villages dotting the landscape.
Days 10-11 Ioannina With astounding archaeological
sites, islands of extreme beauty, bucolic villages and
some of the freshest food you’ll ever taste, Ioannina
has something to please even the most seasoned of
travellers. Days 12-13 Lefkas Rest and relax in the
rumoured birthplace of the Aphrodite, the Greek
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GUARANTEED
goddess of love. Days 14-15 Athens Named after the
goddess of wisdom, Athens is a melting pot of aweinspiring historical sites and modern cosmopolitan
culture. Perhaps visit the ancient Acropolis, then say a
fond farewell to the birthplace of Western civilisation
by tucking into a final group dinner and a shot of ouzo.
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (13 nts), homestay (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Private vehicle, public bus, metro, taxi
MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.74 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Highlights
• Cruise around stunning Lake Ohrid
• Laze on a beach in sunny Lefkas
Start
2015
04 Apr
02 May
30 May
13 Jun
04 Jul
Finish
18 Apr
16 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
18 Jul
01 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
2016
02 Apr
30 Apr
28 May
15 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
16 Apr
14 May
11 Jun
11 Jun
02 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
10 Sep
25 Jun
16 Jul
13 Aug
10 Sep
24 Sep
• Explore the birthplace of Western
civilisation in Athens
CROATIA
MON TE N E GR O
Dubrovnik
Kotor
Tirana
ALB A N IA
Ioannina
Lefkas
Skopje
Ohrid
B U LGAR IA
Lake Prespa
GR E E C E
Athens
Skopje, Macedonia - Kristijan & Ance Svajnzger
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Don’t decide, do both!
Reckon the below two trips would make
for a great combo? You’re not wrong. Head
to our website and take a look at Eastern
Europe Explorer (WMSEC). Your wanderlust
will thank you for it once you’re there.
Maramures, Romania
Sighisoara, Romania
Budapest to Bucharest
TRIP CODE WMSB
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WMSB
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
10 days, Budapest to Bucharest
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (4 nts), pension (3 nts),
homestay (1 nt), guesthouse (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Train, public bus, tram, private minibus, taxi,
private vehicle
MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 128 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
19 Apr
03 May
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
07 Jun
Finish
28 Apr
12 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
16 Jun
14 Jun
21 Jun
28 Jun
12 Jul
19 Jul
26 Jul
09 Aug
16 Aug
23 Aug
23 Jun
30 Jun
07 Jul
21 Jul
28 Jul
04 Aug
18 Aug
25 Aug
01 Sep
30 Aug
06 Sep
13 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
11 Oct
08 Sep
15 Sep
22 Sep
06 Oct
13 Oct
20 Oct
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Finish
05 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
16 Jun
23 Jun
30 Jun
07 Jul
07 Jul
21 Jul
28 Jul
04 Aug
18 Aug
25 Aug
23 Aug
25 Aug
30 Aug
01 Sep
06 Sep
74 Eastern Europe
Get a taste of Romanian and Hungarian cultures on a journey that will have you dining
with local families, learning about local folklores and visiting medieval fortresses.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Budapest Get the adventure
underway in Budapest. Day 3 Eger Investigate Eger
Castle in the lovely Baroque town of the same name.
Days 4-5 Maramures Call into the attractive city of
Debrecen before hopping across the border into
Romania. Gain a firsthand experience of peasant
culture in provincial Maramures. Day 6 Sighisoara Be
spooked by the bloodcurdling myths that surround
Transylvania. Day 7 Viscri Arrive in Viscri and learn
about the Sock Project, a warming initiative which
supports the local community. Dine with a local
family and try to pick up a few tidbits of the Romanian
language. Day 8 Brasov Head to Brasov, a medieval
town flanked by mountains and city walls. Days 9-10
Bucharest Travel on to Bucharest, where a guided tour
visits the expansive Piata Unirii Square and prodigious
12-storey Palace of Parliament.
Highlights
• Sample Hungarian wine in Eger
• Experience traditional peasant life
• Learn spooky stories in Transylvania
Eger
Maramures
Budapest
Sighisoara
H U N GA RY
Viscri
Brasov
R OMA N IA
Bucharest
8 days, Bucharest to Istanbul
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), guesthouse (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Metro, taxi, public bus, private vehicle
MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
Start
2015
28 Apr
12 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
16 Jun
23 Jun
30 Jun
GUARANTEED
Eastern Europe Express
TRIP CODE WMSI
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
14 Jul
28 Jul
04 Aug
11 Aug
25 Aug
01 Sep
09 Sep
01 Sep
16 Sep
08 Sep
23 Sep
08 Sep
13 Sep
15 Sep
22 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
06 Oct
15 Sep
30 Sep
22 Sep
29 Sep
14 Oct
21 Oct
13 Oct
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DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Watch the natural tapestry and cultural fabric of the southern Balkans change on this
engrossing journey from Romania to Turkey.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Bucharest This city is home to
what is supposedly the largest civilian administrative
building in the world – the 12-storey Palace of
Parliament. Day 3 Sofia Walk along tree-lined
boulevards in the city of Sofia and see the Aleksander
Nevski Memorial Church. Day 4 Gorno Draglishte
Journey into the Rila Mountains and explore the
most important of Bulgaria’s orthodox monasteries.
Join a family as their guests overnight, sample
classic Bulgarian cuisine and perhaps get a lesson
in traditional weaving. Day 5 Bansko Unwind in
charming mehanes (stone taverns) in Bansko. Day 6
Plovdiv Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city.
Days 7-8 Istanbul Cross the border into Turkey. With a
population of millions and nearly 3,000 mosques, no
amount of time in Istanbul is enough to come to terms
with this mesmerising ancient capital.
Highlights
• Delve into a communist past in Bucharest
• Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains
• Explore Byzantine ruins in Plovdiv
R OMA N IA
Bucharest
B U LGAR IA
Plovdiv
Sofia
Gorno Draglishte
Bansko
Istanbul
TU R K E Y
St Petersburg, Russia - Cara Brown
Budapest, Hungary
St Petersburg to Budapest
TRIP CODE WBSH
DEPARTURE
16 days, St Petersburg to Budapest
GUARANTEED
BEST
This epic journey contrasts the gallant grandeur of capital cities with quaint smalltown charm, offering an insight into the competing values of this region.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 St Petersburg Arrive in St
Petersburg and uncover a magnificent city bursting
with lavish palaces, churches and canals. Days 3-4
Novgorod On arrival in Novgorod, join a local family
for a traditional tea party. Days 5-7 Moscow Experience
the mighty heart of Russia. Visit the Kremlin to wander
through grand halls, peek at imperial treasures and
enter Lenin's Mausoleum. Days 8-10 Kyiv Arrive in
Ukraine after an overnight train journey. Roam the
cobbled streets of Kyiv, the 'Mother of Slavic Cities'.
Days 11-12 Carpathian Mountains Travel deep
into the stunning Carpathian Mountains and join
in a cooking class. Days 13-14 Lviv Continue the
adventure in historic Lviv. Days 15-16 Budapest See
how the grand architecture and beautiful boulevards
of Budapest offer visitors something of an outdoor
museum to explore.
Highlights
• Explore the treasures of Moscow’s Kremlin
• Experience a charming Ukrainian homestay
• Discover the lovely Carpathian Mountains
St Petersburg
Novgorod
R U SS IA
Moscow
Kyiv
Lviv
U K R A IN E
Carpathian Mountains
Budapest
H U N GAR Y
Classic Russia & Ukraine
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), overnight sleeper
train (4 nts), B & B (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat, bus, taxi, overnight sleeper train,
train, metro, bicycle
MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 355 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 400 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays from April to October
Start
2015
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
Finish
03 May
17 May
31 May
14 Jun
28 Jun
12 Jul
26 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
09 Aug
23 Aug
06 Sep
20 Sep
04 Oct
18 Oct
01 Nov
15 Nov
2016
16 Apr
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
01 May
15 May
29 May
12 Jun
See our website
for more 2016
dates
TRIP CODE WBKM
12 days, St Petersburg to Kyiv
DEPARTURE
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBKM
GUARANTEED
See historic Russian sights before getting to know Ukraine and a local Ukrainian family
over a dinner of specialties, such as borsch (soup) and pierogi (dumplings).
ITINERARY... Days 1-3 St Petersburg Take in the sights
and spectacles of one of Europe’s most aesthetically
astounding and historically vibrant cities. Day 4
Peterhof/Pushkin Cruise across the Gulf of Finland
for a guided tour of the stately Peterhof Palace – Peter
the Great’s humble summer abode. Days 5-6 Moscow
Head out to Russia’s most famous landmark – St
Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. Day 7 Sergiev Posad
Indulge in some time-honoured Russian pampering – a
thorough soak and steam followed by some hearty
regional cuisine. Day 8 Abramtsevo/Overnight train
Walk the grounds of Abramtsevo Estate, where Gogol
and Turgenev penned some of their masterpieces.
