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Welcome to Cairo. On arrival at Cairo Airport (CAI), you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to the world-renowned luxury of InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel – a desert oasis overlooking the mighty Nile. If you arrive early, why not unwind by the hotel’s glistening rooftop pool or explore the exciting bazaars of old Cairo located just steps from your front door?
InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel (Standard room)
Cairo – Giza – Cairo
Prepare for an exceptional day of cultural discovery. Begin your day in the first capital of the Old Kingdom, Memphis, which dates back to 3200 BC. Follow this adventure with a visit to the Saqqara Complex – an ancient burial ground home to the world’s oldest step-shaped pyramid. This afternoon, you will get up close and personal with Egypt’s most renowned attractions, the pyramids of Giza. These iconic images of Egypt, rising from the Giza Plateau, are some of the last remaining wonders of the ancient world. Their sheer scale and impeccable geometry even have some believing they have unearthly origins. Your expert guide will lead you to these incredible pharaonic tombs, explain their construction, and outline some of the myths and legends associated with them.
Return to Cairo and spend the evening at leisure.
InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel (Standard room)
Breakfast and Lunch
Your in-depth discovery of the vibrant city of Cairo continues today as you immerse yourself in a collection of artefacts at the Grand Egyptian Museum. After lunch, head to the vivid Islamic street of Moezz and explore its countless treasures with your expert local guide. Meander until you stumble across the bustling bazaar of Khan el-Khalili, where you can lose yourself in the bright colours and fragrances of one of the world’s oldest marketplaces. Watch vendors prepare local flavours at the iconic Feshawi Café or explore the Al Attarin spice and El Sagha gold markets.
Take the time to discover the city at your own pace or revisit your favourite sights as you spend the evening at leisure.
InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel (Standard room)
Breakfast and Lunch
Cairo – Luxor
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cairo Airport (CAI) for your included flight to Luxor (LXR), formerly known as Thebes. The ruins of this extraordinary city are often described as the world’s greatest open-air museum.
Today you will embark on your five-star Nile Cruise onboard the MS Mayfair with premium facilities onboard, including an outdoor pool. After settling into your comfortable cabin, you’ll dock at Luxor, where you will visit the Great Temple of Amun at Karnak. This is one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 2000 years, with sections dating back to 2,055 BCE.
Afterwards, take in Luxor Temple, dedicated to the Gods Amun, Mut, and Khonsu – marking it one of the most significant in Egypt. This evening, witness the temple come to life with an evening stroll through the beautifully lit complex.
MS Mayfair (Deluxe Cabin)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
This morning glide past Luxor towards the stunning Valley of the Kings, where you will visit three royal tombs and learn the significance of many paintings and hieroglyphics. Afterwards, step back onboard your stylish river cruise and enjoy a delicious locally prepared lunch. Then, uncover the remnants of ancient civilisations as you visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, a pair of 17-metre-high statues that used to flank the entrance of the funerary temple of King Amenhotep, Tutankhamun’s grandfather. This evening, watch the sunset from the deck as you set sail towards enchanting Edfu.
MS Mayfair (Deluxe Cabin)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Step into a horse-drawn carriage to begin the day by discovering the treasures of ancient Edfu, including one of the best-preserved monuments in Egypt – Edfu Temple, which dates back to 237-57 BCE. The temple is dedicated to the god Horus, one of the principal deities of ancient Egypt.
Continue sailing upstream to the town of Kom Ombo, an agricultural settlement that has remained relatively unchanged for over a thousand years. Stroll through the charming village with your guide as you admire the traditional architecture and learn about the villagers’ way of life before reaching Kom Ombo temple. Built in approximately 181 BCE, the temple is dedicated to the Horus and Sobek and includes remarkable artefacts including mummified crocodiles.
This evening retire to your ship for an evening of local delicacies with a traditional onboard dinner.
MS Mayfair (Deluxe Cabin)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sail to the city of Aswan and begin your morning with a visit to the Philae Temple. Originally located near the Nile in Upper Egypt, the temple complex was relocated to protect it from the rising waters of the Low Aswan Dam project. This beautiful temple honours Isis – the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom. The temple has decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings.
Following your visit to the temple, you will visit impressive sites including the semi-carved Unfinished Obelisk, and the impressive Aswan High Dam.
This afternoon you will swap modern comfort for Egyptian tradition with a sunset felucca experience. Feluccas are boats carved from wood, that have been used to explore the Nile for centuries. Step onboard and set sail toward the impressive Kitchener’s Island, where you’ll visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens, before taking in the golden sunset as you return for a final evening onboard your ship.
MS Mayfair (Deluxe Cabin)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Aswan – Cairo
Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the phenomenal Abu Simbel complex on a fantastic optional excursion. A must-see for all history and archaeology enthusiasts, the two massive temples were carved into the bedrock in impressive detail to honour the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo (CAI). You will be transferred to the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis for a relaxing evening at leisure.
- Abu Simbel Tour: From A$626 per person
Hilton Cairo Heliopolis (Guest Room)
Bid farewell to Cairo as your Egyptian adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Meet in the lobby for your included transfer to Cairo Airport (CAI) to continue your onward journey.
Welcome to Johannesburg! On arrival in South Africa’s vibrant metropolis, you’ll be met by a local representative at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), you’ll be transferred by domestic flight to Hoedspruit (‘Hat Creek,’ in Afrikaans), the vibrant gateway to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Upon arriving in town, you’ll be met by a tour representative and transferred to your luxurious accommodation, Imbali Safari Lodge.
Set within the extraordinary Kruger National Park, Imbali is the perfect base to explore a region steeped in history, brimming with spectacular landscapes and an abundance of incredible wildlife. Set within the central point of over 10,000 hectares of wild concession, each of the lodge’s 12 private chalets offers exquisite views, private jacuzzis and everything you need for a truly magical African experience. Spend your first evening admiring the majestic South African sunset and savouring time spent in the midst of the true wilderness.
Day 2 & 3
Roam wild and free as you explore the Mpumalanga region, backed by the expertise of Imbali Lodge. Admire how Kruger National Park’s spectacular granite kopjes (hills) pepper the south, the Lebombo Mountains rise from the savannah in the east, and tropical forests cover the north of the staggeringly huge park.
Spend days in paradise engaging with Imbali Lodge’s incredible safari program. Kruger National Park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world, including Africa’s iconic safari species, including Africa’s coveted ‘Big Five’ – elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. It’s also the perfect chance to catch glimpses of giraffes, zebras and menacingly cute hippopotamuses, as well as an extraordinary amount of native birdlife, including southern yellow-billed hornbills, crested barbets and glossy starlings.
If you’re feeling brave, ask your guide about ‘Qugunyan’s Fortune,’ an almost mythical abandoned fortune of diamonds, gold and coins found originally found just after the Anglo-Boer war.
Enjoy evenings with good company, great food and hours spent under the star-swept skies above.
After breakfast, depart for Nelspruit Airport (NLP) and your international flight, approximately two-hours to Livingstone International Airport (LVI), Zambia, and the gateway to one of the world’s most magnificent natural cascades. After touching down, you’ll be met and transferred across the border to your Zimbabwe accommodation – Pioneers Victoria Falls.
Set among lush gardens, this boutique, heritage-inspired hotel offers elegant lodging just minutes from the thunderous beauty of Victoria Falls. Spend pleasant evenings in the serene central area, dining in Pioneers Falls’ nostalgic dining room or sipping local craft beer in the stylish lobby bar.
After an afternoon of leisure, savour the experience of a lifetime – a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi river. Board the Ra-Ikane – named after historic explorer David Livingstone’s local guide and handcrafted to resemble a turn-of-the-century riverboat – and sip on your favourite sundowner as you relax and enjoy the riverine vegetation and exciting wildlife, including unique birds, hippos and the occasional crocodile. It’s the perfect way to experience Victorian splendour in the heart of Africa as you enjoy a welcome cocktail, tea and cakes while being given the history of the river. In the drier months, wildlife such as elephants and many antelope species can be seen grazing on the riverbanks or swimming across to the smaller islands.
Today learn about Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, on a guided tour on the Zimbabwean side of the falls. Learn why the falls are known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – by locals, and witness what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700-metre-wide and 100-metre-deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and deafening noise.
As you amble along scenic pathways – stopping at each spectacular vantage point along the way – learn about the geological formation of Victoria Falls, the fascinating ‘discovery’ by David Livingstone and the abundance of birdlife.
Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure – relax on the beautiful hotel grounds or head out to keep exploring.
Day 6 & 7
After a hearty breakfast, journey by vehicle roughly 90-minutes to your accommodation – Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, on the edge of Chobe National Park — home to Africa’s largest elephant population, buffalo herds, lions, leopards, hippos, crocodiles and a vast number of beautiful birds. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views across the Namibia floodplains, the very best African hospitality and uniquely luxe lodge accommodation – the entirety of the hotel is under thatched roofing.
With countless gorgeous riverbank pathways and a wealth of amenities – including a bar, resident lounge, dining patio, golf course and safari boutique – Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa is your gateway to splendour and safari in Chobe National Park.
Enjoy a wide range of included safari activities, all the while being accompanied by the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa’s impeccable service and expertise.
The options are almost limitless – spend your days exploring the stunning natural beauty of Chobe National Park. During morning and afternoon safari drives, learn of the rich ecosystems of the park, which lend themselves to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna, as well as an array of stunning landscapes and spectacular wild animals.
During your included drives, watch for elephants feeding and washing, spot stampeding herds of buffalo, keep an eye out for hyenas hiding from majestic lions and encounter up to 16 types of antelope, including the rare, semi-aquatic puku, red lechwe and sitatunga. Depending on the season, you may also catch the second-largest migration of zebra in Africa.
Say goodbye to Africa’s untamed paradise as you depart for Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) and your onward journey.
Welcome to Uganda! Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be whisked away to settle into your accommodation, the beautiful No.5 Boutique Hotel. This afternoon you will be transported to Lake Victoria, where you can take in the grandeur of Africa’s largest great lake. Enjoy your choice of a scenic cruise with a cheese platter and wine or a sunset adventure.
This evening retire to your comfortable accommodation to rest up before tomorrow’s adventures.
