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  • 1. 2013/14 ADVENTURES Viva! Cover artwork.indd 1 24/02/13 11:21 AM
  • 2. About us With over 31 years of wholesale travel experience Viva! Holidays is dedicated to providing an extensive range of exciting and affordable holiday deals to cater for all holiday-makers and all budgets • vivaholidays.com.au Viva! Holidays’ accommodation ratings These Viva! Holidays’ ratings are provided as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstance. Ratings may also vary from room to room. Please remember these are Viva! Holidays’ views and are not related to any other rating system. TTTTTDeluxe property, providing international standards of accommodation, cuisine, facilities and outstanding service. TTTTSuperior property, providing well-appointed rooms, a wide range of facilities and a high standard of service. A memorable experience. TTTStandard property, providing comfortable rooms, pleasant service and adequate facilities. Viva! Holidays’ accommodation information Check-in/check-out time: Whilst times can change from property to property the standard check-in time is 2.00pm with check-out at 10.00am. Please check before booking. Accommodation features: All the room features shown in this brochure relate to the standard or basic room category. People per room: The number of people permitted in the room is shown for each room category. Please check before booking. People with a disability: Some properties provide a range of facilities for people with a disability. Please refer to the accommodation features grid and check before booking. Run of house: This is the term used for the best available room which will be provided to you at time of check-in. Symbols Throughout the brochure you’ll also find a superb selection of value-for-money options. Just check out the symbols below and keep an eye out for them throughout the brochure. V Value offers: Hotels that will save you money by offering extra value items such as breakfasts, kids’ meal deals or late check- out. F Family friendly: Hotels offering great children’s facilities such as baby- sitting, child menus, kid’s club, highchairs and cots. NOTE: These special offers are generally not combinable. Only one offer per booking applies and stays must be on consecutive nights. Check with your travel consultant before booking. Capture and tag us in your Viva! Holiday photos facebook.com/VivaHolidaysAU twitter.com/viva_holidays instagram.com/vivaholidays
  • 3. •• Welcome 2 Planning your holiday 4 •• Asia 6 •• Europe and the Middle East 23 •• Central America and South America 32 •• North America 47 •• Africa 48 •• Booking conditions 60 Contents
  • 4. vivaholidays.com.au 4 YOURSTYLEOFHOLIDAY Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY Basix On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2T) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You’ll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region’s hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on destination and itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They’re also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences. Original Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunity to explore at your own pace and join in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you’ll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3T) but you’re as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It’s all a part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures. Comfort Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4T), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course!). Along the way you’ll really experience the destination up close. You’ll mingle with locals and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel but real world experiences, just with a softer landing. Themes Some of our journeys have a special interest or theme. Keep your eye out for them as you’re searching for your perfect trip. Active Thrilling adventures is the simplest way to describe these trips. As you’d expect, activity is the key – though we’re talking cycling, kayaking and walking rather than rock climbing or paragliding. You don’t need to be super fit for all Active trips, but they’re ideal if you want a physical challenge with plenty of cultural interaction. Overland Big adventures through immense landscapes. These journeys take you off the beaten track to experience the sights and sounds of remote regions. Travelling in purpose-built vehicles, you’ll explore with a group of up to 24 travellers. Accommodation depends on the style of adventure you choose. If camping, most meals are included and if there is a kitty you will be required to pitch in and cook meals. Like all big adventures, the more you put in the more you’ll get out! Your style of travel... Our travel styles share a common philosophy of getting out there and experiencing the real world. Take a moment to choose the style for you
  • 5. 5 YOURSTYLEOFHOLIDAY Planning your holiday YOUR STYLE OF HOLIDAY Short Break Short Breaks are the ideal add-on to a longer adventure, or just a short break in an amazing destination. With a duration of 2-5 days these trips range from relaxing beach breaks, to excursions with a local guide or a short but sweet group adventure. With guaranteed frequent departures, group size will vary from the single traveller to an average size of 12. Also guaranteed is the opportunity for the type of real life experience that makes travel so rewarding. Urban Adventures Urban Adventures are city tours that unlock the hidden secrets in and around our favourite cities. They range from 2 hour to 1 day adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights. While these adventures may be short, they’re big on real life experiences. Step into the lives of the locals, find out what makes the city tick and get acquainted with the food and culture, all in the company of an expert local guide. See more than just the usual sights on an Urban Adventure. Marine From cruising through the Galapagos to exploring Antarctica on an icebreaker, set sail on a boat-based adventure to explore oceans, rivers or seas. Most of the time you will be sleeping, eating and living onboard a boat but there will be opportunity to head to dry land for day trips and side excursions. The size of your group will depend on the type of boat you are travelling on. Physical ratings... You’ll find the physical rating next to the itinerary. This indicates how much physical activity is required of you on the trip - from none at all (unless you feel like it) to 8+ hours a day hiking or biking. It also tells you how fit you need to be to enjoy it. Physical ratings range from Z easy and relaxing; to ZZZZZ only for the seriously fit, who are ready for a full- on, active adventure. Choose a ZZZ trip for inclusive activities that only require a moderate level of fitness. Culture shock ratings... You’ll also find the culture rating beside each itinerary. This gives you an idea of the degree of culture shock you can expect - whether there’s any familiar food, health considerations and how much you’ll need to adapt to local customs. Culture ratings range from Z little or no adjustment required; to ZZZZZ expect a real culture shock. On a mid-point, ZZZ rated trip you can expect unusual food and some language barriers but still access to home comforts. Guaranteed departures... Because of our small group sizes, we’re able to guarantee departures for almost all of our trips. Unlike other operators, we generally run trips on a ‘maximum number’ basis, not a minimum. So unless minimum numbers are specified, once you have booked and paid your deposit, your trip is on! Carbon Offset Adventures… Most of our trips are carbon offset, except those where we do not have pricing control. In this brochure, the trips featured without carbon information are not offset. Please note: Carbon emission information in this brochure relates to amount of emissions offset per person, per trip.
  • 6. vivaholidays.com.au 6 ASIA Planning your holiday ASIA Asia Asia is a heady mix of colour and culture, mouth-watering food and magical landscapes. It invites exploration; trek through tangled Thai jungles, visit ancient hill-tribe peoples, kayak around towering limestone karsts, haggle for jewels and handicrafts; or devour delicious Peking duck. There’s adventure aplenty in Asia – hold on and enjoy the ride. South China Sea Sea of Okhotsk Philippine Sea Sea of Japan (East Sea) Java Sea Laptev Sea Kara Sea INDIAN OCEAN Gulf of ThailandAndaman Sea Gulf of Carpentaria Yellow Sea Timor Sea Norwegian Sea PACIFIC OCEAN East China Sea Bering Sea Bay of Bengal Barents Sea Arctic Ocean Sea Arafura Sea VIETNAM U.A.E. AINE THAILAND SWEDEN SRI LANKA RUSSIA QATAR ND PHILIPPINES PAKISTAN OMAN NORWAY NEPAL MONGOLIA VA MALAYSIA MALAYSIA LITHUANIALATVIA LAOS AIT SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA KAZAKHSTAN JAPAN AQ IRAN INDONESIA INDIA GEORGIA FINLAND ESTONIA MARK CHINA CAMBODIA BURMA BHUTAN BELARUS BANGLADESH HRAIN AZERBAIJAN ARMENIA AFGHANISTAN TAIWAN HANOI BANGKOK MANILA KUALA LUMPUR VIENTIANE KATHMANDU TOKYO JAKARTA PHNOM PENH NEW DELHI BEIJING Mumbai Kolkata Chennai Colombo Negombo Kyoto Shanghai Hong Kong Xian Ho Chi Minh City Sanya Bohol Cebu Kota Kinabalu SABAH SARAWAK BORNEO CELEBES TIMOR HAINAN ISLAND PALAWAN BORACAY MACTAN ISLAND Hue Halong Bay Hoi An Denpasar Ubud Things to see and do •• Trek past rice fields to meet Northern Thailand’s hilltribes •• Take part in early morning exercise sessions around Hanoi’s lakes •• Experience a stay in Rajasthan’s opulent royal palaces •• Try Sichuan’s world-famous cuisine
  • 7. 7 THAILAND Touring Asia THAILAND *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Homestay Bangkok Hilltribe Trek Chiang Mai Golden Triangle Ayuthaya THAILAND Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai Chiang Rai Doi Mae Salong Day 1: Bangkok Get among the energy of this exciting capital. Take a stroll down famous Khao San Road, stop off to slurp a fiery Thai curry or check out the lively bar scene. This is one city that definitely knows how to have fun. Days 2-4: Kanchanaburi - River Kwai Trade Bangkok’s busy streets for its waterways and take a longtail boat cruise down the Chao Phraya River. See all 46 metres of the tremendous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Hit the road bound for Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Visit the JEATH War Museum then head out of town to swim beneath the seven-tiered waterfall at Erawan National Park. There’s even a chance to kayak back to town, paddling under the infamous Death Railway Bridge. Day 5: Ayutthaya This ancient capital of Siam boasts beautiful temples. Wat Phra Mahathat is a highlight, while fortunes are revealed at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. Enjoy them both on a guided tour. Later, board an overnight train heading north. Days 6-7: Chiang Mai In free time, shop for mementos at the famous Night Bazaar or hone culinary skills at a cooking class. Hail a songthaew to the temple complex of Doi Suthep for memorable views of this northern city. Day 8: Doi Mae Salong Head through undulating green valleys lined with tea plantations to picturesque Doi Mae Salong. Go underground to explore a fascinating cave system. Day 9: Homestay Experience village life with Intrepid’s long-time friends on an overnight stay. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Khantohk dinner accompanied by a dance performance by the local school kids. Days 10-11: Hilltribe Trek Hike through remote villages and discover diverse hilltribe cultures. Stay in simple huts and trek through rural terrain, past lush rice terraces carved into the hills. Day 12: Chiang Rai Stop by colourful Mae Sai on the way to the border junction between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the fascinating House of Opium for a deeper insight into the Golden Triangle’s problematic past. Day 13: Chiang Mai Why not enjoy a traditional Thai massage before an overnight train journey back to the capital. Days 14-15: Bangkok Back in the city, get lost looking for a bargain in the extensive Chatuchak Weekend Market or soak up the sights and sounds of vibrant Chinatown. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSN Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions offset 462kg per person. PRICE FROM $1375* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/ guesthouses (8 nights), overnight train (2 nights), hilltribe village (2 nights), homestay (1 night), rafthouse (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, minibus, longtail boat, bus, songthaew, cycle rickshaw, van, taxi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Beautiful Thailand 15 days/14 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Vickie Chen Day 1: Bangkok Make the most of this bewitching city of skyscrapers and temples, chaos and calm. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of traditional and modern. Day 2: Sukhothai Enjoy the tranquillity of Thailand’s first capital, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and fertile rice paddies. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener - the culinary smorgasbord here ranges from fried rice to fried bugs. Day 3: Lampang Step back in time and tour Sukhothai’s fascinating temples by bicycle, stopping off at a local market and sharing a picnic. Perhaps see the impressive murals of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang or enjoy some pampering at the local herbal sauna and massage centre. Day 4: Homestay Make tracks to a local village and be treated to a traditional Khantohk dinner accompanied by live music and dancing. Days 5-7: Chiang Mai Rise early to offer alms to the monks or stretch out with a yoga session. Take a relaxing soak in hot springs en route to Chiang Mai. Situated at the crossroads of one of South-East Asia’s most important trade routes, the northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between the temples, take a cooking class, cruise down the river on a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets. Day 8: Bangkok Celebrate the end of the adventure over a cold Singha and a delicious pad thai in Thailand’s bustling capital. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSK Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 246kg per person. PRICE FROM $935* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nights), homestay (1 night), overnight train (1 night), resort (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, taxi, songthaew, bicycle, minibus, train Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Explore Northern Thailand 8 days/7 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Vicki Coupling I N D I A SRI LANKA A F G H A N I S T A N N E P A L C H I N A P A K I S T A N K Y R G Y Z S T A N K A Z A K H S T A N UZBEKISTA N U R K M E N I S T A N T A J I K I S T A N M O N G O L I A Bangkok Chiang Mai Homestay Sukhothai Lampang THAILAND
  • 8. vivaholidays.com.au 8 THAILANDANDBALI Touring Asia THAILAND AND BALI Days 1-2: Bangkok Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok’s chaotic streets are a traveller’s delight. Head out to Wat Arun, the ‘Temple of the Dawn’, to see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Take the overnight train to Surat Thani. For trips May-Oct (East Coast)... Days 3-4: Ko Pha-Ngan Chilled out and picturesque, this island getaway is the perfect place to escape for an idyllic beach break. Wander through fishing villages, discover temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls. Days 5-6: Ko Tao Soak up the best of beach life on the white, sandy shores of Ko Tao. Snorkel or scuba along reefs teeming with colourful fish, or relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms. Days 7-9: Ko Samui Get ready for more white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day trip to Thailand’s largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake. There’s the option to get active and head out on a sea- canoeing trip or, if that seems like too much hard work, simply relax with a cocktail on the beach. For trips Nov-Apr (West Coast)... Days 3-4: Ao Nang-Krabi Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi Phi Island. Days 5-6: Ko Yao Noi Sail around the bay’s spectacular limestone cliffs and islands before pulling on a mask for more fantastic snorkelling. Days 7-9: Phuket Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall en route to Phuket’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand’s largest island. Bungee jump, take in a cabaret show or simply kick back with a cocktail. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: May-Oct East Coast: TTST Nov-Apr West Coast: TTZT Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 277kg per person. PRICE FROM $1095* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Thailand Beaches 9 days/8 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel Thailand - Andreas Stuerzinger Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nights), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, ferry, boat, minibus, tuk-tuk, songthaew, longtail boat Meals: 2 lunches May - Oct Nov - Apr THAILAND Bangkok Phuket Ko Yao Noi Ko Samui Ko Tao Ko Pha-Ngan Ao Nang/Krabi Days 1-2: Ubud Bali’s largest Hindu town, Ubud, is also its artistic and cultural heart. There’s plenty of free time to browse the many craft shops, meet monkeys in their forest sanctuary or, for the more adventurous, go whitewater rafting. Enjoy a night market visit and Balinese cultural performance in the evening. Day 3: Sidemen Take to the backstreets of Ubud and beyond on a bicycle. Stop and admire some of the intricately carved temples along the way. Afterwards, head to the hills and the peaceful, scenic village of Sidemen, set against the backdrop of Mt Agung, Bali’s highest peak. This friendly village is a great place to chill out and meet the locals. Day 4: Mt Batur Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop before enjoying a traditional bungkus (take-away) lunch. Afterwards, trek into the mountains for wonderful views of Bali’s volcanic landscape. Days 5-6: Lovina Rise early and venture out into the cool, eerie darkness to climb Mt Batur. From the summit, take in the spectacular sunrise. For a sea change, head down to the coast for a day of snorkelling or scuba diving among some of Bali’s impressive reefs in the Bali Barat National Park. Continue to the beachside fishing village of Lovina - a great base for exploring the north coast of Bali. Take the chance to head out on outrigger boats to view dolphins. Day 7: Bedugul Leave the coast behind and visit Seririt Market and the tranquil Banjar hot springs. Travel inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul. Days 8-9: Ubud Admire Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of Bali’s most beautiful temples, situated in the centre of a glassy lake. Head back to Ubud, pick up some last-minute souvenirs or enjoy a final Balinese banquet before bidding this magical island farewell. Departures: Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TISA Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 272kg per person. PRICE FROM $995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Beautiful Bali 9 days/8 nights From: Ubud Operated by: Intrepid Travel Bali - Dennis Walton Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night), hotel (7 nights) Transport: Private minibus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch BALI Lovina Mt Batur Bedugul Sidemen Ubud INDONESIA
  • 9. 9 THAILAND Touring Asia THAILAND *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Days 1-2: Bangkok Escape the clamour of the capital with a boat ride down the khlongs and a visit to Wat Pho. Day 3: Chiang Mai Climb 300 steps to the Doi Suthep Temple to see a panorama of the city. Day 4: Huay Xai Explore remote border towns and soak up the riverside serenity. Day 5: Mekong River Watch village life pass by while cruising along the Mekong River in Laos. Days 6-8: Luang Prabang Visit the Pak Ou Caves, which are adorned with thousands of carved Buddhas. Discover Laos’ history in Luang Prabang before checking out the spectacular Kuang Si Falls. Days 9-10: Vang Vieng Take a hike among the limestone cliffs or sit by the riverside and soak up the serenity of Vang Vieng. Day 11: Vientiane Enjoy time exploring the capital on foot, by bicycle or by jumbo - Laos’ answer to the tuk-tuk. Day 12: Hanoi Say a final farewell to Laos before boarding a plane bound for Hanoi. Day 13: Halong Bay Be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of Halong Bay. Stay on a junk boat overnight. Days 14-15: Hanoi Experience Hanoi’s seductive French charm, drop by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum and take in an evening performance of traditional water puppets. Board the Reunification Express for an overnight journey to Hue. Day 16: Hue Wander the Imperial Citadel, discover the wealth of the Nguyen emperors and cruise down the serene Perfume River. Days 17-19: Hoi An This port town’s rich heritage is evident in the shuttered windows and pitched roofs of the traditional merchant houses. Days 20-21: Ho Chi Minh City Browse the bustling Ben Thanh Market then jump in a cyclo and get acquainted with the tangle of Ho Chi Minh City’s streets. Days 22-23: Phnom Penh Learn about Cambodia’s violent past at the Killing Fields. Later, appreciate the peace of present-day Phnom Penh with a beer on breezy Sisowath Quay. Day 24: Homestay Enjoy a traditional dinner on a homestay in Kampong Thom. Days 25-27: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat The enigmatic ruins of Angkor provide endless photo opportunities. Explore the temples dotted around Siem Reap with a local guide. Days 28-29: Bangkok Sample spicy specialties, get a massage or shop up a storm back in the energetic capital. Departures: Every Wednesday and selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TKSV Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 402 kg per person. Bangkok Hanoi Huay Xai Luang Prabang Hue Hoi An Homestay Ho Chi Minh City Halong Bay Chiang Mai Siem Reap Angkor Wat Vientiane Vang Vieng Phnom Penh Mekong River VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND LAOS Vietnam - Sally Johnson Great Indochina Loop 29 days/28 nights From: Bangkok Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $3245* per person based on 2 adults travelling based selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam - Sally Johnson Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (24 nights), homestay (1 night), overnight train (2 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, bus, boat, longboat, songthaew, tuk-tuk, cyclo Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 10. vivaholidays.com.au 10 VIETNAM Touring Asia VIETNAM Day 1: Hanoi With its French-colonial buildings, graceful boulevards and aromatic cafe au lait, Hanoi has an elegant timelessness. Take in the ambience strolling around the city streets or taste the country’s blend of traditional European and modern Asian cuisine in the restaurants. Days 2-3: Halong Bay An overnight boat trip in this bay of wonders is sure to be a memorable experience. Sit back and soak up the scenery, swim in the balmy waters and sleep onboard beneath a star-studded sky. Then travel the famed Reunification Express railway for an overnight journey to Hue. Days 4-5: Hue Appointed as the imperial capital due to its beauty and isolation, Hue will enchant. Let the royal past come to life among the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and the Nguyen emperors’ intricate tombs. Then unwind on a cruise down the Perfume River. Days 6-7: Hoi An Traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass en route to Hoi An, once a thriving port town. Today, trade remains central to everyday life, with shops offering everything from custom-made shoes to tailored clothes and silk lanterns. Get a pair of boots made or pick up some traditional paintings for friends and family back home. Days 8-10: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta See the sights of the city from a cyclo and be moved by the War Remnants Museum. Head out to the Mekong Delta for the day and sample regional specialities such as the quirky elephant ear fish. Board sampans and paddle through tributaries in the delta. Spot the stunning Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix islets. The lush scenery in this part of the world makes a fabulous backdrop for final photos. Departures: Every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and selected Thursdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSF Vietnam Express Northbound: TVSQ Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 332 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1260* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (7 nights), overnight sailing junk (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, minibus, overnight boat, cyclo, boat, taxi, private vehicles Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Vietnam Express Southbound 10 days/9 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Angela Vaughan Days 1-2: Hanoi Get lost in the whirl of colour, commotion and horn-blowing traffic. Visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and end the day at a water puppet show. Days 3-4: Halong Bay-Hanoi Have breakfast with the kids at the Blue Dragon Foundation before leaving the frenetic pace of city life behind to sail on Halong Bay. Swim among the soaring karsts, explore limestone caves and be rocked to sleep by the boat bobbing on the water. Returning to Hanoi, travel overnight on the Reunification Express, heading south. Days 5-6: Hue Imagine the opulence of imperial Vietnam at the Thai Hoa Palace, see the scars of former wars in the Forbidden Purple City or discover the legacy left behind by the fussy Emperor Tu Duc at his tomb. Relax aboard a Perfume River cruise. Days 7-9: Hoi An Travel past coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co before heading into the mountains and crossing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Take a step back in time in the ancient streetscapes of Hoi An. Here there are centuries- old family homes to explore, the wonderful Japanese Covered Bridge to wander across and bowls of mouth-watering cao lau to try. Days 10-12: Nha Trang Devour a delicious seafood lunch, float in basket boats and then dive into the sparkling waters of the South China Sea. Days 13-15: Ho Chi Minh City Enjoy a relaxed cyclo tour through the city. Later, take a rowboat along the Mekong Delta. Learn the secrets of longan honey from a family of beekeepers and gain insight into rural life on a village visit before ending the adventure back in Ho Chi Minh City. Departures: Every Wednesday, Saturday and selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 167 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1490* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (11 nights), overnight sleeper train (2 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, private minibus, taxi, cycle rickshaw, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Scenic Vietnam 15 days/14 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Jeff Green Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City I N D I A SRI A F G H A N I S T A N N E P A B H U T A BANGLADE P A K I S T A N K Y R G Y Z S T K A Z A K H S T A N UZBEKIST AN T U R K M E N I S T A N T A J I K I S T A N M O N G O L I A VIETNAM Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Nha Trang Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City A F G H A N I S P A K I S K A Z A K H SUZBE T U R K M E T A J I K VIETNAM
  • 11. 11 VIETNAM Touring VIETNAM *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Nha Trang Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM Mekong Delta Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City See how daily life overflows onto the streets, into French-style cafes and then quietens in the city’s peaceful pagodas. Day 2: Mekong Delta Enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit Vinh Trang Pagoda before embarking on a Mekong Delta excursion. Cruise the matrix of waterways that are the lifeblood of this region and enjoy classic hospitality overnight. Days 3-4: Ho Chi Minh City Awaken early to mingle with locals on the Mekong River’s famous floating markets. Visit the mind-boggling Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City then further enjoy the sights and sounds on a cyclo tour. Spend time at the sobering War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace before taking an overnight train to Nha Trang. Days 5-6: Nha Trang With a dramatic mountain backdrop and a shimmering sea, Nha Trang is the perfect place for a beach break. Enjoy a cyclo tour and then cruise the nearby islands, stopping to swim and snorkel in the balmy sea. Feast on the day’s catch before experiencing Nha Trang’s famed nightlife. Days 7-9: Hoi An Once an international trading port, Hoi An still retains an enchanting sense of centuries past. Walk through the raucous Hoi An market, venture out to see the ancient Cham ruins at My Son or perhaps cycle to nearby Cua Dai Beach to soak up some rays. Days 10-11: Hue Stop at lovely Lang Co Beach for lunch en route to the walled city of Hue, once the exclusive domain of Vietnam’s royal rulers. See the ruins of the Imperial Citadel and a spectacular royal tomb before gliding peacefully down the Perfume River on a dragonboat. Day 12: Hanoi Despite the throngs of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes, Vietnam’s bewitching capital Hanoi retains its French-provincial air. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum before attending an evening water puppet performance. Day 13: Halong Bay Start the day with breakfast at KOTO, an Intrepid Travel-supported organisation that trains disadvantaged young people in restaurant management and hospitality. Board a junk boat tour across the jade waters of Halong Bay and discover secluded beaches, secret grottoes and soaring karst peaks. Fall asleep to the sound of lapping water amid this incredible landscape. Days 14-15: Hanoi See artisans crafting traditional ceramics before making tracks back to Hanoi. Finish up in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and perhaps celebrate with a final feast. Departures: Selected Wednesday and Saturday. Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: TVKT Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 516kg per person. PRICE FROM $2120* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (11 nights), overnight boat (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Boat, overnight sleeper train, plane, private vehicle Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Classic Vietnam 15 days/14 nights From: Ho Chi Minh City Operated by: Intrepid Travel Vietnam - Louise Farmer Days 1-2: Phnom Penh Phnom Penh celebrates life with optimism and colour, and there are a wealth of riverside eateries, bustling markets and historic sites - both tragic and inspiring - to discover. Days 3-4: Battambang With the Sangker River running alongside, Battambang has wonderfully preserved French colonial architecture, ornate Khmer temples and a laidback feel, despite being Cambodia’s second-largest city. Days 5-7: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat With a vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food, a time-worn French feel and certain famous temples on its doorstep, Siem Reap is a little town with a big, pulsating heart. Immense, awe-inspiring, extraordinary - the Angkor Wat temples are all this and much more. Built in the 12th century, this former Khmer city is nothing short of spectacular. Day 8: Sambor Prei Kuk-Homestay Get a taste of real Cambodian life on a homestay with a local family in one of the traditional villages near the impressive Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex. Days 9-10: Kampot With gorgeous scenery, lush rice paddies and nearby Phnom Chhnork Caves, Kampot is a beautiful little town famous for growing pepper and durian. Days 11-12: Sihanoukville Sihanoukville - or Kompong Som to locals - is a small port town with long stretches of beach and beautiful, sleepy islands just off the coast. Days 13-14: Phnom Penh Sitting on the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh is buzzing with modern life, while still retaining some of its French Colonial heritage. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TKSM Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 157kg per person. PRICE FROM $1285* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (12 nights) Transport: Bus, private minibus, van Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches Best of Cambodia 14 days/13 nights From: Phnom Penh Operated by: Intrepid Travel Cambodia - David Kirszbaum CAMBODIA Phnom Penh Kampot Sihanoukville Siem Reap Homestay Battambang Angkor Wat
