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SPECTACULAR BERNINA EXPRESS – SWITZERLAND

SPECTACULAR BERNINA EXPRESS – SWITZERLAND

Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 August 2021

  • 8 Days £945
  • Single supplement £174
  • Holiday insurance £39

Staying in the royal winter playground of Klosters this tour offers outstanding mountain scenery as well as visits to Austria and Italy. The highlight of the trip is the wonderful journey on board the Bernina Express, the highest conventional train in Europe reaching an altitude of 7,400ft as we cross the breathtaking Bernina Mountains. The Alpine city of Chur offers both city life and enchanting mountain scenery with a mix of narrow, winding streets which sits amongst the unadulterated snow-capped mountains.


SATURDAY: After our early morning departure we travel to Dover for the ferry crossing into Calais. Continue to Reims for our overnight hotel.

SUNDAY: Crossing into Switzerland we arrive at our resort of Klosters and our hotel for our five-night stay.

EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • We head westwards to one of the smallest countries in Europe, Liechtenstein. We stop in the capital Vaduz, where there will be the opportunity to visit the Liechtenstein National Museum, which gives a fascinating insight into the history of this little country. We continue our journey to Chur where we join the Arosabahn for a return journey to Arosa. This lovely mountain railway takes us from the bustling town of Chur climbing 1000 metres over just 26 kilometres around tight curves and steep inclines.
  • Our excursion takes us along some of the most spectacular roads in Europe. We commence our ascent along the Flüela Pass to the Austrian border and the resort of Nauders, before traversing the magnificent Reschenpass into Italy. The route descends past the impressive Lake Reschen before we climb back into Switzerland, passing the beautiful Swiss National Park and its amazing scenery.
  • The highlight of our holiday is the spectacular Bernina Express train journey from Davos to Tirano. A high point of this journey is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express as it passes glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms. The journey goes through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. The section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We disembark the train in Tirano and return to Klosters via the outstanding Flüela Pass.

FRIDAY: We leave Switzerland and enjoy the beautiful scenery before arriving at Reims for our overnight hotel.

SATURDAY: Travel to Calais for the return ferry crossing back to Dover. We continue homewards towards the Westcountry to arrive home early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


SILVRETTA PARK HOTEL, KLOSTERS****

Located in the heart of the village the four-star Silvretta Park Hotel has a traditional wooden exterior and you’ll receive a warm welcome as you enter the spacious reception area. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and a spa bath. All bedrooms are en-suite with a hairdryer and television. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 7 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings. Klosters only: porterage, welcome drink, Davos/Klosters travel card allowing free use of cable cars, buses and trains, Bernina Express train journey, Arosa Bahn Mountain Railway Journey and excursion programme.

 

BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND CLARENCE HOUSE

BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND CLARENCE HOUSE

Friday 20 to Saturday 21 August 2021

  • 2 Days £179
  • Single supplement £44
  • Holiday insurance £16

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty the Queen and it is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. Once the Queen departs for her summer holiday, Buckingham Palace opens its door to visitors where you can see the 19 staterooms which are used by the Royal family to entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions.  Clarence House is the official residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocrat townhouses in London. It is unique amongst the royal houses for having an atmosphere of a much-loved family home and the interior reflects the changes in occupancy over the past two centuries.


FRIDAY: We have a fairly early start to travel to London for an early afternoon visit to Buckingham Palace.  Transfer to the Holiday Inn, Kensington High Street to check-in.

SATURDAY: This morning we shall visit Clarence House with free time to explore London.  Depart London 1600 to return back to the Westcountry during the evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


HOLIDAY INN LONDON KENSINGTON HIGH STREET ****

Europe’s largest Holiday Inn offers an ideal central location on Kensington High Street with stylish, modern touches. There is an informal lounge bar and contemporary restaurant which leads to a small private garden, there is also a health club that features an 18-metre swimming pool and spa facilities. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, telephone, television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 1-night bed and breakfast, entrance to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.