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Kibale Forest, for a two-night, all-inclusive stay at Kyaninga Lodge. Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is an intimate property offering an authentic safari experience. The treehouse-inspired lodge is home to just nine elegant cottages, set on raised platforms for breathtaking lake and mountain views.
Prepare to monkey around – you’re about to embark on a safari route through the Kibale Forest, home of the great apes. Your thrilling game drive will lead you through lush countryside with the chance to spot the 12 primate species that call this region home, including the red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys. Primates aside, the jungle canopy also hosts prolific bird life, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a meandering herd of elephants.
Early this morning, you will embark on a thrilling walk through the grassland of Bigodi Swamp. Your guided one- to two-hour trek will lead you through the habitat of multiple primate species as well as the spectacular great blue turaco bird.
This afternoon, your chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence in the Kibale Forest, the ideal place to spot this fascinating creature in the wild. In Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 chimps left in the wild. On the excursion, your ranger will point out these marvellous creatures and teach you how to help preserve their habit, as well as pointing out other species living in the forest.
This evening, retreat to your relaxing lodge for a dip in the glistening pool or simply kick back and take in the sweeping views.
Today you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the oldest and second-largest national park in Uganda. Located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George, the park consists of savannah plains that provide an abundance of game viewing. Tick trumpeting elephants off your list, spot leopards laying in the sun, pass abundant gazelle and bushbuck, and glimpse lions, buffaloes, hippos and more.
As the sun sets, you will board an open safari vehicle for a thrilling night game drive. The nocturnal activity of the savannah awaits you – a completely different experience from a daytime game drive. Your experienced ranger will share expert knowledge about each species and its behaviour. Keep a look out for creatures great and small, from pouncing leopards to camouflaged chameleons – you are guaranteed an evening of excitement.
Wake early this morning for a sunrise game drive and see Queen Elizabeth National Park in a different light as you search for elephants, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog and more.
After your morning game drive, retreat to your comfortable accommodation and enjoy a delicious lunch before joining your guide on a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. View buffaloes, elephants, waterbuck, crocodiles and the highest concentration of hippos in Africa, plus a variety of colourful water birds like the crested eagles, pelicans and cormorants that gather at the waterhole to drink or bathe.
This morning, say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth National Park and travel through the Ugandan plains towards the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the site of your gorilla trek. Enjoy the scenic drive to Mahogany Springs Lodge, where your accommodation is set in lush forest for the ultimate in privacy and serenity. Upon arrival, enjoy a delicious lunch and relax ahead of your big day tomorrow.
Please note: The trip from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Gorilla forest now can take up to 5 hours due to road conditions.
Today is the big day. Rising early, you will be taken through a safety briefing before heading into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the forest’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla.
This is Africa’s only forest home to both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, so you have a chance to experience incredible wildlife encounters today. Follow your experienced guide along forested slopes, through thick vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ habitat. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots, as well as other wildlife that calls the forest home, which includes up to five other species of primate, over 200 kinds of butterflies and 360 types of birds.
Once you have located the gorillas, your group will be permitted one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and privileged experience that you are sure to remember for a lifetime.
Bid farewell to Mahogany Springs Lodge after breakfast, as you are transferred to the airstrip for your included flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to No.5 Boutique Hotel where you can relax in a day room and reminisce over your safari highlights. This evening join your group for one final transfer to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your onward journey.
Welcome to Morocco! Your adventure begins at Casablanca International Airport (CMN), where you will be met by an airport representative and whisked through customs with Fast Track Service. You will then be transferred to your stylish accommodation with time to recharge before meeting the group to celebrate your first evening together.
Prepare for a thrilling day packed with incredible sights and experiences. To begin, your local guide will take you through the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque – one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Scan your eyes across the hand-carved stone and wood detailing, intricate marble flooring and gilded cedar ceilings.
On the way to Fes, stop by the acclaimed Les Celliers de Meknès, one of Morocco’s best-known wineries within Château Roslane Domaine, for a tasting and lunch. Upon arrival in Fes, the afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace.
Get lost in the imperial grandeur of this city filled with tangled alleys that lead to exquisite fountains and streets bursting with aromatic food stands. Learn the secrets behind some of the country’s best-known dishes as you’re treated to a traditional cooking class, where you will begin by meandering through bustling souks with a local chef to gather your ingredients. Then, embark on a journey for the senses as you learn to craft dishes bursting with flavour, before sitting down to lunch with a local family, who will share insights into local culture and traditions.
After lunch, go back in time as you’re guided on an insider tour of the medina, where narrow, cobbled streets are alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, ancient mosques and soaring green minarets. Peek into peaceful courtyards bedecked with carved cedarwood, brightly coloured mosaic tiles and ornaments. The evening is at your leisure.
Today, it’s time to swap cities for the Merzouga Desert. For lunch, your guide will organise a homecooked lunch with a local family in the Midelt Region for a memorable experience. On arrival, you will cruise across the Erg Chebbi dunes on a 4WD safari through Merzouga. Be mesmerised by the shimmering gold dunes, then check into your luxury desert camp. Later, glide across the sand on a sunset camel ride, where you’ll be treated to extraordinary vistas of the desert colours shifting from orange to pink and purple as the sun sets.
Tonight, enjoy the Sahara dunes under dazzling stars by the campfire as you’re entertained with traditional Berber music and gastronomic delights.
Experience the serenity and silence of the desert today with a camel ride into the Sahara, meandering across the red dunes of Erg Chebbi, an incredible stretch of golden sands.
Afterwards, take a 4WD safari adventure across the sands before savouring a picnic in this desert oasis. This evening, enjoy stargazing and the tranquility of the Sahara Desert with an included dinner.
Follow the fabled Road of 1000 Kasbahs this morning, winding past the mud-brick forts of the High Atlas, tracing the Dadès Gorges route across the Valley of Roses and zig-zagging through ancient rust-red mountains past historic castles and fortified villages.
Driving through the valley, you will spy Kalaat M’Gouna, a city renowned for its rows of roses, and Skoura’s historic mudbrick castles. Spend time at the 17th-century Kasbah Amridil, one of Morocco’s grandest kasbahs, before continuing to Aït Benhaddou.
Unearth the 16th-century Aït Benhaddou this morning, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century. It has acted as the backdrop for iconic Hollywood movies and TV shows, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
Afterwards, ascend through the High Atlas Mountains before arriving in Marrakech in the late afternoon. Settle into your luxurious accommodation before embarking on a walking tour of the vibrant Djemaa el-Fna. Filled with snake charmers, acrobats, musicians and dizzyingly diverse Moroccan cuisine, this main square has been a hub of activity since its creation in the 11th century. At night, enjoy a delicious Moroccan feast together.
After breakfast, meander through the Old Town, filled with show-stopping souks selling twinkling lamps, colourful textiles and souvenirs. Drop into a traditional bakery that has been selling tagines, bread and local treats for hundreds of years. This is followed by lunch at a rooftop restaurant before visiting the eye-popping Bahia Palace. After an eventful day filled with wondrous sights, spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Your tour ends after breakfast as you’re transferred to Marrakech International Airport (RAK) in time for your onward flight.
Your seamless South African journey begins with an airport transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa’s Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.
Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest and most iconic national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld and keep a look out for the magnificent ‘Big 5’, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure.
Travel to landlocked eSwatini. Dive Into Culture during a visit to a Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.
We venture to ‘garden of province’ of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4×4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai ��� a perfect way to end the day.
Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively, explore the town of St. Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.
Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg’s vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You’ll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .
Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4×4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.
From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.
Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.
Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience in Knysna, where you’ll learn a few key Xhosa phrases and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. The visit also contributes towards supporting Ella’s work in the local community and is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.
You’ll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon’s Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?
Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You’ll wind your way through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands before arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon. Head straight to the most iconic site in the city and visit Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting).
Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences to tour around the scenic Cape Peninsula, sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands or visit infamous Robben Island. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay speciality dishes.
We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over an evening of delicious food and wine.
With your Local Expert, travel along the main historical areas of the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, to discover the origins of the city. A sure highlight is when you join an art historian to explore the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and other masters. Journey past the walls of Ávila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th-century university buildings.
Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned religious site.Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica, commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. In the heart of the Shrine of Fátima is The Chapel of Apparitions, marking the exact location of her first appearance. Other sacred sites include the Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia, exhibiting religious artifacts and the modern church of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. Your travels continue to Lisbon.
Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. This afternoon is free to explore further as you wish or perhaps decide to visit the Portuguese Riviera?
Visit Seville’s Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Colombus.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to walk through the old Jewish quarter and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, which is now the bell tower of the cathedral. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.
This morning is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Later this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance.
Set sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Morocco, a historic land of deep-rooted tradition and compelling cultural character.
Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina, teeming with hidden courtyards, beautiful mosques and local workshops. Sensorial delights await around every corner as you take in the historic grandeur of this walled city. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world’s oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of handwoven carpets, a tradition developed in this region over thousands of years. Gain insight into the exceptional skill and artistic symbolism applied to make each carpet unique.
During today’s journey, see traditional mud-walled villages set against the vast arid plains. Glimpse the Atlas Mountains as you approach Marrakesh, a bustling hub of culture and trade.
Join a Local Expert to explore the Medina, the historic heart of the city. See the Koutoubia Mosque, its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline with golden brickwork. Visit the intricately-decorated Palais Bahia, a 19th-century mosaic-laden masterpiece built to be the greatest palace of its day. Experience the city’s captivating charm during time at leisure. Perhaps try your hand at haggling in the souks on Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square or visit one of the acclaimed museums.
Journey to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca. Did Humphrey Bogart really did say ”Play it again, Sam”? Your Local Expert will reveal the truth to this and other fascinating elements of this storied city. See the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. For those who came to Casablanca for the waters, the Corniche, a chic seaside strip, welcomes you with its trendy restaurants and cafes.
Travel north to Rabat to see the intricately-decorated Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert. Your journey continues to Morocco’s port of Tangier, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. You will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Expert. After dinner, enjoy an evening at leisure to relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel as the sun sets or take a stroll along Avenue d’Espagne on the Bay of Tangier.
Cross the water to Spain and continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704.Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony.Your travels continue through Andalucía and on to the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches.
Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants, or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.
Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of just 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape.Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Alfarnatejo to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made with fresh, local produce that showcases the flavours typical of the region.Continue to Granada, where overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century – a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant, exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the summer residence of the Spanish royals.
Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote.On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of delicious food and wine at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.
On arrival at Casablanca airport, your transfer leaves for your landmark city hotel at 09:00, 12:00 or 15:00. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00 for your Welcome Reception, with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of good food.
An exploration of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. Venture to the très chic seaside strip known as the Corniche, which stretches to the west and is lined with trendy restaurants and cafes. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims, the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V. This site is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler. Travel to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities where little has changed since its founding in the 11th century. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Square El-Hedim, before continuing to Fes. You’ll be delighted with a superb Moroccan Highlight Dinner in an ancient palace at the entrance to the Medina. A colourful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you while you are entertained with a traditional folklore show. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music.
Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world’s oldest universities and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Continue through the souks where an array of vendors sell food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights.
Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snowcapped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After stopping for lunch at Midelt, continue through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings stand in stark contrast against the patches of greenery and surrounding desert. In the evening, there is an Optional Experience to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir and explore the Todra Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne du Dadès you will encounter the dry and rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses—hugging the slopes. Meet the locals of the region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try authentic Berber tea. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs concludes at Ouarzazate, also known as the film capital of Morocco. Many blockbusters have been filmed here, including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars.
Marvel at and photograph the architectural wonder of Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Your journey continues via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre-coloured city of Marrakesh. With the rest of the day at your leisure, why not relax and enjoy the immaculate facilities of your hotel?
Meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. Wander the maze of the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline. Explore Marrakesh with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you take a leisurely guided bike tour with an organisation providing financial support to local youth.With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to join fellow guests at a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Here you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambience and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads.
Venture to the west coast of Africa to reach the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant.
Once you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to and offers a unique insight into modern Morocco.In the evening ‘of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world’ there really is only one place to be.Join your Travel Director at Rick’s Café, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner with drinks and no doubt a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. Here’s looking at you kid!
Departure transfers arrive at Casablanca airport at 05:00, 07:00, 10:00 and 12:00.
Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Kick off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. Explore the city’s vibrant streets, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city’s most iconic sites.
Join your Local Specialist on this day of discovery, which includes views of the iconic Cibeles fountain and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family, before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado.
Witness the influence of Christians, Muslims and Jews that has spanned centuries in the imperial city of Toledo. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour, during which you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s most famous paintings – ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’. Then, visit the synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, the oldest one still standing in Europe. Celebrate the tradition of steel and Damascene manufacturing and moulding as you Dive Into Culture at a local workshop before your journey continues through the soul-stirring Andalusian landscape to Granada, where we’ll spend the night.
Tread in the footsteps of Spain’s last emirs and admire the impressive palatial city of the Alhambra, a collection of palaces and fortresses dating from the 12th century. Said to have been inspired by poetry and reflecting the description of paradise found in Islamic verse. Join a Local Specialist for a guided visit exploring its intricate designs, tranquil gardens and colossal walls. We leave this ‘paradise on earth’ behind and continue to the Costa del Sol.
We travel along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings us to Fes, a storied hub of traditional craftsmanship and our home for the next two nights.
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Stroll through the Medina of Fes, view its fortifications and Royal Palace, and admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, maybe join an Optional Experience Arabian dinner in a traditional riad – a night of heartfelt local entertainment, including belly dancing, awaits.
Departing Fes, we journey west through the golden landscape which turns to rusty red, bound for vibrant Marrakesh. Past and present collide in the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Embrace the unrivalled energy of this cultural and economic hub.
Visit the elegant Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in the Old Quarter with its palm-readers, acrobats and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy and Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into the blending of creams and cosmetics using regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don’t miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks (markets) and bazaars, or perhaps visit a local Berber village.
We journey north to Casablanca and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque, with the world’s tallest minaret, before arriving in the country’s capital city. Stop at the opulent Mohammed V Mausoleum and admire Rabat’s cityscape, its historic and modern centers traversed by the Bou Regreg River below. Continue to Tangier, a gateway between Africa and Europe as prominent today as in Phoenician times. Our unique Stays With Stories this evening is the sumptuous El Minzah, an icon of the city overlooking the Bay of Tangiers and the sparkling Mediterranean beyond. The grand property, built in the Spanish-Moorish style in 1930, has welcomed the rich and famous over the past century. You’ll get to experience its warm hospitality for yourself as you contemplate the building’s colourful history.
Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, we return to Spain and journey past the region of Jerez, renowned as the origin of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucía and arrive in Seville. What better way to experience this lively city than witnessing the passion of flamenco? Immerse yourself in the spectacle of colourful swirling skirts and fervent rhythm of castanets during an unforgettable optional Flamenco performance this evening.
Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Giralda Bell Tower. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park, the showcase for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, and visit the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the ornate tomb of Christopher Columbus in the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, then enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter. Meet the Albaserrada family and their horses on their farm in the Andalusian countryside near the whitewashed village of Gerena. Here you’ll enjoy a Be My Guest experience as you Connect With Locals over a dinner featuring fresh regional ingredients and the local sangria.
Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamón and the Rio Tinto mines. We cross into the golden fields of the Alentejo region, bound for Lisbon, the gastronomic soul of Portugal. See the gleaming Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus and Belém Tower, once the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. Then, join your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lisbon then Dive Into Culture on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery built in the 16th century.
Explore the centuries-old seafaring heritage of the Portuguese, paying tribute to the great explorers who bravely set off from Portugal’s shores to discover the ‘New World’ during your free time today. Consider an Optional Experience to discover Portugal’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of Sintra, Cascais and the Estoril coast.
We trace the path of pilgrims, who for decades have ventured north to the shrine at Fátima to pray to the Virgin Mary, and see the site of a celebrated religious miracle. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca – La Dorada, so named for its golden, orange and pink façades, which we will have an opportunity to see in the magnificent Plaza Mayor – voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain.
Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, we arrive in Madrid, Europe’s highest capital. Spend this afternoon exploring the sights. Indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or relax in one of the plazas and people watch. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Our epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal comes to an end this morning. All that’s left is to say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an unforgettable experience shared. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
The Cradle of Liberty is your gateway to an Atlantic adventure filled with quiet harbor towns, lighthouses and windswept coastlines. After check-in, enjoy free time to explore Boston, before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception this evening.
This morning join a Local Specialist for a leisurely walk along part of the city’s red brick Freedom Trail. Next Dive Into Culture and visit Fenway Park, America’s oldest baseball stadium and home to the Boston Red Sox.
A scenic ferry ride takes us “on island” to the summer retreat of the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard. Join your Travel Director for a guided sightseeing tour of the island – its brightly painted cottages, colourful farmers’ markets and quiet beaches, then indulge in a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.
Begin your tour out on the water, cruising by ferry from Martha’s Vineyard to our next destination, Cape Cod. Next up, the bright blooms of lovely gardens beckon as we stroll through the Hidden Gem Heritage Museum & Gardens of Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. Soak up the 100 acres of expansive gardens of trees and shrubs, designed gardens, exquisite flowers and sweeping lawns. From fall’s blazing foliage to summer’s brilliant hydrangeas and daylilies, the gardens are a delight any time of year and one of the prettiest ways to experience Cape Cod. In the galleries you’ll find a collection of American Folk Art, a vintage carousel you can ride, important American automobiles from the brass age to the present, and more traveling exhibits. Later, Connect With Locals and get an insider experience of what life is like in Cape Cod with a private meal with the owners of a local restaurant. Savour tasty seafood while you gain a deeper understanding of the thriving dining scene on Cape Cod in this Be My Guest lunch.
Visit the popular fishing port of Provincetown before embarking on a one-hour 4WD tour of the sand dunes along the Cape Cod National Sea Shore. Your sandy journey will take you past wispy beach grass and dune shacks where famous artists and writers were once inspired to create their art. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps sample the local dishes of clam chowder or Portuguese kale soup for which the Cape Cod area is so renowned.
Get your fill of cranberries as you explore the largest agricultural cooperative of cranberry growers in the world. Visit area cranberry bogs, some dating back to the 1800’s. Explore the region’s whaling heritage and its connection to the local community next, joining a Local Specialist for an insightful visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Spend the rest of the evening on your own, admiring the city’s beautiful colonial-era architecture and sophisticated style.
This morning, you’ll enjoy Your Choice sightseeing with a visit to one of Newport’s renowned landmarks—The Vanderbilt’s Breakers Mansion, a “summer cottage” called The Elms Mansion or the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to the players and contributors to this sport. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional sail around Newport Harbor. Our journey through the gateway of the New World almost at its end, we join our fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
Start the day with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and tread in the footsteps of pilgrims and patriots, delving into the living history of Plimoth Plantation, where you will gain insights into what life was like in the original 17th-century English settlement of Plymouth Colony. Continue to Boston where you’ll leave for your return flight home or consider extending your stay. Airport arrival around 2:00p.m. at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Guests who booked the Maritimes Cruise extension will stay overnight in Boston before setting sail the following day.
Start the day with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and tread in the footsteps of pilgrims and patriots, delving into the living history of Plimoth Plantation, where you will gain insights into what life was like in the original 17th-century English settlement of Plymouth Colony. Continue to Boston where you’ll leave for your return flight home or consider extending your stay. Airport arrival around 2:00 PM at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Guests who booked the Maritimes Cruise extension will stay overnight in Boston before setting sail the following day.
After your arrival at Honolulu Airport, the traditional lei greeting at your Travel Director’s Welcome Desk kicks off your Hawaii vacation. Your hotel during your time on Oahu was the setting for Blue Hawaii, Elvis Presley’s 1961 movie and it is the birthplace of the legendary cocktail of the same name. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
Today, we visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial commemorating the tragic day of December 7th 1941. Walk through the Visitor Center and take a short boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of 1,102 sailors and marines. USS Arizona tickets are subject to NPS availability not known till day before visit. Spend time at the superb visitor center and explore exhibits that recount the events that led the US to join World War II.
