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Travel Tuesday Welcome to Travel Tuesday, bringing you a spectacular array of holiday offers to inspire you

24 SEP

2013

UNDISCOVERED ITALY

HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL This week we are offering an eight-day trip around undiscovered Italy, a journey steeped in history and culture

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All the journeys in these travel pages are carefully crafted and organised by ABTA/ATOL-bonded tour operators who have been hand-picked by us. The telephone number provided with each offer takes you directly to each tour operator, who can provide the best personalised service in booking your holiday. Next to each tour itinerary you’ll find a product code. Don’t forget to mention it when you call as this will ensure you receive the personal service, excellent value and top quality that we guarantee for every reader. All that’s left to do now is decide which trip is the one for you.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Travel Tuesday Barry Island

See Gavin & Stacey’s home on Barry Island

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ARRY Island is a relatively short jaunt over the Severn crossing and down the M4 to just past Cardiff. But it’s acquired national recognition thanks to the huge success of the Gavin & Stacey TV sit-com. So, if you’re a fan, why not come and wallow in this wonderful show by going to see ‘what’s occurring’ in Barry Island in this Gavin & Stacey Tour for Two with Dave’s Coaches. Take a seat on the original vehicle used by Dave in the TV show as you visit numerous locations including Stacey’s home and the church where Nessa nearly gets married. See the amusement arcade where Nessa works while you enjoy a range of discounts from several vendors on the Barry Island seafront. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities. On arrival at the meeting location in Barry Island, you will be greeted by your guide before embarking on a three hour tour of the area. You’ll be shown round Gwen and Stacey’s home by the real owner of the property (available only on weekends), and go inside the church where Neil is christened and where Vanessa

‘Shanessa’ Jenkins almost gets married to ‘Dave Coaches’. See where Nessa works as a mime artist and stop off at the caravan where Nessa and Dave live. You’ll receive a 20 per cent discount on hot food purchased at Boofy’s during the tour (opening hours dependent on season) and be in with a chance to win a prize with a Gavin & Stacey quiz along the way. Like Dave, maybe you rate yourself a good driver. Then why not book yourself on to our challenging 4x4 driving experience? This course is both fun and serious skills acquisition all rolled into one. Your instructor will soon have you driving off-road like an expert, and you’ll certainly regard 4WD vehicles with new respect in future. Or how about going off-road and up a tree? You can with Go Ape, the multi-award winning Tree Top forest adventure. Head to one of the 28 UK forest adventures for two to three hours in the trees, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of High-Wire Crossings, all set in the UK’s most beautiful woodlands.

● Have a tree-top adventure at Go Ape

Christmas Presents GAVIN AND STACEY TOUR

INTRODUCTORY OFF ROAD DRIVING

for Two with Dave’s Coaches

4x4 challenge TV Favourite

£46

for two people

Come and see ‘what’s occurring’ in Barry Island in this fun tour for fans of the hit TV show. Take a seat on the original vehicle used in the show to visit Stacey’s home, Nessa’s caravan, the amusement arcade and more. Join in with the quiz for your chance to win a prize – and don’t forget your camera!

Price includes: • 3 hour Gavin & Stacey tour for two • Professional guide • Transport on Dave’s coach • Range of discounts from several vendors on the seafront • 20% off hot food purchased at Boofy’s • Cancellation indemnity

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Call us on 0844 472 4583

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

TREE TOP ADVENTURE FOR TWO WITH GO APE

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“Arrrh-a-arrrh-a-arrrhhhh!” all terrain

woodland fun

for one person

for two people

£139

£64

Wheels churning and axles grinding, learn the skills of observation, planning and maneuvring as you tackle side slopes, steep inclines and rutted tracks in this challenging 4x4 driving experience. This course is both fun and serious skills acquisition all rolled into one. Your instructor will soon have you driving off-road like an expert, and you’ll certainly regard 4WD vehicles with new respect.

“Arrrh-a-arrrh-a-arrrhhhh!” This is Go Ape, the multi-award winning Tree Top forest adventure. Hang loose for two to three hours in the trees, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of HighWire Crossings. You’ll receive full safety training, harnesses, pulleys and Karabiners and then let loose into the forest canopy to roam free. Life is so much more fun when you’re jumping off a tree!

Price includes: • Introduction to 4x4 driving and handling techniques as part of a small group • Experience training from a qualified instructor and hands-on driving • 45 minutes to 1 hour driving (depending on location) • Choice of 24 locations across the UK • Cancellation Indemnity

Price includes: • Two to three hour treetop adventure for two people • Full safety briefing and equipment hire • Choice of 28 beautiful woodland locations • Cancellation Indemnity

A wide range of other experiences available

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Travel Tuesday Apulia, Lecce and Vieste

