September 19, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar Quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

La Tomatina fiesta!                                                                                                              Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

SPAIN!

Hola Spain! Welcome to the European Union’s second-largest country – the land of bull fighting, Flamenco dancing and the place where the stapler, mop and bucket all had their origins.

More than sunshine and beaches, Spain is very much the land of fiestas. From chucking talcum powder at each other for hours on end, to hanging out in coffins, pelting tomatoes at La Tomatina and running with bulls, Spain plays host to some of the weirdest and wackiest events.

Along with fiestas, the Spanish love a good siesta and you will often hear the locals talk about the “quality of life”, which has a lot to do with how much free time one has. The Spanish love to chill out so much that, according to a 2013 OECD report, they devote 16 out of every 24 hours on average to leisure, eating, drinking and sleeping.

Royal Palace, Madrid                                                                                                         Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

However, it’s not all about parties and napping. Spain has a lot to offer in terms of history and culture. Spain's central capital, Madrid, is a cosmopolitan city featuring elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. The city is renowned for its rich collections of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armoury, displaying historic weaponry.

Prado Museum                                                                                                                      Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

In Barcelona you will come across, La Sagrada Familia, a Roman-Catholic Church, which has been under construction since 1882. This beautiful church was designed by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi and is today considered as one of the biggest and the most beautiful buildings in the world. Seven of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona have also been listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites.

If you have any spare time to do some shopping in Barcelona, head out to Portal del Ángel, a pedestrianized shopping street in the same city which sees the soles of 3 000 pedestrians every hour of every day. It's also known as the most expensive street in Spain.

Another of Spain’s sights to marvel at is the Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses of Cuenca. The City of Cuenca at one stage lacked the option to spread out as its population grew, so they did the next best thing: expanded upwards and outwards. It almost appears as if the houses cling terrifyingly to rocky outcroppings, sometimes topping out at seven or eight gravity-defying stories, and extending out over the valley far below.

The Hanging Houses of Cuenca                                                                                          Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

In the mood for some dancing, why not try out the flamenco? A word of warning though; it is not as easy as it looks and the amount of practice that goes behind a great flamenco performance will make anyone break a sweat. The flamenco consists of four main components: cante (song), baile (dance), palmas (handclaps) and toque (playing of the guitar). And, to get it right you have to co-ordinate all these four components carefully. In 2010, Unesco declared the flamenco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Flamenco!                                                                                                                            Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

And of course, is that Spain is famous for its food and wine. Embark on a discovery of tapas in Spain’s bars, pubs, and lounges, which line street after street. Tapas are small portions of snacks or appetisers that are served hot or cold. Some of the most famous tapas include cheeses, olives, fried squids and chorizo (sausages). Just a heads up: do not be alarmed by a dirty floor in a bar. It is completely acceptable and normal to throw things on the ground in bars. If the floor of the bar you are frequenting is filthy, it bodes well.

Don't leave Spain without trying some...                                                                             Photo © http://www.spain.info/en

Not in the mood for a pub lunch? You can enjoy a meal in the oldest restaurant in the world, in Madrid. Although other restaurants claim they are older, the title has been awarded by Guinness World Records to Restaurante Botín, which has been open since 1725. The signature dish? Cochinillos asado (roast suckling pig).

Keen to embrace la vida loca in Spain? Why not hasta pronto and see this amazing destination with Trafalgar? See if from the inside with the 12-night Spain and Portugal highlights package.

Can you blitz a boerie better than these South African celebrity braai'ers? #NationalBraaiDay

Peter Tempelhoff, celebrity chef

“The most far-flung I've braai'd was on the roof of a skyscraper in Manhattan back in 2012. We were braai'ing for 50 guests and the heavens opened up half-way through! Great views, but we got soaked and had to finish the braai in the kitchen!"
Peter Tempelhoff and son, Jason, get their braai on


Justin Bonello, bush-cook and host of The Ultimate Braai Master (eTV).

“I’ve braai’d  all over the world. New Orleans, Iceland, Thailand and all over Southern Africa… but my favourite braai was definitely this one on the banks of the Pungwe River in Mozambique (Watch the video below). Enjoy.”


