TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2014 / With Easter just around the corner, Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com) the Insider of guided vacations, invites travellers to the Holy sites in Italy, Portugal and France to celebrate this significant holiday of faith, hope and personal renewal. For centuries, pilgrims and history lovers from around the world have flocked to Europe to visit these significant sacred sites. Travellers can also partake in the excitement of newly elected Pope Francis and his increasing popularity. Since the Pope's appointment in March 2013, more than three times (approximately 6.6 million) the amount of visitors have attended events at the Vatican, compared to his predecessor. When travelling with Trafalgar, guests will get to bypass the normally long lines at famous sites like the Sistine Chapel in Rome and Benedict Abbey in Mont St. Michel with their expert Travel Directors.
"With Easter fast approaching, we realize that our Canadian clients are eager to celebrate this significant holiday where we take them beyond the expected across these historical European sites," says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. "And at Trafalgar, we truly strive to make each guided vacation special, so we incorporate Unique Insights like a special day trip to Lourdes which bring guests to the Basilica atop St. Bernadette's grotto."
Trafalgar is also offering extended savings for their Early Payment Discount, now giving travellers 5 per cent off select USA, Canada, Hawaii & South America vacations.* Travellers can also save 5 per cent on base airfare when booking North or South America guided vacation air-inclusive. Full payment is due by April 30, 2014.**
Uncover the wine regions, floating cities and historic capitals in the 11-day Italian Discovery trip. Starting and ending in Rome, explore six of Italy's best-known cities from the south to the north. A perfect start to Italian Discovery will take guests on a sightseeing tour of Rome with a Local Expert who will show them the Unique Insight in the Vatican of the Bramante double-helix spiral staircase, where they'll follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci in an area not open to the public. Travellers will also see Michelangelo's stunning frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the famous Pieta at St. Peter's Basilica. Visits to the Forum where chariot races were held and to the impressive Colosseum are also in-store for clients. In Florence, guests will be treated to a Be My Guest dining experience on an organic olive-oil estate owned by the Landi family at the Villa il Leccio and guests will savour delicious dishes grown and farmed from the land. Sightseeing highlights are endless on this trip with visits to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza San Carlo, Juliet's Balcony in fair Verona and St. Mark's Square in Venice.
Best of Portugal
This journey around Portugal brings together the beaches of the Algarve, the unique port wine of the Douro and multiple UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Beginning in Lisbon, guests will see the Monument of the Discoveries, the Belem Tower and the site of the Hieronymite Monastery. The trip continues south with stops in Vilamoura, Evora and Viseu. On the way to Oporto, travellers travel though the beautiful Douro Valley where port wine is produced and in the evening they will enjoy a Regional Dinner on the waterside of the city. As the journey continues, travellers will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ in Tomar, and later arrive in Fatima where they'll visit the Shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The Treasures of France
This 9-day Treasures of France fuses the charmed lands of Loire Valley, chicness of Paris and poignancy of Omaha Beach. In Paris, guests will begin their journey with a sightseeing tour with a Local Expert and see the illustrious Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. On the way to Bayeux, guests will visit the Honfleur, the picturesque port immortalized by Monet and in Omaha, travellers will visit the D-Day landing beach and military cemetery. In Mont Saint-Michel, they will visit the Benedict Abbey, where according to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches and inspired him to build an oratory on the Mont-Tombe. Later, they will travel through the countryside of the Loire Valley to sample delicious wine and local delicacies.
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Terms and Conditions: *Early Payment Savings of 5 per cent is only applicable to trips featured in 2014 USA & Canada, Hawaii & South America brochures. Valid on New bookings only, made between Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2014. Not valid on bookings that already received a 6/10 or 12 month EPD. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and are not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply). Not applicable to departures marked with a diamond which operate as per Trafalgar's 2013 brochure. A deposit of $200 per person is due within 3 days of reservation, full payment is required by Apr 30, 2014. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable and only applies to vacations featuring the 'Early Payment Discount' in the price panel. Discount cannot be combined with other National promotions and time-limited offers.
**Matching 5 per cent savings on flights is based on the Base airfare price (exclusive of air taxes and fuel surcharge). Land and Air must be booked with Trafalgar and valid on new bookings only. Full payment for Air is due by Apr 30, 2014. Flights must be round-trip departing from a Canadian gateway to USA including Hawaii, South America or for domestic travel within Canada. Offer is not valid on Intra-tour air, air taxes and fuel surcharge include with the brochure-listed price. Open-jaws and Seat Sale fares are permitted but earlier ticketing payment may apply; not applicable to Published Air and One-way itineraries. Flights are non-refundable once paid in full. No name changes are permitted. Air is non commissionable to the Agent.
About Trafalgar: Trafalgar is the world's leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 67 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider's view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, South Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.
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