Guided vacation company Trafalgar USA knows that booking vacations way in advance is one way for clients to save on their travels—but it’s not the only way. Says Paul Wiseman, president, “Not only do last-minute deals make it easier for agents to book trips, but they also help clients beat the rising costs of airfares.” With that in mind, Trafalgar has 20 last-minute trips to Europe currently available for booking, with departures as early as Aug. 19 and as late as Sept. 27. Here are some of our favorite upcoming last-minute itineraries:
Britain and Ireland Highlights
Departing Sept. 1 for 11 days, the Britain and Ireland Highlights itinerary travels between England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and North Ireland. Guests on this tour will learn quite a bit about the history and political struggles of the U.K. as they tour famous sites including castles, abbeys, parliament buildings and universities. Highlights include a trip to Stonehenge, a Be My Guest dinner near Stirling, Scotland, and local specialty experiences such as a Waterford Crystal factory tour and a visit to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Areas visited include Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath and Stonehenge. Rates start at $1,954 pp (down from $2,299). Use promo code PPLMD1645.
Guests will begin this 12-day journey through Italy on Sept. 14. Starting and ending in Rome, clients who choose the Italy Bellissimo itinerary will enjoy visits to the capital city’s historic monuments, the ruins and excavations of Pompeii, the idyllic Isle of Capri, the waterways of Venice and the churches of Florence—among many more. The Be My Guest dinner here will allow guests to experience a traditional Tuscan dinner with wine outside among the olive groves, with local cultural experiences including visits to a glass-blowing factory in Venice and an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento.
Areas visited include Rome, Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Classe, Venice, the Brenta Canal, Montecatini, Florence and Siena. Rates start at $2,974 (down from $3,499). Use promo code PPLMD1642.
Best of Spain
Traveling through Spain for 16 days, the Best of Spain itinerary begins on Sept. 27 with two nights in Madrid, which then leads to 14 more days of circumnavigating the country. Guests will visit cathedrals, plazas, and both historical and modern cities. They’ll stroll along the beaches of Bahia de la Concha, visit cave dwellings in Granada and go souvenir-shopping in the boutique shops of Barcelona. Highlights include a Be My Guest Andalusian dinner at an authentic hacienda, a tour through the medina and souks of Tangier, Morocco, guided by a local expert, and a surprise Hidden Treasure experience as decided by the travel director.
Areas visited include Madrid, Toledo, Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, Guetaria, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Peniscola, Valencia, Guadix, Granada, Morocco, Torremolinos, Gibraltar and Seville. Rates start at $3,039 pp (down from $3,575). Use promo code PPLMD1651.
All tours include deluxe accommodations, privately guided tours with headsets, and meals as per itinerary. For more information, visit trafalgar.com/usa/offers.