Reuben Riffel, celebrity chef

“The most far-flung I've braai'd (so far) is at a lodge in Zambia. We had a good old South African braai and I made a lamb knuckle potjie for our crew."

Reuben Riffel, ready to fire up

Riaan Garforth-Venter, aka 'Die Nutsman'

“The weirdest place I've ever braai'd has to be Atlanta, where I now live, as they do braais a little differently to what we do back home in South Africa. So Michelle and I are busy teaching them how to do a traditional South African braai!"

Rain or shine, Die Nutsman gets his braai going in Atlanta



WIN WITH THE BIG AVIS BRAAI-OFF  

Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going and you could WIN a braai hamper valued at R3,500. The hamper includes:



* Weber compact 57 charcoal kettle grill
* Weber 57cm Grill cover
* Quirky Grill wrangler 3 in 1 braai tool
* Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
* Weber Braai cleaner 500 ml
* Jan Braai recipe book












TO ENTER:

1.  Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.

2. Add a photo or it didn’t happen! (Seriously, though, adding a photo to your entry will hugely improve your chance of winning).

3. Add the hashtags #AvisBraaiOff and #Nationalbraaiday to your post

4. Share the Facebook competition post on Facebook

5. Do this before midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

6. The winner will be announced on Monday 25 September 2017.

7. Terms and conditions apply. Full Ts and Cs below

Good luck!


[Terms & Conditions] 

The promoters of this promotion are Avis and Sure Travel.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 
2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is  midnight on 24 September 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 
5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. 
6. By submitting your entry, you agree to receive Facebook communication from the Promoters and the winner will be contacted via Facebook.
7. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 26 September 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
8. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
9. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
10. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
11. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
12. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here. 

Play the #TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz and win!

Win a R350 Sorbet voucher!

Simply guess…

Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:




* I am the second-largest country in the European Union.
* I am host to 44 Unesco World Heritage Sites.
* The stapler, mop and astronaut suit all have their origins within my borders.
* When you visit me, you can enjoy a meal at the world’s oldest restaurant.

TO ENTER

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

September 18, 2017

Win with the BIG Avis Braai-Off!

You Braai'd Where?!

Rain or shine, 'Die Nutsman' gets his braai on in Atlanta, United States

“The weirdest place I've ever braai'd has to be Atlanta, where I now live, as they do braais a little differently to what we do back home in South Africa. So Michelle and I are busy teaching them how to do a traditional South African braai!" 

– Riaan Garforth-Venter, aka 'Die Nutsman'.


WIN WITH THE BIG AVIS BRAAI-OFF  

Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going and you could WIN a braai hamper valued at R3,500. The hamper includes:



* Weber compact 57 charcoal kettle grill
* Weber 57cm Grill cover
* Quirky Grill wrangler 3 in 1 braai tool
* Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
* Weber Braai cleaner 500 ml
* Jan Braai recipe book












TO ENTER:

1.  Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.

2. Add a photo or it didn’t happen! (Seriously, though, adding a photo to your entry will hugely improve your chance of winning).

3. Add the hashtags #AvisBraaiOff and #Nationalbraaiday to your post

4. Share the Facebook competition post on Facebook

5. Do this before midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

6. The winner will be announced on Monday 25 September 2017.

7. Terms and conditions apply. Full Ts and Cs below

Good luck!


[Terms & Conditions] 

The promoters of this promotion are Avis and Sure Travel.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 
2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is  midnight on 24 September 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 
5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. 
6. By submitting your entry, you agree to receive Facebook communication from the Promoters and the winner will be contacted via Facebook.
7. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 26 September 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
8. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
9. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
10. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
11. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
12. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here. 

WIN with the BIG Avis Braai-Off!

You Braai'd Where?!

Peter Tempelhoff and son, Jason, get their braai on

“The most far-flung I've braai'd was on the roof of a skyscraper in Manhattan back in 2012. We were braai'ing for 50 guests and the heavens opened up half-way through! Great views, but we got soaked and had to finish the braai in the kitchen!"

