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Escorted tours, beach, walking and great British breaks

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

Escape to New Discoveries

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Bruges by Eurostar

Paris by Eurostar

Selected departures in Nov 2013 and Mar to Nov 2014 from Bristol temple Meads or Bristol Parkway

Selected departures in Nov 2013 and Mar to Nov 2014 from Bristol temple Meads or Bristol Parkway

Bruges, also known as the Venice of the North, is a beautiful, tranquil spot and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a wealth of museums which offer a striking look into the city’s history. Staying in the heart of Bruges, this superb holiday includes a range of escorted visits and tours.

Paris is everything you might imagine it to be, romantic, inspiring, vibrant and spectacular. This fantastic trip will take you on a journey around this wonderful city. Explore Notre Dame, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs Élysées, Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower and much more. The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, the Place de la Concorde shows off 18th Century French architecture at its best, Montmartre is the home of artists and street entertainers and The Latin Quarter is delightful with its narrow cobbled streets.

Our fully escorted price includes: Return local rail connection and standard class seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras International (upgrades available for a supplement). Three nights, bed and breakfast at a choice of three or four-star hotels. Guided walking tour of historic Bruges. Visits to a traditional chocolatier and Ypres. Tour of the First World War battlefields. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

Our fully escorted price includes: Return local rail connection and standard-class seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras International (upgrades available at a supplement). Three nights on a bed and breakfast basis at a choice of three or four-star hotels (approx. two miles from Notre Dame). Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Paris. Paris by Night tour. Visits to Versailles and Montmartre. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

Please see back page for our full terms and conditions

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For more information and to book call 0844 472 4507 quoting BSU or visit www.bsuriviera.co.uk – videos also available


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All the holidays in this supplement are carefully crafted and organised by tour operators who have been hand-picked by us. These are reputable, trustworthy companies, bonded by ATOL and members of ABTA (where applicable) so you know that you are putting your travel plans into safe hands. Each operator is an expert in their field, if you fancy a fully escorted tour or river cruise, you can be confident you will see the best that your chosen region has to offer. If a UK break catches your eye, the trip will be organised and run by professionals offering great value for money.

Banish the winter blues before they have even set in, give yourself something to look forward to during the drab autumn and winter months and look ahead to spring. Not that we want to wish the time away, so why not make the most of the coming chilly season by treating yourself to one, or more, of these wonderful getaways.

FESTIVE FUN

From the wonderful aromas, tasty treats and festive atmosphere of the city of York and some of Europe’s best Christmas Markets to the delightful countryside of Cornwall where you can celebrate the Christmas season with wonderful trips, a delicious, traditional Christmas lunch and a glass or two of spicy mulled wine; and the pomp and circumstance that is London’s New Year’s Day Parade these short breaks are sure to get you into the festive spirit. Here’s to a wonderful celebration – eat, drink and be merry!

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York St Nicholas Fayre

Recapture the Christmas spirit of days gone by Departing on 30 Nov 2013 by coach from Bristol 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 fill 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 Christmas card images!

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Our 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.

In order to offer you this level of expertise, we have formed an alliance with a number of partners. The telephone number provided with each offer goes 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 quote code, this gives you the personal service, excellent value and top quality that we guarantee for every reader. It is no less than you deserve, so don’t forget to mention it when you call.

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With so many popular Christmas Markets it can be difficult to choose one destination. This Christmas Market medley cruise is the perfect solution, taking you to some of the most fabulous markets that Europe has to offer. From festive town centres to illuminated caves, visit the countries of France, Belgium, Germany and Holland and find a selection of wonderful Christmas gifts and goodies. Then, when the shopping is done, you can relax and absorb the magical festive atmosphere. So look no further for the ultimate Christmas Market experience! Our price includes: Executive coach travel from your local area. Return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night and evening entertainment. En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the MPS Amsterdam on a full-board basis. Early-risers and mid-morning tea/coffee. Visits to Lille, Hasselt, Liege, Maastricht and Bruges. Daytime commentary highlighting places of interest. Services of our cruise director and cruise manager.

