Hidden Gems You Need To Visit In 2020

Trafalgar’s Travel Directors travel the length and breadth of Europe and the UK, bringing ‘Only with Trafalgar’ experiences to their guests, but they’ve given us the inside scoop on their favourites.

Add these 10 must-see European experiences to your 2020 travel list:

Óbidos, Portugal

One of the trendiest European destinations for South Africans right now, Portugal isn’t all pasteis de nata in Lisbon and Douro cruises in Porto. Head to Óbidos, a medieval town in the centre of Portugal, and wind your way up its cobblestone roads to the castle at the top of the hill, says Trafalgar TD Ana Rita de Vilela. “Enjoy the amazing view over the region and taste the typical morello cherry liqueur in a chocolate cup, affectionately known as a Ginjinha. Drink the liqueur and then eat the cup!”

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Florence, Italy

Visit the Officina Profumo in Florence, one of the world’s oldest perfume and herb dispensaries. Dominican friars opened this store in the 16th century, but today this little gem looks more like a museum than a perfume shop. “You’ll even see the perfume that Caterina de Medici wore when she married Henry II, the King of France,” says Trafalgar TD Alessia Crosti.

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Cardiff, Wales

Built on what was once a Roman fort at the end of the 50s AD, Cardiff Castle is located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, and features fairy-tale towers and an 11th-century moat. “When visiting Cardiff Castle, touch the Roman Wall and see the tunnels where the people of Cardiff sheltered during the Second World War,” suggests Trafalgar TD Andrew Thomson.

Innsbruck, Austria

There are few things more traditional than Strudel in Austria and the best place to taste it is in Innsbruck, says Trafalgar TD Bernie McCarthy. The word Strudel is derived from the German for “whirlpool” to describe the layers of this pastry, which now comes in a range of flavours, from traditional apple to even cabbage, would you believe? “Stop at the Strudel Shop off the Main Square, which accommodates all different tastes and diets,” says Bernie.

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Bergen, Norway

Beautiful Bergen is renown for its colourful wooden façades in the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, the old wharf of this coastal city. But Trafalgar TD Catrin Griffiths suggests taking a walk out to Sandviksveien, a little way from the busy centre. “There are narrow alleyways, charming houses with tiny gardens and views of the fjord” to be enjoyed.

Paris, France

There’s nothing quite like snapping a selfie against the backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities. And the best place for this is on the top-floor café of the Galleries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, near Opera Garnier, says Trafalgar TD Eve Hand. You’re guaranteed the greatest views of the Palais Garnier and beyond.

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Rome, Italy

If you’re heading to Rome, you simply have to visit the Historic Centre. Trafalgar TD Fabrizio Marcuccio likes to take his guests to a lovely balcony overlooking the Roman Forum for the best views. “The balcony is just behind the town hall on the Capitoline Hill and is by far the best view of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.” Get your cameras ready!

Poznań, Poland

Poland is one of 2020s destinations to watch. History buffs will adore a visit to Poznań, the first capital of Poland and widely regarded as the birthplace of the Polish nation. A particular highlight during your visit to this historic city will be the famous clock at the town hall, says Trafalgar TD Gasper Atelsek. “Every day at noon, you can admire mechanical fighting goats playing above the clock. Goats are the city’s main tourist attraction and there’s also a great legend surrounding them.

Athens, Greece

The birthplace of Western Civilisation should certainly be on your travel list for 2020. In addition to visiting the trendy neighbourhoods of Plaka and Kolonaki, you should visit the Acropolis of Athens. Trafalgar TD Jason Healan suggests heading up to Philopappos Hill for the “absolute best view of the city, from the sea to the surrounding mountains, the different neighbourhoods and of course, the Acropolis”.

Berlin, Germany

Eastern Europe is set to remain just as popular in 2020, thanks to its rand-friendly destinations. Edgy Berlin is a must-visit during summer and for Trafalgar TD Rob Early, nothing could be better than spending a summer evening in the city’s Tiergarten. “This 520-acre city park is Germany’s largest. Rent a pedalo on the lake, cycle, picnic, barbecue, or even watch Berliners doing Tai Chi. My recommendation is a lakeside beer or something to eat at Café am Neuen See.