 

LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 July 2021

  • 5 Days £400
  • Single supplement £96
  • Holiday insurance £23

The network of meandering rivers and open expanses of water that make up the Norfolk Broads creates an environment that is unique throughout Britain. The Norfolk Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, is packed with wildlife and rare plants and interlaced with dykes and rivers. The most important of these are the Bure, the Yare and the Waveney which, together with their principal tributaries the Ant and the Thurne, provide nearly 200 miles of navigable waterways.


SUNDAY: We depart the Westcountry and travel east making comfort stops along the way to arrive on the outskirts of Norwich and the Holiday Inn.

  • An excursion to the North Norfolk Heritage Coast to the wonderful Georgian market town of Holt, where we shall board ‘The Poppy Line’ for a heritage steam train ride with stunning views of the Norfolk countryside and coastline through to Sheringham, a traditional seaside town which grew up around its old fishing village, Continue to the coastal resort of Cromer, famous for its pier and tasty crabs.
  • We shall drive to Dereham to board the Mid Norfolk Railway, a standard-gauge preserved railway, running through the heart of rural Norfolk to Wymondham Abbey. Your coach will then take you into Norwich to complete the day.
  • Today our tour will start with a trip to Wroxham for our morning coffee. We then board the ‘Broads Tours’ boat to enjoy a picturesque circular cruise along the Wroxham Barns where you can browse in the traditional craft and gift shops. Time to grab some lunch before boarding the Bure Valley Steam Railway for a single journey through the unspoilt countryside to Aylsham.

THURSDAY: We depart after breakfast and make our way home late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.

On all railway excursions, for operational reasons on the day of travel, steam vehicles may be replaced by a diesel locomotive.


HOLIDAY INN, NORWICH ***

Ideally located for our tour to Norfolk, this modern hotel is on the outskirts of Norwich.  All 119 comfortable en-suite bedrooms have satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, television, a hairdryer and a choice of pillows to help you sleep. Relax, work out or book a spa treatment at the Spirit Health Club, which has a pool, a steam room and a well-equipped gym. Overlooking the garden, the Junction Restaurant serves delicious breakfasts and hearty dinners, with snacks and Starbucks coffee available all day in the bar. There is no lift but ground floor bedrooms available.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, a train ride on the North Norfolk Railway, Bure Valley Steam Railway and Mid Norfolk Railway, cruise on the Norfolk Broads and excursion programme.

 

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

Monday 5 to Sunday 11 July 2021

  • 7 Days £600
  • Single supplement £95
  • Holiday insurance £25

One of the world’s most beautiful islands lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. You will find natural beauty, breath-taking scenery, unspoilt beaches and a pace of life that is unique. The Isle of Man is steeped in its heritage, with a mix of Celtic crosses, crafting communities, Viking burial sites, medieval castles as well as the world’s largest working water wheel – The Lady Isabella. With a working Victorian transport system of narrow gauge steam trains, electric and horse-drawn trams, the Isle of Man is a step back in time for you to enjoy.


MONDAY: We depart the Westcountry and drive to our overnight hotel in the Lancashire area.

TUESDAY: We board the ferry from Heysham to Douglas, we then continue to the Rutland Hotel.


EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • First, we visit Tynwald Hill, home of the World’s most continuous parliament, then onto Peel, a historic fishing port popular for its fine sands and delicious Manx Kippers. We complete our day with a visit to Ramsey which takes the position as the second-largest town on the Isle of Man.
  • A visit to the Laxey Wheel and Snaefell for an optional train ride on the Mountain Railway, the only mountain electric railway in the British Isles, which takes you on a breath-taking 5-mile journey from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell (please note we have based this visit on 2019 opening hours and may be subject to change).
  • First a visit to Castletown the old capital of the island. Onto Calf of Man, a small island at the south-western extremity of the Isle of Man from which it is separated by a narrow strait of water known as Calf Sound. We continue onto Port Erin well known as an old smuggling site and a pretty Victorian seaside town.

