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									DRIVING EuROpE




                 DRIVING EuROpE
                 FREEwhEElING, INDEpENDENT SElF-DRIVE hOlIDAyS




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                 Freewheeling, Independent Self-Drive Holidays




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The Joys of Driving Europe ������������������������3
Why Drive? �������������������������������������������������4
Driving Tips & Top Drives ���������������������������5

BrITaIN & IrElaNd
Driving Britain & Ireland �������������������������������6
Unique Accommodation & Travellers’ Tips ���7
Car Hire ������������������������������������������������������8
Britain Self-Drive Itineraries �������������������������9
Ireland Self-Drive Itinerary �������������������������12

FraNCE
Driving France ������������������������������������������13
Unique Accommodation & Travellers’ Tips��� 14
Car Hire & Leasing ������������������������������������15
France Self-Drive Itineraries��� �������������������16

ITalY
Driving Italy �����������������������������������������������19
Car Hire & Travellers’ Tips �������������������������20
Eurocasa Villas �����������������������������������������21
Italy Self-Drive Itineraries ���������������������������22

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Driving Europe ������������������������������������������25
Germany Car Hire & Travellers’ Tips ����������26
Germany Self-Drive Itinerary �����������������������27
Germany & Austria Self-Drive Itinerary�������28
Spain Car Hire & Travellers’ Tips ���������������29
Spain Self-Drive Itinerary ���������������������������30
Switzerland & Italy Self-Drive Itinerary ���������31
Driving Distances ��������������������������������������32
Map����������������������������������������������������������33

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  drEam. dISCOvEr. ExplOrE.
  Travel is about more than just getting from A to B�       Explore Holidays has been helping Australian
  It’s about new sights, new friends, new foods and         travellers realise their unique holiday dreams for
  new memories� That’s why, at Explore Holidays, we         almost 25 years, ensuring they get the most possible
  dig deeper, look harder and explore further to ensure     from every experience along the way� So call us
  that we provide you with a holiday that doesn’t just      to arrange your next holiday� And don’t just travel�
  scratch the surface, but delivers a real experience�      Dream. Discover. Explore.




  Our BrOChurE
  Welcome to the Explore Holidays Driving Europe           SuggESTEd SElF drIvE ITINErarIES                        prOpErTY raTINgS
  brochure that has been designed to help you              You’ll find a number of suggested self-drive            Star ratings are a good indication of the standard
  dream, discover and ultimately explore Europe            itineraries in this brochure� They have been            of accommodation available but, because styles
  in the most intimate fashion possible - behind           designed to get you thinking about the unique           and facilities vary, it’s a good idea to check with
  the wheel of your very own rental or leased car�         places and experiences that await you on the            your travel consultant� As a general rule, however,
  We’ve filled it with everything we know about            road� Think of them as a starting point around          the different stars mean:
  car hire, unique accommodation, events, culture          which you can weave your own magical journey�
  and history to ensure the holiday you create is                                                                  ★★          Budget, with private facilities
                                                           Or if they look like exactly what you’re looking for,
  personal, great value and simply unforgettable�          then we’re ready to help you turn it into a reality�    ★★★         Clean and comfortable
  Car hIrE                                                 If you think you might like a bit more time here, a
                                                           bit less there, we’d be delighted to help you tailor    ★★★★        A high standard
  Explore Holidays knows everything there is to
  know about exploring Europe� We’ve been a                your journey�
                                                                                                                   ★★★★★       A superior standard
  European specialist travel company for almost            It’s as simple as that� Whilst our expertise is in
  25 years� It’s what we do best� Explore Holidays         creating unique holiday experiences, our passion        ✩           Denotes a level between
  offers the very best car hire and leasing deals in       is making sure you see Europe just the way you                      two standards
  Australia� Whether you’re after a nifty compact          want to� Your way�
  vehicle, or something to haul the whole family                                                                   FOld OuT map
  around in, we’ve got it�                                 prICINg                                                 Put things into perspective and plot your journey
                                                           Every self drive itinerary price you see in the         with our fold out map on the inside back cover�
  uNIQuE aCCOmmOdaTION OpTIONS
                                                           brochure is per person, twin share, unless otherwise
                                                                                                                   drIvINg dISTaNCES
 Explore Holidays has a near-endless range of B&Bs,        stated� Prices shown for individual hotels, castles,
 inns, country cottages, villas and castles right across   villas, cottages, inns and B&Bs in our Unique           Plan your very own journey with our handy
 the UK & Europe� Often located just outside major         Accommodation sections are per person, per night�       matrix of driving distances between major
 centres or in smaller towns, these provide the            All ‘FROM’ prices listed are the cheapest nightly       Europen centres�
 perfect places to park your car, relax and explore        price based on twin share� Just ask your travel
 before setting off for the next leg of your journey�      consultant for further details and prices�
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                                                                                                    CalENdar
                                                                                                    OF EvENTS
                                                                                                    dECEmBEr 2010
                                                                                                    Christkindlmarkt
                                                                                                    Festive Christmas markets held across
                                                                                                    Europe, the most spectacular being in
                                                                                                    Vienna and Prague�

                                                                                                    Hogmanay, Scotland
                                                                                                    Four days of events, music, dance and street
                                                                                                    theatre attract huge crowds from across
                                                                                                    the globe in celebration of the New Year�

                                                                                                    JaNuarY 2011
                                                                                                    Cabalgata de Reyes, Spain
                                                                                                    Large cities stage a spectacular procession
                                                                                                    to mark the Epiphany on 5-6 January�
                                                                           Prague, Czech Republic
                                                                                                    FEBruarY
                                                                                                    Carnevale, Italy
                                                                                                    In the run up to Ash Wednesday, many Italian
                                                                                                    towns indulge before Lent begins, staging lively
                                                                                                    carnivals� The biggest and most famous is
                                                                                                    Venice’s 11-day extravaganza�

                                                                                                    marCh
                                                                                                    Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland
                                                                                                    A celebration including drinking, eating
                                                                                                    and music to honour Saint Patrick�

                                                                                                    maY
                                                                                                    Chelsea Flower Show, England
                                                                                                    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the

T   here really is nothing quite like exploring a new country by its highways
    and byways� Taking your time, changing your plans or even making
as few plans as possible and just letting the road take you where it will�
                                                                                                    ultimate event in the gardening year�

                                                                                                    JuNE
There’s a freedom on the road that a tour or rail journey can’t quite deliver�                      Midsummer’s Eve Celebrations
It’s not necessarily about trying to re-live the summer roadtrips of your                           Parties and parades across Europe
                                                                                                    mark the summer solstice�
youth, it’s about having your hands on the wheel and your eyes peeled
for, well, whatever takes your fancy�                                                               JulY
It might be that happening-right-now photo opportunity, a local festival,                           Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy
the weekend farmers’ market or simply the right time to step out, stretch                           One of the world’s top jazz festivals with
your legs and breathe in the sea (or mountain, garden, or country) air�                             some of the biggest jazz musicians
                                                                                                    converging on this stunning part of Italy�
And if you have a tighter schedule that doesn’t permit the luxury of detours
and spontaneous stops, just plug your destination into a GPS, indicate,                             auguST
pull out onto the road and let the world slide past�                                                Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland
                                                                                                    A unique blend of music and military
Follow that meandering country lane which appears to lead nowhere�
                                                                                                    theatre set against the backdrop of
Visit that weary chapel built by hands centuries ago, stumble upon that
                                                                                                    a floodlit Edinburgh Castle�
cooling swimming hole where only locals go, sample the wares being
spruiked by that proud (but rather insistent) olive farmer who beams                                SEpTEmBEr
when you agree that his are indeed the best in the entire village�
                                                                                                    Oktoberfest, Germany
That’s what awaits when you let the road lead you�                                                  Beer lovers are spoiled with the start of
                                                                                                    Munich’s Oktoberfest� Starting late in
It’s the real Europe�                                                                               September, Oktoberfest lasts for 2 weeks�
                                                                                                    The 200th anniversary of this famous
Your way�
                                                                                                    festival occurs in 2010�

                                                                                                    Siena Palio, Siena, Italy
                                                                                                    This daredevil bareback horseriding race
                                                                                                    runs around the Piaza de Campo in Siena�




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                                                 Why Drive?



    COaChES, TraINS Or auTOmOBIlES
    Driving holidays are all about freedom� Freedom to choose your own way� Freedom to stop, stay and take control� Freedom to move to your
    own timetable� No early starts if you don’t want them� No being herded around� No one in charge but you�
    There are many ways to travel Europe and as you will see below, they all have their benefits� Coach and rail travel can be effortless and relaxing,
    but nothing compares to the sheer freedom the road can deliver� In most cases we recommend that the best way to build an extended European
    holiday is to combine more than one travel type, as a mix of short tours, rail sectors and car hire can give you the best of all worlds�
    For almost 25 years, Explore Holidays has helped Australians create the Britain & Europe holidays of their dreams� With an Explore Holidays
    self-drive holiday you’ll see our Europe� Your way�




    COaCh TOurINg                                        raIl                                                 SElF-drIvE
    BENEFITS                                             BENEFITS                                             BENEFITS
    Expertise One of the great advantages of touring     Convenience With someone else looking after          Freedom To create your own experiences�
    is the local knowledge and expertise provided by     the driving you’re free to sit back and relax�       Travel at your own pace, get off the autobahns and
    tour guides that can really bring a place to life�                                                        onto the back roads, and really discover Europe�
                                                         Location, Location Railway stations are often
    Efficiency With itineraries built around the major   located conveniently in town centres which           Flexibility Being in complete control is very
    highlights of Europe, it’s easy to tick off some     means easy access to your destination�               important when travelling with children� Having
    of the world’s greatest attractions as they are                                                           the ability to change your plans at a moment’s
                                                         Rain, Hail or Shine Inclement weather or even
    served up in a bite-sized period of time�                                                                 notice can make all the difference�
                                                         disruptive Icelandic volcanoes have little or no
    New Friends Group travel can be a great way to       effect on train schedules�                           Convenience With no airport or train station
    meet like-minded people and make new friends�                                                             transfers you can drive straight to your destination
                                                         Speed Europe’s high-speed rail network offers
                                                                                                              without transferring your luggage multiple times�
    Convenience With someone else looking after          unparalleled efficiency between major centres
    the driving you’re free to sit back and relax�       comparable, in some cases, with flying�              Value Car hire can be one of the most affordable
                                                                                                              ways to explore Europe�
    Few Surprises Travel with a reputable tour           What Traffic? Driving through major European
    company and you should know exactly what             cities can be challenging� Trains can bypass peak    It’s Personal Planning your journey is like starting
    your total trip will cost� With many meals           hour gridlock and deliver you straight into the      with a blank canvas� With your palette of Explore
    and excursions included, you can budget              centre of town without any parking to worry about�   Holidays elements, you can create your very
    for essentials like those simply-must-have                                                                own masterpiece�
    Gucci heels�




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                                                                                                         TOp drIvES
                                                                                                         The roadways of Europe serve up some of the
                                                                                                         most rewarding driving holidays in the world�
                                                                                                         The combination of stunning scenery, great
                                                                                                         roads, incredible history, unique cultures and
                                                                                                         traditions right across the continent make it
                                                                                                         hard to pinpoint a list of the undisputed very
                                                                                                         best driving itineraries� In fact, the Explore
                                                                                                         Holidays team has been debating this very
                                                                                                         topic for years and still can’t agree�
                                                                                                         In this brochure you will encounter a number
                                                                                                         of our favourite itineraries, but here we’d like
                                                                                                         to share our list of the very best regions for a
                                                                                                         self-drive holiday so you can go your own way�

                                                                                                         The Alps, Switzerland and Italy
                                                                                                         Soaring mountains, alpine lakes and
                                                                                                         meadows, tiny hamlets with welcoming and
                                                                                        Alsace, France   cosy inns, winding roads over high passes,
                                                                                                         and some of the most beautiful scenery you
                                                                                                         are likely to see while driving� This is a region
                                                                                                         everybody should explore at least once�

                                                                                                         The French Riviera

drIvINg TIpS                                                                                             A motorist’s paradise� Spectacular coastal roads
                                                                                                         overlooking the Mediterranean, fabulous local
                                                                                                         cuisine, passionate people and place names like
drIvINg IN EurOpE                                                                                        Marseille, Cannes and Nice� Enough said�
Choose the right vehicle
Without doubt, the most important ingredient in any driving holiday is your vehicle, and it’s            Germany and Austria
important to consider many factors before making your selection� Sure, that compact, Group               The car was invented in Germany so it’s little
A car may be great value, but will it carry you and all your luggage comfortably? Would you              wonder that this is a driver’s paradise� A perfect
be more comfortable with an automatic? And if you’ll have your car for more than 21 days,                mix of super efficient super efficient autobahns
should you consider leasing a brand new vehicle through Explore Holidays and Renault?                    and local roads open these countries up and
                                                                                                         deliver them on a platter� Cover huge distances
Safety                                                                                                   in no time flat, or take your time and meander
It’s an obvious one, but never exceed the speed limit and always obey the roadsigns�                     here and there� The choice is yours�
And, of course, like in Australia all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts�
                                                                                                         The Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Parking                                                                                                  Ancient forts, colourful villages, dramatic
Driving in smaller towns is unforgettable but it can sometimes be tricky too� Many towns still           coastline and islands, cozy B&Bs and pubs,
have streets so narrow you wonder how one car (let alone two) could pass by� Public car                  friendly locals and picture-perfect green fields
parks are always well sign-posted and are generally only a few hundred metres from the
                                                                                                         down to the waters of the North Atlantic, with a
town centre� No pricey parking infringement notices� No worries�                                         patchwork of fields fringed with weathered stone
Put it Away                                                                                              walls and dotted with flocks of hardy sheep�
Never leave your valuables on display in your car even if you are only going to be away                  The Cotswolds, England
from it for a short time�                                                                                The Cotswolds, in the heart of England
drIvINg WITh ChIldrEN                                                                                    stretch through the counties of Gloucestershire,
                                                                                                         Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and
Keep them Entertained. And Fed.                                                                          Warwickshire� It’s a classic portrait of English
It is a rare child indeed that will share your enthusiasm for the Tuscan countryside, no matter          village pubs, cheddar cheese, and contoured
how stunning it is� The prospect of gelato and pizza might get them interested for the last few
                                                                                                         green landscapes�
kilometres but for long distances, it’s imperative that they have things to occupy themselves
with� Pack a simple activity pack of books, (electronic) games, an MP3 player loaded with                Andalucia, Spain
their favourite tunes and audio books� And finally, we recommend a larder of healthy snacks�             The name Andalucia evokes powerful images
                                                                                                         of a country famed for flamenco, fiestas and
rENT vS lEaSE                                                                                            pure passion� It’s an exotic melting pot of
How Does Leasing Work?                                                                                   Jewish, Gypsy, Moorish and Christian cultures�
If you’re planning to keep your car for more than 21 days (and less than 170 days), then Renault         Driving through countryside and towns that
Car Leasing can deliver a lower per-day rate than conventional renting� Book and pay for your            throb intensely with life is totally infectious�
Renault Car Lease through Explore Holidays and not only will you enjoy that new car smell and
temporary ownership of your factory-new Renault, you will also enjoy the benefits of unlimited
kilometres, full insurance with no excess in 42 countries, 32 pick up and drop off in depots
in Europe, no additional driver charge, 24/7 roadside assistance and full factory warranty�
Some conditions apply, so consult your travel agent or turn to page 15 for fulll details�




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    Driving Britain
    & Ireland




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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unique Accommodation




                                                                                                                                                                         C    ompact, diverse and blessed with
                                                                                                                                                                              extensive roadways big and small,
                                                                                                                                                                         Britain & Ireland are the perfect independent
                                                                                                                                                                         holiday destinations�




    Stalker Castle, Scotland


                                                                                    rhythm, and nowhere more so than over a pint of                                      special exhibitions), including London’s fantastic
    TravEllErS’ TIpS                                                                Guinness in a rowdy local pub� Just remember, as                                     National History Museum, the Science Museum and
                                                                                    the locals say, before you call for one for the road,                                The Museum of London, the Tate Liverpool Modern
                                                                                    be sure you know the road� Britain and Ireland are                                   Art Gallery, Manchester’s Museum of Science and
    BrITaIN aNd IrElaNd                                                             waiting for you to buckle up, check your mirrors,                                    Industry and many others�
    Home to some of the world’s best-loved attractions                              indicate and make your own way through their                                         Pick up a copy of Metro, a free colour newspaper
    Britain and Ireland are lands of passion and pride�                             legendary landscapes and villages� What are you                                      distributed each weekday morning in the 16 major
    For rugged, natural beauty look no further than the                             waiting for?                                                                         cities across Britain� Metro contains information
    Scottish lochs and highlands, home to some of the                                                                                                                    about what is hot and happening in the local area,
    most beautiful and accessible remote landscapes                                 SOmE ThINgS IN lIFE arE FrEE                                                         entertainment previews, free events, food and drink
    in the world�                                                                   Britain is famed for thousands of fascinating                                        recommendations, ticket offers plus local weather
    Across the sea, with a dramatic coastline and,                                  museums right across the country� All National                                       and travel information� Copies of Metro are placed in
    they say, 40 shades of green, Ireland’s heart beats                             Museums and Art Galleries are now free to the                                        neat piles at the entrance of Underground stations�
    to a rich and vibrant cultural, social and musical                              general public (although you have to pay for some