With 2020 fast approaching, and the rand continuing it’s dizzying fluctuations, you could choose to take advantage of Trafalgar’s Rand Price Guarantee and Early Payment Discount to lock in your 2020 Europe and UK trip for a hassle-free holiday incorporating some of these travel experts’ top tips.

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Le Petit Chef is Here!

We have something exciting to share with with you! In case you haven't heard or missed it, Le Petit Chef has chosen Johannesburg as his 29th city abroad to join him in 4D world travel, accompanied by a six-course date night on steroids. Le Petit Chef creators, Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck from Skullmapping and show producer, Nadine Beshir, bring this gastronomical delight to life with amazing graphics, an exciting tale, and of course, exquisite cuisine.

The six-course dining and entertainment experience has set up residence at the Faircity Quatermain Hotel in Morningside, Sandton. But make sure you book your experience ASAP, as this is a pop-up restaurant and will disappear at some point.

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What To Expect At DinnerTimeStories

Where to begin! This spice-infused six-course dining experience begins with a complimentary glass of champagne (there's also a wine pairing option). This is an experience to be shared at communal tables of eight and twelve, with only 52 guests per show.

As for the menu, it is never revealed beforehand. There are vegetarian, vegan, Halaal and Kosher friendly options, too. Everything the diner will be experiencing is authentically sourced from the country of origin, making this the most affordable way to travel and taste your way across the world, visiting Arabia, India, the peaks of the Himalayas and finally, China, before returning to the point of origin, Marseilles, France.

This unique dining experience combines cutting-edge 3D technology, visual artistry, theatrical storytelling, fresh ingredients, unique flavours, sounds and tastes, all into one delicious culinary journey unlike any other.

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Early Bird Special

Le Petit Chef is celebrating his arrival in South Africa with an early bird launch special of R995 per adult and R845 for children, thereafter increasing to R 1225 and R 995, respectively. Visit Computicket to get your tickets now.

There will also be child-friendly Sunday lunches with an adapted menu, but all other shows are strictly for children over the age of 12.

The Faircity Quatermain Hotel is also running dinner, bed and breakfast specials with singles at R1 995 and R 2 990 for couples sharing.

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Need An Interesting Corporate Function Idea?

Le Petit Chef is excited to accommodate corporate bookings with specific times reserved for such purposes. Additional entertainment can easily be incorporated, as well as personalised branding.

He is even willing to go home with his patrons by bringing his Le Petit Chef Du Maison experience into the home or any event space of the client’s choosing for any occasion that needs that extra special something added to it.

Choose one meal or all four of his event-specific recipes and he will prepare it as if you are at one of his shows.

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You Could Win A Trip To Marseilles!

One of Le Petit Chef’s sponsors is the luxurious Air France, who have added some additional incentives. All guests are automatically entered into a draw to win two flights with Air France to Marseilles, the home of Le Petit Chef.

The draw will happen when Le Petit Chef packs his bags. Book early on Computicket, the show truly needs to be seen to be believed.

For More Information

For more information about Le Petit Chef and this unique and mind-blowing dining experience, visit www.dinnertimestories.co.za.

You can also contact them on 081 266 2661 or [email protected].

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram.  Don't forget to use the hashtag #dinnertimestoriessa.

What Is It?

For an unforgettable flavour experience, head to the 8th annual Capital Craft Beer Festival and enjoy a day filled with the age-old tradition of drinking beer, along with new and exciting musical acts to keep you entertained. The Capital Craft Beer Festival has established itself as an indispensable part of the Pretoria social calendar. It is not to be missed as 10 000 beer and music lovers congregate in the beautiful natural scenery offered by the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. This event sets the bar for the industry with over 40 brewers present, ample entertainment available and a massive variety of food to choose from. This is a beer festival not to be missed.

When Is It?

Saturday, 13 June 2020 from 10:00 to 19:00.

Where Is It?

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R120 - R220 per person and are available at Plankton.mobi. Cost includes a beer mug and a site map.

For More Information

For more information about this event, click here to visit their Facebook page.

Mid-Year Festivities Come To onenineone!