– Peter Tempelhoff, celebrity chef


WIN WITH THE BIG AVIS BRAAI-OFF  

Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going and you could WIN a braai hamper valued at R3,500. The hamper includes:



* Weber compact 57 charcoal kettle grill
* Weber 57cm Grill cover
* Quirky Grill wrangler 3 in 1 braai tool
* Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
* Weber Braai cleaner 500 ml
* Jan Braai recipe book












TO ENTER:

1.  Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.

2. Add a photo or it didn’t happen! (Seriously, though, adding a photo to your entry will hugely improve your chance of winning).

3. Add the hashtags #AvisBraaiOff and #Nationalbraaiday to your post

4. Share the Facebook competition post on Facebook

5. Do this before midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

6. The winner will be announced on Monday 25 September 2017.

7. Terms and conditions apply. Full Ts and Cs below

Good luck!


[Terms & Conditions] 

The promoters of this promotion are Avis and Sure Travel.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 
2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is  midnight on 24 September 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 
5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. 
6. By submitting your entry, you agree to receive Facebook communication from the Promoters and the winner will be contacted via Facebook.
7. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 26 September 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
8. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
9. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
10. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
11. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
12. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here. 

Win with the BIG Avis Braai-Off!

You Braai'd Where?!




“The most far-flung I've braai'd (so far) is at a lodge in Zambia. We had a good old South African braai and I made a lamb knuckle potjie for our crew." 

– Reuben Riffel, celebrity chef


WIN WITH THE BIG AVIS BRAAI-OFF  

Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going and you could WIN a braai hamper valued at R3,500. The hamper includes:



* Weber compact 57 charcoal kettle grill
* Weber 57cm Grill cover
* Quirky Grill wrangler 3 in 1 braai tool
* Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
* Weber Braai cleaner 500 ml
* Jan Braai recipe book












TO ENTER:

1.  Tell us about the weirdest, most daring or far-flung place you’ve got your braai going in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.

2. Add a photo or it didn’t happen! (Seriously, though, adding a photo to your entry will hugely improve your chance of winning).

3. Add the hashtags #AvisBraaiOff and #Nationalbraaiday to your post

4. Share the Facebook competition post on Facebook

5. Do this before midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

6. The winner will be announced on Monday 25 September 2017.

7. Terms and conditions apply. Full Ts and Cs below

Good luck!


[Terms & Conditions] 

The promoters of this promotion are Avis and Sure Travel.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 
2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is  midnight on 24 September 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 
5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. 
6. By submitting your entry, you agree to receive Facebook communication from the Promoters and the winner will be contacted via Facebook.
7. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 26 September 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
8. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
9. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
10. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
11. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
12. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here. 

September 13, 2017

Trafalgar freezes prices this September

Travel to Europe in 2018 at 2017 prices!

See London for less in 2018 with Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar is running an inflation busting promotion until 4 October 2017:

1. Book a Trafalgar best-seller trip for 2018 at 2017 prices and get a 10% discount.

A range of trips are on offer for:
Italy, Britain, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and other European destinations.

Go Greek in 2018 at 2017 prices with Trafalgar Tours                                                         Photo © Gorilla/AdobeStock

2. Or book a selected CostSaver trip for 2018 at 2017 prices.

A range of trips are on offer for:
Italy, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Scandinavia, Turkey and other European destinations.

This special offer is valid for bookings made before 4 October 2017. A R3,000 deposit is required at the time of booking, and you then have a generous four months (until 29 January 2018) to pay the balance.

Discover Croatia in 2018 at 2017 prices                                                                             Photo © RonnyBass/AdobeStock


Places are limited, so contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book today, or call 0861 47 48 49. 


WIN an Italian hamper valued at R1,000!

The hamper contains everything you need to get a taste of Italy: pasta utensils, pasta ingredients, olive oil and wine (of course).

To enter the lucky draw, simply tell us where you’d love to travel with Trafalgar in 2018 at 2017 prices.

TO ENTER:

1) Post your answer in the comment section of the Facebook competition post.
2) Share the Facebook competition post on your own Facebook page.

