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Press Release: Give the Gifts of Food, Travel and Love this Valentine’s Day with Trafalgar

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Offering travellers three food lovers' itineraries showcasing Europe's culinary capitals. Press Release (02/05/2014) Toronto - With the upcoming Valentine's Day celebrations, Trafalgar ( the insider of guided vacations invites Canadians to give the gift of travel a special loved one with three selected trips which showcase some of Europe's culinary hotspots. Trafalgar's Insider experiences include their exclusive Be My Guest dining which is a fully immersive cultural experience, bringing travellers to the homes of local families, the authentic restaurants of regional chefs and the private estates of Ladies and Counts for home-cooked meals using regional ingredients. Other insider meals include Welcome Receptions with drinks and appetizers and savoury Farewell Dinners with wonderful wines. Guests can explore northern Spain and dine at the culinary capital in the city of San Sebastian, the proud champion of 16 Michelin stars. Or, they will dine at a Michelin starred restaurant in Beaune, France. Another truly memorable experience will be a Be My Guest lunch in Provence at a family run winery.

"With Trafalgar, we delight our loyal travellers by having them dine with locals in unique venues and intimate settings and the fun of socializing with other guests," says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. "Our guests will be able to relish in the culinary capitals of Europe, all while treating their loved ones to our unforgettable Insider experiences."

Trafalgar is also offering extended savings for their Early Payment Discount, now giving travellers 7.5% off the cost of any 2014 At Leisure trip if booked and paid in full before March 31, 2014.* Travellers can also save 7.5% on their airfare if booked and paid before March 31, 2014.**

Northern Spain

Sample pinchos at the Michelin starred city of San Sebastien

A new destination for Trafalgar, this 11-day Northern Spain journey explores both the modern landscapes and mountainous terrains of Northern Spain. Travellers will discover the iconic coastal towns of San Sebastian and Bilbao, as well as the religious pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, and in Argomanniz, they check-in to one of the company's Authentic Accommodations, The Parador Hotel, a Renaissance Palace that boasts Napoleon as one of its guests. Outside of Oviedo, guests meet up with the Castanon family at their cider mill and sample the local specialty before sitting down to an Espicha dinner of Spanish omelette and spicy chorizos cooked in cider. Throughout the trip, their Travel Director also introduces them to the renowned Basque cuisine including the local Pinchos - tasty dishes that are similar to, but more finger-food style than the traditional tapas found in other parts of Spain.

Wonders of Europe

Dine at a Michelin starred restaurant

The new 17-day Wonders of Europe is the first Discovery tour to be included in the At Leisure program with travellers exploring iconic cities like London, Paris, Beaune, Lucerne, Venice, Florence and Rome. A Local Expert in London will have guests engaging in all things royal, following in the steps of the monarchy and visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. After three nights spent weaving their way through the romantic cobblestoned streets of Paris, guests continue on through France to the medieval city of Beaune to dine at the Michelin starred restaurant Le Clos du Cedre, where they'll whet their palates with French culinary delights like foie gras and gourmet cheeses. In Lucerne, guests check-in to The Grand Hotel Europe, one of Trafalgar's Authentic Accommodations, and a landmark that will take them back to the elegant past of Switzerland. Venice and Rome offer up plenty of personal time for guests to create their own travel itineraries in the vibrant cities, whether it's sipping on cappuccino with the locals on a narrow street off of St. Mark's Square or wandering the city to find the perfect postcard-worthy shot of the 14th century Chapel Bridge.

Paris & Provence

French al fresco lunch

Travellers can take it easy on the 12-day At Leisure Paris & Provence trip, with three nights spent in Paris and Nice, and also two nights each in picturesque Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. After a day of sightseeing in Paris with a Local Guide, guests will have a day at leisure to explore the city on their own before hopping aboard a relaxing high-speed TGV train headed to the south of France. After a trip through the winding Provencal countryside, guests arrive in Aix-en-Provence, where they'll stay at an exclusive Authentic Accommodation, Grand Hotel Roi Rene M Gallery. The hotel was named after a 15th century king who was a poet, artist and gourmand, whose taste is reflected in the establishment's authentic French style and panache. Nestled at the foot of the Luberon mountains, the Meillan-Pages winery is truly a family business. Run by Eveline Meillan and Jean Pierre Pages and several other family members, the winery has long been involved in the creation of natural wines - using local ingredients and using only natural fertilizers with no chemicals. As the couple welcomes Trafalgar travellers to the vineyard's rustic farmhouse to dine on local ingredients from a nearby farmer's market, Eveline and Jean will explain where the food comes from and how the meal was prepared. On days when the weather is beautiful, guests dine in the courtyard al fresco, savouring a meal of farm chicken, local vegetables, fresh cheeses and of course, sipping the natural wines.

For more information on Trafalgar, please contact your local travel agent or visit and follow us on Twitter at ;@TrafalgarCanada and Facebook.


Terms and Conditions: * Early Payment Savings of 7.5% is only applicable to trips featured in 2014 Europe & Britain, CostSaver, At Leisure & Family Experiences brochures. Valid on New bookings only, made between January 16-March 31, 2014. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and are not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply). A deposit of $200 per person is due within 3 days of reservation, full payment is required by March 31, 2014. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable and only applies to vacations featuring the 'Early Payment Discount' in the price panel.

**Matching 7.5% savings on flights is based on the Base airfare price (exclusive of air taxes and fuel surcharge). Land and Air must be booked with Trafalgar and valid on new bookings only. Full payment for Air is due by March 31, 2014. Flights must be round-trip departing from a Canadian gateway to Europe, Britain or the Middle East. Open-jaws and Seat Sale fares are permitted but earlier ticketing payment may apply; not applicable to Published Air and One-way itineraries. Flights are non-refundable once paid in full. No name changes are permitted. Air is non commissionable to the Agent.

About Trafalgar: Trafalgar is the world's leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 67 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider's view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, South Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.

Trafalgar is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit:

Media Contacts:

Marie Anne MacRae
Director, Public Relations
T 416-915-7016

Katherine Chin
PR & Digital Media Specialist
The Travel Corporation, Canada
T (416) 322-8468 ext. 7536


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