Thoughtfully put together, the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg's restaurant, onenineone, brings the city their very first Xmas in July celebration! It'll be a memorable evening complete with an array of traditional food from various countries across the globe, including Germany, France, India and many more. And to complement to delicious food, there'll also be Waterford Estate wines as well as hand-crafted gin from Whitley Neill to delight your taste buds. Talk about eating, drinking and being merry!

And as if that wasn't enough to get you into the festive spirit, there'll also be Christmas carols and a dazzling Christmas tree which will add a little more cheer to the already merry atmosphere. Also, keep an eye out for falling snow as you stroll through the many different stalls, humming to your favourite holiday songs. It sounds like such a lovely Xmas in July experience!

Book Your Spot Now

If you'd love to join in the festivities at this wonderful celebration, make sure you book your spot by emailing [email protected]. It'll cost R450 per person. As for the important details, here they are:

Date: Friday July 20, 2018

Time: From 17:30 to 22:00

Dress code: Dress warmly

Venue: The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, onenineone, 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about this special celebration, visit johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com, email [email protected] or call 011 280 1234.

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What Is It?

For the love of soccer come and be part at this amazing event. Neymar Jr’s Five is a global five-a-side tournament bringing players from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion: football (soccer). It is a fast, technical and fun competition, played in more than 60 countries, including my Neymar's home country - Brazil, and France.

When Is It?

Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 12:00.

Where Is It?

Discovery Soccer Park Wanderers, 21 North Street, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Click here to sign up and be part of this event.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer!

There are two different types of people: those who love winter and those that loathe winter. And if you're the latter, surely you want to hold on to the hot summer days a little longer. We don't blame you! Who doesn't love the warmth of the sun on their skin, flip flops adorning their feet and lightweight t-shirts instead of bulky jerseys? Exactly! So, if you want to trade the frosty nights and thick featherdown duvets for balmy summer evenings and refreshing cocktails, then make sure you plan your winter escape with a summer holiday with Flight Centre. They have put together a range of holidays, cruises and tours to make your winter woes disappear and keep you in the summer frame of mind.

Soak Up The Sun In Phuket

Imagine this: escaping to a tropical island, strolling down beautiful beaches, feeling the light sea breeze on your skin, breathing in the smell of the ocean, squishing beach sand between your toes and soaking up some rays while sipping on fresh cocktails. Sounds like the life, doesn't it? If so, then this is the perfect beach getaway for you! From R12 790* per person, enjoy an eight-night stay at the four-star Centara Karon Resort Phuket in a superior at the Terrace Room. The deal also includes breakfast daily, return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes and return transfers, complimentary access to the Kids Club for children aged between 4-9 years, and much more. It doesn't get more summery than this!

Travel dates: 01 July 2018 - 31 October 2018

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Sail Away On A Mediterranean Cruise

Have you ever need on a cruise? Believe us, it is definitely something you want to add to your bucket list! It's something you need to do at least once in your life and Flight Centre has just the cruise to beat the winter blues. From R11 850* per person, sail your way through the Mediterranean starting from Marseille, France. This seven-night cruise also includes accommodation, all meals and entertainment onboard, gratuities, port charges and taxes. This is an experience you don't want to miss so make sure you book your spot aboard the MSC Opera before it's too late. June is just around the corner.

Travel dates: 24 June 2018 departure only

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Escape To Paradise In Zanzibar

Next up on Flight Centre's island paradise escapes is the beautiful and sultry destination of Zanzibar! It's got beaches for miles, plenty of sea views, loads of lush greenery and of course, lets not forget to mention the most important feature - sunny summery weather! Bypass winter with a relaxing and tropical summer holiday at the four-star Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa. From R12 750 per person, enjoy seven-nights in a Bondeni Room, breakfast and dinner daily, return flights from Johannesburg on Mango Airlines, approximate taxes and return private transfers as well as FREE WIFI in public areas. We can already smell the sea breeze and feel the light tingle of sunburn already!

