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									voted world’s leading tour operator in 8, for the 11th year in a row.

                          Prate Luxu Journeys

private luxury                          europe                                              the usa

                                          Austria.....................................16      The East Coast of the USA..... 50
meals                                   Belgium................................... 18       The West Coast of the USA.... 52
                                          France......................................20      Itineraries............................... 54
hotels                                  Germany.................................. 24
                                          Great Britain........................... 28
                                          Ireland..................................... 30     canada
                                          Switzerland............................. 34         Cities and Sightseeing . . . . . 60
                                          The Netherlands..................... 36             Itinerary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 62

australia                                    new zealand                                      south africa

Cairns...................................... 66 Cities and Sightseeing ...........88          Cities and Sightseeing ...........96
Gold Coast...............................68 Itineraries ...............................90     Itinerary ..................................98
Melbourne ..............................70                                                    Hotels ...................................100
Sydney..................................... 72
The Australian Islands............74
Sydney Attractions .................84
Hotels ......................................85

                             WORLD’S LEADING TOUR OPERATOR
                             FOR 11 YEARS IN A ROW
                             In 2008, Kuoni received ‘The World’s Leading Tour Operator’ award
                             at the World Travel Awards, for the eleventh time in a row. This is a
                             distinction conferred on only the most outstanding travel firms,
                             elected by 167,000 industry specialists from around the world.
Alfred Kuoni (1874 - 1943)
                             Established in 1993, these awards are considered one of the
Swiss founder of the
Kuoni Travel Group           industry’s highest accolades.

                             THE WORLD
                             IS YOUR PLAYGROUND
                             A thousand years ago, people travelled in search of new lands to
                             conquer. To set up trade routes. To prove to a disbelieving world that
                             the planet was not flat. Or to settle in a new land.

                             Times have changed.

                             The world now travels largely for pleasure. And it is our privilege to
                             be the forerunner in this industry.

                             Little did Alfred Kuoni imagine, when he set up his travel firm selling
                             afternoon trips to Üetliberg in 1906, that his enterprise would grow to
                             span four continents. His passion for creating the most authentic
                             travel experience, his dedication to the comfort of every traveller…
                             these traits sent thousands on the holiday of their dreams.

                             Everything about a Kuoni holiday is premium, in the truest sense of
                             the word. First class seats in the finest airlines. The most exquisite
                             hotels in every city. Sightseeing experiences that allow you to
                             participate deeply in new cultures. You will find that Kuoni arranges
                             your trip with astonishing attention to your particular taste.

                             It is, after all, your holiday. Your escape from the old world to one
                             equally familiar, yet only dreamt of until now.

the heart of our business:
reliability, authenticity
and passion
A hundred years of taking people to discover the most magical places on the planet.
Time enough to understand what makes a holiday perfect.

Kuoni believes in and dedicates itself to its three core values, of Reliability, Authenticity
and Passion. These come closest to defining what our customer can expect from us.

The first, Reliability, draws on our heritage, and means that the customer can always
expect the best from us.

The second, Authenticity, conveys the nature of the destinations and experiences we
offer, customised to the preferences of each traveller.

Passion is the sentiment evident in everything we do, and the natural exuberance that is
a part of each holiday.

The merging of these three values is perhaps what has helped us create holiday
experiences that transcend cultures and languages to be cherished in the mind for years.
And we trust will continue to do so for the next hundred years.

The most passionate travellers are    and sightseeing choices that
those who discover a country on a     offer you an interesting insight
road trip. Stopping as and when       into each culture. While being,
the fancy strikes them, at quaint     across the board, very luxurious,
shops and wayside cafés along the     very exclusive.
way. Or simply to admire a
particularly fine vista.               Like your hot air balloon ride and
                                      champagne breakfast in Australia.
At Kuoni, we do things in style.      Or your vintage Citroën 2CV that
Your vehicle of choice is a luxury    takes you sightseeing in Paris. An
van, spacious enough to               aernoon of indulgence at a mud
comfortably seat you, your family,    spa in New Zealand. A visit to an
and a friend or two. With a           ostrich farm in Cape Town. Or the
well-trained chauffeur to navigate,    whale watching cruise in Boston.
so that you can simply sit back       And so much more.
and have a good time. You will
stop over at five star or four star    Take your pick of Australia, New
hotels, the finest in each area, and   Zealand, the USA, Canada, South
dine at the most celebrated           Africa, or nine countries in
restaurants in every city. With a     Europe. And prepare for a holiday
friendly local guide in each city,    unlike any you’ve taken before.

private luxury journeys

     the gourmet vacation
     There’s something about a holiday that increases the appetite
     multifold. Perhaps it’s the fresh air. Or the eager anticipation of the
     day ahead. Whatever be the reason, we ensure that meals are
     something you will look forward to.

     Every morning, wake up to the convenience of a hot buffet breakfast
     at your hotel. At lunch time, you are free to sample the local cuisine
     at any of the restaurants around your hotel, or en route to your next
     destination. End your days with flavours of home: a sumptuous
     dinner at an Indian restaurant located close to your hotel.

     Almost every day of your journey has a culinary surprise in store.
     Lunch at the celebrated Galeries Lafayee, Paris. A Tyrolean dinner in
     Innsbruck, complete with entertainment. A visit to Ben & Jerry’s Ice
     cream Factory, with tastings, of course. Every kind of cuisine from
     across the globe, at the World Carnival Buffet, Las Vegas. A
     sumptuous lobster dinner at Sydney. A wine tasting in a Stellenbosch
     vineyard in South Africa. And more.

     Bon appétit!

     Meals included in your holiday have been mentioned against each day of your itinerary.
     The key is as follows:
     B: Breakfast, usually a buffet spread ► L : Lunch, usually Indian ► CL : Continental Lunch ► PL: Packed Lunch
     D: Dinner, Indian unless specified ► CD: Continental Dinner
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     the art of indulgence
     On holiday, it’s essential that you spend your nights in comfort,
     enabling you to rise refreshed for a day packed with possibilities. At
     Kuoni, we give you a choice of the most celebrated hotels and resorts
     in each location.

     In Europe, you may choose from five star, four star city-centre or four
     star city-limits hotels.

     In Australia, you may choose between five star or four star hotels, or
     you may choose to stay at serviced apartments which offer
     considerable luxury while offering you more bedrooms, and the
     convenience of a fully stocked kitchen.

     In New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA, you may choose
     from five star and four star hotels.

     The hotels and resorts we offer have been chosen for their level of
     luxury, services, location, amenities and opportunities for recreation.
     So that you can look forward to puing up your feet in comfort at the
     end of each day.
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So carpets of snow, spilling down over      holiday destination of choice for decades.
loy mountains into valleys. The watchful    From the style and exuberance of the
mystery of Venice’s waterways. Acres of      French Riviera and the wildflower-speckled
vineyards leaning towards a delicately       meadows of the Austrian countryside, to
flushed horizon. The awe-inspiring            the impressive art and cultural heritage of
majesty of St. Peter’s Cathedral.            Italy, this continent is a single long, well
                                             connected sojourn through some of the
Europe has been the discerning traveller’s   world’s most enriching countries.


     graz ► Graz serves as capital of the province of   Altstadt or Old Town area is a panorama of
     Styria and has been declared a UNESCO World        medieval architecture and monuments set
     Heritage Site. The city’s medieval square is       against a breathtaking mountain backdrop.
     perhaps the best place to imbibe the spirit that   Innsbruck offers visitors an array of cultural
     courses through the winding streets. The Graz      and sporting aractions.
     Clock Tower is considered to be the city’s
     landmark. The countryside around is                mayrhofen ► Set at a height of 630 metres,
     remarkably prey, with a blend of vineyards,       where four valleys of the Zillertal Mountain
     forested hills and thermal springs, presenting     merge, Mayrhofen is delightful any time of
     an irresistible invitation to linger.              the year, but dons its brightest colours at the
                                                        onset of winter, when it welcomes the ski
     salzburg ► One of Europe’s most enchanting         enthusiasts of the world. Its tranquil lakes and
     baroque cities, Salzburg rests on the banks of     walking trails encourage the visitor to spend
     the Salzach, in the shadow of a medieval           several days in joyous discovery; while swish
     fortress. Best known as Mozart’s birthplace,       bars encourage a spirited nightlife.
     this city is a year-round cultural Mecca. For
     international dining and shopping, head to         vienna ► One of the continent’s most
     the streets and squares of the le bank. If you    dazzling capital cities, Vienna’s modern
     happen to find yourself in the Bierstuben,          ambience and spirit strike an arresting
     make sure you stop to sample the local beer,       contrast against its grand architecture and
     Steigl, a favourite with the locals.               sense of timelessness. Its grand imperial
                                                        palaces have played host to much of European
     innsbruck ► Set in the heart of the Tyrolean       history, and its story mirrors the themes of
     Mountains, Innsbruck is a striking city,           empire building, colonial expansion, war and
     effortlessly blending past and present. The         reinvention in a modern age.
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your sightseeing

a city tour of graz                              a guided city tour of                             an innsbruck tour with                         a visit to swarovski
                                                 salzburg                                          a horse carriage ride                          crystal world

On this leisurely exploration of the city,       See the birthplace of Mozart, the Mirabell        On your exploration of Innsbruck, you          Drop in at the headquarters of Swarovski,
you will see the Clock tower - a fortified        Palace with its landscaped gardens and the        will see the Golden Roof, an ornate Gothic     the amazing Crystal World at Wattens,
medieval tower, Graz Cathedral, Hauptplatz -     magnificent fortress of Hohensalzburg, the         balcony and an icon of the city. You will      where you have the chance to pick up
the market square and social centre, the         Mozarteum School of Music, Trinity Church,        also see the 17th century fountain with the    Swarovski crystals and also explore the
majestic Mariatrost Basilica, Helmut-List Hall   the County Legal Courts, Nonnberg Abbey,          equestrian statue of King Leopold V, St.       museum.
- the distinctive glass, steel and concrete      Hellbrunn Palace, the Villa of Frohnburg and      Anne’s Column, the Triumphforte –
building which serves as a venue for major       more. Also visit the Marionette Theatre and       Innsbruck’s arch of celebration and grief
Styrian festivals. You will also see Altes and   the Festival Hall. Take an hour or so to stroll   and the Heiblinghaus, a building resembling
Neues Joanneum - Austria’s first museum,          around the Altstadt (the old city), which was     a wedding cake. The historic splendours of
and home to the scientific collection of the      recently granted World Heritage status.           Innsbruck are best experienced on your
beloved Archduke Johann.                                                                           horse carriage ride.

a visit to                                       a city tour                                       danube cruise
stubai glacier                                   of vienna                                         in vienna

Discover the beauty of Tyrol’s mountains.        Drive around the Ringstrasse – Vienna’s           Take a relaxing cruise aboard the MS Vienna.
From the top of Tyrol, 10,500 feet high, you     main boulevard, past the State Opera, the         Float past some of Vienna’s most significant
will have a truly magnificent view of over a      Museums of Fine Art and Natural History,          buildings: the Urania Observatory, the
hundred peaks in the surrounding mountain        the Parliament building, the National             Kunsthaus Wien, the Gasometer building,
region. Here’s a suggestion – this panorama      Theatre, the City Hall and the University, the    the UNO City, the Danube Tower and the
is best experienced while sitting on the sun     Danube Canal, the Kunsthaus, and Prater           Millennium Tower. Admire the Nussdorf lock
terrace of Austria’s highest mountain            Park with its giant Ferris wheel. Next,           and the Thermal Waste Treatment Plant at
restaurant.                                      explore some of the magnificently decorated        Spittelau, designed by Friedensreich
                                                 rooms of the Schonbrunn Palace. End your          Hundertwasser. You will also see the
                                                 tour at the Belvedere Palace or at the State      Rossau Barracks, the Vienna Ring Tower
                                                 Opera House.                                      and St. Rupert’s Church.


     bruges ► Popular with tourists all through      Antwerp might beguile one into believing that
     the year, Bruges’ charm lies in its carefully   they have wandered into some forgoen era.
     cultivated air of antiquity. The ornate         An illusion that will quickly be dispelled by
     buildings, serene canals, beautifully planned   the psychedelic lights of a discotheque or
     market squares and winding pedestrian           boutiques offering some of Europe’s most
     pathways owe some of their charms to history,   fashionable aire. Facets add to the sparkle, as
     and some to meticulous renovation. Gothic       this diamond trading city will aest.
     spires and medieval flourishes abound, and
     the friendly residents do their bit to ensure   brussels ► It’s the city of the bizarre and the
     that the city remains one of Belgium’s most     beautiful. It’s the city of café culture and Art
     visited. The Groeninge Museum, the Church       Nouveau architecture. It is colourful, yet
     of Our Lady and the Belfry and Market Halls     understated. It is alive, yet casual. It has a
     are popular sightseeing spots.                  French soul with an undeniably Flemish
                                                     mentality. Belgium’s capital seduces travellers
     antwerp ► With its baroque architecture,        as one of Europe’s relatively obscure yet
     ancient cathedrals and cobblestone paths,       endlessly fascinating destinations.
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your sightseeing

an orientation tour
of brussels

See the charming Manneken Pis statue,
Brussels’ most recognisable landmark.
Admire the city’s architecture - the
Gothic-style St. Michael’s Cathedral, the
beautiful Grand Place, the Royal Palace
and the vast Palace of Justice. Move on to
the more modern landmark, Atomium, a
structure representing the concept of an
iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times.


     paris ► Walking through the heart of this city,    nice ► The capital of the French Riviera and a
     you feel as though you’ve wandered onto a film      gliering jewel of the Côte d’Azur. The warm
     set. Its inhabitants are the definition of style,   southern French sun shines down on a sea
     its architecture includes some of the most         that is an enchanting shade of blue. The city
     spectacular buildings and monuments in             seems to be exclusively populated by beautiful
     Europe and the ambience is by turns exciting,      people. Nice is also a thriving centre in its
     alluring and effortlessly romantic. The creative    own right. The fih largest town in France, it
     spontaneity that inspired the great                has a rich, joyful character, a healthy mixture
     revolutionary minds still pulses through the       of work and play centred on the Place
     city, you can feel it in the streets even today.   Masséna, the commercial centre of the city.
     Perhaps this is what gives Paris its reputation
     for romance: nowhere else feels quite so alive.    normandy ► This region is where the French
                                                        countryside meets the waters of the English
     cannes ► This is the playground for Europe’s       Channel. Sheltered farmhouses, acres of fields
     rich and the site of the most prestigious of the   and massive cliffs help retain its air of
     world’s film festivals. The town is inhabited       antiquity, while chic boutiques and
     through the year by the jet set, soaking up the    restaurants enliven your days here. While
     Mediterranean sun and snapping up designer         you are here, do visit the several castles and
     goods at Cannes’s most exclusive boutiques. In     cathedrals that dot the landscape.
     May, the town goes into superstar overdrive -
     the world’s most famous movie actors,              poitiers ► This lile town is associated with
     producers and directors descend on this small      momentous events of the late medieval
     part of the Riviera to celebrate their success.    period. Set on the Clain River in west central
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France, Poitiers is home to some very old, very    pushed into modern times at the turn of the
beautiful churches and chapels. In particular,     millennium when its boulevards were
the fourth century Baptistère St. Jean, France’s   pedestrianised, the elegant neoclassical
second oldest church. Later, the city was built    architecture restored and an advanced public
up by the Roman invaders, with the occasional      transport system put into place.
ruin standing reminder. Poitiers also has one
of the oldest universities in the country, first    toulouse ► Also on the banks of the Garonne,
established in 1432.                               Toulouse is one of the centres of the European
                                                   aerospace industry. Built during the Roman
the loire ► To experience the lifestyles of the    Empire, the city enjoyed a status as one of
aristocrats, the Loire region is where you         Western Europe’s major metropolises, before
should spend a few days. This is chateau           it sank into relative obscurity in the 18th and
country, home to some of France’s most             19th centuries. Today, it is France’s
splendid country homes and castles, including      fourth-largest city and one of the best for
the Chambord and the 16th-century                  French art (it has seven fine museums).
Chenonceau. It was here, in the peaceful lile
town of Amboise that Leonardo da Vinci spent       marseille ► On the south east coast of
his final years.                                    France, Marseille is France’s oldest city. Its
                                                   deep red roofs, sense of raw reality and
bordeaux ► This port city on the Garonne is        proximity to the sea imbue it with an energy
surrounded by fields of grapevines, carefully       that no other city in France offers. Its rocky
cultivated since the eighth century to yield       inlets, coves and sun-warmed beaches ensure
their magical brew. Long known as La Belle Au      hours of happy absorption in the simple
Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), it was gently      pleasures of nature.
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your sightseeing

a tour of                                       lunch at galeries                             paris in a vintage cv                           high tea at
evian les bains                                 lafayette, paris                                                                               montparnasse tower

On the southern shore of Lake Geneva,           Stop by at this popular gourmet store for a   Drive around the city in a vintage Citroën       The Montaparnasse Tower is the tallest
Evian-les-Bains is one of France’s most         relaxed continental lunch.                    2CV. Within the comfort of this vehicle, you     skyscraper in Paris, offering spectacular 360
renowned spa resorts. Its lakeside                                                            have a panoramic view of the Musée du            degree views over the city of Paris from the
promenade has been fashionable since the                                                      Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, the            56th floor. Enjoy the high tea here.
19th century. The spa’s elegant promenade                                                     Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the
and casino attracts a broad range of guests.                                                  Eiffel Tower, Pont de l’Alma and the Bastille.

a tour of le mont                               the futuroscope                               wine tour in bordeaux                            tour of bordeaux and
saint michel castle                             amusement park                                & the blaye citadel                              the château cadillac

Drive through Normandy to Mont                  Futuroscope is a large theme park that        Blaye is a town that is only a kilometre long.   Most of Bordeaux’s attractions are dedicated
Saint-Michel. This cone shaped islet in the     presents high-technology films and             Located on the right bank of the Gironde         to the region’s production of wine. The town
Gulf of Saint-Malo is celebrated for its        computer games; and is just outside           estuary, Blay brings two things to mind: the     of Cadillac was built in the 13th century as a
Benedictine abbey, built between the 11th       Poitiers. Its designs are based on science    citadel which overlooks the Gironde and          walled city, meant to defend Bordeaux’s
and 16th centuries in the Gothic style.         and technology: prisms, spheres, crystals,    ‘Premieres Côtes de Blaye’, the wines of         main trade routes. Today, part of the town’s
Today, it is a World Heritage Site.             glass and steel, set out in a park.           Bordeaux. Stop for a wine tasting here.          wall still survives.

tours of toulouse                               a guided city tour                            a guided tour                                    monaco and monte
and parc de la plaine                           of marseille                                  of cannes                                        carlo by night

Toulouse is unique for its pioneering space     Explore the town of Marseilles: the Old       Explore the Old Town (the Suquet Quarter),       Discover the quiet atmosphere of the
and aeronautical attractions, including the     Harbour, the Corniche (Coast road),           the old port, the Rue d’Antibes and La           Prince’s Palace area. Experience the glamour
Clément Ader aircraft factory and Space City,   Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Prado, the        Croisette. Take a walk along the nature trails   of Monte Carlo by night with the Casino, the
which features a 360-degree planetarium         Velodrome soccer stadium and the              on the Lérins Islands. In summer, the Office       Hotel de Paris and the Hermitage. Try your
and IMAX cinema. Children will enjoy the        Castellane Square. Visit Notre Dame de        National des Forêts offers guided tours to St.    luck at a casino, stroll along the streets or
Stellarium planetarium.                         la Garde and the Palais du Pharo.             Marguerite Island.                               dine in one of its celebrated restaurants.


     munich ► It is a city where open-hearted           reinstated to its position as a gamblers’
     geniality permeates the air; imperial edifices      paradise and a spa destination.
     and sleek modern chariots notwithstanding.
     Where visitors are welcomed with a friendly        frankfurt ► Unlike most German cities,
     ‘München mag Dich’ (‘Munich likes you’) and        Frankfurt exudes an unabashedly modern air.
     an everlasting supply of good home-brew. It is     Indeed, it defines modern. Proud though the
     a city that loves its baroque structures as        city undoubtedly is of its ancient monuments,
     ardently as it aempts to surpass them with        its skyscrapers rise in cool defiance, dwarfing
     more contemporary monuments. It’s a city           those around it. And it was in this city, once
     that is a class in itself.                         more familiar with Brahms and Wagner, that
                                                        trance was born. But make no mistake; the old
     fussen ► In spite of its proud Bavarian            era is not being wiped out in favour of the
     structures, Füssen has a quaint, almost pastoral   new. Frankfurt’s merely continuing its
     air which is most charming. Here an imperial       tradition of defining a new age.
     castle sternly considers the sprawling
     landscape below; there an ancient mansion lies     rüedesheim ► The hackneyed portrait of a
     secretly tucked away in verdant woods. It is a     German without his pint, is incomplete. At
     town that acknowledges the change in time but      Rüdesheim, however, they’d much rather have
     politely declines its interference.                their wine. It was the Romans who first
                                                        introduced Bacchus’s preferred poison to this
     baden-baden ► Brahms who lived here found          land; and the Teutones gladly embraced the
     the air most therapeutic. While Dostoevsky         tradition. Walk through Rüdesheim today and
     succumbed to a bout of compulsive gambling         you will find that the streets are doed with
     and The Gambler practically wrote itself. Eons     cosy wooden taverns. And people who are
     later, Baden-Baden has once again been             more than happy to keep you company.
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cologne ► Walk through Cologne and you              and wrote their well-known tales. And the
will stumble upon ancient Roman walls,              city’s magic seems to have worked its way in.
nondescript post-war buildings and
avant-garde museums. Ancient gothic                 leipzig ► Leipzig has oen been called ‘a lile
churches define most streets and the familiar        Paris’. Its inhabitants however, dismiss the
peal from the belfry is dear to every native.       comparison to the fashionable Gallic capital.
The skies, doubtlessly, belong to the filigree       Leipzig is more alive and infinitely more
twin spires of Kolner Dom. The history of           passionate. It was known as the Stadt der
German architecture and culture, it seems,          Helden (City of Heroes) for its role in the
is encapsulated by the city of Cologne.             1989 democratic revolution. But no sooner
                                                    had the troubles blown over than the city
dortmund ► The city of Dortmund once built          broke out into one unanimous celebration
its prosperity on coal, steel and beer. The mines   that hasn’t ceased.
are now dormant and the steel mills shut down
to make way for more Zeitgiest-compatible           berlin ► Berlin is most mercurial in its
industries. Its fortunes now come from feeding      readiness to change and chameleon-like in its
the passion of shopping enthusiasts and ardent      adaptability. It is the city for the exuberant
footballers. And of course, the breweries are       and the upbeat. It is where politicos and
going as strong as ever.                            influence-peddlers rub shoulders with
                                                    reckless party goers and the more bohemian.
kassel ► The woods are strangely reminiscent        It is safe to conclude that the wall and other
of childhood. Even the castle seems oddly           vestiges of the dour old city that was Berlin,
familiar. You’re almost surprised to observe        have been shunted to history books and war
that no golden braid hangs from the turret.         movies. A livelier, more urbane city has risen
Kassel is where the Brothers Grimm collected        from the ashes.
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your sightseeing

a guided city tour                              a city tour of                                    a visit to                                    a visit to schloss
of munich                                       baden-baden                                       movie park                                    charlottenburg

Visit Marienplatz’s town hall,Odeonsplatz       The ravages of war left the city of               A theme park with real movie studios, Movie   This palace showcases beautifully laid out
and Ludwigstrasse, a royal Bavarian avenue      Baden-Baden unscathed, and the city is a          Park in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany is an    gardens and other smaller buildings. The
dating back to the time of the Wittelsbach      perfect replica of pre-war Germany.               interactive way to experience the celluloid   Belvedere has an impressive porcelain
monarchs. Drive towards the University of       Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of        world. Ride the High Fall and MP Xpress.      collection. The mausoleum has the tombs of
Munich and pay homage to the monument           Baden-Baden and be certain to visit its           And of course, you’ll find memorabilia,        Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III,
dedicated to the movement, The White Rose.      legendary casino.                                 theme rides and exciting shows.               Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta.

a visit to                                      the heidelberg castle                             a city tour                                   a guided city tour
zugspitze mountain                                                                                of kassel                                     of berlin

Germany’s highest mountain is situated in       The beauty of this castle is not diminished       Explore the charming city of Kassel. Set off   See the remains of the wall, Kulturforum,
the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A       by the fact that it lies partially in ruins. It   on a city tour with a visit to the baroque    Potsdamer Platz, the Martin Gropius
cogwheel railroad and three different cable      contains the world’s largest wine barrel, and     Karlsaue Park. Take a walk through the        Building, Humboldt University, St. Hedwigs
cars take you to the top. Enjoy views of four   is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Explore       Orangerie. Also visit the Museum for          Cathedral, the ICC International Congress
countries before sitting down to a pleasant     the town centre, the mighty Old Bridge and        Astronomy and the History of Technology.      Centre, the Town Hall; a mix of religious
meal on a terrace overlooking a glacier.        the country’s oldest university.                                                                edifices, shopping and monuments.

the neuschwanstein                              the marksburg castle

Perched over a spectacular gorge, this is the   The 700 year old castle of Marksburg
castle that has inspired many an illustration   commands a lovely view of the Rhine. This
in fairytale books. Visit the best vantage      castle is much like it was when it served as
points to view the lake, the equally            the fortified residence of some of German
enchanting Hohenschwangau Castle and the        history’s more notable names. Today it is
waterfall gorge.                                home to the German Castle Association.