As part of today’s adventure you’ll see the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It honours all those who served in the US Armed Forces and lost their lives during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Return to Waikiki and spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Set out to explore Oahu on an exciting island tour. Take in the epic views from Pali Lookout towards the Kaneohe Bay and the Windward Coast. The valley below was the scene of a bloody battle in 1795 when King Kamehameha I extended his rule over the island with an army of 10,000 men. Journey beneath the towering Ko’olau Cliffs and along the rugged coastline. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you join an eco-tour with your Local Expert in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest and plant a native Milo tree contributing to the healing of the local ecosystem.Delve into an al fresco, sustainably sourced picnic lunch while enjoying epic views of the North Shore and the legacy forest.Continue to Sunset Beach where in the winter months waves can reach 30ft making it a favourite spot among big wave surfers worldwide. Visit Haleiwa, the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Grab some shaved ice and stroll among small boutiques and plantation-era buildings to soak up the laid-back ambiance. Finally, return to Waikiki after your eventful day and enjoy your evening at leisure.
Take a short flight to Kahului on Maui. This slice of Hawaiian island paradise offers magnificent nature and a wide variety of activities. Visit the awe-inspiring Iao Valley State Park and see the 1,200-foot landmark Iao Needle. This green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks sacred lands and was used as a burial site for Hawaii’s chiefs for centuries. Journey to Lahaina, once a busy whaling port and plantation settlement. In the evening you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Your options include a magical evening at the Wailele Luau for a taste of traditional Polynesian cuisine, dance and storytelling, or one of the resort’s other acclaimed restaurants.
This morning, head to Upcountry Maui and discover a different face of the island. Visit one of the last working pineapple farms with a fun and knowledgeable Local Expert. Discover the deep impact these plantations had on the islands and sample some of the extra sweet Maui Gold variant. At its peak, Hawaii produced 75% of the world’s pineapples and the tropical fruit became a symbol for the state. Next we indulge in a Farm-to-Table lunch at the Hali’imaile General Store. Originally a plantation shop in the early 20th century, the restaurant is known for its outstanding island cuisine. Return to your resort and spend the evening at your leisure.
Explore Maui with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Haleakalā National Park offering an astonishing volcanic landscape. Hear the Hawaiian legends about the dormant volcano and see the unique Haleakalā Silversword plant. Alternatively, set sail near the island of Lanai for a memorable snorkelling trip. Marvel at the colourful tropical fish and enjoy a light lunch on board.Tonight, get together with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner. Toast to your fantastic Hawaiian holiday.
You depart at leisure to Kahului Airport as your vacation comes to an end.
Welcome to Colorado! Your active tour begins in this historic former mining town where you can stretch your legs or find a spot along the Animas River to rest up. Kick-start your adrenalin-filled journey at a Welcome Reception where you’ll get to know your Travel Director and fellow adventurers.
Combine history and hiking at Mesa Verde, a UNESCO-listed treasure where you’ll see surreal structures carved into sandstone thousands of years ago. Take a walk along Point Lookout Trail where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views, then grab a bite to eat before an afternoon of culture within the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. There’s time to view Spruce Tree House before choosing your next hike, then spend the evening as you wish.
Today, head to the charming Victorian-style Silverton, the start of the Million Dollar Highway. Marvel at the scenery along this dramatic stretch of road to Ouray, a tiny treasure in the heart of the snow-capped mountains. It’s an excellent base for hiking options for this afternoon. The perfect place to unwind is in the balmy mineral waters of tonight’s Stays With Stories overnight.
For two million years the Gunnison River has sculpted a vertical wilderness which you’ll experience on your Rim Rock Trail hike. Later, travel to Talbott’s Cider Company, a sixth-generation family business for a fantastic Be My Guest experience. Your host, a member of the family, will share stories of life on a farm before a cider tasting, lunch and a browse at the farmer’s market before making our way to Grand Junction.
Start today’s adventure with various difficulty levels of trails to choose from, including a mile-long loop past sites where dinosaur bones have been unearthed or a hike into the midst of the Colorado National Monument. A picnic lunch awaits before tackling the Serpent’s Trail. You could choose to continue the adventure later with an optional bike ride through Palisade’s vineyards.
Visiting the mighty Rockies is one of the highlights in Colorado. They are today’s constant companion as you make your way via Glenwood Springs through Glenwood Canyon to the ski-resort village of Vail, where you can explore before continuing to Breckenridge, your base for three nights. Here you’ll hear stories of gold and silver mining, railroading and outlaws – and you’ll get a real sense of what it’s like to live in this resort community.
You’re in for a memorable adventure in the swirl of the Colorado River with a rafting experience this morning. It’s calm enough to enjoy the scenery along the banks while your skilled guide shares the inside track about local wildlife. Feeling exhilarated after the experience, you’ll stop for a riverside lunch then Connect With Locals and have an opportunity to learn about Coloradan life from a local guide before hitting the town in the evening.
Colorado is one of the world’s top hiking destinations and today’s adventures are at altitudes around 9, 600 feet. You have three choices: Option one is a hike with a guide in Summit County. Or you could try beginners’ rock climbing with a certified guide. Thirdly, experienced hikers could choose an Optional Experience ‘14er’, a strenuous hike which climbs to 14, 000 feet with a professional guide leading the way. End the action-packed day with dinner in Breckenridge.
The renowned Rocky Mountain National Park, with its 60 peaks, alpine lakes and beautiful meadow valleys is your playground today. But first, stop for lunch at Grand Lake to fuel up for the afternoon’s adventure. You’ll travel on the Trail Ridge Road to its highest point, where the views are out of this world, before heading to Estes Park for a relaxing evening.
Start the day with an ambassador of the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center, who’ll share insights about wildlife and conservation at this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Beyond providing you with important insights, through your visit you’ll be helping the organization with its efforts. This afternoon, take your pick of Rocky Mountain National Park trails to explore. Richly rewarded by this incredible hiking experience and all the attractions you’ve seen, you’ll have plenty of stories to share during tonight’s Farewell Dinner.
It may be time to head home, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye. Returning to Denver at the end of the tour, there’s a final stop at the Colorado Cherry Company, a fourth-generation family business where you’ll enjoy some juicy produce or buy some for the road. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and new friends – or perhaps you’ll extend your trip in the ‘Mile High City’. Airport arrival at 12:30p.m, please be aware when booking flights.
Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
Get acquainted with Anchorage with on an immersive city tour. During a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it’s made by Alaska’s first people. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue on a culture’s remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.
This morning, enjoy an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and make a visit to a trapper’s cabin. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska.The rest of the day is yours to explore, perhaps discovering more of Talkeetna or joining an optional experience such as a flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range, or a dryland dog sledding ride.
Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed rail car. Later, meet a local climber who will share stories about what it’s like to a climb up one of the most daunting and tallest land-based mountains in the world, Denali. A trek that begins deep in the heart of the Alaskan Range and where conditions only get tougher further into the journey, forcing climbers to build snow walls for protection from the harsh elements. The climb which takes approximately 17-18 days round trip, takes incredible physical and mental fortitude. For tonight’s dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or the lodge’s rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.
With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you’ll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. With Denali, the highest peak in North America at the center of it all, the park consists of 6 million acres of tundra, boreal forest and ice-capped mountains. This magnificent land is nature at its most pure yet has something to offer all. From a blissful stroll through one of the meadows, to a rewarding hike, this Park is for everyone. You will also find that to be true with the exciting optional experiences which include a rafting trip down the Nenana River, (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour or a Denali Wilderness walking tour, the choice is yours – just don’t forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings under the star filled night.
Enjoy a scenic journey along the George Parks Highway. Stop in Big Lake, AK and visit four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser at his own home. Arriving at the kennel, you will be greeted by between thirty and sixty excited sled dogs. Spend time with Martin and learn about the many challenges faced on the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Take a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail alongside Martin’s narration including countless stories from his thirty-five years of racing, as well as a great deal of Iditarod history. A true insider experience into the world of the Iditarod, that very few get to experience. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort.In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.
Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska resort. Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile (160-kilometre) boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord with the chance to see the glaciers up close. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse to learn how he expertly navigates the icy waterways and sit down to a sumptuous lunch against an incredible backdrop.For those saying farewell today, travel back to Anchorage where you will arrive at the Anchorage Airport at approximately 20:00.
Welcome to Boston, described by many as the most European city in the U.S., you can expect a thriving art scene, delicious variety of seafood delicacies and plenty of charm. Arrive to the Hyatt Regency Boston, just steps from Boston’s most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston’s famous shopping destination, Newbury Street. A 10-to-15 minute walk will bring you to the South End, Back Bay or the Charles River Esplanade. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.
Explore the city with your Travel Director and learn about the city’s transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings the story of the American Revolution to life. Sights include Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. View the colourful neighbourhoods of Back Bay and historic North End, otherwise known as Boston’s Little Italy. Make sure you try the neighbourhood’s famous cannoli and grab yourself some of the best espresso in town. Later, choose to visit Fenway Park, America’s oldest baseball stadium and home of the Boston red Sox or tour The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to the memory of the nation’s thirty-fifth president. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests.
This morning, discover Plymouth’s history at the first pilgrim settlement. Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Plimoth Patuxet museum. This living memorial is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Native and English inhabitants of this region and educating the public on early settlers and the Wampanoag People in an immersive and engaging environment.Later you’ll get to know the Cape more intimately as you make your way to the coastal haven of Sandwich. Experience the techniques of the English and Irish glassmakers at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Relax at your charming inn tonight and indulge in a Dinner with wine.
Head out to Salt Pond on Cape Cod’s National Seashore and learn about the natural wonder and human history represented on the Cape, from its First People and European settlement to modern lifestyles and communication technology. An optional experience on the Sand Dunes of the National Seashore may present itself later today. Roll through the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake and the famed artists’ dune shacks while Local Experts share the history and ecology of these striking and inspiring dunes.
Board a ferry this morning to Martha’s Vineyard. Home to pristine sandy beaches, outdoor attractions and heavenly harbour towns, this summer hangout is no stranger to presidential visits. The island has hosted the Clintons and the Obamas, while the former U.S. First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, maintained a home here. After disembarking, make your way to Oak Bluffs, known for its rainbow-coloured, gingerbread-like cottages with gothic storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs, and dainty verandas. You’ll also find the oldest operating platform carousel in America here. Get acquainted with the island, before reaching your hotel. Tonight’s Sea-to-Table Highlight Dinner at Bettini Restaurant is sure to delight with the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.