Travel dates: 14 July 2018 - 31 July 2018 AND 01 September 2018 - 27 September 2018

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Immerse Yourself In The Natural Beauty of India

If you're looking to travel and experience a destination of beauty, vibrancy, nature and amazing flavours, then make sure you plan an exciting journey through the incredible location of India. There are no words to explain the majesty an natural beauty of this country and Flight Centre has just the deal to get you there, experiencing it firsthand. From R15 250* per person, travellers will enjoy a seven-nights accommodation in well-appointed four-star hotels across India, along with daily buffet breakfast (two nights in Cochin / two nights in Kumarakom / one night on the Alleppey Houseboat / two nights in Kovalam). The offer also includes return flights from Johannesburg, transportation using an air-conditioned medium car, assistance at the airports and hotels, entrance fees at monuments and much more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience!

Travel dates: 01 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

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For More Information

For more information about these offers and more, visit www.flightcentre.co.za or call them on 0877 40 50 00. 

Click here to enquire now.

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What Is It?

For an unforgettable flavour experience, head to the Capital Craft Beer Festival and enjoy a day filled with the age-old tradition of drinking beer, along with new and exciting musical acts to keep you entertained. Guests will get the opportunity to sample beers from over 35 different microbrewers from all over the country, including Alpha Craft, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, Soweto Gold, St-Louis Belgian Beer, Two Okes Brewery, Clarens Brewery and many more. The music lineup is just as cool and includes Half 'n Half, Bad Peter, Crimson House, Femi Koya and Spoegwolf, to name a few, and, of course, no festival would be complete without a screening of the SA vs England rugby game! This is a beer festival not to be missed.

When Is It?

Saturday, 16 June 2018 from 10:00 to 19:00.

Where Is It?

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R 100 - R 170 per person and are available at Plankton.mobi. Cost includes a beer mug and a site map.

For More Information

For more information about this event, click here to visit their website.

Discovering the Sublime World of Wine - 2010

The Cape Wine Academy offers a range of entertaining and educational wine courses for members of the public, travel & tourism industries. Tailor-made wine tasting events are available for corporate groups. Our courses are held in Johannesburg and Pretoria. All courses are presented by winemakers, Viticulturists, Cape Wine Masters and people actively involved in the industry.

Level 1: The South African Wine Course
Topics encompass wine styles and the effect of wine on the taste of food; vineyard and winemaking practices
and how they contribute to making a quality wine. There is an hour tutored tasting at each of the three presentations. This can be completed in the evenings or as a 1 day event.
All lectures incorporate tutored wine tastings.

Level 2: Certificate Wine Course
An in-depth course on South African wine which covers viticulture, winemaking, distillation, fortification, sweet and sparkling wines. This course consists of 7 lectures which are conducted, in the evening or as a 3 day course. There is a theory and tasting examination. The South African Wine course or the Front of House course is a pre-requisite to attend.

Level 3: Diploma
A magnificent way to experience the world through a glass of wine! Four modules consisting of 7 lectures, held fortnightly. This 2 year course details the wine regions of the Old and New World with relevant subject tastings. The Certificate wine course is a pre-requisite to attend.
Module 1: Global Wine Production started August, 2010.

Wines of the World
Step into the international world of wines and broaden your international wine knowledge. Explore the world’s wine regions and discover the interesting wines that they produce. From France to Australia and the Americas, you will be able to compare their wines against ours! This course consists of 6 lectures which are conducted weekly in the evenings, or as a 2 day course.

Introduction to South African Brandy
A two hour evening, which covers the theory of Brandy and includes a brandy tasting. Everyone is welcome.

Corporate Tastings & Functions
Let us arrange a customised tasting or course for you and your corporate clients.

Gift certificates are available for all Cape Wine Academy courses.

The South African Wine Course

Introduction to the wonders of wine – for everyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating subject! Wine knowledge is an asset whether you are pursuing a hobby or enhancing your knowledge
for a career.

Course Outline:

Lecture 1 Wine styles, the FIVE taste sensations with a cause & effect tasting and discussion
Lecture 2 Vineyard practices & South African wine growing districts, varieties/cultivars – white wine tasting and discussion
Lecture 3 Outline of the ‘General Principles of Winemaking’ – red wine tasting and discussion
Exam Theory Examination (60 minutes)

For information on course dates and bookings please follow the links alongside