                     B&B Collection                                                            hotels & Inns Collection                                                               Scottish & Irish Castles
Experience the real Britain and meet the locals by                                  Savour true British hospitality with a variety of hotels,                            The histories of Britain & Ireland are littered with tales of
staying at a bed and breakfast� With a variety of bed                               inns and pubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales�                                kings, realms, battlements and, of course, dramatic castles
and breakfasts throughout Britain, you will find the                                Inns are small and friendly, each with their own individual                          that still dominate the countryside� What better way to take
flexibility you are looking for in your itinerary� The style                        character and history� In keeping with the intimacy                                  a driving holiday to a more regal level than by staying in
of accommodation varies from property to property;                                  of traditional inns, properties offer a small number of                              any of the numerous castles offered by Explore Holidays?
however, the Discover B&B collection will always provide                            bedrooms, all with ensuite bathroom� Hotels incorporate                              Priced affordably these unique properties are perfect
high-quality accommodation, furnished to modern                                     a large variety of accommodation styles, varying from                                for those looking for something truly special� For the full
standards with shared or private facilities� You will stay                          character-filled country properties to modern city hotels�                           range of castles and property details, please refer to your
with local people in their own homes and get to know                                All hotels provide a high standard of accommodation,                                 copy of the Explore Holidays Britain & Ireland brochure�
the real country�                                                                   with a large range of facilities, such as restaurants, bars                          inCLuDES:
inCLuDES:                                                                           and often leisure facilities�
                                                                                                                                                                         •	 Accommodation with private facilities
•	 Accommodation with shared facilities                                             inCLuDES:                                                                            •	 Breakfast daily
•	 Breakfast daily                                                                  •	 Accommodation with private facilities
•	 Accommodation directory                                                          •	 Breakfast daily                                                                    SCOttISH & IRISH CaStlES                                                adUlt
                                                                                    •	 Accommodation directory                                                            Irish Castles
                                                                                                                                                                          Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Clifden                                       From $130
                                                                                                                                                                          Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee                                       From $133
 VOUCHERS                                                             adUlt          VOUCHERS                                                             adUlt
                                                                                                                                                                          Scottish Castles
 B&B Collection                                                         57           Hotels & Inns Collection                                                75           Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife                                           From $171
                                                                                                                                                                          Cringletie House & Castle, Peebles                                    From $221
Note prices shown are for Bronze category vouchers. Single & other supplements      Note Prices shown are for Bronze category vouchers. Single & other supplements
available; ask your travel consultant for details. Vouchers are open dated.         available; ask your travel consultant for details. Vouchers are open dated.          Note Single & other supplements available; ask your travel consultant for details.

Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Seasons are a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.



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    BrITaIN & IrElaNd
    Car Hire



                                                                                                                 hertz Car hire
                                                                                         As one of the largest car hire companies in the world,                               ADDiTiOnAL FEES - BRiTAin
                                                                                         Hertz has provided quality car hire and service for more                             Costs are approximate & in local currency
                                                                                         than 80 years� Choose from a wide range of cars, from                                •	 Young driver surcharge: £16�50 + VAT per day
                                                                                         the compact 4 door variety, ideal for touring, to station                               for drivers
                                                                                         wagons, mini-vans or fuel efficient, environmentally friendly
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 23–24 years (maximum charge 10 days) hiring
                                                                                         vehicles from the Green Collection� Hertz also offers many
                                                                                                                                                                                 groups A, B & E only
                                                                                         product and service initiatives such as Neverlost®, an in-car
                                                                                         satellite navigation system with mapping for 27 European                             •	 Additional driver charge: £9 per day + VAT
                                                                                         countries (participating locations and additional fees apply)�                          per additional driver (maximum charge 10 days)
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Baby/child seats: £8+ VAT per day per seat
                                                                                         inCLuDES:                                                                               (maximum charge 7 days)� Security deposit £100
                                                                                         •	 Unlimited kilometres                                                              •	 Insurance excess: £550–£1100 + VAT
                                                                                         •	 Third party liability                                                             •	 One-way hire conditions: ask your travel consultant
                                                                                         •	 Collision damage waiver                                                              for details
                                                                                         •	 Theft protection                                                                  •	 Travel restrictions: should customers wish to take
                                                                                         •	 Location service charge                                                              Britain & Northern Ireland vehicles abroad, they need
                                                                  Ford Galaxy            •	 One additional driver (Northern Ireland only)                                        to have, by law, a VE103B & seek permission from
                                                                                         •	 Vehicle licence fee (Northern Ireland only)                                          Hertz� A driving abroad fee will apply
                                                                                         •	 Value-added tax                                                                   ADDiTiOnAL FEES – REPuBLiC OF iRELAnD:
                                                                                         •	 24-hour emergency assistance                                                      Costs are approximate & in local currency
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Young driver surcharge: €26 + tax per day
                                                                                                                                                                                 23–24 years
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Additional driver charge: €8�50 + tax per day per
                                                                                                                                                                                 additional driver
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Baby/child seats: €40 + tax per hire per seat
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Insurance excess: €1200–€1900 + tax
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 One-way hire conditions: ask your travel consultant
                                                                                                                                                                                 for details
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Travel restrictions: should customers wish to take
                                                                                                                                                                                 Britain & Northern Ireland vehicles abroad, they need
                                                                                                                                                                                 to have, by law, a VE103B & seek permission from
                                                                                                                                                                                 Hertz� A driving abroad fee will apply

                                                                   Ford Fiesta


                                                                                                                                             lOW SEaSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HIGH SEaSON
         BRItaIN                                                                                                                1 NOV–15 dEC 10, 27 dEC 10–30 JUNE 11,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         16–26 dEC 10, 1 JUlY–31 aUG 11
                                                                                                                                          1 SEPt–31 OCt 11
                                                                                                                         3–5            6–13       14–20         21–27         28+            3–5         6–13         14–20         21–27         28+
         GROUP              VEHIClE tYPE                       FEatURES       dOORS            SEatS    SUItCaSES
                                                                                                                         daYS           daYS       daYS          daYS          daYS           daYS        daYS         daYS          daYS          daYS
            A               Ford Ka 1.3                            M             3/5             4         3S            63             45            41          38            35            77           59            55            52           49
            B               Ford Fiesta 1.25                       M             3/5             5        1L, 2S         68             48           44            41           38            83           62            58            55           52
            C               Ford Focus LX 1.6                     M/AC           4/5             5        1L, 2S          82            59           52           49            46             97           73           66            63           61
            D               Ford Mondeo LX 1.8                    M/AC           4/5             5        2L, 1S         101            72           65           63            60            116           87           80            77            75
            E               Ford Focus LX 1.6                     A/AC           4/5             5        1L, 2S         98             71           63           60            57            114          86            77             75          72
            F               Ford Mondeo LX 2.0                    A/AC           4/5             5        2L, 1S         121            95           88           86            84            137          110           103           101          99
            G               Mercedes C180                         A/AC           4/5             5        2L, 1S         154            121          111          109           107           168          135           125           123          121
            I               Ford Mondeo LX 1.8                  M/SW/AC           5              5        2L, 2S         129            92           82            79            76           143          106           96             93          90
            J               VW Passat                           A/SW/AC           5              5        2L, 2S         163            128          118          115           113           177          142           132           129          127
            M               Ford Galaxy GLX 2.3                 A/MV/AC           5              7        1L, 2S         278            211          182          170           164           306          239           209           197          192

    Note Minimum age is 23 years. 1–2 day prices also available. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your travel consultant for details. Features: M = manual, A = automatic, SW = station wagon,
    MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioned. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.


                                                                                                                                                     lOW SEaSON                             MId SEaSON                            HIGH SEaSON
         REPUBlIC OF IRElaNd                                                                                                                       1 NOV–14 dEC 10,                       1 MaY–7 JUlY 11,                        13–31 dEC 10,
                                                                                                                                               1 JaN–30 aPR, 1–31 OCt 11                    1–30 SEPt 11                        8 JUlY–31 aUG 11

         GROUP              VEHIClE tYPE                          FEatURES             dOORS              SEatS            SUItCaSES           2–6 daYS            7+ daYS            2–6 daYS           7+ daYS            2–6 daYS           7+ daYS

            A               VW Fox                                   M                    2                  4                 1L, 2S              45                 38                 53                 46                  81                 69
            B               Ford Fiesta 1.2                          M                   3/5                 5                 1L, 2S              48                 41                 58                 50                  84                 72
            C               Ford Focus 1.4                           M                   3/5                 5                 2L, 1S              56                 48                 63                 54                  93                 80
            D               Opel Vectra 1.6                          M                   3/5                 5                 2L, 2S              67                 58                 80                 68                 112                 96
            E               Hyundai Atos 1.2                          A                   2                  4                 1L, 2S              61                 52                101                 86                 138                119
            F               Mazda 3 1.4                               A                  3/5                 5                 2L, 1S              69                 59                121                104                 152                130
            G               Mazda 6 1.6                             A/AC                 3/5                 5                 2L, 1S              89                 76                163                140                 186                159
            I               BMW 5 Series 2.0                        A/AC                 4/5                 5                 2L, 3S             197                169                244                209                 308                264
            J               Ford Mondeo 2.0 GLX                     M/AC                 4/5                 5                 2L, 2S              86                 74                 98                 84                 131                112
            M               Ford Transit 2.5                        M/MV                  5                  8                 2L, 1S             142                122                281                241                 347                297

    Note Minimum age is 23 years groups A, B & E; 25 years groups C & F; 30 years groups D, G, I, J & M. Maximum age is 79 years – conditions apply. Surcharges apply 15–31 Dec 10 & 23 July–19 Aug 11. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions &
    pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your travel consultant for details.

    Features: M = manual, A = automatic, SW = station wagon, MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioned. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.



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                                                          The long & the Short of It – 8 days/7 Nights from $709




                                                                                                                                                                                                     SCOTLAND


                                                                                                                                                                                                          EDINBURGH
                                                                                                                                                                                            Glasgow

                                                                                                                                                                 Bath         NORTHERN                                               North Sea
                                                                                                                                                                               IRELAND                                             Newcastle

                                                                                                                                                                                     BELFAST
                                                                                                                                                                                           ISLE OF
                                                                                            YOur hIghlIghTS                                                                                          MAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  York
                                                                                                                                                                                          Irish Sea                          Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                   DUBLIN
                                                                                            The University city of Cambridge                                                                    Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chester               UNITED
                                                                                            York Minster
                                                                                                                                                                            REPUBLIC                                   KINGDOM
                                                                                            Hadrian’s Wall                                                                  OF IRELAND WALES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Birmingham
                                                                                            Edinburgh Castle                                                                                                               ENGLAND             Cambridge
                                                                                            The Lake District                                                                                              CARDIFF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LONDON
                                                                                            The Cotswolds                                                                              Bristol Channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bath
                                                                                            World Heritage-listed Bath


                                                             Hadrian’s Wall


The lands of Britain boast dramatic history, rich heritage,                            day 3 York – Edinburgh (Distance 360km)                                                day 6 Chester – Bath (Distance 305km)
unrivalled literature and culture, rolling hills, charming                             Begin the day with a walk through the tangled, cobbled                                 Spend time exploring the designer boutiques and
villages, great pubs and vibrant, exciting cities� Full of                             streets of York, and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre or the                             independent stores in the historic Rows of Chester,
contrasts, Britain offers something for everyone� Enjoy                                torture chambers of the York Dungeon� Then continue                                    a distinct, black and white timber-framed shopping
the welcome and hospitality at some of our favourite                                   your journey with a short drive to Harrogate (37km) -                                  arcade� From Chester, travel South along the Severn
B&Bs, and the freedom of exploring Britain by car on                                   famous for its spa waters - then North to the university                               Valley, passing the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills, to
this eight day journey�                                                                city of Durham� From Durham, you’ll pass Roman Emperor                                 arrive in Bath�
                                                                                       Hadrian’s Wall and weave your way through beautiful                                    OvERniGHT: at the Woolpack Inn, 20 kilometres
day 1 London – Cambridge (Distance 95km)
                                                                                       Northumberland National Park en route to Edinburgh�                                    from Bath� Parking available on site�
Journey North and explore the famous university city
of Cambridge� Take an open-top bus tour of the city                                    OvERniGHT: ★★ at Murrayfield Hotel Edinburgh�                                          day 7 Bath
and ancient colleges before taking a leisurely punt                                    Parking available on site�                                                             Discover the wonders of this World Heritage city�
down the famous River Cam� A relaxing walk around                                      day 4 Edinburgh                                                                        Visit the Roman baths and Bath Abbey, the last of
this small city will reveal historic landmarks like the                                Spend the day exploring the delightful capital of Scotland�                            the great medieval churches�
King’s College Chapel, the bustling central Market                                     Visit Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most famous castle,
Sqaure and countless thriving bookshops, pubs,                                                                                                                                OvERniGHT: at the Woolpack Inn
                                                                                       which dominates the city skyline� Take a walk along the
cafés and restaurants�                                                                 Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town,                             day 8 Bath – London (Distance 180km)
OvERniGHT: at Blenheim House B&B, Cambridge�                                           from the castle and the Palace of Holyrood� Don’t miss                                 Enjoy a leisurely 180km drive East back to London,
Parking available on site�                                                             a visit to the Tartan Weaving Mill at the bottom of the Royal                          completing your classic Britain journey�
                                                                                       Mile to discover if you have a family tartan�                                          inCLuDES:
day 2 Cambridge – York (Distance 250km)
Continue North to Lincoln to see the magnificent Lincoln                               OvERniGHT: ★★ at Murrayfield Hotel Edinburgh�                                          •	 8 days car hire
Cathedral, which towers majestically over the city, and                                Parking available on site�                                                             •	 7 nights accommodation
17th-century Belton House - film locations of films such                                                                                                                      •	 Breakfast daily
                                                                                       day 5 Edinburgh – Chester (Distance 385km)
as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice� Then travel to
                                                                                       South through the Pentland Hills to the English border via                             SuGGESTiOn: Link this itinerary with of The Lap
York, home of York Minster - England’s largest medieval
                                                                                       Gretna Green where elopers from England married under                                  of Honour itinerary on page 11�
cathedral� Spend the evening ensconsed in this city’s
                                                                                       Scottish law� Continue through Lake District National
vibrant café culture then enjoy a nightcap or two at a stylish
                                                                                       Park, before reaching the Roman walled city of Chester�
riverside bar or in one of the city’s many heritage taverns�
                                                                                       OvERniGHT: at Oakenholt Farm Guest House B&B,
OvERniGHT: at Friar’s Rest Guest House B&B, York�
                                                                                       Chester� Parking available on site�
Parking available on site�




Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 8 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                      Stones, Sea & Spires – 6 days/5 Nights from $529




                                                               North Sea


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brighton



                 Irish Sea
                                      UNITED                                                     YOur hIghlIghTS
                                     KINGDOM
                                                                                                 Medieval Oxford
                                                                                                 The Roman baths of Bath
                                                                                                 Stonehenge
                                             Oxford                                              Portsmouth – traditional home of the
                                                              LONDON
         Bristol                  Bath                                                           Royal Navy
         Channel                                         Canterbury
                                  Pewsey                                                         The seaside resort of Brighton
                                  Winchester                             Hastings
                                  Portsmouth               Brighton                              Historic Hastings
                                                                                                 12th-century Canterbury Cathedral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oxford


