There are many regions, like the Alps or the Mediterranean, that share a set of distinguishing characteristics, be it the scenery, history, architecture or cuisine. Regional Explorer trips enable you to explore two or more countries, without compromising the depth of your experience.
Real experts, real experiences
Call upon the expertise of your Travel Director and you can enjoy everything the region has to offer in comfort, without having to plan your itinerary yourself.
So, for instance, if you were you to embark on our Classical Italy and Greece trip, you’d experience Italy’s and Greece’s most historic cities. Our local insiders will take you to all the must-see sights, including the Vatican and the Temple of Zeus. But they’ll also introduce you a local family in the Chianti countryside, who’ll serve you wine and locally-loved food using their ingredients.
Take the time to explore one country. Dive in, meet the locals and share their stories. You’ll come away with a deeper appreciation of everything it has to offer, not to mention some extraordinary memories.
You’ll stay in hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodation, travel in air-conditioned luxury and have every detail of your trip arranged for you, so you can devote all your time to a thorough appreciation of your new surroundings.
The insider experience
All our Country Explorer trips include Insider Experiences. So, for instance, if you take one of our Turkey trips, you might learn how to make bread with the locals of Demircidere and savor their local homemade wine, or dine with a local family in a century-old Ottoman-style house.
If you prefer a leisurely pace then our At Leisure trips are perfect for you. You’ll have plenty of time to take in your surroundings with two or more nights in each destination.
So, for instance, if you’re on our Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg trip, you can wake up at a gentle hour ready for a walking tour of Bruge’s town square with our Local Specialist. You’ll enjoy a balance of included experiences and Optional Experiences from a cruise along picturesque canals to a visit to a Lace Centre.
Your Travel Director will always be on hand to give you in-depth advice, whether you want to know about the famous peeing boy bronze statue, (otherwise known as the Manneken Pis), or find a jazz café.
Whether by river, rail, road or a combination, Trafalgar chooses the best way to see a destination from a cruise around the Greek Islands to a scenic Alpine journey on the Bernina Express. For instance, our Canada’s Rockies & Rocky Mountaineer trip will give you a real sense of the vastness and majesty of nature. You’ll drive northwards on the ice fields of Parkway and embark on an ice explorer heading for the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier. You will even board a train for Vancouver, speeding through spiral tunnels, through canyons and past the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate.
From country gardens to historic battlefields to the gastronomic delights of a particular region, these special interest trips are ideal if you have a particular passion.
Though whichever trip you choose, one thing will remain constant: you can expect an experience that’s as much about your area of interest as it is about gaining an insight into the local culture from people who live and work in the area.
For instance, our Flavours of Italy ‘foodie’ trip starts in Rome, where you can enjoy a gelato in the gorgeous Piazzo Navona in the heart of the city. From Rome you’ll visit Florence, Pisa and Bologna and Venice. Local specialists will introduce you to Marco Polo’s house. You’ll dine with a local family whose vineyard overlooks the hills of Chianti. And you’ll enjoy insights into their way of life, with a cooking lesson from a professional chef who’ll walk you through a local market in search of fresh ingredients.