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Christmas Markets Christmas in Torquay Extravaganza River Cruise Departing on 23 Dec 2013 by coach from Bristol Departing on 26 Nov and 17 Dec 2013 by coach from Bristol

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Spend Christmas relaxing in a Mediterranean-style resort on this festive five-day break on the English Riviera, renowned for its stunning coastline, award-winning beaches, palm trees and mild climate. Our base is the beautiful resort of Torquay, and the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the seafront. Enjoy a range of included excursions to some of the highlights of the region, cruise along the River Exe, explore local towns and get a fascinating insight into the monastic way of life at Buckfast Abbey. Back at the hotel there is a host of festive food and fun - as Christmas breaks go, this one’s a cracker!

Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. Four-night stay with three-course evening meal and 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.

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The London New Year’s Day Parade, Oxford and Windsor Departing on 30 Dec 2013 by coach from Bristol

If you haven’t already made plans for the New Year then this fantastic break could be for you. We have brought together everything you need to relax and enjoy this special time of year. Visit Oxford, known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, an ode to the beautiful array of college and university buildings, and the riverside town of Windsor, renowned for its Royal connections. Spend New Year’s Eve enjoying sumptuous food and dancing the night away. On New Year’s Day, take to the streets of London for the Lord Mayor’s Parade – a spectacular event with a carnival atmosphere to match – the perfect way to celebrate in style! Our price includes: Private coach travel throughout. Two nights bed and cooked breakfast with three-course evening meal on day one. New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing. Visits to Oxford and Windsor. Visit to London for the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Day Parade. Services of a tour driver.

For more information or to book call 0844 472 4545 quoting BS0913 or visit www.bristolep.diamondhols.co.uk Please see back page for our full terms and conditions


NOT TO BE MISSED!

Four fantastic opportunities to experience some incredible events. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mallard achieving the world steam locomotive speed record. Commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI with a visit to the battlefields of Ypres at this poignant time or the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden with a visit the Airborne Museum in Arnhem dedicated to the thousands of heroic paratroopers. Last but not least, The Mary Rose is now on display and if you, like me, remember watching her being raised from the seabed 31 years ago then this is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.

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Six Special Steam Trains – The Great Goodbye

Bruges, Ypres and the First World War Battlefields

Seize this last opportunity to see all six surviving A4 class locomotives together at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, where the fastest steam locomotive in the world, Mallard, will be joined by Sir Nigel Gresley, Bittern, Union of South Africa and their transatlantic twins Dwight D Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada.

Departing on 14 Mar 2014 by coach from Bristol

Departing on 22 Feb 2014 by coach from Bristol

In 1938 Mallard set a new record as the world’s fastest steam locomotive of all time, reaching an amazing 126mph. The record is still unbeaten and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s achievements the National Railway Museum is hosting a series of unique commemorative events supported by HRH The Prince of Wales. If you missed the events earlier this year, or you just want to experience it all over again, this is your last chance to see Mallard and its sisters together and say goodbye. Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. One-night stay with three-course evening meal and cooked breakfast. Visit to Durham. Visit to the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

100th Anniversary of WWI

Visit Ypres, the region at the heart of some of the largest WWI battles; Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, and walk through the doors of Every-Man’s Club, where hundreds of thousands of British soldiers passed through to find respite from the frontline. This is a unique chance to see these moving places at a very special time and remember the courage and honour of all those who fought, as well as the men and women who followed in their footsteps to become the soldiers of today. Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. Three nights bed and continental breakfast. Visit to Bruges, Ypres and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Guided tour of Bruges. Entrance to Talbot House including the famous cup of tea. Services of a tour manager.

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Amsterdam, Arnhem and A Bridge Too Far

The Mary Rose

Departing on 14 Mar 2014 by coach from Bristol

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Follow in the footsteps of courageous soldiers in historic Arnhem on the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne military operation in World War II, where you can see the world’s most extensive collection of Market Garden memorabilia. The nearby Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery is home to the graves of over 1,600 Commonwealth service personnel, lending the experience a moving atmosphere.

The Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s magnificent warship, captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 after laying there for over 400 years. Described as England’s answer to Pompeii, thanks to the insight she gives us into life from an extraordinary era, she is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world and this is a wonderful opportunity to see her up close. The state of the art museum at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard showcases the Mary Rose in her final stages of conservation, along with many of the 19,000 artefacts discovered with her, and the crew who have been skilfully brought to life using forensic science. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most significant insights into Tudor life in the world.

