Brochure features 10 new itineraries including Panama as a new destination
With 51 itineraries – 10 of them brand-new – across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and now Panama, Trafalgar’s exciting 2013 USA & Canada brochure has the perfect holiday for you!
And to celebrate the new brochure, Trafalgar (www.trafalgartours.co.za) is offering travellers a fantastic deal: book any 2013 USA or Canada holiday and save 7.5% per person, plus an additional 10% if you book 12 months early. Past Trafalgar passengers will enjoy an additional 5% discount.
“Trafalgar is the Insider of Guided Holidays: nowhere else will you get as under the skin of your chosen destination as a Trafalgar holiday,” says Trafalgar South Africa MD Theresa Szejwallo. “And our new 2013 USA & Canada brochure, with its new itineraries and unique focuses on local experiences, food and drink, history and culture, shows you facets of the Americas that you otherwise may never have enjoyed – and that at unbeatable discount prices.”
The Trafalgar 2013 USA & Canada brochure includes such wonderful itineraries as the following:
New York Zest & New England’s Best
From the Welcome Reception cruise in New York’s harbour to the palatial millionaires’ seaside homes in Newport and the beautiful landscapes of New Hampshire and Vermont, this new itinerary – one of two New York-linked additions to the brochure – is filled with the culture, history, natural beauty and flavours of the American East Coast.
Food and drink feature strongly, particularly on the Vermont leg of the trip, with visits to a creamery, a cidery, a meadery – where visitors learn how to make honey wine – and the home of Ben & Jerry’s, the world-famous ice-cream brand. They’ll also learn how to make Sugar on Snow, a famous Vermont speciality manufactured from maple syrup.
New England’s colourful history is brought into sharp focus, including key places of the American Revolution featuring on the Freedom Trail, to the more recent legacy left by famous 19th Century captains of industry such as the Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Astors. Enjoy a tour of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s seaside “cottage” – as he called the Breakers, his 70-room mansion in Newport.
All the way, Trafalgar guests will get insider perspectives on the places they visit from expert local guides, who will regale them with their
knowledge of the local history, culture and ecology.
East Coast Town & Country Retreat
Get the insider view of New York City in this second new itinerary, filled with the superb knowledge that only an expert local guide can provide.
See the Statue of Liberty and the stunning Manhattan skyline during a harbour cruise, explore the world-famous boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, and catch a Broadway show.
From there it’s to a polar-opposite experience, with a visit to Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Discover how this unique community has maintained its pure, simple way of life, delight in the Amish heritage and culture, and browse their beautiful handmade wares.
The battlefield at Gettysburg, scene of a pivotal confrontation of the American Civil War and the place where Abraham Lincoln was to make his famous Gettysburg Address, is brought to life by an expert local guide, in one of the major highlights of this holiday.
Guests spend three days in Washington DC, where they are able to immerse themselves in the heritage of the United States – from the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, a tour of the Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument and, of
course, the White House. A special Unique Insight on this holiday is the opportunity to view the book collection of Thomas Jefferson, preserved in the Library of Congress.
Panama, the Canal and Beyond
Trafalgar is thrilled to be able to offer this lively eight-day trip to Panama, a new destination with incredible highlights.
This itinerary takes guests beyond the typical sights in Panama to places no other guided holiday company goes, including the highlands of the Chiriqui province. Here they’ll be treated to a private Be My Guest lunch, hosted by the Eleta Almarans, one of Panama’s wealthiest and most respected political families, on their own estate.
In beautiful Boquete (also known as the Valley of Flowers), guests will sleep easy at the serene Valle Escondido Golf & Spa Resort in between visiting a coffee plantation and having the rare opportunity to meet with the Ngobe-Bugle, a local indigenous tribe.
Accommodations on this trip are fantastic, as guests check in for two nights at the 5-star InterContinental, fronting Panama Bay, and 2 nights at the luxurious Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The last stop is at the gorgeous, brand-new Westin Playa Bonita, superbly located on the beach fronting the aquamarine waters of the Pacific.
San Francisco & Wine Country Delights
This eight-day At Leisure retreat, visiting the best of California’s wine country, has long been a favourite among Trafalgar travellers looking to delight their palates, and it now features brand-new highlights for 2013.
In San Francisco, guests embark on a food tasting adventure at the local farmer’s market before heading off to Sonoma for a tour and a tasting at an olive press. From there, they’ll visit Ravenswood Winery for a private seminar on blending wines, after which they get to take home a bottle of their own creation!
In vibrant San Fran, travellers will also experience Trafalgar’s exclusive new Your Choice Dining programme, giving them the opportunity to choose from one of four incredible restaurants.
Premium sightseeing is a favourite of the trip as well, as guests head on small group excursions with a Local Expert of the Haight Ashbury district, centre for the hippie generation of the ’60s.
Part of Trafalgar’s wildly popular Family Experiences collection, this new nine-day journey throughout the beautiful Hawaiian Islands has been designed specifically with family travel in mind.
Packed with fun activities the whole family can enjoy, this trip includes exclusive Trafalgar Local Specialties like a gourmet chocolate workshop in Oahu and lessons on how to make traditional leis and craft a ukulele.
Travellers will love Trafalgar’s Be My Guest dining experience, where they’ll visit an organic farm in Maui, harvesting fresh food and then being treated to an al fresco lunch with spectacular bicoastal views of the island. Kids will get the opportunity to make their own pizza using the farm’s own pizza ovens, as well as plant an indigenous tree as part of Hawaii’s reforestation.
“North and Central America are hot destinations for 2013, so we really wanted to focus on creating a stellar brochure that offered the most in-depth highlights that our guests can’t get anywhere else,” says Szejwallo, MD of Trafalgar South Africa. “South Africans are becoming more interested in exploring beyond their own backyard and with Trafalgar’s insider experiences like Local Specialties and Be My Guest dining, they get to see, hear and taste the same North and Central America as the locals do.”
For more information on Trafalgar or the new US & Canada brochure, please contact your local travel agent or visit www.trafalgartours.co.za. You can also follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarSA and Facebook.