Maya Customs and Rituals

Mexico’s Maya history is one of many mysteries.We can only still guess as to why a civilisation that was so advanced went into decline and led that last Maya dynasty to fall in the 13th century. What’s left are the many ruined cities such as Uxmal and Chichen Itza. On the other hand, these archaeological treasures have revealed some interesting Maya facts.

Mayan temple

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Alternative European Wines

No doubt that French and German wines are the best known and most popular European wines in the world, however this continent is home to many  more wine producing countries that are worth trying.


Definitely not a country that usually springs to mind when you think of European wines, but Greece is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. The ancient Greeks were making wine long before it ever hit the dinner tables in the rest of the world. Many quality Greek wines come from regions such as Macedonia, Thessali, the Peloponnesos as well as some of the Ionian and Aegean Islands.

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Exploring Beijing’s Hutongs

In Beijing, the best place to soak up traditional Chinese culture is in the little alley ways you find dotted around this giant metropolis. These hutongs, as these alleys are called, are formed by clumps of siheyuan, also known as traditional courtyard residences. Back in the day one family built their siheyuan next to another which gradually formed a hutong. Then when one hutong joined up with another, an entire neighbourhood  was formed.

rickshaw in hutong

Photo by Azzazello under Creative Common Licence

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Sarah Wagner: on the road in Ireland

Sarah Wagner, one of our writers, got out on the road with Trafalgar last month to experience the delights of Ireland.

We caught up with Sarah after her trip to find out some of her favourite moments, and here’s her account.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

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Halloween: our favourite spooky spots in Europe

It’s almost here! That time of the year when adults and youngsters don their most ghoulish costumes; trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door; the spookiest DVDs make their way off your shelf; and the warm glow of carved-out pumpkins light up the neighbourhood.

Halloween – or All Hallows’ Eve – is an ancient Celtic festival of the dead, known as Samhain. The festival took place on the 31st October, marking the end of the harvest season, and an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.

Pumpkin in New York

Pumpkin in New York

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Travel scores big in Brazil

This post is written by Theresa Szejwallo – Managing Director in South Africa

Being in Brazil to enjoy the World Cup or watching from the comfort of your own home is one thing, but, enjoying a guided holiday across South America is a whole new experience.

I enjoyed a guided holiday across South America in December 2013. It’s now a firm favourite of mine and a destination that I expect to visit again and again. It’s really not like me to want to visit the same destination twice – but South America has become the exception to the rule.

The opportunity to explore and appreciate the customs, the food, the history and the way of life of the people from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Easter Island was made all the more memorable through Trafalgar’s ‘Insider Experience’.

Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls

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Our Travel Directors’ Favourite Spots

Our Travel Directors are a diverse bunch of people and they come from all over the world. However they have one thing in common: They love to travel and they love sharing their travel experiences and knowledge with you. Here are some of their favourite places in Europe.

Amanda Gardiner is from Australia originally, but is now a Londoner. She mainly runs European Discovery trips. Her favourite place is Paris, which she thinks is the best city in the world. There’s so much to talk about there and really has the wow factor. She loves the night tour Trafalgar runs of the city, where the Eiffel Tower sparkles. She says that guests find it quite emotional. She also loves the Alpine region.

Paris Eiffel Tower

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