Take a Roman holiday or discover Italy’s hidden gems

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PULIA, Lecce and Vieste, are three Italian destinations which don’t immediately spring to mind when it comes to visiting this fabulous country. Which is why they fit perfectly into our Undiscovered Italy eight-day trip. Apulia, for example, is one of the most fertile regions of Italy, producing more olive oil than the rest of the country combined, along with most of its fish, 80 per cent of Europe’s pasta and more wine than the whole of Germany. This productivity and resultant wealth has attracted attention from a host of envious invaders throughout history, with all leaving remarkably evident footprints. It is this which makes Apulia delightfully different. Colonised by the ancient Greeks in the 8th century BC; then came the Romans, then the Byzantines followed by the Saracens, the Normans, the Spanish and the Bourbons it finally became Italian in 1861. Here in the deep, south-east of Italy, nature and history are powerful influences. The locals still wink cheekily at authority and the relaxed and communal way of life is in harmony with the sunny dry climate. There remains

● Torre dell'Orso beach in Apulia a deep rooted and historic suspicion of rule from afar, engendering a relaxed atmosphere perfect for ‘getting away from it all’ so why not join us and explore this hidden gem. Everyone, on the other hand has

heard of Rome, but our five-day ancient and baroque themed visit gives it a different emphasis. Rome was, is, and probably always will be, one of the world’s most compelling cities with probably more to

see here than in any other capital on earth, boasting, as it does, an uninterrupted recorded history for upwards of 2,500 years. Or you can visit Florence, Italy’s finest renaissance city and enjoy the

rural charm of Tuscany on our superb escorted tour Tuscany embodies much that Italy is famous for, possessing more historical monuments than any other country, let alone province, on earth. Its cities, Florence - arguably the finest city of the Renaissance - Siena and Pisa, together with smaller towns and medieval villages like Lucca and San Gimignano, house some of the world’s finest artistic treasures. Combine this with the haunting beauty of the local countryside, an enviable climate, one of the world’s great cuisines, and of course, with the Italians themselves, and you have all the ingredients for a superb holiday. Or how about the more dramatic scenery of the Italian lakes and mountains? We have a trip which takes in Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express, one of Europe’s most scenic train journeys through the Swiss Alps. And the good news is you can fly from Bristol. Alternatively you can visit Lake Garda, Venice and Verona, flying from London Gatwick. Once there, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Italian lakes and Venice, one of the most unique cities on earth on our escorted tour.

Christmas CHRISTMAS IN TORQUAY

LEEDS CASTLE CHRISTMAS FAIR AND CANTERBURY MARKETS

Departing 23 December 2013 from Bristol

YORK ST NICHOLAS FAYRE

Departing 30 November 2013 from Bristol

Departing 7 December 2013 from Bristol 5 days from

2 days from

£379

£119

per person

Spend this Christmas relaxing in a Mediterranean style resort without having to jet off abroad! Our 5 day break takes you to the English Riviera, renowned for its signature palm trees and exceptionally mild climate, where everything is arranged for the perfect Christmas. From our base in the beautiful resort of Torquay you can enjoy a range of included excursions, along with a host of festive fun in our hotel.

The price includes:

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Private coach travel from your local area Four nights’ stay with three course evening meal & cooked breakfast Sherry reception and Bucks Fizz reception Traditional Christmas Lunch Two afternoon cream teas Entertainment on three evenings Free time to relax and explore Torquay Visits to Exmouth, Paignton, Dartmouth and Buckfast Abbey River Exe Cruise with mulled wine and mince pies

Call us on 0844 472 4545

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2 days from

£100

per person

per person

New for 2013, this 2 day break takes you to ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’ at a time when it is adorned with Christmas decorations, with the addition of a traditional Christmas Market. Leeds Castle enjoys a picturesque location, on a natural lake surrounded by 500 acres of parkland, and is full of history and heritage. During our visit you can browse the Christmas stalls which sell a delightful range of gifts as well as explore the magnificent state rooms and enjoy the festive decor, whilst taking a glimpse into the castles fascinating past. We also visit the beautiful medieval city of Canterbury when it hosts its own quaint Christmas Market. All in all this is the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit.

The St Nicholas Fayre is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK. Held each year in the heart of York, this beautiful city comes alive with bustling stalls offering a wealth of gifts, crafts, food and drink, whilst all around you the smell of roasting chestnuts and the angelic voices of carol singers fills the air. With a visit to the delightful small Yorkshire village of Haworth also included, this memorable weekend of Yuletide cheer will put you in the very best of festive moods. So join us as we step back in time, and re-live the run up to Christmas as depicted in those fabulous Victorian style Christmas cards!

The price includes:

• Private coach travel from your local area • One-night stay with three-course evening meal and cooked breakfast • Visits to York St Nicholas Fayre and Haworth

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Private coach travel from your local area One-night stay with three-course evening meal and cooked breakfast Visit to Canterbury Entrance to Leeds Castle and Grounds

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La Dolce Vita 5 days from

£549 per person

ROME - ANCIENT & BAROQUE

Selected departures in November 2013 and April to November 2014

With an uninterrupted recorded history of more than 2,500 years, no other city seems to have managed to combine a heritage of classical antiquities and medieval buildings - from Renaissance palaces to intricate Baroque piazzas – quite as well as Rome. The grandeur of the Colosseum and the Vatican, the magnificence of St. Peter’s, the fine collection of art and artefacts stored in the Villa Borghese, the sheer brilliance of the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and flamboyant Baroque buildings – the list is endless. Combine all this with worldclass cuisine and the Italian lifestyle and you have an unbeatable destination for a tour.

