Experience Europe with Trafalgar!

Why you should travel to Europe

Travelling to Europe during autumn, winter and spring is just as beautiful and awe-inspiring as in summer. Travellers will get the opportunity to enjoy and experience a true ‘white Christmas’. There’s nothing quite like Paris covered in a light dusting of snow or the beauty of a European Christmas market. Plus, taking a journey abroad during the off season period is a bonus if overcrowded peek-season destinations aren't your thing. If this sounds like the ideal holiday for you, then be sure to contact Trafalgar to make this dream a reality.

Oh, the experiences you’ll have!

With Trafalgar as your guide, you’ll enjoy amazing insider moments from cruising along picturesque canals in Strasbourg, with its medieval city centre, rustic chalets and Christmas stalls, to discovering how traditional cuckoo clocks are made, deep in the heart of the Black Forest! Strasbourg is considered the ‘capital of Christmas markets’ and is held in front of the beautiful Strasbourg Cathedral, known for its Gothic towers and astronomical clock. With over 300 chalets (stalls), it also boasts a skating rink on Place du Chateau and some of the most wonderful Christmas trees on show.

Travellers heading to the Strasbourg Chriskindlmarkt, which is nearly 500 years old, must try out the ‘bredele’ - delightfully tasty traditional biscuits that come in a variety of flavours including hazelnut, orange and cinnamon, coconut and praline and many more! Also, the market offers a wide range of authentic Alsatian arts, crafts, food and Christmas decorations.

Other wonderful highlights you’ll enjoy on this guided holiday include a city tour in Paris and Freiburg, a river cruise in Strasbourg, plus a local orientation of Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar and Dijon, which will really bring these cities to life. Then, sit back and relax as you are treated to a scenic drive through the Black Forest and soak up the energising atmosphere of the Champs Ely sees and Arc de Triumphed in Paris, and the Notre-Dame de Reims and European Parliament in Strasbourg.

And for car enthusiasts, you will also visit the largest car museum in the world – the National Automobile Museum – and get to see a showcase of 400 beautifully-presented classic, prestige and racing cars, which trace the history of the automobile.

How much is this once in a lifetime experience?

Enjoy this 10-day guided holiday, which includes accommodation with a hot buffet breakfast daily, four dinners, all transport, airport transfers as per the itinerary, and Wi-Fi on board the coach from R25,623 (inclusive of a 7.5 per cent early payment discount) per person twin share.

The Early Payment Discount is applicable when you book and pay by 31 August 2015 and this guided holiday runs over November and December.

For more information

For more information on Trafalgar, contact your preferred ASATA travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com.

Call Trafalgar on (011) 280 8440.

You can also follow them on Twitter at @TrafalgarSA and on Facebook.

Busabout's Top Euro Hotspots That Won’t Break the Bank!

Travel Europe With Busabout

This spring, you get to tap into the most amazing deals to Europe from the crew at Busabout! They have their 2020 trips at 2019 prices ready and waiting for you! And to sweeten the deal, they’re also giving you a sweet 10% off! There’s really no reason not to book right now. Check out a few of their amazing deals below:

Beat A Path To The Balkans

Gaze out from the monasteries moulded into towering rocks and see the Athenian temple made for the Goddess of Wisdom herself.

On this 7-day adventure, you’ll delve deep into the crumbling titans of architectural art. Wander the imperious Game of Thrones fortress walls of Dubrovnik, gaze out from monasteries moulded into towering mountains, and see the Athenian temple erected for the Goddess of Wisdom herself.

On the Balkan Highlights spend seven days exploring Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Albania. You’ll visit Split, Athens, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Budva, Tirana, Meteora, Gjirokaster and Thermopylae.

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Get Yourself to the Greek

Take a Greek Island Flexi Hopper and flexibility and freedom are your new go-tos.

Many ancient Greek philosophers were hedonists. They believed pleasure was the entire point of life - the ultimate goal. After you’ve visited these islands, you’ll understand why.

Experience the thrills of UV paint parties, drool over the most mesmerising sunsets on the planet and fall in love with the ancient sites of glistening Greece. With Flexi Hopper, we’ve maximised gratification by giving you the freedom to choose how long you savour each island! Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios are but a phone call away.

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Short Sharp Hit of All Things Italian

If you love pizza and pasta and all things Italian, then you simply must sign up for an Italian Adventure with Busabout.