Depart Martha’s Vineyard in style on a high-speed catamaran for the picturesque island of Nantucket. Not only has it retained the charm of a bygone era, it is one of the most exclusive coastal communities in the U.S. During your visit, take in the beauty of the antique cobblestone streets, lined with high- end boutiques and breathtaking architecture. The simple homes date back to its whaling days which also inﬂuenced much of the culture on the island. In the past, the style of home directly correlated to a whaler’s ranking. Return to the mainland in the late afternoon to relax at your luxurious hotel.
The elegant town of Newport is lined with the Gilded Age mansions of America’s wealthiest families. Visit the Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and ﬁnancial pre-eminence during the late 19th century. The seaside city is also famous for being the home of the America’s Cup for more than 50 years and is known as the Sailing Capital of the World. Explore in nautical style onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot (24 metre) schooner, as you cruise around the coastline. You’ll sail out and pass some of the nearby islands, old historical buildings and homes of the rich and famous, as you learn about the region’s exciting history, including its pirate activity. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at La Forge Casino restaurant, known for local fare, fresh seafood and many New England favourites. Afterwards you’ll head back to your boutique hotel, registered with the Historic Hotels of America.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you return to Boston. For those heading home there will be complimentary transfers to Boston Logan International Airport, arriving at 12:00. Alternatively, you may return to the Hyatt Regency Boston if you wish to extend your stay. For those embarking on the Canada & New England Discovery cruise, you will stay in Boston and transfer to the port the following morning to board the MS Zanandam.
Kick off your trip at your hotel on the downtown waterfront. Perhaps take a walk along the bay before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at Vistal Bar + Restaurant. Located right inside your hotel, it boasts thoughtfully sourced and curated menu offering the best of California.
Discover America’s finest city as you embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. Journey through the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego and Balboa Park, one of North America’s most iconic urban parks. Admire its lush and landscaped gardens in bloom thanks to the year-round pleasant weather. Finally, stroll among the atmospheric old and historic adobe ranch homes of the Old Town State Historical Park. Glimpse into the 19th-century colonial life and perhaps try some authentic Mexican flavours at one of the popular eateries.This afternoon, board the Pacific Surfliner and enjoy far-reaching ocean views as the train hugs the coast. Travel through Orange County to the Mission Modern-style Union Station in Los Angeles.
An exciting day awaits as you set out to explore lively Los Angeles. Ride on the landmark Angel’s Flight funicular for a taste of early 20th-century nostalgia. Continue to the Los Angeles Theatre, inspired by French Baroque architecture, for a private guided tour. It has been closed to the public since 1994 but was once one of the grand movie palaces of the Broadway District. In legendary Hollywood, take your photos of the famous hillside Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Look for the hand- and footprints of cinema’s greatest celebrities at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood’s most sought-after theatre for movie premieres. In the afternoon, explore Los Angeles with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the innovative Petersen Automotive Museum, a captivating experience about the history and artistry of motorized transportation. Alternatively, head to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and take a deep dive into the history of filmmaking. Another option is to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a fantastic collection of artworks from ancient times to modern day. To top off your perfect day, dine at Nick and Stef’s, an outstanding steak house in Downtown LA.
Return to Union Station and board your Pacific Surfliner train. Travel through the valleys around Los Angeles before arriving at the coast where the shoreline wraps around to Santa Barbara. Spend time on State Street, a palm tree-lined avenue of shops and eateries before you further explore Santa Barbara with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the 18th-century Old Mission, one of the original 21 California Missions founded by Spanish Franciscans. Alternatively, take a relaxing stroll through the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and learn about California’s diverse native plants.
Today we take the Pacific Surfliner train from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach. Enjoy stunning ocean views and lush farmlands as you head north into our final destination dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and orchards. Enjoy lunch along the coast on your own before you are treated to an olive oil farm tour and tasting experience. In the evening, discover why Pismo Beach is known as the Clam Capital of the world or relax and dine at your hotel.
Journey to the majestic Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at the Mariposa Grove, home to over 500 mature sequoias and admire these gigantic trees. The oldest tree in the Grove is the Grizzly Giant, which dates back around 3000 years and stands 209 feet (64 metres) tall. Once you’ve settled in to your hotel, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine in The Mountain Room at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Take in views of the nearly 2500 foot (762 metres) high waterfall while exploring diverse and sustainable menu offerings that include local, organic, and seasonal preparations.
Join a naturalist guide/climber and get familiar with the ins and outs of rock climbing. Take a step back and spend time watching experts in action. You can see climbers tackling some of the more than 60 routes up the granite monolith that is El Capitan. Widely considered the Mecca of the rock-climbing world, it was first ascended by Warren Harding in 1958. You’ll talk granite and gear, explore the science behind the emotions you feel when inching up a wall, and you will Make Travel Matter learning how climbers help preserve the vertical environment.
Travel towards the West Coast, cross the Bay Bridge and arrive in buzzing San Francisco. Head to the Fisherman’s Wharf, once home to the city’s colourful fishing fleet and today a popular district full of restaurants, cafes and shops. This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a stroll across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, a symbol of California, then continue on a short drive to the quaint town of Sausalito. Enjoy some leisure time before taking the ferry back to San Francisco, passing the infamous Alcatraz Island.
This morning, venture across the road and to the Ferry Building and shop around at one of America’s most famous farmers markets. Join a walking tour of Chinatown’s alleyways and learn about its history and cultural impact on the surrounding communities. Your participation in the tour supports a youth-led and youth-run organization promoting education, entrepreneurship, and tourism for underrepresented cultures. Browse the stalls offering organic produce, flowers and regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses, and jams. On your city sightseeing tour, journey past lively Union Square and vast Golden Gate Park. In the afternoon, we visit the oldest and largest Chinatown in the US on our Insight Experience. We take you off the main streets and into the alleyways to learn about the daily life, rich history, and modern-day issues of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Tours are led by Chinatown Alleyway Tours – a community based non-profit that is youth-run and youth-led. Tonight, toast to your travels at a local restaurant at your Celebration Dinner.
Embrace a tropical state of mind on this uplifting encounter with the best Hawaii has to offer. Your first brush with traditional Hawaiian hospitality begins this evening when you join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a local-style Welcome Reception with magnificent Waikiki beach as your backdrop.
Today we will visit Pearl Harbor National Monument and the USS Arizona Memorial as well as drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. USS Arizona tickets are subject to NPS availability not known till day before visit. Also today in downtown Honolulu we will see Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I Statue and State Capitol Building. The rest of the afternoon is free.
The next stop on our island hop through Hawaii is the Big Island. Following a flight, enjoy an orientation tour of the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona, once the holiday playground of Hawaiian royalty. Breathe in the rich aromas of coffee during a visit to a local coffee plantation where your will Connect With Locals. Then, meet our Local Specialist at our oceanside resort, whose Manta Ray Learning Center we will have an opportunity to explore before indulging in rich island flavors at Rays on the Bay.
Take a moment and savor the calming sounds of the sea as you decide how best to indulge in a free day to explore Kona’s beautiful landscapes. Relax in sun-kissed surrounds or ask your Travel Director for suggestions on how to tackle the great outdoors.
Today we arrive at Punalu’u Beach Park, famous for its black sand and Hawaiian green sea turtles which swim off the coast on the black sand to sun. Then journey to the UNESCO-listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and gain a deeper understanding of how the molten earth has shaped these volcanic islands. After, enjoy lunch at a historic plantation. Later, travel to Hilo where you board your flight to Maui.
Prepare for a full day of sightseeing on the Valley Isle, travelling along the tropical coast to the Maui Ocean Center. Meet the center’s conservation naturalists who will reveal secrets of the underwater wonderland that preserves and protects such species as Pacific corals, Hawaiian green sea turtles and sharks. We leave the coast behind and journey deep into the countryside to visit a local farm and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you learn about the sustainable agriculture on the island. Connect With A Local and toast to a traditional Be My Guest experience lunch serving up Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest local ingredients. Spend the evening at leisure.
Warm your heart and soul in paradise, spending the day at leisure exploring Maui on your terms. This evening, sip a Mai Tai and sway to the tunes of authentic Hawaii during a traditional Luau.
Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before heading to the airport for your short flight to the natural wonderland of Kauai. Set your watch to island time and get settled in at your beachfront hotel.
Drive through the island’s famous Tunnel of Trees and continue to Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” you will drive all the way up the canyon. The result of thousands of years of erosion, the canyon walls offer a canvas of brilliant shades of red, brown, green, blue, gray and purple, with shadows and light producing a never-ending show.
Enjoy a free day discovering Kauai and its many natural wonders. Consider a helicopter flight over the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls or immerse yourself in the laidback lifestyle of the locals. Our island hop through Hawaii almost at its end, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.
For now it’s a fond a hui hou… until we meet again. Take a transfer to Lihue Airport or consider extending your stay on Kauai.
If you’ve always wanted to explore America and the southern states, Memphis is a great place to start your trip! You can’t help falling in love with the city, known for its musical history of rock ‘n’ roll, soul and the blues. Legendary performers like Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, B.B. King who influenced all graced these streets, and you’ll be instantly swept up in its vibe. Arriving early? Don’t miss the chance to explore, just be back in time for our Welcome Reception. It’s here you’ll meet your Travel Director, fellow travelers and future friends, all eager for the adventure that awaits and the characters you’ll meet on this rich history tour.
Today is all about exploring the city’s treasures through a local’s lens on our African American History and Culture Tour. With our Local Specialist, you’ll embark on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience exploring the struggles and triumphs, music and movements, legends and heroes and their tireless fight for human rights both past and present. We’ll get our bearings heading past the Memphis Pyramid, the historic Peabody Hotel and Beale Street before arriving at the Lorraine Motel, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968. Today it’s home to the National Civil Rights Museum. Take your time exploring this interactive space and its eye-opening exhibits that showcase five centuries of history, leaving you with a better understanding of the mark it’s left on the world today. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum housed in an antebellum home is up next. A shocking and moving experience, you’ll gain incredible insight into the slave trade, learn about the network of secret routes and safe houses and those who fought to free those enslaved. You can even descend into the very tunnels where people risked their lives to chase freedom. Your Memphis sightseeing continues at The Historic Mason Temple where, the day before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”. Today ends with an exclusive, private experience at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, providing after-hours access to learn about the rich cultural legacy of soul and its roots in gospel. Interactive, sensory and fun, you’ll hear the stories and, of course, music as you make your way around the museum. You’ll feel good knowing your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps support the Soulsville Foundation, educating and inspiring future artists to reach their dreams.
