Euro­pean at­trac­tions

> En­joy au­then­tic first-hand in­sights of each coun­try you visit, and cher­ish un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences with guid­ance from Trafal­gar Travel Di­rec­tors

The Sun (Malaysia) - - AUTHENTIC EUROPEAN HOLIDAYS -

FROM its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1947 with just a hand­ful of peo­ple us­ing its ser­vices, to­day there are more than five mil­lion guests from around the world who have en­joyed un­for­get­table and cher­ished mem­o­ries trav­el­ling with Trafal­gar.

For Sum­mer 2017, you can choose from al­most 150 itin­er­ar­ies , cov­er­ing des­ti­na­tions across Cen­tral Europe to East­ern Europe as well as to Scan­di­navia and the Mediter­ranean re­gion.

Here are just some of Trafal­gar’s hot picks:

Nine-day Gre­cian Magic Ex­plore ev­ery unique side of Greece on its brand new nine-day Gre­cian Magic trip.

You start from Athens. Among the key high­lights here are the mon­u­ment ded­i­cated to the 300 Spar­tan war­riors who died in the Bat­tle of Ther­mopy­lae de­fend­ing their native soil from the in­vad­ing Per­sian army, and the clifftop monas­ter­ies at Me­te­ora, a Unesco World Her­itage Site.

Stroll along Pamvo­tis Lake while tak­ing in the views of the pic­turesque Byzan­tine monas­ter­ies sit­u­ated on an is­land in the mid­dle of the lake; ad­mire a mix of Greek and Vene­tian ar­chi­tec­tures and sights, in­clud­ing the Vene­tian Cas­tle, the Monastery of Palaiokas­tritsa and Achilleon Palace; and fi­nally visit the fa­mous Or­a­cle of the An­cient world in Del­phi, as well as the mu­seum and Tem­ple of Apollo.

Nine-day High­lights of Si­cily See the very best of south­ern Italy, start­ing in an­cient Rome and jour­ney­ing south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the city of Naples.

Other high­lights in­clude tak­ing the ferry across the Straits of Messina to Si­cily and the town of Taormina; trav­el­ling to the base of Mount Etna for spec­tac­u­lar views of Europe’s largest ac­tive vol­cano; tour­ing the Val­ley of the Tem­ples, a Unesco World Her­itage Site that is home to five an­cient Greek tem­ples from the 6th cen­tury BC; and vis­it­ing the mag­nif­i­cent 12th cen­tury Nor­man cathe­dral in Mon­reale, as well as the beau­ti­ful fish­ing vil­lage of Mon­dello.

11-day High­lights of Poland Dis­cover Poland in depth and dis­cover its com­plex his­tory by vis­it­ing some of the most im­por­tant sites, start­ing with Warsaw, be­fore head­ing for one of Poland’s old­est cities, Gdansk.

Then, stop at the medieval town of Torun, the birth­place of Pol­ish as­tronomer Ni­co­laus Coper­ni­cus and a des­ig­nated Unesco World Her­itage Site.

Check out the Cathe­dral of St John the Bap­tist in Wro­claw as well as its Main Mar­ket Square, Old Town Hall, and the Salt Square, which was a for­mer medieval mar­ket­place.

Next, head to­wards the foot of the Ta­tra Moun­tains, the high­est moun­tain range of the Carpathi­ans which stretch roughly 1,500km across Cen­tral Europe, be­fore stop­ping at the pic­turesque city of Krakow.

11-day North­ern Spain This trip be­gins in the colour­ful Costa Brava city of Barcelona with its great ar­chi­tec­ture, in­clud­ing An­toni Gaudí’s em­blem­atic tem­ple, the Basílica i Tem­ple Ex­pi­a­tori de la Sagrada Família.

From there, head to­wards Pam­plona, the cap­i­tal of the old King­dom of Navarre fa­mous for the San Fer­min fes­ti­val, com­monly known as the Run­ning of the Bulls; then travel to­wards Bil­bao and San­tander for a re­lax­ing day at the beach, or a walk through the his­toric cen­tre; visit the Basil­ica made from the pink mar­ble of the sur­round­ing hills in Co­vadonga; and en­joy a tra­di­tional As­turian cider with the Cas­tañón fam­ily at their cider mill near Oviedo.

Learn about the pil­grim city of San­ti­ago de Com­postela, and in Zamora, known as the mu­seum of Ro­manesque art, see the 12th cen­tury cathe­dral with its richlysculp­tured Bishop’s Door and the scaled Dome.

12-day Balkan De­light Start in Za­greb, a tra­di­tional medieval Euro­pean city in Croa­tia with a wealth of his­toric mon­u­ments like the ma­jes­tic Za­greb Cathe­dral, Arch­bishop’s Palace, St Mark’s Church and Opera House.

Then, head south into Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, ar­riv­ing in its cap­i­tal Sara­jevo, which has a rich re­li­gious and cul­tural his­tory.

Other high­lights in­clude vis­it­ing the medieval city of Dubrovnik, where you ex­pe­ri­ence life in ru­ral Oso­jnik with the Muhoberac fam­ily, who will show you how to pre­pare your meal on an open fire,

Gor­geous sights ... (clock­wise, from above) the Basílica i Tem­ple Ex­pi­a­tori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain; Pl­itvice Na­tional Park, Croa­tia; and Mostar and its iconic Old Bridge..

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