     Great Brita

     london ► Even in its customary steady drizzle,     Windermere, which has the distinction of
     London inspires awe in the heart of the first       being England’s largest natural lake. Three
     time visitor. The city’s diversity escapes         miles north-west of Windermere is the Lake
     definition, striking an interesting contrast with   District National Park Visitor Centre at
     a landscape steeped in history and tradition.      Brockhole, a lakeside mansion set in award
     No other city offers such a wealth of accessible    winning grounds with superb views.
     history and dynamic modernity. The result is a
     metropolis that is eternally fascinating.          edinburgh ► The buzz of Scotland’s capital
                                                        city offers quite a contrast to the peaceful
     manchester ► The largest city area in              tranquillity of the surrounding Lothians
     northern New England, it is fast overtaking        region. Take your time exploring the city’s
     London in terms of popularity and                  museums and galleries, shop at the
     infrastructure. Manchester serves as the           department stores, and dine at the excellent
     economic and cultural capital of New               restaurants and bars. Host to a vibrant annual
     Hampshire, and houses several fascinating          music festival, the city has witnessed several
     museums, including the Currier Museum of           art and culture movements.
     Art, a world class gallery; the Millyard
     Museum; the historic Palace Theatre; the           glasgow ► History has it that Glasgow was
     10,000-seat Verizon Wireless Arena and a           known as the ‘second city of the British
     state-of-the-art AA baseball stadium.              Empire’ throughout the Victorian and
                                                        Edwardian eras. Thanks to its perfect location
     windermere ► Originally named Birthwaite,          on the Clyde River, Glasgow has traditionally
     the town of Windermere is now an extension         been a ship building city. The city today is far
     of Bowness-on-Windermere, just a short             removed from the old times; with its vibrant
     distance uphill from the shores of Lake            live music scene and pub culture.
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a london eye                                    region. This ornately carved church was            a visit to                                      costwolds, stratford-
champagne flight                                fortified by the Sinclair barons of Roslin,         madame tussauds                                 upon-avon and coventry
                                                Cousland and Pentland, although the
                                                present ruins are of a slightly later date.

                                                a guided city tour
                                                of london

Hold your breath as you take a thrilling ride                                                      The world’s largest exhibition of wax works,    Drive to the Cotswolds - a range of hills
on London Eye, the world’s tallest Ferris,                                                         Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has amazed           renowned for their natural beauty, and the
viewing the city from a breathtaking height                                                        people for over 200 years. Mingle with          Elizabethan town of Stratford-upon-Avon,
of 135 m above the River Thames, from                                                              actors and sports stars and pay your            the birthplace of Shakespeare. Here you will
where you will be able to see landmarks                                                            respects to heads of state and royalty. The     visit Waterside Theatre for a special show
such as the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and                                                         current celebrity list includes over 400        called Shakespearience. The show is a
St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your flight is made more                                                      stunning, life-like figures that never fail to   groundbreaking virtual reality experience,
memorable thanks to the champagne you                                                              charm visitors. A truly memorable               revealing the man behind the well-known
will be served.                                                                                    experience, with over two million visitors      face and providing entertainment for the
                                                                                                   every year.                                     whole family. Next, drive through Coventry
                                                Spend a while strolling around Buckingham
                                                                                                                                                   where you will view the Cathedrals of St.
                                                Palace, the Westminster Abbey, the Houses
                                                                                                                                                   Mary’s Priory and the Coventry Cathedral,
                                                of Parliament, Big Ben and the Tower of
                                                                                                                                                   also known as St. Michael’s Cathedral. This
                                                London. You will also see the Nelson’s
                                                                                                                                                   cathedral is famous for being one of the
                                                Column at Trafalgar Square, the Statue of
an orientation tour                             Eros at Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral,
                                                                                                                                                   newest cathedrals in the world, having been

of manchester                                   the Tower Bridge and Hyde Park.                    visit wordworth’s                               built following the World War II bombing of
                                                                                                                                                   the ancient cathedral by the Luftwaffe.

                                                a tour of the lake
                                                                                                                                                   visit edinburgh castle
                                                district and a cruise

See the gothic style Manchester Town Hall,
the statue of Prince Albert at the Albert                                                          Visit the 18th century family home of
Square and the Manchester Cathedral as you                                                         William Wordsworth. At this Georgian town
drive through Victoria Street.                                                                     house, costumed interpreters show you
                                                                                                   around the beautifully maintained house.
                                                                                                   His garden with its terraced walk, which has
                                                                                                   been referred to in his autobiographical
                                                                                                   poem ‘The Prelude’, offers a glorious view       Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle atop
                                                The Lake District, also known as The Lakes                                                         Castle Rock, dominating the city’s skyline. It
                                                                                                   over the Derwent River.
                                                or Lakeland, is a popular holiday
visit rosslyn chapel                            destination, famous for its serene lakes and
                                                                                                                                                   was in this Castle that the Crown, Sword and
                                                                                                                                                   Sceptre were brought back and safeguarded
                                                mountains. Take a leisurely drive to                                                               after the Act uniting Scotland and England
                                                Grasmere, much loved by the poet William                                                           was passed in the Scottish Parliament in the
                                                Wordsworth. In the evening, enjoy a cruise                                                         year 1707.
                                                on Lake Windermere - England’s largest lake,
                                                in the heart of the Lake District.

Visit the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel near
the village of Roslin in the Midlothian


     belfast ► Belfast has the air of a city that can   built here, holds a place of dubious honour;
     take anything in its stride. The onslaught of      but, as the locals will constantly remind you
     modernisation has le its Edwardian structures     “she was fine when she le here”. It’s an
     intact. The euphemistically labelled ‘Troubles’    intriguing mix of legend and history that has
     scarcely altered the inhabitants’ stolid           gone into the making of this great city.
     affability. And the RMS Titanic, which was
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your sightseeing
a guided city tour of                           a visit to                                   a visit to the
belfast                                         bushmills distillery                         giant’s causeway

Visit the Victoria Square and immerse           Watch whiskey being made at Bushmills’       Drive down Antrim’s scenic coastline and
yourself in the bustle of activity that takes   historic distillery. It is fabled that the   visit Giant’s Causeway, dubbed by the Irish
place beneath its legendry glass dome. The      whiskey tastes much like it used to when     as the eighth wonder of the world. This
square is one of Northern Ireland’s most        the men of yore drank to King James I’s      jagged promontory comprises of completely
expensive property developments. Also           health in 1608.                              natural interlocking hexagonal basalt rocks.
explore the Titanic Quarter, formerly                                                        This fascinating natural wonder is the result
known as Queen’s Island. This is the                                                         of a volcanic eruption. It’s Mother Nature’s
former headquarters of Harland and                                                           most laudable attempt as an architect.
Wolff, builders of the iconic ocean-liner.


     rome ► The sheer excess of beauty here can            venice ► It captures the imagination more
     prove overwhelming to the unsuspecting                powerfully than any other city in Europe. Its
     visitor. Roman columns soar up beside                 fabled canalled thoroughfares and gilded
     medieval basilicas, the tinkling of water             palaces possess a beauty unsurpassed
     fountains fills the air at Renaissance palaces,        anywhere on earth. Grandiose buildings in
     colour and aroma fills the multi-coloured              fabulous colours lean at crazy angles over dark
     markets and the winding cobbled streets. Rome         water. In Venice, light and water combine to
     is also one of the world's fashion capitals, and      create a restless magic. All borderlines are
     its cuisine and shopping are amongst the most         eradicated somewhere between dream and
     popular in the world.                                 reality. Here, priceless art is commonplace
                                                           and the bland is the exception.
     florence ► The city rises from the
     breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Tuscany         milan ► Business capital to some, fashion
     like a living piece of history. Even the simplest     paradise to the rest. This city’s architectural
     street is a work of art, embodying the classical      beauty is perhaps unsurpassed in all of Italy.
     beauty that defined the Renaissance.                   Set in the mid-western plains of Lombardy,
     Everywhere you turn you will see works by             this is the city that dictates style and fashion
     Michelangelo, Donatello and other artists of          to the rest of the world. While here, immerse
     Italy’s Golden Age. It is undoubtedly in the          yourself in the rich history and culture that is
     museums and galleries that most of Florence's         an inherent part of Milan.
     charms are concentrated. But Florence is also a
     city of today - the piazzas are full of fashionable   lake como ► Half an hour from Milan, this is
     boutiques and fashionable people and the café         possibly both the most beautiful and the most
     is still central to Florentine social life.           peaceful place in Italy. Perfect for those who
                                                           want to get away from the bustle of the city.
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a guided city tour                                 a wine tasting                                  brilliant artists through history. Explore the   a guided city tour
of rome                                            in tuscany                                      Duomo, the imposing 14th century Palazzo         of milan
                                                                                                   Vecchio Tower and Ponte Vecchio, the
                                                                                                   distinctive bridge across the Arno River.
                                                                                                   Visit the Piazalle Michelangelo for a
                                                                                                   panoramic view.

                                                                                                   murano island & glass
                                                                                                   museum, venice

Spend a few hours exploring this glorious          Tuscany is renowned for producing some of                                                        The tour begins with a visit to the Scala
city. See Piazza Venezia and the Victor            the world’s finest wines. Stop over at a                                                          museum and theatre. Take a stroll through
Emmanuel II Monument, built to                     vineyard and explore the cellars, learning                                                       the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (the world’s
commemorate the 50th anniversary of                about how the wines are stored. End your                                                         oldest arcade) to Piazza Fontana. Continue
Italian reunification. Drop by at the Trevi         visit with a wine tasting at the winery.                                                         onwards to the Palazzo Reale where you will
Fountain; a Roman legend assures your                                                                                                               visit the Duomo and the courtyard of Milan’s
return to Rome if you throw a coin over your                                                                                                        magnificent Sforzesco Castle. Take a
left shoulder into the water. Relive the thrills                                                                                                    panoramic drive past some of Milan’s most
of historic Rome as you view the ancient                                                                                                            imposing sights. These include the Arco
Roman Forum - the public square during the                                                                                                          della Pace, the churches of Santa Maria delle
halcyon days of ancient Rome. Explore the
                                                   the field of miracles                                                                            Grazie (home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last
                                                                                                                                                    Supper) and San Lorenzo, Corso Venezia and
Colosseum, the legendary Roman
amphitheatre, considered an architectural          in pisa                                         Murano is the most famous of the Venetian
                                                                                                                                                    Piazza San Babila. Also see Leonardo da
                                                                                                   Islands, and the most visited, thanks to its
wonder of the world.                                                                               eponymous glassware. Venetian artisans           Vinci’s great masterpiece - The Last Supper.
                                                                                                   have been crafting crystal and glass since       Your local guide will bring each of these
                                                                                                   the 10th century, when merchants returned        great monuments to life.
                                                                                                   from the East bearing the secrets of its
                                                                                                   production. You will visit the Glass Museum
                                                                                                   of Murano where you will learn about the
vatican city                                                                                       process and history of glass-making in
                                                                                                   Venice; and the Church of San Mary &
                                                                                                   Donato which boasts a magnificent mosaic
                                                                                                   pavement laid down in the 12th century.

                                                   Visit the Field of Miracles, with its grand     a gondola ride
                                                   Romanesque Pisan styled marble Cathedral.       in venice
                                                   See the Baptistery and the bell tower, better
                                                   known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
                                                   Remember to take a photograph of your
                                                   family against this wonder of the world. It’s
                                                   the perfect photo opportunity!

This is the world’s smallest sovereign state,
the high seat of Catholicism for more than
sixteen centuries and the residence of the
Popes. It has its own currency, banking and
postal system, and is home to the famous
Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.             a walking tour
Here are preserved some of the most                of florence
sublime creations of man. The many
imposing buildings include St. Peter’s
Basilica, the Vatican Palace and the Vatican
Museums. Don’t miss Michelangelo’s
frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.                                                                    These gondolas skim along the Grand Canal,
                                                                                                   providing a very special panorama of the
                                                                                                   historic palaces that line this spectacular
                                                                                                   waterway. The experience is enlivened by
                                                                                                   musicians who serenade you with Italian
                                                                                                   love songs.

                                                   To fully experience the beauty of the city,
                                                   take a guided walking tour. This city has
                                                   been home to some of the world’s most


     lucerne ► This city occupies one of the most      flower-bordered lake promenade that links
     beautiful natural locales imaginable on the       Vevey and Montreux all the way to Chillon
     shores of a pristine alpine lake, surrounded by   Castle makes for a lovely stroll. Several of the
     forests and dizzying snow-covered peaks.          houses along the lakeside road, including the
     Lucerne’s mixture of Renaissance and              magnificent Montreux Palace Hotel, date from
     medieval architecture and its relaxed             the Belle Epoque period.
     continental ambience have established this
     lile Alpine selement as one of Europe’s         lausanne ► This is the dominant city in the
     major tourist destinations. Everywhere you        French-speaking Canton of Vaud and one of
     look, Switzerland’s magnificent mountain           Switzerland’s most important cultural centres.
     scenery meets your gaze and inspires wonder.      Perched above Lake Geneva, the city has, over
                                                       the centuries, aracted such literary giants as
     interlaken ► Its irresistible combination of      Voltaire, Byron and Dickens. It was here, in
     pastoral beauty and wild mountain grandeur        fact, that TS Eliot wrote his masterpiece, e
     have ensured Interlaken’s status as one of        Waste Land.
     Switzerland’s most popular tourist aractions
     for over a century. As its name suggests,         geneva ► Switzerland’s third largest city has a
     Interlaken is positioned between two lakes -      very cosmopolitan populace, thanks, in no
     Brienz and Thun - both the focal point for        small part to the several international
     summer sports and transport links.                organisations that call this city home: the
                                                       WHO, the UN, the Red Cross and the ILO.
     montreux ► The town of Montreux nestles in        Geneva boasts a stunningly romantic seing,
     a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by        lapped as it is by Lake Geneva and surrounded
     vineyards, and set against the breathtaking       by mountains. For all its size, the city is as
     backdrop of the snow-covered Alps. The long,      prey as a postcard.
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zurich city tour                                   a visit to mt. titlis                              jungfraujoch &                                   an orientation tour
                                                                                                      interlaken                                       of geneva

Begin your tour at the elegant                     At 10,000 ft, this is one of Switzerland’s         At 11,333 feet, Jungfraujoch is the highest      Drive through the Ariana Park area, past the
Bahnhofstrasse, the city’s busiest street, lined   highest points. Watch the scenery around           railway station in Europe. Marvel at the         Palais Des Nations, the European Arm of the
with banks and shopping arcades. See the           you change from meadows to lakes to                changes in alpine scenery as your cogwheel       UNO and the International Red Cross. You
Swiss National Museum, St. Peter’s Church          snow-capped mountains in the course of the         train takes you on a unique journey to the       will see the famous Broken Chair and the
with the largest clock face in Europe and the      three cable car rides that take you there.         top of Europe. At Jungfraujoch, you have         Brunswick Monument, after which you drive
famous churches of Fraumünster, known for          Your final ride is on the world’s first rotating     plenty of time to explore the modern             over the famous Mont Blanc Bridge over the
their beautiful stained glass windows created      cable car, the Titlis Rotair. At Mt. Titlis, you   complex. From the Sphinx terrace you can         River Rhone and Lake Geneva. Stroll through
by Marc Chagall, and Grossmünster with its         could visit the Ice Cave, admire the view          view the Jungfrau peak and the awesome           the exquisitely designed English Gardens.
twin Romanesque towers. Spend time by the          from the restaurant or take a ride on the Ice      Aletsch Glacier. Have a memorable                Take pictures of your family at the Floral
fountains at the enchanting Lake of Zurich.        Flyer, an enclosed ski lift. You could even        encounter with eternal snow and ice at the       Clock and the Jet d’Eau, the world’s tallest
Experience the tram ride specially included        have a few keepsake photographs taken in           plateau. You will also visit the Ice Palace,     fountain, shooting up to 145 mts.
for you to enjoy the charm of this city.           the Nostalgie photo studio.                        housing a beautiful display of ice sculptures.

orientation tour                                   chillon castle in                                  visit the rhine falls                            visit vaduz
of lucerne                                         montreux-vevey                                     at schaffhausen

On this leisurely exploration of Lucerne, you      Visit the most famous castle in Switzerland,       Drive to Schaffhausen to see the mighty           Vaduz is the capital of the principality of
will see the Lion Monument,                        with a spectacular location on the eastern         Rhine Falls, Europe’s most powerful              Liechtenstein, very popular with tourists
‘Löwendenkmal’, hewn from a limestone cliff         edge of Lake Geneva, near Montreux. This           waterfalls. You have plenty of time to admire    from all over the world for its view of the
to commemorate the bravery and loyalty of          castle was once an important medieval fort,        the thundering beauty of these falls.            majestic Castle of Vaduz, warm street cafés
Swiss Guards. Later, you have enough time          strategically located on an island to guard                                                         and vineyards.
at Schwanenplatz to shop for Swiss army            against invasion. An architectural jewel with
knives, chocolates and watches. Stroll across      over 1,000 years of history, it has inspired
the Kappelbrücke, the world’s oldest               artists and poets across centuries.
                                                                                                      a visit to the
covered wooden bridge originally built in
1333, which leads you to a beautiful 17th                                                             trummelbach falls
century Jesuit Church.

                                                                                                      Enjoy the breathtaking view of the falls
                                                                                                      thundering down the mountainside at the
                                                                                                      astounding rate of 20,000 litres per second.

     e Netherlands

     amsterdam ► Amsterdam has two identities.       style over Van Gogh’s. As the sun sets, the city
     A cultural Mecca by day. A hedonist’s delight   is transformed and the thumping beats of
     by night. By day, the city belongs to the old   discotheques pulsate through its cobblestone
     masters while serpentine waterways curve        paths. You will, no doubt, find it difficult to
     lazily around museums and cafés with            decide which of the two faces you like best.
     aficionados debating the merits of Rembrandt’s
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the keukenhof                                 madurodam                                        an amsterdam city tour
gardens                                                                                        with a canal cruise

Visit the Keukenhof Gardens (only until       Visit Madurodam, Holland in miniature,           Observe a demonstration on the art of
mid-May), the famed National Flower           located in The Hague, political capital of The   making wooden shoes, at Ratterman’s
Exhibition. Like the million visitors that    Netherlands and residence of the Queen.          Factory. Take this opportunity to shop for
journey here annually, you will be            Feel like a giant amidst models of palaces,      wooden shoes and other Dutch souvenirs.
spellbound at the sight of beautiful          canals, windmills, harbours, airports, and       Stop at one of the windmills - a symbol of
displays of over seven million tulips,        even doll-like figures in postures of daily       the Netherlands, and a splendid backdrop
daffodils, narcissi and other flowers, spread   activities.                                      for a family photograph. Discover a unique
over 80 acres of stunning landscape and                                                        view of Amsterdam as you cruise along its
thematic gardens.                                                                              canals, the best way to see this city.

