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  1. Day 1
    Arrive London
    Welcome to London! On arrival you are transferred to your tour hotel. This evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Drink and tour debriefing at your hotel.

    Day 2
    Chelsea Flower Show
    A transfer in the morning takes you to the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Enjoy the extensive displays of show gardens and magnificent floral displays before a transfer in the afternoon back to your hotel. Later, enjoy a glass of champagne and a bird’s eye view of London from the London Eye before dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 3
    London Sightseeing
    On your guided sightseeing tour this morning see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if operating) before enjoying lunch in a typical English pub. This afternoon you are free to enjoy London at your own pace.(Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 4
    Kew Gardens & Hampton Court Palace
    This morning visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. This afternoon, discover the wonders of majestic Hampton Court Palace, home to the Kings and Queens of Britain since the time of Henry VIII. Discover the magnificent State Apartments, explore the riverside gardens.(Breakfast)

    Day 5
    London – Wisley Gardens – St Austell
    Travel to the gardens of Wisley today, renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Agricultural Society. There’s ample time to take in the many highlights before continuing to the Cornish Riviera and our hotel, perched high on the rugged cliffs of St Austell Bay.(Breakfast / Hotel Dinner)

    Day 6
    Lost Garden of Heligan & the Cornish Coast
    Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were hailed by The Times as “the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration! This afternoon visit the rugged Cornish coast. Stop for a photo of St Michael’s Mount near Penzance and continue to Land’s End, the most westerly point on the British mainland.(Breakfast / Hotel Dinner)

    Day 7
    St Austell – Cheltenham
    This morning visit the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly with its cobbled streets and white washed cottages. Then continue through the English countryside to the town of Cheltenham for a two night stay.(Breakfast / Hotel Dinner)

    Day 8
    Cotswolds Excursion
    A full day tour of the Cotswolds begins in Burford, where there’s time to visit the small tea houses before heading south to Bibury described as the ‘prettiest village in Britain’ for an included lunch. Continue to Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the greatest arts and crafts gardens in England, before returning to Cheltenham.(Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 9
    Cheltenham – Powis Castle – Llandudno
    Today travel to Wales and visit Powis Castle gardens with its spectacular terraces and stunning vistas. Continue to the seaside resort town of Llandudno.(Breakfast / Hotel Dinner)

    Day 10
    Bodnant Garden Excursion
    The day starts with a visit to Bodnant Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. Later visit the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, at 3,560 feet the highest peak in Wales including a fabulous trip onboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway.(Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Llandudno – Lake District
    Farewell Wales and continue north to the English Lake District where you see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Stop to visit the beautiful Holker Hall Gardens, before continuing to our traditional hotel set on the shores of Lake Windemere.(Breakfast / Hotel Dinner)

    Day 12
    Lake District Experience
    Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - an inspiration to a host of English poets. Begin with a visit to Wordsworth’s grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere before embarking on a relaxing cruise. The remainder of the day is free to relax.(Breakfast)

    Day 13
    Lake District – Chatsworth RHS Flower Show – Nottingham
    Head into the rolling Derbyshire countryside, where the Chatsworth Estate offers a glorious backdrop for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. In its inaugural year, you can expect to see all your favourite RHS Show features in a brand new celebration of plants and gardens. Later continue to the historic city of Nottingham.(Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Nottingham – Blenheim Palace – Bampton Village – London
    This morning tour the magnificent house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue to the village of Bampton to see the street where many scenes from the “Downtown Abbey” TV series were filmed. Later, return to London for a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise!(Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Day 15
    Farewell London
    After breakfast your tour comes to an end with a transfer to London Heathrow Airport for your onward flight.(Breakfast)

    FEATURE HOTELS
    The Carlyon Bay Hotel St Austell
    St George’s Hotel Llandudno
    INCLUDED QUALITY DINING
    14 Breakfasts, 5 Hotel Dinners, 2 Highlight Lunches, 2 Highlight Dinners
    PREMIUM HIGHLIGHTS
    London Eye excursion with champagne
    Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
    Discover the wonders of Hampton Court Palace
    Visit the Gardens of Wisley and the Lost Garden of Heligan
    Bodnant Gardens excursion, Wales
    Snowden Mountain Railway Excursion
    Cruise Lake Windemere
    Visit Blenheim Palace
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
    Tickets to The Chelsea Flower Show 2017
    London – Thames River Dinner Cruise
    Tickets to the inaugural year of RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
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  3. Day 1
    Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki
    Aloha and welcome to Hawaii. You are greeted with a smile, a traditional flower lei and a transfer to your elegant oceanfront resort. Settle into island time and relax with a swim or stroll on the beach. At 6.00pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.(WD)