Day 9 Petrushivka Get to know Cossack culture in the
charming village of Petrushivka. Days 10-12 Kyiv Take
a guided walk through Kyiv's cultural heart and witness
its grand splendour.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBSH
SELLER
Highlights
• Explore the opulent grounds of Peterhof
• Enjoy a traditional Russian banya in Dimino
• Dine with a Ukrainian family in Petrushivka
St Petersburg
R U S S IA
Abramtsevo
Peterhof
Pushkin
Kyiv
Sergiev Posad
Moscow
Petrushivka
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), overnight sleeper train
(1 nt), homestay (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Car, boat, minibus, train (bullet), overnight
sleeper train
MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 251 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 480 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Tuesdays from May to October
Start
2015
05 May
02 Jun
07 Jul
04 Aug
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Finish
16 May
13 jun
18 Jul
15 Aug
01 Sep
06 Oct
2016
10 May
07 Jun
12 Sep
17 Oct
21 May
18 Jun
05 Jul
02 Aug
06 Sep
04 Oct
16 Jul
13 Aug
17 Sep
15 Oct
Russia, Ukraine & Hungary 75
St Petersburg, Russia - Cara Brown
New Year’s in Russia
New Year’s Eve can be a bit hit and miss...
but not in Russia! Be a part of the magic of
the final night of the year in a country that
sees it out in style. See trip code WBSW on
our website for more details.
Moscow, Russia
Russia Highlights
TRIP CODE WBSR
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBSR
8 days, Moscow to St Petersburg
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), overnight sleeper
train (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Minibus, bus, overnight sleeper train, taxi,
metro, boat
MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 328 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.69 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Tuedays
Start
2015
21 Apr
28 Apr
05 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
Finish
28 Apr
05 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
02 Jun
09 Jun
09 Jun
16 Jun
23 Jun
30 Jun
07 Jul
14 Jul
21 Jul
28 Jul
04 Aug
16 Jun
23 Jun
30 Jun
07 Jul
14 Jul
21 Jul
28 Jul
04 Aug
11 Aug
11 Aug
18 Aug
25 Aug
01 Sep
08 Sep
18 Aug
25 Aug
01 Sep
08 Sep
15 Sep
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for more 2015
& 2016 dates
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBSF
CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (8 nts), homestay (2 nts),
overnight train (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, minibus, subway, overnight train, bus,
taxi, private minibus
MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 615 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 500 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.76 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays from April to September
Start
2015
17 Apr
18 Apr
08 May
09 May
22 May
23 May
03 Jul
Finish
30 Apr
02 May
21 May
23 May
04 Jun
06 Jun
16 Jul
76 Russia
04 Jul
14 Aug
15 Aug
18 Sep
19 Sep
2016
15 Apr
06 May
20 May
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
The mother of all nations, Russia spans more than 17 million sq km. If you don’t have
time to see it all, stop by the main cities and enjoy its iconic sights on this trip.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Moscow Learn why the city of
Moscow is one of the greatest capitals in the world – a
place where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious
free enterprise. Explore the Kremlin and witness
its huge collection of imperial treasures, including
exquisite Faberge eggs. Days 3-4 Suzdal Marvel at this
glittering former capital, which forms part of Russia’s
legendary Golden Ring. Return to Moscow before
relaxing aboard a northbound overnight train. Day 5
Novgorod Descend upon the oldest city in Russia and
see how well-preserved architectural treasures linger
as echoes of medieval times. Days 6-8 St Petersburg
Complete the final leg of the journey to St Petersburg.
Join a guided tour and hear tales about the colourful
characters who are associated with each historical
attraction in St Petersburg. Later, be a special guest of a
local family for a Russian tea party.
Highlights
• See medieval capitals of the Golden Ring
• Be treated to a Russian tea party
• Steam up in a traditional bathhouse
St Petersburg
Novgorod
RUSSIA
Moscow
Suzdal
Russia Experience
TRIP CODE WBSF
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTURE
18 Jul
27 Aug
29 Aug
01 Oct
03 Oct
28 Apr
19 May
02 Jun
01 Jul 14 Jul
12 Aug 25 Aug
16 Sep 29 Sep
See our website
for more 2016
dates
14 days, Moscow to St Petersburg
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Better understand the tragic history of the last Russian royal family, delve deep into
Tobolsk, Siberia’s historic capital and be enamoured by the rich architecture of Suzdal.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Moscow Delve into the complex
layers of Moscow's turbulent past. Day 3 Suzdal Go on
a walking tour of this spectacular town, taking in the
Kremlin, market and fairytale-like onion domes that
dominate the skyline. Learn how to cook delicious local
specialties in a family home. Days 4-6 Kazan Listen
to the sounds of the Tatar language floating through
the streets of Kazan. Days 7-9 Yekaterinburg Hear
the tragic tale of the Romanovs, the last Russian royal
family. Days 10-11 Tobolsk/Pokrovskoye Journey
into Siberia and discover beguiling weather-frayed
houses and meandering lanes in Tobolsk's Old Town.
Hop aboard a village bus to Pokrovskoye – the home of
Rasputin. Days 12-14 St Petersburg Travel to Tyumen
and from there fly out to St Petersburg. Explore the
city’s baroque European architecture, magnificent royal
palaces and multitude of museums on a guided tour.
Highlights
• Discover the rich history of Red Square
• Feel the warmth of a Siberian homestay
• Take a walking tour of St Petersburg
St Petersburg
Moscow
Suzdal
Kazan
Trans-Siberian Railway
Yekaterinburg
RUSSIA
Tobolsk
Pokrovskoye/Tyumen
Warmer nights
Baku, Azerbaijan
Sadly, St Petersburg is home to around
50,000 homeless people who spend
many of their days and nights living life
on the city’s streets. The Russian NGO
Nochlezhka is one of few organisations
trying to tackle the issue through their
Night Bus project, which supplies
hot food, clothing and invaluable
social support to these people. Visit
theintrepidfoundation.org for details or
to make a donation.
Trans-Mongolian Experience
TRIP CODE WBSB
21 days, St Petersburg to Beijing
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
Highlights
• Explore the ancient cathedrals of Suzdal
• Journey across Mongolia’s vast grasslands
• Meet a whirlwind of activity in Beijing
St Petersburg
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), overnight sleeper
train (8 nts), homestay (2 nts), ger (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, boat, bus,
train, metro
MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 855 kg pp per trip
BUDGET Allow USD 600 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.69 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Mondays from April to September
Suzdal
Moscow
R U S S IA
Trans-Siberian Railway
Irkutsk
Lake Baikal
Trans-Mongolian Railway
Ulaanbaatar
Ger Camp
MON GOLIA
C H IN A
Finish
03 May
24 May
14 Jun
28 Jun
12 Jul
26 Jul
16 Aug
10 Aug
24 Aug
07 Sep
14 Sep
2016
11 Apr
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
30 Aug
13 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
01 May
12 Jun
26 Jun
10 Jul
04 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
12 Sep
24 Jul
14 Aug
28 Aug
11 Sep
02 Oct
TRIP CODE CPKC
DEPARTURE
17 days, Baku to Yerevan
Start
2015
13 Apr
04 May
25 May
08 Jun
22 Jun
06 Jul
27 Jul
Beijing
Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/CPKC
GUARANTEED
Veer right off the tourist trail for an extraordinary encounter with the legends,
landscapes and locals of three of the world’s most unexpected countries.
ITINERARY... Days 1-3 Baku Make your acquaintance
with Baku, Azerbaijan's audacious and ambitious
capital. Day 4 Sheki Stop off at bubbling mud volcanos
en route to the brooding Caucasus Mountains.
Days 5-6 Tbilisi Welcome to Georgia, one of Europe's
most regal, yet largely unexplored, destinations.
Days 7-8 Gudauri Take in stunning mountain ranges
and deep valleys along the Georgian Military Highway.
Day 9 Kutaisi Sample Georgian life on an overnight
homestay with a local family. Day 10 Akhaltsikhe
Venture further into Georgia's interior to Akhaltsikhe.
Days 11-12 Gyumri Visit the intricate tunnels and
caves of Vardzia's rock wall monasteries before crossing
the border into Armenia. Day 13 Yerevan Discover
all angles of Yerevan on a walking tour. Days 14-15
Goris Explore the medieval town of Goris. Days 16-17
Yerevan Make tracks back to Armenia’s capital.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/WBSB
SELLER
This all-encompassing experience is chock-a-block full of diverse adventure. Explore
Russia’s historic sights, camp out in Mongolia, then continue by train to Beijing.