The history of Pompeii, the breath-taking Amalfi Coast and the glitzy glamour of Capri. Just don’t ask for pineapple on your pizza! Don’t argue with the Italians, because when it comes to food, they’re always right.

On this trip, slurp on their creamy gelato with a backdrop of the colourful buildings of the Amalfi Coast, sip on limoncello in a traditional restaurant in Sorrento and feast on pizza after exploring the ancient town that was frozen in time, Pompeii. You’ll come back having seen the best sights Italy has to offer, and maybe just a little more snobbish about food!

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Set Sail for Turkey

Got your sea-legs ready? Then hop onboard and set sail for Turkey. The famous Blue Cruise along Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast is pure escapism and the ultimate relaxing holiday.

Turkey’s exotic coasts are bursting with treasures, but we’re not chasing drab gold or your everyday gems. We’re seeking richer treasures. The charms of these seas are your hazy memories of pirate-cove parties, your views of monumental Mediterranean fjords and your fresh seafood platter after a day of swimming the transparent, opal waters.

On this trip, you don’t just search for treasures, you live aboard a traditional Turkish gulet. On this 8-day adventure, you’ll permanently feel like a treasure hunter who’s just arrived at the X on the map. You’ll visit Fethiye, Samanlik Bay, St Nicholas Island, Kaş, Limangazi, Smugglers Cove, Demre, Kalkan, Firnaz Bay and the Gulf of Fethiye.

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For Bookings & More Information

To make a booking or find out more about Busabout and their special offers, visit their website at www.busabout.com and contact them on (011) 280 8400 or info@busabout.com.

You can also visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news, offers and specials.

Cullinan's A Gem

Cullinan, an hour-and-a-half outside of Joburg, is a charming Victorian village named after Sir Thomas Cullinan and is famous for being the site where the world's largest diamond was found. Driving in, you pass the historical Cullinan diamond mine where it's possible to book either a surface tour or underground tour. We visited the village on a Sunday when a local vintage car club had put on a show, and this added to the sense of history about the place. It reminded me a bit of Pilgrim's Rest, mostly because of the architectural style. Cullinan is great for a day trip — that's what we did — or you could plan an overnight stay.

Where To Stay

Cullinan Premier Hotel is great if you like more formal, established accommodation. Originally built in 1906, this restored hotel also offers a great dining experience with buffet lunches being served on a Sunday.

Details:  1 Hotel Street | 012 734 1810

JanHarmsgat se Agterplaas is probably the most well-known establishment in Cullinan. Not only do they offer quaint accommodation (rooms have names like Fansy Suite and Leka Room), they also accommodate corporate events, have quirky 'picnic weddings', offer wonderful treatments at Zau Spa, and if that weren’t enough, they also host local talent at their theatre.

Details: info@gastehys.co.za | 082 255 2465

Where To Eat 

I would recommend planning your trip so that you can get in an early lunch (and miss the weekend rush) and then do a walkabout afterwards.

Sir Thomas Cullinan Restaurant and Pub is popular with the Sunday Breakfast Run crowd, and is also suitable for family dining. Stop here for their Sunday buffet or pub lunch.

Details: 112 Oak Avenue; Cullinan | (012) 734 1778

As Greek as it gets is a popular spot, and was our first choice for lunch – unfortunately my youngest was on the verge of collapse from hunger (her words, not mine) so we moved on to a quieter eatery. They have an extensive, traditional Greek menu, at relatively good prices; they have tables outside on a broad pavement and this is the place to sit and chill with some mezze and ouzo.

Details: 86 Oak Avenue; Cullinan | (012) 734 0707/083 632 5364

Take time to walk along the main road – it is dotted with arts and crafts, furniture and gift stores. Most have an eclectic mix of items so you are sure to find a gem or two.

Who Should Visit?

Like many small towns, speed of service is not a priority – so if you are looking for Wimpy-style speed or are in a hurry, then come back when you have more time.

Other activities in the area

Friends of the rail have a steam route into Cullinan.

Life Ballooning which operates on the route to Cullinan,offers a once in a lifetime experience, where you can relax and absorb the peaceful nature of the African cliffs and bush while brushing the trees with the balloon basket – this is air travel with a difference.

Diamond XRanch is a little slice of the American West, offering Western style outrides on a ranch – you can even partake in activities like cattle drives, branding and tagging. After a day in the saddle have a meal and drink in the saloon. Accommodation is also available.

River Place Lodge

A place with a profound sense of peace, a place for relaxing with friends and family, a place for re-energising your business, and a place for a romantic wedding or a unique event.

