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Discover Europe’s Wine Regions As An Insider With Trafalgar

Trips to France, Italy, Spain and Portugal feature exclusive wine tasting experiences

With Italy, France and Spain producing well over half of the world’s wine, it’s no surprise that travellers flock from all corners of the world to taste the delicious varieties in their country of origin. Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the insider of guided vacations, invites Canadians to immerse themselves in the wine cultures of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, with exclusive wine tasting experiences at some of Europe’s most beautiful vineyards. Not only do all of Trafalgar’s included dinner experiences feature local wines, but guests will also be treated to special wine tasting excursions on a number of itineraries.

"Europe has an endless amount of vineyards and incredible award-winning varieties, so it only makes sense to introduce them to clients as part of our First Class program," says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. "With Trafalgar, they get an Insider’s perspective of wine production in countries like France and Italy, where they visit the vineyards and drink from the casks, talking to the vintners and learning firsthand how some of the world’s best wine is produced." Trafalgar is also offering extended savings for their Early Payment Discount, now giving travellers 7.5% off the cost of any 2013 First Class Europe trip if booked and paid in full before February 28th, 2013.* Travellers can also save 7.5% on their airfare if booked and paid before February 28th, 2013.**

Best of Portugal
The 12-day Best of Portugal trip is a journey throughout the country’s dramatic landscape, visiting some of its most culture-rich cities and picturesque towns. Starting and ending in Lisbon, guests will also spend nights in Vilamoura, Oporto, Fatima and Evora. Wine lovers will look forward to Oporto, with its Vila Nova de Gaia wine stores where they can pick up some bottles to take home, as well as an exclusive visit to a port cellar to try some of the regional wines and interact with the local vintners. Guests will also be treated to an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience in the Duoro Valley en route to Oporto as well, where they’ll first explore the magnificent gardens at the Palacio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. Next it’s time for lunch at a traditional ‘quinta’, where guests can taste some of the local wines with their delicious meal. Other highlights include a day excursion to the beautiful coastal region of Algarve and a tour with a local guide in Lisbon.

Corsica and Sardinia The new 11-day Corsica and Sardinia takes travellers to Italy’s most beautiful islands, filled with history, culture and incredible landscapes. Designed to give regular guests to Italy a new and exciting destination to explore, this At Leisure trip starts and ends in Cagliari and also stops for 2 nights in Spanish-influenced Alghero, 3 nights in Ajaccio and 2 nights in Olbia, with plenty of day excursions in between. Upon arrival in Cagliari, Trafalgar guests check in to the chic T Hotel, recently voted a winner of Italy’s Trendiest Hotel category in the Trip Advisor Awards. After plenty of individual exploration time and premium sightseeing with a Local Guide, guests enjoy a scenic drive to Alghero where they’ll delight in a Trafalgar Be My Guest dining experience, a traditional Italian meal with local wines in the home of a Sardinian family who share stories of island life. In Oliena, they’ll also stop for a wine tasting at a vineyard overlooking charming Sardinian villages. Other exclusive highlights include a ferry ride to the unspoiled lands and charming hilltop town of La Maddalena and an optional excursion with lunch to the Gulf of Porto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Calanche of Piana.

Best of France
The perfect two-week getaway, Trafalgar’s Best of France itinerary shows travellers just that – the most incredible sights and experiences spanning the country’s most vibrant cities and towns. Starting and ending in Paris, the trip also makes overnight stops in Lyon, Nice, Carcassonne, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Tours and Omaha Beach. Travelling through wine country, guests will stop off in the medieval town of Beaune to sample some delicious regional wines at a local cellar before heading to Lyon. The Be My Guest experience on this trip features a special dinner with local wines at a charming 17th century traditional farmhouse in Tours. Other highlights of the trip include an excursion to Monaco to mingle with the rich and famous, a trip to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, a Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris, and a trip to Lourdes to see St. Bernadette’s grotto.

For more information on Trafalgar, please contact your local Trafalgar sales manager or visit www.trafalgar.com and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook.

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