ITINERARY... Days 1-3 St Petersburg Begin this TransMongolian odyssey in St Petersburg, the shining star of
modern Russia. Day 4 Suzdal Experience how Suzdal,
part of Russia's Golden Ring of ancient capitals, is
awash with centuries worth of Russian history. Days 5-6
Moscow Travel to the enigmatic city of Moscow, a
mixture of Orthodox churches, communist relics and
brash capitalism. Days 7-10 Moscow/Trans-Siberian
Railway Sit back and enjoy the epic journey that is the
Trans-Siberian Railway. Days 11-12 Lake Baikal Head to
the world's largest freshwater lake, Baikal. Days 13-14
Irkutsk/Trans-Mongolian Railway Explore the streets
of Irkutsk. Days 15-18 Ulaanbaatar/Ger Camp Spend
an unforgettable night in a nomadic ger camp in the
magnificent Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Days 19-21
Beijing Revel in Beijing's wealth of historical sights and
cultural attractions.
Mongolia - Tara Kennaway
Highlights
• Stay with a local family in Georgia’s Kutaisi
• Sip Armenia’s best wines in Yerevan
• Lose yourself in Baku’s winding alleyways
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (15 nts), homestay (1 nt)
TRANSPORT private vehicle, bus
MEALS 15 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 355 kg pp per trip
NOTES This trip is run by our experienced sister company,
Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow USD 400 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.60 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays from May to October
Gudauri
GEOR GIA
Kutaisi
Akhaltsikhe
Tbilisi
Sheki
A R MEN IA
Gyumri
Yerevan
Baku
A ZE R B A IJA N
Start
2015
10 May
24 May
07 Jun
13 Sep
Finish
26 May
09 Jun
23 Jun
29 Sep
27 Sep
04 Oct
2016
08 May
22 May
05 Jun
13 Oct
20 Oct
24 May
07 Jun
21 Jun
11 Sep 27 Sep
25 Sep 11 Oct
02 Oct 18 Oct
Goris
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Eastern Europe & Russia 77
Greece & Turkey
The birthplace of Western civilisation. The meeting point of continents.
Istanbul at night
Whirling Dervishes
Naxos charms
Delight in Turkey’s nightlife
What goes around goes around more
And makes a pretty little hideaway
Alcoholic indulgence being prohibited by the
Islamic faith, bar and club scenes can be fairly
hard to come by in many Muslim countries. Not
so in Turkey. While over 95% of its population is
registered as Muslim, the country stands as a secular
state with no official state religion – meaning that
there are night spots aplenty to knock back a raki
or two with the locals. Head to Istanbul’s Nevizade
Street to get in among the action.
According to Islamic Sufi cosmology, to revolve
constitutes the fundamental condition of our
existence. Planets revolve in the solar system, blood
courses around the body and life itself springs from
the earth and will one day return to it. By physically
emulating this movement, Turkey’s Order of Whirling
Dervishes seek to enter a state of harmonic oneness
with God and nature. Witness a performance on our
Real Food Adventure - Turkey (see page 85).
When Greek god Zeus was but a wee lad looking
to hide from his infant-gobbling father Cronus, it
was to the small island of Naxos that he headed.
Fast forward a few epochs and the largest island in
the Cyclades group has diversified its visitor appeal
immeasurably – nowadays its known for its lush
landscapes, lovely beaches, family-run tavernas and
a hopping nightlife. Suss out the vibe on our Sail
Greece – Santorini to Mykonos trip (see page 81).
78 Greece & Turkey
Santorini, Greece - Lukasz Lazarecki
Fast facts
Top 4...
The very first Olympic
champion was a Greek
cook named Coroebus.
He won the 210 metre
dash back in 776 BC –
the first and last time a
cook’s managed that....
Divine beauty
Noah’s nosh
Coroebus for gold
Asure, a sweet and sour
Turkish dessert, was
allegedly the last meal
eaten by Noah before
his arc came to rest on
Mt Ararat. Turks still eat
it today.
The first recorded
beauty pagent was
held in what is now
Anatolia. Ancient Greek
goddesses Aphrodite,
Hera and Athena were
notable entrants.
The ol’ souvas
Souvlaki, everyone’s
favourite drunken
decision, has been
around since the days
of Aristotle. Now that’s
some serious food for
thought.
As you like it...
If there did exist a downside to this remarkable region, it would have to be the overwhelming amount
of things to see and do here. Sailing, hiking, historical tours and gastronomic experiences can be
found on many an Intrepid adventure, but if you’d like a particular focus on any of these, here are a
few suggestions.
8
DAYS
START
10
DAYS
Santorini
Swimming
ZSRR Greece Sailing Adventure (p81)
Istanbul
Food
ERZZ Real Food Adventure – Turkey (p85)
Istanbul
Activities
ERXT Turkey Hike, Bike & Kayak (p83)
Istanbul
History
ERSA Turkey Express (p83)
12
DAYS
13
DAYS
Zeus
MacDaddy of all the
gods. Bearded, carries a
thunderbolt around.
Aphrodite
Beautiful and somewhat
licentious. Occasional
wearer of clothes.
Poseidon
Ruler of the seas. Direct
your prayers to him on
any of our sailing trips.
Dionysus
God of wine and revelry.
Basically the cool dude
of the god squad.
The weather in…
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below,
so you can decide on the best travel season for you.
FINISH
Mykonos
Istanbul
Istanbul
Antalya
Ancient Greek deities
J
F M A M
J
J
A
S
O N D
Athens
Istanbul
Santorini
Goreme
Antalya
KEY
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
Additional information is available at intrepidtravel.com
Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Hot & dry 30-35˚C
Greece & Turkey 79
Athens uncovered
On the Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens
Urban Adventure, bargain like a local in an
Athenian market, explore specialist shops
for the perfect souvenir and be wowed by
the enormity of the Acropolis, Parthenon
and other mighty stone structures.
Greece - Boleslaw Kubica
Athens, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey - Janelle Woods
Athens to Istanbul
TRIP CODE ZMSJ
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSJ
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, public bus, private vehicle
MEALS 4 Breakfasts
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 214 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 450 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.56 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
16 May
13 Jun
27 Jun
18 Jul
Finish
30 May
27 Jun
11 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
2016
14 May
11 Jun
29 Aug
26 Sep
10 Oct
28 May
25 Jun
80 Greece & Turkey
25 Jun
16 Jul
13 Aug
10 Sep
24 Sep
DEPARTURE
15 days, Athens to Istanbul
09 Jul
30 Jul
27 Aug
24 Sep
08 Oct
GUARANTEED
Encounter ancient mythology of god-like proportions, golden beaches, passionate
people, delectable food, friendly locals and the best type of culture shock ever.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Athens The birthplace of
Western civilisation, Athens has an amazing array
of historic sites to explore. Check out the Acropolis,
the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard.
Day 3 Delphi Catch a glimpse of your future, take
an adventure into Greek mythology and explore
timeworn ruins at the Delphi Museum. Be sure to
check out the Temple of Apollo, which according to
legend, was the centre of the Delphic oracle. Days 4-5
Meteora Climb into the heavens, just like monks have
done for centuries, to explore an ancient monastery
precariously placed atop a 400-m-high rock formation.
Day 6 Kastoria Explore the Byzantine churches and
Ottoman-style architecture in the historic town centre.
Days 7-8 Thessaloniki Relax in the splendour of what
is regarded as the cultural capital of the country,
with shopping, dinner and a show. With Ottoman
influenced cuisine, be sure to indulge in bougatsa (a
rich breakfast pastry) and a frappé coffee first thing in
the morning. Days 9-10 Kavala Chill out on one of the
many pristine beaches and enjoy the local catch of the
day. Alternatively, explore Kevala’s fascinating ancient
heritage, dating back to the 7th century BC. Day 11
Porto Lagos Visit the scenic village of Porto Lagos to
view rare birdlife, before exploring the surrounding
forests or the lagoons of the Thracian Sea. Days 12-13
Gallipoli Explore the beautiful, yet sobering, coastline
of this once bloody battlefield. Days 14-15 Istanbul
Turkey’s capital is a chaotic splendour. Head to the
Grand Bazaar, the incredible St Sophia Church and the
iconic Blue Mosque.