  • 12. vivaholidays.com.au 12 VIETNAM Touring VIETNAM Day 1: Hanoi Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French- colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh. Days 2-3: Sapa Trek A mountainous region home to colourful and welcoming hilltribes, gorgeous stepped rice terraces and misty vistas sprinkled with sunshine, Sapa will steal your breath away. Day 4: Sapa/Overnight Train Awake early for a final chance to trek through the hillside on the return to Sapa. Make the most of free time and explore the town itself before boarding the overnight train for the return journey to Hanoi. Day 5: Hanoi With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers. Departures: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVAG Trip Theme: Explorer, Short Breaks. Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 56kg per person. PRICE FROM $375* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night), hotel (1 night), overnight sleeper train (2 nights) Transport: Minibus, overnight sleeper train Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Sapa Adventure 5 days/4 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong to Delta Homestay Travel down one of the lifebloods of Asia on this Mekong Delta tour. Board a private boat and see another side of Vietnamese life, all based around this amazing river. Stop off at various islands, experiencing luscious tropical fruit gardens and see how coconut candy is made. Then, jump in row boats and delve deeper into the Delta’s winding canals. Enjoy lunch at a traditional riverside restaurant before exploring the lovely Phoenix Islet and its fish farms. Later in the day, meet your hosts and spend a fantastic evening on their farm sharing food and stories, learning about local customs and life on the Delta. Day 2: Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh City Wake up to the sounds of the river and a traditional Vietnamese breakfast. Then cycle along local paths to the village, enjoying the colour and spectacle of a rural market. Return to the homestay for a delicious lunch before saying farewell and taking to the Mekong once more, winding up the river to return to the city where this Mekong River adventure ends. The sights and sounds of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City are waiting, so perhaps spend a few extra days here getting to know this wonderful city. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: TVAI Trip Theme: Short Breaks Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 19kg per person PRICE FROM $225* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Vietnam Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (1 night) Transport: Boat, minibus Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Mekong Delta Farmstay 2 days/1 night From: Ho Chi Minh Operated by: Intrepid Travel Day 1: Siem Reap-Angkor Wat Tour Siem Reap and explore the temples of Angkor, beginning with Angkor Wat - easily the most famous of the temples. Move on to Angkor Thom to see the Bayon with its 216 smiling stone faces. Stop for pictures at the South Gate before lunching in a village surrounded by rice paddies. After lunch, visit the beautiful Ta Prohm temple, made famous by the Tomb Raider film. Day 2: Siem Reap-Banteay Srei Take a trip through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean and see rural Cambodian life in action. Embark on an easy jungle trek to the River of a Thousand Lingas. See Hindu sculptures carved into the river’s granite banks more than a thousand years ago. Next up is the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. After lunch, head to the Cambodian temple of Banteay Srei. Day 3: Siem Reap-Tonle Sap Tour Siem Reap by remork before heading out of town to Tonle Sap. Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages. Take the back roads on return to town, stopping at a local village and pay a visit to a modern Cambodian Buddhist monastery. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Basix, Original and Comfort Trip Code: TKAS Trip Theme: Short Break Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 83 kg per person. PRICE FROM $385* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1 Mar 13-31 Dec 13 Cambodia - Anice Wong Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (2 nights) Transport: Remork, boat, minibus Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Secrets of Angkor 3 days/2 nights From: Siem Reap Operated by: Intrepid Travel Hanoi Sapa VIETNAM Sapa Trek Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Homestay VIETNAM Hanoi Halo VIETN Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Banteay Srei Siem Reap Tonle Sap CAMBODIA
  • 13. 13 LAOS,VIETNAMCAMBODIA Touring LAOS, VIETNAM CAMBODIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Phnom Penh Bangkok Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Angkor Wat Siem Reap Battambang VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND Day 1: Hanoi Begin the adventure on the energetic streets of Hanoi. Perhaps go shopping in one of the markets in the Old Quarter or grab a coffee and watch locals exercising by Hoan Kiem Lake. Days 2-3: Halong Bay Enjoy a buffet breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Then, experience impressive Halong Bay aboard a traditional sailing junk. Cruise through the dramatic limestone scenery and share meals overlooking this iconic landscape. Days 4-5: Hue Reach Hue, a city bursting with history and culture which can be revealed in the fascinating Imperial Citadel. Float down the Perfume River aboard a traditional dragon boat, passing pagodas and royal tombs. Days 6-7: Hoi An Travel south to the captivating city of Hoi An. Walk along ancient alleyways and shop for artwork, wood carvings or have a new wardrobe tailor-made. Head to the riverside where small restaurants serve up truly mouth-watering local dishes. Days 8-10: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta Weave through chaotic streets on a city tour. Later, cruise along the Mekong Delta for a chance to experience the languid pace of riverside life. Days 11-12: Phnom Penh Farewell Vietnam and cross the border into Cambodia. Discover the country’s dark past in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and at the notorious Killing Fields. In free time, uncover the many delights in the Russian Market, check out the Royal Palace or pop down to breezy Sisowath Quay. Days 13-15: Siem Reap- Angkor Wat Temple-hop from sunrise to sunset to fully appreciate the magnificence of the Angkor Wat temple complex, including the Bayon and Ta Prohm. Discover how the heart and soul of the ancient Khmer Empire still evokes feelings of absolute awe, and absorb some truly iconic panoramas at sunrise or sunset. Day 16: Battambang Explore the unusual floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, water levels permitting, before continuing on to the charming rural city of Battambang. Here, uncover the architectural legacies of French colonialism, learn the intricacies of Khmer cuisine or meander along scenic riverbanks. Days 17-18: Bangkok Jump across the border and travel to the Thai capital, where there’s time to enjoy a massage, eat a spicy red Thai curry or chill out with a cold beer before saying goodbye to his magical corner of Indochina. Departures: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and selected Fridays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TVSKC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset: 421 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2035* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (15 nights), overnight boat (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Boat, bus, overnight sleeper train, plane, private minibus, private vehicle, van Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Best of Vietnam and Cambodia 18 days/17 nights From: Hanoi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Cambodia Day 1: Vientiane The fascinating capital of Laos possesses a tropical Asian vibe laced with faded French- colonial charm. Weathered mansions, tree- lined boulevards and old temples impart an atmosphere of timelessness in Vientiane city. Take a private tour to see the thousands of Buddha images at Wat Si Saket and visit Pha That Luang, a symbol of Lao sovereignty. Day 2: Luang Prabang Travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by air. Once the heart and soul of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a designated World Heritage-listed site. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, an eclectic blend of French and Lao architecture, where the royal family’s quarters have remained untouched since 1975. See a collection of rare Buddha images made from crystal and gold as well as articles of royal regalia, including the king’s own elephant saddle. Later, climb 328 steps to the Phu Si temple - topped with a glittering golden stupa - and be rewarded with panoramic views of Luang Prabang. Day 3: Pak Ou Caves Take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, two sacred limestone caves filled with Buddha images of all styles and sizes. Each year, devoted pilgrims and villagers bring more treasures to the caves. Stop in at the silk-weaving village of Ban Phanom on return to Luang Prabang. Cap off a great day with a classic Lao cocktail on the veranda of the Villa Santi Hotel. Days 4-5: Luang Prabang Watch lines of saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk the narrow streets and laneways to receive alms from the faithful. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most magnificent temple, or wander the banks of the Mekong River. The Classis Laos adventure ends in what is truly one of Asia’s most delightful cities. Departures: Daily (subject to availability) Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TLAB-O Trip Theme: Short Break Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset: 136 kg per person. PRICE FROM $640* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Classic Laos 5 days/4 nights From: Vientiane Operated by: Intrepid Travel Laos - Mike Wedgewood Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (4 nights) Transport: Plane, boat, minibus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 Lunch L B H U T A N BANGLADESH LAOS Luang Prabang Vientiane Pak Ou Caves
  • 14. vivaholidays.com.au 14 BURMA Touring BURMA Days 1-2: Yangon Arrive in Burma and head straight into the heart of the capital, which is nestled in the shadow of a gold- encrusted temple. Discover a melting pot of Burmese culture and colonialism, and see how the city has endeavoured to modernise in recent years. Visit the world renowned holy site of Shwedagon Paya and be dazzled by its riches - both physical and spiritual. Days 3-5: Bagan Travel by plane to Bagan and get the first taste of Burma’s crowning glory on a sunset visit. Spend several days exploring this phenomenal region, which spans some 42 sq km and comprises more than 2,000 brick and gold-gilded stupas and a host of timeworn remnants of Burma’s ‘Golden Period’. Day 6: Ayeyarwaddy River Set sail on a riverboat cruise along the thriving Ayeyarwaddy River. Soak up the serenity of life on the water, pass by agricultural areas including lush teak plantations and rice fields, watch locals going about their business on shore and admire an ever-changing landscape as it rolls by. Pay a visit to a traditional Yangola village for a glimpse of timeless Burmese customs. Then, for an authentic river experience, sleep out on deck under a canopy of stars. Days 7-8: Mandalay Meet friendly locals on an energising morning walk before continuing down the Ayeyarwaddy. Spot fisherman hauling in the day’s catch on the water’s edge before arriving in Mandalay in the late afternoon. Discover why this is referred to as Burma’s ‘Jewel City’ while enjoying a sunset tour of Mandalay Hill with a local guide. Then, in free time, perhaps jump aboard the river express and head to the sacred site of Mingun, take in a puppet show at the Mandalay Marionettes or visit Mahamuni Paya, a stately temple resplendent in a layer of golden leaves. Days 9-10: Kalaw Travel via the world’s longest teak bridge to the small town of Kalaw. Relish the temperate climate and stunning scenery of this mountain hideaway that serves as the launch pad for trekking adventures in the region. Rise with the sun and embark on a hike through pine forests to rarely visited alpine villages. Stop to make acquaintance and share a cup of tea with locals who live simply here, as they have done for centuries. Days 11-13: Inle Lake Continue down winding mountain roads to Pindaya. Explore the labyrinth of caves here with a local guide, and admire over 8,000 images of Buddha contained inside while learning of their origin. Make tracks to the scenic shores of Inle Lake and spend time visiting the floating markets, cycling around the lake’s perimeter and witnessing the handiwork of skilled local ‘leg rowers’. At night, be treated to a delicious Shan banquet. Days 14-15: Yangon Farewell scenic Shan State and head back to the nation’s capital. Take time to visit more highlights in this surprising city before the tour comes to an end. Perhaps unravel a little more Burmese history in the National Museum, enjoy a stroll along the vibrant Strand or join the throngs at one of the city’s markets. Why not mark the end of this experience with a group dinner before bidding this remarkable country farewell. Departures: Saturday and selected Tuesdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TTSM Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 843kg per person BURMA Yangon Bagan Kalaw Inle Lake Boat on Ayeyarwaddy River Mandalay Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nights), hotel (10 nights), overnight boat (1 night) Transport: Bicycle, bus, horse cart, longtail boat, plane, private vehicle, songthaew Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Burma Best of Burma 15 days/14 nights From: Yangon Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $2675* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Burma - Josh Bornstein
  • 15. 15 CHINA Touring Asia CHINA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. CHINA Xi'an Suzhou Beijing Shanghai Days 1-3: Beijing The journey commences in one of the world’s most interesting cities. Visit iconic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admire the impressive Great Wall up close and reflect on the enormity and history of this feat of ancient engineering. Use free time for an independent exploration of Beijing’s sights - the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace are both worth a visit. In the evenings, consider feasting on traditional Peking duck at a restaurant or sample some tasty street food at a night market. Days 4-5: Xi’an Travel to Xi’an and spend time exploring this beautiful region. Why not hire a bicycle to cycle around the city walls or join locals in their daily tai chi practice. Uncover ancient history on a day trip to view the ever-vigilant Terracotta Warriors. Archaeologists believe that these warriors and horses were sculpted and placed in battle formation to protect the First Emperor in the afterlife. Afterwards, stop in at a village and enjoy lunch with a local family, then make new friends at Xi’an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation- supported community project for people with learning disabilities. Day 6: Suzhou Journey to Suzhou to relax in the peaceful surroundings of ornate gardens and parks. Perhaps rent a bicycle to explore the streets, canals and alleyways of this charming city that holds onto its heritage despite the presence of development. In free time, choose to visit the Silk Museum to view and learn about the exquisite craftsmanship of this famous Chinese invention. In the evening, why not hit the water on an optional gondola ride to see the elegance of Suzhou from a different perspective. Days 7-9: Shanghai Board a speedy bullet train bound for the thriving metropolis of Shanghai. Futuristic skyscrapers and colonial buildings vie for space on the Bund and in Pudong. Explore Shanghai’s complex network of traditional alleyways and perhaps snaffle a bargain at the Yuyuan Bazaar or get a taste of Europe in the hip French Concession area. Choose to sip cocktails in a modern bar, slurp noodles at a street stall or dine on delicious dumplings at a restaurant. Be amazed by the skill, grace and talent of the energetic Shanghai acrobats at an evening performance - an exciting way to end this memorable trip! Departures: Selected Thursdays from March to January Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CBSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon emissions offset 714 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1295* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (6 nights), overnight train (2 nights) Transport: Train, overnight train, bus, metro, taxi, public bus Meals: 1 lunch China Express 9 days/8 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Richard Lowe Days 1-4: Beijing Walk a stretch of the Great Wall, check out Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and stop by Beijing Hui Ling, an Intrepid Foundation- supported organisation that helps intellectually disabled members of the community. Days 5-7: Xi’an The ancient capital is abundant with cultural marvels, including the famous Terracotta Warriors. Perhaps walk or cycle the city wall then devour some tasty morsels at the Muslim Quarter night markets. Days 8-9: Chengdu-Leshan This region is home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, including the much-loved hotpot. Visit the residents of a giant panda reserve and perhaps watch locals practise tai chi in People’s Park. In Leshan, marvel at the world’s largest carved stone Buddha. Days 10-11: Emei Shan With clear mountain streams running through subtropical rainforest and ancient monasteries shrouded by old-growth forest, Emei Shan is one of the most famous Buddhist sites in China. Soak up the immense beauty of the region on a cable car ride. Days 12-16: Yangzi River Travel to Chongqing, gateway to the majestic Yangzi River. Cruise the river and witness the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges. Relax on board or perhaps enjoy a side trip down a tributary of the river. Days 17-19: Yangshuo With limestone mountains towering over rice paddies and the meandering Li River, Yangshuo is a traveller’s delight. Days 20-21: Hong Kong Experience the electric atmosphere of Hong Kong, where skyscrapers nestle alongside ancient temples and modern city life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches. Departures: Every Sunday from March to October. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CBSE Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 1666 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nights), overnight train (4 nights), overnight boat (3 nights) Transport: Overnight train, boat, bus, metro, train, bicycle, taxi, private bus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners China Experience 21 days/20 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Robert Heath Yangzi River M A L A Y S I A I N D O N E S I A I N D I A SRI LANKA P A K I S T A N NEPAL R U S S I A K A Z A K H S T A N I R A N T U R K E Y IRAQ AFGHANISTAN TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN KYRGYZSTAN TAJIKISTAN BRUNEI SYRIA JORDAN ISRAEL LEBANON KUWAIT S A U D I A R A B I A O M A NY E M E N QATAR UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UKRAINE BELARUS MOLDOVA RU SSIALITH UAN IA LATVIAESTO N IA Beijing Chengdu Xi'an CHINA Yangshuo Emei Shan Yichang Hong Kong Leshan Chongqing
  • 16. vivaholidays.com.au 16 CHINA Touring CHINA Beijing Shanghai Xi'an CHINA Water Town Days 1-2: Shanghai Uncover the treasures of Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walking tour of the city. Look towards the heavens to take in the glimmering, strangely shaped skyscrapers re-shaping the skyline. Relax in peaceful Yuyuan Gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai Acrobats at a performance. Day 3: Water Town Journey to a tranquil water town and get a taste of old-world China. By boat, weave along the many canals that give this region the title of ‘Venice of the East’. Appreciate centuries-old architecture and bridges that valuable time capsules of a past era. Days 4-6: Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an, an important cultural centre brimming with temples, museums and galleries. Walk or cycle along the historic city walls for incredible views of this ancient region. Delve into Chinese history and visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the Bell and Drum towers, the Muslim Quarter as well as the Big Goose Pagoda - an impressive structure built to house Buddhist scriptures. Stop by Xi’an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project for people with intellectual disabilities, before devouring a tasty Chinese Muslim meal. Days 7-10: Beijing Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once the home of China’s great imperial rulers. Marvel at the monumental Great Wall of China, an extraordinary feat of engineering spanning 6,000 km. Enjoy a mouth-watering Peking duck dinner, then work off the feast with a wander through ancient hutongs. Perhaps visit the Summer Palace, snare a bargain at the markets or hire a bicycle and join the locals pedalling around the city. Why not attend an evening Beijing opera performance before this adventure ends. Departures: Selected Fridays from March to October Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: CBKB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking. Carbon Emissions Offset 751kg per person. PRICE FROM $2395* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Classic China 10 days/9 nights From: Shanghai Operated by: Intrepid Travel China - Hayley Fountain Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (8 nights), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Plane, overnight train, local bus, metro, taxi, private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners N D I A NEPA CHINA Beijing Yangshuo Longji Terraces Xi'an Shanghai Xitang Hong Kong Great Wall Days 1-3: Beijing Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing’s ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis - from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny local shops and eateries. Days 4-6: Great Wall Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering. Days 7-9: Xi’an Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food in the Muslim Quarter - Xian is packed with things to do. Don’t miss the famed 2,200 year-old Terracotta Warriors who stoically guard the tomb of China’s First Emperor. Days 10-12: Shanghai Travel to Shanghai and hunt for a bargain in Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in China’s hippest stores. Devour Shanghai’s favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao. Perhaps catch an evening performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats. Days 13-15: Yangshuo Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the- wall restaurants and small markets. Days 16-18: Longji Terraces Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to explore rural China. Days 19-20: Hong Kong Travel to Hong Kong and take the funicular to Victoria Peak or enjoy a harbour cruise. Shop at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road. Why not celebrate the end of this fantastic tour of China with a tasty dim sum feast. Departures: Selected Fridays Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CBRK Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 1589kg per person PRICE FROM $1955* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Beijing to Hong Kong 20 days/19 nights From: Beijing Operated by: Intrepid Travel China Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nights), homestay (1 night), hostel (7 nights), hotel (5 nights), overnight sleeper train (4 nights) Transport: Bus, metro, overnight sleeper train, private bus, public bus, train Meals: No meals included
  • 17. 17 JAPAN Touring Asia JAPAN *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Days 1-2: Tokyo From imperial gardens to skyscrapers, the sights are endless in this frenetic city. Enjoy free time to visit the world’s biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. Days 3-4: Nikko Stroll through forests of cedars that conceal splendid shrines and temples, remnants of the wealth and power of a warlord whose family ruled Japan for almost three centuries. Days 5-6: Hakone This mountainous area has some great walks, including the old Tokaido Highway. Hit the waters of Lake Ashino-ko on a boat trip and view breathtaking scenery on a cable car ride. Days 7-9: Kyoto Featuring more than 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a picture-postcard vista around every corner. Head out to Gion, the famed geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and to catch a glimpse of its elusive kimono-clad residents. Departures: Selected Saturdays from March to November. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CJRB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail pass for this trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. Carbon Emissions Offset 450 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2345* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Japan Express 9 days/8 nights From: Tokyo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Japan - Martine Cotton Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nights), ryokan (6 nights) Transport: Bullet train, train, bus, metro Meal: No meals included N O Nikko Tokyo Hakone JAPAN Kyoto N O Nikko Tokyo Hakone JAPAN Kyoto Day 1: Tokyo Arrive in Japan and explore the beguiling streets of central Tokyo. Walk beneath the lights and high-tech gadgetry to discover a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit the iconic Ueno Park, where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to city life, or catch the train to Ginza for some retail therapy. Day 2: Tokyo/Nikko Experience Japan’s sleek, modern trains while watching the breathtaking rural scenery fly by. Day 3: Nikko Boasting some of Japan’s most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don’t appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative. Days 4-5: Hakone Relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor onsen. Days 6-7: Takayama Sake from this region is said to be some of the best in the country, while the traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional life. Snack on skewered Hida beef and explore. Days 8-10: Hiroshima This reborn city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. The A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience, or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free- roaming deer. Days 11-14: Kyoto Gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo Castle, en route to Japan’s ancient capital. Visit the gold-plated Kinkaku-ji and wander through the geisha district of Gion before bidding new friends farewell. Departures: Every Saturday from April to October and selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: CJST Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: All travellers must arrive with a 14 day Japan Rail (JR) pass. Ask for further details. Carbon Emissions Offset 700 kg per person. PRICE FROM $3760* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Land of the Rising Sun 14 days/13 nights From: Tokyo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Japan - Daniel Schwartz Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (8 nights), ryokan (5 nights) Transport: Cable car, bullet train, train, bus, ferry, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 18. vivaholidays.com.au 18 SABAHANDBORNEO Touring SABAH AND BORNEO BORNEO MALAYSIA Kinabatangan Jungle Camp Sepilok Orangutan Reserve Sandakan Turtle Island Poring Hot Springs Mt Kinabalu Dusun Village Kota Kinabalu Day 1: Kota Kinabalu Experience the frontier charm of Kota Kinabalu, sandwiched between fruit plantations and the sultry South China Sea. If arriving early, why not visit the Sabah Museum and check out an impressive collection of tribal artefacts. Day 2: Dusun Village Learn about the spiritual, economic and social ties that locals have with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Spend a night in traditional accommodation, nestled in the shadow of this imposing mountain. Days 3-4: Mt Kinabalu Head into the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Then, fuelled by fresh air and stunning views, set off on an energetic hike up Mt Kinabalu. Conquer the sometimes challenging ascent, stopping to admire a diverse range of flora and fauna species along the way. Settle in for the night at a local resthouse. Days 5-6: Poring Hot Springs Wake early to complete the final ascent up Mt Kinabalu and take in a breathtaking panorama of jungles in one direction and the South China Sea in the other. Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the Japanese-style Poring Hot Springs - believed to have healing properties for the skin. Day 7: Kinabatangan Jungle Camp Travel into the steamy Kinabatangan rainforest. Learn how locals contribute to the region’s conservation at MESCOT, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that provides villagers with environmental education. Explore the jungle by boat and at night, sleep in huts listening for the nocturnal calls of wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques. Day 8: Sandakan Embark on another jungle excursion, this time learning about the medicinal properties of different plants, before donning an apron for a cooking lesson. Then, make tracks to the busy city of Sandakan, home to historic Chinese temples and an island-studded bay. Day 9: Turtle Island Pass by small villages and bamboo fish traps on a speedboat ride to Turtle Island. After spending quality time relaxing on the beach, be touched by the sight of giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Day 10: Sepilok Orangutan Reserve See the soulful eyes of Borneo’s famous creatures on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about conservation on an optional tour of the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre or get up close to quirky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay. Days 11-12: Kota Kinabalu Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and spend a final day on the beach or chilling out poolside. If feeling restless, perhaps take advantage of the host of water sports available, or end this colourful Sabah Adventure with a final group meal. Departures: Every Saturday and selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: TMSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZZz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 223 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2125* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/ guesthouses (7 nights), dormitory (2 nights), homestay (1 night), camping with basic facilities (1 night) Transport: Plane, bus, minibus, boat, taxi, longtail boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Sabah Adventure 12 days/11 nights From: Kota Kinabalu Operated by: Intrepid Travel Borneo - Astrid Ross BORNEO MALAYSIA Sepilok Orangutan Reserve Sukau Mt Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Manukan Island Day 1: Kota Kinabalu Why not get into holiday mode with a beach excursion, go river rafting, head into the jungle for a warm-up hike or take a boat trip to Tunku Abdul National Marine Park. Or, if seeking something a little more cultural, perhaps visit the Sabah Museum or a nearby Monosopiad village. Day 2: Mt Kinabalu Venture into the Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage-listed site, along winding roads lined with centuries old trees. Learn how this area is among the most important biological sites in the world due to the fact that it contains around 1,000 species of orchid, 600 species of fern and 320 species of bird. Soak up phenomenal views of Mt Kinabalu looming ahead on a series of hikes. Day 3: Poring Hot Springs Amble across the jungle rooftop on a canopy walk before slipping into the steaming Poring Hot Springs to soothe tired muscles. Day 4: Sandakan Sandakan was once the capital of British North Borneo and traditionally has strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is evident in the lively harbourside market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. On the way we stop by Sandakan’s tragic war memorial to pay respects to those who died during the infamous ‘Death Marches’ of WWII. Day 5: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary Continue on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and fall in love with these beautiful, big- eyed creatures as they swing gleefully between branches or feed on a special diet of bananas and milk. Then, visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and watch these bizarre- looking animals lazing about. Day 6: Sukau Hit the road and head to Black Cave that lies within an intricate cave system known as the Gomantong Caves. Continue on to a lodge in a protected rainforest near the lower Kinabatangan River. Spend free time relishing the tranquil setting, attempting to spot beady- eyed crocodiles on a river sojourn or, if feeling adventurous, joining a guided night hike. Days 7-8: Manukan Island Swap jungle paths for the warm waters of the South China Sea and head for Manukan Island - a tropical paradise that is just a stones throw away from Kota Kinabalu. Embark on a snorkelling trip and dive through schools of brightly coloured fish before kicking back on the beach or exploring the island. Days 9-10: Kota Kinabalu Board a plane back to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the chance to laze about at our tropical beachside location. While here, perhaps try one of the many water-based pursuits on offer before toasting the end of a sensational trip with new-found friends. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: TMKB Trip Theme: Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 369kg per person PRICE FROM $2085* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Chalet (3 nights), cottage (2 nights), hotel (4 nights) Transport: Boat, plane, van Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Classic Borneo 10 days/9 nights From: Kota Kinabalu Operated by: Intrepid Travel