Whether it's a high-level business conference or product launch, a wedding or an anniversary, an intimate lunch or a family celebration, we all have a vision of "wither we desire to go". At River Place, the setting and facilities, together with our meticulous attention to detail and our emphasis on stylish sophistication and timeless elegance will help you achieve your vision.

The Estate offers ideal accommodation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and is conveniently located between Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, and both Soccer City Stadium and Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

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Park Hyatt Johannesburg

A world-class hotel for the discerning traveller, the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg is situated in the leafy, cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, a leading luxury Johannesburg hotel, is located in one of the cities most important social and business districts, and is the business traveller's hotel of choice in South Africa.

ROOMS - Park Room
Panoramic city views and distinctive African-inspired decor welcome you to a 38-sq.-metre room, including one king or two twin beds, black granite bath with separate tub and shower, and generous work area with high-speed Internet access. Includes deluxe amenities such as plush bathrobes, daily newspaper and evening turn-down service. Complimentary in-room tea and coffee station available.

Wine & Dine - Zafferano Restaurant
This is the stylish new rendezvous for the social scene in Rosebank. Park Regency Johannesburg's reputation as the ultimate venue for 'power breakfasts' will be enhanced in its new venue. Huge new picture windows facing east will allow the morning sunshine to stream through. At lunchtime, Zafferano will offer an Executive Lunch menu reflecting the inspired cuisine that will be the hallmark of the new restaurant. In the evening, Zafferano Restaurant and Lounge will be the ideal place to enjoy a quick drink with colleagues or a great evening out with family and friends in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

There's plenty to keep you occupied at the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg. Whether you're an exercise enthusiast, a shopping buff, or a relaxation addict, they've got just the right activity for you and your family.

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Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre

At the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre they pride themselves on offering you a four star property at three star rates with service standards that simply make your life easier. The Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre epitomises this philosophy.

Set on thirty acres of landscaped garden, in the Heart of the East Rand, the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre boasts 330 executive hotel rooms, 23 conference rooms and a recreational facility creating an attractive and tranquil atmosphere for all your “out of the office” corporate requirements.

Birchwood is located 7 km from Johannesburg International Airport and a stones throw from the East Rand Mall. This unique Hotel and Conference Centre appeals to both leisure enthusiasts and business travellers alike.

The Birchwood Executive Hotel offers the most demanding business guest or event organiser an exciting range of meeting and event facilities coupled with dedicated and committed staff to ensure they deliver you peace of mind.

So whether it’s a conference, a product launch, a seminar, directors meeting or simply a special occasion, check out the Birchwood Executive Hotel, then check in for an event to be remembered.

Their facilities offer everything in only the best style from your wedding ceremony in their unique and quaint chapel, to your reception in the elegant halls, to your first night as husband and wife in one of the hotel's luxurious honeymoon suites.

Their facilities are available for weddings as intimate as 50 guests to weddings as sociable as 400. Their well prepared menus vary from a filling breakfast, to a light luncheon or a scrumptious three course dinner. Their professional staff will cater to your every need.

Venue Hire Includes:
- Complimentary honeymoon suite on the evening of the wedding for the bridal couple with sparkling champagne and a gift.
- Full English Breakfast for the bridal couple the morning after the wedding.
- Standard cutlery, crockery and glassware.
- Wedding linen: cream tablecloths, cream linen serviettes, cream chair covers and a choice of standard colour overlays.
- A choice of three different styled candelabra stands for each table in gold or silver (excluding candles).
- Dressed tables with printed menu covers, individual name cards & table seating plan.
- Secure parking.

Chapel Hire Includes:
- Use of the chapel
- Chairs with chair covers
- Red carpet down aisle
- Podium with PA system and CD player and Standing Microphone EXCLUDING BRIDAL CD!
- Two gold candelabra stands (including candles)
- Table for signing the register
- A "Day Use Room" for the Bride to get changed in - ONLY IF THE CHAPEL IS BEING USED

THE BIRCHWOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE!

Their exclusive wedding venue offers the perfect atmosphere that any bride and groom could only wish for!

Their facilities offer everything in only the best style from your wedding ceremony in their unique chapel, to your reception in their elegant halls and your first night as husband and wife in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites.

Their facilities are available for weddings as intimate as 50 guests to weddings as sociable as 500.

Their well prepared menus vary from a filling breakfast, to a light luncheon or a scrumptious three course dinner. Their professional staff will cater to your every need.

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