     A fascinating loop of landmarks and history in the                                     day 3 Bath – Pewsey (Distance 60km)                                                    day 5 Portsmouth – Brighton – Hastings – Canterbury
     regions of southern England� Easy driving distances                                    Visit the Roman baths, Britain’s only hot spring that still                            (Distance 205km)
     make this itinerary one of our most popular� A journey                                 flows with natural hot water, and Bath Abbey, the last                                 Leave the historic waterfront city and traditional home
     truly steeped in history, you’ll travel through the ages as                            of the great medieval churches� Explore the city with                                  of the Royal Navy and head for the seaside resort of
     you encounter Stonehenge, the Roman heritage of Bath,                                  its 18th-century architecture, abundant culture and                                    Brighton� Engage in the English tradition of walking off
     medieval Oxford and right through to the fish-and-chip                                 modern shopping� A city renowned for its hospitality,                                  a lunch portion of fish and chips with a stroll along the
     tradition of a beachfront stroll at Brighton�                                          Bath’s streets are peppered with wonderful restaurants,                                famous promenade� Then continue towards Canterbury
                                                                                            tearooms and welcoming cosy pubs� In the afternoon                                     with an afternoon tea stop in Hastings, famed site of the
     day 1 London – Oxford (Distance 95km)
                                                                                            enjoy a short drive to quaint Pewsey� Around the village                               battle of 1066� Ride the East Hill Lift, Hastings’ funicular
     Depart London and head North-West towards the
                                                                                            you will find lovely thatched cottages, a 700 year old                                 railway, to Hastings Country Park via the East Hill, which
     ‘dreaming spires’ of medieval Oxford� Explore the
                                                                                            church, Kennet & Avon Canal access, and a wealth of                                    overlooks the Old Town� The line offers views over the
     fascinating cobbled streets and see the picture-perfect
                                                                                            welcoming pubs�                                                                        Stade, home to the largest beach-based fishing fleet in
     college courtyards� For over 800 years, it has been a
                                                                                            OvERniGHT: at Huntley’s Farmhouse B&B� Parking                                         Europe� End your day in one of Canterbury’s lovely tea
     home to royalty and scholars, and today you’ll find it a
                                                                                            available on site�                                                                     shops with a fresh baked supper and a cup of English tea�
     bustling cosmopolitan town� This famous University City
     with fine medieval architecture is a perfect base from                                 day 4 Pewsey – Winchester – Portsmouth                                                 OvERniGHT: at the Hobbit Hole B&B� Parking
     which to explore the nearby Cotswolds� Today Oxford                                    (Distance 105km)                                                                       available on site�
     is also famous amongst the young and old for the Great                                 After a farmhouse breakfast of home-grown produce drive                                day 6 Canterbury – London (Distance 100km)
     Hall of Christchurch the grandest of all colleges featured                             to Salisbury and explore the iconic and mysterious stone                               Explore Canterbury, the ecclesiastical capital of England,
     in Harry Potter movies�                                                                circle of Stonehenge� Standing on the vast Salisbury plain,                            with its 12th-century Cathedral, of Chaucer’s A Canterbury
     OvERniGHT: at Home Farm B&B, Oxford� Parking                                           and surrounded by hundreds of ancient barrows, or burial                               Tale fame, and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury�
     available on site�                                                                     mounds, Stonehenge site is truly remarkable� Then it’s on                              History seeps from every brick and cobblestone so take
                                                                                            to historic Winchester, once England’s Capital under King                              time to explore every corner of the city on foot or past
     day 2 Oxford – Bath (Distance 135km)
                                                                                            Alfred� Take time to wander the meandering streets and                                 the billowing willow trees along the banks of the river
     See more of Oxford on foot this morning, perhaps enjoy
                                                                                            marvel at the cathedral� End your day with dinner close on                             Stour� Woven through the ancient fabric of Canterbury
     a traditional pub lunch at one of the more than 30 public
                                                                                            the seafront of Portsmouth�                                                            you will also find a thoroughly modern city of Michelin-star
     houses in the city centre then drive to remarkable Bath,
                                                                                            OvERniGHT: at The Bear Hotel Inn, Portsmouth�                                          restaurants, bars, nightlife and events� After a day exploring
     a World Heritage city, nourished by natural hot springs�
                                                                                            Parking available�                                                                     Canterbury, return to London with an afternoon tea stop
     Bath offers a unique experience with its iconic Roman
     baths and gorgeous Georgian architectural heritage�                                                                                                                           at a cosy English café�

     OvERniGHT: at the Woolpack Inn, Bath�                                                                                                                                         inCLuDES:
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 6 days car hire
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 5 nights accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 Breakfast daily




     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 8 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                    The lap of honour – 6 days/5 Nights from $569




                                                                                                                                                                                   Atlantic Ocean




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           North Sea

                                                                                                                                                                                    ISLE OF
                                                                                                                                                                                    SKYE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Inverness
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loch Ness
                                                                                                                                                  urquhart Castle                                                                            Aberdeen


                                                                                                                                                                                       Fort William
                                                                                                                                                                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                                            YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                                                                                                                                                         Oban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             St Andrews
                                                                                            Contemporary Glasgow
                                                                                            Oban and the dramatic West Coast                                                                                                           EDINBURGH
                                                                                            Loch Ness                                                                                                          Glasgow
                                                                                            Urquhart Castle
                                                                                            Distilleries of the Grampian Highlands
                                                                                            St Andrews

                                                                                                                                                                                 NORTHERN                                               ENGLAND
                                                                                                                                                                                 IRELAND
                                                                        Oban


A journey that runs almost the length and breadth of                                   day 3 Oban                                                                             day 5 Inverness – Aberdeen (Distance 165km)
remarkable Scotland� It’s one that will take you past a                                Base yourself in Oban and explore the dramatic stretch                                 Spend the morning exploring Inverness� Enjoy the fine
number of Scotland’s castles, among Europe’s most                                      of coast South� Travel alongside the Crinan Canal to                                   circular walk from Inverness Castle along the river and
impressive structures, and provide a unique insight into                               Crinan for fantastic local seafood and watch boatmen                                   through the Ness Islands where, from July to October,
the country’s proud and turbulent history� Easily extended                             manoeuvre their vessels through the locks on the canal�                                you can watch anglers casting long fishing lines into water
or tailored, this journey is a must for captures the true                              The 100 kilometre round trip brings you back to Oban                                   boiling with leaping Atlantic salmon� From Inverness venture
sense of this spirited land and its people�                                            from where there is easy access to the scattered islands                               into the Grampian Highlands a region of stunning scenery,
                                                                                       of the Inner Hebrides and, of course, not to be missed                                 fortifications and visit any of the numerous fine whiskey
day 1 Edinburgh – Glasgow (Distance 75km)
                                                                                       is the 200 year old Oban Malt Whisky Distillery�                                       distillery including the famous Glenfiddich� End your day in
Dominated by its castle, and with a unique blend of
                                                                                       OvERniGHT: at Kings Knoll Hotel, Oban�                                                 Aberdeen, a favourite Royal destination for over 150 years�
ancient and modern Scottish cultures, few cities are as
striking and enchanting as Edinburgh� Depart Edinburgh                                 day 4 Oban – Inverness (Distance 175km)                                                OvERniGHT: at Cragganmore Guest House B&B,
this morning and an easy drive brings you to Scotland’s                                Depart Oban and, after a morning tea stop in Fort                                      Aberdeen� Parking available on site�
largest city, Glasgow� Spend the day exploring this thriving,                          William, continue to Fort Augustus at the South end                                    day 6 Aberdeen – Edinburgh (Distance 205km)
contemporary city� In the evening enjoy the fashionable                                of famous Loch Ness� Fort Augustus offers stunning                                     After breakfast, leave the rich Georgian and maritime
Merchant city with its host of bars and restaurants�                                   views down the Loch, and is a lovely place to idle your                                heritage of Aberdeen and head South to the traditional
OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Express by Holiday Inn,                                          time away watching boats negotiate up and down the                                     market town of Forfar and nearby Glamis Castle,
Glasgow� Parking available on site�                                                    flight of five locks from the top of the Caledonian Canal in                           childhood home of the Queen Mother and the setting
                                                                                       Fort Augustus down onto Loch Ness� Continue along                                      for Shakespeare’s Macbeth� This historic and somewhat
day 2 Glasgow – Oban (Distance 155km)                                                  the length of Loch Ness to Inverness, making a stop at                                 notorious edifice now has a tea room and part of the
Leave Glasgow and travel the shores of Loch Lomond                                     the stunning 12th-century Urquhart Castle� Continue to                                 gardens and grounds are open to the public� Continue
through the stunning scenery of the Trossachs National                                 Inverness, capital of the Highlands nestled on the banks                               across the Firth of Tay for a final pit stop in St Andrews,
Park (Rob Roy territory) as you head towards Oban,                                     of the river Ness�                                                                     home to the spectacular ruins of St Andrews Cathedral
home of one of Scotland’s best loved malts� Oban is                                                                                                                           and of course the world’s most famous golf links� Finally,
known as the seafood capital of Scotland for the variety                               OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Thistle Inverness�
                                                                                                                                                                              return to Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most beautiful
and quality of seafood landed in the harbour� If you are                               Parking available on site�
                                                                                                                                                                              capitals, and a compact, fascinating centre full of
in Oban in the northern summer you should try to attend                                                                                                                       remarkable architecture, famous streets and rich history�
The Oban Games which is one of the largest Highland
Games gatherings in Scotland                                                                                                                                                  inCLuDES:
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 6 days car hire
OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Kings Knoll Hotel, Oban�
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 5 nights accommodation
Parking available on site�
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Breakfast daily




Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 8 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                                  To Be Sure – 6 days/5 Nights from $615




                                              Cliffs of Moher, County Clare                                                                                                                                                        Coastline of Connemara




          YOur hIghlIghTS
          Ireland’s Medieval Capital of Kilkenny
                                                                                                                                                                                                        DUBLIN
                                                                                                                                           Galway                   REPUBLIC
          The Rock of Cashel
                                                                                                         Atlantic Ocean
                                                                                                                                                                    OF IRELAND
          Killarney’s lively pubs
          The Ring of Kerry                                                                                                                Shannon
                                                                                                                                                               Limerick                                         Irish Sea
          Cliffs of Moher
          Galway and the Connemara Region                                                                                                                                       Kilkenny
                                                                                                                                                                                      Waterford                                             UNITED
          Newgrange                                                                                                              Kilarney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           KINGDOM
                                                                                                                                 Killarney
          Dublin – Ireland’s beating heart                                                                                        Ring of KerryBlarney Castle
                                                                                                                                                         Cork
                                                                                                                             Ring of Kerry



     Ireland is just built to be explored by road� It’s a land                              day 3 The Ring of Kerry (Distance 179km round trip)                                    day 5 Galway
     of warm welcomes, mythical beauty and thousands of                                     Embark today on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive,                                   Just West of Galway is the hauntingly beautiful Connemara
     years of cultural tradition, and Ireland’s rolling landscapes                          the Ring of Kerry, a journey around the Iveragh Peninsula                              region� Drive the Lough Inagh Valley and the spectacular
     and generous spirit capture the heart of all of its visitors�                          through some of the country’s most stunning scenery                                    Sky Road near Clifden for its breathtaking views of the
     With your own car, time and a sense of adventure, you                                  from deep forest to the crashing waters of the Atlantic�                               Inishturk and Turbot islands, and the surrounding coastline�
     will be embraced by Ireland’s unique sense of place, and                               It’s a road through rugged, majestic landscapes home                                   Or take an Aran Islands ferry back to the time of Early
     feel right at home�                                                                    to wild stag and where rumbling waterfalls pour into                                   Christians and Celts� The islands are famous for their
                                                                                            streams teeming with wild salmon� The blend of dramatic                                geological formation, historical monuments and their
     day 1 Dublin – Kilkenny (Distance 122km)
                                                                                            landscapes and local towns and villages makes this                                     linguistic and cultural heritage� The Irish (Gaelic) language
     Ranked among the top European destinations, Dublin is a
                                                                                            journey truly one of the world’s great driving experiences�                            is still spoken here� Explore the stone fort of Dun Aengus
     mix of laid-back cool, vibrant city, sweeping coastline – and
                                                                                                                                                                                   - one of Europe’s prehistoric jewels� Then return to Galway
     the best Guinness you’ll ever taste� Collect your car and                              OvERniGHT: ★★★ at White Gates Hotel, Killarney
                                                                                                                                                                                   for lively local entertainment in the Quays area�
     travel through Irish countryside South-West to Kilkenny                                Parking available�
     - Long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital� The city                                                                                                                       OvERniGHT: at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway�
                                                                                            day 4 Killarney – Galway (Distance 210km)
     dates back more than 1,500 years and is compact enough                                 A longer drive today along the West coast to Galway                                    day 6 Galway – Dublin (Distance 275km)
     to explore on foot� Explore 12th-century Kilkenny Castle                               City, Ireland’s festival capital� A recommended stop is                                Leaving Galway, head to Dublin via the ancient monastic
     and medieval Saint Canice’s Cathedral�                                                 the Village of Adare in County Limerick, regarded by                                   settlement at Clonmacnoise - an early Christian site
     OvERniGHT: at Moonarch B&B Kilkenny� Parking                                           many as Ireland’s prettiest� Continue towards Limerick City                            founded in the 6th-century� Then continue to the
     available on site�                                                                     then on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher - overlooking                               megalithic tombs of Newgrange - one of the great
                                                                                            the Atlantic Ocean, one of Ireland’s most spectacular                                  wonders of the ancient world� And finally South to
     day 2 Kilkenny – Killarney (Distance 204km)
                                                                                            sights� Stop again at Doolin - world-famous for its folk                               pedestrian-friendly Dublin - capital of The Republic
     After a famous Kilkenny breakfast, Stop at Cashel - once
                                                                                            music and excellent pubs�                                                              of Ireland� The energy, humour and relaxed attitude
     the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of County
                                                                                                                                                                                   of the locals make it an excellent choice for a visit
     Tipperary� St� Patrick is said to have preached from the                               OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Radisson Blu Hotel &                                                and enjoyable “craic”�
     Rock of Cashel� A short drive further on is Cahir Castle                               Spa, Galway�
     - one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved� A popular                                                                                                                      inCLuDES:
     detour on this journey is to kiss the famous ‘Stone of                                                                                                                        •	 6 days car hire
     Eloquence’ at the Blarney Castle just outside Cork�                                                                                                                           •	 5 nights accommodation
     Continue to Killarney, a beautiful town with a National                                                                                                                       •	 Breakfast daily
     Park and plenty of lakes which has inspired poets and
     painters for centuries� Take an evening stroll through
     town to enjoy the great pubs and authentic experiences
     they afford�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★ at White Gates Hotel, Killarney�
     Parking available�



     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 8 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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     a    country of romance, art, food and, of
          course, wine, France is truly a magical
     place & one which you are destined to fall in
     love with�




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alsace


                                                                                                                                                                               and perched on top of Paris’ highest hill, it affords
          TravEllErS’ TIpS                                                                SOmE ThINgS IN lIFE arE FrEE
                                                                                                                                                                               spectacular views over the city, particularly
                                                                                          Paris screams fashion and style like no other city in
                                                                                                                                                                               sensational at sunset� A great spot for a picnic
                                                                                          the world� To get acquainted with the latest trends,
                                                                                                                                                                               overlooking the city�
          FraNCE                                                                          head to the famous department store, Galeries
                                                                                          Lafayette, for their free catwalk show, staged every                                 If you’re in town on the first Sunday of the month
          They say that French is the language of love and,                               Friday afternoon at 3pm� Places must be reserved                                     you can gain free admission to the Picasso Museum,
          like its language, France’s landscapes, dotted                                  in advance�                                                                          the world’s largest collection of Picassos with
          with magnificent chateaux and rolling hills, ooze                                                                                                                    representations spanning his entire career� There
          beauty and romance� Cosmopolitan Paris is a                                     Notre Dame – The Magnificent� The first stone of
                                                                                                                                                                               are 203 paintings, 191 sculptures, 85 ceramics
          stylish, iconic city bursting with grandeur, history                            this magnificent French Gothic cathedral was laid
                                                                                                                                                                               and more than 3000 drawings, engravings and
          and the bohemian scent of revolution� The Riviera                               in 1163, and work continued throughout the entire
                                                                                                                                                                               manuscripts in the museum� The works show his
          is glitz and old-style glamour, playground to the                               Gothic period, giving it a unique blend of architecture�
                                                                                                                                                                               diverse ability and talent�
          rich and famous, while regional France harbours                                 Entry is free�
          a rich gastronomic culture complemented by                                      Don’t miss a visit to Montmartre’s famous white-
          some of the best vineyards in the world�                                        domed church, Sacré-Coeur� Built in the 1870s




                                                                                         Chateau de Montvillargenne                                                                                                                       French Riviera