  • 19. 19 INDIA Touring INDIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Kandy Colombo Negombo Bandarawela/ Haputale Mirissa Galle Polonnaruwa Dambulla Caves/ Sigiriya Anuradhapura SRI LANKA Day 1: Negombo Find a comfortable perch to watch the fishing boats heading out to sea. Stroll along the beach to see the daily catch drying in the sun then enjoy a feast of fresh seafood. Days 2-3: Anuradhapura Take a guided cycle tour around the ruins of this ancient city and see the sacred Bo Tree, a symbol of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Day 4: Polonnaruwa The highlight of a bicycle ride through the well- preserved remains of ancient Polonnaruwa is the famous reclining granite Buddha. Day 5: Dambulla Caves-Sigiriya Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple en route to Sigiriya, an impressive fortress built as a royal citadel atop a 200 metre high rock. Hike to the top - the magnificent 360-degree panoramic views are worth the effort. Days 6-7: Kandy Sniff out fragrant herb gardens then head to Kandy to join pilgrims as they visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Be entertained by a traditional dance performance and visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see these gentle giants bathing in the river. Days 8-10: Bandarawela-Haputale Head to the cool, green climes of the highlands. Learn the secrets of local cuisine and walk through lush tea plantations. Days 11-12: Mirissa Soak up the sun, relax on the beach and take a dip in the calm, clear waters of Mirissa. Perhaps hire a bike and ride to nearby fishing villages. Day 13: Galle Explore colonial Galle and watch the sunset from the ramparts of the town’s fort. Days 14-15: Colombo Say goodbye to the lovely south coast and catch up on some shopping in the country’s commercial heart. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HPSH Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 343 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1795* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Circle Sri Lanka 15 days/14 nights From: Negombo Operated by: Intrepid Travel Sri Lanka - Ewan Bell Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels guesthouses (14 nights) Transport: Train, private bus, auto rickshaw, bicycle, bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Orchha Chanderi INDIA Khajuraho Bandhavgarh NP Varanasi River Ganges Boat Trip Agra Delhi Days 1-2: Delhi The labyrinthine streets and lively markets of Old Delhi are a perfect introduction to India. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque, Jama Masjid, an architectural delight that can hold 25,000 people. Day 3: Varanasi Discover India’s spiritual heart. Take a boat on the Ganges, ramble along the ghats and attend a sunset candle flower ceremony. Day 4: River Ganges Boat Trip Swap the chaotic pace of the city for the relaxed pace of river life on a sailing trip along the holy River Ganges. Pass by rural village communities by day and by night, sleep under the stars with bellies full of traditional vegetarian fare. Days 5-6: Bandhavgarh National Park Hop into a jeep and safari through the wilds of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Tigers live here in relative abundance so keep a look out for these magnificent creatures. At night, sleep soundly in a jungle resort. Days 7-8: Khajuraho The intricate carvings of the exquisite temples of Khajuraho celebrate Hindu legends, epic battles and the famed Kama Sutra. Take time to explore the temples and surrounding countryside. In the evening, visit a local Indian family and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Days 9-10: Orchha Enjoy a guided walk around the temples and palaces that dot the picturesque Orchha countryside. See the stunning Orchha Palace, and experience an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Visit a community-run papermaking plant where local tribeswomen craft paper from recycled clothing and wood pulp. Day 11: Chanderi Soak up the small-town charm of relatively tourist-free Chanderi. Explore ancient rock paintings, Jain temples and peaceful mosques before sitting down to a tasty dinner with a local family. Days 12-13: Agra The former Mughal capital is home to the 17th-century Red Fort and the beautiful Taj Mahal. Watch as its mood changes with the light throughout the day. Days 14-15: Delhi Return to the colourful and chaotic streets of Delhi. Departures: Selected Thursdays from September to June. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSU Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 338kg per person. PRICE FROM $1470* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Unforgettable India 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Angela Canterford Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (1 night), deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), guesthouse (1 night), hotel (7 nights), jungle resort (2 nights), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Auto rickshaw, boat, cycle rickshaw, jeep, metro Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 20. vivaholidays.com.au 20 INDIA Touring Asia INDIA Days 1-2: Delhi Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums and markets. Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid, then join the crowds to explore the bazaars. Everything is for sale here from fireworks and silks to copper and spices. Day 3: Agra Travel by train to the Mughal city of Agra. Learn the tragic love stories and mysterious legends of the Red Fort. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, constructed from marble and inlaid with jade, crystal and sapphire, it must be seen to be believed. Day 4: Rural Rajasthan Heritage Stay Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet the locals and chat with traditional crafts people for a unique insight into daily life. Days 5-6: Jaipur Visit the Amber Fort en route to Rajathan’s,‘Pink City’. Jaipur is bursting at the seams with markets filled with jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. After bargaining for souvenirs there’s an opportunity to laugh, shout and cheer with locals at a lively Bollywood film. Day 7: Ranthambore National Park Safari into the heart of the Indian bush to discover lakes and ruined palaces. Keep an eye out for deer, monkeys and the reclusive resident Bengal tigers. Day 8: Bundi Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town’s Brahmin-blue rooftops, explore the enchanting alleyways and experience life in remote Rajasthan. Days 9-10: Rural Heritage Stay Journey through rural Rajasthan to the quaint city of Bassi. Spend the first night in a beautiful fortified mansion then spend the second night in a deluxe tent camping under the stars. Days 11-12: Udaipur Rolling hills, lakes and white-marble palaces come together to make Udaipur the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Days 13-14: Pushkar With India’s only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes. In free time, head to a hilltop temple for views over the town. A cup of chai at the top makes the effort worthwhile! Day 15: Delhi Come full circle on return to Delhi. Use free time to shop in Connaught Place for colourful souvenirs. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Tuesdays and Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A small surcharge applies to departures visiting Pushkar during the camel fair. Carbon Emissions Offset 338kg per person. Ranthambore NP Rural Heritage Stay Rural Heritage Stay Delhi Agra Pushkar Bundi Jaipur INDIA Udaipur India - Judy Southwood Classic Rajasthan 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $1295* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 India - Elaine Platt Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (10 nights), heritage property (2 nights), deluxe camping (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, bus, jeep, jeep, metro, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, camel, taxi, private vehicle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 21. 21 INDIA Touring Asia INDIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1-2: Delhi A chaotic medley of bazaars, temples, mosques and colonial buildings, Delhi is an ideal place to kickstart this adventure. Weave through the cars, rickshaws and bullock carts to experience fast-paced city life. Stroll through the exuberant alleyways of Old Delhi and see the magnificent Jama Masjid, then visit a local Sikh temple to learn a little about this fascinating religion. Days 3-4: Jaipur The pink, sandstone ‘Palace of the Winds’, the enchanting Amber Fort and the lively streets of the Old City make Jaipur a colourful destination. This friendly town is brimming with bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and local art. If there’s time, be sure to catch the latest Bollywood blockbuster in the Art Deco splendour of the Raj Mandir Cinema. Day 5: Rural Heritage Stay Explore the deserted palaces and pavilions of the Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri, a perfectly preserved ghost town. Visit a rural village and enjoy the evening at a heritage property. Day 6: Agra Travel by train to Agra. This former Mughal capital is home to some impressive buildings, including the romantic Taj Mahal and massive Red Fort that dominates the skyline. Admire the Taj Mahal’s intricate carvings then pay a visit to the fort - a maze of halls, mosques, chambers and gardens. Days 7-8: Delhi Search for textiles or folk art in the Jaipur bazaars, then head back to Delhi for a final taste of the capital. Perhaps feast on a traditional aloo gobi or seek out a range of sweet treats from a food stall. The National Gandhi Museum is well worth a visit, as are the ruins of Qutb Minar and Purana Qila. Departures: Every Monday and selected Thursdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSN Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 180kg per person. PRICE FROM $795* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Golden Triangle 7 days/6 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Samir Madhular Mohite Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), heritage property (1 night) Transport: Train, metro, taxi, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, shuttle bus Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner INDIA Jaisalmer Camel Safari Bikaner Delhi AgraJaipur Shekhawati Jodhpur Udaipur Day 1: Delhi Dive straight into the colour and chaos of Delhi. Ride the metro, walk through crowded bazaars and take a cycle rickshaw to Old Delhi via Jama Masid, India’s largest mosque. Day 2: Agra Visit the iconic Taj Mahal. Learn the tragic love tale behind this dazzling monument and then visit the Red Fort where the next chapter of the story unfolds. Days 3-4: Jaipur Explore the deserted Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri then feast on a traditional thali lunch before continuing to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Discover the enchanting Hawa Mahal and travel to the old capital of Amber to see the hillside palace complex. Don some diamante bangles and catch an energetic Bollywood film screening. Days 5-6: Mandawa Formerly home to merchants in the days of the great camel caravans, the beautifully decorated havelis make for a spectacular open-air museum. Gain an insight into rural Rajasthani life exploring the town and surrounding area. Day 7: Bikaner See the holy rats of the Karni Mata temple and visit a nearby farm for an evening of Rajasthani food, music and dance. Days 8-10: Jaisalmer - Camel Safari Travel through the desert to this sandstone citadel, a trading centre for the nomadic people of the area. Take a sunset camel safari out into the dunes. Day 11: Jodhpur Soak up fantastic views of this ‘Blue City’ from the Mehrangarh Fort ramparts. Days 12-13: Udaipur A vision of splendour with white marble palaces and sparkling lakes, this is Rajasthan’s artistic heart. Days 14-15: Delhi Complete this magical adventure back in the bustle of Delhi. Departures: Every Monday from September to April Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: HHKR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Arrival airport to hotel transfer included. Please provide flight details at time of booking. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 689 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Rajasthan Experience 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel India - Vini Davis Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/heritage properties (13 nights), camping with facilities (1 night) Transport: Plane, train, private minibus, metro, cycle rickshaw, camel Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners INDIA Agra Rural Heritage Stay Jaipur Delhi
  • 22. vivaholidays.com.au 22 INDIAANDCHINA Touring Asia INDIA AND CHINA Day 1: Delhi Colourful and steeped in history, this city will leave a lasting impression. Pay a visit to fortified Old Delhi - the crowded, narrow alleyways overflow with exotic sights and smells. Explore India’s largest mosque and stop by a Sikh temple. Day 2: Agra Visit the Taj Mahal - the ultimate monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the ornate carvings and bejewelled marble of this mausoleum are truly breathtaking. Also see where Shah Jahan was later imprisoned at the Red Fort. Days 3-5: Orchha Soaring temple spires and domes rise from the jungle in the crumbling Orchha palace complex. Witness a cooking demonstration by a local family and visit a community project for an insight into papermaking. Day 6: River Ganges Boat Trip SaildownIndia’ssacredGangesandcamp overnightontheriverbank. Days 7-8: Varanasi Nestled on the shore of the Ganges, Varanasi is India’s sacred heart and the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims. Wander the Old City, take part in a traditional candlelit flower ceremony and boat down the river at sunrise, past pilgrims absolving their sins on the ghats. Day 9: Lumbini Travel to the birthplace of Buddha, the beautiful town of Lumbini on the Nepalese border. Days 10-12: Chitwan National Park Visit an elephant breeding centre and keep an eye out for rhinos, monkeys and deer. Days 13-15: Kathmandu Pass rice terraces, deep gorges, pounding rivers and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Visit the ‘Monkey Temple’ and join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa. Departures: Every Friday and selected Mondays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: HHSK Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 338 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1425* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nights), lodge (2 nights), deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Overnight train, taxi, metro,bus, canoe, auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, jeep Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Delhi to Kathmandu 15 days/14 nights From: Delhi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Nepal - Intrepid Travel I N D I A B U R M A CHINA Tibet NEPAL Gyantse Shigatse Sakya Everest NP Lhasa Kathmandu Tingri Zhangmu Arniko Highway Days 1-2: Kathmandu In Nepal’s colourful capital, the constant stream of traffic includes monks, goats and sacred cows. Explore the markets or sit back with a chai at a rooftop restaurant. Days 3-7: Lhasa Visit the Potala Palace, join Tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy Barkhor Circuit and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at the market outside the Jokhang Temple. Day 8: Gyantse Located in the green farmland of the Nyang-chu Valley, Gyantse’s imposing Dzong, or fortress, dominates the town. Perhaps visit the amazing Kumbum Chorten, decorated with thousands of colourful murals. Day 9: Shigatse Home to Tibet’s best-preserved monastery, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second to the Dalai Lama. Check out the town’s ancient bazaar, buzzing with local life. Day 10: Sakya With a magnificent monastery exhibiting medieval Mongolian architecture, Sakya is a wonderful place for local interaction. Meet the monks and discover some intriguing Tibetan artwork. Day 11: Everest National Park Travel to Rongphu, one of the world’s highest monasteries, on an exhilarating drive through the mountains. For the energetic, there is an optional two-hour hike to Everest Base Camp. Day 12: Nyalam Get a feel for Tibetan life in the tiny settlement of Nyalam. Look beyond the colourful prayer flags and vast landscapes to towering Mt Everest. Day 13: Zhangmu Cross the border into Nepal and follow the Arniko Highway snaking its way above the raging Sun Kosi River. Days 14-15: Kathmandu Chill out in a café and reflect on this incredible adventure. Departures: Selected Sundays from April to November. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: CFRE Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZZz NOTE: Please note you must provide a clear, scanned copy of your passport before your booking can be confirmed as this is required for the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight. Carbon Emissions Offset 1415 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2380* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Guesthouses (13 nights), permanent tented camps (1 night) Transport: Plane, private bus, local bus Meals: No meals included Tibet Unplugged 15 days/14 nights From: Kathmandu Operated by: Intrepid Travel Tibet - Lavina Tien INDIA Orchha Agra Delhi NEPAL Varanasi Chitwan NP Kathmandu Lumbini River Ganges Boat Trip
  • 23. 23 EUROPEANDTHEMIDDLEEAST Planning your holiday EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST Europe and the Middle East From the majestic Blue Mosque of Istanbul to the glistening Mediterranean, there’s more than 2,000 years of history and culture to uncover in Europe and the Middle East. Explore its countless riches from the colour of a Marrakech market to Michelangelo’s David to the passion of a flamenco performance. Cross its frontiers, towering mountain ranges, jewel-green seas and great sandy deserts. Savour its exotic flavours –Tuscan wine, Spanish paella and French bourguignon. For adventure, there’s nowhere quite like Europe and the Middle East. SARDINIA SICILY Mediterranean Sea Mediterranean Sea Black Sea Bay of Biscay TURKEY EGYPT SWEDEN SPAIN SLOVAKIA RUSSIA PORTUGAL POLAND NORWAY MOROCCO JORDAN ITALY IRAN ICELAND HUNGARY GERMANY FRANCE FINLAND CZECH REP. CROATIA AUSTRIA Venice Istanbul St. Petersburg Alexandria Barcelona Casablanca Marrakesh Stockholm Madrid Lisbon Warsaw Oslo Bratislava Rome Reykjavik Budapest Zagreb Berlin Paris Helsinki Prague Vienna Moscow Amman Tehran Cairo Dubrovnik Korcula Split Hvar Rabat Things to see and do •• Sample Czech beers at Cesky Krumlov •• Explore the spice markets of Marrakech •• Experience the ‘duende’ of a fiery flamenco performance in Seville •• Glide over a sunken Byzantine city off the coast of Kas in Turkey
  • 24. vivaholidays.com.au 24 EUROPEANDRUSSIA Touring Europe and Russia EUROPE AND RUSSIA E A N S E A Skagerrak B L A C K S E A SEA OF B A L T I C S E A A D R I A T I C S E A IONIAN SEA AEGEAN SEA Gulfof Riga Golf o di T ar anto CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA AUSTRIA H U N G A R Y POLAND Vienna Cesky Krumlov Prague Bratislava Teplice Krakow Tatra Mountains Budapest Days 1-3: Vienna-Bratislava Soak up the splendour of Austria’s capital on a stroll into the city centre. Pass the Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the enchanting Hofburg Palace before continuing around the Ringstrasse. Take a day trip to Bratislava to discover the history of this utterly captivating Slovakian capital. Days 4-5: Cesky Krumlov With its cobblestone alleys and beautiful old buildings, this picturesque town is straight out of a fairytale. Explore the surrounding countryside on a bicycle, then settle in the medieval town square in time for sunset. Days 6-8: Prague The ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ never fails to charm with its gorgeous architecture, crooked streets and buzzing nightlife. Walk through the Old Town for a tantalising glimpse of Bohemia - wander the courtyards of Prague Castle, cross the Charles Bridge and be sure to investigate the city’s thriving jazz scene. Day 9: Teplice nad Metují Gain insight into rural Czech life on a stay at a family-run pension. Pass the afternoon contemplating the weird and wonderful sandstone formations in the nearby rock forest. Days 10-11: Krakow Cross the border into Poland and stop for a sombre visit at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum before continuing on to Krakow. This city has much to offer - see St Mary’s Church, listen for the hourly bugle call in the city’s square and be sure to indulge in some delicious pierogi, a traditional Polish dish. Days 12-13: Tatra Mountains Limber up for trekking in the High Tatras, where the crisp mountain air and stunning views make for an unforgettable hike. Days 14-15: Budapest The last stop is a city of two halves - literally. Buda, on the west bank, features rolling hills while Pest, on the east bank, has a grid-like layout. Linking the two is the Chain Bridge, spanning the sparkling River Danube. Take a moment to marvel at the Parliament Building and charming Castle District. Departures: Every Saturday from April to October and selected Saturdays from November to March. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: AMSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 184 kg per person. PRICE FROM $2260* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights), private apartment (3 nights), pension (3 night) Transport: Metro, train, bus, private bus, bicycle Meals: 10 breakfasts Best of Central Europe 15 days/14 nights From: Vienna Operated by: Intrepid Travel Czech Republic - Ewan Bell Days 1-2: Moscow A city where old-world orthodoxy meets audacious free enterprise, Moscow is one of the greatest capitals of the world. Explore the Kremlin and discover its huge collection of imperial treasures including exquisite Faberge eggs and ceremonial regalia. Wander among the cathedrals and museums within the Kremlin walls and get a glimpse of Lenin in his eternal resting state. Be sure to see the metro stations - these lavishly decorated ‘Palaces of the People’ are unlike any other in the world. Days 3-4: Suzdal Marvel at this glittering town and former Russian capital, which forms part of the Golden Ring. Suzdal is home to a remarkable number of churches and a memorable skyline. Make time to wander past lovingly decorated wooden cottages and the crumbling churches that line the narrow streets and alleys of this magical spot. Perfect local specialties in a cooking class, then wind down with a glass of medovukha - a light alcoholic drink made from honey - while enjoying lovely views across attractive meadows. Day 5: Novgorod Russia’s oldest city is an absolute gem. Take in the many well-preserved architectural treasures that hint at the city’s former glory. Travel back in time with a visit to the Millennium of Russia monument and the Cathedral of St Sophia, both concealed within the Kremlin walls, then join locals for a refreshing steam at the public banya (bath house). Days 6-8: St Petersburg Take a tour to learn about the historical characters associated with the sights of St Petersburg. Later, be a special guest of a local family for a tea party, Russian-style. Departures: Selected Mondays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: WBSR Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Cardon Emissions Offset 328kg per person. PRICE FROM $1850* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), guesthouse (1 night), overnight train (1 night) Transport: Metro, mini bus, bus, overnight sleeper train, taxi, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Russia Highlights 8 days/7 nights From: Moscow Operated by: Intrepid Travel Russia - Ewan Bell RUSSIA Moscow Novgorod St Petersburg Suzdal
  • 25. 25 FRANCEANDCROATIA Touring Europe FRANCE AND CROATIA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. FRANCE Paris Bayeux Mont St-Michel La Rochelle Tours Marseille Avignon Lyon E Day 1: Paris Join the mix of vendors and buyers at a busy street market to get a real impression of Parisian life. Then, perhaps take time out in the superb Luxembourg and Tuileries parks or pay respects to the likes of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Frederic Chopin in the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise. Before the day is done, settle in at a restaurant and dine on classic French fare. Days 2-3: Bayeux Catch the train and make a beeline for the coast. Marvel at the vivid details of the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70 metre-long embroidered narrative of William Duke of Normandy’s 1066 conquest of England. Take a bus to the dramatic D-Day beaches and pay respects to fallen soldiers at the military cemetery. Day 4: Mont St-Michel Be awed by the World Heritage-listed Mont St-Michel, dramatically rising out of the waters of the English Channel. Tour the stunning Benedictine abbey and admire the old vaulted ceilings. Days 5-6: La Rochelle Set off on a day trip to one of the several islands scattered about La Rochelle and, in free time, check out 18th-century graffiti on the Tour de La Lanterne. Days 7-8: Tours Travel into the Loire Valley by train, arriving in historic Tours. Head out on a scenic cycling adventure to the Chateau de Villandry and meander through its lavish ornamental garden. Days 9-10: Lyon Arrive in Lyon, a city packed with culture and fascinating historical sites such as the Place des Terreaux, Musee des Beaux-Arts and a fascinating matrix of secret underground passageways. Days 11-13: Avignon Head through undulating fields to the walled city of Avignon, home to the striking Palais des Papes, once the home of French popes. Explore the palace’s vast halls and cavernous chapels and, in free time, perhaps cruise around town on a hired bicycle. Days 14-15: Marseille Be spoiled by the scenic surrounds of portside Marseille, one of France’s oldest and most significant cities. See locals hauling in the day’s catch at Vieux Port, picnic on fresh baguettes and cheese in a leafy park or discover literary history in the Chateau d’If. Then, why not join new tour friends for a final dinner of hearty local bouillabaisse. Departures: Selected Fridays from May to October Trip Style: Original Trip Code: AMSG Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 182kg per person. PRICE FROM $2512* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (14 nights) Transport: Bicycle, bus, metro, private minibus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts Best of France 15 days/14 nights From: Paris Operated by: Intrepid Travel France CROATIA Split Dubrovnik Korcula Hvar Days 1-2: Dubrovnik With its steep cobbled streets, stunning architecture and paved squares, Dubrovnik bursts with fascinating history. Post-war restoration work has been extensive, and the views from the city walls - over terracotta roofs and out to the sparkling sea - are spectacular. There is plenty of time to uncover the hidden treasures of the Old Town or perhaps take a boat ride to the island of Lokrum, where it is said that Richard the Lionheart was once shipwrecked. These days, Lokrum is the perfect place to sunbathe and swim. On day two take a brief orientation walk of the old town and enjoy the views of the ocean from the 2 kilometers around the long city walls. After a day exploring the city take a walk up Srd Hill behind Dubrovnik for spectacular views of the city and the Dalmatian coastline. Days 3-4: Korcula Travel to Korcula by ferry or bus and stay in simple accommodation with welcoming local hosts. With its pristine forests, tranquil inlets and character-filled vineyards, the residents are justifiably proud of their island home. Try traditional delicacies at a local farm and wash them down with travarica, a grappa-like drink, followed by the island’s famous cakes for dessert. There is plenty of time here to shop, swim or just soak up the charming ambience. Days 5-6: Hvar Known as the ‘Queen of the Dalmatian Islands’, Hvar’s beauty is undeniable. Wander past wonderfully preserved Renaissance facades and vast fields of lavender and rosemary. Enjoy frolicking on the beach or have a cocktail in one of the many waterside bars. Days 7-8: Split The site of Emperor Diocletian’s well-preserved palace, bustling Split is the soul of Dalmatia. Dynamic and vibrant, this World Heritage-listed town is easy to see on foot, so spend some time out and about discovering its golden past. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSF Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 98kg per person PRICE FROM $1280* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (3 nights), guesthouse (2 nights), private apartment (2 nights) Transport: Ferry, bus, minibus, private bus Meals: 1 dinner Explore Croatia 8 days/7 nights From: Dubrovnik Operated by: Intrepid Travel Croatia - Eugen Dobric