Highlights
• Rub shoulders with Greek gods in Athens
• Glimpse your future in Delphi
• Visit the sky-high Meteora monastery
• Be sun-kissed on a Kavala beach
Thessaloniki
Porto Lagos
Istanbul
Kavala
Kastoria
Gallipoli
Kalambaka
GR EE C E
Delphi
Athens
TU R K E Y
Mykonos, Greece - Monique Perera
Athens to Santorini
TRIP CODE ZMSE
8 days, Athens to Santorini
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
Highlights
• Swim in the glittering Aegean Sea
• Discover charming villages in Syros
• Soak up the sun on the beaches of Santorini
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Metro, ferry, taxi
MEALS 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 114 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.58 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Athens
Syros
Mykonos
GR E E C E
Santorini
Greece Sailing Adventure
Start
2015
18 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
30 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
Finish
25 Apr
09 May
16 May
23 May
06 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
04 Jul
18 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
26 Sep
2016
16 Apr
30 Apr
11 Jul
25 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
19 Sep
03 Oct
23 Apr
07 May
07 May
14 May
28 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
14 May
21 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
See our website
for more 2016
dates
TRIP CODE ZSRR
8 days, Santorini to Mykonos
DEPARTURE
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZSRR
GUARANTEED
Spend the day on the deck of a sun-blessed boat and swimming in the warm Aegean
Sea – this sailing trip is living the high life without the hefty price tag.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Santorini Get into holiday mode
by enjoying the spoils of gorgeous Santorini. Day 2
Santorini/Ios Sail to Manganari Beach for a spot of
lunch and a dip in the water before continuing to
the party hub of Ios. Day 3 Amorgos Set sail over the
placid sapphire waters of the Mediterranean towards
the rustic island of Amorgos. Jump straight off the
boat into the sea before hitting dry land to explore
the island’s rugged landscape. Day 4 Small Cyclades
Stop by an 11th-century monastery before travelling to
the sparsely populated islands of the Small Cyclades,
discovering divine beaches, warm locals and cosy
tavernas. Days 5-6 Naxos Sail blissfully onwards to
vibrant Naxos, which is dotted with olive groves,
timeworn churches and temples. Days 7-8 Mykonos
Cap off the adventure the stunning island of Mykonos,
where history, glamour and paradise all intertwine.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ZMSE
SELLER
The Greek archipelago is just as – if not more – impressive as the mainland itself. Party
hard, laze on the beach and appreciate the Greek interpretation of island living.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Athens This Greek adventure kicks
off in Athens. Days 2-3 Syros Relax aboard a scenic
ferry from Piraeus to Syros. Upon arrival, discover
abandoned windmills, ancient ruins and charming
villages on a network of stone-paved tracks that
crisscross the island. Cool off with a swim at one of
the inviting beaches dotted along the coast and at
night, be serenaded by classic Rembetiko tunes that
waft from the open windows of family-run tavernas.
Days 4-5 Mykonos Arrive on Mykonos, a beautiful
island named in honour of Apollo's grandson. Be
captivated by the quintessential Greek Isles vista, then
join Europe's party crowd at one of the many bars and
clubs. Days 6-8 Santorini Wind up the adventure on
the southern island of Santorini – one of Europe’s top
holiday hotspots. Chill out on a beach of black sand or
admire the ruins of ancient Thira and Akrotiri.
Greek Islands, Greece - Mike Stastnik
Highlights
• Enjoy stunning coastal views in Santorini
• Wander the olive groves of Naxos
• Explore the historic churches of Mykonos
GR EE C E
Mykonos
Ios
Naxos
Small Cyclades
Amorgos
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Sailing
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 9
ACCOMMODATION Overnight boat (7 nts)
TRANSPORT Boat
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 50 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Santorini at 4 pm.
2. A kitty of EUR 60 for meals while sailing applies to this
trip. Please see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 210 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.51 out of 5
TURKEY
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start
2015
02 May
16 May
30 May
13 Jun
Finish
09 May
23 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
27 Jun
11 Jul
25 Jul
08 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sep
04 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
15 Aug
29 Aug
12 Sep
19 Sep 26 Sep
03 Oct 10 Oct
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Santorini
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Created in the wake of the devastating
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support to rural immigrants living in
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provide underprivileged children with
invaluable education opportunities that
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Cappadocia, Turkey - Rachel Clark
Best of Turkey
TRIP CODE ERSI
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERSI
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
DEPARTS Every Thursday and selected Mondays from
March to November
04 Jun
11 Jun
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
13 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10DSep
17 Sep
24 Sep
01 Oct
08 Oct
15 Oct
22 Oct
29 Oct
18 Jun
25 Jun
02 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
06 Aug
13 Aug
20 Aug
27 Aug
03 Sep
10 Sep
17 Sep
24 Sep
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08 Oct
15 Oct
22 Oct
29 Oct
05 Nov
12 Nov
05 Nov
2016
07 Mar
14 Mar
21 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
28 Apr
05 May
09 May
12 May
16 May
19 May
23EMay
26 May
19 Nov
21 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
11 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
09 May
12 May
19 May
23 May
26 May
30 May
02 Jun
06 Jun
R Jun
09
R
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dates
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Kickstart the adventure
by checking out some lesser-known sights of Istanbul
on an orientation walk. Day 3 Bursa Depart Istanbul
and travel to Bursa. In the evening, visit a Dervish lodge
and be treated to a mesmerising Sema performance.
Days 4-5 Selcuk Allow history to come alive while
strolling through ancient Ephesus, the former capital
of the Eastern Roman Empire. Learn how to make
delicious gozleme and taste aromatic fruit wine in
Sirince. Day 6 Pamukkale See the fascinating, chalky
terraces of Pamukkale and take the opportunity to
bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby
hot springs. Days 7-8 Kayakoy Discover ghost
houses or play backgammon and sip tea with the
locals in Kayakoy. Set out on a half-day trek along
the rugged coastline of the Lycian Way. Days 9-10
Kas/Turquoise Coast overnight boat cruise Travel
to Kas and cast away on a cruise along Turkey's
Mediterranean coastline, which boasts shimmering
waters, an ancient sunken city and mysterious Lycian
tombs. Day 11 Konya Move away from the coastline
and travel to the plains of the Anatolian Steppe. Stop
to take a walk through a unique Cappadocian valley.
Then, arrive in Konya, a city intimately connected
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withNthe Whirling Dervish sect of Islam. Days 12-13
E astounded by the quirky rock formations
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82 Turkey
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
Turkey is just about as diverse as they come. Hike the coastal Lycian Way, marvel at the
moon-like landscapes of Cappadocia and enjoy the turquoise waters near Kas.
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (11 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),
overnight boat (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Private bus, bus, ferry, taxi, dolmus, gulet
MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 179 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. This trip operates on a
seasonal itinerary, please see Trip Notes for information.
BUDGET Allow EUR 250 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5
Start Finish
2015
05 Mar 19 Mar
09 Mar 23 Mar
12 Mar 26 Mar
19 Mar 02 Apr
23 Mar 06 Apr
26 Mar 09 Apr
02 Apr 16 Apr
06 Apr 20 Apr
09 Apr 23 Apr
13 Apr 27 Apr
16 Apr 30 Apr
20 Apr 04 May
23 Apr M07 MayE
30 Apr 14 May
04 May 18 May
07 May 21 May
14 May 28 May
18 May 01 Jun
21 May 04 Jun
28 May 11 Jun
DEPARTURE
15 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
of Cappadocia, which jut from the ground like
mushroom-shaped fairy houses. Then be treated to
warm Turkish hospitality while breaking bread with a
local family. Day 14 Ankara Travel by bus to Ankara.
Day 15 Istanbul Arrive back in Istanbul, where the call
to prayer echoes over the cobbled streets.
Highlights
• Explore the ruins of Ephesus
• Admire the travertine pools of Pamukkale
• Taste traditional Turkish fruit wines
• Enjoy a meal with a Cappadocian family
Istanbul
TU R K E Y
Bursa
Ankara
Goreme (Cappadocia)
Pamukkale
Selcuk
Kayakoy
Kas
Konya
M
A taste of Istanbul
Take a bite out of Istanbul’s incredible food
scene on our delicious Istanbul Bite-size
Break. Blaze a tasting trail through the city
and visit all its iconic sights. From meze
to gozleme and raki to tea, indulge your
tastebuds in Istanbul. See trip code ERZI on
our website for more details.
Pamukkale, Turkey - Drew Dunlop
Turkey Express
TRIP CODE ERSA
10 days, Istanbul to Antalya
DEPARTURE
If time is short, head out on a whirlwind tour of Turkey from north to south. It’s an
exploration guaranteed to tickle your fancy and have you planning for your return.
M
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Travel to Istanbul
and discover a magical city of minarets, mosques and
markets that will inspire and delight. Day 3 Gallipoli
Peninsula Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid
the moving memorials and windswept scenery along
this peninsula. Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September)
Relax on an Aegean cruise across the azure waters
near Ayvalik. Day 6 Selcuk See how Ephesus, once the
heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, still retains
some of its past glory. Then, maybe delve deeper at the
Ephesus Museum in Selcuk. Day 7 Pamukkale Admire
the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for
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their medicinal
qualities since Roman times. Days 8-10
T
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Antalya Discover a bewitching
mix of history, charm
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and modern sophistication in Antalya.