Including Oosterbeek Airborne Museum and Cemetery

Amsterdam, the UNESCO World Heritage Site with its famous canals, is an intriguing place to explore, crossing the quaint bridges and following the waterways through the streets with their grand facades. Discover the city’s great number of museums, visit the Diamond Factories for which it is famous or explore its excellent variety of shops and flea markets. Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. Return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Three nights bed and continental breakfast. Entrance to the Airborne Museum. Visit to the Arnhem Oosterbeek Military Cemetery. Free time in Arnhem. Full day in Amsterdam. Services of an experienced tour manager.

A magnificent warship, a unique museum

Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. One-night stay with three-course evening meal and cooked breakfast. Visit to Winchester. Entrance to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see the Mary Rose Museum. Harbour tour by boat. Services of our tour driver.

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For more information or to book call 0844 472 4545 quoting BS0913 or visit www.bristolep.diamondhols.co.uk Please see back page for our full terms and conditions

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Andalucía’s Eastern Coast

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Granada, Almeria and Cabo de Gata

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Cyprus, Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

£719 per person

Departing on 9 Nov 2013 and selected dates from Feb to Jun 2014 , flying direct from Bristol

Departing on 20 Nov 2013 and 26 Feb and 5 Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol

Enjoy the stunning sights of Spain’s greatest palace, the Alhambra in Granada; visit the city of Almeria with its citadel, cathedral and the narrow streets and whitewashed façades of its picturesque historic quarter and Cabo de Gata Natural Park with its salt pans and dunes. Your base is the coastal city of Almunecar, rich in artistic and cultural heritage surrounded by the Sierra Nevada National Park and 25 pretty beaches and coves.

Cyprus is an ancient land steeped in Greek legend and is best known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and is where many famous myths began. The city of Nicosia has a tumultuous past and you will get the chance to visit its museums, churches and monuments as well as the wall that divides it in two. Paphos is the base for your holiday with its pleasant harbour, medieval fort and many archaeological sites.

Our price includes: Return flights from Bristol. Seven nights, half-board accommodation at the four-star Bahia Tropical in Taramay. Excursions to Granada and the Alhambra, Almeria and Cabo de Gata. Services of a tour representative.

Our price includes: Return flights from Bristol. Seven nights, half-board accommodation at the four-star Athena Beach Hotel. Excursion to Nicosia and orientation walk of Paphos. Services of a tour manager.

You can also take the option to visit Frigiliana or extend your holiday by a week (supplements apply).

You can also take the option to visit the Troodos Mountains or the Baths of Aphrodite or extend your holiday by a week (supplements apply)

For more information and to book call 0844 472 4593 quoting NSBP or visit www.preferredts.com/nsbp. Walking holidays also available. Please ask for a copy of our walking brochure.

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Renaissance Florence Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is set in the heart of Tuscany and considered to be the birthplace of Renaissance. It has a proud heritage and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1982. The historical centre is easily discovered on foot, take in magnificent sights, spectacular art and soak up a fascinating culture. Wander the streets of the city visiting the Duomo, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore; the church of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s finest art museums which displays Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture.

2013 prices from: Nov £149, Dec £139* 2014 prices from: Feb £169, Mar £159*

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Glorious Prague

For more information and to book call 0844 472 4593 quoting NSBP or visit www.preferredts.com/nsbp. Walking holidays also available. Please ask for a copy of our walking brochure.

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Cities&Sun Fancy a little exploration this winter? If so we can offer you a wonderful journey of discovery to the land of tradition and inspiration that is Andalucía or Cyprus with its many stunning nooks and crannies, incredible views and the magnificent Troodos massif.

Selected departures from Nov 2013 to Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol

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Soak up the history, culture, incredible architecture, world-renowned art and culinary delights of a wonderful European city. Iconic Venice with its unique waterways is a city of tales and tradition, monuments and museums and Rome is truly testimony to Europe’s cultural, artistic and historical legacy with over 16% of the world’s treasures located here. If all you want to do is fly and flop then there is also a wonderful selection of all-inclusive holidays in some of Europe’s most popular destinations, from the sunny Canary Islands to the incredible island of historic Malta and the Algarve and its famous golf courses.

Historic Rome

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Selected departures from Nov 2013 to Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol

Selected departures from Nov 2013 to Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol

Visit Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Described as the City of a Hundred Spires in celebration of its architecture, Prague boasts a glorious history as a former imperial and royal city. It is a lively, modern capital located alongside the Vltava River and home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe, these include Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petřín Hill

Enjoy a stay at the three-star Marc Aurelio Hotel, located in the heart of the magical city of Rome, ideally situated close to Vatican City. Rome is the historic capital city of Italy and boasts a history which spans 2,500 years; this is reflected in its unique architecture. Wonder at the sheer size of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, throw a coin into the Trevi fountain or visit the Vatican where you can walk through St Peter’s Basilica and admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Rome is simply one of the most beautifully rich cities in the world to visit.