Europe Grandé                                     (13 Days / 12 Nights)

A leisurely trip to The Continent takes you to some    your itinerary
of its most popular locales. Spend thirteen days in
                                                       ► Rome: 2 nights ► Florence: 1 night ► Venice: 2 nights
pleasurable pursuits like wine tasting, indulging in   ► Innsbruck: 2 nights ► Lucerne: 2 nights
chocolate fondue and watching a cabaret show.          ► Interlaken: 1 night ► Paris: 2 nights

                                                       DAY 1 ► Arrive in Rome, and check in at your hotel. The         orientation tour of Innsbruck followed by a traditional
                                                       evening is free for you to do a little exploring on your        Tyrolean evening, complete with a delicious local dinner.
                                                       own. Enjoy a lavish dinner at an Indian restaurant. (D)         (B,CD)

                                                       DAY 2 ► After breakfast, set off on a full day guided tour       DAY 7 ► After a leisurely breakfast, take a day trip to
                                                       of the city, with a visit to the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel,   Salzburg, where you will go on a guided city tour. Return
                                                       the Colosseum and the Time Elevator. Proceed to dinner          to Innsbruck for a pleasant horse carriage ride followed
                                                       at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                                  by dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)

                                                       DAY 3 ► Set off early for a wine tasting in Tuscany, then        DAY 8 ► Drive to Lucerne, stopping at Vaduz en route, as
                                                       continue to Pisa. Visit the Field of Miracles and the           well as for a quick tour of Zurich. Check in at your hotel
                                                       Leaning Tower of Pisa. Proceed to Florence, and check in        in Lucerne, and end this day with dinner at an Indian
                                                       at your hotel. Dinner is at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)         restaurant. (B,D)

                                                       DAY 4 ► Go on a guided walking tour of Florence. Later,         DAY 9 ► Set off to Mt. Titlis, and take a ride on the Ice
                                                       set off for Venice where you will check in at your hotel.        Flyer. After an Indian lunch on the very top of Mt. Titlis,
                                                       In the evening, take a gondola ride before you have             return to Lucerne for a city tour, followed by a cruise on
                                                       dinner at a local riverside restaurant. (B,D)                   Lake Lucerne. Dinner is at a local Indian restaurant. .
                                                       DAY 5 ► After breakfast, set off on a guided city tour of
                                                       Venice Island and then visit the Murano Glass Museum.           DAY 10 ► After an early breakfast, drive to Jungfraujoch.
                                                       End your day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)         Savour an appetising lunch at Bollywood restaurant at
                                                                                                                       Jungfraujoch. En route to Interlaken, visit the
                                                       DAY 6 ► After breakfast, drive to Innsbruck, visiting           Trümmelbach Falls, if time permits. Check in at your
                                                       Swarovski World at Wattens en route. At Innsbruck,              hotel, and in the evening, your Indian dinner is followed
                                                       check in at your hotel. In the evening, take an                 by an authentic Swiss chocolate fondue. (B,L,D)
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                                                             your choice of extensions

                                                             ►   Amsterdam and Brussels: 3 nights

DAY 11 ► Drive to Geneva for an orientation tour. At         DAY 13 ► After breakfast, set off to Paris train station to
Geneva train station, board the high speed TGV to Paris.     board your train to Amsterdam. Check in at your hotel
On arrival in Paris, check in at your hotel and enjoy a      in Amsterdam. Spend the afternoon on a sightseeing
lavish dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                 tour, with a visit to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
                                                             Take a canal cruise in the evening. Dinner is at an Indian
DAY 12 ► After breakfast, take a guided city tour in a       restaurant. (B,D)
vintage 2CV car. Stop over at Galeries Lafayette for a
continental lunch. In the evening, watch the thrilling       DAY 14 ► After breakfast, pay a visit to the Keukenhof
Paradis Latin cabaret show over dinner. (B,CL,D)             Gardens, which is open to the public till the 22nd of
                                                             May. Or you could visit Madurodam. End your day with
DAY 13 ► After breakfast, set off to Paris airport to board   dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
your flight home. (B)
                                                             DAY 15 ► Once you’re done with breakfast, set off to
                                                             Brussels, with a guided walking tour and boat ride in
                                                             Bruges en route. Check in at your hotel in Brussels. In
                                                             the afternoon, visit Mini Europe. A delicious dinner at
                                                             an Indian restaurant awaits. (B,D)

                                                             DAY 16 ► After breakfast, set off to Brussels airport to
                                                             board your flight home. (B)
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Crème de Europe                                   (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Explore Great Britain, France and Switzerland     your itinerary
over nine days. Shop, dine at local restaurants
                                                  ►   London: 2 nights ► Paris: 2 nights
and wander through some of the world’s most       ►   Interlaken: 2 nights ► Lucerne: 2 nights
iconic cities.
                                                  DAY 1 ► Arrive at London, and check in at your hotel. The    tour of the city, then continue towards your hotel in
                                                  evening is free for you to do a little exploring on your     Interlaken. In the evening, your Indian dinner is followed
                                                  own. Enjoy a lavish dinner at an Indian restaurant. (D)      by an authentic Swiss chocolate fondue. (B,D)

                                                  DAY 2 ► Take a guided panoramic city tour of London.         DAY 6 ► In the morning, pay a visit to Jungfraujoch, where
                                                  Watch the changing of the guards, and visit Madame           you will partake of lunch at the Bollywood restaurant.
                                                  Tussauds Wax Museum. End your day with dinner at an          On your way back to Interlaken, stop over at the
                                                  Indian restaurant. (B,D)                                     Trümmelbach Falls. (B,L,D)

                                                  DAY 3 ► After an early breakfast, set off for London’s St.    DAY 7 ► Set off for Lucerne, where you will go on a city
                                                  Pancras train station to board the high speed Eurostar to    tour. In the evening, take a cruise on Lake Lucerne. (B,D)
                                                  Paris. Check in at your hotel. In the evening, take a
                                                  relaxing Seine cruise. (B,D)                                 DAY 8 ► Once you’re done with breakfast, head to Mt.
                                                                                                               Titlis, where you will take a ride on the Ice Flyer. After an
                                                  DAY 4 ► Take a guided city tour in a vintage 2CV car. Stop   Indian lunch, return to Lucerne, and end your day with
                                                  over at Galeries Lafayette for a continental lunch. In the   dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,L,D)
                                                  evening, watch the thrilling Paradis Latin cabaret show
                                                  over dinner. (B,CL,D)                                        DAY 9 ► Spend the day shopping or sightseeing on your
                                                                                                               own, or you may choose to take a tour to the
                                                  DAY 5 ► Travel to Paris train station to board the high      Schaffhausen Falls. Later, set off to Zurich airport to
                                                  speed TGV to Geneva, where you will take an orientation      board your flight home. (B)

Renaissance Italy                                          (8 Days / 7 Nights)

Poets, painters and sculptors: this glorious country   your itinerary
has given the world some of its finest talents. Spend
                                                       ► Rome: 2 nights ► Florence: 1 night
eight days in joyful exploration of Italy’s            ► Venice: 2 nights ► Como: 1 night
marvellous cities and towns.                           ► Milan: 1 night

                                                       DAY 1 ► Arrive in Rome, and check in at your hotel. The       Later, drive to Venice, where you will check in at your
                                                       evening is free for you to explore the area on your own,      hotel, then take a bliss-inducing gondola ride. Tonight
                                                       or go shopping. Enjoy your dinner at an Indian                you’re sure to enjoy the authentic Italian dinner at a
                                                       restaurant. (D)                                               riverside restaurant. (B,D)

                                                       DAY 2 ► Spend the day exploring Rome on a guided tour.        DAY 5 ► Set off to explore Venice after breakfast, with a
                                                       Visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and      visit to the Murano Glass Museum. Dinner is at an Indian
                                                       the Time Elevator. End the day with dinner at an Indian       restaurant. (B,D)
                                                       restaurant. (B,D)
                                                                                                                     DAY 6 ► Drive to Como, where your orientation tour will
                                                       DAY 3 ► After an early breakfast, set off for a wine tasting   be followed by an evening cruise on the lake. (B,D)
                                                       tour of Tuscany, en route to Pisa, where you will visit the
                                                       Field of Miracles and the Leaning Tower. Continue your        DAY 7 ► Drive to Milan after breakfast, where you will be
                                                       journey to Florence and check in at your hotel. Round off      taken on a guided tour of the city. (B,D)
                                                       your day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,CL,D)
                                                                                                                     DAY 8 ► After breakfast, set off to Milan airport to board
                                                       DAY 4 ► When you’ve done justice to your breakfast            your flight home. (B)
                                                       spread, head out for a guided walking tour of Florence.
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Authentic Austria                                          (9 Days / 8 Nights)

A holiday destination that many are only now        your itinerary
discovering, Austria offers immense natural
                                                    ►   Graz: 1 night ► Salzburg: 2 nights ► Innsbruck: 2 nights
beauty, a world of culture and gastronomic bliss.   ►   Mayrhofen: 1 night ► Vienna: 2 nights
Nine days offer you a fair introduction to this
country’s charms.
                                                    DAY 1 ► Arrive at Vienna Airport, from where you will          DAY 5 ► Set off to Stubai glacier. Later, go on a funicular
                                                    drive to Graz and check in at your hotel. The evening is       ride, followed by a traditional Tyrolean evening. (B,CD)
                                                    free for you to explore the area on your own, or go
                                                    shopping. Enjoy your dinner at an Indian restaurant. (D)       DAY 6 ► Drive to Mayrhofen and check into the hotel. Set
                                                                                                                   of on a city tour, and then proceed to dinner. (B,CD)
                                                    DAY 2 ► Spend the morning on a city tour of Graz, and
                                                    later, drive to Salzburg, where you will check in at your      DAY 7 ► After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Vienna and
                                                    hotel. (B,D)                                                   check in at your hotel. In the evening, take a peaceful
                                                                                                                   cruise on the Danube, followed by dinner at an Indian
                                                    DAY 3 ► Take a guided city tour of Salzburg. In the            restaurant. (B,D)
                                                    evening, attend the Sound of Music show, and then go
                                                    on to dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                    DAY 8 ► Explore Vienna on a city tour, including a visit to
                                                                                                                   the Schonbrunn Palace. Round off the day with dinner at
                                                    DAY 4 ► Drive to Wattens to visit the Swarovski Crystal        an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                    Museum. Continue your holiday to Innsbruck, and check
                                                    in at your hotel. You will be taken on a city tour of          DAY 9 ► After an early breakfast, set off to Vienna airport
                                                    Innsbruck, followed by a horse carriage ride. Round off         to board your flight home. (B)
                                                    the day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)

Classic France                                    (11 Days / 10 Nights)

The movies and poets are right; France really is as     your itinerary
romantic as they say it is. You’ll agree, once you’ve
                                                        ► Paris: 3 nights ► Normandy: 1 night ► Poitiers: 1 night
spent eleven wonderful days holidaying here.            ► Bordeaux: 1 night ► Toulouse: 1 night ► Marseille: 1 night
                                                        ► Nice: 2 nights

                                                        DAY 1 ► Arrive in Paris and check in at your hotel. The        DAY 6 ► Drive to Bordeaux, and visit the town of Blaye to
                                                        evening is free for you to explore the area on your own.       explore the citadel’s walls. At Bordeaux, stop by at a
                                                        Enjoy your dinner at an Indian restaurant. (D)                 winery for a wine tasting. Check in at your hotel at
                                                                                                                       Bordeaux, and then head out to visit Château Cadillac.
                                                        DAY 2 ► Spend the morning on a guided city tour of Paris       End your day with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,CD)
                                                        in a vintage 2CV. Stop over at Galeries Lafayette for a
                                                        continental lunch. In the evening, take a cruise on the        DAY 7 ► After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Toulouse for
                                                        Seine, followed by the famed Paradis Latin show where          an orientation tour of the city, followed by a visit to Parc
                                                        you will be served dinner. (B,CL,D)                            de la Plaine (Space City). Check in at your hotel. (B,CD)

                                                        DAY 3 ► Drive to Versailles for a guided tour. Return to       DAY 8 ► Drive to Marseille and check in at your hotel.
                                                        Paris, where your evening is free for you to spend as          Take a city tour of Marseille, and head to a local
                                                        you wish. Or you could choose to take a guided tour of         restaurant for dinner. (B,CD)
                                                        the Louvre Museum, after which you will head to
                                                        Montparnasse Tower for high tea. (B,D)                         DAY 9 ► Set off to Nice after breakfast, with a quick tour
                                                                                                                       of Cannes en route. Check in at your hotel at Nice and
                                                        DAY 4 ► Drive to Lower Normandy after breakfast,               take a detailed tour of the city. End the day with Indian
                                                        from where you will go visit Le Mont Saint Michel castle.      cuisine at a restaurant. (B,D)
                                                        Choose between the Gardens and the house of Claude
                                                        Monet or the medieval town and the Bayeux Tapestry             DAY 10 ► After breakfast, the day is free for you to do a
                                                        Museum. Return to Normandy and check in at your                little sightseeing on your own. In the evening, pay a visit
                                                        hotel. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. (B,CD)            to Monaco and Monte Carlo, then head back to Nice for
                                                                                                                       dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                        DAY 5 ► Set off to the Futuroscope amusement park, and
                                                        later drive to your hotel in Poitiers. End your day with       DAY 11 ► After breakfast, set off to Nice airport to board
                                                        dinner at a local restaurant. (B,CD)                           your flight home. (B)

     The East Coast of the USA

     NEW YORK ► New York! New York! The city that       Mountain National Forest, where travellers
     inspired musicals and several cultural             head when weary with civilisation.
     movements. In New York, high culture blends
     fluidly with gritty city atmosphere. Don’t be       THE FINGER LAKES ► Nature created these
     surprised if your day of shopping at high-end      geographical marvels to resemble fingers, but
     boutiques concludes with an impromptu steel        in her capricious way, added an eleventh. It’s
     drum concert at a subway. Or if after stepping     not just the label of a geographical oddity that
     out of a swanky French café you are greeted by     draws visitors to the Finger Lake region. This
     the scent of falafel sold by a roadside vendor.    region, particularly around the Canandaigua
     This kind of amalgam is the soul of New York.      Lake, is blessed with excellent wineries,
                                                        sublime weather and all the requisites for
     BOSTON ► It’s not easy to live up to sobriquets    outdoor pursuits like sailing, ice-fishing
     like ‘The Cradle of Liberty’ and ‘The Hub of the   and kayaking.
     Universe’, yet Boston pulls it off with panache.
     This former haunt of puritan colonists and         NIAGARA ► Nothing can quite describe the
     freedom fighters is now home to reformers of        breathtaking majesty of the Niagara Falls,
     another breed. Today Boston is the place New       where the Niagara River plunges down an
     England’s financial entrepreneurs and cultural      escarpment over a thousand feet wide. Witness
     prophets frequent.                                 Mother Nature at her awe-inspiring best.

     WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST ►                   WASHINGTON ► The USA’s most powerful
     Mount Washington looms in front of you.            symbols of history and politics share space with
     Nordic trails curve through wooded grounds. A      modern works of art and museums that hold
     moose languidly strolls onto the campground        within their walls information on everything
     while a red fox darts past. You are at White       from aviation to espionage. America’s capital is
                                                        a culture buff’s playground.
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your sightseeing

guided tour                                     whale watching                                   the maid of the mist                               top of the rock
of manhattan                                    cruise

Visit landmarks like Central Park, Times        The Whale Watching Cruise takes you as           Step aboard the Maid of the Mist to witness        This observation deck atop the Rockefeller
Square, the Empire State Building, Wall         close as you can get to these mammoth sea        the legendary Niagara falls in all its glory. At   Center features a viewing area which allows
Street, the Museum Mile and Lincoln Center;     creatures. This educational trip also includes   night, watch the falls at its dramatic best,       360-degree open air views of New York’s
then make your way through SoHo,                narrations by scientists, charting displays,     illuminated with multi-coloured lights.            most popular landmarks.
Chinatown, Little Italy and Battery Park.       plankton tows, whale artifacts, and various
                                                children’s activities.

statue of liberty at                            guided city tour of                              jet boat ride                                      a half-day city tour
liberty island                                  boston                                                                                              of washington

This symbolic statue stands on the              Admire the architecture of the House and         This thrilling ride will take you along the        Visit the Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln
eponymous Liberty Island. Designed by           Senate Chambers in the State Capitol. Later,     Niagara River through the whitewater rapids        Memorial, the White House and the Capitol.
sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, it was a   visit the Faneuil Hall where leaders of the      at Devil’s Hole. After visiting the Niagara        The tour also covers the Kennedy Graves and
gift of international friendship from France    American Revolution spoke out against            River Gorge, head to the River Shop. Kids          the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.
in commemoration of the USA’s centennial        British oppression. The tours last for           under six years or under 44 inches tall are
anniversary in 1876.                            approximately 30 to 45 minutes.                  not permitted for the ride.

salem witch museum                              your choice of extensions
                                                chicago ► Like most urban sprawls,               from Sears Towers’ observatory deck. The
                                                Chicago flaunts the requisite glass facades       Skydeck Tour includes a presentation on
                                                and skyscrapers. But its infectious spirit to    the building and other architecturally
                                                exceed stereotypes is only too obvious.          significant structures.
                                                Hot-dogs have been elevated to gourmet
                                                standards, offering varieties like cheese
                                                pork with cherry cream sauce and
                                                sesame-ginger duck. And priceless
                                                avant-garde sculptures are found at the
                                                most unusual places. Chicago is here to set
                                                standards, not to follow them.

                                                architectural river cruise ►
                                                Cruise down the Chicago River and see the
                                                architectural landmarks that stand on its
The Salem Witch Museum takes you back
                                                shores. Professional guides will narrate the
to1692; to a society driven by superstition.
                                                dramatic story of the Great Fire of 1871.
Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson
using stage sets with life-size figures.
                                                sears tower ► Enjoy a bird’s eye view

     e West Coast of the USA

     san francisco ► If San Francisco were a             released. All you need is a credit card, a beach
     person, he would be an eccentric with               towel and a healthy level of curiosity. The city
     aristocratic roots. The soul is distinctly that     will take it from there.
     of an eclecticist. Colonial buildings stand cheek
     by jowl with towering modern structures. Its        san diego ► Vast sandy stretches, palm-lined
     occupants are a diverse mix of American             roads, and a profusion of fine cuisine: San
     colonials and Asian-American families. And its      Diego’s warm Mediterranean climate begs you
     visitors come from every corner of the globe.       to spend your days doing nothing. Yet athletic
                                                         pursuits and swanky clubs beckon at every
     monterey ► No sooner do you enter Monterey          corner. If it’s an undemanding holiday you
     than you are greeted with ripe Monterey Jack        seek, come this way.
     cheese, fine local wine, plaer upon plaer of
     seafood, and the ubiquitous rhythm of jazz.         las vegas ► Undoubtedly one of the most
     Centres of art and culture welcome you at           notorious tourist destinations, Las Vegas is a
     every corner. This benevolent city knows how        city that eschews all things understated, be it
     to treat its guests.                                entertainment or its dazzling neon lights. It’s
                                                         where the roll of a die can turn your luck
     los angeles ► Los Angeles is the archetypal         around. And if you play the right cards, the
     fast paced city. This is the city where             city is yours.
     tomorrow’s trends are born, nurtured and
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your sightseeing

the bay cruise                                  monterey bay                                     san diego seaworld                            the jubilee show

Depart from Pier 43½ and sail past the lively   Monterey Bay Aquarium’s large glass tanks        Visit SeaWorld’s attractions including        Donn Arden’s Jubilee Show is set in four acts
neighbourhood of North Beach, along the         give one the illusion of being underwater        Shamu’s Happy Harbor, Shamu Stadium and       which include the Sinking of the Titanic, and
Marina District, and directly under the         amongst the predators of the ocean world         Shark Encounter. Also watch the Olympic       three exotic acts. Needless to say, those
Golden Gate Bridge.                             and their more benign compatriots.               High Dive Show and the Music Trained Birds.   below 18 years of age will not be permitted.

a guided tour of                                universal studios                                san diego city tour                           night tour in a stretch
san francisco                                                                                                                                  hummer limousine

Visit The Presidio, Fisherman’s Wharf (home     A tour of Universal Studios, Hollywood           This tour will introduce you to the city’s    With leather interiors, a bar area and a
to Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39 and the          includes a visit to a movie theme park, the      sights. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter, the        flat-screen TV; stretch Hummers are 11
Cannery Shopping Center). The history of        Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the Gibson           Embarcadero and Mount Soledad among           metres of sheer decadence. Drive through
Fisherman’s Wharf comes alive at Hyde           Amphitheatre and needless to say, a tour of      other landmarks.                              Las Vegas in this amazing vehicle.
Street Pier. Travel to the far side of the      the studios. Movie fanatics take heed; this is
Golden Gate Bridge for a breathtaking view.     where the magic takes place.

-mile drive,                                  tour of los angeles                              your choice of
monterey                                                                                         extensions

                                                                                                 yellowstone national park ► Half              grand canyon ► Experience the rugged
                                                                                                 of the world’s geothermal features, one of    landscape of the canyon, fly over Lake Mead
                                                                                                 the USA’s largest high-altitude lakes, and    and the Hoover Dam, and visit the famous
                                                                                                 a motley mix of rare animals, mammals         Skywalk - a skybridge suspended 4,000 feet
                                                                                                 and reptiles; all this in a park spanning     above the Colorado River.
                                                                                                 3,468 square miles. Yellowstone Park is
                                                                                                 undoubtedly Mother Nature’s favoured
                                                                                                 child. A belief its inhabitants, native
                                                                                                 Americans, will stolidly affirm.

Drive down this scenic route which hugs the     Visit the upscale boutiques and restaurants
Pacific coastline. The 17-Mile Drive takes       at Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, and the
you through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach,      Sunset Strip. Then head to Grauman’s
past beautiful lawns and mansions.              Chinese Theatre and the La Brea Tar Pits.