Visit the ruined
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city of Termessos, one of the region’s best
preserved
A
N
archaeological sites.
• Stroll the lively backstreets of Istanbul
• Reflect on WWI in Gallipoli
• Bliss out in seaside Antalya
Ayvalik
TU R K E Y
Pamukkale
Antalya
Original
Finish
20 Apr
23 Apr
27 Apr
11 May
18 May
25 May
04 Jun
08 Jun
15 Jun
13 Jun
20 Jun
23 Jun
27 Jun
04 Jul
11 Jul
18 Jul
01 Aug
08 Aug
15 Aug
22 Aug
22 Jun
29 Jun
02 Jul
06 Jul
13 Jul
20 Jul
27 Jul
10 Aug
17 Aug
24 Aug
31 Aug
29 Aug
05 Sep
12 Sep
22 Sep
26 Sep
03 Oct
07 Sep
14 Sep
21 Sep
01 Oct
05 Oct
12 Oct
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TRIP CODE ERXT
12 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
BEST
Highlights
• Cycle through lush scenery around Kas
• Hike along the ancient Lycian Way
• Kayak over a sunken city
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERXT
SELLER
For those who want to dust off the old walking boots, this is the trip for you. Hike the
Lycian way, jump on a bike and also get active in the water with flippers or a kayak.
E
THEME Explorer
Start
2015
11 Apr
14 Apr
18 Apr
02 May
09 May
16 May
26 May
30 May
06 Jun
Selcuk
Oct - Apr
May - Sep
Year round
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
DEPARTS Every Saturday and selected Thursdays.
Istanbul
Gallipoli
Peninsula
PHYSICAL RATING
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), pension (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Bus, gulet, dolmus
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 119 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 180 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.69 out of 5
Highlights
Turkey – Hike, Bike & Kayak
ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul Discover hidden charms
on a walk through Istanbul’s bustling backstreets.
Days 2-3 Gallipoli Peninsula Be moved by a battlefield
tour of Anzac Cove. Break from this tragic past and
snorkel the waters of the Dardanelles. Day 4 Selcuk
Step back in time on a visit to the historic Roman
ruins of Ephesus. Day 5 Fethiye Visit the deserted
Greek village of Kayakoy. Later, enjoy a stroll along
Fethiye’s harbour. Day 6 Faralya Hike the ancient
trails of the Lycian Way through olive groves and past
incredible relics of ancient civilisations. Days 7-9 Kas
Trek along mountain tracks and arrive in Turkey’s
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chilled-out
Kabak. Exchange hiking boots for paddles
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on a kayaking adventure
over a sunken ByzantineIONIAN
city.
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Days 10-11 Pamukkale Take
in the surreal Pamukkale
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terraces. Day 12 Istanbul After anA overnight journey,
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this tour of Turkey wraps up back in Istanbul.
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GUARANTEED
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Walking
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), guesthouse (1 nt),
overnight bus (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Bus, dolmus, overnight bus
MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 143 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Istanbul at 1 pm. 2. A
single supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip
Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 200 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.94 out of 5
Istanbul
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
Gallipoli
Peninsula
TU R KE Y
Selcuk
Fethiye
Faralya
Pamukkale
Kas
Start
2015
06 Apr
20 Apr
04 May
11 May
18 May
25 May
01 Jun
08 Jun
Finish
17 Apr
01 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
05 Jun
12 Jun
19 Jun
15 Jun
29 Jun
06 Jul
13 Jul
27 Jul
10 Aug
24 Aug
07 Sep
14 Sep
21 Sep
26 Jun
10 Jul
17 Jul
24 Jul
07 Aug
21 Aug
04 Sep
18 Sep
25 Sep
02 Oct
28 Sep
05 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
26 Oct
02 Nov
09 Nov
09 Oct
16 Oct
23 Oct
30 Oct
06 Nov
13 Nov
20 Nov
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Fethiye, Turkey - Tulay Over
Turkey Explored
TRIP CODE ERRT
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERRT
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Be awed by the
cosmopolitan capital of Turkey. Day 3 Gallipoli Pay
respects to the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.
Days 4-5 Selcuk Wander around the ruins of Ephesus.
Day 6 Pamukkale Enjoy the hot springs at Pamukkale.
Day 7 Fethiye Stay in the quaint town of Fethiye.
Day 8 Southern Coast Cruising Set sail around the
crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Days 9-10
Antalya Often described as the Turkish Riviera, Antalya
is a historical goldmine. Days 11-12 Cappadocia
Be dwarfed by enormous rock formations, then stay
overnight with a local family. Day 13 Kahta Homestay
Experience local life at a homestay in Kahta. Day 14
R
Nemrut
Discover the colossal stone heads atop Mt
Nemrut.R Day 15 Urfa Journey to Urfa, the birthplace
A
of Abraham. Day 16
Mardin Spend a night in Mardin.
N
Days 17-18 Istanbul Fly back to Istanbul.
DEPARTS Selected Mondays
Finish
02 Apr
16 Apr
10 May
14 May
21 May
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11 May
18 May
25 May
08 Jun
22 Jun
29 Jun
06 Jul
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28 May
04 Jun
11 Jun
25 Jun
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
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27 Jul
03 Aug
30 Jul
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06 Aug
13 Aug
20 Aug
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Highlights
• Swim in Oludeniz’s stunning Blue Lagoon
• Enjoy a homestay with a local family in Urfa
• Check out the ancient ruins of Ephesus
Istanbul
Gallipoli
Ephesus
Goreme
(Cappadocia)
TU R KE Y
Mt Nemrut
Pamukkale
Kahta
Selcuk
Urfa
Mardin
Antalya
Fethiye
Turkey Encompassed
TRIP CODE ERKT
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERKT
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
I
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays and Sundays
T
E
R
This trip is available as an Independent Journey, departing
any day, for 1-2 people. Please see page 16 & 17 for details.
GUARANTEED
BEST
SELLER
Hit up the hot spots of Turkey while exploring Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, swimming in
Fethiye’s beautiful blue bays and better understanding the tragic history of Gallipoli.
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (14 nts)
TRANSPORT Private bus
MEALS 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 794 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please
provide your flight details at the time of booking. Included
arrival transfer applies from Istanbul Ataturk airport (IST)
only. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details. 3. Please note that luggage on this
trip must be restricted to 1 piece at 20 kg per person. Any
additional bags can be stored at the start point hotel. 4. This
trip is run by our experienced sister company, Peregrine
Adventures.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING
4.85Eout of 5
M
D
DEPARTURE
15 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
PHYSICAL RATING
84 Turkey
GUARANTEED
Take a cruise along Turkey’s aptly named Turquoise Coast, be wowed by the giant stone
heads atop Mt Nemrut and see where a giant horse wheeled into literary history.
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (13 nts), pension (2 nts),
homestay (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Plane, bus, dolmus, gulet, private bus
MEALS 15 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 577 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. Please note that the maximum check-in baggage
allowance for our flight from Urfa to Istanbul on Day 17 is
15 kg per person. 2. A single supplement is available on this
trip, please see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 525 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.87 out of 5
Start
2015
16 Mar
30 Mar
23 Apr
27 Apr
04 May
DEPARTURE
18 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul Arrive in Istanbul and
get to know this fascinating city. Day 2 Ankara Drive
to the country’s capital, Ankara. Days 3-5 Goreme
Explore domed, rock-hewn dwellings and learn about
local traditions. Day 6 Konya Get a taste of village life
on a walk through the Ihlara Valley. Day 7 Antalya
Travel on to Antalya – Turkey’s premier coastal tourist
destination. Days 8-9 Kas Arrive in charming Kas and
cruise out to beautiful island hamlets. Day 10 Fethiye
Ponder the past of desolated Kayakoy and pamper the
senses in picture-perfect Fethiye. Day 11 Pamukkale
Visit Pamukkale’s ethereal travertines, Turkey’s most
surreal natural phenomenon. Day 12 Ephesus/Selcuk
Admire the astonishingly well preserved ruins of
Ephesus. Day 13 Canakkale Relax in the waterside
R
town of Canakkale.
Days 14-15 Istanbul Wander the
A
sombre grounds Nof Gallipoli then return to Istanbul.
Highlights
• Bliss out on the beaches of Fethiye
• Wander through the fairy-like landscapes
of Cappadocia
Istanbul
Troy
Gallipoli
Canakkale
Ankara
TU R K E Y
Ephesus
Selcuk
Fethiye
Pamukkale
Antalya
Kas
Goreme
(Cappadocia)
Konya
Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac spirit
On the anniversary of Anzac Day,
walk the dramatic coastline of the
Gallipoli Peninsula, visit the Nek and
Lone Pine battlefields and pay respects
to the fallen soldiers. For more info,
see our trip Anzac Day Dawn Service
Centenary (ERAGG-B) on our website.