2013 prices from: Nov £139, Dec £219* 2014 prices from: Jan £139, Feb £139, Mar £139*

2013 prices from: Nov £209, Dec £159* 2014 prices from: Jan £139, Feb £179, Mar £189*

For more information and to book call 0844 472 4500 before 15 October 2013 quoting NORB09 - Opening times are Mon - Fri 9am-9pm / Sat 9am-5pm / Sun 10am-6pm *Our price includes: Return flights. Three nights’ accommodation in a centrally located three-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Flight tax and fuel supplements. Please see back page for our full terms and conditions


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All Inclusive Algarve

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The Algarve is great for winter-sun, situated in southern Portugal it is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Enjoy days at the beach, or by the pool, and the wonderful contrast between the golden coastline and beautiful rural countryside, many historic attractions and thousands of species of flora and fauna. This is the perfect holiday destination for those who enjoy exploring, photography, painting, nature, walking and other outdoor pursuits. From a simple fishing village, Quarteira has become one of the major tourist centres in the Algarve, boasting a lovely palmlined promenade, golden beaches, terraces of cafés and bars and delicious fresh fish. The three-star Pinhal do Sol is in a quiet location, set between Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura on the outskirts of Quarteira. It offers two swimming pools, a bar, snack-bar, bike rental, tennis court and transportation to the beautiful beach. You will also be able to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and evening meal at the buffet restaurant.

2013 prices from: Nov £289, Dec £259† 2014 prices from: Jan £319, Feb £329, Mar £329†

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All Inclusive Malta

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Selected departures from Nov 2013 to Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol

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Malta is an island of myth and legend with wonderful architecture and countryside that is dotted with medieval towers and wayside chapels. Located in the centre of the Mediterranean the island has fantastic weather, a vast history and extremely friendly locals. The capital of Valetta is a World Heritage Site and nothing short of a living museum. Heading north east along the coast past Sliema and St Julian’s you’ll come to Qawra, the location of your stay. The three-star Soreda Hotel is just minutes away from the resort centre and beach and offers a traditional warm Maltese welcome. With modern facilities including an indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi and two outdoor pools, one on the roof terrace offering views out to sea, it is the ideal place to kick back, relax and bask in the endless hours of island sunshine.

2013 prices from: Nov £299, Dec £349† 2014 prices from: Jan £379, Feb £399, Mar £399†

Five-star Madeira Selected departures from Nov 2013 to Mar 2014, flying direct from Bristol The award-winning five-star Pestana Casino Park is perched on a cliff top with views over Funchal Bay and just a five minute walk from the charming town centre. Nestled in lush gardens, this delightful hotel offers fine dining, excellent service, and a host of on-site leisure facilities including a swimming pool, children’s pool and a spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Spend your evenings sipping your favourite tipple in the bar or perhaps you could try your luck at the tables in the casino or dance the night away at the disco. The hotel is perfectly positioned for visits to Funchal’s Old Town district, the bustling Marina, and the Madeira Botanical Gardens with majestic sights of the Santa Clara Convent and Se Cathedral, Funchal’s most visited monument

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£379 per person

Our price includes: Return flights. Seven nights’ accommodation. Luggage allowance. Flight tax and fuel supplements.

Bed and Breakfast 2013 prices from: Nov £469, Dec £379 2014 prices from: Jan £429, Feb £499, Mar £499 Half Board 2013 prices from: Nov £629, Dec £519 2014 prices from: Jan £579, Feb £639, Mar £649

†Our price includes: Return flights. Seven nights’ accommodation on an all-inclusive basis (breakfast, lunch, evening meal, snacks where applicable and locally branded drinks). Luggage allowance. Flight tax and fuel supplements. Please see back page for our full terms and conditions

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For more information and to book call 0844 472 4500 before 15 October 2013 quoting NORB09 - Opening times are Mon - Fri 9am-9pm / Sat 9am-5pm / Sun 10am-6pm


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Classical Spain - Seville, Cordoba and Granada