                                              French Chateaux                                                                                                       French Country Cottages
     Icons of the architectural and design brilliance of antiquity, the many chateaux that dot                                      Come and discover the true spirit of France with a choice of more than 1000 properites
     the French countryside are historic, atmospheric and utterly inspirational� For something                                      in the most beautiful regions France has to offer�
     totally indulgent, Explore Holidays has a range of chateau accommodations across                                               The properties are as varied as the regions� Rural properties in France often have quirks
     France to add a regal touch to your European self-drive journey�                                                               that add to their character – low beams, sloping ceilings, steep stairs and tiled floors
     Surprisingly affordable and often located in the stunning regional areas of France, these                                      – and the owners restore them to enhance these features rather than blandly modernise�
     remarkable properties provide a unique insight into the country’s proud, turbulent and                                         Most properties are available for a minimum of seven nights, from Saturday to Saturday,
     exhuberant history�                                                                                                            unless otherwise indicated in the French Country Cottages full-colour brochure,
     Here are some of our favourite chateaux from the Explore Holidays collection:                                                  available on request from your travel consultant�
     inCLuDES:                                                                                                                      Properties are priced according to size, standards, amenities and location�
     •	 Accommodation with private facilities                                                                                       Australian dollar prices are listed clearly in the brochure but, as a guide, costs range
     •	 Breakfast daily                                                                                                             from $565 in low season for a lower priced property to $12,000 or more in peak
                                                                                                                                    season for premium properties� The wide price range means there is something to
                                                                                                                                    suit every budget�



      FRENCH CHatEaUX                                                                                              adUlt
      Chateau d’Artigny – Loire Valley                                                                           From $249
      Chateau de Gilly – Burgundy                                                                                From $207
      Chateau d’Esclimont – St Symphorien                                                                        From $256           FRENCH COUNtRY COttaGES                                                                                    PROPERtY
      Chateau de Montvillargenne – Gouvieux-Chantilly                                                            From $177           French Country Cottages 7-nights                                                                           From $565

     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Conditions apply to all special offers & are not combinable. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Seasons are a guide only; ask
     your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Car Hire



                                                                                                               hertz Car hire
Embark on an incredible journey and discover fantastic                                  inCLuDES:                                                                               ADDiTiOnAL FEATuRES:
France with Hertz car hire, one of the largest car hire                                 •	 Unlimited kilometres                                                                 •	 Young driver surcharge: €29�26 + tax per day
companies in the world� Hertz offers many product and                                   •	 Third party liability                                                                   21–24 years (maximum charge 12 days)
service initiatives, such as Neverlost® (GPS), the perfect                              •	 Collision damage waiver                                                              •	 Additional driver charge: €29 + tax per hire
travel companion, guiding you quickly and smoothly
                                                                                        •	 Theft protection                                                                        per additional driver
to any destination in Europe� Hertz also deliver a wide
                                                                                        •	 Vehicle licence fee                                                                  •	 Baby/child seats: €38�50 + tax per hire per seat
variety of cars, from compact to mini-van, station wagon
to prestige, as well as the Green Collection, a range of                                •	 Location service charge                                                              •	 Insurance excess: €900–1600
fuel efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles�                                      •	 24-hour emergency assistance                                                         •	 One-way hire conditions: ask your consultant
                                                                                                                                                                                   for details
                                                                                                                                                                                •	 Travel restrictions: ask you consultant for details




                                                                                           GROUP/               VEHIClE tYPE                                                                                           3–5         6–13      14–20        21+
                                                                                          CaR COdE              OR SIMIlaR                     FEatURES            dOORS           SEatS          SUItCaSES           daYS         daYS      daYS         daYS

                                                                                                A               Fiat Panda                         M                 2/4              4              1L, 2S             93          69         52           45
                                                                                               B                Ford Fiesta                      M/AC                3/5              5              2L, 1S             97          71         57           50
                                                              Fiat Panda
                                                                                                C               Peugeot 307                      M/AC                4/5              5              1L, 2S            114          83         69           57
                                                                                                D               Renault Laguna 3                 M/AC                4/5              5              3L, 2S            140         102         85           74
                                                                                               E                Audi A4 2.2                      M/AC                4/5              5              2L, 1S            178         128         107          95
                                                                                               F                VW Golf 1.7                       A/AC               4/5              5              2L, 1S            154         107         95           81
                                                                                               G                Mercedes C Class                  A/AC               4/5              5              3L, 2S            276         202         164         145
                                                                                               H                Opel Zafira II                   M/AC                 5               7                2L              164         114         100          85
                                                                                                I               Renault Espace                 M/MV/AC                5               7              1L, 2S            228         157         138         119

                                                                                        Note Prices are based on collections 1 Apr–14 June 11 & 18 Aug–31 Oct 11. Surcharges apply 15 June–17 Aug 11. Minimum age is 21 years; except group
                                                             Ford Focus                 U – 25 years & groups E & G – 30 years. 1–2 day prices also available.


Vehicle type is a guide only & Hertz reserve the right to replace the model at their discretion, without prior notice. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your consultant for details. Features: A = automatic,
MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioning. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.


                                                                                                        renault Car leasing
Discover Europe at your own pace in a brand new                                         Insurance covers 42 countries in Europe
Renault car!                                                                            Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina,
Established since 1955, Renault Eurodrive is a tax free                                 Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
leasing programme which gives you the freedom to                                        Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great
travel all over Europe hassle free at a great price from                                Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
21 to 170 days� The longer you lease a car, the lower                                   Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco,
the daily rate will be�                                                                 Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
                                                                                        Republic of Macedonia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia,
Tax-free European Car Leasing                                                           Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
Book and pay prior to your departure from Australia and                                 Turkey, Vatican�                                                                                                                         Renault Megane Berline
enjoy a brand new Renault of your choice with:
•	 Unlimited kilometres                                                                 Eligibility
                                                                                        To qualify you must:
•	 Full insurance with no excess in 42 countries
                                                                                        •	 Have your legal residence outside of the EU
•	 Possibility to pick up and drop off in 32 depots
                                                                                        •	 Be visiting the EU temporarily and are not staying
   in Europe
                                                                                            more than 185 days in a 12 month period
•	 No additional driver charge
                                                                                        •	 Not engage in any type of employment during your stay
•	 Miniumum age 18 years
•	 No upper age limit                                                                   Leasing Conditions
•	 24/7 roadside assistance                                                             •	 Bookings must be made 6 weeks prior collection�
•	 Full factory warranty                                                                •	 Check our latest offers and full terms and conditions
                                                                                           with our office�
Models
All models are left-hand drive and are equipped with
airconditioning, ABS brakes and airbags, emergency brake
assist, CD/Radio player, ignition cut-off system, remote
central locking, electric windows and power steering�                                                                                                                                                                            Renault Grand Scenic




Note International Driving Permits are compulsory in certain countries. Year-round prices as well as Early Bird specials offering free days, discounts on delivery &/or return fees are available; ask your consultant for details.



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     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                     City of lights to the French riviera – 6 days/5 Nights from $1010

                          UNITED
                         KINGDOM

                                                               Bruges
                         English Channel                     Lille
                                                                BELGIUM
                                    The Somme
                                        Rouen Amiens
                       Caen

      Rennes                                      ChantillyEpernay
                                              PARIS
                              Loire Valley
                 Nantes                      Chartres
                                   Tours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pont Du Gard
                                  FRANCE
                                                          Dijon
                                                        Beaune

                                                  Ferney-Voltaire                                YOur hIghlIghTS
              Bordeaux                              Lyon
                                                                                                 Chateaux accommodation in Burgundy
                                                                                                 The wine making region of Burgundy

            Lourdes
                           Toulouse                                                              The Roman aqueduct Pont du Nord
                                     Avignon
                              Montpellier          Aix-en-Provence                               Lyon - France’s capital of gastronomy
                                        Marseilles                                               Wine tasting in Avignon
                                                            Nice
           SPAIN                                                                                 Aix-en-Provence - Cezanne’s artistic home
                                           Mediterranean Sea                                     The glamourous French Riviera


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Aix-en-Provence


     This brilliant itinerary showcases some of the finest                                  day 3 Lyon – Avignon (Distance 230km)                                                  day 5 Aix-en-Provence – Marseille (Distance 35km)
     regions of France� Taking you from the sheer elegance                                  An early start today as you make your way to Avignon�                                  Mediterranean cuisine and culture begins in this region of
     and beauty of Cosmopolitan Paris - a stylish, iconic city                              You’ll be driving through country that simply demands                                  blue skies and towns like this one� A strong artistic streak
     bursting with grandeur, history and the bohemian scent                                 that you slow down and smell the roses, and the complex                                is championed by the Cezanne legacy� Cezanne was born
     of revolution - through the countryside to encounter a                                 aromas and flavour notes of a White Chateauneuf-du-                                    in Aix-en-Provence and the town still boasts numerous
     number of France’s finest Roman relics and treasures,                                  Pape or those from any of the numerous wineries that                                   Cezanne related landmarks and attractions that are well
     some of its finest gastronomic regions and finally to the                              thrive in this region� Once in Avignon, explore the ancient                            worth visiting� A short drive in the afternoon brings you
     jewels of the sparkling French Riviera�                                                Greek and Roman city and discover its rich history and                                 to Marseille on the Golfe de Lyon, Marseille is a bustling,
                                                                                            magnificent art�                                                                       cosmopolitan city with close links to the Middle East and
     day 1 Paris – Beaune (Distance 310km)
                                                                                                                                                                                   North Africa� The Vieux Port (old harbour) is a great place
     After exploring the ‘City of Lights’, head South to                                    OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Hotel de l’Horloge, Avignon�
                                                                                                                                                                                   to people watch� Marseille’s most famous seafood dish
     Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy wine region, in                                    Parking available off site�
                                                                                                                                                                                   - Bouillabaisse - is known the world over�
     the heart of the renowned Wine Road - also known as                                    day 4 Avignon – Aix-en-Provence (Distance 155km)
     Burgundy’s ‘Champs Elysées’� Take time to walk the                                     A leisurely day today with a short drive to the 2000-year-                             OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Citadines Marseille Centre�
     cobbled streets and discover the wonderfully quaint                                    old Pont du Gard� See this enormous, well preserved                                    Parking available� Fees apply�
     shops, sample the best of the region’s wines or be                                     Roman aqueduct, which took more than 1000 people
     tempted by the charcuteries and patisseries� This is a                                                                                                                        day 6 Marseille – Nice (Distance 205km)
                                                                                            Five years to construct, then continue to Arena de                                     After breakfast, explore the vibrant, working port city
     bon-vivant’s paradise�                                                                 Nimes� A stop here will reveal more Roman remnants                                     of Marseille, the second-largest city in France and its
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Chateau de Gilly, Burgundy�                                         including the best-preserved Roman arena in France�                                    seafood capital� Then continue East along the famed
     Parking available on site�                                                             Built around 70 A�D� the Arena de Nimes is still used for                              French Riviera, stopping in Cannes, famous for its film
                                                                                            events today� End the day with a leisurely drive on to                                 festival and ‘star’ of the French Riviera� Then it’s on to
     day 2 Beaune – Lyon (Distance 160km)
                                                                                            Aix-en-Provence, one of the most elegant cities in France�                             Nice, ‘Queen of the Riviera’, where you can stroll along
     In the morning, continue your journey South to Lyon, one
     of the largest cities in France, and built on the banks of                             OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-                                         the Promenade des Anglais or meander through the old
     the turbulent Rhône and tranquil Saône rivers� Drive up                                Provence� Parking available off-site�                                                  town with its flower market�
     to Fourviére Hill, see the basilica and enjoy wonderful                                                                                                                       inCLuDES:
     panoramic views of the city, or explore the numerous                                                                                                                          •	 6 days car hire
     Roman ruins and the renowned architectural treasures�
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 5 nights accommodation
     Also known as the capital of gastronomy, the restaurants
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 3 breakfasts
     of Lyon have as many Michelin stars as their Parisian
     counterparts� You’ll be spoilt for choice in this town�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Citadines Lyon Presqu’île
     apartments� Parking available� Fees apply�




     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 15 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Self-Drive Itinerary



                                Chateaux, Champagne, Chocolate & Battlefields – 6 days/5 Nights from $980

                                                                                                                                                                                      UNITED
                                                                                                                                                                                     KINGDOM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bruges

                                                                                                                                                                                        English Channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lille        BELGIUM
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Somme

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Amiens
                                                                                                                                                                                   Caen


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Loire Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Chantilly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Epernay
                                                                                                                                                 Bruges, Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PARIS

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chartres
                                                                                            YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                                                            The Cathedral of Chartres
                                                                                                                                                                                                             FRANCE
                                                                                            Chateaux accommodation in Chartres
                                                                                            and Chantilly
                                                                                            The D-Day landing beaches near Caen
                                                                                            Lille and the battlefields of World War I
                                                                                            The canals and chocolates of
                                                                                            Bruges, Belgium
                                                                                            Epernay in France’s Champagne region

                                              Chateau Chantilly, France


Regional France is European beauty and culture at its                                  day 3 Caen – Chantilly (Distance 265km)                                                day 5 Lille – Bruges, Belgium (Distance 150km round trip)
best� Postcard landscapes, rich and poignant history                                   East to elegant Chantilly today, the horse-racing capital                              Day trip to wonderful Bruges, across the Belgian border�
and the proudest of people� This journey has a bit of                                  of France� However, there’s much more to Chantilly than                                A city of canals, the old city’s main arteries, Bruges is
everything� Fairytale chateaux, sombre reminders of                                    just horse-racing� After all, this is the place where Richard                          sometimes referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’�
war, a sprinkle of Belgium, and a burst of celebration                                 Nixon enquired, “Why have I been taken seven times to                                  Travel the canals and discover Bruges’ loveliest places,
in the Champagne region� Salut!                                                        Versailles and never here?”� Visit Château de Chantilly,                               its hidden gardens and gorgeous bridges by boat�
                                                                                       destroyed during the French Revolution, rebuilt in the                                 Follow the famous chocolate trail past 50 chocolate
day 1 Paris – Chartres (Distance 100km)
                                                                                       1870s, and now home to the Musée Condé, one of the                                     shops and you’ll understand why this truly is the world’s
An easy drive South-West of Paris brings you to Chartres
                                                                                       finest public art galleries in France� Regal accommodation                             chocolate capital� Return to Lille in the evening�
on the Eure River� Gothic spires will guide you to this
                                                                                       again tonight in the heart of the Chantilly forest�
hill town crowned by the perfectly preserved Chartres                                                                                                                         OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Citadines Lille Centre
Cathedral - an icon of the surrounding countryside�                                    OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Chateau de                                                      Parking available on site�
Whilst Chartres is exquisite, your nearby 16th-century                                 Montvillargenne – Gouvieux-Chantilly� Parking                                          day 6 Lille – Epernay – Paris (Distance 345km)
castle accommodation is a destination in itself� Once                                  available on site�                                                                     A big day on the road but not one without rewards if you
the home of the La Rochefoucauld family, the chateau                                   day 4 Chantilly – Amiens – Lille (Distance 255km)                                      like the bubbly stuff� Set off early and put the 200-odd
is surrounded by a moat and a 60 hectare park with                                     Depart your chateau early for a drive North initially to                               kilometres to France’s Champagne region behind you�
a fishing lake�                                                                        Amiens then on to Lille� Amiens offers access to the                                   Head to Epernay, 26km South of Reims and stroll past
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Chateau d’Esclimont                                             battlefields and monuments to the fallen of World War I�                               mansions on Epernay’s avenue de Champagne, dubbed
– St Symphorien� Parking available on site�                                            But it’s also a thriving city worth visiting for its autumn                            “the most drinkable street in the world” by bubbly lover,
                                                                                       flea market, Cathédrale Notre-Dame - the biggest Gothic                                Winston Churchill� Famous for some of the world’s most
day 2 Chartres – Caen (Distance 235km)
                                                                                       building in France, and the quartier St-Leu, a network of                              renowned champagne producers, Epernay is also home
North to the city of Caen located 15 kilometres inland
                                                                                       canals that still function as waterways for the local market                           to numerous smaller houses worth visiting� And consider
from the English Channel and the infamous landing
                                                                                       gardeners� Perhaps visit the Australian National Memorial                              this: Under your feet in Epernay lie 200 million bottles of
beaches of Normandy� Caen is the perfect base to
                                                                                       at Villers-Bretonneux en-route to Lille, 145km away�                                   champagne ageing in 120 kilometres of cellars� This is
discover the D-Day landing beaches of World War II
                                                                                                                                                                              truly the Capital of Champagne� In the early evening
and the Military Cemetery at Colleville which houses                                   OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Citadines Lille Centre�
                                                                                                                                                                              return to Paris with a bottle or two�
almost 10,000 graves� Devastated during the 1944                                       Parking available on site�
invasion, Caen today is a modern city and a great                                                                                                                             inCLuDES:
base from which to explore Normandy�                                                                                                                                          •	 6 days car hire
OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Mercure Caen� Parking                                                                                                                                   •	 5 nights accommodation
available on site�                                                                                                                                                            •	 3 breakfasts




Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 15 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                loire valley & Bordeaux – 6 days/5 Nights from $1039



                        English Channel
                                                            BELGIUM



                                                    PARIS


                       Tours



                                    FRANCE                                                                                                                                                                                              Saumer, Loire valley