Turkey - Jacqueline Donaldson
Real Food Adventure – Turkey
TRIP CODE ERZZ
DEPARTURE
13 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
Centuries of trade between East and West, and endless culinary refinements have resulted
in Turkey having one of the most diverse and intoxicating cuisines on the planet.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Istanbul Visit Istanbul’s Asian
side to experience a traditional lokanta (restaurant),
and discover the heady Spice Bazaar. Day 3 Bursa
Dine on Bursa’s most famous dish – the Iskender
kebab – before being mesmerised by a Whirling
Dervish performance. Days 4-5 Ayvalik Be amazed
by the abundance of seasonal local produce at the
Ayvalik Market before buying some for a cooking
class. Days 6-7 Selcuk Explore the ruins of Ephesus
before visiting the village of Sirince. Learn the skill of
hand-rolled manti (dumpling). Days 8-9 Goreme Visit a
Cappadocian underground city, dine with a local family
and experience a wine tasting at sunset. Days 10-11
Gaziantep Discover the world’s best baklava in this
capital of Turkish cuisine. Days 12-13 Istanbul Try a
famous balik ekmek (fish sandwich) under the Galata
Bridge. Dine on meze for a final Turkish feast.
Highlights
• Take a street food tour of Istanbul
• Discover delectable Aegean cuisine
during a cooking class in Ayvalik
TURKEY
Istanbul
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Food
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (9 nts), pension (2 nts),
overnight train (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Plane, ferry, taxi, bus, van, dolmus, private
minibus, train
MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 759 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see Trip Notes for details.
BUDGET Allow EUR 200 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.73 out of 5
Start Finish
2015
26 April 08 May
10 May 22 May
24 May 05 Jun
07 Jun 19 Jun
05 Jul 17 Jul
Ayvalik
Gaziantep
Selcuk
PHYSICAL RATING
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Bursa
Goreme (Cappadocia)
Gallipoli Pilgrimage
02 Aug
06 Sep
27 Sep
25 Oct
2016
10 Apr
01 May
14 Aug
18 Sep
09 Oct
06 Nov
22 Apr
13 May
22 May
19 Jun
17 Jul
14 Aug
04 Sep
25 Sep
16 Oct
03 Jun
01 Jul
29 Jul
26 Aug
16 Sep
07 Oct
28 Oct
TRIP CODE ERAG-O
DEPARTURE
2 days, Istanbul to Istanbul
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERAG
GUARANTEED
Feel the force of the past’s harrowing camaraderie while walking in the footsteps of
the soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War I.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Istanbul/Gallipoli Be humbled
while exploring a region equated with one of the most
significant military battles of our time. Embark on a
guided tour through Anzac Cove to the battlefields
of Nek and Lone Pine and be amazed at how this now
serene coastline once saw such brutal scenes of war.
Hear stories of heroism and camaraderie that unfolded
among the tragedies of what have become a defining
moment in Australian, New Zealand and Turkish
history, and take the time to read moving inscriptions
etched onto a sea of gravestones. Day 2 Gallipoli/
Istanbul On day two, perhaps take the opportunity to
snorkel over a WWI shipwreck off the coast or venture
further afield to historic Troy before returning to
Istanbul. The journey provides a great opportunity to
pay respects to those who lost their lives and to reflect
on what they fought for.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/ERZZ
GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Reflect on history at Anzac Cove
• Take a guided tour of the battlefields
• Hear tales of heroism and camaraderie
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Short Break
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Bus
MEALS 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 24 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip is available in Original and Comfort
style accommodation levels 2. Please see the trip notes for
important joining point information for this trip. 3. This is a
join-in trip so you will likely share included activities with
other travellers. 4. Please see trip code ERAGG-B for our
special 2015 Anzac Day departure.
BUDGET Allow EUR 50 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.66 out of 5
DEPARTS Daily, subject to availability
Istanbul
Gallipoli Peninsula
PHYSICAL RATING
TURKEY
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The Middle East
Because sometimes the best place to start is the middle.
Desert delights
Cruise the Nile
Caring for animals in Egypt
Befriend the native Bedouins
Set sail on a felucca
Luxor’s angels of animal welfare
Wadi Rum is a bit like going to the moon. Except
it’s warmer (during the day at least) and there’s
probably less cheese. Whatever pasteurised
goodness Wadi Rum lacks, it makes up for with
its mesmerising landscapes and intriguing rock
formations. Plus it’s home to Bedouin desert
dwellers, who have roamed these lands through the
ages. Learn about their culture and delight in their
company on our Road to Jordan trip (see page 90).
Traditional wooden boats with broad canvas sails,
feluccas are used on the gentle waters of the Red
Sea and the Nile. Although these days, you can get
from A to B infinitely faster on a ferry, feluccas offer
an old-school charm that trumps all modern water
vessels. Imagine dropping your feet over the side,
seeing your toes dance on the surface of the still
water, feeling the soft breeze through your hair and
watching the sun set over the water…
Located on the outskirts of Luxor, Animal Care in
Egypt is dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation
of mistreated animals. They provide free veterinary
care to animals in the poorest communities of Luxor
and care for more than 4,000 animals per month.
The centre also aims to educate the local people
about the correct way to care for their livestock, and
to teach children not only how to look after their
animals, but to have respect for all living things.
86 The Middle East
Aswan, Egypt - Bevan Connelly
Fast facts
Animal love
In ancient Egypt, the
killing of an animal
was considered a
heinous crime and was
punishable by death.
Religious offerings
were the exception.
Top 4...
Barley belly
Thanks to fast fact
number one, the
ancient Egyptians
were predominantly
vegetarian. They
mostly stuck to fruit,
wheat and barley.
Dead, see?
Shopping spots
Petra
With such high salinity,
most fish and aquatic
plants tend to die
in the, err, Dead
Sea. Smaller, hardier
organisms like bacteria
can survive.
Lawrence of Arabia
defended Petra in
1917, but Indiana
Jones also popped in
for a visit during The
Last Crusade, where he
found the Holy Grail.
Our favourite trips
Making decisions is never easy - especially when all the options are just so enticing. To make the job
(job? This is a holiday!) easier, we’ve mapped out a couple of our all time favourites to help you decide.
which trip has your name on it.
START
Amman
9
DAYS
EERJ Jordan and Egypt Express (Basix)
Cairo
XEKI Egypt Experience (Comfort)
Cairo
XESH Highlights of Egypt (Original)
Cairo
XERA Explore Egypt (Basix)
12
14
DAYS DAYS
15
DAYS
FINISH
Khan al-Khalili
Cairo’s bustling bazaar is a
hotspot of bargains.
Grand Bazaar
This famous Istanbul
market is full of treasures.
Souq Ibrahimiyya
Come here for fresh food
and people-watching
while in Alexandria.
Aswan Market
Egypt’s best spot to pick
up a Nubian skullcap and
local handicrafts.
The weather in…
While we’re of the opinion there’s never a bad time to
travel, some seasons are obviously warmer or colder
than others. Take a look at our weather guide below,
so you can decide on the best travel season for you.
