Toronto, ON / March 20, 2014 / Following one of the longest Canadian winters in recent history, nature lovers and horticultural enthusiasts will revel in Trafalgar's (www.trafalgar.com) upcoming spring and summer itineraries that feature visits to some of the most famous and beautiful gardens Europe has to offer. Those passionate about gardening will admire innovative plant designs, diverse plant collections and beautiful castles and glasshouses on their trip with Trafalgar. Whether a gardening lover or just an admirer of floral landscapes, travellers can book a number of trips that will find them exploring the colourful tulip fields of Holland and the elegant gardens of England or the stunning French garden which was the inspiration for Claude Monet's paintings.
"At Trafalgar, as the Insider of guided vacations, we offer these life-changing moments and our travellers will experience Europe beyond the expected by interacting with the locals and enjoying these authentic experiences that can't be found in travel guide books, " says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. "We cater to our guests' special interests and gardening is one of the national pastimes in Canada and our Local Experts will reveal Hidden Treasures and Local Specialties on these special itineraries."
Trafalgar is also offering extended savings for their Early Payment Discount, now giving travellers 7.5 per cent off the cost of any 2014 Europe & Britain trip if booked and paid in full before March 31, 2014.* Travellers can also save 7.5 per cent on their airfare if booked and paid before March 31, 2014.**
English Country Gardens
Travellers dive into horticulture heaven as they discover the flowers and feasts of South-east England in the 10-day English Country Gardens itinerary. Starting in London, guests will see all the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Guests may "get lost," in the most famous Maze at Privy Garden or let their imaginations soar at Wisley Gardens where they'll take in the richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and state-of-the-art glasshouse. Travellers will love exploring the Victorian glasshouses and indoor galleries at the world famous Kew Gardens and they'll surely enjoy a ride on England's most famous steam trains - the Bluebell Railway. On to Sissinghurst Gardens, one of the best-loved in the United Kingdom that draws visitors from all over the world, where travellers can explore a series of "rooms" each designed with a different character of colour and/or theme.
Best of Holland
Beautiful art, timeless architecture, peaceful canals, famous museums, the cycling capital of the world and fields of colourful tulips are what guests will see during the 8-day Best of Holland itinerary. In Amsterdam, travellers will start their day with visits to Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square and with a Local Expert, they'll admire Rembrandt's masterpiece 'The Night Watch' at the prestigious Rijksmuseum. On the journey to Aalsmeer, guests will visit the beautiful tulip fields of Keukenhof and see the dazzling 70-acre site that is home to several million flowering bulbs. Guests can even buy bulbs to take home for their own gardens! A Spido boat cruise through Rotterdam port will surely be a memorable one as guests spend the evening on the SS Rotterdam and enjoy free time to explore the city. Seeing Van Gogh's most famous works and a Be My Guest dining experience with a local farming family in Groningen are unforgettable ways to conclude the Best of Holland experience.
Best of France
The perfect two-week getaway, Trafalgar's Best of France itinerary shows travellers just that - the most incredible sights and experiences spanning the country's most vibrant cities and towns. Starting and ending in Paris, the trip also makes overnight stops in Lyon, Nice, Carcassonne, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Tours and Omaha Beach. Travelling through wine country, guests will stop off in Beaune to sample some delicious regional wines at a local cellar before heading to Lyon. As the journey continues north, guests will visit the remarkable Chateau Chenonceau that features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of furniture, tapestries and art. Heading south-east towards the River Seine, guests will stop at Giverny and visit the house where Claude Monet spent most of his life. Travellers will get to see the spectacular garden that served as the inspiration for some of Monet's most famous paintings. The Be My Guest experience on this trip features a special dinner at a charming 17th century traditional farmhouse in Tours. Other highlights of the trip include an excursion to Monaco to mingle with the rich and famous, a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, a Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris, and a trip to Lourdes to see St. Bernadette's grotto.
Terms and Conditions: * Early Payment Savings of 7.5 per cent is only applicable to trips featured in 2014 Europe & Britain, CostSaver, At Leisure & Family Experiences brochures. Valid on New bookings only, made between January 16-March 31, 2014. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and are not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply). A deposit of $200 per person is due within 3 days of reservation, full payment is required by March 31, 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.
**Matching 7.5 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 March 31, 2014. Flights must be round-trip departing from a Canadian gateway to Europe, Britain or the Middle East. 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 65 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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