Travel hotspots for 2017 – Trafalgar

Travel consultancy Trafalgar offers more than 109 itineraries across 41 countries. With 2017 fast approaching the brand highlights its top picks for travel next year, and why these will be the travel hotspots for 2017.


There are a number of tours on offer around various parts of Italy. Enjoy an insider experience at The Vatican, with an exclusive after-hours tour followed by dinner in the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Next you can enjoy a journey north from Rome towards Tuscany, on the Rome and Tuscan Highlights tour. Visit eight cities in nine days starting from R26, 370 per person.

Alternatively, for the foodies among you there is the Flavours of Italy tour. “Enjoy a feast for the senses and taste la dolce vita as a guest of the Lenzi family in their farmhouse, shop and cook with Libero the larger-than-life chef in Florence and sleep in authentic accommodation at the Art Nouveau Relais La Cappuccina in Tuscany,” encourages Trafalgar. Visit nine cities in 10 days from R32, 400 per person.

Britain and Ireland

Trafalgar offers a range of tours set in picturesque towns and villages across Britain and Ireland. The travel agency notes that post-Brexit Britain is more appealing as a value-driven destination, and offers travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and tradition.

You can enjoy one of Trafalgar’s Tailored Trips, such as the Edwardian Lords and Ladies tour, which includes a visit to the stately home that features in Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. This trip starts from R 15, 105 per person, and covers two cities in five days.

“Revel in the royal treatment with a hop across the Irish Sea – indulge in a sumptuous castle stay on the Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle, let the rugged realm of Connemara reveal itself and find yourself amongst forty shades of green around the Ring of Kerry,” says Trafalgar.


Trafalgar has launched a new six day Amsterdam Explorer trip. You can visit eight cities starting from R 17, 640 per person and discover the secrets and charms of Amsterdam with its cobbled streets and canals.

“With the buzz of a big city and charm of a little village, let Amsterdam’s tree-lined canals captivate you. Wander through the city’s labyrinthine streets, the smell of pancakes and spicy ‘speculaas’ coffee linger as you dodge the swarm of bicycles that pound the city’s cobblestone roads. You’ll also delve into Dutch WWII history and visit Gouda’s traditional cheese market,” explains the trip itinerary.


Including travel in Finland, Sweden and Norway, the new 20 day Nordic Adventure offers you the opportunity to explore three countries and 15 cities in 20 days starting at R51, 120 per person.

The trip offers you the opportunity to explore the northern-most parts of Scandinavia and immerse yourself in tales of ancient Viking kings and Lapland stories of Sami culture. Also meet Santa at a traditional reindeer farm in Rovaniemi. “You’ll see the Scandinavian capitals and visit the North Cape Visitor Centre where you can witness the land of the midnight sun,” adds the trip itinerary.


Visit the town of Salzburg, featured in the well-known musical the Sound of Music. The Sound of Music tour offers a 10 day tour of two countries and features five cities for R 26, 640 per person.

“The hills are still alive, 51 years on since the legendary tale of the Von Trapp family was brought to life on the big screen. Re-live the magic on an Austrian adventure and stay two nights at the 18th century family estate of Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, the Schloss Leopoldskron, also the setting for several scenes from the film. Venture further afield for additional authentic Austrian experiences, such as a private visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and dinner with a local family at their bee farm in Salzburg,” says Trafalgar.

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