East USA Experience                                                    (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Watch bustling cities from skyscrapers of             your itinerary
stratospheric heights; explore verdant mountains;
                                                      ►   New York: 2 nights ► Boston: 2 nights
witness the mighty falls; meet a whale or two; and,   ►   White Mountains: 1 night ► Green Mountains: 1 night
when you find time, steal a sip of wine and some       ►   Finger Lakes: 1 night ► Niagara: 2 nights
local cuisine. This journey will take you to both
popular cities as well as relatively undiscovered     DAY 1 ► Arrive at New York and visit Times Square,           DAY 8 ► Take a hike near Seneca Lake. Later, visit the
areas of the east coast of America.                   Broadway and other popular sights. (B,D)                     Finger Lakes’ wineries or head towards Niagara. (B,D)

                                                      DAY 2 ► Go on a tour of New York that covers Manhattan,      DAY 9 ► Visit the Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the
                                                      Liberty Island, Ellis Island and Ground Zero. Later, visit   Mist and then on a jet boat. Dine at the Skylon Tower,
                                                      the Top of the Rock observatory, explore SoHo,               witness the night time illumination of the falls and try
                                                      Greenwich Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. (B,D)         your luck at the casinos. (B,D)

                                                      DAY 3 ► Head towards Boston via Newport, Rhode Island.       DAY 10 ► After breakfast, set off to the airport to board
                                                      At Boston, take a tour down Freedom Trail. (B,D)             your flight home. (B)

                                                      DAY 4 ► Board a whale watching cruise; ramble through
                                                                                                                   your choice of extensions
                                                      Boston’s streets; and visit Cambridge and Harvard. (B,D)
                                                                                                                   ►   Chicago: 2 nights
                                                      DAY 5 ► Set off to the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
                                                      Visit Salem and its Witch Museum en route. (B,D)
                                                                                                                   DAY 10 ► Explore Chicago, with visits to the various
                                                      DAY 6 ► Explore the White Mountains area before              neighbourhoods and stunning architectural landmarks.
                                                      proceeding towards the Green Mountains, Vermont.
                                                      Visit the Ben and Jerry’s Ice-cream factory at Stowe and     DAY 11 ► Go on a guided tour of the city. Walk down the
                                                      the Shelburne Museum near Burlington. (B)                    Magnificent Mile, visit the Sears Tower and go on a
                                                                                                                   one-hour cruise down the Chicago River.
                                                      DAY 7 ► Proceed towards the Adirondack Mountains and
                                                      the resort town of Lake Placid. Visit Ithaca and spend the   DAY 12 ► After a leisurely buffet breakfast, head to the
                                                      night in the Finger Lakes region. (B)                        airport to board your flight home.
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An American Dream                                                     (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Historical monuments, a bustling city at night and      your itinerary
the legendary falls in all its magnificence. This tour
                                                        ►   Washington: 2 nights ► New York: 2 nights
takes you to three of America’s most significant         ►   Niagara: 2 nights
destinations: Washington, New York and Niagara.
It’s a brief but comprehensive course in the nation’s
                                                        DAY 1 ► Arrive at Washington and check in at your hotel.   DAY 4 ► Breakfast is followed by a guided tour of the Big
history and culture.                                    Dinner will be at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)              Apple. Visit landmarks like Battery Park, St. John the
                                                                                                                   Divine, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. (B,D)
                                                        DAY 2 ► Tour America’s capital in your private van and
                                                        visit all the popular landmarks including the Washington   DAY 5 ► Drive towards Niagara after breakfast. En route,
                                                        Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery,        visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Later, enjoy an Indian
                                                        the Vietnam War Memorial and the White House. After        meal. (B,D)
                                                        the tour, explore the city on your own before dining at
                                                        an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                                DAY 6 ► After breakfast, step aboard the Maid of the Mist
                                                                                                                   and visit the magnificent falls. Later, go on a thrilling jet
                                                        DAY 3 ► After a leisurely buffet breakfast, prepare for a   boat ride. (B,D)
                                                        drive to New York via Pennsylvania. In the evening, dine
                                                        at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                             DAY 7 ► Head to the airport after breakfast to board your
                                                                                                                   flight home. (B)
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Disney Mac                                   (5 Days / 4 Nights)

You can opt to extend your vacation in the USA         your itinerary
with a visit to Walt Disney World. Enter a land of
                                                       ►   Walt Disney World - Orlando: 4 nights
magic, fun and colour. Visit places you’ve only seen
in fairytales and meet your favourite characters.
Disney World promises you an experience so             DAY 1 ► Arrive at your hotel. Your day is free to relax or   culture and entertainment of 11 different countries,
                                                       explore the area at leisure. (B)                             brave bumpy terrains and hair-pin turns at Test Track or
unique, it’s surreal.                                                                                               go on a cosmic adventure at Mission Space. Rest
                                                       DAY 2 ► Spend your day at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom        assured, your day will be anything but boring. (B)
                                                       and meet Mickey, Donald and other Disney stars. Watch
                                                       the musical spectacular Cinderellabrations at Cinderella’s   DAY 4 ► This day has been earmarked for a visit to
                                                       Castle. The more daring can opt for a Jungle Cruise in       Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you will experience
                                                       Adventure Land or a rollercoaster ride on Big Thunder        the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. See the Hollywood
                                                       Mountain. See the past presidents of the United States       of the 40s and new attractions like the American Idol
                                                       at the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square and take a       Express. Feel like a star or even meet one. Get a glimpse
                                                       leisurely ride across Tomorrowland. (B)                      of the movie world behind the scenes, participate in
                                                                                                                    parades and visit movie themed attractions. (B)
                                                       DAY 3 ► Spend your day at Epcot and celebrate the
                                                       fascinating cultures of the world. Experience the            DAY 5 ► Head to the airport for your trip home. (B)

An American Expedion                                                            (9 Days / 8 Nights)

The glamour of Hollywood and the solitude of a        your itinerary
nature park. Sunny beaches and big city lights.
                                                      ► San Francisco: 2 nights ► Monterey: 1 night
Roulee wheels and steep gorges. This nine-day trip   ► Los Angeles: 2 nights ► San Diego: 1 night
along the West Coast of the USA promises to be as     ► Las Vegas: 2 nights

exciting as it is diverse.
                                                      DAY 1 ► Arrive at San Francisco, where our representative    DAY 6 ► Drive to San Diego and visit SeaWorld. Later,
                                                      will escort you to your hotel. (B,D)                         enjoy an orientation tour of the city. (B,D)

                                                      DAY 2 ► Go on a guided tour of San Francisco and visit       DAY 7 ► Explore the city of San Diego before flying to Sin
                                                      sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Twin Peaks,          City - Las Vegas. Tour Las Vegas in a stretch limousine
                                                      Telegraph Hill, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Later,        and visit all the landmarks - the Bellagio fountains and
                                                      board the Golden Gate Bay cruise. (B,D)                      the Freemont Street Experience among others. (B,D)

                                                      DAY 3 ► Travel to Monterey along the 17-Mile Drive and       DAY 8 ► Spend your day seducing lady luck or take one of
                                                      Pacific Grove. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and later      our tours to the Grand Canyon. You could opt for the
                                                      explore the seafood joints at Fisherman’s Wharf. (B,D)       Coach Tour, Highlights Air Tour, the Air and Ground Tour,
                                                                                                                   and the Air and Ground Tour with Boat and Helicopter
                                                      DAY 4 ► Saunter down Fisherman’s Wharf or experiment         with the additional option of the Skywalk. Later witness
                                                      with Monterey’s selection of fine wines. Later, head to       the Jubilee Show (children below 18 years of age are not
                                                      Los Angeles and see its many sights. (B,D)                   permitted). (B,D)

                                                      DAY 5 ► Ride around Universal Studios in a tram car, visit   DAY 9 ► After breakfast, head to the airport to board your
                                                      theme rides and peek behind the scenes. (B,D)                flight home. (B)

Canada is most reticent about its varied        passes are easily accessible; and one never has
offerings. But let this not be misconstrued as   to go too far in search of a good local meal.
unwelcoming. Canada is a gracious host. Its     Canada proves that one needn’t give up the
staggering crags, glaciers, and mountainous     comforts of civilisation to enjoy nature’s gis.


     vancouver ► Vancouver’s landscape is an              lake louise ► This charming hamlet boasts
     enchanting amalgam of a young metropolis             pristine wilderness, tall firs and one of North
     and ancient snow-capped crags. This odd              America’s largest ski areas. The eponymous
     contrast goes further, embracing lively              lake is an immaculate blue, fringed by a
     city-hugging beaches and dense waterfront            mountainous amphitheatre.
     forests. Vancouver is all this and more.
                                                          jasper ► Rocky peaks that rise over gigantic firs.
     victoria ► Not so long ago, this city set in North   Animals rarely seen outside wildlife books.
     America sported an uncannily, irrefutably            And icy glaciers that melt to form wild
     British air. Every flagpole donned the Union          whitewater. In the centre of it all is the quaint
     Jack, English structures were seen at every          town of Jasper, serenely accordant with its
     corner; and its inhabitants religiously sipped       untamed yet flawless surroundings.
     tea every aernoon. Today, this colonial English
     sprit still lingers but a more bohemian vibe         kamloops ► Few places are blessed with vast,
     seems to have worked its way in.                     rugged landscapes like those of Kamloops.
                                                          Fewer still make such excellent use of its
     banff national park ► Banff National Park             outdoors. Hike up its rugged crags, or simply
     boasts the breed of surreally perfect scenery        take in striking views from a cosy café.
     that brings to mind motivational posters
     promulgating ‘Inspiration’ or ‘Vision’.              calgary ► At Calgary you can breakfast among
     Frost-topped mountains reflected in startlingly       Canada’s yuppies surrounded by skyscrapers,
     blue lakes. Thundering waterfalls and misty          and hike up rugged crags immediately aer.
     canyons. It’s awe-inspiringly natural, yet so        Once a sleepy town with a wild west air, it is
     perfect it might have been carefully planned.        now a habitat more familiar with white-collar
                                                          organisations and adventure sport Meccas.
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banff gondola ride                              butchart gardens                               maligne canyon                                   b.c. ferry ride

Located on the shoulder of Sulphur              The Butchart family’s dedication to            A network of natural underground caves.          British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. began
Mountain in the heart of the Canadian           horticulture and nature in general is more     Sheer limestone walls that plunge to depths      in 1960 as a two vessel, two terminal
Rockies, the Banff Gondola whisks you up         than evident in these eponymous gardens.       of over 50 m. And a lake which shares this       operation. Today it is one of the largest,
2,281 m to the summit in a matter of            Walk through 55 acres of spectacular floral     mysteriously sinister name. Maligne Valley       most sophisticated ferry transportation
minutes. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic          display. The gardens are maintained with due   has several natural offerings, and of these       systems in the world. It’s one of these ferries
view of the mountains, Bow River and the        regard to nature but with a few aesthetic      the most touted is its magnificent gorge.         that’ll take you from Victoria to Vancouver.
town from the upper gondola terminal.           manmade touches.

capilano suspension                             the rocky                                      athabasca glacier
bridge                                          mountaineer train

Your pulse quickens involuntarily as you step   The Rocky Mountaineer offers you the            One of the six principal ‘toes’ of the
onto the world’s longest and highest            Candian Rockies in all its raw natural         Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca Glacier is
suspension bridge. Take comfort in the fact     splendour without the otherwise necessary      located in the Canadian Rockies. It is a short
that the thick cables you hold on to are        effort to traverse the mountains. Enjoy         distance away from the Icefields Parkway,
safely embedded in solid concrete blocks on     breakfasts and lunch served at your seat by    between the Alberta towns of Banff and
either side, and breathe in the pure and        your attendant as the windows obligingly       Jasper, making it very accessible. The beauty
unique perfumes of the rainforest below.        provide a view of the magnificent scenery.      of this (unfortunately) rapidly receding
                                                                                               landmark and its surrounds make it the most
                                                                                               visited glacier in North America.

A Canadian Odyssey                                              (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Explore alpine wonderlands, quaint towns and        your itinerary
bustling cities. Discover wildlife you never
                                                    ► Banff: 2 nights ► Lake Louise: 1 night
suspected existed; rare manmade structures and      ► Jasper: 2 nights ► Kamloops: 1 night
rarer geographical ones. This ten-day expedition    ► Vancouver: 3 nights

takes you to the most popular destinations around
the Canadian Rockies.                               DAY 1 ► Arrive at Calgary Airport. Your driver will take    DAY 4 ► Drive towards Jasper via the Icefields Parkway,
                                                    you to Banff, where you will be welcomed with a hot          Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. On reaching
                                                    Indian dinner. Spend the night at the Banff Caribou          the Icefield Centre at Columbia Icefield, proceed to the
                                                    Lodge. (D)                                                  Athabasca Glacier. Here you will board a specially
                                                                                                                designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour of the glacier.
                                                    DAY 2 ► Explore Banff and its many local delights            End your day with a dinner at Jasper. (B,D)
                                                    including Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout and Lake
                                                    Minnewanka. Ride the Banff Gondola and take a cruise         DAY 5 ► Explore Jasper after breakfast, with visits to the
                                                    on Lake Minnewanka. Later, return to Banff Caribou           Pyramid and Patricia lakes and the Maligne Canyon. Take
                                                    Lodge for dinner. (B,D)                                     a relaxed tour down Maligne Lake on a heated, glass
                                                                                                                enclosed boat. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B,D)
                                                    DAY 3 ► After breakfast, travel west via the Bow Valley
                                                    Parkway. Stroll through Johnston Canyon and see its         DAY 6 ► Board the Rocky Mountaineer train and enjoy the
                                                    dazzling waterfalls. Visit Lake Moraine and the shores of   Maple Leaf Musical with songs by performers including
                                                    Lake Louise. Cross over to the Yoho Valley and see the      Shania Twain and Paul Anka. Food and snacks will be
                                                    Emerald Lake and the natural rock bridge. Enjoy dinner      brought to you as you tour from Jasper to Vancouver,
                                                    at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. (B,D)                      stopping in Kamloops for an overnight stay. Pack an
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overnight bag as you will not have access to your            Harbour, and proceed to the B.C. Ferry terminal. Dine at
luggage for the duration of the two day tour. (B,L,D)        an Indian restaurant before heading to your hotel in
                                                             Vancouver. (B,D)
DAY 7 ► Head to the Kamloops railway station early in
the morning to continue your journey. Continental            DAY 9 ► Take a city tour of Vancouver and visit Stanley
breakfast, lunch and snacks are included on board.           Park, the West Coast Native Totem Poles, the British-
Follow the Fraser River through Hell’s Gate and the          flavoured Gastown with its unique steam clock, and the
Fraser Canyon; and arrive at downtown Vancouver by           colourful Chinatown. Visit the historic Capilano
late noon. Your driver will take you to your hotel where     Suspension Bridge and later, dine at an Indian
a delicious Indian dinner awaits you. (B,L,D)                restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 8 ► Head to Victoria after breakfast for a tour of the   DAY 10 ► After breakfast, bid Canada a fond goodbye
Uplands, Oak Bay, Beacon Hill Park and the exquisite         as you head towards Vancouver Airport to board your
Butchart Gardens. Explore the shops around the Inner         flight home. (B)

Australia possesses a wealth of natural beauty   views and variety of sightseeing choices.
that even the seasoned traveller will find        The incandescent underwater paradise of the
irresistible. The endless, smooth stretches      Great Barrier Reef. The glamour and luxury
of the Great Ocean Road, with an incredibly      of Gold Coast. Hayman Island’s lush tropical
blue ocean all along one side. Some of the       splendour. Escape to the world’s most
finest vineyards in the world, in Yarra Valley.   beautiful island paradise - Australia.
The Blue Mountains, with their stunning


     This city serves as the gateway to North       offers an unforgeable experience. There is
     Queensland and is the perfect base from        something here for every visitor to enjoy…
     which to explore the Great Barrier Reef,       adventure activities like diving, white water
     the Wet Tropics and Riversleigh Fossil         raing and bungee jumping or more gentle
     Fields. Whether it’s an indulgent break or     pursuits like bird watching, hiking or
     an adventure you’re looking for, this region   sampling the fare at the restaurants.
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your sightseeing

great barrier reef                                an atv ride                                      tjapukai by night                                 a helicopter ride over
cruise                                                                                                                                               the great barrier reef

Experience the wonders of the largest             This four-wheel motorcycle tour of Cairns        From the moment you arrive at Tjapukai you        It’s the ideal way to see the unique scenery
coral reef in the world, snorkelling amidst       has been specially designed to suit both         will feel the powerful aboriginal spirit in the   of north Queensland. From up high, you
amazing marine life at three different sites       beginners and highly experienced drivers,        atmosphere. The Tjapukai staff then escort         have a glorious view of two world heritage
on the outer Great Barrier Reef. See the          on a variety of terrains. You don’t need a       you into the Magic Space; where the               listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the
coral gardens and the abundance of marine         license for an ATV ride. These bikes are         Quinkin spirits come to life, taking you on a     ancient Daintree rainforest. Spend a relaxed
life of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef     Honda TRX 250cc All Terrain Vehicles which       journey through the Storywaters into the          morning snorkelling, or take a cruise on the
with an interpretive reef talk and a guided       are easy to handle and quite safe for you to     Dreamtime. Thunder and lightning herald           Osprey V or Reef Encounter.
snorkelling tour.                                 ride. The first part of your tour is spent in a   the Gadja, a Dreamtime spirit in glowing,
                                                  thorough training session.                       UV fibre-optic costume.

kuoni recommends
tandem sky dive                                   hartley’s crocodile                              the kuranda skyrail

Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you leap   Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park is one of     This trip takes you on a ride over Australia’s
from an aeroplane at 10,000 ft and freefall       the oldest wildlife attractions in Far North     World Heritage listed tropical rainforest
for about 30 seconds. At around 5,000 ft,         Queensland. It is one of the first places in      canopy, deep into the forest. The skyrail
you will deploy the parachute and float            Australia to watch crocodile shows. The Park     spans 7.5 kms over pristine rainforest, and
gently towards a grass strip on the southern      is not only home to hundreds of crocodiles       allows you to learn about one of the most
outskirts of Cairns. Your training session        but also to koalas, kangaroos, cassowaries,      botanically fascinating and diverse areas on
ensures that you are at no risk during your       dingoes, snakes, reptiles and other species      earth. Gliding just metres above the
jump. On completion of your skydive you           native to Australia.                             rainforest canopy in a comfortable six-person
will receive a tandem skydive certificate.                                                          gondola cabin, the Skyrail journey takes you
                                                                                                   through an intimate rainforest experience.

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port douglas ► This lush tropical                 green island ► Just 27 km across the
paradise lies 70 km north of Cairns               Coral Sea from Cairns, Green Island offers
international airport along a spectacular         a spectacular reef and rainforest getaway.
coastal drive. Holidaymakers love Port            This coral cay is home to over 120 species
Douglas for its natural beauty and                of native plants, colourful bird and
excellent climate. Its relaxed seaside            marine life and beautiful coral gardens.
village ambience blends perfectly with            Spend your days diving, snorkelling,
its atmosphere of sophistication. Port            parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and
Douglas is the nearest gateway to the             take time out to explore the world’s first
Great Barrier Reef. The region offers              underwater observatory.
every type of accommodation, from
international resorts to intimate
boutique apartments.

     Gold Coast

     With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched            Coast has everything from five-star dining
     beaches, World Heritage Listed rainforests,   to fish and chips on the beach. Aer the sun
     theme parks, shopping and nightlife, the      goes down, the city comes alive with bars,
     Gold Coast has been Australia’s favourite     clubs, casinos, theatres and dazzling
     holiday destination for decades. For those    international shows.
     who take their food seriously, the Gold
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the conrad show                                  movie world                                     australian outback                             hot air balloon ride
                                                                                                 spectacular                                    with a champagne

Experience the electrifying energy of            This movie related theme park makes             This exciting musical dinner show plays at     Float over the Gold Coast Hinterland with
Bombay’s first authentic musical and take a       everyone feel like a star. Lose yourself in a   the Pacific Motorway between Warner Bros.       the sparkling waterfalls, rock pools and
powerful journey into the sacred heart of        world of fantasy and fun with favourites such   Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Water World.        rainforests beneath you while the sun
dance where tears are shed, old wounds           as Bugs Bunny, Batman and Wonder Woman.         Set in a 1,000 seat arena, it features a one   begins its leisurely ascent over the horizon.
healed and age-old conflicts resolved. This       Witness the exhilaration of rides like          and a half hour extravaganza as well as an     End this adventure with a scrumptious
production is a thrilling, high energy fusion    Superman Escape, Lethal Weapon, Wild West       Aussie barbeque dinner. Guests will also be    champagne breakfast at the Palm Meadows
of extravagance and romance.                     Falls and the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.        served beer, wine or soft drinks.              Golfing resort.

kuoni recommends

currumbin wildlife                               the wrx experience                              the paradise country                           newman’s dracula
sanctuary                                                                                        farm tour with a                               haunted house
                                                                                                 barbeque lunch

Nestled within 27 hectares of lush               Here’s your chance to drive high-tech Subaru    Enjoy an interactive Australian themed         This haunted house has terrified over three
eucalyptus rainforest, Currumbin emerged         WRX STi Rally Cars, fitted with race prepared    experience over 12 hectares of farmland.       million victims to date. Journey through five
from an ancient volcanic hotspot; supporting     equipment. After a briefing with a               There’s horse riding, koala cuddling,          storeys of spooky passages, a museum, dare
an incredible variety of flora, fauna and         professional instructor, settle into the        kangaroo feeding, whip cracking,               doors, leaping monsters and state-of-the-art
marine life. A national trust property with      driver’s seat and prepare for the ride of a     boomerang throwing, sheep shearing, as         special effects. Meet the Mayor of the Gold
advanced Eco Tourism Certification,               lifetime. Choose between the Rally Intro        well as the famous barbeque lunch with live    Coast Underworld, Zombie Meter Maids, the
Currumbin allows visitors a joyful interaction   Experience, the Adrenalin Rush Experience       Aussie entertainment and bush dancing.         shark savaged Surf Lifesaver, a Funnel Web
with the wildlife of this region.                or the Competition Experience.                                                                 Spider and a White Pointer Shark.

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tangalooma ► With over 75 places to              o’reilly’s rainforest retreat ►                 the new Mountain Villas. A luxurious day
visit and activities on offer, the hardest        Two hours’ drive from the Gold Coast and        spa has recently opened. O’Reilly’s also
decision you will need to make is how long       two hours south of Brisbane is Lamington        serves Indian cuisine.
you’d like to stay at Tangalooma Wild            National Park - a world of lush rainforests
Dolphin Resort. Surrounded by pristine           and fresh mountain air. O’Reilly’s is           the byron at byron bay ► Byron Bay
waters and untouched national parks, the         known for their quality Australian              is located on Australia’s most easterly
resort is the perfect destination for a          hospitality. Here, you may attend a             point, in northern New South Wales. This
relaxed break, and a chance to interact          Discovery Program of guided excursions,         is an area of unparalleled beauty,
closely with nature. Every evening, the          interpretive rainforest walks and               featuring some of the world’s prettiest
Tangalooma dolphins swim up to the               adventure activities. The night walks           beaches and hinterland. The hotel’s spa
beach where they are hand-fed fresh fish          allow you to meet some of the forest’s          and wellness centre offer several hours of
by resort guests. Whether you feed the           shyer inhabitants. You may choose from          relaxed rejuvenation. The Byron at Byron
dolphins or simply watch from the jetty,         the traditional O’Reilly Rainforest             Resort & Spa offers visitors a truly unique
the experience is unforgettable.                 Retreats or the self-contained luxury of        world-class resort & spa experience.


     Widely regarded as Australia’s cultural          organisations to hold their major events
     capital; Melbourne enjoys a scenic location      here. But Melbourne’s charm lies in more
     at the head of Port Phillip Bay. The city is a   than just its appealing location. With
     convenient base for those who wish to            timeless Victorian-era architecture,
     explore the surrounding regions like the         extensive shopping, museums, galleries and
     Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean         theatres, and several parks and gardens, it’s
     Road, and Phillip Island. And perhaps it is      a city whose novelty never wanes.
     its location that invites various sporting
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the melbourne                                     a full day tour of                              a tram tour
cricket ground                                    great ocean road

Built in 1853, this hallowed ground has           Explore the stunning coastline of south-west    Take a two or three-hour tram tour of inner
seen the world’s most brilliant cricketers        Victoria as you drive along one of the          Melbourne while you enjoy a lavish three,
tread the path to glory. The MCG has hosted       world’s most scenic roads. See the Twelve       four or five course meal. The Colonial
the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL /          Apostles, the Otways rainforest, Bells Beach    Tramcar restaurant is the world’s first
AFL Grand Finals, and the 1956 Olympic            and the Great Ocean Road itself. You will       travelling tramcar restaurant, with trams
Games. The MCG also houses a priceless            pass by resort towns like Torquay, Lorne and    converted into first-class restaurants, with
collection of sporting memorabilia.               Apollo Bay, the coastal cities of Geelong and   stabilisers fitted to ensure a smooth ride.
                                                  Warrnambool, and the villages of                The restaurant trams travel the same tracks
                                                  Queenscliff, Port Fairy and Portland.            as Melbourne’s regular trams.

kuoni recommends

a helicopter ride over                            puffing billy                                   phillip island                                  a day at
the great ocean road                              steam railway                                                                                   sovereign hills

Cross the Westgate Bridge through Geelong         It was in the early 1900s that Puffing Billy      Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip         Relive the excitement of the gold rush days
towards Bells Beach. After lunch, stroll in the   took its first journey. Over a century later,    Island Nature Park offers a wildlife             at Sovereign Hill. Enjoy shopping in 1850s
cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest in the    this steam engine obligingly takes you to all   adventure. Every evening, watch the world’s     style and take a coach ride. Watch
Otway Ranges. Then it’s on to Port Campbell       its old haunts. Ride through Sherbrooke         smallest penguins, the Little Penguins          wheelwrights, blacksmiths and candle
National Park. Take a helicopter flight over       forest’s eucalyptus and fern woods, Yarra       emerge from the surf and waddle towards         makers at work. Situated in the historic city
this magical section of coastline, past the       Valley and Healesville Sanctuary, set amidst    their sand dune burrows. The elevated           of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill is a comfortable
Twelve Apostles.                                  mountain bushland.                              boardwalks allow you to watch this sight        90-minute drive from Melbourne.
                                                                                                  without disturbing the penguins in the least.