That’s it. Competition closes 29 September. Winner will be announced on social media on 2 October.
Get a taste of Italy with the prize hamper... until you can experience the real thing       Photo © SmallRedGirl_AdobeStock


[Competition terms & Conditions]
1. Competition closes midnight 29 September.
2. Winner will be selected by random draw and announced on 2 October 2017 via social media.
3. The judge's decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to.
4. Sure Travel's standard competition rules apply. Click here for full rules.
5. By entering this competition, entrants accept the above terms and conditions.

Win with the Big Avis Braai-Off

You Braai'd Where?!



“I’ve braai’d  all over the world. New Orleans, Iceland, Thailand and all over Southern Africa… but my favourite braai was definitely this one on the banks of the Pungwe River in Mozambique (Watch the video above). Enjoy.” 

– Justin Bonello, bush-cook and host of The Ultimate Braai Master (eTV).


WIN WITH THE BIG AVIS BRAAI-OFF  

Think you can beat Justin Bonello's favourite braai story? Tell us about the weirdest or most daring situation you’ve got your braai going and you could WIN a braai hamper valued at R3,500. The hamper includes:



* Weber compact 57 charcoal kettle grill
* Weber 57cm Grill cover
* Quirky Grill wrangler 3 in 1 braai tool
* Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter
* Weber Braai cleaner 500 ml
* Jan Braai recipe book












TO ENTER:

1.  Tell us about the weirdest or most daring situation you’ve got your braai going in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.

2. Add a photo or it didn’t happen! (Seriously, though, adding a photo to your entry will hugely improve your chance of winning).

3. Add the hashtags #AvisBraaiOff and #Nationalbraaiday to your post

4. Share the Facebook competition post on Facebook

5. Do this before midnight on Sunday 24 September 2017.

6. The winner will be announced on Monday 25 September 2017.

7. Terms and conditions apply. Full Ts and Cs below

Good luck!


[Terms & Conditions] 

The promoters of this promotion are Avis and Sure Travel.

1. Employees or agencies of the Promoters, affiliated companies or family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw may not enter the Prize Draw. 
2. Entrants into the Prize Draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 
3. The closing date for entries into the Prize Draw is  midnight on 24 September 2017. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered. 
4. One winner will be chosen from of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. 
5. The promoters accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. 
6. By submitting your entry, you agree to receive Facebook communication from the Promoters and the winner will be contacted via Facebook.
7. If the winner does not respond to the promoters by 26 September 2017, then the winner's prize will be forfeited. If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and the promoters shall be entitled to select another winner. 
8. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. 
9. The Promoters retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. 
10. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on the Promoters reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoters, both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner's name for publicity purposes, in any medium, on the internet, including any websites hosted by the Promoters and its related companies and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Prize Draw, all entrants consent to the same. 
11. The Promoters accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
12. Sure Travel’s standard terms and conditions apply. View full Ts and Cs here. 

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

New Year at City Hall Photo                                                                                                    Photo © www.wien.inf


Vienna!

Schnitzels, classical music, royalty and, finally, a city where coffee earns its rightful place as more than just serving up your daily caffeine dose. Welcome to Wien, or Vienna as it’s otherwise known.

Vienna truly is the music capital of the world and a city that encourages you to take a step back in time to a bygone era. It is in Vienna where you can trace the footsteps of many of the world’s greatest composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Johann Straus and Johannes Brahms. It is also where you can finally be the belle of the ball and waltz along to some of their famous compositions: every year, more than 450 balls take place in the Austrian capital. The Viennese Ball Season runs from New Year’s Eve to Shrove Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). It tallies up to around 2 000 hours of ball dancing annually.

Fancy a Viennese Waltz?                                                                                                         Photo © www.wien.info

Still on the subject of music, the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert is considered one of the hottest tickets in town, with prime seats costing as much as US$1 200. Statistics show that the concert in 2016 was viewed on TV by 50 million people in 90 countries. If you haven’t got a ticket for 2017, you too will again have to watch it on the small screen as you have an absolute zero chance of scoring a ticket in 2018. So popular are the tickets that names must be selected by a random draw to have the opportunity to purchase tickets – and the entry period closed in February.