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Selected departures from Mar to Nov 2014, flying direct from Bristol Andalucía is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root. Immortalised by the writings of Ernest Hemingway and beloved by Orson Welles, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans, its charm and serenity will captivate you. Enjoy tours of Seville, city of the Conquistadors, the stunning Alhambra in Granada. Visit Cordoba, one of Spain’s most dramatic cities, and Ronda, famous for its dramatic location and stunning views. Our fully escorted price includes: Return flights to Malaga. Six nights bed and breakfast at excellent quality three and four-star hotels in Seville, Granada and Mijas. Guided tours of Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. Visits to Cordoba and Ronda. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

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Exploration adds a little spice to life. Bring some colour and intrigue to your holiday on one of these wonderful fully escorted tours. Discover the Moorish Bastions, impressive gorge and palace that was once home to royalty in Ronda, Andalucia; traverse the Neretva River delta in Mostar, a veritable haven for birdlife; cruise one of six impressive European rivers or choose an itinerary that combines multiple rivers in one trip; enjoy the culinary delights of Saigon’s international cuisine; drive the breath taking jewel that is the Amalfi Coast and see the Big Five in South Africa.

Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro Selected departures from Apr to Oct 2014, flying directly from Bristol One of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Croatia has been ruled by a number of empires and all have left their legacies. Offering a blend of history, Mediterranean ambience and natural beauty this country is certainly back on the discerning traveller’s map. After visiting the majestic Krka Valley, home to an eye-catching series of lakes and waterfalls, head north along the stunning coastline to Split, a beautiful city principally famous for one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire, Diocletian’s Palace - fascinatingly 3,000 people still live within its walls. Filled with surprises at every turn, Split’s medieval buildings sit side by side with ancient roman columns. Dubrovnik, referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, has evolved at a different pace to the rest of Croatia. In medieval times it founded a commercial empire, conducting trading across the world and today it is an atmospheric baroque city located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On a guided walking tour you will see the marblepaved main avenue as well as an array of monasteries, churches and buildings dating from the 14th century. Stunning Montenegro is one of Europe’s newest countries. Visit the medieval town of Kotor, nestling at the foot of the mountain of St John, in what is probably Montenegro’s most dramatic setting. Walled, with a bustling market and a labyrinth of cobbled streets surrounding its Orthodox Cathedral, it really is a delight to explore. Our fully escorted price includes: Return flights to Dubrovnik or Split. Seven nights’ three and four-star accommodation on a half-board basis. Tours of Dubrovnik and Montenegro. Visits to Krka National Park, Mostar and Trogir. Visit to Split and tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

Vietnam and Cambodia Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh and the Temples of Angkor Selected departures from Jan to Nov 2014, flying direct from London Gatwick This fascinating tour visits all the major sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, countries that exude the very essence of Indochina, experiencing their captivating blend of French colonial history, local cultures and beautiful rural scenery. Vietnam is a country blessed with a mosaic of mist-shrouded mountains, vibrant green forests, a patch-work of rice paddies and pristine white beaches as well as villages and cities that are custodians of the culture and monuments of a unique 2,000 year old civilisation. Once the heart of a mighty empire, Cambodia is a country with an epic history, unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism offering glorious jungle-tangled temples cloaked in mist with tropical dawn choruses reverberating in the air and The Great Lake Tonle Sap with its Floating Village. Tour Hanoi by cycle rickshaw visiting the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and take a leisurely cruise aboard a converted Chinese junk around the limestone archipelago of Halong Bay. Drive through the stunning scenery of the Hai Van Pass before descending into Hue, Vietnam’s last royal capital. Visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict and enjoy a cruise along Mekong River Delta. Once in Cambodia you’ll wonder at the vast ancient city and temples of Angkor, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world.

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Our fully escorted price includes: Return scheduled flights. Four and five-star hotel accommodation with breakfast (three nights, Hanoi; two nights, Hue; three nights, Ho Chi Minh City; two nights, Phnom Penh and three nights, Siem Reap), plus five meals. Tours of Phnom Penh and Hanoi by cycle rickshaw. Full-day tour and cruise along the mighty Mekong River Delta. Visits to Angkor, the Citadel and Forbidden City in Hue and the Cu Chi tunnels. Halong Bay cruise. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

For more information and to book call 0844 472 4507 quoting BSU or visit www.bsuriviera.co.uk – videos also available Please see back page for our full terms and conditions

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Europe’s Finest River Cruises