    Day 2
    Island Sightseeing
    The day begins with an exclusive guided tour of Iolani Palace that takes you inside the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu, seeing the State Capitol, Washington Place and King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. Thereafter, enjoy a scenic drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Drive along the picturesque East Oahu shoreline, featuring a stop at Hanauma Bay, one of the best snorkeling locations with its wide assortment of ocean fauna. Later, as the sun dips below the horizon, enjoy a relaxing evening.(FB)

    Day 3
    Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time
    After a restful night's sleep, begin the day at Pearl Harbor with Insight's advanced reserved tickets. You'll spend poignant time at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. The afternoon is at leisure to be pampered at the spa, sip cocktails or read a book by the pool. The choice is yours and the options are endless. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki.(FB / HD)

    Day 4
    Maui, the Magic Isle
    After a delectable breakfast, enjoy island views as you soar high above the Pacific to Maui. Stop at Iao Valley State Park, a lush stream-cut valley, home to Maui's most iconic landmark – the 1200-foot (366 metres) Iao Needle. Admire its natural beauty and learn about its historical significance. Next, explore the quaint whaling town of Lahaina followed by a Highlight Lunch with a refreshingly new and unique dining experience served at a beachside restaurant, renowned for growing its own farm fresh produce and contemporary Pacific cuisine. Your luxurious home for the next three nights is the Grand Wailea Resort, Maui's premier resort destination with 40 acres of lush, tropical beachfront gardens.(FB / HL)

    Day 5
    Maui Sightseeing
    In the morning, set off for Haleakalā National Park, home to one of Hawaii's most famous volcanoes and Maui's highest peak at 10,023 feet (3,055 metres). Haleakalā means 'house of the sun' in Hawaiian, named after the demigod Maui who was believed to have lassoed the sun as he stood high atop the volcano. Afterwards, it's off to the Maui Ocean Center where you meet a conservation naturalist. See sharks and some of the island's other vibrant aquatic wildlife as you pass through the many exciting and interactive exhibits the Ocean Center has to offer.(FB)

    Day 6
    Maui At Leisure
    Another day awaits to succumb to the pleasures of your resort. Simply relax, soak in the warm tropical sunshine and enjoy the beach. In the evening, celebrate Hawaii's culture and traditions at an authentic Hawaiian Luau and Highlight Dinner. Sip tropical cocktails, sample traditional poi and roasted pig and enjoy the lilting songs and hula dances.(FB / HD)

    Day 7
    On to the Big Island
    In the morning, fly to Hilo on the Big Island. Wind your way through rolling volcanic hills and lush foliage to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the world's largest volcano. Visit the Jaggar Museum, look down on the Kilauea Caldera and walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Later in the afternoon, enjoy lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Back in Hilo, visit the Farmer's Market with a Local Expert who will familiarise you with the many colours, tastes and flavours that surround you. Head a short drive west to Wailuku River State Park where you'll see one of Hawaii's most majestic natural wonders: the waterfall. The 80 foot (24 metre) drop of Rainbow Falls is named after the colourful hues formed by the surrounding mist. Then it's on to your enchanting seaside resort.(FB / L)

    Day 8
    Historic Hawaii
    In the morning, you will sample pure Kona Coffee on a guided walk through a coffee farm with a Local Expert. Then step back in time at Puuhonua o Honaunau (place of refuge) National Historical Park. Explore the historic town of Kailua with some free time. Later, learn how to make the perfect Mai Tai, Blue Hawaiian or Pina Colada at a mixology class before a typical Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Barbeque with wine is prepared on the beach.(FB / HD)

    Day 9
    Hawaii at Leisure
    Your day in Hawaii is entirely yours to spend as you wish. Enjoy the resort's very extensive activities with your included Fun N Sun Activity Pass and maybe catch a glimpse of green sea turtles basking on the shores or perhaps choose to take flight on one of the exciting locally offered helicopter excursions. If you're returning home tomorrow, bid farewell to your friends at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.(FB / CD)