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yarra valley ► This is one of Australia’s         great ocean road ► Experience one of
oldest wine producing regions. Just over          the world’s great coastal drives, with its
an hour’s drive east of Melbourne, the            powerful seas, golden beaches, peaceful
Yarra Valley is home to over 90 vineyards         townships, giant cliffs and lush forests.
and 35 wineries. It is best known for its         Marvel at the views of Melbourne and
success with pinot noir, fine chardonnays,         Port Phillip Bay from the West Gate
cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varietals.          Bridge. Stroll along pristine sandy
Visit the Produce store at Yerring Station        beaches and wander through sleepy
winery, showcasing the fine wines from             seaside holiday towns. Your tour
this region. Visit the Coldstream winery,         highlights include Bells Beach - home to
then end the afternoon at the 100 year            the World Surfing Championships,
old Yarra Valley Dairy, where you will            Torquay and Lorne - popular seaside
sample fresh, handmade cheese.                    townships, the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard
                                                  Gorge, and London Bridge.


     Set on one of the world’s most stunning          everything you would expect of a
     harbours, this is Australia’s oldest and         world-class city - internationally-acclaimed
     biggest city. Sydney, with its sense of style,   art performances, stylish restaurants, an
     its love of sport and exuberant celebrations     effervescent night scene, chic shopping, the
     fits the role of Australia’s global city.         lush vistas of the Blue Mountains, the
     Consistently voted the world’s best city         vineyards of Hunter Valley and the vibrant
     by international travellers, Sydney has          beach culture of Manly and Bondi.
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your sightseeing                                                                                kuoni recommends
harley in the city                              a seaplane ride                                 the grand pacific                              blue mountains with
                                                                                                drive                                          jenolan caves

Slip on a pair of shades, zip up the leather    Take off in an immaculately restored             Drive along the 140 km coastal road from       The Blue Mountains is a spectacular World
jacket provided, and hop on to a Harley         seaplane from the airport at Rose Bay, and      the Royal National Park to Wollongong          Heritage Area. Admire the waterfalls, the
Davidson motorbike for an unforgettable         watch as the sprawling expanse of Sydney        through Shellharbour and Shoalhaven to         mountain pinnacles of the Three Sisters, the
ride through Sydney.                            Harbour unveils itself. After a complete        the southern Highlands and Canberra.           world’s largest open cave - the Jenolan caves
                                                survey of the harbour, head to the stunning                                                    and Leura, the quaint village in Katoomba.
                                                sandstone cliffs rising abruptly from the sea,                                                  Stroll to one of the three ‘sisters’ for a closer
                                                and the world famous Bondi Beach.                                                              view of the Jamison Valley floor.

inside the sydney                               a sydney showboat                               sailing cruises                                a bridge climb
opera house                                     dinner cruise                                                                                  in sydney

The Opera House is all about performance,       On this dinner cruise, watch the sensational    The perfect way to explore Sydney Harbour      Climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge, 130
invitation and suspense. From walking           theatre cabaret, marvel at the magician’s       is on a morning adventure sail or evening      m above sea level. Walk over the catwalk to
through its intricate corridors, to its         deft tricks, revel in the carnival atmosphere   sunset cruise. Relax and enjoy the sight of    the pylon before setting out across the arch
aesthetically pleasing and sound-enhancing      of your dinner cruise paddle wheelers and       the wind in the sails and the attractions of   to the summit for a stunning 360-degree
performance halls, to its slanted windows,      relish the finest cuisine. Pause to admire the   Sydney Harbour. Experience life in the slow    view of the harbour and the satisfaction of
there’s plenty to marvel at.                    Opera House and the iconic bridge.              lane before returning to Rushcutters Bay.      conquering the upper arch of the bridge.

sydney aquarium                                 sydney tower and
                                                oztrek                                          your choice of extensions

                                                                                                dubbo ► The word ‘dubbo’ means ‘Red            port stephens with hunter
                                                                                                Earth’. This city lies 260 miles north west    valley ► Port Stephens is the gateway to
                                                                                                of Sydney between Melbourne and                the New South Wales North Coast, 2.5
                                                                                                Brisbane on the Newell Highway. Dubbo’s        hours’ drive north of Sydney, best known
                                                                                                popularity lies in its zoo. The Western        for its volcanic peaks, crystal bays and
                                                                                                Plains Zoo features over 1000 animals          golden sand. Two hours north of Sydney
                                                                                                from around the globe, and offers a range       is Hunter Valley. Take a tour of the Valley
                                                                                                of activities, from watching how               accompanied by its fine wine and local
                                                                                                boomerangs are made, to pot making, to         produce. Walk through the 25-hectare
                                                                                                a river tour on the Macquarie River.           Hunter Valley Gardens.

With over 650 species of marine creatures,      Enjoy breathtaking views over Sydney from
nowhere else in the world will you find a        Sydney Tower. This experience takes you
larger collection of Australian aquatic life.   250 m above Sydney, offering glorious
Walk under water and explore Australia’s        views of the city. Later, take a ride on
rich aquatic life and habitats. This is a       OzTrek, an amazing virtual adventure
fantastic learning experience for kids.         through Australia.

e Australian Islands

                It’s every traveller’s fantasy.                      blended margaritas. A favourite book. And the
                                                                     luxury of having nothing to do.
                Cool azure waters washing melodiously onto
                sun-warmed beaches. Palms swaying gracefully in      The islands off the coast of Australia offer several
                unison under a benign tropical sun. A hammock in     gorgeous, perfectly deserted beaches in which to
                the shade. Crisp baer-fried calamari, washed down   commune with nature. Head here for your fill of
                with an unending succession of cool, perfectly       solitude, creature comforts and, of course, a wealth
                                                                     of nature.
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hamilton island ► Fascinating coral reefs, myriad        when you fly into the Great Barrier Reef Airport
flora and fauna, sublime weather and an enchanting        (formerly Hamilton Island airport) and board a
natural landscape. Located in the heart of the           55-minute luxury launch to the island. Hayman
Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is a charming               Island resort is frequented by the world’s beautiful
destination. Although there’s no dearth of secluded      people, and offers a completely relaxing holiday
glades for those who seek it, the island offers several   experience.
more urbane comforts. You’ll never be too far from a
luxury resort and the island’s latest addition, the      fraser island kingfisher bay resort ► Listed as
Hamilton Island Golf Course is open to golf              Australia’s world heritage site, a stay at Fraser Island
enthusiasts.                                             is a rare treat. This island is home to the award
                                                         winning Kingfisher Bay Resort. The greatest care was
hayman island     ► Hayman Island is a private           taken to build this resort in the most eco-friendly
island in the Whitsunday Islands, off the coast of        way, with as little interference with nature as
Queensland. The resort is recognised for its             possible. What results is a haven with every modern
impeccable service, superb facilities and outstanding    comfort in an immaculate natural setting.
location. Your holiday extension to Hayman begins

Sydney Discove                                       (5 Days / 4 Nights)

One of the world’s most iconic cities, Sydney offers   your itinerary
a level of sophistication and luxury few can match.
                                                      ►   Sydney: 4 nights
Cruise along the harbour, visit the aquarium and
take a thrilling Harley Davidson ride.
                                                      DAY 1 ► Arrive in Sydney, and check in at your hotel.       DAY 3 ► Get ready for an adrenalin-pumping hour, riding
                                                      Freshen up and spend the afternoon exploring the area       a Harley Davidson bike. The rest of the day is free for
                                                      around your hotel. In the evening, take the Sydney          you to explore Sydney on your own. You’re in for a treat
                                                      Showboat cruise to enjoy the glorious view over the         in the evening – an international seafood lobster dinner.
                                                      harbour. Savour a delicious Indian dinner on board while    (B,D)
                                                      watching a cabaret show by the Sydney Show Boat
                                                      Follies. (D)                                                DAY 4 ► After a leisurely breakfast, the day is all yours;
                                                                                                                  take this chance to explore Sydney on your own. Shop
                                                      DAY 2 ► Take a city tour of Sydney. Explore the interiors   for designerwear, Australian wines and cheese, watches,
                                                      of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks,          perfumes, cosmetics and electronics at Center Point,
                                                      Darling Harbour and the Sydney Tower, where you will        Pitts Street or Queen Victoria Building. End the day with
                                                      experience a Sky Walk, Sydney’s highest open-air            an Indian dinner at a restaurant. (B,D)
                                                      attraction. Next, take the OzTrek Tour and visit Sydney
                                                      Aquarium, after which you’re in for an exhilarating         DAY 5 ► Complete your packing, check out of the hotel
                                                      seaplane ride over the city’s harbour. Admire the view      and set off to Sydney airport to continue your holiday, or
                                                      over the coastline, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour      to board your flight home. (B)
                                                      Bridge. Your evening has been kept free for any
                                                      sightseeing you may wish to do on your own. Round off
                                                      your day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
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Port Stephens Paradise                                                      (3 Days / 2 Nights)

With its untouched beaches, clear waters and         your itinerary                                               your choice of extensions
friendly dolphin pods, Port Stephens is an ideal
                                                     ►   Port Stephens: 2 nights                                  ►   Dubbo Resort: 2 nights
spot to visit from Sydney. Stop at a winery for a
wine tasting, and take a four wheel drive over the
                                                     DAY 5 ► After breakfast, drive to Port Stephens, also        DAY 5 ► After a hot buffet breakfast at your hotel, set off
sand dunes.
                                                     known as the dolphin capital of Australia. Here you will     for Dubbo Resort. (B)
                                                     find approximately 165 bottlenose dolphins living within
                                                     the port area. You could hire a boat to observe them         DAY 6 ► After breakfast, spend the day making the most
                                                     from up close or simply watch them from the shore.           of all the facilities that your resort has to offer. (B)
                                                     Drive to Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region for
                                                     a wine tasting. And sample the chilli chocolate at the       DAY 7 ► Set off to Sydney to continue your holiday, or to
                                                     Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop. (B,D)                          the airport to board your flight home. (B)

                                                     DAY 6 ► After breakfast, the day is yours to spend
                                                     exploring Port Stephens on your own. Or if you feel
                                                     adventurous, you may choose to take a four wheel drive
                                                     or six wheel drive on the Stockton sand dunes. Do
                                                     sample the fresh seafood here. (B)

                                                     DAY 7 ► After breakfast, check out of the hotel and set off
                                                     to Sydney to continue your holiday, or to board your
                                                     flight home. (B)

Cans Discove                                       (4 Days / 3 Nights)

There’s so much to do in Cairns, four days might     your itinerary
not be enough to fully explore the city. Visit the
                                                     ►   Cairns: 3 nights
Aboriginal Park, take an All Terrain Vehicle ride
through the bush, and spend a day cruising in the
                                                     DAY 1 ► Arrive in Cairns, and set off to Tjapukai            swimming or snorkelling to best experience the wealth
Great Barrier Reef area.
                                                     Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you will witness first       of coral and marine life all around. You could also try
                                                     hand the beauty and power of Australia’s ancient            scuba diving and undersea walking on your own for an
                                                     indigenous culture. Later, prepare for a thrilling family   additional fee. Later, return to your hotel in Cairns.
                                                     adventure on your All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ride. Ride      (B,L,D)
                                                     the ATV through the bush trails and view rainforests,
                                                     creeks, giant termite mounds, massive blue-green trees      DAY 3 ► Once you’re done with breakfast, the day is free
                                                     and native animals. Check in at your hotel, and then        for you to explore Cairns on your own. Shop at the duty
                                                     dine at an Indian restaurant. (D)                           free stores and shopping centres in the suburbs, and
                                                                                                                 sample the local specialties at any of the restaurants in
                                                     DAY 2 ► Set off for a full day cruise to the Great Barrier   the area. End the day with an Indian dinner at a local
                                                     Reef, where a host of activities await you, followed by a   restaurant. (B,D)
                                                     delicious continental buffet lunch. Next, you are privy to
                                                     stunning views of Green Island and the Great Barrier        DAY 4 ► After an early breakfast, set off to Cairns airport
                                                     Reef on your helicopter ride. Take a guided tour on the     to continue your holiday, or to board your flight home.
                                                     glass bottom boat and the semi-submersible. Go              (B)
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e Island of Dreams: Green Island                                                                                          (3 Days / 2 Nights)

Green Island’s coral cay is a parallel world of coral   your itinerary                                                your choice of extensions
gardens, unique plants and wildlife, and is a few
                                                        ►   Green Island: 2 nights                                    ►   Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation: 2 nights
hours’ drive from Cairns. Snorkelling in these
emerald waters comes highly recommended.
                                                        DAY 4 ► After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel,      DAY 4 ► After breakfast, set off for Port Douglas. Here,
                                                        drive to Green Island. Set on the Great Barrier Reef, this    greens and blues merge in an ever-shifting panoply of
                                                        is one of nature’s most enchanting creations. This coral      colour and light. Visit the aquamarine reef waters of the
                                                        cay is home to over 120 species of plants, birds, marine      Coral Sea, the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge, and the
                                                        life and beautiful coral gardens. Don’t forget to take        palm fringed golden sands of Port Douglas Four Mile
                                                        plenty of photographs here. (B)                               Beach. This region is home to over 3,000 plant species,
                                                                                                                      as well as the world’s largest tree ferns and cycads. (B)
                                                        DAY 5 ► After breakfast, the day is free for you to explore
                                                        Green Island on your own. You could take a sea walk, an       DAY 5 ► After breakfast, you are free to explore Port
                                                        amazing underwater walking experience on the sea floor         Douglas on your own. Laze about on the beach, stroll
                                                        at Green Island or a short boat trip to one of the best       around the village shops, galleries, historic buildings and
                                                        snorkelling sites at Green Island, both at an additional      the seaside Sunday market. Play a round of golf, visit a
                                                        cost. (B)                                                     rainforest wildlife centre, relax over cocktails at a
                                                                                                                      boardwalk café, or dine on a delicious tropical dinner at
                                                        DAY 6 ► After breakfast, check out of the hotel and set off    one of the many fine restaurants. (B)
                                                        to Cairns to continue your holiday, or to board your flight
                                                        home. (B)                                                     DAY 6 ► Set off to Cairns to continue your holiday, or to
                                                                                                                      the airport to board your flight home. (B)

Gold Coast Discove                                                   (4 Days / 3 Nights)

For those who enjoy the good things in life, Gold    your itinerary
Coast is paradise. Aend a sizzling show at Conrad
                                                     ►   Gold Coast: 3 nights
Jupiters and take a hot air balloon ride, complete
with champagne.
                                                     DAY 1 ► Arrive at Brisbane International Airport, from        breakfast! Next, you have the option of visiting either
                                                     where you will drive to Gold Coast and check in at your       Movie World / Dream World or Sea World. End your day
                                                     hotel. In the evening, take your stretch limousine to the     with a leisurely dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                     celebrated Conrad Jupiters Lady Salsa show, where you
                                                     will be treated to a delicious international dinner. Later,   DAY 3 ► After breakfast, get ready for a full day excursion
                                                     take the limo back to your hotel. (D)                         to Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast, fast becoming a
                                                                                                                   popular tourist spot. (B)
                                                     DAY 2 ► Your day begins early, and with good reason,
                                                     since you will take a thrilling hot air balloon ride over     DAY 4 ► After an early breakfast, check out of your hotel
                                                     the city. Float across the sky for a whole hour with the      and set off to Gold Coast airport to continue your
                                                     sparkling beaches of the Gold Coast beneath you. A            holiday, or to board your flight home. (B)
                                                     fitting end to your adventure? A scrumptious champagne
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Nature Trails                                (3 Days / 2 Nights)

Just a few hours away from Gold Coast are            your itinerary
three natural paradises - Tangalooma,
                                                     ►   Tanglooma: 2 nights                                     DAY 5 ► After breakfast, the day has been kept free for
O’Reilly’s Rainforest and Byron Bay. These
                                                                                                                 you to explore O’Reilly’s Rainforest on your own. Join
offer an undisturbed natural world of                                                                             the Rainforest Guides on guided walks, or take bus trips
solitude and wildlife.                               DAY 4 ► After breakfast, drive to Holt St. Wharf to board   to a variety of scenic spots throughout the day. (B)
                                                     the launch for Tangalooma Resort, a relaxing 75-minute
                                                     cruise from Brisbane across Moreton Bay. Soon after you     DAY 6 ► Check out of your hotel and set off to Brisbane
                                                     arrive, take a four wheel drive. Later, watch as the        airport to board your flight home. (B)
                                                     dolphins swim up to the beach and are hand-fed by
                                                     marine biologists and guests. (D)

                                                     DAY 5 ► The day is free to enjoy the resort’s several
                                                                                                                 ►   Byron Bay: 2 nights
                                                     activities. Go sand tobogganing, snorkelling or kayaking,
                                                     at an additional cost. You could also try archery, beach    DAY 4 ► After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, drive to
                                                     volleyball, tennis or cricket. (B)                          Byron Bay, popular with surfers, wildlife enthusiasts and
                                                                                                                 whale watchers. (B)
                                                     DAY 6 ► Check out of the hotel and set off to Brisbane
                                                     airport to board your flight home. (B)                       DAY 5 ► After breakfast, the day is free for you to
                                                                                                                 explore Byron Bay on your own. There are plenty of
                                                                                                                 activities here to choose from: nature walks, day spas,
                                                     ►   O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat: 2 nights                 surf schools, sea kayaking, sky diving, scuba diving, yoga
                                                                                                                 and massages. (B)
                                                     DAY 4 ► Drive to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Located
                                                                                                                 DAY 6 ► After breakfast, check out of your hotel and set
                                                     between Brisbane and Gold Coast, O’Reilly’s is the
                                                                                                                 off to Brisbane airport to board your flight home. (B)
                                                     perfect place to discover nature. (B)

Melbourne Discove                                                   (4 Days / 3 Nights)

Over four days, imbibe the flavour of this seaside     your itinerary
city. Visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground, dine in a
                                                      ►   Melbourne: 3 nights
tramcar as it takes you around the city, and take a
long drive along the Great Ocean Road.
                                                      DAY 1 ► Arrive in Melbourne and check in at your hotel.       perfumes and electronics. At the end of the day, dig into
                                                      Later in the day, take a tour of the city, and see the Town   an appetising Indian dinner at a restaurant. (B,D)
                                                      Hall, Bourke Street Mall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Chinatown,
                                                      Parliament House and the Princess theatre. Visit the          DAY 3 ► After an early breakfast, set off to the Great
                                                      Fitzroy Gardens and see the legendary Captain Cook’s          Ocean Road for a scenic drive in a BMW or a Mini Cooper
                                                      cottage. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and take a           Convertible. The Great Ocean Road stretches along the
                                                      relaxing walk by the lake. Later, drop by at the              south eastern coast of Australia, hugging the coast
                                                      Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the most famous              between the Victorian cities of Geelong and
                                                      cricket grounds in the world. In the evening, take a          Warrnambool. It offers outstanding views of Bass Strait
                                                      tramcar dinner ride around the city. The Colonial Tramcar     and the Southern Ocean and covers some of the most
                                                      Restaurant is the world’s first travelling tramcar             photogenic coastlines in the world. After your drive,
                                                      restaurant. (D)                                               return to the hotel and round off this eventful day with a
                                                                                                                    sumptuous dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                      DAY 2 ► The day has been kept free for you to explore
                                                      Melbourne on your own. Shop for designer labels,              DAY 4 ► After breakfast, check out of the hotel and set off
                                                      delicious Australian wines and cheese, watches,               to Melbourne airport to continue your holiday or to
                                                                                                                    board your flight home. (B)
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Luxu Retreats                                      (3 Days / 2 Nights)

A long drive over Australia’s most stunning           your itinerary
coastal road, or a vineyard tour. It’s difficult to
                                                      ►   Great Ocean Road: 2 nights                               ►   Yarra Valley: 2 nights
choose between the two, so may we recommend
that you do both?
                                                      DAY 4 ► Set off to Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s       DAY 4 ► After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel,
                                                      most scenic roads through an area that includes the          drive to the wine region of Yarra Valley. From
                                                      Twelve Apostles, the Otways rainforest, Bells Beach, the     chardonnay and sauvignon blanc to complex pinot noir
                                                      Surf Coast, and the Great Ocean Road itself. The Otway       and rich cabernet sauvignon, you are certain to find your
                                                      Fly and the nearby Triplett Falls next to the Beech Forest   favourite wine style here. (B)
                                                      are well worth visiting. Historic Flagstaff Hill and the
                                                      ‘Shipwrecked’ night time spectacular are also                DAY 5 ► After breakfast, the day is free for you to explore
                                                      fascinating. (B)                                             Yarra Valley on your own. Besides the wineries, you will
                                                                                                                   also discover art galleries, restaurants, cafés, antique
                                                      DAY 5 ► The day is free for you to explore the Great         stores, nature walks and family attractions such as the
                                                      Ocean Road on your own, a chance for you to experience       Healesville Sanctuary. (B)
                                                      some of the world’s most breathtaking coastal regions.
                                                      See huge cliffs, raging surf, tranquil bays, lush             DAY 6 ► After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel
                                                      rainforests and fascinating wildlife. (B)                    and set off to Sydney airport to board your flight home.
                                                      DAY 6 ► After breakfast, check out of the hotel and set off
                                                      to Melbourne airport to board your flight home. (B)