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Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main, Rhône or Seine Eight days from £999, 14 days from £1,399. Selected departures in Nov 2013 and Apr to Nov 2014 There are many vessels cruising European rivers but few can match the luxury and elegance of the four-star superior Serenade 2 or Swiss Ruby, the five-star Lord Byron, Swiss Corona, Swiss Tiara, William Shakespeare or Swiss Sapphire boasting superb cuisine and comfortable surroundings. We offer a choice of ten fascinating cruises visiting some incredible sights from Cologne, the Rhine Gorge and Trier to Strasbourg, Lucerne, Vienna, Budapest and so much more. See vineyards, monasteries, medieval towns and the Black Forest and absorb yourself in the history of the Hapsburgs. Our fully escorted price includes: Regional flights or return local rail connection on selected dates and cruises. Standard-class seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras International (supplements may apply). Four-star superior and five-star cabins, private bathrooms and river views. Exceptional full-board cuisine. Extensive touring programmes. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

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Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples Selected departures Mar to Oct 2014, flying direct from Bristol The Sorrento Peninsula and the Bay of Naples is simply one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, attracting visitors for centuries in search of its outstanding scenery, tranquillity and some of the most wondrous historical sights. Sorrento is everything an Italian town should be, with its cobbled streets, quaint squares and flowers decorating almost every building. A guided tour of Pompeii, a city frozen in time where some buildings still display frescoes and the street plans remain intact, will give you a feel for what life was like some 2,000 years ago. Visit the perpetrator of the cataclysmic act that made Pompeii what it is today, Vesuvius, and enjoy panoramic views and an almost lunar landscape. The Amalfi Coast is truly breathtaking with its winding roads and towering cliffs dipping to the turquoise sea below. The town of Positano consists of a collection of pastel coloured buildings scattered down the cliffside to a small beach. Amalfi is centred around its cathedral and main square and oozes charm in abundance. Further up the hillside you’ll reach Ravello and Villa Rufolo – the setting for Wagner’s opera Parsifal. Our fully escorted price includes: Return flights to Naples. Seven nights in a choice of three and four-star hotels in Sorrento with breakfast and dinner. Walking tour of Sorrento. Cruise to the stunning island of Capri. Visits to Vesuvius, Naples and Ravello. Guided tour of Pompeii. Tour of the Amalfi coast. Escorted by an experienced tour manager.

South Africa

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Selected departures Jan to Nov 2014 from London Heathrow Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, explore its unique history, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and vibrant cities.

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£1,999 per person

Drive along the beautiful Blyde River Canyon and enjoy incredible views across the gorge and plains of the Lowveld. The Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five and the second largest reserve in Africa, is unrivalled in the diversity of its flora and fauna and boasts bushman rock paintings and amazing archaeological sites. A free day will give you the chance to do some hippo spotting from the lawn of your hotel or choose from a selection of optional excursions: including an elephant safari, helicopter flight or river rafting. The Garden Route is a magnificent stretch of coastline, a mix of ancient forests, pristine beaches, wetlands teeming with birds and mountain hideaways. You’ll also experience the beautiful Western Cape’s Winelands with visits to the small town of Franschoek and elegant Stellenbosch. Cape Town is possibly the country’s most iconic city, dominated by the instantly recognisable Table Mountain and a great base for further exploration. Our fully escorted price includes: Return scheduled flights. Accommodation in three and four-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, including two lunches and three dinners. Internal flight to the stunning Garden Route. Full-day guided safari in the Kruger National Park. Tour of the legendary Zulu War Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. A scenic drive through beautiful Swaziland. Whale watching in Hermanus (dependent on season). Cellar tour and tasting in the Western Cape’s Winelands. Visits to the Cape of Good Hope and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town; Johannesburg’s new Apartheid Museum and Blyde River Canyon. Escorted by an experienced tour manager. Option to stay a night in a tented safari camp and experience a sunrise bushwalk with an experienced ranger (supplement applies)

Please see back page for our full terms and conditions

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For more information and to book call 0844 472 4507 quoting BSU or visit www.bsuriviera.co.uk – videos also available