  • 26. vivaholidays.com.au 26 ITALYANDFRANCE Touring Europe ITALY AND FRANCE Day 1: Rome The iconic sights, fashionable streets and spacious piazzas of this ancient city are best explored on foot. Try to pack in those unmissable icons such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Roman Forum. For those captivated by the ‘Eternal City’, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return visit to Rome. Days 2-3: Florence Marvel at the wonders of this ‘outdoor museum’, including the 13th-century Duomo with its fiery depiction of the Last Judgement. Perhaps stroll through the famed Uffizi Gallery or admire Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia, then climb to the Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset views of Florence across the city’s rooftops. Days 4-6: Lucca-Pisa With its narrow streets, centuries-old churches and ancient ramparts, the medieval town of Lucca radiates charm. Take a day trip to Pisa to see the world-famous Campo dei Miracoli, home to the Baptistry and, of course, its quirky leaning tower. Days 7-8: Cinque Terre Walk the coastal path that links the five villages and be rewarded with stunning views and fresh sea air. Days 9-10: Portofino-Piedmont Visit the glamorous resort of Portofino, enjoy a boat trip to Santa Margherita, then head to Piedmont where mouth-watering culinary delights await. Days 11-12: Milan-Italian Lakes Begin the day sashaying through stylish Milan then head to the lake country in the afternoon. Unwind by the emerald-green waters of Lake Como. Days 13-15: Venice Stroll past the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the evocative Bridge of Sighs before this Italian odyssey concludes. Departures: Every Monday from April to November Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSV Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 184kg per person. PRICE FROM $2795* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (11 nights), private apartment (3 nights) Transport: Train, metro, bus, boat, bicycle Meals: 2 breakfasts Best of Italy 15 days/14 nights From: Rome Operated by: Intrepid Travel Italy - A S Argyle A T L A N T I C Strait of Gibraltar NORT H SEA B A L T I C AEGEAN SEA FRANCE SWITZERLAND ITALY Paris Reims Dijon Beaune Swiss Alps Lucerne Stresa Cinque Terre Pisa Florence Rome Lucca Milan Day 1: Rome Explore the sacred halls inside St Peter’s Basilica, visit the Vatican museums or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to pave the way for your return to Rome. Days 2-5: Lucca-Pisa-Florence See the landscape transform from Romanesque cities to rolling hills and olive groves on a train journey to Tuscany. Cycle alongside the scenic Serchio River, glimpse Michelangelo’s David in Florence, marvel at the La Torre de Pisa. Days 6-7: Cinque Terre Weave through the charming hillside villages of the Cinque Terre. Cool off with a dip in the blue waters below and maybe make a batch of fresh pesto in a cooking class. Days 8-9: Milan-Stresa Stroll through ever-fashionable Milan and marvel at its magnificent Duomo. Travel by train to pristine Stresa, which boasts magnificent views of the Alps. Board a ferry and head out to explore the beautiful Borromean Islands. Days 10-11: Lucerne Farewell Italy and travel into the resplendent alpine landscape of Switzerland. In free time, enjoy a boat tour on placid Lake Lucerne. Days 12-14: Swiss Alps Visit the spectacular Trummelbach Falls while taking in staggering mountain views. Head to the Schilthorn peak for an authentic James Bond experience, or work up an appetite for traditional Swiss treats. Days 15-16: Bern-Dijon-Beaune Travel by train through the Swiss capital of Bern and cross the border into Dijon, France. Take a day trip to Beaune, where Burgundy’s best wines are produced. Days 17-18: Reims Visit champagne caves for an insight into the drink’s effervescent magic. While here, be sure to check out the elaborate Cathedrale Notre- Dame de Reims, a sacred place where French kings were once crowned. Days 19-21: Paris Stroll along the Seine and be enchanted by Paris. Enjoy free time to peruse the art-filled corridors of the Louvre or visit Sacre Coeur in vibrant Montmartre. Indulge in more fine French cuisine before saying ‘au revoir’ to this romantic destination. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSP Trip Theme: Explore Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 258kg per person. PRICE FROM $3985* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (13 nights), private apartment (4 nights), guesthouse (3 nights) Transport: Train, public bus, metro, bicycle, ferry Meals: 4 breakfasts Rome to Paris 21 days/20 nights From: Rome Operated by: Intrepid Travel France - Wajan ITALY Rome Italian Lakes Milan Lucca Venice Pisa Florence Piedmont Cinque Terre Portofino
  • 27. 27 SPAINANDPORTUGAL Touring Europe SPAIN AND PORTUGAL *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. SPAIN Barcelona Valencia Granada Cordoba Ronda Seville Costa de la Luz Madrid Days 1: Madrid Peruse art at Museo del Prado, seek out a bargain around the Puerta del Sol or kick back in busy Plaza Mayor. When the sun sets, perhaps join the Madrilenos in Malasana for a glass or two of sherry, or head to the Gran Via hotspots to dance the night away. Days 2-3: Granada There’s time to explore the old Arab quarter of Albayzin, with its maze of alleyways and sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada. For the best spot at sunset, head to the Mirador de San Nicolas at the very top of the city’s steep streets. A visit to the exceptional Alhambra - a red fortress overlooking the city of Granada - is a must. Days 4-5: Seville Be swept up in the emotion of a fiery flamenco performance. See the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and its imposing Moorish tower, or enjoy the tranquil gardens in the Parque de Maria Luisa. This is the tapas capital of Spain, so feast on tasty morsels before a twilight wander through El Centro. Days 6-7: Costa de la Luz Travel to the ‘Coast of Light’ and enjoy an optional day trip across the border to the British territory of Gibraltar, home to the famous Rock of Gibraltar, or go one step further to Tangier in Morocco. There is also plenty of time to visit the sandy beaches of Tarifa for sun and surf. Days 8-9: Ronda Leave the Andalucian hills and journey to a whitewashed town split in half by a deep chasm and joined by the amazing Puente Nuevo. Perhaps climb down the hand-hewn stairs of La Mina to the river below. Day 10: Cordoba Discover the mesh of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures in the architecture and cuisine of this southern city. Perhaps visit the Mezquita with its golden arches and intricate columns, or take a stroll through the maze of the Old Quarter with its cobbled lanes, pleasant squares and riots of potted colour. Days 11-12: Valencia Spain’s third-largest city offers plenty to see and do. Make a stop at the morning market for a breakfast of tortillas or churros, then visit the cathedral which allegedly houses the Holy Grail. Days 13-15: Barcelona In vibrant Barcelona, take time to visit the Picasso Museum and Gaudi’s eccentric La Sagrada Familia. There’s plenty of time to do a spot of shopping, stroll Las Ramblas or to soak up the relaxed vibe along Barcelona’s waterfront. Departures: Every Saturday, selected Wednesdays from March to November and selected Saturdays from November to February. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSG Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 182kg PRICE FROM $2695* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (14 nights) Transport: Bus, train, metro, taxi Meals: 3 breakfasts Best of Spain 15 days/14 nights From: Madrid Operated by: Intrepid Travel Spain - Wendy Chan SPAIN PORTUGAL Barcelona Seville The Algarve Lisbon Porto Santiago de Compostela Salamanca Granada Madrid Day 1: Madrid Embrace the Madrileno spirit of living the good life by hitting the many museums, restaurants, shopping strips and bars of Madrid. Stroll along the Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) to view some of the finest collections of art in the world. Days 2-3: Granada Bask amid the grand rooms, towering domes, glorious gardens, perfectly proportioned courtyards and ornate fountains of Alhambra Palace in Granada. During free time, roam through Granada’s alluring Arab Quarter, Albayzin. Days 4-5: Seville Experience the electric atmosphere of an authentic flamenco performance in Seville, and witness the collision of music, dance, passion and drama. At night, make the most of Seville’s reputation as the tapas capital of Spain by munching through as many mouth-watering dishes as possible. Days 6-7: The Algarve Travel by bus across fertile plains dotted with olive groves and orange orchards to reach the Algarve, mainland Portugal’s stunning southern coastal region. Walk along the seaside promenade in Olhao, watching fishing boats bob in the water. At night, feast on freshly caught fish at a restaurant or cafe overlooking the water and behold a golden sky at sunset. Days 8-9: Lisbon Get acquainted with Portugal’s dynamic capital on an orientation walk. Visit the medieval citadel perched atop a hill for an incredible view of Lisbon’s attractive cityscape. By day, wander tree-lined streets, admire gothic cathedrals and marvel at ancient and contemporary works of art in museums. By night, sip wine and people watch in Bairro Alto - the heart of Lisbon’s bar and restaurant scene. Day 10: Porto Indulge in a port tasting in Porto. Alternatively, wile away the afternoon by meandering through the collection of twisting alleys, criss-crossing staircases and baroque churches that make up the World Heritage-listed Ribeira district. Days 11-12: Santiago de Compostela See weary pilgrims finishing the famous Camino de Santiago walk, and soak up religious fervour in the cathedral where St James, one of the 12 Apostles, is purportedly buried. Day 13: Salamanca Uncover the hidden charms of Salamanca on a sightseeing walking tour. Absorb the feel-good vibe of the Plaza Mayor and admire architectural masterpieces from the Renaissance era. Days 14-15: Barcelona Encounter progressive art, dining and nightlife in Barcelona. Visit Gaudi’s bizarre La Sagrada Familia Cathedral on an orientation walk. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSI Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip.Carbon Emissions Offset 184kg per person. PRICE FROM $2695* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Explore Spain and Portugal 15 days/14 nights From: Madrid Operated by: Intrepid Travel Spain - Christof Koepsel Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (12 nights), pension (2 nights) Transport: Bus, metro, train Meals: 3 breakfasts
  • 28. vivaholidays.com.au 28 ROME,SPAIN,MOROCCO Touring Europe ROME, SPAIN, MOROCCO ITALY FRANCE SPAIN Provence Pisa Nice Barcelona Pyrenees Carcassonne Cinque Terre Florence Siena Rome Day 1: Barcelona Arrive in Barcelona and perhaps get body clocks synced to ‘Spanish time’ with a walk along Las Ramblas or grab some lunch and chill out in Parc de la Ciutadella. Days 2-3: Pyrenees Discover the greatest of the great outdoors in the Pyrenees. Take a cogwheel train into the Nuria Valley and stretch legs on a hike. Day 4: Carcassonne Travel into France arriving in Carcassonne, a place that is straight out of a fairytale with its ancient city walls and towering turrets. Watch a golden sunset over this medieval landscape. Days 5-6: Provence Venture across landscapes that inspired Van Gogh on the journey to Provence, one of the most picturesque cities in France. Explore centuries-old villages, visit the Arles Amphitheatre and delight in the region’s acclaimed food and wine. Days 7-8: Nice Board a train and travel to Nice, the ideal base for explorations of the Cote d’Azur. Lie back on squeaky sand beaches, sample the pulsating nightlife or pay a visit to a cliff-top village known as ‘The Eagles Nest’. If time permits, head to Cannes on a day trip and try to spot bronzed celebs. Days 9-10: Cinque Terre Pull the walking shoes on and set off along the legendary trail that links the five villages of la Cinque Terre. Absorb breathtaking views of the Italian coast, either walking the entire way or catching a train. Days 11-13: Pisa-Florence-Siena Travel to Pisa to marvel at its famous wonky tower and take the time to visit the Baptistry and Duomo. Continue on to Florence, the cultural heart of Tuscany and the place where some of history’s greatest artists reveal their finest works. Then, visit Siena and uncover vibrant public squares, well-preserved churches and some of the friendliest locals around. Days 14-15: Rome While in Rome, enjoy free time to scour the many city sights and soak up the cosmopolitan vibe. Perhaps step back in time at the Colosseum or visit the Pantheon before the tour is over. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 182kg per person. PRICE FROM $2985* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (14 nights) Transport: Bus, cog wheel railway, metro, train Meals: 8 breakfasts Barcelona to Rome 15 days/14 nights From: Barcelona Operated by: Intrepid Travel Italy - A.S. Argyle SWITZERL MOROCCO SPAIN PORTUGAL Marrakech Fes Chefchaouen Jerez The Algarve Coimbra Salamanca Lisbon Madrid Day 1: Madrid Arrive in Madrid, one of the most vibrant cities in Spain. Stop and smell the roses in the Real Jardin Botanico, marvel at masterpieces in the Museo del Prado or wile away pleasant hours on the Paseo del Arte. Day 2: Salamanca Head west to the university city of Salamanca. Soak up the student vibe on a walk past historic stone buildings to Plaza Mayor and admire the intricate detail of the Casa de Las Conchas, or ‘House of the Shells’. Days 3-4: Coimbra Travel from Spain to Portugal to sample full- bodied wines, delicious spicy cuisine and enjoy the local tradition of Fado - soulful music about love. Days 5-6: Lisbon Explore multicultural Lisbon, a charming city with a towering medieval citadel and many interesting museums. In free time, see quirky pieces in the Folk Art Museum, take a day trip into the mountains or sample the nightlife in Barrio Alto. Days 7-8: The Algarve Venture further afield to the south coast of Portugal. Take the opportunity to bliss out on the beach, explore hidden coves and just soak up the mellow holiday vibe of the Algarve. Day 9: Jerez Visit Jerez and discover the secrets to a perfect aperitif on a bodega tour or enjoy a tipple of sherry - the drink named after this town. Later, why not head into the Moorish baths to see classic Arabic tiling. Days 10-11: Chefchaouen Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar and explore Chefchaouen, a sleepy mountain town peppered with blue-washed buildings and ambient restaurants. While here, perhaps expend some energy on a hike into the Rif Mountains. Days 12-13: Fes Arrive in the city of Fes and step back in time at a medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes and sounds. Fuel explorations of this imperial city with a glass of mint tea and some sweet Moroccan dates. After a guided sightseeing tour, maybe unwind at the Palais Jamai in the evening, while the melodic call to prayer floats over the city. Days 14-15: Marrakech Find everything from genie lamps to leather slippers in Marrakech, an intoxicating city of souqs and mosques. Take a refreshing walk through the gardens at Majorelle Jardin, visit the lavishly decorated Saadian Tombs or end the adventure among the bustle of Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s bustling main bazaar. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSH Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 182kg per person. PRICE FROM $2270* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (12 nights), pension (2 nights) Transport: Bus, ferry, metro, minibus, public bus, taxi, train Meals: 5 breakfasts Madrid to Marrakech 15 days/14 nights From: Madrid Operated by: Intrepid Travel Spain
  • 29. 29 GREECEANDTURKEY Touring Europe and Middle East GREECE AND TURKEY *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Naxos Athens Santorini Ios GREECE Mykonos Syros Day 1: Athens This Greek adventure kicks off in Athens. Arrive early to visit the Parthenon, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus or be awed by the Acropolis. If time permits, maybe take a day trip to the Saronic Islands or Delphi. Days 2-3: Syros Relax aboard a scenic ferry from Piraeus to Syros. Upon arrival, discover abandoned windmills, ancient ruins and charming villages. Cool off with a swim at one of the inviting beaches and at night, be serenaded by classic Rembetiko tunes that waft from the open windows of family-run tavernas. Days 4-5: Mykonos Arrive on Mykonos. Be captivated by the quintessential Greek Isles vista of squat white houses brightly juxtaposed against the cerulean sea. Follow flower-lined paths past age-old churches and tiny restaurants to secluded, sandy beaches and spend the afternoon soaking up the rays and splashing in the water. As the sun sets, join Europe’s party crowd at one of the many bars and clubs on Mykonos, or take a more traditional approach with a meal at a delightful backstreet restaurant. The next day, travel to an archaeological site on the island of Delos, a sacred area that was once the political and religious centre of the Aegean. Days 6-8: Santorini Wind up the adventure on the southern island of Santorini. Learn first-hand why this remains one of Europe’s top holiday hotspots. Chill out on a beach of black sand, admire the ruins of ancient Thira and Akrotiri or hire a scooter to cruise the coastal roads. In the late afternoon, join the crowds that scatter over the hillside at Oia to witness a magnificent sunset over the bay. Days 9-10: Ios Follow the narrow stairways and roughly hewn tracks to find remote, sandy beaches. Hike up to Panagia Gremiotissa, an ancient church marked by windmills and a lone palm that offers stunning views over the island and bay. After time spent enjoying the spoils of island life, feast on the day’s catch and perhaps head out after dark to sample Ios’s acclaimed nightlife. Days 11-13: Naxos Discover mythical folklore and archaeological history on a hike around Naxos, an island shrouded in racy romantic tales of misbehaving gods. Visit the temple of Apollo, the ruins of a Greek castle and a local liqueur distillery, where the citrus inspired kitron is made. Take time to visit backstreet tavernas and bakeries in the medieval castle area, dive into the sea and end the day with a glass of Naxos wine - reputed to be the antidote for a broken heart. Days 14-15: Athens Depart the Greek Islands and travel to Athens, an ancient city named after the goddess of wisdom. Get aerial views of the city from the Parthenon, take a walk past the Temple of Olympian Zeus or find a cafe in the streets below the Acropolis and watch locals going about their business. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ZMSWC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A single supplement is available for this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 182kg per person. PRICE FROM $2585* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (14 nights) Transport: Bus, ferry, metro, taxi Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner The Greek Islands 15 days/14 nights From: Athens Operated by: Intrepid Travel Greece - Mikael Damkier M E D I T E R R A N TURKEY Year round Oct - Apr May - Sep Istanbul Selcuk Gallipoli Peninsula Ayvalik Pamukkale Antalya Days 1-2: Istanbul This magical city of minarets, mosques and markets will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or take a stroll past the thousands of shops in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee to kickstart the adventure. Day 3: Gallipoli Peninsula Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. The stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that this is the site of one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI. Days 4-5: Ayvalik (May-September) Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, it’s time to relax on a boat cruise on the azure Aegean Sea. Day 6: Selcuk Once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, ruined Ephesus still retains some of its past glory. Explore the ancient Roman ruins, delve deeper into the areas fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or be spoiled with a visit to a hamam. Day 7: Pamukkale Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. During winter, stop by Afrodisias - the city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Day 8-10: Antalya Discover a bewitching mix of history, charm and modern sophistication in Antalya. Visit the ruined city of Termessos, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the region. During free time, wander through Kaleici to see relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman occupation, visit ancient Hadrian’s Gate and Hıdırlık Tower or be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean. Departures: Saturdays from April to October Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ERSA Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: There is an altered winter itinerary (October - April). A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 119 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1160* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Mar 13 Turkey Express 10 days/9 nights From: Istanbul Operated by: Intrepid Travel Turkey - Nick Jacos Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), pensione (2 nights) Transport: Bus, dolmus, gulet Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 30. vivaholidays.com.au 30 TURKEY Touring Middle East TURKEY TURKEY SEA OF AZOV RED SEA Istanbul Selcuk Antalya Goreme (Cappadocia) Kayakoy Kas Konya Day 1: Istanbul Step into a magical world of labyrinthine bazaars and mysterious mosques. Discover hidden gems with a walk down the city’s backstreets. Delight in the Islamic architecture of the Blue Mosque, regarded as the finest mosque on the planet with six minarets and outstanding tile work. Days 2-4: Goreme Work up an appetite exploring rock-hewn churches, cave homes and dreamlike valleys, then join a family in their home for a local feast. Day 5: Konya Home to one of the largest universities in Turkey, yet still known for its relative conservatism, Konya is located in central Anatolia. Perhaps visit the shrine of the great mystic Rumi. Days 6-7: Antalya Admire historic houses and soak up an old-world atmosphere while walking around Kaleici. While here, be sure to check out the ancient Roman Harbour. Or, if feeling adventurous, head out to one of the nearby ancient Hellenistic cities for further explorations or wander through Karaalioglu Park. Days 8-9: Kas Charming coastal Kas makes a great base for enjoying the Mediterranean. Swim in the balmy sea then spend a day cruising the nearby islands - sailing over a sunken city is a strange and beguiling experience. Days 10-11: Kayakoy Discover the abandoned Greek houses of Kayakoy. Take a relaxed day trip to picture- perfect Oludeniz and enjoy a dip in its Blue Lagoon. Days 12-13: Pamukkale-Selcuk Marvel at the gleaming, chalky terraces of Pamukkale. Take in their immense natural beauty before venturing to Hierapolis to wile away time in the thermal hot springs. Work up a thirst exploring Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, before learning to make cheesy gozleme in a cooking demonstration. Then, join a fruit wine tasting and continue to absorb the laidback vibe of Selcuk. Days 14-15: Istanbul The journey ends where it all began. Departures: Every Mondays from April to November and selected Thursdays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: ERKP Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 834kg per person. PRICE FROM $2460* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (12 nights), guesthouse (2 night) Transport: Plane, mini bus, car, bus, dolmus, gullet Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Turkey Experience 15 days/14 nights From: Istanbul Operated by: Intrepid Travel Turkey - Sally Johnson TURKEY SEA OF AZOV B L A C K S E A Istanbul Selcuk Ucagiz Goreme (Cappadocia) Bursa Kayakoy Kas Pamukkale Konya Days 1-2: Istanbul Get acquainted with some of Istanbul’s lesser- known sights on a walking tour. In free time, why not drop by the marvellous Aya Sofya and famed Topkapi Palace. Day 3: Bursa Relax in a traditional Turkish bath, drop into a local teahouse or explore the bazaar in the Ottoman Empire’s former capital. In the evening, visit a Dervish lodge and be treated to a mesmerising performance of the mystic Sema. Days 4-5: Selcuk History comes to life while strolling through ancient Ephesus, the former capital of the East Roman Empire. Learn the secrets of making delicious gozleme - a Turkish pastry. Day 6: Pamukkale See the fascinating, chalky terraces of Pamukkale and then take the opportunity to bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby hot springs of Hierapolis. Days 7-8: Kayakoy Discover the ‘ghost houses’ or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals in Kayakoy. Set out on a half-day trek along the rugged coastline of the Lycian Way and cool off with a dip in the beautiful Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz. Days 9-10: Kas - Boat Cruise - Kas Travel to Kas and cast away on a cruise along Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline, which boasts shimmering crystal waters, an ancient sunken city and mysterious Lycian tombs. Back on dry land, spend time appreciating the distinctively Mediterranean feel of Kas. Day 11: Konya Travel away from the coast to the plains of the Anatolian Steppe. Konya, in the heart of this region, is a city intimately connected with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam. Days 12-14: Goreme Be astounded by the quirky rock formations of Cappadocia, which jut from the ground like mushroom-shaped fairy houses. Why not take in this surreal landscape from a unique vantage point, floating over the region in a hot air balloon. Afterwards enjoy a meal with a local family to experience a unique slice of Turkish life. Day 15: Istanbul Journey overnight back to Istanbul, where the call to prayer echoes over the winding streets. Departures: Thursday and selected Mondays from March to November Trip Style: Original Trip Code: ERSI Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 536 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1750* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (11 nights), overnight boat (1 night), guesthouse (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Bus, private bus, dolmus, ferry, boat, overnight sleeper strain Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Best of Turkey 15 days/14 nights From: Istanbul Operated by: Intrepid Travel Turkey - Rachel Clark
  • 31. 31 MOROCCO Touring Middle East MOROCCO *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Essaouira Marrakech Fes Meknes Todra Gorge Ait Benhaddou Sahara Camp Midelt MOROCCO Casablanca Aroumd Volubilis High Atlas Mountains Rabat Day 1: Casablanca Discover the Art Deco influences of this metropolis. Head out on personal explorations through Casablanca’s heart and admire some of its architectural gems, including the beautiful Hassan II Mosque and the imposing Cathédrale du Sacré Coeur. Day 2: Rabat-Meknes Stroll through Rabat’s serene kasbah before journeying to Meknes, the former capital of Morocco and the site of Sultan Moulay to Ismail’s palace. Days 3-4: Volubilis-Fes Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a guided tour of the ruins of Volubilis. In medieval Fes, wander the narrow alleyways of the medina as the call to prayer floats over Fes el-Bali at dusk. Day 5: Midelt Journey through the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains to the peaceful, rural village of Midelt. Stop by a handicraft workshop run by Franciscan nuns - a great place to pick up a beautifully crafted souvenir. Day 6: Sahara Camp After a camel ride into the desert, attempt a climb of the towering dunes. Later, fall asleep in a desert camp under a blanket of stars. Days 7-8: Todra Gorge Wake early and watch a golden sunrise over the desert before heading to the impressive palmeries of Todra Gorge. Feel like burning some energy? Why not go for a hike or try rock-climbing. Day 9: Ait Benhaddou Pass through Morocco’s film capital, Ouarzazate, on the way to the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. Explore the streets of this clay kasbah at a relaxed pace, then finish off the day with a meal of delicious couscous. Day 10: Aroumd Farewell the Sahara and head to the hills. Perched on a rocky outcrop, remote Aroumd offers stunning views. This is the perfect base for exploring the High Atlas Mountains and a chance to experience traditional Berber culture up close. Days 11-12: Essaouira With its Norfolk Island pines and colourful fishing boats, relaxed Essaouira is a gem. Get acquainted with the town’s fascinating history on a guided walking tour, then enjoy free time to wander along the beach, visit art galleries or feast on freshly caught seafood. Days 13-15: Marrakech Return to the wonders of Marrakech. Explore the tantalising spice market and dine al fresco at a foodstall in Djemaa el-Fna, or escape the buzz of the city in the shaded rooms of the Palais de la Bahia, a superb example of ornate Muslim architecture. Departures: Every Sunday and selected Wednesdays and Fridays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: XMSC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 495 kg per person.PRICE FROM $1430* per person based on 2 adults travelling price based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel/ guesthouse (10 nights), gite (1 night), riad (2 nights), camping (1 night) Transport: Train, private bus, local bus, taxi, camel Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Best of Morocco 15 days/14 nights From: Casablanca Operated by: Intrepid Travel Morocco - Marianne Lawrence Day 1: Casablanca Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of this famed city. For those who arrive early, head to Hassan II Mosque - one of the largest mosques in the world - or take it easy with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many great cafes. Day 2: Rabat-Moulay Idriss See monuments spanning the history of Morocco, including the delightful Kasbah des Oudaias, on a walk through Rabat’s old quarter. Spend the night in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss. Once forbidden to non-Muslims, the picturesque medina offers an excellent insight into traditional Moroccan life. Days 3-4: Volubilis-Fes Discover the remarkable mosaics of Volubilis then see the imposing gates and walls of Meknes. Take a step back to the Middle Ages in Fes, considered the cultural and religious centre of Morocco. For an evocative walk, head to the atmospheric medina to wander through the maze-like alleyways. Days 5-7: Chefchaouen-Tangier Nestled between two peaks in the Rif Mountains, charming Chefchaouen is the perfect place to relax. Spend time here admiring the blue-washed houses, shopping for unique handicrafts in the medina or simply sitting in a cafe, watching the world go by. Travel to the coastal town of Tangier and perhaps indulge in fresh seafood before making the final journey to Marrakech aboard an overnight train. Days 8-9: Marrakech Get lost in the sights, scents and sounds of Marrakech. Tantalise senses with a walk around the city’s main square and rub shoulders with crowds of visitors and locals alike. Departures: Every Friday April to December and selected Fridays from January to March Trip Style: Original Trip Code: XMSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Single supplement is available on this trip.Carbon Emissions Offset 297kg per person. PRICE FROM $995* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), guesthouse (1 night), overnight sleeper train (1 night) Transport: Train, overnight sleeper train, local bus, taxi, mini bus, private bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch North Morocco Adventure 9 days/8 nights From: Casablanca Operated by: Intrepid Travel Morocco - Gautier Willaume Marrakech Fes Chefchaouen Tangier Moulay Idriss/ Volubilis Rabat MOROCCO Casablanca