              Bordeaux                              Lyon
                                                                                                 YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                                                                 The delights of the Loire Valley
            Lourdes                                                                              Overnight accommodation in an
                                                Avignon
                                      Montpellier                                                18th-century chateau
                                                                                                 The wines and heritage of Bordeaux
      SPAIN                                                                                      The pilrimage centre of Lourdes famed
                                                                                                 for sitings of the Virgin Mary and
                                           Mediterranean Sea                                     miraculous cures
                                                                                                 Montpellier on the French Riviera

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Basilica of the Rosary, Lourdes


     An epicureran pilgrimage of epic proportions� Travel                                   for its big reds� Bordeaux often goes relatively unnoticed by                          day 6 Lourdes – Montpellier (Distance 395km)
     through the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes and beyond,                                tourists which is a shame for this is a thriving city brimming                         A mighty drive today takes you across spectacular
     South to the famed Mediterranean coast� You’ll stay in                                 with boutiques, sites of significant historic interest, a serious                      countryside, through Toulouse and down to Montpellier
     an 18th-century chateau built by the perfume creator,                                  gastronomic scene and a location at the heart of wine                                  on the Mediterranean coast� Montpellier is vibrant, elegant
     Francois Coty, and enjoy some of the very best of France’s                             country� The food here is divine, paired perfectly with the                            and artistic� Its sunny climate and rich history combine
     renowned food and wine regions�                                                        fabulous local wines� Bordeaux is, quite simply, delicious�                            between the sea, vineyards and mountain landscapes
                                                                                                                                                                                   to create the quintessential Mediterranean playground�
     day 1 Paris – Tours (Distance 240km)                                                   OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Citadines Bordeaux Meriadeck
                                                                                                                                                                                   Without doubt, worth the drive� Montpellier is the perfect
     Collect your car and head into the Loire Valley from                                   – Bordeaux� Parking available on site� Fees apply�
                                                                                                                                                                                   point for another driving holiday (or an extension of this
     dazzling, romantic and iconic Paris� Tonight you stay
                                                                                            day 4 Bordeaux                                                                         one) along the French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur, a self-drive
     a short drive from Tours in a magnificent 18th-century
                                                                                            Simply spend the day indulging yourself in local produce�                              destination par excellence� A necklace of Mediterranean
     chateau in keeping with the surrounding royal estates�
                                                                                            A wine lover’s Mecca, boasting over fifty appellations                                 jewels unrivalled for glitz and glamour just about anywhere
     Tours lies at the centre of the Loire Valley famous
                                                                                            and nearly 10,000 chateaux, Bordeaux produces large                                    on earth� Famous for destinations like St� Tropez, Monaco,
     for its wine and numerous chateaux of the French
                                                                                            quantities of everyday wine as well as some of the most                                Nice or Cannes, there are many less well known gems,
     kings� Explore the medieval city’s cafés, boutiques
                                                                                            expensive wines in the world so, whatever your budget,                                 such as the perched villages of Eze and Gourdon, the
     and galleries�
                                                                                            you’ll find a bottle or two to suit� In the evening seek out                           perfumeries of Grasse and the glass blowers of Biot�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Chateau d’Artigny                                                   the Place du Parlement and Place St-Pierre where you’ll
                                                                                            find restaurants to satisfy all tastes and budget�                                     inCLuDES:
     – Loire Valley� Parking available on site�
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 6 days car hire
     day 2 Tours                                                                            OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Citadines Bordeaux Meriadeck                                        •	 5 nights accommodation
     A day of indulgence in Tours today� Do whatever Your                                   – Bordeaux� Parking available on site� Fees apply�                                     •	 3 breakfasts
     Highness desires� Sleep late in your regal accommodation,
                                                                                            day 5 Bordeaux – Lourdes (Distance 290km)
     inspect the grounds of the chateau then explore Tours
                                                                                            Continue into South-Western France today to miraculous
     - The city of art and history� Take your time, dine slowly
                                                                                            Lourdes, a small market town in the foothills of the
     and enjoy the fruits of the Loire Valley, as you explore the
                                                                                            Pyrenees� Lourdes straddles the Gave de Pau River and
     Garden of France�
                                                                                            was little more than a village until, in 1858, fourteen year
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at Chateau d’Artigny                                                   old Bernadette Soubirous experienced visions� Bernadette’s
     – Loire Valley� Parking available on site�                                             visions were authenticated by Pope Pius IX, and Lourdes
                                                                                            became a major place of religious pilgrimage� Today
     day 3 Tours – Bordeaux (Distance 340km)
                                                                                            Lourdes is second only to Paris in the number of hotel
     A big drive South today brings you to Bordeaux, just East
                                                                                            rooms available in a single French city� That’s a good
     of the wine growing district of Medoc� Surrounded by the
                                                                                            thing as Lourdes receives five million visitors each year
     green of the vineyards, less than an hour from the Atlantic
                                                                                            searching for miracle cures to their ailments�
     Ocean, forests and the mountains, Bordeaux rises proudly
     on the banks of the Garonne� Wine growing has been                                     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Mercure Lourdes
     practised here since the 8th-century, and Bordeaux has                                 Imperial Hotel� Parking available on site� Fees apply�
     long been associated with exceptional wines and famed

     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 15 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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Driving Italy
 Benvenuto in Italia




                          Podere Terrapille, Tuscany



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     h    ome of the cappuccino, pizza, pasta and
          La Dolce Vita, Italy is crammed from top
     to toe with the good things in life�




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuscany


                                                                                           Rome� Roman and Renaissance traditions are evident                                    Tuscany order up bistecca alla fiorentina, a Florentine-
          TravEllErS’ TIpS                                                                 everywhere, and the stunning coastlines and islands                                   style T-bone steak; and on the Riviera enjoy a hearty
                                                                                           melt the heart of all who see them� And with a host                                   buridda seafood stew�
                                                                                           of remarkable cities and sites to see, Italy is a great
          ITalY                                                                            destination to ”freewheel” through, stopping when                                     lOvErS OF arT
                                                                                           and wherever takes your fancy� Ciao!”                                                 Italy is home to some of the most famous works of
          Italy’s passion and panache is irresistible and
                                                                                                                                                                                 artwork in the world, but where can you see what?
          infectious� From classical civilisation to cutting                               ITalIaN FarE                                                                          Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo
          edge 21st-century fashion and design, it effortlessly
                                                                                           When it comes to food it’s not just pizza and pasta�                                  da Vinci’s The Last Supper� Wildly popular, book well
          combines the influences of many centuries to
                                                                                           Each region of Italy has its own proud culinary traditions,                           in advance, up to a month in the summer� The Vatican
          present a modern and diverse country fiercely
                                                                                           so be sure to savour some authentic Italian cuisine: in                               houses Michaelangelo’s stunning ceiling of the Sistine
          connected to its roots� The peace and beauty of
                                                                                           Sicily try tonno alla palermitana, a tuna dish marinated                              Chapel, and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery has Botticelli’s
          the Tuscan hills and the stunning Lakes region is
                                                                                           in white wine and lemon juice; in Campania don’t miss                                 Birth of Venus among many other fabulous pieces�
          the perfect antidote for the hustle and bustle of
                                                                                           mozzarella in carrozza, a fried mozzarella sandwich; in
          cosmopolitan Milan or the ancient splendour of



                                                                                                                  hertz Car hire
                                                                                           Embark on an incredible journey through Italy with Hertz                              ADDiTiOnAL FEATuRES:
                                                                                           car hire, one of the largest car hire companies in the                                •	 Young driver surcharge: €15 + tax per day
                                                                                           world� Hertz offers many product and service initiatives,                                23–24 years
                                                                                           such as Neverlost® (GPS), the perfect travel companion,                               •	 Additional driver charge: €5�50 + tax per day per
                                                                                           guiding you quickly and smoothly to any destination in                                   additional driver
                                                                                           Europe� Hertz also deliver a wide variety of cars, from
                                                                                                                                                                                 •	 Baby/child seats: €55 + tax per hire per seat
                                                                                           compact to mini-van, station wagon to prestige, as
                                                                                           well as the Green Collection, a range of fuel efficient,                              •	 Insurance excess: €900–2800
                                                                                           environmentally friendly vehicles�                                                    •	 One-way hire conditions: ask your consultant for details
                                                                Ford Mondeo                inCLuDES:                                                                             •	 Travel restrictions: ask you consultant for details
                                                                                           •	 Unlimited kilometres
                                                                                           •	 Third party liability
                                                                                           •	 Collision damage waiver
                                                                                           •	 Theft protection
                                                                                           •	 Vehicle licence fee
                                                                                           •	 Location service charge
                                                                                           •	 24-hour emergency assistance



                                                                Fiat Panda                    GROUP/              VEHIClE tYPE                                                                                         3–5        6–13       14–20      21+
                                                                                             CaR COdE             OR SIMIlaR                    FEatURES            dOORS           SEatS         SUItCaSES           daYS        daYS       daYS       daYS
                                                                                                  B               Ford Ka                         M/AC                4/5              5             1L, 2S             95          64            57     52
                                                                                                  C               Fiat Punto                      M/AC                4/5              5             1L, 2S            109          76            62     55
                                                                                                  D               Ford Focus 1.6                  M/AC                4/5              5             1L, 2S            121          83            69     59
                                                                                                  E               Ford C-Max 1.6 TDI              M/AC                4/5              5             1L, 2S            152         107            88     78
                                                                                                  F               Ford Mondeo                    M/SW/AC               5               5             2L, 1S            164         114            97     83
                                                                                                  H               Ford Transit Combi             M/MV/AC               5               9             1L, 2S            295         204           169    147
                                                                                                  K               Mercedes C220 CDI                A/AC               4/5              5             2L, 1S            214         150           124    109
                                                                                                  N               Ford Focus                     M/SW/AC               5               5             1L, 2S            140         100           81     69

                                                                Ford Focus                 Note Prices are based on collections 1 Apr-13 June 11 & 1-31 Oct 11. Surcharges apply 14 June-30 Sept 11. 1-2 day prices also available. Minimum age is 23 years.

     Vehicle type is a guide only & Hertz reserve the right to replace the model at their discretion, without prior notice. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your consultant for details.
     Features: A = automatic, MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioning. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Eurocasa Villas




S   tay in a Tuscan or Umbrian villa amid breathtaking
    scenery and immerse yourself in la dolce vita.
All villas are self-contained, furnished to the owner’s
                                                                                        tastes and fully equipped for comfortable seven night
                                                                                        stays from Saturday to Saturday. A number of villas are
                                                                                        available for shorter stays. Costs vary according to the
                                                                                                                                                                                 property size, location and season. Rates include normal
                                                                                                                                                                                 water use, electricity and gas. In most properties, the
                                                                                                                                                                                 cost of bed linen and towels is also included.



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                                            2km from Foiano della Chiana                PROPERTY FEATuRES                            •	 Pool                                       ROOM & ValIdItY                                                     7 NIGHtS
                                            A traditional brick                         •	 Barbecue                                  •	 Vegetable garden                           avena apartment
                                            farmhouse located near                      •	 Bicycle hire                                                                            1 Nov–24 Dec 10, 9 Jan–2 Apr, 11 Apr–28 May,
                                            the town of Foiano della                    •	 Dishwasher                                                                              26 Sept–31 Oct 11                                                           604
                                            Chiana� The building has                                                                                                               25 Dec 10–8 Jan, 3–10 Apr, 29 May–2 July,
                                                                                        •	 Fireplace                                                                               29 Aug–25 Sept 11                                                        815
                                            been divided into                                                                                                                      3 July–28 Aug 11                                                        1131
                                                                                        •	 Garden furniture
                                            three apartments, all
                                            simply furnished but                        •	 Kitchen facilities                                                                    Children      0–2 years FREE; 3 years & above adult price applies
                                                                                        •	 Laundry facilities                                                                    Max. capacity Avena Apartment – 6 adults
                                            with modern comforts�                                                                                                                distances     Foiano della Chiana station – 1km


Collina dei Fiori                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 NIghTS FrOm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1886
                                            2km from Castiglion Fiorentino               PROPERTY FEATuRES:                          •	   Kitchen facilities                      ROOM & ValIdItY                                                      7 NIGHtS
                                            A two-storey old country                     •	 Barbecue                                 •	   Laundry facilities                      Collina dei Fiori
                                            house, that has been                         •	 Cable TV                                 •	   Pool                                    1 Nov–24 Dec 10, 9 Jan–2 Apr, 11 Apr–28 May,
                                            painstakingly restored, set                  •	 CD player                                •	   Tennis court – offsite                  26 Sept–31 Oct 11                                                        1886
                                            on a hillside covered in olive                                                                                                        25 Dec 10–8 Jan, 3–10 Apr, 29 May–2 July, 29 Aug–25 Sept 11              2504
                                                                                         •	 Dishwasher                                                                            3 July–28 Aug 11                                                         3576
                                            trees and woods� There are
                                                                                         •	 Garden furniture                                                                     Children      0–2 years FREE; 3 years & above adult price applies
                                            splendid views and a lovely
                                            garden� The nearest shop                     •	 Gazebo                                                                               Max. capacity Collina dei Fiori – 10 adults
                                                                                         •	 Heating                                                                              distances     Castiglion Fiorentino station – 2km
                                            is 2km�


la veduta                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 NIghTS FrOm               558
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $


                                            7km from Chiusi                              PROPERTY FEATuRES:                          •	   Kitchen facilities                      ROOM & ValIdItY                                                      7 NIGHtS
                                            Situated on the border                       •	 Barbecue                                 •	   Laundry facilities                      Il Basilico
                                            between Tuscany and                          •	 Cable TV                                 •	   Pool                                    1 Nov–24 Dec 10, 9 Jan–2 Apr, 11 Apr–28 May,
                                            Umbria, this completely                      •	 Dishwasher                               •	   Safe                                    26 Sept–31 Oct 11                                                        558
                                            renovated farmhouse has                                                                                                               25 Dec 10–8 Jan, 3–10 Apr, 29 May–2 July,
                                                                                         •	 Fireplace                                                                             29 Aug–25 Sept 11                                                        830
                                            lovely views over Lake                                                                                                                3 July–28 Aug 11                                                         1131
                                                                                         •	 Garden furniture
                                            Chiusi� There are three
                                            apartments, with a mix of                    •	 Gazebo                                                                               Children      0–2 years FREE; 3 years & above adult price applies
                                                                                                                                                                                 Max. capacity Il Basilico – 6 adults
                                            one and two-storeys�                         •	 Iron/ironing board                                                                   distances     Chiusi station – 7km


podere poggiarello                                                                                                                                                                                                           7 NIghTS FrOm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1508
                                            3km from Poggibonsi                          PROPERTY FEATuRES:                          •	 Laundry facilities                        ROOM & ValIdItY                                                      7 NIGHtS
                                            Facing the Fortress of                       •	 Dishwasher                               •	 Pool                                      Posta Reale – Barn
                                            Poggio Imperiale, this                       •	 Fireplace                                •	 Safe                                      1 Nov–24 Dec 10, 9 Jan–2 Apr, Apr–28 May,
                                            property dates back to                       •	 Garden furniture                                                                      26 Sept–31 Oct 11                                                        1508
                                            the 17th-century� There                                                                                                               25 Dec 10–8 Jan, 3–10 Apr, 29 May–2 July,
                                                                                         •	 Gazebo                                                                                29 Aug–25 Sept 11                                                        2037
                                            is one apartment in the                                                                                                               3 July–28 Aug 11                                                         2595
                                                                                         •	 Iron/ironing board
                                            principal house, or a two-
                                            storey converted barn�                       •	 Kitchen facilities                                                                   Children      0–2 years FREE; 3 years & above adult price applies
                                                                                                                                                                                 Max. capacity Posta Reale (Barn) – 7 adults
                                                                                                                                                                                 distances     Poggibonsi station – 3km

Strict cancellation conditions apply. Costs do not include central heating or final cleaning. A deposit of 15% of the total rental cost is payable within 5 days of booking confirmation. A security deposit is payable on arrival, which varies between
€150 and €300. Other properties & towns are available. Ask your consultant for details. Prices shown are per property for a 7 night stay.