     Besides its abundance of cultural wealth and     SYDNEY TOWER ► For the most          SYDNEY AQUARIUM ► Say hello to      SYDNEY WILDLIFE WORLD ► An
     superb culinary offerings, Sydney city has some   astonishing views over the city,     the world’s largest collection of   authentic Australian wildlife
                                                      head to Sydney Tower. This is the    Australian aquatic life - over      experience is yours to enjoy, in
     iconic entertainment spots that simply must be
                                                      highest point in Sydney, with        12,000 marine animals. Take an      the heart of Darling Harbour.
     visited. These include the Sydney Tower,         360-degree views of the              underwater walk, coming face to     Come explore three levels, nine
     Aquarium and Wildlife World.                     harbour, the Blue Mountains and      face with dozens of shark species   habitats and over 65 exhibits
                                                      beaches far beyond this iconic       – some over 3.5m long and           featuring the largest variety of
                                                      city. Your ticket includes OzTrek,   weighing 300 kg. Marvel at the      Australian plants and animals
                                                      a virtual reality ride across        majestic giant rays as they pass    under one roof. Sydney Wildlife
                                                      Australia. Do the Skywalk –          overhead; meet Nancy, the           World is home to over 100
                                                      Sydney’s highest outdoor             ferocious three-metre saltwater     different species. Your choice of
                                                      adventure. This exhilarating walk    crocodile; and allow the seals,     adventures include a journey
                                                      on the top of Sydney Tower, 260      platypus and penguins to            through a tropical rainforest
                                                      m above the city gives you a         entertain you. The aquarium is      surrounded by hundreds of
                                                      fascinating insight into Sydney      also home to the largest Great      colourful butterflies, or a walk
                                                      as you pace the outdoor walkway      Barrier Reef exhibit in the world   amidst the red kangaroos in the
                                                      and overhanging glass platforms.     and interactive touch pools.        iconic red centre.
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This hotel is ideally located in the heart of the   LOCATION ► Situated on historic      several restaurants and bars,
city’s business and commerce areas.                 Macquarie Street, Hotel              catering to any taste, even the
                                                    InterContinental Sydney is built     most discerning palates, for casual
                                                    around the old Treasury Building,    or special occasion dining.
                                                    an Australian landmark dating        ACCOMMODATION ► The five-star
                                                    back to 1851. The Harbour, the       Hotel InterContinental Sydney
                                                    Opera House, Royal Botanic           offers 198 guest rooms, each of
                                                    Gardens, several art galleries and   which meet the contemporary
                                                    Sydney’s most exclusive              requirements of today’s traveller.
                                                    shopping boutiques are all a         Victorian-style furnishings
                                                    short walk away.                     complement artwork depicting
                                                    FEATURES ► The hotel features        historic Sydney.
New Zealand

New Zealanders have a huge appetite for the       the Long White Cloud by the Maori, New
outdoors and adventure. But you don't need to     Zealand offers an abundance of everything:
be an athlete to enjoy this gorgeous country.     lush gardens, fine dining restaurants, luxury
Its awesome landscapes, variety of wildlife and   resorts, the fascinating Maori culture, art
pleasant climate make this a vacationer's         galleries and museums. All you need to ensure
paradise, best explored on long, smooth           that you have a truly memorable holiday.
drives. Also called Aotearea or the Land of

     New Zealand

     christchurch ► The South Island’s largest city,      Explore the area on a horseback trek. Climb up
     Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of           to one of the three summits of the Mt. Cook
     refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The        range. Or simply take long walks amidst some
     tranquil Avon River meanders through the city,       truly spectacular scenery.
     its historic buildings house a lively arts
     community, and restored trams make it easy           rotorua ► The community feeling of Rotorua
     for visitors to get around. Visit historic sites,    must be experienced to be believed. Here, there
     museums and art galleries and dine at some           is a oneness to everything: the cultural
     of the country’s finest restaurants.                  strength of Rotorua’s people, the geothermal
                                                          earth forces and the natural beauty of the
     queenstown ► The first people to discover             forests, lakes and rivers. Voted New Zealand’s
     Queenstown’s rare beauty were Maori pounamu          Most Beautiful City in 1999, 2000 and 2002,
     (jade) hunters. Then came the gold miners, in        Rotorua’s striking gardens, cobbled streets and
     search of another kind of treasure. Queenstown       fascinating mix of Maori and English Tudor
     itself is a treasure chest of magnificent scenery,    architecture give it the feel of paradise.
     adventure opportunities and a luxurious
     lifestyle. In any season, you can count on stylish   auckland ► Auckland’s blend of Polynesian
     accommodation, designer shopping and                 culture and modern city environment has
     fabulous culinary experiences.                       created a lifestyle ranked amongst the world’s
                                                          best. Half urban and half marine, it’s a
     mt. cook ► The alpine village of Mt. Cook,           cosmopolitan experience encircled by a water
     located in Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park,            world of over 50 islands. Intriguingly enough,
     offers tourists a thoroughly refreshing natural       Auckland is called ‘the city of 100 lovers’ in the
     experience. There are a host of activities for the   Maori language, because it is desired by all and
     adventurous. Take a four wheel drive safari.         conquered by many.
     Skim along the surface of tranquil glacier lakes.
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tram car dinner                                  a helicopter ride                              a skyline gondola ride                          hell’s gate and
                                                 over mount cook                                                                                wai ora mud spas

Sit back in an air-conditioned, colonial style   Mt. Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak,        Skyline Skyrides carry you to a height of 487   It’s an experience unique to New Zealand:
dining tram and indulge in the finest service,    and dominates the mountain range that          m above sea level to give you a superb view     bathe in geothermal mud at Hell’s Gate
cuisine and beverages that New Zealand has       divides New Zealand’s South Island. Take       over Rotorua. These are the largest gondolas    and Wai Ora Spa with the traditional
to offer. As you dine, the tram will make its     a helicopter ride to Mt. Cook / Aoraki         in the southern hemisphere. The cableway        massage and mud therapy packages. Long
way along 2.5 km of track, passing some of       (looming up to a height of 12,316 ft), to      restaurants are open for buffet lunch and        ago, Maori warriors bathed here to salve
Christchurch’s finest attractions along the       best experience the area’s natural grandeur.   dinner, and are recommended for their           their battle wounds. In the late 1800s,
way. Look out upon the Cathedral Square,         On your flight, you will enjoy magnificent       authentic New Zealand cuisine. There are        Europeans described these waters as having
the Arts Centre, the Botanical Gardens, New      views over picturesque farmland, coastal       three luge(three-wheel cart) tracks of          remarkable curative properties. Today, you
Regent Street and Cathedral Junction, to         forests and pristine lakes. You will also be   varying terrains here. These tracks offer an     can soak in the soothing waters and mud of
name just a few. Linger over your delicious      able to see the magnificent Franz Joseph        enjoyable family activity.                      this legendary place.
lunch, as the tram continues on its leisurely    glacier.
journey along the tracks.

milford sound cruise                             jet boating                                    waiheke island                                  the sky walk
                                                                                                winery tour

Admire the stunning scenery of rugged hills      Take a magical adventure into the heart of     Take a pleasant half hour cruise to Waiheke     Take an informative journey around the
and calm lakes as you pass through Eglinton      alpine New Zealand. Visit the country’s most   Island, where you will be met at the ferry      ring of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower for the
Valley towards Milford Sound. Float along        spectacular Lord of the Rings filming           terminal and escorted to three of the           best view of the glimmering harbour and
the edge of Lake Wakatipu to the Fiordland       locations. Stop to hand-feed and photograph    island’s most celebrated wineries -             the city’s landmarks. Perched on a 1.2 m
National Park. Stop at the Mirror Lakes for      red deer, bison, llama and several other       Mudbrick, Ridgeview Estate and Te Whau.         walkway at a height of 192 m with nothing
photographs. Go through the Upper                exotic animal species. Trek around the         Enjoy a day of fine wines, gourmet cuisine       on either side but a sheer drop, it’s an
Hollyford Valley past the Christie Falls, into   summit lake and take a trip into the film set   and entertainment. From these vineyards,        unforgettable, exhilarating sensation. There
the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel towards the              of Walt Disney’s The Rescue. View footage of   take in the superb views of the urban           are no rails on this walk, but never fear, a
Cleddau Valley and the descent into Milford      the movies, and learn about the local Maori    skyline across to the Hauraki Gulf. After the   full body harness and overhead safety lines
Sound. Here you will see the wonders of          legends. This is the perfect opportunity for   tour, return to the ferry terminal and take     keep you quite secure.
Mitre Peak, rock walls scarred by glaciers       you to learn about the fascinating history     the ferry back to Auckland.
that rise 1,200 m into the sky from the sea,     and legends of the gold rush.
and waterfalls gushing into the Sound.

New Zealand Reverie                                                   (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Spend nine leisurely days in the land of the Kiwi.    your itinerary
Aend sheep shows, a wine tasting and a traditional
                                                      ►   Auckland: 2 nights ► Rotorua: 2 nights
feast, visit glowworm caves and indulge in a          ►   Queenstown: 3 nights ► Christchurch: 1 night
pleasurable spa session.

                                                      DAY 1 ► Arrive at Auckland International Airport, and     Continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua
                                                      drive to your hotel. The rest of the day has been kept    for a traditional Hangi dinner and a Maori concert. (B,D)
                                                      free for you to explore the area around your hotel or
                                                      go shopping. Head to The Observatory at Sky Tower for     DAY 4 ► Fortified by a sumptuous breakfast, visit Te Puia,
                                                      dinner, with complimentary access to the Sky Tower’s      Zorb, and the Agrodome for a Sheep Show where you
                                                      main observation level before or after dinner. (D)        will learn about the different breeds of New Zealand
                                                                                                                sheep. Head to Rainbow Springs to see the trout pool
                                                      DAY 2 ► After breakfast, take the ferry from Auckland     and a magnificent aviary where you will see the Kiwi.
                                                      ferry terminal to Waiheke Island for a vineyard tour.     After a Skyline Gondola ride, unwind at Hell’s Gate Spa
                                                      Take the ferry back to Auckland and round off your day     in a mud bath and spa and a Geothermal Reserve Walk.
                                                      with dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)                You may also choose to have a full body Maori massage
                                                                                                                at an extra cost. End your day with a sumptuous Indian
                                                      DAY 3 ► After breakfast, drive along the Southern         dinner at a restaurant. (B,D)
                                                      Motorway to the market garden area of Pukekohe.
                                                      Continue through Hamilton region to arrive at Waitomo     DAY 5 ► Head to the airport for your flight to
                                                      where you will visit the Glowworm Caves and, if weather   Queenstown. At Queenstown, collect your rental car and
                                                      permits, take an underground boat ride on a river.        drive to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
                                                                                                                Dinner is at a local Indian restaurant. (B,D)
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DAY 6 ► Once you’ve done justice to the buffet breakfast,      where you will take a 40-minute ski plane flight,
take a coach to Milford Sound, where you will board a         including a 10-minute halt at a glacier. Admire the close
cruise to best enjoy the fjordland scenery of cascading       up views of Aoraki / Mt. Cook, Mt. Tasman and the
waterfalls and rainforests. Later, return to Queenstown       Southern Alps from Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park.
by coach for a buffet dinner. (B,D)                            After the flight, travel across the Canterbury Plains to
                                                              Christchurch. As you pass through Christchurch, your
DAY 7 ► After breakfast at the hotel, ride the Shotover Jet   driver will introduce you to the history of some of the
on the Shotover River into the Shotover River Canyons.        outstanding buildings in the heart of the city. Tonight,
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Queenstown’s            savour a delicious four-course dinner at Tramway
varied delights: bungee jumping, white water rafting,         restaurant. (B,D)
and more (not included in your tour cost), after which
you will proceed to dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)     DAY 9 ► After breakfast, return your rental car and set off
                                                              to the airport to board your flight home. (B)
DAY 8 ► After breakfast at your hotel, drive through the
Central Otago region to Lake Pukaki, towards Mt. Cook

Sojourn of North New Zealand                                                                             (7 Days/ 6 Nights)

Over seven unforgeable days, drive through some        your itinerary
of North Island’s loveliest locales, from the magical
                                                        ►   Auckland: 1 night ► Rotorua: 2 night
glowworm caves of Waitomo to the much-lauded            ►   Napier: 2 nights ► Wellington: 1 night
wineries of Napier.

                                                        DAY 1 ► On arrival in Auckland, collect your rental car at   DAY 4 ► After breakfast, drive south towards Taupo
                                                        the airport and drive to the hotel. Head out for dinner to   before travelling over rugged mountain ranges and
                                                        an Indian restaurant. (D)                                    farmland to arrive in Napier. Relax over dinner at an
                                                                                                                     Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                        DAY 2 ► Drive southwards to Waitomo for a guided tour
                                                        of the Glowworm Caves. Continue over the Mamaku              DAY 5 ► After breakfast, visit four boutique wineries,
                                                        Ranges to Rotorua. End this day with dinner at an Indian     each offering fine handcrafted red and white premium
                                                        restaurant. (B,D)                                            and Reserve award winning wines. End the day with
                                                                                                                     dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                        DAY 3 ► After breakfast, visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to
                                                        see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers, and on to          DAY 6 ► After breakfast, drive through the Manawatu
                                                        Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and        Gorge to Palmerston North, travelling down the Kapiti
                                                        wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New         Coast to arrive in Wellington. Round off the day with
                                                        Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations,        dinner at an Indian restaurant. (B,D)
                                                        cow milking and an introduction to the stars of the
                                                        sheep industry. The afternoon is yours to spend as you       DAY 7 ► After breakfast, return your rental car and set off
                                                        please. In the evening, savour an authentic Maori Hangi      to the airport to board your flight home. (B)
                                                        (feast) and a concert. (B,D)
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Southern New Zealand Enantment                                                                                             (6 Days/ 5 Nights)

A quick but memorable trip, with the best that         your itinerary
the South Island has to offer. Dinner at a restaurant
                                                       ►   Christchurch: 2 night
with the best view of the city, a cruise to Milford    ►   Queenstown: 3 nights
Sound, and more.

                                                       DAY 1 ► When you arrive in Christchurch, collect your        DAY 4 ► This day has been kept free for you to explore
                                                       rental car at the airport and drive to the hotel. Head out   the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown
                                                       for dinner to an Indian restaurant. (D)                      offers bungee jumping, jet boating, white water rafting,
                                                                                                                    gondola rides and much more, (not included in your tour
                                                       DAY 2 ► Drive across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake   cost), after which you will proceed to dinner at an Indian
                                                       Tekapo, southwards to the little town of Twizel and          restaurant. (B,D)
                                                       through the historic Central Otago region to Lake
                                                       Wakatipu and Queenstown. End the day with a                  DAY 5 ► After breakfast, drive through the Central Otago
                                                       sumptuous dinner at Skyline Restaurant. (B,D)                region to Twizel. Follow the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt.
                                                                                                                    Cook Aoraki. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at
                                                       DAY 3 ► Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to          Lake Tekapo before travelling across the Canterbury
                                                       Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the               Plains to Christchurch. Relax over dinner at an Indian
                                                       Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to       restaurant. (B,D)
                                                       Milford Sound. Take a cruise on this world famous fjord,
                                                       dominated by the Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls.             DAY 6 ► After breakfast, return your rental car and set off
                                                       Return to Queenstown and head to dinner at an Indian         to the airport to board your flight home. (B)
                                                       restaurant. (B,D)

     South Africa

     knysna ► Knysna doesn’t boast the tallest            ones as it so oen happens in other cities.
     buildings or the longest bridges. Its inhabitants    Cra markets with African masks, beaded dolls
     would much rather spend their time playing a         and colourful ceramics line the streets. It’s the
     leisurely game of golf by the lagoon or sipping      nation’s largest city aer all, there’s always
     a cool drink at one of its ubiquitous cafes.         room for more.
     Aer all, when you live in a town that is well
     favoured by the benevolent sun, and bordered         sun city ► Although it shares the title of a
     by emerald woods and a large estuary; why            gambler’s paradise, South Africans would
     would you ask for more?                              disdain the idea of likening Sun City to Vegas.
                                                          Sun City does not limit itself to cards, slot
     cape town ► There are destinations that are          machines and roulee wheels. This resort
     known for housing geographical marvels.              offers more, so much more in the form of
     Tourists flock to others for their historical         golfing and other outdoor activities. Add a
     significance. While still others offer more            dash of myth and history and you have a more
     frivolous cultural pursuits. As a city that houses   accurate picture.
     Table Mountain, Cape Winelands and is a short
     distance away from Robben Island; Cape Town          franschhoek ► The architecture, you can’t
     manages to wend its way into every list.             help noticing, is distinctly Dutch. The wineries
                                                          have names you’re more likely to stumble
     johannesburg ► Jozi is the vibrant, pulsating        upon in France. The vineyards themselves are a
     hub of South Africa. The best of the country’s       far cry from the South African savannahs. Yet
     nightlife is concentrated here, as are restaurants   here you will find it all, serenely congruous in
     and shopping malls. Interestingly, here modern       the quaint town of Franschhoek.
     pursuits haven’t replaced the more traditional
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the cango wildlife ranch cango caves                                                                   safari ostrich farm                           a wine tasting tour

A crocodile swims towards you, stopping             26 km north of Oudtshoorn in the Klein             On this tour, you will learn everything       The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek
only centimetres away from the grills that          Karoo is an underground network of rocky           about breeding these queer flightless birds,   Valleys are where you will find the country’s
separate you. On dry land, a cheetah stalks         chambers and ante-chambers called the              courtesy the farm’s multi-lingual guides.     premier vineyards. Wine connoisseurs
past while the Bengal tiger cubs carry on           Cango Caves. Follow the route of Cango             Watch eggs hatch in the incubator. Test the   rejoice, this is the only area you will come
with their gambolling. This is the Cango            One, after which you will experience an            strength of ostrich eggs by stepping on       across Pinotage - a rare variety of grape.
Wildlife Ranch, the closest you will get to         ‘assault course’ which will give you a taste       them. Meet the ostriches, and if you’re       And of course, you will find all the old
these beasts and still live to tell the tale.       of spelunking.                                     brave enough, attempt riding them.            favourites: Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon.

table mountain                                      seal island                                        cape point                                    victoria and alfred

Table Mountain commands an unsurpassed              It’s the stuff nature channels thrive on. This      The southern end of the Cape Peninsula        Occupying an enviable location between
view of Cape Town. The cableway will take           small rocky outcrop off the coast of South          boasts two points of interest, the Cape       Robben Island and Table Mountain, and set
you to the summit in less than 10 minutes,          Africa is inhabited by thousands of Cape Fur       of Good Hope and the more southerly and       off with brilliant mountain and ocean views,
and the rotating cable car affords a                 Seals. The waters are a seasonal haunt of          higher situated Cape Point. This is where     Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is South
360-degree view. On the top of the                  Great White sharks that are often seen             the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. With     Africa’s most visited destination.
Mountain, two km of pathways give you               launching themselves out of the water to           its diverse habitats, ranging from rocky
marvellous views over Cape Town, Table              prey on the seals - a behaviour that is            mountain tops to beaches and open sea,
Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the          possibly unique to this place.                     the Cape of Good Hope is home to at least
Cape Peninsula. Table Mountain also boasts                                                             250 species of birds.
1,500 plant varieties.

your choice of extensions

blue train ► This five-star hotel on rails           victoria falls ► David Livingstone
has an impressive list of features to its credit.   when he first beheld it christened it with the
Kings and Presidents have stayed here. The          unassuming English name it came to be
meals are prepared by South Africa’s most           known by. But it was the Kololo tribesmen
renowned culinary maestros and as for the           that gave Victoria Falls its first and certainly,
view - it’s difficult to define something that is      more evocative name - Mosi-oa-Tunya (the
ever-changing. The Blue Train combines              Smoke that Thunders).
premium travel with luxury accommodation.

South African Sojourn                                                     (8 Days / 7 Nights)

Sprawling savannahs, close encounters with the         your itinerary
stars of wildlife features and nature in all its raw
                                                       ►   Knysna: 2 nights ► Franschhoeck: 1 night
magnificence. It’s nine days of seamless shuling       ►   Cape Town: 2 nights ► Sun City: 2 nights
between urbane comforts and wild excursions.

                                                       DAY 1 ► Arrive at George Airport and drive to Knysna.    DAY 4 ► Fortified by a wholesome breakfast, proceed to
                                                       Explore the town in leisure and in the evening, cruise   Cape Town. Explore the Mother City and visit famous
                                                       down the Knysna Lagoon. End the day with dinner at       sights like Green Market Square, District Six, and the
                                                       an Indian restaurant. (D)                                Company Gardens. Also visit the geographical landmark,
                                                                                                                Table Mountain before heading to an Indian restaurant
                                                       DAY 2 ► After breakfast, go on a full day tour of        for dinner. (B,D)
                                                       Oudtshoorn. Visit the Cango Caves, and the Safari
                                                       Ostrich Farm before heading back Knysna for an           DAY 5 ► After breakfast, go on a full day tour to Cape
                                                       Indian dinner. (B,D)                                     Point. Visit Seal Island and Mariner’s Wharf en route.
                                                                                                                Continue alongside the Indian Ocean and pause to see
                                                       DAY 3 ► Visit the Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa at Cape   the Jackass penguin colony near Simonstown. Proceed
                                                       Winelands after breakfast. Later, explore the famous     till you reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
                                                       wineries of Stellenbosch and Paarl. (B,D)                Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is your last stop for
                                                                                                                the day. (B,D)
                                                                                                your itinerary          99

DAY 6 ► After breakfast, drive to the airport and board       facilities are also at your disposal. Later, dine at an
your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, drive down to         Indian restaurant. (B,D)
Sun City and check into your hotel. (B,D)
                                                              DAY 8 ► After breakfast, you will be escorted to the
DAY 7 ► After breakfast at the hotel, spend a leisurely day   airport in your private car to board your flight back
golfing, playing tennis or visiting the water parks - Water    home. (B)
World or the Valley of Waves. The hotel’s sporting


      Strongly reminiscent of Coleridge’s Xanadu;        LOCATION ► This hotel is set         enjoy a view of the tropical forest
      the turrets of this ethereal hotel look out over   amidst 25 hectares of forest in      at the Crystal Court or relax
                                                         Sun City.                            within the hand carved teak
      acres of untamed woods. The Place of the Lost
                                                         FEATURES ► Shop for exceptional      interiors of Tusk Bar and Lounge.
      City offers luxury, solitude and an aura of         handmade curios, spend a             ACCOMMODATION ► The Palace
      mystery.                                           morning at the golf course, or       comprises of 338 rooms and four
                                                         visit The Valley of Waves - one of   deluxe suites. Each of these is
                                                         the world’s most advanced water      furnished in opulent decor with
                                                         parks. Your dining options are no    artistic flourishes inspired by the
                                                         less diverse. Sip on African         surrounding tropics.
                                                         cocktails at Pool Cocktail Bar,
                                                                                                                              hotels 101


In the course of his travels, David Livingstone     LOCATION ► This magnificent Sun       to linger over some fine port. The
discovered the greatest mass of falling water on    International resort is situated     à la carte restaurant serves a
                                                    on the banks of the Zambezi          range of exquisite dishes from
earth. The Royal Livingstone Resort is a                                                 around the world.
                                                    River, close to the mighty
testament to his discovery of the Victoria Falls.   Victoria Falls. The area             ACCOMMODATION ► The property
This resort combines the raw majesty of Africa      encompasses approximately 46         is dotted with two-storey clusters
with all the charms of a bygone era.                hectares and is located in the       inspired by the grand estate
                                                    south-eastern corner of              houses of a bygone era. Each
                                                    Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park,         cluster has 10 en suite
                                                    within the Victoria Falls World      air-conditioned rooms with every
                                                    Heritage Site.                       amenity imaginable. The rooms
                                                    FEATURES ► The cuisine at the        also have private balconies and
                                                    Royal Livingstone is inspired        terraces that offer a spectacular
                                                    by cultures as dramatic as the       view of the great river and
                                                    continent itself. The Travellers’    beyond. Each room is a quiet
                                                    Bar and Lounge is a place where      retreat from the imposing scale
                                                    guests can relax under thatched      and ruggedness of Africa, with
                                                    shade. With its comfortable          large shaded verandas and open
                                                    armchairs and low ottomans, the      spaces cooled by swirling fans
                                                    lounge is the ideal place to enjoy   and tall shutters.
                                                    an impeccably served high tea or
102 how to book                                                                                                                                                                      