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F M A M
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Cairo
Luxor
Istanbul
Petra
Amman
Cairo
Cairo
Cairo
Cairo
KEY
Cold & dry 0-15˚C
Cool 15-20˚C
Pleasantly warm 20-30˚C
Additional information is available at intrepidtravel.com
Hot & dry 30-35˚C
Very hot & dry 35˚C+
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Egypt - Katie Coles
Aswan, Egypt - Cameron Gaze
Cairo, Egypt - Sally Johnson
Highlights of Egypt
TRIP CODE XESH
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XESH
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
14 days, Cairo to Cairo
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight sleeper train
(1 nt), homestay (1 nt), felucca (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Camel, overnight sleeper train, felucca, van
MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 269 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see trip notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 270 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Start
2015
25 Jan
15 Feb
15 Mar
05 Apr
26 Apr
17 May
07 Jun
Finish
07 Feb
28 Feb
28 Mar
18 Apr
09 May
30 May
20 Jun
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05 Jul
09 Aug
04 Oct
25 Oct
01 Nov
06 Dec
2016
17 Jan
14 Feb
18 Jul
22 Aug
17 Oct
07 Nov
14 Nov
19 Dec
30 Jan
27 Feb
13 Mar
03 Apr
01 May
05 Jun
10 Jul
11 Sep
09 Oct
06 Nov
04 Dec
26 Mar
16 Apr
14 May
18 Jun
23 Jul
24 Sep
22 Oct
19 Nov
17 Dec
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Follow the tracks of the pharaohs on this all-encompassing journey through an ancient
land. Ponder the Pyramids, felucca down the Nile and stay with a Nubian family.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Start the adventure in
Egypt's chaotic capital, Cairo. Ride a camel out to the
Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before perusing
artefacts at the Egyptian Museum. In the evening,
board an overnight sleeper train to Aswan. Days 3-4
Aswan/Abu Simbel Hone bargaining skills in one of
Egypt's best bazaars at Aswan. Enjoy a boat ride to a
nearby beach to climb sand dunes – there are amazing
views from the top. A walk around Elephantine Island
reveals insights into the culture of the local Nubian
people. Days 5-6 Nubian Homestay/Nile Felucca Sail
to a Nubian village aboard a felucca to experience
village culture firsthand during a homestay. Drift along
the iconic Nile aboard a felucca and take in the sights
of rural riverside life. Enjoy meals prepared on board
before falling asleep under a blanket of stars. Days 7-9
Luxor Journey out to the ancient hieroglyphics and
royal tombs of Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Meet the
members of an animal care project dedicated to
improving the lives of Egypt's working creatures and
be touched by their kind efforts to care for abandoned,
injured or overworked animals. Explore the temple
complex of Karnak – one of the most impressive of all
the ancient pharaohs' monumental works. Days 10-11
Hurghada Travel to the Red Sea coast settlement of
Hurghada, a year-round mecca for dive and watersport
enthusiasts. Venture out by boat to the island of
Mahmya for a full day of snorkelling. Days 12-14
Cairo Return to Cairo. Spend time in both Islamic
and Coptic Cairo. These ancient neighbourhoods are
full of religious and historical significance and are a
fascinating way to farewell this adventure.
Highlights
• Become immersed in bustling Cairo
• Experience Nubian life on a homestay
• Admire the Temples of Karnak
• Snorkel the reefs of the Red Sea coast
Cairo
Hurghada
E GYP T
Abu Simbel
Luxor
Nile Felucca
Aswan
Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandri-ahh
Although the Lighthouse of Alexandria is
no longer standing, as one of the ancient
wonders of the world its memory still
reigns supreme, as does the city itself.
On the Alexandria City Discovery Urban
Adventure, explore the past glory of this
historic town, above and below ground.
Luxor, Egypt - Ian Jones
Egypt Experience
TRIP CODE XEKI
12 days, Cairo to Cairo
BEST
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
Where French flair meets Egyptian antiquity, venture underground into historic
catacombs before gnawing on a Parisian pastry and sipping the best coffee in Egypt.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Visit the majestic Sphinx
and a surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the
Pyramids of Giza. Wander the halls of the Egyptian
Museum, taking in the thousands of ancient treasures
on display. Days 3-4 Alexandria The second largest
city in Egypt, Alexandria, has thrived due to its port.
Head underground and delve into the mysteries of the
Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs. Return to Cairo for an
overnight train journey. Day 5 Aswan Watch the sun
set over the Nile from the deck of a gliding felucca.
Days 6-8 Nile Cruise Embark on a cruise down the Nile
River, stopping along the way to explore the ancient
temple sites of Kom Ombo and Edfu. Days 9-10 Luxor
Wander through the fascinating Temples of Karnak,
the biggest and most important complex of its time.
Days 11-12 Cairo Back in Cairo, plunge into the hustle
and bustle of the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.
Highlights
• Cruise the Nile in comfort
• Wander the temples of ancient Thebes
• Browse the bustling Khan al-Khalili bazaar
Alexandria
Cairo
EGYP T
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Comfort
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), overnight sleeper train
(1 nt), cruise ship (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, van, overnight sleeper train, boat,
felucca
MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 498 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip,
please see Trip Notes for details. 2. An airport arrival transfer
is included. Please provide your flight details at the time
of booking. 3. This trip is run by our experienced sister
company, Peregrine Adventures.
BUDGET Allow USD 215 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.71 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Sundays
Luxor
Start
2015
04 Jan
15 Feb
15 Mar
12 Apr
Nile Cruise
Aswan
Abu Simbel
Egypt Adventure
Finish
15 Jan
26 Feb
26 Mar
23 Apr
10 May
21 Jun
12 Jul
09 Aug
13 Sep
11 Oct
21 May
02 Jul
23 Jul
20 Aug
24 Sep
22 Oct
08 Nov 19 Nov
06 Dec 17 Dec
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for 2016 dates
TRIP CODE XESB
DEPARTURE
8 days, Cairo to Cairo
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XESB
GUARANTEED
You simply can’t visit Egypt without ticking a few boxes off your must-do travel list: sail
down the Nile, explore the ancient Pyramids and bargain with a local at a Cairo bazaar.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Welcome to a city like no
other. Be immersed in Cairo's chaos, colour and culture
with a trip to Khan al-Khalili, Egypt's most famous
bazaar. For a change of pace, climb aboard a camel and
visit the impressive Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. In the
evening, take an overnight sleeper train bound south.
Days 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca Join a local Nubian
family for dinner to experience a slice of Nile culture
firsthand. There is also time for an optional day trip to
Abu Simbel. Later, set sail down the Nile on a magical
overnight felucca journey, sleeping on deck under a
starry sky. Days 6-7 Luxor Known as Thebes to the
ancient Egyptians, Luxor conceals amazing treasures.
Pay a visit to an Intrepid-supported animal care project
and wander the amazing Temples of Karnak. Join a
local family for a traditional home-cooked lunch. Day 8
Cairo Return to Egypt's pulsating heart.
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XEKI
SELLER
Highlights
• Be amazed by the Temples of Karnak
• Explore Luxor's Valley of the Kings
• Go bargain hunting in Cairo's souqs
Cairo
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Original
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (4 nts), overnight sleeper train
(2 nts), felucca (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Van, camel, overnight sleeper train, felucca
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 154 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Cairo at 4 pm. 2. A
single supplement is available on this trip, please see Trip
Notes for details. 3. Please arrange for departing flights after
3 pm on Day 8.
BUDGET Allow USD 155 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.88 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
EGYP T
Luxor
Nile Felucca
Aswan
Start
2015
31 Jan
28 Feb
28 Mar
11 Apr
09 May
Finish
07 Feb
07 Mar
04 Apr
18 Apr
16 May
06 Jun
04 Jul
01 Aug
05 Sep
03 Oct
31 Oct
05 Dec
13 Jun
11 Jul
08 Aug
12 Sep
10 Oct
07 Nov
12 Dec
2016
16 Jan 23 Jan
13 Feb 20 Feb
12 Mar 19 Mar
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Egypt 89
Jordan - Nick Jacobs
Petra, Jordan - Joanne Doroz
Road to Jordan
TRIP CODE XESJ
MORE DETAILS intrepidtravel.com/XESJ
PHYSICAL RATING
CULTURAL RATING
10 days, Cairo to Madaba
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (7 nts), beach hut (1 nt),
desert camp (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Plane, jeep, ferry, van
MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 352 kg pp per trip
NOTES A single supplement is available on this trip, please
see trip notes for details.
BUDGET Allow USD 320 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING N/A as this is a new trip
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Finish
16 Feb
16 Mar
13 Apr
27 Apr
25 May
22 Jun
20 Jul
17 Aug
12 Sep
10 Oct
07 Nov
12 Dec
2016
23 Jan
20 Feb
19 Mar
16 Apr
14 May
21 Sep
19 Oct
16 Nov
21 Dec
01 Feb
29 Feb
28 Mar
25 Apr
23 May
11 Jun
09 Jul
13 Aug
10 Sep
08 Oct
12 Nov
10 Dec
20 Jun
18 Jul
22 Aug
19 Sep
17 Oct
21 Nov
19 Dec
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CULTURAL RATING
STYLE
Original
THEME Explorer
GROUP SIZE Max 12
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (18 nts), overnight sleeper train
(2 nts), felucca (1 nt), beach hut (1 nt), desert camp (1 nt),
pension (3 nts)
TRANSPORT Plane, van, camel, overnight sleeper train,
felucca, jeep, ferry, bus, gulet, dolmus
MEALS 15 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 769 kg pp per trip
NOTES 1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See
trip notes for single supplement exception nights. 2. Please
provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned
copy of the personal details page from your passport at
time of booking.
BUDGET Allow USD 560 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.77 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Start Finish
2015
02 Apr 27 Apr
16 Apr 11 May
30 Apr
14 May
28 May
11 Jun
Stunning coastlines, ancient cities, ethereal landscapes and natural wonders. Soak up
the magic of the Middle East on this journey through Jordan.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Cairo Enjoy the fusion of ancient
wonders and modern delights. Days 2-3 Dahab Relax
on the shore or don a mask, grab some flippers and
explore the region’s underwater world. Day 4 Red Sea
Beach Camp Drive through windswept plains to our
secluded camp. Those keen to hit the water can snorkel
on nearby reefs. Day 5 Aqaba Venture across the Gulf
of Aqaba by ferry and spend the night in the seaside
city of Aqaba. Day 6 Wadi Rum Discover firsthand why
this majestic place is known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’.