    Day 10
    Depart Hawaii or on to Kauai, the Garden Isle
    Your 10-day tour concludes with a transfer to Kona International Airport at Keahole. Alternatively, guests opting for the 13-day tour depart for the lush garden isle of Kauai. Next, drive through the eucalyptus ‘Tunnel of Trees' en route to the beaches of Poipu. Your luxurious resort is nestled in one of the prettiest bays in the islands. Sleep, dine and relax in style as you tune in with the rhythmic wash of the waves. Enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel in the evening.(FB / D)

    Day 11
    Exploring Kauai and the Grand Canyon of the Pacific
    In the morning, explore immense Waimea Canyon and marvel at its vibrant colours resplendent in the changing island light. On the way, stop in historic Hanapepe, Kauai's little biggest town. This versatile town has functioned as a fertile area where foods like banana, sugar cane and taro are grown and also as a hub for salt harvesting and trading. Your next stop is at the West Kauai Visitors Center for a unique cultural experience. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure among the sparkling waters and scented puakenikeni of your resort.(FB)

    Day 12
    Kauai Free Day
    This day is free for you to explore and take in the local sights. Perhaps get a bird's-eye view of Kauai's lush greenery on an optional helicopter excursion. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and wine served amid the open-air thatched huts, waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons of Tidepools Restaurant at a Celebration Dinner.(FB / CD)

    Day 13
    A Hui Hou Hawaii
    After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the Pacific, there is a transfer to Lihue Airport.(FB)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Oahu: Explore downtown Honolulu.
    Maui: See the shops and galleries in Lahaina.
    Hawaii: Learn how to make Hawaiian cocktails at a mixology class.
    *Kauai: View the beautiful Opaekaa Falls and Spouting Horn blowhole and drive under the famous ‘Tunnel of Trees.' Join a local artisan for an exclusive lesson on making an authentic Hawaiian lei.
    AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
    Oahu: With a local historian, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Iolani Palace, former home of Hawaiian royalty and the only official royal residence in the US.
    Oahu: With Insight's advanced reserved tickets, you'll spend poignant time at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, where so many lost their lives in 1941.
    Maui: Visit Haleakalā National Park and witness the majestic vastness of one of the Hawaiian islands' most famous volcanoes.
    Maui: Join a Conservation Caturalist on a private guided tour of the Maui Ocean Center, the nations largest tropical reef aquarium.
    Hawaii: Visit Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's largest volcano.
    Hawaii: Visit Hilo with a Local Expert for an up-close and personal history of the town and the Hilo Farmers Market.
    Hawaii: Tour a coffee farm with a Local Expert and taste delicious Kona blend.
    Hawaii: Learn how to make the perfect tropical cocktail at a mixology class.
    Hawaii: Your Fun N Sun Activity Pass gives you unlimited access to all beach rental equipment at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
    Kauai: Explore Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.*
    DISTINCTIVE HOTELS
    Oahu: Relax in Luxury Gold style with oceanfront rooms at the Mailani Tower in the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
    Maui: Immerse yourself in idyllic Hawaiian luxury, with lush Polynesian landscapes and perfect ocean sunsets from your Oceanview room at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui.
    Hawaii: Lap up pure Big Island indulgence with Oceanview Rooms at The Fairmont Orchid.
    Kauai: Witness the colours and lush mountains that give Kauai the name 'Garden Isle' at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa from your Oceanview Room.*
    EPICUREAN DINING
    Oahu: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki.
    Maui: Enjoy a beachside Hawaiian Lunch at O'o Restaurant.
    Maui: Celebrate at an authentic Hawaiian Luau Highlight Dinner.
    Hawaii: Indulge in a typical Paniolo Beach BBQ at a Highlight Dinner with wine.
    Kauai: Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine at your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner in the unique Hawaiian setting of Tidepools.*
    Hawaii: Bid farewell to your friends at a lively Celebration Dinner.
    1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) On Kauai*; 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 three-course Dinner (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) *Exclusive to 13-day itinerary
    HELICOPTER EXPERIENCES
    Hawaii (Day 9): Big Island Helicopter Tour. Available locally from $466 USD per person. Kauai (Day 12): Kauai Helicopter Tour. Available locally from $248 USD per person
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  5. Day 1
    Aloha Honolulu and Waikiki
    Aloha and welcome to Hawaii. You are greeted with a smile, a traditional flower lei and a transfer to your elegant oceanfront resort. Settle into island time and relax with a swim or stroll on the beach. At 6.00pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.(WD)