Ever fantasised about a royal life? Well, the good news is you can be king or queen of the castle at Austria’s largest palace, Schonbrunn. The two-bedroom Grand Suite is available for hire, at the hefty price tag of US$1 500 per night. But ask yourself if you could really put a price on bragging rights to say you’ve stayed overnight in the former imperial home of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress “Sisi” Elisabeth?

Schonbrunn Palace                                                                                                                       Photo © www.wien.info
Look forward to more history as you make your way to Vienna’s famous cathedrals. One of the most famous is the 700-year-old St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Thirteen bells hang from the tallest tower, which stands 448 feet high and is accessible by climbing 343 steps. But it’s the Pummerin bell, in the 224-foot-tall tower, that is the second largest free-swinging European chimed church bell.

Now let’s talk coffee. Coffee is about more than just a caffeine buzz for Austrians – it’s part of their heritage. In 2011, Viennese Kaffeehauses (coffee houses), which originated in the 17th century, were put on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, as they are a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill”. Today two of the most historic Kaffeehauses are Café Central and Café Sperl.

Coffee and a chat is what Kaffeehauses are all about                                                                    Photo © www.wien.info
A word of warning when visiting Vienna, though: this is no place to be if you are following a strict diet. The national dish of Austria is Weiner Schnitzel, which consists of pounded thin cutlets of veal that are dusted with egg and breadcrumbs, and then fried. And did you know that croissants actually has Viennese origins? They are based on the Austrian kipferl, which means crescent in German. Bakers in Vienna made kipferl to commemorate Austria’s victory over the Ottoman Turks in 1683, their shape based on the crescents seen on the uniform of the enemy.

Süss or scharf                                                                                                                                 Photo © www.wien.info
Also in Vienna, you have a choice on how you would like your hot dog. When ordering a hot dog from one of Vienna’s trademark hot dog stands get ready to answer whether you prefer the sweet kremser mustard or spicy estragon. Vendors may shorten it to süss (sweet) or scharf (spicy). One of the most popular kiosks is the old city’s Würstelstand am Hohen Markt.

Why not discover this amazing destination with Trafalgar? You can see it from the inside with Trafalgar’s 9 Nights Imperial Europe package. Book it with your Sure Travel consultant today. 

September 12, 2017

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Simply guess…

Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:




* I am the only capital city in the world where major wine production takes place within city limits (my 600-plus wine farmers produce more than 2.5 million litres of wine each year).
* I play a very important role in the manufacturing of snow globes.
* I am host to more than 450 balls every year.
* I fall under two different climate zones.

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

September 4, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

                                                                                                                                               Photo © VisitFlorence

FLORENCE!


Ciao Florence! Welcome to the birthplace of gelato, Gucci, Pinocchio, the piano and, of course, Leonardo (Da Vinci, not Dicaprio). Attracting over 13 million visitors each year, Florence is renowned for its cathedrals, art galleries, designer shopping and bell towers.

Ever heard of Stendhal Syndrome? Originating in Florence, and eventually acquiring the name of Florence Syndrome, it refers to the state of mind when someone becomes lightheaded or dizzy because of the outstanding art. According to official Unesco statistics, Florence is home to nearly a third of the world’s art treasures, many of which are classic Renaissance artworks. What’s less known, however, is that the city is also full of modern art. Modern artworks can be found in various bars, hotels and restaurants, such as Astor Café, Gallery Hotel Art, Rex Cafe and many more.

Portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca                                                      Photo © VisitFlorence

Florence’s Cathedral Duomo is probably one of the most famous sites in Italy. It is said that it took about 140 years to build and to reach the top you will have to climb 463 stone steps. It’s worth making it to the top; from there you get a closer look at the main fresco of Duomo (also known as the Last Judgement by Michelangelo) and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city.

Inside Cathedral Duomo                                                                                                                  Photo © VistiFlorence 
Another of the city’s famous sites is the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge). The bridge was the only one that was not destroyed during the World War II, apparently because Hitler himself said it was “too beautiful to be destroyed”. Today it is a place where the best Florentine jewellers sell their work. Although anytime is a great time to stop at the bridge, sunrise or sunsets are recommended.