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                                                                   art & Wine in Tuscany – 6 days/5 Nights from $1069




                                      EMILA-ROMAGNA




                                  Florence
                           Arno
                      Montaione
                     San Gimignano                          Arezzo
                          Cecina                                                                                                                                                                                                               San Gimignano
                                        Siena
                                                                     Cortona
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                                                                         Tib                     Medieval Cortona
                                                              LAZIO                              Enchanting Arezzo
                                                                                                 The wine growing regions around Siena
                                                                                                 Stunning Siena
                                                                                                 The towers of San Gimignano
                                                                                                 Fairytale Florence



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cortona


     Nestled boot-like in southern Europe, Italy is an alluring                             day 3 Cortona – Siena (Distance 95km)                                                  day 5 Siena – San Gimignano (Distance 45km)
     destination filled with beauty and spirit� And Tuscany drips                           Drive to Montepulciano, a medieval hill town of                                        A short drive brings you to lovely San Gimignano - a
     with the essence of Italy: Picture-postcard countryside,                               exceptional beauty, and a major producer of wine�                                      medieval walled hill town famous for its thirteen, 800
     classical learning and a rich Renaissance legacy combine                               Enjoy the outstanding views of Tuscan valleys, visit the                               year old towers, which can be seen on approach to
     with typically effervescent Italian hospitality� With Florence,                        Duomo, then continue on to Pienza, a rare example of                                   the town from several kilometres away� Popular with
     the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, at its heart, this is a                               Renaissance town design and a UNESCO world heritage                                    day-trippers it’s a great place to spend a night or two
     seductive region of extraordinary landscapes and the                                   site� Visit Pienza on a Friday and explore the stalls of                               and explore the cobbled lanes and alleyways without the
     world’s richest and most diverse collection of art and                                 the open air markets selling local produce, delicious                                  crowds� The town’s social life revolves around four main
     classical architecture�                                                                baked goods, wines, antiques, handicrafts, and locally                                 squares lined with cafés and some of Italy’s best gelato�
                                                                                            made jewellery� Continue your drive to Montalcino, one                                 A true Tuscan gem�
     day 1 Florence – Cortona (Distance 115km)
                                                                                            of the most famous wine-producing towns in the world,
     Depart Florence for noble Cortona which rises from a                                                                                                                          OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Pescille Hotel, San
                                                                                            renowned for its Brunello, a type of Sangiovese� Head
     high Tuscan hill, and whose medieval architecture and                                                                                                                         Gimignano� Parking available on site�
                                                                                            to Siena for the night�
     steep narrow streets tell the story of the history of this
                                                                                                                                                                                   day 6 San Gimignano – Florence (Distance 55km)
     charming town� There is plenty to see here, including                                  OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Hotel Garden, Siena�                                            Another easy drive through gorgeous countryside and
     Piazza Garibaldi, the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca                                     Parking available on site�                                                             into bewitching Florence, the final stop on this journey�
     displaying items from Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian
                                                                                            day 4 Siena                                                                            Celebrated as the most beautiful city in Italy and the
     civilisations, as well as art and artefacts from the
                                                                                            Surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti,                               heartland of the Renaissance movement, Florence is
     medieval and Renaissance eras, and the church of
                                                                                            Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy� Famed                              as captivating as it is historic, and worthy of a relaxed,
     Santa Maria delle Grazie�
                                                                                            for the Palio (the annual historic horse races), Siena is                              extended stay�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Villa Aurea, Cortona�                                           rich in history� A visit to the Duomo’s interior is a must,
                                                                                                                                                                                   inCLuDES:
     Parking available on site�                                                             with its Gothic octagonal pulpit and perfectly preserved
                                                                                            Renaissance frescos� Explore the wonderful streets of                                  •	 6 days car hire
     day 2 Cortona – Arezzo – Cortona (Distance 60km                                                                                                                               •	 5 nights accommodation
                                                                                            this stunning town� Be sure to grab a gelato and slice
     round trip)                                                                                                                                                                   •	 Breakfast daily
                                                                                            of pizza on Piazza del Campo, Siena’s magnificent shell
     Take a full day to visit the enchanting city of Arezzo�
                                                                                            shaped main square and the location of the annual Palio                                SuGGESTiOn: Link this itinerary with day 2 of the
     In the upper part of the town are the cathedral, the town
                                                                                            horse-race�
     hall and the Medici fortress� Other landmarks include the                                                                                                                     Across the Top of Italy itinerary on page 23�
     Palace of the Lay Fraternity, a 14th-century palazzo with                              OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Hotel Garden, Siena�
     a Gothic ground floor, the Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolari, with                             Parking available on site�
     the Torre Faggiolana, and the Palazzo del Popolo� After
     a day of Tuscan exploration, return to Cortona tonight and
     seek out a local tavern or restaurant serving the typical
     popular dishes of ‘bean soup’ and local boar�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Villa Aurea, Cortona�
     Parking available on site�


     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “B” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 20 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                       across the Top – 7 days/6 Nights from $1429




                                                                                                                                                                                        Como           Lake Como

                                                                                                                                                                                          Milan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Verona
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Po
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Venice




                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bologna          Adriatic
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tyrrhenian Sea                                               Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pisa               Florence
                                                                                                                                                        Lake Como
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ITALY




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                                                                                            YOur hIghlIghTS                                                                     CORSICA

                                                                                            The treasures and daily theatre of life
                                                                                            in Florence                                                                                                                                 ROME
                                                                                            The porticos of cosmopolitan Bologna
                                                                                            Picture-perfect Lake Como
                                                                                            Milan – Europe’s capital of high design
                                                                                            Easy-going, Shakespearean Verona
                                                                                            The wonders of Venice – the floating city


                                                                    Bologna


This journey right across the top of the boot of Italy                                 day 3 Florence – Bologna (Distance 125km)                                              day 6 Como – Verona (Distance 200km)
nearly runs from coast to coast� From Pisa, through                                    Spend the morning saying your farewells to unforgettable                               Depart Como early and race past Monza en-route to
Tuscany and the northern lakes to Verona and, finally,                                 Florence and head to Bologna, famous for pasta sauce,                                  medieval Verona, forever associated with Romeo and Juliet�
to the floating city of Venice, you’ll be embraced by the                              wide piazzas and the elegant arcades (or porticos) that                                This is one Italy’s most authentic cities� Easy-going Verona,
natural warmth of the Italian people and their passion                                 line the streets in the city’s historic centre permitting                              or ‘Little Rome’ (so-called because of its importance in
for great coffee, food and La Dolce Vita!                                              shopping in almost any weather! This is a lively and                                   the country’s imperial days), is a stunning city filled with
                                                                                       cosmopolitan Italian university city, home in fact, to the                             Shakespearean romance�
day 1 Pisa – Florence (Distance 100km)
                                                                                       world’s oldest university� Explore Neptune Square, Podestá
Leaving the famous Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles                                                                                                                       OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Hotel Giulietta e Romeo�
                                                                                       Palace and the Basilica of San Petronio�
behind, head for Florence - Cradle of the Renaissance�                                                                                                                        Parking available� Fees apply�
A lovely stop can be had on the way at Lucca, a beautiful                              OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Europa Hotel� Parking                                           day 7 Verona – Venice (Distance 120km)
Tuscan town protected by massively thick 16th-century                                  available on site�                                                                     There is nowhere like Venice, one of the most beautiful
walls� Surrounded by the beautiful hills of Tuscany, Florence                          day 4 Bologna – Como (Distance 260km)                                                  cities on Earth� Filled with masterpieces of Venetian
is an enchanting city that has been the inspiration for                                Skirting around Milan, today’s drive brings you to an oasis                            architecture, Venice still sings of its glorious past� Leave
unparalleled contributions to the fine arts and culture�                               of tranquility� Lake Como is an enchanting combination                                 your car and relish the thrill of moving around by gondola
Watch the sun set on the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345,                                 of lush Mediterranean foliage, pristine waters and Alpine                              or exploring labyrinthine passages and arched bridges on
the oldest bridge in Florence, and remarkably the only                                 peaks� Located just one hour from Milan, Europe’s                                      foot� A truly magical city and the perfect terminus to this
one not destroyed during World War II�                                                 creative capital, the picture perfect scenery along the                                remarkable journey across the top of Italy�
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi,                                           shores here is unforgettable� Break the journey with a
                                                                                                                                                                              inCLuDES:
Florence� Parking available� Fees apply�                                               lunch stop in Parma - the capital of Italy’s ‘food valley’
                                                                                       where Prosciutto di Parma ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano                                  •	 7 days car hire
day 2 Florence                                                                                                                                                                •	 6 nights accommodation
                                                                                       cheese reign supreme�
Florence demands at least a full day of exploration to                                                                                                                        •	 Breakfast daily
encounter centuries of cultural marvels� This list of iconic                           OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Barchetta Excelsior Hotel
museums, galleries and masterpieces seems endless�                                     in Como� Parking available� Fees apply�
Start with Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St John                              day 5 Como
and the Galleria dell’Accademia, housing Michelangelo’s                                Being in such close proximity to Milan, the home of
famous statue of David� Move on to the most striking                                   fashion and extraordinary artistic treasures such as da
feature of the Florentine skyline - The Duomo� The Uffizi                              Vinci’s famous Last Supper, Como offers options aplenty�
Gallery - one of the largest museums in the world -                                    Spend the day either exploring the most stunning of
contains masterpieces by Giotto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio                              lakes by boarding a boat for Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake
and Botticelli to name just a few�                                                     Como, or make the 50km hop into Milan�
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi,                                           OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Barchetta Excelsior Hotel
Florence� Parking available� Fees apply�                                               in Como� Parking available� Fees apply�




Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “B” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 20 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                         Smouldering Sicily – 6 days/5 Nights from $969




                                          valley of the Temples, Agrigento                                                                                                                                                                             Taormina



                                                                                                                                                               Tyrrhenian Sea
          YOur hIghlIghTS                                                                                                                         Palermo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CALABRIA
                                                                                                             Erice
                                                                                                          Trapani
          The cliff-top town of Taormina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taormina
          Vistas of snow-capped Mount Etna – one
          of the most active volcanoes in the world                                                         Marsala                                                                            Mt Etna
                                                                                                                                                                                Enna                                        Ionian Sea
          The markets and Roman heritage                                                                                                             Caltanissetta       SICILY                             Catania
          of Catania
          Ancient Syracuse                                                                                                               Agrigento

          The Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa                                                                                                                                                                    Siracusa
          The ancient Greek temples of Agrigento
                                                                                                                                        Mediterranean Sea                                 Ragusa



     This driving itinerary is a near-circumnavigation of Sicily,                           day 3 Taormina – Catania (Distance 55km)                                               day 5 Agrigento
     the largest island in the Mediterranean� You’ll drive to each                          A short stretch of road brings you back down the coast                                 Visitors come to Agrigento to explore the Valley of the
     corner of this triangular land, past the shadows of Mount                              to Catania� Catania lives in the shadows of Etna Mount,                                Temples, one of the greatest remnant sites of ancient
     Etna - the tallest active volcano in Europe, through millennia                         and the volcano has betrayed the trust of the local                                    Greece found anywhere in the world� Worthy of comparison
     of mythology and history at Agrigento’s Valley of the                                  people many times� The fertile volcanic soils however,                                 to the Acropolis in Athens itself, the temples are close to
     Temples, and into authentic seaside hamlets� Sicily is often                           support vineyards and orchards across the broad Plain                                  the town centre, but food options are limited so be sure to
     overlooked by visitors to Italy which is a shame� As this                              of Catania� The city has wide streets, majestic palaces,                               pack a picnic if you choose to visit the ruins� In the evening
     journey proves, Sicily truly is a dazzling Mediterranean gem�                          two Roman amphitheatres and large open-air markets                                     walk maze of tiny alleys and piazzas of the dense historical
                                                                                            that buzz with the sale of seafood and farm-fresh                                      centre of Agrigento town and take your pick of restaurants
     day 1 Palermo – Taormina (Distance 260km)
                                                                                            produce like local artichokes and apples�                                              offering delicious pasta and local fish dishes�
     Collect your rental car in Palermo and drive towards
     Taormina on the East coast of Sicily� Taormina is located                              OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the NH Bellini, Catania�                                             OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Della Valle hotel,
     on a cliff overlooking the Ionian sea with views back to                               Parking available on site�                                                             Agrigento� Parking available off site�
     often snow-capped peak of Mount Etna, one of the most                                  day 4 Catania – Agrigento (Distance 300km)                                             day 6 Agrigento – Palermo (Distance 295km)
     active volcanoes in the world� For a local taste, seek out                             Depart Catania early for a big day on the road                                         Another superb day on the road visiting hidden gems
     tonno alla palermitana, a tuna dish marinated in white                                 discovering some of Sicily’s treasures en-route to                                     along the way back to Palermo� Drive to Mazara del
     wine and lemon juice                                                                   Agrigento on the South coast� First stop: Syracuse                                     Vallo, a fishing town that overlooks the Strait of Sicily,
     OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Isabella Hotel, Taormina�                                            - founded over 2,700 years ago by the Corinthians�                                     then on to Marsala for lunch in this seaside resort famous
     Parking available on site�                                                             Discover its older quarter on the island Ortegia, the                                  for its eponymous fortified wines� Your final stop should be
                                                                                            Greek amphitheatres and the Ear of Dionisios� Then                                     Erice, a town built 700m above the Mediterranean, virtually
     day 2 Taormina
                                                                                            continue through the Baroque towns of Noto and                                         unchanged since the 6th-century BC� Enjoy a memorable
     Spend the joy exploring Taormina, one of the most
                                                                                            Ragusa to Agrigento�                                                                   dinner here with couscous and fish being a local speciality�
     picturesque towns in Sicily� Occupied for almost 2,500
                                                                                                                                                                                   Continue to Palermo for an extended stay or an onward
     years, writers and painters have been visiting the town                                OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Della Valle hotel, Agrigento�
                                                                                                                                                                                   journey of discovery�
     for centuries, and after a quick walk around town it’s easy                            Parking available off site�
     to see why� Take the funicular tram down to the popular                                                                                                                       inCLuDES:
     beaches or explore the many lively bars, fine restaurants                                                                                                                     •	 6 days car hire
     and antique shops of Taormina town� Watch the sun sink                                                                                                                        •	 5 nights accommodation
     into the Mediterranean and relax over a meal of Sicliy’s                                                                                                                      •	 Breakfast daily
     renowned sea food, freshly caught from the surrounding
     waters� Finish with a sweet, rich canoli and discover why
     this place is sometimes nicknamed ‘God’s Kitchen’�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Isabella Hotel, Taormina�
     Parking available on site�




     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “B” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 20 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                        Accommodation or Tours




Driving Europe




                                  Beilstein, Germany



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     SECTION
       Car hire
     Section Accommodation or Tours




     E   urope is history, culture, tradition, stunning
         scenery and superb gastronomy� Explore it
     all with our diverse range of independent driving
     holiday options�




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Esslingen


                                                                                           cities such as Dresden, Berlin and Munich, driving also                               thoroughly modern country offering all the trappings
          TravEllErS’ TIpS                                                                 allows visitors to absorb the vast and stunning German                                of 21st-century life�
                                                                                           landscape in a way that would simply be impossible
                                                                                           by train� Likewise, exploring Austria by car is a superb                              auSTrIa
          drIvINg EurOpE                                                                   way to really marvel at the breath-taking Sound of                                    Dominated by the sensational Alps, landlocked Austria
          There isn’t a corner of Europe that’s not worthy                                 Music scenery at your own pace�                                                       has a long history of empire building, decadence
          of exploration by car� And whilst Britain, Ireland,                                                                                                                    and music, and is home to the longest river in the
                                                                                           gErmaNY
          Italy and France tend to see the most self-drive                                                                                                                       European Union, the Danube�
          holiday traffic, so to speak, there are unforgettable                            In the heartland of Europe and with a seminal place
                                                                                           in world history, Germany is a diverse country of                                     With Mozart as its figurehead, it fuses the nostalgic
          experiences to be had across the length and                                                                                                                            grace and splendour of previous centuries with
          breadth of Europe�                                                               cosmopolitan cities, rich cultural traditions, fairytale
                                                                                           castles and huge tracts of imposing dark forest�                                      thoroughly modern living, enriched by some of
          Germany is another fantastic country to explore                                                                                                                        the world’s best ski slopes, stunning scenery and
                                                                                           Famed for its oversize mugs of frothing beer, pagan
          by car� As well as offering an efficient way of                                                                                                                        alpine views�
                                                                                           festivals and Brothers Grimm scenery, it’s also a
          travelling between the charming historical major



                                                                                                                 hertz Car hire
     Embark on an incredible journey and discover fantastic                               inCLuDES:                                                                              ADDiTiOnAL FEES – GERMAnY:
     Austria and Germany with Hertz car hire, one of the                                  •	 Unlimited kilometres                                                                Costs are approximate and in local currency
     largest car hire companies in the world� Hertz offers                                •	 Third party liability                                                               •	 Young driver surcharge: €16�50 per day
     many product and service initiatives, such as Neverlost®                                                                                                                       23–24 years
                                                                                          •	 Collision damage waiver
     (GPS), the perfect travel companion, guiding you quickly
     and smoothly to any destination in Europe� Hertz also                                •	 Theft protection                                                                    •	 Additional driver charge: €36�50 + tax per hire
     deliver a wide variety of cars; from compact to mini-                                •	 Location service charge                                                                per additional driver
     van, station wagon to prestige, as well as the Green                                 •	 Vehicle licence fee                                                                 •	 Baby/child seats: €15�47 + tax per day per seat
     Collection, a range of fuel-efficient, environmentally                               •	 Winterisation fee (Austria only)                                                    •	 Insurance excess: €750–1800
     friendly vehicles�                                                                                                                                                          •	 One-way hire conditions: ask your travel
                                                                                          •	 Local tax
                                                                                          •	 24-hour emergency assistance                                                           consultant for details
                                                                                                                                                                                 •	 Travel restrictions: ask your travel consultant
                                                                                                                                                                                    for details



            GERMaNY INClUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                         1 aPR-31 OCt 11

            GROUP           VEHIClE tYPE OR SIMIlaR                  FEatURES                 dOORS                  SEatS                SUItCaSES                 3–5 daYS                 6–13 daYS               14–20 daYS                  21+ daYS
               A            VW Fox 1.4                                   M                       3                     4                    1L, 1S                      93                       74                       69                       62
               B            VW Polo 1.2                                  M                       5                     4                    1L, 2S                     100                       81                       76                       69
               C            Ford Fusion 1.4                            M/AC                      5                     5                      2L                       115                       92                       85                       77
               D            Ford Focus 1.6                             M/AC                      5                     5                      2L                       121                       97                       90                       82
               E            VW Touran 1.9                              M/AC                      5                     5                    2L, 1S                     141                      113                      105                       95
               F            BMW 3 Series 1.8                           M/AC                      5                     5                    2L, 1S                     197                      156                      146                       131
               G            Ford Mondeo 2.0                          M/SW/AC                     5                     5                    3L, 2S                     159                      128                      121                       108
              G6            Ford Mondeo 2.0 with GPS                 M/SW/AC                     5                     5                    2L, 2S                     185                      149                      138                       126
               T            VW Sharan 2.0                            M/MV/AC                     5                     7                    1L, 1S                     356                      285                      264                       239

     Note Prices are based on pick-ups 1 Apr-31 Oct 11. Surcharges may apply 1 Nov 10-31 Mar 11. Minimum age 25 years groups F & T; 23 years all other groups. 1-2 day prices also available. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing
     procedures of Hertz. Ask your travel consultant for details.

