Think Beyond Your Bucket List, Think Hidden Journeys
PHOTO: Trafalgar’s exclusive Be My Guest experience dining at a private centuries-old Tuscan farmhouse among olive groves and lemon trees. Courtesy Trafalgar.
When asked to name 10 places that are on your bucket list, what do you think of? Most likely, they are big-name attractions: Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon. But what about those smaller journeys, the ones that offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience beyond just a magnificent sight or location?
Well, now, Trafalgar can take you there. The tour operator is offering guided, small-group vacations to spectacular, less-visited destinations that expose travelers to the culture, cuisine and landscapes of oft-overlooked places – or even places that aren’t on people’s tourism radar yet.
Trafalgar’s Hidden Journeys are comprised of 11 unique itineraries in Europe, Asia and the Americas in groups of 26 or fewer guests. Each features Trafalgar’s handpicked Insider Experiences and Be My Guest dining and includes sightseeing, hotels, transportation and dining.
“These journeys are unavoidably authentic,” said Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar. “Our Be My Guest and Insider Experiences are on steroids with Hidden Journeys because our guests are often the only tourists in these small villages and off-the-beaten-path destinations.”
Wiseman has a few favorites on the list of Hidden Journeys, which includes the Secrets of Italy. The itinerary takes travelers to the Piedmont region of Italy, known for it’s antipasti, amoretti, wines and the unforgettable Aosta Valley. The trip begins in Milan, but then it departs from the beaten path and heads to Pollenzo, Cherasco, La Morra, Turin and Baveno – towns that are most likely not on anyone’s bucket list but that definitely provide a feast for the senses and a memorable cultural immersion within Italy.
Other Hidden Journeys include the Secrets of France, the Secrets of Switzerland, Secrets of Greece Including Corfu, Splendors of Japan and Hiroshima, Timeless Essence of Hong Kong & Mainland China and more.
It’s advised to get in on these journeys now as the strong dollar is making places such as Europe – especially Italy and France – a lot more affordable.
If you are really intent on getting to Europe now, and your Hidden Journey choices are no longer available or you are looking for a really great value, take advantage of some of Trafalgar’s last-minute savings on 2015 journeys, including the following five itineraries to Italy. Or better yet, why not really take advantage of the savings and book both!
The Best of Italy 14-day Country Explorer includes every romanticized Italian location, kicking off in the Eternal City of Rome to Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Venice, Lake Como, Pisa, and Florence and is now just $3,217.
The 12-day Italian Concerto is now just $2,993 and includes a welcome by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and a tour of the cellars once used as the dungeons. Guests will also enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis.
Flavors of Italy is an 11-day Special Interest itinerary now from $2,813. This foodie trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing an in-depth taste of a nation.
The Italian Dream nine-day CostSaver now priced from $1,316 and showcases the best of Rome, Venice and Florence as well as offering free time to explore each breathtaking city on your own.
The 14-day Splendors of Italy CostSaver is now just $2,068 and offers many millennia worth of history, matchless works of art and more.
To book, contact your travel agent or call Trafalgar at 866-544-4434. Visit www.trafalgar.com for a free brochure.
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