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Loch Fyne, the Isle of Bute and Kintyre Departing on 13 Apr 2014 by coach from Bristol Join us on this leisurely break and explore the west coast of Scotland. See the spectacular scenery of Loch Fyne with its crystal clear water and typical Highland setting surrounded by rugged hills, it is the second longest sea loch in Scotland and offers the chance to see dolphins and seals during the summer months. Wander around the iconic Inveraray Castle, dating back to the 1400s it was once the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and was inspired by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace. Discover the wild and beautiful landscape of the Kintyre peninsula with its rolling hills, stunning beaches and charming coastal villages, and visit Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, an extravagant house combining a magnificent landscape, history, astrology, art and mythology. Our final day is spent in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, where you are free to explore or to enjoy one of the greatest art collections ever created by one person at the Burrell Collection. Our price includes: Private coach travel throughout. Four nights dinner, bed and cooked breakfast. Visit to Loch Fyne, the Kintyre Peninsular and the Isle of Bute. Entrance to Inveraray Castle and Gardens. Visit to Springbank Whisky Distillery, Kintyre. Entrance to Mount Stuart House & Gardens. Free time in Glasgow. Services of a tour driver.

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Springtime at Eden

Colourful Cornwall, St Ives, Padstow and Falmouth

Departing on 28 Mar 2014 by coach from Bristol

Departing on 28 Mar 2014 by coach from Bristol

With the warmth of the Gulf Stream and the mild climate Cornwall enjoys, its gardens have a head start on the rest of the country and are home to some of the most beautiful and rare plants in the British Isles. It is therefore no wonder that Cornwall is the setting of the Eden Project, a dramatic global garden housed in the largest 21st century greenhouse ever built - the size of 30 football pitches. Plant species from all over the world have been brought together in one spectacular showcase virtually allowing you to tour the world in a day through the three interconnected climate zones or biomes. It also houses the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, innovative architecture, intriguing sculptures and art, and the opportunity to take a walk among the treetops allowing you to make the most of this experience.

Dazzling beaches, quaint fishing villages, flourishing gardens, delicious Cornish ice-cream and balmy temperatures – it’s easy to see why Cornwall is a perfect holiday destination. We take you to wonderful places and hidden gems made famous in programmes including ‘Cornwall with Caroline Quentin’ and ‘Doc Martin’ starring Martin Clunes. Padstow, famed as being home to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, will be your first stop and is a fine example of a Cornish fishing port. Trebach Gardens offer 26 acres of sub-tropical paradise with cascading waterfalls, ponds of giant Koi carp and glades of sub-tropical ferns and palms winding down to a private and secluded beach. The pretty town of Falmouth, as well as being the home of Cornwall’s maritime heritage, boasts shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as great views out across the harbour. St Ives and Penzance are beautiful resorts offering golden sand, harbours, cobbled streets and a promenade. So join us for a relaxing break along Cornwall’s beautiful Riviera coastline.

Also on the agenda is a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, once again restored to their former glory after being hidden for more than 70 years. In the late 1800s, the Gardens were blooming with popularity but with the Great War came their demise. When a small room was discovered buried under fallen greenery, inscribed words from former employees inspired a re-awakening for this historic site. The stunning Gardens are the result of an award-winning restoration, carried out in honour of the “ordinary” people who once made them great, and must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Our price includes: Private coach travel throughout. Three nights dinner, bed & cooked breakfast. Visits to Padstow, Falmouth, St Ives, Penzance and Port Isaac. Entrance to Trebah Gardens. Services of a tour driver.

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Our price includes: Private coach travel from your local area. Three-night stay with three-course evening meal and cooked breakfast. Entrance to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. Visit to Torquay.

For more information or to book call 0844 472 4545 quoting BS0913 or visit www.bristolep.diamondhols.co.uk 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 standard room unless stated otherwise, are applicable to selected departure dates and may have been rounded up or down to the nearest pound. Any applicable discounts have already been deducted. These holidays and included excursions are subject to availability and change. Book by dates may apply. Some holidays are subject to minimum passenger numbers. Single rooms and regional departures are also subject to availability and a supplement may apply (not all holidays will offer regional departures please ask upon enquiry). Fares exclude gratuities unless stated otherwise. Some visa costs and local departure taxes may not be included. Some images are for illustration purposes only. Terms and conditions apply. Holidays are operated by various suppliers which are ABTA and/or ATOL bonded where applicable. These suppliers are independent of dmg::media and Local World. When you respond, dmg::media, Local World and their Travel partners 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; please let us know if you are happy for us to do so.

Travel Bristol Post 30 September 2013  

Travel Bristol Post, Escorted tours, beach, walking and great British breaks

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