  • 32. The Americas A land of incredible natural wonders, South America is ancient rainforests, towering mountains, expansive deserts, beautiful beaches and remote islands combined. Explore the Amazon jungle, rock climb in the Andes, visit the Galapagos, follow the mystic Inca Trail and witness Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Combine this with historic towns, lively cities, remnants of ancient civilisations and a rich culture that embraces food, wine, music and celebration, and you’ll be captivated by South America. VICTORIA ISLAND ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND BAFFIN ISLAND FALKLAND ISLANDS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SOUTH GEORGIA EASTER ISLAND Lake Nipigon Great Slave Lake Bear Lake L. 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Visit the magnificent lakes and snow-clad mountains of the Lake District, be inspired by Patagonia’s glacier-carved landscapes and exquisite Andean deserts, or embark on a cruise to Antarctica from end-of-the-earth Ushuaia. Visit dynamic Buenos Aires and dance the tango with beautiful porteños (Buenos Aires locals), shop for designer clothes, eat the world’s best steaks, and party ‘til dawn. Spirited Argentina is a traveller’s paradise. Brazil Covering half of South America and a mix of white-sand beaches, music-filled cities, enchanting towns, majestic waterfalls, ancient rainforest, crystal-clear rivers and red-rock canyons, Brazil is captivating. Laze on the buzzing Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches of Rio de Janeiro; explore the lush wonderlands of the Amazon and the Pantanal; wildlife watch; kayak, raft, trek, snorkel, surf; or revel in a rich cultural heritage that celebrates music, food and an incomparable zest for life. For a quintessential Brazilian experience, don’t miss Rio’s famous, frenetic Carnival. Chile A land of breathtaking natural beauty, Chile stretches 4300 kilometres from north to south making it the world’s longest country. Home to spectacular coastlines and grand views of the Andean mountain range, the world’s driest desert and massive glacial fields, volcanoes, geysers, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, steppe and countless islands, Chile is an outdoor playground - choose your adventure and it’s no doubt offered here. Once you’re finished exploring, take time to absorb the unique and vibrant culture, the wonderful food and wine, and the warmth and hospitality of incredible Chile. Easter Island The world’s most isolated island, Easter Island (originally Rapa Nui) is spellbinding. Located 3700 kilometres west of Chile, it’s home to a remarkable collection of archaeological sites, including the unexplained and enigmatic moai, 600 gigantic statues scattered standing with their backs to the sea. More Polynesian than Chilean, this World heritage-listed island is a mix of volcanic landscapes, turquoise waters and colourful local customs, and offers superb scuba-diving, surfing, hiking, horse riding and relaxation on a handful of serene sandy beaches. Ecuador The second-smallest country in South America, Ecuador offers an astounding array of sights and cultural experiences. In a day you can drive from the Amazon Basin across icy Andean volcanoes, down through tropical forest and into the sunset of a balmy Pacific Ocean beach. You can buy hand-woven wool sweaters at a vivaholidays.com.au 32 THEAMERICAS THE AMERICAS
  • 33. local market; marvel at howler monkeys in the Amazon jungle; trek, climb, horse ride, surf and nature watch - exotic orchids and birds, bizarre jungle plants, strange insects, and fearless animals that call the remarkable Galapagos Islands home. Ecuador’s indigenous heritage of traditional costumes and highland markets is enchanting and its colonial architecture is beautifully represented in the World heritage- listed cities of Cuenca and Quito. Iguazu Falls You’ll be overwhelmed by the sound and spectacle of Iguazu Falls, a series of more than 275 separate waterfalls cascading from the lip of a horseshoe-shaped canyon on the border of Argentina and Brazil (Iguassu Falls). According to local legend, the falls were created by an angry god who had planned to marry a beautiful indigenous girl. She fled with her mortal lover in a canoe, and in a rage the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Nestled in the subtropical embrace of Iguazu National Park - home to a wide range of plant and animal life, and endless outdoor activities - the falls are considered by many to be one of the world’s top ten wonders. Peru A treasure trove of ancient mysteries, captivating scenery and legendary experiences, Peru is one of South America’s most popular holiday destinations. Discover the intriguing World Heritage-listed Nazca Lines or explore Peru’s folklore capital, Puno, nestled on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Marvel at the historical Incan city of Cuzco, the archaeological heart of the country and gateway to the renowned ruins of ‘The Lost City’ of Machu Picchu (magical city). Last, but by no means least, visit effervescent Lima for its wealth of traditional and international cuisine, fine music and warm hospitality. Central America Adventure looms large in Central America. From its white-sand Caribbean beaches and offshore reefs to its coffee-covered mountains, lava-gurgling volcanoes and tangled jungle, complete with ancient pyramids and howler monkeys, it’s a holiday destination you’ll treasure forever. Visit Mexico’s Playa del Carmen for fun in the sun and ancient ruins; explore Mayan temples, barrier reefs and exotic rainforests in Belize; and buy up a storm at bustling Guatemalan markets. Best of all, experience the warmth and kindness of the people. Tiny Central America offers huge holiday rewards. North America Experience American life in full and gain perspective among giant monuments, stunning skyscrapers and spectacular natural wonders. From the big city lights of Los Angeles, New York City and neon lights of Las Vegas to the vast stretches of the Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley and the breathtaking Grand Canyon and thunderous Niagara Falls, North America will leave any traveller in awe of its grandeur. Packed with fascinating history and plenty of opportunity for fun, these adventures of discovery are sure to make for a memorable holiday. 33 THEAMERICAS THE AMERICAS
  • 34. The Americas A land of incredible natural wonders, South America is ancient rainforests, towering mountains, expansive deserts, beautiful beaches and remote islands combined. Explore the Amazon jungle, rock climb in the Andes, visit the Galapagos, follow the mystic Inca Trail and witness Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Combine this with historic towns, lively cities, remnants of ancient civilisations and a rich culture that embraces food, wine, music and celebration, and you’ll be captivated by South America. VICTORIA ISLAND ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND BAFFIN ISLAND FALKLAND ISLANDS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SOUTH GEORGIA EASTER ISLAND Lake Nipigon Great Slave Lake Bear Lake L. Winnipeg RioGrande Itenes Negro Amazon Fraser Churchill Colorado Mississippi Missouri Ohio Xingu Japura Jurua Juruena Iriri Purus Albany Peace South Pacific Ocean Caribbean Sea B a f f i n B a y North Atlantic Ocean South Atlantic Ocean Straight of Magellan VENEZUELA URUGUAY TRINIDAD SURINAME PERU PARAGUAY GUYANA G R E E N L A N D FRENCH GUIANA ECUADOR COLOMBIA Amazon Basin CHILE BRAZIL MEXICO BOLIVIA ARGENTINA r t h w e s t T e r r i t o r i e s N u n a v u t umbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba O n t a r i o Q u e b e c Newfoundland Labrador New Brun. Nova Scotia P.E.I. Rio Gallegos s Yellowknife Torres Iguazu Iquitos Rio Grande Ushuaia mat Fort Mcmurray Grande Prairie GanderCorner Brook Bathurst Labrador City Sept-Iles Thompson Puno Cuzco Machu Picchu Arica Paraty Sao Paulo Hall Beach Taloyoak Repulse Bay Bathhurst InletEcho Bay Upernavik Kujalleo Qeqertarsuaq Kangerlussuaq Arsuk Littuarmiit Pond Inlet Clyde River Iqaluit Kuummiut Moosonee Winisk Churchill Rankin Inlet Inukjuak Ivujivik Kuujjuaq Port Burwell Rigolet Fort Nelson Fort Smith Punta Arenas Puerto Montt Wilmington g Minot Billings St. John's Boulder Bismarck Fredericton San Carlos de Bariloche Jonquiere ChicoutimiTimmins Red Deer e Boise La Paz Halifax Regina Porto Velho Quebec Winnipeg Tallahassee Salt Lake City nde Guaymas Thunder Bay Saskatoon Fortaleza Salta Valparaiso Manaus Rio de Janeiro Belem Salvador MONTEVIDEO LIMA ASUNCION QUITO SANTIAGO BRASILIALA PAZ BUENOS AIRES GUATEMALA BELIZE MEXICO CITY COSTA RICA CUBA Argentina With its luscious landscapes, vibrant cities and colourful culture, Argentina offers adventures aplenty: trek the Patagonian steppe; scale South America’s highest peak; walk among thousands of penguins; and marvel at the world’s most amazing waterfalls. Visit the magnificent lakes and snow-clad mountains of the Lake District, be inspired by Patagonia’s glacier-carved landscapes and exquisite Andean deserts, or embark on a cruise to Antarctica from end-of-the-earth Ushuaia. Visit dynamic Buenos Aires and dance the tango with beautiful porteños (Buenos Aires locals), shop for designer clothes, eat the world’s best steaks, and party ‘til dawn. Spirited Argentina is a traveller’s paradise. Brazil Covering half of South America and a mix of white-sand beaches, music-filled cities, enchanting towns, majestic waterfalls, ancient rainforest, crystal-clear rivers and red-rock canyons, Brazil is captivating. Laze on the buzzing Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches of Rio de Janeiro; explore the lush wonderlands of the Amazon and the Pantanal; wildlife watch; kayak, raft, trek, snorkel, surf; or revel in a rich cultural heritage that celebrates music, food and an incomparable zest for life. For a quintessential Brazilian experience, don’t miss Rio’s famous, frenetic Carnival. Chile A land of breathtaking natural beauty, Chile stretches 4300 kilometres from north to south making it the world’s longest country. Home to spectacular coastlines and grand views of the Andean mountain range, the world’s driest desert and massive glacial fields, volcanoes, geysers, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, steppe and countless islands, Chile is an outdoor playground - choose your adventure and it’s no doubt offered here. Once you’re finished exploring, take time to absorb the unique and vibrant culture, the wonderful food and wine, and the warmth and hospitality of incredible Chile. Easter Island The world’s most isolated island, Easter Island (originally Rapa Nui) is spellbinding. Located 3700 kilometres west of Chile, it’s home to a remarkable collection of archaeological sites, including the unexplained and enigmatic moai, 600 gigantic statues scattered standing with their backs to the sea. More Polynesian than Chilean, this World heritage-listed island is a mix of volcanic landscapes, turquoise waters and colourful local customs, and offers superb scuba-diving, surfing, hiking, horse riding and relaxation on a handful of serene sandy beaches. Ecuador The second-smallest country in South America, Ecuador offers an astounding array of sights and cultural experiences. In a day you can drive from the Amazon Basin across icy Andean volcanoes, down through tropical forest and into the sunset of a balmy Pacific Ocean beach. You can buy hand-woven wool sweaters at a vivaholidays.com.au 32 THEAMERICAS THE AMERICAS
  • 35. local market; marvel at howler monkeys in the Amazon jungle; trek, climb, horse ride, surf and nature watch - exotic orchids and birds, bizarre jungle plants, strange insects, and fearless animals that call the remarkable Galapagos Islands home. Ecuador’s indigenous heritage of traditional costumes and highland markets is enchanting and its colonial architecture is beautifully represented in the World heritage- listed cities of Cuenca and Quito. Iguazu Falls You’ll be overwhelmed by the sound and spectacle of Iguazu Falls, a series of more than 275 separate waterfalls cascading from the lip of a horseshoe-shaped canyon on the border of Argentina and Brazil (Iguassu Falls). According to local legend, the falls were created by an angry god who had planned to marry a beautiful indigenous girl. She fled with her mortal lover in a canoe, and in a rage the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Nestled in the subtropical embrace of Iguazu National Park - home to a wide range of plant and animal life, and endless outdoor activities - the falls are considered by many to be one of the world’s top ten wonders. Peru A treasure trove of ancient mysteries, captivating scenery and legendary experiences, Peru is one of South America’s most popular holiday destinations. Discover the intriguing World Heritage-listed Nazca Lines or explore Peru’s folklore capital, Puno, nestled on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Marvel at the historical Incan city of Cuzco, the archaeological heart of the country and gateway to the renowned ruins of ‘The Lost City’ of Machu Picchu (magical city). Last, but by no means least, visit effervescent Lima for its wealth of traditional and international cuisine, fine music and warm hospitality. Central America Adventure looms large in Central America. From its white-sand Caribbean beaches and offshore reefs to its coffee-covered mountains, lava-gurgling volcanoes and tangled jungle, complete with ancient pyramids and howler monkeys, it’s a holiday destination you’ll treasure forever. Visit Mexico’s Playa del Carmen for fun in the sun and ancient ruins; explore Mayan temples, barrier reefs and exotic rainforests in Belize; and buy up a storm at bustling Guatemalan markets. Best of all, experience the warmth and kindness of the people. Tiny Central America offers huge holiday rewards. North America Experience American life in full and gain perspective among giant monuments, stunning skyscrapers and spectacular natural wonders. From the big city lights of Los Angeles, New York City and neon lights of Las Vegas to the vast stretches of the Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley and the breathtaking Grand Canyon and thunderous Niagara Falls, North America will leave any traveller in awe of its grandeur. Packed with fascinating history and plenty of opportunity for fun, these adventures of discovery are sure to make for a memorable holiday. 33 THEAMERICAS THE AMERICAS
  • 36. vivaholidays.com.au 34 BUENOSAIRES Hotels and sightseeing BUENOS AIRES PRICE FROM $25* per person 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Buenos Aires High Rises Undergrounds Operated by: Intrepid Travel Departs: Daily Tour Code: ARUF This Buenos Aires tour is the ideal introduction to the intricate history, politics, and culture that make up the fabric of the city. Visit several contrasting neighbourhoods, including the bustling inner city, and the more glamorous and up-scale neighbourhood of Recoleta. This Buenos Aires Urban Adventures tour is steeped in history and full of local culture. PRICE FROM $30* per person 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Buenos Aires by Foot Operated by: Intrepid Travel Departs: Daily Tour Code: GGSQ On this Buenos Aires walking tour, wander cobblestone streets of neighbourhoods, view the colourful painted buildings of El Caminito in La Boca, view historical inner city buildings, travel by public transport across the city and practise your tango steps in San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego. San Martin 1225, Buenos Aires. Located in the heart of the city, a half-hour from Ezeiza Airport. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bars, pools, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, business centre, parking, shop, tennis court. Accommodation: 704 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, iron/ ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $90* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Sheraton Buenos Aires TTTTT VF Standard room Av. Presidente Roque Saenz Pena 725, Buenos Aires Located near Plaza de Mayo, close to Buenos Aires’ main attractions. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, pool with swim-up bar, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre. Accommodation: 163 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, internet. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $131* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ 725 Continental TTTTT V Standard room Avenida Julio A. Roca 562, Buenos Aires Located in the city centre, close to Casa Rosada and the Government House. Property Facilities: Bar, gym/ fitness centre. Accommodation: 135 rooms, air-conditioning, minibar, internet. Value: Full breakfast PRICE FROM $91* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Hotel 562 Nogaro TTTT V Standard room Juncal 868, Buenos Aires Located in an upmarket neighborhood just a few blocks from the heart of Buenos Aires. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking, tennis court. Accommodation: 75 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/ coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $59* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Argenta Tower TTTT V Av. Cordoba 860, Ciudad De Buenos Aires Located in the city centre of Buenos Aires. Easy access to shopping areas and restaurants. Property Facilities: Tour desk. Accommodation: 62 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Continental breakfast. PRICE FROM $60* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Hotel Cordoba 860 TTT V Double room - red Buenos Aires A sublime mix of European flavour, Latin emotion, gourmet cuisine, lively nightlife and world-class activities, Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan and seductive city. Master the sultry national dance at a traditional tango bar, dine at a popular parrilla (steak restaurant) or join the passionate fans at a local futbol (soccer) match. Whatever your taste, there’s a lot of experiences to savour in Buenos Aires. Things to see and do •• Visit San Telmo, home of tango as well as the famous antique market •• Take a picture of the renowned Obelisco by night •• Visit La Boca, the lively Italian area with its multicoloured facades •• Try the mixed BBQ plate at one of the restaurants on Florida Street and mingle with the locals
  • 37. Rio de Janeiro Known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city), Brazil’s second largest city is exhilarating. Rio brims with famous attractions, from the sun-bronzed beaches and barely there bikinis of Copacabana to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer set atop Corcovado Mountain, as well as lively dance halls, bars and open-air cafes. 35 RIODEJANEIRO Hotels and sightseeing RIO DE JANEIRO *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. ^Best available daily rate refers to the lowest price available as at 26 Apr 13 and may change at the discretion of the hotel or tour operator. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Rua Barata Ribeior, 548 Copacabana Two blocks from the most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana beach. Close to many restaurants, bars and nightlife. Property Facilities: Restaurant, pool, gym. Accommodation: 143 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, bathrobes, butler/maid service. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM$102* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Hotel Bandeirantes TTT V Ave. Atlantica 3716, Copacabana Directly overlooking Copacabana Beach, only a short ride from the main tourist areas. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bars, pool, parking. Accommodation: 228 rooms, air- conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $144* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Golden Tulip Regente TTTT V Standard room 34 Rua Farme De Amoedo, Ipanema Located in the heart of Ipanema only 10 minutes from Copacabana. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bars, pool, pool with swim-up bar, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, business centre, parking. Accommodation: 135 rooms, air-conditioning, interconnecting rooms. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $177* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Ipanema Plaza TTTT VF Superior room Avenida Atlantica 1702, Copacabana On the beachfront of Copacabana, only minutes from the centre of Rio. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bars, pool, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking, shop, tennis court. Accommodation: 452 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM$308* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Copacabana Palace TTTTT V Standard room Avenida Atlantica 2600, Praia De Copacabana Located on Avenida Atlantic, just across the road from Copacabana Beach. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking. Accommodation: 245 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM$244* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ JW Marriott TTTTT V Guestroom PRICE FROM $54* per person 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Santa Teresa Discovery Operated by: Intrepid Travel Duration: 4 hours Departs: Daily Ride the subway downtown, jump on Rio’s last remaining tram up to Santa Teresa. Get a glimpse into the neighboorhood’s cobblestone streets, shops and culture. Stroll down to the Selaron’s staircase and meet his vibrant masterpiece. All of this, and more on this great Rio de Janeiro day tour. PRICE FROM $50* per person 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Carioca Experience Operated by: Intrepid Travel Duration: 4 hours Departs: Daily On this Rio de Janeiro city tour, explore Copacabana’s most interesting side and learn more about the Carioca lifestyle -a relaxed approach to life. Journey into the past with a visit to Copacabana Fort. Take in the view of Ipanema Beach from Arpoador Rock. Finish up by discovering the real meaning of being a Carioca (local resident in Rio). PRICE FROM $74* per person 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Rio Bike Tour Operated by: Intrepid Travel Departs: Daily Jump on a bike to explore some of Rio de Janeiro’s most scenic spots, from Ipanema Beach to the lagoon. Tour the botanical gardens, stopping to enjoy a refreshing coconut water. Discover the real Rio on this half-day bike tour, which offers a unique local perspective and unparalleled views of the city. Things to see and do •• Samba all night long in Lapa and experience the ‘Carioca’ lifestyle •• See Rio from Sugarloaf Mountain •• Travel through the Tijuca Rainforest by cogwheel train, to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain
  • 38. Santiago Set against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped Andean mountains, Chile’s capital is a mix of old and new. Modern skyscrapers sit alongside historic buildings and an efficient subway system delivers you to all manner of attractions. Santiago’s a great base for regional exploration – head to a ski resort, sample some wine or catch a flight to remote Easter Island. Be sure to visit the seaport city of Valparaiso, home to a colourful collection of crumbling mansions, cobblestone alleys and a series of funicular elevators (inclined cable cars). vivaholidays.com.au 36 SANTIAGO Hotels SANTIAGO Santa Magdalena 111, Providencia, Santiago Located in the exclusive financial and commercial area of Providencia. Near art galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, tour desk, parking. Accommodation: 128 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, bathrobes. PRICE FROM $106* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Four Points by Sheraton TTTT V Standard room San Antonio 65, Santiago Set in the heart of Santiago’s downtown, in a lovely historic setting. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, tour desk, business centre, parking. Accommodation: 155 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM$84* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Hotel Galerias TTTT Standard room Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins 136, Santiago Located at the entrance to Providencia Avenue, near to the business and cultural center of the city. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, business centre, parking, tennis court. Accommodation: 293 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee PRICE FROM$101* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Crowne Plaza Hotel Santiago TTTTT V Standard room Avenida Santa Maria 1742, Santiago Walking distance to Pablo Neruda’s house and San Cristobal Hill. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool, health spa centre, gym/ fitness centre, parking, shop, tennis court. Accommodation: 379 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $108* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Sheraton Santiago Hotel TTTTT F Standard room Carmencita 45, Las Condes, Santiago Within walking distance of the attractions and sights. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym/fitness centre, parking. Accommodation: 49 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, kitchenette, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer. Value: Full breakfast. PRICE FROM $80* per person per night twin share.Based on best available daily rate^ Director El Golf TTTT V Twin room Things to see and do •• Take a day trip to Vina del Mar, Chile’s stylish seaside resort and the fishing village of Valparaiso, both only one hour from Santiago •• Walk or ride the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, the highest hill in Santiago, for a panoramic view of the city and the splendid peaks of the Andes •• Visit the animated Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the city, and its beautiful colonial edifices
  • 39. 37 PERU Touring South America PERU *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. ^Best available daily rate refers to the lowest price available as at 19 Jan 13 and may change at the discretion of the hotel or tour operator. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1: Lima Explore the gardens and beaches of Miraflores. Day 2: Pisco Wander the streets of Lima before heading to Pisco, the perfect place to unwind with a Pisco sour. Day 3: Nazca Take an optional trip to the Paracas National Reserve, a haven for pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos and sea lions. See the dramatic sand dunes of Huacachina before heading to one of the world’s most mysterious archaeological sites, the Nazca Lines. Discover the desert cemetery of Chauchilla; the arid conditions of the desert have naturally mummified the remains of the people buried here. Days 4-5: Arequipa Built at the foot of El Misti Volcano, Arequipa’s colonial charm is enchanting. Marvel at the gleaming buildings made from pale volcanic rock. Days 6-7: Chivay-Colca Canyon Spot llamas, alpacas and their cousins - vicunas - on the way to Chivay. Be impressed by the depth of the canyon while keeping an eye out for the resident Andean condors, one of the world’s largest flying birds. In the evening, relax in thermal baths, dine on a llama steak or listen to live Andean music at a pena. Experience traditional local life staying with a family on a homestay in the Colca Canyon. Days 8-10: Puno-Lake Titicaca Cross the Andes to explore the vast expanse of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the ‘floating islands’ and learn about island culture during a homestay with a local family. Days 11-12: Cuzco Discover Inca ruins and baroque churches in the continent’s oldest city. Then perhaps take a local bus to the Sacred Valley or have lunch at Aldea Yanapay Café - all profits go to supporting Cuzco’s underprivileged kids. Days 13-16: Inca Trail-Machu Picchu Embark on the trek of a lifetime through dense forest and along high plateau, up the steps of the Sun Gate and down to the Machu Picchu ruins. Spend a day exploring and learning about these fascinating ancient ruins. Day 17: Cuzco Shop or rest those weary legs at a café around the Plaza de Armas. Days 18-19: Amazon Jungle Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Travel by canoe into the lush Amazon Jungle to stay in an eco-friendly lodge. Explore the jungle with local guides to spot unique flora and faunas and learn about the practical and medicinal uses of native plants. Days 20-21: Lima Soak up Lima’s colourful history before bidding ‘adios’ to wonderful Peru. Departures: Selected Thursdays and Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGSA Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: For further details and specific notes regarding hiking the Inca Trail, please see Trip Notes. A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights, the single supplement is not available: Days 6–7 Colca Canyon, Day 9 Lake Titicaca, Days 13–15 Inca Trail, Days 18–19 Amazon Jungle. Carbon Emissions Offset 565 kg per person. PERU Lima Cuzco Lake Titicaca Arequipa Pisco Nazca Colca Canyon Puno Amazon Jungle Machu Picchu Inca Trail Chivay Sacred Valley Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (13 nights), homestay (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (3 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights) Transport: Plane, bus, bus, boat, canoe Meals: 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Peru Encompassed 21 days/20 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $3395* per person based on 2 adults travelling Based on selected departures 15 Jun 13-14 Dec 13 Peru - Hugh Blomfield Peru