With the sound of soul still firmly in your memory, depart Memphis this morning and travel through the Mississippi Delta, hitting stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Heading down Highway 61 for the next leg of our Civil Rights Tour, we’ll Dive Into Culture in Clarksdale starting at the Delta Blues Museum, leaving you inspired by the musicians that kicked off the blues genre and the passionate locals keeping it alive today. Enjoy an exclusive lunch at Ground Zero Blues Club® including a performance from a local Blues musician. Further south, we’ll make a stop in Greenwood, a hub for Civil Rights activity in the 1950s and 1960s. Arriving in Jackson, you can enjoy an evening at leisure and rest before an eventful day tomorrow.
Today MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you visit the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, formerly the headquarters of the Movement in Mississippi. Opened by Jackson State University in 2011, you’ll come away appreciating the center’s role in learning from the past while influencing the next generation of leaders. Then onto the Margaret Walker Center (MWC) at Jackson State University, an archive and museum dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of African American history and culture. Founded as the Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People by the writer and scholar Margaret Walker in 1968, the Center seeks to honor her academic, artistic, and activist legacy through its archival collections, exhibits, and public programs. Then MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you follow the stories of Emmett Till and so many others, which are illustrated through the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Through personal stories and interactive displays, it provides a sobering look into the systematic oppression of Black Mississippians and their fight for equality between 1945 and 1970. Next, you’ll make your way to Birmingham, AL. If you’ve wanted to learn about the power and emotion of American gospel music, this evening’s Dive Into Culture experience is your perfect introduction. Under the guidance of Alabama’s talented Carlton Reese Choir, you’ll learn about the importance of song and music to the African American communities in the South. You’ll love speaking with them to hear the choir’s history, the origins of Gospel, the role of ‘freedom songs’ and the connection with slavery and how the choir supported the movement and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his visits to the state.
With a full day of sightseeing in Birmingham ahead, your Local Specialist will help paint a vivid picture of the city Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once described as “probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States”. Starting at the top of Red Mountain you’ll Dive into Culture, as our expert Local Specialist guide shares their passion for the city’s key sights. Start by taking in the views from above at Vulcan’s torch, the 56-foot (17m) tall cast-iron statue of the Roman god, built to reflect the city’s roots in the iron and steel industry. There’s time to explore Vulcan Park and Museum before heading back into the city to see the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. We then visit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. After lunch, head on a driving tour and see Birmingham jail, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held and wrote his renowned “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, followed by Dynamite Hill, Linn Park, Freedom Riders attack site, and the Black Business District. The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Hungry for some Southern eats? Your Travel Director can recommend their favorite spots for Southern cooking, depending on what you’re craving.
We may only be six days into our Civil Rights journey through the American South, but there’s still so much more to see. As we take to the road this morning, you’ll no doubt reflect on the significance of our next destination, Selma. The Selma to Montgomery March marked a defining point in the Voting Rights Movement and you’ll start today’s journey with an incredible insight into the Civil Rights Movement with a local activist and speaker. This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime interaction, hearing the realities and struggles of growing up as an African American in the segregated South. Our next stop is the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where the first mass meeting of the Voting Rights Movement was held in 1963 and our guide, a passionate storyteller, will lead the way explaining the role of the church, its members and how they invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma in 1964. Nothing can quite prepare you for the feeling of walking in the footsteps of the tireless heroes of the Civil Rights Movement as you cross Edmund Pettus Bridge. A monumental sight recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it’s here that thousands of peaceful protestors marched for voting rights before the tragic “Bloody Sunday” beatings of March 7, 1972. These televised attacks changed the course of history. End the day paying respects at the Lowndes Interpretive Center, dedicated to those who peacefully marched the Selma-Montgomery route, before arriving at our home for the next two nights, Montgomery.
Waking up in Alabama’s capital city, you’ll appreciate taking the time to get to know its history while experiencing its modern-day buzz. Best known as the center of the movement, we’ll visit some of the city’s most influential museums. We start the day’s adventures at the Legacy Museum learning about the horrific story of tens of thousands of African Americans trafficked during the 19th century. Next up is Court Square before reaching the Rosa Parks Museum, a memorial to Montgomery NAACP chapter leader, heroic trailblazer and symbol of the movement, who refused to vacate her seat on the bus in 1955. Before the day draws to a close, we make our final stop at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Using sculpture, art and design the memorial tells stories of the past in such an important city. Later, enjoy a group dinner at historic Bricklayers Hall, at 530 South Union Street in Montgomery, Alabama is a two-story, flat-roofed, brick office building and union hall. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2020 for its association with the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). The MIA achieved national significance during the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that began in early December 1955 and played an important role in the development of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century. Built in 1954 by the local African American bricklayers’ union, it stands within the Centennial Hill neighborhood, a historically black neighborhood in Montgomery.
It’s hard to believe it’s our last full day on our history and culture tour. A change in scenery awaits as we travel to Tuskegee, AL, to Connect With Locals at the home of Sandy Taylor. Exclusive to Trafalgar, today is all about a true warm Southern welcome at this Be My Guest experience brunch of her favourite dishes using locally grown produce and recipes from agricultural scientist George Washington Carver. You’ll appreciate the hard work and passion as you learn how Sandy and her husband Harvey lovingly restored their mansion built in 1855 and hear stories about what it means to be African American owners of a historic property that was once an antebellum estate. Reaching our last destination, your time here begins with Atlanta sightseeing, starting with a moving walk along the International Civil Rights Walks of Fame, featuring national icons including Rosa Parks, Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Jimmy Carter. It’s our last night together, so no doubt there will be a few tears as we share a hearty Farewell Dinner, plenty of stories and toast the last eight incredible days.
As your south USA tour comes to a memorable end, the travel highlight of this trip will no doubt be one final tribute to the Civil Rights hero himself, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we will learn even more about his story starting at his birthplace, see where he played as a child and hear his voice in the church where he shaped both hearts and minds. Our last stop of the trip is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park to pay our respects at the place he was laid to rest. A true force for social change, you’ll love ending the trip learning even more about his work fighting for change in education, justice and perseverance for freedom before his assassination in 1968. Before you head home, take a moment to reflect over the past nine days in the American South: the memories, connections, the stories you’ve heard, significance of the places, and your deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on today. We will return to the Atlanta hotel by Noon, departing flights should be reserved no earlier than 3pm.
The ‘River City’ extends a warm welcome as your launch pad to an in-depth encounter with the Mighty Five National Parks of Utah. Relax after your arrival or explore on your own before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception.
We head to canyon country this morning and visit the spectacular Dead Horse Point State Park to meet with local parks photographer David Brown. Get out your camera and notebook for some top tips on capturing the best shots of the park. Continue to Canyonlands National Park to see first-hand the power of the Colorado River carving its way through the rocky red landscape with three different hikes. Ascend to the top of the Island in the Sky mesa and admire Canyonlands’ spectacular landscape below. Today’s highpoint will surely be the two-mile hike to Grandview Point Overlook where, standing at the “edge of the world,” you’ll be greeted with desert vistas for hundreds of miles. Continue to tackle shorter hikes at Whale Rock and Green River Overlook.
Admire the exquisite natural sandstone shapes that dot the landscape in Arches National Park. Learn how Mother Nature’s magic touch has left her indelible mark with wind and rain when you view or embark on a strenuous hike up to famous Delicate Arch. Continue your exploration with a walk to Double Arch, Landscape Arch or Turret Arch. Take a well-deserved break this afternoon or explore the town of Moab at your leisure.
See and hike amongst the other-worldly hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park this morning – these mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles make for a memorable hike and photo opportunity before you arrive at Capitol Reef National Park. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy the rustic charm of this special resort, located on the edge of the park, offering truly spectacular landscapes, and breathtaking views.
Lace up your boots for an exhilarating morning hike in Capitol Reef National Park, whose colorful canyons and capitol-shaped domes provide the perfect backdrop for an adventure. Continue your journey along an “All American Road”, Highway 12, one of America’s most scenic highways, before embarking on a hike in Kodachrome Basin State Park. Here, you will have the opportunity to select the trail that best suits your adventurous spirit. This dramatic landscape features striking layered stone spires which are a sight to behold. We continue to Bryce Canyon National Park to enjoy a canyon-side dinner.
You’ll have a full free day to relax or explore the eerie landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park today. Everyone will be able to self select hikes and walks that best suit them, from leisurely to strenuous, from an hour to all day. Admire the rusty red limestone spires that rise up surreally from the desert floor to meet Utah’s skies from scenic viewpoints or follow one of the many trails into the hoodoos and beyond.
A pink, red and orange canvas awaits visitors to Coral Pink Sands State Park. Climb up the coral-hued dunes to admire the wind sculpted ripples of the dunes. Embrace today’s MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience experience as we hike down into Antelope Canyon in The Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. Our local Navajo guides will explain to us how slot canyons are formed as we are awed by the dramatic beauty surrounding us. Then do a short hike to see Horseshoe Bend and the flowing Colorado River which has carved its way through the red-colored sandstone.
Enjoy a full free day to spend as you wish in the water wonderland that is Lake Powell. Relax and rejuvenate on the lake or consider joining one of the organized optional activities, like our famed Colorado River Float Trip or a helicopter ride up to the top of Tower Butte for 360′ views of the world below you. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable Farewell Dinner at Red Heritage, a Native American Performing Arts Theater. Colourful powwow dancing, flute playing and live drum music complement your culturally inspired meal.
One spectacular natural sight gives way to another when you drive along the Vermillion Cliffs, witness the striking colors as we wander westward. Arriving into Zion National Park late morning, select from many fantastic hikes including Watchman Trail, Hidden Canyon, Angel’s Landing, Observation Point and the Narrows. They range from easy to strenuous.