    Day 2
    Island Sightseeing
    The day begins with an exclusive guided tour of Iolani Palace that takes you inside the only official royal residence in the United States. Next, explore downtown Honolulu, seeing the State Capitol, Washington Place and King Kamehameha Statue at Aliiolani Hale. Thereafter, enjoy a scenic drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Drive along the picturesque East Oahu shoreline, featuring a stop at Hanauma Bay, one of the best snorkeling locations with its wide assortment of ocean fauna. Later, as the sun dips below the horizon, enjoy a relaxing evening.(FB)

    Day 3
    Pearl Harbor and Leisure Time
    After a restful night's sleep, begin the day at Pearl Harbor with Insight's advanced reserved tickets. You'll spend poignant time at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, honouring the military personnel killed in the 1941 surprise attack. The afternoon is at leisure to be pampered at the spa, sip cocktails or read a book by the pool. The choice is yours and the options are endless. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki.(FB / HD)

    Day 4
    Maui, the Magic Isle
    After a delectable breakfast, enjoy island views as you soar high above the Pacific to Maui. Stop at Iao Valley State Park, a lush stream-cut valley, home to Maui's most iconic landmark – the 1200-foot (366 metres) Iao Needle. Admire its natural beauty and learn about its historical significance. Next, explore the quaint whaling town of Lahaina followed by a Highlight Lunch with a refreshingly new and unique dining experience served at a beachside restaurant, renowned for growing its own farm fresh produce and contemporary Pacific cuisine. Your luxurious home for the next three nights is the Grand Wailea Resort, Maui's premier resort destination with 40 acres of lush, tropical beachfront gardens.(FB / HL)

    Day 5
    Maui Sightseeing
    In the morning, set off for Haleakalā National Park, home to one of Hawaii's most famous volcanoes and Maui's highest peak at 10,023 feet (3,055 metres). Haleakalā means 'house of the sun' in Hawaiian, named after the demigod Maui who was believed to have lassoed the sun as he stood high atop the volcano. Afterwards, it's off to the Maui Ocean Center where you meet a conservation naturalist. See sharks and some of the island's other vibrant aquatic wildlife as you pass through the many exciting and interactive exhibits the Ocean Center has to offer.(FB)

    Day 6
    Maui At Leisure
    Another day awaits to succumb to the pleasures of your resort. Simply relax, soak in the warm tropical sunshine and enjoy the beach. In the evening, celebrate Hawaii's culture and traditions at an authentic Hawaiian Luau and Highlight Dinner. Sip tropical cocktails, sample traditional poi and roasted pig and enjoy the lilting songs and hula dances.(FB / HD)

    Day 7
    On to the Big Island
    In the morning, fly to Hilo on the Big Island. Wind your way through rolling volcanic hills and lush foliage to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the world's largest volcano. Visit the Jaggar Museum, look down on the Kilauea Caldera and walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Later in the afternoon, enjoy lunch at the Kilauea Lodge. Back in Hilo, visit the Farmer's Market with a Local Expert who will familiarise you with the many colours, tastes and flavours that surround you. Head a short drive west to Wailuku River State Park where you'll see one of Hawaii's most majestic natural wonders: the waterfall. The 80 foot (24 metre) drop of Rainbow Falls is named after the colourful hues formed by the surrounding mist. Then it's on to your enchanting seaside resort.(FB / L)

    Day 8
    Historic Hawaii
    In the morning, you will sample pure Kona Coffee on a guided walk through a coffee farm with a Local Expert. Then step back in time at Puuhonua o Honaunau (place of refuge) National Historical Park. Explore the historic town of Kailua with some free time. Later, learn how to make the perfect Mai Tai, Blue Hawaiian or Pina Colada at a mixology class before a typical Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Barbeque with wine is prepared on the beach.(FB / HD)

    Day 9
    Hawaii at Leisure
    Your day in Hawaii is entirely yours to spend as you wish. Enjoy the resort's very extensive activities with your included Fun N Sun Activity Pass and maybe catch a glimpse of green sea turtles basking on the shores or perhaps choose to take flight on one of the exciting locally offered helicopter excursions. If you're returning home tomorrow, bid farewell to your friends at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.(FB / CD)