Eat dinner cooked on an earthen oven, share stories
with our Bedouin hosts and sleep under the stars.
Days 7-8 Petra See rock-cut tombs dating back eons,
pink-stone temples and an impressive amphitheatre.
Perhaps walk up the steps to the Monastery for
incredible views. Days 9-10 Madaba Cover yourself in
mud from the Dead Sea before driving to Madaba.
Highlights
• Discover the seaside playground of Dahab
• Admire rock-hewn city of Petra
• Float in the Dead Sea
Madaba
JORDAN
Petra
Wadi Rum
Aqaba
Cairo
Dahab
EGYPT
Red Sea Beach Camp
Middle East Discovery
TRIP CODE XESTC
PHYSICAL RATING
GUARANTEED
25 May
08 Jun
22 Jun
06 Jul
90 Egypt, Jordan & Turkey
25 Jun 20 Jul
06 Aug 31 Aug
17 Sep 12 Oct
27 days, Cairo to Antalya
DEPARTURE
GUARANTEED
For a smorgasbord of exciting adventures from deserts to oceans, pharaohs to Byzantines
and tabouleh to tajine, jump aboard this all-encompassing Middle Eastern adventure.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo See the Great Sphinx
and Pyramids. Days 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca Cruise
down the Nile. Days 6-7 Luxor Explore the Valley of
the Kings. Day 8 Cairo Uncover the vibrant Islamic
district. Days 9-10 Dahab Unwind in this seaside
hangout. Day 11 Red Sea Beach Camp Stretch out
on golden sands near Sawa. Day 12 Aqaba Head to
Jordan by ferry. Day 13 Wadi Rum Drive past towering
sand pillars. Days 14-15 Petra Rise early and discover
the beauty of Petra. Days 16-17 Madaba Float in the
buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Days 18-19 Istanbul
Uncover this enigmatic city with a local guide. Day 20
Gallipoli Peninsula Discover a tumultuous history.
Days 21-22 Ayvalik (May-September) Relax in seaside
Ayvalik. Day 23 Selcuk Marvel at the ruins of Ephesus.
Day 24 Pamukkale Admire unique travertine pools.
Days 25-27 Antalya Visit the ruined city of Termessos.
Highlights
• Share a meal with a local family in Aswan
• Discover Petra - the ‘Rose City’
• Stop and reflect on Gallipoli Peninsula
Gallipoli Peninsula
Ayvalik
Selcuk
Istanbul
TU R K E Y
Antalya
Pamukkale
Cairo
Amman
Madaba
r
Pe
Start
2015
07 Feb
07 Mar
04 Apr
18 Apr
16 May
13 Jun
11 Jul
08 Aug
DEPARTURE
J OR D A N
Petra
Wadi Rum
Aqaba
Red Sea
Dahab
XESTC
Luxor Beach Camp
XESTC (Oct-Apr) EGYP T
Nile Felucca
Aswan
Cairo, Egypt - Sally Johnson
Step on up…
Before there was Giza there was Saqqara
– the oldest standing step pyramid
in the world. Explore this unique area
on the Saqqara and Memphis Urban
Adventure and discover pharaoh relics
and Egypt’s most ancient capital city.
Nile, Egypt - Ken Love
Explore Egypt
TRIP CODE XERA
DEPARTURE
15 days, Cairo to Cairo
There’s much more to Egypt than just pharaohs and pyramids. Explore an ancient
oasis, encounter the bizarre White Desert and see golden mummies in Bawiti.
ITINERARY... Days 1-2 Cairo Experience the bustle of
local life in Cairo. Days 3-4 Aswan Consider visiting a
nearby Nubian village for a traditional dinner. Day 5
Nile Felucca A Nubian crew provides food and song on
this traditional felucca journey down the Nile. Days 6-7
Luxor/Cairo Wander through the temple complex
of Karnak or travel by donkey to Luxor's Valley of the
Kings. Days 8-9 Alexandria Visit the eerie catacombs
of Kom ash-Shuqqafa or admire the Bibliotheca
Alexandrina. Days 10-11 Siwa Oasis Discover this lush
desert paradise, navigate the mud-brick fort or perhaps
take a dip in Cleopatra's Bath. Day 12 Bawiti Uncover
the legend of the golden mummies. Day 13 White
Desert Camp Travel through the windswept dunes of
the Western Desert. Spend an evening camping among
the moonscape of the White Desert. Days 14-15 Cairo
Return to Cairo for some final sightseeing.
Highlights
• Take a dip in Cleopatra's Bath in Siwa
• Sleep under the stars in the White Desert
• See the grand burial sites of the pharaohs
Alexandria
Cairo
Siwa Oasis
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (10 nts), overnight sleeper train
(2 nts), felucca (1 nt), desert camp (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Overnight sleeper train, felucca, van,
bus, jeep
MEALS 13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 769 kg pp per trip
NOTES Passport copy: Please clearly scan the front page
of your passport and supply to your travel agent/Intrepid
agent at the time of booking. If we have not received your
passport copy within 30 days of trip departure, you will not
be able to complete this itinerary in full - namely the desert
section including Siwa, Bawiti and the White Desert.
BUDGET Allow USD 280 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.89 out of 5
Bawiti
White Desert Camp
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
EGYP T
Luxor
Nile Felucca
Start Finish
2015
03 Jan 17 Jan
28 Feb 14 Mar
Aswan
Jordan & Egypt Express
21 Mar
11 Apr
18 Apr
16 May
04 Apr
25 Apr
02 May
30 May
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TRIP CODE EERJ
DEPARTURE
9 days, Amman to Cairo
GUARANTEED
BEST
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SELLER
With its culture clash between ancient and modern, Jordan and Egypt offer some of the
most dramatic scenery, tasty food and breathtaking wonders in the Middle East.
ITINERARY... Day 1 Amman If arriving early, venture
out to the Jerash ruins to soak up some history.
Days 2-3 Petra Enjoy a buoyant dip in the salty
Dead Sea before travelling to Petra to explore this
spectacular site hewn out of rose-coloured rock.
Day 4 Wadi Rum Spend a memorable night sleeping
Bedouin-style in rustic camel-hair tents or head outside
to fall asleep under a twinkling canopy of stars. Day 5
Red Sea Beach Camp Cross the Gulf of Aqaba and
travel to a seaside camp by the glistening Red Sea.
Scuba dive or snorkel over beautiful reefs, kick back on
golden sands or join new Bedouin friends for a seafood
feast. Days 6-7 Dahab It's a short drive to Dahab, where
you have plenty of free time to take in its many spoils.
Days 8-9 Cairo With its treasure-filled museums,
flavoursome cuisine and famous pyramids, Cairo
provides the perfect end to this adventure.
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GUARANTEED
Highlights
• Explore the ancient rose-hued city of Petra
• Kick back on Egypt's Red Sea coast
• Camp in the desert with Bedouins
PHYSICAL RATING
STYLE
CULTURAL RATING
THEME Explorer
Basix
GROUP SIZE Max 16
ACCOMMODATION Hotel (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt),
beach hut (1 nt)
TRANSPORT Plane, ferry, minibus, jeep
MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
GUARANTEE Departure guaranteed
CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET 461 kg pp per trip
NOTES BUDGET Allow USD 200 for meals not included
TRAVELLER RATING 4.70 out of 5
DEPARTS Selected Saturdays
Amman
JOR D A N
Cairo
Petra
Wadi Rum
EGYPT
Red Sea Beach Camp
Dahab
Start
2015
03 Jan
31 Jan
21 Feb
28 Feb
14 Mar
28 Mar
04 Apr
25 Apr
09 May
23 May
Finish
11 Jan
08 Feb
01 Mar
08 Mar
22 Mar
05 Apr
12 Apr
03 May
17 May
31 May
06 Jun
20 Jun
04 Jul
15 Aug
05 Sep
03 Oct
31 Oct
14 Nov
12 Dec
26 Dec
2016
02 Jan
14 Jun
28 Jun
12 Jul
23 Aug
13 Sep
11 Oct
08 Nov
22 Nov
20 Dec
03 Jan
10 Jan
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23 Jan
13 Feb
05 Mar
26 Mar
09 Apr
07 May
21 May
04 Jun
31 Jan
21 Feb
13 Mar
03 Apr
17 Apr
15 May
29 May
12 Jun
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dates
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