Price includes: • Return flights to Rome from Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester or Birmingham, other regional airports are available • Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a centrally located four-star hotel • Guided tours of Rome (Baroque and Ancient) • Timed visit to the Villa Borghese • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

8 days from

£619 per person

LAKE GARDA, VENICE & VERONA

Selected departures October 2013 and April to October 2014

This tour is a wonderful blend of some of the finest sights in northern Italy. Firstly Lake Garda, where waves lap gently on the shingle shoreline, with its background of the snow-capped Dolomite mountains; then Venice, a unique city full of cultural delights such as the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal; lastly, Verona, one of the most romantic cities you will ever find and so appropriate as the setting for Romeo and Juliet.

8 days from

£859 per person

Price includes:

£799 per person

LAKE COMO, ST MORITZ & THE BERNINA EXPRESS Selected departures October 2013 and April to October 2014

• Return flights from Bristol, East Midlands or Manchester, other regional airports available • Seven nights bed and breakfast staying in three-star superior and four-star hotels, including four dinners • Stay in central Florence and the enchanting medieval town of Volterra • Guided tour of Florence – pearl of the Renaissance • Reserved, timed visit to the Uffizi, one of the finest art galleries in the world • Visit to San Gimignano • Guided tour of Siena, one of the finest medieval cities • Visit to Pisa – home of the leaning tower • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

8 days from

£879 per person

On this wonderfully varied tour we explore Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, plus some stunning icons of northern Italy and Switzerland: the amazing Lakes of Maggiore and Lugano, the majestic Alps surrounding St Moritz and a fantastic rail journey on the Bernina Express.

Price includes:

• Return flights from Bristol, Birmingham or East Midlands, other airports available • Seven nights half-board, staying in four-star accommodation • Visit to St Moritz in the heart of the Swiss Alps • Travel on the stunning Bernina Express, one of the world’s most spectacular railway journeys • Visit to Lake Maggiore and Lugano • Guided tour of medieval Bergamo • Lake cruise to stunning Bellagio, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy • Private visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its memorable gardens • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

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For the first three nights you will stay in central Florence where you will enjoy a guided tour and a reserved, timed entry to the Uffizi art gallery. Pisa and Lucca are the next destinations before spending three nights in Volterra, with its stunning views over the Tuscan countryside. We also visit medieval San Gimignano and Siena. Tuscany is one of Europe’s most alluring regions, a charming mix of Renaissance cities, vineyards, olive groves, spectacular ancient castles and beautiful hill towns, oozing charm.

Price includes:

• Return flights from Bristol, Manchester or Birmingham, other airports available • Seven nights in a choice of excellent quality three or four-star hotels with breakfast and dinner • Tour of beautiful Lake Garda – Italy’s largest lake • Guided sightseeing tour of Verona - the city of Romeo and Juliet • Tour of the Dolomites - with their dramatic alpine scenery • Guided sightseeing tour of Venice, perhaps the most unique city on earth • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

8 days from

FLORENCE AND TUSCANY

Selected departures October 2013 and April to October 2014

APULIA, LECCE & VIESTE

Selected departures April to October 2014 Colonised by the ancient Greeks in the 8th century BC; then came the Romans, Byzantines followed by the Saracens, Normans, Spanish and Bourbons before finally becoming Italian in 1861. See some of the most fascinating cities, villages, unusual sights and scenery that you will find anywhere and most importantly it remains genuinely unspoilt.

Price includes: • Return flights from London Gatwick • Seven nights four-star accommodation with breakfast and dinner • Guided tour of Lecce • Visit to Alberobello, home to the unique ‘trulli’ houses • Guided tour of Matera, the amazing cave village and UNESCO world heritage site • Visit to Bari’s old town, once home to ancient Greeks, Saracens and Normans • Visit to Castel del Monte, one of Italy’s finest medieval castles • Stay in ancient Vieste’s delightful old town • Drive along the Gargano coast • Tour the beautiful national park and Crusader church of Monte St Angelo, where the Archangel St Michael appeared • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

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Calls cost 5ppm from a BT landline. You may also be charged a connection fee. Mobile and other providers’ charges may vary. Prices are from, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room unless stated otherwise, and are applicable to selected departure dates. These holidays and included excursions are subject to availability. Single rooms available at a supplement. Some visa costs and local departure taxes may not be included. Prices and holidays are subject to availability and change, some holidays are subject to minimum passenger numbers. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Holidays organised by and are subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs DE14 1SP. ABTA V4744 and ATOL 3430 protected, a company wholly independent of Local World. When you respond, the holiday supplier and Local World may contact you with offers/services that may be of interest. Please give your mobile or email details if you wish to receive such offers by SMS or email. We will not give your details to other companies without your permission.


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