    Day 10
    Depart Hawaii or on to Kauai, the Garden Isle
    Your 10-day tour concludes with a transfer to Kona International Airport at Keahole. Alternatively, guests opting for the 13-day tour depart for the lush garden isle of Kauai. Next, drive through the eucalyptus ‘Tunnel of Trees' en route to the beaches of Poipu. Your luxurious resort is nestled in one of the prettiest bays in the islands. Sleep, dine and relax in style as you tune in with the rhythmic wash of the waves. Enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel in the evening.(FB / D)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Oahu: Explore downtown Honolulu.
    Hawaii: Learn how to make Hawaiian cocktails at a mixology class.
    *Kauai: View the beautiful Opaekaa Falls and Spouting Horn blowhole and drive under the famous ‘Tunnel of Trees.' Join a local artisan for an exclusive lesson on making an authentic Hawaiian lei.
    AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
    Oahu: With a local historian, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Iolani Palace, former home of Hawaiian royalty and the only official royal residence in the US.
    Oahu: With Insight's advanced reserved tickets, you'll spend poignant time at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, where so many lost their lives in 1941.
    Maui: Visit Haleakalā National Park and witness the majestic vastness of one of the Hawaiian islands' most famous volcanoes.
    Maui: Join a Conservation Caturalist on a private guided tour of the Maui Ocean Center, the nations largest tropical reef aquarium.
    Hawaii: Visit Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's largest volcano.
    Hawaii: Visit Hilo with a Local Expert for an up-close and personal history of the town and the Hilo Farmers Market.
    Hawaii: Tour a coffee farm with a Local Expert and taste delicious Kona blend.
    Hawaii: Learn how to make the perfect tropical cocktail at a mixology class.
    Hawaii: Your Fun N Sun Activity Pass gives you unlimited access to all beach rental equipment at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
    Kauai: Explore Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.*
    DISTINCTIVE HOTELS
    Oahu: Relax in Luxury Gold style with oceanfront rooms at the Mailani Tower in the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
    Maui: Immerse yourself in idyllic Hawaiian luxury, with lush Polynesian landscapes and perfect ocean sunsets from your Oceanview room at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui.
    Hawaii: Lap up pure Big Island indulgence with Oceanview Rooms at The Fairmont Orchid.
    Kauai: Witness the colours and lush mountains that give Kauai the name 'Garden Isle' at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa from your Oceanview Room.*
    EPICUREAN DINING
    Oahu: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Chef Roy Yamaguchi's acclaimed Hawaiian fusion restaurant, Roy's Waikiki.
    Maui: Enjoy a beachside Hawaiian Lunch at O'o Restaurant.
    Maui: Celebrate at an authentic Hawaiian Luau Highlight Dinner.
    Hawaii: Indulge in a typical Paniolo Beach BBQ at a Highlight Dinner with wine.
    Kauai: Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine at your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner in the unique Hawaiian setting of Tidepools.*
    Hawaii: Bid farewell to your friends at a lively Celebration Dinner.
    1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) On Kauai*; 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 three-course Dinner (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) *Exclusive to 13-day itinerary
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  7. Day 1, Reykjavik
    28 December 2016. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Golden Circle
    Rekyjavik - Golden Circle - Hella. This morning we get a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded.

    Continuing on we explore the hot springs at Geysir, these natural springs bubbling away in the ground before exploding in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers in the area and while Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and one of Iceland's most beautiful.

    This evening, we hear all about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Lagoons & Parks
    Hella - Jokulsarlon - Vatnajokull NP - Vatnajokull region. After breakfast we begin a long drive to a world of glaciers and icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. We explore this extraordinary site on the lookout for seals swimming in the cold waters. We can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.

    The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and is the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier.

    Tonight we enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night at Fosshotel Nupar in the Vatnajokull region.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 4, New Years Eve in Reykjavik
    Vatnajokull region - Vik - Eyjafjallajokull - Seljalandsfoss - Rekyjavik. Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vik where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland, passing the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull continuing to Skógafoss waterfall.

    Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet!

