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Five reasons to travel to Europe in Autumn, Winter and Spring


Trafalgar 611x133-bannerGuided holiday specialist Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com) shares some insider secrets on the benefits of travelling to Europe and Britain out of peak season between this October and next March.

Festive celebrations

Fancy a change from the usual South African Christmas in mid-summer? There are many travellers who choose to holiday over New Year and Christmas to experience a traditional White Christmas and savour the festive season in Europe. All Trafalgar holidays that operate through Christmas and New Year include special festive celebrations to share the occasion alongside fellow holidaymakers plus there are the other seasonal delights such as the delicious aroma of mulled wine around Christmas markets and festive department store window displays.

Unique Insider Experiences

Travel is about the authentic experiences and meeting the locals. Whether it’s the German Winter markets, pop-up ice rinks in historic squares, Christmas window displays, Paris being lit up at night or spring flower displays, there is special charm to holidaying in Europe that can only be experienced in the seasons of Autumn, Winter and Spring. Trafalgar’s Travel Directors and Local Experts, each chosen for the special connection they have to the destination they work, are experts at showcasing these unique Insider Experiences.

Everything you would expect and more

Travelling with Trafalgar, you will still visit the iconic sights, stay in handpicked hotels, meet local characters and enjoy some of the 95 unique insider experiences available across the Autumn, Winter and Spring programme. At a Be My Guest meal in Italy meet the Baj Macario family, who welcome guests into their 14th century castle home to enjoy a hearty Tuscan meal and delicious Chianti wines; in Dublin, Trafalgar’s Local Expert talks about history and life in his dynamic city; or in Madrid, feast at one of the oldest eateries featuring tapas, roast suckling pig with caramelised apple, and nougat followed by the tradition of eating 12 grapes – one at each strike of the clock to welcome in the New Year.

Fewer crowds

We’ve all heard the stories and many of us have been there – trying to get that special romantic shot on a gondola in Venice or that quality family photo in front of one of Europe’s best known landmarks only for other travellers to squeeze into your frames. The odds are less of that happening when Europe’s major cities are less crowded and you can get closer and roam more freely around key tourist attractions. With fewer people around, travellers can also be more spontaneous making the most of sightseeing time and it will be easier to get that table with a view for your favourite Spanish Tapas or Italian Pizzeria.

CostSaver by Trafalgar

For the first time CostSaver by Trafalgar will feature in the selection of value holidays on offer. Priced from R1450 per person per day enjoy all the benefits of travelling with a trusted name like Trafalgar. You will enjoy quality hotels, included meals, specialist local guides, expert Travel Directors, all the must-see sights included and the flexibility of free time and choice to tailor your holiday to your personal specifications.

Trafalgar’s 2014/15 Europe Autumn, Winter and Spring brochures are now out with Early Payment Discounts of up to R2370 per person for bookings prior to 17 July. Visit www.trafalgar.com , call (011) 280 8400 or ask your travel agent.

Trafalgar is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US$2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.treadright.org.

To book contact your ASATA travel agent or Trafalgar on (011) 280 8400. For more information on these and other Autumn, Winter & Spring guided holidays please visit www.trafalgar.com

About Trafalgar

Trafalgar is the world’s leading guided holiday company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 65 years of experience and unrivalled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider’s view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.

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