Don’t leave Zion without a morning hike under your belt. You’ll have the whole morning to spend as you wish before departing for Las Vegas mid-afternoon. Arrive at Las Vegas International Airport at 5:00 p.m.
Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.
Your first stop today is in the artists’ enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.
Don’t miss an unforgettable experience: Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we visit Desert View’s Pueblo-style Watch tower and support the development of the Desert View Inter-tribal Heritage Center. Later, we’ll all stop at Cameron Trading Post and perhaps sample traditional Native American fry bread. Finally, we’ll take a walk to the rim of Glen Canyon to Horseshoe Bend. This evening, join an Optional Make Travel Matter Experience at Red Heritage, a Navajo owned and operated Native American Performing Arts Theater. They showcase culturally inspired food alongside an unforgettable show!
Depart Page and drive through Navajo Tribal Lands to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the largest reservation in the United States with over 17 million acres of land between Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Dive Into Culture as you board a 4×4 vehicle and navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Pause and settle in surrounded by buttes and mesas in this sacred land for an outdoor chicken and steak barbeque lunch prepared by a Navajo tribe member as they share stories about the Dineh (Navajo) people and their connection to Monument Valley. Then continue to Moab on a scenic drive from Monument Valley where your Travel Director will share intel on some of the sights you’ll see along the way. Sit back and enjoy views of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Bluff, and the Abajo “Blue Mountain” and La Sal Mountains. Your time in Moab—the gateway city to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National park, and the Colorado River—kicks off with a hearty Be My Guest experience dinner at Canyon Steak and Waffle. So much more than a place to refuel after a day of exploring, this is your chance to sit down and learn about local life through our host and restaurant owner Shawn Welch. Shawn shares her story and connection to the diner as you learn about growing up in Moab and how she’s come to own and operate an authentic American diner.
This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park in the stunning formations that they are, with countless perfect photo opportunities. Later, journey to Canyonlands National Park to connect with nature even more.
We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings. This evening, in Durango, your Stay With Story is historic Strater Hotel. You’ll have the evening at leisure to explore the historic town of Durango.
Enjoy free time in Durango today, or you may take a scenic drive along the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray and Silverton. If you’re lucky, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on a ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train (booked independently). The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a white-water rafting trip on the Animas River.
This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Pagosa Springs and Chama. Then you enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit one of the greatest Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the Southwest. Be immersed into the fascinating cliff dwellings and take a walk along the canyon and volcanic mountains that surround this park and learn about the history of the people that inhabited this area around 1,000 years ago. Meet your Taos tribal resident guide and explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.
Get ready for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a visit to the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden. See many of the city’s major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests before gathering together for a fantastic farewell dinner.
Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, you will bid farewell and make your own way to Santa Fe Airport.
Begin your exploration in Las Vegas. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at The LINQ before you head out to the Las Vegas Strip. In the evening you will find yourself soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.
Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley—UNESCO World Heritage Site and barren, yet unexpectedly lively land of extremes which we will have an opportunity to explore for part of today. Admire scenic views of the undulating rocky landscape at Zabriskie Point and learn about the valley’s unique geological features, history and intriguing weather patterns. Descend below sea level to the Badwater Basin. After lunch at 1849 Restaurant at The Ranch at Death Valley, we continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley ascending to Mammoth Lakes, our home for the night.
Take a scenic Gondola ride to the peak of Mammoth Mountain (seasonal) and enjoy the stunning views while you enjoy a tasty breakfast. Touch the clouds through the Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter the UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. Driving past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, we journey to Yosemite Valley where we’ll embark on a special valley floor tour. View Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. Our Stays With Stories experience tonight includes a cosy, lodge atmosphere and is located just a stone’s throw from Yosemite Falls.
Explore Yosemite National Park today, famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, grand meadows, and iconic rock formations. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet a naturalist through the Yosemite Conservancy that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite through fascinating stories, photographs, and demonstrations. The Yosemite Conservancy is a non-profit organization that has provided over $140 million to Yosemite for more than 700 completed projects. They help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers. After the tour, you can explore Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. The rest of the day is yours where in Yosemite the possibilities are endless.
Departing Yosemite, stretch your legs in Kings Canyon National Park and gaze towards the sky as you greet the giant boughs of General Grant Tree. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Kings Canyon before you continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop. Towering redwood trunks frame your journey to Sequoia National Park, where we’ll spend the night in our Stays With Stories surrounded by forest and soaring Sierra peaks. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and spend the evening gazing upwards at the star-spangled sky as a local naturalist guides you through the constellations.
Tread in the footsteps of giants, walking beneath the soaring sequoia canopy to see first-hand the world’s largest living tree, General Sherman. Learn about the Giant Forest and its history during a stop at the Giant Forest Museum, then enjoy a leisurely walk along the Big Trees Trail, connecting with the invigorating natural surroundings before meeting up with a Local Specialist and Old West pioneer reenactor for an insightful lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the park on your terms, using the complimentary shuttle system (seasonal).
Stop at McKellar Farm for a Be My Guest experience. Meet Bob McKellar for a private tractor-pulled wagon tour, and hear stories of the land’s development before your farm-to-table lunch. Next, travel to Los Angeles, where you’ll enjoy a visit to Hollywood, the entertainment center of Los Angeles. As our invigorating encounter with California’s epic natural beauty comes to an end, we join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.
After our tremendous journey through California’s national parks, the time has come for us to say goodbye. Prepare to leave Los Angeles International Airport or consider extending your stay.
Welcome to Seattle, the Emerald City due to its lush evergreen forests. Relax after your arrival or explore on your terms before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception.
This morning enjoy an orientation of Seattle and get your ‘fix’ on a guided tour of the Conduit Coffee Co, Dive into Culture with step by step guide to small-scale coffee production, including roasting, sourcing and of course a coffee tasting. Head on towards Pike Place Market, where the fish fly low from one fishmonger’s hands to the next. Explore on your own to become a market insider experiencing the sights, sounds and flavours of this historic 100+ year old landmark. This afternoon, enjoy your choice of sightseeing. Choose between a self-guided visit to the famous Seattle Space Needle or the beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit.
Today you say goodbye to Seattle, crossing the Puget Sound by ferry to the western arm of the state: the Olympic Peninsula. In this diverse terrain bordered by the Olympic Mountains, ocean, strait, and canals you’ll explore the lush and green Olympic National Park. A natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve designation, the park boasts three distinct ecosystems viewing over its nearly one million acres. The park contains waterfalls under a canopy of old-growth trees, a gorgeous fresh-water Lake Crescent, and the Hoh Rain Forest where you can walk to the eerie “Hall of Mosses” and the wild and windswept beaches of the Western Olympic Peninsula. Later, we head deep into the Olympic National Forest to the Lake Quinault Lodge, tonight’s Stays With Stories experience.
This morning you’ll drive south and step back in time in historic Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll visit Astoria Column where you can climb the stairs for a view built in 1926 to celebrate the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the West. In Astoria, you’ll board a restored street car for a ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. The historic journey continues during a docent-led tour of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which shares the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world.
We start the day with a drive down the coast to Newport. Today you will join a Local Specialist on-board an included nature cruise to spot local sea life and marine birds. After you will explore the unique and engaging Oregon Coast Aquarium that allows for an immersive experience that promotes ocean education and conservation in the Pacific Northwest.
Begin your journey towards Portland today in the Willamette Valley and stop at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Here you can see a fascinating display of military and civilian air and space craft, most notably the Hughes H-4 Hercules. Then it’s on to Oregon’s green and golden wine country, to Connect With Locals over an exclusive Be My Guest gourmet lunch complete with the area’s signature Pinot Noir. Later, in Portland, join a Local Specialist for a seated food cart tour. Expertly showcasing this unique and quirky city through delicious creative bites, delve into the history and importance of the Central Eastside Industrial District. Once the city’s epicentre of milling, packing and manufacturing, is now home to some of the best producers of artisan food and drink in the PNW!
This morning, take a day trip outside of the city to soak up views of these magnificent and powerful Multnomah Falls before reaching Hood River. Spend the day on a sightseeing trip to the Columbia River Gorge. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible scenic beauty that will unfold along this journey as you follow the historic Columbia River Highway. Waterfalls cascade from basalt cliffs lining the road. You’ll have some free time in Hood River for lunch before enjoying a delicious tasting and tour at the TMK Creamery. On this tasty MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, see where their cheese, ice cream and Cowcohol and hardspirits are made, meet the “Cowlebrities” learn how the creamery has got creative by upcycling remnants from each of their processes into a consumable product. Later enjoy a Farewell Dinner back in Portland with your travel colleagues.
Say goodbye to Portland as you make your way to the airport. Or perhaps extend your stay to enjoy more of the the city.
Howdy folks! Saddle up for a ride from Phoenix to Scottsdale, spending the afternoon at leisure before your journey kicks off with an evening shindig to meet your new travel partners.
Your trek through America’s frontier history begins in the Sonoran Desert. Stampede through the luminous orange and red landscapes of Sedona for Your Choice Sightseeing. Then, it’s on through Oak Creek Canyon to the historic railroad town of Williams, where we’ll Connect With Locals and enjoy a Be My Guest experience dinner hosted by the owners of local western restaurants.
Cut dirt and board your train to the Grand Canyon for some Family Fun, passing the vanilla-scented Ponderosa Pines and through the Kaibab National Forest. Tales of Old West legends are brought back to life as they travel with you along the rugged landscapes. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Walk the rim and learn from a Local Specialist how this extraordinary feat of nature developed over the past 40 million years.
Start your historic passage to Navajo country with a mesmerizing sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Trace the Desert View Drive route toward Cameron Trading Post in search of traditional Native American crafts and the taste of traditional fry bread. We join our Local Specialist for a drive in an open-air vehicle, bouncing past the imposing mesas and buttes rising up from Monument Valley’s red valley floor toward a lakeside resort tucked into the red rock at the scenic family holiday hotspot of Lake Powell.
Even cowboys need a day off now and then, but if you’re at a loose end, choose to take an optional float down the Colorado River, visit the “Top of the World” with Papillion, or spend the day learning how to wakeboard, kayak or zip around Lake Powell on a ski tube.