     Vehicle type is a guide only & Hertz reserve the right to replace the model at their discretion, without prior notice. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your consultant for details.
     Features: A = automatic, MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioning. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                          East & West – 6 days/5 Nights from $1975




                                                                                                                                                        Heidelberg                                                                   Cologne Cathedral




                                                                                                                                BERLIN                                             YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                                       Hanover

                 NETHERLANDS                                                                                                                                                       Spectacular Heidelberg Castle
                                                                                                                                                                                   Heidelberg markets
                                 Dusseldorf                                                                                                                                        Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral - Cologne
                                                                                   GERMANY
                                     Cologne                                                                                                                                       The Old Town of Dusseldorf
              BELGIUM                                                                                                                                                              Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony
                                             Rh
                                               ine




                                                                                                                                                                                   The Cold War relics of Berlin
                                                                         Frankfurt                                                      CZECH
                                                                                                                                       REPUBLIC
                  LUXEMBOURG
                                                         Heidelberg                                Nuremberg


Germany is a veritable treasure trove of centuries old                                 day 3 Heidelberg – Cologne (Distance 245km)                                            day 6 Hanover – Berlin (Distance 290km)
castles, Roman ruins, medieval towns and quaint villages,                              Start early this morning and head North to Cologne,                                    Make an early start from Hanover and head East today
and this classic journey takes you through some of the                                 a city of art and culture situated on the Rhine River and                              to Berlin - a city with limitless energy� Since reunification
most spectacular regions and cities of this remarkable                                 dominated by its twin-spired cathedral - one of the largest                            and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Berlin has firmly
country� Follow this route and you’ll uncover a land rich                              Gothic churches in Europe� In the afternoon, wander the                                established itself as a cosmopolitan city with grand
in history, castles, culture, stunning landscapes and plenty                           alleyways of the Old Town to the impressive Rhine river,                               buildings, trendy restaurants, an embarrassment of
of fine beer and wine�                                                                 enjoy a Kolsch beer or visit the chocolate museum where                                cultural and artistic riches, and a history of dramatic
                                                                                       you simply must sample from the large chocolate fountain�                              upheavals� The landmarks, markets, museums, cafés
day 1 Frankfurt – Heidelberg (Distance 85km)
                                                                                                                                                                              and shopping of this sprawling capital will keep you busy
Collect your car this morning and depart Frankfurt�                                    OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Mercure Severinshof
                                                                                                                                                                              for days should you decide to stay on�
Straddling the River Main, Frankfurt boasts Germany’s                                  Hotel, Cologne� Parking available on site�
most spectacular skyline, and is the economic heart of                                 day 4 Cologne – Dusseldorf (Distance 45km)                                             inCLuDES:
the country� Head South to the old university town of                                  A short drive today takes you further North to Dusseldorf                              •	 6 days car hire
Heidelberg� Regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful,                               - a stylish city of elegant boulevards, cosy pubs and world                            •	 5 nights accommodation
Heidelberg is a picturesque medieval town famous for                                   famous museums and galleries� Wander the promenades                                    •	 Breakfast daily
its magnificent Gothic-Renaissance castle and Old Town                                 that run beside the Rhine or travel northwards to the
(Altstadt) set amid mountains and vineyards� In the evening                                                                                                                   SuGGESTiOn: Link this itinerary with the Alpine Discovery
                                                                                       medieval ruins of Kaiserswerth� End your evening with
stroll along the Philosophers’ Walk on northern side of the                                                                                                                   itinerary on page 28�
                                                                                       an adventure in the Old Town where more than 250
Neckar� The preferred location for ambling ponderings by                               friendly pubs, breweries, chic restaurants and bars await�
Heidelberg’s university professors and philosophers it has
excellent views of the old town and castle�                                            OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the NH City Hotel,
                                                                                       Dusseldorf� Parking available on site�
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Best Western Leonardo
Hotel� Parking available on site�                                                      day 5 Dusseldorf – Hanover (Distance 275km)
                                                                                       An early start brings you to Hanover, the capital of Lower
day 2 Heidelberg                                                                       Saxony, which serves up a perfect blend of historic and
A visit to the renowned castle perched 90 metres above                                 modern Germany with the Old Town thriving comfortably
the city is an absolute must� The castle ruins are among                               beside contemporary developments� A lively city on the
the most important Renaissance structures North of the                                 river Leine, and home to the second largest Oktoberfest
Alps� Take the Bergbahn (mountain railway) and make sure                               in the world, Hanover has a wealth of cultural and historical
you go out onto the Belvedere terrace for stunning views                               sites� A great way to encounter 36 of them is to set out on
of the old town below� Explore Heidelberg’s bustling local
                                                                                       foot and simply follow the red line painted on the pavement�
produce markets – one in the old town and one across
the River Neckar in Neuenheim� Lovers of flea markets can                              OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Mercure Haj Mitte�
rummage to their heart’s content at Heidelberg’s Messplatz                             Parking available on site�
every other Saturday�
★★★★ OvERniGHT: at the Best Western Leonardo
Hotel� Parking available on site�
Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 26 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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     gErmaNY & auSTrIa
     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                         alpine discovery – 7 days/6 Nights from $1409




                                         Old City Centre Salzburg, Austria                                                                                                                                  neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany


                                                                                                                                              Koblenz
                                                                                                                                  Frankfurt
          YOur hIghlIghTS                                                                                                  Rudesheim                          Wertheim




                                                                                                                                              Rhine
                                                                                                                                           Miltenberg          Bamberg
          The living Sound of Music heritage                                                                                                      Wurzburg
          of Salzburg                                                                                                                             Rothenburg
                                                                                                                                                      Nuremberg                                                           CZECH REPUBLIC
          The meadows around medieval Innsbruck                                                                                             Stuttgart
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Da
          Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral - Cologne                                                                                                                 GERMANY
                                                                                                                                                                      Regensburg                    nu
                                                                                                     FRANCE                                                                                            be
          Fairytale castles
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Passau
          Lake Constance and stunning Bregenz                                                                                                                                       Munich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Durnstein
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Linz            Melk
          The wine and wheels of Stuttgart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VIENNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       AUSTRIA                               BRATISLAVA
                                                                                                                                                 Bregenz                                                  Salzburg
                                                                                                                       SWITZERLAND                                                  Innsbruck                                                                 BUDAPEST

     This journey takes you from Munich, through                                            day 3 Salzburg – Innsbruck, Austria (Distance 185km)                                   day 5 Bregenz
     neighbouring Austria then on to Frankfurt in the heart                                 Hitting the road early, you’ll drive through stunning                                  On the Eastern shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz is
     of Germany� Austria is an intriguing country that beams                                countryside to Innsbruck - the capital of the Alps - and                               famed for its Bregenzer Festspiele summer opera festival
     from the very centre of Europe� It thrives on a cultural                               twice host of the Olympic Winter Games� Nestled in a                                   when extraordinary operas are performed on a dramatic
     mix influenced by its many neighbours, is home to                                      broad valley between high peaks, Innsbruck’s Old Town                                  floating stage often using the lake’s waters for effect�
     alpine landscapes, and a long history of empire building,                              is home to sturdy medieval houses and a labyrinth of                                   Bregenz lies on a plateau that falls in a series of terraces
     decadence and music� With Mozart as its figurehead,                                    narrow streets that just beg to be explored� If you’d                                  to the lake at the foot of Mount Pfänder� Explore the
     Austria fuses the grace of centuries past with a                                       prefer an encounter with nature, Innsbruck’s hills and                                 medieval centre of town, cruise to the island village of
     thoroughly modern society�                                                             meadows are easily accessible from town�                                               Lindau, or take a gondola up Mount Pfänder for breath-
                                                                                                                                                                                   taking views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Constance�
     day 1 Munich – Salzburg (Distance 143km)                                               OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Hotel Weisses Kreuz,
     Collect your car and depart the delightful little city of                              Innsbruck� Parking available on site�                                                  OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Mercure Bregenz City�
     Munich, the capital of Bavaria� Munich is a picture-                                   day 4 Innsbruck – Bregenz, Austria (Distance 260km)                                    day 6 Bregenz – Stuttgart, Germany (Distance 219km)
     postcard city of Gothic architecture and cavernous                                     The drive from Innsbruck to Bregenz demands a visit                                    Stuttgart is a beacon to driving enthusiasts the world
     Beer halls which fuel the spirit of Oktoberfest year-round!                            to the land of fairytale castles� A 108 kilometre drive                                over� The city’s Mercedes-Benz World and Porsche-
     Head South-East into Salzburg - it’s Austria with an                                   through spectacular mountain passes brings you to                                      Museum fuel this passion but Stuttgart is also situated
     Italian twist of Baroque architecture, cobbled streets,                                Füssen - the highest town in Bavaria, Germany� The                                     in the heart of one of Germany’s largest wine-growing
     coffee houses, stunning scenery and a year round                                       postcard-perfect Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau                                     regions and this drives visitation from all over the world�
     celebration of its most famous son, Mozart�                                            castles of King Ludwig II are the main attractions here�                               Bordered by forests and undulating hills, Stuttgart’s
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Markus Sitticus Hotel,                                          After a pause in Füssen continue to stunning Bregenz                                   impressive gardens, fine squares and palaces add to its
     Salzburg� Parking available on site�                                                   near the four-borders corner of Austria, Germany,                                      cultural richness�
                                                                                            Switzerland and Liechtenstein�
     day 2 Salzburg                                                                                                                                                                OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Hotel Hansa, Stuttgart�
     A full day in Salzburg is an absolute must� Entry to                                   OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Mercure Bregenz�                                                Parking available on site�
     most churches, galleries, markets, gardens and parks                                   Parking available on site�                                                             day 7 Stuttgart – Frankfurt (Distance 205km)
     in Austria is free, and some of the more popular here                                                                                                                         An easy drive of a little over two hours on great roads will
     include Mozart’s birthplace and the beautiful Mirabell                                                                                                                        bring you from Stuttgart to Frankfurt� Straddling the River
     Castle� Be sure to book an Explore Holidays’ Original                                                                                                                         Main, multicultural Frankfurt boasts Germany’s most
     Sound of Music Tour, and pick up a box of Salzburger                                                                                                                          spectacular skyline, is the economic and cultural heart
     Mozartkugeln - delicious sweet treats invented in 1890                                                                                                                        of the country and a fitting place to end this journey�
     by Salzburg’s master confectioner�
                                                                                                                                                                                   inCLuDES:
     ★★★★ OvERniGHT: at the Markus Sitticus                                                                                                                                        •	 7 days car hire
     Hotel, Salzburg�
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 6 nights accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 Breakfast daily



     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 26 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Car Tours
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Section Accommodation or hire
                                                                                                                                                                                                            mulTI EurOpE



                                                                                                                                                                             a     land of colour and vibrancy, fiesta and
                                                                                                                                                                                   flamenco, energy and passion, Spain
                                                                                                                                                                              epitomises a fervent love of life�




     Cordoba


                                                                                                                                                                              with red wine, chopped fruit and lemonade or
     TravEllErS’ TIpS                                                                 daNCE a FlamENCO
                                                                                                                                                                              sparkling water, it is often served in a one litre
                                                                                      No visit to Spain would be complete without
                                                                                                                                                                              pitcher so why not find that scenic Spanish bar,
                                                                                      experiencing the thrill of flamenco, a typically
                                                                                                                                                                              order some tapas and take the time to watch the
     rOadS lESS TravEllEd                                                             Spanish form of music and dance� Flamenco
                                                                                                                                                                              colourful world go by�
                                                                                      is widely performed across the country and
     There’s a real allure about driving those roads                                  incorporates elements of pop, rock and jazz�
     that are, as the saying goes, less-travelled�                                                                                                                            ThE SWEET SWISS
                                                                                      Performances can commonly be seen at fiestas
     Explore Holidays is much more than just Britain                                                                                                                          The Swiss have been making chocolate for 200
                                                                                      or local clubs and particularly during the summer
     & Ireland, France & Italy, and Austria & Germany�                                                                                                                        years and today they eat a staggering 11�6kg
                                                                                      months, at bars and restaurants�
     We have, for example, all the ingredients you                                                                                                                            per person each year� And as their chocolate is
     need to open up the roads, landscapes, culture                                                                                                                           considered the finest in the world, it would be
                                                                                      SIp a SaNgrIa
     and experiences of the Iberian Peninsula and                                                                                                                             wrong not to sample as much as you possibly can�
     the Mediterranean� And, to the East, the alpine                                  Typical of Spain and neighbouring Portugal is the
     regions of Switzerland guarantee impossibly                                      region’s favourite alcoholic tipple, Sangria, widely
     beautiful itineraries day after day after day�                                   available in bars and restaurants� A fruity punch made



                                                                                                             hertz Car hire
                                                                                      Embark on an incredible Spanish journey of discovery                                    inCLuDES:
                                                                                      with Hertz car hire, one of the largest car hire companies                              •	 Unlimited kilometres
                                                                                      in the world� Hertz offers many product and service                                     •	 Third party liability
                                                                                      initiatives, such as Neverlost® (GPS), the perfect travel
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Collision damage waiver
                                                                                      companion, guiding you quickly and smoothly to any
                                                                                      destination in Europe� Hertz also deliver a wide variety                                •	 Theft protection
                                                                                      of cars, from compact to mini-van, station wagon to                                     •	 Location service charge
                                                                                      prestige, as well as the Green Collection, a range of                                   •	 24-hour emergency assistance
                                                          Ford Focus
                                                                                      fuel efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles�
                                                                                                                                                                              ADDiTiOnAL FEATuRES:
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Young driver surcharge: 23–24 years €15 + tax per day
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Additional driver charge: €8 + tax per day per
                                                                                                                                                                                 additional driver (maximum charge 10 days)
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Baby/child seat: €8 + tax per day per seat
                                                                                                                                                                                 (maximum charge €60 + tax per rental per seat)
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Insurance excess: €560–€960
                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Travel restrictions: ask your consultant for details


                                                          Ford Fiesta
                                                                                           GROUP/                                                                                                                     3–5       6–13      14–20      21+
                                                                                          CaR COdE        VEHIClE tYPE OR SIMIlaR            FEatURES           dOORS             SEatS          SUItCaSES           daYS       daYS      daYS       daYS
                                                                                               A           Peugeot 107                           M                2/4                4               2S                90         75        62         56
                                                                                               B           Ford Fiesta                          M/AC              2/4                5              1L, 2S            107         90        77         68
                                                                                               C           Ford Focus                           M/AC              4/5                5              1L, 2S            129        111        94         83
                                                                                               E           Chrysler Neon 1.6                    A/AC              4/5                5              1L, 2S            168        141        119       111
                                                                                               F           Ford Mondeo 1.8                      M/AC              4/5                5              2L, 1S            253        211        182       166
                                                                                               H           Ford Focus 1.6                       M/AC               5                 5              2L, 1S            164        138        117       107
                                                                                                I          BMW 3 Series                         M/AC               5                 5              2L, 3S            328        273        234       211
                                                                                               J           Peugeot 807 2.0 HDI                M/MV/AC              5                 7              2L, 3S            289        243        209       188

                                                          Peugeot 308                 Note Minimum age 23 years. Prices are based on pick-ups 1 Apr-14 Jun, 18 Aug-31 Oct 11. Vehicle type is a guide only & Hertz reserve the right to replace the model at
                                                                                      their discretion, without prior notice. All car rentals are subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz. Ask your consultant for details.

