Europe in all her splen­dour

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

EUROPE re­mains a lure that cap­tures the imag­i­na­tions of Malaysians – the com­bi­na­tion of old world charms and his­toric land­marks makes the con­ti­nent highly at­trac­tive.

Sea­soned travel agency Golden Tour­world Travel of­fers pack­ages that al­low its trav­ellers to dis­cover the unique side of Europe.

On top of the list is GTT’s Golden Europe pro­gramme for 10D/ 8N, fly­ing with Emi­rates via Dubai, trav­ellers will start their jour­ney in Zurich, Switzer­land and pro­ceed to Lucerne.

There they will visit Mt Titlis on the ro­tair ca­ble car, visit the Lion Mon­u­ment and cross the Chapel Bridge, visit the Rhine Falls and the Black For­est and Hei­del­berg.

They will then pro­ceed to Cologne to view the city’s mag­nif­i­cent cathe­dral then cross the bor­ders to Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands, where they can board a glass- domed wa­ter­bus to cruise the Am­s­ter­dam canals and visit a di­a­mond fac­tory.

They will visit Zaanse Schans, a col­lec­tion of well- pre­served his­toric wind­mills and houses, then go to Volen­dam, well- known for old fish­ing boats and res­i­dents who still wear tra­di­tional Dutch clothes.

Next stop is Brus­sels, Bel­gium, with its cob­bled streets, parks and its con­tem­po­rary art, and on­wards to Paris, France, to drive along the Champs- El­y­sees, see the Arch de Tri­om­phe and more.

They will also get to go on a River Seine cruise and shop in the Ga­leries Lafayette.

Then they will em­bark on the Eurostar speed train to Lon­don, where they will visit the Buckingham Palace, Trafal­gar Square and 10, Down­ing Street.

Sights also in­clude the Big Ben, West­min­ster Abbey and the Lon­don Eye, be­fore re­turn­ing to Kuala Lumpur.

This trip is avail­able for end of Novem­ber to March next year – ex­act dates can be con­firmed at the MATTA Fair.

The other unique itin­er­ary is the 10D/ 8N Arc­tic ad­ven­ture that takes trav­ellers through the largely Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries.

Fly­ing with Emi­rates, trav­ellers will land in Oslo, Nor­way, via Dubai – high­lights in­clude the Ak­er­shus Cas­tle, the Royal Palace and a visit to Frogner Park’s Vige­land Sculp­tures.

From there, they will visit north­ern Nor­we­gian town of Kirkenes, sit­u­ated 400km north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, where they will ex­pe­ri­ence a King Crab Fish­ing Tour and the won­ders of liv­ing in the Kirkenes Snowho­tel, made en­tirely out of snow and ice and splen­didly il­lu­mi­nated.

From there, trav­ellers will stay in Kak­slaut­ta­nen’s glass igloos in Saariselka, Fin­land, and also visit the rein­deer farm and Santa’s Re­sort.

In Fin­land, they will also jour­ney to Ro­vaniemi where they will visit the Ark­tikum, a sci­ence cen­tre and mu­seum fo­cus­ing on the Arc­tic re­gions; a visit to the Santa Claus Vil­lage and dur­ing the night, seek out the splen­dours of the Aurora Bo­re­alis, if weather per­mits.

At Kemi, visits in­clude the Ranua Wildlife Park, the Snow Cas­tle and then to ex­pe­ri­ence the Sampo Arc­tic Ice­breaker.

Trav­ellers then pro­ceed to Helsinki and Stock­holm for sight­see­ing, be­fore re­turn to Kuala Lumpur.

The Arc­tic trip is open for travel on Jan 26 and 28 next year only.

Other Euro­pean trips in­clude the 12D/ 9N in France for April 10, 24 and May 22 next year, where a trip to the L’Oc­c­i­tane fac­tory is in­cluded.

Trav­ellers will fly to Marseille via Am­s­ter­dam on KLM, and will in­clude visits to Aix- en- Provence, Avi­gnon, Nimes, Mont­pel­lier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Cognac, St Malo and Paris.

Some of the pro­gramme high­lights be­sides the L’Oc­c­i­tane fac­tory are the Aero­scopia fac­tory visit, a cognac dis­tillery, chateaux visits and the dis­tinc­tive Mont- Saint- Michel.

Other Euro­pean get­aways in­clude 12D10N to Spain and Por­tu­gal, open for the whole year, though it is ad­vis­able to visit dur­ing win­ter months from Novem­ber to March.

And an East Europe pack­age that cov­ers five coun­tries: South Ger­many/ Aus­tria, Slove­nia, Hun­gary, Poland and the Czech Repub­lic – this spends 13D/ 11N, fly­ing via Emi­rates and starts Novem­ber this year till the next year.

Pro­grammes for sin­gle- coun­try trips are also avail­able: 11D/ 9N Panoramic Italy, where so­journ­ers will stay in the im­pres­sive Fair­mont Ho­tel, for Nov 24 to Dec 14 and Jan 28 and 29 next year; the 9D7N to Switzer­land, and parts of Ger­many on Dec 12 and Jan 26 next year; and the Ire­land and Bri­tain 12D10N pro­gramme that cov­ers Ire­land, Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales, from April to Oc­to­ber next year.

Visit GTT’s booth dur­ing this MATTA Fair at Booth No. 2184- 2213, in Hall 2, PWTC for spe­cial prices.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Golden Tour­world Travel at 03- 2118 7288 or drop by the of­fice at 72, Wisma GTT, Cangkat Bukit Bin­tang, Kuala Lumpur.

Aurora Bo­re­alis near the Arc­tic.

Ex­pe­ri­ence a King Crab Fish­ing Tour at Kirkenes.

The sampo Arc­tic Ice­breaker cruise where you don warm im­per­me­able suits and float in the icy vast ocean.

Visit to the Guin­ness store­house.

A visit to the Aero­scopia in France.

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