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6 photos that will make you want to travel with Trafalgar

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6 photos that will make you want to travel with Trafalgar

story by: Anna Sarjeant

What makes Trafalgar different? Having experienced a ten day trip from French Provence to Barcelona, HOT blogger, Anna Sarjeant, details all the highlights of a Trafalgar guided holiday.


1. SKIP THE QUEUE PRIVILEGES

As a guest of Trafalgar you'll often enjoy fast-track admittance to all the well frequented sights. And if you’ve ever been to Europe in the height of summer, you’ll no doubt be singing hallelujah. In Spain, we sauntered up to the front steps of Barcelona's Sagrada Família and skipped the queue like we'd just told them our name was Gaudí, here to finish a project.


2. TRAVEL DIRECTOR INSIGHT
In Carcassonne, come nightfall (and on Pascal, our Travel Director’s recommendation) we descended on the Hotel de la Cité for stunning views of the castle bathed in moonlight. With Trafalgar, your Travel Director provides standout moments like these from the get-go. Handpicked and Trafalgar trained, your TD is a constant source of information, as well as a familiar face in a crowd; a language expert; a food guru; an answer to every (seemingly implausible) request. They will make your trip the best it can possibly be.


3. LOCAL SPECIALISTS
In every destination you want to discover the hidden gems; all the best bits that only the locals really know about. With Trafalgar, you get just that. Local specialists revealing the secrets you wouldn’t uncover on your own. From ‘Les Traboules’, hidden passageways that lie behind Lyon’s unassuming doors, to Van Gogh's favourite hangouts in Arles, don’t expect these treasures to find you themselves - hook yourself a Trafalgar Local Specialist.


4. GOOD COMPANY
There are no strangers by day two. Just friends. From welcome meetings to ice-breakers, you’ll be encouraged to talk. Quick-fire question sheets ensure guests ask one another about their occupations and hobbies, while name tags make it easy to strike up a conversation. Trafalgar also promotes a ‘seat rotation’ policy which creates an opportunity to talk with somebody new each day. You can still sit with your travelling companion, but you’ll also make many more friends along the way.


5. BE MY GUEST EXPERIENCES
Far removed from tourist hubs, guests are invited to dine with locals, often in their own homes, as part of Trafalgar's Be My Guest dining experi¬ences. In Provence, we headed to La Bastide Rose on the Sorgue River, where Emmanuelle served us a three course Provençal dinner in the heart of his family home. Sat just off the kitchen, we ate with no other guests but ourselves, while our host busied himself with huge pots of poached pears and enormous bottles of Pernod. All the while regaling us with witty anecdotes and tales of French despair.


6. SENSORY OVERLOADS
From spectacular scenery to must-see landmarks and the smell of hot crepes sizzling in sugar and lemon, every day is a pleasure state for the senses. Stop for cheese at food markets heaving with produce, or pick up a crunchy baguette from alfresco cafés fronting the waterfront. Indulge in artwork, get acquainted with long forgotten histories, or simply sit and pen an old fashioned postcard to your family. Trafalgar is all about indulging your dopamine.


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