The bridge that was too beautiful for Hitler to blow up, Ponte Vecchio                                              Photo © VisitFlorence
The city is also famous for its many celebrities. The well-known de Medici family lived in Florence for centuries and geniuses such as Galileo Galilei, Donatello (the sculptor not the turtle), Machiavelli, Roberto Cavalli and Guccio Gucci were all born in Florence. Another famous “man” in Florence is the statue of David by Michelangelo, which can be found at The Accademia. When visiting the statue pay close attention to the right hand, which is disproportionately large compared to the body. It is believed to be Michelangelo's clever nod to David's nickname, manu fortis, or “strong of hand”.

Note the size of the... hand                                                                                                                   Photo © BoredPanda
Now on to shopping – tax-free! Shop for handmade shoes or luxury leather goods. The best place for doing so is the Via de’ Tornabuoni, where you will find a variety of designer stores, including éline, Dior and Bulgari. Florence even has a museum dedicated to shoes. The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is home to more than 10,000 privately commissioned shoes, including an unusual pair created from dyed fish skins

Just don’t get too busy exploring the many sights of Florence that you forget to eat. Meat eaters, this one is for you. Florence’s culinary speciality is bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mammoth chargrilled T-bone steak. Finish it off with Gelato – it’s the real-deal here.

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Where in the WORLD Trafalgar Tours can take you:




* In 1339, I became the first city in all of Europe to pave my streets.
* I am the custodian of nearly a third of the world’s art treasures.
* Some refer to me “the Athens of the Middle Ages”, as I am considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.

To enter

1. Put your answer in the comment section of the competition post on Facebook.
2. Add the hashtags: #TravelTuesday #Trafalgar after your answer.
3. Share the competition post on your own Facebook page.

It’s really that easy! The winner will be announced on social media tomorrow.


Terms and conditions:
1. One winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.
2. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
3. The winner will receive a R350 Sorbet voucher, courtesy of Trafalgar Tours.
4. The voucher will be posted to the winner by Trafalgar Tours.
5. Prizes not claimed after two weeks will be forfeited.
6. Competition is open to South African residents only.

How to kick your fear of flying

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Modern aviation has changed people’s perception of the world — journeys that once took days or weeks by wagon, train or ocean liner are now possible in mere hours.

Yet a staggering number of people won’t — or can’t — take to the skies because of serious flying phobias, says a seasoned British Airways pilot who has dedicated much of his career to helping people overcome their fear of flying. “At best it’s an embarrassing secret and at worst it can ruin holidays, strain relationships and even limit careers,” says captain Steve Allright.

While there’s no magic formula to cure a fear of flying, Allright’s Flying with Confidence course, held all over the world, including South Africa, provides practical and psychological insight into the origins of this fear, and techniques on how to overcome it.

“There are two parts to the course. The first examines the technical side of flying. The clunk of the landing gear or the noise and vibration when the flaps are retracted or deployed are all perfectly normal, but can trigger anxiety. It really is a case of knowledge empowering, because if people know what is happening and why they feel more in control,” he explains.

“The second part deals with understanding phobias and fears, alongside practical, tried-and-tested ways of dealing with these — and that includes being in the right mindset before you fly and how to react if you do become anxious.”

With around 25% of people experiencing some level of fear associated with flying and one in 10 people suffering from a full-blown phobia, Allright’s courses are usually well-attended, to say the least.

Putting it all into perspective, Captain Steve Allright

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Captain Allright shares some of his top five tips to overcome your fear of flying:

1. Trust the crew: pilots are some of the most highly trained and tested professionals on Earth. They undergo rigorous selection procedures and complete simulator tests every six months to keep their licences.

2. Understand lift: wings enable the aircraft to fly, not the engines. A commercial aircraft flying at 9 100 metres above sea level can glide for about 160 kilometres.

3. Remember, turbulence is uncomfortable but never dangerous. It is a natural phenomenon and a perfectly normal part of flying.

4. Learn to control your breathing: when you feel anxious, hold your breath, then take a long, deep breath in, followed by a deep breath out. Continue long, deep breathing.

5. Split a long flight into 30-minute sections. Go with a plan of things to do, perhaps things you never get around to. Write a letter, watch a film or read a book.

Find out when Captain Allright is next in South Africa here .