  • 40. vivaholidays.com.au 38 PERU Touring South America PERU PERU Lima Cuzco Lake Titicaca Puno Ollantaytambo Amazon Jungle Machu Picchu BOLIVIA La Paz Sacred Valley Inca Trail Day 1: Lima Arrive in the capital of Peru, Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city’s major sights. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores is full of cafes, bars and restaurants so why not use free time to sample local gastronomic delights. Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies all coexist in this amazing ecosystem. Learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants from a local guide. Day 4: Cuzco The heart and soul of Peru is definitely beating in Cuzco, a great town to explore on foot. Discover colonial churches and cathedrals as well as impressive Inca ruins dotted around the city. Day 5: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo Travel by private bus through this lush, terraced valley on the outskirts of Cuzco, stopping at a village to gain insight into both modern and ancient Peru. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo - one of the few places the Incas defeated the Spanish. Days 6-9: Inca Trail-Machu Picchu Accompanied by porters, cooks and a local guide, embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail. Take in the sights and sounds of this ancient route, hiking across high plateaus and through dense forests, stopping to observe the ruins of villages and temples along the way. After all that hard work, take the time to explore stunning Machu Picchu - an unforgettable sight worthy of many photos. Day 10: Cuzco Get reacquainted with Cuzco. Browse the food stalls of the bustling central market, pick up some colourful woollen garments or enjoy a more relaxed pace in one of the many cafes. Days 11-13: Puno-Lake Titicaca On the border of Bolivia and Peru, Puno and mystical Lake Titicaca are nestled 3,800m above sea level, making Lake Titicaca the world’s highest navigable lake. Cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds. Sail to Taquile Island where the handmade woollens are strictly crafted by men. Make new friends and enjoy local hospitality on a family homestay. Days 14-15: La Paz Travel to Bolivia’s capital La Paz and hit the markets to pick up some souvenirs. The Witches’ Market sells a quirky collection of herbs, folk remedies, amulets and other items used in traditional rituals. Departures: Selected Mondays and Wednesdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGSQ Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle, Days 6-8 Inca Trail, Day 12 Lake Titicaca. Carbon Emission Offset 788kg per person. PRICE FROM $2895* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), homestay (1 night), hotel (8 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights) Transport: Boat, bus, canoe, plane Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Sacred Land of Incas 15 days/14 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel Peru - Marianne Lim PERU B R A Z I L C H I L EA R G E N T I N A P A R A G U A Y Lima Galapagos Manaus Cuzco Lake Titicaca Puno Ollantaytambo Amazon Jungle Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes Sacred Valley Inca Trail Day 1: Lima Welcome to Peru! Plaza Mayor, in Lima’s historic centre, the ideal place to begin an exploration of the city’s churches, palaces and ornate colonial mansions. Try the local seafood specialty - ceviche. Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle The call of exotic birds and dense jungle awaits. Learn about the Amazon’s complex ecosystem on a hike with a local guide. Day 4: Cuzco Become acquainted with Cuzco on a stroll around the city centre. Cuzco is a melting pot of Spanish and Inca influences, rich in history and legend. Visit a coca tea shop - tasting included - then haggle for wares at the colourful San Pedro market. Day 5: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo See woolly llamas, and locals dressed in brightly coloured traditional clothes on a trip through the spectacularly terraced Sacred Valley. Stay overnight in the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo and visit its fortress, which played a crucial role in Inca history. Day 6-7: Cuzco (start of Inca Trail) Make the most of two days in the epicenter of the Inca empire. Top off the stay here with a trip out to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. Alternatively, you can opt to hike the Inca Trail for the following four days. Day 8: Aguas Calientes Reach the mountain village of Aguas Calientes by train. Spend free time soaking in the natural hot springs or take an optional sneak peek of Machu Picchu. Days 9-10: Machu Picchu-Cuzco Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and be sure to have cameras ready - these ruins are seriously photogenic. Return to Cuzco for more sightseeing. The cathedral - built on the foundations of an Inca palace - is well worth a visit. Why not have lunch at Aldea Yanapay Cafe? All proceeds go towards helping Cuzco’s underprivileged kids. Days 11-12: Puno-Lake Titicaca Be enchanted by the striking scenery and unique cultures on a cruise around Lake Titicaca. Stop by the amazing floating Uros islands which are created entirely from reeds. Then call into Taquile Island for some woollen handicrafts. Days 13-14: Lima Discover a pre-Inca burial ground at Sillustani. End this adventure back by the seaside in Lima. Departures: Selected Sundays and Fridays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: GGKIC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Name and passport number are required at time of booking. A single supplement is available on this trip. The single supplement is not available on Days 6-8 if you choose to hike the Inca Trail. Carbon Emission Offset 854kg per person. PRICE FROM $3150* per person based on 2 adults travelling Selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (11 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights) Transport: Boat, bus, canoe, plane, train Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Peruvian Pathways 14 days/13 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel Peru - Ben Brown
  • 41. 39 PERU Touring South America PERU *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1: Lima Uncover the treasures of the capital of Peru on a walking tour, beginning with the bustling downtown area. Day 2: Paracas Watch Peru’s fascinating landscapes fly by on the way to beautiful Paracas. Perhaps spend the afternoon exploring the Paracas National Reserve to see the incredible array of bird and wildlife species that live here. Day 3: Nazca Travel to Pisco and boat around the wild Ballestas Islands before stopping off at Ica’s sprawling sand dunes. Sample Peru’s tipple of choice at a Pisco distillery before crossing the desert to reach the puzzling Nazca Lines. Days 4-5: Arequipa Get acquainted with the ‘White City’ of Arequipa that dazzles in the sunlight, an effect created by the pale volcanic rock used to construct most of the buildings. Days 6-7: Puno-Lake Titicaca Learn about the incredible pre-Inca funerary towers at Sillustani. The floating reed islands of the Uros people are sure to fascinate during a boat tour of majestic Lake Titicaca. Pick up some handmade gifts on Taquile Island, famous for its knitted goods made, under strict tradition, by men only. Days 8-9: Cuzco This city’s status as the hub of the Inca Empire is apparent in its traditions and architecture. Taste coca tea and join the throngs at the busy San Pedro market. Day 10: Sacred Valley-Ollantaytambo Meet locals and learn about life in the fertile valley - a great opportunity to pick up a bit of Quechua, the language of the Incas. Visit a valley community and admire the perfectly geometric Ollantaytambo ruins. Day 11: Aguas Calientes Soak in thermal baths surrounded by cloud forest, high in the Andes. Days 12-13: Machu Picchu-Cuzco Enjoy a guided walk through the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, learning the history of this ancient site and marvelling at its structure and setting. Thought to have been constructed around 1440, some evidence hints it has existed for much longer. One theory suggests it was built as an astrological observatory. Take the time to contemplate and admire these incredible ruins and reflect on one of the world’s great wonders. Days 14-15: Lima Journey back to Lima and bargain at the markets for that perfect memento. Celebrate the end of the adventure with a Pisco sour. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: GGKP Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Passport name and number are required at time of booking. Delays in providing this information may result in third party booking fees. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 1132kg per person. PERU Sacred Valley Lima Cuzco Arequipa Pisco Nazca Ollantaytambo Puno Lake Titicaca Inca Trail Ballestas Islands Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (14 nights) Transport: Plane, bus, boat, train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Peru Majestic Peru 15 days/14 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $2940* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Peru - Chris Cordall
  • 42. vivaholidays.com.au 40 PERU Touring South America PERU PERULima Cuzco Ollantaytambo Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes Inca Trail Sacred Valley Day 1: Lima Welcome to the captivating heart of Peru. The Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Lima’s historic centre, is an excellent place to begin explorations of the Peruvian capital. Nearby, the Museo de la Inquisicion offers an insight into the Spanish Inquisition and the beautiful Monasterio de San Francisco houses some fascinating catacombs and interesting art. Why not search out some of Peru’s more intriguing cuisine in the eclectic suburb of Miraflores before mixing with the locals in one of the many buzzing bars. Day 2: Cuzco Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco’s lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Take the opportunity to taste unique mate de coca (coca tea). Day 3: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo Travel through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. Days 4-7: Inca Trail-Machu Picchu-Cuzco Trek the Inca trail, which once linked this ancient Peruvian Empire. The ancient paths wind around mountains, across high, rocky plateau, through dense cloud forest and past crumbling temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain peaks - including the 4,198m high Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) - and camp out in the evenings. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, and see mystical Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment to take it all in before descending to the famous site to spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco. Day 8: Cuzco Still seeking adventure? An optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River provides whitewater rafting or mountain-biking thrills. For those with weary legs, have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, part of a self-sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged kids of Cuzco with health and education facilities. Departures: Selected Saturdays and Mondays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGTBC Trip Theme: Walking Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZZz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip except for days 5-7. Carbon Emissions Offset 434kg per person. PRICE FROM $1790* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), hotel (4 nights) Transport: Minibus, plane, train Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Inca Trail 8 days/7 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel Peru PRICE FROM $1790* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 PERU Lima Cuzco Lake Titicaca Ollantaytambo Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes Sacred Valley Inca Trail Day 1: Lima See the major sights of Peru’s capital on a walking tour of this city shrouded in history. In free time, why not hit the intriguing Monasterio de San Francisco to explore the dark tunnels that lead to an eerie underground cemetery. Or perhaps dine out at a restaurant in the funky Miraflores area of Lima. Day 2: Cuzco Discover the historical sights of Cuzco on a guided walking tour. Learn about the country’s famed coca tea in the city’s fascinating Coca Museum and explore the colourful alleyways of the market. Day 3: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo Learn about the local lifestyle and admire the picturesque scenery on a drive through the beautiful Sacred Valley. Browse markets for traditional handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language during a community visit. Spend the night in ancient Ollantaytambo. Days 4-5: Cuzco With ample free time - and an entry ticket to many of Cuzco’s fascinating attractions - it’ll be easy to go exploring here. Head out to see the archaeological sites of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo and Tambomachay, all of which are located just on the outskirts of town. Day 6: Aguas Calientes Travel by train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes through the winding, fertile Urubamba Valley. Aguas Calientes is the gateway to Machu Picchu and home to simmering hot springs. Enjoy a restorative soak in the springs during the afternoon. Alternatively, why not take a short walk to a nearby waterfall or visit a butterfly farm. Day 7: Machu Picchu-Cuzco Wake early for a morning bus ride to monumental Machu Picchu. Spend the day exploring the ancient ruins with a local guide. Marvel at the timeless structures, reminders of a once-powerful empire. The scale of Machu Picchu is truly impressive and offers many iconic photo opportunities. Return to Cuzco after a day of awesome adventuring. Day 8: Cuzco Say farewell to the colours of Cuzco. Why not take the time to sample local cuisine or browse the shops and markets to pick up a memento before departing. Departures: Saturdays and selected Mondays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGSBC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 434kg per person. Beautiful Machu Picchu 8 days/7 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel Peru - John Riddle Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights) Transport: Bus, plane, train, mini bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 43. 41 PERU,BOLIVIAANDGALAPAGOS Touring South America PERU, BOLIVIA AND GALAPAGOS *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Ollantaytambo PERU BOLIVIA A R G E N T I N A Lima Cuzco Lake Titicaca Puno La Paz Potosi Sucre Salar de Uyuni Uyuni Machu Picchu Inca Trail Sacred Valley Amazon Jungle Day 1: Lima Arrive in Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city’s major sights. Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Day 4: Cuzco The heart and soul of Peru is definitely beating in Cuzco, a great town to explore on foot. Discover colonial churches and cathedrals as well as impressive Inca ruins dotted around the city. Day 5: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo Travel through this lush, terraced valley on the outskirts of Cuzco, stopping at a village to gain insight into both modern and ancient Peru. Spend the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Days 6-9: Inca Trail-Machu Picchu Embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail. Take in the sights and sounds of this ancient route, hiking across high plateau and through dense forests. After all that hard work, take the time to explore stunning Machu Picchu - an unforgettable sight. Day 10: Cuzco Get reacquainted with Cuzco. Browse the food stalls of the bustling central market, or enjoy a more relaxed pace in one of the many cafes. Days 11-13: Puno-Lake Titicaca On the border of Bolivia and Peru, cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands then sail to Taquile Island where the handmade woollens are strictly crafted by men. Days 14-16: La Paz Acclimatise to the heights of La Paz by exploring the alleys and markets of this bustling city. Hop on a local bus to view the surreal rocky landscapes of the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley). Days 17-19: Uyuni-Salar de Uyuni Explore the strange and stunning landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni by 4x4, where infinite blue skies meet endless white salt on what was once a prehistoric lake. Discover Bolivia’s vivid lakes and geysers and spot cute and quirky llamas and sociable flamingos along the way. Days 20-21: Potosi Learn about the bleak past of what was once the world’s richest city. Take the opportunity to head underground into the depths of a tin mine. Days 22-23: Sucre Travel to Sucre and spend time wandering amid whitewashed colonial buildings in Bolivia’s capital. Days 24-25: La Paz Return to La Paz by plane. Use free time to get to know a different side of this city at the Witches’ Market, a place full of unusual trinkets and a host of curious sights. Departures: Selected Wednesdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGSUC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle, Days 6-8 Inca Trail, Day 12 Lake Titicaca, Days 21-22 Salar de Uyuni. Carbon Emission Offset 1170kg per person.PRICE FROM $3780* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), dormitory (1 night), homestay (1 night), hotel (16 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights), overnight bus (1 night) Transport: Boat, bus, canoe, overnight bus, plane Meals: 18 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners Explore Peru Bolivia 25 days/24 nights From: Lima Operated by: Intrepid Travel Bolivia PERU BOLIVIA ECUADOR Lima Galapagos Islands Cuzco Puno La Paz Amazon Jungle Ollantaytambo Machu Picchu Inca Trail LakeTiticaca Quito Sacred Valley Day 1: Quito Travel to Quito and discover this vibrant city resting beneath Volcan Pichincha. Explore the picturesque streets and cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. Days 2-3: Isla San Cristobal Head off to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. Saddle up on mountain bikes for a ride around the island, before a welcome dinner back in town. The next day, visit Isla de Lobos and Cerro Brujo Beach to swim or snorkel with playful sea lions. Days 4-6: Isla Floreana-Isla Isabela Glimpse dolphins frolicking in the waves and experience some of the Galapagos’s best diving and snorkelling at Isla Floreana. On day 6, get a bird’s-eye view of this magical landscape from Sierra Negra volcano. Days 7-8: Isla Santa Cruz Greet the day kayaking in pristine waters in search of the Galapagos penguin, before making tracks to Isla Santa Cruz. Day 9: Quito Journey into the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the amazing lava tunnels and witness the Giant Tortoise in the wild. Then fly back to the mainland to Quito and enjoy some free time exploring the city. Day 10: Lima Arrive in the capital of Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city’s major sights. Days 11-12: Amazon Jungle Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Day 13: Cuzco The heart and soul of Peru is definitely beating in Cuzco, a great town to explore on foot. Day 14: Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo Travel by private bus to Cuzco, stopping at a village to gain insight into both modern and ancient Peru. Days 15-18: Inca Trail-Machu Picchu Embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail. Stop to observe the ruins of villages and temples along the way then explore stunning Machu Picchu. Day 19: Cuzco Browse the food stalls of the bustling central market. Days 20-22: Puno-Lake Titicaca Cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds and then on to to Taquile Island. Days 23-24: La Paz On to La Paz,to explore the markets to pick up some souvenirs. The Witches’ Market sells a quirky collection of herbs, folk remedies, amulets and other items used in traditional rituals. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GGSYC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: The international flight from Quito to Lima on day 10 of this trip is not included in the price. A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle, Days 15-17 Inca Trail, Day 21 Lake Titicaca. Carbon Emission Offset 1075kg per person. PRICE FROM $5555* per person based on 2 adults travelling Selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), homestay (1 night), hotel (17 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights) Transport: Bicycle, boat, bus, plane Meals: 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Galapagos Peru Adventure 24 days/23 nights From: Quito Operated by: Intrepid Travel Ecuador - Nick Geal
  • 44. vivaholidays.com.au 42 ANTARCTICAANDARGENTINA Touring South America ANTARCTICA AND ARGENTINA ANTARCTIC PENINSULA ARGENTINA CHILE Ushuaia South Shetland Islands Drake Passage Day 1: Ushuaia A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities. Day 2: Embarkation The beautiful Beagle Channel, which links Ushuaia with the Drake Passage, is particularly rich with birdlife - penguins, cormorants, petrels and albatross can all be seen here. Days 3-4: Drake Passage The infamous Drake Passage is a fascinating place where the raw power of nature is always on display - seabirds circle overhead and whales happily cruise these waters. Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands the Antarctic Peninsula The coldest, windiest, driest and iciest continent, Antarctica is a land of spectacular scenery, epic adventure and some of the world’s most iconic wildlife. Days 9-10: Drake Passage Named for the famed English explorer Sir Frances Drake, the 800km-wide Drake Passage separates the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the bottom of South America. Day 11: Ushuaia Renowned as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia has plenty to offer the many adventurers who pass through: nice restaurants, interesting museums and the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. Departures: Selected dates from November to March. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GQMZ Trip Theme: Marine, Wildlife Physical: Zzzzz Culture Shock: Zzzzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 1232kg per person. PRICE FROM $6120* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-6 Jan 14 Price Includes Accommodation: Cruise ship (9 nights), hotel (1 night) Transport: Ship, zodiac Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Antarctic Explorer 11 days/10 nights From: Ushuaia Operated by: Intrepid Travel Antarctica - Kim Steele Day 1: Buenos Aires Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife. Days 2-3: El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier Surrounded by snowy-mountain peaks and endless grass plains, El Calafate is famed for its proximity to the Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier is a glorious, electric-blue mass of ice that occasionally breaks dramatically into Lago Argentino. Days 4-6: El Chalten/Glacier National Park/El Calafate The small village of El Chalten, nestled between picturesque mountains within Glacier National Park, is mainly a campsite for visitors, albeit a spectacular one. Originally a place for wool traders to gather, El Calafate has grown into a charming town with lots of restaurants and outdoor activities on offer. Days 7-9: Torres del Paine to National Park Located in the wilds of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes with glaciers, lakes and dramatic mountain peaks. Day 10: Punta Arenas Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas is now a vibrant port city with plenty of museums, historic sites and shops to keep you entertained. Days 11-13: Ushuaia A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities. Days 14-15: Buenos Aires From working-class La Boca to the well-to-do streets of Recoleta, Buenos Aires is comprised of many distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own unique style to explore. Departures: Selected Sundays from October to April Trip Style: Original Trip Code: GPTU Trip Theme: Walking Physical: ZZZZz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Some accommodation may be multi-share. Carbon Emissions Offset 1326kg per person. PRICE FROM $3595* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights), bed breakfast (3 nights), camping with basic facilities (3 nights) Transport: Plane, boat, local bus Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Patagonia Wilderness 15 days/14 nights From: Buenos Aires Operated by: Intrepid Travel CHILE ARGENTINA Buenos Aires Ushuaia El Calafate El Chalten/ Glacier NP Perito Moreno Glacier Torres del Paine NP Puerto Natales Punta Arenas
  • 45. 43 ARGENTINA,CHILEANDBRAZIL Touring South America ARGENTINA, CHILE AND BRAZIL *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. South Georgia FALKLAND/MALVINAS ISLANDS A T L A N T I C O C E A N C A R I B B E A N S E A P A C I F I C O C E A N P A C I F I C O C E A N BRAZIL ARGENTINA Sao Paulo Galapagos Rio de Janeiro Iguazu Falls Buenos Aires Paraty Days 1-2: Buenos Aires Take a walk around the cosmopolitan city streets and sample local fare along the way. Meat lovers will go wild over the famous Argentinean steaks, while those with a sweet tooth will delight in the caramel cookie-like treats called alfajores. Stay up late to dance the sensual tango in a musical milonga or shop up a storm in elegant boutiques. Days 3-4: Iguazu Falls Discover the jaw-dropping magnitude of Iguazu Falls, where tropical flowers, colourful butterflies and misty rainbows all add to the magic of this spectacular destination. The mighty roar of the falls is deafening, so be prepared to be blown away by witnessing the power of nature in action. Admire the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side or, for those wanting a different perspective, why not try a boat tour of the falls, which offers up close views. Days 5-6: Paraty Explore the old Portuguese port town of Paraty, strolling around its cobblestone streets, petite boutiques, art galleries and flourishing courtyard gardens. A boat trip to the nearby islands is a relaxing way to spend the day and an excellent chance to splash about in the clear, temperate waters of the bay. Days 7-8: Rio de Janeiro There is plenty to see and do in flamboyant, rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. Check out the views from the feet of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, or why not head to the top of Sugarloaf by cable car. For some seriously eye-popping people watching, head down to the white-sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The only way to truly experience this city is to try to keep up with it! Departures: Selected Sundays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: GPKB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: This trip also runs in reverse - see Trip Code (GPKD). Passport name and number are required at time of booking. Delays in providing this information may result in third party booking fees. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 1185kg per person. PRICE FROM $2170* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (7 nights) Transport: Plane, boat, bus, minibus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Best of Argentina and Brazil 8 days/7 nights From: Buenos Aires Operated by: Intrepid Travel Rio de Janeiro - Valeri Thoermer CHILE ARGENTINA Buenos Aires Mendoza Santiago Bariloche Days 1-2: Santiago Get to know Chile’s cosmopolitan capital, Santiago, from its picturesque Plaza de Armas to its web of interesting shops. With a thriving café culture and booming arts scene, Santiago is bold and brilliant. Looking for great food and music? Then why not dance and dine in the bohemian Barrio Bellavista. Days 3-4: Mendoza Welcome to gorgeous Mendoza, the centre of Argentina’s wine production. Learn about Argentina’s winemaking on a vineyard tour and take the chance to sample some Malbec wine - the region’s signature variety. Enjoy spending time in the cafés of the beautiful city centre, which is lined with parks and trees. At night, become a part of the thriving local nightlife by heading out to Aristides Villanueva street, full of lively bars and pubs. Days 5-6: Bariloche Take an optional hike around the base of Cerro Catedral or hit the slopes for some world-class skiing (seasonal). Bariloche is also renowned for its fine restaurants and chocolates, so why not indulge in some local epicurean delights. Days 7-8: Buenos Aires With strong European influences, Argentina’s Buenos Aires is a top spot to shop, dine, drink and celebrate life. Stroll the streets of the city’s unique barrios (neighbourhoods) such as colonial San Telmo or Recoleta, home to many interesting museums. The shops and boutiques are excellent destinations for fashionistas and the bars and restaurants will satisfy culinary cravings. There is no shortage of fun to be had in Buenos Aires! Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: GPKG Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: This trip also runs in reverse; see trip code GPKU. Passport name and number are required at time of booking. Delays in providing this information may result in third party booking fees. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 1117kg per person. PRICE FROM $2195* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights) Transport: Bus, plane, minibus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Best of Chile and Argentina 8 days/7 nights From: Santiago Operated by: Intrepid Travel Buenos Aires - Eloise Zanoni
