ANAHEIM, Calif., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whether it's to explore Europe's centuries-old Christmas markets, see its legendary cities celebrate the holidays in style or view breath-taking landscapes through a kaleidoscope of seasons, travel during autumn, winter and spring is a unique experience not to be missed. Award-winning guided vacations company Trafalgar shares an insider's view of the traditions and stories behind Europe's fairytale festivities with its new 2013/14 Autumn, Winter & Spring brochure, offering an unbeatable range of 31 itineraries across 20 countries. Travelers are invited to see why Europe is increasingly popular during this time of year when the air is crisp, the streets less crowded and a First Class discovery of Europe's holiday magic awaits from just $119 per day.
Not only does travel November – April offer savings of up to 24% off peak summer prices, with Trafalgar's limited-time Early Payment Discount travelers can also save up to $500 per couple† by July 10, 2013. Plus, past guests and groups can save up to $845 per couple with additional 5% discounts^.
Exclusive to the Autumn, Winter & Spring brochure are Trafalgar's Christmas Spectacular itineraries, like the best-selling Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, offering an authentic insider's view of age-old traditions and the seasonal celebrations of Christmastime in Europe. Also special to this time of year are Festive Celebrations Departures featuring special local Christmas and New Year's Eve events like an authentic Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in Madrid or an evening at the Edinburgh Hogmanay to ring in 2014 at the largest New Year's event in the world!
On all its guided vacations, Trafalgar shows travelers more of Europe than they ever imagined possible with authentic Insider Experiences like making Christmas pies at the Tideswell School of Food in England and an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience at a Budapest family's winery. These unique experiences are included along with must-see sightseeing, First Class hotels, transportation by luxury coach, an expert Travel Director, many meals and more for a hassle-free experience that let's guests make the most of their holiday time in each amazing destination.
"From fresh gingerbread at the German Christmas Markets, to the snow-capped Swiss Alps or the entire cities of London, Paris and Rome aglow, the tastes, sights, and sounds of Europe during the holidays offer a truly one-of-a-kind travel experience," says Trafalgar USA President Paul Wiseman. "Trafalgar is the premier choice for guided holiday travel, offering the best range of holiday itineraries and European best-sellers, each with our authentic Insider Experiences. So don't miss the perfect vacation—book early to secure popular departure dates, historically lower airfares and our Early Payment savings."
Trafalgar's New 2013/14 Autumn, Winter and Spring Itineraries:
Festive English Countryside
9 days starting at $1,835
Save up to $138 per person if booked and paid in full by July 10th
For a truly English holiday experience, Festive English Countryside will take travelers through some of the most beautiful towns for exclusive Insider Highlights where guests will learn to make traditional Christmas pies, how to choose the perfect holiday wine for different meals and a stop for a Local Specialty at the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory to learn about the centuries-old tableware and enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea. The sightseeing highlights on this trip are endless, as guests visit stately homes like Chatsworth House in the Peak District and Blenheim Palace, as well as guided tours of Lincoln Cathedral and the world-renowned university town of Cambridge.
German Christmas Markets
9 days starting at $1,699
Save up to $129 per person if booked and paid in full by July 10th
Featuring some of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, German Christmas Markets is ideal for travelers looking for the ultimate festive experience. Starting in Frankfurt and ending in Berlin, guests spend nights in Dresden, Erfurt and Nuremberg, while spending their days at the Christmas markets of Rothenburg, Wartburg Castle, Liepzig and a full day at Dresden. In Berlin, guests are treated to a Unique Insight as they receive priority access to the Berlin TV Tower, with fantastic 360 degree views of the city below and a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, stopping at the Reichstag, Tiergarten and the Brandenburg Gate.
8 days starting at $1,950
Save up to $159 per person if booked and paid in full by July 10th
Nestled amongst the breathtaking snow-capped Alps, Swiss Delight gives travellers the perfect taste of this magical region. In the picturesque Appenzell region, travelers are treated to an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience at a traditional 'stubete' to enjoy a tasty meal and hear tales of Swiss folklore. In Lucerne, guests will tap into their adventurous side with a Unique Insight, as they hop aboard a cable car for an exciting ride up to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and city below. Chocolate fans will love the Local Specialty with a trip to the Alprose chocolate museum near Lugano, where travelers will learn how the Swiss make their famous chocolate before savoring it for themselves.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS 119/day pricing based on Best of Turkey departing 1/24/14. Savings based on European Dream departing 3/30/14 versus 9/29/13. †Save up to 7.5% and 5% with Early Payment Discounts (land-only) booked and paid in full by 7/10/13 and 10/31/13 respectively; savings vary by itinerary, not valid on all vacations/departure dates, subject to availability. Sample savings of $500/couple based on 7.5% discount for European Whirl departing 12/21/13. Not valid with other promotional offers; may be combined with most brochure discounts. ^5% land-only discount valid for past guests within five years of previous trip. Sample savings combines Frequent Traveler Discount and Early Payment Discounts on European Whirl departing 12/21/13. All offers subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Other conditions apply. ‡Prices are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. CST#2077132-20
Trafalgar is the world's leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With 65 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider's view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain, Eastern Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada. Visit www.trafalgar.com for more.
2007 to 2012: Winner, Best Tour Operator category, Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards
2010, 2011, 2012: Winner, Best Tour Operator, Europe, TravelAge West WAVE Awards
2010, 2011: Winner, Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Awards
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