    This evening we return to Reykjavik for one last night. A transfer bus will bring you at 20:15 to the New Year's Eve dinner at Kopar Restaurant, located at the downtown harbour. This is the perfect location to stroll into the centre, follow the crowd to the best parties and enjoy the "crazy" and one of kind fireworks in Iceland's capital. Return to the hotel on your own. (Please note that this program is not suitable for visiting the Reykjavík bonfires on New Year's Eve).
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 5, Reykjavik
    Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  9. 1 Ouagadougou
    Welcome to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. On arrival at Ouagadougou International Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel (approximately 20 minutes). There will be a meeting sometime this evening, or first thing tomorrow morning (depending on what time the group arrives), where you’ll meet your Peregrine tour leader and your fellow travelling companions. If you arrive with time to spare, there’s much to soak-in in Ouagadougou (pronounced waga-doo-goo). The surprisingly modern capital of Burkina Faso has a population of approximately 1.5 million and is one of the cultural centres of West Africa. If you feel like a bit of a party then the nightlife in Ouaga (as it’s affectionately known) is famous throughout West Africa, with excellent music, bars and nightclubs and the music goes on all night. Otherwise simply pull up a chair by an outdoor eatery and watch the colourful local scene unfold.
    2 Bobo-Dioulasso
    Travel into the green, lush and cooler climes of the west today to the town Bobo-Dioulasso (approximately 5 hours), where you will spend the next two nights. No highlight in Bobo-Dioulasso is greater than its music, with the town known as the Music Capital of Burkina Faso. The country boasts folk music from over 60 different ethnic groups, and this afternoon you’ll visit the music museum to learn about the traditional instruments used by the different groups. There is also a listening area to hear local artists and get in touch with the musical side of Burkinabe life. After dinner this evening you will experience the romance of live Djembe (a goblet shaped drum) music at one of the several local marquees. In Burkina Faso an instrument is about more than the sound it creates – it carries a deep cultural and spiritual significance, and drums are the base of all music in the country.
    3 Bobo-Dioulasso
    Bobo’s tree-lined streets give it a calming feel, but at its centre lies the busy, bustling Grand Marche, renowned as the crossroads of numerous tribes and an excellent place to experience the colour and atmosphere of a typical city market. It’s filled with everything one could ever think or want to buy, from food and clothing, to household goods and a great selection of tribal arts from all over West Africa. You will also visit a women’s plastic bag recycling project, which combines environmentalism with employment creation. Purses, clothing and dolls are created from plastic yarn that has been spun from the plastic bags that once littered the ground and were a danger to livestock. In the oldest part of the town you’ll visit skilled blacksmiths, potters and weavers using ancestral methods. In the afternoon you’ll be treated to a musical performance, or perhaps visit the Grande Mosque, which is a fine example of Sudanese mud-brick architecture and holds a dark, austere interior.
    4 Banfora
    Today you will take a short drive (approximately 3 hours) to one of Burkina’s prettiest towns – Banfora. This serene, sleepy town is set against lush greens hills of sugarcane, surrounded by waterfalls, small lakes and wonderful natural places to visit. You’ll spend the day visiting the attractions in the surrounding area, including some incredible rock formations. Take a short hike to a narrow three-kilometre chain of sandstone hills – the Sindou Rock Formations. This is a geological wonderland of rock cones stretching towards the sky, shaped and sculpted by the elements. After taking in this stunning moonscape, you’ll continue on to Lake Tengrela, known for being home to more than a hundred hippos. Climb aboard a boat to sail across the tree-fringed lake and search for the wide variety of birdlife and for hippo families, and meet with local fishermen who know exactly where to spot the huge animals. You’ll then make your way though an impressive avenue of mango trees and negotiate a chaotic jumble of rocks to reach the magnificent Karfiguela Waterfalls, another sight that’s worth the journey no matter what the season. Then it’s back to Banfora for the night.
    5 Gaoua
    Drive south-east (approximately 3 hours) towards Gaoua, a place of secret rituals, wooden fetishes (objects believed to have supernatural power), and steeped in ancestral significance. It is home to the guarded Lobi people, and is a fascinating and culturally distinctive area known for its unique architecture and age-old traditions. Today will be a full day of sightseeing and regular stops as you drive through the various villages, before finally settling at Gaoua in the late afternoon. On the way you will come into contact with the Lobi; living in these remote rural areas, the Lobi are not used to foreigners, and may feel nervous when you visit. Please refrain from taking any photos here without permission. You will see Lobi homes, made with high brick mud walls and have small slits for windows, not unlike a miniature fortress. Visit the ruins of an actual fortress in Loropéni, a World Heritage site that’s at least 1,000 years old but whose origin remains a mystery. Discover the role of traditional chiefs in modern Africa with a visit to the Gan Kings, and then discover more about the local religion, sacred rights and beliefs by meeting with a traditional ‘fetish’ man.