How to book your holiday
                                                                     the Holiday. Each passenger should hold a passport valid for a        necessary visa endorsements before leaving on your tour.
                                                                     period of at least 6 months from the date of travel.
                                                                     VISA                                                                  TRAVEL IN ADVANCE AND/OR RETURNING ON YOUR OWN
                                                                     It is mandatory, convenient and safe to have the VISA clearance       We are a Packaged Tour Company and hold airline seats as a
ELIGIBILITY                                                          obtained by Kuoni from the concerned Consulates/ Authorities          group for passengers for the date of published departures from
Persons fulfilling the criterion set by relevant provisions of law    on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of   India and return reservations back to India after the tour. If you
relating to foreign exchange in India and Rules, Regulations and     the concerned Consulates/ Authorities to grant/ reject your           wish to travel in advance i.e. before the published departure
Guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India, whose passport       visas after you have submitted the relevant documents. We             date as mentioned in the brochure or like to come back on date
is valid for at least six months subsequent to the date of           request you to submit the relevant documents within the               later than the date on which the tour ends, you are required to
departure of the tour.                                               stipulated time as mentioned in the Documentation Check List          pay an ‘Airline Seat Rebooking & Reservation Fee’ of Rs. 2,500/-
                                                                     given to you at the time of booking your holiday, thereby             per person, per sector, per change depending on the airline
WHERE TO BOOK                                                        ensuring the issuance of correct visas and timely compliance of       (subject to availability of seats & ticket validity). In case
You can book your Kuoni Holiday through any of our branch            the Visa formalities required for the holiday you have booked.        non-availability of seats in the sme class you have booked, you
offices, franchises or Preferred Sales Agents (PSA). Your own          Please check with the concerned Kuoni Branch office or PSA/ TA          are liable to pay differential cost in the class you are booked and
trusted Travel Agent can also book you on a Kuoni Holiday. If        where you have booked that your visas can be processed in time        the cost of the higher class where seats are available. Further it
you are booking through your Travel Agent, please make all           for your departure as it is their specific responsibility to do so.    will be your responsibility to reconfirm your return tickets at
payments to him and he will pay on your behalf. There is no          The cost of processing these visas may or may not be included         least 72 hours prior to departure time.
additional cost to you, so do take advantage of your own             in the holiday price and you are required to pay for them             AIRLINE ‘CHANGE IN RESERVATION FEE’
Travel Agent’s professional advice and service.                      separately.                                                           It is very important to confirm your return travel prior to your
                                                                                                                                           departure from India. Your reservation is made accordingly
BOOKING AMOUNT                                                       URGENT VISA FEES                                                      except when requested in writing for separate date and subject
You are required to carefully read the brochure for holiday          All your documents for processing your visas must reach us 21         to confirmation of the airline. Please note that Kuoni Travel
arrangements details and the “Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd.”        days prior to your departure date. Failure to do so would attract     (India) Private Limited shall not be liable or responsible for
Booking Conditions, which are enclosed before completing and         an Urgent Visa Fees of Rs. 1,000 per person. The same is also         conformation of travel on any other date other than the
signing the booking form. You must produce your/all the              applicable for all fresh bookings done within 21 days of              specified travel date. Any change in the date of the travel has to
holiday participant's original passport(s) when you book your        departure. However, payment of Urgent Visa fee does not               be dealt by the passenger at his own risk and with the airline
holiday with us. You must complete and sign the official Kuoni         guarantee issuance of Visa.                                           directly. In case your change in reservation is not available in
Booking Form enclosed in this brochure, which gives the                                                                                    the same booking class then the airline can offer you a seat on
Booking Conditions of the Holiday. Please complete one               TRAVEL INSURANCE                                                      any other economy class and may impose a supplement charge.
Booking Form per party. Along with the Booking Form, please          It is extremely important for you to be in possession of valid        You would be required to pay such supplement charge to Kuoni
enclose a non-refundable and Interest free booking deposit           Overseas Travel Insurance for the duration of your tour. Further      Travel (India) Private Limited or to any other entity as Kuoni
amount of Rs. 25,000/- per person. This said deposit will be         it is mandatory for you to buy it from an insurance company           Travel (India) Private Limited would direct.
adjusted towards the cost of the holiday. In the event of            identified and named by us that will cover risks of medical
cancellation of the holiday by the passenger after the payment       emergencies, personal accident, loss of baggage, and travel           SURCHARGES
of non - refundable deposits for any reason whatsoever or            documents etc while on the tour. The cost of travel insurance         The prices quoted in this brochure have been calculated based
failure to pay the entire holiday cost, the said deposits shall      premium is included in your tour price. You will need to carry        on the rate prevailing at that time of printing the brochure.
stand forfeited.                                                     the insurance policy document with you on the tour. In cases of       Kuoni reserves the right to incorporate airline surcharge, if
All Cheques / Demand Drafts must be made payable either to           errors in the insurance policy or non-receipt of the insurance        made applicable by respective airlines. Kuoni also reserves the
your own Travel Agent or Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd. and sent     policy along with final travel documents, please immediately           right to incorporate room surcharge during peak season months
to the Kuoni nearest branch office. On payment of the deposit          contact the company/ agent from where you had booked your             or during trade fair period, if applicable by respective hotels in
amount, you will receive an official receipt from Kuoni Branch         tour and get the same corrected / issued, as the company              certain destinations. The surcharged amount will be indicated
office for the amount paid.                                            cannot be held liable for anything happening on the tour due to       during the confirmation of the bookings.
If you are booking through our Preferred Sales Agent/ Travel         absence of valid travel insurance cover.
Agents, all payments must be made by Demand Draft payable to                                                                               TRANSFER FROM ONE HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER
Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd. On payment of the deposit             BASIC TRAVEL QUOTA                                                    A Transfer from one holiday to another 45 days prior to the
amount, you will receive a Temporary Receipt for the amount          Under the present guidelines of RBI, all residents holding Indian     departure will be treated as cancellation on that holiday and a
paid. Within a few days you will receive an official receipt for the   passports are entitled to avail an amt. not exceeding US$             fresh booking on another. In these cases a transfer Fee of Rs.
amount paid.                                                         10,000 or its equivalent per person in one calendar year for one      5000/- per person will be applicable.
                                                                     or more private / leisure visits under the Basic Travel Quota
SECURE YOUR BOOKING AMOUNT                                           (BTQ). However the traveler cannot avail in excess of US$ 2,000       CANCELLATIONS
You can secure your non-refundable booking amount by a               or its equivalent by way of cash.It is mandatory for you to avail     If circumstances make you cancel your Holiday, the cancellation
paying a nominal fee of Rs. 1,000 per person. In the unlikely        the foreign exchange component of the tour cost from under            must be intimated to us in writing. As per the Booking
event of you cancelling the tour 21 days prior to the departure      your BTQ entitlement from Authorised dealer designated &              Conditions of the Holiday, we are constrained to levy the
this scheme protects your booking amount of Rs. 25,000               named by us. You shall pay the foreign exchange component of          following Cancellation Charges:
against cancellation charges. This scheme does not cover your        the total tour cost at the prevailing rate to the dealer along with   Cancellation Charges per person
booking amount if the cancellation is done under 21 days prior       signed BTQ form & A2 form. The Company would forward the
to the departure. Secure your Booking amount scheme covers           said forms to the Authorised Dealer to release the amount of          When a cancellation is made              Charges
you for the following events only and documentary proof may          required foreign exchange component of the tour cost to the           45 days or more prior to the
be required by company to refund your booking amount.                Company as a part of your BTQ.You can draw foreign exchange           departure of the Holiday or for non
• Death in the immediate family                                      for your personal use on tour from the same authorised dealer         payment of the Balance amount            Rs. 25,000/-
• Major accident to self or immediate family member                  from your balance BTQ entitlement. This is as per GOI rules &
                                                                                                                                           44 to 15 days prior to the departure
• Major Sickness where travel is not permitted under                 regulations. You may carry this partly in currency, partly in
                                                                                                                                           of the Holiday                           50% of Holiday Cost
     medical advice                                                  traveller cheques (TC) which are safer and easily encashed for a
• Acts of God like Tsumani, etc.                                                                                                           14 to 01 day prior to the departure
                                                                     small service fee. They can also be replaced if they are stolen or
• Terrorist activities like 9/11                                                                                                           of the Holiday                           75% of Holiday Cost
                                                                     lost, if you record TC numbers and retain counterfoil subject to
• Any travel barred guidelines to the destination country            the rules applicable.                                                 In case you are a “No Show” on the
     by WHO like SARS, etc.                                                                                                                Holiday                                  100% of Holiday Cost
• Any political turbulence in the destination country                AMENDMENTS
Kindly note that visa rejection by Consulates/Authorities is not     After the initial booking on a particular tour and relative           Kuoni reserves the right to cancel any holiday prior to your
covered under the scheme.                                            services, in the event of any amendment you wish to make;             departure, without assigning any reason. Under such
                                                                     such as change of destination, change of departure date,              circumstances monies paid by you will be fully refunded
INVOICE & BALANCE PAYMENT                                            addition or deletion of services, change in passenger numbers         forthwith in Indian Rupees currency only but no compensations
Your invoice will mention the due date for payment of the            or such other change you will need to make a written request          are payable.
balance tour cost including the foreign exchange component of        and obtain an acknowledgment on the same from our sales
the tour. Your travel documents and airline tickets can be           officer. The amendments may invite further cost which will have         REFUNDS
released only after receipt of full and final payment including       to be borne by you. Further such requests are accepted by us          Refunds (if any) for amendments and / or cancellations will be
the foreign exchange component of the tour cost. Delay in            subject to availability.                                              paid directly to you by the concerned Kuoni Branch office/
adhering to the final date advised to you for full payment will                                                                             Travel Agent/ Preferred Sales Agent through whom you have
result in the cancellation of your seat on the Tour and levy of      HANDOVER OF DOCUMENTS                                                 forwarded your payment to us. It would take at least 45 days to
Cancellation Charges. Hence the balance payment has to reach         After receipt of your full and final payment, you will be              process refunds. For cases where an airline ticket is issued, it
us as per the schedule mentioned in your invoice or at least 45      delivered our docket containing, Air Ticket, Travel insurance (if     would take at least 60 days to process the refund (if due). In
days prior to departure of tour.                                     availed through us), Final invoice (Tour Confirmation Voucher)         case of refund of Foreign Currency component, the said refund
                                                                     which lists services you are entitled to on the tour. You will be     shall be made in Indian Rupees only at the prevailing rate on the
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS                                                     provided with a briefing sheet containing important /                  date of refund as per existing Rules and regulations. There is NO
It is your responsibility to hold valid Travel Documents such as     emergency contact details for your use. Ensure that you are           REFUND payable for any Unutilised Services (e.g., Meals,
Passports, Visas, and confirmed air tickets to be able to travel on   carrying the above documents and your passport with all               Entrance Fees, Optional Holidays, Hotels, sightseeing, etc).
                                                                                                                                                                                                 booking form 103

                                                                                              booking form
                                                                       (Kindly complete one booking form per party, per Holiday)
A division of Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd.                                                                      Name of the Holiday :
4th floor, RNA Corporate Park, Near Collector’s Office,                                                              Code:                       Departure date:
Bandra (E), Mumbai - 400 051, India.                                                                                                                                               (date / month / year)

I would appreciate it if you could kindly confirm my seat on your Holiday and I am forwarding the sum of Rs. 25,000 per person as Non-Refundable
Interest-free deposit which shall stand forfeited in the event of cancellation of Holiday by me / us or being unable to travel due to any reason whatsoever and
shall not dispute the forfeiture. The details are given below. I / we wish to pay for the Holiday ( ) in cash or ( ) in installments (tick appropriate option).

          ROOM: Indicate            MR/MRS                FULL NAME (as per your Passport)                          DIET          DATE OF BIRTH           PASSPORT       PLACE      DATE OF       DATE OF     ANY OTHER
        single/double/triple        MS/MST      Note: The Person signing the form must be mentioned first.       (JAIN/VEG/     (DATE/MONTH/YEAR)           NUMBER       OF ISSUE     ISSUE         EXPIRY   INFORMATION

        Indicate child availing
        of Special Rate.


        Indicate child availing
        of Special Rate.

Residence Address:                                                                                               Office Address:

Tel No.:                                        Fax No.:                                                         Tel No.:                                    Fax No.:
On behalf of the above person/s I/we have read the My Travel Agent is
Kuoni brochure and accept the Booking Conditions and I am / we are forwarding my/our payment
and agree to comply with the same.                 through them.
                                                                                                                                                                             TRAVEL AGENT STAMP

Signature:                                                                   Date:                                                                                                 & SIGNATURE

Date:                                                                                                   (DATE/MONTH/YEAR)

A division of Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd.
4th floor, RNA Corporate Park, Near Collector’s Office, Bandra (E), Mumbai - 400 051, India.
I would appreciate it if you could kindly confirm my pre / post accomodation, as per the details given below:
I am forwarding a sum of Rs. 25,000 as an Interest-free deposit for additional services and would appreciate it if you could kindly confirm my seat for the
same. (Please tick the appropriate box).

           ROOM: Indicate              MR/MRS                 FULL NAME (as per your Passport)                                                                                               Pre & Post accommodation
                                      MS/MST        Note: The Person signing the form must be mentioned first.                                                                      In date      Out date     No. of nights


        Indicate child availing
        of Special Rate.


        Indicate child availing
        of Special Rate.

We have been confirmed on the above mentioned Holiday departing on _______________ and have                                                            On behalf of the above person/s I/we have read the
paid a non-refundable interest-free deposit of Rs. 25,000 per person towards the cost of the Holiday.                                                 Kuoni brochure and accept the Booking Conditions
We agree to pay the optional dollar amount of the Holiday 45 days prior to the departure of the                                                       and agree to comply with the same.
Holiday. We hereby authorise you to pay on our behalf to Airlines for our air tickets (wherever
applicable), Land Operators abroad for our hotel accommodation, ground arrangements and other                                                         Signature:
services & costs to other local service providers, out of the Holiday Price paid to you. The balance                                                  Date:
amount would be your retention.                                                                                                                                                          (DATE/MONTH/YEAR)
Holiday participants’ attention is drawn to the Booking conditions quoted on the reverse of this Booking form. The said Booking conditions incorporate the contract entered into by the company with the Holiday participants.
104 terms and conditions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