SUNDAY: We board the ferry from Douglas to Heysham and then continue south and travel back home for arrival during the early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


RUTLAND HOTEL, DOUGLAS***

Located on the desirable Queen’s promenade, overlooking the spectacular Douglas Bay, your hotel offers comfort, style and a welcoming atmosphere that will help you unwind. All bedrooms are accessible via the lift (not suitable for wheelchairs) and are en-suite with telephones, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite television, broadband and hairdryer. There are nine steps to access the hotel entrance, there are no ground floor rooms.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings, entertainment during your stay on the Isle of Man only and excursion programme.

 

SCOTLAND’S FAMOUS ROUTE 500, NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND ORKNEYS

SCOTLAND’S FAMOUS ROUTE 500, NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND ORKNEYS

Wednesday 2 to Thursday 10 June 2021

  • 9 Days £790
  • Single supplement £155
  • Holiday insurance £29

A most extraordinary holiday visiting Scotland’s North West coastline and islands. This trip of a lifetime skirts the very top of the United Kingdom on the famous Route 500 as it snakes along the coast passing fairy-tale castles, deserted beaches and ancient ruins. A region so sparsely populated the lifestyle and culture has little changed in generations. The highlight of the week is a marvellous guided tour of the Orkney Isles.


WEDNESDAY: Following our morning departure we travel north to our overnight hotel in the Glasgow area.

THURSDAY: Travel through the changing Scottish scenery, we travel along the shoreline of Loch Lomond ‘The Queen of Lochs’ to then drive through Glencoe over the mountain passes to Fort William. You will lose count of the number of lochs we travel past, enjoy a quick stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles before arriving at Skye and the Dunollie Hotel for a two-night stay.

FRIDAY:  A full day on Skye, first to the capital of Portree, fringed by high ground and cliffs, where the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats. We cross the island to the 800-year-old Dunvegan Castle and Gardens – the stronghold of the Macleod Clan and Scotland’s longest inhabited castle. Returning along the coast road with views of the Cuillins, the most impressive mountain range in the UK.

SATURDAY: We depart Skye via the bridge to arrive at Kyle. Drive along Loch Carron to Gairloch, a pretty fishing village. Continue along the total length of Loch Maree, without doubt, one of Scotland’s bonniest of lochs before we snake our way along cliffs, beaches, inlets and a coastline dotted with islands before arriving into the picture-perfect harbour town of Ullapool and the Royal Hotel for our overnight stay.

SUNDAY: Travelling north, the extraordinary beauty unfolds before you. Mile upon mile of crumbling cliffs, sheer rocky headlands and sheltered bays with white deserted beaches. See/hear huge seabird colonies clustered in clefts on remote stacks, seals also bob around in the surf offshore. Arrive at Durness, the most north-westerly village on mainland Britain. Lunch included at the Smoo Cave Hotel.  Continue to travel east along the northern coastline, entering the least populated area in the UK, passing sea lochs and villages before reaching the picturesque fishing village of Caithness and the Castletown Hotel, for our two-night stay.

MONDAY: We travel past Scotland’s most northern mainland castle, Castle of Mey, which was owned and frequently visited by the late Queen Mother, we see the Orkney’s rise from the North Sea.  At John O’Groats we board the ferry as foot passengers for the 40-minute ferry crossing over the Pentland Firth to begin a magical guided tour of the Orkney Island. A private coach with driver/guide awaits to take you across the Churchill Barriers, visiting Scara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, standing stones, Italian Chapel and much more.  We return on the ferry back to John O’Groats.

TUESDAY: Another day which is sure not to disappoint you, travel by way of Wick and the coastal road to historic Helmsdale and then various vantage points such as the white sands at Brora, Dunrobin Castle to the Highland capital of Inverness for some free time. Continue south climbing the Drumochter Pass then by way of Glen Garry, Bridge of Tilt and Pitlochry to our overnight stay in the Perthshire area.

