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Seeing The Real Side of Europe and America

17th October 2017

“I want to get to know people as well as places.”

Increasingly, travellers crave connection. The experiences you remember are the ones when you really got to the guts of the destination. When you rubbed shoulders with locals in a bar and couldn’t hear another tourist in the room. When you were taken to a secret lookout and felt like you were a million miles from nowhere, because the hoards of tourists were at the lookout down the road. When you were introduced to local delicacies you never thought you’d find yourself eating. Those are the experiences that really make a holiday, and that’s what you get when you travel with Trafalgar.

Trafalgar’s guided holidays go beyond seeing the sights and skimming the surface of customs and traditions. Their captivating itineraries offer immersive travel experiences that connect guests to local life with the people who know it best: locals. There’s nothing that best showcases the Trafalgar difference, and heart and soul of a destination, quite like their handpicked Insider Experiences. They will give you the real thing, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Here are some of our favourites.

Stay on an exclusive island in Venice

The Lido di Venezia is an 11km-long sandbar island in Venice where the famed Venice Film Festival is held each September. With Trafalgar, you’ll enjoy an exclusive stay at the island’s romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, a lavish hotel that dates back to 1907. The hotel is famous for its extraordinary mosaic facade, the largest in Europe, which was created by Bassanese sculptor, Luigi Fabris in 1913. More than just a place to lay your head, the Liberty-style interiors, and period furniture from past Salone dell’Art shows in Paris, will transport you to an elegant bygone era.

Dine with an Andalusian family at their olive oil plantation

There is a Spanish word, duende, which describes something as having soul or a moment of heightened emotion during artistic performances. In Andalusia, with its sun-dappled landscapes, rich food, and festive culture, this feeling seems to radiate throughout all aspects of life. Travelling with Trafalgar, you can feel a sense of duende for yourself at the estate of the welcoming Morillo family. Learn how some of the world’s best olive oil is made, before sitting down to a traditional and joyful Andalusian dinner with the whole family.

Immerse yourself in the local flavours of Niagara

Taste award-winning wines including ice wine, a local speciality made from grapes picked while still frozen on the vine from the first frost. Sample some of the area's regional cuisine at this family-owned winery.

Discover the long history of Yosemite

Iconic and staggering, Yosemite National Park commands attention with its lush green gorges, thundering waterfalls, and towering granite and leafy peaks. Travel with Trafalgar and you’ll delve into the mysteries of the park, learning from a park ranger about how the dramatic landscapes of Tunnel View, El Capitan, and the park’s numerous waterfalls were created. You’ll also learn about indigenous flora and fauna, as well as the Ahwahneechee people, who called the area home for thousands of years.

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