    6 Reserve de Nazinga
    Today you will visit a traditional Lobi house meet the family before heading to the Poni Museum dedicated to the Lobi culture. It's then a 7 hour drive to the Reserve de Nazinga. Reserve de Nazinga was established in 1979 by Canadian brothers. It is home to elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, warthogs, antelopes and plenty of bird life, however, please bear in mind that game parks in West Africa are not comparable to game parks in east and south of africa. The Reserve has rustic huts that are basic but the animals, cold drinks and food makes up for the lack of luxury.
    7 Ouagadougou
    This morning enjoy a morning game drive in the reserve. You then set off for a full day excursion to the unique village of Teibele, close to the Ghanian border and home to the Kassena people (approximately 1.5 hours). The town is known for its unusual architecture – pottery-like mud houses that are elaborately decorated. Variously square, round, or figure-eight shaped, the houses have stunning intricate ornamentation on the outside, geometric patterns of black diamonds and stripes, illustrations of snakes, crocodiles or perhaps a tortoise, the sacred totem of the royal family. While the men do the building, women are in charge of the painting. The geometric patterns represent the calabash – the multi-use skin of this vegetable is a lifelong kitchen companion for women and is the only object authorised for worship. You will spend several hours exploring the fascinating architecture and culture of the Tiebele compound and its surrounds before returning to Ouagadougou for the night.
    8 Ouagadougou
    This morning you will visit the local cultural centre. Here you can learn more about the culture of Burkina Faso and purchase excellent quality carvings, brass work and other handmade pieces. The rest of the day is free to explore the city.
    9 Natitingou
    Leave Burkina Faso behind today and head to the second country on your West African adventure – Benin. This relatively small, club-shaped country was once home to one of the most powerful empires in West Africa - the Dahomey Kingdom, which lasted for almost 300 years. It’s also considered the traditional home of the voodoo religion. En route to today’s final destination you’ll stop for a picnic lunch and visit to the village of Tintangou, home to the traditionally nomadic Fulani people. Continue on to Natitingou (total driving time approximately 12 hours).
    10 Natitingou
    Natitingou is a great base for exploring the tribes, mountains, and wildlife of the surrounding region. Natitingou is located 440 metres above sea level and has a pleasant climate found in the Atakora Mountains of northern Benin. Here you’ll head out to visit the remote Betamaribé people, who still hunt with bows and arrows and live in the middle of their cultivated fields rather than in a village environment. Their small, fortress-like houses consist of three levels, built to provide a lookout for potential dangers, such as enemy tribes or dangerous predators. The ground floor is for animals, the first floor for the kitchen and the top floor for living and sleeping. Traditionally, it is said that when a son is ready to build his own home, he will climb to the roof of his parent’s house and shoot an arrow to the spot where he will construct it. Afterwards, you will arrive at your hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
    11 Dassa-Zoume
    Today involves some long travelling, with a 5-hour drive to Dassa Zoume. On the way, see how the countryside becomes less green and how the palm trees are replaced with acacias and boabs. When you arrive, embark on a 2-hour hike to visit the altars and shrines of voodoo on the Dassa Hill. Dassa is said to be made up of 41 hills, which is an auspicious number in voodoo. Each hill has its own story and voodoo fetishes, and at the top of your hike you will meet the High Priest and learn about the ceremonies and ritual performed in the area. When your walk is finished, you will then visit one of the most famous churches in Benin – The Grotto of Our Lady of Arigbo – where it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared. Pope John Paul II visited this church and said a prayer before he passed away. Nowadays the Church is considered to be a place of pilgrimage for thousands of Catholics in West Africa. Spend the night here in Dassa Zoume.
    12 Abomey
    Continue south today (approximately 1-2 hours) to Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dahomey Kingdom. The city is filled with palaces, shrines, altars, and monuments to what was once one of the greatest empires in West Africa. Each successive king built his own palace, usually next to the old one, and the cluster of UNESCO-listed Royal Palaces has been restored. Here you will hear the incredible history of the Fon people, and learn how each king had his own special symbols for reign. One of the palaces is now a museum and here you can see items belonging to the ancient kings and learn about this powerful state, where a perpetual position of war enabled the kings to capture thousands of prisoners and sell them as slaves.
    13 Abomey