terms and conditions                                                                                       of Tour without assigning any reason whatsoever. In the event, the Company terminates the
                                                                                                           Contract, the Company shall refund the booking amount to the Tour Participant without any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cancellation or amendment of a Tour due to Force Majeure or Vis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Majeure. Such refund would be based on various factors like the number of participants, the
                                                                                                           interest.                                                                                                 cancellation policies of suppliers like hoteliers, coach operators, etc. and the decision of the
BROCHURE ACCURACY                                                                                                                                                                                                    company on the quantum of refund shall be final. Refunds (if any) for amendments and/or
The information given in the brochure is as per the data available at our hands at the time of                                                                                                                       cancellation will be paid directly to Tour Participants by the company. It would take at least 45
                                                                                                           b) To amend, alter, vary or withdraw any tour, holiday, excursion or facility it has advertised or
printing of the brochure and we assure you that the same is true and accurate to the best of our                                                                                                                     days to process such refunds and the refunds shall be paid directly by the Company to the Tour
                                                                                                           published or to substitute an Independent Contractor of similar class if it is deemed advisable or
knowledge. Our brochure descriptions are of amenities normally available. However,                                                                                                                                   Participant. In case the Company exercises their discretion to alter, amend or cancel any tour
                                                                                                           necessary. In either case, the Company shall not be liable for any damage, additional expense or
circumstances can change due to any events beyond our control. Major road works or other                                                                                                                             advertised in the Brochure and the Tour Participant who has registered for such tour exercises the
                                                                                                           consequential loss if any suffered by the Tour Participants or for any compensation claim.
infrastructural developments being undertaken at the destination cities or towns may necessitate                                                                                                                     option to continue with the tour as altered or amended, or to accept any alternative Tour which
                                                                                                           2A It is the responsibility of the Tour Participant to hold valid travel documents such as passport
route changes. Indian restaurants, if any, at any destination may close or change management.                                                                                                                        the company may offer, the company shall not be liable for any compensation, damage, additional
                                                                                                           and visas and to furnish all documents required by the company for application of the same within         expense or consequential loss suffered by him/her or to pay any amount as refund to the Tour
Circumstances beyond our control like traffic congestions, weather conditions, fairs, festivals, sport
                                                                                                           the period stipulated. In the event the application for visa made by any Tour Participant or by the       Participant. In the event the Tour Participant neither agrees to continue with the Tour as altered or
events, political/religious gatherings, strikes, over booking of hotels/flights, cancellation/
                                                                                                           company on behalf of the Tour Participant is rejected by the concerned Embassy or Authorities due         amended nor accepts any alternative Tour, which the Company may offer then the Tour Participant
re-routing of flights or railways, closure of / restricted entry at a place of sight seeing may result in
changes in the services / itineraries. Where we may know of these sufficiently in advance we will            to inadequate documents furnished by the applicant or due to any other reason whatsoever, the             will have to unconditionally accept the return of the tour cost charges in full and final settlement
notify you, otherwise our Tour Managers or local representative will inform you of the changes on          company shall not be liable or responsible for the same and the booking amount paid by the Tour           and the company shall not be liable to pay such Tour Participant, any compensation, consequential
the spot and you will extend your full co-operation for the same. No grievances regarding the              Participant shall be forfeited and no claim whatsoever shall be made for the same. All cost, charges      loss, damages, additional expenses or interest charges and the Tour Participant will not be entitled
change in itinerary can be made at a later stage and the Company will do its level best to ensure          in respect of the said application for the visa shall be borne by the Tour Participant. The Company       to make any further claim in respect thereof. In case of the Tour Participant travelling on an
that the itineraries booked by you are on similar lines to the itineraries stated in the brochure. The     shall not be responsible for non-issuance of visa due to receipt of incomplete / delayed documents        amended Tour, the legal relation between the Tour Participant and the Company shall not change
itineraries stated in the brochure are only 'suggested programmes'. The itineraries, which shall be        from you. Passengers whose visas are not granted by the concerned Consulate must intimate us              only by virtue of the amendment. The Tour Participant opting to continue with the tour
provided to you, shall be as per the information handed over to you about the same at the time of          at-least 45 days in advance, at which time the Company will deduct administrative charges and             arrangements as altered or amended shall pay additional charges if any levied by the Company.
your booking. We do not guarantee you that the itineraries as booked by you shall be in strict             the booking deposit paid by the Tour Participant shall be forfeited. However, if such intimation is
                                                                                                           received within the said period of the operation of the tour, the Cancellation charges will be            Even in case of a Tour for which the payment was made in Foreign Currency if any, with or without
obedience to the itineraries as stated in the brochure. Please note that the brochure was printed a
                                                                                                           applicable as per the cancellation rules mentioned under “How to book”. The date requested by             part payment in Indian Rupees the said refund shall be made only in Indian Rupees at prevailing
few months in advance. There are also very big trade Fairs and Exhibitions for a duration of 2
                                                                                                           the Tour Participant will be confirmed after the Tour Participant obtains the visa and is subject to       rate on date of refund as per existing Rules and Regulations. There shall be no refund if the Tour
weeks, at which time all the most hotels are fully booked much in advance. Every effort is made to                                                                                                                    Participant fails to join the Group at the commencement of the Tour, or joins the Group late or
avoid such dates, but in the few instances where it is unavoidable, it may be necessary to stay in         the availability of the tour at that point of time. In the event that the Tour Participant is unable to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     leaves the Group before culmination of the Tour. If the Tour Participant along with his family is
hotels in other cities or far away from the venue. (This would be advised at the time of booking).         travel on the tour originally booked by them, due to rejection of the Visa by the concerned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     compelled to discontinue the tour due to any reason such as illness or loss of passport or death, no
                                                                                                           Embassy or Consular Offices, the Tour Participant shall have the option to postpone his tour to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     claim shall be entertained for refund of unutilized services. There shall be no refund if the Tour
In case the alternate arrangements made are materially superior as compared to the ones                    another date or transfer his tour to any other tour and in such a case the Transfer Charges for the       Participants does not or cannot utilize any service included in the Tour Cost of the tour like meals,
described in the Brochure, we reserve the right to charge extra for the same anytime.                      transfer of the tour shall apply. In such an event, no charges shall be deducted by the Company           rooms, excursions, etc. nor can any refund be made for lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or
                                                                                                           towards Administration charges.                                                                           vouchers.
There are pre-set Menus provided for breakfast / lunch when provided/ and dinner on the tour.              2B. HEALTH AND INSURANCE                                                                                  10. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND CLEARANCES
The types of meals are clearly indicated in the brochure. Unlike an airline, we cannot process for         It shall be the duty of the Tour Participant to inform the company at the time of booking the tour        It shall be solely the responsibility of the Tour Participant to hold valid travel documents and
special meals, for customers. In case of passengers having specific diet requirements, the same             in case the Tour Participant has any medical condition that may affect his ability to enjoy and            statutory clearances, for enabling the Tour Participant to travel on the Tour such as passports,
should be made known at the time of booking of the tour and we will try and endeavour to provide           pursue fully the Tour Arrangements as per the itinerary mentioned in the Brochure. The company            visas, confirmed air-tickets, insurance and medical insurance certificates and other statutory
the same to the best of our ability. We, however, reserve right to change the meal arrangements if         reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask the Tour Participant to submit written certification of      certificates including immigration clearance. In any case, each Tour Participant must hold a
circumstances make it necessary for us to do so. In the event that the Tour Participant wakes up           his medical fitness before his departure. In the event that a medical condition has not been               Passport having a validity of at least six months from the date of travel. It is the responsibility of
late and misses the breakfast or meals offered to him as per the Brochure and in the event that the         disclosed by the Tour Participant, the Company will not be liable for any assistance of any kind nor      the Tour Participant to furnish all documents required by the Company for application of visa etc.
Tour Participant is out on his own and reaches late and misses dinner, then no claim can be made           to refund the Holiday Cost.                                                                               In the event the application for visa made by any Tour Participant or the Company on behalf of the
by him for the meal which he has missed and not utilised.                                                                                                                                                            Tour Participant is rejected by the concerned Embassy or Consular Authorities due to inadequate
                                                                                                           It is mandatory that the Tour Participants acquire adequate travel and medical insurance cover to         documents furnished by the applicant or due to any other reason whatsoever, the Company shall
COACH / SEATING                                                                                            secure their life, health and property while on Tour with the Company. It may be noted that the           not be liable or responsible for the same. As granting or rejecting visas and immigration clearance
We use air conditioned / aircooled luxury coaches. We find it fair to enforce daily seat rotation in                                                                                                                  is the sole prerogative of the concerned sovereign governments, the Company shall neither be
                                                                                                           Tour Cost does not include the Insurance Premium and that the Tour Participants shall have to
the coach, and hence do not allot seat number. The daily travel time by coach is roughly 8 hours                                                                                                                     responsible in case of non-granting of such documents nor liable for any delay, denial or other
                                                                                                           acquire the same at their cost.
under normal circumstances. Coaches are equipped with emergency washroom for use strictly in                                                                                                                         related act/omission or for any loss, expense, damage or cost resulting there from. The position in
emergency since we provide frequent comfort stops during the journey.                                                                                                                                                respect of cancellation of Tour by the Tour Participant due to non-availability of travel documents
                                                                                                           2C. FORFEITURE OF BOOKING AMOUNT                                                                          would not change only by virtue of the Tour Participant having applied for such documents
                                                                                                           The Company shall be within its rights to forfeit the interest free booking amount paid by the Tour       through the Company. Even if visas are rejected, the stipulated fees of the Company shall be
TIPPING                                                                                                    Participant to the Company along with the prescribed Booking Form duly completed with the
Tipping is customary in all parts of the world for services rendered. The tips/ Porterage to be paid                                                                                                                 payable by the Tour Participant. There will be no refund to the Tour Participant or any member of
                                                                                                           request for confirming the seat (s) for the Tour booked by the Tour Participants, in the event the         his party in the event it is unable to travel due to the said reasons. In such cases, the interest free
on your holiday is not included in your holiday price and the same need to be directly paid to the
                                                                                                           Tour Participant cancels the booking or on failure on the part of the Tour Participant to adhere to       booking amount paid by the Tour Participants shall be forfeited and no claim whatsoever shall be
driver/ chauffer/ porter/ guide/ waiter/ any other service provider for services rendered.
                                                                                                           the tour payment schedule as set out in the documentation Check List which is handed over to the          made for the same.
                                                                                                           Tour Participant after a booking is made or in the event the visa of any country (ies) is not granted
                                                                                                           or the Tour Participant is unable to travel on the tour booked by the tour participant due to any         12. COMMUNICATION
The list of hotels selected for each place is set out in the brochure. The selection of hotels has been                                                                                                              Any communication directed at the address of the Tour Participant as stated by him in the Booking
                                                                                                           reason whatsoever, including medical ground or sickness, the interest free booking amount shall
done by us keeping in mind, ‘your comfort’ as the prime priority. Most of the rooms have a private                                                                                                                   Form shall be deemed to have been communicated to him.
                                                                                                           stand forfeited, and the scale of cancellation as setout in the "How To Book" section of the
bath or shower. In Europe, we take extra care to select locations for our tours and hence they may
                                                                                                           brochure shall be applicable and binding.
be confirmed either in the city centre or away from city centre. Hotels do not have any air                                                                                                                           13. SUGGESTIONS
conditioners or fans due to favourable weather conditions. In Europe, since the rooms are                                                                                                                            If the Tour Participant has any suggestions or comments on the services provided by the Company
comparatively small, we would recommend to accommodate only 3 persons in one room for your                 3. No person other than the Company, in writing, has the authority to vary, add, amplify or waive
                                                                                                           any stipulation, terms or conditions set forth in the brochure.                                           which it may want to share, he/she may write to the Company at Kuoni Holidays, 4th floor, RNA
own comfort. Triple rooms are usually no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed is often a                                                                                                                        Corporate Park, Near Collector's Office, Mumbai 400 051. INDIA or email us at
rollaway cot put in a twin bedded room for the night.
                                                                                                           4. In the event of the Company exercising its rights to amend or alter any tour or holiday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     14. MINIMUM PARTICIPATION
ACCOMMODATION FOR CHILD BELOW 12 YEARS OF AGE                                                              advertised in their brochure after such tour or holiday has been booked, the Tour Participant shall       Tours specified in the Brochure are subject to minimum participation of paying Participants. If the
It is expressed and given to understand that a child below 12 years of age who is booked on the            have the right:                                                                                           participation is below the minimum prescribed, the Company reserves the right to amend,
tour paying the special rate without a bed will not be provided with a bed in the hotel while on the                                                                                                                 amalgamate, alter, vary or cancel a tour without incurring any liability to pay any compensation. If
tour under any circumstances. In case the tour participant makes any changes in their                      a) To continue with the tour or holiday as amended or altered;                                            company decides to operate the tour with participation below the minimum stipulated the
accommodation while on the tour, Kuoni Travel (India) Private Limited shall not be liable to make          b) To accept any alternative tour or holiday which the Company may offer. In either of these above         Company reserves the right to collect pro-rata amount.
any refunds or pay any compensation to them. In case the Tour participant decides to make any              cases the Tour Participant shall not be entitled to or the Company shall not be liable to the Tour
change in the accommodation while on the tour subject to availability, then they shall be bound to         Participant for any damage, additional expense, consequential loss suffered by him or to pay any           15. AMENDMENTS
pay additional amount charged to them by the concerned Hotel directly to the Hotel.                        amount as refund.                                                                                         In the event of company exercising its right to amend/alter any tour/holiday advertised in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     brochure subsequent to booking of the same by the tour participant, such tour participant shall
CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY OTHER TOUR OPERATORS                                                                 c) In the event that the Company is unable to conduct a particular Tour, the Company shall at its         have the option either to a) Continue with the tour or holiday as amended or altered or b) Accept
In the event you book through us, a Tour or a Tour Arrangement of any other tour operator, the             own discretion refund the amount of the cost of the said Tour to the Tour Participant without any         any alternate tour or holiday which the company may offer. In either case, company will not be
Terms and Conditions specified by such tour operator including their payment schedule,                      interest on the same. The Tour Participant will not be entitled to make any grievance thereafter in       liable to refund or compensate the tour participant for any consequential loss, damage or
cancellation, refund etc. shall be ina addition to our Terms and Conditions as per the brochure            respect of the same.                                                                                      additional cost. In the event that the company is unable to conduct a particular tour for whatever
while determining the contractual relations between the tour participants, the tour operator and                                                                                                                     reason and the tour participant is not exercising any of the above two options then it shall at its
us.                                                                                                        5. The Company shall, in no circumstances whatsoever be liable to the Tour Participant or any             own discretion refund whatever amount collected towards the total cost of the tour without any
                                                                                                           person travelling with him for:                                                                           interest after deducting actual expenses incurred on the booking like visa charges, travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     insurance, retention charges of the overseas suppliers, etc. The tour participant will not be entitled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to raise any greviance thereafter in respect of the same.
KUONI Travel (India) Private Limited is marketing and/or coordinating package tours (hereinafter           a) Any death, personal injury, sickness, accident, loss, delay, discomfort, increased expenses,
for sake of brevity referred to as "Tours") under its brand name Kuoni Holidays.                           consequential loss and/or damage or any kind of theft howsoever caused;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     16. ITINERARY CHANGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We may often operate more than one coach per departure date. For the comfort and convenience
SCOPE OF ACTIVITY                                                                                          b) The temporary or permanent loss of or damage to baggage or personal effects howsoever                   of our passengers we will sometimes reverse the direction, or slightly amend the itinerary which
We are travel and holiday organisers only. We do not control or operate any airline, neither do we         caused.                                                                                                   will be advised either at the start of the tour or on tour. In the event any tour participant misses
own or control any shipping company, coach or coach company, hotel, transport or any other                                                                                                                           part or whole of the sightseeing tour or any such tour due to delay / indisposition or any reason
facility or service mentioned in the brochure. We take care in selecting all the ingredients in your       c) Loss of baggage by the Airline.                                                                        whatsoever on his part, then he will not be entitled to claim any refund.
holiday; but because we only select and inspect them and have no control in running of them, we
cannot be responsible for any delay, improper services provided by any independent agency,                 d) Overbooking of seats by Airline. In the event the Company is unable to procure Air tickets and
airlines, transport, hotel any provider of services, for any injury, death, loss or damage which is        reservations, the Company shall not be liable to pay any compensation for the same to the Tour            17. CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL
caused by the act or default of the management or employees of any hotelier, airlines, shipping            Participant. However, the Tour Participant shall be entitled to refund of the deposited money.            The Tour Participant will have to strictly follow the Tour Program and return to India as per the
company coach owner/ coach operator who are the Company's Independent Contractor arising                                                                                                                             validity of the air ticket. Those Tour Participants who do not travel with the group throughout the
outside our normal selection and inspection process. We are also not responsible for the delay or          e) Failure on the part of airline to accommodate passengers despite having confirmed tickets or            Tour shall under no circumstances be entitled to any refund. It shall be noted that for all purposes,
deficiency in services provided by agency, airlines, transport, hotel any provider of services, or/         change of route. In this condition the expression "howsoever caused" includes willful negligence          it shall be the responsibility of the Tour Participant to reach the place of commencement of the
and any act or actions of co-traveller, co-passenger which may result in availing the following and        on the part of any person.                                                                                Tour and register with the representative of the company at the appointed place, date and time.
/or other services on the tour.                                                                                                                                                                                      The Company is not responsible or liable if the Tour Participant does not reach the place of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     commencement of the Tour on time or prior to his departure, he loses his travel documents and /
                                                                                                           f) If in the event that the Tour Participant is booked on a particular airline on a particular date and
REGISTRATION                                                                                                                                                                                                         or baggage. In such a case, his booking will be treated as 'NO SHOW' and the Cancellation Charges
                                                                                                           due to certain reasons beyond the control of the Company the Tour Participant is not allowed to           shall be the entire Holiday Cost. The Tour Participant shall not behave in a manner, which may
The Tour Participant has been supplied with details for the Tour Arrangement and the Tour                  board the flight, the Tour Participant shall not hold the company responsible for the same and no
Brochure for the relevant year. The Tour Participant shall read the same carefully before filling and                                                                                                                 cause distress, or annoyance to other Tour Participants or which may create the risk of danger or
                                                                                                           claim whatsoever can be made by the Tour Participant against the company for refund or                    damage to property of the company, the other Tour Participants or others. The Company reserves
signing the Booking Form terms and conditions on Brochure. Booking Form, Payment Receipt shall             compensation.
be binding on the parties and shall constitute contract between the parties, on the Tour Participant                                                                                                                 the right to withdraw tour membership from anyone whose behaviour is deemed likely to affect
signing Booking Forms and making payment towards the prescribed interest free booking deposit                                                                                                                        the smooth operation of the tour or adversely affect the enjoyment or safety of other Tour
                                                                                                           g) The Company shall not be responsible and/or liable for any damage or loss caused to the Tour           Participants and the Company shall not be liable to any such person.
of the Tour. Each Tour Participant shall sign the Booking Form. The signing of the Booking Form by         Participant due to reasons beyond the control of the company (Force Majeure Vis Majeure).
the Tour Participant shall mean acceptance in totality of the Terms and Conditions contained                                                                                                                         If a Tour Participant avails pre-tour services or a part thereof, or the air tickets (cost of which is
herein by the Tour Participant. The company reserves the right to decline to Book any person or                                                                                                                      included in the main tour cost) but fails to join the group for the main tour at the appointed place,
                                                                                                           h) Any act, omission, default of any Independent Contractor or other person or by any servant or
persons as Tour Participant for any Tour without assigning any reason whatsoever.                                                                                                                                    or cancels the tour after using the air tickets or pre-tour arrangements are part thereof, it shall be
                                                                                                           agent employed by them who may be engaged or concerned in the provision of accommodation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     treated as 'NO SHOW' and there will be no refund whatsoever for the unutilized pre-tour or the
                                                                                                           refreshment, carriage facility or service for the client or for any person travelling with him
In case of one or more but not all Tour Participants sign the Registration Form on behalf of                                                                                                                         main services.
                                                                                                           howsoever caused.                                                                                         15. It is hereby declared that the immunities provided under this contract shall be available to the
himself/herself and some other persons, it shall be deemed that all other persons on whose behalf
the Registration Form has been signed, have duly authorised the concerned signing Tour                                                                                                                               Company's Managers, including Tour Managers, Employees, Servants and Agents but not to the
                                                                                                           6. No liability on the part of the Company arising in any way out of this contract in respect of any      Independent Contractors selected by the Company.
Participant/s. In cases where the travel agent through whom the Tour Participant/s have booked
                                                                                                           tour, holiday, excursion facility shall exceed the total amount paid or agreed to be paid for the tour
the tour signs the Registration Form for and on behalf of the persons named in the Registration                                                                                                                      16. Each of these conditions shall be severable from the other and if any provision be invalid,
Form, it shall be deemed and construed that the clients have duly authorized the said travel agent         holiday, and shall in no case include any consequential loss or additional expense whatsoever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     illegal or unenforceable the remaining provisions shall nevertheless have full force and effect.
to sign on their behalf. The signing of the Registration Form by the Tour Participant/s or by their
travel agent shall mean acceptance in totality of the Terms and Conditions contained herein by the         7. REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES                                                                                17. It is a condition of Booking that you take out a Holiday Insurance from your local Travel
Tour Participant/s. No person including the Employee/s and the Agent/s of the Company other                If the Tour Participant on an escorted tour i.e. escorted by a Tour Manager, has any grievance in         Insurers.
                                                                                                           respect of any services provided by any of the Independent Contractors, the Tour Participant shall
than the Company, in writing, has the authority to vary, add, amplify or waive any stipulation,                                                                                                                      18. The prices quoted in the brochure have been calculated at the rates of the respective service
                                                                                                           immediately inform the Tour Manager in writing marking a copy to the Company and the
representation, term or condition set forth in the Brochure and any assurance given by any such                                                                                                                      providers and exchange rates prevailing at the time of printing of the brochure. The Company
                                                                                                           Independent Contractor, so that the Company can take up the matter with the Independent
person shall have no consequence.                                                                                                                                                                                    reserves the right to amend the prices published in the brochure in case of currency fluctuations,
                                                                                                           Contractor and the Company has the chance to rectify the problems then and there, if the
                                                                                                           grievance is genuine. If Tour Participant fails to do this, any right to compensation or refund,          changes in the various cross rates of exchange, and/or fuel costs, before the date of departure and
Definition:                                                                                                 which you may have, will be deemed to have been waived and extinguished or reduced.                       to apply surcharge accordingly. All such increases in price must be paid for in full before departure
a) Tour Participant means the Person / Persons in whose name and/ or whose behalf the booking                                                                                                                        by the Tour Participant.
is made and/or whose name is on the booking form, Proforma and Final invoice.                              In case of Client/s not escorted by a Tour Manager, any grievance concerning services of any              19. If no claim is brought against the Company within three months subsequent to the last day of
                                                                                                           independent contractor should be communicated in writing to the Registered Office of the                    the Tour, the Company shall be discharged from all liabilities under /or arising under this Contract
b) Company means KUONI Travel (India) Pvt. Limited.                                                        Company at 4th floor, RNA, Corporate Park, Near Collector's Office, Mumbai 400 051. INDIA or                 and the Tour Participant shall be deemed to have waived or relinquished/abandoned all his rights
                                                                                                           email us at or via Facsimile no. 022 - 66142010 as immediately as              under or arising from this Contract.
c) Independent contractors means "any hotelier / hotel owner, owner of any airlines or shipping            possible and a copy thereof should be marked to the Independent Contractor, whereby the
company or railway, Ferryboat owner/Operator, Cruise, Coach Owner/Operator or any other                    Company has the chance to rectify any problems, if the grievance is genuine. Any claim or                 20. If the Tour Participant books with his/her own trusted Travel Agent on Kuoni Holidays and
Person or Organisation who have been selected by the Company to render services to the Tour                complaint by the tour participant must be notified to the Company in writing within twenty-eight           his/her booking with the Travel Agent includes but is not limited to the arrangements made by the
Participant".                                                                                              days of the end of the tour. No claim notified to the Company outside the period will be                   Company, the contract of the Tour Participant shall be deemed to be with the its Travel Agent and
                                                                                                           entertained and the Company shall incur no liability in respect thereof as the Tour Participant shall     the Company shall be simply a supplier to the Travel Agent of the Tour Participant. A Travel Agent
d) "Infant" means a person below the age of two years, and a "Child" means a person above the              be deemed to have waived or relinquished all his rights arising under this Contract.                      through whom a Tour Participant books his Tour will act to relay information from the Tour
age of two and below the age of twelve years.                                                                                                                                                                        Participant to Company and vice versa. The Company shall not responsible for any error on part of
                                                                                                           8. BAGGAGE                                                                                                such Travel Agent in this regard.
1. There is no contract between the Company and the Tour Participant until the Company has                 Tour Participants travelling by air will be subject to the airline restrictions/limitation on baggage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     21. In case of publication of any travel scheme offering any discount or benefit by the Company, it
received the appropriate booking amount. The full payment must be received in accordance with              weight/size/ number, currently, which for Economy Class is 20 kg per person except for flights to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     shall have the sole right to withdraw such a scheme or discount at any time unless a specific
the procedure laid down in the brochure under the heading "How to book." If not paid in                    USA and Canada, where each passenger is permitted to carry Two Pieces of checked-in baggage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     assurance of the contrary is published.
accordance with the payment schedule the company reserves the right to cancel the booking with             and one Hand bag. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances the
consequent forfeiture of booking amount and apply scale of cancellation charges as mentioned in            responsibility of the Tour Participant and company shall not be liable for the loss of baggage by the     22. For all claims, disputes of whatsoever nature relating to the tours marketed/co-ordinated by
                                                                                                           airline or whilst on the tour. Please note that some countries such as UK also impose restrictions        KUONI Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd. the courts, forums and tribunals in Mumbai shall alone have
the brochure.
                                                                                                           on weight of each piece of checked-in baggage.                                                            ction.23. All tours are subject to laws, rules of RBI/GOI.
2. The Company has the right at any time and for any reason:                                               9. REFUND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     23. All tours are subject to laws, rules of RBI/GOI.
                                                                                                           The Company reserves the right to determine the quantum of refund payable in case of
a) To terminate the Contract after acceptance of booking amount but prior to the Commencement

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                                                                                                           nominal registration fee of Rs. 1,000 per person is
                                               With our unique Secure Your Booking Amount Plan, you are    applicable. For complete details refer to the How to Book
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priority partner agents

west zone

location        priority partner agents                    address                                                               tel. no.

Aurangabad      MIP Events & Holidays                      Amarpreet Hotel Complex, Jalana Road, Aurangabad - 431001.            (0240) 6621166

Bhopal          Air Aman Travels                           Mf-16, Mazzaine Floor, Mansarover Complex, Opp. Habibganj Rly.        (0755) 4084504
                                                           Stn., Bhopal - 462016.

Indore          Network Cargo Tours Travels(I) Pvt. Ltd.   G-17, Alankar Point, Geeta Bhavan Circle, Ab Road, Indore - 452001.   (0731) 4065133

Malad           Shree Ram Worldwide Travels                4 Diamond Plaza, Laxminarayan Shopping Centre, Podar Rd.              (022) 65751070
                                                           Malad (E) - 400097.

Nasik           Kashiko Travels                            2nd Floor, Gulmohar Arcade, Opp Kulkarni Garden, Sharanpur Road,      (0253) 2310922
                                                           Nashik - 422002.

Raipur          Choice Holidays                            Opp. Vivekanand Ashram, Nr. Hanuman Temple, Ge Road, Raipur.          (0771) 4035403

Rajkot          Best Tours & Travels                       Shivam Complex, Yagnik Road, Rajkot.                                  (0281) 2480225

Satara          Gurukrupa Travel                           Hem Heights, Civil Hospital Rd, Powai Naka, Satara - 415001.          9960434501

Surat           Global Holidays                            201, 2nd Floor, Jeevandeep Complex, Opp. J.K. Tower, Ring Road,       (0261) 2324246
                                                           Surat - 395002.

north zone

Agra            Nirvana Tours                              Hotel Clarks Shiraz, 54 Taj Road, Agra Cant. - 282001.                (0562) 2225437

Amritsar        World Around Services                      Scf-3, 1st Floor, A-block Ranjit Avenue.                              (0183) 5050401

Bareilly        DB Travels                                 Bombay Plaza Bldg, 105 Civil Lines, Ayub Khan Chouraha,               (0581) 2577312
                                                           Opp. Bank Of Baroda.

Dwarka          Sojourn Holidays                           201, Pankaj Plaza Iii, Sector Vi, Plot No. 9.                         (011) 25072446

East Delhi      Indigo Travels                             B-4/1 , Lal Quarter, Krishna Nagar.                                   (011) 22058254

Faridabad       Corporate Travel                           18, Shopping Centre, Sector 15-A.                                     (0129) 2227451

Jammu           Travel Around Tours & Placements           268-A Gandhi Nagar, Jammu Tawi - 180004.                              (0191) 2456999

Kanpur          Royale Air                                 Shyam Sunder Building, The Mall.                                      (0512) 3201003

Karnal          Doon Valley Travels                        423, Old Mughal Canal Market.                                         9254334455

Meerut          Sandeep Travels                            86 - Bank Street, Behind Sophia Girls School, Chaat Bazar Road,       98370 10090
                                                           Meerut Cant. - 250 001.

Muzzafarnagar   Paryatan                                   36-b, Main Market, New Mandi.                                         (0131) 3293888

Panipat         Space Travels                              #2, 1st Floor, Arya School Building, Opp. Bus Stand.                  (0180) 2645663

Patiala         Jai Tours                                  Sherawala Gate, The Mall, Patiala.                                    (0175) 5001234

Saharanpur      Destination Tours & Travels                1st Floor, Bhan Complex, Court Road.                                  (0132) 2711990

Yamunanagar     Chhatwal Enterprises                       Sco 1, Patel Nagar, Model Town.                                       (01732) 230899


Bhilwara        Omega Travels                              Shop # 03, Chitrakut Complex, Old RTO Road, Bhilwara.                 (01482) 231100

Kota            Frequent Travels                           351, Aerodrome Circle, Jhalawar Road, Kota - 324007.                  09829100167

Rajsamand       Fly Super Travels                          111, Surbhi Complex, Jal Chakki Road, Kankroli, Rajsamand - 313324.   (0294) 2410222

Udaipur         Kay Travels                                312-15, R Kay Mall, 48 Panchwati, Udaipur - 313004.                   (0294) 2427777

south zone

Chennai         The Destination Management Company         No.55 Spurtank Road, Chetper, Chennai - 31.                           (044) 42849358

Karur           Cosmos Travels                             999, Perrys Plaza, 1st Floor Kovai Rd, Karur - 639002.                (043) 24241134

Mysore          Seagul Travels                             #8, Hotel Ramanashree Complex, B.N. Road Mysore - 570001.             (0821) 2529732

Shimoga         Sneha Travels                              B.J.P. Office Building, Jewel Rock Road, Shimoga - 577201.              (08182) 222507

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