Polish those chaps for a ride toward Zion Canyon, tracing yet another great natural triumph by park shuttle or on foot. Bundle up your brood for a quick hike to the Emerald Pools – the lush landscape a veritable oasis for pioneers traversing the desert just days before. Drive the scenic Mount Carmel Highway admiring the sweeping views of waterfalls and slick rocks, watching out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. The red-orange-pink hued hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are your final stop for today.
Take your seat in an amphitheater of tall sandstone spires—the same vantage point the Paiute people used to admire the colorful carvings of Mother Nature by day, by night, winter and summer centuries ago. Explore the rim of Bryce Canyon, before spending the afternoon at leisure to blaze your own trail. Our adventure through the Old West almost at its end, we get gussied up for a Farewell dinner.
Hoodoos to our back and high-living ahead, we depart on the last leg of our journey to Las Vegas, through the scenic Virgin River Gorge. Make your way to Las Vegas International Airport at approximately 12:30pm, or your hotel if you’re extending your stay. Y’all come back now, y’hear?
Immerse yourself in the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii, as you don a flower lei to herald your arrival in Honolulu. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception overlooking Waikiki Beach to kick-start our epic Hawaii holiday.
Admire the views from Hanauma Bay, then follow the scenic windward coast of Oahu before heading to Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, famous amongst surfers for its huge waves. Then cross the island to return to Waikiki, where the rest of the day is yours.
Delve into the heritage of the real Hawaii, experiencing first-hand the history, culture and hospitality of the warm Polynesian people. Explore on your own or enjoy one of the many optional activities suggested by your Travel Director. Tonight, it’s a Mai Tai, ocean breezes and tropical flavours all round as you join your travel companions for a dinner featuring local fare.
This morning, we pay homage to the thousands of brave soldiers who lost their lives in the surprise military strike at Pearl Harbor. We will visit Pearl Harbor National Monument and the USS Arizona Memorial, followed by a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater. USS Arizona tickets are subject to NPS availability not known till day before visit. We return to downtown Honolulu to connect with the spiritual epicenter of Hawaii and the former home of Hawaii’s last-reigning monarchs. See the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha I Statue and the State Capitol Building, before spending the rest of the day at leisure.
Fly to the Big Island of Hawaii, on arrival in the charming town of Hilo you will have time to explore and enjoy the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest ornamental Japanese gardens outside Japan. Next visit the UNESCO listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the Thurston Lava Tube (when open) and learn about the geology of the Islands. We continue along the coast to Punalu’u Beach park, famous for its black sand and Hawaiian green sea turtles. This evening as we arrive in Kailua Kona, we meet our Local Specialist who will share insights into the graceful Manta rays that are clearly visible from the hotel before enjoying rich Island flavors at dinner tonight.
Wake to the sound of the sea and embrace your outdoor adventurer for an invigorating day at leisure to explore the natural wonderland of the Big Island on your own or join an optional trip to a hidden waterfall and scenic ocean overlook or a thrilling snorkeling trip.
Today we enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we visit the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park where you will have the choice of visiting a deep Ocean Salt farm to learn about the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture and how its production from the deep ocean or visiting the Kanaloa Octopus Farm where researchers are exploring new techniques for aquaculture and sustainable farming. We return to the lively town of Kailua Kona where you will have time to explore before we return to the resort. This evening lose yourself in the moment as we embrace the wonderful tradition of the Hawaiian Luau and enjoy a dinner featuring local flavors and tropical cocktails.
We Connect With Locals during a visit to a unique coffee plantation to learn how coffee is grown and roasted before we travel to the airport for a short flight to Maui. On arrival we enjoy a Be My Guest Experience at a local sustainable farm in the high country of Maui. Enjoy a healthy lunch with wine before we journey to our resort on stunning Kaanapali beach. As the sun sets over the Pacific, take a gentle stroll to nearby Whalers Village or venture into old town Lahaina to dine at one of the many restaurants.
Bask in the natural beauty of paradise, charting your own course through Maui’s soul-stirring landscapes. This evening, lose yourself in the moment and enjoy a dinner featuring local flavors and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Kaanaplai beach.
A leisurely morning on the Valley Isle sees us catch our flight to Kauai where we’ll spend the next three nights admiring extraordinary feats of nature.
Drive through the island’s famous Tunnel of Trees and continue to Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” you will drive all the way up the canyon. The result of thousands of years of erosion, the canyon walls offer a canvas of brilliant shades of red, brown, green, blue, gray and purple, with shadows and light producing a never-ending show.
Kauai’s natural treasures are yours to explore during this full day at leisure. Take to the skies on a helicopter flip over the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls, or channel your mana in picturesque surrounds. On your final night on Kauai, join your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.
For now it’s a fond a hui hou… until we meet again. Take your transfer to Lihue Airport or extend your stay on Kauai.
The political heart of America is your gateway to a memorable encounter with the Land of the Free and how it came to be so. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the museums, memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.
Explore the nation’s proud heritage today, view the White House, Washington Monument and National Mall, stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Reflect on the country’s darkest days at the Lincoln Memorial and somber memorials to World War II and the Vietnam War. This afternoon, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture The rest of the day is free to chart your own course through America’s capital city or join an Optional Experience, seeing the Nation’s capital from a different perspective with a unique night illuminations tour of some of the most iconic sights and memorials, such as the Capitol building, the White House, The Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center and WWII Memorial.
Today’s travels begin treading in the footsteps of America’s first president by visiting Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. Step back into the 18th century, strolling the estate’s lush gardens, grounds, and fascinating museum galleries. Delve into the history and Dive Into Culture at the American Revolution Museum at the Yorktown Victory Center surrounded by period artifacts and experiencing first-hand the dramatic “Siege of Yorktown” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Your tour continues on to Williamsburg, founded in 1638 as Middle Plantation, and the former capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This morning, we venture to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, where we’ll gain insights into the trials that marked the lives of early 17th century colonists. Fast forward a few centuries and spend the rest of the day in Colonial Williamsburg, once Britain’s largest colony in the New World. Chat with blacksmiths, admire a fife and drum parade, and even engage in some politicking with a costumed Federalist in the town square. Partake in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and meet Sylvia Tabb-Lee who will bring America’s slavery history into the light with storytelling, visual presentations, and song and dance.
Visit St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia-the very spot where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Patrick Henry’s fiery “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Continue to Charlottesville, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit Monticello, the neoclassical Italian estate where Jefferson once sought a quieter existence. The rest of your day is free.
Journey through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park en route to Gettysburg where we’ll delve into the devastation of a four-year civil war pitting North against South. We explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience contributes to their efforts to preserve the battlefield. This evening, indulge in a festive Regional Dinner at the “most haunted” 19th century Dobbin House, keeping an eye out for Uncle Abe who may grace the group with his presence.
Cast your mind back to the pivotal, yet tragic day on which Pickett led his charge on Gettysburg. Join a Local Specialist who will bring to life the events at Gettysburg which turned the tide in the Civil War. Just four months later, the battlefield served as the backdrop for Abraham Lincoln’s call for “a new birth of freedom” in his famed Gettysburg Address. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch experience at the Amish home of Samuel and Ruth Lapp, who own a working 25 acre produce farm just outside of Lancaster. The Lapp Family will introduce our guests to a few Amish Traditions and host them to a family style meal with recipes passed through generations and ingredients sourced directly from their farm. * Please note, alcohol is not traditionally served with Amish meals. Drinks will be sweet tea or purified water. We’ll journey to the City of Brotherly Love and site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence next. Stay in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, within walking distance of dozens of landmark buildings. This evening, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow American history enthusiasts for a Farewell Dinner.
Gain insights into the history of the U.S. Constitution and the effect it has had around the world during this morning’s tour through Philadelphia. We’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Independence National Historic Park and see its famous cracked bell whose inscription has inspired so many to “proclaim liberty”. The final stop on our journey is Washington, D.C., where we’ll transfer to either Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport or to the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown for guests extending their stay.
Welcome to Rapid City where we begin our exploration of the Tribal Nations of North and South Dakota, told firsthand through passionate storytellers and the communities themselves. Setting the scene, you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception, then enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with Lakota storyteller Stephen Yellowhawk, who’s undeniable passion for dance and sheer determination to promote his Native American culture will be evident from the moment you meet him. A performer for more than 20 years, he is a treasure trove of cultural knowledge and insight.
Discover how deeply the Lakota people are connected to their land, customs and ancestors as you enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Oglala Lakota Living History Village where you will time travel from the past to the present and gain priceless insight along the way. Then, take in the sights along the iconic Badlands Loop Road, you’ll arrive at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where you’ll meet talented Native artists and view their incredible works that powerfully represent Native culture with the goal of bringing positive change to the community. Later, visit Wounded Knee Memorial, site of the 1890 Massacre, told in vivid detail by a local storyteller who’ll share personal stories passed down through generations as you look upon the historic lands where it all happened.
Head to one of America’s most iconic sites, and learn of its complicated past as you stand face to face with history and heritage. Then, embark on a self-guided walk in the majestic Black Hills, before today’s highlight: the Crazy Horse Memorial, depicting the famous and moving Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land, a striking monument that has been a work in progress since 1948. While there we take a locally guided walk to the base of the mountain where we will get even more immersed in the story of the land through a visit to the museum.
Get an insider’s view from a Local Specialist at the Rosebud Indian Reservation, home to the Sicangu Lakota Oyate Nation, for a deeply meaningful MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that intertwines Native culture and life while adding to their growing economy of tribal tourism. Next we head to St. Francis Community Mission, before touring the Buechel Museum showcasing Sicangu Lakota Oyate traditions and culture. Connect With Locals at the Turtle Creek Crossing Supermarket later, sampling delicious and authentic Lakota foods. Finally, it’s onto Sinte Gleska University for a Star Knowledge Presentation by Lakota elder, Victor Douville.
The future of the Lakota Nations takes centre stage as you Connect With Locals and join Marla, C. Bull Bear, Executive Director of the program and a member of Rosebud Sioux Tribe for traditional storytelling, singing, dance and local flavors at today’s Be My Guest Experience. Learn ab