How to travel Europe on the cheap

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Scotland is mostly known for its castles.

Cape Town - Trafalgar, the Insider of guided holidays, is excited to announce the launch of their 2013 CostSaver brochure for Europe & Britain, packed with 34 cost-effective itineraries.

“Our CostSaver brochure is the perfect alternative for travellers who want to see the main sights with Trafalgar's expert Travel Directors and Local Guides, but still want the flexibility and free time to explore the destination on their own,” says Theresa Szejwallo, managing director of Trafalgar. “Not only can guests look forward to a fantastic holiday at the most affordable price for every budget, but they also get the same unrivalled service as Trafalgar's First Class itineraries.”

Now with five new trips that provide an incredible range of inclusions, the new brochure features more included meals and the use of audio headsets for all guided visits. With each itinerary featuring the perfect balance of guided sightseeing and ample free time to explore the destination individually, the CostSaver brochure allows travellers to book a holiday at a fantastic price and visit additional sights at their own pace during free-time.

Taste of Britain

Lovers of all things Brit will be drawn to the 4-day Taste of Britain trip, heading to all the cultural hot-spots throughout England and Scotland. Starting and departing from London, guests also spend their days exploring Cambridge, York, Liverpool, and Edinburgh.

Booklovers will delight in a visit to see everything Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where they'll see the Bard's home in the town where he wrote most of his greatest works. In York, guests explore the old walls of the city and make their way through the quaint narrow streets to York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.

In their free time, guests can try a traditional Scottish feast of haggis, neeps and tatties in Edinburgh or get their royal fix at Buckingham Palace in London. Other highlights of the trip include a trip to Hadrian's Wall, sightseeing with a Local Guide in Edinburgh and a visit to Liverpool to see the home of The Beatles.

Highlights of the Italian Lakes

One of five new CostSaver itineraries, the 8-day Highlights of the Italian Lakes introduces travellers to the more remote parts of Italy, outside of the bustling cities. Starting and ending in fashionable Milan, guests join a Local Guide for a sightseeing tour of the city before heading off to explore Italy's shimmering lake towns.

Passengers visit Italy's largest lake, Lake Garda, for breathtaking scenery and an included picturesque drive before heading to the quaint and colourful town of Limone, located on the banks of Garda. Other bodies of water visited include Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, Lake Iseo and Lake Como, where guests are treated to a cruise to the lake community of Bellagio. Next, guests head to charming Verona, where they'll get an orientation tour and see Juliet's balcony, as well as the Roman arena.

Highlights of Germany

Travellers looking for the best of what Germany has to offer can book the 12-day Highlights of Germany, based off of the Best of Germany itinerary from the First Class brochure. With the same quality of service and expertise knowledge as its predecessor, this itinerary offers fantastic group sightseeing as well as free time for guests to create their own sightseeing schedule.

Starting and ending in charming Frankfurt, guests immerse themselves in the cultures of some of Germany's most fascinating cities, including Munich, Rothenburg, Dresden and Heidelberg to name a few. A Local Guide in Berlin ensures that guests don't miss any of the sights as they learn about the monuments, memorials and social history of the re-united city.

Highlights of the trip include a picturesque cruise along the Rhine with views of medieval hilltop castles, a trip to Oberammergau (home of the Passion Play) and a scenic drive through the legendary Black Forest.

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