    Today you will discover more of the rich cultural heritage of Abomey, starting with a visit to the underground villages of Agongointo-Zougoundo. This once subterranean community consists of a series of around 50 caves dug 10 metres in to the earth and divided into sections that could be used as living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. It’s speculated that these houses were built in the 16th century (during the region of Dakodonou, the second King of Abomey) to protect his warriors and surprise enemies. Tonight you will experience an unforgettable performance of the unique Geleden Masked Dance (Dance Geleden des Fons) by the local Yoroba and Fon people who practise both the Voodoo religion and Christianity. The dance honours the women of the community – living, ancestral and deity. It also involves worship of idols, which are represented on some of the masks used for the dance.
    14 Ganvié
    Travel towards the coast with a short drive (approximately 3 hours) to the port of Calavi. From there you will climb aboard a motorized 'pirogue' (dugout canoe, the traditional boat used by west African fishermen). Your destination is the lake village of Ganvie. This floating stilt village of traditional, colourful bamboo houses is one of the most unique communities in Africa, founded by those wanting to escape from the warriors of the Fon. All life here is played out on the water, with markets, bars and churches all floating here. Tonight you’ll be entertained by some traditional music and dancing.
    15 Ouidah
    Today continue on in your motorized pirogue to Benin's administrative capital, Porto Novo. Porto Novo is a port on an inlet of the Gulf of Guinea and is Benin's second largest city. Originally developed as a port for the slave trade by the Portugese, the city is full of colonial architecture. From here it’s back on dry land and on to Ouidah (approximately 3 hours) a charming, tranquil town set on a beautiful beach. You’ll spend two nights here, so there’s plenty of time to relax in the shade of the coconut groves after some recent long days of travel. On the way to Ouidah, drive the coastal highway and pass through small villages dotted with white flags that identify Voodoo practitioners. Benin is a country that takes Voodoo very seriously, so much so that it is recognised as an official religion and is practised by over 60% of the population. It all centres around the small town of Ouidah; voodoo is part of everyday life here and Ouidah hosts many voodoo festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The town is like a living encyclopaedia to the historical and cultural heritage of Benin. Here you’ll learn more about this often misunderstood religion.
    16 Ouidah
    The town has a fascinating and colourful history, having been an important centre during the slave trade. The Portuguese, English and French all constructed forts here to protect their trading interests, one of which now houses the Ouidah Museum of History museum and gives a unique glimpse into the terror and destruction that the slave trade wreaked on this part of the world. While in Ouidah you’ll walk along the 'Route des Esclaves'; at the start of their journey to the Americas, many of the slaves walked the route from what is now the museum to the Door of No Return, where they had their last image of home. You’ll walk the route in reverse, from the fort to the museum, where you can learn about the slave trade as well as gain an interesting insight into the voodoo history and culture of the area. The Temple of the Sacred Python, where the serpent deity Dangbe has been revered for years, is also an important stop for a voodoo education, a religion that seeks to restore the harmony between humans and the universe though herbal, mineral, animal and spiritual rituals. In your free time, you may also like to visit the new Ouidah Art Museum (Villa Ajavon) or the La Maison Bresil.
    17 Lome
    Today you will leave Benin behind and cross the border into Togo, one of Africa’s smallest countries. Drive approximately 45 minutes to Lake Togo before continuing by boat to visit Togoville - a historic town renowned for its royal palace and colonial church. It was here that Voodoo practitioners were taken before they were transported to Haiti as slaves. There’s still a strong Voodoo influence in the town today, with plenty of fetish stalls dotted throughout the streets. Continue (approximately 30kms) to Togo's capital, Lomé. This city was once a colony of the British, Germans and French, and is one of the few capitals to sit on a border with another county. This has lead to the development of a unique lifestyle and architecture, a cross between people, trades and cultures. After you arrive you’ll take a city tour, including a visit to the Musée International des Arts and the fetish market at Akodessewa, four kilometres from the town centre. Here you’ll find remarkably eclectic collection of supplies for traditional medicines used by sorcerers including skulls of monkeys, snake skins, warthog teeth, lion skin, leopard skin and dried birds. Not for the feint-hearted! It time permits you will have another short city tour this afternoon, or the following morning before you depart for Ghana and Accra.
    18 Accra
    Today enter your final country, crossing the border into the English-speaking Ghana (approximately 6 hours, not including time spent at the border). It will certainly be a welcome adjustment after travelling through so many French-speaking countries. Upon arrival you will explore the Ghanaian capital, visiting the National Museum, which is filled with fascinating displays on the country’s history and culture – indigenous arts and crafts, musical instruments, Stone Age artefacts, and an exhibition about the slave trade. Also included is a visit to the site where Ghana’s first president and one of its founding fathers declared independence in 1957. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was erected in memory of both. Your West African adventure will end here in Accra. Please ensure you do not book flights to depart prior to 6.00pm.
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