  • 46. vivaholidays.com.au 44 SOUTHAMERICA Touring SOUTH AMERICA ARGENTINA URUGUAY BRAZIL Rio de Janeiro Foz do Iguazu Buenos Aires Colonia Montevideo Paraty Ilha Grande Sao Paulo Estancia Stay Day 1: Buenos Aires Explore the colourful barrios (neighborhoods) of Buenos Aires such as lively La Boca, funky Palermo Soho or bohemian San Telmo with its atmospheric plaza, dusty antique stores and moody cafes. Recoleta Cemetery is also one of the most impressive historical attractions in Buenos Aires. Day 2: Colonia Hop aboard a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Stroll quirky narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant or admire the mix of sandstone architecture. Day 3: Montevideo Travel to the vibrant city of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Tour through busy streets and perhaps visit the Mercado del Puerto to feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meat and listen to local music. Days 4-7: Estancia Stay Enjoy a taste of the simple life on a traditional estancia (ranch) stay. Perhaps muck in with farm chores, herd sheep or work in the garden. At the end of each day, get together and share some hearty Uruguayan home cooking. Days 8-9: Foz do Iguazu Jump at the chance to visit the most breathtaking of all Argentina attractions, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Cross narrow walkways and peer over the ledge to watch thousands of litres of water thundering into the Iguazu River. Spectacular views from either the Brazilian or Argentinean side makes a visit to Iguazu truly memorable. Days 10-12: Paraty Travel to Paraty to indulge in some R and R Brazilian style. Walk through cobblestone streets or explore the beaches, trails and waterfalls of nearby national parks. Days 13-15: Ilha Grande With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is one of the most superb places to visit in Brazil. On this island getaway, relax with a caipirinha or hike through the forests to discover Praia Lopes Mendes, one of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches. Days 16-17: Rio de Janeiro What better place to end a sensational Argentina and Brazil tour than rowdy Rio de Janeiro! Catch a local music show in Santa Teresa, relax in the lush Jardim Botanico or watch the sunset on Ipanema beach with a refreshing agua de coco (coconut water) in hand. Departures: Selected Mondays Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: GGRS Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 362kg per person PRICE FROM $2195* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hacienda (3 nights), hotel (11 nights), overnight bus (1 night) Transport: Bus, ferry, overnight bus, plane Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 days/16 nights From: Buenos Aires Operated by: Intrepid Travel Brazil G ulf o f C a lifo rn ia PACIFIC OCEAN BELIZE GUATEMALA MEXICO San Ignacio Flores Playa del Carmen Caye Caulker Antigua Tikal Tulum Days 1-2: Antigua Take to the colourful streets of Antigua to admire the well-maintained colonial buildings and cobbled laneways. Perhaps venture up Cerro de la Cruz during the day to see the city framed by mountains. Days 3-4: Flores-Tikal Explore narrow lanes, pastel-coloured buildings and tiny shops in a real gem of Guatemala, Flores. Wake up early to tour the ruins of Tikal. Soaring above the jungle, these enormous limestone temples are some of the most magnificent of all the Mayan ruins, with the Tikal Pyramid itself being particularly spectacular. Days 5-6: San Ignacio Cross the border into easygoing Belize. Travel to San Ignacio town to enjoy a range of optional activities from tubing down the river to exploring the eerie Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, which is full of Mayan relics and crystallised skeletons. Days 7-9: Caye Caulker Arrive at Caye Caulker, off the coast of Belize, and discover a relaxed island with a distinctly Caribbean feel. Soak up the sun, swim in the warm waters or take an optional visit to Hol Chan Marine Reserve to dive with sharks. Enjoy feasting on some of Belize’s legendary freshly- caught seafood at one of Caye Caulker’s many beachside restaurants. Day 10: Tulum Cross the border into Mexico and travel up the coast to reach a tranquil beach haven. Laze on the powdery shoreline or explore the famous ruins in Tulum, which occupy one of the region’s most breathtaking locations - a cliff top overlooking a palm-fringed beach. Days 11-13: Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen is a vibrant beach town and the perfect place to have some more fun in the sun. Snorkel among the mangroves, swim in pristine blue water, walk along the white sands or enjoy a final fiesta to bid farewell to Central America. After all, what trip to Mexico would be complete without a few margaritas? Departures: Selected Mondays Trip Style: Original Trip Code: QVSB Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Offset Emission 244 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1135* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (12 nights) Transport: Bus, boat, minibus Meals: No meals included Best of Guatemala and Mexico 13 days/ 12 nights From: Antigua Operated by: Intrepid Travel Guatemala - Sally Johnson
  • 47. 45 MEXICO,GUATEMALABELIZE Touring Central Latin America MEXICO, GUATEMALA BELIZE *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. BELIZE GUATEMALA MEXICO Panajachel Palenque Chichicastenango San Cristobal de las Casas San Ignacio Flores Cancun Playa del Carmen Caye Caulker Merida Chichen Itza Antigua Tikal Tulum San Jorge La Laguna Day 1: Cancun Laze on powdery white beaches, swim in the warm waters or simply relax at a bar with a margarita and enjoy the luxury Cancun has to offer. Enjoy a brief guided walk through this busy resort town. Day 2: Chichen Itza-Merida See the ancient city of Chichen Itza and marvel at some of the finest examples of Mayan architecture. Spend the night in the colonial splendour of Merida, the gem of the Yucatan Peninsula. Days 3-4: Palenque Stroll around Mexico’s jungle-tangled Palenque ruins and admire temple walls sculpted with images of gods, rulers and ceremonies. Days 5-6: San Cristobal de las Casas Head to the cooler climes of San Cristobal de las Casas, a city rich in local culture and tasty cuisine. Take an optional day trip to San Juan Chamula. Day 7: Panajachel Cross the border into Guatemala to the lakeside town of Panajachel. Perhaps head out on an optional cruise on beautiful Lake Atitlan. Day 8: San Jorge La Laguna Brush up on some Spanish and enjoy a home- cooked meal with a friendly host family on a homestay. Days 9-11: Chichicastenango- Antigua Browse the famous market in Chichicastenango and bargain for some of Guatemala’s best handicrafts. Head over to Antigua and experience a colonial city flanked by smouldering volcanoes. Days 12-13: Flores-Tikal Mosey down to Flores and unwind in a town where canoes are still a mode of transport. Take a dip in Lago Peten Itza, spy scarlet macaws darting through the forest canopy and be awestruck by Tikal’s ruins towering above the jungle. Days 14-15: San Ignacio Get off the beaten track and journey into stunning Belize. Surrounded by fast-flowing rivers and forested hills, this is a great base to see the San Ignacio ruins. Days 16-18: Caye Caulker Kick back on a white-sand beach off the coast of Belize or take an optional dive in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see coral, tropical fish, sharks and manta rays. Day 19: Tulum Say ‘hola’ to Mexico and laze on the sands or watch the sun set over the sea from the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Feel the magic of this idyllic setting and prepare for staggering views over the Mexican coastline. Days 20-22: Playa del Carmen Take a final chance for some souvenir shopping, have some fun in the sun or enjoy the easygoing Mexican nightlife. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: QVSCC Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Offset Emission 413kg per person. PRICE FROM $2080* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (20 nights), homestay (1 night) Transport: Bus, minibus, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Mayan Highlights 22 days/ 21 nights From: Cancun Operated by: Intrepid Travel Mexico - Salvador Garza MEXICO Palenque San Cristobal de las Casas Playa del Carmen Merida Chichen Itza Oaxaca Puebla Mexico City Days 1-2: Mexico City The centre of this buzzing metropolis still moves to the beat of its Aztec heart. Hit the town Mexican-style for a night of mariachi music or escape the crowds on an optional day trip to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco. Days 3-4: Puebla Start the day with a ride on one of Mexico’s colourful buses to Puebla. Soak up the city’s colonial charm, visit the market for handicrafts, try some mouth-watering mole poblano or head out for an optional hike to a nearby volcano. Days 5-7: Oaxaca In town, peruse the main plaza and take in the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Perhaps head out to the impressive Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban. Satisfy culinary cravings by sampling Oaxaca’s famous chocolate and cheese. The more adventurous may want to try the local delicacies - chocolate-covered grasshopper or mescal, complete with a worm at the bottom of the bottle. Days 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas Enjoy the cool climes of Mexico’s mountains. Venture to the hills to explore local villages, or why not take a day trip to Sumidero Canyon. For a slower pace, stop in at a cafe and sample coffee from one of the world’s premier coffee growing regions. Days 10-11: Palenque These ruins are one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Mexico. Climb the temples - the best vantage point for spying on the exotic wildlife of the surrounding Chiapas jungle. Nearby, cool down in the Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, a shimmering invitation too good to refuse! Days 12-13: Merida Journey to the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cruise the mansion-lined Paseo Montejo, hang out in the Plaza Grande or hit the clubs to learn some dance moves. Spice up your life and try El Yucateco, a hot sauce guaranteed to blow taste buds away. Merida is also an ideal base for an optional visit to the incredible Uxmal ruins. Days 14-15: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen Stand in awe of the incredible ruins of Chichen Itza, which was once an ancient ceremonial centre. Follow the scent of fresh sea air to the cool Caribbean. In free time, opt to go snorkelling, swimming or diving around nearby reefs and islands - or simply unwind on palm- fringed beaches, relax and sip cold margaritas while watching a spectacular, golden sunset. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: QVRM Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 125kg per person PRICE FROM $1135* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotels (13 nights), overnight bus (1 night) Transport: Bus, metro, overnight bus Meals: No meals included Mexico Unplugged 15 days/14 nights From: Mexico City Operated by: Intrepid Travel Mexico - Cameron Gaze
  • 48. vivaholidays.com.au 46 CUBA Touring Central America CUBA CUBA Trinidad Cienfuegos Camaguey Santiago de Cuba BaracoaHavana Day 1: Havana Swinging to the beat of the rumba, Havana is unlike any other capital in the world. Wander through crumbling boulevards and plazas to revel in the charm of this vibrant city. Be sure to try a Coppelia ice cream - the lines are worth it - and don’t miss a stroll along the Malecon at sunset. Day 2: Cienfuegos Call into the Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara to learn about this much-loved revolutionary’s extraordinary life. Stop by the Palacio del Valle, the architectural pride of Cienfuegos, and soak up the relaxed vibe of this town. Days 3-5: Trinidad Home to Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar cane plantations pan out across the land. Playa Ancon is close by and there’s plenty of time to relax on its long, unspoiled beaches. Make an optional visit to a folklore dance and music show to see mambo, cha-cha-cha and rumba intertwined with Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies. Days 6-7: Camaguey There is a lot of fun to be had getting lost among the winding streets of Camaguey. Find a café for a drink and enjoy the city views or visit the busy farmers’ market. Days 8-9: Santiago de Cuba This historical city played a pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution - but it is better known for its smooth tunes. Set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra and the azure Caribbean, this city’s historical centre retains a time-worn air ideal for photographers. After a day of sightseeing, stay out all night dancing to the Latin rhythms of Cuba’s sexy salsa in the city that gave birth to the dance. During the day explore the city’s wealth of museums and admire its colonial architecture. Days 10-12: Baracoa Travel to Baracoa. Climb over the old forts - built to withstand pirate raids - or explore the mountains and black-sand beaches. In town, seek out the Torcedores to see cigar rolling in action. Pick up some basic Spanish during an informal Spanish lesson. These newfound language skills are sure to come in handy during a fun salsa lesson the following day. Days 13-15: Havana Back in the capital, enjoy an orientation walk around historic Habana Veija (Old Havana) before bidding adios. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Original Trip Code: QUSH Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 563kg per person. PRICE FROM $1695* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nights), homestays (11 nights) Transport: Plane, minibus, bus Meals: 3 breakfasts Best of Cuba 15 days/14 nights From: Havana Operated by: Intrepid Travel Havana - Megan McChesney CUBA Trinidad Havana Cienfuegos Soroa Vinales Day 1: Havana Welcome to the sultry capital of Cuba. The best way to see Havana’s colonial buildings, elegant plazas, vintage cars and cigar-smoking musicians is by foot. Visit the Plaza de la Revolucion and pass giant monuments of the legendary Che Guevara and Jose Marti. The striking baroque facade of the Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana is a must-see. Days 2-3: Soroa / Vinales Tour the Cuban orchid gardens of Soroa en route to Vinales. One of Cuba’s most attractive areas, the fertile valleys and distinctive limestone ‘pincushion’ hills surrounding Vinales are well worth exploring on a walking tour. Get into the groove with an introductory group salsa lesson and be welcomed on a homestay with a friendly local family. Days 4-5: Trinidad Take time to explore Trinidad’s Spanish-style churches then head to Playa Ancon, a white, sandy beach where many hours slip lazily by. Alternatively, why not snorkel over Cuba’s colourful underwater world or hire a bike for a relaxing pedal around town. Enjoy an Afro- Cuban folklore dance and music show then practise newly learned salsa moves at one of Trinidad’s famous music venues. Day 6: Cienfuegos Journey to the port city Cubans call La Perla del Sur (‘The Pearl of the South’). Stop by the Palacio del Valle, the architectural pride of Cienfuegos. For a local pick-me-up why not try a Cuban coffee. It’s served strong, black and super sweet. Days 7-8: Havana Stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Mausoleo Che Guevara and learn about the legend and life of this famous revolutionary. Back in Havana, there is time for a final night of revelry. Anyone for some salsa? Departures: Selected Sundays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: QUKA Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A single supplement is available for this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 172kg per person. PRICE FROM $1465* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure dates 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Homestay (4 nights), hotel (3 nights) Transport: Minibus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Beautiful Cuba 8 days/7 nights From: Havana Operated by: Intrepid Travel Havana - Chiara Chiarello
  • 49. 47 CALIFORNIA,NEWYORKNIAGARAFALLS Touring North America CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK NIAGARA FALLS *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. San Francisco Death Valley Las Vegas Los Angeles Joshua Tree NP Yosemite NP Grand Canyon CALIFORNIA NEVADA ARIZONA Day 1: Los Angeles Discover golden beaches, palm-lined boulevards, skyscrapers and stardust in the sprawling county of Los Angeles. Day 2: Joshua Tree National Park Cruise through the arid desert of Southern California and head to Joshua Tree National Park. Take time to explore portions of this vast, eerie landscape that has mystified visitors for years - most notably U2, who named their 1987 album after the Joshua Tree Park’s resident yuccas. Cross the Colorado River and spend the night in Laughlin, Nevada. Day 3: Grand Canyon Road-trip into Arizona towards one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Inspiring, breathtaking, magnificent- the Grand Canyon is amazing from every angle. Walk along the canyon’s rim or take an optional scenic helicopter flight. Those feeling adventurous can choose to hike into the Grand Canyon’s interior. Days 4-5: Las Vegas Hit Route 66 and head towards ‘Sin City’, the entertainment capital of the USA. Strut down the iconic Vegas strip on a sightseeing tour, experience the glitz and glamour of a stage show, have a flutter on the gaming tables or pull up a seat at one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffets. Day 6: Death Valley Despite being one of the driest and hottest valleys on the planet, Death Valley is a fascinating place to visit. See epic sand dunes, volcanic craters and bizarre, sculpted rocks as well as flora and fauna that have adopted unique methods of survival under the harsh Californian sun. Be sure to have cameras ready as there is a wealth of photo opportunities to be had in Death Valley. Day 7: Yosemite National Park From its cascading waterfalls to its gemstone lakes, Yosemite National Park will truly impress with jaw-dropping beauty evident at every turn. Perhaps enjoy a hike to one of the lower Nevada Falls or maybe an easier stroll to picturesque Mirror Lake. Take time to soak in the sights, smells and sounds of this unforgettable setting. Day 8: San Francisco Leave Yosemite behind and head west to the ‘City by the Bay’ where this California Discovery tour comes to an end. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: SSRN Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: Zzzzz NOTE: Recommended earliest flight departure time is 8.00pm on day 8. Carbon Emission Offset 541 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1395* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departure 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), cabin (1 night), hostel (1 night) Transport: Van, private vehicle Meals: No meals included. An optional kitty payment of US$70 per week of your trip is used to pay for some group meals. California Discovery 8 days/7 nights from Los Angeles From: Los Angeles Operated by: Intrepid Travel Route 66 - Suntrek Washington DC Finger Lakes New York Niagara Falls NEW YORK PENNSYLVANIA Day 1: New York City If you can, spend a few days in the pulsating throng of New York City before the adventure begins. There are many iconic sights that are must-sees in this city, which is often referred to as the ‘capital of the world’. Enter a neon jungle at pulsating Times Square, marvel at the incredible exhibits showing at the MET, find a quiet corner in Central Park to people-watch or watch the sun set over Manhattan from atop the Empire State Building. Days 2-3: Washington DC Enter the stomping ground of government in this cosmopolitan capital city. See all the big names - the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and Capitol Hill. Day 4: Finger Lakes Reach Finger Lakes where there are plenty of opportunities to go swimming or hiking in this beautiful part of the world. Day 5: Niagara Falls The destination of choice for couples popping the question or sealing the deal, Niagara Falls is a favourite for lovers and lovers of nature alike. View the falls close-up on an enchanting boat ride through Horseshoe Basin. Days 6-7: New York City Drive through beguiling New York State and return to buzzing New York city, renowned for its unique atmosphere, iconic cityscapes and never- sleep attitude. Hang around after this adventure ends and take a day trip to Coney Island, admire art at the Guggenheim or see a Broadway show. Check out the myriad of fascinating neighbourhoods like the Bronx, Harlem, Hell’s Kitchen, Soho and Greenwich Village, and indulge in arguably some of the best food in the United States at any hour of the day. Departures: Selected Saturdays from May to October Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: SSRZ Trip Theme: Explorer Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Emission Offset 404kg per person PRICE FROM $1195* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with facilities (4 nights), hotel (2 nights) Transport: Van Meals: No meals included New York, Washington DC Niagara Camping Adventure 7 days/6 nights From: New York City Operated by: Intrepid Travel Niagara Falls - Marina Degtyareva
  • 50. Lake Tanganyika Lake Nyasa Lake Kariba Lake Victoria Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Atlantic Ocean Mozambique Channel ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA TANZANIA KENYA SWAZILAND SOUTH AFRICA RWANDA NAMIBIA MOZAMBIQUE MALAWI MADAGASCAR LESOTHO CONGO DEM. REP. OF CONGO COMOROS BURUNDI BOTSWANA ANGOLA CAPE TOWN PRETORIA Johannesburg Sun City Durban Port Elizabeth Plettenberg BayKnysna George Paarl Franschhoek Stellenbosch Oudtshoorn Pilanesberg National Park Hluhluwe Game Reserve Serengeti Kruger National Park Limpopo Province Sabi Sand Game Reserve Okavango Delta S o u t h e r n A f r i c a National Capitals Cities 3,000,000+ International Boundaries Highways Primary Roads Livingstone Victoria Falls Hwange National Park Chobe National Park HARARE NAIROBI Zanzibar Arusha Things to see and do •• Experience the excitement of game viewing from your open landrover in Kruger National Park •• View the beautiful city of Cape Town from the famous Table Mountain •• See, hear and feel the power of magnificent Victoria Falls •• Indulge in Sun City’s endless activities and entertainment vivaholidays.com.au 48 AFRICA Planning your holiday AFRICA Africa A land of powerful scenery, wildlife, cities and culture, Africa is the cradle of humankind and promises a holiday like no other. Here you can fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring or witness a million flamingos paint the sky pink. Africa boasts scenery so spectacular – mountains, deserts, lakes – it’s mind blowing, but it’s the spirit of the people that will remain with you forever. South Africa’s excellent infrastructure assures first-class facilities for travellers, from accommodation and transport to shopping, entertainment and dining.
  • 51. Johannesburg The beating heart of South Africa, Johannesburg is a great stopover destination on your journey through this incredible country. Half an hour away is the nation’s administrative capital, Pretoria, also known as the ‘Jacaranda City’ for the mauve blossoms that colour the city in summer. 49 JOHANNESBURG Hotels and sightseeing JOHANNESBURG *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Things to see and do •• Spend the afternoon at the Apartheid Museum •• Visit Soweto, a melting pot of South African cultures •• See the highlights of Sun City and Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Cnr West Maude Streets, Johannesburg In a great location and only 20 kilometres from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking. Accommodation: 444 rooms, air- conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, interconnecting rooms. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $88* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Garden Court Sandton City TTT VFD Standard room JOHANNESBURG Parkade 2, Level 5, Or Tambo International Airport Situated conveniently to O.R. Tambo International Johannesburg Airport. Property Facilities: Bar, pool, gym/fitness centre, parking, shop. Accommodation: 303 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, internet. Max. in room: Standard room - 3. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $96* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 City Lodge O.R. Tambo Airport TTT V Standard room AIRPORT Jones Road, Johannesburg 500 metres from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, heated pool, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, business centre, parking, shop. Accommodation: 366 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, balcony, hairdryer, iron/ironing board. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $134* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport TTTT VFD Standard room Cnr Tyrwhitt Sturdee Avenues, Johannesburg Situated in the vibrant suburb of Rosebank, five minutes from Sandton and close to the airport. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking. Accommodation: 318 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Continental breakfast daily. PRICE FROM $110* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Crown Plaza Rosebank TTTT VBFD Standard room Cycle Soweto PRICE FROM $175* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Intrepid Travel Duration: 7-8 hours Departs: Daily (except Monday) Jump on a bike and discover for yourself the stories and people who make up vibrant Soweto. Learn about the turbulence of apartheid during a visit to the Apartheid Museum before escaping downtown to the streets of Soweto. Ride past the former home of Nelson Mandela, calling by landmarks from the country’s famous 1976 student uprisings as you explore the streets. From the realities of life in a migrant workers’ hostel to the energy of a shebeen bar, this is one tour that will give you a real insight into this fascination region. NOTE: Lunch is included. Jozi by Foot PRICE FROM $109* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Intrepid Travel Duration: 5-6 hours Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday Hit the streets for a walking tour through the sights of multicultural Johannesburg. Set off from the heights of the Carlton Centre, passing through Main Street Mall and Ghandi Square on your way to Newtown. Discover the best of this vibrant precinct, from Mary Fitzgerald Square to Museum Africa, before ending the day with a cold brew at the SAB World of Beer.
  • 52. vivaholidays.com.au Table Mountain and City Tour PRICE FROM $43* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Welcome Tourism Services Duration: 5 hours Departs: Daily Tour Code: TICC This half day tour takes you to Table Mountain on the cableway where the varying flora and fauna will be explained. (The cableway ticket is not included as the mountain visit depends on the weather). Further highlights include a tour of the Malay Quarter, the Castle of Good Hope (time permitting), photographic opportunities of Table Mountain from Table Bay and Cape Town Diamond Works to end the tour. NOTE: This is a multi-lingual tour (English-German). Children two years and under are not permitted on this tour. Minimum 2 people required. Winelands Tour PRICE FROM $87* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Welcome Tourism Services Duration: 8½ hours Departs: Daily Tour Code: TICW Highlights of your tour include a scenic and historic drive through wine country and wine tasting at local farms in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. NOTE: This is a multi-lingual tour (English-German). Children two years and under are not permitted on this tour. V A Waterfront, Cape Town This landmark hotel is in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pools, spa, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking, shop, tennis court. Accommodation: 94 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $172* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-30 Sep 13 Victoria and Alfred Hotel TTTT VF Mountain Facing room Portswood Rd VA Waterfront, Capetown Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops. This hotel is conveniently located at the V A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier tourist attraction. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool, parking, shop. Accommodation: 191 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities. Max. in room: Standard room - 2. Value: Full breakfast daily. PRICE FROM $82* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-30 Sep 13 Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge TTT FD Standard room 198 Bree Street, Cape Town Located in the centre of Cape Town, close to Table Mountain and 15 minutes to the Waterfront. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking. Accommodation: 201 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $78* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-30 Sep 13 Protea Hotel Fire Ice TTT VFD Standard room Cnr Burg And Whale Street, Cape Town Perfectly located within the cultural quarter of the city. Close to the International Convention Centre and the House of South Africa’s Parliament. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bars, pool, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, business centre, parking. Accommodation: 113 rooms, air- conditioning, refrigerator, kitchenette, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, bathrobes, CD player. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $74* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-30 Sep 13 Mandela Rhodes Place TTTT VFD Studio room Cape Town The ‘Mother City’ of South Africa boasts one of the world’s most stunning locations, surrounded by beautiful beaches and nestled at the foot of rugged Table Mountain. Things to see and do •• See the city highlights with the Hop-on, Hop-off Tour •• Be daring and experience the Great White Shark Cage Diving! •• Spend the day exploring the nearby wine country with a Winelands Tour 50 CAPETOWN Hotels and sightseeing CAPE TOWN
  • 53. 51 SUNCITY Hotels and sightseeing SUN CITY *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Pilanesburg Elephant Back Safari PRICE FROM $183* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Welcome Tourism Services Duration: 4 hours Departs: Daily Tour Code: TISE Depart from the Sun City Welcome Centre and transfer to ‘The Elephant Wallow’. The 20 minute drive through the Letsatsing Game Park offers guests an opportunity to view general game and prolific bird life. After an introductory talk and interaction, the elephants are saddled and the safari commences. Following ancient game trails, guests have an opportunity to see rhino, giraffe, zebra and various other plains game from a unique vantage viewpoint on elephant back. NOTE: Min 2 people required. Children under 5 years old not permitted. Pilanesburg Game Drive PRICE FROM $53* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Welcome Tourism Services Duration: 3 ½ hours Departs: Daily Tour Code: TISP The Pilanesberg National Park is located next to the Sun City complex and offers guests the opportunity to view the ‘big five’, general game and prolific bird life. Experienced game rangers who have exceptional knowledge of the area and its flora and fauna conduct all game drives. Sun City Northwest of Johannesburg, just outside the Pilanesberg National Park - home to the Big Five. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bars, pool with swim-up bar, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking, shop, golf course, tennis court. Accommodation: 338 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, balcony, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $366* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Palace Hotel Lost City TTTTT V Sun City 187 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, just outside the Pilanesberg National Park, which is home to the Big Five. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bars, pool, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, business centre, golf course, tennis court. Accommodation: 340 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $212* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 The Sun City Main Hotel TTTT VF Luxury room Sun City Resort, North West Province Situated 2½ hours northwest of Johannesburg. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pools, health spa centre, gym/fitness centre, tour desk, parking, shop, golf course, tennis court. Accommodation: 380 rooms, air-conditioning, refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, hairdryer, iron/ironing board. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $176* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Cabanas Hotel Sun City TTT VFD Standard Family roomSun City Also known as South Africa’s ‘Kingdom of Pleasure’, Sun City is located in the country’s scenic north- west and features world-class hotels, sport, leisure and entertainment facilities. Set in the 50,000-hectare Pilanesberg National Park and surrounded by striking mountains. The city is a great base for morning or afternoon game drives, which offer the opportunity to see an incredible array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros.