Vehicle type is a guide only & Hertz reserve the right to replace the model at their discretion, without prior notice. All car hire is subject to legal terms, conditions & pricing procedures of Hertz; ask your consultant for details.
Features: A = automatic, MV = mini-van, AC = air-conditioning. Suitcases: S = small, M = medium, L = large. Number of doors, seats & suitcases are a guide only.


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     SpaIN
     Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                       moorish andalucia – 7 days/6 Nights from $1035




                                                                            Toledo                                                                                                                                        The Alhambra Palace, Granada




          YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                                                                                                          PORTUGAL                                       MADRID
          Cordoba’s Mezquita mosque & cathedral
                                                                                                                                                                              Toledo
          The hilltop fortress town of Ronda                                                          Atlantic Ocean                                                                             SPAIN
          The Mediterranean port city of Malaga
          Granada and The Alhambra palace complex
          The medieval town of Toledo                                                                                                                            Cordoba


                                                                                                                                                              Ronda                      Granada                                Mediterranean Sea
                                                                                                                                                                          Malaga



     This is a classic route deep into the heart of Moorish                                 day 3 Cordoba – Malaga via Ronda (Distance 300km)                                      day 5 Granada
     Andalucía, Spain, visiting the great cities of Granada,                                Set off early to make the most of this brilliant section                               Granada is one of those places that demands a longer
     Cordoba and Toledo plus the stunning hilltop town of                                   of the journey� Enjoy the 196km drive to Ronda which                                   stay� Its unique history has left it with a living legacy of
     Ronda� Looping South from Madrid and returning via                                     sits spectacularly atop a ridge and has been a strategic                               Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures�
     Malaga on the Mediterranean Coast, you’ll discover                                     fortified village for millennia� Straddling the El Tajo gorge                          Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains
     cities that are alive with colour and rich in history�                                 made famous in Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls,                                    at a confluence of rivers it is home to the Alhambra, a
                                                                                            the old and new towns are dramatically connected by                                    spectacular complex of palaces and gardens, and the
     day 1 Madrid – Cordoba (Distance 400km)
                                                                                            the Puente Nuevo bridge� Views from the restaurants                                    last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms� Spend the day
     Collect your car in Madrid and take a long, leisurely drive
                                                                                            that gaze over the ridge to distant mountains, valleys                                 exploring the steep, cobbled streets and white-washed
     South through the land of Don Quixote to Cordoba which
                                                                                            and clustered white villages are especially breathtaking�                              homes of Granada’s old Arab quarter on the hill facing
     was once the capital of Al-Andalus, the name used
                                                                                            Meander through narrow streets, sample local delicacies,                               the Alhambra�
     describe Moorish Spain� It is argued that in medieval
                                                                                            and immerse yourself in Ronda’s ancient atmosphere�
     times Cordoba was the most advanced city in Europe,                                                                                                                           OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Melia Granada�
                                                                                            In the afternoon continue to Malaga, birthplace of Pablo
     a thriving centre of Christian, Muslim and Jewish culture                                                                                                                     day 6 Granada – Toledo (Distance 372km)
                                                                                            Picasso and gateway to the Costa del Sol�
     and learning�                                                                                                                                                                 Drive to the fortified medieval town of Toledo - one of the
                                                                                            OvERniGHT: ★★★★ Torrequebrada Hotel, Malaga                                            former capitals of the Spanish Empire, and a beautiful
     OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Tryp Gallos Hotel, Cordoba�
                                                                                            Parking available off site� Fees apply�                                                town where Moorish, Christian and Jewish cultures
     Parking available off site�
                                                                                            day 4 Malaga – Granada (Distance 134km)                                                co-existed� Explore Toledo and you’ll discover streets
     day 2 Cordoba
                                                                                            Malaga is a city that oozes a relaxed Mediterranean                                    barely wide enough for a pilgrim and his donkey, let
     Cordoba’s diverse history has left behind a tapestry of
                                                                                            atmosphere� The locals say Malaga is home to the best                                  alone a car� Best you leave your car at the hotel and
     significant sites including the Mezquita - a great mosque
                                                                                            regional fish and wine and, not surprisingly, its narrow                               experience the town on foot�
     built to rival Mecca� Entering the Mezquita is a jaw dropping
                                                                                            streets heave with seafood restaurants and bodegas�
     experience� Even more so when you discover a huge                                                                                                                             OvERniGHT: ★★★ at Pintor El Greco – Toledo�
                                                                                            Explore the city, sample the sea’s freshest fare and visit
     Catholic cathedral at its centre� Wandering the narrow lanes                                                                                                                  Parking available on site�
                                                                                            the Picasso Museum before departing for Granada in
     of the Jewish Quarter, crossing the Roman bridge past                                                                                                                         day 7 Toledo – Madrid (Distance 90km)
                                                                                            the afternoon�
     Moorish waterwheels for a panoramic sunset view of the                                                                                                                        Enjoy a late breakfast in Toledo and perhaps a final walk
     heart of the city, or simply relaxing in Cordoba’s old bars                            OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Melia Granada� Parking                                          around town before commencing the final short leg of
     is time well spent here�                                                               available off site�                                                                    this journey back to Madrid�
     OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Tryp Gallos Hotel,                                                                                                                                     inCLuDES:
     Cordoba� Parking available off site�
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 7 days car hire
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 6 nights accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 Breakfast daily




     Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “A” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 29 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
     accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ITalY & SWITZErlaNd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Self-Drive Itinerary



                                                                I do. You do. Fondue – 7 days/6 Nights from $1889




                                                                                                                                        Lake Thun, Switzerland                                                                                  Turin, italy




                                                                                                                                                                                   YOur hIghlIghTS
                                                             SWITZERLAND
                                                       Lausanne                                                                                                                    Picture-perfect Lake Como
                                                                      Interlaken                                                            AUSTRIA                                The alpine lakes and peaks of Interlaken
                                                                                                                                                                                   Stunning Lausanne on Lake Geneva,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Switzerland
                                                                                                                                                                                   The cafés and laneways of Turin
                                                                                                     Lake Como
              FRANCE
                                                                                                      Como                                      SLOVENIA
                                                                               Milan                      Verona
                                                        Turin                                                               Venice
                                                                                       ITALY                                                                               CROATIA
                                                       Genoa
                                                                                        Bologna
This compact journey combines highlights of both Italy                                 day 3 Como to Interlaken, Switzerland (Distance 215km)                                 day 6 Lausanne – Turin, Italy (Distance 260km)
and Switzerland� Starting in Milan, then North past Lake                               Depart Como and drive a short distance through the                                     From Lausanne, skirt around the East coast of Lake
Como before looping through the dramatic landscapes                                    crisp mountain air and into Switzerland� Today’s drive                                 Geneva then continue South-East past Chamonix-Mont
and lakes of Switzerland, this is a journey of unforgettable                           takes you past Lugano and countless stunning vistas to                                 -Blanc down into Turin� Famous for the Shroud of Turin
vistas, medieval charm and, perhaps, a taste or two of                                 Interlaken - a popular Swiss holiday resort at the foot the                            and the Fiat auto plant, Turin combines the old and the
the finest Swiss chocolate�                                                            famous trio of massive peaks - the Eiger, the Mönch and                                new perfectly, also being home to contemporary art
                                                                                       the Jungfrau� Find a place for dinner by the lake then seek                            galleries, Baroque architecture and historic cafés�
day 1 Milan – Lake Como, Italy (Distance 50km)
                                                                                       out one of Interlaken’s renowned, cosy bars for a nightcap�
Known as Europe’s creative capital, Milan is also the                                                                                                                         OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Le Meridien Lingotto,
gateway to Italy’s Lakes District, a series of sparkling                               OvERniGHT: ★★★ at the Hotel Bernerhof� Parking                                         Turin� Parking available on site�
alpine waterways� A short drive North brings you to                                    available on site�                                                                     day 7 Turin – Milan, Italy (Distance 140km)
picture-perfect Lake Como once described by poet                                       day 4 Interlaken – Lausanne, Switzerland (Distance 165km)                              Spend the morning sampling the delicacies of the historic
William Wordsworth as ‘a treasure which the earth keeps                                After breakfast, depart Interlaken and marvel at the                                   local cafés� Some of the best food in Italy comes from this
to itself’� Como is the most stunning of the lakes, crystal                            alpine reflections in the still waters of Lake Thun as you                             region, including cheese, wines, truffles and chocolate,
clear waters and dramatic peaks rising from the water’s                                drive towards the Swiss capital, Berne� From Berne it’s                                with the chocolate-hazelnut sauce, gianduja, being a local
edge� It’s an impossibly beautiful place� Shaped like an                               only 110km to Lausanne - the most stunning of cities in                                specialty� Then set off on the final leg of this journey back
upside down Y, Lake Como’s shoreline is sprinkled with                                 a country of endless natural beauty� Built on three hills                              to Milan, home of fashion, design and commerce, and a
a number of villages and towns all worth exploring�                                    and surrounded by the vineyard-covered slopes of Lake                                  city where shopping is not just an art form but a carefully
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Barchetta Excelsior Hotel�                                      Geneva it is overlooked from the opposing French shore                                 crafted obsession�
in Como� Parking available on site� Fees apply�                                        by the Savoy Alps�
                                                                                                                                                                              inCLuDES:
day 2 Como                                                                             OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Hotel Alpha                                                     •	 7 days car hire
Leaving Como without exploring the lake just wouldn’t                                  Palmiers, Lausanne�                                                                    •	 6 nights accommodation
be right� After breakfast in Como, board a boat for                                    day 5 Lausanne, Switzerland�                                                           •	 Breakfast daily
Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como, at the tip                                  Explore this tiered city that has grown on incredibly
of the peninsula separating the lake’s two southern                                    steep hills above Lake Geneva� Soak up the breathtaking
arms� The journey across the lake is simply unforgettable                              views framed between city buildings of sparkling water,
as your vessel slices through the scenery reflected in the                             gleaming sunlight and the looming, snowcapped Savoy
deep waters� Explore the narrow streets of this village,                               Alps� A pedestrian-friendly city, the old town in particular
with its elegant lakeside hotels, villas and gardens� And you                          is a treasure chest of alleyways lined with cafés and
simply must sit down to a plate of the local fish speciality -                         boutiques that now shape the streetscape of this medieval
a risotto made with perch fresh from the lake, white wine,                             town centre�
onion, and butter� Squisito!
                                                                                       OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Hotel Alpha
OvERniGHT: ★★★★ at the Barchetta Excelsior Hotel                                       Palmiers, Lausanne�
in Como�



Prices shown are per person. ‘FROM’ prices are based on twin share. Car rental is based on “B” category vehicle and travel during low season with Hertz booked through Explore Holidays. Refer to page 20 for full car hire terms and conditions. Includes
accommodation as mentioned. Surcharges may apply during high season, public holidays, trade shows & special events. Other accommodation and car hire options are available. Pricing is a guide only; ask your travel consultant for exact pricing & seasons.


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      drIvINg EurOpE
     Section Accommodation or Tours




     Driving
     Distances
     T   o help put things in perspective,
         we have put together this matrix of
     distances between major European centres�
     The incredible web of roadways across
     Europe means that there are nearly infinite
     possiblilities when it comes to routes from
     A to B�
     Europe’s motorways have made travelling
     vast distances effortless� It can be Rome
     one day, Berlin the next� But we encourage
     driving holiday makers to stop and smell the
     croissants, risotto and bratwurst� Enjoy your
     freewheeling holiday� It’s Europe, your way�




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               ZaGREB 1101           1078     7027        349        784      671    1033        309        1125         1815     735        1725       1160       2191     1339     858          1694     531     719           1617   1086    502      516    1549        261
                VIENNa 1175          1805     1366        658        640      898    1126        249        1038         2055     747        2097       1566       2983     1498     972          2375     628     1162          1665   1197    280      1152   1717
            StOCKHOlM 1418           3461     2312        2314       1025     1855   1577        1915       650          2484     1458       439        3292       3681     1950     1577         3139     1681    2483          549    1876    1086     2624
                 ROME 1709           2444     879         1278       1537     938    1529        1247       1995         2354     1290       3062       2254       2684     1805     1313         2035     525     743           2603   1446    933
               PRaGUE    708         280      1356        742        259      613     700        470        624          1459     409        1323       1517       2216     1012     586          1751     639     879           1117   854
                 PaRIS   507         2933     853         1776       1070     589     299        1456       1226         998      425        2304       2743       1786     449      341          1266     636     1041          1826
                 OSlO 1368           3451     2148        2294       1025     1796   1527        1895       600          2463     1408       978        3273       3632     1900     1574         3092     1611    2433
           MONtE CaRlO 1492          2520     513         1352       1302     663    1282        1323       1831         1971     1033       2898       2330       1990     1422     1033         1503     240
                MIlaN    796         1463     740         870        845      169     703        798        1157         1429     489        1953       1659       1670     957      481          1179
               MadRId 1773           3871     483         2703       2335     1527   1566        2613       2492         2214     1854       3530       3681       647      1665     1586
           lUXEMBOURG    402         2594     972         1427       784      422     217        1197       975          1120     245        2005       2414       2150     586
               lONdON    529         3192     1181        2045       1112     957     370        1755       1298         549      763        2333       3002       2314
                lISBON 2312          4520     983         3311       2993     2195   2095        3231       3033         2862     2463       4090       4330
              IStaNBUl 2774          1128     2235        998        2314     2285   2644        1316       2674         3551     2314       3731
              HElSINKI 1797          3900     2629        2784       1456     2294   1957        2354       1033         2919     1876
              FRaKFURt   430         2525     1091        1347       560      409     391        967        806          1356
                dUBlIN 1097          3741     1483        2574       1715     1516    938        2304       1855
           COPENHaGEN    764         2874     1767        1677       389      1549    924        1286
             BUdaPESt 1406           1566     1522        399        907      1128   1366
             BRUSSElS    203         2803     1080        1665       740      669
                 BERN    838         2513     755         1327       949
                BERlIN   660         2463     1501        1307
             BElGRadE 1836           1167     1530
            BaRCElONa 1237           1891                                       Note Driving distances shown represent approximate highway kilometres between major cities. Your journey distances will vary depending on the route taken. Distances continually
                                                                                change with roadway developments and your exact route could vary depending on local traffic conditions. Always adhere to the traffic rules and speed limits. Drive safely.




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EuROpE
The Long & the Short of It – England & Scotland
8 days/7 nights

Stones, Sea & Spires – England
6 days/5 nights

The Lap of Honour – Scotland
6 days/5 nights

To Be Sure – Ireland
6 days/5 nights

City of Lights to the French Riviera – France
6 days/5 nights
Chateaux, Champagne, Chocolate & Battlefields
– France & Belgium
6 days/5 nights

Loire Valley & Bordeaux – France
6 days/5 nights

Art & Wine in Tuscany – Italy
6 days/5 nights

Across the Top – Italy
7 days/6 nights

Smouldering Sicily – Italy
6 days/5 nights

East & West – Germany
6 days/5 nights

Alpine Discovery – Austria & Germany
7 days/6 nights

Moorish Andalucia – Spain
7 days/6 nights

I do. You do. Fondue – Italy & Switzerland
7 days/6 nights




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                                                                                                                                                 France
                                                                                                                                                 italy &
                                                       & ireland
                                                                                                                                                                    italy & France




                                                        Britain
                                                                   Britain & ireland
australian opco pty ltd (aBn 20 003 279 534)
trading as explore holidays. licence # act 18800566,
                  ,
nsW 2ta002547 nt lta 149, Qld 312 4259,
sa tta 192799, tas tas 160, Vic 32360,
Wa 9ta 1362.




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                                                                                                                                                 Mediterranean
                                                                   austria & germany
                                                       austria &
                                                       germany




                                                                   also featuring poland, czech republic, hungary, switzerland,
                                                                                                                                                                 Mediterranean
                                                                                                                                                                 featuring greece, turkey, Spain, portugal, croatia & Malta
                                                                               the netherlands, denmark & belgium




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                                                       & egypt




                                                                                                                                                 mexico
                                                       ArAbiA




                                                                       ArAbiA & egypt                                                                                            mexico




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