WEDNESDAY: We have a leisurely departure today and travel south through Scotland, crossing the border into England and our hotel in the Lancashire area.

THURSDAY: Travel south to arrive home late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


DUNOLLIE HOTEL, BROADFORD, SKYE***

The Dunollie Hotel is set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay, at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. With 84 en suite bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant, it is perfectly placed to explore an area rich in history. Many of the bedrooms offer spectacular views across Broadford Bay and the islands of Pabay and Scalpay, they are equipped with a television, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift.

ROYAL HOTEL, ULLAPOOL***

Located on the edge of the village with breath-taking views across Loch Broom and the surrounding Highlands. All 55 bedrooms are en-suite with a television and tea/coffee making facilities. No lift but ground floor rooms available.

CASTLETOWN HOTEL, CAITHNESS, THURSO**

Nestled in the curve of Dunnet Bay, within the picturesque fishing village of Castletown, this family-run hotel is perfect for exploring Caithness, offering quality, affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and parking. There are 24 en-suite bedrooms with television, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 8 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, Orkney Isle ferry and guided tour, lunch at Smoo Cave Hotel, entry to Dunvegan Castle and gardens and excursion programme

 

BEAUTIFUL BOURNEMOUTH WITH MOTTISFONT ROSE GARDEN

BEAUTIFUL BOURNEMOUTH WITH MOTTISFONT ROSE GARDEN

Monday 14 to Friday 18 June 2021

  • 5 Days £350
  • No single supplement on allocated singles
  • Sea View £80 per person
  • Holiday insurance £23

Summer by the sea! Enjoy the golden sands accredited with numerous Green Flag Awards, Gold Accreditation from Britain in Bloom and European Entente Floral Awards – Bournemouth can be classed as a slice of floral paradise with 2,000 acres of Victorian Gardens and parkland to explore. Walk along the golden sands or take a stroll along the Pier with ice cream or simply watch the sunset. Bournemouth has an abundance of activities for you to enjoy from land trains to galleries, tea rooms and cafes, amusements, arcades and shops, or perhaps you simply prefer to relax in a deck chair with your toes in the sand. Mottisfont Rose Garden are walled gardens, filled with heavenly fragrance and colour from thousands of roses in early summer. Home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach their peak in June. Over five hundred varieties put on an annual display which draws visitors from all over the world.


MONDAY: This morning we depart the West Country and travel to the South Coast and Bournemouth for our four-night stay at the Ocean Beach Hotel and Spa.

EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • We start with a morning stop in Christchurch followed by a drive through the New Forest National Park taking in quaint villages Brockenhurst with its olde-worlde charm and Lyndhurst.
  • This morning we head to Wimborne Minster, an attractive market town with a wonderful mix of high-quality modern stores and charming independent boutiques sat side by side in hidden courtyards and pedestrianised squares. Continue to the Isle of Purbeck and to Swanage. Why not take a trip on the Swanage Railway, which operates a steam train service to the picturesque village of Corfe. Perhaps visit the castle ruins a National Trust attraction, which has played through over 1000 years of turbulent history and dominates the Corfe skyline.
  • A visit to National Trust’s Mottisfont Gardens to see the amazing Roses – ‘A Gardeners Dream’ return to Bournemouth for some free time.

FRIDAY: We depart after breakfast and travel to Dorchester. Depart after lunch arriving back to our home towns for late afternoon/early evening.

Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


OCEAN BEACH HOTEL AND SPA, BOURNEMOUTH ***

Formerly known as the Cliffeside, located directly on the seafront, atop the prestigious East Cliff of Bournemouth this contemporary hotel offers some of the best views in town. The Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa is only a minutes’ walk from seven miles of award-winning sandy beaches and close to the town centre, gardens and vibrant café society of Bournemouth. The 64 en-suite bedrooms feature a telephone, television, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The Spa is one of the best in Bournemouth and all Oceana Guests have access to Sister hotels amenities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is a lift.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, entertainment during your stay and excursion programme.