  • 54. Victoria Falls Measuring an incredible 1708 metres in width, Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa- Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) boasts the largest curtain of water in the world. Fed by the Zimbabwe River, the falls form part of the Zimbabwe-Zambian border. vivaholidays.com.au 52 VICTORIAFALLS Hotels and sightseeing VICTORIA FALLS Zambeze Breakfast Canoe Drift PRICE FROM $140* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Wild Horizons Duration: 3½ hours Departs: Daily Drive into the Zambezi National Park where you will have a safety briefing prior to the canoe trip commencing. Drifting gently down the Zambezi River, this activity provides the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy the trees, plants and wildlife with your guide. A continental breakfast is served on one of the islands along the way. NOTE: A full Day canoeing option also available, details on application. Children under 10 years old not permitted. Minimum 2 passengers required. White Water Rafting PRICE FROM $140* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Wild Horizons Duration: 6 hours Departs: Daily Take on the mighty Zambezi River with the greatest white water rafting trip on the planet. The rapids are defined as ‘Grade 5’ by the British Canoe Union. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in the morning at check-in, after which you are taken to the Gorge for a safety briefing before the day’s activity commences. A light lunch is served at the top of the Gorge. Hang on for a wild ride as the Zambezi carves its way through one of the great river corridors of the world! NOTE: A good level of fitness is recommended. A full day rafting option also available, details on application. Children under 15 years old are not permitted. Minimum 2 passengers required. River Cruise PRICE FROM $50* per person 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Operated by: Wild Horizons Duration: 2 hours Departs: Daily The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. NOTE: Minimum 2 people required. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Set high on a natural plateau, bordering the Zambezi National Park and just 4km from Victoria Falls. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bars, pools, health spa centre, tour desk, parking, shop. Accommodation: 72 rooms, air-conditioning, overhead fan, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, balcony, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes, spa bath/jacuzzi in room. Value: Full breakfast daily. PRICE FROM $151* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-30 Jun 13 Victoria Falls Safari Lodge TTTT VFD Standard room 411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Illala Lodge is one of the closest hotels to the Falls, overlooking the National Park, close to the African Craft Village and curio shops. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, tour desk, parking, shop. Accommodation: 34 rooms, air-conditioning, overhead fan, tea/coffee making facilities, internet, balcony, hairdryer, iron/ironing board. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $134* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Ilala Lodge TTTT VFD Standard room 2 Mallett Drive, Victoria Falls Located just a ten-minute walk away from the Victoria Falls, using the hotel’s private pathway. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool with swim-up bar, health spa centre, tour desk, parking, shop, tennis court. Accommodation: 161 rooms, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities. Value: Full breakfast daily, adults only. PRICE FROM $184* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 Victoria Falls Hotel TTTTT VFD Standard room
  • 55. Lodge Stays Staying at an African Game lodge is a must in everyone’s lifetime. There are many to choose from in South Africa ranging from camping in safari tents to ultimate luxury safari lodges. 53 SOUTHAFRICA Lodges SOUTH AFRICA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Makalali Private Conservancy, Limpopo Province Five hours drive from Johannesburg nestled on 26,000 hectares of conservancy close to the Drakensberg mountain range. Property Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool, tour desk, parking, shop. Accommodation: 24 rooms, air-conditioning, overhead fan, tea/coffee making facilities, balcony, hairdryer, bathrobes. Max. in room: Standard room - 4. Value: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Two game drives. Makalali Private Game Lodge PRICE FROM $236* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 V TTTT Standard room Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, on the dry Manyeleti riverbed and overlooking a permanent waterhole. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, parking, shop. Accommodation: 12 rooms, air- conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, balcony, hairdryer, bathrobes. Max. in room: Rondavels - 3. Value: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Two game drives. Elephant Plains Game Lodge PRICE FROM $211* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 VF TTTT Rondavel Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga Situated in the world famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, parking, shop. Accommodation: 10 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, balcony, hairdryer, bathrobes. Max. in room: Chalet - 3. Value: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Two game drives. Idube Safari Lodge PRICE FROM $392* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 VF TTTT Chalet
  • 56. vivaholidays.com.au 54 SOUTHAFRICA Lodges SOUTH AFRICA Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa In the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, world renowned for game viewing and adjacent to Kruger National Park. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, health spa centre, parking, shop. Accommodation: 8 rooms, air-conditioning, overhead fan, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, balcony, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, bathrobes. Max. in room: Chalet - 3. Value: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Two game drives. Cheetah Plains Game Reserve PRICE FROM $313* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13 VF TTTT Chalet Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa Situated in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is adjacent to Kruger National Park. Property Facilities: Restaurant, bar, pool, parking, shop. Accommodation: 9 rooms, air-conditioning, mini bar, refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, balcony, hairdryer, bathrobes, spa bath/jacuzzi in room. Max. in room: Luxury Suite - 2. Value: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Two game drives. Savannah Private Game Reserve VF TTTTT Luxury Suite PRICE FROM $650* per person per night twin share 1Apr 13-31 Oct 13
  • 57. 55 SOUTHAFRICA Touring SOUTH AFRICA *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1: Johannesburg Begin this overland journey in Johannesburg, the country’s commercial centre. Those who arrive early may want to visit the historic township of Soweto or the Apartheid Museum. Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Leave South Africa behind and cross the border into beautiful Botswana to witness the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, an inspirational conservation project and a haven for endangered black and white rhinos. Spend time learning about these majestic creatures, before heading out for a dusk game drive. Day 3: Maun Make tracks to Maun, a small town famed for its proximity to the Okavango Delta. Days 4-5: Okavango Delta Time to adventure into the delta - an intricate maze of streams creating 16,000 sq km of wetlands. With the help of a friendly local ‘poler’, traverse the waterways in a mokoro to see the abundance of animals that live here. Disembark to explore the area’s surrounding lagoons and streams on foot and camp under starry skies. Day 6: Maun Experience life in a rural village then head back to Maun, perhaps opting for a flight over this amazing area. Day 7: Elephant Sands Embark on thrilling game drives in this amazing private conservancy and get up close to elephants, antelope, lions and zebras. Days 8-9: Victoria Falls Enter Zimbabwe and witness the awesome spectacle that is Victoria Falls. The sight of this enormous raging torrent of white water is a fitting finale to the journey. Departures: Selected Saturdays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: UBOO Trip Theme: Overland Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Compulsory local payment for tour kitty required ZAR3070 (approx AU$370) per person, see trip notes for more details. Carbon Emission Offset 269kg per person. PRICE FROM $2175* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), camping with facilities (5 nights), Bush camp, no facilities (2 nights) Transport: Overland vehicle, mokoro Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners Okavango Experience 9 days/8 nights From: Johannesburg Operated by: Intrepid Travel Botswana - Diane Moffatt NAMIBIA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE SOUTH AFRICA Orange River Fish River Canyon Cape Town Sesriem/ River Camp Swakopmund Spitzkoppe Victoria Falls Chobe NP Okavango Delta Etosha NP Rundu Bagani Community Camp Grootfontein/ San Bushmen Western Cape Days 1-2: Victoria Falls The adventure starts with a visit to Victoria Falls - a thundering, mist-shrouded sheet of white water. Days 3-4: Chobe National Park Enjoy exciting game drives in Botswana’s Chobe National Park and cruise along the Chobe River on the lookout for wallowing hippos and soaring fish eagles. Day 5: Bagani Community Camp Travel into Namibia and choose to relax with a boat trip. Days 6-7: Okavango Delta Discover the watery wildlife haven of Okavango Delta by mokoro, a dugout canoe poled along by a local guide. Set up camp on a lush, remote island and fall asleep to the nocturnal music of the delta. Days 8-9: Bagani Community Camp-Rundu The African adventure continues to Bagani before travelling to Rundu, where lush campsite spoils await. Days 10: Grootfontein- San Bushmen Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and observe their age-old traditions on a desert tracking and gathering trip. Days 11-12: Etosha National Park Roam Etosha Park’s dry plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelope and big cats. Day 13: Spitzkoppe Watch the rock formations of Spitzkoppe change colour with the light. Days 14-16: Swakopmund See the seal colonies of Cape Cross then perhaps try optional activities such as skydiving, quad-biking or sandboarding in Swakopmund. Days 17-18: Sesriem-River Camp Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a dramatic sunrise view. The following day, explore Jurassic-era rock formations in the Giant’s Playground. Day 19: Fish River Canyon Relax by the Fish River Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the world - which offers impressive photo opportunities. Days 20-21: Orange River- Western Cape Cross into South Africa and travel along the Orange River by canoe or simply laze by the scenic riverbanks. Day 22: Cape Town This Vic Falls to Cape Town trip ends among the cafés and vineyards of this stunning bayside city. If time permits, stay an extra day or two to experience all the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer. Departures: Selected Tuesdays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: YXOF Trip Theme: Overland, Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Compulsory local payment for tour kitty required USD$725 (approx AU$699) per person. Carbon Offset Emission 638kg per person. PRICE FROM $1755* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with facilities (15 nights), chalet (3 nights), camping with basic facilities (3 nights) Transport: Overland vehicle, mokoro, 4x4 safari vehicle Meals: 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners Vic Falls to Cape Town 22 days/21 nights From: Victoria Falls. Operated by: Intrepid Travel South Africa - Dvina Lindsay Okavango Delta Elephant Sands Maun Victoria Falls ZIMBABWE SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA Johannesburg Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • 58. vivaholidays.com.au 56 SOUTHAFRICA Touring SOUTH AFRICA Day 1: Johannesburg Begin the journey in Johannesburg, the commercial centre of South Africa and a sprawling city of green parks, towering skyscrapers, gracious mansions and lively townships. Those who arrive early may want to visit the historic township of Soweto or the Apartheid Museum to learn more about South Africa’s history. Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Cross the border into Botswana to witness the success of the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This inspirational conservation project was once a hunting area and is now a haven for endangered black and white rhinos. A game drive at dusk may reveal rhinos, wildebeest, zebras and giraffes. Day 3: Maun Head north towards Maun, the gateway to Botswana’s famous delta. Days 4-5: Okavango Delta This famous waterway is formed by the Okavango River fanning out into an intricate maze of streams, creating 16,000 sq km of wetlands. With the help of a friendly local, traverse the delta in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Camp under the stars in the remote wilderness and rise early for a sunrise walk. Stay alert and try to catch a glimpse of elephants and cape buffalo. Day 6: Maun Visit a rural village to learn firsthand about the local way of life before returning to Maun. Day 7: Elephant Sands Home to elephants, antelope, lions and zebras, a game drive through this private conservancy will offer amazing encounters with the animal kingdom. Days 8-9: Victoria Falls Admire the incredible torrent of white water at Victoria Falls, where spray shoots hundreds of metres into the air. Explore the falls more closely or perhaps try some of the adventure activities on offer such as whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling and canyoning. Day 10: Chobe National Park Travel to Botswana and head for the plains and waterways of Chobe National Park. Famous for its elephant herds, Chobe also shelters lions, hippos and African fish eagles. Enjoy a relaxing water safari down the Chobe River in the golden light of the afternoon - this is one of the best ways to see these creatures at close quarters. Day 11: Nata Perhaps rise with the sun and experience the Chobe National Park and its illustrious inhabitants one last time before heading to Nata. Spend the night camping on the edge of the eerie Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Day 12: Blouberg Located at the base of the mountain, this camp in Blouberg offers a distinctive cultural experience. Spend the day exploring the local area on foot with a guide, and learn about the fascinating local Hananwa people, who still lead a very traditional lifestyle. In the evening, enjoy delicious local culinary treats such as Thopi, Malana and the green vegetable known as marogo. Days 13-14: Kruger National Park The tour continues across the border into South Africa. Travel through the expansive savanna and rolling hills of the spectacular Kruger National Park, keeping an eye out for the unusual white rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and elands. Choose to go on an optional night game drive to see nocturnal predators spring into action, or even set off on an optional early morning nature walk with a guide. Day 15: Johannesburg Arrive back in Johannesburg and perhaps use free time to purchase some souvenirs or relax in a local bar or cafe, but not before taking in some spectacular views from the lookout over the Blyde River Canyon. Departures: Selected Saturdays Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: UBOQC Trip Theme: Overland, Wildlife Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Victoria Falls BOTSWANA SOUTH AFRICA Johannesburg Palapye Chobe NP Kruger NP Okavango Delta Elephant Sands Maun Khama Rhino Sanctuary ZIMBABWE Price Includes Accommodation: Bush camp no facilities (2 nights), camping with facilities (11 nights), hotel (1 night) Transport: Mokoro, overland vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners South Africa - Davina Lindsay Explore Southern Africa 15 days/14 nights From: Johannesburg Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $1655* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 South Africa
  • 59. Day 1-3: Durban - Drakensberg Relax in the beachside playground of Durban. Then hike through the dramatic cliffs, valleys and plateaus of Drakensbergs stunning mountain range, home to an amazing amount of flora and fauna. Days 4-5: Lesotho Highlands Enter the kingdom of Lesotho and be instantly charmed by the warmth of the people and the majestic mountain scenery. Take to the highlands and visit villages. Days 6-7: Wild Coast - Cintsa Cintsa is a charming seaside town surrounded by sparkling, blue ocean and sun-dappled forests. Enjoy the range of outdoor activities on offer, from mountain biking to swimming and surfing. Day 8: Addo Elephant National Park Nestled in the heart of a densely forested valley, Addo Elephant National Park boasts a spectacular array of animals. An afternoon game drive will provide a chance to encounter elephants, rhinos and buffalo. Days 9-10: Tsitsikamma National Park Discover a mesmerising pocket of the Garden Route. Admire the ancient forests which tumble down to the pounding Indian Ocean. Day 11: Oudtshoorn Stop by the sleepy hamlet of Knysna, then continue on to the ostrich capital of the world. Day 12: Stellenbosch Wine Region Stretch your leg at the Cango Caves before drinking in the beauty of Swellendam, a celebrated wine region at the foot of the Langenberg Mountains. Day 13: Cape Town Make tracks to Cape Town, a city nestled among stunning beaches, mountains and eclectic coastal towns. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: UBOH Trip Theme: Overland Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Compulsory local payment for tour kitty required ZAR3572 (approx AU$434) per person. Carbon Emission Offset 389kg per person. 57 KRUGERNAIROBI Touring Africa KRUGER NAIROBI *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Day 1: Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park Depart the heart and soul of modern South Africa early in the morning to start the safari adventure of a lifetime. Travel from Johannesburg and arrive in the Greater Kruger area just in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on dramatic game drives, in open 4x4 vehicles, through a private game reserve. There’s plenty to see here so keep an eye out for Africa’s Big Five: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. Afterwards, return to a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of Kruger National Park, and relive stories of close encounters over a traditional South African meal around a log fire. Day 2: Kruger National Park Head out on a thrilling safari through African grasslands. Seek out prides of lions, search for elephant herds and spy the plethora of colourful birdlife darting through the trees. Afterwards, spend the evening relaxing at the lodge with a refreshing sundowner in hand. Day 3: Greater Kruger National Park Head out on more game drives or settle in at the lodge to rest. In the late afternoon, embark on an exciting sunset game drive to see another side of the African wilderness as nocturnal creatures venture into the open, ready for a night of hunting. Day 4: Johannesburg Begin the day by rising early for a morning nature walk with a knowledgeable local guide, who will help to identify bird and plant species. Enjoy a tasty breakfast back at the lodge. Farewell Kruger en route back to the bright lights of Johannesburg, stopping for spectacular views over the gigantic Blyde River Canyon and the awesome Three Rondavels along the way. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Intrepid Comfort Trip Code: UBAD Trip Theme: Short Breaks - Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: Carbon Offset Emission 177 kg per person. PRICE FROM $935* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 South Africa - Intrepid Travel Kruger Experience 4 days From: Johannesburg Operated by: Intrepid Travel Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Park Travel from the vibrant city of Nairobi across the Great Rift Valley. As you leave the city look for colourfully dressed Maasai people tending to their herds. On arrival at the tented lodge take a guided walk to nearby salt licks that are frequented by local wildlife. Day 2: Masai Mara National Park After an early breakfast embark on a second walk around the area. Afterwards, take a game drive through the Mara. The Masai Mara has a very high population of plains animals such as wildebeest and zebras, which in turn are preyed upon by lions, leopards and hyenas. Elephants are also a fairly common sight here while hippos and crocodiles are plentiful in the Mara River. After a full day of wildlife spotting return to the lodge in time for dinner. Day 3: Masai Mara National Park - Nairobi Return to Nairobi where the adventure comes to an end. Departures: Daily Trip Style: Original Trip Code: YGAE Trip Theme: Short Break Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Carbon Emissions Offset 90 kg per person. PRICE FROM $1340* per person based on 2 adults travelling 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Kenya - Rebecca Rose Price Includes Accommodation: Permanent tented camp (2 nights) Transport: Safari vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Masai Mara Walk 3 days/2 nights From: Nairobi Operated by: Intrepid Travel PRICE FROM $1395* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Garden Route Adventure 13 days/12 nights From: Durban Operated by: Intrepid Travel Price Includes Accommodation: Dormitory (4 nights), lodge (2 nights), camping with facilities (6 nights) Transport: Overland vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 dinners Price Includes Accommodation: Lodge (3 nights) Transport: Overland vehicle, minibus Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 60. vivaholidays.com.au 58 KENYA Touring Africa KENYA TANZANIA MALAWIZIMBABWE KENYA Nairobi Lake Malawi Chitimba Victoria Falls Hwange NP Bulawayo Masvingo Harare Nyamapanda Lilongwe Zanzibar Mto Wa Mbu Dar es Salaam Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater Marangu Iringa Day 1: Nairobi Begin the adventure in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Day 2: Mto Wa Mbu Travel to Arusha before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village. Spend the next morning exploring this fascinating area. Days 3-4: Ngorongoro Crater- Serengeti National Park Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains. Day 5: Mto Wa Mbu Leave the vast Serengeti behind and travel to Mto Wa Mbu village. Explore the farming areas on a guided tour. Day 6: Marangu Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro. Day 7: Dar es Salaam Pitch tents on a beach just outside the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Days 8-10: Zanzibar Be enchanted by exotic spice plantations, ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar. Be sure to sample a spicy seafood curry. Day 11: Dar es Salaam Return to the mainland by ferry and stay at a beachside camp near Dar es Salaam. Days 12-13: Iringa-Chitimba Travel through the Mikumi National Park, where giraffes are often seen munching on acacia foliages and spend a night in the highland town of Iringa. Days 14-15: Lake Malawi Travel south to vast Lake Malawi, which covers roughly a fifth of the country. Days 16-17: Lilongwe-Lusaka On your way to Zambia stop off in Lilongwe. The next mornings drive to Lusaka and become immersed in the surrounding spectacular scenery. Day 18: Harare Explore galleries, museums and gardens in Harare. Day 19: Masvingo Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and discover some of the most significant ancient ruins in Africa. Days 20-21: Bulawayo Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos. Day 22: Hwange National Park This natural habitat has been transformed from royal hunting grounds into a sanctuary for some of Africa’s most precious animals. Days 23-24: Victoria Falls Witness the tremendous power of Victoria Falls as torrents of water cascade into the canyon below. Departures: Selected Sundays. Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: YXOB Trip Theme: Overland - Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: Compulsory local payment for tour payment for tour kitty required USD$1175 (approx AU$1133) per person. Carbon Emission Offset 696kg per person. PRICE FROM $1850* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights), camping with facilities (17 nights), camping with basic facilities (2 nights), bungalow (2 nights) Transport: Overland vehicle, ferry, 4x4 Safari vehicle Meals: 22 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners Kenya to Victoria Falls 24 days/23 nights From: Nairobi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Tanzania TANZANIA KENYA Nairobi Arusha/ Tengeru Lake Nakuru Aberdare NP Lake Naivasha Masai Mara NR Serengeti NP Lake Manyara NP Ngorongoro Crater Day 1: Nairobi Step into the hectic capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Day 2: Aberdare National Park Enjoy a Kenyan country-style lunch before journeying into the heart of Aberdare National Park. Take in panoramic views of the forest and waterholes. Day 3: Lake Nakuru Head west to visit the vast Lake Nakuru National Park in the heart of the Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is justly famous for its visiting flocks of flamingos, pelicans, terns and cormorants. Days 4-5: Lake Naivasha Admire the expert craftwork of villagers before heading to Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a walk in the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and a boat ride to the Elsamere Conservation Centre. Days 6-7: Masai Mara National Reserve One of Africa’s most famous reserves, the iconic Masai Mara is a landscape of sweeping plains and host to buffaloes, gazelles and other herbivores. Day 8: Nairobi Discover Nairobi’s many bars, cafes and restaurants. Try visiting the Karen Blixen Museum for a peek into the life of this famous author. Day 9: Arusha-Tengeru After travelling into Tanzania, pay a visit to a local farm. Day 10: Lake Manyara National Park Try to spot Lake Manyara’s legendary tree- climbing lions and watch out for the herds of zebras, wildebeest and buffaloes that roam the surrounding plains of this national park. Days 11-12: Serengeti National Park Travel to the Serengeti, where golden grasses stretch as far as the eye can see. Venture across the plains and around the rocky outcrops on safari. Witness firsthand the unrelenting cycle of life on the African savanna. Days 13-14: Crater Rim- Ngorongoro Crater Try to spot big cats lazing in the sun during an early-morning game drive. Before travelling on to the immense Ngorongoro Crater, soak up final views of the sweeping Serengeti plains while enjoying a picnic lunch. The following day, descend to the floor of volcanic Ngorongoro on a 4x4 safari. Day 15: Arusha Explore a small village on a guided tour, visiting farms, homes and schools. Departures: Selected Fridays Trip Style: Comfort Trip Code: YGKLC Trip Theme: Overland, Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZzzz NOTE: A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 665kg per person. PRICE FROM $7240* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), lodge (7 nights), permanent tented camp (2 nights) Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle, overland vehicle, shuttle bus Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners Kenya Tanzania Lodge Safari 15 days/14 nights From: Nairobi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Kenya - David Lazar
  • 61. 59 NAIROBI Touring Africa NAIROBI *Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. If you book with Viva! Holidays an additional 2% fee applies to credit card payments. Prices are correct as at 26 Apr 13 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Offers subject to availability. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified. Please check all prices, availability, other departure dates and prices and further information with your travel consultant before booking. See booking conditions on back page. Eldoret KENYA Lake Nakuru Kibale Forest NP UGANDA Lake Bunyonyi Nairobi Jinja Kampala Lake Mburo Gorilla Trek Queen Elizabeth NP RWANDA Day 1: Nairobi Get ready for an animal-spotting adventure through Africa. If arriving early, Kenya’s renowned National Museum is a popular place to visit in Nairobi. Day 2: Lake Nakuru Meet local children at the Saidia Children’s Home Project. See a pink-feathered sea of flamingos and try to spot rhinos on a game drive through Nakuru park. Days 3-4: Eldoret-Kampala Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala. Days 5-6: Kibale Forest to National Park This equatorial rainforest in Kibale Forest National Park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, the ideal place to go chimp spotting. Enjoy a walking safari and watch the resident chimpanzees squabbling and playing. Wander through the surrounding tea plantations to visit villages or simply kick back at camp in the grounds of an old colonial bungalow. Day 7: Queen Elizabeth to National Park Set between the Edward and George lakes in the Great Rift Valley, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. Embark on a safari tour to try to spot elephants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow. Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda. Days 9-11: Gorilla Trek Make tracks across the border into Rwanda and set up camp at Ruhengeri, gateway to the gorilla trekking region. Accompanied by a local guide and trackers, hike through rugged terrain to come face-to-face with rare mountain gorillas - the sight of these gentle mountain giants is unforgettable. Head out on rainforest hikes to glimpse some of the forest’s other inhabitants and pay a visit to the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial. Day 12: Lake Mburo Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope. Discover plenty of other magnificent animals on walking safaris through this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo. Days 13-14: Jinja Stop at the equator en route to the place thrillseekers flock to in Uganda. Jinja is both a scenic riverside retreat and the perfect place to try a few adventurous activities like whitewater rafting. Days 15-16: Eldoret/Nairobi Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour ends. Departures: Every Saturday Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: YXOG Trip Theme: Overland, Wildlife Physical: ZZZzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit (AUD1000, in order to secure a gorilla permit. Also full passport details are required at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. A single supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emission Offset 464kg per person. PRICE FROM $1280* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Camping with facilities (11 nights), dormitory (3 nights), hotel (1 night) Transport: 4x4 Safari vehicle, overland vehicle Meals: 15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners Gorillas, Chimps Game Parks 16 days/15 nights From: Nairobi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Rwanda Usambara Mountains TANZANIA KENYA Nairobi Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater Marangu Karatu Arusha Day 1: Nairobi Welcome to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, known to the Maasai as the ‘Place of Cool Waters’. For those who arrive early, perhaps check out the city’s cafes and markets or visit the National Museum of Kenya. Day 2: Arusha Cross the border into Tanzania and explore the city of Arusha, nestled in the shadow of Mt Meru. Day 3: Mto wa Mbu Interact with locals on a visit to a community program in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Admire crafts, colourful fabrics and carvings at a market before journeying to Karatu - the gateway to the Serengeti. Days 4-5: Serengeti National Park Explore the savanna of the Serengeti Plain and go on safari in search of Serengeti’s creatures - including the Big Five - before camping deep in the bush within earshot of animal calls. For a real treat, take an optional sunrise balloon ride over the plains. Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Descend into the giant volcanic crater, Ngorongoro, to search for its abundant wildlife. Home to some 30,000 animals, including lions and the endangered black rhino, the Ngorongoro crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round. Day 7: Marangu Visit the new school at the Amani Children’s Home, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that houses and educates street kids. Stay in the village of Marangu overnight. Days 8-9: Usambara Mountains Take a walking tour of Mshiri village and get firsthand insight into the daily lives of the Chagga people. Sample a typical Chagga meal before heading well off the beaten track to the Usambara Mountains. Relax on these lush, green slopes overlooking the vast Masai Steppe. This is the ideal base for optional hikes and guided walks. Day 10: Dar es Salaam Set up camp at a beach on the outskirts of Tanzania’s tropical port city, Dar es Salaam. Days 11-14: Zanzibar Jump on a ferry to discover Africa’s famed ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar. Marvel at the eclectic architecture along the twisting, cobbled streets of Stone Town, the old sector of the capital city of Zanzibar. Tour aromatic plantations, smelling cinnamon, vanilla and cloves, then soak up some sun on white sand beaches. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel and dive or just take it easy in the shade of a coconut palm. Departures: Every Sundays and selected Thursdays Trip Style: Basix Trip Code: YXOD Trip Theme: Overland, Wildlife Physical: ZZzzz Culture Shock: ZZZzz NOTE: A single Supplement is available on this trip. Carbon Emissions Offset 406kg per person PRICE FROM $1285* per person based on 2 adults travelling based on selected departures 1Apr 13-31 Dec 13 Price Includes Accommodation: Bungalow (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (2 nights), camping with facilities (7 nights), hotel (2 nights) Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry, overland vehicle Meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Road to Zanzibar 14 days/13 nights From: Nairobi Operated by: Intrepid Travel Tanaznia
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